All hops from crops previous to 2013 are on sale at 20% off! That's a score for you because the way we treat our hops they are fresh regardless of the crop year and here's why. First off, we get our hops in large volumes in nitrogen flushed mylar and we store them at very cold temps that are well below freezing. Using an industrial vacuum sealing system we break these up and in to 2oz and 1lb packs in mylar bags for your consumption. We cycle through these so quickly that you will often get hops that have only been repackaged for between 1-10 days before you place your order. We recently added a nitrogen flush to our vacuum sealing process as well. Not all varieties have rolled over to the nitrogen flush but those packs that have been say so on their labels. Once in transit, to 48 of the 50 states, your hops get to you within 2-3 days (excluding Sundays and Holidays), and to Alasks and Hawaii it takes about a week.
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This sale ends Friday, March 7th at 12PM MST
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If you are the purchaser for a homebrew supply store or professional brewery please visit http://pro.Nikobrew.com. Due to our extremely limited supply of some varieties not all hops that are available on our retail site are available wholesale.
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(Berkeley, CA) – Bison Brewing is excited to announce its first hire outside of its home state of California. Duke Geren will be joining the Bison Brewing team as its new Director of Hearts and Minds, representing and promoting the Bison brand in Oregon and Washington states.
“I met Duke through Twitter, and got to hang out with him last 2-3 years at OBF and Winter Beer Fest and my other visits to PDX,” says Dan Del Grande, Bison’s owner and brewmaster. “He impressed me with his beer knowledge—being an educator at F.H. Steinbart Co.—and relentless upbeat attitude. He’ll continue to provide the best of these two worlds, spreading the word of my organic beers.”
Duke first fell in love with craft beer over 20 years ago during his first visit to Portland’s iconic English-style pub, The Horse Brass. The bartender that evening was none other than the bar’s legendary proprietor —the late great Don Younger. Younger’s knowledge and passion for craft beer made such and impression on Duke; he was automatically converted into a craft beer fan for life.
After leaving his 23-year career in the airline industry, Duke landed his first gig in the craft beer industry at F.H. Steinbart Co.—the oldest home brew and draught supply store in the United States. Duke worked there three years when the opportunity to join the Bison team presented itself.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be working with a passionate group of individuals who not only promote high quality craft beer, but do so responsibly and sustainably,” explains Duke.
In his new role as the Director of Hearts and Minds, Duke will be working as Bison’s Northwest regional sales representative, promoting and selling Bison’s delicious line of organic craft beers to the thirsty patrons of Cascadia.
Duke has lived in the Portland area for the past 16 years and currently resides in Vancouver, Washington with his partner of 13 years, Courtney, and their two children, Coler and Declynn.
(Washington, DC) – Today, the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid by beer brewers:
The January 2014 domestic tax paid estimate is 13,800,000 barrels. January 2013 removals were 13,700,000 (revised) for an increase of 0.7 percent.
Please note the following monthly revisions from previous releases for 2012 and 2013:
The Beer Institute is the trade association representing all brewers and beer importers, as well as industry suppliers.
BeerPulse Note: More info on the Daredevil Brewing blog
(Speedway, IN) – The Speedway Redevelopment Commission has entered into a development agreement with Daredevil Brewing Co., makers of Lift Off IPA and aggressively fun craft beers, to acquire a two-acre site at the 1100 block of Main Street.
“A craft brewery on Main Street provides a new type of destination location that complements and adds to the growing diversity of local businesses and restaurants in Speedway,” said Vince Noblet, President of the Speedway Redevelopment Commission. “We are excited to welcome Daredevil Brewing Co. to Main Street and our Speedway community.”
Daredevil Brewing Co. is currently located in Shelbyville, IN. The Main Street location is an expansion of their growing craft beer business and will be Daredevil Brewing Co.’s first public taproom. Initial development will also include a 10,000-square-foot production brewery with additional expansion possible in the future.
“Main Street, Speedway, is an iconic location that uniquely complements everything Daredevil is about,” said Shane Pearson, co-owner of Daredevil Brewing Co. “After months of due diligence evaluating locations, we found this incredible opportunity to acquire a former brownfield site that supports our business plans and allows us to be a part of the redevelopment of historic Main Street, Speedway.”
“The commitment of Daredevil to locate on Main Street is another important step for our Town’s redevelopment effort. It’s a strong showing that business wants to be here, at the heart of the racing industry,” concluded Gary L. Raikes, President of the Speedway Town Council.
