Craft beer industry news, events, and jobs. 2017-06-23T18:22:00Z Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Kenary’s Clarion Call: Date Code Your Beer]]> 2017-06-23T18:22:00Z 2017-06-23T18:21:59Z

On a recent visit to Connecticut, Dan Kenary, the co-founder and CEO of Boston’s Harpoon Brewery, discovered that 60 percent of the unrefrigerated beers at one retail account did not have code dates.

“That’s shameful,” he exclaimed to roughly 200 beer industry professionals attending last week’s Brewbound Session business conference in New York City.

“We make a perishable product that has a shelf life much closer to milk than it does to wine or spirits,” he continued. “I challenge everyone – clear, legible, consumer-friendly code dates.”

Kenary is the latest industry stakeholder to emphasize the importance of maintaining quality standards as hundreds of new category entrants continue to flood an already crowded craft beer segment that has swelled to more than 5,400 companies.

The discussion really took off in 2014, when Brewers Association director Paul Gatza stood in front of thousands of brewers attending the annual Craft Brewers Conference and recounted a beer festival experience in which he sampled a variety of subpar offerings.

“Don’t fuck it up,” he yelled.

The following year, the BA, via its “quality subcommittee,” officially defined quality beer. Later in 2015, the organization introduced a “quality priority pyramid,” intended to serve as a “visual reference for craft brewers as they implement their unique quality programs.”

Then in 2016, the Beer Institute dove head first into the discussion with the introduction of a voluntary disclosure initiative that encouraged all brewers to provide freshness dating via “born on” or “best by” date codes.

And this year, the BA named two individuals – Neil Witte, a former quality specialist with Duvel USA, and Mary Pellettieri, an author and expert on quality brewing practices – to roles aimed at advancing the industry’s quality standards.

But for Kenary, the threat of un-coded beer languishing on the “scary, scary warm shelf,” as he called it, is just one of the challenges craft beer companies face in today’s competitive marketplace.

“If you had asked me what’s the biggest recent change, I would say it is the unprecedented pressure that we are getting from all different sides within the craft world,” he said.

That pressure is coming from three directions:

From above, Harpoon is challenged by companies like Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Heineken and Constellation, all of which have bought into the craft segment in a big way, Kenary said.

“There has never been the kind of sustained pressure from above that we are seeing right now,” he said.

From the side, wine, spirits, cider, flavored malt beverages and cocktails are all taking drinking occasions away from beer.

And from below, thousands of new craft breweries have made it more difficult for established companies such as Harpoon to keep draft lines and shelf placements.

“The industry is changing and the world is changing,” he said. “It is a much more complex business.”

So what’s a regional brewer like Harpoon to do?

Kenary believes a “relentless focus on quality, transparency and the truth,” will ultimately enable craft brewers to combat those pressures.

“Times will change and it’s going to get tougher,” he said “We need to stay relevant to craft consumers and stay true to who we are.”

During his presentation, Kenary outlined some of the ways Harpoon has evolved within a rapidly changing industry.

Some of the projects he highlighted included the construction of a $3.5 million beer hall, the establishment of an employee ownership plan and investments into Barrel House Z (an upstart craft brewery in the Boston area) and Latitude Beverage Company (a wine company).

The company is pondering future investments, similar to the ones it has already made in Barrel House Z and Latitude Beverage, Kenary added.

“I think there are going to be tremendous opportunities over the next three or so years,” he said.

Press Release <![CDATA[101 North Brewing Company Announces First 2 Can Releases]]> 2017-06-23T14:01:56Z 2017-06-23T14:01:56Z

PETALUMA, CA —101 North Brewing Company recently contributed their first two additions to the surging canned beer phenomena, both in 16-ounce six-packs. Heroine India Pale Ale, their popular flagship beer, and newcomer Indigo Pale Ale, brewed with Blue Agave Nectar, are now both readily available throughout Northern California and the Bay Area.

“I’ve always been a big fan of cans for no other reason than flavor longevity” says Co-Founder and Brew Master Joel J. Johnson. “It’s taken a minute, but the craft beer consumer is becoming pretty savvy to that fact now too.”

Known for their strong commitment to complex yet balanced ales, 101 North has also built a reputation for capitalizing on local artists to capture their avant-garde brand imagery. The 360 degree canvas that 16-ounce cans provide certainly allows them to highlight this element.

“As former musicians, we’ve always kind of thought of our beer labels as album covers, and we’re very proud of our labels, so we’re stoked that the cans allow us to get the artwork out front even more. It definitely has us thinking about what else we can come up with, and for me as the brewer that’s pretty exciting as well” said Johnson.

Heroine IPA has nearly reached cult status locally, and in Sonoma County that isn’t easy with local IPA giants Russian River, Lagunitas, and Bear Republic (where Johnson was Head Brewer for eight years) to contend with. That hasn’t stopped them from winning a few Best IPA Awards at regional events, and most recently a Best Can Presentation Award for their striking Heroine artwork at the annual Can Fest during SF Beer Week. An amber-colored, NorCal- fashioned old-school IPA, Heroine’s assertive crystal malt backbone is accented by a floral, piney hop-profile thanks to an abundance of Cascade, CTZ, Chinook, and Centennial hops.

With a lot of breweries going Fruity IPA crazy these days, 101 North went a different route and unveiled Indigo Pale Ale, an American Pale Ale made with Blue Agave Nectar. Bittered with a single experimental-hop, catalog-named ADHA 484, the hop-profile is best described as citrusy and woodsy, with the highly-fermentable agave used to intensify the caramel flavors and hoppy aroma.

Both Heroine IPA (7.2% ABV, 61 IBU) and Indigo Blue Agave Pale Ale (6% ABV, 49 IBU) can be found at their Tap Room and fine craft beer retailers, just in time for summer adventures.

About 101 North Brewing Company

Founded in 2012, 101 North is an independent, friends and family owned and operated hand-crafted Brewery and Tap Room located in Petaluma, California. The company is led by Brew Master Joel J. Johnson and his 20 + years of brewing experience, and have created a strong momentum among craft beer enthusiasts through their exceptional brews, unique packaging, business ethics, and commitment to sustainability. For more information on 101 North Brewing Company, please visit or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or visit their Tap Room in Sonoma County.

Press Release <![CDATA[Celis Brewery Grand Opening Set for July 11]]> 2017-06-22T17:20:40Z 2017-06-23T14:00:35Z

AUSTIN, Texas — Celis Brewery has reopened and is set to hold its Grand Opening on Tuesday, July 11, exactly 25 years to the day of the original’s brewery’s grand opening in 1992. The celebration marks the official return of Austin’s first craft brewery founded by famed Belgian brewer Pierre Celis. The legendary Celis Brewery has been rebuilt by Christine Celis, Pierre’s daughter and partner in the original brewery, and it is reintroducing Celis White, the beloved Belgian-style witbier that started Austin’s craft beer craze in 1992.

