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Surly Hopshifter IPA, crafted to reduce gluten, now available in MN, WI, ND, and Chicagoland

BeerNews.org - 26 min 39 sec ago

(Minneapolis, MN) – There are three things you need to know about Hopshifter, Surly’s newest year-round beer:

1. It’s a new IPA. From Surly. That should be enough, but we committed to three things in the first sentence.
2. It’s crafted to reduce gluten.
3. The next one you have may very well be different from this one.

Let’s address the last point first. Hopshifter started in our Beer Hall as a way for our brewers to tinker with experimental hop varieties. They’re often so new that they don’t have sweet names like Amarillo or Mosaic yet, just an alphanumeric code. They’d fill a tank, put it on draft, and keep drilling down. It was a Surly-wide learning process, from our brew team to the hop-hunting IPA lovers who visit our Beer Hall. We made a dozen versions of Hopshifter over the last year, dialing in what worked and eliminating what didn’t. We’re now confident enough to send the new variations out into the world.

While the end result is now being distributed, the philosophy developed over these months remains the same: Once that tank is gone, it’s gone. The hops shift at will. Embrace the temporary.

The opening salvo is the experimental Bru-1 hop, along with Citra and Chinook. You’ll get pineapple, mango, and tropical aromatics to go with a light-bodied, moderately bitter brew. It’s the perfect introduction to this groundbreaking series of beers. If you have any questions on what Hopshifter variation you’re drinking, check the bottom of the can or the wrap. We bought a laser that etches the hop name(s) onto them. Lasers are cool.

If you’ve been to the Beer Hall, you know that we’ve had gluten-reduced beers on the menu for a while now. You can read the whole story on our website (http://surlybrewing.com/news/surly-accidentally-introduces-gluten-reduced-beer/), but the nickel version is this: We use an enzyme called Brewer’s Clarex to eliminate haze in our beer. That haze consists of the proteins that trigger gluten sensitivities. Without it, you’re left with an approachable, gluten-reduced IPA that tastes like an actual IPA.

(Since we still brew with grain, we can’t call Hopshifter gluten-free, even if it meets the less-than-20-parts-per-million criteria. Hence, it’s gluten-reduced. Read the Hopshifter FAQs and the lab report on this batch at hopshifter.com.)

Other things worth knowing:
• Hopshifter will be a can-only release. We can’t guarantee gluten-sensitive draft lines outside of the dedicated ones we have in our Beer Hall.
• The malt bill is simple. Hops are the showcase.
• 6% ABV.
• Tanner, our graphic designer, put a secret monster on the can.
• Enjoy this one. It won’t be around long. (On the off-chance that this one isn’t for you, again, it won’t be around long.)

Given the limited amount we’re brewing, Hopshifter’s footprint will also be smaller than our other core brands. You can find it in select Surly markets (MN, WI, ND, and Chicagoland) the week of February 5.

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Champion Malibu Nights Double IPA, True Love Mexican Lager return in April

BeerNews.org - 42 min 24 sec ago

(Charlottesville, VA) – Champion Brewing Company announced today it will re-release two beers: True Love Mexican Lager and Malibu Nights Double IPA.

“We’re excited to re-release these two fan favorites,” said Champion Brewing Company owner, Hunter Smith. “As different as can be, Malibu Nights and True Love are hitting just the right notes with a diverse population of Champion drinkers.”

A collaboration with Houston-based Cockfight Skateboards, True Love (20 IBU, 4.5% ABV) is a Mexican-style lager, inspired by classic beers found south of the border. Malibu Nights Double IPA (45 IBU, 8% ABV) is a bright pink double IPA, brewed with tangerines and hibiscus and dry-hopped with citra and Amarillo hops. Both beers will be available in all Champion distribution markets in April. Both beers will be distributed in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, Oklahoma, and Washington D.C. markets. Malibu Nights will be available in 12 oz. four-packs and five-gallon kegs; True Love will be in 12 oz. six-packs and five- and 15-gallon kegs.

