Boulevard - Love Child No 6 - Sour Ale Coming 12/1

30 September 2015

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Here’s your very first look at Boulevard Love Child No 6.  This version is a Sour Ale that is “marked by such cultural influences as Lactobacillus & Brettanomyces.”  This is a 750ml bottle and Love Child No 6 will hit 9.2%-AbV.   Boulevard is aiming for a Dec release.
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20 Nov 2015:  This update from Boulevard:

Love Child No. 6 was just tasted by our sensory panel & will begin hitting shelves in the Greater KC area on 12/1.

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Green Flash & Alpine to Release Co-Brewed Handshake IPA

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Here’s your very first look at a new co-brew coming from Green Flash & Alpine Brewing.  This is Hand Shake IPA and this “commemorative collaboration” celebrates the one year anniversary of the Green Flash / Alpine Brewing union.  Pat & Shawn McIlhenney & Chuck Silva created this recipe and it will use Simcoe, Mosaic, Citra and El Dorado hops.  This beer will be packaged in 22oz bottles and kegs, and the beer will hit 7%-AbV and 75 IBU.
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Ommegang - Soothsayer Belgian-Style Dark Ale

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Here’s your first look at a new limited edition beer heading to bottles and kegs from Brewery Ommegang.  This is Soothsayer and it is a Belgian-style dark ale that will be packaged in 750ml bottles and I predict Soothsayer will hit 89%-AbV.
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New Belgium Announces Opening Dates For Asheville, NC Facility

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From New Belgium:

Next year, 2016, is a big year here at New Belgium. It marks an amazing quarter century of building relationships, dialing in craft beer quality & growing our business. We’re so honored to be part of the craft beer movement and so many communities. And, hey, thanks Asheville for your support as we’ve turned a brownfield into a brewery.

With your help, we’ve been able to build an east coast home in Asheville, N.C. Countless partners and coworkers and hundreds of thousands of hours have gone into building our east coast distribution center, brewery & Liquid Center. We’re building our Asheville team and our culture is evolving around on our New Belgium values. And, frankly, we can’t wait to start brewing beer later this fall.

We’ll be opening our Asheville Liquid Center and celebrating our anniversary in 2016, and we’d love for you to help us celebrate and hope that you’ll save the dates:

New Belgium Asheville 2016

Pouring – February 2016

Touring  – March 2016

25th Anniversary Celebration – August 27, 2016

As we finalize construction and start brewing, we’ll share out more exact opening dates for Spring 2016, and let you know how to get tickets to the celebrations. For now, save the date folks, we’re getting close! 

See ya in Asheville!
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The Bruery - Chronology: 18 (New Bourbon Barrel Aged Series)

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Today we have Chronology: 18 from The Bruery.  This English-style old ale will be the 3rd release in a chronologically aged series that will be released at six month intervals.  The series will feature the same beer, and each release will be aged in Bourbon barrels for a different period of time. (6,12,18 and 24 months).  This is a 750ml bottle and Chronology: 18 hits 16.9%-AbV!  Stay tuned for more.
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Allagash - Midnight Brett Ale Returns

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Here’s a peek at the new packaging for Allagash Midnight Brett Ale.  This beer uses 2-row Midnight Wheat, Perle, Glacier & Simcoe hops as well as Allagash’s strain of local brettanomyces yeast.This beer is aged 8 months in stainless steel, it will be packaged in 12.7oz bottles and this release will hit 7.3%-AbV
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Prairie Artisanal - Abracadabra Dark Wild Ale

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Here’s another unique beer and label coming from Prairie Artisanal Ales.  This is Abracadabra and it is a dark wild ale aged in Sherry barrels.  This is a 16.9oz bottle and the beer will clock in at 9%-AbV.
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Oskar Blues Brewery Announces Collaboration with Four Alabama Breweries

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Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC -- Oskar Blues Brewery, founded by Alabama-native Dale Katechis which has locations in Colorado, North Carolina & soon to be Austin, TX, is joining forces with The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend to brew a collaborative beer and shine a light on the growth of Alabama craft brewing.



In early September, Oskar Blues invited Straight to Ale (Huntsville, AL), Good People Brewing Co. (Birmingham, AL), Cahaba Brewing (Birmingham, AL), and Fairhope Brewing Company (Fairhope, AL) to their Brevard, NC brewery. The five breweries developed a recipe & began brewing their collaborative brew, named the Hoptub Bath Machine. The light and crisp brew, which features bright flavors of pear and lemon, with green peppercorns adding a depth of flavor and subtle spiciness, will debut in late October, just prior to The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend. Hoptub Bath Machine will have limited 6-pack availability in select Alabama markets and along the Florida panhandle in October, and will make its official debut to the public on the Friday of the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off andCraft Beer Weekend.



"It's great to dig in with the crew that is driving the craft beer scene back home in Alabama," said Dale Katechis, soul founder of Oskar Blues Brewery.



Katechis brewed his first beer in a bathtub while studying at Auburn University. This brew was the start of a path that eventually created the award-winning, best-selling Dale's Pale Ale. This fall, he gave back to his alma mater with an endowed fellowship program for students accepted into the Brewing Sciences and Operations certificate program (this year's scholarship recipients were invited to join the collaborative brewing process in Brevard). During the upcoming Oyster Cook-Off in Gulf Shores, Katechis will join a panel discussion to share his expertise and discuss the future of Alabama craft brewing (Saturday, November 7; 1:15 pm-1:45 pm).



