Anheuser-Busch To Rebrand Bass In U.S. As Trademark No 1 Premium Ale

30 June 2013


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An interesting change coming to Bass Beer in the U.S. as Anheuser-Busch has decided to rebrand with the name Bass imageTrademark No 1 Premium Pale Ale.  This name acknowledges that Bass was the first Trademark procured in the UK and it celebrates the history of the beer & brand.  Watch for the beer to hit the U.S. markets in 500ml bottles.  This beer will come in at 4.4% ABV.  Stay tuned as I will bring you the actual label as soon as it is approved.

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Benedictine Brewery Brewing Abbey brewing Back to the U.S.

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Just a peek at the logo for an upcoming abbey brewing venture coming to the U.S.  The brewery is called Benedictine Brewery and it will be located at the Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon.  This from Beervana:

After a long period of deliberation, the monks at Mt Angel agreed unanimously to join this old tradition.  It's an especially good fit for the abbey, which owns land on which hops are now grown commercially.  They're still some ways from having actual beer, but they've gone through the decision-making and permitting process and are now ready to start assembling the brewery.

Since they haven't built the brewery yet, questions about the beer are still preliminary and provisional, although the current thinking runs like this:
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  • They were originally considering a 15-barrel brewery, but are leaning instead toward a smaller five-barrel system.
  • The beer is liable to be at least informed by the Belgian tradition, but "tailored toward Oregon" in the words of Chris Jones, the Director of Enterprises of the abbey.  Jones, who's not a monk, has spent a lot of time thinking about what it means to be a monastery brewery in Oregon.  He and the monks believe the beer should reflect both the monastic tradition--strongest in Belgium--as well as the Oregon brewing tradition (and I think "Oregon" can be read at least shorthand for "hoppier than Chimay").
  • They will have a standard stable of beers--perhaps starting with a dark and light one to begin with--and have some seasonals as well.  They will begin the process of recipe development soon, and the monks will guide selection.  In the meeting I sat in on, all the monks expressed a strong desire to have the beer be exceptional--it's a kind of ambassador to the world.
  • The brewery will go in a building known at the abbey (for reasons no one knows) as "the Fort."  There will be a tasting room; at least in the short term, Mt Angel is planning to go with the Westvleteren model of selling beer only at the abbey.  This is another reason it needs to be a beer Oregonians will like.
  • Monks may or may not brew the beer themselves, though there's at least one monk who has homebrewing experience.  
  • Don't expect beer for a year, maybe more.  (Unlike a commercial enterprise, this isn't the only activity on the monks' plate.  Mt Angel is, in addition to a monastery, a seminary.)  All in good time.
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What Is The Beverage of Choice on Cruise Ships?

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Marley’s Brewery Moves To New Location On Rt 11 - Grand Opening Coming 7/12

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I’m excited to show off some of the pictures as Marley’s Brewery & Grill moves to it’s new location at 1323 Columbia Blvd., Bloomsburg, PA.  The brewing equipment has been moved and the official ribbon cutting took place on June 26th.  The doors have been open about a week or so, but the official grand opening will be July 12th.  By that time they expect to have 10 beers on tap, including Mark Braunwarth’s famous Pack Dog Peanut butter Ale which will now go year-round.  As you can see the place looks great, it includes an outdoor deck and they’re working to catch up on brewing for the grand opening as we speak.  Congratulations to everyone at Marley’s for all the hard work and a great looking new brewery.
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12th Annual Harpoon Brewery 5-Miler to Benefit the Angel Fund (Video)


From Harpoon:

The 12th Harpoon 5-Miler to benefit the Angel Fund had 3800 runners and raised $155,000 for ALS research. Learn more about the Angel Fund and why The Harpoon Brewery is a race you don't want to miss!
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BJ’s Brewhouse Opening New Larger-Format Brewhouse In Eugene, OR

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From BJ’s:

