Anchor Announces New Blackberry Daze IPA

28 February 2017

imageWe brought you a peek at this beer back in Nov 2016, and now the details from Anchor Brewing:

Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of Blackberry Daze IPA™, a synergistic union of blackberries and hops.

Because the blackberry was once wildly rampant in California, it is our ideal choice for this singular Anchor brew. Blackberry Daze IPA (6.5% ABV) gets its hop bitterness and some hop aroma in the brewhouse, but most of the action happens in the cellar when the fruit is added during secondary fermentation. A special blend of loamy, herbaceous hops for dry-hopping complements the brightness and deep complexity of the blackberries. The result is a funky synthesis of rich earth and ripe fruit, hop bitterness and blackberry tartness, with alluring color and aromas up front, sublimely intense flavors, and a refreshingly dry finish.

“Blackberry Daze IPA is a natural continuum to our growing list of beers made with fruit,” said Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “When using fruit in an IPA, we want something that stands up to & also pairs nicely with the hops. Blackberries uniquely compliment the hops, rather than contrast with them. We add some fruit to the brewkettle towards the end of the boil, giving the beer a nice berry jam aroma. Then we add fresh berries in the cellar, imparting a sharp tartness that compliments the beer’s hoppy flavors. The result is an IPA with upfront bitterness that’s countered by tartness and slight sweetness from the berries, creating a play between tart, sweet, and bitter.”

The appearance of Blackberry Daze IPA is unique and unexpected as it features a ruby, blush pink color not found in your typical IPA. The packaging artwork displays a psychedelic label design that visually reiterates the beer’s alluring combination of hops and blackberries.

Blackberry Daze IPA is available starting in February 2017 in 6-pack bottles and on draught at select bars, restaurants, and stores as well as at the Anchor Brewing Taproom in San Francisco.


Central Waters Adding Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter & Rye Barrel Stout Bottles

From Central Waters:

These two beauties came through the packaging line today! Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter will hit distribution in the next week or two. The newest beer out of our barrel aging program is Rye Barrel Stout - an American Stout aged three years in rye bourbon barrels. We do not have enough of the Rye Barrel Stout for distribution - so it will only be available at the brewery starting this Friday at 3pm. Pricing on the Rye Barrel Chocolate Porter will remain $9/bottle while the Rye Barrel Stout will be sold at $10/bottle. There is a limit of 6 bottles per person on both bombers. These are not available in crowler/growler form.


Boulevard Brewing Releasing Show Me Sour

imageWe brought you a peek in Sept, and now this from Boulevard:

Show Me Sour, the first offering in a series of tart yet incredibly sessionable beers created by our brewing team, debuts on draft and in six-packs of 12 ounce bottles in the Greater Kansas City Area this week. Regions that have previously seen Boulevard beers like Early Riser Coffee Porter, Hibiscus Gose, and Snow & Tell Oak-Aged Scotch Ale should expect to see Show Me Sour in the coming weeks.

Originally brewed as a collaboration between Boulevard’s Brewmaster Steven Pauwels and Side Project’s Cory King for Boulevardia 2015, Show Me Sour was inspired by their mutual admiration for low ABV, Belgian table beers.

Composed of a malt bill featuring our two-row pale malt, Maris Otter, Amber 50, malted wheat and Midnight Wheat, Show Me Sour was acidified using a process known as brewhouse souring. (link to previous blog for the words brewhouse souring) Brewhouse souring allows us to have precise control over the level of acidity in the wort, resulting in a final beer that’s exactly as sour as intended. Following primary fermentation, Show Me Sour was transferred to second use whiskey barrels for a minimum of two months, enough time to extract char, vanilla and oak characteristics with just a touch of spirit character.

After aging, Show Me Sour was pulled from the whiskey barrels and blended back with fresh beer to achieve balance in a unique offering that’s our play on a whiskey sour.

At 4.3% ABV and 12 IBUs, Show Me Sour is pleasantly puckering and an excellent choice alongside burnt ends, rum cake, salads with acidic dressings and soft cheeses.

– Jeremy Danner, Ambassador Brewer


The Bruery Announces First Ever Public Release of Chocolate Rain (3/24)

imageFrom The Bruery:

(ORANGE COUNTY, CA) - Chocolate Rain began as a single cask of beer at the first Black Tuesday release event at The Bruery in 2009. For nearly two years, the legend and pent up demand for this revered imperial stout, aged in bourbon barrels with cacao nibs and vanilla beans, continued to grow. In 2011, that enthusiasm was bottled up, wax-dipped and released exclusively to members of The Bruery Reserve Society.

The Bruery has since drizzled Chocolate Rain to members of its beer Societies over the years. In 2017, there’s not only a chance of rain in select circles. In fact, this March, it’s going to pour for all. Today, The Bruery is releasing details on the first ever public release of Chocolate Rain, taking place on Friday, March 24, 2017.

