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Monday, October 5th 2015

Deep Ellum Releasing Hop Seeker Fall Seasonal Wet Hop Beer

Hop Seeker - Wet Hop American Pale Ale 

Let wet hop beer season begin! Here's a new can coming from Deep Ellum Brewing Company in Dallas that should have the mouths of many a hophead drooling. 

From the brewery...

This is Hop Seeker, the 1st installment of our quarterly IPA series. Hop Seeker is a 100% wet hop ale, meaning we used fresh cut Centennial hops in the initial boil and will use fresh cut Equinox hops in the dry hop! Equinox is a newer variety that has a pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics, including lemon, lime and papaya. By using such an unholy amount of wet hops in copious late additions, we coaxed aromas of citrus, melon and resin from the green beasties. Wet hops all the way through! 

Beer Stats...

ABV 5.6% IBUs 63

Hops: Centennial, Equinox 

Malts: Pale Ale, Munich Ten, Wheat

Yeast: English Ale

For more visit  www.deepellumbrewing.com

Posted by Russ

Saturday, October 3rd 2015

Victory Brewing Releasing New Vital IPA in Cans Only

What If We Lived In a World With Only One IPA Choice?
Victory Brewing Company Provides the Answer in a Can
With the Introduction of Vital IPA

Downingtown, PA - Victory Brewing Company (Victory) is hoppy to introduce Vital IPA, a sharp looking golden IPA with rich aromas of pine, and juicy tropical and luscious stone fruits in easily transportable 12 oz. cans. Victory’s newest addition to their family of popular brands is so satisfyingly jam-packed with freshly complex citrus and spicy flavors, the package confidently announces it’s ‘the only IPA you need’. Vital IPA is Victory’s first beer brand to be introduced exclusively in cans.

IPAs have a storied history that spanned the globe from their point of origin in England to include India. Important to the US craft renaissance, the IPA style is solidly positioned as the top craft beer choice by consumers.

Victory’s Vital IPA commands attention with fruity notes forcefully driven by whole flower American hops and robust German malts. With an ABV of 6.5%, it is an IPA above all the rest that will satisfy the most die-hard fan. Whether you are looking to relieve a stressful day, toast to one of life’s many victories or just merely craving the delicious and expected hop forwardness of an IPA, this is the one to reach for that is Vital to all five senses in every sense of the word.

Vital IPA is available year round throughout the brewery’s 36 state distribution footprint, with a suggested retail price for six-pack of 12 oz. cans is approximately $9.99. Pricing will vary slightly based upon location. Use Victory’s Beerfinder to discover a nearby location, or download the free Victory Mobile app for Android or iPhone.

“In our never ended pursuit to create the ultimate beer, we challenged ourselves as brewers to identify the most Vital components and flavors that we think make up the perfect IPA. We raised the bar with Vital IPA, which we believe will become a singular, vital addition to beer lovers' refrigerators,” explains Bill Covaleski, President and Brewmaster of Victory Brewing Company

About Victory Brewing Company
Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. In addition to the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub, Victory recently opened a second state-of-the-art brewery in Parkesburg, PA to expand production capabilities and serve fans of fully flavored beers in 36 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at www.victorybeer.com.

Posted by Russ

Thursday, September 24th 2015

Oskar Blues Expands With Plans for Brewery in Austin, Texas

LONGMONT, Colo. and BREVARD, N.C. - Funky little Oskar Blues Grill & Brew started just under 18 years ago when Dale Katechis and his high school sweet-heart stumbled across the small town of Lyons, Colorado while on a road trip north from their home in Alabama. In 2012, that Rocky Mountain trip continued east as Oskar Blues Brewery expanded to a second home in the rolling hills of Pisgah National Forest of Brevard, North Carolina. Now, Dale and Oskar Blues are heading south to Austin, Texas, the Live Music Capital of the World, as another place to call home.

Oskar Blues, named "The hottest place to be on a Saturday night in Colorado" by Rolling Stone because of its roots in the Colorado music scene, will open a brewery and taproom in Austin, TX by April 20, 2016. The brewery will continue its tradition of soul-savin' live music with a music venue as part of the taproom.

"North Carolina and Colorado are filled with amazing communities and experiences mingled with live music and Fu-CAN great craft beer scenes. The passion and rebellious nature of Austin locals, along with the food, craft beer and live music scenes create a vibe that already feels like home," says soul-founder Dale Katechis.

The brewery secured a 50,000 square foot brewery space including a 5,000 square foot taproom/music venue location at 10420 Metric Boulevard. Oskar Blues will brew the full line up of cans and draft with an initial capacity of 30,000 BBLs per year with potential build out capacity exceeding 100,000 BBLs.

"We continue to look at options to grow our brewery to the next level and the experience of opening a smaller, intimate taproom and brewery on a grassroots level in Brevard was a hell of a lot of fun. As we grow, it's important to find ways to stay small, engaged and intimate within the communities we want to spend our time in," says Dale.

Oskar Blues is known as the first craft brewery in the country to brew and hand-can their beer, which began in November 2002. Since then, Oskar Blues has continued explosive growth and is regarded as one of the fastest growing breweries in the country. In 2015, Oskar Blues earned a position in the top half of the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for the fifth year in a row and is ranked number 24 on the Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries list.

As the brewery and Colorado restaurants have been blessed with growth, Oskar Blues also works hard to keep that hands-on, grassroots feel by kicking off small projects like The Crowler, B Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer, Hotbox Coffee Roasters, North Carolina's REEB Ranch and handmade mountain bikes with REEB Cycles.

Check out Oskar Blues Brewery's NEW website at www.oskarblues.com and the Oskar Blues Austin Facebook page / @OskarBluesATX twitter for additional details. #OBAustin

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with hand-canned, flagship brew Dale's Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Longmont, Colorado and Brevard, North Carolina, while approaching 200,000 barrels in 2015. The original canned craft brewery continues to stay innovative with releases like The Crowler. Oskar Blues Brewery currently distributes to 44 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Canada, Sweden, and the U.K. To keep up with all things Oskar Blues, visit http://www.oskarblues.com.

In 2013, Oskar Blues founded the CAN'd Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity that community puts its spin on doin' good by supporting Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama programs in communities around the US.


Posted by Russ

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015

Bell's Hopslam Coming to Cans!


To be honest, we sort of never thought this day would come. We've joked about cans of Hopslam in the past and even done a mockup of what a can might look like. Then, this happened...

From Bell's Brewery -

One of our most sought after beers, Hopslam Ale, will be packaged solely in six-packs of 12 oz. cans and kegs when it returns in January for its annual release.

The Double India Pale Ale, brewed with Michigan honey, will not be bottled as it has been in the past.

“With construction here at the brewery on top of an already very busy schedule for our existing Bottling Hall, this was the only way to ensure that this beer got to market as quickly and as fresh as possible,” said Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell.

“Our Canning Line is very well equipped to lend a hand and help get this aromatic beer to our fans and customers so that they can enjoy it as it is intended,” she added.

Our current expansion will almost triple our Comstock Brewery's footprint once it is completed next year. Part of that construction is a new Bottling Hall that will be able to run at triple the speed of our current bottling line.

Future packaging decisions, beyond 2016, will be decided at a later date and as construction wraps up next year.

Hopslam (10% ABV) will be the sixth Bell’s beer to be packaged in cans. Two Hearted and Bell’s seasonal offerings (Oberon, Best Brown, Winter White and Smitten) are packaged in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.

Two Hearted (year round) and Oberon (March - August) are also available in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans.

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Posted by Russ

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015

Anheuser-Busch Acquires LA's Golden Road Brewing Company

AB InBev Acquires Another Major Craft Brewer

ST. LOUIS and LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2015 - Anheuser-Busch today announced it will acquire Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing. The deal will enable Golden Road to bring more of its fresh, canned beer to the brewery's local market and to introduce its unique hop-forward beers to more consumers. The partnership will build on Golden Road's commitment, since 2011, to bring fresh beer to the market in the most sustainable way possible.

"The energy and passion of the beer community is what drew me into this industry and with Golden Road we wanted to help develop the craft beer market in L.A.," said Meg Gill, ‎president and co-founder at Golden Road Brewing. "Our team worked hard to build Golden Road from the ground up and we are proud of the growth we've achieved in such a short time. California is an exciting and competitive market for beer and I see endless opportunities in partnering with Anheuser-Busch and their incredible distribution network to bring our beers to more people."

As the largest craft brewery in Los Angeles County, Golden Road expects to sell approximately 45,000 barrels of beer in 2015 and can be found in more than 4,000 retail locations. With a brewery focused on draft and can production, a pub in Los Angeles and a new tasting room downtown. Additionally a new tasting room, opening in 2015, second production brewery and pub in Anaheim will be operational by the forth quarter of 2016. Its core brands – Point the Way IPA, Wolf Among Weeds IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen and 329 Days of Sun Lager – represent 95 percent of volume. Along with the core beers, Golden Road brewers are constantly experimenting with the freshest ingredients through a collection of rotating, seasonal and limited-edition brews, most notably the Custom IPA Series, a line-up of diverse, hop-forward IPAs.

"Golden Road's commitment to making great beer, their pioneering spirit and the passionate beer culture built within the company is what appealed to us," said Andy Goeler, CEO, Craft, Anheuser-Busch. "Their focus on giving back to the community and impact on the Los Angeles craft market in four short years makes Golden Road a strong addition to our craft portfolio."

Golden Road Brewing will join Goose Island Beer Company, Blue Point Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing and Elysian Brewing as part of Anheuser-Busch's High End Business Unit's portfolio. Anheuser-Busch's partnership with Golden Road Brewing is expected to close by the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

About Golden Road Brewing
In 2011 by beer enthusiasts Meg Gill and Tony Yanow founded Los Angeles, California based Golden Road Brewing to bring fresh beer to the local market in the most sustainable way possible.  Golden Road is committed to engaging and supporting the growing community of socially-minded beer enthusiasts. The brewery currently distributes its beer in California, Nevada and Arizona. For more information, check out www.goldenroad.la or be social at fb.com/goldenroadbrew and @GoldenRoadBrew on Twitter and Instagram.

About Anheuser-Busch
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch and its world-class brewmasters have carried on a legacy of brewing America's most-popular beers. Starting with the finest ingredients sourced from Anheuser-Busch's family of growers, every batch is crafted using the same exacting standards and time-honored traditions passed down through generations of proud Anheuser-Busch brewmasters and employees. Best known for its fine American-style lagers, Budweiser and Bud Light, the company's beers lead numerous beer segments and combined hold 46.4 percent share of the U.S. beer market. Budweiser and Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita were named Brands of the Year for the Beer and the Spirits, Malt Beverages and Wine categories, respectively, by Ace Metrix® in 2014.  Anheuser-Busch is the U.S. arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev and operates 16 local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States, representing a capital investment of more than $15.9 billion. Its flagship brewery remains in St. Louis, Mo., and is among the global company's largest and most technologically capable breweries. Visitor and special beermaster tours are available at its St. Louis and five other Anheuser-Busch breweries. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

Posted by Russ