Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oskar Blues Brewery Releases Beer List For Southern Hemisphere Hop Festival

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Denver, CO -- Oskar Blues Brewery, the peeps who brought you Burning Can, announced in December a new festival with Stoney's Bar and Grill called The Southern Hemisphere Hop Festival. The fest will focus exclusively on beers and food from the other side of the world and it is sponsored by TicketFly, Drizly, and Argonaut Liquors. Proceeds from the event will go back to the Oskar Blues CAN'd Aid Foundation. CAN'd Aid Foundation, the nonprofit arm of Oskar Blues Brewery, is a 501c3 nonprofit that has raised over 

The Festival was inspired by the newest Oskar Blues Beer, The Oskar Blues IPA, which features an all Australian Hop Lineup including: Vic's Secret, Ella, Galaxy, Topaz, and Enigma. The Festival however, will include hops from not only Australia, but also, South Africa and New Zealand as well. 

Oskar Blues has confirmed around 20 craft breweries signed on to showcase their beers in the fest. Each brewery has created two Southern Hemisphere Beers, some specifically for the event itself, and event attendees will get the chance to sample each one and vote on their favorite. The winning beer will be placed on tap at Stoney's for a full month. Because Southern Hemisphere Hops are still incredibly hard to find, Oskar Blues Director of Brewing Operations, Tim Matthews, helped many of the breweries source the hops for the beers showcased.

Aside from the Oskar Blues IPA, OB will offer two other Southern Hemisphere Hop beers at the fest - IceyPA, a collaboration with Denver-based Icelantic skis. For this brew, the brewers turned to New Zealand's more herbaceous hop offerings in Pacific Gem, Rakau, Nelson Sauvin and Dr. Rudi. KOALAfied IPA is a new Belgo IPA with a deep ruby red malt color and loaded with Ella, South African, and Galaxy Hops at around 40 IBU and an ABV of 8-9%.

The fest will offer early access to VIP attendees starting at 6:00pm, GA will open up at 7:00pm and run until 10:00pm on February 27th. The VIP attendees will also be given a chance to taste some Southern Hemisphere foods provided by Stoney's Bar and Grill. Live music from Boulder based funk band, Hot Soup, will kick off at 9:30pm. There will also be a booth onsite where attendees can check out actual Southern Hemisphere hops - as well as some American hops - so you can getchyer hands dirty and experience the difference. Brewers will also be on hand to answer questions as well. 

The other breweries participating in this inaugural festival of specialty hops are mainly from Front Range breweries. The initial expected list of participating breweries and their Southern Hemisphere Beers are listed below:

Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery
Dingo Ate My Baby! & Another Shrimp on the Barby Mate! using experimental South African hops

Mockery Brewing
G'day Hombra Oaked Black Pale Ale - 6.0% ABV using Chilean malts and NZ and Aus. Hops. & Cocoa Coconut Stout - 7.7% using Chilean malts and NZ and Aus. hops

Upslope Brewing
Imperial IPA - 10.0% ABV & Topaz S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale using Galaxy hops (Aus.)

Call to Arms Brewing Company
Freedom Fries Intercontinental Saison - 7.6% ABV & Great Gam Gam, Imperial IPA, 10.5% ABV using Nelson Sauvin hops (NZ)

Lone Tree Brewing Company
Latitude 41S Imperial Red IPA -9.0% ABV using Motueka hops (NZ) & TBD

Strange Craft Beer Company
Southern Cross single hop Belgian Pale - 4.0% single malt single hop Belgian Pale. (Patagonia base malt and Galaxy hops fermented with Westmalle yeast)
Nebulous Red IPA - 8+%Red IPA with Patagonia malts and two SAB hops (92P2/4 and XJA2)

City Star Brewing
Aces and Eights Imperial Red Ale - 8.0% ABV with Vic's Secret and Enigma hops (both Aus.)

Avery Brewing Co.
Raja Double IPA - 8.0% with Galaxy and Vic's Secret (both Aus.) & TBD

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Boohai Red Ale - 6.0% ABV with Nelson Sauvin and Pacific Gem hops (both NZ)

Odd13 Brewing
Sir Joshua Black IPA  - 6.1% ABV and Interpatagalactic Tart Dry-hopped Sour Blonde - 6.5% ABV using Galaxy (Aus.) and Kohatu (NZ) hops

Comrade Brewing Company
TBD (but will be using a 100% Southern Hemisphere hop bill with Patagonia Malt and Extra Pale Ale Malt from Chile)

