Gigantic Brewing to Purchase Controlling Interest in Anheuser-Busch InBev

Ben Love and Van Havig Gigantic Brewing

April 1, 2015 Portland, OR – Gigantic Brewing Company is looking into the possibility of purchasing a controlling interest of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

“We never planned to actually grow the brewery beyond our 4600 bbls capacity. Start stall and stay small, focusing on making exceptional beer, rather than a lot of beer was our motto.  But this is our opportunity to quite literally be gigantic. The lure of capitalism is a real mother,” said Masterbrewer and owner Van Havig. Gigantic SuperG

Gigantic began their exploration of purchasing AB InBev following their high profile acquisitions of craft brewers. Those acquisitions, combined with their global business and years of history make AB InBev an attractive investment opportunity.

“We believe that most craft beer drinkers would love to see a small craft brewer in charge at AB,” said Brewmaster and owner Ben Love. “Who knows, with Gigantic ownership Budweiser could possibly be considered a craft brewery! That’s if we can get the Brewers Association to amend their ridiculous craft brewer definition.”

Although just in the preliminary stages, Gigantic Brewing is looking to secure the capital to close the purchase by 2020.

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This post was written by D.J. Paul on April 1, 2015

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Double Mountain, Yes We Can!

Double Mountain Cans

Hood River, April 1st, 2015- Double Mountain Brewery is proud to announce our new packaging line of your favorite Double Mountain beers in uncrushable,  refillable 16.9oz cans! So on your way to your favorite destination, you can take our beer in an aluminum can, then be cleaned, refilled and enjoyed again and again!

“There is some new technology that has come out of the Czech republic that allows aluminum to be cleaned and refilled multiple times”, says Brewmaster and owner Matt Swihart. Swihart says he used his ties and background in the defense aerospace industry to incorporate titanium in the aluminum alloy to make the can uncrushable and also cleanable.

“We are so proud to bring the beer out in the new package”, says Greg Balch, head brewer, “finally I can go disc golfing and not lug around a whole keg or clinking bottles in my bag, this is so much easier, and Matt says “I’m pretty sure that they withstand the hyper Mach speeds of space travel.”

Swihart goes on and on about his known concerns of packaging in aluminum cans…. “Because we’ve eliminated the chemical can lining typically used, replacing it by using Titanium which makes it uncrushable”. To eliminate the ubiquitous problem of getting high air (oxygen) content in cans, Double Mountain will fill the cans in space. “I used to work on the National Aerospace Plane, so its easy for us to design a space vehicle using one of the fuel tanks to hold beer, then we fill the cans in the vacuum of orbit so there is no chance of getting oxygen into the cans”, Swihart goes on. (and on and on for that matter without mentioning the fact that there is still no functioning Aerospace Plane).” Read More…


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Vertigo Brewing To Acquire InBev


April 1, 2015 – For Immediate Release

There has been another brewery acquisition involving InBev. But this time it is InBev that is being bought out. Vertigo Brewing has announced that they will be buying InBev for a undisclosed amount of money.

Vertigo was founded in 2008 by Mike Haines and Michael Kinion as one of the smallest breweries (1 bbl system) at the time. This deal will make them the largest in the world. The deal is effective immediately. The combined company will now be known as VertInBev.

Asked if anything would change, Haines said that the iconic Budweiser brand would be dropped and that all of the Anheuser-Busch plants would only brew pumpkin peach beers.

More details will be released when available.


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This post was written by admin on April 1, 2015

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Yard House Introduces New Taps and Exclusive Firestone Walker Barrel-Aged Beer

Yard House Logo

Just in time for the throngs of Craft Brewers Conference attendees visiting Portland, Yard House is introducing some new tap handles and a new Firestone Walker Traveling Oak Barrel-Aged Stout to its lineup of beers. And this is not only at the Portland location as 1,400 new tap handles will be part of a national rollout. The new selections reflect guest feedback and beer trends such as the explosion of local brewing, and the growing popularity of hybrid beers, saisons, and smoked and flavored porters.

Our downtown Portland location will be seeing the addition of Barley Brown Pallet Jack, Elysian Space Dust and Fort George Quick Wit. But the one that brings the most intrigue to us is the new Firestone Walker Traveling Oak, a limited quantity barrel-aged stout exclusive to Yard House. Oak barrels previously used to age Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon for over a decade in Kentucky were sent to Oaxaca, Mexico where they were filled with Del Maguey Mezcal. The mezcal aged in the barrels, which were then emptied and sent to Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, California. There they were filled with Parabola Imperial Stout and aged for one year. The finished product combines the roasted coffee, dark chocolate and molasses character of the imperial stout with intense, smoky agave and melon notes of mezcal and oak and vanilla flavors of bourbon.

“Bourbon and mezcal are both distilled in a way to allow the character of the raw materials to shine through in the finished product,” said Matt Brynildson, Firestone Walker Master Brewer. “The combination of these spirits melds well with the roast, hop-accented chocolate and dark caramel flavors of the stout. It’s a crazy combination on paper, but an amazing combination in practice.” Read More…


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Craft Brewers Conference Heart of Portland Brewery Tour

Culmination 2015 CBC Heart of Portland Brewery Tour

For those that will be attending the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference here in Portland, there will be a free Heart of Portland Brewery Tour that will take place prior to the start of the conference. The Heart of Portland Brewery Tour will take on Tuesday April 14th from 10:15am to 5:00pm.

CBC attendees will be shuttled from the Oregon Convention Center to the four participating breweries. These breweries include Culmination Brewing Company, Burnside Brewing Co, Migration Brewing Company and Coalition Brewing.

