Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Smithsonian Announces New Initiative To Document Brewing History

Project Will Explore Brewing History and Industry in America

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced today at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America in Philadelphia that it will launch a three-year initiative to collect, document and preserve the history of brewing, craft brewers and the beer industry to explore how the beverage and brewing connect to larger themes in American history.
Part of the “Smithsonian Food History” project, this initiative is made possible through a donation from the Brewers Association of Boulder, Colo., the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers.

Museum staff have researched and documented American food and beverage history for more than two decades and will work with the Brewers Association, American brewers and beer historians to document and collect the stories and history of modern American brewing. Beer and brewing have been an important part of the American experience since before the nation’s founding and into the present day, and beer production for the past 30 years has been connected to significant social, cultural, economic and environmental movements across the country. The team will explore the unique connections between brewing and broader themes, including advertising, agriculture, industry, innovation, business and community life. More information about the initiative and beer history at the museum is available here: http://s.si.edu/BrewHistory.

“Brewing has a long and deep connection to our country’s history, and the museum’s collections explore the history of beer from the late 19th to early 20th centuries,” said John Gray, the director of the museum. “The support of the Brewers Association allows our staff to collect the more recent history, including the impact of small and independent craft brewers who continue to advance the U.S. beer culture and inspire brewers worldwide.”

The museum currently houses several small but important collections related to brewing and beer consumption in America. The bulk dates from the 1870–1960s, including the collection of former Brewmaster Walter Voigt of Ruxton, Md., which is composed of brewing instruments and tools, advertising materials, beer bottles, trays and taps, as well as technical papers, prints and photographs from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York and Pennsylvania. As American brewing continues to expand in scope, scale and impact, the museum is uniquely positioned to document the stories of American brewers and to collect the material culture of the industry for the benefit of scholars, researchers and the public.

“The craft brewing revolution in America has had a profound social, cultural and economic impact on this country,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “America is a beer destination. We are honored to support this effort and work with the National Museum of American History to chronicle and showcase the significant achievements small and independent brewers have made throughout this nation’s history.”

The National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. The museum helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. It takes food history and many related topics to the nation through its exhibitions, ongoing research and collecting efforts, online offerings and dynamic public programs. For more information about the Food History projects, visit http://s.si.edu/FoodHistory. For more information about the museum, visit http://americanhistory.si.edu.
The museum is located on Constitution Avenue, between 12th and 14th streets N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. For Smithsonian information, the public may call (202) 633-1000.

Stumptown Tart Tasting Event At Bridgeport Brewing

Courtesy of Bridgeport Brewing Co
Join BridgePort Brewing for the first-ever Stumptown Tart flight at the BridgePort BrewPub on Thursday, May 5. The release of our Stumptown Tart is an annual treat but now you can taste four different versions side-by-side. Available for one-day-only, BridgePort will feature the newest release, 2016 Stumptown Tart Cherry Saison, 2015 Stumptown Tart Marionberry, 2015 Stumptown Tart Raspberry, and 2013 Stumptown Tart featuring Blueberries and Cranberries, all on tap. 

Each edition of the Stumptown Tart features locally grown fruits as a tribute to the fresh bounty that is cultivated in the beautiful Willamette valley at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. 

Tasting starts at 11:30a and we’ll be pouring until we tap the kegs! Come by the BrewPub located at 1313 NW Marshall Street in the Pearl district and celebrate the arrival of summer with us.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Top Rung Brewing Releasing Seasonal Raspberry Wheat

Courtesy of Top Rung Brewing CO
May 3, 2016
On May 7th Top Rung Brewing Company will release a seasonal beer that has been anticipated for months, our Raspberry Wheat.  A nice wheat beer that is infused with real raspberries and co-mingles with those raspberries in the brite tank for several weeks to impart an awesome raspberry flavor that is not overpowering but provides a subtle sweetness, flavor, and aroma complimented by a nice golden straw color.  A great seasonal to enjoy as the weather warms!
Top Rung Brewing is a 10 barrel production brewery with tasting room at the brewery. Top Rung Brewing is a destination for craft beer drinkers to enjoy their beverage and view a production brewery facility.  Our tasting room is family friendly and while we will only offer snacks, we partner with local food vendors and food trucks as well as allow patrons to bring in their own food of their choice or have it delivered.  Top Rung Brewing: bringing quality craft beer to Lacey.

