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Crazy Mountain Lawyers Guns and Money Barley Wine, Old Soul heading to cans

BeerNews.org - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:32

Press Release: 

(Edwards, CO) – Crazy Mountain Brewing Company announces the release of “Lawyers, Guns & Money Barleywine”, a 10% ABV barleywine available in a four-pack of 12 ounce cans. To date, there have only been 4 barleywines released in cans, each for a one-time or extremely limited run. Lawyers, Guns & Money Barleywine cans will be packaged year-round to satisfy your hoppy cravings and is the first barleywine in a can produced in Colorado.

For this special barleywine, Crazy Mountain uses an assortment of crystal malts and throws a little Belgian candi sugar into the Brew Kettle to give a hearty maltiness. Dry hopping with American hops gives this English style a refreshing American twist.

“Barleywines are commonly served in small goblets or bottles due to their high alcohol content and complex flavor profile, so we decided to keep the traditional 12 ounce can size, but reduce the number available to 4 in a package. This way, you can still put your barleywine can into a standard size coozie to keep it cold or put in in the cup holder of your innertube for a float down the river,” Chief Financial Officer, Doobie Selvy had to say.

Following their release of Laywers, Guns & Money Barleywine, Crazy Mountain is also announcing the debut of Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale in canned 6-packs. This light bodied Belgian beauty packs a punch at 7.6% ABV, but is very easy drinking and pleasant in warm weather. A robust amount of wheat gives this ale a very smooth mouth feel that is accompanied by a fruity yeast character. Belgian candi contributes to this brew’s light body and complex flavor. European hops team up with Juniper berries to offer a soft, subtle spiciness. Old Soul is the first canned Strong Belgian Golden Ale in the state of Colorado and the third in the country.

The increased popularity for canned craft beer has opened the door for canning unique and unusual styles. Now you can take a greater variety of your favorite Crazy Mountain styles on the go with you in cans and they won’t break or face limitations like bottles – throw a few cans in your pack for a hike or mountain bike ride, take some on the golf course or to the pool, put a 6-pack in a mesh bag to chill in the river next to your inner tube, or pack some in a picnic basket to enjoy in a field of wildflowers.

Lawyers, Guns & Money Barleywine 4-packs and Old Soul Strong Belgian Golden Ale 6-packs can be purchased throughout the state of Colorado with national distribution scheduled in the next few weeks.

For more information on Crazy Mountain Brewing Company or the newly released can styles, please call 970-926-3009 or email Drink@CrazyMountainBrewery.com.

About Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is an Edwards, Colorado based company that provides high quality handcrafted brews to beer enthusiasts across the nation. Since 2010, Crazy Mountain Brewing Company has consistently brewed craft beer with the finest ingredients to yield the best tasting ales. Crazy Mountain products are available in cans, bottles and on draft in 16 states across the country and in Sweden, Japan and Hong Kong. For more information on Crazy Mountain Brewing Company, please call 970-926-3009 or visit www.CrazyMountainBrewery.com.

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15.5 Gallon Keggle, Welded Port - $99.99

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:06

This 15.5 Gallon Stainless Kettle with 1 welded 1/2" NPT Port is on sale for $99.99.  I have this exact keggle from AIH and it works great.  I purchased mine back in April of 2011.  At that time, there was a limited sale (50 keggles) at $99.  The current sale of $99.99 comes within 99 cents of matching the 2011 limited quantity price.

Used 15.5 1-weld Keggle - $99.99

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Freetail Brewing Co. launches Beer Delivery Lambo campaign on Indiegogo

BeerNews.org - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:00

(San Antonio, TX) – With Stone Brewing Co.’s Indiegogo campaign making headlines this week, Freetail Brewing Co. renewed its efforts to crowdfund a Beer Delivery Lambo. The company was rebuffed from Kickstarter twice but successfully launched on Indiegogo on Tuesday.

The campaign has raised over $500 thanks in large part to one hefty anonymous donation. Societe Brewing’s Mike Sardina is the biggest public backer to date with a $100 contribution.

With the fixed funding option selected, Freetail will be unable to keep any proceeds if it feels to meet its goal of $97,991.

Campaign description below…

Short Summary

Below is close to the exact same project description I wrote in April 2013 when this project was originally rejected by Kickstarter. It has been rejected three times. The only things that has since changed: we are no longer considering entering the wholesale market, but we are finishing a new facility to supply the market. This is happening, only stressing the dire need for a Delivery Lambo.

