Firestone Walker Announces Generation 1 IPA Limited Release From The Propagator (Draft-Only)

16 August 2017

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Venice and Paso Robles, CA: Straight from the R&D program at Firestone Walker’s Propagator pilot brewhouse comes Generation 1—an unfined and unfiltered IPA that is set for a limited-time draft release starting this week.

“Generation 1 was our first beer to be formulated and brewed at the Propagator,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “It has become something of a staple there in Venice, so we decided to scale it up with a larger batch to share far and wide.”

Generation 1 will be available on draft in all Firestone Walker markets for approximately the next eight weeks. 

The Propagator is a state-of-the-art small scale Kaspar Schulz brewhouse that operates as a hub of experimentation, setting the pace for what is next from Firestone Walker. Most recently, it has been the driver behind the brewery’s new Leo v. Ursus chronology of beers. The Propagator also serves as a working neighborhood brewery to produce unique one-off beers available at Firestone Walker locations.

Generation 1 is aggressively hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Mandarina hops, yet maintains a soft, agreeable texture. The result is a new generation IPA that is loaded with bold aromas and devilish drinkability.


Alaskan Brewing Coming To Illinois

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JUNEAU, AK (August 16, 2017) – Beer drinkers throughout Illinois will soon be able to enjoy a taste of Alaska, as Alaskan Brewing will be on tap and on the shelves in the Land of Lincoln this summer. Alaskan is partnering with a network of 14 distributors statewide including Lakeshore Beverage in Chicago to bring into Illinois brews made from the glacier-fed waters of Juneau. The move into Illinois will mark the 20th state where Alaskan Brewing is distributed.

“We are more than excited about the opportunity to bring Alaskan Brewing into the Chicago market.  Although Chicago is a big city over 3,000 miles away from Juneau, we have always appreciated many of the things that make Alaska and their people so special. Among these, a sense of adventure, a love of the outdoors and great beers.  We know these qualities will reflect in success for Alaskan Brewing in the Windy City,” said Austin Sawyer, Sales Director-Import/Craft Brands for Lakeshore Beverage.

Starting in mid-September, beer fans in Illinois can expect to see year-round packages of Amber, White, Husky IPA, Hopothermia Double-IPA, and the Taste of Alaska Sampler Pack. Alaskan’s Seasonal Winter Ale will follow in October.

“We’ve been looking at expanding into Illinois for many years now,” said Alaskan Sales Director Merv Boyce. “It’s a perfect fit for us. We’re working with a group of enthusiastic and knowledgeable distributors, we know we already have many fans in the state who are eager for our beer, and our story and the amazing place our beer represents is something that resonates with the people of Illinois.”

Lakeshore is one of 14 distributor partners Alaskan will be working with to cover the entire state of Illinois. The others are Grey Eagle Distributors in Belleville, Vengoni Distributing in Carbondale, B&G Vengoni Distributing in Christopher, Skeff Distributing in Decatur, G&M Distributors in Galesburg, Donnewald Dist. In Greenville, Golden Eagle in Jacksonville and Marion, LaMonica Beverage in Loves Park, Ronchetti Distributing in Mattoon, Stern Beverage in Milan, Brewers Distributing in Peoria, Rinella Co. in Quincy, and Superior Beverage Co. in Montgomery.

“At Alaskan Brewing, we have a motto: We Brew the Way We Brew Because of Where We Brew,” said Boyce. “The state of Alaska has influenced all of our beers and the way in which we brew – sometimes because of the challenges of living and making beer in an isolated community. But we have always aspired to provide people with a small part of the Alaska experience in every bottle of beer we make.”

Alaskan Brewing Co. was founded in Juneau, Alaska, in 1986 by Marcy and Geoff Larson. The young couple solicited help from about 80 investors to form the country’s 67th independent brewery at the time, the first since prohibition in Juneau. Though founded in 1986, its history reaches back to the Gold Rush Era, from which many recipes draw inspiration.----

For more information and updates, check out Alaskan Brewing Co. online at


Green Flash Announces New Lincoln Nebraska Brewery (Former Ploughshare Brewing)

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San Diego, CA – Less than one year after opening doors to their second brewery on the East Coast, Green Flash Brewing Co. announces they are expanding into the Midwest and opening a third location in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have purchased a 10,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room with a restaurant in the Nebraska state capital and will join Lincoln’s burgeoning craft beer community. The new brewery was purchased intact, and Green Flash expects the tasting room, restaurant and brewhouse to be open and operating by the end of this year.

