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Friday, April 24, 2015

Industry News: WA: Spokane: No-Li Brewing announce participation in Spokane Beer Week

Press Release

Spokane, WA…While Portland is a buzz for the annual Craft Brewers Conference, the Inland Northwest is creating a buzz of its own.  Come May 11, all roads will lead to Spokane…and the first official Spokane Craft Beer Week!
With an abundance of exciting events already slated to entertain the masses from May 11th – 17th, perhaps the most anticipated is one that brings together 13 breweries and paints a vibrant picture of craft beer in the Inland Northwest.    
On May 12th from 4pm – 7pm, 12 local breweries will unveil 6 collaboration beers at No-Li Brewhouse against the backdrop of the beautiful Spokane River. 
“This event is really indicative of how far Spokane craft beer has come,” says No-Li’s Callet Ioane.  “It’s humbling to be a part of the evolution of the beer culture here and we’re extraordinarily proud to see our local brewing community thrive.  We’re excited for the future!”
Among the participating innovators are Big Barn, English Setter, Iron Goat, Laughing Dog, MickDuffs, Paradise Creek, Ramblin’ Road, River City, Steam Plant, Twelve String, Waddell’s and Wallace.  These creative teams have promised to deliver distinct beer experiences ranging from a Belgian golden strong and a raspberry gose to No-Li’s Taylor Shellfish collaboration Oyster Stout brewed with fresh Pacific oysters.  While guests enjoy the brews, they will also be entertained by the well-known Spokane band, The Trailer Park Girls.
Beer, music, food and fire pits…all along the River.  Not bad for a Tuesday!
For more information on Spokane Craft Beer Week, visit www.spokanecraftbeerweek.com.
About No-Li Brewhouse
Born & Raised in Washington’s Inland Empire, No-Li Brewhouse is an internationally award-winning brewery, crafting Spokane-Style beers with No Boundaries: innovative beers brewed with locally sourced ingredients. No-Li has won fourteen international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.  For more information about the beers, brewery and the pub, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com, or follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @nolibrewhouse.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Festival News: OR: Portland: North American Organic Brewers Festival returns August 13th thru August 16th

Press Release

PORTLAND, ORE – April 23, 2015 – The world’s only organic brewers festival, the North American Organic Brewers Festival will celebrate its 11th years with a new date: the event has moved away from its traditional June weekend to August 13 through 16 at Overlook Park in North Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Thursday through Saturday and Noon to 5pm Sunday.

“Another beer promoter chose to move his Portland beer festival to our June date,” explained event founder Craig Nicholls. “Since we share the same pool of volunteers, and in many cases attendees, we opted for another date to benefit both events. The good news is August gives us a much better chance of drier summer weather!”

The NAOBF encourages brewers and beer lovers to “Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time.” Designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living, the festival serves up 50 organic beers and ciders from more than 30 different breweries. Some of the breweries are certified organic, but most brew a one-off organic batch just for the event. Styles run the gamut from Ambers to Belgians to Wild Ales, with a bit of everything in-between. (A complete list of participating breweries in included at the bottom of this release.) The event also offers live local music, organic food and sustainability-oriented vendors and non-profits in a beautiful park setting.

This year’s event will also feature an exceedingly rare opportunity to sample draft beer from Pinkus, the world’s first certified organic brewery. Along with Pinkus Ur-Pils and Münster Alt on draft, the festival is introducing the Merchant du Vin Organic Bottle Garden, featuring 11 bottled beers and cider from Pinkus in Germany and Samuel Smith’s from Yorkshire, England.

“When Samuel Smith’s opened in 1758 and Pinkus in 1816, chemical fertilizers and pesticides didn’t exist – all beer was organic,” stated Tom Bowers, district manager at Merchant du Vin. “Viewing the beer world from this historic perspective, these brewers chose to become the trailblazers of organic brewing for the modern era. By including Samuel Smith’s and Pinkus in this year’s festival, NAOBF has expanded the opportunity for festival goers to not only experience amazing beers from the world’s original organic brewers, but to taste history.”

Admission into the NAOBF is free. The purchase of a $7 reusable, compostable cornstarch cup is required for tasting beer, as are tokens, which sell for $1 apiece. A full cup of beer costs four tokens and a taste costs one token; select beers and ciders may cost double tokens. Patrons receive an extra token with a validated Tri-Met ticket or a ticket from the Hopworks Bike Corral (one discount per person).

The NAOBF is a family friendly event, and minors are welcome with parents. A kids area offers art activities, face painting and a root beer garden with complimentary Crater Lake Root Beer for minors (and designated drivers).

