Newlyweds Get Their House Barricaded With Beer Cases & Find 7,500 Empty Bottles In Their Back Yard

30 September 2013

From the Huffington Post:

Friends of a newly-married couple in Belgium recently pulled off what may be the most epic beer prank ever.

Newlyweds Sofie Verret and Gerry Dumortier arrived home the morning after their wedding to find it completely barricaded with hundreds of beer crates. Oh, and an enormous sign reading, "“Shh… Newlyweds. Baby in the making.”

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As if that wasn't enough, the friends (or enemies?) arranged 7,500 empty beer bottles in the backyard in the shape of the couples' initials.

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According to Deredactie.be, it took Verret and Dumortier 20 minutes to hack their way into their own home.

Dumortier isn't too upset over the whole thing, according to a BuzzFeed translation of a quote given to Het Nieuwsblad. “It was fun, we had a good laugh, and [our friends] helped us clean it all up,” the couple said.

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New Belgium Challenges Craft Brewing Brethren to a Carving Contest

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From New Belgium:

Ft. Collins, Colo., September 30, 2013/mbb/ – With fall officially here and pumpkin beers flying off the shelves, New Belgium decided to challenge other pumpkin-beer-making, craft brewers to a carving contest. New Belgium and six craft breweries have put their knife skills to the test and the final pumpkins for The Big Craft CarveOff are on display at NewBelgium.com/CraftCarveOff. Public voting for the favorite begins October 3 and runs through October 15 at Eater.com. New Belgium will donate $5,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice.

“There’s a proud tradition of pumpkin beer brewing every fall among craft brewers and we figured a great way to celebrate the change of seasons is a good old-fashioned carving contest” said New Belgium Spokesperson, Bryan Simpson. “Several of our brewing buddies jumped on board and did amazing, magical feats to transform simple gourds into works of art.”

New Belgium’s carved entry celebrates its current seasonal release, Pumpkick Ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, but it is the healthy dose of cranberries that really makes it stand out.

Other breweries participating in the carving contest include:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, Cambridge Brewing Company, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Saint Arnold and Schlafly Beer.

“It was a little tricky for some breweries to find pumpkins this early in the season, so we actually had to ship some from Fort Collins,” added Simpson. “The results speak volumes as to how many creative folks we have in our industry. Pretty inspiring. ”

To keep up with the contest, you can follow the hashtag #CraftCarveOff on Twitter and Instagram. New Belgium will also post updates at
http://www.newbelgium.com/CraftCarveoff, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newbelgium and on Twitter @NewBelgium. If you have a pumpkin you’d like to show off, use #CraftCarveOff to post your pumpkin pictures on Twitter and Instagram.

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We were sitting around a while back, meeting about things. Pumpkick, our new fall seasonal, was forthcoming and we were trying to figure a good way to tell people about it. Then we got to thinking about how great pumpkin beer season is, and how many great pumpkin beers are out there, and how a lot of great breweries make great pumpkin beers. Then we started thinking about how fun it is to carve pumpkins and then– BOOM! The Great American Craft Beer Carve Off! We decided to challenge a bunch of other breweries to a pumpkin carving contest, judged by and voted on by you, the fans of great pumpkin beers. We also needed to put some stakes behind it, so we're giving the winning brewery $5000 to donate to the charitable cause of their choice. It's a win-win for everyone. 

The only hiccup we could foresee was how to get the voting accomplished in a way that was socially based, not hosted on our website, and accessible to all the fans of all the involved breweries. Eater.com is a pretty cool site. It tells folks about stuff to eat and where to eat it, as well as news in the food world and stuff. And it's very cool that they agreed to host the contest, atEater.com

So, here we are, pumpkins carved up and ready. Let's introduce the line up (above)

A lot of amazing pumpkins in there... And a lot on the line: $5,000 to charity, pride, bragging rights, etc...

So go vote, early and often (just kidding (Eater.com will only let you vote once (no vote rigging here!))).  And don't forget to tell your friends on the networks– #CraftCarveOff is the call sign, let's get it done.

