From our friends at Bison Brewing:
It’s your turn, Oakland.
Bacon & Beer Fest is coming to Jack London Square March 9
Bacon and beer lovers rejoice! The premier foodie event of the year returns to the Market Building in Jack London Square, Oakland! Benefiting Oakland Grown, the Bacon and Beer Festival is a day to celebrate two amazing comestibles; bacon and beer. The festival will take place on Sunday, March 9th from 2:30-5pm.
For a mere $40, you can enjoy unlimited tasters of amazing beers and delectable bacon dishes from some of the areas best breweries and restaurants. Tickets can be found here.
Last year, Bison was able to raise $9,102 for one of our favorite local charities, Sprouts Cooking Club. The money was used to fund three different scholarships for aspiring young chefs in the Bay Area. This year, our goal is to raise twice as much money, if not more, for Oakland Grown. So come on out, support a great cause and join us for this sure-to-be-epic culinary experience!
From Matt at Breckenridge:
Denver, CO – February 20th, 2014 – Breckenridge Brewery debuted Barleywine Batch #1 at the Vail Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in January. Batch #1, Breckenridge Brewery’s first barley wine, will be released to the public in a limited run of 22 oz., wax-topped bottles. Cold conditioned for three months and barrel-aged in fresh American Oak barrels for another six, this beer comes in at 10.1% ABV. It has an aromatic complexity resembling that of molasses and ripened black cherries, and a robust profile that blends a spectrum of flavors including sweet malts, dark fruits, oak, and esters.
On Saturday, March 15th, bottles of Batch #1 will become available for purchase at Breckenridge Brewery’s production brewery in Denver. Todd Usry, Breckenridge Brewery’s Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations, will be at the Batch #1 Bottle Release to mingle with patrons and autograph bottles. Also in attendance will be American Craft Beer Radio remote hosting their show live on ESPN Radio from the Batch #1 Release.
Usry was first inspired to brew a barley wine while at the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines Festival in Vail. He reached out to his friend and fellow classmate, Fal Allen, Brewmaster for Anderson Valley Brewing Company. He and Usry have been friends since their school days at the Siebel Institute of Technology and World Brewing Academy. Allen, co-author of Barley Wine: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes, was instrumental as an adviser with whom Usry conferred during the development of Batch #1. “I wanted to create a classic barley wine,” explains Usry. “I was seeking an outside perspective and couldn’t think of anyone better than Fal who had a true understanding for what the style is supposed to be.”
Like that of its January birthstone, Barleywine Batch #1 has the appearance of Garnet, with deep reds and dark mahoganies comprising its color. Sweet caramel malt notes are the first to land the palate, followed by a rich, dark fruit dulcitude and slight tartness that balance well with a pleasant nuance from the fresh oak barrels. As the flavors set in, there is a subtle spreading warmth attributed to the alcohol.
Barleywine will become an annual release for Breckenridge Brewery. Each Batch, however, will incorporate a new imaginative twist on the recipe. It will be unveiled at Big Beers, Belgians, and Barleywines year after year, followed by a limited bottle release at the brewery with availability in select markets.
From Amanda at Odell:
Brewery celebrates Texas launch week
Fort Collins, CO – On February 24th, Odell Brewing beers will finally hit Texas taps. Odell Brewing has partnered with Ben E. Keith Company, and will begin their statewide launch with draft the week of February 24th, followed by a package launch the week of March 31st.
“I’m thrilled to introduce our beers to the state of Texas,” said Texas state sales manager, Todd Ewing. “The craft beer scene is already great, and I cannot wait to help it to continue to grow.”
Launching a state the size of Texas would not have been possible prior to the brewery’s recently completed expansion. This will be the first new market for Odell Brewing in over two years. The new brewhouse and additional fermentation vessels will provide the brewery much needed capacity to accommodate the Texas demand. Odell Brewing plans to bring its IPA, 90 Shilling, Seasonal Offerings including St. Lupulin, Four Pack offerings such as Myrcenary, as well as its limited release Cellar Series offerings.
