Friday, August 28, 2015

Fremont Brewing Releases Annual Bellingham Beer Week Beer

Fremont Brewing is releasing its annual Bellingham Beer Week Beer, "Bellingham Beer Week No. 4". It is currently on tap in the beer garden, and bottles will be release on Labor Day weekend. See details below.
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Bellingham Beer Week No. 4
Style: IPA
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Description: It is our great honor to brew this, our fourth annual Bellingham Beer Week beer, to say Thank You to the amazing craft beer community in the fine alternative universe of Bellingham. This beer is made with 100% organic Citra hops grown in our hop fields in the Cowiche Canyon near Yakima. We began the Cowiche program to promote the organic hop industry in Washington state. 10% of all proceeds from the sale of this beer will be donated to the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy.
Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Weyermann Pilsner, and Honey malts with Citra hops.
ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 80
Color: Golden Orange
Aroma: Tropical, citrus, fresh hops
Flavor: Grapefruit, pine, light caramel sweetness
Availability: Available in Skagit and Whatcom counties and select Seattle beer bars including our Urban Beer Garden.

Full Sail Brewing Celebrates the Hop Harvest with Fresh Hop Pilsner

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Hood River, OregonLocated in the heartland of hops, every year the Full Sail brewers wait with thirsty anticipation for hop harvest and the chance to celebrate by brewing  fresh hop beers. When the hops are at their peak, the Full Sail brewers truck out to the hop fields to collect the aromatic bounty. These seasonal wonders will go from field to brewhouse within a matter of hours and the magic begins.  This year, Full Sail celebrates the season’s first hops with Fresh Hop Pilsner which showcases the Perle hop variety. "This beer highlights the brewer’s art as well as nature’s gift,” said Full Sail Executive Brewmaster, Jamie Emmerson. The hops were locally grown at Sodbuster Farms, which is a Salmon Safe certified hop grower.

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Fresh Hop Pilsner is a hop lover’s delight, the freshly harvested Perle hops impart floral and sweet fruit notes to this special edition Pilsner. The beer presents a deep golden hue and white foamy head with a delicate floral and spicy nose.  A pronounced malt body and slight sweetness complement flavors of mango, papaya, and spice that end with a crisp hop finish.  Combined, this makes for a refreshing late summer brew. (ABV: 7.3% IBU: 54)

“As brewers we are always reliant on nature’s bounty, from the quality of the barley harvest to how the hops weathered through the Oregon summer. But no moment brings this relationship to sharper focus than our fresh hop beers. When we brew with fresh hops, timing is everything,” added Emmerson. “There’s such a small window of time to take advantage of these fresh hops. We need to get them into the brew within hours of picking while their oils and resins are still at their peak as there are distinct flavors and aromas that you can only get brewing with fresh hops.”

Full Sail’s Fresh Hop Pilsner is part of Full Sail’s Brewmaster Reserve series. It will be available in limited quantities August to October on draft throughout the Pacific Northwest and at Full Sail’s Brew Pub in Hood River. This special offering will also be available at various fresh hop beer festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest including the Hood River Hops Festival, the Yakima Fresh Hop Festival & Portland Fresh Hop Festival.
About Full Sail Brewing Company:
Founded in 1987, the independent Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. Over the last 28 years, Full Sail has collected more than 300 national and international awards for their beers and sustainable practices, including over 150 gold medals, and was recently named Craft Brewer of the Year by Beverage World Magazine for their years of “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity.” Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pilsner, Pub Series, Session Lager, Session Black, Session IPA and Session Series beers. At this very moment their specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. The Full Sail Brew Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Belgium Brewing to Open Hawaii with Young’s Market Company

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Aloha State to become New Belgium’s 40th US state of distribution  

Ft. Collins, Colo., August 27, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce an exclusive partnership agreement with Young’s Market Company, to start selling beer in Hawaii in February, 2016. New Belgium will launch with 6-pack bottles of Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA and Seasonal Release as well 12-pk cans of Fat Tire and Ranger. Fat Tire bombers and draft Fat Tire, Ranger, Seasonal, and Lips of Faith will round out the initial portfolio offerings.

“New Belgium is extremely excited to be partnering with Young’s Market Company in the state of Hawaii,” said New Belgium Regional Sales Director, Scotty Prawalsky. “They are a family-owned company with a long history of success on the islands.  We are stoked to be working with them to help grow the craft beer scene in the Aloha State.”

