Craft beer industry news, events, and jobs. 2016-07-01T22:37:47Z Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Last Call: The Latest on MegaBrew; Evans Brewing Raises $1 Million via Stock Sale]]> 2016-07-01T22:37:47Z 2016-07-01T22:37:47Z

The Chronicles of MegaBrew

After receiving final approval from the Competition Tribunal in South Africa, Anheuser-Busch InBev is one step closer to finalizing its $107 billion takeover of SABMiller.

South African regulators cleared the way for the tie-up on Thursday, and A-B InBev CEO Carlos Brito said the company is “on track” to finalize the merger in the second half of 2016.

In approving the deal, the Tribunal said no South African employee could be laid off for five years after the merger, reported Reuters. Other provisions of the takeover include the required sale of liquor maker Distell as well as $68 million of investment into South African agricultural development, according to the news outlet.

Regulators in Australia and Europe have already approved the merger, but that doesn’t mean it’s been all smooth sailing for A-B. According to a press release from the European Commission, the EU’s antitrust agency, regulators are probing A-B InBev’s trade practices in Belgium.

The European Commission will investigate whether the Belgian-based company has “abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market by hindering imports of its beer from neighbouring countries, in breach of EU antitrust rules,” according to the release.

“It’s preliminary view is that AB InBev may be pursuing a deliberate strategy to restrict so-called ‘parallel trade’ of its beer from less expensive countries, such as the Netherlands and France, to the more expensive Belgian market,” the release states.

If found guilty, A-B InBev could face a penalty of up to 10 percent of global revenue, according to the Wall Street Journal, and there is no legal deadline for bringing an antitrust investigation to an end.

Belgium isn’t the only place where A-B InBev is under the microscope either. In the U.S., where the company has yet to earn approval for the tie-up, the Department of Justice has reportedly launched yet another investigation into the company’s craft brewery acquisitions.

The Capitol Forum — a subscription-based outlet covering mergers, acquisitions and antitrust reviews – this week reported that the DOJ had launched “an antitrust investigation into AB InBev’s acquisition of Devils Backbone and several other craft breweries.”

This one is supposedly separate from the DOJ’s existing investigations into MegaBrew and the company’s Voluntary Anheuser-Busch Incentive for Performance (VAIP) program, which reimburses wholesalers varying amounts for marketing spends if more than 90 percent of those distributors’ volumes come from A-B brands.

According to the Capitol Forum, “the latest investigation may provide political cover for the DOJ to clear the AB InBev/SAB transaction without behavioral conditions to address complaints from craft brewers and distributors.”

In other words, the investigations into VAIP and A-B’s craft acquisitions could continue even if the DOJ approves the tie-up with SABMiller.

Nevertheless, A-B still has plenty of hurdles to clear – including earning an approval from regulators in China — before it is able to finalize MegaBrew.

Meanwhile, Molson Coors, in an effort to finance its anticipated acquisition of MillerCoors (which A-B will be required to unload as a condition of the SABMiller acquisition), sold $5.3bn of bonds on Tuesday, according to Financial Times.

Evans Brewing Announces $1 Million Equity Purchase Agreement

Los Angeles-based Evans Brewing Company, which is publicly traded on the over-the-counter markets, this week announced a $1 million equity purchase agreement with private equity firm Kodiak Capital Group LLC.

Net proceeds from the stock sale will be used to “secure the location for a new brewing facility and tasting room,” and to “implement additional aspects” of the company’s expansion strategy, according to a press release.

Under the terms of the agreement, Evans Brewing, which trades under the OTCBB ticker “ALES,” will be allowed to sell $1 million of common stock to Kodiak. The capital group is obligated to purchase the shares, but cannot require Evans to sell them.

Each share of the brewery’s common stock will be sold for $2.50, according to the release.

In addition to building a new brewing facility, Evans Brewing said it plans to use a portion of the process to secure location for two tasting rooms in Orange County. The company is currently capable of producing about 11,000 barrels annually, an amount it hopes to more than double in its new space.

MillerCoors Introduces New Coors Banquet Ad Campaign

Next Monday, MillerCoors will rollout a new ad campaign for Coors Banquet entitled “How It’s Done.”

The company has created five spots, each highlighting a different characteristic of the Banquet brand that chief marketing officer David Kroll believes “celebrates” MillerCoors’ “commitment to quality in addition to the brand values.”

In an internal memo, which was forwarded to Brewbound, Kroll said the new creative will “help establish a stronger connection between the brand’s product intrinsic… and its longstanding values rooted in the code of the west.”

The new campaign is intended to “add to the Banquet arsenal” and help the brand better compete with Budweiser, Kroll noted.

“Despite a much stronger performance, the brand still lags Budweiser significantly on distribution, both in terms of number of stores in which it’s sold and PODs per retailer,” he wrote.

In addition to spots entitled “Barley,” “Golden,” “Handshake,” and “Tough,” a fifth 15-second ad, “Water,” debuted today on Facebook. All of the commercials are slated to air on ESPN, FX, Pivot, Animal Planet, CNN Films, MLB Network and TBS on the Fourth of July.

Ballast Point Opens in Long Beach

San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing yesterday opened its sixth location in Long Beach Calif., COO Earl Kight wrote to Brewbound.

The Ballast Point Tasting Room & Kitchen, located at the Alamitos Bay Landing, has three bars, 670 seats and will also serve as the company experimental sour beer facility.

CODO Design Details Craft Packaging Trends

Indianapolis-based branding firm CODO Design, which has worked with 450 North Brewing, Fernson Brewing and Backbone Bourbon Company, has identified some of the “more common” craft beer packaging trends on its blog, highlighting a number of standout craft brands in the process.

One of the firm’s big takeaways? Craft brewers are increasingly taking their packaging cues from yesteryear. CODO said many craft packages center around “an area’s old, mostly bygone industry – coal, steel, automotive, lumber, agriculture – in hopes of evoking on of the most powerful emotions there is: Nostalgia.”

Beyond nostalgia, some other trends include “outdoor chic,” “Grunge,” “precision,” and “luxurious.”

Some of the more notable craft callouts included Upland Brewing, which recently rebranded the look of its Champagne Velvet Pilsener, Braxton Brewing Company, which won Brewbound’s 2015 Startup Brewery Challenge in Chicago, Uinta Brewing, New Belgium, Ballast Point, Rhinegeist and Austin Beerworks.

