Pisgah Brewing Releases Eight Packaged Beers In Four Weeks For NC Beer Month

31 March 2014

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(Black Mountain, N.C.)- Pisgah Brewing Company is getting geared up for April with a slew of events and releases to celebrate the second annual North Carolina Beer Month.   Pisgah is long known for its craft brews featuring nothing but whole leaf hops and 100% GMO free and USDA certified organic grains and malts, as well as its thriving music offerings occurring on two stages.  Each week in April, Pisgah Brewing will release two new specialty packaging offerings, equaling eight total - two of which are brand new beers - and even a “surprise” ninth beer that will be added to the Pisgah Brewing repertoire.

Pisgah Brewing is proud to be celebrating their 9th Anniversary of brewing quality beers and serving the WNC communities at the end of April.  Historically the Pisgah anniversary party has been a limited access, private event for friends, family and long-standing accounts holders and their staff.  This year, Pisgah has decided to not only open up its doors to the public for the celebration, but has planned a full day of live music, food and fun on the Pisgah Brewing Outdoor Stage.  Voted the #1 Outdoor Music Venue in WNC by the readers of Mtn Xpress in 2013, this is the first time an event has occurred on the Pisgah Outdoor Stage for free.  The free concert event will feature music from The Pimps of Joytime, Dangermuffin, Chalwa and The Archrivals, with Pisgah’s usual diverse line-up of food and fare from local food trucks.

Here is a look at Pisgah’s busy schedule of releases and special events during NC Beer Month:

· Friday, April 4th , 6pm – Chocolatized Vortex II Release (22oz bottles/tap)(Pisgah Taproom)

· Thursday, April 10th, 5pm – Bottle Tasting and Release @ Bruisin Ales

· Friday, April 11th, 6pm – Baptista Release (750ml cork & cage bottles/tap)(Pisgah Taproom)

· Saturday, April 12th, 6pm – Bastogne Gold (22oz bottles/tap)

· Friday, April 18th, 6pm – Ferme Saison Release (22oz bottles/tap)(Pisgah Taproom)

· Friday, April 18th – SHARPEN THE BLADES Saison Fest @ Burial Brewing Company

· Friday, April 25th, 6pm – LEAF Amber CAN Release Party (6-pack cans/tap)(Pisgah Brewing Company)

· Saturday, April 26th, 4pm – Pisgah Brewing’s 9th Anniversary Party @ Pisgah Brewing Outdoor Stage, PLUS Vortex I and Oatmeal Chocolate Stout Release (22oz bottles/tap)(Pisgah Taproom)

 

Pisgah Brewing Company has been busy with their new canning venture, which will focus on their flagship Pale Ale until June of 2014 with the exception of the limited release of LEAF Amber in cans.  Pisgah has brewed LEAF Amber for the Black Mountain world music festival for 5 years now, and this is the first time the beer will be available in cans.

 

“The excitement for canned craft beer doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all, and aluminum is very festival friendly for many reasons” says Pisgah’s Events/PR Director Benton Wharton. “This is a great move forward for that collaboration, although it will still be a limited release around the dates of the LEAF festival.”
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Founders Announced Arizona Distribution 4/21

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From Founders:

We’re headed west! We’re expanding our distribution territory to include the Grand Canyon State, with Hensley & Company slated to represent our brand across the entire state of Arizona beginning in April.

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“Arizona is our first truly western state of distribution,” said Co-Founder and CEO Mike Stevens. “There are a lot of Michigan natives in Arizona, and it’s a state with a developing craft beer scene, so it made sense for us to open it this spring.”

Residents of Arizona can expect to find our year-round and seasonal products, both in bottles and on draft, in the first shipment. The launch is set for the week of April 21. Specialty releases will follow our release schedule from there.

To recap, we’re opening five new states in April, including Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana in addition to Arizona, bringing our total distribution footprint to 32 states.
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Stone Liberty Station: Slapping Violets Kolsch (Video)


From Stone:

Join Steve Wagner, President and Co-Founder of the Stone Brewing Co. as he heads back to the brewhouse to brew a unique collaboration beer with friend and Chicagoland Chef, Cleetus Friedman of Fountainhead. The pair work with Liberty Station Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham to brew Slapping Violets, a uniquely food-centric Kolsch style beer brewed with blueberries and lemon-basil.
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Avery Brewing & New Belgium to Share Alternating Proprietorship During Avery Construction

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(Boulder/Fort Collins) Avery Brewing Company and New Belgium Brewing announced today that they have finalized an alternating proprietorship arrangement that will allow Avery to lease space at New Belgium’s Fort Collins facility where brewers from Avery can brew Avery’s White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale for draft package until Avery’s new brewery opens in Boulder in January 2015.

“I had never imagined doing this, but it was too good to pass up,” said Adam Avery, who founded the Avery Brewing Company with his father, Larry Avery, in 1993. “Construction of our new brewery is now underway, but it was a long process to get started. While finalizing the plans for our new facility, we hit absolute capacity in our current brewery. It wasn’t just the lack of space, it was the rest of the infrastructure. The banks financing our new project wanted to see growth and without it our entire plan for a new brewery was in jeopardy. That’s when the phone rang. It was New Belgium with an idea on how they could help.”

The plan is limited to a single beer and a single package, Avery White Rascal in kegs. The agreement is also limited to one year, the period of time until Avery’s new brewery opens.