 Raspberry Wheat Statistics:
 ABV: 4.6%,
 IBU: 25

  Top Rung Brewing is a 10 barrel production brewery with tasting room at the brewery. Top Rung Brewing is a destination for craft beer drinkers to enjoy their beverage and view a production brewery facility.  Our tasting room is family friendly and while we will only offer snacks, we partner with local food vendors and food trucks as well as allow patrons to bring in their own food of their choice or have it delivered.  Top Rung Brewing: bringing quality craft beer to Lacey.

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Hopworks and Nine Other Certified B Corp Breweries to Release “BREW the CHANGE” Collaborative Beer at Craft Brewers Conference



Portland, OR. May 02, 2016 - At the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia this week, ten Certified B Corps (Benefit Corporations) will launch their collaborative beer. BREW the CHANGE was crafted together by the group at Beau’s All Natural Brewing last month. These breweries all believe that business can be a strong force for good in the world, and they’ve come together to celebrate this shared vision with a delicious beer made with B Corp certified ingredients. Certified by B Lab (the nonprofit behind B Corp), these for-profit companies meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
"One of our guiding principles here at B Lab is to take our work, not ourselves seriously,” says Andy Fyfe on the Community Team at B Lab. “While it can be a challenge for business to do well and do good at the same time, these B Corp breweries and ingredients are showing us you can do both, and also have some fun together."
The participating breweries include: Aslan Brewing (Washington), Beau’s All Natural Brewing (Ontario), Bison Brewing (California) Brewery Vivant (Michigan), Bull City Burger and Brewery (North Carolina), Hopworks Urban Brewery (Oregon), New Belgium Brewing (Colorado), North Coast Brewing (California), Persephone Brewing (British Columbia), and Picaroons Traditional Ales (New Brunswick).
“Hopworks has always believed in the direct relationship between business and environmental health,” said Hopworks brewmaster and founder, Christian Ettinger. “It is a wonderful thing to have so many like-minded friends in the industry that use beer as a force for good. Brew The Change embodies this ethos, and we can’t wait to drink it.”
BREW the CHANGE will be pouring at the launch party in Philadelphia on May 4, 2016. RSVP at https://brewthechange.eventbrite.com, or you can stop in to Beau’s All Natural Brewing for a pint. Other B Corp brewers may make it available in their tasting rooms in the future, so stay tuned!
About the beer: The beer includes a subtle staging of wheat and barley malts that were selected to allow ingredients from our Certified B-Corp suppliers to truly shine in this inspired, purpose-driven ale.
Ingredients include: organic honey from The African Bronze Honey Project who are committed to sustainable practice and preserving traditional heritage while creating economic opportunity for independent bee keepers and their families in Africa; organic Chinook hops from Crosby Hop Farms, one of only a handful of Salmon Safe certified hop farms in the U.S.; organic yerba mate from Guayaki, the first Fair Trade Certified yerba mate company in the world; and organic cold-pressed cranberry juice from Starvation Alley Farms, the first certified organic cranberry farm in the state of Washington.

About Hopworks Urban Brewery:
Hopworks Urban Brewery strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced, organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 13,500 barrels of beer and cider a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. Hopworks is a family-owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, a gold-level bike friendly business, and is recognized as one of the Best Green Companies To Work For In Oregon. In 2016 Hopworks introduced Gear Up IPA and CranPerry Cider as new year round offerings.

About B Lab:
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by:
·      Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability;
·      Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last;
·      Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits;
·      Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Releases Juice Joint Kettle Sour

