General Public GABF Tickets Sell Out in 20 Mins- GABF Comments

31 July 2013

On sale at Noon, sold out at 12:19…..less that 20-mins and now all GABF sessions are sold out for 2013.  FYI tickets this year cost $75 and if you really want them badly enough, I’m sure you can find them on Stubhub for the right price.

This comment from the GABF on ticket sales:

Hi Everyone. We’re reading your comments, and we hear your frustration about scalpers and the secondary market. We share those concerns and wish there was a feasible fix. Unfortunately, there’s no perfect way to successfully avoid a secondary market for hot tickets—whether for popular concerts, sporting events or festivals like the GABF.

There are measures in place to decrease access for scalpers, including ticket limits we set for GABF ticket purchases (enforced by Ticketmaster), and Ticketmaster’s anti-bot and other security measures. Does this prevent scalper access? No, but it does decrease it. We will continue to evaluate options and solutions going forward.



New Belgium Announces Newest Lips of Faith and Hop Kitchen Releases Now Available: French Aramis, Yuzu Berliner Weisse & Coconut Curry Hefe

From New Belgium:

Ft. Collins, Colo., July 31, 2013/mbb/ – New Belgium  Brewing offers up three new bold and beautiful beers available now through Fall with its Lips of Faith and Hop Kitchen portfolios. From the boundary-defying Lips of Faith series come two new selections: Yuzu Berliner Weisse and Coconut Curry Hefeweizen; French Aramis is the latest release in the Hop Kitchen line-up.

is an imperial Berliner Weisse ale with yuzu juice. Yuzu, a citrusy and bold fruit, is paired with sour Berliner Weiss to create this unique beer. It’s brewed with pale malt and wheat and acidified with Lacto Bacillus, delivering a light, dry mouthfeel and tart, tropical refreshment. Yuzu is 8% ABV.

Coconut Curry Hefeweizen has been popular among home brewers for years, including the legendary Charlie Papazian and the 2010 National Homebrewer Remi Bonnart, who helped bring this latest selection to life. The aroma is big and bold, offering coconut and curry tones alongside a hint of banana from the hefe yeast. The vast spice list carries a bit of heat, including cinnamon, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, kaffir lime and cayenne pepper, but the alcohol soothes the finish. ABV is 8%.

The latest in New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen series, French Aramis is a drier IPA, brewed with Aramis hops to create an aroma of fresh cut flowers and garden herbs. ABV is 6.7% and 74 IBUs. This is the second of four Hop Kitchen brews, distributed in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in select markets. 

“The newest Lips of Faith selections are chock-full of confident and exciting flavors that epitomize the series’ ability to push boundaries,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster, Grady Hull. “Our Hop Kitchen beers embrace the hoppier side of things and the dry-hopping in the French Aramis gives it a nice tea leaf type quality.”

To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: Pricing varies by location. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at and Twitter @NewBelgium.


Brooklyn Releasing Brewmaster’s Reserve Cuvée La Boîte In Aug

The private release of Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve Cuvée La Boîte will be held Aug 19th with a public release to follow.  Details on the beer from Brooklyn:

A collaboration between Garrett Oliver and Lior "The Spice Whisperer" Lev Sercarz, Cuvée La Boîte is a Belgian-inspired beer in the “Grand Cru” style, subtly infused with Lior’s unique blend of Mish Mish (lemon, saffron, crystalized honey), fresh kaffir lime leaves, and rare Espelette peppers from the French Pyré-nées. In his book, The Art of Blending, Lior compares making a spice blend to organizing a party.


Friday BeerBuzz - 2 Aug 2013 - The Teaser

Last week we had a great time talking to Flying Fish founder Gene Muller…and an even better time saying FU to Hurricane Sandy.  Gene created Forever Ungrateful Sandy (FU Sandy) to benefit the NJ victims of hurricane Sandy, so it was an honor to sample the beer with him on the WILK Friday BeerBuzz.

So what will we be sampling this week? Hint: This week we we’ll be featuring a really historic beer with roots in New Hampshire & California!

Tune in at 8:30AM and see what beer we sample on the Friday BeerBuzz on WILK…bringing good beers and good people together.(103.1FM or


Ninkasi / Parallel 49 Co-Brewed Red Eye Red Rye Lager

From Ninkasi:

The International Collaboration is Now Available Exclusively in Bottles in Vancouver, British Columbia

EUGENE, Ore.— Ninkasi Brewing Company  announces its first international collaboration with Parallel 49 Brewing Co. of Vancouver, British Columbia. Red Eye, a red rye lager, is now available exclusively in 22-ounce (650mL) bottles in Vancouver.

First meeting at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, D.C. this past March, founding brewers Graham With of Parallel 49 and Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi  began talking, and, as the story goes, a collaboration was immediately born.

“We both possess the same mindset when it comes to our beer,” explains With. “Drinkable, hoppy West Coast beers are what we love.”

