Saturday, May 7, 2016

Loowit Brewing Company Wins Award at World Beer Cup℠

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Vancouver, WA • May 6th, 2016 — Loowit Brewing Company claimed a silver award in the 2016 World Beer Cup, a global beer competition that evaluates beers from around the world and recognizes the most outstanding brewers and their beers.

Gold, silver and bronze awards in the competition’s 96 beer-style categories were presented May 6, 2016 during the World Beer Cup award ceremony at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Loowit Brewing Company was awarded a silver award in the Rye beer style category for its Grimlock Rye Porter, an American Porter featuring dark malts that provide pleasant flavors of chocolate, toffee, coffee and toast. The addition of Rye malt builds the complexity of the malt profile by adding a touch of rye spiciness to the finish. Loowit Brewing Company is a 10-bbl microbrewery located in Vancouver, Washington, USA that specializes in crafting unique, high quality beers.

“We are so very proud and excited to bring this award home to our fans in Vancouver, WA. Recognition for excellence at such a prestigious event like the World Beer Cup is great for drawing attention to the burgeoning beer scene that has rooted and is growing in southwest Washington. It’s not every day a small brewery gets acknowledged on the world stage in such a highly competitive competition.” said Devon Bray, Co-Owner of Loowit Brewing Company.

World Beer Cup winners were selected by an international panel of 253 beer judges from 31 countries. Regarded as the “Olympics of Beer Competition,” the World Beer Cup saw an impressive field of 6,596 entries from 1,907 breweries in 55 countries.

Presented by the Brewers Association, the World Beer Cup has been held every other year since 1996, to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. For more additional information, visit the World Beer Cup website.

Redhook Releases A New Summer Seasonal: Summerhook

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 New Golden Rye Ale is Crisp and Refreshing For Seattle Summers

SEATTLE, Wash. – Redhook Brewery introduced a new summer seasonal that is a true Seattle original. Summerhook is a golden rye ale made for Seattle summers: picnics at Green Lake, day games at Safeco Field, or warm evenings at the Fremont Solstice Fair.

Summerhook is a new addition to Redhook’s seasonal line up that features crisp hoppiness and rye malt characteristics. Summerhook’s light body and 4.7 percent ABV make it a refreshing must for the season.

“Our brewing team set out to create the perfect summer beer,” said Nick Crandall, lead innovation brewer at Redhook Brewery. “Summerhook delivers a subtle hop profile to an interesting high rye malt bill. This beer has amazing balance and is refreshing and sessionable. It is everything you would want in a great summer beer.”

Redhook is throwing a launch party for Summerhook at Add-a-Ball
in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood on May 10, 2016, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. There will be live performances, beer specials all night, and a food truck featuring a special collaborative Summerhook sauce. The event is the perfect lead in to next month’s Fremont Solstice Fair, where Redhook will have a VIP rooftop party on June 18, 2016. Please join Redhook at Add-a-Ball to meet Crandall and the entire team.

Summerhook is also reflective of an overall branding and packaging refresh for Redhook in 2016. The new packaging features modern classic designs that celebrate Redhook’s heritage and its original look and feel. Extra Special Bitter’s badge and logo lock up inspired the facelift of the entire Redhook brand family, including all core and seasonal beers.

Summerhook will be available nationally starting in early May in six- and 12-packs, and on draught. For more information on Redhook Brewery, visit and follow the brewery on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

Date: Tuesday, May 10th
Time: 5pm
Location: Add-a-Ball; 315 N 36th St #2b, Seattle, WA 9810
Say hello to Summerhook, Redhook's new summer seasonal! Summerhook is a golden rye ale that is crisp, refreshing, and built for sunny days. Redhook is launchingSummerhook on 5/10 at Add-a-Ball in Fremont where there will be live performances, beer specials, and a food truck featuring a collaborative Summerhook hot sauce. The event starts at 5pm so head over and give Summerhook a try! 