The brewery has a full week of launch events planned all over the state, including a special tapping at Pinthouse Pizza in Austin, which was started by friend and former Odell Brewing brewer Joe Mohrfeld. Joe teamed up with Odell’s head of production, Brendan McGivney, to brew a collaboration beer that they once brewed together at Odell Brewing. “T.A.P. TX” honors that original recipe, but brings it into the culturally relevant Session Ale realm with just as many hops but a slightly lower ABV. “T.A.P. TX” is a very hoppy Session Ale brewed with a blend of hops selected by the pair as well as Colorado grown barley that is hand malted by Branden Aide at his new Austin, TX based micro-maltster, Blacklands Malt.
“It is really exciting to brew Pinthouse Pizza’s first out-of-state collaboration beer with my brewing mentor and friend, especially given the exciting news that Odell will be coming to Texas,” said Joe, “and we will be able to serve not only our collaboration beer, but also the beers they distribute to TX here at Pinthouse Pizza.”
T.A.P. TX will be available exclusively at Pinthouse Pizza beginning February 24th at 7 p.m. Both Brendan and Joe will be on hand to talk about brewing this collaboration beer.
Odell Brewing has over 70 launch week events planned in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and North Texas. For more information and launch week details, please visit odellbrewing.com/texas or the Odell Brewing Facebook page.
Watch the “Odell Brewing – Deep in the Heart of Texas” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2bkGpjRzVU
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From Amanda at Odell:
Odell Brewing celebrates seasonal 4 pack release
On January 25th and 26th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the much anticipated return of Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, a hearty Imperial Stout brewed with milk sugar (lactose) and milk chocolate.
Named for the local dairy farmer that has hauled away the brewery’s spent grain for nearly two decades, Lugene is brewed with 250 pounds of chocolate per batch. The chocolate, a mixture of milk and dark, is added directly to the wort in the kettle where it melts into the boil. The result is a rich and creamy brew that drinks like a cold glass of chocolate milk.
Lugene was recently named one of the best new Colorado beers of 2013 by the Denver Westword. Editor Jonathan Shikes writes, “Lugene drinks like the best chocolate milk you’ve ever had — richer, creamier and with a smooth mouthfeel that belie its 8.5 percent ABV.”
The beer’s namesake, Lugene, uses the spent grain as feed for his dairy cows. Guests of the brewery may have seen Lugene’s beat-up old blue Chevy, which carries the grain to his small local dairy where it’s mixed with organic alfalfa hay, organic grass hay and silage to create complete feed for his very happy “girls.”
Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Lugene in the Tap Room the weekend of January 25th. The brewery has partnered with another beloved local dairy, Cozy Cow, for the release. On Saturday January 25th, guests can sample Lugene beer floats with Cozy Cow ice cream (beginning at noon while supplies last). Then on Sunday, meet Lugene’s calves and enjoy live music by The Longest Day of the Year from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Local food truck favorite, Common Link, will be onsite both days.
Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout will be available in 4 packs and on draft through April within the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint. To learn more about the story of Lugene, please visit the brewery’s blog.
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Hipsters ordering beer. Classic.
That was fun!
Indianapolis, Ind. (January, 13th, 2014) – 2014 kicks off with a new partnership between Broad Ripple’s seminal music venue, The Vogue, and Indianapolis’ best selling craft beer, Sun King Brewing Company. The Sun King Concert Series at the Vogue will feature over sixty concerts throughout the year and an incredible array of talented artists from across the country.
“The great thing about our partnership with Sun King, is that we are both independent locally owned businesses, doing whatever it takes to stay over-the-top and keep our customers satisfied! The Vogue is looking forward to an awesome partnership with Sun King! It’s a match made in beer & rock n’ roll heaven!” ~ Steve Ross owner of The Vogue.
The Vogue will now offer all three of Sun King’s House Beers (Sunlight Cream Ale, Wee Mac Scottish Ale, and Osiris Pale Ale) at every bar locations throughout the venue, giving concertgoers greater access to Fresh•Local•Beer.