Upon opening, Green Flash will be able to offer fresh beer with regional prices in the Midwest, and will focus on the consumer connection in their Lincoln tasting room. The move reveals Green Flash’s long-term strategy to increase their strength as a national brand by establishing regional footholds in key cities across the United States.

“We hope to become a local favorite in our new Nebraska home,” states Mike Hinkley, Co-Founder of Green Flash Brewing “And we’re excited to be closer to our fans across the Midwest. We’ll be sending them fresher Green Flash beer, and hope they will visit us in Lincoln.”

The turn-key space includes first-class brewing, tasting room, and restaurant equipment. When it is up-and-running, the facility will employ 20-plus locals who will fill roles including front and back of house as well as brewing positions. This will be the first full-scale restaurant venture by Green Flash, and approximately 2,000 square feet of the space will be dedicated to food and beer service for about 100-seats. The menu will include beer pairing suggestions, and feature well-executed, simple dishes with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Most importantly, the tasting room and restaurant location will cater to the needs of the bustling downtown business district and is walking distance to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“We will strive to offer the best possible guest experience & will cater to the community that surrounds us,” says Dave Adams, Vice President of Retail Operations for Green Flash Brewing Co. “This includes A/V provisions for Huskers sports during the season, allowing those in the immediate area to enjoy fresh Green Flash and Alpine beer both on and off premise.”

From a production standpoint, the new brewery will operate with a 10,000 BBL annual capacity under the direction of Brewmaster, Erik Jensen. In Nebraska, they will focus on brewing both Green Flash and Alpine beers to increase the supply of supply fresh, locally priced beer to the region.--

Green Flash will celebrate their 15-year anniversary this fall and is currently available in all 50 states and select international markets.


The Bruery Adding The Bruery Store At Union Market In Washington, DC

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August 16 , 2017 -- Orange County, CA--- Fans have travelled far and wide for experimental and barrel-aged beers from The Bruery since the independent craft brewery opened its doors in Orange County in 2008. From homebrewing roots and an unassuming corner unit in a business complex that housed the company’s first brewhouse and Tasting Room, the company has methodically grown its footprint and capabilities. This includes the buildout of three distinct brands - The Bruery, Bruery Terreux and Offshoot Beer Co. - in addition to state-of-the-art enhancements in brewing and production, expansion into new markets and opening a second Tasting Room at the sour & wild Bruery Terreux facility.

The company has a reputation for pushing boundaries, such as creating a new category for bourbon barrel-aged imperial stouts, one that hovers around 20% ABV, and Society membership programs for fans to connect with their favorite breweries on an even deeper level. But there is one thing that the company has never been bold enough to attempt: establishing a brick-and-mortar presence east of the Mississippi. That is, until now.

This fall, The Bruery is branching out and bringing beer directly to the East Coast by opening a premier retail store that’s within driving distance for thousands of fans of independent craft beer. Located in the heart of one of Washington, D.C.’s most exciting urban villages, The Bruery Store at Union Market District will provide easy access for Society members to pickup online purchases, along with onsite bottle and can sales, rotating taps for growler fills, merchandise and gifts for the general public.

“The Bruery Store at Union Market District provides a central location for fans along the East Coast to get their hands on all three of our brands under one roof,” said founder and CEO, Patrick Rue. “We’re incredibly excited to put down roots for our first retail store outside of California in the nation’s capital. Such an expansion wouldn’t be possible without the support from our fans across the country.”

Beer from The Bruery & Bruery Terreux is distributed in nearly 30 states, including Washington, D.C. Cans from Offshoot Beer Co. are released in limited supply and sold directly from the brewery. Special can releases and rotating taps for growler fills from Offshoot Beer Co. are in sight for the Washington, D.C., location.

“Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area boasts a vibrant culture and appetite for specialty beer,” said Rue. “We’re looking forward to joining the independent craft beer community in Washington, D.C., connecting fans with our beer and being even closer to them with our physical presence on the East Coast.”

Rue noted that a number of members in the company’s Hoarders Society, Reserve Society and Preservation Society live in and around the area, and certainly within driving distance, making it easier than ever for them to pick up online bottle purchases of the most limited and exclusive releases from The Bruery & Bruery Terreux at the D.C. store.

“We’ll be opening up Society memberships this fall for new members to join us for the 2018 Society year,” added Rue.
Features of The Bruery Store at Union Market District
● Pickup of online beer purchases of our most limited and exclusive releases for Society members, plus select online
bottle releases for public pickup.
● Onsite bottle and can sales of popular and special releases from The Bruery, Bruery Terreux and Offshoot Beer Co.
● Potentially up to eight rotating taps for growler/crowler fills of beers from The Bruery, Bruery Terreux and Offshoot
Beer Co., including year-round beers, limited releases and archive treats.
● Collectible merchandise and gifts.
● Shared space with a retail partner, to be announced at a later date.


