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Saturday, October 21st 2011

The PeliCAN State:
Louisiana Brewers Going with Cans

Google the words "Louisiana" and "Beer" and your first result will be Abita Brewing Company. Abita opened it's doors in 1986 making it the oldest craft brewery in the state and last year they brewed over 100,000 barrels of beer which also makes it the largest. Their beers can be found in 42 states and up until now they've only been available on draught or in a bottle.


Three of Abita's major brands will be canned in 2012

This summer the Abita Springs brewer made a ripple in the craft beer world when it announced that they would begin canning three of their major brands in 2012. In the meantime the beer store shelves in Louisiana are being stocked with a number of other in-state cans.


Heiner Brau Kolsch was first canned in 2005

Heiner Brau Microbrewery in Covington was the first craft brewery in the state to can one of it's beers - and they still can that one beer and you can crack one open if you're lucky enough to find it. Heiner Brau's Kolsch was first hand-canned in 2005 and sporadically so since then. Last we heard a small batch had been canned and was only being sold at a limited number of stores. Perhaps the newly emerging market for cans will spur Heiner Brau to do more canning? We shall see.

This past year, NOLA Brewing Company (New Orleans Lager and Ale)in New Orleans (of course), and Tin Roof Brewing Company, in Baton Rouge, both began brewing and both made the decision to go with cans. These two new breweries are among a growing number of craft breweries that have foregone bottles in favor of cans and represent the rapidly growing market for good beer in the south.


NOLA Blonde Ale is the first canned release from the new brewery

NOLA Brewing is releasing the first batch of their NOLA Blonde Ale in cans next weekend and will release their NOLA Brown Ale in cans this January. The brewery plans to also release their Hopitoulas IPA, Flambeau Red Ale, Hurricane Saison, Irish Channel Stout and 7th Street Wheat all in cans. Located in New Orleans, the brewery references a number of reasons why they chose cans over bottles and one of those reasons is that its legal to drink beer from a can on the streets in the Big Easy whereas you can't do so from a bottle. They should put that information right on the cans!

 


Tin Roof Brewing Company's Perfect Tin Amber Ale

Tin Roof Brewing, located in the state's capital city, began brewing in November of 2010. In late August of this year they shipped out the first cans of their Perfect Tin Amber Ale. The brewery also has plans to can their Voodoo Bengal Pale Ale as well as, and this made the news quite a bit in the college sports world, their Bandit Blonde Ale. The name comes from the term Chinese Bandits - and is a reference to a nickname given to players on an LSU football team back in the late 50s and now a song that is played by LSU's band at football games when LSU forces a turnover. It will be the "Official Beer of Louisiana State University" and is dressed up nicely in the school's familiar purple and gold along with "a Chinese bandit tiger wearing an eye patch on the back". Look for cans of Bandit Blonde to hit shelves later this year.

By 2012, when those Abita cans finally show up on the beer store shelves in Louisiana they'll have to find some room for them! We wish all these guys nothing but the best and from what we've been hearing the folks down in Louisiana are pretty excited about all the great new locally brewed beers hitting the market. Enjoy and Cheers!


Posted by Russ



Thursday, October 21 2010

New England Brewing Company
(Woodbridge, Connecticut)


New England Brewing Company's happy home (for now)

When your business card reads "Owner/Brewer" or "Sales Rep/Brewer" it can pretty much be assumed that you are a busy person. New England Brewing Company's Owner/Brewer, Rob Leonard, and Sales Rep/Brewer, Matt Westfall, are just that. During a recent visit to NEBC I was talking with Rob and Matt (the only other full-time employee) and was blown away by the amount of work these two are doing and the amount of beer they are cranking out. I'm not sure the few pictures I snapped really do it justice, but Matt and Rob and all the folks that help out with canning and bottling at NEBC really perform what can only be called a true labor of love.

 


filling cans of Gandhi-Bot (two cans at a time)

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - New England Brewing Company

 

Location - Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 2001

 

Annual Beer Output - @  ? bbls 

 

History - It must be said that New England Brewing Company has been canning their beers since WAAAAY before canning craft beer was cool and were easily the first on the east coast to do so. Owner, Rob Leonard, mentioned to me that many people thought he was crazy when he first started canning his beers, hardly a blink of an eye after Colorado's now can-famous Oskar Blues.

