Cigar City Releasing 2015 Marshal Zhukov’s 8/1

31 July 2015

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The 2015 release of Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout will take place at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St. Tampa, FL) at 9AM on August 1st, 2015.

Below is a list of details regarding the release:

  • Each bottle is $15.00, El Catador Club discount applies to members.
  • There’s a 4 bottle limit.
  • All sales are CASH ONLY.
  • All bottles will be sold on a first come first serve basis.
  • Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout will see Florida distribution in both 22oz bombers and on draft.

Your best bet for parking on Saturday morning will be the CCB overflow lot. This lot is located across the street from the brewery.

Check out this video we made to celebrate the release:


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Troegs Scratch Series - Nimble Giant Double IPA

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Here’s an interesting beer coming from Troegs.  This beer is part of the Scratch Series and it is called Nimble Giant Double IPA.  Looks like we’ll see bottles and kegs….stay tuned for more details.image
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New Belgium - Cache La Foeder - NBB Love Cherry Oscar

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It’s only a keg label, but Today we get to see New Belgium Cache La Foeder NBB Love Cherry Oskar.  This is a sour ale aged in cherry Whiskey barrels and it will hit 8.5%-AbV.
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Flying Dog - DOGtoberfest Marzen 2015

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Today we have the 2015 packaging for Flying Dog DOGtoberfest Marzen.  This beer will remain in 12oz bottles and at 5.6%-AbV.
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Golden Road - The Works IPA 16oz Cans

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Today you get to see The Works from Golden Road brewing in Los Angeles, CA.  This IPA is part of the L.A. Works Series and it will be packaged in 16oz cans.  Look for The Works to hit 7.1%-AbV.
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Two Roads - Roadsmary’s Other Baby 2015

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Here’s the 2015 version of Two Roads Roadsmary’s Other Baby.  This Director’s Cut Pumpkin ale  is aged in Rum barrels with vanilla beans and it will be packaged in 22oz bottles.  Look for this brew to hit 9%-AbV and Two Roads tells me this will be released in October.
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Bronx Brewery - Session IPA, American Pale, Rye Ale, Summer & Belgian Style Pale 12oz Cans

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Here’s a peek at the latest packaging for Bronx Brewery Session IPA (5%-AbV), American Pale Ale (6.3%-AbV), Rye Ale (6.3%-AbV) Summer Ale (5.2%-AbV) & Belgian-style Pale Ale (6.7%-AbV).  These are all Ball 12oz cans.
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Oskar Blues - Burning CAN North Carolina 2015 (Video)

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The 2nd Burning CAN Festival in North Carolina went off on July 17 and 18, 2015. Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue headlined a MASSIVE lineup of music. 50+ breweries poured CAN'd craft beer for thirsty festival goers. Plus, the Beer Relay, the Outlaws of Dirt, bike rides, yoga, paddle trips...

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USS Indianapolis Survivors Honored With New Beer

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The 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis -- known as the worst disaster in U.S. naval history -- is being commemorated here in a unique way: A specially-brewed pale ale by Mare Island Brewing Company named the "Survivor's Tale Pale Ale."

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Redhook - Keg Explosion Death Lawsuit Settled for $1.2-Million

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The lawsuit, filed against three companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of the keg, was settled for $1.2 million. The suit alleged that the keg was negligently designed and did not include safety features. 

The owner of Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth is facing more than $63,000 in fines in connection with a keg explosion that killed a brewery employee.

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Lancaster Brewing - Shoo-Fly Pie 12oz Bottles

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This is Shoo-Fly Pie from Lancaster brewing.  This beer is brewed with pure Lancaster County molasses and vanilla and it will remain at 6.2%-AbV and 25 IBU.  This beer will be package din 12oz bottles at Susquehanna Brewing.
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Biloba Brewing - Rocket Fuel Amber Ale

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This is Biloba Brewing Rocket Fuel Amber Ale.  The beer will be packaged in 22oz bottles and the brewery comes to us from Brookfield, WI.

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Pelican Silverspot IPA Coming 8/6

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In order to preserve the population of Silverspot Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest, teams of conservation biologists spend each year diligently transporting and nurturing caterpillars, pupae, and butterflies.

