Key Lime Tau Beer in UK for one day only: Tau Day – 28 June 2018


A collaboration between Cumbria’s Hawkshead Brewery and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Denver, Colorado, USA. Key Lime Tau Beer, is brewed with fresh lime zest and lemon grass, which gives the beer a biscuity taste and a strong lime flavour – just like a key lime pie.

Key Lime Tau (a clever play on the mathematical term ‘pi’ multiplied by two which is ‘tau’) is a limited edition kettle-soured, lactose-infused golden ale.

Thursday June 28th 2018 will see craft beer lovers and maths fanatics alike, rejoice across the globe with the annual release of the very rare beer, as Key Lime Tau is famously only released for one day each year – naturally on International Tau Day (28 June).

On International Tau Day, June 28th, just 4,800 bottles will be available to buy from select craft beer retailers in the UK*. Hawkshead Beer Hall will be the only place in the world to have its Key Lime Tau on cask and will be celebrating over the weekend with live music and an American-inspired food offering.

Key Lime Tau was first brewed in collaboration with Crooked Stave in 2015 for the International Rainbow Project, a bringing together of independent craft brewers to nurture innovation and share best practice.

International Tau Day itself is a global institution, with the Key Lime Tau brew being just one of the many ways, including limited edition art, branded clothing and discussions and events, that fans will be embracing to celebrate this mathematical symbol.

Set a reminder to buy online when Key Lime Tau stock is released on June 28th.  A 330 ml bottle costs £6.28 (yes, that’s ‘tau’ – 3.14  X 2 aka pi x 2)

About Hawkshead Brewery

Hawkshead Brewery, cutting edge brewers of bold, innovative beers, was founded in 2002 at Hawkshead in the heart of the English Lake District. In 2006 the brewery moved across Windermere to larger premises at Staveley Mill Yard and a new tailor-made 20 barrel brewery. In early 2017, Halewood Wines & Spirits, the UK’s largest independent alcohol distributer and manufacturer, took ownership of Hawkshead Brewery and is funding the building of a new Krones AG turnkey brewery, due to open early summer 2018.

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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 Dogfish Head adds Liquid Truth Serum

to Year-Round Lineup

Milton, Del., June 15, 2018 – After an overwhelmingly positive reaction from fans, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Liquid Truth Serum is back by popular demand as a year-round brand and is making the transition from 6pk/12oz bottles to 4pk/16oz cans. Clocking in at 7% ABV and 65 IBUs, the unfiltered Liquid Truth Serum is golden-orange in color, with citrusy notes of mandarin orange, tangerine, tropical mango and hints of juicy stone fruits.

“After so much love from our fans, the truth was clear – Liquid Truth Serum needed to come back, and this time, as a year-round offering,” said Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “Introducing it in cans makes it more convenient than ever, increasing its portability and overall awesomeness, and we couldn’t be more excited about the evolution of this brew.”

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Liquid Truth Serum, Fruit-Full Fort or to learn more about delicious off-centered beers, visit

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Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Joins CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective

“CANarchy is a group that has not conformed and has hit critical mass on the path of coming together to stay independent. We’re all in.” – Deep Ellum founder John Reardon

DALLAS, TX – JUNE 12, 2018 – Deep Ellum Brewing Company is the latest craft brewery to join the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective. For Deep Ellum, a craft brewery with rough edges and deep roots in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, the move to join the disruptive collective of independent brewers will immediately provide resources for increased production and distribution.

Founded in 2011 by John Reardon, Deep Ellum Brewing Company quickly grew to become the third largest independent craft brewery in Texas, led by its flagship brews, Dallas Blonde and Deep Ellum IPA. In 2017, Deep Ellum grew 37% to produce more than 45,000 bbls in Texas only, with the vast majority being consumed within 20 miles of the brewery.

CANarchy provides a platform from which rapidly growing craft breweries seeking high level resources can expand and compete in the increasingly competitive craft beer segment, while maintaining independence. The platform is driven by individual brewery culture, giving brewers control of their businesses and brands, while providing resources and support to scale their respective operations.

