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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... Southern Tier Four Headed Wooly Mammoth

Press Release
We're proud to announce that this January, we're releasing Four Headed Wooly Mammoth, a Belgian Style Quad Ale as our first beer in the Cellar Vault Series.
Four Headed Wooly Mammoth, a massive 11% ABV Belgian Quad, is brewed with Dark Belgian Candi Syrup (Kandijstroop Donker) in the boil, which provides notes of anise, dark chocolate, caramel & toasted bread. Candi Syrup, a traditional brewing ingredient in Belgium, also adds a dark hue and a complex Belgian character to the brew, which is fermented with Belgian Abbey Yeast. Having taken more than a dozen trips to Belgium, Sean Lavery, our VP of Operations, yearned to brew one of the “treat” beers that he enjoys during his travels. This brilliant garnet-red beer is true to style with its warming 11% ABV, which is balanced perfectly with caramel, dark sugar & malty sweet flavors.

More Mammoth, Please.
Quality Manager, Matt Dunn describes the Quad as a “big, bad brew in both alcohol content and flavor,” which is how the Cellar Vault Team came up with the beer’s unique title. “We wanted to brew something that we didn’t already make; something huge and unique. We wanted something we’d crave after our shifts. This Belgian behemoth checked all of those boxes, so we were psyched to get to work on it,” notes Lead Creative Brewer, Jason Hitchcock.

The Cellar Vault Series is described as “VERY rare.” CEO John Coleman states that these brands will be “very limited release and allocated to select markets on draught-only.” Also noting “They’re brewed in our 30bbl Pilot Brewhouse, by our Cellar Vault Team because we believe that ‘Craft is the Endless Pursuit of Creativity.’”

About the Cellar Vault Series
The Cellar Vault Series concept was born out of a challenge from Southern Tier founder, Phin DeMink. Brewing, Cellar and Quality teams submitted recipe ideas for limited-edition, well aging beers they wanted to brew. In addition to Phin, the Cellar Vault’s first team includes Quality Manager Matt Dunn, Quality Lead Karen Stangl, VP of Operations Sean Lavery, Lead Creative Brewer Jason Hitchcock & Brewer Geoff Burgess. They’ll be producing five limited-release beers over the next 9-12 months and then handing the reigns to the next team. Their first beer: the Four Headed Wooly Mammoth. Their next beer: a Sour Ale brewed with Riesling grape juice.

Festival Preview: WA: Seattle: Celebrating wood-aged beers and ciders, Brouwer's Cafe presents the BigWood Festival, starting December 3rd.

Starting Thursday, December 3rd, Brouwer's Cafe celebrates their annual "Big Wood" alehouse festival. As this name inspires, all beers served during this event are aged in or with wood. 
image "Barrels of fun" from fmgbain's Flickr page & sourced via Creative Commons
To get you started, prior to your visit, the producers of "Big Wood" would like to share the following (pending) draft list.

