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Friday, August 29, 2014

Charity News: OR: Portland: 9/6 Leftbank Annex hosts "World’s rarest beers to be auctioned at Portland nonprofit festival"

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PORTLAND, OREGON: – The world’s rarest beers are coming to Portland for Brews for New Avenues (BFNA). The nonprofit rare-beer festival boasts the city’s only live auction of unique craft beers and has exclusive beers on tap. New Avenues for Youth’s ambassador board is looking to build on the success of last year’s event, which raised $23,000 for local homeless youth and attracted 500 attendees. Now in its third year, BFNA is solidifying its reputation as a must-attend event for beer enthusiasts, and breweries throughout Europe, the U.S. and Oregon are lining up to participate and support a great cause. This year’s incredible lineup of live and silent auction items include Hair of the Dog’s Dave, Grote Dorst’s van’t Kasteel, h.ertie’s Trippel, The Lost Abbey’s Isabelle Proximus, and a signed Speedway Stout variant set of six bottles from AleSmith. The full list of beers can be viewed at http://www.brewsfornewavenues.org/#!2014-event/c4ww

Brews for New Avenues attendees will also be able to enjoy more than 40 keg tappings of fantastic craft beers from Cantillon, de Molen, De Struise and Mikkeller alongside domestic favorites including The Commons, Cascade, Deschutes, 10 Barrel, Firestone Walker, Victory and more. Other highlights include the “Wall of Beer” (pay $10, select a mystery bottle), raffles for beer-centric items from local establishments, chocolate stout beer floats, as well as food carts and live music.

What: 3rd Annual Brews for New Avenues
When: Saturday, September 6, 5pm to 10:30pm
Where: Leftbank Annex, 101 N Weidler St.
Entry: $10, 21+
All proceeds benefit New Avenues for Youth

Quote from Jeremy Herrig of New Avenues for Youth’s Ambassador Board: “Across the country and abroad, we are overwhelmed by the generosity of breweries and private collectors in championing Brews for New Avenues. The beer community’s enthusiastic participation in securing special kegs and rare bottlings, and all for charity, makesBrews a truly unique event.”

About New Avenues for Youth
New Avenues for Youth is a Portland-based nonprofit organization committed to helping foster, at-risk and homeless youth gain the life skills necessary to lead healthy, independent lives and avoid lifelong homelessness. For more information about New Avenues for Youth, visit www.newavenues.org or call (503) 517-3909.

About the New Avenues for Youth Ambassador Board
The New Avenues for Youth Ambassador Board is a group of young professionals dedicated to raising awareness about New Avenues in the community, assisting in fundraising for the organization, and fostering the development of future community leaders.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Industry News: WA: Seattle: 8/30 Toronado celebrates opening with party

A few weeks ago, San Francisco's Toranado bar opened in Seattle. Located at 1205 N.E. 65th Street, the bar features 40 draft beers, a compliment of spirts, and a menu tailored for a carnivore.

Opened the first week of August, the bar already hosted one "Brewers Night" as well as numerous thirst-inspiring beers.Starting at 11am the bar is happy to celebrate their opening with a party, featuring local industry leaders, the co-owners of the bar, and even "Big Daddy" himself & Toronado (San Francisco) founder / owner David Keane. Plus there is word that Maui Brewing's Garrett Marrero will make an appearance, answering questions about his beer.

image of Matt Bonney co-owner Toranado (Seattle) and Toranado (San Francisco) owner David Keane sourced from Brookston's "A Night of Ales Beer Dinner" article.
image of Matt Bonney co-owner Toranado (Seattle) and Toranado (San Francisco) owner David Keane sourced from Brookston's "A Night of Ales Beer Dinner" article.  
For the beer supporter, the draft list is shaping up to be a can't miss. So far the co-owners have confirmed the following: 

image sourced from Toranado's Seattle websiteOther beers, featured during the event, will be listed via the bar's Facebook account via https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toronado-Seattle/244654322324979.. Doors open at 11am.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Festival News: WA: 9/28 Pike’s 2nd Annual Piketoberfest Fall Harvest Festival returns

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Featuring Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cider, Local Artisan Food,
Sausage, and Charcuterie
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
1415 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Cost: $40.00
Admission includes: all food, authentic Piketoberfest beer mug, 10 drink tickets, music, and up to $4 of validated parking at Russell Investment Garage