The 8th annual Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend at The Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL takes place on November 6-7, 2015. The festivities kick off onFriday, November 6 with the Craft Beer Festival presented by AL.com. Here, guests can sample over 60 brews from regional and national breweries, including Cahaba Brewing (Montgomery, AL), Good People Brewing Co. (Birmingham, AL), Straight To Ale (Huntsville, AL), Abita (Abita Springs, LA), Lagunitas (Lagunitas, CA), Fairhope Brewing (Fairhope, AL), Goose Island (Chicago, IL), Oskar Blues (Brevard, NC), and others. The Black Jacket Symphony will perform a live version of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album. Learn more & purchase tickets at www.hangoutcookoff.com.



Locations to find the "Hoptub Bath Machine" cans in October:



Destin/Fort Walton Beach


Wine World (4 locations)


Richey's


Beach Liquors

Birmingham


Piggly Wiggly (4 locations)


Hop City


Western (2 locations)


Whole Foods


Hops And Vines

Huntsville

Liquor Express

Wish You Were Beer

Auburn

South Side Market

Tuscaloosa

Loosa Brews
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Lost Abbey To Release Veritas 016 11/7 After Veritas 015 Wins GABF Gold

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San Marcos, CA – Fresh off winning a Gold Medal at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in the Wood and Barrel Aged Sour Category for Veritas 015 (Blonde Sour with Peaches, Apricots and Nectarines), The Lost Abbey announced the release of Veritas 016 this November.



The Veritas line has been an ongoing experiment of the relationship between fruit, Brettanomyces and barrel aging. Inspired by one of their previous draft-only blended sours (Spontaneous Cheer) this is the 16th iteration in the Veritas series. Veritas 016 is a blended Oak-Aged Sour and the first in the Veritas line to include white peaches.



As in years past, the initial sale of Veritas 016 will coincide with The Lost Abbey’s Annual Barrel Night, which kicks off San Diego Beer Week on November 7th. The very limited 150 tickets are $200 and include dinner by local San Diego Executive Chef, Christian Graves of J-Six, 5 single-barrel samples from the depths of The Lost Abbey Oak Aging Program, and 4 bottles of Veritas 016. Tickets for The Lost Abbey Barrel Night will go on-sale Tuesday, October 6th at 12pm (PST).



For anyone who happens to miss out on tickets to Barrel Night, a secondary sale of Veritas 016 will take place at 12pm (PST) on October 13th with bottle pickups scheduled over 3 sessions (early/late Saturday and one on Sunday) on the weekend of November 14th and 15th.  Bottles are $41 ($1 service charge included) and are limited to 3 bottles per person.



Additional information and links to Barrel Night and bottle on-sale are forthcoming next week via The Lost Abbey’s blog (lostabbey.com/blog) as well as The Lost Abbey’s social media outlets.

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Smuttynose - Smuttlabs Trucco Whiskey Barrel Saison

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Here’s a unique beer coming out of Smuttynose Smuttlabs series.  This is Trucco and it is a saison age din whiskey barrels with Brettanomyces.  This is a limited edition Pet Projects 16.9oz bottle and the beer hits 9.9%-AbV.
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HiJinx Brewing Adding Cans & New Website

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From HiJinx:

We hope that everyone enjoyed their summer. The HiJinx crew is gearing up for fall and some exciting changes at the brewery.

First, we would like to announce that in the next couple weeks we will be launching our new website complete with social media feeds & up to date calendars. There will also be a map with the establishments that support HiJinx Beers. We will announce when it goes live.

Second, we are working feverishly to begin packaging in cans for release to the market. There will also be some limited release bottles available through the tasting room beginning sometime in November.

Lastly, our social media outlets have been growing steadily and have helped to spread the word about HiJinx. We have been very grateful to all who have been a part of this. If you are on facebook, twitter,instagram, or untappd please like HiJinx Brewing.

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Weyerbacher Althea Returns 10/1

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From Weyerbacher:

The Tap Room at Weyerbacher Brewing
Thursday, October 1st • 12 pm - 7 pm

Althea is a Belgian-style Dubbel brewed with plums and bottle conditioned in 750 ml bottles. This beautiful, dark and fruity ale weighs in at 7.7% ABV.

Every year, hundreds of women in our home, Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, are diagnosed with breast cancer. For many, this means countless doctor visits, months of treatment and more.

For every bottle of Althea sold, we'll donate $1 to the Pink Ribbon Fund. This organization helps women diagnosed with breast cancer cover costs like travel, child care, prostheses and more.

Althea is a unique way for beer lovers to support women in their fight against breast cancer!

To coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Althea will be available October 1stat the Tap Room on draft and in 750 ml bottles. Look for Althea soon throughout our distribution area!

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Boulder - The Dude’s D’Spare Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Coming 11/7

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Here’s a new bottle (and beer) coming from Boulder Beer.  This is The Dude’s D’Spare and it is an imperial stout aged in Cabernet red wine barrels.  This sequel to The Dude’s Bane and Scourge of The Dude will be the 3rd release in The Dude Series.  This is a 22oz bottle and the beer hits 10%-AbV.

