Craft beer industry news, events, and jobs. 2016-08-23T21:13:15Z Press Release <![CDATA[Red Brick Brewing to Cease Distribution of Bottles]]> 2016-08-23T21:13:15Z 2016-08-23T21:13:15Z

Atlanta, GA — Georgia’s oldest craft brewery, Red Brick Brewing Co., announced that it will no longer produce bottled beer for distribution beginning in January 2017. The brewery’s current offerings consist of canned and bottled products for its core and seasonal releases. Red Brick has seen significant growth from its canned offerings that debuted at the end of 2014 with the Laughing Skull Amber Ale. Red Brick will continue to offer limited quantities of special release bottles as part of its Brick & Mortar series available only at the brewery.

“We continue to focus on sustainability and we feel that cans are a more sustainable option,” said President and Brewmaster Garett Lockhart. “Aluminum is one of the most widely recycled consumer packages in the United States. In addition, aluminum provides our products complete protection from harmful UV light.”

Red Brick Brewing’s core and seasonal offerings will continue to be offered in 12oz six-pack cans, but the popular high-end Brick Mason series will get a makeover and go into 16oz four-packs. The first Brick Mason offering in 16oz cans is set of release in February 2017 with Hype Whale Imperial Stout.

Lockhart also indicated that cans better fit the lifestyle of craft beer consumers. “We see that many of our consumers have active lifestyles that take them to places where cans are just a better fit,” he said. “They weigh less, they’re more compact and can be taken camping, hiking, backpacking, or to the pool, lake or beach.”


Founded in 1993, Red Brick began its brewing odyssey at a small building in downtown Atlanta. It has established a 20-year tradition of producing fresh, interesting, and delicious brews for your drinking pleasure. It prides itself on crafting a variety of year-round and seasonal offerings. Including three core beers, two rotating seaonals, the Brick Mason seasonal series, and two varieties under the Laughing Skull brand.

Press Release <![CDATA[Craft Brew Alliance and Anheuser-Busch Announce New and Enhanced Commercial Agreements]]> 2016-08-23T20:26:36Z 2016-08-23T20:26:36Z

Portland, OR and St. Louis, MO – Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. (CBA) (Nasdaq: BREW) and Anheuser-Busch (AB) announced today a series of new commercial agreements that expand and strengthen the companies’ long-term relationship and create new growth opportunities for both companies. The agreements include an amended and extended master distribution agreement, a new contract brewing arrangement, and a new international distribution agreement.

Through the agreements, AB will provide additional support and committed resources to accelerate CBA’s growth strategy, which includes: strengthening its distinctive portfolio of craft brands; maximizing the potential of Kona Brewing Co. as one of the fastest-growing American craft brands; and optimizing CBA’s brewing footprint to drive gross margin expansion and deliver its craft beers to more beer lovers in the U.S. and around the world.

Agreement Highlights:

Master Distributor Agreement

CBA and AB have extended the current fee structure of their existing Master Distributor Agreement for 10 additional years, through 2028. The amended agreement secures CBA’s brands in the industry’s strongest wholesaler network, enabling continued investment in brand growth and strategic partnerships, such as Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Cisco Brewers.

Contract Brewing Agreement

Under the terms of a new contract brewing arrangement, CBA and AB will work together to transition up to 300,000 barrels of volume into AB’s state-of-the-art breweries. This agreement will directly support CBA’s ongoing brewery footprint optimization and enable both companies to realize additional operational efficiencies.

International Distribution Agreement

AB will support the expansion of CBA’s portfolio of brands globally through a new international distribution agreement. This agreement builds on CBA’s recent distribution arrangements with AB, which launched Kona in Brazil and Mexico, and creates opportunities to accelerate the growth of CBA’s craft portfolio in additional international markets.

Commenting on the new agreements, Andy Thomas, CEO of CBA said: “We are proud of our long-standing relationship with ABI and have always been candid about the competitive advantage of our distribution arrangement, which allows CBA to independently manage our brands and still enjoy the benefits of being a valued part of AB’s exceptional wholesaler network. As both of our companies evolved over the past 18 months, it became clear that our strategic focus and commitment to the growth of craft beer were increasingly more aligned, and we started to explore ways to collaborate more closely. We’re excited to build on this partnership and look forward to the financial and operational benefits, which will positively impact our top and bottom line.”

Felipe Szpigel, president, The High End, Anheuser-Busch, added: “We have deep respect for CBA and these agreements represent a natural progression of our relationship with them. As a company, we believe in brewing amazing beers and elevating the sophistication of beer and the category as a whole. CBA shares these beliefs and today’s announcement will help bring CBA’s impressive portfolio of craft brands to more beer lovers in the U.S. and around the world. We will support the growth of CBA’s brands and create new opportunities for both companies through our unparalleled network of U.S. wholesaler partners, dedication to quality through our industry-leading breweries and international reach.”

CBA is expected to gain significant financial benefits from these commercial agreements that will allow the company to continue investing in its growth strategy and increase its sales and marketing spend behind its brands. As a major CBA shareholder, AB is positioned to benefit directly from those gains, along with the expected new opportunities the agreements create for its international distribution system, U.S. wholesaler partners, and breweries.

CBA and AB will work together over the coming months to implement the brewing and international distribution aspects of these agreements.

CBA will hold a conference call today, Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 2:15 p.m. PDT (5:15 p.m. EDT) to provide additional details of the agreements.

The public is invited to listen to a live webcast of the conference call on the Investors section of CBA’s website at Approximately two hours following the conference call, an archived webcast will be available at the same site and will remain available for at least 90 days.

Interested parties may participate in the live conference via telephone by dialing (877) 797-0723 if calling from within the United States, or (615) 247-0220 from outside the United States, and entering the access code 7070 0480. An audio replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call. The audio replay will remain available for seven days and is accessible by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 and entering the code: 7070 0480.

Goldman Sachs acted as financial advisor to CBA, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal counsel.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release that state CBA’s or its management’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future, including anticipated financial and operational benefits, are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning factors and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in CBA’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and in subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. Copies of these documents may be found on the Company’s website,, or obtained by contacting the Company or the SEC.

About Craft Brew Alliance

CBA is a leading craft brewing company, which brews, brands and markets some of the world’s most respected and best-loved American craft beers. We are home to three of the earliest pioneers in craft beer: Redhook Ale Brewery, Washington’s largest craft brewery founded in 1981; Widmer Brothers Brewing, Oregon’s largest craft brewery founded in 1984; and Kona Brewing Company, Hawaii’s oldest and largest craft brewery founded in 1994. As part of Craft Brew Alliance, these craft brewing legends have expanded their reach across the U.S. and approximately 30 international markets.

In addition to growing and nurturing distinctive brands rooted in local heritage, Craft Brew Alliance is committed to developing innovative new category leaders, such as Omission Beer, which is the #1 beer in the gluten-free beer segment, and Square Mile Cider, a tribute to the early American settlers who purchased the first plots of land in the Pacific Northwest.

Publicly traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol BREW, Craft Brew Alliance is headquartered in Portland, OR and operates five breweries and five pub restaurants across the U.S. For more information about CBA and its brands, please visit

About Anheuser-Busch

For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America’s most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch’s family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Anheuser-Busch owns and operates 19 breweries, 21 distributorships and 22 agricultural and packaging facilities, employing more than 16,000 people across the United States. For more information, visit

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[CBA Extends Distribution Agreement with A-B InBev; International Distribution and Contract Brewing Components Added]]> 2016-08-23T20:28:43Z 2016-08-23T20:17:32Z

Craft Brew Alliance and Anheuser-Busch InBev today announced a new set of commercial agreements that will give the smaller CBA guaranteed distribution via A-B’s wholesalers in the U.S. through 2028 and expanded access to a variety of international markets as well as brewing capacity at many of the larger company’s 12 brewery locations.

