Monday, November 25th 2013
Half Acre Releasing Heyoka IPA
In the years that we've been twisting out beers, we've never packaged an IPA for regular distribution. We've been neck deep in our sea of hoppy waters, but have only thrown out IPA's as special release relationships. We've taken on a program that has us sending out seasonal cans that hang around for some months. It gives us and you a chance to introduce yourself, whip up a firm handshake and live with each other for a clip. Akari Shogun was an initial partner in this scheme, but as the Shogun hibernates till spring, we introduce another brew.
Heyoka is a western charged firecracker. We conjured the classics in Chinook and Amarillo then laid them on a bed of pale malt. This India Pale Ale shoots straight to the bitter edge before falling into a mellow haze. Deep gold, 7% ABV and ready to travel into the distance. The Heyoka resides in the opposite and is said to use the wind as sticks to beat the drum of thunder.
You'll find this in draft and in cans around town. Use your courage.
Half Acre Beer Co.
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Labels: Canned Beer Releases
Friday, November 15th 2013
Bell's Cans Coming in April
Two Hearted Ale and Oberon Ale will debut
in cans beginning in late April, 2014
They will be available to purchase in 16-ounce four-packs in all markets we currently distribute to.
Both designs will feature familiar images, but the Two Hearted can design will also bring back a local Kalamazoo artist’s illustration from a previously retired label first introduced in the late 1990s.
Future can offerings will include our seasonal lineup - Best Brown Ale, Winter White Ale and Smitten Golden Rye Ale to start.
“This new option will allow our fans to take our beer to places where glass is not allowed. It opens up a lot of new opportunities to enjoy Bell’s beer and that’s a win for everyone,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.
“We are all very excited about this,” she added.
Our new canning line is part of our most recent expansion which also includes the addition of twelve 800-barrel fermenters to our Comstock Brewery. The filler will have the capacity to fill 500 cans a minute and is from KHS USA Inc. located just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The cans are produced by Denver-based Ball Corporation.
Posted by Russ
Tuesday, November 12th 2013
Recap of Sun King's CANvitational!
Just beyond the pearly gates of our personal heaven lies a view very much like this: 30 breweries from 16 different states serving samples of over 80 different beers, and every one of them served from beautiful craft cans. Such was the real-world view from Georgia Street in Indianapolis at Sun King’s inaugural CANvitational on September 28, 2013.
This was a craft can fan’s dream event with loads of new beers to try, but many other factors made this an extra special fest to us.
Meeting the people behind the beers. We ran into many longtime friends of CraftCans.com, including Ben from Baxter Brewing Company, Matt from Ska Brewing Company, Dan from Great Crescent Brewery, and Jacob from Brewery Vivant...to name just a few.
We also met some new friends along the way, like Dustin and Kristen from Morgan Street Brewery who traveled from Missouri to share four of their newly canned craft beers.
New beers! - We all like to get our hands on new releases as soon as possible to learn firsthand what new magic has occurred in craft beer. CANvitational attendees were among the very first to try the Sun King/Three Floyd’s collaboration Royal Brat. Tallgrass was there with cans of their newly released Zombie Monkie, so we were able to try a fantastic new porter and get a grip on the first textured craft can (pun fully intended). SanTan brought their recently released super hoppy and super delicious SuperMonk Belgian IPA.
No tokens required - We really liked this approach for many reasons, especially that we didn’t feel the need to prioritize what beers we wanted to try, and we returned for multiple samples of the same beer to make sure we really liked it as much as we thought we did (and in all cases we were right the first time). We think this contributed to a sense of leisurely beer drinking in a city park – we felt no rush to get one line before another and just moseyed from booth to booth until we visited all.
The organization and the volunteers - We were very impressed by how well organized the event was. Check in took less than a minute, then we were off to the SanTan booth with our wristbands and sample mugs to get some Mr. Pineapple.
We never waited more than two or three minutes in line at any booth (see no tokens, above), and when our designated driver asked a volunteer to point her towards something not beery she was whisked away and escorted directly to the Bee Coffee booth. Sun King’s Clay Robinson gave a shout-out to all the volunteers in his blog HERE, and we echo his thanks to everyone involved for putting on a remarkable event.
Reserve September 20 on your calendars now for CANvitational 2014…it’s an event you won’t want to miss. We’ll see you there!
Posted by Trent
Tuesday, November 12th 2013
New Belgium and Patagonia Partner on California Route, Organic Lager
NEW BELGIUM BREWING AND PATAGONIA PARTNER
TO CREATE CALIFORNIA ROUTE, AN ORGANIC LAGER
Special Lager Beer Crafted by New Belgium Brewing Celebrates Patagonia's 40 Years in Business.
Ft. Collins, Colorado and Ventura, California. (November 12, 2013) – Patagonia Inc., the outdoor apparel company, and New Belgium Brewing are excited to announce California Route, a limited-release organic lager.
