Craft beer industry news, events, and jobs. 2017-01-20T23:01:23Z Press Release <![CDATA[Bear Republic Café Racer 15 Released in Six-Packs]]> 2017-01-20T23:01:12Z 2017-01-20T23:01:12Z

Sonoma County, CA — Racing back to shelves this week, Bear Republic’s seasonal release, Café Racer 15 will be returning in style. Marking the official launch of the Double IPA Series, Café Racer 15 makes its arrival for the first time in six-packs.

Originally brewed in celebration of Bear Republic’s fifteenth anniversary, this beer quickly became a brew team favorite. Named in honor of the spirit of the counterculture street racer motorcyclists and our brewmaster’s first racing bike, number fifteen, Café Racer 15 is an assertive Double IPA with an intense grapefruit flavor and faint honey character.
Brewmaster and COO, Richard G. Norgrove, states “We are very excited to release this beer in six-packs and continue its legacy.”

This massive beer features aromas of bright citrus and resinous pine, from the generous use of Citra, Amarillo, Cascade, and Chinook hops, complemented by a dry malt finish.

Although perfect to enjoy by itself, the hoppiness of the beer pairs well with spicy and savory dishes. Additionally, cheeses such as aged cheddar and Parmesan cheese provide a nice combination.

A winner of the silver medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival® in the Imperial India Pale Ale category and a winner at the 2014 Good Food Awards, Café Racer 15 has proven itself among the ranks of craft beer.
Café Racer 15 is one of Bear Republic’s most sought after beers with vastly limited distribution. It is available for a limited time in draft, 6-packs, and 22 oz. bottles.

Founded over twenty years ago by the Norgrove family, Bear Republic Brewing Company has become one of the largest independent craft breweries in Northern California. With a growing portfolio of craft beers, Bear Republic Brewing maintains a sense of loyalty and tradition from eras gone by.

Stop by our brewpub in Healdsburg, CA to grab a pint and take home a 22oz bottle or six-pack too. If you can’t make it to the pub, use our Bear Tracker to find Café Racer 15 near you,

ABV: 9.75% – IBUs: 100+ – Color: Golden – Double India Pale Ale

Untappd: 4 stars – Beer Advocate: 94/100 – Ratebeer: 99/100

Tasting Notes:

Pairing Suggestions: Spicy Foods, Savory Dishes, Poultry and Pork Dishes, Parmesan Cheese, Aged Cheddar, Sheep’s Milk Cheeses

Overall: Café Racer 15 is an extremely hoppy Double IPA. As you drink, you will notice grapefruit hop flavor and aroma from the aggressive use of Citra hops and pine notes from the Chinook hops. A faint honey character comes through in the malt.

About Bear Republic
Founded in 1995, we are a family-owned brewery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California. Founded by third and fourth generation Sonoma County residents, we pride ourselves on heritage. Our love for quality craft beers grew us into the family-owned and team oriented business we are today. Our brewpub is located in historic Healdsburg, California, where cultivation, art, and creativity have thrived for centuries. The brewpub hopes to create an atmosphere that locals can call their own and makes visitors feel at home.

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Massachusetts Beer Wholesalers Propose Franchise Law Reform]]> 2017-01-20T23:01:23Z 2017-01-20T22:57:24Z

Massachusetts beer wholesalers are going on the offensive.

After several years of fighting small craft brewers’ efforts to change state franchise laws, the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts today filed a bill that would enable beer companies making less than 30,000 barrels annually to sever relationships with wholesalers for no cause.

Sponsored by Rep. John J. Mahoney (D-Worcester), the “Act to Promote Economic Development and Market Access for Emerging Businesses” would amend chapter 138 section 25E of the Massachusetts General Laws to read:

“Notwithstanding the provisions of section 25E of this chapter, an Emerging Brewery may, without good cause shown, terminate the right to distribute any brands of malt beverages for any licensed wholesaler to whom such Emerging Brewery has made regular sales of such brands of malt beverages, subject to the provisions of this section.”

In a press release, Bill Kelley, president of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts, a trade association that advocates for the state’s beer wholesalers, described prior attempts to alter the state’s franchise laws as “unreasonable.”

“For six years, special interests have advocated an unreasonable position that would allow breweries accounting for up to 20% of a distributor’s established business to walk out for no reason,” he said via the release. “That approach would devastate Massachusetts’s independent distributors, and place over 2,000 jobs — including many good-paying union jobs — at serious risk.”

In 2015, Massachusetts craft brewers pushed for the passing of House Bill 245 — introduced by Rep. Alice Peisch (D-Wellesley) — which would have enabled breweries whose brands account for less than 20 percent of a wholesaler’s total annual sales to terminate contracts, without cause, as long as wholesalers are also compensated “fair market value” for the loss of business.

Similar bills were also introduced in 2013 and 2012.

Bill Kelley

The current offer from wholesalers is a far cry from 2014 legislative reform in New York, which enabled craft breweries producing less than 300,000 barrels annually and making up less than 3 percent of a wholesaler’s business to terminate contracts without cause. New York breweries are also required to compensate a distributor for the fair market value of the business, something being proposed in Massachusetts as well.

Nevertheless, Kelley touted the proposal as an “equitable solution” for emerging breweries.

“It provides unprecedented opportunity for breweries to develop and grow their businesses, while protecting the independent local distributors and the jobs they create from the economic leverage of larger multinational corporations,” he said.

Phone calls placed to Rob Burns, the co-founder of Night Shift Brewing and the president of the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, and Rob Martin, the founder of Mercury Brewing and the former president of the guild, went unreturned as of press time.

Last October, Everett-based Night Shift Brewing launched a full-scale distribution business aimed at challenging what the brewery called an anti-competitive and archaic system.

Night Shift, which expected to produce about 10,000 barrels last year, began its wholesale operations in 30,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Chelsea under Night Shift Distributing LLC. The plan called for eventually distributing beer from about 25 craft breweries.

In a press release, Night Shift said it would not enforce the controversial franchise laws that lock breweries into nearly unbreakable lifetime contracts with beer distributors. The brewery’s owners also said they wouldn’t be paying bars for tap handles or showing brand favoritism.

“We think we can make a better mousetrap and treat people fairly versus the status quo,” Burns told Brewbound at the time. “If we don’t get a single brand, and we just piss off the wholesalers and get them to change their ways, we’ve succeeded.”

The filing of the bill comes just days after Massachusetts Treasurer Deb Goldberg appointed five members of a seven-person task force charged with examining Massachusetts’ decades-old alcohol laws. The group is expected to meet for the first time by the end of January.

A full press release from the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts which outlines the proposed changes has been included below. Full text of the Bill can also be found here.

(Boston, MA) – January 20, 2017 – The Beer Distributors of Massachusetts Inc., today filed a bill giving breweries even more choice and flexibility in their relationships with beer distributors.

The “Act to Promote Economic Development and Market Access for Emerging Businesses” would allow privately owned and operated breweries that manufacture less than 30,000 barrels of beer (about 413,000 cases) per year to refuse to sell beer to any of their distributors at any time, for no reason at all. According to the federal government, more than 96% of the breweries operating in the United States would stand to benefit from having this new flexibility and additional choice.

This Bill was sponsored by Representative John J. Mahoney (D-Worcester), a leading voice for emerging businesses.

“For six years, special interests have advocated an unreasonable position that would allow breweries accounting for up to 20% of a distributor’s established business to walk out for no reason. That approach would devastate Massachusetts’s independent distributors, and place over 2,000 jobs — including many good-paying union jobs — at serious risk,” said William A. Kelley, president of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts, Inc.