 

Rob started out, like a lot of brewers, washing tanks and kegs at the now defunct New Haven Brewing Company. Over the years he honed his skills helping brew at many a brewery. He eventually became the head brewer at the original New England Brewing Company located in South Norwalk, CT. When the brewery ran into financial issues Rob and a partner bought the name and brand rights. As soon as he took ownership, Rob packed everything up and moved the operation to its present location in Woodbridge.

 


the inner workings of NEBC (note canning "line" on right)

 

Now, almost 10 years later, New England Brewing Company is in the midst of expansion in the form of more tanks and a larger and less work intensive canning line and is pondering the idea of a new location. Along with all the great canned brews they've cranked out over the years, NEBC is famous for its Imperial Stout Trooper (both Bourbon Barrel-Aged and regular) and soon to be famous for it's Tequila Barrel-Aged Gandhi Bot Double IPA - to be known as Zapato-Bot!

 


Tequila barrels holding Gandhi-Bot = Zapato-Bot

 

Distribution - CT, MA, ?

Number of Beers Canned - 2 year-round plus special/seasonals

 

Sea Hag IPA - "This one's a beauty; a rich and full-bodied IPA with complex malt character, blended with cascade and noble hops. The end result is a beer that satisfies the "hop head" out there and won't chase away the newcomer."

Elm City Lager - "A true German Pilsner brewed with all German ingredients. Our blend of pilsner malts and pure Hallertauer hops make this a perfectly balanced, crisp and refreshing beer."

668 Neighbor of the Beast - A Belgian-style strong golden ale. This was a special release that will hopefully be back soon as this was truly a great beer.

Gandhi-Bot Double IPA - One of the best beer names ever! A kick-ass super hoppy double IPA that stands up to most West Coast hop bombs. First it came in 16 oz. hand labeled cans and now it has a happy home in 12 oz. screened cans.

Alpha Weizen - An american pale wheat ale that is coming to cans soon!


New England Brewing Company Media Resources


 



NEBC cans and bottles (note can of Imperial Stout Trooper)


Posted by Russ



Thursday, September 9th 2010

Tallgrass Brewing Company
(Manhattan, Kansas)

 

A couple weeks ago I made a trek out to Manhattan, Kansas and paid a visit to the folks at Tallgrass Brewing Company. I was shown around the brewery by Kyle Corbett, their Marketing Manager and "Propogandist". Kyle, Jeff Gill (owner of Tallgrass) and the whole crew at Tallgrass were great and I really had an amazing time. I even got to see their canning line in operation and try my hand at packing some fresh Oasis cans into four-packs! The Tallgrass family really showed me what its like to enjoy where you work and what you do for a living. 

 


trying my hand at packing up some fresh Oasis!


Tallgrass recently switched over from 12 oz. bottles to 16 oz. cans this year and business has been booming. They've expanded their distribution into places like Minnesota and Missouri and are doing a brisk trade in their home town of Manhattan (home of Kansas State University). Personally, I think they've got some of the best looking cans on the craft beer market and the fresh can of Oasis I had at the brewery was absolutely outstanding! Cheers!

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Tallgrass Brewing Company

 

Location - Manhattan, Kansas, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 2007

 

Annual Beer Output - @ 4,500 bbls

 


taking a much needed break

 

History - Jeff Gill was already an award winning homebrewer when, in 2006, his wife posed the question, "What would you do with your life if you could do anything?". Like many homebrewers and beer lovers before him, Jeff set his sights on opening a brewery. In 2007, after lots of planning, Jeff quit his job and set up shop in a warehouse and Tallgrass Brewing was born. They now brew, can and keg 5 different brews and distribute in six states. Congrats Jeff for taking a risk in order to do what you love. To read the whole story about how Tallgrass Brewing Company came to be go HERE!

