Firestone Walker Core Lineup Set For Release In Cans

Firestone Walker Can Lineup

After introducing its 805 Blonde in 12oz cans last year in May, Firestone Walker Brewing is now ready to launch Union Jack IPA, Easy Jack Session IPA and Pivo Hoppy Pils in six pack, 12oz cans beginning in mid February.

Known for doing things its own way, Firestone Walker took its time to make sure that when canning its core line of beers. The brewery made sure to tackle this endeavor the correct way.

Firestone Walker BerweryWe could have rushed into canning a few years ago, but we wanted the timing to be right,” said brewery co-proprietor David Walker. “The market for canned craft beer is now hitting its stride, and canning technology has come a long way in a short period. Also, cans are a perfect fit for life here on the Central Coast. All of these factors converged to finally reach a tipping point for us.”

Last year while attending the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest we were able to take a tour led by Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. During this private tour we were able to take a look at the brewery’s new canning line that had only recently been fired up to can its 805 Blonde. As with most of its projects, Firestone went all out when purchasing a canning line that was manufactured by leading beer packaging company KHS based in Dortmund, Germany. Read More…


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Victory Brewing Rolls Out Helles Lager to Entire Distribution Network

Victory Helles Lager

DOWNINGTOWN, PA, January 26, 2015 – In response to growing consumer demand and appreciation for a crisp-tasting lager beer, Victory Brewing Company (Victory) is excited to share their best-kept secret with full distribution of Victory Helles Lager to 35 states. Long held as an extremely popular favorite in the Philadelphia region because of the area’s longtime love affair with lagers, Victory Helles Lager is made in traditional German style creating a full-bodied golden brew with unsurpassed balanced flavors.

Originally known as Brandywine Valley Lager when it made its debut in 1996, this lager paid homage to Victory’s pristine water source, one of the four crucial ingredients in beer.  The brand transformed into Victory Lager and is now rebranded as Victory Helles Lager marrying the preservation of the traditional German style and the critical water source.  Historically, helles lagers have relied on high-quality, pure ingredients to excite the senses.  This flavorful brew does just that with its straw-blond coloring and lingering notes of Victory’s trademark whole flower hops that results in a delicious beer that is something of a refreshing throwback to when American brewing was largely inspired by Germany. Victory Helles Lager has an ABV of 4.8% and is available year-round in bottles and on draft. Read More…


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No-Li Releases Rise & Grind, Born & Raised, and Mosh Pit in 4-Packs

NO-LI Rise & Grind, Born & Raised, Mosh Pit

No-Li Brewhouse from Spokane, WA may have coined the phrase, Spokane-Style beers but regardless; this brewery continues to make a push in its farther reached distribution. Now the brewery is beginning to release more of its beers in appealing 12 ounce 4-packs. This is a trend that is most welcomed in an industry where the larger format rules supreme.

Now hitting the marketplace in this new packaging from No-Li Brewhouse is Rise & Grind, Born & Raised, and Mosh Pit. With No-Li’s 4-packs serving as a canvas to showcase the diversity, uniqueness and exceptional quality of Northwest ingredients, it makes perfect sense that the landscape of the Inland Empire will serve as home to No-Li’s new brewery.

No-Li Brewhouse“No-Li was Born & Raised in Spokane and it’s humbling to be a part of the evolving craft beer culture here,” says No-Li’s John Bryant. “No-Li is a platform for exploration in beer creation and we need to make more to explore! With each success we have, we see it as an opportunity to highlight what our hometown has to offer. Building Spokane’s first independent, regional brewery since Prohibition would be our way of paying homage to our roots while looking ahead to the future.” Read More…


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Ninkasi Brewing’s Dawn of the Red IRA Now Available Year-Round

Ninkasi Dawn of the Red Lineup

Returning for another year is Dawn of the Red from Ninkasi Brewing Company. This India Red Ale, is the latest beer to join Ninkasi’s year-round Flagship Series lineup starting February 15 across the brewery’s distribution footprint.

This tasty IRA was originally released as part of Ninkasi’s Rare & Delicious (R&D) Series. Part of its experimental small-batch series, Dawn of the Red was first brewed out of a want to offer an IPA using new hop varieties, including El Dorado and Mosaic hops. The beer immediately became a favorite, advancing itself to the Ninkasi Special Release Series in 2014. Once again, the fanfare for this beer was undeniable, making it an easy decision to add it to the 2015 Ninkasi Flagship Series.

“The idea for this beer was to make a super drinkable, hoppy beer with a touch of caramel malt to bring some dryness and malt-flavor into the finish,” explains Ninkasi founding brewer and co-founder, Jamie Floyd, who had been wanting to brew an IRA for some time. Read More…


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Trinity Brewing To Begin Washington State Distribution

Trinity Brewing Tree

Colorado’s latest brewery to begin distribution to the state of Washington is Trinity Brewing Company from Colorado Springs, CO. Trinity Brewing is proud to announce its launch in the Evergreen State with new distributor partners, Alpha Distributing. This new arrangement will bring Trinity’s full portfolio of harvest driven Saisons, Barrel-aged projects, and provocative beers for all to enjoy in Washington State.

The Puget Sound will experience memorable tappings of rare specialties, including some vintage Barrel Aged Sours. In addition to the great draft offerings, look for bottles of some of Trinity’s most sought after gems.