Champion Brewing Company is a Charlottesville-based craft brewery with a three-barrel Tap Room and the “Missile Factory,” a 30-barrel production facility recently expanded to 15,000 barrels of capacity. Champion recently opened a second Tap Room in Richmond, Virginia in 2016 and Brasserie Saison, a restaurant and brewery on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, in February, 2017.

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Ends Today: President’s Day Combo Deal at Brewer Dude – TWO recipe kits from $45

Homebrew Finds - 42 min 35 sec ago
As of this posting, Brewer Dude is discounting combo packs of their White House Honey Ale and Honey Porter Recipe gets.  You get both of these kits as part of the deal.  That’s two recipe kits.  Prices start at $45.  Choose All Grain or Extract.  Check Brewer Dude’s Sale Page for current selection and availability. […]
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Set of Four Caster Wheels – Lightning Deal

Homebrew Finds - 1 hour 13 min ago
4″ PU Heavy Duty Swivel Caster Wheels Lockable Ball Bearing 220lbs each (pake of 4) (4″) From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability: Top Plate size: 3.5” x 1.2” (L x W) / Hole Size: 1/3 inch Materials: Polyurethane wheel and metal caster plate Swivel 360-degrees,Load capacity: 300lbs per […]
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Three Piece Stainless Strainer Set – Lightning Deal

Homebrew Finds - 1 hour 43 min ago
Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers – Premium Quality – Set of 3 – Food Strainer & Sieve – Best for Kitchen, Tea, Rice & Juice Use From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability: DURABLE 3 PC. STAINLESS STEEL FINE MESH STRAINERS (3.35”, 5.5” & 7.88”) – Premium quality stainless […]
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Ends Soon: Pre-Wired PID Temperature Controller – $79.99 + free shipping, 20% off w/instant coupon

Homebrew Finds - 2 hours 43 min ago
Digital, pre-wired PID temp controller by Inkbird.  Includes PT 100 food grade sensor.  Measure range: -22~230°F.  Reads in Centigrade or Fahrenheit.  Dual display shows both set temp and measured temp. Includes Inkbird PID IPB-16 Temperature Controller and 2M/6.56ft Sensor PT-100 2/21/18 6 AM Central: This is selling for $99.99.  Apply coupon code 8QGLP3BT and the price drops to $79.99.  Shipping to […]
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Digital pH Meter with Calibration Solution – coming up on Lightning Deals

Homebrew Finds - 3 hours 42 min ago
PH-009 pH Meter with 2 Pack of Calibration Mixture.  Measures 0 – 14 pH with .1 pH resolution.  Comes with protective case, calibration screwdriver pH 4 buffer and pH 6.86 buffer. You can use a pH meter to check the pH of your water, mash, [test Star San effectiveness] and finished beer. 2/21/18 5 AM Central: This […]
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Canada: Stainless Steel Keg Dry Hop Filter AND Cleaning Brush – CDN$25.89 + Free Shipping

Homebrew Finds - 3 hours 43 min ago
29x7cm Stainless Steel Homebrew Beer Dry Hopper Filter With 300 Micron Mesh For Cornelius Kegs Corny Keg – Silver (Hopper Filter+Brush)   2/21/18 5 AM Central: As of this posting, this is selling for CDN$ 25.89.  Shipping to most Canada addresses also is free. Price, shipping and availability can change quickly. Check the product page […]
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FFL to Male Beer Thread Adapter – homebrew kegs on commercial system – $5.99

Homebrew Finds - 5 hours 42 min ago
Female Flare Adapter to Beer Thread About, From Brew Hardware: “Woah, what’s that? A game changer? Yes! Picture this. You use homebrew corny kegs for you beer but you want to bring a keg over to your buddy’s house for a party. The problem is that he has a commercial kegerator and no, he won’t […]
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Pin Lock Kegging System – $99.99

Homebrew Finds - 6 hours 42 min ago
If you’re on a budget and looking to get into kegging, this may well be for you. You get… a 5 gallon Pin Lock Keg, Single Gauge Regulator, required QDs and fittings, a new set of orings, liquid and gas tubing and a faucet.  Grab a good used CO2 tank locally and you’re up and […]
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Ends Today: 25% Off White House Honey Kits at Final Gravity Homebrew Shop

