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24 March 2017


Stone Brewing Reflects on the Purity of Purpose in Brewing with Reclaimed Water

imageFrom Stone:

ESCONDIDO, CA (March 24, 2017) – Here at Stone Brewing, we’ve been getting a few questions…and a virtual tsunami of media that’s taken a healthy dose of creative liberty…about Stone Full Circle Pale Ale, a beer we brewed with purified reclaimed water to help promote @PureWaterSD at an event last week. We were honored to participate and wanted to make the story of this awesome beer a bit more clear.

Many of the press reports have been laughably inaccurate.  We get the need to write a misleading headline in order to provide clickbait, but freely making up ‘facts’ is a bit much. That behavior should be reserved for politics.
The facts:

  • The bottles, cans or kegs of Stone Brewing beer in your fridge or on tap at your local bar were not brewed with reclaimed water.  Not yesterday, not today, and not anywhere in the foreseeable future.  Unfortunately, but it is what it is.
  • The only beer we brewed with reclaimed water -- Stone Full Circle Pale Ale -- was brewed specifically for, and available exclusively at, the Pure Stone event held on March 16 at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station.
    • It is no longer available.  It was consumed in a few hours by politicians and VIPs.  Sorry, it was not available to the public.  It was a demonstration of responsible water usage in frequently drought-stricken Southern California.
  • The reclaimed water we used in Stone Full Circle Pale Ale was:
    • Cleaner than normal tap water.
    • Allows for a more reliable source of supply.
    • Benefits the environment and community.
    • Reinforces Stone Brewing’s commitments to sustainability and the community.
  • No, we are not brewing any of our other beers with reclaimed water. Yes, we said that just three bullet points earlier, but we realize that we live in a short attention span society. OMG. LOL.
  • The safe and proven technology is intended to replace up to a third of San Diego’s water with recycled water by 2035.  This puts San Diego solidly in the middle of the pack.  Using this technology is nothing new.  It’s used by regions all over the US, and all over the world.  Don’t worry, journalists using creative-yet-largely-inaccurate headlines and made-up facts in news reports also places them solidly in the middle of the pack as well.  LOL (again).  Sad (the standard of our national discourse…but that’s another story!).
  • Our neighbors to the north in Orange County, CA are far ahead of us, and currently using a similar system for their every day drinking water. Bully for them.  They’re setting a good standard for responsibility and what can be done when the community pulls their head out of their…well, you know.
  • The Stone Full Circle Pale Ale was really, really good. So is the rest of our non-reclaimed-water beer we make.
  • For the umpteenth time, our name is Stone Brewing, NOT Stone Brewery.  Sheesh already.
We appreciate all the support we’ve received over the past week and especially enjoyed the media and our fans’, ahem, colorful sense of humor. No, really.  A couple of them are actually clever and well written.  We loved James Corden’s take on the whole matter here (skip ahead to 2:40), but we are just a little offended that he would suggest we’d ever make a light lager… asparagus or otherwise!


Smuttynose S’Muttonator Returns As Part Of The New Heritage Series

imageWe bought you a peek, and now the full details from Smuttynose:

First Rhye IPA, now S’Muttonator. It’s the week of comebacks.  After our Rhye IPA’s return as a year-round beer, another one of our favorites makes its re-entry into the fold. S’Muttonator Double Bock will be available for a limited time in four-packs and draft as part of our new Heritage Beers series. Look for it March 30th wherever Smuttynose beers are sold.

S'Muttonator Double Bock

“After nearly twenty-five years and hundreds of different brews, we wanted to celebrate some of our favorites,” said Smuttynose Brewing Company founder and President Peter Egelston.  “S’Muttonator has been one of our most popular beers for years, so making it the first entry into our Heritage Series was a logical choice.”

The decoction brewing process is what makes S’Muttonator so unique.  Decoction involves removing portions of the grain, heating it separately, and adding it back to the mix. S’Muttonator, twice-decocted and named with the “‘ator” moniker, is a nod to double bocks around the world.  Decocting, while time-consuming, is what ultimately gives double bocks their unique, high-quality flavor. S’Muttonator offers a nutty, toffee flavor with a smooth backbone, a hallmark of double bocks.

