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Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival returns on Labor Day

BeerNews.org - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:32

Sponsored Press Release:

(Houston, TX) – In its 6h year, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival keeps gaining momentum, just like the craft beer industry itself. The festival, tapped as a fan-favorite by ThrillList, also remains a favorite of the industry where brewers regularly unveil never before tasted brews. Join fellow craft beer lovers and supporters as they gather Labor Day weekend to celebrate and sample more than 400 specialty and hard-to-find brews. This foamtastic celebration takes place at Moody Gardens Friday, September 4 through Sunday September 6, 2015.

The three-day celebration will showcase two signature events: BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and BrewLicious Brews and Foods Pairing. There are a host of related events like the BrewMasters PubCrawl and Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. Featured activities include: Beach, Brews and Bands live musical performances and fireworks, educational events, a slew of Brew Brains and industry experts, including award-winning BrewMasters and home brewing masters.

The craft beer industry shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Local brewers predict the upward trajectory will continue for years. Lennie Ambrose of Saint Arnold is excited about this trend and says “We’re now really entering a time where kids that grew up watching their parents drink craft beer are getting to be of age and will naturally gravitate to craft beer.” This steady growth shows that craft brewing is part of a profound shift in American beer culture—a shift that will help craft brewers achieve their ambitious goal of 20 percent market share by 2020 noted the Brewers Association.

New breweries are still on the rise with the recent opening of 11 Below in Northwest Houston. Event founder and organizer, Clifton McDerby, Executive Director of Food & Vine Time Productions, Inc. loves the fact that there is always a new brewery to introduce at BrewMasters. “We get really excited about showcasing what’s new in the market. Our vision has always been to produce the largest craft beer festival in the state by providing beer lovers with the widest selection of craft beers available at any Texas festival along with brew education,” remarked McDerby.

Festivities begin on Friday, September 4 with the BrewMasters Pub Crawl at 8 p.m. Hop on board this festive party bus departing from Moody Gardens with a tour to some of Galveston’s trendiest bars. Meet featured Brew Brains at each stop. Tickets are $25 in advance.

If you are Texas beer fan, and who isn’t, make your first stop of the day on Saturday September 5 at the Texas Brewery Tasting Tour. You’ll have a rare opportunity to take a tasting tour in a small group and intimate environment to enjoy featured Texas brewed selections. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and always sell out.

Then it’s time for the grand tasting. Saturday, September 5 sample some of the best brews in the world made available to beer lovers at the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting held in the Moody Gardens Convention Center. The Grand Tasting will feature over 400 craft and specialty brews as well as a Wine Escape with wine samplings. Admission to BrewHaHa is $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $85 for a VIP ticket, or choose a multi-event Hopper Pass. The BrewHaHa Grand Tasting will run from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and includes access to multiple beer seminars for all who take pride in their beer and want to expand their knowledge of craft beers.

Thirsty for more? This year Brewlicious Brews & Foods Pairing moves to Sunday, September 6, to give foodies time to get to the island. This spectacular event, where everyone is a VIP, is for the serious beer and culinary enthusiast. Every featured beer will be paired with food with a focus on high-end, premium, unique beer paired with just the perfect culinary accompaniment. BrewLicious Brews and Foods will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $75.

What would Labor Day be without a concert on the beach? On Saturday and Sunday from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. get ready to have some fun in the sun as Moody Gardens rolls out a beach blast. Beach, Brews & Bands features live music in the sand followed by fireworks at Palm Beach. Tickets are $12 at the gate. $6 online as an add-on to any BrewMasters ticket purchase. Or $6 at the gate with a BrewMasters wrist band or ticket receipt. Tickets include all activities at Palm Beach plus the concert and fireworks. Admission to Palm Beach is included in your hotel stay.

Driving responsibly is always a must so all BrewMasters events also have a designated driver ticket. Designated drivers cannot sample any beer.

Moody Gardens Hotel is offering a 20% savings on its room rates over Labor Day weekend with a $50 resort credit for a weekend stay. To book your stay, visit www.moodygardenshotel.com or call 888-388-8484. For additional hotel reservation options, visit www.galveston.com.

BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival is sponsored by:
Ben E. Keith, evamor water, Galveston Convention & Visitors Bureau, Silver Leaf Resorts, Leafguard Brickhouse Tavern, Yaga’s Presents, and Green Mountain Energy and for the Wine Escape Rex Goliath, Flip Flop Wines and Ménage a Trois. Featured Brewery Sponsors include: Firestone Walker, Goose Island, Karbach Brewing, Saint Arnold Brewing, Samuel Adams Boston Beer, Shiner, and Southern Star. In-kind and media sponsors include: Acme Party & Tent, Core Details, Houston Event Photos, SpeedPro Imaging The Woodlands, Houston Press, and Yelp.

For more information on the BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, visit www.brewmastersbeerfest.com or call 713-557-5732. Become a fan on Facebook to receive important updates on BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival events and details.

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Reader Tip: Hydro Flask Growler + JugLug… $30

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 07:24
Thanks to HBF Reader Benjamin for this tip!  There are 8 Ways to Connect with HBF This combo gets you a Hydro Flask Growler and a JugLug Stainless Steel, Double Wall Vacuum Insulated (keeps beer cold a long time), 64 Oz Growler by Hydro Flask.  Keeps beer or water cold for up to 24 hours.  Powder coated Black Matte Finish, […]
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Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher – $8, Best Price

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 06:39
Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher.  This title is also available on the Kindle Platform – Tasting Beer Kindle Edition 6/30/15 8:39 AM Central: The paperback version of this highly rated title is selling for just $8.  That’s the best historical Amazon price I found.  Shipping is free […]
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Beer In Ads #1601: Beer Is A Food

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:09
Sunday’s ad is for Ruppert’s Knickerbocker — The Beer That Satisfies — from 1914. The Jacob Ruppert Brewery in New York put out this priceless ad during the inevitable march to prohibition, six years before it was enacted. They were obviously still hoping to turn public opinion with...

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Heat Resistant Glove for Minding Yeast Starters – $5.99 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 23:00
I use a similar type of glove (Ove Glove) when I’m making yeast starters in an Erlenmeyer Flask.  It’s really handy (pun intended) to swirl around the flask or to quickly remove to keep the flask from boiling over. These are also handy on brew day for handling hot (but not wet) ball valves and such. Before someone brings […]
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Patent No. 3589270A: Device For Preparing Brewing Malt

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 22:42
Today in 1971, US Patent 3589270 A was issued, an invention of Gisbert Schlimme and Manfred Tschirner, for their “Device For Preparing Brewing Malt.” There’s no Abstract, although in the description it includes this summary: A single apparatus for preparing brewing malt in three steps,...

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Stainless Steel Bazooka Screen for Kettle or Mash Tun – $8.99

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 19:55
Stainless Steel Bazooka Screen for your boil kettle or mash tun.  Strain hops and trub in your boil kettle or use in your mash tun.  12″.  Stainless Steel Construction with 1/2″ MPT threads. 6/29/15 9:55 PM Central: This is selling for $8.99.  Shipping is free with Prime or a qualifying $35 order.  Check the product page for up […]
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XYZprinting Da Vinci 3D Printer – Tap Handles, Stir Plates and More + 3D Printing Tips – $349.99 Shipped

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 19:00
I’ve had my XYZpringing Da Vinci 1 3D Printer since the end of 2014.  I’ve used it for a lot of projects including several homebrewing related prints.  A few of those… Pub Style Tap Handle – 6 ml Measuring Cup for Star San – Magnet Mounting Thingy – more projects are on the way including a […]
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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA is back for summer session

BeerPulse - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:16

Press Release:

(Escondido, CA) – It’s the time of year again when the mercury in thermometers rises in tandem with the hop faithful’s thirst for piney, botanical bitterness. The close of June marks the start of Stone RuinTen Triple IPA season for Stone Brewing Co. An amped-up IPA building off its famous progenitor, Stone Ruination IPA, this once-a-year offering explodes with citrus and stone fruit aromas that give way to an onslaught of pungent, resinous, tropical fruit flavors. This immensely hopped IPA is available now in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at restaurants, bars and retail shelves where Stone beer is sold, nationwide.

