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Odell Brewing Releases a Golden Tart

Bring on the Sunny Rain

Odell Brewing Releases a Golden TartOdell Sunny Rain

On July 24th, 2017,  Odell Brewing introduced a new limited release in cans, Sunny Rain Golden Tart.

“We see a lot of dry-hopped sours that are very bold and lingering. They have their place in our beer fridge, but we were inspired to find a more delicate balance of hops and tart,” says Brendan McGivney, our COO. “That’s where Sunny Rain ventures into new territory.”

In a category all it’s own, Sunny Rain is a dry-hopped golden ale that balances a tart citrus-like character with a subtle bite and a bright hoppy aroma.  

“Balancing tart and hops reminded us of other unlikely pairs,” explains Eric Smith, CSMO. “Like a light sprinkle of rain on a sunny Colorado day, this beer is unexpected and pleasantly refreshing.”

Sunny Rain Golden Tart will be available in 6-pack 12oz cans and draft beginning July 24th throughout the brewery’s 15-state distribution footprint.

About Odell Brewing - Odell Brewing is an independent, family and employee owned regional craft brewery. Since 1989, the culture of family and collaboration has thrived, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted and innovative brews. Odell Brewing is committed to providing exceptional service to its customers while making positive contributions to their co-workers and community through its outreach and charitable giving programs. Odell Brewing was named the “Best Medium Sized Company to Work For” in Colorado in 2015 and is the 27th largest craft brewery in the United States.

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company Opening 2 Taprooms in the Denver Metro Area

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company Opening 2 TaproomsCrazy Mountain Brewing Company’s growth and expansion continues in the summer of 2017 as it is set to open two new taprooms in the Denver-metro area.

Similar to the taproom at its Denver production facility, the new locations will also feature 24 draft beers, comprised of Crazy Mountain’s year-round portfolio and rotating selections from its limited release Local’s Stash Reserve Series, in addition to other craft offerings, wine and spirits.

The Cherry Creek location, in the CitySet development just southeast of Colorado Blvd. and Cherry Creek Drive South, will open first in mid-July.

The Lakewood taproom, situated in the Belmar Complex at Wadsworth and Alameda, is scheduled to open later in August.

Both locations are surrounded by numerous restaurants, hotels, companies and retailers. While neither location will serve food, Crazy Mountain encourages its patrons to order in from their neighbors while enjoying its vast beer and drink offerings, live music and relaxed energy.

“We are thrilled to be opening our two new taprooms in Cherry Creek and Lakewood. We love that each location will have amazing restaurants, hotels and great shops as neighbors, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses, and we’re excited to be a part of new communities around Denver. We look forward to Getting Crazy with everyone in our new locations this summer.” – Greg Neale, Director of Marketing

The opening of the new taprooms comes on the heels of another Crazy Mountain expansion, as its Denver production facility taproom was recently enlarged and now features an outdoor beer garden as well.

The company’s growth isn’t limited to its retail locations. With distribution now reaching 27 states, and 11 international markets, Crazy Mountain was recognized as the ninth largest production brewer in Colorado, as well as being identified as one of the top-30 fastest growing breweries in the country, in 2016 – less than seven years after first opening its doors in Edwards, CO.

About Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

Crazy Mountain Brewing Company is a Colorado-based brewery with production facilities and tap rooms in both Edwards and Denver. In 2010, Crazy Mountain was founded with one dog and two people, and has grown into one of the largest breweries in Colorado, producing hand-crafted beers of the highest quality, which have garnered global attention. Crazy Mountain’s beers are available in cans, bottles and on-draft in 27 states and eleven countries. For more information, go to crazymountainbrewery.com or follow #getcrazy on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Upland Brewing Announces Late Summer Beer Lineup

Upland Brewing Announces Late Summer LineupAs we enter the hot and humid summer months, thirst-quenching brews to stock the cooler and enjoy outside are a must, and Upland Brewing Co. is responding to the call with the release of several refreshing beers. Fans can look forward to the return of Oktoberfest and two new releases, Juiced in Time and Free Time.

Oktoberfest, Upland’s summer seasonal, will be available on draught and in 6-pack bottles mid-July. This Marzen lager is rich and malty, with a crisp character that defines true German lagers. A blend of three German hop varieties provide a balance and clean finish, with notes of caramel and toffee. Oktoberfest is the perfect beer to take you into the autumn months.

