Stone – Enjoy By 9/21/12 IPA Coming For the Stone 16 Celebration

31 July 2012

Hard not to be excited when I see this new label from Stone Brewing for Enjoy By 9/21/2012 IPA.  This is fresh in the freshest sense and it demands to be consumed immediately.  According to Stone the first kegs will drop @ the Stone 16th Anniversary party and “so will your jaw!”  This is a Double IPA that is brewed “not to last” so drink it now and drink it fast!  This will be packages in 22oz bottles and come in at 8.5% ABV.


Oskar Blues Tap Takeover @ Sabatinis 8/15 (Firkin of Dry-Hopped Dale’s Pale Ale)



Bell’s Two Hearted Ale Mini Kegs–Limited Release Shipping 8/7 & New Case Packaging


Exciting news form our pal Larry Bell @ Bell’s Brewery Inc.. 

A limited release of Two Hearted mini-kegs will start shipping soon !
Here’s a peek at the new case packaging as well…



Brewery Vivant / New Belgium – Escoffier Bretta Ale


Here’s a new co-brew between Brewery Vivant and New Belgium Brewing called Escoffier Bretta Ale.  This beer celebrates the food of Auguste Escoffier and the enduring connection between food & beer.  Since this is the theme and meaning of Brewery Vivant (“one who enjoys good food & drink is said to be “Bon Vivant”).  This wild ale is 9.5% ABV and I expect it will be packaged in 16oz cans as is typical for Brewery Vivant.  This beer uses Brewery Vivant house yeast for primary fermentation, then New Belgium Brett yeast for secondary.  According to the label we should expect it to be dry with flavors of “horse blanket.”  Look for this beer to hit the normal distribution channels for both breweries except for the addition of the Chicago market for the release.


The Bruery Releasing 2 Co-Brews 8/1 - A Stein’s Throw (TAPS Brewery) & Washington OC (Blue Jacket)

imageExciting news on two new co-brews coming from The Bruery:

Tomorrow, Wednesday August 1st, we will be releasing two brand new collaboration beers. The first, A Stein's Throw, is an 8.5% ABV amalgamation of a barley wine and a traditional stein beer. We teamed up with the staff over at TAPS Brewery in Brea to make this strong, brown ale. To add an extra layer of complexity, we heated granite rocks up to 900º and added it to the wort along with a generous addition of date sugar for added gravity. The result is rich with fruity esters and toffee richness but finishes dry after being fermented with yeast strains special to the Bruery and TAPS. Bottles and draft will both be available when we open at 5 PM. Growlers will not be available for this release.

Tomorrow we will also be releasing a second collaboration beer called Washington OC. That beer was brewed with our friends from the brand new Washington DC based brewery, Blue Jacket. Washington OC is a twist on a Belgian-style quad. We created our own caramel which gives this quad it's dark color and burnt sugar characteristics and we added plums to the fermentor for a rich, dark fruity character. Those of you that got to try a 'sneak-peek' of this beer a couple weeks back know it is one worth coming out for. This beer is draft only and growlers will not be available.

Today and tomorrow we are also offering our Red, White and Blue flight, which include 4 ounces each of Loakal Red, White Oak and blueberry Hottenroth. Reserve Society members can upgrade their White Oak to White Chocolate in that flight just by showing their RS membership card.

Starting Friday we will be serving up a 'Collaborations Beer' flight with Go Team!, Chocosaurus Rye, Washington OC, Stein's Throw and Faster Bigger, Better, Bolder, Faster (...) all making an appearance. Supplies are limited for some of those beers, so come in early if you plan on getting some of those special collaboration brews that haven't been around in a while.


Samuel Adams Reviving Jack McAuiliffe’s New Albion Ale–The Press Release

imageWe brought you the announcement yesterday that Boston Beer was protecting and reviving the original new Albion Ale from Jack McAuliffe…and now comes the official press release from Boston Beer:

BOSTON, MA (30 July 2012) - Jack McAuliffe, a pioneer in craft brewing and founder of The New Albion Brewing Company, and Jim Koch, brewer and founder of Samuel Adams announced today their plans to brew McAuliff’s original New Albion Ale for the first time in 30 years. Recognized by beer experts as the original American craft beer, this American pale ale will be brewed true to its original recipe using the original yeast, which has been carefully preserved at the University of California since 1977.

Koch and McAuliffe both share an enormous passion for craft beer and are seen as pioneers in the American Craft Beer Revolution. McAuliffe, a Navy veteran, acquired a taste for flavorful beer while stationed in Scotland in the 1960s. Shortly thereafter he developed a passion for homebrewing and eventually started the nation’s first craft brewery, The New Albion Brewing Company in 1976. Although the brewery closed its doors in 1982 due to a weak economy and a lack of financing options, McAuliffe’s vision for New Albion Ale was ahead of his time, helping pave the way for other American craft breweries, and its impact is still felt today.

