A Peek At The New Home of Bagby Brewing

28 February 2013

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A quick photo coming from Bagby Brewing today showing off their future home.  It’s been quiet since their last update, but now this from Bagby Brewing:  It's getting real...nice and crowded at the future home of Bagby Beer: GCs on site info gathering for upcoming bids!
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Ballast Point Signs With Wirtz Beverage in Chicago (May 1) & Minnesota (July 1)

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From Wirtz Beverage:

Chicago, IL – Today, Ballast Point  Brewing & Spirits and Wirtz Beverage announce a new partnership to distribute Ballast Point  beers in Illinois and Minnesota. The agreement brings the beers to the Chicago market for the first time and also makes them available statewide in both Illinois and Minnesota. This agreement builds upon an existing partnership in Nevada and makes Ballast Point the first system-wide craft beer partner for Wirtz Beverage.

“By bringing in one partner to handle our distribution needs in multiple states, we are able to focus on what we love and what we do best: making real good beer,” noted Earl Kight, Ballast Point  VP of Sales & Marketing. “The Wirtz team is a real match to our values and approach to craft beer. We are really excited about expanding to Chicago and beyond.”

Established in 1996 by a small group of home brewers, Ballast Point is known for adding its own touch to its beers, from bringing a hoppy twist to a porter or adding four types of malt to its amber ale. As a result, the San Diego-based company has earned industry acclaim with three gold medals as well as the ‘Small Brewery of the Year’ award at the World Beer Cup. The Ballast Point portfolio includes more than 50 styles of beer including IPAs, pale ales, amber ales, porters and wheat beers, as well as a family of craft spirits that includes gin, rum, vodka and whiskey.

“Chicago is a great craft beer town and consumers are more knowledgeable and more demanding for great products than ever before,” explained David Kahle Wirtz Beverage Illinois Craft Manager and Master Cicerone. “Our ability to move the Ballast Point brands statewide in both Illinois and Minnesota is a huge advantage.”

“In Minnesota, we’ve changed the way we go to market and are really focused on growing craft beers throughout the state,” said Sam Bremer, Director of Beer Sales, Wirtz Beverage Minnesota. “We’re very excited to count Ballast Point as a partner and share its beers with customers and consumers throughout Minnesota.”

Ballast Point  joins Deschutes, Greenbush Brewery and Vanberg & DeWulf as the fourth partner to join the Wirtz Beverage Illinois craft beer portfolio; the company officially entered the craft beer business in January 2013. As for its Minnesota and Nevada affiliates, both boast extensive beer experience and portfolios.

The new agreement becomes effective May 1 in Illinois and July 1 in Minnesota.
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Flying Dog & Evolution Craft Collaborate On Natural Selection Series

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From Flying Dog & Evolution Craft:

Frederick, MD – A key mechanism of evolution, Natural Selection is one of the cornerstones of modern biology and now, Maryland craft beer.

Today, Flying Dog Brewery and Evolution Craft Brewing Company announced the release of Natural Selection Ale, a three-part collaborative beer.

The Maryland breweries will launch the first Natural Selection release, Genus One, in March. A stock ale, Genus One has caramel and brown fruit notes that mingle with hints of roast, chocolate, and toast.

Then, a common descent will occur as each brewery brews a second batch of Natural Selection with Flying Dog dry hopping its version (Genus Two) and Evolution barrel aging theirs (Genus Three).

“What appealed to us is the collaborative nature of the stock beer and how the two other releases play off of each brewery’s strengths,” Flying Dog Brewmaster Matt Brophy said. “We released our first double dry hopped beer last year and have been experimenting with cutting edge hop varietals in our series of Single Hop Imperial IPAs for the past two years.”

“We’ve had a lot of fun at Evolution designing beers to pair with different barrel types and this is an opportunity to expand on that experience,” Evolution Brewmaster Geoff DeBisschop said. “Creating a beer that can express barrel character in our release while complementing dry-hopping in the Flying Dog version was a great challenge and I’m looking forward to the results.”

Natural Selection Ale: Genus One will premiere during the Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC on draft only. Genus Two and Genus Three will be released in October. All three releases will only be available in mid-Atlantic markets.
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Elysian Loser Goes Year-Round On March 8th

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From Elysian:

As if five years of celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Seattle indy label Subpop weren't enough, Elysian Brewing's erstwhile summer seasonal, Loser, is going year-round, just in time for anniversary number 25. The distinctive, tropical hop character and golden, warming maltiness will be available on draft, in 22oz bottles and in six-packs throughout the year starting March 8. 

