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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Industry News: USDA reports 10% increase in available hops from same period last year

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MOXEE, WA ... As a member of the International Hop Grower’s Convention (IHGC), Hop Growers of America participates in the IHGC preliminary projections for the 2016 growing year: Hop Acreage is increasing yet again at a global level for the third straight year, and for the fourth straight year in the United States.

With demand reaching new heights, largely thanks to increased hop usage in craft beer and theU.S. Brewery count reaching an all-time high, hop growers across the globe have responded with more acreage.

“The industry has worked hard to keep up with demand at a frenetic pace and the stock report is a lagging indicator of success in those efforts,” said Jason Perrault, a U.S. Hop Grower and Breeder of Select Botanicals, a hop breeding company, speaking in reference to the USDA Hop Stocks report released by the National Agriculture Statistics Service last month. The report found hop stocks rose 10% in the past year, meaning brewer’s supplies are 10% larger in the U.S. compared to the same time last year.

The total amount of hops in U.S. inventory at the time of the report is 131 million pounds. To put this number into perspective, the total 2015 global hop harvest was 190.4 million pounds. While a small portion of these hops will be available for purchase on the spot market, the majority of this inventory is contracted and in storage until brewers request shipment.

However, the number also indicates increased infrastructure improvements and services of product storage for brewers, especially smaller production facilities that do not have a large space for raw materials storage, allowing more frequent shipments throughout the year.

“The stock report is an indicator that industry efforts to keep up with demand are increasingly successful. But, in high demand varieties, despite an increase in stocks, burn rates on these varieties have met expectations and are experiencing continued growth in future contracting,” notes Perrault.

As for the hops yet to come with the 2016 Harvest – the outlook is a sunny one. With a projected increase of 5,400 acres in the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, and Idaho) and 600 acres in smaller farms across the country, the estimate increase for the United States is 6,000 total acres, a 13% increase following a 19% increase the year before. The projected increase would bring the U.S. hop acreage to 51,275 acres, widening the gap with other world-leading hop producer Germany, projected at 45,468 acres (10% increase). Aroma and dual purpose varieties, including popular proprietary varieties, will continue to dominate U.S. acreage expansion.

“We are finally beginning to see some signs of breathing room in the supply chain,” said Pete Mahony, Vice President, Supply Chain/Purchasing at John I. Haas in Yakima, especially speaking to popular craft varieties hard-hit last summer. “Although, we’ve not reached comfortable levels quite yet.”

To add on to the good news for hop lovers, normal irrigation water supplies are currently projected for Washington’s Yakima Valley, home to approximately 70% of the U.S. hop crop. In addition to an uncharacteristically hot year, low water supplies due to a small snowpack in the 2014/2015 winter resulted in lower yields for 2015 on some varieties – particularly early maturing aromas which are in high demand.

“Going into the growing season with a good supply of water, another large acreage increase, and last year’s new acreage coming into full-production, we are excited for the 2016 growing season,” said Ann George, Executive Director of Hop Growers of America. “Thanks to the efforts of the hop and brewing industries working together, contracts have increased, resulting in more breweries reliably having their needs fulfilled and at a known price. We hope to see this continue, reducing reliance on the spot market, which acts as a good buffer for unanticipated need and yield variances.”

Forward contracting also allows growers to secure necessary capital from their lenders as they can prove their crop is sold. This is especially crucial for expansion to meet demand where the per-acre cost of establishing new acreage is very expensive – estimated at a minimum of $40,000 (likely higher) an acre considering grower and merchant costs. Included in this projection cost is land, growing supplies, rootstock, labor, additional farm equipment, harvesting facilities (picking and drying), and increased cold storage warehouses, packaging equipment, etc.

While a healthy spot market is crucial for buffering unexpected needs for brewers, an oversaturation results in market price volatility and increasing risk.

To see the full IHGC report, view it on their website here.