This beer will be released 11/7.
From Boulder:

The Dude’s D’Spare release party will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 12:00 – 3:00pm at The Pub at Boulder Beer. All bottles purchased between 12:00 and 3:00pm during the party will be signed on site by Brewmaster David Zuckerman and the infamous Shipping Dude. The first 150 guests will also receive a complimentary 4-oz pour of The Dude’s D’Spare. All party-goers will be entered to win a VIP party at the brewery with a $500 retail value. Other fun activities include robe giveaways, lawn bowling and a photo booth.

The Dude’s D’Spare will be sold in 22-ounce waxed bottles, available initially only at the brewery. A handful of cases will begin shipping to select markets the following week for distribution at premium craft beer retail outlets.

A sequel to The Dude’s Bane and Scourge of the Dude, The Dude’s D’Spare is the third release in our barrel-aged Dude Series. The Dude’s D’Spare release party will be held on Saturday, November 7th from 12:00 – 3:00pm at The Pub at Boulder Beer. All bottles purchased between 12:00 & 3:00pm during the party will be signed on site by Brewmaster David Zuckerman and the infamous Shipping Dude.  The first 150 guests will also receive a complimentary 4-oz pour of The Dude’s D’Spare. Read more here.

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Golden Road - 329 Lager & Point The Way Heading To 19.2oz Cans

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Today we have two new “tallish boy” cans coming from Golden Road Brewing.  329 Lager (4.8%-AbV) and Point The Way IPA (5.9%-AbV) will now both be packaged in 19.2oz cans.  Stay tuned for release details.
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Coronado Brewing - Stingray IPA Coming To 12oz & 22oz Bottles

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Today we get to see two new bottles coming from Coronado Brewing for their Stingray IPA.  This beer is named after the Coronado shoreline and it will use Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Southern Cross hops.  Look for this Imperial IPA to be package din 12oz and 22oz (below) bottles and the beer will surf in at 7.9%-AbV.
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This beer will be released 10/2:

Stingray IPA

7.9% ABV | 41 IBU
Named after a serene Coronado shoreline where locals soak up sun and suds. This easy-drinking IPA will transport you to a tropical paradise the moment it hits your lips. Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Southern Cross hops provide flavors and aromas of tropical fruits and sun-kissed citrus with soft accents of nectarine and peach.

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Narragansett Introduces Lovecraft Reanimator Helles Lager

imageWe brought you a peek at this beer back in July, and now the official details from Narragansett:

It began with a serum. A serum that would force the unnatural, a serum that would bring life… to death. It was said that Herbert West once employed his concoction to pull a lifeless, battered boxer back from the netherworld. This is when the murmurs of West’s tampering with death began. When the whispered tale at last traveled from Arkham to Providence, our mission became clear. We would use it on one of our own fallen favorites: our beloved Bock beer. Though twisted and forever changed, the Bock would love again as a Helles Lager – and now it hits harder than ever.



About the beer:

Roll out the Barrel: Our Bock is back and stronger than ever. 6.5% Alcohol by Volume and 35 IBUs. We’ve reanimated our classic Bock by dry-hopping it with Czech Saaz to punch up the hop presence and add a sophisticated and spicy twist.



Quality Supreme: Brewed with Light and Dark Munich malts, Pilsner Malt, and Malted Wheat, the Reanimator is then hopped with Northern Brewers and Hallertau hops.  Northern Brewers is a clean bittering hop and Hallertau is a classic German aroma hop associated with Bavarian style lager beers. We then dry-hop the brew with a blend of Czech Saaz, Hallertau, and Citra hops for added hop presence.



Taste & Enjoy:  Reanimator is drier and hoppier than a traditional bock, and by dry-hopping at the end of the process we’ve added a full layer of spicy complexity on the palate and a sweet, floral aroma.  The beer pours a deep clean gold, producing a large creamy, persistent white head.  Despite its full body, the flavor is not overly malty and delivers an elegant spicy character from the hops that produces a balanced, smooth finish.



The History: HP Lovecraft’s ‘Herbert West—Reanimator’ and the 1985 film adaptation, Re-Animator, are horror fan favorites. In the story, Dr. West and his accomplice experiments with human reanimation by injecting fresh corpses with a serum meant to bring the dead back to life. We wanted to create a serum to resurrect one of our own; our beloved Bock beer.

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Wicked Weed - Incorangeible IPA & Oblivion Sour Red

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Here’s your first look at a new IP bottle coming form Wicked Weed.  This is Incorangeible  and is is an IPA brewed with orange zest and cacao nibs.  This beer will be released in 500ml bottles and it will come in at 7.5%-AbV.   We also have Wicked Weed Oblivion.  This sour red ale is aged in red wine barrels (8-10 months) with blackberries and dates and the beer will hit 8.7%-AbV.
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Saint Arnold Wins 21st Great American Beer Festival Medal in 21st Year

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GABF medals symbolize excellence in brewing and no Texas brewery has more

HOUSTON, September 30, 2015 – Oktoberfest has always been a big deal for Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (
www.saintarnold.com), the oldest craft brewery in Texas, but this year the celebration of all things German will be more special. For the third year in a row, judges at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) awarded a medal to Saint Arnold Weedwacker in the German-Style Wheat Ale category. This year's medal was gold. It is Saint Arnold's 21st GABF medal, a record for any Texas craft brewery.