 

Distribution - KS, OK, MO, MS, LA and MN

 


Number of Beers Canned - 5

 

Ale - "Tallgrass Ale is the flagship beer of Tallgrass Brewing Company, and we think it will be your new favorite beer! Truly a craft beer, the recipe was first brewed by Jeff as a 10-gallon batch of homebrew. Of all his homebrew recipes, Jeff chose Tallgrass Ale as the flagship beer because of the beer’s surprising light body, extraordinarily smooth and balanced profile, great taste, and clean finish."

 

IPA - "Tallgrass IPA, is an India Pale Ale that is rich, complex, and flavorful. We are proud to be the first brewery here in the Great Plains to have the first brewed, bottled, and draft IPA out on the market!"


Köld - "Köld is a crisp, easy-drinking lager with a traditional Pilsner malt aroma and subtle notes of honey and citrus. Köld is brewed using the finest German malts and hops, making it reminiscent of German-style lagers."

 

Buffalo Sweat - "What we really like about this beer is the smoothness that brewing with cream sugar brings to the palate. This smoothness balances out the copious quantities of roasted barley used in the brewing process to create a rich, complex, and delicious beer. If you have not been a stout drinker in the past, give this beer a try. It might just change your mind about how dark beers should taste. It tastes so rich, but is surprisingly easy to drink!"

 

Oasis - "Oasis is a Double ESB/IPAish beer that came about from playing around with one of Jeff’s favorite homebrew recipes.  Here at Tallgrass we love malt and we love hops, and this beer has both of them in record quantities; well, at least records for our baby brewery...We think that once you taste the over-the-top hops and surprisingly sturdy malt backbone you will realize why it’s worth it."


 

 

Tallgrass Brewing Company Media Resources


  


Posted by Russ



Monday, September 6th 2010

Four Peaks Brewing Company
(Tempe, Arizona)

Arizona is truly craft can crazy these days. I blinked and two more breweries sprung up that can their beers for a total of eight in the state. Four Peaks is one of those that just started putting some of their beers in cans this year. Kiltlifter and Sunbru were the first of their beers to hit shelves earlier this summer with more canned offerings to come in the future! I'll drink to that!

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Four Peaks Brewing Company

 

Locations - Tempe and Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 1997

 

Annual Beer Output - @20,000 bbls 

 


photo: Four Peaks Brewing Company

 

History - A great interview with Four Peaks brewer/owner, Andy Ingram, can be found HERE! Not only does it cover the history but everything else you'd ever want to know about the brewery. 

 

Distribution - Arizona


Number of Beers Canned - 2

 

Kilt Lifter -"Our award-winning Flagship ale is now in bottles!! This is an ale made in the tradition of the great strong ales of Scotland. Amber colored, malty sweet with underlying note of smokiness."

Sunbru- "A very light golden ale that is malty sweet, almost honey-like in the nose. This ale has a light to medium body and a very delicate flavor. Easy drinking, it has very low bitterness and a soft dry finish. 5.2% alcohol/volume. This style originates from the city of Cologne, Germany where all twenty eight breweries are dedicated to brewing only Kölsch"

Four Peaks Brewing Company Media Resources

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Thursday, August 26th 2010

Half Acre Beer Company
(Chicago, Illinois)

Regardless of what time of day it is right now you know you want to crack open a nice cool can of Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. Admit it. Half Acre's switch to 16 oz. cans will do nothing but great things for the Chicago-based brewery. If you are lucky enough to live in the greater Chicago area and can get your hands on these you should definitely take advantage. Also, be on the look out for something else in cans from these guys in the fall. There are rumors of another canned brew from them. Possibly their Over Ale (a 6% brown ale)? Fingers are crossed. 

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Half Acre Beer Company

 

Location - Chicago, Illinois, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 2006

 

Annual Beer Output - @2,000 bbls 

 


photo: the Chicagoist

 

Brief History - Half Acre was started in 2006 by Gabriel Magliaro. It opened originally as a Chicago-based beer business with its office located in Chicago's meat packing district. Half Acre's first beer, Half Acre Lager, debuted the week of August 13th 2006. They contract brewed this and all of their other beers in Wisconsin before moving into their own (Chicago) space in 2009. Now they brew, and package, all of their own beers on premise. Daisy Cutter Pale Ale and Gossamer Golden Ale both debuted in cans earlier this year (2010). They still do bombers (22 oz. bottles) but are no longer bottling 12 oz. beers. Go here for more...

