Holiday Ale Festival raises $20,000 for Children’s Cancer Association

Celebrate Beer at the Holiday Ale Festival

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nearly 14,000 beer fans took part in the 19th annual Holiday Ale Festival Dec. 3 through 7 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Collectively, they helped raise $20,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association MusicRx program, which delivers the healing power of music to children battling cancer and their families.

Heated tents, coupled with mild temperatures outside, provided so much warmth that the coat check took in a record number of garments – great news for the Children’s Cancer Association. All the proceeds brought in from the coat check, the Crater Lake Root Beer Garden, a raffle, and sales of the festival’s classic pin up girl posters and temporary tattoos are annually earmarked for the non-profit. At the festival’s conclusion, organizers count all the funds, round up to the nearest $1,000, then double it, and double it again. Festival organizers are excited that this year’s donation will make an immediate impact on the holiday needs of the Music Rx program. Read More…

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New Belgium Brewing Adds 50% More Onsite Solar Capacity

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Ft. Collins, Colo. – December 17, 2014 – New Belgium Brewing is once again partnering with Boulder-based Namasté Solar to add an additional 96.525kW of photovoltaic solar paneling at its Fort Collins facility. The new system will be in addition to 870 panels New Belgium installed in 2009 and will bring total onsite solar production to 4.5% of the brewery’s total electrical need. Coupled with New Belgium’s onsite Process Water Treatment Plant (which produces methane that is harvested to fire a co-gen engine creating around 15% of New Belgium’s electricity), the brewery will soon be able to produce 19.5% of its total electricity through renewable energy on site. The $250,000 installation will reside next to the original solar system atop the brewery’s bottling and canning facility. New Belgium is paying for the system through funds raised through an Internal Energy Tax the brewery created two years ago to develop more onsite power generation. Read More…

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Limited Edition 2014 Noggin Floggin Released at Hopworks Urban Brewery

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Yesterday, Hopworks Urban Brewery releases 2014 Noggin Floggin Barleywine. The beer was produced in a very-limited run of bottles. Hopworks has a small number of bomber bottles available for $9 per bottle at their Powell location. Bottles will also be available in limited distribution at Whole Foods Market in Oregon and Washington beginning December 26th. Read More…

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Stone Brewing Co. Introduces Stone Enjoy After 12.26.15 Brett IPA

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ESCONDIDO, CA (Dec. 16, 2014) – Age an India pale ale? Really? Stone Brewing Co. is releasing a beer that defies all we thought we knew about consuming hoppy beers at their freshest, particularly the West Coast-style IPAs for which Stone is famous. While nearly every IPA on the planet should be drunk as fresh as possible, that is not the case with Stone Enjoy After 12.26.15 Brett IPA. Intended for aging until at least December 26, 2015, this unique IPA is inoculated with Brettanomyces (Brett), a wild yeast that will transform the beer over time in fascinatingly and deliciously unpredictable ways when stored under proper cellaring conditions. Beginning today, the Brett IPA will start arriving in 750-milliliter bottles at retail accounts in select states. Read More…

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Burnside Brewing 4th Anniversary Celebration

Burnside Brewing 4th Anniversary

Portland, OR - Burnside Brewing Co. celebrates an amazing 4 years on Sunday, December 28, from 6-11pm with the release of two new beers and a party at the brewpub featuring free food, live music, and $4 beers all day.

A staple of Oregon’s thriving brewpub culture, Burnside Brewing Co. has become known as one of the top places to grab a bite as well as a brew. Focused on easy-drinking brews that can be simple or complex but always meant to be paired with food, the brewery takes the same approach to the pub menu with indigenous and handcrafted ingredients. Popular items continue to be the “Cohiba” duck confit cigar, housemade sausages, and pub burger.

The Burnside beer list ranges from the easy drinking Oatmeal Pale Ale to the GABF gold medal winning Sweet Heat, which features an amalgamation of apricots and scotch bonnet peppers. Recently the brewery has turned out a new take on “Hot Chocolate,” a stout with chocolate and habanero peppers that is paired perfectly with Chef Jimmy’s grilled tuna featuring stout braised leek coulis, fresh herbs, lemon preserve, pickled fresno pepper, and cocoa nibs. Read More…

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Brewers Publications Presents – Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse

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Boulder, CO • December 16, 2014 – Brewers often call malt the soul of beer. In the fourth installation in Brewers Publications’ Brewing Elements series, Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse delves into the intricacies of this key ingredient used in virtually all beers. Written by John Mallett (Bell’s Brewery, Inc.), Malt provides a comprehensive overview of malt, with primary focus on barley, from the field through the malting process.

