New Belgium Rolle Bolle Summer Seasonal Ale (Extended Video)

30 April 2013


From New Belgium:

A delightful summer ale for easy sipping and a classic Belgian yard game for easy enjoyment, Rolle Bolle is how we roll. Brewed with monk fruit and soursop, this beer pours a brilliant blonde, with a fluffy, white head. Earthy and tropical tones carry the aroma and the taste follows accordingly. Rolle Bolle's hint of tartness is backed with the citrus bite of Cascade and Centennial hops. Oats add some creaminess to the mouthfeel, and it finishes dry and clean. Time to get in the yard, crack a bottle and start rolling.
Learn more at NewBelgium.com.
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Southern Tier - Inner Loop Special Ale Brewed For Rochester Real Beer Week

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Here’s an interesting new keg label coming from Southern Tier called Inner Loop Special Ale.  This beer is brewed exclusively for Rochester Real Beer Week so stay tuned for details.
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Sierra Nevada - Knotty Wood Ale Brewed w/Blue Spruce

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This is a keg-only beer, but it never gets old when Sierra Nevada gets approval for another rare brew.  Today it’s called Knotty Wood and it’s an ale brewed with Blue Spruce.  Look for Knotty Wood to come in at 6.2% ABV.
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Ommegang - Tripel Perfection

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Today we get to see the latest 750ml bottle label from Brewery Ommegang for their Tripel Perfection.  This Belgian-Style golden Tripel ale uses licorice root, coriander & sweet orange peel.  Look for Tripel Perfection to come in at 8.9% ABV.
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New Belgium - Lips of Faith Coconut Curry Ale

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This is only the keg label so stay tuned for the bottle label to follow…in any case today we get the first peek at a new and upcoming New Belgium Lips of Faith Series release.  The beer will be named Coconut Curry Ale and yes it will be brewed with spices.  Look for Coconut Curry to come in at 8% ABV.
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Rogue - Brutal IPA - Official Beer of the Rogue Nation

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Here’s an exciting new 22oz bottle coming from Rogue today called Brutal IPA.  Following in the naming footsteps of their Brutal Bitter, Brutal IPA is the Official Brew of the Rogue Nation.  No word on ABV, IBU or release details so stay tuned.
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Dogfish Head - Black & Blue Bottling Today On Shelves In a Few Weeks

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Exciting news coming from Dogfish Head as they show off a photo of their Black & Blue coming off the packaging line today.  Look for this beer to hit retails shelves (and taps) in a few weeks.
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Redhook Partners w/Buffalo Wild Wings on Game Changer Ale

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Redhook & Buffalo Wild Wings are collaborating on a new house beer for the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain.  The beer comes in at 4.7% ABV and BWW describes the beer as "a premium craft beer that is designed to go perfectly with our flavorful wings while watching a game."  This beer was originally licensed by Redhook in 2012 as Game Changer Beer.  Stay tuned for more details.
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Spoetzl / Shiner Premium Beer - Not New. Not Improved.

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I love beer marketing so I thought you’d want a peek at the packaging and campaign for Shiner Premium Beer.  The tagline is “Shiner Premium Beer….Not New.  Not Improved.”  The classic packaging is by Craig Crutchfield and this is a reintroduction of a beer that has been previously named Premium, Texas Export, Shiner Blonde & Texas Special.  As the name returns to Premium, the design and marketing have been overhauled for the release.
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The Bruery - Bois 5th Anniversary Ale Coming This Week (5/2)

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Exciting anniversary news from The Bruery:

"Five years ago, I couldn't have fathomed what The Bruery is today. We've reached this point due to a lot of hard work, allowing creativity to steer our direction, being constructively critical of ourselves, and taking on significant risks along the way. The next five years should be just as exciting. I'm so thankful for the wonderful people I get to work who put their soul into their work, and our customers who support our brewing habit!" -- Patrick Rue



May is our anniversary month and we are excited to release Bois, our fifth anniversary ale this week! This beer is brewed in the English-style Old Ale tradition using our house Belgian yeast strain and then blended using the solera method, where a portion of each of our anniversary ales is saved in our barrels and blended in with the next year's production, providing more complexity and depth of character that comes with age.

In our fifth year, we've decided that using just one kind of barrel is not enough for this beer. Five separate small batches of Bois have been quietly resting in five different kinds of barrels: bourbon, rye, brandy, new American oak, and French oak.

