Craft beer industry news, events, and jobs.2015-08-27T21:24:48Z Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Beer Institute Names New VP of Public Affairs]]> 2015-08-27T21:24:48Z 2015-08-27T21:22:36Z

The Beer Institute today announced it has hired Denise Dunckel as its new vice president of public affairs. Dunckel joins the BI — which represents America’s brewers, beer importers and industry suppliers — just three months after former VP of communications, Chris Thorne, departed the organization.

“We have a lot to do here and I am looking forward to having Denise on the team,” BI president Jim McGreevy told Brewbound.

In a statement, McGreevy described Dunckel — who previously served as senior vice president of external affairs with Blackstone’s Invitation Homes — as a “proven leader in strategic communications.”

“Her contributions will be critical in our efforts to tell the story of beer in Washington, DC and educate lawmakers and the public about beer’s $253 billion economic impact in the United States, our industry’s ‘Commitment to Responsibility’ and the quality of our products,” he said.

Dunckel’s hiring is the latest in a string of changes at the BI. At the time of Thorne’s departure in late May, the organization had simultaneously appointed a new chief economist, Michael Uhrich, as well as a new director of federal affairs, Joe Heaton. Earlier that month, the BI also hired Joy Dubose, a food scientist and registered dietitian who is helping to lead the group’s lobbying efforts and to develop regulatory positions.

“I’ve been here for just 14 months and we’ve hired a lot of new people,” McGreevy told Brewbound. “We have a group here that has a lot of passion for beer and I think the future is very positive.”

McGreevy said members can expect to see “more unity” around the Craft Beverage & Modernization Act and, in general, a more “proactive” BI.

“You will see us looking to lead on other regulatory issues,” he said. “We want to be a trade association here that finds allies and does good policy work. There will be a lot more proactive work out of this organization.”

Dunckel’s first official day is September 14. A full press release detailing Dunckel’s hiring is below.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Beer Institute, representing America’s brewers, beer importers and industry suppliers, announced today that communications veteran Denise Dunckel will join the trade association as vice president, public affairs on September 14. Dunckel, who brings a diverse communications background to the role, will lead the Beer Institute’s public affairs strategy directed at policymakers, the media, the alcohol beverage industry and other key stakeholders.

“Denise is a proven leader in strategic communications. Her contributions will be critical in our efforts to tell the story of beer in Washington, DC and educate lawmakers and the public about beer’s $253 billion economic impact in the United States, our industry’s ‘Commitment to Responsibility’ and the quality of our products,” said Beer Institute President and CEO Jim McGreevy. “Her unique experience in both the public and private sectors – and her hands-on experience working with the federal government – will be an invaluable asset to the Beer Institute. We’re thrilled to have her be a part of the team.”

“This is an exciting time for the beer industry. I am pleased to have the opportunity to work on behalf of an industry that helps put 1.75 million Americans to work and has such a great story to tell,” said Dunckel. “I look forward to working with our members to carry their compelling story to so many influential and critical audiences.”

Dunckel previously served as senior vice president, external affairs, with Blackstone’s Invitation Homes. In that position, Dunckel was responsible for managing external affairs for the nation’s largest single-family rental company.

From 2012 to 2014, Dunckel was a Senior Associate Director with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), responsible for managing the Agency’s communications, public affairs, industry and congressional relations. As the chief communications strategist, Dunckel led the rebranding of the agency including a redesign of the agency’s website, launch of a national PSA campaign aimed at underwater borrowers and creation of the agency’s social media platform.

Prior to that, Dunckel worked in the DC office of Visa Inc. As a senior business leader of global corporate communications, Dunckel was responsible for protecting and enhancing the company’s reputation managing corporate, public policy and litigation communications strategy.

Dunckel has also held communications positions with the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and The White House, as well as a number of presidential campaigns.

A new economic study released highlights how the U.S. beer industry – from brewers and beer importers to beer distributors to retailers – generates nearly $253 billion in economic activity, produces $48.5 billion in tax revenue and supports 1.75 million jobs.

Economic impact figures, tax contributions and job data for each state can be found here


The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility: Connect with us @BeerInstitute and on Facebook.

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Goose Island Debuts New Four Star Pils]]> 2015-08-27T21:23:34Z 2015-08-27T19:52:39Z

When a category is up 127 percent, you pay attention. A quick peek at the latest data from IRI Worldwide, a Chicago-based market research firm, reveals one utterly apparent trend in 2015: craft pilsners are on fire.

According to IRI, which tracks off-premise sales in grocery, drug, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser and military stores, the craft pilsner category has added more than 317,000 cases year-to-date (through Aug. 9). Only four other categories – IPA (3,507,963 cases), Variety (557,753 cases), Fruit/Veggie/Spiced beer (493,344 cases) and Pale Ale (349,240 cases) – have added more incremental volume in 2015.

That’s significant, and no doubt one of the factors prompting Goose Island, which is owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, to rollout its own craft take on the classic pale lager style.

Goose Island’s newest beer, Four Star Pils, which pays homage to its hometown of Chicago and a city flag that features four red stars, will make its official debut next month in 11 Midwest states (IL, IN, WI, MI, OH, MN, NE, ND, SD, MO, KS).

The beer will initially only be available on-draft, but company officials said they’re planning for a broader 2016 rollout that will include additional markets and bottled versions of the product.

In a conversation with Brewbound, Goose Island CEO Andy Goeler and General Manager Ken Stout described the beer, which checks in at 5.1 percent ABV and 44 IBUs, as a “hoppy take” on the pilsner.

“We are using Mt. Hood, Meridian and Equinox hops, so this will have a lot of personality,” said Stout. “These hops just complement each other so well. It’s refreshing and pleasing to beer drinkers who may not necessarily be beer geeks or home brewers.”

“This is a Goose Island interpretation of the pilsner,” added Goeler.

Translation: it’s designed to be drinkable.

