Avery Mephistopheles Coming 12/13, Maharaja & New World

30 November 2013

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From Avery:

Mephistopheles' Stout Returns!

Friday, December 13th at 5pm

Mephistopheles is the crafty shapeshifter, the second fallen angel; he who does not love light. Herein he patiently lies, waiting and willing to do your bidding, but for a price. Enter into his darkness, a tangled and intricate labyrinth of bittersweet rapture.

Gather your friends and come share taster flights and bottles of this vintage demon. His 2013 incarnation will be available on draft and in bottles to take home with you, to share with friends over the holidays or to hoard in your cellar.

The name Mephistopheles originally appeared in literature as the demon in the German Faust legend. Pronounced me-fə-ˈstä-fə-ˌlēz, it's a tongue-twister for sure, but not as much as friggatriskaidekaphobia, which is the fear of Friday the 13th.

The more you know!

Tap Room Rarities

5pm Friday Special Tappings Nutty Professor

, our robust Russian-style Imperial Stout infused with peanuts, is on tap right now! And our brewers are at it again...experimenting, tinkering, and surprising us with their creative concoctions!

Coming soon...

Chocolate malt gives our Coconut Brown Ale a brown sugar maltiness, and 2.5 lbs of lovingly toasted coconut flakes per keg give this brew the perfect dose of tropical vacation.

The Maharaja Imperial IPA

available in mid-December

Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, meaning "great", and rajan, meaning "king". Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley - fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence.

Welcome to his kingdom!

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New World Porter

available in January

Our brewers are busy brewing our New World Porter! Adam Avery has always been a lover of hoppy beers, and in 1997 he dreamed of a robust ale with a massive amount of black specialty malt...dry-hopped!

Since then, we have sailed through the late winter and into early spring with the help of this dark porter that has been dry-hopped for the long voyage from bottle to palate. These days, they call it a "black IPA", but back then it was a New World!

Coming soon in the new year!

This 10 Dec 2013 update from
Avery:

Mephistopheles’ Stout is back just in time for Christmas and though it is as black as a lump of coal, you’ll be merrier and more red-faced than old Saint Nick himself if you get a bottle of this 15.4% ABV monster in your stocking.

The first shipments of this year’s Mephistopheles, Batch No. 9, are leaving the Avery Brewing Company this week and should hit shelves and taps at select locations around the country by Friday (yeah Friday the 13th).

First brewed in 2005, Mephistopheles was the third installment of the Demons of Ale series. After creating The Beast Grand Cru and Samael’s Oak-Aged Ale, Adam Avery decided he wanted the third demon to be a massive stout unlike any other. One of the most distinguishing ingredients is the beer’s Westmalle Belgian yeast strain, which produces layers of esters and phenols that create much of the beer’s complex flavor. The grist bill is focused mainly on roasted and black malts making it dark and rich. There is also a small amount of Special B, a specialty malt, added for a touch of raisin-like sweetness. The result is a massive and complex stout with notes of vine-ripened grapes, anise, bitter chocolate and an espresso-like finish.

“For me this is one of the most diverse dessert beers out there,” said Adam Avery, the brewery’s president, CEO and brewmaster.  “It can pair with almost any dessert. It’s perfect for the holidays- a time when we eat tons of food with rich, decadent, and excessive flavors and need a beer that can match up.”

The name Mephistopheles originally appeared in literature as the demon in the German

Faust legend. According to the story, Faust was dissatisfied with his life and made a deal with the devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. Mephistopheles appears in this legend as a plain-clothed devil, mirroring the massive brew hiding within the 12oz bottle.

A release party for Mephistopheles will be held at the Avery Brewing Company Tap Room in Boulder on Friday, Dec. 13 at 5pm. The party will feature vintages dating back to 2005 available on tap and in bottles. For more information, beer connoisseurs can check www.averybrewing.com or email info@averybrewing.com.
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Goose Island - The Illinois Imperial IPA

image Here’s an art-deck hop cone label and a new beer coming from Goose Island.  This beer is called The Illinois and it is an Imperial IPA that pays homage to a skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that the city of Chicago never built.  Had it been built, it would remain the tallest building in the world even today.  The Illinois will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 95 IBU and 9% ABV.
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UPDATE:  This beer will be part of a series of Imperial beers to include 3 releases for the year.  This is the first release and it will arrive in mid February 2014 in 4-packs and sixtels.
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Sierra Nevada - Whipl Wet Hopped IPL