We have lowered our goal from the original Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante to $97,991. Where did this number come from? It’s the lowest priced used Lambo I could find on AutoTrader (coincidently, it happens to be in San Antonio), plus the 9% in fees that IndieGoGo charges. We will buy as much Lambo as we can afford with the funds we raise. You’ll note that we are not doing a flexible funding campaign, this is all or nothing. If we don’t raise enough, you get your money back. We aren’t here to scam you and make a buck. We are here because we need a MF’ing Delivery Lambo! If we can’t get one, then we don’t need your money!

If we vastly exceed our funding goal, we will buy multiple Lambos or maybe a delivery yacht. We won’t use any of the proceeds to fund brewery expansion. We’ll pay for all that on our own, because it seems kinda weird for a successful for-profit business to crowdfund an expansion.

What We Need & What You Get

Lemme break it down for you:

We are a brewpub in San Antonio that makes pretty awesome beers (at least we think so). Changes to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code have made it possible for us to sell our beer into the wholesale tier, so we will need a vehicle to deliver beer to accounts. Without a way to get beer to accounts, no beer can get to accounts, and all this legislative work would have been for nothing. Everyone hates it when the Government changes the law for NO REASON AT ALL, so it’s really important we get a delivery vehicle.

After extensive market research, we have decided the best delivery vehicle for us is a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, featuring a 570-hp 5.2L V10 engine. Edmunds.com calls it a “wild yet civilized supercar” with “ferocious power” and “fantastic noises”. (NOTE: As previously stated, we’ve decided any Lambo will do. This is really about the beer, not about fancy bells and whistles. It is really selfish of us to not be willing to accept any Lambo)

What’s in it for you? High-fives mostly. This may not sound that awesome to you, but that’s because you’ve never gotten a High-five from Scott Metzger. Ask anyone who knows, they are life changing.
There are also a lot of other cool perks that we’ve just added in order to maximize your Lambo-providing buck.

Why This is Important

Now you might be asking yourself: “Why does their delivery vehicle need to be a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante?” That one is easy. At Freetail, we believe in offering the highest quality, freshest beer possible. We could, theoretically, get a Ford EconoVan to make deliveries in, but those have a realistic estimated top speed of 90 mph. Our Delivery Lambo will be capable of making deliveries at upwards of 200 mph, which ensures more than DOUBLE THE FRESHNESS over leading competitors. We care about beer at Freetail, and caring about beer means caring about Freshness, and caring about Freshness means delivering beer in a Lambo.

Another question you might be asking yourself: “Freetail is a for-profit business, couldn’t you just… like… you know… use your own money for this Delivery Lambo?”Another easy one. Yes, we could. But what fun would that be? It is time to cast aside the archaic economic philosophies of our forefathers that puts corporate funds at risk for ventures that only might possibly generate a positive return. Crowd Sourcing has revolutionized capitalism. Since you aren’t expecting a return on investment, there is no risk for either of us. You get a cool prize (in this case, mostly high fives) and we get a Delivery Lambo, risk free. Business will never be the same now that risk has been eliminated from the investment decision. I’m an Economics Professor, you should trust me on this.

Last thought you might have: “This is Stupid.” , NO – this is NOT stupid. Tired, millenia-old economic philosophies are stupid. The old “risk-reward” model of business has tried and failed. It brought us The Great Depression, Enron, WorldCom, and the Banking Crisis. Did it also bring us a bunch of other great stuff that facilitates the industrialized lifestyles we all love and enjoy? Sure, but recall I also said ENRON, which should trigger an emotional response trumping reality. It is time to move forward to a new world of entrepreneurship – a new world free of risk and full of awesomeness. And this Delivery Lambo is how we achive this Utopian Reality.

Risks & Challenges

The biggest risk this project faces is the ability to fit multiple kegs into the cab of a Lamborghini. But that is for us to deal with, so I wouldn’t worry about it. That much.

The second biggest risk is that we can’t find a suitable Lambo. In no case will we settle for a Ferrari. We will keep looking and even engage in eBay auctions if we have to.

Other Ways You Can Help

Don’t have a buck to contribute? You can still help. Tell your friends about the importance of Delivery Lambos and why they should contribute.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

Freetail Brewing Co. launches Beer Delivery Lambo campaign on Indiegogo

BeerPulse - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 11:00

(San Antonio, TX) – With Stone Brewing Co.’s Indiegogo campaign making headlines this week, Freetail Brewing Co. renewed its efforts to crowdfund a Beer Delivery Lambo. The company was rebuffed from Kickstarter twice but was able to successfully launch on Indiegogo on Tuesday.

