Thursday, March 28, 2013

SAVOR Craft Beers Announced

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience, the premier beer and food event in the U.S. recently announced the beers that will be served by the 76 participating breweries.

SAVOR will take place on June 14-15, 2013 in New York City. The list of beers slated for the event is nothing short of incredible. Both the beers and the foods chosen to pair with them draw inspiration from across the country as 26 states are represented among the SAVOR participating breweries.

America’s beer, the IPA tops the ranks as a total of 20 excellent IPAs and double IPAs will be served at SAVOR. Other abundant categories include 10 Belgian ales, and nine sasion and sour/wild ales.

There will of course be some far less common styles popping up at SAVOR as brewers bring their most innovative offerings. Attendees can expect to find a turnip beer, chocolate peanut butter stout, light colored coffee beer, strawberry black lager, single hop IPA and watermelon wheat, amongst the many beers to SAVOR in NYC. From the innovative to the classics, the craft beers that will grace the Altman Building in June makes SAVOR the end all be all of craft beer and culinary food events.

 

Notable Craft Beers at SAVOR Include

  • Black Ops | Brooklyn Brewery  | A bottle-conditioned, barrel-aged stout that is released yearly with varying gravities.
  • Habanero Sculpin IPA | Ballast Point | The flagship IPA from the San Diego brewing and spirit company, this beer gets an addition of Habanero peppers for an added element of heat on the palate of apricot, peach, mango and lemons.
  • HopSavant | Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project | This dramatically different take on an IPA is dubbed the New Age IPA. This beer is fermented entirely with Brett and will be added to the brewery’s year-round portfolio.
  • FV 13 | Allagash This foudre beer is made in giant oak tanks for aging and fermented with a blend of wild yeast and bacteria. This highly malted beer is has big aroma of cherries and caramel finishing sweet and tart. 
  • Deliverance | The Lost Abbey According to Lost Abbey “Deliverance is the epic battle being waged between heaven and hell for the souls of mortal men… and your enjoyment in a glass.” But in terms of palatable beer in your glass it’s a blend of Serpent’s Stout, a bourbon barrel aged stout, and Angel’s Share an burgundy ale infused with dark caramel malt and aged in brandy barrels for at least 12 months.
  • Zombie Dust | Three Floyds Is an intensely hopped pale ale with the famed Citra hops. This “gushing undead” is an intense pale ale is and true representation of the American Pale Ale style.
  • Sour Apple Saison | Epic This Belgian Style Saison is sweet and dry this beer features notes of apples spiced with coriander grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger.
  • Double Cross | Crux Fermentation Project The Bend, Oregon brewing company will be bringing the Double Cross to Savor; a strong dark Belgian Ale, with a blend of Belgian malts & dark candi sugar, finished with Sterling and Delta hops
  • Goodnight Bodacious | Shorts Brewing Categorized as a Imperial IPA this beer rocks between the maltiness of Barleywine and the hoppiness of a Imperial IPA but pours an unyielding blackness. This big beer features four American hops that fight through the huge maltiness for a bitter and intense Imperial IPA with a warming finish.
For ticket info and the complete list of beers check out SavorCraftBeer.com


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Twisted Pine Branches Out West

Boulder, Colorado – March 26th 2013 – Twisted Pine Brewing Company began 2013 with a plan to add four new markets to their distribution network.  That plan has quickly turned to action as Iowa received its first shipment in early March, a loaded truck left for North Dakota earlier this week, and now the brewery’s products are on their way to California’s capital.

Distribution in the newest territory will be handled by Mussetter Distributing, a family-owned company that has been servicing the greater Sacramento area and northern California since 1976.  Once a top distributor of mass-produced beer brands, Mussetter shifted gears in 2010, refocusing on high-quality craft beers, and its efforts were applauded with a nomination for the Brewers Association’s Craft Beer Distributor of the Year award in 2012.

A wide range of Twisted Pine products will be available throughout the area immediately, from banner beers such as Hoppy Boy IPA, Honey Brown, Billy’s Chilies and Raspberry Wheat to prized specialties like the multi-award-winning Big Shot Espresso Stout, Hoppy Knight and Ghost Face Killah (the spiciest beer in the world!).

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Twisted Pine was founded in 1995 and has been hand-crafting award-winning ales ever since.  2012 was a particularly fruitful year on the competition circuit, with the brewery taking two medals at the Colorado State Fair, another five from national events (including two from the GABF) and its first European Beer Star.  More information on Twisted Pine and its products can be found at the brewery’s website.

 

Contact Info

 
Company: Twisted Pine Brewing Company
Contact: Justin Tilotta
E-mail: justin@twistedpinebrewing.com

 

Bottles from Airways Brewing Company Now Available Online!

KENT, Wash. (March 26, 2013) – Airways Brewing Company is excited to announce the availability of its delicious handcrafted brews online and available for shipping through AirwaysBrewing.com. Available to 37 states, craft beer enthusiasts can now order bottles of Airways’ popular line of 22-ounce bottles online – including the infamous Sky Hag IPA, Chocolate Stout and Third Anniversary Belgian Dark Strong – and have them shipped right to their front door.

“We receive requests all the time from people who have either had our beer before, loved it, then moved away, or are intrigued by the styles we offer and want to experience it for themselves,” said Airways Brewing Founder and Head Brewer Alex Dittmar. “Offering shipping to states all across the country is a great way for us to not only raise awareness for Airways, but for Pacific Northwest beer overall.”

Airways Brewing’s bottles are available for purchase through brewery’s online store. Current offerings include 22-ounce bottles of Sky Hag IPA ($5.50), Chocolate Stout ($5.50) and Airways’ Third Anniversary Belgian Dark Strong ($8). Shipping costs are dependent on the number of bottles purchased. Airways’ popular line of 16-ounce cans, while not currently available, will soon be added for online purchase.

Shipping through AirwaysBrewing.com is available to the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, LA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NV, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, TX, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY. All alcohol purchases require an ID check and signature of an adult over the age of 21 at the time of delivery.

For those visiting or who live in the area and prefer to pick up their bottles in person, visit one of Airways’ two Kent locations or any Seattle-Tacoma area specialty bottle shop to purchase. For more information about Airways Brewing and its selection of handcrafted brews, be sure to follow Airways Brewing Company on Facebook and Twitter, or visit www.airwaysbrewing.com.

Additional information, photos, artwork and tasting notes are available upon request. Those interested are encouraged to contact Caitlin Braam at media@airwaysbrewing.com.

About Airways Brewing Company

Founded in Spring 2010, Airways Brewing Company is a growing microbrewery located in Kent, Washington. Currently producing several year-round and seasonal offerings – including Sky Hag IPA®, Chocolate Stout, Pre-Flight Pilsner™ and Oatmeal PSA™ – Airways Brewing also features limited edition and cask beers throughout the year. Pints, tasters and growler fills are available at the brewery’s Kent taproom, open Wednesday-Friday from 3-8 pm and Saturdays from 3-7 pm (6644 S 196th Street, #T-100). Pints and delicious Northwest-style food can be found at the Airways Beer & Bistro in downtown Kent, Monday-Thursday from noon-9 pm, and Friday-Saturday from noon-10 pm (320 W Harrison). Offerings from Airways Brewing can also be found in specialty bars, bottle shops and restaurants throughout the greater Seattle/Tacoma area. For more information about the brewery or Bistro, visit www.airwaysbrewing.com.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Beer festival returning with more space and more brewers

Get your beer belly’s ready, here come the craft brewers. The second annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival — a fund-raiser for the Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH Food Bank — will take place Saturday, May 11, at Uptown Gig Harbor Pavilion.

