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Founders Brewing Co. Hop Harvest 2014

2014 October 17
by USABeerTrends

Ever been to a hop harvest? If not, Founders Brewing has produced an excellent video documenting their visit to the Yakima Valley 2014 hop harvest. Found this on their YouTube channel through the Founders newsletter:

Published on Oct 10, 2014
Every year during the hop harvest we visit our hop growers out in Yakima Valley, Washington, to select the hops that we will use the following year. This year we brought a camera along to document our trip so craft beer enthusiasts could get an inside look at what goes into the harvesting, processing and selection of hops. This video allows enthusiasts to feel like they’re hanging out with our brewers Jeremy and Laura as they visit different farms, walk through hop fields and evaluate Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo and more varieties. This video captures our first week out in Yakima as well as some footage from our local farms here in Michigan.

Special thanks to the following companies who let us film during the harvest: Hopunion, Barth-Haas Group, Virgil Gamache Farms, Carpenter Ranches, The Segal Ranch, Yakima Chief, CLS Farms and Roy Farms. Also thanks to our other farming partners that we weren’t able to visit with our camera.

Jim or Jason by Valentiger
Jericho by The Fauxgrass Quartet

Avery Events GABF Week

2014 September 30
by USABeerTrends

Saw this on the Avery Mash e-newsletter today:

Special Tappings & Brewery Tours

at the Avery Tap Room

Wed. Oct 1 – Sat. Oct 4

Brewery tours at noon, 2pm, and 4pm &

daily special tappings at 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm!


1pm – Pump[KY]n

3pm – Rumpkin

5pm – Eremita VIII


1pm – Drew’s Fuzzy Peach

1pm – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Czar

3pm – Bad Karma

5pm – Raven

5pm – Eremita IV


1pm – Mephistopheles ’13

1pm – Eremita V

3pm – Eremita VII

5pm – Sour 10 lb. Strawberry

5pm – Twelve


1pm – Papa Sour

1pm – Bourbon Barrel-Aged Trogdor

3pm – The Preacher

3pm – The Beast ’10

5pm – The Czar ’12

5pm – The Kaiser ’12


Events Out on the Town


Paramount Cafe Beer Fest, Wed 5-8pm

Pint Giveaway @ Cheba Hut Denver, Wed 8-11pm


Suds & Sliders @ Highland Tap & Burger, Wed 5-9pm

Beer Re-Union @ Lyons Fork, Wed 4-9pm

World of Beer LoDo Tap Takeover, Wed 9-close


Midnight Breakfast @ Euclid Hall, Thurs 11pm-1:30am


Kenny Lagers @ BSide, Fri 12-5pm

BBQ & Bottle Signing @ Argonaut Wine and Liquor, Fri 3-6pm

Great Avery Boulder Fest @ Fox Theatre, Fri 8:30pm doors

Robe One Out @ Star Bar, Fri 10pm-close


Lucky Pie LoDo Tap Takeover, Sat 5pm

Beers & Bands @ Highland Tap & Burger, Sat 9pm

Odell Brewing Honors Traditional Brewing Roots with Woodcut No. 8

2014 September 30
by USABeerTrends

From Amanda at Odell:

Brewery Releases Oak Aged Barleywine

Woodcut_08 TTB

Odell Brewing will release Woodcut No. 8, a Barleywine-style ale aged in new American oak barrels. The eighth release in the revered series pays tribute to the brewery’s English style brewing roots. Each Woodcut offering is a truly limited edition beer with a unique flavor that comes from select hops, fine malted barley, and the brewers’ careful aging process. Each brew is aged in virgin oak barrels that are retired after the release.

Brewers sample individual Woodcut barrels prior to blending

Brewers sample individual Woodcut barrels prior to blending

Woodcut No. 8 has a rich malt base with notes of dried fruit that mingle with hints of toasted coconut, vanilla and turbinado sugar from the new oak. Slightly warming and sweet, the beer boasts delicate crème brûlée character that will evolve and mellow with age.

Woodcut No. 8 will be available in the brewery’s tap room beginning October 1st, just in time for the Great American Beer Festival® visitors. Woodcut No. 8 is offered in 750 ml cork and cage finished bottles throughout the breweries 11 state distribution footprint.

