Samuel Adams Announces The Brewing The American Dream Collaboration Pack

Collaboration beers have become quite popular in the craft beer World.  When some of your favorite breweries team up, it’s always exciting to see what new creations they’ll come up with.  This year’s 3-Way IPA from Fort George Brewery for example (brewed in collaboration with Reuben’s Brews and Great Notion Brewing), is so popular it’s been rather difficult to find this year.

Now Samuel Adams (The Boston Beer Company) is getting in on the collaboration action with their Brewing The Great American Dream Collaboration Pack.  This mixed pack will include five new collaboration beers, brewed Roc Brewing Co. (Rochester, NY), Bosque Brewing(Albuquerque, NM), ChuckAlek Independent Brewers (Ramona, CA), Woods Beer Co. (San Francisco, CA) and Brewery Rickoli (Wheat Ridge, CO), as well as their flagship Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

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Fish Tale Ales Expands Organic Line In Cans

Fish Tale Ales has been cranking out craft brews in Olympia Washington since October of 1993.  You know them as the most recognizable brand from Fish Brewing Company.  What you might not be aware of though is that, through various mergers and acquisitions through the years, the name Fish Brewing Company now also includes the brands: Leavenworth Biers, Spire Mountain Cider and, added just last year, Vitis Spirits (Aka: Grapeworks Distilling).

Fish Tale Ales is popular with the organic crowd, thanks to their Organic IPA, which is made from 100% locally sourced organic malted barley and hops.  Now, as part of their commitment to sustainability, Fish is expanding their organic line to include Organic Porter and Organic Red Ale.  All three beers will now be available in both 12 oz cans and 22 oz bottles.

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Pyramid Brewing Reveals New Brand Experience And Brewing Philosophy

SEATTLE (April 17, 2017) – Pyramid Brewing Co. today debuted an invigorated brand aesthetic and experience encompassing an expanded line of canned brews, the addition of Outburst Citrus IPA to Pyramid’s year-round line-up, all-new packaging and revamped digital channels across its website and social media.

The new branding for each beer is pictographic and shares the story of its ingredients by paying homage to iconic Pacific Northwest (PNW) sceneries with a bold color aesthetic. For example, Outburst Imperial IPA’s new label art celebrates the iconic Mt. St. Helens near the brewery’s founding home in Kalama, Wash. and Hefeweizen celebrates classic Pacific Northwest scenery of a tree-lined mountain lake. The bottom of 6-pack carriers will have a call-out to fans to share their adventures with Pyramid. Whether exploring mountain lakes and coastal beaches, walking orchards in Hood River County Fruit Loop, smelling the aroma of hop fields in Yakima and Willamette Valleys, or sipping brews at Pyramid Alehouse before a baseball game, these scenes honor the region’s beautiful surroundings and represent Pyramid’s brand ideals of adventure, curiosity and discovery.

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Wisdom Seeker Returns This Weekend From Black Raven Brewing

Time for a short history lesson.  Benjamin Franklin (who lived from 1706 – 1790) is often credited with the quote: “In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”  Unfortunately, he never said it. For one thing, the word ‘bacteria’ wasn’t first used until the year 1881.  For another, I happen to believe there’s just as much wisdom in beer than there is in wine.

In any case, perhaps that’s where Black Raven Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) got part of the inspiration for one of their most popular beers: Wisdom Seeker Double IPA, which makes it’s annual return this coming Friday, March 10th.

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Pacific Rain Joins Ninkasi’s Year-Round Flagship Series

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The Pacific Northwest has a well-deserved reputation for having a large number of businesses who embrace the ‘local and sustainable’ movement.  That is, trying to use local ingredients as much as possible as well as looking out for the environment, so our beautiful Pacific Northwest stays beautiful for years and years to come.

Ninkasi Brewing Company embraces this philosophy and wants to celebrate the Pacific Northwest, as well as the fantastic and fresh local ingredients available.  To that end, Ninkasi Brewing is happy to announce the latest addition to their year-round Flagship Series of beers, Pacific Rain Pale Ale.  Featuring crystal clear, lava-filtered water from the McKenzie River and four Pacific Northwest-grown hop varieties: Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Nugget.

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Boston Beer Company Reformulates Rebel IPA

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The Boston Beer Company is known by most as Samuel Adams, which is actually not the name of the brewery.  It’s just one of the many beers brewed by the Boston Beer Company.  Another beer they brew that has become fairly well known is their Rebel IPA. It’s their flagship IPA and has remained the same since it first launched back in 2014.

Even before Rebel IPA was first launched, Boston Beer Company founder and brewer of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Jim Koch, launched Project Lupulus.  Under this program, Koch was experimenting with hops that were not available when Rebel IPA first launched.  They even cultivated their own proprietary hop (HBC 566), partnering with growers in the Yakima Valley, and that hop is exclusive to the Boston Beer Company.  Now, Rebel IPA is being reborn with HBC 566 and other new and familiar hop varieties.

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Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 004 Arrives This Month From Firestone Walker

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My craft beer World was rocked recently by the news that Firestone Walker Brewing Company was going to be retiring their Proprietor’s Reserve Series of beers, which includes one of my all time favorite IPAs: Double Jack.  As dismayed as I was by the news, the announcement actually follows a trend that seems to be taking hold in the craft beer World.  Perhaps you’ve heard the term being thrown around out there: The death of the flagship.

It seems, if you want to remain popular and buzz-worthy in today’s craft beer World, you can’t just rest on your brewing laurels.  The breweries that are garnering the most attention and publicity are those who are constantly coming out with something new.  Well, if you want to brew something new, that means you often have to stop brewing something old.

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Two Beers & Seattle Cider Partner With Agrial Cooperative

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We’ve seen our share of ‘buyouts’ in the craft beer World.  You know the feeling – that heartbreaking moment when you realize that one of your favorite craft breweries has ‘sold out’ to the big boys: InBev or SABMiller.  This is NOT one of those moments.

Two Beers Brewing Company (CBM Sponsor) and Seattle Cider Company, the first cidery in Seattle since the days of prohibition, are pleased to announce that they have formed a partnership with French, farmer-run cooperative Agrial.  They’ve struck a great deal that allows for additional expansion of both Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider, without giving up any control.  Both brands will continue to operate completely independently, right here in Seattle.

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Ninkasi Rebrands Vanilla Oatis & Retires Original Oatis

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Ninkasi Brewing Company has been quite busy this year.  They just celebrated their 10th Anniversary and, earlier this year, they started rebranding their flagship lineup of beers.  Now, it’s time for their popular Stout, Vanilla Oatis, to get the rebranding treatment.

As the rebranding of Vanilla Oatis gets under way, Ninkasi will also be retiring the original Oatis, which has been a year-round offering but will begin to phase out as Vanilla Oatis takes it’s place.

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Ninkasi Adds Hop Cooler To Their Flagship Series

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Have you been getting out and enjoying that sun?  Despite a slow start, Seattle Summer is here and that means IPAs.  Most craft beer drinkers I know enjoy a good IPA any time of year, but when the temperatures rise and that sunshine beckons, who can resist a delicious IPA out on the deck or patio?

Choice is never a problem with IPAs.  We have more IPAs to choose from here in the Northwest than most beer lovers could ever hope for.  So there’s never a shortage of new, hoppy, delicious IPAs to try.  Now, Ninkasi is increasing your selections by one and adding their Citrus IPA, Hop Cooler, to their Flagship Series, making it available year round.

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