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Ninkasi First Rule IPA joins Special Releases Series, comes to bottles

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:51

[Press Release:]

(Eugene, OR) — It’s no secret Ninkasi Brewing Company has a hop love affair. This continues to be evident in its newest Special Release Series beer—First Rule IPA. Originally released to Ninkasi’s Rare & Delicious Series in March 2017, the brewery is proud to elevate this beer to its Special Release Series in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and on-draft. Available August through December, beer drinkers can find First Rule IPA across Ninkasi’s distribution footprint.

Crafted with the most sought-after hops, First Rule IPA is a testament to brewing without limitations. Ninkasi’s brewing team developed this recipe almost in secrecy, using the best hops available. The result? A flavorful IPA with an incredible hop profile featuring El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo hops.

“Whatever it is you like about an IPA, chances are you’ll find it in this beer,” says Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder, Jamie Floyd. “The all-star lineup of hops brings elements that are tropical, floral, juicy, resinous, bubble gum, and downright dank!”

Special Release Series: First Rule IPA
First rule of this IPA is: you do not talk about this IPA. Crafted in secrecy by our band of brewers, First Rule uses a fistful of the most sought-after hops around. Juicy, citrusy, tropical and dank, this IPA is a powerful combination of hop aroma and flavor.

• Style: India Pale Ale

• Series: Special Release Series

• Available: August – December 2017

• ABV: 7.5%

• IBU: 60

• Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Acidulated, Flaked Barley

• Hops: El Dorado, Calypso, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo

• Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, Fall IPA Variety 12-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, Draft

Use the Delicious Beer Finder to track down First Rule IPA and local Ninkasi retailers.

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA to the 33rd largest craft brewery in the United States. Independently owned and operated in Eugene, Ore., Ninkasi’s Flagship beers include Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Hop Cooler Citrus IPA, Pacific Rain Northwest Pale, Helles Belles Helles Lager, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout. Ninkasi beers are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Virginia; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Committed to community support and giving, Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers donations to 501(c)(3) organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.

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ThermoPro Digital Thermometer – $10.99 on Gold Box Deals

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:00
Digital Thermometer by ThermoPro.  4-7 second response time.  3.8″ food grade stainless probe.  Foldable design.  Wide range – -58°F ~ 572°F.  Uses included and easy to find AAA batteries [Search: AmazonBasics Batteries] 8/10/17 1 PM Central: This is discounted to $10.99 as an Amazon Gold Box Deal. Shipping to most US addresses is also free with Prime Membership [Try […]
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Ported 7 Gallon FerMonster Wide Mouth Fermenter – $27.99 – bundles with Mark II Deal

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:15
Ported 7 gallon wide mouth Fermonster Fermenter from MoreBeer   Product Description – Here – Use coupon code BEERDEAL to get this discount. Since MoreBeer’s cart accepts multiple promo codes you can get in on the Deal of the Day (while supplies last) and the Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer Deal they are extending to HBF […]
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Ends Today: Keg King Counterflow Wort Chiller – Flash Sale – $64.99

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 09:00
From William’s Brewing: “The best deal we have ever found in a highly efficient counterflow chiller! This pure copper pipe unit features 3/8″ hose barbs for both wort and chilling water, and is an extremely efficient chiller, capable of chilling 5 gallon batches in one pass, as long as your cooling water is 60° F. […]
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AVANTEK Non-Contact, Infrared Thermometer – coming up on Lightning Deals

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 08:30
AVANTEK Infrared Thermometer.  Temperature Range from -58°F to 1562°F.  Non-contact Dual Laser Digital Thermometer.  Displays in deg C or deg F.  Easy to read, backlit LCD display. 8/10/17 10:30 AM Central: This is set to be discounted as an Amazon Lightning Deal starting at 10:54 AM Central for Prime Members and 30 minutes later for […]
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Beer Birthday: Chuck Skypeck

Brookston Beer Bulletin - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 08:03
Today is Chuck Skypeck’s 63rd birthday. Chuck was a founder of Bosco’s, a brewpub which has three locations in Tennessee and Arkansas, and also Ghost River Brewing. I met Chuck at BA functions several years ago and he’s always been one of the warmest, most genuine people I know. A...

