Ground Breaker Brewing Celebrates Local Harvest with Release of 2014 Squash Ale

30 September 2014

image From Ground Breaker Brewing:

Ground Breaker Brewing is pleased to announce the annual release of Squash Ale, made with locally grown squash from the fields of our friends at Love Farm Organics. Because we only use freshly harvested squash for this beer, it has historically come out at the beginning November. However, this year the warm summer has brought us an early harvest, and the beer will be finished a few weeks earlier. After being picked, the squash was aged for a week at the brewery to achieve peak flavor before being sliced, diced, seeded, and roasted in the oven at Jensen’s Bread & Bakeries, a local dedicated gluten-free bakery.

During production, pumpkin seeds are toasted, crushed, and added to the mash. Squash Ale is then ‘triple squashed’ with added squash in the mash tun, kettle, and fermenter. The fermenter addition consists of squash that has been slow roasted for several days into a squash butter. A gentle addition of cinnamon, nutmeg, and toasted coriander has been added to complement the squash flavors and aromas.

The beer will be released on draft on October 8th in the gastropub, and to celebrate, there will be special menu items and three additional versions of Squash Ale on tap at the gastropub. One aged on oak, one brewed with coffee, and one with an additional blend of spices including black peppercorns, bay leaves, chili flakes, and cloves. Pub only beer quantities are limited to one keg each, so don’t miss out. Squash Ale will be rolling out to stores in the weeks following the release.

About Love Farm Organics

Established in 2006, Love Farm is a family-owned and operated, organic Community Supported Agriculture farm in the foothills of the Coast Range near Portland, Oregon. They organically grow a wide assortment of vegetables, fruits, herbs and some flowers throughout their growing season of late May through early November.

About Jensen’s Bread & Bakeries

Jensen's Bread and Bakeries is a wholesale gluten-free baking company located in Portland, OR. Since June of 2010 they have successfully provided incredible gluten-free products to the foodservice industry and selected retail outlets throughout the Pacific Northwest.


Odell Brewing Releasing Woodcut No. 8 Oak Aged Barleywine 10/2

imageWe brought you news of this beer, now the official release details from Odell:

Fort Collins, CO – On October 1, 2014, Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and the brewers’ careful aging process. Each brew is aged in virgin oak barrels that are retired after the release.

Woodcut No. 8 has a rich malt base with notes of dried fruit that mingle with hints of toasted coconut, vanilla and turbinado sugar from the new oak. Slightly warming and sweet, the beer boasts delicate crème brûlée character that will evolve and mellow with age.

Woodcut No. 8 will be available in the brewery’s tap room beginning October 1st, just in time for the Great American Beer Festival® visitors. Woodcut No. 8 is offered in 750 ml cork and cage finished bottles throughout the breweries 11 state distribution footprint.


Victory / Earth Bread & Brewery - Earth & Flame Bourbon Aged Smoked Scottish Ale Bottles

You saw it here first, so be the first to re-tweet this to your fiends and post it on BA.  Here’s your very first look at a new bottle coming from Victory and Earth Bread & Brewery.  This is Earth & Flame and it is a Bourbon barrel-aged smoked Scottish-style ale.  This beer will be packaged in 750ml bottles, and no word on ABV or release details so stay tuned.


Pizza Boy Releasing Bean Dream Bottles Today (9/30)

This from Pizza Boy & Al’s of Hampden:

Big day in the brewery today. West Shore Ipa double brew today. We also put our Vanilla Milk porter in bottles today. long as nothing gnarly happens today, bottles will be for sale at some point.


Smuttynose Smuttlabs - Shebang Triple IPA

Today we have a new entry in the Smuttynose Smuttlabs series of beers.  This is Shebang and it is a Triple IPA that will be packaged in 12.7oz bottles.  This beer is marked as Media Sample so I’m sure David Yarrington has one one the way to me as we speak….so stay tuned for more details.


Founders Announces Expansion Plans w/300bbl Brewhouse!

From Founders:

We announced today that we plan to expand our brewery production facility at our current site, 235 Grandville Ave SW. Pending approvals, we expect to break ground on this expansion in late October.

The expansion will take place in two phases: the first phase will involve the addition of approximately 37,000 square feet comprised of space for new production equipment, including a new 300 barrel (bbl) brew house and new fermentation tanks, as well as additional offices. The second phase will add approximately 20,000 square feet of space for more fermenting and packaging equipment.

“The focus of this expansion is to increase the capacity of our production facility—to brew more beer right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan,” said Mike Stevens, our co-founder and CEO. “Because of increasing demand from the growing beer enthusiast community, we aren’t able to fill orders right now. We’re expanding because we’re committed to this city, this state and the craft beer community.”

After both phases of the expansion, the Founders production facility will have the footprint for 900,000 bbl of capacity, which will be achieved incrementally through the addition of more fermenters and updated packaging equipment. We expect to end 2014 having shipped 200,000 bbl of beer and to ship 300,000 bbl in 2015.