Founded in 1888, Young’s Market Company is the premier distributor of fine wines, spirits and selected beverages in the western United States, with operations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Regarding the new partnership, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Philana Bouvier said, “Young’s Market Company is so thrilled to be working with New Belgium Brewery. They are the 4th largest Craft Brewer in the United States and soon visitors from all over the world will have the opportunity to enjoy a New Belgium Beer as part of their Hawaii experience.”

New Belgium beers are scheduled to be available throughout the islands as of February 15, 2016.

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of award-winning craft 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. New Belgium is also a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at

Founded in 1888, Young’s Market Company is the premier distributor of fine wines, spirits and selected beverages in the western United States. With operations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, we are proud to represent industry-leading brands and supplier partners. Our best-in-class team of wine and spirits professionals represents a collection of unique life experiences, worldviews, and ideas all focused on our core values; Integrity, Family, Quality, and an Entrepreneurial Spirit. We are committed to adding value to our customers, providing exemplary professional representation of our suppliers, reaching the highest standards of respect for our employees, and supporting the communities we serve.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest And The National Stein Hoisting Competion Returns

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Finalists Will Compete on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Winners Receive a Trip to Oktoberfest in Germany

BOSTON, August 27, 2015– Football. Foliage. Flannel. These are classic images that make us think of fall.  But over the past five years Sam Adams has added the sight of shaky-armed competitors at bars across the country, holding one-liter glass steins of OctoberFest beer, to that list. Started in 2011, the Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition is comprised of local events at participating bars and restaurants across the U.S., and at larger Oktoberfest gatherings like the annual America’s Oktoberfest event in Cincinnati. Competitors are required to hoist a one-liter glass stein filled with Samuel Adams OctoberFest, with a straight arm, for as long as possible. If you sip, spill, or bend your arm, you’re out!

“We started our national Sam Adams Stein Hoisting Competition to pay homage to the more than 200-year-old German Oktoberfest celebration, which itself is the inspiration for our award-winning and highly sought after OctoberFest beer,” said Jim Koch, Samuel Adams founder and brewer. “We’re thrilled to offer craft beer lovers our 2015 batch of OctoberFest and to celebrate our Stein Hoisting Competition’s fifth anniversary in a big way.”

This year marks the first time that craft beer lovers across the country will have the opportunity to witness the final round of the competition in a unique way: via ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. On October 13th, ABC’s hit late-night show will host the first-ever national Stein Hoisting Competition finals, where two winners – one male and one female – will each receive a Grand Prize trip for two to the 2016 Oktoberfest celebration in Munich.

Samuel Adams OctoberFest, one of the brewery’s most award-winning beers, is a deep red amber, medium-bodied märzen style lager with a rich malt complexity, a light Bavarian Noble hop note, and a smooth, sweet finish. First brewed in 1989, it is a perpetual drinker favorite with classic roasted malt character and sweet notes of caramel and toffee. To find local stein hoisting events near you, visit

How to get your hands on the Samuel Adams OctoberFest:
  • Samuel Adams OctoberFest is rolling out now and will be available nationwide now through October in six-packs for a suggested retail price of $7.99-$9.99, 12-packs (bottles and Sam Cans) for a suggested retail price of $14.99-$17.99, 16oz cans for a suggested retail price of $1.99 to $2.49, and on draft. It is also available in the Fall Variety 12-Pack (which includes OctoberFest, Harvest Pumpkin, Hoppy Red and Boston Lager) for a suggested retail price of $14.99 to $17.99, and 24 packs for a suggested retail price of $22.99 to $24.99. Prices for each package vary by market.
·         To find where Sam  Adams brews are sold near you, visit:

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Ninkasi Brewing & Maletis Beverage - Funds For Firefighters

Next month Ninkasi Brewing and Maletis Beverage are running a month-long program to Support the Portland Firefighters Association, Local 43. Basically when out in the greater Portland area, order any on-tap Ninkasi beer and for each Ninkasi Keg sold in the Portland Area, five dollars will be donated to Local please enjoy many pints of Ninkasi beer. See details below.
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During the Month of September, $5.00 of Every Ninkasi Keg Sold in Portland and Surrounding Areas will be Donated to Portland Firefighters’ Association, Local 43

EUGENE, Ore — Ninkasi Brewing Company has teamed up with Portland-area wholesale partner, Maletis Beverage to offer a month-long give-back program in support of Portland Firefighters’ Association, Local 43, called “Funds for Firefighters.” For every Ninkasi keg sold in Portland and surrounding areas during the month of September, five dollars will be donated to support the work that Local 43 does to serve its community.