Originally released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Stone Ruination IPA, this splendorous, hop-heavy gem debuted in June 2012 as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA and instantly became a hit among hoppy-beer lovers. Rather than limit the beer to one-hit wonder status, the recipe was revisited and added to Stone’s lineup of annual special releases. In 2013, it came back with the name Stone RuinTen IPA, the nickname given to it by the Stone Brewing Team. This year, it’s returning as 2015 Stone RuinTen Triple IPA and, though the word “triple” has been added to the name, that’s the only difference. The recipe remains the same: full-bodied, flavorful and hoppy as all get out…just the way we (and our fans) like it!

“Stone RuinTen Triple IPA has become one of our brewing team’s favorite IPAs, so we’re always thrilled to brew it come June,” says Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “Dry-hopping with five pounds of Citra and Centennial hops per barrel results in a magical blend of fruity, floral notes.”

Adds Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch, “If Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 is a ‘Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop,’ then Stone RuinTen Triple IPA is ‘A Stage Dive into a Mosh Pit of Hops!’”

Built to sate the appetites of the highest order of hop fanatics, Stone RuinTen Triple IPA’s elevated malt presence provides a strong, full-bodied mouthfeel to help balance its intense, lingering hop bitterness while lending a slightly caramelized accent to hop-borne tropical fruit flavors. These delicious nuances are at their prime when the beer is consumed fresh, making Stone RuinTen Triple IPA an annual offering to be hunted down and enjoyed as soon as humanly possible.

As if the beer itself weren’t enough (it is), for the first time ever, the arrival of Stone RuinTen Triple IPA brings with it a celebration of both the beer and its recently updated, year-round counterpart, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0. This comes via Stone Ruination Nation. Hop-hungry craft beer enthusiasts will be able to soak in the lupulin love at stores, bars and restaurants across the country via a bevy of special events—some of which will include oaked and double-dry-hopped iterations of Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0—and share what are sure to be bold experiences on social media using the hashtag #RuinationNation. Fans are invited to visit RuinationNation.com for more information on this celebration of the almighty hop and a pair of IPAs that pay fitting homage to beer’s boldest element.

You’re welcome…again.

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA Quick Facts
Name: Stone RuinTen Triple IPA
URL: Stonebrewing.com/RuinTen
Stats: 10.8% ABV, 110 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning June 29
Hops Bill: Magnum and Centennial, dry-hopped with Citra and Centennial
National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Japan; Singapore; and United Kingdom
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

Tasting Notes, provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Appearance: Deep gold with an off-white, fluffy head.
Aroma: Intense, dank and fruity hop notes. Lemon oil infused with nectarine, pineapple and tropical fruit, with hints of mint and spice.
Taste: An abundance of tropical hop flavors up front and carrying throughout the palate. A pleasant maltiness balances the hops midpalate. Finishes with a long, lingering, clean bitterness.
Palate: Full-bodied but dry, with an alcohol fullness and sweetness. Very bitter!
Overall: This was one of the team’s favorite IPAs, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to brew it again. The combination of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop is magical. Please drink this beer FRESH to get the full impact of the hopping!

Suggested Pairings, provided by Stone Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Chips and salsa, kimchi, ceviche, bacon-wrapped jalapeños (or habaneros)
Entrees: Salt and pepper shrimp, jambalaya, roasted pork chops with apple sauce, fish tacos, seitan fajitas
Cheeses: Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Mimolette, Pecorino Romano, Maytag Blue
Desserts Carrot cake, apple pie with caramel sauce, spice cake, blueberry jalapeño blue cheese cheesecake
Cigars: Ashton Classic Majesty, Litto Gomez Diez, Don Pepín García Blue Label Invictos Corojo Robusto