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 23:00
Final Gravity Homebrew Shop is discounting their White House Honey Ale and White House Hone Porter by a whopping 25% when you use coupon code “monday”.  Applies to both extract and all grain kits.  With the deal, prices start at just $26.24.  Shipping is also free to most US addresses with a $60 order.  Check […]
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Beer In Ads #2557: My Beer Is Rheingold Says David Wayne

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:30
Tuesday’s ad is for Rheingold, from 1951. In the 1940s and 1950s, Rheingold recruited a number of prominent celebrities to do ads for them, all using the tagline: “My beer is Rheingold — the Dry beer!” In this ad, American stage and screen actor David Wayne, explains that in...

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Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles – $10.99 + Draft Line Cleaning Builds

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:30
Stainless steel ball lock carbonation cap with barb.  Includes replacement o-ring. From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability: 304 stainless steel will last a lifetime Carbonate,cleaning your beer lines “The post on this unique carbonation cap has been machined ,so it fit BOTH the liquid and gas ball lock […]
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Historic Beer Birthday: Joseph F. Hausmann

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:10
Today is the birthday of Joseph F. Hausmann (February 20, 1887-November 30, 1916). I couldn’t find much of anything about Hausmann, apart from this. He was the brewmaster of Capital Brewery in Madison, Wisconsin, which was founded in 1854. In 1891 it changed its name to the Hausmann Brewing...

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2017 Calypso, Bravo and Chinook Have Arrived + Save 20% w/8 or More Hop Packs

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 22:00
From William’s Brewing: “We have just received our contract 2017 whole Lemondrop, Calypso, Bravo, and Chinook whole hops. Buy 8 or more packs (mix or match okay among pellets and whole), and save 20% on your total hop order.” As of this posting, William’s Brewing is discounting hops by 20% when you buy 8 or […]
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Chalybeate Beer

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:46
Today is the birthday of Henry James Pye, who “was an English poet, and Poet Laureate from 1790 until his death” in 1813. In one of his works, entitled “The sportsman’s dictionary: or, The gentleman’s companion: for town and country.” and his version was based on...

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Set of 3 Waterless Airlock Lids for Wide Mouth Mason Jars – $9.95, $3.32 Each

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 21:00
Pickle Lid – Maintenance Free Waterless Airlock Lids for Mason Jar Fermentation, Homemade Real Pickles, Sauerkraut, Kimchi. Mold Free, BPA Free – WIDE MOUTH, 3 LIDS, 1 PUMP From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability: One-piece waterless airlock lid prevents mold developing on your ferment. Automatically vent gas without […]
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Reader Tip: Converted 10 Gallon Mash Tun with Thermometer – $165.99 + Free Shipping via Wal-Mart

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:30
Thanks to Facebook Friend John for this tip!  [8 Ways to Connect with HBF] 10 Gallon Converted Mash Tun with stainless false bottom and built in thermometer via Wal-Mart. 10 Gallon Mash Tun All Metal is 304 or 316 Stainless Steel Also: All Grain Tips & Gear | 10 Gallon Mash Tun Conversion Kit [Review] | Cereal Killer Grain […]
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Celebrate Your Hometown Glories For The Next Session

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:42
For our 133rd Session, our host will be Gareth, who writes about beer in Leeds, England at Barrel Aged Leeds. For his topic, he’s asking us to look just outside our door in out local community for Hometown Glories, by which Gareth “had in mind an imminent visit to the place I spent my...

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20% Off Oskar Blues Clones at AIH + Flat Shipping Promo

Homebrew Finds - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 18:00
As of this posting, Adventures in Homebrewing is marking down their entire lineup of Oskar Blues Clone Recipes by 20%.  Choices include Dale’s Pale Ale, Death by Coconut, Old Chub, Pinner IPA and more.  The Death by Coconut was just recently release – new items at AIH.  Choose from all grain, partial mash or extract recipes.  […]
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