Upper Hand Brewing Announces 1st Three Beers - Escabana Black Beer, Upper Hand Lager & UPA Coming Soon

18 September 2014

From Upper Hand Brewing:

FIRST LOOK: Labels and packaging for our first 3 beers - UPA – Upper Peninsula Ale, Escanaba Black Beer and Upper Hand Lager.  Thank you everyone - we are so excited to share these beers with everyone and wholeheartedly appreciate your incredible enthusiasm and support. We'll get availability info out as soon as we can - we still need to finish installing some equipment first. And then when the beer is flowing, we can start scheduling tastings!


Four New Beers Coming From New Belgium

From New Belgium:

Pumpkick Spiced Seasonal Ale is back this year as a special release and loaded with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and plenty of pumpkin juice. But it's the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing

Find Pumpkick near you

Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour Ale brings the New Belgium terroir to your tastebuds. It's limited, so find it before it's gone.

Just like

New Belgium + Perennial, chocolate and beer pair well. Get emailed when Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout hits your town.


Go around the world in 80 IBUs with Hop the Pond Double IPA, our latest Hop Kitchen release. Find it without leaving the country.


Boulevard Takes Over Philadelphia Oct 6th-Oct 11th

From Boulevard:

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Boulevard Brewing Company is proud to present, On the Boulevard, an amazing week of specialty beer tastings and events throughout the Greater Philadelphia area beginning on Monday, October 6 and running through Saturday, October 11. Boulevard ambassadors will be making the trek from Kansas City for this weeklong celebration of great craft beer and tasty barbecue.

Boulevard, in partnership with Muller, Inc., a finalist for 2014 Craft Beer Distributor of the Year, entered the Philadelphia market in September. Boulevard will be pouring samples from their core family of beers and selected offerings from their award-winning Smokestack Series. Featured beers, available in bottles and on draft, may include: Unfiltered Wheat Beer, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, Pop-Up Session IPA and Single-Wide IPA, as well as Smokestack Series favorites, such as Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Double-Wide IPA. Beer tastings and events are scheduled throughout the city and Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. 

Keep the conversation going on Twitter using #ShareTheLove

and by following @Boulevard_Beer


Troegs Releasing Scratch # 160 Belgian Saison & #161 Fresh Hop Ale Today

imageFrom Troegs:

We're releasing TWO Scratch Beers today! The first is Scratch 160, a Belgian Style Saison brewed with rye, wheat, French saison yeast and an experimental hop variety originating from the American Dwarf Hop Association known as ADHA Experimental 871. ABV is 6.7% and IBU is 20. Draft and growler fills only.

Today's second release is Scratch 161, the first of two Fresh Hop Ales we will release this season. This particular batch was brewed with regionally sourced fresh (wet) Cascade and Chinook hops from Black Locust Farm in Northern Baltimore County, MD as well as local PA honey. ABV is 8.1% and IBU is 79. Available in cases, 6-packs, singles, draft and growler fills.


Troegs - Nugget Nectar 2015 Coming To 16oz Cans!

Here’s your breaking craft beer news of the day.  You’ll see this elsewhere in a few days so remember where you saw it first!  Troegs classic (and my favorite Troegs beer) Nugget Nectar will be coming to 16oz cans for 2015.  This Imperial Amber packaging looks great and the beer will remain at 7.5% ABV! I expect we’ll see these in the Jab/Feb timeframe in 4-Packs.


North Slope Brewing Coming To Dallas, PA - UPDATE

We brought you the news of the NEW North Slope Brewing and that it would be opening in the former Dough Company building on Rt. 309 in Dallas, PA.  Since that time I’ve been in touch with one of the owners and I have a few exciting updates to pass along.

The brewery is currently in the final design stages.  This process was delayed by the zoning hearings but they HAVE gained zoning approval.  Renovations are scheduled  to begin in mid-October and the space will have a unique “

urban industrial meets farm” look.  The brewers are currently working on several types of beers including a session beer, some hop-forward imperials, and some Belgian style ales as well as some very small batch one-of-a-kind sours, wet-hop beers and locally sourced hard dry ciders.


As things progress further I’ll certainly being you the latest updates from the North Slope so stay tuned.  Their Facebook Page is here and their website is here.


