Victory Moving Parts No 3

30 October 2014

As soon as the BA team wakes up you’ll see this elsewhere so remember to tell your friends where you saw it FIRST!  Here’s your very first look at the bottle packaging for Victory Moving Parts Batch No 3.  This ever evolving IPA has a recipe that is tweaked with each batch and for batch no 3 our pal Bill Covaleski uses Belgian yeast in this citrus-forward IPA.  This beer will be packaged in 22oz bottles and the beer will come in at 6.6% ABV.  Stay tuned fro release details.


BrewDog Announces 2015 Expansion Plans - New 300HL Brewhouse

From BrewDog:

Despite constantly investing in growing our production we still cannot make all the BrewDog beers that our customers want to buy (and drink!). Due to the strength of demand for our craft beers at the moment, even with all our new tanks arriving, our current brew-house and fermentation capacity is likely to be maxed-out by the end of 2015. So we have some pretty exciting plans to develop our eco-friendly, high-tech Ellon BrewDog HQ.

We are planning a new 4500m2 building, which would join onto our current brewery building. This building would house an amazing new 300HL brew-house. In addition to the brew-house we would also build a new tank farm on this site. We are hoping to have all of this installed and operational by the start of 2016 and we will hopefully start construction on the new building at the start of the year.

In addition, we have some pretty amazing plans on the bar-side of things with more BrewDog bars in the UK & overseas planned, plus more BottleDogs and a few new concepts thrown into the mix too.

This will be a huge and massively exciting project and by far the biggest and most ambitious project we have ever undertaken. Our new plans will see us make significant investments in the next 18 months – every single penny of this spend will be completely dedicated to helping us make the best beers we possibly can with all the technology focused on maximising taste, flavour and the beer drinking enjoyment of our phenomenal customers and our equity punks.  

It is also important to note that, despite the new expansion plans, we are still tiny. We are still less than 7% of the size of Sierra Nevada and still just a fraction of the size of the likes of Lagunitas, Stone, DogFish Head and Victory. BrewDog is currently 0.046% of the UK beer market, meaning that just one in every 2,200 beers drunk in the UK is a BrewDog beer. We can grow 10 times our current size and we will still be less than 0.5% of the UK beer market. We are absolutely tiny in the context of UK beer consumption overall, and we are determined to grow and also expand the craft beer category to get as many people as we can to share the passion we have for craft beer.

The  expansion plans will also see us create an additional 300 jobs in Ellon and across the UK over the next three years as we continue our mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are. We recently made the move to become a
Living Wage Employer, and ensuring that we are the best company to work for that we can possibly be is massively important to us as a business. We are really excited about continuing to change the UK beer scene and our mission to put the taste, flavour and craftsmanship back into people’s beer glasses.

It has been a crazy journey since we set up the business with two humans and a dog in 2007 and that crazy journey looks set to continue.

James and the team x


Harpoon 100 Barrel Series - Beer Trip 2014 Tuscan Pool Party

This is only the keg label, but I’ll have the bottle label coming soon so stay tuned.  Here we have the first clue at what the next release in the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series will be.  This Beer Trip 2014 beer is called Tuscan Pool Party and it is an ale brewed with grape juices that is aged on oak spirals.  Look for this beer to come in at 7.6% ABV.


Pretty Things - Cutie Pie Double IPA Bottles

I’m excited to bring you the first peek at Pretty Things Cutie Pie as it heads to bottles for the first time.  This beer is a Double IPA that uses Kohatu and Belma hops.  This Cute and Pretty beer will be package din 22oz bottles and the beer comes in at 8.2% ABV.


Saranac Legacy IPA Coming To 32oz Cans

I thought we were just getting a peek at some packaging updates form Saranac, but instead we get to see the new 32oz can coming from Saranac for their Legacy IPA.  The beer remains at 6.5% ABV and I can’t wait to see (drink) one of these in person.