“This proposal is an equitable solution for Emerging Breweries. It provides unprecedented opportunity for breweries to develop and grow their businesses, while protecting the independent local distributors and the jobs they create from the economic leverage of larger multinational corporations.”

Under current Massachusetts law, if an emerging brewery wants to dissolve its relationship with a distributor after six months, it must have a good reason to do so. Currently, breweries are also free to distribute their products themselves, or to choose to add as many additional distributors as the brewery pleases. These options remain intact under the new proposal.

Under this new proposal, any Emerging Brewery wishing to end its sales to a distributor would need only to reimburse the distributor for the distributor’s inventory, and the fair market value of the business being taken from the distributor.

Press Release <![CDATA[Buskey Cider to Produce First 12 oz. 6-Pack of Canned Hard Cider in Virginia]]> 2017-01-20T22:57:55Z 2017-01-20T22:56:34Z

Richmond, VA — Buskey Cider will begin canning this week for a can launch date of January 21, 2017, producing the first 12 oz 6-pack of canned hard cider in Virginia. The first canned offering from Buskey Cider will be their RVA Cider which will originally be sold from the tasting room at 2910 W. Leigh Street in Scott’s Addition, located in Richmond, Virginia. Distribution of the cans will begin in the coming weeks in Richmond locations through Loveland Distributing.

Team Buskey chose a can design for Buskey’s RVA Cider that reflects their home of Richmond, Virginia. The can features the RVA skyline and the building where Buskey is made, located in the popular craft beverage neighborhood of Scott’s Addition. It also has a “VA Apples” seal on the front to show that the apples pressed to make the cider are local to the state of Virginia.

Buskey Cider selected their flagship, RVA Cider, as their first packaged product based on its popularity among customers in the tap room and around town. At 5.5% ABV, the RVA Cider is semi-sweet and immensely drinkable, balancing a beautiful yeast strain with a blend of fresh pressed Virginia Apples.

“We have known for years that cans are better for both the product and for the environment. One of the best things about cans rather than bottles is that our fans can enjoy them with family and friends anywhere they go,” said Will Correll, founder and CEO of Buskey. “Our cidery is focused on making our product approachable and for it to be able to travel with you on all of your adventures!”

Buskey Cider features a tap room and production facility where patrons can drink their cider right where it was fermented. Additionally, Buskey Cider uses their facilities to host local community events and parties. In addition to the RVA Cider, distributed offerings include their off-dry 45 and Trying Cider, Nitro Cider, and Citra Hopped Cider. Additional limited releases will be introduced in the tasting room on a rolling schedule. For more information, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Anheuser-Busch Announces Line Up For Super Bowl 51]]> 2017-01-20T21:54:37Z 2017-01-20T21:54:37Z

NEW YORK — Anheuser-Busch has officially announced its return as the exclusive category advertiser for the 2017 Super Bowl, marking its 28th consecutive year in the big game. The national brewer will feature four of its brands, bringing back last year’s advertisers Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA, and Super Bowl newcomer – Busch.

Anheuser-Busch is scheduled to have at least three full minutes of advertising in this year’s game, complemented by a robust digital strategy.

“The Super Bowl has become one of those increasingly rare cultural moments in time when consumers anticipate and talk about the commercials as much as the event itself,” said Marcel Marcondes, vice president of marketing at Anheuser-Busch. “For Super Bowl 51, we are not just creating ads for the game, but kicking off strategic creative campaigns for the year. For that reason, we’re debuting new work that we believe will resonate before, during and long after game day.”

AB @ Super Bowl 51 by Brand:

  • Bud Light – Bud Light, the Official Beer of the NFL, will debut a new :60 second Super Bowl spot as part of a larger campaign tied to Bud Light’s role in building friendships over beers. The Bud Light campaign, anchored by the brand’s newly announced 2017 tagline, “Famous Among Friends,” is handled by Wieden + Kennedy New York.
  • Budweiser – Budweiser will draw inspiration from the story of its founder, Adolphus Busch, to celebrate the brand’s enduring ambition and hustle in pursuit of the American dream – 141 years and counting. The brand has aired 101 commercials in the Super Bowl. The Budweiser campaign is handled by Anomaly.
  • Michelob ULTRA – Returning to the game for its second consecutive year, Michelob ULTRA – the fastest growing U.S. beer brand – will continue to celebrate those who live both an active and social lifestyle. The new: 30 spot will continue the brand’s “Brewed for Those Who Go the Extra Mile” campaign for a second year, hoping to inspire consumers to feel that they can work out and still go out. The Michelob ULTRA campaign is led by FCB Chicago.
  • Busch – Joining the Super Bowl lineup for the first time is Busch, the leading beer franchise in the value segment. Busch will introduce itself to a new generation of beer drinkers, drawing on decades of equity as a brand that stays true to its name. The Busch campaign is led by Deutsch.

Several of Anheuser-Busch’s commercials and campaigns will be released on digital platforms prior to the FOX broadcast on Feb. 5. For more information on each brand’s campaign and creative, follow Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Busch’s social media channels leading up to the game for details.

About Anheuser-Busch InBev

Anheuser-Busch InBev is a publicly traded company (Euronext: ABI) based in Leuven, Belgium, with secondary listings on the Mexico (MEXBOL: ANB) and South Africa (JSE: ANH) stock exchanges and with American Depositary Receipts on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BUD). Our dream is to bring people together for a better world. Beer, the original social network, has been bringing people together for thousands of years. We are committed to building great brands that stand the test of time and to brewing the best beers using the finest natural ingredients. Our diverse portfolio of well over 400 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®; multi-country brands Beck’s®, Castle®, Castle Lite®, Hoegaarden® and Leffe®; and local champions such as Aguila®, Antarctica®, Bud Light®, Brahma®, Cass®, Chernigivske®, Cristal®, Harbin®, Jupiler®, Klinskoye®, Michelob Ultra®, Modelo Especial®, Quilmes®, Victoria®, Sedrin®, Sibirskaya Korona® and Skol®. Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium. To the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US. To the creation of the Castle Brewery in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush. To Bohemia, the first brewery in Brazil. Geographically diversified with a balanced exposure to developed and developing markets, we leverage the collective strengths of approximately 200,000 employees based in more than 50 countries worldwide. In 2015, on a combined pro forma basis, AB InBev realized 55.5 billion US dollar in revenues (excluding JVs and associates).

Justin Kendall <![CDATA[Frothy Market: Startup Breweries Raise Millions via Crowdfunding]]> 2017-01-20T21:27:49Z 2017-01-20T21:12:19Z

Until last year, crowdfunding in the beer industry meant that an upstart craft brewery could offer perks like pint glasses and T-shirts to consumers in exchange for thousands of dollars in donations. In 2013, those types of campaigns earned San Diego’s Modern Times Beer and Miami’s J. Wakefield Brewing more than $65,000 and $110,000, respectively.

Breweries are still using platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo to raise capital, but the amount of money they could raise — and the types of investors who could help them raise it — changed significantly through the final ratification of Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, in May 2016.

Small businesses can now raise a maximum of $1 million annually from non-accredited investors through Securities and Exchange Commission-approved third-party crowdfunding portals such as WeFunder. Two breweries have already maxed out their campaigns.

In January, Hopster’s LLC — a Massachusetts-based brew-it-yourself pub — completed a $1 million round of funding via WeFunder.