Grossen Bart Brewing

Wits End Brewing

Ratio Beer Works

As an added bonus, Drizly, the on-demand alcohol delivery service that brings beer to your doorstep in under an hour's time, will also provide free delivery on any Colorado based orders which include Oskar Blues IPA the week leading up to the festival, as well as the week after (February 19th - February 26th & February 28th - March 6th.) 
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About Oskar Blues Brewery 
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with hand-canned, flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, while producing 192,000 barrels in 2015. The original canned craft brewery continues push innovation with the announcement of an Austin, TX brewery in April of 2016 and creations like The Crowler while it distributes to 46 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K.  
In 2013, Oskar Blues founded the CAN'd Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that offers grassroots grants to those making a difference in the areas of community, the environment, music, and more. In 2015 alone, CAN'd Aid partnered with 52 organizations and provided nearly $400,000 in charitable contributions, bringing the total amount raised $1.9 million to date. CAN'd Aid's "do-goodery" efforts include: 
  • Towns - building strong communities
  • Tunes - for your eyeholes and earholes
  • Treads + Trails - get outside and get after it
  • Love Yur Mama - save the blue marble
To keep up with all things Oskar Blues, visit

Ecliptic Brewing to Release Two New Beers

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PORTLAND, Ore. (February 10, 2016)–Ecliptic Brewing welcomes Spring with the release of Zenith Grapefruit Gose and Deimos Imperial Red Ale.  These beers are part of Ecliptic’s Seasonal and Special Release Series respectively.  Zenith Grapefruit Gose and Deimos Imperial Red Ale will be available in March.

“With loads of dry hops, Deimos is a deliciously hoppy imperial red ale and Zenith is crisp, tart, and refreshing,” said owner and head brewmaster John Harris.  “We are excited for these new beers to be released.”
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About Zenith Grapefruit Gose
Zenith Grapefruit Gose (pronounced Gose-uh) is a traditional German-style sour ale with a touch of coriander and salt.  Our interpretation of this style includes grapefruit, for a refreshing beer, perfect for springtime when the sun re-emerges above our celestial sphere.
            ABV: 4.5%
            IBU: 10
            Gravity: 12°
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About Deimos Imperial Red Ale
Deimos is the outer sibling of the other Martian moon, Phobos.  Brewed with Pale malt and four types of Crystal malts, Deimos Imperial Red Ale is rich with caramel malt flavor.  Simcoe, Nugget, and Columbus hops impart a bold hop flavor and aroma to this pleasingly dense ale.
            ABV: 7.5%
            IBU: 70
            Gravity: 16.5°

Both beers will be available in the pub and distributed throughout the Ecliptic Brewing distribution network in draft and 22oz bottles.

Ecliptic beers are available at the brewery (825 North Cook St), in bottle and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem, Vancouver WA), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Fort George Distributing (Northern Oregon Coast), Summit Distribution (Southern Oregon), Click Distributing (Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Northern Idaho), Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham), Crooked Stave Artisans (Colorado), and Freedom Distributors (North Carolina).

About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonally inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature beers include Spica Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Phobos Single Hop Red Ale, and Capella Porter. For more information, visit:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Breakside Brewery IPA Wins Big and 2 new Barrel-Aged Bottled Beer Releases

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Portland & Milwaukie, Oregon - Fresh off a recent Gold medal win for Breakside IPA at the Best of Craft Beer Awards and winning the Oregon Hophouse's month-long Blind IPA Tasting, Breakside Brewery is introducing two very special new beers in bottles straight from the barrels with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout and Fitzcarraldo. Both beers will take their bow on Zwickelmania day, February 13th, 2016.

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 Breakside IPA one of the Winningest IPA's on the Market Today

Breakside Brewery claimed a Silver Medal for the year-round Pils and a Gold for the flagship IPA at the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards held recently in Bend, Oregon. Breakside came out on top amongst the 134 beers entered into the American IPA category. This means Breakside IPA's have came out on top for two years back-to-back at the Best of Craft Beer Awards with a Gold last year for the other year-round Wanderlust IPA. That means Breakside IPA's have been a medalist three years in a row (Breakside's flagship IPA also won a Silver at BoCBA in 2014.)