This May, Gig Harbor will once again be home to some of the finest craft brewers in the Northwest.
Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success — with an estimated 1,200-plus beer lovers in attendance. The event featured 22 individual kegs of beer from 11 brewers, prizes, and music — and was blessed with a 77-degree day in the middle of May.

“I don’t think there is anything we can do about duplicating the weather from last year,” said John Fosberg, the Festival’s event coordinator. “But we’re working hard to make this second year much better than the first, with more brewers, more beers to choose from, live music — featuring Perry Acker — and more space.” The space at Uptown Gig Harbor Pavilion will be about 30 percent larger in 2013.

Advanced tickets can be purchased now for $20 at www.gigharborbeerfestival.com. Click on the Buy Tickets button. Buying in advance saves $5 over purchasing at the door ($25). The ticket includes admittance to the event, a commemorative cup, eight taster tokens, and a festival program. Additional tokens can be purchased for $1.50 each during the festival.

This year’s event benefits the Gig Harbor/Peninsula FISH Food Bank.

For information, contact John Fosberg, FMG Events, LLC at (253) 853-2728.

Omission Brewing Releasing Gluten-Free IPA

PORTLAND, OR— Omission Brewing Co. today announced it is adding Omission India Pale Ale (Omission IPA) to its gluten-free beer lineup in Oregon. Omission Brewing is the first craft beer brand in the United States focused exclusively on brewing craft beers with traditional beer ingredients, including malted barley, specially crafted to be gluten-free. Omission IPA hits shelves in Oregon on April 1.

“Omission IPA is the first authentic gluten-free IPA brewed with malted barley to hit the market,” said Joe Casey, Widmer Brothers Brewmaster. “This IPA is brewed in the traditional Northwest IPA style, yet is specially crafted to be gluten-free. The beer uses a generous amount of Summit and Cascade hops giving it a beautiful citrus flavor and aroma.”

“At Omission, we’re constantly innovating, and exploring new opportunities to share our love of craft beer with anyone of legal drinking age, including those with gluten sensitivities,” said Terry Michaelson, CEO of the Craft Brew Alliance and a longtime celiac.  “Part of that is experimenting with different beer styles that meet our rigorous gluten-free standards while staying true to our commitment to high-quality craft brewing. Omission IPA hits the mark, and we can’t wait to get it into the hands of our customers in Oregon this spring.”

Omission beers are brewed by Widmer Brothers Brewing in Portland, Ore., using an innovative brewing program to ensure that gluten levels in every batch measure well below the widely accepted CODEX gluten-free standard of 20 parts per million (ppm) for food and beverages. Every batch of Omission beer is tested by the brewery and by an independent lab, and all test results are available to consumers at www.omissiontests.com.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Oregon Garden Brewfest Expands

The ultimate spring getaway with craft beers, live music and great room deals

The Oregon Garden Brewfest has been the Willamette Valley’s best-kept secret for a number of years, but the word is getting out. As a result of its popularity, the Oregon Garden Brewfest is expanding to three days in 2013: April 26 through 28 at The Oregon Garden’s Grand Hall. The 9th annual festival will feature more than 100 beers and ciders from 62 different breweries spanning from Silverton’s backyard to the East Coast. Event hours are Noon to 11 pm Friday & Saturday, and Noon to 6 pm Sunday.

Located in the historic town of Silverton, 45 miles south – just over an hour’s drive – from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest also features live music from more than 20 area bands, food, tasting lessons by Women Enjoying Beer, a Brewer’s Tasting Dinner, a Connoisseur Tasting, and a homebrew competition presented by Capitol Brewers.

Advance admission includes a one-day pass for $15 that features a tasting glass, seven tasting tickets, and express entry; a three-day pass for $25 that includes a tasting glass, 15 tasting tickets, and express entry; and a VIP pass for $50 that includes a tasting glass, 45 tasting tickets, a T shirt and a food voucher. Advance sales are available at http://ogbf2013.blogspot.com. Tickets at the door cost the same, but include only five tasting tickets for one day, 10 tasting tickets for three days, 35 tasting tickets for VIP, and no express entry. Designated drivers pay a cover charge of $5 and receive a bottled water.

A full glass of beer costs four tickets, and a taster costs one ticket. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased for $1 apiece. The event is cash only, with an ATM on-site. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles will be available to various locations in town. The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday.

The second annual Oregon Garden Brewer’s Tasting Dinner will take place on the eve of the festival, April 25 at 7 pm. This six-course tasting will be attended by participating brewers and industry insiders. Each course will be a small plate paired with a beer tasting from one of six area breweries. There are a limited number of tickets available to the public for $40 apiece.

A Connoisseur Tasting on April 26 from Noon to 2pm gives attendees the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the brewers and representatives. This event is included with Friday admission.

For those from out of the area who wish to make a night of it, The Oregon Garden Resort is offering two room packages: the Brewer’s Dinner Package for $219 is available on April 25 and includes accommodations, two tickets to the Brewer’s Dinner, breakfast for two the next morning, and two one-day tickets to the Brewfest on April 26. The Brewfest Package for $189 is available April 25 through April 28 and includes accommodations, breakfast for two, two one-day tickets to the Brewfest and two food booth vouchers. Reservations are available at http://oregongardenresort.com/Packages.htm or call 503-874-2500.

For a complete list of participating breweries and beers, a detailed entertainment schedule, or more information about the event, visit http://ogbf2013.blogspot.com.

Contact Info

 
Contact: Chris Crabb
E-mail: crabbsoup@comcast.net

 


9th annual North American Organic Brewers Festival

Festival adds extra day; eco-conscience beer festival will serve up more than 60 organic beers and ciders

PORTLAND, ORE – March 15, 2013 – An eclectic mix of more than 15,000 beer lovers, music fans and supporters of sustainable living annually come together the last weekend of June to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time” at the North American Organic Brewers Festival. This year, they’ll have an extra day to celebrate, as the 9th annual event will take place June 27th through 30th at Overlook Park in North Portland, marking a first-time expansion to four days. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

Admission into the event is free.  The purchase of a $6 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece.  A full cup of beer or cider costs four tokens and a four-ounce taste costs one token; select beers cost double tokens. Patrons receive a $1 discount toward the tasting glass with a validated Tri-Met ticket, a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral or three cans of food for the Oregon Food Bank (limit one discount per person). The NAOBF benefits the Overlook Neighborhood and the Oregon Food Bank.

Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the NAOBF typically serves up more than 50 organic beers and ciders from 40 different breweries. The breweries do not have to be certified organic, or even produce organic beers for their pub; many of the breweries represented at the festival choose to brew a one-off just for the event. Styles run the gamut from Belgian Whites to Cascadian Darks, offering something for every palate. There’s also live local music, organic food, sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits, a soda garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors and designated drivers, and a children’s area with face painting and activities.  The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents.

The NAOBF is known as the most earth-friendly beer festival on the planet. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch cups made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Electricity needs are met with a combination of biodiesel and solar generators. Volunteers receive organic cotton t-shirts (returning volunteers can wear past T shirts and get extra tokens instead). Food vendors are required to use compostable cutlery and plates and employ sustainable practices, and onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste and are supervised by recycling czars. The event typically keeps at least 90% of the more than 2,000 pounds of waste generated from going into the landfill.