Press Release <![CDATA[Brew Hub Launches Keybilly Island Ale in 12-Ounce Bottles]]> 2016-07-01T18:04:05Z 2016-07-01T18:04:05Z

St. Louis — Brew Hub, a company led by a team of beer industry executives and craft brewing experts, will begin packaging Keybilly Island Ale – their craft beer brewed with authentic, world-renowned Key lime juice – in 12-ounce glass bottle six packs. The new packaging will be available in the South Florida and Orlando markets beginning today.

Keybilly Island Ale is the first beer in Brew Hub’s Craft Collection, a series of distinct craft beers the company brews. In addition to the new 12-ounce bottles, the beer will continue to be available in both can and draft packaging. The beer is brewed at the company’s newly expanded brewery in Lakeland, Florida.

“The demand for Keybilly has far exceeded our expectations, and we’re excited to bring another option to the marketplace,” said Tim Schoen, founder and CEO of Brew Hub. “While the desire for craft beer in cans continues to grow, there’s still tremendous interest in bottles, and we’re happy to meet that need.”

“It’s been fun to watch the brand grow from an idea into a full-line of packaged beer,” said “Paradise” Pat Kennedy, the home brewer who created Keybilly. “As the summer approaches, nothing looks more refreshing than a cooler packed full of ice-cold Keybilly bottles.”

About Brew Hub

Brew Hub was founded in 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri, by a team of beer-industry executives and craft-brewing experts led by Tim Schoen. “Where Craft Brewers Go To Grow,” Brew Hub provides full brewing, packaging, distribution and selling services for craft brands that are constrained by capacity, geography or capital. The company’s first brewery is located in Lakeland, Florida. The company’s second brewery is opening in 2017 in Chesterfield, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. The company plans to have five breweries located throughout the country that will cater to craft breweries. Each facility will allow craft brewers to partner brew their beers on-site. Brew Hub’s financial sponsor is a private investment firm, The Yucaipa Companies.

Press Release <![CDATA[Angry Orchard Launches Walden Hollow]]> 2016-07-01T18:00:51Z 2016-07-01T18:00:51Z

WALDEN, NY – Angry Orchard today announced the release of its new year-round specialty hard cider, Walden Hollow. This is the first cider from Angry Orchard to be made exclusively with apple varieties from New York State, including varieties from last year’s harvest at the Angry Orchard in New York’s Hudson Valley, and heirloom apples from other local orchards.

Last fall, Angry Orchard opened the Angry Orchard Innovation Cider House on a 100-year-old apple orchard in Walden, NY – the namesake for this new cider. The Innovation Cider House serves as a center for research and development where the cider makers are putting their own twist on traditional ciders and driving innovation, experimenting with new ingredients, processes and techniques.

“We’re extremely proud of Walden Hollow as it’s our first cider made with apples from our own backyard,” said Ryan Burk, Angry Orchard’s head cider maker. “The mild tannins and dryness of the cider capture the diversity, complexity and depth of character from the blend of New York State apples. It’s cider like Walden Hollow that inspires us to continue to drive innovation and reimagine what American cider can be.”

Walden Hollow is fermented over many months, resulting in full flavor and intense apple aroma due to the high acidity and mild tannins from New York State heirloom apples. These heirloom varieties include Golden Russet, Newtown Pippin and Northern Spy, all of which have deep ties to the Empire State, including their use in cider dating back hundreds of years. Walden Hollow will be released annually in the spring, and made using a blend of New York apple varieties selected by Angry Orchard’s cider makers based on the previous year’s harvest.

Walden Hollow (8% ABV) is the fourth style to join the Angry Orchard Cider House Collection of small batch craft ciders, and will be available nationwide starting in June 2016. This style is available in 750 mL bottles for a suggested retail price of $14.99 – $17.99 (price varies per market).

To find where Angry Orchard hard cider is available near you, visit the “cider finder” at

What’s so special about New York State apples?

The land in New York State has a rich apple growing history, thanks in large part to the terroir – factors including sunlight, temperature, and soil – that build the foundation for this new cider style. Walden Hollow has a delicate balance of tannins from heirloom apples traditionally used for cidermaking in the US, resulting in extraordinary flavor and strong apple aroma at 8% ABV.

Angry Orchard recently planted three acres of traditional cider making apples at the Angry Orchard in Walden, NY, which will be used for research and experimentation on site.

What Can We Expect from Walden Hollow?

This new cider has a bright aroma of fresh peeled apple skins, a rich full body, medium sweetness in taste, with tartness characteristic of New York apples. The cider makers at Angry Orchard used wild fermentation techniques to evoke earthy farmhouse qualities from the cider without the funky, sour qualities that can sometimes be associated with this style and process.

What’s the Angry Orchard Cider House Collection?

The Angry Orchard Cider House Collection includes unique and innovative ciders, harvested from our cider makers’ passion and creativity. In addition to Walden Hollow, the Cider House Collection features The Muse, inspired by the festive nature of slightly sweet demi-sec champagne and sparkling wine; Strawman, an American take on a French farmhouse cider; and Iceman, which takes cues from the traditional ice ciders of Quebec. The first three ciders in this collection use traditional cider making apples from Italy and France and are aged on oak. Walden Hollow is the first of the Cider House Collection to use apples from New York State.

Hard Cider & Food Pairing

Hard cider is incredibly versatile for pairing with food or using as an ingredient in recipes. The acidity of Walden Hollow cuts through fats in aged farmhouse cheeses, and works well served alongside grilled salmon with fresh vegetables. It also pairs nicely with cured meats or charcuterie, which complement the cider’s earthy, farmhouse notes.

About Angry Orchard Cider Company:

Angry Orchard Cider Company’s cider makers have been experimenting with apple varieties and unique flavors to develop hard cider recipes for 20 years. The cider makers have travelled the world to find the best apples for cider making and chose specific varieties, like French bittersweet apples from Normandy and culinary apples from Italy and the United States, based on each cider’s flavor profile.

In November 2015, Angry Orchard established a home for cider research and development called the Innovation Cider House, located on a historic apple orchard in the New York Hudson River Valley. In May 2016, Angry Orchard planted three acres of traditional cider making apples at the Angry Orchard, which will be used for research and experimentation at the Innovation Cider House.

Angry Orchard makes a variety of year-round craft cider styles, including Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, a fruit forward hard cider that balances the sweetness of culinary apples with dryness and bright acidity of bittersweet apples for a complex, refreshing taste.

Despite the recent growth of hard cider in the U.S., the category is still small and relatively unknown. Angry Orchard is committed to drinker education and awareness-building to help grow the category for all craft cider makers.

Press Release <![CDATA[Burial Beer Company to Launch ‘Album Series’]]> 2016-07-01T17:56:41Z 2016-07-01T17:56:41Z

Asheville, NC — Burial Beer Co. announces the launch of the Album Series, a series of limited release bottles inspired by their love of music and the way tracks on an album relate to one another and culminate into one cohesive sound.

