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Station 26 Brewing Co. to Release Juicy Banger IPA in 6-Pack Cans

Station 26 Juicy BangerStation 26 Brewing Company’s Juicy Banger IPA is now available in canned six-packs across the brewery’s distribution footprint in Colorado.

Since its debut in 2014, Station 26’s award-winning Juicy Banger IPA has won over the hearts of hop-loving Colorado beer drinkers. It’s a 7.4 percent ABV IPA brewed with Centennial, Citra, and Mosaic hops that yield flavors of apricot, papaya, and honey.”

“Canning Juicy Banger IPA makes the beer more accessible to hopheads across the FrontRange,” says Station 26 founder Justin Baccary. “We are excited to share our flagship beer with friends new and old.”

Juicy Banger IPA joins Station 26’s canned beer family that also includes Colorado Cream Ale, Tangerine Cream, American Copper, and Pale Ale. It is now available in six-packs across the Denver Metro and Boulder areas.

For more information about Station 26, contact Emily Hutto at coop@radcraftbeer.com.

ABOUT STATION 26 BREWING CO.

Station 26 Brewing Co. brews craft beers in a 1960 fire station in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood.The brewery was founded in 2013 by Justin Baccary and friends. It’s an ideal first stop for travelers coming from Denver International Airport. Find the brewery online at www.station26brewing.co.

Topplling Goliath Expands Distrobution

Toppling Goliath Expands Distribution to Massachusetts and Rhode Island

Topplling Goliath Expands DistrobutionToppling Goliath and Atlantic Beverage Distributors are excited to announce the partnership for exclusive distribution of the Toppling Goliath portfolio in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Starting February 23rd, the Toppling Goliath core brands will be available in limited quantities to top off-premise accounts – Dorothy’s New World Lager, Pseudo Sue Pale Ale, Golden Nugget IPA, Pompeii IPA, and King Sue Double IPA. Special events will be announced with top on-premise accounts starting Friday, Feb. 23rd – Tuesday, Feb. 27th. All of these releases will be made available in MA and RI. We look forward to expanding the independent craft outline and supporting independent craft breweries.

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. was founded in beautiful Decorah, IA in 2009 as a homebrew operation, in less than a decade it now holds the title for “Second-best Brewery in the World” and “#1 Beer in the World” by Ratebeer and brews seven of the top 100 beers in the world according to BeerAdvocate. Shining in the categories of hop forward IPAs and bold barrel-aged stouts TG has over 35 beers in its ever-growing catalog and delights in experimenting with new ingredients and styles.

When asked about this new partnership president, Clark Lewey said “We couldn’t be more excited to be expanding into the Massachusetts and Rhode Island markets, the landscape and people are dear to our hearts and after years of requests from east coast customers we can’t wait to get them the beer they love. Making this debut with Atlantic Beverage is a perfect fit for us due to their wonderful knowledge of craft beer and craft customers”. Toppling Goliath now distributes into 12 states and has just finished construction of a 100-barrel brewery and two-story taproom in Decorah, IA.

Brewers Association

Brewers Association Announces Exit of Charlie Papazian

Father of homebrewing, founder and innovator leaves lasting legacy after 40 years

The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s small and independent craft brewers—today announced that founder and past president Charlie Papazian will exit the Brewers Association on January 23, 2019, marking his 70th birthday and 40 years building the craft brewing community and inspiring brewers and beer lovers around the world.

 

Charlie Papazian
Charlie Papazian 1977

“We are all here today because of Charlie Papazian,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “His influence on the homebrewing and craft brewing community is immeasurable. Who could have predicted that a simple wooden spoon, ingenuity and passion would spawn a community of more than one million homebrewers and 6,000 small and independent U.S. craft breweries.”

 

Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the Association of Brewers, set the stage for homebrewing back in the 1970s. His expertise and friendly tone assured people that making good beer was possible at home. He stressed his catchphrase of “Relax. Don’t worry. Have a homebrew” in his first book, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing and inspired millions to pick up the hobby of homebrewing.

 

In 1978, Papazian, along with Charlie Matzen, formed the AHA in Boulder, CO. They published the first issue of Zymurgy magazine, announcing the new organization, publicizing the federal legalization of homebrewing and calling for entries in the first AHA National Homebrew Competition. Today, the AHA is more than 46,000 members strong.

 

In 1982, Papazian debuted the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Boulder, CO. Now in its 37thyear, GABF is the largest ticketed beer festival in North America with more than 60,000 attendees annually and its accompanying competition is one of the most coveted awards in the brewing industry.