Celis Brewery gained national and international notoriety with its Celis White, a Belgian witbier that Pierre Celis championed in his hometown of Hoegaarden, Belgium. Its popularity led to the rapid growth of the brewery, which was subsequently sold to the Miller Brewing Company. In 2001, the brewery closed its doors.

“Austin has its first craft brewery back,” says Ms. Celis, founder and CEO of Celis Brewery. “It has been a labor of love to reopen Celis Brewery, and it is incredibly exciting to be back brewing my father’s original recipes like the famous Celis Wit and Celis Grand Cru using the proprietary yeast from Belgium. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and enthusiasm we have found in Austin as we have started reintroducing our Celis beers around town in a series of tastings this month. We are thrilled to celebrate our return with a Grand Opening party on the 25th anniversary of the first grand opening. We are giving Austin a part of its history back.”

The Celis Brewery Grand Opening party will be the public’s first opportunity to tour the 22,000-square-foot brewery in northwest Austin that has the capacity to brew more than 50,000 barrels per year. The brewing team will show off the technologically advanced 50 HL BrauKon brew system, some of the original equipment from Belgium, and the new brewery’s taproom with its majestic centerpiece: the original Celis Brewery’s massive hand-beaten copper kettle from the early 1900s which has been converted into a beautiful bar. Guests will have an opportunity to taste not only the original recipe beers, but also try new beer recipes. The party will feature live music and food on site.

The Celis Brewery adheres to the same stringent consistency and quality protocols that propelled the original brewery to prominence. The investment in state of the art brewing equipment is matched by the investment in top-quality brewing personnel.Christine Celis leads a team which includes head brewer, Craig Mycoskie, who joins the team from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, and brewer and Daytona Camps, who is the daughter of Ms. Celis.

The brewery was design for efficiency by distinguished brew engineer Bert Van Hecke, who brings more than a decade of brewing experience in, brewery management and consulting experience at prominent breweries in Belgian, South Africa and the United States. The brew system was modified specifically to use old Belgian brewing techniques.

Celis Beers

Celis Brewery returns with three year-round beers that are now available year-round on tap in central Texas.

Celis White: the legendary “Father of Witbier” first brewed by Pierre Celis in 1965 is back. The signature witbier is made with the original Celis recipe including Cascade, Saaz and Willamette hops, coriander and orange peel, as well as the proprietary yeast strain from Belgium. This traditional witbier is hazy bright yellow with strong citrus with spicy fruity scents. Celis White sparkles slightly tart fruit flavors balanced with light maltiness and wheat. It finishes with complex citrus and spice for a refreshing taste that is perfect on a warm Texas afternoon.

Celis Pale Bock: Christine Celis has revived her father’s Belgian Pale Bock recipe with the same amber color and lingering warm rich flavors as the original. It’s brewed with caramel malts, and Saaz, Willamette and Cascade hops, giving it a deep copper and a creamy Belgian-white head. The Pale Bock has dry berry with caramel-malt and citrus aromas, and delicious flavors of subdued berry, malt, a touch of citrus, hints of herbs and spices, and a touch of bitterness at the finish. This easy drinking, full-flavored beer is sure to inspire engaging conversations with friends.

Celis Citrus Grandis IPA: Celis Brewery’s first new recipe is an East Coast style IPA made with the finest Azacca and Citra hops. This zesty Caribbean-inspired brew mingles juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromatics in its hazy golden depths. The IPA pours hazy pale orange with frothy, paper-white head. The effortlessly drinkable beer has bold flavors of grapefruit, orange rind and melons followed by light peach, passionfruit and pineapple notes. It finishes with lingering piney, hop bitterness that begs for a second sip.

Celis Brewery will introduce more beer styles in fall 2017, including Celis Grande Cru.

Celis Brewery beers are now available on tap at more than 100 bars and restaurants in central Texas. Availability will expand to Dallas Fort Worth in July, and San Antonio and Hill Country in August. soon in bottles Celis beers will be available in bottles in retail locations in August 2017. Celis Brewery is distributed by Brown Distributing Co. Inc. in Austin, Andrews Distributing in Dallas Ft, GLI Distributing in San Antonio, and Tri-City Distributors in New Braunfels, TX.

About Celis Brewery

Celis Brewery, founded by Christine Celis in Austin, Texas, brews Belgian-style ales and other beers, including the original witbier that Pierre Celis brewed in Hoegaarden, Belgium. The brewery is an extension of the Celis family legacy and builds on the award-winning craft beer heritage for which the family is known. Connect with Celis Brewery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Press Release <![CDATA[Upland Brewing Company Releasing Free Time Lager]]> 2017-06-23T13:57:06Z 2017-06-23T13:57:06Z

BLOOMINGTON, IN — Upland Brewing Company announces the release of its new beer, Free Time. This Vienna-style lager delivers a smooth, crisp, perfectly balanced malt and hop profile with a clean finish, making it ultimately enjoyable for a shift beer or any other time that comes well deserved. Free Time will be available in a new format for Upland, coming in 15-packs of 12 ounce cans. Fans in the midwestern distribution area can try it first on draught starting in July at Upland locations and select accounts and can expect to stock their fridges early August.

“Free Time lager is bright copper in appearance with a perfectly balanced malt and hop profile. We’ve selected high quality base malts to provide light biscuit and caramel flavors, which are complemented by spicy, noble hops. It has low bitterness and drinks slightly sweet, yet finishes crisp and dry,” said Pete Batule, VP of Brewery Operations.

The malt flavor is clean, bready-rich, and somewhat toasty, with an elegant impression derived from quality base malts and process, not specialty malts and adjuncts. Nugget, Mt. Hood and Vanguard hops are used for their herbal, earthy hop aroma and flavor. Augustiner Lager yeast was chosen for its low sulfur production and its soft elegant flavor.

Free Time was brewed to be both flavorful and highly drinkable, clocking in at 4.7% ABV and 25 IBUs. The idea behind this beer centers on taking back your own time.

“Free Time makes for a great refrigerator beer. This is the go-to when you want to grab a shift beer with coworkers or for those times when your neighbor drops by to ‘return a tool he borrowed,’”said Upland President Doug Dayhoff. “We wanted to brew this sessionable beer just in time for summer to let you kick back and enjoy it.”

Make room in your fridge and get ready to enjoy your Free Time soon. Tastings and launch events are also planned for July and August.

About the beer:

Bright copper in appearance with a perfectly balanced malt and hop profile. The malt flavor is bready and clean from high quality base malts and is complemented by spicy, noble hops. It has low bitterness and slightly sweet, yet finishes crisp and dry.

ABV: 4.7%
IBU: 25

About Upland Brewing Co. 

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. has an intriguing brewing story that dates back to 1998. Our mission is to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Upland is currently the third largest brewery in Indiana and brews more than 50 different styles of beer annually.