“Jack was brewing craft beer when nothing was easy. Nobody made small scale brewing equipment, nobody wanted to invest, retailers and distributors didn’t want your beer, drinkers couldn’t understand why the beer didn’t taste ‘normal.’ It was so different from today,” says Samuel Adams founder and brewer Jim Koch. “New Albion is a true legacy. Jack’s passion for craft beer has had a widespread influence, and has shaped the craft beer landscape. What Jack started 30 years ago inspired brewers to explore brewing full-flavored craft beers. His New Albion Ale was the original craft brew. We wanted to work with Jack to brew his recipe for the first time in almost thirty years and recognize him for his contribution to brewing.”

Samuel Adams is brewing the original recipe for McAuliffe’s flagship beer, New Albion Ale. McAuliffe traveled to Boston in early July to join Koch and the Samuel Adams brewers as they brewed the first batch. New Albion Ale is a deep, golden beer brewed with American Cascade hops and a 2-row malt blend. The Cascade hops, sourced from the Pacific Northwest, create a moderate hop bitterness and lingering notes of citrus and floral, balanced by the upfront cereal character and sweet finish from the malt.

“Jim and I share a common passion for craft brewing, so I was honored when he approached me about bringing the New Albion original recipe back to life,” says Jack McAuliffe brewer and founder of the original New Albion Brewing Company. “I can’t believe I’m brewing New Albion for a new generation of craft beer drinkers – a group that has more great beer choices than I ever had! New Albion will have a place in the growing and diverse craft beer landscape thanks to a fellow craft brewer.”

When McAuliffe decided to turn his passion for homebrewing into a microbrewery, it was one of the first of its kind. At its height, New Albion Brewing Company brewed about 450 barrels annually. Microbreweries struggled under a market dominated by mass domestic beer but paved the way for growth in the 1990s. The number of craft breweries has gone from 8 in 1980, to 537 in 1994, to close to 2000 in 2012.

Jim Koch and Jack McAuliffe share the same pioneering spirit, and like McAuliffe, Koch was convinced that he could find his niche in an uncharted beer market. Koch followed his German-American family tradition and became a brewer, creating the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager® in his kitchen in 1984 from a family recipe. He insisted then, as he does now, that only the world’s finest ingredients will make the best beer, and that quality and flavor are the only standards worth pursuing. Jim wanted a beer brewed with American craftsmanship and pride.

New Albion Ale will be brewed, bottled and sold by The Boston Beer Company. All profits will go directly to Jack McAuliffe. The beer will be served at special events during the 2012 Great American Beer Festival (October 13), in Denver, CO and available nationwide beginning in January of 2013. New Albion Ale will be available in six-packs with a suggested retail price of $7.99.


Duquesne Founder Mark Dudash Says Thank You


Deschutes – Beers Made By Walking & More

Some details on a new beer from Deschutes as part of the “Beers Made by Walking”, some beers of the season and check out base camp!  Full details are here.



GABF Ticket Pre-Sale Purchases Run a Muck (NON-Member Tickets Will Be Voided)


Looks like Ticketmaster issues, mobile phone issues and ticket printing issues have all combined to make today a challenging day to get pre-sale GABF 2012 tickets.  Above are just a few of the responses but there were irate Tweets all afternoon including calls to drop Ticketmaster and even reports that a membership number for the Brewers Association was NOT required.  For what it’s worth I have seen plenty of tweets claiming successful purchases.

UPDATE:  All purchases made by Non-Members of the Brewers Association will be voided.  This from the The GABF Facebook page:

To our American Homebrewers Association members - here’s the latest on the pre-sale review: Ticketmaster and the AHA are finalizing review of the pre-sale purchasers list. We are triple-checking the very small number of possible non-member purchases against AHA member records. From there, if we have not yet verified the membership status of the purchaser, Ticketmaster will call and email the purchaser to invite them to provide their AHA membership number. In other words, no purchase will be cancelled without the purchaser having had a chance to provide a member number.

More information to come as we have it. Thank you all for your support of the AHA and the festival.


Dogfish Head Shares Mid-Year Results


Dogfish sent out some mid-year results this week and the news is very good.  This from Adam Lambert, VP of Sales @ Dogfish Head:


    First things first: Thanks for a great start to the year! Through the end of June we are slightly ahead of our anticipated goal of reaching 171,000 bbls shipped by the end of 2012; shipments are up 33% over 2011. That being said we still have a lot more beer to sell together the rest of the year. Total CSE depletions are growing at the same pace as our shipments allowing for the freshest beer being available to our retailers and consumers. Core beer depletion growth is up 21% and accounts for 84% of our total CSE business. 90 Minute and 60 Minute still lead the pack with 28 and 24 percent growth respectively. Having moved to our year round core portfolio Burton Baton is up 70% for the first six months of the year on a small base. Seasonals are growing at a record pace; with the addition of Tweason’ale our combined total seasonal CSE growth has reached 79% over 2011. The most exotic part of our portfolio, including our once a year 750 Ml offerings, accounts for 7% of our business and has grown 80% through the first six months of the year. We have depleted a record 38,276 cases of 12/750ml bottles.