Construction is planned to begin later this year with the goal of the new brewery being fully operational within the next 12 months. Daredevil Brewing Co. plans to continue to operate their production brewery in Shelbyville.
About Daredevil® Brewing Co.
Daredevil Brewing Co. is an independent, central Indiana based craft brewery that was founded by two award winning craft brewers, Bill Ballinger and Michael Pearson, and a talented craft beer enthusiast, Shane Pearson, to bring their flavorful interpretations of craft beer to market. We know from experience that brewing eclectic, aggressively fun beers is not for the timid. Fortunately, the only thing we like better than a challenge is drinking the end result.
For more information and to find Daredevil Brewing Co beers in your area visit www.DaredevilBeer.com. You can also follow Daredevil Brewing Co on Facebook at DaredevilBrewing, Twitter @DaredevilBeer and Instagram @DaredevilBeer
About Speedway Redevelopment Commission
The SRC consists of five volunteers appointed by the Speedway Town Council. Using input from the entire community, the commission is charged with developing a plan to revitalize a 700-acre area, including Speedway’s Main Street and the large area to the northwest termed Area 2. More information about the SRC is available at www.speedwayindiana.com.
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This year’s schedule contained 607 events, a 17% increase over 2013. Events took place at 222 locations all over the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz to Santa Rosa, and east to Livermore. That’s a whopping 41% increase compared to 2013.
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(Camden, Baltimore, MD) – Full Tilt Brewing (FTB), Baltimore’s newest craft beer producer, is excited to announce their newest addition, “CAMDEN CREAM.” Their initial release to the ever growing craft beer market will take place on Saturday, March 8th at Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant in the Camden Yards warehouse located at 333 W. Camden St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. Food and drink specials start at 6:00pm, with the pouring / toast of the first pint of Camden Cream taking place at 7:00 pm sharp and will be served at $4 per pint all night.
In addition to the Camden Cream beer on draft, Dempsey’s will also have three of FTB’s other drafts: Baltimore Pale Ale, Patterson Pumpkin, and their Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout available for $5 per pint, with “Happy Hour” priced cuisine throughout the entirety of the event. Along with live musical entertainment by The Simon Pyles Trio, Dempsey’s is also holding a cornhole tournament.
Camden Cream was brewed with the light, creamy grain bill of 2-Row Pale, Bohemian Pilsner, Vienna, and Carahell malts and gently hopped with Amarillo and Northern Brewer hops. Finally, lager yeast is pitched and fermented at ale temps to your palate’s delight. “Crack one open and enjoy… but why stop now? You still have 9 innings to go…” Though light in color and ABV, this isn’t your typical “light” beer. The blend of specialty malts chosen for this brew brings a flavorful twist while the hop bill helps provide overall balance to the mouth-feel and a pleasant floral aroma. Camden Cream is the craft beer drinker’s “light” beer.
FULL TILT BREWING comes from the background of not-cutting corners as its owners are passionate about every aspect of what they do. As it states on the opening page of their website, “Why do something half assed when you can do it full tilt?” and “Never slow down, never settle for less, and never be content with anything other than the best.” This newest addition to the FTB line of brews continues that mantra.
The owners of FULL TILT BREWING will debut their newest offering at a keg tapping ceremony at Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant in the Camden Yards warehouse, 333 W. Camden St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201. This event is open to the public. For more information about FULL TILT BREWING visit www.fulltiltbrewing.com or call (603) 828-1478 or email email@example.com. FULL TILT BREWING is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fulltiltbrewing) and Twitter (@fulltiltbrewing). For more information about Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant visit http://www.dempseysbaltimore.com or call (410) 843-7901. Dempsey’s Brew Pub is also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DempseysBrewPubAndRestaurant) and Twitter (@DempseysBrewPub).
(Bucyrus, MO) — Piney River Brewing Company is celebrating their third anniversary on Sat., Mar. 15th at the brewery in Bucyrus.
The “3rd Aleiversary” party will be held at the BARn—the brewery and tap room located off Junction ZZ—from 12 to 7 p.m.
“Every year our Aleiversary grows in size and in fun, and we expect this year will be no different” Joleen Durham, co-founder and owner, said.
The Piney River tap room will pour several beers that are available year round in the tap room including Float Trip Ale, Black Walnut Wheat, McKinney Eddy Amber Ale, Bronzeback Pale Ale, Old Tom Porter and Missouri Mule India Pale Ale. Special beers will be tapped throughout the day and served as well.