The NAOBF is known as the most earth-friendly beer festival on the planet. Festival attendees sample beer from reusable and compostable cornstarch cups made from domestically grown corn by a zero-waste, solar-powered company. Electricity needs are met with biodiesel generators. Volunteers receive organic cotton t-shirts (returning volunteers can wear past T shirts and get extra tokens instead). Food vendors are required to employ sustainable practices, and onsite composting and recycling stations are provided for festival waste and are supervised by recycling czars.

The NAOBF encourages responsible drinking and urges patrons to take advantage of the MAX Light Rail; the Yellow Line Overlook Park Station is adjacent to the festival. Attendees can also take advantage of the Hopworks Bike Corral, where volunteers watch over bikes for free (donations are appreciated and support the BC to Baja Bicycle Odyssey).

Why brew organic? Today's agriculture relies heavily on chemicals and often causes erosion and depletion of soil nutrients through loss of biomass. Organic farming is a growing industry that reduces erosion, pollution, and water shortages by using natural methods to fertilize crops and to fight pests and disease. A well-established organic farm can often produce higher yields than a conventional farm. Organic farming is typically more labor intensive and provides more agricultural jobs per acre than conventional farming. Workers on organic farms are also safe from the health hazards of working with pesticides and herbicides. Using organic ingredients to make beer produces a beer with the highest possible purity and also supports the small but growing industry of organic farming.

For more information about the NAOBF, visit naobf.org.

2015 Participating Breweries
13 Virtues Brewing Co.
Agrarian Ales
Alameda Brewing Company
Beau's All Natural Brewing Co
Bison Organic Beer
Coin Toss Brewing
Eel River Brewing
Falling Sky Brewing
Finnriver Farm & Cidery
Fish Brewing Company
Fort George Brewery
FOTM Brewing Co
Gilgamesh Brewing
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Kells Brew Pub
Lakefront Brewery, Inc
Lompoc Brewing
Loowit Brewing Company
McMenamins Concordia
McMenamins Crystal
McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse
McMenamins Edgefield
Natian Brewery
Nectar Creek Mead
PINTS Urban Brewery
Reverend Nat's Hard Cider
Riverbend Brewing
Samuel Smith’s
Thirsty Bear Brewing Co.
Two Kilts Brewing Co.
Uinta Brewing Company
Vagabond Brewing
Viking Braggot Company
Widmer Brothers Brewing

Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now ... Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Three Pepper Ale

Press Release

BROOMFIELD, Colo. – ...  – Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is thrilled to announce the national rollout of its award-winning Three Pepper Ale. To honor its silver medal win at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF), the company has launched a chef- and brewer-inspired menu to celebrate its local brewers and chefs. Now through May 17, guests can enjoy Three Pepper Ale with a variety of new menu items created with Rock Bottom’s handcrafted brews.
Rock Bottom’s Three Pepper Ale gets its flavor and bit of heat from house-roasted, anaheim, jalapeño and poblano peppersThe seasonal ale recently claimed a silver medal at the GABF in the Field Beer category by its Arrowhead restaurant. Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest national beer competition recognizing the most outstanding beers produced in the U.S.
“Guests have had rave reviews about our award-winning Three Pepper Ale and its perfect balance of flavor and subtle spice. We’re thrilled to expand this offering on a national level so that all of our customers can enjoy the ale and have fun pairing it with a variety of our brewer- and chef-inspired appetizers, entrées and even desserts,” said Stan Frankenthaler, chief officer of food, beverage and strategic supply for CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. 
The Brewer/Chef limited-time menu includes Beer Cheese Soup – a Rock Bottom favorite – as well as:
  • Certified Angus Beef® Tips – Certified Angus Beef top sirloin tips, grilled and simmered in ale demi-glace made in-house with portobello and button mushrooms, and served over white cheddar mashed potatoes with a crispy and green onion garnish. 
  • RB Ale Chicken – Marinated chicken breast, pan-seared and oven-roasted with portobello mushrooms and ale demi-glace made in-house, served over white cheddar mashed potatoes. 
  • Cuban Cristo – Shaved pit ham, chopped pork shoulder, sliced dill pickles and swiss cheese surrounded by sourdough bread with a thin smear of honey mustard and mayonnaise, dipped into beer batter and deep fried. Dusted with powdered sugar, served with french fries and accompanied by sweet and spicy jalapeño berry jelly.
  • Fish and Chips – Beer-battered cod served golden brown with french fries, apple coleslaw and housemade cajun remoulade. 
  • Salted Caramel and Toffee Mason Jar – Toasted graham cracker crumbs and salted caramel sauce in a mason jar, topped with two layers of creamy cheesecake custard, graham cracker crumbs, heath bar toffee bits. Topped with vanilla wafers, whipped cream and more toffee bits.
About Rock Bottom
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Breweries are polished casual dining establishments featuring excellent service, high-quality, moderately priced food and a distinctive selection of micro-brewed and specialty beers served in a comfortable, hospitable atmosphere. The Rock Bottom menu features a wide variety of items ranging from classic favorites like Ball Park Pretzels and Brewery Nachos, to innovative dishes like Classic Mac ‘N Chicken, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, and Bacon Cheddar Burger. Rock Bottom operates in 18 states from coast to coast.
About CraftWorks
CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Inc. is the largest craft brewery restaurant operator in the country with nearly 200 franchised and company-owned restaurants primarily operating under the Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants and Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries brands. As a leader in the casual dining segment, CraftWorks also operates strong regional brands, including ChopHouse and Big River, and employs more than 12,000 people throughout the U.S. All of CraftWorks’ restaurant brands have innovative menus with made-from-scratch food and a vast selection of unique craft beer, as well as unbeatable service and loyalty programs that tout over a half-million active members. Based in Broomfield, Colo., CraftWorks is not only committed to serving its loyal guests, but also the communities in which its restaurants operate. In 2000, the CraftWorks Foundation was formed and has contributed millions of dollars, positively impacting communities throughout the country. For additional information about CraftWorks, the foundation and its craft brewery restaurant brands, please visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