So what kind of differences will you see between these batches? We're studying each type of spirit and barrel for the month of May to discuss just that. For week one, we're going to look a little closer at the beautiful world of bourbon.
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Though bourbon's past is still somewhat disputed, it is clear that its history in Kentucky is a big part of the story. As settlers began to move deeper into the states, those with distilling knowledge were at a slight advantage since water was scarce and grain spirits were easier to transport than the grain itself. Many of these settlers were of Irish or Scottish descent so they were already farmers or distillers by trade, which coupled perfectly with Kentucky's climate and natural limestone water filter to develop bourbon as we know it. Whether Elijah Craig of Evan Williams "invented" bourbon, it was the characteristics of Kentucky that ultimately made bourbon, bourbon.

However, bourbon can be made anywhere, not just in Kentucky. One of the main differences between bourbon and whiskey is the use of corn in the recipe. There's even a federal law in place that stipulates precisely what legally defines makes bourbon. The
standards of identity state that it "is whisky produced at not exceeding 160° proof from a fermented mash of not less than 51 percent corn, rye, wheat, malted barley, or malted rye grain, respectively, and stored at not more than 125° proof in charred new oak containers; and also includes mixtures of such whiskies of the same type."

Brewer & Distiller Josh Rapp from
Stranahans Colorado Whiskey may exclusively make single malt whiskey, but he knows and loves his bourbon. "When I drink bourbon what I am really looking for is complexity. Because of the grain restrictions on bourbons many of them taste exactly like what they are made of: a bunch of corn! Don't get me wrong, I do like the taste of distilled corn based spirit. It is sweet, evaporative and warming but it can also be harsh. I always look for straight bourbons (aged at least 2 years) and enjoy it when they are aged even longer than that because of the added complexity I mentioned. My favorite readily available bourbons come from Pappy Van Winkle but if I am trying to save some dollars I like the George Dickel Barrel Select."

Different kinds of bourbon can range from "high corn" recipes to "wheaters" to "barreled in bond." To find your favorite kind, we like this very thorough post from
Epicurious. We use lots of Kentucky's own Heaven Hill barrels here at The Bruery, but you can also find barrels from Elijah Craig, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, George Dickel, Maker's Mark, Buffalo Trace, Old Fitzgerald, in barrel aging programs. Not only do these barrels impart their own distinct flavors, they also up the ABV on a beer resting within an additional 2-4%!

"Bourbon typically has notes of caramel and vanilla. The amount of time it spends in the barrel has a lot to do with the flavor," explains Preston Winkle, from
Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. "The longer in the barrel, the oakier. Also, the recipe dictates how the bourbon will interact with the wood. Bourbons made with rye pick up heavier barrel notes and are spicier, while bourbons made with wheat, like ours, are generally sweeter, softer and more elegant, picking up the lighter, toasty notes from the barrel. With barrel aged beers, if the barrel is too old or the beer aged too long, the beer won't gain any of the benefit from the barrel. It can be bitter and too woody."



100% Bourbon barrel aged Bois will be distributed nationwide and will be available for sale in our Tasting Room this Wednesday, May 1. A very limited supply of rye, brandy, and brand new charred American oak barrel aged versions will be available exclusively to Reserve Society members. By the end of the year, French oak barrel aged Bois will be available exclusively to Hoarders.

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ABV: 15%
Grain bill: It's a secret! But we can tell you we use less than 8% crystal malt
Availability: Nationwide
Price: $29.99
Tasting notes: dark caramel, dates, coconut, burnt wood, dried apricot, vanilla
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Elevation Beer - First Anniversary 7437 DIPA

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Happy first anniversary to Elevation Beer Co.  To mark the event, Elevation is brewing First Anniversary 7437 Double IPA.  Despite the TYPO on the label, this beer uses 2-row, crystal, carared & carafoam malts (not hops) and Simcoe, Galena, Falconer’s Flight & Chinook hops (not malt).  7437 will be packaged in 16oz bottles and come in at 9% ABV & 100 IBU.  For those asking about the “7437” name, it’s actually the elevation of the brewery.
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Stone Brewing Operation Homefront IPA Brew Begins Tomorrow @ Liberty Station

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Just a quick photo from our pal Mitch Steele as he shows off the Louisville Slugger sent to Stone for the Operation Homefront IPA Memorial Day 2013 Operation Homefront Hops for Heroes benefit brew.  The bat will actually be used to dry-hop the beer and this beer will be brewed tomorrow at the Liberty Station facility (even though it’s not open yet.)
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Nightshift Brewing - Honeydew & Snow (White Stout)

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From Nightshift Brewing:

  • Last Saturday at the taproom we launched Honeydew, our new hoppy spring saison fermented with freshly juiced honeydew melons. We kegged all of Batch #1, so it's available in growlers-only (32 and 64 oz format), plus we'll have it pouring at a few bars around the city. We plan to bottle the second batch, but that won't be for another few weeks, so come try Batch #1 while it's fresh!

