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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Festival News: WA: Seattle: 12/5 & 12/6: Washington Brewers Guild "Winter Beer Fest" returns for another year of warmth and beer.

Press Release

(Seattle, WA) ... - Washington Brewers Guild will present the annual Winter Beer Fest. Now in the second year at the historic Hangar 30 the festival features 50 Washington Brewers and over 130 different beers and for the first time a couple of local ciders. This festival is for the BIG beer lover with additions of sugar and spice and everything nice!
Featuring a wide variety of winter and holiday inspired beers.
·         Big winter warmers such as Seattle local Stoup Brewing’s English inspired Winter Warmer or Kulshan Brewing’s Kitten Mittens Winter Ale from Bellingham.
·         Dark and hearty brews with Imperial Stouts from Boundary Bay, Imperial Oatmeal Stout, Georgetown Brewing, Oharov Russian Imperial Stout, 7 Seas, Chili Pepper Imperial Stout and more.
·         Wood aged beers make a showing with Frosty Frog of Issaquah, aged in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels, Sound Brewing of Poulsbo with their Whiskey Barrel Mayan CaveBear and Hilliard’s of Seattle with Fino Countdown a sherry barrel aged Industrial Porter.
·         Some lighter seasonal, sour and spiced beers are well represented including Snipes Mountain’s Winter Valley a cranberry and apple wheat saison from Sunnyside, Big Al’s Hopped Farm House Ale brewed with brettanomyces, Bing from Naked City in Greenwood, their take on an English Old Ale with cherries and spice or how about a Cinnamon Coconut Porter from Scuttlebutt in Everett.
·         A complete list of 2014 Winter Beer Fest Participating Breweries and Beers is available online at http://washingtonbrewersguild.org/Events.html.
The Winter Beer Festival will host one session on Friday, December 5 from 5:00PM to 9:00PM and two sessions on Saturday, December 6 from Noon to 4:00PM and5:30 to 9:30PM. $25 in advance or $30 at the door, if tickets are still available. Advance purchase is recommended. Separate tickets are required for each session. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and six 5 ounce samples. Additional tokens may be purchased for $1.50 each. Tickets are available online atwwww.washingtonbrewersguild.org and at select ticket outlets. This is a 21-and-over-only event.    
Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th

Friday Session 5:00PM to 9:00PM
Saturday, Session 1: 12:00PM to 4:00PM, Session 2: 5:30PM to 9:30PM
Doors open 15 minutes before each session begins.
Taps close 30 minutes before closing each session. Separate tickets required for each session.

Hangar 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, Washington

$25 advance tickets or $30 at the door, if still available. Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass and six 5 ounce samples. Additional sampling tokens available for $1.50. Must be 21 years old or older and have a valid ID to be admitted.  Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only. 
Tickets sales are online at www.washingtonbrewersguild.org and at select outlets.

Several Food Trucks will be on site to satisfy and compliment the hearty beers.

Theo Chocolates, www.theochocolate.com, will be sampling chocolate. These rich winter brews pair exceptionally well with the deep and intense flavors of Theo’s hand crafted confections.

Taylor Shellfish Farms, www.taylorshellfishfarms.com, will be sampling oysters during the festival. Stouts and Porters with their dark roast flavors have been a traditional accompaniment to these briny delicacies.  

Washington Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a community of brewers, promote the quality of craft beer in Washington and protect the interests of brewers and beer drinkers.

Brewery News: BC: Vancouver: "Steamworks Brewing Company Raises Over $10,000 for BC Firefighters Burn Fund"

As tribute to BC Firefighters and to raise both awareness & funds, local craft brewery Steamworks Brewing Company brewed a robust and flavourful Heroica Red Ale for its 2014 fall release.  In keeping with Steamworks' whimsical brand designs, this particular label featured Burnaby Heights Landmark Helen Arnold the swinging girl as a damsel in distress being rescued by a Steampunked firefighter.  Throughout October, all Steamworks Heroica Red Ale 650mL bombers, Fall Mash-Up 12-pack mixers, and pints sold at liquor stores and restaurants throughout BC were partially donated to Burnaby Firefighters charities.

"Giving back to our community is important to Steamworks and we were honoured to partner with the Burnaby Firefighters to help raise money for their Charitable Society, and in particular the BC Burn Fund," says Walter Cosman, President Steamworks Brewing Company.   Steamworks' Owner Eli Gershkovitch adds "I often joke that my job at Steamworks is signing cheques; last night my job was a pleasure signing this "BIG" cheque issued to the Burnaby Firefighters for the BC Burn Fund." 