The first beer, Track 1, an Imperial Stout, is set to release this Sunday, July 3rd beginning at noon at the brewery’s taproom on 40 Collier Ave. To usher in the new Album Series, the brewery will also release a final moon beer that day, Thirteenth Moon, a passion fruit India Pale Ale fermented on flowers.

The Moon Series, inspired by the cycles of the moon, were brewed on the brewery’s original one-barrel system and released monthly throughout 2015. Similarly, the Album Series will be crafted on the one-barrel system and released throughout the year as a means for the growing brewery to stay connected to their ethos and desire to continue creating new styles while remaining anchored to the old.

Bottles of both beers are $16 per 750ml bottle with a two bottle per person limit. For more information visit


Founded in June 2013, Beer Co. crafts German lagers, Belgian-inspired ales, and bold American styles with a dedication to creativity, tradition, modernization, and preservation. Residing in and revitalizing the South Slope District of Asheville, NC, the brewery began its life as a one-barrel system that grew to a 10 barrel In just over a year. Fall 2016 will bring a new wave of expansion and revitalization as Burial Beer Co. expands again to a to a second location and 20 barrel production brewery, urban farm, locally purveyed restaurant and two-story tasting room in South Asheville.

Press Release <![CDATA[Hawaii Cider Company Seeks to Raise $1 Million and Launch in December]]> 2016-07-01T17:52:56Z 2016-07-01T17:52:56Z

Kailua-Kona, HI — Hawaii Cider Co. has just launched an equity crowdfunding campaign on for local island residents to own a stake in Hawaii’s first locally grown, and locally produced hard cider company.

While the rise of micro breweries and micro distilleries nationwide continues to grow steadily, the cider industry is seeing an exponential boom and a demand for more flavors and new styles of cider; Hawaii Cider Co. is crafting hard ciders from the abundant tropical fruit varieties on Hawaii Island, and aims to share its progress and successes with their island community. What better way to give back to the community than to include them in Hawaii’s first ‘kick-starter for investing’ campaign to date.

The recent authorization of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act—signed into law May 16, 2016—allows and encourages small businesses and entrepreneurs to raise capital from their trusted community rather than seeking tethered and unfamiliar angel investments. When asked about the new legislation, president and co-founder of WeFunder, Nick Tommarello says, “Everyone should have the right to invest in what they truly care about, and the people who care should have a say where the capital gets distributed.”

Since the new JOBS Act regulations were implemented, many small businesses across the US are adopting this model of fundraising.

“We decided to utilize the WeFunder platform for a number of reasons,” says Brett Jacobson, CEO/Founder of Hawaii Cider Co. “Perhaps the main reason though, is to incorporate the community into our business.” Jacobson, also the founding CEO of local beverage company, Hawaiian Ola, has had a long-standing passion for supporting Hawaii’s agriculture and economy by empowering farmers to grow responsible crops. “…Rather than isolating community stakeholders, we want to work with shoppers by making them shareholders of everything we do.”

To learn more about how to invest a minimum of $100 visit their profile at!

Hawaii Cider Co. aims to raise $1M for start-up capital through WeFunder to pay for the first year’s operations, and build out of the cidery and processing facility. First ciders are scheduled to come off the line in December 2016

About Hawaii Cider Co.

The Hawaii Cider Company is Hawaii’s first locally sourced and locally produced cider company. The team is comprised of the seasoned beverage industry peeps that brought you the Hawaiian Ola Beverage Company, as well as brew master Sebastian Bach, who has won a total of 36 awards for his decade of innovative brewing. Hawaii Cider Company supports farmers growing responsibly grown tropical fruits, and is passionate about creating great tasting ciders, which provides shoppers a local alternative to imported ciders.

Press Release <![CDATA[Alesmith Brewing Signs with Bonanza Beverage for Distribution Throughout Southern Nevada]]> 2016-07-01T15:31:31Z 2016-07-01T15:31:31Z

San Diego, California — Southern California’s AleSmith Brewing Company is pleased to announce a partnership with Las Vegas-based Bonanza Beverage Company to facilitate distribution and sale of its critically acclaimed beers throughout Southern Nevada. Within the next month, AleSmith’s wide selection of European-inspired ales with West Coast flair will be available in The Silver State, a step made possible by the brewery’s recent expansion into a large, state-of-the-art facility capable of producing enough beer to supply territories further removed from its home region.

“Gone are the days when ubiquitous adjunct-lagers were all visitors to Las Vegas and other Nevada locales could expect. Craft beer has found its way from the glitz of The Strip to everyday communities throughout The Silver State, and we’re proud to add our family of ales to the mix,” says AleSmith director of national sales James Valles. “Having expanded to meet demand and be able to produce plenty of beer to ship to Nevada, the only thing left to do was find the perfect partner to uphold our quality standards, and we know we’ve found just such a teammate in Bonanza Beverage.”

“We could not be any happier to bring more of the great craft beers from San Diego into Las Vegas,” says Bonanza Beverage craft director, Russell Gardner. “With the award-winning beers of AleSmith added to the Southern Nevada marketplace, we hope to grow and expand craft’s reach throughout the state.”

Beer-fans can look forward to the arrival of core six-pack offerings such as AleSmith IPA, AleSmith Nut Brown and AleSmith Lil’ Devil Belgian-style Pale Ale. Numerous other year-round, specialty and seasonal beers will also make their way to Southern Nevada on a regular basis, beginning with spring-summer release AleSmith Double IPA, the quartet of high-gravity beers comprising the 2016 Vintage Series—including AleSmith Decadence Ale, an imperial California common ale debuting in July in celebration of the company’s 21st anniversary—and variations of the world-renowned, coffee-infused AleSmith Speedway Stout. For more information on AleSmith and its line of beers, consult its official website,


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 on the verge of celebrating its 21st year in business and recently expanded, moving into a 105,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art brewery featuring a new 80-barrel brewing system that will allow the company to increase its production ten-fold. The expansion also included construction of the largest brewery tasting room on the West Coast (25,000 square feet) with an outdoor beer garden, private event space and a first-of-its-kind barrel-aged beer-blending bar called Anvil & Stave. A second-story indoor-outdoor mezzanine and a museum dedicated to San Diego Padres legend Tony Gwynn are also scheduled to debut later this year. AleSmith’s line of acclaimed beers, which includes Speedway Stout, IPA, Nut Brown, X Extra Pale Ale, Wee Heavy Scotch-style Ale and Old Numbskull Barley Wine, is distributed in 24 U.S. states and five countries. The company’s social media channels include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@AleSmithBrewing), and its official website URL is—