“For New Belgium this is an opportunity to help another great Colorado brewer get through a time of capacity constraints,” said New Belgium CEO and co-founder Kim Jordan.  “We’ve been in this exact position. Adam’s a great friend with a very talented team and we’re happy to help where we can.”

By moving the White Rascal draft production up to Fort Collins both time and space will be freed up at Avery’s current brewery in Boulder. Adam said that additional capacity will be used to brew more seasonal and specialty beers. 

“We are known for having a big portfolio and I am proud of that. Capacity constraints made some of our beers harder to get than we wanted. In 2014 our fans can expect more—more Maharaja, more Kaiser, more Beast and the other Demons, and a lot more barrel-aged beers both in terms of releases and availability,” said Adam.

Beyond the extra capacity created by the alt prop arrangement, Adam said this agreement would also give Avery’s brew team a chance to train and brew beer on a larger, more advanced brewhouse very similar to the one that will be in Avery’s new facility. Brewers from Avery have spent months at New Belgium brewing test batches of White Rascal and dialing in the process to make the beer just right.

“We are making White Rascal, not some new rendition of it. Our team has been working hard up there and the beer reflects their diligence. It’s absolutely fantastic!” Adam said.

This is not the first time that Avery and New Belgium have teamed up. The microbiologists that work in each of the breweries have been friends and have worked closely for years. Their working relationship helped both breweries develop two of the most respected Quality Assurance and Quality Control programs in the country.
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Odell Brewing Introduces Loose Leaf Six Packs

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From Odell:

Fort Collins, CO – On April 7th, Odell Brewing will celebrate “Session Beer Day” with the release of its latest year round six pack offering, Loose Leaf American Session Ale. Loose Leaf debuted last year, as part of the brewery’s Montage Variety Pack. The beer was so well received, the brewery decided to release it in its own package this year.

“When we introduced Loose Leaf last year, the feedback was overwhelmingly positive," said National Sales Manager, Kirk Simpson. "Many customers expressed how much they wished they could get more than just the three bottles in the Montage Variety Pack, so we listened!”

Recently named one of the best new beers of 2013 by Modern Brewery Age, Loose Leaf is lighter in color, lower in alcohol content, yet flavorful and distinct. The final recipe is crisp and balanced with lower IBU's and a bright hop aroma. The name “Loose Leaf” is a nod to the loose, whole flower hops used in the hop back that give the beer its unique hop character. At 4.5% ABV, it’s delicate and refreshingly drinkable with a clean finish.

“Light and crisp, but with such good hop character,” said Pete Reid, Modern Brewery Age. “Gently hopped, but the hops are perfectly calibrated”

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Loose Leaf with a variety of events in all of its markets, and in the Tap Room on April 7th(Session Beer Day). Loose Leaf will be available in six packs year round throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint. 
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Belgium Comes To Cooperstown Returns To Brewery Ommegang 8/8 With Las Vegas Theme

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From Ommegang:

This August, what happens in Cooperstown, stays in Cooperstown.  That’s because “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown,” Brewery Ommegang’s beer, music, food, and all-things-fun fest is returning August 8 and 9 with a “Sin City” theme.  The annual festival offers beer enthusiasts the opportunity to taste hard-to-find Belgian ales from the Motherland and Belgian-style ales from all over North America – and this year a chance to do so dressed in a white Elvis jumpsuit. Tickets, which typically go faster than a stack of $20s at a cold black-jack table, go on sale to the public April 1.

This year’s Las Vegas theme will pervade the festival while more than 100 breweries will be on hand pouring more than 300 unique beers for the 3,000 attendees. In addition to great beer, BCTC promises gourmet food vendors, live music, on-site camping, fireworks, and much more.  Winning chefs from Ommegang’s national HopChef competition will go head to head on Saturday vying for top honors in food and beer pairing. And, for true Vegas high-rollers (well, VIP ticketholders and those lucky enough to get one of 300 limited ticket upgrades), a Game of Thrones experience will be available in recognition of Ommegang’s one-of-a-kind promotional partnership with the hit HBO series. Guests for this will receive a bottle of the soon-to-be-announced, and yet to be released fourth beer in Ommegang’s collaborative beer series, a commemorative glass and a photo opportunity on a replica of the Iron Throne from the show. Tickets for the upgrade are $25.

“We’ve been talking about a Las Vegas-theme for several years now and it only made sense because with so much great music and activities, plus a field full of beer-loving campers, BCTC is the festival that never sleeps,” said Tara Aitchison, Retails and Events Manager at Brewery Ommegang. “We are filling the weekend with several fun surprises so that just like Vegas, you never know where the night will take you but you are certain it will be fantastically memorable.  For this weekend at least, the “entertainment capital of the world” isn’t a dusty desert light-show, but an idyllic and quaint lakeside village in Upstate NY.”

Festivities begin on Friday at 6pm with a five-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders.  The festival grounds open at noon on Saturday for patrons holding camping tickets.  Tastings begin at 2:30 pm for VIP ticket holders and 3 pm for general admission.  Tastings end at 7 pm.  There will be live music from 3 pm until midnight. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be served from 8 am until noon. The brewery will be closed to the publicon Friday and Saturday, August 8 and 9, but will reopen for regular service on Sunday, August 10.

VIP tickets cost $250 and include the five-course beer pairing dinner, two nights of camping on the brewery grounds, and additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon. General admission tickets for Saturday’s tasting event cost $90 and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $110. Guests may add the Game of Thrones package to their GA and GA+camping tickets for $25. The Game of Thrones experience is included in the costs of a VIP ticket.

