Friday, June 19, 2015

New Belgium Brewing Releases Hop Tart The Lastest In The Hop Kitchen Series

New Belgium Brewing's Surprisingly Sessionable Hop Tart is an Easy Drinking Summer Sour

Courtesy of New Belgium Brewery

  Latest Hop Kitchen release delivers a tropical twist on the American sour ale

Ft. Collins, Colo., June 19, 2015 New Belgium Brewing is celebrating summer with a sessionable, fruity spin on the typical American sour. Hop Tart is New Belgium’s latest Hop Kitchen offering, blending Belgian Pale Malt from the Colorado Malting Company, with tart lactobacillus and fruity hops. The result is a refreshing, easy drinker, perfect for fun in the sun. The beer is available on draft only in New Belgium markets.
Hop Tart’s lactobacillus offers just the slightest hint of sour that propels bursts of passion fruit, guava and pineapple, courtesy of hefty Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy and Experimental Hop 522 dry-hopping.

“We developed Hop Tart based on our Snapshot brewing process, which is a unique way of souring wort,” said Matty Gilliland (aka Matty Smooth), brewing process analyst at New Belgium Brewing. “It runs in the same vein as some of our recent, popular sours, like Le Terroir and Ted’s Beer, a hoppy Berlinerweiss. The combination of tartness and hops is a clear winner, so we know our sour fans will love Hop Tart!”  

At five percent ABV and 30 IBUs, Hop Tart offers a hoppy easy drinker. It’s available now through July. Pricing varies by location.

To find Hop Tart near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool:

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at and Twitter @NewBelgium.

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 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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Oregon Cider Week At Mcmenamins

During the 4th Annual Oregon Cider Week, which starts tomorrow and runs through June 28th , McMenamins will be celebrating with some great deals and offerings at all locations. See information below about cider by the glass, the Kennedy School Cider Dinner, and Tavern & pool a new McMenamins Cider Bar with specials during the entire Oregon Cider Week.

Courtesy of McMenamins

  • For just $5 a glass, McMenamins offers their Edgefield Cider in original apple and seasonal cherry at all locations in Oregon. 
  • To kick things off with panache, they’re hosting a Kennedy School Cider Dinner on Thursday, June 18, where guests can enjoy Executive Chef Chris Lawrence’s sumptuous menu paired with ciders, such as a pecan, pear & blue cheese salad with Edgefield Pomegranate Cider. See menu details below.
  • Kennedy School is not the only location that will be aptly filled with appleheads, Tavern & Pool recently established a cider bar upstairs, making it Northwest Portland’s only cider bar. With four rotating guest ciders on tap and two Edgefield ciders, Tavern & Pool will give guests $1 off a pint of their choice during Cider Week. To give you a glimpse, here are the guest cider taps: Finnriver Fire Barrel; Foxtail Apfelwein German Cider; Anthem Cherry Cider; and Crispin Pacific Pear Cider. Whichever McMenamins gathering place folks end up in, they’ll be able to get their Oregon Cider Week stamp for their Passport!

Kennedy School Cider Dinner
McMenamins Kennedy School | Thursday, June 18, 2015
7 PM | $75 per person | Tickets available online | 21 and over
  • Pecan, pear & blue cheese salad with cider vinaigrette
    Paired with Edgefield Pomegranate Cider
  • Red lentil & tomato soup
    Paired with Edgefield Estate Barrel Aged
  • Imported cheese board
    Paired with Edgefield Hard Cider
  • Garlic cider mussels
    Paired with Bordelet Brut Tendre from Normandy, France
  • Braised pork cheeks with frisee
    Paired with Edgefield Cherry Cider
  • Apple galette
    Paired with Bordelet Sydre Doux from Normandy, France

