Craft beer industry news, events, and jobs. 2016-07-27T01:02:14Z Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Craft Beer Growth Slows as U.S. Brewery Count Tops 4,600]]> 2016-07-27T01:02:14Z 2016-07-27T01:00:43Z

Although overall craft beer growth has slowed considerably, production for America’s small and independent craft brewers was still up eight percent through the first six months of 2016, according to a new report from the Brewers Association.

The BA — which represents America’s small and independent brewers and sourced production estimates from hundreds of craft beer companies as part of its annual mid-year review — did not specify exactly how many barrels small brewers have made this year, but the report suggests that more than 13 million barrels of craft beer have already been produced in 2016.

Around this time last year, craft brewers had brewed 12.2 million barrels, according to the BA, and were growing at a 16 percent clip. In 2014, meanwhile, BA-defined craft beer production had grown 18 percent through the first six months of the year.

“While the craft brewing industry is entering a period of maturation, most markets are not near saturation,” Bart Watson, the group’s chief economist said via a press release. “As craft’s base gets larger, as with any industry, it becomes more difficult for it to grow at the same percentage rate. Yet there is still tremendous dynamism reflected in eight percent growth for craft.”

It’s a familiar refrain from Watson, who for months has been hinting at a craft beer slowdown.

“As the industry matures and moves into the mainstream, slower growth is a natural part of that maturation,” Watson told Brewbound in March, adding that slower segment-wide growth in 2015 was largely caused by sluggish sales from craft’s largest players.

Watson made that point again today, writing in a blog post that there is “clear evidence that any slowdown in growth is primarily centered on regional craft brewers.”

Indeed, sales at grocery and convenience stores for three of the top five BA-defined craft beer companies — Boston Beer, Sierra Nevada and Gambrinus — were down as much as 3 percent through July 10, according to market research firm IRI Worldwide.

Watson attributed those declines to “fewer low-hanging growth opportunities, competition from the large brewers, acquisitions of fast growing breweries, as well as simply a more crowded beer marketplace.”

But regional brewery performance is still just one part of the equation. According to Watson, growth amongst microbreweries – those companies making less than 15,000 barrel annually – and brewpubs are “nearly as strong as ever.”

“We found 30 percent plus growth in breweries that were less than 15,000 barrels last year,” he wrote.

But slower growth hasn’t curbed brewery openings. In fact, a record high 4,656 breweries are now operating in the U.S. as of June 30, an increase of 917 over the previous comparable 12-month period, according to the BA. There are also still another 2,200 breweries in planning, the organization added.

“As long as beer lover demand for craft brewed beer continues to rise, there will be new market opportunities for small and independent craft brewers,” Watson said in a video announcement that accompanied the release.

Press Release <![CDATA[Blake’s Hard Cider to Release ‘Black Phillip’ on August 1]]> 2016-07-26T16:54:55Z 2016-07-26T16:54:55Z

Armada, MI – Live life deliciously. That’s what Blake’s Hard Cider is asking us all to do with their newest seasonal release, Black Phillip. The newest creation from Blake’s has infused blood orange and cranberry with Blake Farms apples into what might be their best cider to date.

“This is the best God da*m cider America has ever seen,” said Andrew Blake, founder of Blake’s Hard Cider. “Just kidding, but this is my personal favorite cider we’ve made to date and the 12oz can our marketing team put together is unreal. I think it’s going to kick ass.”

This is Blake’s third new seasonal cider they’ve created this year alone. If the success of their spring seasonal, Tonic, and summer seasonal, Aurora, give any indication of how it will taste and be received, Black Phillip is sure to impress.

“So I don’t remember much from that fateful night,” mumbled Robert Lauer, Cidermaster at Blake’s Hard Cider. “Other than the full moon, a silvery voice and the sound of a jingling spur. It wasn’t so much a conversation, but I recall the words ‘cranberry and blood orange’ and ‘seeing the world.’ I think something was taken from me that night that I fear shan’t return cause of something about his book, and it’s been stranger ever since Black Phillip came into our lives.”

Black Phillip will be available August 1 to Blake’s Hard Cider distributor partners in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Kansas in 12oz six-pack cans, 22oz bottles, 1/6 bbl & ½ bbl kegs. Select bottle shops and grocery chains will carry Black Phillip in cans and bottles.

Press Release <![CDATA[Narragansett Beer Releases Lovecraft White Ship White IPA]]> 2016-07-26T16:40:55Z 2016-07-26T16:40:55Z

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Past the dying dreams of Zar, the mysterious city of Thaiarion, and the sickening tease of Xura – the White Ship sailed on. The beauty, bliss, and gentle seas of Sona-Nyl beckoned our hearts to lay in its rolling pastures for all of eternity, but our greed pushed our sails past the heavens and into the unknown. The oarsmen pulled us through thick mist and fierce winds, searching for the mythic shores of Cathuria. When the mist lifted, the White Ship glided over hazy seas of gold topped with plentiful white caps. Just as the scent of spice and grapefruit filled our minds, all went black.

Today, Narragansett Beer announces the release of White Ship White IPA, the fourth chapter, and fifth installment, in the popular Lovecraft Series which honors the famous horror writer and lifelong Providence, Rhode Island resident, H.P. Lovecraft. Each beer in the series is based on a different Lovecraft tale, in both beer style and can design. This latest release is a tribute to The White Ship, the story of a lighthouse keeper’s adventure aboard a mysterious ship where his curiosity and greed win out over his better judgment.

“The beauty of The Lovecraft Series is that there is no end to the source of inspiration,” said Narragansett President Mark Hellendrung. “The White Ship is one of my personal favorite Lovecraft stories. It’s the perfect combination of

obscurity, curiosity, and a desire to search out the unknown. For us, we have wanted to explore a White IPA for a while. It’s a style that lends itself to blurring guidelines and pushing creative boundaries, much like H.P. Lovecraft himself.”

The White Ship White IPA label, designed by local Rhode Island artist Pete McPhee from Swamp Yankee, features an image of the story’s grey lighthouse as the north point of a compass rose and represents the narrator’s trip to the other world and back.

White Ship is a 6.8% ABV and 50 IBU Belgian Style White IPA that combines the crisp, structured IPA base with a creamy Belgian yeast profile. It’s brewed with four types of American and Belgiam malts, and contains El Dorado and Mandarina Bavarian hops to give it the tangerine flavor typically associated with white ales.

Narragansett’s White Ship White IPA will be available starting July 25 in six packs of 16-ounce tallboy cans, priced between $11.99 – $12.9 SRP per six pack. White Ship will be distributed throughout Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Portland, Ore., and Greenville and Columbia, South Carolina. The timing and availability will vary per market.

For additional information about Narragansett or to find a retailer near you, visit


Narragansett Beer…Brewed since 1890. ‘Gansett is a straightforward, quality beer that has been a New England tradition for generations, producing a classic family of award-winning American lagers & ales. Today, ‘Gansett is produced at top-rated breweries in Rochester, N.Y., and Westport, Mass. and is one of America’s top 50 regional brewers and the fastest-growing in the Northeast. Narragansett is available for purchase in local restaurants, bars, and liquor stores throughout New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Portland, Ore. and Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn.