Only available in 12oz formats, unless otherwise indicated.
  • 10 Barrel Rare Breed Barrel-Aged Red Ale (11%) Bend
  • Against The Grain KY Ryed Chiquen (8.6%) Louisville
  • Almanac Reserve Strawberry Sour (7%) San Francisco
  • Alvine Burgundy Barrel-Aged Cuvée Freddy (8%) Zwevegem
  • Anderson Valley Huge Arker Bbl-Aged Imp. Stout ’12 (13.5%)
  • Avery Samael’s Oak Aged 12 (14.45%) Boulder
  • Ballast Point Bbl-Aged Sea Monster 15 (10%) San Diego
  • Big Time Oak Chipped Old Rip Stout Cask (4.7%) Seattle
  • Black Diamond The Twelve 13 Belgian Strong Dark Ale (12%) Concord
  • Black Raven Splinters 14 Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (10.8%) Redmond
  • Brasserie Des Franches-Montagnes Abbey De Saint Bon Chien’14 (11%)
  • Breakside Aquavit Barrel-Aged Saison a Fleurs (9.7%) Portland
  • Bridgeport Raven Mad Bbl-Aged Imperial Porter ’12 (7.8%)
  • Cantillon Iris 15 (5%) Brussels
  • Crux Banished Double Cross Bbl-Aged Belgian Dubbel ‘13 (12%) Bend
  • De Molen Bourbon Barrel Aged Cease and Desist Imp. Stout (10.7%)
  • De Struise XXX Rye Triple ‘14 (10%) Oostvleteren
  • Deschutes Abyss ‘13 (11%) Bend
  • Double Mountain Devil’s Kriek (9%) Hood River
  • Ecliptic Rastaban Oud Bruin w/Cherries & Raspberries (7.4%)Portland
  • Elevation Signal De Botrange Chardonnay Bbl Imp Farmhouse (9.86%)
  • Elysian Oak Frost ’14 (7.4%)
  • Engine House #9 Nefilibata Sour ’15 (5.8%)
  • Epic Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout ’14 (11.8%)
  • Finnriver Black Oak Barrel-Aged Black Currant (6.5%)
  • Firestone Walker Bretta Rosa Wild Ale w/Raspberries (5%)
  • Fremont “Kentucky in Scotland” BBomb with Islay Chips (11%)
  • Full Sail Bourbon Imp Stout ’15 (7.2%) Hood River
  • Gigantic Most Most Bourbon RIS 15 (10%) Portland
  • Goose Island Bourbon County Regal Rye Stout (12.7%) Chicago
  • Grand Teton Bbl-Aged Black Cauldron Imperial Stout (8%) Victor
  • Great Divide Rumble 13 (7.1%) Denver
  • Highwater NyctoPhilliac Dark Sour (6.5%) San Leandro
  • Hoften-Dormaal Bbl-Aged Project Brew #1 Jenever (12%)
  • Holy Mountain Bbl-Aged King’s Head Double Brown (9.2%)
  • Lagunitas Highwestified Stout (12%) Petaluma
  • Lantern Bbl-Aged Wallonia Saison (4.8%) Seattle
  • Logsdon Oak-Aged Bretta 15 (8%) Hood River
  • Lost Abbey Cuvée De Tomme 11 (11%) San Marcos
  • Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego Bbl-Aged Stout (13%)
  • Mad Viking Night Raid Cognac Imperial Stout 13 (11%)
  • Midnight Sun Berserker Imp Stout ’14 (12.7%) Anchor
  • Millstone Cobbler Bourbon Bbl-Aged Peach Cider (8%)
  • New Belgium Blackberry Felix (7.5%) Fort Collins
  • North Coast Bourbon Bbl-Aged Grand Cru 12 (12.9%)
  • Oakshire Free Your Souls 15 Russian Imperial Stout (12.5%) Eugene
  • pFriem Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (11%) Hood River
  • Prairie Barrel-Aged Bomb! Imperial Coffee Stout(13%) Tulsa
  • Propolis Syrah Aged Salmonberry Sour w/Brett (7.5%) Port Townsend
  • Reuben’s Bourbon Barrel Imp. Porter w/Coffee and Cocoa ()
  • Schooner-Exact Hoppy the Woodsman 14 (9%)
  • Snipes Mountain Terror in the Wood 14 (10%) Sunnyside
  • Stone Vertical Epic Red Wine Bbl-Aged 7.7.7 (8.4%)
  • The Bruery 6th Anniversary Sucre 14 English Old Ale (16.9%) Placentia  
  • Trinity Red Swingline w/Palisade Peaches&Apricot (4.1%) Colo. Spgs
  • Wander Bbl-Aged Imperial Global Mutt Baltic Porter (9%) Bellingham
Besides the above listed beer list, the following (barrel-aged) ciders will be available.

Ciders by the Glass
Alpenfire Organic Ember Bittersweet Cider (6oz)
Alpenfire Pirates Plank Bone Dry Scrumpy Cider (6oz)
Sea Cider Prohibition Rum Barrel-Aged Cider (6oz)
Sea Cider Wild English Brett Cider (6oz)

Ciders by the Bottle
Alpenfire Organic Ember Bittersweet Cider (750ml)
Alpenfire Pirates Plank Bone Dry Scrumpy Cider (22oz)
Aspall Demi-Sec, Dry or Grand Cru (500ml)
Blue Mountain Winesap (22oz)
Domaine Dupont Cidre Bouché (375ml)
Eden Dry Sparkling Cider (375ml)
Finnriver Black Currant (500ml)
Finnriver Farmstead Semi-Sweet (500ml)
Finnriver Forest Ginger Cider (500ml)
Finnriver Habañero Cider (500ml)
Finnriver Pear (500ml)
Sea Cider Prohibition Rum Barrel-Aged Cider (750ml)
Sea Cider Wild English Brett Cider (6oz)
Snowdrift Cidermaker’s Reserve (750ml)
Thatcher’s Green Goblin Oak-Aged Cider (500ml)

To learn more about Brouwer's Cafe, read about their 1st ten years. Brouwer's Cafe is located at 400 North 35th Street in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood. 

Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Victory Java Cask

Press Release
image courtesy Victory Brewing
Downingtown, PA ... - Victory Brewing Company (Victory) announces the arrival of Java Cask, a coffee-tinged bourbon barrel stout available this holiday season while supplies last. Beginning Thanksgiving-eve, a celebratory day dubbed Dark Wednesday, by Victory Brewing Company, based on the frenetic level of pre-holiday purchasing of craft beer and hostess gift requirements, Java Cask marks the fourth beer that has specifically and traditionally been created with this day in mind. A collaborative effort commemorating the long friendship with the founders of Philadelphia’s popular Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s restaurants, bourbon barrel-aged Java Cask is infused with deliciously warming, hand-roasted JB's Coffee.

A deeply complex chocolate malt-tinged stout, Java Cask was aged in bourbon barrels for six months, where it absorbed the blended flavors from the wood as well as the predecessor bourbon they once held. With rich body and hints of dark caramel, Victory partnered with William Reed of Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s, two iconic Philadelphia bars, to add toasty, roasted coffee flavors and aromas to the brew by infusing it with 240 pounds of JB's hand-roasted coffee beans. Java Cask is sold in 750 ml bottles and with an ABV of 14.3%; this marks the highest-octane beer Victory has produced to date.

Available in a limited run while supplies last, Java Cask can be purchased in bottle shops throughout Victory’s 37-state distribution footprint (with the exception of Ohio, New Hampshire, Alabama and Georgia due to ABV limitations) with a suggested retail price of $15.00.  Pricing will vary slightly based upon location. Use Victory’s Beerfinder to discover a nearby location, or download the free Victory Mobile app for Android or iPhone.

“Java Cask is a collaboration built on friendship. William Reed, and all our friends at Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s, have been terrific partners over the years and an integral part of Victory’s local success story,” said Victory’s President and Brewmaster, Bill Covaleski. “This is the perfect beer to share this holiday season, bringing friendships to life.”

“I couldn't be happier with this beer,” said William Reed Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s Co-Owner and longtime home brewer. “Java Cask is a complex beer with bittersweet dark chocolate notes and an intriguing coffee aroma.  Way smoother and more drinkable than the 14% alcohol would suggest.”

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.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Brewery Event: WA: Seattle: Sierra Nevada rings in December with Celebration Ale - at the Watershed Pub & Kitchen - December 2nd

Press Release

SEATTLE, WA The start of Sierra Nevada Brewing’s Celebration Ale season is a festive event and marks the beginning of the holidays for craft beer lovers. For the second year in a row, Watershed Pub & Kitchen, in Thornton Place at Northgate, will be pouring a very rare firkin of the legendary Celebration Ale at 6pm sharp - it’s guaranteed not to last long!

Award-winning, beloved Celebration Ale was first brewed in 1981 and is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops.
Watershed Pub will also be featuring 3 other great Sierra Nevada beers on its 21 rotating taps: Bigfoot Barleywine, the new Wild Hop IPA and Nooner Pilsner

Friday, November 27, 2015

Brewery News: OR: Portland: "Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza" returns, November 30th, from 4pm to 11pm

Press Release
image courtesy Lompoc Brewing
PORTLAND, Ore. – Just as Santa has eight reindeer, so does Lompoc have eight different holiday beers, including one brewed for Hanukkah. The annual Lompoc Holiday Beer Extravaganza will celebrate the release of them all on Monday, Nov. 30 from 4 to 11PM at Sidebar, Lompoc’s barrel tasting room at 3901 N Williams Ave.

This year's lineup of holiday seasonals includes 8 Malty Nights, Blitzen, Brewdolph, C-Sons Greetings, Cherry Christmas, Jolly Bock, Old Tavern Rat and Whores & Amateurs. A detailed description of each beer is provided below.

All beers will be available at the four other Lompoc pubs beginning Dec. 2, including Lompoc Tavern on NW 23rd Ave, Oaks Bottom Public House on SE Bybee Blvd, Hedge House on SE Division St, and Fifth Quadrant on N Failing and Williams. C-sons Greetings is also available in 22 ounce bottles.