In a joint announcement, the two companies said the new arrangements would “expand and strengthen the companies’ long-term relationship and create new growth opportunities for both companies.”

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with ABI and have always been candid about the competitive advantage of our distribution arrangement, which allows CBA to independently manage our brands and still enjoy the benefits of being a valued part of AB’s exceptional wholesaler network,” Andy Thomas, the CEO of CBA said via the release.

Specific financial details of the new distribution arrangement were not available as of press time, but the two companies are expected to offer additional information during a call with investors and analysts today at 5:15 PM EDT.

CBA is “expected to gain significant financial benefits from these commercial agreements,” the company said in a press statement.

In a conversation with Brewbound, Thomas said the new U.S. distribution agreement, which gives CBA a ride on A-B distributor trucks through 2028 in exchange for a stake in CBA as well as distribution fees, would not alter A-B’s 31.6 percent ownership of CBA shares or its two seats on the company’s board.

Additional components of the two companies’ agreement were also added, including the ability for CBA to contract produce some of its beers at A-B’s 12 production facilities. The company plans to transition as much as 300,000 barrels of production to A-B facilities over the next 18 months, Thomas told Brewbound.

As a result, CBA will slowly begin to cease contract brewing at City Brewing in Memphis, Thomas added.

And building on its recent distribution deal with A-B subsidiary Ambev, CBA will also get broader access to international markets via A-B’s global operations, according to the new agreement.

All major markets not covered by CBA’s current export partner, Craft Can Travel, are including in the agreement, Thomas said.

The international distribution agreement also opens up the opportunity for all CBA brands — Widmer, Redhook, Kona, Omission — as well as partner brands to be sold through A-B’s global channels, but worldwide expansion will initially be focused on the Kona brand, Thomas added.

The new partnership arrangements began “some months back,” Thomas said.

“Absolutely,” Thomas said, when asked if the two companies discussed a buyout. “We have to always be mindful of what is in the best interest of our shareholders.

But ultimately, the two companies agreed that “walking along side of each other” and “independence” were the best ways to move forward.

“We both have a similar vision for how we want to elevate beer,” Felipe Szpigel, the president of A-B’s High End division, told Brewbound. “We came to acknowledge that we think much more alike than not. This is a win-win, and it’s great for us to have a better portfolio of brands to serve customers across the world as well.”

Brewbound will report additional information after today’s call. The two companies’ current distribution agreement can be found here.

Press Release <![CDATA[Maui Brewing Expands Distribution to Illinois]]> 2016-08-23T17:15:04Z 2016-08-23T17:15:04Z

Kihei, Hawaii — Maui Brewing Co. has announced its mainland expansion into the state of Illinois, partnering with Windy City Distributing.

Maui Brewing Company’s flagship beers including Bikini Blonde Lager, Big Swell IPA, Coconut Hiwa Porter, and Pineapple Mana Wheat are making their way to the Chicago area for the first time and will be available to the public in the upcoming days.

“Our Illinois fans have been asking for a while that we share our Hawaiian beer with them,” said Pete Scheider, National Sales Manager, “Partnering with Windy City Distributing allows us the opportunity to provide our fantastic beers to those who’ve never experienced Maui or those who want to return to the islands 12 ounces at a time.”

As distribution widens throughout the state in the weeks ahead, seasonal and limited release beers will be available along with the flagships. To locate MBC beer once it hits your market, a helpful beer finder is available on the company’s website.

Maui Brewing Company is on pace to brew 45,000 barrels in 2016. MBC is a fiercely local company and has remained steadfast regarding local production. The MBC team are stewards of their communities and the ‘aina, and curators of the craft beer way of life. Their beers have been recognized worldwide for quality and innovation.

For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram @MauiBrewingCo.

Press Release <![CDATA[Left Hand Brewing Announces Return of Seasonal Oktoberfest Lager]]> 2016-08-23T15:29:52Z 2016-08-23T15:29:52Z

LONGMONT, CO — Time to raise your stein and celebrate the change of the season! As the summer days come to an end, Left Hand Brewing Co. releases Oktoberfest Märzen Lager for the late summer through early fall.

Standing out from the pumpkin beer crowd, Left Hand opts for fall tradition with Oktoberfest. But brewing a true to style Märzen Lager is no easy feat. Left Hand begins brewing in the late spring as it takes a full two months for the beer to reach lagered perfection. Moreover, the brewers perform a traditional yet time intensive decoction mash process, a multi-step mash. The laborious method is the key to Oktoberfest’s color and complex flavor. With over 15 years of brewing their Märzen Lager under their belt, Left Hand’s Oktoberfest stands out as an enduring commitment to the style.

Pouring a brilliant copper in color, Oktoberfest entices the imbiber with notes of warm biscuit reminiscent of home and fall tradition. The beer begins with the toasty sweetness of the malt up front while the noble pedigree hops allow for a dry crisp finish at 6.6% ABV. Giving tribute to its German roots, the style’s heritage is referenced in the label art – showcasing the Bavarian lion and blue & white checkered flag.

Left Hand will officially release Oktoberfest for the 2016 season, on Friday, August 26th in their Tasting Room. The fall seasonal will be available across Left Hand’s 37-state distribution for a limited time. Coming Soon: Longmont Oktoberfest returns September 23rd & 24th! Ranked as a “Must Visit Oktoberfest” by DRAFT Magazine, the annual event hosted by Left Hand brings together ten Longmont breweries with local food, the arts, German tradition, and live music featuring The Wailers!

About Left Hand Brewing Company

Celebrating twenty-two years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 27 Great American Beer Festival medals, 11 World Beer Cup awards, and 9 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing established America’s original Nitro bottle with their popular Milk Stout Nitro. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 37 states & DC. Employee Owned, Righteously Independent. Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WY

Press Release <![CDATA[Silver City Brewery Announces the Availability of 2 Fall Seasonal Lagers]]> 2016-08-23T15:20:37Z 2016-08-23T15:20:37Z

Bremerton, WA — the sunburns subside, the last of the empty Ziggy Zoggy cans find their way into the recycler, and the shadows grow longer, inevitability sets in: autumn approaches. You’d be hard pressed to find a more breathtaking atmosphere than a Pacific Northwest summer, but in reality early fall in Washington State rivals it in almost every way.

Temperatures mellow out just enough to draw us willingly out of our air-conditioned hideaways, the scenery for hiking and kayaking is ever-more beautiful with the changing of leaves and vegetation, the ubiquitous blackberry bushes ripen, and it marks the return of a custom near and dear to the hearts of every true Washingtonian. Football.

For the crew at Silver City Brewery, football holds an additional special significance- the preseason annually coincides with the bottling and kegging of the year’s first batches of Oktoberfest Lager. “B…but… October isn’t for over a month yet,” one may ask. While that may be true, its namesake Bavarian festival actually begins in mid-September. In anticipation of the mass frickin’ quantities our thirsty, devoted drinking team will imbibe… well, let’s just say we wanted to make sure we were ready for you. And we are.

