Thursday, April 2nd 2015
Fulton Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine Cans Coming in May
From Fulton Brewery...
In early May, Fulton will be releasing Lonely Blonde and Sweet Child of Vine in 4 packs of 16 oz cans. This is our first ever release of cans, and just like our bottled beers, 100% of the brewing and packaging will be done at our Northeast Minneapolis brewery.
We’ve wanted to put our beer in cans for a long time, and we’ve been getting asked to do so by others for just about as long. Why cans? There are pros to both package types, but there are definitely occasions and venues where bottles are simply not an option, but cans are. Biking, camping, music festivals, and golf courses are all places that glass can’t always go, but now your Fulton always can.
Our bottled beers are all here to stay, of course, and most of our seasonal and limited release beers will remain bottle-only for the foreseeable future. We’ll have more options available in cans further down the road, but for now, be sure to make some room in your cooler for a couple more four packs.
For more visit FultonBeer.Com
Posted by Russ
Wednesday, April 1st 2015
Maine Brewery Says No To Beards
These days, craft beer and beards seem to go hand in hand like…malt and hops. One state that boasts no shortage of either is Maine. The capital city, Portland, even plays host to an annual “Bearded Brew Fest”. For one new brewery though, there will be beer but there will be no beards. That’s right, no beards. Glabrous Brewing Company is the first craft brewery in the nation that has banned beards for not only their staff but also for patrons visiting their taproom.
Brewery owner, Andy Feller, has his reasons for what many may see as a ridiculous rule. For Feller, it’s all about keeping his beer as clean tasting as possible. “Beer is a very sensitive thing, many breweries put a lot of effort into making sure outside organisms and even wild yeast strains don’t get into their beer. All we’re trying to do is minimize that and one way to do that is to avoid introducing these sorts of things into the brewhouse by whatever means possible. That includes facial hair.”
If you’re a skeptic you don’t need to look far to see proof of what lives in a beard. In 2013, Oregon’s Rogue Ales and Spirits brewed a beer fermented using the wild yeast found in their brewer’s beard. “This was done using a very controlled process. Under less ideal situations natural yeasts and organisms living in a beard can become airborne and ultimately result in off-flavors in beer”, says Feller.
Visitors to Glabrous Brewing’s small taproom are greeted with a sign that makes it clear that beards are strictly forbidden. Feller doesn’t worry about turning away a few beer lovers and even stocks a few razors on-hand in case one chooses beer over beard. Feller’s feelings on the matter are that, “They can always try our beer on tap locally and our taproom has pretty limited hours so I don’t think it’s going to hurt our business too much.”
Beards or no beards, business is definitely not hurting for Glabrous Brewing. Since opening shop in February, the brewery is already looking into expanding their current space – a space that ironically once housed a barber shop. The brewery is self-distributing kegs of their flagship Clean Shave IPA to bars and restaurants around their hometown of Pineland with a few going to Portland about an hour away.
Feller describes Clean Shave as a medium-bodied IPA with a solid malt backbone and showcasing a ton of citrus and tropical fruit notes from the use of Citra and Lemondrop hops.
CANS ARE ON THE WAY
This summer, Glabrous Brewing is planning on canning Clean Shave IPA in 12 oz. slim cans resembling a barber pole with the help of a mobile canning outfit. Cans will only be available in Maine initially with the brewery planning to expand to neighboring New Hampshire and Massachusetts by year’s end.
For more you can visit www.GlabrousBrewing.Com
Posted by Russ
Tuesday, March 24th 2015
Nitro Cans Go Widget-Less
Yardley, Pennsylvania’s Vault Brewing Company is set to make craft beer history this weekend when cans of their Nitro Can Coffee Stout are released to the public. The 12 oz. cans may look like any others but inside is something altogether different. Inside those cans is a rich, roasty, coffee stout that - unlike any other craft beer in a can - has been nitrogenized without the use of a widget. That’s right. No widget.
