Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Alaskan Imperial Red Ale Debuts December 1st

(Juneau, AL) – Alaskan Brewing Co. is excited to announce the December 1 release of the newest addition to its popular Pilot Series, the Alaskan Imperial Red. The new brew balances big, caramel-dominated malt flavors, a complex, intense hop-forwardness featuring new hop varieties, and a warming finish. The release of this limited edition seasonal coincides with the gourmet winter flavors of Alaska.

“Alaska is a different place,” said Productions & Operations Manager Dave Wilson. “In most of the rest of the world, winter seasonal releases are very malt-forward beers with flavors that complement products from the farm, but in Alaska, our winter harvest comes from the sea, primarily in the form of Alaskan King Crab. This new, hop-forward Imperial Red pairs beautifully with those flavors.”

Alaskan Imperial Red is a full-bodied, deep mahogany ale with ruby red highlights. Citrus notes of chamomile, grapefruit, and Meyer lemon brighten the aroma. A zesty array of hop flavors from mango and bitter orange to green mint and hibiscus meld with the nutty, roasted caramel and subtle dried fruit flavors of the complex malt profile to create a surprisingly fresh, yet warming example of the style.

“We have taken years to perfect this beer,” explains Quality Assurance Analyst Darin Jensen, who first teamed up with other members of the Alaskan crew to brew 1-barrel experimental batches of the Imperial Red recipe in 2009. “When the industry experienced the hop shortage [of 2010], we basically had to start over because the hops we’d been using weren’t available anymore,” said Jensen. “We finally achieved the flavor profile we’d been working toward using the new Meridian hop variety – it adds this great minty, greenness that just rounds everything out perfectly.”

The strong flavors of Alaskan Imperial Red should be paired with equally flavorful foods like rich Alaskan king crab or Black Cod. Spicier foods with earthy or bready notes, such as fried mozzarella with spicy marinara sauce, red curry with potatoes, or French onion soup, also bring out both the hoppy and malty characters of the Imperial Red.

Alaskan Imperial Red is a new member of Alaskan’s growing list of rotating specialty recipes released in the brewery’s limited-edition Pilot Series.

The bold and complex Imperial Red releases in 22 oz bottles and on draft in select locations on December 1, throughout Alaska and the western states where Alaskan beers are sold. The new brew will be available in limited quantities for a short time.

Another seasonal favorite that pairs big malt with big hops, the Alaskan Spring Black IPA, will releases on January 1, 2013, just in time for the slowly lengthening days of early spring.

Learn more about where to find Alaskan Brewing products by using the Alaskan Brew Finder.


About Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan Brewing Co. has been making award-winning beer in the remote, coastal community of Juneau, Alaska, since 1986. The Alaskan Brew Crew bottles the unique character of the Last Frontier with historic recipes, local ingredients, and glacier-fed water. The pristine location and popularity of Alaskan beer has inspired the brewery to apply innovative thinking and a respect for the local environment to their growth, making Alaskan an industry leader in sustainability. Alaskan Brewing handcrafts Amber, Pale, White, IPA, Stout, Winter Ale, Summer Ale, the award-winning Smoked Porter, and an array of limited edition beers in the Alaskan Pilot Series. Visit to learn more and connect with Alaskan at and @AlaskanBrewing on Twitter.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Pyramid Hefeweizen – Pyramid Brewing Company – Seattle, WA

Yes it’s true I love Craft Beer. That sounds pretty trendy doesn’t it? It sounds like I just visited my first microbrewery. I hear it a lot these days, and unfortunately, the billing seems to fit a lot of people, to include people like me. The truth is I love good beer, plain and simple. Often, this means Craft Beer, but sometimes, rarely I should say, my affection for brew turns to something a little more mainstream. I’m not talking about a Budweiser or a Coors, but instead a brewery that is more regional, and locally appreciated. Today, my taste buds have turned to the pride of Seattle…the Pyramid Brewing Company and their Hefeweizen.


The Hefe is a pure and simple beer. An unfiltered Wheat Ale that is not afraid to tickle your senses. First off, what is a Hefeweizen? The style originates from Southern Germany where they would produce serious wheat beer. The "Hefe" portion of the name means "with yeast", which is why when poured, the beer produces an unfiltered and cloudy appearance (but don’t let that be a turn-off). Using a traditional Weizen glass as its vessel, you get a fantastic looking brew that serves nicely to guests and strangers alike.

Here in America, you sometimes get people who like to throw in a lemon wedge to help cut the wheat or yeast edge, but be forewarned, this is a practice that is either loved or hated, so if you’re serving guests, you may want to place the wedges on the side. I prefer to leave mine in the lemonade.