    Our continued strategy of strong growth in all markets with a focus on more volume growth closer to home continues to be successful. Through June 52% of our beer is sold within 150 miles of the state of Delaware. Pennsylvania continues to be our number one market followed closely by Maryland, New York, Virginia and Florida. The single biggest distributor growth in pure CSE comes from our New Jersey wholesaler Hunterdon who have grown 48% year to date. Our account base continues to grow and so do our average turns per point of distribution. Overall account base mix consists of 65% off premise and 35% on premise which is exactly where we goaled the business model for 2012. Off premise is growing at a pace of 26% and on premise at a pace of 35%

    At the moment we are focusing on business planning for both 2013 and 2014 building a model that, with your continued support, will allow us to grow at an average pace of 20% per year. Looking forward over a 24 month window will allow us to methodically implement new sales initiatives and strategies. Spending more time to evaluate what is and isn’t working gives us the chance to fine tune our actions. We are expanding what and how we measure with regards to the health of our business with wholesalers, regional managers and retailers. Internally we are working on a new order system to allow for on-line, on time ordering and forecasting. We want sales business planning to match the quality of our beer so continued investment in our overall sales model is critical.

    We whole heartedly still believe in strong growth over fast growth, and delivering the highest quality and most well-differentiated beers to our wholesalers, retailers and consumers. Without all of you we couldn’t do the things we do!




Long Trail Fall Survival Variety Pack 2012–Packaging Today

Looks like our pal Dave Hartmann has been busy with the new Long Trail Fall Survival Pack 2012.  This years pack will include Long Trail Ale, Pale Ale, Harvest Ale and the new Long Trail Pumpkin Ale (a beer we chatted with Dave Hartmann about a few months ago).


Commonwealth Ciders From Philadelphia Brewing Co Releasing “Traditional Dry” 8/6

Good news coming out of Philadelphia Brewing Co’s cidery, Commonwealth Ciders.  Their Traditional Dry cider will be coming in kegs on 8/6 with bottles to follow this fall.


Pyramid Barleywine Coming 8/1 (Oktoberfest to Follow?)


Pyramid is tweeting this teaser graphic for one of the two beers they will be releasing tomorrow.  The first one is clearly their Limited Edition Barley Wine Ale.  I’ll update as more details are available but I believe the 2nd release of what they are calling “fall beers” will be their Oktoberfest Autumn Lager?


Stillwater Artisanal – Folklore The Tale of Van Winkle (Aged in 20yr Pappy Van Winkle Barrels)


We brought you the original labels for Stillwater Artisanal Ales Folklore aged in both red wine barrels & bourbon barrels…now comes a sneak peek from Brian at Folklore—The Tale of Van Winkle.  This new version of Folklore will be aged in “freshly emptied 20-year old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels.”  No details on the official release date just yet and it will be a very limited release.


Straight To Ale, Blue Pants & Yellowhammer Celebrate New Alabama Laws w/A New Co-Brew (Two Liberation Ales)

This from WAAY:

The new law has inspired Huntsville's three breweries to join forces, sharing big bottling equipment and ideas.

Perry says, “We're gonna do a collaboration where we all get together and brew it, and we're gonna try to donate to charity from the proceeds of that one."


NASCAR Champion Todd Bodine Visits Susquehanna brewing Today


Thanks for Susquehanna Brewing for showing off this photo of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Todd Bodine as he visited the brewery today.  Todd is in town for this weeks NASCAR activities at Pocono Raceway.


Surly Showing Off New Destination Brewery Drawing & HGA Architect


A great looking brewery drawing coming from Surly Brewing’s “Destination brewery.”  A location still has not been chosen, but they have chosen architectural firm HGA to pen the facility.  This from the StarTribune:

The company announced Tuesday that it had enlisted HGA, which designed General Mills's headquarters and the Lakewood Cemetery Garden Mausoleum, to be their architect. The company is based in Minneapolis, but has offices around the country.

The "Destination Brewery" was made possible after a state law change known as the "Surly Bill" that allowed breweries to serve pints of their own beer on the premises. Surly is planning a $20 million facility that includes a bar, restaurant, event center and beer garden.

"I have had a picture of what our Destination Brewery will look like in my head for more than a year now and we're sure HGA can make that vision a reality," said Surly owner Omar Ansari.

Surly's search for a location was recently narrowed to three cities in the metro area, including two sites in Minneapolis. One possible site is a former food processing plant near the University of Minnesota.

The company also said that ROLEC, a brewhouse manufacturer, is "building Surly's custom brewhouse system in Munich, Germany."


NoDa Brewing - Boiler Hater (No Hops In The Boil)


Dogfish Head Installs 10 New Fermentation Tanks (Time-Lapse Video)

Exciting news from Dogfish Head and a lot of fun to watch.  Keep up the good beer guys!


Help BrewDog Build The People’s Manifesto & Beer Amnesty Returns

We brought you the original BrewDog “Crap Lager Amnesty” campaign back in May…and now they’re doing it again, but this time you can trade your “corporate fizzy yellow lager” today and swap it for Never Mind The Anabolics.”  BrewDog is also asking for your craft beer epiphany so they can build a Manifesto for the craft beer revolution.  This from BrewDog:

We want to hear about when you realized that bland, insipid industrial beer was nothing more than bland, insipid industrial beer.

We want to hear about when the craft beer bug caught you and opened your eyes to a whole world of flavour you never imagined possible.