BJ’s Brewhouse today announces the opening of a larger-format “brewhouse” restaurant in Eugene, Oregon, on Monday, June 24, 2013, at the Valley River Center. The new restaurant replaces an older, smaller-format BJ’s Pizza and Grill® location that was opened in 1997. The new BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® is approximately 8,500 square feet, contains seating for approximately 270 guests, and features BJ’s extensive menu including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s highly detailed, contemporary décor and unique video statement, including BJ’s 103″ plasma display as well as several high-definition flat panel televisions, creates a high energy, fun and family-friendly dining environment for everyone to enjoy. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are very excited to bring our larger format ‘Brewhouse’ restaurant to our many loyal fans in Eugene,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “The new Valley River BJ’s is our third restaurant in Oregon joining our successful larger format ‘Brewhouse’ restaurant in Hillsboro and our small-format BJ’s Pizza & Grill® restaurant in Jantzen Beach. To date, we have opened five new restaurants and we remain on track to open 12 additional restaurants before the end of fiscal 2013.” Investors are reminded that the actual number and timing of new restaurant openings is subject to a number of factors outside of the Company’s control including, but not limited to, weather conditions and factors under the control of landlords, contractors and regulatory/licensing authorities.
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Against The Grain / De Molen - Bo & Luke Imperial Stout (Video)


From Louisville Beer:

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Dipping and labeling the first pallet of Bo & Luke bottles from Against the Grain in Louisville, Kentucky. Their collaboration with De Molen, an imperial smoked stout aged in bourbon barrels is the first beer AtG has bottled. Beats all you ever saw.
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Blue Moon Vintage Ale Collection - Ruby Tango & White Steps

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Two new releases coming from the Blue Moon Vintage Ale Collection of wine-inspired beers today.  Ruby Tango is a wheat ale brewed with the juice of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and it will come in at 9% ABV.  White Steps is a wheat ale brewed with the juice of Pinot Grigio grapes and it also comes in at 9% ABV.  Both beers will be packaged in 750ml bottles.


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Beachwood Melrose IPA Coming 7/16

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From Beechwood:

Beachwood Brewing will release it’s second bottled beer, Melrose IPA on July 16th.

Melrose is brewed with American 2-row malt and a touch of Canadian honey malt to accentuate the tropical and citrus hop. It’s generously dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarilllo for an over-the-top aromatic experience.

As Brewmaster and co-owner Julian Shrago explains, “Melrose is a true West Coast India Pale Ale that I’ve been brewing for many years.” A throwback from his days as a homebrewer, Melrose IPA is already a favorite among Beachwood Brewing fans. “After many humbling requests, it’s finally here!”

“Melrose is a great beer and we are excited to finally see it bottled for the first time,” echoes co-owner Gabriel Gordon. “There’s no doubt that those who tried Thrillseeker IPA will be pleased to have another great go-to Beachwood IPA.”

Melrose IPA will be sold in 22 oz. bottles at finer craft beer retailers across Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The IPA will also be available on draft at both Beachwood BBQ locations.
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PA Senate Passes Liquor Privatization Plan at 1:20 AM But Stalls Until Fall Session

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The Pennsylvania State Senate on a straight party-line vote, passed what could become a major reform of how beer, wine and liquor is sold in Pennsylvania, giving new life to one of Gov. Tom Corbett's major campaign pledges.

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The 27-23 vote - cast at 1:20 a.m. Saturday - would start to back Pennsylvania out of the retail wine and liquor business, and sets the stage for a lease of its wholesale monopoly if it is determined that it would not harm the state financially.

Beer distributors would be able to become one-stop shops for all forms of alcohol; beer and wine could be sold from restaurants and supermarkets with in-store cafes, and take-out beer could be sold from some convenience stores without eat-in areas.

From Governor Corbett:

(Harrisburg, PA) – Governor Tom Corbett today released the following statement regarding House Bill 790:

“Pennsylvanians deserve consumer choice and convenience. This year, we have worked together to make tremendous strides in achieving landmark progress for Pennsylvania consumers.

“Early Saturday morning, the Senate worked diligently to amend House Bill 790. As passed in the House and as amended by the Senate, House Bill 790 is a historic liquor bill that will forever reform the liquor system in Pennsylvania and deliver much needed choice and convenience to Pennsylvania consumers.

“I would like to personally thank Chairman McIlhinney and Chairman Taylor, the leadership teams and their staff, for all of their tremendous work in getting the bill to this point. I, along with Pennsylvania consumers, greatly appreciate their efforts. We are on the verge of historic reforms – we are so close and we must not stopnow.

“I urge the members of the Senate to pass House Bill 790 as amended and send it to the House for concurrence today. I am asking the House to then immediately take action and concur on the bill as is and get it to my desk. I will proudly sign this bill into law. This bill as amended is a historic step and we must not lose this opportunity to deliver a reform the people of Pennsylvania want and deserve.”

