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25 Years of Odell Brewing

2014 September 15
by USABeerTrends

From our friends at Odell:

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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.

BOULEVARD BREWING COMPANY COMING TO PHILADELPHIA

2014 August 19
by USABeerTrends

From our friends at Boulevard:

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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.

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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

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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:

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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 www.etown.org. 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 www.etown.org.

 

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 www.etown.org.

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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.

Iron Hill Celebrates IPA Day with Special Releases

2014 July 23
by USABeerTrends

Some PR from the folks at Iron Hill:

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GET HOPPED UP: CELEBRATE NATIONAL IPA DAY
WITH SPECIAL SELECTIONS AND SAMPLERSFROM ALL 10 IRON HILL LOCATIONS

On National IPA Day, Saturday, August 9, all 10 Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant locations invite guests to sample creative and delicious IPAs from each of their head brewers, with all 10 beers available at every location throughout the day.  IPAs will be offered individually on a pay-as-you-go basis or as a delicious sampler for $15, including 4 oz. pours of each of the 10 IPAs, one from each Iron Hill location.

“One of the most exciting things about working at Iron Hill is seeing the inventive work of our talented head brewers as they experiment with different styles of beer,” says Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson.  “For National IPA Day, we’re proud to feature a special IPA from each of them, side by side, for all of our guests to enjoy.”

Available at all 10 Iron Hill locations across Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, IPA Day beers will include:  Goldfinger IPA from Iron Hill Newark, brewed specifically for the occasion with balanced hop bitterness, aggressive citrus hop flavor, medium body and golden color;  Another IPA from Iron Hill West Chester, an aggressively hopped West Coast-style IPA with a bouquet of pineapple, tangerine and pine aromas and flavors backed by subtle, honey-like malt aromatics;  I.ron P.ale A.le from Iron Hill Media, a deep gold American IPA with flavors of citrus, pine and resin balanced by a toasty malt backbone;  Yippee-KI-P-A from Iron Hill Wilmington, another American IPA brewed specifically for National IPA Day with huge American hop flavor and aromas of citrus and pine;  Hopzilla from Iron Hill North Wales, a medium-bodied American IPA with full malt flavor, pronounced bitterness and remarkable hop flavor and aroma;  Big Trellis IPA from Iron Hill Phoenixville, an American IPA with overwhelming citrus hop presence balancing full malt-y flavor and powerful bitterness;  Hop Stinger from Iron Hill Lancaster, a golden American IPA loaded with citrus-y hops for flavor and aroma, brewed with 60 pounds of local honey for added complexity and flavor;  Martha Furnace from Iron Hill Maple Shade, a West Coast-style IPA that is intensely hopped for firm bitterness and bursts of tropical citrus character;  Hop Addict from Iron Hill Chestnut Hill, a true West Coast-style IPA brewed with lots of Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo and Citra hops which impart flavors and aromas of citrus and tropical fruits;  and Some Like It Hoppy from Iron Hill Voorhees, an American-style IPA showcasing the quintessential American hops Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Chinook — grapefruit, pineapple and pine enhance a light caramel malt profile.

Founded by home brewers Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 10 locations across the mid-Atlantic, with an 11th location, in Ardmore, PA scheduled to open in the coming year.  Each restaurant is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Locations include:  Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000);  Wilmington, DE (620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739);  Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000);  West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600);  North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000);  Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333);  Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800);  Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300); Voorhees, NJ (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009);  and Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600).

Guests are encouraged to participate in the National IPA Day festivities online, with the hashtags #NationalIPADay and #IHIPADAY.  For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit www.ironhillbrewery.com, follow them on Twitter (@ironhillbrewery) and like them on Facebook.

Kermit the Hop is Back!

2014 July 22
by USABeerTrends

From our friends at Bison:

Bison releases 2nd batch of its award-winning Double IPA!

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BERKELEY, Calif. (July 22, 2014)––It might come as a surprise, but Bison’s brewmaster Daniel Del Grande didn’t intend to brew his popular Double IPA, Kermit the Hop, again until next year. But popularity and success have a funny way of shaking things up.

“My original goal was to make Kermit a yearly release––rotating it in and out of my portfolio like a seasonal,” explains Del Grande. “But, my customers wouldn’t let that happen. And our customers are always right––just ask my sales team.”

“I get calls about Kermit the Hop every day,” notes Mark Cabrera, Bison’s Sales Manager. “And for good reason. It’s one of the best beers we’ve ever brewed.”

Bison’s Double IPA currently boasts an overall score of 97 (out of 100) on the popular beer rating website RateBeer.com––making it the highest ranked beer in Bison’s portfolio. And if beer geek love wasn’t enough, Kermit the Hop just took home a bronze medal in the IPA category at the California State Fair––the most popular category this year with 178 entries total.

“I was extremely humbled and honored to take home bronze for Kermit the Hop,” beams Del Grande. “California is home to the best IPAs in the world. Winning this medal was almost like winning the World Beer Cup.”

With over three pounds of Simcoe hops per barrel, Kermit the Hop is bright, citrusy and tongue-tingly bitter. It is an excellent match for spicy foods, strong cheeses, and anything fried.

The fresh batch of Kermit the Hop will begin to ship up and down the West Coast and to a handful of other states around the country this week. For information on where to buy Kermit the Hop, contactsales@bisonbrew.com or send a message to Bison on Twitter @bisonbrew.

 

Sun King 2nd Annual CANvitational

2014 July 22
by USABeerTrends

From our friends at Sun King:

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Indianapolis, Ind. (July 22, 2014) – In 2009, Sun King Brewery brought Indianapolis local beer for the first time since the Indianapolis Brewing Company closed its doors in 1948.  Sun King will host the 2nd CANvitational canned craft beer festival, Saturday, Sept. 20 on the west block of Georgia Street, located in downtown Indy.