After test-marketing the beer at a “handful of accounts” in Chicago this summer, Goeler and the Goose crew greenlit Four Star Pils for a wider release. Goeler believes the new offering will complement a Goose Island portfolio that is led by offerings like IPA, 312 Urban Wheat and Honker’s Ale.

“Consumers love variety-seeking,” he said. “A lot of these products are new to them. Pilsners are usually easier to drink and more sessionable and coming out with a Pilsner is part of Goose Island’s DNA.”

For now, the beer will be made at the company’s Fulton Street brewery, Goeler said, but it could eventually transition into larger-scale production at one of A-B InBev’s 12 U.S. breweries.

“We are taking this one step at a time and we want to see the response from consumers first,” he said. “We feel very fortunate and happy that we have access to those breweries and I look forward to making that call.”

The beer itself takes longer to produce and will tie up fermentation tanks for four weeks, Stout said.

“Lager beers are the most challenging beers to make,” he said. “There is no hop bill or big ABV to hide behind.”

And although Goose Island said it plans to push wholesalers to get behind the new pilsner, it doesn’t want to take attention away from an IPA brand that is currently up 212 percent through August 9, according to IRI.

“We are seeing some great growth on that and I want to make sure that we don’t take our eye off the IPA,” Goeler said. “Consumers are loving the story. It is an exciting style of beer and we are excited that Goose is in the mix.”

The entire Goose Island portfolio is up about 23 percent nationally, Goeler said.

David Eisenberg <![CDATA[Ninkasi Makes East Coast Debut in New York]]> 2015-08-27T17:15:46Z 2015-08-27T17:15:46Z

Ninkasi Brewing is getting set to make its full time debut on the east coast.

Starting in late September, the brewery’s beers – including Total Domination IPA and Oatis Oatmeal Stout – will be available throughout New York via a partnership with the Sheehan Family distributor network, comprised of Craft Beer Guild of New York, Union Beer Distributors, T.J. Sheehan Distributing, and Tri-Valley Beverage.

The company already sells beer in 10 states and in western Canada, but has yet to develop a strong presence in the east. In July, the company expanded to Texas, where it currently has a limited footprint. Brewery founder Nikos Ridge has a tie to the Big Apple, however, as an alumnus of New York University. He said he sees “tremendous opportunity” for growth in the state.

“I am excited to bring our beers to the growing number of passionate craft beer drinkers on the east coast,” said Ridge.

The company began sending one-off shipments to New York City last May, but will expand throughout the state, its eleventh, next month. Ninkasi may also look to expand in other east coast markets, a company spokeswoman told Brewbound. Communications director Ali AAsum said Ninkasi is already “looking into the possibility of additional East Coast cities” coming online this year.

It’s been a relatively busy year for the brewery on the distribution expansion front. In addition to launching in Texas, and now New York, the brewery tapped General Distributing Company of Salt Lake City for coverage throughout Utah back in February. In January, Ninkasi also realigned its wholesale network, leaving a pair of wholesalers owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev for two independent distributors.

Ninkasi, which last year opened a second brewery capable of producing 250,000 barrels annually, sold 95,700 barrels of beer in 2014. Currently ranked as the nation’s 36th largest craft brewery, Ninkasi plans to sell upwards of 110,000 barrels in 2015, AAsum said.

Press Release <![CDATA[The Hourglass Brewery Announces New Brewers]]> 2015-08-27T14:14:05Z 2015-08-27T14:14:05Z

Longwood, Florida – The Hourglass Brewery announces the departure of founding brewer, Sky Conley, and the elevation of Michael Delancett and Matthew Gemmell as co-brewers.

The change in brewers is part of The Hourglass Brewery’s plans to grow the distribution of its beers, first in Central Florida, and then throughout the state. “We’ve always had our sights set on distributing quality beer,” said co-founder, Brett Mason. In July 2015, The Hourglass Brewery began distributing its beer in Seminole and Orange Counties through Republic National Distributing Company. “Today’s personnel change is aimed at meeting the growing demands of our distribution while ensuring that a large variety of Hourglass beer remains available in our taproom,” according co-founder and manager, Lance Butterfield.

Sky Conley, who co-founded The Hourglass Brewery, helped to launch the brewery in 2012 with a three-barrel brewing system in its former Longwood location. Conley established a strong reputation for concocting a wide variety of unique and interesting beers. Said Butterfield: “We could not have launched a brewery without Sky’s brewing talent and creativity. We appreciate all his efforts.”

Taking charge of brewing operations at The Hourglass Brewery are Michael Delancett and Matthew Gemmell. Both Dalancet and Gemmell have been working on the brewery’s ten-barrel system since the new location opened its doors in October 2014. According to Mason: “Matt and Michael have worked hard to learn this system and what it takes to produce high-quality beer. They’re doing a great job.”

Press Release <![CDATA[Starcut Ciders Announces Statewide Bottle Distribution in Michigan]]> 2015-08-27T13:22:56Z 2015-08-27T13:22:56Z

Bellaire, Mich. – Starcut Ciders, a division of Short’s Brewing Company that crafts hard cider made with fruit sourced from Michigan, announces statewide bottle distribution this week. Originally introduced at Short’s pub in Bellaire, MI, Starcut Ciders has been available on tap across the state throughout the summer. Starcut Ciders is excited to now share their craft ciders throughout the mitten state in bottles, beginning August 30th.

Starcut Ciders is introducing two flagship varieties: Octorock, a semi-sweet cider and Pulsar, a semi-dry cider as well as a rotating seasonal release. The first seasonal release, Squishy, a semi-sweet cider made from a late season blend of apples, Balaton, and Montmorency cherries, will also be available on store shelves following the flagship release. Starcut Ciders will be packaged in 12-ounce bottles in six-pack carriers.

The label illustrations for both Starcut Ciders flagships and Squishy were completed by artist and designer, Don Pendleton. Most widely recognized for his portfolio of skateboard graphics and for the album artwork for Pearl Jam’s tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt, Pendleton was approached by Starcut this past winter. According to Short’s Art Director, Jesse Den Herder, “It was important to create a memorable icon for each of these ciders. Don’s work is so unique and was a perfect vehicle to express the personality of each cider.”