With two powerful brewing minds at work, With and Floyd landed on a red rye lager and began brewing during Vancouver Craft Beer Week in June at Parallel 49. “I’m a big fan of doing different takes on lagers, so we decided to do a hopped-up version,” says With.

“We had a great day brewing together, filled with laughter, learning about each other and our breweries,” explains Floyd. “The spirit of camaraderie in the craft beer industry really came through that day.”

The final result? A brew that is citrusy and hoppy with a crisp finish. And the name? Well, that was inspired by the real sign of a successful night. It isn’t 20/20 hindsight – it’s red eyes!

Red Eye Stats
Style: Red Rye Lager
Brewed By: Graham With of Parallel 49 and Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing Company
ABV: 6.4%
IBU: 41
Starting Gravity: 14.8
Malt: Pilsner, Rye, Crystal, Midnight Wheat
Hops: German Magnum, Centennial, Amarillo, Chinook, Simcoe
Packaging: 22-ounce bottles (650mL)
Distribution: Vancouver, British Columbia


Bell’s Brewery - Best Brown Ale Returns In New Packaging After Labor Day Including Mini-Kegs

We brought you a peek at the bottle labels and Mini-Keg labels for Bell’s Brewery Best Brown Ale…and now the official word from Bell’s:

Best Brown will starting hitting store shelves after Labor Day, but before it does, we wanted to share the new label and packaging with everyone.

Best Brown will also be available in mini-kegs this fall as well.


Susquehanna Brewing Bottles Oktoberfest For The First Time Today

We brought you the news that Susquehanna Brewing Oktoberfest would be packaged in 12oz bottles (and kegs) for 2013, so it’s exciting to see the photo coming from Susquehanna today as Oktoberfest hits the bottling line.  Stay tuned for release details.


Cigar City To Add Three New 120bbl Fermentation Tanks 8/5

Great news coming from Florida Beer News via Cigar City:

The three new 120-barrel fermentation vessels are scheduled to arrive on Monday, 5 August 2013, and will assist Cigar City Brewing in keeping up with their thirsty patrons in the Sunshine State.

Cigar City expects to brew around 25,000 barrels of beer in 2013, up from the 17,000 barrels that they brewed in 2012.

[Editors Note:   These tanks are en-route form Portland, OR]


Stone Brewing Co. Makes San Diego's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies List 10 Years in a Row

From Stone:

ESCONDIDO, CA (July 31, 2013/mbb/) – On July 11, in a ceremony hosted by the San Diego Business Journal, Stone Brewing Co. was named one of “San Diego’s 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” yet again. This year’s inclusion marked a significant and unique milestone for Stone. The craft brewing company has been on the publication’s 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list 10 years in a row. Stone is only company to have ever achieved this distinction during that span. Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch, President and Co-founder Steve Wagner, and CFO Craig Spitz were in attendance to receive the acknowledgement.

According to the San Diego Business Journal, the annual recognition program, printed supplement and event feature the region’s fastest growing companies based on revenue growth from 2010 to 2012. To qualify for the list this year, companies must have been headquartered in San Diego County, privately owned and have reported at least $200,000 in revenue in 2010.

“It’s an honor to be named by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the fastest-growing private companies list 10 years in a row,” said Koch. “We’ve been fortunate to see double-digit production growth since our inception without ever advertising our beer, discounting or compromising our standards. Our ability to continue our company’s growth is the result of reckless innovation, our fans’ rabid enthusiasm, the efforts of our amazing, hard-working team, and our cantankerously independent go-our-own-way philosophies. Thanks to the San Diego Business Journal for recognizing our efforts. We look forward to making the list next year!”

Since opening its doors 17 years ago, Stone has been busy expanding production and its offerings.
Stone  anticipates beer production to increase to 210,000 barrels in 2013, a 20 percent increase over 2012. The company has already hired more than 130 employees this year alone, as well as more than 250 employees at the newly opened Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station.

Currently, Stone has 95 brewing, administrative, restaurant, management, sales, transportation and warehouse positions open in Southern California and the U.S. Interested applicants may visit www. for more information.
Other significant Stone milestones in 2013 include:

  • The opening of the 55,000-square-foot farm-to-table brewery restaurant, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station, in San Diego’s Point Loma neighborhood.
  • In May, Stone Farms, the company’s organic-methods farm in Escondido, CA, opened to the public for tours, beer, merchandise and produce sales.
  • In early July, the Stone Packaging Hall, located directly next to the brewery in Escondido, opened. The new facility houses the bottling and kegging operations, as well as offices.
  • In August, Stone will open a dining venue in the revamped Terminal 2 section of the San Diego International Airport, serving its signature world-inspired creative cuisine and big, bold and hoppy beers.

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Craft Beer Cellar Refusing To Sell Any Pumpkin, Harvest Or Oktoberfest Beers Until 9/1

From Craft Beer Cellar:

Announcement: We will not be selling any Oktober, Pumpkin, or Harvest brews at Craft Beer Cellar Belmont or Craft Beer Cellar NE Annex until September 1st. Summer ain't over yet!