 

The Sun King CANvitational will bring over 40 craft breweries representing 23 states and international breweries to Georgia Street and Pan Am Plaza from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (EST). Tickets, available online at www.canvitational.com, are $60 for general admission day of the event and $75 for early entry.  Sun King is running a $40 ticket special for advanced general admission ticket purchased online before August 31st. Event proceeds to benefit the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

 

The invited breweries were selected because of the quality of craft beer they are producing and, as the name of the event suggests, the festival will feature breweries that can their beers. Since craft beer’s inception in the 1980s, bottles have been the most commonly associated with craft beer. However, over the last decade the breweries featured at the CANvitational have been led a revival of craft canning and helped change the way people view cans.

 

New to this year’s festival, the CAN’d ART show on Friday, Sept. 19th located in the Indianapolis Arts Garden.  A celebration of the CANvitational’s partnership with the Indianapolis Arts Council and the unique art that adorns the cans we love. Local artists have selected a variety of cans from participating breweries attending the 2014 CANvitational and transformed them into reinvented pieces of art. Join participating brewers and artists in a reception where art and craft (beer that is) collide.  Event tickets include complimentary appetizers and FRESH•LOCAL•BEER will be available. Tickets are very limited.

 

“We believe that cans are the best way to package beer and breweries from across the country, including a great number of highly respected and established breweries, have help affirm that idea by choosing to can their beer.” Said Sun King Co-Founder Clay Robinson. “Cans keep beer safe from two of beers greatest enemies, sunlight and oxygen, in a way that glass bottles can’t. Cans are also more environmentally friendly to make, transport and recycle, which is why so many breweries are currently making the choice to can.”

 

In addition to great, canned craft beer, attendees will have plenty of food options for purchase from food trucks that will line Georgia Street. Music will be provided throughout the event by DJ Helicon and DJ Action Jackson.

 

“We have invited our friends from across the country who share our passion for crafting world class beers and we are excited to showcase what they do and why we can.” Robinson added. “The most exciting part is that the majority of the beers available at the CANvitational aren’t even available in Indiana, which gives us the opportunity to provide a truly unique experience!”

Fifty Niner, a Golden Ale Rush

2014 July 7
by USABeerTrends

From Amanda at Odell:

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Odell Brewing introduces Brett Golden Ale 

Fort Collins, CO – On July 11, 12, & 13, Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of its latest Cellar Series beer, Fifty Niner. Named for the Colorado gold rush of 1859, Fifty Niner is lustrous golden ale conditioned with Brettanomyces, a yeast as wild as the new frontier.

“This is a complex and fun beer,” Odell Brewing’s QA/QC manager Eli Kolodny said. “It’s a golden ale brewed with Belgian Candi sugar and fermented with our house ale strain. The first hundred barrels were conditioned in a stainless fermentor that had staves hung in it. Suspending the staves directly in the fermentor allowed for a much faster extraction of the wood character, while maintaining the quality of the finished beer.”

Odell Brewing selected oak staves with a light to medium toast, giving the beer hints of vanilla, almond, graham cracker and wafer. The initial batch was aged for more than a month and then blended with a fresh batch just before packaging. The beer was then keg and bottle conditioned with 100% Brettanomyces, specifically a wild strain that Odell Brewing grew up in their lab. The Brett adds a subtle fruity and slightly phenolic characteristic to the beer, dramatically changing the overall profile by adding balance to the woody aromas. It is crisp, refreshing, creamy, yet still deceivingly robust. Fifty Niner was aged in-house for 8 weeks and is ready to consume upon release, but it will also continue to evolve over time and is suggested to be enjoyed within one year.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Fifty Niner in the Tap Room on July 11, 12, and 13 (note the brewery will close early at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 12). Guests can enjoy samples of the beer, local food truck fare, and live music by Purr Gato on Sunday from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. Fifty Niner will be available in 750 ml, cork & cage finished bottles throughout the brewery’s 11 state distribution footprint.

Odell Brewing Makes New Footprint

2014 April 16

Brewery announces the return of Footprint RegionAle, with new Texas ingredient

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Fort Collins, CO – On April 19th, Odell Brewing will celebrate the return of Footprint RegionAle, its latest Cellar Series release beer made with ingredients sourced from each state in the brewery’s distribution footprint.

“We added a new state to our footprint this year, so we had to add a new ingredient,” said pilot brewing and barrel aging manager, Brent Cordle. “Texas grapefruit was a scrumptious addition to this year’s beer.”

First brewed in 2012, Footprint is a complex medley of regional flavors from each of the eleven states in which Odell Brewing distributes blended together to make one unique harmonious beer. The indigenous ingredients include hops and barley from Colorado and Idaho, Arizona prickly pear juice, wheat from Kansas and Wyoming, Minnesota wild rice, Nebraska corn, New Mexico green chiles, South Dakota honey, oak staves from Missouri, and new this year, Texas grapefruit. The final blend boasts a floral citrus nose with bright grapefruit up front on the pallet and just a hint of green chile and fruit from the prickly pear in the finish.

Odell Brewing will celebrate the release of Footprint in the tap room on Saturday, April 19th. Guests can enjoy samples of the beer paired with local food truck fare, as well as live music by Tallgrass from 4-6pm. Footprint RegionAle will be available in 750 ml cork and caged finished bottles throughout the brewery’s eleven state distribution footprint.

Deep River Brewing Company Goes With Cans

2014 April 12
by USABeerTrends

Clayton, North Carolina’s Deep River Brewing Company recently announced they would begin canning their year-round beers, as well as some of their seasonal offerings. The first three beers lucky North Carolinians will see on the shelves are Backcountry Black IPA, Twisted River Wit and Riverbank Rye-It.

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