Bear Republic Mach 1 2015 Seasonal Release Bottles Coming In May

30 April 2015

imageFrom Bear Republic:

Sonoma County, CA - Are you prepared to go hypersonic? Making its mark as the newest seasonal release to join the bottled lineup this year, Mach 10™ will be making its debut this May. Available for a limited time only, this Double IPA has a deliciously unique hop profile that will tantalize your taste buds.

Brewed with English Crystal Malt and First Gold Hops as well as American 2-row and Cascade hops, this beer comes off with a thick malt profile that is balanced with citrusy and cedar hop notes, followed by a long clean bitterness.

Master Brewer Peter Kruger states, "Mach 10™ is a mash up of an IPA. I love drinking Mach 10™ alongside some very spicy Gado Gado or other SoutheastAsian dish.  It really tames the heat..."

About the Beer:

Description: Pass through the event horizon with this IPA2. American Cascades meld a citrus blast with spicy English First Golds. Savor an intense hoppiness, smooth bitterness and subtle malt character. Prepare to go hypersonic!

Pairing Suggestions: Spicy Dishes, Savory Dishes, Beef, Poultry & Pork Dishes, Hard Cheeses & Aged Cheeses

Availability: Limited 22 oz. bottles and draft, beginning in May

Hops: First Gold, Cascade, Chinook

ABV: 9.2% - IBUs: 100 - Double IPA

You can find Mach 10™ locally at our brewpub in Healdsburg, CA beginning May 1, 2015.

To find out where you can find Mach 10™ near you, visit


Avery Raspberry Sour (5/1) and Fortuna (5/3) Releases

Raspberry Sour

From Avery:

Raspberry Sour Release

Friday May 1 at 5pm

Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale. 

Bottles and draft of Raspberry Sour will be available starting at 5pm, along with a special food pairing:

Ahi tuna carpaccio & arugula salad

with a raspberry champagne vinaigrette

served with 5 ounces of Raspberry Sour for $17

Bottles of Raspberry Sour will first be available

in the Avery Tap Room and then throughout much of

CO, CA, IL, MA, NY, PA, TX, and VA. Put your zip code in the Avery Brew Finder to find it near you!

Raspberry Sour is the 1st installment of our new

Botanicals & Barrels series! Vanilla Bean Stout and Coconut Porter, both aged in Bourbon barrels, are coming soon. These three beers are our first year-round-available barrel-aged beers!


Fortuna Release Party

Sunday May 3

bottle sales begin at 11am

$12 per bottle - 12 bottle limit per person


As luck would have it, our amigos at Suerte dig our brews as much as we do their tequila. They graciously provided their finest barrels.

We filled them and created sour, salty, and citric awesomeness.

Sour Beers paired with Four Courses

limited quantities available on Sunday May 3

$50 per person

  • 1 - Tectum et Elix sour aged in Cab Sauv barrels paired with queso fundido, pork empanada, salsa verde, chips
  • 2 - Fortuna aged in Tequila barrels paired with ceviche, corvina, avocado, lime
  • 3 - Insula multos Collibus aged in Bourbon barrels paired with steak fajitas, smoked hanger, fresno relleno, black beans & rice, corn tortillas
  • 4 - Raspberry Sour aged in oak barrels paired with spiced Mexican chocolate cake

Bottles of Fortuna will first be available in the Avery Tap Room and then throughout much of CO, CA, IL, MA, MO, NC, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA, and WA.

To find bottles near you, put your zip code into the Avery Brew Finder!


Southern Tier - Pumking 2015 Coming To 12oz Bottles

Here’s your first look at an exciting new package coming from Southern Tier Brewing Co in Lakewood, NY.  This is their classic Pumking Imperial pumpkin ale, but with a new twist.  While Pumking 2015 will remain at 8.6%-AbV, the beer will now also be packaged in 12oz bottles.  Stay tuned for release details but yes I’m guessing 4-packs.
We also have the 22oz bottle label which will return for 2015.


Jolly Pumpkin - Forgotten Tale Of The Last Gypsy Blender Series 1 Volume 1

Here’s your first look at the first beer in a new series from Jolly Pumpkin.  This is Forgotten Tale Of The Last Gypsy Blender and here we have Series 1 Volume 1,  This ale with fruit added is a collaboration with Celina Tio (Chef/Owner of Julian and The Belfry in Kansas City, MO).  Look for this volume to be packaged in 750ml bottles.


