Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fremont Brewing and Columbia Distributing Announce Oregon Partnership

 
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Launch Party at APEX on November 17, 2015, 4 – 8:00 pm

Press Release - SEATTLE  Fremont Brewing of Seattle, Washington will be distributed in Oregon by Columbia Distributing beginning with draft sales later this month. To celebrate their entry into the Portland market, Fremont Brewing and Columbia Distributing will host a launch party featuring ten Fremont brews at APEX in Portland on Tuesday, November 17, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. APEX is located at 1216 SE Division St. 97202.

The Seattle-based brewery and taproom was founded in 2009 by Matt Lincecum and Sara Nelson and is now the fastest growing brewery in Washington, with sales projected to increase significantly since Columbia Distributing assumed Fremont’s WA distribution in August of this year.

Winner of countless awards, including World Beer Cup and GABF medals, Fremont’s brews include their flagship Universale Pale Ale; Interurban IPA, WA’s best-selling craft beer; and local seasonal favorite Summer Ale; as well as numerous barrel-aged and special release styles.

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

 “We’re excited to offer our craft beer to our brothers and sisters in Oregon with our partners, Columbia Distributing. APEX is the perfect spot to begin this chapter in Fremont’s future because they know that Beer Matters,” Lincecum said. “We will travel throughout the great nation of Oregon in the coming weeks and hold events and tastings for the good people in Oregon…Because Oregon Matters!”

 “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Fremont. Their success in one of the most competitive craft markets in the country is a testament not only to the quality of their beers but to their exceptional people,” said Jesse Ferber, VP of craft and imports at Columbia Distributing. “Their team stood out to Columbia as one of the best in class, the more we learned about their organization; the more we felt this was a very strong match for us.”

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


About Columbia Distributing
Columbia Distributing is one of the nation’s finest beer, cider and non-alcoholic beverage distributors. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company has distributed some of the best known brands in the beverage business since 1935. Today Columbia Distributing and its 3,000+ employees service over 20,000 retail customers covering more than 135,000 square miles in Oregon and Washington. The company’s success is based on the deep-rooted tradition of delivering quality products, timely service and a genuine concern for customers’ needs. This is achieved by providing ongoing, sustainable opportunities and growth for its employees, customers, suppliers, shareholders and communities. For more information, visit www.coldist.com.

Friday, November 13, 2015

McMenamins Opening A New Bottle Shop on Portland’s NW 23rd Ave.

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799 BOTTLES OF CRAFT BEER, CIDER & SPARKLING WINE
ON THE WALL
Press Release - Imagine Portland 38 years ago – before the craft beer explosion. That’s when Mike McMenamin purchased a local market in Raleigh Hills and began stocking the shelves with imported brews and fine wines. Dreaming of something more, he sold the Raleigh Hills Market, partnered with his brother Brian, and together they opened their first pub in 1983 – creating a community gathering space to enjoy a pint. Fast forward to present day and Portland looks a lot different, but the brothers are still at it – creating spaces in neighborhoods to enjoy beer, wine, spirits and ciders. Their newest venture is the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop – featuring a combination of hand-crafted ales, cider, spirits and wine, and imported bottles from around the globe. It’s a new chapter for McMenamins and a valuable addition to the Northwest Portland community.
McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop will be home to:

· 800+ bottled craft beers, ciders, wines and spirits from McMenamins and around the world
· A special section of more than thirty-nine sparkling wines, ranging from $12.75 to $279 in price
· Weekly cocktail specials
· Monday and Thursday growler fill specials
· Food from Tavern and Pool next door
· 16 taps featuring McMenamins’ hand-crafted ales, hard ciders and rotating guest beers

Opening to the public on Nov. 19 – the 30th Birthday of McMenamins Terminator Stout – four variations of Terminator will be available on tap in the bottle shop, while supplies last. The variations include the original recipe, Billy Barrel Cherry Sour Terminator from Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery, Spanish Coffee Terminator from Thompson Brewery and Black Rose Terminator from Edgefield Brewery. Wine, cider and spirits tastings will also be available throughout the weekend as part of the grand opening celebration.
Passport Stamps will be available at the bottle shop for McMenamins Passport holders, and on opening day guests can stop by for Terminator’s 30th Birthday Passport Discovery Hunt.