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Cigar City & Brew Bus Releasing Four New Cans: You’re My Boy Blue, Rollin Dirty, Are We There Yet & Last Stop

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We brought you a peek at some (here too) of these Cigar City / Tampa Brew Bus beers, and now I’m excited to bring you your first peek at the all new 12oz can designs.  Today we have You’re My Boy Blue Blueberry Wheat Ale (Pacific Gem hops), Rollin Dirty Irish-Style Red Ale (5% ABV), Are We There Yet American Wheat (5% ABV-Galaxy Hops) & Last Stop IPA (7% ABV)
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New Belgium Redesigns Ranger IPA 12oz & 16oz Cans

image We’ve been bringing you the latest packaging updates from New Belgium, and the march continues today.  These are the new 12oz can AND 16oz can labels for New Belgium Ranger IPA.  This label will match the bottle packaging and the beer remains at 6.5% ABV.
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Troegs Updates Troegenator 12oz Bottle Packaging

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Today we get to see the updated 12oz bottle label coming from Troegs for their classic Troegenator Dopplebock.  This packaging will match the 16oz-can packaging coming soon from Troegs.
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Liquid Hero Irregardless IPA, Schweet Ale & American Hero Coming To Cans

image This morning you get to see the first two of three beer heading to cans at Liquid Hero Brewing.  We brought you a peek at the new packaging, and now it at least three of these beers will find their way into cans that match the bottle packaging. This is Irregardless IPA, it is hopped with Citra and it will come in at 75 IBU and 6.5% ABV.  Below is Schweet Ale Strawberry Wheat Ale and it will come in at 20 IBU and 5.2% ABV.  These beers will be packaged by We Can Mobile .
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Smuttynose Makes a Cameo Appearance On Breaking Bad Finale

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From Seacoast On-Line:

At one point in the TV show, the Smuttynose logo, with its cute common harbor seal that calls Smuttynose Island in the Isle of Shoals home, can be seen over actor Bryan Cranston's shoulder. At another time, Cranston is sitting at a bar where a few Smuttynose tap markers can be seen off to his left.

And the actors even enjoyed some of the product while filming, according to Smuttynose spokesman JT Thompson.
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Clown Shoes - Hammer Of The Holy Stout Aged in Rum Barrels

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Today you get your first peek at a new label coming from Clown Shoes called Hammer of the Holy Smoked Imperial Stout.  This new American Imperial stout will be aged in 40-year old Jamaican Rum barrels.  To keep the TTB on their toes, this beer will “incorporate holy water & malt smoked with vampire killing stakes.”  Hammer of the Holy will be package din 22oz bottles and come in at an un-holy 11% ABV.
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Harpoon - Luiweizen Wheat Beer

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This is a keg label only, but today we get a peek at a new brew from Harpoon called Luiweizen Wheat Beer.  This beer will come in at 4.8% ABV.
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Alchemy & Science - Concrete Beach Brewery Heading To Miami?

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From Miami New Times:

Another new brewery could be coming to Miami. Alchemy and Science Brewing Collaborative, the Vermont-based company with a growing brood of craft breweries, filed a trademark application for Concrete Beach Brewery in August.

Even more telling, a basic search for the aforementioned name yields three trademark results, all of them filed by A&S, one of them containing the word "Stiltsville". Last July we reported that A&S, also a subsidiary of Boston Beer Corporation, might be staking a claim somewhere in Miami.

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may seem a little coincidental, but where else in the world other than Miami is associated with Stiltsville? We dare say no where else. Records of A&S found with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations further suggest a Florida connection.

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Russian River - All Hopped Up For The Cure 2013

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From Russian River:

It has been some time again since my last blog. With more than 75 employees, 2 maxed out breweries, and a crazy busy brewpub, it's definitely getting harder to find time to do the things I enjoy the most. Although I do post on Facebook (more often but relatively infrequently), some of you have expressed that you still actually enjoy reading my blog. For that, I thank you!

So here we are and it's already October, my favorite month of the year.  Aside from it being beautiful in Sonoma County, we host our annual month-long fundraiser for the Sutter Women's Health Care Center of Santa Rosa, which brings me great joy!  All of the money we raise/donate goes directly to help uninsured or underinsured women AND men in our community receive life saving screening and treatment for Breast Cancer. Recently we have become acquainted with several recipients of our fundraising efforts.  Some of their lives have been changed or even saved by the services offered by Sutter. That said, I'm super excited to announce that a dozen of these amazing women are coming to our big kick off party on October 1st and will be our very special VIP guests! The festivities kick off around 7ish with my favorite ladies from Wild Card Belly Dance performing 2 sets at 8pm and 9pm. Check out our special Breast Cancer Awareness Month page on our website during October for more info on raffle items, how to get this year's cute shirt and other interesting things!  Last but not least, we are releasing "Framboise For A Cure 2013" on October 1st at the pub on draft and in bottles to go.  Vinnie makes this very special beer solely for our fundraising efforts so we could make even more money to help people in their battle with Breast Cancer. Last year the Framboise alone netted nearly $40,000!

