Friday, June 5, 2015

First Annual "National Radler Day" is June 22nd

Press Release: One of the longest days of the year, June 22nd, will now be known as National Radler Day, the most refreshing day of the year. Arguably the most thirst quenching and easy drinking beer style around, Radlers are the ultimate playful and sessionable drink to kick off the summer.

We’re asking breweries around the country to participate in National Radler Day by making a big deal about the Radlers they serve. If you don’t currently have one available, a Radler is simply made with (give or take) 50% Lager and 50% lemon or grapefruit soda. Serve up Radler at your bar/brewery while the summer sun scorches your patrons, ask your fans to use your beer to create their own Radlers at home, and make Radler Day fun for all.

Spread the word by tagging images on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with #nationalradlerday or #radlerday.

Why June 22? Not only is June 22 one of the first days of summer, it also commemorates the legend of Radler. Radler is German for “cyclist,” and the story goes that in June of 1922 the owner of the Kugleralm pub in Germany was visited by thousands of cyclists on a new bike trail that led directly to his venue. The publican didn’t have enough beer for all the cyclists so he mixed a 50/50 concoction of Lager and Lemon Juice, and Radler was born. The history may be a little shaky, but Radler is here nonetheless and we are all better for it!

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New Belgium Brewing Named a “Best Place to Work for Millennials”

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Ft. Collins, Colo., June 5, 2015 New Belgium Brewing has been named one of the best places to work for millennial employees in America. The list, which comes on the heels of the news that millennials are now the largest workforce in America, is the first of its kind to identify companies that excel at recruiting, developing and retaining top millennial performers.

“We have always been a values-driven company and that resonates with millennials,” said Bryan Simpson, New Belgium spokes model. “We are 100% employee-owned, have an open-book management policy and actively give back. We also celebrate the unique qualities of each employee, unlocking the potential for great things to happen. This mixture creates a culture that attracts and retains some awesome people, especially among millennials.”

The full list of the Best Places to Work for Millennials and accompanying paper, Unlocking Millennial Talent, is available at

To find the best places to work for Millennials, The Center for Generational Kinetics partnered with the workplace excellence research firm Best Companies Group (BCG), which manages more than 50 “Best Places to Work” programs around the globe. BCG analyzed data from more than 4,000 U.S. organizations that participated in BCG’s various programs. BCG included policy and benefit offerings from employer questionnaires, as well as employee engagement data.

For more information on New Belgium Brewing, visit

About New Belgium Brewing Company
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, one of World Blu’s Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at

About The Center for Generational Kinetics
The Center for Generational Kinetics is the global leader in teaching companies to better employ and sell to Millennials. The Center leads original research that uncovers new Millennial and generational trends in the workplace and marketplace. The Center solves Millennial challenges through research, speaking and consulting. The Center’s clients range from industry leaders such as Mercedes-Benz and Four Seasons Hotels to venture-backed technology startups. The Center works with over 120 clients per year. Learn more about The Center and its mission to bridge generations at

About the Best Companies Group
Best Companies Group works with national and local partners around the country and internationally to establish and manage “Best Places to Work,” “Best Companies,” and “Best Employers” programs on a national, statewide, regional and industry basis. Through its thorough workplace assessment, utilizing employer questionnaires and employee-satisfaction surveys, BCG identifies and recognizes companies who have been successful in creating and maintaining workplace excellence.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Beers Made By Walking Announces Hikes with Local Brewers In Seattle

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Beers Made By Walking Announces 2015 Hikes with Breweries in Seattle

Beers Made By Walking, the program that invites brewers go on nature hikes and make beer inspired by plants found on the trail, partners with Mountains to Sound Greenway for a series of public hikes with brewers. Four hikes with eleven brewers take place this summer along the Mountains to Sound Greenway corridor, beginning with the first on June 13. Hikers are accompanied by local brewers and hikes are free, but space is limited.

Brewers attending hikes are challenged to create a unique, place-based beer that serves as a drinkable, landscape portrait of the trails that are walked. The resulting beers will be served at a special event in the Fall, in Seattle, and proceeds from the beer will benefit Mountains to Sound Greenway.

The first hike is on June 13  with Naked City Brewery and Ghostfish Brewing Company at Seward Park. Registration is now open. Registration for the next three hikes begins two weeks from the hike date. The remaining hikes are on June 27 with Brickyard Brewing, Hi-Fi Brewing, Stoup Brewing and Tin Dog Brewing, August 9 with Fremont Brewing and Machine House Brewery, and August 15 Two Beers Brewing, Seattle Cider Company and Lantern Brewing. Hikes take place along the Mountains to Sound Greenway between Seattle and Snoqualmie Pass.