Press Release <![CDATA[Ghostfish Brewing Partners with The Mountaineers for New Year-Round Kick Step IPA]]> 2017-06-22T15:52:19Z 2017-06-23T13:00:13Z

Seattle, WA Ghostfish Brewing is launching Kick Step IPA, a bold and distinctly Northwest India Pale Ale brewed to benefit Washington-based nonprofit, The Mountaineers.

Founded in 1906, The Mountaineers is a growing outdoor community of 12,000 dedicated to getting people outside to learn responsible recreation and protect the wild places of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Kick Step IPA mirrors this low-impact consciousness, brewed with a grain base of malted millet – one of the world’s most draught tolerant grains.

“In an alternate world where gluten intolerance doesn’t exist, we’d still recommend malted millet as a brewing grain,” says Ghostfish Co-Owner and Brewmaster Jason Yerger. “Aside from offering a wonderful array of deep and distinctive flavors, millet also requires significantly less water to cultivate than grains like wheat and barley, making it easier to grow and gentler on the planet!”

Inspired by the legacy of The Mountaineers, Ghostfish started creating the hop bill with Comet—one of the oldest hops cultivated in the United States—and progressed forward through time with Columbus, Simcoe, and finally to Denali—one of the newest hops developed in Washington. All four Washington-grown hops range in flavors, including citrusy, piney, and tropical.

Both Ghostfish Brewing and The Mountaineers were founded on the idea of transcending limits—whether it’s delivering distinctive craft beer or offering life-changing experiences in the outdoors. A portion of the sales of this Northwest-style IPA will benefit The Mountaineers and its efforts to provide opportunities to get people outside while working to protect public lands and the outdoor experience.

The beer’s label shows a climber executing a kick step—a mountaineering technique crucial for maintaining control and balance on steep, snowy ascents like the glaciated peaks in the Pacific Northwest.

Join Ghostfish Brewing and The Mountaineers to celebrate this partnership and the release of Kick Step IPA at a mountain-themed release party on July 12, 2017 at the Ghostfish Taproom.

“As The Mountaineers, we thrive on a spirit of wonder, a sense of adventure, and a commitment to the wild places of the Pacific Northwest,” says The Mountaineer CEO Tom Vogl. “We’re thrilled to be working with Ghostfish on this project and are grateful for their support of our mission.”

“We are thrilled and honored to introduce our new partnership with The Mountaineers,” says Co-Owner and Director of Sales & Marketing Brian Thiel. “Ghostfish Brewing leads with an adventurous spirit to push the boundaries of beer and bring people together; a central theme that allowed The Mountaineers to become one of the leading and most influential outdoor recreation and conservation organizations in the country over the past 111 years.”

ABV 5.5% / IBU 65 

Kick Step IPA will be available in 12oz can 4-packs and on draft at the Ghostfish Taproom and in all markets Ghostfish beer is currently distributed at the beginning of July.

About Ghostfish Brewing Company 

Ghostfish Brewing is the first and only dedicated gluten-free craft brewery located in Washington state. Since opening in February 2015, Ghostfish Brewing has been exploring the uncharted waters of never before-used brewing techniques and testing the limits of what can be created without wheat, barley, rye or oats. Ghostfish brews six year-round beers; Vanishing Point Pale Ale (2015 Gold U.S. Open Beer Championship Gluten Free Beer), Shrouded Summit Belgian White Ale (2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards), Grapefruit IPA (2017 WA Beer Awards Bronze, 2016 Gold U.S. Open Beer Championship Gluten Free Beer, 2015 & 2016 GABF® Bronze Gluten Free Beer), Meteor Shower Blonde Ale, Peak Buster Double IPA, and Kick Step IPA benefitting The Mountaineers. The production brewery and taproom are located at 2942 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA. Learn more about Ghostfish Brewing’s beers, brewery and taproom at or on its Facebook page. Keep updated on Ghostfish beers near you at as distribution continues growing.

About The Mountaineers

The Mountaineers is a Seattle-based nonprofit dedicated to helping people explore, conserve, learn about, and enjoy the lands and waters of the Pacific Northwest and beyond since 1906. As one of the foremost outdoor recreation and conservation organizations in the world, The Mountaineers ensures that people have the skills to explore our natural world safely and responsibly. The 12,000-member community offers thousands of volunteer-led courses, activities, and events to foster deep, personal connections to the power and wonder of the natural world. The Mountaineers’ advocacy program is Washington’s leading voice for protecting the outdoor experience. Mountaineers Books expands passion for the outdoors internationally through award-winning publications, including instructional guides, adventure narratives, and conservation photography. Learn more at

Press Release <![CDATA[Indeed Brewing Releasing Shenanigans Summer Ale]]> 2017-06-22T16:00:56Z 2017-06-23T12:00:42Z

Minneapolis, MN — A warm day, great friends and a good beer—It doesn’t get any better. In that spirit we present Shenanigans Summer Ale, our ode to the season. Brewed with Lemondrop hops, regionally produced honey, and white wheat, Shenanigans Summer Ale has a zesty, citrus aroma, refreshingly dry body and notes of honey. So on those long, hot days, remember: summer is time for Shenanigans.

Shenanigans took first place in the Wheat Beer Category of the National Honey Board’s 2016 Honey Beer Competition, and received a Silver Metal for Best in Show. Our Summer Ale also claimed the title of Best Wheat Beer in The Growler magazine’s reader-nominated 2016 Kind of a Big Deal Awards. Shenanigans Summer Ale is available now through September, on draft and in 12 oz. cans in 6-packs and 12-packs.

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Ballast Point Distribution Rights Sold in Brewery’s Second Largest Market]]> 2017-06-22T21:37:02Z 2017-06-22T21:26:28Z

Constellation Brand’s continued effort to move Ballast Point Brewing into its so-called “Gold Network” of U.S. beer distributors took a significant leap forward this month when the San Diego-based brewery’s distribution rights were sold in its second largest market — Massachusetts.

Constellation, a cross-category alcoholic beverage company best known for selling Mexican import offerings Corona and Modelo, has confirmed to Brewbound that Ballast Point beers are no longer being sold in Massachusetts by Atlantic Beverage Distributors and the Sheehan Family Companies-owned Craft Beer Guild LLC.

Instead, a collection of six “Gold Network” distributors who already sell Constellation Brands’ beer products – Atlas Distributing, Burke Distributing, Merrimack Valley Distributing Company, L. Knife & Son (a subsidiary of Sheehan Family Companies), Williams Distributing and Quality Beverage – and one non-affiliated wholesaler, Commercial Distributing, are now selling the Ballast Point brand throughout the state.

A seventh “Gold Network” wholesaler, Girardi Distributors LLC of Athol, Mass., reportedly opted not to carry the brand, sources told Brewbound.

“This move was made several months ago and driven by efficiencies we could realize as a result of aligning with the Gold Network,” a Constellation spokeswoman wrote in an email to Brewbound, noting that Massachusetts was an “important area of focus” for the company.