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Stone RuinTen Triple IPA is back for summer session

BeerNews.org - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 18:16

Press Release:

(Escondido, CA) – It’s the time of year again when the mercury in thermometers rises in tandem with the hop faithful’s thirst for piney, botanical bitterness. The close of June marks the start of Stone RuinTen Triple IPA season for Stone Brewing Co. An amped-up IPA building off its famous progenitor, Stone Ruination IPA, this once-a-year offering explodes with citrus and stone fruit aromas that give way to an onslaught of pungent, resinous, tropical fruit flavors. This immensely hopped IPA is available now in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at restaurants, bars and retail shelves where Stone beer is sold, nationwide.

Originally released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Stone Ruination IPA, this splendorous, hop-heavy gem debuted in June 2012 as Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA and instantly became a hit among hoppy-beer lovers. Rather than limit the beer to one-hit wonder status, the recipe was revisited and added to Stone’s lineup of annual special releases. In 2013, it came back with the name Stone RuinTen IPA, the nickname given to it by the Stone Brewing Team. This year, it’s returning as 2015 Stone RuinTen Triple IPA and, though the word “triple” has been added to the name, that’s the only difference. The recipe remains the same: full-bodied, flavorful and hoppy as all get out…just the way we (and our fans) like it!

“Stone RuinTen Triple IPA has become one of our brewing team’s favorite IPAs, so we’re always thrilled to brew it come June,” says Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “Dry-hopping with five pounds of Citra and Centennial hops per barrel results in a magical blend of fruity, floral notes.”

Adds Stone CEO and Co-founder Greg Koch, “If Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0 is a ‘Liquid Poem to the Glory of the Hop,’ then Stone RuinTen Triple IPA is ‘A Stage Dive into a Mosh Pit of Hops!’”

Built to sate the appetites of the highest order of hop fanatics, Stone RuinTen Triple IPA’s elevated malt presence provides a strong, full-bodied mouthfeel to help balance its intense, lingering hop bitterness while lending a slightly caramelized accent to hop-borne tropical fruit flavors. These delicious nuances are at their prime when the beer is consumed fresh, making Stone RuinTen Triple IPA an annual offering to be hunted down and enjoyed as soon as humanly possible.

As if the beer itself weren’t enough (it is), for the first time ever, the arrival of Stone RuinTen Triple IPA brings with it a celebration of both the beer and its recently updated, year-round counterpart, Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0. This comes via Stone Ruination Nation. Hop-hungry craft beer enthusiasts will be able to soak in the lupulin love at stores, bars and restaurants across the country via a bevy of special events—some of which will include oaked and double-dry-hopped iterations of Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0—and share what are sure to be bold experiences on social media using the hashtag #RuinationNation. Fans are invited to visit RuinationNation.com for more information on this celebration of the almighty hop and a pair of IPAs that pay fitting homage to beer’s boldest element.

You’re welcome…again.

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA Quick Facts
Name: Stone RuinTen Triple IPA
URL: Stonebrewing.com/RuinTen
Stats: 10.8% ABV, 110 IBUs
Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning June 29
Hops Bill: Magnum and Centennial, dry-hopped with Citra and Centennial
National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Japan; Singapore; and United Kingdom
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

Tasting Notes, provided by Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele

Appearance: Deep gold with an off-white, fluffy head.
Aroma: Intense, dank and fruity hop notes. Lemon oil infused with nectarine, pineapple and tropical fruit, with hints of mint and spice.
Taste: An abundance of tropical hop flavors up front and carrying throughout the palate. A pleasant maltiness balances the hops midpalate. Finishes with a long, lingering, clean bitterness.
Palate: Full-bodied but dry, with an alcohol fullness and sweetness. Very bitter!
Overall: This was one of the team’s favorite IPAs, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to brew it again. The combination of Citra and Centennial in the dry hop is magical. Please drink this beer FRESH to get the full impact of the hopping!