The $10,156.50 cheque was presented to the Burnaby Firefighters last evening at the Steamworks Brewery & Taproom during a Heroica Night at the Brewery, which was attended by community partners, neighbours and supporters of the benefit brew.   In true beerhall fashion, Bratwurst and Chili cooked by Burnaby Local 323 was enjoyed by a packed room, while music played and full brewery tours were led.

"On behalf of the Burnaby Firefighters Local 323 and the British Columbia Professional Firefighters we would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Steamworks Brewing Company for their outreach to firefighters by producing a beer in support of our Charitable Society. Heroica Red Ale is a tribute to Firefighters and it is just another example of Steamwork's understanding and commitment to serving their community as all proceeds of this partnership will go to the Burn Fund."  Jeff Clark, Vice President Burnaby Firefighters

 Pictured Above: 
Jeff Clark & Paul Rushton - Burnaby Firefighters, Erik Vogal - B.C.P.F.F.A. Burnfund
Marnie Burnett, Eli Gershkovitch & Walter Cosman - Steamworks Brewing Company
About Steamworks Brewing Company
Steamworks Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by Eli Gershkovitch. The brewpub in Vancouver's Gastown District is a local institution that brews beer using pure steam, directly from the famous city central steam line. Steamworks opened its new production brewery and tasting room in Burnaby in November of 2013. Steamworks beer is available throughout the Province of British Columbia along with four other Canadian provinces and several American states.

Restaurant News: WA: Seattle: Café Pettirosso launches "Monday Evening Dinner Series"

This past Monday, the staff of "Café Pettirosso" hosted Epic Brewing to kick off their monthly "Monday Evening Dinner Series". Developed and designed to showcase the harmony between your favorite alcoholic beverage and the menu of Pettirosso, the first dinner was well received.

Listed below is a sample of the beers and cocktails, featured during the dinner.

Epic Brewing

  • Sour Apple Saison
    (sweet, yet dry and tart Farmhouse style ale. Features apples spiced with coriander, grains of paradise, anise, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger.)
  • Epic Brainless Belgian Style IPA
    (this IPA pays tribute to the collaborative efforts of innovative brewers. The fruity Belgian yeast and powerful American hops relentlessly tease your pallet. A perfectly balanced beer.)
  • Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout
    (a big bold Imperial Stout using cocoa nibs and dark roasted coffee. A seasonal best seller and something not to be missed.)
  • Bols Barrel Aged Genever Bijou
    Bols Barrel Aged Genever, green Chartreuse, sweet vermouth, orange bitters
  • Dutch PunchDamrak gin, Bols elderflower liqueur, lemon, cinnamon syrup, Epic Brewing Sour Apple Saison
  • De Bloem
    Bols Genever, ginger, allspice dram, grapefruit, Epic Brainless Belgian Style IPA

Stay tuned in the next few weeks, when Café Pettirosso announces the next set of distillers, vintners, breweries, or cideries; featured at the dinner.

About Café Pettirosso

Located at 1101 E Pike St, at Café Pettirosso we are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8am ‘til 2am Tuesday through Sunday. On Mondays, we are open from 8am until 3pm for our Monday Bake Sale, featuring a plethora of sweet and savory baked things.

Café Pettirosso was founded in the 90’s by Robin Wright, as a coffee cart. Eventually finding a permanent space as a café on the corner of 11th and Pike, it was later taken over and remodeled by Yuki and Miki Sodos, and reopened on October 30th 2012 as a full service café and bar. At Pettirosso we pride ourselves on offering a little something for everyone. Bring us your vegans, gluten intolerant, or serious carnivores, we’ll make sure they leave happy (and full!). 

Alehouse News: OR: Portland: 12/2 The Waypost Tavern hosts Stormbreaker Brewing, as next "Brewer of the Month"

Press Release

North Portland's Waypost Tavern will continue its popular “Brewer of the Month” series in December with a focus on the beers from Portland's Stormbreaker Brewing. The month-long celebration of Stormbreaker beers will kick off with a meet-the-brewer reception Tuesday, Dec. 2 from 4-7. The team from Stormbreaker Brewing will be on hand to discuss the beer and brewery and there will be three Stormbreaker beers on tap. For the rest of December, The Waypost will dedicate three taps to Stormbreaker beers – meaning when one keg of Stormbreaker blows, a new Stormbreaker beer will take its place.