Boulevard Beer Bulletin: Oatmeal Stout (Video)

From Boulevard


New Belgium CEO Kim Jordan Named One of the Most Innovative Women In Food & Drink

From New Belgium:

That's right, our very own Kim Jordan was recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the most innovative women in food and drink. We think that's pretty cool.

You know what else is pretty cool? Kim Jordan. She co-founded New Belgium Brewing in 1991, and is responsible for a whole lot of things associated with our company. 100 percent employee ownership? It wouldn't be possible without her. An emphasis on sustainable practices? Yup, that goes to Kim as well. Socially responsible business dealings? Again, Kim.

She's pretty much fantastic, and I think all of us here at the brewery owe her a lot of thanks. So cheers to Kim, cheers to beer, and cheers to another 20 years of innovation.


Ground Breaker Brewing - New Beers & New Labels

image Exciting news from Ground Breaker Brewing (formerly knows as Harvester Brewing):

It was a big shock when we first heard we were going to have to change our name, but if it had to happen, it couldn’t have happened at a better time. We had just reached a milestone in recipe development, and were in the process of rolling out new recipes for our beers. To celebrate, we were also working on a new look for our labels.

The recipes we started with in 2011 were developed in the garage of our head of R&D, James Neumeister. They were great recipes and they got us started, but with gluten-free brewing still being in its infancy, we know that there are still many things to learn, ingredients to discover, and techniques to develop.

Since opening, we have heard from many people asking that we discontinue the use of certified gluten-free oats in our beers. Finding a suitable way to make good beer without oats was difficult, but never one to give up, James eventually found a solution. Lentils provide us with the proteins we need to maintain a nice head and carbonation without the avenin protein found in oats. The ability to roast lentils to different levels also provides us with another palette of flavors that wasn’t previously available to us.

Fast forward to the present, we are proud to announce that our new recipes are officially in production, and accompanying them are new labels with our new name, Ground Breaker. We’ve grown pretty fond of it, and hopefully so will you.

Pale Ale - The first beer we released and a favorite. It’s very special to us, so we changed little beyond the transition from oats to lentils. The addition of golden Belgian-style candi syrup helps make Pale Ale a consistently great beer.

Dark Ale - With this beer we are taking full advantage of the lentils by roasting them until they look like dark chocolate to bring additional depth to the roasty and chocolaty flavor of Dark Ale.

IPA No. 4 - Following a long series of ingredient studies, we have reworked IPA No. 2 into the new IPA No. 4. While the hops remain unchanged, the ingredient ratios of the sorghum, buckwheat, and lentils are significantly different, resulting in a smoother, less sharp beer that allows the 90 IBUs and heavy Crystal dry-hopping to shine through more than before.

IPA No. 5 - Our latest 60 IBU IPA borrows from our past IPAs and brings the best of what they offered together in one beer. Crystal hops bring classic pine and citrus notes while Santiam hops add hints of tropical and stone fruits. IPA No. 5 is brewed with chestnuts, lentils, and sorghum.

We hope you enjoy drinking them as much as we enjoy making them.


Cigar City Hunahpu’s Day Returns March 14th 2015

A little teaser and some great news coming out of Cigar City today.  Hunahpu’s Day will return on March 14th 2015.  Stay tuned for details.


Avery Pump[KY]n Coming 9/21 & Rumpkin 9/28

From Avery:

Pump[KY]n Avery Tap Room Release Party

Sunday, Sept 21 @ the Avery Tap Room

Presenting the newest member of our Annual Barrel Series!

What's in a name? Sometimes the simplest can be the most descriptive, and in this case, derisive and divisive! After much internal debate (ad nauseum! Bourb[KY]n, anyone?), we decided a single letter change was the best way to embody the bourbon barrel-aging that adds layers of complexity to an already exquisitely spiced pumpkin porter. 17.22% ALC/VOL

Bottle sales begin at 1pm. $12 per 12oz bottle, no bottle limit!

Rare beers on draft starting at 11am featuring Eremita VI, Khodynka, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar Imperial Stout, Bad Sally, and Papa Sour!

Rumpkin Avery Tap Room Release Party

Sunday, Sept 28 @ the Avery Tap Room


Batch No. 4

A monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, aged in fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. 16.73% ALC/VOL

Bottle sales begin at 1pm. $12 per 12oz bottle, no bottle limit!

Rare beers on draft at 11am.