Suggested Pairings, provided by Stone Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak
Appetizers: Chips and salsa, kimchi, ceviche, bacon-wrapped jalapeños (or habaneros)
Entrees: Salt and pepper shrimp, jambalaya, roasted pork chops with apple sauce, fish tacos, seitan fajitas
Cheeses: Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Mimolette, Pecorino Romano, Maytag Blue
Desserts Carrot cake, apple pie with caramel sauce, spice cake, blueberry jalapeño blue cheese cheesecake
Cigars: Ashton Classic Majesty, Litto Gomez Diez, Don Pepín García Blue Label Invictos Corojo Robusto

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Terrapin Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter joins Side Project Series

BeerPulse - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 17:56

Press Release:

(Athens, GA) – Got lunch? Terrapin Beer Co. is making sure the grown-up kids get a balanced meal with the release of Side Project 25 – Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter & Jelly Porter.

Summer is in full swing, complete with sunny afternoons just begging for a picnic adventure. You could always just grab some juice boxes, but wouldn’t you rather have something that appeals to your adult sensibilities? Something without a miniature pointy-ended straw? Brewed with raspberry puree and peanut butter essence, Liquid Lunch raises the bar for brown-bagging it to your favorite picnic spot.

From the label:
Cut off the crust and unwrap the flavor of this fruit centric beer. Hand crafted using real raspberries, “Liquid Lunch” Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter combines all the elements of a familiar lunchtime snack.

ABV: 7.7%
IBU: 30
OG: 18.5

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Cara Pilsner, Malted Wheat, Crystal 85, Crystal 120, Chocolate Malt, Chocolate Wheat, Black Malt
Hops: US Golding
Other: Raspberry Puree, Peanut Butter Essence

Liquid Lunch will be available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles and will ship to Terrapin’s full distribution network through the month of July.

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Terrapin Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter joins Side Project Series

BeerNews.org - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 17:56

Press Release:

(Athens, GA) – Got lunch? Terrapin Beer Co. is making sure the grown-up kids get a balanced meal with the release of Side Project 25 – Liquid Lunch Peanut Butter & Jelly Porter.

Summer is in full swing, complete with sunny afternoons just begging for a picnic adventure. You could always just grab some juice boxes, but wouldn’t you rather have something that appeals to your adult sensibilities? Something without a miniature pointy-ended straw? Brewed with raspberry puree and peanut butter essence, Liquid Lunch raises the bar for brown-bagging it to your favorite picnic spot.

From the label:
Cut off the crust and unwrap the flavor of this fruit centric beer. Hand crafted using real raspberries, “Liquid Lunch” Peanut Butter and Jelly Porter combines all the elements of a familiar lunchtime snack.

ABV: 7.7%
IBU: 30
OG: 18.5

Malts: 2-Row Pale, Cara Pilsner, Malted Wheat, Crystal 85, Crystal 120, Chocolate Malt, Chocolate Wheat, Black Malt
Hops: US Golding
Other: Raspberry Puree, Peanut Butter Essence

Liquid Lunch will be available on draft and in 22 oz. bottles and will ship to Terrapin’s full distribution network through the month of July.

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Starr Hill Brewery’s new packaging debuts in July

BeerPulse - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:37

Press Release:

(Charlottesville, VA) – Starr Hill Brewery is raising the curtain on new packaging artwork for their year-round lineup of beers following the release of a redesigned logo in March.

The refresh celebrates Starr Hill’s 16-year evolution from a small, niche-focused brand to a regional craft brewery with a wide audience, while remaining true to its humble roots of bringing people together through great beer.

“The new labels bring the outside of the bottle in line with what’s on the inside,” said Jack Goodall, Starr Hill’s Marketing Manager. “For the past six months we’ve had tremendous participation and feedback from both long-time supporters and those new to our brand, in addition to the entire Starr Hill team. Now we’re thrilled to share them with all Starr Hill fans throughout our distribution footprint.”

The landscape of Central Virginia and the brewery’s roots in music provides inspiration for the imagery. Textures and graphics on the packaging take cues from silkscreen concert posters. The bright, but simple color palettes give each brand its unique character.

