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Heineken Acquires Remaining Stake in Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Heineken Acquires Remaining Stake in Lagunitas Brewing Co.

(Press Release)

AMSTERDAM —Heineken N.V. (‘HEINEKEN’) (EURONEXT: HEIA; OTCQX: HEINY) today announces that it has acquired all the remaining shares in Lagunitas Brewing Company. To maintain the Lagunitas culture and free spirit, the company will continue to operate as an independent entity within HEINEKEN and will report within the HEINEKEN Americas Region.

Tony Magee, the founder of Lagunitas, will remain active as Executive Chairman of the company. Tony will be supported by his current management team. In addition, Tony will take a leading advisory role to HEINEKEN and its Executive Team on the global and local craft strategy.

HEINEKEN has enjoyed a successful partnership with Lagunitas since 2015, when it acquired a 50% stake in the company. Since then Lagunitas has continued to outperform the US beer market, where craft beer now represents about 11% of total volume. Lagunitas is the market leader in the IPA segment, the fastest growing sub-segment within craft, and sold over 1 million hectolitres in 2016. HEINEKEN has helped to expand Lagunitas’ international presence, including entry into new markets such as […]

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Anheuser-Busch to purchase Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing

Anheuser-Busch to purchase Asheville’s Wicked Weed Brewing

(Press Release)

NEW YORK and ASHEVILLE, N.C. –Wicked Weed Brewing, one of Asheville’s most creative and fastest-growing craft breweries will be joining The High End, Anheuser-Busch’s business unit focused on its craft and import brands.

Wicked Weed, founded in Asheville in 2012 by Walt and Luke Dickinson and lifelong friends Ryan, Rick and Denise Guthy, has created over 500 different beers since it opened almost five years ago. Starting with clean West Coast IPAs and authentic Belgian ales, Wicked Weed has progressively moved into creating sours. Now, Wicked Weed is widely known for their west coast style IPA’s including GABF silver medal winners Pernicious IPA, Lunatic Belgian Blonde as well as a wide range of award winning barrel-aged sour and farmhouse ales.

“This is an exciting time for the entire brewing team,” said co-founder Walt Dickinson. “Our ability to create a wide range of really well executed beers that are focused on creativity, quality and drinkability is what makes Wicked Weed great. We have chosen to partner with The High End to position ourselves to make […]

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Beer of the Moment: Beachwood Habanero Invasive Species

Beer of the Moment: Beachwood Habanero Invasive Species

Beachwood BBQ & Brewing recently released an Invasive Species collection, which includes an IPA, grapefruit-flavored IPA, habanero IPA, and mango IPA. If that pattern strikes you as a bit familiar, you’re not mistaken. As indicated in the press release accompanying the four IPAs, which were released in four-packs on March 21 following a late 2016 debut, the line’s “a not so subtle, but definitely tongue-in-cheek reference, to a series of beers brewed by our ‘neighbors’ down the road who recently were acquired by a big beer corporation.” Though a lot of these market conflicts stay hidden, we’re seeing more and more bubble to the surface.

Which makes now as good a time as any for a beer. Of the four, the Habanero’s our Beer of the Moment pick by a sizable margin—expressing fresh, exhilarating peppery heat that syncs perfectly with how the hops land in these beers (all of which are IPA-based and 7.1%). Bell pepper and grapefruit-led citrus meet with well-integrated pine throughout, and the CO 2 and lean core sweetness contribute to an […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Oskar Blues rolls out Fugli Yuzu and Ugli Fruit IPA Summer Seasonal

Oskar Blues rolls out Fugli Yuzu and Ugli Fruit IPA Summer Seasonal

Oskar Blues rolls out Fugli Yuzu and Ugli Fruit IPA Summer Seasonal

(Photo courtesy Oskar Blues Brewery) (Press Release)

LONGMONT, Colo., BREVARD, N.C. and AUSTIN, Texas —Let the jorts-wearin’, backyard-grillin’, yard-loungin’, frisbee-tossin’ beer-drinkin’ season commence with Oskar Blues Brewery’s new summer seasonal, Fugli Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA, a Mosaic hopped India Pale Ale brewed with a trifecta of fruits.

“FUGLI was inspired by a collaboration with Japan’s Yo-Ho Brewing Company that everyone here loved,” said Head of Brewing Operations Tim Matthews. “We felt we could take it to another level so we added more fruits, paired them with zesty mosaic hops, and started messing around with a light malt bill that gives a full mouthfeel.”

This juicy, fresh and aromatic Fulgi IPA clocks in at 5.8% ABV and 60 IBUs, making it immensely crushable for wherever summer takes ya.

Fugli consists of an uncommon cross-continental combination. Yuzu is an exotic, tangy dumpy looking lemon from Japan. Living up to its name, Jamaican ugli fruit is an aesthetic nightmare with a surprisingly tasty tangerine-and-grapefruit flavor. Rangpur, grown in Bangladesh, is a lemon and orange hybrid.Matthews said of the amalgam […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Coming Soon: April 2017

Coming Soon: April 2017

Coming Soon: April 2017

EVENTS

World Beer Festival—Raleigh April 1

World Beer Festival—Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina

Held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, this festival from All About Beer Magazine includes unlimited 4-ounce samples of more than 250 beers and a commemorative tasting glass with admission. More than 75 breweries will pour in sections like the N.C. Beer Garden, Cider Garden, Cask Ale Garden and the brand-new International Beer Oasis. The event will also feature a food truck rodeo, silent disco, live music, beer and cheese pairings and private tastings with brewers. Sour Wild Funk Fest (Courtesy of Upland Brewing Co.) April 1 Sour Wild Funk Fest Indianapolis More than 40 breweries from across the country will display the best of their sour and wild beers at the sixth edition of this festival hosted by Upland Brewing Co. Last year’s event sold out beforehand, and this year’s iteration features pours from the likes of Cascade Brewing, Paradox Beer Co., Perennial Artisan Ales, Transmitter Brewing and more. From the Barrel (Photo by John Patrick) April […]