Odell Brewing announces fall beers including Gramps Oatmeal Stout

2014 September 19
by USABeerTrends

From Amanda at Odell:


Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of autumn with an array of fall brews including its new Fall-Winter Montage Variety Pack. The 12 pack features year-round favorites IPA and 5 Barrel Pale Ale, fall seasonal Isolation Ale, and the latest Roots Release beer, Gramps Oatmeal Stout.

msr-bottleInspired by the brewery’s small-batch pilot system, the Roots Release series honors Odell Brewing’s experimental brewing roots and allows fans to sample some of its favorites. Gramps isbrewed with flaked oats and roasted malts, giving it a full body and a creamy smooth mouth feel. Hints of chocolate, coffee and cream blend for a complex yet comforting flavor. The rich brew pairs perfectly with crisp fall evenings, a hearty bowl of chili, or some freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

The brewery’s eagerly anticipated fall seasonal six pack offering, Isolation Ale, returns this month as well. Also found in the Fall-Winter Montage Variety pack, Isolation Ale is a classic winter warmer with toasty caramel malts and a subtle spicy hop finish. The annual brew boasts a “100 world-class” rating from the Alström brothers onBeer Advocate.

Seasonal 4 pack, Mountain Standard Double Black IPA, also returns in September. The brew features Colorado hops and isolation-bottleblends a rich, dark malt character with a crisp, bright hop aroma and flavor. “All told, this is an excellent craft beer,” Erik Kain writes in his review “It manages to be very strong and very delicious all at once, with a nice round flavor that lingers gently, leaving that perfect balance of bitter and sweet in your mouth long after you’ve drained your glass.”

The brewery will celebrate the return of Mountain Standard and Isolation in the tap room September 20-21, and will tap Gramps_WebGramps Oatmeal Stout on October 1st. For information about where to find Odell Brewing’s fall seasonal beers, please visit the brewery’s beer finder.

Breckenridge Brewery Hosts Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe During GABF

2014 September 18
by USABeerTrends

From Matt at Breckenridge:


Friday, October 3rd and Saturday, October 4th during the Great American Beer Festival, Breckenridge Brewery will host Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Ogden Theater.  As part of its “Hand Crafted Music Series” Breckenridge Brewery is celebrating the GABF with 2 nights of live, heavy, shake-your-tail-feather grooves from the high-energy group, Tiny Universe, led by acclaimed funk and soul master, Karl Denson.

In traditional festive spirit, Breckenridge Brewery is generously giving away a considerable number of tickets to Friday’s show.  To win tickets, the brewery is encouraging people to explore Denver and experience the adventure of GABF week that the city has to offer.

Breckenridge Brewery has confirmed its annual Rare Beer Tour, which consists of 7 unique beers at 7 different locations around Denver.  Every location will have a stack of tickets to give away during the week of GABF.  All of the locations, rare beers, and ticket giveaway times can be found at

Leading up to GABF week, chances to win tickets are highly likely, as Breckenridge Brewery will arrange numerous contests on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The hashtag #BreckBrew can be used to search every opportunity to win.

During the Thursday and Friday sessions of Great American Beer Festival, Breckenridge Brewery will have tickets to give away every hour on the hour at their booth inside of the convention center.

Before the show kicks off on Friday evening, Breckenridge Brewery is corralling show-goers to get over to the official pre-party taking place at the Irish Snug.  Tickets to the show can be presented to servers and bartenders for a free Breckenridge Brewery beer of choice.


2014 September 17
by USABeerTrends

From Matt at Breckenridge:


Early last year, Breckenridge Brewery announced the plans for its new 85,000 sq. ft., $35 Million brewery and Farmhouse restaurant, located on a 12-acre country spread along the South Platte River in Littleton, CO.  Construction on the new world-class brewery commenced last fall, and now those plans are taking shape.

A crane dropped in the last of sixteen towering 400 bbl. fermentation tanks and four 400 bbl. brite tanks.  The currently visible steel beams that lay the map for what this new brewery will look like, will soon be covered with rustic barn-style walls and roofing.  The 100 bbl. Steineker brewhouse will be installed later this month, and just after the New Year all packaging equipment will arrive.

