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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 […]

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 […]

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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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, […]