Troegs Releasing Scratch # 267 Dry-Hopped Sour Today

27 October 2016

imageFrom Troegs:

Scratch #267 begins with local wheat from our friends at Deer Creek Malthouse. Dry-hopping with Mosaic introduces layers of bright citrus and tropical fruits with an underlying wild berry and herbal bite. As the finishing touch, we add lactobacillus for a dose of mouth-puckering tartness. Draft & growler fills available now.


Firestone Walker Marks 20-Years With XX Anniversary Ale

imageFrom Firestone Walker:

Paso Robles, CA: Twenty years ago, brothers-in-law Adam Firestone and David Walker established Firestone Walker Brewing Company in a converted shed on the back-forty of the Firestone family vineyard on California’s Central Coast.

Ten years later, after moving up the road to Paso Robles, the brewery celebrated its first decade with X (or 10), a trailblazing barrel-aged anniversary ale blended with input from local winemakers, and offered for the then-audacious sum of $9.99 per 22-ounce bottle.

Now comes XX, which is both a celebration and a culmination, marking Firestone Walker’s 20th anniversary on California’s Central Coast.

XX is a limited release that will be available via individually boxed 22-ounce bottles ($23.99) at select accounts across all Firestone Walker markets starting in November.

Unlikely Origins

Firestone Walker’s Anniversary Ale program dates back to 2005, when Brewmaster Matt Brynildson took a random call from bourbon barrel broker Tom Griffin, whom Brynildson now calls “the Johnny Appleseed of barrel-aged beers.”

Said Brynildson, “Adam and David had approached me about making a special beer for the brewery’s 10th anniversary, and we were already doing test batches for it when Tom called me out of the blue. He knew I’d been at Goose Island during the early days of Bourbon County Stout, so he tracked me down and made me an offer. I wasn’t really thinking about barrel aging at the time, but when he called the light bulb went off, and I thought, ‘Holy s***, I need those barrels.”

After the different test batches were aged for nearly a year in 40 retired bourbon barrels provided by Griffin, Brynildson dialed up a handful of his local winemaker friends to help blend the final beer from what turned out to be a diverse range of component ales.

Ten, or X, was released in the fall of 2006. At the time, the $9.99 price tag raised eyebrows. “Back then $10 was a crazy price for a beer, and retired bourbon barrels were easy and inexpensive for brewers to obtain,” Brynildson said. “Times have changed.” 

The Lowdown on XX

Ever since the release of X, the blending of the Anniversary Ale has become an annual late-summer rite at the brewery, revolving around a reliable team of friendly local winemakers who come for the challenge and the camaraderie.

This year, 17 winemakers convened in late August to help create the blend for XX. As always, they were tasked with creating their own preferred blends, with all of these initial blends later being blind tasted on the group. After votes were cast, the blend by Scott Hawley of Torrin Vineyard was deemed the winner and became the basis for XX.

“It’s always a friendly but competitive gathering,” Brynildson said. “Collectively, the winemakers’ input is invaluable, because they are practicing experts in the art of blending.”

With XX, this proven process yielded a beer for the ages. “There is just so much going on in this beer,” Brynildson said. “It’s big and complex, with all of these different facets from our barrel-aged program that are so seamlessly integrated. We wanted to produce something really special for our 20th anniversary, and I think we did it.”

The Final Blend

“We blended together 250 oak barrels and five different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional.” – Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

Parabola / Aged in New Oak and Bourbon Barrels / 40% of Final Blend

-Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Stickee Monkee / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 20% of Final Blend

-Central Coast Quad Brewed with Belgian Candi and Mexican Turbinado (brown) Sugar

Velvet Merkin / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 17.5% of Final Blend                

-Traditional Oatmeal Stout

Bravo / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 12.5% of Final Blend

-Imperial Brown Ale

Helldorado / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 10% of Final Blend            

-Blonde Barleywine

Participating Winemakers

“These are my friends and brothers in fermentation science.” – Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

· Scott Hawley – Torrin (Winning Blend)

· Sherman Thacher and Daniel Callan – Thacher Winery

· Matt Trevisan – Linne Calodo

· Connor McMahon and Kyle Jury  – Booker

· Terry and Natalie Hoage –TH Estate Wines

· Russell From and Philip Muzzy – Herman Story

· Molly Lonborg and Kevin Sass– Halter Ranch

· Brock Waterman – Brochelle Vineyards

· Justin Smith – Saxum Vineyards

· Mark Adams – Ledge Vineyards

· Neil Collins and Chelsea Franchi – Tablas Creek Vineyard

Also thanks to friends Arie Litman and Ken Weaver for lending their expertise to the blending session.

