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Tuesday, December 29th 2015

Top 6 Star Wars Themed Beer Cans

The Star Wars world stretches far and wide and seems to have infiltrated every possible commercial industry - and craft beer is no exception. Plenty of beer geeks out there have a love of the sci-fi series and apparently more than a few brewers do too. Here are our Top 6 Star Wars Themed Craft Beer Cans! Cheers!

A very appropriate name for this style of brew. Something Brewing's Dark Side is a 5% schwarzbier brewed with plenty of German noble hops for a crisp, smooth finish to go with plenty of rich, roasty malty flavors. Put down that light, boring beer and come to the dark side. 

Call it a coincidence or a clever naming convention, Wyoming's Snake River Brewer Company gave their English-style Brown Ale a name that resonates with Star Wars fans everywhere. OB-1 or "organic beer number one" is made with 100% organic malt and hops so nothing nasty can get in the way of this beer's force (which is 4.9%).

New Zealand's Garage Project has been absolutely killing it for the last few years. Their beers represent the totally sought after intersection of incredible quality and amazing package art and design. Lack of Faith is a 7.5% Black IPA that was originally brewed for a Star Wars event at Golding's Free Dive - a craft beer bar in the brewery's hometown of Wellington. The name comes from a quote from Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode IV in which he tells admiral Motti that he "finds his lack of faith disturbing" and then promptly uses the force to choke him. (Image: Instagram @garageproject)


How perfect of a name is Vader for a Cascadian Dark Ale (a.k.a. Black IPA)? Oregon's Gilgamesh Brewing had originally been bottling this 6.4% black beauty before moving to cans earlier this year. To add some additional flavor to this beer, the brewery ages it on lightly roasted coffee beens from local roasters, The Governor's Cup.  (Image: Instagram @brewsterson49th)


You've got to love the design on this one. Two Australian brewers - Australian Brewing Company and Feral Brewing - got together to brew Storm Trooper Imperial Pilsner. This collaborative brew weighs in at 8.1% and was first released, very appropriately, on May the 4th. (Image: Instagram @the_oz_man_cave)

Darth Vader and a Storm Trooper raise a toast (to the darkside most likely)

Ahh, yes, how could we possibly pick another beer. Remember the ruckus that surrounded New England Brewing Company's original bottle release of Imperial Stout Trooper? Apparently the folks in the Lucas camp felt that the label design was just a tad bit too close to an actual piece of Lucas-owned intellectual property. Being the good sports they are, New England Brewing made a few adjustments to the design and everything was right as rain. As for the beer, this rich, dark, strong stout hasn't changed and is still an incredible treat if you can get your hands on it. Coming next month, it will be available in cans for the first time. Awesome. 

Original label design for Imperial Stout Trooper

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Labels: Star Wars

Monday, December 21 2015

Breckenridge Brewery Introducing Nitro Series Cans in 2016

Breckenridge Brewery Announces a New Line
of Nitrogen-Carbonated Canned Beer 

Littleton, CO – December 21, 2015 - Breckenridge Brewery will introduce an all-new line of portable and versatile nitrogen-carbonated beer in the first quarter of 2016.  The 16-oz can presents the ability to experience silky, smooth nitrogen-charged beer outside of the pub, even taking that experience to the great outdoors. This can promotes “nitro on the go,” for although a glass displays the cascading effects of the nitrogen head, with Breckenridge’s can design the glass is optional.  The Nitro Series from Breckenridge Brewery can be enjoyed anywhere – in a glass or right from the can.

Breckenridge will launch its Nitro Series in 4-packs starting with Nitro Vanilla Porter (NVP) and Nitro Lucky U IPA, available year-round where Breckenridge beer is sold.  “Vanilla Porter and Lucky U were logical choices for rolling out this ground-breaking release for us,” shares Todd Usry, Brewery Director.  “We’ve built a fan base for both of these beers in recent years with nitrogen-infused draft releases.  It’s time to put this beer on the shelves.” Later in the year, the brewery will begin rolling out a seasonal program in the nitro can package. The first release will be the fall seasonal expected to roll out mid-August.