Boston Beer Reports Second Quarter 2013 Results - Full Year Estimates Up

From Boston Beer Co:

BOSTON, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/mbb -- The Boston Beer  Company, Inc. (NYSE: SAM) reported second quarter 2013 net revenue of $181.3 million, an increase of $33.8 million or 23%, over the same period last year, mainly due to core shipment growth of 21%. Net income for the second quarter was $19.7 million, or $1.45 per diluted share, an increase of $5.4 million or$0.39 per diluted share from the second quarter of 2012.  This increase was primarily due to shipment increases, partially offset by increased investments in advertising, promotional and selling expenses. 

Earnings per diluted share for the 26-week period ended June 29, 2013 was $1.96, an increase of $0.35 from the comparable 26-week period in 2012.  Net revenue for the 26-week period ended June 29, 2013 was $317.3 million, an increase of $56.5 million, or 22%, from the comparable 26-week period in 2012.

Highlights of this release include:

  • Depletions grew 24% and 21% from the comparable 13 and 26 week periods in the prior year.
  • Second quarter gross margin was 54%; the Company has reduced its full year gross margin target to between 52% and 54% from between 53% and 55% primarily due to increases in ingredient costs and product mix.
  • Advertising, promotional and selling expense and customer program and incentive costs increased by a combined $9.1 million or 21% in the quarter, primarily due to planned increased investments behind the Company's brands.
  • Advertising, promotional and selling expenses exclude $3.0 million of customer program and incentive costs that were classified as reductions in revenue in the second quarter of 2013. Customer program and incentive costs were reported in advertising, promotional and selling expense in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Full year 2013 depletions growth is now estimated to be between 17% and 22%, an increase from the previously communicated estimate of 10% to 15%.
  • Full year 2013 earnings per diluted share are now estimated to range from $5.10 to $5.40, an increase from the previously communicated estimate of $4.70 to $5.10.
  • Full year 2013 capital spending is now estimated to be between $100 million to $140 million, an increase from the previously communicated estimate of $85 million to $105 million.

Jim Koch, Chairman and Founder of the Company, commented, "We achieved depletions growth of 24% and record total depletions in the second quarter.  Depletions growth in the second quarter improved from our first quarter results of 16%, primarily due to the improved growth of our Samuel Adams Seasonal program and our Samuel Adams Boston Lager. We believe that our depletions growth is attributable to strong sales execution and support from our wholesalers and retailers as well as our great quality beers and strong brands.  We were also delighted to learn, that for the fifth year in a row, our wholesalers ranked us the number one beer supplier in the industry, in the annual poll of beer wholesalers conducted by Tamarron Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in the alcohol beverage distribution industry.  This is a testament to the efforts of all Boston Beer employees to service and support our wholesalers' business and to the relationships we have built with them. We continue to innovate and during the quarter we released Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Samuel Adams Summer Ale packaged in our new unique can which has been well received by wholesalers and drinkers and is generally in line with our expectations from a volume perspective."

Full report


Drake’s Brewing - 25th Anniversary & 24th Anniversary Beers: Headzo & Son of Headzo

From Drakes:

Industry treasure & Drake's Head Brewer John Gillooly has a lot of opinions.  He shares them with us. A lot. So, we've decided to share his opinions with you nice newsletter readers.  This month, he muses on Drake's upcoming 25th Anniversary and the beer he's making to commemorate it: 

At the Craft Brewer’s Conference this spring I noticed this beer called “Class of ‘88”, which was a collaboration between a couple different breweries celebrating their 25th Anniversary.  This made me immediately curious, because while I know Drake’s is about that old, I wasn’t sure exactly what we consider to be our anniversary.  With the help of Roger Lind, I eventually chased down the original brewlogs and found the first time we brewed here was August 8th, 1989, so I’m calling that the official anniversary date.

Anyway, I wanted to do something special for our 25th anniversary, so my staff and I cooked up an idea to make a 25% ABV beer to release next year.   I’ve done a few beers over 20% ABV in my time at Dogfish Head, including the 2002 World Wide Stout, which we managed to bring home at 23.3% ABV.  When we realized that the yeast was still active at 18%, DFH owner Sam Calagione told us to keep going and to push it as far as we could, so every day we fed it a little more brewer’s sugar, and hoped the yeast would eat it.  While it really wasn’t that much work, I still joked it was like climbing a mountain.  It seemed strenuous!  The yeast finally croaked at a little over 23%, and it’s always been in the back of my mind to try again to go even higher.

This looked like a good opportunity, especially since I wanted to do something special for our owners, John Martin and Roy Kirkorian, on our 25th – and getting a beer up to 25% seemed the way to go…

Anyhoo, enough history.  We just got this beast in a tank this week.  We made two separate mashes and collected the first runnings from them both, and knocked out a burly 28.1 Plato beer.