Saranac - heart Of The Hop Red IPA Coming To Bottles

Here’s a new beer coming to bottles from Saranac.  This is The Heart Of The Hops and it is a Red IPA.  Look for this beer to be packaged in 12oz bottles and it will come in at 6% ABV and 55 IBU.


Magic Hat Updates HI.P.A. Packaging

Here we have the latest packaging update for Magic Hat HI.P.A.  This IPA will be packaged in 12oz bottles and the beer remains at 6.7% ABV.


Saint Archer Releasing New Variety 12 Pack 11/10

imageFrom Saint Archer:

San Diego's Saint Archer Brewing Co. is proud to announce another way to enjoy their beers: The new 12-Can Variety Pack. Inside, loyal fans of Saint Archer—or craft beer fans looking to explore the range of a new brewery—can experience much of the taste spectrum that has spurred the brewery's incredible growth. 

The new Variety Pack contains the following 12 oz. beers:

3 IPA 

3 White Ale 

3 Blonde Ale 

3 Double IPA

"The Variety Pack is the ONLY place consumers will find our Double IPA in a can," says Yiga Miyashiro, Director of Brewing Operations at Saint Archer. "It's also a great chance for beer drinkers to 'expand their horizons' a bit without committing to a full six-pack of any one style."

The featured Double IPA took a Silver Medal at this year's San Diego International Beer Festival, the largest beer gathering on the west coast, and was named Best Double IPA in San Diego by San Diego Magazine, but the Double IPA is not the only award winning beer in the package.  The White Ale recently took home the Gold at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in the Belgian-Style Witbier category, and the Blonde has a Bronze Medal under the belt as well from the San Diego International Beer Festival. 

"If you like craft beer, we're sure you'll find a few new favorites this way," adds Miyashiro.

The 12-can Variety Pack will be available at select retailers starting November 10th, 2014.


Odd Side Ales - The Merry Elf

I couldn't have created a better label if I knit it myself!  This is Odd Side Ales The Merry Elf.  This dark ale is made with candi sugar and orange peel and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles.


Rivertowne - Sassamanash 12oz Cans

Here’s a new brew coming to cans from Rivertowne and I dare you to say it three times fast.  This is Sassamanash and it uses 100% Cranberry juice for aging.  Named for the native American word for Cranberry, Sassamanash will be packaged in 12oz cans and it come sin at 4.8% ABV.


Long Trail - Sick Day, Farm House, Triple Bag, Brush & Barrel And More

image From Long Trail:

The leaves have put on their annual color show and the flocks of peepers have come-and-gone as we wrap up fall here in Bridgewater Corners.

After a long season of leaf-peepin and leaf-raking, we're anxiously awaiting Old Man Winter's graceful return. In preparation for what the Old Farmer's Almanac predicts to be a snowier-than-average winter, we're getting our excuses ready and have already popped the top on more than one "Sick Day" IPA.

Our brand new winter seasonal, "Sick Day" is an unfiltered IPA built for winter's deepest days. Knee-deep in piney, spicy hop flavors and nicely balanced by a warming, toasty malt presence that'll warm your soul after a day in the snow. 

Need an excuse?

I don't know about you, but I definitely feel a cold coming on just thinking about the snow flying this winter.

Speaking of flying, keep an eye out for Flyin Ryan IPA on tap at select ski hills and bars throughout Vermont this winter. This limited release IPA commemorates the legacy of Ryan Hawks, a Vermont skier who died from injuries sustained during a freeskiing competition in 2011.

The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation was established shortly after in an effort to enrich the lives of young adventurers and make the world a better place.

We are proud to celebrate Ryan's legacy this winter by donating 10 cents from every pint back to the foundation during ski season. 


On Thursday, October 23, our friends from the Green Mountain Club stopped by our farmhouse

pilot brewery to brew a special bock that will be enjoyed in celebration of the soon-to-be-completed Winooski River bridge, which connects the Long Trail from Mt. Mansfield to Camel's Hump -- A project that's 100 years in the making. 