Numerous wholesalers interviewed by Brewbound said “Gold Network” distributors in Massachusetts officially began selling Ballast Point products earlier this month.

Specific financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. One source, who asked not to be named, said the rights to distribute Ballast Point were sold for “fair market” value.

Another source close to the Ballast Point business told Brewbound that sales of the brewery’s beers in Massachusetts were up 26 percent in 2016, to approximately 180,000 case equivalents.

The brewery’s products were previously sold by Atlantic Beverage Distributors and Craft Beer Guild LLC (CBG) — two craft-focused wholesalers that had fought one another for draft lines and shelf space across the state as part of a process known as “dueling.” Under that arrangement, CBG and Atlantic sold the same Ballast Point products, in the same territories, which is not how the majority of contracts between brewers and beer distributors are typically structured.

In most states, brewers are only allowed to grant distribution privileges to one wholesaler in a given territory.

Approximately 6 percent of Ballast Point volumes flowed through Massachusetts in 2015, according to an SEC filing from October of that year, one month before Constellation purchased Ballast Point for $1 billion. The San Diego brewery sold 277,000 barrels of beer in 2015 and, sales grew to about 431,000 barrels in 2016, according to Brewers Association records.

According to one source, Atlantic sold the majority of Ballast Point beer distributed in Massachusetts.

Mino Soghomonian, Atlantic Beverage Distributors general sales manager, wouldn’t share specific sales information, but said his company planned to offset at least some of the lost business with an increased focus on selling beers from both existing and new suppliers.

“We are committed to continuing to grow our presence as the independent craft beer distributor in Massachusetts that has scalability,” he said. “Our focus is on independent craft breweries, and we have showed that with the newest addition to our portfolio, Lawson’s Finest.”

Atlantic recently expanded into a new 106,000 sq. ft. distribution center in Holliston, Mass., and, in the last seven years, has grown from 40 employees to about 240, Soghomonian said. The company currently distributes about 40 brands, including national craft stalwarts such as Stone Brewing and Dogfish Head as well as breakout regional players Lord Hobo and Jack’s Abby, among others.

The Ballast Point brand transfer in Massachusetts follows a similar move made by Constellation last week in New Jersey. The rights to about 100,000 cases of Ballast Point were sold by Hunterdon Brewing Company, another Sheehan Family Companies wholesaler, to various “Gold Network” wholesalers, according to Beer Marketer’s Insights.

Last January, Ballast Point terminated contracts with Sheehan Family Companies subsidiaries in New York City and moved the brand to Manhattan Beer.

Ballast Point brand rights also transferred in Wisconsin and Maryland in 2015.

At the Beer Marketer’s Insights seminar, held earlier this year in Chicago, Constellation Brands’ executive vice president Paul Hetterich said the Ballast Point brand was “60 percent” aligned with the “Gold Network.”

“We want to align it,” he said. “It is what makes sense for our business.”

Press Release <![CDATA[Ska Brewing Brings Pink Vapor Stew Sour Ale to Chicago]]> 2017-06-22T13:39:26Z 2017-06-22T15:30:50Z

DURANGO, CO – Ska will be introducing Chicagoans to its first-born Mod Project beer— Pink Vapor Stew Sour Ale—this summer. Pink Vapor Stew will hit shelves in Chicago beginning June 22.

Over the past year, Ska has brewed more than 25 different experimental beers as part of the Mod Project at its Durango, Colorado headquarters. Many of Ska’s Mod beers are made with fresh fruit from Colorado’s Western Slope. These beers range from an oak-aged strong plum ale to Palisade peach gose and sour apple ale.

The Mod Project brewery is a smaller, innovative brewery that sits square in the middle of Ska’s warehouse and was purpose-built to allow Ska’s brewers to experiment with various progressive brewing techniques. Recent facility expansion has allowed Ska to produce new styles of Mod beers in larger quantities and release some of these creations to a wider audience in cans.

Pink Vapor Stew, the Mod Project’s firstborn creation, will be available for the first time to the Chicago market. Pink Vapor Stew Sour Ale, made with Citra and Galaxy hops, is a tropical medley of citrus and sour flavors blended together with earthy beets, carrots and ginger.

Ska will be hosting a number of Chicago events throughout the week:

  • Thursday, June 22nd, 8pm-10pm: A tribute to Fishbone at the Emporium featuring DJ Chuck Wren. 2363 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL.
  • Friday, June 23rd, 5pm-8pm: Tap takeover at Binny’s with Mod Project flights and other Ska specialty brews. 1720 N. Marcey St., Chicago, IL.
  • Saturday, June 24th, 12pm-2pm: Whole Foods Market will be tapping Pink Vapor Stew and sampling Modus Mandarina with fresh fruits and vegetables. 1550 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642.

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement, Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12 oz cans including Modus Hoperandi, Mexican Logger, Euphoria and Pinstripe. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at and

Press Release <![CDATA[Lakewood Brewing Releases French Quarter Temptress Imperial Milk Stout in 4-packs]]> 2017-06-22T14:00:18Z 2017-06-22T14:30:17Z

Dallas, TX — Lakewood Brewing Company continues their Seduction Series’ release schedule with French Quarter Temptress, now available in 4-pack bottles.

Capturing the spirit and attitude of New Orleans, French Quarter Temptress possesses the boldness of barrel-aged coffee and chicory within the incredibly smooth 9.1 percent ABV Imperial Milk Stout. The coffee beans are aged in freshly-emptied bourbon barrels for months, imparting those flavors from the barrel right into the beans.

“A lot of people mistakenly think this is a barrel-aged beer because they hear the word ‘barrel’ and automatically assume the beer came from a barrel,” said Wim Bens, President & Founder of Lakewood Brewing Company. “We always like seeing people’s reactions when we tell them that the beer wasn’t aged in a barrel, but the coffee beans we used in it were. The chicory adds a nice depth of sweet spice to the beer, and gives it that little je ne sais quoi.”

LBC once again partnered with East Dallas favorites Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters for the release. “We both started up around the same time as each other, so it’s been fun seeing us grow together and continue this collaboration of two types of brew,” Bens adds.

Fans can now find French Quarter Temptress 4-packs on store shelves and on area taps in the DFW area, with other Texas markets where LBC is sold in the coming weeks.