But Hopster’s wasn’t the first brewery to hit the $1 million mark. In fact, Austin, Texas-based Hops & Grain Brewing, also via WeFunder, became the “first business in history to raise $1 million by way of regulation crowdfunding,” according to the brewery.

A third beer company, South Austin Brewery, which makes an Evel Knievel tribute beer, is also in the midst of a campaign that has secured more than $115,000 after launching the campaign just before Election Day.

All three of those companies are taking advantage of Title III JOBS Act regulations that allow businesses to offer equity in exchange for up to $1 million, but there are even larger sums that can be raised under the Act. Another section, regulation A+ Title IV, enables companies to raise up to $50 million from both accredited and non-accredited investors.

Scottish craft beer makers BrewDog, using Title IV, have secured $3 million of a proposed $50 million as part of its Equity for Punks crowdfunding campaign that is aimed at funding a new Columbus, Ohio, brewing facility.

The success of the majority of these early campaigns could provide a roadmap for others looking for another round of capital.

“Long-term, crowdfunding is going to revolutionize the way companies make money,” Chris Harvey, a Santa Monica, California-based attorney who specializes in working with entrepreneurs, told Brewbound.

However, the way that Title III is currently written limits both businesses and investors in how much money they could potentially raise and earn.

For starters, the costs are higher for businesses to raise money from non-accredited investors, while the rewards are smaller, Harvey said. Title III raises require more middlemen and more disclosures, and there’s more liability, he said.

Adding unsophisticated investors to a cap table also presents a risk, William J. Bernat, a partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, a Boston law firm, told Brewbound.

“There’s not only an immediate litigation risk, but down the road as you sell shares to more experienced investors, how will this be viewed by more advanced investors,” Bernat questioned. “It’s a great big unknown at this point.”

Because many Title III investors are unsophisticated when it comes to investing, their ability to take part in a capital raise is tied to their finances. Investors with less than $100,000 are eligible to invest $2,000 or 5 percent of their annual income; those with greater than $100,000 are able to invest up to 10 percent of their income or net worth.

“There’s not a whole lot of ‘oomph’ that they can put down,” Harvey said. “It’s not going to be life changing.”

Although non-accredited investors aren’t typically trained to read pitch decks and balance sheets, their investment risk could be mitigated by the ceiling placed on potential contributions.

“It’s not like you can put in your life savings,” Harvey said. “But for them, it’s a lot.”

And once the investment is made, the investor is likely stuck with the note for at least year — and potentially longer.

So, if the risks outpace the rewards, why invest? Many investors are backing a product or cause that they care about, Harvey said. Growth of the beer industry at a local level can create backing for the “home team.” Meanwhile, lots of money has already come into the craft space. Still, it’s “caveat emptor.” And the risks are obvious.

“How does an investor invest wisely in Title III?” Harvey said. “Get educated and speak to a qualified professional. Whether that’s an industry expert or a lawyer that handles Title III raises, the investor should be well informed at all times.”

Despite the risks, crowdfunding offered Hops & Grain founder Josh Hare the opportunity to raise $1 million toward a second brewery project in San Marcos, Texas, near Texas State University. Hare’s sustainable microbrewery had reached a crossroads, needing to expand its existing location or open a second facility.

The risk paid off for Hare, both from a financial and a marketing sense.

“Six hundred people backed our campaign,” Hare told Brewbound. “That’s 600 voices out there talking about your brand.”

Hare said the money will cover about a third of the project cost to put in a 20,000-barrel, wind-powered facility. The rest will be covered by Hops & Grain’s 40-person investor group — 10 of which are principals.

“They’re all equity holders, but non-voting equity holders,” Hare said.

It can be hard to anticipate a large return. Hare chose to do a debt-based round of funding in which his company promised to pay investors a two-times return based on a percentage of revenue over an unspecified period of time. Ninety percent of the investments in Hops & Grain’s campaign were between $3,000 and $5,000, Hare said.

Meanwhile, Hopster’s — as much a restaurant and bar as it is a brewery — raised money with plans on opening a second, 6,000 sq. ft. location in Boston’s Seaport District in the spring. For the company, crowdfunding offered speed that the traditional investment class did not.

According to founder Lee Cooper, Hopster’s had already raised $550,000 from accredited investors to put toward the project. But his goal was to raise $1.7 million to complete the Fort Point project, so he has turned to Title III.

“It’s hard for a company like Hopster’s to go to accredited investors and ask for money,” Cooper told Brewbound. “Unless you’re really well connected, the chances of raising that money is hard.”

Cooper’s offer to investors was an equity stake, which he likened to a “mini IPO.” The floor for non-accredited investors to get a piece of Hopsters was $500, Cooper said, adding that the pre-money valuation of the company was $4 million.

The plan is to open a Hopster’s in Philadelphia in 2018 and 16 stores in cities throughout the U.S. by 2022. If Hopster’s achieves those goals, Cooper said it may be time to sell.

“I know if we can get to 16 [stores], we can sell this company for a significant amount of money,” he said.

If Cooper’s plan to build more than a dozen brew-your-own pubs around the U.S. over the next five years sounds ambitious, that might explain the ceiling on non-accredited investors. For the folks with money to burn, consider this pitch from Park City, Utah’s Mine Shaft Brewing, which has already crowdfunded nearly $6 million and plans to sell its yet-to-be-built brewery in the same time period.

Mine Shaft Brewing hasn’t made a drop of beer or put a shovel in the ground, but the brewery-in-planning has already secured about $5.6 million of a stated $9.4 million goal through accredited investors in a series A round of venture capital funding through a pair of funding platforms, Crowdfunder and Equitynet. That followed $655,000 in seed round funding from private investors, all willing to gamble on a team that Nemeckay said has experience reaching back to the 1970s at breweries such as Boston Beer Co., Harpoon, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Old Style, Lone Star, Schlitz and more.

“We need to do this big or go home,” Mine Shaft managing member Tim Nemeckay told Brewbound. “Within 24 hours, we had our first investor.”

Several investors, some of whom have kicked in $100,000 or more, are members of a New York private equity firm, Nemeckay added. Listed among Mine Shaft’s top investors on CrowdFunder are Terry Polistina, board member at Spectrum Brands; Johnny Wu, managing director at Barclays Capital; Dan O’Bryon, CFO at International Materials; and Alan Wayne of CCMP Capital Global Private Equity.

The blueprint for Mine Shaft looks like this: Build a brewery with 60,000 barrels of capacity from the onset and become a nationally recognized top 50 craft brewery in less than five years. Phase two would include growing to 150,000 barrels of capacity and selling to either a large craft player such as Duvel Moortgat or a major beer company like Anheuser-Busch, Molson Coors or Constellation Brands.

Nemeckay envisions Mine Shaft’s growth mirroring that of High West Distillery, which sold to Constellation Brands for $160 million last October. If this mindset sounds like Mine Shaft is getting ahead of itself, Nemeckay insisted that it isn’t. In fact, he’s surprised more breweries don’t have “a clearly devised exit strategy.”

“We want to be out in five years or less,” Nemeckay told Brewbound. “Who knows if we make it to phase two before we’re acquired. We could be acquired for the right number before phase two.”

Justin Kendall <![CDATA[Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale Becomes Nation’s Best-Selling Craft Can Six-Pack]]> 2017-01-20T20:31:09Z 2017-01-20T20:31:09Z

Craft canned beer pioneers Oskar Blues Brewery led the aluminum revolution in 2002, so it’s no surprise that the Colorado-based brewery’s flagship release, Dale’s Pale Ale, finished 2016 as the nation’s top-selling craft can six-pack at U.S. supermarkets, according to market research firm IRI Worldwide.