The campaign has raised over $500 thanks to one hefty anonymous donation. Societe Brewing’s Mike Sardina is the biggest public backer to date with a $100 contribution. With the fixed funding option selected, Freetail will be unable to keep any proceeds if it feels to meet its goal of $97,991.

Campaign description below…

Short Summary

Below is close to the exact same project description I wrote in April 2013 when this project was originally rejected by Kickstarter. It has been rejected three times. The only things that has since changed: we are no longer considering entering the wholesale market, but we are finishing a new facility to supply the market. This is happening, only stressing the dire need for a Delivery Lambo.

We have lowered our goal from the original Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante to $97,991. Where did this number come from? It’s the lowest priced used Lambo I could find on AutoTrader (coincidently, it happens to be in San Antonio), plus the 9% in fees that IndieGoGo charges. We will buy as much Lambo as we can afford with the funds we raise. You’ll note that we are not doing a flexible funding campaign, this is all or nothing. If we don’t raise enough, you get your money back. We aren’t here to scam you and make a buck. We are here because we need a MF’ing Delivery Lambo! If we can’t get one, then we don’t need your money!

If we vastly exceed our funding goal, we will buy multiple Lambos or maybe a delivery yacht. We won’t use any of the proceeds to fund brewery expansion. We’ll pay for all that on our own, because it seems kinda weird for a successful for-profit business to crowdfund an expansion.

What We Need & What You Get

Lemme break it down for you:

We are a brewpub in San Antonio that makes pretty awesome beers (at least we think so). Changes to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code have made it possible for us to sell our beer into the wholesale tier, so we will need a vehicle to deliver beer to accounts. Without a way to get beer to accounts, no beer can get to accounts, and all this legislative work would have been for nothing. Everyone hates it when the Government changes the law for NO REASON AT ALL, so it’s really important we get a delivery vehicle.

After extensive market research, we have decided the best delivery vehicle for us is a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante, featuring a 570-hp 5.2L V10 engine. Edmunds.com calls it a “wild yet civilized supercar” with “ferocious power” and “fantastic noises”. (NOTE: As previously stated, we’ve decided any Lambo will do. This is really about the beer, not about fancy bells and whistles. It is really selfish of us to not be willing to accept any Lambo)

What’s in it for you? High-fives mostly. This may not sound that awesome to you, but that’s because you’ve never gotten a High-five from Scott Metzger. Ask anyone who knows, they are life changing.
There are also a lot of other cool perks that we’ve just added in order to maximize your Lambo-providing buck.

Why This is Important

Now you might be asking yourself: “Why does their delivery vehicle need to be a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante?” That one is easy. At Freetail, we believe in offering the highest quality, freshest beer possible. We could, theoretically, get a Ford EconoVan to make deliveries in, but those have a realistic estimated top speed of 90 mph. Our Delivery Lambo will be capable of making deliveries at upwards of 200 mph, which ensures more than DOUBLE THE FRESHNESS over leading competitors. We care about beer at Freetail, and caring about beer means caring about Freshness, and caring about Freshness means delivering beer in a Lambo.

Another question you might be asking yourself: “Freetail is a for-profit business, couldn’t you just… like… you know… use your own money for this Delivery Lambo?”Another easy one. Yes, we could. But what fun would that be? It is time to cast aside the archaic economic philosophies of our forefathers that puts corporate funds at risk for ventures that only might possibly generate a positive return. Crowd Sourcing has revolutionized capitalism. Since you aren’t expecting a return on investment, there is no risk for either of us. You get a cool prize (in this case, mostly high fives) and we get a Delivery Lambo, risk free. Business will never be the same now that risk has been eliminated from the investment decision. I’m an Economics Professor, you should trust me on this.

Last thought you might have: “This is Stupid.” , NO – this is NOT stupid. Tired, millenia-old economic philosophies are stupid. The old “risk-reward” model of business has tried and failed. It brought us The Great Depression, Enron, WorldCom, and the Banking Crisis. Did it also bring us a bunch of other great stuff that facilitates the industrialized lifestyles we all love and enjoy? Sure, but recall I also said ENRON, which should trigger an emotional response trumping reality. It is time to move forward to a new world of entrepreneurship – a new world free of risk and full of awesomeness. And this Delivery Lambo is how we achive this Utopian Reality.

Risks & Challenges

The biggest risk this project faces is the ability to fit multiple kegs into the cab of a Lamborghini. But that is for us to deal with, so I wouldn’t worry about it. That much.

The second biggest risk is that we can’t find a suitable Lambo. In no case will we settle for a Ferrari. We will keep looking and even engage in eBay auctions if we have to.