  • Anyone miss Snow? No, not the cold flakes that fall from above, but Snow - our perplexing white stout that we test batched back in March. Well, we're bringing the Snow back just in time for sunny May skies! Next Wednesday (5/8/13), we're launching bottles & growlers of this creamy session ale that's loaded with the aromas and flavors of J.P. Licks' Ethiopia Harrar coffee beans. We should have plenty in stock over the coming weeks, and our bottle stores will have it, too!

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New Budweiser Bowtie Shaped Can (Video)


From Anheuser-Busch

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The Alchemist's John Kimmich Answers Your Heady Topper Questions (Video) - Drink It From The Can!


From The Alchemist
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TO0L - By Udder Means Milk Stout Aged in Muscat Barrels

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Leave it to TO0L to come up with another unique combination.  Today we get a peek at the label for “By Udder Means” milk stout aged in Muscat barrels.  This beer will be packaged in 12.7oz bottles by DeProef and it will come in at 7% ABV.
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The Boulevard Brewing Company Story (Video)


From Boulevard:

A quick glimpse at Boulevard Brewing Company.

A look at the fermentation and filtration process here at Boulevard Brewing Company.

A look at the how we brew beer here at Boulevard Brewing Company.

A look at the packaging process and how Boulevard Brewing Company beer makes it to your local store, bar and restaurant.

A look at our sustainability practices here at Boulevard Brewing Company.
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Surly Comments On Proposed Minnesota Excise Tax

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From Surly:

If you live in Minnesota, you’ve no doubt heard that the Minnesota House is proposing to increase the beer excise tax from $4.60/barrel to $27.75/barrel. This has understandably stirred a lot of debate and discussion so we wanted to weigh in with our stance and clarify the points of the issue.

– We should be supporting our local breweries, but this tax does the exact opposite – it makes it difficult for breweries to grow and add jobs.

– Minnesota’s beer taxes are already 81 percent higher than Wisconsin, 33 percent higher than Iowa, 20 percent higher than South Dakota, and 22 percent higher than North Dakota – even BEFORE this proposed increase.

A 600 percent tax increase is bad for business, no matter how you slice it, and this proposal comes at a crucial time for Minnesota craft beer. Our breweries are growing, adding jobs, and are becoming the talk of the nation – as evidenced at the recent Craft Brewers Conference in Washington D.C. While it’s true this tax wouldn’t necessarily affect most of the breweries in this state right now, with Minnesota’s continued growth and expansion, in the next few years, more Minnesota breweries could be affected. And, once taxes are increased, they aren’t typically reduced down the road.

At Surly, as we continue to expand, we will soon outgrow Minnesota’s small brewer excise tax exemption. If this tax is increased 600 percent, as proposed, it will deal us a serious blow while we try to make more beer. It will affect how much you pay for your beer. We realize that ultimately no one likes taxes but this proposed increase punishes growth and success, and a 600 percent increase is just plain unreasonable.

Currently this tax would directly affect Schell’s and Summit, and we stand with them on this issue.

Minnesota state and local lawmakers have made some great strides over the past few years to encourage the growth of the Minnesota craft beer industry and we are very grateful for that support. We’ve all seen the positive results from that. Together we’ve started a craft beer boom in our state that we hope continues for a long time. We think this excise tax increase moves us in the wrong direction. We hope at the end of the day the legislature will agree with us and oppose this proposal.

Thanks for listening, Surly Nation. We wanted to clarify the main points so everyone can form his or her own opinion on this issue, and act accordingly. If you plan to act, now is the time to be heard:
http://www.gis.leg.mn/OpenLayers/districts/
As always, thanks for your support.
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Brew Hub Opening 50K Sq-Ft Contract Brew Facility in Lakeland, FL

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From Brew Hub:

Brew Hub  signed a 50,400 square-foot industrial lease in Lakeland, FL. The brewery will have a brewing capacity of approximately 75,000 barrels annually.