About the Beer

Chocolate Rain is a decadent bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout, featuring cacao nibs from TCHO and fresh vanilla beans. Rich in chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon, it truly puts the "imperial" in imperial stout. The 2017 edition is 19.6% ABV. An ideal beer to share, it pairs rather well with cacao nib gelato, Sartori Peppermint BellaVitano cheese, roasted pecans, cocoa chili-rubbed tenderloin and a memorable song. Over a year in the making, each 750-ml. bottle is wax-dipped and retails for $39.99.

Public Sale Details

The public sale will take place on Friday, March 24 at or around 10:00 a.m. PT on and at our Tasting Rooms (The Bruery Tasting Room and Bruery Terreux Tasting Room) upon opening at noon. Special, limited edition merchandise will also be available. There is a three bottle limit per person. All sales are first-come, first-served.

Members of the company’s Reserve Society and Hoarders Society will enjoy early, guaranteed access - and the highest number of bottles available to them for purchase, at their Society discount - during an allocations period that begins on Monday, March 6. Members of the Preservation Society will enjoy guaranteed access to three bottles of Chocolate Rain (2017) starting on Tuesday, March 14. Space is currently available to join the Preservation Society if you don’t want to leave your acquisition of this limited release to chance on the day of the public sale.

Three Options for Getting Bottles in-Hand

1. Ship Within California

Any beer purchased by the general public on, including bottles of Chocolate Rain on March 24, must be shipped. Shipping is available (for an additional fee), only in California, through Golden State Overnight. An adult, 21 years of age or older, must be present to receive and sign for the delivery. The first 500 shipments from The Bruery will include a specially-selected chocolate from TCHO to pair with the beer.

2. Purchase Directly at our Tasting Rooms

Bottles will be available to purchase first-come, first-served at both The Bruery Tasting Room and Bruery Terreux Tasting Room upon opening at noon on Friday, March 24. Chocolate Rain (and other treats) will also be available on tap for in-house consumption.

3. Pickup for Society Members

Society members enjoy the perk of climate-controlled storage and pickup of online purchases from our Society Fulfillment Center. Reserve and Hoarders Society members have until February 28, 2018 to pickup purchases from the 2017 calendar year. Preservation Society members have until June 30, 2017 to pickup any purchases made during the first quarter of 2017, including Chocolate Rain (2017) purchased this March. 

Consider joining the Preservation Society to enjoy these pickup perks and more. Membership includes a number of other benefits, including the First Quarter Preservation Society package, which will feature:

  • Mocha Wednesday (2017) - our bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with coffee and cacao nibs.

  • A limited, experimental beer from The Bruery to be announced later this week (keep an eye on The Bruery Facebook page for the post.)

  • Beret with Peaches and Vanilla - an imperial sour witbier with spices aged in oak with raspberries, peaches and vanilla from Bruery Terreux.

Additional information about the Preservation Society is available here:

Details subject to change.----Check the blog post for additional details and updates as the public release of Chocolate Rain on March 24 draws nearer.


Seattle's Reuben's Brews Expands Distribution in The Pacific Northwest

imageFrom Reuben’s Brews:

SEATTLE, WA. (Feb. 28, 2017) Starting this summer, Beer lovers in Portland, Vancouver WA, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho will be in for a real treat as the award-winningest brewery in Washington state, Reuben’s Brews, expands distribution.

“For the last couple of years, people have been asking us when our beers will be available outside of Western Washington, particularly in Eastern Washington & Portland,” says Robbings. “We believe we have to earn the right to be called a Pacific Northwest brewery, and we hope that the quality of our beers - underlined by our beers’ recognition both nationally and internationally - will encourage beer lovers throughout the region to try and enjoy our brews.”

The brewery signed on with two new distributors: Maletis Beverage in Portland, Oregon will distribute Reuben’s Brews to the greater Portland area, including Vancouver, Washington; and Spokane-based Click Distributing East will cover Eastern Washington. Beers are expected to hit taps and store shelves in May and June with a detailed release schedule to follow.

Reuben’s Brews has garnered more than 100 medals in beer competitions since opening in 2012, including Gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup and has already added eight more medals for its beers since the start of the year. The brewery was second place overall at the Best of Craft Beer Awards after winning four medals, the brewery won three Best of the Northwest awards at the US Beer Tasting Championships, and Crikey IPA was named as a winner at the Good Food Awards.

In 2016, the brewery more than doubled its production, making expansion outside of its hometown of Seattle possible. The brewery recently signed a lease on another small warehouse in the brewery’s Ballard neighborhood. This one will have a very specific use – building on their award-winning sour program.

“We decided to wait until we had a separate facility before commencing barrel aged sours,” says Robbings. “We’re excited to build on our GABF Gold Medal winning Gose with new brett and barrel-aged sours in the coming months and years.”


Full Sail Session Lager Coming To 12oz Cans

imageFrom Full Sail:

Hood River, Oregon – February 28, 2017 – Full Sail Brewing Co. is excited to announce – for the first time – Session Lager in 12 oz. aluminum cans. Session is a classic, all-malt lager that’s crisp, smooth, and refreshing, and now your après-single track Session, après-surf Session, après-ski Session, après-jam Session, après-anything Session comes in 6-pack and 15-pack cans.