Troegs Releasing Scratch # 185 DIPA and # 186 Sour Wheat Today

From Troegs:

Today, we're excited to release another pair of Scratch Beers in the Tasting Room. Featuring a collection of vibrant American hops, Scratch #185 - DIPA radiates shades of spicy grapefruit rind, passion fruit, pungent pine sap, and subtle earthy herbs. 8.8% ABV and 74 IBU. Draft only. Sorry, no growler fills.

Scratch #186 - Sour Wheat Ale represents our interpretation of a German-style, top-fermented tart wheat beer known as “Gose.” Features a zesty lemon-like citrus flavor with a hint of salt, this Scratch Beer delivers a refreshing blast of mouth-puckering joy. 3.9% ABV and 8 IBU. Draft and growler fills only.


Great Lakes Updates Rye Of The Tiger IPA Packaging

Here’s your first look at the new packaging for Great Lakes Rye Of The Tiger.  This IPA will remain in 12oz bottles and at 7.5%-AbV and 92 IBU.


Two Roads - Roadsmary’s Baby Returns For 2015 In 12oz Cans

Once we close in on summer, the breweries are already planning for fall…and today we get to see the 2015 packaging for Two Roads Brewing’s Roadsmary’s Baby.  This ale brewed with pumpkin and spices is aged in Rum barrels with vanilla beans.  For 2015 this beer will remain at 6.8%-AbV but t will now be packaged in 12oz cans.  Stay tuned for late summer release details.


Adidas Teams Up With Stockholm Brewing To Make Beer-Inspired Sneakers

From sneakersnstuff:

adidas Originals ”Brewery Pack”, a SMU pack from Sneakersnstuff, takes inspiration from the old brewery we have across the street from our store in Stockholm. Back in the 19th century, our entire block used to be a huge brewing company where you would find giant copper kettles, farmers bringing in malt and hops and of course bottles and bottles of beer.

Today there is no room for major brewing companies in the middle of the city, but we teamed up with the only brewing company that can be found in Södermalm today. Stockholm Brewing Co. was founded five years ago. A brewery that brings it back to the core by using organically grown ingredients and brewing the traditional way to enhance the flavor and character of the beer. And yes, of course we went ahead and produced our very own beer to match the adidas Originals ”Brewery Pack”.

Copper Kettle:
Aged Copper:


Samuel Adams - Garden PeppaBrew Ale

Don’t get too excited just yet because it’s only a keg label, but here we have Samuel Adams Garden PeppaBrew Ale.  This ale brewed with spice comes in at 5%-AbV.  Stay tuned for more details.


Victory Brewing Company Debuts in Arkansas

imageFrom Victory:

DOWNINGTOWN, PA, April 30, 2015 –Victory Brewing Company® (Victory) is excited to bring their craft to the beer drinking fans of Arkansas next month. The footprint expansion west marks the 36th state Victory can be found and by mid-June, Arkansas residents will be able to purchase Victory at craft beer bars, restaurants, liquor stores and major gourmet grocery stores throughout the state.

Victory’s flavorful brews will enter the market under distribution by Arkansas Craft Distributors.  Fans can expect to see Victory debut at Foam Fest on May 9th, and Summer Love Ale available on draft beginning May 11th.  By mid June, Victory’s famed DirtWolf, Prima Pils, Golden Monkey and HopDevil will be available for purchase at retail outlets throughout the state.  Distribution of Victory’s other core brands and seasonal selections will follow shortly after the initial launch.

“We’ve had many requests to bring our beer to the Arkansas and are extremely excited we can finally oblige by offering our full-flavored beer to these fans and introducing Victory to a new audience of craft beer lovers,” said Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Steve German.

Victory’s first celebration of the art of craft beer will take place May 9th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Fayetteville Foam Fest in Fayettville.  The event will showcase more than 80 breweries pouring different craft beers while showcasing local bands and food trucks.


SweetWater Adds Pittsburgh, PA Distribution 6/1

imageFrom SweetWater:

SweetWater Brewing Company announces it will further extend its footprint into the State of Independence this spring. Ranked among the nation’s Top 20 craft breweries in sales by volume according to the Brewer’s Association, SweetWater plans to bring Pittsburgh natives a boatload of new brews the first week of June.