Silverspot IPA  from Pelican Brewing Company is a lighter drinking, English-style India Pale Ale that pays tribute to this endangered species of butterflies that once flourished in the grassy highlands of the Oregon Coast. Pelican Brewing donates a portion of the proceeds from every barrel of Silverspot IPA to butterfly restoration programs.

Join us on August 6, 2015 at the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City as we celebrate another successful year of restoring these beautiful creatures to their natural habitat and say thank you to those who make this program possible while enjoying light appetizers, drinks, and an informal check presentation to the Woodland Park Zoo.

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Introducing Jester King Bière de Syrah

30 July 2015

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We are pleased to introduce Jester King Bière de Syrah — a barrel-aged sour beer refermented with Syrah grapes. Bière de Syrah consists of a blend of beer fermented in oak barrels for nine to twelve months with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the air and wildflowers around our brewery. The blend was then refermented with Syrah grapes for about two weeks, transferred off of the fruit, then aged for an additional nine months in oak barrels. After packaging, the beer naturally conditioned for an additional two months prior to release. Altogether, Bière de Syrah is roughly two years old.

Bière de Syrah spent considerably more time aging than most of our other fruited sour beers. This is due to the fact that our Barrel Program Head Adrienne Ballou likes the practice of racking (transferring) beer refermented with wine grapes back into oak barrels for further maturation. Adrienne came to Jester King from the wine world and brought several winemaking techniques with her. According to Adrienne, maturation in oak barrels following fruit refermentation allows the beer to take on more complex characteristics than just bright fruit character and acidity.

The grapes used in the refermentation of Bière de Syrah came from the 2014 harvest in California. We attempt to use native Texas fruit whenever possible, but in this case, we had difficultly sourcing Texas grapes last year. Most of the grapes from the 2014 Texas harvest went to winemakers. Fortunately, we’ve developed some great relationships with wineries in our area, so hopefully this will be the last time we source grapes from California, or anywhere outside of Texas.

Bière de Syrah was brewed with Hill Country well water, barley, wheat, oats, and hops. It was fermented with our mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria harvested from the Texas Hill Country prior to refermentation with Syrah grapes. It is unfiltered, unpasteurized, and 100% naturally conditioned in bottles, kegs, and casks. Bière de Syrah is 7.3% alcohol by volume, 9 IBU, 3.2 pH at the time of packaging in June 2015, and has a finishing gravity of 1.001 (0.25 degrees Plato).

Bière de Syrah will be released at Jester King when our tasting room opens at 4pm on Friday, July 31st. It will be available to go in 500ml bottles ($16/bottle, limit 1 per customer per day, approximately 2,700 bottles available). A very limited amount of Bière de Syrah will be available by the glass at our tasting room. We’ll be tapping one gravity keg (20L) of Bière de Syrah at 4pm on Friday, 1pm on Saturday, and1pm on Sunday and selling 4 ounce pours while supplies last. Outside of special events, Bière de Syrah will only be available at our tasting room. The label art was created by our own Josh Cockrell.


Jester King Bière de Syrah



Syrah grapes prior to refermentation


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Goose Island Fulton & Wood - Goose RasselBock

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Here’s the updated bottle coming to the Goose Island Fulton & Wood Series.  This is Goose RasselBock and it is a German-style dark rye wheat ale.  This is the 12oz bottle and RasselBock will hit 6.8%-AbV and 28 IBU.
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TO0L - F*ck Art Let’s Dance

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Here’s the latest version of TO0L F*ck Art Let’s Dance.  Yes this funky Belgian ale beer name is approved for U.S. distribution.  This ale is age don Saint Emillion Grand Cru wine barrels and it will hit 8.3%-AbV.  This beer will be packaged in 750ml bottles at DeProef.
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3 Floyds / Cannibal Corpse - Amber Smashed Face Ale

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Here’s a new collaboration brew coming from 3 Floyds and the band Cannibal Corpse.  This is Amber Smashed Face and it is an “aggressively hopped American amber ale” that is packaged in 22oz bottles.  This is another Zimmer-Design.com label and stay tuned for AbV and release details.
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Breckenridge - Barrel 471 IPA Series DIPA

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This morning you get a peek at Breckenridge Brewery Barrel 471 IPA Series Double IPA.  This beer uses Hull Melon hops, it is aged in Whiskey barrels and this small batch release will be packaged in 22oz bottles.  This beer hits 9.2%-AbV and stay tuned for release details.
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Coronado - Barrel-Aged Punk’in Drublic

