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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

News: Oregon: Portland: Hopworks Urban Brewery receives Brewbound.com's "Marketing Initiative of the Year " award, for work with Patagonia Provisions

Press Release

Portland, Ore - Brewbound has selected Hopworks Urban Brewery to receive the Marketing Initiative of the Year award for their work with Patagonia Provisions on Long Root Ale. The honor is given during the winter Brewbound Session to one craft brewery that successfully embarks on -- or executes behind -- a campaign that transcends traditional craft beer marketing.

“In an industry becoming more crowded and complex every single day, it’s important to look back at the accomplishments of brewers all fighting to stand out in a beer category that now includes 5,000 companies,” said Brewbound Editor, Chris Furnari. “Hopworks partnered with Patagonia Provisions to create Long Root Ale, the first commercially available craft beer using the experimental Kernza grain. This effort not only generated hundreds of millions of online impressions, it also reflected the brewery’s core values and shined a spotlight on sustainable brewing and agricultural practices.”

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our collaboration with Patagonia Provisions on Long Root Ale,” said Hopworks brewmaster and founder Christian Ettinger. “Long Root helps answer our questions of how businesses across industries can work together to protect the environment in new and innovative ways. The resulting beer celebrates regenerative Kernza, which provides amazing benefits both above and below the ground. Long live Long Root!”

Long Root Ale is a Northwest-Style Pale Ale released last October throughout Oregon, Washington and California. The grain bill is made of 15% Kernza, a wheatgrass developed by The Land Institute in partnership with Patagonia Provisions. Kernza’s long roots and perennial growth allow it to thrive without pesticides, it uses less water than conventional wheat, helps to reduce erosion and removes more carbon from the atmosphere than annual grains.

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 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. More info at: hopworksbeer.com

About Patagonia Provisions
In 2012, Yvon Chouinard launched Patagonia Provisions to offer ethically and sustainably sourced delicious food products. Patagonia Provisions, based in Sausalito, California, is reexamining best practices in food sourcing, working with like-minded advocates and producers to find solutions to the important environmental issues facing the food industry. Wild Lummi Island Pink Salmon complements Patagonia Provisions’ growing line including Buffalo Jerky, fully cooked Wild Sockeye Salmon, Tsampa Soup, Green Lentil Soup, Black Bean Soup and three flavors of Fruit + Nut Bars. More info at: patagoniaprovisions.com

News: Northwest: Coming Soon ... Port Mongo and Port High Tide, in cans

image courtesy Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept

Press Release

San Marcos CA, -- Laid Back and Hop Forward, Port Brewing has been producing world-class beers since 2006 and this December will be releasing their flagship Double IPA, Mongo, and High Tide IPA in six-pack cans.

Mongo boasts a powerhouse combination of Columbus, Amarillo, Centennial, Cascade and Simcoe hops. Starting with a massive resinous aroma, this beer initially reveals juicy citric notes of Orange and Mango before riding the wave of piney bitterness and hoppy spice into a toasted-malt finish. 

High Tide IPA, previously a seasonal fresh-hopped IPA, will pivot to become a year round offering in cans as well. A lower ABV juicy IPA, High Tide is drenched in notes of Tangerines and stone fruit from the judicious use of Simcoe and Amarillo hops. 

“Getting these two beers in cans was a goal of ours this year, and though we waited till the last month to do so, I’m very excited for the to be available throughout 2017 and onward,” said Tomme Arthur, COO and Co Founder of Port Brewing Co. 

Get your hands on the Mongo and High Tide six-packs beginning early December in Southern California with full distribution beginning in 2017 for the entire Port Brewing Distribution network. 

About Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept
Founded in 2006, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey produce an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewery has garnered dozens of awards including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year, The 2008 world Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery, The 2013 Champion Brewery and Best in Show in 2012 & 2014 at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors and bold boundary-pushing styles. For more information, contact Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, telephone (800) 918-6816, and on the web at www.LostAbbey.com

Event: Seattle: Hosted by Ivar's Acres of Clams the "Ivar's Northwest Winter Beer Tasting" returns December 8th.

image sourced from Ivar's Acres of Clams
With the temperatures dipping into the 20's (before bouncing back into a cool 30+), now might be a good time to consider a trip downtown tonight.  Located along Seattle's historic waterfront, Ivar's Acres of Clams restaurant brings back their "Northwest Winter Beer Tasting" for another year.