 

Distribution - Illinois (Chicago-land)


Number of Beers Canned - 2

 

Daisy Cutter Pale Ale -"A west coast Pale Ale chock-full of dank, aromatic hops. This one's a screamer, horde it."

Gossamer Golden Ale - "A drinker. This Golden Ale is a quality travel companion that aims to please with subtlety and aroma pop."

 

Half Acre Beer Company Media Resources


  


Posted by Russ



Wednesday, August 18th 2010

Santa Fe Brewing Company
(Santa Fe, New Mexico)

Santa Fe Brewing Company is brand new to the canning game having just started putting two of their brews in cans this summer. They've done a great job of packaging and marketing so far and are planning on putting three more of their beers in cans in the future. We've got a lot to look forward to from the oldest craft brewery in the Land of Enchantment.

 

         

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Santa Fe Brewing Company

 

Location - Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 1988

 

Annual Beer Output - @ 11,000 bbls 

 

History - Mike Levis started brewing the company's flagship Santa Fe Pale Ale back in 1988. For a decade or so the brewery established itself and added beers to its portfolio. In 1997 the brewery expanded into a new location with more staff and a loftier outlook. Another expansion and move took place in 2005 where the brewery is in operation today. A very in depth history of Santa Fe Brewing Company can be found on their site.

 

Also, the Santa Few New Mexican did a great write-up about Santa Fe Brewing's delve into the world of canned craft beer.

 

Distribution - NM, CO, AZ, OK and TX

 


Number of Beers Canned - 5 in total. 1 year-round release and 4 seasonal releases. 

 

Happy Camper IPA - "A classic beer for those beer lovers who love their hops, Happy Camper IPA will take the Pepsi Challenge (or IPA challenge, as we say in New Mexico) against any other pretenders to the throne. Was it divine providence that made this beer the king of the IPA world? Was it a tireless pursuit of glory? No, this IPA has a top-secret recipe to thank for its success, and this meticulously formulated combination of several different hops combined with a very specific brewing process give Happy Camper IPA a spicy, citric, and floral infusion of hop character, which is masterfully counterbalanced with the full-bodied maltiness characteristic of the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s distinctive beers."

 

SEASONAL RELEASES

Freestyle Pilsner (summer) - "As its name suggests, this Pilsner does not like to be categorized. Inquiring whether it is a German, Czech, Bavarian, American, or any other style pilsner will result in an impatient sigh and the explanation that the whole philosophy behind this pilsner is that it does not fall into any categories. True, it is brewed with traditional ingredients (soft water, pilsner malt, saaz hops, and German yeast), but it is the way that these ingredients interact, and the characteristics of the yeast, that cause this particular pilsner to defiantly stand alone. The assertively hopped Freestyle pils exudes the flavor and the aroma of the classic Saaz hop (a tribute to “the original” pilsner), while maintaining enough body to balance but not overpower this hop’s pleasant, spicy tone. An unhurried lagering process so frequently overlooked by American craft brewers is strictly adhered to in the production of Freestyle, which makes this beer by far the most light, clean, and quenching beer in the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s line up."

Oktoberfest (fall) - "Though it is not necessary to drink this beer out of a mug that is larger than your head while dancing to polka music and wearing your lederhosen, you will find this lager's unbridled festivity difficult to resist.  This ode to Germany's classic fall lagers is as clean, clear, and quaffable as any that has ever weighed down the table of a German Beer garden.  The crisp maltiness of classic Munich malt compounded with the delicious notes of Bavarian hops gives this clean-finishing beer just the right flavor for the end of the summer."