An Aleiversary first at Piney River Brewing will be the release of a beer that will be available on draft and in four-pack pint cans only at the BARn the day of the event.
“We wanted to be able to offer a special beer to the folks that come visit us at the BARn,” Brian Durham, co-founder and head brewer, said. “We have brewed Mule Team, an imperial India pale ale, that will be available the day of the Aleiversary.”
The “3rd Aleiversary Limited Release” Mule Team label thanks the team—“dedicated employees, partnerships with distributors, support of friends, neighbors and craft beer lovers”—that has helped the brewery achieve success over the past three years.
“India pale ales are a favorite beer style for Joleen and I, so we thought the style would be an excellent, first time, limited release for Piney River Brewing,” Brian Durham said.
In addition to the handcrafted ales, the Aleiversary will feature two bands providing live music—The Farethewells from Salem and Deep Fried Squirrel from Springfield. Both bands feature multi-talented instrumentalists and singers that perform traditional bluegrass tunes as well as Americana, folk and rock covers and original songs.
Mike and Julie’s Smoked Meats of Huggins is returning to provide food for the festivities including pulled pork, smoked brisket and “Irish nachos”.
Piney River Brewing is located on Durham’s 80-acre farm, operating out of a restored 70-year old barn. Durham founded the brewery with his wife, Joleen, in 2010 with a 10-gallon brewing system. The seven-barrel brewhouse and related packaging equipment went into full-time use in the fall of 2011.
In 2013, Piney River Brewing produced over 1,100 barrels of beer, and their Old Tom Porter won a gold medal in the brown porter category at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
The brewery has distribution throughout Central and Southwest Missouri and Arkansas.
Additional information about Piney River Brewing and the 3rd Aleiversary can be found at www.pineyriverbrewing.com.
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(Everett, MA) – Since its debut in April of 2012, Crabbie’s Original Alcoholic Ginger Beer (4.8% ABV) has established, and is leading, the alcoholic ginger beer category in the United States. Crabbie’s Original, which is served chilled over ice with a slice of lemon or lime, has been warmly received throughout the U.S. and is currently distributed in 42 states. Building on the success of Crabbie’s Original comes a new addition to the Crabbie’s portfolio, Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer.
“Crabbie’s is the United Kingdom’s number one selling bottled beer. It’s a truly innovative drink that hasn’t been offered before in America and the response has been incredible,” says Phil Clarke, general manager of St. Killian, the exclusive US importer of Crabbie’s. “With the introduction of Spiced Orange, we look forward to the continued growth of the brand; it’s time for a Crabbie’s.”
Crabbie’s Original is carefully crafted from a recipe using ginger shipped from the Far East which is cold steeped for up to six weeks and then combined with four secret ingredients. The result is a refreshing, light bodied ginger beer with a spicy fresh ginger flavor, notes of citrus and a warming finish. Spiced Orange offers the same refreshing taste as the Original but with a lighter ginger profile and a zesty orange flavor. Crabbie’s Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer is ideal when served chilled over ice with a slice of orange.
To celebrate the launch, Crabbie’s is hosting a series of Spiced Orange consumer launch events throughout the Spring across the U.S. including: Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Miami, FL; New York City, NY; Richmond, VA; San Francisco, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; and Tacoma WA. The events will offer Crabbie’s Original and Spiced Orange over ice with a slice and incorporated into a variety of Crabbie’s cocktails; chef’s will also pair dishes with Crabbie’s and cook with Crabbie’s.
Since Crabbie’s entered the U.S. market, it has received high praise from Bon Appetit, Huffington Post and The Dallas Morning News. Hailed as “a ginger beer that lives up to its name” (Bon Appetit), Huffington Post’s “Taste Test” concluded that “the UK’s best-selling ginger beer is finally available in the U.S., and we are quite pleased about it.” The Morning News called Crabbie’s “moderately gingered and not too sweet…a smooth, refreshing drink,” and Crabbie’s was named “Best in Show” by greater San Francisco’s Fairfax Beer Festival, where it stacked up against some of the nation’s top domestic craft breweries.
The Crabbie’s adventure dates back to 1801 in Edinburgh, Scotland and the shipping port of Leith. Merchant-explorer John Crabbie began creating great tasting drinks to sell in his shop at 99 Giles Street. He searched the Far East for the best ingredients, including ginger and exotic spices; once selected, the goods were commonly transported by elephants to ships which then set sail for Scotland. More than 200 years later, Crabbie’s elephant logo reflects the search for those ingredients, which are still used today to develop the one-of-a-kind flavor of its alcoholic ginger beer.