“This will be a very specialized build-out, especially to accommodate all the tanks and pipes involved in the brewing process,” said Dolores Seymour of Colliers. “The shell has to be built first, and then the equipment will go in before construction can continue.

Started by former Anheuser-Busch executive Tim Schoen in 2012, Brew Hub, uses the slogan “where craft brewers go to grow.” Brew Hub provides full brewing, packaging, distribution and selling services for craft brands that are capacity, geographical or capital constrained. The company plans to have five breweries located throughout the country that will cater to craft breweries. Each facility will allow craft brewers to partner brew their beers on site..


“The demographics of the geography are excellent,” Seymour said. “This site also offers curb appeal and visibility from I-4, and there are 8.5 million people within a 100-mile radius.”
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Geary’s Summer Ale 12oz Cans - Maine Made Since 1986

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Here’s your first look at the 2013 version of Geary’s Summer Ale.  This is the 12oz can label…and of course it is Maine Made Since 1986!
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Apple Blossom Brewing Hires Brewmaster Nathan Traw from Mother’s Brewing

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From the Fayetteville Flyer:

The tanks are installed, the brewhouse has arrived, and a 35-foot mahogany bar transported from Ireland is in place at the soon-to-open Apple Blossom Brewing Company at 1550 E. Zion Road in North Fayetteville, AR.

Now, it’s time to brew some beer.

Partners in the new restaurant and brew pub, set to open this summer, recently announced their hiring of former Mother’s Brewing Company quality control guru Nathan Traw as brewmaster for the establishment.
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Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy Hits all 50 States

imageImpressive Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy news from The Chippewa Herald:

Considering the tremendous growth and popularity of Leinenkugel’s beers, it was only a matter of time that the Chippewa Falls brewer would extend to all 50 states.

Summer Shandy, a wheat beer brewed with natural lemonade flavor, has filled a craft beer niche and taken beer drinkers by storm. Its sales soared by 90 percent in 2012, quickly becoming Leinie’s top-selling beer.
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Freetail Brewing’s Scott Metzger Criticizes Kickstarter Then Starts His Own Campaign ;)

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A funny tweet coming from Freetail Brewing’s Scott Metzger announcing that yes ye was critical of Kickstarter, but now he’s planning to start his own campaign.  Turns out it was a campaign to fund a Lamborghini Delivery Vehicle and somehow it was rejected.  This from Freetail:

Just got an email from Kickstarter, say they were rejecting my project. This is especially disappointing considering how awesome my project would have been.

I guess I’ll have to rely on funding our business the “old fashioned” way of using our own money.

-Scott 

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Smuttynose - Summer Weizen & Vunderbar Shipping Now for 2013

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Summer has arrived at Smuttynose:

Smuttynose Summer Weizen and Vunderbar Pilsner are both shipping out of our warehouse now and should be on shelves in your neck of the woods very soon!

Summer Weizen (5.3% abv, 15 IBU) is our unique take on a wheat beer.  Starting with a traditional German wheat beer grain bill (2:1 barley malt to wheat malt), our brewers veer from that well-traveled path by fermenting the beer with our Belgian Trappist-style yeast and infusing the soft, floral notes of chamomile just before the wort is cooled for fermentation.  The result is a relaxing brew that's perfect for your fishing trip, barbecue, softball game or back porch.  

Vunderbar Pilsner (5.1% abv, 15 IBU) returns to our "Now and Then" series, taking the place of Noonan Black IPA.  2013's release is the same as last year's; it's made from traditional old world ingredients (German Pilsner malt, Saaz hops, lager yeast, water and nothing else)  and is unfiltered.  While the liquid inside the bottle is unchaged from last year; we've expanded the package and are now offering Vunderbar in  now be available in six packs (rather than a four pack) at the same price you pay for the rest of our year-round and seasonal beers.  Try it and see why we can't keep it on tap in our hospitality nook.

In addition to the many fine stores that sell Smuttynose beers (and there are a lot), you an always stop by the brewery to buy beer during our tours or during the week, between 9am and 4pm.  

