Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Lagunitas Releases SuperCritical Ale and Sakitumi Ale

Lagunitas Brewing will be releasing two interesting new beers from the One-Hitter Series. Sakitumi Ale and SuperCritical Ale (only available in California). See details below.

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Sakitumi Ale Punched with Sake Yeast and Rice:

This Raging Bull'uva Double-ish IPA is punched with Sake Yeast and Rice, then hopped-up for a cold-clip of counter-balanced bitterness... it just don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!

ABV: 9.0%
OG: 1.079
IBU: 42
Avalability:  August-September
Sold As: 32 oz bottle & Tap

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We put our mad scientists to work recently & we pulled the terpenes from some of NorCal’s finest cannabis (sans THC) and brewed it with some of Yakima’s finest hops.

Brewers have long known about the close connection between cannabis and hops, and now, Lagunitas Brewing Company, with the help from our friends at CannaCraft’s AbsoluteXtracts, are announcing their twofold “SuperCritical” project for California-wide release.

+ SuperCritical Ale brewed with Cannabis Terpenes (no THC, just the aroma molecules) ABV 6.6%
+ Vape Cartridges with Hop Terpenes (these do have THC) using Lagunitas Hop Recipes

This new SuperCritical Ale, a part of our One-Hitter series, will be available only in markets across CA beginning this week and the vape cartridges will be available in appropriate outlets after that. (Dates for the cartridges are subject to AbsoluteXtracts' production schedule).

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Deschutes Brewery Beers Take Top Honors at World Beer Awards

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August 15, 2017 - Bend Oregon – Deschutes Brewery beers took center stage at the prominent World Beer Awards, taking home the top prize for the United States among the Oud Bruin, Barley Wine and Stout categories.

The World Beer Awards program selects winners for internationally recognized beer styles from around the world by blind-tasting hundreds of entries from nearly 40 countries. Awards were announced following two rounds of judging more than 1,900 beers by an international, highly respected judging panel. The competition selects, awards, and promotes to consumers the best beers available internationally.

“This is great validation from the international beer community for our commitment to quality beer that people love,” said Veronica Vega, brewmaster at Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon. “To see such a range of styles from our beer portfolio honored in this program is especially rewarding. This tells us we’re making damn tasty beer - from our flagship Mirror Pond to our barrel-aged, reserve offerings.”

A complete list of awards for Deschutes Brewery in 2017 includes:
Overall Country Winner, USA

Gold Medal, USA
  • The Abyss – Stout & Porter, Imperial Stout Category

Silver Medal, USA

About Deschutes Brewery
Family and employee owned since 1988, Deschutes Brewery – Bend’s original brewpub – has become the cornerstone of Central Oregon’s flourishing craft brew culture. Known for its generous use of whole hops in its defining beers such as Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and Fresh Squeezed IPA, the brewery also keeps fans on the edge of their bar stools with the release of small batch experimental beers each season. Now available in 29 states and Washington D.C., Deschutes’ flagship brewpub has been joined by a main brewing facility overlooking the Deschutes River in Bend, a pub in Portland, and coming in 2021, a new east coast brewery in Roanoke, Virginia.

Firestone Walker Rolls Out "Generation 1" IPA

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Venice and Paso Robles, CA: Straight from the R&D program at Firestone Walker’s Propagator pilot brewhouse comes Generation 1—an unfined and unfiltered IPA that is set for a limited-time draft release starting this week.

“Generation 1 was our first beer to be formulated and brewed at the Propagator,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “It has become something of a staple there in Venice, so we decided to scale it up with a larger batch to share far and wide.”

Generation 1 will be available on draft in all Firestone Walker markets for approximately the next eight weeks. 

The Propagator is a state-of-the-art small scale Kaspar Schulz brewhouse that operates as a hub of experimentation, setting the pace for what is next from Firestone Walker. Most recently, it has been the driver behind the brewery’s new Leo v. Ursus chronology of beers. The Propagator also serves as a working neighborhood brewery to produce unique one-off beers available at Firestone Walker locations.

