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New Belgium Tour de Fall now available across its U.S. markets

BeerNews.org - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:52

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This American Pale Ale features Cascade and Amarillo hops and is available now through October

(Ft. Collins, CO) – New Belgium Brewing’s new fall seasonal celebrates Tour de Fat, the brewery’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement. As the ten-city tour begins the second half of the 2014 schedule this American-style Pale Ale will also hit the road and be available in New Belgium markets across the country through October. At six percent ABV and 38 IBUs, this beer is a go-to for the fall. Pale malt, chocolate rye and caramel add a slight bitter-sweet flavor and a red hue to the pour. Hops dominate its aroma with pine, floral, tangerine, lemon rind and tropical fruit notes.

“This well-balanced, crisp beer is perfect for fall,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster, Grady Hull. “It’s not spiced like a lot of other fall beers, instead, Tour de Fall is dry-hopped with two different hop varieties, making it refreshing, light and easy to drink.”

Tour de Fall is available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft. Pricing varies by location.

In addition to Tour de Fall, this fall New Belgium brings back Saison Harvest Ale in the new Fall Folly Packs. In the Can Folly Packs 1554 Black Lager, is joining the mix – its can debut. Last year’s Pumpkick Pumpkin Ale will also be available in limited release.

To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx.

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newbelgium.com and Twitter @NewBelgium.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

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Surly WET goes on hiatus for a while

BeerNews.org - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:05

(Brooklyn Center, MN) – Surly Brewing Co. announced on Friday that it will not produce Surly WET this year. More from Facebook

Surly Nation, we need to talk about Surly WET. Sorry, but we’re not going to make it this year. We know that sucks, but that doesn’t mean we love WET, or you, any less. We just don’t have the space in the brewery/tanks/brewing schedule to make it this year. But hey, cheer up!

We’ve got some special beers coming out to get excited for, including the beer we made for the Chipotle Cultivate Festival, barrel-aged bottles of Darkness, and some other stuff we can’t talk about just yet (feel free to speculate wildly).

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Surly WET goes on hiatus for a year

BeerPulse - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 17:05

(Brooklyn Center, MN) – Surly Brewing Co. announced on Friday that it will not produce Surly WET this year. More from Facebook

Surly Nation, we need to talk about Surly WET. Sorry, but we’re not going to make it this year. We know that sucks, but that doesn’t mean we love WET, or you, any less. We just don’t have the space in the brewery/tanks/brewing schedule to make it this year. But hey, cheer up!

We’ve got some special beers coming out to get excited for, including the beer we made for the Chipotle Cultivate Festival, barrel-aged bottles of Darkness, and some other stuff we can’t talk about just yet (feel free to speculate wildly).

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Ballantine India Pale Ale set for U.S. re-launch in September starting in Northeast

BeerPulse - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:28

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(Los Angeles, CA) – Pabst Brewing Company, the largest American-owned brewery with over 30 beers in its portfolio, today announced the re-launch of Ballantine India Pale Ale, one of the oldest and most iconic craft beers in the country. The beer will be available beginning in September in major Northeast markets.

First brewed in 1878 by P. Ballantine & Sons Brewing Company in Newark, NJ, Ballantine India Pale Ale was the only American-made beer that successfully continued the tradition of the 19th century IPAs once Prohibition ended. This was due in large part to the brewery’s steadfast commitment to “Purity, Body, and Flavor”— as exemplified by the three interlocking Borromean rings found on every bottle.

Ballantine’s brewers were meticulous about ensuring that the beer’s gravity, alcohol content, IBUs, and hopping rates remained consistent well into the mid-20th century. Another unique method that characterized Ballantine India Pale Ale was a hopping process in which the distilled oils from a hop-and-water mixture were added to the brew, giving the beer an intense hoppy flavor that was quite distinct from its competition. P. Ballantine & Sons was also rumored to have matured the India Pale Ale in huge wooden vats for up to a year in order to help develop the ale’s original flavor.

In order to replicate the original recipe as closely as possible, Pabst Master Brewer Gregory Deuhs reverse-engineered the beer, ensuring the robust heritage and quality of the 136-year-old brew was properly reflected in the 21st century version.

“I began this project with a simple question: How would Peter Ballantine make his beer today?” said Master Brewer Deuhs, adding, “There wasn’t a ‘secret formula’ in anyone’s basement we could copy, so I conducted extensive research looking for any and all mentions of Ballantine India Pale Ale, from the ale’s processing parameters, aroma and color, alcohol and bitterness specifications. Many brewers and craft beer drinkers would be impressed that the Ballantine India Pale Ale of the 1950s and ‘60s would rival any craft IPA brewed today.”

Over the course of two years and over two dozen iterations of five-gallon batches handmade at his home near Milwaukee, WI, Deuhs finally struck gold.

“Unlike recreating a lost brew from long ago, I had the advantage of actually being able to speak with people who drank Ballantine back in the day,” continued Deuhs. “Their feedback was crucial to ensuring that the hoppy, complex flavor that was revered for over a hundred years was front and center in my recipe.”

Ballantine IPA will be sold in bottled six-packs and limited-edition 750 ml bottles in major markets across the Northeast, including New York, New Jersey, Boston, Portland, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh.

