Green Flash Cellar 3 - Ideal Belgique Grand Cru

01 May 2016

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This is Ideal Belgique and it is part of the Green Flash Cellar 3 series of beers.  This bottle conditioned grand cru uses Styrian Golding hops as well as dark Muscovado sugar.  Look for this Belgian-style dark ale to hit 9.1%-AbV and 22 IBU and this is a 750ml bottle.

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Mikkeller - Crooked Moon Fruity DIPA

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This is Crooked Moon Fruity DIPA from Mikkeller.  Created for Crooked Moon Tattoo Studios, this imperial IPA is brewed with pear, apple, orange, banana, grapes and strawberry.  This is a 750ml bottle (packaged at DeProef) and the beer hits 9%-AbV.

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Leinenkugel’s - Maple Dunkel Bottles

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This is Maple Dunkel from Leinenkugel’s.  This lager is brewed with spices and maple syrup before being packaged in 12oz bottles.  Look for Maple Dunkel to hit 5.8%-AbV.image

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Wicked Weed - Cerise Morte Barrel-Aged American Sour

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Here’s another new bottle coming from Wicked Weed in Asheville, NC.  This is Cerise Morte and it is a barrel-aged American sour ale fermented with cherries.  This is another 500ml bottle and the beer hits 6.1%-AbV.
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Hill Farmstead Releasing Art 5/4

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On Weds., May 4, we're excited to release Art.

Each 750ml bottle is $40 with a limit of 3 bottles per person.

Art is the wine barrel-fermented and aged version of Arthur (1922-2005), our grandfather's youngest brother as well as the name of our rustic farmstead ale. In honor of Arthur, we mindfully blend his namesake beer from French oak wine barrels that have been aged and conditioned for between 1 and 3 years. This is the standard that reflects, redefines and guides the progressive vision for Hill Farmstead.

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Blue Moon - Chai Spiced Ale & Harvest Pumpkin Ale

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Today we have the latest bottle packaging for two Blue Moon brews.  Chai Spiced Ale is part of the Brewer’s Select Series and it hits 5.4%-AbV.  Pumpkin Harvest Ale is a limited release beer that hits 5.7%-AbV.  These are both 12oz bottles.


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Grimm Brothers - 13th Door German-style Barleywine Ale

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This is 13th Door from Grimm Brothers Brewhouse in Loveland CO.  This German-style Barleywine will be packaged in  750ml bottles and stay tuned for AbV and release details.
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Martin House Releasing Hell Below & Stars Above Cans

30 April 2016

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Today we get to see two new cans coming from martin House Brewing.  Hell Below is a strong black ale (8.79%-AbV) and Stars Above is a raspberry sour that hits 5.18%-AbV.  These are both 12oz cans and they appear to be a collaboration with the band the Toadies (named after their album).
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Stone - EG Conf. 2016 - Greg Koch “True Craft” (Video)


From Stone:

Watch Greg Koch's talk at EG 2016 where he announced, True Craft, an “alternative to being pushed out or bought out from the mega commodity world,” True Craft is Koch’s answer to “market forces that are beginning their march to recompress the beer industry,” he said.

“There is a squeeze coming in the craft beer world,” he said. “True Craft’s goal is simple: Give craft brewers another option than selling a majority interest to private equity or selling out to big beer.”

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Fairport Brewing - Patio Pale Session Ale 16oz Cans

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Here’s a new can coming from Fairport Brewing in Fairport, NY.  This is Patio Pale Session Ale and it will come in at a sessionable 4.5%-AbV and 24 IBU.  This is a 16oz cans.

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Great Lakes Releases Rackhouse Ale

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Thank you to everyone that came and stood in line for our first ever Rackhouse Ale release. It's currently 11:15 AM and we still have some bottles with no line, so if you're in Ohio City stop by before they're gone! Rackhouse Ale IS on draft, too (while supplies last)! Cheers!

With Rackhouse Ale being released on April 30th

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Chattanooga Brewing - Chickbock Maibock

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This is Chickbock Lager from Chattanooga Brewing in Chattanooga, TN.  This maibock will hit 35 IBU and this looks to be a 12oz can but stay tuned on that one.

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WILK Friday BeerBuzz - 29 Apr 2016 - Wyoming Valley Homebrewers w/Chuck Yarmey, Jeff Fusco & George Fredmonski (Video)

29 April 2016

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Smuttynose is Getting a Major Packaging Refresh

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From Smuttynose:

We were one of the first breweries to use photography to define our visual identity & in 1994, that really made our beer stand out on shelves. In fact, our brand has always been defined by these iconic images. We hear from lots of Smuttynose fans expressing their personal attachment to the scenes and characters that grace our six packs, twelve packs and bottle labels. We even started a Brown Dog Pin-up page on this website for folks who want to share their favorite brown (or black or white) dogs with us. Lately though, some of you have noticed we’ve begun sprucing up our designs. Some of the features of our new label and packaging designs include:

  • Silhouetted iconic images
  • Larger brand type
  • Simplified color story
  • Larger Smutty logos

The reason for these changes are simple. Beer coolers and shelves are increasingly crowded with new brands and bold designs that we couldn’t have imagined in 1994 and our brand can now better stand out in this sea of visual clutter. Instead of adding more visual noise, we distilled our packaging down to its most primal elements. See, back when we started brewing over 20 years ago, a lot of people were confused as to what we were doing, so our packaging was about the only way to tell a lot of our story. Fast forward 22 years. With the advent of Al Gore’s internet, we have lots of great ways to tell our story without trying to cram it all on our packaging. Hence our new, streamlined look.

