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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Brewery Release: Northwest: Get It Now ... Rogue American Amber Ale

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image courtesy Rogue Ales
Newport, OR—Rogue Ales raises a fist for America with the 28th annual release of American Amber Ale, a beer dedicated to the Revolution and the second-ever beer created by Rogue’s brewmaster John Maier. Tawny amber in color with a toffee aroma and a delicate roasted malt accent leading to a smooth finish, American Amber displays what beer judges call the “perfect embodiment of an American Amber Ale.”

“It’s one of the ways Rogue shows our patriotic pride,” said Rogue Ales President Brett Joyce. “It celebrates the revolutionary ideals of growing your own and doing it yourself, so naturally we use Rogue Farms Rebel hops along with Dare and Risk barley to craft this truly American amber.”

American Amber Ale is now available in 22oz serigraphed bottles, 12oz bottles and on draft. For more information about Rogue and the Revolution, visit rogue.com.

Brewery Release: OR: Portland: Get It Now ... Portland Pickles Pale Ale. A Laurelwood collaboration with Great West League Portland Pickles

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image courtesy Laurelwood Brewing
Portland, OR – Laurelwood Brewing Co. has announced its official sponsorship of the local Great West League baseball team, Portland Pickles, for their inaugural season. As part of the partnership, the brewery has released a limited-run Portland Pickles Pale Ale.

“We are thrilled to team up with the Portland Pickles for their first of many seasons,” says James Buxman, the Marketing Director for Laurelwood Brewing Co. “Beer and baseball go hand in hand, and we are bringing the two even closer with our collaborative Portland Pickles Pale Ale.”

Laurelwood’s Portland Pickles Pale Ale is a punchy pale with pine and citrus hop flavors balanced by a smooth malt body. The team’s official brew is now on tap and in 22 ounce bottles at their home field, Walker Stadium, in addition to availability where better beer is sold throughout the city.
image courtesy Great West League Portland Pickles
“We’re pleased to partner with Laurelwood Brewing Co., as well as excited about our pale ale,” says Ken Wilson, President of the Portland Pickles. “The beer has already become a favorite among Pickles fans!”

The Portland Pickles kicked off their season in early June, with over thirty home games scheduled through mid-August. Visit www.PortlandPicklesBaseball.com to view the full schedule and purchase tickets.

About Laurelwood Brewing Co.:
Laurelwood is a family-owned brewery and public house in Portland, Oregon, founded in 2001 by Mike De Kalb and Cathy Woo-De Kalb. Laurelwood Brewing Co.’s award-winning line-up includes the popular Workhorse IPA and Free Range Red Ale. Laurelwood’s handcrafted brews can be found on draft, in bottles, and cans throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, California, British Columbia, and Japan. To learn more, visit www.LaurelwoodBrewpub.com.

Brewery Release: Northwest: Coming Soon ... Worthy Cour de la Peche & Worthy Kama Citrus IPA

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image courtesy Worthy Brewingimage courtesy Worthy Brewing
Oregon ... To celebrate the warmer months, Worthy Brewing is releasing two fruit-focused summer seasonals with real fruit purees from Oregon Fruit Products.

Coeur de la Peche (or Heart of the Peach) is part of a new seasonal saison series that also includes their classic Farm Out Saison. The brew uses apricot and peach purees and the result is a brightly carbonated brew with a creamy mouthfeel and subtle clove and white pepper yeast flavors. Hints of peach and dried apricots round out the profile in aroma and taste. Coeur de la Peche is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft through September.

Kama Citrus IPA is a well-balanced blend of Centennial and Equinox hops, with the addition of real Mandarin orange and grapefruit purees. It’s clean and crisp with a juicy citrus flavor and fresh tangerine on the nose. A pronounced hoppiness and balanced profile combined with a 6.2% ABV might just make this the perfect summer IPA. Kama Citrus IPA is available in six-pack 12-ounce bottles and on draft through October.

