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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Brewery News: OR: Deschutes Brewery heads to Houston, Texas, for Base Camp

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Are you ready Houston? Deschutes Brewery’s Base Camp for Beer Fanatics is heading your way for its final crazy traveling event week of the season! Craft beer fans are in for an amazing series of specialty beer tastings, beer and food pairings, and appearances by Woody, the giant beer barrel on wheels. Deschutes brewers, ambassadors and fanatics will be on hand to provide some in-the-trenches insight into our courageously crafted brews.

Deschutes Brewery’s Base Camp not only celebrates the brewery’s popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale, but they also pull out the stops with other year-round favorites and specialty brews that can’t be found elsewhere.

Where’s Woody?

Woody, Deschutes Brewery’s good-times-on-wheels mobile bar, will be meeting and greeting fans around the region throughout Base Camp week. Woody may be found roving around your Houston neighborhood so you can snap a few photos, grab some swag and have some afternoon fun. Follow him at @dbwoody!   

  • Wed, 11/12, 12-3pm
  • Thurs, 11/13, 12-3pm

You can chime in and listen to the Base Camp chatter on Twitter by following @DeschutesBeer & @DeschutesWoody
Event Overview:

  • Sat, 11/8, 1-5pm                       Woody Tailgate Party & Base Camp Kick-Off (Spec’s)
  • Tues, 11/11, 12-2pm                 Brewmaster Lunch Break (Nobi Public House)
  • Tues, 11/11, 6-9pm                   Pizza and Pints (Boondoggles)
  • Tues, 11/11, 6-9pm                   Brewmaster Bottle Share (Chelsea Wine Bar)
  • Wed, 11/12, 6-10pm                 Beer Knurd Bonanza (Flying Saucer – Downtown)
  • Wed, 11/12, 6-10pm                 Beer Knurd Bonanza (Flying Saucer – Sugarland)
  • Thurs, 11/13, 5:30-10pm           Pedals and Pints Pub Crawl (start: Urban Bicycle Gallery)
  • Thurs, 11/13, 6-9pm                 Pint Night (Hay Market)
  • Thurs, 11/13, 6-9pm                 Beer-aoke (Hans Bier Haus)
  • Thurs, 11/13, 7-10pm               Flights & Bites (BRC Gastropub)
  • Fri, 11/14, 12-3pm                    Brewers Luncheon (Hubbell and Hudson Market & Bistro)
  • Fri, 11/14, 5-7pm                      Deschutes Brewery 6 for 6 Sampling (HEB – The Woodlands)
  • Fri, 11/14, 8pm-late                   Base Camp Blowout (Little Woodrow’s -Midtown)

Media Contact:  Marie Melsheimer, 541-815-3951, marie@campbellconsulting.com

EVENT DETAILS

Woody Tailgate Party & Base Camp Kick-Off
Deschutes Brewery is kicking off a week-long string of events for beer fanatics with something they know how to do just right: a tailgate party. Why is this type of event a specialty of theirs? Well, they are bringing Woody, a giant traveling beer barrel, to the parking lot and he’s an expert. He’ll be lording over a tasty BBQ, plus cornhole and other games. Inside the store, Deschutes’ beers will be paired with Spec’s fine foods and visitors can chat beer with representatives who are visiting from the brewery’s Oregon headquarters.

When: Saturday, November 8, 1-5pm

Where: Spec's Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods, 2410 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006

Brewmaster Lunch Break
Have your mid-day respite in style at Nobi Public House and lunch while chatting with a Deschutes Brewery brewer (here visiting from Oregon) about all the fantastic beers you are sampling with your paired luncheon menu. Some of favorites from the brewery will be on tap, Woody – the giant traveling beer barrel – will be out front and giving away commemorative pint glasses. What better way to spend a Tuesday? You may want to take the rest of the afternoon off.

When: Tuesday, November 11, 12-2pm

Where: Nobi Public House, 241 E. Nasa PKWY, Webster, TX 77598

Pizza & Pints with Deschutes Brewery

Few things pair better than pizza and beer! This is especially true when you are enjoying both items while chatting with the Brewmaster from Deschutes Brewery, here from Oregon to celebrate all things craft beer. The pizza for the evening will be inspired by the brewery, and they’ll also be giving away commemorative pint glasses and hosting some fantastic live music. To top it off, you will get to meet the brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, Woody!