Why an organic beer festival?  Studies show that the world’s population currently consumes 30% more natural resources than the Earth’s ecosystems can replenish. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, commercial agriculture is accountable for 70% of the pollution in our country’s rivers and streams. Genetically modified ingredients can be found in nearly every grocery store. The NAOBF believes that education and exposure lead to awareness, and awareness can translate to passion. If everyone becomes passionate about sustainability, as a whole we can make the planet a cleaner and healthier place for all of us to inhabit. For more information visit naobf.org.

Contact Info

 
Contact: Chris Crabb
E-mail: chris@naobf.org

 


Oregon Brewers Festival toasts its 26th year of celebrating craft beer

OBF expands to five days and switches to glass; 80,000 beer lovers are expected from around the world to take part in the annual celebration of craft beer


PORTLAND, Ore. — On a sun-soaked July afternoon, there’s no better place to sip suds with friends than the Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals. Nearly 80,000 fans annually travel from points around the world to take part in the event. This year, they’ll have an extra day to celebrate; the 26th Oregon Brewers Festival will take place July 24 through July 28 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, marking an expansion to five days. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Wed. through Sat., and Noon to 7pm Sunday.

“The festival continues to grow in popularity every year, especially with tourists,” said festival owner and founder Art Larrance. “Due to space constraints, we can’t expand our footprint, so we decided to instead add a day to accommodate more beer lovers. Portland’s role as the ‘cradle of craft beer’ had led our city to be one of the premier beer tourism destinations in the United States, and the Oregon Brewers Festival continues to support that movement.”

In 2005, the festival expanded from a three-day to a four-day event; that turned out to be a huge success, and ever since, festival purists have declared Thursday to be the best day to attend due to shorter lines and a full beer selection. Festival organizers are now hoping Wednesday will become the new Thursday.

Another big change to this year’s event is the introduction of a tasting glass. In an effort to improve the tasting experience for the guest and to be more environmentally responsible, the Oregon Brewers Festival will now sell a tasting glass in lieu of the traditional plastic mug. Admission into the festival grounds is free. In order to consume beer, purchase of a 2013 souvenir 12-ounce tasting glass is required and costs $7. Beer is purchased with wooden tokens, which cost $1 apiece. Patrons pay four tokens for a full glass of beer, or one token for a taste. There are no advance tickets sold to the festival; all purchases are made on-site.

From Ambers to Alts, Belgians to Blondes, Pales to Pilsners and Sessions to Stouts, the Oregon Brewers Festival serves up more than 25 beer styles from 82 craft breweries from around the country; there are 84 different beers served, one per brewery plus two gluten-free offerings. The festival is first and foremost a celebration of beer, but the event also features five days of live music, food booths, craft vendors, homebrew demonstrations and industry displays. A root beer garden provides complimentary handcrafted root beer to minors and designated drivers; minors are allowed into the event when accompanied by a parent.

Alternative modes of transportation are encouraged, with free monitored bicycle parking available each day. The main entrance is at SW Oak Street and Naito Parkway, one block from the MAX Light Rail line.

ABOUT THE OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL

The Oregon Brewers Festival was founded in 1988 as an opportunity to expose the public to microbrews at a time when the craft brewing industry was just getting off the ground. Today, that industry has flourished, especially in Oregon, which has 134 brewing companies operating 166 brewing facilities in 60 cities. Portland alone has 51 breweries — more than any other city in the world. The Portland metropolitan area is the largest craft brewing market in the US with the most number of breweries at 68. A study conducted at the 2011 Oregon Brewer Festival estimated the economic impact of the festival on the local economy to be $23.2 million; it also showed that out-of-state and international visitors accounted for 56% of attendees. For more information about the Oregon Brewers Festival, visit www.oregonbrewfest.com.

Contact Info

 
Contact: Chris Crabb
E-mail: chris@oregonbrewfest.com

 


Ska Brewing Announces Vernal Minthe Stout: 3rd Seasonal Stout Release

DURANGO, Colo., (Mar. 18, 2013) — Ska Brewing is announcing the third release in its Seasonal Stout series: Vernal Minthe Stout, a stout brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans. The beer will hit shelves on March 20th, the date of the spring equinox. The debut also occurs during Colorado Craft Beer Week, a week of events and tappings celebrating Colorado craft breweries and beers.

“Spring is a good time to brew up a reward for making it through winter, said Ska Overlord of Brewing Operations Bill Graham. “The Vernal Minthe Stout is a treat: sweet, but with great roasted and chocolate notes for balance—and a peppermint note that reminds me of spring. I bet I’m not the only one who could use a reward about now.”

As the saying goes, there’s no reward without risk. “Stout is a beer lover’s beer. It’s one of our favorite styles, but it’s not everyone’s favorite,” said Ska President and co-founder Dave Thibodeau. “There were other styles that probably would have appealed to a broader market, but then I wouldn’t have all these stouts to drink.”

Craft beer drinkers in all of Ska’s U.S. markets will be able to start rewarding themselves around the spring equinox—March 20th —in keeping with the Seasonal Stout Series’ solstice and equinox release dates. The packaging for the Vernal Minthe Stout  features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s True Blonde character as the Greek goddess Persephone, who, according to Greek mythology, turned the naiad Minthe into a mint plant in a jealous rage.

Ska will unveil the Seasonal Stout Series’ fourth brand new beer in June, for release on the summer solstice.

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the winter seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale. For information, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Chat us up and get the latest news at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.

 

Contact Info

 
Company: Ska Brewing
Contact: Dave Welz
E-mail: davew@skabrewing.com

 


Colorado Craft Beer Week: March 18-24

Colorado Craft Beer Week, a week of unique events showcasing the craft beer industry’s collaborative effort, will be held March 18-24. Many of the Colorado Brewers Guild’s 160+ brewery members will be holding special events to celebrate, including tap takeovers, beer dinners, “meet the brewer” nights and beer tappings. There will also be a special brew created by a group of Colorado female brewers.

The Colorado Craft Beer Week kick-off event will be held at the Falling Rock Tap House Monday March 18, from 7-10 p.m., offering more than 80 different Colorado breweries on tap—something no other tap room has done before. Event details for this, and all other Colorado Craft Beer Week events, will be listed on ColoradoCraftBeerWeek.com as they are finalized.

Colorado Craft Beer Week was originally created by Scott Kerkmans, a beer expert and brewer’s consultant, as “Colorado Beer Week.”  This year, the Colorado Brewer’s Guild (CBG) has taken over responsibility for organizing, and growing, the celebration. “The CBG and our member brewers saw great opportunity to produce a world-class beer week for beer lovers all over Colorado,” said Steve Kurowski, Marketing and Public Affairs Director for the CBG.

“With more craft breweries opening every year around our state, Colorado should absolutely have the best Beer Week in the country,” said Kerkmans. “That is why I am so excited that a non-profit like the Colorado Brewer’s Guild is going to be able to host the events for Colorado Craft Beer Week. Plus, with their emphasis on craft beer, I am sure the festivities for beer lovers are only going to get better.”

For more information on how to participate in Colorado Craft Beer Week, contact Steve Kurowski at the Colorado Brewers Guild (303.507.7664.)  Visit ColoradoCraftBeerWeek.com for all official Colorado Craft Beer Week event listings and information.

ABOUT THE CBG

The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) is a non-profit trade association promoting the Colorado craft brewing industry.  With over 160 Colorado craft breweries and counting, CBG provides information for Colorado beer lovers, and promotes Colorado craft breweries by advocating positive public policy for Colorado craft beer. For more information, visit www.coloradobeer.org, or call 303.507.7664. For interviews with Steve Kurowski, call Kuvy Ax, PR, at 720.329.7327.