Ballantine background
· Dry hopping and the addition of hop oil has long been credited as the key to the beer’s unique profile. In addition, a proprietary brewing method ensures that every drop of Ballantine India Pale Ale comes in contact with American Oak, effectively capturing the robust flavor and heritage of the brand. With the reintroduction, an entirely new generation of craft beer enthusiasts will experience what made America’s Original IPA so exceptional.
· In the 1950s, Ballantine was the third largest brewery in the country, going on to become the primary broadcast sponsor for the New York Yankees. Despite stiff competition, the IPA continued to flourish as its dry hopping process gave the beer an intense, distinct hop presence, unlike anything else available in the United States at that time.
· In the 1970s, taste preferences changed and American lagers edged out the IPA, a trend that was abruptly reversed with the craft beer movement of the past few years. This increased interest in craft beer gave Pabst the perfect opportunity to bring back America’s Original IPA.

About Pabst Brewing Company
In business since 1844, the Pabst Brewing Company is North America’s largest privately held brewing company. Pabst’s portfolio includes iconic brands with deep ties to America’s heritage such as Ballantine, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Colt 45, Old Style, Lone Star, Stroh’s, Old Milwaukee and Rainier.
Pabst’s decision to re-launch Ballantine IPA after more than 30 years reflects the company’s recent move into the craft beer market where the company will maintain Peter Ballantine’s commitment to Purity, Body and Flavor. For more information, visit http://pabstbrewingco.com/.

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Ballantine India Pale Ale set for U.S. re-launch in September starting in NorthEast

BeerNews.org - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 16:28

News Wire: 

(Los Angeles, CA) – Pabst Brewing Company, the largest American-owned brewery with over 30 beers in its portfolio, today announced the re-launch of Ballantine India Pale Ale, one of the oldest and most iconic craft beers in the country. The beer will be available beginning in September in major Northeast markets.

First brewed in 1878 by P. Ballantine & Sons Brewing Company in Newark, NJ, Ballantine India Pale Ale was the only American-made beer that successfully continued the tradition of the 19th century IPAs once Prohibition ended. This was due in large part to the brewery’s steadfast commitment to “Purity, Body, and Flavor”— as exemplified by the three interlocking Borromean rings found on every bottle.

Ballantine’s brewers were meticulous about ensuring that the beer’s gravity, alcohol content, IBUs, and hopping rates remained consistent well into the mid-20th century. Another unique method that characterized Ballantine India Pale Ale was a hopping process in which the distilled oils from a hop-and-water mixture were added to the brew, giving the beer an intense hoppy flavor that was quite distinct from its competition. P. Ballantine & Sons was also rumored to have matured the India Pale Ale in huge wooden vats for up to a year in order to help develop the ale’s original flavor.

In order to replicate the original recipe as closely as possible, Pabst Master Brewer Gregory Deuhs reverse-engineered the beer, ensuring the robust heritage and quality of the 136-year-old brew was properly reflected in the 21st century version.

“I began this project with a simple question: How would Peter Ballantine make his beer today?” said Master Brewer Deuhs, adding, “There wasn’t a ‘secret formula’ in anyone’s basement we could copy, so I conducted extensive research looking for any and all mentions of Ballantine India Pale Ale, from the ale’s processing parameters, aroma and color, alcohol and bitterness specifications. Many brewers and craft beer drinkers would be impressed that the Ballantine India Pale Ale of the 1950s and ‘60s would rival any craft IPA brewed today.”

Over the course of two years and over two dozen iterations of five-gallon batches handmade at his home near Milwaukee, WI, Deuhs finally struck gold.

“Unlike recreating a lost brew from long ago, I had the advantage of actually being able to speak with people who drank Ballantine back in the day,” continued Deuhs. “Their feedback was crucial to ensuring that the hoppy, complex flavor that was revered for over a hundred years was front and center in my recipe.”

Ballantine IPA will be sold in bottled six-packs and limited-edition 750 ml bottles in major markets across the Northeast, including New York, New Jersey, Boston, Portland, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh.

Ballantine background
· Dry hopping and the addition of hop oil has long been credited as the key to the beer’s unique profile. In addition, a proprietary brewing method ensures that every drop of Ballantine India Pale Ale comes in contact with American Oak, effectively capturing the robust flavor and heritage of the brand. With the reintroduction, an entirely new generation of craft beer enthusiasts will experience what made America’s Original IPA so exceptional.
· In the 1950s, Ballantine was the third largest brewery in the country, going on to become the primary broadcast sponsor for the New York Yankees. Despite stiff competition, the IPA continued to flourish as its dry hopping process gave the beer an intense, distinct hop presence, unlike anything else available in the United States at that time.
· In the 1970s, taste preferences changed and American lagers edged out the IPA, a trend that was abruptly reversed with the craft beer movement of the past few years. This increased interest in craft beer gave Pabst the perfect opportunity to bring back America’s Original IPA.

About Pabst Brewing Company
In business since 1844, the Pabst Brewing Company is North America’s largest privately held brewing company. Pabst’s portfolio includes iconic brands with deep ties to America’s heritage such as Ballantine, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, Colt 45, Old Style, Lone Star, Stroh’s, Old Milwaukee and Rainier.
Pabst’s decision to re-launch Ballantine IPA after more than 30 years reflects the company’s recent move into the craft beer market where the company will maintain Peter Ballantine’s commitment to Purity, Body and Flavor. For more information, visit http://pabstbrewingco.com/.

