Partnership Beer Supporting Operation Pitch Invasion and Bless Field Returns for Second Season
(Portland, OR) – Green & Gold Kölsch is back for the 2014 Portland Timbers soccer season. Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Timbers Army first collaborated to brew Green & Gold Kölsch last year, and have partnered again this year in response to the overwhelmingly positive reaction from Portland’s beer and soccer fans.
Green & Gold Kölsch is the creation of longtime Timbers Army member Abram Goldman-Armstrong, who won the “Full 90” category of the 2012 Timbers Army Homebrew Competition with this easy-drinking recipe. The beer will remain unchanged for this year’s release, as will the co-branded packaging.
Green & Gold will be available throughout the Portland area, and in select markets in Oregon and Southwest Washington, for the duration of the 2014 season beginning on March 8, opening day for the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.
The collaboration between Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Timbers Army has also led to a greater cause this year than just beer. Widmer Brothers involvement with the Timbers Army 107ist led to the brewery’s awareness of Operation Pitch Invasion (OPI), a local, grass-roots charity formed to build, revitalize, and maintain soccer fields throughout the Portland Metro area.
Widmer Brothers recently donated $10,000 to OPI to the help the organization reach its fundraising goal of $200,000 to build Bless Field: a youth-sized all-season soccer pitch for the children of Portland’s New Columbia neighborhood. OPI announced on Wednesday that the organization hit its fundraising goal, meaning Bless Field will soon become a reality in New Columbia. The New Columbia community in North Portland is home to nearly 1,200 kids from 22 countries speaking more than 11 different languages. The goal of the project is to bring the community together through the common language of soccer.
“What started out as an opportunity to share a great homebrew recipe with Timbers fans has evolved into something even bigger this year,” said Kurt Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers Brewing. “The work Operation Pitch Invasion is doing to get Bless Field built is awe-inspiring, and something that we wanted to be a part of. New Columbia is a neighborhood that can definitely make use of a beautiful field as a building block of the community.”
Green & Gold Kölsch
We are RCTID. Each year, the Timbers Army 107ist hosts a homebrew competition, bringing out the best in what makes the Rose City great: craft beer, creativity, and a passion for the Green & Gold – the colors of the Portland Timbers and the hops and barley we use to brew beer. Timbers Army homebrewer Abram Goldman-Armstrong’s recipe was chosen as 2012’s winner and is brewed by Widmer Brothers for you to enjoy as you cheer on your Timbers during the 2014 season. Green & Gold Kölsch is a golden straw colored beer with aromas of strawberry and cracked black pepper, a soft sweet bready malt flavor, a creamy body, and a crisp, dry finish.
Malts: Two-Row Pale
Hops: Alchemy, Hallertauer, Mt. Hood
Original Gravity: 11.7 Plato
(Thousand Palms, CA) – Coachella Valley Brewing Co. is proud to announce the appointment of Young’s Market Company of California as its statewide wholesaler. This will give Coachella Valley Brewing Co. immediate access to statewide distribution.
Young’s Market Company will have available 3 of CVB’s most popular styles; Desert Swarm, Kölschella, and Monumentous India Pale Ale in both package and draft (in select markets).
Desert Swarm is Coachella Valley Brewing Co’s take on a Belgian style Whit beer referring to the beer’s cloudy appearance. Desert Swarm is brewed with raw, unmalted wheat, imported Belgian malts, oats, locally grown coriander, Kumquats, and killer bee honey. The coriander, cumquats, and honey are all grown within the Coachella Valley. Paying homage to a style that was once almost extinct, Desert Swarm decants with the color of apricots, with a foamy alabaster cap of Belgian lacing, that dissipates quickly releasing the flavor of citrus and honeycomb.
Kölschella is as fun, popular, and whimsical as the annual local music festival. Kölschella is a kölsch light golden hybrid ale which is fermented warm and then lagered to produce a crisp, clean and refreshing ale. Kölschella is light in body with a very pale straw color adorned with a whipped cream-like head. Our kölsch has moderate bitterness due to the additions of imported German noble hops such as Hallertauer.