“The identity’s stripped down, handcrafted typography and imagery form the foundation of a consistent visual brand while retaining the brewery’s iconic star logo,” said Wyndsor Hug, Creative Director at Charlottesville-based Storyware. “The star has been the hallmark of the brand since the beginning and is the only remaining visual element.”

The new packaging will make its debut on shelves this July. August will see the release of the first seasonal brand with redesigned artwork, Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter, as well as the Fall Tour Variety Pack.

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Starr Hill Brewery’s new packaging debuts in July

BeerNews.org - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:37

Press Release:

(Charlottesville, VA) – Starr Hill Brewery is raising the curtain on new packaging artwork for their year-round lineup of beers following the release of a redesigned logo in March.

The refresh celebrates Starr Hill’s 16-year evolution from a small, niche-focused brand to a regional craft brewery with a wide audience, while remaining true to its humble roots of bringing people together through great beer.

“The new labels bring the outside of the bottle in line with what’s on the inside,” said Jack Goodall, Starr Hill’s Marketing Manager. “For the past six months we’ve had tremendous participation and feedback from both long-time supporters and those new to our brand, in addition to the entire Starr Hill team. Now we’re thrilled to share them with all Starr Hill fans throughout our distribution footprint.”

The landscape of Central Virginia and the brewery’s roots in music provides inspiration for the imagery. Textures and graphics on the packaging take cues from silkscreen concert posters. The bright, but simple color palettes give each brand its unique character.

“The identity’s stripped down, handcrafted typography and imagery form the foundation of a consistent visual brand while retaining the brewery’s iconic star logo,” said Wyndsor Hug, Creative Director at Charlottesville-based Storyware. “The star has been the hallmark of the brand since the beginning and is the only remaining visual element.”

The new packaging will make its debut on shelves this July. August will see the release of the first seasonal brand with redesigned artwork, Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter, as well as the Fall Tour Variety Pack.

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Starr Hill Brewery Collaboration Tour 2015 kicks off on Independence Day

BeerPulse - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:33

Press Release:

(Charlottesville, VA) – Starr Hill Brewery sees brewing beer much like making music. A Brewmaster writes a song, or a recipe, using a harmonious combination of ingredients. A band of brewers then performs on various instruments to lay down a take in the studio. Beer, like music, is also at its best when shared with others. Brewing beer can be even more fun by joining with different players, each bringing new experiences and influences to create something unique. That’s why Starr Hill is embarking on Collaboration Tour 2015 with seven different craft breweries from around the country and the world.

Headlining the Collaboration Tour is a trip across the Atlantic for the Starr Hill team to brew with Ireland’s largest craft brewer, Carlow Brewing Company/O’Hara’s Brewery. The connection between the breweries from opposite sides of the pond was inspired in part by the award-winning Irish Stout brands they both craft. On tap for this collaboration, however, is a Session Red IPA to be released in Ireland on July 4th in celebration of American and Irish independence. Carlow/O’Hara’s will also travel to Virginia in early 2016 to produce a US-based collaboration to be released on St. Patrick’s Day next year. In addition to the festivities, each trip is an opportunity to learn about growing craft beer communities in each country.

Stateside, Starr Hill will also be celebrating Independence Day with Young Veterans Brewing Company from Virginia Beach. “One Starr Generale” is a Single Hop Pale Ale to be released in honor of the national holiday. Additional stops on the tour include a gig at Sloss Fest in Birmingham, Alabama with Trim Tab Brewing to brew a Session IPA for the festival. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will join Starr Hill in creating a Hopfenweisse beer for Virginia Craft Beer Month in August. The tour continues this fall with DC Brau for an English-style Ordinary Bitter and Brothers Craft Brewing for a Habanero Mango IPA.

Breckenridge Brewery will travel to Virginia this fall to brew the second leg of a collaboration following Starr Hill’s visit to Denver this past March. To kickoff Collaboration Tour 2015, Starr Hill and Breckenridge brewed “Snow Your Oats” Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. The beer was featured at the Colorado Collaboration Festival, during Colorado Craft Beer Month, and brewed with locally sourced Virginia oats and 200 pounds of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory dark chocolate. Many beers from Collaboration Tour 2015 will be available at the Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room. Tune in to Starr Hill social media accounts for updates.