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This is a keg label only, but today we get to see Sierra Nevada WHIPL.  This beer is a Wet Hopped India-Style Pale Lager and it will come in at 5.9% ABV.
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Ithaca - Eleven Madison Park Picnic Basket Brown Ale

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Here’s an interesting beer that was brewed by Ithaca Beer exclusively for Eleven Madison Park.  This beer is named Picnic Basket and it is a brown ale that will be packaged in 12oz bottles.
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Harpoon - Mt. Snow’s Ridge Roggenbier

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This is a keg-only label coming from Harpoon and it is named Mt. Snow’s Ridge Roggenbier.  This beer will come in at 6.2% ABV.
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Shock Top - Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat

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Our pal Gary was nice enough to send us a peek at an upcoming beer from Shock Top.  Tentatively slated for a March release, this is Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat, and like the name indicates, it is brewed with honey and aged in bourbon cask barrels.  Stay tuned for more details.
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Natty Greene’s - The Corner Porter

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Here’s a new beer coming from Natty Greene’s called The Corner Porter.  This dry hopped Baltic porter will be packaged in 750ml bottles and come in at 8.5% ABV.
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Perennial Artisanal Ales - Fantastic Voyage & La Boheme

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Today we get to see two new labels coming from Perennial Artisanal Ales.  Fantastic Voyage is a Milk Stout brewed with coconut and aged in Whiskey barrels.  Created with The Cellar and The Wine & Cheese Place, this beer will be packaged in 750ml bottles and come in at 10.5% ABV.  La Boheme is a Belgian-style ale aged in wine barrels with cherries.  La Boheme will be packaged in 750ml bottles and come in at 6% ABV.
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AC Golden Brewing Hidden Barrel Framboise Noir

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Here’s a new release coming from Miller Coors called Framboise Noir.  This beer is an ale aged in oak wine barrels with fresh Colorado blackberries added.  This dark sour is aged in barrels for 2 months and it will be packaged in 750ml bottles.
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Peace Tree Brewing - Champagne Cider & Templeton Red

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If you visit our taproom for the holidays, we also have 22oz bottles of our Champagne Cider available.

This cider is fresh-pressed from Williams & Sons Orchards in Runnels, IA, then fermented at Peace Tree with a champagne yeast, to give it a dry balance to the tart and sweet apple cider.

We’re also running a special on Sidekick Kolsch through the holidays. Cases are now available for just $21 (plus tax & deposit) when you visit our taproom! A great contribution to your holiday party.

Call me biased, but I have to tell you, our Templeton Red is one of my very favorite beers.

We started this brew with the malty backbone of our Red Rambler ale, then aged it for over a year in oak barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye Prohibition-Era Whiskey, in Templeton, Iowa. The result is a malty amber ale with deep oak flavor and hints of vanilla and rye whiskey.

This bold brew arrives in bottles just in time for Thanksgiving – and is certainly worth celebrating! Be on the look out for it in your favorite pubs, restaurants and stores in the near future.
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Against The Grain All Funked Up Wild Series - Brett The Hipman Hop

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Here’s another new release coming from Against The Grain.  This beer is part of their All Funked Up Wild Series and it is named Brett The Hipman Hop.  Brett is a Pale Ale finished with Brettanomyces, it will be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 8% ABV.
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8 Wired - Barrel Aged Smoked Imperial Porter

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Coming to us from New Zealand’s 8 Wired Brewing today we have 2011 Barrel Aged Smoked Imperial Porter.  This Manuka smoked beer uses farmhouse yeast and is aged in American oak barrels for 18 months.  Barrel Aged Smoked Imperial Porter will be packaged in 750ml bottles and come in at 11% ABV.
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Saint Arnold - Boiler Room Berliner Weisse

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This is a keg label only, but I thought you’d want to see Saint Arnold Boiler Room Berliner Weisse Beer.  Stay tuned for more info.
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Revolver Brewing - High Brass American Blonde Ale

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Here’s the label for Revolver Brewing High Brass American Blonde Ale.  This blonde ale uses pilsner & caramel malts and it will be dry-hopped with Saphir hops.  High Brass will be package din 12oz bottles and come in at 6% ABV.
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Crazy Mountain - Bridge St. Holiday Ale 2013

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Our pal Kevin Selvy from Crazy Mountain is hard at work for the holidays to bring us Bridge St. Holiday Ale 2013.  This beer is brewed with spices and local maple syrup, it will be package din 22oz bottles and come in at 6.5% ABV.
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Bad Martha Brewing - Island IPA

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This is the 12oz bottle label for Bad Martha Brewing Island IPA.  This beer uses Vineyard grape leaves as well as Cascade and Citra hops.
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Rogue - Marionberry Braggot

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It’s not much to see and it is keg-only, but I thought you’d want to see the label for Rogue Marionberry Braggot.  This honey based Ale is a really unique brew coming from Rogue so stay tuned for more details.