S’Muttonator Returns, Heritage Series Begins

S’Muttonator’s return is awesome, but we’re probably even more excited about the new Heritage Series.  We’ve brewed so many different beers over the years, and we wanted to bring back our favorites.  So, retired year-round beers, discontinued seasonal, or even one-off from our Big Beer series? The Heritage Series makes every past beer fair game.----

Look for a new beer every quarter under the Heritage Series.  You never know what we’ll decide to bring back, so keep your eyes peeled, and most definitely keep drinking Smuttynose.


Goose Island & Beryl’s Brewing Collaborate On Des Cousines (Video)

From Goose Island:

Goose Island collaborated with Beryl's Beer Co. for Denver’s Collab Fest. Several Goose brewers went to brewing school with Beryl's Beer folks and one thing led to another - A collab blend was born! Not without several iterations and versions, of course.
The beer is a 50/50 blend by volume. Goose’s Sour Sisters paired up with the tart ladies of Beryl’s. The end result was dubbed 'Des Cousines' - That’s female cousins in French.
The beer is a tart, fruit forward beer with hints of funk. Oh, and it's perfectly crushable with layers of complexity.
If you're going to be at Collab Fest this weekend, we'd love to chat and share our collab blend with you!


Urban Chestnut Releasing Urban Underdog Cans

imageFrom Urban Chestnut:

Urban Underdog, St. Louis’ unexpected American Lager, will be available on March 24th in lidless, 16 oz. cans at a handful of bars and restaurants in the City of Saint Louis! The American Lager, once-upon-a-time the workhorse beer in American breweries everywhere, isn’t necessarily the ‘darling’ of the modern beer scene. But not to be overlooked, our community at UCBC thinks this crisp, refreshing, ‘limited’ release beer will earn your adoration… After all, everyone loves an underdog.

To celebrate the “release” of The Dog, we’ve planned a week of events featuring our Urban Underdog cans! Please join us:

Friday 3/24 at
Amsterdam Tavern for the World Cup Qualifier (game at 9:30 p.m.). UU special begins at 5 p.m.
Saturday 3/25 at
Hi-Pointe Drive-In for UU, hot dog, and burger specials PLUS dog adoptions from noon to 4 p.m.
Sunday 3/26 at
Southtown Pub for UU special and We Are Live! broadcast starting at 2 p.m.
AND bring your pups to
Tamm Avenue Grill from 1-5 p.m. for UU special (proceeds benefit Home to Home)
Tuesday 3/28 at
Tick Tock Tavern featuring UU special and live music by Sharon Hazel from 5-8 p.m.
Wednesday 3/29 for a Grove Pub Crawl and UU specials (schedule as follows):

The Monocle 4-4:30 p.m.
O’Shay’s Pub 4:30-5 p.m.
Layla 5-5:30 p.m.
Sauce on the Side 5:30 -6 p.m.
The Gramophone 6-7 p.m.
TBD 7-7:30 p.m.
The Ready Room 7:30- 8 p.m.
Atomic Cowboy 8-9 p.m.
HandleBar 9 p.m. on.

Friday 3/31 on the Grove Brewery & Bierhall east lawn will be our first
Dog Day Friday of 2017. Bring your family and furry friends! Dog Day Friday will feature cold UCBC cans (including Urban Underdog), live music, and grilled hot dogs & brats!----
Look for Urban Underdog in bars and restaurants throughout St. Louis City!


Double Mountain Brewery Introduces Reusable Bottle Program

imageFrom Double Mountain:

The Double Mountain Program: Since 2013, our unique half liter bottles are made of thick walled glass, allowing them to be cleaned and reused many times. Empty bottles can be returned to the brewery, where they are cleaned, sanitized and refilled with beer. Reusable bottles are used across the globe as the most environmentally sustainable packaging for beverages. According to the 2012 Beverage Industry Environmental Round Table Report the carbon footprint of manufacturing, recycling and distribution of multiple use refillable glass bottles use 4 times less carbon than recycled (one-way) glass and 7 times less carbon than aluminum cans.

“We are excited to be a part of this bold environmentally sustainable program. Oregon is the perfect place to expand our current refillable bottle system and bring in more breweries to do the right thing.” Matt Swihart, Brewmaster

Thursday March 23rd 2017: In an ongoing effort to continue and expand our reusable bottle program, we have teamed up with Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative (OBRC) to collect Double Mountain bottles. Our combined efforts will increase collection capabilities by having several bottle drop redemption centers in addition to Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom locations, growing the return percentage of our bottles and softening the environmental impact. “Beer enthusiasts in Oregon know and care about the environment. Double Mountain and OBRC are embracing a reusable/refillable beer bottle that is the most sustainable way to drink great craft beer,” says Master Brewer Matt Swihart


Epic Introducing 4 Limited Release Beers to Sour Your Spring

imageFrom Epic:

Epic Brewing’s mad fermentationists are at it again, and this time their evil plan is to sour your spring!