MALTS: 39% 2 Row Pale Barley, 60% Malted Wheat,1% Caramel
HOPS: Nugget, Liberty
OG: 12.5
ABV: 5.20%
IBU: 18


The Pyramid Brewing Company is a Seattle original.  Born in 1984, the Seattle Alehouse is still operating in its original location at 1201 First Avenue South Seattle, WA. The fact that it’s right across the street from Safeco Field, and just a block away from Century Link Field, makes it the perfect spot to enjoy a pre-game brew (or perhaps to debate the 8th inning double switch that saw the M’s blow a five-run lead). Either way, it is worth the visit.



A good Hefe is a fantastic break from the routine. It has a nice organic feel to it that truly connects you with the brew. In the Pyramid offering, you get one of the better American attempts. The pour is slick, but the weak head made me question the freshness of the brew. As for scent, you get a nice bouquet of various floral scents. There is definitely some spiciness, and maybe a little bit of apple, but overall, the tartness of the brew is most apparent. The finish is clean, with the last sip as refreshing as the first. The lack of head did not seem preclude a skunky brew, but it did seem to let the aromas escape a little quickly.


7.5/10 – A good break from the routine

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Full Sail’s Session Premium Lager and Session Black Lager Now in Six Packs

Hood River, Or – Full Sail Brewing announced today that they will be releasing their Session Premium Lager and Session Black Lager in six packs. “Back in 2005 when we first brewed Session, we believed that our customers wanted more from craft beer than an IBU arms race. There was room for a beer that was balanced, nuanced and emphasized camaraderie more than extremity. Now several million cases later, that belief has been validated.  So, we are extremely excited to release Session Premium Lager and Session Black Lager 6 packs,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail Brewing Company’s Founder and CEO.

Not a micro, not a macro, not an import, Session is perfectly positioned for the customer searching for the perfect lager.  It’s a world-class beer brewed by a pioneering craft brewer. Since the launch in 2005 the Session line has brought home GABF gold and silver, was named the World’s Best Premium Lager, and earned gold and bronze at the World Beer Cup. With more than 40 medals, and accolades from the Wall Street Journal to Epicurious to Vanity Fair - Session is more than a cute and interesting package.

“So who is the quintessential Session drinker?  That’s hard to say, really.  You see, virtually everyone who likes beer likes Session. Whether they’re craft beer aficionados, import drinkers or devotees of lawnmower beers, Session is the one beer they can all agree on. Even Session’s name speaks to that rare ability to cross boundaries.  Beer geeks might presume we named it Session because it bears a resemblance to British ‘session beers,’ the ones that go down so easily you can drink two or three in a row. At the brewery in Hood River, Oregon, locals would insist it’s called Session as a shout-out to Full Sail’s boardsports heritage: as in surf session, jam session, have a good session. In fact, they’re both right.  And that’s the beauty of Session. It’s inclusive without being ordinary.  Accessible without becoming mainstream.  It’s a brand that lets you own a little piece of it.  And there’s nothing more powerful than that.  And now, these two Sessions have their own brand new six-packs – that is pretty powerful too,” added Firmat.

About Full Sail Brewing Company:

The independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. At this very moment our specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Pale, LTD, Wassail, Session Premium, Session Black, and Session Fest lager. Founded in 1987, the Full Sail crew has been fermenting godlike nectar for 25 years.  Committed to brewing great beer and sustainable practices their award winning brews are now available in 29 states. The Full Sail Tasting Room and Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint, grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view.  Visit us online at or on Facebook and Twitter.

Full Sail Brewing Company | Sandra Evans | |

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve Ale – The Rogue Brewery – Newport, OR

As I’m writing this, my family and I are getting ready for Thanksgiving. We have some family coming in, the food is being prepped, and the Apple Cup will soon be grabbing our attention. Yep, turkey is in the air, but in the world of Craft Beer, it’s all about the Christmas Brews. Every year, Craft breweries all over America release special batches of beer in honor of the holiday season. The Pacific Northwest is certainly no exception to this tradition. On tap today, we’re sampling Santa’s Private Reserve from the Rogue Brewery. Here’s a little background on the brew:


Santa’s Private Reserve is, as previously stated, Rogue’s annual nod to the holiday season. In essence, it’s based on another offering from their brewery – Saint Rogue Red. Both brews have a nice reddish color, along with a great malty finish. The only difference is that Santa’s has double the hops, to include Chinook and Centennial hops.