That feat capped a year in which Oskar Blues shipped more than 200,000 barrels of beer, bolstered by the expansion of its production facility in Brevard, North Carolina, and the addition of a new brewery in Austin, Texas.

Across its three locations, Oskar Blues now has the ability to brew upwards of 500,000 barrels of beer annually, the company said in a year end review.

Collectively, Oskar Blues Holdings’ family of breweries — Cigar City, Perrin Brewing, Wasatch and Squatters — produced nearly 350,000 barrels of beer in 2016. Six-packs of Jai Alai IPA, made by Cigar City, was the second-best selling six-pack of canned craft beer in 2016, the company said.

Among other highlights noted in the release, Oskar Blues said it added new distribution in Oklahoma, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana as it filled out a 50-state distribution footprint in 2016.

Meanwhile, the company also started exporting its beer to Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium, and the brewery’s products are now being sold in nine international markets. The company expects to continue adding international markets in 2017 and will soon add distribution in Brazil and Japan.

The Colorado-born craft brewery also expanded its barrel-aging program last year, which led to national distribution of Barrel-aged Ten Fidy Imperial Stout in 19.2 oz. single-serve cans. For its taproom crowd, the brewery released rum barrel-aged versions of Death by Coconut and Ten Fidy as well as a Java Ten Fidy. Oskar Blues also released the first American craft beer 16-pack with Pinner Throwback IPA.

Two new year-round beers — Beerito Amber Mexican Lager and Priscilla White Wit Wheat — were also introduced, and the company launched limited-release cans of Passion Fruit Pinner IPA and Hotbox Coffee Porter.

Other highlights from Oskar Blues in 2016 included:

  • Crowlers, the 32 oz. to-go cans, were made available in more than 1,000 locations.
  • The company launched four new flavors of B. StiFF & Sons Old Fashioned Soda Pop as well as a brick-and-mortar location of Oskar Blues Fooderies’ CHUBurger/Hotbox Roasters Café in Denver’s River North District.
  • And the company’s nonprofit charitable organization, CAN’d Aid Foundation, raised $768,000, built and donated about 600 bikes to underprivileged children, donated 330,000 cans of drinking water to places like Flint, Michigan, during its water crisis and other good deeds.
Chris Furnari <![CDATA[3 Pacific Northwest Wholesalers Combine to Form Northwest Beverages]]> 2017-01-20T20:25:40Z 2017-01-20T20:25:40Z

A pair of transactions in the Pacific Northwest will see the coming together of three wholesalers and the creation of a new jointly owned entity by two prominent beer distribution companies.

Click Wholesale Distributing — a craft beer, spirits and wine wholesaler with operations in Renton, Wash., Spokane, Wash., and Hayden, Idaho — today announced its pending sale to Craig Stein Beverage.

Simultaneously, Craig Stein Beverage will “partner” with The Odom Corporation to form Northwest Beverages, LLC, a specialty beer, wine and spirits distributor owned equally by the two companies.

Those deals, pending supplier approvals, are expected to close on March 31.

“We are excited that the strength of Odom and CSB combined with the addition of the Click organizations will create a larger and stronger Northwest distribution network,” Craig Stein, owner of the namesake distribution company, said via a press release.

In the release, the companies said Click Distributing would continue to operate independently for the “foreseeable future.” Click management, including vice presidents Jim Florio and Terry Nichols, will join the new organization, per the statement.

“The ownership teams believe the benefit from the combined organization will enhance the resources and expertise to better serve the growing needs and competitive challenges of this regional market,” a statement read.

Click Distributing currently sells more than 45 craft brands, including popular offerings from Alesmith, Avery Brewing, Great Divide, The Lost Abbey, Maui Brewing and Dogfish Head, among others.

The Odom Corporation, a MillerCoors outfit with operations in Alaska, Washington, Idaho and Oregon, currently distributes for dozens of craft companies, including 21st Amendment, Green Flash, Stone Brewing and Ninkasi, among others.

“We are confident this will lead to increased market service and penetration capabilities that would be an additional benefit to the suppliers and customers of all the involved companies,” Stein added in the release.

Press Release <![CDATA[Crazy Mountain Transitions Edwards Facility to Focus on Rare Local’s Stash Series]]> 2017-01-20T19:18:21Z 2017-01-20T19:18:21Z

Edwards, CO ­– Edwards, Colorado-based Crazy Mountain Brewing Company has announced that its original brewing facility in Edwards, Colorado is now being used entirely for the production of the company’s limited release “Local’s Stash Reserve Series” of beers.

With the newly available capacity in Edwards, which can produce 15,000 barrels of beer annually, Crazy Mountain has shifted its focus there to its Local’s Stash Reserve Series. Each offering in this series is an extremely limited, one-time release, which is intended to explore the creative depths of a brewer’s mind while continually pushing the boundaries of fermentation science. These beers are unique because of the innovative brewing processes utilized in producing them, combined with the special ingredients sourced (prickly pears, Ponderosa pine needles, hibiscus flowers, etc). Additionally, some of these releases are then aged in hand-selected, used wine and spirits barrels. The results are truly remarkable beers of complex stylistic expressions, many of which are unlike anything brewed before. Packaged in 750ml, cork-and-cage bottles, a new release is going to be offered at least once a week moving forward. These one-off releases are also what comprise the brewery’s quarterly subscription-based Local’s Stash Reserve Bottle Club, in which the new beers are released to Club members first, prior to being made available to the public.

“We’re really excited about the transition we’ve made in Edwards. To be able to focus an entire production facility, of a somewhat significant size, to producing nothing but experimental, one-of-a-kind beers is something that very few breweries are able to do, especially when each one is truly hand-crafted. A few weeks back we had to hand-zest over 100lbs of key limes for an upcoming release. Having all of the space in Edwards to focus on just this project has enabled us to create a kind of hybrid between a brewery and a culinary kitchen, while also giving us more room to barrel age certain styles. Many of these beers go through a recipe development committee process that can last for more than six months before they’ll even be brewed. And what’s really cool is that literally everyone in the company, from the brewers and production team through to the taproom team members, is encouraged to participate in coming up with ideas for, and then brewing, these beers.” ­–  Greg Neale, Director of Marketing.

The capacity in Edwards was freed up when the company made the decision to move its canning line down to its Denver facility which, with the addition of the canning line, can now produce 100,000 barrels of beer each year. The six-year old brewing company expanded to this location in late 2015, in order to fulfill their ever-growing distribution demands, which now extend beyond Colorado to 24 states and nine international markets.

The Crazy Mountain Brewing Company taprooms in both Edwards and Denver will continue to offer all of their year-round and seasonal beers, as well as the most recent Local’s Stash offerings as they become available.

About Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is a Colorado-based brewery with production facilities and tap rooms in both Edwards and Denver. 

In 2010, Crazy Mountain was founded with one dog and two people, and has grown into one of the largest breweries in Colorado, producing hand-crafted beers of the highest quality, which have garnered global attention.