When asked about working with Starcut Ciders, Don explained “It’s exciting to see what is being done with craft cider and to witness this swell of independent companies who are focusing on creativity and injecting their own personal taste and style into the product. Having been a part of skateboarding since the ‘80s and seeing that industry being driven by smaller brands and unique perspectives, it’s very reminiscent of the DIY spirit I grew up with. It’s always great to see people who are passionate about something doing what they love and putting so much into every detail, whether it’s the taste, the quality, or the packaging.”

Starcut Ciders is distributed by Imperial Beverage, who has distributed Short’s beer for over a decade. Find Starcut Ciders on tap and at stores near you using our Starcut Ciders locator.

For more information about Starcut Ciders please visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Mims Distributing Announces Limited Availability Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest]]> 2015-08-27T13:18:32Z 2015-08-27T13:18:32Z

RALEIGH, N.C. – Mims Distributing Company, a wholesale beverage distributor in North Carolina, has announced the limited availability of Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest, a new collaborative seasonal beer. Starting this fall, Sierra Nevada will work with a different German brewery each year to produce Oktoberfest. Its inaugural partner, Augsburg, Germany-based Brauhaus Riegele, has brewed beer since 1386 and has earned many accolades, including being named the 2015 Craft Brewer of the Year at the Meiningers International Craft Beer Awards.

The partnership blends centuries of German brewing tradition with modern spirit, resulting in an authentic Oktoberfest lager that has a deep golden color, a delicate hop note and rich malt complexity from the use of traditional German Steffi barley. The beer is available in 12-ounce bottles and on draft from August through October.

Just as Sierra Nevada’s Ken and Brian Grossman lead the brewery as a father-son team, Brauhaus Riegele has a father-son duo at the helm. Its 27th generation Master Brewer Dr. Sebastian Priller-Riegele works alongside his son Sebastian Priller-Riegele, a World Champion Beer Sommelier, to brew a lineup of beers that together have earned more than 200 awards and medals from around the world. Their brewmaster, Frank Müller, has won the German government’s “Bundesehrenpreis” award for beer quality seven times – every year it’s been given.

Mims Distributing has partnered with Sierra Nevada for more than 25 years. The brewery, which has operations in Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina shares the same values as Mims – a passion for beer and dedication to quality.

“We’re honored that Brauhaus Riegele, a real cornerstone of German craft brewing, is kicking off this Oktoberfest collaboration with us,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “We’re both family owned, our children are hands on, and we share a passion for great beer. We’re aligned in so many ways, and we’re excited about the outstanding beer that’s emerged.”

“This is a really special brew that I hope craft beer lovers across North Carolina will embrace,” said Chip Mims, CEO of Mims Distributing Company. “It’s not every day that you see a collaborative beer with such a tradition of excellence behind it. Sierra Nevada has tapped into an awesome idea by going back to the roots of the Oktoberfest style. We look forward to carrying these inspiring, collaborative beers for years to come.”


Mims Distributing Company, established in 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a family-owned beer and wine distributor servicing the entire state of North Carolina. The company offers the MillerCoors brands that domestic beer fans enjoy, and maintains extensive knowledge of what’s brewing in the craft beer industry. These expert brew sellers share their passion for excellent beers on Tales from the Cask, a popular award-winning craft beer podcast covering everything from locally grown hops to seasonal ales and beyond. A proponent of the Triangle’s craft beer explosion, Mims Distributing offers favorites from AleSmith Brewing Company, Anchor Brewing, Carolina Brewing Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing, to name a few. Moreover, since re-engaging its wine division in October 2014, Mims has steadily grown its portfolio of world-class wines from regions including Napa Valley and Oregon. In addition to believing in the delicious beers and wines they sell, Mims Distributing is committed to supporting the local community, donating more than $60,000 in financial and in-kind donations to area nonprofits each year. A family-friendly company, Mims Distributing was the recipient of the 2013 and 2014 Carolina Parent Family-Friendly 50 award. Mims Distributing is also dedicated to sustainability as a way of life, and in 2013 was recognized with a Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women (TCREW) Champion Award in the Green and Sustainability category, as well as named a top three “green” Triangle business by Raleigh Downtowner Magazine. As always, Mims Distributing advocates for drinking in moderation. For more information, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Sebago Brewing Releases Bonfire Rye]]> 2015-08-26T22:02:31Z 2015-08-26T22:02:31Z Read more »]]>

Gorham, Maine - August 26th, 2015 On Friday, August 21st Sebago Brewing Company released their Fall Seasonal Bonfire Rye.

Bonfire Rye is a point of pride for this veteran Maine brewery. “Bonfire Rye is one of the most unique seasonal beers out there,” says Adams. “There is no other beer like it. It is enjoyable on an 80 degree day and a 40 degree night. It starts with a floral hop aroma, transitions to the rich and complex sweetness from the crystal malt and finishes clean with a creamy coffee note. It is not a Pumpkin beer or an Oktoberfest. We really love it.”

Sebago Brewing Company’s recent conversion to cans has proved to be exactly what Craft beer lovers want. Sales of Frye’s Leap IPA, Runabout Red Ale and Simmer Down Summer Session have been hugely successful. Customers have really embraced the packaging change to cans.

“This Summer has been amazing” says Adams “We have struggled to keep up with demand which is a great problem. The cans have really been a great change for us at the brewery. Our new canning line has helped us reach new customers while keeping our quality very high. I’m really excited to drink Bonfire out of a can.”

Sebago Brewing Co beers can be found on store shelves throughout New England.

Bonfire Rye Fact Sheet

Style: Hoppy Rye Ale

History: First Brewed in 2013

Orig. Gravity: 13.5 °P

Color: Mahogany 22 SRM

ABV: 5.7%

IBU: 67

Aroma: Earthy Rye with a resinous hop aroma

Hops: Simcoe, Columbus, Chinook, Citra

Malts: 2-Row Barley, English Crystal & Pale Malt, Weyermann German Rye, Franco-Belges Coffee Kiln Malt, Thomas Fawcett Dark Malt & Medium Crystal

Pairing Suggestions: Grilled Meats, Thai Noodle Bowl, Smokey BBQ, Gouda.

