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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brewery Release: WA: Get It Now (Seattle) … Samuel Adams’ rare Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru

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(Boston, MA) – The brewers at Samuel Adams are no strangers to taking time to focus on their passion projects, and the latest example is the 2014 release of Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru. Kosmic Mother Funk (KMF) is a unique Belgian ale, aged in Hungarian oak tuns for over a year and fermented with multiple micro-organisms found in the environment of the historic brewery.

On August 23rd, the Samuel Adams brewers are releasing a small batch version called Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru that’s been uniquely aged for two years in the Barrel Room at the Boston Brewery. A touch of Belgian candi sugar has been added to balance the beer’s tart acidity and lend a smoothness and sweetness to the finish. This special brew will debut on August 23rd in San Diego at the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference, and will then be available on draft in select U.S. cities as part of the Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru 12-City Tasting tour, which runs from August through November.

The inspiration for Kosmic Mother Funk is Belgian beer styles and brewing techniques including blending, aging and conditioning beers for wild and flavorful results. The Samuel Adams brewers began by taking a Belgian ale and aging it in Hungarian oak tuns and as time went on the beer continued to evolve and take on a life and character of its own, only to be described as a kosmic collection of flavors. The porous character of the wood allows air to slowly seep into the beer during secondary fermentation, smoothing out any harsh flavors. Wild yeast and bacteria including Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus also interact with the aging brew, imparting unique spicy, fruity and bright tart flavors. Long contact with the wood imparts its own flavors of oak and vanilla. This unique brew was then blended at varying levels into a series of Belgian brews, the manifestation of which became the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection.

Originally a French term used to describe wine vintages, when used in the context of beer, ‘Grand Cru’ has come to denote a brew that is the ‘best of the best.’ When crafting Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru, the brewers at Samuel Adams aimed to create a unique brew unlike anything they had barrel-aged before. KMF Grand Cru is a wild, funky and complex ale, with a depth of flavors ranging from earthy and spicy to floral and sweet.

What Founder and Brewer Jim Koch has to say about Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru: “Kosmic Mother Funk is at the heart and soul of our Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection, and one of the most unique brews ever to come out of our Boston Brewery. Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru is tart and funky, with notes of dark fruit, cocoa, cherry and vanilla, as well as a subtle smooth sweetness. Although KMF Grand Cru may not be for everyone – it’s certainly not your average beer – I believe it is a truly delicious brew that will open many palates and minds to the world of funky beers.”

Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru 12-City Tasting Tour – #KMFtour
Following the official release of Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru at the 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego on August 23rd, the KMF Grand Cru Tasting Tour will visit 12 cities from August through November, with the brew available on tap in select locations throughout each city. The final tour stop will be voted on by craft beer lovers across the country.

The Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru Tasting Tour will visit:

Boston
New York
Denver
Cleveland
Dallas
Philadelphia
Washington, D.C.
Chicago
San Francisco
San Diego
Seattle
TBD (Drinker’s Choice!)

For tour dates and to vote for your city as the final stop, visit www.SamuelAdams.com/kmf.

ABOUT THE BOSTON BEER COMPANY:

The Boston Beer Company began in 1984 with a generations-old family recipe that Founder and Brewer Jim Koch uncovered in his father’s attic. Inspired and unafraid to challenge conventional thinking about beer, Jim brought the recipe to life in his kitchen. Pleased with the results of his work, Jim decided to sample his beer with bars in Boston in the hopes that drinkers would appreciate the complex, full-flavored beer he brewed fresh in America. That beer was aptly named Samuel Adams Boston Lager, in recognition of one of our nation’s great founding fathers, a man of independent mind and spirit. Little did Jim know at the time, Samuel Adams Boston Lager would soon become a catalyst of the American craft beer revolution.