Between the Best of Craft Beer Awards and another recent win at the Oregon Hophouse's month-long Oregon Blind IPA Tasting, Breakside IPA is solidified as one of the winningest IPAs on the market today-- it is the ONLY IPA to have won gold at 3 of the 4 largest beer competitions in the country (North American Beer Awards 2014, Great American Beer Festival 2014, Best of Craft Beer Awards 2016).
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Zwickelmania Day Beer Releases

Breakside Brewery will be debuting two new barrel-aged beers in bottles on Zwickelmania, Saturday February 13th, 2016. The first ever release of a special Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout that will go on sale on Friday and then trickle out to limited distribution. 22oz bottles will be on sale at both Breakside locations for $13 each with a 6 bottle per person limit beginning at 11am. Fitzcarraldo is a special barrel-aged blend that Breakside's Head Brewer says "Frankly, it tastes amazing. Easily one of the most robust and complex barrel-aged beers we've ever done." Fitzcarraldo will only be sold in-house at the two Breakside Brewery locations with very limited draft sold outside for special events. This beer will also debut on draft and in bottles for $13 each this Zwickelmania day, Saturday, February 13th. More info on both beers below.

Also on Zwickelmania day, our Milwaukie Brewery & Tasting Room will be pouring our collaboration beer with Honolulu Beerworks-- Side Project Sour-- which is a berliner weisse made with calamansi lime and Maui gold pineapple. There are only 2 kegs of this beer that made it into Oregon, one of which will be tapped on Saturday.

Finally, the Portland Chocolate Mob is doing some beer and chocolate pairings around town during Zwickelmania, and we'll be having a free chocolate and beer pairing in Milwaukie only. There will be chocolates featured from a handful of different Portland-area producers, both for sampling and (of course) for sale since Sunday is Valentine's Day
Courtesy of Breakside Brewery

2016 Brewers Reserve
A Blend of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Strong Ales
In time for Zwickelmania 2016, we are excited to release a special 'cuvee,' a special blend of beers created by our brewers. 

The finished blend is a beer we've named Fitzcarraldo. The majority of the blend is a Belgian dark strong ale that spent over 18 months in Bourbon barrels. The extended aging allowed for soft and complex oxidative flavors to come out-- there are notes of fig, date, and port. As the beer mellowed, the classic Belgian yeast profile did as well: it shows light notes of clove and red currant. This was blended with a small portion of a Bourbon barrel-aged stout that had spent 12 months in barrels. This beer added some sweetness and richness of body to the blend. Finally, to brighten and enliven the beer, the brewers chose to add a dash of Toro Red, our smoky amber ale. The young beer gives the blend a vibrancy that is uncommon and welcome in a blend of  older beers.
Courtesy of Breakside Brewery
This beer is available exclusively at Breakside's two breweries in draft and 22 oz bottles.

ABV: 11.2%
IBU: 25
Malts: Two Row, Munich, Abbey, CaraBohemian, Special W, Black, Chocolate, C40L
Hops: Newport
Package: 22 oz bottle and very limited draft
Availability: One-Off Released February 2016. Exclusively at Breakside's Two Locations

Suggested food pairings : Braised pork belly with caraway; mixed cheese and charcuterie plates; Savory cheese "flan" with grilled sweet onions and eggplant; Gorgonzola and steak fondue

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Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout

Sweet Stout Brewed with Salt and Caramel
Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Here you have the barrel-aged version of our popular winter seasonal, Salted Caramel Stout. This version of this beer has been sitting in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for nearly a year, and we think you will see that it has been worth the wait. Big notes of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate mix on the nose are followed by rich Bourbon flavors on the mid-palate, a luscious mouthfeel, and a hint of salt in the finish. Soft oak tannins and a pleasant wood character round this out.

Forget food-- this beer is dinner, drinks, and dessert all in a single bottle. Cheers!

ABV: 10.5%
IBU: 40
Malts: Two Row, Munich, Crystal 40L, Roast Barley, Black, Chocolate
Hops: Newport

Suggested Food Pairings: Banana icebox cake, Cinnamon chocolate torte, Coconut pork rice bowl, Duck and tasso jambalaya.

About Breakside Brewery:
Opened in 2010 in the quiet Woodlawn neighborhood of Northeast Portland as a restaurant and nano-sized brewery, Breakside expanded to a 3.5 BBL brewhouse while winning their first medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011 where they have earned medals each year since. In late 2013 the brewery expanded operations to Milwaukie, Oregon with a 30BBL production brewery filled with 60 and 120BBL tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentation's and a 20 tap tasting room. In 2014 Breakside was awarded with the highly coveted Gold Medal for American-style IPA at the Great American Beer Festival for their flagship IPA that was also named to Men's Journals 100 Best Beers In The World and Sip Northwest's Best IPA in the Northwest. Breakside is also known for their experimental, barrel-aged and sour beers like Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec a strong amber ale with chocolate and chilies that won Bronze at both Chicago's Festival of Barrel-Aged Beers and Best of Craft Beer Awards and Passionfruit Sour a berliner-weisse style beer that earned a Bronze at the 2013 GABF.
Breakside Beers are available on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Seattle-Washington area, Denver, Hawaii and British Columbia. 2015 expansion plans include introducing 6-packs of 12oz bottles and more specialty bottles and sour beers. Visit for more info.