UPDATE form Pennlive:

Earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware County, said that the sense of his caucus was that they would not send a liquor bill that Pileggi had meticulously built support for without a good transportation bill in hand from the House. And the Senate wanted assurances that the House would send the liquor plan to Corbett’s desk.


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Saucony Creek Brewing - Stonefly IPA

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Today we get to see the 12oz bottle label for Saucony Creek Brewing (Kutztown, PA) Stonefly IPA.  A portion of the proceeds from this beer will go to support the restoration of the Schuylkill River and it’s source waters.  Stonefly IPA will come in at 6.8% ABV.
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Miller Coors - Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Style Bock

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This is a keg-label only so far but I suspect we’ll see more of this Miller Coors Archive Brewing Batch 19 Pre-Prohibition Style Bock.  This new lager will come in at 5.9% ABV.

UPDATE:  As expected I’ve added in the new 12oz bottle label above.  This beer uses Spalt select hops and it will come in at 5.9% ABV.
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New England Brewing - Weiss Trash Culture - Berliner Weiss 12oz Cans

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From New England Brewing:

Tomorrow during normal Saturday business hours we will have our Weiss Trash Culture Berliner Weiss cans for sale. 3 4pks per person, $10 a piece. 3.4% abv, 6 IBU's.
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Twelve Degree Brewing & Front Range Brewing Open In Boulder Area

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From the Daily Camera:

Twelve Degree Brewing officially opened its doors at 1 p.m. Saturday in Louisville, though the Belgian-inspired brewpub has been pouring suds for the last couple of weeks on an informal basis at 820 Main St. An hour later and a few miles to the east, Front Range Brewing Company launched its seven-barrel brewhouse as part of a soft opening. The brewery's grand opening is set for July 13.
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Hop Valley Brewing Opens New Tasting Room in Springfield, OR

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From OPB:

Hop Valley, which has operated a brewery and restaurant in Springfield’s Gateway area since 2009, recently opened its Whiteaker tasting room at 990 W. First Ave.
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Kevin Wade Fisher Captain Jack’s Double Bock

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Here’s a new release coming from Kevin Wade Fisher Brewery (Lewistown, PA) for Captain Jack’s Double Bock.  This Dopplebock Lager will be packaged in 22oz bottles.
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Chatham Brewing - Pride Ale

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Here’s a new and timely release coming from Chatham Brewing called Pride Ale.  No other details on this one just yet so stay tuned.
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Annie Johnson Wins Homebrewer Of The Year - First Woman in 30-Years

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From the American Homebrewers Association:

Philadelphia, PA • June 29, 2013/mbb/ — More than 3,400 homebrewers and beer enthusiasts gathered at the 35th Annual National Homebrewers Conference presented by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) this weekend at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, where they attended seminars, bonded over brews and had their beers judged in the world’s largest beer competition.

The last time a woman was named Homebrewer of the Year at the AHA National Homebrew Competition, Ronald Reagan was president, Toto won a Grammy and M.A.S.H. aired its final episode. Flash forward to 2013, and Annie Johnson earned the Homebrewer of the Year award with her Lite American Lager.

Tavish Sullivan won the Cidermaker of the Year award with his Common Cider, and Mark Tanner won the Meadmaker of the Year award with his Strawberry, Rhubarb and Blackberry Mead. Local homebrewer David Barber won the Ninkasi Award as the winningist brewer in the competition. He won gold medals in the Strong Ale and German Wheat and Rye Beer categories; his homebrew club, Lehigh Valley Homebrewers also won the Gambrinus Club Award.

“Homebrewing is growing fast and attracting a more diverse following,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “I’m pleased see a woman win the Homebrewer of the Year Award, and it’s impressive that she did so in a lager category. Lagers are difficult to brew well, which shows how homebrewers are more technically proficient than ever before.”

The National Homebrew Competition recognizes the most outstanding homemade beer, mead and cider produced by homebrewers worldwide. This year, there were 7,756 entries from 2,187 homebrewers located in 49 states and the District of Columbia, U.S. Military APO, Puerto Rico, three Canadian Provinces and Belgium, entered in the first round of the competition.