When: Tuesday, November 11, 6-9pm

Where: Boondoggles Pub & Pizzeria, 4106 Nasa Pkwy, El Lago, TX 77586

Brewmaster Bottle Share with Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes Brewery is in town from Oregon, and tonight their Brewmaster will be sharing some special brews with Chelsea Wine Bar visitors. Exclusive flights of rare beers from the brewery have been paired up with cheeses to sing in perfect harmony in your mouth. Come get a commemorative pint glass and meet Woody, Deschutes’ giant traveling beer barrel.

When: Tuesday, November 11, 6-9pm

Where: Chelsea Wine Bar, 4106 Nasa Rd. 1, El Lago, TX 77586


Beer Knurd Bonanza (Houston)
The Deschutes Brewery gang is here from Oregon! Not only is the beer lineup for the evening totally “knurded” out with some fantastic Oregon brews, but visitors can quiz the Brewmaster who’ll be visiting from Deschutes as well. Sample some hard-to-find brews that have been paired up with great grub. You’ll have a chance to win special prizes by playing craft beer trivia, and we’ll be giving away limited edition stainless steel pint glasses to a few lucky patrons. Check the Flying Saucer website for special Deschutes events all week long: http://www.beerknurd.com/stores/houston/

When: Wednesday, November 12, 6-10pm

Where: The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (Downtown), 705 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

Beer Knurd Bonanza (Sugar Land)
The Deschutes Brewery gang is traveling over from Oregon with Woody, their giant traveling beer barrel – the biggest beer “knurd” of them all. Not only is the beer lineup for the evening totally “knurded” out with some fantastic Oregon brews, but visitors can quiz the brewer who’ll be visiting from Deschutes as well. He’ll be leading a special bottle tasting of hard-to-find brews that you won’t want to miss. You’ll have a chance to win special prizes by playing the mother of all board games – Deschutes and Ladders. We’ll be giving away limited edition stainless steel pint glass to a few lucky patrons.

When: Wednesday, November 12, 6-10pm

Where: The Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (Sugarland), 15929 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Pedals & Pints Pub Crawl
Riding bicycles from pub to pub is one of our favorite things to do. So to celebrate all things craft beer, Deschutes Brewery is inviting everyone to join in the bike crawl fun. Bikers start out the evening at Urban Bicycle Gallery for complimentary beer samples, and then make their way through the area to end up at BRC Gastropub (Just around the Corner from Urban Bicycle Gallery) for “Flights and Bites”. Each stop has special Deschutes Brewery beers and Woody, the brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, will be the tour guide for the evening. Safety first - taillight and helmets are required. And if you’d like to donate a bag of dog food or a toy, Urban Bicycle Gallery will make sure it gets to a local dog shelter.

When: Thursday, November 13, 5:30-10pm

Where (and in this order):
Urban Bicycle Gallery, 4814 Nett St, Houston, TX 77007
The Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Hans Bier Haus, 2523 Quenby St. Houston, TX 77005
BRC Gastropub, 519 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Deschutes Brewery Pint Night
It’s your lucky night! Deschutes Brewery is in town from Oregon and they brought some special brews with them. Sample beers ranging from year-round favorites to specialty, hard-to-find brews from their Bond Street and Reserve Series. Woody, the brewery’s 25-foot long traveling beer barrel will be on hand, and the gang from Deschutes will be giving away prizes and pint glasses all evening long.

When: Thursday, November 13, 6-9pm

Where: The Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

Beer-aoke with Deschutes Brewery

We all need a little liquid courage to get up on stage, right? Well then this is the perfect night to showcase your karaoke skills. Deschutes Brewery is in the house with a special lineup of beers to help you give your best performance. Woody, the brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel will be outside to cheer you on and provide a great backdrop for publicity photos after you exit stage left.

When: Thursday, November 13, 6-9pm

Where: Hans Bier Haus, 2523 Quenby St. Houston, TX 77005

Flights and Bites with Deschutes Brewery
A giant beer barrel, a brewer and a bunch of fun people have come to Houston from Oregon to celebrate all things craft beer – and they’re bringing the party to BRC Gastropub! Deschutes Brewery is in the house and the evening features specials on Deschutes’ flights and a Deschutes-inspired appetizer menu. Take home a commemorative pint glass and have the tastiest Thursday ever.

