Craft beer industry news, events, and jobs. 2016-09-30T20:49:11Z Justin Kendall <![CDATA[Brew Hub Inks International Deal, Expands Florida Brewery And Makes Global Play]]> 2016-09-30T20:49:11Z 2016-09-30T20:49:11Z

Brew Hub is dipping a toe into international waters. The Central Florida contract brewer today announced plans to begin producing beer for South Korea’s The Booth Brewing Co.

It’s Brew Hub’s first international brewing partnership and the arrangement marks the beginning of a play into an emerging international craft beer marketplace.

Brew Hub’s partnership with The Booth, which launched in Seoul in 2013 as a brewpub and produces 480 barrels of beer annually, according to a press release, will increase the smaller brewer’s output to 3,000 barrels.

Brew Hub will produce and package The Booth’s flagship beers — Kieuk Session IPA and Kukmin IPA — at its Lakeland brewing facility. The company plans to ship Booth’s beers back to South Korea, and will also begin offering export services to its other craft clients.

Brew Hub said it also plans to export its Keybilly Island Ale and other beers in its Craft Collection series to South Korea.

Brew Hub CEO Tim Schoen believes there are international distribution opportunities for Brew Hub’s 14 partner breweries, including Cigar City, Toppling Goliath and Green Man Brewing, among others.

“If we had all 14 partners signed up,” Schoen said, “they [South Korea] could get all of our brands in one stop.”

Schoen said a move into the South Korean marketplace was made with an eye toward “getting the process down and getting it right.”

If successful, Brew Hub could look to identify additional international partnerships in other countries, Schoen added.

For Booth, a deal with Brew Hub gives the company a soft entry into the U.S., a market where it is already planning to open an 18,000-barrel production brewery in California before the end of the year.

Schoen said he views The Booth’s West Coast brewery project as “incremental” growth, not “cannibalistic” to his company’s new partnership.

“In all of our deals, we are your second brewery, your third brewery,” Schoen told Brewbound.

That may soon be the case for one of its top clients, Cigar City. The Tampa-based brewery was acquired earlier this year by Oskar Blues Holding Co. (backed by private equity firm Fireman Capital Partners).

Oskar Blues, which operates breweries in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas, recently said it plans to begin brewing Cigar City’s flagship, Jai Alai IPA, at its facility in Brevard, North Carolina.

Nevertheless, Brew Hub remains “a huge part” of Cigar City’s brewing operations, Schoen said.

“That’s not going away anytime soon,” he added.

However, Schoen acknowledged that those looking from the outside in may question the stability of the partnership. He told Brewbound that the partnership with Cigar City remains collaborative, but also offered a realistic view of the future — one that could see some breweries, including Cigar City, “graduating” from Brew Hub.

Meanwhile, Brew Hub is undergoing a third round of expansion at its Lakeland, Florida, complex. The latest move increases Brew Hub’s production capacity to 130,000 barrels and includes an additional 30,000-barrels of fermentation space as well as a pasteurizer, which will allow the brewery to make cider.

The latest build out in Lakeland has put Brew Hub’s plans for a second brewery in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri, on the “back burner,” Schoen told Brewbound.

“We’re trying to get St. Louis up and shovel in the ground,” he said. But he added that it likely won’t be until 2017.

“Early 2018 would be a pretty good projection,” he said. “The good news is all of this progression, expansion and learning in Lakeland will speed up the learning curve on a new facility.”

Despite the delays in St. Louis, Brew Hub’s plan to build three additional regional breweries by 2018 remains unchanged, Schoen said.

Press Release <![CDATA[Truly Spiked & Sparkling Introduces Sicilian Blood Orange Flavor]]> 2016-09-30T20:45:57Z 2016-09-30T20:45:57Z BOSTON — Truly Spiked & Sparkling has caught fire amongst drinkers since its launch earlier this year, quickly becoming the number one selling spiked sparkling water on the market1. The latest innovation from Truly Spiked & Sparkling is Sicilian Blood Orange, a new style now available nationwide.

In a Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Truly Spiked & Sparkling, nearly half of respondents (45%) admitted that following a wellness routine makes it hard to be social due to unhealthy foods and drinks likely being served. Truly Spiked & Sparkling Sicilian Blood Orange, naturally gluten-free with just 100 calories, one gram of sugars and 5% ABV, is a great choice for fall and the holidays, when high-calorie food & drink temptations can be tough to avoid.

Why Blood Orange? Blood oranges are refreshing and juicy, but a bit less sweet and more complex than traditional oranges. Sicily is one of the main growing regions for the world’s best blood oranges due to mild climate and sunny weather, making Sicilian Blood Oranges a perfect choice for this new Truly Spiked & Sparkling style.

“I experimented with a number of different recipes before deciding upon Sicilian Blood Orange, a fruit that comes into season during the cool, winter months,” said Casey O’Neill, a member of the innovation team behind Truly Spiked & Sparkling. “The result is a spiked sparkling water that has a hint of citrus from the blood orange, but it’s still light and refreshing and definitely not too sweet.”

Truly Spiked & Sparkling Blood Orange joins Truly Spiked & Sparkling’s original three styles (Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, and Pomegranate). All styles are naturally gluten-free and a great refreshing choice with just 100 calories, one gram of sugars and 5% ABV. With less calories and sugars, Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a sophisticated alternative to wine, light beer, and cocktails.

Truly Spiked & Sparkling Sicilian Blood Orange will be available nationally in packs of six 12-ounce bottles for a suggested retail price of $9.99 -$10.99. (All prices vary by location). For shop locators and purchasing details, visit: Find Truly Spiked & Sparkling on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

About Truly Spiked & Sparkling

Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a clean, crisp and refreshing spiked sparkling water with a hint of fruit. The innovators behind Truly Spiked & Sparkling worked tirelessly to develop a beverage that was not only delicious, but a spiked option with lower calories and carbs. With just 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, and 1 gram of sugars per serving, Truly Spiked & Sparkling (5% ABV) is crafted with simple, naturally gluten-free ingredients and contains alcohol made from cane sugar. It is available in four delicious styles: Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate and Sicilian Blood Orange.

Truly Spiked & Sparkling is new from the Hard Seltzer Beverage Company, LLC, an affiliate of the Boston Beer Company.


This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Truly Spiked and Sparkling from June 23-27, 2016 among 1,964 adults ages 21 and older, among whom 1,293 are regular alcohol beverage drinkers. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Beverly Basiga at

1 IRI data ending the week of 9/11/2016

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Last Call: SABMiller Takeover Approved by Shareholders; Drizly Evolves]]> 2016-09-30T19:58:49Z 2016-09-30T19:58:49Z

SABMiller Shareholders Approve MegaBrew

The saga of MegaBrew is almost MegaThrough.

On Wednesday, SABMiller shareholders backed Anheuser-Busch InBev’s $100 billion-plus takeover by an overwhelming margin.

In a press statement, SABMiller, the world’s second-largest beer company, said its shareholders had “passed both of the resolutions at the UK Scheme Court Meeting and the SABMiller General Meeting,” despite objections from some of the company’s investors.