Boulder, CO –

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This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release its latest session beer. At 17.22% ABV, perhaps it’s not a “session beer” by most standards, but for a brewery releasing 6 beers that are over 16% ABV within a period of 5 months, this is right up their alley.  
Pump[KY]n may be a huge beer, though Founder and CEO Adam Avery says that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to find a bunch of friends to split a bottle. “I try to just limit myself to one per drinking session. So I’d call it a sessionable beer…your session just ends quicker.”

Avery says beers of this gravity are as fun to drink as they are to make. “You can pour them into a glass and drink a different beer over the next hour as the beer warms.”

Pump[KY]n Bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter was spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves, and aged in fresh Bourbon barrels for 6 months. “We wanted to age a pumpkin beer in Bourbon barrels because we thought the vanilla and char flavors from the barrels would meld really well with the pumpkin and spices.”

Avery’s Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker decided to go big with the spices in this brew. “If you added this spice level to a 5% ABV beer, it’d be undrinkable. But with this beer, the high alcohol, residual sugar, specialty malts and flavors from the Bourbon barrels allowed us to get aggressive.”

When asked what is behind the unusual beer name, Avery said, “I wanted to call it Bourb[KY]n but everybody here shot it down for six months. I finally conceded because the [KY] already calls attention to the fact that it’s aged in Bourbon barrels, so ‘Bourb’ was redundant. Plus, it sounded like ‘burp’. Changing a few little letters makes all the difference.”

Pump[KY]n is the newest member of Avery’s Annual Barrel Series, which also includes Uncle Jacob’s Stout aged in Bourbon barrels, Rumpkin pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels, and Tweak coffee stout aged in Bourbon barrels. This year’s batch of Rumpkin will be released later this month, with Tweak following in November, and Uncle Jacob’s Stout being released early next year from Avery’s new brewery.

Pump[KY]n will debut on Sunday, September 21st at the Avery Tap Room in Boulder. The line party starts at 11am and will feature rare and exclusive beers on tap. Bottle sales begin at 1pm and will be sold for $12 each with no bottle limit. Avery is expanding its barrel-aging program ten-fold, which means Pump[KY]n will reach store shelves in CO, AR, AZ, CA, FL, IL, KS, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, OK, OR, PA , TX, VA, WA, WI, WY, and of course, KY.


Long Trail Brewing 25th Anniversary Time-lapse (Video)

From Long Trail:

An entire day of fun in just a minute and a half! Thanks to our amazing customers and fans for making our 25th Anniversary Party such a tremendous success. Here's to 25 more!


Coronado Brewing - Stupid Stout 2014

Today we get our first look at the 2014 packaging for Coronado Brewing Stupid Stout.  This Imperial Stout remains in 22oz bottles and at 9% ABV.  Look for an early Nov release.


Russia’s Oasis Beverage & TSG Partnering To Buy Pabst Brewing

From the Wall St Journal:

Russian brewer Oasis Beverages and TSG Consumer Partners LLC are partnering to buy Pabst Brewing Co., according to people familiar with the matter.

The deal values the maker of Pabst Blue Ribbon and other beers at somewhat less than $1 billion, one of the people said. Oasis will take a majority stake, while TSG will take a minority stake in the deal, which will be announced Thursday, the people said.

Consumer-products investor C. Dean Metropoulos & Co., Pabst's current owner, bought the company in 2010 from a charitable foundation for about $250 million. In addition to its namesake lager, Pabst Brewing owns a host of well-known American beer brands, including Schlitz, Colt 45 and Old Milwaukee. The company traces its roots to 1844.


Anderson Valley - The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose & NEW Blood Orange Gose Go Year-Round In Cans

From Anderson Valley Brewing:

Well, you asked for it, and we listened.The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose was first released in May and became an instant fan favorite. Brewed with salt and coriander, this tart and refreshing German-style sour wheat beer is fairly difficult to brew but it has become a labor of love for us.  Which is why we've decided to go year-round with TWO versions of this once forgotten style!  Coming in late October, we'll introduce our new Blood Orange Gose. Liberal additions of blood oranges during fermentation impart tangy citrus notes to complement the champagne-like flavors creating a complex and sessionable ale perfect for any occasion.  Look for it nationwide in 12oz cans and draft through February, with Holy Gose returning in March.  Now that's bahl hornin'!


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