Troegs NEW 17bbl Pilot System

30 November 2010

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From Troegs:
Check out this picture of our finished pilot system BrauKon built us! 17bbls of Scratch Brewing fun..

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Joose Joins the Four Loko Mix

JooseWI guess we shouldn’t be surprised to see new label approvals for yet another Four-Loko-style beverage.  What may surprise you is that this one comes to us courtesy of United Brands and is “brewed” at our own Anheuser-Busch Latrobe, PA plant.  This is of course the Watermelon flavor but they also received approval for 7 other labels in Nov alone.

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Sly Fox Succubus–Sour Incubus

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Here’s your first peek at the recently approved Sly Fox Succubus label.  This is planned to be a limited release sour version of their Incubus Tripel.  Look for Succubus to be released in 750ml bottles in celebration of Sly Fox’s 15th anniversary on December 10th.  Look for a Brewmaster’s Breakfast and possibly even the release of their coffee porter on that day as well.

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East End Brewing–Homewood Reserve 2010

EastEndHomewoodHere’s our fist peek at the new East End Brewing Co Homewood Reserve small batch.  This is the quart 1.8 oz size and look for it to be released in about 2 weeks (perhaps sooner now that the label was approved today).

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Nebraska Brewing Co–Apricot Au Poivre Saison

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Last week we brought you the new label approvals from Nebraska Brewing (Ménage & Hop God), so today I thought I’d bring you the latest beer to be named in their Barrel Aged Reserve Series….Apricot Au Poivre Saison. “brewed with pepper and apricots aged in Chardonnay wine barrels for 6 months.”  This is the 25.4oz package and it comes in at 6.8% ABV.

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Twisted Tea on mybeerbuzz?? Really??

29 November 2010

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So would it interest you to see the new Twisted Tea Half & half malt beverage label that was just approved a few days ago?  Would it interest you more if you knew it was “brewed” by Samuel Adams facility in Cincinnati, OH?  I thought it might.  There’s of course nothing unusual or scandalous, about that, but I think it’s really interesting to know where some of these beverages come from.

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Troeg’s Promotion on Mad Elf—Golden Ticket to tour the new facility!

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Tröegs Ticket and Classic Mad Elf Labels!

Starting next week an extremely limited number of Mad Elf cases will be shipped randomly to beer distributors in our home state. The purchaser of these cases will have the opportunity to be one of the first people to see the new Tröegs Brewery in Hershey when we open in the fall 2011.

So how do you know if you bought the special case? There are no markings on the outside of the case but once you open it two things will make the case special - there will be an envelope taped to the lid of case containing a Troegs Ticket and 12 of the bottles will adorn our classic Mad Elf logo.
If you get one of these special cases, read the Tröegs Ticket, follow the directions and keep one of those special bottles, as you will need it, along with the ticket, to get a special behind-the-scenes tour of the brewery next fall from the Tröegs brothers.

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Mybeerbuzz.com SWAG !

27 November 2010

I had so many people ask me at the Friday BeerBuzz LIVE appearance where they can get mybeerbuzz T-Shirts, I thought I’d self-promote a little. There are two links on the top menu bar above for mybeerbuzz store and myhopart store where you can check out my shirts and other mybeerbuzz swag. We do this for fun and café press gets all the profit, but be sure to check them out. I always love seeing someone wearing one.

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The “New” Banshee–Firkin Fridays

I heard from Sean and he tells me the “new” Banshee (322 Penn Ave) is not only in the process of adding 18 new taps (bringing their total up to 40), but they are also planning to hold First Firkin Fridays,  They’ll be featuring real ale served in a traditional Firkin and the event will be held in conjunction with Scranton’s First Fridays celebration. 

Tapping the Firkin will take place at 6:00pm and will go till the keg is gone! Come out and celebrate a new tradition at the NEW Banshee.

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Nøgne Ø–Two Captains Double IPA NEW

26 November 2010

nongeo2captJan Halvor Fjeld, winner of the 2010 Norwegian Home Brewing championship was invited to brew his award winning Imperial IPA at Nøgne Ø and this is the new packaging for this new Double IPA.  It’s brought to us courtesy of Shelton Brothers and promises to clock in around 100 IBU and 8.5% ABV.  This one sounds interesting so I look forward to trying it out.