Press Release <![CDATA[Fireman’s Brew Rolling Out 12-Pack Samplers in California Smart & Final Stores]]> 2017-06-22T13:54:07Z 2017-06-22T13:54:07Z

LOS ANGELES –- Fireman’s Brew, the fast-growing Los Angeles-based craft beer company founded by two California firefighters, today announces that its 12-Pack Sampler is now available at nearly 200 Smart & Final retail locations throughout its home state of California. The 12-Pack Sampler consists of four 12-ounce bottles of three of the brand’s signature beers:

  • Fireman’s Brew: Blonde (Pilsner-style Lager; 5.2 percent ABV)
  • Fireman’s Brew: Brunette (German-style Doublebock; 8 percent ABV)
  • Fireman’s Brew: Redhead (Amber Ale; 5.5 percent ABV)

“The 12-Pack Sampler is a perfect fit for a major warehouse and grocery retailer like Smart & Final, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be officially announcing our rollout into their California stores. When you buy beer at a grocery store, you’re most likely buying in bulk, and that often means either settling for one case of identical beers, or spending double or triple on multiple, different cases to quench your thirst for variety. Our Sampler, on the other hand, packs three different flavor profiles conveniently into one case, making it the ideal grab-and-go choice for the stocking-up shopper,” said Roger Baer, chief executive officer for Fireman’s Brew.

“We pride ourselves on not only the award-winning quality of our beers, but also the ever-growing variety of our flavor profiles; we guarantee that, no matter what your taste in beer, you can always find something to satisfy it at Fireman’s Brew,” continued Baer. “And, whether you’re a first-time Fireman’s Brew-drinker trying to find your new favorite brew, or a seasoned vet who just still can’t decide (and we don’t blame you!), there’s no better way to get the full brand experience than with our 12-Pack Sampler.”

Matt Reeve, group vice president of sales & merchandising for Smart & Final, said, “As a fellow California-based company, we’re excited to have Fireman’s Brew in our beverage roster. With Smart & Final being the place to go for both club size and household options, the 12-Pack Sampler is a great addition, adding even more variety for customers at our stores.”

The 12-Pack Sampler will retail at Smart & Final for $16.99-$17.99.

Smart & Final and Smart & Final Extra! stores carry an expansive assortment of practical products for businesses and foodservice providers, including both food and non-food products such as catering supplies. They are an ideal grocery retailer for one-stop shopping, serving both families and businesses, including many neighborhood organizations.

Rapidly expanding across the county since 2012, Fireman’s Brew is currently available in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio, Kansas, Virginia, Michigan, Hawaii, West Virginia, Louisiana, Minnesota, Utah, and Missouri.

Conceived by two Los Angeles-based firefighters after extinguishing a brushfire in the local mountains, Fireman’s Brew grew out of their vision to create a premium line of handcrafted ales and lagers that would quench their thirsts after an exhausting day on the fire lines. Fireman’s Brew’s collection of micro-brewed beers is created using only the finest of all-natural ingredients to deliver bold, full-flavored, traditional tastes and easy drinking refreshment. In addition, Fireman’s Brew is committed to giving back to the firefighter community that inspired it by donating a portion of company proceeds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation — the nation’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to honoring fallen firefighters and providing assistance to their surviving families.

About Fireman’s Brew:

Extinguish Your Thirst! with Fireman’s Brew, a premium line of micro-brewed beers created by two Los Angeles-based firefighters. Based in Canoga Park, Calif., Fireman’s Brew has quickly become one of the fastest growing national craft beer brands. Created using only the finest of all-natural ingredients, Fireman’s Brew offers a selection of four micro-brewed beers for off-duty refreshment. Originally created by firefighters for firefighters, Fireman’s Brew is committed to giving back to the firefighter community and donates a portion of its proceeds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. For more information about Fireman’s Brew, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Uncle Billy’s Debuting Coffee IPA]]> 2017-06-22T13:46:43Z 2017-06-22T13:46:43Z

Austin, TX — On Friday, June 23, Uncle Billy’s will introduce a new Coffee IPA, called Oro Negro.

Based on the stunning success of the tiny batch First Friday Firkin of Coffee IPA introduced on June 1, Uncle Billy’s decided to brew a bigger batch of 20 barrels to be served only in the Taproom on Barton Springs Rd.

Head brewer, Trevor Nearburg, again collaborated with the owner of 1739 kfé Artesanal coffee to cold brew light roasted Puerto Rican Arabica Coffee from the highest mountainous region of Utuado into a coffee IPA. Oro Negro is made based on a revised recipe for the brewery’s mainstay beer, Green Room IPA.

Unlike Green Room, this IPA has been dry hopped with enormous amount of Centennial and Citra to give a pucker-you-up bright citrus notes and clean bitterness that are tamed with a roasty chocolate flavor from the coffee. The roast coffee essence comes through completely intertwined with the hops aromatics and flavor making it hard to distinguish which is more prominent.

Uncle Billy’s prides itself on subtlety and balance when using specialty ingredients and this beer is a prime example of that style.

Trevor says, “It’s stupid good.”

6.5% ABV

65 IBUs

When: Friday, June 23,  at 5pm

What: Oro Negro Release Party

$5 Pints

$15 for a pint of Oro Negro, a quarter pound of smoked brisket with a special coffee rub and a side·

Presentation by head brewer, Trevor Nearburg, joined by Fabian Ray of 1739 kfé Artesanal coffee, along with brief video

Where: Uncle Billy’s Brewery + Smokehouse, 1530 Barton Springs Road

Press Release <![CDATA[Eagle Rock Brewery Releases Summit Seeker IPA]]> 2017-06-21T20:39:38Z 2017-06-22T13:00:07Z

LOS ANGELES – Award-winning, family-owned L.A. brewery, Eagle Rock Brewery, (ERB) is gearing up to release the third beer in it’s seasonal Day Trip Series of canned beers brewed and packaged with the intention to pack ‘em in and pack ‘em out. At 7.5% ABV, Summit Seeker American IPA is an homage to Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the lower 48 states, and is chock full of pine, citrus and tropical notes from Galaxy, Simcoe and Summit hops. An ideal reward for any summit, this crushable IPA will be available in the taproom beginning Tuesday, July 18, on draft and in (extremely packable)16oz cans.

Dedicated to, and inspired by the natural beauty surrounding L.A., ERB’s Day Trip Series will continue throughout the spring and summer with a final release for 2017 of Salvation Mountain, a prickly pear gose coming out in late August. All four in the series are named for an outdoor site only a short journey outside the city, and a portion of the proceeds from every can of 2 North and Salvation Mountain will benefit the national monuments they represent.

Follow #ERBDayTrip for more, and tag your social posts to encourage fellow Angelenos to get out there and explore their neighboring wilderness. Show your tagged photos in the taproom for some awesome prizes!
See attached for full release and photos from the releases of our first two beers in the series, Mosaic Canyon Session IPA and 2 North Brown Ale.

Press Release <![CDATA[Rouleur Brewing Company Releasing 3 New Beers]]> 2017-06-20T19:21:01Z 2017-06-22T12:00:22Z

Carlsbad, CA — Rouleur Brewing Company, the new cycling themed brewery in Carlsbad that specializes in rule bending beers, has announced three new brews for the summer, available from Thursday June 22.