We also plan to add 72 jobs over three years, ranging from managerial to operations to sales positions, generated by this expansion.


Jolly Pumpkin / Upland - Persimmon Ship Ale Bottles

Here’s an exciting new co-brewed beer heading to bottles from Jolly Pumpkin & Upland Brewing.  This is Persimmon Ship and it is an oak-aged sour ale brewed with Indiana Persimmons and Dragonfruit from Thailand?  This is Jolly Pumpkin’s first collaborative release of 2014, it will be packaged in 750ml bottles and it comes in at 5% ABV.


Fort Collins Releases New Full Time Brew, 1020 Pale Ale

imageWe brought you news of this beer, and now the official release details from Fort Collins:

Fort Collins, Colo. — From their home at 1020 E. Lincoln Ave. Fort Collins,

Colo. The Fort Collins Brewery is excited to release the newest addition to the

FCB full time beer lineup, 1020 Pale Ale.

1020 Pale Ale has a citrus aroma with underlying tones of pine and

grapefruit zest that inhabit the flavor, while a smooth, light body and crisp, clean

bitterness from the Magnum, Cascade and Chinook hops leave your palate both

refreshed and liberated.

•ABV: 5.3%

• SRM: 12

• IBU: 40

“With our 10 year anniversary coming up in October we had a great

opportunity to reflect and plan for the next 20 years. It was through that process

that 1020 was born,” said Operations Manager, Thomas Barnett. “We’re very

excited to add an easy-drinking pale ale to our year-round brands.”

To celebrate the occasion, FCB announced October 2oth as 1020 Day.

Throughout the day, FCB is encouraging consumers to post creative photos to

their own Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter accounts of the number 1020 with

the #1020 for a chance to win a customized gift basket.

1020 Pale Ale will be available year-round to FCB’s 22-state distribution territory.

1020 is purchasable in draft and 12 oz. bottles sold in 6-packs and FCB’s

Brewer’s Lunchbox, a variety 12-pack.


Mikkeller / Siren Craft - Beer Geek Daydream White Stout

Here we have a Mikkeller / Siren Craft Brew co-brewed beer.  This is Beer Geek Daydream and it is a white stout brewed with coffee, cocoa and vanilla.  This big boy will be packaged in 11.2oz bottles by the UK’s Siren Craft Brew and this bog boy will come in at 12% ABV.  Stay tuned fro release details…but it IS coming to the U.S.


Jester King Funk n Sour Festival Coming 10/30

From Jester King:

2014 Jester King Funk n Sour Fest will be from 6pm to 10pm on Thursday, October 30th during Austin Beer Week. For this year’s fest, we’re adopting a new format that will pair some of our favorite artisan beers, wines, and ciders with food from some of the very best restaurants in central Texas! We’re creating teams of chefs and brewers or wine makers to showcase the diverse connections between artisan food and beverages, and to open up discussion between chefs, brewers, wine makers, and attendees. Each restaurant will serve two small plates paired with two different beers or wines. 

We could not be more excited to announce that we’ve created the following teams to present their pairings: 

Dai Due paired with wines from La Cruz de Comal Wines
Noble Sandwich Co. paired with beers from 5 Stones Artisan Brewery
Contigo paired with beers from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
The Salty Sow paired with beers from Prairie Artisan Ales
The Monterey paired with beers from Brouwerij De Ranke
…and Qui paired with beers from Jester King Brewery

We’re also excited to present a special cheese and cider pairing! Selections from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop will be paired with Gobernador Sidra Naturala and a cider from Virtue Cider

Tickets for the event will go on sale Thursday, October 16th at noon and will be available through the Jester King Brewery website. Details about ticket cost and quantity available will be released in the days ahead. However, unlike in the past, this year’s fest will be much smaller and more intimate. We anticipate that only around 250 to 300 tickets will be available.

Our motivation to change the format of this year’s fest is in part because, frankly, we’re a lot more excited about great food and beer or wine pairings than a large-scale beer festival. It’s also based on the fact that because of changes to Texas law, we’re now able to present a beer selection at Jester King every single weekend that surpasses what our Funk n Sour Fest was in the past. Prior to the law change, we’d only serve our most limited and sought-after beers at our larger events because it was illegal to sell these beers at our brewery. Texas law created an odd disincentive for us to offer our most limited beers on-site, when we could otherwise sell them in the marketplace. That’s no longer the case. 

We can legally offer everything we have ready at our brewery, along with guest beers, ciders, wines, and sakés from some of our favorite artisan producers. The appeal of large special events as a time for visitors to drink our most limited beers isn’t there anymore, because we now offer these beers whenever we’re open. As a result, we feel less pressure to host larger events, especially since we want Jester King to be a serene, tranquil, rustic place where guests can bring their families, enjoy our beers, chat with friends, and take in the beautiful scenery. 


Goose Island Releases The Muddy Imperial Stout

We brought you news of this beer back in July, and now news from Goose Island that it is hitting shelves.  The Muddy is an Imperial Stout that celebrates the 1940’s blues scene in Chicago.  This beer uses Belgian candi sugar and molasses and it will come in big at 9% ABV.