Crabbie’s is available for purchase in two formats: a four-pack of 11 ounce bottles and a 16.9 ounce bottle. Ideal for sipping, Crabbie’s can also be blended into a variety of ginger beer cocktails, such as a Dark and Crabbie and the Moscow Mule.
Crabbie’s is currently available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
Sales inquiries for Crabbie’s Original and Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer should be directed to Crabbies@StKillian.com. For more information on Crabbie’s, please visit www.crabbiesgingerbeer.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@CrabbiesUSA) #icewithaslice #spicedorange.
(Addison, TX) – Flying Saucer Draught Emporium in Addison will host its first outdoor block party in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Monday, March 17 from 1 to 7 p.m. at its 14999 Montfort Dr. location.
The St. Patrick’s Day block party will feature an outdoor bar, food and music by DJ Russ. Attendees will be able to participate in the fun outdoor game “Bag Toss” and meet special guest, Seamus O’Hara, founder and owner of O’Hara’s Brewery based in Ireland.
“We are doing things a little differently this year by fencing off a section of our parking lot to allow the St. Patrick’s Day party to flow outdoors,” said Bo Peyton, general manager of Flying Saucer Addison. “We’ll have several Irish beers on tap, and our guest Seamus O’Hara, founder of O’Hara’s Brewery, will add even more authenticity to the event.”
Beer garden-style seating will be available, as well as standing room only. Must be 21 years of age to enter. For more information, please visit http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/addison/.
About Flying Saucer Draught Emporium
Flying Saucer has been a pioneer on the craft beer scene since we opened the doors of our original location in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1995. Our family-owned beer joint has 16 locations throughout Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Missouri. Flying Saucer offers more than 250 beers with a full spectrum of brewing styles handpicked for each unique market. We do not franchise because we want it done right. Learn more at www.beerknurd.com.
(Richmond, VA) – Senate Bill 430, a bill which legally defines breweries located on a farm, passed both houses of the Virginia General Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association (VMA), has led the business coalition supporting this bill, which will grant breweries located on a farm similar privileges as farm wineries. The farm breweries are required to grow and use their agricultural product, such as hops or barley, in its beer.
Senator John Watkins led the bill through the Virginia Senate, where it passed 35-3. The House of Delegates passed SB430 unanimously Monday, 97-0.
“The craft beer industry is a growing part of Virginia’s economy, ” said Lisa Pumphrey of Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery. “Senator Watkins recognized that farm breweries offer an avenue for small business generation in rural areas. The bill will allow new breweries to flourish and contribute to Virginia’s tourism industry.”
SB 430 builds on the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild’s record of legislative success. The Guild also successfully pressed for legislation enabling breweries to sell beer for consumption in their tasting rooms. SB 604, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed into law in 2012, changed a provision limiting on-premise consumption. Since the law was changed, the craft beer industry in Virginia has seen 75% growth in the number of breweries, supporting 8,123 FTE jobs and granting the Commonwealth an economic impact of $623 million.
About Virginia Craft Brewers Guild
The Virginia Craft Brewers Guild is a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth. Virginia’s craft beer industry supports 8,163 FTE jobs, and has an economic impact of $623 million. Virginia Craft Brewers Guild is an affiliate of the Virginia Manufacturers Association. The purpose of the Guild is to organize craft brewers for purposes of economic development, business development, supply chain management, tourism and government affairs. For more information on the Guild, go to http://www.virginiacraftbrewers.org.
(Parkesburg, PA) – Victory Brewing Company is thrilled to announce the official premiere of their highly anticipated state-of-the-art brewery at 3127 Lower Valley Road in Parkesburg, Pa. The facility, which is more than 140,000 square feet set on 42 acres of rolling Chester County countryside, prepares the brewery for the next chapter in its history.
“In 2011, we faced the choice of either retracting markets or expanding our production, as demand outpaced our supply,” said Bill Covaleski, Victory’s president and co-founder/brewmaster. “I guess you know which way we landed! Now, after more than 18 months of planning and construction, and maybe just one or two sleepless nights in there, we’re excited to finally show-off this beautiful new brewery.”
The location was chosen because of its similarities to Victory’s home in Downingtown. Just as the Downingtown brewery recycled an old Pepperidge Farm factory, the Parkesburg brewery is built within an existing building and both are situated less than 20 miles away from the headwaters of the east and west branches of the Brandywine Creek, respectively.