The Bruery Store at Union Market District is scheduled to open as early as this November for public bottle pickups of Black Tuesday (2017), on sale to the public on October 24 via Onsite retail sales of bottles, merchandise and potentially growlers/crowlers to current and renewing Society members, as well as the general public, are scheduled to begin when the store opens as well.

Society memberships for the 2018 calendar year will be available this fall. Current and prospective members will be able to select a membership option that includes unlimited shipping of online beer purchases to The Bruery Store at Union Market District for pickup. As beer is brewed and packaged in California, the price of a D.C. membership includes the freight of shipping the beer from California to our Washington, D.C. location. Aside from that, pricing for a D.C. membership and CA membership is the same. Memberships for D.C. order fulfillment will be available to the public, first-come, first-served, beginning in mid-October.

Additional details on the release of Black Tuesday (2017) and joining our Reserve Society for 2018 will be shared in the upcoming weeks and months.

About the Location
● Located in the heart of one of D.C.’s most exciting and growing urban villages at 513 Morse St. NE, across the street
from Union Market.
● 5,000 sq. ft., shared with a notable partner, to be announced at a later date.
● Recently renovated two-story building, which opened in 1931 as a small, independent butcher shop, Kramer & Sons.
● The location will employ approximately five people.

Stay in the Loop
For access and information surrounding the D.C. store, Black Tuesday beer release and 2018 Society memberships, visit the
links below:
● Follow @TheBrueryDC on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
● Sign up for Black Tuesday (2017) release information
● Join the 2018 Reserve Society interest list


Rahr & Sons Brewing Hosts 8th Annual Oktoberfest 5K 9/30

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Rahr & Sons will release its popular seasonal Pumpkin Ale in late September.

WHO: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
WHAT: Lace up your running shoes and lederhosen for Rahr & Sons’ 8th annual Oktoberfest 5K! Costumes are highly encouraged for the fun run, which has raised $69,250 to benefit local nonprofits since its start.

Runners receive a dry-fit t-shirt, an on-course TX Whiskey shot and a finisher medal. Following the race, participants will enjoy live entertainment in a festive “biergarten”, while cooling off with three Rahr & Sons craft beer samples in a commemorative pint glass and enjoying a German bratwurst or sausage. Awards will be given to the winners of the race, as well as a stein-hoisting competition and the best-dressed costume contest.

This year’s event will benefit the Fort Worth chapter of
Brotherhood For The Fallen, a nonprofit that supports the families of police officers killed in the line of duty. The organization’s mission is to send at least two Fort Worth Police Department officers in dress uniform to every funeral in the U.S. of a law enforcement officer who was killed by an offender and present a check to his or her family.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 a.m.

  • 7:30 a.m.: Packet pick up and race day registration
  • 9 a.m.: Rahr & Sons Oktoberfest 5K
  • 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Post-race biergarten celebration with stein-hoisting competition
    • 10:30 a.m.: Awards presentation and costume contest
WHERE: Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. at 701 Galveston Ave. in Fort Worth, Texas

COST: $45 registration through Aug. 31; $50 registration Sept. 1-30. Register online at
For more information about Rahr & Sons, please visit and


Get Into The Inflatable-Zone With Bubble Soccer & Air Track

imageI’ve played soccer since I was in my teens, and I thought I had seen it all.  From traditional outdoor soccer to indoor soccer and even the new beach soccer, I thought I had seen every form soccer could take; but I was wrong.  Today we’re talking about a new form of soccer that’s growing in popularity and we’re going to help you get started by showing off a new website and some interesting new products from the Inflatable Zone.. 

Introducing Outdoor Bubble Soccer.  First off you have to understand how “inflatable” plays into this version of soccer.  You may already have some idea of what I’m talking about based on the picture above, but lets break it down.  The items you see above are called inflatable soccer suits, and they are an integral part of the game.  If you’ve ever seen Zorb balls, then you have some idea of what I’m talking about; but how does it apply to soccer?

I know how many times in the past that I’ve had my bell rung playing soccer, and how many times I thought some sort of protective gear would have been a good idea.  I thought it would make the game more fun, not having to worry so much about collisions.  I also wondered why we all were pretending to accidentally tackle each other when going for the ball…so why not enter the Inflatable Zone and change the game of soccer.