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Beer of the Moment: Founders KBS

Beer of the Moment: Founders KBS

Around fifteen years ago, Founders Brewing Co. co-founder Mike Stevens called the Jack Daniel’s distillery in search of used barrels in which to age a stout. Though they thought the request strange, the distillery allowed Stevens to pick up the used barrels. Kentucky Breakfast Stout wasn’t quite born that day—Founders had to build a bigger version of its Breakfast Stout to stand up to the barrel treatment—but the brewery was on its way to creating one of its most acclaimed beers.

Today the brewery calls more distilleries than ever in search of barrels, which are used not just for KBS but also for the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series . In a decade and a half, KBS has grown from an experimental beer to one that now accounts for around 5,000 barrels of its production, all aged 85 feet below Grand Rapids in former gypsum mines. It’s brewed with coffee and chocolate before aging in those barrels for about a year prior to blending.

Obvious though they are, the three main flavors of coffee, chocolate and bourbon come […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Sponsored: Oskar Blues Explores the Perks of Having an In-House Coffee Roaster

Sponsored: Oskar Blues Explores the Perks of Having an In-House Coffee Roaster

Sponsored: Oskar Blues Explores the Perks of Having an In-House Coffee Roaster

(Photo courtesy Oskar Blues Brewery) Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery.

While coffee beers are increasingly common, few breweries use an in-house coffee roaster to source beans from family farms in Ethiopia.

“There’s only a finite amount of this coffee in the world,” says Matt Herren of Hotbox Roasters. The company was founded in 2015 by Oskar Blues Brewery founder Dale Katechis, after he bought and learned how to roast on a small roaster as a hobby behind the brewery in Longmont, Colorado.

Herren isn’t being hyperbolic. This particular bean is grown and harvested on a family farm near the community of Banko Gotiti, located in the southern district of Gedeb, Ethiopia. Bedhatu Jibicho, now in her 80s, has almost single handedly run the farm since the 1960s. Her three children (with degrees in forestry, social and environmental development and business management) have recently returned to grow the family business. So minimal is the quantity, Hotbox Roasters can’t even package the beans in its Crowler cans, which it sells through a subscription coffee service and in its […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Foreign Exchange: American Beer Styles, Brands Capture Attention of Drinkers Abroad

Foreign Exchange: American Beer Styles, Brands Capture Attention of Drinkers Abroad

Foreign Exchange: American Beer Styles, Brands Capture Attention of Drinkers Abroad

(Illustration by Jeff Quinn) Ben Beinhardt has lived in Germany all his life, surrounded by hundreds of years of brewing tradition and some of the most iconic brands the world has known. He still fondly recalls his first Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, made at a brewery that’s been around since 1877, and his excitement at drinking a beer steeped in Bavarian heritage. He also favors Augustiner-Bräu, which started brewing in 1328, and its Edelstoff and Lagerbier Hell brands.

But honestly, he wouldn’t mind an American IPA, either.

“I think it’d be great if we had new beers coming into the country and you get younger people to drink them,” says Beinhardt, 35, a resident of Stuttgart in the country’s southwest Baden-Württemberg state. “Developing a new beer culture in Germany would be tremendous and help our beer scene, but it would also take a lot of time and money.”

Maybe something like the $25 million Stone Brewing spent to open its production facility in Berlin? Beinhardt isn’t sure yet, but after a trip to the United States in 2014 […]

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Black Cloister Helles Angel

Black Cloister Helles Angel

Hell, yes, this is a damned good brew! Tasty, and light as Wynwood’s Ducati. Makes your mouth feel real fresh. Bottom fermented? You can bet your Beelzebub! Handy can packs perfect! Pop the top and dive into black beans and rice, purple slaw and fried okra, or if you’re on the go, a chicken sandwich, hold the chicken!

Charles Finkel is founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co. Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of beers in America. Golden ale with a foundation of great fermentation aromas. Unfiltered goodness and haze, though with minimal head. Flavors are all about helles style of German lager; malty body, hop foundation without interfering bitterness, clean all-around character and aftertaste. Helles is a session type of beer, and this one refreshes without the high carbonation and sweet, then acidic aftertaste of American light lagers. Highly quaffable. Best enjoyed a half or full liter at a time. Good helles makes my day, and my day is made. Thanks, Black Cloister.

Charlie Papazian is the author […]

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Urban Artifact Finn

Urban Artifact Finn

Learning about beer is one of the pleasures of drinking it. By reading the side of the can, I learned that Finn was the name of the helmet worn by Radbod, the ancient Frisian king. By drinking the beer I learned of a new taste discovery. Super nose! The color is spun gold with the slightest ruby tinge and a fleeting head. The beer is an elixir, a delicious cohabitation of sweet luscious malted barley, and sour, pheromone-infused Lactobacillus yeast. We enjoyed it with couscous topped with rare, fresh, Alaska sockeye salmon. The complexity of eating an earthy and spicy dish with the taste of the ocean, accompanied with Finn, makes me dream of Frisia overlooking the North Sea. It was a cold land where a leader, hot for freedom from religion, ruled with an iron helmet.

Charles Finkel is founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co. Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of beers in America. OK, I’m going to admit I don’t know what to expect of a […]