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Deschutes Jubelale 2014 artwork unveiled, beer returns in September

BeerPulse - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 13:37

Press Release: 

(Bend, OR) – A wee bit early to announce a winter beer? Deschutes Brewery couldn’t wait to share the inner and outer beauty of its 2014 Jubelale. Inside the bottle, fans will find the flavor they’ve come to know that hearkens in the cooler months of fall: layered flavors of warm spiciness, dried fruit and a hoppy finish. Outside the bottle, this year’s packaging features original fiber artwork from Bend, Oregon’s Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer showing two people sledding in a playful winter landscape.

“When we were asked to create a piece for the Jubelale label, we felt incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something that has become a beloved annual tradition for both artists and beer lovers,” said the Lubbesmeyers, twin artists who collaborate on their pieces in their studio located just across the river from the brewery. “Creating the label artwork was a unique challenge for us, and a very welcome one. Our final design was inspired by engagement photos of our niece and her fiancé playing in the snow, which made us think about what we like to do during the winter in Bend…sledding followed by a beer sounded perfect.”

The twins’ artwork for Jubelale 2014 was created through the Lubbesmeyer’s unique method of layering and overstitching with fabrics. During their artistic process, they exchange the pieces, allowing the imagery to emerge spontaneously. The fracturing of shape and saturation of color occur layer by layer – allowing the texture of the fiber to build the imagery as they’ve responded to each other’s work.

“We typically work in landscapes, so adding figures in was something fairly recent for us as artists,” said Lisa. “We needed to come up with something that reflected the energy of the season, which was completely different from past years’ artwork. The scene we created was meant to capture the essence of the lifestyle we enjoy here in Central Oregon.”

This year marks the 27th bottling of Jubelale, the first beer that Deschutes Brewery ever bottled. For the last 20 years, a different local artist has been chosen to create an original piece of art for the label. This “winter warmer” is always a favorite for the holiday season. Jubelale will be available in all 26 states where Deschutes Brewery beer is sold, starting in September.

6.7% Alcohol by Volume (ABV); 60 International Bitterness Units (IBUs); 12-ounce bottles and draft.

About Deschutes Brewery
Founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, fine ingredients and hand-crafting have been the focus – for both the beer and the food. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 26 states and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com or follow on Facebook (/Deschutes.Brewery) and Twitter (@DeschutesBeer).

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Deschutes Jubelale 2014 artwork unveiled, beer returns in September

BeerNews.org - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 13:37

Press Release: 

(Bend, OR) – A wee bit early to announce a winter beer? Deschutes Brewery couldn’t wait to share the inner and outer beauty of its 2014 Jubelale. Inside the bottle, fans will find the flavor they’ve come to know that hearkens in the cooler months of fall: layered flavors of warm spiciness, dried fruit and a hoppy finish. Outside the bottle, this year’s packaging features original fiber artwork from Bend, Oregon’s Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer showing two people sledding in a playful winter landscape.

“When we were asked to create a piece for the Jubelale label, we felt incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something that has become a beloved annual tradition for both artists and beer lovers,” said the Lubbesmeyers, twin artists who collaborate on their pieces in their studio located just across the river from the brewery. “Creating the label artwork was a unique challenge for us, and a very welcome one. Our final design was inspired by engagement photos of our niece and her fiancé playing in the snow, which made us think about what we like to do during the winter in Bend…sledding followed by a beer sounded perfect.”

The twins’ artwork for Jubelale 2014 was created through the Lubbesmeyer’s unique method of layering and overstitching with fabrics. During their artistic process, they exchange the pieces, allowing the imagery to emerge spontaneously. The fracturing of shape and saturation of color occur layer by layer – allowing the texture of the fiber to build the imagery as they’ve responded to each other’s work.

“We typically work in landscapes, so adding figures in was something fairly recent for us as artists,” said Lisa. “We needed to come up with something that reflected the energy of the season, which was completely different from past years’ artwork. The scene we created was meant to capture the essence of the lifestyle we enjoy here in Central Oregon.”

This year marks the 27th bottling of Jubelale, the first beer that Deschutes Brewery ever bottled. For the last 20 years, a different local artist has been chosen to create an original piece of art for the label. This “winter warmer” is always a favorite for the holiday season. Jubelale will be available in all 26 states where Deschutes Brewery beer is sold, starting in September.

6.7% Alcohol by Volume (ABV); 60 International Bitterness Units (IBUs); 12-ounce bottles and draft.

About Deschutes Brewery
Founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, fine ingredients and hand-crafting have been the focus – for both the beer and the food. In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 26 states and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com or follow on Facebook (/Deschutes.Brewery) and Twitter (@DeschutesBeer).

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Terra Incognita reprised by Sierra Nevada Brewing and Boulevard Brewing

BeerPulse - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:50

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(Chico, CA) — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Boulevard Brewing Company today announced that round three of their ever-evolving collaboration Terra Incognita will hit retail shelves late this month. First created in 2012 for SAVOR, a Brewers Association beer and food event, Terra Incognita proved too fun and flavorful a project to be a one-off. The beer, always a unique blend of fresh and aged ale, does not include the late addition of the wild yeast Brettanomyces this year.