“Environmental impact and water quality were major considerations for this expansion. Nearly eight months of water-quality research found that the mineral composition of the west branch water is nearly identical to the east branch,” Covaleski continued. “Now the beer is flowing and we couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”
The production space is equipped with top-of-the-line brewing technology and tools, including a best-in-class German-built ROLEC brewhouse with production capacity of up to 200 barrels per batch, as well as a proprietary hop separator coined the HopVIC, and a hard-piped fermentation cellar featuring (16) 1,000 barrel fermenters. At full capacity, the brewery will able to brew 225,000 barrels annually – more than doubling the current capability in Downingtown.
“Another one of the really exciting new features in this brewery is the state-of–the-art biological acidification system, which will allow our brewers to naturally optimize pH values throughout the brewing process, yielding cleaner and fresher tasting beer,” explained Ron Barchet, Victory’s CEO and co-founder/brewmaster.
The facility also is designed to entertain and educate, bringing fans and beer enthusiasts closer to all aspects of the brewing process. Construction will continue on the 10,000 square feet of space where a full service brewpub and beer garden are planned, scheduled to near completion by the start of 2015. In the meantime, the facility will be available for private catered events and beginning April 5, will be accessible to the public via chartered school bus tours from the Downingtown brewpub, which also just recently resumed offering tours on the weekends.
“We share the anticipation our fans have expressed over having the opportunity to enjoy the brewpub and tour experience in Parkesburg,” said Barchet. “While there are still a number of hurdles to cross until that can happen entirely, we’re excited to offer an enjoyable package option that provides a behind the scenes look at the brewery, as well as food and beer component in the meantime.”
The tours, which are scheduled for Saturdays from 11am-2:30pm and 3pm-6:30pm, will depart from Victory’s Downingtown brewpub. Upon arrival in Parkesburg, guests will receive a welcome beer in the catering hall, followed by a guided tour of the brewery from the production floor, before meeting back in the hall to enjoy a chef-inspired food and beer pairing. Each session is limited to 40 people and all tour guests must be 21 years or older to participate. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be available on Victory’s website, beginning Monday, March 3.
“Words can barely describe the level of our enthusiasm for this new brewery and what it means for Ron and me,” said Covaleski. “Parkesburg will enable more brewmaster creativity and innovation, as well as the release of new specialty and experimental recipes while allowing us to continue to deliver the existing world-class brands our fans know and love. We hope our fans are equally as excited.”
- If stretched end to end, more than three miles of stainless steel piping is used to connect the brewery and CIP vessels
-The custom glulam beams over the brewhouse span 80feet wide, 50 inches deep and weigh roughly 10,000lbs a piece
- The lauter tun in the brewhouse is 23 feet wide, weighing 26,000lbs empty, and required a police escort from the seaport in Dundalk, Maryland to Parkesburg, traveling on a special “low-boy” trailer to fit under bridges
- Speaking of the lauter tun, at full capacity it will be able to brew 200 barrels of wort every two hours for beers like Prima Pils, Summer Love and Golden Monkey. That’s 6,200 gallons, or 400 x 1/2 kegs, or 2755 case equivalents, times 12 batches in 24 hours, to deliver 33,066 cases or 74,400 gallons of beer. You might need to bring a few friends
- In just one week, the state-or-the-art yeast propagation system can cultivate about 80hL (approximately 2200 gallons) of yeast with more than 100 million cells per mL, which, in technical terms, is a boatload
- In the fermentation cellar, the self-supported structure holding all 16 1,000 barrel fermentation tanks, was built on a mat slab concrete foundation that is roughly 840 cubic yards, running four feet deep. With the concrete walls, columns and roof added to that, there is roughly 1,600 yards of concrete surface in the cellar, which required 160 concrete trucks, each tank weighing 425,000 lbs
- 45,000 feet of wire is needed to connect and run the 600 foot bottling line
- Each of the two largest bright beer tanks hold 1,000 barrels at once, which combined, is equal to 275 more barrels than the total number produced in Victory’s first full year in operation.
About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a privately held craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Begun by Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, childhood friends who met on a school bus in 1973, the brewery formally began operations in February of 1996. Victory, Pennsylvania’s widely acclaimed brewery and restaurant, now serves fans of fully flavored beers in 34 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at www.victorybeer.com.