Bonanza Beverage Company is a family-owned and operated business opened in 1957 by William Cosulas to service the, at the time, small Las Vegas area, beginning with flagship brand, Burgermeister. In the early 1960s, Hamm’s and Olympia came on-board as some of the biggest beers to hit the West Coast. In 1966, Miller joined the team and Bonanza became the largest Miller distributor west of Texas throughout the 1970s. Bonanza’s portfolio grew over the years to include Boston Beer, Deschutes, Lagunitas, Modern Times, Stone and many other beverage brands. Currently run and managed by William’s son, Bill Gialketsis, Bonanza continues to pride itself on core standards of performance, respect, integrity, development and excellence. For more information about Bonanza, consult our website—

Press Release <![CDATA[Yuengling Completes $8 Million Environmental Project]]> 2016-07-01T15:25:01Z 2016-07-01T15:24:33Z

Pottsville, PA — D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. has installed an $8 million state-of-the-art wastewater pretreatment system at its historic Pottsville brewery, a key component of an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced today.

The pretreatment system, which started operations in March, is one of several environmental programs the company has agreed to implement under terms of the agreement to reduce and manage the amount of organic materials (mainly sugar and yeast) in the wastewater its two Pottsville area breweries send to the Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority for treatment.

“Yuengling takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the EPA that strengthens our environmental protocols,” said Wendy Yuengling, chief administrative officer for Yuengling. “As a sixth-generation family business, we’re making these improvements as part of our commitment to the continued operation of America’s Oldest Brewery so future generations can enjoy our quality lagers, porters and ales.”

Yuengling’s Pottsville brewery has a permit from the sewer authority to send the wastewater that remains after the brewing process directly to the authority for treatment. The wastewater is not toxic or hazardous. In addition to water, it mostly contains what remains after the brewing process: sugar and yeast. However, in high concentrations, these organic materials can upset the sewer authority’s treatment process.

The Greater Pottsville Area Sewer Authority is regulated by EPA under the federal Clean Water Act because it has a federal permit to discharge its treated municipal wastewater into the Schuylkill River. Since Yuengling has a permit to send its wastewater to the sewer authority for treatment, it also falls under EPA’s Clean Water Act regulations.

As part of the consent decree agreement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court today, Yuengling will pay $2.8 million to the EPA for past exceedances of the permitted levels of organic materials (mainly sugar and yeast) and pH concentrations in the wastewater from its Pottsville and Mill Creek breweries.

Yuengling’s new wastewater pretreatment system collects sugar, yeast, and spent grains from the brewery’s wastewater and converts them into methane, a green energy biogas that will fuel a planned generator to provide electricity and heat for the system and the brewery’s museum and gift shop.

Removing these organic materials from the wastewater before it is sent to the sewer authority allows not only for the brewery to be better able to comply with its permit requirements, but also lessens the wastewater treatment efforts to be undertaken by the sewer authority.

As part of its agreement with the EPA, Yuengling will also: develop an Environmental Management System Manual for its two Pottsville area breweries; provide annual environmental compliance training to facility employees; create a communications and notification protocol for its interactions with the sewer authority; and retain third-party consultants to provide Yuengling and EPA with reports on the company’s regulatory compliance.

Plans for the Pottsville brewery wastewater pretreatment facility began in 2013. Construction was completed in February 2016 and the pretreatment system started operating in March.

Installation of the state-of-the-art wastewater pretreatment and the planned power generation system at the Pottsville brewery is consistent with Yuengling’s sustainability policy and our commitment to recycling and reuse, said Wendy Yuengling. For example, the malted barley and corn grains that remain after the brewing process are sold to farmers as cattle feed. The spent yeast, meanwhile, is sold to food manufacturers who use it as a protein supplement in their products. For more information on Yuengling’s commitment to the environment, please see:

Press Release <![CDATA[Magnum Entertainment Group to Pour Fernson Brewing Beers at RNC Parties]]> 2016-07-01T15:20:50Z 2016-07-01T15:20:50Z

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — This summer from July 18-21, 2016, hundreds of thousands of people will descend on Cleveland, Ohio for the Republican National Convention. And Fernson Brewing Company of Sioux Falls will be there.

Magnum Entertainment Group, Inc. has chosen Fernson as their exclusive craft beer for a party featuring six bands over three nights at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH.

“Magnum’s sponsors represent a global group of leading business and non-profit organizations who thoroughly know and enjoy great brews,” says Magnum Managing Partner Jeffrey Kimbell. “After an extensive tasting process, we went with the best in the market and a brand we know they will enjoy—Fernson.”

With an expected attendance of 1,000 people each night, Fernson Brewing Company is thrilled to be a part of Magnum’s events.

“We are excited to be able to represent our state in such a big way,” says co-owner and brewer Derek Fernholz. “This will give our beer a lot of exposure, and we are honored to have been chosen.”

“It’s a huge step for us,” says co-owner and brewer Blake Thompson. “Launching our brand in a new market is exhilarating. We can’t wait to see how our beers resonate with RNC attendees from across the country. This is our first time on a national stage – people from every state will be in attendance.”

About Fernson Brewing Company:

Fernson Brewing Company began as a partnership between Derek Fernholz and Blake Thompson. Since beginning distribution in March 2015, they have launched more than 8 different beers in 2 states. An extensive barrel-aging program is underway. Fernson Brewing Company also recently opened a downtown tap room location in Sioux Falls and have plans to continue creating unique beers for the local craft beer scene.

Press Release <![CDATA[Beer Institute Releases 10 Facts About July 4th and the Beer Industry]]> 2016-07-01T15:13:55Z 2016-07-01T15:13:55Z

WASHINGTON — The July 4th holiday is just around the corner, meaning that Americans will gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our nation and to enjoy the long summer weekend. To mark our nation’s 240th birthday, the Beer Institute–a national trade association for the American brewing industry that represents both large and small brewers as well as importers and industry suppliers–has announced its “Top Ten Facts about July 4th and the beer industry.”

“From being the drink of choice when Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence to its place at our picnics and barbecues this holiday weekend, beer is an important part of American history and our economy,” said Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute. “George Washington ensured revolutionary soldiers had beer as part of their rations, and today beer pours over $250 billion into our nation’s economy. Many Americans will have beer on hand when we gather together as family and friends to celebrate July 4th, and I hope people take time to enjoy the history that goes into every pour of beer and choose to drink responsibly this weekend and throughout the year.”

