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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brewery News: WA: Get It Now ... "Dick's Midnight Ride Black IPA Is Now On Tap"

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CENTRALIA, WA – The wait is over! Dick’s Midnight Ride is now on tap and available to the public! You can get one of the first delicious pint of this robust, NW Black IPA at the Dick’s Brewing Tasting Room or at our retail outlet Northwest Sausage & Deli. Our 20th Anniversary beer, Dick’s Midnight Ride is a trip to the dark side. Midnight Ride is a NW Black IPA bursting with Cascade and Centennial Hops, perfectly balanced with a rich dark malt profile. This full-bodied beer drinks like a porter but also has a hop profile that rivals the best Northwest IPA’s.

image courtesy Dick's Brewing Co.

The Dick’s Brewing Tasting Room was recently voted Best in Lewis County again for Best Place to Get a Pint, three years in a row! The Tasting room is open on both Fridays and Saturdays from 3 – 7:30 pm and features 12 of Dick’s Brewery’s beers on tap. Tours of the brewery are available at 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm to all guests. Guests can enjoy a sample tray that includes all of our beers on tap and a small tray of meats and cheeses from Northwest Sausage & Deli. Of course outside food is welcome too! Brewery guests can also purchase a 6-pack or Dick’s growler full of beer to take home and enjoy!

Dick’s Brew Crew created Midnight Ride to celebrate our journey of 20 years. With this special beer, we want to say “Thanks for a great ride and hold on because we have lots of miles left in the tank! “
We are proud to continue the dream that our founder started, and all of us here at Dick’s want to thank you for the 20 year ride! We will be celebrating our 20th Anniversary Party to the public at the Brewery on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 3 – 8:30 pm. We hope you can join us!

Dick’s Brewing Company  20th Anniversary Party
Saturday, October 25th, 2014 3 – 8:30 pm

Beer Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Deschutes Jubelale with artwork by Oregon's Lori and Lisa Lubbesmeyer

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A wee bit early to announce a winter beer? Deschutes Brewery couldn’t wait to share the inner and outer beauty of its 2014 Jubelale. Inside the bottle, fans will find the flavor they’ve come to know that hearkens in the cooler months of fall: layered flavors of warm spiciness, dried fruit and a hoppy finish. Outside the bottle, this year’s packaging features original fiber artwork from Bend, Oregon’s Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer showing two people sledding in a playful winter landscape.

“When we were asked to create a piece for the Jubelale label, we felt incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of something that has become a beloved annual tradition for both artists and beer lovers,” said the Lubbesmeyers, twin artists who collaborate on their pieces in their studio located just across the river from the brewery. “Creating the label artwork was a unique challenge for us, and a very welcome one. Our final design was inspired by engagement photos of our niece and her fiancé playing in the snow, which made us think about what we like to do during the winter in Bend…sledding followed by a beer sounded perfect.”

image of Juebelale courtesy Deschutes Brewery

The twins’ artwork for Jubelale 2014 was created through the Lubbesmeyer’s unique method of layering and overstitching with fabrics. During their artistic process, they exchange the pieces, allowing the imagery to emerge spontaneously. The fracturing of shape and saturation of color occur layer by layer – allowing the texture of the fiber to build the imagery as they’ve responded to each other’s work.

“We typically work in landscapes, so adding figures in was something fairly recent for us as artists,” said Lisa. “We needed to come up with something that reflected the energy of the season, which was completely different from past years’ artwork. The scene we created was meant to capture the essence of the lifestyle we enjoy here in Central Oregon.”

This year marks the 27th bottling of Jubelale, the first beer that Deschutes Brewery ever bottled. For the last 20 years, a different local artist has been chosen to create an original piece of art for the label. This “winter warmer” is always a favorite for the holiday season. Jubelale will be available in all 26 states where Deschutes Brewery beer is sold, starting in September.
6.7% Alcohol by Volume (ABV); 60 International Bitterness Units (IBUs); 12-ounce bottles and draft.

About Deschutes Brewery
Founded in 1988 as a brew pub in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes 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, fine ingredients and hand-crafting have been the focus – for both the beer and the food.  In 2008, the brewery opened a second pub in Portland’s Pearl District. Deschutes Brewery now ships beer to 26 states 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 or follow on Facebook (/Deschutes.Brewery) and Twitter (@DeschutesBeer).