We want to hear about when you first tasted a craft beer so good that it blew your mind.

We want to hear about when you vowed to never again drink tasteless fizzy crap made by faceless multinational hammerheads.

We want to hear about the moment you vowed allegiance to the uncompromising craft beer revolution.

We want to hear about your craft beer epiphany.

We want you to get in touch via the comment box below, via the twitter hashtag #mycraftbeerepiphany or via our facebook page.

We are going collate all the comments (140 characters or less!) about craft beer drinker's conversion to great beer and publish them in a people's manifesto for the craft beer revolution.


Heavy Seas–Brewery Expansion & Loose Cannon Exceeds Demand


Some details form the Heavy Seas Pyrate’s Log today:

Because of unprecedented summer demand for Loose Cannon, we have had to reduce production of our summer seasonal and limited releases. 

Red Sky at Night will largely be limited to the Sunken Sampler pack, and Davey Jones will be skipped--to reappear next summer. However, we just added another 15,000 square feet of space, so we are hopeful that by fall we can make up the volume for Winter Storm (yeah!).


Boston Beer–Angry Orchard Sales Higher Than Previously Thought


We’ve been following along as Boston Beer Co launched Angry Orchard Cider (details here).  We even brought you the 1st quarter results from Boston Beer…but now it looks like original market results for Angry Orchard may have been skewed due to a “misclassification.”  Details from CNBC:

According to Gajrawala, a closer inspection of the numbers indicate sales of Angry Orchard in the last four weeks totaled $1.7 million and accounted for 7 percent of the Boston Beer portfolio, up from the previously believed 1 percent. Distribution levels for Angry Orchard, originally estimated to be around 9 percent are now pegged at 21 percent. Based on Nielsen numbers the last four weeks, Angry Orchard has been able to achieve a 22-percent share of the retail cider market overt that time period.

Still, despite the newfound increase in Angry Orchard sales, Gajrawala maintains a “sell” rating on Boston Beer stock, believing Angry Orchard and Twisted Tea, the products that have been driving Boston Beer’s growth of late, cannot continue their current pace in 2013. Also troubling is the slowing of other crucial Boston Beer brands: Boston Lager, Seasonals and Variety packs are all below their year-to-date trends.


Ryan Lochte’s Training Routine Includes a Beer (Keg)


I couldn’t resist….looks like gold medal swimmer Ryan Lochte’s training routing includes a beer……actually a beer keg.  As much as I’d like to say his routine involves drinking a beer, he actually tosses the beer keg.  This from WebMD:

So while training for the London Olympics, Lochte spent 90 minutes to three hours each Sunday dragging 400- to 500-pound boat chains, flipping 650-pound tires, and tossing 25-pound beer kegs over his head.


Las Bruscas – New Packaging Design


You know I love packaging design…and today we have a brewery from the Patagonia region showing off a concept from Tridimage for their Las Bruscas Stout, Pale Ale & Dorado Pampeana.  It’s an interesting mix of historical & traditional on the main label and decidedly modern on the neck ring.


Oliver Winery Beanblossom Hard Ciders – Cans And Aluminum Bottles


Here’s a peek at a great design concept from Kevin pope for Oliver Winery’s line of Beanblossom Hard Ciders.  The new line uses 100% recyclable aluminum cans & bottles, they feature some great cartoon characters and some new flavors like peach, raspberry & strawberry.


Hill Farmstead Releasing 2 Versions of Vera Mae, Straight & Gently Tart


Hill Farmstead will be releasing two versions of their Vera Mae today.  One version is straight, one was inoculated with their house souring culture to create a gently tart flavor.  There are approximately 1000 bottles so don’t delay.

And this 8/1 Update from Hill Farmstead:

Vera Mae bottling 1 and Vera bottling 2 have developed into virtually the same beer. Just did a side by side. Our house souring culture seems to work quite fast in the bottle... =) Carry on.


Ballast Point Installing Two New 200bbl Brite Tanks Today


Just a quick peek at the new 200bbl Brite Tanks coming off the truck @ Ballast Point today.  More Tanks = More great beer so this is great news.  This from Ballast Point:

We love the smell of new tanks in the morning.....2 new 200 barrel bright tanks being lifted off the truck late


Vincent Hine From New Zealand Brewing Aroma Prieta @ Drake’s Today

This from Drakes (full details here):

There’s a guest brewer in the house today, and I don’t think we could have picked a better brew day for him to join. Vincent Hine, former brewer at Hallertau Brewbar, a 12 hectoliter (~10 bbl) brewpub in Auckland New Zealand joined Alex on the brew deck.

We first met Vince last November at a local beer festival here in San Francisco, and have been hatching plans to have him in for a brew day ever since. So, when Vince showed up this Saturday for the Aroma Coma and Aroma Prieta release, one of those little Eureka lightbulbs popped up over our heads… bring him in for the next Aroma Prieta brew.

Yes, that’s correct. More of our newest seasonal, Aroma Prieta double-dry-hopped IPA with New Zealand hops is hitting the tanks today.

We know what you’re thinking… ”That’s Awesome! But why didn’t you just brew more in the first place?”