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - On Sunday, September 28 from 5:00-9:00 PM, Pike Brewing Company will host PIKETOBERFEST - a Fall Harvest Festival featuring beer, wine, spirits, cider, local artisan foods, sausage, and charcuterie.
PIKETOBERFEST is a harvest festival featuring local and imported German-style food and drink. It is an opportunity to compare local craft beers spirits, liqueurs, wines and spirits with their German counterparts. Forty vendors, along with local musicians, will add oomph to the annual celebration. Keep an eye on the Piketoberfest Facebook page where confirmed vendors and entertainment details will become available.
There will be an abundance of extraordinary foods to sample, but it is important to remember that not all people are so fortunate as to be able to enjoy this bounty of the season! For this reason, we are teaming up with The Pike Market Foundation to once again make Piketoberfest a benefit to support their efforts in providing medical services, low-income housing, child care, and other social services to people in need. The Pike Place Market neighborhood is rated as one of the country's most livable and diverse, in large part due to the work of The Market Foundation.
Munich's famed Oktoberfest is the 'mother of all festivals.' It is an annual event that just last year brought in more than six million guests from all over the world. Originally a royal wedding party, Oktoberfest has become a grand county fair with rides, exhibits, and, of course, beer pavilions (tents) at its heart. Tourists too often have the idea that the Oktoberfest experience is all about over consuming beer while dancing on the table to the beat of an 'oompah' band, but there is another, gentler Oktoberfest that most people, even if they live in Munich, don't know about. Each year the mayor, public officials, media stars, brewers, pavilion owners, and a few lucky guests from out of town, are invited to private rooms in one of the 14 giant tents where they dine like the royalty for which the festival was originally created. Many dress in medieval costumes and compete in a crossbow shoot. Everyone celebrates with the best quality local beer, wine, schnapps and food reflective of the harvest season. It is this, the lesser known Oktoberfest, which Pike has in mind as the model for PIKETOBERFEST.
Tickets may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets
For more information, please contact
Tara Shuttleworth, Event Manager - Pike Brewing Company
The Pike Brewing Company is a family owned brewery located 1/2 block South of the entrance to the historic Pike Place Public Market. It is owned by Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, who founded the brewery in 1989.

Festival Preview: OR: 9/27 Tickets still on sale for “… 11th Annual Hood River Hops Fest”


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Fresh Northwest Hops to Headline 11th Annual Hood River Hops Fest

Oregon’s most scenic craft brewery destination welcomes visitors to sample the region’s seasonal brews on September 27, 2014

Hood River, Ore. — Featuring one of the largest fresh hop beer selections in the nation, Hood River prepares to welcome thousands for its one-day craft beer festival on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Hood River Hops Fest showcases more than 45 fresh-hop beers from over three-dozen breweries for beer lovers to sample, along with local wine and cuisine.

Located in the heart of downtown Hood River, within walking distance of four microbreweries, the festival kicks off at 11 am with a V.I.P. sipping hour, when attendees can preview their favorite ales without standing in lines. The event is open to the public from 12 to 9 pm.

Local breweries — including Full Sail Brewing, Pfriem Family Brewers, Double Mountain Brewery, Big Horse Brewing, Logston Farmhouse Ales, Walking Man Brewing, Solera, Everybody’s Brewing and Backwoods Brewing Company, as well as regional and national heavyweights — will be on hand to show off their seasonal offerings. With the light, fruity aroma of summer beers behind them and the heavy, bold flavor of winter ales on the horizon, many brewers look forward to the short window of time every fall when they can incorporate freshly harvested hops into their brews. The resulting fresh hop varieties are unpredictable, limited and loved by many.

“Northwest beer drinkers love their hops,” said Mike Glover, Executive Director of the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce, host of the event. “Hood River Hops Fest is one of country’s the longest-running beer festivals specializing in the unique flavor of seasonal, fresh hop beer. We look forward to welcoming people during the peak harvest season to savor all the area has to offer.”

Hood River Hops Fest Fun Facts:

  • Ranking of Hood River among U.S. cities* for number of breweries per capita: 1
  • Anticipated number of fresh-hop beers: 45+
  • Anticipated number of breweries in attendance: 30+
  • Number of attendees in 2013: 6,000
  • Number of breweries within a one-mile radius of event: 4
  • Number of breweries within a 20 minute drive of event: 6
  • Number of days in which freshly harvested hops can mold: 3
  • Number of farms, wineries and fruit stands along the 35-mile Hood River Fruit Loop: 32

*Cities with more than one brewery.