Hikes are free, but registration is required. Registration will open approximately two weeks before each hike.

Hike Dates and Info

June 13, 12pm - Seward Park - Registration Open Now
Description: Explore Seward Park with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Seattle area breweries. Located within Seattle city limits, Seward Park contains over 300 acres of beautiful forested lands. This unique park located on Lake Washington will offer plenty of local flora for inspiration.

June 27, 10am - Snoqualmie Valley Trail - Registration Open Soon
Description: Come take a walk on Snoqualmie Valley Trail with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Seattle area breweries. The Snoqualmie Valley is a magnificent rural valley just minutes from the greater Seattle area and has some of the most fertile soil in the nation. The hike will explore the trail from Duvall to Oxbow Farm, featuring a tour of Oxbow Farm, an organic farm and educational center.

August 9, 9am- Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail - Registration Open Soon
Description: Hike the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Trail with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Fremont Brewing. This trail follows the Snoqualmie River under dense tree cover, through old-growth forests with fern undergrowth. Watch for wildlife along the river. Make sure to wear sturdy footwear as there is some rocky terrain.

August 15, 9am - Little Bandera - Registration Open Soon
Description: Come hike Little Bandera with Mountains to Sound Greenway and Seattle area breweries. This hike is the most difficult in the Seattle program, but the views from Little Bandera are worth the effort. Take in views of Mt. Rainier and the valley below, as we learn about local flora. Wear sturdy footwear and bring plenty of water.

About Mountains to Sound Greenway:
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature and to preserve this heritage for future generations. The Greenway is an iconic 1.5 million-acre landscape that conserves a healthy and sustainable relationship between land and people by balancing built and natural environments. This landscape provides places for nature and wildlife, for outdoor recreation and education, for working forests and local agricultural production, while embracing vibrant urban areas with strong economies.

About Beers Made By Walking:
Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites people to step outside and see the place they live in a new light. We invite brewers to take nature walks and make beer inspired by the plants identified on the trail. Since 2011, we have worked with over 90 breweries in Oregon, Colorado, North Carolina, and Washington. Our hiking and tasting events act as educational and fundraising programs for environmental organizations in the regions we serve.

New Belgium Brewing and Hopworks Urban Brewery Collaborate to Create B-Side Organic Peach India Pale Ale

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 This ‘Beers with Vrienden’ release brings together old brewing buddies and B Corp businesses
Ft. Collins, Colo., June 4, 2015 New Belgium Brewing has teamed up with Portland-based Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) for its Beers with Vrienden release, a collaborative endeavor with friends and brewers around the country. The first part of this journey starts at New Belgium today, June 4, with the initial collaborative brew, followed by a release celebration and reciprocal brew at HUB during the Oregon Brewer’s Festival in July.

This creation brings together kindred brewing spirits, as both breweries share a love for sustainability and bike culture and both are certified B-corporations.  


“There are only a handful of us in the brewing business that can call ourselves B Corps, so we were thrilled when our friends at HUB joined us,” said Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s Specialty Brand Manager & Wood Cellar Blender. “They have a long history of organic, imaginative brewing and are a company that believes business can be a force for good, while making world class beers. We’ve been friends for a while and look forward to enjoying the results of this collaboration.”

Christian Ettinger, HUB’s Founder, is in Fort Collins, Colo. with Tom Bleigh, HUB’s Brewing Director, to brew with the New Belgium team. After a dynamic discussion about what to brew, both parties agreed they wanted a huge IPA. A mutual love of peaches made a fruit addition easy, and the idea for B-Side Organic Peach IPA came to life. In line with HUB’s traditional brewing practices, all ingredients will be organic and the beer will be USDA certified Organic. It will flow with notes of citrus and stone fruit from Amarillo hops, along with delicate peach tones and a bitter bite.

“This beer will be packed with enough love and experience to steer the flavor in a delicious direction. I think others will appreciate it for sure,” said Ettinger. “What’s great about collaborations is they are like taking a brewery tour through someone’s mind. Two thirds looks familiar and the third part is entirely freaky and inspirational.”

B-Side is named after both breweries mutual love of bikes and beer and their pride in having certified B-Corp status. B-Side Organic Peach India Pale Ale will celebrate its debut release at the Oregon Brewer’s Festival, July 22 – 26, 2015. It will come in at 6% ABV and 55 IBUs. The Portland reciprocal brew is being envisioned as a dry-hopped peach sour ale, since both breweries also share a love for sours.

