Thursday, June 29, 2017

Ecliptic Brewing To Hold Second Annual July 4th Fruit Fest Frenzy

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PORTLAND, Ore. (June 28)– In less than a week, Ecliptic Brewing will feature a frenzy of fruit beers at their pub to celebrate the Fourth of July.  This year, more than ten Ecliptic fruit beers will be available hosting a variety of fruits including cherries, raspberries, grapefruit and more. There will also be rare, barrel-aged fruit beers included in the line-up.

“Our fruit beers this year are pretty diverse and fun to try, especially the barrel-aged beers,” said Owner and Brewmaster John Harris. “Come taste one of my favorites, the Rye Barrel-Aged UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale.”

This year Ecliptic will also feature some added fun involving fruit: a special burger with a fruit component and fruit beer popsicles. 

July 4th Fruit Fest Frenzy
Tuesday July 4th, 2017. 11:00am-10:00pm
Ecliptic Brewing, 825 N. Cook Street, Portland, OR.
All beers tapped at 11:00am with the barrel-aged beers made available in limited quantity until they are gone.  Beers will be poured individually or as part of two designated flights designed to allow people to try all of the beers available.  There will be no cover charge or ticket required.
Access the Facebook event here.
Sneak peek at the beer list:
Zenith Grapefruit Gose
Comet Calala Passionfruit Imperial Wit
Carina Peach Sour Ale
Syrah Barrel-Aged UltraViolet Blackberry Sour Ale
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Strawberry Moon Sour Ale

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 Spectra Hoppy Pilsner, Orbiter IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale and Capella Porter. For more information, visit:

Ecliptic beers are available at the brewery (825 North Cook St), in bottle and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem, Vancouver WA), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Fort George Distributing (Northern Oregon Coast), Summit Distribution (Southern Oregon), Click Distributing (Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Northern Idaho), Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham), Crooked Stave Artisans (Colorado), Freedom Distributors (North Carolina), BeerThirst (Canada), and Graybeal (Eastern Oregon).

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Laurelwood Brewing Co Releases Summer Seasonal, Boysenberry Berliner Weisse In 22oz

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Portland, OR –  Laurelwood Brewing Co. is excited to release their new Summer seasonal, Boysenberry Berliner Weisse, to their 22oz packaged offering line up.

Their Boysenberry Berliner Weisse was brewed with the long hot days of summer in mind. The sweet and tart boysenberries add a refreshing complexity to the 5% German-style sour ale. “Our seasonals this year have really been a hit,” says James Buxman, Director of Sales and Marketing. “We’re sure that our summer seasonal will follow in the same footsteps!”  

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 Find it on tap and in 22 oz. bottles at Laurelwood’s Portland pubs, located on 5115 NE Sandy Boulevard and 6716 SE Milwaukie Avenue, as well as in stores within Oregon and Washington.

About Laurelwood Brewing Co.:
Laurelwood is a family-owned brewery and public house in Portland, Oregon, founded in 2001 by Mike De Kalb and Cathy Woo-De Kalb. Laurelwood Brewing Co.’s award-winning line-up includes the popular Workhorse IPA and Free Range Red Ale. Laurelwood’s handcrafted brews can be found on draft, in bottles, and cans throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, California, British Columbia, and Japan. To learn more, visit

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

New Veltins Grevensteiner Cans Offer Refreshing Summer Alternative

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Meschede-Grevenstein, Germany (June 27, 2017)Brauerei C. & A. Veltins was founded in 1824 and started supplying beer to nearby taverns in 1852 after founder Clemens Veltins traveled the world in search of beer knowledge. Luckily, he discovered that his hometown of Meschede-Grevenstein offered some of the finest brewing water in the world, providing beer with a soft, mineral quality uniquely characteristic of the Westphalia region.

One such beer is Grevensteiner, an unusual and fascinating brew. Billed as a kellerbier, it is unfiltered and unpasteurized and meant to be enjoyed fresh. An amber-hued lager that’s initially dominated by caramel flavors with slight undertones of honey, Grevensteiner also expresses notes of roasted almonds and fresh fruit that is mostly reminiscent of green apple.

For the first time ever this past March, Grevensteiner made its way across the pond for a can release in the United States to an overwhelmingly positive response. The beer’s ability to meld the best of the old world with the new makes it a refreshing alternative to the typical summer beer choices, and a hit with novice drinkers and experts alike. Recently, the beer was awarded a 92-Exceptional rating by The Beer Connoisseur® magazine, designating Grevensteiner a beer to be sought out and enjoyed. 
“Grevensteiner has a malt profile that makes it a food pairing delight, especially with light summer fare like seafood and salads,” said Artisanal Imports German Portolio Specialist Mark Stratton. “It’s flavorful enough to go with burgers and brats as well, depending on the occasion. Because Grevensteiner is unfiltered it has great depth of body, but with a crisp, light finish – lots of flavor, but extremely drinkable compared to an IPA (pineapple infused or otherwise), with a refreshing quality that can only be found in a lager beer.”