The Farmhouse, Breckenridge Brewery’s new restaurant and tasting room, is slated to open in April of 2015.  The commissioning of the new brewhouse is scheduled for mid-May, 2015.  Operations will move entirely to the Littleton site by June.


Breckenridge Brewery will open the doors to the new brewery with an initial capacity of 150,000 bbl./year, and that will be expandable to about 300,000 bbl./year before needing to build any additional structures.  The brewery, ranked the 40th largest U.S. Craft Brewery in 2013, has posted higher than 20% growth for the past four years.  The new production facility will allow Breckenridge Brewery to continue this growth in a sustainable manner.  Currently, the Denver brewery is at maximum capacity, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, just to meet demand.

Features of the new brewery will lead to new, unique business endeavors.  A 2,000 sq. ft. barrel cellar room will pave the way for an expanded barrel-aged program.  Two acres of the 12-acre plot of land will be a dedicated hop field, which will allow Breckenridge Brewery to produce new fresh-hopped varieties.  Additionally, there will be an organic vegetable garden, which the Farmhouse restaurant will utilize for a true farm-to-table dining experience.

Located near the Mineral Station RTD Light Rail stop at Aspen Grove, and right off of the Platte River Trail, which sees over 2 million bikers every year, the new Littleton brewery and Farmhouse restaurant will be extremely accessible to people located in Denver and surrounding areas.  Breckenridge Brewery hopes to help expand the beer tourism movement that has been steadily growing along the front range of Colorado.


The new Breckenridge Brewery campus will become a Colorado destination.  The Farmhouse restaurant seats 300 people inside and offers plenty of additional lounging in the expansive outdoor beer garden.  Brewery tours of the entire grounds and operations will take place daily.  The brewery will host special events throughout the year, including its annual Hootenanny, the brewery’s anniversary celebration.  Next year the brewery turns 25, and plans are already in place for the Hootenanny that will occur at the new Farmhouse Brewery on Saturday, July 11th, 2015.

For updates, photos, and more on Breckenridge Brewery’s new Farmhouse Brewery, visit

About Breckenridge Brewery:

Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado. In the past two decades Breckenridge Brewery has grown from a small 3,000-barrels-a-year brewpub to one of the most successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation. It now handcrafts more than 62,000 barrels of fresh beer annually and owns and operates six brewpubs and ale houses in the state of Colorado. For more information visit

25 Years of Odell Brewing

2014 September 15
by USABeerTrends

From our friends at Odell:

25 Years

Brewery celebrates anniversary with week of tap room events! 

180Shilling-bottle_WebFort Collins, CO – This fall, Odell Brewing Company will turn 25 years old. On September 22, the brewery will kick off a week of events to celebrate its silver anniversary with friends and family. The fun will include a Silver Lining soiree benefit for the Food Bank of Larimer County, throwback beers, special food pairings, live music, and more. The brewery will also release a special anniversary beer during the week.  180 Shilling, a double version of the brewery’s flagship 90 Shilling, boasts a hearty roasted malt base balanced by subtle earthy hops, and aged on oak to create notes of toffee, plum, vanilla and dried cherry.

Odell Brewing got its start in 1989, just after Doug and Wynne Odell made the move to Fort Collins from Seattle. Doug had been an active homebrewer, strongly influenced by the northwest brewing pioneers, so the two decided to take his passion commercial.  Doug’s sister, Corkie, was living in Fort Collins and scoped out a location to start the brewery. Shortly after their move, Corkie joined Doug and Wynne in opening the brewery in an old converted grain elevator.  It was just the second packaging craft brewery to open in the state of Colorado, and the first in Fort Collins.

During the first five years, the popularity of Odell’s hand-crafted draft only ales caught on. In fact, they became so popular that a larger facility was needed to handle the increasing demand. Thus a whole new brewery was built in 1994 at the current location. In 1996, a packaging line was installed, and the brewery introduced bottles for the first time. After many years, several brewery expansions, and a packaging re-brand, Odell Brewing expects to produce around 100,000 barrels of beer this year. It currently employs just over 100 people, and sells a diverse portfolio of delicious and innovative beers across eleven states.