Hop Swap Release Update

On Friday, September 4th Sebago Brewing Company will release their highly acclaimed Specialty Beer Hop Swap exclusively in Sebago Pubs and new 16 oz. 4 pack cans. Each year Hop Swap is brewed with the same amazing IPA recipe. Each time we swap out the hops to showcase new and unique characteristics. This experimentation allows us to use different hops, pushing the boundaries of both aroma and flavor.

This year’s Hop Swap has bold notes of orchard fruits, apricot, citrus, green pepper, lemongrass and resinous pine which round out the clean dry finish.

Hop Swap Fact Sheet Hop Swap 16 oz. Can

Style: India Pale Ale

History: First Brewed in 2012

Orig. Gravity: 15 °P

Color: Mahogany 22 SRM

ABV: 6.7%

IBU: 88

Aroma: green pepper with a resinous hop aroma

Hops: Hallertau Blanc, Equinox, Rakau

Malts: 2-Row Barley, English Crystal & Pale Malt, Flaked Barley

About Sebago Brewing Company

Sebago Brewing Company is a Maine-owned and operated company firmly rooted at the crossroads of food and beer. Since opening in 1998, Sebago has become Maine’s premier contemporary American brewpub and one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the state. Sebago offers a full line of year round beers, five seasonal beers, and several highly-anticipated limited edition Single Batch Series beers. Sebago Brewing Co. has a reputation for creative, high quality, unique beers that tempt and satisfy the palates of beer lovers.

For more information on Sebago Brewing Company’s events and beer visit .

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Woodchuck Reveals New Core Packaging Designs]]> 2015-08-26T21:49:42Z 2015-08-26T21:47:58Z

Two months after debuting its $2 million “Why Woodchuck” advertising campaign, Vermont Hard Cider has lifted the veil on a completely redesigned set of core packages.

First teased in June, the new “deconstructed” six-packs, as Vermont Hard Cider’s vice president of sales Terry Hopper describes them, feature a more stylized arch to the “Woodchuck” type and focus on the primary flavors in each of the company’s core offerings: Amber, Granny Smith Pear and Hopsation.

“We’ve never changed our recipes and we’re not starting now — the taste profiles you’ve come to love over the last 24 years are all still intact,” the company wrote in a blog post. “When you spot the new Woodchuck packaging on the shelves you will see the ingredients pop out at you. From sliced apples to apples filled with hops, the imagery will highlight the taste and quality of the cider in the bottle.”

A nationwide rollout will run through October; Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will be the first to receive the refreshed packages, Hopper said.

“These new packages are much more vibrant, colorful and are designed to help consumers understand the complexities of our different ciders,” he said.

And although Vermont Hard Cider’s wholesalers and retailers have been “really supportive” of the new look, the initial response from Woodchuck’s Facebook fan base hasn’t been as positive.

“This packaging is ugly,” wrote one user.

“This looks generic and similar to all the ‘me too’ ciders that have popped up in the past few years from huge conglomerates,” wrote another.

Hopper’s response?

“Does anybody ever like change?” he asked. “I think the old packaging meant a lot, to a lot of people, but we need to continue to progress and move forward with the category.”

Despite the early criticism from social media users, Hopper said he believes a style-forward approach with the new packages will enable Woodchuck to better differentiate each of its brands at retail.

“We had some confusion with the same picture featured throughout all of the packages,” he said.

“People get nervous when iconic brands change, but we aren’t walking away from the Woodchuck. He is still there and embodies everything that our brand is about,” he added.

Design changes to the company’s seasonal lineup will begin in February, Hopper said.

Press Release <![CDATA[Ninkasi Introduces Sleigh’r and Noir]]> 2015-08-26T18:46:34Z 2015-08-26T18:46:34Z

EUGENE, Ore.—Ninkasi Brewing Company crafts up two new releases to help welcome the cooler months, capturing favorite flavors of the season. This September, craft beer drinkers will find Noir, a Coffee Milk Stout, and Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r, a Dark Doüble Alt Ale with pumpkin and brown sugar, in bottles and on tap.

Featuring two distinct brews of the Pacific Northwest, Ninkasi introduces Noir, a Coffee Milk Stout to its Special Release Series. “I have been brewing beers with coffee since the mid-nineties and have always loved the rich creaminess milk sugar imparts on beers and how it melds with coffee,” says Jamie Floyd, Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder. “Last year, we collaborated on a Coffee Milk Stout with Sierra Nevada and enjoyed the beer so much, we decided to brew one of our own.”

Brewed with rich, roasted malts and blended with smooth cold brewed coffee from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters, this beer is a satisfying take on a Milk Stout. “The cold brew process allows this beer to have a delicious coffee flavor without the added acidity,” adds Floyd. Noir can be found in 22-ounce bottles, Ninkasi’s 12-ounce Variety 12-Pack, and on draft September through December.

For the pumpkin beer lovers, Ninkasi introduces Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r to its Rare & Delicious Series. Serving up a fall-time rendition of the brewery’s winter seasonal, this Imperial Dark Doüble Alt Ale is brewed with 300 pounds of organic pumpkin and a generous helping of dark brown sugar.

“Last year we brewed Imperial Sleigh’r and quickly realized it would be the best base for a pumpkin beer,” explains Floyd. “This beer is bigger and bolder with the addition of organic Willamette Valley-grown Pumpkin from Stahlbush Island Farms and a dose of brown sugar for caramelization to round out the flavors.” Featuring artwork by Ninkasi’s Artist in Residence, Neal Williams, Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r will be available in exclusive 22-ounce bottles and on draft starting in September.

