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Cross-Continental Wild Beer Infused with Whole Black Currants from Poland

(Buellton, CA) – From the fields of Poland to the coast of California comes UnderCurrants — an inaugural cross-continental wild beer from Firestone Walker’s Barrelworks.

“We have been toying around with the idea of a currant-infused beer for several years now,” said Barrelworks’ Master Blender Jim Crooks. “We finally decided to strike when we were able to score beautiful whole black currants from a farmer in Poland, which is renowned as one of the world’s finest currant-growing regions.”

The result is a wildly flavorful beer that is bursting with rich currant goodness.

This inaugural release of UnderCurrants will begin rolling out next week to all Firestone Walker markets in limited draft and 375-ml bottle formats. It is the second of five bottled Barrelworks wild ale releases slated for 2018.

The Making of UnderCurrants

After hand harvesting in Poland, the whole black currants were treated with IQF (individually quick frozen) technology to perfectly preserve their fresh aromas and flavors, then shipped to California and delivered to Barrelworks last summer.

“We knew that fresh fruit flavors were critical to the success of this beer, and this amazing IQF technology made it possible,” Crooks said.

Crooks and his team blended the currants with 150 barrels of Agrestic Ale (Barrelworks’ wild iteration of Firestone Walker’s signature DBA pale ale) that had been aging for 12 to 48 months. The currant-infused Agrestic blend was then inoculated with Barrelworks’ proprietary Brettanomyces yeast and aged for an additional four months in oak foeders.

Lastly, more Agrestic Ale was added back into the blend to achieve an optimal balance of currant flavor and texture. “The intensity of the currant flavors was out of this world,” Crooks said. “By cutting more Agrestic into the final blend, we were able to dial everything into perfect balance.”

An Homage to A Classic

UnderCurrants also pays homage to the iconic Consecration ale made by Russian River Brewing Company, with whom Firestone Walker has collaborated many times over the years. In fact, Barrelworks beers are bottled with a bottling line inherited from Russian River.

“Consecration sets the standard for currant-infused beers, and UnderCurrants now becomes our own contribution to the style,” said Jeffers Richardson, director of Barrelworks. “We think it will blow some minds.”

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a pioneering regional craft brewery founded in 1996 and located on the coast of California. Firestone Walker’s main brewery in Paso Robles produces a diverse portfolio ranging from iconic pale ales to vintage barrel-aged beers. The Barrelworks facility in Buellton makes eccentric wild ales, while the Propagator pilot brewhouse in Venice specializes in R&D beers and limited local offerings. For more information: FirestoneBeer.com.

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Year-Round release from Stone Brewing – Berlin to be imported for a limited time

(Escondido, CA) – Just two short years after the history-making opening of Stone Brewing – Berlin, the brewery’s beers are now distributed to 25 European countries, making Stone one of the most widely distributed and sought after breweries in Germany. Not content to rest on the hoppy laurels of the company’s world-renowned reputation for American IPAs, the latest in the brewery’s year-round selection is the Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse. Brewed true to the style’s namesake origin of Berlin, the tart and refreshing beer is now enjoying a special limited availability in the US.

For the history buffs: The Berliner Weisse is a style dating back to at least the 16th century, and to this day, European appellation labeling standards require that a beer must be brewed within the city of Berlin to call the beer a “Berliner Weisse.” A complex sour beer, the style was once honored by Napoleon as the “Champagne of the North.” It’s now enjoying a resurgence by small brewers in the US and elsewhere in the world, many of whom are creating amazing variations with fruit and other creative additives. As Stone deepens its roots in the city of Berlin, it seems only fitting that the team would take an interest in exploring the style in its purest and most authentic form.

“As global participants in the craft beer community, Stone has the unique opportunity to share beers across locations, highlighting the different local and regional influences along the way,” stated Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder. “Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse features the work of our talented team at Stone Berlin, and we’re truly honored to be among Berlin’s craft brewers taking charge as the revivalists to help return this style to its former glory.”

The new release gains its orthodox lightly sour and acidic character from a specially selected historic Lactobacillus strain sourced from Berlin’s cultures. To ensure a properly Stone – and therefore iconoclastic – Berliner Weisse, the ABV is a bit stronger than is typical for the style yet still a modest – by American craft brewing standards – 4.7% ABV. Hopped with newer German varieties Calista and Hüll Melon, the aroma leads with lemon, peach and melon and the unexpectedly bold and pleasantly refreshing tart flavor punches above its ABV weight.