44 IBU
73.1 AA
27º Lovibond


When I think of Craft Breweries, Rogue is the industry standard that others are measured against. Based out of Newport, OR, Rogue beers are available in just about every corner of the United States. They are well known for producing dozens of specialty brews such as their famous Dead Guy Ale, as well as their not-so-famous Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale. Since they began operations out of a basement in 1988, on a scenic little stream called Lithia Creek, they have been pushing boundaries in both creative instincts, as well as the marketing of their products.

But what truly sets them apart from their competitors are the standards that they set for themselves. Rogue sees the brewing process as an art form, which should be given as much attention as possible. To them, it’s not just about profit, but about art as well.



Anytime I have a Rogue Beer to review, my heart beats just a little bit faster. I have truly never been disappointed by anything that Rogue has put out. Their ingredients are the freshest, their attention to detail is inspirational, and their brews are fantastic. With Christmas right around the corner, I was really anxious to get this review going.

Immediately after cracking the seal, you get a serious dose of the double hops. This is not to say that it’s in an overpowering way, but just spicy and inviting. The pour is clean, producing a nice head that manages to hang on just a little as you sip this beauty. A beautiful reddish hue reminds you of where this brew’s inspiration came from. As for the flavors…well you can certainly taste the roasted, malty overtones. A touch of caramel is present, with a slight spruce finish.

Once again, Rogue has put forth a world-class brew for all to appreciate. Unfortunately, this one is only available around the holidays, so if you’re up for it, you’re going to have to pick some up before they run out.

If you’re in the mood for something slightly off the beaten path, check out Santa’s Private Reserve from the Rogue Brewery. You’ll be happy that you did.


9/10 - Festive

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Redhook’s “Ben Harris Beer” Now Available

Redhook Brewery has announced that the Ben Harris Beer, a tribute beer brewed in honor of Ben Harris, a longtime member of the Redhook family who passed away earlier this year, is now available on draught and in bottles in select markets, including the brewery’s backyard markets in New England and in Ben’s home state of Pennsylvania. A portion of the proceeds from the beer will benefit the Benjamin Harris 2012 Memorial Trust.

“Ben Harris was longtime member of the Redhook family and a dear friend to all of us. We are looking forward to sharing this special beer with Ben’s family, friends and beer drinkers who live outside of Portsmouth, New Hampshire,” said Alex Kopf, Redhook senior brewer. “Ben Harris Beer was brewed in tribute to Ben, and we hope that the community will join us in honoring his legacy, celebrating his life and remembering Ben with every pint of Ben Harris Beer.”

About Ben Harris Beer

Ben Harris Beer is Redhook’s special take on the classic cream ale style, brewed in tribute to our friend and teammate, Ben Harris.  This is a beer that Ben would have wanted to drink.  It’s a beer brewed for those who work hard and play hard, just as Ben did. But most importantly, it’s a beer brewed for us to share as we remember and celebrate Ben’s life.

Ben liked a touch of hops in his beer, so we hopped up a classic cream ale recipe, Redhook style. Ben Harris Beer was brewed with ingredients you’d expect to find in cream ale: two-row barley malt, Carapils for a touch of sweetness, Victory malt for a touch of breadiness and a dose of corn for good measure. We hopped it up with some Sterling, Saaz, and Hallertau hops, which create a crisp, clean and refreshing beer just for Ben. Ben Harris Beer is 4.7% ABV and 19 IBU.

Ben Harris Beer was recognized on Nov. 2 at the 16th Annual Great International Beer & Cider Competition where it received second place in the Cream Ale category.

About Redhook:

Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early 80s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first “craft” breweries. From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to the current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. While Redhook has “grown up” during the past 30 years, one thing has never changed – Redhook is still brewing great beers like ESB, IPA, Copperhook, Pilsner and seasonal brews. Most importantly, Redhook makes sure to have fun doing it.   Redhook’s beers are available both on draught and in bottles around the country. For more information, visit

Friday, November 16, 2012

Redhook and Caffe Vita Bring Back Double Black Stout

Woodinville, WA - Redhook first brewed Double Black Stout 17 years ago. Since he stopped brewing the beer in 2000 and briefly brought it back for a limited release in 2008, it remains one of Redhook’s most requested beers. Beginning Oct. 29, Black is back. Redhook’s Double Black Stout will be available for a limited time through the brewery’s Blueline Series on draught and in 22-ounce bottles to beer drinkers in Washington and Oregon.

This time around Redhook is brewing up some mischief with Seattle’s own Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. Redhook brewmaster Jen Talley and Caffe Vita green bean buyer Daniel Shewmaker collaborated every step of the way to create a stout so dark no one will know what’s in your mug. Double Black Stout is a robust stout brewed with Farm Direct Caffe Vita coffee to create a complex beer with deep color and aromas, highlighted by rich coffee flavor.