 

The following year, the Association of Brewers was organized to include the AHA and the Institute for Brewing and Fermentation Studies to assist the emerging microbrewery movement in US. By 2005, the Association of Brewers and the Brewers’ Association of America merged to form the Brewers Association.

 

When asked, “Charlie, did you ever imagine that beer would become this?” His answer is always yes.

Charlie Papazian Retirement“I had a playful vision that there would be a homebrewer in every neighborhood and a brewery in every town. But what I did not imagine, couldn’t imagine, never considered, was the impact that craft brewing would have on our culture, economy and American life,” mused Papazian.

 

Papazian will spend his final year at the BA completing many projects, including a craft brewing history archive project. The archive will house 40 years of craft beer history in the form of more than 100,000 publications, photographs, audiotapes, films, videos, and documents—including 140 video interviews of the pioneers of American craft brewing—and will be accessible to researchers via the BA. He will also deliver the keynote address at the AHA’s 40th annual National Homebrew Conference, “Hombrew Con,” in Portland, OR on Thursday, June 28.

 

Brewers and homebrewers are invited to share their well wishes and Charlie Papazian stories on theAHA and BA Facebook pages.

 

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About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer CupSMGreat American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food ExperienceHomebrew ConNational Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications™ is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S.

 

Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru™ mobile app. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

Black Project Releases Stargate: Peach-Nectarine Spontaneous Sour

Black Project Releases Stargate Peach-Nectarine Spontaneous SourBlack Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales will release “STARGATE: Peach Rye | Nectarine Bourbon” on January 12, 2018 to a select group of lottery winners that will be picked randomly from entries submitted online.

STARGATE: Peach Rye | Nectarine Bourbon is the latest release from the brewery’s “PROJECT: STARGATE”, which highlights different flavors and aromas of whole fruit fermented and aged in spirit barrels, which are filled with the brewery’s spontaneous solera sour golden “DREAMLAND”. Each year the brewery picks different fruits and spirit barrels, depending on the season, to age their sour golden for several months, imparting unique flavors and aromas into the base beer.

StargateIn 2016, STARGATE debuted as “DREAMLAND: Peach Rye”, a spontaneous sour golden aged in Law’s Whiskey House Rye Whiskey barrels and refermented with whole peaches from Palisade, Colorado. That same year, DRAFT Magazine named the beer among the “Top 25 beers of 2016” and PorchDrinking.com which declared STARGATE as one of the “Best Beers of 2016”. The beer was later renamed to avoid confusion.

One year later, STARGATE was re-released to a long line of customers that extended down the street. Unfortunately, several cases were over-carbonated, which lead to canceling the release and recalling all bottles. After a few weeks of testing, Black Project discovered that the issue related to residual complex sugars in the bottles. The brewery decided to fix the problem by opening all overcarbed bottles and refermented the beer on more peaches, repackaged it, and re-release it at no additional cost to everyone that waited in line, creating the now legendary: STARGATE².

Black Project StargateThat is why this year, Black Project wanted to do something special by releasing the first double barrel blend of STARGATE. This beer combines Laws Whiskey House Rye barrel aged STARGATE with Peaches and Laws Whiskey House Bourbon barrel aged STARGATE with Nectarines together, to produce “the most complex, most fruit forward, and most nuanced sour beer we have ever made.” After tasting the barrels apart and blended, James Howat (founder, brewer, and blender) found that the fruit-forward rye whiskey and bourbon whisky complemented and showcased each fruit with more depth and complexity than the individual barrels alone, combining juicy peaches with tart nectarines, which adds an incredible complexity of spice from the rye with the rich vanilla oak from the bourbon finish.

Customers that are interesting in buying a bottle, must register in advance for the online lottery by visiting the brewery’s website: blackprojectbeer.com/lotterystargate before Thursday, January 4, 2018. Customers that win the online lottery will have a week to pre-purchase bottles for $22/bottle – 500mL bottle, cork and cap.

About Black Project Spontaneous and Wild Ales

Black Project Spontaneous & Wild Ales is the passion project of James Howat, owner, brewer, and blender; and Sarah Howat, owner and operations manager; of what was formerly Former Future Brewing Company. The brewery began production in January 2014 and won two bronze medals and one silver medal for their coolship ales (Category: Experimental, Subcategory: Wild Ales) at The Great American Beer Festival in 2014, 2015, and 2017. In 2016, Black Project expanded production with a small addition to the property which allowed for the expansion of their barrel program. This allowed the brewery to evolve from Former Future Brewing Company to only serving Black Project beers. In 2018, Black Project hopes to produce 250 BBL of beer and increase distribution.