About Redhook Brewery
Redhook was born out of the entrepreneurial spirit of early 1980s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first craft breweries with its focus on creating a better beer. From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to a Fremont trolley barn that housed The Trolleyman brewpub, to its current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. Redhook will open a 10-barrel brewpub in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle in the fall of 2016.

Redhook’s original brews include ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Extra Special Lager (ESL), and a variety of seasonal beers, including Blackhook, Summerhook, and Winterhook. Redhook beers are available on draught and in bottles and cans around the country. For more information, visit

Redhook Brewery, Est. Seattle, WA 1981

Winners from Around the Globe Take Honors at 2016 World Beer CupSM

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Nearly 6,600 Entries from 55 Countries Vied for
Brewing Glory at the “Olympics” of Beer

Boulder, CO • May 6, 2016—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America's small and independent craft brewers—announced the results of one of the largest commercial beer competitions to date, the 2016 World Beer Cup. The awards were presented at the conclusion of Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This edition of the World Beer Cup saw 6,596 beers from 1,907 breweries representing 55 countries—a 38.5 percent increase in the number of entries from the 2014 World Beer Cup, which had 4,754 entries.

Entries were judged by an elite international panel of 253 judges from 31 countries. Judges awarded 287 out of 288 total possible awards, reflecting the chance for one gold, one silver and one bronze award in each of 96 beer style categories. A gold award was not presented in the Fresh or Wet Hop Ale category.

A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2016 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet.

“Brewing has no boundaries or borders,” said Charlie Papazian, founder, Brewers Association. “The World Beer Cup recognizes the very best in the global community of brewers—their innovation, creativity and the craft of beer and brewing.”

Category Trends
·         The average number of beers entered per category was 69, up from 50 in 2014—a marker of the 2016 World Beer Cup’s high level of competitiveness.
·         The category with the most entries was American-Style India Pale Ale with 275 entries.
·         The second most-entered category was Imperial India Pale Ale with 181 entries.
·         The third most-entered category was American-Style Pale Ale with 167 entries.

Award Highlights
The 287 awards were won by 253 breweries, with few breweries earning more than one award.
·         225 breweries won one award.
·         22 breweries won two awards.
·         6 breweries won three awards.

“This year’s judge panel was our most international ever, with three-quarters of judges travelling to Philadelphia from outside the U.S.,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, World Beer Cup. “Judges commented throughout the week that overall beer quality continues to improve across the spectrum of world beer styles. While breweries may hold the awards, beer drinkers around the world are the true winners.”

Champion Brewery/Champion Brewmaster Awards
The competition also bestows Champion Brewery and Champion Brewmaster awards in each of six brewery categories based on the awards won by each brewery.

Very Small Brewing Company Category
Arch Rock Brewing Co.
James Smith

Small Brewing Company Category
Noble Ale Works
Evan and The Giants

Mid-Size Brewing Company Category
Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang

Large Brewing Company Category
Miller Brewing Co.
Miller Brewing Co. Brewing Team

Small Brewpub Category
12Degree Brewing
Jon Howland and Tor O'Brien

Large Brewpub Category
Beachwood BBQ & Brewing
Julian Shrago, Ian McCall and Gene Wagoner
The complete list of award winners is available for download.

The Brewers Association introduced the World Beer Cup competition in 1996 to celebrate the art and science of brewing by recognizing outstanding achievement. The 2016 World Beer Cup is made possible by the generous support of sponsors including Presenting Sponsor Krones, and Partner Sponsors Ball Corporation, Barth-Haas Group, First Key Consulting Inc., MicroStar Logistics, SAHM GmbH + Co. KG, and Siemens.
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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 CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, 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.
The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Lompoc Brewing Adds Weekend Brunch to the Fifth Quadrant Menu

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Portland, Ore. – Lompoc Brewing is now serving weekend brunch at its Fifth Quadrant pub, located at 3901 N Williams Ave. Brunch will be offered each Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 1pm.