OR: Portland: The Brewers Association presents The Craft Brewers Conference. What we saw and experienced (and why you should attend next years’)

Like the infamous story of “The Elves and the Shoemaker”, there’s mystery surrounding how a brewer produces so much beer in so little a time.
Some may tell you it’s nothing more than the primary ingredients (known as water, malt, yeast, and hops). Others will reveal ingredients like Chocolate Malt, Cascade Hops, or Young’s Ale Yeast. Still there are others that willingly offer up their recipe to anyone who wishes to reproduce their exceptional beer. But this is only part of the ingredients needed to produce Manny’s Pale Ale or Black Butte Porter.
Ask any brewer where their carboy or plastic bucket is and they will smirk. Ask them where they keep their igloo cooler, to cool their hoppy wort and they might laugh at you. Instead we want to encourage you to think something much larger, made of metal and connected to heat-tolerant hoses.
This is how breweries like Georgetown and Deschutes produce those memorable beers.
But before they can transition their recipes from a simple 5 gallon gallon carboy or recovered 1/2 barrel Anheuser-Busch, they need to purchase their equipment. Enter the Craft Brewers Conference – where brewers and brewery equipment wholesalers meet.

Hosted every year, the Conference is an opportunity for homebrewers and seasoned veterans to meet face-to-face, with manufacturers of all kinds.This year the CBC (abbreviated for Craft Brewers Conference) was hosted in Portland, Oregon.
The Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) is the only industry event that serves both brewpubs and packaging breweries.
For professional brewers, CBC is the number one environment in North America for concentrated, affordable brewing education and idea sharing to improve brewery quality and performance. The conference is also a great social event with 10,000+ brewing industry professionals enjoying craft brews together. BrewExpo America® allows 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.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to be a part of this year’s conference and trade show for the brewing and brewpub industry!
For those too lazy to read, the Craft Brewers Conference showcases such things as brewery tanks, brewery systems, draught-handles, growlers, apparel, and even software.
Additionally the Craft Brewers Conference provides the host city an opportunity to enjoy beers from out-of-state breweries, some never seen again. With names like Bell’s, Founders, Sun King, or Crooked Stave; alehouses and grocery stores paired Oregon’s best against breweries from the Midwest and abroad.
Not wishing to miss out we requested an opportunity to attend the Craft Brewers Conference and walk the floor of the Oregon Convention Center; to experience the week in the life of a brewery owner, restaurateur, or brewer.
Brewery Provisions