“The base beer is a roasty, hopped-up brown ale that evolves in such interesting ways when it spends time in wine and whiskey barrels,” said Sierra Nevada Head Brewer Steve Dresler. “We hosted Boulevard at our Chico brewery and together tasted various blending ratios until we had a final beer that captivated us. We imagine craft beer drinkers will be similarly impressed.”

“Collaborating with Sierra Nevada on Terra Incognita the past three years has been a great experience,” said Steven Pauwels, Boulevard’s Brewmaster. “We learn from each other, laugh a lot, and the beer we’ve made has impressed my taste buds every time. This year is no exception.”

Terra Incognita celebrates and merges strengths of Sierra Nevada (savvy use of whole-cone hops) and Boulevard (barrel aging prowess). The beer’s name means “land unknown” and recalls the centuries old California Trail that connects the two breweries—an overland wagon trail across the western half of the US from Missouri river towns to what is now the state of California. This year’s final blend of Terra Incognita is a precise ratio: 55 percent wine barrel-aged ale, 32 percent bourbon barrel-aged ale, and 13 percent fresh ale. Sierra Nevada assertively hopped the brown ale before splitting it between red wine and bourbon barrels where it matured for 6 months, resulting in a 9.8% ABV blended beer whose earthy malt flavors are dressed in notes of tart fruit, vanilla and coconut.

The 750mL Terra Incognita bottles will make their way throughout Sierra Nevada’s nationwide distribution network, and craft drinkers can track down this collaboration and other Sierra Nevada beers using the brewery’s Beer Locator.

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com.

About Boulevard Brewing Company
Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become one of the largest specialty brewers in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Boulevard beers are distributed in 25 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.boulevard.com, facebook.com/Boulevard, or follow the company on Twitter at twitter.com/Boulevard_Beer.

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Terra Incognita reprised by Sierra Nevada Brewing and Boulevard Brewing

BeerNews.org - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:50

News Wire: 

(Chico, CA) — Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Boulevard Brewing Company today announced that round three of their ever-evolving collaboration Terra Incognita will hit retail shelves late this month. First created in 2012 for SAVOR, a Brewers Association beer and food event, Terra Incognita proved too fun and flavorful a project to be a one-off. The beer, always a unique blend of fresh and aged ale, does not include the late addition of the wild yeast Brettanomyces this year.

“The base beer is a roasty, hopped-up brown ale that evolves in such interesting ways when it spends time in wine and whiskey barrels,” said Sierra Nevada Head Brewer Steve Dresler. “We hosted Boulevard at our Chico brewery and together tasted various blending ratios until we had a final beer that captivated us. We imagine craft beer drinkers will be similarly impressed.”

“Collaborating with Sierra Nevada on Terra Incognita the past three years has been a great experience,” said Steven Pauwels, Boulevard’s Brewmaster. “We learn from each other, laugh a lot, and the beer we’ve made has impressed my taste buds every time. This year is no exception.”

Terra Incognita celebrates and merges strengths of Sierra Nevada (savvy use of whole-cone hops) and Boulevard (barrel aging prowess). The beer’s name means “land unknown” and recalls the centuries old California Trail that connects the two breweries—an overland wagon trail across the western half of the US from Missouri river towns to what is now the state of California. This year’s final blend of Terra Incognita is a precise ratio: 55 percent wine barrel-aged ale, 32 percent bourbon barrel-aged ale, and 13 percent fresh ale. Sierra Nevada assertively hopped the brown ale before splitting it between red wine and bourbon barrels where it matured for 6 months, resulting in a 9.8% ABV blended beer whose earthy malt flavors are dressed in notes of tart fruit, vanilla and coconut.

The 750mL Terra Incognita bottles will make their way throughout Sierra Nevada’s nationwide distribution network, and craft drinkers can track down this collaboration and other Sierra Nevada beers using the brewery’s Beer Locator.

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis® and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com.

About Boulevard Brewing Company
Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become one of the largest specialty brewers in the Midwest, dedicated to the craft of producing fresh, flavorful beers using traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques. Boulevard beers are distributed in 25 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit www.boulevard.com, facebook.com/Boulevard, or follow the company on Twitter at twitter.com/Boulevard_Beer.

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Oskar Blues OLD CHUB Scotch Ale NITRO cans go nationwide

BeerPulse - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:05

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OLD CHUB NITRO innovates as the highest ABV Nitro package in the world and the first over pint 16.4-ounce Nitro CAN.

(Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC) – Fresh off a limited OLD CHUB SCOTCH ALE NITRO launch at the Craft Brewers Conference in April, Oskar Blues Brewery will begin distributing the first AmeriCAN craft NITRO beer in a CAN nationally. The nitro version of OLD CHUB has been modified from 8% ABV to 6.9% ABV to ensure full pint pours rather than 8-ounce or 10-ounce “tulip” or “rocks” glass pours as a result of the high ABV.

The original brobdingnagian OLD CHUB Scotch Ale 12-ounce cans will remain at 8% ABV. When you combine the drinkability of the Nitro pour and the increased serving size of the over-pint 16.4 ounce Nitro can, 6.9% ABV allows beer drinkers a chance to enjoy more CANs. The new Nitro cans will begin shipping next week to all 35 states that Oskar Blues distributes to, alongside the original 12-ounce OLD CHUB cans.