While the soccer ball remains the same, and the footwear remains the same, Outdoor Bubble Soccer plays a lot different.  First off the players are wearing one of the many available inflatable soccer suits from the Inflatable Zone.  They are available in different colors and designs from clear to half-tinted team colors and even polka dotted colors.  Inflatable Zone also offers packages where you can buy 10 inflatable soccer suits at a time to form a team (the 10-piece set is here and it even comes with a free pump).

Once you suit up you no longer have to worry about heading the ball or being called for a hand-ball foul, because quite simply, you can’t do either.  I should also mention you no longer have to worry about crashing into other players, because with the inflatable soccer suits, it seems to be encouraged.  Check out the video above and you’ll see what I mean.  The best part is you don’t have to worry about injuries as much and you can focus on just having fun.

Whether your play eleven-on-eleven or one-on -one, Outdoor Bubble Soccer is a fun, safe and great exercise, without all of the risk…and if you want to take to the next level, they even offer a Big Bubble Ball package that allows you to play a different version of big-ball soccer.  You can even add an inflatable soccer goal to make the sport even safer.

Also keep in mind that once you have one of the inflatable soccer suits, you’re not limited to soccer.  The suit can be used for Bubble Football, Bumper Ball, Loopy Ball or any of the other fun bubble sports found on the Inflatable Zone.
If you’re interested in getting started, the Inflatable Zone is running a special for a Free Shipping Half Green Bubble Soccer Ball suit…so check it out.imageThe Inflatable Zone isn’t just limited to playing Bubble Soccer, they are also featuring an air track mat.  You get the idea of what this product is from the photo above and it can be used for gymnastics, karate, judo and many other indoor and outdoor sports.  You can also use the air track mat for practice sessions and learning new routines.  These mats come in various sizes, colors and shapes and with all sorts of options.  I’ve even seen them used for pool floats and for swimming activities and games so be sure to check out the full catalog. image
And if that’s not enough fun, be sure to check out all of the products offered by the Inflatable Zone.  If bubble soccer isn’t your game, they also have equipment for Bunker Archery, Water Walking, Foot Darts, Water Games, Zorb Ball and many more….so be sure to get into the Inflatable Zone and see for yourself.


Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beers and Ginger Ale Launch

imageFrom BCGA:

BROOKLYN, NY , Aug. 16, 2017 BCGA Concept Corp., manufacturer of Bruce Cost Ginger Ale and Brooklyn Organics, is proud to announce the launch of Brooklyn Crafted. Spicing up the beverage category, Brooklyn Crafted is a line of ginger ale and beers made with 100% fresh, unfiltered ginger pieces you can actually SEE. The Brooklyn Crafted collection includes Extra Spicy Ginger Beer, Extra Spicy Sugar Free Ginger Beer and Sugar Free Ginger Ale.

Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beers and Ale is in response to consumer demand for even more zesty ginger taste, with all three SKUs designed to be enjoyed on their own or incorporated into cocktails. With the launch of these three new flavors, BCGA Concept Corp. brings ginger lovers a spicy yet refreshing unfiltered ginger brew, crafted in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It is a strikingly different ginger beer, one where the simplicity of the ingredients shines through effortlessly, and drinkers can taste the freshness and authenticity.

"We created Brooklyn Crafted to offer our loyal customers the spice that they crave and the freshness that they expect," said Terry Tang, Co-founder and CEO of BCGA. "The craft beverage industry continues to grow and consumers are searching for refreshing and unique beverages made with NATURAL ingredients. We noticed a largely untapped and growing category, specifically within the sugar free space, which presented Brooklyn Crafted with the opportunity to deliver a line of delicious ginger beers and ale."----

Brooklyn Crafted makes its retail debut in select New York City retailers and online at, with national and additional online distribution rolling out Fall 2017.


Upland Brewing Names 2017 UpCup Champs Weizz Come No Tattoo


From Upland:

The 10th Annual UpCup Challenge took place on April 21 at our production brewery. This year featured 73 unique entries, the most ever for the UpCup. The American Homebrewers Association joined us for a day of brewery tours, food, and judging lots of great beers. Homebrewing duo, Dan Voors (left) and Sam Snyder (right) claimed victory with their Krystal Wiezzen “Weizz Come No Tattoo.”


“UpCup is unique in that competitors are limited to only one entry per person so they must individually determine their best candidate before submitting their entry. All judging is performed by BJCP certified judges, without input from Upland staff, so the winning entry is truly the Best In Show, selected solely on the merits of the beer,” said Upland Brewer Patrick Lynch.