Courtesy of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers
San Francisco, CA - (May 3, 2016
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is excited to announce the release of their first ever-sour beer, Juice Joint Kettle Sour, celebrating the infamous nightclubs and secret watering holes owned by gangsters during prohibition. Go behind the velvet rope to enjoy this draft only release. It’s the latest member of Speakeasy’s Perfect Crime Series, featuring ingenious, small batch, and experimental beers, that are carefully contrived so the perpetrator can’t be brought to justice.  
The creation of Juice Joint Kettle Sour began with a mash consisting of two-row barley, dark wheat, acidulated malt, and flaked barley. These grains add a wonderful biscuit flavor and counterpoint to Juice Joint’s sharp acidity and citrus zest. After mashing in, the resulting wort was transferred to the boil kettle and spiked with Lactobacillus brevis, a strain of bacteria that soured the wort over 48 hours. Then the wort was boiled with Pacific Gem and Helga hops, and fermented with a blend of Saison yeast and Saccharomyces "Bruxellensis" Trois. When fermentation ended, dried lemon, lime, and orange peels were added, loading the beer with juicy citrus flavors.
Juice Joint Kettle Sour is a spectacularly complex beer. Crystal clear and straw in color, the aroma smacks you in the face with candied fruit tartness, reminiscent of tropical Jolly Ranchers or Sour Patch Kids. The flavor is equally compelling. Layers of citrus flavors wash over the tongue. Lemon, lime, and orange push to the front, with subtle hints of mango and pineapple. The sour acidity is soft and pleasant. Sip after sip is refreshingly tart, clean, dry, and not sweet. Malt reappears at the end, giving the beer a flaky piecrust finish. Juice Joint Kettle Sour is 6% alcohol by volume and low in bitterness at 32 IBUs.
“Adding a sour beer to Speakeasy’s lineup has been a longtime goal and I’m really proud of our first effort,” said Kushal Hall, Speakeasy’s Director of Brewing. “Traditional beer souring techniques, using barrels, bacteria, and aging over long periods in our brewery, hasn’t been possible because of the risk of cross contaminating non sour beers. The kettle souring technique allows us to create an equally wonderful beer in a shorter amount of time, and since the souring bacteria is boiled in the kettle, we don’t have to worry about infecting other beers.”

Juice Joint Kettle Sour will be served for the first time during a release party at the Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Tap Room on May 7th. Then the beer will then be distributed throughout California and a very select number of distribution territories. Juice Joint Kettle Sour is a draft only release and very limited, so don’t miss the opportunity to try it on tap at bars, restaurants, or the Speakeasy Tap Room when available.   

QUICK FACTS

Style: Sour Ale ABV: 6% IBUs: 32 Grain: Two Row, Dark Wheat, Acidulated Malt, Flaked Barley Hops: Pacific Gem, Helga Late Addition: Lemon Rind, Orange Rind, Lime Rind Availability: May-June Series: Perfect Crime Series Formats: Draft only Distribution: California and a limited number of states (TBD)
 
Courtesy of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

About Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

In 1997 a wily band of bootleggers led by homebrewer Forest Gray were inspired to bring their exceptional brews from the underground to the masses, defiantly producing small batches of beer in a secret warehouse in San Francisco. Starting with a single, iconic beer, Prohibition Ale, Speakeasy now brews a wide array of acclaimed beers including Big Daddy IPA, Payback Porter, Double Daddy, Scarface Imperial Stout and many more, which are distributed across the entire West Coast and other major U.S. markets.

Oskar Blues Brewery Goes National

Courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery
Joins shortlist of craft breweries with national distribution, hits other accomplishments in Q1

Longmont, CO, Brevard, NC, Austin, TX - Oskar Blues Brewery, the brewery that launched the canned beer apocalypse, announced the addition of Montana, making the brew now available in all 50 states. Oskar Blues will partner with Summit Beverage Company in the Missoula and Butte markets and Bronken's Distributing in the Bozeman market to reach national distribution.
 
"When I first left my home state of Alabama, I was dead set on being a fly fishing guide in Wise River Montana. My wife and I never made it past Lyons, CO as the vibe of the surrounding mountains grabbed us and we put down roots. A few years later we started Oskar Blues." said Dale Katechis, soul-founder. "Now almost 20 years later, we're completing our trip to Montana bringing our journey full circle."
 
The craft brewery continues exponential growth in the first half of 2016 with the release of BEERITO Mexican Lager and the opening of a third brewery in Austin, TX. Oskar Blues has maintained its position as the largest American craft brewery to package beer exclusively in cans, with growth hailing from both its flagship Longmont brewery and location in Brevard, NC. The Austin brewery and music venue, as well as the completion of its U.S. distribution in Montana will continue to fuel explosive growth in 2016.
 
As Oskar Blues expands its efforts to get cans of Dale's Pale Ale and the rest of the portfolio in the hands of beer drinkers all around the globe, the brewery will be making its first foray into the Southern Hemisphere with the launch of the Australian market in June. OB will partner with Phoenix Beers and will initially sell the six core Oskar Blues brands - Dale's Pale Ale, Mama's Little Yella Pils, Pinner Throwback IPA, Oskar Blues IPA, Old Chub Scotch Ale and Beerito Mexican Lager. The brews will be available in cans and draft.
 