After careful planning and a healthy bit of local sampling, SweetWater proudly announces it will begin flowing into the Greater Pittsburgh area with Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale – Southwestern Pennsylvania’s largest beer wholesaler. Locals can look forward to spotting the brewery’s iconic rainbow trout tap handles and bottle/can packaging, kicking off in Pittsburgh before continuing on to additional markets throughout state.

SweetWater will float into Pittsburgh with their most popular brews beginning with their flagship, 420 Extra Pale Ale, alongside a lip-smackin’ lineup of libations including:

  • 420 Extra Pale Ale – SweetWater’s 420 is a West Coast style pale ale with big hops and a crisp finish. First brewed on April 20, 1997, 420 is extremely well-balanced which makes it a perfect introduction to a new town – that’s why they say “drink ‘em if you got ‘em!” Rolling out in 6-pack bottles, 12-pack cans and draft.
  • SweetWater IPA – This mammoth India Pale Ale (IPA) is dry-hopped to the gills delivering a kick-you-in-the-teeth hop chop. The brew is unfiltered to leave all the natural flavors intact. Rolling out in 6-pack bottles, 12-pack cans and draft.
  • Waterkeeper® Hefeweizen – A brew with a cause, this a go-to summer seasonal has notes of banana and clove and is perfect for sippin’ and grillin’ all season long. Rolling out late June in 6-pack bottles and on draft.
  • Take Two Pils – A golden blonde German pilsner brewed with spicy floral hops and a head-first trip down the rabbit hole of lagers. Rolling out in 6-pack bottles, 12-pack cans and draft.
  • Hop Hash – Made with pure hop lupulin (aka “hash”) from hop pelletizers, this double IPA is among the dankest out there delivering a pungent punch to the palate. Rolling out in 6-pack bottles and on draft.
  • SweetWater Blue – SweetWater Blue is a unique, lighter-bodied wheat ale enhanced with blueberries. This ain’t no fruit beer, but it’s perfect for hanging on a warm Pittsburgh day. Rolling out in 6-pack bottles.
  • SweetWater Tackle Box – The SweetWater Tackle Box variety pack is a hefty 12-pack collection featuring three of SweetWater’s favorite year-round brews, along with a fourth catch and release seasonal specialty in each box.

Folks can wet their whistles by following the brewery’s Pennsylvania Facebook page where a full list of launch and sampling festivities will be featured in weeks leading up to the June launch. Also, fans can find details on how to enter SweetWater’s “Catch a Trout Tap” contest – rewarding the first locals to spot the brewery’s iconic trout tap handles with free SweetWater schwag.

To learn more about SweetWater Brewing Company and its full lineup, visit


Weyerbacher Blasphemy 2015 Coming 5/2 & New Tiny 12oz Packaging

imageWe brought you a peek at Blasphemy and Tiny, and now this from Weyerbacher:

Blasphemy, 11.8% ABV, is our beloved QUAD aged in bourbon barrels. The gentle vanilla notes perfectly complement the complex and rich flavors of QUAD. Available only in 750ml bottles, this brew is fully bottle conditioned.

Blasphemy will be available at The Tap Room at Weyerbacher Brewing on Friday, May 1st. Also, look for it on the shelves throughout our distribution area!

New Look, New Size

It's Still the Amazing Tiny!

It's the same Tiny you love, we just gave it a new look! And... starting May 14th, you'll be able to get Tiny in 12 oz. bottles!

At 11.8% ABV, this Belgian inspired Imperial Stout brings big chocolate and roasted notes, which are balanced perfectly with the Belgian flavors from the Abbey yeast strain.


Funky Buddha - Blueberry Cobbler Ale Coming To Bottles

Here’s your first look at another new bottle coming soon to Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, FL.  This is Blueberry Cobbler Ale and it is a wheat ale brewed with blueberries, cinnamon and vanilla.  This beer will be packaged in 12oz bottles and it will slice in at 5.4%-AbV.


Sly Fox Bock Fest & Goat Races 2015 Coming 5/3


From Sly Fox

Bock Fest FACTS

    ✔ Bring your I.D.
    ✔ Bring cash to buy tickets. *
    ✔ Do NOT bring beer. We'll have plenty!
    ✔ Do NOT bring disposable water bottles. Bring your refillable water bottle instead.
    ✔ Please recycle!
    ✔ ONLY PARK in areas permitted for the event. Check all signage before leaving your vehicle.
    ✔ Be courteous. Be safe. Have fun!