The first round took place at 11 regional sites in the United States, with each sending on the top three entries from 28 style categories to the final round of competition at the National Homebrewers Conference, where 894 entries were evaluated by some of the top beer judges in the country. Over its 35-year history, the National Homebrew Competition has evaluated 103,075 brews. The first competition, held in 1979 in Boulder, Colo., judged 34 beers.

 

A complete list of winners of the 2013 National Homebrew Competition can be found on HomebrewersAssociation.org.

In addition to the competition, the conference provided attendees the opportunity to enhance their brewing skills through seminars such as “Yeast Culturing 101,” “Practical Malting” and “Alternative Wood Aging Techniques,” while increasing their homebrew knowledge through sessions such as “Beers of our Founding Fathers” and “Biochemistry and the Mash.”

Conference-goers also enjoyed a series of events where they sampled each other’s brews and commercial craft beers. The Homebrew Expo & Social Club, Pro-Brewers Night and Club Night were opportunities for participants to try craft beers and meads from homebrew clubs and breweries across the country, while making new brew-savvy friends.

Tickets for the 2013 National Homebrewers Conference went on sale Feb. 5 and sold out within 20 hours. Next year’s event heads to Grand Rapids, Mich., June 12-14.

Editors Note…congratulations to David Barber from the Lehigh valley Home Brewers for winning both category 15 (German Wheat & Rye Beer) and category 19 (Strong Ale).
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Thirsty Dog Bernese Barleywine Available Now

29 June 2013

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Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron has released Bernese Barley Wine Ale, the beer that won last year's inaugural Bottle My Brew Ohio Homebrew Challenge. The beer, made by brothers Nick and Justin Herstich of Akron, is a dry-hopped American barley wine. It's 10.5 percent alcohol by volume.
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Christian Moerlein - Bunbury Music Fest Bavarian Pale Ale Coming 7/1

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Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale will be a limited release, available at the 2013 Bunbury Music Festival. This new beer showcases the unique characteristics of a traditional Ale, while boasting the flavors and aromas of German noble hops. The malty backbone imparted by Pilsner and Munich malts is accented by delicate floral and fruity notes, thanks to a generous late kettle hop addition and dry-hopping. The crisp, refreshing result makes Christian Moerlein’s Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale a headliner at every venue.

“Bunbury Music Festival has already become one of the must-see concerts in Cincinnati and in the country, so we’re excited to partner with them and create a special beer in honor of this great summer event,” said Greg Hardman, CEO of Christian Moerlein Brewing Co.

“What better way to celebrate our second annual event than with a special creation like the Bunbury Bavarian Pale Ale,” said Bill Donabedian, festival organizer. “This is just the type of unique offering fans and attendees of Bunbury can expect, and I can’t wait to try it myself.”

To celebrate the tapping of this special beer, Bunbury Music Festival is extending their “early bee” ticket pricing one more day, and will be selling tickets for $55 (one-day pass) and $110 (three-day pass) ONLY at the tapping event. Regular pricing as of July 1 is $65 and $130.

Come raise a glass to the sound of summer with Bunbury Music Festival and Moerlein Lager House.
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Blue Tarp Brewing - Go Funk Yourself Ale & Cloister Funk

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I just can’t resist names like this as Blue Tarp Brewing prepares to release their Funkie Tarp Series of beers.  Today we get to see “Go Funk Yourself” and following that look for “Cloister Funk.”
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Beer Tax In America (Infographic)

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Boston's Down The Road Brewery Starts Kickstarter Campaign (Video)


From Down The Road Brewery’s Kickstarter page:

The mission of Down The Road Brewery is to create beers that strike a balance between history, tradition and innovation. Each time we set out to create a new beer, we study the history of the style we are emulating and decide how we can experiment and improve it, without straying too far from the original purpose of the brew.

Hundreds of new breweries are sprouting up all over the country and the world, and with each new brewery comes more attempts to push the limits by adding unique ingredients and techniques. While we love these attempts at experimentation and rule-breaking, we want our line of beers to recall the rich history of lagers and ales that is sometimes ignored or forgotten but never out of fashion. Down The Road beers are meant to be both a celebration of this history and a meditation on a path forward.

