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Monday, June 27th 2016

Arrogant Brewing Unleashes Cans of Who You Callin' Wussie Pilsner

Who You Callin’ WUSSIE will be unleashed into the world starting June 27, bringing salvation and righteousness to a section of the industry massively infiltrated by industrialized fizzy yellow beer. Arriving in 16-ounce six-pack cans, this is the first new craft beer release from Arrogant Brewing since, well, the last one.

Dedicated to aggressive beers that demand and bestow sophistication, Arrogant Brewing once again strikes back for the Worthy. Over decades, industrial brewers have slowly disgraced and cheapened the noble heritage of the pilsner with their relentless multigenerational downward drive to commercialized homogenization. This once vaulted style has been slowly and methodically gutted, bringing forth a soulless, anemic result, all while they have spent billions on advertising to convince the unwitting public that their fizzy yellow end result remains legit. Weak, watery beer is most certainly not legit.

“They do it cheaply. We do it right. Choose vapidity,or choose righteousness…but whatever you do, choose wisely,” said Arrogant Bastard with the expectation that, ultimately, it’s up to you to figure it out for yourself.

 Who You Callin’ WUSSIE will be available in bars, restaurants and markets nationwide. Beware that Big Beer will do its best to prevent availability of WUSSIE. Do not stand for this affront to your rights as a consumer to make enlightened quality choices. Demand WUSSIE Pils (just don’t be a jackass about it, but instead do it with style and grace or you’re no better than one of them).

Ultimately WUSSIE pils steals the pilsner back from the evil clutches of corporate beer and restores it to its almighty glory. And it’s about fucking time. [mic drop]

 

About Arrogant Brewing

Since Arrogant Bastard Ale was first unleashed upon the unsuspecting public in 1997, the brand has been charting bold territory and upsetting dandies, milquetoasts and fizzy yellow beer drinkers in great numbers. Massively successful, and ever full of vip and vinegar, Arrogant Bastard split off from the restrictive confines of Stone Brewing in 2015. And now, the brethren of Liquid Arrogance are free to explore, cavort and roam how they damn well see fit. For those Worthy few who wish to gaze upon the musings of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Who You Callin’ WUSSIE, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard or other Bastard beers.


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Thursday, June 16th 2016

Left Hand Brewing Cans are Coming

LONGMONT, CO  – Can you believe it? Colorado’s 4th largest brewery, Left Hand Brewing, famous for its pioneering line of Nitro bottles, is debuting cans in 2016! Partnering with one of the leading canning line manufacturers in the world, KHS, Left Hand’s new thirty-head volumetric filler will be arriving early fall. “We are beyond excited to allow our fans the ability to take our beers more places than they can currently. And by working with KHS, it allows us to continue to produce world-class, quality beer,” comments Chris Lennert, COO.

Plans are in motion for three of Left Hand’s beers to be canned in 12oz six packs this coming winter including: 3x GABF Gold Medal winning and 2016 World Beer Cup gold medal winner Fade to Black – a foreign export stout, Extrovert – their new American IPA, and Milk Stout – the brewery’s famous sweet stout. Additional beers, including several new additions, will be available in 2017.

In congruence with the brewery’s commitment to quality, Left Hand has designed a canning line with automated volumetric filling, to ensure low oxygen levels and consistent fill heights. “We’ve built a reputation for quality over the years and wanted to ensure those same standards were built into the design of our canned beer” shares Allison Martz, Project Manager. Left Hand Brewing has broken ground on their future canning space at their 1265 Boston Avenue production facility in Longmont, Colorado. Rollout of Left Hand cans will begin in the fourth quarter with plans to distribute to the brewery’s 36-state footprint.

About Left Hand Brewing Company

Celebrating twenty-two years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 27 Great American Beer Festival medals, 11 World Beer Cup awards, and 9 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing established America’s original Nitro bottle with their popular Milk Stout Nitro. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 36 states & DC. Employee Owned, Righteously Independent.  Distribution:  AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI


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Sunday, May 29th 2016

Brewery Spotlight:
Q & A with Platform Beer Company

In less than two years, Cleveland's Platform Beer Company has gone from setting up shop in a former Czechoslovakian social hall to having a resounding impact on the Ohio craft beer scene. Brewing a few thousand barrels last year, the brewery is expecting to make the jump to over 20,000 this year thanks to an additional production space on the city's west side. Creativity and a desire to be open and collaborative have enabled Platform to partner with homebrewers as well as other craft brewers and offer a wide range of beers to thirsty Ohioans. 