    * Sly Fox will only accept tickets for all Bock Fest purchases.

    More Details


Perennial Artisanal - Savant Blanc 100% Brettanomyces Bottles

Here’s an interesting new bottle (and beer) coming from Perennial Artisanal Ales in St. Louis, MO.  This is Savant Blanc and it is a Belgian-style ale aged in wine barrels with wine grapes.  If that’s not enough fun, this beer uses 100% brettanomyces fermentation.  Look for Savant Blanc to be packaged in 750ml bottles and the beer will come in at 8%-AbV.

UPDATE:  This beer will be released 1/21/2016


BrewDog & Deschutes Collaborate On “Big Bad Imperial Porter”

imageFrom BrewDog & Deschutes:

Whenever visiting brewers come to town we love letting them run riot with our brew team on whatever madcap beer takes their fancy. This week, the guys from the incredible Deschutes Brewery in Oregon have been in Scotland, and thankfully needed little persuasion to join forces with us on a collaboration.

Deschutes are one of the most adventurous and skilled breweries in Oregon – which is saying something – and, like us, they love dark beers (if you haven’t tried The Abyss, seek it out – it is stunning). So the collaboration beer we came up with is, in the words of the brewers who were there, a "big bad imperial porter". As yet un-named, look out for this one, it’s going to be immense.


Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Blue Moon For Being Non-Craft

Details form the complaint:



12. Over the past 25 years, craft brewing in the United States has seen tremendous growth, with the number of craft breweries increasing from approximately 250 in 1989 to more than 3,400 in 2014. With nearly 400 craft breweries, California is home to more craft breweries than any other state. The economic impact of craft brewing in California is estimated to exceed $4.5 billion.

13. Beer consumers, including Plaintiff, are willing to pay, and do pay, a premium for high quality, small batch, craft beers. On average, a six pack of craft beer typically costs $2.00 to $3.00 more than a six pack ofmacrobrewed, or mass produced beer. 3 CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28

14. The Brewers Association, an organization dedicated to promoting and protecting American craft brewers, defines craft breweries as "small, independent and traditional." To qualify as an American craft brewer, a brewery must:

15. (a) (b) (c) Produce less than 6 million barrels of beer annually; Be less than 25 percent owned or controlled by a non-craft brewer; and Make beer using only traditional or innovative brewing ingredients. With eight major breweries located in California, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin, Defendant produces more than 76 million barrels, or 2.4 billion gallons, of beer on an annual basis. Based on the volume of beer it produces, as well as the ownership interests of its parent companies, Defendant clearly does not qualify as a craft brewer.

16. Defendant began producing Blue Moon beer in 1995 to compete in the burgeoning craft beer market. While Defendant was operating as Coors Brewing Company at the time, it sold Blue Moon beer under the name, Blue Moon Brewing Company.

17. Blue Moon Brewing Company is a small, limited capacity brewery located inside Coors Field, home to the Colorado Rockies baseball team. The Blue Moon beer that is sold in stores is not brewed at or by the Blue Moon Brewing Company. Rather, it is brewed by MillerCoors at the company's Golden, Colorado and Eden, North Carolina breweries. In addition to brewing Blue Moon, these breweries produce all of Defendant's other beers, including Coors, Milwaukee's Best, Miller High Life, Hamm's, Icehouse and Olde English.

18. Despite brewing Blue Moon for the past 20 years, Defendant goes to great lengths to disassociate Blue Moon beer from the MillerCoors name. MillerCoors does not appear anywhere on the Blue Moon bottle. Moreover, while Blue Moon is prominently displayed on the MillerCoors web site, there is not a single reference to MillerCoors on the Blue Moon Brewing Company web site. In this regard, Defendant gains the benefit of having a top selling beer included among its brands, while at the same time avoiding the loss of sales that would undoubtedly come with having Blue Moon branded as a macrobrew and/or a MillerCoors beer.