Second Place went to Bryan Dixon from Westfield, IN, with his Citrusy IPA, Chris Hamman from Bloomington received Third Place with a Melvin Kellerbier, and Honorable Mention was claimed by Cyrus Monty, also from Bloomington, with an Udderly Delicious Coco Stout.

Hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sam and Dan were able to take their small batch brew to a much larger scale—30-barrel batch—on July 11, spending the day in the brewhouse with our crew. “Brewing at Upland was an incredible experience. The folks at Upland were so generous and accommodating, and the passion that each of their brewers has for the craft was immediately evident from talking to them. Thank you to Upland for being such gracious hosts, and thank you to my wife and kids for putting up with me and my obsession and for not complaining (too much) about the brewing equipment that has now taken over most of our house,” said Dan Voors.

Sam has been homebrewing for three years and Dan for the past 5 years, with lots of help with his two little girls, who like to help our their dad adding hops and capping bottles.

They chose the Krystal Weizzen because it’s a great beer for summer right after it’s freshly brewed. They brewed it for a 4th of July party and said family and friends didn’t leave a drop by the end of the night’s celebration.

The beer will be available at Upland locations on draught in August and a few kegs are making their way their hometown of Fort Wayne to tap at some local bars. This beer will also compete in the 2017 Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am competition in Denver, CO.

Raise a glass to Sam and Dan and be sure to enjoy their Weissbier this summer! Cheers, guys!

About the beer: A grain bill featuring 60% Wheat Malt provides a rich mouthfeel and refreshing taste to this German Weissbier. The traditional German yeast strain features banana and clove characteristics, with hints of bubble gum. Low bitterness allows the moderate bready wheat malt to shine through. After fermentation, the beer is filtered to a crystal clarity.


Molson Coors ‘Raising the Bar on Beer’ With New 2025 Sustainability Goals

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Today, Molson Coors Brewing Company (NYSE: TAP; TSX: TPX) released its 2017 Our Beer Print Report, announcing a bold, new sustainability strategy and goals to guide the company through 2025. This is the first sustainability report released since Molson Coors closed on the acquisition of MillerCoors in October 2016, elevating them to become one of the world’s leading global brewers. This new set of goals reflects the brewer’s heightened global position.

“As our company grows and looks toward the future, we are increasingly proud of our commitment to leave a positive ‘Beer Print’ with every beer we brew,” said Mark Hunter, president and CEO of Molson Coors. “Our Beer Print 2025 is a vision for the future and our way of ‘Raising the Bar on Beer’ with a series of aspirations that will help shape our company, change behaviors and set industry standards.”

2025 ‘Our Beer Print’ Goals

Molson Coors’ new sustainability strategy reflects the company’s broadest set of goals to date, and includes input from key internal stakeholders and leaders, in addition to more than 100 external partners. The goals reflect the areas of interest most important to these stakeholders and are categorized in three pillars: Responsibly Refreshing, Sustainably Brewing and Collectively Crafted.

Of note, Molson Coors is working toward achieving zero waste to landfill across all of the company’s major manufacturing facilities, and is well on its way with 13 sites having achieved this status by the end of 2016. The company will also aim to continue to support its communities by investing $100 million in aggregate contributions by 2025.

Additional 2025 goal highlights include:

  • Responsibly Refreshing: Implementing more impactful programs to reduce harmful alcohol use; delivering nutritional labelling in 100 percent of the company’s products; and ensuring consumers have access to low and no-alcohol beers in every market where Molson Coors sells beer.
  • Sustainably Brewing: Improving water efficiency by 22 percent across breweries; achieving 2.8hl/hl water-to-beer ratio; reducing absolute carbon emissions by 50 percent within their direct business and 20 percent across the value chain; and improving water-use efficiency of their agricultural supply chain and malting operations by 10 percent, a volume equivalent to the water use across all Molson Coors breweries.
  • Collectively Crafted: Aiming to be recognized as a Great Place to Work®; promoting diversity across the supply chain; and actively engaging with women-owned or minority-owned businesses as suppliers.

“Doing business the right way has been core to who we are for generations. And given this new chapter in our company’s long history, we now have even greater responsibility to make a positive impact on the world,” said Kim Marotta, global senior director of corporate responsibility at Molson Coors. “Our new sustainability strategy reflects our broadest set of goals to date - a comprehensive, long-term plan that will put us on the leading edge as we look to 2025.”