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5 Gallon Ball Lock Kegs, B Grade – $44.95 + Free Shipping

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 08:00
Fully functional 5 gallon b-grade ball lock kegs.  Guaranteed to hold pressure.   Possibly have loose rubber handles and more than average scratches or dings.  Includes free set of replacement o-rings.   As of this posting, these kegs are selling for just $44.95. Check Keg Connection to see if it’s still going on. FREE SHIPPING: Promo […]
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Bud Light marketers shift focus to what is in the glass in latest television campaign

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:06

[Press Release:]

BUD LIGHT REINTRODUCES AMERICA TO ITS FAVORITE LIGHT LAGER
The Brand Releases Two New TV Spots Showcasing the Quality of the Beer

(New York, NY) – In a new creative campaign, Bud Light is going back to its roots to showcase what goes into brewing America’s favorite light lager – from its four essential ingredients, brewing process, and its commitment to quality and taste. The program highlights Bud Light’s 35-year brewing heritage and dedication to brewing the beer that people across the country can count on.

“There’s nowhere to hide imperfection when you’re brewing a light lager,” said Andy Goeler, vice president of marketing, Bud Light, “Beer drinkers trust that every time they reach for a Bud Light, they’re going to get the crisp, refreshing taste they know and love. That process starts with four essential ingredients – barley, rice, water and hops. That’s been true for over 35 years.”

The spots will air August 10th during Denver Broncos vs Chicago Bears game (8-11pm ET), but can be viewed below.

Brewing a light lager like Bud Light isn’t easy. Bud Light brewmasters take pride in knowing they make the hardest style of beer to brew, using four essential ingredients: barley, rice, water and hops. Throughout the 30-day brewing process Bud Light is tasted and tested for quality more than 100 times, with brewmasters consistently checking quality and taste every step of the way.

Since the beginning, Bud Light has sourced only the highest quality ingredients and our brewmasters have maintained their passion for quality and consistency, which enable us to ensure that each Bud Light delivers the reliable taste that consumers know and expect.

To display Bud Light’s commitment to quality, the brand is launching two new TV spots this summer, titled “Bottle” and “Complex.” These spots, and other creative content, focus on the quality and simplicity Bud Light delivers with its four essential ingredients. The new creative takes consumers to the heart of the brewing process, showing how Bud Light takes the time to make sure every beer goes down smooth and crisp, so it can be shared and enjoyed among friends.

“Friendship is in the framework of our brand, you might even say that we’re famous for it,” says Andy Goeler, vice president of marketing, Bud Light. “This next chapter of the ‘Famous Among Friends’ campaign will focus on the beer, but to us, product quality and friendship go hand-in-hand. Your best friends are the people you can always count on. The same goes for Bud Light. We are the beer you can always count on.”

Watch the digital content spots “Bottle” and “Complex” on YouTube and join the conversation at and follow @BudLight on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more information about Bud Light’s Quality campaign please contact media@anheuser-busch.com.

About Bud Light
Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, visit www.BudLight.com.

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Bud Light marketers shift focus to what is in the glass in latest television campaign

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:06

[Press Release:]

BUD LIGHT REINTRODUCES AMERICA TO ITS FAVORITE LIGHT LAGER
The Brand Releases Two New TV Spots Showcasing the Quality of the Beer

(New York, NY) – In a new creative campaign, Bud Light is going back to its roots to showcase what goes into brewing America’s favorite light lager – from its four essential ingredients, brewing process, and its commitment to quality and taste. The program highlights Bud Light’s 35-year brewing heritage and dedication to brewing the beer that people across the country can count on.

“There’s nowhere to hide imperfection when you’re brewing a light lager,” said Andy Goeler, vice president of marketing, Bud Light, “Beer drinkers trust that every time they reach for a Bud Light, they’re going to get the crisp, refreshing taste they know and love. That process starts with four essential ingredients – barley, rice, water and hops. That’s been true for over 35 years.”

The spots will air August 10th during Denver Broncos vs Chicago Bears game (8-11pm ET), but can be viewed below.

Brewing a light lager like Bud Light isn’t easy. Bud Light brewmasters take pride in knowing they make the hardest style of beer to brew, using four essential ingredients: barley, rice, water and hops. Throughout the 30-day brewing process Bud Light is tasted and tested for quality more than 100 times, with brewmasters consistently checking quality and taste every step of the way.