The beer itself is a Brown ale, I guess – the recipe was just a whole mess of two row and a couple partial bags of specialty malt that we didn’t want to inventory at the end of the month (a little chocolate malt, a little crystal malt, some brown malt).  Now that it's in the tank and fermenting on our house ale yeast, we'll introduce a special alcohol tolerant yeast, and feed it a variety of sugars (we got some really nice local wildflower honey, and I’m sourcing some muscavado sugar).  It should be a fun project, and as it gets stronger and stronger we'll really have to babysit the yeast.  Honestly it’s a pretty heavy nerd project, but it should be awesome.  And when it’s all done and our yeast drunkenly flips us off while it falls asleep for good, we are going to stick it in a combination of High West Rye and Four Roses Bourbon barrels.

And next year we are going to drink it.

-Head Brewer John Gillooly

Next Year!? What do we get to drink this year? Drake's 24th Anniversary "Small" Beer

IMG_20130731_103702Now that we have sufficiently piqued your interest in the behemoth that will be Drake's 25th Anniversary Beer, "Headzo," we're sure you're coming down offa that excited high thinking, "But what do I get to drink for the 24th Anniversary?"

Don't worry. We had you in our thoughts. In his notes above, John Gillooly, told you that our 25th Anniversary beer, was made of the first runnings of two separate batches. Well, what did we do with the second runnings you ask? We reserved them to make a "small" beer (a beer made from the second runnings of a larger beer, generally session strength). Except we must've done it wrong, because Son of Headzo is not the least bit small. Our 24th Anniversary "Small" beer hit the tanks at 19 Plato, and we expect it to reach above 9.5% ABV before all is said and done. 

With this beer, since it was not intended for barrels, the brewers kicked up the hops like they normally do with some large additions of big fruit forward hops Nelson Sauvin, Australian Helga, Mosaic, Citra, and EXP 01210. Right now (two days in the tanks), we are getting some huge tropical fruit aromas popping out of our samples. 

Son of Headzo will be available on draft at the Barrel House, and possibly out at some of your favorite local craft beer meccas. But it's just a small batch, so you should probably make the pilgrimage to see us here at home come our Anniversary onAugust 8, 2013. We'll tap it at opening, 3pm, so come on down whenever you like and get your hands on our small ("small") beer, Son of Headzo, for a toast to 24 years of Drake's. 

As always though, please remember to hold onto your head.

New Beers at Drake's Barrel House


Tito can't believe you haven't been to the DBH yet. Junior skipped disbelief & went straight to judgement.

Sure, we have Denogginizer and Black Robusto all year, and the Aroma Coma and Hopocalypse releases are big deals, but those are far from the only beers flowing from our taps.

At this writing, we have nine of these "hey, let's try this!" beers on tap, and they range from a California-style helles lager and a coffee imperial stout, to our self-explanatory "Zinfully Drakonic," and our newest barrel-aged offering, One-Hit Warrant- a blend of sour wheatwine & honey wheat, aged in wine barrels with cherries added.


Most of these never leave the Barrel House (so you need to get down here, hint), but on occasion, these one-offs & specialties will make it out into the world at a few special events.  So if you can't regularly make it to the Barrel House, keep an eye on our events calendar for an event near you, and you just may get a taste.  But move quick, because once you (and we) drink them, they'll be gone forever.

Still, sometimes, you just want a pale ale. In that case, we make plenty of 1500 for you guys too, and the Barrel House is going to be the freshest source of Drake's beer you're ever going to find (unless you manage to snag a swig from the bright tank during a tour).  Plus, if you come early enough in the day, there'll probably be a brewer or four "quality testing" at the end of the bar. 


Kern River Brewing Signs Distribution Agreement w/Stone in SoCal

From Kern River Brewing:

We are in the middle of a long, hot summer here in Kernville, so we decided to cool off a bit by brewing our Winter Double IPA.  You may know it better as 5th anniversary, but whatever you call it, it's a damn good beer loaded with Falconer's Flight hops.  It will be on tap starting today, no bottles, 1 growler per person limit.  We will have a full line-up of hoppy beers for IPA day on August 1st including 5150 from Ironfire brewery and Imperialist DIPA from Eagle Rock.  Come on by and shred your pallet with us.

Also, we will be escaping the heat this weekend at the
Mammoth Bluesapalooza and festival of beers.  We'll be bringing JO, Sierra Single Track (Session IPA) and some of that Tasty Winter/5th/whatever beer I mentioned earlier.  Mammoth is one of our favorite festivals of the year; breweries usually bring their A-game and the music is always fantastic.  It looks like tickets are available, so if you like music and beer and have some free time this weekend, you should probably check it out.  Oh yeah, bring a mountain bike and hit up the slopes while you are at it; I know we will.

