Stone Brewing Releases Stone Imperial Russian Stout and Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout

Stone 2015 Imperial Russian Stout and Chai-Spice Imperial Russian Stout

ESCONDIDO, CA – Each spring, craft beer enthusiasts actually look forward to encountering the IRS—Stone Imperial Russian Stout, that is. A rich, hearty beer that emphasizes the roasty, chocolaty essence of dark malts, it stands out from Stone Brewing Co.’s typically hoppy stock, with a smooth, velvety body that’s tasty when fresh, yet also perfectly suited for long periods of cellaring. And there is more to look forward to this year: As part of Stone’s “Odd Beers for Odd Years” program (AKA another excuse to brew something new and creative), the California-based brewery is releasing a version infused with tea and spices, 2015 Stone CHAI-SPICED Imperial Russian Stout, alongside the classic version of this annual release. Starting today, the pair will begin arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at bars, retailers and restaurants in markets where Stone beer is sold.

Conceived by Stone President, Co-founder and original Brewmaster Steve Wagner in 2000, the recipe for Stone Imperial Russian Stout has been tweaked very little since the beer’s debut. Black malt and British roasted barley in the grain bill give the resulting beer an opaque black color and a roasty aroma. Intense bittersweet cocoa and coffee flavors give way to hints of anise and dark berry fruitiness. Enjoy, but exercise patience—as the stout warms, its bouquet unfolds, the texture becomes smoother and roasted qualities strengthen. Read More…


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American Craft Beer Exports Near $100 Million

Export Development Program Growth
Boulder, CO • March 24, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade group representing small and independent craft brewers—today reported export growth data for the American craft beer industry in 2014. Supported by the BA’s Export Development Program (EDP), craft beer export volume increased by 35.7 percent in 2014, representing 383,422 barrels and an estimated $99.7 million.

In 2014, the fastest growing markets were Brazil, South Korea, Thailand and the United Kingdom. The strongest growth was found in Brazil, which was up 63.9 percent; Asia-Pacific region (excluding Japan), up 38.1 percent; Western Europe, up 36.6 percent; Canada, up 32.3 percent; and Japan, up 31.7 percent.

The top five markets for American craft beer remained nearly the same in 2014, with South Korea surpassing Japan for fifth place. In terms of market share, Canada accounted for 53 percent of exports, Sweden for 12 percent, the United Kingdom for 10.7 percent, Australia for 5.1 percent, and Korea for 3.4 percent.

“Small and independent brewers are spreading the culture and community of craft beer around the globe,” said Bob Pease, chief executive officer, Brewers Association. “Beer drinkers internationally are embracing the innovation and flavors offered by American craft brewers. The Brewers Association is pleased to assist our members with increasing their access to markets abroad.” Read More…


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Nectar Creek Wins Big at the World’s Largest Mead Competition

Nectar Creek 2015 Mazer Cup Medals
Corvallis, Ore. (March 24, 2015)Nectar Creek Mead brought home two gold medals at the Mazer Cup International in Colorado this past weekend, and was the only company joined Rabbits Foot Meadery be the only two companies to sweep an entire category. The big win at the world’s largest mead competition is helping to establish the Corvallis, Ore.-based meadery as a national leader in the fast-growing category.

Nectar Creek swept the “Dry Session Mead” category at this year’s Mazer Cup, bringing home a gold medal for Sting – ginger session mead, silver for Waggle – wildflower session mead, and bronze for Honeycone – hop session mead. Nectar Creek also won a gold medal for Reserve #3, a blueberry and black currant mead aged in pinot noir barrels, in the “Specialty Dry” Category.

Mazer Cup International is the largest mead competition in the world and is held in Colorado every spring. The number of entries into the mead competition at Mazer Cup has grown significantly every year, aligning with a growing national awareness of mead. Nectar Creek Logo

“We are lucky to have such a dedicated team that is receiving well deserved recognition for their hard work towards producing top quality products,” said Nectar Creek Co-Founder Nick Lorenz. “In a similar light, we are excited and lucky to be a part of the early years of the mead category. There is a lot of great energy behind the development and continual growth of the commercial mead industry.”

Nectar Creek can be found readily throughout Oregon at bars, restaurants and grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, New Seasons, Market of Choice and BevMo!. This year Nectar Creek is growing production capacity and distribution, expanding into Washington, California and Idaho, with plans to expand to Alaska, Texas and Minnesota this year, as well. Read More…


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Reuben’s Brews Hires Dean Mochizuki From Pike Brewing

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SEATTLE, Wash. (March 20, 2015) Reuben’s Brews is thrilled to welcome its new Head Experimental Brewer! On April 1, Dean Mochizuki, currently Head Brewer at Seattle’s venerable Pike Brewing Company, will take the reins of the new barrel house and small-batch brewery, which will be located at the brewery’s current Ballard space.