Moylan’s Brewery Release: Orange and Black Congrats Ale Returns

Novato, CA –  In honor of the 2012 World Series Champions, and in anticipation of the 2013 Major League Baseball season, Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant is releasing a freshly brewed batch of the Orange & Black Congrats Ale, on Saturday, March 30th, 2013. A smooth American Black Ale brewed with orange zest, this hearty brew isn’t just  for the bleacher bums!  Made with North American two row malt from Gambrinus Maltings in British Columbia, even fans of those others teams will enjoy this grand slam of a brew. Some of the robust flavors in the beer can be attributed to German-grown barley supplied by Weyermann Malts and Mt. Hood and Liberty hops grown in the Yakima Valley by Puterbaugh Farms for Hops Direct. All the oranges used in this batch were grown locally in the California sunshine. This special ale is a reflection of the many dedicated hearts and minds needed to brew a quality beer.

As Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant welcomes back the Bay Area’s ball club, it is proud to offer an adult beverage in salute to the Thrill, the Bat, the Stick, the rally thong, the crab, the seal, the golden voices in the booth and all of the baseball legends that helped them see the dream become reality, twice in three years!

This beer can in found in 22 oz. bottles, growlers or kegs and on draft at select locations.  Alcohol by Volume 6.0%. For more information on distribution contact Sales Manager Curtis Cassidy at 415.246.5290 or curtis@moylans.com Moylan’s Brewery & Restaurant is located at 15 Rowland Way, Novato, CA. For more information visit www.moylans.com or call 415.898.4677. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/moylans  and follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/moylansbrewery

Contact Info

 
Company: Moylan's Brewery & Restaurant
Contact: Gabby Cullen
E-mail: gabby@moylans.com

 

Marin Brewing Company Announces the 2013 Release of Orange and Black Congrats Ale

Larkspur, CA – Marin Brewing Company announces the release of the 2013 Orange & Black Congrats Ale on Saturday, March 30th, 2013. Conceived to celebrate our local baseball team and their two World Championships, Marin Brewing Company’s Orange & Black is a hoppy black ale.  Tangerine zest is added to the conditioning tank to complement the citrusy hops added to the kettle.  Orange & Black defies its appearance, with a smooth, refreshing, hoppy character, while avoiding the smoky and roasty flavors of many dark ales.

Marin Brewing Company will offer it’s fabulous tribute ale in 22oz bottles, kegs and growlers available at the pub and on draft in select locations around CA. For more information visitwww.marinbrewing.com. Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/marinbrewing.company and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/marinbrewing

Contact Info

Company: Marin Brewing Company
Contact: Gabby Cullen
E-mail: gabby@moylans.com

 

Monday, March 18, 2013

BA Report: Craft Beer Continues Growing

BOULDER, CO—The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American brewers, today released 2012 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. In a year when the total U.S. beer market grew by one percent, craft brewers saw a 15 percent rise in volume and a 17 percent increase in dollar growth, representing a total barrel increase of almost 1.8 million.

With production at 13,235,917 barrels in 2012, craft brewers reached 6.5 percent volume of the total U.S. beer market, up from 5.7 percent the previous year. Additionally, craft dollar share of the total U.S. beer market reached 10.2 percent in 2012, as retail dollar value from craft brewers was estimated at $10.2 billion, up from $8.7 billion in 2011.

“Beer is a $99 billion industry to which craft brewers are making a significant contribution, with retail sales share hitting double digits for the first time in 2012,” said Paul Gatza, director, Brewers Association. “Small and independent brewers are consistently innovating and producing high quality, flavor-forward craft brewed beer. Americans are not only responding to greater access to these products, but also to the stories and people behind them.”

In 2012, there was an 18 percent increase in the number of U.S. operating breweries, with the total count reaching 2,403. This count includes 409 new brewery openings and only 43 closings. Small breweries created an estimated 4,857 more jobs during the year, employing 108,440 workers, compared to 103,583 the year prior.

“On average, we are seeing slightly more than one craft brewery per day opening somewhere in the U.S. and we anticipate even more in the coming year. There is clearly a thirst in the marketplace for craft brewed beer, as indicated by the continued growth year after year,” added Gatza. “These small breweries are doing great things for their local communities, the greater community of craft brewers, our food arts culture and the overall economy.”
 
Notes: Numbers are preliminary. A more extensive analysis will be released during the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 26-29. The full 2012 industry analysis will be published in the May/June 2013 issue of The New Brewer, highlighting regional trends and sales by individual breweries.

The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewers brands) or has at least 50 percent of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor.

Volume by craft brewers represent total taxable production.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Deschutes Brewery Releases First Class of ’88 Collaboration Beer

Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery, North Coast Brewing Company and Rogue Ales have teamed up to create a traditional barley wine as the first in Deschutes Brewery’s Class of ’88 collaboration series. The series will include a number of commemorative beers to celebrate the 25th anniversary of craft breweries around the country that were founded in 1988.

The Class of ’88 Barley Wine was based on the guidelines published in renowned beer connoisseur Fred Eckhardt’s The Essentials of Beer Style, which was originally published in 1988. Each of the three breweries working on the project brewed their own interpretation of that original recipe. The three resulting barley wines have a common heritage and ingredients, and brewers from Deschutes Brewery, North Coast Brewing Company and Rogue Ales teamed up at each respective location to brew the beer(s).

“Working collaboratively to create this barley wine has been an adventure for all of us,” said Cam O’Connor, brewmaster for Deschutes Brewery. He spent time at both Rogue and North Coast as they brewed their versions of the beer together. “Sharing ideas and partnering to celebrate this landmark date in our shared histories promises to result in some extraordinary beer. The best part of the process, for me, was the camaraderie experienced spending time at each other’s facilities.”

The three beers will differ from brewery to brewery, as they each used different hops and malts while following the same stylistic guidelines. Deschutes Brewery’s version of the Barley Wine was brewed with some hop varieties that existed back in 1988, along with some Mosaics thrown in for fun. Release events are being planned for the third week in April when a limited amount of 22-ounce bottles will be made available to the public and at retail. Deschutes Brewery will have a limited release of bottles to only part of its regular distribution area. ABV: 10.2% IBUs: 70

Other planned brews in the Deschutes Brewery Class of ’88 series include a Smoked Imperial Porter with Great Lakes Brewing Company out of Cleveland and a Belgian-Style Strong Golden Ale with Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company.

About Deschutes Brewery

Founded in 1988 as a brew pub in downtown Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is known for such brands as Black Butte Porter, its flagship brew and the nation’s number one selling craft porter, and the popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale. In addition to its original Bend pub, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District in 2008. The company’s main brewing facility is located in Bend on the banks of the Deschutes River and produces more than 250,000 barrels of beer annually for distribution in 20 states and two provinces. To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com.

About North Coast Brewing Co.

A pioneer in the craft beer movement, North Coast Brewing Company opened in 1988 as a local brewpub in the historic town of Fort Bragg, located on California’s Mendocino Coast. Under the leadership of Brewmaster Mark Ruedrich, the brewery has developed a strong reputation for quality having won more than 70 awards in national and international competitions. In addition to Red Seal Ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and other fine North Coast brands, the brewery has resurrected the old Acme label with a heritage dating back to the San Francisco of the 1860s. These exceptional beers are available in 47 states now and also are exported to Europe and the Pacific Rim.

