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Amid the chaos of the government shutdown, craft breweries are responding to the crisis in their own, often humorous ways. Without government agencies in operation, craft brewers cannot get new beer labels approved and this is causing a real problem for a large percentage of craft breweries, many of which rely on new beer offerings to maintain a competitive advantage.

St. Boniface Brewery in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, has responded by releasing a beer commemorating the occasion. The beer is called Surprise! It’s Another IPA- Government Shutdown Beer. The label for this beer was already approved and the original name was Surprise! It’s Another IPA. Nothing in the rule book says that the name of a beer cannot be altered slightly, so St. Boniface Brewery decided to have a little fun by adding “Government Shutdown Beer” to the name.

St. Boniface Brewery co- owner Dain Shirey says the name is meant to bring attention to the problems in Washington in a neutral sort of way.

“I think a lot of people think the name is tongue and cheek and it’s a little funny. It’s a non-partisan beer release. We are not blaming any sides or anything like that. We want people to be able to drink beer,” said Shirey.

Surprise, It’s Another IPA is actually an ongoing series of beers released periodically by St. Boniface Brewery. The situation created by the pre- approval of the labels is unique and has allowed this brewery to release a new beer while other breweries remain idle to anything new until the government resumes its normal functions.

Dry hopped with Ella and El Dorado hops and containing 9.3 percent alcohol by volume, Surprise, It’s Another IPA- Government Shutdown Beer is just the type of big, bold, flavorful beer we could all use during this tumultuous time. St. Boniface Brewery released the beer last week on draft and in 16 oz. cans. Look for it in places where St. Boniface is presently sold and try to hold on to your sanity as you wait for the U.S. government to come to its senses.

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Greetings, Great Beer Now fans and followers! This is the third entry in a multi- part series of blog posts relating to the Great Beer Now Rock and Roll Out the Barrel Beer Tour 2018, which took place in Cleveland, Ohio. I traversed the Cleveland, Ohio area making my way to some of the best known and most award- winning breweries in the United States, along with several hidden gems and up- and- comers. Open a can or bottle of your favorite beer and follow along on my journey through one of Ohio’s largest cities. Cheers!

Spending time in Cleveland, Ohio and investigating the craft beer scene first hand provided valuable insight into the city and its place on the craft beer map. Cleveland is, of course, not the industrial powerhouse that it once was, but the city is making its way and evolving slowly as it faces new economic challenges with resilience and determination. Craft beer is on the rise in Cleveland and while most of the breweries have a uniquely modern theme, one downtown brewery is named for a piece of Cleveland history that most have long forgotten. That brewery is Masthead Brewing, located at 1261 Superior Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio.

Published for Success

Masthead Brewing is a young brewery with a full service restaurant to go with the full service taproom. Named after a common publication term, the brewery was founded in 2016 and is housed in an historic building, the Bryant Building, which once housed an automotive dealership and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Masthead has a large interior that can hold around 300 people. The long bar can seat dozens of thirsty Clevelanders and the outdoor patio can hold dozens more guests and their dogs. The brick walls and garage style doors are a constant reminder that this building was once home to an entirely different business.

Foodies love Masthead for its food as well as the beer. Pizza is the specialty food served here, but there are other options also, like salads, appetizers, and desserts. And you don’t want to go home before grabbing yourself some Masthead merchandise, which can be anything from t-shirts to glassware to koozies and beyond.

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The Beer Gets the Credit

Masthead Brewing serves over 20 of its own beers on tap and even devotes a few taps to competitors. I was undecided when I saw so many choices so I asked one of Masthead’s helpful personnel to select two flights of beer samples for me. Here is a listing of the beers I tried, listed alphabetically by name, followed by the style and my Untappd rating on a five point scale:

  • Apiary Ale, Honey Ale, 4.25
  • Brute Force, Double IPA, 4.25
  • Flat Earth, Double New England IPA, 4
  • GPODAWUND, American Brown Ale, 4.25
  • Hops for Heroes, Double New England IPA, 4.75
  • Single Origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Coffee Stout, 4.5
  • Sleigh All Day Holiday IPA with Spruce Tips, American IPA, 4.5
  • Winter Stout, Stout, 4

Overall Average Rating: 4.31

I truly loved the beer served at Masthead Brewing! I’m partial to double IPA and dark beer and ended up falling hard for the Hops for Heroes Double New England IPA and the Single Origin Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee Stout (what a name!). But truth be told, I would be more than happy to find any beer in this lineup in my glass, as each and every one of them had flavorful, memorable qualities.