“The nitro style allows beer lovers to go deeper into the chocolaty, smoky, smooth mouth-feel and complex, rich malty flavors of the OLD CHUB Scotch Ale,” says Jeremy Rudolf, Oskar Blues Beer Traffic Control Freak. “Retailers and beer drinkers alike are looking for full pint pours. Moving the ABV from 8% to 6.9% will let bars and restaurants pour full pints of OLD CHUB NITRO, and we’re stoked for more people to have their mind blown with the uber-silky smooth oral experience when they try one of our best-selling brews in a new way. Why 16.4 ounces? Because that’s all the OLD CHUB we could cram in there.”

After years of experimenting with putting fresh draft beers on nitro, Oskar Blues Brewery decided to take the next step and insert the robustly complex OLD CHUB into a Nitro’ d CAN. Both internal and taproom trials were part of the new formulation process, and the 6.9% version measured up in taste to the 8% version while many liked the ability to have more than one.

“This wasn’t an easy undertaking but in the end, we were able to craft the most appropriate incarnation of OLD CHUB for the Nitro style,” says brewer Juice Drapeau, who was a driving force in the project.

Nitro refers to the addition of Nitrogen (N2) gas to the carbonation process. Nitrogen bubbles are smaller than CO2 bubbles and they don’t get along, so they react with and displace each other, creating the signature “cascade” when allowed to agitate, which contributes to the thick, creamy mouth feel of nitro brews. In the CAN, the special nitro widget releases Nitrogen gas into the beer when it’s opened, causing the beer to cascade. On draft, a special piece of tap equipment called a restrictor plate forces the nitrogenated beer through tiny holes to help provide that necessary friction to create the Nitro cascade.

The self-dubbed “CHUB TRUST” pushed the innovation of a quality nitro experience in a CAN with the help of The Ball Corporation. OLD CHUB NITRO utilizes an existing widget technology developed by Ball. The Nitro widget is attached to the bottom of the can and is charged with nitrogen during the filling process. The widget releases the nitrogen when the can is opened-liberating the cascading creamy smooth nitro pour.

OLD CHUB NITRO will continue to be available in 16.4-ounce 4-pack cans priced in line with Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Old Chub 12-ounce 6-packs.

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Oskar Blues OLD CHUB Scotch Ale NITRO cans go nationwide

BeerNews.org - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:05

News Wire: 

OLD CHUB NITRO innovates as the highest ABV Nitro package in the world and the first over pint 16.4-ounce Nitro CAN.

(Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC) – Fresh off a limited OLD CHUB SCOTCH ALE NITRO launch at the Craft Brewers Conference in April, Oskar Blues Brewery will begin distributing the first AmeriCAN craft NITRO beer in a CAN nationally. The nitro version of OLD CHUB has been modified from 8% ABV to 6.9% ABV to ensure full pint pours rather than 8-ounce or 10-ounce “tulip” or “rocks” glass pours as a result of the high ABV.

The original brobdingnagian OLD CHUB Scotch Ale 12-ounce cans will remain at 8% ABV. When you combine the drinkability of the Nitro pour and the increased serving size of the over-pint 16.4 ounce Nitro can, 6.9% ABV allows beer drinkers a chance to enjoy more CANs. The new Nitro cans will begin shipping next week to all 35 states that Oskar Blues distributes to, alongside the original 12-ounce OLD CHUB cans.

“The nitro style allows beer lovers to go deeper into the chocolaty, smoky, smooth mouth-feel and complex, rich malty flavors of the OLD CHUB Scotch Ale,” says Jeremy Rudolf, Oskar Blues Beer Traffic Control Freak. “Retailers and beer drinkers alike are looking for full pint pours. Moving the ABV from 8% to 6.9% will let bars and restaurants pour full pints of OLD CHUB NITRO, and we’re stoked for more people to have their mind blown with the uber-silky smooth oral experience when they try one of our best-selling brews in a new way. Why 16.4 ounces? Because that’s all the OLD CHUB we could cram in there.”

After years of experimenting with putting fresh draft beers on nitro, Oskar Blues Brewery decided to take the next step and insert the robustly complex OLD CHUB into a Nitro’ d CAN. Both internal and taproom trials were part of the new formulation process, and the 6.9% version measured up in taste to the 8% version while many liked the ability to have more than one.

“This wasn’t an easy undertaking but in the end, we were able to craft the most appropriate incarnation of OLD CHUB for the Nitro style,” says brewer Juice Drapeau, who was a driving force in the project.

Nitro refers to the addition of Nitrogen (N2) gas to the carbonation process. Nitrogen bubbles are smaller than CO2 bubbles and they don’t get along, so they react with and displace each other, creating the signature “cascade” when allowed to agitate, which contributes to the thick, creamy mouth feel of nitro brews. In the CAN, the special nitro widget releases Nitrogen gas into the beer when it’s opened, causing the beer to cascade. On draft, a special piece of tap equipment called a restrictor plate forces the nitrogenated beer through tiny holes to help provide that necessary friction to create the Nitro cascade.

The self-dubbed “CHUB TRUST” pushed the innovation of a quality nitro experience in a CAN with the help of The Ball Corporation. OLD CHUB NITRO utilizes an existing widget technology developed by Ball. The Nitro widget is attached to the bottom of the can and is charged with nitrogen during the filling process. The widget releases the nitrogen when the can is opened-liberating the cascading creamy smooth nitro pour.