To learn more about New Belgium Brewing, check out and for more info on Hopworks Urban Brewing, visit Additional details on the Portland release parties will be announced as the dates get closer.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
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 ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at

About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Founded in 2007, Hopworks Urban Brewery is committed to brewing world-class beer as sustainably as possible using organic malts and hops sourced primarily from the Northwest. The company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 12,500 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution. Hopworks, a Certified B Corporation, incorporates a range of sustainable practices in its operation and makes every effort to protect “our” future with a thoughtful alternative. HUB is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon neutral. Visit Hopworks online at and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

No-Li Brewhouse and Spokane Indians Baseball Club Create The No-Li All-Star Game Golden Ale

No-Li Brewhouse Partners with Spokane Indians Baseball Club to Create a Brand New Beer for a Big New Game
SPOKANE, WASH… Few things go together better than baseball and beer, so it only makes sense that Spokane would bring you both in a big way…like, really big.

For the first time in history, the MiLB Northwest League will go head-to-head against the Pioneer League in the 2015 All-Star Game.  The setting for this epic battle on August 4th is none-other-than Avista Stadium – the home of the Spokane Indians Baseball Club.  In celebration of this momentous occasion, the ball club and No-Li Brewhouse have partnered up to create the limited release No-Li All-Star Game Golden Ale.

“We wanted to do something special with a local partner for the All-Star Game” said Spokane Indians Base Ball Club Senior VP, Otto Klein.  “No-Li was an obvious choice and they have really stepped up to the plate.  We’re excited to be the first host city of the Northwest League/Pioneer League All-Star Game and to be able to share this unique collaboration with our fans this summer.”

“Spokane Indians Baseball is an organization with a rich history, deeply rooted in our city. With so much of who we are at No-Li coming from our love of Spokane and the sense of pride we feel for being a part of this community, a partnership with the ball club made perfect sense,” says No-Li Sales & Marketing Manager, Callet Ioane.  “Their organization has brought the likes of Tommy Lasorda, Carlos Beltran and Joey Cora to Spokane.  Who wouldn’t be honored to be a part of that legacy?”   

The special edition No-Li All-Star Game Golden Ale will be sold in select locations throughout Spokane.  Set to ship on June 16th, bottles will hit the shelves just in time for the All-Star Fan Vote to begin.  Details on how fans can help decide who takes the field for the big game are available on each commemorative bottle, as well as at

Cheers to Spokane-Style baseball and beers!

About No-Li Brewhouse

Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won sixteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit, or follow us on:

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Two Beers Brewing & Seattle Cider Company Announce The Grand Opening of The Woods On June 13th.

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Popular shared tasting room, ‘The Woods’, moves one door down to doubled capacity, 24 taps, games, in-house kitchen and more; doors open June 13 at 1pm

SEATTLE (June 2, 2015) – Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company are thrilled to announce the grand opening their brand new tasting room, The Woods, scheduled for Saturday, June 13 at 1pm! The newest rendition of the shared tasting room – located right next door to the current one – is the result of six months of build out and anticipation, offering more than double the space, expanded draft, a myriad of games and more. 
“This is the tasting room we’ve been dreaming of,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and owner of Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company. “Our entire team has put in countless hours over the past six months making sure we created a destination, not just a tasting room. With more taps, games and soon, a full kitchen, we think we’ve created a space our fans, new and old, will love.” 
More than doubling its space to 2,800 square feet, The Woods embodies its name with custom wood and ironwork throughout. Offering an expanded 24 taps and seating for 99 people, the new tasting room will also feature a range of bar games, including pool, darts, foseball and shuffleboard. Additional features include a raised dining area (available for private events), space for projection movies, a dedicated retail space and more. Outside, a permanent arbor will hold seating for 68 people, adorned with apple trees and hop vines from local farmers. 
“Everything was custom built specifically for this space, right down to the shuffleboard table. The new tasting room really exemplifies our brands and our company, and we can’t wait to share it with everyone,” said VandenBrink. 
Adding to an exciting list of new features, an in-house kitchen is slated for launch this fall. Occupied and run by the team from popular food truck Bread & Circuses, food will be available for purchase during normal tasting room hours, including delicious items such as Fritto Misto, Nori wrapped salmon bites, prosciutto wrapped figs stuffed with chèvre and aged balsamic, slow braised oxtail risotto and more.  
Attendees of The Woods grand opening party – taking place from 1-7pm on Saturday, June 13 at 4660 Ohio Ave S in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood – will enjoy $4-$6 pints of Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company’s year-round offerings, plus an amazing lineup of beers and ciders only available at the tasting room (see social media for full list). Bread & Circuses popular food truck will be on site from 3-7pm serving up delicious eats, available for purchase. Each attendee will receive a raffle ticket upon entry for a chance to win Two Beers Brewing  and Seattle Cider Company swag, with winners announced on Monday, June 15. Glassware, growlers, posters and apparel will also be available for purchase. Please note this is a 21+ event.
Hours for The Woods will remain the same, open Tuesday - Thursday from 3-9pm, Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1-6pm. Occupying the space behind the tasting room is the new home of Seattle Cider Company, including 45,000 gallons worth of tank space, a new canning line and more. Two Beers Brewing takes over the former space, expanding its production and administrative offices, bringing the total footprint of the two companies to 22,000-square-feet. 
For more information about Seattle Cider Company, Two Beers Brewing and The Woods tasting room, follow the brands on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit their websites at and