Let's see, what else.  Oh yeah, we just signed a distribution contract with Stone in the Southern California area.  Stone is top notch when it comes to distribution and we are looking forward to this new relationship.  Now we just need to somehow make more beer.…


Viking Braggot Co To Release Battle Axe IPA Brewed With Honey & Reverence Red Ale

We brought you news of the Viking Braggot Co Coming to Eugene, OR, and now we get to see two of their upcoming bottle releases that definitely lean toward craft beer styles.  Up first is Battle Axe and it is an IPA brewed with honey.  This beer will be Viking Braggot Co.'s flagship IPA style braggot and it uses wildflower honey with “generous amounts” of Chinook, Cascade, Columbus & Centennial hops…it’s even dry-hopped with Zythos hops.  Battle Axe will be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 7.7% ABV.
Reverence Red Ale uses two row malt as well as multiple hop additions and dry hopping.  Reverence Red uses Orange blossom honey, it will be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 6.3% ABV.


Sierra Nevada Taking Beer Camp Across America: UPDATE

We brought you news of this exciting cross-country co-brewing adventure (and the video) that will lead up to the next Sierra Nevada Beer Camp variety pack.  Now this detailed update from Sierra Nevada:

Craft beer seems boundless. The number of breweries is stunning; in just a few decades, what felt like you could count on just one hand now takes 500. Maybe more inspiring than the variety of beer that drinkers can choose from is the incredible quality across the board. Making excellent beer consistently is exacting, and American craft brewers are proving to be resolute. That’s good for all of us.

We’ve been fortunate to find success amid this craft renaissance, which has allowed us to work toward building a second brewery in Mills River, North Carolina. And while we’re eager to celebrate its public opening in 2014, it’s wildly obvious to us that it should be a celebration of the whole craft community. We’ve collectively helped each other, peers near and far, get our footing and generate this awesome momentum.

Since 2008 we’ve hosted Beer Camp®, which gives “campers” the keys to our pilot brewery to make a beer. You just have at it, really; from beer style to raw ingredients, you make the calls, however wild. After two days of recipe development and hands-on brewing, they carry on like a true band of brewers—the very spirit that permeates the craft-beer pros.

So we thought, What the hell, let’s take that idea and go all out next year: 12 partner breweries creating a variety 12-pack—one partner per beer—and taking the liquid and the fun on the road via a multi-weekend path of beer festivals. We’re calling it Beer Camp Across America.

Well, we reached out to a dozen craft breweries from numerous states to come to camp and be mad beer scientists with us. (Narrowing a list down to 12 is agonizing, by the way.) It won’t stop at brewing, though. In summer 2014, we’ll jump on a bus together and venture to cities with killer craft beer cultures to share these special beers and offer a massive proverbial cheers to the industry that’s given all of us such a delicious livelihood.

We have immense respect for the breweries that accepted our invitation, and we’re eager to brew alongside them. There are so many other breweries out there doing great things in beer, and believe us, we wish we could have a 2,500-pack, but that sucker would be too wide for the highway.

We can’t wait to welcome to Chico:

Allagash Brewing Company
Portland, ME

This crew has largely focused on brewing in the Belgian style, and they’ve long been nailing it. (Try their Allagash White, whose neck is covered in festival medals.) They’re also among the few brewers using a traditional coolship for spontaneous fermentation—just open up the windows and let nature do its often-funky thing.

Ballast Point Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

These are renowned homebrewers who went pro, though they stick to their roots and still own a local homebrew shop. A love for hops and the ocean inform incredible offerings like Sculpin IPA, which, like all of their beers’ labels, boast some beautiful, and sometimes gnarly-lookin’, fish. The founders have dipped their toes into distilling, too.

Bell’s Brewery, Inc..
Kalamazoo, MI

The Midwest put its stake in the craft beer map with big help from Bell’s. We’re always impressed by their top-notch American stouts, but gems like Hopslam Ale (six hop varieties in the kettle!) take a hophead’s palate on a helluva ride. Bell’s is also dialed in to giving back to its ever supportive Kalamazoo community.

Cigar City Brewing, LLC
Tampa, FL

Enamored with the Latin roots of their Tampa home, Cigar City always tries to channel a bit of local history into their beers, e.g. the Humidor Series whose beers age on Spanish cedar. Where else do you see that wood? Cigar boxes. Less than five years old, this brewery deserves the fast praise that’s come its way.

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Paso Robles, CA

Brothers-in-law turned a wine background into a brewery that’s earned “Mid Size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup four times. Like us, Firestone is passionate about hops, and their skill with the ingredient shines in their Pale Series, and certainly elsewhere in a long lineup driven by a premier brewing team.

New Glarus Brewing Company
New Glarus, WI

First look at their latest BA ranking of craft brewers: #17. Then learn that they do not distribute anywhere outside of their home state. Wisconsin loves great beer, and New Glarus has no shortage. A husband-and-wife team spearheads a diverse portfolio, but we’re partial to their fruit beers (e.g. Raspberry Tart).

Ninkasi Brewing Company
Eugene, OR

This young-gun brewery has a locomotive charge. A rich conversation at a local bottle shop in 2005 has morphed into a Pacific Northwest staple with a 95,000-barrel capacity. Named after the Sumerian goddess of fermentation, Ninkasi’s first batch of beer was Total Domination IPA and it remains a must for those with a lupulin itch.

