Ommegang Releasing Game Of Thrones Valar Dohaeris Tripel & Valar Morghulis Dubbel Returns

27 September 2016

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Our newest Game of Thrones-inspired beer has a name – Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale – and it’s coming to shelves and taps near you, along with a re-release of Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale!



Cases and kegs of Valar Dohaeris and special gift packs featuring a bottle of each beer plus a beautiful glass are now working their way from our distributors to your favorite stores and bars. There are always a lot of questions about how to get the Game of Thrones-inspired beers and it’s proved helpful for us to post search tips for beer fans seeking out this release.



The national release date for Valar Dohaeris and the gift packs is Monday, October 10. That’s the day most retailers across the US will begin sales. If you are in the Cooperstown area, you can buy these at the brewery store beginning Saturday, October 8 (we’re open 12-5 pm daily.)



We have a beer finder that will show the locations that the beer has been sold to and you can use this to search for retailers near your zip code. The beer finder works by aggregating sales data from the distributor and it is uploaded often a few days after the sale into the account. With the great demand for this series of beers, they might even be sold out by the time it is listed on our beer finder, so we strongly encourage you to call your local retailers in advance before taking a road trip to see them.



Valar Dohaeris and the gift packs will not be sold in Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Vermont, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Outside of the United States, this will be available in Ontario, Canada. There is not currently a release date set for Canada but we’ll update this post when we have one.



It is illegal for us to sell online or directly to customers who are not at the brewery, so we cannot do any online orders. There are a few websites that are allowed to sell beer directly to fans and we will post those here as they come in. For starters, check out Craftshack.com.

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Goose Island Fulton & Wood - Fassinator Blonde Doppelbock Bottles

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This morning you get your first peek at a new beer coming to bottles as part of the Goose Island Fulton & Wood Series.  This is Fassinator and it is a blonde doppelbock that will be the first of four 2017 Fulton & Wood Series releases.  Look for Fassinator to hit 8%-AbV and 40 IBU and it will be packaged in 12oz bottles.  Stay tuned for 2017 release info.
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Green Flash Adding NEW GFB Ale 12oz Cans & Bottles

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Here’s your very first look at a new can, bottle and beer coming from Green Flash Brewing in San DIego, CA.  This is GFB Ale and this beer will hit 5%-AbV.  Look for GFB Ale to be packagedin 12oz Crown cans, 12oz bottles (below) and kegs.  Stay tuned here for beer and release details.
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Green Flash Cellar 3 - Natura Morta Blood Orange 2017 Batch 01

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Today you get your first look at Green Flash Cellar 3 Series 2017 Batch 01.  This is Natura Morta Blood Orange and it is a Belgian-style saison with ginger, orange peel and grains of paradise.  The beer is fermented with brettanomyces in oak foeders and then aged for 6-12 months in French oak red wine barrels with blood oranges.  Look for Natura Morta Blood Orange to use Saaz hops and the beer will hit 5.5%-AbV and 14 IBU.  You’re looking at the 750ml bottle and stay tuned for 2017 release details.
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Westbrook Brewing Two Claw Rye IPA Coming To Cans

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Today we get to see a new can coming from Westbrook Brewing in Mt. Pleasant, SC.  This is Two Claw and it is a rye IPA that is the big brother of One Claw.  This beer will snap in at 7%-AbV and you’re looking at the 12oz Ball can.  Stay tuned here for release details.
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Highland Brewing’s Thunderstruck Coffee Porter Coming 10/14 & Southern Sixer IPA

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Asheville, NC (9/27/17) -- A Highland Brewing Company perennial favorite, Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, is back this October with two coffee infusions. The lightly caffeinated, cool weather beverage is a collaboration between Highland and Dynamite Roasting Company. After an August 12th tour of Dynamite Roasting and a primer on coffee tasting basics, the Highland brewing team got down to business and participated in a “cupping” to determine what roasts and varietals Highland wanted to include in this year’s recipe. The cupping practice, guided by Dynamite owner Andy Gibbon, involves a multi-step process of steeping, smelling and audible slurping (the louder the better) to fully realize the coffees’ characteristics. “There are some really cool parallels in the sensory evaluation of coffee and beer. I’m now able to experience my second favorite beverage with the same amount of depth that I enjoy a good beer,” said Brewmaster Hollie Stephenson. After sampling several varietals, the fully amped group settled on a dark roast Mexican blend for the brew house addition, and a lighter Honduran blend for the post fermentation addition.