“We’re very excited to have someone with Dean’s experience and skill join our team,” says Adam Robbings, co-founder and head brewer of Reuben’s Brews. “I’ve had a long list of beers I’ve wanted to brew, but just haven’t had the time or space to brew them. With the new brewery opening up in the next couple of months, we finally will. I can’t wait to turn Dean loose and see what he comes up with!”

In his new role, Mochizuki will manage the small-batch brewery and barrel house, help design new recipes, expand the barrel program, drive the new sour program, and help expand and build upon the brewery’s current award-winning lineup of beers.

Mochizuki joined Pike Brewing more than 12 years ago and became Head Brewer in 2011.

“I truly enjoyed my years at Pike and am grateful to Charles and Rose Ann Finkel for all they’ve done for me,” says Mochizuki. “Joining the Reuben’s Brews team is a fantastic opportunity. It’s been exciting to watch them grow over the last two-and-a-half years. They consistently produce the highest quality beer in a variety of styles. I’m really looking forward to helping them push the boundaries and create new and exciting beers.” Read More…


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This post was written by admin on March 21, 2015

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pFriem Family Brewers to Release Bottles in Early April

Hood River, OR - pFriem Family Brewers announces the first-ever release of pFriem beer in bottles and associated bottle premiere events. The bottle release begins locally in Hood River, OR on Friday, April 3, 2015 at pFriem Family Brewers with Portland and Seattle premieres to follow.

pFriem is set to launch 23 bottled beers throughout 2015 including: annual, seasonal, limited and barrel-aged varieties. The Classic Series will be offered in a capped 500ml German-style bottle while the Select Line and Barrel-Aged beers are being packaged in a corked and hooded 375ml bottle. The Barrel-Aged beers will include the long-anticipated Flanders Red and Blonde. pFriem_IPA

“This is a significant moment for pFriem Family Brewers,” explains Brewmaster & Co-Founder Josh Pfriem. “Not only does releasing bottles make it easier for folks to take home our hop forward beers and lagers, but it allows us to take our Belgian-inspired and barrel-aged beers to the next level. These beers are bottle conditioned, a process where we add yeast and sugar to the beer before bottling to create a beautiful secondary fermentation. This fermentation process creates a high level of carbonation, a wonderful maturation, and an exceptionally complex beer. We are eager and excited to share these beers with you!”

On April 3, 2015, pFriem Family Brewers will offer bottles for purchase through their Hood River tasting room starting at 11:30 am. The pFriem bottles will hit Portland’s shelves the following week with a release party at Belmont Station on Wednesday, April 8th. A month later, pFriem will introduce bottles to Washington State. Bellingham’s Elizabeth Station will host a release on Tuesday, May 5th while Seattle’s premiere will be at Chuck’s Hop Shop on Wednesday, May 6th, just in time for Seattle Beer Week. Read More…


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Lompoc Brewing Teams Up with Hollywood Theatre for Spy-themed IPA Night

Lompoc You Only Live Twice

PORTLAND, Ore. – Brew Masterpiece Theatre at The Hollywood Theatre is an ongoing series where brewmasters craft beers inspired by films they love. Lompoc is pleased to announce its 4th annual participation in this series, this time promoting Lompoc head brewer Bryan Keilty’s Spy Series of IPAs. On March 27, Lompoc will feature three of its spy-themed IPAs on tap at the theatre, paired with the 1967 James Bond classic You Only Live Twice. Happy hour starts at 6pm, the movie starts at 7pm. The following Lompoc Spy-PAs will be on tap:

The Spy Who Dry Hopped Me: This beer was dry hopped in the fermentor and the bright tank with Amarillo hops to create a beautifully fragrant IPA that tantalizes the nose. A wonderful grapefruit and grassy aroma with an alluring golden color that beams out of the glass. utilizes Mosaic hops to create a well balanced flavor of earthy pine and tropical orange zest that goes well with the caramel malt base. Don’t drink this beer before you go on your next mission. The enemy will smell you coming. 5.6% ABV

Dr. Hop: A collaboration with Richard Batchelor, head winemaker at Maryhill Winery, this sessionable, well hopped IPA has a mild malty sweetness that plays nicely with the hop profile. Lompoc employed Horizon and Cascades up front with a large addition of Hopsteiner Experimental 05256 at the end of the boil. 5.4% ABV

From Lompoc with Love: This light-bodied but full-flavored session IPA was brewed with Centennial, Crystal, Ultra, Cascade and Sterling hops and carries a well-balanced variety of bitter, citrus and floral notes, complemented by a subtle malt sweetness. 5.3% ABV Read More…


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New Belgium Brewing and Half Acre Collaborate to Produce Oatmeal IPA

New Belgium & Half Acre Oatmeal IPA
Ft. Collins, Colo., March 16, 2015 – New Belgium Brewing and Chicago’s Half Acre Beer Company join forces to create Oatmeal IPA, a fruity, tropical hop-bomb with a creamier sip than the average IPA. The beer is available on draft, while supplies last, through New Belgium’s Hop Kitchen Series.