It’s important to note that Stone does not suggest (or even allow) the addition of flavored syrups to its Berliner Weisse, noting that the addition of these syrups only began in modern times and is not true to the authentic origin of the beer style.

Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse will debut in the US beginning this week throughout California with a broad national launch in the fall. It will be imported in 0.33l six-pack cans and can be found using Stone’s Beer Finder: find.stonebrewing.com. The beer is also available on draft at the source: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin.

QUICK FACTS
Name: Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse
Web: stonebrewing.com/berlinerweisse
Stats: 4.7% ABV, 12 IBUs
Packaging: 0.33l six-pack cans and draft
Featured Hops: Calista and Hüll Melon
Distribution: California beginning this week, national this fall
Find Beer: find.stonebrewing.com

TASTING NOTES
Appearance: Pours cloudy golden with a white head.
Aroma: Intense lemon, peach and melon flavors alongside some rhubarb notes.
Taste: An intense, but well balanced sour.
Palate: Medium body with no perceivable sweetness. A clean acidic finish.
Overall: This is a refreshing year-round beer!

PAIRING NOTES
Appetizers: Stone-Style Hemp Seed Pretzels*, Salty Sausage & Stinky Cheese Plate***, Ceviche, Asparagus w/ poached egg
Salads: Cucumber Salad, Lambs Lettuce w/ Red Wine Vinaigrette
Entrees: Pan Roasted Barramundi*, Banh Mi**, Forelle Müllerin
Dessert: Blueberry Blue Cheese Jalapeno Cheesecake*, Comté and Morbier Cheeses

ABOUT STONE BREWING
Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner in 1996, the groundbreaking San Diego-based Stone Brewing is the 8th largest craft brewer in the United States. Recognized as an award-winning industry leader, Stone has been listed on the Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list 12 times and has been called the “All-time Top Brewery on Planet Earth” by BeerAdvocate magazine twice. The multifaceted company was the first American craft brewer to build, own and operate its own brewery in Europe (Berlin, Germany), and also opened a production brewery in Richmond, Virginia in 2016. Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone has earned a reputation for brewing outstanding, unique beers while maintaining an unwavering commitment to sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and the art of brewing… and pledging never, ever, sell out to the man. For more information on Stone Brewing, please visit stonebrewing.com or the company’s social media sites: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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(Hood River, OR) – Summertime along the Columbia River Gorge in Hood River has a no-shirt, no-shoes, no-problem kind of vibe, and Full Sail Brewing Co.’s latest Pub Series offering brings that on-the-beach attitude to you wherever your summer finds you.

“I’m super happy with how this beer turned out,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss. “We designed Summa’ Time Lime around the idea of adding a slice of lime to my favorite summer lager and the result is a light, refreshing, crushable lager with a hint of lime for enjoying at the beach or on the river.”

Celeia and Northern Brewer hops, pilsner malt and flaked yellow corn, and a hint of lime work seamlessly together in this thirst-quenching, fresh and zesty, easy-drinking lager. Full Sail Summa’ Time Lime Lager is available May to August in 6-packs, on draft and in the Full Sail Trophy Case variety pack. 4.5% ABV, 15 IBUs.

About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peak of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including more than 200 gold medals and Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex, balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.

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Denver, CO – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is excited to announce Persica Day, centered around the brewery’s yearly release of Persica, their most coveted Golden Sour Ale aged with local Palisade Peaches. The brewery’s first rendition of Persia was released in 2011 and continues to be released nearly every year at the Crooked Stave taproom. For 2018, Persica Day and the Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend will focus on Colorado’s wonderful local peaches and various stone fruit.

“Primary fermented with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria, Persica further ages in large oak foeders with Palisade Peaches. We are especially excited about our Harvest 2017 peaches that were used in our upcoming release since they are the exact same varieties and blend as we first used in 2011,” states Chad Yakobson, Crooked Stave Owner and Brewmaster. “We are always striving to recreate that first perfect batch, and this year may just be the year.”