Nitrogenized/nitrogenated - or just plain Nitro - beers are a big deal in the craft world. Last year Oskar Blues became the first in the industry to release acanned nitro beer when they dropped Old Chub Nitro – a nitrogenized version of their Old Chub Scotch Ale. A few months ago, Saranac Brewing Company released nitro cans of their Disruption Brown Ale – becoming the first east coast brewer to can a nitro beer and just the second in the country to do so. Both Old Chub Nitro and Disruption Brown Ale are packaged in cans that feature a floating “widget” – a technology pioneered by Guinness in the 70s and 80s.
To perfect the widget-less nitro can, Vault Brewing worked closely with River City Cannery, a mobile canning operation based in Arlington, Virginia, and Chart Industries, an international cryogenics company. We wanted to learn more about Vault’s Nitro Can Coffee Stout and this revolutionary packaging process so we reached out to James Cain, Co-Founder at Vault Brewing. James was kind enough to answer all of our questions. Cheers James!
(CC) Are any other craft brewers packaging their beer in a widget-less nitro can?
(JC) Unless they have kept it really, really quiet, no.
(CC) What sort of process is involved with canning a nitro beer?
(JC) It has to do with how the beer becomes nitrogenated. Nitrogen has a very low solubility rate in beer and requires a lot of pressure to force it to dissolve into a solution. Once it is dissolved, it doesn’t want to stay long and will immediately begin degassing as soon as there is a pressure change (like you’d see on a nitro tap or when you open one of our cans). The challenge in canning involves understanding the properties of nitrogen and how to best introduce it into the beer during the packaging process. Other variables, such as beer CO2 levels, pressure, and temperature play significant roles in producing a perfect nitro can.
(CC) What can you tell me about the beer itself?
(JC) This specific beer is one of many Coffee Stouts we’ve been producing over the years. We’re very passionate about coffee and its relationship to beer and believe there is a great opportunity to highlight origin specific flavor profiles in a complimenting beer, rather than just add arbitrary “coffee” to a finished stout. In this particular beer, we sourced Guatemalan and Papua New Guinea beans and had them roasted to our specifications by a local roaster. The result of this blend added notes of caramel, hazelnut, peanut butter, and cacao to the base beer and resulted in a really nice, rounded coffee & beer flavor pairing.
(CC) Is this something that we can expect to see a lot more of in the future? Are other breweries expressing interest?
(JC) You will certainly see a lot more from us in the future, in both coffee beers and other nitro can variants. As for other breweries, we’ll have to see. We’re open to collaborations…
(CC) Does Vault plan on doing any other Nitro beers?
(JC) Nitro beers are an important component of our beer dispensing program and you can always find them on tap at the brewpub. In terms of cans, we plan on experimenting with other styles as well.
(CC) When and where are cans being released?
Posted by Russ
Tuesday, March 24th 2015
Warped Wing Brewing Co. to release Self Starter Session IPA in cans
Warped Wing Brewing Company (WWBC) is excited to announce the release of its first seasonal IPA in cans. Self Starter Session IPA (5.2% ABV) will be released Monday, March 30th in Dayton and Cincinnati. This marks the 4th can released since the brewery’s opening in 2014.
Once, there lived an engineer. Innovator. And indefatigable holder of 186 patents. Who, in 1911, filed U.S. Patent No. 1,150,523. An electric starting device for automobiles. To not a single person’s disparagement, it ended the era of the hand-crank. Fitting, then, that you’ll be holding this. Named as much for the inventor. As for what he invented.
Self Starter. This session India Pale Ale is pale orange in color with copper highlights. Its citrus/fruity aroma and flavors comes from the Amarillo hops that were added during the boil and the dry hopping at the end of fermentation. The malt character is slightly bready or nutty to start. This beer finishes with a patently dry close. Carry on.
Self Starter will be available in the market from April thru August in both draught and cans. The beer will be tapped at the brewery this Thursday and draught and cans will be released to taverns, restaurants, and select retail accounts the following Monday.
