Hopworks Urban Brewery Increases Capacity and New Distribution Deal

Hopworks Urban Brewery HUBPortland, OR - Responding to increased consumer demand, Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the recent signing of new distribution agreements to send its world-class, sustainably brewed beer to Alaska and Hawaii. In addition, HUB added three 80 bbl. fermentation tanks which expand its brewing capacity to 22,000 barrels annually. Starting in March, Hopworks award-winning beer will be available in cans, bottles and on-draft in leading taphouses, grocery stores and markets in the two states.

“We are working to incrementally grow in the region while meeting existing demands and increasing our capacity in a meaningful way,” said Christian Ettinger, Brewmaster and Founder of Hopworks. “For us, it’s all about sharing great organic and sustainably-made beer while modeling environmentally responsible business practices.”

K&L Distributors Inc. was selected to bring HUB beer to accounts in Anchorage, Fairbanks and the surrounding area and in Hawaii, Hopworks is partnering with Craft Northwest Distributors for accounts on Oahu, including Whole Foods Market and Tamura’s Fine Wine & Liquors. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on February 27, 2015

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Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Festival for Beer Autism Hope

Hop Courage 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015 (Los Angeles, CA) Beer Autism Hope (a registered 501(c)3 charity) and All About Beer Magazine announce the inaugural Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Festival set for Saturday, April 25th at the legendary Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The festival is a craft beer celebration unlike any other with the biggest names in beer gathering from across the nation for a day to give back. Craft beer fans will get the chance to taste brews from America’s best breweries, meet brewing legends, celebrities and take part in craft beer masters symposiums hosted by All About Beer Magazine’s John Holl.

Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Day concludes a two year miracle journey for beer historian with autism Lance Rice, who launched the Beer Autism Hope movement. Special guest appearances and brewmaster panels will be live streamed for worldwide viewing. The day will also be filmed for the highly anticipated Lance’s Brewery Tour documentary, which captures Lance Rice’s improbably journey from unknown beer historian with autism to worldwide inspiration, author and autism advocate.

“Two years ago Lance overcame incredible odds to leave home on his own for the first time at fifty-five-years-old. On Hops & Hopes Craft Beer Day his courage will bring him centerstage at a festival benefiting autism in his honor – surrounded by thousands at one of the nation’s most revered stadiums – it’s unbelievable.” stated Aaron Rice, Director of the Beer Autism Hope Cause. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on February 25, 2015

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Ninkasi Studios Unveils “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP”

Ninkasi Studios

EUGENE, Ore.—Feb. 24, 2015— Ninkasi Brewing Company believes crafted, independent beer and music is a winning combination. Since the beginning Ninkasi has supported local artists in a variety of ways, all organized by James Book, Ninkasi brand and experiential marketing director. With the opening of its new Ninkasi Studios this past June, the brewery announces its first original musical offering— the “Dawn of the Red Compilation EP,” available on Ninkasi’s website this March.

Since 2009, Ninkasi has supported artists including music production, engineering and recording from iterations of the brewery’s in-house recordings studio, album pressing sponsorships, assistance in tours and bookings, and opportunities to showcase their music at Ninkasi signature events. Book has been at the helm of the studio operation, bringing a wealth of experience in the music industry to the brewery’s marketing mix.

“Coming from a 20-year career in both recording and touring in music before craft beer, it’s  rewarding to be able to help new artists reach their aspirations and help them navigate some of the chasms we had to cross without the support of sponsors,” explains Book. “The opening of Ninkasi Studios will enable us to support up-and-coming artists at no cost to them.” Read More…

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This post was written by D.J. Paul on February 25, 2015

Bazi to host 3rd Annual Saison Greetings

Bazi Saison Greetings 2015

Portland, OR – It’s daylight savings time! Spring forward to Bazi on Sunday, March 8th from 4-9 PM for our 3rd Annual Saison Greetings farmhouse ale tap takeover featuring domestic and import Belgian-inspired saison style beers. The lineup includes:

  • 10 Barrel Black Saison
  • Baerlic Wildcat
  • Breakside Tropicalia
  • The Commons Boysen
  • Lompoc and Bazi Forbidden Fruit Collaboration
  • Logsdon Farmhouse Seizoen Bretta
  • Oakshire Hermanne 1882
  • pFriem Saison
  • Du Bocq Saison 1858
  • Saison Dupont
  • Hof Ten Dormaal Saison
  • Vipaeur Saison de Pipaix

Sampler trays will be available for purchase. The domestic flight will be available for $8 and the import flight for $12. Each flight consists of 4 – 5 oz pours. Pick one flight or try them side by side. And don’t forget our all Sunday Happy Hour is back, so come thirsty and hungry! Read More…

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This post was written by admin on February 24, 2015

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New Belgium Brings Back La Folie, Transatlantique Kriek and Cocoa Molé

New Belgium La Folie

Ft. Collins, Colo. – February 19, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing is releasing 2015’s La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek while reissuing a new Cocoa Molé, offering an inventive mixture of sour, sweet, heat and tradition. Two of these Lips of Faith additions (Transatlantique Kriek and La Folie) will remain out through the remainder of 2015 and Cocoa Molé will be out through March, or while supplies last.