Other Ways You Can Help

Don’t have a buck to contribute? You can still help. Tell your friends about the importance of Delivery Lambos and why they should contribute.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

No-Li Blackfill Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout bottles coming August 23rd

BeerPulse - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:45

Press Release: 

(Spokane, WA) – No-Li Brewhouse will release their first-ever packaged barrel-aged beer in a limited release of 22 oz bottles this August at their small batch festival on August 23rd.

The brewery will release just 100 cases of 22 oz bottles, in addition to some very limited draft. The beer, “Blackfill,” is a barrel-aged Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout, aged in Dry Fly Distillery triticale whiskey barrels.

Co-owner John Bryant comments: “No-Li’s rare beer program began with hand-filling a single, freshly-emptied whiskey barrel. It launched a passionate pursuit to combine intriguing ingredients in whiskey and wine barrels to share with fellow beer drinkers. Twelve months later, we are within 45 days of unveiling a pre-sold allocation of 1,200 bottles of Blackfill. This is what the beer journey is about.”

About the beer: Two of the six whiskey barrels filled with Wrecking Ball were previously used for aging other beers. The Wrecking Ball will be in these two barrels for seven months. They will impart more oakiness, age and complexity to the beer, as well as some vanilla and body.

The other four barrels were filled with Wrecking Ball within hours of being emptied of whiskey at Dry Fly. The beer will age for four months before No-Li will blend the beer from all six barrels, and then hand-label & hand-fill the bottles in August.

The triticale barrels impart a bready, spicy character to the beer. The beer will take on flavors and aromas of toffee, vanilla, chocolate, leather, delicate woodiness, and hints of rye-bread spiciness.

No-Li has been growing their barrel-aging program over the last year, and currently holds 19 barrels from local distillery & and neighbor, Dry Fly, and local winery Townsend Cellars. They plan to add another 50 barrels or more to their lot over the next year, and will continue to grow their barrel-aging program with more 22 oz-bottle limited releases.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

No-Li Blackfill Whiskey Barrel Aged Imperial Stout bottles coming August 23rd

BeerNews.org - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:45

Press Release: 

(Spokane, WA) – No-Li Brewhouse will release their first-ever packaged barrel-aged beer in a limited release of 22 oz bottles this August at their small batch festival on August 23rd.

The brewery will release just 100 cases of 22 oz bottles, in addition to some very limited draft. The beer, “Blackfill,” is a barrel-aged Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout, aged in Dry Fly Distillery triticale whiskey barrels.

Co-owner John Bryant comments: “No-Li’s rare beer program began with hand-filling a single, freshly-emptied whiskey barrel. It launched a passionate pursuit to combine intriguing ingredients in whiskey and wine barrels to share with fellow beer drinkers. Twelve months later, we are within 45 days of unveiling a pre-sold allocation of 1,200 bottles of Blackfill. This is what the beer journey is about.”

About the beer: Two of the six whiskey barrels filled with Wrecking Ball were previously used for aging other beers. The Wrecking Ball will be in these two barrels for seven months. They will impart more oakiness, age and complexity to the beer, as well as some vanilla and body.

The other four barrels were filled with Wrecking Ball within hours of being emptied of whiskey at Dry Fly. The beer will age for four months before No-Li will blend the beer from all six barrels, and then hand-label & hand-fill the bottles in August.

The triticale barrels impart a bready, spicy character to the beer. The beer will take on flavors and aromas of toffee, vanilla, chocolate, leather, delicate woodiness, and hints of rye-bread spiciness.

No-Li has been growing their barrel-aging program over the last year, and currently holds 19 barrels from local distillery & and neighbor, Dry Fly, and local winery Townsend Cellars. They plan to add another 50 barrels or more to their lot over the next year, and will continue to grow their barrel-aging program with more 22 oz-bottle limited releases.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

Beer Birthday: John Harris

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:40
Today is John Harris’ 51st birthday. Until a little while ago, John was the head brewer at Full Sail Brewing and was responsible for many of their excellent beers. He’s more recently opened his own brewery in Portland, Ecliptic Brewing. John also plays washboard with the Rolling Boil...

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Fermentap 1/2" NPT Kettle Thermometer - $14.95

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 09:07
Product Description - Here.  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Economy Thermometer (3in. Face x 2.5in. Probe) MT512 - $14.95 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

Availability: This is a More Beer Deal of the Day.  Quantities are limited. Check the Deal of the Day section Here - to see if this is still available.

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Deadspin: Crowd-Funded Brewery Campaigns Are Bullshit

BeerPulse - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:37

I’m less sanguine about the sort of crowd-funding projects in which a guy who got rich selling shit to the public asks that same public to build him a new factory in which he can produce ever more shit to sell. Even when that shit is delicious Stone Brewing Company beer.