(Seattle, WA) – Seattle Cider Company, Seattle’s first and only cidery since Prohibition, is excited to release yet another stellar cider as part of its seasonal lineup – Gin Botanical. A first of its kind cider, available March through May, Seattle Cider’s Gin Botanical offers a distinctive flavor profile, thanks to the gin botanicals from Batch 206 Distillery added during fermentation. This one-of-a-kind style will be available in 22-ounce bottles and joins the growing cidery’s two year round ciders – Dry and Semi-Sweet, available in 16-ounce cans – on shelves and on draft throughout Washington, Alaska and Oregon beginning March 1.
“When we previewed this style at our opening in August last year, we knew it was going to be an instant favorite – people have been asking for it ever since,” said founder and head cidermaker Joel VandenBrink. “Made with 100 percent fresh pressed Washington apples, we add in the gin botanicals during fermentation, ensuring a flavorful and crisp cider that’s perfect for a Northwest spring.”
Seattle Cider’s Gin Botanical is a semi-dry cider unlike any other, showcasing notes of lemon, orange rind, juniper, cucumber and verbena. Like the spirit that inspired it, this cider is complex, clean, aromatic and refreshing. Offering a 6.5 ABV and just 1.8 Brix, this one-of-a-kind cider is dryer than most ciders found on the market today with aromas unlike any other. Pick up 22-ounce bottles at specialty bottles shops and grocery stores throughout Seattle beginning March 1, including Full Throttle Bottle, Chuck’s Hop Shop and Whole Foods. For a more complete list of locations, visit seattlecidercompany.com (subject to change and availability).
Seattle Cider’s initial offerings – Dry and Semi-Sweet – also break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, Washington apples, Seattle Cider’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients, never from concentrate. Seasonal ciders, such as Gin Botanical, are to be released each quarter, offering unique and unexpected flavor profiles geared toward the season. A full list of year round, seasonal and limited edition ciders can be found at seattlecidercompany.com.
Find Seattle Cider products in stores and on tap throughout Washington, Oregon and Alaska, with growing list of locations available at seattlecidercompany.com. Expansion to Michigan, Idaho and Wisconsin is expected for late spring. Tastings, pints and limited edition ciders are also available at The Woods tasting room in SoDo (4700 Ohio Ave S), which shares the space with Two Beers Brewing Co. For more information, follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter (@seattleciderco) and Instagram (seattleciderco).
(Hartland, WI) – Beginning Spring 2014, Solemn Oath Brewery will launch in Wisconsin through an exclusive partnership with Wirtz Beverage, making it a significant expansion effort for both companies. With the agreement, it will be the first craft beer brand for the leading wholesale distributor and the first market expansion for the emerging Illinois-based craft brewery. To start, beers will be available in Milwaukee and Madison on draft.
“Wisconsin is our first market outside of Illinois, and there’s a reason for that,” said John Barley, President of Solemn Oath Brewery. “My brother Joe and I grew up in Wisconsin and our parents still live there, so it’s exciting to return with our beer. We love the world-famous heritage of brewing in the state and look forward to working with Wirtz Beverage to add our voice to that conversation.”
While its founders hail from Wisconsin, Solemn Oath is based in Naperville, IL and began in 2012. The company is driven by a passion for Belgian-inspired and wood-aged beers however, its portfolio always changes. Annually, Head Brewer Tim Marshall creates dozens of beers across many styles with some to set return and others never to be seen again. While its launch is the first time Solemn Oath will be available outside of Illinois, its unique and flavorsome craft beers have taken up residency on menus at top Chicagoland bars and restaurants.
“We’re thrilled to have Solemn Oath as our first craft beer partner,” said Nate Phippen, VP of Sales. “They’re a quality beer company through and through and we like that they’re constantly switching things up and challenging themselves to create the very best beers. It’s an important partnership for both of us, so a lot of planning is underway to support the endeavor for the long-term. We think we can add real value to the category and our customers.”
In business since 1945, Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin provides best-in-class service to customers statewide. Currently, the company is in the process of building a new team of craft beer experts to guide brand education and sales. That team will support Solemn Oath when it launches into Southern Wisconsin this spring with soon-to-be-announced beer brands. In 2014, both companies have notable growth goals and expansion plans.
“Our partnership is a significant move for both of us,” continued Barley. “Nobody knows the market here better than Wirtz Beverage and we like the idea of working together to establish a strong foundation for both of our companies’ futures.”
“We’ve experienced great success in craft beer in many of our business units like Illinois, Minnesota and Nevada,” added James Wirtz, Craft Beer Specialist for Wirtz Beverage. “Launching our craft beer platform in Wisconsin is just a natural progression.”
