Highlights Flat12 Bierwerks Cucumber Kolsch

30 June 2016

Some beers just scream “summer”…and whether it’s late June or early September, the right beer at the right time makes it all that much better.  It’s 83-degrees on my deck, the sun is high in the sky and the beer in my hand is a Flat12 Bierwerks Cucumber Kolsch.

If you’re unfamiliar, Flat12 opened in 2010 in the Holy Cross neighborhood of Indianapolis, IN.  Founded by Sean O’Connor, the brewery uses a 20bbl DME brewhouse and they distribute across Indiana, the greater Cincinnati area, and Louisville; with a 2nd location opened in Jeffersonville, IN.

With my love of all things motorsports, Flat12 hit my radar when they release Hinchtown Hammerdown in support of Indy car driver James Hinchcliffe.  You may be more familiar with their Half Cycle IPA, Walkabout Pale, Pogue’s Run Porter and Upside Down Blonde…but lets get back to summer.

Today we’re sampling 12oz cans of Flat12 Cucumber Kolsch and right out of the can you can’t help but notice the deep gold color of this beer.  Cucumber Kolsch has light malt aromas imparted by the pilsner malt, but as I mentioned earlier, the taste just says “summer.”  Cucumber Kolsch has a soft drinkable palate with a burst of cucumber freshness.  This German-style Kolsch uses cold fermentation and you won’t miss it’s contribution to the clean refreshing finish.  I really liked how the cucumber added a bright burst of flavor to the beer and at 5.2%-AbV, you can really drink a lot of Cucumber Kolsch.  At 28 IBU the sweet/bitter balance is nice and overall this beer is really (really) drinkable.
Flat12 Bierwerks Cucumber Kolsch is their summer seasonal and it is available in 12oz cans now so don’t delay.  I also have to mention the REALLY cool Flat12 Cucumber Kolsch-branded foam cucumber they sent along…it looks real enough to eat (but don’t eat it)!

Be sure to try Flat12 Cucumber Kolsch for yourself, and when you do, be sure to let us know what YOU think.


Bell’s Adding Roundhouse India Red Ale Cans To Fall Specialty Lineup

imageFrom Bell’s Brewery:

COMSTOCK, MIBell’s Brewery is proud to announce another addition to its specialty packaging lineup.

Previously only available on draught, Roundhouse India Red Ale (7.5% ABV) will debut in 12 oz. cans packaged in 6-packs. It will start shipping in September.

This limited specialty beer will ship to all states Bell’s distributes to.

“Roundhouse has been a favorite for so many since we started brewing it in 2009,” said Bell’s VP Laura Bell.

“It has a distinctive place in our beer portfolio & frankly, it was time to put this amazing beer into cans,” she added.

Brewed with Michigan honey, Bell’s Roundhouse India Red Ale is distinctly hop forward.

Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry hopping yield a wonderful blend aromas – everything from pineapple to peach and citrus. Hop intensity is kept in check with a balanced and judicious amount of toasted and caramel specialty malts.

Roundhouse is the third new addition to Bell’s specialty packaging lineup this year. Just like Hopslam, Roundhouse is best enjoyed as fresh as possible.

Additional details will be shared at and on Bell’s social media as it becomes available.


AleSmith Debuting Official Tony Gwynn Museum 7/8

imageFrom AleSmith:

San Diego, CA (June 30, 2016) — After nearly two years of planning, a permanent monument to the greatest sports-figure in San Diego history is about to open its doors. On Friday, July 8, the official Tony Gwynn Museum will debut to the public at Miramar’s AleSmith Brewing Company. The event was planned to sync with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Weekend festivities, which are taking place in San Diego from July 8-12, to offer baseball fans who will be in town for the corresponding MLB All-Star Game the opportunity to pay homage to one of the sports all-time greatest players, heroes and ambassadors.

Installed in the northwest corner of AleSmith’s tasting room (the largest on the West Coast at 25,000 square feet), the Tony Gwynn Museum will house a rotating stock of more than 300 individual pieces of memorabilia collected by Tony’s widow, Alicia Gwynn, over the course of four-plus decades. To date, these historical items had been stored at the Gwynns’ private residence, but it was important to the family that they be showcased in a public-forum for Tony’s fans to be able to see and appreciate. That was where AleSmith came in.

“We first met the Gwynns in 2014 when Tony asked us to brew him a signature hoppy pale ale,” says AleSmith owner & CEO Peter Zien. “From our first meeting, my wife & I really connected with the Gwynns and, over the following months of designing what would become San Diego Pale Ale .394, we grew into each other’s extended family. When Alicia mentioned she was looking for a site to house a museum to honor the great man shortly after his passing, we felt humbled and privileged to offer up space at our headquarters.”

“Like so many San Diegans, the Ziens have been extremely supportive since Tony’s passing. It brings to light just how much my husband meant to this community; making it so fitting that his life, times and memory will have a permanent home in the heart of San Diego at a place where his fans can pay tribute and remember so many wonderful memories,” says Alicia. “For us, it’s as much about Tony as the people who loved him. The Gwynn family would like to express our most heartfelt gratitude for the incredible love & support our friends and neighbors both near and far have provided us, both when Tony was alive and since his passing. We are so excited to say thank-you in some small way by offering access to Tony’s memorabilia in a permanent home all his own for fans to enjoy for decades to come.”

The exterior of the Tony Gwynn Museum was designed with a stadium aesthetic. Steele girders tower their way to the tasting room’s high-ceiling, connected by glass panes up top and a tiles at the base comprised of bricks (that will be) engraved with the names of Tony Gwynn Museum “Founders” who contributed funds toward this product via a campaign held earlier this year. The names of other Founders will also be engraved on tiles making up an art piece on the museum’s west wall in the shape of Tony’s iconic batting-stance.