Today, The Boston Beer Company brews more than 60 styles of beer. It relentlessly pursues the development of new styles and the perfection of classic beers by searching the world for the finest ingredients. Using the traditional four vessel brewing process, the Company often takes extra steps like dry-hopping, barrel-aging and a secondary fermentation known as krausening. The Company has also pioneered another revolution, the ‘extreme beer’ movement, where it seeks to challenge drinker’s perceptions of what beer can be. The Boston Beer Company has been committed to elevating the image of American craft beer by entering festivals and competitions around the globe, and is one of world’s most awarded breweries at international beer competitions. As an independent company, brewing quality beer remains its single focus. Although Samuel Adams beer is America’s largest-selling craft beer, it accounts for only one percent of the U.S. beer market. The Boston Beer Company will continue its independently-minded quest to brew great beer and to advocate for the growth of craft beer across America. For more information, please visit www.samueladams.com.

ABOUT THE SAMUEL ADAMS BARREL ROOM COLLECTION:
The Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection is a collection of barrel-aged beers inspired by Belgian brews and their approach to blending, aging and conditioning beers for wild and flavorful results. For this collection, the brewers at Samuel Adams developed a unique ale called Kosmic Mother Funk, or KMF. KMF is the soul of these beers and is blended into each at different levels. It’s KMF that adds a whole new spectrum of flavors to the beer from earthy and spicy to floral and sweet. KMF is aged in Hungarian oak tuns for up to 12 months. The tuns began their second life for aging KMF when they were disassembled by coopers (barrel makers) in Portugal, shipped to the Boston Brewery and reassembled by hand in the brewery’s Barrel Room by the same Portuguese coopers. Aging in wood imparts a subtly sweet, toasty note to each beer, and allows a small amount of oxygen to slowly seep into each brew for smoothness. Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection brews include Samuel Adams American Kriek, Samuel Adams New World, Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red, Samuel Adams Thirteenth Hour, and Samuel Adams Tetravis. The styles in the Samuel Adams Barrel Room Collection are packaged in 750mL cork finished bottles.

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon … Ninkasi Friends of Trees Pale Ale

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EUGENE, Ore —Ninkasi Brewing Company announces the latest addition to its Rare and Delicious series of beers, the Friends of Trees Pale Ale, available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles throughout Portland starting at the end of this month.

A hoppy but drinkable Northwest beer, the ale is brewed to commemorateFriends of Trees’ 25th anniversary. All profits from the beer will support Friends of Trees and its mission to bring people together to plant trees and improve the natural world around us.

“Quality of life and community are big drivers of both of our organizations,” said Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi CEO and co-founder. “Trees are an important resource and one reason it’s so easy to appreciate where we live; we’re proud to support the work of Friends of Trees into its next 25 years.”

“We can’t think of a better way to celebrate 25 years of people coming together to plant trees,” said Scott Fogarty, Executive Director for Friends of Trees. “This beer is delicious and every sip gives back to our communities, thanks to Ninkasi.”

The first taste of the beer will go to attendees to Friends of Trees’ 25thAnniversary Gala, Once Upon a Tree, September 27 in Portland. It will be available for retail purchase starting the following week in the Portland area.

The Friends of Trees Pale Ale has an original gravity of 1055, IBU (International Bitterness Units) of 60 and ABV (alcohol by volume) of 5.5 percent.

Ninkasi’s Rare and Delicious Series features beers that capture the creativity of each member of its brewing team, enabling them to explore new recipes and share the results with local customers for a limited run.

About Friends of Trees

Founded in 1989, Friends of Trees empowers people to improve the natural world around them through a simple solution: plant trees. Together. In 25 years, Friends of Trees has planted more than a half a million trees in neighborhoods and green spaces in the Portland metro area, Vancouver, Eugene and Salem. The Neighborhood Trees program provides homeowners with affordable trees to plant at their homes with their neighbors. Through its Green Space Initiative, trained crew leaders guide volunteers at weekend events to restore natural areas. Learn more at www.friendsoftrees.org

About Ninkasi Brewing Company

Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Companycontinues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to two brewhouses, a 55-barrel and a 90-barrel brewhouse, located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Oregon; Alaska; California; Idaho; Montana; Washington; Nevada; and Vancouver, British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint. www.NinkasiBrewing.com

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon … Avery Pump[KY]n Bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter

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Boulder, CO –This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release its latest session beer. At 17.22% ABV, perhaps it’s not a “session beer” by most standards, but for a brewery releasing 6 beers that are over 16% ABV within a period of 5 months, this is right up their alley.

