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.
From Amanda at Odell:
Odell Brewing releases re-branded seasonal
Fort Collins, CO – On January 4th, 2014, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Runoff Red IPA. Formerly known simply as “Red Ale,” Runoff is the same recipe with a new name and label and follows Isolation Ale as part of the brewery’s seasonal series of beers.
“We wanted to give this beer a name, story and label imagery that would reflect the spirit of the season and better coincide with our other seasonal offerings,” said Marketing and Branding Manager, Amanda Johnson-King. “We also felt that Red IPA more accurately described the character of the beer, which is a very hoppy crimson colored ale.”
The name “Runoff” is a nod to the late winter and early springtime snows in Colorado, that generate the precious water so vital to the area and to beer making. The label art also depicts the shoulder season along with a vibrant red alpenglow that mirrors the color of the beer.
Brewed with a complex malt bill, Runoff boasts a hearty 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.
Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Runoff in the brewery’s Tap Room on January 4th and 5th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, special food truck fare, as well as live music by the Waido Experience on Sunday from 3:30 – 5:30 pm. Runoff Red IPA will be available in six packs and in the Winter-Spring Montage variety pack throughout the brewery’s ten state distributor footprint.
Found this in the spam box. So, for those who hadn’t already heard…
From Amanda at Odell:
Odell Brewing Beers Head to Texas
Brewery to launch state in spring 2014
Fort Collins, CO – In March, 2014 the Odell Brewing backyard will get a little bigger with the addition of Texas, the 11th state in the brewery’s distribution footprint. Odell Brewing has partnered with Ben E. Keith Company, and will begin a statewide launch with draft in March, followed by a package launch in April.
“We are very excited about our upcoming launch into Texas with Ben E. Keith,” said brewery founder/owner, Doug Odell. “Their track record and integrity is second to none, and we look forward to a great partnership.”
Odell Brewing selected partner Ben E. Keith, in part because of their statewide distribution, which will enable the brewery to enter the entire state reaching the majority of craft consumers that have been asking for Odell Brewing beers for some time. The brewery plans to bring brands Odell IPA, 90 Shilling, Seasonal Offerings including St. Lupulin, Four Pack offerings such as Myrcenary, as well as the limited release Cellar Series offerings.
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.
“There has been a long connection with Colorado and Texas,” said Odell Brewing Director of Sales and Marketing, Eric Smith, “and it is great to finally have our beers available in the Lone Star State, so our neighbors can capture some of the Colorado flavor.”
From the Intuition folks:
Oktoberfest at Memorial Park!
Don’t miss our third annual Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday, October 6th from 1pm to 8pm!
A change in venue to Memorial Park in Riverside means the event will be bigger and better than ever.
We’ll be turning Memorial Park into a German beer hall with a special tapping of our Oktoberfest brews, live oompah music, German food, food trucks and traditional beer competitions and games.
Oktoberfest 2013 is a fundraiser for the Memorial Park Association and all proceeds will go to the organization.
The event has sold out the past two years so make sure to get your tickets before they’re gone.
Check out photos from last year’s event here… and read on for more details!
From the good folks at Bison Brewing:
BERKELEY, Calif. (Sept. 30, 2013)––Two weeks ago, Bison unveiled a crowd-funding campaign for our latest philanthropic adventure, The Beer Wagon. Today, Bison has announced its partnership with two local charities––Slow Food East Bay and the Berkeley Ecology Center.
“I’ve been a ‘customer’ of both Slow Food and Ecology Center since the late 1990′s, so each has greatly influenced my own mission and values I set for Bison,” notes Dan Del Grande, Bison’s owner and brewmaster. ”I’m so honored to begin this partnership with the Beer Wagon to educate the public about the importance of their role to make simple, healthy choices for a green and sustainable future.”
In addition to working with partner charities, The Beer Wagon has formed its own California nonprofit and has applied for a federal 501(c)3 status. This will help The Beer Wagon amplify its ability to give back to the local community as well as obtain the alcohol permits that are required in order to legally serve alcohol to the public.