Loser began its life in 2007 as a collaboration between two Seattle alternative institutions. Elysian Brewing Company got together with Sub Pop Records to craft a beer that was available exclusively backstage at the anniversary celebration held at Marymoor Park. The next year the beer was back, on draft and in 22-ounce bottles at restaurants, taverns and stores that got the message, and just last year six-packs hit the shelves for the first time. Response has grown every year, and now it just won't go away.

Loser was one of the first general-production beers to use Sorachi Ace hops, the Japanese variety rescued from obscurity and grown exclusively by Virgil Gamache Farms in Washington's Yakima Valley. The waxy, coconutty and compelling flavor carries through the beer, combining with crisp and spicy Crystal finishing hops. And at 7% alcohol by volume, Loser isn't your mainstream summer lightweight. For Elysian, Sub Pop and the beer-savvy public, having Loser available throughout the year is a clear win-win.

-Dick Cantwell

AVAILABLE :: YEAR ROUND MARCH 8

DRAFT, 22oz, and Six-packs 12oz bottles
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NoDa Brewing & Mother Earth Co-Brewing “Word To Your Mother” Saison w/Apricots Today For NC Beer Month

image Here’s a photo coming from Mother Earth as they get together with NoDa Brewing to create a yummy-sounding Apricot Saison today called Word To Your Mother.  This is their first collaboration and this beer is being created for NC Beer Month so stay tuned for release details.
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Oskar Blues - Limited Release GUBNA Imperial IPA Returns Immediately

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Exciting news about one of my favorite OB beers….GUBNA!  This from Oskar Blues:

LONGMONT, CO-28 Feb 2013/mbb/…This March, GUBNA Imperial IPA will celebrate its 3-year anniversary as Oskar Blues’ hoppiest craft beer in a can. With a mutated overload of hops, GUBNA will be a limited seasonal release March through May 2013. GUBNA was moved from a full time offering to a three month limited-release to complement a seasonal series featuring the cyclopean Ten FIDY Imperial Stout (October through February), and a yet to be announced third seasonal slated for June through September.

GUBNA was inbred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBU’s with a single hop to emphasize that complexity of character can arise from simple elements. This time around GUBNA (10% ABV, 100+ IBUs) cranks up the complexity of hops by piling Cascade hops on top of copious amounts of Summit hops and the backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Post-fermentation dry hopping allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced spicy yet round middle and finishing with a brisk, clean bitterness.

“We get off on challenging ourselves and our beer drinkers with hops. This year’s GUBNA comes from that fire in the belly to up the ante of GUBNA’s motley hop character,” says head brewer Dave Chichura. For additional details check out Oskar Blues Brewery’s  GUBNA VIDEO HERE.



Oskar Blues continues to build on its 52% growth in 2012 and will launch new distribution in Michigan beginning March 4th. Last year, Oskar Blues expanded distribution to new markets for the first time in four years. The markets: Chicago, Ohio, Northern Kentucky and founder Dale Katechis’ home state of Alabama each established the largest craft beer launch in territory history topped by 14,000+ case equivalents during the first week in Ohio.

GUBNA Imperial IPA is available in limited-seasonal quantities (March to May) and sold in 12oz. four-packs priced at $14.99. Oskar Blues Brewery’s GUBNA Imperial IPA is just one of an impressive line-up of boundary-busting canned beer getable in 31 states. To find out where to purchase Oskar Blues beer visit http://www.oskarblues.com/about-us/beer-locator
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Boddingtons Draught Bitter - New Cans

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Today we get to see the new design for Boddingtons Draught Bitter cans.  This is the first new package for this brand in over 14 years and I think it looks great.  Design is by jkr and I think it will definitely appeal to a younger audience while still having brand recognition for excising customers.
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Breckenridge & Denver Comic Con Team Up On New Beer (Free Beer For a Year) - The Caped Brewsader

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Update 7 Apr 2013:  According to the Denver Post the beer will be named The Caped Brewsader:

Now that the dust has settled, “The Caped Brewsader” stands alone atop the hundreds of entries entered into this year’s Denver Comic Con beer-naming contest.

The beer, a Belgium-style witbier infused with Buddha’s hand fruit, was created by Breckenridge Brewery. Last year, the brewery teamed up with Denver Comic Con to produce the “Fantastic Pour.”