To the inexperienced, the "Winter Beer Tasting" is an opportunity to learn more about the hidden art of pairing beer with food. Despite its name, beer is just as versatile (if not more so) than other holiday libations. Plus at $40, this is a great opportunity to pair local beers (from celebrates breweries) with foods from local artisans.

With doors opening at 6 pm and concluding at 8:45 pm, you don't want to be late for this event.

But in case you're still trying to decide we listed the breweries and food recipes that will be paired at this year's event.

image sourced from Ivar's Acres of Clams
Breweries (plus a few last minute additions yet to be announced)
Bites (aka, food) (subject to change)

  • House smoked bacon wrapped figs
  • Uli's sausage puff pastries
  • Honey and sriracha glazed prawn skewers
  • Stout braised pork belly
  • Smoked salmon
  • Roasted shitake mushrooms
  • Brandy caramel apple tartlet
Tickets are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets with the event being held at Ivar's "Ivar's Acres of  Clams" restaurant at 1001 Alaskan Way in Seattle. For more information call (206) 624-6852 or email the manager at u001@keepclam.com.or visit Pier 54, at 1001 Alaskan Way Sout in Seattle.

Events: Oregon: Portland: Lompoc celebrates 20th year with Zwanzig Fest, December 13th - December 16th

image courtesy Lompoc Brewing
Press Release

PORTLAND, Ore. – A long-time Portland craft beer fixture established in 1996, Lompoc Brewing will celebrate its 20th anniversary this month with Zwanzig Fest, a week-long lineup of special events at Lompoc’s five pubs from Dec. 13 to Dec. 16 (Zwanzig means 20 in German).
To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Lompoc Brewing, the brewers – with the help of a number of local beer writers and past brewers – have brewed Zwanzig, a bitter Märzen ale in a nod to Lompoc’s very first brew, Erst Ale. Pale orange in color, its full, malty body and eight hop additions will make you reminisce tipping back a few pints on the New Old Lompoc patio (7.0% ABV).
Much like most of Lompoc’s beers, this one doesn’t really fit into a true style, so the brewers have dubbed it a bitter Märzen ale. Every day at 4pm during Zwanzig Fest, a different Lompoc pub will tap the beer; everyone who orders a Zwanzig or that day’s featured taster tray will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of Lompoc swag. Owner Jerry Fechter and head brewer Bryan Keilty will be present at the events to share Lompoc’s history and talk about the good old days.
Schedule of events:
Tuesday, Dec. 13 @ Sidebar & Fifth Quadrant, 3901 N Williams Ave
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Monster Mash Vertical Taster Tray featuring 2010, 2013, 2015 & 2016 (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Monster Mash Chocolate Cake cutting at 6:30pm inside Sidebar

Wednesday, Dec. 14 @ Hedge House, 3412 SE Division St
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Fruit & Sour Night Taster Tray featuring 2008 Bluebird, 2012 Peach Wheat, Brewdolph's Revenge & Cherry Christmas (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Pierogies

Thursday, Dec. 15 @ Lompoc Tavern, 1620 NW 23rd Ave.
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Barrel Aged Night Taster Tray featuring 2009 Bourbon Dark Side Porter, 2012 Bourbon Big Bang Red, 2013 Pinot Noir Forbidden Fruit & Brewdolph's Revenge  (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Cheese Board

Friday, Dec. 16 @ Oaks Bottom Public House, 1621 SE Bybee Blvd
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Belgian Night Taster Tray featuring 2007 Brewdolph, Just Once Think Twice...Belgian Tripel, Brewdolph's Revenge & Cherry Christmas (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Belgian Totchos

About Lompoc Brewing
Lompoc (pronounced Lom-Pock) creates eight flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 12-ounce and 22-ounce bottles and on draft at locations in Oregon and Washington, and at its five Portland neighborhood pubs: Fifth Quadrant and Sidebar in North Portland, Hedge House and Oaks Bottom in Southeast, and the Lompoc Tavern in Northwest. For more information, call 503-288-3996 or visit www.lompocbrewing.com and @LompocBeer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Drink Local, Drink Lompoc!