In other news, Vinnie and I are attending our 20th Great American Beer Festival next week. There is a ridiculously dorky picture of us at one of our very first GABF's in the vault at the pub for all employees to see each and every day. I'm wearing kind of baggy super high wasted jeans with my shirt tucked in and a really cheap belt. Vinnie has no gray hair and looks like he is 12. It's awesome! For those of you attending, we are pouring Pliny the Elder, HopTime Harvest Ale, Shadow Of A Doubt, Propitiation (sour barrel-aged porter), and Framboise For A Cure. If you do come by our booth, please let me know that you still read my blog!  You will probably make my day :-)

Cheers-

Natalie
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Oskar Blues / Wynkoop Pink Boots Collaboration # 3 - Whackalicious Extra Pale Ale Coming Today

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Just a quick photo courtesy of Wynkoop showing off the Oskar Blues tap handle for the Pink Boots Society 3rd collaboration called Whackalicious Extra Pale.  This beer will be tapped at Wynkoop tonight at 6PM.
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Philadelphia Brewing - Kenz O’ Lantern Spiced Ale

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Slumbrew - Sittin’ On Hop of the World White IPA

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Sign me up for this new one from Slumbrew.  Sittin’ on Hop of the World is a White IPA brewed with peaches.  This beer will use wheat malt as well as Galena, Amarillo & Citra hops, it will be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 6.8% ABV.
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Off Color Brewing - Troublesome Wheat Coming To 12oz Bottles

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Today we get to see the 2nd beer coming from Off Color Brewing that will head to bottles.  This is Troublesome and it is a wheat beer brewed with Coriander.  This blended wheat beer will use Northern Brewer hops and it will come in at 10 IBU and 4.3% ABV.
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NoDa Brewing - Thanks for the Mammories - NoDable Release 10/1 (Video)


From NoDa Brewing:

This Tuesday is Pink Pint Night! That means a portion of all proceeds will go to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Chad's brewed a very special beer too, Thanks for the Mammories! It's a 9% ABV Double IPA made with lactose sugar, which gives it a sweet (less hoppy) taste. This week also marks our 100th NoDable beer, and to celebrate this landmark occasion we've put together a blooper reel from our previous videos! Come into the tap room this Tuesday for a glass of Thanks For the Mammories!
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Sea Dog - Sunfish

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Today we get to see the 12oz bottle label for Sea Dog Brewing Sunfish.  This ale with natural flavors added will come in at 4.5% ABV.
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Shock Top & Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Coming To 16oz Cans

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Today we get a look at the new labels for Shock Top Belgian White and Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat as they head to 16oz Cans.  These beers will remain at 5.2% ABV.
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Lagunitas DOGtöberfest Coming 10/21

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From Lagunitas Brewing:

Join us for DOGtöberfest on Oct 21st—a celebration of beer and dogs with our friends from Dogs 4 Diabetics in the TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary.

• Raffle and auction
• Sausages, pretzels and other festive food
• Live music with The Beer Brothers and polka bands
• Unveiling of the Armstrong FURmentation tank!
• More details soon… Tickets at:
http://Dogs4Diabetics.com/DOGtoberfest

Lagunitas is so proud to support Dogs4Diabetics for reaching new frontiers of science and service. Go check out the amazing things they’re doing:http://www.Dogs4Diabetics.com/DOGtoberfest

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Deschutes Brewery Launches Nebraska in Style, October 15-18

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From Deschutes:

30 September 2013 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery is coming to Nebraska! The Oregon-based brewery will be working with Johnson Brothers of Nebraska, part of Johnson Brothers Liquor Company which has been serving the greater region for 60 years.  To celebrate this new partnership, and the arrival of Deschutes in Nebraska, the brewery is launching with a series of special events in the Omaha and Lincoln areas.

A series of events are scheduled from October 15-18, as part of the launch.  It’s the perfect opportunity to try some combination of official Deschutes Brewery Nebraska launch beers, including award winners and style leaders Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter and Chainbreaker White IPA.  Making small talk with a brewer and other personalities from Deschutes Brewery is a terrific bonus.  This schedule follows below the signature events described below.  Please visit Deschutes Brewery’s events page for more information.

