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26 May 2017


Modern Times Adding Monsters’ Park Mexican Hot Chocolate Edition (14.6%-AbV)

imageToday we get to see yet another new version of Modern Times Monsters

‘ Park.  This is the Mexican Hot Chocolate Edition and this barrel-aged imperial stout is aged in Bourbon barrels.  This beer hits 14.6% AbV and you’re looking at the 22oz bottle.


Troegs Scratch No 299 Weizenbock / No 285 IPA Passion Fruit Coming Soon

imageToday we get our first peek at a new Scratch Series beer coming from Troegs.  This is No 299 and it is a Weizenbock beer.  This beer will use Tradition hops and Dreanweaver yeast and the beer hits 7%-AbV.  This beer will be released in 12oz bottles.  We also have No 285 IPA (Passion Fruit) Coming soon.
From Troegs:

When our friend Matt @sodelconcepts in Delaware got a taste of Scratch #279 Kinetic IPA, his wheels started turning. With that as a jumping-off point, could we collaborate on a passionfruit IPA? Here’s the first batch, with a huge smack of tropical fruit and hints of pine around the edges. Draft and growler fills available now at the brewery, and in the not-too-distant future @sodelconcepts.


Almanac Adding Tropical Galaxy Dry-Hopped Sour

imageToday you get to see a new bottle coming from Almanac Beer.  This is Tropical Galaxy and it is a Galaxy hop dry-hopped sour farmhouse ale age din oak barrels with mango, lime and coconut.  This beer hits 6.8%-AbV and you’re looking at the 375ml bottle.


Victory Java Cask Returns In 12oz Bottles

imageThis is the new packaging for Victory Java Cask as it prepares to return in 2017.  This coffee stout is aged in Bourbon barrels and the beer will hit 14.3%-AbV.  This is the new 12oz bottle.


Wicked Weed Adding Devilwood, Arcanic & Southern Ambrosia

imageThis morning we have several new bottles coming from Wicked Weed:  Devilwood is a Kentucky Bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style ale (10%-AbV), Arcanic is a foeder-aged Belgian-style ale brewed with plums, currants and Belgian candy sugar (12.1%-AbV) & Southern Ambrosia barrel-aged ale brewed with cherries, molasses, blackberries and Serrano peppers.  These are all 12.7oz bottles and stay tuned for release details.imageimage


Great Divide Releases 2nd Edition of Denver Pale Ale Artist Can Series

imageFrom Great Divide:

This June Great Divide Brewing Company will release the second edition of the Denver Pale Ale Artist Series. Each year the brewery works with a different local artist to design a can that represents what the city of Denver means to them. This year Great Divide selected John Vogl of The Bungaloo.

“I was very excited when I found out that I had been selected for this project,” said Vogl. “I watched my friend, Josh Holland, who was last year’s artist, work on the project and I imagined it would be a really fun opportunity. And it absolutely was.”

Vogl is a self-described illustrator/designer/artist based in Denver working under the nonsense studio name, The Bungaloo. He is a one man operation who creates most of his work by hand, in pen and ink. Drawing inspiration from the natural world around him, his work often features an abundance of birds, leaves, and trees. All of these details can be found in the can artwork he designed for Great Divide. While the artwork is not intended to be a representation of himself, Vogl does incorporate one personal feature into the can: his dog Loki.

The city of Denver means something different to everyone, including everyone at Great Divide. This series provides an opportunity to showcase different perspectives of the culture and lifestyle of the city through the artistic eye of those who live here. Vogl used this opportunity to create a can that looked and felt like summer in Colorado. The new colorful artwork plays off of existing Great Divide packaging with silhouetted icons and bold designs, while at the same time boasting John’s own signature, artistic style.

“To me, craft beer is equal parts social activity and artistry. The entrepreneurial spirit of craft breweries and the opportunity they have to experiment and create is inspiring, and I hope that can be seen in this can design,” said Vogl.

Available nationwide, the Denver Pale Ale Artist Series is an ode to the city the brewery has called home for the past 23 years. The series was created as a way to commemorate the brewery’s expansion into the RiNo Art District alongside the release of Denver Pale Ale in cans.  Every June a fresh Denver Pale Ale package will be released, exhibiting artwork created by a new Denver artist.

Denver Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale that opens with big citrus pine notes, then smooths out with a faint toasted malt character and dry, slightly bitter finish. This beer is your go-to beer from city to trail and back again, no matter what the time or season.