Breakside Brewery & Taproom
5821 SE International Way, Milwaukie, OR

Breakside Brewpub
820 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR

Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA Hits Shelves Nationwide

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 The Newest Member of the Rebel IPA Family Now Available in Bottles, Cans and on Draft

BOSTON, February 9, 2016– The brewers at Sam Adams announced today that they’re releasing the newest member of the Rebel family to craft beer lovers across the country with the nationwide launch of Rebel Grapefruit IPA in bottles and cans. Drinkers first got a taste of this thirst quenching IPA back in November when it was released on draft, and the brewers are now offering it year-round in bottles and cans.

Brewer’s Notes:
Brewed with real grapefruit – California-grown Star Ruby and Star Rio – Rebel Grapefruit IPA hits the palate with a juicy citrus punch.  These grapefruits are known for their thicker peel, and during the brewing process the peel is added in the kettle to give the beer a tart, sharp character. Before the beer is filtered, grapefruit juice is added for a sweet juiciness and to round out the bitterness from the peel. The grapefruit amps up the citrus and fruit notes of the four hop varieties, including Mosaic hops, which impart the tropical, citrus notes at the forefront of this beer.

In addition to Mosaic hops, three other hop varieties are added at different stages of the brewing process for even more hop flavor and aroma. The resulting beer is distinctly bright, with a juicy tartness that is complemented by the hops:
·         Mosaic (kettle & dry-hopping): Sweeter fruit notes of Mandarin orange, pineapple and grapefruit, with hints of eucalyptus
·         Centennial (dry-hopping): Medium citrus, intensely floral with hints of wood
·         Cascade (kettle): Citrus and grapefruit with subtle floral balance
·         Citra (kettle): Strong citrus, tropical fruit and slightly floral

“We experimented with dozens of test batch IPAs in our nanobrewery with different combinations of hops and grapefruit, and love this marriage of citrus and bitterness,” said Seth Adams, Brewer at Samuel Adams. “Rebel Grapefruit IPA showcases what we like most about American hops, and we’re psyched that drinkers can now enjoy this juicy IPA at home and at their favorite bar.”
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Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA is available nationwide on draft, in six-packs of bottles for a suggested retail price of $7.99-$9.99, and in 16 oz. cans for a SRP of $1.99-$2.49. The beer will also be available in the upcoming Pack of Rebels Variety Pack for $15.99-$18.99. Price varies by market.

Samuel Adams Rebel and Samuel Adams Boston Lager are registered trademarks of The Boston Beer Company.

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation's great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the 'extreme beer' movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker's perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its primary focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America's leading craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visit

Fremont Brewing Coming to Idaho

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Fremont Brewing and Hayden Beverage Company Combine to Rain Down Beer on the Great State of Mind, Idaho

Week of Launch Events Begins February 15 at 13th St. Pub and Grill, 5:00 p.m.

SEATTLE -- Fremont Brewing of Seattle, Washington has teamed up with Boise-based Hayden Beverage Company for statewide distribution in Idaho. To celebrate their partnership, Fremont Brewing and Hayden Beverage will host several launch events in Boise and throughout Southern Idaho. Events in North Idaho will roll out in March.

The series of launch events will begin on February 15th, 5:00 pm at 13th St. Pub and Grill, 1520 N. 13th St., Boise, ID 83702, featuring several of Fremont’s most sought-after brews. Members of the craft beer community are invited to taste their beer and meet the Fremont and Hayden teams.