Interested in starting a brewery? Here were some of the brewery-related wholesalers that we saw.
Taphandles, LLC. Taphandleshelps breweries Sell.More.Beer. From our modest roots as a tap handle designand manufacturer, we’ve evolved with the industry into a fully integrated beermarketing company that helps breweries bring visibility to their brands throughinnovative product design. At Taphandles, we see it as our job to help bringbrands to life and connect breweries to their customers. We bring passion forbeer and industry experience to our daily work.
Wyeast Laboratories, Inc.. Pure Liquid Yeast, crafted since 1986. Our collection of pure liquid yeast cultures includes Ale, Lager, Wheat, Belgian, Lambic & seasonal Private Collection strains. Our Microbiologists will assist with strain selection, customized cell counts & yeast management and shipped directly to breweries with purity, viability, and freshness guaranteed.  Follow us on Twitter at @WyeastLab; Friend us on Facebook.
Cicerone Certification Program. The Cicerone Certification Program provides professional certification and education for those who sell and serve beer.
Clearwater Gear. Clearwater Gear is your premier supplier of customized drinkware products in the Northwest. With over 30 years of printing experience and manufacturing, we have helped many breweries execute broad based branding with many of our products exclusive for the Craft Beer Industry. With the industry's shortest production time, we offer Growlers, Mini Kegs, Glassware and other promotional items. Stop by and meet the crew as we look forward to earning your business and building long lasting relationships that will benefit both of our companies.  Cheers!  Clearwater Gear Crew
Coaster Factory.
HVG Hopfenverwertungsgenossenschaft EG. The HVG is a transparent, dependable and reliable partner of the German hop-growers. Besides processing German hops into HVG hop pellets, HVG hop extract and other hop products as well as marketing the German hop production the HVG also fulfils important tasks as a producer group. As we are owned by the German hop growers, this is the shortest way to transfer their unique story to your beer!
River Drive Lumber. Consider us the retirement home for used barrels, the half-way home for those tossed to the curb. We believe each and every one deserves a second, third, or fourth chance. We can see the true beauty and potential in what appear to be ordinary wooden barrels.From bottle openers to hardwood floors, we turn ordinary into extraordinary!
Schmalz Inc. Schmalz is a worldwide leading provider of automation, handling and clamping systems, supplying customers in various industries with innovative, efficient solutions based on vacuum technology. Schmalz customers can either choose from a diverse line of components or they can benefit from a complete solution that is custom-tailored to their requirements. Schmalz has a wide variety of lifting products to meet material handling needs in a brewery environment. With a single lifter you can lift bags, bottles, boxes, cases and kegs.  Schmalz Vacuum Lifter will give you One hand control  power loss safety feature   Variety of vacuum heads  Lift all keg from top or side  Quick change attachment  180 and 360 degree rotation options  Portable base  170lbs kegs are easily lifted  Low energy costs  Speedier handling process  Low cost solutions  Eliminates heavy weight lifting  Reduces back injuries Reduces worker compensation claims.

Ekos Brewmaster. Managing the business side of your brewery may not be the most enjoyable part of your job, but it’s certainly a necessity. Ekos Brewmaster makes it easy to organize, manage, and integrate information from every area of your brewery into one easily accessible location. Ekos Brewmaster integrates seamlessly with Quickbooks, giving you the ability to monitor everything from sales and inventory to raw ingredients and equipment history with a few clicks of a mouse or swipes of your mobile device.
This is only a handful of the wholesalers that were offering up their services to pubs, breweries, and future brewery owners. For a comprehensive list, visit the Brewers Association sponsored website for the Craft Brewers Conference.
Besides providing an opportunity to engage with manufacturers of kegs, draft handles, coasters, or bottles; we had a chance to attend some of the sponsored seminars. Of the seminars we attended, we thought the following were most helpful.
Going Pro: Making The Transition From Homebrewing To Professional Brewing, hosted by Steve Parkes. Steve Parkes has brewed for over 30 years in the UK and on both coasts of the U.S. He started the first microbrewery (as they were called back then) in Maryland in 1988, and was head brewer at Humboldt Brewery in Arcata as they grew to be the second largest Northern California brewery in 1997. As head brewer with Wolavers Fine Organic Ales, he developed the nation's biggest-selling line of organic beers in the mid-2000s. He and his wife purchased the American Brewers Guild brewing school from its founders in 1999, and have continued to educate and train a large percentage of the nation's craft brewers. Steve was awarded the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing by the Brewers Association in 2009.
While in attendance Steve reminded would-be brewers to avoid bottle conditioning, recognize infections (and address them swiftly), and above all “Don’t F**k it up!”. Overall this was a fun course to sit through; but admittedly we felt the material covered was/should have been common knowledge.
Legal Guide To The Basics For The Start-up Brewery hosted by craft beer attorney Candace L. Moon. Candace L. Moon is a San Diego-based attorney who has spent the last six years dedicating her law practice to the craft beer industry. She has worked with over 100 craft breweries and craft breweries in planning nationwide, handling many different legal areas including business entity formation, alcoholic beverage law, contract review and trademark law. Her clients include Green Flash, Drake’s and Heretic Brewing. Ms. Moon’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Virginia and she attended the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, Calif. She has been a member of the California State Bar since 2008 and the BA since 2009.
In the interest of avoiding confusion, Candace provide many examples of breweries which participated as plaintiffs or defendants in cases. Additionally she (along with a hospitality mediator) reminded brewers to research their trademarks prior to application and above all be creative.
What she didn’t provided was legal advice that any brewer could reference. If you wanted legal advice, you would need to hire her services or find an attorney who could assist in your trademark application or dispute.
Portland rolls out the red carpet for it’s guests.
Starting on Tuesday, Portland (and the surrounding area) provided opportunities for those wishing to escape the Oregon Convention Center. This included an opportunity to see breweries being manufactured, sunset on a hop farm, or drinking beers from Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America tour.
Tuesday - Marks Design & Metalworks.
On Tuesday we were given a tour of Marks’ 28,000 square foot warehouse, where brewery tanks and systems were in various stages of assembly. During our tour we had a chance to check out a brewery system, heading to Bellingham’s Kulshan Brewing; 2 fermentation vessels for San Diego’s Ballast Point, as well as guided along the assembled process.
Tuesday - Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America.
Hosted by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, the Wonder Ballroom was host to over 30 different beers from both local and nationally recognized brewers. As one of the few invitation-only events, the place packed the dance floor with an average attendance of around 500+.
Wednesday - Crosby Hop Farm.
Located near Woodburn’s Factory Outlet mall, the Crosby Hop Farm provides brewers with over 75 different varieties of hops. As fifth-generation farmers, the men and women of Crosby Hop Farm provided many Craft Brewers Conference. During the event we enjoyed beers with Bison Brewing, as well as partook of many beers from breweries like Russian River, Boneyard, and The Bruery. To make the trip memorable, we each took home a rhizome to plant in our garden.
Thursday – Deschutes Brewing & Columbia Distributing Present Beer Machines: A Steampunk Ode to the Craft Revolution
Situated in the North end of Portland, at Pure Space, “Beer Machines” was a riot for all who attended. Whether you dressed for the part or not, it was easy to get lost in the metal. From artwork, draft stations, entertainment, and of course Deschutes beer; the brewery from Bend (with help from Columbia Distributing) threw an awesome party.
Final Thoughts
Whether you’re transitioning from a 5 gallon carboy to a 3 barrel brewhouse or simply looking for a way for your beer to stand out, the Craft Brewers Conference is a must attend event in any city. But take heart (of those who would rather drink than brew) in knowing that wherever the Craft Brewers Conference is, there will always be a bounty of brewers and beers.
More photos are on our Flickr page here.
In the interest of full disclosure, the Brewers Association provided us an opportunity to attend the CBC as their media guest.