Persica Day and Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend will begin on June 2nd, 2018 at the Crooked Stave tasting room on Brighton Blvd. The weekend-long festivities will be a celebration of all things stone fruit including peach, apricot, and plum taking over all 22 tap lines with delicious vintage and barrel-aged beers from the Crooked Stave Barrel Cellar.

The Crooked Stave taproom event “Persica Day & Stone Fruit Harvest Weekend” will be the official release of Persica Harvest 2017. Beer release festivities will be starting at 12:00 pm MST at the 3350 Brighton Blvd Taproom, event details include:

First 10 oz. pour of Persica Harvest 2017 includes a custom Persica glass to keep ($15)
Additional pours of all stone fruit sours are $6/10 oz.
2017 Persica Release, 750ml cork and cage bottles ($28) and 1.5 L Magnum ($70)
Variety of vintage Persica bottles and draught available
Magnums of over 30 different brands available for sale
22 tap lines featuring vintage and new releases of Crooked Stave stone fruit sours
Persica 2015, Persica 2016, Persica 2017, Surette Reserva Palisade Peach 2016, Vieille Reserva Prunus Armeniaca, Colorado Reserva Green Bartlett Pear, Batch #50 with other varieties to be announced…leading up to the festival
Von Pilsner, IPA, Colorado WildSage, St. Bretta and Sour Rosé available in cans for onsite consumption ($3)

About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Founded in Denver, CO in late 2010 as an artisan beer project, Crooked Stave is the culmination of brewmaster and “Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The resulting creations, most of which use Brettanomyces yeasts and mature in oak, are beers of extraordinary complexity.

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Baileys Harbor, WI – Door County Brewing Co. is excited to announce the return of Pastoral Saison as a seasonal release. Last brewed in the summer of 2016, Pastoral is a Belgian style saison featuring a simplistic malt bill fermented with our house Belgian yeast strain. Pastoral is tributed to the hard seasonal workers that forged our heritage in Door County. This seasonal saison is refreshing and dry with hints of pepper, citrus, and green grass—this recipe is not just about the beauty in simplicity but also the pride in tradition. Pastoral will see distribution across Wisconsin starting in mid May.

“Pastoral is a favorite of ours due to the fact that it’s one of those beers that achieves complexity through the use of simple ingredients yet still remains extremely drinkable,” explains Door County Brewing Co.’s Founder and Head Brewer Danny McMahon. “We all feel a deep connection to saison brewing and the Belgian heritage that exists in Door County, so we couldn’t be more excited to bring back Pastoral for the summertime.”

Pastoral will be available in four packs of 16 oz. cans and in half and sixth barrels from Wisconsin Distributors Inc., Flanigan Distributors, all Badger Beverage Alliance distributors, and La Crosse Beverage. Four packs of Pastoral will be available for to-go sales at Door County Brewing Co. Taproom & Music Hall starting in mid May.

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(Denver, CO) – May 2018 Events at Ratio Beerworks

Saturday, May 5 – Yoga in the Brewhouse with Apres Yoga – 11am
Join Après Yoga teacher Elyse Rousseau for the inaugural edition of Breathe, Bend & Brew at Ratio Beerworks. We will practice inside the brewery and then enjoy a pint of Ratio’s finest beer after class, Après Yoga! $15 for yoga and a pint!
https://www.facebook.com/events/275616446296544/

Sunday, May 6 – Vinyl and Brunch Pop-Up w/ 303 Magazine – 11am
303 Magazine and Ratio Beerworks are teaming up for a special vinyl and brunch pop-up. This FREE-ENTRY event will be your first chance to preview the brand new 303 Music Vol. 1 vinyl album featuring your favorite Denver local bands.

Come out and enjoy free brunch samples from The Preservery, Fish N Beer, Shake Shack, Hotbox Roasters, Novo Coffee and more, while exploring a pop-up record shop from Vinyl Me, Please and listening to tunes from MILE HIGH SOUL CLUB. As always, Ratio beers will flow all morning, including the newly released Heart Tattoo Blackberry Belgian Wit.

We will also give away a 303 Music Vol. 1 record signed by artists on the vinyl including GRiZ, Gregory
Alan Isakov, Esmé Patterson and more. Proceeds from the record will benefit local non-profit Youth on Record. Come out to Ratio Beerworks at 2920 Larimer Street from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to join for this free event.
https://www.facebook.com/events/136125433908146/

Sunday May 6 – Red City Radio Pre-Party & If You Want Blood Orange IPA Release
Ratio Beerworks is thrilled to welcome Red City Radio back to the taproom for a special meet & greet with the band.