“It’s the same award-winning lager, but now in a can,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “It feels as good in the hand as the iconic stubby, and it will go places where the bottle couldn’t.”

imageSession is synonymous with the old-school stubby bottle. So distinctive. So beloved. We love the stubby too, that’s for sure. But sometimes we want to take our Session to places bottles just shouldn’t go. Places where dropping your beloved Session would cause instant loss and unspeakable grief. Places where bare feet are a way of life. For those occasions and locations where you’d love to have a Session, just not in a glass bottle, Full Sail is thrilled to provide the new Session can.

When Full Sail launched the Session brand 12 years ago, it quickly became the hottest new craft-beer brand on the market, which has since brought home 100 medals, including 40 golds. Session’s not a micro, a macro, or an import, but in a way it’s a little bit of each. You see, virtually everyone who likes beer likes Session. It’s a brand that’s accessible without being ordinary. Totally drinkable, but never at the expense of character. And now, that same award-winning Session Lager is available year-round in 12 oz., take-anywhere cans, in 6-packs for yourself and in handy 15-packs to share with friends. Yes we can! 5.1% ABV, 18 IBUs.


Redhook Releasing Big Ballard IIPA Bottles 3/11

imageWe brought you a peek at this beer back in Oct 2016, and now this from Redhook:

SEATTLE, WA . February 28, 2017 – Redhook Brewery is bringing back its fan-favorite Big Ballard Imperial IPA in 22-ounce bottles and six-packs, which will be available year round throughout Washington State. To celebrate the beer’s return, Redhook will host an open house launch party at fellow Washington original Filson’s Ballard location.

“Big Ballard is a fan favorite, so we’re thrilled to make it available in bottles for beer drinkers to enjoy at home,” says Redhook Innovation Brewer Nick Crandall. “Big Ballard has a legacy at Redhook. It’s an imperial version of Ballard Bitter that was first brewed in 1984. People love it; it’s been the # 1 selling beer in our Pub for years, so we are excited to get the beer into hands of more people.”

Like some of the early beers from Seattle’s original craft brewery, Redhook’s Big Ballard Imperial IPA was initially crafted as a take on the 1984 Redhook classic Ballard Bitter, an English-style Pale Ale with plenty of maltiness and upfront bitterness. In those early years, Ballard Bitter was branded with the catchphrase “Ya Sure Ya Betcha,” a nod to the area’s Scandinavian influence. Redhook first released Big Ballard Imperial IPA in 2010 as an ode to the bitter first-version, which was conceived at Redhook’s founding location, a converted transmission shop in the Ballard District of Seattle.

Now, years later, this version, brewed at Redhook’s Woodinville pub, makes its debut. This 2017 version of Big Ballard IIPA is a modern take on that original recipe, with a mix of classic, new and experimental hop varietals such as Mosaic, Cascade, Eureka and HBC-431.

Big Ballard Imperial IPA has a deep golden color and rich tropical fruit hop aromas that immediately hit the nose upon pouring. Hop-forward flavors nicely balance the complex and malty backbone of this beer. At 8.6 percent alcohol by volume the beer packs a punch. The subtle bitterness is artfully balanced at 66 IBUs.

Redhook will celebrate Big Ballard’s return on March 11, 2017 with Filson, another Seattle Original, at Filson’s Ballard Avenue location from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Event details

Redhook Big Ballard Launch at Filson in Ballard

When: March 11, 2017; 1 - 4pm

Where: Filson - 5101 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

What: Please join Redhook and Filson, two Seattle institutions, as they celebrate the return of Big Ballard, Imperial IPA. Redhook will be at Filson’s new Ballard store sampling Big Ballard for anyone 21+ visiting that day. Come check out the Filson’s Ballard store, and sample the newest offering from Redhook, Big Ballard Imperial IPA. Cheers to two Seattle originals!

For additional information on Redhook Brewery, visit and follow the brewery on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Or, to find Big Ballard Imperial IPA near you, visit Redhook’s beer finder:

Big Ballard IIPA

Big Ballard IIPA is a tribute to Redhook’s original stomping grounds, which is now the epicenter of Seattle’s burgeoning brewing scene. Big Ballard boasts a bold and aggressive hop profile that belies its deep, golden body. A citrus and a piney, grassy nose paves the way for a bitter and dry finish. Malty notes give the beer a nice balance, but the delicious, hop-forward character gives Big Ballard its sturdy backbone.

Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramel 40

Hops: Alchemy, Chinook, Cascade, HBC-431, Centennial, Mosaic, Eureka

ABV: 8.6%

IBU: 66


Night Shift Releasing Broken Clock Collaboration Cans & Rickey Weisse Bottles 3/5

imageFrom Night Shift:

We're keepin' it rolling with two brand new beers on Sunday! Head to the Taproom for double release day, where we'll be unleashing the latest entry in our Weisse series, alongside an awesome double IPA collaboration. Whether sours or hops are your game, we've got you covered with a fresh pour from the taps. Here's the rundown:

Broken Clock: double India Pale Ale brewed with Citra and Topaz, collaboration with
Breakside Brewery from Portland, Oregon; $16/4-pack, ~100 cases available, Taproom exclusive!