Oregon Live recently did a blind taste test of 20 Oregon-brewed winter beers, and the top pick was C-Son’s Greetings. According to the posting, the panel found the beer “reasonably hearty and able to stand up to winter’s chill without burning too hot with spruce, pine and dried fruit characteristics.” Another voter noted, “It’s like an IPA and a winter ale had a baby.” (http://www.oregonlive.com/beer/index.ssf/2015/11/holiday_ale_taste-test_ranking.html)

About Lompoc Brewing
A long-time Portland craft beer fixture established in 1996, Lompoc (pronounced Lom-Pock, not Lom-Poke) creates seven flavorful year-round beers, plus a ridiculous number of seasonals. You can find Lompoc in 22 oz 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!

BEER DESCRIPTIONS8 MALTY NIGHTS: Dark brown in color and lightly hopped with English style hops, this chocolate rye beer features a roasted chocolate flavor and a sweet finish. Raise a glass and toast l’chaim to Portland’s first Hanukkah seasonal. 6.5% ABV

BLITZENA bright straw colored holiday favorite, Blitzen is dry-hopped with Centennial hops, dried lemon peel and coriander. The hops and lemon peel combine for a citrusy aroma and flavor while the coriander gives a slight spice at the back end. 4.6% ABV

BREWDOLPH: This Belgian style red ale features a malty and creamy body. Brewed with the Belgian Ardennes yeast strain, it boasts a mild fruitiness and a spicy clove character. 7.7% ABV

C-SONS GREETINGS: Brewed and dry-hopped with all seven “C” hops, this beer features a deep copper color with a piney, citrusy, floral and resinous aroma. A rich, caramel malt finish and an endless developing hop presence complement its full hop flavor. 8.0% ABV

CHERRY CHRISTMASThis red ale was aged for two years in Maryhill Winery Merlot barrels on 45 pounds of sour cherries. It has a malty body,  a strong oak aroma with hints of cherries, and finishes tart. 6.2% ABV

JOLLY BOCK: This lager was brewed with a generous amount of Munich malt to develop the deep amber color and rich malt flavor. The malty flavor is balanced with a spicy hop bitterness. 7.3% ABV

OLD TAVERN RAT: This dark amber-colored barleywine was aged for almost a year prior to its release. It has a strong bitterness that is balanced by the sweetness of caramel and toffee flavors. 9.4% ABV

WHORES & AMATEURS: Aged in bourbon barrels for six months, this beer is not for the faint of heart. Brownish red in color, this winter warmer has a big malt presence with notes of oak, raisins, toffee and coffee. Ladies of the night and rookies should steer clear of this awesome beer. 6.5% ABV

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Brewery Release: OR: Portland: Coming Soon ... Baerlic Woodworker Iniquitous Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

Press Release

PORTLAND OREGON - Friday, December 4th at 2pm Baerlic Brewing Co. releases the newest beer in their WoodWorker barrel-aged bottle series, Woodworker Iniquitous Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout. 

The Woodworker Iniquitous Imperial Stout weighs in at 8.5% ABV. This devilishly drinkable imperial stout bursts at the seams with bitter chocolate, bourbon spice and vanilla and finishes rich, roasty and dry. 

Taproom Bottle Release Party
A taproom bottle release party will be on Friday, December 4th starting at 2 p.m. This party will include a special tapping of the WoodWorker Iniquitous at Baerlic’s Southeast Portland Taproom is located at 2235 SE 11th Ave.

Bottle and Draft Sales
A limited run of 500 ml bottles that are hand bottled, wax-dipped will go on sale for $12 each at 2 p.m. on Friday Dec 4th. Customers can purchase bottles to go with a 3 bottle limit per person. Woodworker Iniquitous Imperial Stout will also be available on draft.

The Beer Here is Near & Dear
Woodworker Iniquitous Imperial Stout is the Kentucky Bourbon barrel-aged version of Baerlic’s Iniquitous Imperial Stout – an amped-up version of the brewery’s year-round Noble Oatmeal Stout.  The name, which means “grossly unfair and morally wrong,” refers to the fact that “It’s just not right that so much epic flavor should be packed into just one beer,” says brewery co-owner Ben Parsons.“ Adding six months aging in Elijah Craig Bourbon barrels, definitely pushes it deep into the dark side,” adds co-owner Rik Hall

image courtesy Baerlic Brewing

About Baerlic's WoodWorker Series 
Baerlic’s WoodWorker Barrel-Aged Series are higher-gravity beers aged in a variety of repurposed spirits and wine barrels. Previous WoodWorker beers include Old Blood & Guts (Dry-hopped barleywine in Kentucky Bourbon barrels), Mountain of Gold (Tart Belgian-style golden strong ale in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels) and Thunderbolt Porter (Imperial Oatmeal Porter aged in both Kentucky Bourbon and Oregon Pinot Noir barrels.) The WoodWorker name reflects the owners’ love of carpentry and commitment to craftsmanship.