So far, The Beer Wagon has raised 29% of the $15k needed to fund its renovation. It still has 23 days left to reach its goal. The biggest impact you can make is to pick a super cool perk and donate to The Beer Wagon. You can also help by spreading the message about The Beer Wagon, sharing the Indiegogo link with your friends, family and fans on social media!
From Amanda at Odell:
Brewery partners with local distiller, Leopold Bros.
In late September, Odell Brewing will release Fernet Aged Porter, a robust imperial porter aged in emptied Fernet barrels from Colorado distiller, Leopold Bros.
“We have always been huge fans of Leopold Bros.,” said Brent Cordle pilot brew and barrel aging manager at Odell Brewing. “We’ve experimented with a variety of barrels, but Leopold’s Fernet was by far the most unique oak we’ve had the pleasure of working with.”
Fernet is a dark minty liqueur made with herbs & spices and aged in oak barrels. Leopold Bros. has crafted their own unique recipe which includes lavender, honeysuckle, ginger root, bitter aloe, dandelion root, rose petals, chamomile, and peppermint.
“Our Fernet is the most bitter type of Amaro (Italian word for bitter) that is prepared by steeping various botanicals, with a large proportion of bitter roots, in spirit,” said distiller Todd Leopold, “so far as we are aware, it is the first of its kind produced in America since well before Prohibition.”
Odell Brewing began collecting the emptied Fernet barrels, as they became available over the past year, and filled them with a rich porter. The herb-soaked oak has a remarkable effect on the beer. With an 9.8% ABV, the roasty chocolate malt character is infused with hints of mint and licorice creating a decadent aroma and flavor.
Odell Brewing and Leopold Bros. will celebrate their partnership with a special release party on September 26th at 7:00 p.m. at Freshcraft in Denver, and in the brewery’s Tap Room on September 28th and 29th. Fernet Aged Porter will be available in limited quantities throughout the brewery’s ten state distribution footprint.
About Odell Brewing – Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Twenty-four years later, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by minimizing its environmental impact, sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was named a “Best Company to Work For” in 2013 by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2012 Brewers Association Recognition Award, 2011 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for Friek, 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.
About Leopold Bros. – Leopold Bros. is a family owned and operated small batch distillery located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1999.Todd Leopold got his start in distilling after he received his Diploma in Malting and Brewing from the Siebel Institute of Technology in Chicago in 1996. After graduation, he trained at the Doemens School in Munich, focusing on the production of lager beers. He then apprenticed at several breweries and distilleries throughout Germany. Scott Leopold began his career in manufacturing after receiving a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University. He spent the early part of his career engineering environmentally sustainable manufacturing processes for Fortune 500 companies, as well as designing waste water treatment systems for both industry and municipalities. Together, the Leopold Brothers designed and developed a unique distillery in which environmental sustainability is a daily practice, and the art and science of fermentation and distillation is practiced at the highest possible level.
From Amanda at Odell:
Shorter Days Bring New Variety
Odell Brewing announces Fall~Winter Montage Variety 12 pack featuring first Roots Release brew.
Fort Collins, CO. – In September, 2013 Odell Brewing will release the next version of its variety 12 pack, Montage. The Fall~Winter package will feature flagship 90 Shilling, the award winning IPA, seasonal Isolation Ale, and a new Roots Release brew called Wellspring.
Inspired by the brewery’s pilot brewing system, the Roots Release brews are experimental, one-of-a-kind, and typically only available in the brewery’s Tap Room. Wellspring, a dry hopped saison, is the first Roots Release offering the brewery will release. Slightly hoppier than the classic Saison, Wellspring is crisp with notes of lemon pepper, banana, and stone fruit.
“Our pilot system is the wellspring of our creativity,” said marketing manager, Amanda Johnson-King. “It’s the heart and soul of our brewery, and we wanted to honor that with our first Roots Release brew.”