Rickey Weisse: mixed fermentation sour ale aged with raspberries and limes;
$12/bottle, going out to distribution week of 3/5


Bear Republic Releasing Tartare Bottles 3/10

imageFrom Bear Republic:

We are very excited to invite you as Bear Republic releases Tartare, a Berliner-style Weisse, in limited release bottles. Get your first taste at the Bear Republic stop with your Barrel Bus ticket on March 9. Purchase tickets here.

Bottles will be available to the public on March 10 at the Healdsburg brewpub only. Don't wait - get access to the brewery's classic sour beer! Only in bottles for a limited time.

Beer Stats:
ABV: 4.0%
IBUs: 8
Color: Straw
Description: Tartare is a dry and tart Berliner-style wheat beer spontaneously fermented and aged in a 2500 gallon oak foeder. One of the world's classic sour beer styles, Tartare is Bear Republic's interpretation of the beer style described as "The Champagne of the North."


Small Town Brewery Unveils Not Your Mom's® Flavored Brews: Apple Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb & Iced Tea

imageWe brought you an early peek at these alread (here, here and here) and now the release details from Small Town Brewery:

WAUCONDA, IL ., Feb. 28, 2017 -Beginning March 1st, the makers of top-selling, highly awarded Not Your Father's Root Beer will introduce a new collection of artisanal brews that put a fresh spin on three classic American flavors. The brand new lineup includes Not Your Mom's Apple Pie, Not Your Mom's Strawberry Rhubarb and Not Your Mom's Iced Tea.

The idea for Not Your Mom's was driven by consumer demand for fruit and tea flavors, which currently place within the top three most popular flavors across craft beer, cider and FMBs, two of which are crafted in an on-trend dessert style. Not Your Mom's Apple Pie boasts crisp apple and light cinnamon; Strawberry Rhubarb is the perfect balance of sweet and tart; and Not Your Mom's Iced Tea, made with real brewed tea, serves up the comfort of home with a delicious twist.

"As the category leader, we are always looking to innovate to meet our consumers' evolving needs," said Gleb Lifshits, CEO, Small Town Brewery. "With their immersive flavors & homemade appeal, Not Your Mom's fruit- and dessert-inspired brews represent the next generation in flavored craft," he added. "We look forward to consumer response on this unique brand extension; the pre-launch excitement on our social channels has been phenomenal."

Not Your Mom's Apple Pie (5.9% ABV), Strawberry Rhubarb (5.5% ABV) & Iced Tea (5.2% ABV) are perfect straight from the chilled bottle, or serve Not Your Mom's Apple Pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent twist on Apple Pie a la Mode. The possibilities are limited only by one's imagination.

Not Your Mom's will hit shelves at all major US retailers in six-packs of 12 oz. bottles as well as 24 oz. individual cans of Iced Tea for "grab n' go" convenience.  Not Your Mom's six-packs will carry a suggested retail price of $10.99 and individual 24 oz. cans of Not Your Mom's Iced Tea will retail for $2.49.


Rogue Taking Dead Guy Cans To The Streets In a Hearse

imageFrom Rogue:

Have a Dead Guy on us this Tuesday.

Come see us at one of these six locations around Portland Tuesday, Feb. 28, for a free can of Dead Guy Ale. Tag @RogueAles on Twitter & Instagram and use #freshdeadguyPDX to show us what you think of the new Dead Guy cans.

Hollywood Vintage
(11–11:30 am)

2757 NE Pacific St.
Bringing one Oregon classic to another: Dead Guy fits right in beneath the gargoyles.

Voodoo Doughnut Too
(noon-12:30 pm)

1501 NE Davis St.
The second outpost of legendary Voodoo Doughnut, responsible for the doughnut-inspired flavors in our
collision series.

Voodoo Doughnut One(12:45–1:15 pm)
22 SW Third Ave.
The original location of Voodoo Doughnut, responsible for the doughnut-inspired flavors in our
collision series.

Original home of Casa U-Betcha (1:45–2:15 pm)
Corner of NW 21st Ave. & Irving St.
The site of the now-shuttered Tex Mex restaurant
where the Dead Guy was born.

Cathedral Park (2:45–3:15 pm)
N. Willamette Blvd. under the St. Johns Bridge
The views of the Gothic arches of the St. Johns Bridge are perfect for a Dead Guy on a gray, drizzly Portland day.

Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery (4–4:30 p.m.)
928 S.E. Ninth Ave.

Pick up a free can and stay for a pint of Dead Guy Ale — or any other Rogue beer — on tap at
the newest Rogue Meeting Hall.