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... New Belgium Skinny Dip

Press Release

Ft. Collins, Colo. ... – Skinny Dip, New Belgium Brewing’s summer seasonal, makes another splash this year as a go-to beer for summer fun while supporting clean water and conservation. Now through July, Skinny Dip is turning its attention to the Waterkeeper Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that stands for swimmable, drinkable and fishable waterways worldwide. To support this organization, New Belgium will donate $1, up to $10,000, to Waterkeeper Alliance for every fan photo posted to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #WaterkeeperDip.  

Skinny Dip and water advocacy go way back. Several years ago, New Belgium helped support efforts to reconnect the Colorado River to the sea, remove Condit Damn on the White Salmon, and bring awareness to the threatened Trestles surf break. This year, help is going to local waterways thanks to the brewery’s partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance.

“Beer lovers everywhere benefit from the fight for clean water,” said Billy Apel, New Belgium’s Arizona Field Brander. “This year, Skinny Dip is back and ready to take on more advocacy. So grab a friend and go bottoms up!”

As for the beer itself, Skinny Dip intentionally doesn’t fit a specific beer category; instead it’s an alternative to traditional “light” beers, representing the many different summer activities that Skinny Dip pairs well with. Its closest cousin is the American-Style Pale Craft Lager, highlighting some of the brewers’ favorite American hops and specialty malts.

Skinny Dip pours a slightly hazy amber-orange and a light white head drifts atop. Fruit, spicy herbal notes and toasty malt aromas complement a sweet and tart taste with a juicy mouthfeel and crisp finish. Lively Cascade hops and complementary peaches brighten the bready malts and give Skinny Dip a citrus flavor with a slight fruity pucker. This beer is perfectly paired with grilling and summer garden vegetables and is sure to go first at any potluck or barbecue.

Shed your inhibitions and maybe even your swimsuit – Skinny Dip is only 108 calories per 12-ounce bottle and comes in at 4.2 percent ABV with 20 IBUs. It’s available now in bottles and on draft. Pricing varies by location. To find this beer and other New Belgium beers near you use the New Belgium Libation Location tool: NewBelgium.com/Beer/Locator.aspx.

For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com. You can also follow New Belgium on Facebook at Facebook.com/NewBelgium.com and Twitter @NewBelgium.

About New Belgium Brewing Company 
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at NewBelgium.com.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Brewery News: WA: Ellensburg: Iron Horse Brewery announces the "Eastern Washington Brewfest", May 15th

Press Release

this image was "borrowed" from Iron Horse's website

ELLENSBURG, Wash. ... - Iron Horse Brewery is announcing, almost the same exact thing as last year except different, which is that they plan to host the Eastern Washington Brewfest in Central Washington which most Westsiders refer to as Eastern Washington on Friday, May 15th from 5:00pm to 10pm. That’s 5.15.15 5:00pm to (5:00pm + 5 hours) The brewfest will take place in and around Iron Horse’s downtown location, [the pub] with tastings offered from 10.5 different breweries located within the 509 area code.