Saint Arnold Weedwacker was among 15 Texas craft beers recognized with GABF medals. Weedwacker is light and refreshing with a spicy clove note and some banana esters that come from the use of Bavarian hefeweizen yeast. Four separate additions of Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops contribute to Weedwacker's delicate flavor and aroma.

"It is a great feeling for our entire team when we bring home any medal from the GABF, but a gold medal is especially gratifying," said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner. "Winning medals is harder and harder every year as more breweries open and the number of beers entered increases.  We enjoyed celebrating our win with all of the other Texas breweries and there were a lot of us in Denver last week."

Saint Arnold Weedwacker was originally released in 2010 as part of the brewery's educational "Movable Yeast" series. It started the same as Saint Arnold Lawnmower, but instead of pitching the wort (unfermented beer) with Saint Arnold's proprietary yeast, Weedwacker is pitched with Bavarian hefeweizen yeast. Saint Arnold responded to strong positive feedback by making Weedwacker a year-round beer in 2011.

Saint Arnold Weedwacker will be featured at the brewery's annual Oktoberfest celebration, which runs this Friday and Saturday October 2nd and 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The sold-out event offers wonderful photo opportunities each night when hundreds of craft beer lovers donning traditional Bavarian clothing (called "Tracht") such as dirndl dresses, lederhosen and German alpine hats converge on the brewery's tour hall. In addition to Weedwacker, Saint Arnold Oktoberfest and other Saint Arnold beers, Saint Arnold Chef Ryan Savoie will prepare a special German dinner.

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Troegs Planning Additional Fermentation Expansion

Troegs13Oct 2011 087Troegs will be adding eight additional outdoor fermentation tanks over the next two years. This will double their outdoor fermentation capacity to 16 with approval in place to go up to 24 (about 300,000bbls).  These tanks are 800bbls each and this move will allow them to go beyond their current 100,000bbl capacity. As a benchmark, Troegs is already expecting to cross 80,000bbls in 2015.

No word on whether this will allow Troegs to add additional states to their 11-state portfolio.  Likely (but not confirmed) are VT, ME, RI and WV but stay tuned on that one.

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Surly - Wet Ultra-Fresh Hop Coming 10/4

Surly Brewing Co WET transparent beauty 150dpiFrom Surly:

Fall is here, and hop harvest is nearly complete which, for brewers, means it’s time to get wet hoppin’ – that’s right, it’s about to get WET, folks.


We took a break from brewing our Wet Hopped West Coast Style IPA in 2014 while we moved into our new brewery, but now we’re up and running and we couldn’t wait to re-release one of our favorite seasonal beers. WET is a balanced IPA, piney and fruity hop flavor with just enough malt sweetness.

Our 2015 edition features 6,000 lbs of Simcoe hops harvested from the Yakima region of Washington. Yep, we’ve gone all out this year and brewed 600 barrels, TEN TIMES as much as we first brewed when we started wet hopping back in 2009. You’re welcome, Surly Nation.

Brewing WET takes a massive amount of teamwork and coordination. Beginning at 6am, WET dominated the production schedule, requiring 10 people to orchestrate the brewing cycle around the clock for four days. Brewing WET is a labor of love and is meant to be enjoyed cold, and enjoyed now, so get on it!

Your first chance to try WET will be at Butcher & The Boar’s Boarfest in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 4 from 12pm-10pm. We’ll have our draft trailer there pouring a ton of other beers too, check out our event page for details. WET will hit shelves in Minnesota starting the week of Monday, October 5 and will be available in our other markets the following week.

We’re also having WET release parties in Chicago (10/18) and Wisconsin (10/5) and we want to see you there so check out our event page for details on both parties.

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Portland Brewing - Raise The Roost Belgian-Style Red

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Here’s a peek at Raise The Roost from Portland Brewing as it heads to 12oz and 22oz bottles (below)  This Belgian-style red ale till hit 6.2%-AbV.
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Anheuser-Busch/InBev Lining Up $70-Billion For SAB Miller Takeover Deal

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Anheuser-Busch InBev NV is lining up banks including Bank of America Corp. and Banco Santander SA to arrange as much as $70 billion in financing as it prepares to make a takeover proposal for SABMiller Plc, according to people familiar with the matter.

Deutsche Bank AG, BNP Paribas SA & Societe Generale SA have also submitted financing proposals to the world’s biggest brewer, said the people, asking not to be named as the matter is private. AB InBev is working with about 10 banks to arrange total financing of $50 billion to $70 billion, they said. Talks are ongoing and the timing of any offer will depend on finalizing the funding package, they said.