Please note: Beer will only be given to persons 21 and over who present valid ID. Only one beer per person. Beer cannot be consumed on-location. Rogue reserves the right to refuse to give beer for any reason.


Shock Top Brews Up First Major Brand Refresh

imageFrom Shock Top:

NEW YORK, NY (Feb 27, 2017) Shock Top is shaking things up this month as it rolls out its first major brand refresh in its history. The brand will introduce an entirely new look and feel that still embodies the carefree spirit that is authentic to Shock Top, but with a fresh, youthful optimism. The changes will be reflected in everything from its brand’s voice to product selection and most notably the creative, which will include a new logo, packaging, website and a new marketing campaign that will kick off this summer.


Shock Top is known for its laidback, carefree vibe, but this year, we’re growing up without letting go of being young. We’re turning up the volume with a vibrant, new energy & look that’s ready to shake things up,” said Jake Kirsch, Vice President of Shock Top. “Across every touchpoint with our brand, fans will experience a more upbeat Shock Top, coupled with some incredible new seasonal brews that embrace citrus in every sip like never before.”


Introducing a Vibrant New Look

As part of the refresh, Shock Top will get a full makeover, and the changes will be reflected across all brand assets and activations. Moving away from its irreverent roots, the brand will take on a more inspiring, uplifting approach. Its packaging will feature a dynamic look sporting a fresh new logo, hand-drawn graphics and a reinvigorated Wedgehead. Shock Top’s artistic new designs will be carried through all consumer-facing activations including advertising, in-store, on-premise and online.

imageBrews Take Citrus to a “Holy” New Level

Shock Top will continue to offer its signature Belgian-style wheat ale, Belgian White, along with its popular Lemon Shandy, coupled with an exciting new lineup of invigorating new seasonals packed with tons of citrus. Launching in stores late February, Shock Top’s first new seasonal release will be its Citrus Variety Pack featuring Belgian White and Lemon Shandy, alongside two entirely new flavors - Holy Citrus and Ruby Fresh.

These new flavors are perfect examples of how Shock Top is infusing unique ingredients into its brews, giving fans a whole new experience. Holy Citrus is brewed with Buddha’s Hand, one of the oldest citrus fruits often described as “lemon with fingers” and is treasured for its sweet floral fragrance and mild zest. Ruby Fresh is a brew that puts the flavor in refreshment by balancing the delicious sweetness and tartness of the perfect grapefruit. And these are just the start for Shock Top with a number of new citrus flavors brewing up to launch in its seasonal variety citrus packs for summer, fall and winter.

Shock Top will also be taking its 25oz can national this year following exceptional consumer response and interest in 2016, making it easier now than ever to bring Shock Top anywhere.

imageCheers to What’s Ahead

In the coming months, Shock Top will unveil a new marketing campaign embracing the freedom of summer and bringing unique experiences to consumers, including the revival of its hugely popular Camp Shock Top, an adults-only summer camp in partnership with Camp No Counselors. Kicking off this summer, Shock Top promises to deliver new experiences that embody its new tagline, “Cheers to what’s ahead.”

For more information about Shock Top or to see its new look, visit


Black Raven Releasing Kity Kat Blues Infused Pale Ale 3/3

imageFrom Black Raven:

Kitty Kat Blues

Infused Pale Ale

Release date: Friday, March 3rd
Well, we're finally letting the Kat out of the bag.
On Friday, March 3rd we will release Kitty Kat Blues as a year-round beer! That's right, your favorite catnip, vanilla bean, blueberry infused pale ale will be around full-time to snuggle your taste buds and scratch that itch the other beers can't reach. To celebrate we're tapping a special cask of Kitty Kat Blues, releasing 22oz bottles and hosting Redmond's first ugly cat shirt party! And for every bottle or pint purchase we will be donating $1 to Seattle Humane for the evening! Wear your most outrageous cat shirt, have a beer with us and help raise money for a good cause, it will be the purrrrrfect night.


Ale Asylum Adding 12oz Curl Premium Pilsner Bottles

imageFrom Ale Asylum:

Pilsner Peeps: 12 oz. Curl has been bottled and is headed to your favorite craft beer retail outlets of WI & IL!


Denver Beer Co - Maui Express Coconut IPA & Blood Orange Tandem Pedal

imageHere we have a new can coming from Denver Beer Co.  This is Maui Express and it is a coconut IPA.   This beer will be packaged in 12oz cans.   We also have Blood Orange Tandem Pedal  DIPA (10%-AbV, 22oz botles).


Magic Hat - Wee Heavy Champ (Video)

From Magic Hat:

Wee Heavy Champ is a beer brewed with Lake Champlain in mind. We’ve teamed up with the Lake Champlain Committee to help protect our lake’s environmental integrity and recreational resources for this and future generations.

We’ve made a donation of $5,000 toward the Committee’s efforts and will further help them with numerous volunteer efforts throughout the year. We humbly encourage all who can to be a Champ and help us protect Lake Champlain.


Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation Throws Yayapalooza with Anders Osborne at Gothic Theater

imageFrom Oskar Blues:

DENVER, COOskar Blues  Brewery and 97.3 KBCO present “Anders Osborne’s Yayapalooza” on Saturday, April 8th at the Gothic Theatre in Denver. This one-day festival is a fundraiser for the CAN’d Aid Foundation and a tribute to Shirlee “Yaya” Katechis, the venerable and hard lovin’ matriarch of Oskar Blues Brewery, who passed away last year. 

Twenty years ago this April, Yaya and her son, Dale Katechis, opened a live-music fueled, Cajun restaurant in the small town of Lyons, Colorado and unwittingly birthed what would become the boundary-busting and multi-faceted Oskar Blues brand. Originally from Florence, Alabama, Yaya’s no-nonsense style infused with Southern hospitality, impeccable work ethic and an uncanny ability to find the good in everyone helped fuel the creation of the CAN’d Aid Foundation in 2013.

CAN'd Aid’s recent TUNES partnership with New Orleans-based singer/songwriter Anders Osborne spawned Send Me A Friend, a national network of sober “friends” who support musicians and music industry professionals on the road to sobriety – allowing them to get back to work. Strong southern roots and a shared passion for giving back sparked common ground between Anders Osborne and Yaya’s legacy, which inspired this collaborative celebration.

“I’d like to believe it’s more than a coincidence that one of my most popular songs shares a name with the woman who influenced and helped shape all that Oskar Blues represents. When we started talking about the Send Me a Friend concept and I learned about Yaya, it just felt right,” Anders noted.

“We’re fortunate to work with a musician as gritty, raw and real as Anders and love how Yayapalooza is coming together. I’m excited to dig in, see where the creative collaboration takes us and watch the SMAF network take off”, said Diana Ralston, Executive Director of the CAN’d Aid Foundation.

As part of Yayapalooza, fans can purchase upgraded VIP experiences with all proceeds benefitting Can’d Aid’s do-goodery efforts. 

●      For $75, fans receive a concert ticket, signed show poster, access to 2nd floor VIP seating and the Yaya VIP experience from 7-8PM (Oskar Blues brews and NoLa inspired hors d’oeuvres)
●      At $125, fans receive the perks listed above along with access to sound check, a specialty Oskar Blues beverage tasting and a trolley trip to CHUBurger RiNo with dinner/drinks included
●      Click here to
purchase VIP Yayapalooza tickets

For more information about Yayapalooza, featuring New Breed Brass Band and a yet-to-be-announced special guest, click here. To learn more about the Send Me a Friend program, to register to be a friend or if you are in the music industry and in need of a friend, visit the CAN’d Aid site here.


Elevation - 8 Second Kolsch, First Cast IPA, Little Mo Porter, & WaveWheel Wit Coming To Cans

imageFrom Elevation:

We CAN!!! Elevation Beer Co. has purchased a canning line, and plans to release 8 Second Kolsch, First Cast I.P.A, Little Mo Porter, and WaveWheel Wit in 12oz. cans this summer.

Elevation Beer Co. shares a love of beer and the outdoors, and in keeping with this we have decided to switch over to 12oz. cans for our Green and Blue Series Beers. You will now be able to pack in and pack out 8 Second Kolsch, First Cast, I.P.A, Little Mo Porter and Wavewheel Wit. We will be phasing out our 12 oz. glass bottles in the next few months, and you might find both on shelves for a little while. We hope to be your adventure companion in this more portable package.


Elevation Beer Co. and Spangalang Brewery have teamed up for this years Collaboration Fest, brewing an East Coast I.P.A.


Lawsons Finest Releasing Coffee Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and Equinox IPA

imageFrom Lawsons Finest:

Beginning March 9th, there will be bottles and draft of Coffee Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. This seasonal specialty is brewed with loads of roasted and black patent malts, and over two gallons of VT maple syrup per barrel. It is then infused with freshly roasted coffee for a rich, creamy, and decadent experience.

Beginning March 16th, there will be bottles and draft of Equinox IPA. Brewed with copious additions of Equinox, this single-hop American IPA features pronounced floral aromas and fruit-laden flavors with notes of lemon, lime, papaya and apple.

Bottles of Coffee Fayston Maple Imperial Stout and Equinox IPA can be found in Vermont at The Warren Store, Craft Beer Cellar Waterbury, Hunger Mountain Co-op and Beverage Warehouse.


Short’s Releasing The Cat’s Pajamas

imageFrom Short’s:

If the thought of your favorite feline wearing pajamas doesn’t immediately intrigue you, the flavor of this Double India Pale Ale is sure to make your tastebuds dance! Best described as the love child of Anniversary Ale and Freedom of ‘78, Cat’s Pajamas is brewed with a “YUGE” amount of Blood Orange and guava. Originally brewed for our friends at HopCat, six-packs of Kitty PJs are now headed your way.