Oskar Blues Brewing Company
Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC

Behold the pioneers of craft canning. These guys share our love of the outdoors, and Dale’s Pale Ale is an awesome bookend to hours-long mountain bike rides. (Their crew hops on their REEB rides most every Tuesday!) We have a few mountain ranges separating our original breweries, but we have them within a stone’s throw in North Carolina.

Russian River Brewing Company
Santa Rosa, CA

From American wild ales to the Double IPA—ever seen a line for the Pliny the Younger release?—Russian River is pushing style boundaries while respecting technique and quality. Through prior collaborations and more (founder Vinnie Cilurzo officiated Brian Grossman’s wedding), ingrained in us is a deep respect for Russian River.

Three Floyds Brewing, LLC
Munster, IN

Since its mid-90s founding by a father and two sons (three Floyds, see?), this regional brewery has had northwest Indiana and the Chicago area clamor for its eclectic beers. Their Dark Lord Imperial Stout inspires such hysteria that they’ve turned its annual release into a one-day festival that’s on the bucket list of many craft beer fans.

Victory Brewing Company
Downingtown, PA

We share with Victory an allegiance to whole-cone hops, which we’re currently cherishing in their perfect-for-summer Prima Pils. (Eff you, triple-digit Chico heat.) We’re also charmed by their focus on, and experiments with, hop flavor—think single-hop beers highlighting the same hop grown in different regions. You do that for the love of brewing, right there.

Local brewing community in Asheville, NC

This one’s still fluid, but we’re chatting folks up. Stay tuned.


Sixpoint Spice of Life Series: Simcoe

From Sixpoint:

The Spice of Life series is coming back around with another great brew, made with a hop that’s become a darling of American craft brewing: Simcoe.


Simcoe is a classic, bold, high alpha hop with potent aromatics that’s perfect for IPAs. Even amongst the most complex hops, Simcoe is prized for its depth – piney, woody, grapefruit and citrus notes are at the forefront with spicy notes of onion and garlic in the background. Its intensity spans multiple citrus fruits and suggests blackcurrant and berries as well. If you like your hops dank and pungent, tracking down Spice of Life Simcoe is a must.

Spice of Life: SIMCOE


Heavy Seas AARGHtoberfest Coming Late-Aug Great'ER Pumpkin Returns In Sept

From Heavy Seas:

AARGHtoberfest is a celebration of flavor for those searching out new frontiers of style interpretation. Brewed with 3 types of German malts & 3 types of German hops, this isn't your standard landlubber fare. It pours a ruddy amber hue & presents a very malt forward aroma and flavor. Biscuity notes combined with light caramel & fig notes dominate the full body, while gentle herbal hop notes strive to balance the rich malt character. 

A new product to the Heavy Seas 2013 portfolio, this beer pairs well with BBQ, dry rubbed pork & German bratwursts. 

Keep an eye out for AARGHtoberfest arriving in stores mid to late August!

Great'ER Pumpkin returns this fall!

Our Imperial Pumpkin Ale has begun its aging process within bourbon barrels (which smell delicious by the way!) Packaging is scheduled to occur the end of August, so you can expect this fall brew to release in time for Pumpkin season.  


Denver Beer Fest Presents An Alternative To The Sold Out GABF Events

From Visit Denver:

DENVER, CO – July 31, 2013/mbb/ – Tickets for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), Oct. 10-12, 2013, the “Super Bowl of Beer,” went on sale to the public today. And, as usual, they sold out in minutes.

But don’t start crying in your beer just yet. The Great American Beer Festival is just the beginning – the foam on top of the beer glass – as there will be more than 150 other beer related events in Denver open to the public that week when VISIT DENVER presents the fifth annual
Denver Beer Fest, October 4-12, 2013.

This nine-day, citywide celebration of all things beer includes rare beer tastings, beer-paired dinners, “brewer vs. brewer” nights, tap takeovers, brewery tours, firkin tappings and a variety of entertaining beer events, all making Denver the center of the known beer universe during early October.

Specific events are still to come, but the website,, will be a one-stop shop for everything to do with the festival, and also includes information about local Denver brewers and brewery tours. Bookmark it!


Tyranena - HopWh0re Imperial IPA, Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest, Fargo Brothers Hefeweizen & More

From Tyranena:

HopWh0re Imperial IPA. We tapped our first keg last week and, as is usually the case, HopWh0re Imperial IPA is being thoroughly enjoyed in the Tasting Room. We've already sent a few shipments out to some of our wholesalers so this latest release of the Brewers Gone Wild! series should be reaching shelves and drafts near you soon.

Gemuetlichkeit Oktoberfest. Our autumn seasonal (and it's actually kinda felt like fall around here for the last week...) is being kegged next week and should be on tap in the Tasting Roomon Tuesday or Wednesday. This beer is only released in Wisconsin and is quite limited... bottles will be rationed out to our in-state wholesalers over the next few weeks. 

