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Windy City Distribution founders, Cavalier Distributing join forces to enter Arizona

BeerNews.org - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:51

Press Release: 

(Warrenville, IL) – Jim and Jason Ebel, the founders of Two Brothers Brewing Company and Windy City Distribution, and George Fisher of Cavalier Distributing, today announced plans to enter the Arizona market with the launch of Cavalier Distributing of Arizona. As long-time partners, they look forward to extending their expertise in craft beer distribution, to the Southwestern state.

“Arizona is a new landing spot for craft beer, and we’re excited to bring our knowledge to this developing market,” said Jason Ebel. “We have a long and successful history of distributing in the Chicago area and hope to extend our success to Arizona with the help of our trusted partner Cavalier Distributing.”

Arizona’s burgeoning craft beer community has exploded in recent years, resulting in a huge outpouring of homegrown brews, breweries and craft beer fans. Cavalier Distributing of Arizona is entering the market at a time when residents are expanding their awareness of craft brews and exploring new options.

“As the demand for craft beverages has increased, our portfolio has grown to offer the most diverse and sought-after products in craft beer,” said George Fisher, founder of Cavalier Distributing. “Jim and Jason shaped the Chicago craft beer market. Together, we look forward to evolving the craft beer industry in Arizona and extending our products to a wide range of customers.”

Founded in 1999, Windy City Distribution, which the Ebels sold in 2012, grew to become the largest craft beer distributor in the Chicago market. They continue to own and operate Two Brothers Brewing Company, which is distributed in seven states. Cavalier Distributing, the specialty beer wholesaler of high-end, domestic and import brands, currently represents craft beer in Indiana, Kentucky, Florida and Ohio, and boasts a 22-year history.

About Jim and Jason Ebel
Jim and Jason Ebel founded Two Brothers Brewing Company in late 1996. In the past 17 years, the brand has expanded to include a 40,000 square-foot brewing facility, Two Brothers Tap House and the 70,000 square-foot Two Brothers Roundhouse in Illinois. Two Brothers’ award-winning products include year-round, seasonal, and artisanal craft beers and coffee. In 1999, the brothers founded Windy City Distribution to bring a craft beer focused wholesaler to the Chicago market.

About George Fisher
George Fisher founded Cavalier Distributing in 1992 in Ohio. Today he is the craft beer wholesaler specializing in high end craft, domestic and import brands covering Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Florida. The company’s mission is to expand awareness of craft beer through distribution.

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Blackstone Black Belle Imperial Stout release to benefit Stephanie’s Fight

BeerNews.org - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:39

Press Release: 

(Nashville, TN) – The Blackstone Brewing Company® will hold a Black Belle™ Release Party and benefit silent auction for Stephanie’s Fight at its Brewpub on April 12th.

Black Belle™ is a limited special release Imperial Stout; it’s collaboration between Blackstone Brewing Company® and Nelson’s Green Brier™ Distillery, makers of Belle Meade Bourbon™. Infused with cacao nibs and aged for more than seven months in bourbon barrels, the beer is smooth and sweet, with definite notes of bourbon, oak, and dark chocolate.

Pre-sale vouchers will be given out on a first come first serve basis at the release party on April 12th. This voucher will assure the holder of the right to purchase up to 4 bottles of Black Belle™ at a designated local liquor store before they go on sale to the general public. The supply of Black Belle™ is limited and if all bottles sell with the pre-sale they will be gone.

The first 12 bottles of Black Belle™ off the bottling line have been signed and numbered and will be auctioned to benefit Stephanie’s Fight, during the Release Party on April 12, 2014. Stephanie’s Fight is dedicated to raising funds to fight lung cancer, founded in honor of Blackstone co-founder Stephanie Weins.

When: Saturday, April 12, beginning at 1 p.m.

Where: Blackstone Brewpub, 1918 West End Ave, Nashville (615-327-9969)

Online: www.facebook.com/blackstonebrewpub and www.stephaniesfight.org

About Blackstone Brewing Company®:
Opened in 1994, Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery® is Nashville’s oldest and most popular brewpub. Blackstone award-winning Craft beers Chaser Pale®, Nut Brown Ale, APA and St. Charles Porter® are brewed at both the brewpub and at the new, state-of-the-art, brewing and bottling facility, Blackstone Brewing Company®. Chaser Pale®, Nut Brown Ale and St. Charles Porter® have been awarded medals at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup; St. Charles Porter® is the most award-winning Brown Porter in the history of the Great American Beer Festival. Visit www.blackstonebrewery.com for additional information.