Crazy Mountain’s beers are available in cans, bottles and on-draft in 24 states and nine countries. For more information, go to or follow #getcrazy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Press Release <![CDATA[Sweetwater Brewing to Release 4 New Beers in February]]> 2017-01-20T18:34:35Z 2017-01-20T18:34:35Z

ATLANTA — SweetWater Brewing Co. announces four new brews to be released in February, 2017: Grass Monkey hoppy pale wheat with lemongrass as a new spring seasonal, Old Man Johnson’s Farm imperial stout with raspberries from the Dank Tank, 20th Anniversary Ale, and the first release from the new Hatchery Series. The busy month will culminate with a 20th anniversary party on Sunday, February 19 at the Atlanta brewery, featuring their full lineup of brews, an array of special casks, tours of the brand new barrel aging facility “The Woodlands,” and live music by the band “moe.”

The new spring seasonal, replacing last year’s wildly popular Hash Session IPA (which was converted to a core brand, available year-round, due to its popularity) is Grass Monkey, a hoppy pale wheat with lemongrass. A big stash of Lemondrop hops were added to the kettle and the dry hop, delivering a big citrus blast. Lemongrass herbs were added for a refreshing twist and exotic aroma. The light malt bill of 2-Row and Wheat lets the piney, grassy, lemony notes shine. Light in body with bright citrus notes, this is an extremely complex but very easy drinking brew. Available February – April on draft, in 12 oz bottles, 12 oz cans and 16 oz cans.

Old Man Johnson’s Farm, an imperial stout with raspberries, is SweetWater’s latest experimental, limited release “Dank Tank” creation. Intense aromas of roasted coffee and chocolate from the malt bill are balanced by a subtle accompaniment of Columbus, Willamette and US Golding hops. A purple rain of fresh raspberries added during fermentation complement the dark chocolate with a tasty sweetness. Available starting early February, on draft only.

In 2016, the brewery added “The Hatchery,” a new pilot system (5-barrel brewhouse), to their arsenal, giving the brewers the ability to stretch their creative minds and test all the weird and wonderful recipes they want to try. Tours at the brewery each week feature 2 – 4 Hatchery brews on tap, and the spring 2017 variety pack features the first bottled release from the series. The Single Hop Mosaic IPA heavily features the Mosaic hop and a simple grain bill. A hefty late hop addition and a generous dry hop schedule showcase the juicy orange, mango, citrus and passionfruit flavors, and a big, tropical, biscuity aroma. The result is a light, crushable, moderately bitter brew. Available February – April, only in spring variety packs (bottles).

In celebration of 20 years of heady beers, SweetWater releases their 20th Anniversary Ale, an imperial IPA featuring two uniquely SweetWater ingredients: hop hash and a house blend of Brettanomyces. The ale is extremely hop forward with a residual sweetness; golden in color with a haze. As fermentation finishes, the Brett will start to produce its associated acids and phenols, lending a slightly tart finish. The aroma is fruity, herbal, tropical and citrusy, and the Brett gives a nice touch of funk and earthy phenolics. The beer will be released at SweetWater’s 20th Anniversary Celebration: Sunday, February 19 at the brewery, featuring live music with moe.; tickets available here: Available in 750 mL bottles.


SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta-based craft brewery living by the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream!” The award-winning lineup of year-round beers includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Blue, Goin’ Coastal IPA with pineapple, and Hash Session IPA. Four annual seasonal releases offer palate pleasing variety – 2016/17 featured Hash Brown in fall, Squeeze Box IPA with grapefruit in winter, Grass Monkey wheat ale with lemongrass in spring, and a new summer release coming May 2017. SweetWater also features an experimental, one-time-only Dank Tank series and more progressive styles from its brand new barrel aging facility, The Woodlands.

Visit SweetWater Brewery – located at 195 Ottley Drive in Atlanta – for tours and tastings, including brews made in The Hatchery pilot system, available only at the brewery. SweetWater is open for regular tours every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from5:30 – 7:30 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tour The Woodlands, SweetWater’s brand new barrel aging facility, for an in depth education with your guide, along with tastings of some new funky and beautiful Woodlands Project aged brews. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit Follow SweetWater Brewing Company on Twitter/ Instagram @sweetwaterbrew, or become a fan on Facebook at

Press Release <![CDATA[Maui Brewing Co. Releasing Black Pearl Voyage Imperial Coconut Porter]]> 2017-01-20T17:57:37Z 2017-01-20T17:57:36Z

Kihei, HI — The opportunity to drink Maui Brewing Company’s very limited release of the 2016 Edition of Black Pearl occurs on January 26th. Festivities kick-off in both the Kihei Tasting Room and Kahana Brewpub with quick words from one of our Scallywags at 4:45, and bottle pouring beginning at 5pm. Pirate themed cocktails and randalled beers will also be available.

The treasured Black Pearl, with its 12.0% ABV and 30 IBUs, consists of the base beer for Imperial Coconut Porter (2016 GABF Gold Medal Field Beer Champion) that has been set aside to age in Rum barrels. The additional time on the wood lends an added booziness and vanilla flavors to the viscous base beer. After its time in the barrel, a three-day recirculation on toasted coconut chips soften for a pleasant mouthfeel and flavor.

Brewing Supervisor Clay Jenkins added, “The brewing, aging, and bottling of Black Pearl in locally sourced rum barrels has been a passion project for us at Maui Brewing Company over the past year. Months of preparation, recipe development, and patience has yielded a limited quantity of one of our most delicious releases to date. Our team has created a unique blend of decadent chocolate porter aged for nine months in charred rum barrels, rounded out by our signature toasted coconut. It is truly a feast for the senses for our die-hard fans as well as those new to barrel aged beers. We are excited to invite MBC fans on the Black Pearl voyage.”

Black Pearl is currently available in 750ml bottles for pre-sales orders either online at or by visiting Maui Brewing Company locations, with pick-up available only in the Kihei Tasting Room after the January 26 5pm launch. No pillaging!

MBC is a fiercely local company and has remained steadfast regarding local production. The MBC team are stewards of their communities and the ‘aina, and curators of the craft beer way of life. Their beers have been recognized worldwide for quality and innovation.

For more information, visit or follow @MauiBrewingCo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.#

About Maui Brewing Company
Founded in 2005, Maui Brewing Company is Hawaii’s largest craft brewery, operating 100% in Hawaii.  MBC is based on Maui, with its production brewery and tasting room in Kihei, as well as a brewpub in Kahana. Maui Brewing Co. is available in 20 states and 10 international countries with more markets to follow.

Press Release <![CDATA[Bear Republic Adds Hop Shovel IPA to Year-Round Lineup]]> 2017-01-20T14:52:26Z 2017-01-20T15:45:00Z

Sonoma County, CA — In keeping with the tradition of honest ales and lagers, Bear Republic Brewing Company has released fan favorite IPA, Hop Shovel, in six-packs. Previously only available in draft, Hop Shovel joins the ranks of its brothers Racer 5, Grand-Am, Pace Car Racer, and Double Aught in the year-round lineup.

This pale and hoppy IPA was brewed with a high proportion of wheat and rye for a smooth, well rounded flavor and mouthfeel. Overflowing scoops of hop varieties Mosaic, Meridian, and Denali were added to create huge tropical and citrus notes.

Master Brewer, Peter Kruger, states “Hop Shovel is one of our favorite beers to brew. We are very happy to add this to our year-round lineup and hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do.”

A great beer to enjoy by yourself or with friends, Hop Shovel pairs perfectly with spicy foods and barbecue, such as wings, burgers, and grilled vegetables.

A silver and bronze medal winner at the 2015 and 2016 California State Fair in the American India Pale Ale category, Hop Shovel has become one of Bear Republic’s most desired offerings.

Hop Shovel is available in draft and 6-packs.

