Tuesday, September 6th 2016
MadTree Releasing Cans of Blood Orange PsycHOPathy IPA
CINCINNATI (September 6, 2016) – MadTree Brewing is releasing their newest seasonal beer, Blood Orange PsycHOPathy, in cans after an overwhelming customer demand generated by a small draft release last fall. What began as a taproom experiment became a phenomenon with customers always asking for more. This spin on the extremely popular PsycHOPathy IPA adds a bold dose of real Blood Orange juice to impart a slightly bitter citrus kick. At 6.2% ABV and 72 IBU, it’s the perfect companion for spending Sundays with your friends and family.
“We’re not the first to put fruit in an IPA, but customers have been helping us design this beer for the past year by providing their feedback on all the different batches,” said MadTree Brewing co-founder, Brady Duncan. “The tart and sweet character of the real Blood Orange juice complements the citrus, floral, and grassy hop flavors in PsycHOPathy. Plus, these are the some of the sexiest cans out there.”
Both the original PsycHOPathy and Blood Orange PsycHOPathy illustrations were created by Cincinnati artist, Margaret Weiner. MadTree exclusively uses local artists to design the artwork for all of their canned and bottled beers.
A Bengals tailgate and watch party supporting the Disabled American Veterans charity on Sunday, September 11 will kick-off the sale of cans beginning at 11 a.m. Fifty-percent of sales of Blood Orange PsycHOPathy cans, t-shirts, and posters sold that day will be donated to DAV in support of the DAV 5K at Sawyer Point on November 5. Catch-A-Fire Café will offer some special menu items along with their full menu all day.
There will be a limit of one case of cans per person. Can and draft distribution to restaurants, bars, and retailers will begin the week of September 12.
About MadTree Brewing Company
Cincinnati’s MadTree Brewing made history when they opened in 2013 by becoming the first modern craft brewery to can its beer in Ohio. They are currently constructing a new $18M brewery in Cincinnati’s Oakley neighborhood set to open Winter 2016/2017. MadTree is known for focusing more on great tasting beers rather than following traditional brewing style guidelines. Their award-winning beers are distributed throughout Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Toledo, Athens and Northern Kentucky. For more information about the beers, brewery, and taproom, visit madtreebrewing.com or connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
About Disabled American Veterans
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932.
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Tuesday, July 19th 2016
Craft Beer's First 8 oz. Cans!
Q & A with Flat 12's Sean Manahan
There aren't many frontiers left when it comes to craft beer in cans. Over the past few years alone we've seen the introduction of the 32 oz. Crowler, cans with removeable lids, glow-in-the-dark designs, and even cans with "tactical" grips. On Saturday, July 23rd, Flat 12 Bierwerks in Indianapolis will become the first American craft brewer to release a beer in an 8 oz. can. We were pretty excited about another first in the industry so we reached out to Flat 12 to get the story behind the cans. Cheers to Sean Manahan, Flat 12's Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations, for answering our questions!
the first PINKO! cans coming off the line
CC) How did the idea behind an 8oz can release come about?
SM) I don't drink soda often, but sometimes I get a craving for just a splash. So, one time I was shopping and saw some 8oz cans of cola and thought it was the perfect amount to quench my thirst. Right then, I turned to my wife and said, 'I've got an idea!' That was summer of 2015. I began running the idea around with my staff and everybody seemed on board. Often times big RIS and similar beers are released in 22oz bombers but with most 10% or higher you need to host a small party to get through the whole bottle. Not that we are antisocial, but sometimes you want to enjoy a beer by yourself and the 8oz can fit perfectly.
CC) What were some of the challenges related to this release?
SM) In conversations with my best friend, Alan Coon of Wild Goose Canning, I asked him if the canning lines he designed and sold with Goose had the ability to do so. He said as long as the diameter of the can fit they could. So I brought the idea to the Scott Richards and Andrew McLean at Michigan/Indiana Mobile Canning and they said of their 2 canning lines, one of them was set up to fill 8oz but they had never tried it. They were immediately on board and the scheduling started. They are bringing their Michigan based line down to Indianapolis to run the cans as it is the one with the ability to drop the filling heads and seamer down enough to fill the 8oz cans.
The biggest issue with this canning run was the availability of the 8oz cans. Our can and wrap supplier, Valerie Anderson of Mossberg and Company, said that 8oz cans were only made a few times a year and in limited volumes. We weren't sure if the cans would be available in time but luck has been on our side through this whole process, and the cans were delivered to Mossberg at the 11th hour to keep our schedule on track.
CC) Are these being packaged in 4-packs?
SM) We are packing these in 6pks. We wanted the smaller can, but didn't want to short consumers on the overall volume. We used to package Pinko! in 4pk 12oz bottles for 48 total ounces and by doing 6pks of 8oz cans we can match the volume our customers have become accustomed to.
CC) What’s the background on the Pinko name and the can design? Who is responsible for the actual can design?
SM) The name Pinko! comes from Cold War era term for Americans who were supporters or sympathetic for Communism. They themselves weren't 'Red' but rather 'Pink' so the term Pinko was coined. Much like many other RIS brands such as North Coast's Old Rasputin and Avery's Czar, we decided to use this term as the name for our Russian Stout because of the tie to Russia.
The first label art for the Pinko! was designed and hand drawn in 2014 by our then graphics intern Seth Baker for the first few runs of the beer in bottles. This initial design of the bear wearing the ushanka has become the iconic art for Pinko! and has been used on all of our Pinko! packaging including the 12oz bottles, our limited run barrel-aged versions, and now the 8oz can. This summer, the label was revamped and reconfigured for the 8oz cans by our most recent graphics intern Sara Fucci.
CC) Tell us a bit about the beer itself...
SM) Pinko! our RIS is big, bold, and black as night. The brew is robust with rich chocolate and roasted coffee character truly fit for Russian winters. While delicious on its own, Pinko! was developed to age in barrels. Every year at our Chirstmas in July event, we release 3-4 different barrel aged verities in addition to our standard draught and packaged versions.
CC) Any plans for future releases in this can format?
SM) I would love to apply this package to more of our high gravity or more rare brands. I'm glad to have been able to make this year's Pinko! work in the small cans and hopefully we can make this a regular thing for its release year after year. As for future releases, we are already looking forward on the production schedule in hopes of finding the next candidate for these stubby cans. We've got some new plans also developing with this new style of packaging. Cannot wait to see where this leads us!
To find out more about PINKO! cans GO HERE
About Flat12 Bierwerks
Flat12 Bierwerks is a production craft brewery formed in 2010, located in the fast-growing Holy Cross neighborhood— just east of downtown Indianapolis. As a company, we embrace a laid-back, “work hard, play hard” mentality, fostering the creativity of each individual, and that’s no better exemplified than in our brewery. We like to think we strike a good balance between having consistent core and seasonal beers, while continually adding a variety of innovative specialty beers to the lineup. We don’t have a lot of allegiance to traditional styles, we brew what we like— and we like to make “ish-styles.”
Brewmaster, Sean Manahan, and his team brew for the pursuit of creative expression in a pint. There’s a lot of innovation, youth and passion in our brewery. We aren’t just brewing to quench the thirst, we brew to offer an experience. With their combined experience, thirst for innovation, and a passion for brewing, our liquid artists aim to help define the next generation of craft beer. As a team we continue the legacy of our namesake— a classic game-changing racing engine— and move towards a more revved up beer.
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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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Wednesday, March 30th 2016
Rhinegeist Brewery to Release Cans of New Peach Dodo Gose
Cincinnati's Rhinegeist Brewery continues to expand their canned offerings, this time with a style that has been growing in popularity among American craft beer drinkers over the past couple years. The salty, sour, and altogether refreshing Gose.
Coming next Monday is our bright, frisky, tart and saline German Gose, Peach Dodo (4.4%, 12 IBU). Thirst quenching beyond all imagination, Peach Dodo is the finest of liquids and is sure to please. This is the first time our peach Gose is being put into cans and it's going to be a limited run!
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Friday, October 9th 2015
21st Amendment Debuts Ridiculously Awesome Mixed Pack
(San Leandro, CA) – 21st Amendment Brewery co-founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan couldn’t agree on what to stock the fridge with at their new San Leandro brewery, so they divvied it up and created the brewery’s first ever seasonal variety pack. Freccia chose Fireside Chat, the brewery’s fall seasonal winter spiced ale and Back in Black, dark IPA, “my every occasion beer.” O’Sullivan chose his flagship Brew Free! Or Die IPA and went a step further, brewing a brand new beer, a Mexican-style lager called El Sully, available only in the variety pack.
Named for Brewmaster O’Sullivan’s alter ego, El Sully is brewed with Pilsner and Vienna malts, flaked maize and Mexican lager yeast to create a bright, refreshing flavor that rings in at a drinkable 4.8% ABV and 19 IBUs.
“The release of El Sully and the new variety pack format are perfect examples of what the San Leandro Brewery is allowing us to do,” states Freccia, “It’s important to us that we’re providing beers that everyone can enjoy, and now you can pick up a variety pack and crack open a Fireside Chat one night by the fire or enjoy El Sully if you feel like something lighter.”
The fall variety pack hits shelves on October 1st in all of 21st Amendment’s current distribution territories and will be available through the New Year. Pick up a pack in CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, NY, NJ, DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, GA, NV, NC, SC and IL, and keep your eyes peeled for more variety packs to come! For up-to-date availability, events and promotions, visit www.21st-Amendment.com.
ABOUT 21st AMENDMENT: In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood with Freccia managing the restaurant and O’Sullivan spearheading the brewing process. In addition to quickly becoming one of the city’s favorite pubs, 21st Amendment began expanding beyond the Bay Area by helping to pioneer the movement to canned craft beer. Known for their witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers year round selections, as well as seasonal offerings and their infamous ‘Insurrection Series’, a once-in-a-while limited edition release. Today, 21st Amendment operates out of its new San Leandro brewery headquarters and is among the top 50 craft beer brewers in America and is sold in 24 states.
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Saturday, August 21st 2015
21st Amendment Releasing Cans of Toaster Pastry, Pop-Tart Beer
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.– Just months after opening their new 95,000 square foot state-of-the-art brewery in San Leandro, 21st Amendment co-founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan introduce their newest creation, Toaster Pastry, India-Style Red Ale. Toaster Pastry, in a new 19.2 ounce can, is Freccia and O’Sullivan’s creative nod to the former Kellogg Factory space that is 21st Amendment’s new home. The first time the world will be able to enjoy this new beer will be during the brewery’s Grand Opening Celebration party in San Leandro on August 29.
“We just thought it would be a great idea for the first beer out of our new brewery to pay homage to the Frosted Flakes and Pop Tarts that were once made in the same space decades ago,” stated Freccia. “One of the best parts of opening the new brewery means we’re not only able to bring our production home to the Bay Area, but we also finally have the space and opportunity to experiment with new beers, variety packs and new can sizes. Toaster Pastry is the first step of much more to come.”
“Biscuit malts give the beer a slightly nutty, crust-like flavor, while pale and dark crystal malts offer the mouthfeel and flavors reminiscent of strawberry jam,” explains O’Sullivan. “Calypso and other experimental hops give this ruby ale a welcome bite with a fruity aroma. We can’t wait to finally share this new beer with consumers. It’s been a top-secret project that we’ve been working on for almost two years, and I think we perfected the flavor profile and packaging in a way that would make Kellogg proud.”
Toaster Pastry (7.6% ABV, 74 IBUs) will begin its roll-out in all 24 states where 21st Amendment beers are distributed in early September. Look for the singles of the ruby red cans throughout CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, ME, NH, VT, RI, MA, NY, NJ, DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, GA, NV, NC, SC and IL. For up-to-date availability, events and promotions, visit www.21st-Amendment.com.
ABOUT 21st AMENDMENT:
In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood with Freccia managing the restaurant and O’Sullivan spearheading the brewing process. In addition to quickly becoming one of the city’s favorite pubs, 21st Amendment began expanding beyond the Bay Area by helping to pioneer the movement to canned craft beer. Known for their witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers three year round selections, as well as seasonal offerings and their infamous ‘Insurrection Series’, a once-in-a-while limited edition release. Today, 21st Amendment is among the top 50 craft beer brewers in America and is sold in 24 states.
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Friday, July 17th 2015
Speakeasy Releasing Cans of
Suds Session Ale in August
The second installment of Speakeasy's new Session 47 Series
San Francisco, CA - Suds Session Ale is a unique, frothy suspect, that’s hard to pick out of a police lineup. The beer was inspired by Vienna Lagers, but fermented with California ale yeast. It associates with English Pale Ales, minus the earthy hops. Eyewitnesses have confirmed that Suds Session Ale is a brass colored, light-bodied, malt-forward session beer that’s loaded with flavor. It will be released year-round by Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, on draft and in cans, starting in August.
Approachable, easy drinking, and designed for indulgence over long afternoons, Suds Session Ale is a new member of Speakeasy’s Session 47 Series. The aroma and flavor is reminiscent of baked biscuits, caramel, and fresh dark bread. “Suds is focused on the malts,” according to Kushal Hall, Speakeasy’s Director of Brewing. The beer is made with a blend of American Two-row, English Maris Otter, and a small amount of Carafa and Carahell malt.
Name: Suds Session Ale
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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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