For 40 years, Patagonia has led the way in developing innovative outdoor gear and in environmental responsibility. To toast the company's accomplishments, New Belgium partnered with Patagonia to create California Route, an organic California common-style beer. Boasting California lager yeast with subtle fruity esters and a refreshing light lager finish, California Route organic lager is canned for adventure. The beer has an aromatic blast of citrusy Cascade hops and a heavy dose of noble hallertau. The addition of organic Munich specialty malt builds complexity with hints of freshly baked bread. Consistent with Patagonia's long-standing commitment to organics, the beer is brewed with certified organic ingredients.
“New Belgium has long admired Patagonia and it is an honor they thought of us for this collaboration,” said Bryan Simpson, New Belgium’s media relations director. “We’ve exchanged ideas and best practices over the years and most recently collaborated on the Save the Colorado campaign. Having an organic beer to celebrate four decades of Patagonia’s good work is very gratifying.”
Patagonia played a key role throughout the development of the beer, and when it came time to name the beer, California Route was at the top of the list. The name of the beer pays homage to the California Route on Patagonia's Mount Fitz Roy. First climbed in 1968 by Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Dick Dorworth, Lito Tejada-Flores and Chris Jones, the California Route is considered a Patagonia classic, with good rock and fun free-climbing in a wildly beautiful setting.
"When my sister, Claire, had the idea of brewing a 40th anniversary beer, the folks at New Belgium immediately came to mind," notes Fletcher Chouinard. "Not only are they forward-thinking in their business and brewing practices, but their beers have been a go-to for our crew and customers around the country for a long time. They were great to work with and we couldn't be more stoked about the project!"
California Route is 5.5% ABV and sold in 12-ounce cans. Pricing varies by location. California Route will be sold in the following markets: Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Boulder, Denver, Boston, NYC, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Cardiff and Ventura. For more information on the beer, click here: patagonia.com/beer. This one-time, limited release will be available mid-November.
About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews eight year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
Patagonia, Inc., based in Ventura, California, is a leading designer and retailer of core outdoor, alpine, fly fishing, snow, surf and sport-related apparel, equipment, footwear and accessories. The company is recognized internationally for its commitment to authentic product quality and environmental activism, contributing over $58 million in grants and in-kind donations to date. Incorporating environmental responsibility into product development, the company has, since 1996, used only organically grown cotton in its clothing line. The company’s entire product line is recyclable through its Common Threads Partnership. The Footprint Chronicles® microsite at patagonia.com/us/footprint explores the company's environmental and social footprint.
Jenny Foust / Communications Strategy Group, 303-433-7020, email@example.com
Jess Clayton / Patagonia PR, 805-667-4755, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tuesday, November 5th 2013
10 Badass Craft Beer Can Designs
It never ceases to amaze us how far beer can design has come in so little time and how talented the folks are that design the outfits worn by many of our favorite canned craft beers. When it comes to making a heavy, metal statement with a beer can we've chosen some of our favorites here. Without further ado, this is our all-out ode to general bad-assery when it comes to craft beer can design.
Ozzy does indeed pay homage to Ozzy Osbourne the self-proclaimed Prince of Darkness. If you know anything about Ozzy you can probably figure out the bat motif and the tattooed knuckles on the can, which was designed by Mission Media. Inside the can is a 7% Strong Belgian-style Pale Ale that was given the title of "Best Beer in Maryland" in 2012 by The Baltimore Sun.
The Sword Iron Swan Ale
The Sword is a metal band based in Austin, Texas. They teamed up with Real Ale Brewing for Iron Swan, named for a song on their album The Age of Winters, an English-style Pale Ale that comes in at 5.5%. If this beer isn't enough for fans of The Sword, you can also get their "Tears of Fire" hot sauce.
Taster's Choice, a doppelbock brewed with coffee, is a collaboration between two canning brewers, Ska Brewing Company and DC Brau, as well as legendary DC-based ska band The Pietasters. Proceeds from sales of the beer go to benefit a fund that honors Todd Eckhardt, former bassist and songwriter for the Pietasters. For more on that - www.ellingtonschool.org/donate
A collaboration beer between Maui Brewing and Jolly Pumpkin, Sobrehumano Palena'ole is a a blended Spanish-Hawaiian term meaning "superhuman" and "without limits". The design of the can, done by ES Illustration, features a skeleton paddleboarding at night with a volcano in the background. The beer itself was brewed with Hawaiian passion fruit and Michigan cherries.
Devils Tramping Ground Tripel
The devil holding a pitchfork and a glass of beer? Yeah, you got that right. Aviator's Devils Tramping Ground is one of only a handful of Belgian-style Tripels to find the inside of a can and at 9.2% this is a can of beer to be taken seriously. The overall design of this can ranks pretty high when it comes to badassery.
