Friday, July 15, 2016

Coronado Brewing Company Launches Stingray IPA in Cans

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San Diego, CA - July 15, 2016 -- Coronado Brewing Company's award-winning Stingray IPA is now available for the first time in cans. The can launch is a continuation of the company's brand refresh that kicked off earlier this year; highlighting the company's coastal lifestyle and San Diego roots. Stingray IPA is the company's fourth year-round offering in cans, following the release of Islander IPA, Orange Avenue Wit, and Easy Up Pale Ale earlier this year. The company is releasing Stingray IPA in 12-ounce can six-packs, in addition to 12-ounce bottles and on draft. 

While Coronado Brewing Company continues to grow as a global brand, the cofounders are adamant about staying true to its local roots. "A big part of living in San Diego is getting outside, and being close to the water. Cans are the perfect extension of that lifestyle, allowing us to take beer where we couldn't before," said Rick Chapman, President & Cofounder, Coronado Brewing. "We are excited to see consumers enjoy cans of Stingray IPA in in their favorite places." 
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Stingray IPA is an easy-drinking Imperial IPA brewed with a blend of Citra, Mosaic, Southern Cross and Simcoe hops, for a ripe, tropical fruitiness. Since the brand was first introduced in 2015, it has gained a cult-like following as well as critical acclaim, including a recent Gold medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championship. "Stingray IPA is one of our fastest-growing brands, and that, coupled with increased consumer demand for cans, is a great combination," said Brandon Richards, VP Sales & Marketing, Coronado Brewing. "While a bulk of our sales continue to be in the traditional bottle format, we have seen a huge increase in cans and we don't foresee that trend slowing anytime soon." 

Stingray IPA will be available beginning early July in 18 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida and Rhode Island. For more information about the beer and availability, visit Stay Coastal. Cheers. 

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Stingray IPA specs:
Style:              Imperial IPA
ABV:               7.9 %
Bitterness:      48 IBU
Package:        12-ounce cans and bottles, on draft
Release:         Cans available early July; year-round offering
Availability:     Beer Finder

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Named after a serene Coronado shoreline where locals soak up sun and suds. This easy-drinking IPA will transport you to a tropical paradise the moment it hits your lips. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Southern Cross hops provide flavors and aromas of tropical fruits and sun-kissed citrus with soft accents of nectarine and peach.
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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.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

2016 Great American Beer Festival® Celebrates 35 Years with the Largest Showcase of American Breweries. Ever.

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What: For the 35th year in a row, beer lovers will gather in Colorado at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the premier beer festival and competition in the U.S. With 379,000 square feet in the tasting hall, an anticipated 60,000 attendees will have the opportunity to sample some 3,800 beers from more than 800 breweries.
When:                          Thursday, October 6: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                                    Friday, October 7: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                                    Saturday, October 8*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
                                    *Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association members-only session
                                    Saturday, October 8: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. 

Where:                         Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado

Why: GABF has been bringing exceptional brewers and beer lovers together since 1982. Evolving with the booming craft beer industry and keeping up with Americans’ desire to tap into indie beer, GABF is now the single largest ticketed beer festival and event with the biggest selection of beers in the U.S. Attendees have an opportunity to try a varied assortment of beers from all corners of the country and experience the eclectic U.S. beer community. Coupled with a private competition and awards ceremony, the overall event showcases the U.S. as the greatest and most diverse brewing destination on the planet.

Ticket Info: GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on August 3, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT via

A ticket pre-sale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association will take place on August 2 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT. You must purchase a membership to the American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association by July 24, 11:59 p.m. PDT, to be eligible for the member pre-sale.

Members-Only Session tickets are $65 each, with a two ticket limit per member number.
General Session tickets are $80 public/$75 members (if purchased during the members only sale on August 2) and include:
·         Commemorative tasting cup
·         Unlimited one-ounce samples of your choice of 3,800 beers
·         Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
·         Access to dozens of educational and interactive seminars across all four sessions, focused on beer appreciation
·         Opportunity to speak with brewery representatives in the Meet the Brewer Hall
·         Complimentary artisan cheese samples, craft soda samples and a variety of other food options
·         Entertainment including games, karaoke, Silent Disco with a live DJ and more
Note: Due to limited availability, GABF General Session ticket sales are capped at four tickets per session per ticket buyer.