A Fitting Establishment

Masthead Brewing is another business that is serving beer and helping to revitalize the downtown Cleveland landscape. I visited here late in the afternoon and since the establishment was located so close to my hotel, the downtown Cleveland Hilton, I decided to make the trek on foot, gaining some much needed exercise and anticipating all along what Masthead Brewing would be like.

With a name like Masthead, I envisioned a brewery with a nautical theme and looked forward to seeing pictures and perhaps 3-D artwork depicting the ships that have sailed the waters of the Great Lakes in the past and present. But what I quickly learned is that Masthead Brewing honors a masthead of a different sort- the type of masthead that is found in a publication. The story of the brewery’s naming can be traced back to the city of Cleveland’s founder, Moses Cleaveland. Newspapers were the primary means of communication in the early 1800’s and when the new city’s second publication, the Cleveland Advertiser, was ready to launch, they quickly noticed that the name “Cleaveland” made the desired text too lengthy to fit on the paper’s masthead. So, they dropped the “a” from Cleaveland, shortening the name of the city to Cleveland. One fewer letter and sure enough- it fit on the paper’s masthead. The shorter name caught on and almost two centuries later, a craft brewery named itself after the masthead that helped the city of Cleveland get its shorter name.

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Today, Masthead Brewing still maintains its historic charm thanks to its location in the historic Bryant Building. As someone who has visited brewery’s from coast to coast, it is common and often quite charming and interesting how breweries are able to adapt other business spaces to accommodate the needs of a brewery. I can think of several others that, like Masthead Brewing, built their brewery inside a space once occupied by an automotive business. As you sit inside Masthead Brewing sipping on your craft beer and munching on specialty pizza, it is obvious that there was once something automotive- related within this space. The historic aspects set Masthead Brewing apart from other breweries and the industrial look is fitting of a city that was once home to countless factories.

I really liked what I saw at Masthead Brewing and I can see how this establishment is so popular among locals. But I liked what I tasted even more than what I saw and decided to take a little more liberty with my number of servings since, after all, I did walk to the brewery and planned to walk back to my hotel. Kelly, one of Masthead’s employees and the head of events, filled me in on the brewery and its place in the Cleveland craft beer scene. She also recommended my beers to try and if the eight I sampled are any indication, everything Masthead brews is something special and it easily rates among the best in the area in terms of beer quality.

Cleveland, Ohio is going places when it comes to beer and Masthead Brewing is one of the must- visit breweries in the greater Cleveland area. I left Masthead with a greater understanding of Cleveland history and an even stronger appreciation for the craft beer culture and the people who work so tirelessly to bring these delicious suds to the masses. Sometimes, a small change is all that is necessary to make something fit that wasn’t quite right before and Masthead Brewing has certainly played a part in making this historic building fit more readily into the modern Cleveland social scene. It’s a cool place for food and beer so be sure to make your way to downtown and pay a visit to Masthead Brewing the next time you’re in the Cleveland, Ohio area. And tell them Great Beer Now sent you.

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Founders Brewing, the pride of Grand Rapids, Michigan, just announced the first beer release from its 2019 Mothership Series. The new beer is Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, a bourbon barrel aged stout with a thick, chewy body and notes of oak/wood and vanilla to complement its already complex bourbon character. This is the fifth beer release in the Mothership series and it will be offered as a Founders taproom- only exclusive starting on January 23, 2019.

Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki says this barrel- aged beauty is easily one of the most advanced beers Founders has ever offered.

“This is the biggest, boldest taproom Mothership Series release yet,” said Kosmicki. “We took what’s already a huge beer, Imperial Stout, and aged it in bourbon barrels for not one, but two years. The oak from the barrel complements the cocoa and licorice notes perfectly. This one should go quick!”

The Mothership Series is a taproom exclusive and ranks among the Founders brewing team’s favorite releases of the year. The exclusive nature is part of the appeal, but the fun only begins there. The Mothership series is also memorable to the brewing team because the releases represent experimental beers that encourage each team member to think far outside the box. Or, in other instances, the releases represent beers from the past resurrected for another, possibly final hurrah.