There are two distinct segments of brewing the newest Thunderstruck Coffee Porter. Early in the brewing process, referred to as the hot-side, Highland adds Mexican coffee at the end of the boil, which extracts the flavors much like the way coffee is made at home. Later, on the cold-side part of brewing, Honduran coffee and a portion of the base beer are blended, allowing the coffee to concentrate, after which the hi-test liquid is injected and circulated into each tank. To ensure that each batch of Thunderstruck is at its peak of freshness, Dynamite works with Highland’s schedule to grind the coffee the morning of each brew day. From start to finish this beer is a labor of love for our brewers, and that comes through in the robust, clean coffee flavor that is dominant in this otherwise well balanced porter.

Join the team at Highland Brewing on October 14th starting at 4pm as the first keg of the season is tapped. Highland will have live music and food trucks on hand as part of the celebration. In addition to Thunderstruck bottles to go, packages of Dynamite Roasting coffees will be available. This beverage pack goes from morning to night.

Thunderstruck Coffee Porter, like Highland’s other seasonal beers, is named for a protected feature of the Southern Appalachian landscape. Conserving this area’s land and water retains its true value and beauty. To that end, every glass of Thunderstruck sold on October 14th will result in one dollar donated to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. For more information about our efforts with SAHC, please visit Appalachian.org.
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Releasing in January of 2017 - Southern Sixer IPA. Brewed with six American hop varieties, weighing in at 6%, and available only in 6-packs. This seasonal is named for a group of Southern Appalachian Mountains over 6,000 feet in elevation.

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Samuel Adams Adding Boston Brick Red 25.4oz Bottles

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Here’s your very first look at a new big bottle coming from Samuel Adams.  This is Boston Brick Red and it is an Irish-style red ale that pays tribute to Boston’s rich brewing history.  This beer uses pale an caramel malts and it will be packaged in 25.4oz bottles.  Look for Boston Brick Red to hit 5.8%-AbV and stay tuned here for release details.
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Creature Comforts Announces NEW Epicurious Seasonal Cans

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Creature Comforts Brewing Company will release its next seasonal, Epicurious, on draft and in 12-ounce cans this October. The beer was designed specifically to enjoy with food, family and friends.



“We took a new approach in designing this beer,” said Creature Comforts Co-Founder and CEO Chris Herron. “Rather than looking to industry trends for what to brew next, we developed a beer with the chef in mind. Epicurious is a beer that a chef will want to drink and serve with their food, whether at their restaurant or at home cooking with friends and family.”



In order to meet the challenge, Creature Comforts sought insight from a number of the top chefs in Athens and Atlanta to gather feedback throughout the process of bringing the beer to market. The result is a beer that does not fit into any existing style classifications. It is simply a beer that best complements drinking with food and friends.



Ryan Smith, Executive Chef of Atlanta’s Staplehouse and Peter Dale, Executive Chef and Owner of Athens’ The National, were two of the top local and regional chefs that partnered with the brewery to provide the brewers with perspective on the beer.



“I love the approach Creature Comforts has created with this beer. The idea of a food-focused table beer is incredibly attractive to a chef,” said Smith. “It’s an incredibly versatile beer that will work with a wide variety of food. It has a little salinity, and slight pepper note, which again makes it so approachable.”



“When I drink Epicurious I imagine myself at an all-day, family-style gathering with a big spread of food,” said Dale. “Relaxed, casual, communal and in the moment.”



Epicurious is refreshing, versatile and approachable. It is highly carbonated with an invigorating minerality to help cleanse the palate in between bites of food. The beer has an ABV of 4.2-percent, which also contributes to the beer’s food-friendly nature. Epicurious’ earthy, floral and soft citrus hop character is balanced by complex yeast flavors and subtle bitterness on the finish. The rustic grains and flaked oats used in the beer lend to a nice grain flavor and firm mouthfeel.



In a continued effort to support local artists, Creature Comforts worked with Athens artist and bartender at The National, Bryn Rouse to design the can artwork. The artwork depicts culinary themes, representative of Epicurious’ harmonious qualities.



Epicurious will follow Automatic Pale Ale in the brewery’s seasonal line-up. The beer will be available both in the Athens and Atlanta markets as well as on-site at Creature Comforts. For more information on Creature Comforts, visit www.creaturecomfortsbeer.com.

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Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Debuts Three New Cans This Fall

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San Francisco, CA - (September 27, 2016)  -

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is excited to announce the release of three new cans this fall, including their best selling flagship beers, Big Daddy IPA and Prohibition Ale. By popular demand, Betrayal Imperial Red Ale will also return in a can to Speakeasy’s Limited Series lineup. All three beers will be packaged and shipped to distributors in October.