While most craft lagers achieve crystal clarity and featherweight bodies, Grevensteiner breaks the mold, providing scintillating depth and complexity with a hazy and unfiltered body and a far creamier and more substantial mouthfeel – a break from the ordinary summer fare.

“We feel this is an exciting release for the U.S. market,” said Fabian Mueller, Export Sales Manager at Brauerei C. & A. Veltins. “As the third-largest brewery in Germany, we can provide overseas markets with beers featuring ample complexity in both aroma and flavor. In this case, kellerbiers such as Grevensteiner represent a new angle for craft lagers in America.”

Grevensteiner serves as an example of what 190+ years of brewing expertise can bring: a focus on quality, local ingredients, a perfected brewing method and, in this case, the idea that what’s old is new.

“By launching Grevensteiner in cans, we are providing craft beer lovers with the chance to enjoy an interesting craft lager in a more portable container, and we feel that this beer can be enjoyed anywhere, any time,” Mueller continued.

Brauerei C. & A. Veltins beer can be found in the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, FL, ID, IL, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, WA, WV and WI. Look for Veltins Grevensteiner in local beer and liquor stores, both chain and independent, as well as specialty grocery outlets including Whole Foods and Total Wine.

Interested in selling Brauerei C. & A. Veltins Grevensteiner in your retail store, bar or restaurant? Interested in becoming a distribution partner for Brauerei C. & A. Veltins? Please contact Lanny Hoff with interest at +1 (612) 245-5433 or by email at
About Brauerei C. & A. Veltins: Brauerei C. & A. Veltins is located in Meschede-Grevenstein, the capital of Germany’s Hochsauerlandkreis district. With over 190 years of brewing expertise, Veltins features a lineup of popular beers such as Veltins Pilsener, Veltins Radler and Grevensteiner. Learn more at

Coronado Brewing Company Celebrates the Big 2-1 with New Beer & Party

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San Diego, CA - June 27, 2017 - July marks Coronado Brewing Company's 21st birthday, and after more than  two  decades  of  brewing  award-winning  beer,  the  company  is showing no  signs  of  slowing  down. Coronado Brewing is on a roll this summer, winning nine medals at recent competitions, including  three golds  for  Orange  Ave.  Wit,  Seacoast Pilsner and Waylaid  White  IPA,  and  two  silvers  for  newcomer CoastWise Session IPA.

As the company heads into its next chapter, it looks forward to growing its reach with a new brewery and restaurant  at  13th  street  in  Imperial  Beach,  a  new  kitchen  at  its Knoxville Tasting Room,  and  expanded distribution into new states, including Minnesota. "It's  amazing to see how this company has grown and evolved over the years," says Brandon Richards, COO, Coronado Brewing Company. "We have so many exciting projects in the works, and a ton of momentum as we go into the back half of the year.
Coronado Brewing is celebrating its now-legal status with the release of its 21st Anniversary Limited-Edition Imperial IPA. Each summer, the company releases a big, Imperial IPA to celebrate its anniversary, and this year's version features a complex blend of Azacca®, Citra, and Centennial hops. "I'm stoked for this year's release," says Mark Theisen, Lead Brewer, Coronado Brewing Company. "We used a great blend of hops giving the beer layers of peach, stone fruit, and hints of citrus. For being 8.0% it goes down way too easy." 21st Anniversary Imperial IPA will be released for the first-time in 12oz can six-packs, in addition to 22oz bombers and on draft.

In  addition  to  the  commemorative  beer,  Coronado  Brewing  Co.  is  hosting  an Anniversary  party  at  its Tasting Room in Bay Park, San Diego. The celebration takes place on Saturday, July 29 from 2-7pm. $10 tickets  include  admission  into  the  event,  beer  ticket, and  entry  into  the  raffle  for  Coronado  swag. Additional proceeds from the raffle will benefit the local chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. The event will feature 25+ beers on tap, specialty casks, local music by Ron's Garage, and several gourmet food trucks, including   BFD   Sandwiches   and   South   Jersey   Grub.   Tickets   and   more   information   available   at Stay Coastal. Cheers.