La Folie, French for “the folly” and New Belgium’s earliest sour beer release dating back to 1997, returns yet again to offer this year’s sour delight. A wood-conditioned brown ale, La Folie ages one to three years in French oak foeders formerly used in wine production. The result? A smooth oaky nose and delightfully tart finish. This one-of-a-kind sour brown ale is sharp like a lambic, sour in the finish, and full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. It pours a deep mahogany.
La Folie is 7 percent ABV and available in 22-oz. bombers and on draft. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on February 23, 2015

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Green Flash Cellar 3 and Other News

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San Diego, CA – February 19, 2015  Today, Co-Founders of Green Flash Brewing Co, Mike and Lisa Hinkley, officially announce plans for the national debut of Cellar 3, a series of rare, barrel-aged beer offerings and expansion to a 2nd San Diego facility. After announcing the 2015 Hop Odyssey lineup of hop-focused session IPAs last week, Green Flash Cellar 3 offers consumers a taste from the opposite end of the craft spectrum with a lineup of elevated, limited reserve offerings that will round out the national Green Flash portfolio. With construction of the Cellar 3 packaging facility now complete, Green Flash will roll out the series to retailers beginning in April, and plans to open a public tasting room later this spring. Cellar 3 is located in the eastern part of San Diego County’s Poway neighborhood, with over 12,000 square feet dedicated to the art of craft beer innovation through barrel-aging and wild yeast experimentation. The new facility will allow Brewmaster, Chuck Silva along with Barrelmaster, Pat Korn to focus on expanding the rare beer lineup and will significantly increase production of several highly sought after Green Flash ales. The first Cellar 3 release to reach consumers in April will be fan favorite, Silva Stout, an award-winning bourbon barrel aged ale that is coveted by craft beer lovers worldwide. Silva Stout – and each subsequently released Cellar 3 beer – will be packaged in artfully designed 750 ml cork-finished bottles available from coast to coast. Consumers can expect Cellar 3 750 ml bottles to range from $9 to $19 at retail.CHUCK SILVA at Green Flash

“We began with a Temecula Red Wine Barrel which we filled with Le Freak as an experiment in 2006,” explains Brewmaster Chuck Silva. “From that barrel, we created our first batch of what we called Super Freak and developed a house yeast strain that we still use to this day. We knew we were on to something special and sourced as many barrels as possible, and then patiently waited out the aging process. After we secured a medal at GABF for Silva Stout, the demand for our barrel-aged and rare ales soared, as did our brewers passion for the process.” Read More…

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No-Li Partners with Taylor Shellfish and Brews a Fresh New Oyster Stout

No-Li Oyster Stout

Spokane, WA…Hops…coffee…cranberries…cherries…OYSTERS.  Yes, that’s correct…oysters.  In keeping with their mission to create distinctive, award-winning beers with fresh, locally sourced ingredients, No-Li Brewhouse has teamed up with Taylor Shellfish Farms for their newest offering.  The glorious result is a traditionally brewed, yet uniquely flavored Oyster Stout.

Taylor Shellfish Farms“We selected No-Li to collaborate with us on this Oyster Stout because we appreciate the priority they place on utilizing top quality, Pacific Northwest ingredients,” says Tom Stocks, Regional Manager of Restaurant Operations for Taylor Shellfish Farms.  “We’re extremely excited for this beer, and we’re confident our customers will be too.”

Oyster Stout is brewed with Dark Chocolate and Extra Special malt for notes of cocoa, chocolate and toasted grain.  Flaked oats and lactose provide a smooth body and creamy head.  With Taylor Totten Inlet Pacific oysters added in the final five minutes of the boil, this sweet, yet balanced stout offers drinkers subtle hints of salty brine and the flavors of the South Puget Sound.

No-Li Oyster Stout is set to begin shipping on March 3rd and will be available on draft and in 22oz bottles through No-Li’s brewpub and Taylor Shellfish Farms’ three oyster bar locations in Seattle. Read More…

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This post was written by Angelo on February 19, 2015

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Widmer Brothers Re-Releases Pitch Black IPA & KGB Russian Imperial Stout in 30 Beers For 30 Years Series

Widmer Pitch Black KGB Stout


PORTLAND, Ore. – February 18, 2015 – Two recent favorites from Widmer Brothers Brewing’s 30-year recipe archive were released this month in the brewery’s 30 Beers for 30 Years Series: Pitch Black IPA and KGB Russian Imperial Stout. These beers represent the years 2010 and 2011, respectively, and both dark offerings are great for the last cold months of winter.