Bear Republic Brewing Company was founded over twenty years ago by the Norgrove family to create quality handcrafted beers, while maintaining a sense of loyalty and tradition. With a growing portfolio of craft beers, Bear Republic has become one of the largest independent craft breweries in Northern California.

Hop Shovel is on tap now and will be available in six packs starting tomorrow, 1/20/17 at Bear Republic’s brewpub in Healdsburg, California. To find Hop Shovel near you, visit


  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 100
  • Color: Yellow
  • Style: American India Pale Ale
  • Untappd: 4 stars
  • Beer Advocate: 89/100
  • Ratebeer: 98/100
  • Tasting Notes:
  • Pairing Suggestions: Spicy Foods, Burgers, Barbecue, Grilled Vegetables, Wings
  • Overall: Hop Shovel is dry, but with a soft and rounded mouthfeel achieved by using a high proportion of wheat and rye. Hop varieties Mosaic, Meridian, and Denali provide an abundance of flavor and aroma.

About Bear Republic

Founded in 1995, we are a family-owned brewery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California. Founded by third and fourth generation Sonoma County residents, we pride ourselves on heritage. Our love for quality craft beers grew us into the family-owned and team oriented business we are today. Our brewpub is located in historic Healdsburg, California, where cultivation, art, and creativity have thrived for centuries. The brewpub hopes to create an atmosphere that locals can call their own and makes visitors feel at home.

Press Release <![CDATA[Heineken Launches First Commercial of 2017]]> 2017-01-20T15:15:37Z 2017-01-20T15:15:37Z

White Plains, NY — Today, Heineken® Light, “Best Tasting Low Calorie Lager” winner at the 2016 World Beer Championships, launched “Hypnotize,” the first TV commercial of 2017 in partnership with award-winning actor and brand spokesperson, Neil Patrick Harris. The new commercial kicks off a series of three spots this year, which proudly showcase Heineken Light’s one-of-a-kind delectable flavor through Neil’s signature wit and light hearted humor.

In the spot, Neil states that many think it is impossible to brew a great tasting light beer as so many light brews lose their taste in the effort to cut calories. Heineken Light, however, breaks these stereotypes through its unique use of the key ingredient: cascade hops, which are commonly found in craft IPAs and known to be the best hops grown in the United States. As the spot closes and with a beer in hand, Neil then quickly shifts to other “impossible” feats and makes an attempt to hypnotize viewers with a cold, signature green, Heineken Light bottle.

“I hardly think that anyone needs to be convinced to enjoy a delicious Heineken Light with their Cascade hops. But as I dabble in magic, I was happy to assist,” shared Neil Patrick Harris. “The camera man sure seemed to get it.”

Video: “Best Tasting Light Beer” TV Commercial: Hypnotize

“Most light beers are virtually interchangeable, but Heineken Light’s unique ingredient, Cascade hops, is what gives the beer it’s delightfully flavorful taste,” shared Ralph Rijks, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Heineken USA. “As the ad boldly states, it may seem impossible, but by using the best hops in the United States, Heineken Light has become a true differentiator among other light lagers, with a great taste that can’t be argued.”

‘Hypnotize’ is the first of three :15 second television commercials in Heineken Light’s 2017 “Best Tasting Light Beer” campaign. It will air through March across highly rated general market and Hispanic networks such as AMC, ESPN, FX, Comedy Central, Univision, NBC Universo and more, gaining presence in cable originals and live sports. Digitally, the spot will be distributed via YouTube, Hulu, Roku and various other video platforms.

For more information about the “Best Tasting Light Beer” campaign, please visit


HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation’s leading upscale beer importer, is a subsidiary of HEINEKEN International NV, the world’s most international brewer. Key brands imported into the U.S. are Heineken®, the world’s most international beer brand, the Dos Equis Franchise, the Tecate Franchise and Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders. HEINEKEN USA also imports Amstel Light, Newcastle Brown Ale, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands. For the latest information on our company and brands, follow us on Twitter @HeinekenUSACorp, or visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Harpoon Releasing Fresh Tracks Single Hop Spring Pale Ale]]> 2017-01-20T14:51:27Z 2017-01-20T15:00:25Z

Boston, MA – Spring in New England can be fickle; snow one day, shorts weather the next. To help equip beer drinkers for whatever spring tosses their way, Harpoon has released a single hop Spring Pale Ale that’s just right for whatever the day brings. Introducing Harpoon’s new spring seasonal Fresh Tracks, a beer brewed to embrace the season. Hibernation be damned; round up some friends, grab some beers, and get outside to make some fresh tracks of your own.

Harpoon Fresh Tracks is hop forward without being bitter. This single hop Pale Ale showcases the piney, citrusy character of Centennial hops. Bright and golden, light and drinkable, the subtle malt flavor lets the hops shine.

Fresh Tracks Tasting Notes:

  • Appearance: Bright gold
  • Aroma: Pine, citrus, floral hop
  • Mouth feel: Light, drinkable
  • Taste: Subtle malt behind piney hops
  • Finish: Clean with a slight bitterness

Fresh Tracks Specs:

  • Style: Single Hop Pale Ale
  • ABV: 6.2%
  • IBU:  38

Harpoon Fresh Tracks is now available in 12 oz. bottles, cans, and on draft. To locate Harpoon Fresh Tracks, use the Harpoon Beer Finder at, checking back periodically for new locations.

About the Harpoon Brewery

The Harpoon Brewery was founded in 1986 by three beer lovers who wanted more and better beer options. When the Brewery was founded, Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award winning IPA and UFO beers, along with special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 19th largest craft brewer in the US.  Harpoon has since introduced the limited batch 100 Barrel Series and the as well as the all-natural Harpoon Craft Cider made from freshly pressed apples.

In 2012 Harpoon was the recipient of the Green Business Award from the City of Boston. Harpoon has been recognized by the Boston Globe as one of Massachusetts’ Best Places to Work. In 2016 Harpoon was named one of the Top Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal. In August 2014 Harpoon became an employee-owned company.

For more information about Harpoon visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders Introduces New Orange Blossom Flavor]]> 2017-01-20T14:59:22Z 2017-01-20T14:59:22Z

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders, the number one selling global cider brand, unveils its newest flavor, Strongbow Orange Blossom. The new flavor delivers a fresh, spring-like orange blossom aroma with a touch of sweetness and a juicy apple finish. Strongbow Orange Blossom, along with all Strongbow products, contain no artificial flavors or colors.

“We are welcoming spring this year with the newest edition to the Strongbow family of hard ciders, and are excited to share Strongbow Orange Blossom with our fans!” said Jessica Robinson, Senior Director Strongbow, who was involved in the development of the new flavor. “Strongbow Orange Blossom, a fresh remix of natural flavors, has received consistently high taste test ratings, appeals equally to men, women, cider and non-cider drinkers, and has a higher trial potential than the leading hard soda brand. Consumer research during the new flavor development also revealed that 8 of 10 consumers say Orange Blossom is “good tasting,” “easy to drink,” and “refreshing”. And overall flavor trends are on our side –orange is a top 3 flavor driving growth in flavored spirits, Robinson continued.”

Over the past year, Strongbow has outperformed the hard cider category by over 20% and grew to become the #2 hard cider brand in the U.S. 4 Its Gold Apple flavor was recognized as the Best Tasting Hard Cider in the Common Cider category for two years in a row at the World Cider Championships.