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Sly Fox - Shmitten Kitten Beer

SlyFoxSmittenI always love breaking the news about new beer and new packaging, and this is especially fun when it’s one of our local breweries.  From Royersford, PA, today we have the new limited release Sly Fox Shmitten Kitten Beer keg packaging.  I’m still piecing together some of the details, but this looks to be a special limited release for the Shmitten Kitten dating blog that has been promoting events that feature Sly Fox beers.  I suspect this is a re-packaged version of an existing beer, but stay tuned for details.

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Widmer Brothers Brewing–Citra Blonde Summer Brew NEW

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Co out of Portland Oregon, has always been one of the breweries we enjoy when we visit the left coast.  We’re seeing their beers slowly moving east, so I thought I’d give you all a peek at their latest beer.  Approval for this label came in yesterday, but the beer is scheduled to be their new summer seasonal.  Stay tuned for details but it looks like it will be a lighter bodied beer using Alchemy and Citra hops and coming in around 3.8% ABV.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Fegley’s Brew Works

25 November 2010

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Appalachian Brewing Co–Volks Weizenbock / Red & Blue State

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Here’s the new 22oz Appalachian Brewing Co (Harrisburg, PA) Volks Weizenbock.  Should be an interesting dark wheat and a tasty winter seasonal.  I’ve also included a peek at their new labels for their Red State Ale and Blue State Lager.

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Lost Abbey–Amazing Grace and Road to Helles Lager

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Yes…new beers DO come out on Thanksgiving too…just check out the list below and see for yourself. 

I really enjoy following the beer exploits of Tomme Arthur and the rest of the crew at Lost Abbey & Port.  Here we have the new (approved today!) Lost Abbey Amazing Grace Belgian-style ale aged in Red Wine Barrels.  This is the smaller 12.7oz package and it comes in at 8% ABV.  Next we also have their limited edition (keg only so far) Road to Helles lager 1/2 barrel label.

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East End Brewing - Coffee Porter

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I’m a huge fan of East End Brewing in Pittsburgh, PA and I especially enjoy their Black Strap Stout.  So I was excited to see a new beer coming out of East End.  Here we have the new Coffee Porter “Porter with commonplace coffee” packaging in the 1 Quart-1.8 oz size (yes that’s 33.8 ounces).

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Magic Hat Vinyl–New Label

MagicHatVinylI’ve been posting the new label designs from Magic Hat, and this label was just approved today.  Here we have their Vinyl Spring Seasonal Lager in the 12oz (or 3/4 pint as Magic Hat would say).  This spring seasonal comes in at 5.1% ABV.

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Old Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) –Yule Bock & Dunkel

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Straight from Charlotte, NC I present to you the new Old Mecklenburg Brewery (OMB) Yule Bock Christmas Bock Beer and Dunkel Munich Style Dark Lager.  OMB is well known for their authentic German-style beers.  You can’t say Reinheitsgebot without thinking of OMB beers.  “Yule Bock is a limited run authentic German-style Bockbier.  It’s deep amber color with just a hint of holiday crimson is derived from a select combination of premium European barley malt.  Noble Bavarian hops provide just the right balance for it’s pronounced malty character.”  “Dunkel is a Bavarian-style dark winter lager.  Smooth, with a roasted malt finish courtesy of Carafa malt.”

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Arcadia Brewing Co–London-Style Porter

ArcadiaLondonPorterWhile Arcadia Ales are only just becoming popular in our area, I promise you this new release is big in the state of Michigan.  Here’s the recently approved Arcadia London-Style Porter.  This is their new 12oz packaging and it comes in at 7.5% ABV….and yes I suspect that’s Winston Churchill
Winking smile

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Pyramid–Outburst Imperial IPA New Seasonal

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I’ve had a lot of requests for info on the new Pyramid seasonal IPA.  Turns out it’s an Imperial IPA called Outburst and here’s your first peek at the new packaging.

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Fat Head’s–Head Hunter IPA

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Last week we brought you the Fat Head’s Holiday Ale, so I was excited to see this label approved today.  Here we have Fat head’s Head Hunter IPA…”Uncivilized and Aggressive”  The guys describe it as a “balls-to-the-wall IPA to surpass all others.”  “Love the lupulin.  Dig the dank.  Respect the resin.”  This is the 12oz package and it comes in at 7.5%ABV.

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Pretty Things - Baby Tree New Label

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Here’s the new Pretty Things brewing Co (Westport, MA) Baby Tree Quadruple label.  This is the new 22oz packaging for this tasty 9% ABV beer…”This beer is also inspired by a real tree on a farm in Yorkshire where dolls ride in a pear tree all day long.”