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The Road Brewery was started in 2013 by Donovan Bailey, who has over 20 years of brewing experience, motivated by his enthusiasm for both new and old styles of beer. Mr. Bailey is excited to share his beers with… well, everyone.
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Rogue Farms 2013 - Good Chit Pilsner, Dirtoir Black Lager, OREgasmic Ale, Roguenbier Rye Ale & Single Malt

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Today we get a peek at the 2013 labels for Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner, Dirtoir Black Lager, OREgasmic Ale, Roguenbier Rye Ale & Single Malt.  Good Chit uses Liberty Hops & Floor Malted Barley (~5.2% ABV), Dirtoir Black Lager uses Independent & Revolution hops as well as dare & risk malt (~6% ABV), OREgasmic Ale uses Five Rogue Farms hop varieties as well as Dare & Risk malts (~6.4% ABV), Roguenbier Rye Ale uses Dream rye, Independent hops & Dare & risk malt ( ~5.2% ABV) & Single Malt Ale uses Liberty, Rebel & Freedom hops as well as Dare malt (~5.2% ABV).
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Shmaltz He’Brew / Cathedral Square - St. Lenny’s Belgian-Style Rye Double IPA

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Today we get to see a new collaboration brew between Shmaltz Brewing and St. Louis’ Cathedral Square Brewery.  This beer is called He’Brew St. Lenny’s Belgian-Style Rye Double IPA and it will be brewed and packaged in 22oz bottles at the new Shmaltz Clifton Park facility.  This Jeremy Cowan Brian Neville co-brew will come in at a big 10% ABV.
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Westfield River Brewing To Use Iron Heart Canning

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Westfield River’s managing member and head brewer Sergio Bonavita announced today the local brewery has teamed up with Iron Heart Canning, a Connecticut based mobile canning operation, to begin the process of canning the company’s newly released Pop’s Old Fashioned Lager and their unique and flavorful IPA, Charlie in the Rye. WRBC and Iron Heart recently ironed out the details with Bonavita noting that he is continually striving for a better product in a package that the consumer prefers. “The new can package fit’s perfectly into the refrigerator, is perfect for the golf course, pool, beach or tailgate party.”

Many craft brewers are considering the move but WRBC is the first local brewery to make the investment. Some of the larger national craft brewers are now canning. “We’ve been bottling since opening a year ago” said Bonavita, “and this just makes sense. Canned beer actually tastes better. The inside liner prevents any metallic taste like days of old and the can protects the beer from exposure to UV light. The process is highly efficient and the cans are recycled again and again. The average beer can contains 40% recycled metal while the average beer bottle contains only 20% recycled glass… if you want the best beer money can buy, that beer is in a can, and isn’t craft beer all about the beer? Cans are perfect when you’re on the go, more durable, stackable, lighter weight and faster to chill.”

Bonavita also was happy to note that Westfield River Brewing Company has recently teamed with Commercial Distributing Company to handle their sales and distribution for Western Massachusetts. Pop’s Old Fashioned Lager, Charlie in the Rye, and Westfield River Brewing Company’s seasonal selections are currently sold in taverns, bars, restaurants and stores throughout Massachusetts from Stockbridge to Boston.
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Vault Brewing - Wheat Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Chinook IPA, Belgian Style Blonde, American Blonde Ale & Bavarian Style Hefeweizen

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Coming to us from Yardley PA today we have some new keg labels from Vault Brewing Co.  Established in Oct 2012 in Bucks Co, Vault has just gained approval for Wheat Stout, Oatmeal Stout,  Chinook IPA, Belgian Style Blonde, American Blonde Ale & Bavarian Style Hefeweizen.
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Swashbuckler Brewing - Bermuda Triangle Ginger Beer

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Coming to us from Manheim, PA, today we have Swashbuckler Brewing Bermuda Triangle Alcoholic Ginger Beer.  This ale brewed with ginger will be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 4.5% ABV.
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Central Waters - Octoberfest Lager 2013

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Here’s a peek at the new 12oz bottle label for Central Waters  Octoberfest Lager 2013 fall seasonal.
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Wachusett - Larry Imperial IPA 12oz Cans

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Here’s a new 12oz can coming from Westminster MA’s Wachusett Brewing Co.  Today we have Larry Imperial IPA.  Look for Larry to have 85 IBU & 8.5% ABV.
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Allagash Brewing With 500lbs of Strawberries For Barrel-Soured Strong Ale

28 June 2013

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From Allagash:

Staff from all over the brewery getting their hands messy today de-stemming 500lbs of local strawberries for our barrel soured strong ale , Avancé.