Barrel- Aged Imperial Stout contains 12.8 percent alcohol by volume and is bound to arose all five of your basic senses and perhaps uncover others you didn’t know even existed. Previous Mothership releases include such memorable beers as Panther Cub, MF Donkey Stout, Sleeper Cell, and Red’s Rye IPA. Each of these previous releases was amazing in its own way and Barrel- Aged Imperial Stout promises more of the same. If you live close to the Grand Rapids Founders taproom, make sure to carve out time from your busy schedule and head to the brewery on January 23 to sample this rare release. It’s bound to disappear in a short time so don’t procrastinate- get to the brewery on the release date and taste for yourself the incredible craftsmanship that has earned Founders Brewing so many high accolades from craft beer fans for so many years.

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Any beer lover needs to plan at least once in a lifetime a trip to Bavaria during the famous Oktoberfest – the festival of beer and Biergarten in Germany. The atmosphere is festive, friendly and buoyant with positive energy. More importantly, our German friends have long understood that not everyone enjoys beer, meaning that they provide their guests with a variety of choices that would even convince your non-beer drinking friends and/or relatives to join you on this trip.

However, the family-friendly Oktoberfest comes at a high cost, especially for American tourists who might struggle in the most rural parts of Bavaria to find English-speaking accommodations. Besides, if you’re planning to travel to Europe, you probably need to save for the flight tickets for the whole family – which can be expensive. In short, if money is short for now, you might want to replace Oktoberfest with another family-friendly alternative that would put a smile on the faces of beer-lovers and haters alike. Head to Florida instead. You need a Panhandle to the Keys trip, more importantly, you need to take your family and especially your kids on such a trip. Here’s why:

The boat trip of a lifetime

Your Panhandle – The Keys trip needs to have a little bit of everything for everyone, especially if you’re traveling with friends or relatives who are not all beer connoisseurs. The strip of land that Florida is, offers plenty of excitement, but nothing quite beats the freedom and peacefulness you’ll enjoy from a yacht rental Miami based to explore the Keys and head to the Panhandle region by boat. The trip between the Keys and Florida Panhandle is roughly 400 miles, a distance you can cut in short journeys to visit the state at your pace and stop every night in a different harbor. This also gives you the ideal stopping base to visit craft breweries too!

Fantastic beer and amazing scenery

The beer scene in Florida is growing in flavors and varieties. You’ll find decent craft beer all around the state. However, it’s worth noting that the Florida Panhandle is gaining true momentum with numerous brewpubs that welcome non-beer drinkers too. For a real experience, mark some of the best craft beer spots in the Emerald Coast on a map so that you can plan accordingly. The advantage of the region is that the members of your family who don’t drink beer – or kids who are too young for it — can spend the day at the beach. At the end of the day, it’s the perfect mix of beach vacation and brewery tour.

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The perfect family destination

Lastly, everyone deserves a little fun during the holiday. Florida, thankfully, has plenty of entertainment and attractions on offer. What’s stopping you from renting a vehicle and exploring famous parks with your family, such as Universal Studios or Legoland, during your beer tour? You can also plan a stop in Little Havana in Miami before embarking on your boat journey to get into the holiday mood. Nothing like Cuban vibes and a fresh beer to start the vacation!

Florida is by definition a family-friendly destination with a selection of attraction parks and cultural spots. This duality makes it the ideal background for a craft beer tour with your family.  

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A game of poker, blackjack, Euchre, or other card game is often accompanied with a glass of beer. When friends take their seats around the table and the cards are dealt, there is almost always a call for brew, since it seems to fit naturally with a card game or any other game, for that matter. Having a deck of cards that can withstand the spilled drinks and sloppy consumption of food that is often part of a card game is certainly a plus and a deck of cards that fulfills this important requirement is Nod Products Dry Decks Waterproof Playing Cards.

Novelty is Nice

Nod Products makes several different versions of these waterproof cards. The difference among sets is with the design on the back of the cards. The beer card set, which is the one I have, features a beer jug on the back of one set of cards and an assortment of small symbols like beer glasses, barrels, barely etc. on the other. Nod Products has sets of cards featuring other things, too, but since I’m a beer writer, this set is perfect for me. And the manufacturer sells them as a pair of decks per package, so you always have a backup.