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Michelob ULTRA and US Road Sports & Entertainment Group Announce Sponsorship of the Series and Seven Events on Race Circuit

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Michelob ULTRA and US Road Sports & Entertainment Group today announced a new partnership that will see Michelob ULTRA become the title sponsor of the Michelob ULTRA 13.1 Marathon® Series, the nation’s fastest-growing half marathon series.

As part of the multi-year partnership, Michelob ULTRA will receive all naming rights for each of the seven races, logo placement on all marketing materials – including finishers’ medals – and on-site activation opportunities at each race to provide entertainment and engage with runners and spectators.

Michelob ULTRA will activate its sponsorship in a variety of ways to elevate the race experience for runners, their families and spectators, including introducing new technology to enhance how runners are tracked during all 13.1 events and awarding each runner, 21 and older, one complementary Michelob ULTRA sample at the finish line (where legal). Michelob ULTRA will also have a presence at select training runs.

“Joining forces with the 13.1 Marathon Series is a great opportunity for us to continue supporting the running industry and the athletes that dedicate themselves to the challenge of competing in a half marathon,” said Lori Shambro, vice president, Michelob ULTRA.

“We are excited to activate at each Marathon Series event next year and toasting each adult competitor with a cold Michelob ULTRA sample* at the finish line.”

“We are very pleased to align the 13.1 Marathon® Series with a brand like Michelob ULTRA,” says Steve Obert, vice president of sales and marketing at US Road Sports & Entertainment Group. “This partnership showcases the fun and excitement that is prevalent at all 13.1 Marathon® events.”

Fully launched in 2010, the 13.1 Marathon® Series is a group of races that gives runners and walkers a chance to participate in a stand-alone 13.1 mile race in some of the most popular and scenic running communities nationwide. In 2011 alone, the Series had more than 35,000 participants. In 2014 race markets include Miami Beach, New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas and Fort Lauderdale with events spanning from January to November.

For more information about Michelob ULTRA, please visit http://www.Facebook.com/MichelobULTRA For more information about 13.1 Marathon®, please visit http://www.131marathon.com.

*The ability to sample alcohol beverages will vary based on state laws.
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Sierra Nevada / New Glarus - Beer Camp Beer Will Be An English Bitter

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From Sierra Nevada & New Glarus:

New Glarus long ago dialed in the notion of moreishness, meaning a drinker is inspired to have another pint of your potion. (The brewery is among the top 20 craft names yet doesn’t distribute beyond its Wisconsin roots.) Not coincidentally, you’ll find the term in the MBAA’s Beer Steward Handbook alongside the overview of the English bitter beer style.

A bitter is subtle, nuanced—it’s that finesse you’ll find in one of the bottles of our Beer Camp Across America variety 12-pack. New Glarus co-founder Dan Carey and Randy Thiel, director of quality control, have mapped out a bitter with our founder Ken Grossman and brewing team.

It’s not a beer that’s “big and bodacious,” Randy said, but it doesn’t have to be either of those to be “beauty on your tongue.” We like the sound of that.

Dan suggested a ballpark alcohol by volume of 5.5% and he underscored his interest in “a traditional, old-world hop” like European Golding or Fuggle. In recent years, though, the performance of English-grown hops has left Ken wanting. Our hop authority, Tom Nielsen, suggested Aurora, Dana or Bobek hops off-the-cuff, all of which hail from Slovenia and have plentiful aroma potential.

“I’ve used Bobek,” Dan said. “At least the lots that I’ve used have been unremarkable.”

Dan also mentioned Celeia hops, a variety Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River is putting toward the blonde ale in the works for Beer Camp Across America.

Whichever hop route we go with New Glarus—”We need to go shopping,” said Steve Dresler, our head brewer—Dan hinted at leaning more toward an extra special bitter (ESB).

“I’m perfectly happy to push the [bitterness units] if we can find really good hops,” he said.

And so we’ll search.

Elsewhere in the beer’s makeup, Golden Promise malt could be a key player in the grist bill, and when it comes to yeast behavior, Dan and Steve agreed a hint of dryness would be a nice touch.

“I always prefer a beer with a little more attenuation,” Dan said.