Pump[KY]n may be a huge beer, though Founder and CEO Adam Avery says that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to find a bunch of friends to split a bottle. “I try to just limit myself to one per drinking session. So I’d call it a sessionable beer…your session just ends quicker.”

Avery says beers of this gravity are as fun to drink as they are to make. “You can pour them into a glass and drink a different beer over the next hour as the beer warms.”

Pump[KY]n Bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter was spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves, and aged in fresh Bourbon barrels for 6 months. “We wanted to age a pumpkin beer in Bourbon barrels because we thought the vanilla and char flavors from the barrels would meld really well with the pumpkin and spices.”

Avery’s Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker decided to go big with the spices in this brew. “If you added this spice level to a 5% ABV beer, it’d be undrinkable. But with this beer, the high alcohol, residual sugar, specialty malts and flavors from the Bourbon barrels allowed us to get aggressive.”

When asked what is behind the unusual beer name, Avery said, “I wanted to call it Bourb[KY]n but everybody here shot it down for six months. I finally conceded because the [KY] already calls attention to the fact that it’s aged in Bourbon barrels, so ‘Bourb’ was redundant. Plus, it sounded like ‘burp’. Changing a few little letters makes all the difference.”

Pump[KY]n is the newest member of Avery’s Annual Barrel Series, which also includes Uncle Jacob’s Stout aged in Bourbon barrels, Rumpkin pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels, and Tweak coffee stout aged in Bourbon barrels. This year’s batch of Rumpkin will be released later this month, with Tweak following in November, and Uncle Jacob’s Stout being released early next year from Avery’s new brewery.

Established in 1993, Avery Brewing Company has developed a reputation as being one of the most daring and visionary breweries in the nation. They are the brewers of Avery IPA, White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale, The Maharaja Imperial IPA, Mephistopheles' Stout and more than 20 other year-round and seasonal beers. For more information, beer connoisseurs can checkwww.averybrewing.com, email info@averybrewing.com, and follow Avery’s Facebook page and Twitter feed for the latest news.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Brewery News: WA: Seattle: Fremont Brewing celebrates the release of their Bonfire Ale, this Thursday (9/25).

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image courtesy Fremont Brewing CompanyThis Thursday, September 25th, Fremont Brewing celebrates the release of their Bonfire Ale. Starting at 7pm, people will have an opportunity to speak to the brewers while enjoying pints of Bonfire Ale. Additionally the brewers have concocted 5 different infused versions of the same beer.

Be on the lookout for the following variations:

  • Campfire Coffee
  • Peach Cobbler
  • Mexican Hot Chocolate
  • S’mores
  • Vanilla Chai

More on Bonfire Ale

image sourced from Fremont Brewing CompanyBonfire Ale steals from the winter fires its gift of dark barley and gentle hops to provide you, beer drinker, with this delightful winter treat. Fremont set the sky rockets to flight and wrote the book on afternoon delight before waking the night on the wings of a great blue heron to soar below the radar and above the clouds, raining down beer to blow your mind and caress your soul. Light a Bonfire today.

Down & Dirty: 2-Row & White Wheat, Midnight Wheat, Rye, Smoked, & Chocolate Malts with Cascade and Goldings hops. 
ABV: 6.0%

More on Fremont Brewing Company

We are a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew small-batch artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find ... Because Beer Matters!