The $103 billion transaction is expected to close on October 10, A-B InBev said in a press release. Once finalized, the combined entity would control nearly one-third of the world’s beer supply.

In order to move forward with the tie-up, A-B InBev needed at least 75 percent of shareholders’ votes; it secured approval from investors that represented more than 95 percent of share value.

The MegaBrew merger is more than one year in the making. Last September, A-B InBev confirmed that it had approached SABMiller about a takeover. After two months of negotiations, SABMiller executives accepted a deal that, at the time, was valued at approximately $106 billion.

That set off a chain reaction of international antitrust investigations, required divestiture agreements, and months of deal-making to bring things to the finish line.

A timeline of expected events leading up to the official October 10 merger is listed in SABMiller’s press statement.

Drizly Launches Online Marketplace

Fresh off a $15 million Series B funding round led by venture capital firm Polaris Partners, on-demand booze delivery service Drizly yesterday announced the launch of its new “marketplace,” that the company promises will “transform the way consumers shop for beer wine and spirits.”

In a press release, Drizly touted the new marketplace as a tool that will make it easier for consumers to shop for alcohol online.

Drinkers can now simultaneously browse retailer inventories and compare prices side-by-side, which takes Drizly from being just booze delivery app, and turns it into a more robust Amazon-style marketplace.

“Analysts predict that close to 40 percent of online spend will be owned by marketplace retailers by 2020,” co-founder and CEO Nick Rellas said in a release. “Our shift to the marketplace model was the natural progression for our business and having that vision early on has allowed us to excel at each stage as we streamline the alcohol shopping experience for consumers.”

The new format will likely mean stiffer competition amongst retailers, who could be forced to match lower priced offered by other retailers in their area, but Drizly claims the move will also provider liquor store owners with “additional customers, modern inventory management tools and improved local market insights.”

Southern Oregon Brewing to Pour its Final Pints

Southern Oregon Brewing will close its doors today, owner Tom Hammond announced via the company’s Facebook page last week.

“I am very proud of everything that we have accomplished as we pursued our mission,” he wrote. “We created the finest hand-crafted local ales and lagers without compromising our standards of quality or personal integrity. We created good jobs, championed other local businesses and supported/sponsored local philanthropic, cultural and sporting organizations whenever we could and most importantly we created a place for friends to meet and share their lives while they enjoyed a pint or two.”

In an interview with the Mail Tribune, Hammond cited increasing competition, declining sales and a lack of resources as reasons for shuttering the business.

“Timing and opportunity are so important in ventures like this, and I guess ours wasn’t the best,” he told the outlet. “We started before the current growth spurt, but we also started at the beginning of the recession.”

According to Brewers Association records, Southern Oregon brewing produced 2,103 barrels of beer in 2011, an amount the dipped to just 1,395 barrels last year.

The declining sales were a setback, and altering the distribution strategy wasn’t an option, Hammond said.

“The idea of scaling back to be just a local brewery was not a possibility,” he told the Tribune. “Our fixed expense was not compatible with that. We needed to have distribution around the state and the western United States.”

Hammond had tried selling the business last year and, despite some initial interest from potential buyers, a deal never materialized.

BrewDog Adjusts Opening Timeline

Originally slated to go live in late 2016, BrewDog USA has pushed back the official opening date for its new Ohio brewing facility until next January, the Columbus Business Journal reports.

At an event for investors held last weekend at the company’s unfinished 100,000 sq. ft. brewery, BrewDog USA co-founder and CEO James Watt toured investors around the facility and shared his initial U.S. plans.

The company will distribute to five or 10 states initially, according to the report, and a separate brewpub, located in the Franklinton area of Columbus is also planned for 2018.

Although BrewDog has ambitious plans for its U.S. brewery launch, the company has only been able to raise $2.5 million of a $50 million crowdfunding campaign that is intended to help finance the new facility, Watt shared. It’s also been forced to delay early production runs because of equipment delivery delays.

“It’s not ideal, but we’re dealing with it,” he told the outlet.

Majority of Congress Now Supports Reduction in Beer Tax

The majority of U.S. senators support now beer tax reform, according to a jointly produced press release from the Brewers Association and the Beer Institute.

Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) became the 50th and 51st senators to officially endorse the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, the two groups said.

“It’s been 40 years since excise tax has been reformed for American brewers. Now is the time for change,” Brewers Association CEO Bob Pease said via the release.

As a refresher, the craft-friendly legislation would lower excise taxes on all brewers, importers, distillers, cider producers and winemakers, and is jointly backed by the BI and the BA. As written, CMBTRA reduces the federal excise tax to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels for domestic brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels annually. It also reduces the federal excise tax to $16 per barrel on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and all beer importers.

Earlier this year, a house companion bill reached more than 200 co-sponsors.

“Now that a majority of both the House and the Senate support the legislation, we look forward to Congress taking up the bill and moving it to President Obama’s desk to become law,” Beer Institute CEO Jim McGreevy said via the release.

Abita Launches Louisiana Exclusive

Beginning next month, Abita Brewing will begin selling “The Boot,” a new 4.8 percent ABV beer sold only within Louisiana.

The new offering — brewed with white wheat, oats, and barley, hopped with Hallertau Blanc and fermented with German Kolsch yeast — was created to show the company’s “appreciation” to its home state.

“The Boot is a single beer that can fit in at every occasion and is a brew for every type of beer drinker. It’s easy drinking, crisp and smooth, and a perfect go-to beer,” the company wrote in an email.

Check out the artwork below.

Press Release <![CDATA[New Holland Brewing Releases 3 Dragon’s Milk Reserve Variations]]> 2016-09-30T18:19:37Z 2016-09-30T16:49:27Z

Holland, MI — These variations are shipping from New Holland’s production facility now and hit store shelves & local bars and restaurants during the month of October. Dragon’s Milk Reserves: Vanilla Chai and Coconut Rum Barrel are available in 4-packs (12-ounces bottles) and draft. Dragon’s Milk Reserve: Brewer’s Select is a draft-only variation. All three variations will be available across New Holland’s distribution footprint.

“It’s a great time to be a Dragon’s Milk fan, that’s for sure. Vanilla Chai and Coconut Rum Barrel are varieties that were favorites in 2016 and we brought them back, en masse,” says Brett VanderKamp, president of New Holland.

“Brewer’s Select is a batch of Dragon’s Milk we created using barrels handpicked direct from distilleries, by our brewers,” continues VanderKamp, “The barrels chosen are ones that retained more-than-usual barrel character and carry that forward into the beer. This variation is a special treat for bourbon lovers and those looking for a more flavor in their beer.”

These releases build on the Brewery’s previous 2016 batches, which found a huge demand from passionate fans and industry alike. In support of these new variations, New Holland Brewing is proud to present a new behind-the-scenes video about Dragon’s Milk. For the first time ever, New Holland is visually presenting the story of Dragon’s Milk, how it came to life, and what it means to the Brewery. This video features interviews with Company Founder & President, VP of Brand & Lifestyle, and the brewers themselves.