500 lbs of fresh strawberries just arrived from Doles Orchard in Limington, Maine. Any guess what we are up to?
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Lagunitas Launches Beer Keg Geyser @ AHA Conference

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Yes, that's a #beergeyser. Here's the story from our head brewer Jeremy Marshall, "at AHA conference in Philly, beginning of festival a fitting shot off the Undercover Shut-Down keg and a geyser erupted causing entire floor to erupt in fear, curiosity amazement and delight."
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The Bruery - Stress test Sale 7/1

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From The Bruery:

This Monday, July 1st, from 6pm to 7pm PST, we'll be holding what we're calling a 'Stress Test' for our website.  As most of you know, we have had plenty of problems in the past with our website freezing up or crashing completely when our most popular beers go on sale.  One of the purposes for our new eCommerce site is to resolve this issue and we'd like to be sure it is fixed before Black Tuesday.

So, this Monday night we invite you to try to crash our website!

We will be putting a number of great beers up for sale that we found in our cellar and we invite you to get online and buy 'em up!

Again, the purpose of this one hour sale is to drive as much traffic to our website as possible at the same time so that we can hopefully figure out the best way to prevent it from failing.  If you can crash it, we commend you.  We are almost hoping that you can so that we can then troubleshoot it, fix it and find some more fun beer to try this with again. 

Crash the site = more archive beer at a future Stress Test.

Happy shopping!

All purchases will be available through www.TheBrueryStore.com

What's for Sale during the

Stress Test?

Otiose

10 cases available, 2 bottle limit, $19.99

2011 Mélange #3

10 cases available, 2 bottle limit, $29.99

2012 Mélange #3 

20 cases available, 4 bottle limit

Special Stress Test price: $26.99 

2011 Smoking Wood

10 cases available, 2 bottle limit, $19.99

2012 Bourbon Smoking Wood 

10 cases available, 2 bottle limit, $19.99

2012 White Chocolate

10 cases available, 1 bottle limit, $29.99
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Sierra Nevada Tumbler Coming Late July

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From Sierra Nevada:

While it is undoubtedly the height of summer, the savory meats you’re pulling off the grill could use a buddy, and Tumbler® is primed to be delicious company. The nutty flavor, toasted aromas, and hint of smoke in our brown ale can enrich both the meals and camaraderie on your patio. When to look: late July. Read more…
Anxious for your favorite beer’s return? Keep tabs with our full release calendar.

As the leaves on the Valley Oaks begin to tumble and fall, we reach for a beer with depth. Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale is our take on the classic brown ale, featuring roasted malt with full, complex toasted aromas and nutty flavor with the slightest hint of smoke. Sit back with a glass and watch as autumn’s yearly dance unfolds
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Rogue Brutal IPA Debuts 8/3 ;)

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From Rogue

The official Beer of the Rogue Nation - Brutal IPA - will debut August 3rd, 2013 at the Nation's convention, election, inaugural ball, Miss Nation pageant and barbecue. Citizens will gather in Northwest Portland, behind the barricades on the streets of Flanders and Everett.
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Russian River Updates Growler Policy

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Due to a recent reinterpretation of an existing liquor law by the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, breweries holding Type 23 licenses are now allowed to fill other breweries growlers with the proper legal information and state label approval. We, along with several other California breweries, have decided to continue to fill ONLY our own growlers at this time for the following reasons:

  • Quality: We feel our growler is the highest quality growler for the price on the market and have been using it for 20 years since we owned Blind Pig Brewing Company. Vinnie was the very first brewer to use this growler and we are still quite fond of its ease of use, look and quality! It is easy to fill, holds a good seal for up to a couple of weeks, and is dark glass so the beer does not become light struck.
  • Sanitation: We currently have no means to provide adequate sanitation of other types of growlers. We also do not carry replacement parts (like screw caps).
  • Logistics: We designed our entire draft system to accommodate filling only our specific growler. Growlers that are taller, shorter, fatter, thinner, bigger, or smaller will not fit properly under our taps.
  • Branding: Growlers are like bottles- it's just another way to package beer to go. We work hard to make the best beer possible and are proud to put our name on it! Nothing against other breweries growlers, but we want our beer going home with you in our branded growler!

Thank you very much for your understanding and enjoying our brews!

Cheers-

Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo

Co-Owners

Russian River Brewing Company
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