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Catawba Brewing Co. to purchase Palmetto Brewing Co. of Charleston

Catawba Brewing Co. to purchase Palmetto Brewing Co. of Charleston

(Press Release)

MORGANTON, N.C. and CHARLESTON, S.C.– Catawba Brewing Co. of Morganton, NC (Catawba) and Palmetto Brewing Company of Charleston SC (Palmetto) are excited to announce the two companies are being joined into a single entity. Catawba intends to finalize the purchase of Palmetto by the end of 2017 with the Pyatt family retaining 100% ownership.

“The closer we became to Palmetto’s owners, the Lipov family, the more we realized our two companies were very similar,” said Pyatt. “Palmetto will produce around 16,000 barrels in 2017, and Catawba will produce around 17,500. Their culture is one of giving back to the employees and the communities served, and their attention to customers mirrors ours.” Yet there are key differences which should become synergies. “Catawba has one of the most effective manufacturing operations in the southeast, while Palmetto has proven highly successful in customer-facing operations.”

“The opportunity for combined growth and shared resources will put both brands in a more competitive position to compete in the rapidly changing craft market, “said Larry Lipov, Palmetto’s owner. “And it is […]

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TRVE Brewing to Release First Spontaneous Beer

TRVE Brewing to Release First Spontaneous Beer

(Photo courtesy TRVE Brewing) (Press Release)

DENVER, Colo.– TRVE Brewing will release Wavering Radiant – described by TRVE as an “American Young Spontaneous Ale” – from their Broadway taproom on Saturday, December 2nd at 12pm. Wavering Radiant is TRVE’s first ever spontaneously inoculated beer to release from the Acid Temple (TRVE’s sour and wild ale facility).

“Wavering Radiant is an unblended, one-year old spontaneously fermented ale inspired by young lambic beers,” says Zach Coleman, Head Brewer. “This beer was fermented (and refermented in the bottle) only and entirely with microbes caught overnight in our coolship. This beer was made with processes slightly different from our more traditional batches of spontaneous beer, which are still aging/fermenting in wood, and is meant to be a window in to what we have coming down the line from our spontaneous program.”

“I’ve been wanting to make spontaneous beer since we started making sour and mixed-culture beers in 2013,” continues Coleman. “It feels like a natural progression and is one I am excited to explore in more depth in the coming […]

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Schneider Weisse: Wheat Beer’s Last Stand

Schneider Weisse: Wheat Beer’s Last Stand

(Photo courtesy G. Schneider & Sohn) The village of Kelheim, smack dab in the center of Bavaria, does not appear to be hallowed ground. It has the same tidy, charming appearance of so many little towns that dot the Bavarian countryside. True, there’s a larger-than-average brewery just to the east of the town square and, true, it does announce itself as a maker of wheat ales—unexpected in lager country. But wheat beer (known variously as weizen or weissbier) is available at every beer hall in Bavaria; surely this isn’t that special?

To the contrary; G. Schneider & Sohn is where wheat beer made its last stand, and the flagship brewed there, Schneider Weisse, is one of the most interesting and important beers still made in the world.

The history, the style, and the beer are so interesting, in fact, one hardly knows where to begin. Maybe a little history first. One of the oldest extant beer types, weizens probably date to the 1400s and got their start in neighboring Bohemia. They took decades to creep westward, […]

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Founders Brewing Co. to Release CBS

Founders Brewing Co. to Release CBS

(Photo courtesy Founders Brewing Co.) (Press Release)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Founders announced today that they will release Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), an imperial coffee chocolate stout aged in maple bourbon barrels, as the final release in the 2017 Barrel-Aged Series . Last bottled in 2011, CBS is one of the most sought-after releases in the world.

“Well, the rumors are true. CBS will make its long-awaited return this December,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “It would be irresponsible for us to not release CBS again. The beer enthusiasts who have supported our brands throughout the years are vocal and their message is heard loud and clear. We could not be happier to bring back this beloved beer… they speak, we listen.”

The highly anticipated beer was first brewed after Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki stumbled upon bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup. Adding the same base beer as Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS), CBS was born. Rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate meld together in this barrel-aged beer to create a transcendental drinking experience.

CBS […]

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Sponsored: Hopsy Fresh Beer Delivery Splashes Down in New York City

Sponsored: Hopsy Fresh Beer Delivery Splashes Down in New York City

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New York City dwellers now can have fresh growlers of local craft beer delivered direct from area breweries to their doorsteps. After launching in San Francisco and San Diego earlier in 2017, Hopsy, a beer online marketplace and delivery service, has opened an East Coast hub in New York City.

Hopsy started as a beer growler shop near San Francisco in early 2016, and soon after opened a second location in San Diego. The business started online ordering and delivery in early 2017. That took off so quickly that the founders realized this side hustle was more sustainable and profitable than walk-in retail. The California shops still offer shop growler fills, but those locations mostly have been repurposed as shipping hubs. The NYC hub is storage and delivery only for online orders.

“Because we work directly with the brewers, we’re able to ensure quality and freshness,” says Daniel Munoz, Hopsy marketing director, who recently relocated from California to New York to help get that hub going. “We’re all about supporting […]

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Tasting the Dark Side

Tasting the Dark Side

(Photo courtesy Jeff Quinn) Black beers can be highly polarizing. They can be a slow mover in a brewery’s lineup, but some breweries manage to have a hit with them anyway. Many people who happily lap up espresso would never put a similarly inky beer to their lips, while others swoon over their chocolaty, coffee notes. Many wrongly attribute strength and heaviness to them. Internationally they’re a very small minority of all beers sold, but at least one country—Ireland—has had a long, monogamous affair with them.