19. In addition to fraudulently claiming that Blue Moon is brewed by Blue Moon 4 CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT I 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Brewing Company and intentionally omitting the MillerCoors name from Blue Moon products and advertising, Defendant also uses the registered trademark "Artfully Crafted" to falsely portray Blue Moon as a craft beer. This phrase, which appears on Defendant's web site and in print advertising, further serves to further mislead consumers by implying that Blue Moon is a true craft beer brewed by an almost entirely fictitious brewery.

20. Through its false and deceptive marketing, Defendant misleads consumers to believe that Blue Moon is an independently brewed, hand-crafted beer. While MillerCoors clearly does not constitute a craft brewer, and thus Blue Moon does not constitute a craft beer, Defendant falsely identifies it as such on the MillerCoors web site. This practice misleads consumers and allows Defendant to charge up to 50% more for Blue Moon beer than it charges for other MillerCoors products.

21. From 2011 until mid-2012, Plaintiff frequently purchased Blue Moon beer from San Diego-area retailers for personal and family consumption. Relying on its advertising, its placement among other craft beers, and the premium price it commanded, Plaintiff, who is also a beer aficionado and home brewer, purchased Blue Moon believing it was a craft beer, as the term is commonly used by beer consumers and the Brewers Association.

22. In or around July 2012, Plaintiff was informed by friends that Blue Moon is not a craft beer, but rather a mass produced beer made by MillerCoors. Plaintiff was initially skeptical, but eventually verified the facts through his own research. As a result, Plaintiff has not purchased Blue Moon since approximately July 2012.


Half Acre Sprawler Series - TacoDay Pale Ale Coming 5/1

From Half Acre:

This Friday the Sprawler Series delivers another link in the chain of pale ales, Taco Day.

If you had it last time we brewed it, you’ll remember some tastefully foreign hop qualities. You’ll again be knocked off balance when hit with the charm of 07270. This experimental varietal of hops is being described in many ways at our brewery. A lot of juicy derivatives, an array of bong driven superlatives and a series of tree and fruit benchmarks.

What’s important is that people are digging through their sensory rolodex to find ways to explain new qualities. Hop growers are being pushed by the rabid interest in expanding the profile hops can create. Science and farming collide to twist on you in new ways.
Taco Day takes note of the culinary institution that is tacos.  You love tacos.

  • release date: 5/1 at noon
  • 6.5% ABV
  • 22oz bottle: $7.99
  • 64oz growler refill: $14
  • 32oz howler refill: $8
  • 16oz pour: $5


Rivertown Brewing / Tap Room No. 21 Co-Brewed Pumpkin Ale

Here’s an interesting new co-brewed beer coming from Tap Room No. 21 and Rivertown Brewing Co in Lockland, OH.  This is Pumpkin Ale and it is brewed with molasses and pumpkins that will be packaged in 12oz bottles and the beer will hit 5.3%-AbV.


Redd’s - Wicked Black Cherry 16oz Cans

Here’s a new Wicked Hard Ale coming from Redd’s Brewing Co.  This is Redd’s Wicked Black Cherry and this brew will be packaged in 16oz cans and it come sin at 8%-AbV.


Trinity Brewing - Magical Brett Tour # 3 Coming 5/8, Accessibility Mode 5/15 & Farmhouse Fraise 5/29

imageFrom Trinity:

If you haven't had our single Brettanomyces anniversary series, it's time you got funky!  Magical Brettanomyces tour features an extremely rare yeast that we call B. bouckaertii.  Originally isolated from Berliner Weisse bottles from a German brewery that has been closed for over 20 years, this Brett is more intense than any yeast we've ever experienced!  Expect EXTREME barnyard, sweaty fruit, musty cellar, wet hay, soggy goat, spicy cedar, steaming manure, and soft white pepper notes from this very unique brew.  This intense and complex barrel aged beer releases on Friday May 8th.  The first Saison we're releasing next month taps on Friday May 15th, and we're calling it 'Accessibility Mode, Saison Printemps.'  Brewed with jack-fruit and grains of paradise, this recipe is refreshingly acidic with moderate peppercorn balance.  We use a unique wild ale yeast in this beer, dubbed 'Mello Colada' to contribute the essence of maraschino cherry and pineapple.  Our final release comes out on Friday May 29th, 'The Menacing Strawberry, Farmhouse Fraise.' Aged on an unrealistically large amount of fresh strawberries we balance this huge fruit bomb with a high level grains of paradise for a very spicy finish.  Wrapping up the month, Trinity Brewing is 'party crashing' Philadelphia Beer Week ... check our website for updates, as we are planning several Philly events!