Noir Stats

Noir blends two signature brews of the Pacific Northwest: coffee and beer. This coffee milk stout combines roasted malts with smooth cold brewed coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A subtle sweetness from milk sugar (lactose) makes this beer reminiscent of the most satisfying cup of joe; distinctive and delectable.

Style: Milk Stout with Cold Brewed Coffee

Available: Sept. – Dec. 2015

ABV: 7.6%

IBU: 60

OG: 1082

Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Chocolate, Crystal, Brown, Black, Rice Hulls

Hops: Nugget

Packaging: 22oz. Bottles, 12oz. Variety 12-Pack, Draft

Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia.

Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r

The wicked stepbrother of Sleigh’r hits the town this fall. A burly 300 pounds of organic pumpkin and an ample helping of dark brown sugar were added to each batch, creating a sweet aroma, smooth mouthfeel and a warm finish plus all the toasted malt complexity Sleigh’r is known for. The legend of Sleigh’r lives on!

Style: Imperial Dark Doüble Alt Ale with Pumpkin and Brown Sugar

Available: Sept. 2015 – Depletion

ABV: 9.0%

IBU: 70

OG: 1089

Malt: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, Munich, Carahell, Roasted Barley, Chocolate

Hops: Nugget

Ingredients: Organic Pumpkin Puree, Dark Brown Sugar

Packaging: 22oz. Bottles, Draft

Distribution: Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Utah; Washington; Vancouver, British Columbia.

Learn more about Ninkasi’s full lineup of beers at

About Ninkasi Brewing Company

Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore. Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Dawn of the Red IRA, Lux Helles Lager, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Colorado; Idaho; Nevada; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

Press Release <![CDATA[Duck Rabbit Expands Distribution to Florida]]> 2015-08-26T18:32:24Z 2015-08-26T18:32:24Z Read more »]]>

Farmville, North Carolina – The Farmville-based Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery announced it will launch their portfolio of craft beers in Florida with distribution partner Cavalier Distributing beginning September 1.

Cavalier will distribute draught and bottle versions of Duck-Rabbit’s award-winning beers including Milk Stout, 5.7% ABV, Amber Ale, 5.5% ABV, Brown Ale, 5.6% ABV, Hoppy Bunny American Black Ale, 7.3% ABV, Baltic Porter, 9%, and Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, 8% ABV. Several events across the state are planned to celebrate the launch beginning Thursday, September 3 through Saturday, September 5. All launch events are listed at

“Florida has been on our radar for quite some time now. We’ve received loads of requests to send our beer to Florida, but we were determined to wait until we were confident that we could treat the state right. After a significant expansion of capacity here at the brewery, we decided the time was right and started visiting the market to talk with wholesalers and retailers. After several trips to different parts of Florida, it became quite clear that Cavalier was going to be a fantastic partner for The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery. We just couldn’t be more excited to start sending delicious North Carolina dark beer to Florida and to begin a partnership with Cavalier Distributing,” says Duck-Rabbit Founder Paul Philippon.

Launch Events – Thursday, September 3


The Top

30 N Main St

Gainesville, FL 32601

6 p.m.

Boxelder Craft Beer Market

2825 NW 2nd Ave

Miami, FL 33127


The Brass Tap Oldsmar

4011 Tampa Road

Oldsmar, FL 34677

About Duck-Rabbit Brewery

Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery sold its first beer in August 2004 and has been growing steadily ever since. Founder Paul Philippon was happily pursuing a career teaching philosophy when the siren song of brewing beer, his hobby since 1987, could no longer be ignored. He went to work for a succession of three breweries until he felt his experience was sufficient to try to open a brewery himself. The Duck-Rabbit Craft Brewery was born. Since opening in 2004, Duck-Rabbit has won five Great American Beer Festival (GABF) awards and several other awards.

About Cavalier Distributing

Established in 1992 by Founder/President George Fisher, Cavalier Distributing is one of the only distributors in the country with a portfolio that is exclusively American craft and imports. Cavalier operates 250,000 square feet of warehouse space dedicated to bringing great beer and spirits to increasingly discerning, appreciative, and educated consumers in Ohio, Indiana, and Florida. Cavalier employs more than 250 employees throughout the three states and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Lakeland, Florida.

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Founders Expands Distribution to New Mexico]]> 2015-08-26T16:37:19Z 2015-08-26T16:36:56Z

Founders Brewing yesterday announced plans to expand distribution to New Mexico, signing with Premier Beverage for coverage throughout the state.

“We’re thrilled to work with Premier Beverage to offer Founders for the first time in New Mexico,” co-founder & CEO Mike Stevens said in a press release. “The addition of new markets is always exciting, and New Mexico affords us a great opportunity to reach a new audience of beer enthusiasts.”

In the statement, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based beer company said it plans to launch product in New Mexico as early as October. Founders’ year-round lineup, as well as seasonal offerings ( in bottles, cans and kegs), will be the first to hit the market. Limited releases “may” follow shortly after, the company said.

With the addition of New Mexico, Founders’ beer will now be sold in 35 states and in Washington D.C. In June, the company expanded distribution to North Dakota and South Dakota.

Currently ranked as the country’s 17th largest craft brewery, Founders sold 193,000 barrels of beer in 2014, up 74 percent over the year prior, according to the Brewers Association. The company is currently on pace to sell 270,000 barrels in 2015.

David Eisenberg <![CDATA[Kansas City Bier Announces $1.5 Million Expansion]]> 2015-08-26T15:58:29Z 2015-08-26T15:58:29Z

Steve Holle, founder, Kansas City Bier Company

The Kansas City Bier Company has announced plans to more than double its production capacity and begin bottling beer as part of a $1.5 million expansion.

The 18-month-old German-style brewery, based in Kansas City, Mo., expects to complete the project next spring. Debt financing for the expansion was provided by Missouri Bank, the company said.

Steve Holle, the brewery’s founder, said demand in the Kansas City metro area, which extends into neighboring Kansas, has outgrown the company’s production capabilities.