Rounding out the Young’s distribution portfolio for Coachella Brewing Co is Monumentous. By definition, a monumental occasion is one of very great significance and size, Coachella Valley Brewing Co’s Monumentous, aptly named after the Joshua Tree National Monument, is much more. We employ hop additions to the kettle, whirlpool, and use whole hop flowers as well as two separate dry hop additions to create a true-to-style West Coast India Pale Ale.
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(Seattle, WA) – SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the expansion of their successful Cider Summit festival to Berkeley, CA. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 12n – 6pm at Civic Center Park on Martin Luther King Way in Downtown Berkeley. Cider Summit Berkeley is presented by Whole Foods Market and will benefit Berkeley Ecology Center and the Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research.
The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 4-ounce portions. Cider Summit will feature approximately 90 ciders from throughout the U.S., England, Scotland, France, Spain, and perhaps others. The event will also feature specially selected food pairings from Whole Foods Market, a “Dog Lounge” hosted by the Berkeley Humane and an event store featuring Cider Summit t-shirts and other merchandise.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 (cash only, if tickets remain) at the door and are available online at cidersummit.com. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass and 8 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. Designated driver tickets are available for $5, and include a bottle of water. The event is 21 and over only.
“Consumer interest in artisanal cider is growing at a phenomenal rate” noted event co-founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. “We look forward to creating the region’s largest-ever sampling opportunity for both cider lovers and the cider curious.”
For those seeking to utilize public transportation, Civic Center Park is located only two blocks from the BART Downtown Berkeley stop. There are also several parking garages within a few blocks of the park as well as a bike valet service from East Bay Bicycle Coalition.
Cider Summit is presented by Whole Foods Market, along with supporting sponsors Upcider Gastropub, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, and Bay Area Beverage. Media support is provided by 96.5 koit Radio and East Bay Express.
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(Healdsburg, CA) – Sonoma Cider is proud to announce its distribution expansion into Georgia and Washington State and additional agreements in California. Contracts were recently signed with Foothill Distributing (serving the following counties: Siskiyou, Shasta, Tehama, Butte, and Trinity), V. Santoni & Company (Yolo), Matagrano (San Francisco and San Mateo), North California Distributing (Sierra, Yuba, Placer, El Dorado and Alpine) and Bay Area Distributing (Alameda and Contra Costa) in California; Savannah Distributing in Georgia; Imperial Beverage in Michigan; and Maletis Beverage in Southwest Washington State. With these agreements, Sonoma Cider has secured 15 distribution partners in 10 domestic markets since it launched in November 2013. Noted spirits expert, Henry Preiss, founder of Preiss Imports and HPS Epicurean, has joined the Sonoma Cider board.
Sonoma Ciders are certified USDA organic, made with all-natural, gluten-free ingredients and distinctive proprietary flavors. The Hatchet blends sweet and tart apple varietals to ideal effect. The Pitchfork is apple based, infused with essence of pear. And the Anvil spikes apple cider with a measure of barrel-proof bourbon flavor.
Sonoma Cider is co-founded by 20-year wine and cider veteran, David Cordtz, CEO and Cidermaster; his son, Robert Cordtz, VP of Operations; and craft beverage guru Fred Einstein, VP of Sales. According to Fred Einstein, “Our goal is to craft intriguing ciders that will attract new consumers to the category, and we are expanding our market coverage at a rapid pace. We are pleased to see the growing interest in Sonoma Cider and the impressive overall growth in the hard cider category.”
Meet David and Fred this week as they preview Sonoma Ciders at the Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, California. Sonoma Cider is also distributed by Louis Glunz Beers in Illinois; Cavalier in Indiana, Ohio and Florida; Melitas Beverage in Oregon; and Beer House Distributing in Kentucky. In Northern California, Eagle Distributing covers Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, and Marin counties, and North Coast Mercantile covers Humboldt and Der Norte counties.