One part of the team behind Platform Beer Company is Justin Carson - also owner of JC Beertech. We swapped a few emails with Justin in an effort to learn more about Platform and what was behind the quickly growing craft brewery. He was nice enough to answer all the questions we threw at him, cheers Justin! We hope to make it out to Cleveland (or Columbus) and have a few beers at the brewery soon...

(CC) Tell us a little bit about Platform Beer Company? 

(JC) We opened July 4th 2014. We wanted to create a Platform that did not exist in the brewing industry by connecting home brewers and retailers in the process of designing and creating beers. Justin Carson and Paul Benner are the partners.

(CC) What's the story behind the brewery name and logo? Who does most of the design work the brewery?

(JC) The logo came about to signify the art of collectively collaborating. This is why we decided to include the light bulb. We also wanted a very simple clean design. We have had multiple designers since opening. Currently we use Studio 5 Design.

(CC) Is it still relevant to ask the question, why cans?

(JC) We decided to do cans because of the quality aspect as well as we thought we could best show the art of design on cans.


Photo: DoublEE Beertography

(CC) Platform's Brewery Incubator program sounds very cool. What can you tell us about it?

(JC) The incubator project is a opportunity to give more advanced home brewers the opportunity to create and brew on a commercial system for release to their friends and family. This is also a way to incorporate groups we have done multiple collaborations with chefs, grocery stores and even crowd sourced.

(CC) Where are Platform's cans distributed?

(JC) We currently distribute in Cleveland and Columbus.


Orange Blossom Gose is a collaboration between
Platform Beer Company and Old City Soda

(CC) Looking at current draught list in your taproom there are some really unique beers. There's a Mango Pink Peppercorn Berlinerweisse and a beer brewed with Cherimoyo fruit and Pomelo. If you could describe Platform's brewing mantra, what would it be?

(JC) We strive to make a consistent quality product. We also have a 3, 10, 30, and soon 60 bbl BrewHouse so we can try exciting beers at the brewpub before they make it to the productions facility. We have also started a comprehensive souring program. We like to think all opinions matter and work together to create unique beers. (Hence the light bulb)

 


The Cherimoya Project is a series of pale ales brewed with cherimoya
fruit and other exotic fruits such as Bergamot oranges

(CC) What are some of the beers the brewery is most proud of?

(JC) Some of the beers we are most proud of in the first two years we have been open are Orange Blossom Gose, Cherimoya Project Pomello, Hubris Quad iced IPA, Speed Merchant, and our Black Eagle Gratzer that won a gold medal at GABF.

 


You guessed it...

(CC) I really have to ask about your Frank Stallone Pale Ale. Growing up watching SNL when Norm MacDonald was doing Weekend Update, that is just priceless. Whose idea was that? 

(JC) Paul Benner (co-owner of Platform Beer Company) came up with the idea due to the appreciation of this skit. (watch it here)

(CC) What does the next year hold in store for Platform Beer Company?

(JC) We are opening our 3rd location in Columbus in the Fall. We have plans to continue to develop our distribution footprint and look for future opportunities.

(CC) What's the best thing about the Cleveland beer scene?

(JC) Ever changing opportunities and the great sense of camaraderie. There is also a extreme sense to push the bar to the next level in Cleveland. We are extremely happy to be a part of such a great beer town.


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Monday, May 23rd 2016

Fort George Team's Up With Barley Brown's and Melvin Brewing for 2016's 3-Way IPA Release

3-Way IPA Summer 2016

A Fort George, Barley Brown’s, and Melvin Brewing Collaboration 

Throwin’ down the truth about 3-Way IPA 2016, straight from the OGs in charge – Chris Nemlowill at Fort George, Tyler Brown of Barley Brown’s Beer, and Jeremy Tofte from Melvin Brewing (with translations for the non-brewers).

THE COLLABORATION 

Chris Nemlowill: “Straight up, mad props for your hops. If your kettles had kicks, they’d dunk on Motumbo.”

Jeremy Tofte: “Word. All your ickies are stickies and your drank is dank.”

Tyler Brown: “My Brewers! Bring it in.”

3-Way IPA is a collaboration based on mutual admiration. It’s a chance to share ideas and techniques with some of the world’s finest IPA brewers. Ultimately that knowledge is utilized in the brewing process and refined over the course of extensive beta batch testing. Four test batches were brewed this year, each with subtle changes to ingredients, amounts, and timing of additions.