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Brewery News: CA: Sierra Nevada Concludes Beer Camp Across America Festival Tour


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Chico, WA - After 4,800 whirlwind miles over two weeks (July 19–Aug. 3), Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. early this month finished Beer Camp Across America, a traveling beer festival that celebrated craft breweries and beer fans nationwide. Each stop on the unprecedented adventure featured local and regional breweries that together are helping craft beer thrive in every corner of the country. Sierra Nevada partnered with a different brewers guild in each city and will make a festival donation to those groups and their efforts to grow the craft beer industry.
Beer Camp Across America, the largest celebration of craft beer in history, by the numbers:

  • Festival path: Chico, CA, at Sierra Nevada’s brewery; San Diego, CA; Denver, CO; Chicago, IL; Portland, ME; Philadelphia, PA; Mills River, NC, at Sierra Nevada’s brand new East Coast brewery
  • Breweries: More than 700
  • US states represented by a brewery: 40 (including the District of Columbia)
  • Unique beers: More than 1,400
  • Festival attendees: More than 22,000
  • US states represented by attendees: 49
  • Guild partners: California Craft Brewers Association, San Diego Brewers Guild, Colorado Brewers Guild, Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Maine Brewers’ Guild, Brewers of Pennsylvania, North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild
  • Donation to Guild partners: $70,000 total
  • Donation to hops and barley research: $80,000 from Beer Camp Across America mixed 12-pack proceeds (see details below)
  • Social media snapshot:
    • More than 48,800,000 impressions on Twitter during the festival tour based on the hashtags #BeerCampTour and #BeerCamp (July 19–Aug. 3)
    • More than 2,400 Instagram photos to date tagged with #BeerCampTour
  • Tour bus breakdowns: Several close calls and one true sidelining—a mere 70 miles from the final festival in Mills River, NC

“Sixteen days on a bus could’ve worn us down, but everywhere we went, the enthusiasm for craft beer recharged us,” said Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada. “Beer Camp Across America was more exciting and encouraging than we could have imagined. Brewers and beer fans both are shaping a great future. It will be fun to watch our momentum continue.”
The final festival in Mills River, NC, served as the public debut of S
ierra Nevada’s brand new brewery. It has since started limited public “Hard Had Tours” during the final phase of construction and by this fall will launch a full tour program.
“Western North Carolina has blown us away with their hospitality, and we had a special opportunity to truly say ‘thank you’ for the first time in a big way at Beer Camp Across America,” said Brian Grossman, son of Ken Grossman and co-manager of the Mills River brewery. “We had a few Asheville brewers on the bus with us for the entire tour, and that really drove it home for us: we’ve joined a heck of a community.”
In conjunction with the festivals, Sierra Nevada partnered with a dozen craft breweries to create 12 different beers for one Beer Camp Across America mixed 12-pack, a first in the craft beer world. A portion of proceeds from the 12-pack sales—an estimated $80,000—will go toward hops and barley research. The 12-pack, now nearly sold out nationwide, features the following collaboration beers:
Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME | Myron’s Walk Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Asheville Brewers Alliance, Asheville, NC | Tater Ridge Scottish Ale
Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA | Electric Ray India Pale Lager
Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI | Maillard’s Odyssey Imperial Dark Ale
Cigar City Brewing, LLC, Tampa, FL | Yonder Bock Tropical Maibock
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Paso Robles, CA | Torpedo Pilsner
New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI | There and Back English-Style Bitter
Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, OR | Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout
Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO/Brevard, NC | CANfusion Rye Bock
Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA | Yvan the Great Belgian-Style Blonde
3 Floyds Brewing Co., Munster, IN | Chico King Pale Ale
Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA | Alt Route Altbier
Sierra Nevada’s blog and Facebook photo album to revisit Beer Camp Across America festival fun and road trip antics (e.g. trapeze school—brewers are natural acrobats, right?).
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 

Brewery News: WA: Elysian request video / photo entries for the “Great Pumpkin Beer Fest Pumpkin Royalty Contest”


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image courtessy Elysian Brewing

Calling all Pumpkinheads :: Do you love all things pumpkin, especially beer?  Do you rush to get your hands on the first batches of Elysian's delicious pumpkin brews each year? Do you remember when Elysian had their Great Pumpkin Beer Festival on Capitol Hill?  Or, do you just love the idea of parading around in costume, to be honored by thousands of people at Elysian Brewery this fall?

From now through September 15, Elysian invites you to submit your video*, letting us and the world know why you deserve to be the King or Queen of Pumpkinfest! Take inspiration from the notes above, and be creative, and maybe a little crazy.