Worthy Brewing Company’s flagship beers include 12-ounce cans of: Worthy IPA, Prefunk Pale Ale, Easy Day Kolsch, and Lights Out Stout. The bottling line also cranks out 22-ounce bottles of Worthy IPA, Worthy Imperial IPA and Eruption Imperial Red Ale, along with limited releases of specialty and seasonal beers, such as Coeur de la Peche and Kama Citrus IPA.

Worthy Brewing Company opened its doors in early 2013, delivering remarkably balanced, filtered ales that are hand-crafted using premium ingredients and the pristine water from the Cascade Mountains in Bend, Oregon. Worthy’s campus includes a large outdoor biergarten, full restaurant, and a greenhouse and hop yard onsite for growing estate and experimental hops in conjunction with Oregon State University and Indie Hops. An expansion with expanded restaurant seating, a banquet space, and an observatory is planned for completion in Late Summer 2016.  ...

Brewery Release: Northwest: Coming Soon ... Left Hand Pride Runs Deep IPA & Left Hand Rye on the Prize Imperial Rye

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image courtesy Left Hand Brewing
LONGMONT, CO ... Left Hand Brewing Co. is adding two new 22oz limited release beers to their Big Mo series – Pride Runs Deep and Rye on the Prize. Pride Runs Deep IPA with Colorado blue spruce pine tips is brewed in support of the USS Colorado Commissioning Committee. Running silent in the deep for months at a time, the attack sub and 134 officers and crew members are armed and ready to protect our oceans and territories from threats against our freedom. Pride Runs Deep will be released at Falling Rock Tap House on June 29th at 4pm, in the company of supporters and veterans. Proceeds will help support the Committee, funding commissioning events and supporting the crew. More information on the Committee can be found at http://usscoloradocommittee.org/.

Also, this July, Left Hand Brewing Co. will be releasing Rye on the Prize, a bold Imperial Red Rye Ale dedicated to the spirit of independence. Rye on the Prize is inspired by the Left Hand’s 22 year commitment to keep their ‘eye on the prize’ – to brew great beer, stay independent and give back to the community. “In 1993 we set out to change the world with better beer. To keep our eye on the prize, Left Hand has chosen an independent path to build a stronger community—founded on the best beer we can make. Rye on the Prize has a bold, hopped up character inspired by our mission to do good by you, the beer drinker, and our community.” shares Eric Wallace, CEO and co-founder of Left Hand. Rye on the Prize will be available through September and distributed across Left Hand’s 36-state distribution.
About Left Hand Brewing Company
Celebrating twenty-two years of brewing a well-balanced portfolio of craft beers, Left Hand Brewing Company is located at 1265 Boston Avenue in Longmont, Colorado. Left Hand is one of the most honored and recognized breweries in the state, with over 27 Great American Beer Festival medals, 11 World Beer Cup awards, and 9 European Beer Star awards. Famous for their Nitro series, Left Hand Brewing established America’s original Nitro bottle with their popular Milk Stout Nitro. Left Hand’s collection of perennial and seasonal beers are available in 36 states & DC. Employee Owned, Righteously Independent.  Distribution: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI

Brewery Release: Northwest: Coming Soon ... New Belgium / Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale

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image courtesy New Belgium Brewingimage courtesy New Belgium Brewing
Ft. Collins, Colo ... New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry’s are teaming up once again to create a new ice cream inspired beer while raising awareness about climate change. Inspired by one of Ben & Jerry’s smash hits, New Belgium has developed Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale, a special release beer to hit the shelves in the fall of 2016. Fifty-thousand dollars in proceeds will benefit Protect Our Winters (POW) a non-profit dedicated to raising awareness around climate change. As Fellow B Corporations beholden to stakeholders, including their communities and the environment, the two like-minded businesses have long championed similar causes.
“We are excited to be partnering once again with the good folks at Ben & Jerry’s and POW,” said New Belgium Director of Sustainability, Jenn Vervier. “The beer in development tastes amazing and we look forward to talking about climate change and climate action. With the upcoming election and a new administration, year two is even more important than the first round.”
The Colorado-based craft brewer and famed ice cream maker are both registered Beneficial or “B Corporations”. B Corps are held to performance standards that are comprehensive and transparent, measuring a company’s impact on workers, suppliers, communities and the environment.
“Working with New Belgium Brewing and Protect our Winters to be able to impact climate was a highlight of 2015, and so, we’re doing it again,” said Jay Curley, Senior Global Marketing Manager of Ben & Jerry’s. “This new beer is delicious and unique and the issue of climate change is still increasingly urgent.”

An announcement later this year will detail the focus of the campaign and the specifics around the partnership.
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 thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel and a gluten-reduced line, Glutiny Pale Ale and Glutiny Golden Ale. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.
As a social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, non-dairy frozen dessert, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality, responsibly sourced ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community and became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012. Ben & Jerry’s products are distributed in over 35 countries in retail, franchised Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation’s employee-led grant programs totaled $2.4MM in 2015 to support efforts to improve social and environmental justice throughout the United States. For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit www.benjerry.com.

Brewery Release: Northwest: Get It Now ... Stone RuinTen Triple IPA

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image courtesy Stone Brewing
ESCONDIDO, CA ... The ever-popular Stone RuinTen Triple IPAotherwise known by Stone Brewing as “a stage dive into a mosh pit of hops” is back to satisfy palates of the highest order of hop fanatics. The triple IPA will make its annual return in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at select retailers, bars and restaurants where Stone beer is sold, beginning the week of June 20.

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA is the cranked-up version of Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0, introduced in 2012 to honor the original’s 10th anniversary. At 10.8 percent alcohol by volume and with a walloping dose of hops, Stone RuinTen Triple IPA has (very appropriately!) earned a perfect score of 100 on RateBeer.

“This is a big, bold beer packed with hops,” said Stone President & co-founder Steve Wagner. “We dry-hop it with five pounds of hops per barrel to get this vibrant, over-the-top flavor. Since its debut in 2012, Stone RuinTen Triple IPA has become a favorite among Team Stone and our fans, so we’re thrilled to brew the recipe once again.”

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA showcases intense, dank and fruity aromatics with hints of mint and spice. Fans will enjoy an abundance of tropical fruit flavors that carry throughout the palate before giving way to a long, clean, bitter finish. The amped-up malt bill perfectly balances the massive hop character and provides a full-bodied mouthfeel while also creating an elevated ABV.

Stone RuinTen Triple IPA should be enjoyed as fresh as possible to experience the full flavor impact created by Magnum, Centennial and Citra hops. Hopheads, rejoice! It’s yours for the taking.


Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 10th-largest craft brewer in the United States. Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 11 times, and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company will be the first American craft brewer to independently build, own and operate a brewery in Europe, and is also building a production brewery and destination restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. Brewing at both locations will be underway in summer 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit StoneBrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and The Stone Blog

Monday, June 27, 2016

Festival News: OR: Silverton: Over 7,400 goers select Worth Brewing's Coeur de la Peche at this year's Oregon Garden Brewfest

Note, due to technical issues, this release was not published last week.

Press Release

SILVERTON, Ore. — Attendees at last weekend’s 12th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest celebrated both the arrival of summer and Father’s Day by enjoying 120 handcrafted beers, ciders and meads amongst the natural beauty of The Oregon Garden.

This marked the first year the festival moved from an indoor pavilion out into the forest, where breweries were set up in quaint cottages dotted throughout the woods, underneath the warm glow of bistro lights. Already regarded as the Willamette Valley’s most scenic beer festival, the move into the forest fully embraced the Oregon spirit.