Don’t miss Woody either!  The giant, good-times-on-wheels mobile bar rolls his way around Nebraska during our launch week, complete with multiple delicious Deschutes Brewery beers, a stereo, and a disco ball. He is a natural gathering spot at any event for all thirsty individuals (and any misplaced members of your party). Follow Woody’s shenanigans on Twitter at @DBWoody or you can “friend” him at www.facebook.com/deschuteswoody.

Tuesday, October 15, noon-2pm

What: “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” Lunch

We will be making our own happy hour at Cunningham’s – right in the middle of the day! In fact, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Tuesday. Come meet the gang from Deschutes Brewery – here all the way from Oregon - and sampling beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale and Chainbreaker White IPA
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Location:  Cunningham’s Pub & Grill, 10904 W. Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68154

Tuesday, October 15, 4-6pm

What:  Deschutes Brewery Meet, Greet and Sample

Save your grocery shopping trip for Tuesday afternoon and come down to Whole Foods Market for the Deschutes Brewery meet, greet and sample. And when we say “sample” we mean some fantastic beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale, Hop Trip, Chasin’ Freshies and Chainbreaker White IPApaired with foods from the Whole Foods Prepared Foods Department.

Where:  Whole Foods, 10020 Regency Circle, Omaha, NE 68114

Tuesday, October 15, 4pm

What: Deschutes Brewery Official Nebraska Launch Party

Oh, the beers you will try at Beer Corner USA!

Crescent Moon’s Weekly Famous Pint Night, 4pm-close
You’ll get a pint glass with your purchase, plus discounted pints of
Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Chainbreaker White IPA, Jubelale, Nitro Jubelale,Hop Trip, Armory XPA and something special and top secret!!

Beertopia, 4-6pm
Try a bunch of Deschutes beers – including year-round favorites and fresh hop seasonals, plus learn how to build your own Kegerator in a special demo from the folks at Johnson Brothers.

Woody’s Beer Garden, 4-10pm
Woody – Deschutes Brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel - will be present, sampling your new favorite array of beers. Come get your photo taken with this keg on wheels while sipping some craft beer from one of his many taps.

Where: Beer Corner USA, 3570 & 3578 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68131

Wednesday, October 16, noon-2pm

What: “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” Lunch

We will be making our own happy hour at Omaha Tap House– right in the middle of the day! In fact, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Wednesday. Come meet the gang from Deschutes Brewery – here all the way from Oregon - and sampling beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale andChainbreaker White IPA.

Where: Omaha Tap House, 1403 Farnam Street, #136, Omaha, NE 68102

Wednesday, October 16, 4-6pm

What:  Deschutes Brewery Meet, Greet and Sample

Are you a craft beer fan? Here’s your chance to come chat with the folks from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery while they’re in town celebrating their Nebraska launch. Try some fantastic beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale, Hop Trip, Chasin’ Freshies and Chainbreaker White IPA.

Where: HyVee-Stony Brook, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd., Omaha, NE 68137

Wednesday, October 16, 6:30-9:30pm

What: Deschutes Brewery’s Hats off to Homebrewers

Attention homebrewers and beer geeks…come share your love for craft with the fabulous staff from Nebraska Brewing Company and Deschutes Brewery. Chat with Nebraska Brewing Company’s Head Brewer Tyson Arp and Deschutes Brewer Ryan Schmiege.  Sip on an exclusive brew made just for the event, out of your commemorative snifter. Gather complimentary brewing supplies, including clone recipe booklets and bags of whole flower hops, to use in your next homebrew (supplies are limited).  Win a $100 gift certificate to the newly opened Patriot Homebrew Supply.  But that’s not all…

Enjoy three beer samples from each brewery, expertly paired with three gourmet tapas-style items from Chef Chad Waters of Nebraska Brewing Company.  Plus a full glass of an exclusive Hats Off To Homebrewers brew.  Mix in a “Stump the Brewmaster” Q &A session.  It all adds up to a can’t-miss-night! Check out the amazing pairing menu below...

  • Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale and NBC Brunette Brown Ale
    Venison Sliders - Mirror Pond Kissed Pickled Onions, Brunette 7 Grain Mustard and Horseradish Aioli English Cheddar Cheese
  • Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA and NBC Beer formally known as Hop God
    Seafood Taco - Avocado Ranch, Mango Salsa, Cotija Cheese, Baby Arugula
  • Deschutes Jubelale and NBC Apricot Saison
    Spiced Rubbed Ribeye “Carving Station” - Jubelale Shallot Marmalade, Apricot Au Poivre Saison Jus Rosemary Batard

Grab a fellow homebrewer or craft beer fan and join us for this amazing event!  Cheers!

