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Beer of the Moment: Great Divide Hop Disciples

Beer of the Moment: Great Divide Hop Disciples

So, here’s a challenge: How does a brewery satisfy its customers’ desires for something new, without necessarily requiring them to commit to a completely unknown experience? If you’ve been digging Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s Luponic Distortion series, featuring a new hop variety each go-round, you may already have a pretty solid answer. Or maybe you’ve tried the first rendition of Stone Brewing’s Hop Revolver IPA—featuring the newish Loral hops—which dropped nationwide in late January in the brewery’s All IPA Mixed 12 Pack. Or Night Shift Brewing’s rotating-multi-hop Morph series, currently on Batch #43 and featuring Citra, Ella, Simcoe and Topaz. Or Burial Beer Co.’s Ceremonial Session IPA, now highlighting Vic Secret hops from Australia. The general formula? A familiar framework plus something new.

Great Divide recently released the brewery’s first iteration of Hop Disciples, a rotating-hops seasonal that will switch up its core hop on an annual basis. This year’s highlights the Idaho 7 variety, which garnered a good bit of attention since being formally released in 2015. Hop Disciples pours deep golden with a […]

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Societe Brewing Announces Fifth Anniversary Celebration

Societe Brewing Announces Fifth Anniversary Celebration

(Press Release)

SAN DIEGO— Beginning 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, tickets will go on-sale for SOCIETE 5, an anniversary celebration steeped in equal parts decadence and gluttony. Taking place, Saturday, June 24, this multi-faceted fete will celebrate Kearny Mesa-based Societe Brewing Company’s first five years in business behind an abundance of unlimited beer offerings bolstered by dishes from a dozen guest chefs designed specifically to pair with those liquid assets. The festivities will take place as follows:

FIVE-YEAR FEST | June 24, 1-5 p.m.
Societe will hold a food-and-beer festival featuring unique dishes developed by members of foodie fraternity, the “5-Chef Societe.”
Tickets include: Entrance to the event, commemorative SOCIETE 5 festival glass and unlimited servings of beer (including all beers in Societe’s tasting room) and unlimited food (while supplies last).

FIVE-YEAR FEAST | June 24, 5-10 p.m. Societe’s tasting room will house a beer-paired feast commencing with a one-hour beer-and-charcuterie reception, followed by a five-course, seated dinner featuring more 5-Chef Societe dishes paired with rare ales as well as beer and truffles for guests […]

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Maui Brewing Co. to partner with Monkey Rum on future release

Maui Brewing Co. to partner with Monkey Rum on future release

[Press Release:]

Long-time Friends Connect for Collaborative Effort

(Kihei, HI) – Maui Brewing Company is finalizing details on partnering with Monkey Rum, a portfolio of barrel aged, naturally sourced, award-winning premium rums to produce a very limited edition of barrel-aged craft spirits.

Monkey Rum’s Founder and Chairman of the Board, Zane Lamprey, describes the potential partnership:

“I’m beyond excited to be working with my good friend (and maker of my favorite beer) Garrett Marrero from Maui Brewing Company on a collaboration between Monkey Rum and Maui Brewing Company. Garrett and I have been friends for almost a decade, and we’ve been talking about this collaboration for several years.Garrett and I first met while shooting Three Sheets back in 2008. I was a fan of his beer and quickly became a fan of the man behind the beer. A few years later, after Travel Channel picked up Three Sheets, fans chipped in and bought Maui Brew Company beer for Travel Channel. We ended up shipping five pallets of beer to their headquarters in Maryland. We shot […]

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Angel City Citrus Wheat Ale now in six-packs

Angel City Citrus Wheat Ale now in six-packs

[Press Release:]

(Los Angeles, CA) – Whether you’re a guest, a native or a transplant, Los Angeles welcomes all with warm sunshine, clear skies, and a bustling art scene. Art of all types is celebrated, from graffiti to murals to open air studios, and LA is bustling with creatives living everywhere from Venice to the East Side. Inspired by these great artists and their neighbors within the Arts District, Angel City Brewery is excited to release new packaging featuring LA murals from artists they love. And with that, Angel City is also launching Citrus Wheat Ale, a new year-round beer offering that will be available statewide starting February 2017.

Citrus Wheat Ale is a golden, hazy colored wheat ale made from mandarin, tangerine, and lime for a sweet, tart tang highlighted by the bright aroma of lime zest and tropical fruit. It’s an easy sipping beer with an ABV of 5.0% and a low IBU of 22. Originally brewed as a Public House-only beer, it will join the brewery’s lineup of flagship offerings and will […]

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Exile Brewing Co. continues growth, doubles brewery capacity with expansion

Exile Brewing Co. continues growth, doubles brewery capacity with expansion

[Press Release:]

(Des Moines, IA) – Des Moines’ Exile Brewing Company nears completion on 3,800 sq ft. expansion. Ground was broke in September 2016 and is on track to complete March 2017. The expansion will add nine 120 barrel fermentation tanks and one 120 barrel brite tank, as well as a canning line, increased storage, and an updated beer garden. After project completion, the 2015 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winning brewery will have increased their capacity to 35,000 bbls.

“We have been steadily growing the last four years and the way we looked at it we could stay at the capacity we were at or we could keep growing our brand and company. Everyone on our team believed we could be successful if we kept growing.” said Exile’s Founder, R.J. Tursi.

12 oz and 16 oz cans will be filled on a rotary pressure filler and a full-time quality manager will continue to develop QA/QC standards as the brewery expands its packaging portfolio.