Fargo Brothers Hefeweizen Almost Gone. I don't know how many kegs officially remain... but there weren't that many to begin with so it's a pretty safe bet that this summer favorite won't be around much longer... Get it while you can!

Brewing: two double batches of HopWh0re Imperial IPA and a single batch of Three Beaches Honey Blonde.

Bottling: Three Beaches Honey Blonde (Monday) and HopWh0re Imperial IPA (Wednesday). There are no mislabels.


Cucumber Beer Supplier Treatt Investing To Expand Markets

From Bloomberg:

Treatt Plc (TET), the U.K. supplier of mango oil to the Body Shop, is considering the biggest investment splurge in its 127-year history as Chief Executive Officer Daemmon Reeve seeks to unshackle the company from family owned traditions.

Treatt, which has hired executives from
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) and closely held Firminech, “hasn’t even scratched the surface” of the beverage market, according to Hope. It supplies Blue Moon Brewing Co. and provides the cucumber essence in Cigar City Brewing’s Cucumber Saison ale, yet doesn’t disclose the majority of its mainstream clients that make everyday products found on supermarket shelves.


Jail House Brewing Releasing Slammer Wheat & Breakout Stout in 12oz Bottles

Two new 12oz bottles coming from Jail House Brewing.  Slammer Wheat is an American Wheat beer that will come in at 15 IBU and 5% ABV.  Breakout Stout is an American Stout that will come in at 65 IBU and 8% ABV.


Anheuser-Busch InBev Reports Second Quarter 2013 and First Half 2013 Results

From Anheuser-Busch:

 Revenue growth: Revenue grew 3.9% in 2Q13 and 2.7% in HY13, with revenue per hl growth of 5.8%
in 2Q13 and 5.6% in HY13. On a constant geographic basis (i.e. eliminating the impact of faster growth in
countries with lower revenue per hl) revenue per hl grew by 6.4% in both 2Q13 and HY13

 Volume performance: Volumes improved after a challenging first quarter, particularly in Brazil. Total
volumes in 2Q13 declined by 1.2%, with own beer volumes decreasing 1.0%, while non-beer volumes
declined 3.9%. In HY13, total volumes declined 2.6%, with own beer volumes down 2.3% and non-beer
volumes decreasing 4.4%

 Focus Brands: Our Focus Brands volumes grew 0.6% in 2Q13, with our global brands up 2.9%, led by
Budweiser globally, which grew by 6.3%

 Cost of Sales: Cost of Sales (CoS) increased 2.0% in 2Q13, or 3.8% per hl. In HY13, CoS grew 2.9%, or
5.9% per hl. On a constant geographic basis, CoS per hl increased 4.8% in 2Q13 and 6.5% in HY13

 EBITDA: EBITDA grew 5.8% in 2Q13 to 3 895 million USD, with a margin of 36.8%. This expansion of 67
bps was driven by margin growth in North America, Mexico, Latin America South and Asia Pacific. In HY13,
EBITDA grew 3.4% to 7 325 million USD with a margin of 37.1%, an improvement of 25 bps

 Non-recurring items: 2Q13 includes a non-recurring gain of 6 305 million USD, mainly reflecting the fair
value adjustment on the initial investment held in Grupo Modelo, in line with IFRS accounting standards

 Net finance costs: Net finance costs (excl. non-recurring net finance costs) were 1 000 million USD in
the quarter, compared to 456 million USD in 2Q12. The increase is due mainly to mark-to-market losses
of 298 million USD linked to the hedging of our share-based payment programs which are reported in
other financial results, compared to a reported gain of 179 million USD in 2Q12

 Non-recurring net finance costs were 242 million USD, due mainly to mark-to-market losses on the
hedging of 93% of our equity exposure related to the shares to be delivered in the next five years to some
Grupo Modelo shareholders as part of a transaction related to the combination with Grupo Modelo which
closed on 4 June 2013

 Income taxes: Income tax expense in 2Q13 was 516 million USD, with a normalized effective tax rate of
18.7%, compared to an income tax expense of 305 million USD in 2Q12 and a normalized effective tax
rate of 12.5%. The reported effective tax rate of 6.3% in 2Q13 compares to a reported effective tax rate
of 12.4% in 2Q12, and is mainly due to the non-taxable nature of the non-recurring gain related to the
fair value adjustment on the initial investment held in Grupo Modelo

 Profit: Normalized profit attributable to equity holders of AB InBev declined in nominal terms to 1 504
million USD in 2Q13 from 1 935 million USD in 2Q12, mainly due to higher net finance costs and income
tax expense. Normalized profit attributable to equity holders of AB InBev declined in nominal terms to
3 357 million USD in HY13 from 3 586 million USD in HY12

 Earnings per share: Normalized earnings per share (EPS) was 0.93 USD in 2Q13 compared with 1.21
USD in 2Q12, with the decrease due to higher net finance costs and income tax expenses. Normalized
earnings per share (EPS) was 2.09 USD in HY13 compared with 2.24 USD in HY12