ABV 5% | Available: Year Round | Sizes: 15 packs, 6 pack, 15.5 gal and 5 gal kegs

Denver Pale Ale Artist Series No. 2 Events

June 2 – First Friday in the Private Event Space (3403 Brighton Blvd)

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Free admission

Kick-off your summer with a First Friday celebration as Great Divide releases the new Denver Pale Ale Artist Series No. 2. The new Denver Pale Ale cans will be available alongside other Great Divide brews and different Denver Pale Ale firkin tappings. Check out the Denver Pale Ale collaborative art project, live screen printing, commemorative merchandise, raffles, games, live tunes, food truck, artwork submissions for series No. 3, and a chance to the meet the artist, John Vogl of The Bungaloo. The E-Tuk will be circulating throughout the neighborhood for the evening so you can start your RiNo First Friday adventure with Great Divide and head out from there. A portion of beer sales will benefit the RiNo Arts District.

This party is sponsored by 303 Magazine.

June 3 –  People’s Fair

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The public release of Great Divide’s second Denver Pale Ale series can at the prAna Main Stage.

June 3 & 4 – People’s Fair

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Every afternoon Great Divide will host a beer garden next to the People’s Fair prAna Main Stage. Enjoy a variety of the brewery’s signature and seasonal beers, including Denver Pale Ale.

Learn more about Vogl here and swing by the Barrel Bar and Taproom this summer to check out more of his artwork.


Figueroa Mountain Brewing Updates Packaging

imageFrom Figueroa Mtn:

The family-owned brewery that is known for their hand-drawn artwork, nostalgic logos and landmark-inspired beer brands now has a new look. Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company will debut a complete rebrand this month with brand new packaging, new logos and newly packaged beers. Consumers will start to see new main brand logos featuring the signature, nostalgic style of Figueroa Mountain with a cleaner, more mature look. Packaging art now focuses on the core art elements with more of a focus on the inspiration behind the beer with fewer graphic flourishes.

“Our packaging grew as we grew over the years. With such rapid growth we were always thinking about one package at a time so it was important for us to really focus on the big picture in order to achieve consistency. We wanted to focus on the story behind the beer as well as providing the consumer with an idea of what to expect from our beers,” remarks President of Figueroa Mountain Brewing, Jaime Dietenhofer. “For instance, with our second seasonal beer of the year, Painted Cave Guava IPA, we chose colors that represent guava so that you know exactly what to expect when you first glance at the artwork. We spent a lot of time focused on colors to ensure that each package is recognizable and reflects the flavor profile of that beer.”

Dietenhofer first considered the idea of updating Fig’s branding and packaging in 2016 as the craft beer industry became even more competitive and shelf space even more precious. Approaching their 6th anniversary, Figueroa Mountain and Blindtiger Design, a craft focused marketing and design agency, continued their long-standing relationship by envisioning a new look. Oceania Eagan, the firm’s Creative Director and Founder, has worked closely with the Figueroa Mountain family since the brewery’s start in 2010 in the creation and design of the brand. The original beer paintings were created by her mother, Laura Eagan.

“We knew a refresh was needed to refine the brand to reflect the maturity the company has gained as a regional brewery and reflect the changes in the increasingly competitive craft-beer market,” explains Eagan. The idea of a rebrand hit on deep emotions for the family with Oceania’s mother having passed away 3 years ago. “It was important for us to honor my mom through this brand refresh by bringing the art forward and to continue to let her beautiful paintings tell the stories of the area which our family has such a strong connection with.”

The new packaging features a consistent look across the FigMtnBrew brand family while maintaining the distinct personality of each beer through the incorporation of the original artwork, which in many ways has become synonymous with the brand. Updated master brand graphics maintain the heritage look of the brand, while also providing more bold graphics to carry across the family. “The new look provides an open canvas to highlight the beauty in each story and painting. I know my mom will be proud to see the love she put in each and every painting continue to tell the story of Figueroa Mountain,” Eagan ponders. “She got great joy out of sharing her beauty with others. Her beauty can live on through the Fig family and community enjoying her wonderful art.”

Figueroa Mountain was able to keep the integrity of the hand-painted art labels and packaging by working with vendors that paid attention to detail.

“Saxco was pleased to be an integral partner to help Figueroa Mountain review ways to upgrade their packaging as the result of this complete rebranding effort. Saxco offered upgraded carriers and new cartons printed with high resolution digital printing technologies to help promote the lively imagery of the re-brand,” says Mick Mitchell, Printing & Packaging Specialist, Pacific Division of Saxco International. The cartons, such as the brand new Variety IPA pack featuring Fig Mtn Mosaic Pale Ale, Hoppy Poppy IPA, Hurricane Deck Double IPA and Lizard’s Mouth Imperial IPA, were printed by Color-Box. Labels for all of the bottled beer including six-packs and 22-ounce bombers were printed by All American Label.

