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Tuesday, December 16th 2014

Modern Times Beer to Release Four Hoppy Seasonal Cans in 2015


Modern Times Releasing 4 Hoppy Seasonal Cans!

A few months back I was out in San Diego for a conference and managed to find a few hours to swing by and visit the Modern Times brewery. To say the taproom kicked ass would be an understatement. The place is awesome and the people there are awesome too. I can't say enough great things about Phil (who provided an awesome tour) and Nate (a.k.a. @toronadoislander) for all the great pours. If you EVER get a chance to visit Modern Times do not pass it up! My only complaint is that I could only take a few cans back with me! Well, the good news for anyone that lives in SoCal, or has friends/family/trading buddies there, Modern Times will be releasing four new cans - all of them hoppy - in the coming year. Hells yes. 

Here is the run down...

Oneida - March through May - Oneida is Hallertau Blanc-centric. The bright tropical fruit and lemongrass notes give it an uber-pungent aroma, with the grapefruity citrus of Cascade providing a touch of balance. We've also added experimental hop variety 05256 to the mix, adding a nice hop complexity while keeping it a drinkable pale ale. While more aggressively bitter than Fortunate Islands, Oneida still has a light body and moderate ABV. We're considering making Oneida our spring seasonal, but that's all kind of up in the air.

Booming Rollers - June through August - Booming Rollers is a 6.8% ABV, 75 IBU IPA brewed and dry-hopped with Citra, Motueka, and Centennial. Although it finished bone dry (1.5P), the juiciness of the hops is the main story here. Citra is definitely the dominant flavor and aroma contributor, but Motueka makes its presence felt with some darker fruit notes and that strong tropical juiciness. The malt offers enough backbone to balance the bitterness and provide a light, crackery underpinning. The finish is characterized by a briefly lingering bitterness and loads more tropical fruit.

Aurora - September through November - Aurora is a 6.8% ABV red rye IPA loaded with Equinox, Centennial, Motueka, and Experimental Hop 07270. This pungent, complex IPA marries the spicy malt character of rye with the fruity dankness of new wave American & New Zealand hops. Aurora pours a gorgeous ruby red, making it the perfect IPA for Fall (if it ever comes to San Diego).

City of the Sun - December through February - City of the Sun is a big, fruity, pungent, sticky, delicious IPA. Mosaic & Motueka give it a very fruity hop character, with Simcoe providing enough of a piney backbone to prevent it from going off the deep end. The complex but unobtrusive malt character gives it a medium body and a platform for the saturated hop flavor.

For more you can read all about this over at the Modern Times website...below is a summary:

Seasonal cans are coming! My goal has always been for a rotating cadre of seasonals to occupy a 5th can slot for us, and now that plan is coming to fruition. Along with an ambitious 22oz release program and a slew of barrel-aged releases (both of which I will write about soon), in 2015 we will put all of the pieces of my original beer plan for Modern Times into place. That's super exciting.

So, the seasonals. All of these are beers we've brewed before, and Oneida & Aurora both hit 22oz bottles this year. With these four beers, the seasonal program essentially becomes our rotating IPA slot, making our line-up hoppier & more aggressive than it currently stands. All of these beers go heavy on new wave hops from the fruit-forward end of the spectrum, and that's the point. We want to profile some of the fascinating new stars of the hop world, and these beers do it, big time. 

Oneida is loaded with Hallertau Blanc, Aurora brings the Equinox, Booming Rollers is all about Citra, and City of the Sun leans on Motueka/Mosaic. These hops are the result of hop breeders and growers taking bold steps into previously uncharted territory, and the results are spectacular. All of these beers will be super fragrant, completely saturated with hop flavor, and distinctively original. 

Like our year round cans, the seasonals will all be in four packs of 16oz cans. They'll be widely available throughout our current distribution area, and they'll be available on draft as well. Should be a rad year!

   
A few shots from my visit to Modern Times


Posted by Russ



Friday, December 5th 2014

Delta To Offer More Craft Cans (and Bottles) on Select Routes

Years ago we put together a post lamenting the fact that very few airlines offer anything decent when it comes to beer. A few years later it seems that one of the few airlines that still exists has taken notice and decided to begin offering some solid regional craft beers, most of them in cans, on select flights. Good on ya Delta. See below for the offical press release:


(how much extra does it cost for one of those seats?)

ATLANTADec. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) this week began stocking its beverage carts with a selection of regional craft beers to bring local options to customers. The move continues the airline's focus on bringing regional food, wine and now beer to the in-flight experience.

Beer from Ballast Point Brewing Company (San Diego), Blue Point Brewing Company (Long Island, NY), Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY), Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, Calif.), Newburyport Brewing Company (Newburyport, Mass.), Samuel Adams (Boston), and Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, Calif.) join SweetWater Brewery (Atlanta) to give all customers on routes within the U.S. a craft beer option.

The selection of regional craft beers are available on Delta's West Coast Shuttle between Los Angeles and San Francisco; between New York-LaGuardia and Boston, Washington-Regan National and Chicago-O'Hare; on Delta's transcontinental routes between New York-JFK and Los AngelesSan Francisco and Seattle; and on flights between Atlanta and New York-LaGuardia, Washington-Reagan National and Dulles, OrlandoFt. LauderdaleMiamiTampa and New Orleans. Samuel Adams is available on all other domestic routes in the U.S.

Here is more on those routes:

East Coast Shuttle (LGA to/from BOS, DCA, ORD) Blue Point and Newburyport – offered complimentary

Transcontinental (JFK to/from LAX, SEA, SFO) Brooklyn Brewery and Ballast Point – $7, and in the southeast  Sweetwater 420 – $7

West Coast Shuttle (LAX to/from SFO – operated by Delta Connection) Lagunitas and Stone – offered complimentary 


Posted by Russ



Saturday, November 1st 2014

SanTan's Sex Panther is Back!