Since the beginning, Bud Light has sourced only the highest quality ingredients and our brewmasters have maintained their passion for quality and consistency, which enable us to ensure that each Bud Light delivers the reliable taste that consumers know and expect.

To display Bud Light’s commitment to quality, the brand is launching two new TV spots this summer, titled “Bottle” and “Complex.” These spots, and other creative content, focus on the quality and simplicity Bud Light delivers with its four essential ingredients. The new creative takes consumers to the heart of the brewing process, showing how Bud Light takes the time to make sure every beer goes down smooth and crisp, so it can be shared and enjoyed among friends.

“Friendship is in the framework of our brand, you might even say that we’re famous for it,” says Andy Goeler, vice president of marketing, Bud Light. “This next chapter of the ‘Famous Among Friends’ campaign will focus on the beer, but to us, product quality and friendship go hand-in-hand. Your best friends are the people you can always count on. The same goes for Bud Light. We are the beer you can always count on.”

Watch the digital content spots “Bottle” and “Complex” on YouTube and join the conversation at and follow @BudLight on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more information about Bud Light’s Quality campaign please contact media@anheuser-busch.com.

About Bud Light
Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, visit www.BudLight.com.

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FREE Cryo Hops! with new or renewed AHA Membership

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 07:00
If you’re not a member of the American Homebrewer’s Association, I think you should consider joining – Here’s Why From the AHA: “Here’s what YCH HOPS says about Mosaic® CRYO HOPS® LupuLN2®: CRYO HOPS® contain the concentrated lupulin of the whole-leaf hops and offers twice the resin content of traditional products while preserving the traditional […]
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Ballast Point Brewing to open pilot brewery and tasting room in Chicago in early 2018

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 06:38

[Press Release:]

(Chicago, IL) – Ballast Point, one of the nation’s leading craft breweries today announced it’s opening a tasting room and kitchen in Chicago early next year– its first location in the Midwest. The 12,000-sqft space will house a three-barrel “research and development” brewery, restaurant and a rooftop bar in the city’s Fulton Market District.

The new brewery will serve many of Ballast Point’s iconic beers including its flagship Sculpin IPA, as well as exclusive, limited-edition beers available only at the brewery in Chicago. Known for its unrelenting commitment to quality, unique flavor profiles and a desire to bring great tasting beer to consumers across the country, Ballast Point currently operates six tasting room locations in California including Little Italy in San Diego and Long Beach, and a new brewery and tasting room in Daleville, Va.

“We’re thrilled to bring the San Diego spirit of Ballast Point to such a great beer-drinking city like Chicago,” said Marty Birkel, president of Ballast Point. “The entire team is looking forward to sharing some of our new innovations and passion for great beer and food with Chicagoans.”

In addition to bringing its top-selling beers to the brewery, the restaurant’s menu will also offer a taste of San Diego with some of its most popular dishes from its Southern California brew pubs including Baja-style fish tacos and a house-made pretzel with beer mustard. They’ll also offer more localized fare inspired by Chicago.

About Ballast Point
What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the team of adventurers known today as Ballast Point. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating the breakthrough gold-medal winning Sculpin IPA, the San Diego-based company is known for adding its own touch and asking if there’s a better way. Now an internationally recognized leader in the craft brewing industry with 7 brewery locations in California and Virginia, the company makes over 50 styles of beer and distributes to 49 states and 17 countries internationally. For more information, visit www.ballastpoint.com.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

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Ballast Point Brewing to open new brewery and tasting room in Chicago in early 2018

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 06:38

[Press Release:]

(Chicago, IL) – Ballast Point, one of the nation’s leading craft breweries today announced it’s opening a tasting room and kitchen in Chicago early next year– its first location in the Midwest. The 12,000-sqft space will house a three-barrel “research and development” brewery, restaurant and a rooftop bar in the city’s Fulton Market District.

The new brewery will serve many of Ballast Point’s iconic beers including its flagship Sculpin IPA, as well as exclusive, limited-edition beers available only at the brewery in Chicago. Known for its unrelenting commitment to quality, unique flavor profiles and a desire to bring great tasting beer to consumers across the country, Ballast Point currently operates six tasting room locations in California including Little Italy in San Diego and Long Beach, and a new brewery and tasting room in Daleville, Va.