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This has to be one of my all-time favorite beer names, and now we get a barrel-aged version.  This is Coronado Barrel-Aged Punk’in Drublic and it is an imperial pumpkin ale age din Bourbon barrels.  This is a Coronado Collection 2015 release, it is package din 12.7oz bottles and the beer will stagger in at 8%-AbV.
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Evil Twin - Pils Al Pastor

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Here’s a new bottle coming from Evil Twin.  This is Pils Al Pastor and it is a pilsner brewed with chili peppers and natural flavors (pineapple & lime).  This beer is package din 22oz bottles at Westbrook and it will hit 8%-AbV.
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Cigar City - Torcedores Series - Fred’s Belgian-Style Summer Ale

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It’s only a keg label, but I knew you’d want to see a new entry in the Cigar City Torcedores Series.  This is Fred’s Belgian-Style Summer Ale and stay tuned for more details.

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Mendocino Brewing - Engine 45 Pumpkin Ale

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Here’s a new bottle coming from Mendocino brewing in Ukiah, CA.  This is Engine 45 and it is a Pumpkin Ale that will be packaged in 12oz bottles.  Stay tuned for AbV and release details.
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Duvel Tripel Hop - Experimental Hop NR.291 & Citra

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This is Duvel Special Edition Tripel Hop.  For this edition, Duvel used Experimental Hop NR.291.  This version is also packaged in 11.2oz bottles and the beer will hit 9.5%-AbV.  We also have the Citra version.
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Southern Prohibition Brewing - Barley Legal

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This is Barley Legal From Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattesburg, MS.  This Barleywine will be packaged in 22oz bottles.  Stay tuned for AbV and release details.
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Starr Hill - Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout 12oz Bottles

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Here’s the new 12oz bottle for Starr Hill Shakedown.  This imperial chocolate cherry stout remains at 8%-AbV, however it looks like we’ll see a move from 22oz to 12oz bottles so stay tuned.
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Bud Light Releases Limited Edition Festival Cans

imageFrom Anheuser-Busch:

New York, NY  (JULY 30, 2015) – Music is one of the quintessential parts of summer and, year after year, the season’s hottest artists attract #UpForWhatever festival goers to the biggest venues and concerts across the country. In an effort to turn up the volume on this summer, today Bud Light announced an exclusive partnership with Mad Decent Block Party across the U.S. and Canada, which includes the limited release of Bud Light Festival Cans.

Celebrating the music, culture and artistry that surround the Mad Decent Block Parties, Bud Light created Festival Cans, commissioning four Mad Decent custom labels and 27 artist-designed labels that capture the energy of the summer music scene. Bud Light produced these unique 16-oz. Festival Cans which will be available exclusively in the markets of the 2015 Mad Decent Block Party summer events.

In true #UpForWhatever fashion, the packaging approach used to create the Bud Light Festival Cans is so advanced, the 31 designs were transformed into more than 31 million possible graphics – so no two cans are exactly alike. Bud Light is not only the first beer, but the first brand to use this innovative packaging technology in the U.S.

“The four Mad Decent custom labels and 27 artist-designed labels were inspired by the spontaneous and unexpected experiences that music lovers enjoy all summer long,” said Alexander Lambrecht, Vice President of Bud Light. “These bright, graphic Bud Light Festival Cans are like nothing you’ve ever seen from Bud Light – or any brand in the U.S. – and no two cans are alike.”

Starting on July 31st, Bud Light is bringing the summer’s hottest artists to 18 different cities across the U.S. and Canada with the 2015 Mad Decent Block Parties, a concert series in select cities across the United States and Canada. Founded by Grammy-award winning artist Diplo, Mad Decent aims to bring new genres and cultures to light in the ever evolving music world.

The exclusive Mad Decent cans are part of Bud Light’s Summer Bucket Listprogram, where the beer brand is helping fans across the country have the best summer ever with amazing experiences and events. Bud Light fans 21 and over can win Summer Bucket Lists experiences by posting a summer photo showing how they are #UpForWhatever to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #UpForWhatever and #BLContest for a chance to win*. Prizes range from Summer Bucket List gear that will keep you cool as the temperature heats up to all-inclusive trips to Las Vegas, Lollapalooza and of course the Mad Decent Block Party in San Diego.