Hop Growers of America (HGA) promotes American grown hops to brewers and merchants of hops both domestically and internationally. HGA facilitates conversations between growers, merchants, and brewers, providing statistical reports to the industry and education on the quality, variety, and tradition of U.S. grown hops. For more information, visit: www.usahops.org/

Brewery News: Bellingham: Aslan Brewing announces release of BREW the CHANGE, a collaboration between 10 breweries.

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BELLINGHAM, WA ... - At the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia this week, ten Certified B Corps (Benefit Corporations) will launch their collaborative beer. BREW the CHANGE was crafted together by the group at Beau’s All Natural Brewing last month. These breweries all believe that business can be a strong force for good in the world, and they’ve come together to celebrate this shared vision with a delicious beer made with B Corp certified ingredients. Certified by B Lab (the nonprofit behind B Corp), these for-profit companies meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.

"One of our guiding principles here at B Lab is to take our work, not ourselves seriously,” says Andy Fyfe on the Community Team at B Lab. “While it can be a challenge for business to do well and do good at the same time, these B Corp breweries and ingredients are showing us you can do both, and also have some fun together." 

The participating breweries include: Aslan Brewing (Washington), Beau’s All Natural Brewing (Ontario), Bison Brewing (California) Brewery Vivant (Michigan), Bull City Burger and Brewery (North Carolina), Hopworks Urban Brewery (Oregon), New Belgium Brewing (Colorado), North Coast Brewing (California), Persephone Brewing (British Columbia), and Picaroons Traditional Ales (New Brunswick).

THE CHANGE WE SEEK AT ASLAN - Creating a truly green business  goes far beyond sustainable raw inputs and outputs. Rather, commitment to preserving local management, helping our community, and respecting the needs of a workforce are a few of the many elements ASLAN believes are what make businesses like it special. Every decision made at the brewpub, no matter how small it may seem, must be made with a conscious mind. ASLAN understands that it is often gifted the power to influence friends and neighbors, and there is nothing more sustainable than insuring that everything it does will benefit us all in the long run.
As ASLAN grows and its impact on the world becomes inevitably larger, we will continue to search for more ways to subsidize, or completely eliminate, the footprints we leave behind; there is no greater mission than that (and to brew really good beer, of course).
BREW the CHANGE will be pouring at the launch party in Philadelphia on May 4, 2016. RSVP at https://brewthechange.eventbrite.com, or you can stop in to Beau’s All Natural Brewing for a pint. Other B Corp brewers may make it available in their tasting rooms in the future, so stay tuned!

About the beer: The beer includes a subtle staging of wheat and barley malts that were selected to allow ingredients from our Certified B-Corp suppliers to truly shine in this inspired, purpose-driven ale.

Ingredients include: organic honey from The African Bronze Honey Project who are committed to sustainable practice and preserving traditional heritage while creating economic opportunity for independent bee keepers and their families in Africa; organic Chinook hops from Crosby Hop Farms, one of only a handful of Salmon Safe certified hop farms in the U.S.; organic yerba mate from Guayaki, the first Fair Trade Certified yerba mate company in the world; and organic cold-pressed cranberry juice from Starvation Alley Farms, the first certified organic cranberry farm in the state of Washington.

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About Aslan Brewing Co.:
ASLAN BREWING COMPANY is a sustainable microbrewery and restaurant in Downtown Bellingham, exclusively brewing 100% USDA Certified Organic beer for the Pacific Northwest. ASLAN serves up local and seasonal world street cuisine every day in their all-ages brewpub, with plenty of gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Enjoy over 12 unique organic beers on tap at any day of the year, not to mention local wine, cider, and house-made soda pop, so there is surely something for everyone.
ASLAN also brews organic beer for restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and bottle shops. In addition to a variety of organic beer on draft, ASLAN packages beer in cans and growlers for your convenience.
Community outreach is of one ASLAN's key pillars. By staying connected with local non-profits and community organizations, ASLAN is able to bolster its contribution to social and environmental well-being. The brewpub offers itself as a community hub and frequently hosts fundraisers and events for local campaigns and organizations in need, making it more than just a beer-centric eatery.
We wanted show people what we're really all about. Yes, we brew organic beer and make one helluva Bacon Bison Burger, but there is much more that we value and strive to accomplish. As a Certified B Corp, we are able to better communicate our goals in sustainability and connect with like-minded people to help make the world a healthier place.