More >> Deadspin.

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Deadspin: Crowd-Funded Brewery Campaigns Are Bullshit

BeerNews.org - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 08:37

I’m less sanguine about the sort of crowd-funding projects in which a guy who got rich selling shit to the public asks that same public to build him a new factory in which he can produce ever more shit to sell. Even when that shit is delicious Stone Brewing Company beer.

More >> Deadspin.

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15% Off - Glasses, Hand Made Beer Totes, Tasting Flights, Growlers and More

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:29

Beerloved is running a 15% off sale across their entire Utility Collection.  Use promo code UTILITY15 to get that discount.  

The selection includes tap handles, glassware, hand made 6 pack carriers, Drink Tanks Growlers (review), 4 and 6 glass tasting sets, 22 oz insulated bag (review), hand forged bottle opener (review) and quite a bit more.  Check it out - Here

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Another piece on rising hops prices

BeerPulse - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:29

Citra was contracted for $10.33 per pound through the Country Malt Group for 2014, though spot prices for the hop in 2013 could hit up to 168 percent of that cost ($17.35 per pound through Hops Direct) and more before selling out.

More >> CNBC.

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Another piece on rising hops prices

BeerNews.org - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:29

Citra was contracted for $10.33 per pound through the Country Malt Group for 2014, though spot prices for the hop in 2013 could hit up to 168 percent of that cost ($17.35 per pound through Hops Direct) and more before selling out.

More >> CNBC.

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StirStarter Stir Plate - $42 Shipped - Limited Time

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 07:27

I've used the StirStarter Stir Plate for years.  I ordered mine back in June of... 2009.  It's worked very well for me.  The constant motion of a stir plate integrates oxygen, puts yeast in constant contact with nutrients, relieves built up CO2 and generally helps yeast to grow more rapidly.  That also means smaller starters.

Nikobrew has these in stock for $42 and they ship for free.  That's the best delivered price that I'm know of.  I got word from Niko that a price increase is imminent his costs have increased on these and that will soon be reflected in the purchase price.

"Stir Starter" Stir Plate - $42 + Free Shipping

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Seattle Cider Company partners with Wirtz Beverage to bring ciders to Illinois

BeerPulse - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:27

Press Release: 

(Chicago, IL) – Seattle Cider Company and Wirtz Beverage have announced a new partnership to bring Seattle Cider’s unique selection of craft ciders to Illinois, beginning August 15. Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition, Seattle Cider is known for its handcrafted collection of flavorful ciders while Wirtz Beverage is regarded as a leading wholesale distributor of beer, wine and spirits. The agreement between the two company’s comes as alcoholic cider sales continue to boom across the U.S.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Wirtz Beverage to bring a new type of cider to the cider lovers of Illinois,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. “You’ll taste something different when you try our ciders. We’ve created flavorful, small-batch ciders with limited sweetness using all natural ingredients and fresh pressed Washington apples, making for a truly unique product.”

Established in August 2013 by Joel VandenBrink, Seattle Cider’s products break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Made from a custom blend of local apples and flavorful additions – such as fresh berries, peppers and more – Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never made from concentrate. Their unique taste has earned Seattle Cider a number of awards and accolades including gold and silver medals in the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards, in addition to many loyal drinkers. Currently, the in-demand, naturally gluten-free ciders are available in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

“Cider is experiencing a major comeback and it’s very exciting to see,” said Jeff Roth, VP Alliance Craft Beer Division at Wirtz Beverage Illinois. “It bridges the gap between beer and wine, so it’s no wonder cider is popular amongst many drinkers. Seattle Cider is putting out some really innovative things and really doing their part to bolster the category as well as consumer options.”

As sales continue to climb, industry predications expect cider will soon claim 3-5 percent of overall beer sales. Last year in the U.S., alcoholic cider was a nearly $1.32 billion industry. When Seattle Cider launches in Illinois with Wirtz Beverage, it will be available statewide at restaurants, bars and retail stores with a variety of products available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft, including:

Dry: One of the driest ciders on the market, the golden glow of the unique unfiltered cider lends way to notes of lilac, blood orange and green apple on the nose. Pleasantly acidic, flavors of nectarine, under ripe peach and tart cherry hit the palate with no residual sweetness. 0 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

Semi-Sweet: A light, crisp cider with just a touch of sweetness, this cider is honey in color with notes of bergamot orange, lemon and apple. A refreshing cider, it reveals hints of citrus and cinnamon on the palate. 3 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