WHEN: Grand Opening: November 19, 2015
Regular Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
WHERE: McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop
2290 NW Thurman
Portland, OR 97210
About McMenamins
McMenamins operates 53 distinctive pubs, restaurants and historic hotels in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by brothers Mike and Brian McMenamin with a single Portland neighborhood pub in 1983, McMenamins today includes eight Washington locations and 45 Oregon properties, 18 on the National Register of Historic Places. McMenamins handcrafts its own beer, wine, spirits, cider and coffee and offers an eclectic mix of pubs, hotels, movie theaters, concert venues, spas and events for guests to enjoy.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

No-Li Releases Their First Six-Pack Cans Of Born & Raised IPA.

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Spokane, WA…2015 has been an eventful year for this Spokane brewery, and in true No-Li fashion, they’re making sure to end it with a bang! Hitting the market today are the beautiful and brand new six-pack cans of No-Li’s flagship brew, Born & Raised IPA.

"Working to make this can a reality has been a welcome challenge and opportunity," says No-Li Head Brewer, Carey Fristoe. "The efforts everyone has put into this project really paid off. The planning, the branding, the liquid, everything came together in one hell of a package. We're looking forward to what we have in store after this."

As of today, the cans are available at No-Li and in their local market. Plans to expand across the PNW will start rolling in December.

No-Li has invited the community to join them in celebration at their release party on Friday the 13th at 5pm! Guests will be among the first few to try a can and, of course, to get limited-release SWAG.

We can’t be sure what kind of surprises No-Li Brewhouse has in store for the future, but for now, let’s cheers to the new Born & Raised cans from the ‘Kan!
Courtesy of No-Li Brewhouse
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. In addition to being named the NBWA 2015 National Brewer Partner of the Year, 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 www.nolibrewhouse.com, or follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.

Coronado Brewing's Highly Rated Stupid Stout Is Back

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Launching during San Diego Beer Week as part of Coronado's limited-release Crown Series
 
CORONADO, Calif. - November 12, 2015 There's no doubt, it's the season of the stout. With their final Crown Series offering of 2015, Coronado Brewing Company is rounding out the year with a bang and launching Stupid Stout. This Imperial Stout is worth its weight in gold and has garnered a 97 overall score on RateBeer. Stupid Stout delivers defined, robust, chocolaty flavors with a hint of hop freshness. As the beer ages, these big flavors mellow, leaving a smooth and balanced sipper.  This makes it the perfect beer to warm up with as the winter cold sets in.
 
Stupid Stout 2015 specs:
Style:                    American Imperial Stout
ABV:                    9.0%
Bitterness:            42 IBU
Package:               22 ounce and Draft
Release:                November 13, 2015
Malts:                   2-Row, Chocolate, C-150, C-77, Roasted Barley
Hops:                    Nugget
Yeast:                   Cal Ale
 
Local launch event: 
Make your way to CBC's Bay Park Brewery on Friday, November 13, 2015, and pull your very own bottle of Stupid Stout off the bottling line. 
 
Where to find Stupid Stout:
Stupid Stout will be available in 13 states and 10 countries: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.  Stupid Stout will also be available in Alberta, British Columbia, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, and Japan.
Courtesy of Coronado Brewing CO
About Coronado Brewing Company: In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. Today CBC stays true to their San Diego roots, brewing abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales, which are available today in nineteen US states and ten countries. In addition to the long-established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside their newly built San Diego production facility in early 2013, and a tasting room and restaurant in Imperial Beach, California in 2014. Coronado Brewing Company was honored in 2014 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
Twitter: @CoronadoBrewing 

Ecliptic Brewing and Fort George Brewery Collaborate On JH² IPA and Take Part In The JH² IPA Brewmasters Tour

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A celebration of JH² IPA with a tour around Portland

Portland, Ore. (November 12, 2015) – Ecliptic Brewing and Fort George Brewery have more in common than great beer.  John Harris and Jack Harris, brewmasters of Ecliptic Brewing and Fort George Brewery (respectively), share the same initials and they both got their brewing start at McMenamins. The two have joined forces to create a cosmic collaboration and in celebration will take part in the JH² IPA Brewmasters Tour.