“It is an honor to be given the chance to partner with the Local 43 and to bring community together in support of the men and women who watch over us,” says Ryan Brentley, Ninkasi Portland Market Manager. 

“We are thrilled to be working with two great companies,” says Alan Ferschweiler, President of Portland Firefighters Association, Local 43. “The donations will go directly into our charitable fund which helps us to comfort families of fallen firefighters, provide children in need with warm winter coats and help our members actively participate in our communities we serve when a need arises.”

“Maletis Beverage is privileged to champion Ninkasi’s efforts in supporting Local 43; we are very proud to assist in the initiative,” adds Tim Kennedy, VP of Craft/Import and Wines Sales for Maletis Beverage.

To participate in the program, beer drinkers are encouraged to order Ninkasi on-tap during the month of September throughout the greater Portland area. Locations that serve Ninkasi can be found by visiting:

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IRA, Lux Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint. 

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit

Ninkasi Brewing Announces New Fall Special Release Beers

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Noir Coffee Milk Stout and Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r, In Bottles and On Draft This September

EUGENE, Ore.—Aug. 26, 2015Ninkasi Brewing Company crafts up two new releases to help welcome the cooler months, capturing favorite flavors of the season. This September, craft beer drinkers will find Noir, a Coffee Milk Stout, and Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r, a Dark Doüble Alt Ale with pumpkin and brown sugar, in bottles and on tap.

Featuring two distinct brews of the Pacific Northwest, Ninkasi introduces Noir, a Coffee Milk Stout to its Special Release Series. “I have been brewing beers with coffee since the mid-nineties and have always loved the rich creaminess milk sugar imparts on beers and how it melds with coffee,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder. “Last year, we collaborated on a Coffee Milk Stout with Sierra Nevada and enjoyed the beer so much, we decided to brew one of our own.”

Brewed with rich, roasted malts and blended with smooth cold brewed coffee from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters, this beer is a satisfying take on a Milk Stout. “The cold brew process allows this beer to have a delicious coffee flavor without the added acidity,” adds Floyd. Noir can be found in 22-ounce bottles, Ninkasi’s 12-ounce Variety 12-Pack, and on draft September through December. 

For the pumpkin beer lovers, Ninkasi introduces Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r to its Rare & Delicious Series. Serving up a fall-time rendition of the brewery’s winter seasonal, this Imperial Dark Doüble Alt Ale is brewed with 300 pounds of organic pumpkin and a generous helping of dark brown sugar.

“Last year we brewed Imperial Sleigh’r and quickly realized it would be the best base for a pumpkin beer,” explains Floyd. “This beer is bigger and bolder with the addition of organic Willamette Valley-grown Pumpkin from Stahlbush Island Farms and a dose of brown sugar for caramelization to round out the flavors.” Featuring artwork by Ninkasi’s Artist in Residence, Neal Williams, Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r will be available in exclusive 22-ounce bottles and on draft starting in September. 

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Noir Stats

Noir blends two signature brews of the Pacific Northwest: coffee and beer. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with smooth cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A subtle sweetness from milk sugar (lactose) makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of joe; distinctive and delectable.

Style: Milk Stout with Cold Brewed Coffee
Available: Sept. – Dec. 2015
ABV: 7.6%
IBU: 60
OG: 1082
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Chocolate, Crystal, Brown, Black, Rice Hulls
Hops: Nugget
Packaging: 22oz. Bottles, 12oz. Variety 12-Pack, Draft
Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r

The wicked stepbrother of Sleigh’r hits the town this fall. A burly 300 pounds of organic pumpkin and an ample helping of dark brown sugar were added to each batch, creating a sweet aroma, smooth mouthfeel and a warm finish plus all the toasted malt complexity Sleigh’r is known for. The legend of Sleigh’r lives on!

Style: Imperial Dark Doüble Alt Ale with Pumpkin and Brown Sugar
Available: Sept. 2015 – Depletion
ABV: 9.0%
IBU: 70
OG: 1089
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carahell, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
Hops: Nugget
Ingredients: Organic Pumpkin Puree, Dark Brown Sugar
Packaging: 22oz. Bottles, Draft
Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia.