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River North - Corundum Tart Red Ale & B’Side J. Marie

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Here’s another new bottle coming from River North Brewery in Denver, CO.  This is Corundum and it is a tart red ale fermented with tart cherries and hibiscus flowers and aged in oak Cabernet wine barrels.  This is a 22oz bottle (120 cases) and this “remarkable crimson ale” hits 7.1%-AbV).  We also have B’Side J. Marie and it is an imperial saison brewed with pink peppercorns and apricots and aged in Cognac barrels (9.6%-AbV)
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Leinenkugel’s Fan Pack Lets You Wear The Box As a Hat

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Here’s a peek at the Lienenkugel’s Honey Weiss fan pack.  Not only does this packaging contain 15 12oz cans, but it also turns into a hat when you box is empty.  Of course this cheese-shaped hat assumes you’re rooting for the Packers.  And thanks to John Leinenkugel for modeling the hat (and beer).
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Deschutes Twin Cities Street Pub Raises Nearly $80,000; Program Total Nears $250,000

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Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery set up the world’s largest pop-up pub in Minneapolis earlier this month and raised a total of $79,700 for Second Harvest Heartland. On September 19, the brewery brought its 402-foot custom, transportable bar to Minneapolis’ North Loop, serving 177 kegs to approximately 12,000 people. The one-day-only event donated 100 percent of proceeds to Second Harvest Heartland, one of the nation's largest and most innovative food banks. 

Rob Zeaske, CEO of Second Harvest Heartland, said, “Thank you to Deschutes for choosing the Twin Cities for this event and thank you for choosing Second Harvest Heartland to be the recipient of these funds. The money raised will enable Second Harvest Heartland to distribute more than 239,000 meals into the local community.” 

With a soft launch in Deschutes Brewery’s hometown of Bend, Oregon and national stops in Philadelphia, Cleveland, Chicago and Minneapolis so far this year, the Street Pub has raised nearly a quarter million dollars for charity.

This giant bar is traveling to select locations around the country to benefit the communities where it sets up its 40 taps. Final stops for 2015 include Denver on October 17 and Sacramento on November 14.

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Allagash Marks 20 Years with 'Fluxus' Beer Event at Tonic Restaurant, D.C.

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Allagash Brewing Co. has teamed up with Tonic Restaurant, located at 2036 G St NW, in Washington D.C., to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special ‘Fluxus’ brew event on October 8th, 2015, beginning at 4 pm. The Maine-based brewing company’s annual ‘Fluxus’ release will be available on tap, with $1 from each glass served being donated to the George Washington University School of Nursing for nursing scholarships.

Since 2007, Fluxus has been brewed every year to commemorate the anniversary of the company’s first beer sold in July 1995, and $1 from every bottle of Fluxus beer sold has been donated to a scholarship fund for pediatric nurses at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. To date, Allagash has raised more than $160,000 for the hospital and donated more than $840,000 over that same period to local Maine charities.

The name Fluxus is Latin for continuous change, and every year Fluxus is brewed with a different recipe. This year's Fluxus is Strong Golden Ale brewed with a simple malt bill of Pilsner malt and - for the first time ever at Allagash - a large portion of maple syrup added to the kettle. The beer features aromas of strawberry, pineapple and lime, while the finish is balanced with a dry malty character.

After fermentation with a Belgian-style yeast strain, it is dry hopped with #06277 and #06297, two experimental hops that Rob discovered while selecting hops from the 2014 harvest the Yakima Valley region of Washington State. “I fell in love with those strawberry and lime aromas,” said Tod.

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Widmer Brothers Updates Drop Top Amber 5.3%-AbV

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Here’s the new packaging for Widmer Brothers Drop Top Amber.  This American Amber Ale will remain in 12oz bottles and this release will hit 5.3%-AbV.
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Lakewood Brewing - The Witch Returns 10/1, Wild Manimal 10/31, Holiday Bonus & Sin Mint Temptress 11/16

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Zicke zacke zicke zacke Oi Oi Oi! It's that time of year again, when we throw on our best lederhosen, act like a chicken, and drink some beer. 

We're celebrating Oktoberfest (and Literacy Month) once again with our friends at Room to Read with the third annual ‘Booktoberfest’ on Thursday, October 1 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Join the local DFW chapter of Room to Read and Lakewood Brewing Co. for this charitable event being held in the Taproom and Beer Garden here at LBC. Special brews will be available, including this year's debut of The Witch, our VERY limited seasonal spin on our popular Temptress Imperial Milk Stout. We take a couple barrels of our Bourbon Barrel Temptress and add spices, coffee, and vanilla for a truly wicked treat.

Tours of the brewery will be offered, our friends at KB's Brats and Rockstar Bakeshop will be on hand with German-inspired grub for purchase, live music provided by Dan Quinn Band performing on stage in the beer garden, plus a silent auction and raffle, games, toasts, and plenty of beer.

Proceeds from the event will help promote literacy with local children through Read-a-thon school programs in Dallas-Ft. Worth, as well as provide much needed books for children in Asia and Africa. Pre-sale tickets are only $20 if purchased in advance or $28 at the door. $10 designated driver tickets are also available. Service fees applicable. Admission includes TWO (2) beers of your choice, plus a limited edition, commemorative Booktoberfest mug for you to raise with pride. Additional beers can be purchased throughout the evening. For more information, go to www.roomtoread.org/dallas or www.lakewoodbrewing.com/events.

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That’s right, boys and ghouls, it’s time once again to get down with your bad selves and weird it up with us for Halloween! Whether pre-partying during the day or haunting the brewery all night, we got you covered.