News: Oregon: Bend: Deschutes Brewery's Obsidian Stout, Mirror Pond, and Mirror Mirror add their award totals

Press Release

... Bend, Oregon – Deschutes Brewery is making extra space in its trophy case this fall. The Oregon brewery won three gold medals at the Brussels Beer Challenge, two medals at the European Beer Star Awards, three World’s Bests and three United States’ Bests at the World Beer Awards.

The brewery’s Obsidian Stout recently swept the world stage with top honors in all three of these prestigious international award competitions, taking home World’s Best Stout at the World Beer Awards and Gold from both the Brussels Beer Challenge and European Beer Star Awards.

Obsidian Stout wasn’t the only Deschutes award winner. Mirror Pond Pale Ale, one of the brewery’s most celebrated beers, won World’s Best Bitter (4-5%) at the World Beer Awards and a Bronze medal at the European Beer Star Awards.

The 2014 vintage of Mirror Mirror Barley Wine eclipsed all Deschutes beers at the World Beer Awards winning World’s Best Dark Beer, one of eight top honors handed out.

Karl Ockert, Director of Brewery Operations for Deschutes, said, “Here at Deschutes Brewery, we are constantly striving to brew beers that are innovative, tasty and high quality. We know there is more competition than ever before from excellent breweries around the world, so winning awards for our beers at this high level is a testament to our whole team that we’re succeeding at our mission of creating beers our fans will love. It is especially heartwarming to see fan favorite, Mirror Pond, continue to win top awards after 26 years.”

The brewery took home 13 medals in all at these three recent international competitions:

Brussels Beer Challenge
  • Gold: Obsidian Stout (Category: American Stout)
  • Gold: Down ‘N Dirty IPA (Category: English IPA)
  • Gold: Chainbreaker White IPA (Category: White IPA/Hoppy Weizen)
World Beer Awards
  • World's Best Stout: Obsidian Stout
  • World’s Best Dark Beer:  Mirror Mirror
  • World’s Best Bitter 4-5%: Mirror Pond Pale Ale
  • United States’ Best Imperial Stout: The Abyss
  • United States’ Best Oud Bruin: The Dissident
  • United States’ Best Strong Wheat Beer: Chainbreaker White IPA
  • USA Silver Medal IPA: Fresh Squeezed IPA
  • USA Bronze Medal IPA: Pinedrops IPA
European Beer Star Awards
  • Gold Medal: Obsidian Stout
  • Bronze Medal: Mirror Pond Pale Ale
About Deschutes Brewery
Founded in 1988 in Bend, Oregon as the region’s first brewpub, Deschutes Brewery has helped its mountain town home become a craft beer destination. Known for its generous use of whole hops in its defining beers such as Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA, the brewery also keeps fans on the edge of their bar stools with the release of small batch experimental beers each season. Over the years, Deschutes’ flagship brewpub has been joined by a main brewing facility on the banks of the Deschutes River in Bend, a pub in Portland and, coming in 2021, a new east coast brewery in Roanoke, Virginia. www.deschutesbrewery.com

Industry: The Craft Brewers Conference returns to Washington D.C. April 10th - April 13th.

image courtesy Brewers Association
Press Release

WHAT:            The 34th edition of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America® (CBC) will return to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. from April 10-13. CBC, presented annually by the Brewers Association, is the craft brewing industry’s leading event, and the only one that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries.

BrewExpo America is the premier trade show for craft brewers, providing the opportunity to connect with customers, vendors and leaders in the national and international brewing arena. The trade show sets the stage for exhibitors and buyers to develop profitable business relationships and helps brewing and brewery restaurant professionals encounter the latest and best products and services that industry vendors have to offer.

WHO:              A record 14,000 brewing industry professionals will have the opportunity to meet with 800 exhibitors and hear from a wide range of speakers during 70 seminars across 11 different tracks. Featured speakers include Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza and Chief Economist Bart Watson, who will deliver the annual State of the Industry Address.

WHY:              As small and independent craft brewers face unique opportunities and challenges in the marketplace, CBC allows them to connect with their colleagues and comrades to share ideas and learn about relevant topics ranging from brewery operations to sustainability and government affairs.

This year, the CBC returns to Washington, one of the nation’s oldest beer cities and center of government, to promote one of life’s pursuits of happiness.

WHEN:            Craft Brewers Conference
Monday, April 10 - Thursday, April 13, 2017
Times vary. For a full schedule of events, visit the CBC conference schedule.