When: Thursday, November 13, 7-10pm

Where: BRC Gastropub, 519 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Brewers Luncheon
Have your mid-day respite in style at Hubbell and Hudson Market & Bistro and lunch while chatting with the Deschutes Brewery crew (here visiting from Oregon). You can talk with them about all the fantastic beers you are sampling with your special Deschutes-inspired lunch menu. Woody – the giant traveling beer barrel – will be on the patio and you can get your own commemorative pint glass. What better way to spend a Friday? You may want to take the rest of the afternoon off

When: Friday, November 14, 12-3pm

Where: Hubbell and Hudson Market & Bistro, 4526 Research Forest, Suite 100, The Woodlands, TX 77385

Deschutes Brewery 6 for 6 Sampling
Deschutes Brewery is bringing its “Base Camp for Beer Fanatics” to Houston, and they’re really doing it right in The Woodlands. Not only are they bringing their giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, to help celebrate, but there will be six beer samples throughout the store set up with six perfect bite-sized food pairings. Nosh on the goodies while viewing a live cooking demonstration on how to cook with beer. The brewery will be giving away some Oregon swag, so come on down and get some!

When: Friday, November 14, 5-7pm

Where: HEB (The Woodlands), 9595 Six Pines Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380

Deschutes Brewery Base Camp Blowout
Brace yourselves beer fanatics: Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery is wrapping up a week of craft beer celebrations in the Houston area in a big way! This Base Camp finale features music from some of Houston best local bands among other great entertainment. Get ready to loosen up and dance along while trying a specially selected lineup of Deschutes beers. The gang from Deschutes will be in the house to chat beer, give away prizes and snap your photo with Woody, their 25’ beer barrel on wheels.

When: Friday, November 14, 8pm-late

Where: Little Woodrow’s (Midtown), 2306 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77006

www.DeschutesBrewery.com     Facebook.com/Deschutes.Brewery   @DeschutesBeer

Brewery News: OR: Eugene: Oakshire Brewing celebrates 8 years with Cascade Brewers Society, during National Homebrew Day

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EUGENE, OR (November 1, 2014) –Oakshire Brewing and Cascade Brewers Society are pleased to announce a collaborative event celebrating Oakshire’s 8th anniversary and National Learn to Homebrew Day.   On Sat. Nov.1 from 10am to 4pm at the Oakshire Public House in Eugene, members the local homebrew club will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss the homebrewing process.  A variety of brewing methods and associated equipment will be demonstrated, for beginning to advanced brewers.  Meanwhile Oakshire will be celebrating its homebrewing roots and its 8th anniversary with the release of Oakshire 8, a Barrel Aged Belgian Ale brewed with cherries, available on draft and in 750ml Belgian-Style Bottles.  Rounding out the event, local homebrew author Denny Conn will be on hand to sell and sign copies of his latest book “Experimental Homebrewing”. 

Learn to Homebrew Day was established by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 1999 to encourage people to homebrew.   Their website HomebrewersAssociation.org is full of homebrewing information you can use to make your first batch.  Learn to Homebrew Day is an international event with locations around the world so people can learn how to brew or teach others how to make beer.

Oakshire is a community inspired small batch brewing company located in Eugene, OR.  Founded in 2006, Oakshire exists to create and share great beer experiences.  Oakshire’s beers, including Watershed IPA, Overcast Espresso Stout and a variety of limited release beers are available on draft, in cans and 22-ounce bottles throughout the Northwest and at the Oakshire Public House, located at 207 Madison Street in Eugene.  Learn more at http://oakbrew.com.

For more information about the event, contact Denny Conn of the Cascade Brewers Society (beerguy@cvcable.com) or Meridy Wheeler of Oakshire (meridy@oakbrew.com).

Brewery News: OR: Deschutes Brewery expands distribution to Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia

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Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery announced today that its craft beers will be available in Washington D.C. and northern Virginia starting the week of October 27. The Oregon-based brewery will partner with Premium Distributors of Virginia and Premium Distributors of Washington DC, both part of the Reyes Beverage Group.