Learn more about Ninkasi’s full lineup of beers at

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IRA, Lux Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit  

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Warm Your Palate this Fall with’s Seasonal Selections

America’s Small and Independent Brewers Catapult Fall Seasonals to the Top

Boulder, CO August 25, 2015—With fall upon us, the air will begin getting a bit cooler and crisper. Whether nuzzling into a favorite sweater or picking pumpkins from the patch, – the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers – has compiled a list of delectable fall seasonal craft beer choices, each produced by small and independent craft brewers.

“Thanks to its rich harvest, fall is truly one of the most magical times of the year for beer,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and Brewers Association craft beer program director.  “Small and independent brewers delight in spicing up their offerings with all the flavorful contributions autumn has to offer.  Without a doubt, these beers are certain to arouse the senses.”

The signature flavors and aromas that make fall seasonals great have led them to become the best-selling among the four seasons, accounting for 20.8% of the total craft volume share in 2014, and continuing to increase in popularity each year. Last year, the volume of craft seasonals sold increased 3.8% compared to the same time period in 2013.

Indulge the autumnal cravings with these vibrant selections that are sure to please:

·         Ale Asylum | Satisfaction Jacksin | Madison, WI
·         Boundary Bay Brewing Co. | Harvest Rye | Bellingham, WA
·         Devils Backbone Brewing Co. | Pumpkin Hunter | Lexington, VA
·         Fiction Beer Co. | Feely Effects | Denver, CO
·         Hamburg Brewing Co. | Oktoberfest | Hamburg, NY
·         Heavy Seas Beer | The Great’er Pumpkin | Baltimore, MD
·         Hi-Wire Brewing  | Lion Tamer Red Rye | Asheville, NC
·         Southern Prohibition Brewery | Sinister Minister | Hattiesburg, MS
·         Mispillion River Brewing | Deathly Hallows | Milford, DE
·         Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. | Thicket Autumn IPA | Greensboro, NC
·         Rising Tide Brewing | D'Automne | Portland, ME
·         Sudwerk Brewing Co. | Rye of the Lager | Davis, CA
·         Sand Creek Brewing Co. | Cranberry Special Ale | Black River Falls, WI
·         Terrapin Beer Co. | Pumpkinfest | Athens, GA
·         Two Roads Brewing | Roadsmary’s Baby | Stratford, CT
·         Uinta Brewing | Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale | Salt Lake City, UT
·         Zipline Brewing Co. | Nut Brown | Lincoln, NE

And don’t forget to find the right food pairings to indulge all the senses and make that favorite seasonal craft beer even tastier. 

“As the leaves change, nutty and sweet fall squash will give richness to any dish and provide a great pairing to the roast and spice in many fall seasonals,” said Adam Dulye, executive chef, Brewers Association.  “For notes of acid in your cooking this fall, turn away from summery citrus and explore how pairing apples and pears can really bring out the flavor in craft beer.”

See's “Craft Beer Fall Seasonalsfor a complete list of the Brewers Association member breweries’ seasonal craft beer selections and descriptions. To round out your autumn craft beer experience, consider a tour of your local independent brewery.
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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.

Block 15 Cellar Stash Brunch & Bottle Release

On September 19th at 9am, Block 15 will once again be holding a Cellar Stash Brunch and Bottle release. Tickets are required for entrance into this event. See details below on the event and how to get tickets

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 Corvallis - As part of Corvallis Beer Week, we will once again be hosting a Block 15 Cellar Stash Brunch & Bottle Release. For this event, founding brewer Nick scoured our cellar to create a curated selection of previously released Block 15 beers, a portion of which was set aside upon release to age and mature–until now!

Bottle allocation:
Each person will be eligible to purchase up to three bottles from our selection of cellared beer, in addition to one bottle of 2015 Snozzberry.
How to obtain tickets:
We will be holding a lottery for brunch tickets, which you can enter now at (limit of two seats per entry). We will be accepting entries until Friday, August 28th at 9am. You will be notified by Wednesday, September 2nd if your name is drawn.
Brunch tickets are $14 per person, and include a buffet with local eggs, Oregon bacon, biscuits, fresh fruit, local cheese, fried potatoes and more.