Brewery News: WA: Odin Brewing celebrates their opening Tukwilla with a 'German-Style Harvest Lager'

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After several months of upgrades and build out, Odin Brewing has finally opened the doors to its retail tasting room, at its new facility in Tukwila, WA.  Located at 402 Baker Boulevard, the tasting room will serve as a wonderful social center for surrounding businesses and residents of the city of Tukwila.

"The Tap Room is a great first step in our transition to this new facility, and we are thrilled with the way it's turned out" says Dan Lee, Owner & Founder of Odin. “We are excited to offer for the first time a full menu designed to complement our beers.  Children are welcome in the restaurant portion of the tap room too. We are also excited to release the next in our 'Campaign Series' of beer, our 'German-Style Harvest Lager'.  This is a great addition to our line up and I think customers will be taken with its rich copper color and clean finish."

About Odin Brewing: A Seattle based microbrewery, specializing in artfully balanced hand crafted beer designed to pair with your favorite foods –

“Great Beer Designed with Great Food in Mind”.

Asgard Tavern Southcenter Taproom – Tukwila location:
402 Baker Boulevard, Tukwila WA 98188, (206) 241-1013

Asgard Tavern Taproom – Fremont location: 
1300 N. Northlake Way, Seattle WA 98103, (206) 402-4704

Odin Brewing Company – Production Plant South Park: 9130 15th Pl. S., Suite F, Seattle, WA, 98108, Phone: (206) 762-3909

www.odinbrewing.com  •  www.facebook.com/odinbrewing  •  Twitter: @OdinBrewingCo

Brewery News: OR: Crux Fermentation Project partners with Columbia Distributing to expand regional availability

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image sourced from Crux Fermentation Project

It’s time. The crew at Crux Fermentation Project has met its threshold to self-distribute its limited quantities of experimental, artisan ales. After completing a thoughtful and thorough selection process, Crux is excited to announce its partnership with Columbia Distributing and its newly assembled team focused exclusively on specialty craft beer.

At the heart of Crux’s brewing pursuits are those special artisan beers that are experimental and high-touch. Larry Sidor, Crux Fermentation Project Founder and Brewmaster, expands: “The complexity and nuance of barrel-aged beers like our [BANISHED] Tough Love and [BANISHED] Freakcake are what get us brewers really inspired.” These beers are of limited quantity, and the challenge for Crux has been in effectively reaching a broader geographic area beyond Central Oregon and Portland. “We’re excited to share our [BANISHED] beers with more beer lovers in the northwest along with our crowd favorites such as Outcast IPA and Impasse Saison.”

“We recognize the importance of reaching more quality points of distribution so that discerning craft beer drinkers can more easily find Crux beers— both in bottles and on draft,” said Russell Crecraft, Crux Fermentation Project President. “Columbia [Distributing] has assembled an impressive team of craft aficionados that understand the importance of quality. They get that there is a valuable niche for these special beers— there’s significant alignment behind the vision for Crux’s future.

The agreement will expand the footprint of Crux in both Oregon and Washington. While not entirely new markets for Crux, Columbia Distributing can support more locations and increase frequency of delivery, two important tasks that Crux could not fulfill on their own. Adds Sidor: “Self-distribution requires a great deal of effort that distracts us from what we’re best at— making beer.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Crux Fermentation Project. Our goal is to offer the world’s best beers to our customers. Crux fills that bill perfectly,” said Gregg Christiansen, CEO of Columbia Distributing. "The addition of Crux to our portfolio enables Columbia to supply beer from the region's most exciting emerging craft brewery. We look forward to offering our customers the exceptional craft of legendary brewmaster Larry Sidor and his team in Bend," Mark Walen, President of Columbia Distributing— Oregon.