Exciting news coming from Breckenridge Brewery for a new beer to be created for Denver Comic Con 2013.  The beer will be a Belgian wit brewed with Buddha Hands fruit.  Details from Westword:

The details are still being worked out, but Breckenridge spokesman Matt Eldridge says the new collaboration will be a Belgian-style wit made with Buddha's Hand fruit. As in 2012, Denver Comic Con will host a naming contest on its Facebook page; last year's beer, an American wheat ale, was brilliantly named "The Fantastic Pour."

Once the name is decided, Breckenridge and Denver Comic Con will find a comic artist to draw the artwork for the tap handle and commemorative pint glasses.

UPDATE:  Denver Comic Con has posted the following info on a contest to win you Free Beer For a Year:
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Susquehanna Brewing Expands West In PA With Westy’s

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Some exciting distribution news for Susquehanna Brewing as they expand west in Pennsylvania with Westy’s Beer Distributor.  Details from Westy’s:

Camp Hill, PA -- 28 Feb 2013/mbb/Westy’s Beer Distributor, Inc. has come to terms to distribute the technically innovative beer labels of Susquehanna Brewing Company. The formation of this partnership will allow the Camp Hill, PA distributor to work directly with Pittston, PA’s up and coming craft brewery. Westy’s joins Penn Distributing and Gretz Beer Company as Pennsylvania’s third and only independent Importing Distributor for all Susquehanna Brewing brands.

“The technical expertise of brewmaster Jaime Jurado is truly world class”, remarked Westy’s Sales Manager Paul McGee.. “I’m a huge fan of this brewery and the people behind it.”

Why does their beer taste so good? Susquehanna Brewing utilizes a unique milling process known as Endosperm mashing where the husks are separated from the endosperm and added later in the process. The idea is to further reduce the tannin extraction from the husks by limiting their presence in the wort. The results are exceptionally smooth and clean tasting beers.

“In the Central PA market, Susquehanna will immediately bolster a severely lacking craft- lager category”, commented Westy’s GM George Bradley. “SBC beers are as technically sound as I’ve ever seen. They’re not just throwing in extra ingredients to mask off-flavors in their products like a lot of other brands you see coming to the market as of late. SBC is truly a world-class operation the whole way around and you can expect that reputation to grow for years to come.”

Susquehanna Brewing was founded in 2010 by Mark Nobile and Fred Maier formerly of United Beverage. They are joined by Fred’s son Ed Maier (Charles Stegmaier's great-grandson). Jaime Jurado  joined Susquehanna Brewing Co., as the company’s first brew master in January, 2012. He previously served as the Director of Brewing Operations for the Gambrinus Company from 1997-2012, and is a Past President of the Master Brewers' Association of the Americas.

Draft and packaged offerings of Susquehanna Brewing products will be available to all licensees through Westy’s Distribution network of the following counties: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, and York. Tentative launch events and promotions are slated to begin in mid to late March throughout the captial region.

Central PA retail partners and beer enthusiasts are encouraged to contact George Bradley at Westy's Beer Distributor, at (717) 737-2621 or by e-mail at westysbeer@gmail.com for further information.

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NY Couple To Hike 200-Miles For Dogfish Head Beer (Brooklyn To Rehoboth)

imageI couldn’t make this up, but a Dogfish Head-loving couple is planning to hike from Brooklyn, NY to Rehoboth, DE…200-Miles to enjoy a DFH beer.  Details from CapeGazette:


Dogfish Head beer can make people do a lot of things, but providing the impetus for a 200-mile walk from Brooklyn to Rehoboth Beach is a new one.

“Coast To Coaster” is the brainchild of Juliet Glazer and Gene Shteyn, two New Yorkers who discovered Rehoboth after coming to visit the Dogfish Head brewery in Milton….

Glazer, who works at a hotel in Manhattan and Shteyn, a musician and sound engineer, are planning to start walking Saturday, May 18, and will film their experience for a documentary. They are raising funds through Kickstarter, an online site for creative projects. For the Coast To Coaster project, Glazer and Shteyn hope to raise $8,500.
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Cascade - Today’s Fruit Fest Lineup

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From Cascade Brewing:

The Fruit Fest starts today at 4:30pm and goes through Sunday (or until the beers run out). We will be talking over nearly all the taps of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St, with our own tart fruit beers, plus a Pale and an IPA for those who are new to sour beers. Look for more than two dozen beers to rotate through the taps during the weekend. There is no admission charge; beers are $2 per taster (more for the few ultra rare beers). The official draft list can be found HERE! Or, better yet, we're listing the beers down below. We may still add to this list, after we rummage through the library. But we think it's pretty darn amazing to begin with!

