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From Hi-Wire:

Hi-Wire Brewing will be celebrating their 5th Anniversary with a party on Saturday, July 28th from 3pm-10pm at their Big Top Production Facility in Biltmore Village | 2A Huntsman Place. In collaboration with Orange Peel Events, the party will feature live music from local favorites The Digs & Porch 40, with the headlining act announced on Monday, June 25. Their family friendly circus will feature multiple circus-themed attractions including a ferris wheel, high striker, rock climbing wall, and roaming circus acts.

This year, Hi-Wire Brewing will be selling VIP Tickets for $55 (limit 150) that will give guests unlimited access to a Sour & Wild Ale tent from 3pm-10pm. The ticket includes a speciality 5th Anniversary Party glass, food vouchers to be used at on-site food trucks, a private shaded area, private bartender, five circus ride tickets, and an unlimited sampling of over 16 never-to-be-seen-again Hi-Wire Brewing Sour & Wild Ales. The sour beers will only be available at this tent.  General admission is free and open to the public. To help reduce lines and waiting times, guests will be able to pre-purchase $5 Beer Tokens at hiwirebrewing.com.

Foothills will be on-site and offering delicious Big Top themed foods for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Look for fun Foothills foods in 4 different stations throughout the party all day long. Late night food will be available until the taproom closes! Other local vendors include Sunshine Sammies and Kernel Mike’s Famous Kettle Corn!!

Step Right Up! and come enjoy this family-friendly party with Hi-Wire Brewing. For more detailed information regarding ticketing, parking & shuttles, circus attractions, live music, and food visit hiwirebrewing.com or follow them on social media @hiwirebrewing.

About Hi-Wire Brewing

Located in Asheville, NC, Hi-Wire Brewing is known for producing approachable and balanced lagers and ales, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA. They have two locations in Asheville: the 27,000 square foot Big Top Production Facility & Taproom located half a mile from the Biltmore Estate and the South Slope Specialty Brewery & Taproom located in the South Slope area of Downtown, which has a focus on wild and sour ales. Hi-Wire was awarded the gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival® in the German-Style Maerzen category for their Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager. Most recently, they took home bronze in the Wood and Barrel Aged Beer category at the 2018 World Beer Cup® for their Dry Hopped Brett Pale Ale. Hi-Wire Brewing’s award-winning beers can be found on draft and in bottles across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, and Kentucky. To learn more about the company, visit hiwirebrewing.com.

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From Block 15:

June 23 - 11:30am
Block 15 Brewery & Tap Room

Join us at our Tap Room on Saturday, June 23, for a special early release of Red, White & BOOM! in 16oz cans. Cans will be available to purchase when the Tap Room doors open at 11:30am.

We will resume our regular first Saturday of the month release schedule in July with the release of Cassidy (see below for more info).

Red, White & BOOM!
Independent Patriotic Ale

Born in the land of the free and the home of the IPA, this independently-brewed ale was crafted with 100% American ingredients. Brewed with even more BOOM, this year's hopped-up ode to our U.S. of A. is perfect for celebrating your independence this summer.

If you can't make it down to this weekend's Tap Room release, Red, White & BOOM! will be distributed around Oregon and Washington beginning Monday, June 25.

7% ABV
$3.75 per can, plus deposit
24 cans per person

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From SouthNorte :

SAN DIEGO, CA  – June 21, 2018 – SouthNorte Beer Co. believes that life’s richest possibilities are found at the crossroads of cultures. This ethos permeates the company’s style-defying brews, and now SouthNorte is ready to take that passion south of the border. The company is proud to announce its partnership with the well-loved and highly acclaimed Telefonica Gastroparkin Tijuana, Mexico. The partnership allows SouthNorte to brew beers at Telefonica, making SouthNorte the first independent American craft brewery to have a permanent brewing home and tasting room presence in Mexico.

“SouthNorte is centered around our love for Mexico and the region we live in.  To partner with Antonio Gamboa and the team at Telefonica is very exciting for us.  They are on the cutting edge of the food and drinks scene in Tijuana and this project allows us to interact directly with our fans in Mexico,” says Brandon Richards, CEO, SouthNorte Beer Co.