About Deep Ellum Brewing Company

In 2011, Deep Ellum Brewing Company set up shop in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas – the first craft brewery to open in Dallas in over a decade. Since then, Deep Ellum has become as well known for its innovative brewing and exceptional quality as it has for its healthy disdain for the status quo. Like the notorious neighborhood it calls home, the brewery is bold, fearless, and unapologetic. The idea of “blending in” was never part of the plan – at the bar or on the shelf. With a commitment to staying true to their reckless streak, their rough edges and their roots, Deep Ellum has quickly grown to become the 3rd largest independent craft brewery in Texas and the 65th largest brewery overall. Led by its flagships, Deep Ellum IPA and Dallas Blonde, the brewery has amassed an extremely devoted fan base across Texas and beyond.  @deepellumbrewing #LoveRunsDeep

About CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective

Founded in 2015, CANarchy is a disruptive collective of like-minded brewers dedicated to bringing quality and innovative flavors to beer drinkers in the name of independent craft beer. The portfolio of craft breweries, partially funded by Fireman Capital Partners, including Oskar Blues Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing, Perrin Brewing Company, Cigar City Brewing, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery and newly added Deep Ellum Brewing Company, is challenging corporate convention to preserve independent craft beer culture. CANarchy is the #1 provider of American craft beer in a can by bringing value to distributors, retailers and beer drinkers. CANarchy was recently ranked #9 on list of the 2017 Top 50 U.S. Craft Brewers as ranked by sales volume. Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA and Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale are currently the #1 and #2 sold craft can six packs in U.S. Grocery. The CANarchy platform brewed over 350,000 bbls in 2017, reaching all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., parts of Canada, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, and South Korea.

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Oskar Blues Brewery to Release 

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY Imperial Stout


LONGMONT, CO., BOULDER, CO., and BREVARD, NC, JUNE 13, 2018 – Oskar Blues Brewery will release a very limited amount of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY Imperial Stout on July 7, (National Chocolate Day) at the Oskar Blues Boulder, Longmont, and Brevard Taproom locations.

Bourbon Barrel Aged Ten FIDY was massively doused with unsweetened pure liquid cacao made by our friends at Cholaca, then dosed with Hotbox Roasters’ cold brew from Mexican coffee beans.

BA Mocha Ten FIDY will be available in Oskar Blues Boulder, Longmont and Brevard taprooms only. Numbered wristbands will be handed out at 9:30am but a line may begin to form much earlier. Wristbands will allow folks to (reasonably) wander without losing their place in line. Each wristband has a number on it, and yes that number does matter. Beer will be sold in order according to the number system so Mocha seekers must be present when their number is called. Each person may purchase up to five cases of BA Mocha Ten FIDY. 19.2 oz cans come in 12-count cases. If there are cans left at 3pm (both MST and EST), a “No Limit” rule kicks in and peeps will be able to purchase to their hearts’ content.

At that hour on a Saturday, of course there will be breakfast food available; and the coffee isn’t just in the beer – Hotbox Roasters will be on the scene to satisfy wake-up needs. All sales (draft and cans) will begin at 10am. A limited amount of BA Mocha Ten FIDY will be on draft, 10 ounces at a time.


4 oz pour on DRAFT = $4

10 oz pour on DRAFT = $10

One 19.2 oz CAN of Mocha BA Ten FIDY = $15

One CASE (12 CANs) = $180

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Schlafly Beer to Release Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blond Ale

Schlafly’s Cellar Selections: Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale

(ST. LOUIS; June 14, 2018)— Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale, the latest beer in the Cellar Selections Series is a citrus-forward, blonde ale will hit Schlafly’s distribution area in limited quantities, beginning Friday, June 29.

At 4.7% and 25 IBUs, the Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale is the perfect summer libation to gather around the barbecue. With lemongrass and hibiscus prominent in many cultural cuisines, this beer is the perfect pairing for bold grilling flavors like Korean BBQ or a South American asado feast.

Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale is the fourth beer in Schlafly’s 2018 Cellar Selections, following Paloma Gose, Raspberry Chipotle Brown Ale and Kentucky Mule Ale. Schlafly’s Hibiscus & Lemongrass Blonde Ale will be available at the brewpubs as well as limited markets across Schlafly’s distribution for a suggested retail value of $13.99. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit .

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Stone Brewing Introduces ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA

///Discouraged.Stones.Visit (June 15, 2018) – Stone Brewing announces the release of Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA is named after a 3m x 3m square in Stone’s Richmond, VA brewery with three words painted on it. What three words?  what3words, a global addressing system that brings locators to the previously difficult to locate locations around the world. Literally. As in, more than three trillion of them.

““We’re supporting the what3words convention because we think it’s cool, and we see the significant social good in it,” said Stone Brewing Executive Chairman & co-founder Greg Koch.”

‘Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA takes the East Coast inspiration of an unfiltered IPA, but spares any predictability beyond its lack of filtration. It’s amped up to 8.5% ABV with a noticeably West Coast-influenced bitterness, and tactfully balanced Richmond-style finish. The aroma provides a juicy bounty of fresh fruit and fresh hops. Its fresh-squeezed juice flavors include a hint of white sage and pair beautifully with sweet, salty and tangy dishes like Pad Thai noodles, Hawaiian Fried Rice or Prosciutto-wrapped melon.”

“Available in 16oz cans and on draft, the unfiltered Double IPA will be brewed only in Richmond, VA, and year-round distribution will be focused exclusively across the Eastern seaboard.”

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Uncle Billy’s Brewery Introduces Texas Ruby Red Radler

AUSTIN, Texas (June 13, 2018) –Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse, is introducing Texas Ruby Red Radler, a German-style beer blended with Texas-grown fresh ruby red grapefruit juice.

Radlers is brewed with pilsner, Vienna malts, and Magnum and Hallertau Mittlefruh hops, resulting in a gorgeous pale-golden beer with a light pink hue.

Uncle Billy’s Texas Ruby Red Radler is 3.7% ABV, perfect for cooling off in the summer heat.

Uncle Billy’s Texas Ruby Red Radler is widely available on draft and in 12-ounce cans at hundreds of bars, restaurants, and retail stores in Texas. Uncle Billy’s Brewery is distributed by Brown Distributing Co. Inc. in Austin; Favorite Brands in Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston; GLI Distributing in San Antonio; Keg One in the Hill Country; and Tri-City Distributors in New Braunfels, TX.

About Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse:

Founded in 2006, Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse is located in the heart of Austin’s funkiest restaurant row on Barton Spring’s Road and is inspired by William “Uncle Billy” Barton, whose 1830’s tract included the renowned springs. Uncle Billy’s offers the perfect combination of award-winning, craft beers, distilled spirits, hand-crafted cocktails, and delicious, slow-smoked Texas barbeque. Learn more at:  and connect with Uncle Billy’s Brewery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Often overlooked, “Belgian Lace” is objective evidence of your ability to sip a beer rather than quaff. How many lace rings can you leave on your next glass of beer?

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Michigan Governor Establishes Michigan Craft Beverage Council

(LANSING, Mich)— Gov. Rick Snyder signed House Bill 4667 and Senate Bill 440 — sponsored by Rep. Brandt Iden and Sen. Goeff Hansen — which will change the name of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council to the Michigan Craft Beverage Council. The bills also will expand the council to include Michigan wine, beer, hard cider and spirits. The bills are now Public Acts 154 and 155 of 2018.

The Craft Beverage Council will award grants for research into winemaking, hops, barley, beer and spirits; conduct market surveys and analysis; and offer other programs that encourage the agricultural elements related to Michigan’s craft beverage industries. The Council’s activities are funded exclusively by non-retail, non-wholesale liquor license fees.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes more than $144 million in wages with a total economic contribution of more than $600 million. In terms of overall number of breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #6 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”


Schlafly Beer to Release its First Canned Cider in June

Proper Cider Raspberry is certified gluten-free and first canned cider for The Saint Louis Brewery ™

 (ST. LOUIS; May 23, 2018)—Schlafly Beer announces plans to release a year-round canned cider across their distribution footprint with Proper Cider Raspberry. The largest, locally owned brewery in St. Louis has been making cider for over 15 years now in its brewpubs, but this will be the first can package for full, year-round distribution, starting this summer. This 6.8% old-fashioned hard cider is both semi-sweet and tart and pours a vibrant crimson from the real raspberries. This will also be the first time Schlafly will be able to offer a certified gluten-free product in the market.

Founding Brewer Stephen Hale explains more, “Our cider has always been a crowd favorite and has developed somewhat of a cult following throughout the years. Now, we can introduce our cider to a larger audience across our distribution footprint and make the treasured recipe available to enjoy all year.”