Rob Lutz and Dan Malik opened Stormbreaker Brewing in February of this year in the Mississippi Ave. space that formerly housed Amnesia Brewing. Lutz, the head brewer, had been a brewer for Amnesia for several years before he and Malik took over the space. They chose the name Stormbreaker as a tribute to Mount Hood, which has been referred to as “the stormbreaker” in local lore.

For the opening event, The Waypost will pour Stormbreaker's Total Rekolsch, a light, crisp, golden Kolsch, Cloud Ripper IPA, a bright, citrus India Pale Ale and Fall of the Iron Curtain Baltic Porter, a dark, smooth, silky porter fermented with a lager yeast.

“I've been super impressed with what Rob has done in such a short time at Stormbreaker. The breadth and quality of his beers is pretty incredible,” says Jim Parker, manager at The Waypost who devised the Brewery of the Month project. “I'm excited to introduce a wide range of his beers to our customers.”

The opening night event will coincide with the opening of The Waypost's December art exhibit by Jen Reynolds an will be followed by music from Chadwick Fergusson, KLX, Jai Milx and August Gunderson.

The following Tuesday, The Waypost will begin a four-week focus on the ciders of North Portland's Swift Ciders with a meet-the-cidermaker night with Swift's Aiden Currie.

Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 16, Tom Burkleau of New Deal Distillery will be on hand for a meet-the-
distiller night to kick off a four-week New Deal showcase.

“The Waypost has always been focused on showcasing artists of all sorts, so with these brewer, cidermaker and distiller months, we can also highlight fermentation and distilling arts,” said Parker.

All the events will start at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Brewery Release: OR: Ninkasi Brewing updates their Flagship Series 'line-up'

Press Release
EUGENE, Ore.— Craft beer fans can look forward to a revamped Flagship Series lineup from Ninkasi Brewing Company starting January 2015, featuring new additions paired with steadfast favorites. Started in 2006 by Nikos Ridge and Jamie Floyd, the brewery first entered the Oregon craft beer scene with highly-hopped, Northwest India Pale Ales – beers that quickly made a name for the brewery. Since then, Ninkasi’s brewers have created a diverse offering of beer styles, including traditionally-inspired lagers; rich, complex stouts; ales brewed with experimental hops; and single-batch brews.
Released in 2014 for limited times, Lux, a German-Style Helles Lager, and Dawn of the Red, an India Red Ale, won the admiration of beer drinkers, giving the brewery reason enough to bring on the beers full-time to its year-round Flagship Series. In 2015, these beers will join the Flagship Series lineup alongside Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla.
“The 2015 Flagship Series offers something for every palate,” says Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-founder of Ninkasi. “With these six different beers you will find our very first recipes paired with beers that were created out of our desire to experiment and challenge ourselves as brewers.”
Total Domination, IPA
In 2006, founders Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge spent 18-hours brewing the very first batch of Ninkasi beer. The result? Total Domination IPA – a citrusy, floral IPA and a testament to Jamie’s love for Amarillo and Crystal hops. With a great malt backbone and fresh, citrus hop flavor, this beer finishes with a desire to return to this favored IPA again and again. 
Enjoyed Since: 2006 | OG: 1067 | IBUs: 65 | ABV: 6.7%

Tricerahops, Double IPA
Offering a double-dose of everything loved in an IPA, Tricerahops has acquired a cult-like following since it was first brewed in 2007. Offering a big, earthy, floral hop hit, this beer is balanced by a generous amount of malt, making for a very drinkable double IPA. 
Enjoyed Since: 2007 | OG: 1080 | IBUs: 100 | ABV: 8.0%

Dawn of the Red, India Red Ale (Available February – December 2015)
Originally released as a Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series beer, Dawn of the Red was brewed out of a want to brew an IRA using new hop varieties. Using El Dorado and Mosaic hops, this beer has an intoxicating tropical flavor. Dawn of the Red immediately became so popular that it was advanced to Ninkasi’s Special Release Series. Once again, the fanfare for this beer was so great, that making it a new addition to Ninkasi’s Flagship Series was an easy decision, available year-round starting in February 2015.
Enjoyed Since: 2014 | OG: 1072 | IBUs: 75 | ABV: 7.0%

