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Friday, July 31, 2015

Brewery News: OR: Bend: Deschutes Brewery promotes Veronica Vega to brewmaster in research and development.

Press Release

July 29, 2015 – Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery has promoted Veronica Vega to brewmaster. She will work as the brewery’s research and development lead, alongside brewmaster Brian Faivre who heads the technical brewing side. Vega started out at Deschutes as a tour guide in 2006, moving into the cellar before transitioning into a production brewer role. She’s been the lead brewer at the brewery’s original pub location in downtown Bend, Oregon pub for the last three and a half years.

Michael LaLonde, president of Deschutes Brewery, said, “Veronica has done a fantastic job heading up our Bend pub for the past few years, she is creative, enthusiastic and passionate about her job. Her experience with Deschutes at every level gives her a unique insight in her new role. We are very lucky to have many qualified brewers on our team, so this was a tough decision, but we’re confident it was the right one.”

Vega, who received her degree in biology from Humboldt State University, first worked as a biology field technician for the National Park Service. Even though she loved her job, she loved Bend more and decided that was where she’d like to settle. When she got the call from Deschutes Brewery, she was happy to start out in the tour department and then eventually move into a brewing role.

Vega said, “We have an extremely talented brewing department, and I look forward to working collaboratively with both our R&D and production teams to innovate on the process and experimental aspects of our brewing efforts.”

image of Brewmaster Veronica Vega courtesy Deschutes Brewery

 About Deschutes Brewery
Named as OUTSIDE’s Best Places to Work in both 2013 and 2014, Deschutes Brewery was founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon. Still family and employee owned 27 years later, the brewery is known for brewing a diverse line-up of award winning beers including the popular Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Pale Ale. From the beginning, the focus has been on crafting the best beer and food using only the finest ingredients.  In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 28 states, the District of Columbia, and around the world from its main brewing facility located on the banks of the Deschutes River.  To find out more, visit www.DeschutesBrewery.com.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Brewery Release: WA: Get It Now ... Ghost Runners Duathlon Black IPA

Press Release

image of Ghost Runners logo, courtesy Ghost Runners Brewery

VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON ... - Ghost Runners Brewery is pleased to announce the release of Duathlon Black IPA, a beautifully balanced Northwest IPA united with the tradition of Old World English Ales.

Duathlon is a dry Black IPA with a clean and bright beginning, medium mouth-feel, mild roast, and a bold hoppy finish. Duathlon incorporates a premium grain bill including Munich, Maris Otter, and Canadian Honey malts. A similar grain profile to Ghost Runners Brewery’s popular Hellacious Repeats Double IPA gives Duathlon a dramatic start. CARAFA Special Type 3, Black Patent, and Chocolate malts are added to marry the IPA with the tradition of an English Ale. To balance the multi-layered malt bill, Duathlon introduces a flavorful hop profile to include UK Magnum, NW Chinook, and Warrior hops. It’s fermented with a traditional English ale yeast. Duathlon victoriously unites the flavors of a Northwest IPA and an Old English Ale like an athlete transitions between running and cycling.

Duathlon Black IPA will be available in the Ghost Runners Brewery tap room at 4216 NE Minnehaha St, Ste. 108 in Vancouver, WA beginning Thursday July 30th and at the Vancouver Brewfest August 7th - 9th.  

About Duathlon Black IPA
ABV: 6%
IBU: 78
Availability: Draft
Distribution:  Big River Distributors to SW Washington; Great Micros Wholesale to Spokane; Orcas Distributing to Seattle Metro

About Ghost Runners Brewery

Ghost Runners Brewery is a commercial craft brewery with tasting room in Vancouver, Washington, founded in 2012 by brewers Jeff Seibel and Rob Ziebell. The running inspired brewery features several handcrafted brews including 5K IPA, Boston Irish Red Ale, Negative Split Stout, Pace Breaker OPA, Hellacious Repeats Double IPA, Cross Country Red Kolsch, and Strong Leg Stout. Every exceptional creation is handcrafted with high-quality grain and premium hops and distributed throughout the state of Washington. For more information on Ghost Runners Brewery, please visit www.ghostrunnersbrewery.com or the company’s social media sites Facebook and Twitter.