Generation 1 is aggressively hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Mandarina hops, yet maintains a soft, agreeable texture. The result is a new generation IPA that is loaded with bold aromas and devilish drinkability.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery founded in 1996 and located on the coast of California. Firestone Walker’s main brewery in Paso Robles produces a diverse portfolio ranging from iconic pale ales to vintage barrel-aged beers. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes eccentric wild ales, while the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice specializes in R&D beers and limited local offerings. For more information:

McMenamins 5th Annual Autumn Ale Fest

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As the haze clears, and temps return to normal, it’s a sign that summer is winding down in Portland. Time to gear up for fall festivities…especially ones that feature beer! Mark your calendar for November 4th and join us to sip on the best beers of the season at McMenamins 5th Annual Autumn Ale Fest at the Wilsonville Old Church & Pub.

Not your average beer fest, this event brings together McMenamins brewers past and present to showcase their best fall ales in a bit of friendly competition known as the “War for the Oar.” The winning brewer (selected by festival attendees) receives bragging rights and an engraving on a wooden oar trophy. While some of the competing brewers have moved on to new ventures, many honed their craft at one of McMenamins 25 breweries at one point or another. Bringing them together family reunion style creates the perfect environment for stiff competition resulting in amazing autumn ales. 
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 Between pours, you can also enjoy live music from Rich Layton & The Troublemakers, take a tour of the Old Church Brewery – including the recently renovated Undercroft Bar – and enjoy delicious food.

5th Annual Boones Ferry Autumn Ale Fest
When: Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: McMenamins Old Church & Pub, 30340 SW Boones Ferry Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Cost: Free to attend; cost to sample
Attendance: All ages welcome; 21+ to drink

New Belgium Debuts Fresh Specialty Portfolio

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Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve, and Belgian Collection to roll year round
Ft. Collins, Colo., August 15, 2017 – New Belgium Brewing is unveiling an ambitious reimagining of its specialty portfolio with the launch of three premium series – Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve and, Belgian Collection. Releases within these series showcase the brewery’s Belgian roots and provide a platform for small-batch barrel-aged experimentation.

“When we set out to reinvigorate one of America’s most established specialty portfolios, we quickly realized that to move forward, we had to dig into our roots,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Brewing Specialty Brand Manager. “The overall vision with this new portfolio is to highlight beers we’ve been producing for years while adding new esoteric releases, and presenting them in a way that conveys the attention and respect that they deserve.”

Wood Cellar Reserve
New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Reserve series is made up of a selection of rare, small batch wild and sour ales expertly aged by the most award-winning sour brewery in America. From individual barrel expressions, fruit and spice experimentations, and fermentation explorations, the series represents our most ambitious efforts in our two biggest passions – wood and beer. These beers contain the longest, continuous souring culture in America and will age in the bottle for years to come. Each batch is hand-bottled, conditioned over a number of months, and 100% naturally carbonated allowing for the perfect texture and carbonation that our blenders intended for the beer to be enjoyed.

The Wood Cellar Reserve series debuted last month with the brewery-only release of Le Kreik Noir. Next up is Single Foeder Oscar No. 65. This unblended dark sour has been maturing for 12 months in a 100 percent Missouri white oak foeder – the first American oak to join New Belgium’s forest of 65 French oak foeders. The beer pours dark walnut red and features subtle vanilla and coconut flavors that play beautifully with attributes like plum skins and cherry cola. Single Foeder Oscar No. 65 is available in limited quantities. Both the Fort Collins and Asheville breweries have cork and cage 750ml bottles. Additional 375ml bottles will be available in select markets later this month. Single Foeder Oscar No. 65 comes in at 8.5% ABV.