We just ask that you limit your videos to 1 minute or less. You may apply solo, or as a couple (King/King, King/Queen, Queen/Queen - whatever your pomp and circumstance.)... just no pets please. Also, applicants must be 21+ as our Pumpkin Festival is a 21+ Beer Event.

image courtessy Elysian Brewing
Please email the URL of your video to becca@elysianbrewing.com with the Subject Line: GPBF Royal Video Contest, no later than September 15.  We will upload videos to our FB and You Tube feeds, and you can "like" or vote for your favorites. Check out last year's winning Royalty video -2013 GPBF Pumpkin Royalty

The elected Pumpkin Royalty riches will include:

-- Festival tickets for you and your fellow Monarch for each day of our 2014 GPBF

-- Festival Transportation provided in a BIG ORANGE LIMO (within Seattle city limits)

-- Attention-getting Fabulous royal attire to don during the Beer Festival

-- Swag Bag including drinkables, wearables, and other random goodies

-- Possibly something else cool that we haven't thought of yet

-- Bragging Rights

image courtessy Elysian Brewing

We will announce the royal winner on September 22, 2014. So Pumpkinheads!! - Get Busy Filming and Stay Tuned to our Social Media for contest submissions and updates!


The Elysian Pumpkinheads

* By submitting a video, each entrant hereby grants Elysian Brewing Company, Inc. full rights of use to said video, including, but not limited to: posting the video on Elysian's website and social media, and using any video stills for print promotion as they see fit for this and future years of the Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Festival and GPBF Royal Video Contest.


Three-time Large Brewpub of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival, Elysian Brewing Company operates four neighborhood restaurants and a production brewery in Seattle, Washington.  Known both for classic styles and for flexibility and innovation, Elysian has brewed over 350 different recipes since opening in 1996.  While Elysian's brewers use a variety of unusual ingredients, they are seasonally notorious for their pumpkin beers.  Each year Elysian hosts the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival, where dozens of different pumpkin beers are poured, some of them from giant pumpkins.

Festival Preview: WA: 8/23 Tacoma’s Engine House 9 Brewery celebrates ‘sour’ beers


Recall, if you can, the first time you tasted something sour. Was it a piece of rhubarb? Maybe it was a lemon drop hard candy. How about one of the Warhead hard candies, that make people produce odd reactions? This Saturday, August 23rd, Tacoma's Engine House 9 Brewery (611 N Pine St, Tacoma, WA 98406) hosts a unique event, featuring sour and wild beers.

What’s a sour beer?

Sour beer is a beer style characterized by an intentionally acidic, tart,sour taste. It is Category 17 of the Beer Judge Certification Program Style Guidelines. In theory any style of beer may be soured, but in practice the most common styles that are soured are Belgian lambics, gueuzes, and Flanders red ale.

Starting at 11am till closing time (or until the beer is gone, whichever comes first), sour abettors are asked to stop by the brewery and sample from over 30 different beers. Included at this event are rare (Bear Republic Tartare), the local (Big Al Jupiter’s Blood), and some from Washington’s past (Russian River Supplication, which is no longer sold in the state). Below is your supplemental list to get you started.

  • Anderson Valley Horse Tongue Wheat. This is a unique wheat beer which is first fermented with Belgian yeast, then later with our proprietary wild yeast and bacteria culture.
  • Baladin Brewing Wayan Sour. Le Baladin Wayan is made of 17 different ingredients (barley, wheat, spelt, oats, rye, different types of hops and many different spices besides coriander
  • Bear Republic Tartare. One of the world’s classic sour beer styles, Tartare is Bear Republic’s interpretation of Berliner Weisse, the tart, low-alcohol beer style dubbed as ‘The Champagne of the North.’
  • BFM 225 Historic Sour Saison
  • BFM Abbye Bon Chien. L’Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is an antique beer, a strong sour ale with 11% abv aged in old wine oak barrels during one year.
  • Big Al Brewing Jupiter's Blood. Brewed with sangiovese grapes and aged in sangiovese barrels--"sangiovese" translates to "blood of jove."
  • Big Al Brewing Special Blend
  • Commons Brewing Myrtle. Myrtle has a pleasant acidity from a Lactobacillus fermentation. Lemony Meridian hops grown in Silverton, OR enhance the citrus character of our house Lactobacillus strains and the fruity ester profile of our house farmhouse yeast.
  • Double Mountain Devil Kriek. Our delicious Belgian-style sour Kriek ales combine the tart Brettanomyces wild yeast with fresh fruit picked at Double Mountain’s orchard, just miles from Hood River.
  • Duchesse De Bourgogne. “Duchesse de Bourgogne” is an ale of mixed fermentation. It is a sweet-fruity ale with a pleasant fresh aftertaste.
  • Duo Brewing Brett Golden
  • Engine House 9 (aka, E9) Brewing Barrel A Batch 3
  • Engine House 9 (aka, E9) Brewing Funky Farmer Ralph
  • Engine House 9 (aka, E9) Brewing Hard Days Work Batch 4
  • Ichtegems Grand Cru Oud Bruin
  • Leifmans Fruitesse. This sparkling appetiser beer, with its pale red colour, is at its very best in the stylish, playful Liefmans glass. Enjoy the fresh, intense flavour of strawberries, raspberries, black cherries, elderberries and blueberries.
  • Logsdon – Bison Coco Bretta. The first-ever 100% organic collaboration beer, Cocoa Bretta is a hybrid blend of Bison’s award-winning Chocolate Stout and Logsdon’s award-winning Seizoen Bretta. This stout-based collaboration beer was brewed with organic Peruvian cocoa, a blend of six organic malts, organic roasted barley and organic oats. It was fermented using multiple yeast strains, and then finished with Logsdon’s proprietary strains of Brettanoymces and keg conditioned with pear juice.
  • Logsdon Far West Vlaming. This Red Ale is brewed in the 'Vlaming' or West Flanders style. A combination of pale, crystal, and dark roasted barley malt, wheat, and oats are brewed with local whole-cone hops, with a select variety of yeast and lactic bacteria.
  • Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. Monk's Café. Brewed for Monk's Café in Philadelphia, but also available for retail purchase elsewhere. Oud Bruin in style; a traditional blend of young and old beers.

  • Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed. Basic beer for the Alvino and the Kerasus. Also used to make the blend with Morpheus Dark to create the Morpheus Wild
  • New Belgium La Folie. La Folie, French for ‘the folly’, is a beer steeped in New Belgium brewing tradition
  • New Belgium Prickly Peach Passion Barrel. New Belgium Prickly Passion Peach Barrel - Prickly Passion Saison in a peach whiskey barrel with sour Felix aged for 5 months
  • Rodenbach Grand Cru. A blend of 1/3 young beer and 2/3 of beer aged 2 years in large oak vats. The more important proportion of oak matured beer contributes to its fruity taste, complexity and intensity. The finish is worthy of a great wine.
  • Russian River Supplication. Brown Ale aged in used Pinot Noir barrels from local Sonoma County wineries. It is aged for about 12 months with sour cherries, brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pediococcus added to each barrel. Flavors from the cherries, Pinot Noir and oak balance each other nicely with a little funk from the brett.
  • Schooner Exact 2010 Kriek
  • Schooner Exact No Sacc
  • Snipes Mountain Brewing Belita
  • The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse. Hottenroth Berliner Weisse is brewed in memory of Fred & Sarah Hottenroth, Patrick’s grandparents. This tart, German-style Berliner Weisse is as authentic as it gets. We use lactobacillus and a hint of brettanomyces to sour this very unusual, low gravity wheat beer.
  • The Bruery Sour on the Rye. We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.
  • The Bruery Tart of Darkness. We brewed a stout - no, not Black Tuesday, this one is low i abv if you can believe it! But we then decided to put it into the barrels that previously housed Black Tuesday and various other strong ales and added our special blend of souring bacterias and wild yeasts.  The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty sour stout.  Not a style you will see very often, and in our opinion, not a style seen often enough.

Brewery News: WA: "Naked City Brewery & Taphouse Hosts 826 Luminosity Benefit for 826 Seattle (aka The Greenwood Space Travel Company)"

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Seattle, WA – Naked City Brewery & Taphouse and "Band in Seattle" present Eric Anderson from Cataldo in the special fourth installment of the Naked Sessions acoustic concert series. Along with all proceeds from tickets, the whole day’s proceeds from every pint sold of 826 Luminosity, a special ale from Head Brewer Don Web, will go directly to benefit the great programs at 826 Seattle. Drink up!

Each Naked Sessions features a great Northwest band braiding songs together with stories about the music. Don’t miss an unforgettable evening when Eric Anderson takes the stage to perform solo versions of his acclaimed "majestic indie pop" (Spin). Doors at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Seated general admission; full table service. $10 at Brown Paper Tickets.

826 Seattle is a nonprofit writing and tutoring center dedicated to helping youth, ages six to 18, improve their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Band in Seattle is the popular television program about NW musicians produced by the team at Victory Studios, Seattle's only full-service media production company. Band in Seattle airs Saturday nights at 11pm on channel CW11, and online at Qello.

Naked City Brewery is a passionate supporter of arts, culture, and charities. Oftentimes its hand-crafted beers are inspired by a song, film, or person. Every beer tells a story, and each one ferments in its own time. The Screening Room is Naked City's seventy-person dining movie theater, featuring a New American comfort food menu alongside award-winning craft beers, wines, and ciders.