  1. Last year Americans spent an estimated $1 billion on beer to celebrate Independence Day, and beer will be served to many of the 64% of Americans of legal drinking age who are planning to attend a cookout of barbecue this weekend.
  2. Thomas Jefferson was said to have composed the first draft of the Declaration of Independence over a cold draft at the Indian Queen tavern in Philadelphia.
  3. The first colonial brewery was built in 1632 on Brewers Street in New Amsterdam, now New York City. Today, there are over 5,500 licensed breweries in the United States according to the federal government.
  4. George Washington was an accomplished brewmaster, and he maintained a private brewery at his home in Mount Vernon.
  5. During Colonial Times the American brewing industry was so well established that George Washington, Patrick Henry and other patriots argued for a boycott of English beer imports. In fact, the Boston Tea Party almost became the Boston Beer Party.
  6. As Commander of the Continental Army, George Washington proclaimed that every one of his troops would receive a quart of beer with his daily rations.
  7. On March 22, 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed legislation allowing people to buy, sell and drink beer containing up to 3.2% alcohol by weight (or 4.05% by volume) in states that had enacted their own law allowing such sales, effectively putting an end to prohibition for beer. The law went into effect on April 7 of that year, and April 7 is now celebrated as National Beer Day.
  8. In 1862 President Lincoln signed legislation to tax beer to help finance the government during the Civil War. Today, federal, state and local governments collect more than $48.5 billion in tax revenue from the beer industry. That includes business taxes, sales taxes, consumption taxes, and state and federal excise taxes.
  9. Beer still remains important today as roughly 1.75 million Americans have jobs as a result of the American beer industry, and these jobs are contributing nearly $79 billion in wages and benefits each year to the American economy.
  10. Last July 4th weekend AAA estimated that about 35.5 million Americans took a trip in a car. We all share the roads, and we all share in the responsibility to keep them safe. The Beer Institute and our member companies urge everyone to drink responsibly this Fourth of July weekend as well as throughout the year.
Press Release <![CDATA[Columbus Brewing Company Hires New Director of Strategic Planning]]> 2016-07-01T15:07:17Z 2016-07-01T15:07:17Z

Columbus, Ohio — Columbus Brewing Company is excited to announce the hiring of Jason Davis as Director of Strategic Planning. Over his 25 years in the beer industry, Jason has worked with prestigious companies including Columbus Brewing Company, BrewDog USA, Sierra Nevada and Guinness. Davis is returning to CBC, having spent the past 20 years building beer brands in Ohio and International markets.

“We are excited to have Jason coming on board. We have been friends for years and I have tried many times to bring him back home. It took a lot of convincing, but it has finally happened.” said Brewmaster Eric Bean. “This is a new position at the brewery and we intend to utilize Jason’s knowledge and experience to further develop our team and grow our brewery.”

In this new position, Davis will play a key role in setting the strategic direction of the company. He will also be responsible for planning and executing an aggressive growth agenda.

“This new hire could not have come at a better time, having added more tanks to increase capacity by over 75% just this week.” added Bean.

“Coming back to CBC after 20 years is a great thrill for me. This is the company that brought me to Columbus. Eric and Beth have assembled a top notch group of talented people and I look forward to getting started and working with the entire team.” said Davis about the new position.

About Columbus Brewing Company

Columbus Brewing Company was founded in Columbus, Ohio in 1988. In 2006, Eric Bean became Brewmaster and managing partner. Eric and his wife, Beth, became majority owners in 2011. After years of capacity constraints, 2015 saw the opening of a new brewing facility. This state of the art facility provides even more opportunity for them to continue their commitment to quality and innovation.

Press Release <![CDATA[Two Roads Brewing Company to Launch in UK]]> 2016-07-01T14:25:45Z 2016-07-01T14:25:45Z

Stratford, CT — Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, CT announced today that the brand will be rolling into the United Kingdom and they are pleased to be teaming up with James Clay as their distributor. The launch will begin the week of July 1st with a series of kick-off events throughout England.

“Our approach to selecting new markets and distributor partnerships is one of careful due diligence to ensure we will be well represented and that our brand vision and strategies will be embraced and executed by our distributor partners,” said Two Roads CEO Brad Hittle. “James Clay was an easy choice as they are uniquely qualified in all respects to help us achieve our goals. It doesn’t hurt either that they like to have a lot of fun in the process, and our team has already formed great relationships with them in a short amount of time”.

Two Roads Brewing Company was founded in 2012 by four friends who dreamed for years of starting a craft brewery. The company they created fosters a “road less traveled” philosophy in the beers they make and how they make them. In that spirit, Phil Markowski, their award-winning Brewmaster and 25 year craft beer veteran, has created an extensive lineup that takes a unique twist on classic beer styles.

James Clay, founder of James Clay also commented, “We are delighted to welcome Two Roads Brewing Co to our portfolio of world classic beers. Even though Two Roads are a relatively new brewery the quality of their beers is borne from a hugely experienced team and we firmly believe Two Roads are destined to become a world classic brewery in the future. James Clay are excited to share a part of this journey with Two Roads as they share their beers in the UK as their first export territory.”

About Two Roads Brewing Company

Two Roads opened its doors in December 2012 having earlier acquired and renovated a 100-year-old vacant, brick factory building in Stratford, CT. Its name and philosophy are inspired by the Robert Frost Poem “The Road Not Taken”—a philosophy brought to life in the beers they create using the highest quality brewing and packaging equipment. Two Roads Brewery is open for tastings and tours Tuesday-Sunday; for more information go to

About James Clay

James Clay, founded in West Yorkshire, is the UK’s leading importer and distributor of specialist and craft beer. The internationally acclaimed business is within its third decade of trading and remains family owned. James Clay has built a reputation not only as a leading distributor, but also as a noted importer and brand manager, having UK responsibility for prominent breweries such as Brooklyn Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery, Erdinger Weißbrau and Anchor Brewing Co. Fore more info-

Press Release <![CDATA[Night Shift Brewing to Release 3 Bottled Offerings in July]]> 2016-07-01T14:05:30Z 2016-07-01T14:05:30Z

Everett, MA –Night Shift Brewing is gearing up for three big bottle releases in early July.

The first is set to kick off on Sunday, July 3rd at 11am with a double release day of Timbo Slice – a new, limited barrel-aged sour golden ale aged with tangerines and apricots – and Harborside – a seasonal summer gose brewed with Island Creek Oysters.

This beach-themed event will feature a giveaway of free sunglasses to the first 50 guests in line. Customers are also encouraged to dress for the affair in their best Hawaiian shirts and neon-clad gear, and there will be a food truck on-site throughout the release. With only 450 bottles available, Timbo Slice will have a limit of one bottle per person at $20 per bottle. Harborside’s yield will be much larger – this release will have no limits at $12 per bottle.