Hood River Hops Fest Event Details

Saturday, September 27, 2014. Open to all ages from 12-5 pm, and adults ages 21 and over from 5-9 p.m. V.I.P. hour begins at 11 am (requires tickets pre-purchased online).

Downtown Hood River, Ore., in the Columbia Parking Lot (between 5th & 7th Streets and Cascade Avenue and Columbia Street).

Adults age 21 and over
$10 General Admission: Includes a commemorative mug and four 3-ounce taste tokens; $1 each for additional taste tokens.
$20 V.I.P Admission: Includes a commemorative mug and eight 3-ounce taste tokens, as well as early (11 am) entry into the event; $1 each for additional taste tokens.

Wine drinkers and designated drivers
$4 General Admission

Adults and youth age 20 and under?
Free admission. Note: The venue is open to adults only from 5pm until closing at 9pm.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through Brown Paper Tickets, or at the entrance the day of the event. VIP tickets available online only.

Call the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce at (541) 386-2000 or visit the official Hood River Hops Fest Website and Facebook page.

About Hood River Hops Fest

Hosted annually by the Hood River Chamber of Commerce, Hood River Hops Fest is a beer lover's dream. The event showcases more than 60 fresh hop brews from throughout the Northwest as well as favorites from Hood River County's own microbreweries. An expanded menu of local culinary food, arts and crafts vendors from the Northwest, and a full lineup of live music guarantee fun for the whole family. hoodriver.org/events-festivals/chamber-events/hops-fest

About Hood River, Oregon

Located at the crossroads of the spectacular Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the magnificent Cascade Range and just an hour from Portland, Hood River is wildly gorge-ous, offering outdoor recreation, dramatic vistas, historic landmarks, bountiful fruit and fantastic food, wine, beer and cider. The Hood River County Chamber of Commerce supports economic and tourism development in Hood River, Cascade Locks, Odell, Parkdale, Pine Grove, and Mount Hood. hoodriver.org

Brewery Events: WA: Fremont Brewing is raising money for ALS & showcasing their Harvest Ale

image of Harvest Ale Release Party courtesy Fremont Brewing Companyimage of ALES for ALS courtesy Fremont Brewing Company

This week, Fremont Brewing has two events which showcase their brewing talents and support of worthy charities.

Starting at 5pm, Fremont's Urban Beer Garden hosts their Harvest Ale Release. On Thursday, August 28th, supporters of local beer will be asked to sample the brewery's Saison isolated or infused with: dandelion & cranberry, huckleberry, chamomile & lemon, cucumber & thyme, or mint with lime & ginger. Plus there will be a brewer on hand to answer questions about the beer or it's 5 other variations.

Then on Saturday, August 30th, the brewery hosts the "Ales for ALS Party". From 11am to 3pm, the brewery - along with several other brewers - will feature all 6 beers brewed for the " ALS Therapy Development Institute". Look for beers from Mt. Tabor Brewing, Triplehorn Brewing, Pike Brewing, Bale Breaker Brewing, Two Beers, and of course Fremont.

image of Fremont's Speaker Series "All About Beer" courtesy Fremont Brewing CompanyLastly the brewery wishes to remind people about their "Speaker Series All About Beer". Held the 1st Sunday of each month, this unique event discusses how beer is made and consumed.

After sourcing some of the best ingredients this side of Bavaria, Fremont calls upon our brewers to mash, boil, and ferment that goodness into the glorious nectar that we are proud to call our own. This fall we asked our brewers to help us explain how we get that final product just right. Learn the process step by step from the folks who make the beer, and enjoy a pint or two along the way.

Fremont Brewing Company's "Urban Beer Garden" is located at 1050 N 34th Street in Seattle's "Fremont" neighborhood.

Fremont Brewing was born of our love for our home and history as well as the desire to prove that beer made with the finest local ingredients – organic when possible --, is not the wave of the future but the doorway to beer's history. Starting a brewery in the midst of the Great Recession is clearly an act of passion. We invite you to come along with us and enjoy that passion -- because beer matters.

The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is the world's leading ALS research organization and aims to discover and develop effective treatments and a cure for ALS. Built by and for patients, the Cambridge, MA based drug development institute operates as a 501c3 nonprofit: combining the optimal entrepreneurial practices of a biotechnology and pharmaceutical company with the passion and urgency of a nonprofit mission. For more information, please visit us online at www.als.net.