About B Lab:
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by:
  • Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability; 
  • Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last; 
  • Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits; 
  • Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media

Festival News: Portland: Cheers to Belgian Beers announces draft list. Festival runs from May 13th thru 14th.

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The 10th annual Cheers to Belgian Beers festival has announced the beer lineup for this year’s event, taking place May 13 and May 14 at The North Warehouse, 723 N Tillamook St. Hours are 1 to 9pm on Friday and Noon to 8pm on Saturday.

The festival features up to 70 Belgian-style beers all brewed by Oregon craft brewers, the majority of which use the same single yeast strain: Imperial Organic Yeast 58 Lioness, a yeast that produces white fruit esters that are balanced with clove phenolic aromas.
The list of participating breweries, their beer name and their style follows; this list is continually updated as more breweries sign up. For a complete up to date list, including ABV and yeast strain, please visit www.oregoncraftbeer.org/ctbb:
13 Virtues Brewing: Guatemala Steve | Belgian Dark Specialty
Agrarian Ales: Leaena | Belgian Golden
Alameda Brewing: Donk and Donk | Dubbel
Ambacht Brewing: G++ | Belgian Golden Strong Ale
BackPedal Brewing: 99 Problems | Belgian Strong Brown Ale
Baerlic Brewing: Stark Black | Belgian Stout
Base Camp Brewing: Monk's Brunch | Belgian Dark Session
Bent Shovel Brewing: Namesake Dark Strong Ale | Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Breakside Brewery: Bunk's Wit | Witbier
Buoy Beer: Sort of Brunette | Belgian Blonde
Burnside Brewing: Immaculate Decoction | Belgian Strong Ale
Caldera Brewing: Vas Deference | Belgian Ale
Cascade Brewing: Lioness Ritchie | Blonde
Coalition Brewing: Trifecta | Tart Belgian Pale with Lychee Fruit
Craft Kitchen and Brewery: Red Dawn Saison | Barrel Aged Belgium (Soured)
Crux Fermentation Project: CBS (Cranberry Belgian Stout) | Belgian Stout
Culmination Brewing: Pinot Evil | Belgian Tripel
Deschutes Brewery: Lumiere du Centre | Belgian Tripel
Double Mountain Brewery: TBD | Belgian Quad
Ecliptic Brewing: Hyades Belgian Golden Ale | Belgian Golden Ale
Ex Novo Brewing: TBD | Strong Gold with Papaya
Falling Sky Brewing: Big Ripple Tripel | Tripel
Fat Heads Brewery: Dark Gnome | Belgian Session CDA
Fort George Brewery: Spring Fever | Belgian Strong Ale
FOTM Brewing: Une Biere Pour Adelaide | Belgian Strong Pale
Gigantic Brewing: Black Pieter | Belgian Black Ale
Golden Valley Brewery: Rode Distel | Flanders Style Red
Green Dragon Brew Crew: Special Agent Moriarty | Belgian Dark Strong
Hair of the Dog Brewing: Rose | Belgian Tripel
Howporks Urban Brewery: Xocolatl Xake Up | Spiced Quad
Laurelwood Brewery: TBD | Imperial Belgian Chocolate Stout
Leikam Brewing: Moonshadow Belgian Chocolate Ale | Dark Belgian
Lompoc Brewing: Mystical Apricorn | Belgian Pale
Lucky Labrador Brewing: High Ryes | Belgian Rye
McMenamins Concordia Brewery: Triple Lindy | Belgian Tripel
McMenamins Crystal Brewery: Damned in Black Belgian Rye | Belgian Rye
Migration Brewing: Azaca Kahn IPA | Belgian IPA
Montavilla Brew Werks: Jerry Runs the voodoo Down | Belgian Extra Pale Ale
Mt Tabor Brewing: Oranje Leeuwin | Belgian Blonde
Oakshire Brewing: Save the Bees | Tart Dry-Hopped Farmhouse Ale
Occidentall Brewing: Zwarte Betje | Belgian Dark Strong
Old Town Brewing: Gargamel's Revenge | Belgian Stout
Pelican Brewery: Pelican Saison | Saison
pFriem Family Brewers: Flanders Red | Flanders Red
PINTS Brewing: Belgian Breakfast | Belgian Breakfast Beer
Plank Town Brewing: Trubbel | Dubbel
Portland Brewing: Honey Badger | Belgian Braggot
Rock Bottom Brewery: TBD
Rogue Ales: TBD | Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Sasquatch Brewery: Grand Cru | Belgian Style Strong Blonde
Solera Brewery: The Five Foot Assassin | Sour Brown
Stickmen Brewing: La Sticke | Belgian Tripel
Storm Breaker Brewing: Tripel Impact | Belgian Tripel
Sunriver Brewing: Willie the Red | Belgian Strong Red Ale
The Commons Brewery: Zeven | Dubbel
Three Mugs Brewing: Belgian from the ‘Burbs | Coffee Belgian Dark Strong
Thunder Island Brewing: The Hoppy Monk | Belgian Dark Strong
Unicorn Brewing: The Unicorns Drinking Pale | Belgian Dry Hopped Pale
Upright Brewing: Sunset Saison | Saison
Uptown Brewing: Wam Bam Thank You Tam | Black Saison
Vagabond Brewing: Belgian Blonde | Belgian Blonde
Widmer Brothers Brewing: Sansho No Sezon | Saison with Sansho Peppercorns
Wild Ride Brewing: Dark Dynasty Belgian Dark Strong Ale | Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Wolf Tree Brewery: Donker Boom | Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Worthy Brewing: Three Legged Table Bier | Belgian Dark
Yachats Brewing: Jasper Wave | Belgian Blonde
Zoiglhaus Brewing: Chocolate Blood Orange Candi Biere | Chocolate Orange Ale
Admission to the event is free. In order to drink, it costs $20 for a souvenir glass tasting goblet and 10 drink tickets. Beers are available by taster only; most beers cost one ticket for a taste, though some may cost double. Additional tasting tickets are available for $1 apiece. Advance tickets are on sale now at http://oregoncraftbeer.org/ctbb. The event is for ages 21 and over.