Limited Edition: THE DOPEUR Hazy IPA — With this type of beer also known as a juicy IPA, THE DOPEUR is a tongue-in-cheek play by this cycling themed brewery on the sporting term ‘juicer’ which refers to cyclists who dope. Made hazy through the use of flaked oats, flaked wheat, and a heavy dosing of whirlpool hops and dry hops, THE DOPEUR boasts a Vermont style yeast and is loaded with the intense aroma of tropical fruit but easy, smooth bitterness on the palate – it’s perfectly balanced and highly drinkable!

Special Edition – THE ATHENA — A twist on one of the already popular flagship beers THE DOMESTIQUE, Head brewer, Rawley Macias is using fresh blackberries from Stehly Farms Organic and a secondary fermentation process to create an unforgettable summer blonde. The juicy, sweet berries are a perfect compliment to this already well-rounded, smooth brew that boasts a forward palate of malted milkshake, grain and honey. Hurry, it won’t be available on tap for long!

THE GRIMPEUR on Nitro — a permanent addition from June 23, you’ll be able to try this creamy dark ale on both CO2 and Nitro and taste the difference. This is one of Rouleur’s six signature beers and is so dark it’s almost black. Malt heavy with a chocolatey and dark-caramelly flavor, it also has a very faint roast character.

True to the meaning of the cycling term “Rouleur” (a French word for an all-rounder) Macias doesn’t stick to one style of beer. At Rouleur they specialize in creating hybrid American beers that don’t fit the traditional style guidelines  – something they are very proud of. Creative and inventive –  Rouleur is everything you would expect from a former Engineer.

Rouleur has six signature brews always on tap, The Domestique, The Sprinteur, The Puncheur, The Grimpeur, The Clydesdale and The Soloist. For more information, visit

Chris Furnari <![CDATA[Michael LaLonde Promoted to CEO of Deschutes Brewery]]> 2017-06-21T21:41:31Z 2017-06-21T21:40:36Z

Yet another established craft brewery founder has stepped away from day-to-day CEO responsibilities.

Deschutes Brewery founder Gary Fish has turned his CEO position over to Michael LaLonde, who had been serving as the president and chief operating officer for the Bend, Oregon-based craft brewery.

“In reality, Michael has been serving in a CEO capacity for some time now, as he handles many aspects of strategic planning and daily operations of the company,” Fish said via a press release. “The title President and CEO more accurately describes Michael’s role and his guidance will continue to help us fulfill our goals.”

LaLonde has served in “various senior management roles,” since 2005 and played a critical role in developing Deschutes’ plans for an East Coast brewing facility in Roanoke, Virginia, the announcement noted.

Deschutes, which ranked as the 8th largest U.S. craft brewery, grew 8 percent in 2016 and produced more than 374,000 barrels, according to Brewers Association records. However, the company has struggled through the first five months of 2017, down nearly 10 percent through May 14, according to market research firm IRI Worldwide.

Other notable craft brewery founders who stepped back from CEO positions in recent years include Ninkasi’s Nikos Ridge, Bell’s Brewery’s Larry Bell, Lagunitas’ Tony Magee, Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch and New Belgium’s Kim Jordan (who has since returned temporarily after Christine Perich departed earlier this year).

Justin Kendall <![CDATA[Uinta Brewing Company Eyes 100,000 Barrels]]> 2017-06-21T21:10:54Z 2017-06-21T21:09:16Z

Salt Lake City’s Uinta Brewing Company is headed for a milestone moment as the brewery looks to eclipse the 100,000 barrel threshold this year.

“We’re on a growth track for the high teens,” Uinta CEO Steve Mills told Brewbound during a recent interview.

Uinta, ranked as the 39th largest U.S. craft brewery by trade group the Brewers Association, has nearly doubled its production since 2012. Last year, the company sold 86,705 barrels of beer, up six percent over 2015.

Mills said the bulk of last year’s growth came in the second half of the year, and he credited at least part of it to a new management team, a restructuring of the company’s sales department and a rebranding effort.

“Everything has really started to click for us,” he said.

Sales of Uinta products are up 10 percent in its largest market and home state of Utah, Mills said. But the company is also growing in other parts of the country, including the Pacific Northwest, Georgia, Minnesota, Colorado, Missouri and Arizona.

“We’re seeing positive signs from multiple parts of the country,” Uinta chief marketing officer Jeremy Ragonese told Brewbound. “It’s not just one geography or a Mountain West kind of thing.”

Ragonese credited a mid-2016 packaging refresh that more prominently displayed the Uinta logo on bottles and cans with increasing brand awareness as well as sales. Another big driver of the company’s growth has been increased consumer and wholesaler demand for cans.

“No doubt about, cans are driving our growth,” Mills said. “Our cans are up 50 percent over last year. It is, to date, our No. 1 selling packed item.”

As a result, the company is now exploring larger format packages — including 16 oz. and 19.2 oz. single-serve cans — as well as bigger pack configurations, including 15-packs, Mills said.

“We’re not going to do anything this year,” Mills said, “but we’re interested in that.”

Mills and Ragonese also pointed to the introduction of new brands with helping to drive growth. Two new products — Hop Nosh Tangerine and Lime Pils lager — are competing for the no. 2 spot in the company’s portfolio. Mills, citing total sales data from market research firm IRI Worldwide, said the two beers have been “neck and neck” over the last four weeks.

“It’s early, but it’s performing quite well,” Mills said of Lime Pils.

Flagship Hop Nosh IPA remains the largest brand in Uinta’s portfolio. Hop Nosh IPA and the brand’s tangerine line extension account for 35 percent of Unita’s total business, Ragonese added.

“I’d love to see it go higher,” Mills said. “It’s a great beer, and Hop Nosh Tangerine was a great addition.”

To capitalize on the success of the Hop Nosh label, Mills said a third offering brewed with grapefruit is currently being developed.

“We’ve had a lot of consumer interest in that,” Mills said, “and we plan to give it to them.”

In addition to developing new brands, the company has also worked to broaden its distribution footprint in recent months. And before the end of the year, Mills said he expects Unita products to be sold in 45 states.

Already this year, Uinta has expanded into Indiana, Oklahoma, Montana, Michigan, Hawaii and Alabama.

“This is a big bite,” Mills said, adding that he’s he’s unsure when the company will add the final five states — Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alaska and West Virginia.

Steve Kuftinec

The foray into six new states has also coincided with an expansion of its sales team, which has grown from 14 representatives to more than 30 over the last two years.

However, a key part of that team, longtime vice president of sales Steve Kuftinec, left his day-to-day role with the company two weeks ago to launch a craft distillery, Highway 101 Spirits, in the San Diego region.

Kuftinec will remain an advisor and Uinta board member; the company is currently interviewing potential replacements.

“We’re really happy with the candidates that we’re talking to right now,” Mills said.