Throughout 2017, New Holland will continue to expand the many ways they share the story behind their brands.

About Dragon’s Milk

First released in 2001, Dragon’s Milk was one of the early bourbon barrel-aged stouts in the US. The barrel-aging scene has since exploded. Once a single-batch annual release, Dragon’s Milk has become New Holland’s largest selling year-round beer, gaining accolades and recognition internationally, including a silver medal in the 2013 Brussels Beer Challenge.

About New Holland Brewing Co.

New Holland Brewing Company’s deep roots in the craft industry go back to 1997. Our role as an integral member of the artisan approach is something we take seriously, yet engage lightheartedly. We believe the art of craft lives in fostering rich experiences for our customers, through creating authentic beer, spirits and food while providing great service.

Press Release <![CDATA[Revision Brewing Company Signs Distribution Deal For San Diego]]> 2016-09-30T14:45:51Z 2016-09-30T14:45:51Z Read more »]]>

Sparks, NV – Craft Beer Guild of California and Revision Brewing Company finalized their distribution agreement on September 22, 2016. Revision Brewing Company is very excited about this highly anticipated partnership. The brewery signed with Craft Beer Guild of Los Angeles for distribution in August 2016. Revision Brewing Company has the utmost respect for the way that Craft Beer Guild goes to market. Thus, signing with another branch of the distribution company is a big win. San Diego is a vital craft beer hub, therefore, having a strong distribution partnership in the San Diego area is essential to Revision Brewing Company’s launch in California.

This agreement brings Revision Brewing Company to a total of ten signed distributors. Brewmaster/CEO, Jeremy Warren, partnered with Craft Beer Guild of California when he was with his former company. It was such a successful partnership, that once again, both Warren and Craft Beer Guild of California wanted to team up to create an alliance in the San Diego market.

The brewery is still on track to open the taproom doors to the public in January 2017. As far as the licensing goes, the TTB permit is often one the biggest hang-ups in a brewery opening. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau granted Revision Brewing Company a Brewer’s Notice in September, so that’s another hurdle out-of-the-way.

Press Release <![CDATA[Saint Arnold Introduces Icon Red Ale — Altbier]]> 2016-09-30T14:28:54Z 2016-09-30T14:28:54Z

HOUSTON — Saint Arnold Brewing Co. (, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is introducing a new old beer under its Saint Arnold Icon label. Saint Arnold Icon Red – Altbier is the Houston brewery’s take on the traditional Düsseldorf-style Altbier known as the “old and cold” ale that originated in Düsseldorf, Germany. Saint Arnold Icon Red – Altbier will begin appearing on draft and in six packs of 12-ounce bottles as supplies of Saint Arnold Icon Gold – Honey Saison run out.

“Alt” refers to the “old” style of brewing beer that preceded the rise of lagers, which became the beer of choice in the 19th century and still dominates the German and U.S. beer markets today. As is traditional for the style, Saint Arnold Icon Red – Altbier is top-fermented at cool temperatures and then cold conditioned for an extended period, creating a clean, crisp, sessionable beer with an assertive bitterness that is well balanced by a rich, clean malt profile.

Brewer Dennis Rhee says the inspiration for Saint Arnold Icon Red – Altbier came from a trip to Düsseldorf over six years ago.

“That was my first exposure to the Altbier, and I instantly fell in love with the style,” said Rhee. “Since commercial examples were hard to come by in the states, I started working on and tweaking a recipe over the past few years to try and emulate the ones I had enjoyed during my visit.”

The recipe for Saint Arnold Icon Red – Altbier uses all German malts, hops, and yeast. A healthy dose of Pilsner and Munich malts creates a malty, bready backbone. A touch of Chocolate Wheat malt gives the beer its light copper color with hints of caramel and dark fruit. The maltiness is balanced by the assertive bitterness of floral Perle hops. Saint Arnold’s brewers used an ale yeast strain from Düsseldorf that ferments at cooler than normal temperatures, much like the kölsch yeast strain used for the award-winning Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower Beer.

“We are inspired both by the rich brewing traditions of Europe as well as our ability to be an innovative American craft brewery,” said Saint Arnold Founder/Brewer Brock Wagner. “With this Altbier, we are honoring the great contribution Düsseldorf has made to the brewing world.”

Historians cite documentation that the source of Saint Arnold’s brewhouse in Burghausen, Germany, Klosterbrauerei Raitenhaslach (Monastery Brewery Raitenhaslach), was established as early as 1313. It discontinued brewing operations in 2003, and Saint Arnold purchased, refurbished and modernized the brewhouse as part of its expansion in 2008.

Beers in the Saint Arnold Icon series are typically retired after a three-month run. They result from collaboration, friendly competition and brewhouse experimentation. More information on the Saint Arnold Icon Series is available at

Saint Arnold Icon Red – Altbier:

  • Alcohol Content: 5.0% ABV
  • Bitterness: 40 IBUs

Connect with Saint Arnold:

  • On Twitter, follow @saintarnold
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  • On Instagram, follow @saintarnoldbrewing

About Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Brewing’s 10 year-round beers, seven seasonals and three special series – Divine Reserve, Icon and Bishop’s Barrel – are made and sold by the company’s staff of 80 dedicated employees. Saint Arnold beers have won 21 medals at the Great American Beer Festival. The brewery on the north side of downtown Houston was listed by Thrillist among the best breweries in America for eating, and Smart Meetings magazine named it among the top breweries to host an event. Saint Arnold is located at 2000 Lyons Avenue and its beer hall open at 11 A.M. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Big Ditch Brewing Company Announces Expansion of Buffalo Production Brewery, Addition Of Canning Line]]> 2016-09-30T14:15:41Z 2016-09-30T14:15:41Z

Buffalo, NY – Big Ditch Brewing Company, winner of the 2016 “Best Craft Brewery in New York State” at the TAP New York Festival in Hudson Valley, today announced that its three most popular craft beers will be available in cans and sold at local retailers beginning September 29th.

Big Ditch Brewing’s Hayburner American IPA, Low Bridge Golden Ale, and Excavator Rye Brown Ale will be available in 12-ounce cans sold in regional supermarkets, retail outlets, convenient stores, bars and restaurants. The announcement coincides with completion of a major expansion of the brewery and taproom at 55 East Huron in downtown Buffalo, NY.

“Our brewery was operating at full capacity and barely keeping up with demand, which is a nice problem to have,” said Matt Kahn, President of Big Ditch Brewing Company. “We’re humbled by the success of the brewery thus far and pleased that we were able to undertake this expansion to meet the growing demand for our craft beer.”

Big Ditch Brewing Company began producing craft beer out of its Huron Street facility in October 2014 and opened its taproom in May 2015. Recent expansion has increased the brewing capacity threefold, to 15,000 barrels per year, and enabled Big Ditch to add a canning line and expand the availability of its most popular beers. The expansion was aided by a loan from the Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corporation.

In addition to the expansion of Big Ditch’s production facility, the space in the kitchen serving the highly successful Taproom and the beer hall were both underwent expansions as well. The beer hall now offers a dedicated service bar and restrooms.