OLD CHUB NITRO will continue to be available in 16.4-ounce 4-pack cans priced in line with Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils and Old Chub 12-ounce 6-packs.

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Portland Noble Scot returns for fall season

BeerNews.org - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:43

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(Portland, OR) – Get a taste of Scotland without the jet lag in Portland Brewing’s Scottish-style fall seasonal. Portland Brewery has brewed up the highlands — minus the haggis and kilts — into a pint with Noble Scot.

Filled with notes of toast and caramel, this ale promises to send even the most dour Scotsman into a joyous jig. Brewed with a merry match of Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, and Willamette hops, Noble Scot is complex and full-bodied. Its sweet, subtle smokiness is provided by the addition of 2-Row Pale, Smoked, Carapils, Roasted Barley, and Melanoidin malts. At 6.5% ABV and 25 IBU, Noble Scot fits between the dog days of summer and the crisp fall weather like a kilt on a tartan-clad Scotsman.

“Most brewers use spring and autumn to move between the light beers of summer and the heavy beers of winter,” says head brewer Ryan Pappe. “Seasonal beers at this time often dial the body back up a bit, so there’s more sweetness and lingering malt flavors. The beers of autumn can cover a wide range of styles and flavors, from pumpkin beers with notes of spice, to sweeter ales like our very own Noble Scot.”

Noble Scot is available at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom, in stores and bottle shops, in 22 oz. bottles, 12 oz. 6-packs and on draft. Raise your glass to Noble Scot, but do so quickly, it’s available for a limited time — from August 15 to October 15. Make haste, just like a Loch Ness Monster sighting, this beast will disappear before your eyes.

Portland Brewing invites everyone to get a taste of Noble Scot at the Portland Brewing Scottish Festival on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 from 12-4 p.m. at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom. Featuring live music by New Shilling, Scottish dance, bagpipe performances and more, it’s sure to be a raucous affair. Details and RSVP are located on the Facebook event page.

Find Noble Scot and other Portland Brewing brews through the beer finder at http://www.portlandbrewing.com/finder/.

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Portland Noble Scot returns for fall season

BeerPulse - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:43

News Wire: 

(Portland, OR) – Get a taste of Scotland without the jet lag in Portland Brewing’s Scottish-style fall seasonal. Portland Brewery has brewed up the highlands — minus the haggis and kilts — into a pint with Noble Scot.

Filled with notes of toast and caramel, this ale promises to send even the most dour Scotsman into a joyous jig. Brewed with a merry match of Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, and Willamette hops, Noble Scot is complex and full-bodied. Its sweet, subtle smokiness is provided by the addition of 2-Row Pale, Smoked, Carapils, Roasted Barley, and Melanoidin malts. At 6.5% ABV and 25 IBU, Noble Scot fits between the dog days of summer and the crisp fall weather like a kilt on a tartan-clad Scotsman.

“Most brewers use spring and autumn to move between the light beers of summer and the heavy beers of winter,” says head brewer Ryan Pappe. “Seasonal beers at this time often dial the body back up a bit, so there’s more sweetness and lingering malt flavors. The beers of autumn can cover a wide range of styles and flavors, from pumpkin beers with notes of spice, to sweeter ales like our very own Noble Scot.”

Noble Scot is available at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom, in stores and bottle shops, in 22 oz. bottles, 12 oz. 6-packs and on draft. Raise your glass to Noble Scot, but do so quickly, it’s available for a limited time — from August 15 to October 15. Make haste, just like a Loch Ness Monster sighting, this beast will disappear before your eyes.

Portland Brewing invites everyone to get a taste of Noble Scot at the Portland Brewing Scottish Festival on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014 from 12-4 p.m. at the Portland Brewing Company Taproom. Featuring live music by New Shilling, Scottish dance, bagpipe performances and more, it’s sure to be a raucous affair. Details and RSVP are located on the Facebook event page.

Find Noble Scot and other Portland Brewing brews through the beer finder at http://www.portlandbrewing.com/finder/.

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Dual Scale Refractometer – $21.85 Shipped + 12″ Pippettes

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:31

This highly rated dual scale refractometer is selling for $16.86.  Shipping is $4.99.  It reads in both Brix and Gravity.

Gravity to Brix Accuracy
Typical dual scale refractometers use a linear 4 x gravity to Brix conversion.  That’s fine and dandy up until around 1.049.  At that point this linear scale starts to become inaccurate.  Brix 11 does equal 1.044, but Brix 12 does not equal 1.048.  It is 1.049.  It’s only 1 point off here, but up at Brix 24, it’s up to 5 points off.  Brix 24 equals 1.101 not 1.096.

All this to say that this model of refractometer uses a more accurate, non-linear gravity to Brix scale.

From the manufacturer: “This is the only inexpensive Wort SG to be corrected. The only other corrected refrafractometers in existence are the BREWfractometer and the BREWfractometer Extreme.”

Refractometers can be used to measure gravity throughout the brewing process.  You can also estimate the alcohol content of your beer if you forget to take an OG with the use of a refractometer and a hydrometer.  Check out Northern Brewer’s Refractometer Calculators.