Perennial Artisanal / Prairie Artisan - Dual Artisanship Co-Brew

Here’s your first look at a new co brew coming from Perennial Artisanal Ales and Prairie Artisan Ales.  This is Dual Artisanship and it is a Belgian-style ale fermented with Brettanomyces.  This beer is “equal parts Belgian farmhouse and West Coast hoppy” which results in a “red saison” that uses Centennial and Simcoe hops.  Look for Dual Artisanship to be packaged in 750ml bottles and come in at 69% ABV.


Labatt Creates What May Be The Larges 6-Pack of Beer

imageFrom Labatt:

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2014  Beer anyone? How about a 10-story, six-pack of Labatt Blue beer?

Former grain silos, once operated by the Grange League Federation, and now part of a nine-acre sports and entertainment complex called Buffalo RiverWorks, underwent a very "blue" facelift. Labatt wrapped the 100 feet high grain silos to look like a giant six-pack of Labatt Blue beer. The company chose the site because of Labatt's strong ties to Buffalo, its largest market and hometown. In addition, the silo location was home to Labatt's popular Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament earlier this year, an event that draws thousands of hockey fans, annually. 

Six grain silos at Buffalo RiverWorks site are currently being donned with a mix of huge blue vinyl panels and paint.  Installation beganon September 27 and is expected to be completed by October 2. Buffalo's newest "six-pack" is among the largest in the world.

"Labatt Blue is Buffalo's beer. We are headquartered here, and want to make a big statement that links Buffalo's industrial past to its present-day focus on waterfront development. The new Buffalo is an amazing city that people are rediscovering. We are proud to callBuffalo home," said Glen Tibbits, vice president of marketing for Labatt.

Labatt privately funded the project, which also included design, production and installation support from local Buffalo vendors.

Investing in Buffalo's Past and Future

Buffalo RiverWorks, located at 359 Ganson Street in Buffalo, is a budding nine-acre entertainment complex that will be built in subsequent phases over the next several years, including a brewery, multiple bars, restaurants, a beer garden, concert venue, indoor roller-derby track, outdoor ice rinks and other attractions. The site has been desolate for years, beyond light office and storage space. With extensive rehabilitaiton, the site is on its way to becoming a regional entertainment destination. The site features:

  • 60,000 square feet of indoor space.
  • A working brewery in the silos, featuring a 15-barrel system with storage that will be piped to serve freshly brewed beer into multiple bars and restaurants on-site.
    • Being imported daily from Canada, Labatt will not be brewed at the new brewery, but it will poured for patrons.
  • 50,000 square feet of outdoor, covered ice rinks which are home to the Labatt Blue Buffalo Pond Hockey Tournament and other on-ice activities.

"Buffalo RiverWorks is a one-of-a-kind entertainment destination that builds on its natural waterfront location," said Doug Swift, developer and principal, Buffalo RiverWorks. "We're building on Buffalo's momentum by creating vibrancy and life on the Buffalo River.  The Labatt six-pack project is another great example of resurrecting history in the great city of Buffalo, celebrating our hometown and our favorite hometown beer."

The redevelopment of the Buffalo RiverWorks site began in November 2013 and is expected to be completed in 2015. Earl Ketry andDoug Swift partnered in its development.


Angel City - Social IPA 12oz Cans?

Here’s a new package coming from Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.  This is Social IPA and even though the label says “brewed and bottled” this looks a LOT like a 12oz can.  No word on whether this will be a Samuel Adams “Sam Can” style package so stay tuned.


Great Divide - Oak Aged Yeti

Today we get to see the latest packaging for Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti.  This “massive” and “complex” award winning Imperil Stout will remain in 22oz bottles and at 9.5% ABV.


SweetWater 5th Annual Brew Your Cask Off Details

imageFrom SweetWater:

Brew Your Cask Off is our annual salute to special suds, fist bump to funkiness and bear hug to brewing up the dankest casks you can think of.

Typically we invite about 90 of the folks behind our favorite bars, restaurants, retailers and assorted other friends and family to work with our brewers on creating a cask the likes of which have never before been sipped on.

For our 5th anniversary, we wanted to Emeril Lagasse this bitch and really kick things up a notch, so on top of the normal crew doing their thing, we also invited 14 other local Georgia breweries to cook up their own cask creation for a separate brewers-only competition. Here’s who’s comin out:

In the end, we’ll crown a winner from the main competition, a people’s choice champ and a brewers only victor… but let’s be honest – the real winner is yall. Where else are you gonna sip on 90+ casks with anything and everything from Sour Patch Kids to a baseball bat added to em?

Tickets are available now for $35 and get you in, a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited samples. We’ll also have food trucks on site providing some tasty treats.

Snatch ‘em up now, cuz last year we sold out early and this ain’t a party you wanna miss.