“It has not quite been two years since Big Ditch brewed its first batch at the Huron Street facility,” said Corey Catalano, Vice President & Head Brewer. “We opened with one brewer and now have 8 brewers (and 80 full time and part time employees overall) brewing craft beer 24 hours a day and 5 days a week. It has been remarkable!”

“The emerging vitality of the Electric District neighborhood in downtown Buffalo continues to surprise me,” commented Paul Iskalo, co-founder of Big Ditch Brewing Company and President & CEO of Iskalo Development Corp. “We have been an active real estate investor in this neighborhood since 2004 and are pleased to be a part of its renaissance.”

To celebrate the launch, both the Electric Tower and the rooftop sign at Big Ditch Brewing Company will be illuminated in the signature colors of each of the three beers being released on both Wednesday 9/28 and Thursday 9/29: orange (Hayburner), blue (Low Bridge), and maroon (Excavator).

About Big Ditch Brewing Company
Big Ditch Brewing Company was founded in 2013 by local residents Matt Kahn, Corey Catalano, Wes Froebel and Paul Iskalo. The brewery name pays homage to the Erie Canal, which was nicknamed “Big Ditch” during its early construction. The Erie Canal started as an idea, but ultimately served as the catalyst for the City of Buffalo’s rapid growth into one of the largest cities in North America by the early 1900s. The founders of Big Ditch hope that the return of brewing to the City of Buffalo will similarly contribute to the region’s continued revival as well as its proud brewing tradition. Big Ditch Brewing’s craft beers are currently distributed on draft by Try-It Distributing in Erie & Niagara counties and Sanzo Distributing in Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming and Cattaraugus Counties.

For more information, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Deadly Sins Brewing to Host Grand Opening on October 15]]> 2016-09-30T14:15:19Z 2016-09-30T14:15:19Z

Winter Park, FL — Deadly Sins Brewing’s journey to beer began twelve months ago when owners Tom Adams and Ana Barrientos were discussing their future. After a beautiful vacation in Asheville, NC the couple decided to take the next step. They decided to open a brewery together. Tom had been homebrewing on and off for 15 years, a hobby that saw a renaissance when he met Ana. Within a month he’d drafted a business plan, in three had secured a loan, and on November 1st, 2015 the lease was signed at 750 Jackson Ave.

The 4,000 square foot property is in an industrial area of Winter Park, off Fairbanks and behind 4Rivers Smokehouse. The company brews on a seven-barrel system with plenty of space in the facility to grow.

The small Central Florida business soft opened on July 15th but have had difficulty keeping their own beer on tap due to a three-month delay in the arrival of their equipment. Their Brewmaster Travis Smith and Assistant Brewer Amanda Kucker have been crafting small batches, but thirsty patrons have moved the brew more quickly than the team has had the capacity to produce.

But no longer! The equipment arrived on August 27th and the first seven barrel batch released Friday, September 23rd. Deadly Sins Brewing will have their Grand Opening on October 15th. A noon ribbon cutting will be followed by flowing taps and live, local music til 12am. SwedeDISH and Daydream Pizza food trucks will be on premise to feed patrons. The new local microbrewery will open with 12 of their own beers on tap and limited releases scheduled to drop throughout the day. For more details, visit our website at or on Facebook at


Deadly Sins Brewing is Winter Park’s newest brewery. The dog and family friendly establishment is open seven days a week with live music every Friday and Saturday night. The microbrewery in currently in the process of establishing weekly rotating events. Deadly Sins is located at 750 Jackson Ave in an industrial area of Winter Park, off Fairbanks and behind 4Rivers Smokehouse. The brewery can be reached at (407) 900-8726 or via email at Deadly Sins Brewing can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as at

Press Release <![CDATA[Epic Brewing Releases 3 New ‘Big Bad Baptist’ Offerings]]> 2016-09-30T14:10:11Z 2016-09-30T14:10:11Z

Salt Lake City, Utah — Look who just rode into town, a posse of Baptists; Big, Bad, Baptists and it looks like their packing more than just bold flavor and 1oo% barrel aged character. You better mind your step and stay on their good side. These fella’s mean business.

Epic is not just a result it’s a process, and we’re constantly pushing the boundaries by asking how you make a world class beer better. As a result of that process we have some very exciting additions to one of our favorite beers, Big Bad Baptist.

The idea behind Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist was born when our friends at HotBox Roasters, based out of Longmont, CO told us they’ve been aging green coffee beans in retired spirits barrels. Our eyes widened at the possibilities, it was like a new frontier of flavor had been opened up.

Green coffee beans are like sponges, they soak up the aromas and flavors of their environment. If you put them in a used whiskey barrel, you’ll get notes of toffee, vanilla, oak, and campfire alongside the beans natural fruity and roasted flavors. The barrel aged coffees coming from HotBox are some of the most exciting and truly unique coffees we’ve tasted. We selected their single origin Ethopian Yirgacheffe for its bright blueberry and pomegranate flavors. It’s a major departure from the classic Columbian and Central American flavor profile we normally select for Big Bad Baptist but with the additional flavor contribution from the whiskey barrel and Hot Box’s carful roasting, the coffee comes to the forefront of the beer and really showcases the unique process.

To accommodate the bold flavors of the coffee we sourced equally creative and maliciously crafted cacao nibs from Solstice Chocolate. Solstice Chocolate is a small artisan chocolate maker based out of Salt Lake City. They specialize in sourcing exotic, organically grown cacao from around the world. Each single origin cacao is roasted in house to bring out its inherent characteristics.

Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist is the cream of the crop with only the choicest barrels selected for the blend, barrel-aged single-origin coffee, artisanal micro-batch cacao nibs, and our ceaseless passion for style.

Big Bad Baptista is inspired by traditional Mexican coffee, Café de Olla, which is served with cinnamon and piloncillo, an unrefined sugar. The Cinnamon adds another layer of complexity and accentuates the earthy character of Mexican Coffee, but more importantly, it captures the essence of a place and its culture. As beverage geeks we wanted to pay homage to that rich tradition and offer our unique take.

Big Bad Baptista is a combination of Vanilla, Cinnamon, Mexican coffee roasted by Blue Copper, and Solstice Chocolate cacao nibs. It’s luxurious to say the least, with a pleasant warming sensation generated by the cinnamon and alcohol. Enjoying the interplay of chocolate, malt, oak, and spice is the perfect way to spend a cool evening, with friends around a fire.

This year’s Big Bad Baptist features three coffee roasters, Blue Copper Coffee from Salt Lake City, Novo Coffee based in Denver, and Dark Horse Coffee out of San Diego. We’ve worked with each roaster to select a coffee blend that enhances the flavor profile of the Imperial Stout coming out of the cask.

From Blue Copper, we feature their Mexican & Guatemalan Blend as well as a batch with their El Salvador Blend. We worked closely with the roasters at Blue Copper to fine tune these coffees to accentuate the fruity notes found in both the roasted barley and cacao nibs with hits of Bergamot, Cardamom, and under ripe stone fruit.