Festivities kick off at 12:00 noon (10/31) and go ’til 9pm. We’ll be tapping some special releases right when the doors open, including Punkel, The Witch (barrel-aged Temptress w/ coffee, spices, and vanilla), Barrel-aged Holiday Bonus, Druon’s Reserve, a sneak peek at Wild Manimal (dry-hopped Farmhouse Red w/ Brett), plus some new experiments our mad scientists have been brewing up. Some of these beers won’t last long and may quickly vanish like a ghost, so get here early! We’ll also have limited, commemorative glassware you won’t want to miss (while supplies last.).

11/2:  Holiday Bonus 2015 12oz bottles/6-packs return this week

11/11:

We're kicking off the week's festivities with some awesome events tonight! Here's what's on tap:

Taps & Caps Lewisville – DFW Collab Event/Tapping w/ glassware (while supplies last) + Sin Mint, French Quarter, and cask of The Witch - starts at 5pm
Lakewood Growler – Temptress Mania Monday w/ entire Seduction Series tapped + debut of DFW Collab 2. Glassware available (while supplies last) - starts at 5pm
Luck at Trinity Groves – DFW Collab Kick-off Party w/ LBC & Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. feat. Elk Chops smoked over LBC barrel staves, butternut squash purée, roasted cauliflower succotash, and roasted baby carrots. Other special tappings and glassware (while supplies last.) - starts at 6pm
Rugby House Pub (official) – DFW Collaboration Pint Night w/ special limited glassware (while supplies last) - starts at 5:30pm
World of Beer - Ft. Worth – LBC Night feat. DFW Collab w/ glassware (while supplies last), plus Lion's Share III and RW Till & Toil - starts at 6pm

Who knew Mondays were worth looking forward to? ‪#‎ScholLBC‬‪#‎NTXBeerWeek‬

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Westbrook 2015 Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake Coming 10/3

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2015 Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake Release - Oct 3rd 2015

***READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PURCHASING TICKETS***

Join us this Saturday, Oct. 3rd for the bottle release of the 3rd edition of Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake. Included in the ticket price are (4) 22oz bottles of 2015 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake and (2) 22oz bottles of 2015 Cognac Barrel-Aged Mexican Cake. In addition, there will be several other rarities on tap throughout the day for additional purchase.

THE FINE PRINT:
Bottles can be picked up from the brewery ONLY between 11am and 6pm on Saturday 10/3/15. We will not hold unclaimed bottles and no refunds will be issued for any reason. If you are unable to physically pick up your bottles from the brewery between 11am and 6pm on Saturday Oct 3rd do not purchase a ticket!

There is no need to line up before 11am if you have purchased a ticket - you have all day to pick up the bottles.

When you purchase a ticket your name will be added to our list of attendees. No physical/paper tickets will be distributed.

A valid 21+ ID is required to pick up your bottles. THE NAME ON THE ID MUST MATCH THE NAME ON THE ATTENDEE LIST.

There is a limit of one ticket per person. Do not purchase multiple tickets using the same name. We will only hand out 6 bottles per person. Remember, the name on our list MUST MATCH THE NAME ON YOUR ID.

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Jester King - 2015 Vernal Dichotomous

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We brought you the news of this beer back in July, so yes I know it’s already been released.  For whatever reason this packaging was just approved so stay tuned.  This is Jester King 2015 Vernal Dichotomous and it is fermented with kumquats, rosemary, lavender and spearmint.  This is a 750ml bottle and the beer remains at 5.4%-AbV and 20 IBU.
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Door County Brewing Silurian Stout with Vanilla Coming 10/1 (& L’hiver)

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Door County Brewing Company is excited to announce the award-winning Silurian Stout with Vanilla will be available October 1. Head Brewer, Danny McMahon’s milk stout recipe took home the St. Paul’s People’s Choice Award at this year’s St. Paul Summer Beer Fest.

“We were very happy to announce Door County Brewing Co. as this year’s People’s Choice Award winner when we tallied the votes,” said Mark Opdahl, co-founder of festival. “It’s so great to add new local and regional breweries each year, and it’s really fun when those breweries are making beers that are consistently delicious.”

Historically, milk stouts are brewed with lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Because lactose is unfermentable by beer yeast, it adds sweetness and body to the finished beer. In addition to brewing with dark and chocolate malts for a hint of chocolate and coffee, Door County Brewing Co. expanded on this tradition by aging the beer with vanilla beans.

Available October-May at an ABV of 5.7%, Silurian Stout with Vanilla is a medium-bodied stout that exhibits notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla with a very soft and velvety mouthfeel. It has a moderately drying finish with a decent earthy bitterness that balances nicely with the flavors, giving tons of depth to this stout.

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Dry Dock Brewing Releasing 2015 Double Hazelnut Brown Ale

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From Dry Dock:

AURORA, CO— Dry Dock Brewing Company will release the Double Hazelnut Brown Ale tomorrow. This full-bodied Double Brown Ale was aged in whiskey barrels for 10 months, imparting notes of vanilla and oak. It has added hazelnut, which creates its earthy, nutty complexity and caramel, toffee-forward aroma. It weighs in at 8 percent ABV with 30 IBUs.