Stacy Denbow, expansion manager for the brewery, said, “Our fans on the east coast have been anxious to get our beers for quite some time, so we’re happy to finally extend our reach their way. Our Zarabanda collaboration with Chef José Andrés was the impetus for the growth, and we are looking forward to launching a few of our fan favorites in the region as well.”

In Washington D.C. and northern Virginia (Arlington and Alexandria regions), Deschutes will initially offer year-round beers Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA in draft only. Zarabanda will be available in both 22-ounce bottles and draft. A limited amount of Reserve Series bottles and kegs of Mirror Mirror and Black Butte XXVI will also make out for the launch.

Zarabanda, is a brand new spiced Saison that was created through a collaboration between José Andrés and Deschutes Brewery. Zarabanda provides a complex malt body formed from a generous use of Vienna and Spelt malts.  A classic Saison yeast strain contributes light fruit esters, which are complemented by aromatic dried lime, spicy pink peppercorn, lemon verbena and savory sumac. Launch events for the beer are being planned for later this fall.

Deschutes will also bring its celebrated barrel-aged imperial stout, The Abyss, to both the District of Columbia and Virginia when it is bottled later this year. More beers from the Deschutes Brewery portfolio will be launched in these areas later in 2015.

About Reyes Beverage Group
Reyes Beverage Group operates from seventeen warehouses in thirteen markets: Charleston/Beaufort South Carolina, Chicago, Northern Illinois, Los Angeles/Orange County, San Bernardino/Riverside California counties, San Diego, California, Central Florida, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Chesapeake Bay, and Northern Virginia -- offering the greatest variety of import, craft, and domestic beer brands available to retailers in their marketplace.  A fantastic portfolio, a strong team, and superior operations drive unsurpassed retailer knowledge and customer service, enabling Reyes Beverage Group to deliver the highest share of beer in their markets. For more information go to www.reyesbeveragegroup.com.

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon …

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10 Barrel is releasing their second bottled pumpkin beer ever… Jamaican me Pumpkin - a 10.4% rum barrel aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale with over a year in the barrels.

According to the brewery: “We had a theory that you could age almost anything in a Jamaican rum barrel and it would taste great so we decided to test that theory with an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. With over a year in the barrels we came to one conclusion: We were right!”

Jamaican Me Pumpkin is the latest beer in 10 Barrel’s annual barrel aged beer release following up 16 Barrels in 2013 and Rye’m or Treason in 2012. Jamaican Me Pumpkin will be available in the coming weeks in all good bottles shops and specialty grocery stores around OR, ID and WA and at the 10 Barrel Bend and Boise pubs.

About 10 Barrel Brewing Co

10 Barrel Brewing Co. is a Bend, OR based brewery with one simple mindset… brew beer, drink beer and have fun doing it. For more information check out www.10barrel.com or get social at fb.com/10barrelbrewingco and @10barrelbrewing on Instagram and Twitter.

Brewery Release: CO: Coming Soon … Hacker-Pschorr Animator

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LITTLETON, Colo…(Oct. 21, 2014) Long-known in the U.S. for its Weisse and Original Oktoberfest, Munich-based Hacker-Pschorr Brewery has been expanding its U.S. offerings throughout 2014 with a limited-release specialty bier series.

The fourth and final bier in the series, Animator is available in collectable 16.9oz swing top bottles. It is available to distributors across the U.S. now, and bier fans can expect it to see it on shelves in the coming weeks.

Among the earliest doppelbocks, Animator is a robust, unfiltered lager that fortifies the body and soul on even the coldest days of winter. Animator possesses a deep mahogany hue and creamy foam crown with a complex palate, which contains notes of chocolate, roast, brown sugar, licorice, apricot, and exotic fruit. “It’s a must-have for any beer aficionado,” says U.S. Brand Manager Charles Stanley. “Nice bubbles on the tongue, very smooth for a doppelbock. Beer enthusiasts consistently give it high marks overall.”
Look for the first three releases, Hubertus Bock, Sternweisse, and Oktoberfest, to explore the entire Limited Edition Series.

Prost!