Our good friends at Novo take their espresso blend, Ethiopia, Columbia, and Panama origins, just a little darker than normal to highlight rich notes of milk chocolate, caramel toffee, and blueberry which play wonderfully with the vanilla and toasted marshmallow flavors from the whiskey casks.

A new partner with us this season is Dark Horse Coffee from San Diego and they’re roasting some prenominal coffee. After tasting through their lineup we decided their “Best Friend Blend” was well suited to Big Bad Baptist and our partnership too. The blend is a combination of Guatemalan and Brazilian origins which offers a rich chocolate flavor and toasted nut aroma to the beer, similar to toffy or Christmas peanut brittle.

Big Bad Baptist is on its way across the country now and will be appearing on shelves during October. Double Barrel Big Bad Baptist and Big Bad Baptista will follow shortly with releases in November. Be sure to look for 2016 Rare Release labels and don’t forget to grab an extra for the cellar.

Press Release <![CDATA[Stone Releases Enjoy By 10.31.16 Tangerine IPA]]> 2016-09-30T13:59:10Z 2016-09-30T13:59:10Z

ESCONDIDO, CA — Stone Brewing has conjured up another batch of Stone Enjoy By IPA. Instead of opting for the normal Halloween theme of pumpkin spices, Stone harnessed the real, juicy nectar of tangerines. Stone Enjoy By 10.31.16 Tangerine IPA is beginning to arrive this week in select stores, bars and restaurants where Stone beer is sold. Don’t expect it to stick around for long, though. Its plot has been dug, as its enjoy-by fate has already been destined for the hop afterlife.

Those still in for a treat have until midnight on All Hallows Eve to enjoy this intense double IPA. After that the hops will turn into pumpkins…kidding…they’ll only fade into ghostlike versions of their once fresh and hoppy selves. All tricks aside, the brewers achieved a real hop-pushing tang of flavor by jam-packing the tanks and kettles with 12 hop varietals and a hefty amount of puréed tangerines. Upfront aromas of citrus and fruit are followed by a nice hop bitterness and hints of alcohol warmth.

“Nothing is better than our Stone Enjoy By IPAs tasted fresh, right off the bright tank, and we want our fans to be able to share that experience,” said Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation program manager. “Our brewing team is especially proud of this beer. Twelve varietals of hops are perfectly balanced with puréed tangerines to give this beer some serious aroma and flavor. This is a great spin on Stone Enjoy By IPA!”

Stone Enjoy By 10.31.16 Tangerine IPA will be available in 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce bottles in six-packs and on draft. Its 37-day date code says it all: Drink this beer now or the fear of missing out on such tangible amounts of freshness will haunt you.


  • Name: Stone Enjoy By 10.31.16 Tangerine IPA
  • Web:
  • Stats: 9.4% ABV, 90 IBUs
  • Availability: 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce six-packs and draft, beginning September 26
  • Hop Varieties: Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Amarillo, Delta, Target, Cascade, Citra, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Helga
  • National Distribution: AK, AR, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and WI
  • International Distribution: Japan, Korea and Singapore
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  • Appearance: Golden with creamy white foam.
  • Aroma: Orange citrus aromatics followed by peach and other fruits.
  • Taste: Hoppy and very fruity, with a tangerine kick on the finish — both in the flavor and aroma.
  • Palate: Dry, hints of alcohol warmth and a nice bitterness on the back end.
  • Overall: Although still very similar to our classic version of Stone Enjoy By IPA (it is the same recipe, after all), the tangerine adds a more intense citrus element to the beer.


  • Appetizers: Ceviche, garlic edamame, guacamole, mango salsa
  • Salads: Spinach citrus, Waldorf, quinoa black bean, Greek, green papaya
  • Entreés: Sashimi, roasted chicken, lime curry tofu stir fry, grilled onion cakes, salmon, spicy eggplant
  • Cheeses: Montgomery’s Cheddar, bûcheron, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, Huntsman
  • Desserts: Carrot cake, pineapple upside-down cake, peach cobbler, macaroons
  • Cigars: Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Candela Lonsdale, Illusione 888 Candela

About Stone Brewing

Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 10th-largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company is the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate a brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia, in 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.

Press Release <![CDATA[Weyerbacher to Release Double IPA #3]]> 2016-09-30T13:47:43Z 2016-09-30T13:47:43Z

Easton, PA — On Saturday, October 1st, Weyerbacher Brewing will be releasing Double IPA #3 from their revolving IPA series.

Weyerbacher’s IPA series brings IPA fans four new IPAs each year. Simply called IPA or Double IPA, this revolving small batch series is a great way to enjoy the freshest Weyerbacher IPA. Each new recipe will feature different hops that have been carefully selected by Weyerbacher’s brewers.

Double IPA #3 is a 9% ABV Black IPA made with the classic “C” hops (Cascade, Centennial and Columbus) with lots of Amarillo in the dry hop. English barley malts and midnight wheat create a velvety smooth base on which these hops shine.

In addition to The Tap Room release on Saturday, October 1st beginning at 12:00 pm, Double IPA #3 will be available in select markets throughout Weyerbacher’s distribution area.

About Weyerbacher

Established in 1995, Weyerbacher Brewing was founded in the historic city of Easton, Pennsylvania. The brewery is dedicated to making bold, innovative beers that challenge style boundaries.

Press Release <![CDATA[Half Full Brewery Announces New Collaboration Series]]> 2016-09-30T14:18:31Z 2016-09-30T13:42:59Z

Stamford, CT – Half Full Brewery (“Half Full”) is happy to announce the release of a new collaboration-based series of beers called the Community Sourced Ales Project (“CSA Project”). The CSA Project will highlight collaborations with both brewers and other craft-centric local businesses. The first beer in this project, Rise & Shine (8.5% ABV/25 IBUs), is a cold-brew coffee porter brewed in collaboration with Rise Coffee of NYC and Connecticut. Rise & Shine will make its debut this Friday 9/30 at the Half Full Brewery with a limited market release to follow.

“At the Half Full Brewery we believe that collaboration is about more than two logos on a can,” says Jordan Giles, Director of Marketing at Half Full, “It’s about working together to realize a shared goal. The goal with the CSA Project is to bring you totally unique beers in collaboration with craftsmen from within the community – to prove that you really can love what you do (and have a beer or two along the way).”

The collaboration with Rise Coffee started innocently enough. Rise Coffee was looking for space to start brewing and packaging their newly developed cold-brew coffee, and they stopped by Half Full to check out their facility. A conversation was sparked, and a year later, a beer was brewed. “When Half Full approached us about making a community-sourced, cold-brew coffee porter, we cheered – we’ve wanted to pair our goods with beer since the day we started making coffee,” says Hudson Gains-Ross, Co-Founder of Rise Coffee.

“To make Rise & Shine, we took a big, bad porter and added a smooth coffee kick, courtesy of Stamford’s own Rise Coffee,” says Tom Price, Director of Brewing Operations at Half Full. Rise & Shine has a full roasty body, moderate bitterness, notes of dark coffee, and rounds out with a complex yet smooth finish. Rise and Shine will be available in cans and on draft for a limited time only. The next beer in the CSA Project is “Bee Enlightened”, a Kolsch brewed with honey from Red Bee Apiary in Weston that will release early in 2017.

