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The Tart Art of Cranberry Beers

The Tart Art of Cranberry Beers

(Photo courtesy Cascade Brewing) From bogs in the capes of Massachusetts, to similarly saturated settings in New Jersey, Oregon and Wisconsin, an understated holiday staple—more of a side-dish, really—is expanding its presence from the provinces of juices, sauces and stuffings to a position that could usurp the pumpkin’s vice grip on seasonal beer.

Tart, tannic and relatively low in both pulp and sugars, cranberries present myriad challenges to brewers when compared to other fruit. However, those that learn to harness cranberries as a brewing ingredient hold a possible answer to the criticisms of saccharinity and ironic lack of seasonality associated with pumpkin beer.

“Cranberries are a delicate fruit,” said Kevin Martin, the lead blender for Cascade Brewing in Portland, Oregon. “People really have to be willing to put in the time, the effort and the labor to work with them.”

Cisco Brewers, which is located on Nantucket near the heart of Massachusetts’ cranberry country—the place where the fruit is said to have originated—begins tackling the challenge by first cooking its yearly allotment of the local cranberry harvest.

“It […]

By in Craft Beers, FL Craft Beers Comments Off on Narragansett Beer Introduces Allie’s Double Chocolate Porter

Narragansett Beer Introduces Allie’s Double Chocolate Porter

Narragansett Beer Introduces Allie’s Double Chocolate Porter

(Press Release)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Two Rhode Island treasures have teamed up to release a new limited edition seasonal treat, Allie’s Double Chocolate Porter. A malty blend of Narragansett’s classic Porter combined with rich cocoa flavoring inspired by Allie’s famous old fashioned double chocolate donuts, this new beer offers an unmistakably delicious taste of the Ocean State. Allie’s Double Chocolate Porter is the latest beer in Narragansett Beer’s “Hi Neighbor Mash-Up” series. (Photo courtesy Narragansett Beer) Narragansett Allie’s Double Chocolate Porter marks the third installment in ‘Gansett’s “Hi Neighbor Mash-Up” series, which partners iconic Rhode Island institutions with Narragansett to create unique seasonal beers celebrating the region. When Frederick Alvin “Allie” Briggs opened Allie’s Donuts in the summer of ’68, he shared Narragansett’s philosophy of neighborliness, quality and determination – traits that the Briggs family still upholds today in their friendly hometown shop open 7 days a week. At Allie’s, a donut is more than just a donut, it’s a way of bringing joy to Rhode Islanders through every delectable bite.

“Whether it’s a lazy Saturday […]

By in Craft Beers, FL Craft Beers Comments Off on Pull Up A Stool With Sebastian Wolfrum

Pull Up A Stool With Sebastian Wolfrum

Pull Up A Stool With Sebastian Wolfrum

Bull Durham Beer Co. brews on a 2.5-barrel brewery inside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. (Photo courtesy Bull Durham Beer Co.) This interview appears in the beer guide for the World Beer Festival Durham , produced by All About Beer Magazine . Attendees to our Seasonal Beer Showcase on Friday, Oct. 9 and the festival itself on Saturday, Oct. 10 will be able to sample Bull Durham Beer Co.’s beers. Tours of the ballpark’s new brewery will be offered to those in attendance Friday night and to VIP ticket holders on Saturday.

Triangle baseball fans now have another reason to be excited about going to a Durham Bulls game—Bull Durham Beer Co., led by Sebastian Wolfrum. Before moving to the Triangle 10 years ago, Seabass, as his friends know him, brewed at Ayinger Brewery in Aying, Germany. The brewery has the whole town, if not the region, under its spell. People come to the brewery to soak up the atmosphere.