The Nitro Series 4-pack is an important new addition to the brewery’s portfolio. George O’Neill, Director of Sales, explains, “We are capitalizing on strengths with the release of Nitro Series, offering our consumers another way to enjoy our bestselling beer, Vanilla Porter and a new way to enjoy craft’s bestselling style, IPA. The portability that our nitro can offers really opens the number of occasions in which the beer can be consumed. Those who enjoy the nitro experience no longer have to remain tied to the bar stool or pint glass.”

“These beers are dangerously drinkable,” adds Usry.  “Nitro beers offer a different palate experience.  Nitro Vanilla Porter has mellow, delicate vanilla flavor with a rich, porter base.  Nitro Lucky U IPA has lots of interesting hop character without the hop bitterness – that bitterness has been replaced by a creamy mouthfeel.” The small, uniform bubbles produced by nitrogen also create a longer-lasting head. “There’s just something mesmerizing about watching a good nitrogen pour.  You can drink this beer with your eyes,” concludes Usry.

Breckenridge Brewery built a new home in Littleton, Colorado, and moved primary production there this summer.  Its new canning line will increase the brewery’s canning speed nearly 800%. This translates to larger volumes of its 12-oz can offerings, including its sampler pack, and the ability to hit the market with nitrogen-charged 16-oz cans. 

About Breckenridge Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado. In the past twenty-five years 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 64,000 barrels of fresh beer annually and owns and operates five brewpubs and ale houses in the state of Colorado. For more information visit www.breckbrew.com.


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Sunday, December 13th 2015

Pre-Order for Can Glassware

A lot of folks have been asking about getting one of our can-shaped glasses (shown above). We ran out awhile ago but will be placing an order in the coming week. If you want one or two you can click the links below to pre-order and we'll ship them out as soon as they arrive. Cheers!









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Saturday, November 21 2015

Jamie Gordon of Cask Brewing Systems Passes Away

amie Gordon at the Craft Brewers' Conference

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada) – On Sunday, November 15, longtime Cask employee and microcanning pioneer Jamie Gordon passed away in Denver, Colorado. He was 56.

Below is a statement from Cask founder Peter Love regarding Jamie and his role in the development of micro-canned beer around the globe for Cask.

It is with a very heavy heart that I have to announce that our wonderful friend and mentor, Jamie Gordon, passed away last week in Denver, Colorado.  He was doing what he loved best – working with his friends and customers in the craft brewing industry.

On Thursday, November 12, Jamie completed an installation at Grist Brewing in Littleton, Colorado, and went on to Wynkoop Brewery in downtown Denver to help the staff with an equipment issue. He then returned to his hotel in Highlands Ranch where he suffered a heart attack and collapsed in the hotel lobby.

The hotel staff gave Jamie CPR and emergency medical staff attempted to restart his heart before taking him to Littleton Adventist Hospital and placing him on life support. Unfortunately he did not recover and was removed from life support Sunday afternoon.

Jamie’s family graciously agreed to donate his organs to a donor association in Colorado, where he played such a large role in the development of our company’s micro-canning efforts. His organs will help save and improve numerous lives in Colorado and beyond.

Jamie has been instrumental in the growth and development of Cask Brewing Systems Inc. since he started working for us almost 30 years ago.  He initially sold homebrew kits

for us in Eastern Canada while he still operated his homebrew store in Montreal, Gordon’s Cave a Vin. 

He helped us grow in the “brew-on-premise” industry by designing a filing system to help these entities meet new government regulations for that burgeoning industry. 

During our work with those homebrewer-minded enterprises, a brew-on-premise owner asked us if we could somehow create a small canning system for the store. Jamie eagerly took up the challenge and designed our initial manual canning system back in 1999. The rest, as they say, is history. We soon formed our great association with Ball Corporation and introduced micro-canning to the craft brewing industry around the world.