About Half Full Brewery:
At Half Full Brewery, we have three simple, albeit lofty goals: constantly make beers and experiences that people can look forward to; inspire people to find optimism through those beers and experiences; and to make the place that we work representative of our name. Want to learn more? Visit our Stamford, CT facility, listen in on our Podcast, or check us out on the web at and @halffullbrewery on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

About Rise Coffee: 
At RISE Coffee, we focus on making good coffee great. Born in NYC and brewed in CT, we sell organic, non-GMO, fair trade nitro cold brew coffee in kegs and cans to offices, restaurants, cafes, and bars in NYC, CT, LA, and Nashville. We’re grateful for the customers and clients who have got us to where we are today. Want to learn more: Visit us at one of our locations or check us out on the web at and @risecoffeeco on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Press Release <![CDATA[National Beer Wholesalers Association Announces 2016-2017 Board of Directors Officers]]> 2016-09-29T22:20:52Z 2016-09-29T22:20:52Z

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is proud to announce its Board of Directors officers for the 2016-2017 term. Paul J. Bertucci, executive vice president of F.E.B. Distributing Company, Inc. in Gulfport and Capital City Beverages, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi, takes the helm as chairman of the Board. He assumed the position and its responsibilities during NBWA’s 79th Annual Convention held September 25 – 28 in Chicago, Illinois.

Other officers of NBWA’s Board of Directors include:

  • Vice Chairman Jim Matesich, president and CEO of Matesich Distributing Co. in Newark, Ohio
  • Treasurer Michael Schilleci, executive vice president of Supreme Beverage Company, Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Secretary Brian Gelner, president of Premium Beverage Sales in Springfield, Missouri
  • Immediate Past Chairman Travis Markstein, president of Markstein Beverage Co. in San Marcos, California

As chairman, Bertucci will help lead the association as it works to advocate for licensed, independent beer distributors and educate elected officials, regulators, media and the public about the importance of effective state-based alcohol regulation and the regulatory, economic and commercial value of independent beer distributors.

“Paul has devoted years of service to NBWA’s Board of Directors, giving him a full background and working knowledge of the association’s goals and agenda,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser. “In his years of service as a state director for Mississippi and in every elected officer position, Paul has proven to be a dedicated and results-oriented leader.”

“I look forward to working closely with Paul to engage members, invest in the next generation, continue to build meaningful relationships with state associations and industry partners, communicate the value of independent beer distributors and advance the association’s goals in the year ahead,” Purser said.

Bertucci, his brother Frank and his cousin Frank Drennan are the third generation to own and manage the day-to-day operations of the family business that was started in 1934. Today, F.E.B. Distributing and Capital City Beverages service 22 counties along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Central Mississippi, representing more than 100 brands of domestic, imported and craft beer. The companies employ more than 200 people in Mississippi.

NBWA and America’s beer distributors support a robust and competitive system of independent beer distribution, which provides access to market and a level playing field for brewers of all sizes. Beer distributors serve as the critical link in the American beer distribution system, sourcing products from brewers and importers and delivering products to state-licensed retailers. This effective system is driven by consumer choice – enabling American consumers to choose from the widest selection of products in the world – and works to ensure that only safe, fresh beer reaches American consumers of legal drinking age.


The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit For additional updates from NBWA, subscribe to The Daily Brew newsletter, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on YouTube and visit

Justin Kendall <![CDATA[Tree House Brewing Secures $7.7 Million Bond from MassDevelopment]]> 2016-09-29T21:23:01Z 2016-09-29T21:23:01Z

MassDevelopment — a public-private economic development agency that works to stimulate economic growth across Massachusetts — has issued a $7.7 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of Landreau Realty, LLC, a real estate entity for Tree House Brewing, to help the company build its new 150,000 barrel brewing facility.

MassDevelopment helped facilitate the issuance of the bond, which totals $7,740,000, on Tree House’s behalf. Country Bank, based in Ware, Mass., purchased the bond, according to Margaret Quackenbush, a spokeswoman with MassDevelopment.

Tree House co-founder Nate Lanier told Brewbound the $7.7 million represents only a portion of the financing for the 53,000-square-foot project. The entire expansion will cost an estimated $18.5 million, according to a June public hearing notice posted to the MassDevelopment website.

Tree House will fund the remainder of the expansion with an equipment term loan, also from Country Bank, SBA financing and cash flow, Lanier added.

In a press release, MassDevelopment said it enhanced Tree House’s bond with a “mortgage guarantee,” which increases the amount of financing a bank would typically offer to a borrower.

“With a guarantee, MassDevelopment covers the difference between a bank’s maximum allowable loan advance rate and up to 90 percent of the property value,” Quackenbush told Brewbound.

Tree House first announced plans to expand in March.

When finished, the new Tree House brewery will be capable of producing upwards of 150,000 barrels of beer a year.

Tree House could produce as much as 13,000 barrels of beer in 2016, Lanier said.

The beer company landed the MassDevelopment bond after two of the agency’s staff members read an article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette detailing the brewery’s planned expansion in Charlton, Mass., Quackenbush said. Days later, a meeting between MassDevelopment, Tree House and Country Bank was set and initial plans to finance the project were set in place.

Since 2013, MassDevelopment has helped finance a number of New England craft breweries, including Notch Brewing (Salem), Idle Hands (Malden), Lord Hobo (Woburn), Newburyport Brewing Company (Newburyport), Night Shift Brewing (Everett) and Cape Ann Brewing (Gloucester).

Financing for those companies’ projects came primarily via equipment loans and ranged between $200,000 and $700,000.

Lanier said the company still plans on opening the doors to its new facility in 2017.

“We feel decent about our mid 2017 push,” Lanier wrote in an email. “But we have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us and the best construction crew you can imagine on our side.”

Tree House’s Twitter profile shows that much work is still to be done.

Tree House has achieved cult status as a hyper-local brewery in the New England area. With that status comes scarcity for a brewery with such limited production capabilities. The answer for a brewery not looking to disappoint its dedicated followers? A 50-barrel brewhouse expansion and fermentation tanks as large as 240 barrels.

However, Tree House won’t be maxing out its capabilities from the start; the initial plans call for producing up to 30,000 barrels annually.

And don’t look for Tree House to deviate from its direct-to-customers business model.

“We still think we can sell at least 30,000 barrels to a hyper-local market — whether that’s all in house or limited distribution throughout Massachusetts,” Lanier told Brewbound in March.

Press Release <![CDATA[New Belgium to Debut Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale Brewed in Collaboration with Red Robin Gourmet Burgers at 2016 GABF]]> 2016-09-29T18:58:44Z 2016-09-29T18:58:44Z

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, CO — You can now have your burger and drink it too as Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews partners with New Belgium to create the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale! The first-ever special release beer inspired by Red Robin’s famous Banzai Burger® will make its debut at the Great American Beer Festival on Oct. 6-8, in Denver. The recipe for the Banzai Burger features a fresh, fire-grilled patty glazed in teriyaki, topped with grilled pineapple, Cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes and mayo on a sesame seed bun. To accurately capture the unique components of the burger, New Belgium developed the beer to complement the burger’s teriyaki and pineapple flavor profile.

“Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews continues to build its bar program by exploring craft beers, ‘Burger and Brew’ pairings and new drinks that incorporate fresh ingredients and new, bold flavors,” said Jonathan Muhtar, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Red Robin. “Our collaboration with New Belgium to create the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale showcases our creative approach to innovation. We are excited to tap into beer lovers’ craving for unique beer offerings and complement the Banzai burger, one of our most popular burgers, in an entirely new and refreshing way!”

The Golden Ale style beer checks in at 5.5% alcohol by volume. New Belgium brewmasters used ginger, brown sugar and black malt to build up the soy and umami notes, followed by a dose of pineapple chunks and a touch of Applewood smoked malt to give the beer a recognizable Banzai Burger finish. After its unveiling at the nation’s largest beer festival, the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale will be served on-tap at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews restaurants throughout Colo. while supplies last.

“From inspiration to innovation, New Belgium shares a lot of the same passion and commitment as Red Robin,” said New Belgium Brewer, Dave Glor. “Partnering with Red Robin to create Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale is a great fit because they feel the same way about their world-class burgers as we do about our world-class beers.”

Burger and Brew Sessions

In addition to releasing the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale at the Great American Beer Festival, Red Robin will showcase the art of beer and food pairings in two, hour-long sessions at the festival’s Beer & Food Pavilion. Admission to each “Burgers and Brews” pairing session is limited to 100 Great American Beer Festival attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, Oct. 7 at 8:30 p.m.: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews’ Culinary Manager Karen Kaehler, and Samuel Adams’ Brewer and Director of Brewery Programs Jennifer Glanville, will treat attendees to a burger and brew pairing that showcases Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews’ Smoke & Pepper burger alongside Samuel Adams Hoppy Red Ale

Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews’ Culinary Manager Karen Kaehler, and New Belgium Innovation Brewer Dave Glor, will introduce attendees to the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale and Banzai burger, the signature burger that served as the inspiration for the first-of-its-kind brew

For more information on Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews’ Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale brewed in collaboration with New Belgium, visit

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (, a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., and under the trade name, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, is the Gourmet Burger Authority™, famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages. Whether a family dining with kids, adults grabbing a drink at the bar or teens enjoying a meal, Red Robin offers an unparalleled experience for its guests. In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature beverages. Red Robin offers a variety of options behind the bar, including its extensive selection of local and regional beers, and innovative adult beer shakes and cocktails, earning the restaurant a VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer Program in a Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant. There are more than 540 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including Red Robin Burger Works® locations and those operating under franchise agreements. Red Robin… YUMMM®! Connect with Red Robin on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at

Press Release <![CDATA[Deschutes Brewery Brings Labels to Life with Virtual Reality]]> 2016-09-29T18:34:34Z 2016-09-29T18:34:34Z

Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery has brought two of its beers to life with virtual reality films that provide viewers with an immersive experience of Oregon landmarks: Black Butte and Mirror Pond. The Oregon brewery’s two flagship beers, Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale, were named after these beautiful natural places. Now their fans can experience them with two stereoscopic 360 degree virtual reality experiences created by local Central Oregon creative agency, Impossible Engine.

“Most people outside of Oregon don’t even realize that many of our beers are named after actual places right here in our backyard, so we are excited to bring these brands to life,” said Jason Randles, digital marketing manager for the brewery. “These places, and the beers that were inspired by them, are the heart and soul of Deschutes and speak to our roots in this special place we call home.”

Best viewed with commercially-available, high-end VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, the latest films are available on the Deschutes Brewery’s YouTube channel. The films can be viewed on the screen using the arrows to move the perspective around, or by using a Virtual Reality viewer, such as Google Cardboard. Deschutes’ strong company culture is clearly represented as most of the people on camera and all of the narrators are actual co-owners at the employee-owned brewery.

Each film is about three minutes long, and viewers can immerse themselves completely. For example, while experiencing the Black Butte Porter film viewers can have a Black Butte Porter in hand, and toast at the summit with the folks who actually make the beer.

Randles continued, “In our brewhouse and at our pubs, we are always innovating, experimenting and leading the way. This film represents that pioneering spirit as we bring our beers to life in a unique way.”

A new film featuring the hop harvest and trip to gather fresh hops for the brewery’s “Hop Trip: A Fresh Hop Pale Ale” is slated for release in mid-October to coincide with the release of the beer.

About Deschutes Brewery

Named as OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work for the last three years in a row and winner of the 2015 Oregon Sustainability Award, Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. Still family and employee owned 28 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Fresh Squeezed IPA, Black Butte Porter, and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using thoughtfully curated ingredients. With a second brew pub in Portland’s Pearl District that has become a popular destination for craft beer lovers from around the world, Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and internationally from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River. To find out more, visit

About Impossible Engine

Impossible Engine is a multi-disciplinary creative agency with offices in Bend, Oregon and Austin, Texas.

Press Release <![CDATA[Pyramid Breweries Debuts Ditto Session IPA]]> 2016-09-29T18:08:23Z 2016-09-29T18:08:23Z

SEATTLE — Pyramid Breweries today announced the newest addition to its IPA portfolio with Ditto Session IPA. Full of lush citrus and tropical fruit hop flavors and a subtle caramel malt backing, Ditto is brewed with repeatable delight in mind as it joins the ranks of its Pacific Northwest-style IPA brethren, Outburst and Thunderhead.

“Ditto is dry-hopped with two Pacific Northwest hop varieties, Amarillo and Calypso, and includes three kettle hops, Nugget, Delta and Chinook,” said Head Brewer Ryan Pappe. “Beer aficionados will taste delicate malt notes infused into the brew with a blend of pale, caramel and wheat malts.”

Earlier this year Brewers Association Economist Bart Watson identified sessionable style brews as a growing trend for 2016. Session IPAs are gaining in popularity amongst craft beer enthusiasts by featuring lower ABV for elongated drinkability without sacrificing a bold hop taste. Ditto is 4.5 percent ABV and 45 IBU.

“Pyramid’s IPA collection enjoys a strong legacy of well-liked, hoppy brews,” said General Manager Robert Rentsch. “With a diverse range of ales, each of our IPA brews features something exceptional and distinctive for the hop lover. Ditto is unique to the line-up with its low-alcohol, high-flavor profile.”

Ditto Session IPA is available now at grocers, restaurants, bars and pubs throughout Washington and Oregon. The brew is available in 22 oz. bottles and 12 oz. six-pack carriers as well as a part of the company’s IPA Collection Variety Pack.

For more up-to-date news and events, follow Pyramid Breweries on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @pyramidbrew.

About Pyramid Brewing Co.