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Diamond Knot Fog Bank Fall Ale

Press Release

MUKILTEO, WA – Fall may be right around the corner, but for the crew at Diamond Knot Craft Brewing, the leaves may as well start falling and the crisp fall days begin. Actually, most Pacific Northwesterners would probably welcome a cool day or two with the recent heat.

Call our release of Fog Bank Fall Ale a sort of cooler-fall-day dance, a way to welcome in all that is rich and wonderful about our evergreen autumns. Fog Bank Fall Ale is definitely considered a taste of fall in a glass. 

In its second year, Fog Bank Fall Ale gives a nod to that fateful day in Crescent Bay and the two-month-long marine salvage that ensued shortly after in 1947. August 13, 1947 proved unforgiving. Fog embraced the Strait of Juan de Fuca when the MV Diamond Knot, loaded with 75 percent of Alaska’s seasonal salmon catch and 100,000 gallons of fish oil, motored on toward Seattle. The fog got the best of the rudimentary navigation tools, and early that morning the Fenn Victory collided with the Diamond Knot, damaging the Diamond Knot enough to cause its sinking in 135 feet of water just off Port Angeles.

“This brew is a great way for us to take a moment to remember the efforts that went into the salvage of the day,” said Sherry Jennings, DK’s chief storyteller. “It’s also a simply fantastic beer. It’s beautiful to look at and the taste is memorable.

Fog Bank Fall Ale hits store shelves in 22-oz. bottles the first week in August and is on tap Aug. 1 at all three Diamond Knot locations – the Brewery & Alehouse and Production Brewery & Taproom, both in Mukilteo; and the Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace, as well as your favorite beer-enjoying locations through Washington and Idaho. The Fog Bank season wraps up, just as the 1947 salvage operation did, at the end of October. By then, the reddish amber color will easily reflect the change in foliage and the bursting of maple reds. Just as crisp as those autumn mornings, the Fog Bank Fall Ale has a bright, crisp flavor with a full malty finish. With a mild 5.8% ABV, this seasonal is sessionable and the perfect transition from our summer Blonde Ale to our darker winter brews.

Founded in 1994, Diamond Knot Craft Brewing is a privately held company and Snohomish County’s oldest continuously-operating, independently-owned  brewery. Handcrafted Diamond Knot ales can be found in 12 states, British Columbia and Japan, both in bottles and on draft.  Additionally, Diamond Knot operates three production breweries and two full-service restaurants in Washington; the Brewery & Alehouse in Mukilteo and the Brewpub @ MLT in Mountlake Terrace. Diamond Knot prides itself in providing exceptional craft beer, food and lively experiences, as well as being charitable members of the communities in which it operates.

For more company information, visit diamondknot.com.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Industry News: Beer Serves America study confirms american breweries generated $253 billion in economic activity and support for 1.75 million jobs

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WASHINGTON – A new economic study released today highlights how the U.S. beer industry – from brewers and beer importers to beer distributors to retailers – generates nearly $253 billion in economic activity, produces $48.5 billion in tax revenue and supports 1.75 million jobs. 

Economic impact figures, tax contributions and job data for each state can be found here www.BeerServesAmerica.org

The Beer Institute and the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) will release the Beer Serves America report during a Congressional briefing later today detailing the industry’s complete impact on the American economy. The study, based on government and industry data, examines direct, indirect and induced spending, labor and tax collection. 

The report concludes: 

·         Overall, the beer industry contributes about $252.6 billion in economic output which is equal to about 1.5 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
·         Brewers and beer importers directly employ 49,576 Americans. More than 70 percent of brewing jobs are linked to large and mid-sized brewers and beer importers.
·         The number of distributor jobs has increased by more than 20 percent in the last decade, to more than 131,307.
·         Suppliers to the brewing industry – enterprises that manufacture bottles and cans, cardboard case boxes, brewing equipment or marketing displays, for example – generate more than $83 billion in economic activity and are responsible for more than 383,190 jobs alone.
·         More than $48.5 billion in tax revenue is generated by the production and sale of beer and other malt beverages. This is equal to nearly 40 percent of the retail price paid for beer by consumers.

“It can be said that beer truly serves America. Beer is more than our nation’s favorite adult drink – it is a powerhouse in job creation, commercial activity and tax revenue,” said Jim McGreevy, president and CEO of the Beer Institute, which released the study jointly with NBWA.

NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser said, “As independent businesses, America’s licensed beer distributors are proud to provide more than 130,000 direct jobs with solid wages and great benefits to employees at more than 3,300 facilities, located in every state and congressional district across the country. These independent beer distributors provide significant economic benefits in their communities through local business-to-business commerce, investments in local infrastructure and capital assets and tax revenue.  They provide services that improve efficiency for trading partners, especially small brewers and retailers, and they ensure fair prices and a broad selection of products for consumers to enjoy.”

The Beer Serves America study was compiled by an independent economics firm, John Dunham & Associates. It is the most comprehensive analysis of the industry available, using data collected directly from private companies, Dun & Bradstreet, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.


The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility: www.BeerInstitute.org. Connect with us @BeerInstitute and onFacebook.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit www.AmericasBeerDistributors.com. For additional updates from NBWA, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on www.youtube.com/NBWABeer  and visit www.facebook.com/NBWABeer.

Brewery News: CA: Paso Robles: Firestone Walker Brewing Company shares thoughts on Pivo and the growth of "domestic pilsner"

Press Release

image of Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils courtesy the brewery

Paso Robles, CA: What a difference a few years make…

When Firestone Walker Brewing Company launched its Pivo hoppy pilsner in 2013, the market for domestic craft pilsner was uncertain and largely uncharted.

Now, two short years later, Pivo is blowing up and domestic pilsner appears on the verge of a renaissance.

No Joke
“Domestic pilsner is no longer a joke,” said Brewmaster Brynildson said. “Craft brewers are taking American-brewed pilsner away from its industrial image and back to its stylistic roots.”

Brynildson noted that American-brewed pilsner began as something authentic, with immigrants moving to the United States and making pilsner beer as a familiar taste of the motherland.

“They made these beers for Germans living in the Midwest,” he said. “The style caught on as a national trend, but the beer just got dumbed down over time. There’s a rich heritage for pilsners not only in Europe, but here in America, so there’s plenty of ground to recapture.”

In other words, to quote famed beer authority Garrett Oliver, “Pilsner, the world’s most popular style of beer, was invented in Czech Bohemia, perfected in Germany, and turned into flavorless mass-market fizz in America."

Trending Up

Pivo was conceived as a classic Pilsner made in the German style but also with Czech and Italian influences—the brewing equivalent of going out on a limb.

“Back when we were first brewing Pivo, there were only a few American breweries at the time, like Trumer and Victory, who were producing a true pilsner on any sort of scale,” Brynildson said. “We were confident in the quality of Pivo, but we still had to wonder how much of a market there was for a beer like this.”

That question has since been answered. Demand for Pivo exceeded expectations from the start, and now, two years later, sales are still growing at a 45 percent clip.

“We can barely keep up with demand,” Brynildson said. “It’s not just a testament to Pivo, but also to the larger fact that craft beer drinkers are starting to rally around the pilsner style.”

Brynildson attributes this trend to the maturation of the collective craft beer palate.

“When a lot of people first get into craft beer, they gravitate toward the biggest flavors and go searching for the gnarliest triple IPA they can find. Over time, however, they find themselves search for something more balanced and drinkable and sessionable, and a true pilsner checks all of those marks.”  

Now In Cans
This year, Pivo is being offered in cans for the first time—one more small step toward changing the perception of canned American pilsner. “Cans are just a perfect vessel for a beer like this,” Brynildson said.

To mark this somewhat ironic occasion, Firestone Walker developed a visual timeline called “The History of Pivo According to Pilsner,” which is viewable here.

Book Release: "Beervana" releases "The Beer Bible" by Jeff Alworth and Workman Publishing

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"The Beer Bible" courtesy Workman Publications
About the Book

Beer lovers of the world, rejoice! Introducing THE BEER BIBLEthe result of years of research spanning over 17,000 miles, six countries, and 52 breweriesFrom the publisher of The Wine Biblethis is the first truly comprehensive, style-by-style guide to the beers of the worldComplete with detailed photographs, maps, infographics, and lively writing, THE BEER BIBLE will fascinate and educate every reader, whether new to the subject or a longtime beer enthusiast. 