“Sales have been climbing steadily, and we are nearing our production capacity for [draft] beer,” said Holle. “Stores are asking to add packaged beer to their retail shelves. It just seems like the right time to grow.”

Current capacity constraints limit the brewery to producing 6,000 barrels of draft-only beer. KC Bier, which launched in early 2014, sold just 1,450 barrels during its first 12 months and the company is on pace to make 5,000 barrels in 2015. The expansion is expected to double capacity to 12,000 barrels annually.

To spearhead its bottling initiative, KC Bier plans to house its new packaging operation, comprised of a semi-automated keg line and bottle filler, in a property adjacent to the brewery, doubling its footprint to 16,500 sq. ft.

The company’s beer is available at nearly 400 bars and restaurants in the area, but the only way consumers are currently able to drink KC Bier at home is by purchasing growlers at the brewery’s 80-seat German-themed beer garden.

The brewery said it would start by bottling its three year-round beers, Dunkel, Helles, and Hefeweizen. For packaging design, the brewery tapped ‘The Brandit,’ a design firm out of North Carolina that specializes in beer.

Looking forward, James Stutsman, KC Bier’s marketing director, said that with the added capacity, the company also hopes to cover more territories in Missouri and Kansas by the second quarter of 2016.

“We want to make sure we saturate our home market before we expand to cover territories,” he added. “From there, we hope to have a more regional presence by year five of the business.”

Press Release <![CDATA[Modern Times Releases Fruitlands Cherry Gose]]> 2015-08-26T15:15:26Z 2015-08-26T15:15:26Z

San Diego, Calif. – Our newest 22 oz. special release is fresh off the bottling line, and coming at you just in time to help smooth the transition from Summer to Fall. Fruitlands, our seriously refreshing cherry gose, is as uniquely complex and satisfying as a freshly solved Rubix cube.

First, we created a traditional gose mash with loads of salt and coriander. Next, we dosed it with 4 different strains of Lactobacillus to create the perfect funky, salty base beer. Finally, once fermentation finished, we added a healthy portion of tart Michigan grown Montmorency cherry juice. And voila, Fruitlands is born.

At 4.9%, this effervescent cherry bomb is the perfect complement to the last few weeks of high summer temperatures before Fall makes its official arrival. Fruitlands is on draft and in 22oz. bottles TODAY in both tasting rooms, and ships out for distribution the end of this week.

FYI: Because we used real cherry juice to make this very tasty beer, you may find some sediment in the bottles. That’s just fiber/pectin from the cherries, and it is totally harmless. A careful pour will keep it out of your glass entirely.

Press Release <![CDATA[Brewery Industry Leaders to Speak at NBWA’s 78th Annual Convention and Trade Show]]> 2015-08-26T14:34:16Z 2015-08-26T14:34:16Z

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) 78th Annual Convention and Trade Show will take place October 11 – 14, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

During the general session on Tuesday, October 13, President of Gretz Beer Company and NBWA Political Action Committee Chairman Mike Gretz will moderate a panel of leaders from five breweries and importers that partner with independent beer distributors across the country. Participants include:

  • Ronald den Elzen, President and CEO, Heineken USA
  • Ken Grossman, Founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Bill Hackett, President, Constellation Brands Beer Division
  • Gavin Hattersley, Interim CEO, MillerCoors LLC
  • João Castro Neves, Zone President North America, Anheuser-Busch InBev

NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser said, “It has been said that the only constant in the American beer industry is change. That saying is true once again this year.”

“From new entrants to the beer marketplace to new ownership in the brewery tier and new leadership for some supplier partners, there are many changes taking place in the American beer industry,” Purser added. “What does this mean for distributors? And how is the consumer impacted? NBWA is thrilled to bring together this diverse group of leaders to hear their perspectives on what the future of the industry may hold.”

The general session also will feature Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot responsible for the “Miracle on the Hudson,” award-winning journalist Candy Crowley and “white hat hacker” Jayson Street.

Registration is available online at Hotel accommodations at Caesars Palace can be made online or by calling (866) 227-5944. Reference the National Beer Wholesalers Association or NBWA to receive the group rates of $205+taxes per night in the Forum Tower or $213+taxes per night in the Augustus, Palace and Octavius Towers. The last day to make hotel reservations and receive the discounted room rate is September 17, 2015. The NBWA guest room block can sell out prior to this date. Once the block is sold, room rates cannot be guaranteed.

For more details, including media registration details and guidelines, please visit the convention page of NBWA’s website at Follow #NBWAVEGAS on Twitter for additional updates.


The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 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, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on and visit

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth ‘Restaurant Campus’ to Open in 2017]]> 2015-08-25T22:28:49Z 2015-08-25T21:07:57Z

Dogfish Head’s new $5 million Rehoboth Beach, Del. brewpub project cleared its final hurdle last week, earning a site plan approval from the town’s board of commissioners.

The board voted unanimously to approve a plan that will include a new restaurant, brewpub, distillery, outdoor courtyard, merchandise shop and a live music staging area.

The entire approval process, which first began back in April, took much longer than expected, however. A land-use board actually denied the company’s initial request to demolish and rebuild its 9,820 sq. ft. brewpub on grounds that the new venue would challenge a state law barring restaurants that serve alcohol from growing past 5,000 sq. ft. Dogfish had been grandfathered in past the rule but still needed to convince the city to grant the zoning approval during a second hearing, held in June.

The new “campus,” as Dogfish Head CEO Nick Benz described it, will include a second but separate restaurant inside the since shuttered Finbar’s Pub & Grille, which Dogfish Head purchased in early 2014.

“We are treating this whole project as one beautiful restaurant campus,” he said. “$4 million is being spent on a complete redo of the brewpub and another $1 million is being spent on the Finbar’s renovation.”

The company plans to “re-skin” the façade of Finbar’s and renovate the interior of that building before reopening the restaurant under a new name in November. The yet-to-be-named restaurant will feature a “spirits-first” menu and beer will play a “supporting role,” Benz said.

