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Tröegs Independent Brewing announces the launch of its annual Nugget Nectar “First Squeeze” collaboration with local artists. To celebrate the beer’s release, Tröegs hand-picked 14 of its favorite artists – including Philadelphia’s Henry Hablak, Lancaster’s Kayla Bryer, and New York’s Paige Vickers – to tell the story of Nugget Nectar through their eyes.

Once a year, as the new hop harvest arrives at Tröegs, we blend super-fresh Nugget, Palisade and Simcoe hops into Nugget Nectar Imperial Amber Ale. Excessively dry-hopped, Nugget Nectar is an explosion of pine, resin and mango.

Click HERE to learn more about Nugget Nectar availability, free First Squeeze art prints, live signings with the artists, and more.

Nugget Nectar will be available on draft and in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and bottles everywhere Tröegs beer is sold. The release schedule (subject to change) for Nugget Nectar is as follows:

  • 1/7/19 – PA & OH
  • 1/14/19 – MD, DE, NJ
  • 1/21/19 – VA, DC, NY
  • 1/28/19 – NC, MA, CT

To coincide with its release, Tröegs will host dozens of First Squeeze events, giving fans the opportunity to drink Nugget Nectar and obtain free art prints from all 14 artists. Some events will feature live poster signings by the artists as well as gravity-fed firkins and Nitro Nugget (a version of Nugget Nectar dispensed via nitrogen). “Carbonating with nitrogen makes Nugget incredibly smooth and creamy,” says John Trogner. “We drop Zeus and Warrior from the dry-hop bill and replace them with Nugget and Simcoe to amplify the pine and mango notes – making it a creamsicle dream.”

Click HERE for a complete listing of First Squeeze events.

Nugget Nectar: Hop selection the key to Nugget - Vimeo
Here are some of my favorite prints Local Events (since I’m near Buffalo) Nugget Nectar First Squeeze @ Crabapple’s 8:00PM – 10:00PM

3298 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14225, USA

Bring your sweetie out for a First Squeeze Valentine’s Day affair! Get your first squeeze of this season’s Nugget Nectar, plus enjoy other Troegs specialty offerings, free art prints, and good times!

All other events

https://troegs.com/events/?category_name=first-squeeze

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Brewery: Connecticut Valley Brewing
Style: Double New England IPA
ABV: 8.2%

Beer God’s Notes

Original Tasting Notes:  A perfect beer and vinyl match made for the beer god himself. Sipping on Sherwood NE IPA by @ctvalleybrewing in #properglassware while listening to @sherwood on my @audiotechnicausa

When I saw they were canning this I had to get my hands on it.  I knew that it would look cool next to my Sherwood vinyl.

In all seriousness, this is a delicious beer. It’s a scary-easy-drinking Double NEIPA. The 8.2% went down with ease.  I’m writing this and I’m going to go have another one and play some Battlefield 5.

I love the play on the mosaic hop usage with the mosaic of the bird in the can art. Perfect. 

Cheers!

Description

ABV: 8.2% | Hops: Mosaic

Tasting Notes:  If you’re going to do a series of Mosaic IPAs, you have to start with a single hop! As an introduction to our Mosaic Series, Sherwood, is an 8.2% New England Double IPA that showcases the amazing Mosaic hop. An abundance of Mosaic hops are added at different stages of the brew to impart a tropical fruit aroma with hints of fresh rose blossoms, before embracing your taste buds with notes of papaya and tangerine.

Did You Know:

 Sherwood refers to Sherwood Island State Park located in Westport. Connecticut’s first state park offers all patrons a destination for a leisurely lunch in the shade of the picnic grove, swimming in the Long Island Sound or a chance to view marsh life from the observation platform on Sherwood Island.

 The state bird of Connecticut (robin) is pictured on the front of the can.

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Make Me Wanna Stout by Big Ditch Brewing Co.

Brewery: Big Ditch Brewing Co.
Style: Coffee and Cream Stout
ABV: 5.2%

Beer God’s Notes

Original Tasting Notes:  Happy #stoutday enjoying my Make Me Wanna Stout by @bigditchbrewing

I almost forgot about International Stout Day this year (I think I poured this at 11pm).  But, I’m glad I had this guy in my fridge.  The only thing I was upset about was that I didn’t buy more of them. Make Me Wanna Stout was a fantastic stout that wasn’t too heavy but still packed a punch of flavor.

A beer that tastes better with a Bills win, but goes down smooth when they are Billsing it out on the field.

Description

We brewed this beer specifically for football Sundays in Western New York! This coffee and cream stout is brewed with Revolution coffee beans from Public Espresso. Besides the rich coffee flavor, this beer features a light roast from the roasted barley used, a light sweet finish from the milk sugar used, and a creamy body from the oatmeal used. Let’s Go Buffalo!

Malt: 2-row, Munich, Roasted Barley, Chocolate, Milke Sugar
Hops: Northern Brewer

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Great American Beer Festival® Expands for 2018 More space and more to taste as beer lovers gather in the Mile High City

What:  

For the 37th consecutive year, beer lovers will gather in Denver, Colorado, at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF), the country’s preeminent beer festival and competition. This year’s GABF will offer 62,000 attendees the opportunity to sample over 4,000 beers from more than 800 breweries in an expanded festival hall.

When:

Thursday, September 20: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday, September 21: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 22*: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

*Brewers Association and American Homebrewers Association® (AHA) members only session
Saturday, September 22: 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where:

Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, Colorado 

Why: 

GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in the format of a public tasting event plus a privately judged competition. Dubbed by Thrillist as “The One Beer Festival You Must Go to Before You Die,” GABF has topped beer lovers’ bucket lists since 1982 and unites beer lovers and brewers from all corners of the country to celebrate the nation’s ever-growing craft beer culture.

Ticket Info:

GABF tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online on August 1, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT via AXS.

A ticket presale exclusively for members of the American Homebrewers Association and Brewers Association will take place on July 31 at 10:00 a.m. MDT/12:00 p.m. EDT. American Homebrewers Association or Brewers Association memberships must be purchased by July 18, 11:59 p.m. MDT, to be eligible for the member presale. The public is welcome to join the AHA at any time.

Members Only Session tickets are $70 each, limit two tickets per member.

General Session tickets are $85 public/$80 members (when purchased during the member presale on July 31):

Tickets include:

  • Commemorative tasting cup
  • Unlimited one-ounce samples of more than 4,000 beers
  • Festival guide and free app to help attendees navigate the festival hall
  • Access to educational and interactive seminars focused on beer appreciation
  • Opportunity to speak with the personalities behind the beers in the Meet the Brewer section
  • Entertainment including games, karaoke, Silent Disco with a live DJ and more

Note: Due to limited availability, GABF General Session and PAIRED® ticket sales are capped at six tickets per session per ticket buyer.

Additional ticket information can be found on the GABF website.

2018 Great American Beer Festival - YouTube

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Rinse/Repeat Galaxy by Westbrook Brewing Co.

Brewery: Westbrook Brewing Co.
Style: NE IPA
ABV: 7%

Beer God’s Notes

Original Tasting Notes:  @westbrookbrewingco Rinse Repeat Galaxy – a nice juicy Galaxy ipa.

In all seriousness the Galaxy hops really shine in this guy – but who is surprised? Westbrook has done it again with the Rinse/Repeat series and knocked it out of this… Galaxy with the Galaxy hopped NE IPA. It was smooth and easy drinking with a nice juicy citrusness to it.

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