2016 Sustainability Performance

The company also reported on their collective progress towards prior sustainability goals during 2016, including:

  • Alcohol Responsibility: As part of the Global CEO Commitments, joined with 10 other top global alcohol producers to help reduce the harmful use of alcohol by 10 percent globally; and 177 brands and brand extensions have a symbol, equivalent words or a website with additional information on alcohol responsibility.
  • Water Efficiency: Achieved 3.53hl/hl water-to-beer ratio for the merged Molson Coors and MillerCoors operations.
  • Waste Reduction: Attained zero waste to landfill at 13 major manufacturing facilities by the end of 2016.
  • Energy & Carbon Performance: Made investments in cleaner energy sources and energy-saving initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of our breweries and reduce emissions.
  • Community Investment: Invested over $12.1 million in communities where offices and breweries are located.

Since 2012 Molson Coors has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, and was named Beverage Sector Leader in 2012 and 2013. Molson Coors has retained a position on the World Index since 2012, for five consecutive years.

Read the complete Our Beer Print 2017 Sustainability Report here.

About Molson Coors Brewing Company

With a story that starts in 1774, Molson Coors has spent centuries defining brewing greatness. As one of the largest global brewers, Molson Coors works to deliver extraordinary brands that delight the world’s beer drinkers. From Coors Light, Miller Lite, Carling, Staropramen and Sharp’s Doom Bar to Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Blue Moon Belgian White, Hop Valley, Creemore Springs Premium Lager and Crispin Cider, Molson Coors offers a beer for every beer lover.

Molson Coors operates through Molson Coors Canada, MillerCoors, Molson Coors Europe and Molson Coors International. The company is not only committed to brewing extraordinary beers, but also running a business focused on respect for its employees, communities and drinkers, which means corporate responsibility and accountability right from the start. It has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the past five years. To learn more about Molson Coors Brewing Company, visit, or on Twitter through @MolsonCoors.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws. Generally, the words “aspire,” “goals,” “aims,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “project,” “will,” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which generally are not historic in nature. Forward-looking statements include those relating to MCBC’s investments in socioeconomic programs; water management and other environmental efforts; reuse and recycling measures; and sourcing of raw materials. Although MCBC believes that the assumptions upon which its forward-looking statements are based are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these assumptions will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from MCBC’s projections and expectations are disclosed in MCBC’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). These factors include, among others, health of the beer industry and our brands in our markets; economic conditions in our markets; stock market and commodities performance; crop yields; consumer demand; global economic conditions; changes in laws and regulations; development of new technology; costs of resources and raw materials; force majeure events; changes in our supply chain system; availability or increase in the cost of packaging materials; success of our joint ventures; risks relating to operations in developing and emerging markets; the impact of climate change and the availability and quality of water; the ability to attract, hire and retain qualified personnel; future financial and operating performance within and related to the industry; and other risks discussed in our filings with the SEC. All forward-looking statements in this Press Release are expressly qualified by such cautionary statements and by reference to the underlying assumptions. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. We do not undertake to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


Side Project Announces Zwanze Day 2017 Details

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The Side Project Cellar & Side Project Brewing are honored and thrilled to be hosting Zwanze Day again this year. Thank you, Cantillon and Shelton Brothers!

I know the Cantillon lovers are getting anxious so I just wanted to get a small update posted. Rachel, Shae, Cory and I are working on nailing down several delicious beers for the event. We are working toward the best beer list we can get for Zwanze Day 2017!


DATE: Saturday, Sept. 23rd

TIME: 12pm to 5pm


WHERE: 7458 Manchester Ave. in Maplewood

(Parking will not be available in our parking lot that day due to the outdoor event.)

TICKETS: Tickets will be required to attend the event. (Similar to a beer festival, we will sell tickets, and when we are sold out, we will be sold out.)

HOW TICKETS WILL BE SOLD: A portion of tickets will be sold at The Side Project Cellar, a portion of tickets will be sold at the Side Project Brewing tasting room and a portion of tickets will be sold online. This is a worldwide celebration – so locals and nonlocals will have the opportunity to purchase tickets!

I’m leaving for Oregon in a few days so I hope to get some more details about Zwanze posted soon. We appreciate your patience and will do our best to get you all the info you desire as soon as we can!

The full Zwanze location list is available here:

Thank you so much! More info to come…

Karen King


New Belgium Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve & Belgian Collection Going Year-Round

15 August 2017

NBLogoFrom New Belgium:

Ft. Collins, Colo., August 15, 2017 – New Belgium Brewing is unveiling an ambitious reimagining of its specialty portfolio with the launch of three premium series – Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve and, Belgian Collection. Releases within these series showcase the brewery’s Belgian roots and provide a platform for small-batch barrel-aged experimentation.