Construction on the new Dogfish Brewing & Eats portion of the campus will take much longer, however, and is not expected to be finished until 2017.

Rehoboth Beach, a popular tourist destination in the summer, has strict building guidelines that restrict activities to a condensed window of time, Benz said. That will slow the construction timeline and force Dogfish to contend with potentially harsh winter weather conditions, which could also hamper the buildout.

“You lose a lot of time simply because of the rules,” he said.

The construction timeline will also be extended because Dogfish will not shut down restaurant operations while building out part of the new space in an adjacent parking lot. If the company were to demolish the current building and build the entire project during a single phase, jobs and revenue would have been lost, Benz said.

“We are tackling this in a few phases and the entire thing will be completely done in mid-2017,” he said. “The building is in a state of disrepair. We’ll now be able to create a beautiful bar experience, increase the square footage of the brewing space, add some more fermenters and ramp up R&D. We are hopeful that we can get some portion of our peak summer season in 2017.”

Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats “2.0” will begin operating in the newly built space next summer, Benz said. The company will then demolish its current building and begin phase two of construction.

The entire project is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2017.

Press Release <![CDATA[Iron Hill to Release Pap-Ale]]> 2015-08-25T19:19:02Z 2015-08-25T19:19:02Z Read more »]]>

Philadelphia, PA — Beginning on Friday, September 18 – just in time for the World Meeting of Families 2015 and the Papal Visit to Philadelphia (September 25 through September 27) — Iron Hill Chestnut Hill (8400 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA; 215-948-5600) will release Pap-Ale, a religiously drinkable Abbey Dubbel brewed in honor of Pope Francis. Head Brewer Chris LaPierre loosely based the recipe on Patersbier, a Belgian-style session beer usually enjoyed by Trappist monks living in the monastery to commemorate festive occasions while honoring a monk’s simple life of prayer and personal austerity.

Pap-Ale will be a “session”-able mahogany ale with the sweetness of dark Belgian candi sugar, paired with the distinct aroma of plum and pear; plus the addition of Pope Francis’ favorite drink, Yerba Mate, which will provide complementary herbal and earthy notes. Pap-Ale rings in at around 4.5% ABV, slightly higher than a standard Patersbier, but much lower than the average American’s expectation of a true Belgian beer.

In a roundtable discussion with reporters last September, Pope Francis revealed that he drinks Mate, similar to tea, every day in an effort to stay healthy and calm his nerves. Mate is the traditional drink of Argentina, the Pope’s native country, and the beverage is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. The drink is meant to be enjoyed communally, often shared and sipped through a straw.

“The recipe for Pap-Ale was meticulously researched as we wanted to create a beer that Pope Francis may actually order,” says LaPierre. “In keeping with that convivial spirit, we wanted to brew something that meshed the Pope’s goodwill, Iron Hill’s commitment to community and Philadelphia’s reputation as the City of Brotherly Love – we think this accomplishes all three.”

Pap-Ale will be pouring exclusively at Iron Hill Chestnut Hill, available in limited quantities

It will be on draft for $6.25 / 16 oz. goblet

LaPierre brewed four kegs for this festive occasion; please call the restaurant or check online to confirm availability

Pap-Ale will be released on Friday, September 18 at 5 p.m.

About Iron Hill

Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 11 locations across the mid-Atlantic. Each restaurant is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. In 2014, Zagat honored Iron Hill by naming them the most popular restaurant in Philadelphia.

David Eisenberg <![CDATA[Shipyard and Sea Dog Re-launch in Illinois with MillerCoors’ Wholesale Network]]> 2015-08-25T19:38:44Z 2015-08-25T19:11:13Z

As part of an ongoing effort to take back control of its sales and distribution responsibilities, Shipyard Brewing today announced it has re-launched in Illinois, tapping MillerCoors’ OneIllinois network for distribution of both its namesake and Sea Dog brands.

The company’s products, including top-selling Shipyard Pumpkin Ale, have been available in Illinois for the past several years, but only in limited quantities. By partnering with a statewide network of 17 wholesalers, the beer company said it hopes to increase its presence in Illinois.

“We are excited about the opportunity for growth,” said Fred Chapman, regional sales manager at Shipyard and Sea Dog. “Our new distribution network of experienced and respected distributors will better enable us to reach the craft beer lovers in the state.”

Sales of Shipyard products throughout Illinois were previously managed by Total Beverage Solutions (TBS), a South Carolina-based wholesaler and importer that had at one time served as the brewery’s master distributor in more than 30 states. Last January, however, Shipyard scaled back its relationship with TBS and retook control of sales and marketing initiatives in 15 states. At the time, TBS remained the company’s master distributor in places like Ohio, New Mexico, Louisiana and Illinois.

Lindsey Murray, a spokeswoman with Shipyard, said TBS will continue to oversee sales and distribution of both brands in “about 20 states” where the company still has a smaller presence.

OneIllinois paid “fair market value” to the Illinois wholesalers who had been previously selling Shipyard and Sea Dog beer, Murray added.

This month’s re-launch isn’t a complete overhaul. Shipyard had existing partnerships with OneIllinois members Burke Beverage, Chicago Beverage Systems, and Kozol Brothers, which will continue to sell the beer. The brand will now get plugged into the rest of the network, which is comprised of: Baumgarten Distributing, Chas. Hendrick and Son, Euclid Beverage, George A. Mueller Beer Co., Hayes Beer Distributing Co., Hayes Beer Distributing of Rockford, Joseph Mullarkey Distributors, Kloss Distributing, Koerner Distributor, Inc., Mississippi Belle Distributing, Orange & Blue Distributing, Ra-Jac Distributing, Robert Chick Fritz Distributing, and Town & Country Distributors.

It’s the second major shakeup this year for Shipyard, which in February repurchased its brand rights in Florida from Brown Distributing, and realigned with 19 different wholesalers throughout the state.