Java Stout (winter) - "A hearty si p of the Santa Fe Stout delights one’s taste buds first with a generous Irish serving of roast malt that rolls off the tongue with a creamy bitterness reminiscent of the finest coffee. Supported by the complex, yet light body only possible with a good Irish yeast strain, this coffee-like creaminess eventually yields to the warmth of a subtle variety of hops, and their mild, full flavor. A favorite with regular customers, this rare brew can occasionally be found on draft at restaurants in Santa Fe, but is more likely on tap at the Brewery's tasting room. Despite its intimidating dark color, this brew has an uncanny ability to convert those who claim not to like beer. The balance of flavors and complexity of aroma are recognized and appreciated by all who taste this fine brew."

Viszolay Belgian (spring) - "Viszolay is a distinctly continental ale with a hint of the southwest. Belgian malt, Bavarian and Czech hops, and a secret blend of German and Belgian yeast strains provide this beer, inspired by the Trappist’s Dubbel style ale, with a strong traditional base, while a hint of New Mexico wildflower honey infuses it with that ethereal quality that we New Mexicans simply call, “enchanting”. Like the Trappist ales from which it sprung, Viszolay is light and refreshing. The hop’s subtle notes are overpowered by complex fruity flavors derived from the Belgian yeast, leaving Viszolay a very drinkable (yet rather potent) addition to the Santa Fe Brewing Company’s family of beers.


Santa Fe Brewing Company Media Resources


 

 


Posted by Russ



Tuesday, August 17th 2010

Maui Brewing Company
(Lahaina, Hawaii)

Maui Brewing Company recently became the largest craft brewery in the state of Hawaii (and is still the only craft brewery in the state that cans their beers). MBC definitely deserves this title as they are 100% Hawaiian and are one of the best examples in the craft beer world of both being environmentally responsible and acting locally. Along with a their ever-growing production facility in Lahaina, Maui Brewing also runs a 7-barrel brewpub in the town of Kahana. They brew with local ingredients, give their spent grain to local farmers and even can their beers, adorned with labels by designed by local artists, in cans produced on nearby Oahu. Okole maluna!

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Maui Brewing Company

 

Locations - Lahaina (brewery) and Kahana (brewpub), Hawaii, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 2005

 

Annual Beer Output -  10,000@ bbls, capacity is now at 22,000 bbls

 

History - Garrett Marrero came to Hawaii from California with the goal of becoming an entrepreneur. In 2005 he and his wife Melanie bought and the one and only brewery on the island of Maui. They quickly established Maui Brewing Company, formerly called Fish and Game Brewing Company and Rotisserie, as a local company that cared about its roots and that makes great beer. In 2007 the first cans rolled off the line at a new production facility and business has been booming ever since. Recently they've expanded distribution to Oregon and parts of Idaho and have added a fourth member, Mana Wheat, to their canned beer lineup. If you want to learn a lot more about Maui Brewing Company check out this great article by Cambria Griffith for Drink, Eat, Travel.

 

Distribution - HI, ID, CA and OR

 

 

Number of Beers Canned - 4

 

Mana Wheat - "Mana Wheat is a fresh handcrafted American hefeweizen brewed with organic wheat, malted barley and fresh local Maui Gold Pineapple. Our crisp and refreshing wheat ale is lightly hopped to allow the fruity sweetness of the pineapple to shine."

CoCoNut Porter - "Our CoCoNut Porter is a fresh handcrafted robust porter brewed with six varieties of malted barley, hops, and hand-roasted coconut. It begins with a malty-toasted coconut aroma followed by a rich silky feel with tastes of dark malt, chocolate, and hints of coffee. It then finishes with flavors of toasted coconut and hoppy spice to balance the finish."

Bikini Blonde Lager "Our filtered Munich Helles Lager brewed with floral hops and Pilsner and Munich malts. This is the closest thing to an American lager from Maui Brewing Co. but not skimpy of flavor. Bold, smooth and refreshing."

Big Swell IPA - "Our handcrafted India Pale Ale brewed with four different Northwestern hops and malted barley...dry-hopped to perfection. Its flavor begins smooth and malty and is followed with a big burst of dry hop flavor."


Maui Brewing Company Media Resources


 


Posted by Russ



Monday, August 9th 2010

Bohemian Brewery
(Midvale, Utah)

Bohemian Brewery doesn't brew a Double IPA. They don't even brew a regular IPA. In fact, these guys don't brew any ales at all. Instead Bohemian Brewery focuses all of their attention on brewing lagers and great lagers at that. This is because the brewery is inspired by its Czech owner and the great lager beers of Europe. 