Tickets go on sale April 1 at noon at Ommegang.com and Etix.com and are available until they sell out.  Please note that VIP tickets have sold out in under a minute for the last three years and all tickets sell out within a day of the event going on sale.  For more information, email events@ommegang.com or call (607) 544-1800 ext. 813.

More information: http://www.ommegang.com/#!cooperstown

BCTC 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssncZMTkh44

BCTC 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpfDJ_PS2rA
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Evil Twin / Crooked Stave - Ryan And The Gosling

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Here’s your first look at the packaging for the Evil Twin / Crooked Stave co-brewed Ryan And The Gosling.  This All Brett Pale Ale is brewed with citrus & honey as well as wheat & honey malt will be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 4% ABV.
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Bell’s Brewery - Mercurial Belgian Style Ale

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This is keg-only so far, and we likely won’t get a taste, but I thought you’d want to see Bell’s Brewery Mercurial Belgian Style Ale.  Stay tuned for details.
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Off Color Brewing - Ice Predator Farmhouse Ale

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Here’s a new keg coming from Off Color Brewing.  This is Ice Predator Farmhouse Ale and it is a big 10.3% ABV so stay tuned for release details.
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Magic Hat - Jinx Returns

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Here’s a peek at the updated packaging as Magic Hat Jinx returns for 2014.  This beer remains in 12oz bottles and at 6.9% ABV.
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Ithaca Excelsior Series Luminous Golden Wild Ale Coming 4/16

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We brought you a peek at this beer already, and now the official details from Ithaca:

It’s been awhile, too long in fact. Most Ithaca Beer fans and sour ale seekers will concur. At last the wait is over. We are more than excited to announce the very limited release (less than 100 cases) of a new wild ale at the brewery on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 called Luminous Golden Wild Ale.””

Luminous will only be available for sale at the brewery with a two bottle purchase limit per customer. “When we are only able to produce a small amount of a rare one-off beer, it’s impossible to have enough to go around,” says brewery Founder, Dan Mitchell. “By putting a limit on this release, most people who show up on April 16th can expect to go home with some.” The Taproom opens on April 16th at noon.

Luminous is a golden wild ale brewed with wheat and aged NYS hops. Fermented for over a year, this ale is a delightful meditation on uninhibited life; a celebration of esoteric flavors. Enjoy the simple, yet intriguing pineapple, cherry, mango, and hay aroma complemented by a bucolic funk. All cushioned by a dazzling effervescence and a light tartness, a truly wild ale reminiscent of the pastoral landscapes surrounding the Finger Lakes. ABV %6.0.

Luminous is a part of the Excelsior! Series, an elevated line of craft beers brewed by Ithaca Beer in very limited quantities. Most beers in this line are bottled-conditioned and can be cellared indefinitely. Other brands in the Excelsior! Series include White Gold Rustic Wheat Ale, Le Bleu Blueberry Sour Ale and Anniversary.
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TRVE Brewing Finds its Acid Temple

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From TRVE:

After less than two years in operation and a doubling in size last year, TRVE Brewing of Denver, Colorado will once again be doubling this year.

TRVE has found the location for their sanctuary sans saccharomyces, Their altar of alternative brewing. They have found the Acid Temple.

Located at 2620 W 2nd Ave, The Acid Temple will be 5,000 square feet dedicated to brewing, aging, and packaging wild and sour beers. The critters will run wild – with some guidance and influence from them. The pHs will be low. The beers will run the gamut of colors, flavors, and intensities.

The series of Mythological Occult Ales has been met with great fanfare, but they’ve barely been able to keep six accounts stocked with them. The Acid Temple will ensure that they have the means to provide you with the sours and wilds you’re asking for.

They hope to be able to give you a tour of the fully operational Acid Temple this summer.

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Midnight Brewery Breaks Ground On New Expansion

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From Midnight Brewery:

ROCKVILLE, VA – Midnight Brewery will celebrate its first, large expansion at an official ground breaking ceremony for its new 5,400 square foot brewery on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 3:00 PM, next door to its current location at 2410 Granite Ridge Road, Rockville, Virginia. “The community response to Midnight has been astounding, and it accelerated our two-year business plan by nine months,” said owner Trae Cairns. “We’ve purchased more equipment, and we’ve negotiated bottling plant and mobile canning deals that will take our beer from our Rockville brewery to Virginia retail shelves over the next six months,” he said.

The expansion is a bold move for Cairns, an IT professional turned brewmaster, who started brewing his beer after work, which influenced the brewery’s name. Midnight was established in September 2011, fully licensed in February 2012, and sold its first beer to the public in April 2012. Midnight has minimally expanded once during its first 18 months of business. The new facility, more than twice the size of its present quarters, will help Midnight meet the demands of its customers who continually ask where they can buy Midnight brews. Cairns credits the passage of Virginia Senate Bill 604, that allows breweries to sell pints onsite, with his decision to accelerate his original business plan. He said, while growler sales are the foundation that supports his business, the expanded opportunity afforded by the bill’s passage gave him the nudge he needed to move ahead with the expansion.