PNW Berry: This summer seasonal cider is crafted with locally-grown raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Softly tart with a flavor of young raspberries at the start and softly sweet on the finish, it’s a cider that is both refreshing and full-flavored. 1.8 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Pumpkin Spice: This semi-sweet cider is copper in color and perfect for cooler weather as the cidery’s fall seasonal. Fermented with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, it offers hints of the season’s favorite spices followed by just a touch of pumpkin. 3 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Three Pepper: A small-batch, limited-edition cider, the Three Pepper features an aroma of fresh, green jalapeños. Paired with a unique flavor profile, it combines the taste of poblano, habanero and jalapeño peppers, giving this cider a kick followed by a subtly sweet finish. 3.2 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Wirtz Beverage Illinois will support the launch of the Seattle Cider portfolio with activations in the on- and off-premise, including samplings, trainings and events.

About Seattle Cider Company
Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is the city’s first cidery since prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate, successfully distinguishing themselves from the mass market cider found in stores today. Available in 16-ounce cans, Seattle Cider products are available at retailers and bottle shops throughout Seattle. Seattle Cider is also available on tap in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room, located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Wirtz Beverage Illinois
Wirtz Beverage Illinois is the state’s most established alcohol beverage distributor with operations statewide serving premium wine, spirits and craft beer brands. The family-owned and operated company is an affiliate of Wirtz Beverage Group, one of the nation’s leading alcohol beverage distributors. With nearly $2 billion in annual sales and 2,500 employees, Wirtz Beverage Group has interests in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Wisconsin and Canada. To learn more about Wirtz Beverage, visit its website at www.WirtzBev.com.

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Seattle Cider Company partners with Wirtz Beverage to bring ciders to Illinois

BeerNews.org - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:27

Press Release: 

(Chicago, IL) – Seattle Cider Company and Wirtz Beverage have announced a new partnership to bring Seattle Cider’s unique selection of craft ciders to Illinois, beginning August 15. Seattle’s first cidery since Prohibition, Seattle Cider is known for its handcrafted collection of flavorful ciders while Wirtz Beverage is regarded as a leading wholesale distributor of beer, wine and spirits. The agreement between the two company’s comes as alcoholic cider sales continue to boom across the U.S.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Wirtz Beverage to bring a new type of cider to the cider lovers of Illinois,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Seattle Cider Company. “You’ll taste something different when you try our ciders. We’ve created flavorful, small-batch ciders with limited sweetness using all natural ingredients and fresh pressed Washington apples, making for a truly unique product.”

Established in August 2013 by Joel VandenBrink, Seattle Cider’s products break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Made from a custom blend of local apples and flavorful additions – such as fresh berries, peppers and more – Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never made from concentrate. Their unique taste has earned Seattle Cider a number of awards and accolades including gold and silver medals in the Pacific Northwest Cider Awards, in addition to many loyal drinkers. Currently, the in-demand, naturally gluten-free ciders are available in Washington, Oregon and Alaska.

“Cider is experiencing a major comeback and it’s very exciting to see,” said Jeff Roth, VP Alliance Craft Beer Division at Wirtz Beverage Illinois. “It bridges the gap between beer and wine, so it’s no wonder cider is popular amongst many drinkers. Seattle Cider is putting out some really innovative things and really doing their part to bolster the category as well as consumer options.”

As sales continue to climb, industry predications expect cider will soon claim 3-5 percent of overall beer sales. Last year in the U.S., alcoholic cider was a nearly $1.32 billion industry. When Seattle Cider launches in Illinois with Wirtz Beverage, it will be available statewide at restaurants, bars and retail stores with a variety of products available in 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft, including:

Dry: One of the driest ciders on the market, the golden glow of the unique unfiltered cider lends way to notes of lilac, blood orange and green apple on the nose. Pleasantly acidic, flavors of nectarine, under ripe peach and tart cherry hit the palate with no residual sweetness. 0 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

Semi-Sweet: A light, crisp cider with just a touch of sweetness, this cider is honey in color with notes of bergamot orange, lemon and apple. A refreshing cider, it reveals hints of citrus and cinnamon on the palate. 3 brix, 6.5% ABV, 16-ounce can.