“We’re thrilled to bring the San Diego spirit of Ballast Point to such a great beer-drinking city like Chicago,” said Marty Birkel, president of Ballast Point. “The entire team is looking forward to sharing some of our new innovations and passion for great beer and food with Chicagoans.”

In addition to bringing its top-selling beers to the brewery, the restaurant’s menu will also offer a taste of San Diego with some of its most popular dishes from its Southern California brew pubs including Baja-style fish tacos and a house-made pretzel with beer mustard. They’ll also offer more localized fare inspired by Chicago.

About Ballast Point
What started in 1996 as a small group of home brewers who simply wanted to make great beer evolved into the team of adventurers known today as Ballast Point. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or adding four types of malt to its amber ale, to creating the breakthrough gold-medal winning Sculpin IPA, the San Diego-based company is known for adding its own touch and asking if there’s a better way. Now an internationally recognized leader in the craft brewing industry with 7 brewery locations in California and Virginia, the company makes over 50 styles of beer and distributes to 49 states and 17 countries internationally. For more information, visit www.ballastpoint.com.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) (NYSE:STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.

Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 facilities and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

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Constellation Brands (producer of Corona, Modelo) acquires Florida-based Funky Buddha

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 06:18

[Press Release:]

Craft Brewer Funky Buddha Joins Constellation Brands; Constellation Strengthens its Position in High-End Beer

(Victor, NY) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today its purchase of Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery, reinforcing its strategy to lead the high-end beer segment in the United States. Funky Buddha is the fastest growing craft brewery in Florida, and produces bold craft beers made with high quality ingredients. It has an award-winning portfolio led by Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA. Funky Buddha joins Constellation’s Craft & Specialty Beer Group in the beer division.

Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery was founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, by husband and wife Ryan and Giani Sentz. As the demand for Funky Buddha’s beers skyrocketed, Ryan and Giani invited Ryan’s brother KC Sentz, and his wife Melissa Sentz, to join the business. In 2013, the Sentz family started Funky Buddha Brewery, located in the heart of Oakland Park’s burgeoning Culinary Arts District. At 54,000 sq ft and with a capacity of 45,000 BBLs, Funky Buddha Brewery is South Florida’s largest craft microbrewery by size and volume, and is Florida’s busiest tap room by beer sales.

“We chose to partner with Constellation because we saw an alignment in vision and felt they gave us the greatest opportunity for growth and development,” said Funky Buddha Head Brewer and President Ryan Sentz. “Constellation and Funky Buddha share a lot of the same ideals and passion for philanthropy, entrepreneurship and the art of craft beer. At the end of the day, we just really like the people we have met within the organization, each of whom share our dedication to making outstanding beer.”

2016 was a breakout year for Funky Buddha Brewery, receiving five gold medals in RateBeer’s Best Awards. When it came to the Best Beers by Style, they dominated the Imperial Porter category with three gold medals for Morning Wood, Wide Awake It’s Morning, and Last Buffalo in the Park. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and Last Snow Coconut Coffee Porter both received gold medals in the Best Beers by Style Porter category. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter also was a Winner of the World Beer Cup 2016 Gold Medal in the Specialty Beer category. And as the engine behind these high-quality beers, the Funky Buddha team was recognized by placing in the Top 100 Brewers category.

“Adding a fantastic regional brand such as Funky Buddha to our craft beer portfolio, along with Ballast Point, advances our strategy in continuing to lead the high-end beer segment,” said Paul Hetterich, executive vice president and president of the beer division at Constellation Brands. “The Sentz family has created a culture of bold creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Those qualities, combined with our beer division’s market reach, distributor partnerships, consumer insights, and our craft expertise within Ballast Point, will help nurture and develop Funky Buddha’s distinctive brand.”
Constellation Brands and Funky Buddha Brewery’s team of employees will continue to work together, with Ryan and KC Sentz running the day-to-day operations. Funky Buddha’s standard of brewing will remain unchanged, delivering the same culinary-style, creative beer consumers and craft beer enthusiasts celebrate today.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries, and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

About Funky Buddha
Founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, Funky Buddha Brewery® is committed to producing bold craft beers that marry culinary-inspired ingredients with time-honored technique. Its lineup includes year-round brews Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA, along with specialty releases such as Last Snow and the highly sought after Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Its Oakland Park production brewery opened in June 2013 and distributes draught and bottled beer to retail outlets throughout Florida.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. The word “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Those statements may relate to Constellation Brands’ business strategy, future operations, prospects, plans and objectives of management, as well as information concerning expected actions of third parties. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Constellation Brands undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

In addition to risks associated with ordinary business operations, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are subject to other risks and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in Constellation Brands, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2017, which could cause actual future performance to differ from current expectations.