Thirsty for more? Visit: or follow Narragansett on Facebook (/NarragansettBeer), Twitter (@GansettBeer) and Instagram (@GansettBeer).


H.P. Lovecraft was born in Providence, RI in 1890, the same year Narragansett Beer was founded just down the road. Though he toiled mostly in obscurity in small-press magazines during his life, today he is universally acclaimed as the “Father of Modern Horror.” Artists from Stephen King, to Neil Gaiman, Metallica, and Guillermo del Toro cite him as a direct influence. The Narragansett Lovecraft Series of collaborations follows the spirit of his “Cthulhu Mythos,” which invited fellow authors to write in the same shared universe of ideas.

Press Release <![CDATA[Accraply, Inc. Acquires Harland Machine Systems of England]]> 2016-07-26T16:07:21Z 2016-07-26T16:07:21Z

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Seamus Lafferty, president of Accraply, Inc., has announced the acquisition of Harland Machine Systems, LTD of Manchester, England. Harland specializes in the design and manufacture of a comprehensive range of high quality, reliable, efficient and cost-effective self-adhesive (pressure-sensitive) labeling machinery.

The acquisition further strengthens Accraply’s ongoing commitment to the self-adhesive labeling industry in Europe and expands Accraply’s global footprint. The addition of Harland within the family of Accraply, Trine, Graham, Sleevit and Stanford brands complements Accraply’s position as a global provider of a complete range of labeling and shrink sleeve application and converting equipment and services. The new partnership also complements Accraply’s position in markets served with the added advantage of Accraply’s multiple manufacturing, engineering and service centers in North America and Europe, which support the company’s extensive sales and service networks worldwide.

Founded 44 years ago, Harland has become one of the most respected and trusted labeling manufacturers in the world. Harland’s dedication to innovative research and development and the unparalleled range of labeling machines has solidified them as a market leader.

“The acquisition of Harland complements our existing self-adhesive business with robust technology, a global sales and service network, and a dedicated team that brings experience, passion and a determination to deliver exceptional performance for our customers,” Lafferty stated. “I am proud to welcome Harland to the Accraply and Barry-Wehmiller family, and I look forward to the combined knowledge and experience of our teams making an immediate and positive impact in the market.”

With the Harland acquisition, privately-held Barry-Wehmiller, headquartered in St. Louis, MO (USA), grows to 84 acquisitions. Since 1987, when it began a robust acquisition strategy, Barry-Wehmiller has experienced significant growth and anticipates revenues will surpass $2.4 billion in 2016.

“It gives me great pleasure to introduce the team members of Harland to the people-centric culture of Barry-Wehmiller. We look forward to many years of creating value together,” said Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller Chairman and CEO.


Comprised of the Accraply, Trine, Stanford, Graham and Sleevit brands, Accraply unites some of the most trusted names in product decoration and material converting. Known for its cutting-edge technology and innovative custom-engineered designs, Accraply has been credited with many industry firsts and advances in application and converting technologies. Accraply, a subsidiary of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc., is a leader in the design, manufacture and support of pressure-sensitive, roll fed and shrink sleeve label application systems as well as converting and finishing equipment for the shrink sleeve and flexible packaging markets.


Barry-Wehmiller is a diversified global supplier of engineering consulting and manufacturing technology for the packaging, corrugating, sheeting and paper converting industries. By blending people-centric leadership with disciplined operational strategies and purpose-driven growth, Barry-Wehmiller has become a $2+ billion organization with 11,000-plus team members united by a common belief: to use the power of business to build a better world. CEO Bob Chapman shares the story of the company’s transformation in his new book, Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. To learn more, go to

Press Release <![CDATA[Ninkasi’s Hop Cooler Citrus IPA Joins Year-Round Lineup in August]]> 2016-07-22T16:05:47Z 2016-07-22T16:05:47Z

EUGENE, Ore. — Ninkasi Brewing Company announces Hop Cooler Citrus IPA to join its year-round Flagship Series. Starting August 22, Hop Cooler will be available in 12oz. 6-packs, 22oz. bottles, and on-draft across the brewery’s distribution territory.

Hop Cooler made its debut this past January as part of Ninkasi’s Special Release Series. “We worked hard on this recipe to craft a super juicy beer,” explains Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder. “Combining four powerhouse hops and real orange and tangerine peel, we were able to achieve an IPA that perfectly accomplishes what we set out to do; like many of our fans, I can’t stop ordering it.”

Brewed with sweet orange and tangerine peel, Hop Cooler is a flavorful balance of juicy citrus and an assertive hop bitterness. “This one’s gorgeous in terms of execution,” says John Holl, All About Beer editor. “The core hop bitterness steers things, but quickly opens up into expansive layers of grassy, dense citrus: Orange peel, pulpy grapefruit, sweet lemon.”

To promote the release of Hop Cooler to a year-round offering, Ninkasi introduces an exclusive Hop Cooler tap handle featured wherever the beer will be poured on-draft.

Hop Cooler joins Ninkasi’s Flagship Series as its eighth year-round beer. “The Flagship Series offers a full spectrum of beers for all beer drinkers to enjoy,” says Floyd. Included in the Flagship Series lineup are Total Domination IPA, Easy Way IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Helles Belles Lager.


Snag a taste of Hop Cooler Citrus IPA before it hits the market at the Pre-Release Party, July 23 from 12-10pm at the Ninkasi Tasting Room (272 Van Buren St., Eugene, OR). Live music starts at 6pm.

Hop Cooler Stats

Bright and tropical, this India Pale Ale brilliantly layers a citrusy blend of orange and tangerine with a robust hop profile. Crafted with real citrus and packed with as much flavor as a hop cooler, you won’t be able to stop at just one sip of this fresh and fruity beer.

  • Style: Citrus IPA
  • Series: Flagship Series
  • Available: Year-round starting late August 2016
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • IBU: 74
  • Malt: 2-Row Pale, Vienna, Acidulated, Honey
  • Hops: Equinox, Simcoe, Amarillo, Citra
  • Packaging: 12oz. 6-Pack, 22oz. Bottles, Draft
  • Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Tasting Notes: Boasting serious citrus juiciness, tangerine, orange and grapefruit solidly shine alongside the hop profile. A big, citrus aroma is followed by a hop bitterness up-front and a crisp, malt background. This beer finishes slightly bitter in part from the use of real fruit peel.
  • Food Pairings Citrus Salads, Ceviche, Fish Tacos, Poultry, Pork, Beef, Burgers, Spicy Foods

To view the entire Ninkasi lineup, visit:

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 two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IPA, Easy Way IPA, Helles Belles Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; D.C.; Colorado; Idaho; Maryland; Nevada; New York; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint. For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Saint Archer Brewing Releases Tusk & Grain Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Gose]]> 2016-07-22T15:45:05Z 2016-07-22T15:45:05Z

San Diego, Calif. — As with all living things, beer creates its own personality, and this is one to admire: Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Gose from the artisans at Tusk & Grain.

What started as a take on a European classic, this Gose, pronounced “gose-uh,” has been enhanced with the addition of brettanomyces then nurtured in pinot noir barrels, sculpting its identity. Oak. Funk. Tart… These are just some of the flavors that compliment the incredible vinous nature of this beer, and like a fine wine, it will only continue to mature with age.