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(Waterbury, VT) – The Alchemist announced its second pop-up sale, set to take place this Saturday, March 8th. The event will involve cans of Heady Topper as well as a pair of old-timers. More below via The Alchemist blog…
Our 2nd Truck Sale is this Saturday, March 8. The sale will be at the same location as last time- Railroad Street in Waterbury village (next to the train station).
The sale will begin at 11am. As last time, we will begin forming a line at 9am. We need to keep the lot clear prior to this time so that we are able to set up appropriately.
The first sale seemed to go very smoothly considering all of the unknowns. One of the only criticisms we noticed in the post-sale chat rooms was the issue of customers showing up with extra friends for no reason other than obtaining more beer for themselves. Please don’t be greedy. This strategy is both thoughtless and completely out of our control at the same time. Do the right thing.
Now, the important stuff… We will be releasing two old favorites from the pub-
The Crusher and Beelzebub. We have approximately 15 barrels of each. In an effort to get these beers in as many hands (and mouths) as possible, we will be selling mixed cases with a one case limit per person. So, each customer will be able to purchase one case that has 3 four-packs of Crusher and 3 four-packs of Beelzebub. The price for the mixed case will be $80 inclusive of sales tax (75.50 + 4.50 VT tax). We will have at least 250 full cases to sell.
If you only want to purchase one style of beer, the limit is 3 four-packs per person. The price is an even split- $40 inclusive of tax for 3 four-packs. If you only want to purchase one four-pack or one can of either style, the price will be $15 inclusive or $3.75 for a single can.
We will also be bringing 100 cases of Heady Topper to sell. The case price on Heady will be $75 inclusive of tax or $12.50 per 4-pack. There will be a one case limit in place. When it is gone it is gone…. Locals- if you have regular access to Heady, please be respectful of our visitors who are unable to purchase HT on a regular basis.
So, what is the maximum amount of beer someone will be able to purchase? 2 cases- one mixed with Crusher and Beelzebub and one case of Heady Topper. The total price for the 2 cases will be $155.
This is a cash only sale.
Gravity to Brix AccuracyTypical 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.
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We’re very pleased to announce that Garrett Crowell has been named Head Brewer at Jester King. Garrett began volunteering with us in March of 2012 and was hired as a brewer in October of 2012. We were immediately drawn to Garrett’s rare propensity for wild fermentation and his passion for using microorganisms to create unique flavors and aromas in beer.
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(Athens, GA) – Terrapin Beer Company’s latest newsletter makes note of a new packaging hall and a few new releases that we didn’t already know about. Though it isn’t mentioned here, we also slipped in the label for the new Rye Cubed, coming in June.
New Packaging Hall
We’re growing yet again. For the next few months, Terrapin Tours will be held strictly outside in our back yard. Construction has started on our new Packaging Hall, which so happens to be exactly where our indoor tour space used to be. Be patient, though. Once we clear out our first floor (just moving upstairs, nothing to worry about), we’ll be starting renovations for a brand-new indoor tasting room. Until then, please come prepared to hang outside.
RYE Pale Ale
Nope, you’re not crazy. You did just see this on the shelves, and you’re right, Rye’s not gone anywhere since 2002. BUT! Check out that new label design! Rye’s new look may have already appeared near you, but if not, rest assured that it’s the same great beer with an updated wardrobe.
Rumor Has It….
You may have heard down the hop vine about some additions to our year-round line-up… and depending on what you heard, it might be true! Two new beers will be joining the always-available club in 2014.
HI-5 California-style IPA
HI-5 IPA will soon join RecreationAle on our year-round line up as our second canned beer! This brew will round out our always-on IPA offerings and at 5.9% ABV will be perfect for those who want a little more oomph than RecreationAle’s sessionable profile, but less octane than Hopsecutioner delivers.
Like a memorable adventure along U.S. Route 101, HI-5 California Style IPA leads you down a road of pure adrenaline and beauty. Capturing the majestic flavor of citrusy hops that roll off your tongue like a white cap on an ocean wave, this scenic wonder will keep you in awe, sip after sip.
Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
No, ladies and gentlemen. You’re not hallucinating. Liquid Bliss, previously released as Side Project 18, is returning to shelves once again!
Liquid Bliss was one Side Project folks just could not get enough of! We knew that the luscious salty-sweet combo of cocoa nibs from Olive & Sinclair and peanuts would blend blissfully in a smooth dark porter, but we didn’t know it would be such a hit! The people have asked, and we’re going to deliver.
Back by popular demand, Liquid Bliss will be 2014′s second new beer to be joining our line of always-available beers, just after HI-5. Previous partner Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. will supply the cocoa nibs that give this porter its velvety chocolate taste. Look for 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles in early June!
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(Portland, ME) – This week, Rising Tide Brewing Company, a small family-owned brewery in Portland, began packaging its core beers in 12 oz. bottles for the first time. The smaller bottles will replace the brewery’s 22 oz. bottles for its year round offerings, including Daymark pale ale, Ishmael copper ale, and Zephyr IPA, as well as for their summer seasonal, Spinnaker hefeweizen.
Rising Tide’s four packs will be available in Maine initially and will be rolled out in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont in early April. “Transitioning to a smaller bottle size is key to enabling us to continue our rapid growth without sending our beer farther from home,” said co-owner Heather Sanborn. “We want to focus on our local markets where we can keep the beer as fresh as possible.” Rising Tide will continue to produce 22 oz. bottles of limited release beers, as well as 375 ml. cork-and-cage bottles of barrel aged beers.
Founded in 2010 with a tiny one-barrel brewing system, Rising Tide completed an expansion in summer 2012 with the installation of a custom-built fifteen-barrel brew house in a 5,000 square foot facility on Fox Street in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood. The brewery then doubled its production capacity in early 2014 with the addition of three new locally fabricated fermentors. Rising Tide is located within walking distance of Portland’s Old Port area. The brewery welcomes visitors in its tasting room where they can sample the beers, take a tour, and buy some bottles or a growler to take home.
For more information, visit Rising Tide’s website at www.risingtidebrewing.com, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/risingtidebeer, or follow them on Twitter at @risingtidebeer.
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(Houston, TX) – Saint Arnold Brewing Co., the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is rolling out Saint Arnold Icon Blue Brown Porter throughout Texas and Louisiana. Saint Arnold Icon is a line of rotating beers that complement the brewery’s year-round and seasonal offerings. Starting this week, it will begin showing up in 4-packs of 12 ounce bottles and on tap in pubs and restaurants as supplies of Icon Red are depleted.
Saint Arnold Icon Blue is the first porter released by the brewery. The style originated in London in the 18th century and is named for the transportation workers among whom the style was popular. Brown Porter can be distinguished from other Porters by its flavors, which tend to be softer and sweeter with more caramel notes.
“In honor of the style’s roots, we used English malt and hops along with our Saint Arnold yeast that comes from a brewery in England,” said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner. “Saint Arnold Icon Blue is a sessionable dark, medium bodied ale with rich chocolate malt notes and a distinct sweetness coming through as the beer warms up.”
Specifications for Saint Arnold Icon Blue:
Original Gravity: 1.052
Final Gravity: 1.0132
Alcohol: 5.1% ABV
Bitterness: 27 IBU
A new Saint Arnold Icon beer is released every three months or so, depending on how quickly supplies are exhausted. This beer is referred to as Saint Arnold Icon Blue because of its striking metallic blue and black label.
Meanwhile, Saint Arnold also announced plans to sell bottles of Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 6 during Pub Night at the brewery this Friday, March 7th for on premise consumption. Saint Arnold Bishop’s Barrel No. 6 is an imperial pumpkin stout that spent nine months aging in oak barrels that previously were used by Appleton Estate to age its rums for 21 to 30 years. The Saint Arnold Tour Hall will open Friday at 5 p.m.
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Why spend seventeen-plus years building a brand only to throw it by the wayside on a new product release?