PS – we still need a boatload of volunteers. If you’re interested in getting in for free and earning some good karma, help us out:


TTB Reduces Regulatory Burden on Small Brewers

imageFrom the TTB:

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) published in the Federal Register T.D. TTB–123, a final rule entitled “Small Brewers Bond Reduction and Requirement to File Tax Returns, Remit Tax Payments and Submit Reports Quarterly.” This final rule adopts as a permanent regulatory change a flat $1,000 penal sum for the brewer’s bond for brewers whose excise tax liability is reasonably expected to be not more than $50,000 in a given calendar year and who were liable for not more than $50,000 in such taxes during the preceding calendar year. TTB originally set forth this change in a temporary rule issued on December 7, 2012, which was set to expire in December 2015.

In addition, this final rule adopts the TTB proposal outlined in Notice No. 131, Small Brewers Bond Reduction, also published in the Federal Register on December 7, 2012, requiring brewers whose excise tax liability is reasonably expected to be not more than $50,000 in a given calendar year and who were liable for not more than $50,000 in such taxes during the preceding calendar year to file Federal excise tax returns, pay tax, and submit reports of operations on a quarterly basis. TTB expects these amendments to the regulations in 27 CFR Part 25–Beer to reduce the regulatory burdens on such brewers, reduce their administrative costs, and create administrative efficiencies for TTB.

To give brewers time to adjust to quarterly filing and reporting, TTB is delaying the effective date of T.D. TTB–123 until January 1, 2015.

Also starting in January, TTB will begin releasing updated versions of the Brewer’s Report of Operations (BROPs, TTB Forms 5130.9 and 5130.26). To ensure that brewers are adequately informed about the release and availability of the updated BROPs, TTB will publish a series of new announcements and TTB Newsletter articles over the next few months on this topic.

The public may view the final rule and the rulemaking record for this regulatory project on the “” website within Docket No. TTB–2012–0006. Copies of the final rule and other relevant rulemaking documents and a link to the docket may be found on the TTB website.


Worthy Releasing Powder Keg Winter Ale In Oct

imageFrom Worthy:

As cold weather approaches, Worthy Brewing Company is releasing their Winter seasonal, Powder Keg Winter Ale. This red-hued festive IPA is loaded with hop flavor and aroma from a double dry hopping with a Centennial/Chinook and Cascade/Columbus combo. Pine and citrus hop characters are balanced by a generous dose of crystal malts. This “winter warmer” will be an aggressive, yet balanced favorite for the colder months.

Powder Keg Winter Ale comes in at 7.1% ABV with 65 IBUs. The October to January release of 22-ounce bottles and kegs will be distributed by Columbia Distribution in Oregon and Washington, Hodgen Distributing in Eastern Oregon, and by Hayden Beverage in Idaho.

Worthy Brewing Company delivers remarkably balanced, filtered ales that are hand-crafted using all natural, premium ingredients and the pure water from the Cascade Mountains in Bend, Oregon. Its flagship beers include 12-ounce cans of: Worthy IPA, Worthy Pale Ale, Easy Day Kolsch, and Lights Out Stout. The bottling line also cranks out 22-ounce bottles of Worthy IPA, Worthy Imperial IPA and Eruption Imperial Red Ale, along with limited releases of specialty and seasonal beers, such as Powder Keg Winter Ale.


New Alpine Beer To Celebrate Bine & Vine 3rd Anniversary

image From Alpine and Bine & Vine:

(San Diego, CA) - We're celebrating our 3rd anniversary in October and I'm pleased to announce Alpine Beer Company (east San Diego County) has brewed a beer for the special occasion.

Bine & Vine 3rd Anniversary Ale is an American IPA hopped with heavy doses of Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe hops.

The beer is scheduled to be bottled this later this week with a release date of sometime next week. Bottles will be available EXCLUSIVELY at Bine & Vine Bottle Shop.

Follow Bine & Vine on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and sign up for their newsletter to receive updates.

Bine & Vine Bottle Shop owner Geoi Bachoua is one of the original San Diego craft beer retailers, providing craft beer since 2001 at South Bay Drugs, his father's pharmacy in Imperial Beach (South San Diego). In 2011, Geoi opened Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights, San Diego.

From the label:

"From South Bay Drugs to Bine & Vine, we started carrying Alpine Beer Company’s great beers back in 2003 and were one of their first bottle accounts. So, fittingly, I wanted our Anniversary Ale to be brewed by them. Our 3rd Anniversary Ale is an American IPA brewed with Mosaic, Citra & Simcoe hops and is a tribute to our longtime, loyal customers who have supported us throughout the years.


Geoi Bachoua"

Bine & Vine 3rd Anniversary Ale

Brewed & Bottled at Alpine Beer Company in Alpine, California

6.5% ABV

Refrigerate at all times! Drink as fresh as possible! Don't age!


Fulton Brewing - The Libertine Imperial Red Ale

Here we have Fulton Brewing The Libertine.  This Imperial Red Ale is a “malt-driven” red, it will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 8.5% ABV and 45 IBU.