Cheers to Belgian Beers takes place in The North Warehouse as well as outside in the tented parking lot. Food is available from Monk’s Deli and the Urban German Grill. Street parking is available, but limited. Attendees are encouraged to take public transportation — the TriMet Bus Line 35 stops one block away and the Yellow Max Line stops two blocks away — or ride their bike, with complimentary bike parking available.

Cheers to Belgian Beers is sponsored by MCF Craft Brewing SystemsBoelter BeverageThe Country Malt GroupGreat Western MaltingImperial Organic Yeast and Portland Mercury. The event is organized by the Oregon Brewers Guild, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the state’s craft brewing industry and the common interests of its members. Founded in 1992, the Oregon Brewers Guild is one of the nation’s oldest craft brewers associations. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 154 brewing companies, 122 associate or supplier members and more than 3,500 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). To learn more, visit www.oregoncraftbeer.org.

Twitter: @OregonCraftBeer
Facebook: OregonCraftBeer
Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/1710290302518492/
Hashtag: #ctbb16

Alehouse Event: Seattle: Mother's Day at Watershed Pub & Kitchen. Make a reservation today.

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SEATTLE, WA For the second year, Watershed’s delicious weekend brunch becomes an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet! Come celebrate Mom with a delicious breakfast, perhaps a mimosa or beermosa, at a great place to relax and enjoy yourselves. Our beautiful, spacious patio will be open, weather permitting!