Bonfire Brewing

Bonfire Brewing Introduces New Kindler Pale Ale Cans

Kindler Pale AleBonfire Brewing is excited to debut its classic Kindler Pale Ale recipe with refreshed label artwork. Kindler is the second of Bonfire’s cans to get a new look (Demshitz Brown Ale was the first), with new Firestarter IPA, Brush Creek Blonde Ale, and WtFO Double IPA cans coming in early 2018.

The new Bonfire cans, which feature an adventurer and her pup, were designed by Heather Neale and Riley Cran under the leadership of Bonfire Brewing’s Co-Owner and Art Director Amanda Jessen. “Bonfire beers have proven to be the perfect accompaniment to the adventurous lifestyle that we are so fortunate to experience here in Eagle,” Amanda says. “Whether it’s a summer hike with a four-legged friend or campfire beers after a day on the river, each of our new can designs offers a glimpse into our story, which is both quintessentially Colorado and uniquely Bonfire.”

Bonfire’s design team draws inspiration from its mountain surroundings for its beer names. Kindler was originally brewed in the spring to coincide with the Eagle Valley-wide re-kindling of a desire to get back out on the trails and into the water. Its popularity has since transformed it into a year-round flagship. Kindler is a traditional American Pale featuring Mosaic and Simcoe hops, deliberately designed to impart a more refreshing than bitter hop character. Undergoing seven hop additions to bring it close to the top of the pale ale scale at 42 IBUs, the Kindler has a distinctly fruity hop aroma and finish.

New Kindler cans are now available at Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, and at liquor stores across Colorado.

Bonfire DemshitzThe Bonfire Brewing Demshitz American Brown Ale was the first of the Bonfire cans that Amanda and her team refreshed. The new artwork depicts a post-kayak trip van camping scene, featuring a bright orange bonfire, and paying homage to the Demshitz paddling lifestyle.

“Bonfire is all about keeping things fresh for 2018 and beyond, so all cans will eventually have a new look, with each can telling a piece of our ‘Bonfire lifestyle’ story,” Amanda says.

For more information about Bonfire Brewing, contact Emily Hutto at coop@radcraftbeer.com.

ABOUT BONFIRE BREWING

Craft enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers gather around Bonfire Brewing in Eagle, Colorado, where the beers are driven by quality, curiosity, and community. Launched in 2010, Bonfire is steered by husband-and-wife owners Andy and Amanda Jessen as they continue on their path of sustainable growth. Cans of Bonfire’s year-round beers are available in liquor stores and restaurants across Colorado. Gather ‘round Bonfire online at facebook.com/bonfirebrewing while the new bonfirebrewing.com is under construction.

City Star Brewing Releases Outlaw 2017

Imperial Stout Aged in Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Barrels

The latest in the City Star Zoller Barrel Aged Series will be released in the City Star taproom on Saturday, October 21st, Outlaw. The 2017 vintage of this imperial stout was aged 14-18 months in Kentucky bourbon whiskey oak barrels and weighs in at 12.75% abv. Flavors of rich chocolate, toffee, dark dried fruit, oak, vanilla and of course American whiskey. A rich and creamy mouthfeel leaves you lingering for another pour. 

“This is a very special release for us. Though we began barrel aging beer in 2012, our 2015 vintage of Outlaw was our first bottling of any kind at City Star. It is exciting to see where City Star was at the time of our 2015 release in comparison to this release, as it coincides with the opening of our long awaited beer garden and Zoller Barrel House.” – co-owner Whitney Way. 

 

Bottles will be available for sale at $18/22oz bottle, AND Outlaw will be on draft for samplingEach bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal.

City Star will be hosting an Outlaw Preview in the taproom on Monday, October 2nd to kick off GABF festivities! More details about this event can be found at: citystarbrewing.com/outlaw-preview. For those attending GABF swing by our booth R7 for a limited release of Outlaw during each session. 

City Star Brewing offers award-winning, small batch ales, hand crafted on a 3.5 barrel brew system in the heart of downtown Berthoud, Colorado. The small town brewery was awarded Gold and Bronze medals at the famous, Great American Beer Festival in 2015 and 2013.  City Star first opened its doors in 2012 and has since become a destination for craft beer lovers near and far.

City Star’s taproom is open daily: Mon-Wed 2-9pm, Thu-Fri 2-10pm, Sat 12-10pm and Sun 12-9pm. Five “mainstay” brews are always on tap: Cowboy’s Golden lager, Local Yokel pale ale, All American IPA, Bandit Brown and Night Watchman stout. In addition, five taps are always dedicated to specialty beers.