Keep Them Clean

The cards in this set are more durable than the average playing cards. Other playing cards are also plastic coated, but Nod Products has manufactured these cards as more durable than most, with a coating that protects the cards from wear and tear. The coating seals the cards from harm and they wipe clean easily. If food or drink comes in contact with the cards, you can easily wipe them clean and dry them off, making them look like new. The cards are slick, too, and don’t stick together, either, so you are less likely to experience a misdeal during your next round of euchre.

Symbols by the Pair

I like these cards from Nod Products for their durability more than anything and I like that I can take them to my backyard, next to my pool, for a few rounds of poker without worrying that the cards will get ruined from splashing water. I do have one issue, however, and that is the fact that the cards lack detail. The King, Queen, and Jack do not feature a face. All you get is a double image of the suit, in the middle of the card. The same is true with the numbered cards as well. Whether the card in your hand is a 2, 8, Jack, King, or any other card, each one has exactly the same image in the middle: A pair of hearts, diamonds, spades, or clubs. This makes them a little plainer than other cards and a little less creative.

Buy a Set Today

Playing cards are a household essential and Nod Products Dry Decks Waterproof Playing Cards with Beer images is a good set of cards. They would be better if they included a little more detail on each card, like multiple symbols to match the number and actual drawings for the Jack, Queen, and King cards. This lack of detail and simple pair of images in the middle of each card is a little less visually appealing, but the simplicity might suit some people just fine. And most important of all, these cards are durable, perfect for those who like to eat and drink while they play card games and not worry about the cards getting ruined from contact with liquid. They wipe clean and are designed to last, and this fact makes Nod Products Dry Decks Playing Cards a good set of cards for the beer drinkers among us.

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Louisiana’s own Parish Brewing, a brewery that dates back to 2008 and ranks as the second largest brewery in the state, is about to expand in a major way, sending its quality brew across the Sabine River for the first time as it debuts in the Houston, Texas area. Parish Brewing will partner with Silver Eagle Distributors, bringing its quality beer to Houstonians first in draft and eventually in packaged form across the metropolitan area.

Parish Brewing founder Andrew Godley says the demand for his brewery’s products has been strong among Texans and he is thrilled to finally meet the need.

“We get calls and emails almost daily from the Texas market asking for our beers, and we have been working hard to increase production capacity to finally be able to sell our products in Houston,” said Godley. “We are excited to finally be a big part of the market and will focus on getting our full distributed portfolio to retailers across the area.  Texans are our neighbors and we will work hard to grow our brands there – the market is very important to our company.  And yes, this means we will be distributing Ghost in the Machine in Texas!”

Parish Brewing plans to kick off its Houston craft beer invasion with a lineup of year round beers that includes:

Canebrake: This refreshing American wheat ale is brewed using Oregon- grown Cascade hops and with its wheat malt additions, it satisfies with a honey sweet malt body balanced with notes of citrus.

Envie: An American pale ale, Envie is a hop lover’s dream, with an aroma and flavor that features mango, lychee, orange, and other assorted tropical fruits. Unlike some of the equally assertive, fruity IPA on the market, however, Envie keeps the bitterness component in check.

South Coast: Amber ales often take a back seat to more popular craft beer styles and many craft breweries don’t even offer one in their lineup. But South Coast is an amber ale that could change that trend. It’s a balanced ale with mild to moderate flavors, perfect for those times when you crave the taste of malty goodness that made you fall in love with beer in the first place but don’t want something that is too strong or too full in taste.

Ghost in the Machine: If you love double IPA the way I do, then you must get your hands on a serving of Ghost in the Machine. The beer is brewed with generous quantities of Citra hops from Yakima Valley, WA for a taste profile that is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!

Rêve: Coffee beers are all the rage and this silky, smooth stout will have you reminiscing about all of the reasons why you love this style the way you do. It’s brewed with a carefully selected blend of specialty grade estate beans from Columbia and Java for a result that is much like a cold brew coffee, but with added malt goodness.

Silver Eagle Distributors chairman and CEO John L. Nau III can’t wait to introduce Parish Brewing’s quality beer to the local Houston market.

“Silver Eagle is excited to be working with the exceptional team at Parish Brewing Co. to introduce Houstonians to the brewery’s great line-up of beers. We are glad Parish chose Silver Eagle for its debut into Texas and have no doubt Texans will enjoy their brews as much as our Louisianan neighbors do,” said  Nau.