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Constellation Brands (producer of Corona, Modelo) acquires Florida-based Funky Buddha

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 06:18

[Press Release:]

Craft Brewer Funky Buddha Joins Constellation Brands; Constellation Strengthens its Position in High-End Beer

(Victor, NY) — Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a leading beverage alcohol company, announced today its purchase of Florida-based Funky Buddha Brewery, reinforcing its strategy to lead the high-end beer segment in the United States. Funky Buddha is the fastest growing craft brewery in Florida, and produces bold craft beers made with high quality ingredients. It has an award-winning portfolio led by Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA. Funky Buddha joins Constellation’s Craft & Specialty Beer Group in the beer division.

Funky Buddha Lounge & Brewery was founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, by husband and wife Ryan and Giani Sentz. As the demand for Funky Buddha’s beers skyrocketed, Ryan and Giani invited Ryan’s brother KC Sentz, and his wife Melissa Sentz, to join the business. In 2013, the Sentz family started Funky Buddha Brewery, located in the heart of Oakland Park’s burgeoning Culinary Arts District. At 54,000 sq ft and with a capacity of 45,000 BBLs, Funky Buddha Brewery is South Florida’s largest craft microbrewery by size and volume, and is Florida’s busiest tap room by beer sales.

“We chose to partner with Constellation because we saw an alignment in vision and felt they gave us the greatest opportunity for growth and development,” said Funky Buddha Head Brewer and President Ryan Sentz. “Constellation and Funky Buddha share a lot of the same ideals and passion for philanthropy, entrepreneurship and the art of craft beer. At the end of the day, we just really like the people we have met within the organization, each of whom share our dedication to making outstanding beer.”

2016 was a breakout year for Funky Buddha Brewery, receiving five gold medals in RateBeer’s Best Awards. When it came to the Best Beers by Style, they dominated the Imperial Porter category with three gold medals for Morning Wood, Wide Awake It’s Morning, and Last Buffalo in the Park. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter and Last Snow Coconut Coffee Porter both received gold medals in the Best Beers by Style Porter category. Maple Bacon Coffee Porter also was a Winner of the World Beer Cup 2016 Gold Medal in the Specialty Beer category. And as the engine behind these high-quality beers, the Funky Buddha team was recognized by placing in the Top 100 Brewers category.

“Adding a fantastic regional brand such as Funky Buddha to our craft beer portfolio, along with Ballast Point, advances our strategy in continuing to lead the high-end beer segment,” said Paul Hetterich, executive vice president and president of the beer division at Constellation Brands. “The Sentz family has created a culture of bold creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Those qualities, combined with our beer division’s market reach, distributor partnerships, consumer insights, and our craft expertise within Ballast Point, will help nurture and develop Funky Buddha’s distinctive brand.”
Constellation Brands and Funky Buddha Brewery’s team of employees will continue to work together, with Ryan and KC Sentz running the day-to-day operations. Funky Buddha’s standard of brewing will remain unchanged, delivering the same culinary-style, creative beer consumers and craft beer enthusiasts celebrate today.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About Constellation Brands
Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ and STZ.B), a Fortune 500® company, is a leading international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits with operations in the U.S., Mexico, New Zealand, Italy and Canada. Constellation is the No. 3 beer company in the U.S. with high-end, iconic imported brands such as Corona Extra, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Modelo Negra and Pacifico. The company’s beer portfolio also includes Ballast Point, one of the most awarded craft brewers in the U.S. In addition, Constellation is the world leader in premium wine, selling great brands that people love, including Robert Mondavi, Clos du Bois, Kim Crawford, Meiomi, Mark West, Franciscan Estate, Ruffino and The Prisoner. The company’s premium spirits brands include SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.
Based in Victor, N.Y., the company believes that industry leadership involves a commitment to brand building, our trade partners, the environment, our investors and to consumers around the world who choose our products when celebrating big moments or enjoying quiet ones. Founded in 1945, Constellation has grown to become a significant player in the beverage alcohol industry with more than 100 brands in its portfolio, about 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries, and approximately 9,000 talented employees. We express our company vision: to elevate life with every glass raised. To learn more, visit www.cbrands.com.

