Saturday, July 2, 2016

11th Annual Oregon Craft Beer Month Begins July 1st

Courtesy of the Oregon Brewers Guild
 OCBM Takes Oregon’s Summer to New Heights with 450+ Events
PORTLAND, Ore. (July 1, 2016) The Oregon Brewers Guild is thrilled to celebrate craft beer in Oregon with the month-long party that is Oregon Craft Beer Month. The 31 fun-filled days of OCBM are loaded with more than 450 beer-related events statewide. So go sip new releases, sample unique pairings, and visit your local brewery — this is what July is all about.
“July is the biggest month for craft beer in Oregon for brewers and consumers alike, with the Fourth of July weekend being the largest craft beer weekend in the U.S.,” says Brian Butenschoen, executive director of the Oregon Brewers Guild. “We’ll have nearly 500 events across the 300 brewery owned locations in Oregon, along with our retail partners in bottle shops, grocery stores, pubs, restaurants, and taverns across the state.”
Oregon Craft Beer Month kicks off on July 1st with the second annual Portland Craft Beer Festival at The Fields Park in Northwest Portland, July 1-3, 2016.  The ceremonial first keg of the Portland Craft Beer Fest will be tapped by Oregon Treasurer and Portland’s Mayor-elect, Ted Wheeler. This festival showcases more than 100 craft beers from 42 Portland breweries. 
For beer lovers and adventurers alike, the optimal summer getaway awaits with a trek down one, or all seven, of Oregon’s Ale Trails. Visit Oregon’s largest beer trail located in Bend, and check out the Ale Trails in Eugene, Eastern Oregon, the Breweries of the Gorge, Southern Oregon, the North Coast, and the soon to be launched Portland Eastside Ale Trail
The month-long beer celebration culminates with the 29th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, July 27-31 at Waterfront Park. It’s the nation’s largest festival, with over 112 craft beers including 88 from the U.S., and 24 international brews from the Netherlands, Germany, Japan, and China.
Throughout OCBM, connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #ocbm16.  Untappd will also have a special OCBM badge for imbibers who log three or more Oregon brews this month. We’ll drink to that!

About the Oregon Brewers Guild
The Oregon Brewers Guild is Oregon’s non-profit trade association for the state’s independent breweries. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 152 brewing companies, 128 associate or supplier members and more than 3,800 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, see

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

3rd Annual Breakside Summer Luau

Courtesy of Breakside Brewery
6/29/2016 Breakside Brewery celebrates the sun, refreshingly crisp, hoppy and tart beers, Hawaiian-style BBQ and family friendly games and entertainment at the 3rd annual Summer Luau at our Milwaukie, Oregon Tasting Room & Brewery. As one of the only times of the year that the Tasting Room is kid friendly, the brewery features the release of it's most popular seasonal, Passionfruit Sour Ale and it's Hawaiian influence with music, games and great beers on Saturday, July 23rd from Noon to 8pm.

  • Breakside's Chef Mike Delaney will be cooking up a Hawaiian-themed menu with meat and veggies and specials like his famous Kahlua Pork. 
  • The tasting room will be Randall infusing a keg of Wanderlust IPA with fresh cut Mango's and that's in addition to a new batch of the beloved Passionfruit Sour Ale on tap.
  • There will be a kids corner & activity packs for the little rugrats. 
  • Passionfruit Sour Ale release.
  • Outdoor misters.
  • Kiddie soaking pool.
Courtesy of Breakside Brewery
Breakside Milwaukie Summer Luau
Saturday, July 23rd Noon - 8pm
$15 for a glass plus 4 tickets for tasters.
Breakside Brewery Milwaukie Tasting Room & Brewery
5821 SE International Way
Milwaukie, OR  97222

Coronado Brewing Company Says Cheers to 20 Years of Award-Winning Beers

Courtesy of Coronado Brewing Co
San Diego, CA - June 29, 2016 - Coronado Brewing Company is celebrating 20 years of defining the West Coast craft beer movement. What began as a dream to open a brewpub on the idyllic island of Coronado, grew into something so much bigger than either of the Chapman brothers ever could have dreamed. "When we opened our doors in 1996, San Diego wasn't yet known for craft beer. We wanted to create a family business where friends could enjoy quality beer and food in a laid back, beachy atmosphere," said Rick Chapman, President and Cofounder of Coronado Brewing Co. "The company's growth has far exceeded our expectations, and 20 years in, we're just getting started."

