Wednesday, May 13th 2015
Oskar Blues' Burning Can Returns to CANoRADo on May 30th
Oskar Blues Burning Can Festival to feature 60+ Craft Breweries serving more than 200 Craft Styles
The country's first ever active beer fest combines bikes and beats with craft beer at Lyons' Bohn Park on May 30
Lyons, CO - Oskar Blues BURNING CAN Fest returns to celebrate CANned craft beers in the brewery's original hometown of Lyons on May 30. More than 60 craft breweries will be serving up everything that craft beer-in-a-CAN offers: fresh, easily portable, and earth-friendly. The all-day festival also includes theLyons Outdoor Games, The Beer Relay, and live tunes. New Orleans-based soul & blues act, The Revivalists, will continue the party with a free concert after the beer tasting to celebrate Oskar Blues' recent launch in the band's home state of Louisiana.
Live music is free and starts at 5 p.m. with local faves The Big Thompson Flood, followed by raucous Americana group Interstate Stash Express. Then The Revivalists take the stage at 8 p.m.
Oskar Blues Crowler will provide breweries that don't CAN, but still want to pour at the Festival, a chance to fill CROWLERS with their own beers. A Crowler™ (CAN + growler) is a 32-ounce CAN filled with fresh craft beer from the source. It's one of the newest innovations coming from Oskar Blues Brewery and development partner Ball Corporation--pioneers of the American craft beer in-a-CAN movement.
The beer fest part of Burning Can will take place from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. General admission tickets are $45 and include unlimited four-ounce samples, free entry into the Lyons Outdoor Games, and The Revivalists concert. VIP tickets are $60 and include a souvenir drinking glass, entry to the beer fest at 3 p.m. and a VIP badge.
Lyons Outdoor Games features participant and spectator sport competitions including The Beer Relay. Designed by Adventure Fit to blend craft beer culture with the adventurous outdoor lifestyle, The Beer Relay debuts at Bohn Park on May 30 and at Oskar Blues' REEB Ranch near Brevard, North Carolina, on July 18. Teams of two or more will run a 5K trail course, relay-style, running one or more laps per person. Runners who drink a 12-ounce Oskar Blues beer before their lap earn a two-minute deduction from the lap time. The team that completes the most laps in six hours wins. In between laps, runners can watch other sport events, take a quick bike ride, or just relax. Prizes will go to top teams in multiple categories. Registration is now open atwww.thebeerrelay.com. There also will be activities for families, including a kids and family climbing wall, a kayak pool and more.
Those who'd rather spectate than participate can watch world-class athletes competing in both open and professional competitions. The day's line-up includes BMX/Dirt Jump competitions, the class IV+ Adam Barron Memorial Creek Race, the Freestyle Kayaking Competition and Slalom Kayak Competition, Open Cornhole Tournament and slackline demos with Slackline Industries.
For a full schedule of the day's events, go to:
Stay tuned for Burning Can North Carolina on July 18 and 19 at Oskar Blues REEB Ranch in Brevard, NC.
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a funky little brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002, using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale's Pale Ale, added a brewery in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth-from packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 to 149,000 barrels in 2014. In December 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an expansion brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Oskar Blues has continued craft can innovation by releasing OLD CHUB NITRO as the first American NITRO craft beer-in-a-can and introducing the CROWLER as a canned off-premise growler alternative. The innovative, original canned craft brewery now distributes trail-blazing craft brews to 42 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. For more information and social media visit http://www.oskarblues.com.
Posted by Russ
Labels: Canned Craft Beer Festivals
Thursday, May 7th 2015
Anchor Brewing Releasing Summer Wheat in Cans
San Francisco, CA – Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of their summer seasonal, Anchor Summer® Wheat; a refreshingly light and thirst-quenching American-style filtered wheat beer, now available in cans.
“I anticipate the change of the season not only for the weather, but also for the beer,” said Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter. “Anchor Summer Wheat pairs perfectly with a sunny day, whether you’re grilling in the backyard, hiking a trail, spending a day at the beach or anything in-between. By filtering our wheat beer, the brew’s crisp, clean flavors unite to create this quintessential summer refresher. This year we decided to dry-hop the beer for the first time to boost its wonderful hoppy aroma. While the hops add flavors of citrus and pine, the beer maintains the light, refreshing character it’s had since we first brewed it in 1984.”
