Friday, July 7, 2017

Is Brewing Beer Your Dream Job? The New Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest is Helping Homebrewers Go Pro

Contest Will Award “Brewership” and Scholarship at Renowned Brewing Institute to
Help Homebrewers Pursue Brewing Professionally
BOSTON, July 6, 2017 –  Since the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest was created 21 years ago to recognize passionate homebrewers, it has helped launch the professional brewing careers of multiple homebrewers. Knowing this, the brewers at Sam Adams have brewed a new plan to truly equip homebrewers with the experience and knowledge to take their passion to the next level.

About the New 2017 Samuel Adams Longshot Homebrew Contest
New this year, the brewers at Sam Adams will award the most passionate homebrewer with the thirst for going pro a one-week “Brewership”: a fully immersive brewing experience at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery.  The Longshot Brewership will give one homebrewer a chance to work alongside our award-winning team of brewers in the nano brewery, 10 barrel brewhouse and barrel room. It will also provide insight learned from years of experience on the nuts and bolts of running a brewery, ingredient sourcing, quality assurance testing, and packaging, to name a few. Finally, the Brewership will also include the opportunity to brew a limited release collaboration beer that will be available in the winner’s hometown as well as at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. 

In addition to the Brewership, the winner and the two runners-up will have the opportunity to attend the Great American Beer Festival as well as receive a scholarship for an online course at The Siebel Institute of Technology. Brewers worldwide, including many of the Sam Adams brewers, have taken courses at The Siebel Institute as its online courses provide an internationally-inspired educational experience in brewing technology knowledge due to its World Brewing Academy partnership with Doemens Academy (Munich, Germany) established in 2001.

Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams, on Longshot
“The craft beer revolution that we’re seeing today exists in part because of homebrewers who quit their desk job, like I did 33 years ago, to pursue their passion for brewing,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. “We updated our successful LongShot contest to not only recognize top homebrewing talent, but also to support the growth of the craft beer industry by providing nuts and bolts advice and hands-on experience to make their brewing dreams a reality. We know the next generation of great craft brewers is out there and just need the extra support to go from a homebrewing system in a garage to a professional brewhouse.”

Samuel Adams Supports the Pursuit of Brewing Professionally
For more than 21 years, Sam Adams has supported the growth of the craft beer industry through programs like LongShot and Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream. In fact, top Longshot homebrewers have even turned their victory into a brewing career by joining or opening independent American craft breweries including 2015 winner Tim Thomssen, brewer at Boiler Brewing Company (Lincoln, NE); 2013 winner Cesar Marron, brewer at Sketchbook Brewing Co. (Evanston, IL); 2009 winner Mike Robinson, brewer at Newburyport Brewing Company (Newburyport, MA); and 2006 winner Don Oliver, brewer at Dust Bowl Brewing Co.(Turlock, CA).

Now the LongShot American Homebrew Contest joins the  Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program in providing direct assistance to startup craft brewers or those who aspire to go pro. Sam Adams has supported loans totaling more than $1 million across 40 craft brewers through the Brewing the American Dream program. The program has also provided an in-depth “Brewing and Business Experienceship” to one brewer each year since 2012 including Roc Brewing Co. (Rochester, NY), Woods Beer Co. (San Francisco, CA), Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge, CO), ChuckAlek Independent Brewers (Ramona, CA), and Brazo Fuerte Artisanal Beer (Watertown, MA).

How to Enter the Samuel Adams Longshot American Homebrew Contest:
To be considered for the 2018 LongShot American Homebrew Contest, interested homebrewers should create a two-minute video explaining their passion for brewing and why they want to be a professional brewer. Final videos should be uploaded by July 25, 2017 to A panel of judges will review the video submissions, and the top 10 entrants will be asked to submit their best homebrew for judging. The LongShot winner receives the one-week immersion as well as a scholarship to the Siebel Institute of Technology. Two runners-up will receive the scholarships to the Siebel Institute of Technology. Please read complete rules and entry requirements at

Samuel Adams, Boston Lager, LongShot, American Homebrew Contest, Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream, are registered trademarks of The Boston Beer Company.

About Samuel Adams and The Boston Beer Company
The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father's attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation's great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the 'extreme beer' movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker's perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world's most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its primary focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America's leading craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America.

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McMenamins introduces its Inaugural Anderson Summer School Brewfest in Bothell, Wash. on Saturday, July 29.

