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Russian River Pliny the Elder named Best Commercial Beer in America by Zymurgy Mag

BeerPulse - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:55

Press Release:

(Boulder, CO) — For the seventh year running, Russian River’s well-known and beloved double IPA, Pliny the Elder, has been tapped for the top spot on Zymurgy magazine’s list of the Best Commercial Beers in America.

“I say it every year, but we really are honored and humbled. There are so many great beers out there,” said Vinnie Cilurzo, Co-Founder and Brewmaster, Russian River.

Members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—the publisher of Zymurgy—voted for up to 20 of their favorite beers in an online poll. Members were able to choose any commercial beer available for purchase in the United States. More than 19,000 votes were received for almost 6,000 different beers from 1,763 breweries nominated in the poll. As in recent years, flavorful IPAs and double IPAs were crowd favorites, comprising eight of the top 10 beers.

Top-Ranked Beers:
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
3. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
4. Stone Enjoy By IPA
5. Founders Breakfast Stout
6. The Alchemist Heady Topper
7. Bell’s Hopslam Ale
8. Three Floyds Zombie Dust
9. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
10. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack

Top-Ranked Breweries:
1. Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calif.
2. Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif.
3. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich.
4. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
5. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.
6. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mills River, N.C.
7. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
8. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif. and Chicago, Ill.
9. Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, Calif.
10. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.

Top-Ranked Beer Portfolios (T indicates Tie):
1. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 60 beers
2. Stone Brewing Co., 54 beers
3. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., 52 beers
4. New Belgium Brewing Company, 47 beers
5. Avery Brewing Company, 39 beers
T6. Goose Island Beer Co., 37 beers
T6. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 37 beers
T8. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, 35 beers
T8. The Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), 35 beers
T8. The Bruery, 35 beers

“Homebrewers love to try all different types of beer, which is easy given the plethora of varieties offered by today’s small and independent brewers. So, to be selected by homebrewers nationwide and named among the best beers in America is a tremendous honor,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “While a diverse group of brewers from every corner of the country were recognized for their outstanding beers and portfolios, one particular style still reigned supreme: IPA.”

The complete list of Zymurgy’s “Best Beers in America” is available at HomebrewersAssociation.org. This was the 13th year that the poll was conducted.

Learn more about Zymurgy magazine.

About the American Homebrewers Association:
The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 43,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including the National Homebrewers Conference and National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at HomebrewersAssociation.org. Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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Russian River Pliny the Elder named Best Commercial Beer in America by Zymurgy Mag

BeerNews.org - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:55

Press Release:

(Boulder, CO) — For the seventh year running, Russian River’s well-known and beloved double IPA, Pliny the Elder, has been tapped for the top spot on Zymurgy magazine’s list of the Best Commercial Beers in America.

“I say it every year, but we really are honored and humbled. There are so many great beers out there,” said Vinnie Cilurzo, Co-Founder and Brewmaster, Russian River.

Members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—the publisher of Zymurgy—voted for up to 20 of their favorite beers in an online poll. Members were able to choose any commercial beer available for purchase in the United States. More than 19,000 votes were received for almost 6,000 different beers from 1,763 breweries nominated in the poll. As in recent years, flavorful IPAs and double IPAs were crowd favorites, comprising eight of the top 10 beers.

Top-Ranked Beers:
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
3. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
4. Stone Enjoy By IPA
5. Founders Breakfast Stout
6. The Alchemist Heady Topper
7. Bell’s Hopslam Ale
8. Three Floyds Zombie Dust
9. Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
10. Firestone Walker Wookey Jack

Top-Ranked Breweries:
1. Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, Calif.
2. Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif.
3. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich.
4. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
5. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.
6. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mills River, N.C.
7. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
8. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif. and Chicago, Ill.
9. Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, Calif.
10. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.

Top-Ranked Beer Portfolios (T indicates Tie):
1. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 60 beers
2. Stone Brewing Co., 54 beers
3. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., 52 beers
4. New Belgium Brewing Company, 47 beers
5. Avery Brewing Company, 39 beers
T6. Goose Island Beer Co., 37 beers
T6. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 37 beers
T8. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, 35 beers
T8. The Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams), 35 beers
T8. The Bruery, 35 beers

“Homebrewers love to try all different types of beer, which is easy given the plethora of varieties offered by today’s small and independent brewers. So, to be selected by homebrewers nationwide and named among the best beers in America is a tremendous honor,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “While a diverse group of brewers from every corner of the country were recognized for their outstanding beers and portfolios, one particular style still reigned supreme: IPA.”