Following is the starting lineup, followed by beers that will be rotated in at various times throughout the weekend. Servus!
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New Belgium - Lips of Faith Pluot

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We brought you the keg label a few days ago….and as I expected, the bottle label has followed.  Today we get to see the 22oz bottle label for New Belgium Lips of Faith Pluot--ale brewed with Pluot Juice.  A Pluot is a hybrid or Plums and Apricots and this beer uses a wild Belgian yeast strain so it should be good….and at 10% ABV, I suspect it will be a lot of fun as well.
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The Bruery - Imperial Loakal Red & Nano Series Tai Kon Both Coming 3/1

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From The Bruery:

We're lucky to be able to welcome the beginning of March with a First Firkin Friday! See you around the Tasting Room this weekend!

1. First Firkin Friday:

Our First Firkin cask for this month is sure to be a hit with you roasty beer fans -- we filled a cask up with Grandma Katz's Oatmeal Cookies along with some cherries and let the flavors steep for over a week. The result should be a delicious mix of cherry and roasty oats that are a signature of that silky smooth Oatmeal Stout. We'll tap the firkin at 2 PM when we open this Friday and it will be served until we run out!

2. Imperial Loakal Red Release:

This Friday we will also be releasing a brand new beer -- Imperial Loakal Red. This 12% ABV brew is a bigger version of our oaked and hoppy red ale -- Loakal Red -- and should be a hit with anyone that loves their beers big and bold! Draft will be available to everyone starting Friday and Reserve Society members will be able to fill up growlers of this special brew that day as well!

Reserve Society members will be given an opportunity to purchase bottles of this beer beginning on Monday, with limited sales to our other fans shortly after.  A bottle will also be included with this quarter'sPreservation Society allocation.

3. Tai Kon:

If you've been around the brewery recently, you'd know that we have been working on a Nano Series beer based on one of our favorite non-alcoholic beverages: Thai Iced Tea. We're calling the beer

Thai Kon and as Thai Iced Tea is traditionally served over ice with condensed milk, we'll be following that tradition in our tasting room.  Serving the beer flat, over ice and with condensed milk -- Tai Kon, which will be released this Friday, is certainly one of the most unique beers we've ever created and should be a refreshing treat on a warm afternoon.
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Widmer Brothers Green & Gold Kolsch - Portland Timbers Army (Video)


From Widmer Brothers:

Widmer Brothers Brewing worked with Abram Goldman-Armstrong, the winner of the 2012 Timbers Army Homebrew Competition to brew his homebrew recipe for Green & Gold Kölsch, a special release for the 2013 Portland Timbers season!


Widmer Brothers & the Timbers Army have teamed up to brew Green & Gold Kölsch, a limited-edition beer for the 2013 Portland Timbers season. The new beer will be available throughout the Portland area, and in select markets in Oregon and Southwest Washington, beginning on March 3, opening day for this year’s Portland Timbers season.

Green & Gold Kölsch is the creation of longtime Timbers Army member Abram Goldman-Armstrong, who won the “Full 90” category of the 2012 Timbers Army Homebrew Competition with this recipe. Goldman-Armstrong has been brewing variations of the Kölsch style since becoming acquainted with it in its native Cologne, Germany, while attending the 2006 World Cup; he entered his latest version of the style into the competition, which incorporated his homegrown Hallertauer hops.

Goldman-Armstrong and the brewers at Widmer Brothers Brewing worked together to adapt the homebrewed Kölsch recipe to production scale, which will allow the beer to be enjoyed by Portland Timbers fans throughout the region for the entire season. While the batch brewed at the Widmer Brothers brewery is much larger than the initial homebrewed batch, Goldman-Armstrong worked to maintain the integrity of his initial recipe, and even added a few ounces of his backyard Hallertauer hops to this batch of Green & Gold.

“We were homebrewers before we started the brewery in 1984,” said Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “We are really excited to help Abe share his homebrew recipe with the Timbers Army and Portland Timbers fans, both at Jeld-Wen Field during Timbers matches and throughout the Pacific Northwest this season.”