Cat’s Pajamas (9.0% ABV – 71 IBU) is a Double IPA brewed with Blood Orange and guava. This India Pale Ale is pale orange in color with big aromas of sweet, tropical fruit. Cat’s Pajamas is balanced with flavors of sweet fruit and bitter hops and has a resinous, mouth coating feel. High in ABV, this beer finishes dry with a bit of warmth.

If you’re into sweet, fruity, resiny IPA’s, this is the DIPA for you! In fact, we’re so sure the Short’s-i-verse will be digging this beer, we’ve brewed up enough to ship kegs and cases to stores throughout our expanded distribution footprint (Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin). But don’t delay, this SBC specialty is sure to scurry off store shelves in a hurry!

Warning: Drinking Cat’s Pajamas may lead to a strong desire to dance like a cat while wearing pajamas. Although we highly encourage said behavior…


Steady Habit Brewing - Boom Citra Laka 16oz Cans

imageHere we have a new can coming from Steady Habit Brewing in Branford, CT.  This is Boom Citra Laka and it is a double IPA that uses 100% Citra hops.  This beer hits 8%-AbV and you’re looking at the 16oz can.


Bitter Sisters Brewing - Busy Body, Cat Fight, Knock Out & Hissy Fit

This morning we get to see a bunch of new brews coming from Bitter Sisters Brewing in Addison, TX:  Busy Body blonde lager (5.92%-AbV, 20 IBU), Cat Fight IPA (6.66%-AbV, 62 IBU), Knock Out Irish-style red ale (8.16%-AbV, 40 IBU) & Hissy Fit Marzen Lager (5.78%-AbV, 22 IBU).  These all appear to be 12oz cans.imageimageimage


Rodenbach - Alexander & Grand Cru

imageThis is Alexander from Rodenbach and it is a Flanders red ale aged in oak foeders with macerated sour cherries.  This beer hits 5.6%-AbV and it will be packaged in 750ml bottles for U.S. distribution.  We also have Grand Cru Flanders red ale aged in oak foeders (6%-AbV, 11.2oz bottles).imageimage


Thirsty Planet - Thirsty Goat Amber Ale

imageComing to us from Thirsty Planet in Austin, TX, today we have Thirsty Goat.  This amber ale will hit 6.8%-AbV and 30 IBU and you’re looking at the 12oz bottle.


Kulshan Coffee Porter Cans & Transporter Bottles

imageThis morning we have a new can and bottle coming from Kulshan Brewing in Bellingham, WA.  Coffee Porter hits 6.5%-AbV and it is packaged in 12oz cans and Transporter is a brown porter that hits 5.1%-AbV.  This beer is packaged in 500ml bottles.


Omnipollo - Bianca & Pleroma

imageThis is Bianca from Omnipollo.  This ale with natural flavor and lactose added will hit 6%-AbV and this is the 12oz can (packaged by Crazy Mountain).  We also have Pleroma raspberry creme brulee sour (6%-AbV).imageimage

Read more... Presents: Great American Beer Bars

From the Brewers Association:

Boulder, COFebruary 28, 2017—With more than 5,200 small and independent craft breweries operating across the country, craft beer lovers have no shortage of options to discover and delight in the beloved beverage of beer. To navigate both novices and craft beer aficionados towards the best beer bars in every state,—the Brewers Association website for beer lovers—surveyed itsreaders for its annual Great American Beer Bars competition.

“ readers understand what sets a beer bar apart and have continually shown up since 2012 to recommend and praise their favorite spots,” said Julia Herz, publisher of “With more than 7,000 votes cast, we are excited to announce this year’s winners and proud to welcome back twenty-one (41%) 2016 winners to the list – a sign that craft beer bars, now more than ever, are committed to their patrons and ensuring the best overall experience.”

Methodology: readers were asked to nominate their favorite craft beer bar in their state and fill out a short survey about what makes it so great including atmosphere, staff, beer selection and special events. Over 7,000 votes in total from November 15 – December 31, 2016 were cast.----

To view a sortable list and each bar’s profile including photos and stats, please visit Join the conversation using #GABB.


"New York Craft Beer" Official App Debuts from New York State Brewers Association

imageFrom The New York State Brewers Association:

New York, NY -- Tuesday, February 28, 2017 -- New York is an incredible innovation hub renowned for spearheading industries with cutting-edge initiatives. The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) follows suite with the debut of its state-of-the-art New York Craft Beer iOS/Android app. 326 craft breweries currently operate across the state -- the most NYS breweries since Prohibition -- with a $4 billion economic impact ranking 4th highest in the country. The NYSBA launches the first app of its kind with a hyper-localized focus on the substantive craft brewery growth throughout the state. The New York Craft Beer app is now available for download in the iTunes store.

A one-stop mobile location for New York State breweries and beers, the New York Craft Beer app captures the spirit of entrepreneurship and ingenuity taking shape in all corners of the state. NYSBA is at the forefront of educating consumers in real-time as New York State breweries open at an unprecedented rate. The New York Craft Beerapp serves as an industry leader delivering essential brewery information to craft beer aficionados with an easy-to-navigate mobile interface. The app helps bolster local economies with its incentives program encouraging consumers to discover and visit local breweries across the state.