Eric Anderson from Cataldo is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist musician, and a volunteer at 826 Seattle. His band Cataldo's latest album, "Gilded Oldies," dropped in March 2014 with what Spin magazine called "pensive, majestic indie pop," drawing inspiration from funk, soul, and R&B as well as folk. Anderson hails originally from Moscow, Idaho.

When: Friday, August 26, 2014, 8pm
Where: Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Avenue N.

Industry News: US: Shmaltz Brewing & IMBCR Team Up For Reunion® Fundraising Events!

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Shmaltz Brewing Company teams up for the fourth year-in-a-row with Terrapin Beer Company and Alan Shapiro (founder of SBS Imports) to create Reunion Ale '14: A Beer For Hope®, a Dark Imperial Brown Ale Brewed with Toasted Coconut, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Roasted Coffee (from Creekside Café in Burnt Hills, NY) and Cocoa Nibs (from Nashville, TN's Olive and Sinclair Chocolate Company). A portion of the proceeds from both the sale of Reunion Ale '14® and national fundraising events will be donated directly to The Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research (IMBCR). In addition to Reunion Fundraising Events occurring across the country this summer and fall, Shmaltz is raffling off 18 three-liter magnums of Reunion Ale '14® (valued at over $100 each) at select special events listed below.

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"Once again, IMBCR is excited to partner with Shmaltz and Terrapin as Reunion Ale '14: A Beer For Hope® is nationally launched," says Geoffrey M. Gee, Executive Director, Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research. "From IMBCR's perspective, working with major donors (corporate, foundations and individuals) as well as small businesses and individuals allows us to raise much needed funds and create awareness for our important work. With the support of Reunion 2014® -- which by the way has always been an exceptional brew -- we've been able to further our research into multiple myeloma and other cancers, and know that we are moving ever closer to finding a cure. We are confident that 2014 will be a very successful year for both Reunion® and IMBCR."

Reunion® is brewed annually in memory of Virginia MacLean, a dedicated cancer research supporter who lost her own battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2007 and a dear friend and co-worker of Alan Shapiro and Pete Slosberg's (creator of Pete's Wicked Ale™). Thus far, the Reunion project has raised more than $130,000 in Virginia's name for the IMBCR.

For the first time, brewmaster Brian "Spike" Buckowski, of Terrapin Brewing Co., made a trip to Shmaltz's new brewery in Clifton Park, NY to take part in the brewing of Reunion Ale '14® alongside Shmaltz's Brewmaster Paul McErlean. Buckowski comments, "Being part of the Reunion beer project for the last couple of years with Shmaltz has been a creative outlet for us here at Terrapin as well as a rewarding one." With Terrapin currently under construction and unable to brew their version of Reunion '14, Shmaltz will exclusively brew and release this year's collaboration through their extensive nationwide team of wholesalers. Reunion Ale '14® is now available in 22 oz bottles, as well as limited amounts of draft in the nearly 40 U.S. states and in Western Canada through Shmaltz's distribution network.

Below is a list of Reunion Fundraising Events happening in select cities from August - October 2014, all of which will donate proceeds benefiting The Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research:

*Thursday, August 14, 2014 (Reunion Luau Fundraiser @ Brick Store Pub: 125 E Court Square, Decatur, GA; Leon's Full Service: 131 E Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA) -- Celebrate with Reunion Ale '14® on draft and other select beers from Shmaltz and Terrapin. Rare and cellar beers will be available at Brick Store Pub, and tiki cocktails will also help raise funds for the IMBCR. Shmaltz raffles off a magnum of Reunion Ale '14® at Brick Store Pub.

*Friday, August 15, 2014 (Reunion Luau Fundraiser @ Shmaltz Brewing Tasting Room: 6 Fairchild Square, Clifton Park, NY) -- Visit the Shmaltz Brewing Tasting Room as they raffle off a magnum of Reunion Ale '14® and pour draft samples of Reunion '14, '13 and '12. Feast on tropical fare, fresh cannolis made with Reunion ’14 from The Crisp Cannoli and Reunion Beer Ice Cream floats for dessert.

*Saturday, August 16, 2014 (Reunion Bottle Launch @ Malt and Mold: 221 E Broadway, NYC; 3 pm - 6 pm) -- Shmaltz features a selection of growler-fill drafts and bottles including Reunion Ale '14®.

*Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (Reunion Luau Fundraiser @ The Common Market: 1515 S Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC) -- Reunion Ale '14® will be on tap as well as other Shmaltz favorites. There might even be a turtle sighting, honoring Terrapin's collaboration with Shmaltz! Shmaltz raffles off a magnum of Reunion Ale '14®.