PNW Berry: This summer seasonal cider is crafted with locally-grown raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Softly tart with a flavor of young raspberries at the start and softly sweet on the finish, it’s a cider that is both refreshing and full-flavored. 1.8 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Pumpkin Spice: This semi-sweet cider is copper in color and perfect for cooler weather as the cidery’s fall seasonal. Fermented with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves, it offers hints of the season’s favorite spices followed by just a touch of pumpkin. 3 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Three Pepper: A small-batch, limited-edition cider, the Three Pepper features an aroma of fresh, green jalapeños. Paired with a unique flavor profile, it combines the taste of poblano, habanero and jalapeño peppers, giving this cider a kick followed by a subtly sweet finish. 3.2 brix, 6.9% ABV, 22-ounce bottle.

Wirtz Beverage Illinois will support the launch of the Seattle Cider portfolio with activations in the on- and off-premise, including samplings, trainings and events.

About Seattle Cider Company
Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company is the city’s first cidery since prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, small-batch cider, Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate, successfully distinguishing themselves from the mass market cider found in stores today. Available in 16-ounce cans, Seattle Cider products are available at retailers and bottle shops throughout Seattle. Seattle Cider is also available on tap in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room, located at 4700 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday – Saturday. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Wirtz Beverage Illinois
Wirtz Beverage Illinois is the state’s most established alcohol beverage distributor with operations statewide serving premium wine, spirits and craft beer brands. The family-owned and operated company is an affiliate of Wirtz Beverage Group, one of the nation’s leading alcohol beverage distributors. With nearly $2 billion in annual sales and 2,500 employees, Wirtz Beverage Group has interests in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Wisconsin and Canada. To learn more about Wirtz Beverage, visit its website at www.WirtzBev.com.

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Iron Hill Brewery to release ten IPAs on August 9th

BeerPulse - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:10

Press Release: 

(Wilmington, DE) – On National IPA Day, Saturday, August 9, all 10 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations invite guests to sample creative and delicious IPAs from each of their head brewers, with all 10 beers available at every location throughout the day. IPAs will be offered individually on a pay-as-you-go basis or as a delicious sampler for $15, including 4 oz. pours of each of the 10 IPAs, one from each Iron Hill location.

“One of the most exciting things about working at Iron Hill is seeing the inventive work of our talented head brewers as they experiment with different styles of beer,” says Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson. “For National IPA Day, we’re proud to feature a special IPA from each of them, side by side, for all of our guests to enjoy.”

Available at all 10 Iron Hill locations across Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, IPA Day beers will include: Goldfinger IPA from Iron Hill Newark, brewed specifically for the occasion with balanced hop bitterness, aggressive citrus hop flavor, medium body and golden color; Another IPA from Iron Hill West Chester, an aggressively hopped West Coast-style IPA with a bouquet of pineapple, tangerine and pine aromas and flavors backed by subtle, honey-like malt aromatics; I.ron P.ale A.le from Iron Hill Media, a deep gold American IPA with flavors of citrus, pine and resin balanced by a toasty malt backbone; Yippee-KI-P-A from Iron Hill Wilmington, another American IPA brewed specifically for National IPA Day with huge American hop flavor and aromas of citrus and pine; Hopzilla from Iron Hill North Wales, a medium-bodied American IPA with full malt flavor, pronounced bitterness and remarkable hop flavor and aroma; Big Trellis IPA from Iron Hill Phoenixville, an American IPA with overwhelming citrus hop presence balancing full malt-y flavor and powerful bitterness; Hop Stinger from Iron Hill Lancaster, a golden American IPA loaded with citrus-y hops for flavor and aroma, brewed with 60 pounds of local honey for added complexity and flavor; Martha Furnace from Iron Hill Maple Shade, a West Coast-style IPA that is intensely hopped for firm bitterness and bursts of tropical citrus character; Hop Addict from Iron Hill Chestnut Hill, a true West Coast-style IPA brewed with lots of Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo and Citra hops which impart flavors and aromas of citrus and tropical fruits; and Some Like It Hoppy from Iron Hill Voorhees, an American-style IPA showcasing the quintessential American hops Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Chinook — grapefruit, pineapple and pine enhance a light caramel malt profile.

Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 10 locations across the mid-Atlantic, with an 11th location, in Ardmore, PA scheduled to open in the coming year. Each restaurant is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Locations include: Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000); Wilmington, DE (620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739); Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000); West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600); North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000); Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333); Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800); Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300); Voorhees, NJ (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009); and Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600).

Guests are encouraged to participate in the National IPA Day festivities online, with the hashtags #NationalIPADay and #IHIPADAY. For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit www.ironhillbrewery.com, follow them on Twitter (@ironhillbrewery) and like them on Facebook.