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Bud Light Mardi Gras & Busch Cold Indicator

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So before you nail me for posting out a mainstream beer-label, I thought I’d explain.  Even though these are not craft beer labels, I think it IS interesting to see what’s going on in the mainstream beer world too…and quote honestly, sometimes they’re funny.  Here we have the special edition Mardi Gras Bud Light (complete with beads) and the new Busch Light “Ice Cold Easy Indicator” label…because of course it is pretty important to know exactly how cold your beer is….and yes these labels were just approved today.

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Nebraska Brewing Co - Melange a Trois & Hop God Barrel Aged Reserve Series

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Coming to us from, you guessed it, Nebraska, the new labels for Nebraska Brewing Co’s Barrel Aged Reserve Series----Melange a Trois and Hop God hit he streets today.  Melange is their Chardonnay-Barrel aged Belgian-style Blonde (6-months in the French Oak), and Hop God is their Belgian-style IPA which is ALSO aged 6 months in French Oak Chardonnay wine barrels.  Both beers come in the 25.4oz size and 10% ABV.

From Nebraska:  Hop God Coming March 8th 2012:

Join us in the brewpub Thursday night as we hold our release party for Reserve Series Hop God!

Contained within this bottle is an artful creation which began with our Hop God Belgian-Style IPA which was then enhanced by a 6 month maturation in French Oak Chardonnay Barre...ls.This version of Hop God is a fascinating, big, bold Belgian-style Tripel hopped in very high amounts to concentrate citrus, grapefruit and floral aromatics in the nose.The addition of Chardonnay barrel aging adds further dimension and oak tannins to an already wonderfully complex Ale.We know of nothing that compares. Enjoy!

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Weihenstephaner Fest & Original NEW

24 November 2010

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It’s not very often that we see changes coming out of Weihenstephaner, but oddly enough, long after Oktoberfest is over, they received approval for their Festbier (5.8% ABV) and Original Premium (5.1% ABV) beers.  Not sure if these were delayed or they’re way ahead of the game…so stay tuned.

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Troegs Scratch # 38–Friday Sneak Peek

23 November 2010

TroegsScratchFrom Troegs:

Scratch #38 Firkin Friday Join us Fri, Nov 26, at 2 p.m. for a sneak preview firkin of Scratch 38. Neither cases nor draft will be available on this date (in fact the beer won’t even be packaged) we are stealing a firkin’s worth from the aging tank to give everyone something to do (beside shopping) on Black Friday.

Scratch #38 features Centennial and Chinook hops creating a piney/grapefruit nose and flavor.

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Sierra Nevada Celebration 2010 Cases Have Arrived @ Plaza Beverage

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Here’s photographic proof that cases of 2010 Sierra Nevada Celebration have arrived at Plaza Beverage.  This is a holiday favorite of mine and a great untraditional fresh hop holiday ale.

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Pyramid New Label Design–Haywire & Apricot Ale

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With all of the merger changes at Pyramid Brewing, we’re starting to finally see their new labels.  Here are the new Haywire & Apricot Ale labels in the 22oz size.  Last week we brought you the Thunderhead IPA label and as you can see, there is a strong new family resemblance in the label layouts.

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Fat Head’s Christmas Ale - NEW

FatHeadHappyHolidaysHere’s the Fat Head’s Christmas Ale new packaging.  Brewed with Spices and Honey and coming in at 7% ABV this one promises to be good.  I’ve always had a soft spot for Fat Head’s from back in the day when Rogue brewed and packaged their beer.  “Once upon a freezing evening, some sweet local honeys…Cinnamon, Ginger, Cory and her sister Nutty Meg were dancing for a very appreciative jolly fat man.  Inspired by the spiciness of these North ‘Pole” vixens, the fat man commissioned some renegade elves to brew a delicious, frosty holiday ale with sweet local honey and enticing spices.”