About Rogue Ales

Rogue Ales & Spirits is an artisan varietal brewery and distillery founded in Oregon in 1988, as one of America’s first 50 microbreweries. Rogue has won over 1000 awards for taste and quality and is available in all 50 states and 32 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing their own.

Contact Info

 
Company: Deschutes Brewery
Contact: Jason Randles
E-mail: jrandles@deschutesbrewery.com

 


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Brewer Spotlight - Travis Guterson - 7 Seas Brewing

"ALL ABOUT BEER MAGAZINE" recently has started doing a "Brewer's Spotlight" where they highlight some of the more innovative Brewer's from around the Country. Not surprisingly, a fair amount of them are from right here in the great Pacific Northwest. On this Blog, we at MJTB have decided to share the best from the West Coast. Below, is a transcript of the original which can be found at www.allaboutbeer.com


Travis Guterson, 29
 
Co-owner and Brewmaster

7 Seas Brewing

Gig Harbor, Wash.

All About Beer: Tell us about your brewery.

Travis Guterson: 7 Seas Brewing Co. has been in business since 2008. We just celebrated our third anniversary this past July. Myself, and my business partner, Mike Runion, started the company. He [is 28] by the way. We purchased an 8.5 BBL brew house from a brewery in Seattle that closed down and began producing 7 Seas Beer in Gig Harbor, WA, about an hour’s drive South of Seattle. We were the first microbrewery in Washington State to package our beer in cans. We brew six year-round beers and usually have one or two seasonal offerings as well. We have a tap room that we sell pints, growlers and merchandise from. The local community of Gig Harbor has completely embraced us and we are super fortunate that way. We topped out at about 1,200 BBLS per year on the 8.5 BBL system and have just moved our brewery to a new building downtown. We now operate on a 25 BBL, three-vessel system at our new location and initially anticipate a production of about 3,500 BBLs per year, but have room to grow and add more tanks so we see our production increasing in the years to come.  We have a staff of nine people, including Mike and I, and all of us are under the age of 30, except for one guy, Bryan (our sales and delivery dude, formerly of Red Hook). We are a small, local brewery, producing a premium product, and the South Puget Sound area has really supported us. We are grateful for that. We would like to continue to grow 7 Seas, but that is very incremental for us. Slow and sustainable, yet also ambitious is paramount for how we do things.

How did you first get into brewing?

I made my first batch of beer when I was 16. My dad had dabbled in homebrewing so there was some random equipment in the basement and I thought it sounded fun and interesting. My parents are cool like that. They didn’t like me getting drunk off cheap, shitty beer with my friends in high school, but never seemed to mind me making 5 gallons of extract brew on my mom’s kitchen stove. I fell in love with the transformation of basic, fundamental, rudimentary ingredients and turning them into something magical. Brewing beer just grabbed my attention from an early age and it never let go. I didn’t choose for my life to revolve around brewing beer. Somehow it chose me.

What was the first beer you ever brewed and where did you do it?

My first batch was an oatmeal pale ale. Sounds ambitious, but is was 5 gallons of extract brew and the recipe looked intriguing and somehow sophisticated, if not whimsical to me at the time. I brewed it on my parent’s stovetop. Typical 5-gallon carboys, corn sugar for bottle priming, and I even made my own labels by drawing some odd little skeleton creature dancing around a cauldron. I had a lot of fun and was so excited to see it bubbling away. I remember thinking that it was great, but realistically I’m sure it was kinda’ shitty at best.

What’s your favorite beer style?

My favorite beer style? I don’t have an answer for you on that one. I look for perfection. I like many styles, but I like great beer more. Strive for quality and consistency and everything will be okay. I do enjoy challenging myself in the brew house. Any beer that requires tweaking over and over again eventually becomes something I’m super proud of. It doesn’t matter if I’m brewing it, or drinking it, I love variety, both in beer and in life. Life is too short though to settle for the docile, passive, and banal. The same is true for beer.

Do you have a mentor in the brewing world?

I was very lucky in my brewing career to work for some incredible head brewers. Before starting 7 Seas, I worked at the Pelican Pub and Brewery (under Brewmaster Darron Welch) and the Lompoc Brewing Co., and then at Silver City Brewery (under Brewmaster Don Spencer). Having no formal education in brewing, such as a fermentation science program, or a UC Davis, or an American Brewers guild certification most of my knowledge has been empiric. I had a different experience everywhere I worked, but to this day the guy that I respect the most as a brewer and who I will always call when I have questions is Darron Welch at the Pelican Pub and Brewery. Even though I only worked there for maybe a year (cleaning kegs and capping bottles) he really set an example for me. His attention to detail and how meticulous he is, showed me that there is indeed a right way and wrong way to do things in a brewery. He instilled that in me from an early age and I strive to run my brew house they way he runs his. It’s all about the details.


What inspires you when you’re brewing?

What inspires me most when I’m brewing is that I feel like I’m doing something good, pure, righteous, and carrying on a meaningful tradition. I’m doing work, but there is something divine and much reverence attached to it. I feel like I’m contributing something in one way or another. Brewing beer has given my life meaning, direction, and purpose … just like the best kind of relationship can do. Brewing beer makes me feel like I am somebody contributing to a better community. Sounds weird, but that’s how I feel. I dropped out of the University of Washington at the age of 20 to pursue my dreams. There is nothing else that I know how to do anymore, other than brew great beer, and continue to get better at my craft.

What do you think drives the popularity of craft beer?

I think the popularity of craft beer can be explained quite easily. That is to say, that it tastes great, it’s real, genuine, and often times when it’s super local, customers can attach a face and person to it all. The market might eventually get saturated, but good beer will always resonate with people even if it costs a little more. People love seeing the big stainless steel vats (even if they’re just 20 & 40 BBL tanks) and somebody back there connecting hoses, clamps and gaskets, making beer. This American culture has gotten so cookie cutter and full of bullshit products, craft beer grabs people’s attention on a variety of levels.

In general, how do you think the next generation of brewers will shake up the craft beer world?

I don’t know if my generation of craft brewers will really shake things up. Our 7 Seas model is to be doing this for a long time. Again, that takes planning, good business sense, and quality, consistent beer with an eye towards marketing. I think that if you go to work every day, put in good long hours, know what you’re doing, give a shit about what you’re doing, be proud of your brand … well then good things can happen. I figure, do that and let the chips fall where they may. The rest we simply can’t control, we can only do and will do our best and continue to improve on that notion. We will just have to wait and see how 7 Seas contributes to that ‘shake-up’.

Last one: Cascadian dark ale or black IPA?


Cascadian dark ale without a doubt. I have the letters NW tattooed on my thumb. I was born and raised here, and have always lived in the Northwest. This style was conceived here so I like to see a little recognition to this area, especially with all the hops our Yakima Valley grows next door, just east of the Cascades.

Brewer Spotlight - Rick Hewitt - The Emerald City Beer Company

"ALL ABOUT BEER MAGAZINE" recently has started doing a "Brewer's Spotlight" where they highlight some of the more innovative Brewer's from around the Country. Not surprisingly, a fair amount of them are from right here in the great Pacific Northwest. On this Blog, we at MJTB have decided to share the best from the West Coast. Below, is a transcript of the original which can be found at www.allaboutbeer.com.

Rick Hewitt, 30
 
Owner

Emerald City Beer Co.

Seattle, WA

All About Beer: Tell us about your brewery.