About Solemn Oath
Sometimes at Solemn Oath we listen to rock and sometimes we listen to rap. On occasion you might hear some jazz, pop, or a splash of early punk. The important thing to realize is that we’re always lively. Always accomplishing something. Always planning for what we hope will not be your favorite new thing, or the brewery’s favorite new thing, but our favorite thing together. Never complacent and always adapting. Changing the world, probably. But, always changing our portfolio to ensure our beers are among your favorite. Solemn Oath creates a wide variety of craft beers across many styles, but we specialize in Belgian-style and barrel-aged ales.
About Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin
Wirtz Beverage Wisconsin is a member of Wirtz Beverage Group, one of the country’s leading wholesalers of wine, spirits and beer brands. Statewide affiliates also include operations in Illinois, Nevada, Minnesota, Missouri and Iowa. Wirtz Beverage Group is a division of Wirtz Corporation whose diversified holdings also include banking, real estate, insurance and the Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team.
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The creators of the NYC Craft Beer Festival are invading DC next weekend with an inaugural event. Save the date!
WHAT TO EXPECT: In the tradition of the Grand Tasting, each attendee will be given a tasting glass and have the opportunity to try unlimited 2 oz tastings of approximately 150 craft beers from all over the country. Food will be available for purchase for all attendees and there will be a selection of retail vendors on-site. VIP and Connoisseur attendees will have the first hour to themselves to sample these great brews and our Connoisseurs will have a private lounge with rare selections and passed hors d’oeuvres throughout the session. We will also be offering expert seminars for all attendees (first-come first-served) that highlight key aspects of the craft beer industry including pairings, business, and more!
Saturday, March. 8th (Two Sessions)
SESSION 1: VIP & Connoisseur 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
General Admission 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM
SESSION 2: VIP & Connoisseur 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
General Admission 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Get your tickets before they SELL OUT like all our NYC tastings!
From the established craft brewers to the mid-majors and up-and comers, the diversity and creativity of the DC Area Craft Brewing Community has proven to be limitless. For our Grand Tasting, we will be featuring an extensive variety of these artisanally produced creations from America’s Top Breweries. Nearly 75 participating breweries from across the country, with a special emphasis on DC-Area Breweries are each expected to showcase 2 of their finest offerings (about 150 beers total) with a strong emphasis on their Limited Release and Seasonal selections. Taste the flavors of the season in liquid form.
A very limited access lounge area in which to relax with flowing taps of some perennial favorites highlighted by a select grouping of extremely rare and limited offerings. This area will be available to our Connoisseurs for the full 3 1/2 hour session. Connoisseurs will also have the opportunity to mingle in this relaxed environment with brewery representatives and industry experts. Light fare included.
(Fort Collins, CO) – Having recently doubled its wood beer capacity with the addition of 32 new oak foeders, New Belgium Brewing is going sour with its latest Lips of Faith beers. La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek make a return in 2014 as part of a 2014 Sour Vintage Single Batch Series. La Folie is a wood-aged, sour brown that spends one to three years in large oak barrels, also known as foeders. When the beer finally hits the glass, it is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry and plum-skin notes. It pours a deep mahogany.
“La Folie is a seriously sour beer, but we like to say that it’s sour in a good way,” said New Belgium Wood Cellar Manager, Lauren Salazar. “This Flanders-style reddish brown ale delivers plenty of green apple, cherry, sometimes even blackberry and chocolate notes. It’s the beer that launched our sour beer program in ’97.”
La Folie is 7% ABV and available now, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft.
Transatlantique Kriek is a slightly sour cherry kriek beer. The 2014 edition began life in the oaken vessels of Frank Boon’s brewery, deep in Belgium’s Lembeek Valley. After two years of wood aging, Boon’s spontaneously fermented kriek shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to New Belgium’s Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. To go with Boon’s lambic ale, Bouckaert created a full golden brew to blend in, and round out, this light-bodied kriek. The intense cherry nose leads to a pleasing sweet and sour flash across the palate. Crisp and effervescent, Transatlantique Kriek is 8% ABV and available now, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft.
To celebrate these sour beers, New Belgium recently held a sour beer symposium that explored the art and science of blending beers, from grain to glass, followed by the brewery’s second-annual Lost in the Woods party. Here’s a look into the festivities, accompanied by some banjo playing (yes, we should probably just stick to beer), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcndh6BjR9Q.