Gose is unusual in that it is brewed with slightly salty water and spiced with both coriander and hops. We combine malted wheat and barley for the grain bill and intentionally “sour” the wort with lactobacillus bacteria prior to the boil. The resulting aromas and flavors are tart and thirst quenching. Tusk & Grain’s take on this German classic adds a new dimension thanks to carefully-controlled aging in well-worn Pinot Noir barrels.

“The Barrel Aged Gose pairs well with a large variety of dishes, but I really love how it works with game bird or rich, fatty cheeses. The tartness and acidity cuts right through, and the funky aromas of brettanomyces enhance the wild nature of these types of foods. The complex aromas and flavors of this beer also stand alone very well. Enjoy it on a hot summer day or paired with your favorite meal” says Tusk & Grain Cellar/Barrel Master, Greg Peters.

  • Tusk & Grain Pinot Noir Barrel Aged Gose – ABV 4.6%.
  • Available at our tasting room only in a very limited run of less than 150 cases.
  • Pre-sale bottles can be purchased at

Founded on the ideals of a timeless craft, Tusk & Grain embodies the hard work and artisanship that seeks to create truly unique beers and barrel-aged specialties. Our brewers hand select the most sought after barrels, and use only the highest quality goods in the design and execution of their vision for these beers. We hope you will enjoy the bountiful flavor, complexity, and texture in each pour.

Press Release <![CDATA[Bell’s Octoberfest Returns to Bottles After 5 Year Hiatus]]> 2016-07-22T15:08:31Z 2016-07-22T15:08:31Z

Comstock, Mich – One of Bell’s Brewery’s fall favorites is returning to the bottling line for the first time in five years.

Bell’s Octoberfest Beer (5.5% ABV) will also debut in 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles when it starts shipping in August. Bottles, six-packs and 12-packs will all feature the refreshed Bell’s logo and packaging.

This limited, sessionable lager will ship to all states Bell’s distributes to.

“Octoberfest is a brewery and a fan favorite, one that we get a lot of questions about,” said Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell.

“This is the year we can finally say yes, Octoberfest is coming back in bottles. It has been too long, it’s a perfect way to welcome cooler weather,” she said.

Smooth and highly drinkable, Bell’s Octoberfest opens the door to the coming autumn with a light, dry toasted malt note without too much sweetness.

Additional details will be shared at and on Bell’s social media as they become available.


Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 490 people over a 29 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers. For more information, please visit

You can also find Bell’s on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Pinterest.

Press Release <![CDATA[Hopsy Introduces HomeTap Countertop Draft Machine]]> 2016-07-22T14:58:31Z 2016-07-22T14:58:31Z

ALBANY, Calif. — Hopsy, the only online marketplace and delivery service for fresh local craft beer, today announced the availability of the HomeTap. Developed by KRUPS, the company behind the Nespresso coffee machine, the HomeTap is a sleek, stylish draft beer appliance that fits on the countertop. Available to Hopsy customers, the HomeTap is the only appliance on the market that allows customers to enjoy beer from Hopsy’s craft brewery partners the way it is supposed to be enjoyed; draft, fresh and perfectly chilled.

“The HomeTap is our latest innovation for the fast growing craft beer community,” said Sebastien Tron, Hopsy’s co-founder and CEO. “The HomeTap brings the ultimate taproom experience to any home by giving craft beer lovers the ability to serve their local favorites, as if it were a fresh pour at the brewery. With the HomeTap, we are basically bringing the best craft beer bars of the Bay Area directly to our customers.”

Beginning today, Bay Area residents in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda and the surrounding area can order their very own HomeTap. Customers can order the HomeTap as a standalone appliance, as part of a Hopsy bundle, or in a monthly subscription called the HomeTap Beer Club. Customers that join the Hopsy HomeTap Beer Club, which starts at $59.99 per month, will receive a HomeTap, two filled HomeTap Bottles per month and a specialty craft beer Hopsy tasting glass. Weekly and bi-weekly delivery plans are also available. Customers will begin receiving deliveries around July 27.

Each HomeTap Bottle contains two liters of beer, equivalent to roughly eight standard 8 oz glasses. The HomeTap keeps beer fresh on tap for up to two weeks after the HomeTap Bottle is tapped. Carrying on Hopsy’s commitment to the best beer experience possible, the HomeTap also helps create an even bubble structure that brings out more flavor and aroma.

“Hopsy has been an amazing distribution partner, and we are excited about this latest offering,” said Dave McLean, founder of Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco. “Hopsy is the only company in the Bay Area that specializes in home delivery of fresh craft beer from a wide selection of local breweries, including ours. That commitment to freshness is vital to us, and now with the HomeTap customers can discover our beers with a fresh, draft experience right in their home.”

Hopsy has delivered over 100 different beers from over 15 different breweries, with more breweries coming soon. Beer enthusiasts living in the Bay Area are able to discover amazing breweries from the East Bay, San Francisco and as far as Sonoma and Half Moon Bay without having to leave their living room.

Hopsy delivers in the afternoons and evenings, Thursday through Saturday, with new locations and services coming soon. Customers simply place their orders online for next-day delivery on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Hopsy picks up fresh growlers and HomeTap Bottles from local breweries each week, so the craft beer is always fresh.

About Hopsy

Hopsy is the first local craft beer marketplace and fresh beer delivery service to connect local breweries with beer lovers. Hopsy’s technology enables brewers to have their fresh draft beer delivered to local customers while providing consumers unprecedented access to local beer when and where they want. The company also has a mission to drive sustainability for local breweries by providing an alternative to the traditional distribution system.

Based in Albany, California and backed by Ironfire Ventures and the Berkeley Angel Network, Hopsy will be expanding into new markets quickly. For more information, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Lost Abbey to Release 3rd Edition of Duck Duck Gooze]]> 2016-07-22T14:33:40Z 2016-07-22T14:33:40Z

San Marcos, CA, — Duck Duck Gooze, The Lost Abbey’s much-anticipated blended oak-aged sour, returns to The Lost Abbey this August. A blend of 1, 2 and 3 year old beers aged in French Oak barrels, Duck Duck Gooze was first released in 2009, re-released in 2013 and now again in 2016.

“We’re more than excited to release the third version of Duck Duck Gooze.” Said Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder at The Lost Abbey. “Waiting for barrels to mature over the last three years has been a journey on its own, but the finished beer proves the wait was worth it.”

Starting Tuesday, July 26th at 12pm PT, beer lovers everywhere will be able to purchase up to 6 (six) bottles of Duck Duck Gooze at $41 per bottle (plus CA sales tax). There will be a total of 600 cases available split between the two sessions (300 cases reserved per session).

As in prior online sales, selling Duck Duck Gooze online will also come with a few restrictions. The main requirement being whoever purchases Duck Duck Gooze, must also be the individual to pick up the bottles… NO EXCEPTIONS. Removing the option of proxies will help get the beer to as many people as possible and will allow a smoother pickup process. Consumers who do not pick up their bottles during their designated pick up time will surrender the bottles back to The Lost Abbey and be issued a refund. A valid ID and will be required to pick up the purchased bottles. Any duplicate sales to the same name, email or credit card will be rendered null and void.