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Media Access:              To apply for media credentials, please visit the media access section of the GABF website.


Note to Editors:            Please visit the following links for event b-roll footage and photos.

Story Ideas: GABF Competition: Not only about sampling quality beer, GABF is also a beer competition one of the world’s largest and most distinguished. 2016 is expected to see nearly 7,000 beers from over 1,600 breweries competing in 96 beer style categories for their chance at the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals as named by GABF’s prestigious beer judges. (Note: final, official competition statistics will be published on Saturday, October 8, after competition results are compiled and medals are announced.)
Craft Beer and Business: Dive deeper into the growth of craft beer and beer culture in America. According to data recently released by the Brewers Association, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. is at an all-time high of more than 4,600 breweries, 99% of which are indie breweries. At GABF, discover the economic impact these small and independent brewers are having on our country, what’s next for the thriving industry and more.

Beer and Food: What’s better than a good beer? A delicious bite to pair. Embracing the growing popularity of beer and food pairings, Paired, formerly known as the Farm to Table Pavilion, provides an intimate setting to indulge attendees’ senses. Paired will feature 21 of the most renowned chefs from around the country, possessing accolades ranging from Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, James Beard Foundation and more, who will personally plate their dishes for guests and discuss the dynamic pairings. Exclusive craft beers served in Paired are available only in this pavilion and not in the festival hall. As in previous years, a separate ticket ($145) is required for entrance. Paired tickets are available exclusively to members of the American Homebrewers Association and the Brewers Association and as such, can only be purchased during the members only sale on August 2.

More Information:        Click here for Great American Beer Festival history, facts and figures.

2016 Sponsors: GABF is made possible by the support of generous sponsors.

Social Media: Follow @GABF on Twitter, hashtag #GABF and #TGIGABF; Like GABF on Facebook; and follow @greatamericanbeerfestival on Instagram.


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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.

Coin Toss Brewing Co. to feature pickle-infused beer at this weekend’s inaugural Great West Brew Fest

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OREGON CITY, Ore. – Craft beer lovers and baseball fans will be able to “get their pickle on” at this weekend’s Great West Brew Fest at Walker Stadium in Southeast Portland. “Caught in a Pickle” Lager from Coin Toss Brewing Co. will be among 40 craft beers available at the festival.

Just one keg of this dill-icious beer exists, concocted especially for the festival, which runs this Friday and Saturday, prior to and during Portland Pickles baseball games.

After taste-testing juice from a half-dozen different types of pickles, the brewers at Coin Toss blended an entire gallon of juice from bread-and-butter pickles into a half-barrel of the brewery’s house lager to create a truly one-of-a-kind beer.

“We settled on bread-and-butter pickle juice because the flavor reminded us so much of eating a hot dog with relish at the ballpark,” said Coin Toss Brewing Co. founder Tim Hohl. “It's a fun way to celebrate Portland Pickles baseball and craft beer. You’ll want to eat a hog dog with this beer!”

The two-day Great West Brew Fest is open on Friday, July 15, from 4pm to the conclusion of the seventh inning of the ballgame; and on Saturday, July 16 from 2pm until the  end of the seventh inning. With a ticket to the game, admission to the Great West Brew Fest is $10. A $20 admission provides entry to the festival and viewing of the game from the festival grounds. Admission includes a souvenir pint mug and four beer tastes.

Coin Toss Brewing Co. is a proud partner of the Portland Pickles baseball team. You can find Coin Toss beers on tap at Walker Stadium throughout the season. 