The complete list of Zymurgy’s “Best Beers in America” is available at HomebrewersAssociation.org. This was the 13th year that the poll was conducted.

Learn more about Zymurgy magazine.

About the American Homebrewers Association:
The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 43,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including the National Homebrewers Conference and National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at HomebrewersAssociation.org. Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us on Facebook.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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TrailKeg Pressurized Growler on Kickstarter – Early Bird Deals End Soon

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:37
The TrailKeg is a pressurized growler system designed to work hand in hand with existing Lifeline and Hydro Flask double wall, vacuum insulated growlers. These growlers are built from stainless steel and feature vacuum insulation. That means your beer stays cold for a long time, isn’t exposed to harmful chemicals like BPA, and is protected […]
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Patent No. 229374A: Apparatus for Purifying Air

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:06
Today in 1880, US Patent 229374 A was issued, an invention of Friedrich A. Bruns, for his “Apparatus for Purifying Air.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: The object of this invention is to furnish means for cooling and purifying the atmospheric...

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Save On Pliny The Elder Ingredient Kits!

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 10:58
from MoreBeer: “Pliny the Elder has done it once again! The American Homebrewer’s Association conducts a vote every year to their readers and subscribers asking them to share a list of their 20 favorite beers that are commercially available in the United States. For the 7th year running, Russian River Brewing Company’s Pliny the Elder […]
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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch returns

BeerPulse - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:40

Press Release:

(Independence, OR) – Rogue Farms announces a collision with Mother Nature and 7,140,286 honeybees with the release of Honey Kolsch. Brewed with honey that is uncapped, extracted, and filtered, Honey Kolsch is made with Rogue Farms barley, and hops grown across from our hives. Honey Kolsch is a toast to hardworking honeybees everywhere and a nod to growing the revolution in beekeeping.

In the past year, US beekeepers have lost 42% of their colonies. While beekeepers can make up for some of these losses by splitting their hives, there is still more that can be done. In addition to splitting our hives, we send our honeybees on a California vacation during the winter to avoid the chilly and wet Oregon air. When they return in early spring, they get nectar from the blossoms in our Hazelnut trees, Big Leaf Maples, daffodils and tulips abundant in Oregon. They have now moved on to wild berries and our growing crops including pumpkins, marionberries and jalapeños. We also plant wildflowers just for our honeybees so they have a bonus round of pollen and nectar to produce honey.

With the split hives and abundant flow of late spring nectar this year, Rogue Farms honeybees made honey that highlights the proprietary pallet of the Wigrich Appellation – imparting unique floral aromas into the beer. Crisp and refreshing, Honey Kolsch arrives just in time for summer. Find it on draft and in yellow 750 mL bottles nationwide.

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Rogue Farms Honey Kolsch returns

BeerNews.org - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 09:40

Press Release:

(Independence, OR) – Rogue Farms announces a collision with Mother Nature and 7,140,286 honeybees with the release of Honey Kolsch. Brewed with honey that is uncapped, extracted, and filtered, Honey Kolsch is made with Rogue Farms barley, and hops grown across from our hives. Honey Kolsch is a toast to hardworking honeybees everywhere and a nod to growing the revolution in beekeeping.

In the past year, US beekeepers have lost 42% of their colonies. While beekeepers can make up for some of these losses by splitting their hives, there is still more that can be done. In addition to splitting our hives, we send our honeybees on a California vacation during the winter to avoid the chilly and wet Oregon air. When they return in early spring, they get nectar from the blossoms in our Hazelnut trees, Big Leaf Maples, daffodils and tulips abundant in Oregon. They have now moved on to wild berries and our growing crops including pumpkins, marionberries and jalapeños. We also plant wildflowers just for our honeybees so they have a bonus round of pollen and nectar to produce honey.

With the split hives and abundant flow of late spring nectar this year, Rogue Farms honeybees made honey that highlights the proprietary pallet of the Wigrich Appellation – imparting unique floral aromas into the beer. Crisp and refreshing, Honey Kolsch arrives just in time for summer. Find it on draft and in yellow 750 mL bottles nationwide.