About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007 and today, produces twelve unique beers including five year-round, seven seasonal and a host of intricate infusions in its 4,800-square-foot SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings kegs and growler fill-ups available at their tasting room located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly TuesdayFriday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays from 1 – 6 p.m. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, visit
About Seattle Cider Company
Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is the city’s first cidery since prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider’s break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh-pressed, locally-grown apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with real ingredients and never from concentrate. Find Seattle Cider products in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Alaska, California, Idaho and Austin, Texas. Seattle Cider is also available on tap at The Woods tasting room, located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday - Saturday. For more information, visit, or follow Seattle Cider Company on FacebookTwitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (@seattleciderco).

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Senate Supports American Craft Beer Week®

Celebration Continues with Resolution for Small and Independent Craft Brewers

Boulder, COJune 2, 2015—The weeklong celebration honoring the country’s small and independent craft brewery renaissance during the 10th American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) continues, as Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Susan Collins (R-Me.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced a resolution, S. Res. 188, expressing the Senate’s appreciation of the goals of the week and commending the craft brewers of the United States. The U.S. Senate passed S. Res. 188 by unanimous consent.

From May 11-17, all 50 states witnessed over 2,000 registered ACBW events, including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more, to honor the ever-advancing craft beer culture and unite tens of thousands of beer lovers nationwide. also created an interactive graphic featuring fun facts to commemorate each state and its respective commitment to craft brewing.

“American Craft Beer Week is about supporting and celebrating small and independent brewers,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “We are thrilled to see the U.S. Senate recognize the week and commend the accomplishments of small brewery businesses, each of whom are a driving economic force and cultural bright spot for this country.”

In addition to expressing gratitude for the goals of ACBW, the resolution recognizes the significant contributions of the craft brewers of the United States to the economy and to the communities which the craft brewers are located. The resolution also commends craft brewers for providing jobs, supporting agriculture, improving balance of trade—particularly by producing many sought-after new and unique styles ranging from smoked porters to pumpkin peach ales—and educating the country and beer lovers around the world about the history and culture of beer, while promoting legal and responsible appreciation.

Find an expanded list of U.S. beer weeks, join the conversation on Twitter with #ACBW and look for continued celebrations on the ACBW Facebook page.


About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, AHA National Homebrewers Conference, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association. Follow us on Twitter.

Old Town Brewing Releasing 22oz Bottles of Shanghai'd IPA and Sun Dazed Kölsch

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Portland Brewery Expands Offerings to Oregon and Washington Beer Drinkers with Newly Released Bottles

Portland, Ore. – (June 2, 2015) Old Town Brewing ® (OTB®), a locally owned and operated Portland brewery, announced today that bottles of its award winning beer will be available at retail locations across Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washington, with hopes of expanding throughout the Pacific Northwest.

OTB’s Shanghai’d IPA ® and two-time award winning Sun Dazed Kölsch will be sold in 22 ounce glass bottles, available around the city as of June 3.  The Shanghai’d IPA, a nod to Old Town’s most storied history, is a medium-bodied IPA with grapefruit, resinous and piney hop aroma and flavors balanced by a touch of malt sweetness. The Sun Dazed Kölsch is the perfect sessionable beer for a hot summer day with its crisp, clean but delicate fruity aroma and flavor; this beers pairs perfectly with sun and fun.