“Eastern Washington has mostly small craft brewers and finding their products in your home market can be hard at times. Unless you live in Ellensburg on May 15th, because then you will be able to find those rare beers, and in case you were wondering, it’s not just a coincidence, they will be found at our E WA Brewfest,” said Greg Parker, general manager of Iron Horse Brewery.  

The Brewfest, Itself.
This brewfest is targeted towards craft beer enthusiasts as well as those who believe that being lame is never an option.  ...

The event opens to the public at 5:00pm. Advanced tickets can be purchased at [The Pub] 412 N Main Street, Iron Horse Coffee, 1617 Vantage Hwy starting Friday, the 17th or online now at : http://www.easternwashingtonbrewfest.com  for  $15 and include 6 tastings and a keepsake glassAfter May 1st, single ticket prices are $20.00. Additional tastings can be purchased onsite. There will be food available for purchase from Tacos Chalitos, Earthquake Empanada, and Pizza Colin. Or you can bring a bag of Funyuns in.

About Iron Horse Brewery
Iron Horse Brewery, centrally located in Ellensburg, Wash., has been producing hand crafted ales since 2007.  Iron Horse is owned by father-son team Greg and Gary Parker.   With 34 employees and a recent expansion, enabling IHB to double its brewing capacity, they  plan to produced over 19,000  barrels of beer in 2015. To learn more about the brewery or to simply take a break from SnapChat,  go to www.ironhorsebrewery.com;  you’ll probably be sorry you did.

Festival News: OR: Silverton: "Oregon Garden Brewfest" presents the "Brewer’s Tasting Dinner"

Press Release

SILVERTON, Ore. — The Oregon Garden will kick off this year’s Oregon Garden Brewfest, presented by Venti’s Café, with the 4th annual Brewer’s Tasting Dinner. The popular event will take place on June 18, the eve of the festival, at7pm at the Oregon Garden Resort. There are a limited number of tickets available to the public at $50; tickets and more information are available at www.oregongarden.org.

The Brewer’s Tasting Dinner serves six courses, each featuring a small-plate paired with a unique beer from one of six selected breweries. This year’s featured breweries include Buoy Beer Co, Crux Fermentation Project, Ex Novo Brewing Co, Ecliptic Brewing, Vagabond Brewing and Wild Ride Brew.
Representatives from each of the breweries give a presentation about their beer during the dinner, which is attended by brewers participating in the festival, industry insiders and beer aficionados.

A special overnight package is available at The Oregon Garden Resort, a Moonstone Hotel Property located just steps away from the festival, that includes tickets to the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner and a three-day ticket to the Brewfest, starting at $239. Packages can be booked at www.oregongardenresort.com or by calling 503-874-2500.

Located in the historic town of Silverton, just an hour’s drive from the Portland metropolitan area, the Oregon Garden Brewfest will take place Father’s Day weekend, June 19 through 21 and will feature 70 breweries pouring 140 beers, ciders and meads from throughout Oregon and across the country. There’s also live music on two stages and a variety of food vendors. The festival is held indoors, but attendees are welcome to explore the 80-acre botanical garden with beer in hand.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is for ages 21 and over on Friday and Saturday; minors are welcome all hours on Sunday. Admission ranges from $15 to $50; all admission packages include a souvenir tasting glass and a number of tasting tickets. Parking at The Oregon Garden is $5 per car; free shuttles are available from various locations in Silverton.

The Oregon Garden Brewfest is presented by Venti’s Café and sponsored by The Gallon House, The Oregon Lottery, Beer Connoisseur Magazine, The Beer Growler, Pepsi and The Oregonian/Oregon Live. For more information about the event, visit www.oregongarden.org/events/brewfest.

Brewery News: CO: Boulder: Avery Brewing announces release of "Tectum et Elix", "Insula multos Collibus", "Raspberry Sour", and "Fortuna"

Press Release

Boulder, CO – Avery Brewing has one of the oldest craft beer barrel-aging programs in the country. Over the past decade, they have created a wide variety of innovative projects including beers aged in rum barrels, beers aged in Madeira barrels, and what they call “beer-grape hybrids” in which a portion of the fermentables are wine grapes. Since moving into their new brewery earlier this year, Avery’s brewers now have the capacity to experiment with these projects at the level they’ve always dreamed of, and they’re thrilled to be creating enough barrel-aged beers that sour beer fans across the country can finally get a taste.

In the next two months, Avery is releasing four sour beers, all of which are radically diverse. Avery has always lived the mantra of “go big or go home,” and the impending onslaught of their barrel-aged beers is yet another embodiment of that philosophy.

image courtesy Avery Brewing

Tectum et Elix, a sour ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, kicks off what Avery is calling “Sour Spring”. Founder and CEO Adam Avery says Tectum et Elix is hugely different than any sour Avery has made before. “Rather than using our house strain of Brettanomyces, we used multiple Brett and Saccharomyces strains, which created a much funkier beer. It’s earthy, it’s rustic, and it’s delicious.”