 

Currently Bohemian cans two of their offerings, a Czech Pilsener and a Viennese Lager, and they're only available in their home state of Utah. As the only craft brewery that cans their beer in the state they are providing the goods for all the Utah-proud adventurers. In a state mad about skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, kayaking and every other outdoor sport imaginable, Bohemian is sitting pretty. 

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Bohemian Brewery

 

Location - Midvale, Utah, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 2001

 

Annual Beer Output - @????

 

History - In 1980 Czech immigrant Joseph Petras came to America. He worked hard doing non-beer related things for a long time. Then, in 2001, he bought a brewery right outside Salt Lake City. He was determined to share his passion for beer and his homeland with others and to have a family business. Bohemian Brewery was born (and so was a restaurant). 

Bohemian is run by Joseph, his wife Helen and their son Peter. They brew traditional lager beers that tend to be low in alcohol, which works great in a state like Utah, and all of them adhere to the German Purity Laws or Rheinheitsgebot. Their beers have won numerous awards and should you visit their brewpub you'll have the chance to pair them nicely with some great food. 


photo by Peter Petras

Distribution - all over the great state of Utah


Number of Beers Canned - 2

 

Czech Pilsner -"Our Czech Pilsener (a.k.a. Bohemian Pilsner) is the purest of beers - in our eyes. Clear and golden in color, light and crisp in taste. Our lager is well aged from real Pilzen Malt and actual imported Czech Yeast from Branik - Prague, Czech Republic. Only the finest Saaz hops are used to emulated this outside-of Pilzen, Pilsener. Crafted after one of our favorite Pilsners, Pilsner Urquell - you won’t be disappointed in this true Czech beer. The closest thing to Bohemian Pilsner you can get without actually being in the Czech Republic."

 

 

Viennese Lager - "Our full bodied amber colored lager is a result of combining our fine Pils malt with more darkly roasted malt to brew what has become our most popular beer. Slightly more hoppy than our other beers with a very clean and crisp finish. This beer is hard to put down."

Thank you to Bohemian Brewery for sending samples of both their canned offerings. They are both excellent! 


Bohemian Brewery Media Resources


 


Posted by Russ



Monday, August 2nd 2010

Southern Star Brewing Company
(Conroe, Texas)

Southern Star Brewing is one of two craft breweries canning their beers in the Lone Star State (the other being Spoetzl - makers of the Shiner brand). This relatively small brewery located outside Houston is in their third year of production and things are heading in the right direction (they are expecting to produce twice as much in 2010 as they did in 2009). They now can three beers, the newest being their Buried Hatchet Stout which is one of only a handful of canned stouts available in the country. Hopefully we'll see their rauchbier in cans one day!

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Southern Star Brewing Company

 

Location - Conroe, Texas, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 2008

 

Annual Beer Output - @1,500 bbls 

 

History - Southern Star was founded by Dave Fougeron and Brian Hutchins. The two actually met playing a round of disc golf. Dave had brewed previously at Saint Arnold Brewing in Houston and Brian was a long time homebrewer. In 2007 they patched together a brewery in the town of Conroe and by the following spring they were producing beer. Their first , and the only one in 16-ounce pint cans, was their Pine Belt Pale Ale which is named after the Pine Belt region in Texas. This was followed by their seriously drinkable Bombshell Blonde and finally their rich and strong Buried Hatchet Stout. If you'd like to know more about Southern Star The Houston Chronicle wrote up a great article about Southern Star, check it out!

 

Distribution - TX, IN, KY, OH, AL & SC


Number of Beers Canned - 3

 

Bombshell Blonde -"A rich, creamy golden colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish. Hints of yeasty bread and a touch of hops combine to make a beer that is truly more than the sum of its parts."

Pine Belt Pale Ale - "A deep copper colored ale with a substantial malt backbone accented with British crystal malts with aggressive hop bitterness and substantial American hop flavor and aroma. The yeast profile is neutral."