The museum’s initial array of memorabilia will offer items spanning Mr. Padre’s entire life, from his childhood to his college days at San Diego State University, to his 20 years with the Friars, to his final days coaching baseball at his alma mater. Those items will be housed in display-cases that will (eventually) be equipped with interactive displays to teach visitors more about San Diego’s favorite son. In the future, memorabilia will be shifted in thematically via exhibits focused on specific portions of Tony’s career (e.g., Chasing 3,000 Hits, The World Series Years, etc.).

Admission to the Tony Gwynn Museum will be free-of-charge, though guests are encouraged to make a donation to the Tony & Alicia Gwynn (TAG) Foundation, a non-profit organization working to assist underprivileged youth in a variety of ways including clothing and food donations, educational and scholarship assistance, and removal of obstacles to career opportunities. The museum will be open the same days and times as AleSmith’s tasting room—11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays. AleSmith Brewing Co. is located at 9990 AleSmith Court (formerly Empire Street), San Diego, CA 92126.


Jester King 2016 Provenance Bottles Coming 7/1

From Jester King:

Tomorrow we're releasing 2016 Provenance -- Lemon & Lime. This will be our only Provenance release for the year. Also, we're open July 4th from 12-7pm.


Stone - The IPA For Hop Fanatics - Bonfire :15 (Video)

From Stone:


Prairie Artisan Ales - Prairie Ace Bottles

This is Prairie Ace From Prairie Artisan Ales and meow does it look good.  This is another photo-based label coming from Prairie and this dry-hopped farmhouse ale will be packaged in 16.9oz bottles.  Look for this beer to hit 7.5%-AbV and I can’t wait to see more kitties playing disc golf.


Avery Hog Heaven Renamed To “Imperial Red IPA”

Here’s your first peek at the new packaging for Avery Brewing Hog Heaven.  While the beer appears to be remaining the same, they are changing the description from a “Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style Ale” to an Imperial Red IPA.  This naming is on their website for Hog Heaven, so it looks like the 22oz bottle packaging will now match up.  Hog Heaven remains at 9.2%-AbV and it will now carry the published 104 IBUs.


Wicked Weed Canvas Series Bombadile Returns

From Wicked Weed:

Back from the Canvas Series today is Bombadile. This Brettanomyces Farmhouse Ale is fermented with 1/2 pound-per-gallon of ripe Florida strawberries and aged delicately in a French Oak Foeder. Available today at the Funkatorium and Brewpub bottle shop. Limited distro.


Bear Republic Brewing Company® Releases Apex™ IPA Seasonal

imageFrom Bear Republic:

Sonoma County, CA (June 30, 2016)—Now that summer has officially begun, sit back, relax, and enjoy Bear Republic’s summer seasonal offering, Apex. Over the last few years, this IPA (India Pale Ale) has become one of the most sought after beers, earning its place in the Bear Republic lineup.

Apex will make its annual return in 22oz. bottles and on draft at select retailers, bars, and restaurants where Bear Republic beer is sold, beginning in July. It will be available, locally, at the Healdsburg brewpub starting Friday, July 1.

RGN-headshot_2015“Apex is a beer that is always changing. What’s great about this beer is, every year the hop profile fluctuates a little, based on new hops & offerings available to us,” said Bear Republic Brewmaster/COO, Richard “Ricardo” Norgrove.

This year’s release highlights hop varieties, Ella and Azacca, giving it a very enjoyable floral, tropical, and citrusy aroma.

Norgrove continued, “Focusing on different hops each year is really what makes this beer so awesome to brew, and also to drink. It’s what makes it a Special IPA. I hope our fans enjoy this journey, along with me.”

About the Beer:

Notable Awards: Apex is a silver medal winner at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) in the American-Style India Pale Ale Category.

Beer Description: Apex: The highest point, the culmination or climax. In racing, the apex of the turn is approached differently as conditions dictate, but always with a forward looking mindset. We reserve the right to move forward, to advance the style to the next Apex.

Availability: Limited 22oz. bottles and draft

Hops: Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, El Dorado, Azacca, Ella

ABV: 8.25% –  IBUs: 100+ –  Color: Light Copper  –  American IPA


Tasting Notes:

Pairing Suggestions: Wings, Burgers, Spicy Dishes, Savory Dishes, Beef, Poultry, and Pork Dishes, Hard Cheeses, Aged Cheeses, and Sheep’s Milk

Overall: Aggressively hopped with varieties from the Pacific Northwest and Australia, this beer reflects what the brewers believe to be the Apex of IPA. The modifications to this year’s version include aroma hops Ella and Azacca. This beer is the culmination of years of brewing and drinking hop-forward IPAs.

To find out where you can buy bottles near you, visit

For more information about the beer, visit


The Bruery Wee Heavy Coconuts Release & Chronology:24, Frucht: Apricot and Mélange #14

imageFrom The Bruery:

We have a penchant for playing with nuts and bourbon barrel-aged beers around here. And today, wee have a new heavy one to hoist your way. Wee Heavy Coconuts is a special draft-only release featuring a rich, malt-forward wee heavy ale aged in bourbon barrels. After 12 months of barrel-aging, we added walnuts, cinnamon and a massive amount of coconut to it. (Perhaps too much coconut?) It’s quite the treat. In fact, if Scotland was a tropical island, it might just taste like this.

Come on in and have a glass. Half-growler fills are available for 2016 card-carrying Society members.