We eagerly await Dan’s visit to Chico this winter. It’s a trip and a beer whose significance is not lost on us; this variety pack is New Glarus’ first foray beyond America’s Dairyland. You’ll taste what makes them hallowed back home.
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Goose Island - Black Friday 2013 (Video)


From Goose Island
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Sierra Nevada - Brewer and the Beer Geek: Celebration Ale (Video)

29 November 2013


From Sierra Nevada:

Ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes of the beer you love to drink? Brewer and the Beer Geek goes beyond the beer for the back story you haven't heard—from two of the creators themselves.

The Brewer and the Beer Geek put on their holiday finest for this very special episode as they talk fresh hops, holiday spices, and a secret Santa Claus obsession.
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Coming Soon - Anchor IPA

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I’m excited to bring you the first look at an exciting new brew coming from our pal Mark Carpenter at Anchor Brewing.  This is Anchor IPA and yes it’s an India Pale Ale.  This beer will be package d in 12oz and 22oz (below) bottles and it will come in at 6.5% ABV.
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Tommyknocker - Legend 2014 20th Anniversary Olde Oaked Brown Ale

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Tommyknocker will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2014 so today we get to see Tommyknocker Legend 2014.  This 20th Anniversary Ale is an Olde Oaked Brown Ale that uses toasted Hungarian oak as well as Crystal, Munich, Chocolate & Rye malts.  Legend 2014 will be package din 12oz bottles and come in at 10% ABV.
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Cambridge Brewing - Big Man IPA

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Here’s Big Man IPA coming from Cambridge Brewing.  This winter IPA will be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 6.8% ABV.
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Against The Grain - All Funked Up Wild Series - Five Roses: A Ri*k Ast**y Joint Wild Kolsch

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There is a LOT going in in this upcoming All Funked Up Wild Series release from Against The Grain.  This is Five Roses: A Ri*k Ast**y Joint (yes that’s a Rick Astley Joint) and it is a Wild Kolsch style ale aged in Red Cypress.  Look for this beer to be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 5.5% ABV.
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Epic Brewing - Old Sage Brett Saison-Brett Golden Ale

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Here’s an upcoming release in the Epic Brewing Exponential Series.  This is Old Sage Brett and it is a Saison-Brett Golden Ale that is aged in wine barrels.  Old Sage Brett will be package din 22oz bottles.
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Paradox - Figgy Puddin’

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Here we have a new release in the Paradox Beer Bandeau Artiste Trip Project.  This is Figgy Puddin’ and it is an ale brewed with dates, figs and cherries that is aged in red Wine Barrels.  Figgy will be packaged in 750ml bottles and come in at 9% ABV.
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Redhook - Father Winter Ale

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Here’s another new Specialty Keg release coming from Redhook.  This is Father Winter Ale and it will come in at 6.1% ABV.
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Cellarmaker & Tired Hands Collaborate On Taco Hands

From Cellarmaker & Tired Hands…
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Prairie Birra Farmhouse Ale 4-Packs Coming In Jan 2014

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We present to you Prairie Birra, our sessionable farmhouse ale. This will land in stores (4-packs) and on tap in January. Birra is perfect with food! Crisp with notes of black pepper and orange. Birra will be available in all markets we currently sell beer.

Birra will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 4.5% ABV.
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Lowenbrau Bottle From The Hindenburg Sells For $16K

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From BeerInfo:

A bottle of beer rescued from the crash of the Hindenburg recently sold at auction for over $16,000 according to This is Wiltshire in the UK. This is significantly above the estimate placed on the bottle of $4,000 - $8,000.
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Lévis, Que. Brewery Draws Complaints From Beers Named “The Hooker” and “Little Slut”

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From The Huffington Post:

With names like “The Hooker” and “La TitePute”— the Little Slut – Le Corsaire’s seasonal beers are not a favourite with women's rights groups. 

Le Corsaire doesn't limit its unconventional approach to names. On its menu, "La TitePute" is described as "an easy girlfriend, light and fruity." Another seasonal beer, the "Vicieuse," is supposedly "an orgy in your mouth." 

The brewery's menu also includes a beer called "The Parrot," which comes with a label depicting a nude woman in a bird cage.
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Nigerian Police Smash 240,000 Bottles Of Beer

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From The Guardian:

About 240,000 bottles of beer have been shattered by an earthmover as part of a widening crackdown in Nigeria's northern city of Kano.

Alcohol is banned under sharia law, imposed in the city in 2001, but authorities had turned a blind eye to its consumption in hotels and the Sabon Gari Christian quarter.