ABOUT CRUX FERMENTATION PROJECT:
Crux Fermentation Project, established June, 2012, is located at the epicenter of Bend and at the heart of the brewing process. We’ve designed our brewery to allow for non-traditional brewing methods like decoction mashing, open fermentation, oak barrel aging, wild yeast strains and experimental hops. All our beer is bottled and labeled by hand in small batches right at the brewery. Brewmaster Larry Sidor is always in pursuit of the next great beer, whether by reinterpreting a classic style or abandoning it altogether. If you’re in Bend, stop by the Tasting Room at 50 SW Division Street, Bend, Oregon 97702. You can also find Crux at www.cruxfermentation.com, Facebook.com/cruxfermentationproject and Twitter.com/cruxbrew.

Larry Sidor, Crux founder and brewmaster, has been brewing for over 30 years. The former brewmaster of Deschutes Brewery, Larry created memorable beers such as The Abyss, The Dissident, and Red Chair. Experimentation and innovation in brewing has always been Larry’s driving focus which has inspired the design and vision of Crux.

Paul Evers, also a Crux founder, is president and chief creative director at tbd, a branding firm he founded in 1997. The tbd team has worked in the craft beer space for over ten years, creating authentic and innovative branding programs for Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR, Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, CO, 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco, CA and now Crux.

ABOUT COLUMBIA DISTRIBUTING:
Columbia Distributing is one of the nation’s largest beverage wholesalers. They recognize specialty craft requires a distinctive focus in order to deliver what is really important in beer—quality products, timely service, and a genuine concern for their customers’ needs. That’s why Columbia Distributing has created a specialty craft team to deliver craft beer using their nine primary distribution facilities throughout Oregon and Washington. For more information, please visit Columbia Distributing online at www.coldist.com.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Brewery Release: Canada: BC: Coming Soon ... Pacific Western Brewing releases "Festbier"

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PWB releases “Festbier”…a BC brew for 2015 celebrations

PWB Creative Director Paul Mulgrew says traditionally the brewery used to make an Octoberfest beer. "We are going to tour the province and enlist our pro-BC establishments in other communities to help us celebrate the best of BC through this new product."

Inside the bottle it is a Festbier that celebrates the harvest season and the German brewing traditions attached to Octoberfest. On the outside, the labeling celebrates Prince George milestones.

PWB owner and CEO Kazuko Komatsu says: “Our brewery is proud to be front and centre as this community eagerly anticipates a year of special celebrations in 2015.

“Next year is the 100th Anniversary of the City of Prince George, UNBC’s 25th Anniversary and the 2015 Canada Winter Games that will feature PWB as a major sponsor showcasing its popular Hometown Heroes program. These milestones represent a pivotal opportunity for the community – and all of BC – to celebrate our history and accomplishments and present an inspiring vision for the future.”

Mulgrew says: "We are so proud of our Prince George history; it keeps evolving with the city. This is a great opportunity to spread the message all over BC."

Prince George Mayor Shari Green says: “Pacific Western Brewing has been an outstanding member of our community since 1957 providing job opportunities, regional philanthropic efforts and increases to our local economy. Festbier is a welcome addition helping the City of Prince George celebrate our centennial throughout 2015. Cheers.”

Tracy Summerville, Chair of UNBC's 25th anniversary steering committee, says: "It is a pleasure for the University to join with PWB, the City, and the Canada Winter Games to mark this time of celebration. PWB and its owner Kazuko Komatsu have been stellar supporters of UNBC through almost all of our history.”

Stuart Ballantyne, CEO of the 2015 Canada Winter Games, says: "Pacific Western Brewing is a company that shares similar values to the 2015 Canada Winter Games: facilitating the dreams and aspirations of Canada’s next young champions. We're proud to call them an Official Sponsor.

Festbier, like all Oktoberfest beers, has a strong malt base with a pinch of Hallartau Select hops to add noble aromas.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Festival News: WA: Seattle: Craft Beer + Food announces the release of more tickets to public.