Wolfrum used to spend Fridays helping with the packaging, wondering where all the beer in […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale returns for third season

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale returns for third season

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale returns for third season

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale BeerPulse Press Release:

(Lexington, KY) – Award-winning Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale will soon hit the market for the third consecutive year, signaling the fall season just around the corner and conjuring up images of falling leaves and football. The beloved beer was the first seasonal brew launched by Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. (http://www.kentuckyale.com/) in its barrel-aged seasonal series and won a gold medal at the 2014 World Beer Championships, with a score of 94 out of 100. It will slowly pour into the market this week, available on tap and in bottles.

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale is a barrel-aged ale brewed with Kentucky-sourced pumpkin, richly spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. As the ale ages in fresh bourbon barrels, it picks up the sweetness of caramel and vanilla from the barrel, complementing its spicier base. The beer boasts a robust 10 percent alcohol by volume (ABV).

“Seasonal beers are already extremely popular amongst craft beer fans. Pumpkin brews, like our Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale, tend to be some of the […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Pike Derby Lager now available from Pike Brewing Company

Pike Derby Lager now available from Pike Brewing Company

Pike Derby Lager now available from Pike Brewing Company

(Press Release)

SEATTLE, Wash.- Pike Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of its summer seasonal beer, Pike Derby Lager. Nature created summer so we could drink beer outside. Pike Brewing Company created Derby Lager so you could have the perfect beer for summer lounging, BBQ’s and thirst quenching.

Pike Derby Lager is a light, lager-style beer brewed using San Francisco Steam (California Common) lager yeast that ferments at 65 degrees. Sorachi Ace hops of Japanese origin flavor this brew along with a small portion of flaked brown rice to create its lovely, light mouthfeel. This gentle lager pairs well with all manner of summer time foods, from spicy grilled sausages and burgers to pasta salads and grilled fruit.

Where did the name come from? Pike Derby Lager is named for our very own Boston Terrier mascot, Derby. This lager is pure bred, just like our sweet Derby.

Pike Derby Lager is available on draft and in 22 oz. dinner size bottles. About Pike Brewing Company The Pike Brewing Company is a family owned brewery located […]

By in Craft Beers, TX Craft Beers Comments Off on Pedernales Brewing ranks in top ten at U.S. Open Beer Championships

Pedernales Brewing ranks in top ten at U.S. Open Beer Championships

Pedernales Brewing ranks in top ten at U.S. Open Beer Championships

(Press Release)

FREDERICKSBURG, Tex.- Pedernales Brewing Company, the Fredericksburg, Texas, brewing company that has only been producing beer for three years, was ranked among the Top Ten breweries in the world at the U.S. Open Beer Championships held July 4 in Ohio.

The competition judged nearly 4000 beers in 90 different styles from around the world, including both professional breweries and home brewers in 20 countries.

“We came in 8th, in the top ten in the world,” said Lee Hereford, Founder and President/CEO. “It was our first time to enter this competition. We entered six beers and medaled with three of them.”

The brewery won two golds and a silver. Lobo Negro won a silver medal, the sixth medal for that beer in eight competitions. Winning gold were Lobo Krystall Weizen and Lobo Oktoberfest, both special releases. Each year, the brewery releases four special seasonal beers. Lobo Oktoberfest had already won a bronze and two silvers at other competitions.“We have had some serious beer tasters say this is the best,” said Hereford of the Lobo Oktoberfest entry, […]

By in AZ Craft Beers, Craft Beers, TX Craft Beers Comments Off on SanTan Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer now available year-round

SanTan Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer now available year-round

SanTan Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer now available year-round

SanTan Mr. Pineapple Wheat 6PK can BeerPulse Press Release:

(Chandler, AZ) — SanTan Brewing Company’s most popular seasonal beer, Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer has taken the industry by storm since he first made a splash in 2010. In 2011 he traveled to Denver and took home a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival followed by winning numerous local awards including the title of best local beer by Phoenix New Times and the Arizona Republic. Mr. Pineapple is currently ranked as Arizona’s number one locally made seasonal.*

Originally created as a signature craft beer for SanTan Brewing Company’s annual Luau celebration, Mr. Pineapple’s popularity among craft beer lovers grew rapidly in his first few years of production. So, it should come as no surprise to fans of this deliciously refreshing Southwestern Style Ale that SanTan Brewing Company will now brew, can, and tap Mr. Pineapple year round!