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Mikkeller Ris a la M’ale - NEW

MikkellerRisalamaleHere’s the latest new beer coming out of Mikkeller courtesy of Shelton brothers.  This label was approved yesterday and features Mikkeller’s new Ris a la M‘ale – an ale brewed with cherries, almonds and vanilla.  This new brew comes in at 8% ABV and it’s in a 12.7 oz package…and it sounds tasty.  This one is brewed at De Proef’s facility in Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

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Lion Brewery–Label Fun Boner Sun-Kissed Wheat

LionBonerLabelNot only do I love posting up new labels from Lion Brewery (this on was approved TODAY!), but I also love fun beers….and nothing says fun like Boner Brewing Sun-Kissed Wheat---hand crafted brews.  Now I’m sure it’s a good Belgian-style wheat…but not since Intercourse Brewing or Butt Monkey have we seen this sort of packaging.  I’ll be interested to see how this one works out.

UPDATE 2/16/2011:  This packaging was listed by the TTB as “expired”

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New Belgium–New Packaging

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I’ve been following along as New Belgium Brewery developed new packaging for some of their beers.  These two were approved yesterday along with several others the day before.  Here we have the new 1554 Enlightened Black Ale—“Bright taste and a dry chocolaty finish-one evocotive of dark brews enjoyed in Belgium taverns 500 years ago” (5.6% ABV 12oz)…and Sunshine Wheat Beer brewed with spices.   “Spiced with coriander and orange peel in the Belgian wheat beer tradition.” (4.8% ABV 12oz)

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Magic Hat–New Labels #9 & Circus Boy

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While I haven’t been a big fan of some of the changes at Magic Hat and how those changes have affected their beer, I am a big fan of breaking beer news….so here’s your new Magic Hat packaging for #9 and Circus Boy.  These are the 3/4 pint size (that’s 12oz to you and me), and they feature the new circular text design.

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Flow Beer Dinner–9 Dec 2010

No 2, 3/9/04, 2:39 PM,  8C, 4916x7337 (375+503), 100%, copy 4 stops,  1/10 s, R45.7, G32.8, B71.0FLOW 268 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe PA 18229
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tel. 570 325 8200

The "Big Beer" Holiday Pairing

Dinner
Thursday December 9, 2010
6:30 pm

Course One

Smoked Salmon Tarts with Citrus Crème fraiche

Paired with Aecht Schenkerla, a smoked lager produced by the
Brauerei Heller in Bamberg, Germany. 5.4% ABV

Course Two

Pear and Celery Soup with Pear Chutney

Paired with this season's Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from
Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. A Winter Warmer, 5.5%
ABV

Course Three

Seared Duck Breast with Spiced Honey Risotto and Cherry
Compote

Paired with Mad Elf from Troeg's Brewing Company in Harrisburg,
PA. 11% ABV Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Course Four

Black Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Icing &
Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Paired with Mephistopheles by Avery Brewing Company in Boulder,
Colorado - a 15.1% ABV Chocolate Stout.

prix fixe

65 pp inclusive

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Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop 2010

22 November 2010

SierraNevadaCelebration 2010Here’s a peek at the 2010 Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop Ale packaging for 2010.  It’s also a note to tell you that 2010 Celebration is arriving in NEPA today and tomorrow (11/23).  Always a favorite of mine, and always a great holiday beer.

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Recent Fun Label Approvals

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It’s not all about posting up serious new beer releases, We should all have a little fun too.  In the name of fun I present the recently approved Sky Hag (Skyway Brewing Co—Kent, WA), AND for even more fun….who knew there was a Dark St Pauli Girl and a Non-Alcoholic St. Pauli Girl (insert your own joke here).

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Split Rock Beer Festival 2010

BottleBathroomWe had a great time at the 2010 Split Rock beer festival.  We met some amazing people and had the opportunity to talk beer with some of our new and old friends.  If you haven’t seen the video, please scroll down a few posts to check it out, but perhaps my most enduring image comes to us from Andy.  I’ll warn you in advance to NOT enlarge this one!  The band had a young man dressed as a beer bottle, and of course even if your costume is designed to hold a lot of beer…nature does eventually call.  Thanks Andy…I think….

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Sierra Nevada EWE-96 Dark Lager NEW

SierraEWEHere’s an interesting 1/2-barrel label out of Sierra Nevada that I’m still chasing down details for.  This label was approved on Friday and features a 5.4% ABV beer called EWE-96 Dark Lager.  Stay tuned for more details to follow.

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Port Brewing Midnight Expression NEW

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In my never ending quest to show off the latest and newest craft beer labels to hit our market, I present to you the recently approved Port Brewing Midnight Expression Black Lager.  This is the 22oz packaging from our friends in San Marcos.  “We suggest a glass of this smooth roasty black lager for contemplating empty lineups and waves that go on for days.”

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