Both beers, as well as the entire 30 Beers for 30 Years Series, are available in 22-ounce bottles and on draught in the Portland area for a very limited time. Only 30 cases of each beer were brewed on Widmer Brothers’ 10-barrel pilot system and packaged with custom labels designed by local artists. 

Pitch Black IPA was one of the original style examples that eventually became a formally recognized beer style, “American-Style India Black Ale,” or as some would call it, Black IPA or Cascadian Dark Ale.

In 2010, Rob Widmer got together with a select few other Northwest breweries and industry luminaries at Belmont Station in Portland to discuss the new style. They used Pitch Black IPA and a few other notable NW offerings to build guidelines for the style. A proposal was drafted and sent to the Brewer’s Association. The proposal was ultimately successful and “American-Style India Black Ale” became a recognized style that same year. Pitch Black IPA, or as it was known at the time, W’10, won a GABF Gold Medal in 2009.

KGB is a creation of longtime brewer Ben Dobler, who first presented this Russian Imperial Stout to beer drinkers in the Widmer Brothers Pub in 1998. The beer quickly turned into a Pub favorite, and was eventually bottled as part of the W-Series in 2011. The dark, full-bodied Russian Imperial Stout was available seasonally until 2013 and is occasionally available on draught.
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Oregon Brewers will Voyage to Reykjavik for Icelandic Beer Festival in February

KEX Hostel

2015 marks 26 years that Icelanders have been allowed to drink beer

“Our focus has been on breweries from Oregon simply because we like the way people from Oregon think and how the craft beer movement has been developing in that particular state.” – Ólafur Ágústsson, restaurant manager at KEX

Portland, OR – Portland breweries are preparing to embark on an epic voyage to Reykjavik to spread the gospel of Oregon beer at the annual Icelandic Beer Festival, which will take place at KEX Hostel from Feb. 26 through March 1.

Breakside and Hopworks will showcase their beers as part of a contingent organized by Alex Briggs, who is part of a group working with Kurt Huffman of ChefStable to open The Loyal Legion, a new Portland beer hall that will soon offer 99 Oregon brews on tap in the old Portland Police Athletic Association building at Southeast Sixth Avenue and Alder Street.

It’s the fourth year KEX has hosted the Icelandic Beer Festival. While the lineup of U.S. breweries recently expanded to include beers from Connecticut (Two Roads) and Michigan (Founders), Oregon’s craft breweries have always been and will remain a focal point for the 2015 event.


“Our focus has been on breweries from Oregon simply because we like the way people from Oregon think and how the craft beer movement has been developing in that particular state,” said Ólafur Ágústsson, restaurant manager at KEX. “We feel that we can connect to people from Portland and all of Oregon. Reykjavik has a lot in common.”

The Icelandic Beer Festival celebrates March 1, 1989, the end of the prohibition on beer in the country. Read More…

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American Homebrewers Association Hosts Rally in Ashland, Oregon

American Homebrewers Association

This Sunday, February 22, the American Homebrewers Association is throwing a Rally in Ashland at Standing Stone Brewing Co. to celebrate the joys of homebrewing and connect beer enthusiasts in the area.

The event—which is southern Oregon’s first-ever AHA Rally—will feature a VIP tour of the brewery, beer samples, gifts, prizes and much more! 

WHAT:  The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) hosts a series of AHA Rallies across the country to give homebrewers the chance to check out some of their local breweries and connect with other beer enthusiasts and homebrewers in their area. This upcoming AHA Rally will take place in Ashland, Ore. at Standing Stone Brewing Co. and offers the opportunity to take a VIP tour of the brewery, meet brewery staff, enjoy Standing Stone beer samples, and win great prizes from the brewery and the AHA.

Plus, Standing Stone will be organizing a Wort Give-Away, in which attendees will have the chance to take home five gallons of Standing Stone wort to use to ferment their own beer at home. In addition, all guests will take home a Rally-exclusive gift from the AHA.

WHEN:  Sunday, February 22 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Standing Stone BrewingWHERE:  Standing Stone Brewing Co.
101 Oak Street
Ashland, OR 97520

COST: Rallies are free for current AHA members. Non-members can join online, or sign up for a discounted member rate at the Rally. Please RSVP for the event. Read More…

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This post was written by Angelo on February 18, 2015

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