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Hop Head Farms Michigan Grown Hops Available at Bell’s Brewery General Store

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:57
Bell’s Brewery General Store has a selection of Hop Head Farms Michigan Grown Hops available. Hop Head Farms focuses on sustainable practices and quality is their number one goal.  Hop Head farms is located just 30 minutes from Kalamazoo and Bell’s Brewery.  These hops were packaged just for Bell’s so that they are as fresh […]
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Fermentap Magnetic Stir Plate – $54.99 Shipped + $10 Off $100

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:00
Holds up to 5,000 mL flask, on/off switch and speed control.  110 volt.  1 Year Warranty.  Includes a 1″ Stir Bar – full description Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount. Fermentap Magnetic Stir Plate Y705 – $54.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order Also at MoreBeer: $10 Off $100 – Bundles with Sale […]
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1″ x 5/16″ Stir Bar… $3.54… Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:35
1″ by 5/16″ Stir Bar by SEOH.  Encapsulated in FDA approved PTFE with Alnico V Magnet Core. Use with your stir plate and erlenmeyer flask to make yeast starters.  Yeast count dramatically increases in a stir plate starter vs a non-stir plate starter.  The constant motion incorporates air, keeps yeast in contact with nutrients and […]
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City Tap House to host ‘Enjoy Breakfast for Dinner’ event with Founders Brewing Co.

BeerPulse - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:33

Sponsored Press Release:

(Washington DC) – City Tap House is pleased to announce its upcoming tap takeover event with Founders Brewing Co.

WHAT: On Thursday, July 9th, City Tap House, the craft beer-focused restaurant located at 901 9th Street, NW, 20001, is hosting a tap takeover with Founders Brewing Co. featuring two of their most sought drafts: Kentucky Breakfast Stout & Canadian Breakfast Stout. For the perfect pairing, Culinary Director Brian Cooke will feature pancake specials that will be available in addition to the restaurant’s full a la carte menu. Dishes include: Lemon, Ricotta and Blueberry Pancakes with mascarpone cream and stout maple syrup; Bananas Foster Pancakes with whipped cream and stout caramel sauce, as well as Benton’s Bacon & Chocolate Chip Pancakes topped with candied pecans, whipped cream and stout maple syrup.

WHEN: Thursday, July 9th from 5 PM to Close.

WHERE: City Tap House is located at 901 9th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 11:30 AM to 1 AM; Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 3 AM and Sunday from 11 AM to 1 AM. Brunch is served from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. For reservations or additional information, please call (202) 733-5333 or visit www.citytaphouse.com.

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City Tap House to host ‘Enjoy Breakfast for Dinner’ event with Founders Brewing Co.

BeerNews.org - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:33

Sponsored Press Release:

(Washington DC) – City Tap House is pleased to announce its upcoming tap takeover event with Founders Brewing Co.

WHAT: On Thursday, July 9th, City Tap House, the craft beer-focused restaurant located at 901 9th Street, NW, 20001, is hosting a tap takeover with Founders Brewing Co. featuring two of their most sought drafts: Kentucky Breakfast Stout & Canadian Breakfast Stout. For the perfect pairing, Culinary Director Brian Cooke will feature pancake specials that will be available in addition to the restaurant’s full a la carte menu. Dishes include: Lemon, Ricotta and Blueberry Pancakes with mascarpone cream and stout maple syrup; Bananas Foster Pancakes with whipped cream and stout caramel sauce, as well as Benton’s Bacon & Chocolate Chip Pancakes topped with candied pecans, whipped cream and stout maple syrup.

WHEN: Thursday, July 9th from 5 PM to Close.

WHERE: City Tap House is located at 901 9th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 11:30 AM to 1 AM; Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 3 AM and Sunday from 11 AM to 1 AM. Brunch is served from 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. For reservations or additional information, please call (202) 733-5333 or visit www.citytaphouse.com.

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Port Bourbon BA Santa’s Little Helper returns as part of Xmas in July celebration

BeerPulse - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:27

Press Release:

(San Marcos, CA) – Jolly St. Nick makes his way back to the Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey Tasting Room for the 7th Annual release of Bourbon Barrel-aged Santa’s Little Helper (Port Brewing’s Imperial Stout) and a Christmas in July celebration to benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation on Saturday, July 18th, 2015. To date, Christmas in July has raised over $15,000 dollars and collected over 10,000 toys for the Toys for Tots program.

Regardless of how you’ve acted so far this year, Christmas in July is the perfect opportunity to show the fat man in the red suit that you deserve more than a lump of coal… as long as you bring an unwrapped toy (valued at $15 or more) you’re in! Does your automatonophobia make it impossible to shop in a toy store? Not a problem, for just $15 at the door you’re set to join us for food, fun, entertainment and photos with Santa all included! (This is a family-friendly event). As in previous years, the event will be split in two sessions: 11am – 3pm and 4pm to 8pm.

The Port Brewing and Lost Abbey “Giving Tree” will also be making an appearance, for an extra donation to Toys for Tots, you’ll receive a gift from the tree. Gifts can include rare and vintage bottles, Port Brewing / Lost Abbey gear, tickets to our legendary Barrel Night during San Diego Beer Week and some goodies from our friends around San Diego!