Rick Hewitt: Emerald City Beer is an American lager brewery located in Seattle’s Old Rainier Brewery—a Seattle landmark and historic lager brewery. Our flagship beer, Dottie Seattle Lager, is a copper colored American lager made from Washington-grown barley & hops. We’re Seattle’s only dedicated lager brewery and have been pouring since August 2010.

How did you first get into brewing?

I started brewing when I was 22. My parents are foodies that love a good wine, so when I went off to college I applied that same level of culinary interest to the beers I was discovering. Living in Seattle, there are a number of great local brewpubs and two are walking distance from campus. I’d meet the brewers occasionally and slowly began to realize that I could brew too.

What was the first beer you ever brewed and where did you do it?

I brewed my first batch of beer in my college apartment with a buddy after watching the Super Bowl in 2005. The day before I had bought an extract amber ale kit and some starter equipment from Bob’s Homebrew in Seattle.

What’s your favorite beer style?

Amber lager.

Do you have a mentor in the brewing world?

No, but I’ve learned a lot from the books and success of Steve Hindy and Tom Potter (Brooklyn Brewing), Jim Koch (Boston Beer), Sam Calagione (Dogfish Head). Don’t have any formal mentors in the brewing world.

What inspires you when you’re brewing?

I live for that fresh bread smell of the mash and think it’s fun to explore what different grains, other then just barley, do to the taste, aroma and color of the final beer.

What do you attribute to your success?

The Seattle craft beer community is a great place to launch a new brewery, there are many knowledgeable and enthusiastic bar owners, distributors and beer fans that have embraced us, but we would not have been successful if it wasn’t for the hard working, dedicated friends, family and staff who have supported the idea of a brewery dedicated to making session lagers.

What do you think drives the popularity of craft beer?

I think people know quality and what flavors and tastes appeal to them most and while we can all agree on light beer styles, drinkers are responding to having a variety of high-quality beers available. Exploring what you like and don’t like with your family and friends is part of the fun and naturally people are choosing to drink the beer styles they prefer most.

In general, how do you think the next generation of brewers will shake up the craft beer world?

I think today’s generation of brewers defined what a craft beer is in the minds of the general public. When I was born, the U.S. had less than 100 breweries and my parents didn’t grow up with an established craft beer industry. I hope the next generation of brewers can grow upon that foundation and establish craft beer as an affordable luxury in the minds of the general public, fundamentally shifting beer culture away from the foreign-owned, low-quality beers that dominate today.

In particular, how will you contribute to that shake up?

Our goal is to brew beer for the uninitiated, converting the unenlightened to the world of craft beer while still appealing to beer geeks looking for a high-quality lager alternative to the heavier ales more common in today’s market. Our lagers, like most mass-produced beers are light, crisp and under 5% ABV, so that they are refreshing and sessionable to drink. Our lagers, like most craft ales, cover a range of different flavors and are made here in the U.S. with barley and hops grown by our farmers.

Last one: Cascadian dark ale or black IPA?

Black IPA is clean and clear, but I’m a fan of using Cascadian dark as the style name.

Friday, March 15, 2013

This Weekend in Western Washington – St. Patrick’s Day & More

Are you at a loss for something to do this weekend? I find that hard to believe, but if it's true, and you call Western Washington home, then check out the list of activities below. They are guaranteed to keep you occupied all weekend....or at least keep you celebrating your Irish heritage.

Airways Brewing (at the Beer and Bistro)

In Kent, Airways Brewing will be serving up traditional Irish fare at the Bistro. Kind of. The menu will include corned beef tacos; vegetarian Guinness stew; pretzels with curried Sky Hag mustard, onion marmalade, and rarebit; and Jameson pecan pie. To wash it down, They will have a Randall of our Chocolate Stout run through mint, plus more dark beers on tap. 12:00 – 10:00 pm. Grownups only (21+).  Not at the brewery, but in downtown Kent at the Airways Beer & Bistro.
www.airwaysbrewing.com
facebook.com/AirwaysBistro

The Beer Junction

In West Seattle, The Beer Junction will introduce Rocky the Randle on Friday at 5:00. They will also be serving Iron Horse Irish Death Milkshakes with Husky Deli Ice Cream!

Boundary Bay Brewing

The city of Bellingham celebrates with a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday. It just so happens that the parade route ends the Boundary Bay brewpub. Live music in the beer garden and the pub, Irish dancers, and lots of fun. We were there a couple years ago. Check out our post. For more information about the events at Boundary Bay, visit their website. Also, more Irish shenanigans on Sunday at the pub.

Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen

Also in Bellingham, Chuckanut Brewery & Kitchen also plans to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day over the course of two days this year. The Chuckanut Kitchen has already started the new Irish-inspired Locavore menu featuring Corned Beef & Cabbage plus a delicious Irish Stout Stew. For dessert there’s an Irish Cream Crème Brulee and a Chocolate Stout Brownie with a chocolate Stout genache. Entertainment will start with Puirt Na Gael, a group of musicians playing Celtic and Irish music on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. On Sunday, live Irish music starts at 4:00 pm with duo James X 2 followed by quartet Ask Sophie at 7:00 pm. Of course there’s always the chance the bag pipe players will stop in on either day for some rousing bag piping!

Parkway Tavern in Tacoma

Celebrate Saint Pant’s Day at The Parkway Tavern in Tacoma. This is a pants drive and a beer bash. Read our previous post for details. This is a very cool idea. People forget about pants, especially when they’ve been drinking on Saint Patrick’s Day.

White Bluffs Brewing

Over the mountains in Richland, White Bluffs Brewing has put together a special menu for Saint Patrick’s Day. Corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, shepherds pie, and more. All of this accompanied by their delicious beers.

Puyallup River Alehouse

Puyallup River Alehouse all weekend. Friday thru Sunday they will offer Imperial Pint specials (you keep the glass!) of Guinness, Harp, and Smithwicks. They will also have Dick’s Irish, Diamond Knot Slane’s Irish, Chuckanut Green Kolsch, Iron Horse Irish Death, and a special dry stout from Puyallup River Brewing! Eric likes to make Black & Tans… but Eric LOVES to make BlackHops! (Guinness & IPA). Also have a bunch of cool St. Paddy’s swag to raffle off.

Harmon Brewing (Tap Room)

They will celebrate all weekend long. For complete details visit them on Facebook. Highlights include special Irish-themed menu items and live music. They will have a heated beer garden (tent) set up outside. The drums and pipes happen on Sunday night.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Rogue Dirt is GRAND

NEWPORT, OR (March 10th, 2013) – For the second time, Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager was named the National Grand Champion Dark Lager at the United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC) - Winter Competition – in Manchester, New Hampshire. Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager was previously named the National Grand Champion Dark Lager in 2010 and Pacific Northwest Champion in 2009.

Celebrating its second century, Rogue Ales is an Artisan Varietal Brewery founded in Oregon in 1988 as one of America’s first 50 microbreweries. Rogue has earned 1000+ awards for taste and quality and is distributed nationally and in 32 countries.

 

Contact Info

 
Company: Rogue Ales
Contact: Rogue Ales
E-mail: press@rogue.com

 

7 Seas Port Royal Export Stout – 7 Seas Brewing Company – Gig Harbor, WA


There is nothing quite like the lifestyle that we lead here in the great Pacific Northwest. We have the water, the mountains, an overabundance of greenery, and some of the best views in the world. Unfortunately, we also have the rain…or at least a constant mist that seems to be present from October to May. It’s during these darker months that I long for the warmth of a good Stout. With its deep coloring, and full-bodied flavor, it is guaranteed to warm you up on a wet day here in the North Left. It’s with this in mind that I decided to give the Port Royal Stout from the 7 Seas Brewery in Gig Harbor, WA a try. I needed something warm and heavy to cozy up to as I caught a couple of Spring Training games on TV, and the Port Royal Stout seemed like the perfect companion. Let’s take a closer look at the brew.