At the public destruction of beer on Wednesday the head of the religious police board warned that his officers would put an end to alcohol consumption.
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Otter Creek - Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout (Video)


From Otter Creek:

This limited batch, brewery-only special release of our Russian Imperial Stout is aged in maple whiskey oak barrels from Vermont's Saxton River Distillery.

This barrel-aged stout has a rich, roasted flavor with overtone of sweet vanilla coming from the American Oak and features a velvety smooth hint of whiskey.
Enjoy with comrades.
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Stevens Point - Whole Hog Espresso Stout

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Here’s a Whole Hog Limited Edition beer coming from Stevens Point Brewing called Espresso Stout.    This stout is aged on espresso coffee beans, it will be package din 12oz bottles and come in at 6.5% ABV.
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Heineken - New Glass Design Helps Aging Beer Drinkers

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From ABCNews:

Australian professor, researcher and industrial designer Gianni Renda tapped into this good idea when he entered the Heineken Brewery 60+ Design Challenge that asked participants to design something for the over-60 beer market.

The age-friendly glass is curved on top with grooves and channels along the body to help promote a firm grip and capture condensation so the glass is less slippery. The star-shaped, silicon base steadies the glass to prevent tips and spills.
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New Belgium & NOLA Brewing Collaborate On Black Strap Chicory Milk Stout

28 November 2013

imageThis is only the keg label, but we get a peek at the New Belgium / NOLA Brewing collaboration beer.  This beer will be named Black Strap Chicory Stout and it’s a stout brewed with molasses and chicory.  Look for this beer to come in at 7% ABV.

UPDATE 3 Dec 2013:  The label below was approved today adding the word “Milk” to the beer name.  I suspect this is the same beer with a modified name and not two separate beers. 
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Uinta - Tinder Rauchbier Smoked Lager 750ml Bottles

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Here’s a new beer coming to bottles from Uinta Brewing.  This beer is called part of their Crooked Line and it is called Tinder Rauchbier smoked lager.  Tinder will be packaged in 750ml bottles, it will use Beachwood smoked malt and come in at 6.5% ABV.
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Cisco Brewers Renames Indie Pale Ale To Indie IPA

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Here’s a peek at the 12oz can packaging as Cisco Brewers renames their popular Indie Pale Ale to Indie IPA.  This great Nantucket beer will remain at 6.5%, but now with a name that’s a better fit for the brew.
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Nøgne Ø Surpasses 1 million Liters (8386 US barrels)

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From Nøgne Ø:

Today is the day we pass 1 million liters (8386 US barrels) brewed at Nøgne Ø this year. Last year we brewed approximately 900.000 liters (7547 US barrels), so our brewers have been really busy this year.

The beer being brewed is an old and dear one. Our English Bitter at 4,5% ABV. Nøgne Ø Bitter is a light session ale with an assertive hop aroma of East Kent Goldings. It was actually one of the first beers made at Nøgne Ø. First time brewed on May 15. 2003!

The Nøgne Ø brew team have been working hard this year: From left: Rune Karlsen, Ingrid E.Skistad, Edvard Hortemo (Production manager), Kjetil Jikiun and Rolf Tore "Toa" Vik.

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Rock Art - Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout Coming 12/11

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Rock Art Brewery is getting busy with the barrels.  Today we get a peek at Rock Art Bourbon Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout.  This big beer will be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 70 IBU and 10% ABV.

UPDATE 9 Dec 2013 from Rock Art:

We are bottling the Russian Imperial Stout that we aged in Bourbon Barrel from Makers Mark today. Mountain Holidays in Vermont Bock Lager has been offered every year since I believe 2004 and are happy to have it available again for 2013. Bottles available at the Rock Art Brewery tasting room and gift store as well as your favorite Vermont beer locations.
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Heineken Light - 8.5oz Cans - 67 Calories

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Here’s a tiny little package coming from Heineken for their Heineken Light.  This is the 8.5oz can and it has 67 calories and 4.7 g carbs per 8.5oz serving.
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Feral Brewing - New Packaging

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Designed by Block Branding, Australia. 

Feral Brewing Company is Western Australia’s largest independent brewery with a cult following of beer enthusiasts globally. Based in the Swan Valley, the brewery is the current titleholder of the Australian International Beer Awards for Best Large Australian Brewery.

Feral launched 11 years ago and its flagship retail brands are Feral White, Smoked Porter, Sly Fox, and Hop Hog, which is “as near to the perfect beer as you will find”, according to The Guardian.
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