Mom doesn’t live here? No problem! Come and enjoy brunch in her honor, she’ll be glad to know you had a good breakfast!

Brunch offerings include breakfast pizza, carver ham, sausage, bacon, lox, eggs, biscuits and gravy, potatoes, granola bar, salads, pastries and desserts.
Adults: $34
Seniors (65+): $20
Kids (12 and under): $14
Includes non-alcoholic drinks!

Now taking reservations call (206) 729-7433 (last reservations are at 1pm)

Event information: https://www.facebook.com/events/948794941894469/


"Family owned, community founded, globally minded"







For more information, please visit us online:
https://watershedpub.com/
https://www.facebook.com/watershedpub/

Brewery News: Boston Beer "2016 LongShot American Homebrew" asks for submissions from July 1st thru July 22nd

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BOSTON ... The brewers at Samuel Adams proudly announce a call for entries for the 2016 LongShot American Homebrew contest, and the release of the LongShot Variety six-pack featuring the winning homebrews from last year. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the national contest, which Sam Adams founder and brewer Jim Koch first started in 1996, when there were barely 1,000 breweries operating in the U.S. Today, there are more than 4,000 American breweries in operation and more than 1.2 million people who brew their own beer at home. Ever since drinkers got their first taste of Boston Lager in 1985, Jim has made it his mission to give back to the craft beer and homebrewing communities through programs such as Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream and the Craft Brewer ExperienceshipHop Sharing, and the LongShot Homebrew competition. Today, America is the envy of brewers in the rest of the world, where entrepreneurs are taking their inspiration from American craft brewers.

LongShot Homebrew Contest Background:
Jim Koch created the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest to celebrate the innovative spirit of American homebrewers. Jim himself has deep homebrewing roots having brewed the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in his kitchen 32 years ago, and recently released a book titled “Quench Your Own Thirst,” which details the lessons he’s learned over the past three decades as a brewer and an entrepreneur. A number of past LongShot winners have followed in Jim’s footsteps and gone on to become professional brewers, turning their homebrewing hobby into a full-time career, including Cesar Marron (2013), Don Oliver (2006), Bob Gordash (1996), and 2015 winner Tim Thomssen, who left his full-time job to join a brewery shortly after he won.

“When I first homebrewed Samuel Adams Boston Lager 32 years ago, craft beer didn’t exist as we know it today, and few American beer drinkers had ever tasted a beer with so much flavor,” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. “Today the craft brewing community is flourishing, and we want to recognize our nation’s best homebrewers, by making their delicious brews available to drinkers across the country.”

Calling All Homebrewers for the 2016 Competition:
To celebrate the contest’s 20th anniversary and honor craft beer innovation, Samuel Adams is asking homebrewers to submit their best and most innovative beers for this year’s contest. To be considered for the 2016 LongShot contest, homebrewers must submit a beer whose style is part of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) Style Guidelines. A full list of applicable styles can be found at http://bjcp.org/stylecenter.php. The 2016 judging panel will consist of notable seasoned brewing experts from across the country, and for the first time, past LongShot winners. Winners will be announced in early October at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival in Denver. The ultimate prize: entries from two winning homebrewers and one Samuel Adams employee winner will be featured in the Samuel Adams LongShot variety pack, available nationwide in 2017. Those interested in entering can visitwww.samueladams.com/longshot for contest rules, regulations and information on purchasing a homebrewing kit. The homebrew submission window is July 1-July 22, 2016.

While Samuel Adams is accepting entries for the 2016 contest, the Samuel Adams LongShot American Homebrew Contest variety six-pack with winning brews from the 2015 contest will be available nationwide this spring in select retail locations. The variety pack will include two bottles each of Tim’s Raspberry Berliner Weisse, Kevin’s Belgian Golden Ale, and Colin’s Neighborino Flanders Red Ale.