Test brewing at Telefonica has already begun, with SouthNorte’s Brewmaster, Ryan Brooks, at the helm, overseeing recipe development and brewery operations. Brooks will continue to brew the company’s flagship beers—Agavemente, Sea Señor Mex Lager, and No Güey IPA—in San Diego, with smaller, experimental batches brewed in Tijuana. “I’ve been hanging out at Telefonica since it opened in 2015, so I’m pumped to have the opportunity to be partners in this venture. I’m really looking forward to collaborating with my friends in TJ, and using this brew system to experiment with new recipes and unique ingredients.”

The partnership evolved organically, with SouthNorte’s team meeting Gamboa and his crew through a gathering facilitated by the San Diego and Tijuana Mayors’ offices, and the Ministry of Economic Development of Tijuana (SEDETI). Almost immediately, the two companies realized their missions were incredibly aligned, and the idea to join forces began to crystallize.  The partnership exemplifies the broader cross-border efforts that the Mayors’ offices are working on.

“This exciting partnership is all about tapping the keg of opportunity created by the strong bonds between San Diego and Tijuana,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “Relationships like this are possible in craft brewing, medical device manufacturing and so many other industries because of the work we’re doing to strengthen our binational ties. The fact that San Diego craft beer has its first permanent brewing home in Tijuana is a perfect example of how cross-border collaboration is good for our economy and our taste buds.”

“Our partnership with SouthNorte is an opportunity to showcase the growth of brewing in Tijuana.  I believe that an American brewery willing to plant roots in Tijuana is proof that Baja is leading the craft beer movement in Mexico,” says Antonio Gamboa, Founder, Telefonica. “Our goal at Telefonica is to bring different styles and flavor profiles of craft beer to a thirsty Mexican audience and we know this SouthNorte partnership will help us achieve that end.”

SouthNorte and Telefonica look forward to a late summer or early fall kick-off to debut several small-batch offerings. In addition to brewing on Telefonica’s system, SouthNorte will always be prominently featured on Telefonica’s curated beer menu at both their Tijuana locations.

For more information about SouthNorte, visit www.southnorte.com.  Crafted with an accent, hecho en San Diego. ¡Salud!

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From Jester King:

This Friday, we'll be releasing our latest batch of Commercial Suicide Farmhouse Mild Ale. Commercial Suicide is inspired by the English tradition of low-alcohol, supremely drinkable ales with moderate bitterness, toasty/biscuity malt flavors, and interesting yeast character. It's a beer we've been slowly tweaking over the years in an effort to bring it closer to its classic counterpart.


We believe our latest batch is the closest we've come to bridging this gap. This is due in no small part to us upping the bitterness in the recipe. Hops have properties that we've found keep the bacteria in our mixed culture at bay for at least awhile. When we achieve bitterness over about 20-35 IBU, our beer presents "clean" for the first several weeks or months. It's not until after extended aging that some of the funk and tartness begin to shine though.


If you think about it, this surely must have been how things were historically in the days before brewer's yeast and pure culture fermentation. All beer was "wild" and fermented with a mix of yeast and bacteria. If you didn't drink it relatively soon, we can assume it would start to acidify and develop funky yeast flavors/aromas.


So basically, we've sought to take advantage of hops and less aging time to cause Commercial Suicide to present fresher and more in line with traditional English Mild. As we've pointed out before, we're just as heavily inspired over the years by the dry, bitter pale beers of Belgium, England and France as we are by tart, funky barrel-aged beers.


We hope you enjoy our latest batch of Commercial Suicide! Our brewers at Jester King are very excited by its simplicity, drinkability and relation to traditional Mild.
This batch of Commercial Suicide has an ABV of 3.3%. It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (750mL/$9). There are around 2,100 bottles available. We anticipate limited distribution of this beer.

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From The Brewers Association:

Bell’s Two Hearted Ale Takes #1 Spot for Second Consecutive Year

Boulder, Colo. • June 21, 2018—The results are in! For the second year in a row, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale was named number one in the annual Best Beers in America survey conducted by Zymurgymagazine. Now running in its 16th year, the survey asks members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), which publishes Zymurgy, to choose up to five of their favorite commercial beers available for purchase in the U.S.