Additional launch events are listed on Fremont Brewing’s events page and include:
  • Monday, Feb. 15, 6:00 pm: Anchor Bar, 334 Blue Lakes Blvd N., Twin Falls, 83301
  • Monday, Feb. 15, 6:00 pm: Hooligans, 122 N. 3rd Ave, Pocatello, 83201
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5:00 pm: Twisted Timbers, 4563 S. Cloverdale Rd, Boise, 83709
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5:00 pm: Bier: Thirty Bottle & Bistro, 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise, 83706
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:00 pm: Lefty’s, 231 6th St E., Ketchum, 83340
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:00 pm: MarCellar’s Vintage Wines & Brews, 431 Park Ave, Idaho Falls, 83402
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:00 pm: Whole Foods River Room, 201 S. Broadway Ave, Boise, 83703
  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:00 pm: Pre-Funk Beer Bar, 1100 W. Front St, Boise, 83702
The Seattle-based brewery and taproom was founded in 2009 by Matt Lincecum and Sara Nelson. Fremont Brewing is now the fastest-growing brewery in Washington and its Interurban IPA is WA’s leading craft beer. Other beers include Universale Pale Ale; seasonal single-hop, single grain favorite, Summer Ale; Bourbon Abominable (“BBomb”); Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star; Rusty Nail, a bourbon barrel aged beer brewed with licorice and aged on cinnamon bark before resting in 15-year old barrels for 15 months; and finally Cowiche Canyon Fresh Hop Ale, featuring Fremont’s exclusive Cowiche Canyon Citra, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Their beers have won numerous awards such as 2 Silver medals in the 2014 Great American Beer Festival; the Gold medal in the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards; Bronze medals in the 2012 World Beer Cup and the 2015 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers (FoBAB); and Rate Beer’s 2015 Best Strong Ale in the World, 2015 Best Beer in Washington, and 2014 Top 100 Brewers in the World.

In addition to its reputation for consistent quality and innovation, Fremont Brewing is a recognized leader in sustainable brewing operations and community engagement. They give generously to non-profit organizations, promote the organic hop and local grain markets, and reduce their carbon footprint through conservation and green technologies. It is for these and many other initiatives that they won Washington’s Manufacturer of the Year Award in 2015 and King County’s Best Small Business Award in 2014.

“Idaho is like family to us,” said Matt Lincecum, Fremont Brewing’s Founder and Owner. "How can you say no when your family wants beer? So, we’re excited to share our beer with our brothers and sisters from another mother in the great State of Mind, Idaho!”

About Fremont Brewing
Fremont Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. Our beer is distributed in kegs, cans, and 22 oz. bottles and can be enjoyed everyday at our kid- and dog-friendly Urban Beer Garden in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Because Beer Matters!

About Hayden Beverage Company
Hayden Beverage is Idaho’s largest statewide distributor of beer, wine, Red Bull and premium non-alcoholic beverages.  In the ever-demanding beverage industry, we depend on the strength of our brands and our employees’ relationships, work ethic, knowledge, and creativity to maintain our competitive advantage. We are proud to be family owned and operated, providing us the ability to make decisions to enhance the long-term health of our business and that of our partners. We have shown consistent growth, enabling our employees to enjoy a stable career and rewarding lifestyle. We work hard, we execute, and we have fun!

New Belgium Brewing Taps Craft Malters for RyePA Revival

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Collaboration with Asheville, NC’s Riverbend Malt House and Alamosa, CO’s Colorado Malting

Asheville, N.C. - February 9, 2016 – Can we get an "Amen!"? Two years after its initial release, New Belgium Brewing’s RyePA is coming back with a nod to the brewer’s dual hometowns in Colorado and North Carolina. Originally brewed with Carolina RyeTM, heirloom rye grown in North Carolina and floor malted by Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, RyePA revival also incorporates rye from Colorado Malting, a fourth-generation family farm in Alamosa, CO. The hoppy Rye IPA is available in New Belgium Folly Packs nationwide through May.

“As we open our east coast home in Asheville this spring, making a beer with roots in both homes led us right back to RyePA,” said New Belgium Brewer, Matty Gilliland. “Using malt from Riverbend and Colorado Malting allowed us to source hyper locally, brewing some essence of both places into the beer and growing our existing relationships with awesome craft partners.”

This beer is brimming with big hop flavors. Galaxy, Cascade, Simcoe and Mosaic hops round out the hop profile. Blackcurrant and tropical fruits compliment grassy herbs in the nose, while a sweet-bitter-sweet taste voyage and 6.6% ABV make this a very drinkable beer. Big, juicy, fruity hop flavors are complemented by a spicy rye finish. The bold, spicy RyePA sings with a bowl of jambalaya, a spicy meatball sandwich or a hot masala. Mexican brownie anyone? Hallelujah!

Riverbend and New Belgium-Courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Co
New Belgium brewers and Riverbend co-founders first developed a Rye Saison using Riverbend’s Carolina Rye Malt for Asheville Beer Week 2013. The brewers were so pleased with the beer, they decided to use the Carolina RyeTM in RyePA in 2014 and now again in the 30% rye malt profile in the RyePA revival.