All of The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing’s full core lineup of beers plus plenty of specialty taps will be available (full tap list released as we get closer). 2015 marks the 7th year we’ve released a Bourbon barrel-aged version of our Imperial Stout, Santa’s Little Helper. A robust beer with tones of sweet malt, dark cocoa and notes of deep bourbon, Santa’s Little Helper is the perfect accompaniment to fruitcake during a California Christmas in July. Bourbon barrel-aged Santa’s Little Helper will hit the full Port Brewing Distribution Network in late July in 375ml cork-finished bottles and limited draft.

About Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept
Founded in 2006, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey produce an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewery has garnered dozens of awards in its history including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year, The 2008 World Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and the 2013 Champion Brewery at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors and bold boundary-pushing styles. For more information, contact Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, telephone (800) 918-6816, and on the web at www.LostAbbey.com.

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Port Bourbon BA Santa’s Little Helper returns as part of Xmas in July celebration

BeerNews.org - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:27

Press Release:

(San Marcos, CA) – Jolly St. Nick makes his way back to the Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey Tasting Room for the 7th Annual release of Bourbon Barrel-aged Santa’s Little Helper (Port Brewing’s Imperial Stout) and a Christmas in July celebration to benefit the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation on Saturday, July 18th, 2015. To date, Christmas in July has raised over $15,000 dollars and collected over 10,000 toys for the Toys for Tots program.

Regardless of how you’ve acted so far this year, Christmas in July is the perfect opportunity to show the fat man in the red suit that you deserve more than a lump of coal… as long as you bring an unwrapped toy (valued at $15 or more) you’re in! Does your automatonophobia make it impossible to shop in a toy store? Not a problem, for just $15 at the door you’re set to join us for food, fun, entertainment and photos with Santa all included! (This is a family-friendly event). As in previous years, the event will be split in two sessions: 11am – 3pm and 4pm to 8pm.

The Port Brewing and Lost Abbey “Giving Tree” will also be making an appearance, for an extra donation to Toys for Tots, you’ll receive a gift from the tree. Gifts can include rare and vintage bottles, Port Brewing / Lost Abbey gear, tickets to our legendary Barrel Night during San Diego Beer Week and some goodies from our friends around San Diego!

All of The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing’s full core lineup of beers plus plenty of specialty taps will be available (full tap list released as we get closer). 2015 marks the 7th year we’ve released a Bourbon barrel-aged version of our Imperial Stout, Santa’s Little Helper. A robust beer with tones of sweet malt, dark cocoa and notes of deep bourbon, Santa’s Little Helper is the perfect accompaniment to fruitcake during a California Christmas in July. Bourbon barrel-aged Santa’s Little Helper will hit the full Port Brewing Distribution Network in late July in 375ml cork-finished bottles and limited draft.

About Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept
Founded in 2006, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey produce an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewery has garnered dozens of awards in its history including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year, The 2008 World Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and the 2013 Champion Brewery at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors and bold boundary-pushing styles. For more information, contact Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, telephone (800) 918-6816, and on the web at www.LostAbbey.com.

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Adventures in Homebrewing – Red, White and Brew Sale

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 07:11
Adventures in Homebrewing’s Red, White and Brew Sale is on. All American Light Special Beer Kits for – $20 – Lawnmower beer featuring Liberty Hops – Includes free flag-themed bottle caps. Kegging Setup with Brand New Ball Lock Keg for $139.99.  Just grab a good used CO2 Tank locally and you’re up and going. AIH […]
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Ska Estival Cream Stout makes seasonal return

BeerPulse - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 06:26

Press Release:

(Durango, CO) – Ska Brewing’s Seasonal Stout Series welcomes the northern hemisphere’s warm season with the summer release of Estival Cream Stout. Estival Cream Stout (was made) available starting on the summer solstice: Sunday, June 21st. A third-year offering, this refreshing but satisfying beer pioneered the summer stout category and is a favorite among beer fans whose friends make faces at them.

“Some people don’t think a summer stout makes sense, but we haven’t gotten to where we are by just doing what ‘makes sense’” said Bill Graham, Ska co-founder and Overlord of Brewing Operations. “Sometimes you have to be under the curve to be ahead of it. All we know is the entire seasonal stout category—especially summer stout—is going to catch fire at some point.”

According to Dave Thibodeau, Ska co-founder and President, the brewery doesn’t see markets the same way others might. “I look at the numbers, and I say okay, where is there more room for growth than in the summer seasonal stout category? Nowhere. Seasonal stouts are probably going to be the fastest-growing category in all of craft beer. Right?”