Coronado Brewing - Islander IPA & Coronado Collection Punk’in Drublic 2014

Here we have a few packaging updates coming from Coronado Brewing.  Punk’in Drublic is part of the Coronado Collection and it is an Imperial ale brewed with pumpkin & spices.  For 2014 this beer will be packaged in 12.7oz bottles and come in at 8% ABV.  We also get to see the packaging updates for Islander IPA.  This beer remains at 7% ABV and it will be package din 22oz (and 12oz below) bottles.


Hardywood Reserve Series - Gingerbread Stout Returns

Today we get to see Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Reserve Series “The Original” Gingerbread Stout.  This Imperial Milk Stout uses wildflower honey from Bearer Farms and fresh baby ginger from Casselmonte Farms as it returns for 2014.  Gingerbread Stout will be packaged in 750ml bottles and come in at 9.2% ABV and 55 IBU.


Hopworks Abominable Winter Ale Returns 9/30

image From Hopworks:

ORTLAND, Ore. – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is releasing the cult-classic Abominable Winter Ale beginning in October. HUB will celebrate the release of Abominable Winter Ale with two official release parties – the first at Hopworks Urban Brewery on September 30th, the other at Belmont Inn on October 1st.

Abominable Winter Ale emerges from the depths of our brewery every winter. Made with organic Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe hops, Abominable has a complex floral, spicy and citrus backdrop and Munich and caramel malts provide some balanced sweetness. Abominable is 7.3% ABV and 70 IBU.

This Northwest Organic Winter Ale is available in 16 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draught in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia bars, pubs, and stores. It is also available at Hopworks Urban Brewery and Hopworks BikeBar.

Abomb Signing 02

Abominable is HUB’s most popular seasonal beer and has inspired countless creative homages by Abominable fanatics around the country. This year Bella Organic Farm has created an Abominable haunted corn maze for autumnal thrill seekers.

In February, Hopworks will release the next of the company’s seasonal legends, Rise-Up Red, a gold medal-winning Northwest Red Ale that will feature a fun new design for 2015.

9/30 – Release Party at HUB – 5:30pm
On September 30, at HUB’s Powell location, viewers will get a rare glimpse of Mr. Yeti, our abominable snow friend. He will be on site to sign posters and bottles of his namesake beer, and visitors can take photos of the ever-elusive beast beginning at 6 p.m.

Abominable Release Party Belmont
10/1 – Release Party at The Belmont Inn – 6:00-9:00pm
Hang out with HUB at The Belmont Inn for an Abominable Release Party on October 1 from 6-9 p.m. In addition to Abominable, we will pour the 2013 vintage of Kentucky Christmas, a bourbon barrel-aged version of Abominable. Throughout the month of October, Belmont Inn will continue serving Abominable along with a variety of seasonal HUB fresh hop beers. A portion of all pint sales will benefit Michelle’s Love, an organization that provides aid to single mothers during cancer treatment. The Belmont Inn is located at: 3357 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR.


Cape May Brewing - Mop Water

Here’s an interesting name for a beer, and I’ll admit I thought originally that is said “Hop” water……but in any case here we have Cape May Brewing Mop Water.  This brown ale uses German malts as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and whole-bean vanilla.  Look for Mop Water to be package din 12oz bottles and come in at 7.3% ABV.


Saint Archer Expands Distribution to the Bay Area

imageFrom Saint Archer:

Saint Archer Brewing Company is proud to announce that its beers will soon be available in the San Francisco Bay Area, thanks to a partnership with top distributor DBI Beverage Inc. 

"The region is a natural fit with the lifestyles we all live and the values we hold as a California company," says Josh Landan, President and Founder of Saint Archer. "Even though we're based down south, NorCal is home to a number of our Ambassadors and early supporters of the brand, so this push was almost inevitable. We love it up there and now have another excuse to visit more often.”

The award-winning brewery based in San Diego recently underwent a significant expansion at their state-of-the-art facility, increasing barrel production by up to 40-percent. The goal? To keep product quality as high as humanly possible while making Saint Archer's beers easier to find in the West.

"The Bay Area and Northern California in general have always been key drivers in the craft beer market so we're honored to be sharing cooler space with great beers like Anchor Steam, Lagunitas, and Sierra Nevada," adds Landan.

The "new" partnership with DBI, actually two years in the making, means that fans of Saint Archer can now grab a six-pack in regions including San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Truckee, Chico, Ukiah, Stockton and Napa.

Beers available for the new market include Saint Archer's four core offerings in 6 pack cans and 22oz. bottles: Blonde/Kölsch-style Ale, American Pale Ale, an IPA, and their unique Belgian White Ale. Three of the aforementioned styles also earned medals at the world class San Diego International Beer Festival this year, the largest of its kind on the West Coast.

"DBI has shown a massive commitment to the craft beer movement in Northern California," explains Jeff Hansson, Chief Commercial Office of Saint Archer. "The company has incredibly high standards in regards to retail execution and freshness, just like Saint Archer. We're extremely happy to have caught their eye and to be part of their distribution network.”