The following weekend, on Sunday, July 10th, Night Shift will feature the draft and bottle release of Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged El Lechedor. This horchata-style milk stout was aged in apple brandy barrels with poblano peppers, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla beans. Around 1,400 bottles will be available at $16 per bottle with a limit of four bottles per person.

Munch Mobile Kitchen will be serving up gourmet street food at 11am alongside The Galley Ice Cream’s inspired confections which include their honey bourbon horchata ice cream.

With more releases planned for later in the summer, Night Shift is aiming to keep a steady flow of experimental, small-batch beers going, in addition to regularly available canned offerings.

About Night Shift Brewing

Night Shift Brewing was founded in 2012 by a trio of friends with a shared passion for nocturnal homebrewing. We believe in creating and sharing an energetic, inspired, world-class culture. This belief influences everything from our beer recipes, to our staff hirings, to our Taproom culture, to the way we run our production floor. We create and we share what we do, and we do it with energy, with inspiration, and with world-class standards always in mind.

Press Release <![CDATA[Lone Tree Brewing and Odell Brewing Collaborate on American IPA to Support CancerBlows]]> 2016-07-01T13:55:29Z 2016-07-01T13:55:29Z

Lone Tree, CO — Earlier this month Lone Tree Brewing Company and Odell Brewing Co. collaborated on a big, juicy American IPA brewed with Chinook, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops to support CancerBlows, an organization that supports the Ryan Anthony Foundation.

This limited brew will be available at the Brews 4 CancerBlows five-course beer pairing dinner on Friday, July 8th at Lone Tree Brewing Company at 6pm. Ryan Anthony, founder of CancerBlows and principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will make a special appearance at this event. Tickets cost $65 per person. They can be purchased at Lone Tree Brewing Company or online at by Friday, July 1st. More than half of the ticket proceeds will benefit Cancer Blows.

The following day, Lone Tree Brewing Company will host the Brews 4 CancerBlows event where guests can find the new IPA on draft, as well as a musical performance by The Bob Montgomery/Al Hermann Quintet featuring Al Hood and Mass Hipsteria, outdoor games, hourly prizes, and food from the Gusto’s Kitchen food truck. In addition to the customary Lone Tree Brewing Company Charity of the Month tasting room sales donation, CancerBlows will receive $1 for each collaboration beer sold on Saturday, July 9. This event begins at 11am.

“We chose CancerBlows as our July Charity of the Month not only because Ryan Anthony is a dear friend to LTBC, but also because we whole-heartedly believe in his passion for moving people through music,” says Christine West, Lone Tree’s Charity Coordinator. “We wanted to have a small part in supporting someone that has truly dedicated his life to raising awareness and funding to hopefully some day soon find a cure for Multiple Myeloma.”

For more information about this collaboration, or with any other media inquiries, feel free to contact RadCraft at

About Lone Tree Brewing Company

Lone Tree Brewing Company is a European-style craft brewery and tasting room located in Lone Tree, Colorado near Park Meadows Mall. Opening Lone Tree Brewing Company in 2011 meant much more to its owners than just serving beer. To them the brewery is about creating a community atmosphere where people who share their excitement in the science, experimentation, and development of a handcrafted beer can feel right at home.

Lone Tree Brewing Company is located at 8200 Park Meadows Drive, Suite 8222. Visit the brewery online at Like the brewery on Facebook at, follow the brewery on Instagram @lonetreebrewingco, or tweet to the brewery on Twitter @lonetreebrewing.

About Odell Brewing

Odell Brewing is an independent, family and employee owned regional craft brewery. Since 1989, the culture of family and collaboration has thrived, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted and innovative brews. Odell Brewing is committed to providing exceptional service to its customers while making positive contributions to their co-workers and community through its outreach and charitable giving programs. Odell Brewing was named the “Best Medium Sized Company to Work For” in Colorado in 2015 and is the 34th largest craft brewery in the Unites States. Visit the brewery online at

About CancerBlows

In 2013 43-year-old Dallas Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Ryan Anthony was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a terminal bone marrow cancer that typically appears in patients aged 70 and older. Ryan’s musical community rallied around him and when they offered support, he jokingly replied that “we’ll all play a concert when I am healthy again and we’ll call it ‘Cancer Blows’”. Ryan is now in remission, and the joke morphed into The Ryan Anthony Foundation, who in 2015 put on CancerBlows, a once-in-a-lifetime musical event bringing together the most famous trumpet players in the world. The event raised more than $1 million with all of the net proceeds donated to the Baylor Health Care Research Foundation and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation that work toward a cure for cancer. Visit CancerBlows online at

Press Release <![CDATA[SLO Brew Opens Downtown Location in San Luis Obispo]]> 2016-07-01T00:10:25Z 2016-07-01T00:10:25Z

San Luis Obispo, CA – After closing the doors of its beloved Garden Street brewpub last December, SLO Brew is happy to announce the highly-anticipated opening of its new location on Higuera Street at the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo. Just steps away from its former location, the SLO Brew is debuting a music partnership with The Knitting Factory Presents, a menu curated by Chef Thomas Fundaro and new craft beer flavors.

SLO Brew, or The Brew, is introducing a new gastropub concept with its opening. Featuring a full-sized restaurant with expansive indoor and outdoor dining options, The Brew’s new menu complements the brewery’s famed selection of craft beers while adding a twist to locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients. In addition to the variety of signature pizzas, pub favorites and shareable plates on the menu, The Brew’s 14 taps will pour SLO Brew’s four signature beers along with its own specialty and seasonal brews, as well as one or two guest taps.

Launching its lineup of intimate performances and electrifying shows, The Brew is proud to announce its partnership with national entertainment group the Knitting Factory, who will be managing The Brew’s talent booking duties. In addition to the exciting slew of upcoming concerts, The Brew features rustic and industrial décor, an entertainment space outfitted with a state-of-the-art sound system, a mezzanine level Whiskey Lounge with views of the stage and an al fresco creekside dining area.

In addition to The Brew’s opening, SLO Brew is also announcing the opening of its brand new downtown lodging option, The Lofts. Perched directly above The Brew on the second floor, The Lofts offers guests convenient and comfortable one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodations that are perfect for any type of celebration or getaway. Also on the horizon is the opening of The Rock in August, SLO Brew’s brand new brewery featuring an expansive 30-barrel capacity brewhouse, tasting room, biergarten restaurant, casual outdoor seating and spacious concert venue. When opened, The Rock will be one of the most versatile event spaces available in San Luis Obispo.