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Amalgam Brewing launches their first sour beer to the public

Amalgam Brewing - Ascension

Amalgam Brewing launches their first sour beer to the public on September 9th. Ascension is a Gold- en Sour Ale which was fermented and aged in neutral and freshly emptied chardonnay barrels.

“We feel Ascension is the perfect beer to showcase our house culture. The interplay between the oak/ chardonnay, stone fruit and sharp acidity with a dry finish is a pro- file we can’t get enough of”… “look for this culture to be a consistent presence in future releases.”     Co-Owner Eric Schmidt

Ascension will only be available on Saturday, September 9th at Small Batch Liquors (4340 Tennyson St, Denver, CO 80212) as part of Amalgam’s Gypsy Bottle Release project. Sales start at 11am. 375 ml bottle / $12.99 (+tax). Limit 6 bottles per person. 550 bot- tles will be available. Any remaining bottles will be held for special events.
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Great Divide Brewing Collaborates with GRiZ on Chasing the Golden Hour

Great Divide Brewing is creating a new beer with chart topping musician GRiZ. Called Chasing the Golden Hour, the beer pays homage to GRiZ’s Mixtape which bears the same name. Both the music and beer are meant to capture the carefree good vibes during a sunset on a perfect summer evening.Chasing the Golden Hour

“We don’t make beer for people to drink in glass boxes, we make great beer for people to share with friends and build community,” said Shannon Berner, marketing manager at Great Divide Brewing. “This collaboration is a way to showcase our beer and GRiZ’s music together in an engaging way that resonates with our current fans while hopefully reaching some new ones.”

The collaboration was both creative and fun. GRiZ himself participated in most aspects of the process from selecting style to designing the crowler.

At 7.3 percent ABV, Chasing the Golden Hour has copious amounts of fresh, locally grown, Colorado peaches that accentuate the fruity notes from Great Divide’s four yeast Colette blend. While the fresh peach character is huge, the complexity of Colette provides a solid backbone and the beer finishes with the dryness you would expect from the original farmhouse ale. Just as complex and refreshing as the original, it’s perfect for chasing The Golden Hour.

“I wanted to help create a beer that was easy to drink and delicious. A beer you could bust out while watching a beautiful sunset and it would really fit the vibe. Great Divide understood that vision and was the perfect partner for Chasing The Golden Hour Ale,” said GRiZ.

As for the beer, on August 30th, Chasing the Golden Hour will be available at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar. The beer will also be on tap at the Gothic Theater, Larimer Lounge, and the Ogden Theater, where GRiZ will perform a sold out live rehearsal on August 31st. GRiZ’s show at Red Rocks on September 1st and 2nd is sold out.

About Great Divide Brewing Company

Founded by Brian Dunn in 1994, Denver-based Great Divide Brewing Company has landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great American Beer Festival medals, five World Beer Cup Awards and 14 spots on BeerAdvocate’s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” (2015). RateBeer.com named Great Divide among the “Top Brewers In the World” (2014), and “Top Brewer in Colorado” (2013) and 12th on their list of “Best Brewers In The World” (2013). At Great Divide, Bold Character is not just a catchphrase. It is the philosophy behind what they brew, how they think and what they believe. For more information visit www.greatdivide.com.

About GRiZ

Grant Kwiecinski, otherwise known as GRiZ, is a saxophone playing electronic music producer who hails from Michigan and is well known for his talents in writing funk and soul-influenced dance music. GRiZ began playing saxophone in elementary school and later began to produce his own music digitally.  He attended Michigan State University for a period of time before dropping out to pursue his music career full-time. He first rose to fame after the release of his debut album, End Of The World Party, in 2011. Soon enough he was being asked to support pioneers such as Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, and Big Gigantic. GRiZ now has five albums under his belt; Mad Liberation in 2012, Rebel Era in 2013, Say It Loud in 2015, Good Will Prevail in 2016, and just recently he released his remix album, Good Will Continue, in 2017 which he will tour beginning in October. GRiZ has previously traveled the globe, performing at some of the largest music festivals such as Electric Zoo, Electric Forest, HARD Summer LA, TomorrowWorld, Decadence, and Lollapalooza. For more information visit http://www.mynameisgriz.com.

Bell's Brewing Larry's Latest Sour

Bell’s Brewery to Release Larry’s Latest Sour Ale

Another new Bell’s beer will make its way to a larger audience soon.