To usher its new bottles into the craft brew community, OTB will be visiting some of Portland’s favorite bottle shops, hosting tasting sessions, giving attendees the chance to meet the brewery team, offering free giveaways and providing bottles available for purchase.

Old Town Brewing Bottle Release Events
·         June 3, Belmont Station, 4500 SE Stark street, 5-7 p.m.
·         June 6, New Seasons, 3445 N Williams Ave
            From 11a.m. to 5p.m New Seasons will be featuring hourly giveaways, food pairings, 
        tasting stations and more
·         June 10, Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth Street, 6-9 p.m.

“Our beer reflects the personality of this incredible city and the people in it,” said Adam Milne, owner of Old Town Brewing. “We could not be more excited for our beer to be in the hands of the people whom inspired it, and to share our beers with enthusiasts across the region. It’s a huge moment for our whole team, to see our bottles on the shelves next to the breweries we admire, and truly marks a huge milestone for us – I’m so proud.”

Local flair is not limited to the Shanghai’d IPA and Sun Dazed Kölsch. OTB embodies the quirks of Portland and its people in every batch of beer they brew, creating a unique beer drinking experience built on a foundation of inspiration drawn from Portland’s culture.

A continuation of creating a beer drinking experience that is intrinsically Portland, The OTB team will be celebrating all summer long, popping up around the city to spread beer and cheer to the community.

Follow the OTB crew all summer using the #prayforsun.

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 About Old Town Brewing Co.
Old Town Brewing (OTB) opened in northeast Portland, Ore., in 2011 with an emphasis on crafting its beer to reflect the spirit, values, history and personality of Portland and the Northwest. OTB is the first brewery in the country to deliver beer and pizza by bike straight to consumers, rain or shine. Reclaimed materials were extensively incorporated into the design of the LEED Gold brewery, evoking an atmosphere of Northwest authenticity and sustainability.

Owner Adam Milne opened OTB to complement his Old Town Pizza® location in Portland’s historic Old Town neighborhood. A devoted Old Town Pizza customer since celebrating his ninth birthday at the restaurant, Milne purchased Old Town Pizza from the original owners, the Accuardi family, in 2003. For more information visit and
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Monday, June 1, 2015

Stone Brewing Co. Releases Stone Saison, A Modern Take on a Farmhouse Classic

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ESCONDIDO, CA (June 1, 2015) – Stone Brewing Co. is reintroducing its take on a traditional Belgian farmhouse ale, using Southern California ingredients grown on its 19-acre farm. Stone Saison is brewed with lemon zest, grains of paradise, lemon thyme, lavender and a small dose of habanero peppers, making it the quintessential refresher for the warm-weather months. Starting today, the beer returns in 12-ounce six-packs and on draft to retailers, restaurants and bars in markets where Stone beers are sold.

“Before we began brewing batches of this year’s release, we looked at a few ways to slightly improve on last year’s recipe for Stone Saison,” said Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “The herbs and spices remain the same, but we adjusted the proportions to create a refined combination highlighting each ingredient while offering a perfectly balanced flavor profile overall.”
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 Grown at the craft beer company’s Stone Farms, lemon thyme and lavender contribute floral, citrusy aromas and flavors, while lemon zest and grains of paradise add vibrant grapefruit and white pepper notes that mingle with restrained, earthy heat brought on by habanero peppers. These homegrown specialty edibles balance exceptionally well with the subtle banana and clove qualities courtesy of Stone’s house strain of Belgian yeast. The resulting beer finishes with a crisp, dry and refreshing mix of spices, red apple and a hint of heat.

Stone Saison will be available in limited quantities through the warm and sunny season. The beer’s citrusy, floral and spice qualities will shine through all summer long. 
Courtesy of Stone Brewing Co
Stone Saison Quick Facts:
Name: Stone Saison
Stats: 6% ABV, 35 IBUs
Availability: Limited 12-ounce bottles in six-packs and draft, beginning June 1
Hops Bill: Perle and Aramis
National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Japan; Singapore; and United Kingdom
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About Stone Brewing Co.
 Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co. is the 9th largest craft brewer in the United States.
Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 10 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company will be the first American craft brewer to own and operate its own brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations is anticipated to begin late 2015. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing Co., please visit or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.

Pike Brewing Releases Washington State's First Varietal Beer, Pike Locale Skagit Valley Alba.

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Introducing Pike Locale Skagit Valley Alba, Washington State’s first varietal beer.