For the summer installment of Side Trail beers, the brewers produced Juiced in Time, a New England IPA. This beer is a nod to the innovative East Coast style of “Juicy” IPA. Juiced in Time will be released in July on draught at Upland locations and select bars and restaurants in their midwest distribution area.

“With the trending popularity of hazy beers, it’s easy to assume the haze is a gimmick, so we were initially skeptical about this style. After research and a couple test batches, we came to realize that the haze is just a byproduct of processes that lead to unique fruity flavors and rich mouthfeel. The pronounced tropical and citrus flavors combine with an appearance similar to a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, making this beer a multi-sensory experience. The visual aspect plus the flavor and aroma enhance each other in a delicious way that is unique to this style,” said Brewer Matt Wisley.

Upland’s Side Trail Series is an opportunity for the brewers to experiment with new styles and flavors, and although most are one-time brews, some end up becoming part of the full line-up, such as Latitude Adjustment and Petal to the Kettle.

The final summer release is Free Time, Upland’s new Vienna-style lager, delivering a smooth, crisp, perfectly balanced malt and hop profile with a clean finish. This brew is ultimately enjoyable for a shift beer or any other time that comes well-deserved. Free Time will be available in late-July, but fans can try it first on draught at Upland locations and select stores and bars before making room in their fridges for this new format—15-packs of 12 ounce cans.

Upland releases Cherry and Darken, wood-aged sour ales from their Wood Shop Brewery this summer as well. From hazy, ripe juiciness, to fruit and spices, to malty and clean lagers, there is a refreshing beer to beat the heat for everyone this summer.

About Upland Brewing Co.

Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Upland Brewing Co. has an intriguing brewing story that dates back to 1998. Our mission is to brew remarkable beers in remarkable ways, staying true to the artisan, progressive spirit found in our part of the Midwest. Upland is currently the third largest brewery in Indiana and brews more than 50 different styles of beer annually.

Great Divide Brewing Company Releases Hazy IPA

Great Divide Brewing Company is introducing Hazy IPA, a cloudy IPA with a juicy mix of citrus aroma and nuanced fruit characters. The inspiration to create this style of beer came from the brewery’s continuous effort to create innovative beer within a changing craft beer landscape.

“Tastes change which makes sense why beer drinkers are looking for new types of IPAs,” said Brian Dunn founder of Great Divide Brewing Company. “We’ve had a great run of big, piney, citrusy IPAs but I believe that beer drinkers are also looking for IPAs with less bitterness.”

And at almost six pounds per barrel of Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops, this beer is just that—a juicy, hop bomb that delivers the bitterness without the bite. After months of testing variations of Hazy IPA on the pilot system, this recipe represents the best of the best and is the clear crowd favorite. The flavor opens towards tangerine and lime zest with notes of tropical papaya and mango, before a slight hop-bitter finish that is rounded by a hint of ripe strawberries.

The brewery has kept this release draft only with a shorter shelf life of 30 days to ensure that beer drinkers experience Hazy IPA at its best.

”If you find this beer on tap, it will be fresh,” said Dunn.

The beer is available at the Great Divide Tap Room and Barrel Bar, as well as at select Colorado bars and restaurants.

Draft Only | 6.2% ABV | 40 IBU

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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.

City Star Scoundrel

City Star Brewing Releases Scoundrel

City Star Brewing Releases Scoundrel in Bottles: Sour Brown Ale Aged in Cabernet Barrels

Another round of Scoundrel returns to City Star Saturday, June 17th at 12pm! Our 2017 vintage of this sour barrel-aged brown weighs in at 6.8% ABV and has been hiding out in oak Cabernet wine barrels for two years. Intentionally soured with a blend of lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria creating a pleasantly sour version of our 2013 Great American Beer Festival gold medal-winning Bandit Brown Ale.
City Star Scoundrel Bottle500 bottles will be available for sale at $16/22oz bottle (1 case limit per person), AND Scoundrel will be on draft for sampling. Each bottle is dipped in wax and hand stamped with the City Star Brewing seal. With only 500 bottles of Scoundrel, we don’t expect our supply to stick around.

The night before the big release a special Scoundrel Pairing & Pre-Release event will be held in City Star’s Zoller Barrel House with a limited number of pairings available. The $20 event ticket includes a 10oz pour of Scoundrel expertly paired with a craft cheese, 22oz bottle of Scoundrel to take home, and early access to purchase bottles of Scoundrel with a 10% discount. Info and tickets: https://citystarbrewing.com/events/event/scoundrel-pairing-prerelease/

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. Six "mainstay" brews are always on tap: Cowboy's Golden lager, Local Yokel pale ale, Red Necktar American red ale, All American IPA, Bandit Brown and Night Watchman stout. In addition, four taps are always dedicated to specialty beers.