The sessions for retrieving purchased Duck Duck Gooze will happen on Saturday, August 27th and Sunday the 28th, from 10am to 5pm at The Lost Abbey Tasting Room in San Marcos. To reiterate – if a beer is purchased and not picked up during the designated pick up session, the beer will be surrendered back to the brewery and refunded. NO PROXIES ALLOWED

The link to purchase bottles will be released on Monday, July 25th at and across The Lost Abbey Social Media Network.

About Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept

Founded in 2006, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey produce an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewery has garnered dozens of awards including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year, The 2008 world Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and the 2013 Champion Brewery at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors and bold boundary-pushing styles. For more information, contact Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, telephone (800) 918-6816, and on the web at

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[MegaBrew Approved: DOJ Clears the Way for $107 Billion Merger]]> 2016-07-21T00:05:24Z 2016-07-20T23:56:35Z

The U.S Department of Justice today announced it has agreed to a settlement with Anheuser-Busch InBev that would permit the world’s largest beer company to “proceed with its acquisition” of the world’s second-largest beer company, SABMiller.

In an effort to move forward with the $107 billion merger, and as part of the consent decree, A-B InBev agreed to a number of conditions in the U.S., including the much anticipated divestiture of MillerCoors, as well as other requirements that could impact the way small and independent brewers and beer wholesalers operate.

In a press release, A-B said it still expects the deal to close during the second half of 2016.

“With today’s agreement, we have taken a significant step forward on the transaction, which will create the world’s first truly global brewer,” Carlos Brito, the CEO of A-B InBev said via the release.

The settlement included a number of provisions, however, that would appear to curtail A-B’s potential ability to monopolize the U.S. market, including distributor purchase restrictions and rules that dictate how the company manages its relationships with independent wholesalers.

Here are the big takeaways:

Distributor Incentives Discarded

The much talked about Voluntary Anheuser-Busch Incentive for Performance plan (VAIP), which many small brewers felt was designed to shut them out of the market, appears to have been discarded as part settlement.

According to the DOJ, the settlement prohibits A-B from “instituting or continuing practices and programs that limit the ability and incentives of independent beer distributors to sell and promote the beers of ABI’s rivals, including high-end craft and import beers.”

In a press release the DOJ also said the settlement “prohibits ABI from instituting or continuing practices and programs that disincentivize distributors from selling and promoting the beers of ABI’s high-end and other rivals.”

Distributor Acquisitions Capped

The DOJ decision also limits A-B’s ability to acquire independent wholesalers. As part of the settlement, A-B agreed not to purchase a distributor if doing so would “result in more than 10 percent of its annual volume being distributed through wholly-owned distributorships in the U.S.”

A-B also agreed not to terminate any wholesaler as a result of the combination with SABMiller.

In a statement, Brewers Association CEO Bob Pease praised the stipulations saying, “the DOJ’s significant requirements, including the termination of incentive programs such as the Voluntary Anheuser Busch Incentive for Performance Program (VAIP), a cap on ABI’s self-distribution volume and other measures to protect distributor independence, appear to address some of our major apprehensions with the merger.”

In addition to agreeing to these conditions, A-B said it would also review and modify certain aspects of its U.S. sales programs and policies to “conform to the consent decree.”

“We will continue to invest heavily in the U.S., including our efforts to build our entire portfolio of brands, support and incentivize our wholesalers, and compete effectively in a dynamic and fast-changing market,” Brito said via the release. “While we will make some adjustments to certain aspects of our U.S. sales programs and policies, our fundamental approach and commitment to this market will not change. We will continue to compete and win in the U.S. marketplace going forward.”

Andrew Barlow, a former antitrust attorney with the DOJ now practicing antitrust law at Doyle Barlow & Mazard, wrote to Brewbound with his take on the settlement:

“The DOJ demonstrated that it is indeed the tough merger cop by forcing the ABI to provide more concessions. It was vital for the DOJ to prohibit ABI from instituting and continuing practices and distributor incentive programs that limit the ability and incentives of independent beer distributors to sell and promote craft and import beers and this settlement does just that so this is a huge win. The settlement protects craft and import beers’ cost effective access to important distribution networks. The settlement protects distributor freedom so they have the ability to promote and sell beer that consumers want.”

However, Barlow did feel the DOJ could have required stricter distributor acquisition terms:

“The only criticism is that the DOJ could have been tougher in terms of prohibiting ABI from acquiring distributors in the future. This settlement agreement prohibits ABI from acquiring distributors if the acquisition would cause more than 10% of ABI’s beer to be sold through its own distributors. ABI is currently around 7%, which means that ABI can still make some acquisitions.”

For his part, Pease said the BA would continue to “closely examine” the consent decree and A-B’s acquisition of craft brewers, while simultaneously noting that the organization “continues to believe that the merger of the world’s two largest brewers is bad for both the beer industry and consumers.”

“We remain concerned about how past, pending and future acquisitions may shift the dynamics of the current beer market,” he wrote. “We will continue to encourage the DOJ to monitor and, where necessary, take action to remedy any anticompetitive effects of ABI’s behavior in the U.S.”

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Chris Furnari <![CDATA[MillerCoors Acquires Majority Stake in Terrapin Beer Company]]> 2016-07-20T19:05:15Z 2016-07-20T19:05:15Z

MillerCoors today announced that Tenth and Blake Beer Company, its craft beer and import division, has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Terrapin Beer Company.

The purchase builds on a pre-existing relationship between the two companies: MillerCoors, via Tenth and Blake, had previously acquired a minority (less than 25 percent) stake in the Athens, GA-based craft brewery in early 2012.

Specific financial terms were not disclosed and the transaction is expected to close in August, MillerCoors said.

“With Tenth and Blake’s dedication to helping us grow and their passion for creating high-quality craft beers, we knew it would be the perfect partnership,” Terrapin co-founder Brian “Spike” Buckowski said via a press release. “We look forward to continuing to create innovative beers to share with beer lovers nationwide.”

In a note to partners, Whitley described the Terrapin acquisition as “an important regional play for Tenth and Blake as the Southeast is an underdeveloped craft market with significant growth potential.”

Tenth and Blake CEO Scott Whitley

“Terrapin is a highly regarded brewer, both in the Southeast and nationwide,” he wrote. “Its iconic and acclaimed IPAs are the centerpiece of Terrapin’s award-winning portfolio. This partnership will help broaden our expertise and presence within these popular styles.”

Founded in 2002, Terrapin is perhaps best known for its Rye Pale Ale, RecreationAle and Hopsecutioner IPA offerings. The company has grown considerably in the last five years — from just 19,500 barrels in 2011 to more than 57,000 in 2015 – and currently employs more than 120.

Whitley also noted that Terrapin co-founder John Cochran would depart the organization to pursue a “new opportunity.” Current chief financial officer Frank Skorzewski will replace Cochran as president, Whitley said.

Other management changes as outlined by Whitley include:

  • Co-founder Brian “Spike” Buckowski, will “remain on Terrapin’s leadership team as the VP of brewing development.”
  • Terrapin’s Dustin Watts will continue in his role as the VP of sales and marketing.
  • Brian Hollinger, Terrapin’s VP of operations, will also depart the company to pursue another opportunity.