It’s no secret that German-style lagers are favored styles around Silver City Brewery. There’s no greater homage to the tradition than Oktoberfest Lager. A light butterscotch-colored liquid that pours with white, frothy suds, Oktoberfest Lager instantly explodes with spiced aromas not unlike cinnamon and nutmeg, entirely symptomatic of the German Hersbrucker hops. A deep breadiness hits the palate, the fresh-baked pretzel character of rich Munich malt. Lingering just long enough to watch Rawls run it in for six, the lager cleans itself up gracefully with the unmistakably brilliant dry finish of authentic Pilsner yeast.

Oktoberfest Lager is practically built to be paired with bratwurst. That’s a no-brainer, especially as bratwurst makes for excellent gameday grub. Find yourself a local butcher that makes truly authentic Bavarian-style sausages and minds will be blown. However, the beer also stands up incredibly well to buffalo wings, providing a nice, rich malt profile that doesn’t get overshadowed by the peppery vinegar-based sauce and also acts as a solid digestif. It pairs well with chili for many of the same reasons (especially if you can spare a few sips to deglaze the pan).

Oktoberfest Lager is now available on draft and in 22oz bottles… but what about cans?

Sesh Appeal Classic Lager

We’ve gotten pretty used to having a crushable lager around with Ziggy Zoggy Summer Lager and Cold One Pilsner Beer immediately preceding it. It was almost too great a tragedy to consider that Ziggy is done for the year and Cold One doesn’t get its start until late December. Enough of a tragedy that we decided to do something about it.

Sesh Appeal Classic Lager is literally everything you could possibly want out of a smashable lager beer. Excellent flavor? Check. Light body? Check. German-influenced? Check. Comes in a can? Sextuple-check.

Taking inspiration from last year’s Sieben Braü Seattle Beer Week Lager, Sesh Appeal Classic Lager is a refined take on the classic Helles-style. Pouring bright gold with the perfect amount of carbonation, aromas of fresh baked bread hit the nose instantly. Like its big brother, Oktoberfest Lager, Sesh Appeal makes great use of the Hersbrucker hop, but sets itself apart with the addition of Mt. Hood hops for a touch of sweetness. Vienna malt joins Pilsner malt to provide a light toasted note and a complexity that finishes crisp & clean. When sipped, it’s subtly can be deeply appreciated, but the beer is deliberately light enough that it can be smashed on throughout an entire game while staying easy on the belly.

Like Oktoberfest, Sesh Appeal is amazing with gameday food. It’s light profile enables pairing with richer foods like burritos or nachos. It’s a great companion while grillin’ up some dogs, especially when prepared Seattle-style with cream cheese and tomatoes on the bun. But honestly, this beer holds up well with just about any food you throw at it. Its complexity can be enjoyed out of a snifter, but its attitude and immediacy makes it perfect for crushing cans on a Sunday afternoon.

Sesh Appeal Classic Lager is now available in 6-packs of 12oz. cans.

Press Release <![CDATA[Louis Glunz Beer Inc. to Distribute Aleman Brewing Company Products]]> 2016-08-23T15:12:57Z 2016-08-23T15:12:57Z

LINCOLNWOOD, IL — Louis Glunz Beer, Inc., Chicagoland’s premier craft and specialty import beer distributor, has added Aleman Brewing Company to its portfolio, which marks the sixth brand signing this year. Glunz now features 11 local breweries, including 5 Rabbit, Begyle, and Temperance.

“Aleman has really taken the idea of thoughtful, handcrafted beer to new heights by focusing on ingredients: using hyperlocal ones like lemon thyme grown onsite at the brewery for the LadiesMan wheat ale, interesting ones like salted caramel in the SoulMan brown ale, and the freshest ones they can get their hands on like the rotating fresh hops that make up TheMan IPA,” says Anthony Norkus, Glunz craft and specialty import brand manager.

Part of what adds to Aleman’s appeal, in addition to bold American-style beers, are the company’s distinctive wood tap handles, Norkus explains. “Those tap handles are hand-carved with the logo by one of owners’ best high school friends out of North Carolina. They take three hours to make—and that’s the same level of dedication Aleman puts into its beers.”

Aleman beers currently distributed by Glunz and available to area bars and retailers include:

TheMan American IPA (6.8% ABV)

In its most basic form, TheMan contrasts a reliable malt bill with a rotating cast of hop characters based on whatever hops are fresh and available. But, whether it be a single-hop variety or a balanced blend, TheMan always delivers on its crisp, clean, bitter promise.

SoulMan American brown ale (7.8% ABV)

SoulMan was born from the lavish half of an experimental partigyle brew. In the same way that the words aren’t nearly as important as how one sings them, handmade salted caramel adds the boogie-oogie and the sexual healing to Aleman’s take on the classic American brown ale.

StrongMan American strong ale (8.1% ABV)

Maple sugar meets toasted caraway seed meets rippling biceps. Aleman’s American strong ale drinks like an arm-wrestling match between a great malty Sasquatch and a majestic hoppy Centaur.

LadiesMan American wheat ale (5.5% ABV)

In a recipe that Aleman Co-Founder Nate Albrecht’s wife, Sarah, helped conceptualize, freshly clipped lemon thyme gives LadiesMan light-bodied American wheat a subtle aromatic, citrusy punch.

Additionally, Glunz also distributes limited-release Aleman beers, such as DayMan coffee IPA and LittleMan extra pale ale.

“After grinding out and putting everything we have into this startup over the past four years, we are finally ready to reintroduce the world to Aleman,” Co-founder Brad Zeller says. “In doing so, we vetted all of our options and genuinely feel Louis Glunz Beer gives us the best chance to achieve everything we wanted as a brand.”

Zeller continues, “Every distributor has their pros and their cons, but we feel like Glunz represents the best blend of distribution footprint, portfolio diversity, and brand support for where Aleman is currently and where we want to be moving forward.”

About Aleman Brewing Company

Aleman Brewing Company was founded by Nate Albrecht, Josh Bearry, Jim Moorehouse, and Brad Zeller after the group won the 2012 Iron Brew homebrewing competition and a trip out to San Diego to brew DayMan Coffee IPA with Stone Brewing and Two Brothers Brewing. Aleman is committed to going above and beyond to produce the best possible beer while trying minimizing the impact the brewery has on the planet. Based out of the Avondale neighborhood of Chicago, the brewery features a selection of year-round beers and a flexible rotation of seasonal, event-driven, and limited releases, showcasing a broad spectrum of tastes and interests, with recipes heavily rooted in traditional styles with a focus on American interpretations—a nod to the return of the Renaissance man and a time when people took pride in being well-rounded. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter @alemanchicago, and Instagram @alemanchicago.

Aleman beers are currently available for draft only. For more information on Glunz and its brewery partners, visit

About Louis Glunz Beer Inc.

Founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I in Chicago, Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. (7100 N. Capitol Drive, Lincolnwood, IL 60712; 847.676.9500) is among the oldest beer distributors in the United States, proudly offering Chicagoland the most comprehensive selection of craft, specialty, and import beers representing more than 190 breweries around the globe. The 128-year-old company continually receives recognition for its innovative, family-owned business, including Beverage Industry’s 2013 Wholesaler of the Year, the National Beer Wholesalers Association 2013 Public Affairs Award, and the 2013 Loyola Illinois Family Business of the Year Award. Heading the company is President Jack Glunz, the grandson of the founder, with day-to-day operations led by five of his seven children as members of the fourth generation and with members of the fifth generation also on staff. Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. is dedicated to quality service and beer education. For more information, visit Find Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Press Release <![CDATA[Huss Brewing Company to Open New Taproom]]> 2016-08-23T14:52:38Z 2016-08-23T14:52:38Z

PHOENIX, AZ — Huss Brewing Company is elated to announce it will be opening a second location this December, Huss Brewing at Uptown Plaza is its new flagship taproom, and will be located in the recently renovated Uptown Plaza on Camelback Road and Central Avenue.

