Troegs Hop Knife Cans, Master of Pumpkin & Anthology Fall Return

29 July 2015

imageWe brought you the first look at the new Hop Knife cans…and now this from Troegs:

With fall on the horizon, we’re gearing up our next Hop Cycle release. Hop Knife Harvest Ale recognizes the time-honored tradition of hand-harvesting hops at the peak of maturity. At the end of fermentation, the beer flows through our HopCyclone releasing a bounty of preserved citrus rind, crushed jungle and tropical aromas. In addition to kegs and bottles in early August, we’re excited to introduce 12-oz. cans starting in September! Along with the Hop Cycle release look for the Anthology Fall 12-pack featuring HopBack Amber, Tröegs Pale Ale, Troegenator Double Bock and, of course, Hop Knife Harvest Ale. 

Master of Pumpkins Sneak Peek

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Even though it’s the middle of summer, we’re closely monitoring progress of the key ingredient for Master of Pumpkins. Last week, the pumpkins started emerging from a quarter-acre patch at Strites’ Orchard – a mere six miles from the brewery. If Mother Nature cooperates, we’ll harvest and roast hundreds of pounds of neck pumpkins in late August, and brew Master of Pumpkins the first week of September. We plan on having it available in late September in 4-packs/cases of 375mL cork and cage bottles as well as limited draft throughout our entire distribution footprint.


Now in Cans, Firestone Walker’s PIVO Helps Drive Domestic Craft Pilsner Movement

imageWe brought you a peek at these cans last Oct, now this update form Firestone Walker:

Paso Robles, CA: What a difference a few years make…

When Firestone Walker Brewing Company launched its Pivo hoppy pilsner in 2013, the market for domestic craft pilsner was uncertain and largely uncharted.

Now, two short years later, Pivo is blowing up and domestic pilsner appears on the verge of a renaissance.

No Joke

“Domestic pilsner is no longer a joke,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Craft brewers are taking American-brewed pilsner away from its industrial image and back to its stylistic roots.”

Brynildson noted that American-brewed pilsner began as something authentic, with immigrants moving to the United States and making pilsner beer as a familiar taste of the motherland.

“They made these beers for Germans living in the Midwest,” he said. “The style caught on as a national trend, but the beer just got dumbed down over time. There’s a rich heritage for pilsners not only in Europe, but here in America, so there’s plenty of ground to recapture.”

In other words, to quote famed beer authority Garrett Oliver, “Pilsner, the world’s most popular style of beer, was invented in Czech Bohemia, perfected in Germany, and turned into flavorless mass-market fizz in America."

Trending Up

Pivo was conceived as a classic Pilsner made in the German style but also with Czech and Italian influences—the brewing equivalent of going out on a limb.

“Back when we were first brewing Pivo, there were only a few American breweries at the time, like Trumer and Victory, who were producing a true pilsner on any sort of scale,” Brynildson said. “We were confident in the quality of Pivo, but we still had to wonder how much of a market there was for a beer like this.”

That question has since been answered. Demand for Pivo exceeded expectations from the start, and now, two years later, sales are still growing at a 45 percent clip.

“We can barely keep up with demand,” Brynildson said. “It’s not just a testament to Pivo, but also to the larger fact that craft beer drinkers are starting to rally around the pilsner style.”

Brynildson attributes this trend to the maturation of the collective craft beer palate.

“When a lot of people first get into craft beer, they gravitate toward the biggest flavors and go searching for the gnarliest triple IPA they can find. Over time, however, they find themselves search for something more balanced and drinkable and sessionable, and a true pilsner checks all of those marks.” 

Now In Cans

This year, Pivo is being offered in cans for the first time—one more small step toward changing the perception of canned American pilsner. “Cans are just a perfect vessel for a beer like this,” Brynildson said.

To mark this somewhat ironic occasion, Firestone Walker developed a visual timeline called “The History of Pivo According to Pilsner,” which is viewable here.image


Samuel Adams - Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru 2015 Limited Release

Here’s your first look at the 2015 packaging as Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk returns.  This Grand Cru will be a 2015 Limited Release and this Belgian-style ale will remain in 750ml bottles.  For 2015 the beer will increase from 6.4% to 6.5%-AbV…and stay tuned for release details.


Goose Island Updates Honkers Ale

here’s your first look at the new packaging for Goose Island Honkers Ale.  The beer will now become Goose Honkers Ale, however this English-style ESB will remain in 12oz bottles.  Goose Honkers will also remain at 4.3%-AbV and 30 IBU.  Stay tuned for the new packaging release details.


New Belgium / The Rare Barrel - Err On The Side Of Awesome Sour Ale

It’s only a keg label, but it’s a keg label with a great name.  This is Err On The Side Of Awesome from new Belgium and it is a sour ale that will hit 7%-AbV.  This beer is part of the Beers With Vrienden / the Rare Barrel Collaboration.  Stay tuned for more details.