Black Project: RateBeer is not Independent

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Ska Brewing Expands Distribution to Minnesota

Ska Brewing’s flagship brews and select specialty beers will now be available to Minnesota fans.

Ska lovers will be able to get their hands on delicious brews including True Blonde, Modus Hoperandi, and the ever popular, best selling Mexican Logger. Canned concoctions hit shelves in the Twin Cities this week and fans can look forward to upcoming launch events in early June.

“Minnesota has always been an attractive market for us. Craft beer is exploding in the region so we are excited to tap into this opportunity,” says Kristen Muraro, Marketing Director at Ska.

Distributed by Clear River Beverage, Minnesota will become the twelfth state Ska is available in. Other regions Ska distributes to include Colorado, Southern California, Arizona, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.

“Ska has been making world class beer in Durango Colorado since 1995 and we are thrilled that their fabulous beers are now going to be available here in Minnesota. We are honored that after studying the Twin Cities market that they chose Clear River Beverage as their distribution partner,” says Bill Huth, President. “Like Ska Brewing, Clear River’s business priority and mission is based on quality, and it was obvious to me when I first tasted the beers from Ska Brewing and met the crew that I instantly recognized that Ska was something very special in the craft beer industry. I know that all of us at Clear River are very excited to begin telling their story and sharing their delicious beers with the craft beer community in the Twin Cities.”

About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12-ounce cans including Modus Hoperandi, Mexican Logger, Euphoria and Pinstripe. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit skabrewing.com. Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.

About Clear River Beverage Company

Clear River Beverage Company is a craft beer and cider distributor servicing the Twin Cities and surrounding area. Our passion for quality and core business values allows us to provide our valued consumers with the highest quality world class beers and ciders from several of America’s most respected breweries: AleSmith, Bear Republic, Clown Shoes, Evil Twin, Perennial, Prairie Artisan Ales, Sixpoint, and SKA Brewing to name a few. Learn more at www.clearriverbeverage.com, follow us on Twitter @clearriverbev, or like us on Facebook.  

North Peak Brewing Company Launches Stormy Series

Last year, North Peak Brewing Company released its first East Coast IPA called Stormy. An Oat IPA full of haziness unlike any other IPA in their portfolio. Stormy came in with a force and quickly became one of the brewery’s most well received beers ever produced.

“You asked for it and we listened,” said North Peak partner Jon Carlson. “While Diabolical will always be our favorite Midwest IPA, Stormy has quickly become our favorite East Coast-style IPA. The response to this beer has been incredible and everyone wants more. So, we’re going to make more.”

Initially released as a seasonal beer, the popularity of Stormy has led the brewery to develop a year-long Stormy Series schedule to launch early June 2017. The series will feature five new variations of Stormy. All East Coast or New England-style IPAs, these beers will vary in hop additions but all have the same hazy, juicy mouth feel reflective of the style.

The Stormy Series will include five new beers: Thunder, Cloudy, Zephyr, Torrent and Murky, available in specialty six-packs and draft. The first will debut in June and the remainder of series will release throughout 2017/2018.

North Peak is part of Northern United Brewing Co. NUBC’s philosophy focuses on a dedication to conservation, inspiration and locally-sustainable practices. Find NUBC products at stores, restaurants and bars all throughout Michigan, including: North Peak Brewing Company, Mission Table and Jolly Pumpkin, in Traverse City; Jolly Pumpkin and Grizzly Peak, in Ann Arbor and Jolly Pumpkin in Detroit. North Peak can also be found outside of Michigan, in select markets.

Burial Beer Co. Releasing Seasoned Skillet

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout

Seasoned Skillet, a Bourbon Barrel-Aged version of Burial’s Donut Stout is set to release this Saturday, June 3rd as the culmination of their Asheville Beer Week events. Last year’s release saw nearly 300 attendees vying for 750ml bottles. In response, Burial had increased their production, but still anticipate a large showing.

“Skillet Donut Stout was on tap when we first opened our doors four years ago. It was one of only six beers we had available. To us, this beer represents a journey from that day, to our first canned beer to our biggest bottle release to-date,” states co-founder, Jess Reiser. “It reminds us of the support we have been fortunate to have since day one. So it only makes sense to barrel-age this beer and release it once a year during Beer Week as a reminder of those first days and to pay homage to the people who have supported us through the years.”