Variety and Victory Go Hand in Hand for Summer

Courtesy of Victory Brewing Co
Victory Brewing Company Adds Kühl Kölsch and Brings Back Seasonal Fave Whirlwind
to Variety of Victorys Summer Selections
Downingtown, PA, June 17, 2015- Victory Brewing Company (Victory) announces two refreshingly drinkable additions to their second annual Variety of Victorys Summer Selections – Kühl Kölsch and Whirlwind Witbier. Available only in the variety pack, along with Summer Love Ale and Prima Pils, they give new fans a complete overview of the best the brewery has to offer and invite existing fans to experience new flavors.
Kühl Kölsch, a refreshing and light style that traces its roots to Germany, delivers the perfect sessionable balance of sweet and sharp with an ABV of 4.9%.  Whirlwind, the popular Belgian-style wheat ale favorite, makes a cameo with an initial gust of spicy, seasonable crispness and has a 5.1% ABV. The name says it all in Summer Love Ale, a delicious blend of pale malt and German hops that embrace all the magical things summer has to offer with an ABV of 5.2%. Lastly, Prima Pils rounds out the final strategic summertime Victory selection with its low 5.3% ABV and refreshing approachability and crisp flavor.
On shelves now, Variety of Victorys Summer Selections is available throughout the brewery’s 36 state distribution footprint, with a suggested retail price for twelve, 12-oz. bottles at approximately $21.99, but varying upon geographic location. Use Victory’s Beerfinder to discover a nearby location, or download the free Victory Mobile app for Android or iPhone.
Courtesy of Victory Brewing Co
 “Variety is indeed the spice of life with summertime lending itself to carefree days of enjoying the most of what life has to offer,” said Victory’s President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “We wanted to embrace that notion by giving our fans the opportunity to taste Victory the easiest, most delicious way possible with something for everyone in one simple variety pack. We can promise these beers will refresh and delight, making summer even more enjoyable for our fans.”
About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. In addition to the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub, Victory recently opened a second state-of-the-art brewery in Parkesburg, PA to expand production capabilities and serve fans of fully flavored beers in 36 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at

Whole Foods Eat, Drink, Play Block Party Saturday June 20th

Courtsey of PDX Beer Week
Whole Foods Market, Columbia Distributing, Curb and Portland Mercury present the 2015 Portland Beer Week which opens its final weekend with the Whole Foods Eat, Drink, Play Block Party at the Whole Foods Market Pearl District location on Saturday June 20th 2015. This all-ages festival is a benefit for Harper's Playground with funds raised slotted for the Couch Park revamp. From 2-7pm Whole Foods Market in the Pearl will welcome 14 breweries, great food, live music, and games!


Fort George
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Breakside Brews
Buoy Brewing
10 Barrel Brewing
Deschutes Brewery
Reverand Nat's Hard Cider
The Commons
Fat Heads Brewery
Base Camp Brewing
Laurelwood Brewery
Occidental Brewing
Burnside Brewery
Fremont Brewing


Corn Hole
Bike Raffle (2 bikes donated by KIND and RUNA)
Kids Play Area by WeVillage


Garden Bar
Kind Bar
Popart Popcorn
Runa Tea
Genesis Juice
Whole Foods MArket


Rock and Roll Music by SnarlPDX
Eat, Drink, Play takes place on Couch Street between 12th and 13th in NW Portland, OR from 2-7pm.
Follow @WholeFoodsPDX and @PDXBeerWeek on Twitter for updates.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Alaskan Brewing Unveils A Refreshed Website And Online Store

Alaskan Brewing Launches New Website and Online Store

Gear store and website now easier to navigate with more options and information  

JUNEAU, Alaska (June 16, 2015) – Alaskan Brewing has unveiled its refreshed website and online gear store, which will provide fans of Alaskan Beer with more options for finding information and great clothes and merchandise. It’s all in an effort to bring the Last Frontier closer to people who want to Live Life Alaskan.
“The top information people are looking for on our site is where to find our beer, the stories behind our beer such as Alaskan Amber and Icy Bay IPA, and our unique approach to sustainable brewing called ‘Beer Powered Beer,’” said Alaskan Brewing's Communications Manager Andy Kline. “So our new site concentrates on some of those most popular pages, and also provides a ton of other great information and stories about our brewery and our beer.”
In addition to the new website, the new online gear store has been completely redesigned, so that now customers can conduct searches for clothing and merchandise, and get high-resolution views of everything available. There is also a new function that calculates shipping fees and other charges before a transaction occurs, so people can quickly see the full cost of an order before buying.
The store site features everything from glassware and beer signs to shirts, hats, hoodies, athletic gear and more.
The new website is at and the new store site is at

Monday, June 15, 2015

11th Annual Oregon Garden Brewfest This Weekend

One of our favorite brew festivals the 11th Annual Oregon Garden Brewfest is this weekend, be sure not to miss it. Also if you want an amazing beer and food pairing, don't miss the 4th Annual Tasting Dinner on Thursday (Menu) there are still tickets available. See info below about the Oregon Garden Brewfest & Tasting Dinner.