Odell brewing will offer three different versions of the Montage variety pack annually, mirroring its seasonal beer release schedule. Each edition will include brewery favorites 90 Shilling and IPA, the current seasonal offering and a new Roots Release offering.
Odell Brewing will release the Fall~Winter Montage in early September, and plans to celebrate with a special Wellspring tapping party in the Tap Room September 14th and 15th.
From Clay @ Sun King:
Indianapolis, Ind. (August 13, 2013) – In 2009, Sun King Brewery brought Indianapolis local beer for the first time since the Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948. On Saturday, Sept. 28, history will be made again when Sun King hosts the inaugural CANvitational, the Midwest’s first-ever canned craft beer festival.
The Sun King CANvitational will bring more than 30 craft breweries representing 16 states to Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, available online at www.canvitational.com, are $50 for general admission and $75 for early entry.
“We’re incredibly excited to share the beers from these breweries with attendees, especially considering that most of the breweries’ beers aren’t available in Indiana or in many cases outside of their home markets,” said Sun King owner Clay Robinson. “We’ve assembled an all-star lineup of canning breweries from all over the country and our goal is to showcase the great craft beer that is driving the canned craft beer revolution!”
Each of the breweries was selected because of the quality of beer they are producing and, as the name of the event suggests, the festival will feature breweries that can their beers. For decades, the beer bottle was seen as the premier container; however, thanks to breweries like those participating in the CANvitational, a canning renaissance has put pint cans, tall boys and the 12 oz. standard back on the map in a whole new light.
“Cans are a superior vessel for packaging craft beer because they protect the beer from two of its greatest enemies, light and oxygen,” Robinson said. “Every can has a food-safe liner that keeps the beer from ever coming in contact with metal and the result is beer that tastes fresher and more like the brewer intended. Cans also take less fuel to ship and are less expensive and energy intensive to recycle, making them an incredibly sustainable packaging choice.”
In addition to great, canned craft beer, attendees will have plenty of food options for purchase from food trucks that will line Georgia Street, as well as a tent with options from the Omni on Pan Am Plaza. Music will be provided throughout the event by DJ Helicon and DJ Action Jackson.
Now, there is no reason to bitch while at the pitch. Grab a Sun King and watch some great soccer.
From Clay at Sun King:
Indianapolis, Ind. (August 1, 2013) – Sun King is excited to announce our newest partnership with Lucas Oil Stadium! Starting today at the International Cup Championship Soccer match, fans attending events at Lucas Oil Stadium will have access to locally brewed beer.
Sunlight Cream Ale, Wee Mac Scottish Ale, and Osiris Pale Ale will be available on draft at two ‘Backyard Brews’ locations near sections 109 and 132 on the main concourse. 16 oz. cans of Sun King will be available at various beer stands, cantinas, grills, and popcorn locations throughout the venue, as well as, in the Club Level bars. Fans shouldn’t have to wander far to enjoy a Fresh•Local•Beer.
“Our goal from the beginning has been to become Indianapolis’ beer,” said Dave Colt, Sun King owner and head brewer. “With our beer now available at every major sports venue in the city, it feels like we are realizing a dream! Keep an eye out for Sun King wherever you frequent for concessions while visiting Lucas Oil Stadium and help support your local brewery.”
We caught up with a very busy Josh Hare at his east Austin brewery just wrapping up a segment for Chris Erlon’s documentary, “Brewed In Austin”. While the lights were still on and the camera locked-down, Chris was nice enough to tape our 5 Questions interview set. He is NOT responsible for the blurry B-roll shaky cam footage. That’s all on us. As is the lack of skill editing. Never the less, we cobbled together 10 minutes or so – and the info from Josh is awesome. We’re just sorry we couldn’t do a better job producing it. That said, here is 5 Questions with the Brewer: Josh Hare, Hops & Grain Brewing.