Riverbend and Colorado Malting co-founders met at the Craft Brewers Conference in 2014 and then again at the Craft Malt Guild in Denver. The craft malters have admired each other’s work over the years and this is the first time they know of that their grain has been brewed into the same beer.

“Having been grown by farmers in North Carolina for more than 200 years and hand-crafted utilizing traditional floor malting techniques, the Carolina RyeTM malt embodies the terroir of the southeast,” said Riverbend co-founder Brian Simpson. “Riverbend Malt House is excited that New Belgium will bring this taste of the South to so many new palates.”

As pioneers in the malting industry, both Riverbend and Colorado Malting have unique processes and regionally specific grain varietals. Serving as the missing link between farmers and the brewing industry, Riverbend uses a traditional artisan floor malting technique dating back to the 1700s. Each batch of their heirloom rye is raked by hand to release heat and incorporate fresh air into the grain bed.

Operating from their fourth-generation family farm in Alamosa, CO, the Cody brothers designed and built their malting equipment and run their operation from what used to be their grandparent’s home. From the field to the glass, Colorado Malting is taking beer back to its roots so brewers can make the best beer in the world.
undefinedColorado Malting - Courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Co
"We grow it and malt it, so we see it from the time it sprouts to the malt bed,” said Jason Cody, Colorado Malting Company. “The grains are like children to us,” said Joshua Cody.

In addition to brewing a great beer, the partners are aligned in shared truths, including conducting business as if people and place matter. As a B Corp, New Belgium looks to align with purpose-driven businesses whenever possible. Both Riverbend and Colorado Malting operate with care and consideration to their communities and the land.

Founded in 2010, Riverbend Malt House is the only production scale malting facility in the southeast United States. Riverbend’s mission is to provide area craft brewers and distillers with locally farmed, artisan malts, helping to reduce the industry’s impact on the planet. As a founding member of the North American Craft Maltsters Guild, Riverbend Malt House is a leading force in the nation’s micro-malt movement.

Founded in 2008, Colorado Malting is a handmade malting operation. Operating from the Cody Farm, a fourth generation family farm, the Cody brothers designed and built their equipment and run their operation from what used to be their grandparent’s home. From the field to the glass, Colorado Malting is taking beer back to its roots so brewers can make the best beer in the world.

ABOUT NEW BELGIUM BREWING |New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee- owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Full Sail Brewing Releasing Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale

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Aging Wheatwine in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels adds a rich, complex structure

Hood River, Oregon – February 5, 2016 – “Cold turkey” takes on a whole new meaning with Full Sail’s latest beer from its Brewmaster Reserve Series – Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale, available now.

“Originally released in 2014 to celebrate our 27th anniversary, Wheatwine is brewed in the Barleywine style, yet contains no barley malt,” says Full Sail Executive Brewmaster Jamie Emmerson. “We reserved a portion of this special brew, racked it into Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, and let it rest for a year in our cellar,” adds Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “Barrel aging rounds out this big beer.”

Wheatwine is brewed with wheat and caramelized wheat malts and hopped with a blend of English and Northwest hops. Complex aromas of apricot, spice, and citrus lead to a smooth palate, blended with notes of caramel, marmalade, and green hop overtones. It pours a rich honey hue and opens up with complex aromas of barrel oak, vanilla and apricot. The spicy hop character has mellowed to accentuate flavors of vanilla, marmalade and dates. It finishes with a remarkable smoothness and a creamy mouthfeel. 

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“Don’t buy it, it’ll leave more for us!” jokes Emmerson. The brewmasters at Full Sail are confident that Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale has been worth the wait.

What’s even better than Wheatwine Ale aged in Bourbon barrels? Wheatwine Ale aged in Bourbon barrels served alongside Moonstruck chocolate. On Saturday, February 13th, in conjunction with the Oregon Brewers Guild’s annual Zwickelmania Brewery Open House, the Full Sail Brewery will be pairing Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine with Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Tumbled Beerberries. Guided brewery tours (at 11am, 12, 1, 2, 3 and 4pm) and tastings on the tour are free, and each tour participant will receive a complimentary glass. For a complete listing of Zwickelmania events throughout the state, visit

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Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series allows the brewmasters to put their creativity, innovation and passion into small, limited-release beers. These craft brews highlight the direct connection with Full Sail’s farmers, celebrate the art of barrel aging, and explore the effects of time. Over the years, Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series has earned 18 gold medals. Brewmaster Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Wheatwine Ale is available in limited release in 22 oz. bottles and draft. 12% ABV, 42 IBUs.