Situated in an 84,000 sq. ft. warehouse, Terrapin currently operates on a 100-barrel brewhouse. In a press release, Millercoors said it plans to maintain production at the Athens facility, where the smaller company’s management and team will “continue to create, brew, package, ship and sell Terrapin’s acclaimed portfolio of brands.”

“The team at Terrapin is so passionate and committed to brewing such terrific beers that we are thrilled to welcome them deeper into the Tenth and Blake family,” Scott Whitley, the president and CEO of Tenth and Blake said via the release. “As owners, our job is to work collaboratively with their team to support their continued success with their innovative, award-winning beers that complement our portfolio perfectly.”

In addition to the Blue Moon and Leinenkugel craft brands, Tenth and Blake also purchased a majority stake in San Diego’s Saint Archer Brewing Company last September. 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee, AC Golden in Golden, Colo., Birra Peroni in Rome and Pilsner Urquell in Pilsen, Czech Republic are also part of the division.

First Beverage Group acted as financial advisor to Terrapin, and Spencer Fane LLP provided legal counsel. King & Spalding LLP provided legal counsel to MillerCoors.

Additional information is available in the release. Stay tuned for additional information as it rolls in.

Press Release <![CDATA[Henniker Brewing Company Launches New Pale Ale]]> 2016-07-20T17:55:34Z 2016-07-20T17:55:34Z

Concord, NH – The Henniker Brewing Company (HBC) will hold a Miles & Miles Launch Fundraiser as a benefit for the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH on Thursday, August 11th from 6-8 p.m. The evening will include live music, catering by Daniel’s Restaurant of Henniker, an opportunity to taste each of HBC’s year-round beers, raffle prizes, and tours of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, all for $25 per person. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Discovery Center.

Named in honor of Derry, New Hampshire’s own Alan Shepard, HBC’s Miles & Miles is a dry-hopped, light-bodied pale ale, with bready malt notes and a juicy, tropical hop aroma. As a new business whose owners, like Shepard, have deep roots in the Granite State, HBC is dedicated to the community and seeks to highlight and help raise funds for what they consider a true NH treasure, the museum dedicated to America’s first astronaut and his fellow space pioneer, Christa McAuliffe. Ten years after Alan Shepard’s historic Mercury flight, he became the fifth person to set foot on the Moon, as commander of NASA’s Apollo XIV Mission. While there, Shepard became the first and only person to play golf on the Moon, hitting his second golf ball, as he put it, “miles and miles and miles” above and across the lunar surface.

Tickets to the Miles and Miles Launch Fundraiser are available through the Henniker Brewing Company, 129 Centervale Rd., Henniker NH and/or the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

Founded in 2011, the Henniker Brewing Company brews beer with the true New Hampshire spirit of independence, home town pride, and hard work. HBC’s goals are to bring people together, to celebrate the uniqueness of Henniker, and to make a living doing something its founders care deeply about. Using only the finest ingredients, all of HBC’s beers are crafted by hand.

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Twin Leaf Brewing to Re-Release MDXXI Mexican Chocolate Stout]]> 2016-07-20T16:49:12Z 2016-07-20T16:49:12Z

ASHEVILLE, NC — On Saturday, August 6th, Twin Leaf Brewing will re-release MDXXI, an 8.2% ABV Mexican Chocolate Stout originally brewed for the brewery’s first anniversary in early 2015. The brewery is bringing back the beer due to popular demand.

“As we approached our second anniversary in March, numerous people asked if we were going to brew another batch of the Mexican Chocolate Stout we made for our 1st anniversary,” said Tim Weber, Head Brewer and Owner of Twin Leaf Brewery. “I had already brewed Grand Cru 100, a robust Belgian quad which was aging on oak barrels. I had to tell them no. And yet, the requests have kept rolling in all summer.” Weber added, laughing, “I guess it was time to give the people what they wanted.”

MDXXI Mexican Chocolate Stout draws its inspiration from Aztec drinking chocolate, a spicy and bitter beverage created by the mesoamerican people. In the original drink, pulp from the cocoa seed was blended with spices, wine or pureed corn. MDXXI mimics this tradition by blending cocoa nibs, cinnamon and Arbol chilies with sweeter chocolate malts.

“We create the beer by making a sort of tea with the chilis, in order to get the heat profile correct, and add this tea post fermentation,” said Weber. “The beer then ages on cocoa nibs to impart the bitter chocolate characteristic. It doesn’t take long to extract the flavors from the nibs. The resulting beer has a layered flavor profile, with a smooth, sweet base balanced by mild spice and heat.”

MDXXI will be available for sale in 500 ml bottles in the Twin Leaf taproom, located at 144 Coxe Avenue, on Saturday, August 6th beginning at noon. The stout will also be available on draught in the brewery. For more information about the brewery and upcoming beer releases, check out Twin Leaf Brewing on Facebook at

Press Release <![CDATA[Silver City Brewery Announces a Dual Release]]> 2016-07-20T16:45:04Z 2016-07-20T16:45:04Z

Bremerton, WA — Behold, the Giant. A monolithic masterpiece of bombastic flavor, domineering the senses with its intense, roasty, caramelization and fiery, fruity spiciness imparted by its specialized fermentation. Run from the shadows, not from the Giant.

A relatively recent addition to the Silver City Brewery canon, the Giant Made of Shadows was brought to fruition in summer of 2013 partly by the true-brew aficionados of taproom. Earlier that year, Matt Riggs, the brewery’s notoriously Belgian-obsessed director of pilot beer development introduced a series of small-batch, experimental recipes utilizing a variety of Belgian yeast strains. Unlike anything that had emerged from the brewery to-date, this series of high-strength delicacies gained an immense following- to the point that the draft-only offerings would often times sell out within a single weekend. Demand was particularly strong for two of the exotic ales: Liquid Sunshine Tripel [currently an annually recurring April release] & The Giant Made of Shadows Strong Ale.

Now an annual tradition available on draft & in 22oz bottles throughout the region, The Giant Made of Shadows fulfills the deepest desires of dark beer fans that feel abandoned in the summertime landscape of hoppy pales and sessionable lagers. Unashamedly toasty, utilizing deeply-roasted premium English malts and the bold, coffee-like Carafa malt, the Giant detonates the palate with elements of dark fruit and caramel character. This is one strong beer, and should most certainly be approached as such.

The Giant mandates hearty cuisine. Well-aged English cheddar is a must. As a summer offering, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention this bier’s spectacular kinship with the BBQ, particularly smoked brisket. If you can spare a few ounces, beef short ribs sing if glazed with a reduction of the Giant with garlic, rosemary, red onion, and balsamic.

But we didn’t stop with just the conventional Giant Made of Shadows. A beer of its strength and crepuscule commands real-estate in the barrel-aging room…

2015 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Giant Made of Shadows

The Giant returns to the shadows. Towards the end of each release, a portion of the season’s final batch is diverted to a year-long slumber in Silver City’s barrel-aging room. The complexity of a beer like the Giant provides a unique opportunity: determining which type of barrel would best accentuate the fluid within as there many remarkable options.