Oatis, Oatmeal Stout
Brewed in 2007 as the second winter seasonal produced by Ninkasi, a love for Oatis developed right away. Named after a brewer’s dog, the popularity of Oatis promoted its move from a seasonal brew to a year-round offering in 2008. This stout has a dry finish with a significant amount of roasted flavor upfront. Its smooth mouthfeel comes from the use of rolled oats paired with a caramel complexity and coffee flavors.
Enjoyed Since: 2007 | OG: 1072 | IBUs: 50 | ABV: 7.0%

Vanilla Oatis, Oatmeal Stout with Vanilla
A more decadent take on Oatis, Vanilla Oatis features the addition of whole Madagascar vanilla beans. During the brewing process of Oatis, a portion of the beer is set aside in the brite tanks where hand-cut vanilla beans are added – the same process used to dry-hop a beer. This addition of pure vanilla acts as a natural sweetener, adding a more roasted flavor upfront followed by a vanilla finish.
Enjoyed Since: 2009 | OG: 1072 | IBUs: 50 | ABV: 7.0%

Lux, German-Style Helles Lager
Meaning light in German, Lux is Ninkasi’s lightest Flagship Series offering. Capturing the traditional and technical balance of the style, this Helles Lager has a toasty malt flavor balanced by the smallest amount of hops to bring about a quaffable drinkability. Allowed to ferment for a minimum of six-weeks, Ninkasi’s brewers accepted the challenge of producing a lager to the highest standards of balance. 
Enjoyed Since: 2014 | OG: 1050 | IBUs: 20 | ABV: 5.0%

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues 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 are sold throughout Oregon; Alaska; Alberta; Arizona; California; Idaho; 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. 

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit www.NinkasiBrewing.com.  

Brewery Release: NW: Get It Now (Reminder) ... Shmaltz "Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®", Jewbelation 18®, & "5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® 2014"


Now brewing exclusively in Clifton Park, NY -- ... -- Break out the latkes, gelt, Chanukah candles, and He'brew Beer®, it's time to start prepping for the holidays! This month, Shmaltz Brewing Company rolls out three limited-edition releases straight from their newly expanded brewery in Clifton Park, NY. First up is the debut of Shmaltz's long awaited homage to the 8 crazy nights: Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®, a Dark Ale brewed with 8 malts, 8 hops, and 8% ABV. Next in line is the Anniversary beer, Jewbelation 18® (18 malts, 18 hops, and a highly sessionable 12.4% ABV), which marks the birth of an entirely new take on the Award-Winning Jewbelation® series. Last, but certainly not least, the 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® hitting stores this Thanksgiving. Candles Won't Be The Only Thing Getting Lit this holiday season!

Please see the information below for specific details on each of this year's He'brew® holiday releases: 

Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®
After only 18 years in business, America's largest, most award-winning and still only Jewish themed Craft Brewery, Shmaltz Brewing Company is proud to debut Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®. Destined to become the official chosen beer of the holiday season, Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® is a luscious Dark Ale brewed with 8 malts, 8 hops, and heats up at 8% ABV. 8 is a miraculous number in Jewish life. Its cultural/religious significance runs the gamut with several holidays spanning 8 days (Chanukah, Passover, Sukkot), a bris (circumcision) taking place on the newborn's 8th day, and Seinfeld running for 8 years (for more deep shtick, see the 4-pack label). As latkes are frying and the battle royale of dreidels are spinning, Shmaltz lends some much needed light to the impending winter darkness with Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® launching nationally in 12 oz bottles in 4-packs starting on November 1, 2014, as well as in theHe'brew Gift Pack® 2014.

Jewbelation 18®
Over the last decade, Shmaltz Brewing has boldly elevated each year's Jewbelation® with increased amounts of malts, hops, and ABV -- in 2004, they debuted Miraculous Jewbelation® with 8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV and continued through last year's Jewbelation Reborn® (17 malts, 17 hops, 17% ABV). Jewbelation 18® features a brand spankin' new craft beer category, Black Session Barleywine.

When asked about this year's Jewbelation®, Shmaltz founder Jeremy Cowan says, "So many friends have inquired about when will we stop upping the ante with the level of malts, hops, ABV, and my response has been 'Never... well, um, I mean now!' Witness our newborn Black Session Barleywine. 18 malts, 18 hops, and now available in a sessionable 12.4% ABV so we can ship to allll our states again. Jewbelation is now in session. L'Chaim!"