Houston area craft beer fans have an assortment of special events they can attend during the week of January 14- 18, 2019. To see a full schedule, visit Silver Eagle Distributor’s events page. To learn more about Parish Brewing and its products, visit online at www.parishbeer.com.

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Houston’s Saint Arnold Brewing, the oldest craft brewery in the state of Texas, is often at the center of craft beer innovation. The recent addition of a Beer Garden and Restaurant brought with it not only amazing food, but also delicious special release beer, as the brewers were granted the opportunity to brew small batches for release at the restaurant and in a handful of other outlets.

With the new beer garden and new small batches of beer, Saint Arnold guests were rewarded with beers of distinction: Limited production malt beverage gems not available to most of the public. One of these special beers has now made it into the regular lineup. The beer is Citrodos IPA, a beer created by Saint Arnold Brewer Derrick Frost and the first of these special release beers to get added to the year- round rotation.

Citrodos IPA, as you might guess from the name, is brewed using Citra hops but also contains additions of Centennial hops to create a beer with an aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. The beer is a little lighter in terms of alcohol, at least compared to other IPA, with a modest 6.1 percent alcohol by volume. The bitterness level is also dialed down, with only 32 IBU.

Citrodos IPA will be available on draft and in cans. Looked for this newest member of the Saint Arnold Brewing family in places where Saint Arnold beer is presently sold. To keep up with the latest happenings at Saint Arnold, visit the brewery’s web site at www.saintarnold.com.

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Greetings, Great Beer Now fans and followers! This is the second entry in a multi- part series of blog posts relating to the Great Beer Now Rock and Roll Out the Barrel Beer Tour 2018, which took place in Cleveland, Ohio. I traversed the Cleveland, Ohio area making my way to some of the best known and most award- winning breweries in the United States, along with several hidden gems and up- and- comers. Open a can or bottle of your favorite beer and follow along on my journey through one of Ohio’s largest cities. Cheers!

Cleveland, Ohio means many things to different people. We often think about the industrial clout that Cleveland once held and how the industry that once defined the city has largely left, leaving a large void that the city is still trying to fill. But one industry that is definitely on the rise in Cleveland is beer and one of the smaller, yet still enjoyable places I visited during my tour was Market Garden Brewery, located at 1947 W. 25th Street in Cleveland, Ohio.

On the West Side

Situated next to the West Side Market, Market Garden Brewery is growing operation that dates itself back to 2011. The brewery began as a brewpub and in 2016, expanded and opened its own production brewery, adjacent to the brewpub.

The interior of Market Garden Brewery looks like a local tavern would look, with hardwood floors, televisions, and high top tables. The chandelier lights are a unique feature and the back patio is great when the weather is nice. They are a fully- functional restaurant, too, with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, soups/salads, and entrées.

Market Garden Brewery has a smaller, little sister location right down the street called Nano Brewery. Here, the business operates a smaller brewpub that is also used to develop recipes for future production. Nano Brewery is a good choice if you want a smaller, more intimate setting without as many people and less noise.

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Now for the Brew

Market Garden Brewery bottles its beers for outside consumption. Here at the brewery, draft beer rules the day and there are about 12 beers on tap at any given moment. Here is a listing of the beers I tried, listed alphabetically by name, followed by the style and my Untappd rating on a five point scale:

  • Franklin Castle, Pumpkin beer, 4
  • Haze Bro, Double New England IPA, 4.25
  • Irishtown Bend, Red Ale, 4
  • Prosperity Wheat, Hefeweizen, 3.75

Overall Average Rating: 4.00

Market Garden Brewery is one of those breweries without any standout among its beers, at least in my opinion/experience. All of the beers are agreeable and about on- par with each other as far as quality and taste are concerned, which are both above average for each beer.

Industry Evolves

Market Garden Brewery is yet another Cleveland, Ohio production brewery and another business that is helping to lead the Cleveland, Ohio economic renaissance. I visited here in the mid- afternoon on a Friday and, like other breweries/brewpubs I visited in Cleveland, I was pleasantly surprised by the significant crowds, especially for what should have been a slower time of the day.

This business, as stated before, started as a brewpub before expanding in 2016 to a full- fledged brewing operation complete with bottling, barrel- aging, etc. The restaurant and tap room space is larger than expected and, with the back patio added, there is ample space to handle large crowds. The interior has a laid back, old fashioned tavern vibe to it that makes you feel at home and ready to drink.