Events of Note:

·         First-Time Attendee Orientation
Monday, April 105:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

·         Welcome Reception
Monday, April 107:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

·         General Session I – Welcome/Keynote Address
Tuesday, April 119:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

·         General Session II – State of the Industry
Wednesday, April 129:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

BrewExpo America 
Tuesday, April 119:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April: 12: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 139:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:         Walter E. Washington Convention Center 
801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW
Washington, DC 20001

About the Brewers Association
The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Release: Northwest: Get It Now .. Maui POG IPA

Press Release

Kihei, Hawaii ... It is well-known that Maui Brewing Company is "fiercely local", and its beers that are infused with locally-grown produce, never extracts or artificial flavors, command some respect. The latest limited release, POG IPA, is brewed with Horizon hops to provide a clean bitterness. A late whirlpool addition with a blend of locally grown passionfuit, orange, and guava, and a dry hop including El Dorado and Enigma hops provide tropical juicy aromatics and a slight citrus bite on the finish.
Brewing Supervisor, Matt Ponichtera will be speaking about this brew at the launch which begins at 5pm in the brewery's Kihei Tasting Room. Per Matt, "Earlier this spring, when Brewmaster Jesse Houck informed me that we would put POG IPA into cans at the end of the year, I was super stoked. Sourcing enough of the three fruit varieties is the biggest challenge. On top of that, guava has a really short shelf life once picked. It really makes brewing this beer exciting, because all of a sudden when the farmer has the yield we need, it's GO time!"
POG IPA, with its 7.1% ABV and 58 IBUs, will be available in the Kihei Tasting Room and the Lahaina Brewpub beginning December 2nd. It will be available in 4-pack cans and draft in all markets where Maui Brewing Company craft beer can be found.
Maui Brewing Company is on pace to brew 45,000 barrels in 2016. MBC is a fiercely local company and has remained steadfast regarding local production. The MBC team are stewards of their communities and the 'aina, and curators of the craft beer way of life. Their beers have been recognized worldwide for quality and innovation.
For more information, visit MauiBrewing.com or follow @MauiBrewingCo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Maui Brewing Company: Founded in 2005, Maui Brewing Company is Hawaii's largest craft brewery, operating 100% in Hawaii.  MBC is based on Maui, with its production brewery and tasting room in Kihei, as well as a brewpub in Kahana. Maui Brewing Co. is available in 20 states and 10 international countries with more markets to follow.

Releases: Northwest: Get Them Now Shmaltz Genesis 20:20®, Chanukah, Hanukkah...Pass the Beer®, Jewbelation 20® -- Dark American Strong Ale

image courtesy Shmaltz Brewing

Press Release

Clifton Park, NY ... When people hear the word 'Score' they likely picture their favorite sports team or a piece of music that touched their hearts, or perhaps a shady back alley deal from days of youthful indiscretions. For the finale of 2016 and at this significant milestone of maturity, Shmaltz Brewing Company looks at the word Score in a more expansive sense -- Biblical (Psalm 90), Presidential (4 score and 7 years), Historical ('I Have a Dream'). The Score defined for Shmaltz's Anniversary marks 20 years.

20 Years -- celebrating being the largest, the smallest, the most award winning, and astonishingly still the only Jewish celebration beer in the country. And also 20 years as a complex borscht of much more as well -- creating brands, selling brands, acquiring brands. Reinventing the company to reflect the new brick and mortar facility. Transforming from exclusively contracting brewing with another producer to now being a contract brewer itself for other respected regional beer companies.

Born in San Francisco, raised in Brooklyn and New York City, and now based in Upstate New York, Shmaltz more than ever reaches beyond its niche to the ongoing revolution of craft brewing succeeding across the globe. 

Created as an experiment for Chanukah in 1996, Shmaltz owner/founder, Jeremy Cowan, gathered a small tribe of friends to hand squeeze pomegranates to add to the first batch of He'brew Beer's Genesis Ale®. Hand bottled, hand labeled, and delivered by the founder in his grandmother's Volvo (and 5 cases by Cowan's mother as well), He'brew became the Chosen Beer for a generation of those taking their first steps into the artisan world of craft beer. 