In addition to the new Austin brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery helped fuel the development of partner Perrin Brewing Company's expansion to Colorado and orchestrated the acquisition of Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Florida. The collaborations brought years of large-scale growth and resources along with expansion expertise to help both breweries strengthen their future position within the craft beer community. Similarly to Oskar Blues, Perrin and Cigar City's award-winning brews are well known and respected within the craft community.
 
Oskar Blues has continued to strengthen its core offerings as well as its ancillary brands like Hotbox Roasters and REEB Cycles. B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Sodas recently released four new flavors and expanded distribution to include CO, NC and VA in 2016. The Oskar Blues fooderies group is expanding with the summer opening of CHUBurger and Hotbox Roasters Café brick and mortar locations in the RiNo district of Denver.
 
To learn more about Oskar Blues, visit www.oskarblues.com

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 to push innovation with the announcement of an Austin, TX brewery set to open in May of 2016 and creations like The Crowler while it distributes to all 50 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. CAN'd Aid has 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 http://www.oskarblues.com.

Monday, May 2, 2016

10th Annual Cheers to Belgian Beers Releases Beer Lineup

Courtesy of Oregon Craft Beer / Cheers to Belgian Beers Festival
PORTLAND, Ore. – The 10th annual Cheers to Belgian Beers festival has announced the beer lineup for this year’s event, taking place May 13 and May 14 at The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St. Hours are 1 to 9pm on Friday and Noon to 8pm on Saturday.

