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Boulder Beer’s new Imperial Black IPA celebrates company’s 35th anniversary

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:10

As many of you know, 2014 happens to be the 35th Anniversary of brewing for Colorado’s First Craft Brewery – Boulder Beer Company! It is with great pride that we introduce to you our commemorative special release – Boulder Beer’s 35th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA.

More >> Boulder Beer blog.

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Brooklyn Cuvée Noire to be released on May 3rd

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 16:01

We’ve always been full of surprises, but up until now we’ve kept some pretty cool stuff to ourselves. The Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment series (aka BQE) offers you our personal stash of bottle-conditioned beers that take an extra measure of time, space and dedication to pull off. Once upon a time, we created a beer called “Cuvée Noire”, and this beer lived beyond the strictures of beer styles.

More >> Brooklyn blog.

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Founders Rübæus and Old Curmudgeon Old Ale returning soon

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:38

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Founders Brewing Co. announced the upcoming return of two limited/seasonal beers in Friday’s email newsletter.

Be on the lookout for Rubaeus, our summer seasonal. It will be available in May–or earlier in some of our markets. It’s brewed with fresh raspberries added during multiple stages of fermentation.

Curmudgeon Old Ale, an old ale brewed with molasses and an insane focus on the malt bill, then oak-aged, has already started hitting shelves and draft lines. It’s our April-June specialty release.

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SweetWater Brewing Co. named Atlanta Braves’ exclusive craft beer sponsor

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 15:27

After recent announcements its beer would sell on certain Delta flights and its top 20 ranking by the Brewers Association, the Atlanta brewery reported Wednesday it is now the exclusive craft beer sponsor of the Atlanta Braves.

More >> Atlanta Business Chronicle.

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Beer industry leaders think quality problem is brewing amongst startups

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:58

Gatza, president of the Brewers Association, the Boulder-based trade association for small and independent American craft brewers, said seven or eight of the 10 breweries needed improvement. The brewers didn’t think so, he said. They thought their beers were awesome.

More >> Denver Post.

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New Belgium update: Skinny Dip, Odell FOCOllaboration, Three Floyds Gratzer

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:53

(Fort Collins, CO) – New Belgium Brewing released some news through its Beer Mode app this week. In addition to the new seasonal now available, Summer Helles, there are at least three more releases to look forward to in the next


Skinny Dip makes a comeback this summer as the Revival Beer in bottle Folly Packs. This full-bodied, highly drinkable beer made its mark as a summer seasonal.


We teamed up with our hometown hop heroes at Odell to brew a FOrt COllins collaboration. Our proximity allowed sharing of ingredients to create this unique Pale Ale. If only we could employ prairie dogs that in habit the space between us to courier the Fawcett malt, an Odell standard, we used to complement our favored Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops.

In the heart of the Midwest is a very small brewery with a very big reputation. In spite of their super limited distribution, Munster, Indiana’s 3 Floyds is known far and wide for beers like Alpha King, Dark Lord and Dreadnaught. We got together and brewed a gratzer with them and in June we’ll release it as part of the Lips of Faith series.

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Tyranena Devil Over A Barrel Barrel-Aged Imperial Oatmeal Porter now available

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:21

(Lake Mills, WI) – Tyranena Brewing Co. recently released Devil Over a Barrel for the first time in six years.

The beer is an Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels and part of the Brewers Gone Wild! series. It also happens to be the company’s highest-rated beer on RateBeer.com.

Now available in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.

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Save 10% on Tallgrass Brewing Co's Velvet Rooster Pro Series Kit

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:51
Northern Brewer has a line of Pro Series Recipe Kits.  These kits are based on recipes received directly from Breweries.  In that sense, they are not clone kits, they are the actual recipes.  Partner brewers include Surly, Town Hall, Lakefront, Dry Dock and Tallgrass Brewing Company.  Check out the full selection - Here

Northern Brewer is offering 10% Off All Extract Belgian Kits.  That includes Tallgrass Brewing Company's Velvet Rooster.

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This is a great beer.  I'm also a big fan of Tallgrass Brewing in general.

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Bayou Classic SP10 Propane Burner - $46.02 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:30
Bayou Classic's highly rated SP10 Propane Burner has recently sold for $59.90.  It has dropped to $46.02.  That's the lowest Amazon price for this in nearly a year.  Back around April of 2013 it sold for just 65 cents less.  It also ships for free.

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Equinox™ HBC 366 revealed as latest hop varietal from The Hop Breeding Co. (video)

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:23


We surmised last week that the new hop to get a name at The Craft Brewers Conference this week might be HBC 366 and lo and behold…

From the breeders of Citra® YCR 394 cv, Mosaic™ HBC 369 cv, and Simcoe® YCR 14 cv hops comes the latest varietal release – Equinox™ HBC 366.

These hops are generally some of the most sought-after in the industry.

In the video above, Brooklyn Brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, discusses Equinox™. Check out more info on the newly-named hop below.


General Trade Perception

The diversified and pronounced aroma characteristics combined with extremely high oil content and a tight cone structure make this hop variety very unique.


A pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics. Specific descriptors include lemon, lime, papaya, apple, and green pepper.

Additional Information

Developed by the Hop Breeding Company. The Hop Breeding Company is a joint venture between between Select Botanicals Group LLC and John I Hass.

Alpha Acids

14.4 – 15.6%

Beta Acids

4.6 – 5.1%


31.7 – 38%

Total Oil

2.9 mL / 100g

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Uinta Brewing Co. brews up three new house beers for Yard House chain

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 10:05

This year, Yard House partnered with Uinta Brewing Company to introduce three new house beers.  Located in Salt Lake City, Uinta began brewing in 1993 and has received awards and medals from regional, national and international competitions, including the North American Beer Awards, World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival. Yard House is now pouring a House Honey Blonde, an IPA and a White Ale from Uinta*.

Part of a broader press release on Yard House’s initiatives around craft beer.

More >> PRNewswire.

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Smartmouth Brewing unveils designs for 12-ounce cans

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:56

Press Release: 

(Norfolk, VA) – Coming soon, Smartmouth’s three flagship beers (Alter Ego Saison, Rule G IPA and Murphy’s Law Amber Ale) will be available in crafty 12-ounce cans. These lightweight, fully recyclable, portable mini-kegs will never shatter, never skunk and never chip a tooth. Until now, our beer has been available by draft only in bars, restaurants and the popular Smartmouth tasting room. Fans will be able to grab a six-pack from local grocery and convenience stores and spend some quality time with Smartmouth’s newest family members.

The Smartmouth team worked with The Meridian Group of Virginia Beach to design eye-catching, captivating cans that mimic the blackboard walls in the Smartmouth Tasting Room. The doodles and formulas are derived from the brewing process or bits and pieces of our history that make us uniquely Smartmouth. Smartmouth will be posting the key (attached to this press release) that reveals the descriptions for those who are curious. Drink and learn.

Smartmouth is committed to serving great beer and cans provide better packaging than bottles. Thereare two primary enemies of finished beer – oxygen and light. The double-crimped seal on a can is better at preventing air from getting to the beer than bottle caps and no light can penetrate the aluminum. Can are infinitely recyclable which makes them more environmentally friendly than bottles. Each can weighs less than a bottle by approximately 6oz and takes up less space, which means it is takes less energy to ship a pallet or carry a six pack home or stack them in your fridge. Cans also cool faster than bottles so you can enjoy them faster. Last, cans go where bottles can’t – including swimming pools, boats and the beach. As far as taste, cans today are lined with a water-based polymer lining that eliminates any metallic
contamination or flavors. (Facts gathered from craftcans.com.)

Smartmouth has purchased a canning line from Wild Goose Canning that will package approximately 24 12oz cans a minute. The canning line will be installed in the coming weeks. Smartmouth has been working hard to ensure availability of these cans across our market before the heat hits. Ask your favorite beer retailer if they will be carrying our cans. Stay tuned for the upcoming release date!

Special Can Events –
Saturday, May 10, 12noon-7pm, “Celebrate Cans” Street Party at Smartmouth. 4 Food Trucks, 2 Beer Trucks, Live Music by Esoteric Ramblers & Derek Smith and The Family Tree, and more!

Saturday & Sunday May 17 & 18 – Stockley Gardens Art along the Hague – look for the Smartmouth Can Sculpture by local artist Asa Jackson.

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Just Announced: ThermoWorks TestTest 1 Digital Thermometer - 360 Degree Display

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:49
ThermoWorks - the folks behind the nearly universally lauded Thermapen (Hands on Review) -has just announced the availability of the new TempTest 1 Thermometer.

The TempTest 1 Thermometer has some impressive features including automatic 360 degree rotating display, blazing fast 3 second readings, NIST traceable certification and IP67 Waterproof rating.  This thing is fully submersible.

Check it out - Here

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The Rare Beer Club down to final names for upcoming Bruery, Cigar City, Shmaltz beers

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:42

Sponsored Post by The Rare Beer Club: 

We’re down to our top 3 names for each of the three custom beers being made for us as part of our 20-Year Anniversary celebration and need your help in choosing the winners!

You may cast only one vote for each of the three beers, but if you’re one of the finalists, you’re certainly welcome to encourage your friends and family to vote as well. All votes must be in no later than Monday, April 14th at 10 am. The winners will be announced later that day and will be contacted directly to claim their 6-month memberships.

We’ve got some great names and it’ll only take you a couple minutes.

Learn More About the Beers and Vote now!

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Weldless Stainless Spigot for Kettles and Coolers - $26.95

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:33
This is More Beer's new Stainless Spigot.  It is designed to work with both kettles and coolers. 
Product Description - Here.  Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount.