The brewery resides in the old F.W. Fitch Company warehouse that was […]

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Haze Craze IPA: Moylan’s and Half Moon Bay collab just released for SF Beer Week

Haze Craze IPA: Moylan’s and Half Moon Bay collab just released for SF Beer Week

Moylans IPA HAZE CRAZE [Press Release:]

(Novato, CA) – SF Beer Week kicks-off this evening, and it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t bring something special to the party! So we’ve brewed up a proper East Coast IPA.

Our Haze Craze IPA was made in collaboration with James Costa of Half Moon Bay Brewing , and former head brewer at Moylan’s , for the upcoming SF Beer Week. We both wanted to have a properly brewed East Coast IPA on hand for the annual gathering of beer geeks. A well-made East Coast IPA is maltier, sweeter, and juicier than a West Coast IPA, so that’s what we set out to do. Our Haze Craze IPA is made from a simple malt bill with Two Row Pale and Maris Otter as the base malt. Then we add flaked oats and a little bit of light crystal malt both for sweetness and to provide an orange hue. There’s almost no bittering hops, and we added loads of hops in the whirlpool, using Citra and El Dorado pellets, […]

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Common Bond Brewers to open in Montgomery, Alabama

Common Bond Brewers to open in Montgomery, Alabama

[Press Release:]

(Montgomery, AL) — Montgomery residents Andrew McNally and Tim Doles have leased space at 424 Bibb St. to open Common Bond Brewers, the city’s first production brewery.

The brewery will open as soon as fall 2017, once the 71-year-old building is renovated. In addition to the brewery equipment, the brewery will include a taproom for beer tasting and packaged beer for sale. Common Bond brews will eventually also be on tap in Montgomery restaurants and bars, and available to purchase in stores.

“Common Bond Brewers will be a new gathering spot for Montgomery residents and will also draw passersby off I-65 into the city, as the property is situated directly off exit 172,” says Moore Company Realty President Jerome T. Moore III, CCIM, who leased the property and is looking to lease connected space to be developed into a restaurant.

With Doles as a business partner, McNally will be the Common Bond brewmaster and oversee the brewery’s day-to-day operations. McNally has an educational and professional background in chemistry, and first started translating his skills and […]

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Seawolf Public House opens in Oakland; Sierra Nevada event on Thurs. for SF Beer Week

Seawolf Public House opens in Oakland; Sierra Nevada event on Thurs. for SF Beer Week

[Press Release:]

(Oakland, CA) – We are excited to launch our new neighborhood Pub in Jack London Square, Oakland, Ca–Seawolf Public House. Seawolf is a short walk from the Jack London waterfront, is located inside a historic Victorian building built in 1882 that has been carefully refurbished. Inside its warm interior, you will find photos and artifacts highlighting the rich history of the building, of Oakland and of Jack London.

Owner, Monica Plazola, is excited to bring a neighborhood pub to the town where she lives and raises her family. “I wanted to have a place where folks could relax, feel welcome, have excellent beer and food, and not feel pressure to leave.” Plazola is joined by Chef Jason Moniz, who helped open Flora in Oakland, and has crafted a unique menu with a casual approach to American pub fare such as Beef & Guinness chili, Korean fried-chicken sandwich, Beef shank with tater tots, and cheddar cheese curds. And back due to popular demand: the beloved Warehouse Wings.

A proud member of the Oakland community, Seawolf […]

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Admiral Maltings, California’s first modern floor-malting facility, set for Alameda Point

Admiral Maltings, California’s first modern floor-malting facility, set for Alameda Point

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(Alameda Point, CA) – A bastion for innovation within the artisanal beverage and food industries, the San Francisco Bay Area welcomes its latest trailblazing entrepreneurial venture, Admiral Maltings. California’s first modern floor-malting facility. Admiral Maltings harkens back to pre-Prohibition days when malt houses sourced local barley for regional breweries. Beginning in April 2017, Admiral Maltings will produce premium malt at their new facility on Alameda Point for select craft breweries and distilleries with 100% sustainably grown barley procured from California family farms.

Malt is the backbone and soul of craft beer. Today, most malt is mass-produced by a few very large manufacturers. Only a handful of malting companies around the world still practice the art of floor-malting, wherein small batches of grain are steeped in water, allowed to germinate in a thin layer, gently turned, then dried and cured in a shallow loaded kiln. Floor-malted grain is revered by craft brewers and distillers for its flavor, aroma and character. Admiral Maltings will combine traditional methods with modern quality control technology to produce consistently […]

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Karl Strauss 28th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad now available

Karl Strauss 28th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad now available

[Press Release:]

(San Diego, CA) — Back in February of 1989, Karl Strauss opened their historic downtown San Diego brewpub, which helped ignite the city’s vibrant craft beer scene. Since then the brewery has gone on to accomplish many things, most recently winning “Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year” at the Great American Beer Festival last fall.

As part of their 28th Anniversary celebration, the brewery just released a barrel-aged version of Two Tortugas, their highly esteemed Belgian Quad. Two Tortugas has medaled in numerous beer competitions, including wins at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. This award-winning Belgian Quad has been aging for a year in Four Roses bourbon barrels in anticipation of the 28th Anniversary release, and the resulting brew features flavors of dark fruit, caramel, and charred oak with a surprisingly smooth, warming finish.

The beer is available in 22oz bottles and on draft at select retailers throughout California, including KARL’s Tasting Room in Pacific Beach and at all of their brewpub locations.

“It’s been a huge year for […]