We’re not stopping at the firkin this Friday. We also have the public draft and bottle releases of three limited treats: Chronology:24, Frucht: Apricot and Mélange #14. Check it out:

Chronology:24 is the fourth and final installment in a two-year long, four-part experiment with barrels and time. We brewed a beer rich and malty with undertones of brown sugar, toffee and toasted French bread and set it to age in bourbon barrels. Every six months, we took a quarter of the barrels, blended them and bottled them. This fourth bottling represents the flavors imparted in the base beer after 24 months of barrel aging.

Frucht is our series of fruited Berliner Weisse-style beers. Known for a tart flavor profile and traditionally low ABV, our German-style wheat beer gains even more funky notes and natural earthy-woodiness from its fermentation in the large oak foeder vessel. Each installment in the series will feature a new fruit, or Frucht, if we’re Sprechen sie Deutsch. This installment has apricots added, which escalates the juicy, racy and palate-cleansing prowess of the base beer.

Last but not least is Mélange #14. Our Mélange series is a chance to roll out the barrels, roll up our sleeves and explore flavors that cannot be achieved outside of the art of the blend or by any one beer. French for "blend", this mélange fuses the mature character of some of our most vintage barrels of barleywine and old ale with the dark depth of our imperial stouts, including both Tuesday-themed releases and Share This. This mélange is one for all, with rich, complex notes and the signature kiss of oak.

Bottles will also be available on Mélange #14 will see limited distribution.


Big Boss Releasing Two Strange Cargo Series Beers

imageFrom Big Boss:

Raleigh, NC - Big Boss Brewing are proud to announce the next two releases in the strange cargo series of wood aged brews.


If you know our pub beer we call “Tavern Ale” then you know the original beer is a rich marriage of

classic English ingredients brewed for good American craft beer fans. The Maris Otter malts used in the

brew stand up and balance the six-month aging period in oak bourbon barrels. The final product

displays the beer, the oak and the sprits in one sip worthy experience. 7% abv.


Packing a huge punch of flavor this American sour ale was cellared in cabernet sauvignon barrels for an

added dimension of complexity. Tart and refreshing, Sunday Punch may be the perfect summer brew

for special occasions.


Our bourbon, wine, tequila and brandy barrel aged beers are worth the wait. Brews from the wall of oak

barrels and two Italian made foudres will be offered periodically and in limited allocations on draft and

in our signature 12-ounce single serve package.


Service Brewing SBC 2 Coming 7/23

From Service Brewing:

This Pale American-Belgo-Style Ale is a beer unlike any other. Cultured from honeycomb collected from our small brewery apiary, our house yeast brings forth Belgian-like characteristics of fruity eaters, spices and floral notes. Pair that with mango sweetness and citrus tang from hop additions and blood orange zest, and you have a juicy brew that is one to celebrate!

Join Service Brewing the evening of July 23rd, as they celebrate their Two Year Anniversary and the release of their Anniversary Brew, SBC2! A portion of the event proceeds will benefit their summer charity, Tiny House Project, Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless

The Anniversary festivities will kickoff at 7:00p.m. and run until 11:00p.m.

The Beer: SBC2 is a 9.5% ABV Pale American-Belgo-Style Ale, and is unlike any other. Cultured from honeycomb collected from the small brewery apiary, Service’s house yeast brings forth Belgian-like characteristics of fruity esters, spices and floral notes. Pair that with mango sweetness and citrus tang from Citra hop additions and blood orange zest, this juicy brew is one to celebrate.
The brewery stage will feature performances by rising Charleston, SC band Susto with a headline performance by Athens, GA legends The Whigs. The concert is curated by MusicFile Productions/Savannah Stopover.
Veteran-owned Big Bon Pizza will be lighting up their wood fired oven on wheels, providing handcrafted pizzas with locally sourced ingredients from our neighboring farmers and growers. AINT-BAD Magazine will be onsite with their famous photo booth and guided Tours of the brewery will be available throughout the night.
$45 Ticket includes:
Opening and Headline Performance: Susto and The Whigs
Big Bon Pizza
Aint-Bad photo booth
36oz of Beer
Souvenir 750ml bottle of SBC2
Limited Edition 2nd Anniversary Souvenir Glass
*Complimentary bike valet provided by Savannah Bicycle


Maui Brewing Adding Indiana & Ohio Distribution

imageFrom Maui & Cavalier:

Kihei, HI (June 30, 2016) – Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) has announced distribution plans, partnering with Cavalier Distributing as their distributor for Indiana and Ohio. Cavalier also distributes MBC in Florida.

Beginning the week of July 4, Cavalier will distribute draught and package versions of Maui’s flagship beers including Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Coconut Hiwa Porter, and Pineapple Mana Wheat, as well as seasonal and limited releases as they are available.

“Maui Brewing Co. is excited to be partnering with Cavalier Distributing & expand into Indiana and Ohio. We’ve received many requests from Midwest fans, and we are happy to be able to share our Hawaiian beer with them,” said Pete Scheider, MBC’s National Sales Manager.

Maui Brewing Co. recently expanded their new production facility which increases capacity to nearly 100,000 barrels, and is on pace to brew 45,000 barrels in 2016. The expansion will allow MBC to evolve into a craft beverage company with plans to distill spirits, as well as produce craft sodas, ciders, and meads. MBC is a fiercely local company and has remained steadfast regarding local production. The MBC team are stewards of their communities and the ‘aina, and curators of the craft beer way of life. Their beers have been recognized worldwide for quality and innovation.