In Stone’s words…
We created it to move the spotlight off of our company and onto beer and cool, nth degree brew tech material. We felt this was best done independent of our iconic gargoyle and sometimes enthusiastic-and-bullish-to-the-point-of-bombastic nature.
As Stone points out in its blog post though, it has done this before with its “Bastard” series so this isn’t a brand-new thing for them.
In any case, future Stochasticity Project beers will carry the Stone name.
More importantly, perhaps, is that Stone revealed the second beer in the series…
Varna Necropolis, a most interesting, hoppy, Belgian-style golden strong ale that’s been aged in bourbon whiskey barrels. And right now, we’re toying with a Belgian-style quadrupel brewed with Pilsner malt, dark candi sugar and flaked triticale, a cross between rye and wheat.
No word yet on when Varna Necropolis will be released.
(Lakespur, CA) – Marin Brewing Company announced today the release of their newest beer, Hella Art Wah. Hella Art Wah is brewed roughly in the style of a German pilsner, but a bold infusion of hoppiness highlights the new brew’s West Coast roots.
Hella Art Wah comes in at 5.6% alcohol by volume and uses a combination of German Saphir, German Hallertau, and French Aramis hops. The end result is a clean and crisp lager with a firm bitterness and a bold hop flavor for some West Coast Flair.
This will mark the first time a Pilsner-style lager has been introduced at Marin Brewing Company, which is primarily known for their award-winning ales. Hella Art Wah is available by draft at Marin Brewing Company in Larkspur, California.
Brewmaster Arne Johnson commented, “We have made a lot of great beers here at Marin Brewing Company and I thought it would be fun to step out of our comfort zone and develop a pilsner as one of the numerous specialty brews we are doing to celebrate MBC’s 25 years in business. I am very happy with the end result. It has all the clean, crisp, and favorable qualities I love in a pilsner but also an assertive hop punch to make it one-of-a-kind.”
Hella Art Wah will be available for a limited time.
About Marin Brewing Company
Founded in 1989, Marin Brewing Company is a premiere craft brewery and restaurant located in Larkspur, California. Marin Brewing Company has won global recognition for outstanding artisan beers. To learn more about Marin Brewing Company’s award-winning family of beers and our acclaimed food selection, visit the Marin Brewing Company website. You can also follow the Marin Brewing Company Twitter page or Marin Brewing Company Facebook page to stay up to date with all our latest news and events.
Original gravity – 1.052
Terminal gravity – 1.010
Alcohol by Volume – 5.6%
International bitterness units – 36
(Portland, OR) – Upright Brewing releases extremely limited edition new barrel-fermented Lambic-style sour beer in the vein of “Fantasia”.
Saturday March 8th will be the release date for a new beer, Jeux d’eau! We’ve been working on it since the fall of 2012 when we brought in nearly half a ton of beautiful muscat grapes which were fermented with the beer in barrels, similar to the Fantasia. The release will be limited to three bottles per person and held during tasting room hours, 1 – 6 pm.
Jeux d’eau follows the Fantasia in our effort to produce soured fruit beers borrowing from traditional Belgian lambics while maintaining a moderate profile that doesn’t overstep, allowing the fruit to be showcased. In this case, we’re talking about half a ton of muscat grapes sourced from Eola-Amity Hills. These were de-stemmed by hand and packed into several oak barrels, where we then added fresh wort direct from the brewhouse, along with our favorite mix of yeast and bacteria. After a lengthy cask fermentation and maturation, the beer was blended and bottle conditioned for several months to develop. The earthy nose is followed by a spectrum of flavors, most notably the distinct muscat character which seems just as suited to beer as it does wine.
Malt & hops: two-row pale, organic C-15, 2010 warm aged hallertauer
Yeasts: House saison and brettanomyces claussenii
Bacteria: lactobacillus deibruekii
Also: Eola-Amity Hills muscat grapes
Brewed: October 16th 2012, Bottled October 22nd 2013
Total yield: 107 cases and 4 kegs, 6.5% abv