Leap forward 20 years later, Genesis 20:20®, a mighty barrel-aged tart barleywine percolates from a 40,000 square feet brewery and travels to nearly 40 states across the country. Over 30 professional tribe members comprise the Shmaltz efforts, continuing to amass over 40 awards and counting. Through this trek, Shmaltz maintains its enduring sense of shtick that paved the way to this milestone. 

Shmaltz isn't going through this Score alone, but joins an illustrious lineup of fellow Class of '96ers across the US. For Chicago Beer Week, the 20th anniversary festivities kicked off with Three Floyds Brewing at Northdown Taproom, pouring a all-star lineup of Shmaltz's Goliaths, such as She'Brew Triple IPA®, R.I.P.A. on Rye Barrel-Aged Rye Double IPA®, and the preview cask of Genesis 20:20®. In San Francisco, Shmaltz teamed up with ThirstyBear Organic Brewery for its own 20th anniversary jubilee and raised a pint to where it all began. In Denver at GABF, Shmaltz joined Bear Republic, Coronado, and Ballast Point at iconic Falling Rock Tap House. Most recently at The Well in Brooklyn, NY, Shmaltz founder/owner Jeremy Cowan hosted a special "Beer School" for attending craft beer enthusiasts, launching Jewbelation 20®. The hoopla continues nationwide with fellow "Class of '96" breweries throughout the holidays. And what would a true celebration be without the proper beers to mark this epic occasion?

New Releases
Genesis 20:20® -- Barrel-Aged Tart Barleywine
Flowing from the bottle or tap, a rich beautiful mahogany glows deeply with a dense silky lace head. Aromas of currant, raisin, and toffee waft from the heavenly concoction, leaning towards port, sherry or cognac. The velvety mouthfeel of this burly beer collides on the tongue with pronounced flavors of dark chocolate and heavy fruits -- figs, dates, and ripe plum. Tart notes and a hint of wood emerge from the barrel aging process -- 10 months ensconced in the rye and bourbon barrels that also create Shmaltz's acclaimed sour blend, Funky Jewbelation®. A glorious opus.

Chanukah, Hanukkah...Pass the Beer® -- Golden Strong Ale with Cocoa NibsCandles won't be the only thing getting lit this year, with this bright caramel colored, golden strong ale. The fluffy white head releases notes of honey, chocolate, and harkens back to memories of Holiday gelt coins. 8 malts & 8 hops balance biscuit and toast with light peach smoothly dancing with the chocolate from the cocoa nibs and a hint of vanilla on the finish. The 8% ABV warms up both the season and this luscious libation.

Jewbelation 20® -- Dark American Strong AleMazel Tov -- it's a big beautiful bouncing barelywine! Shmaltz's Jewbelation® series vaults into adulthood with the 13th version of its acclaimed seasonal Anniversary offering. Not intended as an imperial porter or stout, Jewbelation 20® essentially stands as a triple brown ale. Pouring a dense mocha head, the color spans deep maroon to dark ruby. Flavors of this massive complex malt bill overflow with dark fruits -- bing cherry, raisins, currants, and figs. Pronounced notes of pumpernickel and dark chocolate, coffee roast and cherry wood dance with pounds and pounds of hops leading with citrus and stone fruit up front melding into a grassy earthiness on the finish. Rising to a beefy 16.8%, the alcohol feels more warming and welcoming than its percentage might suggest. A very complex anniversary ale worthy of being part of the Jewbelation family. A new Shmaltz score is born.

Shtick in a Box® -- Holiday Variety 12-PackThere's no junk in this box! Just in time for the holidays, Shmaltz releases the award winning Shtick in a Box® Holiday Variety 12-Pack. Shmaltz has somethin' real special to give you inside this package. Craft beer lovers will find three Shmaltz favorites and all World Beer Championship Gold Medal winners, Hop Manna IPA®, Slingshot American Craft Lager®, and Messiah Nut Brown Ale®, with a gift of the 2016 version of Chanukah, Hanukkah...Pass the Beer®. You won't even need to wrap this platinum award-winning package, unless it'd be for safety.


The grand finale is upon us -- The opus, the grand slam, the kind, the Score. With brewery favorites, Hop Manna IPA®, Slingshot American Craft Lager®, Messiah Nut Brown Ale®, and Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA®, over a dozen seasonals, special releases and collaborations, and now the lineup of behemoth anniversary beers, Genesis 20:20® and Jewbelation 20®, the culmination of Shmaltz's 20th year overflows with unforgettable fermentables. 