THE BEER:

The Port Royal Export Stout is a “Foreign Export Style” Stout. It combines seven different malt varieties into a collage of flavors that will surely tickle your taste buds. The result of this ménage is a serious helping of dark chocolate, espresso and roasted barley. For Hops, you get treated to Nugget and Mt. Hood varieties, producing a nice floral bouquet, with just a dash of bitterness. It balances perfectly, producing a dark and forbidding ale. It is the perfect companion for a drizzly Northwest afternoon.

7 Seas recommends that it is paired with a Snickers bar, to truly compliment the dark chocolate overtones.

THE STATS:

Original Gravity: 16.7 Plato
Terminal Gravity: 3.25-3.75 Plato
Alcohol by Volume: 6.8%
IBUs: Approximately 40

AVAILABILITY:

1/2-gallon growlers filled at the Tap Room
On tap at various fine establishments
Kegs - limited availability

THE BREWERY:

In 2008, two gentlemen by the names of Travis Guterson and Mike Runion sought to open a brewery that focused on innovation, a well-crafted product and a strong commitment to the environment. The results were The 7 Seas Brewery, and since then, few can argue that they have cracked the code on producing some truly fantastic beer.

Although the original location was the victim of a horrible fire, they have since relocated to an awesome 3000 square foot building in the heart of the Harbor. Since that relocation, it has been nothing but success for these two visionaries.

The 7 Seas ultimate mission has always been to provide their patrons with the “proper pint”. We’re not talking about your run of the mill craft beer, but instead a truly inspiring pint of beer that will keep patrons returning over and over again. In this capacity, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. If you build it right…they will come.

Their mission is clear; “to create a beer that strikes a perfect harmony between all it’s variables, including, but not limited to; appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, malt complexity and hop flavor/bitterness”.

SUCCESS!!!

At 7 Seas, you get your beer in a can instead of a bottle. This is due to the fact that cans protect beer better from the sunlight, unlike clear bottles. Cans are simply a better way to package beer if freshness is your goal. They’re also easier to recycle, which is a prime concern for this environmentally friendly brewery.

STEWARDSHIP:

7 Seas are a truly GREEN Brewery. Their efforts include:

-       Reducing their carbon footprint through efficient operations
-       Responsible packaging and recycling
-       Recycling spent grain by sending it to local farmers as livestock feed
-       Minimizing waste and encouraging patrons to do the same

THE WEBSITE:


THE REVIEW:

It is no secret that I love a good Stout. There is just something about how heavy it feels that makes it a wonderful brew to sip on a cold, wet, winters day. I was really looking forward to cracking the seal on this monster of a brew. As recommended, I paired it with a couple of fun-size snickers, and settled in for the review. The pour was slick and thick, producing a nice, full, sweet-scented head. In fact, the sweetness was a little overpowering, but I forged on. The first sip immediately hit me with those dark chocolate overtones, along with sweet espresso flavors. Overall, this was a great beer. The only problem that I had with it was that it might have been a little too sweet. I sampled it with the Snickers and without, and I can truly say that if you like your brew on the sweet side, then stick with the candy bar. But if you like your beer bitter, then avoid the Snickers. It is just too much sweetness for beer.

THE RATING:

8.5/10 – WITHOUT the Snickers
7.5/10 – WITH the Snickers


Stone to Distribute Saint Archer Beers

SAN DIEGO—Saint Archer Brewing Co. has formed a distribution partnership with Stone Distributing, a division of the North County San Diego-based Stone Brewing Co.

Saint Archer Brewing Co., set to launch in April, will be distributed exclusively by the premiere craft beer powerhouse Stone Distributing throughout Southern California. Saint Archer will be launching with a blonde Ale, a pale Ale, and an IPA.  All three of these styles will be packaged in 12oz bottles, 22oz bottles, and kegs.

Stone Distributing’s 49 sales reps in the territory will be selling the Saint Archer line of beers to restaurants, bars, retailers, chain, and grocery stores. Assisting in this effort will be a Saint Archer sales team who will be coordinating sales strategies, events, festivals, and promotions.

“The decision to put the Saint Archer brand in the hands of Stone Distributing was an easy one.  They are the best craft beer distributor in the business and understand what is required to properly penetrate and maintain the craft beer market,” said Josh Landan Saint Archer founder and president.

“Stone Distributing is thrilled to be working with Saint Archer Brewing Company. While there may be a number of new entrants in the craft beer world, it is rarer, in our experience, to find one with the fantastic beer, considerable talent and unique vision that Saint Archer possesses.  We look forward to helping them achieve their ambitious goals!” stated Steve Wagner, co-founder and president of Stone Brewing Co.

Twin Sisters Double IPA: Double the hops AND the malt

(LONGMONT, CO) – There are two sides to every story…a notion that is not lost on Left Hand’s Twin Sisters Double IPA. Inspired by the sacred mountain range to the West of the Longmont brewery, the Twin Sisters are a pair of breathtaking peaks, ascending 11,428’ into the rocky mountain skyline. Left Hand’s Double IPA offering is an expression of duality, showcasing the complexity of the ingredients, yet harmonious balance of the hops & malts.

A literal hop farm with twice the amount of hops as most IPAs, Twin Sisters grabs your nose upfront with its sweet pine and citrusy aromas. Flinty hop flavors take you from dreaming about wildflower honey to the tongue awakening Earthy, bitter hop resins that swirl in to finish. Balanced with a robust, earthy backbone, Twin Sisters is incredibly drinkable and approachable for a double IPA – a signature of Left Hand Brewing Company’s style.

We take such pride in our Double IPA, we’re going to shout it from the mountain tops – literally.  The Left Hand sales team will be paying homage to the Twin Sisters by scaling the 11,428’ peaks this summer! “Here at Left Hand, we always say that we’re more than just a brewery – we’re a part of the community. Respecting our local heritage and being in touch with our home state is a big part of that.” comments Chris Lennert, VP of Operations.

Twin Sisters will be available in Left Hand’s 26 state distribution. Twin Sisters will be packaged in 22 ounce bottles and kegs. The biannual beer will not be brewed again till 2015.

 

Contact Info

 
Company: Left Hand Brewing Company
Contact: Emily Armstrong
E-mail: emily@lefthandbrewing.com

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Advance Tickets to FredFest Now Available

PORTLAND, OR.—Tickets for FredFest 2013, a birthday celebration for beer writer Fred Eckhardt, are now on sale.

The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 5 from 2-6 p.m. at Hair of the Dog Brewing Co.

The event, which always sells out, is highly anticipated in the craft beer community, with fans flocking from across the country to attend and pay homage to Eckhardt, who turns 87 on May 10.

What started as a surprise 80th birthday party for the world-renowned Portland beer writer, FredFest has become a significant fundraiser for the nonprofit organizations of Eckhardt’s choice—a different one each year. Eckhardt has selected the American Diabetes Association Oregon/SW Washington chapter and the Hair of the Dog house charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind, as this year’s official fundraising recipients. The event is all volunteer-driven, which means that 100 percent of this year’s proceeds from FredFest will be donated to both of those charitable organizations. Dubbed “the littlest big-beer festival in the world—or at least in Portalnd,” FredFest has raised upwards of $100,000 for Eckhardt’s selected nonprofits.