The festival features up to 70 Belgian-style beers all brewed by Oregon craft brewers, the majority of which use the same single yeast strain: Imperial Organic Yeast 58 Lioness, a yeast that produces white fruit esters that are balanced with clove phenolic aromas.
The list of participating breweries, their beer name and their style follows; this list is continually updated as more breweries sign up. For a complete up to date list, including ABV and yeast strain, please visit http://oregoncraftbeer.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2016-ctbb-beer-list.pdf
13 Virtues Brewing: Guatemala Steve | Belgian Dark Specialty
Agrarian Ales: Leaena | Belgian Golden
Alameda Brewing: Donk and Donk | Dubbel
Ambacht Brewing: G++ | Belgian Golden Strong Ale
BackPedal Brewing: 99 Problems | Belgian Strong Brown Ale
Baerlic Brewing: Stark Black | Belgian Stout
Base Camp Brewing: Monk's Brunch | Belgian Dark Session
Bent Shovel Brewing: Namesake Dark Strong Ale | Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Breakside Brewery: Bunk's Wit | Witbier
Buoy Beer: Sort of Brunette | Belgian Blonde
Burnside Brewing: Immaculate Decoction | Belgian Strong Ale
Caldera Brewing: Vas Deference | Belgian Ale
Cascade Brewing: Lioness Ritchie | Blonde
Coalition Brewing: Trifecta | Tart Belgian Pale with Lychee Fruit
Craft Kitchen and Brewery: Red Dawn Saison | Barrel Aged Belgium (Soured)
Crux Fermentation Project: CBS (Cranberry Belgian Stout) | Belgian Stout
Culmination Brewing: Pinot Evil | Belgian Tripel
Deschutes Brewery: Lumiere du Centre | Belgian Tripel
Double Mountain Brewery: TBD | Belgian Quad
Ecliptic Brewing: Hyades Belgian Golden Ale | Belgian Golden Ale
Ex Novo Brewing: TBD | Strong Gold with Papaya
Falling Sky Brewing: Big Ripple Tripel | Tripel
Fat Heads Brewery: Dark Gnome | Belgian Session CDA
Fort George Brewery: Spring Fever | Belgian Strong Ale
FOTM Brewing: Une Biere Pour Adelaide | Belgian Strong Pale
Gigantic Brewing: Black Pieter | Belgian Black Ale
Golden Valley Brewery: Rode Distel | Flanders Style Red
Green Dragon Brew Crew: Special Agent Moriarty | Belgian Dark Strong
Hair of the Dog Brewing: Rose | Belgian Tripel
Howporks Urban Brewery: Xocolatl Xake Up | Spiced Quad
Laurelwood Brewery: TBD | Imperial Belgian Chocolate Stout
Leikam Brewing: Moonshadow Belgian Chocolate Ale | Dark Belgian
Lompoc Brewing: Mystical Apricorn | Belgian Pale
Lucky Labrador Brewing: High Ryes | Belgian Rye
McMenamins Concordia Brewery: Triple Lindy | Belgian Tripel
McMenamins Crystal Brewery: Damned in Black Belgian Rye | Belgian Rye
Migration Brewing: Azaca Kahn IPA | Belgian IPA
Montavilla Brew Werks: Jerry Runs the voodoo Down | Belgian Extra Pale Ale
Mt Tabor Brewing: Oranje Leeuwin | Belgian Blonde
Oakshire Brewing: Save the Bees | Tart Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale
Occidentall Brewing: Zwarte Betje | Belgian Dark Strong
Old Town Brewing: Gargamel's Revenge | Belgian Stout
Pelican Brewery: Pelican Saison | Saison
pFriem Family Brewers: Flanders Red | Flanders Red
PINTS Brewing: Belgian Breakfast | Belgian Breakfast Beer
Plank Town Brewing: Trubbel | Dubbel
Portland Brewing: Honey Badger | Belgian Braggot
Rock Bottom Brewery: TBD
Rogue Ales: TBD | Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Sasquatch Brewery: Grand Cru | Belgian Style Strong Blonde
Solera Brewery: The Five Foot Assassin | Sour Brown
Stickmen Brewing: La Sticke | Belgian Tripel
Storm Breaker Brewing: Tripel Impact | Belgian Tripel
Sunriver Brewing: Willie the Red | Belgian Strong Red Ale
The Commons Brewery: Zeven | Dubbel
Three Mugs Brewing: Belgian from the ‘Burbs | Coffee Belgian Dark Strong
Thunder Island Brewing: The Hoppy Monk | Belgian Dark Strong
Unicorn Brewing: The Unicorns Drinking Pale | Belgian Dry Hopped Pale
Upright Brewing: Sunset Saison | Saison
Uptown Brewing: Wam Bam Thank You Tam | Black Saison
Vagabond Brewing: Belgian Blonde | Belgian Blonde
Widmer Brothers Brewing: Sansho No Sezon | Saison with Sansho Peppercorns
Wild Ride Brewing: Dark Dynasty Belgian Dark Strong Ale | Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Wolf Tree Brewery: Donker Boom | Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Worthy Brewing: Three Legged Table Bier | Belgian Dark
Yachats Brewing: Jasper Wave | Belgian Blonde
Zoiglhaus Brewing: Chocolate Blood Orange Candi Biere | Chocolate Orange Ale
Admission to the event is free. In order to drink, it costs $20 for a souvenir glass tasting goblet and 10 drink tickets. Beers are available by taster only; most beers cost one ticket for a taste, though some may cost double. Additional tasting tickets are available for $1 apiece. Advance tickets are on sale now at http://oregoncraftbeer.org/ctbb. The event is for ages 21 and over.

Cheers to Belgian Beers takes place in The North Warehouse as well as outside in the tented parking lot. Food is available from Monk’s Deli and the Urban German Grill. Street parking is available, but limited. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation — the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops one block away and the Yellow Max Line stops two blocks away — or ride their bike, with complimentary bike parking available.

Cheers to Belgian Beers is sponsored by MCF Craft Brewing Systems, Boelter Beverage, The Country Malt Group, Great Western Malting, Imperial Organic Yeast and Portland Mercury. The event is organized by the Oregon Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the state’s craft brewing industry and the common interests of its members. Founded in 1992, the Oregon Brewers Guild is one of the nation’s oldest craft brewers associations. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 154 brewing companies, 122 associate or supplier members and more than 3,500 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). To learn more, visit http://oregoncraftbeer.org/ctbb/

Twitter: @OregonCraftBeer
Facebook: OregonCraftBeer
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/1710290302518492/
Hashtag: #ctbb16

CORONADO BREWING DEBUTS NEW BOTTLES AND PACKAGING

Courtesy Coronado Brewing Co
Coastal-inspired brand evolution highlighted in new look

CORONADO, Calif. - April 28, 2016 Coronado Brewing Company has released new bottles and packaging as another move in the brand's evolution. The brewery recently announced the refresh as part of a rollout with their new can offerings and is now introducing the coastal look to their bottles. The new look reflects Coronado Brewing's rich history on Coronado Island, and the relaxed state of mind that resonates with both locals and fans worldwide.
 