The new taproom will mainly focus on Huss Brewing’s locally crafted, award-winning beers, including, the 2016 U.S. Open Medal winner Scottsdale Blonde, and multi-medal award winning Husstler Milk Stout. The brewery also plans on releasing new, unique recipes brewed specifically for the Phoenix location, and it will have a kitchen offering light snacks too.

“I think it’s cool that we can have some beers only available at the Tempe Taproom, and now have unique selection(s) at the Uptown Taproom,” said Jeff Huss, owner and brewmaster.

Huss Brewing at Uptown Plaza will be joining both local & national renowned restaurants at the newly revitalized Uptown Plaza in Central Phoenix. Uptown Plaza is managed by Vintage Partners, the Arizona-based commercial real estate development and Investment Company. Vintage Partners recently completed its 20-month-long restoration and revitalization efforts at Uptown Plaza, it was originally built in 1955. Today, it stands as Central Phoenix’s hotspot for a communal, stylish and tasty dining & shopping experience.

“Jeff and Leah Huss embody the spirit of the Arizona craft beer movement, and their beers serve as a pint-by-pint reminder that our state produces some of the best high-quality, locally produced brews. We are honored and excited to welcome Huss to the Uptown family,” says Walter Crutchfield, partner with Vintage Partners.

Huss Brewing at Uptown Plaza will be located directly across the courtyard from the renowned Chicago pizzeria, Lou Malnati’s, joining the multitude of great restaurants in the complex’s area. Popular establishments such as Shake Shack, Flower Child and AJ’s Fine Foods are just a few of the great offerings of local restaurants within walking distance.

“Just like our Tempe Taproom. We wanted to create a comfortable space where people can relax, enjoy our beers and enjoy food from a multitude of area restaurants,” said owner Leah Huss. “It’s almost like relaxing at home and ordering delivery!”

This new north-central Phoenix location will give Huss Brewing an opportunity to showcase its beers to consumers in a whole new area of the Valley that is growing rapidly. Huss hired, DUO Design, based in Phoenix, as the lead firm to oversee all aspects of bringing Huss Brewing at Uptown Plaza to life. The location was appealing not just because of the vibrant community, but the historic Uptown Plaza’s retro architecture really appealed to the Huss brand, which embraces quality and classic simplicity.

“Opening a neighborhood spot where people can relax and enjoy one of our beers and pick up a six-pack or growler to take home is a huge plus!” said Jeff Huss.

In addition to the award-winning beers that will be offered at the Phoenix location, expect to see Huss Brewing’s year-round brews including the widely popular, quirky Koffee Kölsch, also Magic in the Ivy Pale Ale, That’ll Do IPA, and seasonal favorites like the Rice Pudding Porter.

About Huss Brewing

Husband-and-wife, Jeff and Leah Huss, have over 20 years of combined experience in the brewing industry. Jeff was head brewer for BJ’s Brewing in Chandler, Ariz., for seven years and attended the, Siebel Institute in Chicago, then, the Doemens Academy in Munich, Germany. Leah co-owned and operated Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, Ariz., for 14 years, helping pioneer the craft beer community and growth in Arizona. Their combined love and passion for craft beer inspired them to chase their dreams of owning a local, family-owned and operated brewery with Jeff acting as head-brewer, and Leah running business and marketing operations. In 2015 Huss brought on Arizona craft beer veteran, Chip Mulala, to head up sales and distribution throughout Arizona. Huss Brewing Co. opened its doors in South Tempe in August 2013, with a 30-barrel system, a small tasting room with 20 taps, and room for growth. Since then, they doubled brewing production capacity as one of the fastest growing breweries in the state. Their fresh, quality, canned beers are canned on site weekly including the brands: Scottsdale Blonde Kolsch, Magic in the Ivy Pale Ale, That’ll Do IPA, Koffee Kolsch, and Husstler Milk Stout.

Press Release <![CDATA[Lazy Magnolia Brewing Rebrands Packaging]]> 2016-08-23T14:46:10Z 2016-08-23T14:46:10Z

Kiln, MS — Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company just completed the installation of a state-of-the-art packaging line. This is an investment in our promise to our fans: to take the best possible care of the beer they love. The new packaging line will improve our customers’ experience with our packaged beers by providing a fresh-from-the-tank flavor and aroma many months after packaging.

To mark this turning point in Lazy Magnolia’s growth, we are updating and modernizing our packaging. Long time customers will recognize our signature logo and branding, and everyone will have an easier time finding Lazy Magnolia beers among the growing selection of craft in the marketplace.

The new packaging will be released gradually over the next year. Updated bottle labels will be phased in for our flagship beers Southern Pecan, Southern Hops’pitality IPA, and Jeff Stout over the next few months. Newly designed 6-pack carriers will come out shortly after the labels change.

“A slow release lets our customers adjust to our new designs, while still being able to find and enjoy their favorite Lazy Magnolia brews,” said Lazy Magnolia owner, Mark Henderson. Operations Manager, Travis Lemco, adds, “The soft rollout minimizes potential disruptions to our operations and supply chain. It’s also an opportunity to train up employees on the new equipment as we go.”

“The craft beer market has seen unprecedented growth in the last 18 months. Our graphics, now nearly a decade old, were created in a time before craft breweries and craft beer was popular. The breweries that have opened in the last year have built on the successes of the pioneers. This is an opportunity to bring our image into alignment with the modern craft beer market,” says Michelle Robinson, Marketing and PR Director. As a customer recently told us, “Just because it says ‘hops’ on the label doesn’t mean it is an IPA.”

Our new branding will focus on telling our story in ways that quickly reach the modern craft beer fan.

Press Release <![CDATA[Castle Island Expands Distribution, Releases Seasonal Festbier]]> 2016-08-23T14:40:07Z 2016-08-23T14:40:07Z

Norwood, Mass. – After successful launches in three other Massachusetts markets, Castle Island is now taking its growing brand to the North Shore.

Beginning this week, the brewery’s beers will be available as far North as the New Hampshire and Maine borders. Castle Island has partnered with Danvers-based Merrimack Valley Distributing Company to bring its beers to the territory.

“We’ve been getting calls from accounts in Merrimack’s area ever since we opened.” says Company Founder, Adam Romanow, “We’re thrilled that we can finally start shipping beer up there.”

Growing distribution slowly and deliberately has always been part of Castle Island’s expansion philosophy, according to Romanow.

“We want to make sure we can provide new markets with the supply and support they deserve,” he added, “so we don’t like to rush anything. It’s a big part of our commitment to the ‘inch wide, mile deep’ philosophy.”

To be sure, Castle Island takes that philosophy seriously. Since launching distribution the beginning of 2016, the brewery has grown rapidly while limiting its footprint to only three markets within Massachusetts, and currently serves roughly 700 accounts.