*Thursday, August 21, 2014 (Reunion Draft Launch @ Whole Foods Columbus Circle Taproom: 10 Columbus Circle, NYC; 5 pm - 8 pm) -- Shmaltz features four select beers in the Taproom, including Reunion Ale '14®.

*Thursday, August 21, 2014 (Reunion Fundraiser: "Collaboration for a Cause" @ Falling Rock Tap House: 1919 Blake Street, Denver, CO; 5 pm - 8 pm) -- Join Shmaltz founder Jeremy Cowan for the first Colorado Reunion Ale '14® fundraiser. A delectable lineup of award-winning brews will be on tap, including Reunion Ale '13 & '14®, Death of a Contract Brewer Black IPA®, and Jewbelation REBORN®. Falling Rock will raffle off a selection of rare bottles from their private stash, including a Grand Prize magnum of Reunion Ale '14®. $2 from every pint, plus all money raised in the raffle, will be donated to the IMBCR.

*Friday, August 22, 2014 (Reunion Luau Fundraiser @ Fermental Lounge: 7250 Market Street, Wilmington, NC) -- Shmaltz and Terrapin selections will be available as well Reunion Ale '14®. These two standout breweries are back with this year's Reunion®, and this time they're throwing down at the beach. Fermental will have some tropical grub, and don't be surprised if you see Shmaltz's Southeast Sales Rep Greg Lynn in a coconut bra! Shmaltz raffles off a magnum of Reunion Ale '14®.

*Wednesday, August 27, 2014 (Reunion Luau Fundraiser @ Square One Fish Market: 414 N Thomas Street, Athens, GA) -- Celebrate the release of Reunion Ale '14® in Terrapin's backyard. Square One will offer an island style buffet for $15. Shmaltz raffles off a magnum of Reunion Ale '14®.

*Thursday, August 28, 2014 (Reunion Fundraiser @ New York Beer Company: 321 W 44th Street, NYC; 5 pm - 8 pm) -- New York Beer Company's "Brewery of the Month for August" is Shmaltz Brewing. Throughout August 2014, Shmaltz will feature on tap both year-round as well as limited-edition releases. Shmaltz hosts a Reunion Ale '14 fundraiser to close out the month-long promotion. Shmaltz raffles off a magnum of Reunion Ale '14®, 22 oz. bottles of Reunion Ale '14®, and other Reunion® vintages.

*Friday, September 5, 2014 (Reunion Raffle Fundraiser @ The Surly Goat: West Hollywood, CA) -- Shmaltz raffles off a magnum of Reunion Ale '14®, and members of the IMBCR will be onsite giving a special talk about their research.

*Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (Reunion Raffle Fundraiser @ Good Beer: 422 E 9th Street, NYC) -- A six-week raffle fundraiser will draw to a close on Sept. 10, and a winner will be selected among the many who entered for a chance to win a magnum of Reunion Ale '14®. Raffle tickets are $2.

*Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (Reunion Raffle Fundraiser @ Beer Culture: 328 W 45th Street, NYC) -- A six-week raffle fundraiser will draw to a close on Sept. 10, and a winner will be selected among the many who entered for a chance to win a magnum of Reunion Ale '14®. Raffle tickets are $2.

*Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (Reunion Raffle Fundraiser @ Top Hops: 94 Orchard Street, NYC) -- Join Jeremy Cowan in the fight against cancer with a Shmaltz Tap Takeover. Shmaltz's six-week raffle fundraiser will draw to a close on Sept. 10, and a winner will be selected among the many who entered for a chance to win a magnum of Reunion Ale '14®. Raffle tickets are $2.

*Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (Reunion Fundraiser: "Collaboration for a Cause" @ Dive Bar 96: 732 Amsterdam Ave, NYC; 6 pm - 9 pm) -- The fundraising event features an impressive line-up of collaboration beers, including Reunion Ale '14® (Shmaltz/Terrapin), St. Lenny's® (Shmaltz/Cathedral Square), Jurata® (Coronado/Cigar City), and a selection of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp offerings plus beers from Stone and Widmer. Shmaltz raffles off a magnum of Reunion Ale '14®, and a portion of all beers sales benefit IMBCR.

Stay up-to-date regarding additional event details and newly confirmed fundraisers on shmaltzbrewing.com.

The Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research is dedicated to independent research on developing effective therapies that improve the quality of life and longevity of patients with myeloma and bone cancer. Myeloma and bone cancer are two of the fastest growing diseases in the world, afflicting more than one million people in the U.S. alone.