Chandler, AZ -  Craft beer fanatics and lovers of all things smooth and chocolate know that Sex Panther brings the flavor while taming the beast within. Whether you’re getting cozy with a box of chocolates or smoking up a pork roast, Sex Panther will have you purring like a kitten with its chocolaty flavor and smooth as silk drinkability.

This year, due to high public demand, SanTan Brewing Company is releasing Sex Panther two months ahead of schedule and with a brand new super funkalicious can design. Sex Panther will be available in Arizona, California and Texas on November 1, 2014.

“Sex Panther is a great fit for the winter season; our fans have been asking us to launch it early. With our production facility now running at a higher capacity we’re able to crank out the cans a lot faster,” said Anthony Canecchia, founder and brewmaster, SanTan Brewing Company.

Sex Panther is made with Colonial Rosewood Cocoa and a large dose of chocolate malt—there’s no chance of missing the chocolaty flavors in this brew! With hints of truffles and molasses, summit hops are added to balance the sweetness. Then, white wheat is added to give Sex Panther a smooth, creamy head that lasts all night long. Sex Panther has a 6.9% ABV and a silky dark chocolate shine. This brew pairs perfectly with smoked meats and sweet treats.

Sex Panther Quick Facts
Style: Double Chocolate Porter
Malt: 2-Row, White Wheat, Caramel, Munich, Special Roast, Chocolate
Hops: Columbus
Yeast: House Yeast
OG: 15.7 Plato
ABV: 6.9 %
Color: Chocolate Brown
IBU: 20
Availability: November - January

To find a pint or can of Sex Panther near you, visit SanTan Brewing Company’s Beer Finder online at www.santanbrewing.com/the-beer/beer-finder.

About SanTan Brewing Company

Open since 2007 under the leadership of founder and brewmaster, Anthony Canecchia, SanTan Brewing Company has established a strong reputation as one of Arizona’s favorite craft breweries. In addition to brewing, SanTan features a friendly neighborhood brewpub in Downtown Chandler, which has quickly become one of the top local food and beer destinations in the Phoenix metro area.  

All SanTan Brewing Company craft beers are Southwestern Style Ales. SanTan’s brews are fermented to completion and carbonated higher than traditional American beers for a more effervescent, crisp and refreshing hand crafted beer – perfect for quenching your thirst in the hot Arizona sun and throughout the southwestern region of the US.

In 2009, SanTan Brewing began distributing their Southwestern Style Ales throughout the state of Arizona, operating with a mission to pair craft beer with craft food that would inspire great conversation and good times. 2014 marks the beginning of taking this journey throughout the Southwest and California.  

SanTan beers have won numerous national and statewide awards including two medals at the US Open Beer Championship: bronze in 2013 and gold in 2011. SanTan Brewing also took home a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival and won Best Brewery in Arizona, selected by the Phoenix New Times and the Arizona Republic, in 2013 and 2011. 

Check out SanTan Brewing Company online at www.santanbrewing.com and become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanTanBrewingCo or follow them at www.twitter.com/SanTanBrewing.


Posted by Russ



Saturday, October 11th 2014

Boulder's Sanitas Brewing Company to Release New IPA cans

BOULDER, COLORADO – With warm weather dwindling and the midst of Fall growing nearer, the brewers at Sanitas Brewing Company are preparing to release their third year-round beer, Sanitas IPA.

“Sanitas IPA is a result of exploration and coincidence,” explained Sanitas’ Chief of Brewing Operations Chris Coyne, “it took us nearly a year to brew our first American IPA. We made a couple over the summer in order to test some new hop varieties, and they were a hit. We merged the best attributes of those beers into what is now Sanitas IPA.

Deep gold in color, Sanitas Brewing Company’s new India Pale Ale leans on a base of organic English and German malts.  The aroma and flavor are dominated by overtones of exotic fruit and wet pine from a blend of rare American and Australian hops.

“We use some pretty cool hop varieties in this beer,” said Coyne, “it’s a carefully chosen blend from all over the world. The result is a very vibrant hop experience.”

Cans of Sanitas IPA will hit Boulder and Denver area shelves in the coming days, as well as local taps soon after. It will join Sanitas Black IPA and Sanitas Saison as the brewery’s third year-round beer.

 

About Sanitas Brewing Co.

Founded in 2013, Boulder’s Sanitas Brewing Company is regarded for their signature blend of tradition and innovation as well as their use of only the finest ingredients. With a passion for exploration, Sanitas epitomizes the wild spirit of Colorado with a variety of premium beers. 


Posted by Russ



Monday, September 29th 2014

Hopworks Abominable Winter Ale Returns to Shelves Next Month

PORTLAND, Oregon – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is releasing the cult-classic Abominable Winter Ale beginning in October. This Northwest Organic Winter Ale is available in 16 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draught in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia bars, pubs, and stores.

 

Abominable Winter Ale emerges from the depths of our brewery every winter. Made with organic Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe hops, Abominable has a complex floral, spicy and citrus backdrop and Munich and caramel malts provide some balanced sweetness. Abominable is 7.3% ABV and 70 IBU.

  

Abominable is HUB’s most popular seasonal beer and has inspired countless creative homages by Abominable fanatics around the country. This year Bella Organic Farm has created an Abominable haunted corn maze for autumnal thrill seekers.

 

In February, Hopworks will release the next of the company’s seasonal legends, Rise-Up Red, a gold medal-winning Northwest Red Ale that will feature a fun new design for 2015.

 

For more information, please visit Hopworks online at www.HopworksBeer.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 


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Posted by Russ