About Funky Buddha
Founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, Funky Buddha Brewery® is committed to producing bold craft beers that marry culinary-inspired ingredients with time-honored technique. Its lineup includes year-round brews Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA, along with specialty releases such as Last Snow and the highly sought after Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Its Oakland Park production brewery opened in June 2013 and distributes draught and bottled beer to retail outlets throughout Florida.

Forward-Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements. The word “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain such identifying words. Those statements may relate to Constellation Brands’ business strategy, future operations, prospects, plans and objectives of management, as well as information concerning expected actions of third parties. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in or implied by the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release. Constellation Brands undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

In addition to risks associated with ordinary business operations, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are subject to other risks and uncertainties disclosed from time to time in Constellation Brands, Inc.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2017, which could cause actual future performance to differ from current expectations.

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Ends Today: Mark II Keg & Carboy Washer – $79.99 Shipped for HBF Readers!

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 06:00
Mark’s Keg & Carboy Washer is designed to clean and sanitize a good bit of your homebrewing gear.  It cleans and sanitizes… Kegs (including liquid post and dip tube), Carboys, Fermenters (including Speidels), tubing, parts and more.  It’s light and easy to store, most everything nests to together in the base.  Includes a 520 gallon […]
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Dr Meter pH Meter – coming up on Lightning Deals

Homebrew Finds - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 05:30
PH002 pH Meter from Dr Meter,  Measurement range of 0-14 pH.  Includes carrying case and 6.86 and 4.01 pH buffers. You can use a pH meter to check the pH of your water, mash, [test Star San effectiveness] and finished beer. 8/10/17 7:30 AM Central: This is set to be discounted as an Amazon Lightning Deal […]
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Braxton’s Oktober Fuel returns to cans this week

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 05:25

[Press Release:]

(Covington, KY) – Prost to new traditions! Braxton Brewing Company will be releasing it’s Oktoberfest Lager, Oktober Fuel, in cans beginning in August. The Covington-based brewery is celebrating with a beer garden at their Covington taproom on August 19th and several Oktoberfest-themed events throughout their distribution footprint!

“Oktoberfest in Cincinnati is one of the greatest celebrations in the country,” said Jake Rouse, Co-Founder & CEO of Braxton Brewing Company. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate these traditions with the return of Oktober Fuel. This traditional Oktoberfest lager is one of the finest beers we produce, and every year we look forward to lifting one to life with this incredibly traditional beer. Prost!”

Draft beer, along with 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, will be available at select retailers, liquor stores, bars and restaurants across the brewing company’s distribution network in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington and Dayton.

This authentic German Lager was referenced as one of the best examples of style by Draft Magazine in 2016. Using a method called decoction to boil a portion of the beer’s mash bill, the brewery achieves a rich malt complexity that is delicately balanced by the addition of noble hops.

“Our first canned seasonal release is finally back and I couldn’t be more excited,” said Evan Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company Co-Founder and COO. “This Oktoberfest Lager is brewed in the German Tradition and was mentioned as one of the best in the country by Draft Magazine.”

Fuel for Fall, Braxton will be “Prosting” at several parties throughout the season and its distribution network. At each party, they’ll be giving away Oktober Fuel can glasses, raffling off a limited edition ceramic one liter stein and giving away a limited edition Oktober Fuel screenprint by Durham Brand & Co. These limited edition prints used Oktober Fuel in the ink and are numbered to 100. View the process here.

* Northern Kentucky Party: House of Orange, Date TBD
* Cincinnati Party: Queen City Radio, August 31st
* Louisville Party: Crescent Hill Craft House, September 16 – October 16
* Lexington Party: Goodfella’s Pizza, Date TBD
* North Cincinnati Party: Firehouse Grill, September 7

In their Covington taproom, Braxton will tap Oktober Fuel on Saturday, August 19. The brewery will also be giving away can glasses, a few limited edition steins and screen prints. They’ll be turning their outdoor patio into a Beer Garden and be hosting live German music from the Zinzinnati Bierband.

We’ll meet you in the biergarten and let’s lift one to life all season long!

To learn more about Oktober Fuel, visit Braxton Brewing Company’s website.

Follow Braxton Brewing Company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in-the-know or visit their website for more company details.

