The Alchemist Focal Banger & Holy Cow IPA Cans Coming 4/19

18 April 2014

From The Alchemist:

Our next ‘pop up’ truck sale will be this Saturday, April 19 at Pilgrim Park and Railroad Street in Waterbury (the old station lumber site; next to the train station).

We are going to begin a bit earlier this time around so that our sale coincides well with Lawson’s Finest Bottle Release which begins at 2pm.  Sean has informed us that he will begin handing out tickets at noon.

Our plan is to begin the sale at 9am; we should be done by 11am.  This will give beer tourists enough time to get through line and get to the Mad River Valley with plenty of time to spare.

Our previous two sales haves gone off without a hitch. The early arrivals have been very respectful of our neighbors. We have been successful with having most people park right across the tracks from the train station. This leaves us with a clear parking lot in which to get started on setting up the sale. When we are ready to begin the sale, we will once again lead you over to the start of the line.

Thank you for being so respectful to your fellow beer enthusiasts.

So, here is the lowdown on our upcoming sale:

holy_cow_logo-01People have been asking that we brew Holy Cow again, so here you go…

We will be selling Holy Cow IPA and Focal Bangermixed cases.  Limit is 1 case per person.  This case will include 3 four packs of each IPA.   The cost will be $75/case, tax and deposit included. Four-packs will also be available for $13. Limit 3 four-packs per person of each style. Please keep in mind, this will be a CASH ONLY sales event.

We will have more beer to sell than at any of our previous sales. We anticipate having about 350 mixed cases.  We will also have an additional 100 cases of Heady Topper to sell.

hcow_tcard_BACK_ver1Everyone will be allowed to purchase a full case of each until we run out.  Once you pass through the line with your initial purchase, you are welcome to get back in at the end of the line.  It is very likely that we will have additional cases to sell.

Once again, DJ Rekkon will be providing music and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters will be donating free coffee to make your wait in line more enjoyable.

We will be selling limited edition Holy Cow screenprints for $5.  We will also be selling our new DB tee shirts.

Profits from this sale will be going to the Waterbury-Duxbury Education Fund.  Through this fund, we are able to award scholarships to seniors graduating from Harwood Union High School.


Alaskan Brewing Adds Cans, Brewery Expansion MI & SD Distribution

From Alaskan Brewing:

Alaskan Brewing 

today announced the start of a facility expansion, the installation of a new beer canning line, and the beginning of distribution into South Dakota and Michigan.

“It’s a huge day for us here at Alaskan,” said co-founder Geoff Larson. “We have so much going on, and it is all focused on bringing our beer to new consumers, in new locations and in new packages – while taking care of all the loyal customers who have gotten us this far.”

The facility expansion broke ground this week, and will allow for Alaskan to join its two existing buildings together, in order to make more room for packaging and warehousing. Larson said it will also bring greater efficiency to operations, as forklifts will be used to move supplies and product instead of the current system of trucking beer between the two buildings.

The expansion will be conducted in two phases, with the first phase allowing for increased warehouse and production capacity completed by February 2015. The concept for the second phase will eventually allow for new retail space to expand the brewery’s gift shop and tasting room.

The new canning line installed in the past month was chosen with quality in mind, and reduces the amount of oxygen picked up during the canning process to the same level as the bottling line, which will continue to ensure the freshest tasting beer for Alaskan fans. In order to enter the growing beer can market, Alaskan bought a small filler and shoehorned it into a tight spot in the brewery between the existing bottling line and the packaging tanks.

“With our small warehouse and the addition of a new can line, it is so tight in our packaging areas right now that we are only going to be able to produce a limited amount of cans and will only be putting out Alaskan Amber and Freeride APA for our local Alaska market to start with,” said Plant Manager Curtis Holmes. “But we’re excited to be able to supply cans as an alternative package so people can continue to enjoy our beer on their outdoor Alaskan adventures.”

Holmes said that once the first phase building construction is finished, the plan is to move the canning line into the new building.

“With the larger warehouse we can then increase our production and supply cans to the rest of our markets,” Holmes said.

