Christopher Pryor appointed Director of Sales & Marketing for Wyeast Laboratories

Christopher Pryor of Wyeast

Odell, Ore. (January 27, 2015) – Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. is delighted to announce that Christopher Pryor has joined the company as Director of Sales & Marketing. Pryor joins Wyeast Laboratories during an exciting period of growth for the company and will oversee all aspects of Wyeast’s marketing and sales, including the development of strategic industry objectives and opportunities and initiatives to achieve the overall goals of the company. The announcement was made by Wyeast Laboratories Founder and President Jeannette Kreft-Logsdon.

“When Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. was established in 1986, it was the first company to address the needs of the craft brewing industry with pure liquid yeast. Today we are a global leader in producing pure liquid yeast for the fermentable beverage industries, with a strategic vision of expansion to continue to address new markets and the increasing needs of our existing and growing clientele. With Chris’ expansive knowledge of the craft brewing industry and marketing insight, he was the perfect addition to facilitate Wyeast in realizing its goals,” Kreft-Logsdon said. 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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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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Widmer Brothers Brewing Announces Partnership with Portland Winterhawks

Kurt and Rob Widmer (photo courtesy of Widmer Brothers Brewing)

The Portland Winterhawks have announced a new partnership with Portland based Widmer Brothers Brewing. Already a staple at the Moda Center, Widmer now makes it official by showing their support for our local hockey team, the Winterhawks.

To mark this partnership, Kurt and Rob Widmer, co-founders of Widmer Brothers Brewing, drop the ceremonial puck when the Everett Silvertips come to Portland on Saturday, January 31st. Prior to the 7:00pm puck drop at the Moda Center, come sample Widmer Upheaval IPA as the founders of Widmer will be pouring this now year-old IPA for all fans 21 year old or older in attendance.

Widmer Upheaval IPA

This is also Mascot Night when Tom-A-Hawk invites his furry friends to join in the fun of the Winterhawks’ annual Mascot Night, with a mascot game on the ice during one of the intermissions. Tickets can be purchased here at Ticketmaster. Read More…


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#PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest

Base Camp Collabofest

On Saturday, January 24th, Base Camp Brewing will host the first ever #PDXNOW Presents Base Camp’s Collabofest, from Noon to 8:00pm. This one of a kind beerfest is held in conjunction with Travel Portland as part of the organization’s larger Portland is Happening Now winter tourism campaign.

Base Camp Brewing pulled together ten of Portland’s breweries to pair up to create ten different #PDXNOW brews. The ten breweries include Base Camp, Baerlic, Breakside, Coalition, Ecliptic, Ex Novo, Fat Head’s, Gigantic, Hopworks and Stormbreaker. Each pair shares a particular beer style, but individual breweries have crafted their own interpretations, utilizing local ingredients to showcase the brewing talents found around the clock in Portland.

PDXNow TaphandleThe #PDXNOW beers will be available at the breweries’ respective taprooms beginning on January 24th and lasting through February 28th. Also available, while supplies last, will be the #PDXNOW “Beerport” passport with tasting notes on each of the beers.

“Portland is the ultimate destination for beer lovers. With more craft breweries than any other city on the planet, Portland is the craft brewing capital of the world,” said Courtney Ries, Travel Portland marketing director. “This limited-availability series showcases a variety of breweries in town, and we hope this encourages beer lovers to visit Portland before they miss this exclusive collection.”

“This initiative typifies the collaborative spirit Portland is known for,” said Ross Putnam, co-founder of Base Camp Brewing Company. “Portland has an amazing craft beer scene that has made this city home to some of the best beers in the world. We’ve very much enjoyed working with this group of exceptional breweries to create a #PDXNOW collection that both tourists and locals are sure to love.”

The main event will take place beginning with a VIP entry at Noon on Saturday. General Admission entry begins an hour later at 1:00pm. Once inside one will be able to meet the brewers and sample all 10 limited-edition beers in one location at the kickoff event. The family-friendly Collabofest celebration will be held at Base Camp Brewing Company and will cover two city blocks, featuring iconic food trucks Koi Fusion, Gonzo and Grilled Cheese Grill. Read More…


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StormBreaker Brewing First Anniversary

StormBreaker First Anniversary

Its been a little over a year ago since Amnesia Brewing pulled out of their longtime location in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood to a more larger facility in nearby Washougal, WA. When new owners, Rob Lutz and Dan Malech, took over the former brewery they took care of some much needed renovation work prior to opening back up as StormBreaker Brewing.