With its trio of venues and unmatched selection of craft beer, food and entertainment options, SLO Brew is guaranteed to become one of the signature experiences of the Central Coast. SLO Brew is located at 736 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. For a schedule of performances and information about The Brew, The Lofts and The Rock, please visit

About SLO Brew

Since 1988, SLO Brew has been an integral part of San Luis Obispo’s cultural scene, brewing award-winning craft beers and regularly featuring performances from both local and internationally recognized artists. Today, SLO Brew is composed of three venues, The Brew, The Rock and The Lofts, giving the community more options for entertainment, accommodations, eating, drinking and hanging out. While The Brew will maintain its local spirit by serving up gastropub fare and intimate shows, The Rock offers expanded brewing and bottling capacities as well as an outdoor event space. The Lofts feature contemporary one-, two-and three-bedroom suites perched directly above The Brew. Together, the three venues offer a complete experience that’s perfect for any type of night out or celebration.

Press Release <![CDATA[Creature Comforts and Jester King to Release Mutualism Farmhouse Lager]]> 2016-06-30T23:39:54Z 2016-06-30T23:39:54Z

Athens, GA – Creature Comforts Brewing Company collaborated with Austin, TX brewery Jester King to brew Mutualism, a Southern Style Farmhouse Lager. The beer was packaged in 750-mL bottles and will be released on July 14 at Creature Comforts.

The base beer for Mutualism is a pilsner brewed using local wheat and grits from Georgia-based DaySpring Farms. The finished pilsner underwent a secondary fermentation with a blend of both Creature Comforts’ and Jester King’s house-mixed cultures of yeast and bacteria. The beer was then bottle conditioned for five months.

“We both have a strong admiration for beers that represent a time and a place, so from the beginning we wanted to merge our house flavors to represent our places coming together and the South,” said Creature Comforts Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers. “We decided to blend our house mixed cultures and also use grits, sourced from local Georgia DaySpring Farms, to represent a staple in Southern homes.”

Mutualism is dry, round and defined with a 5.5-percent ABV. The brew has an aroma of minerality, citrus zest, pear skin, floral hops and rustic grains. The flavor of Mutualism follows the aroma with a light, bright acidity and finishes with minerality and a continental hop bitterness.

“Mutualism really speaks to the common philosophies between Creature Comforts and Jester King,” said Jester King Founder Jeffrey Stuffings. “We love crisp, hoppy lagers and mixed culture fermentation farmhouse ales, and this beer combines the two approaches. Plus, it was great to work with Creature Comforts! They’re great people and feel like a sibling brewery to us.”

Athens-based illustrator and Creature Comforts Tour Staff member, Melissa Merrill, designed the label art for Mutualism. The label depicts both breweries’ logos as one cohesive unit, representative of the symbiotic qualities of beer. Inspired by the collaborative brew, Merrill painted the original artwork for the label with a watercolor medium derived from the two breweries’ combined house-mixed cultures.

“The entire team is super proud of this beer,” said Tyers. “Balanced and complex, yet soft, it’s the beer we dreamed of making,”

Mutualism will be available on-site at Creature Comforts on July 14. For more information about Creature Comforts Brewing Company visit For more information on Jester King Brewery visit

About Creature Comforts Brewing Company

Creature Comforts is an Athens, Georgia based brewery offering finely balanced artisanal beers. Since opening its doors in April 2014, Creature Comforts has made an imprint in the craft beer community with its award-winning, year-round and special release beers. To learn more about Creature Comforts, contact or visit us online at

Press Release <![CDATA[Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey Announce Annual Release of Santa’s Little Helper]]> 2016-06-30T23:15:50Z 2016-06-30T23:15:50Z

San Marcos, CA – St. Nick makes his way to the Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey Tasting Room for the 8th Annual release of Bourbon Barrel-aged Santa’s Little Helper (Port Brewing’s Imperial Stout) and a Christmas in July celebration to benefit The Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016.

This year, Christmas in July will be free admission, but if you’re a more nice than naughty and bring a toy (valued at $15 or more) for Toys for Tots, you’ll receive a wristband for 5 tasters (which will include specialties). If you forget a toy, you can donate $15 to receive the wristband as well with proceeds to benefit Toys for Tots.

The Port Brewing and Lost Abbey “Giving Tree” will also be making an appearance, for an extra donation to Toys for Tots, you’ll receive a gift from the tree. Gifts can include rare bottles, Port Brewing / Lost Abbey gear, tickets to our legendary Barrel Night during San Diego Beer Week as well as other goodies. Giving Tree tickets go on-sale Thursday, June 30th at noon at

All of The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing’s full core lineup of beers will be available, plus a few specialty taps will be available (more info to come). Besides the fat man in the red suit (who will be available for pictures throughout the day), we’ll also be celebrating 8 years of releasing a Bourbon barrel-aged version of our Imperial Stout, Santa’s Little Helper. A robust beer with tones of sweet malt, dark cocoa and notes of deep bourbon, Santa’s Little Helper is the perfect accompaniment to fruit cake during a California Christmas in July.

More info available at

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

Press Release <![CDATA[Bell’s Brewery to Release Roundhouse India Red Ale in Cans]]> 2016-06-30T22:56:37Z 2016-06-30T22:56:37Z

Comstock, Mich – Bell’s Brewery is proud to announce another addition to its specialty packaging lineup.

Previously only available on draught, Roundhouse India Red Ale (7.5% ABV) will debut in 12 oz. cans packaged in 6-packs. It will start shipping in September. This limited specialty beer will ship to all states Bell’s distributes to.

“Roundhouse has been a favorite for so many since we started brewing it in 2009,” said Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell. “It has a distinctive place in our beer portfolio and frankly, it was time to put this amazing beer into cans,” she added.

Brewed with Michigan honey, Bell’s Roundhouse India Red Ale is distinctly hop forward.

Substantial amounts of late-kettle hop additions and dry hopping yield a wonderful blend aromas – everything from pineapple to peach and citrus. Hop intensity is kept in check with a balanced and judicious amount of toasted and caramel specialty malts.

Roundhouse is the third new addition to Bell’s specialty packaging lineup this year. Just like Hopslam, Roundhouse is best enjoyed as fresh as possible.

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

About Bell’s Brewery Inc.

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 XXX people over a 28 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

Press Release <![CDATA[Island Brewing Company Commemorates 15th Anniversary with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Offering]]> 2016-06-30T22:18:17Z 2016-06-30T22:18:17Z

CARPINTERIA, CA – Island Brewing Company will celebrate its 15th Anniversary with a weekend of scheduled frivolity and a new Anniversary Beer release starting Friday, July 8 and running through the weekend to Sunday, July 10.