About Hacker-Pschorr
Hacker-Pschorr is truly dedicated to the art of brewing. Since 1417, Hacker-Pschorr has focused on quality ingredients, artful crafting, and fresh flavors. Hacker-Pschorr beers have always been brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot (purity law) of 1516, which mandates that beer brewed in Bavaria consist of only malted barley, water and hops. Other styles available from Hacker-Pschorr in the US are Weisse, Weisse Dark, Munich Gold, and Oktoberfest. Visit http://paulanerhpusa.com/hacker-pschorr/ for details.

About Paulaner HP USA
Paulaner HP USA, purveyor of the world’s finest beers, is headquartered in Littleton, Colo., and imports Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Fuller’s, O’Hara’s, Früli, and Dixie beers, as well as Fuchen herbal liqueur. This list of fine imports is available throughout the United States wherever quality beers and spirits are sold. http://paulanerhpusa.com.

Brewery Release: WA: Seattle: Get It (Tomorrow) … Maritime Pacific XPA Fresh Hop Harvest Ale

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MaritimePacificFreshHopXPAThis Wednesday, starting at 5 PM, Maritime Pacific will be tapping this year’s Fresh Hop Ale, XPA, at the Jolly Roger Taproom. The 2014 XPA is bright and hoppy, made with over 200 lbs. of fresh Amarillo Hops from the Sunshine Ranch of Gamache & Sons in Toppenish, WA.  Thanks to the Gamache family, Maritime’s brew crew was able to do an up-close-and-personal tour in the hop fields in August of this year and were totally blown away by the family’s hospitality, and of course, what effect this year’s Amarillo harvest had on this year’s XPA profile. Maritime has been brewing XPA with all fresh Amarillo hops for over 12 years, with this year showing to be one of the standout years for this fresh hop ale. XPA is a pale ale style with a decided hop character that runs the gamut from bold citrus notes to floral aromatics. Its 5.5% ABV combined with its 55 IBU makes a perfect session beer for those wanting hops and flavor. For the release night Maritime will also be tapping at 5 PM a special dry hopped cask conditioned version of this year’s XPA on the bar.  Get here as early as you can because we know the cask will not last long.

CHEERS!

Hope to see you Wednesday!

Brewery News: OR: Portland: Old Town Brewing Co. releases collaboration beer Wesen Wiezen to support Grimmster Endowment

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Portland, Ore. – Old Town Brewing Co.® (OTB®), a locally owned and operated Portland brewery, will celebrate the season premiere of Grimm’s® fourth season on Oct. 24, 2014, with the tapping of its Wesen Wiezen specialty brew.  For every pint sold, OTB will donate $2 to the Grimmster Endowment at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

No stranger to ghosts and legends with its famed haunted location in Old Town, Old Town Brewing Co. knew locally filmed and beloved Grimm would be the perfect partner for a specialty beer, and just in the time for Halloween, too. The result is a delicious reflection of Portland and the show’s character.

The Wesen Wiezen, a black Bavarian hefeweizen brewed in tribute to Portland’s own Grimm TV show, is a classic Bavarian-style hef with black malt that shifts the shape of the sessionable black ale. The specialty brew will be available at both the brewery location on Martin Luther King Blvd. and the Old Town Pizza Davis Street taproom location until it’s sold out.

“For Old Town Brewing Co., this is what it’s all about - creating beer with local partners that reflect the spirit of our city, while being able to give something back to an incredibly important local organization,” said Adam Milne, owner of Old Town Brewing Co. and Old Town Pizza. “My hope is that the community will rally around this opportunity to enjoy incredible beer and raise as much money as possible for Doernbecher.”

Old Town Brewing Co. has been busy during its first two years of inception, scooping up four major awards in the last 12 months, two from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) and two from the World Beer Cup. Those beers include the following:

  • GABF 2014, Silver, I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch, German-Style Kölsch category
  • GABF 2013, Gold, Cents and Sensibility, Fresh Hop category
  • World Beer Cup 2014, Silver, I’d Like to Buy the World a Kölsch, German-Style Kölsch category
  • World Beer Cup 2014, Bronze, Paulie’s Not Irish Red, Irish Style Red Ale category

About Old Town Brewing Co./Old Town Pizza

Old Town Brewing Co. (OTB) opened in northeast Portland, Ore., in 2012. With an emphasis on crafting its beer to reflect the spirit, values, history and personality of Portland, OTB proudly uses Portland’s legendary white stag symbol as the emblem for its beers. OTB is the first Portland brewery to deliver beer and pizza by bike straight to consumers, rain or shine. Reclaimed materials were extensively incorporated into the design of the brewery, evoking an atmosphere authentic to Portland.