Double Hazelnut Brown Ale will tap at Canoe Room at North Dock at 2801 Tower Road, Aurora, 80011 on Thursday, October 1 at 2pm. It will be available on draft and in bombers at North Dock throughout the weekend. Double Hazelnut Brown Ale will then be available at South Dock and in liquor stores across Colorado in mid-October. Less than 200 cases of this beer will be distributed throughout the state. 

Double Hazelnut Brown Ale first debuted in 2014 as part of the Signature Series, a collection of barrel-aged double and imperial beers. It is the third of six Signature Series beers that Dry Dock will release in 2015.

There is a complete beer description with suggested food pairings below. For more information about the Signature Series beers, or with any other media inquiries, contact Emily Hutto at hutto@drydockbrewing.com.

Double Hazelnut Brown Ale

8% ALC/VOL 30 IBU

This full-bodied Double Brown Ale is aged in whiskey barrels with added hazelnut, which creates its earthy, nutty complexity and caramel, toffee-forward aroma.

food pairing suggestions: Barbecued duck, pepper steak, spicy food, Thai food, aged Gouda cheese, walnut cake, pecan ice cream.

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Peak Organic - Super Fresh Cans Return

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From Peak Organic:

Didn't get a chance to try this wonderful beer? Don't worry! We've got batch 2 hitting shelves soon, including Pennsylvania and Florida markets!

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Center Of The Universe The Big LeBYRDski Returns 11/6

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Ashland, Virginia, September 29th: Center of the Universe and The Byrd Theatre Foundation are back at it again! The Big LeBYRDski, a celebration of everything not un-dude, will take place on Friday, November 6th. This year, there are a lot more ins, a lot more outs, and a lot more what have yous but all proceeds will benefit The Urban Achievers The Byrd Theatre Foundation.



Will you watch The Big Lebowski at the Byrd Theatre? Yes.



While having a beverage? El Duderino and other COTU brews.



Will the money you spend go to The Byrd Theatre foundation? 100% - this is no ringer dudes.



Here’s where you need to listen to the dude’s story. To kick it all off, there will be a Bathrobe Bar Crawl through Carytown at 6pm. Come in your bathrobe and bar crawl your way through Carytown with a bunch of other “Dudes” all the way to the Byrd Theatre for the main event.



The Big LeBYRDski



Date:  November 6th



Time:  Doors Open at 8:00p



           Movie starts at 8:30pm



Tickets:



· Tickets will be available starting Oct. 3rd.



· $10 in advance through http://byrdtheatrefoundation.org/.



· Advanced ticket sales will end at 12:00am on November 5.



· $15 at the door starting at 7:00pm on November 5.



*Ticket includes admission into the theatre as well a 1 beer token to be redeemed for a glass of El Duderino.



Disclaimer: We’re required to inform you while tickets are a charitable contribution, we estimate the price ($10) equal to its fair market value. For federal income tax purposes, this nets zero and is not considered tax deductible. (You may only submit the net value.)



THIS IS NOT NAM.  THERE ARE RULES.



· This is a 21 and up event.  Only those with a VALID ID will be permitted into the building.  No 8 year olds, dude. This goes for advance ticket sales as well.  NO EXCEPTIONS.



· Only a token can be redeemed for a glass of El Duderino. No cash sales.  Other COTU beers will be available for purchase from the concession area.



· No outside food or alcohol permitted.



· The Byrd Theatre only accepts cash. There is a cash machine in the building.



· No refunds. No re-entry.



· The Byrd Theatre reserves the right to not serve intoxicated patrons. The Byrd Theatre also reserves the right to remove from the premise any person who is causing a disturbance, without a refund.

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Hops & Grain - A Pale Mosaic Now Available In Cans

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From Hops & Grain Brewing:

A Pale Mosaic is our American style IPA showcasing a fairly new hop variety called Mosaic. The beer begins with a base of German Pale Ale and Vienna malts and is brewed for a light, crisp malt body. We use Oregon grown hops for bittering, targeting 60IBU's, and follow that up with a hefty whirlpool addition. Finally we dry-hop with Mosaic, Citra, and Nugget to deliver a beer that is clean and complex with notes of pine resin, grapefruit pith and blueberries.

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Georgia Tightens Laws Affecting Brewery Tours & Samples

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(Q2) Can a manufacturer make retail sales of beverage alcohol directly to tour attendees? No. The retail sale of beverage alcohol by a manufacturer is prohibited under Georgia law. Licensed Brewers and Distillers are however permitted to apply to the Department to attain a Facility Tour Permit. Once a permit has been issued, a Distiller or Brewer is allowed to provide free tastings and free souvenirs.

The furnishing of free tastings and free souvenirs as part of a facility tour will generally not be deemed a retail sale of beverage alcohol even though the tour attendee is charged a fee to take the tour. However, where the price of tour admissions is clearly and directly tied to the volume or market value of the alcohol furnished, a Brewer or Distiller will be cited for making retail sales of alcohol.

(Q3) Can a manufacturer charge varying fees for facility tours?
Yes. However, the basis for varying fees may not be due to differences in the volume or market value of alcohol provided to tour attendees. Fees may vary based on the furnishing of non-alcoholic promotional items, the day of the week, live entertainment, etc. However, a manufacturer who furnishes beverage alcohol in the course of a tour must not vary prices based on the change in relative market value or volume of the alcoholic beverages furnished.