About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Ranked in 2013 as one of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" by RateBeer.com, Shmaltz won 9 Gold and 5 Silver Medals in the World Beer Championships in 2012. A recipient of the "Distinguished Business Award" by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Shmaltz was also included in the "Top 50 Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies" by San Francisco Business Times.

Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established the company in San Francisco in 1996 with the first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® hand bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area in his Grandmother’s Volvo. He'brew® now sells across 37 states, through 40 wholesalers and nearly 5,000 retailers. In 2007, Shmaltz released a new line of craft brewed lagers under the Coney Island® banner. The Coney Island brand was recently acquired by Alchemy and Science, a craft beer incubator, owned by Boston Beer (Sam Adams).

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Shmaltz recently broke with tradition and opened its own New York State production brewery in Clifton Park, NY, 10 minutes north of Albany's capital district. Shmaltz's new home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity. The new brewery packages 12 and 22 ounce bottles and kegs of their diverse core and seasonal favorites, and hosts fans and beer tourists in their new tasting room for tours, barrel-aged previews, and special releases.

In 2010/11, Cowan published his small business memoir, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing Company an International Success. A free sampling of Chapter One and suggested beer pairings, can be viewed at www.craftbeerbarmitzvah.com. In 2012, Cowan spearheaded the creation of the non-profit New York City Brewers Guild (which manages NYC Beer Week) and served as its Founding President.

Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet's Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.

Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR's "Weekend Edition," Fox Business News, Men's Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beer Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Tour de Fall American Pale Ale

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New Belgium Brewing’s new fall seasonal celebrates Tour de Fat, the brewery’s traveling festival of bikes, beer and bemusement. As the ten-city tour begins the second half of the 2014 schedule this American-style Pale Ale will also hit the road and be available in New Belgium markets across the country through October. At six percent ABV and 38 IBUs, this beer is a go-to for the fall. Pale malt, chocolate rye and caramel add a slight bitter-sweet flavor and a red hue to the pour. Hops dominate its aroma with pine, floral, tangerine, lemon rind and tropical fruit notes.

Tour de Fall image courtesy New Belgium

“This well-balanced, crisp beer is perfect for fall,” said New Belgium Assistant Brewmaster, Grady Hull. “It’s not spiced like a lot of other fall beers, instead, Tour de Fall is dry-hopped with two different hop varieties, making it refreshing, light and easy to drink.”

In addition to Tour de Fall, this fall New Belgium brings back Saison Harvest Ale in the new Fall Folly Packs. In the Can Folly Packs 1554 Black Lager, is joining the mix – its can debut. Last year’s Pumpkick Pumpkin Ale will also be available in limited release.

To find New Belgium beers near you, use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: http://www.newbelgium.com/beer/locator.aspx.

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit www.newbelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/newbelgium.com and Twitter @NewBelgium.

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 nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

Beer Release: ID: Get It Now ... Grand Teton Sheep Eater Scotch Ale

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VICTOR, ID – Grand Teton Brewing Company, known throughout the West for their exceptional craft brews, is proud to announce the release of Sheep Eater Scotch Ale, the third offering in their 2014 Cellar Reserve series.

Grand Teton Brewing Co.

Sheep Eater Scotch Ale was first brewed in 2009 and has become the Cellar Reserve most-requested for a comeback. Scotland's cold, blustery climate lends itself to the growing of barley and oats but not to the production of hops, which are almost always added sparingly. In order to create depth and diversity in the beers brewed in Scotland, malts were roasted and kilned to help bring out hidden flavors.

Scotch Ales are some of the world's most flavorful beers. The specially roasted and kilned malts used in the mash impart roasted, caramel, and raisin sweetness to the flavor profile. This ale is brewed with black roasted barley and peat-smoked malt, adding even more complexity to the palate. It is gently spiced with English hops, fermented cool and aged cold for exceptional smoothness.  The result is a copper-brown color and a pleasant mouthfeel and body.

Grand Teton Brewing ferments this beer colder than most ales so that they do not risk producing any flavors driven by yeast-produced esters. Instead, they want the malt to shine through and provide all the wonderful flavors Sheep Eater has to offer.

Drink this beer at cellar temperatures between 47-57 degrees Fahrenheit. The strong dark malts and high levels of alcohol will make this beer an ideal candidate for prolonged cellaring. Enjoy this beer with flavorful meats such as honey ham, well-marinated and grilled steaks, and roasted root vegetables lightly seasoned with salt. With dessert, try crème brûlée and a side of berries; the light and airy texture of the crème brûlée and tartness of the berries will balance nicely with the thick, sweet mouthfeel of Grand Teton Brewing’s Sheep Eater Scotch Ale.