Weldless Spigot - Stainless WL301 - $26.95 + Free Shipping with $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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Seagram’s Escapes launches new brand image, national campaign

BeerNews.org - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 09:24

Press Release: 

(Rochester, NY) – Seagram’s Escapes, building on its success as the #1 selling flavored malt beverage, will unveil a new brand image and introduce it through a multi-media national campaign. Beginning in mid-April, Seagram’s Escapes’ new tagline “Keep it Colorful” will come to life through advertising and social channels that inspire consumers to add a creative use of color to make any occasion more special. The brand campaign will include:

· Television ads. To unveil its new image and tagline, Seagram’s Escapes will debut national TV commercials for the first time in 20 years. The ads will begin airing in mid-April on Bravo, Food Network and E!. Get a sneak peek of one of the new Seagram’s Escapes ads: View TV spot

· Retail. Seagram’s Escapes will launch an innovative retail display, a first for the flavored malt beverage category, in grocery stores nationwide including Kroger and Publix. The display builds off the momentum created by the brand’s 10 bottles for $10 program that introduced a mix and match flavor approach to the FMB category.

· Social Media: Seagram’s Escapes will partner with top trendsetters, bloggers and influencers in the entertaining, fashion, beauty, home décor and DIY categories to develop monthly content. These ideas will focus on colorful seasonal trends, holidays and party themes and will be shared across all of brand’s social channels.

“The FMBs were once a sleepy giant with very little new news. Seagram’s Escapes re-introduced the relevancy of coolers and shook up the segment over the last few years with smart and exciting retail executions that reintroduced Seagram’s Escapes to consumers again and drove impulse purchase,” said Jennifer McCauley, brand manager for Seagram’s Escapes. “Our job now is to make them feel something more for the brand. Our new positioning and campaign, Keep It Colorful, elevates the brand in a more aspirational way and connects to the lifestyle of our consumer. Seagram’s Escapes offers both fun and flavor and also shows her more inspired ways to add color to her everyday occasions.”

In addition to the new campaign, shoppers also will find new flavors and packaging variety at retail.

· New Flavors. Two new on-trend flavors–Grape Fizz and Fruit Punch–hit store shelves this spring, bringing the total variety to 18 delicious flavors.

· Cans. A first for the brand, and in response to consumer demand, Seagram’s Escapes will offer three flavors in 16-ounce cans: Grape Fizz, Strawberry Daiquiri and top-selling flavor, Jamaican Me Happy.

“Our consumers love to try new flavors, and Grape Fizz and Fruit Punch are two classics that fit with our family,” said McCauley. “Seagram’s Escapes 16-ounce cans give them a convenient solution for outdoor gatherings when glass isn’t the best option. It’s a great package to broaden consumption opportunities as well as distribution.”

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Reader Tip: American Weigh, 1000 gram, 1/10th gram precision scale - $8.40

Homebrew Finds - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 08:12
Thanks to HBF Reader Rick for this tip!  Rick says: "I just received one of these from Amazon and it's well worth the price."1000 gram capacity with .1 gram resolution. 

This would be great for weighing hops and water salts.  Includes the tare feature.  That allows you to subtract the weight of the container so you can get just the weight of your ingredients, hops or water salts.  (more details)

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Beer In Ads #1157: Go First Class

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 21:32
Thursday’s ad is for Miller High Life, from the 1950s. Another of Miller’s minimalist ads, this one is set in a backyard barbecue. They’re making kabobs, but I especially love that they converted a wicker cart into a cooler.

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Upslope Belgian Pale Ale makes seasonal return

BeerNews.org - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 20:46

Press Release: 

(Boulder, CO) – Upslope Brewing Company is excited to announce the re-release of its Limited Release Belgian Style Pale Ale just in time for spring and summer. Recently only available in their 12-pack Mix Box and in their tap rooms, the seasonal favorite has been showing up on tap around Colorado bars with 12 oz. six packs hitting shelves this week in Colorado, Texas, Arizona and Wyoming.

“This limited release is perfect for this time of year and tends to be an in-house favorite,” said Upslope Founder, Matt Cutter. “When not in season, we used this style as the base for Ferus Fluxus Wild Belgian Pale Ale, our collab with Crooked Stave, brewed four different barrel-aged fruit beers with it and featured three cans in our Mix Box. Just like our fans, though, we’re happy to welcome it back in six packs for the warmer months.”

Wonderfully deceptive, this light bodied Belgian-style ale is full of flavor with an alcoholic kick. Trappist Ale yeast provides fruity esters to balance out the 7.5% abv and its coriander finish is a refreshing treat as the temperatures rise. This brew is sticking around all summer long, so crack one and cool down at your next BBQ, music fest or after a long bike ride.

Because the warm weather seasonal will now be available in six packs, be on the lookout for a new off-season, Limited Release style to take its place in the Upslope Mix Box.

About Upslope Brewing Company

Boulder-based Upslope Brewing Company is the creator of premium, filtered ales and lagers that are artfully crafted using natural ingredients. Packaged in aluminum cans for exceptional portability, and because it’s best for the environment, Upslope complements the outdoor lifestyle and caters to the on-the-go beer enthusiast. The five flagship beers include: Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Brown Ale, Craft Lager and Imperial India Pale Ale. Additional installments are offered in a Limited Release Series. In an ongoing effort to protect Colorado watershed, and the key ingredient in Upslope ales and lagers, one percent of Upslope Craft Lager’s revenue benefits Colorado Trout Unlimited. Learn more about Upslope at www.upslopebrewing.com.

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