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Mother’s Brewing Trop Top Pale Ale hits shelves this week. 

Tropical hops flavors are very hot in craft beer right now. You can thank hops like Citra and Mosaic for that. Incidentally, that duo is responsible for Mother’s Brewing Trop Hop.

The “tropical” pale ale is heavily hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops in both the whirlpool as well as in the dry-hop.

This refreshing pale has a big fruity hop punch with a very restrained bitterness. The malt body is light with a mild sweetness to round out the juicy, tropical fruity pale ale.

Mother’s Brewing Trop Top Pale Ale is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft as a seasonal release.

Style: Pale Ale
Hops: Citra, Mosaic

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Mid February 2018

6% ABV, 30 IBUs

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Rose-hued New Holland Passion Blaster Rose Ale is the latest seasonal by the Holland, Michigan based brewery.

Passion fruit, raspberry, and apple are the stars in this new seasonal from New Holland. The soft wheat ale is billed as “fresh, tropical, and satisfying”.

Passionfruit, tropical peaks, rosy ale, blush as raspberry cheeks. Exotic notes excite your tongue, the satisfying adventure has just begun.

New Holland Passion Blaster is available in 12-ounce cans and draft starting the week of Valentine’s Day.

Style: Wheat Ale (w/ Apple. Passionfruit. Raspberry.)
Hops: German Magnum
Malts: 2-Row, White Wheat, Crystal 45

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Seasonal Release.
Debut: Valentine’s Week 2018

6% ABV, 15 IBUs

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Rogue Oregon Single Malt Whiskey has debuted, the first 5-year aged spirit by the brewery/distillery.

Every bit of the Single Malt Whiskey has Rogue’s fingerprint on it. The brewery grew the malt on Rogue Farms. The yeast is Rogue’s Proprietary Pacman Yeast. It was distilled on site in Newport, Oregon, and transferred to barrels Rogue coopered and toasted onsite. Then, of course, bottled by hand.

Oregon Single Malt Whiskey opens with an attractive aroma of floral honey, peach and mango. Medium-to-full bodied, the aromas slowly transition to lush, ripe fruit and brown spice.

Rogue Oregon Single Malt Whiskey is available in year-round at select retailers in 750-milliliter bottles.

Style: Single Malt Whiskey
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: February 2018

80 Proof, 40% ABV

Image: Rogue Spirits

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, (or in this case the day after Valentines), meet Red Brick Table For One.

This limited run of 22-ounce bottles features an imperial porter aged in bourbon barrels with both chocolate and cherries. Bottles are $15 dollars each.

Red Brick No New Friends draws a crowd, & new fans

Red Brick Table For One is a brewery release only.

Style: Imperial Porter (w/ Chocolate. Cherries. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Limited Release.
Distribution: N/A

Debut: 2/15/18

?? ABV

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A beer that’s absolutely perfect for a campfire. The Veil Brewing S’Mores Hornswoggler debuts today.

This story begins as Hornswoggler, the Richmond, Virginia based brewery’s milk stout brewed with chocolate. The beer is so rich with not only flavor, but the potential for different variants, The Veil didn’t resist the opportunity.

Since the original release, Hornswoggler has aged on Coffee, Oreos, Peanut Butter, Coconuts, Double Chocolate, French Vanilla, even Candy Bars.

Today, The Veil Brewing S’mores Hornswoggler expands the coveted ‘Swoggler lineup. This chocolate-heavy milk stout features more than 60 gallons of Cholaca liquid sweetened cocoa nibs (for extra chocolate flavor) plus 100 pounds of marshmallows added on the hot side of the brew day.

The perfect S’more needs a graham cracker. The Veil added move 700 pounds of crushed graham cracker, and for an added touch – 8 pounds per barrel of marshmallow coffee.

Sweet milk chocolate, salty & sweet graham cracker, aromatic marshmallows, and nice subtle roast from the coffee. S’mores all in your mouth-hole!

The Veil Brewing S’Mores Hornswoggler will be available in 16-ounce cans/4 packs. $17 each.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Graham Cracker. Marshmallows. Liquid Cacao Nibs. Coffee. Lactose.)
Availability: 16oz. Cans
Debut: 2/13/18

7% ABV

SEE THEM ALL: The Veil Brewing Hornswoggler Series

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Stone Brewing is a fierce defender of craft beer. Just ask co-founder Greg Koch about his thoughts on craft beer vs. big beer.

Today, Greg Koch has announced Stone’s intention to sue MillerCoors the very blatant use of “Stone” in their Keystone branding.

In a YouTube video, Koch goes into detail describing the various ways in which MillerCoors has used “Stone” as a very prominent piece of their beer marketing for Keystone. Koch contends this move is intentional, in order to create consumer confusion.

“In the world of beer, the name “Stone” is ours,” Koch says

Koch claims this isn’t a marketing stunt. “This is a weird way to get publicity. We’d rather talk about our own beer.”