In addition to the Variety IPA 12-pack, new additions to the core line-up include 12-packs of Fig Mtn Light 12-ounce bottles and Fig Mtn Mosaic Pale Ale in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles in addition to Paradise Rd Pilsner also available in six-packs. A new seasonal rotation of six-packs includes Zero to Sexy, a Golden Mocha Ale, now on retail shelfs in California and Arizona, Painted Cave Guava IPA releasing this summer and FigtoberFest, Figueroa Mountain’s Great American Beer Festival (GABF) award-winning beer, set to release this fall. Fans of Figueroa can expect new draft specialties in the marketplace in addition to their 7th Anniversary ale debuting in 22-ounce bottles this November.

To find out where to purchase Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company beer near you visit www.FigMtnBrew.com and click on the Beer Finder link on the bottom of any page. New packages will be released throughout the year in retail locations throughout California and Arizona.


Redhook Opening Small Batch Brewery & Pub In Seattle in Aug 2017

imageFrom Redhook:

The Redhook brewery and pub in Seattle’s Capitol Hill will feature a 10 barrel brewing system and 16 rotating taps of Redhook exclusive small batch beers. Our Innovation Brewmaster, Nick Crandall, will lead the brewery, creating new and experimental beers.

The pub will feature a crafted selection of appetizers and entrées from local Seattle purveyors.


Lots of construction happening at the pub this month. We’re getting the floors ready to install our 10 barrel brewhouse, and the bars are coming together. Our fearless brewmaster Nick Crandall has an exciting lineup of local collaboration brews in the works to help kick off our grand opening this August in style.



Half Acre - Pennon Blonde Wyld Ale

imageThis is Pennon Blonde Wyld Ale from Half Acre Beer in Chicago, IL. This beer was first fermented in stainless in Feb 2016, then passed to neutral red wine barrels with different wild yeasts and bacteria.  In Feb 2017, barrels were chosen and blended for the final bottle conditioning.  This beer hits 6.3%-AbV and this is the 750ml bottle.


Beavertown & Firestone Walker Unveil "West Side Beavo" IPL

25 May 2017

imageFrom Firestone Walker:

London & Paso Robles, CA—Beavertown Brewery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company are set to release a skeleton from the closet with “West Side Beavo” IPL—a cross-continental mashup of likeminded breweries.

West Side Beavo is a one-off collaboration by brewmasters Logan Plant and Matt Brynildson, inspired by a friendship forged at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. “Logan has been to the fest several times, and we’ve been talking about doing a collaboration for a few years now,” said Brynildson, Firestone Walker’s brewmaster. “We’ve both been itching to do our own IPLs, so we thought it would be a perfect style to explore together.”

West Side Beavo will be unveiled at the next Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest on June 3 in Paso Robles. A limited release in both draft and packaged (cans) formats will follow shortly thereafter in Firestone Walker’s U.S. markets, as well as in Beavertown’s homeland of the United Kingdom.


Bad to The Bone

West Side Beavo was fittingly brewed with hops from the Pacific Northwest and the United Kingdom, most notably Jester.

“Jester is the newest flavor-forward hop from the U.K.,” Brynildson said. “It gives the beer a hint of lychee fruit with a familiar English earthy & herbal element. The American hops are more new-age in style, bringing a more tropical, citrusy character to the beer.”

The result is an IPL, a beer that speaks to both breweries’ penchant for brewing hoppy beers with complexity and balance. The alcohol is 6.5 percent.


From London to Venice

The first test batch of West Side Beavo was brewed earlier this year by Plant, Brynildson and brewer Ben Maushardt at Firestone Walker’s Propagator R&D brewhouse in Venice, California. From there, the final recipe was developed and the beer was brewed at the main brewery in Paso Robles.

The name “Beavo” is a nod to both Beavertown and Firestone Walker’s Pivo pilsner, a hoppy beer in the lager family. The can artwork was also a collaboration between both breweries, with Firestone Walker’s Lion and Bear icons rendered in Beavertown’s signature skeletonized style. Said Plant, “Our creative director Nick Dwyer drew his inspiration from the unique beauty and characters that make up the intrinsic fabric of Venice Beach, Los Angeles—the West Side.”


"As a young English brewer, I gaze across the pond to the vibrant U.S. craft beer scene and am inspired by their excellence in beer production and community,” Plant added. “Matt is a huge inspiration and a great friend. It's been an honor to hang out and brew with him and the Firestone Walker crew.”

Said Brynildson, “I have mad respect for Logan and what he has done with Beavertown. He’s also one of the nicest guys I know, so it’s been a pleasure to collaborate with him.”


Southern Tier - Rum Barrel Aged Pumking Returns For 2017

imageThis morning you get your very first look at the new 2017 packaging for Southern Tier Rum Barrel Aged Pumking.  This imperial pumpkin ale is brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin spices and aged in Rum barrels.  This is the new 22oz bottle and stay tuned for the 2017 AbV and fall release details.