Owner and founder Paul Wright started as a homebrewer in 1991 after his wife Cheryl gave him a homebrew kit for Christmas in Novato, CA. He joined the local brew club and started winning awards. Soon he found himself president, heading up the Marin County Fair competitions, eventually winning runner up homebrewer of California. After burning up all the burners on the stove, was banished to brewing outdoors. He decided to take it a step further he got a job at Marin Brewing Company to learn the ins and outs of professional brewing.

The Wrights were familiar with Carpinteria—their three daughters went to UCSB, so the dream to open a brewery in an idyllic spot went into motion. After years of planning and dreaming, the brewery began in 2001 in the commercial buildings on the west end of Carpinteria Avenue, first as a production brewery that only serviced wholesale accounts. Island Brewing Company began bottling in 2003. In 2005, a space in the former citrus packing warehouses opened and the brewery moved to its current ocean-view location on the tracks and opened its retail tasting room. “It takes a village to raise a brewery,” said Paul Wright of the journey. “We love being part of this community and brewing beer for this community.”

The plan to expand the brewery was initiated in 2013. Beset by hurdles of many kinds, the expanded tasting room and patio finally opened up in 2015, just in time for Avocado Festival, and work is underway to finish the additional restrooms. “It’s been a long haul, but the future is looking good,” says Wright. “It’s been great to be able to work with my daughter, Laurie Matthews and her husband Mark on a daily basis. Ryan Morrill is heading up our brewing team with some great beers, we’ve got a solid sales and delivery team, and the beertenders in the tasting room are doing a top notch job.”

The fun starts Friday with a special beer release to commemorate the milestone, the 15th Anniversary Ale, a bourbon barrel-aged Strong Scotch Ale. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by the Chamber of Commerce will follow next, celebrating what is by all respects a new chapter in the Island Brewing Company history. Japanese Taiko Drummers will bring heart pounding rhythms, from 6:00-7:30 pm. Friday will also see a 10% discount on all purchases redeemable for those wearing vintage Island Brewing Company merchandise. There will also be an Oldest IBC T-shirt contest with prizes for our long time supporters.

Saturday, July 9 festivities begin with the bagpipe and drum corps at 12:00. A VIP Beer Tasting runs all day, $20 for a souvenir goblet and five samples of our most special beers. Saturday, Tina’s Ports of Paradise Polynesian dancers perform, we’ll hold our 15th Anniversary Ceremony, the Nesta Steel Drum Band brings island vibes, and SolTree brings the grooves.

Sunday, July 10th features a second round of VIP Beer Tastings. We will have a Conch shell blowing contest and live music from South on Linden to round out the weekend.

Press Release <![CDATA[Braxton Brewing Releases Union Saison Variants]]> 2016-06-30T21:14:26Z 2016-06-30T21:14:26Z

COVINGTON, KY – Braxton Brewing Co. is extremely excited to be releasing three new bottles in their Heritage Series line of beers. Union Saison is a beer that has been aged in wine barrels for over a year and is celebrated in three different variants — Rouge, Blanc and Bleu.

“This has been a very exciting project for the team,” said Evan Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company Co-Founder & Head Brewer. “We love having the ability to experiment with different types of barrels. These were some of the earlier barrels we received, and we couldn’t wait to fill them with the perfect style. The saison pairs so nicely with the French Oak tannins and wine flavors, you aren’t going to want to pass this one up.”

The name Union is a celebration of both the brewery’s origin and the product itself. Braxton Brewing Co. was born in a garage on Braxton Drive in Union, Kentucky. This is where Head Brewer, Evan Rouse, began homebrewing and innovating. Now, located on West 7th street in Covington, the brewing company is excited to continue that innovative spirit.

Union Saison also celebrates the beautiful harmony between the farmhouse saison beer style and French Oak. Union was aged in two different types of barrels: Cabernet Sauvignon and Vidal Blanc. Union is being bottled and sold in three different variants:

  • Rouge: Saison aged in Red Wine Barrels
  • Blanc: aged in White Wine Barrels
  • Bleu: blend of Red Wine Barrel and White Wine Barrel aged saison with blueberries added

“We’re thrilled to share Union as the next beer in our Heritage series. When we put this saison in wine barrels last year, we had no idea it would develop this well over the year,” said Jake Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company Co-Founder & CEO. “Projects like these are why you get into craft beer, and I can’t wait for you to try them!”

An extremely limited number of bottles are available now to be reserved. If any bottles are not reserved by Friday, July 1st at 12pm, they will be released to the public. The brewery does not expect many bottles, if any at all, to be available without a reservation.

Due to this, a strict bottle limit will be enforced: two bottles per variant per person. You can reserve your bottle until July 1st at 12pm. The pickup window for those with reserved bottles will be from Friday, July 1st at 3pm until Friday, July 8th at 5pm. More information on each beer and pickup instructions can be found on the product pages.

Press Release <![CDATA[Troegs Independent Brewing Releases Nimble Giant Double IPA]]> 2016-06-30T21:09:15Z 2016-06-30T21:09:15Z

Hershey, PA — We had no idea that a little experiment with Mosaic hops would set us on a year-long path to a new double IPA. But seven small-batch Scratch beers later, here we are. Nimble Giant debuts today, and it’s your turn to #findthegiant.

Our brewers were about four batches in when we realized we were onto something. It was Scratch #195, the first time we dry-hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe, where we nailed that big, hoppy wow factor. Strangers stopped co-founder and brewmaster John Trogner in our Tasting Room, in the sporting goods store and at the butcher shop just to tell him how much they loved Scratch 195.

“We didn’t set out to release another double IPA,” he says. “But when we tasted this hop combination, we latched on and couldn’t let go.”

We love how Nimble Giant builds. The layers of Mosaic, Azacca and Simcoe hops take over your senses. Mango, tropical fruit and creamsicle notes give the beer a silky juiciness that builds to a punch in the face of grapefruit rind, honeysuckle and pineapple.

Nimble Giant, clocking in at 9% ABV and 69 IBUs, is available on draft and in 4-packs of 16-oz. cans wherever you find Troegs. At our Hershey brewery, you’ll find draft, 16-oz. singles, 4-packs, cases, growlers, crowlers and a handful of 3-liter bottles starting at 11 a.m. June 27. And if you’re buying it here, please keep it to 5 cases or less.

But be warned: Nimble Giant is extremely limited and will be here and gone in a flash. So fast, in fact, that our Brew Finder won’t be much help. Your best bet is to track down this new double IPA by following the hashtag #findthegiant.