Loftus Ranches and Hopunion have created Ales for ALS to support a very worthy cause – ALS research. They have offered participating brewers access to a proprietary hop blend, free of charge, in exchange for participation in Ales for ALS™. While we would like to work with every brewer in the United States (that would really raise a lot of research funding!) we are limited by the hop blend supply. Participating brewers receive an invitation from Loftus Ranches and Hopunion. Each will brew special beers with these hops and will donate a portion of the sales to ALS TDI, the world's leader in ALS research.

Festival Preview: OR: Oakshire's "Single Batch Fall Bierfest" returns September 27th

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EUGENE, OR  – The Oakshire Brewing crew is excited to announce we will again be hosting an event this September to celebrate creative, single-batch brews, the annual hop harvest  season, and the kickoff to Oktoberfest: our second annual Single Batch Fall Bierfest. Many unique,  small batch brews from dozens of breweries will be poured at Oakshire’s Public House on Saturday,  September 27 from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM, including fresh-hopped beers, pumpkin beers and other fall varietal favorites. In addition there will be live music and food for purchase throughout the day.

Glasses and beer tokens can be purchased at Oakshire the day of the event. Please go to our Facebook page to stay updated on the event www.facebook.com/oakbrew or stop by our website at www.oakbrew.com.

Last year’s breweries on tap included:

  • Hop Valley
  • Block 15
  • Ninkasi Lagunitas
  • Tracktown Rogue
  • Upright
  • Breakside
  • High Street
  • Silvermoon
  • Goodlife 
  • Viking
  • 2 Towns Cider 
  • 50/50 
  • Widmer 
  • Base Camp
  • Hopworks 
  • Falling Sky Brewing 
  • 10 Barrel 
  • Steelhead
  • Skyhigh 
  • Mazama

About Oakshire Brewing: Oakshire Brewing of Eugene, OR, was founded in October 2006 with the goals of brewing the highest quality craft beer while providing exceptional customer service. Oakshire has become regionally and nationally recognized for consistently brewing fresh, unique and delicious beers in Oregon's lower Willamette Valley. The name Oakshire represents our core values: Strength, like the enduring oak; Independence, which fuels our innovation; and Community, remembering our place within the whole. The Oakshire Brewery is located at 1055 Madera Street and Oakshire’s Public House is located at 207 Madison Street, both in Eugene, OR.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Brewery News: OR: “Full Sail Brewing releases Pilsner year-round in six-packs”


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Hood River, Oregon – Full Sail Brewing Company  is delighted to add Pilsner to their line-up of year-round six-packs. “While our Cascade Pilsner is inspired by classic European pilsners, this beer is really a celebration of the fresh, local Cascade hops grown by family farmers right here in our beloved Pacific Northwest. As you savor that unmistakable aroma and long, clean hop finish, tip your hat (and your glass) to the generations of hop growers who help us live the locavore dream every day,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s Founder & CEO.   Full Sail Pilsner is shipping from the brewery now in six-packs and in kegs. ABV 6% IBU 60

image courtesy Full Sail Brewing

“We originally brewed Cascade Pilsner last year as a special release to celebrate our 26th Anniversary and our Northwest hop growers. It quickly became our fastest growing Full Sail draft beer and our bestselling 22oz. bottle. With that warm consumer response we decided it deserved its own year-round six-pack.  Our Pilsner has already added three gold medals to our ever growing list of awards and accolades,” added Irene.

About Full Sail Brewing Company:
Founded in 1987, the independent and employee-owned Full Sail Brewery is perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the most epic wind and kite surfing spot in the world. Over the last 26 years, Full Sail has collected more than 300 national and international awards for their beers and sustainable practices, including 140 Gold medals and was recently named Craft Brewer of the Year by Beverage World Magazine for their years of “sustainable stewardship, quality, consistency and operational ingenuity. Among the company’s most popular brews are Full Sail Amber, IPA, Limited Lager Series, Pub Ale Series, Session, Session Black, and Session Fest lagers. At this very moment their specialists in the liquid refreshment arts are crafting barley and hops into your next beer.  The Full Sail Brew Pub is open seven days a week. Swing by for a pint,grab a bite, tour the brewery, or just soak up the view.