“Our visitors kept saying tasting beer in the forest was the most Oregon thing they’ve ever seen," said Brittney Hatteberg, marketing director for The Oregon Garden. “Honestly, people loved it. The weather on Saturday morning was crazy, but it created this amazing community spirit – people were laughing, posting photos on social media and running from booth to booth, trying new beers. Once the storm ended, everyone enjoyed sunshine and great beer the rest of the weekend!”

More than 7,400 guests attended the event this year, where they were encouraged to explore the 80 acres of botanical gardens with drinks in hand. Crowds enjoyed the music of a dozen regional bands on Friday and Saturday evenings, including headliners Dead Wood Standing and Sassparilla.

The People’s Choice – determined by votes cast at the festival – was Worthy Brewing's Coeur de la Peche, a traditional Saison that incorporates fresh peaches from Oregon Fruit Products. Styles at the event ranged from ambers and Belgians to pales and porters, offering something for every palate.

On Sunday, families celebrated Father’s Day with root beer from Crater Lake Soda, while laying on blankets in the sun, making craft projects for dad, playing in the Children’s Garden and enjoying games, including shuffleboard, skee-ball and foosball, all set up in the Garden.

Many attendees wisely took advantage of overnight Brewfest packages at the Oregon Garden Resort located immediately above the festival grounds. A Moonstone Hotel property, the Oregon Garden Resort offers 103 hotel rooms overlooking The Oregon Garden and is only a short walk from the festival venue. Overnight stays are available to book for next year’s festival, June 16-19, 2017, just visit: oregongardenresort.com.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest was generously presented by Venti’s Café and sponsored by Country Financial, the Oregon Lottery, Renewal by Andersen, Screamin’ Sicilian Pizza Co., T-Mobile, Goschie Farms, Imperial Bottle Shop, Craft QA, Oregon Beer Growler and the Oregonian. To stay informed for next year’s event, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest/.

Brewery News: Bellingham: Aslan Brewing, Western Solar, and Itek Energy, to donate solar array to Lydia Place

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... Bellingham, Washington — Aslan Brewing Co., Western Solar and Itek Energy have partnered to donate a solar array for a new Lydia Place permanent housing property, saving them over $53k in energy savings and rebates over 25 years.

On June 30 at 6pm, Aslan is hosting a release party for Summer Solar Ale, a grapefruit pale ale perfect for sunny days. A portion of every purchase of Summer Solar Ale goes towards the solar panel package.

Lydia Place has been a local provider of housing and case management services to homeless households for over 26 years. Not only will adding solar panels reduce emissions and save energy costs, it will help support a vital community effort to end homelessness. Lydia Place plans to spend the savings from the solar panels on improving the support they can offer to the women they serve.

“Through this collaboration, our sponsors are demonstrating what we can accomplish as a community when we lead with generosity and creativity,” said Emily O'Connor, Executive Director of Lydia Place. “Even as homelessness continues to rise at an alarming rate, projects like this one renew our belief that together we can solve this complicated crisis.”

Recently, Lydia Place successfully raised the funds to open Baker Place, a permanent housing program that provides a safe, secure and collaborative living environment for up to seven homeless women at a time. The campus also includes two additional buildings that are owned and operated by Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services.

The solar panels are built by Itek Energy, a Whatcom County-based solar manufacturing company.

“This project highlights what is possible when community minded organizations come together for the greater good,” said Dana Hickenbottom of Itek Energy. “These itek Energy modules, built right here in Whatcom County, will generate clean energy from the sun for decades, lowering the operating costs of Lydia Place and allowing them to focus more resources toward their mission of helping women and children escape domestic violence."

Western Solar, another local company, will design and install the solar panel system.

“This partnership is an exciting opportunity to blend the skills and passions of four outstanding organizations in our community,” said Markus Virta, Sales Engineer for Western Solar. “We are embarking on this campaign to create a safe and effective discussion about homelessness, empowering women locally, and the role of renewable energy in our changing economy and environment. It is inspiring to see these three issues intertwine in such a profound way."