Right Brain Brewery Debuts 2016 Cherry Pie Whole Beer 7/1

imageFrom Right Brain:

Traverse City, MI, June 30, 2016 – Just in time for Traverse City’s world famous National Cherry Festival, Right Brain Brewery will debut their 2016 Cherry Pie Whole beer. Cherry Pie Whole is a medium bodied amber ale brewed using whole cherry pies (crust and filling) from Grand Traverse Pie Company, and Balaton cherry concentrate from Northern Natural Cider House and Winery. The flavor of Cherry Pie Whole is described by its name. The aroma brings to mind a graham cracker crust pie straight out of the oven, followed by a balance of caramel from the amber ale and tart sweetness imparted by the cherry pie filling, which is used during fermentation.

The beer is part of a larger series Right Brain brews called the Pie Whole Series, which includes Blueberry Pie Whole, Pecan Pie Whole, and Apple Pie Whole. The idea for this series stemmed from a speech Right Brain owner, Russ Springsteen, gave at the University of Michigan where he discussed the creation of Right Brain’s Great American Beer Festival gold medalist, Mangalitsa Pig Porter. The owner of Grand Traverse Pie Company was in attendance, and asked Springsteen, “If you can brew a beer with pig heads and bones, why can’t you brew a beer with whole pies?” “So, the rest of the story is a new partnership was formed,” says Mike Busley, co-founder of Grand Traverse Pie Company. “Our partnerships with other Michigan companies like Right Brain are a great way to support entrepreneurial opportunities within the agricultural and food businesses of our state. Our initiatives with Right Brain support these values while promoting Pure Michigan’s cherry and micro beer industry, so cheers to the 2016 Cherry Pie Whole beer!”

Cherry Pie Whole will debut at Right Brain Brewery’s Traverse City tap room on Friday, July 1st, and will be available on draft, with to-go growler fills offered as well.


Stolen SweetWater Beer Found And Destroyed

imageGood/Bad SweetWater news coming from AJC:

The good news: Most of the 78,528 bottles of beer stolen from SweetWater Brewing Co. has been recovered, the brewery said Wednesday.

But the bad news: Every single bottle will have to be destroyed because SweetWater can’t guarantee what happened to the cases of beer once it left the Atlanta dock.

Of the 40 pallets stolen, 10 were recovered the same day of the theft, according to Tucker Berta, SweetWater spokeswoman. The remaining 30 pallets, minus a few cases, were found Wednesday by the GBI and Southeastern Transportation Security Council, Berta said.


Elysian Dayglow IPA - 12oz Bottles

Here’s the latest packaging coming from Elysian Brewing

for their Dayglow IPA.  This beer will now be packaged in 12oz bottles and look for Dayglow to remain at 7.4%-AbV.  Elysian has also dropped the “Manic IPA Series” from the label so I suspect we’ll be seeing more of this beer but stay tuned on that one.


Notch Brewing - Brewery Update 6/30

imageFrom Notch:

This is it, the last update until we open. That’s means 1) we are close, and 2) we are in the crunch time of opening a production brewery and tap room. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will still be fed with updates as they happen. This will also be the end of this website format, as we retire it for something new and more appropriate. It’s served us well for six years, but we still have bottles in the left margin. New brewery = new web page.

Tank day number two happened last week, bringing in the fermentation and lagering tanks. So the cellar equipment install is almost complete, as we’ll test the glycol chiller this week. The tanks will be cleaned and passivated and ready for wort by next week.

Speaking of wort, we fired up the boiler yesterday and tested all steam piping (and received necessary approvals). It seems like a beast of a boiler for such a small brewery (over 1 million BTUs), but we have a mash mixer and mash kettle for decoction and that requires something a little larger for small lagers. The brewhouse is starting to go through some light testing of motors, pumps and plumbing, and we’ll do water brews next week to test the entire system. Our first brew day could be as early as July 11, but that will be subject to our occupancy approval. Any guesses on the first beer?

The Tap Room and Biergarten are in the home stretch. Our furniture will be complete by Friday (all of it built with 100 year old lumber reclaimed from our old ceiling), beer tap installation by the weekend, and then miscellaneous odd and ends (there a million odds and ends, they never end). The Biergarten final touches are also underway – fencing, furniture, lighting, and final gravel top coat.

So, “WHEN WILL YOU OPEN!?” is all anyone really cares about. That is something we don’t control, as we need final city approvals (final inspections for plumbing, electrical, health, building dept and fire dept) and then our approval to pour direct to the consumer from the ABCC. It should be soon, but we do not want to set a date and then need to push it out. I have said from day one, we have no specific opening date, as so much is out of our control. And the things that are in your control? I’ve had one MO in this project – be proud of the decisions we make, and not proud of some quick timeline to open. Speed requires compromise, great things require patience.

See you on the new website, and when you do, we’ll be open! Thanks for coming along for the ride.


Ommegang Game Of Thrones - Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale Returns


Here’s the latest packaging for Ommegang Game of Thrones Valar Morghulis.  This Dubbel Ale remains in 750ml bottles and the beer will hit 8%-AbV.  Originally release on Oct 1st 2014, this dubbel ale will return in updated packaging.image


Ballast Point Long Beach Opens Today

imageFrom Ballast Point:

We love the Fourth of, cocktails, grilling, and all other other things that make America so great...and this year we are even more excited because we can finally celebrate right on the water at our newest spot in Long Beach. Located right in Alamitos Bay (110 Marina Dr, Long Beach, CA 90803), we are opening the doors of our new tasting room, kitchen, and brewery today. Our staff has been working day and night to get this place open, and we are ready for you to celebrate your 4th of July weekend with us. 

