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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 […]

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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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Lesson’s From Speakeasy’s Closure

Lesson's From Speakeasy's Closure

Yesterday afternoon, San Francisco’s Speakeasy Brewery shuttered their doors. A tweet came out followed by this announcement : "Speakeasy Ales & Lagers has been forced to immediately cease brewing, packaging, and tap room operations at their San Francisco brewery for an indefinite period of time. Difficulty securing capital investment and outstanding debt obligations led to this difficult and painful decision. The company’s primary creditor will determine the future of the brewery and brand, and no decision or further information is available at this time."
"According to Speakeasy founder and CEO, Forest Gray, ‘The brewery has worked with multiple investment banking groups and have had numerous meetings. One fact has become central to the process, and that is the company is financially insolvent and requires new capital to move forward. Whether that will happen is unclear, but I do hope the brewery and brand will persist.’" It was an unexpected announcement and I haven’t seen any description of the particulars, but I think we can infer quite a bit from this : In 2015, […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Maui Brewing Co. to partner with Monkey Rum on future release

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 […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Angel City Citrus Wheat Ale now in six-packs

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 […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on 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

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, […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Common Bond Brewers to open in Montgomery, Alabama

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 […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on 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

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 […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on 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

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

[Press Release:]

(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 […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Karl Strauss 28th Anniversary Barrel-Aged Belgian Quad now available

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 […]