Green & Gold Kölsch will be available for the duration of the Timbers 2013 season in 22 ounce bottles and on draught at pubs and restaurants in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“I’m very happy to be able to share my Green & Gold Kölsch with thousands of Timbers supporters and the Timbers Army,” said Goldman-Armstrong. “Here’s to a great 2013 season for the Portland Timbers. Prost!”



Green & Gold Kölsch
We are RCTID. Each year, the Timbers Army 107ist hosts a homebrew competition, bringing out the best in what makes the Rose City great: craft beer, creativity, and a passion for the Green & Gold – the colors of the Portland Timbers and the hops and barley we use to brew beer. Timbers Army homebrewer Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s recipe was chosen as this year’s winner and is brewed by Widmer Brothers for you to enjoy as you cheer on your Timbers during the 2013 season. Green & Gold Kölsch is a golden straw colored beer with aromas of strawberry and cracked black pepper, a soft sweet bready malt flavor, a creamy body, and a crisp, dry finish.

Malts: Two-Row Pale
Hops: Alchemy, Hallertauer, Mt. Hood
Original Gravity: 11.7 Plato
IBU: 35
ABV: 5.2%


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BrauKon Brewhouse And Tanks Arrive @ Pizza Boy Brewing

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Thanks to PE Runner for passing on the photos of the brewhouse and tanks as they arrive at Pizza Boy.  Looks like our pal Terry Hawbaker will be a busy boy getting things ready for brewing.  Can’t wait to see it all in action.  Here are the specs for the BrauKon system.
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Mothers Brewing - Three Blind Mice - Open Pour Smile (Video)


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Orval Names New Female Brewmaster - Anne-Françoise Pypaert

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Exciting news coming from Orval….details from Deredactie.be:

Possibly for the first time ever a woman will wield the stirring stick at a Trappist brewery. In October Anne-Françoise Pypaert is being appointed as Master Brewer in the Orval Trappist brewery in Wallonia.

Anne-Françoise Pypaert has been working in Orval's lab for two decades now, so the promotion isn't untimely.

Next October Master Brewer Jean-Marie Rock is retiring. The daily L'Echo reports that his right hand woman will be stepping into the breach. For the past two decades Ms Pypaert has been responsible in the lab for checking the quality of the beer brewed at Orval.

It is believed to be the first time that a woman is being placed in charge of brewing at a Trappist monastery. The appointment does not conflict with the strict rules for the brewing of Trappist that state that beers must be brewed in an abbey by monks or under their supervision.
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Narragansett Releases Private Stock Imperial Bohemian Pilsner

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Providence, RI - Today, the Famous Narragansett Beer announces the release of its all-new Imperial Bohemian Pilsner, the second installment of the brewer’s Private Stock series of limited-edition craft offerings.

Narragansett’s Imperial Bohemian Pilsner was brewed under the supervision of award-winning Brewmaster Sean Larkin. The first unfiltered offering from Narragansett, the pilsner offers slight bitterness in the front followed by a full-bodied malt flavor complimented by spicy and fruity earth-toned noble hops. The pilsner is made using Pale malt, Pilsner malt, Wheat malt and Cara Blonde malt from Belgium. At 35 IBUs (International Bitterness Units) it is bittered with Northern Brewer hops and Hallerteau hops and also double dry hopped with the Hallerteau.

The Imperial Bohemian Pilsner is a nod to Narragansett’s German heritage and the brand’s exploration of the lager beer style. While many craft breweries today focus on ales, ‘Gansett has seen greatest success and consumer interest in response to its lager offerings. Along with the company’s Marzen-style Fest, Helles Bock spring seasonal and flagship Lager, the Imperial Bohemian Pilsner is a further journey into the lager beer style.

The Narragansett Imperial Bohemian Pilsner is the company’s second offering in the Private Stock series, as the company continues to expand its acclaimed craft selections.  In December 2012, Narragansett introduced a limited-edition Imperial IPA, offering ‘Gansett fans a bigger-bodied brew, while also celebrating the company’s 122nd anniversary.

Narragansett Imperial Bohemian Pilsner, priced between $5.99-6.99, is available in 22-ounce bomber bottles throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, North Carolina, New York City, and the District of Columbia. Narragansett Bohemian Imperial Pilsner is 8.6 percent Alcohol By Volume. 