And so, the 2015 Giant Made of Shadows was selected for aging in single-use Kentucky Bourbon barrels, providing a rich vanilla & smokey charcoal element to the monstrous brew. Unable to be contained by stave or hoop, the Giant explodes with richness and complexity.

The 2016 Giant Made of Shadows will chart new territory. Plans are unfolding that will see the current year’s batch aged in Port wine barrels, for release in mid-2017. As such, this will be the final opportunity to acquire Bourbon Barrel-Aged Giant before it returns to the Shadows indefinitely…

Available in extraordinarily limited 500ml bottles, this rarity will be released at the brewery taproom on Thursday, July 28th and in specialty bottle shops across Western Washington.

The Giant Made of Shadows: Belgian Strong Ale

  • Hops: Columbus, Mt. Hood
  • Malts: Pilsner Malt, NW Pale, Caramel, Carafa
  • IBU’s: 20
  • ABV: 9.9%

Bourbon Barrel Aged Giant Made of Shadows

  • Hops: Columbus, Mt. Hood
  • Malts: Pilsner Malt, NW Pale, Caramel, Carafa
  • IBU’s: 20
  • ABV: 9.9%


For most in the Puget Sound, when you look west at the Olympic Mountains you’re looking right at the “Silver City”. The convergence point right before you jump off into the wilderness of the Olympic National Forest on your way to the Pacific Ocean, resting between the edge of the Puget Sound and the base of the Olympic Mountains, rests Silver City. This Urban-Suburban experience is a sweet brewer’s mash of Seattle city life and breathtaking outdoor adventure, all within ones reach. Beer, well made, brings the people of the “Silver City” together in celebration of having it all.

Silver City Restaurant & Brewery is the Kitsap Peninsula’s premier destination for award-winning, handcrafted beers, Northwest-inspired food, legendary hospitality, and great memories in a fun, friendly environment.

Silver City was started in 1996 by Co-owners Steve & Scott Houmes, and it remains a locally owned and operated family establishment. Silver City Brewery’s handcrafted beers are available on draft, in 22oz bottles, and 12oz bottle & aluminum can 6-packs around the Western Washington area in bars, restaurants, and grocery stores.

Silver City Brewery’s production facility & brewery taproom is located at 206 Katy Penman Ave. in Bremerton, WA. Silver City Restaurant is located in Silverdale at 2799 NW Myhre Rd.

Press Release <![CDATA[Knee Deep Brewing Expands Distribution to Nebraska]]> 2016-07-19T16:33:14Z 2016-07-19T16:33:14Z

Auburn, CA — Knee Deep Brewing Company of Auburn, CA. will begin selling their lineup in the state of Nebraska in August.

“We have been selling with Quail Distributing Arizona for a year now. The brand has been strong and the relationship with them has been great, said Andrew Moore Sales Manager of Knee Deep Brewing Co. When Quail Nebraska reached out to us, it was a no brainer for us to expand our partnership with their sister company. We look forward to the similar success with their great organization.”

“Quail Nebraska is beyond thrilled to partner with Knee Deep Brewing in the Cornhusker State said Craft Manager Tim Burke. We look forward to a great partnership with this stellar brewery.”

Knee Deep Brewing Company began brewing in 2010, moved to their current brewery in Auburn in late 2013 and brewed the first Auburn beer in January 2014. Knee Deep continues to grow its distribution network, actively selling in 25 states and internationally. Knee Deep currently produces 14 different beers on a regular basis but is most commonly know for the multiple award winners Breaking Bud IPA, Hoptologist and Lupulin River DIPA, and Simtra Triple IPA.

Press Release <![CDATA[MillerCoors Releases 2016 Sustainability Report]]> 2016-07-19T16:25:56Z 2016-07-19T16:25:56Z

CHICAGO – MillerCoors released its 2016 Sustainability Report, which provides a comprehensive review of the company’s 2015 efforts in the areas of alcohol responsibility, environmental stewardship and community investment. The nation’s second largest brewer continues to help prevent drunk driving and underage consumption, reduce water use and brewery waste, and create equal opportunities for women in beer.

“At MillerCoors, we take our role as a responsible and high-quality corporate citizen very seriously,” said MillerCoors Chief Executive Officer, Gavin Hattersley. “Our sustainability commitment to responsibility, to our communities and to our environment is deeply woven into the fabric of our company. We don’t treat it as a nice to do, it’s a must do for MillerCoors.”

MillerCoors developed its 2020 goals as a way to continue to positively impact the social, environmental and economic issues that affect the business, employees and stakeholders. Their ongoing sustainability efforts are measured against these goals and focus on the areas where they can make the greatest impact. MillerCoors 2020 goals also support a number of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) issued by the United Nations (UN).

“Our 2020 goals led us to great sustainability accomplishments in 2015,” said Director of Sustainability, Kim Marotta. “I am most proud of MillerCoors employees and partners who pioneered recycling efforts at our breweries, helped us protect water-stressed watersheds, and championed for diversity in and out of the workplace.”

MillerCoors 2016 Sustainability Report highlights accomplishments in the areas of Great Times, Great Environment, and Great People and Communities. In 2015, the brewer made significant strides working with college alliances to help prevent underage access to alcohol at music and sporting events. The company also partnered with major manufacturers, NGOs and consultancies to form the California Water Action Collaborative (CWAC), a group dedicated to protecting regional watersheds. Inside its walls, MillerCoors is creating opportunities for women to advance in management through leadership training and mentorship.

Additional 2015 sustainability accomplishments include:

  • Standing 15.1 million strong against drunk driving by encouraging people to take a safe ride home;
  • Reducing water usage within its breweries by more than 128 million gallons;
  • Reducing its water-to-beer ratio across all direct operations to 3.29:1.00 – a 2.1 percent reduction from 2014;
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 18 percent compared to 2010 ─ a 4.9 percent decrease from 2014;
  • Achieving landfill-free operations at eight major breweries and two major manufacturing facilities;
  • Donating more than $11.8 million to nonprofits (comprised of in-kind and monetary donations); and
  • Cumulatively spending more than $3.48 billion with diverse suppliers since 2008, including minority and women-owned businesses.

The full 2016 Sustainability Report can be viewed here. For more information, visit

About MillerCoors

Through its diverse collection of storied breweries, MillerCoors brings American beer drinkers an unmatched selection of the highest quality beers, flavored malt beverages and ciders, steeped in centuries of brewing heritage. Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company offer domestic favorites such as Coors Light, Miller Lite, Miller High Life and Coors Banquet. Tenth and Blake Beer Company, our craft and import division, offers beers such as Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy from sixth-generation Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and Blue Moon Belgian White from modern craft pioneer Blue Moon Brewing Company, founded in 1995. Tenth and Blake also imports world-renowned beers such as Italy’s Peroni Nastro Azzurro, the Czech Republic’s Pilsner Urquell and the Netherlands’ Grolsch. MillerCoors also operates Crispin Cider Company, an artisanal maker of pear and apple ciders using fresh-pressed American juice, and offers pioneering new brands such as the Redd’s Apple and Redd’s Wicked Apple franchises, Smith & Forge Hard Cider and Henry’s Hard Sodas. MillerCoors seeks to become America’s best beer company through an uncompromising dedication to quality, a keen focus on innovation and a deep commitment to sustainability. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at, at or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

About Great Beer Great Responsibility

“Great Beer, Great Responsibility” is MillerCoors commitment to creating a positive and meaningful impact on the social, environmental and economic issues that affect our business, employees and other stakeholders. MillerCoors sustainability strategy and 2020 goals focus on the three areas where it has the greatest impact: Alcohol Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability and People and Communities. Visit for more information.