Belgian Reserve
The Belgian Reserve series is about highlighting the great lengths we’ll go to in order to source and brew intriguing, complex yet sophisticated beers. Whether that’s 3,000 miles away or three feet away in our Wood Cellar. First up for this series is Sour Saison, New Belgium’s first ever year-round, traditional sour ale. To create this intriguing Saison, a French oak barrel-aged sour ale is artfully blended with a rustic, champagne-like Farmhouse Ale. This medium-light bodied beer pours goldenrod yellow with a nearly opaque heavy sheen and offers a pleasant mix of aromas including lemons and cloves, mild white grape, white pepper, and coriander. “Our goal was to create a timeless beer. Something that represented our world-class sour program as well as our passion for Belgian-style beer,” says Ross Koenigs, New Belgium R&D Brewer. Sour Saison is 7% ABV and is available now in 12- and 22-oz bottles and draft.

Belgian Collection
The brewery’s Belgian Collection features beers with a true Belgian heritage. As such, two longtime favorites from New Belgium, Abbey and Trippel, have received refreshed packaging to complement their recent recipe upgrade last year, which distinguishes the beers as part of the brewery’s Belgian Collection. Abbey, a garnet brown hued Belgian-style dubbel, is one of New Belgium’s first beers and its most award winning, and Trippel, a golden ale featuring sweet citrus flavors and a strong boozy bite, have a new look that incorporates the original hand-painted label art created by the founder’s neighbor, artist Ann Fitch.

There are future releases planned for each series.

To find any of these beers, along with others from New Belgium, visit New Belgium’s Beer Finder or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app. For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit

About New Belgium Brewing
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Fat Tire Belgian White, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced beer, Glutiny Pale Ale. Learn more at

Monday, August 14, 2017

Recycle your Backyard Apples with Portland Cider Co. for Charity

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CLACKAMAS, Ore. – August 11, 2017 – Portland Cider Company has announced details for its second annual PDX Apple Recycling, a program that collects bushels of apples from the backyards of neighbors in the Portland Metropolitan area and hand presses them into a community cider to support a local charity.

Portland Cider Co. is encouraging the community to recycle their fallen and unwanted backyard apples, rather than throw them away. Edible quality apples will be accepted daily from 9am to 9pm from now until October 31, with drop off at the company’s Clackamas Taproom + Cidery, located at 8925 SE Jannsen Rd., Bldg. F.

“This full-scale community effort is about bringing people together to create handmade craft cider, using the apples from our own backyards here in the Portland Metro area, while reducing waste with this unique apple recycling program,” stated Lynda Parrish, owner of Portland Cider Co. “We are excited to bring together cider, community, sustainability, tradition and charity with this release.”

The community cider, appropriately named “Oregon Wild,” will be released in December at the Portland Cider Co.’s annual Wassail Party. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of the cider sales will be donated to the Oregon Wild, a nonprofit conservation organization that works to protect and restore Oregon’s wildlands, wildlife and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians.

Portland Cider Co. was the first cidery to join the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, an outreach initiative for Oregon Wild made up of a coalition of brewers that work to protect the public and wildlands in the Northwest. The PDX Apple Recycling collection program is Portland Cider Co.’s annual fundraiser for the organization.

A minimum donation of one bushel (40 lbs.) of edible quality apples applies; in exchange for each bushel, donors will receive one voucher for a pint of cider redeemable at either of Portland Cider Co.’s two taprooms; the opportunity to hand press apples into cider at a pressing party on September 30; tickets to a VIP pre-party for the Portland Cider Co. annual Wassail Party in December; and good karma from Mother Earth, with 100 percent of net proceeds donated to Oregon Wild.

More information is available at
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About Portland Cider Company
The Portland Cider Company was started in October 2012 by an Oregonian and a family of British expats with the mission of bringing cider, handcrafted in the English tradition, to the Northwest. They have two taproom locations: Hawthorne, Portland Cider House (3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214) and Clackamas, Taproom & Cidery (8925 SE Jannsen Rd, Bldg. F, Clackamas, OR 97015). For more information, visit