The 4-packs of Schlafly’s Proper Cider Raspberry will be available starting in mid-June, but cider fans can get a first taste at Schlafly’s Art Outside Festival this weekend, on Friday May 25 through Sunday, May 27. The suggested retail price for the 4-pack is $8. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit



Freeport, Maine – (May 22, 2018) Maine Beer Company of Freeport, Maine, announces their expansion into Indiana with distributing partner Cavalier Distributing. Maine Beer Company’s highly sought-after IPAs and other styles are now available for limited distribution throughout the state.                                                                                                                                                                     Maine Beer Company will be offering Peeper Pale Ale and Woods & Waters IPA on draught in Indiana.

Peeper Pale Ale (5.5% ABV) is the first beer that Maine brewed, beginning in 2009 on a one-barrel system. It has notes of light citrus, raspberry, and blackberry with subtle pine and light breadiness attributes.

Woods & Waters IPA was originally brewed to commemorate the establishment of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and features Maine-grown barley and wheat, and generous amounts hops featuring flavors and aromas reminiscent of the outdoors.

Lunch IPA and MO Pale Ale will be available in package. Lunch IPA, with notes of tropical and citrus fruit, pine, and subtle malt sweetness, is one of the most sought-after and highly rated beers. It was named after a finback whale spotted off the coast of Maine that looked like she had a bite out of her dorsal fin.

MO Pale Ale (6% ABV) is a pale ale with notes of citrus, passion fruit, pine, and slight malt sweetness.

Launch events are happening through the state this week and next.

Featured events include:

Friday, May 25

Hunter’s Brewing – 4 p.m.

1525 S. Calumet Road

Chesterton, IN 46304

Sixth Street Dive – 5 p.m.

827 N. 6th Street

Lafayette, IN 47904

For all events, visit


Designated Pilot Required to Visit Scottish Brewery

“The sunny weather last week saw the Arran brewery’s new Helipad in action for the first time. With the first visitors for a brewery tour arriving by helicopter.”

“The brewery has planning permission to build a terminal on the site of their heliport in the South of the Island of Arran above Kildonan.”

“Managing Director Gerald Michaluk, a helicopter pilot himself, said ” it is great to see our first visitors arriving by helicopter we are hopeful more will follow when it is known we have the facility available.  With the new distillery opening in the South of the Island this will be an ideal facility for visitors to both the brewery and distillery. We plan to begin ground works on the new terminal this summer”.”

“Asked if this was a prelude to a regular helicopter service between Arran and the mainland Gerald replied: “We have no plans in this regards but will be offering site seeing tours through our sister company HJS helicopters at some point in the future.  The regulations regarding flying helicopters over water are quite restricting, if affordable helicopters are to be used, but never say never”.”

“The Arran Brewery is allowing free landings with prior notification and fuel will be available on site after the terminal is complete.”

“The terminal will consist of a passenger lounge and crew room as well as offering a Radio Service for arrivals and departures.”

“Those wishing to use the heliport should contact the brewery on 01770 302353 prior to arrival.”


Recently the folks from the public relations department at Boar’s Head sent me a press release featuring their branded cheeses and the styles of beer that enhances the experience of enjoying the cheese.

It occurred to me that over the years I have read articles about, watched videos about, and participated in more cheese and beer tastings than there are brands of beer on your local package store/deli/market.

Each of the above involved beers and cheeses that were particular to the region where the writer, videographer, tasting was situated.

In the sense of fair-play and in an attempt to involve as many folks as possible, I am taking this opportunity to share with you the press release as sent to me in the understanding and belief that each and every product mentioned in this press release and all of the beers mentioned are available in every state of the United States. Those of you residing in Canada, Mexico and on the other continents, I can only suggest a visit to the good old United States of America for the opportunity to fully appreciate the experience.

Without further ado I present a rather helpful piece of marketing including my beer suggestions featuring nationally available brands.

N.B. – I have received no compensation in any way from any of the companies mentioned in the following editorial offering.