“We are stoked to partner with Caffe Vita to bring back Double Black Stout,” said Talley, Redhook’s brewmaster in Woodinville, Wash. “Daniel and I had a great time tasting different styles of coffee to develop the recipe. This version of Double Black Stout plays on the delicate coffee flavors and aromas with the perfect combination of roast and chocolate character to warm you up as the temperatures drop.”

“When Redhook approached us about partnering to bring back Double Black Stout, we were really excited to work on a project that brings together two Northwest favorites: beer and coffee,” said Caffe Vita’s Shewmaker. “It’s a great partnership. We’re both dedicated to great brewing and we’re excited to share Double Black Stout with our fans.”

Released under Redhook’s Blueline Series, a limited release series brewed specifically for local distribution, Double Black Stout comes in at 7.0% ABV and 40 IBUs. The beer is a robust stout brewed with the generous use of roasted barley, Munich malt and Carafa 3, giving the beer a deep opaque black color. Roasted, chocolate and coffee aromas and flavors round out the beer for a rich, creamy finish.

About the Blueline Series

Launched in 1993, the Redhook Blueline Series is named for the streetcar line that once ran to the Redhook’s former brewery location in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, which was formerly a trolley barn. Redhook’s brewers are a creative bunch and are always cooking up new ideas for beers outside the standard lineup. Several times a year, the best and most interesting of these ideas are brewed and released under the Blueline Series.  These special brews are only available for a limited time in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in Redhook’s backyard markets.

About Redhook

Redhook was born out of the energy and spirit of the early ‘80s in the heart of Seattle. While the term didn’t exist at the time, Redhook became one of America’s first “craft” breweries.  From a modest start in a former transmission shop in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard, to the current breweries in Woodinville, Wash., and Portsmouth, N.H., Redhook has become one of America’s most recognized craft breweries. While Redhook has “grown up” during the past 30 years, one thing has never changed – he’s still brewing great beers like ESB, Long Hammer IPA, Pilsner, Copperhook and a variety of seasonal brews. Most importantly, Redhook makes sure he has fun doing it. Redhook’s beers are available on tap and in bottles, and are available in markets across the country. For more information, visit

About Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Company

Caffe Vita Roasting Co. has been roasting coffee in Seattle since 1995. Locally owned and artisanally roasted, Vita operates nine cafes in the Pacific Northwest, a roasteria café in New York City, and will soon expand to Los Angeles. Caffe Vita has made it their mission to source the best coffees directly from exceptional farms that practice extraordinary levels of stewardship and sustainability. For more information, visit

Crabbie’s, The Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Debuts in United States

KINGSTON, MA – The United Kingdom’s number one selling bottled beer, Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer has recently made its debut in the United States.  Now available in 18 states, famed Crabbie’s (4.8%) is fermented with the finest imported ginger and steeped for up to eight weeks to allow the complex natural flavors to fully develop, creating a smooth ginger beer with deep, deliciously spicy flavor and a sparkling finish.  Crabbie’s is a refreshing ginger beer – only for grown-ups – that is ideal served chilled over ice with a slice of lemon or lime.

“Crabbie’s is a great alternative for people who like to drink beer or cider, with no equal in today’s American market,” says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian, the exclusive US importer of Crabbie’s.  “With the current U.S. explosion of beers brewed with herbs and spices, we can’t imagine a better time to introduce Crabbie’s to America’s discerning drinkers.”

Scottish merchant-adventurer John Crabbie first imported ginger from the Far East into the ancient port of Leith, Edinburgh in 1801.  Today, more than 200 years later, John Crabbie’s still uses the same ginger to develop the one-of-a-kind flavor of their ginger beer.

Crabbie’s is available for purchase in two formats:  a four-pack of 11 ounce bottles and a larger 16.9 ounce bottle.  Ideal for sipping, it can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as the classic Dark and Stormy and the Moscow Mule.

Crabbie’s can currently be found at fine retailers, restaurants and bars in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Inquiries about Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer should be directed to  For more information about Crabbie’s, please visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @CrabbiesUSA.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

'Tis the Season for Winter Craft Beers

Boulder, CO • November 14, 2012— Santa’s not the only one making a list this year. Displaying the spirit, passion and imagination of America’s small and independent brewers, —the beer lover-oriented site of the Brewers Association (BA)—released its own list of winter seasonal craft beers, produced by BA members.

“The holidays are a special time for everyone, particularly craft brewers who seize the opportunity to showcase their creativity with winter’s festive spices and robust ingredients,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director of the Brewers Association. “Winter seasonals are among the most popular craft beers year in and year out, and this is reflected in strong sales numbers during the winter months.”