Released each year in advance of the summer season, Anchor Summer Beer (4.5% ABV) is an all-malt beer, with over 50% of its malt derived from malted wheat. It is fermented with a traditional top-fermenting “ale” yeast, yielding a clean, balanced flavor that highlights the refreshingly light flavor of malted wheat. The head is unusually abundant due to the natural protein deposits of wheat, with a thick consistency similar to meringue. For beer lovers, Anchor Summer Wheat is a lighter brew that doesn’t sacrifice tradition or character.
First brewed in the summer of 1984, Anchor Summer Wheat is the first American wheat beer to be brewed in modern times. Today Anchor Summer Wheat still boasts a crisp, clean and refreshing flavor, just as the very first batch did when brewed in 1984. Now available in summer-friendly packaging, Anchor Summer Wheat cans are perfect for enjoying with the season’s outdoor activities.
Anchor Summer Wheat marks the fourth beer to be canned by Anchor in the brewery’s 119 years of operation. Anchor first began canning beer with Anchor California Lager® in 2014 followed by the limited release of Brotherhood Steam Beer cans and, most recently, Anchor IPA™ cans.
Anchor Summer Wheat is available nationwide May through July in six-packs of 12 oz. cans as well as on tap at select restaurants and bars and in the Anchor Brewing Taproom in San Francisco. Find a brew near you using the Anchor Beer Finder.
Learn more about this unique seasonal brew by watching our Anchor Summer Wheat Video.
About Anchor Brewing Company
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Labels: Canned Beer Release
Thursday, April 2nd 2015
Fulton Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine Cans Coming in May
From Fulton Brewery...
In early May, Fulton will be releasing Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine in 4 packs of 16 oz cans. This is our first ever release of cans, and just like our bottled beers, 100% of the brewing and packaging will be done at our Northeast Minneapolis brewery.
We’ve wanted to put our beer in cans for a long time, and we’ve been getting asked to do so by others for just about as long. Why cans? There are pros to both package types, but there are definitely occasions and venues where bottles are simply not an option, but cans are. Biking, camping, music festivals, and golf courses are all places that glass can’t always go, but now your Fulton always can.
Our bottled beers are all here to stay, of course, and most of our seasonal and limited release beers will remain bottle-only for the foreseeable future. We’ll have more options available in cans further down the road, but for now, be sure to make some room in your cooler for a couple more four packs.
For more visit FultonBeer.Com
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Wednesday, April 1st 2015
Maine Brewery Says No To Beards
These days, craft beer and beards seem to go hand in hand like…malt and hops. One state that boasts no shortage of either is Maine. The capital city, Portland, even plays host to an annual “Bearded Brew Fest”. For one new brewery though, there will be beer but there will be no beards. That’s right, no beards. Glabrous Brewing Company is the first craft brewery in the nation that has banned beards for not only their staff but also for patrons visiting their taproom.
Brewery owner, Andy Feller, has his reasons for what many may see as a ridiculous rule. For Feller, it’s all about keeping his beer as clean tasting as possible. “Beer is a very sensitive thing, many breweries put a lot of effort into making sure outside organisms and even wild yeast strains don’t get into their beer. All we’re trying to do is minimize that and one way to do that is to avoid introducing these sorts of things into the brewhouse by whatever means possible. That includes facial hair.”
If you’re a skeptic you don’t need to look far to see proof of what lives in a beard. In 2013, Oregon’s Rogue Ales and Spirits brewed a beer fermented using the wild yeast found in their brewer’s beard. “This was done using a very controlled process. Under less ideal situations natural yeasts and organisms living in a beard can become airborne and ultimately result in off-flavors in beer”, says Feller.
Visitors to Glabrous Brewing’s small taproom are greeted with a sign that makes it clear that beards are strictly forbidden. Feller doesn’t worry about turning away a few beer lovers and even stocks a few razors on-hand in case one chooses beer over beard. Feller’s feelings on the matter are that, “They can always try our beer on tap locally and our taproom has pretty limited hours so I don’t think it’s going to hurt our business too much.”