Odell Brewing will also commemorate its 25th year with a special collaboration beer brewed with Boulevard Brewing later this fall. Boulevard also got its start 25 years ago (and just one day before Odell Brewing). The Boulevard/Odell collaboration will be released in mid-November with a series of events and celebrations across the breweries’ collective distribution areas.

For a complete list of anniversary events, please visit the brewery’s website.


2014 August 19
by USABeerTrends

From our friends at Boulevard:


Muller, Inc. to Bring Award-Winning Beers from Top Midwestern Craft Brewer in September

Today, Tuesday, August 19, one of the country’s most respected craft breweries, Boulevard Brewing Company (2501 Southwest Boulevard, Kansas City, MO; 816-474-7095), announced that its award-winning craft beers will soon be available year-round across the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Boulevard, one of the most recognizable brands in the Midwest, has partnered with Muller, Inc. to distribute its line of beers in the city and surrounding Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.

“Boulevard is producing some of the highest quality beers in the entire country, not just in the Midwest, so we felt compelled to help bring them to America’s Best Beer-Drinking City,”  says Muller Vice President of Sales John Houck.  “We couldn’t be more proud and honored to be working with Boulevard on this launch and welcoming them into our bars, restaurants and homes.”

To celebrate the new partnership and launch, representatives from Boulevard will organize a week-long series of tastings and events in and around Philadelphia in October;  more details will be made available in early September.  Boulevard beers, available in bottles and on draft, will include:  Single-Wide IPA, an American-style IPA boasting a heady combination of six varieties of hops:  Zeus, Bravo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra;  Unfiltered Wheat Beer, the brewery’s most popular offering, an easy drinking American-style wheat beer with a natural citrus-y flavor and distinctive cloudy appearance;  and Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, a Belgian-style farmhouse ale surging with fruit-y aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes with a pepper-y, dry finish, from the brewery’s wildly popular and critically-acclaimed Smokestack Series.

“We are very excited to be expanding our reach to more markets in the Northeast, including Philadelphia,”  says Boulevard’s Vice President of Sales Steve Mills.  “The city is home to savvy craft beer enthusiasts, and we’re looking forward to introducing them to Boulevard’s lineup.”

Boulevard Brewing Company was founded in 1989 in a turn-of-the-century building on Kansas City’s historic Southwest Boulevard.  From that location, Boulevard founder John McDonald grew the company into one of the largest breweries in the United States before selling the facility and brewery operations to Duvel Moortgat in 2013. Boulevard’s sister, and Duvel Moortgat’s other US-based brewery, Brewery Ommegang, of Cooperstown, NY, is also distributed by Muller.


First Annual VIVA LYONS to take on place on Saturday, September 13

2014 August 12
by USABeerTrends

From our friends at Oskar Blues:

Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring a performance by The Infamous Stringdusters, event to celebrate rebuilding efforts of Colorado Front Range one year after devastating floods

VIVA LYONS will welcome Governor John Hickenlooper, who will address audience to mark Colorado United Day


The first annual VIVA LYONS will take place on Saturday, September 13 starting at 5PM in Bohn Park. Presented by Oskar Blues Brewery and featuring a special performance by Grammy-nominated bluegrass-rock band The Infamous Stringdusters, VIVA LYONS will be an event of remembrance, marking the one-year anniversary of the devastating floods that caused great damage throughout the Colorado Front Range, and celebration, saluting the resilience and rebuilding efforts of hard-hit towns like Lyons.


The Infamous String Dusters perform at The Oskar Blues Brewery "Craft Brewers Conference" event in April featuring Governor Hickenlooper.

The Infamous String Dusters perform at The Oskar Blues Brewery “Craft Brewers Conference” event in April featuring Governor Hickenlooper.

As many communities are still recovering from the widespread flooding that took place in the early fall of 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has declared September 13 as a statewide day of service. Colorado United Day will bring together volunteers from all over the state for a dedicated workday that continues ongoing disaster relief efforts in many communities. At the end of the day, Governor Hickenlooper will address the crowd at VIVA LYONS, as the culminating event to this united statewide effort.