About the 2015 winners:
·         Tim Thomssen’s Raspberry Berliner Weisse (Lincoln, Nebraska):
At first look, you notice the big frothy head of this Raspberry Berliner Weisse. The bright notes of raspberries are balanced by refreshing tartness, followed by a wonderful fruity sweetness and clean finish. (4% ABV)

·         Kevin Nanzer’s Belgian Golden Ale (Mountain View, California):
This Belgian Golden Ale has notes of fruit, clove and pepper in the aroma, balanced by subtle malt character, with a clean citrus taste and bitterness from the hops. This beer should be sipped slowly to savor the delicious flavors. (9.1 % ABV)

·         Colin Foy’s Neighborino Flanders Red Ale (Samuel Adams Employee Winner, Cincinnati, Ohio):
This Flanders Red was brewed the traditional way, with “younger” beer blended with mature beer that has been aged in wood for several months, while Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus labor to produce fruity, tart and acidic flavors. (6.3 % ABV)

How the winners were chosen:
·         The beers were judged on the aroma, appearance, flavor and mouthfeel according to the style category under which it was submitted. Eight semi-finalists were selected during the first round of judging conducted at three regional judging locations in New England, California, and Illinois.  
·         The final winners were ultimately selected by a panel of industry judges including Jim Koch. The winning brews were judged as the best examples of their style. Industry judges include Bob Townsend of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tony Forder of Ale Street News, John Holl of All About Beer Magazine, Jason Alstrom of Beer Advocate, Don Russell (aka “Joe Six Pack”) of Philadelphia Daily News and esteemed beer writers Jay Brooks and Lisa Morrison.
·         The Sam Adams employee winner is voted on by visitors to the Boston Brewery.

How to get your hands on these beers:
The Samuel Adams LongShot Variety Six-Pack is available nationwide in select retail stores beginning in April for a suggested retail price of $9.99 -$10.00 (prices vary by market).

Samuel Adams, Sam Adams, Boston Lager, Brewing the American Dream, LongShot, and American Homebrew Contest are registered trademarks of The Boston Beer Company.

ABOUT THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY:
The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation's great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the 'extreme beer' movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker's perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its primary focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America's leading craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.

Brewery News: ID: Fort Collins' Odell Brewing St. Lupulin now available in 12oz cans

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image courtesy Odell Brewing
Fort Collins, CO. – Odell Brewing releases its first seasonal can offering – St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale. The brewery’s new state-of-the-art canning line fills about 310 cans per minute

"We are thrilled that one of our most anticipated seasonal offerings and brewery favorite is now available in cans,” said Eric Smith, CSMO. “The opportunity to include St. Lupulin with so many more summer activities than in the past is a welcomed addition to our roll out of cans.

St. Lupulin, a dry-hopped extra pale ale with an undeniably pleasing floral aroma and clean, crisp finish, returns for the season. The story at Odell Brewing says, “A mystical legend echoes in our brew house—that of St. Lupulin (loop-you-lin), the archetypal hophead. He devoted endless summers to endless rows of hops, tending to the flowers and the beloved resin within—lupulin. One sip of this seasonal summer ale and you too will believe.”

St. Lupulin will be available in 12-pack 12oz cans, 6-pack 12oz bottles and draft. These seasonal offerings will be available in the brewery’s 12 state distribution footprint.

About Odell Brewing - Odell Brewing is an independent, family and employee owned regional craft brewery. Since 1989, the culture of family and collaboration has thrived, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted and innovative brews. Odell Brewing is committed to providing exceptional service to its customers while making positive contributions to their co-workers and community through its outreach and charitable giving programs. Odell Brewing was named the “Best Medium Sized Company to Work For” in Colorado in 2015 and is the 34th largest craft brewery in the Unites States.