"Our new bottles offer a unique design characteristic in regards to our mermaid.  We wanted to add something that not many breweries have to offer, so we decided to use an etched design on the new bottles," said Brandon Richards Vice-President of Sales and Marketing. "The etched mermaid adds a sense of discovery to the bottle and enhances the mystic of our mermaid logo, but also focuses more on the brewery name itself," said Richards.
                                                                                                                                                                   
Courtesy Coronado Brewing Co
 
Over the next nine months, Coronado Brewing will phase in the new packaging and bottles starting with long-time favorites, Orange Ave. Wit and Islander IPA in May.
 
Courtesy Coronado Brewing Co
 
About Coronado Brewing Company:
When Coronado Brewing opened the doors to their beach town brewpub on Coronado Island in 1996, they wanted it to be the kind of place where friends could enjoy great beer, a good meal and a laid-back atmosphere. Now, 20 years later, the brewery's grown, but they're still following that same dream: brewing exceptionally balanced beer to an ever-growing family that seeks an undeniable coastal vibe who share a passion for great beer. Coronado Brewing beers are available in 19 US states and 20 countries.  In 2014 Coronado Brewing was honored with one of the brewing industry's most prestigious awards-World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for a Mid-size Brewing Company.
 
Links:
Instagram: @CoronadoBrewing
Hashtag: #MermaidSighting

Thursday, April 28, 2016

SAMUEL ADAMS CELEBRATES TWO DECADES OF HOMEBREWING INGENUITY WITH THE 2016 LONGSHOT AMERICAN HOMEBREW CONTEST

Courtesy of Boston Beer Co
BOSTON, April 28, 2016— The brewers at Samuel Adams proudly announce a call for entries for the 2016 LongShot American Homebrew contest, and the release of the LongShot Variety six-pack featuring the winning homebrews from last year. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the national contest, which Sam Adams founder and brewer Jim Koch first started in 1996, when there were barely 1,000 breweries operating in the U.S. Today, there are more than 4,000 American breweries in operation and more than 1.2 million people who brew their own beer at home. Ever since drinkers got their first taste of Boston Lager in 1985, Jim has made it his mission to give back to the craft beer and homebrewing communities through programs such as Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and the Craft Brewer Experienceship, Hop Sharing, and the LongShot Homebrew competition. Today, America is the envy of brewers in the rest of the world, where entrepreneurs are taking their inspiration from American craft brewers.

LongShot Homebrew Contest Background:
Jim Koch created the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest to celebrate the innovative spirit of American homebrewers. Jim himself has deep homebrewing roots having brewed the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen 32 years ago, and recently released a book titled “Quench Your Own Thirst,” which details the lessons he’s learned over the past three decades as a brewer and an entrepreneur. A number of past LongShot winners have followed in Jim’s footsteps and gone on to become professional brewers, turning their homebrewing hobby into a full-time career, including Cesar Marron (2013), Don Oliver (2006), Bob Gordash (1996), and 2015 winner Tim Thomssen, who left his full-time job to join a brewery shortly after he won.

“When I first homebrewed Samuel Adams Boston Lager 32 years ago, craft beer didn’t exist as we know it today, and few American beer drinkers had ever tasted a beer with so much flavor,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. “Today the craft brewing community is flourishing, and we want to recognize our nation’s best homebrewers, by making their delicious brews available to drinkers across the country.”

Calling All Homebrewers for the 2016 Competition:
To celebrate the contest’s 20th anniversary and honor craft beer innovation, Samuel Adams is asking homebrewers to submit their best and most innovative beers for this year’s contest. To be considered for the 2016 LongShot contest, homebrewers must submit a beer whose style is part of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines. A full list of applicable styles can be found at http://bjcp.org/stylecenter.php. The 2016 judging panel will consist of notable seasoned brewing experts from across the country, and for the first time, past LongShot winners. Winners will be announced in early October at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The ultimate prize: entries from two winning homebrewers and one Samuel Adams employee winner will be featured in the Samuel Adams LongShot variety pack, available nationwide in 2017. Those interested in entering can visit www.samueladams.com/longshot for contest rules, regulations and information on purchasing a homebrewing kit. The homebrew submission window is July 1-July 22, 2016.