They have been plotting with their “bugs” all winter and starting this April they will unleash four sour

beers in 40 days. Three of the four will come from the Oak and Orchard Series, and one is the return of

the Sour Brainless On Peaches, our most ruthless version of this beer yet!

Oak and Orchard Syrah, Release No. 2,

~8.5% ABV, 661 cases- This time around we

went with a little less funk and a lot more fruit.

We loaded one of our Napa Valley foeders with

our sour saison and so much blueberry,

boysenberry and black currant that it was

practically bursting at the seams, resulting in a

beer that explodes with huge, fruity, wine-like

notes. Available starting the first week of April

with a release in Salt Lake City on April 14.

Oak and Orchard Dark Sour with Plum,

Release No. 2, 654 cases, ~7.5% ABV - The

second packaging of this trip to the dark side is

finally being released beyond the breweries’ walls. This Dark Sour has spent most of it life brooding in retired

whiskey barrels before being finished with plum puree. Aromas of dark fruit, plum and fig fade into faint notes of

earthy funk. Hitting markets around the country the second week of April.

Oak and Orchard Pinot, Release No. 2, 650 cases, ~8.5% ABV - this is the second release of this extremely

limited sour. This sour saison was fruited to mimic Pinot Noir (with blueberry, boysenberry, cranberry strawberry,

plum) and aged in oak for months until it reached the peak of puckering perfection. Available at the end of April.

Sour Brainless on Peaches, Release No. 3, 800 cases, ~7.5% ABV - She smells like a peach, but packs a cruel,

puckering punch! This is our most sour version of this beer yet, but it still retains beautiful notes of peach skin,

citrus and a dose of barnyard funk. Available in the beginning of May.

We also have big news! We have added another two foeders to the family, which brings it to a total of

14 vessels and more than 1,000 BBL of total foeder capacity. When combined with the 3000-plus

individual oak casks in our barrel-aging warehouses that makes us one of the largest wood-aged beer

producers in the West. These new, 68 BBL wooden beasts were recently retired from Heitz Cellars in

Napa Valley. This all means larger and more frequent releases of these unique beers are on their way!


Brooklyn Adding Kiwi’s Playhouse Sour Ale

imageI love the name and you can insert your own “I know you are but what am I?”  This is Kiwi’s Playhouse and it is the Q2 2017 release for the Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment series of beers.  This beer is a “zesty” sour ale oak-aged on fresh Kiwi and it will be packaged in 750ml bottles.  Look for Kiwi’s Playhouse to ride in at 7.5%-AbV and stay tuned here for a release date.image


Bear Republic® Fastback Racer Double IPA™ Added to Seasonal Lineup

imageFrom Bear Republic:

Sonoma County, CA (March 24, 2017)—Making its debut in bottles next month, Fastback Racer will be hitting the shelves in April for a limited time only.

A Double IPA with full-throttle hoppiness, this beer is packed with intense bitterness and massive hop additions of Citra and Ekuanot.

Brewmaster and COO, Richard G. Norgrove, states “Fastback has quickly become one of our favorites and we are thrilled for it to make its debut as part of Bear Republic’s Double IPA series.”

This giant of a beer is revved to the limit on a chassis of Rye, Munich, and light caramel malts. Extremely hop forward and drinkable, the tropical and citrusy notes of this beer shine through.

Pairing well with spicy and savory dishes, it makes the ideal companion for your meal. Additionally, cheeses such as aged cheddar, blue cheese, and goat cheese provide a wonderful balance.

Fastback Racer is available for a limited time in draft, 6-packs, and 22 oz. bottles.

Fastback Racer will be available on tap at Bear Republic’s brewpub in Healdsburg, California on Friday, March 31, beginning at 4:00 pm.


From 4:00-7:00 pm, join the team for a release event in the Bear Republic courtyard.

Bear Republic Brewpub Courtyard

345 Healdsburg Avenue

Healdsburg, California 95448

Entrance Fee: Free


– Six-packs and 22 oz. bottles available for purchase at the event only, available after 7:00 pm at the bar.

– Lamb, Cajun, and Bratwurst sausages made with Fastback Racer.