Magnum Media DUAL SCALE 0-32% Brix and 1.000-1.130SG Wort Refractometer RSG-100ATC Beer Home Brew - $16.86 + $4.99 Shipping

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I just picked these transfer pippettes up.  They are a whopping 300 mm/11.8″ Long.  The long length should allow me to pull refractometer samples, for most beers, directly from my fermenter.  You get 100 for $15.40.  That’s 15.4 cents each.

Globe Scientific 139050 LDPE Extra Long Transfer Pipet, Non-Sterile, 300mm Length, 23.0mL Capacity (Box of 100) – $15.40 + Free Shipping with $35 order - Filler Items

Pinned: $10 Carb Cap *1st Looks:The Brew Bag *Soft Parade Clone *15 Gal Kettle Deal

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At GBBF

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:21
I love the Great British Beer Festival, and it’s a crying shame I don’t get over the pond often enough to attend it. Happily, Mark Dredge, who in addition to Pencil & Spoon, has been doing some work for Pilsner Urquell, had a camera crew follow him around the hall at the Great...

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New Holland Brewing to add Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa markets

BeerPulse - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:18

News Wire: 

(Holland, MI) – Holland, Michigan-based craft brewery and artisan distiller, New Holland Brewing Co. has announced plans to distribute their products to four new markets across the great plains and into the Rocky Mountains beginning mid-August. Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa will soon be a part of the brewery’s now 24-state territory for beer and 17-state territory for spirits, including Washington D.C. To celebrate, New Holland will be hosting a handful of events in each state in August and September to kick off their launch in Central U.S.

“We are inspired by our mission to contribute flavorful choices to the passionate and thirsty craft drinkers,” stated Fred Bueltmann, VP of Brand and Lifestyle. “We feel connected to these markets for so many reasons, and have heard the call of demand for our beers and spirits. It’s clear there is a strong and growing craft scene, with passionate and dedicated people moving it forward.”

New Holland has tapped several respected companies as their distributors for the new territories. CR Goodman in Colorado, Quality Brands of Omaha and Double Eagle in Lincoln, Nebraska, Worldwide Wine and Spirits in Kansas, and Glazer’s of Iowa. “It is amazing to see the remarkable level of service in the craft distribution game,” stated Bueltmann. “We have come a long way as an industry and we are impressed and excited to work with our new partners.”

New Holland will release their Year Round series of craft beer (Mad Hatter IPA, Sundog Amber Ale, Full Circle Kolsh, Monkey King Saison, The Poet Oatmeal Stout and Dragon’s Milk Barrel-Aged Stout) and many of their spirits (Knickerbocker Gin, Hatter Royale Hopped Whiskey and Clockwork Orange Liqueur), as well as several seasonal offerings, with their popular but allocated Beer Barrel Bourbon to follow as production allows. Additionally, the New Holland and Carhartt collaboration brew – The Carhartt Woodsman – will be launched in mid-September.

“As Midwesterners, we have great affinity for the lifestyle of the Great Plains and the Rockies. We embrace the outdoors, craftsmanship and taking time to linger over flavors and conversation. We’re looking forward to sharing New Holland’s Stop and Taste way of life.”

Check out the full itinerary for New Holland’s launch HERE. And stay posted as additional events are added in September for Iowa and Kansas. Some highlights of the launch include:
August Public Events:

Colorado:

8/20: New Holland Launch Party @ Star Bar – Time: 6-8 pm
www.starbardenver.com 2137 Larimer St, Denver

8/21: New Holland Launch Party @ Freshcraft – Time: 8-10 pm
http://freshcraft.com/ 1530 Blake St.

Nebraska:

8/21: New Holland Launches Nebraska with Benson Beer District Pub Crawl (Omaha, NE)
Enjoy fresh New Holland beers, and delicious cocktails and meet the gang from New Holland.

5:30 – 7 pm – 1912 Benson http://www.1912benson.com/
7 – 8:30 pm – Krug Park – http://krugpark.com/
8:30 – 10 pm – Jakes Cigars and Spirits http://jakescigars.com/
10 – 11:30 pm – Beercade – http://www.thebeercade.com/

8/23 – Great Nebraska Beer Festival http://greatnebraskabeerfest.com/
New Holland beers are being poured at the GNBF and Fred, aka “The Beervangelist” will present a Beer and Food pairing at 2:30 pm within the festival grounds where he will also be selling copies of his book, “Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Nebraska Brewing will also be debuting “Attack of the 50-foot Brunette” at the GNBF, a collaborative brew aged in New Holland whiskey barrels.

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About New Holland Brewing Co.
New Holland Brewing Company’s deep roots in the craft industry go back to 1997. Our role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something we take seriously, yet engage lightheartedly. We believe the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for our customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service. Recognized for our creativity and artistry, our mission to improve the lives of craft consumers everywhere is seen in our diverse, balanced collection of beer and spirits.

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New Holland Brewing to add Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa markets

BeerNews.org - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:18

News Wire: 

(Holland, MI) – Holland, Michigan-based craft brewery and artisan distiller, New Holland Brewing Co. has announced plans to distribute their products to four new markets across the great plains and into the Rocky Mountains beginning mid-August. Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa will soon be a part of the brewery’s now 24-state territory for beer and 17-state territory for spirits, including Washington D.C. To celebrate, New Holland will be hosting a handful of events in each state in August and September to kick off their launch in Central U.S.

