Musings on Utopias

Sam Adams releases its 2019 Utopias beer this fall. (Boston Beer Co.) November 8, 2019 Biennially, when Sam Adams releases a new Utopias, I reflect about the many pleasures Utopias has brought me since the first version was released in 2002, of the beauty of its complex port/sherry/cognac flavors, and the amazing brewing achievement it represents. Technically it’s a beer, ...

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Modern Times to Launch Distribution in Utah

November 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO, CA – We are massively excited to announce the dawn of permanent distribution in Utah! For years, we have gazed longingly at our northeastern neighbor, and we couldn’t be more stoked to finally be bringing our delicious beers to our Utah friends on the regular. Beers are currently hitting shelves and taps, and include beloved ...

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Bear Republic Releases #90 German Connection, Latest Challenge Series Beer

(CLOVERDALE, CA) – Bear Republic Brewing Company’s newest Challenge Series release is #90 German Connection, inspired by German-origin ales and Gene Hackman’s slick driving skills. This only-brewed once ale is aggressively hopped with 4.5 pounds per barrel of Mandarina Bavaria, Huell Melon, Hallertau Blanc for citrusy and fruity aromatics. “What makes the German Connection so dope? It’s all the German ...

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Firestone Walker Shares Details of XXIII Anniversary Ale

(Paso Robles, CA) Just as the harvest season was getting underway in the Paso Robles wine country, a boisterous group of local winemakers convened with the Firestone Walker brewing team on September 10 for an annual late-summer rite—the blending of the brewery’s next anniversary ale. The result is “XXIII”—a limited barrel-aged release that is rolling out to all Firestone Walker markets starting ...

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Texas Craft Brewery Fights Back: ‘That’s Not Shiner Bock My Friends’

Screenshot shows part of the Spoetzl Brewery’s open letter about independence. (Facebook) November 7, 2019 The Spoetzl Brewery, makers of Shiner Bock beer, has some strong words for Anheuser-Busch InBev in response to a local ad campaign the brewery says is deliberately trying to confuse beer lovers who want to support independently-owned breweries. Spoetzl Brewery is an independent craft brewery ...

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Oh Baby: New Chocolate Cherry Stout from Able is Down with Decadence!

November 6, 2019 Minneapolis – Able Seedhouse + Brewery in Northeast Minneapolis is proud to release Oh Baby. This full body stout starts with a beer base which is rich and sweet.  The malts are flavorful and plenty, with the oats and lactose adding a silky and smooth texture. “Berry notes from the Glacier hops are slight, and compliment the ...

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Whetstone Announces Third Rail Beer Experiment: a “Crowd-Sourced” Beer Recipe Experience

November 6, 2019 Brattleboro, Vermont — The brewers at Whetstone Craft Beers have created an exciting new way to enjoy one of the world’s most popular beverages, with their Third Rail Beer Experiment: a “crowd-sourced” beer recipe experience.  By making one batch of wort, or unfinished beer, split into three different fermenters and changing one variable in each tank to ...

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Heavy Seas Announces 24 Anniversary Ale: Quadruple IPA

November 6, 2019 BALTIMORE – Heavy Seas Beer is excited to announce the release of 24 Anniversary Ale, a Quadruple IPA to celebrate the brewery’s 24th year of brewing craft beer in Baltimore. This limited release will be available in December in the following states within its distribution footprint: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, ...

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Perrin Brewing Releases Winter Warmer Pack

(Comstock Park, MI) Perrin Brewing Company announces the release of their new Winter Warmer Pack, a Variety 12-pack presenting the perfect mix of flavors to keep tastebuds toasty all winter long. The pack includes new Coffee Latte Brown Ale – a roasty, creamy seasonal release made in partnership with Detroit’s Germack Coffee. Perrin Black Ale and Blonde Porter round out ...

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Podcast EP 158 – What’s Going on in Portland? – Jeff Alworth

We are joined by author and award winning beer writer out of Portland, OR, Jeff Alworth. We discuss the recent closures of staple breweries in Portland and a bit of back history including: – Dan’s admiration for Jeff’s work. – How Jeff got into beer writing. – Dan’s unfair assessment of the Portland flavor profile. – Oregon being the most ...

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