Come out and join for a special pre-party prior to Red City Radio’s appearance at The Oriental Theater with Lawrence Arms. In honor of their visit, we’ve collaborated on a pilot batch of If You Want Blood Orange IPA, as well as a commemorative glass to give away with the beer.

The band’s schedule tentatively has them arriving at the brewery at around 2pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1741141682678330/

Wednesday, May 9 – Ratio Comedy Joke and Destroy – 8pm
The international favorite podcast Joke and Destroy is coming to Ratio Beerworks to bring the jokes and the destroying. Hosts Jeremy Pysher and Andres Becceril will bring you a taste of their dope show, before bringing you a lineup of kickass comedian destroyers, who have all already appeared on the podcast.
Free to attend. Show starts at 8pm.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1637955919655968/

Thursday, May 10 – Mile High 100 Spring Meetup – 6pm
Help donate $10,000 in less than 60 minutes at our Spring Meetup hosted at Ratio Beerworks.

This meetup, we’re proud to host 3 more local charities working hard to make an impact in the lives of others:
CHARITY 1: Street’s Hope
CHARITY 2: Feeding Denver’s Hungry
CHARITY 3: Big Heart Big Hands

Each nonprofit will present their pitch, and each member (that’s YOU) will vote for one charity to award $10,000 (or more if we grow to 100+). A receipt of your donation will be provided by the winning organization.

Bring a friend (+invite them to this event!), have a Ratio Beerworks craft brew and see how far your collective $10,000 can impact your community at large. Learn more about Mile High 100 at milehigh100.org.

Learn more about our Spring Charities at:
1. http://streetshope.org/
2. facebook.com/FeedingDenversHungry/ 3. http://bigheartbighands.org/ https://www.facebook.com/events/566951637007876/

Friday, May 11 – The Budlong Hot Chicken Food Truck Launch – 4:30pm
The Budlong Hot Chicken Truck is bringing Nashville Hot Chicken to Denver. The first chance to try this enjoyably spicy, deliciously crisp, fried chicken will be at Ratio Beerworks on Friday, May 11 starting at 4:30.
Enjoy a tasty piece of fried chicken, slathered with Nashville Hot Sauce, on Texas Toast, with Mississippi Comeback sauce, coleslaw, and housemade pickles. Our sides are made from scratch daily and include Budlong biscuits, collard greens, mac n cheese, & red potato salad.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1802126406762061/

Tuesday, May 15 – Ratio Quiz Show: 90’s Jams – 8pm
The Ratio Quiz Show is a bigger, badder, more inappropriate version of trivia (come sign up your team of up to 5 people) This month, test your knowledge on 90’s jams covering hip hop to pop. From Naughty By Nature to the Spice Girls, we are going to quiz you the hardest you’ve ever been quizzed before.

And as with last month’s Marvel Cinemas theme, we’ll be tossing some video clips from 90’s jams on the projector throughout the night and blasting those rad tunes in the taproom throughout the night.

Come sign up around 8, show kicks off at 8:30. HELL YEAH!
https://www.facebook.com/events/227312921193918/

Wednesday, May 16 – Ratio Comedy: Three Year Anniversary Show – 8pm
Three years ago Ratio Comedy embarked on a mission to bring a once-a-month night of laughs to the masses. It’s since grown into one of the best FREE weekly standup showcases in the city, featuring nationally renowned comedians and some of Denver’s fastest rising talents.

Come out and celebrate the three year anniversary of Ratio Comedy featuring the return of one of our favorites in Dante Powell.