For example, a manufacturer must charge the same rate for a tour where one tour attendee elects to sample free beverage alcohol during a tour and the second attendee elects to sample free beverage alcohol and receive a free beverage alcohol souvenir.

(Q4) What are free tastings and free souvenirs? Free tastings are complimentary samples of malt beverage or distilled spirits given to tour attendees for consumption on the premises of the manufacturer before, during, or after a tour.

Free souvenirs are complementary sealed containers of malt beverage or a single sealed container of distilled spirits given to tour attendees for consumption off of the premises of the manufacturer. For these purposes, “sealed” means to fasten or close securely. The definition could include a vacuum sealed or shrink wrapped container lid, but such a process is not necessary to satisfy Department of Revenue requirements.

(Q5) Can I serve free beverage alcohol manufactured by someone other than myself? No. A Brewer or Distiller may only serve free samples of beverage alcohol manufactured by the Brewer or Distiller.

(Q6) How much beverage alcohol can I give away as a free tasting during a tour and how much can I give away as a free souvenir? A Brewer may give away up to 36 ounces of free malt beverage to each tour attendee in a calendar day in free tastings, and may give away up to 72 ounces of malt beverage in a calendar day as a free souvenir.

A Distiller may give away up to three free samples of up to ½ of 1 ounce of distilled spirits in a calendar day as a free tasting, and may give away up to 750 milliliters of distilled spirits in a calendar day as a free souvenir.

(Q7) Can I sell food to tour attendees? No. Brewers and Distillers are prohibited from selling food on the licensed premises. However, food may be given to tour attendees free of charge. Brewers and Distillers are permitted to give the food directly or hire a third party food vendor to provide the food.

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New Belgium Asheville: History of Place (Video)

29 September 2015


From New Belgium:

What do an aerialist, a cow and a radiator have in common? Our east coast brewery along the French Broad River in Asheville is an 18 acre brownfield site with a rich history.
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312 Urban Block Party 2015 (Video)


From Goose Island:

For the first time in its four year history, the 312 Urban Block Party went on for two days. Bands like tUnE-yArDs, Matt & Kim, Calexico, and so many more graced the two stages. We tapped over 20 crazy beers like 2015 Bourbon County Coffee, 2014 Bourbon County Proprietors, and wet hopped Sticky Feathers to name a few. Who knows how crazy next year will be.

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Cigar City Outlines The Future of Tocobaga Red Ale (4-Packs)

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Tocobaga Red Ale has always been a favorite with our customers. From its early days as a draft-only tasting room exclusive, to a brief appearance in 750ml bottles, and now a home in 12oz cans, Tocobaga has been one of the easiest beers for us to sell. The problem, as many of you have let us know over the years, is that we don’t brew it often enough and when we do we don’t brew enough of it.



There are a few reasons for this. One of those is that acquiring enough Citra hops to brew it consistently has at times been a challenge. The huge hop nose and flavor that melds so well with the rich malt is almost completely from the liberal application of Citra hops.

But, the primary reason for its scarcity is that it’s just not a cheap beer to make. Tocobaga costs considerably more to brew than our flagship beer, Jai Alai IPA, and yet we’ve always charged the same price as Jai Alai for a 6-pack. We’ve brewed Tocobaga for years at an unsustainable margin, mainly because of how popular it is and how we much we love it ourselves. Former Brewer Tim Ogden designed Tocobaga to be delicious, but not necessarily cost effective to produce in large quantities.  Unfortunately, our accountants tell us that brewing a beer at just above break even isn’t a sound business practice.



But we don’t want to consign Tocobaga to the dustbin of CCB history.  As we said we love it too & think it should stay in our core lineup. However, in order to keep brewing it, we’re going to permanently switch Tocobaga to a 4-pack with 12oz cans, priced the same as before. This will allow us to keep brewing Tocobaga more regularly thus making it more available in the market.



The next batch of Tocobaga Red Ale will be canned soon & distributed shortly thereafter. Stay tuned to our social media outlets for more news on this.

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Anchor BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red Returns For 2015

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Today, Anchor Brewing announces the seasonal return of BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red, a distinctive red ale brewed with real maple syrup from the Californian BigLeaf Maple tree.

BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red (6% ABV) is a well-balanced red ale with character.  A hint of BigLeaf Maple syrup in every bottle perfectly complements the malty complexity and balanced hop flavors.  The rich, red fall hue and kick of malts makes the beer the perfect brew to transition from summer to fall. 

Arriving just in time to welcome Autumn, BigLeaf Maple Autumn Red is available nationwide now for a very limited time, through October, in 6-packs and on draft at bars and restaurants nationwide. 

You can learn more about the beer in the press release attached or by watching the following video by Anchor Brewing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ykq1GUEc3Fs

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Ecliptic / Cigar City Ellipsing the Sun Coming 9/30

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Wednesday 9/30 we release Ellipsing the Sun our Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing at Tin Bucket on N.Williams 6-8pm. Peach Apricot Ale with lemon and Juniper aged in Sauvignon Blanc barrels. We will pour 1 of the only kegs of this beer plus have bottles.

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