Many of those accounts will soon be carrying Castle Island’s newest release, Festbier, shipping to stores this week. The beer’s label describes Festbier as a “Märzen-Inspired Ale” that balances floral hops and a light, nutty malt backbone. Unlike traditional Oktoberfest Märzens, Castle Island’s interpretation relies on the brewery’s house ale yeast, lending a slightly fuller mouthfeel while maintaining the classically clean, crisp finish.

“Festbier is really our first major market release outside of the hop-forward categories,” Romanow added. “We get a lot of requests for non-hoppy beers, and we think Festbier will be a welcome addition to the lineup as we transition from late Summer into early Fall.”

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

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

About Castle Island Brewing:

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

Press Release <![CDATA[Angry Orchard Launches New Hard Cider in Select US markets]]> 2016-08-23T14:25:14Z 2016-08-23T14:25:14Z

WALDEN, N.Y. — Angry Orchard today announced the introduction of Easy Apple, the newest less sweet, easy-drinking cider from the leading U.S. cider maker1. Easy Apple offers drinkers a refreshing hard cider option in the Angry Orchard core collection that’s both lower in calories and sessionable. The cider will be introduced in 6-packs in select states beginning in August 2016, including: Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Arkansas and Rhode Island. Easy Apple will also be available nationwide in the Angry Orchard Fall Orchard Sampler Variety Pack.

With Easy Apple, drinkers will experience a hard cider that not only nods to traditional English dry ciders but also delivers a balanced flavor profile that will appeal to a wide range of drinkers, whether they’re fans of popular ciders like Angry Orchard’s flagship, Crisp Apple, or looking for a new easy-drinking alcoholic beverage to try. Easy Apple is less sweet, sessionable and refreshing, while delivering on the complexity of higher ABV ciders in terms of body and mouthfeel.

The hard cider industry has seen explosive growth over the past several years, as drinkers are embracing it as a refreshing, gluten free alternative to craft beer and wine. Cider has a long history in our country, dating back to colonial times, and it’s only recently we’re seeing people rediscovering it in droves. For more than 20 years, the cider makers at Angry Orchard have been experimenting with high quality ingredients and different techniques to help drinkers learn more about the American cider tradition.

Easy Apple (4.2% ABV) is crafted with a blend of culinary apples including Braeburn, Fuji, Gala and Granny Smith, and bittersweet apples like Bisquet, Dabinett, Frequin Rouge and Harry Masters Jersey. This less sweet, easy-to-drink hard cider is apple-forward in taste and unfiltered, leaving it with a slightly hazy appearance and a refreshingly dry finish.

“Easy Apple is a cider you can kick back with, since it’s less sweet and sessionable,” says Ryan Burk, head cider maker at Angry Orchard. “It’s just as fitting to have for a day outdoors as it is during happy hour, or as part of a night out.”

Angry Orchard Easy Apple will be available in 6-packs in select markets starting in August 2016 for a suggested retail price of$8.99 – $9.99 (price varies per market). Easy Apple will also be available nationwide as part of the Fall Orchard Sampler, Angry Orchard’s seasonal variety pack 12-pack, beginning in August 2016.

About Angry Orchard Cider Company:

The cider makers at Angry Orchard 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. Made with two apples in every bottle, Crisp Apple is 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.

For more information about Angry Orchard, visit, like us at,, and follow us at

Press Release <![CDATA[Two Roads Brewing Enters Northeastern Pennsylvania Market]]> 2016-08-23T14:13:20Z 2016-08-23T14:13:20Z

Stratford, CT — Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, CT announced today that the brand will be rolling into Northeastern Pennsylvania and they are pleased to be teaming up with Shangy’s Distributing. The launch will begin the week of August 22nd with a series of kick-off events throughout the region.

“Two Roads is very pleased to announce our partnership with Shangy’s Distributing to bring our unique portfolio to the Northeastern Pennsylvania territory,” said Two Roads Director of Sales Meghan Zachry. “Shangy’s has shown tremendous passion in bringing craft beer to the PA market and Two Roads is proud to partner with them as we continue our journey on the road less traveled.”

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 26 year craft beer veteran, has created an extensive lineup that takes a unique twist on classic beer styles.

Nima Hadian – President / Owner of Shangy’s commented, “Since 1980, Shangy’s has been the leading Pennsylvania craft beer wholesaler in Eastern Pennsylvania. Today, it is with great pleasure we announce our new partnership with Two Roads Brewing Co. for distribution across Northeastern, PA. We look forward to building a solid, prosperous, and continuing business relationship with the great folks at Two Roads. It is our mission to help expand Two Roads distribution throughout our successful marketplace.”


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 Brewing Company is open for tastings seven days a week and tours Friday through Sunday; for more information go to


Shangy’s originated in 1980 with one simple goal…to take beer to the next level. “Beer is the new wine” as noted by our founder, Javad Hadian in an April 1983 issue of All About Beer Magazine. It all began in 1979 when an immigrant husband & wife decided to build their “dream beer business.” With huge interest in better beer, they built one of America’s most sought after beer stores and later PA’s first craft-only beer wholesalers. What started with an old Ford Cargo Van, a cell phone the size of a suitcase, and endless hours of work, has blossomed into one of the largest specialty beer wholesalers in the country. With a team of over 20 sales representatives, two sales managers, two grocery managers, a tell-sell sales team, an operations manager, inventory manager, and general manager, we have become one of the finest specialty beer teams in the nation! We take great pride in our facility and are always expanding and updating.

Press Release <![CDATA[Starr Hill Brewery Releases 2 New Fall Seasonals]]> 2016-08-23T13:56:14Z 2016-08-23T13:56:14Z

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Starr Hill Brewery is heading out on tour this fall with a fresh lineup of beers, featuring two new releases: Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale and Basketcase American Helles.

Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale replaces Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter in Starr Hill’s Seasonal series. A classic English Brown Ale, it is brewed with several different malts and real Virginia maple syrup. The maple aroma, with subtle vanilla notes, leads into a rich and smooth body with malty character.

“We always enjoy finding new styles and techniques to showcase local ingredients,” says Starr Hill’s Brewmaster, Robbie O’Cain. “Last year we brewed a similar recipe with our limited-release Debut Series that was very well-received, so we’re really excited to share Last Leaf with more beer lovers looking for a seasonal alternative to the many pumpkin-focused offerings of the fall.”

Starr Hill’s other new release, Basketcase, is an American twist on a clean German Helles. Cascade hops pervade this full-bodied lager with bready malt flavor. As part of the Heavy Rotation Series, this release is paired with a custom playlist on Spotify, showcasing a history of punk rock songs from the past 50 years. Basketcase will also be featured alongside many other rare and award-winning German-style beers at Starr Hill’s Oktoberfest on October 1 at the brewery’s Tap Room.

Last Leaf and Basketcase will join Northern Lights IPA and Whiter Shade White IPA in Starr Hill’s Fall Tour Variety Pack, available now, as well as in six-packs and on draft. To find where Starr Hill beers are available, visit


Born in a Charlottesville music hall in 1999, Starr Hill Brewery is the largest independent craft brewery in Virginia. Among the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals. Starr Hill beer is distributed throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. Please visit for more information.

Press Release <![CDATA[Rogue Farms Begins Hop Harvest]]> 2016-08-23T13:38:35Z 2016-08-23T13:38:35Z

Independence, Ore. – At the break of dawn last week, tractors rolled into the Rogue Farms hopyard to begin their 8th harvest. Over the next four weeks, our 8 varieties of our proprietary hops will be picked, stripped, sorted, kilned, cooled and baled before being driven 77 miles to the Rogue brewery in Newport, Oregon.