This event is open only to CBC Attendees and at each stop you will receive a tour of the brewery and a beer. Also at each stop attendees will have the opportunity to purchase a meal.

Burnside and Migration have brewpubs on site, Culmination will have the Culmination Kitchen open and 100 feet from Coalition is the Pod 28 Food Cart Pod and three Food Carts have agreed to be open for your business – Güero PDX, Captured Beer Bus and Pulehu Pizza Food Cart.

Beer, Food Carts, and Breweries — this tour will truly show you the Heart of Portland! Read More…


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Foggy Noggin Brewing To Release MLK Alt

Foggy Noggin MLK Alt LogoThis past January on Martin Luther King Day, Jim Jamison at Foggy Noggin Brewing brewed up this year’s batch of MLK Alt. Now lagered for the past couple of months this limited seasonal beer is ready for its release on Saturday, April 4th from Noon to 5:00pm at Foggy Noggin’s tasting room in Bothell, WA.

MLK Alt – German Alt
Every beer has a dream and in respect of the great MLK, beer’s all over the world have gained equality.  English, German, Belguim and even American beers are now seen on tap next to each other.  MLK Alt is brewed as a traditional German Alt and fits in perfectly with the Foggy Noggin English beer line-up.  Brewed in the winter and lagered until the spring provides a crisp, sharp flavor profile and a nice hop backbone.
OG: 1.051
IBU: 55
SRM: 11
ABV: 4.2
Malts: German Pilsener, Vienna, Munich, CaraMunich
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This post was written by D.J. Paul on April 1, 2015

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Glen Hay Falconer Foundation – The Year 2014 In Review

Glen Hay Falconer Foundation

One of the highlights of the craft beer industry is the camaraderie of the individuals in this industry. Like no other industry various breweries always come to the aid of others whether it be a shortage of a specific hop, a keg cleaner going down or just some assistance in making a beer become that much greater. This industry also comes to the aid of others when life throws them in another direction. One person that led this compassionate lifestyle was Glen Hay Falconer.

Since Glen’s untimely passing in 2002, his brother Quentin Falconer has graciously kept his brothers dream of brewing alive by taking on the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation. This brewing foundation has now raised money that continues to help supply brewing scholarships to many aspiring brewers.

Here’s more from the recent Glen Hay Falconer Foundation newsletter….

We are off to a great 2015 at the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation. But we wanted to review the phenomenal year we had in 2014. During the year 2014, we celebrated the second decade of our brewing scholarship program. Since we began back in 2005, we have now granted a total of 28 brewing scholarships. The spirit of Sasquatch is as strong as ever, as witnessed by thousands of revelers at the Sasquatch Brew Fest in Eugene and by the faithful making their annual pilgrimage to the Sasquatch BrewAm in the Portland area.

Glen Hay Falconer Foundation
For the third year running, we offered a truly huge scholarship, a full-tuition grant to the Siebel Institute’s World Brewing Academy (WBA) International Diploma Course in Brewing Technology. The International Diploma Course is a comprehensive program offering students an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects and practical application of brewing science and technology. From an outstanding group of talented applicants, Josh Waldman of Elysian Brewing (Seattle, WA) prevailed and attended this amazing program which took place over a 12-week period from September to November 2014 at the Siebel Institute in Chicago and the Doemens Academy campus in Munich, Germany. Read More…


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Double Mountain Bottles Gypsy Stumper IPA

Gypsy Stumper IPA

Hood River, OR—March 31st, 2015Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom releases bottles of their much loved Gypsy Stumper IPA. An instant taproom favorite from it’s debut last year, this complex IPA is currently available on draft and by bottle at the Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom located in downtown Hood River. Gypsy Stumper can be found in both bottles and on draft throughout the Northwest, British Columbia, and Southern California in early April 2015.

“Our approach with Gypsy Stumper was to create an IPA layered in flavors, and something with a little punch to it. While many of our beers employ a minimalist approach, Gypsy most certainly does not. Pilsner and Vienna malts make up the majority of the malt bill while Mosaic, Simcoe, Challenger, and Centennial hops intertwine to craft a wonderfully hop forward brew, with different flavors stratified throughout.It’s sturdy and assertive enough to get you through cutting down tree stumps. However, we don’t condone the use of an axe or chainsaw while enjoying.”- Head Brewer Kyle Larsen Read More…


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This post was written by admin on March 31, 2015

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Brewers Association Lists Top 50 Breweries of 2014

Brewers Association

Boulder, CO •March 31, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today released its annual lists of the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S., based on beer sales volume. Of the top 50 overall brewing companies, 42 were craft brewing companies¹.

“The companies on this list include the vanguard of the craft industry,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “They are exposing new beer lovers to craft, opening new markets and creating opportunities for the entire category. As they continue to grow, so will the availability of innovative and high-quality beers produced for all to enjoy.”

Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewing Companies
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Royale Brewing One Year Birthday Party at Wilder Bar Cafe

Royale Brewing One Year Anniversary

Portland’s Royale Brewing is approaching one year old and to capture this moment the brewery will be hosting a birthday party at Wilder Bar Cafe in Northeast Portland on April 1st beginning at 4:00pm.

To help Royale Brewing celebrate this momentus occasion, their friends at Wilder Bar Cafe are creating some special menu items and hosting a tap takeover on April Fools’ Day. If you’re in a celebratory mood this Wednesday come join the fellas from Royale as they lay their first year to rest, and start making plans for their next year and next beer.

The taplist will include:

  • Fat Unicorn
  • The Visitor
  • Royale Porter
  • No Name #1
  • Anonymoose
  • Tacenda
  • Motivator

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