Bell's Brewing Larry's Latest SourLarry’s Latest Sour Ale (5% ABV) will be packaged in 16 oz. cans (packaged in 4-packs), in kegs and in 12 oz. bottles (both 6-packs and 12-packs) for release in February.

Dry-hopped and kettle soured, Larry’s Latest Sour Ale offers a refreshing citrus tartness combined with incredible tropical aromas. This experimental beer combines the tartness you get from kettle soured beers like Oarsman Ale with aromatic hops varietals like Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, El Dorado and more.

It is a nod to the spirit of innovation and experimentation that Larry Bell, Bell’s Brewery founder and president, started in 1985.

“This beer is part of a long tradition of experimentation that those who visit our pub are more familiar with,” Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery, said.

“The Eccentric Café’s Draught Board is used often to try out new ingredients and new beers. This is really the step in between creating something new and then giving it a formal name.”

“A lot of other Bell’s beers have followed this same path. Roundhouse, Quinannan Falls and even Two Hearted and Hopslam got their start as small trial batches that all went on to have their own place in our regular release calendar,” she added.

“It is a unique opportunity to give fans unique insight into where we are headed next and introduce more to the continued experimentation that has always been a part of who we are.”

As part of Bell’s seasonal release calendar in 2018, along with Oberon, Best Brown and Winter White, Larry’s Latest Sour Ale will stand-in for Smitten Golden Rye Ale.

“Smitten isn’t going away forever and may eventually find another home in our release calendar,” Bell said.

Larry’s Latest Sour Ale will be available in all states Bell’s distributes to, but will be limited.

Bell’s announced in late June that Arabicadabra, a brand new coffee milk stout, will start shipping this October in 12 oz. bottles (packaged in 6-packs and kegs). That beer also started as a Larry’s Latest trial batch.

For more information and for updates, keep an eye on Bell’s website, bellsbeer.com, or join them on social media.

ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY, INC.

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 500 people over a 31 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. 100% family-owned and independent, we strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and lagers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

You can also follow Bell’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Untappd.

Colorado Craft Beer

Colorado Brewers Guild Brings Back Hop the Vote During the Great American Beer Fest

Colorado Craft BeerThe Colorado Brewers Guild is bringing back Hop the Vote, a spirited but friendly competition between the Colorado State House of Representatives and Colorado State Senate, to the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Hop the Vote is a time for Colorado legislators to set aside their differences and brew some beer.

The Hop the Vote initiative was introduced by the Colorado Brewers Guild in 2014 to highlight the importance of beer in the Colorado economy, as well as the relationship between lawmakers and Colorado craft brewers.

“During GABF all eyes in the craft beer industry will be on Denver, and that makes it the perfect time for a campaign like Hop the Vote,” said Steve Kurowski, operations director of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “The 300+ breweries account for $1.7 billion which directly impacts the state economy, and that means it is important to keep our legislators informed on what is going on with craft brewers.”

Each team will host a brew day at a Colorado brewery this month. While the competition will pit Representatives of the State House against State Senators, each team will have both Democrat and Republican members. The Colorado House of Representatives team will brew with 4 Noses Brewing (8855 W. 116th Circle, Suite 4, Broomfield CO 80021) on Thursday, August 24th. Team captains are Representative Alec Garnett (D-Denver) and Representative Hugh McKean (R-Loveland). The Colorado State Senate team will brew with Renegade Brewing (925 W 9th Ave, Denver CO 80204) on Friday, August 25th. Team captains are Senator Tim Neville (R-Littleton) and Senator Steve Fenberg (D-Boulder).

During the first three sessions at GABF, team members will be pouring and campaigning for their proud creations at the Colorado Brewers Guild booth; GABF attendees will also be able to sample the beers and cast their vote at each session. The winner will be announced on October 7th.

“By and large Colorado craft breweries are small businesses – hiring and purchasing locally, with significant local economic impacts,” said Andres Gil Zaldana, executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild. “However, because the production, distribution, and sale of alcohol is highly regulated by state and federal government, harmful or unintended changes to the rules can have a significant impact on craft breweries, their employees, and their local communities. Hop the Vote allows craft breweries to develop personal relationships with local lawmakers and provides a platform to voice concerns and provides hands-on experience to teach lawmakers about the industry.”

About the Colorado Brewers Guild

The Colorado Brewers Guild is a non-profit trade association representing Colorado craft breweries and brewpubs. CBG is dedicated to the improvement of business conditions and is an advocate for its members. CBG sponsors a variety of beer events each year designed to increase the awareness and appreciation of Colorado brewed beer.  For more information visit www.coloradobeer.org.