Avery is known for their mysterious Latin beer names, and this time the etymology is a nod to their new brewery. “The Avery Alley helped us build character for 22 years, but at some point you have enough character,” says Avery Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker. “At some point, you just need a brewery that gives you a roof over your head and drains under your feet.”

Avery will release Tectum et Elix this Sunday at their new brewing facility in Gunbarrel. They will be offering a 4-course menu paired with barrel-aged beers; the third course features short ribs that have been smoked with Uncle Jacob's Stout barrel staves paired with Tectum et Elix as well as Bourbon barrel-aged Reverend Belgian Quadrupel.

image courtesy Avery Brewing

The very next weekend Avery will release Insula multos Collibus, a sour ale aged in Bourbon barrels with cherries. “Our goal was to make a strong sour—almost the strength of a Manhattan—in fresh Bourbon barrels.” The 9.7% ABV works to balance the charred oak flavors and lets the barrels shine, adding big vanilla notes and a hint of coconut. Avery will release Insula on April 26, again featuring a prix fixe menu paired with this sour and other barrel-aged offerings.

image courtesy Avery Brewing

Raspberry Sour, a sour with red raspberries aged in neutral oak barrels, is the next Sour Spring release on May 1. It is also the beginning of a new series for Avery called Botanicals & Barrels, which will feature barrel-aged beers in 22-ounce green-foil-capped bottles that are available year-round.

“We love making small batches of sour beers to release just once,” says Parker, “but we also wanted to brew a barrel-aged sour that we could recreate and make available to folks around the country who may never see those smaller releases.”

image courtesy Avery Brewing

The final piece of Sour Spring is an unusual beer called Fortuna. This brew was inspired by the flavors of a margarita, and although tequila must be made in Mexico, Avery found a tequila company called Suerte that is owned and run by a couple of Bouderites. Avery’s brewers aged a sour beer in Suerte tequila barrels for 9 months and then added fresh lime zest and Maldon salt. Fortuna will be available at Avery Brewing on May 3 with a menu featuring a variety of barrel-aged beers paired with dishes that pay tribute to the Mexican culture that inspired this unique beer.

Bottle sales for Tectum et Elix, Insula multos Collibus, and Fortuna begin at 11am and there is a 12 bottle limit of each per person. For the first time, the beers being released in bottles will also be available to sample on draft. For more information about Sour Spring, beer lovers can go to Avery’s event calendar at averybrewing.com.

Festival News: BC: Whistler: The "Great Okanagan Beer Festival" suggesting the following things to do in Whistler, during the festival.

Press Release

Whistler, British Columbia – ... : With the first ever Great Okanagan Beer Festival less than four weeks away it’s time to grab tickets to the Main Event, and take a look at what else is on offer at local restaurants, bars and breweries. Here are some of the key events to look out for this May:

Cannery Brewing’s Festival Launch Cask Event | Cannery Brewery, Penticton, 6pm May 6
A Penticton staple, Cannery Brewing has been a part of the beer scene since forming in 2000 and they’ve got some special casks on the go for this event. It’s currently undergoing a renovation, which means guests will either be raising a glass to say farewell to the old design or welcoming in the new. Sample tickets will be sold on the night – no cover charge.

Barkerville Brewing Dinner | The Curious Artistry & Alchemy Café, Kelowna, 6pm May 7
A craft beer and culinary pairing of three food courses and four beers from Quesnel B.C.’s new brewery, Barkerville Brewing. Tickets are $70 for this super exclusive, 30-seat event. Reservations are directly through the restaurant manager, Luigi:lcoccaro@me.com/250-864-6110

Cannery Brewing’s Beer Breakfast The Salted Brick, Kelowna, 10am May 9 & 10
Get a breakfast of champions in before the Main Event, or potentially for the morning after. Ever had Blackberry Porter Stout syrup on your pancakes? Now’s your chance.  

The Main Event | Waterfront Park, Kelowna, 1-5pm May 9
Nestled on the beautiful beaches of Okanagan Lake and right in the heart of the city of Kelowna, Waterfront Park will become host to 41 breweries, pouring 118 beers and 8 ciders from across North America and the World. The tastings run from 1-5pm for an estimated 2,500 beer lovers on Saturday, May 9th 2015For more information and to buy tickets visit: gibbonsevents.com/great-okanagan-beer-festival

The Best In Fest Awards | The Train Station Pub, Kelowna, 8pm May 9
Our festival doesn’t hand out medals, we believe in building business opportunities and relationships for the breweries that are pulling out all the stops. Our top three placing breweries (voted by attendees at the Main Event, GOBF.ca/VOTE) will be awarded taps at the Train Station Pub, Mission Tap House and Black Bear Bar & Grill until next year’s festival.