“Strongbow is known for its 125 years of cider-making heritage and its portfolio of award-winning flavors, and we know our consumers are curious and always looking for new and exciting flavors,” said Robinson. “Strongbow Orange Blossom represents our relentless commitment to quality, taste, and product innovation. We recommend serving Orange Blossom over ice to help bring out its distinctive orange blossom aroma, and enjoy its crisp refreshing taste.”

Supported by TV advertising, consumer sampling, and in-store merchandising, Orange Blossom will be launched in six-packs during the month of March and will simultaneously replace Strongbow Ginger in the 12-bottle Strongbow Variety Pack, alongside Strongbow Gold Apple, Strongbow Honey, and Strongbow Cherry Blossom. To drive trial and awareness of the new flavor, the same four flavors will be offered in limited edition 4-pack mini cans for a suggested retail price of $1 starting in March. Strongbow Orange Blossom will also be competing at the 2017 World Cider Championships.

All flavors in the new Variety Pack are gluten-free and sold in 11.2 oz. bottles. Strongbow Gold Apple and Strongbow Honey are 5% ABV, while new Strongbow Orange Blossom, Strongbow Cherry Blossom and Strongbow Ginger are 4.5% ABV. To find all Strongbow flavors near you, please visit our product locator at Strongbow recommends enjoying its hard apple ciders served over ice, for a crisp, refreshing taste.


HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation’s leading upscale beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International NV, the world’s most international brewer. European brands imported into the U.S. include Heineken, the world’s most international beer brand, Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders, Amstel Light, and Newcastle Brown Ale. HEINEKEN USA also imports the Dos Equis Franchise, Tecate Franchise, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands from Mexico. For the latest information on our company and brands, follow us on Twitter @HeinekenUSACorp, or visit

Press Release <![CDATA[AleSmith Brewing Brings Back My Bloody Valentine Seasonal Red Ale]]> 2017-01-19T22:21:42Z 2017-01-20T14:30:31Z

San Diego, CA —AleSmith Brewing Company is announcing, just in time for Valentine’s Day, its seasonal My Bloody Valentine is now available in 22 ounce bottles at retail and on tap in 18 states and Denmark, in addition to AleSmith’s San Diego Tasting Room.

AleSmith’s My Bloody Valentine Red Ale is the crimson red-blooded cousin ofEvil Dead Red Ale, AleSmith’s Halloween brew. It has intense notes of caramel, toast and bittersweet chocolate, balancing an intense bouquet of floral hop aromas. The finish leaves a pleasant, full-bodied sweetness on the palate that leaves you pining for more!

My Bloody Valentine Red Ale is available at retail locations that carry AleSmith craft beers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as at AleSmith’s Tasting Room at 9990 AleSmith Court in San Diego.

On January 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., AleSmith will hold its annual “Pint for a Pint (Glass)” in its tasting room for National Blood Donor Month. People who donate blood at the mobile San Diego Blood Bank bus parked at AleSmith during that time will receive a commemorative AleSmith branded pint glass, celebrating the launch of the beer – while supplies last.

“My Bloody Valentine is one of our classic seasonal offerings, consistently a best seller and one of my personal favorites,” said Peter Zien, Owner/CEO of AleSmith Brewing Company. “With National Blood Donor Month, and Valentine’s Day coming up, we hope singles and couples alike, will join us to enjoy this wonderfully smooth and delicious brew, while supporting a good cause.”

Blood donation walk-ins are welcome or participants can sign up for a specific time here.

About AleSmith Brewing Company
Forged in 1995, AleSmith has been recognized by consumers and critics alike as one of the world’s foremost craft brewing companies behind accolades that include medals won at prestigious national and international beer competitions, as well as being named Small Brewing Company of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in 2008. AleSmith is celebrating its 21st year in business and recently expanded, moving into a 105,500-square-foot, state-of- the-art brewery featuring a new 85-barrel brewing system that will allow the company to increase its production ten-fold. AleSmith’s line of acclaimed beers, which includes Speedway Stout, IPA, Nut Brown Ale, San Diego Pale Ale .394 and X Extra Pale Ale, is distributed in 24 U.S. states and six countries. Visit us at and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AleSmithBrewing).

Press Release <![CDATA[LA’s Brouwerij West Releases First Runs of Cans]]> 2017-01-20T13:11:48Z 2017-01-20T13:11:48Z

San Pedro, CA  Brouwerij West, LA Weekly’s “Best New Brewery” (2016), one of’s “Best New Breweries” (2016), and one of Beer Advocate’s “Class of 2016: 34 of the Best New Breweries in the U.S.” has begun releasing some of its classic beers along with a few new offerings in 16 oz. cans.

The first release features two core beers: “Dog Ate My Homework,” a blackberry saison and “Mør Mør,” a Belgian-style quadruple. Both are now on sale as individual 16-ounce cans or as a 4-pack at the brewery’s tasting room in San Pedro and select retail establishments throughout Southern California.  At Brouwerij West’s tasting room these beers are $5.00 per can and $18.00 for the 4-pack.

On January 20th Brouwerij West will be releasing their 3rd canned beer: Earth That Was, an unfiltered dry-hopped IPA brewed with Chinook, Simcoe and Centennial hops, and Brux Trois yeast.  A few weeks later, the 4th canned beer, a barrel-fermented version of Brouwerij West’s long-time favorite Saison Extra, will be available for sale.

Brouwerij West’s President Dave Holop states, “Cans are considered a superior packaging option to bottles for maintaining the quality of the beer inside as it makes its way to the consumers. They have lower oxygen pick-up and allow zero light in – oxygen and light are both bad for beer. And they’re generally a better package for the environment because they’re lighter (so their carbon footprint from transportation is lower) and they’re more likely to be recycled.”

Brouwerij West is available on draft, in bottles, and now in cans, throughout California at retail shops, bars and restaurants focused on serving quality craft beer. Brouwerij West beers can also be found in select retail outlets nationwide.

About Brouwerij West
Brouwerij West is a unique craft brewery and venue located in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles. The company was founded in 2010 by talented brewer Brian Mercer and is now led by Mercer and his partner Dave Holop. Brouwerij West opened in February 2016 in a former Port Warehouse originally built by the U.S. Navy during World War II. Brouwerij West’s operation encompasses 26,000 sq. ft. of the Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles facility, including 8,000 sq. ft. devoted to visitor use for its Tasting Room and events, as well as a 17,000 sq. ft. outdoor courtyard / beer garden. Brouwerij West brews its beers using traditional ingredients and methods mixed with creative inspiration to produce its own take on classic Belgian-style and farmhouse ales. Brouwerij West’s new facility is covered with solar panels and generates more electricity than it uses, and its mash filter-based brewery uses 30% less water than traditional breweries. Follow us on @brouwerijwest (Twitter and Instagram) and our Facebook page.

Press Release <![CDATA[Shmaltz Brewing Reveals Hop Orgy Variety 12-Pack]]> 2017-01-19T21:39:16Z 2017-01-20T13:00:26Z

Clifton Park, NY — We’re still not really sure how it all went down. Everything was kind of a blur. Someone called someone’s package out and demanded some immediate action. Tentative whispers and coy glances turned into giggles and playful suggestions. Suddenly, Shmaltz Brewing Company realized it was on — and everyone on staff jumped in to make it happen. The sweet rush of creation with a burst of hands crafting a symphony of elements. Shmaltz welcomes you to experience Hop Orgy, a fresh new variety 12-pack filled with Hop Manna IPA, Hop Momma IPA, Hop Mania Imperial IPA, and the brand newHop Orgy IPA.