We've been cooking up some new recipes of our own and we are excited for the release of a brand new Farmhouse Series brew. Look for Belgian Pale Ale six-packs on shelves throughout Vermont this November.

Brewed with a Belgian farmhouse yeast, this highly-sessionable, unfiltered pale ale combines a spicy, fruity yeast character with the moderate bitterness and citrus flavors of Citra, Millenium and Ella hops.

Like our Farmhouse IPA 12-pack, this one will be released in Vermont at first, with expanded distribution planned for 2015.


Don't have a cow, man, because our oft-requested, small-batch brew returns this fall.

Triple Bag is a homegrown, rugged amber ale that features a growing-season's worth of malts and is brewed from a single infusion that uses only the first running of the mash. The resulting brew contains only the purest parts of the grains, which yields a uniquely rich, dense flavor.

At 11% ABV, this is an example of brewing purity that is rarely experienced by those other than brewers themselves. Look for it limited draught and 4-packs throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


Just in time for the shorter days ahead, the next installment of our Brush & Barrel Series is in the kettles and ready for November shipment.

This artfully crafted, dark-as-night Imperial Stout is dominated up front by a bold roasted malt flavor, which reveals hints of caramel, coffee and chocolate. A subtle hop bitterness works in concert to reveal a dry, warming finish.

We teamed up with Vermont artist Tom Cullins, whose beautiful, abstract

  label art uses color and space to echo the structured chaos of the malts and hops that create this dynamic brew.

Our friends from the Green Mountain Club took a hike to the Farmhouse pilot brewery on Thursday, October 23, to cook up a small-batch bock for their annual meeting.


Indeed Brewing - 2014 Old Friend Holiday Ale

Here we have Indeed Brewing 2014 Old Friend Holiday Ale.  This limited release beer is brewed with honey and ginger, it will be packaged in 750ml bottles and it comes in at 7% ABV and 21 IBU.  Stay tuned for release details.


Eel River Brewing - Emerald Session IPA

Here’s the latest packaging for Ell River Brewing (Scotia, CA) Emerald Session IPA.  This beer will be packaged in 12oz bottles and it come sin at 4.8% ABV.


Meet the Women Brewing At Anheuser-Busch

imageFrom Anheuser-Busch:

As consumer interest in beer continues to grow, so does the number of females excited about what’s in their glasses. We sat down with a handful of Anheuser-Busch’s female brewers to learn about their jobs and how women — or anyone — can follow in their footsteps:  Jane Killebrew, director of brewing, quality and innovation; Katie Rippel, brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins; and Rebecca Bennett, innovations team.

What interested you in brewing?

Katie Rippel: I got hooked on the brewing process during my internship with Anheuser-Busch before my senior year in college. I love the complexity of the process – changing just one ingredient or one of hundreds of parameters during the process will result in a completely different beer. The blend of art and science throughout the time it takes to make a great glass of beer has kept me fascinated ever since that first summer.

Rebecca Bennett: What first interested me in brewing was the product itself – what’s not to love about beer?  But then when I learned more about the brewing process, that interested me even more.  It really spoke to my scientific interests in chemistry and biology while also involving a lot of creativity, so it’s really the best of both worlds.  To know that you can create such a diverse array of beers from a process that is so natural is quite amazing to me.

What’s the favorite part of your job?

Katie Rippel: Without a doubt, my favorite aspect of my job is working with my team to brew great beer. I am very lucky to work with a phenomenal group of managers, brewers and technicians who have a true passion for what they do. I love seeing them light up about what they do and how they each contribute to our success.

Rebecca Bennett: My favorite part is getting to see people enjoy the products that I’ve worked on developing and to see the final product on the shelf, at a bar or restaurant, or even on TV.  It’s very rewarding to know that my hard work can be enjoyed by so many people across the country and even the continent since I also work on a lot of beers that are brewed in Canada.