Other Cool Festival News
Liam Peyton, Gibbons Festival and Events Manager, is releasing more information on the blog (gibbonsevents.com/blog) including a full list of the beers in the upcoming weeks. They’ve also released a great little promo video showcasing the beautiful location of the festival and getting everyone pumped for beers in the sunshine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEUXcbNurQs

About Gibbons: The Great Okanagan Beer Festival is a Gibbons initiative that launched in 2015 after the success of Gibbons’ Whistler Village Beer Festival, which started in 2013. Established in Whistler in 1979 it’s been Gibbons’ core purpose to make people happy for over thirty years. They run five of Whistler’s most iconic party bars, and have a strong community give back program where they support athletes, artist, musicians, local sports teams and events.

Their expanding beer festival program is led by Liam Peyton, who has been with the company for over five years working his way up from door host to barman, general manager and now holding the title of Gibbons Festival and Events Manager. At Gibbons they look for leaders from within and when Liam came to them with his passion
for beer they listened and subsequently launched the first Whistler Beer Festival in 2013. What was once just a dream is now an event that draws thousands of people in the joint celebration of having a few beers in the sunshine. For more information visit: gibbonsevents.com

Brewery News: New Belgium offering someone from Washington an opportunity to go to to Doe Bay Fest.

Press Release

Ft. Collins, Colo., April 16, 2015 – Cort Muller, from San Francisco, who dared to venture to the top of a mountain with his trusty bike, has won the Red Rocks Rendezvous Adventure, from New Belgium Brewing, for tagging his epic Instagram photo with #WestCoastSlowRide. Erica Husse from Lake Tahoe, Calif. captured feelings of tranquility and serenity in a shot of Fallen Leaf Lake and will be going to High Sierra Music Festival to continue to slow it down and live in the present. New Belgium is now on the hunt for the next adventurous fan who wants to enjoy a weekend at Doe Bay Fest filled with music, camping, local eats and New Belgium beer.  

These adventure awards are all in honor of Slow Ride IPA, New Belgium Brewing’s latest year-round release. The brewery is teaming up with Stay Wild Magazine to offer beer lovers the chance to win one of four trips to a Wild West town, plus camping and rad gear for two. Muller and Husse are the first two of four winners.

Doe Bay Fest, which is isolated between mainland USA to the east and British Columbia’s Vancouver to the West, is a 40-minute ferry ride from anywhere and calls the idyllic Doe Bay Resort and Orcas Island home. This next adventure up for grabs is celebrating its 8th anniversary this year. The four-day festival is so much more than just music – it’s a communal gathering you just have to experience for yourself. A backdrop of forested mountains, rocky coves and expansive views of the Rosario Strait welcomes fans and artists with open arms and live music floating on the breeze. The event runs from August 6 – 10, 2015 and offers kayaking, canoeing, cycling and hiking adventures, a ton of local talent and perfect camping conditions.

New Belgium Brewing will get every adventure winner there and back, but first they must prove they’re up for the adventure by tagging their most epic travel photos with #WestCoastSlowRide.

Winning the #WestCoastSlowRide Doe Bay Fest adventure is any adventurer’s dream. The winners will travel in style with:
  • A full camp setup from TICLA – because you gotta be comfy and cozy after a long day of exploring the Pacific Northwest wilderness;
  • A full camp kit from Stanley – because you’ll need some sturdy storage for all those sessionable IPAs;
  • An ENO Double Nest Hammock – to help you kick back, relax and take in the tunes;
  • And a Yakima rack for your vehicle – because you’ll need a way to transport your two, brand-new Fat Tire cruisers! Yes, TWO!
So get adventuring and tag those photos with #WestCoastSlowRide for the chance to win. New Belgium’s panel of judges will choose the winner in May. Keep your eye out for more West Coast Slow Ride adventure prizes and #GoSlowMo with Slow Ride IPA.

Doe Bay Fest

August 6 – 10, 2015

107 Doe Bay Rd., Olga, WA 98279

2015 West Coast Slow Ride Adventure Series

Red Rock Rendezvous – Las Vegas, NV
March 27 – 29, 2015
Winner - Cort Muller

High Sierra Music Festival – Quincy, CA
July 2 – 5, 2015
Winner – Erica Husse

Doe Bay Music Festival – Orcas Island, WA
August 6 – 10, 2015
Winner chosen in May

Yosemite Festival – Yosemite National Park, CA
September 22 – 28, 2015
Winner chosen in June
For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit NewBelgium.com. For more information and to read the fine print regarding the 2015 West Coast Slow Ride Adventures, visit NewBelgium.com/WestCoastSlowRide.

About New Belgium Brewing Company 
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at NewBelgium.com.

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