Courtesy of  the Oregon Garden Brewfest

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest allows visitors to stroll the 80-acre botanical garden with beer in hand. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 5 pm Sunday. The event is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday, when they can create their own wooden coaster for Dad.
Admission ranges from $15 to $50, but all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets; see ticket pricing and purchase in advance at

A full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. Designated drivers pay a cover charge of $5 and receive a bottle of water. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.
A dozen regional bands will play on two stages, beginning at 5pm on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s lineup features Alder Street, The Jackalope Saints, Casey Neill & The Norway Rats, Jamie Wyatt, Water Tower and Deadwood Standing. Saturday’s bands include Will West & The Friendly Strangers, Balto, Transcendental Brass Band, Redwood Son, Ural Thomas & The Pain and The Tumblers. For a listing of times, visit
The fourth annual Oregon Garden Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place on the eve of the festival, June 18 at 7 pm. This six-course dinner, which features small plates paired with local beers from six area breweries, is attended by participating brewers, industry insiders and a few lucky beer aficionados; a limited number of tickets remain and are available on the event website.
The ideal way to enjoy the Brewfest is to book a room at The Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival. Brewfest Packages starts at $239 and include accommodations, two 3-day admission passes to Brewfest (each pass includes a tasting glass and five tasting tickets), a food voucher for the Oregon Garden Resort’s food booth, a continental buffet breakfast and admission to The Oregon Garden. Packages can be booked at or by calling 503-874-2500.
The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s Café and sponsored by The Gallon House, Bierhaus Mt. Angel, Country Financial, Oregon Lottery, Imperial Bottle Shop, Pepsi, Renewal by Andersen, PGE, Crater Lake Soda, The Beer Connoisseur Magazine, Oregon Beer Growler and Ale Ways Brewery Tours.
While the Oregon Garden is a pet-friendly property, pets are not allowed inside the Brewfest; only service dogs with appropriate identification will be allowed entry. For more information about the event, visit

GoodLife Brewing Turns 4

Courtesy of GoodLife Brewing Co
 Hold the Hops, Goodlife Brewing Turns 4
Press Release:
BEND, OR - Saturday, June 20th, 2015 marks GoodLife Brewing’s 4 Year Anniversary and you’re invited to come join us in the celebration.  It’s been an unbelievably exciting 4 years in Bend and feels like yesterday that we brewed our first batch of beer.

The recent addition of a new 240 BBL fermenting tank has GoodLife Brewing’s annual capacity now at a whopping 30,000 BBL’s per year.  Since opening the breweries doors in June 2011, GoodLife has grown from 3,100 BBLS in year 1, 9,000 BBLS in year 2, and to 17,000 BBL’s in year 3. With sales growing in 2015, GoodLife Brewing will have grown almost 800% in only 3 years and is now one of Oregon largest craft breweries. Sounds like a good reason for a party to us!  

The 4th Anniversary Party will be happening at GoodLife’s Biergarten from 4pm-9pm.  There will be live music, bocce ball, corn hole, and ladder ball games going on while we tap some rare and never before seen beers.  We brewed a special 4th Anniversary Beer called Afternoon Delight that will leave you wondering why it’s been missing from your life.  It’s a 4.2% session ale that will taste like nothing you’ve ever had from GoodLife. Rumor has it that Co-Owner/Brewmaster, Curt Plants, is working on a firkin, or two, for the Anniversary Party that is sure to blow your minds.

GoodLife Brewing wants to send a special Thank You to everyone who has ever supported us throughout the years.  We wouldn’t be here without you beautiful people!

About GoodLife Brewing Company
As brewers of hand crafted ales, we are outdoor enthusiasts who look forward to sharing our craft beers that are most balanced and of the highest quality. GoodLife Brewing Company has been making award-winning beers for 18 months in its home of Bend, Oregon. GoodLife's adventurous ales are Descender IPA, Mountain Rescue Dry Hop Pale Ale, Sweet As Pacific Ale and a selection of seasonal beers. In addition to making beer, GoodLife enjoys giving back to the community by supporting many local and national non-profit organizations. Play hard, live easy and enjoy GoodBeer for GoodLife! For more information, visit, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Top Rung Brewing Releases “Initiative” ISA on Father’s Day Weekend

Courtesy of Top Rung Brewing Co
 On June 20th Top Rung Brewing will release its new summer seasonal, “Initiative” ISA. Initiative ISA is a tropical fruit forward, hoppy session ale with a great nose and has the best to offer from the combination of Mosaic, Equinox, and Cascade hops.  A nice straw color with great clarity.  Take some initiative and enjoy!  This beer release coincides with Father’s Day weekend and is the perfect easy to drink beer for dad. We’ll be offering $1 the first pint for dad’s on Father’s Day!

                     Initiative India Session Ale Statistics:  ABV: 4.5 %, IBU: 40, SRM: 10

Courtesy of Top Rung Brewing Co
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.