Formerly from Louisiana, currently living in Des Moines…Dante Powell is a very sweet and funny man. He has performed at festivals and shows across the US and went viral by being handsome and holding a box of Cheerios. He will literally change your life and make you believe in everything that is dope and cool.
8pm – FREE – Hell Yeah
https://www.facebook.com/events/156253075211061/

Wednesday, May 23 – Ratio Comedy Doom Room – 8pm
The Doom Room is back at Ratio Beerworks for another night of free comedy, where comedians perform with the ominous SCREEN OF DOOM waiting to throw a wrench into their sets. Always fun, always wild, hell yeah. Hosted by RiNo’s brownest and baddest: Andrew Bueno.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1655210431180854/

Thursday, May 24 – Lucha Libre and Laughs Pro-Wrestling, Standup Comedy and Beer at Ratio Beerworks – 7pm
Sexpot Comedy’s Lucha Libre & Laughs returns to Ratio Beerworks for a FREE SHOW on Thursday, May 24. Lucha Libre & Laughs brings Mexican Lucha Libre, Pro-wrestling and stand up comedy together for one great show in Denver, Colorado! This installment features LLL superstars… more!
https://www.facebook.com/events/595108857536987/

Friday, May 25 – Loveless Blackberry & Raspberry Dark Sour Saison Bottle Release – 5pm
Our greatest achievements are often those that require the greatest toil. Blend one part passion, one part craftsmanship, a touch of good fortune, and great determination. This is the beauty that exists only through lonely dedication in the creative dark.

Meet Loveless, our Dark Sour Saison, barrel-fermented with Saison yeast and our house sour culture for 12 months, then re-fermented in red wine barrels with fresh blackberries and raspberries for another three months.

With each barrel yielding varying characteristics, Loveless was carefully blended to impart balanced tartness, tied together by a vibrant blackberry and raspberry finish. As with any labor of love, this endeavor involved both radiant highs and loveless lows, but the end result yielded a most brilliant triumph.

Originally brewed to celebrate Ratio’s 2nd Anniversary, Loveless has returned for another year, this time with an added touch of blackberries. Bottles of Loveless will be released on Friday, May 25 at 5pm in the 750ML champagne bottle format and Loveless will be available on draft in the taproom for a limited time as well.

Tuesday, May 29 – Vinyl Night – 7-10pm
Dust off those vinyl record covers and join Ratio Beerworks for our monthly vinyl night. You be the DJ! Bring in your records to be played in the Ratio taproom. We also encourage attendees to bring records to swap/trade with other enthusiasts
And as always, we’ll have a mobile record store on site to help you re-stock your collection.
https://www.facebook.com/events/243296682906310/

Wednesday, May 30 – Ratio Comedy – 8pm
Ratio Comedy has a banger of a show for you with some of the best and brightest comedians the Mile High City has to offer.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1360779884068328/

External Events
Entire Month of April – Brewery of the Month @ Lucky Pie LoDo
Saturday, May 5 – Cinco de Mayo Party @ Mas Kaos – Noon-9pm
Friday, April 6 – Lawrence Arms & Red City Radio @ The Oriental Theater (If You Want Blood Orange IPA Release)
Thursday, May 10 – Pint Night @ Lucky Pie LoDo 4-6pm
Saturday, May 12 – Fem Fest @ MCA Denver
Saturday, May 12 – Hops for Homes @ Great Divide Brewing
Saturday, May 19 – Manny’s Summer Fest @ Cheeseman Park
Saturday, May 19 – Romero’s Lumberjack Games @ Romero’s K9 Club
Wednesday, May 23 – Lucky Pie LoDo Pint Night @ Lucky Pie LoDo 5-7pm Saturday, May 26 – Denver Day of Rock

About Ratio Beerworks
Ratio Beerworks, located in the heart of the River North Art District of Denver at 2920 Larimer Street, focuses on meticulously crafted beer. Ratio’s portfolio includes a wide variety of traditional styles with a modern twist. With deep roots in the punk rock music scene, Ratio’s co-founders sought to translate the industry’s sense of community, DIY spirit, and strong musical influences via the beer and taproom experience. For more information please visit www.ratiobeerworks.com

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(Nashville, TN) – The Brewers Association announced its individual recognition awards this week at the Craft Brewers Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Below are the winners of the four awards as announced by the BA (original post here).

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Since 1987, the Brewers Association has recognized individuals who inspire, defend and innovate within the craft brewing industry to an exceptional degree. These individuals, nominated by their peers, are presented with awards during the general session of the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America.

We are pleased to present our 2018 award recipients:

F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award
This award is named for the late F.X. Matt, president of the F.X. Matt Brewing Co., Utica, New York, and a tireless and outspoken champion for the small brewing industry.