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Plastic Kegs of America among those named in wrongful death lawsuit relating to Redhook worker

BeerNews.org - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:24

Two years after Benjamin Harris died from injuries related to an exploding beer keg, his sister is relying on a team of lawyers, and the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, to hold the responsible parties accountable and make them pay for her brother’s death.

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Beachwood Citraholic IPA to be released on April 29th

BeerNews.org - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:08

Press Release: 

(Long Beach, CA) – Beachwood Brewing is set to release its latest IPA in bottles — Citraholic India Pale Ale — on April 29th.

Description: A “modern” west coast India pale ale, Citraholic is brewed with an abundance of Citra hops and blended with Warrior, Columbus and Simcoe in the kettle (for good measure). The citrusy brew is then dry hopped with a massive charge of Citra, imparting heavy aromas of citrus and tropical fruits along with melon and gooseberry accents. Brewmaster and co-owner Julian Shrago explains, “Citraholic is the IPA I always look forward to brewing. The aromatic IPA is especially lively and flavorful, making it the perfect beer for spring.”

“Citraholic is a devastatingly aromatic beer,” says co-owner Gabriel Gordon. “Combined with an intense flavor, this IPA is a hophead favorite.”

Citraholic IPA will be available on draft and sold in 22 oz. bottles at Beachwood BBQ and Beachwood BBQ & Brewing starting at 5pm on April 29, 2014. Bottles will also be available at finer craft beer retailers across Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties shortly thereafter.

Store refrigerated at all times.
7.1% ABV
Retail Price: $8/22oz bottle

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Two Roads Krazy Pucker, Henry’s Farm Barrel-Aged, Urban Funk to be released on 4/19

BeerNews.org - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:50

Press Release: 

(Stratford, CT) – Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, CT has announced its Nor’Yeaster event, a special brewery-only beer release of three unique and rare beers to be held on Saturday, April 19 starting at noon.

Urban Funk Wild Ale is the first of several planned releases from Two Roads’ Captured Yeast Series. With the help of nearby Sacred Heart University’s beer loving Biology Professors Kirk Bartholomew and Geff Stopper, a local yeast strain was captured and propagated for use in fermentation. The yeast was captured during the evening of Superstorm Sandy so it’s a particularly hearty strain of wild yeast! Urban Funk will be in corked 375ml bottles and truly funky with a unique, delicious sour flavor and an ABV of 5.6%.

Two Roads Krazy Pucker is a Berliner Weissbier. Once produced exclusively around Berlin and dubbed the “Champagne of the North” by Napoleon’s troops, Berliner Weissbiers are wheat based sour beers that are tart, low alcohol and refreshing. Krazy Pucker will be available in a 500mL bottle and is 3.6% ABV.

Henry’s Farm Double Bock Lager Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels combines rich, bready malt character with a smooth whiskey finish from barrel aging. This beer will be available in 22oz bottles and comes in at 7.8% ABV.

Phil Markowski, Brewmaster of Two Roads, commented, “Sour beers and barrel aged beers have always been intriguing and challenging to me, but these in particular have been fun to develop and I am pretty excited to see how our customers react. It takes a long time to do it right; we began working on some of these beers when we opened in December of 2012. Stay tuned, because we have a few others in the works.”

Markowski added “We did something unusual with our Henry’s Farm Double Bock in that we not only aged the beer in Rye Whiskey barrels but we also had the beer spend time in the barrels lagering at 35 degrees F. By the time it is bottled it will have spent 15 weeks cold-aging. This imparted unique barrel flavor while also imparting a smooth, clean lager character.”

Two Roads said they will release 690 bottles of each beer at $10 with a purchase limit of two bottles per person per style for a maximum of six bottles total. Bottles will be sold on a first come, first served basis. All three beers will be on draft that day in the brewery tasting room until supplies last.