New Belgium / Nodo Neighborhood - Your And Mine

This is only a keg label, but here we have the New Belgium Nodo Neighborhood Collaboration “Yours And Mine".:  This beer is part of the Beer With Vriedenden and it is a Golden Ale brewed with fruit & spice (7%-AbV).


Anderson Valley - GT Gose 22oz Bottles

I’m excited to bring you a new Gose heading to bottles from Anderson Valley Brewing.  This is GT Gose and it is brewed with lemon peel, juniper, lemongrass and grains of paradise.  This beer will be packaged in 22oz bottles and GT Gose will hit 4.2%-AbV.


Summit Unchained Series # 20 - Sticke Ale

Today you get a peek at an upcoming release in the Summit Brewing Unchained Series of beers.  This is release # 20 - Sticke Alt and it is a Dusseldorf-style ale that will be package din 12oz bottles (and kegs).  This beer will hit 6.3%-AbV and stay tuned for release details.

This update from Summit:

FWIW Alt will be released in October. Unchained 19: Make It So is the next Unchained beer, release party this wknd at Beer Hall!


Natty Greene's Brewing Co. Releases New Seasonal - Thicket Autumn IPA

imageWe brought you a peek at this new beer, and now the official release details from Natty Greene’s:

Greensboro, NC –July 27, 2015 - This September, Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. will release

a fifth seasonal as part of their rotating seasonal portfolio. Thicket Autumn

IPA, a hoppy amber IPA, comes just in time for sticky autumn days and cool fall

nights. With an ABV of 6.5%, and IBU of 60 and a SRM of 16, Thicket is the perfect

IPA for the season.

“Thicket has a niche of it’s own in our portfolio and the market place. For years, we

have searched for an ale that combines the perfect malt profiles of an amber with

the bold bitterness of our favorite IPAs,” said Co-Founder, Kayne Fisher. “With

Thicket, we have done just that. Come September, the weather will be just right for a

hoppy amber on the back porch.”

Brewed with 100% Centennial hops and Carabohemian malts, Thicket, much like it’s

name, is a robust IPA that is well rounded with floral aromas, a rich malt base and a

big hop finish. Thicket Autumn IPA will be available on draft and in six packs during

the months of September and October across North Carolina and in Natty Greene’s

Brewhouse and Bunker tasting room.


River North - Quandary Single Cask Collaboration Bottles

Here we have a new bottle coming from River North Brewing in Denver, CO.  This is Quandary Single Cask and it is a quadrupel ale age din whiskey barrels.  This beer leaves room to add in the completion to the sentence, “This barrel was brewed in collaboration with our friends at:” so I suspect we’ll see a few different versions.  This is a 375ml bottle and this version hits 11.1%-AbV.

UPDATE:  River North tells me:  Releasing Saturday, August 29 only


Samuel Adams - Rebel Smash IPA

It’s only a keg label, but it looks like we may see a new member of the Samuel Adams Rebel IPA family.  This is Rebel Smash IPA and it is brewed with grapefruit juice added.  This beer will hit 6.3%-AbV and stay tuned for more details.


Nimble Hill - Jack Be Nimble Pumpkin Ale Bottles

Here we have Jack Be Nimble from Nimble Hill Nimble Hill Brewing Co in Mehoopany, PA.  This Pumpkin Ale uses pumpkin, wheat malt and toasted pumpkin seeds and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles.  Look for Jack to carve in at 6.5%-AbV and stay tuned for fall release details.


Sluggo Brewing Looted While Bystanders Look On

From ABC7CHicago:


Surveillance cameras captured a string of different thieves looting a bike themed brewery in Washington state. More disturbing: the fact no witnesses called 911 to report the crimes.
The first thief threw a piece of concrete through the window of Sluggo Brewing Monday morning, ABC affiliate
KOMO-TV reports. He walked off with a mountain bike.

Several other people then came through the broken window and left with skateboards or bikes. The thefts went on for four hours.
One brewery employee says he's not just mad at the thieves, he's also mad at bystanders who can be seen in surveillance video doing nothing.


Sun King Releasing Official Gen Com Cans - “Drink On & Prosper”

From Sun King:

4-packs of Drink On and Prosper are now available for purchase at the brewery and at the Sun King Fishers Tap Room & Small-Batch Brewery!

$15 per 4-pack


Shawnee Craft - Sunfish Blonde Coming To 12oz Cans

Here’s a new can coming to Shawnee Craft Brewing.  This is Sunfish Blonde and it is an American Blonde Ale that is named after the Sunfish Pond on the nearby Appalachian Trail,  This is a 12oz can and the beer will swim in at 4.2%-AbV.  We also have Harvest Saison farmhouse ale brewed with pumpkins (7.1%-AbV) and Double Pale Ale (7.2%-AbV)image


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