Mayflower Brewing - Daily Ration Hoppy American Ale

Here’s a new bottle coming to Mayflower Brewing Co in Plymouth, MA.  This is Daily Ration and it is a hoppy American ale with a “generous blend of citrusy aroma hops.”  This beer will be packaged in 12oz bottles and no word on AbV or release details so stay tuned.


Otter Creek - Couch Surfer Oatmeal Stout

Here’s a peek at a new brew coming to bottles from Otter Creek Brewing.  This is Couch Surfer and it is an oatmeal stout that is “gone before you know it.”  This beer will be packaged in 12oz bottles and it will come in at 5.4%-AbV and 32 IBU.  Stay tuned for release details.


Steven’s Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat Returns

imageFrom Steven’s Point:

It’s not quite summer yet, but if you have a passion for summer beers, you’re in luck: Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat Ale, now brewed with passion fruit, is now available through the end of the summer wherever Point beers are sold.

Point Brewmaster Gabe Hopkins and his team of brewers have added passion fruit juice to Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat’s brewing process, which uses unmalted white wheat and malted red wheat as well as specialty barley malts, fresh Mount Hood hops from Washington State’s Yakima Valley and Point’s own ale yeast.

Passion fruit, a climbing vine with small, round fruits that thrives in the Caribbean and South America, is a true flavor point-of-difference for the Nude Beach Summer Wheat, according to Hopkins. “The passion fruit lends a crisp but very refreshing, tart character to the beer that is especially noticeable on the back end,” he said. “The fresh tartness of the passion fruit pairs well with the natural fruity tones of an unfiltered wheat beer.”

Golden-colored Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat is available in six-packs and 12-packs of 12-ounce NR bottles, 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft wherever Point’s handcrafted beers are sold.

With the new passion fruit accent, Point Brewery Manager Partner Joe Martino expects that Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat Ale will be more popular than ever this summer. Introduced just before summer 2008, Nude Beach Summer Wheat Ale was one of Point’s most successful new-product introductions.

As Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat Ale’s popularity grew so did its trophy case, which now includes eight medals. In 2013 it earned gold as the best beer in the American Wheat category in the annual United States Open Beer Championships. Nude Beach also won a gold medal in 2009 at the annual North American Beer Awards, sponsored by the North American Brewers Association, and silver medals in the 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 World Beer Championships, sponsored by the Chicago-based Beverage Testing Institute.

“Discerning craft beer lovers can taste for themselves the difference that passion fruit brings to the beer’s refreshment experience. It’s a great reason for wheat beer fans to connect with Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat Ale,” Martino said.


Smuttynose Smuttlabs - Bloom & Durtay

These are only keg releases (so far) but here we have Smuttynose Smuttlabs Bloom & Durtay.  Bloom is brewed with locally foraged edible flowers (4.9%-AbV) and Durtay is a hoppy brown ale aged in Berkshire Distilling Rum barrels (8.4%-AbV).



Mass. Alcoholic Beverage Control Charges Craft Beer Guild LLC In Pay-To-Play Investigation

imageFrom the Boston Globe:

The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, or ABCC, said Craft Beer Guild LLC violated a state rule against offering inducements to retailers to stock its products over those of competitors and a state law that prohibits distributors from charging different prices for the same products.

These are the first charges to emerge from a six-month probe into so-called pay-to-play practices that limit consumer choices by favoring one company’s products over another’s.


American Craft Beer Week® Celebrates Small & Independent Brewers for 10th Consecutive Year, May 11-17, 2015

imageFrom the Brewers Association:

Boulder, COApril 30, 2015—From California to New York Island, from the redwood forest to the Gulf stream waters, beer lovers everywhere will celebrate the country’s small and independent craft brewery renaissance during American Craft Beer Week (ACBW), May 11-17. All 50 states will hold events including exclusive brewery tours, special craft beer releases, food and beer pairings, tap takeovers and more to honor the ever-advancing craft beer culture and unite tens of thousands of beer lovers nationwide.

“American Craft Beer Week has provided independent beer fans across the country a chance to support their local breweries since 2006,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “With celebrations happening in all 50 states, this is truly an annual national event that recognizes all those involved in making craft beer from small breweries in the U.S. such a success.”