Speakeasy started filling cans in 2015 with the debut of their Session Series, followed by Double Daddy Imperial IPA in the spring of 2016. The success of those releases, coupled with more consumer interest in canned beer, made canning flagship and seasonal beers an easy choice. Moving forward, Speakeasy fans can expect an even larger portfolio of canned beer, excluding barrel-aged releases.

According to Forest Gray, Speakeasy’s founder and CEO, “We’ve always believed cans are a better package. They don’t allow light or oxygen into the beer, they’re portable, and easier to recycle. When someone goes into a market to pick up a six pack of beer, I can’t find a good reason for them to walk out with something that weighs twice as much and provides the same experience, if not better, in a can."

Prohibition Ale and Big Daddy IPA will be available year-round in cans. Prohibition Ale was the first beer Speakeasy bootlegged back in 1997. Year after year it’s been an award-winning staple, recently receiving a gold medal in the amber/red category at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. Big Daddy IPA joined Speakeasy’s lineup in 1999, and helped establish the popularity of West Coast IPAs.

Returning after a 2-year hiatus, Betrayal Imperial Red Ale will be Speakeasy’s first seasonal can release from October to January. “It’s a celebration of rich malt in harmony with aromatic hops,” said Zambo, Speakeasy’s Director of Brewing. The recipe was slightly tweaked, adding more hops and layers of malt flavor to make it even more delicious and memorable.

Fans of Speakeasy’s Limited Series beers like Betrayal can also expect a more varied lineup in the year’s ahead. According to Forest Gray, “We’re looking at switching some of the beers around to provide diversity and variety year to year. While it won’t be made this year, look for the return of Butchertown India Black Ale in 2017.”

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Dry Dock Brewing Expands Distribution to Durango With Ska Brewing

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AURORA, CODry Dock Brewing Company has partnered with Ska Brewing Company to expand its distribution to seven counties in the Southwest corner of the state. Dry Dock’s award-winning beers are now available in Durango, Colorado.

Dry Dock’s Home Fleet of beers, which includes the company’s flagship Apricot Blonde as well as Hop Abomination IPA, Wheat Beer, Vanilla Porter, Amber Ale, and Sour Apricot, are now available in canned 6-packs at Durango liquor stores. Beer lovers can also find 12-pack variety Booty Boxes, 12-packs of Apricot Blonde, and bombers of the brewery’s seasonal and specialty beers. 

“We’re proud to partner with such a craft-savvy distributor,” says Dry Dock Brewing Company’s Director of Sales & Marketing George Allen. “We’re excited to offer our Colorado-only brand to even more Coloradoans.” 

“We have been friends with the folks at Dry Dock for a long time,” adds Dave Thibodeau, Co-Founder and President of Ska Brewing. “They make some killer beers! We are excited to add them to our distribution portfolio and share their award-winning beers with Southwest Colorado.”

Dry Dock beers are distributed throughout the rest of Colorado through Western Distributing.

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Allagash Brewing Named Brewer Partner of the Year at NBWA Annual Convention

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CHICAGO, IL Sept. 27, 2016 -- The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) recognized Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine, as the second annual NBWA Brewer Partner of the Year. The award was presented at NBWA's 79th Annual Convention taking place this week in Chicago, Illinois. 

KettleHouse Brewing Co. of Missoula, Montana, was recognized with the Brewer Partner Sales Execution Award, and Port City Brewing Company in Alexandria, Virginia, was presented the Brewer Partner Marketing Innovation Award.

The awards recognize the brewers who do the best job in the marketplace producing great beer; building strong partnerships; providing valuable education; and offering support to their distributor customers in order to bring their beers to market.



"Allagash, KettleHouse and Port City are three of the more than 4,000 breweries that are generating such excitement for beer around this country and providing the American consumer with unprecedented choice and quality," said NBWA President & CEOCraig Purser. "The U.S. is enjoying a Golden Age for beer thanks to a robust and competitive system of independent distribution, which provides access to market and a competitive playing field for brewers of all sizes and generates excitement for consumers."



"America's beer distributors look forward to celebrating the success of each of these brands and recognizing many more innovative and collaborative brewers in the future," Purser added.



Allagash Brewing Company has been brewing Belgian-inspired beers since 1995 and produced 83,000 barrels of beer in 2015. For new and existing products, they provide their distributors with posters, videos, artwork and sales sheets about the brand.Allagash also has created a custom profit calculator app that allows distributors to calculate how much money each product can make at retail compared to competing brands. This information can then be shared with retail buyers.