At the Midnight ground breaking ceremony, Cairns expects guests from Goochland County Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, the beer distributing industry, metro area brewers, and more. For more information contact Trae Carins at 804-356-9379, or email him at trae@midnight-brewery.com.
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Breckenridge Brewery - Nitro 72 Imperial

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We brought you 72 Imperial already, but here’s a new version.  This is Breckenridge Brewery Nitro 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout.  This beer remains at 7.2% ABV and this is only a keg label so far.
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Great Northern Brewing Releases Expansion Details

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From Great Northern Brewing:

Great Northern Brewing is undergoing its first expansion project in 19 years beginning Monday March 31, 2014. 

With the help of Montana West Economic Development’s loan program, Great Northern received the financing necessary to meet the Brewery’s growing demand and distribution. “We’re now distributing throughout every market in the State of Montana, and we simply can’t produce enough beer with our current fermentation capacity,” said General Manager, Marcus Duffey.

On Monday March 31, 2014, three existing fermentation and conditioning tanks are being removed from the Brewery to make way for the new tanks. They will be loaded and shipped to the North Carolina brewery that purchased the used tanks from Great Northern. Monday’s work will be followed by the new tank installation beginning Tuesday morning. “Three 40 barrel tanks are being replaced with three 100 barrel tanks,” says Marcus Duffey. “We’re very excited for the expansion. The installation will be about like fitting a square peg in a round hole. The tanks will have less than one foot of ceiling clearance,” said Duffey.

The new fermentation tanks will increase Great Northern’s production capacity by 50%. Great Northern brewed nearly 4,500 barrels of beer in 2013. They are expecting to produce over 6,500 barrels in 2014.
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Cider Boys Releasing Hard Cider Variety Pack

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From Cider Boys:

A new variety 12-pack gives hard-cider fans a dozen reasons to pick Ciderboys Cider handcrafted hard ciders when shopping for their favorite beverage. Now available at retail stores, the Ciderboys hard cider variety pack features three 12-ounce bottles each of First Press traditional hard cider; Strawberry Magic, formerly known as Magic Apple; Peach County, a summer seasonal; and either Raspberry Smash or Ciderboys Pineapple Hula, a new Ciderboys “fruitful pairing” that will make its debut in June. Pineapple Hula combines the big citrus taste of fresh pineapple with the crisp sweetness of apple cider.

“Our new variety pack is a great way to showcase Ciderboys’ family of handcrafted hard ciders and encourage hard-cider lovers to give them a try,” said Joe Martino, Ciderboys Cider Co. Operating Partner. “Ciderboys sales are strong and show no signs of slowing down. This new variety pack will help us maintain that positive momentum so we can continue to spread the word about our unique and flavorful hard ciders.”

Ciderboys’ Handcrafted Hard Ciders

First introduced in Wisconsin in November 2012, Ciderboys hard ciders are available in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles and on draft. Year-round brands First Press and Strawberry Magic are also available in 12-packs of 12-ounce cans wherever Ciderboys products are sold.

Ciderboys offers five seasonal hard ciders: Raspberry Smash, available in the spring, blends the tartness of raspberries with apple cider; Peach County, available in the summer, delivers pure peach flavor; Pineapple Hula, also available in the summer, combines the big citrus taste of fresh pineapple with the crisp sweetness of apple; Cranberry Road, available in the fall, features a splash of cranberries; Mad Bark, Ciderboys’ winter seasonal pairs the sweetness of apple with the aromatic spiciness of natural cinnamon.
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Eel River Brewing - Emerald IPA

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Here we have Eel River Brewing Emerald IPA.  This beer will be package din 12oz bottles and come in at 6.7% ABV.
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Angel City - Tart Cherry & Funky Wit

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Two new brews coming to bottles from Angel City Brewery.  Tart Cherry is a Limited Imperial Wheat ale brewed with cherries and cherry juice, it will be package din 22oz bottles and come in at 8.1% ABV.  Funky Wit is a wheat ale brewed with Coriander and orange peel that is aged on oak, it will also be packaged in 22oz bottles and come in at 6.6% ABV.  These are both 2014 vintages.
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Terrapin Celebrates 12 Years on 4/12

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From Terrapin:

Terrapin Beer Co., a regional craft brewery located in Athens, Ga., celebrates its 12th anniversary on Saturday, April 12, 2014, with Carnival Aniversario de Terrapin. This year's celebration will take place at the brewery and embraces the daring attitude of a carnival - think bright jewels, dancing feathers, spectacular masks, and bold flavors.   

Terrapin will be pulling a few rare barrel-aged beers out of their cellar to enjoy and will also feature 10 special casks with a variety of sweet and spicy infusions including coconuts, blueberries, honey, and habanero peppers.

To complement the wide beer selection, Terrapin has invited a few local food favorites to join the celebration. These food vendors include Mellow Mushroom, craft beer lovers since their start in 1974;  Streets Cafe, Athens' first food truck and a regular sight at Terrapin's tours; and Trader Joe's, a specialty retail grocery store. King of Pops, a sweet pop stand conceived by brothers Steven and Nick Carse and inspired by Latin American paletas, will be at the brewery as well and has created a brand new tropical fruit pop especially for the event.

In the way of entertainment, Terrapin's anniversary celebration features even more Athens gems including Partial Cinema, a band eager to woo the crowd with their Motown vibe and chic sound, and The Modern Pin-Ups, a dance company known for their signature sexy, burlesque style.