THE MALT BILL 

Tyler: “Shoot for 7.4?”

Chris: “7.3 ABV works for me.”

Jeremy: “7 point 35, right down the middle. Call it a sessionizzle.”

Tyler: “Fo shizzle."

With the grain bill the goal was to produce an ultra-pale color, creating a simple yet solid canvas for maximum hop expression. 2-row barley is the base with additions of Pilsner, C15, and wheat (although Carapils was used in one test batch). A lower than average mash temp decreased the amount of residual sugar. This allowed the beer to have sweetness derived from the hop character rather than the malt. Astoria’s slow sand-filtered water is ideal for brewing. This was enhanced with gypsum and calcium chloride to decrease the mash PH and improve hop utilization.

THE HOPS 

Jeremy: “Mo’ hops, mo’ money.”

Chris: “Long as my pint is phat, I don’t give a f*** where my IBUs at.”

Tyler: “I feel ya. Make the beer, don’t let the beer make you.”

Hop additions were as follows:

1st - Apollo hops for bittering - a high alpha hop that tends to exude grapefruit notes and contributes to an elaborate citrus character as it interacts with the aroma hops.

2nd - Simcoe, and a lot of it. This addition is 2x the quantity of the 1st addition.

3rd - Simcoe, Citra, and Mosaic, added later than the average 3rd addition to decrease bittering and magnify the pleasant citrus character.

Dry Hopping – Double dry-hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic, and Citra. These hop additions create peach, pineapple, and grapefruit taste and aroma. The second dry hop addition is roused with CO2 to boost the hop efficacy.

THE BEER 

Jeremy: “We cool?”

Chris: “Keepin’ it real.”

Tyler: “One love.”

3-Way IPA is an unfiltered beer, pale in appearance, combining a balanced juicy body, superb lacing, and every citrus fruit aroma you can imagine. Give your beer its props - keep it cold-stored and drink fresh.

Look for Fort George 3-Way IPA in 16-ounce four-packs and draft starting the week of June 13 and throughout the summer. Fort George beer is distributed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. For a preview join Chris, Tyler, and Jeremy at the following release parties:

 

Boise, Idaho - Thursday June 9th - 5pm to 9pm

PreFunk Beer Bar - 1100 W Front St

3-Way IPA and an assortment of taps from

Fort George, Barley Brown’s, and Melvin Brewing

 

Portland, Oregon - Friday June 10th - 5pm to 9pm

White Owl Social Club - 1305 SE 8th Ave

Live music from Brass Monkeys - no cover

3-Way IPA and an assortment of taps from

Fort George, Barley Brown’s, and Melvin Brewing

 

Seattle, Washington - Saturday June 11th - 5pm to 9pm

Brouwer’s Cafe - 400 N 35th St

Live music from Brass Monkeys - no cover

3-Way IPA and an assortment of taps from

Fort George, Barley Brown’s, and Melvin Brewing

 

About 3-Way IPA – A Fort George summer seasonal in a can since 2013. Every year features a new collaboration, a new recipe, a new can design, but with the same 3-Way IPA name. 3-Way IPA is a chance to share techniques and knowledge with some of the finest IPA brewers in the country. It’s an opportunity to swap stories and forge new relationships. And ultimately it’s about the beer – a unique IPA each and every year. Available in 16-ounce four-pack cans and draft from June to September, distributed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest.

2013 – Fort George, Gigantic, Lompoc

2014 – Fort George, Boneyard, Block 15

2015 – Fort George, Georgetown, pFriem

2016 – Fort George, Barley Brown’s, Melvin Brewing

About Melvin Brewingwww.melvinbrewing.com - Talk of Melvin began on the West coast - but the heart of Melvin started beating in the small town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. With big ideas and even bigger barrels of hops, Melvin now takes off (its pants) in the hands of Owner Jeremy Tofte, Co-Founder/Drunken Brewmaster Kirk McHale, and head Production Brewer Dave Chichura. Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

About Barley Brown’s Beer - www.barleybrownsbeer.com - Barley Brown's is a family-owned brewery and restaurant offering a wide variety of awesome pub food and small-batch, hand-crafted beers. Baker City, Oregon.

About Fort George Brewerywww.fortgeorgebrewery.com - Fort George crafts original beers distributed exclusively in the Pacific Northwest. Whether in cans or kegs, at the pub in Astoria or on your front porch, Fort George beer brings people together in aromatic headiness and lupulin ecstasy. Astoria, Oregon.