Two Roads opened its doors in December 2012 having earlier acquired and renovated a 100 year old vacant, brick factory building in Stratford Ct. Its name and philosophy are inspired by the Robert Frost Poem “The Road Less Taken”—a philosophy brought to life in the beers they create using state-of-the-art brewing and packaging equipment. Two Roads Brewery is open for tastings Tuesday-Sunday and tours Friday-Sunday. For more information go to www.tworoadsbrewing.com.

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Widmer Brothers and Boneyard’s Blacklight IPA debuts as first collab of anniversary year

BeerNews.org - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:26

Press Release: 

Session Style Black Ale is First of Six 30th Anniversary Collaboration Beers

(Portland, OR) – Widmer Brothers Brewing and Boneyard Beer today announced the collaborative release of Blacklight IPA, a bold, hop-forward session style black ale.

Blacklight IPA is the first of six Widmer Brothers limited release collaboration beers with Oregon breweries to be released this year as part of a series that commemorates Widmer Brothers’ 30 years of brewing beer. The collaboration series is a celebration of the brewery’s 30th anniversary, the Oregon brewing community and the unique camaraderie between craft brewers.

“Oregon is home to the best craft beer scene in the country and it’s amazing how tight knit the community really is,” said Ben Dobler, innovation brewer at Widmer Brothers. “I’ve known (Boneyard Brewmaster) Tony Lawrence for more than 17 years, so when we came up with the idea for the 30th Anniversary Collaboration Series, Boneyard was one of the first breweries that came to mind. We landed on the session style black ale idea for Blacklight IPA pretty quickly, as it’s a perfect blend of the two breweries’ styles.”

Blacklight IPA is a hop-forward, sessionable 4.2 percent ABV black ale with a heavy dose of five different hop varieties and stained black with cold-steeped dark malts. The beer focuses on big hop flavor and aroma, without the harsh bitterness and heavy roast that the beer’s dark color suggests.

“Widmer Brothers approached us about the 30th Anniversary Collaboration Series and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity,” said Tony Lawrence, co-owner and brewmaster of Boneyard Beer. “Widmer Brothers does so much for the Oregon brewing community and we were happy to be a part of the project. Plus, it will be the first time a beer of ours will be bottled and the first time Boneyard Beer will be available outside of the Pacific Northwest.”

Blacklight IPA will be available in the coming weeks in 22-ounce bottles and on draught, with limited distribution in select markets, including Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia.

The next beer in the 30th Anniversary Collaboration Series will be a beer brewed with Portland’s Breakside Brewing and will be available in late May.

About Blacklight IPA
Blacklight IPA is a bold, hop-forward session style black ale from Oregon’s Boneyard Beer and Widmer Brothers Brewing. Brewed with a heavy dose of five different hops varieties and stained black as night with cold-steeped dark malts, this beer hits huge with hop flavor and aroma without the heavy roast and harsh bitterness suggested by its color.

Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Amarillo, Summer, Citra
Malts: Two Row Pale, Midnight Wheat, Special Aromatic, Flaked Barley, Caraffa III, Caravienne

ABV: 4.2 %
IBU: 60
OG: 9.6P
AE: 1.7P

About Boneyard Beer
In 2010, Boneyard Beer was started with one goal in mind…make great beer. However, the major hurdle was how to do so in large quantities without large sums of money. The solution was simple: you pull from the boneyard.

After a couple of decades in the brewing industry, owner, Tony Lawrence, built up a “boneyard” of old equipment he collected from 13 different breweries around the country. Along with co-founders Clay and Melodee Storey, this second-hand brewing equipment was reconfigured to produce the first batch of Boneyard Beer in April 2010.

Based in Bend, Ore., Boneyard currently brews on a 20-barrel system and only distributes draft beer for sale in Oregon and Washington. However, the brewery is in the middle of a 15,000 square foot expansion at a new location that will more than double production. For more information, visit www.BoneyardBeer.com, or stop by the tasting room in Bend to sample some ales.

About Widmer Brothers Brewing
Founded in 1984, Widmer Brothers Brewing is celebrating 30 years of beer in 2014. Founders Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their 20s, they began brewing unique interpretations of traditional German beer styles. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the original American-style Hefeweizen, which elevated the brewery to national acclaim. Since then, the brewery has continued to push the boundaries of craft beer, developing a variety of beers with an unapologetic, uncompromised commitment to innovation.

Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery currently brews a variety of beers including Alchemy Pale Ale, Upheaval IPA, Hefeweizen, Drop Top Amber Ale, a full seasonal lineup, and a series of limited edition beers. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit www.widmerbrothers.com.

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21st Amendment Monk’s Blood returns after two-year break

BeerNews.org - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:45

Press Release: 

(San Francisco, CA) – After two years in seclusion, 21st Amendment Brewery’s acclaimed beer Monk’s Blood is now available for a limited time. Monk’s Blood’s most ardent worshippers may want to drink one now and cellar one for later before the craft beer once again disappears with monk-like mystery at the end of May. Brother Shaun (Brewmaster and co-founder Shaun O’Sullivan) said, “Back in 2009, this was my brainchild and a most prized creation that we knew had to be our first specialty offering in a can.”

Monk’s Blood is an 8.3% alcohol, dark Belgian-style ale brewed with eight malts, Belgian candi sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean, dried local black mission figs and aged on oak for a flavor unlike anything you’ve ever had from a can. It is part of 21st Amendment’s Insurrection Series, a limited edition, four-pack release of a very special beer that rises up in revolt against common notions of what canned beer can be.

Brothers Nicolas (co-founder Nico Freccia) and Shaun developed the beer as an homage to the monks of Belgium’s monasteries who have been brewing some of the world’s great beer for centuries. “During times of fasting, the monks subsist solely on beer, which they refer to as ‘liquid bread’,” notes Brother Nicolas. “Beer, quite literally, is in their blood.” Freccia and O’Sullivan traveled to Belgium to develop the recipe for this special beer, visiting small, traditional breweries in the hop fields of west Flanders, not far from the famous Trappist abbey of Westvletren.

Monk’s Blood is available in cans and on draft starting this week in all 17 of 21st Amendment’s current distribution territories, including CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, GA and NC. For up-to-date availability, events and promotions, visit www.21st-Amendment.com.

About 21st Amendment:
In 2000, Freccia and O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood with Freccia managing the restaurant and O’Sullivan spearheading the brewing process. In addition to quickly becoming one of the city’s favorite pubs, 21st Amendment began expanding beyond the Bay Area by helping to pioneer the movement to canned craft beer. Known for their witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers three year round selections, as well as seasonal offerings and their infamous ‘Insurrection Series’, a once-in-a-while limited edition release. Today, 21st Amendment is among the top 50 craft beer brewers in America and is sold in 17 states.

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Homebrew Finds - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:10
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BrewCrate: New 5 Gallon Kits and 1 Gallon Kit Price Reduction

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 07:52
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BrewCrate, the subscription homebrew service offering two new all -grain recipes each month, is now selling 5 gallon versions of their kits. They offer an equipment kit tailored to the recipes that comes with everything you need to make up to 50 bottles of great beer. Also offered is a 7.5 gallon stainless steel pot, which perfectly accommodates the brew-in-a-bag method used in their recipes.

Plus, the 1 gallon subscription has been reduced in price. Now a monthly kit is just $21, a 15% reduction. No more signing up for 3 months just to lock in a cheaper plan!
So have at it, the grain’s a’waiting.
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Gluten Free Beer Brewing Kindle Edition - Free

Homebrew Finds - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:52

The recently released Gluten Free Beer Beer Brewing, Kindle Edition lists for $3.99.  It's selling for $0

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Beer In Ads #1153: Remember The Time We Taught Mary How To Bat?

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 21:03
Sunday’s ad is by the United Brewers Industrial Foundation, from 194. It was part of their award-winning “Morale is a Lot of Little Things” campaign. This one, “Remember The Time We Taught Mary How To Bat?,” seems a bit insensitive by today’s standards, but was...

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Bistro IPA Festival Winners 2014

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 14:09
For the fourth straight year I missed the Bistro IPA Festival, as I was in Yosemite National Park with my family. Happily, owner Vic Kralj was again kind enough to send me the list of the winners. Citra Extra Pale Ale, from Knee Deep Brewing in Lincoln (and a new brewery and tap room in […]

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EU Negotiating For Protected Beer Names

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 07:49
Apparently in Washington, our Congress is hard at work negotiating a free trade agreement with the EU. Not surprisingly, the EU is asking for protective status of European products that are traditionally from Europe. You can’t really blame them. For instance they’re asking for the names...