Mag-nificent Instant Photo Magnets will be wandering the field and snapping guests' pictures throughout the evening. Guests will be able to have those photos turned into a Carnival Aniversario souvenir photo magnet on site. Double Dutch Press, a fine art printmaking studio run by Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire in Athens, has created poster and mask artwork specifically for Terrapin's anniversary event, and guests will be able to use these designs to print a one-of-a-kind memento to take home. The event will also feature a special Terrapin Carnival glass and a new t-shirt.



In conjunction with Community Connection of Northeast Georgia, a nonprofit organization connecting people to human and health services and volunteers with organizations in need of help, Terrapin will feature specially-crafted activities all day long like the Keg Kick, Lollipop Pull, Keg Toss, and the ever popular Beer Dunk Tank.

Glass vouchers are now available both in person in the brewery gift shop and in theonline store for $20, with a portion of proceeds to benefit Community Connection. There are a limited number of vouchers for sale, so it's recommended to reserve your glass in advance. For more information and regular updates on Carnival Aniversario de Terrapin, find Terrapin Beer Co. on social media and check out terrapinbeer.com.
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Heineken® Challenges Immersive Theater Attendees to Be the Star of the Show with "The Guest of Honor"

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NEW YORK, March 31, 2014  -- Today Heineken debuts the brand's latest "social experiment" to encourage consumers to "cross their borders," with their digital video, "The Guest of Honor."  On March 11, Heineken hosted a one-night only production at New York City's famed The McKittrick Hotel, where unsuspecting attendees were invited to a play, soon to find out that they weren't just watching, they were the stars. Heineken captured every moment as people ventured through a labyrinth of daring scenes that enabled them to show their legendary talents to the world in a video now live atwww.youtube.com/guestofhonor.

"The Guest of Honor" joins Departure Roulette and Carol Karaoke in Heineken's series of social experiments that challenge consumers in "would you or wouldn't you" moments, ultimately bringing Heineken's "Open Your World" brand belief to life. The evening began with a questionable elevator ride to the party of a mysterious billionaire and his eccentric friends.  Attendees quickly learned that they were the star of the show and were challenged to take the stage, moving through a variety of scenes to entertain the billionaire's friends, from telling jokes to a feisty heckler in a comedy club, to giving a tattoo to an intimidating ink fan, to auditioning for and joining a Bollywood shoot. Heineken believes that everyone has a legendary side waiting to surface, and "The Guest of Honor" gave real people the chance to showcase that side to the world.

"Heineken saw immersive theater as the perfect setting to get people outside their comfort zone by creating a production that would move them from being mere spectators to the star of the show," said Belen Pamukoff, Brand Director, Heineken. "'

The Guest of Honor' is our latest effort to reveal the legendary talents of Heineken drinkers."

"The Guest of Honor" was developed in the spirit of Heineken's latest global television ad campaign, "The Odyssey," which celebrates the premise that everyone is legendary at something.

Wieden + Kennedy New York, Heineken's creative agency-of-record, created and produced "The Guest of Honor," including the theatrical production and video documenting the challenge that debuted on YouTube.com/guestofhonor.  Brand fans are invited to join the conversation on Heineken's social channels with #guestofhonor and #openyourworld.
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Conyngham Brewing - Jalapeno Lager & Raspberry Wheat

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We brought you news of Conyngham Brewing, and now we get to see two of their kegged beers.  Today we have Jalapeno Lager and Raspberry Wheat…stay tuned for more beer and release details.
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RJ Rockers - Peachy King 4-Packs Coming In April

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From RJ Rockers:

Ruthless to the pit, the king is a tasty tyrant to be feared and revered.  Cloaked in gold with an air of fresh South Carolina peaches, it's easy to fall prey to his majesty's palatable charms.  Respect the power of the peach of it's off with your head. 9.0% ABV  The

king of all preaches!  It will be available in 4 pack in April and on draft as well. Keep an eye out for it! 
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Cisco Brewers To Release Cisco Cider In April

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Cisco Brewers will release Cisco Cider later this week. This cider is produced once a year, and is only available to consumers on tap in Massachusetts. This year’s cider includes Ashmead’s Kerna, Macintosh, Redfields, Empire, Fuji, and Reine de Pomme apples, all grown in Massachusetts at Apex Orchards in Shelburne Falls. The whole apples were brought to Nantucket and processed at Cisco’s sister business, Nantucket Vineyard. This clear, bright, dry, sparkling cider has clean finish with a noticeable but not overbearing tannic bite to provide body. 6% ABV, gluten free.
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Lost Abbey Veritas 013 Goes On Sale 4/4

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Veritas 013 will be put on sale at 11am on April 4th, 2014 at www.lostabbey.com. Bottles are limited to 4 per person and are $40 (+ $1 convenience charge). The pickup window will be broken down to two sessions (early and late) on Saturday, April 19th at The Lost Abbey in San Marcos (155 Mata Way).

By purchasing Veritas from The Lost Abbey, you are agreeing to pick up your purchased bottles during the session that you chose during checkout. If you fail to pick-up your bottles during your chosen session, they will be surrendered back to The Lost Abbey.

We are not allowing proxies of any kind for the pickup (We apologize for the inconvenience, but this policy hasn’t changed and was implemented to prevent individual consumers from ending up with more than 4 bottles). Any attempt to have a proxy pick up bottles will result in the bottles being surrendered back to The Lost Abbey (NO EXCEPTIONS).