Courtesy of McMenamins
Guests of the first annual festival will be able to sample more than 50 handcrafted beers and ciders from more than 25 guest breweries across the Pacific Northwest (including 7 McMenamins breweries) while roaming the quad and halls of the former junior high school turned destination hotel. Musical acts – Bigfoot Mojo, The Talbott Brothers and Ragged Union – will pump out the jams from 1-10 p.m.
What: Inaugural Anderson Summer School Brewfest
When: Saturday, July 29 from noon – 10 p.m.
Where: McMenamins Anderson School
18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011
Event Pricing: Package with pint glass & 12 tokens: $25 | Tokens: $1.75/ea
All ages welcome | 21+ to drink

Attending Breweries and Cideries
·         McMenamins Anderson School Brewery
·         McMenamins Mill Creek Brewery
·         McMenamins Queen Anne Brewery
·         Bad Granny Hard Cider
·         Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
·         At Large Brewing Company
·         Locust Cider
·         192 Brewing Co.
·         Whitewall Brewing Co.
·         Elemental Hard Cider
·         Five Rights Brewing Company
·         Dirty Bucket Brewery Company
·         Resonate Brewery + Pizzeria
·         Hellbent Brewing Company
·         Dru Bru
·         Ale Spike Brewery
·         Watts Brewing Company
·         Foggy Noggin Brewing
·         Middleton Brewing
·         Crucible Brewing Co.
·         Sound To Summit Brewing
·         Scrappy Punk Brewing
·         Elliott Bay Brewing Company
·         Decibel Brewing Co.
·         Chainline Brewing Company
·         Scuttlebutt Brewing Co.
·         Nine Yards Brewing
·         Haywire Brewing Co.

Redhook Releases Bicoastal: A Hazy New England/West Coast IPA

Courtesy of Redhook Brewery
SEATTLE – July 7, 2017 – Redhook Brewery today announced the release of Bicoastal IPA, a mash up between a hazy New England IPA and a west coast IPA.

The hazy New England-style IPA is taking both coasts by storm. Redhook Brewery has a unique perspective on the trend, having a presence in both Washington and New Hampshire. The Redhook brewing team wanted to highlight the best of both coasts, and after experimenting with the style created Bicoastal IPA, which takes India Pale Ale style cues from both coasts.

Bicoastal IPA captures the signature haze, creamy body, and ripe tropical fruit notes of a New England IPA, and blends signature dank hops and rich maltiness found in classic west coast IPAs. The hazy IPA is the first beer in Redhook’s Limited Release Series, which features the best and brightest new small-batch and experimental beers from Redhook Innovation Brewer Nick Crandall’s recipe books.

“Bicoastal is inspired by the IPAs coming out of New England, but with a little bit of a west coast twist,” said Crandall, who created this unique beer. “Given that we have a brewery in New Hampshire, we really had to nail this one. Bicoastal has the signature hazy appearance and a really smooth mouthfeel with a huge tropical fruit aroma. Then we gave it a dank dry hopping synonymous with a west coast IPA.”

Bicoastal IPA will be available exclusively in Seattle as part of the Redhook Limited Release Series, which is inspired by the counter culture of the city: music, water, mountains, art, coffee, and design. Each beer features original artwork from local Seattle artists. Seattle-based designer, art director, and screen printer Derek Vander Griend created the artwork for Bicoastal, featuring the legendary sea creature, the kraken.

Redhook is promoting a weeklong series of events for Bicoastal during the week of July 19 in Seattle. The event schedule is as follows:

Pint Night
When: Monday July 17, 2017
Where: King Street Bar & Oven, 170 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
Time: 6-8pm
Details: Redhook is celebrating Bicoastal IPA with King Street Bar & Oven, who will be giving away pint glasses featuring Bicoastal artwork with the purchase of the beer.

Meet the Brewer and Bicoastal Tasting at The Beer Junction
When: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Where: The Beer Junction in West Seattle
Time: 5-8pm
Details: Come check out Redhook’s newest IPA and meet Brewer Nick Crandall in the process. Nick will be on hand to talk with guests about everything from Bicoastal to Redhook’s new Capitol Hill Pub and an exciting slate of collaborations in the works to kick off the pub’s opening.