Buried Hatchet Stout - "Jet-black in color, this monster smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. Smooth and delicious, this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, but has enough hop bitterness to be balanced."


Southern Star Brewing Company Media Resources


 


Posted by Russ



Monday, July 26th 2010

Butternuts Beer and Ale
(Garrattsville, New York)

Butternuts Beer and Ale hails from the small town of Garrattsville in Upstate New York. The brewery itself is a converted dairy farm and the name "Butternuts" refers to the Butternut Mountains in which the farm/brewery sits. So, yes, these truly are "farmhouse" ales (just like the cans say!).

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name -Butternuts Beer and Ale

 

Location - Garrattsville, New York, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 2005

 

Annual Beer Output - @2,700 bbls 

 

History - Butternuts Beer and Ale was founded in 2005 by Chuck Williamson. Chuck is also the head brewer and has a simple goal of brewing good beer. They've always canned their beers, even before it was cool. I am also happy to say that they are consistently some of the most reasonably priced craft beers available, something that the brewery is proud of as well.

 

Distribution 


Number of Beers Canned - 4

 

Snapperhead IPA - A decent IPA, not a total hop bomb and more malty than you may be expecting but not bad for a camping trip or a day on a boat.

Moo Thunder Stout - An American stout thats full bodied and very roasty in flavor. One of a few American stouts thats so far made it into a can.

Heinnieweisse Weissebier - One of the best canned wheat beers I've found. Wheat beers don't get canned often. This is very drinkable on a hot summer day/night.

Porkslap Pale Ale - probably a name you'll never forget. This well balanced pale ale has a very nice addition of ginger. Yes, that flavor you taste is ginger. Once you get used to it its very nice.

 

Butternuts Beer and Ale Media Resources


  

 


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Thursday, July 21 2010

They should call it CAN-orado!

Is it any surprise that a state that's well known for hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, camping and insert your favorite outdoor activity also leads the country in the number of craft breweries canning their beers? Probably not. 

We all know the story behind Dale's Pale Ale by now and how in 2002 Oskar Blues took an idea that was laughable at the time and turned it into one of the most successful business plans in modern craft brewing history (we're talking double digit growth year after year and changing the perceptions of even the staunchest beer geeks when it comes to good beer coming in cans). Oskar Blues continues to charge forward with what they call the "canned beer apocalypse" but they do so now with the help of eleven other breweries.

Colorado has an astounding 12 craft breweries canning and distributing 31 different beers spread out among 13 different styles! Oskar Blues may be the most well known of the bunch but when it comes to great canned beers the others are equally as impressive. Brewers such as Revolution Brewing, the nation's smallest craft brewery that cans their beer, located in the tiny town or Paonia in a building that was once a church or Ska Brewing in Durango which was the second brewery in the state to put their craft beer in cans. They did so in when they started canning their ESB Special Ale in 2003 (a year after Dale's first hit the shelves). Don't forget about the tiny little Silverton Brewery or good ol' New Belgium, both can three of their beers. Yep, Coloradans have it good when it comes to canned beer. 

With all these great breweries canning their beers it only seemed fitting to put together an event to showcase all of them. Oskar Blues did just that when it held it's first ever "Burning Can" festival in their hometown of Lyons. A true celebration of canned craft beers and Colorado! Every brewery in the state that cans their beers was in attendance. The nice folks at Oskar Blues even allowed breweries that don't can their beers, such as Left Hand, to can beers especially for the event. Next year's event should prove even bigger and better!

What's next for CAN-orado? Avery Brewing will be releasing it's much anticipated canned offerings sometime later this year. Old favorites Ellie's Brown, IPA, White Rascal and their brand new Joe's Premium American Pilsner will all be available in cans for the first time. This will make the Rocky Mountain State an even bigger leader in the canned craft beer movement with a "brewer's dozen" worth of craft breweries putting their brews in cans! Who's next? Only time will tell. 


just a few of Colorado's many fine canned craft beers!

VIVA LA CAN!