“As brewers, the members of American Homebrewers Association can discern the subtle differences between a good beer and an outstanding beer.,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Zymurgy’s Best Beers in America survey showcases which commercial beers are truly the best of the best out there, and all the breweries who made the list should be proud.”

Despite the plethora of delicious options available to beer lovers, the same two beers have been battling it out for first place for the past eight years. For the second straight year, Bell’s Two Hearted Ale bested Russian River’s Pliny the Elder, which had taken the top spot from 2009 to 2016.

“When I think about the elements that Bell’s shares with the passionate homebrewing community, the values that rise to the top include creativity, a meticulous attention to detail, and the joy of sharing thoughtfully crafted beers with friends,” said John Mallett, director of operations, Bell’s. “To be recognized for excellence by people who truly understand all that goes into creating and delivering quality beers and experiences to our communities is a huge honor. These values are true drivers for us all.”

Top-Ranked Beers (T indicates tie; *indicates small and independent craft brewer):

1. Bell’s Two Hearted Ale*

2. Russian River Pliny the Elder*

3. The Alchemist Heady Topper*

4. Bell’s Hopslam*

T5. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale*

T5. Founders CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)

T5. Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)

8. Three Floyds Zombie Dust*

9. Founders Breakfast Stout

T10. WeldWerks Juicy Bits*

T10. Founders All Day IPA

Top-Ranked Breweries:

1. Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Comstock, Mich.*

2. Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.

3. Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, Calif.*

4. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. and Mills River, N.C.*

5. Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, Calif.*

T6. Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.*

T6. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Del.*

8. Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.*

9. The Alchemist, Stowe, Vt.*

10. Three Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, Ind.*

Top-Ranked Beer Portfolios:

1. Stone Brewing (33 beers)*

2. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (29 beers)*

T3. New Belgium Brewing (24 beers)*

T3. Founders Brewing Co. (24 beers)

5. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (23 beers)*

T6. Avery Brewing Co. (22 beers)

T6. Hill Farmstead Brewery (22 beers)*

T7. Boulevard Brewing Co. (20 beers)*

T7. Trillium Brewing Co. (20 beers)*

T9. Bell’s Brewery (19 beers)*

T9. Deschutes Brewery (19 beers)*

T9. Odell Brewing (19 beers)*

T9. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (19 beers)*

T9. The Bruery (19 beers)*

T9. Three Floyds Brewing (19 beers)

The complete list is available at HomebrewersAssociation.org.

For homebrewers interested in replicating some of the winningest beers at home, the AHA provides clone recipes in Zymurgy and online, including Two Hearted Ale, Pliny the Elder and much more, which can be accessed via the recipes section of the AHA website.

Contact: Jacob Streiter, on behalf of the American Homebrewers Association, (646) 695-7047

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About the American Homebrewers Association

The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of 46,000 homebrewers. The American Homebrewers Association organizes events including Homebrew Con™ and the National Homebrew Competition. The AHA also publishes Zymurgy® magazine and offers the Brew Guru™ mobile app. The AHA is part of the Brewers Association (BA), whose independent craft brewer seal is a widely adopted symbol that differentiates beers by small and independent craft brewers. The BA’s Brewers Publications™ division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today’s craft brewers and homebrewers.

Beer lovers and anyone interested in making their own homemade beer are invited to learn more at HomebrewersAssociation.org. Follow the AHA on Twitter, and join us on Facebook and Instagram.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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From Bell’s Brewery:

COMSTOCK, Mich. – Bell’s Brewery was named in the 2018 Best Beers in America survey conducted by Zymurgy magazine. Now running in its 16th year, the survey asks members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA), which publishes Zymurgy, to choose up to five of their favorite commercial beers available for purchase in the U.S.
Bell’s earned the #1 spot in the Top-Ranked Beers category with Two Hearted and the No. 4 spot for Hopslam Ale. This is the second consecutive year that Two Hearted has claimed this honor. It came in second to Russian River’s Pliny the Elder for seven straight years previously.

Bell’s was also #1 in this year’s Top-Ranked Breweries list.

“This is an incredible honor, one that means a great deal to me personally and to everyone at the brewery. We have never sacrificed quality and this is a testament to the hard work and dedication from everyone involved in getting this beer to our fans,” said Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery.
The full Best Beers in America list—which includes complete rankings on all the top beers, breweries, portfolios and imports—is available at HomebrewersAssociation.org.