Categories: Beer Blogosphere News

Braxton’s Oktober Fuel returns to cans this week

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 05:25

[Press Release:]

(Covington, KY) – Prost to new traditions! Braxton Brewing Company will be releasing it’s Oktoberfest Lager, Oktober Fuel, in cans beginning in August. The Covington-based brewery is celebrating with a beer garden at their Covington taproom on August 19th and several Oktoberfest-themed events throughout their distribution footprint!

“Oktoberfest in Cincinnati is one of the greatest celebrations in the country,” said Jake Rouse, Co-Founder & CEO of Braxton Brewing Company. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to celebrate these traditions with the return of Oktober Fuel. This traditional Oktoberfest lager is one of the finest beers we produce, and every year we look forward to lifting one to life with this incredibly traditional beer. Prost!”

Draft beer, along with 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, will be available at select retailers, liquor stores, bars and restaurants across the brewing company’s distribution network in Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington and Dayton.

This authentic German Lager was referenced as one of the best examples of style by Draft Magazine in 2016. Using a method called decoction to boil a portion of the beer’s mash bill, the brewery achieves a rich malt complexity that is delicately balanced by the addition of noble hops.

“Our first canned seasonal release is finally back and I couldn’t be more excited,” said Evan Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company Co-Founder and COO. “This Oktoberfest Lager is brewed in the German Tradition and was mentioned as one of the best in the country by Draft Magazine.”

Fuel for Fall, Braxton will be “Prosting” at several parties throughout the season and its distribution network. At each party, they’ll be giving away Oktober Fuel can glasses, raffling off a limited edition ceramic one liter stein and giving away a limited edition Oktober Fuel screenprint by Durham Brand & Co. These limited edition prints used Oktober Fuel in the ink and are numbered to 100. View the process here.

* Northern Kentucky Party: House of Orange, Date TBD
* Cincinnati Party: Queen City Radio, August 31st
* Louisville Party: Crescent Hill Craft House, September 16 – October 16
* Lexington Party: Goodfella’s Pizza, Date TBD
* North Cincinnati Party: Firehouse Grill, September 7

In their Covington taproom, Braxton will tap Oktober Fuel on Saturday, August 19. The brewery will also be giving away can glasses, a few limited edition steins and screen prints. They’ll be turning their outdoor patio into a Beer Garden and be hosting live German music from the Zinzinnati Bierband.

We’ll meet you in the biergarten and let’s lift one to life all season long!

To learn more about Oktober Fuel, visit Braxton Brewing Company’s website.

Follow Braxton Brewing Company on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in-the-know or visit their website for more company details.

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Louis Glunz Beer rolls out Hirter Herbstcult from Austria’s Brauerei Hirt for autumn

BeerPulse - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 05:15

[Press Release:]

Hirter herbstCULT, from Austria’s Brauerei Hirt, arrives this autumn

(Lincolnwood, IL) – Glunz Imports, a division of Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., Chicagoland’s premier craft and specialty beer distributor and importer of select international brews, introduces the Hirter herbstCULT. Brewed by Brauerei Hirt of Micheldorf, Austria, the Hirter herbstCULT is a well-rounded märzen style beer with a mild first taste and pleasant effervescence. Complete with a compact, fine-poured white head, the beer tastes of a freshly baked loaf of bread. At 5.4% ABV, the seasonal specialty becomes available in late August on draft at Chicagoland bars and restaurants, with nationwide rollout following soon thereafter.

HerbstCULT is the fourth Hirter beer to be introduced to America by Glunz, following the Hirter Herbal Radler, Hiter Privat Pils, and Hirter Morchl, all currently available in Chicago through Glunz Imports. “Fall is the peak beer season in Chicago and around the world,” says President Jerry Glunz. “Our goal is to continue to introduce new and delicious beers to the Chicago market and beyond, and keep beer fans on their toes with specialty seasonals like the herbstCULT.”

HerbstCULT is also GMO-free, nonpasteurized, and contains no artificial sugars. Best enjoyed with wild game, goose, and carpaccio of beef and dark roasted meat, the beer is made with Hallertauer Select and Mühlviertler Perle hops, giving it a discreet bitterness and naturally cloudy composition.