There’s a pretty fascinating answer for that, but the short version is: We didn’t get all of our New Zealand hops in time for the first brew. Due to the growing popularity of New Zealand’s hop varieties and their long harvest season, all the hops we planned to use didn’t quite make it to San Leandro in time for the first brew of Prieta.

According to Vince, their particular aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, lemon, citrus, and gooseberries have caught the attention of brewers both domestically, where they have traditionally relied more on Noble and English varieties, as well as in American craft breweries.

“From what I’ve seen of the hop fields, it’s still a very small production, but expanding. I don’t know if they are expanding at the rate of popularity,” Vince explained.

Still, despite initial setbacks, we are currently brewing up more Aroma Prieta today, which according to our in-house expert of the day, is “balanced with nice Motueka (lemon, citrus) and Nelson Sauvin (lemon, gooseberries, and sometimes green bell pepper) character.”

Thanks Vince for hanging out, helping us with the brew, and giving us some first hand insight into New Zealand hops.

For those still seeking Prieta, we currently have a few cases of bottles left here at the Barrel House, and the next batch should be available in a couple of weeks, though we’ve not decided how much will become bottles and how much will be draft. In the meantime, have an Aroma Coma. Cheers.


Karbach Brewing – Weisse Versa Wheat Coming 8/3


Some exciting summer news coming from Karbach Brewing…the label is here and Weisse Versa Wheat will be released Friday 8/3.


Prohibition Exhibition Heading to Philadelphia 10/19

Should be an interesting exhibit so be sure to get to the constitution center in Philadelphia starting on Oct 19th to check out “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition”  This from PRNewswire:

PHILADELPHIA, July 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation will come vividly to life in the National Constitution Center's world-premiere exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition. Spanning the dawn of the temperance movement in the early 1800s, through the Roaring Twenties, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment during the Great Depression, this first comprehensive exhibition about Prohibition will explore America's most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. American Spirits will debut at the Center from October 19, 2012 to April 28, 2013, before embarking on a nationwide tour.

The tour will extend into 2016, bringing the exhibition to cities across the country, including Seattle, WA; St. Paul, MN; St. Louis, MO; Austin, TX; and Grand Rapids, MI. [Complete tour schedule to be announced at a later date.]

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Boneyard Beer Adding Cans–Spring 2013

Just a quick tweet from Boneyard Beer mentioning the new canning line they’re adding and their hope to be canning their beers by Spring 2013.


Anderson Valley - Barreling Bourbon Barrel Stout


A backhanded announcement today from Anderson Valley Brewing…while promoting their photo contest, they were nice enough to show of the barrels to be used for their upcoming Bourbon Barrel Stout.  Details from Anderson Valley:

Don't forget about our Instagram photo contest! Share an Anderson Valley photo with #steinbergram to win a cool prize pack... winner will be chosen this Thursday, August 2nd! Here's a pic of our QA guy Andy Hooper with a brand new shipment of some barl ottin' (hard workin' barrels). Soon they will produce some deliciously smooth Bourbon Barrel Stout.


Bootlegger’s Brewery Knuckle Sandwich DIPA


Here’s a peek at the label design for Bootleggers Brewery Knuckle Sandwich DIPA just approved today.  Stay tuned for details on this beer.


Fatheads Co-Brewing “Cornhead” To Beat Old Milwaukee Light @ GABF


Here’s a quick update from Fat Heads brewers blog (here) showing a co-brew with Larry Reuter of a beer to be named “Cornhead.”  This beer is being brewed to compete with last year’s GABF winner in the category, Old Milwaukee Light.”  Can’t wait to see the results.


The Bruery’s Cellerman Matt Strickland Talks Sour Beer

This from The Bruery’s Matt Strickland (Full article here):

So go buy a bottle already…

Selling people on sour beers can be a tricky endeavor. These beers usually do not resemble what most people consider “true” beer. Their flavors are pronounced and the price of admission can be steep at times. (Some bottles fetch prices of $30+, but most examples can be had for $20 or less.) But for those with an adventurous spirit, they can be revelatory beverages worthy of your time and money. And as with most great adventures, these brews are best shared with friends and food. Pour yourself a glass and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

The following is a list of recommended brews with general tasting notes. Due to the nature of these beers, production is often small and you may not be able to find some of them in your area. Ask around. The world of sour ales is getting bigger all the time, and as much as I’d like to, there’s just not enough room here to list all the great ones. Cheers.

Sans Pagiae (The Bruery; 5.8% abv)

We make quite a number of sour ales here at The Bruery, however this one is currently one of my favorites. This is our version of a Belgian-style Kriek. It’s perfectly funky with a pleasing sourness and expressive cherry flavors. Find a bottle fast before they’re all gone.

Temptation (Russian River Brewing; 7.25% abv)

Vinnie Cilurzo has been at the forefront of the American wild ale scene for several years now with his line of barrel aged beauties. Temptation is a Belgian style blonde aged for 12 months in Chardonnay barrels with Brettanomyces. This beer showcases a lovely tartness with plenty of oak and fruit to back it up.