The brunch menu features a selection of brunch items ranging from traditional Eggs Benedict and Huevos Rancheros to Breakfast Burritos and five different types of four-egg omelets: Denver, Farmers, Ham & Cheddar, Veggie and Omelet Du Jour. One of the menu standouts is Popcorn Chicken Biscuits and Gravy; boneless popcorn chicken and two eggs any style served over homemade buttermilk biscuits with sausage country gravy. There’s also Breakfast Sliders and Challah French Toast served with real maple syrup. Many dishes come with a heaping side of home fried potatoes.

For those who prefer a liquid brunch, Lompoc is serving Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Sangria and a number of coffee cocktails. The menu highlights two breakfast beers: the Red Eye, a golden ale aged on tomatoes, celery, sage, bay leaf, peppercorns and dried chilis that literally tastes like a Bloody Mary beer; it was rated one of Willamette Week's top beers of 2015. There’s also a Cranberry Saison, a Belgian style farmhouse ale made with Oregon cranberries.

Lompoc’s brunch is family friendly, with a kid’s brunch menu that offers four different affordable entries and a number of sides. For more information, call 503-288-3996.

Hashtags: #LompocBeer #LompocBrunch #FifthQuadrant #Lompoc5Q

Friday, May 6, 2016

Elysian Brewing Releasing Hubris IPA and Saison Poivre

Elysian Brewing will have two new bottle and Draft releases in May. Hubris Huge IPA is the latest in their Manic Series and Saison Poivre.  See info below.

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We've been warned: What goes up, must come down.

With over the top Northwest hop flavor, Elysian Brewing's newest release in the Manic IPA Series, Hubris, is a Huge IPA with designs to touch the sky.

Completely full of itself and without regard, Hubris stridently takes its place in the pantheon of Elysian IPAs. Available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft beginning in May.

Hubris is brewed to a staggering 8.6% ABV with malted barley and wheat. But before the fall, there's 10 hop additions of Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial to the melt the wax off your wings. Look for it wherever Elysian beers are sold.

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From farmhouse to townhouse, Saison Poivre melds spicy aromatics from our Belgian yeast against a fruity and fiery blend of green, white, black, and pink peppercorns.

The first of three Saisons to be released this year from Elysian Brewing, Saison Poivre was brewed to 7.3% ABV with malted barley and wheat, German Northern Brewer, and Czech Saaz hops. Earthy spiciness from a blend of black, white, and green peppercorns layers below the bright, fruitiness of pink peppercorns. Vibrant and refreshing, Poivre is our decidedly urban take on a rustic tradition.
Only one batch of this limited availability beer will be brewed and released in May 2016 in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Look for Saison Poivre on draft at all Elysian Restaurants and throughout its distribution network.
Draft & 22oz Bottles
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Elysian Brewing operates four Seattle restaurants -Elysian Capitol Hill, Elysian Tangletown, Elysian Fields, Elysian BAR, and a full production brewery - Elysian Airport Way, in the Georgetown neighborhood. Known for variety, Elysian has brewed over 350 craft beers since it opened on Capitol Hill in 1996.

With 20 years in beer, Elysian invites you to celebrate by attending the 20th Anniversary Party at the Seattle Center on Saturday, June 11. 100% of the ticket price and all net proceeds of the event go directly to charity. More details available at  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Redhooks's 21st Annual Haul Ash Returns May 21

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                   Beer lovers and cycling enthusiasts ride 42 miles round-trip, commemorating the eruption of Mount St. Helens

WHAT:Redhook Brewery commemorates the May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens with the annual Haul Ash Tour de Brew, a 42-mile round-trip ride along the Burke-Gilman Trail from the Woodinville brewery to LTD Bar & Grill in Fremont and back.

Upon arriving in Fremont, participants over the age of 21 can quench their thirst with a cold pint before biking back to the brewery for the Post Pedal Party, featuring hot food, cold drinks and live music. 

Event proceeds will benefit The Hope Heart Institute, a Bellevue-based nonprofit organization dedicated to research, education and prevention of cardiovascular disease in the Northwest.