“I’ve been going to concerts at The Vogue for nearly two decades and seen some incredible shows there, so it’s really exciting to have an opportunity to be a part of action.” said Sun King owner/brewer Clay Robinson. “Up until now, everyone had to go upstairs to get a craft beer at The Vogue’s specialty bar, but now everyone will be able to get a Sun King beer without having to make the trek!!”
The Sun King Concert Series will feature numerous nationally touring acts including; Neko Case, Mayor Hawthrone, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many local acts. Local promoters, as well as former Vogue Talent Manager, Matt Schwegman, who is now with Live Nation, have put the series together. New signature events are in development as The Sun King Concert Series at the Vogue sensation continues to take shape, including events that will have a charity/not-for-profit focus.
Spring into New Variety
Odell Brewing announces Winter-Spring Montage Variety 12 pack featuring Wolf Picker Experimental Pale Ale
Fort Collins, CO – On January 11th and 12th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the third release of its Montage Variety Pack series. Each Montage Variety Pack includes two year round offerings, the current seasonal release, as well as a special Roots Release beer inspired by the brewery’s five barrel pilot system. The Winter-Spring Montage features 90 Shilling, IPA, Runoff Red IPA, and Wolf Picker.
Named in honor of the hop growing community and the harvesting equipment many use, Wolf Picker is an experimental American Style Pale Ale brewed with two experimental hop varieties. The malt profile produces a light golden straw hue and a clean crisp finish that allows the hopback and dry hopping additions to shine.
“We absolutely love to partner with hop growers experimenting with their new and exciting varieties,” said Brendan McGivney, head of production at Odell Brewing Company. “Wolf Picker features ADHA (American Dwarf Hop Association) #881 and HBC (Hop Breeding Company) #366, which give this beer an intensely complex hop character and aroma filled with notes of lemon, fresh basil and tropical fruit. “
The Winter-Spring Montage also features seasonal offering, Runoff Red IPA. Formerly known simply as “Red Ale,” Runoff boasts a hearty malt backbone and a ruby hue. The brew is dry-hopped with a generous amount of American hops giving the beer a fruity citrus aroma and a kick of grapefruit and pine hop character. Runoff is also available in six packs.
The Winter-Spring Montage will be available in the brewery’s ten state distribution region beginning January 13th. Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Wolf Picker in the Tap Room on January 11th & 12th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, local food truck fare, and live music by Natalie Tate and Devin James Fry on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
From Matt at Breckenridge:
Denver, CO – December 20, 2013 – Breckenridge Brewery will ring in 2014 with a new spring seasonal, Ophelia. Like its namesake from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this beer is sweet and innocent. The unique hoppy wheat beer weighs in at 5% ABV (alcohol by volume) and offers a refreshing crispness with tropical fruit whispers. It’s worth noting, however, that unlike Shakespeare’s character, Ophelia, there’s no tragic ending with this beer. Quite the opposite, the beer’s light and hoppy finish leaves you wanting another.
“Craft beer is all about diversity, of course” explains Todd Usry, Breckenridge Brewery’s Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations. “Strong, complex, flavorful beers have made the craft industry what it is today, but there’s a growing desire for interesting and sophisticated, equally flavorful, session beers. That’s what we want to present with Ophelia – an approachable new beer, accessible by many.”
Ophelia hits the palate with a slightly aggressive hoppiness that’s balanced with light, fruit flavors. Subtle hints of mango, papaya, and guava round out the aroma of Mosaic and Palisade hops. Malted white wheat lends the fullness people expect in a craft beer, even a lighter one. Ophelia joins Avalanche, Vanilla Porter, Agave Wheat, Oatmeal Stout and SummerBright in Breckenridge Brewery’s line of session beers at 5% ABV or less.
The brewery’s complete portfolio runs the gamut from strong, hoppy beers like 471 Double IPA and strong, malty beers like Christmas Ale and Autumn Ale down to its session beers. Its small batch, barrel aged, and nitro programs bring additional variety to its offerings.
Ophelia will hit the market in 6-packs and kegs in early January everywhere Breckenridge Brewery beer is sold, and it will be available as the brewery’s spring seasonal through April.