We also have you covered in San Diego and Temecula too. All of our locations will be open normal hours this weekend and on the 4th with growlers, crowlers, and 6-packs stocked and ready. Plus our kitchens at Temecula, Miramar and Little Italy will be serving up tasty grub, and we will have a food truck in the back of Home Brew Mart. If you want to bring your furry friend - Scripps Ranch is your spot with our dog friendly patio! 

Now the question is...what to drink? This weekend may also be a great excuse to try out our newest release
Orange Vanilla Fathom. The piney and citrus hop aromas of our Fathom IPL combines with sweet orange and creamy vanilla – while staying true to classic lagering techniques. Brewed with a touch of nostalgia, it may remind you of a childhood treat, but this one is just for adults. It is available now in our tasting rooms in 22oz bottles, and will be hitting store shelves over the next few weeks. Perfect for warm weather it's creamsicle in a glass.


Wicked Weed - La Bonte & Amorous

Today we have some packaging updates for Wicked Weed La Bonte & Amorous.  La Bonte is a tart farmhouse ale fermented with figs (6.5%-AbV) and Amorous is a massively dry-hopped American sour ale (7%-AbV).  Both beers will remain in 500ml bottles.


Odd Side Brewing - Mango IPA

From Odd Side:

Here’s another new brew coming from Odd Side Brewing.  This is Mango IPA and you’re looking at the 12oz bottle.  This beer will hit 6.5%-AbV.


Mother Earth Brew Co - Sweet Spot IPA 12oz Cans

Today we get our first look at a new can coming from Mother Earth Brew Co in Vista, CA and Nampa, ID.  This is Sweet Spot and it is an IPA that uses Magnum, Galaxy and Cascade hops.  You’re looking at the 12oz can and the beer swings in at 7.2%-AbV.


Allagash - Papier Dore

This is Allagash Papier Dore and it is an ale aged in oak barrels.  You;re looking at the keg label and the beer will hit 7.1%-AbV.


Monday Night Brewing Releasing Garage Series “Flake America Great Again” IPA

imageFrom Monday Night Brewing:

A little hazy and slightly orange in hue, this beer is ready to flavor-bomb your tastebuds. Introducing Flake America Great Again, the newest in our Garage Series. So good we're going to build a wall around it. And make SweetWater pay for it.

Flaked oat IPA, tasting room only!


Boulevard Brewing - Start Here, Go Anywhere (Video)

New Look Same Great Beer…


Sierra Nevada - Urban Trail Hoppy Pale

This is Urban Trail Hoppy Pale from Sierra Nevada.  This pale ale will hit 5%-AbV and you;re looking at the keg label.


Boston Beer Files Trademark For “BREXIT” Hard Cider

Boston Beer has filed a trademark application for “BREXIT”.  The trademark lists Brexit as a hard cider so stay tuned for more info on what their actual use will be.


Blind Bat Brewery - Seeing Double IPA (aka Double IPA)

This is Seeing Double IPA from Blind Bat Brewery in Centerport, Long Island, NY.  This American IPA is hopped with Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe hops and the beer hits 7.6%-AbV.  You’re looking at the 750ml bottle.

This update from Blind Bat:

Coming later this Summer (although I might alter the label colors a bit)...

Name change coming soon! I did not do my homework,
@FoothillsBeer already has this name for a beer! My error!
Here’s what appears to be the updated label/name


Grimm Artisanal - Sumi Ink Imperial Stout

Today we get a look at Grimm Artisanal Sumi Ink.  This beer is an imperial stout aged in Bourbon barrels and it will be packaged in 22oz bottles at Beltway brewing in Sterling, VA.  Look for Sumi Ink to hit 11%-AbV.


Triple C Brewing - Kind Of a Wild Deal

This is Kind Of a Wild Deal from Triple C Brewing in Charlotte, NC.  This beer is an imperial honey wheat ale aged in Bourbon Barrels with blueberries and brettanomyces.  You’re looking at the 22oz bottle and the beer hits 9.2%-AbV and 25 IBU.


Peticolas Brewing - Too Soon IPA Coming 7/1

29 June 2016

From Peticolas:

Be one of the first to try Peticolas Brewing Company's newest brew, Too Soon, a 7.5% IPA brewed with Centennial, Cascade, and Amarillo hops.
Also on tap: Sit Down, Velvet Hammer, Golden Opportunity, Operation Collaboration, Great Scot, and Thrilla in Brazilla.


Krebs Brewing Acquires Prairie Artisan Ales

imageFrom Prairie:

I had been waiting on Prairie for years.  My family’s brewing heritage spans four generations and runs almost as long as Oklahoma has been a state.  It is a proud, well known and enduring tradition. Even with all that by 2012 it seemed like our path had went askew.  Something was missing.

One summer morning Michael Lalli, our longtime brewmaster, and I began a conversation that is still unfolding. He told me Chase Healey had approached him at the Wild Brew Festival discussing the idea of contract brewing.  Knowing the work Chase had done launching other Oklahoma breweries I was very interested.  Chase and I quickly agreed to meet for breakfast at Classen Grill in Oklahoma City.

At that breakfast I was introduced to Prairie.  I had anticipated the conversation would center on Chase’s current beers.  It soon became apparent he was planning something different.  He outlined the beers, the packaging, and the distribution.  The concept was innovative, authentic, and exciting.  I loved what I was hearing.  After years in the industry though, I was skeptical.  I thought we might be able to sell a few batches per month at most. Nevertheless, I agreed to the deal.  A few weeks later the first batch was in the tank.