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WHO:Haul Ash and the Post Pedal Party are open to all ages. Beer and wine will be available for those who are 21+ with valid ID.

WHEN:Saturday, May 21, 2016
Ride begins at 10 a.m. and will last approximately 2.5 to 4 hours.
Post Pedal Party lasts 12:30 to 5 p.m.

WHERE:Redhook Brewery
14300 NE 145th Street
Woodinville, WA 98072
Parking available on-site and in designated neighboring lots.

DETAILS:Participants can register online or on-site at Redhook Brewery in Woodinville. 

Price ($40 preregistration, $45 day of ride) includes admission to the Post Pedal Party, two beer tickets and a Redhook messenger swag bag with Haul Ash pint glass, earbuds and Redhook koozie.
Family and friends can meet riders at the Post Pedal Party, with a suggested $5 donation to the Hope Heart Institute.

Courtesy of Redhook
About Redhook
Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early 1980s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first “craft” breweries with its focus on creating “better beers.” From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard to a Fremont trolley barn that housed The Trolleyman brewpub, to its current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. Redhook will open a 10-barrel brewpub in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle in the fall of 2016.

While Redhook has “grown up” over the past 30 years, one thing has never changed — Redhook is still brewing great beers like ESB, Long Hammer IPA, American Pale Ale and a variety of seasonal beers, including Blackhook. Most importantly, Redhook has fun doing it. Redhook beers are available on draught and in bottles and cans around the country. For more information, visit

Twitter and Instagram: @Redhook_Brewery

Spire Mountain Ciders Releases Crisp & Dry Apple Cider

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Olympia, WA - In the tradition of quality and excellence, American’s oldest cidery Spire Mountain Cider, is pleased to announce the release of their latest product, Crisp & Dry Apple Cider.

“The hard cider industry has seen incredible growth over the past several years, and drinkers are embracing it as a refreshing alternative to beer or wine. As drinkers continue to rediscover the American cider tradition, they are interested in trying ciders with more complexity.  We think our new Crisp & Dry cider fits that need perfectly” says Sal Leone, President of Fish Brewing Co.

The Crisp & Dry Apple Cider is a semi-dry crisp cider with hints of green apples and acidic tartness, with a refreshing soft sparkling finish.  This cider comes in at 5% ABV and is the perfect drink to pair with crème brule and fresh berries or a smooth brie cheese.

Crisp & Dry Apple Cider will be available year-around to all of our distributor partners in 6-pack bottles, 22oz bottles, 1/6 bbl & 1/2 bbl kegs, and will be available in 16oz cans in the summer 2016. 

Spire Mountain’s year round and seasonal offerings highlight the natural flavors of Washington apples. Naturally gluten free and made from 100 percent locally sourced fresh pressed Washington apples, Spire Mountain products are handcrafted with real ingredients and never from concentrate.  Look for Spire Mountain Ciders at a retailer near you.

About Fish Brewing Company
Founded in 1993, Fish Brewing Company is owned by over 400 beer drinking consumers, who pooled their resources to build a landmark brewery in Olympia, WA, which is known for its quality water and artesian wells. Fish Brewing also uses when possible locally sourced Washington ingredients. Fish Brewing produces hand-crafted beers and ciders under our three core brands: Fish Tale Ales, Leavenworth Biers, and Spire Mountain Cider, which can be found in 20 states and internationally, both in bottles and on draft. Fish Brewing operates a full service pub in Olympia, WA, which was featured on the Food Networks show Diners, Drive-in & Dives, and a new taproom in Woodinville, WA. Fish Brewing believes that fresh beer and cider, fine food, and enduring friendships are what life in the Great Pacific Northwest is all about. For more information visit,

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Smithsonian Announces New Initiative To Document Brewing History

Project Will Explore Brewing History and Industry in America

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stumptown Tart Tasting Event At Bridgeport Brewing

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Top Rung Brewing Releasing Seasonal Raspberry Wheat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Releases Juice Joint Kettle Sour

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

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


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