Smuttynose Adding Pinniped Special Vienna Lager To Year-Round Line-Up

imageWe brought you a peek, and now this from Smuttynose:

New beer alert! Introducing Pinniped Special, a Vienna-style lager and newest addition to our year-round line-up. Look for it at the brewery on June 3rd in 6pk and 12pk bottles and draft! Fully flavored with an ABV of 5.1%, it’ll be available in your favorite store starting June 5th. It’s the perfect beer to enjoy at the beach during the summer or around the fire in winter.

“We’ve always been big fans of the Vienna-style lagers, so we’re really excited that we have the opportunity to offer this year-round” said Peter Egelston, founder and president of Smuttynose Brewing Company. “We used a lot of classic Austrian ingredients and brewing techniques to make it as authentic and true to the style as possible, and we think Vienna would be proud.”

Renowned brewmaster Anton Dreher first brewed the Vienna lager in Vienna in 1841. The Vienna lager has a reddish-brown or copper color, and a medium body with slight malt sweetness and hints of toast. Pinniped Special offer notes of caramel and toasted bread with a clean, hoppy bitterness and a dry, cleansing finish. We use an extensive variety of German and American malts to create the classic Vienna lager taste.  Our blend of sterling and saphir hops to give it that slightly dry, refreshing finish.

You’re probably wondering what, exactly, a pinniped is at this point. So let’s educate! Pinnipeds are part of the pinnipedia family, or according to our friends at dictionary.com, a sea mammal with “all four limbs adapted into flippers for aquatic life, including seals and walruses.” So that cute, cuddly seal in our logo? Pinniped. So the next time someone says beer can’t teach you anything, drop a pinniped knowledge bomb. Seems like that victory sip of your Pinniped Special will never be sweeter.

If you love pinnipeds as much as we do and want to get involved, contact Shoals Marine Lab in Durham, New Hampshire. They work harder than anyone to research, educate, and protect the Seacoast.


Rock Art Adding “A River Runs Gruit” Ancient Gruit 16oz Cans

imageHere’s an interesting new can coming from Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville, VT.  This is A River Runs Gruit and it is an Ancient Gruit brewed with herbs, Chamomile, Rose Hips, Elderberry and Lavender.  This beer hits 5%-AbV and 0 IBU (yes zero!) and you’re looking at the 16oz can.  Stay tuned for release info.


Hi-Wire Brewing Launches Atlanta Distribution

imageFrom Hi-Wire:

Asheville, NC - Hi-Wire Brewing is proud to announce the addition of Atlanta, Northwest Georgia, and Southwest Georgia to their distribution network, which will result in full geographic coverage in the state. To launch these new markets, Hi-Wire is partnering with Georgia Crown Distributing Co, with rollout events happening the first week of June.

With great success in smaller markets such as Athens, Augusta, and Savannah, Hi-Wire Brewing feels confident their decision to launch the larger Atlanta market, as well as the remainder of the state of Georgia, will only further their brand and presence in an extremely passionate and developing craft beer community. Chris Lutkowski, Director of Sales for Hi-Wire Brewing, notes “the opportunity to roll out into a major metropolitan area like Atlanta doesn’t come along too often. Hi-Wire will certainly see an incredible boost in its overall sales, but I believe the increased exposure from having a larger and more targeted audience, is the bigger piece of the puzzle.”

Hi-Wire will be launching Atlanta with their entire portfolio, including year-round, seasonal, specialty, and sour beers. To celebrate, craft beer drinkers will be able to join the owners and sales team of Hi-Wire Brewing at a variety of tap takeovers, tastings, and other specialty events throughout the week of June 5th-10th. Here’s a sampling of the events. Check out Hi-Wire’s social media for more announcements:

Monday, June 5

  • 6pm | Launch Party - Argosy (Argosy (470 Flat Shoals Ave. SE, Atlanta)

Tuesday, June 6

  • 6:30pm | Beer Geek Tuesday - Cypress Street Pint & Plate (817 W. Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta)

Wednesday, June 7

  • 4pm | Tap Takeover - My Friend’s Growler Shop (415 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta)

  • 5pm | Tap Takeover - My Parent’s Basement (22 N. Avondale Rd. Avondale Estates)

Thursday, June 8

  • 4pm | Tap Takeover - Ale Yeah! (906 W. College Ave, Decatur)

  • 6pm | Tap Takeover - Republic Social House (437-C Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta)

Saturday, June 10

  • 11am | Tap Takeover - The Beer Growler (38A N. Avondale Rd. Avondale Estates)


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