On the Wings of Armageddon Imperial IPA
Hells yes. On the Wings of Armageddon was first brewed by DC Brau to honor the Mayan and Hopi calendars that showed a "transition from one world age to another'' on December 21, 2012. This Imperial IPA clocks in at 9.2% and brewed with a ton of the Falconers Flight™ hop blend. The can design speaks for itself.
Hop Slayer Double IPA
This makes the list simply for having the word "Slayer" in its name. Well, that and the fact that the can design features a skeleton sticking his head out the window of a car that has a license plate that reads "420" and the words "Viva el Lupulo" or "Long Live the Hops" emblazoned on the hood. Awesome.
El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale
Cans of El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale feature the skull of a Spanish conquistador wearing a bloodied helmet. A great design that really draws your attention, but what drew our attention even more is the fact that the design is on a 32 oz. vessel which the brewery is calling "a cannon". Mission is also putting their Shipwrecked Double IPA in these mammoth-sized cans, which are also pretty bad ass.
668 Neighbor of the Beast
Iron Maiden fans should recognize the font used on cans of New England Brewing's aptly named 668 Neighbor of the Beast. This strong Belgian-style Golden Ale is a n excellent brew and the can design is one of our favorites. Wait, speaking of Iron Maiden, have you seen the band's Trooper Ale being produced over in the UK?
Welcome to Hell. Surly's Hell Lager is similar to a Zwickelbier and comes in at a very manageable 5.1% ABV. Along with simply being called "Hell", what makes Surly's beers even more badass is the fact that their head brewer, Todd Haug, is the guitarist in a speed metal outfit called Powermad. After after a bit of a hiatus the band is back at it. You can read an interview with Todd HERE...
Posted by Russ
Sunday, November 3rd 2013
(Terrapin Beer Company)
Terrapin's first canned offering, RecreationAle, is a sessional American Pale Ale that makes for a great beer anytime of year. When introduced to the market back in May, this was a brand new beer for the brewery
From the Terrapin Brewing site:
“Wrap your hand around a can of our RecreationAle and explore what outside life has to offer. This hopped up session ale is specially formulated to accompany you on all of your outdoor activities. Pack in this flavorful ale and pack out the memories while enjoying this quaffable brew.”
Here we go...
Pour - dark golden to amber in appearance with an off-white head on top. Clean pour, looking forward to this one.
Aroma - Floral, citrus, and grassy hops. Plenty to entice one to stick their face in their glass.
Taste - Lovely hop presence with notes of citrus and pine. Flavors are nicely balanced with plenty of character despite the low ABV. Refreshing, crisp and hoppy.
Overall - Hoppy and drinkable. A perfect session pale ale for a day on the water or in the woods. RecreationAle is a great way for Terrapin to introduce cans to their lineup. Easy drinking and sure to please most palates.
Note - The word Terrapin is an Algonquian word for turtle. The brewery is actually named after the Grateful Dead album Terrapin Station.
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Friday, November 1st 2013
Sixpoint Introduces Global Warmer
Introducing Global Warmer, Sixpoint's newest offering, now available on Draft and in 12 oz. Cans.
No one can deny the beer climate is changing. Global Warmer is a return to beer’s essential ingredients and a purist’s approach to the Winter Beer, a style often dominated by spices and holiday imagery. Sixpoint founder Shane Welch and Sixpoint Braumeister Jan Matysiak collaborated to create the brew and Shane had this to say:
With a 7% ABV, the brew is rich, malty and complex, in the spirit of a classic Winter Warmer. But the citrus hop character and 70 IBUs of incandescent herbal spiciness shine throughout-a new sort of winter warmer for a changing globe.
Brewmaster Jan Matysiak is happy with the results. "This beer is all about the basic ingredients and no gimmicks. It has no spices added and is not overly sweet. I could say more but the beer speaks for itself."
"There's no denying that the beer climate is changing" says Shane Welch. "It’s like we were told that winter beers had to taste a certain way... but if you love good beer this is probably what you've really been looking for all along. We are just the conduit that helped make it happen."
Autumn into Winter is a time a change and of cyclical movement. A sentiment which, at Sixpoint this year, has been especially true. Autumnation changed focus, dropping the pumpkin and spicing to shine a light directly on fresh Mosaic hops. The beer is getting excellent reviews and it's no surprise- Sixpoint and our fans have long embraced change.
With the introduction of the Global Warmer, we're winding down the Diesel for this year. It's certainly a house favorite, however, so don't assume that it's gone for good.
Locate Global Warmer and other Sixpoint offerings from anywhere with the Sixpoint App for iOS & Android. http://sixpoint.com/app to download. Online Beerfinder also available at:http://sixpoint.com/connect
On our horizon, a new beer cycle begins, as liquids may now arrive untethered to global positioning. Coming into focus, something distinctly Resinous beckons.
Posted by Russ