Jamie Gordon has been a wonderful ambassador for our company in North America and around the globe. As one of our customers recently told Jamie’s son Andrew, “Jamie has rock star status in the craft brewing industry.”

Jamie was a certified beer judge. He presented at a number of industry events for the Master Brewers Association of America (MBAA) and the United States Association of Cider Makers. He was recently asked to speak to the Brewery Engineers Association of England at their annual Technical Day in Burton-on-Trent this coming March. 

His passing is a big loss to our Cask Brewing System’s family. A chapter in our company history is now closed.

Receptions to celebrate Jamie’s wonderful life will be held in his home town of Montreal this Saturday, November 21 and in Calgary the following Sunday, November 29. Details are at the bottom of this message.

Tool Shed Brewing in Calgary is brewing a “Flat Cap” stout in Jamie’s honor. The beer is named for Jamie’s beloved and signature driving cap.  They plan for the beer to be a staple in their standard beer list, with packaging graphics that include a picture of Jamie. 

Our deepest condolences go out to Jamie’s wife Anne Marie Fontaine and their two sons, Andrew Gordon and Alastair Gordon, in this difficult time.

Jamie Gordon will be missed, but never forgotten.

Peter Love.

November 18, 2015

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Wednesday, November 11th 2015

Ska Releases Cans of Hop Ivy, First Certified All Colorado Ale

Ska Brewing Releases Hop Ivy, State’s
First Certified All Colorado Ale

DURANGO, Colo. -  Ska Brewing is releasing the first craft beer sourced entirely with Colorado ingredients available for year-round, statewide distribution.  Hop Ivy, which will hit the shelves by Thanksgiving, is also the state’s first beer to reach Platinum Certification status through the Real Colorado Beer Project.

“Hop Ivy is our chance to celebrate what our friends behind the scenes are doing for Colorado’s craft beer scene,” says Ska Co-founder and Colorado native, Bill Graham.  “At the consumer level, these suppliers are easy to overlook, but they are the unsung heroes thriving to create a meaningful connection from grain to glass.”

A recently released Economic Impact Study completed by the Colorado School of Leeds stated that – through collective efforts such as supporting Colorado suppliers, Colorado brewers generated approximately $1.15 billion in economic activity last year.

Hop Ivy is a twist off of Ska’s previous semi-local Hoperation Ivy, a wet hop ale made with freshly picked hops from various small hop farms around the state.  Like Hoperation Ivy, Hop Ivy is a hop-forward pale ale showcasing local Chinook and Nugget hops harvested at Simply Grown LLC hop farm in Palisade.  The barley is grown and malted at Colorado Malting Co. in Alamosa and the yeast is from the Brewing Science Instiutute in Woodland Park.  Fresh snowmelt from the mighty San Juan mountains is the source of Hop Ivy’s water.

Hop Ivy’s initial release will be in draft with cans following at the first of the year—the beer will only be available in Colorado.  The Tasting Room at Ska Brewing World Headquarters in Durango will celebrate its release on Thursday November 19, 2015 from 5-7 pm with the help from the band The Great Contention and food specials featuring local Coloradan ingredients.


About Ska Brewing

Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers.  Many of Ska’s brews are widely available in cans including Modus Hoperandi IPA, ESB Special Ale, True Blonde Ale, and the ever popular Season Stout Series.  For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit www.skabrewing.com.  Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at facebook.com/skabrew and twitter.com/skabrewing.


About the Real Colorado Beer Project

The Real Colorado Beer Project is an attempt to support the real local Colorado economy as well as help the consumer recognize which tap handles, canned or bottled ales and lagers will provide the dew of real Colorado, and to what degree.  Theer are five levels of Real Colorado Beer:  Wild Platinim, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.  (www.RealColoradoBeer.com)


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