Bud Light’s Summer Bucket List team will also be awarding people in certain markets who are #UpForWhatever at concerts, sporting event, outdoor bars and favorite summer hangout spots. Plus, make sure to check out the House of Whatever at summer music festivals for a taste of the spontaneous fun that took place this past May at Whatever, USA in Catalina Island.

Visit BudLight.com to see all of the Mad Decent can designs and to learn more about the Summer Bucket List contest.

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Deschutes Brewery Names Veronica Vega as Brewmaster

29 July 2015

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Long-time brewer for the Bend, Oregon brewery steps into lead role July

29, 2015 – Bend, Oregon Deschutes Brewery has promoted Veronica Vega to brewmaster. She will work as the brewery’s research and development lead, alongside brewmaster Brian Faivre who heads the technical brewing side. Vega started out at Deschutes as a tour guide in 2006, moving into the cellar before transitioning into a production brewer role. She’s been the lead brewer at the brewery’s original pub location in downtown Bend, Oregon pub for the last three and a half years.

Michael LaLonde, president of Deschutes Brewery, said, “Veronica has done a fantastic job heading up our Bend pub for the past few years, she is creative, enthusiastic and passionate about her job. Her experience with Deschutes at every level gives her a unique insight in her new role. We are very lucky to have many qualified brewers on our team, so this was a tough decision, but we’re confident it was the right one.”

Vega, who received her degree in biology from Humboldt State University, first worked as a biology field technician for the National Park Service. Even though she loved her job, she loved Bend more and decided that was where she’d like to settle. When she got the call from Deschutes Brewery, she was happy to start out in the tour department and then eventually move into a brewing role.

Vega said, “We have an extremely talented brewing department, and I look forward to working collaboratively with both our R&D and production teams to innovate on the process and experimental aspects of our brewing efforts.”

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Kona Brewing Releases New Small Batch Beer To Benefit Surfrider

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (July 29, 2015) – Kona Brewing Company continues its year-long celebration of giving back with the August release of Kai Golden Ale, a refreshing and golden-hued craft brew that benefits the Surfrider Foundation, Maui Chapter, a non-profit that works to protect and preserve the world's oceans, waves and beaches.

Kai Golden Ale is the third small batch beer in the Makana Series, Kona Brewing’s campaign to say mahalo to the people of Hawaii for their support over the last 21 years.  A portion of the proceeds from each limited edition beer in the series – which was inspired by Hawaii’s natural elements – goes to one of four Hawaii-based non-profit organizations that dedicate themselves to restoring and preserving Hawaii’s natural resources.

Hawaii’s life giving waters were the inspiration for Kai Golden Ale (4% ABV). In fact, the water used to make the special brew comes from 3,000 feet below the Kona coast off the Big Island.  The desalinated seawater is full of minerals that give the ale a light, crisp finish – making it deeply refreshing and the perfect end to a day spent riding the waves.

First Taste of Kai

Craft beer fans can get the first taste of Kai Golden Ale at Honolulu Museum of Art’sARTafterDARK: Swell from 6-9 pm this Friday.  Kona Brewing is the presenting sponsor of the event featuring the newest wave of local art at Artists of Hawai‘i 2015, Indie rockers The Bougies and KTUH DJ TheNativeGirl. Tickets are $25 or free for museum members.

Beach Cleanup

As a lead up to the Kai Golden Ale launch, Kona Brewing will team up with the Surfrider Foundation for a pau hana beach cleanup at 5 pm on Friday, August 7 at Paia Bay.  The public is invited to attend.  More information is available on the Maui Surfrider website.

Launch Party on Maui

Kai Golden Ale makes its official debut on August 8 at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu. The launch party features The Green, Gomega and Pi'ilani Arias and Dani Girl.  Doors open at 5:15 p.m.  General admission concert tickets are $21.  For ticket locations, visit the Kona Brewing website.  For every pint of beer sold, $1 will be donated to the Maui Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. 

Kai Golden Ale will be available for on draft-only for approximately three months, or until supply runs out, at about 30 bars, restaurants, and both Kona Brewing pubs in Honolulu and Kona beginning August 8.  Due to limited supply, the series will not be available at the growler station or for dock sales at the Kona brewery or Koko Marina pub. A list of locations selling Kai Golden Ale can be found using the Find Beer tab on the Kona Brewing website: www.konabrewingco.com/find-beer/ .