JH² IPA is brewed with Pale malt, Munich malt, and Pinot Noir and Syrah juice giving it a subtle wine taste.  Mosaic, Calypso, Simcoe, and Centennial hops add a wonderful hop aroma and flavor to the beer. ABV 7.0%

What:
A tour around Portland to celebrate JH² IPA, a cosmic collaboration with Ecliptic Brewing and Fort George Brewery.

When: 
Friday, Nov. 20 4:30pm-9:30pm

Where:
Saraveza, 1004 N Killingsworth St. Portland, OR              4:30pm-5:30pm
Roscoes, 8105 SE Stark St. Portland, OR                         6:00pm-7:00pm
Horse Brass Pub, 4534 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR        7:15pm-8:15pm
C Bar, 2880 SE Gladstone St.                                            8:30pm-9:30pm

Details:
John Harris and Jack Harris will join their teams at the four locations around Portland to celebrate and talk with people about the beer.

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

Silver Moon Brewing Announces Expansion And Grand Opening In Redmond, Oregon

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November 11, 2015 - Silver Moon Brewing, a longstanding craft brewery based in Bend, Oregon, announces that the doors will soon open on a new, 15,000-square foot brewery, just north of its current facility in the neighboring town of Redmond.A Grand Opening, featuring the annual One Beard to Rule Them All event, will take place in the new brewery the night of November 20th. All friends, fans and supporters are encouraged to join. The new location supports the company’s goals to reach the growing market of craft consumers in the current territories of Oregon and Washington, and future territories of California and Idaho.

Silver Moon’s newest creation, “IPA 97” will lead the charge for growth in all regions, and was just named “Best IPA in Bend” among a field of fellow Bend breweries at a recent 80th Anniversary event at Bend’s iconic Pine Tavern Restaurant, dubbed the “PT80”. Matt Barrett, President and Co-Owner of Silver Moon said “needless to say, in a field of some fantastic craft beers here in Central Oregon we were thrilled to take top honors at the Pine Tavern last month. The blind tasting format was a great way for judges to really focus on picking a true stand-out beer, and not simply align with brands they are most familiar with. It’s a terrific beer, we felt pretty good about it going in to the event.”

The third oldest brewery in Bend, Silver Moon Brewing was acquired by Matt Barrett and James Watts just over two years ago. Their goal was to elevate the brand, increase production and continue the string of awards the brewery has enjoyed over its’ many years in the industry. The pair have focused on innovative marketing and messaging, while preserving the history and local roots of the company. “The local craft beer community in Central Oregon spans well beyond the Bend City limits” said Watts. “We have some great friends at fellow breweries in Sisters, Sun River and Redmond, so the move to Redmond positions us nicely in a nearby community that is rapidly gaining the respect of craft beer lovers. Our Bend presence won’t go away, that will always be worldwide headquarters for Silver Moon.”

More big news for Silver Moon Brewing will follow in January, as the brewery provides specifics to the market around the launch of canned products. Award winners IPA 97 and Get Sum Pale Ale, along with another new brand Chapter 2 Session Ale, will be offered in 12 ounce 6-pack format. This new package will be on shelves and available in the first quarter of 2016. Other favorites such as Snake Bite Porter, VooDoo Dog India Session Red and a collection of Seasonals and Alpha Project specialties will continue in the current 22 ounce bottle format. The company will close 2015 at approximately 2,100 barrels produced, and can immediately increase production by an additional 6,000 barrels when the new facility comes online in December. Barrel-aged beers and a new venture into Sours will follow in 2016 as well.
 