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Craft + Food, an Event Celebrating Local and Food
Additional tickets going on sale Thursday for Seattle's fourth annual, sold out food and pairing event
Seattle, WA – September 16, 2014 –The Washington Blog, producers of Craft + Food, announced today that additional tickets for the event will go on sale at on Thursday, September 18. The first round of tickets sold out in just three days when they went on sale in August.
Craft + Food happens on Wednesday, September 24 at the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle, a new venue for this fourth annual event. This year there is also a new event beneficiary, Washington Wild’s Brewshed® Alliance program.
“I’m not surprised ticket sales have been brisk,” says Kendall Jones, Co-Founder of the Washington Blog and one of the event’s organizers. “Craft + Food is a fantastic event, featuring food from some of the area’s best restaurants paired with some of the world’s best . Nobody should be surprised that an event bringing great food and great together is so popular. This is Seattle. It’s what we do. I’m just glad we’ve found a way to release more tickets.”
At the event, guests have an opportunity to sample up to thirteen different food and craft pairings provided by local restaurants and breweries. To create unique and delicious pairings, Craft + Foodpartners top restaurants from around the Seattle area with local breweries. Chefs work side-by-side with brewers to devise outstanding combinations that highlight how can be part of an elevated dining experience.
Among the restaurants participating in Craft + Food, Chef John Howie’s Beardslee Public House will make its debut. The soon-to-be-open restaurant and brewery will serve a dish paired with brewed by Beardslee’s Head Brewer Drew Cluley.
Also debuting at the event, Tom Douglas’ new to-be-named Mexican-themed cantina-style eatery, which will serve up food paired with from Fremont Brewing Company.
Other participating restaurants include Bell + Whete, Bookstore Bar & Café, the Dahlia Lounge, Little Water Cantina, Luc, Marination Mobile, Ravish on Eastlake, Schooner Exact, Taylor Shellfish, Trelllis, and Watershed Pub & Kitchen.
Brewery participants include Beardslee Brewing, Black Raven Brewing, Charging Hippo Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery, Elysian Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Georgetown Brewing, Hi-Fi Brewing, Pike Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, Schooner Exact Brewing, Stoup Brewing, and Two Beers Brewing. 
Starting at noon on Thursday, September 18, tickets can be purchased online for $40 by visiting the official event website: www.craftbeerplusfood.com. Craft + Food is an entirely non-profit event, with 100% of proceeds benefiting Washington Wild’s Brewshed Alliance.
Guests are encouraged to enjoy the event responsibly and use Uber for safe transportation. Using the promotional code CBFSEA14, first time Uber users will receive a free ride (up to $20). Uber will also donate $5 to Washington Wild for each first ride taken using the code. To sign up, new users should visit http://www.uber.com/go/CBFSEA14
Craft + Food
Wednesday, September 24
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Palace Ballroom
2100 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
For more information, visit http://www.craftbeerplusfood.com
About the Washington Blog: Founded in 2008 by Kendall Jones and Kim Sharpe Jones, the Washington Blog (http://www.washingtonbeerblog.com) is the premier online source for news and information about the local and brewing scene. The blog provides a single source for news and information about festivals and events, new brewery openings, new releases, and anything else related to craft in the evergreen state. Kendall Jones is also a freelance writer, providing - and travel-related stories to Seattle magazine, SIP Northwest magazine, Outdoors Northwest magazine, and others. 
About Washington Wild and Brewshed Alliance: Washington Wild protects and restores wild lands and waters in Washington State through advocacy, education and civic engagement. The Brewshed® movement is led by Washington Wild in Washington State. A Brewshed is the link between clean healthy watersheds and superior local beers, because clean water makes better . The Brewshed movement is a great reason for conservation-minded craft -lovers to gather in honor of healthy watersheds and local microbrews, all while supporting local breweries.

Brewery News: WA: Everett: Scuttlebutt Brewing Hoptopia IPA awarded Silver medal at the International Beer Competition in Japan

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The International Beer Competition (IBC) is the most prestigious beer competition to be held in the country and has been running annually since 1996. It is open to beers brewed anywhere in the world and provides the opportunity for international beers to compete against some of Japans finest craft and commercial brews. As with the JABC judges for the event are selected from Japanese brewers and members of the public who have successfully completed the "BeerJudge" certification programme (run in Japan by the BTO) as well as overseas industry professionals.