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Saturday, May 14th 2016

6th Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Winners Announced

Announcing the 2016 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Winners!

Scottsdale, AZ  — Professionally produced by HDE Agency in partnership with SanTan Brewing Company, the 6th annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will return to the Scottsdale Civic Center tomorrow, Saturday, May 14th. But first, here are the official 2016 winners as voted on by a group of over 30 certified beer judges who sampled more 346 beers from 15 different U.S. states at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale on Friday, May 13.

So, without further ado, here are the 2016 Ameri-Can Canned Craft Beer Festival winning beers!

Best in Show
Melvin Hubert Melvin Brewing Co. | WY  

Hubert? I've heard of him. A friend of a friend knows him. Apparently he's awesome, but we've never met. Well. It's about time you did. Most you connoisseurs would just call him an IPA, but we call him an MPA. The Melvin Pale Ale. A welcomed hand shake to your taste buds. Light, crisp, fresh and a little bitty bitter. Lets just say he won't be that jerk that leaves you at the bar at 2am. He's low in alcohol. What a nice guy... that Hubert. - via Melvin Brewing Company


Category 1: India Pale Ale

Gold: Melvin IPA Melvin Brewing Co. | WY

Silver: Black IPA Santa Fe Brewing | NM

Bronze: Marble IPA Marble Brewery | NM


Category 2: American Pale

Gold: Melvin Hubert Melvin Brewing Co. | WY

Silver: Brooklyn Summer Ale | Brooklyn Brewing Co. |NY

Bronze: Easy Up Pale Coronado Brewing |CA

 

Category 3: English Pale Ale

Gold: Lumberyard Red Lumberyard Brewing | AZ

Silver: Arizona Trail Ale THAT Brewery | AZ

Bronze: 8th Street Pale Ale Four Peaks Brewing Co. | AZ


Category 4: Wheat Ale

Gold: Ebel Weiss Two Brothers Brewing | IL

Silver: Sam Adams Nitro White | Boston Beer Co. | MA

Bronze: El Hefe Speaks | DC Brau Brewing Co. | DC


Category 5: Stout & Porter

Gold: Zonker Stout | Snake River Brewing | WY

Silver: The Hu$$tler | Huss Brewing | AZ

Bronze: Achocolypse | Prescott Brewing Co. | AZ


Category 6: Amber & Brown

Gold: Bomber Mountain | Black Tooth Brewing | WY

Silver: Barrio Rojo | Barrio Brewing Co. | AZ

Bronze: Saddle Bronc | Black Tooth Brewing | WY


Category 7: Gold, Blonde, Pilsner & Light Lager

Gold: Beerito Oskar Blues | CO

Silver: Prima Pils | Victory Brewing | PA

Bronze: Jenny Lake Lager Snake River Brewing | WY


Category 8: Fruit Beer

Gold: Razzleblaster Busey | Sun King Brewery | IN

Silver: Grapefruit Sculpin | Ballast Point Brewing Co. | CA

Bronze: Modus MandarinaSka Brewing | CO


Category 9: Specialty Beer

Gold: Collette Great Divide Brewing | CO

Silver: Lawyers, Guns & Money | Crazy Mountain Brewing | CO

Bronze: Otra Vez Sierra Nevada Brewing | CA

Prost to all who entered and won, we can’t wait to share your canned craft beers with festival patrons on Saturday!

Located at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 North Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will celebrate the canned craft beer revolution with live entertainment, food, a VIP tent, beer science garden and beer Olympic games. New elements this year include a mobile canning station and brewing demonstrations.

Admission is $45 at the door and includes a souvenir can plus 20 four-ounce pours. This is a 21 and over event, no exceptions. Ticket purchasers and all guests must be 21 or over and must present a valid picture ID upon admission. For more information, visit www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com.

A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council and the Arizona Society of Homebrewers (ASH). The Scottsdale Cultural Council serves Scottsdale residents, visitors, cultural institutions and artists by creating and advancing high quality arts and cultural experiences and opportunities. For more information about the Scottsdale Cultural Council, visit www.sccarts.org.  The Arizona Society of Homebrewes strives to preserve and promote the time-honored tradition of homebrewing and to recognize it as an art form through information, education and dedicated practices. For more information and to become a member, visit ASH online at www.azhomebrewers.org.

For more event information or to purchase tickets, visit www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com. Also, be sure to “like” the event Facebook page at facebook.com/AmeriCANfestival and follow on Twitter @AMERI_CANFEST and on Instagram @AmeriCANcraftbeerfest. 


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