VIVA LYONS is being presented by Lyons-based Oskar Blues Brewery, a steadfast partner with The Infamous Stringdusters in supporting Colorado flood relief through the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation.  The foundation emerged following the Colorado flooding and has raised over $1M total while contributing over $700,000 to Colorado flood relief. All proceeds from the event will benefit CAN’d Aid Foundation flood relief efforts throughout Colorado.


Produced in conjunction with the Town of Lyons, Cyclists 4 Lyons and the Office of Governor Hickenlooper, VIVA LYONS will become an annual celebration for Front Range communities to come together and mark a new beginning.

Dale Katechis – Soul Founder of Oskar Blues – Wins E-Chievement Award for CAN’d Aid Foundation

2014 August 7
by USABeerTrends

From our friends at Oskar Blues:


Nick & Helen Forster award Dale Katechis the E-Chievement Award at June 11th eTown Show

August 7, 2014-Dale Katechis, well-known as the passionate and hard-charging owner of Oskar Blues Brewery, REEB Cycles, and the man who started the craft beer-in-a-can revolution, was recently recognized for an achievement that had nothing to do with craft beer-for his philanthropic contributions. In the days following the 500-year flood that nearly wiped out Oskar Blues’ hometowns of Lyons and Longmont, CO, Katechis created the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation as a way to raise and distribute funds to flood-affected individuals and businesses.

Starting with a personal donation of $125,000, Katechis reached out to the craft beer industry and raised more than half a million dollars in just three months.Nearly a year later, Katechis and the CAN’d Aid Foundation continue to work with the Town of Lyons on large-scale recovery projects. Thus far, the Foundation has given $700,000 to flood-related efforts, totaling more than $1 million raised.

When the folks at eTown heard about the impact that Dale and the Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation are having on flood relief and recovery efforts, they invited him to be part of the June 11th taping of The Infamous Stringdusters and Rodney Crowell show, and presented him with the E-Chievement Award. The show, which was recorded in front of a live audience at E-town Hall in Boulder, will air this week (8/6-8/12) on more than 300 public, community and commercial stations across North America and via podcast. To hear Katechis’ video interview with e-Town hosts Nick & Helen Forster, and to learn more about the CAN’d Aid Foundation, visit The show aired locally on Boulder-based KBCO on Sunday, August 3, at 8 p.m., and the entire video can be viewed HERE.

About eTown

Founded in 1991, eTown is a nationally-syndicated radio show heard weekly on over 300 public, community and commercial stations across North America and via podcast. eTown is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world. Every eTown show is taped in front of a live audience, and features performances from many of today’s top musical artists as well as thought-provoking interviews and the presentation of the listener-nominated E-Chievement Award recognizing everyday people who have made a difference in their community or beyond. Founders Nick Forster, of the legendary bluegrass band Hot Rize fame, and his wife, singer/actress Helen Forster host the show.  For more information, visit


About the E-Chievement Award

One of the show’s most popular segments is the E-Chievement Award. Listeners from around the country send in nominations of remarkable individuals who are working hard to make a positive difference in their communities and beyond. From massive river clean-ups to programs that help the homeless, from neighborhood activists to national and international social and environmental organizations, eTown takes pride in celebrating the success stories of ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary things. To learn more about the E-Chievement Award, visit

44About CAN’d Aid Foundation

The Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation was formed as an immediate response to the massive flooding that devastated our hometowns of Lyons & Longmont, CO, in September 2013. To date, CAN’d Aid has donated $700,000 for flood recovery and an additional $50,000 to charitable causes focused on outdoor rec, child & family advocacy and sustainability initiatives. Shakin’ things up in the world of non-profits, the public charity features funky, fractured, grassroots grants to fund worthy projects from coast to coast. By putting our own spin on what charitable giving looks like, we’re able to stay nimble, respond quickly and stay true to our roots. Every dollar raised by the CAN’d Aid Foundation is matched by Oskar Blues Brewery-doubling the “do-goodery” and maximizing the reach.

About Oskar Blues Brewery:

Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale’s Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth-packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged 120,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing its trailblazing craft brews to 35 U.S. states.