Green Flash Bottling St. Feuillien Friendship Brew Black Saison Today (Coming in Sept)


Here’s a peek behind the walls courtesy of Green Flash at the 22oz bottling of their fall seasonal St. Feuillien co-brewed Friendship Brew Black Saison.  The original label is here and I suspect we’ll see this on the shelves very soon.

This from Green Flash:

(San Diego, CA – 1 Aug 2012) - Mike and Lisa Hinkley, co-founders of Green Flash Brewing Co are proud to announce the Fall 2012 seasonal introduction of Friendship Brew – the innovative new result of the San Diego craft Brewery’s 2nd collaboration with historic Belgian brewery, St. Feuillien. Brewmasters, Chuck Silva (Green Flash) and Alexis Briol (St. Feuillien) developed the recipe and test batch of Friendship Brew in May 2012 at the Green Flash Brewing Facility.

They are pleased with the results of their teamwork, and have crafted a rare Black Saison, a lively and unconventional twist on this classic Belgian farmhouse style featuring a proprietary blend of secret spices.

The ongoing partnership between these cross-continental Brewmasters has become increasingly rewarding, “The most exciting part of this collaboration is the way our friendship has developed,” proclaims Silva. “We’re very respectful, considerate and work together carefully. That’s allowed us, as international counterparts, to find common ground.” The Black Saison style was an intentionally obscure choice and an experimental endeavor for both talented Brewmasters, as they wanted to learn as much from each other as possible during the process.

Friendship Brew was brewed on the new, state-of-the-art system at Green Flash Brewing Co. in San Diego – an exciting experience for Briol, who is more accustomed to using centuries old brewing equipment and is in the process of building a new brewing facility in Belgium.

Friendship Brew will be distributed in the US nationally as a fall seasonal release beginning in September 2012. It is available in 12oz 4-packs and 22oz bottles.


Brew Beer Details:

Friendship Brew is a Black Saison brewed with a blend of European Styrian Golding and American Cascade hops and features subtle spices enhanced by fruity esters and a roasted malt base akin to oatmeal stout. As is customary with all Saison Ales crafted by St Feuillien, the spices used for the Green Flash collaboration ale are kept a closely guarded secret. Bottle conditioning provides lively carbonation and super-rich beer foam for a luscious body with a lean dry finish. It is 5.7% ABV, 32 IBUs.

How The Friendship Started:
Dominique Friart, CEO of St. Feuillien, visited Green Flash Brewing Co on a 2009 trip to the United States and was warmly welcomed by co-owners, Mike and Lisa Hinkley. Green Flash had a history of collaborating with several US breweries to create specialty beers, so Mike was very excited to suggest the cross continental collaboration to Friart. While exploring the Green Flash facility and tasting the impressive lineup of craft beers, Friart became increasingly intrigued by the San Diego brewery’s particular approach to brewing Belgian style beers, taking particular note of the San Diego brewery’s reverent appreciation for Belgian tradition. After they got to know each other, the CEOs set a date to brew their first beer together.

The initial Green Flash collaboration with St Feuillien took place in March 2010 at St Feuillien landmark Belgian brew-house. At the time, it was the first beer brewed as an alliance between two American and Belgian family-owned breweries. When entering into the process of collaboration the Brewmasters set out to create a brew that would converge five generations of the Friart Family’s traditional Belgian ales with the cutting edge brewing techniques and the distinctive style synonymous with all Green Flash beers. In 2010, Silva noted, “Brewing with Alexis at St. Feuillien was a great honor, lots of fun, and I think we created a fantastic brew. This is a convergence of great Belgian tradition and Green Flash innovation.”

The 2010 result - Bière De L’Amitié, (i.e. ‘Friendship Brew’), was released in limited quantities in the United States in June 2010. Bière De L’Amitié is a Blond Belgian Strong Ale, brewed with St. Feuillien’s traditional yeast and secret spices. Green Flash imparted a modern twist by adding rye and wheat malts to the mash and American Amarillo hops to the recipe. The beer was dry-hopped with Amarillo for even more hop-flavor, aroma and zest. It is currently distributed internationally by St. Feuillien.


Fat Head’s Smoking Their Own Malt For “Up In Smoke Porter”

imageThanks to Fat Heads for giving us a peek inside the brewery today as they smoked 100lba of malt for their upcoming “Up in Smoke Porter".  The did 10lb batches and smoked each batch over Alder Wood for over an hour.  Up In Smoke won a GABF silver in 2010 and this batch is heading there as well.  More photos & details here.


New Belgium - The Hunt For Red Hoptober

30 July 2012

In Stores Now….New Belgium Red Hoptober!



Shelton Brothers - A Conversation w/Michael Kiker of Celestial Meads

From Shelton Brothers:

Michael Kiker owns & runs Celestial Meads in Anchorage, Alaska. The produce fine handcrafted traditional meads, melomels, and metheglins.
Shelton Brothers began distributing Celestial around the United States early in 2012.


Heineken Ideas Brewery - Reinvent the Draught Beer Experience

This from Heineken:

Amsterdam, 30 July 2012. After a successful April kick-off, the HEINEKEN Ideas Brewery is now launching their second Open Innovation Challenge. Come July 31st, they will be calling on creative minds everywhere, looking for fresh ideas to: ‘Reinvent the draught beer experience’.