To find New Belgium beers near you, visit the libation locator at http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx.
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.
(Seattle, WA) – Beer lovers are always seeking the newest IPAs and hoppy styles, yet many are looking for a highly drinkable beer. The brewers at Pyramid have experimented with combining different styles to create a new beer that accomplishes both. The result is Pyramid IPL (India Pale Lager). This new year-round beer brings a unique twist to the standard IPA, combining the citrusy hop flavors of a Northwest IPA with the smooth finish of a lager. With 6% ABV, this beer rates 60 on the IBU scale.
“Pyramid IPL is somewhat of a blend between a Northwest IPA and a Czech Pilsner,” said Ryan Pappe, head brewer, Pyramid Breweries. “We used a combination of hops common to both brews to create a light bodied beer that has a refreshing flavor and clean finish. With a hint of sweetness, Pyramid IPL has an assertive hop character that will appeal to IPA drinkers, but with a smoother taste experience that harkens back to the classic Czech Pilsners.”
Following the success of Pyramid’s Outburst Imperial IPA, one of the fastest growing IPAs across the Pacific Northwest, Pyramid brewers created Pyramid IPL to give people something different. Pyramid IPL delivers a totally new hoppy experience that beer drinkers will love.
Pyramid IPL will be available on draft, in 22 oz. bottles and in 12 oz. six-pack, 12-pack and 24-pack bottles at select bars, restaurants and retailers across the United States. The launch will be supported by a mix of consumer sampling events across Pyramid’s core markets. To find Pyramid beers, use the global pint seeker.
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About Pyramid Brewing Co.
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Pyramid Breweries, Inc. began as Hart Brewing in 1984 and launched the flagship brand of Pyramid Ales. In 1996, the company was reborn as Pyramid Breweries and currently offers craft beers produced under the Pyramid family of ales and lagers. With breweries in Seattle, WA and Portland, OR, Pyramid also owns Alehouses at both locations and two additional Alehouses in Berkeley and Walnut Creek, CA.
Pyramid brewers have earned 15 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), including the honor of Mid-size Brewery of the Year in 2008. The brewery also has been awarded seven medals in international competition at the World Beer Cup.
For more information about Pyramid Breweries visit, www.PyramidBrew.com.
(Mount Pleasant, SC) – Total Beverage Solution (TBS) and Vanberg & DeWulf are pleased to announce that TBS has acquired the exclusive rights to the Vanberg & DeWulf portfolio.
Founded in 2002, Total Beverage Solution is a fast-growing fully integrated importer and supplier with a highly selective portfolio of wine, beer and premium spirits, including iconic beer brands such as Weihenstephan, Old Speckled Hen, Cooper’s, Birra Moretti and Affligem. TBS has earned a reputation for market expertise and proven sales results by creating value and demand for exceptional brands. TBS is a four-time Beverage Industry Top 100 company.
Writing from Belgium, Vanberg & DeWulf co-founders Don Feinberg & Wendy Littlefield explain “Since starting Vanberg & DeWulf in 1982, our mission has been to champion the cause of Belgian beer made by independent, family-run breweries. We have positioned our breweries for long-term growth in the United States. In TBS we have a successor who understands the value of our portfolio, and will help our beers fulfill their potential in the decades to come. We feel this is the right move at precisely the right time with exactly the right team. Our brewers and their beers are in capable hands.”
TBS founder, Dave Pardus states “Vanberg & DeWulf is unique in the pioneering role it has played in the Belgian beer category and the connoisseurship it has brought to the expansion of its portfolio beyond its Belgian roots. Don & Wendy’s relentless passion for beers of quality and terroir has a created a terrific following for their beers. With the additional resources and infrastructure we bring, there is tremendous opportunity to grow their portfolio, and it complements our prestigious existing lineup of breweries and beers.”
The Vanberg & DeWulf portfolio consists of a tight group of hand-selected breweries representing twenty-five distinct beer styles, including beloved beers like Saison Dupont, and Scaldis. Vanberg & DeWulf was the first US importer to specialize in Belgian beers. The company experienced a ten-fold increase in sales over the last decade. Vanberg & DeWulf has twice been nominated for The James Beard Foundation “Outstanding Wine Spirits or Beer Professional” – the only beer importer ever to have been so honored.
Feinberg and Littlefield will coordinate the transition with TBS over the coming year. Mitaro Consulting, LLC acted as advisor to Vanberg & DeWulf.
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