THE BEER BIBLE (Workman, August 2015) by Jeff Alworth spans the globe from Germany to America, Japan to Scotland, and is a celebration of culture as much as it is a celebration of beer itself. At just under 700 pages, chapters deliver:

·         The four beer families—ales, lagers, wheat beers, and tart and wild ales—each with in-depth profiles of more than 100 styles, from IPA to lambic, porter to pilsner, sahti to saison.
·         An engaging narrative format that tells the story of each beer: the influences of geography and history, the little-known lore and amusing anecdotes, the ingredients and flavors, and the brews to try.
·         A helpful “if you like X, try Y” feature that directs you to new beer discoveries based on your preferences.
·         Infographics to explain and illustrate essential beer knowledge: the brewing process, appropriate glassware for each beer, how to decipher a label, how to say “Cheers!” in various languages, and more.
·         A primer on food pairings that includes the “three Cs”—complement, contrast, or cut.
·         A guide to beer tourism, including global pub culture (and the best way to order another round in Germany) and must-visit breweries and beer festivals around the world.
·         Virtual tours of 18 of the world’s most fascinating, innovative, and storied breweries.

Beer is the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage on the planet. It’s brewed in nearly every part of the globe, on both a large and small scale, industrially and at home, and it has been made in some form or another since the dawn of civilization. And now there’s a guide to help you navigate it all!

"The Beer Bible" courtesy Workman Publications
"The Beer Bible" courtesy Workman Publications
"The Beer Bible" courtesy Workman Publications

THE BEER BIBLE by Jeff Alworth

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11                                       Belmont Station with Broadway Books @ 5 PM, PORTLAND, OR
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13                                    Block 15 Brewery Taproom @ 6:30 PMCORVALLIS, OR
SATURDAY, AUGUST 15                                    Ninkaski Brewing @ 12 PMEUGENE, OR
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20                                    Magnolia Pub & Brewery with Omnivore Books @ 6 PMSAN FRANCISCO, CA
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21                                           Book Passage 5:30 PM, CORTE MADERA, CA
SUNDAY, AUGUST 23                                         Double Mountain Brewery with Waucoma Bookstore @11 AMHOOD RIVER, OR
MONDAY, AUGUST 31                                       Powell’s Books @ 7 PMCEDAR CROSSING, OR
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10                              Book Larder, SEATTLE, WA
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22                                 Boulder Beer with Boulder Bookstore @ 5:30 – 7:30 PM, BOULDER, CO
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23                        New Belgium Brewing @ 7 – 9 PMFORT COLLINS, CO
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24                              BookBar@ 7 PMDENVER, CO
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25                                  Great American Beer Festival, DENVER, CO
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26                              Changing Hands Bookstore @ 3 PM, TEMPE, AZ
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3                                     Browseabout Books, REHOBOTH BEACH, DE
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4                                      Word Bookstore, JERSEY CITY, NJ
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5                                    Sixpoint Brewery @ 6:30 PMBROOKLYN, NY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7                              Samuel Adams with Trident Booksellers & Cafe, BOSTON, MA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8                                  Longfellow Books @ 7 PM, PORTLAND, ME
MONDAY, OCTOBER 19                                  Boswell Book Company with Sugar Maple Bar @ 7 PM, MILWAUKEE, WI
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20                                   Goose Island Brewery @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM, CHICAGO, IL
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21                              Urban Chestnut Brewing Company with Main Street Books @ 7 PMST. LOUIS, MO
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4                            Books & Books @ 8 PMCORAL GABLES, FL
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5                              Inkwood Books @ 7 PMTAMPA, FL
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6                                       Ale Yeah Craft Beer Market with A Cappella Bookstore @ 5- 7 PMATLANTA, GA
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8                                     Yazoo Brewing with Parnassus Books, NASHVILLE, TN
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9                                Fountain Bookstore, RICHMOND, VA
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10                               Politics and Prose at Busboys and Poets @ 6:30 PMWASHINGTON DC

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Anchor California Craft-Pack

Press Release

image of Anchor California Craft-Pack courtesy Anchor Brewing Company

San Francisco, CA ... Today, Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of the California Craft-Pack, a unique mixed 6-pack featuring two cans each of Anchor California Lager®, Liberty Ale®, and Anchor IPA.