Beer Release: WA: Coming Soon … “Maritime Pacific Brewing Company & Coronado Brewing team up to make a Kolsch-style Ale Collaboration”


Coronado, CA - Coronado Brewing Company Head Brewer Ryan Brooks took to the tarmac to visit Seattle’s Maritime Pacific Brewing Company & brew up a Kolsch-­‐Style Ale with brewer Matthew Schumacher early in July. The collaboration of the two breweries was a natural fit between the two well-­‐ established West Coast breweries. “I was excited to make the trip up North to the Pacific Northwest to brew with Maritime, I really look forward to tasting this beer”.


The collaboration of the two west coast breweries was suitably named after the “ketch”, a sailing vessel sporting dual masts that once trolled the waters of the Baltic and North Seas. This highly drinkable German style Ale is light gold in color with aromas of citrus and tropical fruit that lead to a tangy, but crisp and refreshing finish.

Ketch of the Day, a NW style Kolsch Ale from the Koln area of Germany. Ketch of the Day follows the traditional brewing methods for Kolsch ales from water, grain and yeast to fermentation temperatures. Cellared for over 3 weeks this ale is remarkably light and flavorful with a clean dry finish. Brewed with a blend of NW pale and German pilsner malts, this beer’s straw blond color gives way to a soft malt flavor followed by subtle citrus notes due to the abundance of NW Amarillo hops. Ketch of the Day is a true Northwest style based upon a classic German ale.

Ketch of the Day specs:
Style:                   Kolsch-­‐style Ale
ABV:                    5.3%
Bitterness:        25 IBU
Malt:                   Pilsner malt, wheat malt
Hops:                Amarillo Yeast: 029 Kolsch

Where to find it:
Ketch of the Day will be sold exclusively in Washington State by Maritime Pacific in draft only. Coronado’s rendition of the beer will be released in 22 ounce bottles in October throughout Washington & California.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/coronadobrewingcompany
Twitter: @CoronadoBrewing
Company URL: http://coronadobrewingcompany.com

About Maritime Pacific Brewing Company:

Maritime Pacific Brewing Company is a family owned brewery founded in February of 1990 when small breweries were just beginning to make their mark upon the Northwest. The concept of brewing beers in the Northwest similar to those in Europe and the United Kingdom was nothing new, but the idea of brewing distinctly Northwest Style Beers was just beginning to stimulate the local imagination. Maritime’s challenge was to produce beers of the highest quality that were based upon established styles but enhanced to satisfy the Northwest beer-­‐lover’s palate, meaning products that were both pleasing and challenging at the same time. With help from friends and relatives the dream came true and on September of 1990, Maritime Pacific rolled out its first beer, Flagship Red Ale, a German Dusseldorf style Alt beer made with 30 percent NW wheat malt. From that point onward, Maritime has produced over 30 different beers, both ales and lagers.

About Coronado Brewing Company:

In 1996, when craft beer was still a foreign term and San Diego County was home to only a handful of breweries, the Chapman brothers Ron and Rick opened a brewpub in their hometown of Coronado. CBC brews abundantly hoppy West Coast-­‐-­‐style ales staying true to their San Diego roots. They began distributing their beers throughout the local market, and today you can find Coronado beers in 13 states across the US. In addition to their long established pub in Coronado, the company opened a tasting room inside their newly built San Diego production facility in early 2013.

Beer Release: NW: Coming Soon … Shmaltz Brewing Hop Manna IPA®


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image provided by Shmaltz Brewing


Dry Hopped with Centennial, Cascade & Citra, 6.8% Alc., 65 IBUs

Now brewing exclusively in Clifton Park, NY -- Thursday, August 21, 2014 – On September 1, 2014, Shmaltz Brewing Company will release Hop Manna IPA® nationwide in new 12oz 4-packs and will be available throughout our distribution footprint with a suggested retail price of $9.99 per 4-pack. Until now, the World Beer Championship Gold Medal Winner was only available on draft and in 22oz bottles. The 12oz packaging will now be available year-round due to overwhelming demand by hopheads to include Hop Manna IPA® in their regular rotation of favorite IPAs. India Pale Ale's now make up approximately 20% of craft beer production, and there's little indication that this style is slowing down anytime soon. The IPA craze coincides with a great sense of exploration with beer aficionados tasting as many different hop forward brews as they can find while discovering the best-of-the-best. You've tried the rest...now you have four new reasons to pick up a brand new Hop Manna® 4-pack and ascend into hop heaven with this 6.8% ABV, 65 IBUs dry hopped sensation.