Courtesy of Silver Moon Brewing CO

About Silver Moon Brewing
Founded in 2000, Silver Moon Brewing began as a local home-brew supplier, and morphed into a brewpub by 2004. Medals and Awards include Great American Beer Fest, North American Beer Awards, the KLCC Brewfest and various regional and local events. Columbia Distributing provides service to over 17,000 retail accounts in Oregon and Washington, and represents Silver Moon Brewing across both states. Retailers interested in Silver Moon products may request assistance by contacting the brewery at info@SilverMoonBrewing.com


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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Tickets For the 2016 Fort George Festival of Dark Arts On Sale Starting Saturday

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November 11th, 2015 - Astoria,OR - Get tickets for the 2016 Festival of Dark Arts starting Saturday, November 14th at www.festivalofdarkarts.com. This one day carnival of stouts is the centerpiece to Fort George Stout Month, a month long celebration of the darker ales. Ticket holders will be granted entrance into a magical menagerie of dark art and macabre entertainment, all the while surrounded by the boldest collection of rare specialty stouts ever assembled in one place.

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Mark your calendar for February 13th. The Festival of Dark Arts begins at noon and ends at 10pm, pouring all over the Fort George campus in Astoria. You’ll be greeted with live music, roaming entertainment, and over 60 unique stouts on tap. Behold artisan demonstrations from the iron forge, tattoo artists, glass blower, ice sculptor, and stout servers. Delight in the fire dancers, tarot card reader, tintype photographer, belly dancers, and much more….all with stout in hand.

Courtesy of Fort George Brewing
 All festival information can be found at www.festivalofdarkarts.com. Entertainment and stout lists will be added as they are confirmed. Stout tasting tickets are $40 (plus service fee). These entitle the bearer to entrance, a festival glass, and 12 tasting tokens. Additional tokens will be available for $1 each at the festival. Admission only tickets for non-drinkers and minors are $10 (plus service fee). Please purchase wisely - all sales are final and there are no upgrades on the day of the festival. Children under 5 do not require a ticket.
Courtesy of Fort George Brewing
In an effort to maintain the intimacy of the festival, only a limited number of tickets are available. However, Astoria will be filled to the brim. Buy your tickets online, book your hotel rooms, then prepare your palate for the overwhelming number of stouts it is about to receive.

Festival of Dark Arts
Saturday, February 13th, 2016
Noon to 10pm
Fort George Brewery
1483 Duane Street
Astoria, Oregon 97103

Festival Inquiries:
festivalofdarkarts@fortgeorgebrewery.com

Courtesy of Fort George Brewing

Fort George Brewery.

Left Hand Brewing Introduces Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout available for Winter 2015

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LONGMONT, CO • November 11, 2015 – Left Hand Brewing Co. introduces Bittersweet Imperial Coffee Milk Stout, brewing the perfect blend of stout and coffee in a limited time offering. Offered in 22oz and draft, Bittersweet brings together Left Hand’s iconic Milk Stout with Allegro Coffee’s Mocha Java Blend, for a truly Colorado craft pairing. 

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At 9.5% ABV, Bittersweet is a big stout with an aggressive boost, charging the beer with over 700 pounds of Allegro Coffee. The dark cherry flavors and spicy undertones of the coffee weave into the rich milky sweet stout like a chocolate-covered espresso bean melting on your tongue. The imperial coffee milk stout is the perfect blend of creamy java and roast notes – a beer and coffee lover’s dream come true. Bittersweet is available in limited quantities for winter 2015, distributed throughout Left Hand’s 35 state footprint. 

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About Left Hand Brewing Company
Celebrating twenty-two years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 27 Great American Beer Festival medals, 9 World Beer Cup awards, and 7 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing was the first craft brewery to release a bottled nitrogenated beer.  Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 35 states & DC.

Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI

Coronado Brewing Announces Brand Refresh and Welcomes Cans To The Lineup

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Coastal-inspired brand evolution includes updated logo, tagline and packaging


CORONADO, Calif. - November 11, 2015 Coronado Brewing Company has announced its new brand evolution, as the craft brewery is poised to enter its twentieth year. With a desire for a more focused and consistent brand foundation, the World Beer Cup champion turned to another San Diego-based company to lead the effort-branding agency MiresBall.
 