While Samuel Adams is accepting entries for the 2016 contest, the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest variety six-pack with winning brews from the 2015 contest will be available nationwide this spring in select retail locations. The variety pack will include two bottles each of Tim’s Raspberry Berliner Weisse, Kevin’s Belgian Golden Ale, and Colin’s Neighborino Flanders Red Ale.

Courtesy of Boston Beer Co

About the 2015 winners:
·         Tim Thomssen’s Raspberry Berliner Weisse (Lincoln, Nebraska):
At first look, you notice the big frothy head of this Raspberry Berliner Weisse. The bright notes of raspberries are balanced by refreshing tartness, followed by a wonderful fruity sweetness and clean finish. (4% ABV)

·         Kevin Nanzer’s Belgian Golden Ale (Mountain View, California):
This Belgian Golden Ale has notes of fruit, clove and pepper in the aroma, balanced by subtle malt character, with a clean citrus taste and bitterness from the hops. This beer should be sipped slowly to savor the delicious flavors. (9.1 % ABV)

·         Colin Foy’s Neighborino Flanders Red Ale (Samuel Adams Employee Winner, Cincinnati, Ohio):
This Flanders Red was brewed the traditional way, with “younger” beer blended with mature beer that has been aged in wood for several months, while Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus labor to produce fruity, tart and acidic flavors. (6.3 % ABV)

How the winners were chosen:
·         The beers were judged on the aroma, appearance, flavor and mouthfeel according to the style category under which it was submitted. Eight semi-finalists were selected during the first round of judging conducted at three regional judging locations in New England, California, and Illinois.  
·         The final winners were ultimately selected by a panel of industry judges including Jim Koch. The winning brews were judged as the best examples of their style. Industry judges include Bob Townsend of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tony Forder of Ale Street News, John Holl of All About Beer Magazine, Jason Alstrom of Beer Advocate, Don Russell (aka “Joe Six Pack”) of Philadelphia Daily News and esteemed beer writers Jay Brooks and Lisa Morrison.
·         The Sam Adams employee winner is voted on by visitors to the Boston Brewery.

How to get your hands on these beers:
The Samuel Adams LongShot Variety Six-Pack is available nationwide in select retail stores beginning in April for a suggested retail price of $9.99 -$10.00 (prices vary by market).

Samuel Adams, Sam Adams, Boston Lager, Brewing the American Dream, LongShot, and American Homebrew Contest are registered trademarks of The Boston Beer Company.

ABOUT 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 www.samueladams.com.

Oskar Blues Brewery Heads Down Under

Courtesy of Oskar Blues Brewery

Longmont, CO; Brevard, NC; Austin, TX  - As Oskar Blues Brewery expands its efforts to get cans of Dale's Pale Ale into the hands of thirsty beer drinkers around the globe, the brewery will make its first foray into the Southern Hemisphere by entering the Australian market in July. The brewery will partner with Phoenix Beers and initially sell the six core Oskar Blues brands: Dale's Pale Ale, Mama's Little Yella Pils, Pinner Throwback IPA, Oskar Blues IPA, Old Chub Scotch Ale and Beerito Mexican Lager. The brands will available in cans as well as on draft in one-way kegs.

"We feel that our cans and kegs of American craft-brewed flavor will be a great fit for the Aussies, and, considering that our newest IPA - Oskar Blues IPA - is made with all-Australian hops from Bushy Park Estates in Tasmania and Rostrevor Farms in Victoria, we think that the timing couldn't be any better. It's like a homecoming... for our hops," says Tim Matthews, Oskar Blues Director of Brewing Operations.

Phoenix Beers will be holding launch events across the continent to announce Oskar Blues' arrival, and to celebrate the fact that the brewery's beers will be officially available for Aussies to enjoy on a regular basis. Details on these events will be finalized and announced via social media in the coming weeks. Follow Oskar Blues on Facebook and Twitter for details. 


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 49 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 http://www.oskarblues.com.

About Phoenix Beers
Phoenix Beers is Australia's leading craft beer importer/distributor, bringing a wide, wonderful world of beer flavour to our shores since 2004. From Bavarian Germany's Weihenstephan Brewery to Northern California's Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Phoenix has partnered with the best in the business; with a new generation of craft-brewers ably represented by Scotland's BrewDog, New Zealand's Garage Project and Melbourne's Moon Dog. The team works hard to ensure its extensive portfolio of products is supplied in the best possible condition, and is proud to be bringing Oskar Blues' highly-credentialed craft beers to Australian drinkers.