Beer has been around for thousands of years, and while recent findings confirmed that men around the world still love draught beer, HEINEKEN sees the potential to take inspiration from technological advances and the development of the entertainment and gaming industries to create an exciting new era in draught beer.

Teaming up with international comedians Adam Fields and Samba Schutte, HEINEKEN have explained the Draught Beer challenge through an exclusive comedy set. The set was written specially for the challenge, and contains some brilliant ideas from the comedians on how to reinvent the draught beer experience.

The HEINEKEN Draught Beer Challenge will run from July 31st to September 28th. For a chance to participate in a two-day expert-led workshop in Amsterdam and to win a share of $10.000 in prize money, come to the HEINEKEN Ideas Brewery and share your ideas on

HEINEKEN launches their second Open Innovation Challenge, inviting creative minds everywhere to: 'Reinvent the draught beer experience'.
To make the brief more interesting, HEINEKEN invited internationally renowned comedians Adam Fields and Samba Schutte, to take a crack at solving the challenge.

Adam and Samba took insights HEINEKEN uncovered in recent research, added some of their brilliant ideas, and brewed it together into a witty comedy set about draught beer.


Harpoon & Buck-Naked Present B2B (148 Mile Fundraiser)

An inspirational video from Harpoon!


Flying Dog Declares War on BrewDog (Coming in Aug to Scotland & Sept to U.S.)


An update and declaration of War coming from Flying Dog.  Apparently they have decided to attack BrewDog in Scotland:

At 15:37 EST on July 27, Flying Dog Brewery issued direct orders for its Brewmaster and 23-Star General Matt Lovefreedom Brophy to head to Scotland. His operative objective? Brew Dog domination.

Captaining his own destroyer, equipped with ballistic missile submarines and PCs pre-loaded with Minesweeper, Brophy will set sail for Nessie’s homeland Tuesday and arrive on the white sand beaches August 23.

Closely guarded in the ship’s hull will be International Arms Race, the Zero IBU IPA and cause of this all-out war between the two breweries.

At the end of March, Flying Dog and BrewDog decided on the terms of their combative collaboration. Hops were banned from the battlefield, but after 84 hours of negotiation, a host of other weapons to impart bitterness – spearmint, bay leaves, rosemary, juniper berries, and elderflower – were agreed on. Then, it was decided that each brewery would craft it’s own version of the beer, which highlights the human element of the brewing process and does not require the Flying Dog staff to socialize with any Scots.

“Collaboration was never an option,” Brophy said. “It’s a long word that takes entirely too long to type. So, we challenged BrewDog to a battle of the brewing arts and they accepted. Now, it’s time to face off.”

On August 23, Brophy and BrewDog Captain James Watt will begin a tour of BrewDog pubs in both Scotland and England. Civilians can seek refuge from war and try each brewery’s International Arms Race at the following:

  • Thursday, August 23 at Aberdeen, 7 pm
  • Friday, August 24 at Glasgow, 7 pm
  • Saturday, August 25 at Newcastle, 4 pm
  • Sunday, August 26 at Manchester, 2 pm
  • Monday, August 27 at Camden, 7 pm

Brophy held a private preview of the Flying Dog Zero IBU IPA with Ewan McGregor, Craig Ferguson, Gerard Butler, and Brian Cox. Their overwhelming response to the beer and support for American liberty provided further validation for Brophy, but also furthered Watts’ doubt, self-loathing, and hatred for Bald Eagles.

“We keep hearing from James that it will be bloody,” Brophy said. “Consider that a warning.”

If left standing, Watt and skirt-wearing cohorts will join Brophy on his home turf in September to premiere each brewery’s version International Arms Race in the United States.


Deep Ellum –Wealth & Taste 50% Sold & Hasn't Left The Tank Yet

The release of Deep Ellum Wealth & Taste Barre-aged Belgian golden strong ale with Muscat grape is coming up tomorrow (7/31) at the Common Table….and now comes word that it’s 50% sold out before it even leaves the tank.  This from Deep Ellum:

Wealth & Taste hasn't completely left the tank, yet it's already over 50% sold... It's a rare beer, but one brewed with a lot of heart & soul. Come celebrate it's release on the world tomorrow at The Common Table.


TwinHops Brewing Vanishes From Kickstarter, Facebook & The Web


While the Kickstarter campaign page for TwinHops Brewing still exists, it is listed as cancelled by the creator Brad Burton.  The Facebook page and web page are currently gone.  TwinHops was the creation of brothers Brad, Scott & Rick Burton, they had prepared 6 different beers (Salinger, Scantily Clad, Bad Medicine & Golden Spike) and had a launch party in Denver…but it looks like the wheels have come off for some reason.  Stay tuned for details.


DuClaw - Mad BisHop Being Bottled Today—Coming 8/1


Just a peek inside the walls as DuClaw bottles Mad BisHop today…’s coming 8/1 so stay tuned.  This is DuClaw’s Oktoberfest-style beer so the timing is perfect.


New Belgium IPA-Day Events 8/2

imageJust a quick look at the New Belgium Brewing IPA Day events coming 8/2:

Did you know there is an IPA Day? Well there is. And it's all thanks to Ashley Rouston (The Beer Wench) and Ryan Ross (of the San Diego based, heavy hitting, Karl Strauss). These two beer drinkers felt the IPA needed its very own day, so last year they decided to give it one. And I, for one, couldn't be happier. Coming Thursday, the 2nd of August, 2012 is the 2nd annual International IPA Day! There are lots of things happening for this special day, for the most up to the minute details you should follow #IPADay on Twitter.

And, if you want to celebrate this most-wonderful of days with New Belgium there are three glorious ways:

Firstly, come to the brewery! We are going gaga over IPA Day and things are going to get awesome. There are 4.5 IPAs on tap for the day and we want you to sip them all. We got Ranger, Belgo, Matt's Cascadian Dubbel (a dark, hoppy, Belgian yeast-y bit of wonder), The Alpine Beer Co. Collaboration: Super IPA, and we are tapping some Red Hoptober (the .5 of the count, a hoppy seasonal for fall (though, not quite an IPA)). We will have hops spread about the room and when you find a variety that you like (smells nice) we will serve you up the beer that contains the hop of your choosing. Then pair it with chocolate! And then, your first sample pairing is free! The match the hops to the beer game will continue through the day and things should be really fun.

And then we're doing a Beer Stream! A Beer Stream is a live streaming event hosted on our Facebook page where anyone (with a FB account) can come join some easy New Belgium personalities talking about our beers. This will be our 4th (or maybe 5th) stream to date and we have covered everything from Shift to Tart Lychee, and (frankly) it's about time we hit the IPA's. On IPA Day the Beer Stream we will be covering Ranger, Belgo and Super IPA. Those easy personalities I was talking about are myself (the Juicebox) and Matty Smooth. Matty is a brewer/know it all around these parts and he is chocked full of beer making knowledge. So, the important details- click on the Beer Stream link on our Facebook wall on Thursday, August 2nd (IPA Day) at 5:00pm MST...

And then there is a third way to celebrate IPA Day with NBB, and this one is for those folks that can't make it to Fort Collins, nor do they have a Facebook account. The third way is to go out and buy an IPA (maybe a Ranger?) and drink it on Thursday in celebration.

Happy IPA Day.

Alright! Break...



2012 Ommegang Belgium Comes to Cooperstown Schedule–The End Is Beer


Here’s your first peek at the scheduled for the 2012 Ommegang Belgium Comes to Cooperstown.  The 2012 theme is “The End is Beer" and the schedule looks great.  The full brochure can be found here.


Bruvado Chaser Packs–5 Beers & 1 Bourbon

imageAn interesting “variety” pack coming from Bruvado called Chaser packs.  The six-pack includes 5 bottles of Bruvado Lager (cabs or bottles) and a 200ml bottle of 4 year-old Kentucky bourbon…OR Reposado Tequila.  Some packages include shot glasses.  Details from Bruvado:

BRUVADO CHASER PACKS - Bruvado Imports has released this patented line of chaser packs that include 5 bottles or cans of Bruvado lager, a 2OOml bottle of 4-year oak-barrel-aged Kentucky bourbon or 1OO% agave Reposado tequila (5 shots worth) and three shot glasses. The tequila and bourbon are also available individually or as a six-pack of 2OOmls. Additionally, the lager comes in glass bottle 6-packs or individual 24-ounce cans. The Bruvado beer recipe dates back to 1923 and the beer is produced in a family-owned brewery in Baja, California. Available from Abacus Imports.


Fate Brewing Co Coming to Scottsdale, AZ


Another new craft brewery joins us… it’s Fate Brewing Co in Scottsdale, AZ .  This from AZCentral:

The sign is finally up, and it's official: Fate Brewing Co. is opening at 74th Street and Shea Boulevard in Scottsdale in September.

As a combination of brewery, pizzeria and pub, Fate's emphasis will be on small-batch beer and wood-fired pies, according to founder and master brewer Steve McFate.

He previously was with Colorado Boy Pub & Brewery in Ridgway, Colo., and promises Valley beer lovers a lineup of rotating traditional favorites, experimental recipes, seasonal brews and casks on tap.


New Holland Hatter Royale “Hopquila” Tequila


An interesting combination coming out of New Holland called Hatter Royale Hopquila Tequila.  This new spirit is barley-based and loaded with Centennial hops…but it’s Tequila…sort of.  This from New Holland:

For centuries, cultures all over the world, have celebrated the benefits, aroma and flavor of Humulus

lupulus, a.k.a. “hops.” Their lively aromatics and punctuated bitterness are best known for their most infamous role in brewing. Hatter Royale is the innovative creation, Hopquila which invites the herbaceous perennial to the exciting world of distilled spirits.

A fermented wash of 100% barley is twice distilled, then steeped with Centennial hops. The vivacious spirit features a grain-centric body framed by citrus-laden hop character in the nose and finish. Hoparitas!


Cigar City Batch 69 Double Cream Ale Bottling Today


Just a quick photo from Cigar City showing off the bottles for Batch 69 Double Cream Ale coming of\f the line today.  The original labels are here and they look great on the bottles.


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