Brewmaster’s Notes

“As a finished blend, XX is a beautifully textured and complex brew, with layers that unfold as the beer opens up. At first there is a burst of brandy soaked cherries, then chocolate cake combined with distinct boozy new American oak notes. The flavor develops full of molasses rich brown sugar and fruitcake with a touch of caramel and cinnamon spice. Overall the beer is silky smooth, incredibly balanced and finishes with a touch of kirsch filled truffle – a perfect blend of everything we love about our vintage barrel program! This beer is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XX is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. As the beer sits and breathes in the glass the true complexity of this blend is revealed, so take your time. If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool, dark place. I suspect, like our other Anniversary offerings, that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come.”


Bruery Terreux - Humulus Rueuze Bottles Coming 10/28

From Bruery Terreux:

Tomorrow is the public bottle and draft release of the latest edition of Humulus Rueuze at both Tasting Rooms.

Humulus Rueuze is a variation on our take on the traditional Belgian-style lambic gueuze with one major exception: massive amounts of dry hops. To begin, we carefully selected a number of oak barrels that have been aging our sour blonde ale anywhere from several months to several years, and then blended the beers together for the ideal flavor profile. In this 2016 edition, we then piled heaps of Huell Melon hops on top to achieve an aromatic blend like no other, inundating the senses with fruity, melon and strawberry notes. This is one complex beer, and it’s best consumed fresh.

Bottles are available starting tomorrow at both Tasting Rooms. Our out-of-towners can find it on

Autumn Maple Pic


Trick-or-treat, here is something good to drink!

On Halloween, we are premiering a number of draft and bottle offerings. We begin with frightful flights of incantations of Autumn Maple, including: Autumn MapHELL (blend of Black Tuesday and Autumn Maple), Midnight Autumn Music (a dark imperial stout), Autumn Maple 2.0 (fermented with a new yeast), Autumn Maple (2014) and this year’s edition of Autumn Maple (2016)

From Halloween through Thanksgiving, bottles and growler fills of Autumn Maple are $1 off. Additionally, archive bottles of Autumn Maple from 2008, 2014 and 2015 will be available for purchase for $9.99, while supplies last.

Black Tues pic


In addition to Black Tuesday (2016), which we tapped earlier this week, we are also offering a vintage Black Tuesday flight, featuring 1-oz. pours of the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions of Black Tuesday at both Tasting Rooms.

Even more, you’ll find Grey Monday (2015) and Mocha Wednesday (2015) at our Bruery Terreux Tasting Room, while supplies last.


Uinta Rotating Park Series Release No 1 - Park Golden Ale

I’m excited to bring you your very first look at not only a new beer, but an exciting new series coming soon from Uinta Brewing in Salt Lake City, UT.  This is Release No 1 in the new Rotating Park Series and the beer is called Park Golden Ale.  This beer celebrates one of my favorite national parks (Yosemite) and my absolute favorite hike, Half Dome.  Yosemite is our 3rd national park (established in 1890) and it features 800+ miles of trails and 748,046 acres of land.  This golden ale will be packaged in 12oz bottles and stay tuned here for AbV and release info.


Santa Fe Brewing Makes the Move From Bottles to Cans

imageWe brought you a peek back in March, and now this from Santa Fe:

Santa Fe, NM  – Santa Fe Brewing Company (SFBC) is excited to announce that they have transitioned all of their everyday beers to cans, discontinuing all 12 oz. bottle packages effective immediately. This transition comes with other big news for the longest tenured brewery in New Mexico – the addition of a state-of-the-art canning line from manufacturer Catelli Food Technology (CFT). 

Switching from bottles to cans was a decision to increase capacity, reliability, and quality, but SFBC couldn’t do it without an equipment upgrade. SFBC began canning back in 2010 with the release of their flagship Happy Camper IPA in 12-ounce cans, but their equipment and processes had limitations. Their new CFT Master Can Tronic RS 16 does many things the previous canning line and bottling lines could not, such as minimizing oxygen pickup to Mega Brewer levels. Reducing oxygen pick up increases shelf stability, resulting in beer that stays fresh longer. 