Historically, black beers are one of the few families you can put an accurate date on. Brown beers such as early porters start to appear in the record about 1700. We know these beers were brewed from a particular type of brown malt kilned over brisk hardwood fires, often torrefying (puffing) during the process and justifying the name “blown malt.” It’s not clear exactly how dark these early porters were, but they are invariably described in contemporary references as brown rather than black.

As technology became available to measure how […]

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Coming Soon: November 2017

Coming Soon: November 2017

RELEASES

(Photo courtesy Dogfish Head Craft Brewery) Starr Hill Brewery
Box of Chocolates
7.8% | Stout Variety Pack

This special 12-pack will consist of four versions of Starr Hill’s Double Bass Double Chocolate Stout: original, peppermint, chipotle and mocha. The variants of this beer, already known for a rich taste that combines bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit, will be available in this variety pack of 12-ounce bottles as well as on draft.

Stone Brewing Co. Miguel Ceja Andrade / Brandon Berube / Stone Merc Machine 9.0% | Double IPA Stone’s Spotlight series, which began in 2014, consists of Stone brewers grouped in teams of two who compete to have their recipe turned into a distributed Stone beer. For Merc Machine, Miguel Ceja Andrade and Brandon Berube created an unfiltered double IPA that Stone describes as “one of the most intense hop experiences” it has ever created. This release will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. Dogfish Head Brewery Liquid Truth Serum IPA 6.8% | IPA A former brewpub exclusive, […]

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Mass Bay Brewing Co. Acquires Clown Shoes Beer

Mass Bay Brewing Co. Acquires Clown Shoes Beer

(Photo courtesy Mass Bay Brewing Co.) (Press Release)

BOSTON– The Mass Bay Brewing Company, brewers of Harpoon and UFO beers, announced today its acquisition of Clown Shoes Brewing. Clown Shoes, launched in 2009 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, is a nationally distributed brand that produces a wide selection of year-round and limited release beers. Clown Shoes has experienced significant success with its Space Cake Double IPA and Clementine White Ale, among other innovative beers.

“The Clown Shoes team shares our passion for brewing excellent beer and their irreverent, boldly-flavored takes on classics have earned them a loyal following,” said Dan Kenary, Mass Bay Brewing Company CEO and Co-Founder. “We see tremendous potential for growth both regionally and nationally and are excited to work with Gregg and his team to take Clown Shoes even further.”

The Clown Shoes Story

It all started when Gregg Berman, Founder and CEO of the brand, brewed a small batch of “Hoppy Feet” Black IPA with Ipswich Ale Brewing, also located in Massachusetts. The offering was well received around Boston, prompting Berman to […]

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Asheville’s Thirsty Monk To Expand Into Denver And Portland

Asheville’s Thirsty Monk To Expand Into Denver And Portland

(Photo courtesy Thirsty Monk) (Press Release)

DENVER, Colo. and PORTLAND, Ore. — Asheville, North Carolina-born Thirsty Monk, brewer of Belgian-Rooted Modern Ales and operator of world-recognized craft beer bars, announced today its expansion into Denver, Colorado and Portland, Oregon. Brian Grace, former Crooked Stave Head Brewer and Jolly Pumpkin Production Manager, has been hired as Head Brewer of the entire brewery group to assist with this growth. He will be based in Denver. (Photo courtesy Thirsty Monk) “Denver and Portland will be much more than just second homes to Thirsty Monk,” says Barry Bialik, Thirsty Monk CEO. “We will embrace the beer, food, and craft cultures in each of the cities, and operate as a true local brewery and pub. Thirsty Monk has always been about sharing beer knowledge and the European pub culture. Being in Denver and Portland will help us learn from some of the country’s best craft beer markets, and to design beers influenced by all the communities we call home.”

Asheville brewing operations will remain under the tutelage of Norm Penn, […]

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Brewery Ommegang to release 20th Anniversary Ale and New Rare Beer Pack

Brewery Ommegang to release 20th Anniversary Ale and New Rare Beer Pack

(Photo courtesy Brewery Ommegang) (Press Release)

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. —Brewery Ommegang is proud to release their 20th Anniversary Ale , a luxurious Belgian-style dark ale aged for more than five months in bourbon barrels. Brewery Ommegang was founded in 1997 on a 140-acre former hop farm with a simple goal in mind – brew beautiful, imaginative Belgian-style ales blended with a touch of American innovation. Twenty years later, that is still the brewery’s goal, and to celebrate two decades of inspired Belgian-style brewing, the brewery took a classic Belgian-style brew and gave it an American twist through aging in Bourbon whiskey barrels.

Brewed with a careful blend of Munich, Special B, Cara-Vienne, and Blackprinz malts with additions of Belgian candi sugar, 20 th Anniversary Ale enjoys balanced hopping with Spalter Select, and Styrian Golding hops. Following fermentation, this deep, rich, complex brew inspired by the great Trappist brewing tradition spends several months maturing in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels. The result is an ale perfect for sharing, celebrating, and rejoicing.

“Twenty years ago, our founders built Brewery Ommegang […]