Owner Adam Milne opened OTB to complement his Old Town Pizza® location in Portland’s historic Old Town neighborhood. A devoted Old Town Pizza customer since celebrating his ninth birthday at the restaurant, Milne purchased Old Town Pizza from the original owners, the Accuardi family, in 2003.For more information visitwww.otbrewing.com and www.oldtownpizza.com.

About the Grimmster Endowment,

After visiting with patients at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, the cast of Grimm were inspired to establish the Grimmster Endowment to provide critical support to OHSU Doernbecher’s most vulnerable patients and families, including help with uncompensated care, travel, lodging and other services integral to their care and comfort.

Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now … Victory Winter Cheers

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DOWNINGTOWN, PA – Victory® Brewing Company (Victory) is pleased to announce the return of its holiday seasonal, Winter Cheers. Welcoming and warming, Winter Cheers is a delicious refreshing wheat ale that is light in body and soothing in texture. Combining German wheat and barley malts, oats, torrified wheat and whole flower Tettnang and Citra hops, the fruity and spicy holiday brew delivers a crisp finish, with hints of banana, clove and citrus.

At 6.7% ABV, Winter Cheers lives up to its name, fueling festive times and chasing winter’s chill. Due to its charming flavor profile and broad appeal, it is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes ideal for any holiday gathering. Instead of the obligatory bottle of wine, a six-pack of this special seasonal paired with a homemade treat makes for a unique and memorable hostess gift.

Available now until mid-January at craft beer bars, bottle shops, beer distributors and major gourmet grocery stores including Whole Foods and Wegmans, throughout Victory’s 35 state distribution footprint. Winter Cheers is offered on draft and in 12 oz. bottles (six packs) for approximately $9.99, but varies upon location. Use Victory’s Beerfinder to discover a nearby location, or download the free Victory Mobile app for Android or iPhone.

“With Winter Cheers wheat ale, we approached the spiciness one would expect in a holiday beer but in a much more refreshing, unique, and flavorful manner. It is meant to be enjoyed and shared among friends or family and Victory fans really took that to heart last year, so it’s no surprise it’s back for a second year, ” said President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski.

About Victory Brewing Company

Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, who met on a school bus in 1973, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. In addition to the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub, Victory recently opened a second state-of-the-art brewery in Parkesburg, PA to expand production capabilities and serve fans of fully flavored beers in 35 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at www.victorybeer.com.

Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now … Victory Harvest Ale

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DOWNINGTOWN, PA - Victory Brewing Company (Victory) announces the arrival of Harvest Ale, its first wet-hopped ale to be bottled. To brew this unique ale, Victory had a whopping six tons of fresh hops hauled in refrigerated trucks from Yakima Valley, WA to their breweries in Downingtown and Parkesburg, PA.

Fresh-off-the-vine hop cones are susceptible to mold and the spoiling effects of oxygen due to the full moisture content, requiring them to be added to the brewing process as quickly as possible. Fresh hops are also heavy and expensive to transport, therefore, very few East Coast breweries take on the wet-hopping process.  Even fewer breweries control production to the sole use of gently dried, whole flower hops throughout the entire year, as Victory does. As a result, Victory is one of the only breweries on the East Coast that can bring the distinctive, fresh, top-line West Coast flavor to the East, now in a convenient 12 oz. bottle format.

Available for a limited-time only, Victory’s Harvest Ale is all about the hops. Infused with the resinous natural hop oils that give impressions of fresh fruit flavors like apricot, grapefruit, and citrus, this ale leads to a very juicy taste, while completing satisfaction with a sustained and bracing bitterness to the finish. Harvest Ale will be sold in 12 oz. bottles and on draft with an ABV of 6.5%.