Sounders Watch Party
When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Where: Tavern 12
Time: 6:30pm
Details: Come check out Redhook’s all-new Bicoastal IPA and watch the Sounders take on D.C. United. Tavern 12 will be raffling off Sounders & Redhook gear, and tickets to the next home game on 7/23.

Meet the Brewer and Bicoastal Tasting
When: Friday, July 21, 2017
Where: Tavern Hall in Bellevue
Time: 5-8pm
Details: Come check out Redhook’s newest IPA and meet Brewer Nick Crandall. Nick will be hand to talk with guests about Bicoastal IPA, Redhook’s new Capitol Hill Pub, and Crandall’s exciting slate of collaborations in the works to kick off the pub’s opening.

Pregame with Bicoastal
When: Sunday, July 23, 2017
Where: Lodge
Time: 5-7:30pm
Details: Redhook will be pre-gaming with Bicoastal IPA! Lodge will be raffling off Sounders & Redhook gear, and tickets to the Sounders home game on 8/12 vs Sporting KC.

Bicoastal IPA is currently available on draught in the Seattle market, and is now available in Redhook’s newest variety 12-pack, The Hoppy Hook Pack. The Hoppy Hook Pack will be available in the Pacific Northwest, and will feature Bicoastal IPA, Big Ballard Imperial IPA, and Long Hammer IPA.

For additional information on Redhook Brewery, visit and follow the brewery on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, to find Bicoastal IPA near you, visit Redhook’s beer finder:

About Bicoastal IPA
Bicoastal IPA kicks off the new Redhook Limited Release Series, which celebrates the best and brightest from the innovation brewery at Redhook. A mash up between hazy New England IPA and a tropical West Coast IPA, Bicoastal IPA glows with juicy pineapple and passion fruit hop flavors, and a dank, dry-hopped aroma.

Malts: Pale, Flaked Oats
Hops: Chinook, Eureka, Mosaic, Citra, Azacca
ABV: 7.1%
IBU: 65
Courtesy of Redhook Brewery
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 2017.

Redhook’s beer lineup includes ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Extra Special Lager (ESL), American Pale Ale, 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.

Redhook Brewery, Est. Seattle, WA 1981

Public Coast Brewing Co. Introduces The People’s Pale In Honor Of Oregon and in Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill

Courtesy of Public Coast Brewing Co
Cannon Beach’s newest brewery pays homage to
Oregon’s 363 miles of free and open coastline

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (July 7, 2017) - Public Coast Brewing, named after Oregon’s 363 miles of free and open coastline, introduces The People’s Pale, brewed in celebration of Public Coast Brewing’s first birthday and in homage to the Oregon Beach Bill, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of its signing on July 6. This American pale ale will be unveiled and celebrated on July 6 at Public Coast Brewing with live music, complimentary beer samples and more. The People’s Pale is crafted with grain and hops grown in Oregon and malted in Baker City. It boasts a bounty of flavors, including citrus and bitters, making this a true pale ale for the people.

“Public Coast honors the welcoming spirit of the Oregon Coast,” said Ryan Snyder, owner of Public Coast. “That is why we have created a new pale ale that is approachable and filled with the flavors of summer. The People’s Pale is the beer for everyone from the novice to the aficionado and was brewed combining the natural and rich flavors of Oregon.”

Malts: 2-Row, Pale and Pilsner, all malted with "Full Pint" barley - Gold Rush Malt, Baker's
City, OR
Hops: El Dorado, Horizon, Crystal, Cashmere and Columbus
Barley: Full Pint - Hay INC, North Powder, OR
        ABV: 5.7%
        IBU: 38.5

The People’s Pale is currently available at Public Coast’s brewery in Cannon Beach (264 E 3rd St, Cannon Beach, OR 97110), and will be distributed more broadly this summer and fall.