Allagash partners with their distributors to host "Saison Day" each March where they focus on educating consumers about the Saison style of beer. Allagash also recognizes each distributor partner who sells more than 100,000 case equivalents per year by having management fly in to the market and hand deliver a custom-made sign recognizing the accomplishment.

Joey Waraskevich of Pine State Beverage said, "To many around the country, it is no mystery that Allagash makes great beer and is on the forefront of innovation. What may not be so obvious to some is the support and quality of people they provide to their wholesaler partners."



"Founder Rob Tod has created a culture of not only hardworking employees but, as important, quality people of great character and flawless follow through," Waraskevich continued. "If visiting the brewery as a wholesaler, it is common for a brewer or member of the operations team to personally thank you for selling their beer. Furthermore, it will take you five minutes of being in the brewery to discover that everyone is genuinely proud of where they work."



"The sales team works hand in hand with our team in the marketplace, giving us excellent support at the account level, and every member has integrity and knowledge of the beer industry," Waraskevich added.



The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America's more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. To learn more aboutAmerica's beer distributors, visit www.nbwa.org. For additional updates from NBWA, subscribe to The Daily Brew newsletter, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, watch NBWA videos on YouTube and visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/NBWABeer.

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Mikkeller - Hva Saa!? Belgan Pale Ale

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This is Hva Saa!? from Mikkeller ad it s a Belian pal ale fermented with brettanomyces.  This beer will hit 6.8%-AbV and it is packaged in 11.2oz bottles at DeProef.  This beer translates to “So What” so stay tuned for more info.
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Alpine Beer - Windows Up IPA 12oz Bottles

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This is Windows Up from Alpine Beer.  This IPA is “extra dank and resinous” and it is brewed with Citra and Mosaic hops.  Look for Windows Up to hit 7%-AbV and this beer will be released in kegs and 12oz bottles.
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Santa Fe Brewing Releasing 2nd Native Wet-Hopped Beer 9/30

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Santa Fe, New Mexico – Another great homegrown-hopped beer is coming to Santa Fe Brewing Company (SFBC), and once again, we couldn’t be more excited to support local! Amalia hops, one of the two hop varieties, native to New Mexico, was recently harvested from Santa Fe Brewing Company’s hop farm and found it’s way into Santa Fe’s favorite Nut Brown Ale. Soon, it will be available to the state’s supporters of the local craft beer scene and all things grown locally.

In early September, SFBC owner Brian Lock and several of his friends went out to the company’s hop farm in Rinconada, NM to harvest the Amalia hops. The harvest took about 4 hours of labor-intensive work to collect the fresh mature whole cones. Within 2 days, the hops were driven down to Santa Fe’s brewing facility, where they were partially dried and put directly into the serving tank of a filtered Nut Brown Ale.

In 2003, The Neo-1 and Amalia hops were isolated and developed by Rinconada local, Todd Bates. Lock purchased the hop rhizomes in 2014, and has been growing them for the last two years. “We were very happy with the harvest this year. The Neo-1 and Amalia hops have been a project that Santa Fe Brewing has been working on for some time now. We’ve wanted to maintain a close understanding between the process of brewing and how we get the raw materials we brew with,” says Lock. “The profile on the Amalia hop variety has more orange in the aroma and earthy, spicy notes like the English varieties, rather than the more citrus profile of the Neomexicanus-1.” The result is a beer with more complex hop character that leans closer to the traditional malty sweetness of the English style.

The Amalia wet-hopped specialty beer will be available (on draft only) Friday, September 30th at all three Santa Fe Brewing Company taprooms as well as the very special rock & blues concert at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing. Come join us for this great show, as Ian Moore returns to Santa Fe to take the stage with his full band, the Lossy Coils, with special guest Sean Healen. Join us for a night of wailing guitars beneath the stars, and get yourself a taste of this truly local beer made of native New Mexican hops, grown right here in the state, by New Mexico’s oldest brewery. Tickets for Ian Moore are available atholdmyticket.com. Cheers!

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Tallgrass SIngle Hop IPA Series Styrian Wolf 12oz & 16oz Cans

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This morning we get to see the second Single Hop IPA Series release from Tallgrass Brewing.  This beer features Styrian Wolf hops (a Slovenian variety) and the beer will hit 6.5%-AbV.  Look for this release to be packaged in 16oz and 12oz (below) cans and stay tuned here for release details.
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