“Vermont Cheddar / Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – Crafted in the Green Mountain state with whole milk sourced from regional family dairy farms, Boar’s Head Vermont Cheddar cheese has a mild flavor and creamy texture, pairing nicely with the floral, fruity and citrus notes of an American pale ale. This medium-bodied beer with a hint of caramel carries with it a toasted maltiness. American pale ale is one of the most food-friendly styles to enjoy, especially with a cheddar cheese.”

“Muenster / Allagash Belgian-Style Ale – Typically less bitter than other pale ales, the Belgian Ale boasts some sweet-to-toasty malt overtones. The mellow flavored, semi-soft Boar’s Head Muenster Cheese is the perfect balance to bring out more of the sweet flavor notes within the Belgian Pale Ale.”

“Asiago / Angry Orchard Cider – Aged for a firm texture, Boar’s Head Asiago is a robust cheese carrying a nutty flavor and a faint sharpness. With ciders carrying more of a tart and sweet profile, the sharpness of Asiago helps to cut through, with the nutty flavor complementing the fruit notes within a cider.”

“Mozzarella / Brooklyn Pilsner – Traditionally, Pilsners have a higher level of carbonation and carry floral aromas and a crisp finish. More of a medium-full bodied beer, it works well against the fresh, creamy milk flavored Boar’s Head Mozzarella. It’s the product of exceptionally high standards, crafted with sea salt and no artificial flavors, delivering a soft and delicate texture that wonderfully complements a wide variety of recipes.”

“Manchego / Newcastle Brown Ale – With a crumbly consistency and complex flavor that evokes Spain’s windswept La Mancha region, Boar’s Head Manchego is a flavorful cheese, crafted in the Old-World style from sheep’s milk and aged 12 months. Intense Manchego complements the sweetness of fruits such as quince as well as the coffee and nut flavor notes of an American Brown Ale.”

“Blue Cheese MarBleu TM / Anchor Porter – Most porters today carry some combination of chocolaty, caramel or licorice flavor notes. Drinkable in both cold weather and warm, the versatility of the beer is what generates its popularity. Boar’s Head Blue Cheese MarBleuTM is masterfully blended to deliver a creamy yet distinctive bleu flavor that can be sliced without crumbling and complements the creamy texture of a Porter very nicely.”

“Baby Swiss X Guinness Stout – Similar to that of a Stout, Boar’s Head Baby Swiss Cheese has a mild, distinctively nutty flavor. This American addition to the classic Swiss cheese family is made with whole milk for a creamy texture that accents the milky, chocolaty flavor of a traditional Stout.”




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  • Style: German Style Golden Ale
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • IBU: 8
  • SRM: 4


  • “The limited-release Genesee Ruby Red Kolsch will be available for purchase in 12-pack cans and on draft at select locations throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.”

Brewers Description:

“The 4.5 percent ABV Ruby Red Kolsch captures the essence of the classic golden ale, with the unique addition of ruby red grapefruit to create adding a modern update of ruby red grapefruit to create a citrusy refreshing finish. The combination of clean flavor and mild hop bitterness makes for an easy-to-drink, sessionable beer.”



Homebrewers Across the U.S. Unite for AHA Big Brew on May 5

–Thousands to Participate in Worldwide, Simultaneous Toast as
American Homebrewers Association Celebrates 40th Anniversary–    

WHAT: In honor of National Homebrew Day (which falls every year on May 7), the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates AHA Big Brew on the first Saturday in May. Throughout the day on May 5, hundreds of bars, breweries, shops and homebrew clubs nationwide will host their local communities to brew on-site for a national, same-day homebrewing session. This year’s official Big Brew recipes—Rocky Raccoon’s Honey Lager and Dusty Mud Irish-style Stout—were handpicked by the legendary Charlie Papazian. Heralded as the “godfather of homebrewing,” Papazian is the founder of the AHA, which this year is celebrating its 40th anniversary. At noon CDT, all homebrewers and beer lovers are encouraged to raise their glass in a worldwide, simultaneous toast.

WHEN: All day long! Saturday, May 5

                        The simultaneous toast occurs at 12:00 p.m. CDT

WHERE: Everywhere! From homebrewers’ homes and backyards, to the shops that provide the ingredients and supplies, to local breweries and craft beer bars worldwide. View an interactive map of AHA Big Brew event locations across the country. Register your local AHA Big Brew event and join the conversation on Twitter with #BigBrew18.