Brewery News: OR: Portland: Cascade Brewing releases Vertical Reserve Box Sets, starting May 6th with Kriek

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image courtesy Cascade Barrel House
PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Brewing is releasing a limited series of Vertical Reserve Box Sets. Each release will feature 100 four-packs that will contain bottles of a single brand from each of the past four years’ releases: 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Each box set will retail for $100.

The first release will be Kriek and will take place starting at Noon on Friday, May 6 at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House at 939 SE Belmont St. in Portland.

Kriek is a blend of sour red ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 17 months with Bing and sour pie cherries. One of the brewery’s flagship products, Kriek features complex flavors of cherries, roast malts, oak and spice.

Look for future Vertical Reserve Box Set releases on the first Friday of each month.

About Cascade Brewing
Cascade Brewing has been a pioneer in the sour beer renaissance since 2006 and is the proud innovator of the Northwest Sour Ale. Its distinctive sour beer blends feature fruit forward, barrel-aged ales with an emphasis on project year-to-year variation. These beers offer a complex array of flavors derived from Northwest grown ingredients, with each project year release capturing the unique subtleties of that year’s growing season. Cascade Brewing sour ales are brewed and blended in Portland, Oregon, and distributed in 31 U.S. markets as well as Canada, Japan, The Netherlands, South Korea and the United Kingdom.

Twitter: @CascadeBrewing
Instagram: @CascadeBrewing
Hashtags: #CascadeSours #HouseofSour

Notes from last night: A conversation with Radeberger Gruppe's Udo Schiedermair

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With the passing of the 500th anniversary of the German "Purity Law", I sat down with Germany's Udo Schiedermair from Radeberger Gruppe. With a strong focus on German Pilsners, Udo has established a reputation a sought-after pilsner from Germany.
image of Udo Schiedermair source from Shorepoint

Birth. Born in Bavaria and raised into brewing by his father, Udo believes that Germany's established Reinheitsgebot works for most consumers in Germany, but isn't often applicable to brewers beyond the borders of Germany. This isn't a critique towards brewers from Belgium, the United States or England. Rather, it's a fact that a German pilsner inspires assurance that a liter won't result in a morning of regret. But Udo isn't above enjoying an English Strong Ale, American India Pale Ale, or Belgian Lambic - some of which the Radeberger Gruppe's "Die Internationale Brau-Manufacturen GmbH" import from countries including the United States. Based on the reactions from German drinkers to beers like Firestone Walker DBA, the inclusion of non-German beer has been mostly positive.
Is the term brewmaster applied too freely? In Udo's mind, whether the brewer has received formal education or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is whether that person is familiar with their equipment, ingredients, and recipes. Or to look at it a different way, a true brewmaster does not simply brew beer. A brewmaster is the custodian of the brewery, and the beer and brewery should reflect that commitment.

Is Radeberger Gruppe still a craft brewery? In his opinion, the brewery represents the definition, given the private ownership, and its production volume. Furthering the point he is quick to mention BraufactuM and their development of award-winning, craft, beers - like Indra Weizen India Pale Ale and Clan Scotch Ale, which echo the practices associated with craft brewers throughout the world.


image sourced from Radeberge Gruppe's US Twitter account

German beer from a barrel? Finally, I asked Udo why it was important for people to enjoy his beer from the barrel. Indifferent, Schiedermair simply wanted people to enjoy his beer no matter where it's poured. But if the opportunity is made available to enjoy a Raderberger Pilsner, he would encourage anyone to try it from the barrel. After all, much like Germany's historic Reinheitsgebot, Radergerber respects tradition while sharing it with thirsty drinkers.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Deschutes Reserve Series Pinot Suave

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image sourced from Deschutes Brewery
We’re very excited to announce the newest addition to our Reserve Series line-up. Pinot Suave is a smooth and delicate Belgian-style beauty aged in French oak barrels with Pinot Noir grape must. Enjoy unique light fruit flavors and aromas with a hint of acidity and wine tannins. Fruits and malts play together well in this 11.2% ABV beer. Available at our pubs and tasting room on May 6th and shipping limited quantities to locations across the country soon. Find this beer in places that usually carry our Reserve Series beers or try our beer finder tool soon.