A delicious IPA bearing floral and citrus flavors, Hop Manna IPA® features six robust hops (Warrior, Cascade, Citra, Amarillo, Crystal, Centennial), it's dry hopped with Centennial, Cascade and Citra hops and is balanced out with five delicious malts (Specialty 2-Row, Wheat, Munich, Vienna, CaraMunich 40). Not a San Diego IPA (enticing as they are) and not trying to re-create the excellent standouts from friends such as Dogfish, Founders, Lagunitas, Three Floyds and so many others, Hop Manna IPA® aims to create a unique story of its own.

Critics have offered overwhelming praise for Hop Manna IPA's® singular profile. All About Beer's "Beer Talk" judge Roger Protz notes, "Manna from heaven, indeed! The hop regime is amazing. It has a lush pale bronze color and a hop aroma that is literally stunning." DRAFT Magazine adds, "...its malt presence is sublime." Esquire.com included Hop Manna® as one of "The Best Beers of 2012."

Shmaltz is no stranger to hopped-up specialty beers. In celebration of their 10th Anniversary (2006), HE'BREW Beer® introduced its award-winning rye-based double IPA, Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.®. The standout robust brew has become a year-round staple in the HE'BREW Beer® line-up; it's garnered a "99 Rating" by the Beer Advocate Bros, a "98 Rating" on Ratebeer.com, and it took home a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships. Mazel Hops! Double IPA®, brewed for the first time in 2014 for the Beer of the Month Club's 20th anniversary, will make another much anticipated appearance in 2015. Beer of the Month Club tasting notes say, "We found the aroma intoxicating, as luscious, fruity hops practically jump out of the glass...On the palate -- it's a hop explosion."

HE'BREW Beer's® first-ever single IPA, Hop Manna® is crafted to provide session after session of hop nourishment from the Shmaltz Tribe to yours -- a true gift from the Craft Beer Promised Land.

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.

For more information, please visit:

From the label of
Hop Manna®
In the book of Exodus, the ancient Hebrews survived 400 years of bondage before the ultimate supreme court dropped the 10 deadly Plagues on the land of the taskmasters and the head dictator, Pharaoh. Even then, only begrudgingly, did he Let My People Go. The freedom ride across, nay through the sea left a band of wandering nomads broke and suffering, no doubt with a profound hunger -- and a mighty thirst. Enter the Manna: a glorious gift to nourish body and soul. Manna was said to combine the tastes of everything most delicious to each individual, depending on their desire. And as the Good Book says, Each shall gather according to one's need and shall enjoy a double portion for thine chosen day of rest. Manna fed the entire tribe, but tradition suggests the righteous received manna ground in a heavenly mill, while the wicked had to grind it below for themselves. Hear o' Tribe of Shmaltz -- Behold: A celebration of the flower of the craft beer revolution! A golden opportunity to feed your inner hop head and rejoice in HOP MANNA, our newest delicacy of the modern He'brew Beer family. L'Chaim!
- Jeremy Cowan, proprietor

Monday, August 25, 2014

Brewery News: WA & ID: Elysian and Payette Join Forces for an Adventure with Huckleberries!


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Payette Brewing of Boise, Idaho and Elysian Brewing of Seattle, Washington have teamed up for the first time and are nearing the release of their much anticipated Northwest huckleberry sour collaboration Friday, August 29.

The beer is brewed in the (mostly) traditional Berliner Weisse style, employs a grain bill of half wheat and half barley, is soured with Lactobacillus, and weighs in at a thirst quenching 2.8% ABV. Add to this a whopping two-and-a-half pounds per barrel of delicious Idaho-grown huckleberries and you have the perfect antidote for these hot summer days.

Elysian and Payette's Huckleberry Berliner Weisse is light, tart, and bright freakin' PINK!  You can get your first taste at any of Elysian's locations in Seattle, WA on Friday, August 29, and at Payette Brewing in Boise, ID on Friday, September 5.  Following those releases, a small run of kegs will make their way to select beer bars in the Northwest, so keep your eyes peeled.  Draft is limited, so pucker up and drink the pink while you can.  Cheers!

-Kevin Watson

Head Brewer, Elysian Brewing - Capitol Hill








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.

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Founded in Boise, ID by Mike Francis in 2010, Payette Brewing produces three year round beers; Outlaw IPA, Payette Pale and Mutton Buster Brown as well as seasonal releases and single batch specials in the "Ale of No Return" series.  Payette Brewing wanted to be able to take beer wherever adventure took them so in June 2012, Payette Pale and Mutton Buster Brown were the first Idaho beers to be available in cans.

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