For further information on the Narragansett Imperial Bohemian Pilsner or to find a retailer near you, visit:www.narragansettbeer.com.
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Elevation Beer Announces Spring 2013 Black & Double Black Series Releases (Third Base & False Summit)

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Exciting beer releases coming from Elevation Beer:

February 26th, 2013/mbb/ Poncha Springs, CO- Elevation Beer Company is excited to announce it’s upcoming Spring Seasonals in it’s Black Series and Double Black Series’.

Elevation plans on releasing Third Base, a traditional Belgian tripel in its Black Series of specialty seasonal beers, and False Summit, a Bourbon barrel-aged Quadrupel, in it’s Double Black Series of seasonal barrel-aged beers.

“We are super excited for these two fantastic Belgian style beers this spring,” says head brewer Christian Koch, “these two beers have been in the works for quite sometime and both are perfect fits for the warming weather of spring.”


They will both be released in 750ml cork and caged bottles as well as draft and should be available in mid to late March across Colorado.

“Third Base will come in at 9% ABV and was brewed using Belgian Candi Sugar and a traditional Belgian yeast strain, giving it great notes of pepper, clove, orange peel and spice,” Christian exclaims, “While False Summit, is a fantastic 11.1% ABV quadrupel and much more traditional then our Apis IV. We aged it in Breck Distilling Bourbon Barrels to give it nice subtle notes of vanilla, oak, and bourbon.”

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Elevation plans on releasing 3 more beers this year in both the Black and Double Black Series, for a total of 8 different seasonal specialty beers brewed in 2013 by Elevation.
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For Collins Maibock & ”For Whom The Belg Tolls” Both Coming 3/5

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From Fort Collins Brewery:

No, not a real goat. We're talking about Maibock! We're tapping this long-aging lager at our Tasting Room on Tuesday March 5th for Tap Club members and Wednesday March 6th for the rest of you beer lovers who haven't joined up yet. And you'll be able to find it on draught and in 22oz bottles wherever FCB beer is sold soon after.

Why the goat references? This is a time honored pun because bock means goat in German. There's more to the story than that, but rather than go through it here, we'll refer you to that epitome of scholarship,
Wikipedia.

Maibock Stats:
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 6.4%
Hop Bitterness (IBU): 34
Color (SRM): 22

It tolls for thee! But don't worry, the tolling of the Belg is not so ominous as the tolling of the Bell. It just means it's time for you to stop in the Tasting Room to try the latest in our limited release, draught only Tap Club series.

This Belgian session beer features tons of carmel and malt character, but dials back to a relatively low alcohol content. Hints of spice from the yeast are balanced with citrus notes from the hops.

Like Maibock, For Whom the Belg Tolls will be available at the Tasting Room to Tap Club members beginning March 5th, and everyone else can get a pint or growler starting March 6th. Also look for it at a few select bars and restaurants in Fort Collins.
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Evil Twin - Falco IPA

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We brought you the keg label for Evil Twin Falco IPA a few days ago, and now today we get to see the 12oz bottle.  Falco will be packaged in 12oz bottles by Two Roads Brewing and it will come in at 7% ABV.
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Cigar City Humidor Series IPA 12oz Bottles Being Filled Today For New 4-Packs (Available Today)

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Great news from Cigar City as their Humidor Series IPA comes off the bottling line in 12oz bottles destined for their NEW 4-packs.  This beer is also heading to cans as well in 2013.
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From Cigar City:
4-packs of Humidor Series India Pale Ale are here! On sale in tasting room now! Hitting distribution ASAP!

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Off Color Brewing Debuts on March 10th & 11th With Pop-Up Bar

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We’ve been following along as John Laffler (formerly of Goose Island) and Dave Bleitner (formerly of Two Brothers) have formed Off Color Brewing….and now you can actually get a taste of four collaboration brews.  Detail from the Chicago Tribune:

Well, it’s finally time to taste some of the beers Laffler is creating with partner Dave Bleitner, formerly of Two Brothers Brewing, in the form of Off Color Brewing. On March 10 and 11, Off Color will take over Black Rock bar in Roscoe Village with a pop-up bar it is calling Mischief.

Tickets, which cost $40, go on sale on Friday at noon through Brown Paper Tickets. There will be two sessions on Sunday, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to midnight, and one on Monday, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Drinks are included with the price of ticket.

Laffler and Bleitner have said they'll avoid making traditional beer styles, and the menu at Black Rock -- sorry, Mischief -- sounds as if they will be hewing to that promise.