This year, the global production of hops is set to rise 21%, the highest in seven years. Hop acreage in the Northwest alone is up 17%, a record high. At Rogue Farms we planted an additional 10 acres this year, bringing our total hop acreage to 52. This accounts for .039059422% of global hop acreage.

“The hop market has changed a lot since we became farmers in 2008,” said Brett Joyce, President of Rogue Ales. “The ingredients we grow at Rogue Farms are by far the most expensive ingredients we use, but we’re able to guarantee our supply and quality as the demand for hops, especially the aroma varieties like we grow at Rogue Farms, explodes across the country.”

To see for yourself how Rogue Farms hops are harvested, check out our Farms blog’s latest post.

About Rogue Ales & Spirits

Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988 as one of America’s first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,800 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states as well as 54 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapeños, and pumpkins one acre at a time by growing its own.

Press Release <![CDATA[Elysian Brewing Announces Year-Round Availability of Dayglow IPA]]> 2016-08-23T13:23:53Z 2016-08-23T13:23:53Z

SEATTLE — Elysian Brewing Company announces the year round availability of Dayglow IPA in 22 oz bottles, on draft and new 12 oz six-packs in select US markets.

First brewed as part of Elysian’s Manic IPA series, which includes Hubris Huge IPA and Breakbeat IPA, Dayglow IPA (7.4% ABV) is packed with the insistent beat of hops featuring juicy pineapple and tropical fruit flavors and aromas. It drips with tropical, sunshiny Mosaic hops and twinkles with hints of El Dorado and Centennial hops. A touch of wheat hazes the malt bill a bit around the edges, and the IBUs are set in the mid-sixties.

“Dayglow made its Manic IPA series debut last year in 22 oz bottles for a limited time, and due to popular demand, returns year round in 12 oz six-packs,” said Head Brewer Josh Waldman. “When the growers first brought us Mosaic hops, we knew we could make a distinct and sharp IPA with them. Fruit forward, with an intense hop pungency from a mix of Mosaic, El Dorado, and Centennial hops layered over pale, dextrapils, and wheat malts, Dayglow focuses on heavy plum, peach, and berry aromas amid that hint of wheat.”

Dayglow IPA will be available year round beginning September 1st in select US markets and on draft at select restaurants and bars. Seattleites can also find Dayglow IPA at Elysian’s locations, Capitol Hill Public House, Tangletown, Elysian Fields, and Elysian Bar.

For more information on Elysian Brewing, visit or follow them on Instagram and Twitter @ElysianBrewing and on Facebook at


Three-time Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, Elysian Brewing Company operates four neighborhood restaurants and a production brewery in Seattle, Washington. Known both for classic styles and for flexibility and innovation, Elysian has brewed over 350 different recipes since opening in 1996. While Elysian’s brewers use a variety of unusual ingredients, they are seasonally notorious for their pumpkin beers. Each year Elysian hosts the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, where dozens of different pumpkin beers are poured, some of them from giant pumpkins.

Press Release <![CDATA[Stone Brewing Releases Collaborative Unapologetic IPA as Part of 20th Anniversary Encore Series]]> 2016-08-23T13:18:32Z 2016-08-23T13:18:32Z

ESCONDIDO, CA – Stone Brewing has spent the past 20 years building a reputation with bold, big-character beers…including many groundbreaking IPAs. So it’s no surprise the San Diego-based craft beer company is revisiting one of its hoppiest Stone Collaboration beers for the latest installment of the Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series. Brewed with two fellow hop-obsessed brewers from California’s Beachwood Brewing and Heretic Brewing Company, the Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA is making its way to select markets nationwide in 22-ounce bottles and on draft.

Given the phenomenal result the trio created in 2014, Heretic owner and Brewmaster Jamil Zainasheff and Beachwood Brewmaster and co-owner Julian Shrago were invited to rebrew a new version of the memorable collaboration beer with the Stone Brewing team. Since they share an affection for over-the-top, hoppy beers, the collaborators couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore familiar territory and revisit this double IPA…and the dynamic trio is still not apologizing for making another IPA.

“Our brewing team had a great time collaborating with Jamil and Julian to create this recipe,” said Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation program manager. “It instantly became a fan favorite, so we were thrilled for the opportunity to bring this back under our Stone 20th Anniversary Encore Series. Given how tasty this beer was the first time around, we decided to keep most of it the same save for incorporating some different hop varietals to up the hop intensity.”

Early in the brewing process, classic American hops Chinook and Magnum are added to contribute earthy, piney and resiny overtones. With Azacca and Motueka as late kettle additions and in the dry hop, this double IPA carries prevalent citrusy and berry aromatics that transcend into the overall flavor. Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA highlights a new hop varietal, Idaho 7, that creates tropical fruit and herbal qualities. In all, five different hops were combined and added at various stages during the brewing process, producing myriad aromas and flavors that flourish against the mild body provided by the malt bill.

To experience the hop intensity in its prime, fans should enjoy Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA as soon as possible.

Who says the world needs another IPA? We still do.


  • Name: 20th Anniversary Encore Series: Beachwood / Heretic / Stone Still Unapologetic IPA
  • Web:
  • Stats: 8.8% ABV, 85 IBUs
  • Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning August 22
  • Hop Varieties: Chinook, Magnum, Idaho 7, Motueka and Azacca
  • 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 and WA
  • International Distribution: Australia, German, Hong Kong, Japan Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand
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  • Appearance: Pours a golden color with a creamy white head of foam.
  • Aroma: Intensely aromatic, with tropical and herbal notes, followed by blueberry, sage, grapes and mild malt.
  • Taste: Tropical fruit, mango, passion fruit and hop resin, balanced with a crisp, clean malt finish.
  • Palate: Dry with very smooth bitterness.
  • Overall: For round 2 of this beer with Jamil of Heretic and Julian of Beachwood, we decided to change up the hop combination a bit. This time we included Idaho 7, a newer hop to come out of this exciting growing region. Idaho 7 tends to be intensely tropical along with resiny pine and herbal notes. To complement, we again used Azacca for the citrus and berry qualities from that hop and also added in Motueka, a New Zealand hop that also has intense tropical qualities along with lime and citrus.

It was awesome to be able to make this beer again with our friends, and since we are all hopheads, it seemed natural to alter it and try a different hop combination. The result is amazing. With each sip, you get more and more layers of different fruit backed by a solid malt and bitter backbone.


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 their own 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, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog.

0 Staff <![CDATA[Join 100-Plus Beer Industry Professionals at Brew Talks Asheville]]> 2016-08-22T20:02:14Z 2016-08-22T19:57:06Z

Brew Talks Asheville is just three days away and already more than 100 brewers, distributors, retailers and suppliers are registered to attend the business-networking meetup, hosted by Brewbound and New Belgium Brewing on Thursday, August 25 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET.

Kicking off the event and joining Brewbound editor Chris Furnari for a wide-ranging discussion on the changing beer landscape will be New Belgium co-founder and executive chair, Kim Jordan.

Register for Brew Talks Asheville >>>

Throughout the 1-on-1 conversation, Jordan and Furnari will explore the impact craft proliferation is having on the wholesale and retail tiers and discuss the types of decisions craft brewery entrepreneurs will face as they look to grow their brands.