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Troegs Hop Knife Cans, Master of Pumpkin & Anthology Fall Return

imageWe brought you the first look at the new Hop Knife cans…and now this from Troegs:

With fall on the horizon, we’re gearing up our next Hop Cycle release. Hop Knife Harvest Ale recognizes the time-honored tradition of hand-harvesting hops at the peak of maturity. At the end of fermentation, the beer flows through our HopCyclone releasing a bounty of preserved citrus rind, crushed jungle and tropical aromas. In addition to kegs and bottles in early August, we’re excited to introduce 12-oz. cans starting in September! Along with the Hop Cycle release look for the Anthology Fall 12-pack featuring HopBack Amber, Tröegs Pale Ale, Troegenator Double Bock and, of course, Hop Knife Harvest Ale. 

Master of Pumpkins Sneak Peek

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Even though it’s the middle of summer, we’re closely monitoring progress of the key ingredient for Master of Pumpkins. Last week, the pumpkins started emerging from a quarter-acre patch at Strites’ Orchard – a mere six miles from the brewery. If Mother Nature cooperates, we’ll harvest and roast hundreds of pounds of neck pumpkins in late August, and brew Master of Pumpkins the first week of September. We plan on having it available in late September in 4-packs/cases of 375mL cork and cage bottles as well as limited draft throughout our entire distribution footprint.

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Now in Cans, Firestone Walker’s PIVO Helps Drive Domestic Craft Pilsner Movement

imageWe brought you a peek at these cans last Oct, now this update form Firestone Walker:

Paso Robles, CA: What a difference a few years make…



When Firestone Walker Brewing Company launched its Pivo hoppy pilsner in 2013, the market for domestic craft pilsner was uncertain and largely uncharted.



Now, two short years later, Pivo is blowing up and domestic pilsner appears on the verge of a renaissance.



No Joke



“Domestic pilsner is no longer a joke,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Craft brewers are taking American-brewed pilsner away from its industrial image and back to its stylistic roots.”



Brynildson noted that American-brewed pilsner began as something authentic, with immigrants moving to the United States and making pilsner beer as a familiar taste of the motherland.



“They made these beers for Germans living in the Midwest,” he said. “The style caught on as a national trend, but the beer just got dumbed down over time. There’s a rich heritage for pilsners not only in Europe, but here in America, so there’s plenty of ground to recapture.”



In other words, to quote famed beer authority Garrett Oliver, “Pilsner, the world’s most popular style of beer, was invented in Czech Bohemia, perfected in Germany, and turned into flavorless mass-market fizz in America."



Trending Up

Pivo was conceived as a classic Pilsner made in the German style but also with Czech and Italian influences—the brewing equivalent of going out on a limb.



“Back when we were first brewing Pivo, there were only a few American breweries at the time, like Trumer and Victory, who were producing a true pilsner on any sort of scale,” Brynildson said. “We were confident in the quality of Pivo, but we still had to wonder how much of a market there was for a beer like this.”



That question has since been answered. Demand for Pivo exceeded expectations from the start, and now, two years later, sales are still growing at a 45 percent clip.



“We can barely keep up with demand,” Brynildson said. “It’s not just a testament to Pivo, but also to the larger fact that craft beer drinkers are starting to rally around the pilsner style.”



Brynildson attributes this trend to the maturation of the collective craft beer palate.



“When a lot of people first get into craft beer, they gravitate toward the biggest flavors and go searching for the gnarliest triple IPA they can find. Over time, however, they find themselves search for something more balanced and drinkable and sessionable, and a true pilsner checks all of those marks.” 



Now In Cans



This year, Pivo is being offered in cans for the first time—one more small step toward changing the perception of canned American pilsner. “Cans are just a perfect vessel for a beer like this,” Brynildson said.



To mark this somewhat ironic occasion, Firestone Walker developed a visual timeline called “The History of Pivo According to Pilsner,” which is viewable here.image

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Samuel Adams - Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru 2015 Limited Release

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Here’s your first look at the 2015 packaging as Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk returns.  This Grand Cru will be a 2015 Limited Release and this Belgian-style ale will remain in 750ml bottles.  For 2015 the beer will increase from 6.4% to 6.5%-AbV…and stay tuned for release details.
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