Creative Credits Creative Director/Can Designer: John Pattison Illustrator: Tom Post Copywriter: Paul Singer Videographer: full frame photography / films
Warped Wing Brewing Company is located in an old foundry in downtown Dayton, Ohio. The brewery opened in January 2014 & celebrates Dayton’s rich history of invention, innovation and industry. Warped Wing uses this core history as inspiration for their uniquely crafted beers and brewery/taproom. This is the foundation on which the Warped Wing brand is grounded.
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Tuesday, March 17th 2015
Raise a Toast to St. Patrick
with These 7 Canned Stouts
If you're like many people you'll more than likely be drinking a pint or two this St. Patrick's Day. For many, the connection between drinking and the holiday don't seem to go far beyond the fact that St. Patrick is the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Reason enough, right?
The reality is that St. Patrick was born in Roman Britain, not Ireland. He was captured by Irish pirates as a teenager and spent 6 years as a slave in Ireland before escaping the country - which he would return to in later years as a missionary. He is often shown holding a 3-leafed shamrock, a symbol he used to explain the holy trinity and St. Patrick's Day is held annually on March 17th to honor his death. The historical connection between the holiday and drinking have to do with the fact that the date falls during Lent, a time in which observant Catholics practice various levels of fasting. Historically, in celebration of the holiday, Lenten restrictions were lifted, which meant food and drink were usually abundant.
Okay, enough of the history lesson. Time for a drink. Ditch the Guinness and give one of these 7 canned stouts a try this St. Patrick's Day! Sláinte!
Don't question it until you've tried it. If you know what a touch of salt can do for a Gose, you're in for a treat with this one. From the brewery...
"That’s right, The Original Pretzel Stout. This 6.5% abv stout is as black as oil and is brewed with over six pounds of crushed sourdough pretzels per barrel. Guess what? There’s no style guideline for this one. The salty fingerprint of the pretzels works with the sweet and roasty flavors of the chocolate malted & roasted barley to give this beer a flavor that is much greater than the sum of its parts."
Malpais is a term used in the American Southwest to describe a rough and barren landscape. La Cumbre's dark beauty is anything but rough and barren, in fact its velvety smooth and packed with intense malt flavors. From the brewery...
"Brewed with 7 different malts, you should be ready for a full onslaught of creamy stout intensity. Broadly in the style of a Foreign Extra Stout, this is our heaviest and most intense year-round offering."
Modern Times Beer
"Black House is an oatmeal coffee stout bursting with coffee aroma and flavor. Modern Times is one of the only breweries in the world to roast our own coffee, which allows us to be exceptionally picky about which coffees we use and how we roast them. The result is an abundantly flavorful beer that's incredibly complex and aromatic, with loads of roast character and a chocolate-covered espresso bean finish."
CHOCOLATE MILK STOUT
Four Hands Brewing Company
"Our Chocolate Milk Stout pours black as the night sky with aromas of dark chocolate, chocolate malt, and more chocolate. With a firm tan head and a rich velvety mouthfeel our Chocolate Milk Stout is a perfect complement to the change of seasons."
"An amalgamation of breweries. A dichotomous combination of flavors. Tart and refreshing yet full bodied and malty. It’s not black magic, it’s BlackTart."
HAMMER & SICKLE RIS
"Bronze Medal Winner at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, Hammer and Sickle is sure to leave an impression. This roasty stout has hints of vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate. The high bitterness creates a dry finish on a beer that could otherwise be sweet and boozy. Hammer and Sickle is now packaged in 4-pack 12 ounce cans and will soon become dictators of your beer fridge."
BARREL AGED IMPERIAL STOUT
"This tasty and decadent brew was aged for four months in Leopold Bros. Maryland Rye Whiskey Barrels. Sitting at 10% abv, it’s the perfect beer to warm you up this winter. Join us at the release party and be the first to try this one on tap or snag a 19.2 oz can for your cellar!"
Posted by Russ