The MiresBall team created a cleaner look and feel, embracing the craft brewery's passion for family, friends and creating exceptional, approachable beer. A new tagline, Stay Coastal, references Coronado Brewing's rich history in Coronado, and the relaxed state of mind that resonates with both locals and fans worldwide. The Coronado mermaid, slightly updated, remains an iconic figure at the core of the brand. Other new elements include the logo, fonts, packaging hierarchy and color scheme.
 
Courtesy Coronado Brewing CO
                                                                                                                                                                 
"The goal was to be more aligned across the brand's portfolio as we move globally," said Heather Dueitt, marketing manager at Coronado Brewing Company. "The packaging design for the launch of our new cans offered a great opportunity to dive deeper into our coastal story," continued Dueitt. "The team at MiresBall helped us focus on who we are as a SoCal-style, family-owned and -operated brewery. Founders Rick and Ron Chapman were also heavily involved throughout the branding process." 
 
Courtesy Coronado Brewing CO
"Coronado Brewing has built a soulful legacy around their delicious beer, great food, and coastal lifestyle - all captured in the spirit of the mermaid," said Scott Mires, partner and creative director at MiresBall. "Our job was to refine and amplify that brand goodness, and to share their coastal calling with a new national and international craft audience."
 
Over the next sixteen months, Coronado Brewing will phase in the new packaging, debuting cans in March and new seasonal bottles in May. The company will roll out the new look and feel through 2016, with the goal of completing the transition by the beginning of 2017.
 
Courtesy Coronado Brewing CO
 
About Coronado Brewing Company: In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. Today CBC stays true to their San Diego roots, brewing abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales, which are available today in nineteen US states and ten countries. In addition to the long-established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside their newly built San Diego production facility in early 2013, and a tasting room and restaurant in Imperial Beach, California in 2014. Coronado Brewing Company was honored in 2014 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
Twitter: @CoronadoBrewing 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

CraftBeer.com's List of 2015 Winter Seasonals

'​Tis the Season to Share Craft Beer
CraftBeer.com Brings Holiday Spirit with Winter Seasonals

Boulder, CO November 9, 2015—It’s the most wonderful time of the year—for craft beer! Winter seasonals are ideal for sharing with family and friends, and provide the perfect complement to your holiday meal. To celebrate the season, CraftBeer.com—the Brewers Association (BA) website for beer lovers—has compiled a list of seasonal craft beers from small and independent craft brewers.

“Winter seasonals are a beautiful way to add warmth to your holiday gatherings,” said Julia Herz, publisher of CraftBeer.com and Brewers Association craft beer program director. “The bolder tastes of winter seasonals add new meaning to holiday joy and another dimension to the holiday table.”

Last year, in the 13 weeks of winter ending February 22, 2015, seasonals grew 5.2 percent by volume and 8.3 percent in dollar sales based on IRI scan data. During that 13-week period, they represented 15.8 percent of total craft sales, which was the second largest style category share behind India Pale Ales.

The varieties of flavors found in this year’s winter seasonals include everything from oatmeal and coffee, to cinnamon and pecan. Check out some of the cheer-filled offerings below for ideas on how you can celebrate this holiday season:

·         Ale Asylum | Mercy | Madison, WI
·         Avery Brewing Co. | Old Jubilation Ale | Boulder, CO
·         Avondale Brewing Co. | No Joka Mocha Stout | Birmingham, AL
·         Brewery Vivant | Wizard Burial Ground | Grand Rapids, MI
·         Barrel of Monks Brewing | Father Christmas | Boca Raton, FL
·         Church Street Brewing Co. | Pontificator Doppelbock | Itasca, IL
·         Deschutes Brewery | Jubelale | Bend, OR
·         Heavy Seas Beer | Winter Storm | Halethorpe, MD
·         High Water Brewing Co. | Sugaree Maple Bourbon Pecan Pie | Chico, CA
·         Hoppin’ Frog Brewery | Barrel Aged Frosted Frog Christmas Ale | Akron, OH
·         Karbach Brewing Co. | Yule Shoot Your Eye Out | Houston, TX
·         Kokopelli Beer Co. | Snowball Express | Westminster, CO
·         MadTree Brewing Co. | Thundersnow | Cincinnati, OH
·         Market Garden Brewery | Festivus Holiday Ale | Cleveland, OH
·         Port Brewing Co. | Santa's Little Helper | San Marcos, CA
·         Rogue Ales and Spirits | Yellow Snow IPA | Ashland, OR
·         Shmaltz Brewing Co. | Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer | Clifton Park, NY
·         Silver City Brewery | Old Scrooge Christmas Ale | Bremerton, WA
·         Sunken City Brewing Co. | Tartan Tent | Hardy, VA
·         Terrapin Beer Co. | Wake-n-Bake | Athens, GA