Veritas 013 – American Sour with Peaches and Nectarines
The 13th edition of the Veritas series is an experiment using 3 separate strains of Brettanomyces, before honey, Peaches and Nectarines were added. The beer spent around 2 years total in French Oak barrels. Notes of fruits Peaches and Nectarines, oaky wood, brown sugar and Toasted Granola with Brett character throughout.
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Tallgrass Announces $5 Million Expansion Project

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Tallgrass Brewing Company is making plans to triple its brewing capacity. This is the brewery’s latest move in solidifying Tallgrass as a regional player in the exploding national craft beer market. Tallgrass will be acquiring an existing 60,000 square foot building in Manhattan, Kansas, which it will convert into a brewery. Tallgrass is already the largest brewery in Kansas with its 2013 production exceeding 16,000 barrels (365,000 gallons) of beer.  

Tallgrass expects to begin production at the new location in late 2014. At full capacity the new brewery will be capable of producing 100,000 barrels or more than 

3 million gallons of beer each year. The building, a former call center near Manhattan’s regional airport, is located on nine acres of land, allowing room for Tallgrass’s plans of future growth and expansion.

“Increasing our production capacity is very exciting. This new and larger facility will give us the space and ability to be a dynamic and creative brewer of not only more beer, but also those specialty and limited edition beers that we’ve been dreaming of making since we started the brewery,” said Jeff Gill, president and founder of Tallgrass.

Tallgrass has experienced exceptional sales growth in the last four years. Since switching from bottles to 16 oz. cans in 2010, annual sales revenues have increased by an average of 72 percent every year. Last spring Tallgrass expanded into the Chicago area with great success. The new brewery’s extra capacity will allow it to further expand its sales territory in the coming years.

Brewery design specialists, The Neenan Company of Fort Collins, Colorado, will oversee the building’s conversion. One critical aspect of the brewery’s new design will be the enhancement of the Tallgrass visitor experience. Currently, several hundred people attend Tallgrass’s “2nd Saturday” monthly tours at their Quail Lane location. Tallgrass anticipates 3,000 to 4,000 monthly visitors at their new production facility, making it one of the area’s top tourist destinations.

“We decided early on that this needed to be more than just a place to make beer. We wanted it to be a showplace, a unique and welcoming location we would be proud to show off to our loyal Tallgrass beer drinkers. They deserve a great tour experience, and this facility will allow us to give them that,” says Gill.

Last week Tallgrass also announced plans for The Tallgrass Taphouse, a brew pub and restaurant opening in downtown Manhattan later this year. This new venture will have a small-scale brewing operation and a full-service restaurant. The Taphouse, located on Poyntz Avenue, will be approximately 5,900 square feet, with a seating capacity of around 200.  The Taphouse will serve unique Tallgrass beers made on the premises, special guest tappings from other breweries, and Tallgrass’s other popular brands. Satellite view of new brewery building Video: Jeff Gill talks about the new brewery
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Swamp Head - Blueberry Cottonmouth & Catherine’s Wood

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Today we get to see Swamp Head Brewery Blueberry Cottonmouth and Catherine’s Wood.  Blueberry Cottonmouth is a Belgian-style Witbier with local blueberries added, it will be package din 750ml bottles and come in at 5.3% ABV.  Catherine’s Wood is a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Russian Imperial Stout brewed with cocoa nibs and fair trade coffee beans.  Look for Catherine’s Wood to be packaged in 750ml bottles and come in at 10% ABV.  Both of these beers are part of the Elusive Reclusive series of beers.
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Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2013

From the Brewers Association:

UPDATE TO BELOW:

An earlier version of the U.S. Craft Brewing Companies chart had incorrect 'Rank Change' figures listed for the following breweries:

  • Brooklyn Brewery (originally 1, corrected 2)
  • Stone Brewing Co. (originally -2, corrected 0)
  • Matt Brewing Co. (originally -2, corrected -3)
  • Harpoon Brewery (originally 1, corrected -3)
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (originally -1, corrected 0)



Boulder, CO • March 31, 2014 – The Brewers Association—the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume and the craft brewer definition in 2013. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 38 were small and independent craft brewing companies.

“In 2013, craft breweries reached new all-time highs in production volume and dollar sales,” said Bart Watson, staff economist, Brewers Association. “Beer lovers continue to demand high-quality, fuller-flavored and local beers from small and independent craft breweries.” 
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The Association's full 2013 industry analysis, which shows regional trends and sales by individual breweries, will be published in the May/June issue of The New Brewer, available in May 2014.

For additional statistics, see the Brewers Association’s craft brewing statistics and 2013 craft brewer sales.

¹The definition of a craft brewer as stated by the Brewers Association in 2013: An American craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Small: Annual production of beer less than 6 million barrels. Beer production is attributed to a brewer according to the rules of alternating proprietorships. Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer for purposes of this definition. Independent: Less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member who is not themselves a craft brewer. Traditional: A brewer who has either an all malt flagship (the beer which represents the greatest volume among that brewer's brands) or has at least 50% of its volume in either all malt beers or in beers which use adjuncts to enhance rather than lighten flavor. 

Note: The Brewers Association updated the craft brewer definition in 2014. The new definition can be found on the Brewers Association website and will be used to collect 2014 data, published in 2015.

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Woodstock Inn Brewery Launching Outdoor Series Cans

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From Woodstock Inn Brewery:

The Woodstock Inn Brewery unveiled its new brand of cans, dubbed the Outdoor Series, at the summit of Cannon Mountain Saturday, March 29. Guests of the brewery filled the 4080 Café at the top of the mountain to celebrate the newest venture by the award-winning craft beer Brewery.