The brewery’s annual beer week events historically center around the release of Skillet Donut Stout in cans (one of only two yearly can releases) and Skillet Six Ways (Thursday, June 2nd at 4pm), a draught only release of six variants of the breakfast stout paired with mini donuts.

This year, however, a new addition from Burial’s recently launched hazy Double IPA series will release along side Seasoned Skillet. A Paranormal Vibe DIPA featuring Citra, Simcoe, Centennial, and Mandarina hops with the addition of Simcoe Lupulin Powder.

“We’ve coined this series, ‘Earth As We Now Know It’ because, for us, one of the things that drew us into the craft beer world was that beer has a story. We tell our story through the liquid; through the art and the people behind it all, explains Reiser of the series. “Earth As We Now Know It tells a story of the cycle of life – starting with death, into the after life through the re-creation of earth and humanity. Style wise, we continue to evolve as brewers and as a brand- these IPAs represent a unique take on a style that is saturated in today’s market. Look for some killer collabs within this series, new art from David Paul Seymour and innovative DIPAs. Drink fresh, but keep the cans as the story unfolds. You will want to look back.”

For more information about both releases visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/678034109059827/?ti=icl

Founded in June 2013, Burial Beer Co. crafts Belgian-inspired ales, and bold American styles with a dedication to creativity, tradition, modernization, and preservation. Residing in and revitalizing the South Slope District of Asheville, NC, the brewery began its life as a one-barrel system that grew to a ten-barrel in just over a year. Fall 2016 brought a new wave of expansion and revitalization as Burial Beer Co. expanded again to a second location, the “Forestry Camp.” This location is home to a twenty-barrel production brewery and soon to be locally purveyed restaurant and two-story craft beer bar in South Asheville. The Brewery currently distributes to North Carolina, Georgia, and New York. For more information visit www.burialbeer.com and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/burialbeer/

Burial Beer Co. Releases First Bottled Sour Beers

Burial Beer Co. Releases First Bottled Sour Beers From Mixed Culture Program

The first offerings from Burial Beer’s Mixed Culture Program are set to release this Sunday, May 28th at 12pm from their South Slope taproom with no distribution of these limited bottles slated.

Burial Beer Co. Sour BeerFall of the Damned is a 500ml Bourbon Barrel Aged Sour Red Ale that began in a Brunello foudre where it rested for 3 months before moving to bourbon barrels for 9 months and then was blended and racked onto 2lbs of blackberries and marionberries per gallon for additional aging.

The Separation of Light and Darkness (750ml) is the first beer the brewery aged in their 30 barrel oak foedre. A clean saison fermentation was aged on carefully-selected cultures of brettanomyces and lactobacillus for 12 months before dry-hopping with a mild dose of hops.

These two packaged sour offerings are the first beers to arise from their 10 barrel system at their original location and marks the full transition of that brewery into a Mixed Culture and sour facility.

“We have a pretty specific plan for fermentation, which includes at least three separate fermentations for each beer, if not more,” explains Co-Founder, Doug Reiser. “We institute clean fermentations in steel, then brett ferments in our foudres before dropping the pH considerably in small format oak barrels with pronounced bacterial culture. It has been a lot of fun dreaming up the complex steps of each of these beers, some of which are planned years in advance.”

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Burial’s Mixed Culture program is centered around the Solera Method which borrows from wine practices of fractionally blending beers of various ages.

“Solera allows us to maintain a fairly stable environment in our oak foudres, not opening and exposing them to the elements, and maintaining their on-going and continual fermentation activity,” says Reiser. “We get to stay consistent with this platform, though each vessel offers a different culture.”

The brewery hopes to offer a robust Mixed Culture program that honors both traditional methods while staying true to the explorative roots that have helped to place them on the map in the southeast.

Founded in June 2013, Burial Beer Co. crafts Belgian-inspired ales, and bold American styles with a dedication to creativity, tradition, modernization, and preservation. Residing in and revitalizing the South Slope District of Asheville, NC, the brewery began its life as a one-barrel system that grew to a ten-barrel in just over a year. Fall 2016 brought a new wave of expansion and revitalization as Burial Beer Co. expanded again to a second location, the “Forestry Camp.” This location is home to a twenty-barrel production brewery and soon to be locally purveyed restaurant and two-story craft beer bar in South Asheville. The Brewery currently distributes to North Carolina, Georgia, and New York. For more information visit www.burialbeer.com and follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/burialbeer/