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Iron Hill Brewery to release ten IPAs on August 9th

BeerNews.org - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 06:10

Press Release: 

(Wilmington, DE) – On National IPA Day, Saturday, August 9, all 10 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations invite guests to sample creative and delicious IPAs from each of their head brewers, with all 10 beers available at every location throughout the day. IPAs will be offered individually on a pay-as-you-go basis or as a delicious sampler for $15, including 4 oz. pours of each of the 10 IPAs, one from each Iron Hill location.

“One of the most exciting things about working at Iron Hill is seeing the inventive work of our talented head brewers as they experiment with different styles of beer,” says Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson. “For National IPA Day, we’re proud to feature a special IPA from each of them, side by side, for all of our guests to enjoy.”

Available at all 10 Iron Hill locations across Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, IPA Day beers will include: Goldfinger IPA from Iron Hill Newark, brewed specifically for the occasion with balanced hop bitterness, aggressive citrus hop flavor, medium body and golden color; Another IPA from Iron Hill West Chester, an aggressively hopped West Coast-style IPA with a bouquet of pineapple, tangerine and pine aromas and flavors backed by subtle, honey-like malt aromatics; I.ron P.ale A.le from Iron Hill Media, a deep gold American IPA with flavors of citrus, pine and resin balanced by a toasty malt backbone; Yippee-KI-P-A from Iron Hill Wilmington, another American IPA brewed specifically for National IPA Day with huge American hop flavor and aromas of citrus and pine; Hopzilla from Iron Hill North Wales, a medium-bodied American IPA with full malt flavor, pronounced bitterness and remarkable hop flavor and aroma; Big Trellis IPA from Iron Hill Phoenixville, an American IPA with overwhelming citrus hop presence balancing full malt-y flavor and powerful bitterness; Hop Stinger from Iron Hill Lancaster, a golden American IPA loaded with citrus-y hops for flavor and aroma, brewed with 60 pounds of local honey for added complexity and flavor; Martha Furnace from Iron Hill Maple Shade, a West Coast-style IPA that is intensely hopped for firm bitterness and bursts of tropical citrus character; Hop Addict from Iron Hill Chestnut Hill, a true West Coast-style IPA brewed with lots of Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo and Citra hops which impart flavors and aromas of citrus and tropical fruits; and Some Like It Hoppy from Iron Hill Voorhees, an American-style IPA showcasing the quintessential American hops Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Chinook — grapefruit, pineapple and pine enhance a light caramel malt profile.

Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 10 locations across the mid-Atlantic, with an 11th location, in Ardmore, PA scheduled to open in the coming year. Each restaurant is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Locations include: Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000); Wilmington, DE (620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739); Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000); West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600); North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000); Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333); Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800); Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300); Voorhees, NJ (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009); and Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600).

Guests are encouraged to participate in the National IPA Day festivities online, with the hashtags #NationalIPADay and #IHIPADAY. For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit www.ironhillbrewery.com, follow them on Twitter (@ironhillbrewery) and like them on Facebook.

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Epic Brewing cans now available in Utah

BeerPulse - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 05:57

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Epic Brewing Co. shared a Utah update in this week’s email newsletter. More below…

Epic’s new line of 12 oz cans, featuring Escape to Colorado IPA and Hop Syndrome Pils-Lager, are now available for sale in Utah. Due to Utah’s regulations the cans will only be available through the State liquor stores and not cold from the brewery. Full statewide roll out will continue over the next few weeks. Customers are encouraged to talk with their local stores about arrival details. So far the following stores have the cans in stock:

DOWNTOWN SLC: 205 WEST 400 SOUTH
REDWOOD ROAD SLC: 3381 SOUTH REDWOOD ROAD
LOGAN: 75 WEST 4TH NORTH
BOUNTIFUL: 520 NORTH 500 WEST
AVENUES SLC: 402 EAST 6TH AVENUE SUITE 1
NORTH TEMPLE SLC: 1255 WEST NORTH TEMPLE
COTTONWOOD: 1863 EAST 7000 SOUTH
SANDY: 125 WEST 9000 SOUTH SANDY
CEDAR CITY: 1580 S PROVIDENCE CENTER DRIVE
33RD S. & 33RD E. SLC: 3245 EAST 3300 SOUTH
TAYLORSVILLE: 3905 WEST 54OO SOUTH
KENTUCKY AVE SLC: 1814 E MURRAY HOLLADAY ROAD
LAYTON: 625 W 600 N LAYTON
CLUB STORE: 1675 SOUTH 900 WEST
SNOWCREEK: 1550 SNOWCREEK DRIVE PARK CITY
3RD WEST WINE: 280 W HARRIS AVE (1563 S)
HEBER: 262 E GATEWAY DRIVE

Additionally the UDABC has released a product locator tool on their website which users can use to find the availability of products.

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