Turning 21 in 2017, Shmaltz is poised to pair its unique shtick with a diversified business model including innovative He'brew creations, the acquisition and expansion of its regional Alphabet City brand, the re-introduction of its hyperlocal upstate 518 & 838 series, as well as expanded contract brewing for respected regional producers. 

Cheers to the first Score, and maybe 3 more and 7 years, of Shmaltz being true to its roots and singular in its niche -- the largest, the smallest, the most award winning, and still the only Jewish celebration brewery in the country -- and so much more. To Life... L'Chaim!
About Shmaltz Brewing CompanyFounder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother's Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He’brew Beer across 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York State production brewery in 2013 in Clifton Park, 10 minutes north of Albany. Shmaltz's home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 30,000 barrels of annual capacity and packages a diverse and tasty variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days a week (Wed-Sun) and offers tours, barrel-aged previews, beer-to-go, and special releases.

RateBeer.com ranked Shmaltz as one of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" in 2013, and the brewery brought home 10 gold and 6 silver medals from the World Beer Championships in the past several years.

Release: British Columbia: Get Them Now ... Steamworks Blitzen and Steamworks White Stout

image courtesy Steamworks Brewing Company
Press Release

Vancouver B.C. ...

Steamworks is bringing back two limited release brews for the winter season, with the return of their Award-Winning Blitzen and popular White Stout.

Steamworks White Stout is back for a second year following a very successful launch last winter. This confusing beer pours golden in colour but has the full bodied coffee and chocolate flavours of a stout. This juxtaposition is achieved by ageing the beer with cacao beans from East Van Roasters and coffee beans from Hastings-Sunrise's Pallet Coffee Roasters. Confusion aside, the coffee and chocolate combined with the lighter body make for an extremely quaffable beer perfect for beer lovers of all styles.

Steamworks Blitzen is a multi award-winning Belgian Tripel. Apple and Citrus aromas give way to a toasted malt character, it's a holiday treat that packs a punch at 9% ABV. The beer is a yearly fan favourite.

Both beers will be on shelves and taps across BC as of this week as well as available at the Steamworks Brewpub in Gastown and brewery/taproom at 3845 William St in Burnaby.

About Steamworks Brewing Company: Named after the steam that flows through and powers its Burnaby brewery & flagship brewpub in Gastown, Steamworks proudly brews distinct, flavourful and award-winning craft beers.

Release: Northwest: Get It Now ... The Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego

image sourced from Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept
Press Release

San Marcos, CA, -- First released in 2015, Santo Ron Diego will make another appearance, this time with a slightly different flavor profile with the addition of Cherries, Vanilla, and Cacao nibs. 

Aged in Rum barrels for 14 months, Santo Ron Diego starts with a base of a dark strong ale, brewed specifically to contrast and accentuate the sweetness of the Rum barrels. Santo Ron Diego is then rested on Cherries, Vanilla beans, and Cacao nibs. 

“Getting a chance to work with rum barrels again has been quite an adventure” said Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-founder of The Lost Abbey. “We were really happy with last year’s version but we wanted to add a bit more complexity to help bring the rum notes out with this year’s batch.”

Santo Ron Diego begins with a bouquet of Cherries, Vanilla and sweet oak that leads to burst of flavor on the palate. Dark bakers chocolate, sweet cherry and warming vanilla with just a hint of coconut, Santo finishes with smooth hints of sweet-spiced rum. 

Santo Ron Diego with Cherries, Vanilla, and Cacao Nibs, at 13.5% ABV, will be available throughout the Lost Abbey distribution network beginning in December. Due to the limited amount of beer produced, this will be a draft-only release. 

About Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey / The Hop Concept
Founded in 2006, Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey produce an extensive line-up of continental and American- inspired ales and lagers. Under the direction of visionary brewmaster and co-founder Tomme Arthur, the brewery has garnered dozens of awards including the 2007 Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery of the Year, The 2008 world Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery, The 2013 Champion Brewery and Best in Show in 2012 & 2014 at the San Diego International Beer Festival. The company’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months or longer, are universally recognized for their complexity, unique flavors and bold boundary-pushing styles. For more information, contact Port Brewing / The Lost Abbey at 155 Mata Way, Suite 104, San Marcos, CA 92069, telephone (800) 918-6816, and on the web at www.LostAbbey.com

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