Beards or no beards, business is definitely not hurting for Glabrous Brewing. Since opening shop in February, the brewery is already looking into expanding their current space – a space that ironically once housed a barber shop. The brewery is self-distributing kegs of their flagship Clean Shave IPA to bars and restaurants around their hometown of Pineland with a few going to Portland about an hour away.
Feller describes Clean Shave as a medium-bodied IPA with a solid malt backbone and showcasing a ton of citrus and tropical fruit notes from the use of Citra and Lemondrop hops.
CANS ARE ON THE WAY
This summer, Glabrous Brewing is planning on canning Clean Shave IPA in 12 oz. slim cans resembling a barber pole with the help of a mobile canning outfit. Cans will only be available in Maine initially with the brewery planning to expand to neighboring New Hampshire and Massachusetts by year’s end.
For more you can visit www.GlabrousBrewing.Com
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Tuesday, March 24th 2015
Nitro Cans Go Widget-Less
Yardley, Pennsylvania’s Vault Brewing Company is set to make craft beer history this weekend when cans of their Nitro Can Coffee Stout are released to the public. The 12 oz. cans may look like any others but inside is something altogether different. Inside those cans is a rich, roasty, coffee stout that - unlike any other craft beer in a can - has been nitrogenized without the use of a widget. That’s right. No widget.
Nitrogenized/nitrogenated - or just plain Nitro - beers are a big deal in the craft world. Last year Oskar Blues became the first in the industry to release acanned nitro beer when they dropped Old Chub Nitro – a nitrogenized version of their Old Chub Scotch Ale. A few months ago, Saranac Brewing Company released nitro cans of their Disruption Brown Ale – becoming the first east coast brewer to can a nitro beer and just the second in the country to do so. Both Old Chub Nitro and Disruption Brown Ale are packaged in cans that feature a floating “widget” – a technology pioneered by Guinness in the 70s and 80s.
To perfect the widget-less nitro can, Vault Brewing worked closely with River City Cannery, a mobile canning operation based in Arlington, Virginia, and Chart Industries, an international cryogenics company. We wanted to learn more about Vault’s Nitro Can Coffee Stout and this revolutionary packaging process so we reached out to James Cain, Co-Founder at Vault Brewing. James was kind enough to answer all of our questions. Cheers James!
(CC) Are any other craft brewers packaging their beer in a widget-less nitro can?
(JC) Unless they have kept it really, really quiet, no.
(CC) What sort of process is involved with canning a nitro beer?
(JC) It has to do with how the beer becomes nitrogenated. Nitrogen has a very low solubility rate in beer and requires a lot of pressure to force it to dissolve into a solution. Once it is dissolved, it doesn’t want to stay long and will immediately begin degassing as soon as there is a pressure change (like you’d see on a nitro tap or when you open one of our cans). The challenge in canning involves understanding the properties of nitrogen and how to best introduce it into the beer during the packaging process. Other variables, such as beer CO2 levels, pressure, and temperature play significant roles in producing a perfect nitro can.
(CC) What can you tell me about the beer itself?
(JC) This specific beer is one of many Coffee Stouts we’ve been producing over the years. We’re very passionate about coffee and its relationship to beer and believe there is a great opportunity to highlight origin specific flavor profiles in a complimenting beer, rather than just add arbitrary “coffee” to a finished stout. In this particular beer, we sourced Guatemalan and Papua New Guinea beans and had them roasted to our specifications by a local roaster. The result of this blend added notes of caramel, hazelnut, peanut butter, and cacao to the base beer and resulted in a really nice, rounded coffee & beer flavor pairing.
(CC) Is this something that we can expect to see a lot more of in the future? Are other breweries expressing interest?
(JC) You will certainly see a lot more from us in the future, in both coffee beers and other nitro can variants. As for other breweries, we’ll have to see. We’re open to collaborations…
(CC) Does Vault plan on doing any other Nitro beers?
(JC) Nitro beers are an important component of our beer dispensing program and you can always find them on tap at the brewpub. In terms of cans, we plan on experimenting with other styles as well.
(CC) When and where are cans being released?
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