Laffler said he and Bleitner brewed four collaborations for the event -- two with Metropolitan Brewing (a pink rice bohemian pilsner with a “subdued floral/tropical fruit element underneath the more traditional noble character” and a smoked bock), and one each with Haymarket and Three Floyds.
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Allagash / Blue Jacket / Peekskill Brewing Co-Brew Underway Today (Oranges…Coolship…Pink Peppercorns)

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Just a peek inside from Jason Perkins at Allagash as the Allagash Brewing, Peekskill Brewing, Blue Jacket Brewing co-brew is underway today.  Jeff from Peekskill & Megan Parisi from Blue Pants are on site so stay tuned for details.
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More details from Allagash Brewing… 

Jason perkins@allagashJason

Our technique for prepping the oranges in the @peekskillbrews coolship

Nice Coolship!“@allagashJason: Filling coolship & adding pink peppercorns.


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Hangar 24 Local Fields Vinaceous, Polycot, Essence & California Spring Beer

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Today we get to see four new labels for Hangar 24…and three of them are from their Locale Fields Series.  Today we get to see Vinaceous (Old Ale brewed with Temecula, CA red grapes & aged on French oak, 22oz bottle--8.7% ABV), Polycot (Wheat-wine style ale brewed with SoCal Apricots, 22oz--7.2% ABV), Essence (Double IPA brewed with Redlands, CA Navel Oranges, blood oranges & grapefruit, 22oz bottle--8/5% ABV) & California Spring Beer (Hoppy wheat seasonal, Belgian yeast, 12oz bottle--5.2% ABV).  Stay tuned for release details.
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Two New 50,000-pound Grain Silos Arrive @ Susquehanna Brewing Co

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Some exciting news and a photo from our pal Jaime Jurado as one of two new 50,000-pound grain silos have arrived at Susquehanna Brewing Co.  They’ll need some warmer weather to complete the install, but stay tuned as we follow along and stay tuned for more great beer.  Jaime tells me each silo hold enough grains for  22 brews of base malts.
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Blue Pants - Workman, Amber Waders of Grain & Spare Pair Coming to 12oz Bottles

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Today we get a look at the new labels for Blue Pants Workman & Amber Waders 12oz bottles.  Workman Common Lager is based on the California Common style (or Alabama Common as they call it) and it will come in at 5% ABV.  Amber Waders of Grain is an Amber Lager that will also come in at 5% ABV.  Spare Pair will be a Pale Ale coming in at 6% ABV.  Stay tuned for release details.
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Ninkasi - Vanilla Oatis Available Now & Going Year-Round

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From Ninkasi:

Ninkasi  Brewing Company announces the debut of its new Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, available on shelves in 22oz. bottles starting in March and remaining on shelves year-round throughout the entire Ninkasi distribution footprint. As a new member of the Ninkasi Flagship Series, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout will offer customers a tasty, more decadent alternative to the favored Oatis Oatmeal Stout.

“Aged on whole natural vanilla beans, Vanilla Oatis is a unique and delicious take on our traditional Oatmeal Stout,” explains Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company co-founder.

To create this brew, whole vanilla beans from Eugene’s Singing Dog Vanilla were added to the fermentation tank, essentially dry-hopping the beer with an intoxicating vanilla flavor.

Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout will take the place of its predecessor, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, as the newest Ninkasi offering available in 22oz. bottles. Oatis Oatmeal Stout will remain on draft and in 12oz. bottles but will only be found in 22oz. bottles in Ninkasi’s mixed 4-packs throughout the year.

Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout

Description: A delicious oatmeal stout with just enough hops to balance the copious quantities of dark roasted malts, oatmeal for a creamy smooth drinkability, and whole vanilla beans for a rich complexity. To achieve this higher level of decadence, we added in whole vanilla beans to the final stage of fermentation – the same process we use to dry hop a beer.

Tasting Notes: Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout is characterized by a roasted front flavor, smooth rich oats, a touch of chocolate flavor, and a rich vanilla complexity imparted by whole vanilla beans. It is bigger than a traditional stout with more alcohol, body and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.