According to Stone Brewing, MillerCoors attempted to file a trademark for Stone but was reject (for seemingly obvious reasons). This hasn’t stopped the brewery from using the very prominent “Stone” in their marketing push.

“Keystone’s rebranding is no accident. MillerCoors tried to register our name years ago and was rejected.  Now its marketing team is making 30-pack boxes stacked high with nothing but the word ‘STONE’ visible. Same for Keystone’s social media, which almost uniformly has dropped the ‘Key.’ We will not stand for this kind of overtly and aggressively deceptive advertising. Frankly, MillerCoors should be ashamed.” – Dominic Engels, Stone Brewing CEO

Koch says this can all go away if they simply put the “Key” back in “Keystone”.

Stone Brewing is represented in the lawsuit by Noah Hagey, Rebecca Horton and Toby Rowe of San Francisco litigation boutique BraunHagey & Borden LLP.

This is a developing story…

Stone Brewing Sues Big Beer - YouTube

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The Veil Brewing Crucial Taunt returns to the brewery’s taproom on February 13th.

Often referred to as the brewery’s house IPA, Crucial Taunt is actually a bold 8% alcohol by volume imperial IPA. (It’s hoppy AF, hazy, and fantastic.)

185-200 case will be available when the brewery opens at 4 pm.

Style: Imperial IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft (Brewery Release)
Latest Return: 2/13/18

8% ABV

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Milton, Delaware based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery adds Nebraska distribution this month.

The Johnson Brothers Liquor Company has been selected bring Dogfish Head’s lineup to the state, which is the 39th state in their distribution footprint, (plus Washington D.C.).

“We’re excited to ship our innovative beers to Dogfish fans in Nebraska and to begin a great and long-lasting relationship with the beer drinkers, retailers, and distributor partners in the state. We have our canning and bottling lines pumping out a ton of beer and enough brewing capacity to ensure we can keep retailers well stocked with our well-differentiated family of beers for years to come.” – Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Dogfish Head fans in Nebraska can expect 90 Minute IPA, Namaste White, Indian Brown, 60 Minute IPA, SeaQuench Ale, Lupu-Luau IPA, Flesh & Blood IPA, Palo Santo Marron, Burton Baton, Midas Touch and a plethora of seasonal releases.

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Odell Brewing is adding Nevada distribution with the assistance of Breakthru Beverage.

Nevada is the 16th distribution state in the brewery’s footprint. Breakthru Beverage distributes Odell Brewing in Colorado and launched the brewery’s lineup in Illinois in 2017.

“Nevada is a state on the rise, and they have a culture all their own. With a growing population and economy, it’s made up of so much more than the strip. We knew it was the right place for us to bring our family of brands.” – Ryan Bogart, Regional Sales Manager

Odell Brewing will launch cans and draft of its flagship 90 Shilling, IPA, Drumroll APA, Rupture Fresh Grind Ale, along with seasonal offerings like Tree Shaker Peach IPA and Wolf Picker Pale Ale. The brewery’s specialty Cellar Series beers like Friek, a Raspberry & Cherry Sour Ale, and Bull Proof Bourbon Barrel Stout will also be available.

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Hot on the heels of Elon Musk sending a Tesla into space is another craft brewery with galactic goals. Oregon’s Bridgeport Brewing recently sent their original IPA to the stars.

Lying just above the troposphere (where the planet’s clouds and weather generate) is the stratosphere. At the equator, the stratosphere begins around 60,000 feet, or roughly 11 miles up. Would you call the stratosphere actual “space”? NASA, which was formed in 1958, has loosely stated space begins above the Earth’s lower atmosphere (troposphere). The U.S. state department hasn’t made anything official either, just some guidelines.

Felix Baumgartner’s epic record-breaking balloon jump in 2012 was 24 miles up from the upper level of the stratosphere. (Side fact, he hit a top speed of 843.6 mph on that jump, aka Mach 1.25.)

Basically, if you’re in the stratosphere, it’s fair to start saying you are in space. Even if it’s just the beginning of space.

NINKASI LAUNCHES THEIR BEER ROCKET

Celebrating the 22nd anniversary of Bridgeport’s Original IPA, the brewery sent three bottles soaring 22 miles high in the sky in south Texas. The IPA hit the stratosphere and landed just 55 miles away from the “launch” pad.

You might be wondering – Why? Simple. It’s something freaking cool to do. Bridgeport has been brewing India pale ale longer that most breweries out there, and they wanted to celebrate with something more than a cake. We’d send something to space in a heartbeat if we had the budget for it.

The most impressive part of this little endeavor is that none of the beers were broken. Remember that egg drop experiment where you had to protect your egg from a rooftop drop?

I bet these guys won every time.

Introducing SpaceIPA - YouTube

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