Currently the 25th largest craft brewery in the U.S., according to data published by the Brewers Association, Shipyard production lagged in 2014, down 12 percent due in large part to some of its contract partners self reporting , to 147,000 barrels. Excluding that volume from its contract partners, Shipyard produced 136,982 barrels of its own beer in 2014, Murray said.

Press Release <![CDATA[Heavy Seas Releases Winter Storm]]> 2015-08-25T17:45:02Z 2015-08-25T17:45:02Z

BALTIMORE, MD — Heavy Seas Beer’s fall/winter seasonal is about to make it’s triumphal return! “It was our first international gold medal winning beer,” said brewery founder, Hugh Sisson. “And I’m not supposed to say it, but I think it may be my favorite beer!”

The Imperial ESB will be available from October to December in all 18 states where Heavy Seas beer is distributed.

Winter Storm draws on hops from both the West Coast and the UK for its elegant bitterness. A ruddy hued, richly flavored ale, Winter Storm has subtle aromas of nutty malts, earthy hops, and a trace of cocoa. This is a perfect beer for fall and winter, especially because of its warming qualities.

“I also think it’s one of the best beer names ever,” said Sisson. “Everytime the winter weather gets iffy, every TV and radio station in the country is advertising the name of our beer for free!”

  • Style: Imperial Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Availability: October – December
  • Malts: 2-row, Crystal, Caramalt, Chocolate Malt
  • Hops: Warrior, UK Goldings, UK Fuggles, Cascade, Centennial
  • Suggested Food Pairings: Brie or Havarti cheese, Pan-seared steak
Press Release <![CDATA[River North Releases Fancy Effing Stout]]> 2015-08-25T17:20:57Z 2015-08-25T17:20:57Z

Denver, Colo. — This Saturday August 29th at 1pm, River North Brewery will release Fancy Effing Stout, an imperial stout aged in Manhattan cocktail barrels. These rare casks formerly held rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and a dash of bitters.

Jet black and robust as hell, Fancy Effing Stout is an exercise in narcissism, the bottle you break out when you want your friends to know you’re better than them.

“This stout embodies a level of sophistication – and a bit of hubris – that’s helped define us as a brewery,” Founder and Head Brewer Matt Hess said. ”Once the idea for a cocktail-barrel-aged imperial stout was hatched, the name was inevitable.”

River North will pour drafts of Fancy Effing Stout at the taproom release party Saturday starting at 1pm. Bombers to go will cost $15 with a half-case limit. More bottles will hit store shelves in Colorado following the release. While Fancy Effing Stout delivers on its name when fresh, it’s also a necessary addition to any respectable cellar.


Matt and Jessica Hess opened the award-winning River North Brewery in February 2012. Located in the heart of the RiNo district, Denver’s premier craft brewing neighborhood, River North focuses on Belgian-style and barrel-aged beers. The brewery was recently named 2015 Brewery of the Year in the Best of Craft Beer Awards. Follow River North on Twitter/Instagram (@rivernorthbrew) and Facebook ( for the latest insights.

Press Release <![CDATA[Hi-Wire Introduces Farmhouse Series]]> 2015-08-25T16:20:01Z 2015-08-25T16:20:01Z

Asheville, NC — Hi-Wire Brewing has gone through incredible growth in a very short amount of time. The barely two year old brewery started with a small taproom in the South Slope area of downtown Asheville. Last month they opened a second location, a 27,000 square foot building that will take their 2015 production from 6,000 barrels to 10,000 barrels. With the opening of this new location, the South Slope Taproom was converted into Hi-Wire’s experimental brewery. A new brewer, Johnathan Parks, was brought on to run this specialty arm of the brewery and has developed a new series of beers, The Farmhouse Series.

Parks’s new role as the Head of Specialty Brewing affords him the opportunity to brew a wide variety of beers of his choosing. Citing a love for rustic, dry, easy-drinking ales, his first endeavor was to create The Farmhouse Series.

“I really enjoy the profile of farmhouse beers,” stated Parks. “Most of the flavor comes from from a single source, the yeast, and there is beauty in that simplicity. Not to mention these beers have a rich history, and I love the idea that I am drinking something that could have been enjoyed 100 years ago. Brewing farmhouse beers gives one the ability to connect with another time.”

The first beer in this series, Farmhouse Volume 1, is a traditional farmhouse ale, an easy-drinking 4.9% ABV beer that utilizes flaked oats and wheat for body. Light straw in color, this ale has upfront earthy and pear flavors that fade into light peppercorn spice. Light on the palate, this refreshing beer is a great house saison.

“This particular beer pays homage to the origin of the style. These beers were created to be enjoyed after a long day in the fields, to provide sustenance after a 12-hour day on the farm. After I put in a long day in the brewery, I crave the same beers that the Belgian brewers wanted, crisp, simple, straightforward beers that you can enjoy a few pints of,” said Parks.

Farmhouse Volume 1 will be available on shelves in 22 ounce bottles beginning August 28th. This one-time release beer will also find limited draught distribution in bars and restaurants across North Carolina. The Farmhouse Series joins other one-time release series including the Hop Circus Experimental IPA Series and the Ringmaster’s Reserve Barrel Aged beer series.

For regular updates on the release of new beers and other upcoming news, please visit

About Hi-Wire Brewing

Located in Asheville, NC, Hi-Wire Brewing is known for producing approachable and balanced ales and lagers, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Prime Time Session Pale Ale, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch IPA. Hi-Wire was awarded the most medals at the 2014 NC Brewer’s Cup and Best New North Carolina Brewery of 2013 by RateBeer. Hi-Wire’s award-winning beers can be found on draft and in bottles across North Carolina. As of July 25th, craft beer drinkers are able to enjoy Hi-Wire beer at their new Big Top location, a 27,000 square foot production facility located a half a mile from the Biltmore Estate. In addition to their flagship beers, Hi-Wire offers a rotating selection of lager seasonals, including Lion Tamer Rye IPA, Strongman Coffee Stout, Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager, Twice as Nice Doppelbock as well as a variety of single release beers brewed and bottled in their South Slope Taproom and Brewery. Learn more about the company at