We'd like to end this blog post by reminding you of the Vunderbar Pilsner theme song, which you can enjoy here or a spiffy video, produced by our friends at Good Beer NYC

Enjoy your summer and thanks for making yours a Smutty!
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Bayou Teche Biere - Acadia, LA-31 Biere Noire, LA-31 Bier Pale, LA-31 Boucanee

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Four new 22oz bottles coming from Bayou Teche Biere…Acadia Biere de Garde, LA-31 Biere Noire, LA-31 Bier Pale (Louisiana Pale Ale) and LA-31 Boucanee.
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Stone’s Mitch Steele Talks Cans & Collaboration

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An interview with our pal Mitch Steele from Stone brewing…..details from Las Vegas Weekly:

On canned microbrews: Cans are a great package. From a quality standpoint, in some ways it’s better than a bottle, as far as air ingress. You just don’t get as much air into a can as you do in a bottle. Whether we’re going to do it or not, I don’t know. We certainly have discussed it very casually, and right now we don’t have the room to do it. I certainly don’t have a problem with a craft beer in a can. I’ll buy it and enjoy it. ... It’s kind of a mind-set thing. I think people associate beer in cans with something that’s not at the same level of flavor or quality that people look at with a craft beer.

On collaboration beers: We’ve been brewing collaboration beers since 2008, so we’ve been doing it for a while. I see it continuing because, No. 1, it generates some excitement. Again, it’s an ability to do something new, and that’s what’s fun about collaborations. It’s a nice way to celebrate the camaraderie of the industry, which is really important to a lot of us.
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Bell’s Brewery - Eccentric Café May Schedule

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From Bell’s Brewery
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New Zealand’s Tui Beer Sparks Controversy With “Homophobic” Billboard

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From Business Insider:

A new billboard from New Zealand's Tui beer has sparked outrage on the company's Facebook page for being "disgusting," "homophobic," "creepy," and an overall "disgrace."

Tui marketing manager William Papesch explained in a statement that "given the recent passing of the Same Sex Marriage Bill in Parliament," the beer maker thought it was a good idea to make a billboard that reads, "Dad's new husband seems nice. Yeah right."
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East Coast Beer Signs With Black River Traders in NJ

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(Point Pleasant, NJ) – Jersey Shore-based East Coast Beer  is happy to announce the addition of the newest member to its distribution team. Black River Traders, Inc., located in Flanders, NJ, is now carrying East Coast Beer Co.’s Beach Haus® brand beers, and is available immediately in Middlesex, Somerset, Warren, and parts of Hunterdon counties.

“We’re very happy to expand further into the New Jersey market,” said John Merklin, co-founder of East Coast Beer Co. “New Jersey is our home turf, so it really means a lot that our products are embraced and enjoyed throughout the state.”

Black River Traders will carry Beach Haus® brand’s Classic American Pilsner, Winter Rental, Kick Back Ale, and Cruiser IPA, the newest Beach Haus® variety.

“We knew right away that we wanted to work with East Coast Beer Co. and carry the Beach Haus® brand,” said Doug Thompson, manager at Black River Traders, Inc. “It was a good fit from the get go. They’re a Jersey-based company with a great selection of beer, so we’re very happy to be distributing their products.”

Black River Traders, Inc. is a specialty beer and wine distributor that offers a wide selection of domestic and imported beer, craft beer, and wine. The distributor, a subsidiary company under Fisher Thompson Beverages, opened its doors in 2003. Today, the distributor has over 600 active accounts, six sales representatives, a fleet of 20 trucks, and services 16 counties throughout New Jersey.

“We’re definitely looking forward to a great partnership and are excited to be a part of East Coast Beer Co.’s future growth,” said Thompson.

Currently, Beach Haus® beer can be found at 14 distributors throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Carolina, and South Carolina. For more information about East Coast Beer Co. or its Beach Haus® brand beers, visit www.BeachHausBeer.com. For information on Black River Traders, Inc., visit www.BlackRiverTraders.com.
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Lompoc Saison The Beach Coming Tomorrow 5/1

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From Lompoc:

Well hello there! The sun is out AND it's Tightwad Tuesday? It doesn't get any better than this, my friends! 5Q & Hedge House has $2.50 regular Lompoc pints all day, because we love you.

Tomorrow might be May Day, but with the forecast, it will feel more like summer. That's why we're releasing our Saison the Beach tomorrow from 5 to 7pm at Oaks Bottom, 1621 SE Bybee Blvd. Boasting a unique spice mix, this beer's modest hop bill of Perle and Crystal takes a back seat to the grapefruit zest, black peppercorns, and candied ginger. Pale, Weyerman Pils, wheat, biscuit, and rye malts provide an equally complex grain bill, yielding a full-flavored brew with a dry, spicy finish. Come join us and order up one of our favorite spring seasonals!