Designed for beer fans to sample three legendary brews from America¹s first craft brewery, the California Craft-Pack brings Anchor favorites together in one convenient offering, including a commemorative can of Liberty Ale, available for a limited time to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beer.
The California Craft-Pack is the first mixed pack of cans from the iconic San Francisco brewery.  In August 2013, Anchor Brewing launched a limited release of Anchor Craft Originals; a mixed 12-pack featuring a variety of bottled brews including Anchor Steam® Beer, Anchor Porter®, Liberty Ale®, and Original Wheat. For the first time in nearly 120 years of operation, Anchor began canning beer in 2014 starting with Anchor California Lager. Due to popular demand, additional Anchor beers including Anchor IPA and Anchor Summer Wheat have hit shelves in cans. Now, beer fans will get to enjoy some of their favorite Anchor cans in one 6-pack, released in time to accompany summer¹s outdoor adventures.
³The success of our canned beers over the last year has been tremendous,² said Anchor Brewing CEO and President Keith Greggor. ³We¹re thrilled to now offer some of our most beloved beers in the California Craft-Pack, which is a nod to our brewing roots that date back to the California Gold Rush. The variety pack is perfect for easy summertime entertaining or a convenient sampling among friends.  Whether you¹re an IPA lover, a lager lover, or somewhere in between, the Craft-Pack has a beer for everyone -- assuming sharing is an option!²
The California Craft-Pack will be available nationwide starting in July at select retailers and at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. Find a pack near you using the Anchor Beer Finder.   

Document6Learn more about the California Craft-Pack by visiting www.AnchorBrewing.com.

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About Anchor Brewing Company

Anchor Brewing Company¹s roots date back to the California Gold Rush making it one of America¹s oldest breweries. Its Anchor Steam® Beer is San Francisco¹s original since 1896. In 1965, Fritz Maytag acquired and revived the struggling brewery at a time when mass production of beer dominated and seemed unstoppable. Maytag started a revolution in beer that originated today¹s craft beer movement. An undisputed icon, Anchor is America¹s first craft brewery where beers are handmade in our traditional copper brewhouse from an all-malt mash. At Anchor, we practice the time-honored art of classical brewing, employing state-of-the-art methods to ensure that our beers are always pure and fresh. We know of no brewery in the world that matches our efforts to combine traditional, natural brewing with such carefully applied, modern methods of sanitation, finishing, packaging and transporting.  See what we are brewing today at www.anchorbrewing.com.

Brewery News: OR: Hillsboro: Three Mugs Brewing Company celebrates its 2nd year, August 14th.

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Three Mugs Brewing Company celebrates its second anniversary on Friday, August 14, 2015, with a day of special beers, music, food and fun. Three Mugs will have four special, small-batch beers on tap just for this event, along  with 10 of its “regular” beers and 10 guest taps, including four craft ciders. The event will be held at the Three Mugs Taproom, 2020 NW Aloclek Dr, Ste 108, Hillsboro.

Entertainment kicks off at 3 pm with recorded music from Ultimate Entertainment DJs. Three Mugs was lucky to get Lace & Lead as the musical headliner for this special event. Lace & Lead (laceandlead.com) is a Nashville duo with local roots. Their live performance begins at 7 pm. 

Additionally, a delicious fare will be available from PDX Monte Cristo food truck starting at 4 pm.

This is a 21 and older event. There is no cover charge.


About Three Mugs Brewing Company 
Founded in January of 2013 by Jay, Christopher (aka “Amish”) and Wendy Jennings, Three Mugs Brewing Company taproom opened its doors in August of 2013, offering a humble five guest taps. By November 2013, they boasted 20 rotating guest taps, and by late January 2014, they began brewery operations. Their first beers made their debut in the taproom during the Oregon Brewers Guild event, Zwickelmania 2014, on February 15th. Joshua Jennings—little brother—joined the Three Mugs team in June 2015, along with his wife, Cassie, making this a true “all in the family” brewery and taproom. Three Mugs beers range from tasty standards like Ample Amber Ale and Mein Schatz German-Style Hefeweizen to big beers like BIGGie D’s Strong Scotch Ale and Fiery Wench Imperial Red Ale. Experimental and small batch, limited release beers are also be a staple. 

The "Three Mugs" of the logo actually represents Christopher, the eldest son, on the left with his red beard, Jay, the father, in the middle with his stogie, and Joshua, the youngest son, on the right...the tongue doesn't do the real one justice.