“When we set out to reinvigorate one of America’s most established specialty portfolios, we quickly realized that to move forward, we had to dig into our roots,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Brewing Specialty Brand Manager. “The overall vision with this new portfolio is to highlight beers we’ve been producing for years while adding new esoteric releases, and presenting them in a way that conveys the attention and respect that they deserve.”

Wood Cellar Reserve

New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Reserve series is made up of a selection of rare, small batch wild and sour ales expertly aged by the most award-winning sour brewery in America. From individual barrel expressions, fruit and spice experimentations, and fermentation explorations, the series represents our most ambitious efforts in our two biggest passions – wood and beer. These beers contain the longest, continuous souring culture in America and will age in the bottle for years to come. Each batch is hand-bottled, conditioned over a number of months, and 100% naturally carbonated allowing for the perfect texture and carbonation that our blenders intended for the beer to be enjoyed.

The Wood Cellar Reserve series debuted last month with the brewery-only release of Le Kreik Noir. Next up is Single Foeder Oscar No. 65. This unblended dark sour has been maturing for 12 months in a 100 percent Missouri white oak foeder – the first American oak to join New Belgium’s forest of 65 French oak foeders. The beer pours dark walnut red and features subtle vanilla and coconut flavors that play beautifully with attributes like plum skins and cherry cola. Single Foeder Oscar No. 65 is available in limited quantities. Both the Fort Collins and Asheville breweries have cork and cage 750ml bottles. Additional 375ml bottles will be available in select markets later this month. Single Foeder Oscar No. 65 comes in at 8.5% ABV.

Belgian Reserve

The Belgian Reserve series is about highlighting the great lengths we’ll go to in order to source and brew intriguing, complex yet sophisticated beers. Whether that’s 3,000 miles away or three feet away in our Wood Cellar. First up for this series is Sour Saison, New Belgium’s first ever year-round, traditional sour ale. To create this intriguing Saison, a French oak barrel-aged sour ale is artfully blended with a rustic, champagne-like Farmhouse Ale. This medium-light bodied beer pours goldenrod yellow with a nearly opaque heavy sheen and offers a pleasant mix of aromas including lemons and cloves, mild white grape, white pepper, and coriander. “Our goal was to create a timeless beer. Something that represented our world-class sour program as well as our passion for Belgian-style beer,” says Ross Koenigs, New Belgium R&D Brewer. Sour Saison is 7% ABV and is available now in 12- and 22-oz bottles and draft.

Belgian Collection

The brewery’s Belgian Collection features beers with a true Belgian heritage. As such, two longtime favorites from New Belgium, Abbey and Trippel, have received refreshed packaging to complement their recent recipe upgrade last year, which distinguishes the beers as part of the brewery’s Belgian Collection. Abbey, a garnet brown hued Belgian-style dubbel, is one of New Belgium’s first beers and its most award winning, and Trippel, a golden ale featuring sweet citrus flavors and a strong boozy bite, have a new look that incorporates the original hand-painted label art created by the founder’s neighbor, artist Ann Fitch.

There are future releases planned for each series.----

To find any of these beers, along with others from New Belgium, visit New Belgium’s Beer Finder or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app. For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit


Avery Brewing Teams Up With Bhakti Chai For Chai High

imageFrom Avery:

Boulder, CO  August 15th, 2017 — Avery Brewing Company, a Boulder-based craft brewery and maker of White Rascal Belgian-Style White Ale, is thrilled to announce the limited release of Chai High. This rich and robustly spiced brown ale is warming while also refreshing. Harkening the invigorating properties of an iced chai, this beer will set the mood for the colder months that will be approaching soon, while equally at home on a warm day.

When inspiration first hit Avery Brewing to create a chai spiced ale, the team couldn’t think of a better partner than Boulder based, Bhakti Chai. Renowned for not only their craft-brewed fair trade tea made with the highest quality sustainably sourced ingredients, Bhakti is also known as a leader in innovation and social action. The chai concentrate uses fresh pressed organic ginger from Peru, which gives Chai High its spicy kick that will awaken all senses.

“Demand for Chai High was overwhelming last year, signaling that customers are looking for alternatives to classic fall-style beers,” says Dustin LeMoine, Director of Sales at Avery Brewing. “We can’t be more excited to work with Bhakti Chai again due to their dedication to sourcing the utmost quality ingredients to give our customers that rich, spicy, & refreshing Chai High experience”. 