And those markets have expanded as well – with the addition this week of South Dakota and Michigan, making a total of 17 states where Alaskan is now available.

“We have been working on getting into these states for quite a while now, and we couldn’t be happier about our new distributor partners,” said Jon Blakley, Sales Operations Manager for Alaskan. “South Dakota connects our Midwest territory, and Michigan is a major new market for us – it’s the first state we have entered that operates on East Coast time! And Michigan beer drinkers are very knowledgeable, so we think our beer is going to do really well there.”

Gary Thompson of Powers Distributing in Detroit – part of the M1 Network of 11 distributors covering the entire state of Michigan – echoed those comments. “Alaskan is a brand that already has great name recognition, so we know there is a pent-up demand for their beer. This network is really excited to open the ‘Alaskan Pipeline!’  Alaskan is a highly regarded brewer and supplier and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

In South Dakota, Alaskan beer will be distributed through 4 distributor partners – Beal Distributing in Sioux Falls, Ellwein Distributing in Huron, Conkling Distributing in Yankton, and Eagle Sales in Rapid City and Chamberlain.

“Everything we do at Alaskan has one focus,” said Larson. “Whether it is expansion of the brewery, installing new packaging lines or choosing our distributor partners – it’s all about bringing the highest quality beer and a taste of Alaska to our fans.”



Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious Available Now

From Harpoon:

It all started as a friendly brewing competition among Harpoon employees. About 5 years ago, brewery staffers from every department were invited to brew a beer of their choosing and present it to their colleagues for a blind sampling and voting at the company’s annual gathering in Vermont. Each year the competition became more fierce and the entries more numerous and diverse. The Harpoon Kettle Cup was born. The winning beer would be brewed as a 100 Barrel Series beer – the Kettle Cup stakes had officially been raised. This year, out of nearly thirty entries, a grapefruit-infused pale ale sailed to a clear victory. The brewery is proud to introduce Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious.

Harpoon Citra Victorious, the 50th installment of the 100 Barrel Series, was brewed by Merrill Allen, Jessie Cox, Shannon Cudmore, Liz Melby, and Carolyn Orth, under the guidance of brewer Charlie Cummings. Citra hops provide a juicy citrus character while Chico yeast yields a fruity aroma in this grapefruit-infused pale ale. The combination of Maris Otter, Pale, and C60 malt adds depth and a touch of sweetness and gives the beer its rich bronze color and medium body. The finish is all citrus. Dry hopped with Citra and Cascade and loaded with 96 pounds of grapefruit peel, Harpoon Citra Victorious is easygoing with a momentous citrus kick.

The Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious is now available in 22 oz. bottles with limited draft availability. A video featuring Merrill, Jessie, Shannon, Liz, and Carolyn talking about their beer can be viewed at

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Citra Victorious Beer Specifications:
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.8%
IBUs: 45
Color: 24 EBC

Harpoon introduced the 100 Barrel Series in 2003 to showcase the individual brewing talents of its employees. Every couple months, a different Harpooner is invited to choose a style of beer, formulate the recipe, and brew the beer. That brewer’s signature can be found on the bottle label. The beers in the series are one-offs; they are brewed in limited batches and are available only until the batch sells out. Since the series began in May of 2003, 50 different styles of beer have been brewed. For a complete list of beers that have been released as part of the 100 Barrel Series, visit


New Belgium Brewing to Break Ground on East Coast Facility May 1 in Asheville, NC

New Belgium LogoFrom New Belgium:

Ft. Collins, Colo., April 17, 2014 - Going up! New Belgium Brewing is officially breaking ground and starting construction on its second brewery—a 133,000 SF brewery and tasting room. At full build out, New Belgium will brew 500,000 barrels annually and support upwards of 140 jobs. The groundbreaking includes a private ceremony on May 1 and a public celebration on May 2.