Oatmeal IPA first came to life about four years ago, when New Belgium’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, visited Half Acre where he met with owners Gabriel Magliaro and Matt Gallagher. That’s when they planted the seeds for a collaboration beer.

In late 2013, the first beer in this two-part collaboration was released as Avoine IPA, an oat-spiked IPA brewed at New Belgium and released throughout Chicago (Avoine means “oats” in French). In February of this year, the Half Acre team traveled to Fort Collins, Colo., to brew the second installment: Oatmeal IPA.

This 2015 release is honey-hued with a velvety mouthfeel that offers brilliant pine, grass and guava courtesy of Citra and Centennial dry-hopping. Oatmeal IPA is ultra-tropical and appears softer than the traditional IPA, but be warned – lurking beneath the smooth oats and toasted malts, are vibrant hops with a bitter bite. Read More…


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Hopworks Urban Brewery Achieves B Corporation Certification

Hopworks Urban Brewery HUB

Portland, OR - Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), Portland’s producer of world-class, sustainably-made beer, today announced its certification as a B Corporation. This prestigious designation is awarded to companies using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. By becoming certified, Hopworks formally and legally agrees to consider their impact not only financially but also on their workers, suppliers, community, consumers, and the environment, collectively referred to as the triple bottom line.

B Lab, the organization certifying B Corporations, seeks to build a community of Certified B Corporations that meet higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. Any company can apply. There are over 1,000 Certified B Corporations from more than 60 industries in 34 countries.

The certification makes Hopworks the first B Corporation brewery in the Pacific Northwest and the seventh in the world. Hopworks is the 47th certified B Corporation in the state of Oregon.

“It is an incredible honor to become a certified B Corporation and to sit amongst the companies that we have admired for so long. Hopworks has always believed in the direct relationship between business and environmental health and it is great to have a framework to study our progress” says Hopworks brewmaster and founder Christian Ettinger. “B Lab’s application process provided an incredibly eye-opening and dynamic analysis of our efforts to date. We are proud of what we have been able to achieve in eight short years and look forward to tackling the more challenging points in the months to come. This process has really improved our focus and excited our team.”   Read More…


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Craft Brewer Volume Share of U.S. Beer Market Reaches Double Digits in 2014

Boulder, CO • March 16, 2015—The Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, today released 2014 data on U.S. craft brewing(1) growth. For the first-time ever, craft brewers reached double-digit (11 percent) volume share of the marketplace.

In 2014, craft brewers produced 22.2 million barrels, and saw an 18 percent rise in volume(2) and a 22 percent increase in retail dollar value(3). Retail dollar value was estimated at $19.6 billion representing 19.3 percent market share.

“With the total beer market up only 0.5 percent in 2014, craft brewers are key in keeping the overall industry innovative and growing. This steady growth shows that craft brewing is part of a profound shift in American beer culture—a shift that will help craft brewers achieve their ambitious goal of 20 percent market share by 2020,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Small and independent brewers are deepening their connection to local beer lovers while continuing to create excitement and attract even more appreciators.”

Additionally, the number of operating breweries in the U.S. in 2014 grew 19 percent, totaling 3,464 breweries, with 3,418 considered craft broken down as follows: 1,871 microbreweries, 1,412 brewpubs and 135 regional craft breweries. Throughout the year, there were 615 new brewery openings and only 46 closings. Read More…


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This post was written by admin on March 16, 2015

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Oregon Brewers Festival Toasts its 28th Year

PORTLAND, Ore. — March 11, 2015 — There’s been turmoil brewing in the craft beer world recently with acquisitions and ad punches, but one thing has stayed constant: the Oregon Brewers Festival will return this summer for its annual five-day celebration of craft beer. The 28th annual Oregon Brewers Festival will take place July 22 through July 26 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland. Event hours are Noon to 9pm Wed. through Sat., and Noon to 7pm Sunday.

One of the nation’s longest-running and best-loved craft beer festivals, the Oregon Brewers Festival annually draws 85,000 beer lovers from around the world. In the two main tents, the Oregon Brewers Festival will serve beers from 90 craft breweries from the U.S. and Canada; each brewery sends one beer to the event.2015 Oregon Brewers Festival Logo

From Belgians to braggots, pales to Pilsners, radlers to reds, and saisons to stouts, there’s a style for nearly every palate; two gluten-free products are offered as well (for a complete list of participating breweries and beers, visit The festival also features five days of live music, food booths, craft vendors, homebrew demonstrations and industry displays.

Continuing its foray into featuring international craft brewers, the Oregon Brewers Festival has also invited five brewers from New Zealand to come to the event along with their beer. The Kiwi contingent includes Tuatara, Yeastie Boys, Garage Project, Panhead and ParrotDog. Select styles from these breweries will be featured in the festival’s International Tent along with daily meet-the-brewer sessions. The International Tent encourages a long-term cultural exchange with brewers around the world as part of a collective celebration of great craft beer. Read More…


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This post was written by admin on March 13, 2015

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