Cans are superior to bottles in many other facets as well. The lighter weight of the cans means less expensive shipping and fewer shipments, reducing the brewery’s carbon footprint. They are also more portable and a better choice when recreating outdoors.

“The quality is much better with cans. You may not recognize the State Pen Porter, Pale Ale, or Nut Brown by their new package, but you will definitely remember your favorites by taste,” says SFBC owner Brian Lock.

Brewmaster Bert Boyce had this to say about the new line. “We can produce five times the number of cans per minute than we could previously. We can easily change over to a different style to meet more complicated needs. And the new line should be much more reliable from an uptime and quality perspective. Right now the canning line is purring along at about 140 cans per minute, but will able to fill much faster as the demand for our beers continues to grow.” 

Just recently, SFBC won big at the Can Can Awards, a canned beer competition held annually in Nashville, Tennessee. SFBC took home two golds for best Coffee Beer and Best German Style Pilsner with their Imperial Java Stout and Freestyle Pilsner respectively. 

Adobe Igloo, their Winter Seasonal, will be rolling off their new line and onto retail shelves soon.


Bell’s - Am I Right Or Amarillo & Consecrator Doppelbock

We brought you the news of this beer and the stock photo, but today we get to see the full packaging.  This is Bell’s Brewery Am I Right Or Amarillo and it is a American IPA brewed to celebrate the launch of Bell’s Texas distribution.  This Texas-only 100% Amarillo hops release hits 7%-AbV (original PR claims 6%-AbV) and it will be released in 12oz bottles and limited draft.  As a bonus, we also have the latest bottle packaging for Bell’s Consecrator Doppelbock (8%-AbV, 12oz bottle).


Cigar City - Jai Alai IPA Aged On White Oak - 12oz Cans

Here’s the latest can packaging for Cigar City Jai Alai Aged On White Oak.  This IPA is aged on American oak and the beer will remain at 7.5%-AbV.  This is the 12oz can.


SweetWater Expanding Louisiana Distribution

imageFrom SweetWater:

We’re stoked to announce our expansion into two new fishin’ holes in Louisiana this Fall:
  • Southwest Beverage Company to enter three Louisiana counties of Lake Charles, Alexandria, and Leesville (sales begin October 31)
  • Marsala Beverage for Northern Louisiana counties of Monroe, Ruston, Ferriday, and Vidalia (sales begin October 24)

Craft beer lovers will find our signature 420 Extra Pale Ale, award winning IPA, crowd pleasing Blue, highly demanded Hash Session IPA plus the forthcoming winter seasonal Squeeze Box IPA with grapefruit.

Our cold brews will be on draft at bars and restaurants, in grocery stores, package stores, and specialty bottle shops.  For details on launch events and more, patrons should follow both distributors’ websites and/or Facebook pages: Southwest Beverage Co. and Marsala Beverage.


Deschutes Brewery's Street Pub Tour Raises $440,000 for Charity in 2016

imageFrom Deschutes:

Bend, OR  Oct. 27, 2016  Deschutes Brewery's Street Pub finished out its second annual national tour this year by raising nearly $440,000 for charity. At each stop, the brewery partnered with local charities and donated 100 percent of proceeds to help those charities achieve their missions. With an estimated 140,000 beer fans who turned out to drink over 1,100 kegs of damn tasty beer, the Street Pub is collectively one of the largest beer festivals in the country.

"This was another epic year for Street Pub & we got to visit with fans in cities we love from one coast to another," said Joey Pleich, field marketing manager for the brewery who runs the Street Pub program. "We raised $70,000 more for charity over last year's numbers and saw twice as many in attendance. Success for this program means success for all the communities we visit and we are thankful to our many fans to coming out to support Street Pub."