“Canning is now at the epicenter of the growing craft beer movement, and there is no better place to debut our new Outdoor Series than the summit of Cannon Mountain, the jewel of the New Hampshire State Park System,” said Woodstock Inn Brewery owner Scott Rice. “Canning our beer fits nicely with our model of sustainability at the Brewery. Cans are infinitely recyclable, and to aid the ‘carry in, carry out’ mantra we follow as hikers, we have included a bag made from 100 percent recycled materials in every twelve pack for your empties.”

The Woodstock Inn Brewery will begin offering four of its products – three ales and a root beer – in cans this year. The cans will be available at various locations throughout New England and in Market Basket stores in New Hampshire.

The Brewery’s hoppy 4000 Footer IPA was the beer of the evening at the 4080 Café. The 4000 Footer IPA is a big American IPA. Made with four types of hops – Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo, and East Kent Goldings – it has a bready, slightly caramel aroma and a lingering bitterness in the finish. The 4000 Footer’s alcohol content is 6.9%, and it measures 82 IBU (International Bittering Units).

The second beer in the canned Outdoor Series will be the light and subtle Summer Brew. Gently hopped with Saaz hops and highlighted by a slight citrus finish, Summer Brew is best described on the packaging as “Extremely Crushable.” It has an alcohol content of 3.8% and measures 15 IBU.

Later in the summer the Brewery’s famous Autumn Brew with make its canned debut. The Autumn Brew is Chestnut in overall color, medium bodied, with apple and cinnamon flavor and aroma. It measures 4.4% alcohol content and 22 IBU.

The final product in the Outdoor Series is the Woodstock Inn Brewery’s delicious K+M Root Beer, which is made with all natural cane sugar: no high fructose corn syrup, no caffeine, Big Taste!
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NoDa Brewing - Sensory Overload NoDable Release 4/1 (Video)


From NoDa Brewing:

We love giving back to the community, and you should too! That's why this week's beer is in support of Autism Charlotte. Since their color is orange, we've made Sensory Overload, an Orange IPA! We threw orange peel in while we brewed it to give it a deliciously citrus taste that's backed up by Mandarina and Citra hops. We're giving 88¢ from every beer sold to Autism Charlotte to help them continue their good works in autism awareness and care (to highlight the fact that 1 in 88 people is effected by autism). Come down to the tap room this Tuesday, grab a glass and help support Autism Charlotte!
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Portland Brewing Adds ZigZag River Lager To Its Year-Round Beer Selection

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From Portland Brewing:

PORTLAND, Ore. (March 31, 2014) — The Zigzag is a river for all seasons. It flows down from the snow-covered ski slopes of Mount Hood through spring alpine flowers to the swimming holes and summer playgrounds of Portland. Portland Brewing, known for its all-season's MacTarnahan’s Amber, is now offering a refreshing, easy-drinking beer served year-round and inspired by this ever-active river: Portland Brewing's ZigZag River Lager

ZigZag’s delightful crispness comes from 2-Row Pale, Munich, and a touch of Wheat malts along with Nugget and Tettnang hops. The result is a refreshing German-style lager with an ABV of 5.1% and 25 IBUs. This brew is easily enjoyed on the sunny banks of the Sandy or while hiking a trail near the Zigzag River itself.

“As spring advances towards summer, it’s great to make ZigZag available to pair with the start of backyard barbeque season, family camping trips, sunny afternoons at the beer garden, or a day of fishing on the river,” says Portland Brewing head brewer Ryan Pappe. “The maltiness of Munich is unique in that it can come across as bread or toast with hints of caramel, but not as heavy on the tongue as the caramel malts that are common in many ales. The cool lager fermentation and cold conditioning keeps the beer light and quenching despite its sweet maltiness, and the judicious use of spicy Tettnang hops provide a nice balance as well, cutting through the sweetness,

leaving a very smooth finish.”

ZigZag River Lager is available year-round in stores, bottle shops, and the Portland Brewing Company Taproom in 22 oz. bottles, 12 oz. 6-packs, and on draft. Find ZigZag River Lager and other Portland Brewing favorites through the beer finder at http://www.portlandbrewing.com/finder/.
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Starr Hill Brewery Debuts Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale

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From Starr Hill:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(March 31, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery, one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, is kicking off the warmer months with the introduction of its new summer seasonal beer, Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale.

“We’ve had great success with our seasonal beers over the last couple of years, and we hope that Soul Shine will be no different. Soul Shine is a full-flavored yet light-bodied beer that has a big citrus hop aroma. The name and label for Soul Shine reflect the culture of our brand and our connection to music, while also expanding upon our growing lineup of pale ales,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer.

Soul Shine is a Belgian-style pale ale with an American twist. In addition to its 5.2% alcohol by volume, Soul Shine is generously hopped with a blend of American hops, including Falconer’s Flight, Cascade, and Simcoe, to give it a distinct aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. This light-bodied beer has a crisp palate and moderate bitterness with a subtle spicy finish from the Belgian yeast.

“It took many months of research, development, and securing the desired hops necessary to make this ‘Americanized’ Belgian pale ale. We were very excited to get our hands on these special hops and think our fans will love how they combine with the spicy and fruity yeast character from our Belgian yeast strain,” said Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Manager of Brewery Operations. “I am really looking forward to sitting on the dock at a lake or hanging in the crowd at a music festival drinking a Soul Shine this summer.”