21st Anniversary Imperial IPA specs:             
Style:               Imperial IPA
ABV:                8.0%
Bitterness:        68 IBU
Package:         12oz can 6-packs, 22oz bottle, draft
Release:          July, while supplies last
Availability:       Beer Finder
Sales Sheets: 

21st Anniversary Celebration details:
Date:                Saturday, July 29, 2017
Time:                2-7pm
Location:          Coronado Brewing Co., Tasting Room, 1205 Knoxville Street, San Diego, 92110
Tickets:            $10 includes admission, beer ticket, raffle ticket, live music, photo booth
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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 Coronado Brewing stays true to its San Diego roots, brewing a diverse portfolio specializing in abundantly hoppy West Coast-style ales, available in 19 US states and 12 countries. In addition to the long-established pub in Coronado, the company operates a tasting room inside its San Diego production facility, and a tasting room and restaurant in Imperial Beach, California. Coronado Brewing Company is the proud recipient of one of the brewing industry's most prestigious awards-World Beer Cup Champion Brewery and Brewmaster for a Mid-Size Brewing Company, 2014.
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Brewers Association Launches New Seal to Designate Independent Beers

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Boulder, CO • June 27, 2017—In an effort to educate beer lovers about which beers are independently produced, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—launched a new seal touting independent craft brewers.

Featuring an iconic beer bottle shape flipped upside down, the seal captures the spirit with which craft brewers have upended beer, while informing beer lovers they are choosing a beer from a brewery that is independently owned. These breweries run their businesses free of influence from other alcohol beverage companies which are not themselves craft brewers.
Independence is a hallmark of the craft brewing industry, and it matters to the brewers who make the beer and the beer lovers who drink it. A recent study commissioned by Brewbound and conducted Nielsen found that “independent” and “independently owned” strongly resonated with the majority (81 percent) of craft beer drinkers. Increasingly, they are looking for differentiation between what’s being produced by small and independent craft brewers versus Big Beer and acquired brands. Beer drinkers, especially Millennials, expect transparency when it comes to their food and beverages. That transparency and underlying ownership can drive their purchase intent.
“Independent craft brewers continue to turn the beer industry on its head by putting community over corporation and beer before the bottom line. They continue to better beer and our country by going beyond just making the beverage. These small businesses give back to their backyard communities and support thousands of cities and towns across the U.S.,” said Bob Pease, president & CEO, Brewers Association. “As Big Beer acquires former craft brands, beer drinkers have become increasingly confused about which brewers remain independent. Beer lovers are interested in transparency when it comes to brewery ownership. This seal is a simple way to provide that clarity—now they can know what’s been brewed small and certified independent.”
The seal is available for use free of charge by any of the more than 5,300 small and independent American craft brewers that have a valid TTB Brewer’s Notice, meet the BA’s craft brewer definition, and sign a license agreement. It is available to both member and non-member breweries of the BA. In the coming weeks, months and years, beer lovers will see it on beer packaging, at retailers and in brewery communications and marketing materials.
“Craft brewers build communities and the spirit of independent ownership matters” said Rob Tod, chair, Brewers Association Board of Directors and founder, Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Maine. “When beer lovers buy independent craft beer, they are supporting American entrepreneurs and the risk takers who have long strived not just to be innovative and make truly great beer, but to also build culture and community in the process.”
While small and independent craft brewers represent 99 percent of the 5,300+ breweries in the U.S., they make just 12 percent of the beer sold in the country. The rest of U.S. beer sales comes from Big Beer along with imported brands. As large brewers continue to have unprecedented influence and acquire millions of barrels of formerly independently brewed beer, the seal differentiates in a crowded and increasingly competitive marketplace.
Breweries can find more information about the independent craft brewer seal at and beer lovers can learn more at Follow the discussion at #IndependentBeer.
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 ExperienceHomebrew ConNational 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 and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and 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.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Cascade Brewing releases Figaro 2015 in bottle and draft

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Brewing will release its Figaro 2015 project on June 27 at Noon PDT. It will be available in bottle and draft in house at its two pubs: the Cascade Brewing Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge, as well as through its distribution channels. 

The Figaro project is a blend of sour strong blond ales aged in chardonnay barrels for up to 18 months with white figs, lemon peel and orange peel. Cascade begins this blend with freshly emptied chardonnay barrels from the Willamette Valley wine region and fills them with its strong blond ale, imparting a complex white wine character to the beer with a hint of oak. After several months of maturation, lemon peel, orange peel and dried white figs are added to each barrel and allow a slow, steady fruit fermentation to take place.

Several more rounds of figs are added over a 12 month period, contributing layer upon layer of flavor until the beer has achieved optimum fruit intensity. The fruited beer is then transferred to a stainless steel tank and blended with a small portion of non-fruited sour blond ale until the desired balance of flavors is achieved. The beer comes in at nine percent alcohol by volume.
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“The release of Figaro is welcome news to many of our consumers and wholesalers alike due to the fact that we have been out of stock on this item for more than six months,” noted Tim Larrance, VP of Marketing and Sales. “The 2014 release sold out in record time and we fully expect this one to do the same.”

Figaro is a tier one offering; Cascade’s new bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.

The next two scheduled Cascade Brewing releases are Framblanc in July followed by Sang Noir in August.

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About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from the acid, the fruit and the residual flavors present in the barrels in which they age. The resulting beers offer a complex array of flavors and aromas derived from with each project year release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing’s sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon. Cheers to the sours; enjoy in a profoundly wise manner.

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