I remember realizing early on Prairie was special.  I remember bottling the first batch of Prairie Ale when Chase came to visit.  I remember Chase doing a Tiger Woods style fist pump after tasting the beer.  I remember those first orders we shipped to the Shelton Brothers.  I remember the rapid succession of ideas.  I remember the long hours that BJ and Micah put in.  I remember opening my email in awe to find new labels from Colin.  I remember the 24 hour brewday Michael endured for Okie.  I remember my parents helping cork and cage bottles.  I remember meeting Wes Morrison at Iron Star. I remember Chase and Colin’s mom wax dipping the first batch of Bomb!  I remember loving these beers from the very beginning.

Building upon the early success we continued to innovate. We expanded the number of barrel aged beers, experimented with fruit aging and wood fermentation, grew Bomb! into a nationally recognized brand, expanded the Krebs brewery, brought new people onto the team, watched Chase open a facility in west Tulsa, shared beer on every continent expect Africa (let us know if you are an African beer distributor), opened a location in the Brady Arts District, and more than anything continued to make some of the best beer in the world day after day.  I could have hardly been more satisfied.

It is obvious that Prairie was the culmination of years of work and ideas and planning for Chase.  It is equally obvious that these beers could not have existed without the generations of work in Krebs.  It is something very special.  We all take great pride in Prairie.

Early on I had been interested in actually owning a part of Prairie.  Since I already felt like the beers were a partnership it only made sense.  Last year that opportunity presented itself.  Chase agreed to allow Krebs Brewing Company to acquire the Prairie brands.  It is a humbling move that shows Chase continues to trust us to innovate, make great beer, and share Prairie across the globe.  I do not take that trust lightly.

Moving forward our focus remains the same.  We will continue sharing our vision for beer while having a great time.  We do not plan to slow down though. Something that has always defined Prairie has been a willingness to push the limits by embracing change.  That will not change.  The next months and years will be filled with new beers, new locations, and other things we have not even considered yet.  It is hard to say exactly where we will end up, but I know for sure that it will be a great ride.

Zach Prichard


Lagunitas Announces New Partnerships, Taprooms & Community Rooms

imageFrom Lagunitas:

The Lagunitas Brewing Company of Petaluma CA is excited to announce that we are expanding the way we participate in some of the great communities that have helped us learn and grow as brewers. We believe that beer is the original social media and we know that the best way to connect with beer lovers is face to face, over a beer.

Today we are announcing a set of intense local alliances with very special local brewers whose work we admire and are proud to partner with. They are four completely different partnering situations and in concert we will learn from one another and help build our breweries together culturally and geographically.

We don’t live in a world of either/or, our world is both/and. Drawing from the best of the best to find new possibilities is the most thrilling way forward.

The why and how differs from one cultural region to another but the intention remains the same: Connect with, learn from and support our communities. “We expect to be surprised by the things that we encounter as we grow these relationships. This will be a big learning experience for us” says Tony Magee; Founder of Lagunitas.

Here are the four distinct initiatives that we’re proud to be fostering:

A Non-Profit Fund Raising Community Room #1 (NE Portland, OR)
On August 1st, Lagunitas will open the doors to our first Community Room, dedicated 100% to supporting non-profits with their fundraising efforts. The beer and the space will be completely donated to any bona fide Non-Profit organization so that they can focus on raising the funds they need to carry out their respective missions. A Lagunitas team and live music will be on-hand to ensure turnkey execution of the event and most importantly that all of their guests have a great time!

A 2nd Non-Profit Fund Raising Community Room (San Diego, CA)
Our 2nd Community Room will open January 2017. This space will also be made available exclusively to Non-Profit groups for fund raising.

A Lagunitas Taproom & Beer Sanctuary (Historic District Charleston, SC)Lagunitas is under contract with the beautiful Southend Brewery and Smokehouse of Charleston, SC to convert the long time brewpub to a new Lagunitas Taproom and Beer Sanctuary in the heart of Old Charleston on famous East Bay Street. This turn-of-the-century landmark will be a cornerstone location for Lagunitas in the Southeast, offering small batch beers that are exclusive to the Charleston Taproom and brewed in the existing 10-barrel brewhouse. The Taproom also offers two different floors of event space which we will make available to local non-profits for their fundraising efforts.  A Grand Opening party and more information to come in the near future.

Moonlight Brewing Company (Santa Rosa, CA)
We’re thrilled to be entering into a joint venture with Moonlight Brewing Company. We will work alongside Brian and his people to expand the reach of a genuine national treasure. Moonlight opened in 1992, (the year before Lagunitas) at a time when the term “craft” didn’t even exist. Over the years, we’ve long enjoyed a great friendship with brewer/owner Brian Hunt and have huge respect for is people, the beers he brews and the reputation he has created. We’re looking forward to learning together and having a blast doing it.

Independence Brewing Company (Austin, TX)
Lagunitas will combine resources with the great Independence Brewing of Austin TX to help them grow their brewing capacity and do more of what it is that they already do so well. Independence Brewing founders Amy and Rob Cartwright, along with their great people, will continue to lead their company and will help us deepen our own connection to Austin and the Lone Star State. We’re looking forward to learning from each other and sharing our local connections.

This new thing for us represents our way forward into the brave new world of the brave new world of beer’s brave new world. I say brave thrice because it is exactly that; We don’t know exactly how this will unfold over time or what unforeseen paths forward it will reveal.

These new relationships will be learning experiences for all four of us. We all know that we love beer, we all know that we love brewing and the community that gathers around its fire. We all know that we all want to grow and make new connections. We know we all want to be productive and learn. We know we all want to earn a living and make a home for our employees who’ve put their chips down on the table alongside our own.