In a quest to answer the timeless question: “What Would Fred Drink?” lucky Fred fans and brewers will gather at the Hair of the Dog, where they will be treated not only to a rare assortment of hand-selected beers, but also light fare—and, of course, birthday cake, complete with a round of the “Happy Birthday” song for Fred. Cheeses, chocolate, candy and even cereal will be offered in abundance so attendees can experience some of Fred’s more infamous beer-and-food pairings.

Tickets are $75 advance only. The price of admission also includes a souvenir glass, free ticket for a raffle (more raffle tickets available at FredFest), plus four hours of sampling, sipping, singing and storytelling with the inimitable Fred.


The Lost Abbey announces their newest beer “Sede Vacante”

San Marcos, CA, — Inspired by the shroud of mystery that envelopes the Vatican City during the Papal Conclave, The Lost Abbey presents their newest creation, Sede Vacante (SEH-deh vah-CAHN-teh). Created from a cloak and dagger blend of variously aged barrels previously stored in the catacombs of the brewery, Sede Vacante is a marvel of equal parts flavor and mystery. The creation of the beer itself was veiled in secrecy; the formulation written on black papyrus was burned soon after completion. An extremely limited amount of bottles, likely less than 100 cases, will be available beginning March 23rd. With its small-batch size, Sede Vacante’s lore will only be intensified by its fleeting availability.

“It’s not very often we get to fete the arrival of a new Pontiff” said Tomme Arthur, Director of Brewery Operations at The Lost Abbey. “We felt this was an exceptional event worthy of a new release from our Lost Abbey Barrel Program.”

Sede Vacante is a blend of Barleywine aged in Cognac barrels and Brandy barrel-aged Angel’s Share and at packaging came in at 15% abv. A contemplative beer with substantial depth, Sede Vacante imparts tones of dark fruit and vanilla, with a warming finish from the Cognac. The strongest beer to emerge from The Lost Abbey, portions of the beer spent almost 5 years in a barrel. Sede Vacante can be enjoyed immediately or cellared till the next Papal Conclave, however long that may be.

It’s been over 500 years since the last time a pope resigned, Pope Gregory XIII in 1415, and in accordance with Vatican Law, Sede Vacante (from Latin meaning “vacant seat”) occurs. Without a leader of the Holy See, Sede Vacante becomes a period of reflection of the prior Pope and joy and excitement for the selection of a new head of state for the Vatican City.

The artwork for Sede Vacante, as with all Lost Abbey bottles, was done by local artist Sean Dominguez and focuses on the image of an empty gilded chair illuminated from above and the assembly of Cardinals looking to fill the void.

Sede Vacante took full advantage of The Lost Abbey’s extensive oak-aging barrel program. “Cognac barrels were chosen for their complexity and depth, helping lend flavors of intensely ripe fruit and some essence of black strap molasses” said Gwen Conley, Director of Production and Quality Assurance. “The flavors derived from the Cognac barrels gave the beer its elegance and darkness worthy of the empty Vatican seat”

With over 850 barrels in the Oak-Aging Barrel program, unique and small-batch permutations have been possible and produced some of The Lost Abbey’s more sought after beer such as Cuvee De Tomme, The Veritas Series, Duck Duck Gooze and many others.

Sede Vacante will be sold on a limited basis for $35 per 750 ml cork finished bottle at the Port Brewing / Lost Abbey Brewery in San Marcos. Because of the limited amount, bottles will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis, with the on-sale beginning March 23rd at 10am.

About Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey

Founded in 2006, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey produces an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewer has garnered dozens of awards in its seven year history including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year and the 2008 world Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors and bold boundary-pushing styles. For more information, contact Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, telephone (800) 918-6816, and on the web at www.LostAbbey.com

 

Contact Info

 
Company: Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey
Contact: Adam Martinez
E-mail: adam.martinez@lostabbey.com

 

Karl Strauss Introduces New Cask Inspired Series with Barrel-Aged Wreck Alley

San Diego, CA – March 12, 2013– Karl Strauss Brewing Company is introducing a new line-up of 22 oz. bombers dubbed internally as the Cask Series.  The first beer to debut in this series is a bourbon barrel-aged version of Wreck Alley Imperial Stout.  The company has been at the forefront of cask-conditioned ales in San Diego and hosts weekly cask tappings at each of its brewery restaurants.  The cask program has allowed the brewers to flex their creativity and create truly unique, one-time-only offerings.  The new cask-inspired series was born out of demand from customers to bottle favorite versions of beers that first debuted on cask.

“The cask program offers us the ability to experiment with flavor profiles and ingredients on a weekly basis,” says Paul Segura, Brewmaster, Karl Strauss Brewing Company.  “We’ve come up with some really innovative recipes like Big Barrel with fresh green chilies, Red Trolley with Grand Marnier orange peels, and several versions of oaked Wreck Alley.  It’s fun to push the envelope and see fans come out for their favorites each week.”   The bottled Cask Series will capture the pioneering spirit of the weekly cask program and offer fans across the state the chance to try these small-batch offerings.

Batch #1 in the cask-inspired series is an unblended barrel-aged Wreck Alley Imperial Stout.  Wreck Alley was introduced to Karl’s Imperial Collection last year and instantly became a fan favorite.  This rich imperial stout is brewed with cold-steeped, locally roasted Ethiopian coffee from Bird Rock Roasters and Peruvian cocoa nibs from TCHO Chocolate Company in San Francisco.  Wreck Alley’s creamy mouthfeel and bold coffee flavors make it an excellent choice for cask conditioning with bourbon-soaked oak chips.  The popularity of the oaked Wreck Alley casks compelled the brewers to purchase more than 50 Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels to recreate the flavor profiles of this beer on a larger scale.

This limited-edition recipe matured in American oak barrels for three months.  The final result is a complex imperial stout with pronounced vanilla, espresso, and toasted oak with hints of bourbon and dark chocolate.  Only 400 cases of Batch #1 will be available across California in March.  For more information on Karl Strauss’ cask-inspired series, visit www.karlstrauss.com.  Share it. Cheers.

Specs:
10% ABV
50 IBU
100 SRM

Bottle Copy:

Barrel-Aged Wreck Alley Imperial Stout: Batch #1 – March, 2013

When we tasted the first batch of Wreck Alley Imperial Stout, we knew barrel-aged versions were in the cards. The only questions were when and how often? Batch #1 answers the first question, and as for Batch #2, you’ll just have to wait and see. Brewed with the same darkly-kilned malts, cocoa nibs, and Ethiopian coffee beans, Batch #1 was aged three months in American oak bourbon barrels. The resulting brew is a dark, unblended, and richly flavored union of dark chocolate, espresso, bourbon, and toasted oak. Grab a bottle while you can, this limited release won’t be around for long.

About Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the San Diego beer scene since 1989 with innovative beer releases and award-winning favorites like Red Trolley Ale and Tower 10 IPA.  The company took home 23 medals in 2012 and is currently ranked #44 on the list of the country’s top craft breweries with sole distribution in California.  2013 is on pace to be another exciting year of double-digit sales growth, with the brewery opening to the public this spring and a new brewery restaurant slated for summer.  For more information visit www.karlstrauss.com or call the brewery at (858) 273-2739.  Share it. Cheers.

 

Contact Info

 
Company: Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Contact: Melody Daversa
E-mail: Melody@karlstrauss.com