Arizona’s newest permanent resident, Mr. Pineapple, is brewed with Rainforest Alliance Certified Pineapple Juice for a more sustainable, socially conscious and tasty can of craft beer. Mr. Pineapple […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Terrapin Rye Cubed Triple Rye IPA returns to Monster Beer Tour series

Terrapin Rye Cubed Triple Rye IPA returns to Monster Beer Tour series

Terrapin Rye Cubed Triple Rye IPA returns to Monster Beer Tour series

Terrapin Rye Cubed label Press Release:

(Athens, GA) – Terrapin Beer Co.’s eccentric brewers plead ‘temporary insanity’ in regards to the release of the next Monster in the series. Rye Cubed Triple Rye IPA fills the summer slot of Terrapin’s Monster Beer Tour of high-gravity seasonal beers. This Monster, brought to life from the DNA of its ancestors, has a pedigree that is 100% Terrapin.

Known for their love of hops and rye but not for their subtlety, Terrapin’s mad scientists were successful in this experiment before with Rye Squared, the Monster retired in 2011. With Rye Cubed, they weren’t content to stop at twice and pushed the formula threefold. The outcome is three times the rye spiciness, rich caramel malt backbone, and hoppy bite than The Original, Rye Pale Ale.

From the label:
Rye beers have been a part of our brewing arsenal from day one. “Rye”, “Rye Squared” and now “Rye Cubed” Triple Rye IPA completes this trilogy of brewing excellence.
ABV: 10.7% IBU: 125 OG: 22.7Hops: Magnum, Fuggle, East Kent Golding, Cascade, Amarillo Malts: […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on Eight local craft beers to try this spring

Eight local craft beers to try this spring

Eight local craft beers to try this spring

Mystery Brewing prepares growlers at their brew house in Hillsborough. Carolina Brewing Company Winter Porter The cold days of winter are finally over! The change of seasons often inspires a change in your beer palate. Different beer styles and flavors instill a moment in time just right for that season yet seemingly inappropriate during another. Think of a pumpkin beer in April or a light lemony witbier in November. The beers can taste great but the mindset that pumpkins are for fall and lemony fresh is for spring throws your seasonal palate all out of whack. Does it make it wrong to drink them? Absolutely not! There are no “rules” per se for craft beer, especially as the seasons and styles are getting skewed. Mystery Brewing Company’s philosophy is that they ONLY brew seasonal beers on the premise that what people drink depends on the time of the year, weather, etc. We could just list their inventory of spring beers and be done with this article but there are other great beers out there!

We […]

By in Craft Beers Comments Off on 10 spring craft beers that will make you hate winter

10 spring craft beers that will make you hate winter

10 spring craft beers that will make you hate winter

It is entirely too wintry for your spring beer, craft beer brewers.

We’re aware that this is kind of a low point in the beer season. The Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau notes that the 14 million or so barrels the U.S. beer industry produces in February is a far cry from the 17 million to 18 million it brews during the peak months from June through August. We also know that craft beer just loves using seasonal beers to fill that gap. The Brewers Association craft beer industry group all too proudly points out that the sale of seasonal beer variety packs jumped 21% by volume in 2014.

We’ll also begrudgingly admit that, yes, it does make sense to release your seasonal beers early so they aren’t lingering on shelves and taps by the time the next season hits. Fine. But when large swaths of the country look like Hoth , beer drinkers who’ve spent weeks shoveling out their cars and finding ways to distract their kids on myriad snow days don’t want to be reminded of a season that may not come. Observe: Dear brewers, I’ll drink your Spring Ale when you haul away this […]