In the spirit of celebration this year, created an interactive graphic with fun facts to commemorate each state and their commitment to craft brewing.


Urban Legend Brewing - Cold Way, Hasen Fuss, Scylla’s Grasp, The Creature & You Big Dummy

imageThis morning we have two new bottles coming from Urban Legend Brewing Co in Westmont, IL.  Cold War is a Russian imperil stout (11.8%-AbV), Hasen Fuss is a Cream Ale (5.1%-AbV), Scylla’s Grasp is a Mosaic Pale Ale (5.2%-AbV, 45 IBU), The Creature is a Black IPA (8.5%-AbV, 85 IBU) & You Big Dummy is an Imperial Red Ale (8.8%-AbV, 66.5 IBU).  These are all 22oz bottles.


Heritage Brewing To Release American Expedition Cans 5/1

imageFrom Heritage Brewing:

Heritage Brewing  is releasing American Expedition in 12oz cans with a sweepstakes that will run from May 1st to August 22nd. The beer will be available in 12-ounce cans in both 6-packs and also innovative “tear out” 12-packs. Just over One year in operation, Heritage Brewing Co. has enjoyed rapid growth through great distribution partnerships and a strong line of flagship brands. Heritage Brewing will release American Expedition on May 1st.

“It makes us proud to have received the amount of support we have from the market and our consumers. We continue to build strong relationships in the market and expand upon the demand from our amazing consumers,” said Sean Arroyo, Heritage Brewing’s founder & CEO. “We have said it before, but we are huge outdoor enthusiasts, so cans are a natural choice for us as you are able to take them just about anywhere.”

Heritage Brewing will begin shipping 6-packs & 12-packs throughout Virginia, Washington, D.C. & select markets in NJ next week with expansion into the mid- Atlantic beginning in June. Consumers will be able to find a retailer through the brewery’s beer finder on the company website: in a few short weeks. Heritage has chosen to release all of its flagship beers exclusively in cans, as it is a more accessible and eco-friendly form of packaging.

In correspondence with American Expedition’s release in cans, Heritage Brewing Co. will support the launch with its #GOEXPLORE Tour & Sweepstakes. The company will be traveling across Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey & North Carolina hosting #GoExplore Tour events. At each event consumers will have a chance to win an all expense paid adventure the day after. From Whitewater Rafting & Sky-Diving to Monster Truck shows, Heritage encourages consumer’s come out to the events for the chance to Go Explore.

Throughout the Tour, Heritage will be providing consumers with opportunities to win the Explorer’s Grand Prize, an assortment of adventure gear to include a hiking bag loaded to the brim with outdoor equipment, a custom logoed paddle board, a kayak, a bike and much more. At each event they will be handing out sweepstakes codes free of charge that consumers can use for a chance to win. Codes are also available at the brewery and inside the company’s American Expedition 12-packs.

“The #GOEXPLORE tour is a natural merging of our love of adventure and beer. American Expedition was Lewis and Clarke’s great American trek. We want to get people out to explore this great country of ours. What better way to do it than with a beer!” said Kevin Miller Heritage Brewing’s Director of Sales. “We are excited to get to meet new people and take them on some awesome adventures.”


Heritage Brewing Co. will kick off the release of both the tour and the release of cans with a roaming tap showcase throughout the brewery’s hometown of Manassas, VA culminating with a band downtown. Special pricing for consumers will be provided at the brewery.

For further details on the release and also the #GOEXPLORE tour please visit


Carolina Bauernhaus Ales - F.R.I.P.A. Farmhouse Rye IPA, Maero, W.I.P.A. & Source Series Cherry

Here’s an interesting new big bottle coming from Carolina Bauernhaus Ales in Anderson, SC.  This is F.R.I.P.A. and it is a farmhouse rye IPA.  This beer uses American hops and locally malted barley and rye as well as native yeast and brettanomyces.  Look for F.R.I.P.A. to be packaged in 750ml bottles and the beer will come in at 6.7%-AbV and 55 IBU.   We also have Maero dry-hopped farmhouse ale (6.5%-AbV, 33 IBU), W.I.P.A. white IPA (6.8%-AbV, 60 IBU) and Source Series Cherry (4%-AbV, 5 IBU).


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