“As our stoves turn to roasts, braises and heavier sauces, our palates turn to deeper, darker, barrel-aged beers. These pairings mingle with the rich flavors, cut through the dense, palate-coating meats, and inspire notes of spice and rewarding finishes,” said Adam Dulye, executive chef, Brewers Association. 

Courtsey of Craftbeer.com & Brewers Association
To find out more about holiday beer and food pairings, visit the food section of craftbeer.com.

See CraftBeer.com's Craft Beer Winter Seasonals 2015 or an expanded list of the Brewers Association member breweries’ seasonal craft beer selections and descriptions. To round out your winter craft beer experience, consider a tour of your local independent brewery.

Courtesy Brewers Association
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 CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association. Follow us on Twitter.

Washington Brewers Guild Annual Winter Beer Festival returns December 4th & December 5th at Magnuson Park

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The Washington Brewers Guild presents
2015 WINTER BEER FESTIVAL
December 4 & December 5 - Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park

(Seattle, WA) November 10, 2015- Washington Brewers Guild will present its annual Winter Beer Festival in the Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. The event will showcase some of the finest winter seasonal beers brewed by Washington breweries. This year’s festival will feature 54 Washington Brewers Guild members, the biggest brewery lineup to date. 

Winter here in the Pacific Northwest is typically dreary and dampening but that’s exactly what inspires brewers to brew up those robust, delightful winter beers that warm our bodies and souls during those cold months. Many of the featured beers are big, full-bodied and flavored, and offer malty, roasty, cholocalety or caramelly notes that snuggle you. Some are brewed with festive ingredients such as cranberries, candy canes, toasted pecans, and various spices to get us into the holiday spirit.

Here are some of the beers that will be pouring at this year’s Winter Beer Festival. See the full beer list at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org/Events.html.

Winter Warmers— Malty, strong, full-bodied Winter Warmers offer great comfort and alcohol warmth.  Try Bale Breaker High Camp Winter Warmer, Flying Bike Snow Shield Winter Warmer, and Big Al Winter Warmer.

Grand BarleywinesWinter seasonal beers tend to be robust with high alcohol content. Some of the grandest of all are Barleywines- Barrel Aged Barley Wine by No-Li Brewhouse, Elijah Craig Barrel Aged Old Scoundrel Barleywine by Sound Brewery, Old Sebastes Barley Wine by Anacortes Brewery, Old Bawdy by Pike Brewing and Old Toe Jam Barleywine by Bainbridge Island Brewing.

Sweet Desserts— Skip cakes and cookies and drink your dessert. Try Oatmeal Cookie Brown Ale by Dick’s Brewing, Dark Persuasion German Chocolate Cake Ale by Icicle Brewing, S.P.S. Sidewinder Peppermint Stout (think hot coco and peppermint schnapps) by Beadslee Public House, and Mexican Chocolate Stout by Der Blokken Brewery.

Winter Lagers— After a long, cold fermentation these winter lagers offer smooth comfort: Wonderland by Silver City Brewery, New Trick Barrel Aged Dopplebock by Hale’s Ales Brewery (a collaboration with Chuckanut Brewery), U-Bahn Vienna Lager by Chainline Brewing and Bakke Hill Black Lager by Fish Brewing.

Holiday Spices— Shake off the winter chills with those festive beers brewed with various spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coriander, orange peel and chili. Try Beer Nog, a spiced Belgian Ale by Odin Brewing, Holiday Jeer! by Wet Coast Brewing Chai and Chai NoƤle by Elliott Bay Brewing.