Press Release <![CDATA[Bike Party Davis Helps Launch and Name Sudwerk Beer]]> 2016-07-19T16:12:15Z 2016-07-19T16:12:15Z

DAVIS, Calif. — Bike Party Davis and Sudwerk Brewing Co. join forces July 22 with an evening ride promoting bicycle fun and safety. And all that enthusiasm is bottled in Sudwerk’s newest beer, Bike Party Pils.

The June 22 ride is one of several coordinated events this summer, focusing on safe bicycling, cleaning up the Davis bike trails and raising money for local bike-centric groups. The collaboration led to the name for the limited-release pilsner, which arrives in six packs in California stores this week. “Inspired by Northern California’s avid bike culture and dedicated to our hometown of Davis, Bike Party Pils celebrates a healthy, active lifestyle and giving back to your local community,” the packaging reads.

Jennifer Donofrio, the city of Davis’ bike and pedestrian coordinator, organizes the volunteers and events for Bike Party Davis. It meets on the fourth Friday of each month, leaving at 8 p.m. from Ken’s Bike-Ski-Board, 650 G St.

“It’s a fun, casual ride to get more people on their bikes, and learn about pathways and tricks to riding their bike around that they didn’t know before,” Donofrio said. Participants play music, light up their bikes, and follow rules of the road. All ages, bikes and abilities are welcome. “It’s about having fun and bringing enjoyment to biking. It’s a great way to learn about getting around Davis by bike.”

On July 22, Bike Party Davis will stop at the Sudwerk Dock (2001 Second St.), at 9 p.m. After 30 to 40 minutes, Sudwerk will lead a ride to another local retailer in downtown Davis.

Other collaborations include a pathway cleanup along Putah Creek on Saturday, Aug. 13. Volunteers will meet in the Sudwerk parking lot at 10:30 a.m., and ride to the cleanup site. Sudwerk will open its Dock early, at 1 p.m., to welcome volunteers. It also will donate 25 percent of its profits from that evening to the Davis Bike Collective, a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides a do-it-yourself repair shop at Fourth and L streets.

“I’m excited to partner with Sudwerk and the Bike Collective, and I’m thrilled that there’s a beer called ‘Bike Party’ in Davis. I think that together, we are increasing ridership and making biking fun in the community.”

The limited-release Bike Party Pils is a lighter, dry-hopped variation of Sudwerk’s top-selling beer, Northern Pilsner, which just won a silver medal at the California State Fair. Bike Party Pils is lower in alcohol (4.5 vs. 5.3% ABV). The Mandarina Bavaria, Huell Melon and Citra hops are added at the end of the brewing process, picking up their fruity aroma but maintaining the lager’s crisp, smooth finish.

While most of the mass-market American beers are pilsners, they are underrepresented in the California craft beer market, Sudwerk co-owner Trent Yackzan said. “High quality, California-made craft pilsners are hard to find. As a brewery solely focused on brewing craft lagers, pilsner is our favorite style and we’re working to draw as much attention as we can back to this amazing style.”

Find Bike Party Pils at Nugget Markets, Davis Food Co-op, Whole Foods, Raley’s, and other select merchants around California. Fans will find it on tap – in limited release – at the Dock, and at select accounts, throughout the summer.

Building on more than 25 years of family legacy and brewing tradition, Sudwerk Brewing Co. specializes in artisanal brews, specifically West Coast craft lagers. Its taproom, The Dock, 2001 Second St., Davis, Calif., is open from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 2 to 8 p.m. on weekends. It offers a rotating menu of experimental and innovative beers, “honest pints” and growler fills, fresh White Labs brewers’ yeast, and good conversation. Learn more at

Press Release <![CDATA[Founders Brewing Announces Release of Pale Joe]]> 2016-07-19T16:03:43Z 2016-07-19T16:03:43Z

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, – Founders Brewing Co. announced today that Pale Joe, a pale ale brewed with coffee, will be released on draft and in 6-pack bottles this September. Proceeds from the sale of Pale Joe will go to benefit ArtPrize 2016, the world’s largest art competition held annually in Grand Rapids, MI.

Most coffee beers begin with a dark, stout or brown ale base. Not this one. Your eyes will tell you one thing, but your palate will tell you another. Light in color but full in flavor, this golden ale features notes of gently roasted, fruit-forward coffee. Pale Joe features a special blend of high-end Ethiopian coffee expertly roasted by our hometown neighbors at Ferris Coffee and Nut. It’s the lovechild of your favorite iced coffee and, well, beer. Pale Joe comes in at 5.4% ABV.

“Pale Joe came out of my current infatuation with pale, sessionable beers,” says Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki, “Being the ArtPrize beer, I wanted to play with expectations so I experimented with adding coffee to a lighter, pale ale. Turns out, using gently-roasted, fruit-forward coffee adds a nice roasty flavor that does not complete with the malts in the beer.”

This is the fourth beer brewed to benefit ArtPrize. Previous releases include Inspired Artist Black IPA, Mosaic Promise and Spectra Trifecta.

Founders Family members were given the opportunity to submit their portfolios to find an artistic match for the Pale Joe label, without knowing anything about the beer. Lead Cellar Operator and Kendall College of Art & Design graduate, Aaron Rossell, was chosen for his striking character illustrations and unexpected use of color. Aaron developed the character of Pale Joe, a leathery, dirty-overalled man as a symbol of blue-collar, hardworking, coffee-sipping Midwestern farmers with the hope that he can help bridge the gap between artists and common-folk.

ArtPrize, an international art competition, promotes critical dialogue and collaboration through new, creative ideas among a large and diverse population of people. As an innovator in redefining what beer can be, Founders believes that experimentation is central to the human experience—whether one experiments with grains and hops or markers and watercolors—and that sharing one’s creation with the public is a brave act worth celebrating.

“We’ve always been thrilled with our strong relationship with Founders, the official brewery of ArtPrize and one of the best craft brewers in the United States,” noted Christian Gaines, ArtPrize Executive Director. “Our partnership, now in its fourth year, is built upon a mutual passion for our community, and a shared commitment to challenging the familiar — exemplified in Founders’ latest special release for ArtPrize Eight, Pale Joe.”

This year marks the eighth edition of ArtPrize, which will take place September 21–Oct. 9, 2016. The Founders taproom will be a venue for the eighth year running.

Pale Joe will hit shelves beginning September 13 in Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, New Jersey, New York City and Boston, MA with limited availability on draft across our remaining distribution network.

About Founders Brewing Co.

Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 20 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit or follow Founders on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.

About ArtPrize

ArtPrize is an independently organized, international art competition decided by public vote and expert jury. It’s unorthodox, highly disruptive and undeniably intriguing to the art world and public alike. Radically open by design, ArtPrize 2015 featured 1,550 artist entries representing 48 countries and 42 U.S. states across three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. The eighth installment will take place from September 21-October 9, 2016.