Rebecca Reid, Anheuser-Busch Innovations brewmaster

Rebecca Bennett, Innovations

What mentors have you had along the way?

Jane Killebrew: I am fortunate to have worked for/with some of the most respected brewers in the industry. I had the opportunity to work for fellow UCD alumni Dough Muhleman and John Serbia who saw that I had a passion for beer and new products and gave me many opportunities to expand my brewing knowledge.

Rebecca Bennett: One of my first managers really helped to inspire me to have more confidence and gave me a lot of opportunities for me to demonstrate and develop my leadership skills. More recently, I have worked for two female brewmasters, Jane Killebrew and Jill Vaughn, for the past four years and have really learned a lot from them. They are extremely passionate about beer and brewing and exploring new and exciting things that are out of the box.

What would you tell a young woman who is considering a career in brewing?

Katie Rippel: Go for it! It is a great industry, a fascinating process and a fast-paced, never-boring career. We work hard, but we have a lot of fun. A common saying we have: it’s not rocket science, it’s BEER! And we get to make it every day. Women were the main brewers down through history – there’s no reason we shouldn’t be today, right alongside the guys.

Jane Killebrew: The opportunities to learn and grow are limitless in this area. I have been making beer for 34 plus years and still learn something new every week.  I am able to expand and grow in so many areas- brewing science, recipe creation, finance, people management skills, critical thinking.  On top of all of that, it’s a very fun industry that has enabled me to make life-long friends that I still work with.

Jane Killebrew, Anheuser-Busch director of brewing, quality and innovation

Jane Killebrew, director of brewing, quality and innovation

What are your favorite beers to recommend to women who haven’t explored many beer styles?

Katie Rippel: Budweiser – try the King, you will like it! It’s one of the first beers I developed a taste for. Also, Shock Top Belgian White, Stella Cidre or Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, Goose Island’s Sofie or Gillian, Michelob Ultra, Bud Light Platinum. Trying beer and food pairings is another way to explore different beers and styles.

Jane Killebrew: One of my favorite challenges. I hear frequently from women that they don’t like beer; I respond that they just haven’t met their soul mate of beer yet. There are many styles that appeal to a variety of tastes. First I find out what occasions, activities, and food shapes their beer experience.  Shock Top family of beer is very appealing to someone that wants fruit-forward unique beers. Leffe and Goose Island Sofie and Matilda appear to someone who is looking for a food pairing experience.

Rebecca Bennett: I think it’s important to go out and try as many different styles as you can, even the ones that sound intimidating. I think that sometimes women get intimidated by the way certain styles can sound, but really you don’t know what you may or may not like until you try it, so I say just jump right in. Goose Island 312 Urban Pale Ale is a beer that is hoppy but really well balanced, so that is a great beer to try. If hops aren’t your thing, Leffe has a great malt profile without being overly bitter. Shock Top is also a great option that has a signature citrus character that is refreshing and unique.

Katie Rippel, Brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins

Katie Rippel, Brewmaster, Anheuser-Busch Fort Collins

What trends are you watching?

Rebeca Bennett: Sour beers are growing a lot and so are session beers. People seem to be interested in some complex taste profiles, but also want beers that they can enjoy for a longer amount of time. Both styles are challenging for brewers because these styles really are about balance, but it’s interesting to see people starting to push the envelope.

Katie Rippel: Ciders, new hop varieties that become the focal point of a beer, and further emphasis on seasonals and collaboration beers.

Jane Killebrew: All of them!

Read more Q&As with our brewers:


New Belgium Accumulation White IPA Returns in a Flurry of Hops

29 October 2014

From New Belgium:

This winter, IBUs accumulate like Colorado snow with Accumulation White IPA, hitting shelves and taps now. Brewing a white IPA was not only a way to salute the white beauty falling from the sky, but a direct revolt to the longstanding tradition of brewing dark beers for winter.

Our fans loved this beer so much last year we brought it back for another season. Get it before it melts away.



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