Aslan Brewing Co.’s Summer Solar Ale — and the June 30 release party — will help fund this project.

“We’re stoked to support a project that incorporates so many of our core values,” said Jack Lamb, CEO of Aslan. “We’re constantly looking for ways to support our community and improve our planet, and providing solar panels for Lydia Place does both. For us, being a craft brewery is not just about brewing high-quality beer. It’s about bringing people together around important issues.”

Support clean energy and community empowerment by drinking delicious beer. There’s no better way to kick off summer!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brewery Release: Seattle: Coming Soon ... Big Al Time Capsule August 2008

Press Release

Big Al Brewing is excited to announce a bottle release of our 8 year old Time Capsule sour from August 2008! With our anniversary coming up, Alejandro has selected that now is the time to bottle and share this beautiful brown sour.

Saturday, July 23rd at 1pm, the 375ml bottles will be $12 each with a limit of 4 each person.  We accept cash, credit or debit cards.  Please lineup at the gate, if you arrive early to get a line number.

We can’t wait to celebrate this 8 year old solera with you!

Live Your Dreams, Drink Ours!
image courtesy Big Al Bewing

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Industry News: Russian River Pliny the Elder tops Zymurgy Magazine's Best Commercial Beers in America, while Deschutes places 10th overall

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Boulder, CO  ... —The results are in! For the eighth year running, Russian River’s well-known and beloved double IPA, Pliny the Elder, has been tapped for the top spot on Zymurgy magazine’s list of the Best Commercial Beers in America.

Members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA)—which publishes Zymurgy—were able to choose up to 20 of their favorite commercial beers available for purchase in the United States in an online voting system. More than 18,000 votes poured in.

“The members of the American Homebrewers Association, made up of experienced homebrewers who participate in this annual poll, are among the most knowledgeable craft beer drinkers in the nation,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “It is no surprise that the beers and breweries they select as the best in their opinion reflect the highest quality beers available from the best brewers out there. The consistency with which some of the beers in the poll win is a testament to the value of quality over hype.”

“We just don’t expect this each year, especially in this age of great beer and new breweries,” said Russian River co-owner and brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo. “We know we have to earn our customers’ loyalty and busi­ness. We are very thankful for everyone who spends their hard-earned money on our beer.”

Top-Ranked Beers (T indicates Tie):
1. Russian River Pliny the Elder
2. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
3. The Alchemist Heady Topper
4. Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
5. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin
6. Founders Breakfast Stout
7. Three Floyds Zombie Dust
8. Bell’s Hopslam
9. Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout
T10. Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
T10. Stone Enjoy By IPA

Top-Ranked Breweries:
1. Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.
2. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.
3. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, Mich.
4. Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif.
5. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mills River, N.C.
6. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.
7. Ballast Point Brewing, San Diego, Calif.
8. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.
9. Lagunitas Brewing Company, Petaluma, Calif. and Chicago, Ill.
10. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.
Top-Ranked Beer Portfolios (T indicates Tie):
1. Stone Brewing Co., 67 beers
T2. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., 47 beers
T2. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 47 beers
4. Avery Brewing Co., 42 beers
5. New Belgium Brewing, 41 beers
6. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 39 beers
T7. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, 38 beers
T7. The Bruery, 38 beers
9. Boulevard Brewing Co., 37 beers
10. Founders Brewing Co., 33 beers
The complete list of Zymurgy’s Best Beers in America is available at HomebrewersAssociation.org. This was the 14th year that the poll was conducted.

Learn more about Zymurgy. In February, the magazine tapped accomplished homebrewer and internationally published beer writer Dave Carpenter as its new editor-in-chief.

About the American Homebrewers Association:
The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of more than 46,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) organizes events including Homebrew Con and the National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy magazine. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association, whose Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.
Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at HomebrewersAssociation.org. Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us on Facebook and Instagram.
The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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