Available at craft beer bars, bottle shops, beer distributors and major gourmet grocery stores including Whole Foods and Wegmans, throughout Victory’s 35 state distribution footprint. Harvest Ale’s suggested retail price for a 12 oz. 4 pack is approximately $9.99, but varies upon location. Use Victory’s Beerfinder to discover a nearby location, or download the free Victory Mobile app for Android or iPhone.

“We are thrilled to push new frontiers in our use of whole flower hops, now to create this conveniently packaged nectar of wet-hopped impact,” said Victory’s President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “Despite the risks and unpredictability of this production process, the hard work and determination of our brewing team led to a Harvest Ale that is a direct reflection of our enduring commitment to quality.”

About Victory Brewing Company

Victory Brewing Company is a craft brewery headquartered in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Founded by childhood friends, Bill Covaleski and Ron Barchet, who met on a school bus in 1973, Victory officially opened its doors in February of 1996. In addition to the original Downingtown brewery and brewpub, Victory recently opened a second state-of-the-art brewery in Parkesburg, PA to expand production capabilities and serve fans of fully flavored beers in 35 states with innovative beers melding European ingredients and technology with American creativity. To learn more about Victory Brewing Company visit us on the web at www.victorybeer.com.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Brewery News: OR: Portland: Ecliptic Brewing celebrates their 1st year, starting October 23rd

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Portland, Ore. – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, will this month mark its first birthday. In celebration, iconic brewer and owner John Harris – together with executive chef Michael Molitor – will host events including an eclipse viewing party and live bands, complete with an exclusive anniversary-themed menu.
“We’ve had a truly stellar first year at Ecliptic,” said John Harris. “We hope our fans will join us at the brewery for our celebration, and that people who have yet to try Ecliptic will come check us out.”
Thursday, Oct. 23: Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Ecliptic Brewing unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. With such, the brewery regularly brings its fans together for astronomical observances. From 1:30 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 23, Portland will see a partial solar eclipse with more than 50 percent of the sun blocked. Ecliptic will host a viewing party in the parking lot, complete with the brewery’s regular food menu paired with special seasonal beers.
Saturday, Oct. 25: Intergalactic Hoedown and First Anniversary Celebration
The Saturday of Ecliptic’s birthday week, the brewery will debut its Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale and Oort Imperial Stout, as well as other special beers from its vault. The restaurant will feature anniversary ribs from chef Molitor, and newly designed Ecliptic t-shirts will be available for sale. Harrris will also host complimentary brewery tours at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Several bluegrass-style bands will entertain throughout the day, including:
  • 3 – 4 p.m.: Roadopossum, Harris’ band
  • 4 – 5:30 p.m.: Erin’s Off the Cuff
  • 5:30 – 7 p.m.: Vlad and the Hats
  • 7 – 9 p.m.: Jack Straw
Ecliptic Brewing is located at 825 N Cook St, Portland, OR 97227. For more information on the anniversary events or brewery, please call 503.265.9002 or visit www.eclipticbrewing.com.
About Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale
ABV: 5.8%, IBU: 31, GRAVITY: 13 °P
Rigel sparkles in the late autumn sky as the brightest star in the constellation Orion. Rigel Sparkling Riesling Anniversary Ale takes its light orange color from Pale, Munich and light crystal malts, which also lead to a nice, creamy mouth feel. Crystal hops impart a slight fruity hop flavor and low bitterness. Rigel contains one percent fresh pressed Riesling juice from the TesoAria Winery, used to increase its fruity-ester profile. Rigel drinks crisp like a good sparkling wine.

About Oort Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.5% IBU 71, GRAVITY: 21 °P
Named for the Oort Cloud, a spherical region surrounding the planetary system, Ecliptic’s Oort Imperial Stout is brewed to be aged in Bourbon Barrels. A limited number of non-Bourbon kegs were saved and aged throughout the past four months for a special showcase at Ecliptic’s anniversary. This will be the first time the stout has been poured.
About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy, and as such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Executive chef Michael Molitor rotates his seasonlly inspired menu every six weeks in accordance with the old world calendar. Harris’ signature seasonal beers include Spica Hefepils, Procyon Pale Ale, Phobos Extra Red Ale and Arcturus IPA. For more information, visit: www.eclipticbrewing.com.

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