Starr Hill Brewery is an independent, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Please visit www.StarrHill.com for more information.

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Starr Hill Brewery Collaboration Tour 2015 kicks off on Independence Day

BeerNews.org - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:33

Press Release:

(Charlottesville, VA) – Starr Hill Brewery sees brewing beer much like making music. A Brewmaster writes a song, or a recipe, using a harmonious combination of ingredients. A band of brewers then performs on various instruments to lay down a take in the studio. Beer, like music, is also at its best when shared with others. Brewing beer can be even more fun by joining with different players, each bringing new experiences and influences to create something unique. That’s why Starr Hill is embarking on Collaboration Tour 2015 with seven different craft breweries from around the country and the world.

Headlining the Collaboration Tour is a trip across the Atlantic for the Starr Hill team to brew with Ireland’s largest craft brewer, Carlow Brewing Company/O’Hara’s Brewery. The connection between the breweries from opposite sides of the pond was inspired in part by the award-winning Irish Stout brands they both craft. On tap for this collaboration, however, is a Session Red IPA to be released in Ireland on July 4th in celebration of American and Irish independence. Carlow/O’Hara’s will also travel to Virginia in early 2016 to produce a US-based collaboration to be released on St. Patrick’s Day next year. In addition to the festivities, each trip is an opportunity to learn about growing craft beer communities in each country.

Stateside, Starr Hill will also be celebrating Independence Day with Young Veterans Brewing Company from Virginia Beach. “One Starr Generale” is a Single Hop Pale Ale to be released in honor of the national holiday. Additional stops on the tour include a gig at Sloss Fest in Birmingham, Alabama with Trim Tab Brewing to brew a Session IPA for the festival. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will join Starr Hill in creating a Hopfenweisse beer for Virginia Craft Beer Month in August. The tour continues this fall with DC Brau for an English-style Ordinary Bitter and Brothers Craft Brewing for a Habanero Mango IPA.

Breckenridge Brewery will travel to Virginia this fall to brew the second leg of a collaboration following Starr Hill’s visit to Denver this past March. To kickoff Collaboration Tour 2015, Starr Hill and Breckenridge brewed “Snow Your Oats” Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. The beer was featured at the Colorado Collaboration Festival, during Colorado Craft Beer Month, and brewed with locally sourced Virginia oats and 200 pounds of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory dark chocolate. Many beers from Collaboration Tour 2015 will be available at the Starr Hill Brewery Tap Room. Tune in to Starr Hill social media accounts for updates.

Starr Hill Brewery is an independent, regional craft brewery founded in 1999 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Please visit www.StarrHill.com for more information.

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Copper Brown Hydro Flask Stainless Growler – $42.69 shipped

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:32
Stainless Steel, Double Wall Vacuum Insulated (keeps beer cold a long time), 64 Oz Growler from Hydro Flask.  Keeps beer or water cold for up to 24 hours.  Powder coated Copper Brown Matte Finish, Premium Grade 18/8 Stainless.  BPA Free.  Lifetime warranty. 6/29/15 6:30 PM Central: This has recently sold for $49.99.  It’s down to […]
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Ends Soon: 30% Off Hops at Label Peelers + Recent Hop Roundup

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:43
Label Peelers has discounted their entire selection of hops by a whopping 30%.  That includes popular hops like Cascade, Citra, Centennial, Amarillo, Galaxy, Sorachi Ace, Simcoe and lots more.  In all Label Peelers lists 83 different varieties.  Full lbs, ounces are available in addition to whole cones and pellets.  This limited time sale is set […]
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Russian River Pliny the Elder named Best Commercial Beer in America by Zymurgy Mag

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Zymurgy magazine.

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

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

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

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

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

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

Press Release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Zymurgy magazine.

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

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

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

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