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About Full Sail Brewing Company Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sierra Nevada Reveals Beer Camp Across America 2016 Beer Lineup

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co just released the details for this year’s Beer Camp Across America (BCAA)12-pack. From a robust stout to a “revolutionary” pale ale, the Beer Camp Across America 12-pack will be available this May. Check out the 2016 Beer Camp Across America Video below

Sierra Nevada divided 31 breweries into six regional teams—each with five breweries and Sierra Nevada—to collaborate on six ambitious beers that capture the here-and-now creativity of craft brewing.
Get the download on the limited-edition beers and festival details via the newly launched BCAA website at including: Artwork, specs, tasting notes and more on the 12-pack beers below:
o   West Latitude—Session Rye with Hibiscus
o   Stout of the Union—Robust Stout
o   Moxee-Moron—Imperial Session IPA
o   Family Values—Imperial Brown Ale with Cocoa
o   Pat-Rye-Ot—Revolutionary Pale Ale
o   Sweet Sunny South—Southern Table Beer
·        Behind-the-scenes photos from each team’s test brewing sessions
·        BCAA festival ticket sales and special events information
·        Brewery sign-ups for BCAA festivals (an already impressive beer roster, with 250+ pourers from across the country!)

Victory Brewing Releasing Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner

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Downingtown, PA, February 5, 2016Victory Brewing Company (Victory), is ringing in its 20th year with the launch of Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner, a deliciously drinkable beer that’s culturally inspired. Victory invites craft beer fans to join in the milestone celebration while enjoying the very best of German hops in one memorable concoction.

Fans love what’s inside and outside of Victory beer bottles. The anniversary label features a striking “XX” as its focal point so consumers know; Victory beer has been bold for 20 years and counting. Rich green and yellow imagery reflect the coming together of old-world Europe and new-era America to produce a brew that’s as full bodied with herbal hop notes, as it is deep malts. Craft-beer collectors will relish this unique packaging that embodies the past, present and future of Victory.

Anniversary XX Imperial Pilsner makes its debut mid-February and is available through April in a 750 ml bottle. Retailing at approximately $9.99, this intense, yet soothing brew demonstrates the full character of the German noble hops which balances this substantial beer of 8.0% ABV. Pilsner malts band together with Tettnang, Spalt and Mittelfrueh hops to create a unique Imperial Pilsner style, which holds true to Victory’s renowned approach to craft brewing. For two decades, the brewery has tapped into its founders' roots in European brewing and this anniversary batch is no different.

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Once poured, the pilsner’s color gradates from straw to golden yellow and tops off with thick white foam. Slight herbal tea, hay and floral notes dominate the carefully cultivated aromas while delivering a rich earthiness. As for taste, the subtle spiciness of hops meld with the warm flavors of German barley malts. Light citrus flavors cap off this bold combination for a revolutionary experience that’s perfectly drinkable.
Long before the anniversary celebration began, Victory had perfected their pilsner recipe. Most notably in Prima Pils, a brewery favorite, and strong, established brand with a loyal following of fans enamored by the compositions of malt and hops.

“Since Prima Pils has been one of our longest standing brands, it only makes sense that we debut this Imperial Pilsner in celebration of our 20th Anniversary,” said Victory’s President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “After twenty years of brewing, we’re proud to deliver Anniversary XX to craft beer fans as we look ahead to innovate on tradition for the next 20 years.”

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About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, PA. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. Victory’s second state of the art brewery opened in February of 2014 in Parkesburg, PA to serve fans of fully flavored beers in 37 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. In addition to the original Downingtown brewpub, Victory’s second brewpub is in Kennett Square, while Parkesburg recently launched self-guided tours and the third brewpub. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit

2016 Washington Cask Beer Festival - Saturday, March 19, 2016

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The Washington Brewers Guild presents
Saturday, March 19, 2016  I  Noon- 4pm & 6-10pm  I  Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

(Seattle, WA) February 4, 2016- The Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Washington Cask Beer Festival on Saturday, March 19 at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. This year marks its 17th year for this long-running cask beer celebration and the event will once again offer an opportunity to sample a wide variety of cask-conditioned beers.

The festival will feature 44 Guild member breweries and this year's lineup includes many first timers who will be making their Cask Fest debut including Old Stove Brewery, Cloudburst Brewing, and Dirty Bucket Brewery while there are plenty of veteran breweries as well including Redhook Brewery who will make an appearance after a few years of hiatus. It is an encouraging sign that breweries new and established from all over the State from Eastsound to Stevenson and Pullman are making cask-conditioned beer and keeping the tradition alive for the next generation of beer drinkers.