NorCal consumers will be able to find their new favorite Saint Archer beer at retailers in the Bay Area starting October 6th, 2014.


New Belgium - Portage Porter Coming To Bottles

29 September 2014

Here’s your VERY first look at a new beer coming to bottles from New Belgium.  You’ll see it elsewhere in a day or two so be the first to tell your friends where you saw it.  This is Portage Porter and it looks to be an early spring release.  Portage will be packaged in 12oz bottles and it comes in at 6% ABV.


New Belgium - Oscar Worthy Coffee Wood-Aged Sour

imageThis is only a keg label, but today we get to see a New Belgium / Bean Cycle Coffee Roaster co-brew.  This is Oscar Worthy Coffee and it is a Wood-Aged Sour Ale brewed with coffee.  This is keg-only so far and the beer will come in at 6.3% ABV.


Firestone Walker Barrelworks - Bretta Weisse

Here’s a peek at the keg label for Firestone Walker Brewing Barrelworks Bretta Weisse Ale.  This beer will come in at 4.9% ABV.


Lagunitas CouchTrippin' to NOLA - Fusion 24 Ale (Video)

From Lagunitas Brewing:

We made a special Fusion beer to bring CouchTrippin' to New Orleans with Man Man, Black Joe Lewis, Little Hurricane and more …


The Making of a Terrapin Hop Harvest Cask (Video)

From Terrapin:

We're gearing up for a celebration of All Things Hoppy at our Hop Harvest Festival on October 11. One festival feature will be 8 special casks of Golden Ale, each dry hopped with a unique hop. The year we're using experimental hops... this means Spike got his hands on some hops that aren't available on the commercial market yet! Follow our own Kate Lloyd through the cask filling process, then head to to get your Hop Harvest Pre-sale Glass Vouchers! Vouchers are going fast and attendance is limited... don't wait!


Miller Lite NASCAR Brad Keselowski Limited Edition 24oz Can


Here’s your first look at a new limited edition can coming from Miller Lite.  This can commemorates NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski (and his Ford Fusion).  This is a big 24oz can and the beer remains at 96 calories per 12oz serving.


Center Of The Universe - Pocahoptas IPA & El Duderino White Russian Stout

Today you get to see two new brews coming to bottles from Center of the Universe Brewing.  Pocahoptas IPA uses four different Northwest hops and it will come in at 6.8% ABV.  El Duderino is a white Russian stout brewed with lactose and vanilla and it will come in at 8.5% ABV.  These are both 2014 vintage beers and both will be packaged in 22oz bottles.


Spiteful Brewing Addresses 'Festive Jackassery' with Release of Pumpkin Beer

imageFrom Spiteful Brewing:

Chicago, IL • September 29, 2014--With autumn comes the release of Spiteful Brewing's annual pumpkin beer, Jackass O' Lantern. Brewed with roasted sugar pumpkins and traditional pumpkin pie spices, the beer is indicative of Spiteful embracing the spirit of the season. "Say what you will about spiced beers, I think they're seasonally appropriate. They don't have to taste like canned pumpkin pie filling. They can be brewed with balance in mind," Spiteful representative Calvin Fredrickson says. "Ours is meant to address the festive jackassery associated with Halloween."

For Jackass O' Lantern, all five Spiteful employees were tasked with roasting sugar pumpkins in their ovens at home, lending the beer its caramelized pumpkin flavor. "We don't brew with extract. It doesn't taste the same as real ingredients," Co-founder and Brewer Brad Shaffer says. "In some cases using extract is like cheating."

Spiteful Creative Director Luke Snobeck collaborated with Joelle Tafoya in creating the label for Jackass O' Lantern. "Her work fits our attitude," Snobeck says. "Once I got the drawing from her I filled in the colors and modified the layout. Jackass O' Lantern turned out spot on." The label for Jackass O' Lantern features the head of a heehawing donkey bursting from a pumpkin.

Jackass O' Lantern is 6.66% ABV and packaged in 22-oz bottles, seeing distribution across the Chicagoland area this week. For information about where to find Spiteful beer, visit


Mother’s Brewing - Making Trouble Double IPA

Today you get to see Mother’s Brewing Co Making Trouble Double IPA.  This hop bomb will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 9.2% ABV and 92 IBU.


Widmer 1999: Snow Plow & 2000: Old Embalmer Up Next In 30 Beers for 30 Years Series

From Widmer Brothers:

PORTLAND, Ore. – September 29, 2014 – Widmer Brothers Brewing today announced the re-release of Snow Plow Milk Stout and Old Embalmer Barleywine in its 30 Beers for 30 Years Series. Snow Plow and Old Embalmer are available in 22-ounce bottles and on draught starting today in the Portland area, and represent the years 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Snow Plow is a beer that fans have been clamoring for since the beer was discontinued nearly ten years ago. The first beer in the Collaborator Project with the Oregon Brew Crew, Snow Plow Milk Stout incorporates lactose (milk sugar), wheat, black malt, and oats, giving it a soft, creamy mouthfeel and roast malt notes. Snow Plow was the brewery’s winter seasonal for six years, and won a GABF Gold Medal in 2004. To this day, it is still one of the most requested beers for Widmer Brothers to resurrect.