About Coin Toss Brewing Co.
Coin Toss Brewing Co. is committed to crafting the finest beers in honor of Portland’s illustrious history. The brewery offers a variety of signature brews available by the pint, growler or keg from its brewpub in Oregon City and on tap around town. The Coin Toss moniker is a nod to the fateful event that determined Portland’s name. Although Asa Lovejoy lost that toss to Francis Pettygrove, Coin Toss would like to reach through the years and tell him: Heads or Tails? It’s Beer. You Win! Learn more at

Monday, July 11, 2016

New Mug for the 2016 Oregon Brewers Festival

Oregon Brewers Festival has once again changed up its drinking vessel for the brew festival. See details below.

For the first 25 years of the OBF, beers were served in a thick, milky white plastic mug. In 2013, we switched over to a glass to better allow the color of the beer to shine through. That continued in 2014, but last year the Portland Police and Portland Parks decided to ban glass from all parks, so we switched to a high-quality, BPA-free plastic glass. This year, we are returning to a mug, but now it's a 12 oz. clear styrene plastic free of BPA and phthalates.

More on the upcoming 2016 Oregon Brewers Festival.

Sierra Nevada’s Brewmaster Steve Dresler Announces Retirement

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Chico, CA—July 8, 2016— Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s Brewmaster, Steve Dresler, has announced that he plans to retire next year.  Dresler has been in charge of Sierra Nevada’s brewing program since the early 1980s, after joining Sierra Nevada in 1983.

Under Dresler’s direction, Sierra Nevada won eight World Beer Cup awards and 31 GABF medals.  He has overseen the development and production of almost all of their new beers for more than 30 years.  Last year, the Brewers Association awarded him the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing, an honor selected by a committee made up of members of the BA’s advisory board.  Sierra Nevada is the first and only two-time winner of this award.  

Of Dresler’s retirement, Sierra Nevada founder Ken Grossman said, “It’s bittersweet.  Steve is an iconic figure in our brewery and in the industry.  His talent and personality are legendary, and he has set the tone in our production department for years.  I wish him all the best in this much-deserved retirement.”

Although Dresler will work into 2017, Sierra Nevada will post the Chico head brewer position immediately in order to allow time for an extensive search, as well as for Dresler to help train the selected candidate. 

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada now spans both coasts with breweries in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for craft brewers worldwide with innovations in the brewhouse as well as advances in sustainability. It is famous for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Hop Hunter® IPA, Nooner® Pilsner, Otra Vez™, Kellerweis®, Porter, Stout and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at

Firestone Walker Releases Luponic Distortion Revolution 002

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Paso Robles, CA—The next revolution has arrived, pushing a new experimental hop to the forefront while marking the second release in Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s Luponic Distortion revolving hop series.

As with the inaugural Luponic Distortion Revolution 001 released in the spring, Revolution 002 is loaded with an eclectic multitude of hops—but the hops have been remixed to deliver new twists of aroma and flavor. Revolution 002 hits the ground this month while the last of Revolution 001 rides off into the sunset.
Luponic Distortion is not a single beer, but rather an ongoing series of beers that evolves and revolves approximately every 90 days. It is built around experimental hops, designed to showcase the possibilities of pure hop aromas and flavors without any assist from adjuncts. While the base beer always remains the same, each revolution features a different hop blend.

Luponic 002 Lowdown
The lead hop this time is a new cultivar from an experimental plot in the Pacific Northwest. “It has these vivid peachy flavors with tropical notes reminiscent of papaya,” Brynildson said. 

Hops from New Zealand and Germany are also in the mix. Of the seven hops in the blend, only two are carryovers from Revolution 001—and three are hops never used by Firestone Walker before.

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“This beer truly touches every corner of the hop growing world,” Brynildson said. “The southern hemisphere hops add these bright Sauvignon Blanc-like accents of grapefruit and gooseberry, and there’s this new variety out of Europe that ties everything together with honeydew aromas and an underlying herbal pine quality.”

Yet for all of the hop remixing, there is a core common thread that extends from Revolution 001 through Revolution 002. “If you compare them side by side, it’s not like tasting a totally different beer, but rather an evolution of the same beer,” Brynildson said. 

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