At Sidebar this Wednesday & Thursday, we're serving up Electric Sheep IPA, the 5th in our Sci Fi IPA series, named for the Phillip K Dick's novel, "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." This beer is bright amber in color with a citrus and tropical fruit aroma and flavor, and a slight resinous and piney hop bitterness. You'll also find our Dark Side Porter, Cellar D'or Belgian Farmhouse, Cherry Porter (aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels with 35 pounds of sour cherries for almost three years), 2012 Blitzen Spiced Golden Ale, and
Kick Axe Dry Hopped Pale Ale.

We also recently brewed the 6th beer in our Sci-Fi series, this time a collaboration with Abram Goldman-Armstrong. Gallifrey IPA is named for a fictional planet that is the home world of Doctor Who and the Time Lords. But you knew that, right? This beer will be on tap soon, and there's also talk of a Sci-Fi move night in June featuring all of our Sci-Fi IPAs, stay tuned for details.
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Miller Coors - Schlitz 12oz Bottles & Cans

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I love retro-packaging…so here’s a blast from the past that will actually be hitting shelves soon courtesy of Miller Coors.  Today we get to see the 12oz can and bottle label for the classic Schlitz beer.
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Sun King - Gen Con Indy Returns For 11th Year on 8/15

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From Sun King:

(Indianapolis, IN) – 106 days and counting down until the return of Gen Con Indy for its 11th year in Indianapolis on August 15-18, 2013. Sun King is excited to announce that for the second year in a row, we will brew the Official Beer of Gen Con.

For more than 45 years, Gen Con has set the trend in gaming and has broken attendance records while attracting the biggest names in game design and manufacturing. Last year Gen Con drew more than 41,000 attendees to downtown Indianapolis. This summer’s exhibition will mark some new and exciting things for the Gen Con and Sun King Brewery partnership. Sun King will once again brew the Official Beer of Gen Con and will host the first ever Beer Garden during the festival on Georgia Street.

“Gen Con is an incredible experience and we’re excited to work with them and Indianapolis Downtown Inc. to expand the scope of the festivities,” said Sun King brewer/owner Dave Colt. “Utilizing Georgia Street is a great way to enhance the experience for attendees, but it also allows everyone the opportunity to enjoy and discover the wonders of Gen Con!”

Again this year, Gen Con will host a naming contest announced on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/#!/genconindy) for this year’s beer that will be tapped on Georgia Street on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:00PM EST to kick-off “The Best Four Days In Gaming! ™” Live music, entertainment, and some of Indy’s best food trucks will be onsite to celebrate. The beer will also be available at many bars and restaurants throughout central Indiana during the convention.

“Sun King Brewing is an excited and energetic partner. Sun King’s craft beers are truly world-class. Having a local Indianapolis company so committed to growing Gen Con Indy with us is amazing,” said Gen Con Vice President of Sales & Marketing Scott Elliott. “Following the tremendous popularity of food trucks at last year’s show and Sun King’s successful creation of the first-ever official Gen Con beer, we have planned an experience that will be fun for Indy natives and worldwide Gen Con fans alike. This will be a can’t-miss event.”
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Toucan Mobile Canning Coming to Chattanooga, TN in Sept

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From Nooga.com:

Toucan Mobile Canning, which will be based in Chattanooga, has joined Mobile Canning Systems' affiliate program, and leaders will launch operations in early September to serve breweries in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.
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Heavy Seas Holy Sheet Returns in May New Bottling Line Coming

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Über Abbey Ale aged in Brandy Barrels, 9% ABV

We've reintroduced Holy

Sheet into our Uncharted Waters line of limited releases, and we don't mean to brag... but HOLY SH**T!

Rich, complex & unique, Abbey style ales are transcendent, and ours stands proudly in the ranks. Aged in brandy barrels for 2 months, Holy Sheet is a mahogany ale brewed with Belgian Abbey yeast, candi sucre and unique crystal malts. Rounded, spicy caramel flavors mix with vinous notes and oak overtones, this ale pairs well with quiet contemplation. Hitting stores this May, get ready for Holy Sheet!