WHO: Everyone! As long as they’re 21 and over, of course.

WHY: There over 1.1 million homebrewers in the United States, 40 percent of which started homebrewing only within the last four years. AHA Big Brew is a toast to the nation’s homebrewers and their shared love and appreciation for homebrewed beer, mead and cider. In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day, and so the AHA created AHA Big Brew, held each year on the first Saturday in May, to celebrate National Homebrew Day across the U.S. and globe.



Milton, Del., April 20, 2018 –Born at the crossroads of hops, grapes and goodness, Dogfish Head is excited to announce the late April debut of Mixed Media, its newest beer-wine hybrid creation. Clocking in at 7.5% ABV and 15 IBUs, Mixed Media is pale straw in color with a tart, dry finish.  Late-harvest Viognier grape must from Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Washington were used in the brewing process to round out the flavors.

For more information about Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Mixed Media, Festina Peche or to learn more about delicious off-centered beers, visit


Breakside Brewery Releases Rainbows & Unicorns

April 25, 2018 – Portland, OR – Breakside’s Rainbows & Unicorns is their second in a series of four rotating IPAs in 2018. This session beer showcases Galaxy and Eldorado hops with Comet hops adding , intense stone fruit and citrus character. Also included in the summery brew are Two Row, Maris Otter, Flaked Rice and Light Crystal malts. Rainbows & Unicorns has an ABV of 5.1% and 32 IBUs.

Breakside brews this beer in small batches and it will be released in limited quantities from April through mid-July of this year, staying ultra-fresh until it quickly disappears.  Look for it on draft and in 22 oz bottles.

Breakside sells on draft and in 22oz bottles in Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, North Carolina, South Carolina, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine, Northern California, British Columbia and Alberta.



This summer Caribou Highlands Lodge will be hosting the 8th Annual Hopped Up Caribou Beer Festival.

This is a 3-day craft beer celebration like no other including; Vegas-Style weddings, dog-friendly accommodations, adventure activities, a beer pairing dinner, outdoor concerts, a big beautiful Beerfest breakfast, and much more! The event takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday – July 13, 14 & 15, 2018 in the heart of the Sawtooth Mountain range in legendary Lutsen, Minnesota.

A schedule of events is available on our website:



(ST. LOUIS; April 17, 2018)—Schlafly Beer announces the release of the Frugi-Four Pack, a 12-pack sampler showcasing four distinct beer styles that highlight four different fruits. Three bottles of each of the beers will be included: Pineapple IPAPassionfruit SaisonCoconut Crème Ale and Tangerine Lager. The fruit-forward pack showcases the Schlafly brewing team’s commitment to brewing beer with real fruit. The largest, locally owned brewery prides itself on extracting the most flavor from the true fruit without artificial flavors and coloring.

Schlafly Beer’s Frugi-Four Sampler Pack will be available for purchase in St. Louis and across Schlafly’s distribution on April 23, 2018. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit




WHO: Schlafly Beer

WHAT: Announces the roll-out of 12-packs of Hoppy Wheat in 16-ounce cans. Hoppy Wheat is an unfiltered wheat beer (5.0%) that uses two distinctly aromatic American hops from Washington’s Yakima River Valley: Challenger for its fruity, floral profile and Mosaic for its earthy notes of pine and citrus. The blend of wheat and barley lends a touch of toffee sweetness.

WHEN: Beginning on Monday, April 16, 2018

WHERE: Available for purchase at the Schlafly brewpubs or across the brewery’s distribution region ($14.99 suggested retail).

WHY: Founding Brewer Stephen Hale notes, “Hoppy Wheat is a refreshing ale with a crisp, clean finish and hoppy bite so it’s perfect for summer. With these 12-packs of 16-ounce cans, consumers are essentially getting four free beers so it’s a perfect pick for summer float trips, picnics, and all other outdoor activities.”

For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit .




WHO: Cigar City Brewing

WHAT: Continues growth adding Minnesota to the Tampa-based brewery’s distribution network throughout Minnesota beginning in May of 2018. Market launch events will also be taking place throughout Michigan in April with numerous Cigar City Brewing representatives travelling from Tampa to celebrate the arrival of the brand.

WHEN: Beginning in April in Michigan and May of 2018 in Minnesota.