Many of the winter seasonal craft beers featured on offer aromatics and flavors including chocolate, coffee, fruit, malt, cinnamon and oatmeal. Cozy up to the fireplace with some of these scrumptious offerings:

•    21st Amendment Brewery | Fireside Chat | San Francisco, CA
•    Bayou Teche Brewing | Joie à Tous (Joy to All) | Arnaudville, LA
•    Bison Organic Beer | Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale | Berkeley, CA
•    Boundary Bay Brewery | Cabin Fever | Bellingham, WA
•    Carolina Brewery | Santa's Secret | Pittsboro, NC
•    Flat 12 Bierwerks | Glazed Ham Porter | Indianapolis, IN
•    Front Street Brewery | Tiny Tim's Christmas Porter | Wilmington, NC
•    Mother Earth Brewing Company | Silent Night | Kinston, NC
•    Pelican Pub & Brewery | Bad Santa | Pacific City, OR
•    Sebago Brewing Company | Slick Nick Winter Ale | Gorham, ME
•    Shmaltz Brewing Company | Jewbelation Sweet 16 | New York, NY

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft 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 Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience 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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fordham Spiced Harvest Ale Takes Bronze at European Beer Star Competition

Dover, DE – Fordham Spiced Harvest Ale won the bronze medal in the herb and spice beer category at the European Beer Star competition in Munich, despite only being in its second year of production.

The most recent seasonal addition to Fordham’s six-pack portfolio, Spiced Harvest Ale was released in early fall. A light amber color, this medium bodied ale is spiced with cinnamon, ginger, honey, allspice, clove and pumpkin.  A sessionable 6.6% ABV, it flew off the shelves.  In Delaware, the beer was sold out within three weeks of leaving the brewery.

Casey Hollingsworth, Fordham Brewing’s Vice President of Sales, stated, “The brewery really hit the mark with this beer.  Harvest ales are a very tough style to balance and the brewers skillfully allowed the spices to play a part but not dominate.  Spiced Harvest has created a real cult following, so we see this as a staple in our portfolio for many years to come.”

This is Spiced Harvest Ale’s first medal. It will return to shelves next year.

Fordham and Dominion have been brewing high quality beverages in Dover, Delaware since 2003. They provide tours of the brewery (located at 1284 McD Dr., Dover, DE) and provide samples of their products, such as Hop Mountain, Oak Barrel Stout, Double D and Copperhead Ale every Wednesday at 5:00 and 6:00pm, Friday at 4:30 and 6:00pm and Saturday at 12:30 and 2:00 pm.  For more information, visit, or contact Lauren Bigelow at 302.678.4810 Ext. 201.

Fordham and Dominion Brewing Co. | L. Bigelow | |

Monday, November 5, 2012

Portland Beer Week Satisfies the Thirst for Craft Beer: November 4-11 in Portland, Maine

PORTLAND, MAINE  – With the support of local bars, restaurants, caterers, retailers and entertainers, Thirsty Pig owner Allison Stevens is spearheading Portland Beer Week.  This week will take place November 4th – 11th at various locations throughout the city.  Beer lovers will have the opportunity to sample many unique offerings from dozens of world-class breweries at a variety of events.

“The goal of Portland Beer Week is to enhance beer knowledge and appreciation of craft beer,” said Stevens.  “As a restaurant owner in Portland, I talk with customers every day about what makes Portland such a great beer city and organizing this week seemed like the perfect way to highlight the craft beer scene Portland has to offer.”

A full listing of events can be found on the Portland Beer Week website:

 Events will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter.

Portland Beer Week | Allison Stevens | |

Saturday, November 3, 2012

2nd Annual Wild West Brew Fest in Katy, TX

The Katy Wild West Brew Fest is May 4, 2013, at the Villagio Town Center in Katy.  The Brew Fest features 25 Specialty Craft Brewers from various distributorships within the city of Houston.

2013 is the second annual event, and has a special theme, “Show Me Your Taps.” Along with activities celebrating the theme, you can expect delicious craft beers from local (and not-so-local) breweries, great food, live music by Horizon, the chance to support the local community and school district, and a whole lot of fun.  Other features include VIP access, a tap wall competition for brewers, food included in the ticket price, and more.

Net Proceeds from the Wild West Brew Fest will be put back into the community through the Katy ISD and many other worthy causes in and around the Katy Community. For 67 years, the Katy Rotary Club has improved life for people all over the Katy area.

Katy Rotary Club | Molly Smart | | David Loesch |