Here's a look at how Deschutes Brewery's Street Pub assisted the nonprofits it partnered with in each city:

  • Arlington, VA: $25,000 donation in conjunction with Ballston BID/BallstonGives Taste of Arlington festival to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center
  • Philadelphia, PA: $34,144 donation to the Vetri Community Partnership to cover costs for preparing healthy meals in public schools all over the Philly area and South Street Headhouse District to help provide a safer, cleaner, well managed business district
  • Columbus, OH: $43,000 to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank helping them achieve their goal of a hunger-free and healthier community. The Funds raised will provide Over 172,000 meals for needy families in greater Mid-Ohio.
  • Chicago, IL: $70,295 to Alliance for the Great Lakes to protect and restore the Great Lakes and Logan Square Preservation to protect and beautify its local neighborhood
  • Roanoke, VA: $81,000 to a wide selection of local charities including Roanoke Outside Foundation, Blue Ridge Land Conservancy and Feeding America Southwest Virginia
  • Minneapolis, MN: $104,723 to Second Harvest Heartland to provide more than 300,000 meals for needy families in Minnesota
  • Sacramento, CA: $80,000 to Runnin' for Rhett to help fulfill its mission to nurture healthy communities by hosting both adult and youth fitness programs. Proceeds brought in will fund over 3,000 programs

Check out our wrap up video about this year's Street Pub here:
2017 tour dates and locations will be announced soon.


Heavy Seas - Gold Ale 12oz Bottles

This is Gold Ale from Heavy Seas and this is the latest 12oz bottle.  This beer will hit 4.5%-AbV.


Crown Congratulates Craft Beer Customers Honored at GABF

imageFrom Crown:

Philadelphia, PA ­– October 27, 2016. This fall, in its thirtieth year of operation, The Great American Beer Festival (GABF), held in Denver, CO, awarded 286 medals to 254 brewers chosen from 7,227 competition entries, the largest commercial beer competition in the world. CROWN Beverage Packaging North America, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) (Crown) (, was delighted to have 16 different craft brewer customers win a total of 23 GABF medals, including six gold medals.

The winners included Mother Earth Brewing, Fish Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, Independence Brewing, Brewery Vivant, Neshaminy Creek, Grimm Brothers Brewing, Real Ale Brewing, NoDa Brewing, Kulshan Brewing, Black Tooth Brewing, Daredevil Brewing, Wachusett Brewing, Nebraska Brewing, Fatheads, and Devil’s Backbone Brewing.

“We are very proud of our craft partners for their success,” notes CROWN Beverage Packaging’s Regional Sales Manager for Craft Beer, Nick Osborne. “We have known the majority of our customers since they started breweries. We are excited for the great things to come.”

According to Ron Skotleski, Director of Marketing, North America, for CROWN Beverage Packaging, “The primary purpose of any packaging is to protect and conveniently deliver a product to the end consumer. These craft GABF medalists have tremendous products in our cans, and Crown’s goal is to help differentiate their best-in-class beer with high quality cans and innovative graphics.”

The Great American Beer Festival, held annually, invites industry professionals from around the world to sit together in small groups and, without knowing brand names, taste beers in each specified style category. The ultimate goal of the Great American Beer Festival Judge Panel is to identify the three beers that best represent each beer-style category as described and adopted by the Great American Beer Festival.


Sly Fox Nihilist Stout Returns 10/28



Founders Combines Cereal and Beer; Breakfast Will Never Be the Same (Video)

From Founders:

Behold as the kooky kids from our Education Team combine the two greatest things to happen to mornings: Breakfast Stout and cereal. We even tossed them in the very same bowl, 'cause why not?
(Brand names omitted to keep the cereal folks happy...and so you have our permission to buy the cheap stuff!)


Deep Ellum - Barrel Crusher 13%-AbV 100 IBU & Fascinating Bellman

This is Barrel Crusher from Deep Ellum Brewing in Dallas, TX.  This beer is a 2X rye IPA aged in rye Whiskey barrels.  This big boy hits 13%-AbV and 100 IBU and you’re looking at the 22oz bottle.  This looks to be a Texas-only release but stay tuned on that one.  We also have Fascinating Bellman oak smoked imperial Irish brown ale aged in Jameson Whiskey barrels (7.8%-AbV, 24 IBU).image


Real Ale Brewing - Tenebra Aeterna, Coffissar, Scots Gone Wild & Benedictum

imageThis is Tenebra Aeterna from Real Ale Brewing in Blanco, TX.  This robust porter is oak barrel-aged for 2-years before being packaged in 500ml bottles.  Look for Tenebra Aeterna to hit 7.92%-AbV.  We also have Coffissar barrel-aged imperial stout (8.74%-AbV), Scots Gone Wild barrel-aged sour Scotch ale (10.6%-AbV) & Benedictum barrel-aged sour brown ale with cherries (7.34%-AbV).


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