Public Coast features food and perfectly paired beverages to accompany a day filled with beachcombing, hiking, Haystack Rock gazing and kite flying. The Brewery uses only seasonal, local and fresh ingredients, including oregon grass-fed beef, fresh-catch fish and house-made brats with tangy sauces, not to mention, Jacobsen Salt Caramel Sundaes. Public Coast even brews a housemade root beer - Stephen’s Root Beer - named for and brewed with the founder’s 15 year old son. For a full list of beers on tap visit,

About Public Coast Brewing
Located just 70 miles west of Portland in Cannon Beach, Ore., Public Coast Brewing is named after the only true public coastlines in America - the Oregon coast. The brewery features a 10bbl brewhouse with one 20-barrel fermenter and two 10-barrel fermenters. Public Coast Brewing also offers fresh and delicious food from local farms and ranches for adults and children alike. Boasting a large pet-friendly patio, wrap-around bar, shuffle board and tall windows for peering into the brewery, Public Coast Brewing offers a relaxed and welcoming spot for the whole family. For more information please visit,

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month Roadhouse Style With The 16th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest

Courtesy of McMenamins
Nothing screams “summer” like the 16th Annual Roadhouse Brewfest. (Not this Roadhouse, this Roadhouse). Why? Live music, brews and BBQ – that’s why. This hugely popular McMenamins brew fest, held outside at Cornelius Pass Roadhouse, is open to all ages, features live music from noon – 9 p.m. and has 32 brews and ciders to choose from for folks 21 and older.
Pouring at the event are special sour ales and barrel-aged beers from McMenamins and guests. Guests can meet and mingle with the brewers, wander the grounds, grab a bite to eat and visit the on-site brewery and distillery throughout the day.
Past selections have included Picasso Moon Pale Ale from John Barleycorns Brewery, Obama-Nation, a domestic Schwartzbier from the Crystal Brewery, a Belgian Abbey Ale called Blind Abbot from the Cornelius Pass Brewery and many others.
Event Details:
12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
All ages welcome; 21+ to drink
Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
4045 NW Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

Package with pint glass and 10 tokens: $17
Tokens: $1.50 each (1 token per 4-ounce taster, 4 tokens= a pint)
Glass: $4
Merchandise tent open Noon ‘til 8 p.m.

Live Music:
Imbrie Meadow Stage
Noon ‘til 3 p.m. - Mick Overman & The Maniacs
4 p.m. ‘til 7 p.m. - Talbott Brothers
Octagonal Barn
2 p.m. ‘til 5 p.m. - Bigfoot Mojo
5:30 p.m. ‘til 8 p.m. - Cedar Teeth
Orchard Stage
6 p.m. 'til 9 p.m. - Freak Mountain Rambler As part of our Great Northwest Music Tour

12th Annual Oregon Craft Beer Month Takes Flight July 1st

Courtesy of Oregon Brewers Guild
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 30, 2017) —  The Oregon Brewers Guild brings back the month-long party that is Oregon Craft Beer Month in honor of the state’s commitment to craft beer. This year’s OCBM is chock-full, with 31 beer-filled days of over 450 beer-related events statewide. July is all about celebrating Oregon beer culture and supporting the state’s amazing breweries. 
“There’s no better time or place for craft beer lovers than Oregon in July,” says Brian Butenschoen, executive director of the Oregon Brewers Guild. “With nearly 500 events at the 350 brewery-owned locations, grocery stores, bottle shops, beer bars, and restaurants, it’s a daily celebration of Oregon’s rich brewing culture.”
Oregon Craft Beer Month commences with the Portland Craft Beer Festival at Fields Neighborhood Park June 30-July 2. This year the festival will feature 118 different beverages from 63 participating breweries, cideries, and wineries. Portland’s own legendary beer guru, John Foyston, will be tapping the ceremonial first keg to kick off the event. The rest of July will include plenty of special beer releases, brewery tours, meet the brewer events, beer festivals, and events supporting local communities at breweries across the state. 
For a detailed event schedule, visit the Oregon Brewers Guild website. For a list of all events click here.
The state of Oregon boasts seven Ale Trails. If you’re looking for an excellent summer getaway, trek down one, or all seven. The largest beer trail is located in Bend, with others snaking through the state. Check out the Ale Trails in Eugene, Eastern Oregon, the Breweries of the Gorge, Southern Oregon, the North Coast, and the Portland Eastside Ale Trail.
After nearly a month of reveling in all Oregon’s hoppy goodness, beer lovers can attend the grand finale: the 30th Oregon Brewers Festival, taking place July 26-30 in Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park. One of the longest running and best loved beer festivals in the nation, OBF showcases beers from 91 different craft breweries, plus one from overseas. It’s the perfect, refreshing finish to an exciting, event-filled month.
Throughout OCBM, check out our daily “Meet Your Oregon Craft Brewer” videos on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And connect with the craft beer community using #ocbm17. 
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 160 brewing companies, 130 associate or supplier members and more than 4,000 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, see