According to Steve Kurowski, marketing manager for the Colorado Brewers Guild, “There is no seasonal stout category. They’re the only ones doing that.”

Naysayers aside, Graham admits they’re not really looking at the numbers at all—“It’s summer, so we’re busy brewing delicious beers, and drinking them.” According to Graham, the stout’s orange peel citrus and subtle honey “goes really well with campfire smoke.”

The packaging for the Estival Cream Stout features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s Pinstripe character emerging from a fiery citrus sun in what could be an allusion to the category’s sales potential. As with all four of the stouts in Ska’s Seasonal Stout series, this beer will be released in cans, and distributed in all of Ska’s markets.

Estival Cream Stout is 5.8% Alcohol By Volume (ABV), and, in keeping with the series’ solstice and equinox release dates, will be tapped on the summer solstice, Sunday June 21st. The release will double as a summer kickoff party and will be held from 1-4 pm at Ska World Headquarters in Bodo Park, an unheralded industrial park on the outskirts of Durango. The event will feature Father’s Day specials, live music from Afrobeatniks, lawn games and mouth-watering food pairings from The Container.

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Ska Estival Cream Stout makes seasonal return

BeerNews.org - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 06:26

Press Release:

(Durango, CO) – Ska Brewing’s Seasonal Stout Series welcomes the northern hemisphere’s warm season with the summer release of Estival Cream Stout. Estival Cream Stout (was made) available starting on the summer solstice: Sunday, June 21st. A third-year offering, this refreshing but satisfying beer pioneered the summer stout category and is a favorite among beer fans whose friends make faces at them.

“Some people don’t think a summer stout makes sense, but we haven’t gotten to where we are by just doing what ‘makes sense’” said Bill Graham, Ska co-founder and Overlord of Brewing Operations. “Sometimes you have to be under the curve to be ahead of it. All we know is the entire seasonal stout category—especially summer stout—is going to catch fire at some point.”

According to Dave Thibodeau, Ska co-founder and President, the brewery doesn’t see markets the same way others might. “I look at the numbers, and I say okay, where is there more room for growth than in the summer seasonal stout category? Nowhere. Seasonal stouts are probably going to be the fastest-growing category in all of craft beer. Right?”

According to Steve Kurowski, marketing manager for the Colorado Brewers Guild, “There is no seasonal stout category. They’re the only ones doing that.”

Naysayers aside, Graham admits they’re not really looking at the numbers at all—“It’s summer, so we’re busy brewing delicious beers, and drinking them.” According to Graham, the stout’s orange peel citrus and subtle honey “goes really well with campfire smoke.”

The packaging for the Estival Cream Stout features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s Pinstripe character emerging from a fiery citrus sun in what could be an allusion to the category’s sales potential. As with all four of the stouts in Ska’s Seasonal Stout series, this beer will be released in cans, and distributed in all of Ska’s markets.

Estival Cream Stout is 5.8% Alcohol By Volume (ABV), and, in keeping with the series’ solstice and equinox release dates, will be tapped on the summer solstice, Sunday June 21st. The release will double as a summer kickoff party and will be held from 1-4 pm at Ska World Headquarters in Bodo Park, an unheralded industrial park on the outskirts of Durango. The event will feature Father’s Day specials, live music from Afrobeatniks, lawn games and mouth-watering food pairings from The Container.

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Ends Soon: Free Shipping on HBF Magnet Mounting Thingy

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 06:07
HBF Magnet Mounting Aid – Read the Full Write Up. The HBF Magnet Mounting Thingy is designed to allow you to easily and accurately mount 1/2″ x 1/8″ Neodymium Rare Earth Magnets to this fan for use as a stir plate.  Read the Full Write Up. The STL file is available for free if you have access […]
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Beer In Ads #1600: Best Of The Better Beers

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 23:10
Sunday’s ad is for Pabst Blue Ribbon, from 1933. It’s a simple post-prohibition ad showing an older, respectable-looking man pouring himself a beer. He doesn’t immediately seem like the sort of person who smiles a lot, but pouring his Pabst, he does seem happy. The post Beer In...

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Patent No. 20120167263P1: Hot Plant Named ‘HBC 366′

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 19:57
Today in 2012, US Patent 20120167263 P1 was issued, an invention of Jason Perrault and Eugene G. Probasco, assigned to the Hop Breeding Company, L.L.C., for their “Hot Plant Named ‘HBC 366.'” Here’s the Abstract: A new hop plant named ‘HBC 366’ is disclosed. The cones of ‘HBC 366’...

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