Winter Beer Festival will host three sessions; from 5pm to 9pm on Friday, December 4 and noon to 4pm and 5:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday, December 5 in the Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. Admission is $30 in advance or $35 at the door, if tickets are still available. This event may sell out so advance purchase is recommended. Separate tickets are required for each session. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and ten 4oz beer tastes. Tickets are available online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org and at select ticket outlets. This is a 21-and-over-only event.

Date & Hours
Session 1: Friday, December 4, 5pm-9pm
Session 2: Saturday, December 5, Noon-4pm
Session 3: Saturday, December 5 5:30pm-9:30pm
Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins. Taps close 30 minutes before closing each session.
Separate tickets required for each session

Location
Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Admission
Advance tickets                        $30
Admission at the door                $35 (if still available)
Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and ten 4oz tastes.
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only.
21 and over only.

Tickets are on sale online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org and select ticket outlet: 99 Bottles (Federal Way), Bottleworks (Seattle), Full Throttle Bottles (Seattle) and Malt & Vine (Redmond). This event may sell out so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

Beer
Over 50 Washington Brewers Guild member breweries will showcase their tastiest, boldest winter seasonals to get you in the holiday spirit! The beer lineup includes dark malty stouts, robust winter warmers, barrel-aged gems and many, many more.

Food
Tease Chocolates will be sampling their handcrafted chocolates and confections. Many of the featured winter brews pair exceptionally well with their single origin bars, truffles and toffees.
Brewmaster’s Bakery will be sampling granola made with spent grain from breweries all over Washington State.
In addition the following food trucks will serve up hearty dishes to complement the beers:
Athena’s Food Truck—Greek gyros & falafels
Bread & Circuses—gastropub eats
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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Releases Scarface Imperial Stout: Original & Barrel-Aged

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San Francisco, CA - (November 10, 2015) Out of the shadows and ready to rumble, Scarface Imperial Stout is back with a one-two punch from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers. The man, the myth, the legend, will arrive in stores and on draft in two bruising variations. Get a taste of mob life this fall and winter by enjoying the original Scarface Imperial Stout, and a special bourbon barrel-aged edition.
Behind its fierce black exterior, Scarface Imperial Stout is a complex blend of flavors. A rich combination of grains was used, including two-row pale malt, carahell, dark crystal malt, de-bittered black malt, flaked oats, and roasted barley. Columbus hops were added for bittering, while Magnum hops were thrown into the whirlpool for a touch of earthy and floral notes.
The beer pours a viscous inky black with a mocha colored head. Enticing aromas of bittersweet espresso and toffee lead to the first sip, which hits you with chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, and burnt caramel. Scarface Imperial Stout ends with a dry finish, and weighs in at 9.5% alcohol by volume and 50 IBUs.
If that’s not enough, the bourbon barrel-aged edition of Scarface Imperial Stout will assault your senses with sweet caramel, oak, and vanilla. A fresh batch of Scarface was blended into a 2014 vintage that was aged in American whiskey barrels for over one year. The resulting beer is wonderfully balanced and delicious. Drink it now or age the wax-topped bottle in your cellar for a few years.
Both editions of Scarface Imperial Stout are being shipped to distributors this week and will arrive in stores by the end of November. Can’t wait that long? Visit the Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Tap Room for the Scarface Imperial Stout Release Party on Friday, November 13.
Original and barrel-aged versions will be served on draft, along with several vintages. New and vintage bottles will also be available to go. Quantity restrictions will apply to purchases of older bottles. Don’t miss this unique opportunity. Enjoy a glass or taste through the ages with a flight.

Quick Facts

Name: Scarface Imperial Stout & Barrel-Aged Scarface Imperial Stout
URL: http://www.goodbeer.com/infamous-series/
ABV: 9.5%
IBUs: 50
Malt: Two-Row Pale, Carahell, Oats, Dark Crystal, De-Bittered Black, Roasted Barley
Hops: Columbus, Magnum
Barrels: American Whiskey
Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, DE, MA, NH, NY, NJ, NV, OR, RI, VA, WA,
Availability: 22 oz bottles and draft, November 2015
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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.

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