“We are inspired by our mission to contribute flavorful choices to the passionate and thirsty craft drinkers,” stated Fred Bueltmann, VP of Brand and Lifestyle. “We feel connected to these markets for so many reasons, and have heard the call of demand for our beers and spirits. It’s clear there is a strong and growing craft scene, with passionate and dedicated people moving it forward.”

New Holland has tapped several respected companies as their distributors for the new territories. CR Goodman in Colorado, Quality Brands of Omaha and Double Eagle in Lincoln, Nebraska, Worldwide Wine and Spirits in Kansas, and Glazer’s of Iowa. “It is amazing to see the remarkable level of service in the craft distribution game,” stated Bueltmann. “We have come a long way as an industry and we are impressed and excited to work with our new partners.”

New Holland will release their Year Round series of craft beer (Mad Hatter IPA, Sundog Amber Ale, Full Circle Kolsh, Monkey King Saison, The Poet Oatmeal Stout and Dragon’s Milk Barrel-Aged Stout) and many of their spirits (Knickerbocker Gin, Hatter Royale Hopped Whiskey and Clockwork Orange Liqueur), as well as several seasonal offerings, with their popular but allocated Beer Barrel Bourbon to follow as production allows. Additionally, the New Holland and Carhartt collaboration brew – The Carhartt Woodsman – will be launched in mid-September.

“As Midwesterners, we have great affinity for the lifestyle of the Great Plains and the Rockies. We embrace the outdoors, craftsmanship and taking time to linger over flavors and conversation. We’re looking forward to sharing New Holland’s Stop and Taste way of life.”

Check out the full itinerary for New Holland’s launch HERE. And stay posted as additional events are added in September for Iowa and Kansas. Some highlights of the launch include:
August Public Events:

Colorado:

8/20: New Holland Launch Party @ Star Bar – Time: 6-8 pm
www.starbardenver.com 2137 Larimer St, Denver

8/21: New Holland Launch Party @ Freshcraft – Time: 8-10 pm
http://freshcraft.com/ 1530 Blake St.

Nebraska:

8/21: New Holland Launches Nebraska with Benson Beer District Pub Crawl (Omaha, NE)
Enjoy fresh New Holland beers, and delicious cocktails and meet the gang from New Holland.

5:30 – 7 pm – 1912 Benson http://www.1912benson.com/
7 – 8:30 pm – Krug Park – http://krugpark.com/
8:30 – 10 pm – Jakes Cigars and Spirits http://jakescigars.com/
10 – 11:30 pm – Beercade – http://www.thebeercade.com/

8/23 – Great Nebraska Beer Festival http://greatnebraskabeerfest.com/
New Holland beers are being poured at the GNBF and Fred, aka “The Beervangelist” will present a Beer and Food pairing at 2:30 pm within the festival grounds where he will also be selling copies of his book, “Beervangelist’s Guide to the Galaxy.” Nebraska Brewing will also be debuting “Attack of the 50-foot Brunette” at the GNBF, a collaborative brew aged in New Holland whiskey barrels.

***

About New Holland Brewing Co.
New Holland Brewing Company’s deep roots in the craft industry go back to 1997. Our role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something we take seriously, yet engage lightheartedly. We believe the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for our customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service. Recognized for our creativity and artistry, our mission to improve the lives of craft consumers everywhere is seen in our diverse, balanced collection of beer and spirits.

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Sanitary Stainless Tri-Clamp Fittings

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:08

Great prices on 1.5″ (1/2″ Flow) Stainless Tri Clamp Fittings.  Clamps are going for $6.99, with barbed and NPT pieces selling for $6.99 to $10.99.  A 3 Piece Tri Clamp Ball Valve is available for $36.99.  This is professional-type equipment available at a Homebrewer Level.

Check it out – Here

More Sanitary Tri Clamp Fittings: AIHMore Beer

Pinned: $10 Carb Cap *1st Looks:The Brew Bag *Soft Parade Clone *15 Gal Kettle Deal

Also Consider: Clearance 15 Gallon Stainless Kettles w/Ball Valve & Thermometer

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These 8 and 15 gallon heavy duty stainless kettles with tri-clad bottom, lid, thermometer and ball valve are on clearance.  These kettles have welded ports.  That’s a bonus, it means you won’t be messing with weldless kits.  The 8 gallon is $109.99, the 15 gallon is… $149.99.  That’s an amazing price for a welded, heavy duty 15 gallon kettle with thermometer and ball valve.  These kettles are on clearance because the welds have minor cosmetic flaws.  The cosmetic flaws do not affect functionality.  They are guaranteed leak free.  See the product description for more details and photos.  Both of these kettles also qualify for $7.95 Flat Rate Shipping.

From HBF Reader Jonathan… I bought one of these 15 gallon for $190 back in May. I’ve used it for an all grain 5 gallon batch, all grain 10 gallon and an extract 10 gallon and the pot has worked really well. The pot is wider than it is tall – at 18 inches in diameter. Lid is a good tight fit and everything seems well constructed.

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Ranco Digital Temperature Controller – $84.95 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 09:17

Product Description - Here  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Ranco Digital Temperature Controller – Wired FE610 - $84.95 + Free Shipping

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.

Pinned: $10 Carb Cap *1st Looks:The Brew Bag *Soft Parade Clone *15 Gal Kettle Deal

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