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Food is one of the many reasons locals love Market Garden Brewery and the quality of the food is reason enough to consider a visit, even if you’re not in the mood for beer. I didn’t order a large meal when I was here, but I did partake in a couple of appetizers and I found them excellent accompaniments to my craft beer samples.

Speaking of the beer, I did what I almost always do when I’m on a multi- brewery beer tour and I limited myself to flight samplers. The flight of four beers served here included larger servings than what I’m used to. This was good, actually, because it helped me get a better idea of the taste quality of each. And I found that I liked all of the beers almost equally. I didn’t discover any knock- my- socks- off beers among the four I tried, but all were very tasty nonetheless. I only wish I would have had time to try more, as there could have been some knockout beers flowing from the other taps.

Cleveland, Ohio isn’t the industrial powerhouse it once was. The days of factories operating at full tilt are largely a thing of the past, but Cleveland has gradually re- invented itself and craft beer is one of the rising industrial stars. Market Garden Brewery is one of dozens of breweries that are helping Cleveland make an economic comeback and it is definitely a place worthy of your time for food, beer, or both. So be sure to visit Market Garden Brewery the next time you’re in the Cleveland, Ohio area. And tell them Great Beer Now sent you.

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California University of Pennsylvania, a state- supported public university in California, Pennsylvania, was recently rewarded a state grant to grow and study hops and hop production. The grant amounts to $72,500 and couldn’t come at a better time, as the number of craft breweries in Pennsylvania continues to climb and hops are in high demand.

The grant will help fund a trial garden of hops, with the focus aimed at studying disease management, sustainability, and growing issues. California University spokesperson Christine Kindl says the money will help both students and businesses.

“Cal U. looks for opportunities to educate our students while also serving as a resource for the region’s business community,” said Kindl. “We are pleased to receive funding for a project that has the potential to benefit local farmers and brewers, as well as our current and future students,” Kindl added.

Washington County, where California University of Pennsylvania is located, is home to several craft breweries. One of them is Washington Brewery, a small operation that has an obvious need for hops. Washington Brewery co- owner John Burgess says the project is one that he certainly welcomes.

“I would definitely support it,” said Burgess. “It’s important to know the chemical makeup of the hops,” Burgess added. He also pointed out that the more specialized hops, needed for brewing the more unique beers, are often difficult to come by.

Burgess actually approached another university, Washington & Jefferson College, early on about experimenting with hops in order to learn more about growing concerns and to hopefully create a readily accessible local supply. Now that California University has taken up the task, quality, locally grown hops could become reality in a short time.

California University’s hop yard will rely on both high school and university students to help with the design. The students will also work to create a marketing and business plan to sell the hops to local breweries.

The grant awarded to California University of Pennsylvania is one of many that the state Liquor Control Board doled out to various recipients. The LCB donated a total of $791,412 to fund various projects aimed at promoting beer and other brewed beverages across the state.

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Full Sail Brewing, the Hood River, Oregon brewery responsible for many memorable and long- lived beers for decades, has expanded its portfolio in a new direction. Following some of the latest style trends, the new beer, Full Sail Malted Milkshake-Style IPA , satisfies in ways both like and unlike other beers of this style, with lactose, malted barley, oats, and a touch of natural vanilla combining for a unique and memorable taste.

Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss says the new, hazy/creamy beer is one that has been in the making for a while.

“We’d been wanting to experiment with the milkshake style, an offshoot of New England Hazy IPAs,” says Doss. “With Malted Milkshake, we really nailed it. It’s unfiltered, not bitter, and there’s tons of aroma packed into a full-bodied, creamy IPA.”

Like Hazy New England style IPA, milkshake style IPAs are one of the latest trends in craft beer and one that is rapidly taking over the craft beer realm. They are a spin on the hazy IPA style and Full Sail has managed to take the spin to a new level, crafting its beer with nonfermentable lactose, two- row pale malt, wheat, oats, and five hop varieties: Ekuanot, Denali, Comet, Citra, and Cascade.

Full Sail Malted Milkshake IPA is available right now in 6- packs of bottles and in draft form. The beer contains 6.8 percent alcohol by volume and 40 IBU, so it is less bitter than you may have expected. To learn more about this and other Full Sail beers, visit online at www.fullsailbrewing.com.

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