A second panel discussion will feature Highland Brewing family owner Leah Wong Ashburn, Hi-Wire Brewing co-founder Adam Charnack and New Belgium Asheville GM Jay Richardson, who will discuss local trends, statewide legislative issues and life after two of the country’s largest craft breweries began producing beer in Asheville.

Beer business professionals are invited to join the Asheville meetup, being held inside of the brand New Belgium brewhouse (21 Craven Street Asheville, NC 28806) at 5:00 P.M. Panel discussions will begin promptly at 5:30 P.M. and guests are invite to imbibe and socialize until 8:00 P.M.

Brew Talks — gatherings designed to provide craft brewers, distributors and retailers the opportunity to come together and have in-depth discussions on the business side of craft beer – will offer attendees an excellent opportunity to gain business lessons and network with other beverage entrepreneurs.

Space is limited! Register today >>>

In addition to conversations with industry experts, Brewbound will also be raising money for a pair of local non-profit organizations. 100 percent of ticket proceeds will be donated toward WNC Communities Brewers Grain Alliance and the Asheville Brewers Alliance.

Brew Talks Asheville is sponsored by Avery Dennison, Owens-Illinois, VicinityBrew, Cascade Floors, Inc., Keg ID and Siemens. Additional sponsorship opportunities are still available — please contact John McKenna at or 617-231-8825 to learn more.

About Brew Talks

Since hosting our first event in the basement of a craft beer bar in Boston in 2013, the Brew Talks meetup series has developed into a multi-city tour where beer industry professionals can come together inside of some of the country’s most recognizable craft breweries and share business insights with one another.

The program is designed to provide members of the beer community with an opportunity to come together and have in-depth discussions on the business of craft beer and the events are also broadcast globally via a free live stream. Through its nine meetups in 2015, Brewbound connected with more than 1,000 beer industry professionals and raised $10,000 for local non-profit organizations.

Press Release <![CDATA[Alaskan Brewing Eliminates Pumpkin Offerings from Fall Seasonal Lineup]]> 2016-08-22T17:52:00Z 2016-08-22T17:52:00Z

Juneau, AK – Alaskan Brewing Company this fall is nixing the pumpkin beers in favor of a rich coffee ale created by teaming up with Juneau-based Heritage Coffee Roasting Company. First released on a limited basis last year to rave reviews, Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale uses an unusual technique and the highest quality ingredients to bring out the best coffee flavor and aroma, and will be available as the autumn seasonal in all states where Alaskan Brewing is distributed.

“We were looking to brew a coffee beer that wasn’t overly-dominated by dark malts,” said Alaskan Brewer Tyler Lindquist. “That’s why we went with a Brown Ale for this beer. The subtleness of the Brown Ale then allowed us to accentuate the richness of a great coffee, instead of the bitter acrid flavor that sometimes comes through in coffee beers”

That subtle flavor allowed for a radical technique that required close collaboration between the brewers at Alaskan and the roasters at Heritage.

“They wanted to have a deep coffee backbone to this beer, so we all came up with the idea of roasting some of the malt in our coffee roaster with some of the beans used in the beer,” said Heritage Coffee Roaster Mike Dunlevy. “That’s pretty tricky, because the flashpoint of malt is much lower than that for coffee beans, so the potential of fire was very real.”

Heritage Roasters worked with Alaskan Brewers to sample coffees in order to find a blend that would bring out chocolate, caramel and honey in the final beer. They decided on a Brazilian variety called Paixao, which they cold-brewed to reduce bitterness. This cold-brewed coffee was added at multiple stages throughout the brewing process of the beer, in order to infuse it with a deep and rich coffee flavor and aroma.

Alaskan has released pumpkin beers for the past few years during the fall season, but this year, among a seeming flood of pumpkin beers available on the market, Alaskan’s brewers wanted to break away from convention and offer an alternative to their loyal fans.

First sampled at last year’s Great American Beer Festival, Alaskan Heritage Coffee Brown Ale garnered rave reviews, with at least one reference to it being part of a “next level” of coffee beers. The beer will be out in September and will be available until mid-November.

For more information, check out Alaskan Brewing’s website at

Press Release <![CDATA[No-Li Brewhouse Donates Fermentation Tank to Spokane Arts]]> 2016-08-22T17:27:42Z 2016-08-22T17:27:42Z

SPOKANE, WA — At a recent community “Cleaning from the Corridor” volunteer event during Spokane Gives Month of April with No-Li Brewhouse, The United Way and Mayor Condon, The Mayor brought up a great idea of continually recognizing and embracing the brilliant industrial history and future of Spokane.

Today, the first part of that idea came to fruition with a 30 barrel stainless steel fermentation tank being donated and picked-up from No-Li Brewhouse for its trip to Spokane Arts for the purpose of being transformed into a piece of outdoor art for our local community.

“Spokane is a city of collaborations and communities that are weaved together into a Big-Small Town,” Says John Bryant of No-Li Brewhouse. “We are fortunate to be a part of a vision to make art and culture a priority in Spokane.”

The Spokane Arts sculpture will be a welcome site to tourists visiting our great city and an active part of a vibrant culture in Spokane.

About No-Li Brewhouse

Born & Raised in Spokane, Washington, No-Li Brewhouse is locally-owned and community-minded crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally-sourced ingredients. In addition to being named the 2016 Washington Large Brewery of the Year, NBWA 2015 National Brewer Partner of the Year, No-Li has won eighteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival. For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit, or follow them on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Editor’s Note: As Simon Thorpe Exits, Here are 6 Companies that Should Consider Hiring the Former Duvel Exec]]> 2016-08-20T07:25:09Z 2016-08-19T23:19:17Z

Two weeks ago, I was sitting inside the brand new air-conditioned offices at Brewery Ommegang, escaping the heat at the company’s annual Belgium Comes to Cooperstown beer festival and waiting for my usual visit with now-former Duvel Moortgat USA CEO, Simon Thorpe.

Now, anyone who has attended BCTC before also knows two things:

1.) Drinking beer next to a raging bonfire until 3 AM on Saturday morning is not only perfectly acceptable; it’s practically a rite of passage.

2.) The Saturday morning wakeup call comes quickly when you’re camping on the lawn in front of the brewery archway, which is, in some circles, appropriately known as “Tent City” during the three August days that Duvel allows brewers and beer enthusiasts to commandeer their sprawling 140-acre property in upstate New York.

To the best of my knowledge, Simon stopped roughing it in Tent City before I started attending the fest, but that never stopped him from conversing with fest-goers well beyond the midnight hour – something that most CEO’s wouldn’t do if they knew there was a cozy king bed awaiting them.

But no matter how late Simon stayed up on Friday night, he never missed our Saturday meeting. And this year, after initially being informed that Simon couldn’t be located and wondering if our streak might be in jeopardy, Simon finally arrived.

Over the next 45 minutes, we discussed the Boulevard business, craft’s rapidly changing trade dynamics, and the ways in which Duvel USA could continue growing during the most competitive time in beer’s history.

And throughout our conversation, Simon never gave me any reason to believe that he’d be headed out the door two weeks later.

Whether that was his decision or Duvel’s, I’m not sure. But I have to believe that the press announcement coinciding with his departure would have highlighted more than just his “strong leadership” after seven years of service if, as the release claimed, the decision to leave were truly “mutual.”

So here we are. Simon Thorpe, the guy at least partially responsible for convincing Boulevard Brewing founder John McDonald and Firestone Walker co-founder David Walker to sell their businesses to Duvel Moortgat, is on his way out.