“As brewers, the members of American Homebrewers Association can discern the subtle differences between a good beer and an outstanding beer,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association. “Zymurgy’s Best Beers in America survey showcases which commercial beers are truly the best of the best out there, and all the breweries who made the list should be proud.”

The American Homebrewers Association has worked on behalf of the homebrewing community since 1978 and celebrates a membership of 46,000 homebrewers.

The Bell’s General Store has been supporting homebrewers in Kalamazoo and beyond since 1983 and predates the brewery. Larry Bell founded the company originally as a homebrew supply store.
For homebrewers interested in replicating some of the winningest beers at home, the AHA provides clone recipes in Zymurgy and online, in the recipes section of the AHA website. Clone recipes for Bell’s beers, including Two Hearted, can be found at bellsbeer.com. Kits can also be purchased on the Bell’s online store.

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From Ska:

Ska Brewing Decks Out World Headquarters Roof With 223 Solar Panels

DURANGO, CO — Ska Brewing is excited to announce the installation of 223 solar panels courtesy of Shaw Solar at its World Headquarters, just in time for Summer Solstice. These new solar panels will generate enough energy to brew approximately 545,000 pints each year.

The brewery has partnered with Durango’s Shaw Solar to install a grid-tied solar power system on as much of the surface area of its roof as possible— 68 kilowatts from 223 panels to be exact.

These new solar panels join the insulation in the brewery’s walls made out of blue jeans, the bar and tables made from bowling alley lanes, and grass and flowers quenched by recycled water at Ska’s World Headquarters as part of the company’s long-term sustainability plan. They will provide about a quarter of the brewery’s electricity. The rest is wind-powered.

“This project with Shaw was a long time coming,” says Ska Founder Dave Thibodeau. “We’ve always aligned our company mission with sustainability efforts, especially those that directly impact Durango. Now we can proudly say that our independently owned craft brewery is independent from the grid.”

Ska Brewing’s new solar panel installation is now complete, and brewery guests can celebrate at this evening’s Sol-BQ event at World Headquarters with some live punk/ska music from Warsaw Poland Bros​ that begins at 5pm.

If you have questions about Ska’s new solar panels, or any of its sustainability initiatives, contact Emily Hutto at coop@radcraftbeer.com.

ABOUT SKA BREWING

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces more than a dozen award-winning beers fueled with Ska music, and lots of it. Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement, Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12 oz cans that include Mexican Logger, Modus Hoperandi, and Rue B. Soho. For information (a lot of it), more music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com.

ABOUT SHAW SOLAR

Shaw Solar is Durango's leading full-service solar contracting company, specializing in both residential and commercial projects. Known for their creative solar solutions, Shaw Solar has spent the past two decades bringing "Solar Power to the People", and as a result has installed roughly half of the solar in our area, including LPEA's first grid-tied system back in 2001 and first Solar Garden in 2015. Learn more at shawsolar.com.

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This morning we have a returning favorite from Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, CO.  This is Whiskey Barrel-Aged Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout and it will return as part of the 2018 Cellar Series.  This beer continues to use Woody Creek Rye Whiskey barrels and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles.  This is the commercial description from Odell:

Farmers are patient and understand it takes time for some things to mature. We followed their lead with our Whiskey Barrel Aged Lugene, named after our favorite farmer who has been hauling our spent grain to his dairy cows for years. We took a batch of our Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, moved it into some Woody Creek Rye Whiskey barrels for six months. The result is a beer that is dynamic and complex, with aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and toffee, and a smooth but full-bodied mouthfeel with subtle flavors of rye spice and vanilla.

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Today we have a new can coming from River Horse Brewing in Ewing, NJ.  This is Hazeopotamus  or Haze Opotamus and it is an “aggressively hopped” IPA brewed with Ekuanot lupulin powder.  The beer hits 8.3%-AbV and this is the 16oz can.

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Here’s another new bottle coming from Off Color Brewing in Chicago, IL.  This is Koi and it is a rice lager brewed with Sake lees (yeast).  The beer uses Pilsner malts and Nugget hops and you’re looking at the 750ml bottle.  Look for Koi to swim in at 4.5%-AbV & 18 IBU and stay tuned here for release info.

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