“Snow Plow Milk Stout has always been one of my favorites, and probably my favorite beer from the Collaborator Project,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “The Collaborator Project with the Oregon Brew Crew has produced some inventive styles and individual beers, and we are extremely proud that the program is still going after 15 years. The selection of Snow Plow in the early years of the competition and decision to make it the first bottled milk stout in the United States speaks to the innovative nature of the Collaborator Project.”

Old Embalmer Barleywine was part of the Brothers Reserve Series as recently as last year, and has been brewed since 2000. This beer was created by Doug Rehberg, longtime Widmer Brothers brewer, and called for more malt than could fit in Widmer Brothers’ mash tun in the year 2000. It also called for a copious amount of hops, making it a favorite among brewers and Widmer Brothers fans alike, currently scoring 96 on RateBeer.

As part of the 30 Beers for 30 Years Series, both beers are brewed to their exact recipe and specifications from their original year of release at Widmer Brothers’ 10-barrel pilot brewery.

Like all beers in the 30 Beers for 30 Years Series, an extremely limited quantity of each beer was brewed and packaged with unique label art from one of 30 different local artists and designers. Alex Despain of The Despains designed the Snow Plow label, and Jason Miranda and Erik Johnson of Overhaul Design Shop designed the Old Embalmer label. To see all the labels and learn more about the artists and the inspiration for their designs visit

About the Beers



Since 1999, we’ve worked with the Oregon Brew Crew, a local homebrew club, to brew winning homebrew recipes at our brewery. Snow Plow was the very first Collaborator, and one we chose to bring into our lineup as a winter seasonal. Contrary to most winter ales on the market at the time which used some dark malts and were very hoppy, this beer was extremely dark, used a ton of specialty malt (which had to be hand-loaded, making it one of our most labor-intensive brews), and had a sweet characteristic from the use of milk sugar. Behind Widberry, this is our most requested beer to resurrect. 6.1% ABV



A big beer. A very big beer. Using more malt that would originally fit in our mash tun, Doug Rehberg’s recipe also called for copious amount of hops, making it one of the most interesting barleywines out there. Age does this beer wonders, as the name would suggest. 10.2% ABV


SweetWater Sells Minority Interest To TSG Consumer Partners

SweetWater Brewing has announced that they will be selling a minority interest to TSG Consumer Partners.  Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, however it is expected that the operations of SweetWater will continue as is with no externally noticeable changes.  For those asking, yes this is the same group that was involved in the recent sale of Pabst Brewing, however the deals are not related.


Shmaltz Brewing Launches Jewbelation 18 This Week at GABF

imageFrom Shmaltz Brewing:

Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 -- It's become an annual tradition for Shmaltz Brewing Company to release the award-winning limited-edition Jewbelation® series at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, CO. This week, Shmaltz kicks off the national roll out of its Anniversary brew, Jewbelation 18®, with three standout Denver beer events featuring the brand spankin' new category, Black Session Barleywine. Shmaltz will be sampling its newest offering at Booth U4 (Mid Atlantic Region) at GABF. Jewbelation 18® is nationally available in 22 oz bottles, on draft at select bars, and included in the soon to be released 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack®.

Over the last decade, Shmaltz Brewing has boldly elevated each year's Jewbelation® with increased amounts of malts, hops, and ABV -- in 2004, they debutedMiraculous Jewbelation® with 8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV and continued through last year's Jewbelation Reborn® (17 malts, 17 hops, 17% ABV).

Jewbelation 18® is the birth of an entirely new take on the series. When asked about this year's Jewbelation®, Shmaltz founder Jeremy Cowan says, "So many friends have inquired about when will we stop upping the ante with the level of malts, hops, ABV, and my response has been 'Never... well, um, I mean now!' Witness our newborn black session barleywine. 18 malts, 18 hops, and now available in a delightfully sessionable 12.4% ABV so we can ship to allll our states again. Jewbelation is now in session. L'Chaim!"

Beer aficionados heading to Denver, don't miss this special opportunity for the first taste of their latest fermented creation. Please see the detailed information below regarding Shmaltz's forthcoming beer events taking place at GABF in Denver, CO:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Tap Takeover at Barrels & Bottles
Barrels & Bottles
600 12th St #160, Golden
No Cover, Cash Bar

*Shmaltz Brewing is rollin' into Golden for the 2nd year in a row to hang with our friends at Barrels & Bottles. Especially if you don't live in the Denver area, make this your official GABF-week kickoff, and spend some time with the Shmaltz Tribe.
On Tap:

-Jewbelation 18®, Jewbelation 17®, Jewbelation 15®, St. Lenny's Belgian R.I.P.A.® (Cathedral Square collaboration), Reunion Ale '14® (Terrapin Beer collaboration), Rejewvenator Dubbel Doppel '14®, Hop Manna IPA®, Death of a Contract Brewer®, Shmaltz/Redstone Mango Shot - blend of David's Slingshot Hoppy Lager® and Redstone Mango Nectar.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Offensively Delicious with Renegade Brewing and friends
The Oriental Theater
4335 W 44th Ave, Denver
Doors @ 6:00pm

*Renegade Brewing and Sexpot Comedy present: OFFENSIVELY DELICIOUS! Offensively Delicious is the unofficial kickoff of the Great American Beer Festival! For the $40 price of admission, there will be full standup sets from two of the nation's most touted standup comics: Nikki Glaser and Adam Cayton-Holland and unlimited beer tastings from 10 breweries from all over the United States and in Colorado! Breweries include: Renegade, Epic, Breckenridge, Brooklyn, Community Beer, Ommegang, Santa Fe, Shmaltz Brewing, and Boulevard!

Shmaltz will be pouring Hop Manna IPA®, Death of a Contract Brewer®, Reunion Ale '14®, and St. Lenny's Belgian R.I.P.A.®

Thursday, October 2nd
Jewbelation 18®: The Barleywine Sessions
Falling Rock Tap House
1919 Blake St, Denver
10:00pm - downstairs
No Cover, Cash Bar

Upstairs, Shmaltz will tap one of the first kegs of Jewbelation 18® as well as the award-winning barrel-aged strong ale, Funky Jewbelation®. And downstairs the Shmaltz crew will be pouring a spectacular lineup of vintage Jewbelation® beers, including Jewbelation Bar Mitzvah® (13), Jewbelation® 14 & 15, Jewbelation Sweet 16®, Jewbelation REBORN® (17) and the barrel-aged Vertical Jewbelation®.


Surly - The Devil’s Work Porter Debuts 10/1

Here’s a new draft-only brew coming from Surly:

New beer, The Devil's Work robust porter, draft-only debut Wed 10/1 @ Uncle Acid & Deadbeats show


Half Acre - Sticky Fat Returns 10/3

From Half Acre:

Once a year, cones grow plump, the yard boss readies his men, and brewers across the country await their delivery of whole cone, wet hops. At the same time, the farmers that make our sticky dreams possible, sharpen their stakes against the historic foe - a bear we've come to know as Sticky Fat

Twice the height of your average prom queen, and spanning the width of an ice shanty, this bear destroys fields and breaks spirits. 

When asked about the bear's toll on this year's harvest, a small field hand whispered, "Oh this year we was smart. We smeared honey all along the perimeter of the field - that bear hates honey - yes he does. But the farm down the road? I heard he got in and ate their entire east field. They saw him at 3am, wobbling fat, his mouth leaving a trail of yellowed drool, with a strangled lamb under one arm. That bear don't even eat lamb.."


- We brew a beer in honor of this giant, to keep his story fresh. This year we brewed with 300 pounds of Chinook hops, soaking wet and straight from our northern friends in Michigan. Sticky Fat American Dark Ale is brown as the bear's hind quarters, and laced with piney, resinous hop character, backed up by plunging levels of chocolate and roast. Swing by and tip one back, a toast to all the things that keep us on our toes. 


  • release date: 10/3/2014
  • 22 ounce bottle: $8.99
  • 64 ounce growler refill: $18
  • 32 ounce howler refill: $10
  • 16 ounce pour: $6


Sprecher - 414 Ale

Here’s a real simple package coming from Sprecher Brewing.  This is 414 Ale and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles and come in at 4.5% ABV.


ARbeerGlass Lets You Link Your Glassware To Social Media


From Arvuu:

September 29, 2014

Toronto, Ontario Canada: ARbeerglasses are a set of uniquely engineered and engaging beer glasses that are aimed at maximizing the craft beer experience of beer lovers. Things we do, people we are with, and the way we drink affects directly how much fun we can have when it comes to drinking beer. Here is a product that can provide all of these experiences and substantially enhance our beer drinking experience.

ARbeerglasses come in six different types with unique shapes and six different characters. The glasses are designed to enhance the taste of the beer depending on the glass used. Designed by leading glass experts in North America; these glasses are designed and imprinted to connect the beer drinking community and enhance the overall experience of drinking beer. A new technology has been used in these craft beer glasses, called ARenginePRO. This allows the company to link the digital media directly with glasses! The extra features provided include: 2 games and a Social Media community site aimed at the Craft Beer market. All the user needs to do is activate the glass by using an Android or iOS device by downloading the ARenginePRO application from the Android play store or the Apple app store. In order to view the enhanced features on the glass, the user needs to launch the ARenginePRO app and centre the logo on their devices screen. This activates the features instantaneously.

Since Kickstarter campaigns operate on an “all-or-nothing” basis. The company needs the beer community’s support to make the first batch of 2000 glasses. How can you help them? Well, the donation starts at $10 and goes up to $5000 and you can help them spread the word through social media. So start contributing and help them introduce you to the future of interactive drinkware!


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