Soul Shine Belgian-Style Pale Ale will be available at retail beginning April 1 in six-packs (12-ounce bottles) and kegs (1/6 and 1/2 barrels) through August. It will then be replaced by Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter, Starr Hill’s fall seasonal beer.

Soul Shine will be supported with a new social media campaign called “Let Your Soul Shine.” As part of the campaign, consumers will be prompted to share the different ways they let their personalities shine through in their daily lives. Consumers can submit videos or posts via Starr Hill’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages with the hashtag #LetYourSoulShine.

Starr Hill Brewery was founded in 1999 by Mark Thompson and Kristin Dolan in Charlottesville, Virginia. Starr Hill  is one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, having won 20 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals since its founding. The beer is distributed in ten states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.
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Ommegang Releases Game of Thrones Fire & Blood Today

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From Ommegang:

Finally, the day you all have been waited for is here, as March 31 marks the first official day of Fire and Blood sales. There are always a lot of questions floating around on how to get the beer so we thought it would be helpful to offer some tips and explain a few elements of the process.

Fire and Blood has three unique labels that are randomly distributed throughout the cases. Each bottle contains the same beer. Each case has at least one of each type of label.

Ommegang is currently not distributed in North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, West Virginia, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming so unfortunately Fire and Blood Red Ale will also not be for sale in these states. Ommegang beers are only exported to a few provinces of Canada at the moment so Fire and Blood will only be available outside of the United States in British Columbia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot do any online orders. We sell the beer from the brewery to distributors in each state who then sell to retailers (bars, grocery stores and other locations). There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those them here as they come in.

The first available sales day is Monday, March 31st. Not all stores or bars will be launching the beer this day as their delivery time for this week may vary.

Our best advice is to call your local beer store first. The beer is going to sell very quickly in some places so before you trek out to find it, call ahead and make sure your store has it in stock before making any long journeys.

We have a beer finder that will show the locations that the beer has been sold to. The beer finder works by aggregating sales data from the distributor and it is uploaded often a few days after the sale into the account. With the great demand it might even be sold out by the time it is listed on our beer finder, so again we strongly encourage you to call your local retailers in advance.

We have a limited stock of the official Game of Thrones® Fire and Blood glassware available on our e-store.

We have more than tripled the amount of beer we have produced in the past in hopes that everyone is able to get a chance to purchase the beer. Happy hunting.
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Bullfrog Brewery - Toe Head Ale

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Here’s a new keg label approval coming from Bullfrog Brewery.  This is Toe Head Ale….stay tuned for more.
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Wicks Brewing Co in Riverside, CA Releases EL Robo Rye IPA

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From Wicks Brewing:

Mar. 30, 2014 - RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Wicks Brewing Co is the top brewery in Riverside CA and one of the up and coming stars in the Southern California craft brew scene.  This collaboration between Wicks and EL Robo has been long in the works and we are very proud to have brought this fantastic beer to the market!  It is currently on tap at Wicks Brewing Co. and will be in bars around Riverside and other cities throughout Southern California soon.  Be sure to ask for it at your favorite bar and if they have not ordered it yet ask them to.  EL Robo Rye IPA is a fantastic tasting beer with a smooth rye flavor and a nice hoppy bite.  Wicks Brewing Co. is located at 11620 Sterling Ave. Riverside Ca. and you can reach them at (951)689-BREW.
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Goose Island Coming To Chicago’s Wrigley Field

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From the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago’s longest-tenured beer maker will be abundant at Clark and Addison this season for the first time, with both 312 Urban Wheat Ale and the newly released 312 Urban Pale Ale to be sold by vendors throughout the stadium, according to the Cubs. 

Goose’s Green Line (a pale ale available only in Chicago and on draft), Matilda (a Belgian-style pale ale) and Sofie (a saison) will also be available at Wrigley in 2014.
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Oskar Blues / Brevard Brewing - W.I.P.A. Snappa (Memory W.I.P.A.) DRAFT Coming 4/1

30 March 2014

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Here’s a peek courtesy of Oskar Blues at the packaging for their Brevard Brewing co-brewed W.I.P.A. Snappa White IPA.  This beer will be draft-only, come in at 5.9% ABV and suspiciously be released on 4/1.  This from Oskar Blues:

The WIPA Snappa is on it's way. Our collaboration w/ Brevard Brewing will be tapped 4/1 for #ncbeermonth
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UPDATE…looks like a name change after a conflict with mother Earth
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Anderson Valley - Pinchy Jeek Barl - Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin Ale

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Today we get to see Anderson Valley Pinchy Jeek Barl.  This Pumpkin Ale is aged 6 months in Wild Turkey Bourbon barrels, it will be package din 22oz bottles and come in at 8.5% ABV.
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Victory - Whirlwind Witbier 2014

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We brought you this news already, but here’s the approved label for Victory Whirlwind Witbier 2014.  This Belgian-style wheat ale will be packaged in 12oz bottles and remain at 5.1% ABV.
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Abita - Octoberfest Marzen-Style Lager

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Abita is thinking fall with their annual seasonal release of Octoberfest.  This Marzen-Style lager will use Hallertau hops and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 5.4% ABV.
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Samuel Adams Octoberfest 2014

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Here’s a peek at the packaging for Samuel Adams Octoberfest as it returns for 2014.  This seasonal release will be packaged in 12oz and 22oz (below) bottles and remain at 5.3% ABV.
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