To celebrate the milestone occasion, Coronado Brewing Co. is releasing a  limited-edition 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA. "Each year we brew a huge, hopped-up Imperial IPA for our Anniversary," said Ryan Brooks, Brewmaster. "This year's version is bursting with tropical notes from a blend of Citra, Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc hops." The beer will be available beginning July 1 in 18 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, and Florida.
Courtesy of Coronado Brewing Co
In addition to the commemorative beer, Coronado Brewing Co. is hosting an Anniversary bash at the main
brewery and tasting room in San Diego. The party takes place on Saturday, July 30th from 4pm-9pm. $15 tickets include admission into the event, a keepsake glass, beer ticket, and entry into the raffle for Coronado gear. The event will feature 20 beers for 20 years, local music by CHUGBOAT, and several gourmet food trucks, including Seoul Man and BFD Sandwiches. Tickets and more information available
here. Stay Coastal. Cheers. 

20th Anniversary Imperial IPA specs:
Style:              Imperial IPA
ABV:               10.0%
Bitterness:      TBD IBU
Package:        12-ounce bottle in 4-packs, 22-ounce bottle, and draft
Release:         July, while supplies last
Availability:     Beer Finder
20th Anniversary Celebration details:
Date:               Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time:               4-pm
Location:         Coronado Brewing Co., Tasting Room, 1205 Knoxville Street, San Diego, 92110
Tickets:            $15 includes admission, first beer, commemorative glassware

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 18 US states and twelve 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.

Instagram: @CoronadoBrewing
Twitter: @CoronadoBrewing

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Victory Brewing Company Chalks Up Berliner Weisse with Elderflower

Courtesy of Victory Brewing Co
Downingtown, PA, June 27, 2016 - Victory Brewing Company (Victory) announces a refreshing Berliner Weisse with Elderflower as part of its creative Blackboard Series that unifies craft beer with market-fresh culinary inspirations similar to specials found on a blackboard in restaurants. The series, alternates innovative creations every three months, encouraging craft beer fans to taste what the brewers are cooking up with fresh and surprising ingredients.

The third special in the series, a Berliner Weisse with Elderflower, is a hazy tart wheat ale brewed with Hallertauer Hallertau hops and features woody, spicy and vanilla notes over a floral, mildly sweet finish. Available from July through December, Berliner Weisse with Elderflower can be purchased throughout Victory’s 37-state distribution footprint for a suggested retail price of $9.99 for a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles
The first beer of the series, Agave IPA with Grapefruit, was introduced in January and was brewed with four variations of American hops that produced a delicious brew with a light citric bite, strong and bitter aromas against sweet agave and seasonal grapefruit character. Following Agave IPA, the second beer of the series was a Dry-Hopped Brett Pils embracing spicy aromas with a bit of Brettanomyces funk in the form of a hop heavy draft available April to June. Following the Berliner Weisse, the series will wrap with the introduction of a smoothly alluring Oatmeal Porter with Hazelnut available in draft from October through December.

All three Victory Brewpubs - Downingtown, Kennett Square and Parkesburg, PA, serve complementing culinary creations perfectly suited to each distinct brew in the spirit of celebrating and fostering the creativity and ingenuity of the kitchen and the brew kettle.  While Victory will always serve their popular, hop-forward brands and equally delicious fare, they know this series will continue to excite the palates of craft beer and brewpub fans alike.

“Like a special at your favorite restaurant or brewpub, the Blackboard Series brings our fans into the create space our Brewers and Chefs share, offering them the opportunity to enjoy a brew made with fresh seasonal ingredients that takes them down exciting, unexpected pathways of flavor,” said Victory’s Founder and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “Combining tradition and ingenuity is a founding principle at Victory we are quite proud of. The Blackboard Series is a vivid, and delicious, example of what we do here all the time.”