Washington Cask Beer Festival was started in 2000 by a handful of local brewers who wanted to preserve the centuries old brewing tradition here in Washington while raising money for the organization that helps protect their industry. Since its inception the event has become a prominent advocate for cask-conditioned beer by encouraging local breweries to learn how to cask and exposing younger beer drinkers to the artistry of cask-conditioned beer.

Festival patrons can also feel good about attending the Cask Festival because every ticket purchase will directly benefit the Washington Brewers Guild, a non-profit dedicated to advancing the interest of the Washington craft beer industry and strengthening the community of brewers. The Guild works with policymakers in Olympia and Washington DC to ensure equal access to market for small brewers, which equals more choice for craft beer consumers. During the current legislative session the Guild introduced bills that would create a special private events permit that would give breweries a new means to engage Washington craft beer consumers and expand their sales opportunities.

The Cask Festival will host two sessions, from noon to 4pm and 6pm to 10pm on Saturday, March 19. Admission is $40 in advance or $45 at the door if tickets are still available. Separate tickets are required for each session. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes. Tickets are available online at This is a 21-and-over-only event.

2016 Washington Cask Beer Festival
Participating Breweries (Subject change)

7 Seas Brewing- Gig Harbor
American Brewing- Edmonds
Anacortes Brewery- Anacortes
Bainbridge Island Brewing- Bainbridge Island
Beardslee Public House- Bothell
Bellevue Brewing- Bellevue
Big Time Brewery- Seattle
Black Raven Brewing- Redmond
Boundary Bay Brewery- Bellingham
Cloudburst Brewing- Seattle
Diamond Knot Brewing- Mukilteo
Dirty Bucket Brewery- Woodinville
Elliott Bay Brewing- Seattle/Burien
Elysian Brewing- Seattle
Fish Brewing- Olympia
Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery- Seattle
Fremont Brewing- Seattle
Georgetown Brewing- Seattle
Hale's Ales Brewery- Seattle
Harmon Brewing- Tacoma
Hellbent Brewing- Seattle
Hi-Fi Brewing- Redmond
Island Hoppin' Brewery- Eastsound
Mac & Jack's Brewing- Redmond
Machine House Brewery- Seattle
Maritime Pacific Brewing- Seattle
McMenamins- Seattle
Mollusk Brewery- Seattle
Naked City Brewery- Seattle
North Sound Brewing- Mount Vernon
NW Peaks Brewery- Seattle
Odin Brewing- Tukwila
Old Stove Brewing- Seattle
Paradise Creek Brewery- Pullman
Pike Brewing- Seattle
Postdoc Brewing- Redmond
Rainy Daze Brewing- Silverdale
Ram Restaurant & Brewery- Seattle
Redhook Brewery- Woodinville
Rooftop Brewing- Seattle
Schooner Exact Brewing- Seattle
Silver City Brewery- Silverdale/Bremerton
Two Beers Brewing- Seattle
Walking Man Brewing- Stevenson

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Session 1: 12-4pm
Session 2: 6-10pm
Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins. Taps close 30 minutes before each session ends. 

Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
299 Mercer St., Seattle, WA  98109

$40 advance tickets or $45 at the door, if still available
Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and up to 25 sample tastes. 
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only. 
Separate ticket required for each session. 
21 and over only. Non-refundable. No dogs allowed. 

Ticket are on sale online at This event may sell out so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. 

Washington Cask Beer Festival is a major highlight of the Pacific Northwest beer festival scene. It's a rare opportunity to sample over 100 mostly exclusive or limited release cask-conditioned beers from 40+ Washington breweries. To stay true to the tradition of cask-conditioned beer the Festival requires brewers to naturally condition the beer in a firkin or other vessels without artificially introducing CO2. All beers will be poured by gravity or via a beer engine and the result is smooth ale with a thick creamy head that brings out subtle, nuanced flavors. 

Also featured at the event is the Herbert's Legendary Cask Festival Ale, a special cask beer brewed collectively by Washington brewers in honor of Bert Grant, a legendary Washington Beer icon. This year's Herbert's will be brewed at Mollusk Brewery in Seattle. 

Athena's Food Truck-- Greek gyros and falafels
Brave Horse Tavern-- house-made pretzels and mustards
Brewmaster's Bakery-- granola and other baked goods made with spent grain from breweries
Dante's Inferno Dogs-- assortment of hot dogs
Mt. Townsend Creamery-- artisan cheese and salami skewers
Sockeye Catering-- Fresh local oysters

Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of Washington State brewers, advance their common interests through the legislative process and promote the quality and value of their beers.