– One tasting sample of Fastback Racer per person.

– Commemorative Bear Republic tasting glass.

– Live music from II Big, weather permitting.

– Bear Republic merchandise available for purchase.

– PLUS information on upcoming specialty releases and opportunities!

Beginning April 1, find Fastback Racer near you! Visit www.bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker.

Beer Stats:
ABV: 10.4% – IBUs: 100+ – Color: Golden – Double India Pale Ale

Tasting Notes:
Pairing Suggestions: Spicy Foods, Savory Dishes, Poultry and Pork Dishes, BBQ Pork Ribs, Honey Glazed Ham, Orange Chicken, Cheesecake, Soft Pungent Cheeses, Aged Cheddar, Blue Cheese, Goat Cheese

Overall: Fastback Racer is a tremendously bitter and hoppy Double IPA. When you drink, tropical and citrus flavor and aroma from the use of Citra and Ekuanot are apparent. You will notice light rye and caramel characteristics present from the use of the malt.


Pelican Brewing - Doryman’s Dark Ale 21st Birthday Commemorative Beer

imageHappy 21st Birthday to Pelican Brewing...to celebrate the occasion they will be re-releasing an early Pelican beer from 1996.  This is Doryman’s Dark Ale and it is an American brown ale and GABF medalist from 1999.  This beer will float in at 6.2%-AbV & 42 IBU and it will return in 22oz bottles.  Stay tuned for release details.


New Belgium Adding New Felix Aged In Apple Whiskey Barrels

Here we have yet another new (and unique) barrel aged beer coming to bottles from New Belgium Brewing.  This is Felix aged 14-months in Apple Whiskey Barrels from Leopold Brothers in Denver, CO.  This golden sour ale will hit 8.8%-AbV and it will be packaged in 750ml & 375ml bottles.  Stay tuned here for release details.


Bruery Terreux - Goses Are Red

This is Goses Are Red from Bruery Terreux in Placentia, CA.  This sour wheat ale is brewed with salt, coriander and grapes and the beer hits 5.3%-AbV.  This is the 750ml bottle and stay tuned for release details.


Bud Light Celebrates Lady Gaga With New LGBT Rainbow Commemorative Can & Lollapalooza Cans

imageOK all you little monsters...here’s a new commemorative can you’ll want to get your hands on.  This is Bud Light and this rainbow commemorative can celebrates Lady Gaga and in case you didn’t get the letter highlighting “LGBT.”  This is a 16oz can and the beer remains the same at 4.2%-AbV and 100 calories per 12oz serving.  We also have the Lollapalooza  2017 Bud Light aluminum bottle.


Hangar 24 Releasing 24 Blonde Ale 3/24

imageFrom Hangar 24:

We are super stoked to announce the newest addition to our core beer lineup, named "24".  24 is an important number here at Hangar 24.  Aside from working hard 24 hours a day to bring you great beer and being the hangar number that our beer was born in at Redlands Airport, 24 will now take on even more meaning.

This beer has exceptional meaning to our brand and culture and epitomizes the spirit of Hangar 24. Community, friends and passion rolled into a brilliantly clear Blonde Ale that has a slight malty nose and a clean, straightforward finish. Brewed with Hallertauer hops for a hint of bitterness, this beer is well-balanced and ideal for any occasion.

If you are seeing this, you are a part of the Hangar 24 Community and we would love it if you would share this event with your friends, family and any stranger who will listen. This will be an extraordinary celebration with an extraordinary beer and we want to share it with the world! Hope to see you all there… Cheers!

Redlands Release Party TONIGHT

Please come celebrate and enjoy with us today at the Taproom!

  • Live music from 4-10pm
  • “24” Official merchandise 
  • Packaged 6-pack and cases available for purchase 
  • First 100 guests on March 24th who purchase a growler or crowler filled with “24” will receive a free “24” branded t-shirt

  • You will start seeing 24 in stores this weekend!

    24 Is available in 12 ounce bottles in both 6-packs and 12-packs and on draft,
    with 12 and 16 ounce cans coming soon!


Jack’s Abby - Blood Orange Leisure Time

imageJack’s Abby is jumping into the fruited category with this exciting new beer.  This is Blood Orange Leisure Time and it is the Leisure Time wheat lager with blood orange and Hibiscus added.  This beer hits 4.8%-AbV and this appears to be a 12oz can.  Stay tuned here for more details.


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