Tanael Escartin

Nevertheless, Uinta made an essential hire in March, with the addition of Tanael Escartin as brewmaster. Escartin had most recently served as the director of brewing operations for Palmetto Brewing Co. in Charleston, South Carolina. She previously held brewing positions at Venezuela-based Empresas Polar over a 15-year career.

Despite only being with the company for three months, Escartin has already began working on critical process improvements and examining existing recipes, Mills said. He recalled his first meeting with her, in which she outlined several areas in which the brewery could improve.

“It was a very long list,” Mills said. “And I’m like, ‘How do you sequence it? Where do you begin?’ And she had the road map already. The team really embraced it, and embraced her.”

Meanwhile, Uinta will soon find itself doing a significant amount of business in a state with the toughest DUI law on the books. In March, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill lowering the state’s DUI threshold for intoxication from .08 to .05 (BAC). The law is slated to go into effect on December 30, 2018.

Uinta currently has two beer portfolios, including one with offerings specifically designed to meet a state law stipulating that draft beer check in below four percent ABV. Additionally, the state requires all beer above 4 percent ABV to be sold by state-operated liquor stores.

“We’ve always had laws that are slightly different than most of the other states,” Mills said. “We’ve all built our businesses based on that — this is our normal. This is what we do.”

However, Mills called the new law “uncharted” territory.

“My personal opinion is that it’s going to have an impact on happy hour because if you’re a 120 pound woman, really, essentially maybe you can have a 4 percent beer with food and still legally operate a vehicle,” he said. “Who’s going to stop for happy hour to have one beer? Then you have to deal with your car if you decide to have more than that. I think people will just go home. Or they’ll go park their car and Uber back.”

Ragonese also said the new law raises enforcement questions.

“There’s not a viable way for enforcement to pick out a difference between .05 and .08 as people are consuming responsibly,” he said. “So it’s really a challenge.”

Press Release <![CDATA[Bell’s Brewery Releasing Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout]]> 2017-06-21T20:33:20Z 2017-06-21T20:33:20Z

COMSTOCK, Mich. — Bell’s Brewery is proud to announce a new addition to its seasonal specialty lineup for release this fall.

Arabicadabra, a coffee milk stout with an ABV of 5.5%, will debut on draught and in 12-ounce bottles, packaged in six-packs, this October.

“When we announced this year’s release calendar late last year, we knew there were a few more surprises to come. This is one of them,” said Bell’s CEO Laura Bell.

“It’s really fun to see new favorites move to a wider audience. This is another example of how we continue to explore new ingredients and flavors. The spirit of innovation that set us on this path is still a huge part of who we are and we will continue to look for ways to showcase that innovation across our distribution area,” Bell said.

Brewed with 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted by Ferris Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this beer will stand in for Java Stout, another Bell’s specialty coffee stout, for 2017.

“Java Stout will always have a special place in our portfolio and isn’t being permanently retired. This year, we are changing things up a bit. Arabicadabra is a different take on a coffee stout and very similar to a local favorite that was released at our pub and at some events. It’s time to share it with an even larger audience,” she added.

Arabicadabra is brewed with a cold coffee extract made at the brewery using a combination of fair trade, organic Nicaraguan coffee beans and Sumatra coffee beans. Lactose is also used for creaminess (those with dairy allergies or sensitivities should take note). It was inspired by Milchkaffe, another specialty Bell’s beer. That sweet, milk stout, was only available on draught and debuted in 2015.

Arabicadabra will ship to Bell’s entire distribution footprint, including New Mexico which Bell’s will begin distributing to in the fall.

Additional details will be shared online at and on Bell’s social media as they become available.


Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 500 people over a 31 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers. For more information, please visit You can also follow Bell’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Untappd.

Press Release <![CDATA[2 Towns Ciderhouse to Release 2015 Vintage of La Mûre Lambic-Style Cider]]> 2017-06-20T21:25:17Z 2017-06-21T16:00:49Z

Corvallis, Ore. — The 2015 vintage La Mûre (6.9% ABV) from 2 Towns Ciderhouse is available starting this week. La Mûre, a lambic-style craft cider, is inspired by the famous lambic beers of Belgium and embodies the Flemish styles of old. Northwest apples and Oregon-grown Marion blackberries are fermented, then soured with Lactobacillus. Aged in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir barrels for one year, this unique cider is then removed from these barrels and bottle conditioned, revealing complex aromatics and a lactic tang that only time can unfold.

A nose of rich berries and subtle hints of barrel character, coupled with flavors of blackberry blossom and a signature lactic tang, make up the profile of La Mûre. 2 Towns sets the standard for sour cider with La Mûre’s fine carbonation achieved through bottle conditioning, a light phenolic character, a good astringency and dry finish.

“La Mûre is really the first cider of its kind,” said Dave Takush, head cider maker at 2 Towns Ciderhouse.“ We love to experiment and pairing lambic barrel aging techniques with high-acid Northwest apples and Oregon-grown Marionberries makes for a delicious take on an age-old style. Sours and lambics are not for every beer drinker or cider drinker, but I think those willing to give this cider a chance will be enamored with the complexity and depth of La Mûre.”

Previously released as an extremely limited Cellar Series cider available only in the 2 Towns Taproom, La Mûre received silver medals from both the 2017 Great Lakes International Cider and Perry Festival and the 2017 Portland International Cider Cup competition. This year 2 Towns was also honored as Large Cidery of the Year at the PICC.

About 2 Towns Ciderhouse

At 2 Towns Ciderhouse we believe that the long history of cidermaking demands respect and deserves to be done right. Starting with the highest quality whole ingredients from local farms, we take no shortcuts in crafting our ciders. We never add any sugar, concentrates or artificial flavors, and instead use slow, cold fermentation methods to allow the fruit to speak for itself. As a family-owned company, we are committed to the growth of our team and enrichment of our communities. We take pride in producing true Northwest craft cider. For more information about 2 Towns Ciderhouse, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Summit Releasing Unchained 25: Vienna-Style Lager]]> 2017-06-21T14:59:59Z 2017-06-21T15:30:36Z

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The cool thing about the Summit Unchained Series is that it allows Summit brewers to make whatever the heck beer they want. The not-so-cool thing? Brewer Tom Mondor brewed his first three years ago — Unchained 17: Fresh Harvest IPA — and he’s been waiting ever since to make another. Eight brewers, three Unchained beers per year, carry the two… ugh, math stinks, and waiting does, too.

Fortunately, Mondor’s wait is over, and so is yours. Summit Unchained 25: Vienna-Style Lager will be packaged starting the last week of June.

Inspired by Mondor’s past travels through Germany, Unchained 25 features balanced bitterness and spicy and herbal aromas from Hallertau Mittlefruh and German Perle hops. Additionally, Weyermann Barke Vienna and CaraFoam malts provide notes of toast, biscuit, and caramel, plus very little residual sweetness. But with all these authentic and traditional German ingredients, you might wonder why the beer is named after Vienna, a city in Austria. Which is not the same country as Germany. (We checked.)