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Pyramid Breweries began as Hart Brewing in 1984 with the flagship brand of Pyramid Ales. In 1996, the company was reborn as Pyramid Breweries and currently offers craft beers produced under the Pyramid family of ales and lagers. With breweries and Alehouses in Seattle and Portland, Ore., Pyramid has earned 17 medals at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), including the honor of Mid-size Brewery of the Year in 2008. The brewery also has been awarded seven medals in international competition at the World Beer Cup. For more information visit,

Press Release <![CDATA[Against the Grain Announces 2016 Bo & Luke Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Release]]> 2016-09-29T17:29:34Z 2016-09-29T17:29:34Z

Louisville, KY — This barrel aged imperial stout boasts a recipe inspired by our beloved spirit, Kentucky Bourbon. Bo & Luke employs the essential ingredients in bourbon and is conditioned in freshly dumped Kentucky Bourbon barrels for up to 120 days. The resulting beer is a dark, smoky, and delicious imperial stout that has anyone who tries it, reeling for more.

Bo & Luke is a collaboration beer first brewed in the summer of 2012 with Dutch brew master of Brouwerji de Molen, Menno Oliver. Oliver has a reputation for being one of the best brewers in the craft beer world. Couple his and our expertise for creating big, bold beers, as well as, our gumption for pushing the boundaries of flavor and you’ve got a beer that “beats all you ever saw!”

This year we will be releasing Bo & Luke on October 27th at our brewpub downtown. A limited number of 750 ml bottles will be available for purchase, as well as, special 4-packs that include three variants. This year’s variants are themed “wood aged around the world.” They include Bo & Luke aged in tequila barrels, rum barrels, and Islay scotch barrels.  Pre-sale for 4-packs will begin at 2:00 PM and open sales begin at 5:00 PM. Bo & Luke will also be on draft and Menno Oliver will be there too!

Limited availability ain’t no joke, so we offer pre-sale tickets to reserve a 4-pack online! Pre-sale tickets go on sale October 1st at 10:00 AM. They go quick, so be prepared.

Press Release <![CDATA[3 Floyds Releases Corn King IPA At Members-Only Parties In Indiana]]> 2016-09-29T17:09:25Z 2016-09-29T16:53:23Z

Indianapolis, IN – Starting next Monday, craft beer enthusiasts will have access to one of the most unique beers in the world through the IN Beer Brigade, the first membership program of its kind in the nation.

Led by the Brewers of Indiana Guild, Corn King IPA was brewed by Munster’s 3 Floyds Brewing in collaboration with breweries from across Northwest Indiana. The hoppy 74 IBU, 7.3% ABV beer features crisp citrus notes and a smooth finish thanks to locally grown corn malted by Sugar Creek Malt Co. of Lebanon, IN.

The beer is only available at release parties around the state in October and will not be sold in stores or at 3 Floyds. The first members-only release party takes place Monday, October 3 at 18th Street Brewing’s Hammond, IN facility.

Premium-level members of the IN Beer Brigade will receive two complimentary 22 oz. “bomber” bottles of the beer for carryout and a Drink Indiana Beer die-cast bottle opener, and all members will be able to purchase pints of the beer at the events and receive a commemorative members-only pint glass, t-shirt, and other benefits throughout the year.

Proceeds directly benefit the mission of the Brewers of Indiana Guild, the non-profit trade association that represents the state’s fast-growing brewing industry through legislation and promotion. The Guild has led efforts to legalize Sunday carryout of beer from breweries across the state, co-owns Tomlinson Tap Room, and has developed the Drink Indiana Beer app and DrinkIN magazine while holding some of the state’s biggest and longest running beer festivals.

“This project truly is by brewers, for brewers. It’s been a lot of fun, and we’re looking forward to continuing to connect brewers, producers, local beer lovers, and affiliated businesses through the IN Beer Brigade in future years,” said Rob Caputo, Brewers of Indiana Guild Executive Director and Cofounder of Flat12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis’s Sun King Brewing Company will host the 2017 collaboration brew with fellow Central Indiana brewers, and Upland Brewing Co. will host the 2018 collaboration, a sour beer, with South Central Indiana brewers.

Memberships starting at $40 are available online now at and will be sold at the door of each event, though the complimentary carryout is not guaranteed for premium members who sign up at the door. Multi-year premium memberships are also available, allowing enthusiasts to save money while ensuring complimentary carryout at future years’ events.

Press Release <![CDATA[Evans Brewing Company Releases 2 Seasonal Beers]]> 2016-09-29T16:42:29Z 2016-09-29T16:42:29Z

Irvine, CA — Southern California craft beer producer Evans Brewing Company has announced the upcoming fall release of two new beers, “Oktobeerfest,” the company’s Oktoberfest style lager, and “OG Kolsch,” its Kolsch style ale.

Oktobeerfest (5.3% ABV, 24 IBUs) and “OG Kolsch” (5.2% ABV, 14 IBUs) will both be available at The Public House, the company’s first branded restaurant and tasting room, expected to open in the coming weeks in downtown Fullerton, California, as well as in other retail outlets within the company’s distribution footprint.  Specific release dates for Oktobeerfest and OG Kolsch will be updated at

“We look forward to introducing Oktobeerfest and OG Kolsch to craft beer consumers in the coming weeks,” said Chief Operations Officer Evan Rapport.  “Customers at The Public House will be among the first to have the opportunity to taste these styles as part of the larger selection of Evans Brewing products we will have at the restaurant.”

In early September, Evans Brewing announced the re-release of two of the company’s most honored beers, The Original and the Breakfast Black Pilsner, which will also be available at The Public House.

The Original (4.6% ABV  15 IBUs) is a pilsner that was the first beer developed under the Evans name.  It has been honored with 5 major beer awards, including a silver medal at the 2012 World Beer Cup, and was rated 92 points by Draft Magazine.  One of Evans’ most popular releases, The Original is described as agile, flavorful and refreshing – a beer built for everyday drinking.  The Original will be sold in kegs within Evans Brewing’s distribution footprint.

The Breakfast Black Pilsner (4.8% ABV  24 IBUs) has been honored with 7 major beer awards, including being named the World’s Best Dark Lager at the 2013 World Beer Awards.  Despite its dark color, the full bodied flavor paired with a gentle finish makes it a popular choice for any season.  Initially available in kegs, The Breakfast Black Pilsner, rated 84 points by Draft Magazine, is expected to be available in 22 ounce bottles towards the end of the year.

In addition to the new and re-released beers, Evans Brewing currently produces 4 core year-round packaged products, Pollen Nation Honey Blonde Ale, The KrHOPen India Pale Ale, Oaklore Brown Ale, and ChocoLatté Chocolate Porter.

About Evans Brewing Company, Inc.
Evans Brewing Company (, publicly traded under the stock symbol “ALES,” develops and distributes premium craft brands including a superior line of lagers and ales that have been honored with over 20 international awards.  Operating the oldest brewery in Orange County, California, Evans Brewing supplies restaurants, retailers and beer drinkers across 7 western states.  Future plans include the opening of the company’s first restaurant/taproom, The Public House by Evans Brewing Company, broader product distribution, and potentially an expansion of the beer brands currently under management.  For more information on our beers, please visit