Seattle, WA – June 1, 2015: Malt is the soul of beer; akin to grapes in wine. Brewers have an incredible diversity of hops to brew with and yet since Prohibition have been limited in malt choices. Now Pike Brewing Company is working directly with Skagit Valley farmers to grow barley varietals specifically for craft beer malt. These varietals will bring new, full and complex flavors that today’s craft beer drinkers want. We are introducing this with Pike Locale, a series of beers made with 100% Washington State ingredients that define our local terroir.

The first beer in the Pike Locale series is Skagit Valley Alba. Just in time for summer, Skagit Valley Alba is light and citrusy with a clean, earthy and nutty malt finish. Subtly seasoned with Yakima Valley hops, Pike Locale Skagit Valley Alba pours a beautiful spun gold color with crisp, pale foam. This limited release beer is available beginning June 1 on draft and in 22oz dinner bottles at local pubs, restaurants, grocers and bottle shops. 

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“We know that craft beer drinkers are passionate about drinking locally,” said Art Dixon, Pike Brewing Lead Brewer. “As brewers we’re excited to introduce them to all new flavors with these locally grown malts.”  

Since Prohibition the barley grain supply for brewers has been dictated by macrobreweries, who prefer high protein, low flavor grains. There are over 11,000 varieties of barley and yet only a handful are used for malt today. For this beer, Pike Brewing is working with Skagit Valley Malting, a new craft maltster.  They are able to malt barley in smaller quantities, tailoring their process to the exact specifications each varietal needs to bring out its fullest flavor in craft beer.

“With Pike Locale we are reviving the pre-Prohibition tradition of sourcing quality ingredients as close to the brewery as possible,” notes Pike Brewing Founder and President, Charles Finkel. “Prohibition dealt a blow to brewers and small farmers alike. And since that time craft brewers have done an admirable job brewing delicious beers with a very limited palate of malts. Pike Locale ushers in a new chapter with these locally grown, varietal malts that will introduce beer drinkers to new flavors.”

Courtesy of Pike Brewing Co
Skagit Valley Alba’s base malt was grown by Knutzen Farms (Skagit Valley) and includes malts from Palouse Colony Farm (Whitman County), Washington Bulb Co. and Hedlin Farms (Skagit Valley). Its Cascade, Centennial and Mosaic hops come from the Yakima Valley and its honey from Salish Lodge bees in Snohomish County. It is brewed with water from the Cedar River Watershed and uses Pike #1 yeast.

Future beers in the Pike Locale series, featuring other heritage and varietal malts, will be available as the grains become available and as Pike Brewing Company’s brewers create new recipes for them.

Pike Locale Skagit Valley Alba
ABV    5.5 %
IBU     28

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Double Mountain Cluster Single-Hop IPA Gets A New Look

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Hood River, OR - June 1st, 2015 -A Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom seasonal favorite, the Cluster Single-Hop IPA returns in bottles for the third year with a fresh new label. This unique and versatile IPA is currently available on draft and by bottle at the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom located in downtown Hood River. Cluster can be found throughout the Northwest, British Columbia, and Southern California in early June 2015.

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"We are excited about the rework of the Cluster label. The starry moonscape really stands out on the shelves." Head Brewmaster/owner Matt Swihart talks about this year's Cluster batch. "For a magical reason that remains a mystery to me, the farmer gods treated us to an excellent crop on the Clusters in 2014, so this year's beer is exceptional crisp, tasty and wonderfully balanced. This is my favorite year so far... but look out 2016." 
Single-Hop IPA
7.3% ABV, 85 BU

Description: The oft forgotten Cluster hop was the dominant hop in the US brewing industry for centuries.  With the Cluster, we’re bringing this beauty of a hop back into the limelight.  Clusters were added at every stage of the brewing process, allowing a good taste of the hop’s complexity and versatility.  A more delicate floral note at the top leads you deeper into a grove of pineapple and orange, and a dewy herbal character follows closely behind.  It glows like an early summer sunset, has a clean bitterness, and dried out nicely, 
making it highly drinkable.  ABV 7.3%, 85 BU

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About Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom: Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom was established in 2007 in the heart of downtown Hood River, OR. Founders Matt Swihart and Charlie Devereux opened the brewery with a clear mission: make great beer for craft beer fans. Double Mountain Brewery’s unique location lends to not only using pure and clean glacial water for their beers, but they also take advantage of regionally grown hops. Double Mountain Brewery and Taproom’s unfiltered and long-aged beers deliver maximum flavor and character. They can be found on tap and in bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southern California. Learn more at:

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