Hosted every year, the International Beer Competition invites breweries (throughout the world) to compete side-by-side against local (Japanese) breweries. And out of 99 categories, two local breweries from the Pacific Northwest, placed. Those two breweries were (Washington locals) Scuttlebutt Brewing and Schooner Exact.

Overjoyed by their recent win, the folks at Scuttlebutt reached out to the media and shared this press release.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company is proud to announce that its Hoptopia Imperial IPA was awarded the Silver Medal, in the English Style IPA category, at the International Beer Cup held in Yokohama, Japan.

Judging of 600 commercial beers in 105 style categories was conducted by 60 judges from 20 different countries on September 10th and 11th. The winners were announced on September 13th at the Great Japan Beer Festival, advertised as the largest Beer Festival in Asia.

The International Beer Cup was created in 1996 the Japanese Craft Beer Association, a nonprofit organization formed in 1994 after deregulation of the Japanese beer market. The stated purpose is to promote and develop appreciation of the new generation of craft beers, from Japan and world wide. This years attendance exceeded 20,000 people.

Scuttlebutt's Hoptopia is constructed as an English Style IPA primarily using North American ingredients. Full bodied with a silky smooth mouth feel, pine and biscuit in the nose and a persistent earthy green bitterness throughout the whole experience. Hoptopia is 8% abv and 75 IBUs. It's available year round in 12 and 22 oz bottles and on draft.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company was started in 1996 by Phil and “Scuttle” Bannan. With roots firmly planted in Everett, Scuttlebutt's products are now available in 21 states along with limited distribution in Canada and Japan.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brewery News: CO: New Belgium Brewing promotes CFO/COO Christine Perich to President

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Christine Perich named President, Kim Jordan to remain as CEO

Ft. Collins, Colo. – New Belgium Brewing is pleased to announce the promotion of long-time Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer, Christine Perich, to the position of President. Perich, who started as CFO with New Belgium in 2004, has overseen all aspects of operations since 2009. At the end of 2012 she guided the company through a 2nd Stage ESOP transaction, which resulted in New Belgium becoming a 100% employee-owned company. Perich will now have oversight of all day-to-day operations and the construction and integration of the company’s second production facility in Asheville, North Carolina, which is slated for completion in late 2015. She will continue to report directly to CEO and co-founder Kim Jordan and New Belgium’s Board of Directors.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked closely with so many talented people through a dynamic period of growth for both New Belgium and the industry,” said Perich. “This opportunity will allow me to focus on aligning our Fort Collins and Asheville operations and leading New Belgium through the next stage of growth.”

“Christine has been an incredible presence at New Belgium; her work on key strategic issues, coupled with her grace and professionalism in everyday management makes her selection as New Belgium’s President a dream fit for the company and for me,” said New Belgium co-founder and CEO, Kim Jordan. “Her coworkers, the Board and I have a great deal of confidence in her as she moves into this new role.”

Current New Belgium Director of Finance and Accounting, Danielle McLarnon, will move into the role of Chief Financial Officer. McLarnon, a graduate of Siena College, has been with New Belgium for more than ten years.

“Danielle has grown to be a vibrant leader at New Belgium and I am extremely excited for her to move into the role of Chief Financial Officer,” said Perich. “She is incredibly talented and we are fortunate to have someone of her caliber.”

“Both of these women have proven themselves time and again to be sound stewards of our financial and operational systems,” Jordan said. “Growth creates opportunity, and they have both worked expertly on complex projects like our transition to 100% ESOP ownership and the financing of our Asheville brewery. We are excited for this next chapter.”

Both positions will go into effect immediately. Jordan will remain as CEO of New Belgium, focusing on branding, sales, industry affairs and the company’s strategy.

ABOUT NEW BELGIUM BREWING
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 nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at www.newbelgium.com.

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