Malt: 2-Row Pale, Chocolate, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Oats
Hops: Nugget
IBU: 50
ABV: 7.2
OG: 1072
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White Labs Confirms Budweiser Beers Are Not Watered Down

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We brought you news of the various lawsuits claiming that Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch products had been watered down, now comes news from NPR that White Labs has confirmed Anheuser-Busch’s claims that the beer is full strength and not watered down.  Details from NPR:

Samples of Budweiser and other Anheuser-Busch InBev beers were found to be in line with their advertised alcohol content, according to lab tests conducted at NPR's request. We've rewritten portions of this post to reflect that new information…

Tests conducted on Budweiser, Bud Light Lime, and Michelob Ultra this week by San Diego's White Labs found that "the alcohol percentages inside the cans were the same as what was stated on the can," says analytical laboratory specialist Kara Taylor.
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2013 Boulder Strong Ale Fest Tentative Beer List

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Here’s a peek at the tentative beer list for the 2013 Boulder Strong Ale Fest.  For the latest list be sure to click here.
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Smutty Nose - Towle Farm Update (Photos)

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Some exciting updates from Smuttynose:

Portsmouth Beer Week seems like a perfect time to share an update on the construction of our new brewery at Towle Farm in Hampton. Here it is!

Despite three weekends of snow storms, work continues at an impressive rate. I can't say I envy the work crews out there, but I certainly appreciate the work they've been doing under such cruddy conditions. The building is far enough along that our brewing and packaging staff recently went out to the site for the first time to see the progress and walk through their new work space. They were pretty amazed and excited.

One things they're excited about is our new brewhouse, which is being built right now. It's a four vessel, 100 hectoliter (~85 barrels) system from top German firm, Krones. This powerful piece of machinery is from the same Combi Cube line as the system Founders Brewing recently installed, though theirs is a bit smaller. The new technology will greatly increase our consistency and quality, which is vitally important when brewing and packaging beer. There's so much to say about the system, that it'll get its own post once it arrives on our shores.

Otherwise, here are a few updates and photos from our builder's representative and project manager, Clark James.

-The warehouse is almost fully enclosed, save for the overhead doors and interior partition separating it from the bottling area.

-The panel crew has been working to affix insulated panels to the exterior of the building. The building won't actually be yellow.

-The roofers are progressing with insulating the sloped roof, and have installed membrane ("TPO") on much of the flat roof.

-Masonry has been completed on several of the interior block walls, and the masons have begun installing the stone veneer on the exterior on the front of the building.

-We hope to start framing in the brew pub within two weeks.

That's not all:

We're working with the folks at Applecrest Farm, a local orchard, to revitalize the Towle Farm Orchard. Many people have asked if we'll make cider. While it might be fun, I believe we'd need a winery license and that isn't remotely on our radar right now. On the other hand, we will have a pub at Towle Farm, so I can certainly imagine many more culinary uses for the fruit, than fermentory ones.

Smuttynose is lucky to have two beekeepers on staff and we'll be able to use their skills on our new beerhives! The bees will arrive at their new home at Towle Farm in April. Clark, who is one of the beekeepers, says we've got Italians with Carnolian queens. If you're asking about mead, the same answer to the cider question applies here.

Construction began with the warehouse.

If you were in our pub, this would be your view of the brewery.

Snow can't stop the Harvey Construction crew!

The main entrance is in the lower left-hand corner of this shot.
The offices are just above on the second floor.

Here's a cool night time shot, looking straight down the fermentation cellar.

The backside of the warehouse is closing up. Note the barn on the right.

If you'd like up to the minute views of the new brewery, check out our webcam at http://www.towlefarm.com.
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Thomas Creek - Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA 12oz Bottle

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Today we get a peek at the 12oz Bottle label for Thomas Creek Castaway Chocolate Orange IPA.  This appears to have been a draft only release prior to this, but now it looks like Castaway will find it’s way into bottles.  I’ll admit I’m still trying to picture this blend of flavors, but I can say I’d love to try it.  Look for Castaway to come in at 7.5% ABV.
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Tallgrass Pub Ale Coming to 16oz Cans

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Back then we called it “Tallgrass Ale” (clever name, right?), and it was the first beer ever brewed by Tallgrass Brewing Company. 

Unfortunately, there were other beers to brew and our firstborn, Ale, became the forgotten child, but the Ale fans would not let it go gently into that dying light of forgotten beers.

Ale has returned as Pub Ale. Different can, exact same beer inside. We haven’t changed a thing. We promise. Drink a pint and be the judge. It is the same rich brown ale that we poured back in 2007. Mild and tasty with hints of carmel and chocolate.

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