As we all learn and begin to grow together in this new paradigm I believe that we will find more partners in other parts of the country that we can also share with and cultivate regional relationships through. If we can get this first step right then it is just the beginning for all of us.

Lagunitas is the lead in the relationship because we gained adequate scale to be able to borrow the money it will take to be the lead and to help, but scale is not insight and money is not creativity. Insight and creativity are everything. They are the cornerstones of small brewing. That is the space where our four teams of brewers and marketers and managers are all standing eye to eye, playing together to try to make magic happen, and I for one am very sure it will. What form it will take will be ours to find out.

One thing is for certain, the future will not be like the past!  Furthur….

Cheers all….!!


Over the last 23 years of running-off the mash and filling the kettle we have come to understand that the new world of small brewing is less a ‘thing’ than it is a ‘journey’. A point on a curve. Jack Joyce, founder of Rogue Brewing in Newport, once said that we’re not in the beer business, we are in the ‘change business’. Ask any brewer older than 5 years and they will tell you that in 2010 small brewing was a whole other place. Ask one older than that and they will tell you the same about 2005, and 2000, and especially 1995. And so it is that 2020 will be unrecognizable to the brewers of 2016.

One thing that hasn’t changed though is the personal connection that beer lovers want with the people that make the beer they take into their bodies in the hope it will thrill their tastebuds as it enters their blood enroute to their brains to make it do tricks. This is pretty personal stuff and as brewers our job is to make that connection.

Last September we announced our own way of relating to the world outside of the United States through a joint venture with the last of the largest family-controlled (meet Charlene De Carvalho-Heineken..!) brewer in the world. Most U.S. beer lovers don’t know too much about the family and I really didn’t either until I began to meet them and understand them and their company and grew to love them as people and a company.

There is an old expression friends sometimes use when the go to lunch, ‘Let’s go Dutch’, meaning let’s split the bill. That expression, I’ve learned, comes from a place and a people. You haft’a wonder how it is that a small, mostly flooded, lowland country ever became a global colonial superpower? Most know that New York was once called New Amsterdam but most also don’t know that Brooklyn and Bronx and other local names are actually Dutch names too. The answer to the question is pretty straightforward: The went Dutch. The cooperated, collaborated, shared risk, partnered, co-invested and joint ventured. This is what we built with Heineken, we are pulling on the rope together.

I have seen that one way they achieved their own goals of growing Heineken was and is now to co-invest in local brewers around the globe, not to ‘consolidate’ or dominate or reduce competition, but to expand and nurture the opportunities to the benefit of themselves AND their partners. They do this with big brewers and with brewers far smaller than ourselves in all 24 time zones.

If one were to take a line drawing of a map of the borders of the 50 United States and lay that line drawing over the continent of, say, Europe, it would look a lot like, well, Europe. There’d be spaces the size of France and the UK inside of Nevada and Illinois and there’d be a Rhode Island like there is a Monaco and so on. In Europe nationalism matters and each country has historically meaningful brewers that are important to those individual countries. All over the world, beer is local. It’s gradually becoming more so here too. But Americans still like to think of us all as Americans and we have liked having 50-state nationally distributed brewers.

In the past, before and just after prohibition this wasn’t really so, but it became that way over time. Now it is going back the other way. Small brewing has played a role in re-igniting regional pride the way music and locally-sourced food is doing the same.

Having said all that, it’s no secret that the U.S. is a whole lot of places stitched together by a constitution, right? I mean, good people from Florida are very different from good people from South Dakota and Oregonians would never mistake themselves for Texans. Even Wisconsinites sometimes call Illinoisans ‘Flatlanders’ while some Minnesotans still think that grave-robbing is called date-night in North Dakota (it’s an old Johnny Carson joke….all apologies to North Dakota). There will always be nationally distributed brands and I sincerely hope that Lagunitas can continue to find a place in peoples hearts irrespective of geography by working to be something close to the bone, rooted to a fundamental human experience that actually does cross borders fluidly. But local matters, and will matter even more in the future.

This is very cool actually, because it means that if we can be genuinely local we can be part of the future. When we became genuinely local in Chicago we found lots and lots of new friends that we might not have by just shipping it in from the Left Coast. We’re already feeling the same vibe in Southern California even as we construct our new brewery there. It’s a great thing to be able to do. However we can’t do that everywhere. But….we can go Dutch everywhere, and that’s exactly what we are doing right here right now.

Above is the text of a press release we sent out today announcing something that we and our new partners are all very proud to be building together… please, dear reader, read on…


Foothills Dead and Berried Bourbon Barrel-Aged Blackberry Imperial Stout Coming Late Summer

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OK, so here we are, summer’s just under way, and we’ve already had our Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate release for the year. Which means, for the uninitiated, there’s a gaping hole in our beer drinking schedule where Chocolate release traditionally lives (end of August/start of September).

Fear not my thirsty friends – there is another barrel-aged wonder in your future for that time slot.

Frequent readers of this blog (thank you btw) are familiar withwhy we moved Barrel Aged Sexual Chocolate’s release up this year – it’s all about the barrels.

At the end of last summer, we had the very good fortune to purchase almost 300 bourbon barrels from Buffalo Trace, the world’s most award-winning distillery and makers of some of the finest bourbons in the world.

After that special batch of Chocolate went into the barrels, along with a batch of our Barrel Aged Porter, we still had a bunch left over. Since bourbon barrels are best when used fresh out of the distillery, our Brewmaster went into full-bore evil scientist mode, creating a brand new beer to occupy those barrels.