WHY: Looking to build on the strong Minnesota presence of J.J. Taylor Distributing Company, Cigar City Brewing enters the Minnesota market poised for strong and sustained growth following their launch.

Visit Cigar City Brewing’s website [  ] for full beer information and to find CCB beer closest to you.


Refreshing Kölsch Represents Latest Addition to Genesee’s Special Edition Series

WHO: Genesee Brewery

WHAT: Adds a warm-weather companion to its special-edition lineup with Ruby Red Kölsch, a crisp, bright-golden ale. The 4.5 percent ABV Ruby Red Kölsch captures the essence of the classic golden ale, with the unique addition of ruby red grapefruit to create a citrusy refreshing finish. The combination of clean flavor and mild hop bitterness makes for an easy-to-drink, sessionable beer.

WHEN: This Spring.

WHERE: In 12-pack cans and on draft at select locations throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio. For more information on Ruby Red Kölsch and other Genesee special-edition beers, visit

WHY: “The Kölsch style can be traced back to the ports of 19th century Cologne, Germany, and was said to be a refreshing answer to hot summer days on the banks of the Rhine River,” said Steve Kaplan, newly appointed head brewmaster at the Genesee Brewery.


Brew Central Partners with Tioga County, NY

(NEW YORK) Brew Central, a tourism initiative of the Central New York Vacation Region continues to grow with the addition of Tioga County. With the partnership brings an additional three destinations to Brew Central, The Farmhouse Brewery, Waterman’s Distillery and Glen Park Winery.

What started as a campaign to raise awareness for the growing craft beer scene in Central New York has grown to encompass now eleven counties, including Broome, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Chenango, Madison, Oneida, Schoharie, Onondaga, Fulton and Tioga.

“Craft beverage has been a long-time tradition in New York State and Tioga is eager to be a part of that, with the help of Brew Central,” said Director of Tioga County Tourism, Rebecca Maffei.

Through its multi-faceted marketing campaigns, website, social media and “Stories on Tap” video series, Brew Central provides publicity and exposure for over 100 breweries, wineries,cideries, distilleries and craft brew bars.


Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager is 100% Deliciosa

WHO:  Full Sail Brewing Co.

WHAT: Sesión Negra Mexican Style Lager (5% ABV, 20 IBUs.)  available in 6-packs, 12-packs and on draft.

WHEN: On the market now.

WHERE: whever Full Sail Brewing Co. brews are sold.

WHY: “Sesión Negra has a clean, refreshing, easy-drinking profile with hints of maize and caramel,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss. “It’s not a porter, and it’s very different from Session Dark.” And like every Session, Sesión Negra is brewed to go down easy and put a smile on your face.

About Full Sail Brewing Company at  .



“The Waterfront Ale House

will be under new ownership

As of January 1st.”

“To all of you that have

Joined us over the past

25 years

Thank you very much.”



New Year’s Day was not far off when the above notice was posted on the front door of The Waterfront Ale House on Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. I read it and knew that although the news was not unexpected, to see the fact publicly and physically presented in such an essential way. However, the most sobering item of that notice was not the fact that the place was closing, but that it had been an important part of my life for more years that from when I was born to when I moved to live in Brooklyn.

The emotional shock dealt to me was especially stunning to realize that for over the last twenty-five years I had known where to go when I wanted a fresh, interesting and refreshing beer served with an inspired bar-snack and good conversation with interesting people hosted by a group of people who enjoyed what they were doing and took pleasure in doing it all the best way they could.

It was the place that welcomed the New York City Homebrewers Guild to hold beer homebrewing demonstrations and competitions. It was a place where the owner took special effort to procure interesting beers at a good price. Beer tastings were the rule rather than the exception. The menu might have been limited, it was of a quality that exceeded most expectations. Enough room was left on the specials menu to allow the kitchen to do some experimenting. The increase in a young population that appreciated both good beer and interesting food, and could boast of including some of the best in the publishing, marketing, theater and film production as well as the folks that work with them such as artists, writers and production professionals meant that the customer base was almost a perfect demographic for The Waterfront Ale House. And then Sam, the owner, decided to move across Atlantic Avenue to a larger space and install a “smoker” in the kitchen.