TRiNiTY BrewingThese include Elecktrick Cukumbahh, a highly awarded Golden Saison d’été brewed with fresh cukes, lemon zest, grains of paradise, and fermented with a light level of Brettanmoyces. Red Swingline IPA Primitif a tart, 100 IBU, Chardonnay barrel-aged sour brewed with coriander and tangerine zest, this beer was named TOP 25 Beers of 2015 by DRAFT Magazine. Also be on the lookout for Chocolate River Imperial Stout a complex and rich ale brewed with milk chocolate, whole vanilla beans, locally roasted coffee, and cacao nibs. Read More…


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An Interview with Elysian Brewing Founders Dick Cantwell & David Buhler on Selling the Brewery

Elysian Brewing Co.

By D.J. Paul

So the beloved craft brewing industry lost another major player today when Anheuser-Busch purchased its second Pacific Northwest based brewery, Elysian Brewing. Yes, Elysian has joined 10 Barrel Brewing in the ranks of Anheuser-Busch’s craft beer division. (You can read the press release about this purchase here.)

Anheuser-Busch sees these strong craft beer players as a more convenient way to enter this rapidly growing segment. Currently AB owns a 47.2% share of the total U.S. beer market. Even before its beers hit the mouths of consumers, AB owns and operates 15 breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the United States. And for all of the craft beer lovers, AB owns a huge hop farm in Northern Idaho, Elk Mountain Farms, so there’s a strategy behind these recent acquisitions.

Elysian Brewing LogoBrewpublic was able to speak to two of Elysian Brewing’s founders, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler along with Andy Goeler, CEO of Anheuser-Busch’s Craft division via phone from their location at the Warwick Hotel in downtown Seattle. The conversation was pleasant and some answers seemed a bit well rehearsed but this is what happens in the business world. Read More…


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Elysian Brewing Purchased by Anheuser-Busch



So does “Corporate Beer Still Sucks?

News just broke that Anheuser-Busch has purchased another Pacific Northwest based brewery. This past October the large corporate brewer purchased Bend, OR based 10 Barrel Brewing and today it has been announced that AB has went into agreement to purchase Seattle, WA based Elysian Brewing.

We have an email into both camps to get their take on this sale and purchase. More to come…….Elysian Sub Pop Loser Pale Ale 6 Pack

Below is the Anheuser-Busch press release:

St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the industry’s most innovative and sophisticated brands.

“For two decades, we’ve welcomed guests into our brewpubs and served them creative and impeccably crafted beers,” said Joe Bisacca, Elysian CEO and co-founder, who will continue with Elysian along with his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler. “After a lot of hard work, we’ve grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With the support of Anheuser-Busch, we will build on past successes and share our beers with more beer lovers moving forward.” Read More…


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Bazi Bierbrasserie to Brew 4th Year Anniversary Beer in Belgium

Bazi Anniversary Cake

Portland, OR – Plans are underway for Bazi’s (1522 SE 32nd Avenue) 4th Year Anniversary to be held on Wednesday, May 27th. In preparation for that festivity, Hilda Stevens, Bazi’s proprietor will be traveling to Belgium this month to collaborate with ‘t Hofbrouwerijke on a Belgian tripel.

Hilda Stevens at the 2014 OBFHilda has collaborated on three beers with Lompoc Brewing in previous years. “Brewing in Belgium just felt natural this time around as we begin planning our 4th Year Anniversary party. Geoff is a talented and passionate brewer and ‘t Hofbrouwerijke’s unique open fire fermentation process will bring out the flavor profile in this tripel-style beer we’re creating,” stated Stevens. Read More…


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Ecliptic Brewing Releases Oort Imperial Stout and Phobos Single Hop Red Ale in Bottles

Ecliptic Brewing Co.
There has been a lot of news coming from Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing during the first month of 2015. The brewery hired their first outside sales representative in local Portland resident and former Stone Brewing representative Erin Grey Kemplin. Its great to see that she is now working for a great local brewery that is pushing the envelope all the while satisfying their loyal customers.

Ecliptic Brewing also has just announced the release of its latest seasonal bottles, Oort Imperial Stout and Phobos Single Hop Red Ale.

“The Oort Imperial Stout and Phobos Single Hop Red Ale have rotated through the taps of Ecliptic, and we’re glad to now share these two beers at retail locations throughout the region,” said owner and head brewmaster John Harris. Read More…


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Elysian Brewing Winter Seasonal Beers

Elysian Brewing's New Foeders

Elysian Brewing’s New Foeders

Currently there’s a lot of excitement coming from Seattle! The Seattle Seahawks are returning to the Super Bowl for the consecutive year. Plus, January is turning into a busy month for Seattle’s Elysian Brewing. This month features a few seasonal releases, some new, some returning along with a spotlight on a now year-round favorite, Loser Pale Ale.

Elysian will be releasing the latest in their Dick’s Pick series, Knock on Nelson Wood-Aged IPA that was featured during the Holiday Ale Festival last month. Returning for the winter season are Split Shot Espresso Milk Stout brewed with beans from Portland’s Stumptown Coffee and Savant IPA, which are currently out in the marketplace.

New 2015 Elysian Taphandles

New 2015 Elysian Taphandles

Here are more details from the brewery on the new and returning seasonal beer releases. Read More…


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