The result? Dead and Berried – a bourbon barrel aged blackberry Imperial Stout, to be released sometime between mid-August and mid-September.

“I’ve always been a fan of fruit in darker beers,” says TL, our aforementioned Brewmaster. “The tartness of blackberries, mixed w/bourbon & wood, the deep rich coffee notes of an imperial stout . . . it just seemed like good flavor combination.”

Um, yeah.

As for the name? Well, TL has been to over two dozen Grateful Dead shows. Draw your own conclusions.

barrelageDead and Berried (American Imperial Stout) is a completely different recipe from Sexual Chocolate (Russian Imperial Stout). It was brewed last fall, then spent a couple of weeks with 420 pounds of blackberry puree from Oregon swimming around in it. After that it went into our bourbony boozy barrels, where it’s been quietly getting delicious for five months now.

As with all rare beers, this one comes with some caveats. We won’t be bottling it, and unless you plan on attending the Denver Rare Beer Festival in October, it will only be available to you in our pub and tasting room.

Hey look on the bright side – it’s just one more reason to come visit us. And we love it when you come visit us. 

In fact we can barrel-y wait.


Coronado Brewing Company Says Cheers to 20-Years

imageFrom Coronado:

San Diego, CA - June 29, 2016 - Coronado Brewing Company is celebrating 20 years of defining the West Coast craft beer movement. What began as a dream to open a brewpub on the idyllic island of Coronado, grew into something so much bigger than either of the Chapman brothers ever could have dreamed. "When we opened our doors in 1996, San Diego wasn't yet known for craft beer: We wanted to create a family business where friends could enjoy quality beer & food in a laid back, beachy atmosphere," said Rick Chapman, President and Cofounder of Coronado Brewing Co. "The company's growth has far exceeded our expectations, and 20-years in, we're just getting started."

To celebrate the milestone occasion, Coronado Brewing Co. is releasing a limited-edition 20th Anniversary Imperial IPA. "Each year we brew a huge, hopped-up Imperial IPA for our Anniversary," said Ryan Brooks, Brewmaster. "This year's version is bursting with tropical notes from a blend of Citra, Mosaic and Hallertau Blanc hops." The beer will be available beginning July 1 in 18 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, PA, Virginia, Wisconsin, Rhode Island, and Florida.

In addition to the commemorative beer, Coronado Brewing Co. is hosting an Anniversary bash at the main

brewery and tasting room in San Diego. The party takes place on Saturday, July 30th from 4pm-9pm. $15 tickets include admission into the event, a keepsake glass, beer ticket, and entry into the raffle for Coronado gear. The event will feature 20 beers for 20 years, local music by CHUGBOAT, and several gourmet food trucks, including Seoul Man and BFD Sandwiches. Tickets and more information available
here. Stay Coastal. Cheers. 

20th Anniversary Imperial IPA specs:

Style:              Imperial IPA

ABV:               10.0%

Bitterness:      TBD IBU

Package:        12-ounce bottle in 4-packs, 22-ounce bottle, and draft

Release:         July, while supplies last

Availability:     Beer Finder

20th Anniversary Celebration details:

Date:               Saturday, July 30, 2016

Time:               4-pm

Location:         Coronado Brewing Co., Tasting Room, 1205 Knoxville Street, San Diego, 92110

Tickets:            $15 includes admission, first beer, commemorative glassware



Karl Strauss Gets Rewarded for Quality With Impressive Medal Run in June

imageFrom Karl Strauss:

SAN DIEGO, CA June 29, 2016  Karl’s impressive medal run continued in June with the brewery picking up medals in regional and international beer competitions.

Red Trolley, one of the most decorated craft beers of all time, earned two more medals during the month. The first came from China as the iconic beer won gold at the Shanghai International Beer Festival. Red Trolley went on to win silver in the California Commercial Craft Beer Competition. These two medals take Red Trolley to 22 medals won since the brewery started entering competitions in 2009.

The brewery also won gold for their Bavarian Hefeweizen, Windansea Wheat, in the California Commercial Craft Beer Competition. Windansea also placed third overall in the competition for the "best of show" beer.

"We are honored to get recognized by our peers in the industry. CA is a great state for craft beer, & to continue winning medals here and abroad is a testament to the talent of our brewing and production team." -Matt Johnson, Karl Strauss Brewmaster.

Karl Strauss has now racked up 95 (brewing) medal wins in major beer competitions in just the last six years.

Beyond these wins in noteworthy beer competitions, Karl Strauss recently won another Gold Medallion award for "best microbrewery" as voted by peers in the San Diego chapter of the California Restaurant Association. This marks the sixth time in the last eight years that Karl Strauss has been honored as "best microbrewery".

To learn more about Karl Strauss Brewing Company's award-winning prowess visit


Prairie Artisan - 4th Anniversary, #rocktheBOK & Prairie Weiss

imageToday you get your first look at some new bottles and a packaging update from Prairie Artisan Ales.  4th Anniversary will be brewed to celebrate 4 years and it is an ale fermented with wild yeast and blueberries.  This beer hits 7.5%-AbV and it will carry a label completely different most other Prairie Artisan packaging.  #rocktheBOK appears to be named for the BOK Center (Bank of Oklahoma) in Tulsa, OK.  This beer is a farmhouse ale that hits 4%-AbV.  We also have the latest packaging for Prairie Weiss sour wheat ale (4.2%-AbV).  This beer seems to be a slightly lower AbV (down from 4.5%) and the packaging is now a 12oz bottle.  The other beers above are 16.9oz bottles and stay tuned for release details.


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