With primers on history, agricultural development and physiology of the barley kernel, Mallett leads readers through the enzymatic conversion that takes place during the malting process. A detailed discussion of enzymes, the Maillard reaction, and specialty malts follows. Quality and analysis, malt selection, and storage and handling are explained. Malt is a valuable resource to brewers of all experience levels who wish to learn more about the role of malt as the backbone of beer. Read More…

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Breckenridge Brewery Offers Its First Nationwide Barrel-Aged Release – Barrel Aged 72 Imperial

Barrel Aged 72 Imperial ImageDenver, CO – December 9th, 2014 – Breckenridge Brewery expands its barrel-aged offerings with the nation-wide release of Barrel Aged 72 Imperial in 22oz bottles.  For the first time, the Colorado brewery will package one of its specialty barrel-aged beers in large format and ship it to all 37 states that it distributes in.

This unique release is a whiskey barrel-aged take on the brewery’s Small Batch 72 Imperial, an imperial chocolate cream stout.  For every 100 bbl. batch, 400 lbs. of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory lustrous chocolate, made especially for 72 Imperial, are added to the brew.  After spending a considerable amount of time in whiskey-soaked oak barrels, the finished product is molasses in color and smells of chocolate, wood, and whiskey harmoniously blended together.  The beer has a dense and decadent mouthfeel and an abundance of rich flavors, including hints of sherry and dark fruit that compliment the toasted chocolate and oak notes remarkably. Read More…

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This post was written by admin on December 10, 2014

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Airways Brewing Celebrates the End of 2014 with the release of Final Departure Imperial Stout

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KENT, Wash. (December 9, 2014) – Beginning Tuesday, December 9, Western Washington area craft beer lovers can begin stocking up on Airways Brewing Company’s® Final Departure Imperial Stout™. This is the third year the growing Kent-based brewery has brewed this beer.

“Our big, beefy imperial stout uses the same basic recipe as in years past, but this year we added a unique twist,” said Alex Dittmar, founder and head brewer at Airways Brewing Company. “We worked with Kent-based Rad Roasting Company a couple months back to age a batch of select coffee beans in whiskey barrels from Bainbridge Organic Distillers. Once those beans had matured, we roasted them, then added them to the conditioning tank. The result is fantastic—amazing, but with soft notes of coffee, whiskey, and chocolate.” Read More…

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This post was written by D.J. Paul on December 10, 2014

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The Year in Beer: 2014 Craft Beer in Review from the Brewers Association

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Boulder, CO • December 9, 2014—As the year draws to a close, the Brewers Association—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—looked back on how craft brewers fared in 2014.

“It’s remarkable to see how beer has evolved in the past century. Year over year we’re seeing tremendous growth in the craft beer sector and 2014 proved that craft beer is moving into the mainstream,” said Bart Watson, chief economist, Brewers Association. “Consumers are making a conscious choice to buy and try the plethora of options produced by small and independent craft brewers.” Read More…

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Meet the Brewer & BRRRBON ‘14 Release Party

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White Owl Social Club is proud and excited to once again host the release party for the yearly BRRRBON ‘14! The celebrated winter release is back, and in very very small quantities this year, due to Widmer’s high velocity “30 for 30” campaign. No bottles have been produced, so if you want it, come get it at one of Portland’s most cozy environments, and settle in next to the patio fire raging at full blast!

For those who don’t know, BRRR is Widmer’s annual Winter ale, and every year they take a small batch and age it in bourbon barrels for extra tasting pleasure. Most years, however, Widmer blends the raw aged batch with a little of the regular BRRR to cool it down a notch. But not this year! According to Widmer, for the 2014 BRRRBON, “100% of this beer was aged in barrels, it was not blended with non-barrel aged beer like our previous vintages.” That’s right folks, what you get is the raw product, 100% pure flavor country clocking in at a red hot 13% ABV after sitting in bourbon barrels for a cool 16 months! Read More…

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