Where: Nebraska Brewing Company, 7474 Towne Center Pkwy #101, Papillion NE 68046

Cost: The cost is $20 per person.  www.hatsoffne.eventbrite.com



Thursday, October 17, noon-2pm

What: “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” Lunch

We will be making our own happy hour at Leadbelly– right in the middle of the day! In fact, we can’t think of a better way to spend a Thursday. Come meet the gang from Deschutes Brewery – here all the way from Oregon - and sampling beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale and Chainbreaker White IPA.

Where: Leadbelly, 301 N 8th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508

Thursday, October 17, 5-7pm

What:  Deschutes Brewery Meet, Greet and Sample

Are you a craft beer fan? Here’s your chance to come chat with the folks from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery while they’re in town celebrating their Nebraska launch. Try some fantastic beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale, Hop Trip, Chasin’ Freshies and Chainbreaker White IPA. Beers will be perfectly paired with gourmet pizzas from Yia Yia’s. Get a photo with Woody, the brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel!

Where: Moran’s Liquor Works, 3400 A Street, Lincoln, NE 68510

Thursday, October 17, 6:45pm-10pm

What: Deschutes Brewery Bicycle Pub Crawl

It’s time to explore great craft beer all over Lincoln – by bicycle. Get your gang together and celebrate Deschutes Brewery beers on tap at some favorite watering holes and shops. There will be something deliciously different to try at each stop!

Where:

  • Moran’s, 3400 A St, Lincoln, NE 68510  (meet around 6:45ish)
  • Cycle Works, 720 N 27th St., Lincoln, NE 68503 (arrive around 7ish)
  • Dempsey’s Burger Pub - 228 North 12 Street, Lincoln, NE 68508 (arrive around 8ish)
  • Doc’s Place, 140 N 8th St., Lincoln, NE 68508 (arrive around 9ish)
  • Yia Yia’s, 1423 O St., Lincoln, NE 68508 (last stop! 10ish)

Friday, October 18, 5-7pm

What:  Deschutes Brewery Meet, Greet and Sample

Are you a craft beer fan? Here’s your chance to come chat with the folks from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery while they’re in town celebrating their Nebraska launch. Try some fantastic beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Black Butte Porter, Jubelale, Hop Trip, Chasin’ Freshies, Chainbreaker White IPA and something very special! Beers will be perfectly paired with fare from Greta’s Gourmet Cuisine.

Where: The Still, 6820 S 70th Street, Lincoln, NE 68516

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What:  Deschutes Brewery Flight Night


Friday is flight night! Take off with tapas style plates, each paired perfectly with Deschutes Brewery beers like Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Chainbreaker White IPA,Jubelale and Black Butte Porter. If that doesn’t make you fly on down here, then you will when you hear what foods inspired the small plates (hint, bacon).

Where: Single Barrel, 130 North 10th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68508
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Carton Brewing Shipwreck Porter Coming 10/14

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From Carton Brewing:

Carton Brewing will make another splash in the New Jersey craft beer community this month with the release of Shipwreck Porter on Monday, October 14. A honey porter aged in Brinley Gold Shipwreck Rum barrels for a year in the brewery’s cellar, this 10% ABV brew looks to be a deep, rich, dark sipper with notes of vanilla, spice, coffee, chocolate and honey.

From 10am to 3pm on October 14, 32oz growlers will be available for $20 each, with a limit of 3 per person. Any remaining growlers will be sold during normal tasting room hours the following weekend (Thursday-Sunday). 5 of the 10 barrels are earmarked for the brewery release, with the remaining half destined for special events in the future.

Check out the official Carton Shipwreck Porter video here for the full story.

Carton Brewing is located at 6 East Washington Avenue in Atlantic Highlands. The tasting room is open Thursdays and Fridays from 5:00-7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5:00.
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Pigskin Brewing Throws for Touchdown with CrowdBrewed Crowdfunding

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From Pigskin Brewing & CrowdBrewed:

Columbus, OH, September 29, 2013/mbb/ -- In CrowdBrewed’s maiden soft launch, Pigskin Brewing Company out of Columbus, OH scores big reaching its target goal and beyond with $15,020 through reward crowdfunding. Slated for late fall of 2013, Pigskin will open its doors to a 17,000+ square foot building with a custom built, state of the art brewery and tap room housing its 15 barrel brewing system.