 Net debt: Net debt as of 30 June 2013 was 43.1 billion USD, an increase from 30.1 billion USD as of
31 December 2012. This increase was mainly due to the leverage required to fund the combination with
Grupo Modelo. The net debt to normalized EBITDA ratio, on a reported basis, increased from 1.94x at the
end of 2012 to 2.75x as of 30 June 2013, and to 2.50x including 12 months of Grupo Modelo EBITDA

 2013 Half Year Financial Report: The report is available on our website at


Catawba Island Brewing Releases Hop’n Mango Habanero Hefeweizen

Port Clinton Ohio’s Catawba Island Brewing is releasing a pretty unique beer.  The beer is called Hop’n Mango Habanero Hefeweizen as just like it sounds, the beer is based on a traditional Hefeweizen, and to that the brewers add hops (lots of them), mangoes, habanero peppers, orange peel & even coriander seeds.  The beer is available now at the Brewery


Moylan’s Therapy Session IPA Coming Today

Moylans announced the release of their new Therapy Session IPA.  Brewmaster, Derek Smith, was looking to create the perfect IPA for those who want their hops fix but don’t need the high alcohol content that usually comes with it. The Therapy Session IPA has a 4.5% ABV but all the hoppy flavor and kick of your more potent IPAs. The Therapy Session IPA uses a blend of Galaxy, Centennial, and Simcoe hops along with Aromatic, Caravienne, and Munich malts.


Airways Brewing Debuts Cascade SMaSH (Single Malt & Single Hop) Pale Today

From Airways Brewing:

Making its debut in our Tap Room today: our new Cascade SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) Pale! Made with Vienna malt and cascade hops.


Green’s Brewery Enterprise Dry-Hopped Gluten-Free Lager Coming To The US This Summer

imageFrom Green’s:

Greens Brewery & Merchant du Vin are pleased and proud to announce that a fourth variety of Green’s gluten-free beer will join the Merchant du Vin portfolio this summer: Green’s Enterprise Dry-Hopped Gluten-Free Lager.

Green’s Enterprise is made from gluten-free ingredients, like Green’s Discovery Amber, Endeavour Dubbel, and Quest Tripel: sorghum, millet, buckwheat, rice, water, hops, and yeast. It offers a pale gold color; light body; superb, clean, easy-drinking flavor; and the crisp satisfaction of perfect conditioning highlighted by a bright, floral hop finish. (Dry-hopping is the addition of hops in secondary fermentation, which adds hop aroma and flavor without extreme bitterness.) Brewed at one of Belgium’s most respected and high-tech breweries, De Proef in Gent, Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager has 4.1% ABV so it is perfect for consumers looking for a gluten-free session beer.

In addition to Green’s gluten-free ales, Merchant du Vin imports Samuel Smith’s from England; Ayinger and Certified Organic Pinkus beers from Germany; Traquair House from Scotland; Lindemans lambics, Du Bocq, and the Trappist beers of Orval, Westmalle, and Rochefort from Belgium.

Green’s gluten-free beers are sold in a case of twelve 500 ml (16.9 oz.) bottles. Look for Enterprise Dry-Hopped Lager starting in August, 2013.



New App Will Let You Find The Shortest Beer (& Bathroom) Lines At New Levi’s Stadium

From Mashable:

When the San Francisco 49ers unveil Levi's Stadium, in Santa Clara, Calif., for the 2014 season, their new home will come with all sorts of built-in tech extras. For instance, a high-speed mobile infrastructure will allow fans to watch highlights and surf the web without their connections being jammed by tens of thousands of other fans trying to do the same. 

The new stadium's most impressive innovation, however, will tackle another problem entirely. Yes, as recently reported by Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin, a stadium-specific app will allow fans to track the shortest beer and bathroom lines in real-time to most efficiently plan excursions away from their seats.


Great Lakes To Host 25th Anniversary Block Party 9/6

imageFrom Great Lakes Cleveland:

July 30, 2013/mbb/ –CLEVELAND, OHIO—Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) is thrilled to announce details of the official GLBC 25th Anniversary Block Party, which will be held on September 6, 2013 from 11AM to 9PM at the GLBC Brewpub, Market Avenue, and Market Square Park in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.

The block party will take place on GLBC’s official 25th anniversary, and is free and open to the public. Attendees can expect live music by a diverse lineup of local musicians, a free photo booth from 4PM to 8PM, free face painting, merchandise and fresh food from local vendors and restaurants, and GLBC’s award-winning lagers and ales served on the Brewpub’s picturesque patio. A special 80s-themed set by Cleveland’s The Spazmatics will cap off a whole day of fun and entertainment for all ages (after all, GLBC was founded in 1988). Market Avenue and Market Square Park will be shut down for the day, making the 25th anniversary celebration a true block party.

This commemorative celebration marks 25 years of exceptional beer from Ohio’s first craft brewery in the place where it all started. Further details will be announced as the date approaches. For more information, visit

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