About Baerlic Brewing Company 
Founded by longtime friends Ben Parsons and Rik Hall, Baerlic Brewing opened its doors on June 28, 2014. Parsons and Hall grew up together in Boise, Idaho and reconnected in Portland, where they began obsessively homebrewing together. After years of basement brewing and winning numerous awards in amateur competitions throughout the region the two gave in to the voices in their head and opened their 10-barrel production facility and taproom in SE Portland’s Hosford-Abernathy neighborhood.

Baerlic’s Taproom, with 12 taps of Baerlic beer, is open seven days a week and Baerlic beer can be found on tap at more than 120 bars/restaurants throughout the Portland metro area.
Baerlic (pronounced “bear-lick”) is an old-English term translating to “of barley.” The name reflects Parsons’ and Hall’s passion for brewing considered, honest and approachable beers that are guided, but not constrained by, historic styles and techniques. The brewery’s core brands include Cavalier Classic Cream Ale (a cream ale brewed with Himalayan Basmati rice), Primeval Hoppy Brown (a hoppy Northwest style brown) and Eastside Oatmeal Pilsner (a German pils brewed with oats for a silky mouthfeel). Baerlic also brews Invincible IPA, Noble Oatmeal Stout and a rotating selection of seasonal and specialty ales and lagers.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Industry News: WA: Vancouver: Visit Vancouver to get your "Brewcouver Passport".

Press Release
image courtesy ZZoom Media
Vancouver, WA  Portland might get all the love, but a craft beer scene is brewing and growing just across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.

To that end, the Brewcouver Passport—Vancouver’s first-ever brewery map and passportwill introduce craft beer fans to breweries throughout Vancouver starting Nov. 27, 2015.

Nine Vancouver-based breweries are spotlighted on the passport. They are:

●     Trap Door Brewing
●     Rail Side Brewing
●     Ghost Runners Brewery
●     Fortside Brewing
●     Loowit Brewing
●     Mt. Tabor Brewing
●     Old Ivy Brewery
●     Heathen Brewing
●     Trusty Brewing, set to open in downtown Vancouver in early 2016 (The Trusty Brewing stamp is already included as a bonus on all passports)

Beer fans who collect seven of the nine possible stamps may redeem their passport for an exclusive Brewcouver beer glass; fans who collect all nine stamps receive both the beer glass and an exclusive Brewcouver growler. Prizes can be redeemed at Brickhouse Bar & Grill in downtown Vancouver.

Other prizes include discounted food and pints, as well as a free growler, at partner outlets throughout Clark County.

Passports will be available at the aforementioned Vancouver breweries, as well as taprooms and growler fill stations, including Northwest Liquid Gold, Thirsty Sasquatch and Growler Rush.

Michael Perozzo, founder and partner of ZZoom Media, the Vancouver-based marketing firm that started the passport as a 'passion project', is excited to launch the program after months of planning. I love this city and the brewery scene here, he said. And we're excited to showcase the brewers and beers that make it such an exciting community.

The Brewcouver passport is the third passport featuring Southwest Washington breweries to launch this year. The Breweries in the Gorge Alliance developed a passport program showcasing Columbia River Gorge breweries in February, and the Lower Columbia Hop Stop Brewery Trail began promoting breweries along the Lower Columbia River in August.

You can follow Brewcouver for up-to-date beer releases and special events from Vancouver's breweries at Facebook.com/Brewcouver, Twitter.com/Brewcouver and Instagram.com/Brewcouver.

About ZZoom Media

ZZoom Media is a Vancouver, Wash.-based marketing agency that launched in 2009. The company offers interactive marketing, strategic advertising, and creative branding to clients in 13 states, including Pelican Brewing Company, Alameda Brewing Co., Backwoods Brewing Company and Pizza Schmizza.​

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