Alcohol by Volume:  7.5% • Original Gravity (Plato): 22˚ P

International Bitterness Units: 21 • Color (Lovibond): 20˚

Grand Teton Brewing was founded in 1988 as the first modern “micro” brewery in the state of Wyoming. Their premium microbrews include the 10x gold-medal-winning Bitch Creek ESB, the 2009 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winner (American Pale Ale) Sweetgrass APA and the favorites of the Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks; Old Faithful Ale, Howling Wolf Weisse Bier and Amber Ale.  From their production facility in Victor, Idaho, Grand Teton Brewing beers are hand-crafted from only the finest ingredients, including locally-grown grains and pure Teton Mountain spring water.  Grand Teton Brewing is a green company utilizing environmentally conscious and sustainable practices whenever possible.  Discriminating beer drinkers can find their favorite Grand Teton Brewing brews on tap and in bottles throughout California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Beer Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Ninkasi Festbier Oktoberfest & Ninkasi Venn Dortmund-style Lager

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With the approach of the harvest and cooler fall weather, Ninkasi Brewing Company announces two lagers that are rooted in European tradition and celebrate the incredible ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. Oktoberfest, the newest addition to Ninkasi’s Seasonal Release Series, and Venn, the third Prismatic Lager Series release of the year, capture all that the region has to offer: some of the purest water in the Continental United States and Northwest-grown hops.

Available September through October, Oktoberfest is a Festbier lager crafted to honor the region’s great bounty. “Festbier is a unique Bavarian lager that’s made around the harvest time, similar to an Oktoberfest, but it has what German brewers consider to have a more hoppy presence,” explains Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-founder of Ninkasi. “Oktoberfest has a darker hue than most lagers and a toasty malt flavor with a sweet impression up front paired with an earthy and grassy hop flavor.” Brewed with hops grown in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, these hops were selected to impart the earthy, grassy flavor of traditional German hops.

Ninkasi Oktoberfest courtesy Ninkasi Brewing

Venn, available September through December, is a balanced Dortmund-style lager providing a deliciously easy drinking option for the crisper months ahead. “The most important characteristic of this style is its balance,” says Floyd. “All ingredients must be in perfect harmony, giving the beer a Noble hop bitterness with a rounded, sweet malt flavor.”

Both beers will be available throughout Ninkasi’s distribution footprint: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; Nevada; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Oktoberfest Stats
Style: Festbier Lager
Series: Seasonal Release Series
Available: Sept.-Oct. 2014
ABV: 5.9
IBU: 25
Starting Gravity: 1058
Malt: Pilsner, Carahell, Cara Munich
Hops: Sterling, Willamette, Tettnang
Packaging: 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce bottles, draft
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; Nevada; and Vancouver, British Columbia
URL: http://www.ninkasibrewing.com/oktoberfest

Description: To celebrate the harvest, we decided to brew a beer dedicated to the tradition of Oktoberfest. Using Pilsner malt and hops grown in the Northwest, this beer is our way of toasting to the great bounty that our area brings us. Cheers!

Tasting Notes: Our Oktoberfest has a slightly higher ABV than most Bavarian-style lagers, followed by a more prolific aromatic hop profile. With a deep copper color, this lager has a toasty malt flavor and a dry finish with earthy, grassy hop notes.

Food Pairings: Chicken, Duck, Rabbit, Pork, Potatoes, Spaetzle, Salads, Caramel Sweets and Cookies

Ninkasi Venn courtesy Ninkasi Brewing

Venn Stats
Style: Dortmund-Style Lager
Series: Prismatic Lager Series
Available: Sept.-Dec. 2014
ABV: 5.1
IBU: 25
Starting Gravity: 1050
Malt: Pilsner, Vienna, Carahell, Acidulated
Hops: German Magnum, German Hersbrucker
Packaging: 12-ounce bottles, draft
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; Nevada; and Vancouver, British Columbia
URL: http://www.ninkasibrewing.com/venn

Description: Venn is the definition of balance, where American craft meets European tradition. First brewed in 19th century Dortmund, Germany, the hallmark of the style is its sophisticated symmetry. Brilliantly marrying a perceptible Noble Hop bitterness with a rounded, sweet malt flavor, Venn is golden in color, clean and harmonious.
Tasting Notes: The hallmark of this Dortmund-style lager is the balance between perceptible Noble Hop bitterness and rounded malt flavor; making it deliciously easy to drink.

Food Pairings: Sausages, Spaetzles, Trout, Fondue, Potato Salad

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Oregon; Alaska; California; Idaho; Montana; Washington; Nevada; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

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