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[U.S. Hop Acreage Grows 18.5 Percent]]> 2016-07-18T20:55:19Z 2016-07-18T20:55:19Z

U.S. hop production is set to increase by double-digits once again in 2016, according to a new report from the Hop Growers of America (HGA).

According to the group, more than 53,200 acres of hops were strung for harvest in the U.S. this year, which represents more than 8,300 new acres – an 18.5 percent increase over last year.

“The US hop industry has been in catch-up mode in recent years as the supply of craft-popular US aroma hops has lagged behind the dramatic growth of the craft brewing sector in both domestic and overseas markets,” Pete Mahoney, the vice president of supply chain at Jon I. Haas said via a release. “The 2016 acreage expansion is once again a direct response to market demand and does not happen overnight. It requires significant planning and commitment of industry resources.”

U.S. hop acreage grew 15.4 percent in 2015 and 10.2 percent in 2014, the group said, noting that an increasing number of breweries and higher hopping rates have contributed to the spike in demand.

“We’re very pleased with the U.S. hop industry’s ability to respond to the demands of a burgeoning craft brewing industry,” said HGA president Kevin Riel, himself a 4th generation US Hop Grower.

“However, we caution growers and brewers alike to remember the cyclical nature of a mature hop market, and the fine line between ample and over-supply which causes instability in supply and prices,” he added.

A press release with additional information is included below.


MOXEE, WA – Craft breweries in the U.S. are continuing to surpass the previously held record of 4,131 breweries as held in 1873. Due to this growth and increasingly higher hopping rates, demand for hops has increased heavily, and the US hop industry has responded with major increases for the fourth straight year.

After a 15.4% increase in acres harvested in the US in 2015, a 10.2% increase in 2014, a 10.3% increase in 2013, and a 7.2% increase in 2012, acreage has jumped up once again. For the second year in a row, U.S. hop acreage has surpassed previous records to reach all time highs. With 53,213 total acres strung for harvest in the U.S., that’s a whopping 8,303 new acres from 2015 – a 18.5% increase.

“The US hop industry has been in catch-up mode in recent years as the supply of craft-popular US aroma hops has lagged behind the dramatic growth of the craft brewing sector in both domestic and overseas markets. The 2016 acreage expansion is once again a direct response to market demand and does not happen overnight. It requires significant planning and commitment of industry resources,” said Pete Mahoney, Vice President, Supply Chain/Purchasing at John I. Haas.

The Pacific Northwest led this expansion by planting 17% more acres of hops (7,482 acres) along with adding additional production capacity. With approximately 70% of new acreage being high demand proprietary varieties, 51,115 acres represent a new record for the region.

According to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service, craft-popular Cascade continues to hold the lead with 7,371 acres, and Centennial overtook bittering hop CTZ this year for second place with 5,009 acres.

“We’re very pleased with the U.S. hop industry’s ability to respond to the demands of a burgeoning craft brewing industry. However, we caution growers and brewers alike to remember the cyclical nature of a mature hop market, and the fine line between ample and over-supply which causes instability in supply and prices. Given the permanent nature of planting additional hops and the significant investment required to do so, restraint and an understanding of long time partnerships will be required from all involved to ensure a steady supply in the near and distant future,” said Kevin Riel, 4th generation US Hop Grower and Hop Growers of America President.

The hop market has historically been quite cyclical, with relatively recent dramatic peaks and valleys in acreage. Dramatic growth in hop usage by brewers in recent years, particularly in the craft sector, has driven the recent expansion and encouraged growers in regions outside of the PNW to try their hand with the crop.

Washington’s Yakima Valley leads US production with 37,475 acres, representing over 70% of the country’s acreage. Oregon and Idaho follow with 7,669 and 5,971 acres respectively. Michigan, the leader outside of the PNW, has an estimated 650 acres in production with more under development. The total for non-PNW producing states increased in acreage by 64% this year, with 26 states reported 2,098 acres in production, collectively.

Outside of the US, Germany – currently the second largest hop growing country worldwide – reported in April that 45,503 acres were expected to produce hops this year. This is a 10% increase from 2015, with 4,205 new acres.

Hop Growers of America (HGA) promotes American grown hops to brewers and merchants of hops both domestically and internationally. HGA facilitates conversations between growers, merchants, and brewers, providing statistical reports to the industry and education on the quality, variety, and tradition of U.S. grown hops. For more information, visit:

Press Release <![CDATA[Castle Island Brewing Co. Adds Capacity and Introduces New Beers]]> 2016-07-18T20:26:12Z 2016-07-18T20:26:12Z

Norwood, Mass. – Just seven months after opening, Castle Island Brewing Co. is already adding capacity to keep up with increasing demand in the market.

The company’s core beers — Candlepin and Keeper — have become mainstays amongst Greater Boston retailers, and are now available in over 650 locations. Growth for both products prompted the brewery to add three new cellar tanks, bringing production capacity to more than 9,000 barrels annually, a 50 percent increase.

“We have been flat out the past few months. We’ve been emptying tanks and refilling them the same day,” said Castle Island President, Adam Romanow. “This is great for capacity utilization, but we’re still running only one shift and that pace is difficult to keep up for long.”

Romanow says the company’s ranks have also grown to keep up with the volume, and Castle Island now employs 16 people, a sharp increase from the four-person team they launched with in December of 2015.

This expansion comes well in advance of what Romanow had initially planned. The company had anticipated adding more tanks before the end of the year. But with current lead times on brewing equipment eclipsing four months, the immediate need for more space pushed Romanow into ordering tanks from a new supplier that regularly stocks a small number of tanks this large.

“There’s a premium price for in-stock tanks,” Romanow noted, “but the opportunity cost of not being able to grow is much more expensive.”

Juice Patrol, a new pale ale from Castle Island Brewing Co., prominently features Cascade and Centennial hops. Juice Patrol will be released at the brewery only on Thursday, July 21.

The new capacity will also allow the brewery to continue to develop new beers outside of the core lineup. Kicking off this effort is Juice Patrol, a new Pale Ale featuring Centennial and Cascade hops that clocks in at 7 percent alcohol by volume. This new beer follows on the heels of several other limited releases from Castle Island, including Vern – a Wheat IPA with Mosaic hops – as well as Causeway and Big Ern, a pair of double IPAs that, to this date, remain the brewery’s most highly rated and sought after beers. Castle Island plans to release Juice Patrol at the brewery only on Thursday, July 21.

Located off Route 1, at 31 Astor Ave. in Norwood, Mass., Castle Island is currently operating on limited public visiting hours. The brewery is open for tastings, tours and purchases on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M and Saturdays from 12:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

For additional information about the brewery and for an updated list of retail locations where Castle Island beers can be found, please visit the company’s website ( and Facebook page ( Email or call 781.951.2029 with any other questions.

Castle Island Brewing:

Castle Island is dedicated to crafting the highest quality beer with purpose and without pretense. With a focus on American ales, we make offerings that are both unique and approachable. Our singular goal is to brew distinctive beers that honor proven traditions and celebrate fresh ideas.