I’m not sure if Simon is sitting at home right now polishing up his resume. But, much like the NBA’s Kevin Durant lottery earlier this summer, a big-time free agent creates plenty of interest in realm of Hot Stove speculation.

So here’s my list of the top six franchises that might want to consider adding this big-time leader to their lineup, and why:

6.) Artisanal Brewing Ventures

Backed by New York family office Ulysses Management, Artisanal Brewing Ventures is the result of a merger between New York’s Southern Tier Brewing and Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company. The two companies have a stated strategy of concentrating their sales efforts in the Northeast, even though Victory’s footprint touches 37 states and Southern Tier’s touches 33. The company technically already has a chief executive in John Coleman, who had been serving as Southern Tier’s CEO since 2014 before assuming the same title for ABV, but that doesn’t mean Thorpe couldn’t come in and help ABV align both breweries’ distribution footprints — something he experienced at Duvel following the Boulevard acquisition — or help lead any future acquisition efforts. Prior to joining Duvel in 2009, Thorpe spent time in private equity in Europe focused on luxury goods, and served as the vice president of M&A for InBev. If ABV is eying other acquisitions within craft, Thorpe would certainly be a welcome addition.

5.) Boston Beer Company

As Boston Beer struggles to maintain a dominant position in the craft beer sector amidst competition from over 4,600 small breweries, investors and analysts have, in recent weeks, begun speculating about the company’s future moves. Most of the chatter has focused on whether or not Jim Koch should consider either selling the publicly traded craft brewery, taking it private or getting more aggressive with mergers and acquisitions. Company-wide dollar sales are down nearly two percent year-to-date through August 7, according to data from market research firm IRI Worldwide, and the company reported depletion declines of 5 percent in the second quarter. Most of that is concentrated within its Samuel Adams and Angry Orchard brands.

The one area of the Boston Beer Company that is growing, however, is an Alchemy & Science portfolio that includes the Traveler, Coney Island, Angel City and Concrete Beach brands. That division’s leader, Alan Newman, is coming to the end of a five-year contract and, at 70 years old, likely won’t sign another. Boston Beer has yet to officially confirm that Newman will not return to the organization in 2017, but all signs point to his departure. Not only would Thorpe make a great replacement for Newman, but he could potentially step in and help right the ship on Sam and Angry as well as layout a more formal M&A strategy. It would take a bit of restructuring, but it’s not impossible. And we also know from his time with that Duvel that he understands the nuances of managing a portfolio of multiple brands, something that Boston could definitely benefit from.

It also doesn’t hurt that Boston recently named former Moet Hennessy executive Jonathan Potter as its new CMO, perhaps indicating a willingness to bring in fresh talent, especially ones with an eye toward luxury positioning.

4.) Enjoy Beer LLC.

Private equity firm Friedman, Fleisher & Lowe (FFL) and Harpoon Brewery co-founder Rich Doyle — who stepped down as CEO of that company in 2014 — established the Enjoy Beer LLC consortium last April in hopes of acquiring five craft breweries by 2020. But with only one craft acquisition under its belt — Abita Brewing — since going public with the concept last year, you’ve got to wonder how successful Enjoy Beer will be in convincing more brewers to sign on. It’s not for a lack of activity, either. Dozens of craft breweries have sold to both strategic and private equity buyers alike since last Enjoy Beer debuted in April.

With the private equity clock ticking, the pressure has certainly got to be on Doyle and his team to get some more deals done. The Enjoy Beer roster already includes former Ninkasi COO Jessica Jones, former New Belgium sales executive Brian “BK” Krueger as well as the Abita and FFL brain trusts on its board. So on paper, both the concept and the team seem poised for success, but even a ridiculously stacked U.S. Men’s Basketball team didn’t take home gold medals in the 2004 Summer Olympics. Perhaps Thorpe is the missing link?

3.) Stone Brewing Company (and True Craft?)

Perhaps the most obvious brewery in need of a talented CEO such as Thorpe is San Diego’s Stone Brewing Company. Since announcing that he would step down as its chief nearly one year ago, Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch has yet to name his replacement and the company could certainly use some help. Besides the fact that Brewmaster Mitch Steele just departed the organization, Stone is also working through a number of creative expansion projects — including new breweries in Richmond, VA and Berlin, Germany; a hotel in Escondido, Calif., a taproom in Napa, Calif., and of course True Craft. But the last thing any craft brewery needs is a leader turning his or her attention away from the core business of making and selling beer.

This is where a guy like Thorpe could be a huge addition to a company like Stone. Not only could Thorpe ensure that expansion projects keep humming along, but he’d also be able to do the more traditional day-to-day work of a large craft brewery CEO. And his understanding of the deal environment as well as his ability to get them done certainly wouldn’t hurt the True Craft venture that Koch has said he’ll launch. It’s still unclear how far along Koch is to securing the $100 million he said he needed to get the investment platform off the ground, but I hear Thorpe is pretty good and raising money too.

2.) A large but fast-growing mid-size brewery

Okay, I will fully admit that I’m cheating quite a bit here, but I could honestly envision a number of brands finding a way to convince Thorpe to sign on. Companies in this group would include the likes of Ninkasi, Green Flash, Allagash, or even a smaller operation like Russian River, to name a few. We know that Thorpe has an affinity for well-branded and well-differentiated craft products, particularly those that play at the “top of the pyramid” in terms of pricing. And while not all of the brands mentioned above perfectly fit that description, they are all still growing quickly and could perhaps be in need of an executive like Thorpe who has a deep understanding of what it takes to run a brewery in today’s crowded craft climate.

  • Ninkasi: Having just crossed over the 100,000 barrel mark last year, Ninkasi is likely facing some big decisions on the best ways to continue growing into the future.
  • Green Flash: As it expands nationwide and opens a secondary production facility in Virginia Beach, Green Flash has turned itself into a much more complicated craft brewery than it ever was before.
  • Allagash: It’s a beautifully constructed high-end brand that, like many craft breweries, will face some tough questions in the coming years as it decides how to grow.
  • Russian River: It’s a brewery adored by beer geeks that struggles to meet demand no matter what it does. The company scaled production and pulled back distribution and is about to embark on a significant expansion. Could Russian River also benefit by adding an executive like Thorpe to run the day-to-day operations while co-founder Vinnie Cilurzo keeps his attention on the creative side of the business?

1.) Constellation

Perhaps the most compelling argument to be made is Constellation, which last year acquired San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing for $1 billion. Unfortunately, nearly all of the key Ballast Point executives exited the company last month, including founder Jack White and brewmaster Yuseff Cherney, who left to start Cutwater Spirits, as well as CEO Jim Buechler and chief commercial officer Earl Kight.

While Constellation Brands president Marty Birkel has assumed the role of president for Ballast Point, it would be somewhat naive to think he could lead both the company’s Mexican and craft beer brands to continue double-digit growth without some help. Ballast Point, which Constellation said would “operate as a stand-alone company” when it purchased the brewery last November needs its own dedicated leader. And when you layer in the fact that Constellation might still have an appetite for additional craft acquisitions, the idea of adding Thorpe really starts to make some sense. Not only could he help alleviate some of the pressure Birkel will begin to feel having to manage brands in two totally different segments of the beer market, but Thorpe could also help Constellation become a more formidable competitor in the craft space by assisting with its M&A efforts.