Pigskin Brewing Company turned to crowdfunding to source the funds necessary to complete the final stages of its brewery. Investopedia.com defines crowdfunding as “The use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture. Crowdfunding makes use of the easy accessibility of vast networks of friends, family and colleagues through social media websites.”

Craft beer brewers and industry affiliates are turning to crowdfunding to fulfill dreams of running a brewery, expanding a product line and bringing awareness to their brands. Pigskin has kicked off a phenomenon on CrowdBrewed as more and more campaigns begin to filter through. In addition to reward based crowdfunding, CrowdBrewed is set to offer equity and debt crowdfunding in the coming weeks as it transitions its vertical to a new platform. “By offering equity based crowdfunding as an alternative to bank financing and venture capital allows us at CrowdBrewed to offer fundraising opportunities to those at all stages within the craft beer arena,” says Travis Benoit, Founder of CrowdBrewed.com LLC. “In addition, crowdfunding offers the opportunity for craft beer enthusiasts to invest in or donate to their favorite brewery that would have otherwise been unavailable to them in the past via the more traditional route.”
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Harpoon Crowns Kettle Cup 2013 Champions

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From Harpoon:

After weeks of formulating recipes, brewing beers, tasting entries, and lobbying for votes, Harpoon employees have decided the winner of the Kettle Cup. This year’s coveted prize goes to “The Citrettes” for their Citra A** Down entry, a Pale Ale brewed with loads of fresh grapefruit and Citra hops. Ladies from various departments at the brewery (Merrill Maloney, Shannon Cudmore, Lindsay Kick, Jessie Cox, Carolyn Orth, and Liz Melby) along with Harpoon brewers (Brian Martyniak and Mike Gallagher) distanced themselves from the competition with this amazing beer, and a little help from their fierce, persuasive trash talking.

We’ll now get to work on bringing this beer to shelves in 2014 as part of the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series. Stay tuned for details on a release date. And while we love the current name, “Citra A** Down”, we were made aware that it’s already been used by another (very clever!) brewer…. We’ll be tossing around new names in coming weeks and we'll let you know when one of them sticks. In the meantime, let’s raise a pint to the champs!
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Frankenmuth Brewmaster’s Select 2014 Imperial Stout & Batch 69 American IPA

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Two exciting beers coming from Frankenmuth Brewing today.  Up first is Brewmaster’s Select series Imperial Stout 2014 Edition.  This beer bridges the gap between a Russian Imperial and American stouts, it will be package din big 33.8 ounce specialty bottles and come in at 10% ABV.  Batch 69 American IPA will use all American hops, it will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 6.9% ABV.

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Bonfire Brewing - Farmer Wirtz IPA 16oz Cans

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Bonfire Brewing will be packaging their Farmer Wirtz IPA in 16oz Cans.  This beer was originally based on a brew that used tap room hop cones, and now it will come to 16oz cans courtesy of Colorado-grown Chinook & Nugget hops.  Look for Farmer Wirtz to come in at 7% ABV.
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Ballast Point Redesigns Beer & Spirit Packaging (Before & After)

The DieLine did a great (and comprehensive) overview of the recent beer & spirits packaging overhaul recently completed by Ballast Point.  Details and images form the DieLine

Designed by MiresBall, San Diego 

Photography by Studio Schulz

Visual Identity

"The refreshed Ballast Point brand identity incorporates a bolder typographic approach for improved legibility and shelf presence, while retaining the brand’s iconic elements in an expanded system of visual assets. The new identity unifies the growing family of Ballast Point brands—beers, spirits and the Home Brew Mart retail store—under one corporate banner."

Beer

"A favorite among local craft beer lovers, Ballast Point was poised to break into national markets, and eager to put their recent brand refresh into action. MiresBall highlighted the brewer's signature fish illustrations and angling-inspired beer names and refined the brand voice with a clear focus on the process and passion. The new labels, cartons and cans create an unmistakable billboard effect, and give audiences a more potent taste of the dedication that goes into every brew."

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Spirits

"With the packaging of an all-new whiskey, Ballast Point needed to boldly claim its position as San Diego’s first small-batch distiller. Building on a top-to-bottom brand refresh, MiresBall tapped into the stories behind the spirits to align a disparate group of new and existing products. The results telegraph a clear, simple message—Ballast Point is uniquely dedicated to the craft."

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