Jewbelation 18® will hit the national market just before Thanksgiving in 22 oz bottles, on draft at select bars, and included in the soon to be released 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack®

5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack® 2014
Shmaltz's 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack®, a showcase of 8 of He'brew's most sought after beers, is sure to add cheer this holiday season and will light up any cold winter night. The eight pack of 12 oz. bottles includes the 18th Anniversary Jewbelation 18® Black Session Barleywine, and the brand new Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® Dark Ale (8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV). It also includes the rare, barrel-aged sour beer, 2014's Funky Jewbelation®, the Gold Medal winner Rejewvenator®, plus the unique collaboration beers with Terrapin Brewing (Reunion Ale '14 - A Beer For Hope®) and Cathedral Square Brewery (St. Lenny's -- The Immaculate Collaboration®). The only Chanukah themed Beer Gift Pack on any shelf this season is rounded off with year-round favorites Death of a Contract Brewer® Black IPA (7 malts, 7 hops, 7% ABV) and World Beer Championship Silver Medal winning Messiah Nut Brown Ale®.

The Gift Pack® features a custom glass, Chanukah candles and a beautifully hand-painted "Build Your Own" Beer Menorah portrait by local Ballston Spa, NY painter Jennifer Maher (www.yourtoyportrait.com; please see the attached portrait below). Transform each of the 8 iconic bottles, plus one Shamash bottle (0 malts, 0 hops, 0% ABV), into your very own beer menorah. Snap a photo and enter your masterpiece in the 5th Annual "Build Your Own Beer Menorah" Facebook competition for a chance to win a chosen prize!

Detailed information regarding Shmaltz's set of national events taking place at 18 Chosen Bars will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Ranked in 2013 as one of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" by RateBeer.com, Shmaltz won 9 Gold and 5 Silver Medals in the World Beer Championships in 2012. A recipient of the "Distinguished Business Award" by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Shmaltz was also included in the "Top 50 Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies" by San Francisco Business Times.
Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established the company in San Francisco in 1996 with the first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® hand bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area in his Grandmother's Volvo. He'brew® now sells across 37 states, through 40 wholesalers and nearly 5,000 retailers. In 2007, Shmaltz released a new line of craft brewed lagers under the Coney Island® banner. The Coney Island brand was recently acquired by Alchemy and Science, a craft beer incubator, owned by Boston Beer (Sam Adams).

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Shmaltz recently broke with tradition and opened its own New York State production brewery in Clifton Park, NY, 10 minutes north of Albany's capital district. Shmaltz's new home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity. The new brewery packages 12 and 22 ounce bottles and kegs of their diverse core and seasonal favorites, and hosts fans and beer tourists in their new tasting room for tours, barrel-aged previews, and special releases.

In 2010/11, Cowan published his small business memoir, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing Company an International Success. A free sampling of Chapter One and suggested beer pairings, can be viewed at www.craftbeerbarmitzvah.com. In 2012, Cowan spearheaded the creation of the non-profit New York City Brewers Guild (which manages NYC Beer Week) and served as its Founding President.

Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet's Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.

Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR's "Weekend Edition," Fox Business News, Men's Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet's Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR's "Weekend Edition," Fox Business News, Men's Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet's Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.

Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR's "Weekend Edition," Fox Business News, Men's Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

Brewery Release: NW: Coming Soon ... 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale

Press Release

image courtesy 21st Amendment Brewing
SAN FRANCISCO (November, 2014) – As the air gets cooler and the days get shorter, ‘tis the season when 21st Amendment co-founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan welcome the limited time re-release of Fireside Chat. Available now throughout the holiday season in six packs and on draft, this traditional English style strong ale features a festive blend of spices capturing warming aromas and flavors of fall and winter.

As in past years, the duo’s goal was to create a beer reminiscent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inspiring evening broadcasts during the Great Depression, aptly named “Fireside chats.” Freccia explains, “FDR’s depression-era radio addresses were like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time. In the same vein, Fireside Chat is a bold balance of flavors with a punch, quickly followed by a smooth finish.”

“Fireside Chat is our early winter strong ale brewed like a Winter warmer but with a subtle blend of hand-selected spices that I change slightly every year to match the spirit of the holidays,” O’Sullivan says.
Fireside Chat compliments stronger holiday dishes such as meat stews, turkeys and creamy rich risottos. With its unique holiday spices it’s also great with holiday desserts such as apple crumb pie, pumpkin cheesecake and tiramisu. Perfect to enjoy with friends and family.