About Lace & Lead
Lace (Emi) and Lead (Trysh) met back in September of 2012 when they were both playing separately at a dive bar in Portland, OR, on the same night. They met up about a month later to jam, and have been playing together ever since. Different musical backgrounds have influenced their sound. To them, country music is more about the stories behind the songs than fitting into a certain mold of what country music is "supposed to sound like." Life happens, and there always seems to be something new to write a song about. The inspiration behind their music comes from the kind of songs you put on repeat over and over again. Writing clever songs that resonate with people while coming up with new ways to approach popular topics is their biggest feat. Their motivation comes from picturing

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Crux Better Off Red Flanders-style Red Ale

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image courtesy Crux Fermentation Project

(Bend, OR) Join Crux crewmembers to celebrate the release of our 2015 [BANISHED] Better Off Red. This year’s release is a pleasantly more tart vintage of our barrel-aged Flanders-Style Red Ale. The 2015 [BANISHED] Better Off Red will be available for sale on draught and in bottles (limit four per person).

Crux will also take over the Tin Bucket taps with a selection of our favorite Crux beers, many of which don’t typically travel beyond our Tasting Room in Bend.


ABOUT BETTER OFF RED (7.0% ABV, 18 IBU): Flanders Reds may be called the Burgundies of Belgium, but we age our take on this complex, slightly tart style in Oregon pinot noir barrels for about a year. A fresh batch will present spicier notes, while older versions pick up more oak and yield cherry flavors. So we blended old and new, figuring we’re better off presenting this exotic mélange simultaneously.

image courtesy Crux Fermentation ProjectABOUT THE BANISHED SERIES: It was for their own good. Beers in this special series are hidden away for months in oak barrels, allowing flavors to mature, meld and mellow. This is a live beer, cellar according to personal preference. Always keep in the dark: room temp storage = funky, refrigerated storage = not so funky.

ABOUT CRUX FERMENTATION PROJECT: Crux Fermentation Project is located at the epicenter of Bend and at the crucial core of the brewing process. We’ve designed our 11,000-hectolitre brewery to allow for non-traditional brewing methods like decoction mashing, open fermentation, oak barrel aging, wild yeast strains and experimental hops. All our beer is bottled and labeled by hand in small batches right at the brewery. Brewmaster Larry Sidor is always in pursuit of the next great beer, whether by reinterpreting a classic style or abandoning it altogether.

50 SW Division Street, Bend, Oregon 97702
Twitter: @CruxBrew
Facebook: CruxFermentationProject
Instagram: @CruxFermentationProject

Brewery Release: ID: Coming Soon ... Odell Piña Agria Sour Ale with Pineapple

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image courtesy Odell Brewing

Fort Collins, CO. – On July 31, 2015, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of its newest Cellar Series brew, Piña Agria, a sour ale brewed with pineapple. Offered in 750ml cork & cage finished bottles, the Cellar Series of beers are bigger and bolder brews that push the boundaries of style, ingredients, and brewing techniques. They are a showcase of the brewers’ innovation and talent, and an outlet for creativity and experimentation.

Piña Agria is no exception. The recipe was inspired by Odell Brewing’s Maintenance Manager and home brewer, Matt Bailey, and his admiration for the balance of tart citrus and fruity sweetness pineapple contributes to food and beverage recipes.

image courtesy Odell Brewing“I always wanted to do a sour brew at home, but never had the resources, knowledge, or the yeast to do it well at home,” said Bailey. “For me, this is obviously a special beer, but it embodies what Odell Brewing is about...home brewing roots, collaboration from learning and working with a team, and the ability for anyone to try and brew what they want on our pilot system.”

Bailey’s brainchild evolved into a small, five barrel batch on the brewery’s pilot system and eventually a full Cellar Series release. Brewed with pineapple juice, Piña Agria is also fermented with the yeast and cultures Bailey hand selected from his favorite Friek barrel. The final brew is tart, slightly funky, and full of bright pineapple character.

Piña Agria will be available beginning in August throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint. The brewery will celebrate the release of Piña Agria in the Tap Room July 31 – August 2. Guests can enjoy samples of the brew, local food truck pairings, and live music by Keys and D’s on Sunday.

About Odell Brewing - Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Today, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by minimizing its environmental impact, sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing is employee owned and was named a “Best Company to Work For” in 2013 by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2014 World Beer Cup® - gold for Runoff, 2013 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for 5 Barrel Pale Ale, 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for Friek, 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

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