2018 honoree: Nancy Palmer, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild.
This year’s winner is the first woman to win the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award. She coordinated the brewers of Georgia in an effort that came to an agreement with Georgia wholesalers to allow for pint, packaging and food sales at breweries in her state, which has helped grow the craft brewing business in Georgia and removed a major obstacle to entrepreneurs wishing to start breweries. Additionally she is one of the recognized leaders of the state guilds executive director network.

Brewers Association Recognition Award
The Brewers Association Recognition Award is presented each year to an individual or company whose inspiration, enthusiasm and support have contributed to the craft brewing movement.

2018 honoree: Charles Bamforth, UC Davis
Charles Bamforth trained a generation of brewers as an author, mentor, leader, teacher, professor, beer enthusiast. Among the institutions our recipient has worked with or been honored by are the School of Biosciences at University of Nottingham, Heriot-Watt University, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, the American Society of Brewing Chemists and the University of California at Davis. His books include Standards of Brewing and Scientific Principles of Malting and Brewing.

Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing
The Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing was established in memory of the late Russell Schehrer, a founding partner, and the original brewmaster, of the Wynkoop Brewery in Denver, Colo. Russell was one of the pioneers in the craft brewing industry and as such, was one of the industry’s early innovators.

2018 honoree: Tomme Arthur, Port Brewing Co./The Lost Abbey
Tomme Arthur began his brewing career in 1996, and quickly developed a reputation for making a variety of excellent ales. He has won the Great American Beer Festival Small Brewery Brewer of the Year on multiple occasions. For years our winner has been innovating on the barrel beer front both with wine and bourbon barrels. In fact, he was one of the early adoptors of both in our industry. Aside from the beautiful beers he makes, he has given all the knowledge he had to anyone that would listen on the topic of barrels and aging beer in wood. When you think about Brettanomcyes he was one of the early adapters in the industry. His collaboration with Peter Bouckaert in 2004, Mo Betta Bretta, a 100 percent Brett beer, was the first of its kind in the U.S. He has matured into a humble brewer showing great creativity and restraint with all the beers he brews.

Craft Beer Wholesaler of the Year
This award recognizes an American beer distributor who goes above and beyond in their efforts to actively market, sell and promote beer from small and independent brewers.

2018 honoree: Tryon Distributing, Charlotte, NC.
Tryon Distributing started as a small wine distributor in 1985 serving three counties in North Carolina. They now carry dozens of craft brewers’ beers on a statewide basis. They are independent of having a major, dominant supplier allowing this multi-generational family business to make independent decisions to benefit their partners and 200-plus employees. The company added a second temperature-controlled warehouse recently to help serve retailer customers. One out-of-state craft brewer noted that “their deep roots of brand building have not only remained intact during this period of industry explosion, but have been addressed to keep up with the changing times, avoiding unnecessary SKU rationalization.”

We raise our glasses to these exceptional individuals and toast to their contributions to American craft brewing.

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(Boulder, CO) — Furthering its commitment to diversity, the Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers—today announced that it has tapped J. Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D. as its first-ever Diversity Ambassador.

Similar to other ambassador roles at the BA, Jackson-Beckham will travel around the country to state guild and other craft brewing community events to speak on best practices for diversifying both customer bases and staff and to listen to current challenges in this area. She will work closely with the recently established Diversity Committee, helmed by Julie Verratti of Denizens Brewing Co. and comprised of a cross section of industry members of varied backgrounds and geographical regions.

“Craft beer is made by and for everyone,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO, Brewers Association. “Diversity and inclusion are opportunities for businesses to lead and succeed. Jackson-Beckham will help to reinforce this idea, identify occasions where efforts can be strengthened and educate our members on being an even more inclusive community. We welcome her to the Brewers Association team.”

An Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Randolph College, Jackson-Beckham has a storied history in the brewing community. She has been an avid homebrewer for over a decade and has researched and written about beer and its place in American culture. She has delivered keynote addresses, presentations and guest lectures on the culture and inclusiveness of craft beer.

“Serving the Brewers Association in this capacity ‘closes the loop’ on things I have been doing for nearly a decade now. I have been fortunate enough to have successfully combined a genuine passion for craft beer and a career in academia,” said Jackson-Beckham. “I am really grateful for the opportunity to be part of authentic efforts to overcome some of the challenges I’ve spent a good amount of time researching and writing about. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to change how a lot folks in the industry think about diversity and inclusion.”