Fireside Chat (7.9% ABV, 45 IBU) is 21st Amendment’s early winter seasonal brew, available on tap and in cans now through December. Look for packaging with the picture of the FDR, smoking and sharing a laugh with an elf by the fireplace. Fireside Chat is distributed in CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH,MA, NY, NJ, DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, GA, ME, RI, NV and NC. For up-to-date availability, events and promotions, visit www.21st-Amendment.com.

In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan opened the doors to the 21st Amendment brewpub in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood with Freccia managing the restaurant and O’Sullivan spearheading the brewing process. In addition to quickly becoming one of the city’s favorite pubs, 21st Amendment began expanding beyond the Bay Area by helping to pioneer the movement to canned craft beer. Known for their witty names and delicious brews, 21st Amendment offers three year round selections, as well as seasonal offerings and their infamous ‘Insurrection Series’, a once-in-a-while limited edition release. Today, 21st Amendment is among the top 50 craft beer brewers in America and is sold in 20 states.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Brewery News: OR: Portland: Cascade Brewing announces the promotion of Kevin Martin to Lead Blender


Press Release

image sourced from Cascade Brewing Barrle House

PORTLAND, Ore. – ... – Cascade Brewing announced ... the promotion of Kevin Martin to lead blender. Martin, who has been with Cascade since early 2012 and has served as cellarmaster for the past two years, will now oversee putting all sour blends together, including stewarding the live barrels in the brewery’s popular Tap It Tuesday program.

“Kevin has been a huge asset to the blending program at Cascade since taking the reigns,” explained Ron Gansberg, brewmaster and blendmaster for the company. “We are excited to promote him to this position and allow him the freedom to further express his creativity.”

As lead blender, Martin will work closely with Gansberg to develop components of each blend, overseeing ratios and percentages and providing creative input. He will also steward the blends for Tap It Tuesday, a weekly event at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House that features exclusive one-off limited blends from the cellar, with the contribution of Cascade personnel.

Martin got his start in the wine industry in 2007, working multiple harvests in a number of wineries. A homebrewer, he chose to segue into beer and attended the American Brewers Guild Intensive Brewing Science and Engineering program from 2011 to 2012. Originally from Lancaster, Penn., he came to Portland for its vibrant beer and wine culture, securing a brief internship with Laurelwood Brewing Co. before settling in at Cascade.

Cascade has added a number of other recent new hires as well, including Mike Starzec as general manger of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House; Robby Roda as director of sales, distribution and marketing; and Chris Doggett as senior accountant.

Starzec, who originally hails from Anchorage, Alaska, oversees all operations at the Cascade Brewing Barrel House at 939 SE Belmont St. He has worked as a restaurant manager in Portland for the last 15 years, with the last six years focused primarily in brewpubs. Most recently he spent five years managing the Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House.

Roda, a Portland native, oversees all accounts in the Northwest, as well as acting as the liaison with Cascade’s national distributors and helping grow the brand. He most recently worked in sales with Incline Beverages, a craft beer distributor in Southern Calif. He has also worked with a number of beer bars and breweries in Calif., including The Bottle Room in Whittier, Monkish Brewing In Torrance and Golden Road Brewery in Los Angeles.

Doggett is a native Oregonian who graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. Doggett manages all in-house accounting, and is also overseeing the company’s transition to new ERP software. He has previously worked at Xerox and SDRI.

Cascade Brewery, which makes a number of traditional style ales but is known worldwide for its NW sour style beers, has recently expanded into a 23,000 square foot warehouse in SW Portland that will headquarter all of its blending, aging, packaging and distribution. The Cascade Blending House currently holds 1,300 barrels filled with its sour beer, plus an additional nine foudres (giant wooden barrels that typically hold around 1,800 gallons of beer). The company is in the process of moving all operations out of the Cascade Brewing Barrel House; in the near future, it will expand that space into a larger pub and tasting room.