Expansion Updates:  Things are moving apace here as we get our expansion into high gear. In the next few weeks we will receive three new 200 barrel tanks – which hopefully will help us keep up with the demand for Loose Cannon! Soon after that we will see installation begin on our new temp controlled storage space, and a relocation of our kegging systems – along with the installation of a new special cask washer. We also hope soon to start construction on the new office/hospitality area – as soon as we figure out what we are doing. The final project for the year will be the installation of a new bottling line – capable of filling 250 or so bottles per minute. Plans for a new brew house are geared for 2014. You can see we have been busy – come by and see the changes. These AARGH exciting times!
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Breakside Brewery 3rd Anniversary Party 5/18 w/Special Release Beers

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From Breakside Brewery:

Breakside Brewery will be throwing a huge block party for our third anniversary on Saturday, May 18 from 12 until 7. The party will be at our NE Dekum brewpub and will feature live music, special release beers, and a good old fashioned barbecue. To celebrate the big day, we’ll be pouring from all the draft lines inside plus an addition 8-10 beers outside. The outdoor beer garden will be open rain or shine, and the event is open to Breakside fans of all ages.

Here is what to expect beer-wise:
As has become tradition here, we will be releasing an equal number of beers as we are years old. So three years of business means three special anniversary beers. My (Ben’s) anniversary ale is our first foray into the world of meat beers. Duck Duck Drunk Porter is a chocolate porter made with over 100 Muscovy ducks that we sourced through wild game supplier Nicky Farms and roasted in the wood-fired oven with our friends at Nostrana. Senior brewer Sam Barber, who joined Breakside in year two, has crafted a HopfenWeisse, a wheat beer that marries the yeast profile of a Bavarian weizen with citrusy American hops. Finally, Jacob Leonard and Andrew Horne, who have joined us in the last year, are releasing a Blood Orange Cascadian Dark Ale. Other drafts will include special barrel-aged releases, several beers from our beer “library” as well as the normal lineup of Breakside drafts.

The ticket package will be $15 for a commemorative tasting glass and 5 drink tickets for our outside tent.

As a party plus, we’ll be releasing bottles of two special barrel aged beers. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec is our most popular barrel-aged beer, and it is returning in 22 oz. bombers for the party. We will also be releasing New World Bruin for the first time in 750 ml Champagne-style bottles. This is our interpretation of a Flanders red ale that has been aging for the last year. We expect bottles of both beers to sell very quickly, so come early to get yours.
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Phusion Projects Adds Low Calorie Island Squeeze Malt-Based Beverages

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Yes these are malt-based beverages….some interesting new Island Squeeze frozen pouch options coming from Phusion Projects today:

CHICAGO, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/mbb/ -- Phusion Projects, LLC announced the introduction of six new Island Squeeze flavors just in time for consumers' summer escapes including—Strawberry Daiquiri Light, Margarita Light , Blue Hawaiian Light, Mango Peach Light, Dreamsicle and Key Lime. Phusion Projects continues to bring to market products that appeal to consumers who are seeking a variety of flavors when purchasing adult beverages.



The new Island Squeeze varieties join existing cocktail flavors Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada , Margarita and Pink Lemonade Light. The pouches can be frozen and poured into a glass or served over ice, making them the perfect warm-weather drink. Island Squeeze is available in 6 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), in 12 packs of 10-ounce, single serve pouches. The suggested retail price for each pouch is $1.99.

"According to a recent survey*, nearly 60 percent of women count calories when choosing their favorite alcoholic beverage. Our four new Island Squeeze light varieties provide consumers with additional options to enjoy the cocktails they crave," said Chris Hunter , one of the co-founders of Phusion Projects. "By expanding the line to include dessert flavors and more light options, Phusion Projects continues to demonstrate its commitment to meeting consumer demand through flavor innovation."

Information about the Island Squeeze line can be found at http://www.myislandsqueeze.com or on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/IslandSqueezeCocktails.

*Penn Schoen Berland conducted 300 (MOE ±5.66%) online interviews among women aged 25-50 who consume an alcoholic beverage at least once every two weeks.
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Founders Announces Philly Beer Week 2013 Lineup

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(Full lineup of events is here)  GRAND RAPIDS, MI. — Founders Brewing Co. announced their lineup of a dozen Philly Beer Week 2013 events today, including an All-Star Road Show event on Sunday, June 2, from 4-11pm at World Cafe Live. “All-Star” refers to both the draft lineup and the FBC All-Stars, the official brewery band, who will be playing a live show that evening.