Delights for all the senses — enticing aromas, flavors to feed thirsty mouths, and lush images to tantalize the eyes. A tactile and imaginative feast! After the commotion was all over, there may have been some awkward flushed looks but never tears or accusations. Everyone played their role and everyone had a great time doing it. No regrets — just the mutual feeling of group satisfaction in achieving the pleasure of another scrumptious Shmaltz Brewing creation.

Joining the brewery’s beloved every day IPA and Gold medal winner at the World Beer Championships, Hop MANNA, the Hop Orgy variety pack also includes the irresistible Gold medal winner (World Beer Championships) Hop Momma IPA, the Silver medal winner (World Beer Championships) Hop Mania Imperial IPA, and the namesake Hop Orgy IPA. In stores nationwide starting on January 19, Hop Orgy is every hophead’s dream with its indisputable indulgence of hops.

Twelve beers — four distinct IPAs — no one gets left out.

The Hop Orgy variety pack beers are:

Hop Orgy (6% ABV): A copper/gold light-bodied IPA, bursting with luscious, aromatic fruit notes of the tropics and citrus notes accented by pine and cedar characters.

Hop Manna (65 IBUs, 6.8% ABV): Shmaltz’s flagship, World Beer Championship Gold Medal winning IPA. Dry-hopped with Centennial, Cascade and Citra for a fruity aroma with lively floral and citrus flavors. Shmaltz’s first-ever single IPA, Hop MANNA offers session after session of hop nourishment from the Shmaltz Tribe to yours. Hop MANNA is now available in new 4-packs, in addition to 22-ounce bottles, draft, and nestled inside the Hop Orgy variety pack.

Hop Momma (5.8% ABV): A session-ish IPA brewed with peach, apricot and Habanero pepper. Fruity hops accentuate the added flavors, making this Momma fresh and juicy with a subtle pepper kick.

Hop Mania Imperial IPA (7.8% ABV): An Imperial IPA that’s dry-hopped with more Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops. Adding manic amounts of hops and playing up the malts throughout the brewing process gives Hop Mania Imperial IPA a complex character and heady aroma. While the 7.8% ABV gives this beer strength, the mouthfeel is deceptively smooth. Hopheads rejoice — Manna has gone Mania!

“We took the perfect IPA recipe for Hop Manna and really wanted to experiment with the same base hops and malts to create three beers with new characters and a way to reinvent the experience for IPA drinkers,” says Richie Saunders, Head Brewer at Shmaltz Brewing. “I love the versatility of the hops in Hop Manna. Adding Amarillo and Citra later in the boil really boosts the peach and apricot flavors for Hop Momma IPA. Increasing the Centennial in the dry-hop for Hop Mania makes that beer more of an old style IPA. It’s super bright and tasty.”

Hop Orgy variety pack rolls out this month to all 35 states within Shmaltz’s distribution network. To find a wholesaler near you, please visit

About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He’brew Beer were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother’s Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He’brew Beer across 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York State production brewery in 2013 in Clifton Park, 10 minutes north of Albany. Shmaltz’s home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 30,000 barrels of annual capacity and packages a diverse and tasty variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days a week (Wed-Sun) and offers tours, barrel-aged previews, beer-to-go, and special releases. ranked Shmaltz as one of the “Top 100 Brewers in the World” in 2013, and the brewery brought home 10 gold and 6 silver medals from the World Beer Championships in the past several years.

Press Release <![CDATA[Grimm Brothers Releasing The Bleeding Heart Chocolate Cherry Brown Lager]]> 2017-01-19T21:20:21Z 2017-01-20T12:00:01Z

Loveland, CO – Grimm Brothers is excited to announce the release of The Bleeding Heart 2017. We brew this special beer annually to celebrate Valentine’s Day here in the Sweetheart City and distribute it only in Loveland. As always, Grimm Brothers appreciates The Loveland Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center for their joint effort in naming The Bleeding Heart the Official Beer of Loveland’s Valentine Celebration.

2017 is bringing some big changes to Grimm, most notably, Laura Pilato being promoted to Head Brewer. It’s with this in mind that we decided to change the base beer of The Bleeding Heart for the first time. The first beer that Laura designed and brewed for Grimm was a Brown Lager; we liked the lager idea since we could get all the complexity one looks for in a brown, but also give it a crisp clean finish. To keep with our own history, while embracing the future we are changing the porter base, but going back to the first adjunct, with cherry and chocolate.

The beer will only be available in Loveland liquor stores, select bars and restaurants, and the Grimm Brothers taproom in 6 packs and on draft. Join Grimm Brothers for a special tapping event February 1st in the taproom. Free samples at noon for Loveland Chamber members then open to the public at 1:00 PM.

About Grimm Brothers
Grimm Brothers Brewhouse was founded in 2010 by avid homebrewers captivated by the rich tradition of European beers. They knew that the long history of beer production in Germany and surrounding areas would give them plenty of tales to share with their customers.  Inspired by the stories collected by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, they craft their beers to tell not only the story of Craft Brewing but the harrowing and dark tales handed down through the generations. Grimm Brothers brewhouse operates their taproom at 623 N. Denver Ave., Loveland, CO offering their beer for on-premise consumption and carry-out sale.

For more information about Grimm Brothers visit

Press Release <![CDATA[JDub’s Brewing Company to Open Off-Site Taproom in Bradenton]]> 2017-01-19T21:44:50Z 2017-01-20T11:30:23Z

Sarasota, FL – JDub’s Brewing Company is excited to announce the opening of our off-site taproom, “The Dub Shack at UTC”, which is tentatively scheduled to open the end of January. The Dub Shack address is 8217 Tourist Center Drive, Bradenton, FL 34201, formerly a World Of Beer franchise location.

The concept is similar to other breweries opening off-site taprooms, an experience that mimics the feel of the brewery itself. There will be a live video feed of brewing operations at JDub’s Brewing Company as well as similar art created by local artists on the walls. The Dub Shack at UTC will feature 40 draft lines, 20 of which devoted to JDub’s beers and the other 20 a variety of high quality craft beers made by other brewers.

JDub’s founder Jeremy Joerger, “This is something I’ve wanted to do for years. My brewery is slightly off the beaten path and this new location will allow us to show off our brand in a more populated location.”

A soft opening for JDub’s Mug Club Members and media is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 26.

Justin Kendall <![CDATA[42 North Releases 2017 Red Army Russian Imperial Stout]]> 2017-01-19T19:16:19Z 2017-01-20T11:00:10Z

Buffalo, NY — 42 North Brewing Company is releasing the annual Red Army Russian Imperial Stout. The Red Army 2017 will be on tap beginning Tuesday, January 10th in the 42 North Taproom as well as approximately 10 local WNY establishments with limited distribution through Try-it Distributing as early as January 13th.

There will be a 22oz bottle release of the Red Army 2017 on Saturday, February 4th in the 42 North Taproom. With only 360 bottles available of this limited brew, there will be a 2-bottle limit purchase per customer.

Red Army is a big, rich and bold Imperial Stout brewed with only the finest English malts and aged a minimum of 3 months in the bottle. Measuring a 9.5% ABV, this brew boasts intensely complex flavors ranging from coffee and chocolate to caramel and dark fruits. Drink now or age in a cool, dark place for an even more diverse and smooth drinking experience.

The release of the Red Army 2017 comes one year after the first major bottle release of the original Red Army 2016. There are still bottles of last year’s product, which have been aging and growing with time and will be released at a date TBD.