The cornerstone of the New York Craft Beer app is the rewards-based Passport program. By visiting New York State breweries and checking in on the app once onsite, consumers earn points to be redeemed in the app's store. Show your love of New York State craft beer and get exclusive rewards, including deep discounts at breweries, t-shirts, regional NYS posters featuring original artwork by local designers, plaques and more. The Passport is valid for 1-year from the time of users' first passport stamp.

The New York Craft Beer app is the go-to source for all things New York State craft beer with the following features:

*Map of every brewery in New York State (the only app with this feature!)
*Beer and brewery rating system
*Up-to-date brewery info including beers on tap, events and hours
*Organize your own brewery tours
*Label scanning tool for beer style suggestions (scan macro or out of state beers, the app suggests similar NYS beers)
*Recommend beers to friends
*New York State Craft Brewers Festival event dates
*Photobooth and social media integration
*Craft beer educational tools and style guide
*Stay in the know on New York State brewing news

"As the number of breweries in New York State continues to grow, we wanted to create an exciting app with a Passport program to reward users based on the number of breweries they visit throughout the state," says Paul Leone, Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association. "It was also essential to make it easy for users to locate every brewery, either through a statewide map, regional maps, or simply by locating the breweries 'nearby', no matter where they are in the state."

"I like many of the features of the app, but there are two things I love," comments Chris Ericson, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery. "The first is that this app is controlled and monitored by the New York breweries themselves, meaning the info is first-hand, accurate, and up-to-date. The second thing I love is the 'Nearby Breweries' feature, so no matter where I travel in NY, I am one button away from knowing the closest breweries to my location. The app is well laid out, and easy to use, and I am already using it almost every day."

New York State's thriving beer scene is now one of the countries most exciting destinations for premier craft brews. With so many new breweries popping up around the state and thousands of new beers to taste, the NYSBA makes it easy for beer lovers to unearth their favorite new releases and brewpubs. The New York Craft Beer app is free and awaits craft beer enthusiasts to take full advantage of its features.

Paul Leone, Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association, is available for interviews.


Shmaltz Brewing Commemorates 100th Anniv. of Women's Suffrage in NY State with Special Edition of SHE'BREW Beer

27 February 2017

imageFrom Shmaltz:

Clifton Park, NY -- Monday, February 27, 2017 -- Shmaltz Brewing Company ramps up for a new special release, a completely new Double IPA recipe for SHE'BREW Beer® in celebration of International Women's Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD; March 8, 2017). As Shmaltz turns 21 this year -- the historical age at which citizens were granted the right to vote before it changed to 18 (circ. 1946) -- the Upstate New York brewery commemorates the 100th Anniversary for women's suffrage in New York State with the brewing of SHE'BREW Beer®. In the coming weeks, the sisters of Shmaltz will come from far and wide to brew a juicy, complex Double IPA with Head Brewer Richie Saunders, brewing supervisor Chris "Duffy" Dufrain, and brewer Annalise Ellis. In April 2017, SHE'BREW Beer® will nationally roll out in 4-packs and draft to the 35 states within Shmaltz's distribution network.

It was just 100 years ago when women garnered the right to vote in Shmaltz's home state of New York. In a political climate like today, where pink pussyhats are a common accessory for the modern woman, we must not forget that strong female voices weren't always accepted. In 1917, women of all New York counties marched, picketed, and protested to have their voices heard. These ladies had chutzpah! Women such as Alice Paul, leader of the National Woman's Party, and Carrie Lane Chapman Catt, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, picketed the White House and went door to door for over a year collecting signatures of women who demanded the right to vote.

Having the right to vote, women's health, and all human rights is as American as apple pie. To go along with this theme, Shmaltz invited Patti Wilcox and Deb Underwood from Awestruck Cider in Sydney, NY to help with the project. Awestruck will be making a companion cider utilizing some of the same hops that will be in the beer.

Shmaltz will donate a portion of proceeds from SHE'BREW Beer® sales to
Planned Parenthood and the Pink Boots Society scholarship fund, a global non-profit that aims to advance women in the beer business.

The official photoshoot for the new SHE'BREW Beer® label commenced, appropriately, the day after President's Day at Shmaltz Brewing on Tuesday, February 21. The Shmaltz staff was joined by multiple women from Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson, including Director of Communications Emma Corbett and Public Affairs Director Beth LeGere, Jacki Hannon and Laura Burghdurg from Eagle Beverage, Stephanie Martini from Mohawk Taproom, Heidi Knoblauch from The Plumb Bar, Brooke Taney from Slidin' Dirty, Janis Benincasa from SUNY New Paltz Benjamin Center, Stacy Manna from Saratoga Eagle, Patti Wilcox from Awestruck Cider, and Rachel Mabb from The Ruck in Troy. Label artwork and additional details regarding SHE'BREW Beer® will soon be released.

UPDATE:  Here’s the new label:


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