The All-Star draft lineup for the Road Show will include Founders specialty and Backstage Series releases, a few taproom one-offs never before on draft outside of the Founders taproom in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and some surprises.

Workout Brooklyn will open the night followed by the FBC All-Stars—a super group made up of the brewery’s finest musicians (including brewers, head cellar operator, warehouse manager, deli manager, taproom manager, bartenders, servers, doorman)—for an entertaining evening of music and beer.

Tickets are $10/ea with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Live Connections. They can be purchased here beginning on Tuesday, April 30, at 12pm EDT.

Other Founders Philly Beer Week events include an annual beer dinner at South Philly Taproom on Monday, June 3, and tap takeovers at spots like the Kite and Key, Isaac Newton’s and Good Dog Bar.

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Haw River Farmhouse Ales - 100% NC White Pine Rye Saison Available Now

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From Haw River Farmhouse Ales:

A few weeks ago, we were invited to brew a very special batch of beer with our friends over at Trophy Brewing Company in Raleigh. In honor of North Carolina's first inaugural NC Beer Month, we decided it was a great opportunity to create a recipe that used only ingredients grown or collected in our homestate of North Carolina. So we called our friends at both Riverbend Malt House in Asheville and Farm Boy Farms in Pittsboro, and sourced locally-grown barley & rye malt from the western part of the state, and 2-row barley grown in Alamance County (which was specially toasted just for us by Dan at Farm Boy!).

We used three types of whole leaf hops grown during the 2012 harvest season at Farm Boy just down Highway 87: Nugget to bitter, spicy Chinook to flavor, and Cascade at the end of the boil to provide a little citrus-spicy aroma, which we knew would play nicely with the two pounds of young, fresh White Pine needles we collected from a few trees here in Saxapahaw.

To ensure every single aspect of our beer's ingredient list was 100% "North Carolina", we fermented our saison with the single culture native wild yeast strain we collected & isolated last February from here in Saxapahaw. This particular yeast imparts a wonderfully dry, honey-like flavor & aroma that provides a solid backbone to support the "black pepper" notes from the rye, Chinook and pine needles we used for flavoring, resulting in a clean, spicy balance that ended up working rather well for the style.

So now our collaboration White Pine Rye Saison is ready to enjoy and going on tap this Thursday, May 2nd, in the Trophy Brewing taproom at 827 West Morgan Street in Raleigh! We're inviting all our friends and fans to come have a glass with us this weekend—the beer goes on tap Thursday at 3pm, but Dawnya & I plan on hanging out Friday afternoon to share a pint with our friends (on Thursday, we're both in Asheville attending a sold-out Sour Beer Symposium hosted by Ms. Lauren Salazar of New Belgium Brewing, which we're really excited about, so we plan to be back in central NC on Friday afternoon to celebrate with everyone at Trophy!). Cheers, and we hope you enjoy!
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Odell Brewing Shows Off New Expansion Drawing

29 April 2013

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Here’s a quick photo coming from Odell Brewing showing off the drawings for their new expansion.  Look for a summer 2013 completion.
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Elysian - Manic IPA Series Space Dust Coming 5/1

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We brought you an early peek at this beer…and now this from Elysian Brewing:

Thirteen-odd billion years ago the Universe was born in an enormous explosion that sent absolutely everything hurtling outward--all the stars and planets, Earth, the Moon, the bits that would eventually become you and me and everything we know--and don't know. Come May 1, Space Dust, the latest in the Elysian Manic IPA series, will come drifting across the cosmos to select restaurants, bars and retail establishments. More than the ocean needs the cosmic light of starglow energy, you will love this beer.

Space Dust is an (asteroid) belt of Chinook, Citra and Amarillo hops streaking across a fairly open-space grist of Northwest pale and touches of C-15 and Dextri-Pils malts. 70 IBU will deliver a good (VanAllen) belt of bitterness; 7.2% alcohol by volume keeps thrust at a medium burn; OG 16.8°P/1.068 SG if you're a Mission Control type. Space Dust will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles, with a cute little extra-terrestrial hop feller on the label.

The Manic IPA series gives Elysian's brewers and their fans a chance to achieve escape velocity where our favorite hops are concerned. With a virtual space race going on these days just getting your hands on precious varieties, things are changing all the time. One thing's as sure as a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s--Space Dust is rocketing your way.

-Dick Cantwell

AVAILABLE :: MAY - AUGUST

Draft & 22oz Bottles
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