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Beer In Ads #1152: G … What A Wonderful Beer!

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 21:31
Saturday’s ad is for Gunther, from 1959. The ad appeared in the Baltimore Orioles Yearbook for the 1959 season. Gunther Brewing was also located in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Mike Hess Brewing Co. signs with Crest Beverage in San Diego

BeerNews.org - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 21:06

Press Release: 

(San Diego, CA) – Mike Hess Brewing (MHB) has announced that they will bring their brand to the San Diego marketplace, partnering with Crest Beverage L.L.C. for distribution, sales and logistics. “Crest has years of experience in the San Diego craft beer market, and that’s a definite advantage for us,” says owner Mike Hess. “We have a wide spectrum of great beer styles—from lighter Kölsch and Orange Honey Wheat to Session and West Coast IPAs. With Crest’s large footprint and highly trained sales team, our beers will not only be available in the biggest and best accounts in San Diego, but in a much wider selection of accounts where customers would like to enjoy local craft.” Steve Sourapas Jr., President, Crest Beverage agrees, saying, “Mike Hess Brewing is a major contributor to the vibrant San Diego craft beer scene. It’s an honor to team up with the brewery to distribute their brands across San Diego.”

Mike Hess Brewing has been on the scene for four years, beginning as San Diego’s first production nano-brewery. It has only been nine months since they opened their state-of-the-art 30 bbl production brewery in the heart of the vibrant North Park community, but they are growing rapidly. Dean McMillian, Crest Beverage General Manager, said, “We’ve admired the brewery, the brewer and the beer for years. Our team is thrilled to have Mike Hess Brewing’s distinctive beers join our portfolio.” Crest will carry MHB’s full line including both draft releases and their newly released flagship line of canned beers.

Summing up the new partnership, Mike Hess has said that “San Diego is such a great place, with such a diverse beer drinking population. We’ll be happy only when there’s a chicken in every pot and a Hess beer in every hand! We are excited about the opportunity for rapid growth in the coming year with Crest as well the other markets we can bring our brand to with RBG.”

About Crest Beverage L.L.C.

Crest Beverage L.L.C. is a Reyes Beverage Group beer distributor operating across San Diego county since 2009 for more information go to http://www.crestbeverage.com.

About Mike Hess Brewing

Mike Hess Brewing is one of the premier craft breweries in San Diego, a destination for local craft beer fans and tourists as well as aspiring small craft breweries. From humble beginnings, Mike Hess Brewing has grown to include two locations in San Diego; the original “nano” in the Miramar area of San Diego and their showcase production brewery in North Park. The newest location is kid- and pet-friendly, and features a skybridge allowing guests to walk directly over the brewhouse.

2013 saw massive growth for Mike Hess Brewing, moving from the County’s first legitimate nano-operation to a full micro, with the installation of an automated 30-barrel brewhouse from Canadian manufacturer Newlands Systems. Fermentation space increased by nearly 5,200% (from 440 gallons to 750 barrels), in their new, world-class brewery and tasting room located in the North Park area of San Diego.

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Flying Dog Single Hop Amarillo IPA six-packs, draft arrive this month

BeerNews.org - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 20:48

(Frederick, MD) – Flying Dog is set to add another beer to its Single Hop series this month with Single Hop Amarillo. The sell sheet on this one says this will be only in the Mid-Atlantic area though wholesalers elsewhere are taking orders. Marketing copy below…

“I ain’t got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain’t rich, but Lord I’m free.” Whether it’s morning, noon or night, you’re damn straight that Amarillo is where I’ll be.

The light malt backbone of our Single Hop Imperial IPAs allows each exclusive hop variety to shine like never before. Amarillo hops impart a combination of floral, spice, and citrus creating an orange bouquet aroma and sharp hop bite. Saddle up.

10% ABV
70 IBUs

Hops: Amarillo
Specialty Malts: Rye, Carapils, Biscuit

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