Almost the entire staff, and all of the regular customers, found their way across the Avenue to the new location. Week-end live music added to the ambiance on Saturday nights. The meat smoker in the kitchen allowed Sam to develop a skill at “Low and Slow” BBQ that was eventually national award-winning. The turn-over in the kitchen settled down and eventually included some especially talented people, as did the essential group in the front of the house. Both shifts of the week-day bar staff grew regular customer bases that was admirable.

And so, it was for a quarter of a century all together.

And then it ended. The Waterfront Ale House was not open for business. There was no more sitting down at the bar on a sunny afternoon and having an especially tasty and refreshing beer appear in front of me as if my psyche had pre-ordered it. I was going to have to break-in a new bartender somewhere. No more was I able to ask the head-cook-and-bottle-washer what he thought would whet my appetite on any afternoon. No more flirting with a thespian on her way to fame and fortune while waiting tables. In an instant there were no more “regulars” to get together with for a conversation not limited to sports and the in-house actress. An important part of my day had ceased to exist.

Yes, the loss of a business is unfortunate, but the closing of a place like The Waterfront Ale House has repercussions that go beyond closing of a business. Friendships are tossed out. Rituals of life are lost. The memories; perhaps a picture or two, maybe a video on YouTube or an audio recording, might survive on a flash drive somewhere.

Life went on. Thanks to social media bar-fly friends reunited and the staff members settled into new situations developing a network of new watering-holes for those of us still in touch to explore.

Life goes on, but I now have a much better feeling for just how important the “Local” is to this society, like it or not.


The Beachmaster First Imperial IPA for North Coast

Who: North Coast Brewing Company, Fort Bragg, CA

What: Releasing The Beachmaster Imperial India Pale Ale

Vital Statistics

STYLE: Imperial India Pale Ale

COLOR: Pale Amber

ABV: 9%


Why: Beachmaster, is dedicated to the great Northern Elephant Seal. This full-bodied winter seasonal is our first ever Imperial IPA.
The Imperial IPA, synonymous with ‘double’ IPA, is known for its high gravity (7.6% ABV or higher), hoppy flavor, and strong body.

Both a tribute and companion to North Coast’s flagship beer,  Ruedrich’s Red Seal Ale, our Beachmaster captures the spirit of an American brewing style made popular by west coast brewers looking to test the limits of the traditional IPA.


The Fifth Annual Collaboration Fest Returns March 31st

Who: Colorado Brewers Guild

What: The fifth Collaboration Fest – Collaboration Fest is the headline event of Colorado Craft Beer Week, which runs March 31 – April 7, 2018.

When: Saturday, March 31, 2018

Where: Hyatt Regency Denver (650 15th St, Denver, CO 80202).

Why: This festival was created by Two Parts and the Colorado Brewers Guild in 2014, as a way to give brewers the opportunity to brew a unique beer with another brewery.

Collaboration Fest is a unique beer festival in that each beer is created specifically for this event. Colorado Brewers Guild members team up with breweries from near and far to create one-time-only beers.

Collaboration Fest showcases the collaborative nature of the craft beer industry. Each brewery chooses who they want to work with, and what style of beer they want to make, allowing for the brewers’ imagination to run wild. Many of these beers will only be available at the festival.

Tickets will be available at


Scottish Brewer to Build Beer Bar on the Border

Who/What:  Scottish brewery BrewDog announced plans to open a new craft beer bar that ‘straddles’ the border between the USA and Mexico.

James Watt, co-founder at BrewDog commented: “’The Bar on the Edge’ will be set up in the furthest outskirts of the United States, reflecting our ambition to reach every corner of the country as we begin to brew our beers on US soil.

When/Where: With specific locations still ‘top secret’, BrewDog has only revealed that half will be in Texas and the other half in Chihuahua, Mexico. The geographical border will be represented by a dotted line across the center of the bar and along the venue’s outdoor seating area.

Built from old shipping containers, the construction would officially be defined as a temporary mobile building and will serve Mexico beers on the US side, and US beers on the Mexico side, as well as BrewDog’s range of craft beers, brewed in Columbus Ohio.

Why: James Watt added: “It was JFK that said, ‘conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth’. We love the US, and we already have an amazing army of fans over here, but we do not intend to bring BrewDog ‘lite’ to the US. The ‘Bar on the Edge’ is our line in the sand, quite literally.”

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