Use Victory’s Beerfinder to discover a nearby location, or download the free Victory Mobile app for Android or iPhone.

About Victory Brewing Company 
Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, PA. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. Victory’s second state of the art brewery opened in February of 2014 in Parkesburg, PA to serve fans of fully flavored beers in 37 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. Victory operates three brewpubs; the original Downingtown site, Victory at Magnolia in Kennett Square and Parkesburg featuring self-guided tours. Victory recently announced an alliance with Southern Tier Brewing under the parent company of Artisanal Brewing Ventures. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company please visit

Reuben's Brews Surpasses 100-Medal Mark After Winning 10 Medals in June

Photo: Adam Robbings and Charlie Papazian 2016 World Beer Cup.

SEATTLE, Wash. (June 28, 2016The folks at Reuben’s Brews are going to need to open up a little more wall space. The brewery, located in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, took home 10 medals from two competitions this month, pushing their total number of medals earned since opening in 2012 past 100.

“Winning our 100th medal is quite a milestone for a small brewery to hit,” says Adam Robbings, co-founder and head brewer of Reuben’s Brews. “When you’re a new brewery, competitions are a good way to get your name out there and you get to see how your beers stack up against others locally and nationally. It gives you some independent validation that you’re on the right track. We learn a lot about what trends are out there and what others are doing and it pushes us to keep brewing the best beer we can.”

At the North American Beer Awards on June 3, Reuben’s Brews took home four medals: silver for Air of the Night Baltic Porter and Foreign Export Stout, and bronze for Pilsner and Seattle Milk Stout.

Then on June 18, the brewery won six medals at the Washington Beer Awards: gold for Pilsner, silver for Kolsch and Triumvirate, and bronze for Robust Porter, Lilywhite Wit and Crikey IPA.

“We’ve come a long way in just under four years,” says Robbings. “Knowing that people like what you do is incredibly gratifying and I really appreciate all of the support we’ve gotten from the community. We wouldn’t be here without it!”

About Reuben’s Brews After the birth of their first child Reuben, Adam and Grace embarked on a mission to brew bloody good beer. Originally from the UK, Adam turned a passionate hobby into a family-run brewery crafting nationally and internationally recognized beers in a wide variety of styles. Since opening in 2012, Reuben’s has won awards for its beers around the world including at the Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup, the US Open and was named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards. Find Reuben’s Brews in Western Washington and at its taproom located at 5010 14th Ave NW in Ballard, open 7 days a week. For more information, visit or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@reubensbrews).

Redhook Adds New American Pale Ale To Year-Round Lineup, Hits Shelves For The Fourth Of July

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SEATTLE, Wash. – June 27, 2016 – Redhook Brewery is celebrating the Fourth of July with a new brew, American Pale Ale. This hoppy addition to Redhook’s year-round lineup, featuring classic red, white and blue packaging, will be available nationally starting in July 2016.

“Our American Pale Ale is a classic take on the style,” said Nick Crandall, lead innovation brewer at Redhook Brewery. “We wanted to brew a pale ale with pronounced citrus and floral hop aromas. Our APA is a nice balance of lemon notes with bitterness up front and a bright grassy finish. The beer is crisp, flavorful and perfect for summertime.”

Redhook’s take on the American Pale Ale style integrates classic Chinook and Cascade hop characters into this easy-drinking and full-flavored pale ale. At 4.7 percent ABV, the sessionable American Pale Ale is a great beer for any occasion throughout the year, including Fourth of July barbeques, game nights, and casual hangouts with friends.

American Pale Ale will be available nationally starting in early July in six- and twelve-packs, and on draught. For more information on Redhook Brewery, visit and follow the brewery on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

About Redhook American Pale AleRedhook American Pale Ale is brewed for maximum flavor and sessionability. A medium body and Cascade hop aroma give the beer overall balance. The crisp, clean finish of Redhook American Pale Ale will have you reaching for another.

Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel
Hops: Chinook, Cascade
ABV: 4.7%
IBU: 40

About Redhook BreweryRedhook 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