To celebrate this one-year milestone, StormBreaker will host a day long Anniversary Party on Saturday, January 31st from Noon to Midnight.

StormBreaker will help the party out by releasing three special beers for the celebration. The three beers include Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Coat, Year 1 Belgian Barley Wine and the return of KettleBreakerRead More…


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Culmination Brewing Taproom Soft Opening

Tomas Sluiter and Brad Basile of Culmination Brewing

This evening Portland’s newest brewery, Culmination Brewing, will open its doors to show off its new taproom and installed brewhouse from 6:00 to 10:00pm. Even though the brewhouse is less than a week old and is yet to be put to use, Culmination will be pouring one of their own beers, 4 & 20 Black IPA, which is tasting quite good.

Culmination Brewing LogoAfter years in planning and a location that was not meant to be on Portland’s Westside, Culmination Brewing found its home inside The Bindery Annex Building near Sunshine Dairy on NE Oregon at NE 21st. This beautifully renovated brewery is one that is home to many various businesses that Culmination founder Tomas Sluiter intends to bring together for different future projects at the brewery.

Sluiter will use his experience from the past decade brewing at Portland’s Old Market Pub & Brewery when he starts up his new 5 Vessel 5 Barrel Brewhouse manufactured by Marks Design & Metalworks across the river in Vancouver, WA. This unique setup will allow Sluiter along with his head brewer, Brad Basile, to brew many different style of beers to keep their taplist fresh and appealing. Read More…


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Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. and Draft Magazine Name Winners of The 2015 Ice & Ales Invitational

DRAFT Magazine and Wyeast Laboratories Ice & Ales
Eagle, Colo. (January 14, 2015)— This past Friday, two dozen leading craft brewers and brewery executives descended upon Sylvan Lake outside of Eagle, Colo., for the first annual 2015 Ice & Ales Invitational, hosted by Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. and DRAFT Magazine. The hospitality event was held in conjunction with the 15th Annual Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival. The event kicked-off with eagles soaring overhead, while participants rotated between ice-fishing shanties and a warming cabin, competing to catch the most and biggest fish of the day. Participants also battled for individual prizes and the right to be named the 2015 Ice & Ales Grand Champion Brewery.
“It’s perfect weather, and we’re all enjoying sitting outside in the sunshine,” noted Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. founder Jeanette Kreft-Logsdon while ice fishing and sipping on an Mephistopheles’ Stout from Boulder-based Avery Brewing Company. “The Ice & Ales Invitational creates camaraderie among our participants as we hang out in a unique environment.”

2015 Ice & Ales Invitational Winners:

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Ninkasi Brewing Announces New Distributor Partners in Southern Oregon and Western Washington

Ninkasi Brewing Company

EUGENE, Ore.—Jan. 13, 2015—Ninkasi Brewing Company proudly announces partnerships with Oregon and Washington wholesalers, Bigfoot Beverage Distributors and The Odom Corporation. Starting January 26, Bigfoot Beverage Distributors will distribute Ninkasi throughout Downstate Oregon, followed by distribution in Western Washington by The Odom Corporation beginning February 9. Formerly territories covered by wholesalers owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI), this move marks Ninkasi’s commitment to partnering with like-minded, craft-focused distributors in the region.

“We believe these new partnerships in Oregon and Washington will be the best thing for our company, our retail partners and our Ninkasi fans in the region,” explains Nikos Ridge, CEO and co-founder of Ninkasi. “We are committed to being an independent and locally-owned craft brewery, and feel we will be better aligned long term with independent and locally-owned wholesalers.”

Bigfoot Beverages“Our Bigfoot team is excited to partner with Ninkasi; a premier local craft brewery poised for continued growth who also shares many of our same corporate values and beliefs,” adds Eric Forrest, co-president of Bigfoot Beverages. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to pair local craft with local distribution while creating more jobs in our communities.” Read More…


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