About Cascade Brewing
Established in 1998, Cascade Brewing is a pioneer of the NW style sour beer movement. Under the ownership of Art Larrance and the direction of brewmaster Ron Gansberg, the Portland, Ore. brewery eschewed the “hops arms race” of the Northwest and instead chose to focus on sour ales, employing local fruit and barrels from the region. Today they have grown from several oak wine barrels to more than 1,300. They also produce a number of non-sour beers in their SW Portland brewery. Cascade Brewing has two pubs, the Raccoon Lodge and Brew Pub in SW Portland (www.raclodge.com) and the Cascade Brewing Barrel House in SE Portland (www.cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com). The brewery currently distributes its bottled sour beers in Oregon, Washington, California, Florida, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and New York.  For more information, visit www.cascadebrewing.com.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brewery Release: OR & WA: Coming Soon ... Avery Tweak Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Beer

Press Release
image courtesy Avery Brewing Co.
Boulder, CO –This Sunday Avery Brewing Company will release another massive barrel-aged beer, and they've upped the ante again by heavily dosing this brew with locally roasted organic coffee.

Tweak is a 17.81% ABV coffee stout aged 4 months in fresh Bourbon barrels. Says founder and CEO Adam Avery, “Tweak is a super versatile beer—you could have it at brunch or it could be the last beer of the night. ‘Cause I don’t care what you've been drinking, you’ll be able to taste Tweak after it.”

Avery went on to say he’ll be drinking this beer no matter what time it is. “You could start the day with a coffee mug of Tweak and your boss would never know.”

Cold brewed coffee is typically made by soaking the beans in cold water, but Avery’s brewers went a step further and soaked the beans in the beer itself. “We didn’t want to dilute the flavors,” says Avery Chief Barrel Herder Andy Parker. “You can definitely taste the coffee and will still taste the malt and the vanilla, coconut, and charred oak notes from the barrels.”

Avery added 1.6 pounds of Ozo Coffee Co.’s Organic Isabelle Espresso to every barrel of beer. “Ozo’s roastery is just a few blocks from our brewery and they make incredible coffee,” says Parker, “so we went to them and asked for a ton of beans. They gave us this ridiculously smooth roast that’s caramelly and chocolatey.”

The 17.81% alcohol by volume adds another layer to this highly complex beer. Says Parker, “Alcohol is a flavor component of every beer you've ever had and we’re purposely using that component to make new styles of beer.”


Avery is expanding its barrel-aging program ten-fold, which allows Tweak to reach store shelves around Colorado and in AR, AZ, CA, FL, KS, KY, MA, MI, MO, NJ, NM, NY, OK, OR, PA, TX, VA, WA, WI, and WY. Tweak is the newest member of Avery Brewing’s Annual Barrel Series, which also includes Uncle Jacob’s Stout aged in Bourbon barrels, Rumpkin pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels, and Pump[KY]n pumpkin porter aged in Bourbon barrels.

Brewery Release: WA: Spokane: Coming Soon ... No-Li Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale

Press Release

Spokane, WA…No-Li Brewhouse continues to bring Spokane-Style innovation to the Pacific Northwest with its newest Barrel Aged Series beer – Van Lambert Barrel Aged Sour Cherry Ale. As a small batch, limited release, Van Lambert will hit select local stores on December 16th and other northwest locations the week of Christmas.
The brewery will release just 185 cases of 22oz bottles, as well as limited draft exclusively available at the brewpub and select festivals. For those looking to get a sneak peak, Van Lambert will start pouring at No-Li on Saturday, December 13th!

About the Beer

Van Lambert features 900 lbs. of cherries (500 lbs. hand-picked by the No-Li team!) from Bodacious Berries in Green Bluff, Washington – just 15 miles north of the No-Li brewery. Starting in a sour kettle, lactobacillus, Mosaic and El Dorado hops create a vibrant base that covers the spectrum of fruitiness.

Sweet and tart cherry flavors mingle with the alcohol as it ages for 3 months in Townsend Cellars wine barrels to provide a champagne-like essence. The French and American wine barrels add a tannin-like structure to the beer with an oaky finish.

With the release of Mosh Pit Tart Cherry 4-packs coming just a week before Van Lambert, No-Li continues to innovate in the realm of fruit infused beer recipes and bring a distinctive, Spokane-Style perspective to this exciting category.

No-Li has also been growing their barrel-aged program over the last year and currently holds over 50 barrels from local distillery and neighbor, Dry Fly, and local winery Townsend Cellars. They plan to add another 50 barrels or more over the next year, and will continue to grow their barrel-aging program with more 22 oz-bottle limited releases.

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 our beers, brewery & the pub, visit www.nolibrewhouse.com.

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