Click here for more info on the Pinot Suave

Brewery Release: OR: Hopworks Urban Brewery, in collaboration with 9 other breweries release BREW the CHANGE, at the Craft Brewers Conference

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Portland, OR ... At the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia this week, ten Certified B Corps (Benefit Corporations) will launch their collaborative beer. BREW the CHANGE was crafted together by the group at Beau’s All Natural Brewing last month. These breweries all believe that business can be a strong force for good in the world, and they’ve come together to celebrate this shared vision with a delicious beer made with B Corp certified ingredients. Certified by B Lab (the nonprofit behind B Corp), these for-profit companies meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability.
"One of our guiding principles here at B Lab is to take our work, not ourselves seriously,” says Andy Fyfe on the Community Team at B Lab. “While it can be a challenge for business to do well and do good at the same time, these B Corp breweries and ingredients are showing us you can do both, and also have some fun together."
The participating breweries include: Aslan Brewing (Washington), Beau’s All Natural Brewing (Ontario), Bison Brewing (California) Brewery Vivant (Michigan), Bull City Burger and Brewery (North Carolina), Hopworks Urban Brewery (Oregon), New Belgium Brewing (Colorado), North Coast Brewing (California), Persephone Brewing (British Columbia), and Picaroons Traditional Ales (New Brunswick).
“Hopworks has always believed in the direct relationship between business and environmental health,” said Hopworks brewmaster and founder, Christian Ettinger. “It is a wonderful thing to have so many like-minded friends in the industry that use beer as a force for good. Brew The Change embodies this ethos, and we can’t wait to drink it.”
BREW the CHANGE will be pouring at the launch party in Philadelphia on May 4, 2016. RSVP at https://brewthechange.eventbrite.com, or you can stop in to Beau’s All Natural Brewing for a pint. Other B Corp brewers may make it available in their tasting rooms in the future, so stay tuned!
About the beer: The beer includes a subtle staging of wheat and barley malts that were selected to allow ingredients from our Certified B-Corp suppliers to truly shine in this inspired, purpose-driven ale.
Ingredients include: organic honey from The African Bronze Honey Project who are committed to sustainable practice and preserving traditional heritage while creating economic opportunity for independent bee keepers and their families in Africa; organic Chinook hops from Crosby Hop Farms, one of only a handful of Salmon Safe certified hop farms in the U.S.; organic yerba mate from Guayaki, the first Fair Trade Certified yerba mate company in the world; and organic cold-pressed cranberry juice from Starvation Alley Farms, the first certified organic cranberry farm in the state of Washington.

About Hopworks Urban Brewery:
Hopworks Urban Brewery strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry with practices that drive quality, protect the environment and improve the community we live in. Utilizing organic malts and a combination of locally-sourced, organic and Salmon Safe hops, the company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 13,500 barrels of beer and cider a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution throughout the Northwest. Hopworks is a family-owned and operated business, the first Certified B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest, a gold-level bike friendly business, and is recognized as one of the Best Green Companies To Work For In Oregon. In 2016 Hopworks introduced Gear Up IPA and CranPerry Cider as new year round offerings.

About B Lab:
B Lab is a nonprofit organization that serves a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Its vision is that one day all companies compete not only to be the best in the world, but the Best for the World® and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity. B Lab drives this systemic change by:
·      Building a global community of Certified B Corporations who meet the highest standards of verified, overall social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability;
·      Promoting Mission Alignment using innovative corporate structures like the benefit corporation to align the interests of business with those of society and to help high impact businesses be built to last;
·      Helping tens of thousands of businesses, investors, and institutions Measure What Matters by using the B Impact Assessment and B Analytics to manage their impact -- and the impact of the businesses with whom they work -- with as much rigor as their profits;
·      Inspiring millions to join the movement through compelling story-telling by B the Change Media.

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