“Vienna Lagers are a bit of a forgotten style,” says Mondor. “First brewed in the early 19th century, the style was created by an Austrian brewer who applied English roasting techniques to German malts.” Vienna Lagers were popular around the region for a few years, but the slightly darker, roastier lager gained a more permanent foothold in Mexico when Austrian brewers began emigrating in the 1860s.

“The Vienna-Style Lagers still brewed in Mexico today aren’t terribly representative of the original,” Mondor says, “as many are made with adjuncts like corn or rice.” In fact, few true examples of the style exist. “My goal was to use good ingredients, good processes, and good quality assurance to make a good beer. Really, I just wanted to make one because I can’t find many.”

Unchained 25: Vienna-Style Lager will be tapped first at the Summit Beer Hall Thursday, June 29. We’re going to have a Party and everything (FYI: “Party” is German for party). Join us for Nails and Ales presented by our “Freunds” from the Germanic-American Institute, plus concertina music from Josh Eidsor and German food from the Black Forest Inn.

Summit Unchained 25: Vienna-Style Lager will be available on draft and in 6-packs of handsome blue 12-oz. cans. Find images of Unchained 25 here. And for more information about Summit Unchained 25: Vienna-Style Lager, please visit

Unchained 25: Vienna-Style Lager

ABV: 5.1%

IBU: 23

Color: Copper (12 L)

Malts: Weyermann Barke Vienna, CaraFoam

Hops: German Perle and Hallertau Mittlefruh

Yeast: Munich lager yeast

Serving Tips: Serve at 45ºF in a fluted glass. Pair with grilled pork and sausage, spicy chicken tacos and burritos, gruyere and gouda cheeses, or giant pretzels the size of your face.

Summit Unchained Series

Perhaps by now you’re familiar with the Summit Unchained Series. We’re set to release number 25, after all. But if you’re new to this game, here’s the gist: Launched in 2009, the rotating Unchained Series allows Summit brewers to explore their craft and pretty much brew whatever the heck they want. “We’re fortunate to have phenomenal brewers at Summit,” says Mark Stutrud, founder and president of Summit Brewing Company. “The Unchained Series allows them to showcase their artistry. There are no budgetary restraints, no outside influences from a sales team, and the brewers are free to collect ingredients from anywhere in the world. As long as it’s legal, they have complete autonomy.”

Summit Brewing Company

Founded in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has remained close to its roots, refreshing thirsty folks throughout the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions. Currently available in five states, Summit now produces seven year-round premium craft beers, seven occasionals, four seasonal brews, and the limited-release Unchained Series and Union Series. Since our inception, we’ve been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement. For everything Summit Brewing, visit

Press Release <![CDATA[Braxton Brewing Company to Release New England Style IPA on June 24]]> 2017-06-21T14:58:03Z 2017-06-21T14:58:03Z

NEWPORT, KY — Braxton Labs will be releasing their first canned beer on Saturday, June 24th. The beer will be a new release and the company’s second iteration of the popular New England Style IPA. New England IPA #002 was brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops for notes of mango, peach and grapefruit. This hazy IPA will be available in four packs of 16 oz. cans at $17 per four pack.

“The idea behind Braxton Labs is to push the envelope on new innovative styles and listen to what our customers really want,” said Evan Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company COO. “New England IPAs are extremely popular right now, and our Lead Innovation Brewer, Zac Boehnke, and team truly knocked it our of the park with Braxton Labs’ first New England IPA. I can assure you this version is just as good — if not better. We are excited to get these cans in your hands.”

Braxton Labs is Braxton Brewing Company’s second facility. It is a space dedicated to experimentation, creativity and community. The brewery and taproom located at 95 Riviera Dr., in Newport, Kentucky is in the space previously occupied by Ei8ht Ball Brewing. Braxton Labs taproom and brewery opened in May.

This will be the first packaged product offered exclusively by Braxton Labs. The release will begin at 11am on Saturday, June 24th. Each customer will be limited to four 4-packs per person while supplies last. The cans will not be distributed and Braxton Labs is expecting the beer to sell out.

Braxton Labs’ first New England IPA quickly became its most popular beer selling out in less than two weeks. Given its popularity, the brewing team decided that they wanted to can a beer to get more beer in more customers’ hands. The result is New England IPA #002 brewed with Citra and Mosaic.

“We’re a little under a month into the Braxton Labs project and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a product we wanted to put in package so quickly,” said Jake Rouse, Braxton Brewing Company CEO. “After listening to all the good things you had to say about the first batch, we wanted to package the second batch for sharing!”

To learn more about Braxton Labs, visit Braxton Brewing Company’s website. Follow Braxton Labs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay in-the-know.

Press Release <![CDATA[Hop Valley Brewing Releases ‘Reveal’ Pale Ale to Support LGBTQ Organizations]]> 2017-06-21T15:35:50Z 2017-06-21T14:26:02Z

EUGENE, Ore. — Hop Valley Brewing Co. has released Reveal, a pale ale brewed in collaboration with ambassadors from the LGBTQ communities in Oregon, Washington and California. Available on tap and in 12-ounce bottles throughout those states, a portion of proceeds from the sale of Reveal support local and regional LGBTQ nonprofit organizations.

“When we realized no brewery had created a beer like Reveal before, we knew we had to,” said Jonas Kungys, Hop Valley co-owner. “Beer brings people together and we want everyone to celebrate community and unity and putting love first.”

A portion of proceeds from the sale of Reveal beer and Reveal clothing will support LGBTQ- related nonprofits, including Pride Foundation in Oregon and Washington and the Queens of the Castro organization in San Francisco. A running tally of funds raised will be posted on Hop Valley’s Reveal website and will consist of a portion of proceeds from every case, keg and sale of Reveal clothing.

“We’re thrilled to see a brewery like Hop Valley step up and support the LGBTQ community in such a fun and prominent way,” said Katelen Kellogg, communications and outreach manager for Pride Foundation. “This is going to be a great approach for raising much-needed funds and Hop Valley’s efforts are going to help a lot of people.”

The collaboration team included prominent bar owners, industry veterans and local community leaders from Seattle, Washington; Portland and Eugene, Oregon; and San Francisco, California. The team worked with Hop Valley’s brewers and marketing staff to create a recipe, a name and a packaging look for Reveal. In late May, the team gathered at Hop Valley’s commercial brewery in Eugene to put the finishing touches on the first batch.

For further behind-the-scenes details, updates and a list of Reveal-related events, visit:

About Hop Valley Brewing Co.

Founded in 2009, Hop Valley Brewing Co. employs more than 150 people and brews a dozen flagship Northwest beers along with seasonal offerings. The Oregon-based company operates a brewery and restaurant in the Gateway District of Springfield and a pub and production brewery in Eugene’s historic Whiteaker Neighborhood. Hop Valley products are available in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado.