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Friday, July 18th 2014

Ska Brewing to Release Cans
of Rudie Session IPA

Rudie Session IPA will be unveiled Saturday, August 2nd at Sesh Fest
in Denver and will be available in 12 oz. cans in all of Ska's markets
 

 

Ska is proud to announce the release of its first mainstay since the death of Ten Pin Porter (RIP). Rudie session IPA weighs in at only 4.5% Alcohol by volume but is hopped  in the style an American IPA. "It's a beer you can drink for breakfast" says Dave Thibodeau, President and Co-Founder of Ska "We wanted to brew an aggressively hopped beer that you can drink a few of and still hold your shit together."

"We wanted to brew an aggressively hopped beer that you can drink a few of and still hold your shit together."

The beer was conceived through a long standing tradition of brewing a one-off specialty beer for the Durango Film Festival. "Every year we brew something different for the film fest." says Thomas Larsen, Head Brewer at Ska "It needs to be flavorful, approachable, and sessionable enough that folks aren't launching projectiles at the screen mid-film. The last few years we've been experimenting with low alcohol beers that retain the big flavor profile people expect of an IPA. We knew we were on to something." Rudie hits the shelves in early August and will be unveiled at the Colorado Brewers Guild's inaugural Sesh Fest on August 2nd at Sculpture Park in Denver.

 


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Friday, July 18th 2014

SanTan Brewing to Introduce CanZilla Crowlers on July 24th


SanTan Brewing to Launch Arizona’s First Aluminum Growler 

Chandler, Arizona (July 18, 2014)— It’s official, on July 24, 2014 Arizona craft beer lovers will now be legally allowed to purchase and fill growlers made of materials other than glass. So, in true SanTan Brewing Company style – the CanZilla Crowler is born!

“The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild fought a great battle on our behalf to get the growler laws changed in Arizona. To celebrate these exciting times in local craft beer we are working to continue our promotion of the can as the superior packaging method,” said Anthony Canecchia, founder and brewmaster, SanTan Brewing Company.

The 32 oz. Crowler system will allow patrons to take their favorite SanTan beer to go including small batch seasonal brews that are only available at SanTan Brewing and not in stores – fresh from the tap, daily. These single use, recyclable cans are packaged, labeled and sealed right at the pub and are easily transported to any outdoor adventure or tailgate. Once sealed, each CanZilla Crowler keeps its freshness for up to seven days.

SanTan Brewing Company is the first brewery in Arizona to offer the CanZilla Crowler as an aluminum alternative to the traditional glass growler. There are about to be a lot of happy Count Hopula and Winter Warmer fans at SanTan this year.

About SanTan Brewing Company

Open since 2007 under the leadership of founder and brewmaster, Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established a strong reputation as one of Arizona’s favorite craft breweries. In addition to brewing, SanTan features a friendly neighborhood brewpub in Downtown Chandler, which has quickly become one of the top local food and beer destinations in the Phoenix metro area.

All SanTan Brewing Company craft beers are Southwestern Style Ales. SanTan’s brews are fermented to completion and carbonated higher than traditional American beers for a more effervescent, crisp and refreshing hand crafted beer – perfect for quenching your thirst in the hot Arizona sun and throughout the southwestern region of the US.

In 2009, SanTan Brewing began distributing their Southwestern Style Ales throughout the state of Arizona, operating with a mission to pair craft beer with craft food that would inspire great conversation and good times. 2014 marks the beginning of taking this journey throughout the Southwest and California.

SanTan beers have won numerous national and statewide awards including two medals at the US Open Beer Championship: bronze in 2013 and gold in 2011. SanTan Brewing also took home a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival and won Best Brewery in Arizona, selected by the Phoenix New Times and the Arizona Republic, in 2013 and 2011.

Check out SanTan Brewing Company online at www.santanbrewing.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanTanBrewingCo or follow them at www.twitter.com/SanTanBrewing.

 


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Thursday, July 3rd 2014

CANFEST Partners with Joseph James Brewing For 6th Annual Event

 CANFEST Partners with Las Vegas-based Joseph James Brewing Company to Present its Sixth Annual Canned Beer Festival

RENO, Nev. (July 2014) — Nevada becomes an oasis for canned beer on August 23, 2014 with CANFEST, presented for the first time by the state’s only brewery actively canning multiple brews, Joseph James Brewing Company, Inc. CANFEST celebrates breweries that utilize aluminum packaging and aims to shed light on the quality and vast selection of craft beers in cans.

Now in its sixth year, the festival found an ideal partner in the southern canned beer advocates and their diversity of style offerings, including a gluten free beer. Together, CANFEST and Joseph James Brewing Co. will continue to enhance canned craft beer’s reputation and notoriety in Nevada and beyond.

“The one thing CANFEST needed was an injection of Battle Born love for canned beer,” said event co-producer Ty Whitaker. “Joseph James’s notoriety is skyrocketing. They give canned beer a great name. We are really excited to join forces with such talented brewers.”

“Joseph James Brewing Co. is excited to partner with The Abbi Agency to present CANFEST,” said brand manager Andrea Allison. “We realize this is an opportunity to showcase our growing collection of canned beers and promote the Nevada craft beer community. This event provides an excellent opportunity for craft breweries to collectively educate consumers about their beers and the benefits to serving craft beer in cans.”

The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino hosts CANFEST in the 62,000 square foot Tuscany Ballroom. The event opens at 5 p.m. for VIP ticket holders, 6 p.m. for general admission attendees, and this year is extended until 11 p.m. Additionally, VIP tickets include a full buffet dinner. CANFEST offers more than 100 different canned beers from around the world for unlimited tastings to all ticket holders.

Tickets are on sale now at Craft Wine & Beer, BrewChatter, and online via the Peppermill box office. Advance tickets are $35 for general admission and $60 for VIP. Students can purchase a discounted $25 general admission ticket only at Midtown’s Craft Wine & Beer.

CANFEST will also conduct Reno’s first commercially BJCP sanctioned beer competition this year, awarding medals to individual beers based on the BJCP judging criteria.

In addition to a plethora of canned beers to sample, festivalgoers will enjoy live music from Los Angeles-based folk rock band Rose’s Pawn Shop, a silent disco dance party, and bicycle-related activities provided by non-profit partner The Reno Bike Project.

CANFEST is produced by The Abbi Agency, a Reno-based digital communications firm behind the event since its inception, and presented by Joseph James Brewing Company.

Partners for 2014 include Craft Wine & Beer, Tahoe Mountain Sports, The Can Van, Plato’s Closet Reno, 104.1 KRZQ, BrewChatter, and more. A portion of the event benefits the Reno Bike Project, a non-profit bicycle shop and advocacy group committed to creating a nationally recognized, cycling-friendly community through advocacy, education, and cooperation in the Truckee Meadows.

For more information visit www.canfestbeer.com or email info@canfestbeer.com.



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Thursday, July 3rd 2014

Golden Road's Carry On Citrus Ale to be Airport Only Canned Release

L.A.’s Golden Road Brewing and global restaurateur HMSHost have teamed up to release the first craft beer made exclusively for airports, Carry On Citrus Ale. Inspired by the spirit of the American traveler, Carry On represents the growing demand for both craft beer and a better travel experience. The citrus-forward ale will be Golden Road’s first brand available outside of its California-only distribution and will hit HMSHost venues in 16-oz cans at select airports by July 4.

“The craft beer industry embodies the American dream’s pillars of innovation and opportunity,” said Meg Gill, co-founder of Golden Road Brewing. “Through our presence at LAX, we’ve seen how travelers recognize and associate these ideals with our beer. Our partnership with industry leader HMSHost allows us to dig even deeper and connect this ethos on a national scale while fulfilling our mission to increase craft beer accessibility.”

Those flying through major California cities, Phoenix and Las Vegas this Fourth of July will be the lucky first (of many) to taste the adventure-driven beer before a phased roll-out to more than 30 airports by the end of 2014. The first widely commercially available style of its kind, the Citrus Ale features hops from the Pacific Northwest and organic citrus from Southern California, a nod to Golden Road’s roots. The resulting combination marries an approachable profile with bright flavors synonymous with L.A. for a full-flavored, journey-enhancing brew.

“Partnering with Golden Road Brewing to develop a craft beer for travelers has been a great adventure in itself,” said HMSHost Senior Director of Adult Beverage & Restaurant Development Doug Draper. “Carry On Citrus Ale is sure to enhance the traveler’s journey; with such a flavorful combination of ingredients, it’s a great way to relax before boarding the plane.”

HMSHost and Golden Road share a commitment to thoughtful partnerships that provide a unique experience for the consumer. Just as HMSHost has held strategic relationships with Anheuser-Busch InBev and the Boston Beer Company, enhancing the adult beverage experience for travelers all over the world, with innovations such as the use of appropriate glassware for various brews, and in consistently creating the perfect pour, so too does it continue to evolve trends in airport dining and drinking through brand cultivation and forward-thinking projects in culinary, adult beverage, customer service and technology.

Carry On Citrus Ale will be available in the following city’s airports this July: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, Santa Ana, Las Vegas and Phoenix. By the end of 2014, the beer will enter airports in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Boise, Spokane and nine major airports in Florida.

Carry On Citrus Ale will be available in the following city’s airports this July: Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Fresno, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, Santa Ana, Las Vegas and Phoenix. By the end of 2014, the beer will enter airports in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Boise, Spokane and nine major airports in Florida.

Coming mid-summer, Golden Road will launch a social media sweepstakes for a chance to win a VIP experience and trip to the brewery in sunny Los Angeles. Official rules and details will be available at www.goldenroad.la/carryoncontest.

 

About Golden Road Brewing

In 2011, beer enthusiasts Meg Gill and Tony Yanow founded Golden Road Brewing to bring fresh beer to the local market in the most sustainable way possible. Brewed and canned in Los Angeles, Golden Road’s year-round offerings include Point the Way IPA, Golden Road Hefeweizen, Get Up Offa That Brown, 329 Lager and Wolf Among Weeds IPA. Golden Road is committed to engaging and supporting the growing community of socially-minded beer enthusiasts in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit goldenroad.la.

About HMSHost

Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.7 billion and employs more than 30,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage and retail services for people on the move. With sales of around €4 billion in 2013, the Group operates in 30 countries and employs some 56,000 people. It manages approximately 4,700 stores in over 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information. 


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Thursday, June 26th 2014

Ohio's Warped Wing Brewing Releasing 16 Ounce Pint Cans

Warped Wing Brewing Company (WWBC) is excited to announce the release of cans to the Dayton market in mid July. WWBC will be the first brewery in Dayton to can beer in 64 years. President Joe Waizmann adds “We’re excited to be first to revive cans since Miami Valley Brewing closed their doors in 1950”.

The inspiration behind the cans Based on the Warped Wing brand foundation WWBC came up with a concept creating a metal forged steam-punk whale as symbolism for a dream that seemingly could never be. How could a whale, a metal whale ever fly? But with a vision, fortitude and sweat one can make anything happen especially if they put their minds to it. These dreams, ideas and hard work are what create inventions and innovations that change people’s lives forever. Each can tells its own story both visually and in copy about the beer, while collectively telling the Warped Wing brand story. Nick Bowman, Sales & Marketing adds “We put a lot of thought into the artistic design of our cans with the hope that people would appreciate them as much as the beer inside and think twice about throwing them away.”

The three-can trilogy and illustration style starts in modern day timeframe with 10 Ton Oatmeal Stout (shown above). The setting is in an old, gritty metal foundry. The name is based on the original foundry 10-Ton crane, which is still in the building today. This story is about fulfilling the dream of opening a craft brewery in downtown Dayton, O. When you look up towards the top of the can you can see 4 guys toasting the newly forged whale as he makes his way out into the light proudly bringing freshly brewed beer out to the world for all to enjoy.

The second can, Flyin’ Rye IPA depicts 1960-70’s style psychedelic art. The whale is shown smoking a rye silo as he brings rye grain back to the brewery for production. Eclectic clouds are forming from the silo smoke symbolizing innovative ideas and thoughts that can come from anyone, anywhere at any time. The illustration features 2 characters riding on the whale steering it to their destination.

Ermal's Belgian Style Cream Ale pays homage to Ermal Fraze, inventor of the Pull-off tab (1959) and later the Pop-top can. The can design is inspired by 1950’s super hero comic books. It shows the craft can hero Ermal coming out of a steam-punk whale in a space ship fashioned after a beer can. He is off to deliver his invention to the world as he and his crew drop easy open cans down to the world. Bowman goes on to add “The tagline on the cans “Share A Pint Make A Friend” was inspired by the communal sharing of pints among people in the brewery taproom. Many of the best-forged relationships begin with the sharing of a pint. We can our beer in 16 ounce pint cans to fully invest ourselves in that vision of sharing and friendship.”

Creative Credits:

Creative director/can designer: John Pattison
Illustrator: Tom Post
Copywriter: Paul Singer
Ermal's type design: Don Marsh

Warped Wing Brewing Company is located in an old foundry in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The brewery opened in January 2014 & celebrates Dayton’s rich history of invention, innovation and industry. Warped Wing uses this core history as inspiration for their uniquely crafted beers and brewery/taproom. This is the foundation on which the Warped Wing brand is grounded.


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Wednesday, June 25th 2014

First Look at the Next 3 Bell's Beers to be Released in Cans

(From the Bell's Brewery website)

Following the successful launch of Two Hearted and Oberon Ale in 16 oz. 4-packs, we are proud to announce and share the look of the rest of our seasonal lineup in cans.

Best Brown Ale, Winter White and Smitten Golden Rye Ale will be available in cans for the first time later this year and early next year.

All three seasonal beers will continue to be available on draft and in both 6-pack and 12-pack bottles.

“We love being able to offer these brands in both cans and glass to suit the various lifestyles of our customers and fans,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

Best Brown Ale will be Bell’s third can offering and will be available along with bottles and on draft beginning around Labor Day. All three seasonal beers will be available in the same 16 oz. 4-packs.

Cans of Winter White will be released in November and Smitten will return in February.


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Saturday, June 21 2014

Boulder Beer Releasing Cans
of Mojo IPA and Buffalo Gold

(Boulder, CO) – Boulder Beer Company, Colorado’s First Craft Brewery, will begin canning their classic Buffalo Gold Golden Ale and hop head favorite for the first time next week in brand new 12-ounce cans.

The Buffalo Gold artwork was redesigned for the cans to make the graphics consistent with Boulder Beer’s core lineup of beers. As one of the brewery’s heritage beers dating back to 1989, Buffalo Gold historically has had a different look reminiscent of the brewery’s early days and has predominantly been sold only in Colorado. The graphic redesign of Buffalo Gold coincides with the brewery launching the brand nationally with the release of the new six-pack cans. Moving forward it will be available in cans and draught, but not bottles.

“Buffalo Gold is one of the original session beers and a perfect style for cans – light-bodied and easy-drinking, yet very flavorful,” said Tess McFadden, Marketing Director at Boulder Beer Company. “We’re excited to see the brand grow with the redesign and release to new markets.”

Mojo IPA, one of Boulder’s core year-round beers and a brewery staff favorite, warranted a package extension to cans to satisfy the thirst of the many outdoorsy hop heads out there on the lookout for more canned IPA’s. Boulder Beer will continue to package Mojo in bottles as well as draught. Pale in color but packed with flavor, Mojo’s Amarillo hops create a big grapefruit-like citrusy flavor with a crisp, dry finish.

Both Mojo IPA and Buffalo Gold will be available in 12-ounce six-pack cans to all markets where Boulder Beer brands are distributed. They begin shipping from the brewery next week in time to hit area retailers before the July 4th holiday.

With their recent purchase and installment of a new Palmer canning line, Boulder Beer now has the capability of offering more of their beers in cans. They currently offer two brands in cans – Hazed & Infused year-round and Hoopla Pale Ale in the summer season – which previously were canned using a mobile canning service. Buffalo Gold and Mojo IPA will be the first new can releases since the brewery’s Palmer line began running in April.

Founded in 1979, Boulder Beer Company has been a pioneer in the craft brewing industry for 35 years. Their passion for innovation keeps their brand mix diverse, offering a taste for every palate. They currently package seven year-round beers, numerous rotating seasonals, and periodically release very limited-edition, small-batch brews throughout the year.

 


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Thursday, May 29th 2014

SanTan Brewing Company Launching Cans of SunSpot Golden Ale

To meet demand in Arizona, California and Texas markets, SanTan cans popular golden ale

Chandler, Arizona —SanTan Brewing Company has officially launched in southern California and is headed to Texas in June with their core beers and summer seasonal, Mr. Pineapple. Now, adding to their canned beer lineup is SunSpot Golden Ale. There’s no better way to represent the Arizona culture of craft beer than with a brew like SunSpot Gold which is described as an American take on a traditional Blonde Ale, SunSpot Gold is brewed with light amounts of hops and American Pale Barley. It boasts a deep, rich golden color and delicate hop character.

SanTan founder and brewmaster, Anthony Canecchia, describes SunSpot Gold as having a light malt profile, very dry with a kiss of hops and a slight corn chip character. SunSpot Gold pairs well with aged parmesan, pepperoni and pizza.

This brew was developed for and inspired by the hot, dry climate of Arizona. According to Canecchia, SunSpot Gold was the very first beer ever brewed at SanTan Brewing Company in 2007 and serves as the inspiration for his Southwestern Style Ales.

About the inspiration behind SunSpot Gold, Canecchia said, “I became fascinated by Mesoamerican civilizations like the Aztecs, Mayans and Olmecs while studying archeology in college and wanted to create a brew that captured the essence of these ancient cultures.”

SunSpot Golden Ale Quick Facts

Style:   Golden or Blonde Ale

Malt:    Two Row Barley, Wheat, Vienna, Munich

Hops:   Columbus / CTZ

Yeast:  American Ale

OG:     12.8 Plato

ABV:    5%

Color:  7 SRM

IBU:     15

Availability: Year round, launching June 1, 2014 in cans. SunSpot Gold will be available in cans and on tap throughout Arizona, southern California, and Texas in June. To locate a pint or can of SunSpot Gold near you, visit SanTan Brewing Company’s Beer Detective online at www.santanbrewing.com/find-santan-on-tap.

About SanTan Brewing Company

Open since 2007 under the leadership of founder and brewmaster, Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established a strong reputation as one of Arizona’s favorite craft breweries. In addition to brewing, SanTan features a friendly neighborhood brewpub in Downtown Chandler, which has quickly become one of the top local food and beer destinations in the Phoenix metro area.  

All SanTan Brewing Company craft beers are Southwestern Style Ales. SanTan’s brews are fermented to completion and carbonated higher than traditional American beers for a more effervescent, crisp and refreshing hand crafted beer – perfect for quenching your thirst in the hot Arizona sun and throughout the southwestern region of the US.

In 2009, SanTan Brewing began distributing their Southwestern Style Ales throughout the state of Arizona, operating with a mission to pair craft beer with craft food that would inspire great conversation and good times. 2014 marks the beginning of taking this journey throughout the Southwest and California.  

SanTan beers have won numerous national and statewide awards including two medals at the US Open Beer Championship: bronze in 2013 and gold in 2011. SanTan Brewing also took home a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival and won Best Brewery in Arizona, selected by the Phoenix New Times and the Arizona Republic, in 2013 and 2011. 

Check out SanTan Brewing Company online at www.santanbrewing.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanTanBrewingCo or follow them at www.twitter.com/SanTanBrewing.


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Friday, May 23rd 2014

Uinta Cans Trader Session IPA

First brewed and released as a draught only brand in 1994, Uinta Brewing Company's Trader IPA was a trailblazer in the Session IPA category, a category that, at the time, was far from a trend.  In 1996, Uinta purchased their first bottling line and Trader made its way in to a bottle and on to retail shelves across Utah.

Twenty years later, the Trader brand continues to be a successful brand for Uinta.  To continue their history of keeping Trader's packaging relevant to their offerings, Uinta introduces Trader Session IPA Cans.  Trader Compass Cans are expected  to hit all of Uinta's current distribution networks in June, 2014.

A beer that exemplifies the term 'session', Trader is a noted for its bright hop character and balance.  In a time where Session beers, and Session IPA's in particular, are becoming a popular segment in the craft industry, Uinta is excited to celebrate and expand distribution of Trader a brand that showcases Uinta's 21 years of experience in brewing consistent, full-flavored session (and non-session) beers.

UINTA BREWING CO - Uinta Brewing Company embarked upon its mission of brewing world class, full-flavored, craft-brewed beer in 1993.  Uinta is named after the only major east-west running mountain range located in the continental U.S. Since 1993, Uinta Brewing has created world class, full-flavored, craft-brewed beer ranging from 4.0% to over 13% alcohol by volume. The Uinta team comprised of outdoor and beer enthusiasts, brews a variety of beer organized in to three distinct lines; the Classic Line, Organic Line, and the Crooked Line.


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Wednesday, April 30th 2014

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest Returns on Saturday May 17th with Over 250 Canned Craft Beers

Local and national breweries set to pour at AmeriCAN in Scottsdale – celebrating the craft can revolution!

Scottsdale, AZ  — Professionally produced by HDE Agency in partnership with SanTan Brewing Company, the 4th Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will return to the Scottsdale Civic Center on Saturday, May 17 with even more canned craft beers!

Here’s the brewery lineup so far:

New comers to the festival include:

Alaskan Brewing
Angry Orchard

Armadillo Ale Works

Australian

Avery

Ballast Point

Barrio

Bell’s

Black Market

Black Tooth

Cedar Creek

Deep Ellum

Destihl

Dog Tag

Epic

Founders

Griffin Claw

Guinness

Hangar 24

Hops & Grains

Johnny Appleseed Cider

Mike Hess

Nebraska

Redstone Meadery

Rogue

Twisted Tea

Uncharted Cider

Upslope

Utah Brewers Cooperative

Wild Cider

Plus more than a dozen imports featured in the International Beer Garden!

 

Returning festival favorites include:

21st Amendment

Abita

Anderson Valley

Austin Beerworks

Big Sky

Blue Moon

Bohemian

Boulder Beer

Breckenridge

DC Brau

Fort George

Four Peaks

GoodLife

Goose Island

Grand Canyon

Joseph James

Kona

Leinenkugel

Lumberyard

Marble

Maui

Mudshark

New Belgium

NOLA

Oskar Blues

Prescott

Redhook

Sam Adams

Santa Fe

SanTan

Shock Top

Sierra Nevada

Ska

Snake River

Sun King

TailGate Beer

Tallgrass

Two Brothers

Uinta

Widmer

Woodchuck

To soak up all those suds, six local food trucks will serve up their delicious craft food including the Grilled Cheese Truck, Brat Haus, Carte Blanche Tacos, the Traveling Monk, Arizona BBQ Club, and Honey Bear’s BBQ. SanTan Brewing Company will cater the VIP zone.

Presale VIP and general admission tickets are available for purchase online at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com. Presale general admission tickets are $35 each and include admission, a souvenir can and 20 four-ounce pours. VIP tickets are available through presale purchase only for $100. VIP tickets include admission one hour early, a souvenir can, 20 four-ounce pours, catered food, a private VIP zone with private restrooms and exclusive specialty beer sampling.

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.

Presented by Rexam, the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will open its doors at noon to VIP ticket holders and at 1 p.m. for general admission when cans will be cracked and suds will be poured until 6 p.m. Named Best Beer Festival in 2013 by the Phoenix New Times, Arizona’s favorite canned craft beer festival will take place during the nationally recognized American Craft Beer Week.

Located at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 North Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will celebrate the canned craft beer movement with an awards ceremony, live music, food, a VIP tent, beer science garden and beer Olympic games.

A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council and the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy. The Scottsdale Cultural Council serves the 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 American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy is dedicated to raising awareness of Cardiomyopathy and supporting those already afflicted with the disease through education, support groups and disease management. For more information, visit www.americanffc.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.

Thank you to our generous 2014 sponsors: SanTan Brewing Company, Rexam, Whole Foods, Crescent Crown Distributing, Hensley, Woodchuck, DRAFT Magazine, Clean Air Cab, Grandstand, Hotel Valley Ho, White Water, Sphinx Date Ranch, World of Beer, Rosenstein Law, AZ Brewery Tours, Poore Brothers, Marty’s Trophies, Yelp, Local Lily, Local First Arizona and One Community.


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Wednesday, April 30th 2014

Baxter Brewing and DC Brau to Can Daughters of Poseidon Black IPA

Our friends at DC Brau and Baxter Brewing have teamed up for a pretty unique canned offering - a Black IPA brewed with oysters. The press release is below with this one being a limited offering both on draft and in 16 oz. cans. Cheers!

(Lewiston, ME) – “One of the things I like best about the craft beer industry,” says Luke Livingston, founder of Baxter Brewing Company, in Lewiston, Maine, “is the chance to meet such great people. The industry is like a big club, and we all look out for one another. We work together, we play together, and we all do what we can to grow consumer interest in great beer. And now we’ve had the chance to work with our good friends at DC Brau to produce an outstanding new beer together, a collaboration that introduces a whole new style to our fans,” he added.

DC Brau, founded in 2009, is the first production brewery in Washington, DC since the end of prohibition. Baxter Brewing, founded in 2010, was the first brewery in New England to package all its beers in cans, introducing the new micro-canning technology that has since become widespread throughout the northeast.
“When we first talked to DC Brau about doing a collaboration brew, we wanted to use an ingredient that was common to both places, and oysters came to mind,” Livingston said. “So we put 800 pounds of whole oysters into the mash of Daughers of Poseidon. We know what you’re thinking… Yes, seriously. Oysters.” The result is a unique recipe, more like a dark IPA than a stout, brewed with precisely the same ingredients at both DC Brau and Baxter. Except that the DC version uses locally sourced Rappahannock Oyster Co. Olde Salt oysters, and the Maine version uses oysters from Glidden Point Oyster Company in the Pemaquid (ME) area.

"The kinship we share with Baxter goes beyond the fact that we are both proud canning breweries. It is rooted in our friendship,” said Brandon Skall, founder of DC Brau. “A friendship that began two years ago in Boston at ACBF (American Craft Beer Festival) and has grown as our businesses have done the same. The concept of the brew shines a nostalgic light on the time we spent together in Boston enjoying fresh New England oysters on the waterfront.”
A limited edition, one-off beer, Daughters of Poseidon will be sold in four-packs of 16-oz. cans, emblazoned with the logos of both DC Brau and Baxter. The public will get its first taste of the distinctive new brew at a release party at Meridian Pint in Washington, 5:00pm on May 8, where the DC Brau version will be introduced along with 11 other taps of both DC Brau and Baxter’s beers. It will be Baxter’s first time in Washington.

Both DC Brau and Baxter’s versions of the beer will come to New England at Boston’s Deep Ellum, on May 29, along with lots of other varieties from both breweries, followed by both versions being poured at the American Craft Beer Festival, the largest beer fest on the east coast, May 30-31 at the World Trade Center in Boston. And then the beer will arrive in Maine the next day, with a joint release party in Lewiston, where cans will be for sale for the first time. Founders and brewers from both breweries will be on hand at all events.

“We’re both young breweries,” Livingston said, “and this is definitely one of the most exciting things we’ve gotten to do so far.” Skall agreed, “We can’t wait for our fans and friends, both here in Washington and up in Maine, to get to taste this great new beer! This collaboration has been great fun and it’s produced something we’re all really proud of.”


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Monday, April 28th 2014

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Canning Their First Gose

“The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose” is the latest release
in the brewery’s session beer series 

Boonville, CA (April 28, 2014) Anderson Valley Brewing Company announced today they will be packaging a Gose as part of their Highway 128 Session Series.  Weighing in at 4.0%-4.5% ABV, each of the unique styles in this series is handcrafted with the finest specialty malts and hops to create refreshing, full-flavored beers to compliment the seasons.  Shipments of The Kimmie, The Yink, and The Holy Gose in both twelve-ounce cans and draft will begin making their way to wholesalers across the nation in late-April. 

With its tongue-in-cheek Boontling name, the brewery is recreating this nearly forgotten style by using both traditional and non-traditional Gose brewing methods.  This refreshingly tart wheat beer was historically brewed with salted water, coriander, and hops and fermented with both brewers yeast and lactobacillus bacteria, giving the style its signature tartness.  However, unlike the traditional versions made popular in Leipzig, Germany, Anderson Valley adds lactic acid to the kettle before boiling, followed by additions of sea salt and their proprietary yeast strain into the fermentation tank.

“After the success of our Keebarlin’ Pale Ale, the first release in our Hwy 128 Series, we wanted to follow it up with a style that was a bit under the radar,” said Brewmaster Fal Allen.  “As brewers, we’re excited to share this Gose with the rest of the craft beer world; it has quickly become one of our favorite beers.  Flavors of guava and peach mingle with a light mineral aroma that leads to a dry, effervescent finish that’s reminiscent of a fresh sea breeze.  The salt content is lower than other interpretations of the style and compliments the lemon sourness and earthy wood undertones, adding to the complexity of this unique beer.”

Beginning at Highway 1 near the mouth of the Navarro River at the Pacific Ocean, Highway 128 travels through breathtaking coastal redwood forests and the bucolic vineyards and orchards of Anderson Valley, past the rolling hills of Mendocino County and onto the Napa Valley.  Just like this iconic road that brings the outside world into our neck of the woods, our Highway 128 Session Series is a reflection of the twists and turns in our journey to create unique, flavorful beers with unparalleled drinkability.  No matter where you’re headed, our Highway 128 Session Series paves the way for a “slow lope’n beeson tree.” (That’s Boontling for “smooth ride.”)

For more information on Anderson Valley Brewing Company, visit us at www.avbc.com; Like us on Facebook.com/AndersonValleyBrewingCompany; and follow @avbc on Twitter.

About Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley Brewing is constantly striving to excite and reach new consumers with high quality craft beer. Located in the bucolic Anderson Valley region of Mendocino County, California and founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company is a pioneer of the American craft brewing industry. An environmentally friendly, solar powered brewery, it produces highly respected craft beers including Boont Amber Ale®, Hop Ottin’ IPA®, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Summer and Winter Solstice® and a wide array of specialty craft offerings ranging from our Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout and Gatlin Damnosus amongst many others.

 


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Friday, April 18th 2014

Alaskan Brewing Company Expanding and Adding Cans to Lineup

(Juneau, AK) – Alaskan Brewing Company today announced the start of a facility expansion, the installation of a new beer canning line, and the beginning of distribution into South Dakota and Michigan.

“It’s a huge day for us here at Alaskan,” said co-founder Geoff Larson. “We have so much going on, and it is all focused on bringing our beer to new consumers, in new locations and in new packages – while taking care of all the loyal customers who have gotten us this far.”

The facility expansion broke ground this week, and will allow for Alaskan to join its two existing buildings together, in order to make more room for packaging and warehousing. Larson said it will also bring greater efficiency to operations, as forklifts will be used to move supplies and product instead of the current system of trucking beer between the two buildings.

The expansion will be conducted in two phases, with the first phase allowing for increased warehouse and production capacity completed by February 2015. The concept for the second phase will eventually allow for new retail space to expand the brewery’s gift shop and tasting room.

The new canning line installed in the past month was chosen with quality in mind, and reduces the amount of oxygen picked up during the canning process to the same level as the bottling line, which will continue to ensure the freshest tasting beer for Alaskan fans. In order to enter the growing beer can market, Alaskan bought a small filler and shoehorned it into a tight spot in the brewery between the existing bottling line and the packaging tanks.

“With our small warehouse and the addition of a new can line, it is so tight in our packaging areas right now that we are only going to be able to produce a limited amount of cans and will only be putting out Alaskan Amber and Freeride APA for our local Alaska market to start with,” said Plant Manager Curtis Holmes. “But we’re excited to be able to supply cans as an alternative package so people can continue to enjoy our beer on their outdoor Alaskan adventures.”

Holmes said that once the first phase building construction is finished, the plan is to move the canning line into the new building.

“With the larger warehouse we can then increase our production and supply cans to the rest of our markets,” Holmes said.

And those markets have expanded as well – with the addition this week of South Dakota and Michigan, making a total of 17 states where Alaskan is now available.

“We have been working on getting into these states for quite a while now, and we couldn’t be happier about our new distributor partners,” said Jon Blakley, Sales Operations Manager for Alaskan. “South Dakota connects our Midwest territory, and Michigan is a major new market for us – it’s the first state we have entered that operates on East Coast time! And Michigan beer drinkers are very knowledgeable, so we think our beer is going to do really well there.”

Gary Thompson of Powers Distributing in Detroit – part of the M1 Network of 11 distributors covering the entire state of Michigan – echoed those comments. “Alaskan is a brand that already has great name recognition, so we know there is a pent-up demand for their beer. This network is really excited to open the ‘Alaskan Pipeline!’ Alaskan is a highly regarded brewer and supplier and we look forward to a long and successful relationship.”

In South Dakota, Alaskan beer will be distributed through 4 distributor partners – Beal Distributing in Sioux Falls, Ellwein Distributing in Huron, Conkling Distributing in Yankton, and Eagle Sales in Rapid City and Chamberlain.

“Everything we do at Alaskan has one focus,” said Larson. “Whether it is expansion of the brewery, installing new packaging lines or choosing our distributor partners – it’s all about bringing the highest quality beer and a taste of Alaska to our fans.”


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Tuesday, April 15th 2014

River City Cannery Begins Canning

Mobile Canning Company Begins Operation, Serves
Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Breweries

DC Firefighter turned entrepreneur offers
a new packaging solution to craft brewers.

Arlington, VA− On the morning of March 8, Matt Sebastionelli began the journey from Boulder, CO to his warehouse in Elkridge, MD, driving a 20 ft. box truck and hauling over a half a ton of equipment.  This equipment, manufactured by Wild Goose Canning based in Boulder, CO, will fill 40 aluminum cans per minute upon being wheeled into a brewery and dialed into the brewer’s finishing tanks.  

In addition to bringing his truck and equipment home to the east coast, Sebastionelli was returning from a week of hands-on training where he and his team were able to can for a few different Colorado breweries to gain some first-hand experience and learn the nuances of operating the machinery in various conditions.

Last month, River City Cannery began operation in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast where they are canning beer for staples such as Heavy Seas Brewing Co. out of Baltimore and Iron Hill Brewing Co. in Lancaster, PA, as well as up-and-comers such as Jailbreak Brewing Co., opening this spring in Laurel, MD.

“We are honored to be working with breweries like Heavy Seas, which is a backbone of the craft brewing community and are also excited to grow alongside some of the newer start-ups like Jailbreak Brewing Co.”, said Sebastionelli.

In addition to providing a quality packaging service, River City Cannery offers on-demand inventory management that allows breweries to avoid large order minimums with suppliers and frees up storage space in their facility.  “By ordering cans and lids in very large batches, we are able to pass along those savings to our brewery partners who would otherwise be held to extremely large order minimums and forced to store pallets of empty cans in their facility until they are able to go through them. Instead, we house them in our warehouse and bring them to the brewery as needed.”

The response to mobile canning in this region has been so positive, that Sebastionelli has already placed an order for a second canning line to be in operation by late summer 2014.  “Given the high demand for mobile canning and our initial response from the brewing community, it makes sense for us to scale by expanding our operating capacity.”

Furthermore, Sebastionelli has no intentions of limiting his services to beer. “Our long-term goal is to operate multiple canning lines where we can service other beverage manufacturers such as wine, mead, kombucha, coffee, energy drinks, flavored waters, and even liquors. There are many reasons why beverage manufacturers are turning to cans and it’s only a matter of time before this reaches other beverage industries outside of beer.”

As Washington Business Journal reporter, Rebecca Cooper, noted in her August 2014 article on River City Cannery, Sebastionelli began his career as a firefighter and came up with the idea for a mobile canning business after getting injured on the job in 2011 and facing possible retirement.  “As a firefighter, not doing your job properly can cost someone a life.  Not maintaining high-quality packaging standards may not cost a life, but we treat the canning process with the same level of care and precision because it does cost the brewers money and we want to preserve the integrity of their beer.”

About River City Cannery

River City Cannery is a member of Mobile Canning Systems (MCS) affiliate network based out of Longmont, CO. that services breweries located in Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, Southern New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.rivercitycannery.com.


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Wednesday, April 9th 2014

Red Hare Brewing to use World's First Certified High-Recycled Content Aluminum Can

Red Hare craft beer packaged exclusively in cans made of Novelis' evercan aluminum sheet, which is made of a guaranteed minimum 90 percent recycled content, is expected to be on store shelves beginning in May 2014 in key markets throughout the southeastern U.S.

Novelis Marks Commercial Debut of evercan™
Aluminum Beverage Can Sheet

Red Hare Brewing Company to package its craft beer in world's first certified high-recycled content aluminum beverage can

ATLANTA and DENVER, April 9, 2014 - Novelis, the world leader in aluminum rolling and recycling, today announced at the 2014 Craft Brewers Conference in Denver that Red Hare Brewing Company will launch the world's first commercial use of evercan™, the company's independently certified high-recycled content aluminum sheet for beverage cans.

Red Hare craft beer packaged exclusively in cans made of Novelis' evercan aluminum sheet, which is made of a guaranteed minimum 90 percent recycled content, is expected to be on store shelves beginning in May 2014 in key markets throughout the southeastern U.S.

"This introduction marks the commercial availability of the world's first certified high-recycled content aluminum beverage can," said Phil Martens, President and Chief Executive Officer for Novelis. "Working with Red Hare, we have developed a proven supply chain to deliver this industry-first offering to consumers, setting an example that other beverage companies are sure to follow."

"Novelis' evercan is a perfect fit for Red Hare," noted Roger Davis, founder and CEO of Red Hare Brewing Company. "The independent certification of the closed-loop recycling process behind evercan strengthens our commitment to employing the best in sustainable business practices, making evercan a natural extension of the Red Hare brand."

Red Hare Brewing Company, one of the fastest-growing micro-breweries in the U.S., selected Novelis' evercan aluminum as part of its commitment aimed at reducing the company's environmental footprint, while preserving the freshness and enhancing the taste of its finely crafted beer. Red Hare was the first craft brewery in Georgia to package its products in aluminum cans, following a trend in the micro-brewery industry to move from bottles to cans as a way to expand distribution and appeal to on-the-go consumers. Nearly 400 craft brewers in nearly every state in the U.S. are canning more than 1,300 different beers.

"Novelis' evercan is an excellent model for sustainability-based innovation, which will enable beverage brands and retailers to advance their own sustainable packaging goals," said Stuart L. Hart, S. J. Johnson Professor Emeritus in Sustainable Global Enterprise, Cornell University, founder of the Enterprise for a Sustainable World and author of Capitalism at the Crossroads. "This introduction also serves as an important catalyst to educate other brand holders and consumers about the value of closed-loop aluminum recycling and engage them to take action themselves."

Novelis' evercan is now available to beverage companies globally. Company facilities in North America, Europe, South America and Asia are now certified to produce evercan by SCS Global Services, a recognized leader in environmental auditing.

"Recycling aluminum requires 95 percent less energy, and produces 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), than manufacturing primary aluminum."

The company's efforts to increase the recycling of beverage cans is a key component of its strategy to dramatically increase the recycled content of its products across its global operations to 80 percent by 2020. Already the world's largest recycler of aluminum, Novelis has announced capital investments of approximately $500 million over the last two years that will double its global recycling capacity to 2.1 million metric tons by 2015. Recycling aluminum requires 95 percent less energy, and produces 95 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), than manufacturing primary aluminum.

About Novelis

Novelis Inc. is the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world's largest recycler of aluminum. The company operates in nine countries, has approximately 11,000 employees and reported revenue of $9.8 billion for its 2013 fiscal year. Novelis supplies premium aluminum sheet and foil products to automotive, transportation, packaging, construction, industrial and consumer electronics markets throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America. The company is part of the Aditya Birla Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit www.novelis.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/Novelis.

About Red Hare Brewing Company

Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent micro-brewer located in Marietta, Georgia. In August 2011, Red Hare starting selling its craft beer throughout the state of Georgia, and is now also available in South Carolina and Tennessee. Red Hare is the first craft brewery in Georgia to can their beer. For more information, visit redharebrewing.com.


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Tuesday, April 8th 2014

Eleven Craft Brewers to Package Homefront IPA in Uniform Can


Eleven different craft breweries will take part in this year's brewing of Homefront IPA with the end products being packaged in the can design shown above. This is a really cool project with the IPA actually being aged on maple Louisville Slugger bats and all proceeds going to Operation Homefront. You can read the full press release below...

HOPS FOR HEROES ANNOUNCES ELEVEN PARTICIPATING BREWERIES IN THE 2014 COLLABORATION OF HOMEFRONT IPA

Hops for Heroes is excited to announce the participating breweries for this year’s brewing of Homefront IPA.

Since 2011, Hops for Heroes has been expanding each year. The dedication to our troops by the craft brewing community can be seen with 11 total breweries participating in 2014. This dedication can also be seen by the growing number of sponsors, including Crown Beverage Packaging USA, who has come on board to supply a uniform can for this year's efforts.

Homefront IPA was developed in 2011 by Fremont Brewing Company and Center of the Universe Brewing Company in order to raise money and awareness for Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront is a charity that provides emergency assistance to military heroes and their families. Aged on Louisville Slugger maple bats, this IPA does more than just quench your thirst; it improves the lives of our soldiers.

Homefront IPA is a unique charity beer in that 100% of the proceeds are donated to Operation Homefront. With the help of 6 participating breweries and other organizations that donated the hops and grains used to make the beer, Hops for Heroes was able to raise roughly $80,000 dollars for Operation Homefront in 2013.

This year, Hops for Heroes is hoping to top $200,000 and is set to brew 800 barrels (24,800 gallons) of beer between the 11 participating breweries. The beers will be debuting a week before Memorial Day.


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Sunday, April 6th 2014

Oskar Blues Becomes First US
Craft Brewery to use Nitro Cans

(Longmont, CO & Brevard, NC) — After years of experimenting with putting fresh draft beers on nitro, Oskar Blues Brewery decided to take the next step and insert the robustly complex OLD CHUB into a nitro’d CAN, thus generating an uber-silky smooth oral experience for drinkers of this rich Scotch Ale. OLD CHUB NITRO will be released in the Denver market for the upcoming Craft Brewers Conference on April 8-11. National distribution will be determined following the Craft Brewers Conference.

Oskar Blues Brewery expanded their nitro program in 2009 under the leadership of brewer Juice Drapeau. After developing a high quality and consistent draft option, focusing on OLD CHUB, we also have nitro’d Dale’s Pale Ale, Deviant IPA & G’Knight Imperial Red IPA, along with numerous small batch specialties. Quality control guy Michael Kohn has been instrumental in refining the entire process with Juice. Currently, more than 200 OLD CHUB NITRO draft handles are out there in the 34 states of Oskar Blues distribution.

The self-dubbed “CHUB TRUST” pushed the innovation of a quality nitro experience in a can with the help of The Ball Corporation. OLD CHUB NITRO utilizes an existing widget technology developed by Ball. The Nitro widget is attached to the bottom of the can and is charged with liquid nitrogen during the filling process. The widget releases the nitrogen when the can is opened, liberating the cascading creamy smooth nitro pour.

“OLD CHUB Scotch Ale is a great beer that many folks haven’t tried. The nitro style is the perfect mate for the brobdingnagian OLD CHUB SCOTCH ALE and the best way to get more CHUB in more places.” Says beer traffic control freak Jeremy Rudolf.

The nitro style allows beer lovers to go deeper into the smoky smooth mouth-feel and rich malty flavors of the Old Chub Scotch Ale. Both OLD CHUB Nitro & original OLD CHUB will remain in the market and are on tap at both Tasty Weasel Taprooms in Longmont and Brevard.

OLD CHUB NITRO will be available in 16-ounce 4-pack cans priced in line with Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils & Old Chub 12-ounce 6-packs.

About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a 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, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth—packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged 119,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing its trailblazing craft brews to 34 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.

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Tuesday, April 1st 2014

MillerCoors to Introduce Coors Light Cans with Helium Widgets

A Light"er" Light Beer?
MillerCoors Unveils Coors Light HELIO


MillerCoors today said it had received approval from the TTB for labeling of 16 oz. cans of Coors Light HELIO which will feature an industry first liquid helium insert, similar to the widgets found in cans of Guinness. While the helium apparently has no affect on the pitch of the drinker's voice, it does however provide a smoother, lighter drinking experience. Read the press release below for more.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The coldest light beer in America just got a little bit lighter! We're proud to announce the newest member of the Coors Light family, Coors Light HELIO! This unique product features a patented liquid helium dispension system that provides unrivaled smoothness. Your favorite light beer just got lighter...and a whole lot smoother!


Coors Light Helio's Patented Liquid Helium Dispension System

“This is cutting edge. This product is going to revolutionize the industry and provide consumers with an futuristic drinking experience. Helium, even moreso than nitrogen, when injected into beer in liquid form provides an incredibly smooth pour and creamy, silky mouthfeel. A lot of time when into the technology of these cans and we're proud to say we're the first to provide this exciting experience to the American beer drinker!” said Len McDonell, Vice President & Chief Brand Manager of MillerCoors. “This is the type of new product development that is important to us as a company.” 

Cans of helium-enriched Coors Light HELIO feature a patented state-of-the-art capsule filled with liquid helium. When a can is opened the liquid helium is released and the gas is introduced into the beer. The non-toxic gas then creates bubbles in the beer that are microscopic in size and which give the beer a very noticeable smoothness.

Coors Light HELIO is really something special. Beer drinkers looking for a unique product should look no further. You've never had a beer with a taste this smooth or light.,” McDonell also said. 

If you're wondering about sounding like a chipmunk while drinking Coors Light HELIO, worry not. Helium in its liquid form injected into beer will not have the same effect as when the it is inhaled.

“This is the same Coors Light you know and love, but now lighter than air - almost! Just in time for summer, Coors Light HELIO is the full-flavored lighter light beer!” McDonell added. 

About MillerCoors 
Built on a foundation of great beer brands and more than 288 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment. Miller Lite is the great tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to refreshment as cold as the Rockies. Blah, blah, blah...you get the picture...


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Friday, March 28th 2014

Tallgrass Announces New Five Million Dollar Brewing Facility

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tallgrass Announces New $5 Million Brewing Facility

Tallgrass Brewing Company is making plans to triple its brewing capacity. This is the brewery’s latest move in solidifying Tallgrass as a regional player in the exploding national craft beer market. Tallgrass will be acquiring an existing 60,000 square foot building in Manhattan, Kansas, which it will convert into a brewery. Tallgrass is already the largest brewery in Kansas with its 2013 production exceeding 16,000 barrels (365,000 gallons) of beer. Tallgrass expects to begin production at the new location in late 2014. At full capacity the new brewery will be capable of producing 100,000 barrels or more than 3 million gallons of beer each year. The building, a former call center near Manhattan’s regional airport, is located on nine acres of land, allowing room for Tallgrass’s plans of future growth and expansion.

"Increasing our production capacity is very exciting. This new and larger facility will give us the space and ability to be a dynamic and creative brewer of not only more beer, but also those specialty and limited edition beers that we’ve been dreaming of making since we started the brewery," said Jeff Gill, president and founder of Tallgrass.

Tallgrass has experienced exceptional sales growth in the last four years. Since switching from bottles to 16 oz. cans in 2010, annual sales revenues have increased by an average of 72 percent every year. Last spring Tallgrass expanded into the Chicago area with great success. The new brewery’s extra capacity will allow it to further expand its sales territory in the coming years.

Brewery design specialists, The Neenan Company of Fort Collins, Colorado, will oversee the building’s conversion. One critical aspect of the brewery’s new design will be the enhancement of the Tallgrass visitor experience. Currently, several hundred people attend Tallgrass’s “2nd Saturday” monthly tours at their Quail Lane location. Tallgrass anticipates 3,000 to 4,000 monthly visitors at their new production facility, making it one of the area’s top tourist destinations.

“We decided early on that this needed to be more than just a place to make beer. We wanted it to be a showplace, a unique and welcoming location we would be proud to show off to our loyal Tallgrass beer drinkers. They deserve a great tour experience, and this facility will allow us to give them that," says Gill.

Last week Tallgrass also announced plans for The Tallgrass Taphouse, a brew pub and restaurant opening in downtown Manhattan later this year. This new venture will have a small-scale brewing operation and a full-service restaurant. The Taphouse, located on Poyntz Avenue, will be approximately 5,900 square feet, with a seating capacity of around 200.  The Taphouse will serve unique Tallgrass beers made on the premises, special guest tappings from other breweries, and Tallgrass’s other popular brands.

 

 


Tallgrass Brewing Company was started in Manhattan, Kansas in 2007 by Jeff Gill and his wife Tricia. Tallgrass’s products include Pub Ale, Velvet Rooster, Buffalo Sweat Stout, 8-Bit Pale Ale, and others. Tallgrass is now distributed in 13 states.

 


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Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Good People Coffee Oatmeal Stout Now Available in Cans

COFFEE OATMEAL STOUT NOW AVAILABLE IN CANS

Birmingham, AL – One of Good People Brewing Company’s most popular beers is now available in cans, and the craft brewer is promoting the new package with a web video.

While Good People fans have enjoyed Coffee Oatmeal Stout, or COS, on tap since 2008, the brew now joins Good People’s other ‘Ales from the Heart of Dixie,’ Pale Ale, IPA, Brown Ale and Snakehandler Double IPA, on retail shelves.

COS was rated in the ‘Top 10 Beers in the South’ by Beer Advocate with a 94% rating and has a 95% rating on RateBeer.com.

According to Michael Sellers, owner of Good People, COS is one of the brewery’s most requested beers. With an alcohol content of 5.7 percent, COS is made with coffee from Octane Coffee Company, a coffee roaster and retailer with two locations in Birmingham.

The can design and promotional video were created by Lewis Communications of Birmingham, Ala.

The video features the song “Coffee House Blues” by legendary bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins.

Good People Brewing Company was founded on July 4th, 2008 in Birmingham, Alabama by two friends with a love of drinking and brewing great beer. In addition to brewing five year round “Ales from the Heart of Dixie,” Good People also brews four seasonal beers and their highly anticipated Bearded Reserve. Good People beers can be found in finer bars, restaurants, grocery, and package stores across Alabama and other select markets across the South.

For more information, visit http://www.goodpeoplebrewing.com.

 


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Wednesday, January 21st 2014

Founders Brewing Company to Release 15-Packs of All Day IPA

Craft Beer Leader Moves to 15-Packs Due
to Overwhelming Response to Session Ale

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Founders Brewing Co. is happy to announce 15-pack cans of All Day IPA will begin shipping to their distributor partners in March, replacing All Day IPA 12-pack cans without raising the suggested retail price.

This is the first time a major craft brewery has put out a 15-pack.

“We are able to offer 15-pack cans due to production efficiencies from packaging cost savings,” said Co-Founder Mike Stevens. “We’re excited to pass the savings on to our customers as a way of saying thank you for their reception of All Day IPA.”

Developing the All Day IPA recipe was no easy task. “We recognized the need for a full-flavored IPA with a lower ABV,” said Co-Founder Dave Engbers. “The challenge was creating a beer that had intense hop aromatics balanced with the malts without packing a big ABV punch.”

Following a limited release in 2012 due to hop shortages, Founders was able to send All Day IPA to all of its markets in February 2013, and it quickly became their leading seller. The brewery moved the beer from its seasonal to its year-round lineup in July of last year. All Day IPA was the first Founders product to be released in cans; 12-pack cans of the beer hit the market in August 2013.

All Day IPA is a 4.7% ABV session ale, brewed with Simcoe and Amarillo hops and measuring out at 42 IBUs. The team at Founders set their minds to brewing this beer because they wanted an American IPA that worked with an active lifestyle. It has won numerous awards, including a silver medal in the session beer category at the GABF in 2010 under a working name and, most recently, a 2014 Good Food Award.

Founders is calling this new All Day IPA 15-pack a “Brewer’s Dozen”.

Centennial IPA, the newest addition to the brewery’s canned offerings, will remain in 12-packs. All Day IPA will still be available in the traditional six-pack bottles in addition to 15-pack cans. Other beers from Founders’ portfolio may be canned, as well, but those brands have yet to be determined.

About Founders Brewing Co.
Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 30 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild and the Brewers Association. For more information, visit www.foundersbrewing.com.


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Tuesday, January 14th 2014

Sierra Nevada Releasing Pale Ale in 4 packs of 16 oz. Cans

CHICO, CA—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., fan of the traditional pint, is introducing its iconic Pale Ale in 16-ounce cans (4-packs). Craft beer drinkers continue to embrace cans fervently, dispelling prior reservations about quality. Pale Ale 12-ounce cans (12-packs) top the craft can category. Further, in the top 50 craft packages sold, Pale Ale 12-pack cans (#18 on the list) are the only non-glass player. Elsewhere in Sierra Nevada’s can lineup, Torpedo® Extra IPA 16-ounce cans (4-packs) crack the top 10 SKUs, and drinkers swept up a limited 2013 release of Summerfest® 12-pack cans.

“We’re fortunate to have a flagship that continues to delight new and seasoned craft beer palates, and the 16-ounce can lends Pale Ale even more accessibility,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “Drop a 4-pack into a backyard cooler, hike it up the trail—wherever you take it, you have a few pints to share with friends.”

Sierra Nevada will begin shipping Pale Ale 4-packs to all 50 states next week.
Craft drinkers can track this and other Sierra Nevada beers using the brewery’s Beer Locator. Inspired by the ardent reception to last year’s Summerfest 12-pack cans, Sierra Nevada will also allot more barrelage of its seasonal lager to cans in 2014. That bright blue package will make its way to shelves beginning in April.

“There’s something special about popping the crown off a glass bottle, but the versatility cans provide is exciting for our entire industry,” said Grossman. “We’re proud to be among the craft breweries elevating a format that moves quality and sustainability forward.”

About Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Founded in 1980, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is one of America’s premier craft breweries, highly regarded for using only whole-cone hops and the finest quality ingredients. The pioneering spirit that launched Sierra Nevada spans more than three decades, with innovation emerging from both the brewhouse and sustainability initiatives. Sierra Nevada has set the standard for artisan brewers worldwide as a winner of numerous awards for its extensive line of beers including Pale Ale, Torpedo®, Porter, Stout, Kellerweis®and a host of seasonal, specialty and limited release beers. Learn more at www.sierranevada.com


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Sunday, December 1st 2013

West Sixth Brewing Releasing Cans of Christmas Ale - First Seasonal


West Sixth's Christmas Ale Hits Shelves December 2nd

(Lexington, KY) – West Sixth Brewing is releasing its first ever seasonal beer – The West Sixth Christmas Ale – in cans.

The beer, a dark spiced ale, will be released in limited quantities starting the week after Thanksgiving. It is being canned at the brewery on West Sixth Street in Lexington this week and then will be sold at its taproom beginning at 3pm on December 2nd, and then in several retail locations throughout Lexington and the rest of the state.

“We have a very limited amount of this special beer, so we expect it to sell quickly” said founder Brady Barlow.

The beer will be the first ever Christmas Ale brewed and distributed by a Kentucky Brewery. In addition, it will be the first ever seasonal product from West Sixth Brewing and first seasonal beer canned in Kentucky.

“The can is a great product for this beer because it will keep the beer fresher longer than a bottle will.” said founder Ben Self. “That said, we design our beer to be enjoyed immediately, so we hope people will toast the holidays with this fun new beer”.

Head Brewer and West Sixth Founder Robin Sither says:

“The West Sixth Christmas Ale is spiced ale with aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with a sturdy malt backbone that will hold up to the chilliest of nights. It’s a higher gravity beer weighing in at 9% ABV. This is our slightly darker take on a holiday beer – perfect for evenings by the fire.”

The can label, designed by Lexington-based Cricket Press, is bright red with snowflakes, and includes several fun holiday tributes including a wrap around the top that says “Give our planet a Christmas present – please recycle me” and an indication that the beer was “brewed by elves”.

Because of the limited quantities of the beer, West Sixth is using a specially designed can wrap to label the beer. One of the challenges of canning beers is that cans need to be ordered by the truckload – 200,000 at a time. Because West Sixth is only planning to can around 15000 cans of the Christmas ale – around 2500 6 packs – they had to come up with an alternative solution to produce this beer.

“We’ve produced this can by attaching a shrink wrap around a blank aluminum can. This wrap allows us to produce a limited number of cans in any design.” said founder Joe Kuosman. “And the best part is that it is still recyclable!”

More info about the release, including details for December 2nd can be found at West Sixth Brewing’s website westsixth.com


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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.


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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.
                                       
About Patagonia
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.

Contact
Jenny Foust / Communications Strategy Group, 303-433-7020, jfoust@csg-pr.com
Jess Clayton / Patagonia PR, 805-667-4755, jess.clayton@patagonia.com

 

 


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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:


"The first step was to clean the slate and erase all the preconceived notions of what a Winter Ale should be. Then I set up a small capacity brewing lab in my garage and got cracking. Jan did the same on our pilot plant. We engineered this beer based upon a vision I had dancing around in my head. I could smell it, I could taste it, and I could even see it. It was a beer that went "WA-BAM" to your taste buds. Not a sugar plum."


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.



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Friday, October 18th 2013

Mission Brewery Releases 32oz Cans


Mission's John Egan (L) and Dan Selis (R)

San Diego microbrewery’s quart can takes
microcanned beer to new height, width, volume.

(San Diego, California) – Mission Brewery is now releasing two of its beers in a new 32-ounce can.

The first quart can to be used by a US microbrewer, Mission’s quart “Cannons” hold the ambitious microbrewery’s increasingly popular Shipwrecked Double IPA and its hoppy new session beer, El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale. The quart cans are Mission’s first entry in the popular canned craft beer niche.

The move to quart cans came about earlier this year when Mission founder Dan Selis was in a meeting with his local distributor. “One of their staff,” Selis recalls, “said, ‘I’m waiting for a microbrewery to get off its ass and put out a beer in an oil can like Fosters.’ After the meeting I couldn’t stop thinking about that.”

‘"...I’m waiting for a microbrewery to get off its ass and put out a beer in an oil can..."

Selis and his staff accepted the 25-oz can challenge, only to discover Ball Packaging’s new quart can. The 32-oz can allowed Mission to take the bigger-can idea up several more ounces and it fit with Mission’s goals. 

“We’re always looking for ways to make better beer and have more fun,” Selis says. “And we like the benefits of cans and had been thinking about using them. The quart can meant we could hit those two goals and embrace aluminum cans in a fashion that smashes the status quo.”


El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale

”The idea of our luscious beers in a gigantic quart can cracked us up,” says Martin Saylor, Mission’s national sales director, “and no microbrewery has ever done them before. We couldn’t resist the idea. Now we’re the little brewery with the huge package. And great beer.”

El Conquistador is a low-alcohol hoppy showcase. It sports the hop charms one expects in an IPA, but in an ultra-quaffable ale of just 4.8% ABV. Complex, thrilling and sublimely drinkable, El Conquistador is built with pale malts, a touch of crystal malt, and a few treasure chests of Centennial and experimental hops.

“It’s the ultimate session beer for hopheads,” says Mission head brewer John Egan.


Shipwrecked Double IPA

Shipwrecked Double IPA delivers the unctuous hop punch you’d expect in a West Coast IIPA, but with an equally hearty compliment of malted barley. The beer is lush with pine, citrus and candied grapefruit notes from a hop blend that includes Cascade and Magnum hops. These charms meld with chewy caramel notes, a velvety body and a slow bite of finishing hops. The beer is 9.25% ABV.

“Shipwrecked is a session beer, too,” Egan says with a grin. “For a very long session.”

Like all cans, Mission’s quart cans offer full protection from light and oxygen damage, are welcome in places bottles aren’t allowed, and help Mission shrink its carbon footprint for shipped beer. “But our cans,” he adds, “also deliver two full pints of our beer. So Mission fans get a big-volume beer in a lightweight, ultra-portable, infinitely recyclable, freshness-keeping cylinder.”

“They’re also pretty hilarious to see,” Saylor adds, “and make for a unique and jarring presentation for our small-batch beers. Our retailers are very excited about them.” The cans are filled on a Cask Brewing Systems machine that was custom-built for Mission and the 32-ounce cans.

“Craft brewers,” says Ball Packaging’s Jerod Brody, “are incredibly creative in finding ways to make their brands stand out, and few packages make a bigger impact than our 32-oz can. Not only does it provide a huge 360-degree billboard for branding, it’s also shareable and encourages socializing with friends.”  

Mission Brewery was opened in 2007 by Dan Selis and his wife Sarah Selis. The two were successful but disenchanted members of the mortgage-banking business prior to opening Mission. “The more bored I got with real estate finance,” Dan recalls, “the more I dreamed of turning my homebrewing hobby into my career.”

In 2012 Mission produced 4,743 barrels of beer, this year it expects to make about 10,000 barrels. Mission beers are sold in CA, CO, NV, AZ, IN, OH, PA, FL, MD, NC and KY.

Mission Brewery is located in an 1894 structure in downtown San Diego, on the edge of the city’s popular Gas Lamp District. In the mid 1900s, the building (now on the National Historic Register) served as a Wonder Bread bakery.

The vintage brick & wood beam structure has a unique feature from its bakery days: Wonder Bread’s old flour silo, now repurposed as Mission’s grain silo and mill. Mission’s own yeasty wonders are brewed on a 30-barrel brewing system.

The building is also home to Mission’s popular tasting room, which features a pair of lengthy bars, one of which allows customers to drink within reach of the brewers and their brewing equipment. The brewery’s name is a nod to one of San Diego’s first breweries, founded in 1913 and shuttered when Prohibition began.


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Tuesday, October 8th 2013

Airways Brewing Company Releasing Cans of Maylani's Coconut Stout

Escape to the Tropics with Maylani’s Coconut Stout from Airways Brewing Company

Kent-based microbrewery releases first canned seasonal brew.

KENT, Wash. – Just in time for cooler autumn weather, Airways Brewing Company is releasing a tropical treat for craft beer lovers throughout the Puget Sound area. A long-time favorite in the Airways Tap Room, Maylani’s Coconut Stout will be now be available from October to April in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draught beginning Thursday, October 10.

“Maylani’s is the perfect fall and winter seasonal beer – dark and rich, but still highly drinkable,” said Alex Dittmar, founder and head brewer at Airways Brewing Company. “This beer is a favorite of many of our customers, including our friend Maylani, who moved back to Hawaii. We thought it was appropriate to not only name the beer after her, but to also put it in cans so we can send it to her.”

Maylani’s Coconut Stout is an easy drinking beer with the subtle aromas of chocolate and coconut, thanks to the 10 pounds of locally sourced cocoa nibs and fifty pounds of toasted coconut added to each batch. Ebony in color with a rich creamy head, the beer features a mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malt and real chocolate, perfectly balanced with the right amount of hops for a bittersweet finish. Featuring an approachable 35 IBUs and 5.3 percent ABV, it pairs well with almost any dessert, and of course, tastes delicious just on its own.

Beginning Thursday, October 10, Maylani’s Coconut Stout will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at both Airways locations for $12. And, starting October 15, 4-packs will be available throughout the Puget Sound region at select specialty bottle shops —including Chucks Hop Shop, 99 Bottles, Pint Defiance, Beer Junction, Special Brews, Malt & Vine, Total Wine Tukwila and more.

This Thursday, October 10, a special cask of Maylani’s will be tapped at the Airways Brewing Tap Room as part of a release party celebration. The beer will be on draught at both Airways locations.

In addition to Maylani’s Coconut Stout, craft beer enthusiasts can pick up the brewery’s flagship Sky Hag IPA and Chocolate Stout in 22-ounce bottles. Pre Flight Pilsner is also available in 16-oz cans. Pints, tasters and growler fills can also be found at the Airways Brewing Tap Room or Airways Brewing Beer & Bistro in downtown Kent.

About Airways Brewing Company

Founded in Spring 2010, Airways Brewing Company is a growing microbrewery located in Kent, Washington. Currently producing several year-round and seasonal offerings – including Sky Hag IPA®, Chocolate Stout, Pre-Flight Pilsner™ and PSA® Pale – Airways Brewing also features limited edition and cask beers throughout the year. Pints, tasters and growler fills are available at the brewery’s Kent taproom, open Tuesday-Wednesday from 3-8 pm, Thursday-Friday from 3-9pm, and Saturdays from 3-7 pm (6644 S 196th Street, #T-100). Pints and delicious Northwest-style food can be found at the Airways Beer & Bistro in downtown Kent, Monday-Thursday from 11 am-9 pm, Friday-Saturday from 11 am-10 pm, and Sunday from 11 am-7 pm (320 W Harrison). Offerings from Airways Brewing can also be found in specialty bars, bottle shops and restaurants throughout the Puget Sound area. For more information about the brewery or Bistro, visit www.airwaysbrewing.com.


For more information about Airways Brewing and its selection of handcrafted brews, be sure to follow Airways Brewing Company on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram, or visit www.airwaysbrewing.com.


Additional information, photos, and tasting notes are available upon request. Those interested are encouraged to contact Dione Dittmar at media@airwaysbrewing.com.


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Tuesday, October 8th 2013

Sockeye's Dagger Falls IPA Goes Pink for Cans for Care

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October, organizations across the country work together to raise awareness about a disease that affects millions of women around the world. In 2013, Idaho-based Sockeye Brewing has partnered with CROWN Beverage Packaging North America, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) (www.crowncork.com), to launch its flagship Dagger Falls IPA brand in limited-edition pink cans.

Available in local stores beginning in early October, the 12 oz. cans feature laser-etched tabs that depict the brewers’ logo – the Sockeye salmon – and display the ‘Cans for Care’ seal to inform consumers at the point of purchase that a percentage of proceeds from the sale will be donated to a charitable cause. Recipients of the donations include two Idaho organizations: the Mountain State Tumor Institute of St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Alfonso’s Cancer Care.

Several local retailers are matching charitable contributions from the sales of the pink Dagger Falls IPA can. These include Albertsons, the Brewforia Beer Market, Boise Co-op, Bier:Thirty, Brewer’s Haven, Whole Foods Market Boise and WinCo. Beer aficionados not located in the Idaho area can purchase the pink cans via Brewforia’s website. Crown provided support for Sockeye’s initiative from the outset while also contributing directly to the campaign.

Beer aficionados not located in the Idaho area can purchase the pink cans via Brewforia's website.

“Breast cancer is such an important issue that we really wanted to be involved with raising awareness, but to do so in a manner that’s unique to Sockeye. The pink cans allow us to do just that,” explained Dawn Bolen, Marketing Assistant, Sockeye Brewing. “Crown has been an incredibly helpful and supportive partner throughout the process; we couldn’t have done this without them. There’s already been such positive early feedback on the initiative from retailers and consumers that we are exploring how to repeat the collaboration next year.”

Discussions of the project began in May of this year, with Crown laying the groundwork over the summer to begin filling cans in September. Crown worked closely with Sockeye throughout the process, providing counsel on the overall can design, color schemes and the proper ink weights necessary to achieve the vivid pink shade. The Dagger Falls IPA was canned with the special-edition design and then shipped to participating retailers by Stein Distributing Co. Inc.

 

“The development of the Dagger Falls pink cans has been a tremendous opportunity to give back to the local Idaho community, inspire interest in a truly worthy cause and for Crown to support a great partner in continuing to deliver a quality product,” said Brian Thiel, Craft Brand Manager,  CROWN Beverage Packaging North America. “Cans have enabled the Sockeye Brewing brand to grow, and with the ‘Cans for Care’ project, they offer away to connect with consumers through a charitable cause.”

Crown and Sockeye established a strong partnership before collaborating on this initiative. When Sockeye was first transitioning to metal packaging, Crown offered the flexibility to bring three of the brewery’s labels to market in cans simultaneously.

“When trying to boost production of Dagger Falls to keep up with growing consumer demand, cans were a logical choice,” explained Bolen. “Not only do they retain the beer’s freshness and improve the shelf life, but they are also light weight and easily recyclable. Their robustness also makes them ideally suited for enjoying during outdoor recreational activities, like boating and rafting, both of which are huge industries in Idaho. Crown was the ideal partner for Sockeye, providing quality packaging and the level of service and expertise that we needed.”

To learn more about the benefits of metal packaging for the craft brew industry, see http://crowncork.com/craftbrew or visit https://www.facebook.com/Crown.Craft.Brew.Crew

About Crown Holdings, Inc.
Crown Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a leading supplier of packaging products to consumer marketing companies around the world. World headquarters are located in Philadelphia, PA. For more information, visitwww.crowncork.com.


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Monday, October 7th 2013

Finch's Beer Company Announces 2014 Seasonal Cans Lineup

Finch’s Beer Company is excited to announce their seasonal cans lineup for 2014. The four-pack pint can package lineup consists of three specialty beers, one of which will be brewed for the first time next year.

Sobek & Set, a black IPA first sold in early 2013, will be available from January to March. The 22-ounce bottles that Sobek & Set was originally packaged in will be discontinued with the addition of the seasonal cans. This black IPA is balanced with caramel malt, earthy and citrus hops, and a smooth finish.

Wet Hot American Wheat, brewed with Centennial and Columbus hops and two different types of wheat malt, will be Finch’s mainstay summer beer available from April to September. Previously available only on draft as a limited one-batch, Wet Hot American Wheat will also be available in cans for the first time next year.

Making its debut in October through December of 2014 is Nuclear Winter, a Belgian-style dark ale with a dominating yeast flavor profile. This beer also includes traditional Belgian malts and candi sugar.

Finch’s seasonal cans will be available in all markets. Additionally, these beers will be available on draft in limited quantities.

About Finch’s Beer Co.

Since production began in April 2011, Finch’s Beer Co. has been committed to artfully brewing quality craft beer in Chicago. Highly regarded for using the best ingredients in an environmentally responsible setting, Finch’s is led by five core beers: Golden Wing Blonde Ale, Cutthroat Pale Ale, Threadless IPA, Secret Stache Stout, and Fascist Pig Ale. These styles, as well as limited-edition specialties, add to an ever-growing list of unique beers. With an expanded facility established in 2013 and plans for a new brewery and tasting room by 2016, Finch’s is on pace to be one of the largest microbreweries in the Midwest.


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Wednesday, September 25th 2013

21st Amendment and Elysian Brewing Releasing Two Canned Pumpkin Beers

San Francisco, CA - He Said let's brew a dark beer with pumpkin and spices and put it in a light colored can. He Said let's brew a light beer with pumpkin and spices and put it in a dark colored can. So they did both and produced a pumpkin beer collaboration like no other: two black pumpkin beers and two white pumpkin beers, together in one box.

 "...two black pumpkin beers and two white pumpkin beers, together in one box."

Brewing up a pumpkin collaboration beer should be a piece of cake for Dick Cantwell, the pumpkin king at Elysian Brewing and a slam dunk for Shaun O'Sullivan, the 21st Amendment Brewery Brewmaster who brought the world Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer. In truth, brewing up He Said wasn't that hard. What proved to be more difficult was getting their story about its inception straight.

Here, straight from the mouths of the pumpkin king and one of the watermelon guys, is exactly what He Said:

Shaun: "I met Dick in 2010. He walked into our San Francisco pub, came over to Nico and me and said he'd always wanted to meet the watermelon guys."

Dick: "I met Shaun in 1999. He walked into my Seattle pub, came over to me and said he'd always wanted to meet the pumpkin king."

Shaun: "Later on, while I was knocking his block off at Rock'em Sock'em Robots, Dick mentioned his little pumpkin fest and suggested we attend."

Dick: "Later on, while hatching a plan to colonize a planet entirely devoted to watermelons and pumpkins I invited him to my massive pumpkin fest."

Shaun: "One year later, Dick asked me again. Then he kicked me in the shins until I said yes."

Dick: "Ten years later, Shaun asked me if the invitation still stood. I punched him in the ribs and said yes."

Shaun: "After drinking the pumpkin elixirs, I told Dick we should do a pumpkin collaboration sometime."

Dick: "After some cajolery, Shaun and Nico begged me to do a pumpkin collaboration as soon as possible. I said we should brew a pumpkin beer like no other. A Baltic Porter with caraway and cinnamon in a light colored can. Courage!"

Shaun: "I said we should brew a pumpkin beer like no other. A Belgian Tripel with spices in a dark colored can. That's as big time as it gets."

He Said is a white Belgian-Style Tripel ale brewed with pumpkin, tarragon and galangal. He Said is also a black Baltic-Style Porter lager brewed with pumpkin, Vietnamese cinnamon and ground caraway. Both beers have an ABV of 8.2%.

Try them both. Two 12oz cans of each version of He Said will be packaged together in a pumpkin-colored carrier that features the likenesses of the two brewers, each telling his side of the He Said story.

"Two 12oz cans of each version of He Said will be packaged together in a pumpkin-colored carrier that features the likenesses of the two brewers, each telling his side of the He Said story."

Shaun O'Sullivan, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery, said, "Last year I attended Elysian's Great Pumpkin Beer Fest - and this is the truth as it happened - I lobbied Nico hard for us to brew a pumpkin ale and release it in a can."

Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery, said, "I agreed to the endeavor, but only if we could collaborate with the pumpkin king, himself: Dick Cantwell of Elysian."

Dick Cantwell, Founder of Elysian Brewing and the Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest, said, "Well, it went something like that. In the end, we decided that it would be fun to brew two unusual types of pumpkin beers - a dark and a light - and package them together. And that's how it happened."

He Said, part of 21st Amendment Brewery's Insurrection Series of once-in-awhile four packs, will be available in four-packs and on draft starting in late September in all seventeen of 21st Amendment's current distribution territories: CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DC, MD, DE, PA, VA, GA and NC. For up to date availability, events and promotions, visit 21A's website at www.21st-Amendment.com.


About Elysian Brewing

Elysian operates three pubs and a production brewery in Seattle, producing 32,000 barrels a year. They don't only make pumpkin beers, but this time of year it's a lot of what they do, leading up to their Great Pumpkin Beer Fest on October 4, 5 and 6. Elysian has made around 300 different beers since they opened in 1996, both traditional and innovative, in large and small quantities. At least 30 of them have involved pumpkin. Visit Elysian at www.elysianbrewing.com

 

About 21st Amendment Brewery

Hey, we're Nico & Shaun. We live for great beer. When we opened the 21st Amendment Brewpub in San Francisco in 2000, we vowed to do things differently. To us, the 21st Amendment means much more than just an end to Prohibition. It means the right to brew beer, the freedom to be innovative, and the obligation to have fun. Visit 21st Amendment at www.21st-amendment.com


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Tuesday, September 17th 2013

Tallgrass Introduces Zombie Monkie Cans Will Feature Textured Grip

 

A Post-Apocalyptic Porter from Tallgrass Brewing Co.

Tallgrass Brewing Company is fearless when it comes to branding their beers, like Buffalo Sweat, Ethos, Velvet Rooster, and 8-Bit Pale Ale. Their newest beer is no exception and embraces the zombie-mania sweeping the country.

Zombie Monkie: A Post-Apocalyptic Robust Porter, the latest seasonal offering from the Midwest brewery, will begin rolling out to selected markets the week of September 23rd.

The new beer will be equipped with the world's first textured "Tactical Grip" on the side of the can. This feature ensures that drinkers keep a steady grip on the beer as they flee from infected primates.

The new beer will be equipped with the world's first textured "Tactical Grip" on the side of the can

While the name of the beer and the design of the can are all about the undead, what's inside the can is completely alive with character.

"We have been talking about brewing a porter since we started the brewery in 2007, but it had to be something special and this is it," said Tallgrass Founder, Jeff Gill.

Zombie Monkie is brewed with a chocolatey combination of roasted and kilned malts. This gives the beer a full body with lots of chocolate and espresso-like flavors. Bravo, Willamette, and Nugget hops add hints of floral and citrus to finish off this complex porter.

"I dreamed this beer into existence," said Tallgrass Brewmaster, Andrew Hood. "I dreamed I was drinking a beer in a post-apocalyptic landscape. The beer was dark and delicious, the kind you want for the end of days. It was also interesting and robust, which is good, because it might be your last. That's Zombie Monkie, the perfect beer for toasting the end of humanity."

Zombie Monkie's can claims the beer was "inspired by approximately true events." The brewery plans to reveal details of this incident in a series of on-line videos to be released in the coming weeks. The brewery has just posted a teaser trailer for the series that has already been view by more than a 1000 fans.Tallgrass's Twitter followers are also tracking the impending

"ZomPocalypse" with the hashtag: #ZOMKIE

Zombie Monkie will be brewed and distributed until late October...or until the extinction of humanity, whichever comes first.

About Tallgrass Brewing Company:

Tallgrass Brewing Company was started in Manhattan, Kansas, in 2007, by Jeff Gill and his wife, Tricia. In May of 2010 Tallgrass declared its "Canifesto" and began packaging exclusively in 16oz cans. Tallgrass's mainline beers include: Pub Ale, Buffalo Sweat Stout, Oasis, Velvet Rooster, 8-Bit Pale Ale, and Ethos IPA. Tallgrass Beers are available in cans and on tap in 13 states.



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Monday, September 9th 2013

Oskar Blues and REEB Cycles to Open CyclHOPS Bike CAN-tina

The CyclHOPS Bike CAN-tina will offer up Tequila & Southwestern combinations along with craft beer & custom bikes.

Longmont, CO – Oskar Blues’ passion for bikes and craft beer is the inspiration behind the CyclHOPS Bike CAN-tina, set to open in Longmont, CO, at the end of 2013. The quick full-service taco and tequila eatery will also be the official retail home for the Oskar Blues in-house bike brand, REEB Cycles.

“We wanted to create an original cycling-inspired hangout and compliment the bike culture of Longmont and the Front Range of Colorado,” said Jason Rogers, Oskar Blues’ chef and one of the driving forces in the project. “It’s a creative Rocky Mountain-Biker-Chef take on a taqueria menu with a mix of quality tequilas and beer that really adds to the craft-inspired elements of REEB Cycles and Oskar Blues beer.” 

The CyclHOPS CAN-tina will seat up to 300 people and will offer up 20 craft beers on tap as well as 43 premium tequilas in the CAN-tina’s tequila tasting room. The restaurant will bring a little bit of south-of-the-border soul to Colorado with a tequila tiki bar, handmade tortillas and a menu featuring fresh, fast combinations inspired by authentic and traditional taco-makin’ techniques.

A full-service bike shop and retail location for REEB Cycles will also be housed in the Bike CAN-tina, located at 600 S. Airport Road. The all-American bike company was born as a middle finger to bikes made overseas and to bike thieves, after owner Dale Katechis’ bike was stolen in 2011. REEB Cycles are built locally and offer up an aggressive all-mountain approach to the more traditional hardtail, designed to mirror the rocky and technical ColoRADo terrain. Each bike is equipped with a Denver-based Gates Carbon Drive (www.carbondrivesystems.com), and the 100% American-made materials are all custom-created by local welder, Chris Sulfrian. REEB bikes challenge the status quo in the same way that Dale’s Pale Ale did when in it busted onto the craft beer scene in a can in 2002. 

REEB Cycles currently offers four models:  SFP & PFP Mountain BikesTyREEB Titanium Mountain BikesThe REEBdonkadonk Fat BikeThe Sam’s Pants Gravel Grinder All-Arounder.  The bikes created a buzz in the first full year (2012) producing nearly 100 frames while being named Outside Magazine’s “Top 9 Mountain Bikes of Spring 2012” and racking up international race results to go along with the post-ride beers. In 2012 Macky Franklin won the Breck-Epic (www.breckepic.com ) Single Speed Stage Race World Championship aboard a REEB before heading to South Africa and finishing second in the Single Speed World Championships along with many national and regional race wins.  Although the race wins confirm the race ready side of REEB Cycles, Mountain Flyer Magazine & Dirt Rag Magazine published articles that highlight the trail bike mentality & trailside beer vibe of the bikes.

The new location will create a bike-centric REEB retail & service location while adding to the bicycle advocacy outreach efforts of local organizations, Bicycle Longmont and Boulder Mountain Bike Alliance.

Stay tuned with progress online:

            CyclHOPS – www.cyclehops.com

            REEB Cycles – www.reebcycles.com

                        Facebook.com/reebcycles & Twitter

Pour me another Tequila, Sheila.

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched its craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, CO. It was the first American craft brewery to brew and hand-can its beer. Today there are more than 200 craft breweries canning beer. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 59,000 in 2011 and grew to 85,750 in 2012 while opening an additional brewery in Brevard, NC, in late 2012.


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Monday, August 19th 2013

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Canning First Pumpkin Ale


“Fall Hornin” to be available in both bottles and cans

Boonville, CA -  For the first time, Anderson Valley Brewing Company announced today the release of a pumpkin spiced ale as part of its rotating lineup of seasonal beers.  Shipments of both twelve-ounce cans and bottles began making their way to selected wholesalers across the nation in late July.  In addition, draft will be available on a limited basis in those select markets.

Brewmaster Fal Allen says that Fall Hornin’ is “pleasantly creamy with a silky body, boasting a brilliantly dark copper hue and aromas of caramelized malt, baking bread, and seasonal spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin.  It has a nice, sweet caramel flavor to balance the tang of the spices with a hint of hops, all wrapped in a smooth, round finish.” 

This year’s limited production run of just over 1,000 barrels of Fall Hornin’ was oversubscribed quickly and all available cases have been allocated.  Fall Hornin’ will be available in the trade from early-August through mid-September, making it the perfect complementary offering to the brewery’s seasonal portfolio which includes the highly popular Summer and Winter Solstice®. 

About Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley Brewing is constantly striving to excite and reach new consumers with high quality craft beer. Located in the bucolic Anderson Valley region of Mendocino County, California and founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company is a pioneer of the American craft brewing industry. An environmentally friendly, solar powered brewery, it produces highly respected craft beers including Boont Amber Ale®, Hop Ottin’ IPA®, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Summer and Winter Solstice® and a wide array of specialty craft offerings ranging from Sour Stout to Mowkeef Saison to Gatlin Damnosus amongst many others.

For more information on Anderson Valley Brewing Company, visit us at www.avbc.com, Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter


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Friday, August 16th 2013

Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy Hitting Shelves Nationwide Next Month

BREVARD, NC - Oskar Blues is pumped to announce the release of the first batch of the award-winning Ten FIDY Imperial Stout from the East Coast brewery. This much-anticipated seasonal brew is now fermenting in the tanks at both the ColoRADo and NC locations. It’ll be released at parties at both Tasty Weasel Tap Rooms and distributed to all 32 states where Oskar Blues is sold.

Less than nine months after the first North Carolina brew bubbled, the brewers have recreated all seven of Oskar Blues’ regular line-up of beers, finishing with the much-anticipated, highly-coveted Ten FIDY (10.5 percent ABV). 

This supremely full-bodied seasonal, that has bulldozed beer connoisseurs, will be available at your favorite watering hole or retailer earlier than ever  this year—in September—thanks, in part, to the new(ish) brewery. Following the successful release of our spring seasonal, GUBNA, the FIDY will be available until February 2014 (or until it sells out), making it a perfect holiday gift beer. Stay tuned, as Oskar Blues plans to brew up a brand new seasonal in 2014 to be sold between the GUBNA and Ten FIDY releases!

"Stay tuned, as Oskar Blues plans to brew up a brand new seasonal in 2014 to be sold between the GUBNA and Ten FIDY releases!"

The Brevard Ten FIDY release party takes place on Thursday, August 29, 2013, at the NC Tasty Weasel. Come taste the first NC FIDY, plus another special Ten FIDY tap. The night includes a chili cook-off with brewery judges (bring extra chili to share), music from This Mountain, a rockin’ folk band from East Tennessee, Ten FIDY corn hole, and special T-shirts featuring the “First in FIDY” license plate.

Western North Carolinians who visit the brewery will be among the lucky first tasters of this uniquely crafted brew, with its inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee that hide the hefty 98 IBUs underneath a smooth blanket of malt.

The Longmont Ten FIDY release party will happen on Friday, August 30, 2013, at the ColoRADo Tasty Weasel Tap Room. The night’s offerings will feature a vertical tasting of FIDY from years past, plus a barrel-aged FIDY, a firkin of FIDY Pale, and a Nitro Smidy. Because if its hefty ABV, FIDY is uniquely cellarable and gets bought up and stored by beer geeks nationwide. The nectar becomes even more smooth with age.

An Asheville Ten FIDY release party will take place at Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria on Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Keep an eye out for other bars and restaurants celebrating the return of this boundary-busting brew.

Oskar Blues’ Ten FIDY has been showered with accolades that almost stand up to the size of this behemoth-in-a-can, including:

  • “The biggest, baddest, boldest beer in a can” from Celebrator Beer News
  • “2008 Beer of the Year” The Denver Post
  • “100 Rating” – Ratebeer.com
  • “A-Rating” – Beeradvocate.com
  • Gold Medal – 2010 and 2012 World Beer Championships
  • “Top 51 Beers” – 2011 Beer Magazine

Ten FIDY is a super-strong beer that takes strength to make. This brew is made with an enormous amount of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY’s nearly 5000-pound grain bill is just short of 50 percent specialty malts, which are packaged in 55-lb bags and loaded into the mills by hand. The many bags of oats are poured directly into the mash tuns. The oats and rice hulls have to be lugged up 20-odd stairs to the top of the brew-decks.

“Brewing Ten FIDY is unlike any of the other beers we make. We have to mash-in two batches just to get one kettle filled because we only take the most concentrated wort from each mash. It’s a very time consuming and labor intensive process. This is part of how we make Ten FIDY so unique, rich, and complex,” says Brevard head brewer Noah Tuttle.

Ten FIDY is packaged in 12-ounce CANS and sold in 4-pack carriers, as well as on draft at craft beer retailers, growler fill shops, restaurant, bars and more.

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched its craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. It was the first American craft brewery to brew and hand-can its beer. Today there are more than 200 craft breweries canning beer. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 59,000 in 2011 and grew to 85,750 in 2012 while opening an additional brewery in Brevard, NC, in late 2012. 

www.oskarblues.com 

http://www.facebook.com/OskarBluesCans

http://www.facebook.com/OskarBluesBrewerySoutheast 

http://twitter.com/oskarblues 

http://twitter.com/oskarblueswnc

http://www.youtube.com/oskarbluescans

Watch Oskar Blues Brewery’s new video HERE via YouTube.


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Thursday, August 15th 2013

SanTan Announces Upcoming Release of SuperMonk Belgian Style IPA

Arizona IPA Meets Belgian Wit in SanTan Brewing’s Citrusy Super Hero Style Belgian IPA, SuperMonk, Launching Labor Day

Belgian Monks are known for brewing much of the world’s best craft beer, and now SanTan Brewing Company is delivering a hybrid brew that marries the hoppy magic of a West Coast IPA with the traditional spice and fruitiness of a Belgian Wit beer in this fall seasonal, SuperMonk IPA.

12 oz cans of SuperMonk IPA will be available at valley craft beer retailers from Labor Day through the end of October.

SuperMonk IPA is a naturally hazy, Belgian Style IPA with notes of citrus and orange peel dominating the aroma. Upon first sip, hoppy bitterness dances with peppery clove notes and finishes with a light orange and fruity flavor. SuperMonk IPA is a very drinkable craft beer. It’s light on the palate and ideal for craft beer lovers and hopheads alike.

Made with a hybrid “super yeast”, the secret behind SuperMonk is a combination of Proprietary California Ale yeast and a Trappist Ale Yeast Blend with Cascade and loads of Columbus hops. During the fermentation, the Belgian strain came across slightly more dominant and thus the SuperMonk name was born!

SuperMonk IPA pairs well with spicy dishes including curry dishes, sharp aged cheddar, rare prime rib with horseradish and crème brulee for dessert.

In November, 2012, SanTan Brewing Company launched Arizona’s first ever seasonal canned beer series with the introduction of RailSlide Imperial Spiced Ale. SuperMonk IPA is the fourth seasonal brew to don an aluminum suit.

To find a pint of SuperMonk near you, visit SanTan Brewing Company’s Beer Detective online at www.santanbrewing.com/find-santan-on-tap.


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Wednesday, August 14th 2013

Sun King Announces CANvitational Festival in Indy on Sept. 28th

Indianapolis, Ind – In 2009, Sun King Brewery brought Indianapolis local beer for the first time since the Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948. On Saturday, Sept. 28, history will be made again when Sun King hosts the inaugural CANvitational, the Midwest’s first-ever canned craft beer festival.

The Sun King CANvitational will bring more than 30 craft breweries representing 16 states to Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, available online at www.canvitational.com, are $50 for general admission and $75 for early entry.

“We’re incredibly excited to share the beers from these breweries with attendees, especially considering that most of the breweries’ beers aren’t available in Indiana or in many cases outside of their home markets,” said Sun King owner Clay Robinson. “We’ve assembled an all-star lineup of canning breweries from all over the country and our goal is to showcase the great craft beer that is driving the canned craft beer revolution!”

Each of the breweries was selected because of the quality of beer they are producing and, as the name of the event suggests, the festival will feature breweries that can their beers. For decades, the beer bottle was seen as the premier container; however, thanks to breweries like those participating in the CANvitational, a canning renaissance has put pint cans, tall boys and the 12 oz. standard back on the map in a whole new light.

“Cans are a superior vessel for packaging craft beer because they protect the beer from two of its greatest enemies, light and oxygen,” Robinson said. “Every can has a food-safe liner that keeps the beer from ever coming in contact with metal and the result is beer that tastes fresher and more like the brewer intended. Cans also take less fuel to ship and are less expensive and energy intensive to recycle, making them an incredibly sustainable packaging choice.”

In addition to great, canned craft beer, attendees will have plenty of food options for purchase from food trucks that will line Georgia Street, as well as a tent with options from the Omni on Pan Am Plaza. Music will be provided throughout the event by DJ Helicon and DJ Action Jackson.

About Sun King Brewing Company
Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends – Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers – the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Now available on tap and in cans at over a thousand locations throughout Indiana, Sun King has grown into the second-largest beer brewer in the state. The company's commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions. Visit www.sunkingbrewing.com for more information.


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Monday, August 12th 2013

Berkshire Brewing's Steel Rail Cans Being Released Next Week

Berkshire Brewing Company of South Deerfield, MA is pleased to announce the release of Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale in 12 oz. cans beginning the week of August 19, 2013. This marks the first foray into small format packaging for the 19 year old brewery.  Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale is Berkshire Brewing’s flagship brand, and is a light colored, medium bodied ale exhibiting exceptional freshness through its 2-Row Pale malt backbone and signature hop flavor and aroma.  In the words of renowned beer writer Lew Bryson, Steel Rail EPA is “what the water in heaven oughta taste like”.  5.3% v/v, 20 IBU  The Steel Rail cans will be released in Massachusetts initially, with release to other New England markets to follow.

For more information, please contact Jason Hunter, Director of Sales/G.M. at 413-665-6600, or at jason@berkshirebrewingcompany.com


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Monday, August 12th 2013

Big Wood Brewery Launches Four Premium Craft Beers in Rexam Cans

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2013  -- Big Wood Brewery, a bold new player on the craft beer scene gaining notoriety for its distinctive brews, has launched four of its award-winning craft beers in cans. Jack Savage, Morning Wood, Bark Bite and Bad Axe are available now in Rexam 16 oz. cans.

Jack Savage American Pale Ale is made from all American hops, while Morning Wood Coffee Stout is brewed with Fuggle, Cascade hops and hints of oatmeal and chocolate. Bark Bite India Pale Ale is brewed with citrus hops and delivers a big refreshing bite. Bad Axe Imperial IPA mixes Columbus and Centennial hops for a pale amber that goes down easy. Big Wood beers have already won numerous awards and accolades.

"We always knew we wanted to launch our unique craft beers in cans," said Jason Medvec, president, Big Wood Brewery. "Cans provide complete protection from light that helps preserve freshness. They also offer us a lot more space to tell our branding story. Through our partnership with Rexam, we have the perfect package for our beers."

Big Wood Brewery also benefits from the many additional advantages of cans including portability, durability and the fact that cans are the most sustainable beverage packaging choice in the world, as they are recycled at more than double the rate of any other beverage package.

Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam BCNA, commented on the can as the ideal choice for craft beers. "Our cans are a great way for Big Wood Brewery to bring its unique craft beers to the masses," he said. "They enable the brand to attract attention on store shelves with colorful, reflective graphics while also securing beverage integrity by keeping out the light. Cans just make good business sense as well with superior recycling, filling, distribution and retail display economics."

Big Wood Brewery beers in cans are currently available at bars, restaurants and retailers across Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

About Big Wood Brewery

Founded in 2009, and based in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Big Wood Brewery is a licensed production brewery that produces distinctive craft brews for distribution throughout the Midwest. Touting its edgy yet playful brand image and unforgettable name among its most distinguishing factors, Big Wood Brewery recognizes that to stand out, consumers need to be torn away from normalcy. The company's unique name is a tribute to the wooded landscape of its home state of Minnesota.

About Rexam

Rexam is a global consumer packaging company. We are one of the leading global beverage can makers and a major global player in rigid plastic packaging for healthcare applications. We are business partners to some of the world's most famous and successful consumer brands. Our vision is to be the best global consumer packaging company.

We have 67 plants in 24 countries and employ 11,100 people. Our sales from ongoing operations in 2012 were in the region of $7 billion. Rexam is a member of the FTSE 100 and its ordinary shares are listed with the UK Listing Authority and trade on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol REX. For further information, visit www.rexam.com.

SOURCE: Rexam Beverage Can Americas Inc.

CONTACT: Jason Medvec at Big Wood Brewery at 612-360-2986 or Greg Brooke at Rexam 773-399-3362.


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Friday, August 2nd 2013

Stevens Point Brings Back James Page Brand with New JP's Cans


JP’S INTRODUCES NEW CRAFT BREWS

Adventurous new brews with a twist are available in only cans and kegs

STEVENS POINT, Wis.  – Fans of craft beer have four new reasons to reach for a cold one: JP’s Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter, JP’s Casper White Stout, JP’s Ould Sod Irish Red Ale and JP’s A Cappella Gluten-free Pale Ale. JP’s Craft Beers are a division of the Stevens Point Brewery. 

Now available throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa, these unique and appealing new brews are sold only in six-pack cans and on draft. 

Can packages are especially popular in the growing craft beer market, offering many benefits for brewers and consumers, according to Julie Birrenkott, JP’s marketing director. “Cans are recyclable, unbreakable, lighter, chill faster and are often welcome where glass bottles are not,” she said.

“The time is right to give craft beer lovers four new adventurous beers – these are truly unique styles – and in cans only,” Birrenkott continued. 

Brewing JP’s

JP’s Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter is a traditional sweet porter brewed with chocolate malt. A chai tea blend from India, where a “dhaba” is a truckstop-style roadside restaurant, is infused into the beer after fermentation but before the aging tanks. The result is a flavor extravaganza, according to JP's Bremaster Gabe Hopkins. “In addition to chocolate notes, Yabba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter is alive with the flavors of cinnamon, cardamom, anise, ginger and black tea along with a little bit of lemon zest,” he said.

JP’s Casper White Stout is not actually white in color, but it’s not the deep brown, almost black hue characteristic of stouts either: it is an inviting amber color. “Our challenge was to make it as pale as possible,” Hopkins said. “That means we cannot use black roasted malts in the brew, so instead we age it for two weeks with coffee beans and cocoa nibs to create the classic stout roasted character.” Hopped with East Kent Golding and Fuggles hops imported from England, Casper White Stout offers authentic stout flavor enhanced by hints of white chocolate thanks to the cocoa nibs. 

JP’s Ould Sod Irish Red Ale is brewed with peated malt, red malt and pale malt for a ruby red color and full, satisfying ale taste. “Think of this beer as an Irish-style version of a traditional English India Pale Ale generously hopped with East Kent Golding and Fuggles hops. It’s a great session beer,” Hopkins said.

JP’s A Cappella Gluten-free Pale Ale is brewed with sorghum and Cascade hops. The flavor profile is similar to that of traditional pale ale, Hopkins said, but the sorghum provides a distinctly different mouthfeel to the brew. “There are a number of gluten-free lagers on the market, but few gluten-free ales. We offer something different with this new gluten-free pale ale,” he said.

More information can be found online at www.jpbrewery.com. For more information about the Stevens Point Brewery, founded in 1857, visit www.pointbeer.com or call (715) 344-9310. Tours of the brewery are available, with schedules listed on the Web site.


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Monday, July 29th 2013

Oskar Blues Reports More Explosive Growth with Addition of NC Brewery


Cans of Dale's Pale Ale at Oskar Blues' Brevard, NC brewery

NORTH CAROLINA LEADS OSKAR BLUES BREWERY TO
38 PERCENT GROWTH THROUGH MID-YEAR 2013

Longmont, ColoradoOskar Blues Brewery, the first craft brewery in the country to brew & hand-can their beer in November 2002, continued its explosive growth posting a 38 percent increase in depletions over the past six months. The Brewers Association press release announced a 13 percent industry wide volume increase during the same period, with Oskar Blues outpacing industry volume growth by 25 percent. This follows eight years of consecutive double digit growth (triple digit growth before that) which catapulted Oskar Blues to “Craft Brewer of the Year” by Beverage World Magazine in March.

Oskar Blues’ continued growth has been fueled by the addition of their Tasty Weasel Taproom & Brevard, NC brewery that began brewing in December 2012. The Oskar Blues Brevard brewery shipped more than 1.2 million cans to 15 states in the month of June labeled "Brevard, North Carolina." The new brewery is growing to meet demand and is already on track to brew more than 50,000 barrels of beer in its first production year.

Colorado’s funky little brew-pub has grown to become the largest American craft brewery to package beer exclusively in cans, producing 85,750 barrels of beer in 2012 while climbing to 27th on the Brewers Association Top 50 Breweries list released in April.

"Colorado’s funky little brew-pub has grown to become the largest American craft brewery to package beer exclusively in cans..."

Innovation continues to drive the brewery. Dale’s Pale Ale was released nationwide as the first American beer in the single-serve 19.2oz. “Imperial Pint” can to kick off 2013. Mama’s Little Yella Pils followed in Ball Corporation’s 19.2oz. “Imperial Pint” can in April. Arizona spring training baseball stadiums, Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheater and Fillmore Auditorium along with Chicago's House of Blues are top drivers for the new single serve package.

“Continuing to push the boundaries is what gets us up in the morning, it’s what drives us. The 19.2oz. package is a product of that drive and passion. We continue to do what we love, toss a can in your backpack for the backcountry or a grab a stovepipe (19.2oz.) at music and sport venues.” says Oskar Blues Soul-Founder Dale Katechis.

Oskar Blues also offered their “big three beers” in the new CANundrum Mix’d 12-pack of cans. The 12-pack includes four each of the multi-award-winning brews. Dale’s Pale Ale was named “Top U.S. Pale Ale” by the New York Times and called “One of the quintessentially hoppy pale ales of our time,” by BeerAdvocate.com. RateBeer.com refers to Mama’s Little Yella Pils as “like summer in a can.” Mama’s Little Yella Pils also won silver at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival while Old Chub Scotch Ale earned bronze.

You can read the Brewers Association’s full press release here

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched its craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. It was the first American craft brewery to brew and hand-can its beer. Today there are more than 200 craft breweries canning beer. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 59,000 in 2011 and grew to 85,750 in 2012 while opening an additional brewery in Brevard, NC, in late 2012.


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Monday, July 8th 2013

New England Breweries Get Their First Mobile Canning Service

Norwalk, Conn. ― High-performance, mobile canning wasn’t an option for breweries in the Northeast―until now. Iron Heart Canning CompanyNew England’s only mobile production canning service, has announced its official launch and will partner with Westfield River Brewing Company of Westfield, Mass., for its first canning run in early August.

 

“The response we’ve received from breweries has been really exciting” said Tyler Wille, Iron Heart’s founder and co-owner. “We’re eliminating many of the hurdles that keep new and established breweries out of cans, and we’re making it easier than ever for them to reach new consumers.”

 

When breweries can with Iron Heart, they bypass the expense and headache of buying and running their own line. On top of the upfront financial investment, an in-house system means spending time and money on maintenance, training staff, and devoting precious floor space to bulky equipment. As an on-demand, pay-as-you-go service, Iron Heart eliminates these hassles. It brings the canning line, the trained labor, and the expertise, in addition to helping breweries source small-batches of packaging supplies and warehousing pallets of cans for clients who are tight on space.

 

As an affiliate of MobileCanningSystems™ (MCS), Iron Heart’s equipment is at the cusp of canning innovation. Its mobile system was engineered by Wild Goose Canning Technologies to fit neatly inside of a box truck and has the ability to fill 40 cans per minute.

 

“We’re partnering with MCS to leverage their expertise and experience, so that we can provide our customers in New England with the highest quality service from day one,” Wille said. “The training and support they provide give us an edge. We have rigid cleaning, sanitation, quality control, and operational procedures. The brewery’s beer is our top priority. Their product, after all, is our product.”

 

For more information, please visit  Iron Heart Canning and Mobile Canning Systems


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Wednesday, June 12th 2013

21st Amendment Adds New Hops for Upcoming Hop Crisis Release

Ex-Cons Nico and Shaun Tap New Hops Down Under to Bring

Back 21st Amendment Breweryʼs Hoppiest Beer, Hop Crisis

San Francisco, CA – The hop crisis may be over for now, but the hop syndicate is still trying to control the market in the face of booming growth in the craft beer industry. Ex-cons Nico and Shaun still have a few tricks up their sleeves from doing hard time on the Rock.

Hiding out Down Under, they discover some new hops that the syndicate canʼt touch. Gloating on Sydneyʼs Bondi beach, Nico lights up a cigar. “Uh, you can take off the dress now, Nico,” Shaun remarks as he pours himself another Hop Crisis.

For the third year running, 21st Amendment Brewery announced the release of Hop Crisis, a big, hoppy, oak-aged Imperial IPA that is packed with five different hop varietals. Hop Crisis was created in defiance of the 2007 hop shortage at a time when many brewers were forced to skimp on hops. This year the formula adds new dry hops in the form of New Zealand Motueka and Australian Stella blended with Northwest Cascade hops.

21st Amendment co-founder and Brewmaster Shaun OʼSullivan says of the idea behind the beer, “The oak aging and intense hop bitterness make this a big beer that also has subtle layers of flavor. We think that thanks to the dry hop varietals, some new tropical and citrusflavors emerge to please the palate again this year. With an ABV of 9.7%, it is best enjoyed sipped from a Belgian style tulip snifter.”

Hop Crisis is part of 21st Amendmentʼs Insurrection Series, a limited edition, once-in-awhile, four-pack release of a very special beer that rises up in revolt against common notions of what canned beer can be.

Hop Crisis is available in four-pack cans and on draft starting mid-June at better bars and stores in all seventeen of 21st Amendmentʼs current distribution territories: CA, OR, WA,AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DC, MD, DE, PA, VA, GA and NC. For up to date availability, events and promotions, visit 21Aʼs website at www.21st-Amendment.com.

About 21st Amendment Brewery

Hey, weʼre Nico & Shaun. We live for great beer. When we opened the 21st Amendment Brewpub in San Francisco in 2000, we vowed to do things differently. To us, the 21st Amendment means much more than just an end to Prohibition. It means the right to brew beer, the freedom to be innovative, and the obligation to have fun.


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Wednesday, May 15th 2013

Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Festival is Back on June 1st

OSKAR BLUES BURNING CAN BEER FESTIVAL GROWS WITH

LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES AND COLORADO BREWERS GUILD

Lyons, Colorado – The Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Fest is back (June 1st) for the second year as part of the Lyons Outdoor Games (5/31 to 6/2) to bring you everything craft beer in a CAN offers: fresh, earth-friendly beer in a portable container that takes you to your next soul-saving outdoor adventure. 

Oskar Blues Brewery invites all beer lovers to celebrate the REVOLUTION of big-flavored craft beers served up in cans in their hometown of Lyons, CO.  Set amidst the backdrop of beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park in Bohn Park on June 1st, 2013, Burning Can adds a national craft beer influence to the world class events of the Lyons Outdoor Games (May 31st to June 2nd).  

Last year Burning Can Beer Fest joined Lyons Outdoor Games and raised $18,000 for beneficiaries while exposing over 2,300 people to canned craft beer, some of which is not for sale in Colorado.  Burning Can offers samples (4pm to 7pm, VIP 3pm to 7pm) of canned craft beer from 35+ innovative canning craft breweries from across the country in the middle of live music by Chain Station, food trucks, Lyons Outdoor Games 5K, Rugby, and the BMX/Mountain Bike dirt-jump & best trick bike competition (followed by DJ Chronz) as world class kayakers are running the river.

The Lyons Outdoor Games kick off Friday Night (May 31st) with a FREE live concert featuring New Orleans' Dumpstaphunk and local band Interstate Stash Express set to the backdrop of Bohn Park.  Now in its 12th year, the multi-sport competition of Lyons Outdoor Games has grown into a world-class celebration of mountain sports drawing heavy hitters from the outdoor industry over three days from May 31st to June 2nd.

“The Lyons Outdoor Games attract world-class athletes but also offer many opportunities for beginner and intermediate athletes to learn and develop skills under the downhome, grassroots feel of Lyons, CO.” says Dave Cosgrove, Lyons Park and Recreation Director. The South Saint Vrain creek is the definition of steep, manky, roadside class V+  for boaters in Colorado and has become the stage for the renowned Adam Barron Memorial Creek race.  

What would a CANNED beer festival at an outdoor-sports celebration be without RECYCLING?  Ball Corporation, Novelis Inc. and Alcoa Inc. have stepped up to focus on recycling initiatives.  All money raised from Lyons Outdoor Games recycled cans will be donated to American Whitewater.  American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization with a mission “to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.”   Canned craft beer has many benefits including defending beer from the damages of sunlight, an air-tight seal that allows less oxygen into the beer creating a fresher tasting beverage. Not only are cans good for the beer, they are also good for the environment.  Aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable and are lighter to ship, reducing the ecological impact. Last, but not least, you can take CANNED beers where your next soul-saving adventure takes you….including places where glass isn’t allowed and where you need to “pack it in, pack it out.”

 


All proceeds from the 2013 Burning Can event go to the Lyons Department of Parks and Recreation and the Colorado Brewers Guild, two groups that embody the soul of Oskar Blues. The Colorado Brewers Guild is a key player in the continued growth and celebration of Colorado’s craft beer industry.  Lyons Outdoor Games is a tribute to the outdoor sports that helped inspire Oskar Blues to can Dale’s Pale Ale over ten years ago.

For a full list of events at the 2013 Lyons Outdoor Games visit:  www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of for 4pm to 7pm event.  $35 VIP Tickets are available for an early 3pm entrance and come with a commemorative Burning Can glass, no day of purchase available.  Receive $5 off of the day-of ticket price if you ride your bike to the festival as Bicycle Longmont will be providing bike valet.  Tickets are available at: www.burningcan.com 

LODGING - There is ample camping at Bohn Park and Meadow Park in Lyons and More information about lodging is available athttp://lyonsoutdoorgames.com/camping/

TRANSPORTATION – The Oskar Blues trolley will run from Longmont to Lyons all weekend, stay tuned at http://www.oskarblues.com/tunes/lyons-outdoor-games/burning-can-2013-trolley-schedule  for a schedule and pick up info.  RTD buses run from Boulder & Longmont to Lyons all weekend as well. http://lyonsoutdoorgames.com/lodging-transportation/

SPONSORS of Burning Can Beer Festival are: 

PRESENTING RECYCLING SPONSORS:  Ball Corporation, Novelis Inc., Alcoa Inc.

SUPPORTING SPONSORS:  Boulder Business Products, Go West, Westword, Draft Magazine, Mobile Canning, Wild Goose Canning, High Country Beverage.

CANNING BREWERIES ATTENDING (Some not available in CO):

- Bootstrap Brewing

- Breckenridge Brewery

- Eddyline Brewing

- NOLA Brewing Co

- Crazy Mountain Brewery

- Aspen Brewing Co

- Bonfire Brewing

- Big Choice Brewing

- Moab Brewery

- Dry Dock Brewing

- Crystal Springs Brewing

- Telluride Brewing Co

- Sierra Nevada Brewing

- Asher Brewing C0

- Sun King Brewing

- Ska Brewing Co

- Renegade Brewing Co

- Pateros Creek Brewing

- Twisted Pine Brewing

- High Noon Saloon & Brewery

- New Belgium Brewing Co

- Golden Road Brewing

- Maui Brewing Co

- Left Hand Brewing Co

- Boulder Beer Co

- Avery Brewing Co

- Upslope Brewing Co

- Great River Brewing

- Santa Fe Brewing

- San Tan Brewing

- 21st Amendment

- Uinta Brewing Co

- Sam Adams Brewing Co

- Kona Brewing Co

- Redhook Brewery

and yours truly, Oskar Blues.


 

ABOUT OSKAR BLUES BREWERY
Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer. For additional info, interviews, images or samples please contact Chad Melis at chad@oskarblues.com, # 720.273.8888 or visit www.oskarblues.com 


 

ABOUT LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES
Originally known as the Lyons Whitewater Festival, the Lyons Outdoor Games was created 11‐years ago as a fund-raising vehicle for the Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Events.  In addition to a full complement of world class kayaking, biking, fly fishing, chainsaw carving and even dog events, the 2012 Games will feature live music along with numerous clinics and exhibitions put on by some of the world’s most elite professional athletes. www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com

 

ABOUT COLORADO BREWERS GUILD
CBG is a trade association dedicated to the Colorado craft brewing industry and facilitates educational beer activities in Colorado.  The CBG sponsors a variety of beer events throughout the state each year designed to increase awareness and appreciation of Colorado brewed beer.   For information about the Colorado Brewers Guild and its member breweries: www.coloradobeer.org. 


ABOUT AMERICAN WHITEWATER

Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization with a mission “to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” American Whitewater is a membership organization representing a broad diversity of individual whitewater enthusiasts, river conservationists, and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates across America. The organization is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission.   http://www.americanwhitewater.org/

 

ABOUT HUMAN MOVEMENT
Human Movement, a local event management company, is partnering up with the Lyons Department of Parks & Recreation and Oskar Blues to present the 2013 Lyons Outdoor Games and the Burning Can Beer Fest.


Watch Oskar Blues Brewery’s new video HERE via YouTube.


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Tuesday, May 7th 2013

Baltimore's Union Craft Brewing Launches Flagships Cans

 

Baltimore, MarylandUnion Craft Brewing Company today announced the release of its two flagship craft beers in 12 oz. cans, Duckpin Pale Ale & the 2012 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winning Balt Altbier. These beers have become staples on draft at many Baltimore area bars & restaurants, and will be available in 12 oz. cans at local Baltimore city retailers this week, and throughout Maryland and Washington DC in the next few weeks.

Additionally, the brewing company has acquired three new 60 barrel tanks, increasing brewing capacity by 75%.

“Since day one, we have been working hard to get our beer in cans and into the hands of our local beer drinkers”, said Co-Founder, Adam Benesch. “By adding these new tanks, we can now produce enough beer to accommodate the growing demand of our draft and retail accounts.”

Co-Founder, Jon Zerivitz adds, “The can is the perfect package for our beer. It removes the threat of light and oxygen from affecting the quality of the beer and it can go places that glass cannot. We've been anxiously awaiting the release of the cans and are very excited to have them out in the Baltimore market.”

ABOUT UNION CRAFT BREWING COMPANY

Founded in 2011, Union Craft Brewing Company is situated along the Jones Falls river and was the first production brewery to open in Baltimore City in 30 years. The brewery’s onsite tasting room is open Saturday from 1-4PM for tours and tastings. For additional information, visit us at unioncraftbrewing.com, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Wednesday, April 24th 2013

Anderson Valley's El Steinber to be Brewery's First 16 oz. Release

Anderson Valley to Release First Sixteen Ounce Can

“El Steinber” is latest addition to brewery’s canned portfolio

Boonville, CA - Anderson Valley Brewing Company announced this week they have packaged their popular El Steinber Dark Lager in sixteen ounce cans and have begun shipping them to wholesalers around the country.  Originally debuting as a draft-only offering in September 2012, this marks the first time the Northern California craft pioneer has packaged both a lager-style beer as well as releasing a “tall” pint can.

“There’s no mistaking the growing demand for canned craft beers,” says Trey White, owner of Anderson Valley Brewing Company.  “We recently added a second canning line that gave us the ability to use larger formats, so why not package our first full-production lager in our first sixteen ounce can?”  Anderson Valley currently packages Boont Amber and Hop Ottin’ IPA year-round in twelve ounce cans while their Summer Solstice, Winter Solstice, and Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are released seasonally.

Literally meaning “The Beer” in their native Boontling dialect, El Steinber is brewed with roasted Indio-Hispano® blue corn to create a toasty flavor and lighter body, while Midnight Wheat malt imparts a slight sweetness and deep ruby/brown hue.  The earthy, spicy flavors of fresh Saaz hops are balanced by German Pilsner malts creating a smooth, clean finish to this highly drinkable American-style Dark Lager.


About Anderson Valley Brewing Company

Anderson Valley Brewing is constantly striving to excite and reach new consumers with high quality craft beer. Located in the bucolic Anderson Valley region of Mendocino County, California and founded in 1987, the Anderson Valley Brewing Company is a pioneer of the American craft brewing industry. An environmentally friendly, solar powered brewery, it produces highly respected craft beers including Boont Amber Ale®, Hop Ottin’ IPA®, Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Summer and Winter Solstice®, and Heelch O’ Hops® Double IPA.

For more information on Anderson Valley Brewing Company, visit us at www.avbc.com; Like us on Facebook; and follow AVBC on Twitter.


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Sunday, April 21 2013

MobileCanningSystems Announces Affiliate Launch Schedule

Innovative Program Helping Craft Brewers 
join the “Canned Craft Beer Revolution” Expands

LONGMONT, Colo. -- MobileCanningSystems™ LLC, the market leader in bringing a canning line to the brewery when the beer is ready, today announced the launch schedule for its next five affiliates. Joining MobileCanning Colorado and Old Dominion Mobile Canning in Virginia, the following affiliates will commence mobile canning operations over the next five months:

Michigan Mobile Canning, operating out of Kalamazoo and Traverse City MI and covering the state of Michigan Northeast Indiana on June 24th

Beer Monks Mobile Canning, based in South El Monte CA and covering the Los Angeles CA area on July 22nd

Iron Heart Canning, based in Norwalk CT and covering the New York City area, Long Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the northeast New Jersey area on August 1st

Buckeye Canning (formerly Mobile Canning Great Lakes), based in the Cleveland OH area and covering the state of Ohio and Western Pennsylvania on August 26th

Toucan Mobile Canning, based in Chattanooga TN and covering Tennessee, Central and Northern Alabama along with Northwest Georgia on September 8th

Other Mobile Canning Systems affiliates currently planning to launch operations before the end of the year include:

Mobile Can Man, based in Trumansburg, NY and covering upstate New York

Land of the Sky Mobile Canning, based in Asheville NC and covering the state south of Raleigh and Greensboro as well as South Carolina 

“Our MobileCanningSystems Affiliate program is expanding at a rapid rate,” said Pat Hartman, MobileCanningSystems co-Founder and Managing Partner. “We are excited to be bringing the benefits of mobile canning to craft brewers across the nation through a community of enthusiastic entrepreneurs with a passion for craft beer.”

MobileCanningSystems’ Affiliate Program delivers fast, reliable production canning services to craft breweries using a Wild Goose Canning Technologies MC-250 canning line modified for mobility. In addition, the program provides production supplies, including labeled cans, allowing Mobile Canning Systems affiliates to support smaller breweries in joining the “Canned Craft Beer Revolution” at a minimal cost of entry. The MobileCanningSystems approach eliminates the need for craft brewers to outlay capital for canning equipment and for large purchases of packaging inventory that far exceed their production needs and in-house storage capacity.

Based in Longmont CO, MobileCanningSystems provides its affiliates with a complete mobile canning system, training and startup support and packages all necessary production supplies to fulfill orders for its affiliates as needed to satisfy the production volume requirements of the craft breweries which they serve.

“The craft brewing industry is embracing cans as the superior package and we are constantly receiving inquiries from brewers looking for a way to get started,” added Hartman. “As our MobileCanningSystems affiliate community grows so does the number of great brews throughout the nation that can be enjoyed in cans.”

Mobile Canning, LLC

About MobileCanningSystems, LLC

MobileCanningSystems innovative packaging solution, delivered via its affiliates, opens new opportunity for craft brewers to distribute their product beyond their tap room and make productive, profitable use of latent brewing capacity. The MobileCanningSystems Affiliate Program has been designed to provide entrepreneurs who have a passion for craft brewing with the opportunity to quickly launch and establish a personally fulfilling, financially rewarding, and fun business in a uniquely enjoyable and exciting industry. For more information, visit www.mobilecanningsystems.com, or contact: David Whitten, Managing Director; Tel: 303.395.0639; david@mobilecanningsystems.com


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Saturday, April 13th 2013

Maui Brewing & The Lost Abbey Collaborate on Lemongrass Saison

Lemongrass Saison | Celebrating Spring!

Truly Local, Truly No Ka Oi

LAHAINA, MAUI, HI - 13 April 2013 - Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) is happy to announce their collaboration with Lost Abbey, using 100% local Maui raised lemongrass! Lemongrass Saison is a 5.5% ABV beer utilizing White Wheat, Oats, Pilsner malt, Lemongrass, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops. This first limited release of 2013 will be available starting mid-April in 12 oz. cans and draft. The Lost Abbey is a brewery located in San Marcos, California - famous for their Belgian-inspired beers.

"Lemongrass Saison is a 5.5% ABV beer utilizing White Wheat, Oats, Pilsner malt, Lemongrass, Citra and Nelson Sauvin hops. This first limited release of 2013 will be available starting mid-April in 12 oz. cans and draft."

In total, approximately 500 barrels will be produced out of which approximately 400 bbls will be canned and the difference to be available in draft. "All market areas where MBC is distributed will receive product but specific allocations will be based on sales," explains Garrett Marrero.

How did this project come together? "Well, that was easy enough," tells Garrett, "Tomme wanted to take his family on a little vacation and although San Diego isn't bad in December, Maui is always a winner; and of course, we just had to brew together when he was on island. We have always wanted to can a saison so working with Tomme and Lost Abbey really helped put us on the right path to build a great recipe for the style." Lemongrass is a popular spring seasoning and Tomme and Garrett felt it would accentuate this traditional saison style. "The citrusy notes play well into the style. We also wanted to find a locally raised ingredient to showcase," says Garrett. Tony, our Brewpub Manager adds, "The lemongrass came from James Simpliciano's farm in Ka'anapali. He is one amongst a group of local farmers using traditional Polynesian permaculture farming methods to sustainably grow food on lands once depleted by pineapple plantations."

A total of 150lbs of lemongrass was used for the whole project at a ratio of 30 lbs. per 100bbl batch. "That's a lot of lemongrass. Our whole staff teamed up at different times to get the job done and it smelled great!" explains Darren, Director of Brewery Operations. "Tony assisted greatly in working with the local farmers to allocate the lemongrass and we even went into the fields to harvest some ourselves."

This beer pairs well with "chilling outdoors with friends," tells us Garrett. "Personally, I think it's awesome with chevre and salads, and great with Thai foods." The Lemongrass Saison artwork is a rendering of an old church in Kahakuloa on the northwest side of Maui -- "...we played with the Lost Abbey theme a bit and added a little Maui to it."

Maui Brewing Co. is a truly Hawaiian brewery, and proud to make 100% of their beer, canned and draft, in Hawaii. Recognized as Hawaii's #1 craft beer since 2005, the company has a strong commitment to the local economy and the environment. MBC beers are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. They have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage which can compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting. MBC is also very active in several local Hawaiian charities.

About Maui Brewing Company...

Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii. Contact pr@mauibrewingco.com for interviews, additional information, or media questions. To order for your retail/restaurant/resort establishment, contact sales@mauibrewingco.com.


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Thursday, April 11th 2013

TailGate Beer Introduces New
Superfan Series and Dodgy Knight

TAILGATE BEER INTRODUCES SUPERFAN SERIES AND DODGY KNIGHT
TO GROWING LINE OF AWARD-WINNING CANNED CRAFT BEER

San Diego, CA – San Diego-based brewing company, TailGate Beer, has announced the upcoming release of their first entry in its Superfan Series – Dodgy Knight. At 8% ABV and 95 IBU’s, TailGate Beer’s new Imperial IPA marks its most creative undertaking to date. In building an existing portfolio that features 5% session style craft beers, the Dodgy Knight is the company’s next step in building craft beer awareness. Dodgy Knight will be available in 12oz can 4 packs, and also 1/6bbl kegs on limited allocation throughout TailGate Beer’s current national distribution footprint.

“Growing up in Northern California, near wine country, I grew accustomed to the rollout strategy of nearby wineries. Most nationally successful wineries would start with their “session” wines, and make a small portfolio,” said Wesley Keegan, Owner and Founder of TailGate Beer. “After they built enough distribution, the vintners would start their “reserve series” or similar. We drew a lot inspiration from that strategy at the outset of our business roughly 6 years ago.”

Dodgy Knight, like all other TailGate Beer offerings started as one of Keegan’s experimental homebrews. With an emphasis on extreme hop bitterness, crisp malt character and well balanced finish, this beer has been years in the making. Artistically, the creativity doesn’t stop there. Resident TailGate Beer artist Scott Smith was given the idea behind the series and a blank canvas. Said Smith, “I’ve always enjoyed my artistic freedom with Wes and TailGate. But this was an opportunity few people in my trade are given. To me art is about creative license. I was given the keys to the truck, so to speak.” His completed work became the can label design and his art style will be recognizable in all forthcoming releases in the Superfan Series.

The name and inspiration behind the series is the community of rabid sports fans around the world. These superfans make tailgating the 100 million person community it is in the US today. The Dodgy Knight is British superfan, Adam Goldstein. Adam is best known for his tours around the US where he tailgated every major NFL stadium and most college stadiums. He famously left his life in the UK to come tailgate in the US and cheer on his favorite team – the Chicago Bears. Adam culminated his first journey with an international book he wrote to chronicle his travels, and followed up with another tailgate tour this last fall. Among superfans, Adam is known as the Tailgate Knight. Said Goldstein, “I always thought myself the face of my beloved Bears, but when I found out I was the face of an Imperial IPA, my imperial mind was blown!”

“Adam is one of the kindest, most contagious personalities I’ve ever met. He has a love of beer, food, culture, people, and fun,” said Keegan. “Adam is the living breathing epitome of a tailgating superfan. The fact that he’s from the UK only supports the fact that tailgating is a global activity not limited to only stadium parking lots. I can think of no better person to help us kick off this exciting series.”

Subsequent Superfan Series will feature crowd selected superfans. TailGate Beer will open nominations and online polls on its website to help people select the next face for the next release! The second Superfan release is slated for Novmber, 2013 and is currently listed as an Imperial Stout – clocking in at 12% ABV.

TailGate Beer continues expanding national distribution - with Michigan being its latest state through partnership with American Craft Excellence, a craft beer division of National Wine & Spirits. TailGate continues to hire local in market sales representatives to continue to improve current distribution and support local fans better.

About TailGate Beer

Since it’s founding in 2007, TailGate Beer has created six award-winning hand-crafted ales that combine the unique character of craft brews with the drinkability demanded by everyday consumers. Originally sold in bottles and kegs, TailGate Beer launched 12-ounce cans to the marketplace, beginning in San Diego, in January 2011, eliminating its bottles, while keeping kegs available for bars and restaurants. In addition to a Gold Medal at The San Diego International Beer Competition for Blacktop Blonde (2011 and 2012), an International Gold Medal for Amber Wave (2010), and the International Gold Medal for TailGate Beer Hefeweizen (2009), all TailGate Beer styles have won California State Awards and numerous local and regional distinctions at Southern California competitions. In February 2011, Maxim Magazine named TailGate Beer’s Blacktop Blonde one of its top 52 beers in the US. For more information, please visit www.tailgatebeer.com.

 


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Wednesday, March 20th 2013

Sly Fox to Release New Helles Golden Lager and Pikeland Pils
in Cans with Removeable Lids


SLY FOX INTRODUCING NEW BEER IN AN INDUSTRY FIRST CAN DESIGN

Pennsylvania's Sly Fox Brewing Company has announced that they'll begin offering their Pikeland Pils and Helles Golden Lager, a new year-round beer, in an industry first can that has a removeable lid. Helles Golden Lager cans will be available throughout the Sly Fox distribution market. Pikeland Pils cans will be available exclusively at Citizen's Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. 



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Tuesday, March 19th 2013

Ska Announces Vernal Minthe Stout

Ska Brewing Announces Vernal Minthe Stout: 3rd Seasonal Stout Release

DURANGO, ColoradoSka Brewing is announcing the third release in its Seasonal Stout series: Vernal Minthe Stout, a stout brewed with peppermint, spearmint, cocoa and vanilla beans. The beer will hit shelves on March 20th, the date of the spring equinox. The debut also occurs during Colorado Craft Beer Week, a week of events and tappings celebrating Colorado craft breweries and beers.

“Spring is a good time to brew up a reward for making it through winter, said Ska Overlord of Brewing Operations Bill Graham. “The Vernal Minthe Stout is a treat: sweet, but with great roasted and chocolate notes for balance—and a peppermint note that reminds me of spring. I bet I’m not the only one who could use a reward about now.”

As the saying goes, there’s no reward without risk. “Stout is a beer lover’s beer. It’s one of our favorite styles, but it’s not everyone’s favorite,” said Ska President and co-founder Dave Thibodeau. “There were other styles that probably would have appealed to a broader market, but then I wouldn’t have all these stouts to drink.”

Craft beer drinkers in all of Ska’s U.S. markets will be able to start rewarding themselves around the spring equinox—March 20th —in keeping with the Seasonal Stout Series’ solstice and equinox release dates. The packaging for the Vernal Minthe Stout (artwork below) features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s True Blonde character as the Greek goddess Persephone, who, according to Greek mythology, turned the naiad Minthe into a mint plant in a jealous rage.

Ska will unveil the Seasonal Stout Series’ fourth brand new beer in June, for release on the summer solstice.

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the winter seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale. For information, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Chat us up and get the latest news at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.


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Thursday, March 14th 2013

Beverage World Names Oskar Blues Craft Brewer of the Year


BEVERAGE WORLD NAMES OSKAR BLUES BREWERY "CRAFT BREWER OF THE YEAR"

For Oskar Blues Brewery it seems that the ides of March are nothing to be concerned about. After celebrating 10 years of Dale's Pale Ale in a can last year, expanding distribution into several key markets recently, firing up their new Brevard, North Carolina brewery, and announcing 52% growth in 2012, Oskar Blues can also brag about being named "Craft Brewer of the Year" by Beverage World Magazine.


(click to read the whole article)

On the cover of this most recent issue you'll find Oskar Blues' founder/owner, Dale Katechis, riding one of his REEB bikes - yeah, if you didn't know he also started a company that makes some incredible mountain bikes - between some fermentation tanks. A very fitting image as it represents two things that have played major roles in making Oskar Blues the brewery that it is today. Congratulations from the folks here at CraftCans.Com to all the good people at Oskar Blues. This is certainly well-deserved. You guys may play hard, but you certainly work hard too!

Cheers!

 


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Tuesday, March 12th 2013

SanTan's Mr. Pineapple Coming to Cans this Spring

SanTan Brewing packs pineapple goodness into a can this spring, hitting the Arizona market in March

SanTan Brewing Company’s summer seasonal, Mr. Pineapple Wheat Ale is back and available in the can! Just in time for summer camping trips and cookouts, Mr. Pineapple hits stores in late March.

Winner of a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival competition, Mr. Pineapple is a refreshing and fruity traditional German Wheat ale using white wheat, two-row and Munich malt. It was originally developed as a signature brew for SanTan Brewing Company’s annual Luau celebration during the hot summer months in Arizona. Fresh pineapple is added during the primary fermentation then crushed and cooled to allow the natural flavors to infuse the traditional wheat beer for a refreshing twist. Mr. Pineapple is made with Columbus hops, German wheat and has a hazy straw gold color boasting a 5% ABV and 20 IBU.

12 oz cans of Mr. Pineapple will be available at valley craft beer retailers by the end of March through September, 2013.

In November, 2012, SanTan Brewing Company launched Arizona’s first ever seasonal canned beer series with the introduction of Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale. Mr. Pineapple is the third seasonal brew to don an aluminum suit. To find a pint of Mr. Pineapple near you, visit SanTan Brewing Company’s Beer Detective online at www.santanbrewing.com/find-santan-on-tap.


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Thursday, February 28th 2013

THE GUBNA RETURNS...HARRUMPH!

LONGMONT, CO - This March, GUBNA Imperial IPA will celebrate its 3-year anniversary as Oskar Blues’ hoppiest craft beer in a can.  With a mutated overload of hops, GUBNA will be a limited seasonal release March through May 2013.  GUBNA was moved from a full time offering to a three month limited-release to complement a seasonal series featuring the cyclopean Ten FIDY Imperial Stout (October through February), and a yet to be announced third seasonal slated for June through September.

GUBNA was inbred from Oskar Blues Brewery’s hankering to confront 100+ IBU’s with a single hop to emphasize that complexity of character can arise from simple elements.  This time around GUBNA (10% ABV, 100+ IBUs) cranks up the complexity of hops by piling Cascade hops on top of copious amounts of Summit hops and the backbone of German Dark Munich Malt and Rye Malt. North American 2-row barley combines with the other grains to lay the foundation for the hop onslaught to come. Post-fermentation dry hopping allows this monstrosity to gently coax the citrus rind and grapefruit aroma while providing a rye malt-induced spicy yet round middle and finishing with a brisk, clean bitterness.

“We get off on challenging ourselves and our beer drinkers with hops.  This year’s GUBNA comes from that fire in the belly to up the ante of GUBNA’s motley hop character,” says head brewer Dave Chichura.  For additional details check out Oskar Blues Brewery’s GUBNA VIDEO HERE.

Oskar Blues continues to build on its 52% growth in 2012 and will launch new distribution in Michigan beginning March 4th.  Last year, Oskar Blues expanded distribution to new markets for the first time in four years.  The markets: Chicago, Ohio, Northern Kentucky and founder Dale Katechis’ home state of Alabama each established the largest craft beer launch in territory history topped by 14,000+ case equivalents during the first week in Ohio. 

GUBNA Imperial IPA is available in limited-seasonal quantities (March to May) and sold in 12oz. four-packs priced at $14.99. Oskar Blues Brewery’s GUBNA Imperial IPA is just one of an impressive line-up of boundary-busting canned beer getable in 31 states.   To find out where to purchase Oskar Blues beer visit http://www.oskarblues.com/about-us/beer-locator

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched their craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. They were the first American craft brewery to brew and can their beer. Today there are more than 200 craft breweries canning their beers. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 59,000 in 2011 and grew to 85,750 in 2012 while opening an additional brewery in Brevard, NC for 2013.   

www.oskarblues.com   

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Watch Oskar Blues Brewery’s new video HERE


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Wednesday, February 13th 2013

21st Amendment Releasing Lower De Boom Barleywine in 8.4 oz. Cans


Lower De Boom will be the first craft beer packaged in 8.4 oz. cans

San Francisco, CA – As the story goes, it is 1859 and Shaun and Nico have just arrived in San Francisco for the gold rush. Ten years late. Soon they find themselves in a dinghy in the middle of the Bay thanks to a forged treasure map given to them by scheming shop owner Cornelius De Boom. At the bottom of the bay they discover a treasure chest of rare and perfectly preserved beer. With this “liquid gold” they become wealthy beer barons, buy out De Boom Supply, and unceremoniously show Cornelius the back door. Today, if anyone gives them trouble, Shaun and Nico exchange looks across the bar and say “Lower De Boom.”

Honoring tradition, but adding its signature creative twist, 21st Amendment Brewery today announced the release of Lower De Boom Barleywine, a powerfully balanced American-Style barleywine packed with citrusy hops. Co-founders Shaun O’Sullivan and Nico Freccia said they believe this is the first American craft beer ever to be packaged in an 8.4 ounce can, the perfect size for the traditional barleywine “nip.”

"...Co-founders Shaun O’Sullivan and Nico Freccia said they believe this is the first American craft beer ever to be packaged in an 8.4 ounce can, the perfect size for the traditional barleywine “nip.”"

Notes Brewmaster O’Sullivan, “Historically, barleywines, with their high alcohol, were brewed for their winter warmer quality. The huge grain bill, intense hops and long conditioning time make this beer perfect for savoring from a snifter next to a roaring fire. Enjoy one now and lay another can down as this beer will age quite nicely as the hops pull back and the malt and complex flavors meld together.”

Freccia adds, “When they were first brewed, barleywines were almost exclusively sold in small bottles and we wanted to recapture that tradition in a new way, with a new can. Plus, at 11.5% alcohol, any larger a serving and you might feel like the boom has been lowered on you!”

Cornelius De Boom figures prominently into the story of both 21st Amendment and its new beer. De Boom was a Belgian-born ship owner, who actually made it to San Francisco in time for the gold rush in 1848. De Boom Street, named for him, is the alley which runs alongside 21st Amendment Brewery. The brewery’s De Boom Street entrance is often referred to as “lower De Boom” by brewery employees, and the name is a fitting inspiration for the new brew.

Lower De Boom is chestnut brown in the glass with complex notes of toffee malt, vanilla, burnt bread pudding and piney hops with a slight oak flavor. It is the latest installment in 21st Amendment Brewery’s Insurrection Series, a limited edition, once-in-awhile 4-pack release of a very special beer that rises up in revolt against common notions of what canned beer can be. It will be available in stores and on draft in bars February-March in all seventeen of 21st Amendment’s distribution territories, including CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DC, MD, DE, PA, VA, GA and NC. For up to date availability, events and promotions, visit 21A’s website at www.21st-Amendment.com.

About 21st Amendment Brewery

Hey, we’re Nico & Shaun. We live for great beer. When we opened the 21st Amendment Brewpub in San Francisco in 2000, we vowed to do things differently. To us, the 21st Amendment means much more than just an end to Prohibition. It means the right to brew beer, the freedom to be innovative, and the obligation to have fun.


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Saturday, January 26th 2013

Good People to Release Pale Ale and Coffee Oatmeal Stout in Cans

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Good People Brewing Company has just completed an expansion that will allow its production capacity to increase nearly three-fold.  With that increased production comes that ability to increase its packaging portfolio.  Pale Ale will be the first to reap the benefits and see its canned debut.  It is the fourth Good People offering to be canned.

Pale Ale is Good People’s flagship and part of the “Ales From the Heart of Dixie” line-up – Good People’s five ales available throughout the entire year.  Pale Ale is their most versatile offering, and considered the most accessible year-round beer. 

“As Alabama’s oldest and largest brewery, we take a great deal of responsibility and pride in the fact that we can distribute to the entire state of Alabama, our home state,” says Michael Sellers, co-owner of Good People Brewing Company.  “The expansion allows us that ability.”

The recent expansion is the catalyst for Pale Ale being canned and opens the door for Coffee Oatmeal Stout, the fifth, and final, member of the “Ales From the Heart of Dixie” to be canned as well.  This will allow both retailers and customers the freedom to select their favorite styles from Good People’s diverse catalog.

“It’s huge for us,” confirms Sellers.  “We want to be everywhere, all over the state.  A lot of places don’t offer draft beer, so by having our entire line-up in cans, it allows to access to places where we otherwise couldn’t offer our entire line-up.  It also means more choice for our customers.”

The brewery is also working on plans to eventually offer their seasonal offerings in package.

Michael and Jason are excited about the upcoming release.  They will be available for interviews to discuss the Pale Ale release.  They can be reached at 205.286.2337 or via email at Michael@GoodPeopleBrewing.Com and Jason@GoodPeopleBrewing.Com

Jason Malone, Eric Schultenover, and Michael Sellers founded Good People Brewing Company in 2007.  Initially sold only in select locations in Birmingham, Good People is now sold all over the city and throughout the entire state of Alabama, including Auburn, Dothan, Florence, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, and Tuscaloosa.  The taproom is open daily, and tours of the taproom/brewery are offered on Saturday afternoons.  For more information, visit goodpeoplebrewing.comFacebook, and follow on Twitter


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Thursday, January 17th 2013

Sun King Announces First Two King's Reserve Series Releases


SUN KING'S KING'S RESERVE CANS

TO FEATURE AWARD WINNING BEERS

Indianapolis, Ind. Sun King Brewing Company will release two beers in the new King's Reserve can on January 28th. The King's Reserve is a new 16 oz. resealable Alumi-Tek can that is manufactured by Ball Corporation in Monticello, IN. Sun King and Colorado's Oskar Blues pioneered the use of this vessel last year with the release of Chaka and The Deuce.

"We are excited to share two very special, award winning beers in a brand new package! Batch 333: The Velvet Fog was a 2012 World Beer Cup Gold Medal Winner in the Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale category, and Bourbon Barrel Johan was a 2011 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal Winner in the Barrel Aged Strong Beer category." said Sun King owner/brewer Clay Robinson.

Johan the Barleywine was the first batch of beer produced at Sun King on July 1, 2009, a small portion of which was placed in Bourbon barrels to age. This process imparts even more depth of character to the beer, allowing it to pick up flavor from the Bourbon as well as the oak. There are only 250 cans of Bourbon Barrel Johan available for $25.00 per can with a limit of one per person. Half of the allotment will be available for online reservations beginning January 21st at 12:00 PM (EST) and the other half will be available in the Tasting Room on January 28th. Online reservations will have one week to pick up their beer and whatever is not picked up will be made available to the general public on February 4th.

Batch 333: The Velvet Fog will also be released on January 28th and will be available in liquor stores throughout central Indiana, as well as at the brewery. The Velvet Fog is a Belgian-style Quadruple that was named one of Draft Magazine's 'Top 25 Beers of 2012' in addition to the aforementioned World Beer Cup® Medal. Velvet Fog will be sold in two packs for a suggested retail of $17.50.

For more information on these releases, including which liquor stores they will be available at, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

About Sun King Brewing Company

Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends – Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers–the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations around central Indiana, Sun King has grown into the second-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana. The company's commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions. Visit www.sunkingbrewing.com for more information.


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Thursday, January 3rd 2013

SanTan's Sex Panther Makes Canned Debut on January 7th!

(Chandler, AZ) — Craft beer fanatics and lovers of all things smooth and chocolate know that Sex Panther brings the flavor while taming the panther within. Sex Panther is made with Colonial Rosewood Cocoa and a large dose of chocolate malt—there’s no chance of missing the chocolaty flavors in this brew!

With hints of truffles and molasses, summit hops are added to balance the sweetness. Then, white wheat is added to give Sex Panther a smooth, creamy head that lasts all night long. Sex Panther has a 6.9% ABV and a silky dark chocolate shine. This brew pairs perfectly with smoked meats and sweet treats.

For the first time ever, Sex Panther will be available in 12 oz cans as well as on tap throughout Arizona from January-March, 2013!

In November, SanTan Brewing Company launched Arizona’s first ever seasonal canned beer series with the introduction of Rail Slide Imperial Spiced Ale. Sex Panther is the second seasonal brew to don an aluminum suit. To find a pint of Sex Panther near you, visit SanTan Brewing Company’s Beer Detective online at www.santanbrewing.com/find-santan-on-tap.

About SanTan Brewing Company

Open since 2007 under the leadership of head brewer and owner, Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established a strong reputation as Arizona’s favorite craft beer. In addition to brewing, SanTan features a friendly neighborhood brewpub in Downtown Chandler, which has quickly become one of the top local food and beer destinations in the East Valley.

In 2009, SanTan Brewing began distributing their core and seasonal brews throughout the state of Arizona, operating with a mission to pair craft beer with craft food that would inspire great conversation and good times. The brewpub and SanTan beers have won numerous national and statewide awards including a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival, a gold medal at the 2012 US Open Beer Championships and 2011 Best Brewery in Arizona, selected by the Phoenix New Times.

Visit SanTan Brewing Company at 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ. They’re open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.- 1 a.m. and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Also, check out SanTan Brewing Company online at www.santanbrewing.com and become a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter for more information on upcoming specials and promotions.

 

About HDE Agency

HDE Agency is a full service agency dedicated to expanding client visibility and establishing marketable brand positioning. We offer a wide range of brand development services including public relations, design, advertising, social media, print collateral and event production. By establishing a strong foundation of action based campaigns, HDE Agency strives to transform our clients’ goals and objectives into tangible efforts measurable by an increase of customers, sales and community relationships. Visit HDE Agency online at www.hdeagency.com for a complete list of services and learn about our current projects, events and community engagements through the HDE Agency blog at www.hdeagency.com/blog. HDE Agency can help you expand your reach!


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Wednesday, January 2nd 2013

Wachusett Brewing Company to Release Cans of Light IPA

Westminster, MA — Wachusett Brewing Company celebrated Wachusett Mountain Ski Area’s 50 year anniversary by creating the "World’s 1st Light IPA". An easy drinking session IPA coming in at 4% ABV with 37 IBUs and only 121 calories.  The beer was released at Wachusett Mountain on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 for a private event in honor of the Crowley family celebrating 50 years of business.

Wachusett Brewing Company will add the signature Light IPA to their 12 oz. can portfolio and release a limited amount of draft in March 2013.  Wachusett Light IPA will be available year round along with their other 12 oz. canned products; Green Monsta IPA and Blueberry Ale.  Also released in cans March 2013 will be flagship Country Pale Ale and Summer Ale in newly designed packaging. 

         
Wachusett will release cans of their Country Pale Ale and Summer Ale in March 2013




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Tuesday, December 11th 2012

Ska's Hibernal Vinifera Stout
To Be Released on December 21st

Ska Brewing Announces Hibernal Vinifera Stout:
2nd Seasonal Stout Release

DURANGO, Colorado — Ska Brewing is announcing the second release in its Seasonal Stout series: Hibernal Vinifera Stout, an oak-aged foreign-style stout brewed with Malbec grapes. The beer—in keeping with the series’ solstice and equinox release dates—will be released on the winter solstice, December 21st.

“Winter weather causes most of us to start craving heartier food, and beer is no exception. This beer is 8% Alcohol By Volume (ABV), and the Malbec grapes and oak aging will complement that with a richness and depth that are perfect for the winter season,” said Ska Brewing Overlord of Brewing Operations Bill Graham. “This will be a great beer to have during the cold, short days ahead.”

The packaging for the Hibernal Vinifera Stout, pictured below, features a black, 12-oz. can, with Ska’s True Blonde character as the Sumerian goddess of grapes and the cold season, Ngeshtin-ana. As with all four of the stouts in the Seasonal Stout series, the beer will be released in cans, and distributed in all of Ska’s markets.

According to Ska President and Co-founder Dave Thibodeau, Ska will complete the Seasonal Stout series with two more new, canned seasonal stouts in March and June of 2013. “The Hibernal Vinifera Stout follows on the heels of our Mayan-themed stout, and assuming the 12/21/12 calamity-howlers are wrong, we’ll all live to see its release. Come to think of it, we probably ought to name a beer ‘calamity-howler,’ in honor of all the crazy predictions that don’t come true.”

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen medal-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the winter seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale. For information, music and a good time, visit www.SkaBrewing.com. Chat us up and get the latest news at Facebook.com/skabrew and Twitter.com/skabrewing.   and .


Ska Brewing's Seasonal Stout Releases Thus Far...


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Tuesday, December 11th 2012

SoCal's Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Cans Hitting Shelves Next Week

REDLANDS, CALIF. – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, one of the top 100 craft brewers in the country, has become the first Southern California craft brewery to both can and bottle beer with the release of 12-ounce cans of Helles Lager and Orange Wheat. Hangar 24’s new line of 12-ounce cans are currently available in its tasting room and will distribute to on and off-premise locations in California starting on Dec. 17. The craft brewer is also completing its latest facility expansion to increase production and renovate its tasting room, among other enhancements.

“Aluminum cans will never replace our bottles, but we wanted to give our fans a new way to enjoy Hangar 24,” said Hangar 24 Owner and Master Brewer Ben Cook. “Our new line of aluminum cans gives everyone the option to enjoy Hangar 24 in places where glass is not ideal.”

Along with the portability and durability that aluminum cans provide aluminum is also environmentally friendly and protects the beer from light and oxygen, both of which can alter a beer’s flavor.

In addition to adding aluminum cans to its lineup, Hangar 24 is simultaneously completing the latest expansion to its brewing facility in Redlands, CA. This expansion increases the annual brewing capacity to 35,000 barrels enabling the California craft brewery to keep up with the strong demand.

“The additional improvements that we made at the brewery will allow us to increase our production to meet the higher demand for years to come and to offer all of our fans an improved tasting room experience,” said Cook.

Hangar 24’s expanded brewing facility includes three new fermenting tanks, as well as a truck loading dock, space for a new bottling line to be installed next summer, a lab for testing new recipes and renovated office space. Hangar 24 will also move the current cold box to the new space to accommodate the 500 sq. ft. tasting room expansion and remodel, which will create more room for beer sampling and growler fills.

Hangar 24 is available throughout Southern California and its famed Central Coast. For a full list of on- and off-premise locations carrying Hangar 24 craft beer, please visit Hangar 24 Brewery


About Hangar 24

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery began with a true passion for good beer, the absolute love of flying and the pure enjoyment of being around great friends. Owner and master Brewer Ben Cook and his buddies used to meet at Hangar 24 after an afternoon of flying to trade stories, talk aviation, play music and share a few cold ones that Ben just finished brewing at home. These days, the location where these fine beers are brewed has changed, but the quality time spent enjoying a delicious, handcrafted beer and conversation is the same as ever. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery employs more than 50 team members and its distribution is now spanned throughout Southern California with its addition of another company, Hangar 24 Craft Distribution. Its annual capacity now stands at approximately 35,000 and its Brewery and Distribution Center together employ nearly 100 people.


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Thursday, November 15th 2012

Oskar Blues and Ska Brewing Create Ten Year Caniversary Collaboration

Craft Can Pioneers Oskar Blues Brewery and Ska Brewing CANlaborate on “oSKAr the G’Rauch Smoked IPA” to celebrate the Ten Year CANiversary of Dale’s Pale Ale and Craft Beer In-A-Can.

 

Longmont, Colorado - Craft beer in-a-can pioneers Oskar Blues Brewery and SKA Brewing have come together to create a CANlaboration beer to celebrate the 10 Year CANiversary of Dale’s Pale Ale.  The Smoked IPA, “oSKAr the G’Rauch”, is the first official brewing collaboration between the two breweries that share much of the same Colorado lifestyle. Hell, you can’t spell Oskar without Ska.

The two brewers are ColoRADo kindred spirits of sorts, both hailing from inspiring mountain towns that shape their quality of life while doing things their own deranged way. Oskar Blues became the first American craft brewer to brew and can their beer with Dale’s Pale Ale in November of 2002 and SKA Brewing moved to can their ESB Special Ale a few months later. The two breweries have been leaders of the canned beer movement ever since. They have ridden the five-day “Tour of Bouldurango” charity bike ride from Boulder, CO to Durango, Co that was organized by Adam Avery.  A few years ago Ska purchased Oskar Blues’ canning line and the Oskar Blues crew delivered it through a snow storm to help install the machine and turned the adventure into a week-long ski vacation.

“We talked about doing a special beer for our CANiversary and we instantly knew we wanted to brew it with the Ska crew.  We’re always looking for a reason to get together with those guys.” said Oskar Blues beer traffic control freak Jeremy Rudolf.

“We couldn't be more humbled, brewing this beer with the fantastic brewers and our great friends at Oskar Blues. Ten years ago OB took a great leap of faith with their decision to put Dale's Pale Ale in cans, and we followed suit just months later, and have successfully ridden their coattails for the entire last decade.” said Ska’s Dave Thibodeau.

About the beer…What did oSKAr the G’Rauch say to the face?  Slap!  Aromas of freshly-peeled orange and apricots with a touch of……..smoke? Juicy citrus and fruit flavors dominate but don’t overpower the slightly sweet malt structure. Finish is all citrus rind ping-ponging with some smoky phenols.  8.5% ABV.  MANY IBU.

19.2 oz. cans of the Smoked IPA will debut at the 10th CANiversary party at Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, CO Saturday, November 17th.  The celebration will feature FREE LIVE MUSIC (6pm to 9pm) by “Erik The Viking”and “Interstate Stash Express” before a SOLD OUT show by Los Angeles’s “The White Buffalo” at 9:30pm to 1am. Get all the details about the Dale’s Pale Ale 10 Year CANiversary on November 12th, 2012.

https://www.facebook.com/OskarBluesCANS/events#!/events/349401091819904/

Limited quantities of “oSKAr the G’Rauch” will be available in 19.2 oz. Single-Serve Cans and 16oz. 4-packs at the Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel Taproom and Oskar Blues locations while supplies last.

About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched their craft-brewed hand canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. They were the first American craft brewery to can their beer. Today more than 180 craft breweries are canning their beers. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 41,000 barrels in 2010, grew to 59,000 in 2011 and is on pace for 90,000 in 2012.  While celebrating 10 years of Dale’s Pale Ale the brewery has announced it will begin brewing beer in their new Brevard, NC brewery in December 2012. Visit www.oskarblues.com,  http://www.facebook.com/OskarBluesCans,  @oskarblues  for more information. 

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen award-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Four Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi IPA and the winter seasonal Euphoria Pale Ale. For information, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com. Find out what “calamity howlers” are, chat us up, and get the latest news at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.

 


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Thursday, October 11th 2012

Indeed Brewing Company Flagship Beers Now Available in Cans

MINNEAPOLIS, MN  — Indeed Brewing Company announces the start of their in-house canning operations.

The brewery, which opened its taproom and began wholesale keg distribution in August, will increase production to include packaging 12-oz. aluminum cans.

The company will offer six-packs of their two flagship beers, Midnight Ryder American Black Ale and Day Tripper Pale Ale. The cans, which feature illustrations by local artist Chuck U, will debut in select liquor stores beginning Thursday, October 11 with plans to increase distribution metro-wide as the company grows.

“We’re really anxious to be able to get our beer out there in cans. Canning was such a big part of our start-up plan from the beginning, and the opportunity to share our beer with more people is really exciting,” says co-owner Tom Whisenand.

Statewide, Indeed is the only local craft brewery to offer their beer in 12-oz. aluminum cans. “We wanted to package in 12-oz cans for many reasons, one of which is that they fit in really well with the types of things we like to do. It’s great to be able to throw some cans in a backpack and go for a hike or a bike ride, something that is really hard to do with bottles,” says co-owner Nathan Berndt.

The trend in canning craft beer continues to grow as more consumers become aware of the advantages of cans.

“Cans are just better containers for beer,” says Berndt. “They are completely light resistant, which make them the ideal package for our hand-crafted beer.”

 

For a complete list of locations that offer Indeed beer, visit: www.IndeedBrewing.com.


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Saturday, September 29th 2012

Maui Brewing and Dogfish Head Collaboration Cans Coming Soon

Liquid Bread...Fruit?!
Maui Brewing Co. & Dogfish Head Breadfruit Collaboration!
Truly Local, Truly No Ka Oi

LAHAINA, MAUI, HI - 29 September 2012 - Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) is very proud to announce the upcoming release of their first collaboration with Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales (DFH) of Milton, Delaware. Liquid Breadfruit is an Imperial Golden Ale brewed with 'ulu (local Maui breadfruit) and toasted papaya seeds. This unique beer also utilizes "DNA" (Delaware Native Ale), a special yeast, captured outside a peach farm in Delaware. Liquid Breadfruit marks the third in the quarterly limited releases announced by MBC earlier this year. Earlier releases have been La Perouse White (Spring 2012) and Sobrehumano Palena'ole (Summer 2012). Liquid Breadfruit will be released in October.

Craft brewing wunderkinds Garrett Marrero (MBC) and Sam Calagione (DFH) had talked about a collaboration brew. After reading an invitation from Garrett to her dad, Sam's young daughter, Grier, just couldn't hold back her excitement at the possibility of traveling to Hawaii. So, in part, thanks to a little girl's inquisitiveness and ensuing persistence, plans for the collaboration really started to come together. So, how was the idea for a breadfruit beer born? Sam recalls, "One day I saw an article in a newspaper about breadfruit and it sounded enticing. We had isolated a yeast native to Delaware that has a lot of tropical notes ... I said 'DANG' to myself and shot Garrett an email asking him what he thought about breadfruit." The response was extremely positive and, together, the brewers at DFH and MBC started developing the recipe. This collaborative effort pulled in many ideas - including the use of toasted papaya seeds, Calypso hops and adding additional bread-inspired grains in the beer. And, the name, seemed simple enough to Sam - he says, "I thought it would be cool to call the beer LIQUID BREADFRUIT - since beer has been called 'liquid bread' for centuries."

The Breadfruit Institute of Hana, Maui, Hawaii is an organization that promotes the conservation and use of breadfruit for food and reforestation. Garrett and Sam spoke with Ian Cole and Diane Ragone to learn more about this very important, staple crop of Polynesian cultures. The fruit and seeds of all species of breadfruit are edible and nutritious, providing protein and minerals, and the tree can also provide materials for construction, medicine, fabric, glue, insect repellent, animal feed and more. While this "tree of bread" has the potential to play a large role in alleviating hunger in many parts of the world, it intrigued this duo to do what they do best - to push the boundaries of craft beer! Approximately 2500 lbs. of breadfruit was harvested for the Liquid Breadfruit Project; and 10.5 lbs. of papaya seeds painstakingly harvested by staff and local farmers markets.

Approximately 400 barrels will be produced out of which 4300 cases will be canned and the difference to be available in draft. All market areas where MBC is distributed will receive product but specific allocations will be based on sales. "The only downside to this project is that we had originally scheduled LB for a September release but due to a late breadfruit harvest, this schedule has been pushed back to October," tells us Garrett Marrero. "But all good things take time. Sam and I enjoyed working together on this project and we look forward to being able to share it with our fellow craft beer lovers. The pub batch brewed as a test in April was a HUGE hit at our annual Maui Brewer's Festival." Fans will be sure to enjoy the whimsical and brightly colored graphics on the packaging as well as what is in the can. When Sam sampled the first batch, he said, "it tasted like what it feels like to be on Maui...like nature magnified: tropical and refreshing and lovely."

Maui Brewing Co. is a truly Hawaiian brewery, and proud to make 100% of their beer, canned and draft, in Hawaii. Recognized as Hawaii's #1 craft beer since 2005, the company has a strong commitment to the local economy and the environment. MBC beers are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. They have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage which can compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting. MBC is also very active in several local Hawaiian charities. Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii. Contact pr@mauibrewingco.com for interviews, additional information, or media questions. 


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Monday, August 13th 2012

Baxter Brewing Set to Release
Cans of Hayride Autumn Ale

Press Release

LEWISTON – AUBURN, MAINE

Autumn in New England is a special time in a special place, and Baxter Brewing Company, the acclaimed all-canned craft brewery in Lewiston, Maine, greets the season with the eagerly anticipated release of Hayride Autumn Ale, the second beer in the brewery’s line of limited edition seasonal varieties. Cold conditioned on a bed of American oak, Hayride is a blend of rye malts and exotic New Zealand hops, enhanced with touches of peppercorns, ginger and sweet orange peel, which produces a unique beer perfectly timed for leaf-peeping, apple picking, evenings around the campfire, and hayrides.


(mock up by craftcans.com)

"Cold conditioned on a bed of American oak, Hayride is a blend of rye malts and exotic New Zealand hops, enhanced with touches of peppercorns, ginger and sweet orange peel..."

The autumnal brew pairs especially well with stews, beef roasts, stuffed squash and pumpkin pie. “We were thrilled by the how enthusiastically our first seasonal, Celsius Summer Ale, was greeted by the beer community,” said Baxter Head Brewer Ben Low, who designed both recipes. “The only complaints we got were that no one could keep it in stock,” added company President Luke Livingston. That was especially true after Esquire magazine called it one of only “eight Just-Right Summer Beers - The ones you're always looking for when it's hot out but can never seem to find.” “Hayride is the second in a continuing series of seasonal varieties,” Livingston explained. “We will now always have a seasonal beer in distribution along with our year-’round varieties – Pamola Xtra Pale Ale, Amber Road amber ale, and Stowaway IPA. But based on how quickly everyone sold out of Celsius, I’d guess that there’s going to be a lot of early interest in Hayride, too,” he added.

Hayride Autumn Ale will be available beginning the first week of September, 2012 on draught and in 6-pack cans wherever craft beer is sold. Baxter beers are distributed in Maine by Nappi and Pine State Distributors and in Massachusetts by the member distributors of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance.

More about Baxter Brewing: Located in the Civil War-era Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston, Maine, Baxter was the first brewery in the country to brew more than 5,000 barrels of beer in their first year of operation and was named the 2011 “New Brewery of the Year” by BevNet Magazine. They are also the first brewery in New England to package 100% of its beer solely in metal containers (aluminum cans and stainless steel kegs). The brewery also offsets 100% of its electrical usage every year with EPA-backed wind power credits. Visit their Site or on Facebook

 


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Wednesday, May 9th 2012

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Fest Coming to Scottsdale on May 19th

Over 40 Local & National Breweries To Serve Up 150 Unique Craft Brews 
At Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival on May 19 in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Civic Center set to host canned craft beer festival pouring ice cold beer from more than 40 breweries across the country and featuring headlining performance by Reel Big Fish 

Scottsdale, AZ (May 8, 2012)— Event producer, HDE Agency announced that the growing list of breweries participating in the Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival includes more than 40 local and national breweries. Among the breweries set to represent the craft beer movement on Saturday, May 19 at the Scottsdale Civic Center are several Arizona based breweries including SanTan Brewing Company, Four Peaks Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing and Lumberyard Brewing. Alongside the local brand, breweries from across the country participating this year include Oskar Blues Brewing, SKA Brewing, Maui Brewing, Black Star Brewing, NOLA Brewing, Redhook Brewing, Sierra Nevada and 7 Seas Brewing.

In all, there will be 150 different brews served, several of which are extremely rare beers not previously available in Arizona. Rare beers coming in from across the country include Monk’s Blood a Belgian Dark Ale, 8.3% ABV, from San Francisco based, 21st Amendment Brewery. Then, all the way from Brooklyn, NY, Sixpoint Brewery will feature three of their best brews including the Righteous Ale, the Crisp and the Bengali Tiger—a homebrewed IPA, that’s bright orange in color with an abundance of citrus hop bitterness and a full pine and grapefruit bouquet in the aroma, ABV 6.4%.

Other rare beers to expect include Sunlight Cream Ale and Wee Mac—a Scottish style brown with a hazelnut character and rich toffee undertones, 5.3% ABV from Sun King Brewing in Indianapolis. Also, all the way from Jackson, WY, Snake River Brewing will crack open cans off their Snake River Pale Ale and Pako's EYE-P-A. Finally, Tallgrass Brewing Company from Manhattan, KS will bring the smooth tastes of Midwestern comfort in a can with their Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat, Oasis and Buffalo Sweat—made with a cream sugar to balance the roasted barley to create a rich, complex and delicious brew, 5.0% ABV.

“Last year, we celebrated the canned craft beer revolution and we were impressed at the resoundingly positive feedback from festival goers,” said Anthony Canecchia, owner and head brewer of SanTan Brewing Company. “Beer fans are beginning to appreciate that the can is the superior package for craft beer, and it is our intention to continue educating the world of this fact.”

Patrons will enjoy this bounty of frosty brews accompanied by rockin’ beats when Reel Big Fish and 2Tone Lizard Kings headline the Second Annual Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival from 2-6 p.m. Local bands will perform from noon-1:45 p.m.  Reel Big Fish are best known for such hits as Sell Out, Everything Sucks and Turn the Radio Off.

General admission includes entry into the festival with collectible 4 oz. sample can, which can be used to sample up to 20 beers from participating breweries. 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. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10 and include non-alcoholic beverages.

Presale general admission tickets for the Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival are available for $25 at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com. General admission on the day of is $35. For the ultimate beer lover, VIP tickets are $100 and include general entry with a 4 oz. souvenir can, VIP lanyard for all access and exclusive entry into VIP Beer Garden, unlimited catered food and treats, private restrooms, meet and greet with brewers, and a seat at the Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Championship Awards Ceremony (presale only, while supplies last).

Presented by SanTan Brewing Company, the Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will celebrate the craft beer movement with an awards ceremony, live music, food, a VIP tent, Beer Science Garden and Beer Olympics activities.

This year, the canned craft beer festival has moved to a new venue–the Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater, there festival goers will enjoy more space, more beer and a rockin’ afternoon of ska-punk entertainment. The event runs from 1-6 p.m. Doors open at noon for VIP ticket holders. The Scottsdale Civic Center is located at 3939 North Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council, serving 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.

Event sponsors include, Draft Magazine, Grimaldi’s, Red Hook, World Class Beer, Arizona Society of Home Brewers, Crescent Crown Distributing, Cask, The Full Pint, YELP, The Brew Bros, Hopunion, Local Dines, Discount Cab, CraftCans.com, ReXam, Brewers Supply Group, Marty’s Trophies & Awards and Briess Malt & Ingredients.

About SanTan Brewing Company

Open since 2007, SanTan Brewing Company has made a name for itself as Arizona’s favorite craft beer destination, operating with a commitment to advance the culture of craft beer. SanTan Brewing Company accomplishes this goal through beer production using the highest quality ingredients and methods. In addition to great beer, SanTan has gained a loyal following of craft beer enthusiasts in the Arizona area by offering delicious food, happy hour specials, live music and participating in beer festivals.

Visit SanTan Brewing Company at 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ. They’re open Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Also, check out SanTan Brewing Company online at www.santanbrewing.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanTanBrewingCo or follow them www.twitter.com/SanTanBrewing for more information on upcoming specials and promotions.

About HDE Agency

HDE Agency is a full service agency dedicated to expanding client visibility and establishing marketable brand positioning. We offer a wide range of brand development services including public relations, design, advertising, social media, print collateral and event production. By establishing a strong foundation of action based campaigns, HDE Agency strives to transform our clients’ goals and objectives into tangible efforts measurable by an increase of customers, sales and community relationships.

HDE Agency is one of the largest producers of special events in Arizona with an impressive roster of more than a dozen annual signature events. HDE’s roster of special events includes the Downtown Chandler Oktoberfest, Taste. Chandler’s Culinary Festival, Chandler Summer Splash & Dash and Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. HDE’s most notable signature event, The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival, was designated as an official centennial event in the City of Chandler for 2012.

Visit HDE Agency online at www.hdeagency.com for a complete list of services and learn about our current projects, events and community engagements through the HDE Agency blog at www.hdeagency.com/blog. HDE Agency can help you expand your reach!


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Friday, May 4th 2012

Canny Award Winners Announced:
Best of Craft Beer Can Designs

‘Canny’ Awards Honor Best of Craft Beer Can Designs

Winners Receive Awards at Craft Brewers Conference

BROOMFIELD, Colo., May 4, 2012—The best can graphics in the craft beer industry were on display as part of the first annual “Canny” Awards, a competition that recognizes the high-quality, captivating graphics featured on craft beer in cans. Awards were presented during the Craft Brewers Conference, May 2-5 in San Diego, California.


21st Amendment's Bitter American was awarded "Craft Can of the Year"

During this inaugural competition, 83 craft breweries submitted 231 entries in seven categories. The "Craft Can of the Year Awardwent to Bitter American Extra Pale Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery, with second place going to The Corruption IPA by DC Brau and third place to Johnny’s America IPA by Moab Brewery.

Category winning entries include:

Best Shelf Presence:
Johnny’s America IPA by Moab Brewery

 

Best Graphics Design:
Diesel by Sixpoint Craft Ales

 

Best Use of Color:
Pearl-Snap German-Style Pils by Austin Beerworks

 

Best Seasonal:
Santa Fe Oktoberfest by Santa Fe Brewing Co.

 

Best Character:
Bitter American Extra Pale Ale by 21st Amendment Brewery


 Best Illustration of Beer Name:
Hop-A-Potamus Double Dark Rye Pale Ale by Great River Brewery

 

Best Local Tie-In (State, Town, Geography, Local Activity):
Colorado Kolsch Ale by Steamworks Brewing Co.

The judges panel included: Donna DiGiola of The Art Institute of California-San Diego, Dr. Amy Galpin of The San Diego Museum of Art, Dave Mevoli of L. Knife & Sons, Randy Mosher of Randy Mosher Design, Tom McCormick of California Craft Brewers Association, Robert Fondren of Brewery Collectibles Club of America, Ginger Johnson of WomenEnjoyingBeer.com, Jay Brooks of Brooks On Beer, Ashley Routson of the Beer Wrench Blog, Evan Hughes of Draft Magazine, Chris Fumary and Matt Kennedy of Brewbound/BevNet, and Matt Thomas of Whole Foods.

The “Canny” Awards honor craft beer and the distinctive graphics created in an industry known for unique brands and brews. The competition is sponsored by four leading suppliers to the canned craft beer industry – Ball Corporation, Cask Brewing Systems, Hi-Cone and Mumm Products.

Winners received a custom Canny Award trophy that includes their can graphics and recognition at the Craft Brewers Conference and in industry publications. A complete set of listed winners is available on the “Canny Awards” Facebook page and Twitter.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com.

Cask Brewing Systems launched the canned craft beer revolution when it introduced affordable, small footprint, high-performance canning systems. Cask Brewing puts cans in the hands of craft brewers and their customers worldwide.

Hi-Cone is a leading supplier of plastic-based multipackaging systems for global beer, soft drink, pharmaceutical and general consumer products industries. Hi-Cone is a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE: ITW), a diversified manufacturer of advanced industrial technology.

Mumm Products is a leading supplier of beverage multi-pack packaging and equipment to craft brewers and retailers. Mumm offers tailored products for craft brewers in partnership with Hi-Cone. Mumm supplies low-weight photodegradable carriers to minimize environmental impact and highly efficient application equipment to save labor.


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Wednesday, May 2nd 2012

Oskar Blues Announces NC Brewery

OSKAR BLUES FINDS DOWNHOME VIBE
AT GATES OF 
PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST

Longmont, CO.  Funky little Oskar Blues Grill & Brew started 15 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. That Rocky Mountain trip continues east as Dale finds the same downhome feeling in the rolling hills of Pisgah National Forrest of Brevard, North Carolina.

 
Riders From Sycamore Cycles Reflect on a Great Day of Mountain Bike Riding w/ Oskar Blues Brewery

Oskar Blues, named “The hottest place to be on a Saturday night in Colorado” by Rolling Stone Magazine, has announced plans for a restaurant/music venue and brewery location just off the bike path to Bracken Mountain in the small downtown of Brevard, N.C. The brewery plans to have the soul-savin’ live music venue and brewery up and running by December 2012. 

“I’ve left a bike in Brevard for years as we’ve been coming here to ride mountain bikes and check out our buddies Mountain Song Music Festival.  This place rings true with the same eclectic mountain charm that inspired Oskar Blues to put Dale’s Pale Ale in a can back in the day in Lyons, CO.” says soul-founder Dale Katechis.  “Brevard and Lyons share a small town main street tone mingled with live music and an energy emerging from the surrounding hills.”

Oskar Blues, one of the fastest growing breweries in the country, sells over 35 percent of their beer east of the big muddy river, making for a great opportunity to look into a local location in that area.  They have secured a contract on a 30,000 square foot brewery space along with a 6,000 square foot restaurant/music venue location in downtown Brevard. 

“We’ve looked at the options of growing our Colorado based brewing to the next level and the thought the idea of opening another small, intimate restaurant and brewery on a grassroots level sounds like a lot more fun.” says Dale.  “With that much beer traveling east of the Mississippi it allows us to invest in another small town that shares our passions and recoup the investment as we contribute to the community and streamline our shipping costs amongst other things.”

Oskar Blues has worked hard to keep that hands-on feel with small Colorado projects like their Hops & Heifers Farm, that provides homegrown beef, pork and vegetables to their restaurants, and handmade mountain bikes with REEB Cycles as the brewery & restaurants have been blessed with growth.  “It’s important to us to keep that trailside comradery amongst each other and the community.” said Katechis.

 

Click HERE to read the Mountain Flyer Magazine article around Oskar Blues Brewery’s recent trip to “The Assault on the Carolinas” cycling event in Brevard, NC.  You can also view images from the Oskar Blues built REEB Cycles HERE via Facebook. 

 

ABOUT OSKAR BLUES

Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer. For additional info, interviews, images or samples please contact Chad Melis at chad@oskarblues.com, # 720.273.8888 or visit www.oskarblues.com 



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Tuesday, May 1st 2012

Oskar Blues & Sun King's Chaka
to be First Ever Craft Beer in
16 oz. Resealable Aluminum Bottles

OSKAR BLUES BREWERY AND SUN KING BREWERY COLLABORATE IN CRAFT BEER’S NEWEST CAN PACKAGE

Longmont, Colo –Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery and Indiana-based Sun King Brewery  have created a CANlaboration project to unite the brewer’s friendship and passion for pushing the boundaries of craft beer in a can.   The two brewers have traveled between locations for months and are excited to bring you CHAKA, a limited-release Belgian-style ale -- the first craft beer to be packaged in the Alumi-Tek® re-sealable pint bottle from Ball Corporation. CHAKA will be released May 3rd 2012, at the Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego in each attendee’s hotel room and special events throughout the weekend.   The following week the brewers will make limited quantities at Oskar Blues Tasty Weasel and in Sun King’s home market.

The connection between these two breweries is deeper than the fact that they both can their beer. Oskar Blues head brewer, Dave Chichura, began his professional brewing career in Indianapolis fifteen years ago where he became friends with Dave Colt and Clay Robinson, the two brewers who created Sun King. The three friends have been talking for years about working together on a collaborative beer, so when the opportunity came to assist in the introduction of a new packaging option for craft beer, it was an easy yes.

The end result is an 8 percent A.B.V. Belgian-style ale crafted with a blend of ingredients from each brewery’s home state: Shagbark Hickory syrup from Hickoryworks in Trafalgar, Ind.; grain from Colorado Malting Company; and a special yeast blend from Brewing Science Institute, also in Colorado. Brewers from both breweries worked together to formulate the recipe and traveled between Colorado and Indiana to brew at both locations.  


Dave Chichura of Oskar Blues with Dave Colt and Clay Robinson
from Sun King brewing up some Chaka!

“Until we undertook this project, only large breweries and beverage companies had access to this type of packaging,” said Clay Robinson, Sun King co-founder. “Sun King and Oskar Blues worked closely with the Ball Corporation and Cask Brewing Systems to design and build a simple, functional small scale system that will allow craft brewers to take advantage of this unique packaging option.”

Oskar Blues is a pioneer in the craft canning movement as the first American craft brewery to can their beer with the release of Dale’s Pale Ale in 2002. They have grown to become the largest American craft brewery to package beer exclusively in cans, producing 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011.

Sun King began crafting beer in the summer of 2009 and has grown to become one of Indiana’s largest breweries, producing nearly 10,000 barrels of beer in 2011. Sun King was the first Indiana craft brewery to can their beer and the first brewery ever to create a customizable can for their seasonal and specialty beer releases.

“Unique packaging like the Alumi-Tek bottle provides both Oskar Blues and Sun King the differentiation we need to make our limited-release beers and B.Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer (Oskar Blues Brewery) distinct from our core lines.” said Chad Melis, marketing director of Oskar Blues Brewery. “Craft beer in aluminum bottles is another step forward in the evolution of craft beer.”

      image by Oskar Blues

CHAKA will be available in limited supply at Oskar Blues locations and to-go via The Tasty Weasel Taproom in $15.99 6-packs.  You can get your hands on CHAKA and meet the brewers from both breweries at the below Craft Brewers Conference events in San Diego:

Wednesday May 2nd 9pm – BLIND LADY ALE HOUSE

Can Diego Event – Featuring Canned Craft Beer from 6 Industry leading Breweries

Thursday May 3rd 7pm – TIPSY CROW

CHAKA After Party – CHAKA plus Barrel Aged offerings from Oskar Blues Brewery.

About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded by Dale Katechis in 1997 as a brewpub and grill, Oskar Blues Brewery launched their craft-brewed beer canning operations in 2002 in Lyons, Colo. They were the first American craft brewery to can their beer. Today more than 173 craft breweries are canning their beers. The original crew used a hand-canning line on a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont packaged 41,000 barrels in 2010 and grew to 59,000 in 2011. Visit www.oskarblues.com for more information.


About Sun King Brewing Company

Sun King Brewing Company is the brainchild of Dave Colt and Clay Robinson. With the help of family and friends – Omar Robinson, Andy Fagg and Steve Koers – the first keg of Sun King beer rolled out the door for delivery in July 2009. Sun King is the first full-scale production brewery in Indianapolis since Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948. Now available on tap and in cans at hundreds of locations around central Indiana, Sun King has grown into the third-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana. The company's commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions. Visit www.sunkingbrewing.com for more information.


About Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit www.ball.com


About Cask Brewing Systems

Cask Brewing Systems launched the canned craft beer revolution when it introduced affordable, small footprint, high-performance canning systems. Cask Brewing puts cans in the hands of craft brewers and their customers worldwide. Visit www.cask.com for more information.

 


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Thursday, April 26th 2012

Oskar Blues Presents Burning Can
June 9th in Lyons, Colorado

Burning Can is Back!

Lyons, Colorado – The Oskar Blues born Burning Can Beer Fest is back for round two and they’re teaming up with Lyons Outdoor Games to bring you everything craft beer in a CAN offers: fresh, earth-friendly beer in a portable container that takes you to your next soul-saving outdoor adventure.

As Dale’s Pale Ale approaches its tenth year, Oskar Blues invites all beer lovers to celebrate the REVOLUTION of big-flavored craft beers served up in cans in their hometown of Lyons, CO. Set amidst the backdrop of beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park in Bohn Park on June 9th, 2012, Burning Can adds a national craft beer twist to the world class events of the Lyons Outdoor Games

Burning Can offers samples of canned craft beer from 25+ innovative breweries across the country jammed in the middle of live music, food trucks (including Oskar Blues’ Bonewagon), Burning Can 1 Mile Run and the dirt-jump bike competition as world class kayakers are running the river.  Now in its 11th year, the multi-sport competition of  the Lyons Outdoor Games has grown into a world-class celebration of mountain sports drawing heavy hitters from the outdoor industry over three days from June 8th to 10th.

“The Lyons Outdoor Games attract world-class athletes but also offer many opportunities for beginner and intermediate athletes to learn and develop skills under the downhome, grassroots feel of Lyons, CO.” says Dave Cosgrove, Lyon’s Park and Recreation Director. The South Saint Vrain creek is the definition of steep, manky, roadside class V+  for boaters in Colorado and has become the stage for the renowned Adam Barron Memorial Creek race.   This race is the highlight of the Lyons Outdoor Games kayaking events providing world class athletes an opportunity to “sack up”.  Tao Berman is a reigning two-time champion, while World champion Scott Shipley is determined to dethrone the king and ward off the young guns thinking they’re up to the task.

In addition to kayaking and biking, the Games offer events for fly fishing, climbers, runners and even dogs (yep, there are two dog events – the K9 Cannonball & K9 Speed Retriever!). On Saturday, June 9th, is the Burning Can 1 mile run, a jump-start-your-day running race around town that puts you right where you want to end up – at the beer fest!

 

What would a CANNED beer festival at an outdoor-sports celebration be without recycling? Green Girls Recycling, based out of Boulder, has signed up to be our official recycling team. All money raised from Lyons Outdoor Games recycled cans will be donated to our beneficiaries.  Canned craft beer has many benefits including defending beer from the damages of sunlight, an air-tight seal that allows less oxygen into the beer creating a fresher tasting beverage. Aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable and are lighter to ship, reducing the environmental impact. Last, but not least, you can take CANNED beers where your next soul-saving adventure takes you….including places where glass isn’t allowed and where you need to “pack it in, pack it out.”

Oskar Blues will feature live music all weekend at their Grill & Brew location including a soon to be named big act for Sunday.  All proceeds from the event go to the Lyons Department of Parks and Recreation and the Colorado Brewers Guild, two groups that embody the soul of Oskar Blues. The Colorado Brewers Guild is a key player in the continued growth and celebration of Colorado’s craft beer industry. Lyons Outdoor Games is a tribute to the sports of the great outdoors.

For a full list of events at the 2012 Lyons Outdoor Games visit: www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of. Receive $5 off of the day-of ticket price if you ride your bike to the festival as Bicycle Longmont will be providing bike valet.

Tickets are available at http://2012burningcanbeerfestival.eventbrite.com/

There is ample camping at Bohn Park and Meadow Park in Lyons and More information about lodging is available at http://www.lyons-colorado.com/lodging/lodging.htm#camping.

 

 

ABOUT OSKAR BLUES BREWERY
Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer. For additional info, interviews, images or samples please contact Chad Melis at chad@oskarblues.com, # 720.273.8888 or visit www.oskarblues.com 


 

ABOUT LYONS OUTDOOR GAMES
Originally known as the Lyons Whitewater Festival, the Lyons Outdoor Games was created 11‐years ago as a fund-raising vehicle for the Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Events.  In addition to a full complement of world class kayaking, biking, fly fishing, chainsaw carving and even dog events, the 2012 Games will feature live music along with numerous clinics and exhibitions put on by some of the world’s most elite professional athletes. www.lyonsoutdoorgames.com

 

ABOUT COLORADO BREWERS GUILD
CBG is a trade association dedicated to the Colorado craft brewing industry and facilitates educational beer activities in Colorado.  The CBG sponsors a variety of beer events throughout the state each year designed to increase awareness and appreciation of Colorado brewed beer.   For information about the Colorado Brewers Guild and its member breweries: www.coloradobeer.org. 

 

ABOUT HUMAN MOVEMENT
Human Movement, a local event management company, is partnering up with the Lyons Department of Parks & Recreation and Oskar Blues to present the 2012 Lyons Outdoor Games and the first ever inclusion of the Burning Can Beer Fest.

 


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Monday, April 23rd 2012

Tin Roof Launches Blonde Ale Cans

TIN ROOF BREWING COMPANY LAUNCHES TIN ROOF BLONDE CANS 

BATON ROUGE, LA (April 23,2012) - Tin Roof Brewing Co. is kicking off the summer with two very exciting announcements.

First, the brewery is pleased to launch the very popular Tin Roof Blonde in 12oz aluminum cans. The cans will hit store shelves in the Baton Rouge area starting Tuesday, April 24th. Other local markets, including New Orleans and the Northshore area, will begin seeing Tin Roof Blonde cans in early May.

"We’re extremely excited to finally have Tin Roof Blonde in cans” said William McGehee, Tin Roof co-founder. “Louisiana outdoor activities are heating up, and this beer in a can is the perfect fit.”

Cans are rapidly becoming a popular package for well respected craft breweries across the country. They are lighter than bottles, chill faster, and require less fuel to transport. “Cans are also the most recycled package in the world, and they protect the beer from the degrading effects of light and oxygen," McGehee added.

Tin Roof is also thrilled to announce their first seasonal offering, Tin Roof Watermelon Wheat. The American wheat beer is brewed with Louisiana watermelon and is set to release in just a few short weeks. Tin Roof Watermelon Wheat will be available on draft only for several months this year.

According to Tom Daigrepont, Tin Roof’s brewmaster, the recipe for the new brew has been in development for several months. “We’ve worked really hard perfecting this beer,” said Daigrepont. “We had to experiment with several different yeast strains until we found one that melded just right with the watermelon.” The brewery credits their commitment to the use of local ingredients as their inspiration for the unique brew.

 

 

About Tin Roof Brewing

Tin Roof Brewing Company was founded in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and began operations in November 2010. Brewery tours and tastings are held every Friday from 5:00-7:00. For more information, follow Tin Roof on Twitter, find them on Facebook, or visit www.tinroofbeer.com.

 


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Tuesday, April 17th 2012

Upslope Releases Belgian Pale Ale


Upslope Belgian Style Pale Ale

Upslope Brewing Company announces the continuation of its Limited Release Series.

Second in the can, but first to the podium, Upslope Brewing Company is proud to announce its Limited Release Belgian Style Pale Ale.

This bright, Belgian-inspired ale has a fruity aroma, with a flavorful and light body. The finish is crisp and dry, and laced with coriander.

“The beer that won our brewery’s first medal has always been a special one”, says Matt Cutter, Founder. “It was the 2009 Great American Beer Festival and our brewery was only ten months old. We were awarded a bronze in the Pro-Am Category which celebrates the bridging between home and production brewers. We were still essentially homebrewers ourselves.”


About Upslope Brewing Company

Upslope Brewing Company, a microbrewery located in Boulder, Colorado, taps into the beer enthusiasts’ active lifestyle by offering superior quality hand-crafted ales in cans. The teaming of fine ales in cans allows Upslope’s products to be fresh, portable and delicious.


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Tuesday, April 10th 2012

Baxter Releasing Celsius Summer Brewery's First Canned Seasonal

A NEW SUMMER TASTE FOR NEW ENGLAND

LEWISTON, MAINE; April 10, 2012 

Baxter Brewing Company, the acclaimed all-cans craft brewery in Lewiston, Maine, will release its first seasonal beer, Celsius Summer Ale, next week. “With our distribution now taking us to over 1,000 locations in Maine, and across the state of Massachusetts, we’ve had lots of demand for a series of seasonal varieties,” said Baxter founder and CEO, Luke Livingston. “And there’s no better way to start than with this really special, deliberately different new ale, ideal for warmer weather and warm weather activities; just right for picnics and the beach, sailing, hiking, softball; golf, with balls or discs; or just kicking back and relaxing.”

The distinctive recipe for Baxter’s Celsius Summer Ale is the brainchild of interim head brewer, Ben Low. “Celsius has a solid base of citrusy American hops,” Low said, “which gives us a crisp bitterness, without overpowering the summery touches that make this beer so unique: lemon and lime peel, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass. And while it’s intended to accompany warm-weather activities, it pairs great with summer foods, too – lobster, clams, oysters; green salads, curried chicken salad; burgers and hot dogs; Italian ice. Did I mention lobster? I think this is the start of another great New England summer tradition.”

“This may be the most refreshing beer I’ve ever tasted,” Livingston added. “Celsius is the first of what will be a continuing series of seasonal beers. We’ve been really gratified by the extraordinary reception for our first three varieties (Stowaway IPA, Amber Road amber ale, and Pamola Xtra Pale Ale), and we’re thrilled to be able to provide a seasonal selection from now on, too.” Celsius Summer Ale is already available on tap in the Baxter Brewing tasting room in the historic Bates Mill, 130 Mill Street, Lewiston, Maine. Tours are conducted at noon, 2:00 and 4:00, Thursdays through Sundays, or by appointment.

More about Baxter Brewing:

Located in the Civil War-era Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston, Maine, Baxter was the first brewery in the country to brew more than 5,000 barrels of beer in their first year of operation and was named the 2011 “New Brewery of the Year” by BevNet Magazine. They are also the first brewery in New England to package 100% of its beer solely in metal containers (aluminum cans and stainless steel kegs). The brewery also offsets 100% of its electrical usage every year with EPA-backed wind power credits. Baxter Brewing varieties are distributed in Maine by Nappi Distributors and Pine State Distributors; and in Massachusetts by the affiliates of the Massachusetts Beverage Alliance.


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Tuesday, April 3rd 2012

Maui to Can Sobrehumano Palena'ole
Collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin

 

Maui Brewing Co. Announces Collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

LAHAINA, MAUI, HI - Maui Brewing Co. (MBC) is proud to announce a collaboration with Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (JPAA) of Ann Arbor, Michigan to create a very special beer, Sobrehumano Palena 'ole. This will be Maui Brewing's first collaboration released in a can. The release is scheduled for June 8 at SAVOR, an annual craft beer and food exposition held in Washington DC, and will reach all 11 states Maui Brewing Co. beers are available.

Sobrehumano Palena 'ole is a red ale brewed with liliko'i and cherries. MBC and JPAA will both brew this beer; however MBC will use standard fermentation while the JPAA version is a barrel aged sour. The beers will be packaged both by MBC (in cans) and JPAA (in bottles). MBC will produce approximately 4000 cases and 80 barrels in draft of the Maui version.

 

Sobrehumano Palena 'ole is a red ale brewed with liliko'i and cherries.

Ron Jeffries of JPAA tells us a little about how this project came together, "John and Garrett were planning their collaborations for 2012 and because John is from Michigan and coming home for the holidays my name came up. This whole idea came together really fast -- just weeks before John's visit. It's been a very challenging blend to develop -- I'm super-excited about it and a little intimidated at the same time. I've been enchanted by Hawaii for years and it's been great to work with everyone at MBC and get to know them. I always enjoy collaborations but this one is something really special."

Just like the beer itself, the name, Sobrehumano Palena 'ole, is a blended Spanish-Hawaiian term meaning "superhuman" and "without limits". John Walsh of Maui Brewing Co. says, "I think the names for the beer are a perfect fit. When we started this there were literally no limitations or boundaries placed on the project whatsoever. That type of latitude is rare. Collaborating with Ron and Jolly Pumpkin has been a dream of mine for years. It's an honor to see it become reality."

John was also behind the idea of the artwork that will grace the MBC cans and JPAA bottles. While each design is different, both renditions include an acknowledgment of the distance in miles from Lahaina, Hawaii to Ann Arbor, Michigan. "The idea for the artwork has been floating around in my head for years. Given Ron's love of Hawaii and our shared interest in paddle boarding, it came together nicely," comments John.

About Maui Brewing Company

Maui Brewing Co. is a truly Hawaiian brewery, and proud to be wholly produced in Hawaii. Recognized as Hawaii's #1 craft beer since 2005, the company has a strong commitment to the local economy and the environment. MBC beers are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. They have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage a which can compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting. MBC is also very active in several local Hawaiian charities.

Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii.


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Sunday, April 1st 2012

MillerCoors to Release Cans of Coors Light India Pale Ale


THIS IS NOT REAL

HAPPY APRIL FOOL'S DAY!

MillerCoors Extends Coors Light Brand with new India Pale Ale


MillerCoors today said it has received approval from the TTB for labeling of 16 oz. cans of Coors Light India Pale Ale.

In an effort to further the branding of the third best selling beer in the country and to compete in the same market as beers such as Shock Top IPA, MillerCoors hopes to entice some fence-sitting beer fans with a penchant for hops.

“We need to respond to the market shift. Our customers are seeking to enjoy our entire lineup of products and we owe it to them to continue to expand that lineup and offer beers that will appeal to a wider range of tastes. Coors Light India Pale Ale will defintiely surprise some folks in the craft segment but we've got many talented brewers who truly can make a great tasting light beer with full hop flavor!” said James Teska, Vice President & Chief Brand Manager of MillerCoors. “This is the type of beer that should attract some new consumers to our brand and that is important to us as a company.” 

MillerCoors and rival Anheuser-Busch InBev have been losing market share to the craft segment for years and both have been releasing craft-style beers in an effort to make up some ground.  

“We have listened strongly to our customers and many have mentioned that they'd like to see something akin to a "session-style" India Pale Ale. We respect their opinions and we hope this product will meet their demands, and that of new consumers as well.,” Teska said. 

MillerCoors will sell Coors Light India Pale Ale in limited markets initially to measure interest and could do a nationwide release in time for summer.

Coors Light India Pale Ale is brewed with Cascade and Chinook hops from brewery-owned hop farms. It is 5.2% alcohol by volume and has 55 IBUs (International Bittering Units).

“The hops we've chosen for this beer will add a bright citrus flavor and refreshing finish, and both compliment our beer extremely well. I think people will be impressed by this product and we look forward to continuing to bring new products to the market and to enable our talented brewers to show off their talents,” Teska added. 

About MillerCoors 
Built on a foundation of great beer brands and more than 288 years of brewing heritage, MillerCoors continues the commitment of its founders to brew the highest quality beers. MillerCoors is the second largest beer company in America, capturing nearly 30 percent of U.S. beer sales. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of highly complementary brands across every major industry segment. Miller Lite is the great tasting beer that established the American light beer category in 1975, and Coors Light is the brand that introduced consumers to refreshment as cold as the Rockies. MillerCoors brews full-calorie beers Coors Banquet and Miller Genuine Draft; and economy brands Miller High Life and Keystone Light. The company also imports Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and Molson Canadian and offers innovative products such as Miller Chill and the Sparks line of caffeinated alcohol beverages. MillerCoors features craft brews from the Jacob Leinenkugel Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company and the Blitz-Weinhard Brewing Company. MillerCoors operates eight major breweries in the U.S., as well as the Leinenkugel’s craft brewery in Chippewa Falls, WI and two microbreweries, the Leinenkugel’s 10th Street Brewery in Milwaukee and the Blue Moon Brewing Company at Coors Field in Denver. MillerCoors vision is to become the best beer company in America by driving profitable industry growth. MillerCoors insists on building its brands the right way through brewing quality, responsible marketing and environmental and community impact. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company.


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Friday, February 10th 2012

Brewery Vivant Becomes First LEED Certified Commercial Brewery

Congratulations to Jason and Kris at Brewery Vivant! This is a great achievement and symbolizes their dedication to being environmentally conscious and to being a concerned member of their community. Lots of great things lie ahead for this Michigan brewery. Cheers!

Brewery Vivant becomes first LEED certified commercial brewery in the United States. Mayor George Heartwell of Grand Rapids to commemorate the event at the plaque dedication ceremony.

Brewery Vivant was awarded LEED Silver (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation for their sustainably designed microbrewery and pub located in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids. The environmentally conscious business becomes the first commercial brewery to achieve such designation which is governed by the Washington DC Based USGBC (United States Green Building Council).

GRAND RAPIDS, MI - Brewery Vivant owned by husband wife team Jason & Kris Spaulding, opened its bustling neighborhood pub and microbrewery just over a year ago in a historic funeral home built near the turn of the 20th century. Despite the challenges and extensive renovations needed to convert the existing building into the manufacturing and public site, the company feels great about its location.

"This project proved to be a real challenge as not only did we need to retrofit an existing building to LEED standards, but we also had to conform to Historic Preservation standards” comments Keith Winn, President of Catalyst Partners whose company managed the LEED portion of the project. Winn adds “Despite the challenge, we loved working on this project as it ended up having such a positive impact on the neighborhood. The owners made a big commitment to repurpose a building that was a vacant eyesore and transformed it into a vibrant community-gathering place.” According to a recent study by the National Trust for Historic Buildings retrofitting an existing building to make it at least 30 percent more efficient is almost always a better bet for the environment than constructing a new building.

The brewery, which specializes in Belgian and French inspired beers, has incorporated many sustainable practices into their day-to-day operations. Their company goals are not just financially motivated. “Being a sustainable company means being concerned about more than just the bottom line. When we make decisions we weigh the impacts on our community as well as the environment.” says Kris Spaulding, Sustainability Director and Co-Owner of Brewery Vivant. The company offsets 100% of their energy usage through purchasing RECs (Renewable Energy Credits). Kris adds “While the brewery does not have a turbine on the roof, we purchased RECs from Renewable Choice Energy so that all the energy the we use each year is replaced by energy produced renewably on a wind farm.”

The company distributes its beer throughout the State of Michigan and plans to enter the Chicago market this summer. However, don’t look for bottles of beer sitting on shelves, the brewery only ships its beer in aluminum cans. “After researching the full environmental impact of canning vs bottling it was an easy decision once the data was in front of us. Not only are the cans better for the environment but our beer will actually taste better out of a can as the beer is better protected from the negative effects of sunlight and oxygen.” comments Jason Spaulding Brewery Vivant President. “People also love to take our beer where bottles can’t go like camping, boating and golfing. Until recently there were almost no craft beer options.”

The LEED plaque will be dedicated by Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell at a ceremony taking place at the Brewery Vivant Pub on Feb 16 at 5:30PM. The company will debut its East Hills Organic Ale made with organic grains and 100% Michigan grown organic hops. A portion of proceeds sold this day go to benefit FRESH. Field Research in Earth Science Happenings is a summer program designed to help middle school students in the Grand Rapids Public School System gain a firm background in science and help them become comfortable in nature.

    

For further information and details please see the Sustainability and News/Media section of our website.


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Friday, February 10th 2012

Intution Ale Works First Florida Craft Brewery to Can their Beer

We've got a winner in the race to be the first Florida craft brewery to can their beer! Intuition Ale Works will begin selling cans of their People's Pale Ale tomorrow! 

Intuition Ale Works Releases Beer in Cans
The Jacksonville craft brewery is the first in the state of Florida to sell canned beer

Jacksonville, FL – On Saturday Intuition Ale Works will begin selling cans of People’s Pale Ale, their flagship ale, out of their Riverside tap room.

The craft brewery is the first in the state of Florida to sell their product in cans. According to owner and brewer Ben Davis, “it was something of a race as there are three Florida-based craft breweries that will can their brews this year.”

Intuition Ale Works will can three of their brands. I-10 IPA and Jon Boat Coastal Ale will join People’s Pale Ale as Davis works out the kinks in the canning process. All three styles should be available sometime in mid-March at retail locations in the Jacksonville area where better craft beer is sold. The cans will be released in Saint Augustine and Fernandina later this year. Intuition Ale Works will be working closely with their distributor, Champion Brands, to manage the growth and distribution of their canned products.

Davis says it was an easy decision to choose cans instead of bottles. “Cans preserve the quality of beer better than bottles because they are airtight and keep out light. They are also better suited to the Florida climate and lifestyle as they cool down more quickly and are better for taking on a boat, a golf course or the pool since you don’t have to worry about broken glass.” Davis also cites environmental advantages to using cans as they are easier to recycle, more often recycled and weigh less than glass.

Cans of People’s Pale Ale will be available from the 720 King Street brewery by the six-pack or the case beginning Saturday at 1pm until their initial stock runs out.

For more information, please visit www.intuitionale.com or contact Cari Sánchez-Potter at (904) 540-6390 or cari@intuitionale.com.


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Tuesday, January 24th 2012

Two Brothers Brewing to Release Outlaw IPA in Cans in April

Exciting news from the folks at Two Brother Brewing Company! Look for cans of their Outlaw IPA this April! Check it out...Cheers!


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Friday, November 4th 2011

Ball to Bring Imperial Pint-Sized Cans to North American Market


A New Can Size is on the Way

For most of the past decade craft brewers that have chosen to can their beers have been doing so in 12- or 16-oz. cans. That is likely to change in the near future with this news from Ball Corporation, the can manafacturer which supplies a majority of the aluminum cans for the craft brewing industry. Which brewery will be the first to utilize this new can size? We shall have to wait and see...

Ball Corporation First to Introduce Popular European Can Size in North America

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 4, 2011— Ball Corporation [NYSE: BLL], the largest supplier of beverage cans in the world, is the first beverage can supplier to manufacture a 568mL can – about 19.2 ounces –  in North America. The new can size extends Ball’s global beverage can portfolio leadership.

"The 568mL can, often called a royal or imperial pint in the United Kingdom, offers Ball’s North American customers a new option to differentiate their brands and appeal to consumers,” said Robert M. Miles, vice president, sales, for Ball's metal beverage packaging division, Americas. "Can size has proven to be an important element of branding and Ball now offers more than 20 can sizes worldwide.”

The sleek looking 568mL beverage can’s unique size – approximately the height of a 24-ounce can and the diameter of a 16-ounce can – provides beverage makers with valuable on-the-shelf differentiation and is ideal for energy drinks, teas, alcoholic beverages and other premium products.

As with all Ball aluminum beverage cans and aluminum bottles, the 568mL can contains the highest percent of recycled content on average of any beverage substrate, chills quickly, is stackable and 100 percent recyclable.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2010 sales of more than $7.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com/.


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Friday, October 28th 2011

Craft Beer's First Belgian-Style Tripel in a Can: Velvet Rooster


Craft Beer's First Belgian-Style Tripel in a Can: Velvet Rooster

Manhattan, Kansas -  Tallgrass Brewing Company is releasing the industry's first canned Belgian-style Tripel under the auspicious name of "Velvet Rooster." Velvet Rooster began shipping this week in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans and in kegs.

"Andrew Hood, our head brewer, put together this amazing brew as his first test batch when he came to Tallgrass. I tasted it and wanted to can it that day," said Tallgrass founder Jeff Gill. "Traditionally, Belgian-style Tripels take themselves very seriously, but we just couldn't do that. We had to give it our Tallgrass-twist, and Velvet Rooster was born."


Velvet Rooster being canned

Velvet Rooster is in the Trappist tradition of Belgian Tripels with sweet tones gently hiding its strong alcohol bite (8.5% ABV). The beer pours a golden straw color and is topped with a lofty pure white head that unveils the beer's strong floral and fruit aromas.

"Velvet Rooster is in the Trappist tradition of Belgian Tripels with sweet tones gently hiding its strong alcohol bite (8.5% ABV). The beer pours a golden straw color and is topped with a lofty pure white head that unveils the beer's strong floral and fruit aromas."

The taste is clean but complex, starting with hints of fruit and sweet malt, with just a touch of candy sweetness at the end. The beer's Champagne-like effervescence provides a crisp offset to its sweet finish.

According to www.craftcans.com, a website dedicated to promoting craft beer in cans, Velvet Rooster is the first of its kind. "As far as I know, Tallgrass's Velvet Rooster is the first canned Tripel in the world," said Craftcans.com co-founder Russ Phillips. "Tripels are usually in serious looking bottles with stuffy names. I wonder what the Trappist Monks would think of their heritage in a 16-ounce can with a psychedelic rooster on it?"


The first cans of Velvet Rooster were shipped this week

The Tallgrass website playfully says of their latest creation,"It is smooth and carefully crafted, like a fine velvet painting."

In association with National Craft Beer Week in May, Tallgrass gave the public a limited preview of the brew. Velvet Rooster was a featured craft beer at select Old Chicago Restaurants in the Midwest. This small sampling left many people asking when they could take home a can of this amazing brew. The answer is now.

Tallgrass Brewing Company was started in Manhattan, Kansas, in 2007, by homebrewer/ex-geologist Jeff Gill and his wife Tricia. Tallgrass’s products include Velvet Rooster, Ale, IPA, Buffalo Sweat Stout, Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat, and Oasis. Tallgrass declared its "Canifesto" in May of 2010 and began exclusively using cans for its non-draft product. Tallgrass is now distributed in 15 states.

 


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Thursday, September 8th 2011

CANFEST tickets are now on sale!

Taste an eclectic collection of canned beer at Reno’s CANFEST

Tickets are on sale now for the 3rd annual international canned beer festival

RENO, NV – CANFEST, the world’s first international canned beer festival, is bringing the can back in style, proving to consumers that some of the world’s most unique combinations of hops and malts are now available in a new generation of canned beer.

CANFEST will showcase an alluring variety of canned beers in the Reno Ballroom for the third consecutive year on November 12. Tickets are on sale for the event now.

With each $25 ticket, attendees will receive unlimited tastings from a diverse collection of brewers including Big Sky Brewing Co., Oskar Blues Brewery, Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Tallgrass Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., and many more. Many brews sampled at the event are unavailable in the immediate Western region of the U.S.

“CANFEST provides beer enthusiasts opportunities to taste anything from a Montana pale ale, Colorado traditional pilsner, and West Coast unfiltered Porters, all in one place,” said Doug Booth, co-founder of Buckbean Brewing, organizer of the event. “Once people see the variety available in cans, their perception of canned beer will never be the same.”

CANFEST is made possible by event sponsors The Aluminum Association, Mutineer Magazine, Buckbean Brewing Co., Abbi Public Relations, The Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, Wound-Up Studio, and Bourns Productions.

Buckbean Brewing, the largest production microbrewery in Western Nevada, founded CANFEST in 2008 to celebrate the benefits of canning beer. Long regarded as a symbol of inferior beer, the can has come into its own in recent years as beer drinkers realize that cans offer superior protection from sunlight and oxygen infiltration, and the containers are much more portable and environmentally friendly than their glass counterpart. In 2002, the first microbrewery began canning craft beer; today over 130 breweries can at least one of their beers, according to the CraftCans.com database.

Tickets purchased online prior to the event are $25. As an incentive to buy early, if you purchase before October 13 it’s automatically a VIP ticket, no price difference. A VIP ticket to the only international canned beer festival in the world allows guests to enter the festival one hour early, where you can participate in Mutineer magazine’s VIP hour, and sample the wide collection of brews before general ticket holders. To purchase tickets online visit Ticketmaster.com or the Silver Legacy’s onsite box office.

For more information on CANFEST contact Constance Aguilar from Abbi Public Relations at constance@abbipr.com or by calling 775.323.2977. For more information on CANFEST, please visit canfestreno.com.


Utah's Bohemian Brewery's booth last year


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Thursday, August 25th 2011

Sun King's Oktoberfest to be Brewery's First Canned Seasonal


Sun King Shows Off Its O-face
Oktoberfest To Be Released On Draft, In Cans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: August 25

(Indianapolis) – Fall is nearly here and Sun King is celebrating the coming season with the release of Oktoberfest, our take on the classic German lager.

Oktoberfest will be tapped on Thurs., Sept. 1 and the tapping will be accompanied by live music from Alpine Express and food from King David's Dogs. The tapping ends at 9 p.m. but the party will extend well into Sept. as Oktoberfest is the first seasonal beer to be canned by Sun King Brewing Co. During the second week of Sept., cases will be delivered to select Indianapolis-area liquor stores as well as the coolers in Sun King's Tasting Room. Sun King will publicize these locations via the company's official Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Sun King's Oktoberfest has a clean malty start with a slightly spicy hop note and a crisp, dry finish. If you would like to speak with us about this tapping or any other issues pertaining to Sun King, craft beer, or Indiana’s growing brewing industry, please contact Neal Taflinger at (317) 602-3702 or taffy@sunkingbrewing.com.

 

    
Sun King's canned releases thus far...

About Sun King Brewing Co.: Founded in 2009 by two award-winning commercial brewers, a mechanical engineer, and a veteran of the food distribution business, Sun King Brewing Co. won Indianapolis’ heart in 2010 with its lineup of stellar house beers (Sun Light Cream Ale, Wee Mac Scottish Ale, Bitter Druid ESB, and Osiris Pale Ale) and artfully crafted seasonal and specialty Lagers, Pilsners, Porters, Stouts, American IPAs, Belgian Wits, American Wheat beers. Less than two years after rolling the first full keg out the door, Sun King has grown into the third-largest beer brewer in the state of Indiana. The company’s commitment to handcrafted seasonal and specialty beers has been rewarded with multiple medals at the Indiana Brewers Cup, Great American Beer Festival®, and World Beer Cup® competitions.

 


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Thursday, July 7th 2011

New Belgium Brewing Announces
Can Line Expansion

 

Ft. Collins, CO – July 7, 2011 - New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce it is breaking ground on a 16,000 sq. foot can line addition to its bottling hall. The new system, manufactured by KHS, will increase New Belgium’s canning volume capacity six fold.

"The new system, manufactured by KHS, will increase New Belgium’s canning volume capacity six fold."

“Cans have been a great addition to the packaging portfolio for us,” said New Belgium spokesperson, Bryan Simpson. “We first introduced Fat Tire cans in 2008 and we’ve since added Sunshine Wheat and Ranger IPA. Sales have been ahead of projection and we’re fortunate to be able to accommodate demand.”

New Belgium’s current can line features a 9-head filler with a capacity of 60 cans per minute while the new system will feature a 40-head filler capable of filling 360 cans per minute. The system can package both 12-oz and 16-oz cans.

The addition itself will be constructed just east of New Belgium’s current bottling facility on the brewery’s fifty-acre campus in Fort Collins, CO. The building process should run through the end of the year with first beer off the line some time in January. Neenan Company of Fort Collins is contracted for construction.


New Belgium's current canned lineup

We wanted to know more about this move from New Belgium and what it means as far as future canned offerings go and canned beer output by the brewery. Thanks to Brian Simpson from New Belgium for being so quick to answer our questions! Cheers!

(CC) Was this a move brought on by demand or one that was made based on where the market is going?

(BS) Demand. We were somewhat optimistic going in but demand has exceeded our expectation right out the gate.


(CC) What does this new canning line mean as far as canned beer output from New Belgium?

(BS) Volume-wise we can potentially produce six times the volume we could on our current system but that is likely a ways out. Our hope is to double can production in the next couple years.


(CC) Does this mean a lot more cans of Ranger IPA hitting shelves (we truly hope so)?

(BS) I think it's safe to say all currently canned brands (Fat Tire, Ranger and Sunshine Wheat) will all increase in volume.


(CC) We saw that the new canning line can accommodate both 12- and 16 oz cans, any thoughts on whether New Belgium might put some beers in pint cans?

(BS) That'd be fun wouldn't it? ;^) Can't imagine we'd resist that opportunity.


(CC) Will we see some new offerings in cans from New Belgium once this canning line is up and running?

(BS) We're definitely looking at existing brands and potential new brands for a good fit and given the fact that we like to experiment and play around I think that's almost a definite.

 


New Belgium's CEO, Kim Jordan, and their current canning line

 

About New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces eight year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.newbelgium.com.

For further information, please contact:

Bryan Simpson, 970-494-2698

bsimpson@newbelgium.com


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Monday, June 27th 2011

Sun King's Johan the Barleywine Specialty Can Release Information

Sun King's first beer becomes its first specialty can release!

WHO: Sun King Brewing Company

WHAT:  Johan the Barleywine Can Release

WHEN: 11 a.m. on Friday, July 1.

WHERE: Sun King Brewing Company 135 N. College Ave., (317) 602-3702

COST: Free to attend, $15 per can of Johan the Barleywine, limit two per customer

KEY POINTS: Sun King's first beer becomes its first canned specialty beer. Sun King pioneered the customizable can, which will be the small package delivery system for the brewery's seasonal, specialty, and barrel-aged beers. Johan the Barleywine has been aged for two years. Sun King is releasing 700 16-ounce cans of Johan the Barleywine - once it's gone, this recipe will never be made again.

 

"Sun King is releasing 700 16-ounce cans of Johan the Barleywine - once it's gone, this recipe will never be made again."


Named in honor of a dearly departed friend who was instrumental in both Dave and Clay's brewing careers, Johan the Barleywine was the first beer ever brewed at Sun King Brewing Co. in July of 2009. The beer was cellared immediately; half of it was released on tap for the brewery's first anniversary in July 2010 and half of it is being released in cans for the brewery's second anniversary on July 1, 2011. Sun King Brewing Co. pioneered the customizable can in early 2011 and Johan is the first barleywine ever to be released in cans. This particular recipe will never be made again.

Barley wine is a strong style ale. At 10% ABV and 60 IBU, Johan delivers a huge malt punch balanced with Pacific Northwest hops. This portion of the one-off batch has been cellared for two years; the flavors are integrated and the subtler aspects of the beer come through in ways they didn't on the day it left the fermenter.

Sun King is releasing 700 16-ounce cans of this very special beer on Fri., July 1 and we have created a free online ticket that gives the ticketholder the right to purchase up to two (2) cans of Johan the Barleywine. Once a customer claims his or her ticket, he or she can come to the brewery anytime between July 1 and July 28 during regular business hours to purchase your allotment. Johan the Barleywine will sell for $15 per can and reserve tickets are available now. We will not ship cans of Johan the Barleywine - all purchases must be made in person. If reserved cans are not purchased by July 28 they will be made available for purchase in the Tasting Room.

The beer in the can is special but the can itself is special as well. Early in 2011 Sun King pioneered the customizable can, allowing craft brewers to legally can and distribute small batches of seasonal and specialty beers. Johan the Barleywine is the first beer to grace the inside of the specialty can but it it will soon be joined by other limited release Sun King beers.

 

"The beer in the can is special but the can itself is special as well."

Again, if customers wish to reserve the right to purchase up to two (2) cans of Johan the Barleywine, please go here immediately and claim your tickets. This can release is likely to sell out quickly so please don't delay. If you miss your chance to reserve cans ahead of time, we will have a second allotment of 350 cans available for purchase on a first come, first served basis starting on Fri., July 1.


Cans can be reserved here - https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/184493.

If you would like to speak with us about any other issues pertaining to Sun King, craft beer, or Indiana’s growing brewing industry, please contact Neal Taflinger at (317) 602-3702 or taffy@sunkingbrewing.com.

 

For more about Sun King's "customizable can" check out:

Indy's Sun King Brewing Expands and Innovates


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Tuesday, June 21 2011

Canned Craft Beer is Coming to LA

NEW ARTISANAL BREWERY LAUNCHING IN LOS ANGELES  

Further establishing L.A.’s craft beer acclaim, Tony Yanow and Meg Gill
are set to open Golden Road Brewing this fall

Los Angeles, CA (June 2011) – The ever-growing craft beer scene in Los Angeles is about to get bigger. Come September, L.A. will get a new craft beer brand of its own: Golden Road Brewing in North Atwater Village, CA. The start-up artisanal brewery will aim to begin production of more than a thousand barrels in its first year and grow in the coming years.

At the helms will be CEO and co-founder Tony Yanow (Tony’s Darts Away), who has tapped some of the most talented and well-regarded professionals in the craft brewing industry to bring Golden Road Brewing to full fruition: Meg Gill (formerly of Oskar Blues Brewery and Speakeasy Ales and Lagers) is the other co-founder and will serve as president. She will be one of the youngest female brewery owners in the world. Jon Carpenter (formerly of Dogfish Head) will bring a true mix of art and science to his role as Brewmaster.

“We are all craft beer fanatics and we are all passionate about building a business that produces world class beer here in L.A.,” said Yanow. “Having Meg and Jon as the two cornerstones here, I have great confidence that we can achieve our goals. We’ve got the makings of one hell of a team.”

San Diego native Jon Carpenter is excited about moving back to Southern California: “I can’t wait to get back out west and brew some beer. I am sad to leave Dogfish Head but the opportunity to work here and build Golden Road from the ground up was too good to pass on.”

Golden Road will concentrate primarily on brewing hoppy California-style ales and will branch into other styles as well. The team is holding exact product descriptions close to their chests until they perfect their recipes on production scale batches. One thing they are not being quiet about is their decision to can beer rather than using the craft standard of bottles. “We’ve already purchased our first canning line,” said Gill. “And we feel great knowing we’ll be putting our products in the right package, so we can deliver flavor, and economy to our drinkers without sacrificing our commitment to quality or the environment.”

"One thing they are not being quiet about is their decision to can beer rather than using the craft standard of bottles. “We’ve already purchased our first canning line,” said Gill. “And we feel great knowing we’ll be putting our products in the right package, so we can deliver flavor, and economy to our drinkers without sacrificing our commitment to quality or the environment.”

“L.A. is one of the fastest growing craft beer communities in the country. We have a few great breweries around L.A. and many up north and down south. We see the beers that are being demanded by drinkers but a lot of them just aren’t easily available or accessible to the general public,” said Yanow. “With Golden Road Brewing, we really want to help bridge that gap by providing local, reliably top quality craft beers that people can easily find and will really enjoy.”

Golden Road Brewing will be laid out in a three-building campus at the northernmost tip of Atwater Village. The distinctive primary colored buildings are easy to spot, just off Interstate 5 and Highway 134. The blue building will be production, the red building will be barrel room & storage and the yellow building will be for offices, on-site sales, and eventually a pub and beer garden. Tours of the brewery will be available to the general public.

Golden Road Brewing is located at 5410 W. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90039. Golden Road on Facebook

For more information regarding Golden Road Brewing, please contact 
Kat Nguyen or Jill Sandin at JS2 Communications, 323.866.0880 
 knguyen@js2comm.com or jsandin@js2comm.com

also check out DrinkEatTravel for some great pictures!


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Friday, May 13th 2011

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival to Stream Awards
Ceremony Online

Best canned beers will be honored at a special ceremony THIS Sunday, and YOU can view the ceremony at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com

Chandler, Ariz. – May 13, 2011 – The Ameri”CAN” Canned Craft Beer Festival, presented by Whole Foods Market, will host its awards ceremony on Sunday, May 15, and the event will be streamed online at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com. The judging session will take place from 9 am - 4 pm on May 15. A private Awards Dinner is scheduled from 5 pm-8 pm from the Courtyard Marriott Chandler Fashion Center, but is closed to the public. Anthony Canecchia, the owner and head brew master of SanTan Brewing Company, will emcee the awards ceremony.

The awards ceremony will precede the inaugural Ameri”CAN” Canned Craft Beer Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2011, from 2 pm through 6 pm in Historic Downtown Chandler, AJ Chandler Park West (3 S. San Marcos Place). Both events conclude American Craft Beer Week.

Select canned beers will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze medals awarded in nine categories: IPA; American Pale Ale; English Pale Ale; Wheat Beers; Stouts and Porters; Ambers and Browns; Golds, Blondes, Pilsners and Light Lagers; Fruit; and Specialty Beer.

All beer will be judged according to the 2011 Beer Style Guidelines. All judges are professional brewers, BJCP certified or Cicerones certified. The ACCBF awards medals for excellence in 10 categories and does not necessarily award medals to the top three finishers in a particular category. When judges decide a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they award gold, silver and bronze medals for the first, second and third place beers, respectively.

Gold - A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.

Silver - An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma and appearance.

Bronze - A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma or appearance.

If judges believe that no beer in the category meets the quality and style-accuracy criteria, they may elect not to award a medal. Judges may award a beer with a silver or bronze medal and yet not award a gold medal.

An unprecedented lineup of national and local breweries will participate in the competition including 21st Amendment Brewing (CA), Anderson Valley Brewing Company (CA), Bavik (Belgium), Baxter (ME), Big Sky Brewing Company (MT), Blue Moon Brewing Company (CO), Bohemian (UT), Breckenridge Brewing (CO), Buckbean (NV), Caldera (OR), Crispin Cider (MN), Four Peaks Brewing (AZ), Grand Canyon Brewing (AZ), Leinenkugel’s (WI), Lumberyard Brewing (AZ), Mammoth (CA), Maui Brewing (HI), Mogollon Brewing Co. (AZ), Mudshark Brewing (AZ), New Belgium Brewing Company (CO), Oskar Blues Brewery (CO), Papago Brewing (AZ), Prescott Brewing Co.(AZ), SanTan Brewing Company (AZ), SKA Brewing Company (CO), Sun King Brewing (IN), Tailgate Brewing (CA), Tallgrass Brewing (KS) and Wittekerke (Belgium).

Ameri”CAN” Canned Craft Beer Festival is presented by Whole Foods Market and brought to you by Draft Magazine, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Marriott Courtyard/ Fairfield Chandler, Ball Corp, Hopunion, World Class Beverages, Breiss, CraftCans.com,  Fullpint.com, Marty’s Trophies, and hosted by SanTan Brewing Co. A portion of event proceeds will benefit Ear Candy, a 501c3 Phoenix charity that provides youth access to music education.

For more information, visit www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com.

 


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Wednesday, March 2nd 2011

Narragansett Bock Cans Released

 

Providence, RI – The Famous Narragansett Beer announces the seasonal release of its spring craft brew, Narragansett Bock. Distributed throughout New England at leading package stores, bars and restaurants, Bock will be available on draught and, for the first time, in ‘Gansett’s signature 16oz. Tallboy cans.

Narragansett Bock is brewed under the supervision of award-winning Brewmaster Sean Larkin at Trinity Brew House in Providence, RI and Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, CT with light and dark Munich malts, Pilsner malt, Malted Wheat, and hopped with Northern Brewers and Hallertau hops. A traditional Bavarian helles lager beer, Narragansett Bock is deeply flavorful with a rich golden color and full body. Drier, hoppier, and slightly more bitter than a traditional bock, it still has a relatively low hop flavor, making for an extremely approachable craft experience. Narragansett Bock is 6.5% Alcohol by Volume and 32 IBUs.

Narragansett Bock originally debuted in the 1930s after the repeal of Prohibition. Its popularity grew quickly due in large part to the annual Bock Beer Festivals held on the brewery’s grounds each spring. The English translation of ‘Bock’ is literally ‘ram,’ and is the reason that the ‘Gansett’s Bock Tallboy can features the animal in paying homage to German lore surrounding the beer’s history. Many believe the brew’s name originates from the abundance of billy goats that descended from the mountains in spring when the beer was brewed, while others claim that the term was used metaphorically to reference the strength of the beer.

For further information on Narragansett Bock or to find a retailer near you, visit: www.narragansettbeer.com/products/bock

 

    
Narragansett's Fall and Winter Seasonal Releases

 

ABOUT NARRAGANSETT BEER:

Narragansett Beer….. Brewed since 1890, ‘Gansett is a straight-forward,quality beer that has been a New England tradition for generations, producinga classic family of award winning American lagers & ales. Today ‘Gansett is produced at top-rated breweries in Rochester, NY and Latrobe, PA, with their craft-brews being produced in Providence, RI and Pawcatuck, CT.

Narragansett Lager is available for purchase in local restaurants, bars and liquor stores throughout New England, Florida, Southern New York, Eastern Pennsylvania, and Western North Carolina.

Thirsty for more? Visit: www.narragansettbeer.com


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Monday, January 17th 2011

San Diego's TailGate Beer
Announces Distribution in Cans

AWARD WINNING CRAFT BREWING COMPANY, TAILGATE BEER,
ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION OF 12-OUNCE CANS

The Official Beer of Tailgating™ is the first San Diego-based
brewing company to offer craft beer in a can

(San Diego, CA) January 17, 2011 - San Diego-based craft brewing company, TailGate Beer, has announced that the first shipment of 12-ounce cans of its Blacktop Blonde will arrive in San Diego and be available to consumers by the end of January. The first-ever San Diego brewing company to offer award-winning craft beer in a can, TailGate Beer bridges the gap between the unique characteristics of craft brews and the “drinkability” of mainstream beer enjoyed by most consumers in the form of cans. 

“I’m very excited to be bringing our 12-ounce cans of TailGate Beer Blacktop Blonde first to our hometown of San Diego,” said owner and founder, Wesley Keegan. “San Diego is renowned for its great craft beer industry and we’re proud to be the first locally-based brewing company to bring cans to the market here and soon, throughout the country.”

Founded solely on his own savings and finances in 2007, Wesley Keegan, a San Diego resident, believes TailGate Beer offers a marriage of both the craft beer loving and tailgating lifestyles.  “People everywhere like to tailgate and the lifestyle it represents - from the big game to a backyard gathering- and we’ve found that consumers want an inexpensive, quality brew that’s going to compliment that casual setting. TailGate Beer provides just that- a hand crafted, award winning beer that is delicious, price competitive and easy to drink in a can!”

Keegan and his late father came up with the idea for TailGate Beer in 2004.  With moral support from his father, Keegan, originally a casual home brewer, initially piloted a few batches of recipes of his own design for entry into the Great American Beer Festival. After receiving recognition and acclaim from his peers, Keegan entered into a contract brewing operation, which has since blossomed into a full-fledged partner brewing agreement. After his father’s sudden passing in 2010, Keegan has moved forward to making his father’s dream for TailGate Beer become reality. Despite impressive growth, Keegan still remains present to physically brew every batch of TailGate Beer, just as his father and he had planned.

Distribution plans include an initial focus on the west coast and the Midwest. In March, TailGate expects to release the gold medal winning Hefeweizen in a can.

About TailGate Beer

Since its founding in 2007, TailGate Beer has created six award-winning hand-crafted ales that combine the unique character of craft brews with the drinkability demanded by everyday consumers. Originally sold in bottles and kegs, TailGate Beer launched 12-ounce cans to the market, beginning in San Diego, in January 2011, eliminating its bottles, while keeping kegs available for bars and restaurants.  In addition to an International Gold Medal for Amber Wave (2010) and the International Gold Medal for TailGate Beer Hefeweizen (2009), all TailGate Beer styles have won California State Awards and numerous local and regional distinctions at Southern California competitions. In January 2011, Maxim Magazine named TailGate Beer’s Blacktop Blonde in its 3rd Annual Beer Awards. For more information visit www.tailgatebeer.com.

 


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Thursday, December 23rd 2010

Ska Brewing Moves To
Regional Craft Brewer Status

 

Good things come in threes! This is our third Ska Brewing related post in a row and its certainly great news for them. They've maxed out of microbrewery status and moved on to regional craft brewery status. Congrats to everyone at Ska, what a way to end the year! We look forward to next year and great things ahead. - CraftCans.Com

 

Ska Brewing Moves To Regional Craft Brewer Status

DURANGO, COLO., (Dec. 23, 2010) —Ska Brewing announced today that they have brewed more than 15,000 barrels of beer in 2010, moving them from the “microbrewery” designation to the more important sounding “regional craft brewery” designation. This change means that Ska is no longer the largest microbrewery in the United States, and instead has just become the nation’s smallest regional craft brewery.

The American Brewers Association designates breweries that produce less than 15,000 barrels a year as microbreweries, while regional craft breweries are those that produce between 15,000 and 2,000,000 barrels annually. As of July 31, 2010, the Brewers Association reported 534 microbreweries in the United Sates, and 71 regional craft breweries.  

Dave Thibodeau, Ska President and Co-Founder, tells the story: “It’s amazing how much your life can change in the course of a day. Just yesterday we were king of the ‘micros’ at 14,957 barrels, ruling the land with an iron-clad brew glove, and now here we are 20 hours later scraping the bottom of the regional barrel.”

The change in status caps a year of milestones for the Colorado regional craft brewery in which they celebrated their 15th anniversary, announced double-digit sales growth and had over a dozen signs made that say “REGIONAL CRAFT BREWER PARKING ONLY”.

“I put one up this morning,” says Thibodeau.

 

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and now produces over a dozen award-winning beers including the Pinstripe Red Ale, True Blonde Ale and Steel Toe Stout. Three Ska beers are now widely available in cans: ESB Special Ale, True Blonde, and Modus Hoperandi India Pale Ale. For more information, music and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com


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Friday, December 3rd 2010

Maine's Baxter Brewing Breaks Last Barrier, Has Labels Approved

(LEWISTON, MAINE) DECEMBER 2, 2010 – With all its equipment, licensing and permitting in place, the last remaining impediment to production for Baxter Brewing Co., in the historic Bates Mill, Lewiston, Maine, was federal approval of its labels. That approval was issued by the Alcohol and Tobacco Taxation and Trade Bureau (TTB) today, clearing the way for the innovative new venture to start brewing beer.

“Since all our beer will go into cans – and kegs – and not bottles, we will not be using paper labels. So having the content of our labels receive federal approval is really, really significant,” explained Baxter founder and President, Luke Livingston. “Our labels will be imprinted directly on our cans, so we couldn’t have our cans fabricated until the content was approved. And we have to order cans by the truckload, so there’s considerable lead time,” he added. Cans will be supplied by Ball Corporation, and will be filled and packaged on state-of-the-art equipment provided by Cask Brewing Systems of Calgary, Alberta, CN; it is the only such equipment in use in New England.

“This ensures that we will have full distribution throughout Maine in January (2011),” Livingston said. The brewery plans to release its two flagship varieties – Pamola Xtra Pale Ale and Stowaway IPA – in January. Distribution will be provided by Pinestate Beverage of Gardiner, ME and Nappi Distributors of Gorham.

Pomola Xtra Pale Ale, named for the Abenkai god of weather on Mt. Katahdin, features subtle, sophisticated flavors from choice barley and select hops combined with cold conditioning that give this beer its exceptional drinkability.

Technical Specifications: 4.9% ABV / 27.5 IBU’s

5 Different premium malts including 1 from Aroostook County, Maine

4 different hops, 2 from small Willamette Valley, Oregon growers

Pure, soft water from Lake Auburn, Maine

Stowaway IPA is an agressively hopped, west coast-styled IPA, unique among IPA varieties brewed in New England. Its bold, complex flavors with a solid malt backbone and assertive hop profile, along with cold conditioning give this beer its crisp, clean finish.

Technical Specifications: 6.9% ABV / 69 IBU’s

5 different premium malts including 1 from Aroostook County, Maine

6 different hops, 2 from small Willamette Valley, Oregon growers

Aggressively dry hopped during conditioning

Pure, soft water from Lake Auburn, Maine

 

About Baxter Brewing Company

Founded by company President & CEO Luke Livingston (who is joined by Director of Brewing Operations/Head Brewer Michael LaCharite), Baxter Brewing Co., LLC is the first craft brewery in New England to can its entire line of beers. Located in the historic Bates Mill in Lewiston, Maine, Baxter beers will be distributed throughout the state of Maine in the winter of 2010/2011 and across northern New England in 2011-2012.

CRAFTCANS.COM NOTE: The cans above are just mock-ups and are not real.


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Tuesday, September 28th 2010

Oskar Blues releases lineup of hot sauces made with 5 of their beers


Some like it hot!

I seriously want to try some of these brand new hot sauces from Oskar Blues! In fact, I want to make some wings with each of these and pair them with their respective beers. Call me OCD. Below is the press release I just received from the folks at Oskar Blues: 

LONGMONT, Colo. – Looking for the perfect  gift for those that like it HOT? Nothing goes down better with hot food than an ice-cold craft beer. For this reason Oskar Blues Brewery, producer of the number one craft beer in a can has created a line of beer infused hot sauces that include one of each of their craft beers. Enjoy your favorite Oskar Blues beer and choose from Old Chub Scotch Ale Hot Sauce, Dale’s Pale Ale Hot Sauce, Mama’s Little Yella Pils Hot Sauce, Gordon Hot Sauce and Ten FIDY Hot Sauce, to add to your meals.
 
Oskar Blues Rocky Mountain signature hot sauces are a collaboration created by the Oskar Blues Home Made Liquids and Solids restaurant head chef Jason Rogers and Danny Cash Hot Sauces.  These inimitable sauces are used in the Oskar Blues restaurants (Grill & Brew, Home Made Liquids & Solids, The Old Chub Way) great food. Home Made Liquids and Solids is known for their famous smoked wings and they also feature a Ten FIDY Ghost Wing Challenge. The wings are so hot and spicy that if guests can consume two pounds of wings and drink an Oskar Blues beer all within 15 minutes, they receive a special “Get Weaponized” ghost wing challenge t-shirt & the meal is on the house.
 
Box up the perfect gift with matching Oskar Blues beer and hot sauce, choosing from one of the following:
 
Ten FIDY Imperial Stout Hot Sauce: Holy Hot! Ten Fidy hot sauce, made with ghost chile. This one is for the very brave. Brewed in small batches just like the Oskar Blues cult favorite Ten Fidy.

Mama’s Little Yella Pils Hot Sauce: Hot Mama! Hot sauce made with Mama's Little Yella Pils and Serrano peppers.

Dale’s Pale Ale Hot Sauce: Chipotle hot sauce infused with Dale's Pale Ale.
Old Chub Scotch Ale Hot Sauce: Old Chub Scotch Ale blends beautifully with this cayenne hot sauce.

Old Chub Scotch Ale Hot Sauce: Old Chub Scotch Ale blends beautifully with this cayenne hot sauce.

Gordon Imperial Red Hot Sauce: Sweet and Hot, mango Habaneras hot sauce infused with Gordon. Great on shrimp or fish tacos.
 
Oskar Blues signature hot sauces are priced at $6 except for the limited edition Ten FIDY Hot Sauce, which is priced at $10. Sauces can be ordered online at: www.oskarblues.com
 
Set in the heart of Colorado craft beer country, Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons began canning its beers in November of 2002 with a hand-canning line in the 60- year-old barn next door to their funky little brewpub.  Although it’s now a full- throttle canning operation that is quickly expanding its cult-like following across the nation, Oskar Blues remains true to its original mission of simply blowing minds with what can come out of a can of beer.

 


 
ABOUT OSKAR BLUES - Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer.   For additional info, interviews, images or samples please contact Chad Melis at chad@oskarblues.com, # 720.273.8888 or visit www.oskarblues.com

 


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Friday, September 24th 2010

BYOB (Bring Your Oskar Blues) Cans

BYOB (Bring Your Oskar Blues) TO HOLIDAY PARTIES 

LONGMONT, Colo. – What are you bringing to holiday parties this year? BYOB.  Next time you are in the liquor store shopping for a holiday party, remember BYOB (Bring Your Oskar Blues). BYOB, the number one craft beer in a can that is turning heads and blowing minds of what to expect from a craft beer in a can. BYOB and know that even the hardest to please wine drinking partier will go head-over-heals for one of Oskar Blues’ six taste bud tantalizing brews.
 
Dreading a holiday party?  Need a conversation starter?  Really looking forward to bringing something crafty to the party, BYOB. With conversation starting names like the Oskar Blues winter seasonal Ten FIDY Imperial Stout, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, or Old Chub Scotch Ale the conversations are sure to get groovy.
 
BYOB and be an Oskar Blues craft beer connoisseur with this brief and easy to remember history:
 
Set in the heart of Colorado craft beer country, Oskar Blues Brewery in Lyons began canning its beers in November of 2002 with a hand-canning line in the 60- year-old barn next door to their funky little brewpub.  Although it’s now a full-throttle canning operation that is quickly expanding its cult-like following across the nation, Oskar Blues remains true to its original mission of simply blowing minds with what can come out of a can of beer.
 
This year the beer can turned 75 and is just beginning to see its success in craft beer. The success started when Oskar Blues purchased its first small hand-canning machine from Cask (www.cask.com) and then worked with Ball Corp (www.ball.com) to produce small batches of cans in order to make it economically viable to start the canned craft beer movement. At the time Oskar Blues had no idea that eight years later they would be one of 70+ canned craft beer brewers and would be such a driving force in the evolution of craft beer.


Beer Freshness Advantages: Cans provide an environmentally responsible and superior package for craft beer.  They offer complete protection from the damages of UV light and create a superior seal compared to bottle caps.  The seal created between the aluminum can and aluminum lid allows lower levels of ingressed oxygen which increases shelf life and serves the consumer fresher craft beer.
 
Environmental Advantages: Aluminum is infinitely recyclable. Cans allow breweries to reduce their carbon footprint due to weight and volume shipping advantages. One hundred cases of cans can be shipped on a standard pallet versus sixty glass bottle cases which reduces fuel usage & keeps Mother Nature happy.  Consider the weight differences between an empty glass bottle and an empty can. 
 
Consumer Advantages: Cans allow consumers to experience craft beer wherever their next adventure takes them. Cans do not shatter when stressed or abused.  Unlike cans of old, there is no direct contact or flavor exchange between beer and the aluminum can.  Pack it in, Pack it out.
 


ABOUT OSKAR BLUES - Three-dimensional brewing since 1999, Oskar Blues began the “Canned Beer Apocalypse” in 2002 when Dale’s Pale Ale became America’s 1st CANNED craft beer.   For additional info, interviews, images or samples please contact Chad Melis at chad@oskarblues.com, # 720.273.8888 or visit www.oskarblues.com

 


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