Jackson-Beckham will make her first appearance as Diversity Ambassador at the Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, in Nashville, Tennessee from April 30 to May 3. Her presentation is “A Brewery for All—Tactics for Being Inclusive and Building Diversity.”

About the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association (BA) is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The BA represents 4,000-plus U.S. breweries. The BA’s independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®, Great American Beer Festival®, Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition and American Craft Beer Week®. The BA publishes The New Brewer® magazine, and Brewers Publications is the leading publisher of brewing literature in the U.S. Beer lovers are invited to learn more about the dynamic world of craft beer at CraftBeer.com and about homebrewing via the BA’s American Homebrewers Association and the free Brew Guru mobile app. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Brewers Association is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status. The BA complies with provisions of Executive Order 11246 and the rules, regulations, and relevant orders of the Secretary of Labor.

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The Saint Louis Brewery introduces the first new beer in the premium From The Ibex Cellar series for 2018

Schlafly’s From the Ibex Cellar: Sour Blonde Ale

(St. Louis, MO) — Schlafly Beer announces the upcoming release of the next beer in the brewery’s From the Ibex Cellar series: Sour Blonde Ale (5%). The premium collection features six bold, hand-crafted beers, and the Sour Blonde Ale is a citrus sour through the lens of an American Blonde Ale. The four-pack will be available across Schlafly’s distribution in limited quantities beginning on Monday, May 7.

The Sour Blonde Ale is kettle soured with lactobacillus and aged on oak chips before the final blending. The American ale yeast adds a clean finish for the beer. “This is a sour that you’ll want to write home about,” Founding Brewer Stephen Hale says. “With low bitterness and the mixed fermentation, the Sour Blonde Ale is fruity, tart and complex. It’s understated, but also unexpected.”

The From the Ibex Cellar series showcases the brewing ingenuity that began in the Schlafly Tap Room’s Ibex Cellar many years ago and continues today. Previous releases this year included: Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, Imperial Coffee Stout and Local Oak with plans for two more barrel-aged offerings throughout the rest of the year.

Schlafly’s From The Ibex Cellar: Sour Blonde Ale will be available for a limited release beginning on Monday, May 7 across Schlafly’s distribution footprint for a suggested retail price $17.99. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit http://www.schlafly.com/beer-finder/.

About Schlafly Beer:
Schlafly Beer, Missouri’s largest locally-owned, independent craft brewery, proudly offers over 60 unique styles of beer. Each is handmade at the Tap Room in Midtown St. Louis or Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. Utilizing 102 hop varietals, 77 malts and grains, 59 different spices and fruits and 10 separate yeast strains from around the globe, Schlafly also works with local suppliers for everything from farm-fresh food to packaging and labeling. As part of its commitment to sustainability, Schlafly donates spent grain to local farmers to feed their livestock and utilizes 100% renewable energy throughout its operations. The largest Missouri-owned-and-operated beer maker offers free tours of the Tap Room (2100 Locust Street) every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the hour and Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue) from noon to 5 p.m. every half hour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The brand continues to define craft across 12 states and throughout countless fine establishments, backyards and basement bars. Join us at either of our locations and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. For a full listing of seasonal and year-round beers and for information on distribution, visit Schlafly.com.

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(Washington, DC) — The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has accepted a $900,000 offer in compromise from Warsteiner Importers Agency Inc. for alleged violations of the trade practice provisions of the Federal Alcohol Administration (FAA) Act. This is the largest single offer in compromise for trade practice violations accepted by TTB to date.

Warsteiner Importers Agency Inc. is alleged to have engaged in Tied House, Commercial Bribery, and Exclusive Outlet violations that either placed, or had the potential to place, the retailer’s independence at risk. This offer in compromise was submitted to settle all possible alleged violations.

TTB remains committed to actively enforcing the trade practice provisions of the FAA Act so that consumers can continue to enjoy a wide selection of products and that industry members can compete for those consumers in a fair and open marketplace.

Please visit www.ttb.gov for additional information on prohibited trade practices or to see this and other offers in compromise that have been accepted.

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