The biggest question people have been asking is “Where’s Cy?” Cy is the gentleman in the green hat on the Finestkind IPA label. Even though he wasn’t in the first round of new-style Finestkind labels, his future as a label model is incredibly safe; we want to assure you Cy isn’t going anywhere. He’s on all our 6- and 12-packs for both cans and bottles, but that’s not all. He will be turning up elsewhere as well. Stay tuned.

The biggest single change is a brand-new, custom image for Vunderbar Pilsner. Vunderbar was originally a “Now & Then” release that came out, well, now and then, until it joined our full-time lineup in late 2014. As a delicious any-time-of-the-year pilsner, we thought it best to retire the Lederhosen-clad gentleman and his babushka-wearing lady friend to avoid any confusion that Vunderbar may be a seasonal release. Keeping in line with the German imagery (and beer style), you can now admire our homage to Lola Lola (look it up and see for yourself). 

Change can be hard, but sometimes it’s needed and it can be fun. So have a little fun with us while you enjoy Smuttynose beer.

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Kona Bringing Magic Sands Saison Draft To CA & FL

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (April 29, 2016) – Tropical island ingredients, craft beer wizardry and a

distinctive blend of flavors is casting a spell over pubs throughout California and Florida with

Kona Brewing Co.’s crisp, refreshing Magic Sands Saison – now available to enjoy.

The saison is named after one of Hawaii Island’s most intriguing stretches of sand known as

Magic Sands (also called Laʻaloa). During the winter, the beach often “disappears” when the

waves wash over the small white-sand parcel. Like the beach, Magic Sands Saison is equally

popular but only for those lucky enough to enjoy this enchanting craft beer while it lasts.

Kona Brewing Co. is sending Magic Sands (ABV

5.5%, 18 IBU) to the Golden and Sunshine States

because of their penchant for a laid-back approach

to life and affinity for well-made beer. The beer is

reaching the shores just as the weather warms and

beer drinkers seek an easy-drinking brew that goes

down as delightfully as the setting sun. That’s

because whichever state they happen to find

themselves in, this beer miraculously transports

them to Hawaii – not the place, but the state of mind. Where cruising is elevated to an art

form and relaxing is a well-deserved reward. When you order a Magic Sands Saison, you’re

saying, “I’m ready to slow down and savor this moment.”

For this special release, Kona’s traditional farmhouse style ale with Keitt mangoes and French

Saison yeast conjures a uniquely Hawaiian twist of citrus and spice flavors with a touch of

tartness. Made with Millennium, Hallertauer, and Citra hops, Magic Sands Saison pairs

powerfully well with fresh fish and light meats, like chicken, and its crisp finish presents a

bewitching compliment to a strawberry spinach salad.

“Fruit-forward brews are a big hit here in the Islands, so we thought beer lovers on opposite

coasts would enjoy them just as much,” said Sandi Shriver, head of Kona Brewing Co.’s

brewery operations. “This beer’s distinctive mango flavor and citrusy aroma have a magical

effect after a long day at the beach, on the water or anywhere you’re kicking back to unwind.”

Magic Sands is the latest beer in Kona Brewing’s Lanai Series - a collection of island-inspired

small batch beers released for a limited time in draft only on the Mainland. Each specialty

beer was handpicked by the Kona Brewing team to showcase the unique flavors of Hawaii and

to share the brews that locals reach for when they kick back and relax.

Magic Sands replaces the previous Lanai Series beer, Da Grind Buzz Coffee Stout (ABV 8.3%,

51 IBU). Da Grind Buzz is made with 100 percent Kona Coffee grown on Hawaii Island’s

Cornwell Estate. The stout is bold in flavor and alcohol content and features a deep black

color. The brew’s assertive maltiness is balanced by liberal amounts of hops (Apollo,

Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade) added throughout the brewing process.

Milestones/Stewardship

In 2014, the company achieved a milestone in its home state, selling more than 1 million cases

in the Islands for the first time in its history. Kona Brewing has become one of the top craft

beer brands in the world, while remaining steadfastly committed to its home market through a

strong focus on innovation, sustainability and community outreach.

In early 2016, Kona Brewing broke ground on its new $20 million brewing and canning facility

in Kailua-Kona that will be capable of producing 100,000 barrels (BBLs) annually. The brewery

will feature a state-of-the-art water recycling system with the ability to generate 50 percent of

its own energy. The new brewery is scheduled to open in 2018.

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