“We’re thrilled to work with the amazing Avery team again to fuse the signature flavors of Bhakti with the smooth Avery brown ale for a true flavor extravaganza,” says Brook Eddy, the Founder of Bhakti Chai. “Two Colorado companies dedicated to craft-brewed beverages collaborating to create a love child – that is exactly why our state and industries are so amazing!”----

As a limited release, look for Chai High on the shelves of your favorite craft beer store in early August and throughout the fall and winter in 6-pack cans. Bhakti Chai and Avery Brewing Company will also be teaming up for a launch event in September. More details to come.


Stone Celebrates 21-Years with a Distinctive Combination of Wheat Malt, Pekko & Mosaic Hops

imageWe brought you an early peek at this beer, and now this from Stone:

ESCONDIDO, CA  (August 15, 2017) –Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA will hit stores this week, bringing with it a bold, hoppy profile, customary of the brewery’s anniversary beers. The beer’s distinctive combination of hops used alongside wheat malt are brand new territory for the Stone Brewing team, making it a beer to mark history, as it goes down in history.

Pekko is an under-utilized hop, which plays nicely with Mosaic to create a juicy flavor profile of orange and peach alongside just the right dankness. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange and even cherry candy come through on the fruity and floral aroma. Some wheat malt is included, adding to the nice malt backbone of the beer. Its unfiltered finish enhances the grainy characteristics of the wheat while bringing out the fresh fruit flavors and aromas of the hops.

“Our anniversary is a special time of year for us to celebrate where we have been, but especially where we are going,” professed Stone Senior Innovation Brewing Manager
Jeremy Moynier. “This beer can stand proudly with the others as it showcases our love for brewing and beer. Sharing this love with our brothers and sisters at Stone Brewing as well as our fans, who continue on this amazing journey with us, is what this beer is all about.”

Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA rings in at 9.8 percent ABV and will be available nationwide in 22-ounce bottles and draft.

“It’s been said that ‘nothing is original,’ which infers that we’ve pilfered freely, stolen, thieved and otherwise taken inspiration from others in every step of our journey,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder.  “No problem owning that. We haven’t invented beer, just given it our take. And with this beer, we took all there is to love about the IPA, got creative, dry hopped it a lot and share it openly in the hopes that in some ways it may in turn inspire others.”

So the beer’s name is a celebration of thieving all things that inspire. The beer itself is a celebration of a brewer, which has devoured the inspiring for a prolific 21 years.


Name: Stone 21st Anniversary Hail to the Hop Thief Double IPA
Stats: 9.8% ABV, 80 IBUs
Availability: 22-ounce bottles and draft
Featured Hops: Magnum, Pekko and Mosaic
Distribution: Nationwide


Appearance: Deep gold with some haze from being unfiltered.
Aroma: An amazing array of aromas: Grapefruit, pineapple, flowers, orange, fresh peaches and cherry candy.
Taste: Layers of different fruit unfold from a pleasant wheat back-bone. A lot of peach, orange, and candy flavors pop up front with some hop resin and solid bitterness and notes of alcohol.
Palate: An intense beer all around! Big fruit in a big beer but balanced throughout with a good amount of bitterness anchoring this Double
Overall: We were looking for a different hop to blend with Mosaic in a beer and decided upon Pekko—a hop that we featured in Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine in 2015 that contributes bright fruit and candy aroma and flavors. The combination of these two hops worked really well and we took it one step further, combining those in the dry-hop with "06300," an as of yet unnamed experimental hop we really enjoy. Finally, with wheat as a component in this unfiltered IPA, the addition here makes for a nice soft malt backbone for the hops to launch off into the foreground.


The Lost Abbey Adding New 24 Steps Oak-Aged Wild Ale For Monk’s Café

imageThis is 24 Steps from The Lost Abbey.  This oak-aged wild ale commemorates the 12-steps (in each direction) to the beer cellar of our very own Monk’s Café in Philadelphia.  a majority of this batch was pulled from Foeder # 1 at The Lost Abbey and in the end it is a blend of three beers hand-selected by Tom Peters.  24 Steps celebrates 20-years of climbing those steps and the beer hits 6%-AbV.  This is the 750ml bottle and stay tuned here for release info.image


Evil Twin & Omnipollo Collaborate On Half & Half Lemonade Iced Tea IPA Cans

imageToday we get our first look at a new collaboration can coming from Evil Twin and Omnipollo.  This is Half & Half Lemonade Iced Tea IPA and yes it is an IPA brewed with lemon and tea.  This beer slices in at 7%-AbV and it will be packaged in 12oz cans by Dorchester Brewing in Boston, MA.


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