“Over the last two years, we’ve really enjoyed getting to know this community and we have developed strong partnerships with businesses, non-profits, government agencies and neighbors,” said New Belgium CEO and co-founder, Kim Jordan. “We’re investing in greenways and all these amazing programs that our partners have established. We’re grateful to be part of this city and for our partnerships, and are incredibly excited to get this off the ground.”
New Belgium’s brewery and Liquid Center (tasting room) location, an 18-acre site along the French Broad River in West Asheville, was designated as a brownfield site, having a history of uses that necessitated site clean-up prior to building. New Belgium worked with North Carolina’s brownfield program to invest in and remediate the site and improve the area.

“While brownfield remediation isn’t exactly sexy work, it was important to our employee owners to improve a site from an environmental perspective,” said Jay Richardson, New Belgium’s General Manager in Asheville. “We’re rounding the corner and it’s exciting to see the site taking shape. Starting in May, we’ll see buildings going up and things will really be transformed.”

The site has a rich history in the neighborhood with many different uses in the past, including an auto salvage shop and stockyard, a location for circus performances and even auctions. The buildings on the site provided New Belgium with materials to reuse in Asheville’s brewery and Liquid Center. Those materials include: steel trusses, pine and oak beams, barn doors, metal roofing and siding, and oak flooring.

“Rather than send thousands of pounds of materials to the landfill, we worked with a great local partner salvaging wood, sheet metal and other materials to repurpose for future use,” said Richardson. “We plan to reuse about 65-85% of those elements in the new buildings and plan to find a way to make the salvaged items we don’t use available to the community.”

New Belgium became 100% employee owned in January 2013 in anticipation of bringing on new employees in Asheville. With a 93% employee retention rate, new employees at the Asheville brewery, Liquid Center and distribution center can expect to make between $27,500 and $60,000 plus benefits.

In February 2014, New Belgium announced that it secured an industrial location in Buncombe County in Enka/Candler, NC, to build its East Coast Distribution Center. The 100,000 SF Distribution Center will be built concurrently with the brewery and liquid center, and will be ready for occupancy by fall 2015. The distribution center will have room for a future 40,000 SF expansion. When complete, beer packaged in Asheville will leave the Distribution Center for distribution in the eastern U.S..

Be part of the Celebration:
New Belgium Groundbreaking Celebration – Friday, May 2, 2014
with David Earl and the Plowshares

Location: The Grey Eagle in Asheville’s River Arts District
185 Clingman Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
Doors: 7:00 p.m.
Event: 8:00 p.m. All Ages
Tickets are free and are only available in person at the Grey Eagle or Harvest Records in West Asheville. Limit: 4 per person. Venue capacity: 550


Great Lakes / Cigar City - Wandering Pelican Black Lager

I’m excited to bring you the first peek at the Great Lakes / Cigar City Brewing co-brewed Wandering Pelican Black Lager.  This beer will be package din 22oz bottles and come in at 8.5% ABV.


Boulevard Love Child No 4

Here we have Boulevard Love Chile No 4.  This malt beverage with 50% aged in Whiskey barrels and 15% aged in Wine barrels will be packaged in 750ml bottles and come in at 8.8% ABV.


Troegs - Hop Knife Harvest Ale

It’s not much to see just yet, but here’s the keg label for the upcoming Troegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale.  Stay tuned for more.


Fort Collins - Out Of The Ashes Smoked IPA

Today we get to see the packaging for Fort Collins Brewing Out Of The Ashes Series Smoked IPA.  This release will also be packaged in 22oz bottles.


Free Will - Pixie’s Revenge

17 April 2014

Today we bring you Free Will Brewing Pixie’s Revenge.  This Belgian style Golden Ale is aged in Whiskey Barrels, it will be package din 750ml bottles and come in at 8.9% ABV.


Innis & Gunn - Scottish Pale Ale

Here we have the first look at Innis & Gunn Scottish Pale Ale.  This beer is a vibrant Scottish Pale ale with a “lively zesty hop character.”  Look for this seasonal edition to be packaged in 11.2oz bottles and come in at 7% ABV.


Cigar City - Leon Brandy Barrel-Aged Barleywine

Here’s Cigar City Leon.  This barleywine is aged in Brandy Barrels, it will be packaged in 750ml bottles and no word on ABV so stay tuned.


Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. Releases Lizard’s Mouth IIPA and Big Cone Black Ale in Bottles

From Figueroa Mountain:

Buellton, California— Two of Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company’s most popular specialty beers will soon be available in 22-ounce bottles across California.  Lizard’s Mouth Imperial India Pale Ale and Big Cone Black Ale have been served in Fig Mtn Brew taprooms for the last few months and in select establishments on draught.  The two beers have been top sellers for the brewery and due to customer demand will now be part of their core lineup of beers.

Big Cone Black Ale is an American-Style Black Ale brewed chock-full of piney, earthy kettle hops and then dryhopped with floral, tropical varieties.  The brew was named in honor of the Bigcone Douglas-firs, resinous natives of the San Rafael mountain range and will be on sale starting April 24, 2014.

Lizard’s Mouth Imperial India Pale Ale is an IPA for IPA lovers.  Not shy with hops, Brewmaster AJ Stoll uses a proprietary blend of tropical fruit-like hops.  This new release is bursting to the gills with fruity goodness: powerful aromas of guava, passionfruit, orange zest and pine cascade into tropical hop flavors with a smooth, ultra-clean finish.  The beer is named after the local landmark of the same name located in Santa Barbara off of West Camino Cielo Road.  Local hikers know it well and will recognize the rock in a whimsical form on the bottle label.  Represented as a rock-turned-lizard, the label shows off a beautiful sunset background as often seen during evening hikes.  Lizard’s Mouth IIPA 22-ounce bottles will be on sale on May 15, 2014.

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. will be celebrating the release of Big Cone Black Ale during a special release party on Thursday, April 24 in their Santa Barbara (137 Anacapa St., Suite F) and Buellton (45 Industrial Way) Taprooms from 5pm to close.  Lizard’s Mouth IIPA release party will be held on Thursday, May 15th in the Santa Barbara Taproom and Friday, May 16 in the Buellton Taproom on the same days as their Whole Foods Market collaboration release, Bieré de Ménage, a beer-wine blend.  The new releases will be sold on tap and in the bottle.  A limited number of shirts will be sold at the events for Lizard’s Mouth and Big Cone Black fans.  For more information please visit


Deep Ellum - Dream Crusher The Video

16 April 2014

From Deep Ellum:

Dream Crusher New Release - Featuring 2x hops and a kick ass fresh new taste. Available at Craft & Growler 4/16, The Brass Tap 4/18, Black Friar Pub 4/18 and DEBC Open Houses Thursday 6-8:30p and Saturday 12-3p.


Sabatinis - Fegley’s Brew Works Tap Takeover 4/16 w/Special Firkin Of Hop Explosion

image Here’s another great event coming to Sabatini’s Pizza.  Come say hi to Fegley’s brew Works brewmaster Beau Baden and sample some of his rare beers on tap, including a special firkin of Hop Explosion.  Firkin tapping at 7PM but get there early to get a good seat!


Terrapin Releasing Hi-5 IPA Year-Round In May

From Terrapin:

Athens, GA- April 16, 2014--

'Tis the season to be active, and active craft beer lovers gotta have the can. Terrapin Beer Co. will deliver with the release of HI-5, a second canned option on its year-round line-up joining session IPA RecreationAle. 

HI-5 California Style IPA will fill out Terrapin's year-round IPA selections and ensure that where there's a will, there's an IPA! At 5.9% ABV, HI-5 packs a bit more oomph than 4.7% RecreationAle but isn't the 7.3% powerhouse of Hopsecutioner. As the IPA brewery of the South, Terrapin offers full flavor for all tastes.

Malts: 2-Row Pale, CaraMalt, Cara Pilsner

Hops: Zythos, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra

ABV: 5.9%          

IBU: 80

OG: 13.9

Like a memorable adventure along U.S. Route 101, "HI-5" California Style IPA leads you down a road of pure adrenaline and beauty. Capturing the majestic flavor of citrusy hops that roll off your tongue like a white cap on an ocean wave, this scenic wonder will keep you in awe, sip after sip.

HI-5 will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans throughout Terrapin's distribution network starting in May!


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