About Brauerei Hirt

With more than 730 years of brewing tradition, Brauerei Hirt is one of the oldest breweries in Austria. It originally opened as a tavern that served the knights and merchants who traveled along the ancient Vienna-Venice route. The continued success of the brewery is built on a number of fundamental factors: crystal-clear Alpine spring water, the highest grade of ingredients, a double filtration method, quality controls, and the fact that the beer is still brewed with the same classic Bohemian recipes. As are all Brauerei Hirt products, Hirter utilizes the slow brewing standard for crafting herbstCULT, waiting over 40 days for the beer to develop its natural characteristics. For more information, visit www.hirterbier.at/en_GB.

About Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I in Chicago, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. (7100 N. Capitol Drive, Lincolnwood, IL 60712; 847.676.9500) is among the oldest beer distributors in the United States, proudly offering Chicagoland the most comprehensive selection of craft, specialty, and import beers representing more than 190 breweries around the globe. The 129-year-old company continually receives recognition for its innovative, family-owned business, including Beverage Industry’s 2013 Wholesaler of the Year, the National Beer Wholesalers Association 2013 Public Affairs Award, and the 2013 Loyola Illinois Family Business of the Year Award. Heading the company is President Jerry Glunz, the great-grandson of the founder, with day-to-day operations led by members of the fourth and fifth generations. Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. is dedicated to quality service and beer education. For more information, visit www.glunzbeers.com. Find Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Louis Glunz Beer rolls out Hirter Herbstcult from Austria’s Brauerei Hirt for autumn

BeerNews.org - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 05:15

[Press Release:]

Hirter herbstCULT, from Austria’s Brauerei Hirt, arrives this autumn

(Lincolnwood, IL) – Glunz Imports, a division of Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., Chicagoland’s premier craft and specialty beer distributor and importer of select international brews, introduces the Hirter herbstCULT. Brewed by Brauerei Hirt of Micheldorf, Austria, the Hirter herbstCULT is a well-rounded märzen style beer with a mild first taste and pleasant effervescence. Complete with a compact, fine-poured white head, the beer tastes of a freshly baked loaf of bread. At 5.4% ABV, the seasonal specialty becomes available in late August on draft at Chicagoland bars and restaurants, with nationwide rollout following soon thereafter.

HerbstCULT is the fourth Hirter beer to be introduced to America by Glunz, following the Hirter Herbal Radler, Hiter Privat Pils, and Hirter Morchl, all currently available in Chicago through Glunz Imports. “Fall is the peak beer season in Chicago and around the world,” says President Jerry Glunz. “Our goal is to continue to introduce new and delicious beers to the Chicago market and beyond, and keep beer fans on their toes with specialty seasonals like the herbstCULT.”

HerbstCULT is also GMO-free, nonpasteurized, and contains no artificial sugars. Best enjoyed with wild game, goose, and carpaccio of beef and dark roasted meat, the beer is made with Hallertauer Select and Mühlviertler Perle hops, giving it a discreet bitterness and naturally cloudy composition.

About Brauerei Hirt

With more than 730 years of brewing tradition, Brauerei Hirt is one of the oldest breweries in Austria. It originally opened as a tavern that served the knights and merchants who traveled along the ancient Vienna-Venice route. The continued success of the brewery is built on a number of fundamental factors: crystal-clear Alpine spring water, the highest grade of ingredients, a double filtration method, quality controls, and the fact that the beer is still brewed with the same classic Bohemian recipes. As are all Brauerei Hirt products, Hirter utilizes the slow brewing standard for crafting herbstCULT, waiting over 40 days for the beer to develop its natural characteristics. For more information, visit www.hirterbier.at/en_GB.

About Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I in Chicago, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. (7100 N. Capitol Drive, Lincolnwood, IL 60712; 847.676.9500) is among the oldest beer distributors in the United States, proudly offering Chicagoland the most comprehensive selection of craft, specialty, and import beers representing more than 190 breweries around the globe. The 129-year-old company continually receives recognition for its innovative, family-owned business, including Beverage Industry’s 2013 Wholesaler of the Year, the National Beer Wholesalers Association 2013 Public Affairs Award, and the 2013 Loyola Illinois Family Business of the Year Award. Heading the company is President Jerry Glunz, the great-grandson of the founder, with day-to-day operations led by members of the fourth and fifth generations. Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. is dedicated to quality service and beer education. For more information, visit www.glunzbeers.com. Find Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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