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Wednesday, July 21 2010

21st Amendment Brewery
(San Francisco, California)

21st Amendment is quickly becoming one of the more recognized craft breweries canning their beers in the US. Their Brew Free! or Die IPA and Hell or High Watermelon Wheat beers are widely distributed and they've just added the first canned Black IPA to their lineup. Things are looking good for 21st Amendment and this year they celebrate their 10th anniversary. If you're ever out in San Francisco be sure to stop into their brewpub, you won't regret it.

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - 21st Amendment Brewery

 

Location - San Francisco, California, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 2000

 

Annual Beer Output - @1,200 bbls (all cans are brewed and packaged at Cold Spring Brewing in Cold Spring, Minnesota)

 

History - "In 2000, Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan founded the 21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco’s historic South Park neighborhood. The popular brewpub is now at the heart of the new city center, just south of the financial district and only two blocks from the San Francisco Giants baseball park. In addition to eight rotating taps of multiple award-winning hand-crafted house beers, the pub has been voted “Best Brewpub”, “Best Burger” and “Best Happy Hour” by the San Francisco press." You can read the rest of the story here...

 

Distribution - AK, WA, OR, CA, ID, MN, GA, VA, MD, OH, PA, NJ, NY and MA


Number of Beers Canned - 4

 

Brew Free! or Die IPA - "This aromatic golden IPA starts with a sucker punch of six different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone." Solid IPA with plenty of hop profile to keep a hop head happy. 

 

Hell or High Watermelon Wheat - a surprisingly refreshing brew. Do not be turned away by the idea of watermelon in beer. It works and it works very well. This is "a straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor."

 

Back in Black - the first ever Black IPA in a can! "Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish."

 

Monk's Blood - a special release dark Belgian-style ale. One of the more unique canned brews on the market (when it is on the market). Lots of flavors to mull over as you sip this somewhat mysterious dark brew. "21st Amendment founders Nico Freccia and Shaun O’Sullivan traveled to Belgium to develop the recipe for this special beer, visiting small, traditional breweries in the hop fields of west Flanders, not far from the famous Trappist abbey of Westvletren."

 

 

21st Amendment Brewery Media Resources


  


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Wednesday, June 23rd 2010

Cisco Brewers
(Nantucket, Massachusetts)

Cisco Brewers released their ridiculously drinkable Whale's Tail Pale Ale in cans for the first time this year and right in time for the beach season here in New England. These bright blue cans are sure to get some attention and the beer inside is a very approachable, and sessionable, English-style pale ale. Grab some of these before they're all gone.  

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Cisco Brewers

 

Location - Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 1996

 

Annual Beer Output - @ 1,000 bbls

 

History - "Cisco Brewers was founded by Randy and Wendy Hudson. Randy and Wendy had the good fortune to meet up with Dean and Melissa Long who owned a winery on Nantucket. The Long’s needed helpers and Randy and Wendy needed a place to live, so they moved into the loft over the winery in May of 1992. 

 

When Randy and Wendy started selling beer, the entire operation-except the cold room, which was cooled by an air conditioner-was outdoors in the Lon’s back yard. Wendy always called the original setup a “nano-brewery” because althought they dreamed about it, they certainly were not yet a “micro.” Many people thought it looked like they were making moonshine and they were right! Cisco Brewers had the distinction of being America’s Only Outdoor Brewery."

 

Nowadays they have a more modern facility and a few more staff to help them out but it certainly was a rocky road to success. If you are ever in Nantucket be sure to visit Cisco and if you happen to be at Boston's Logan Airport you can stop in for a pint between flights at their brewpub in Terminal B.

 

Distribution - MA, NJ, CT, DC, DE, RI, MD and NY


Number of Beers Canned - 1

 

Whale's Tail Pale Ale - solid brew with a nice malty profile and slightly sweet, citrusy hop flavors.  This is "An amber English-style ale that has a nice balance between hops and malt. It's the most popular of our beers and the most versatile in terms of pairing with food or people."

 

 

Cisco Brewers Media Resources


  


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Wednesday, June 23rd 2010

Harpoon Brewery
(Boston, Massachusetts)

After almost 25 years of brewing Harpoon has just this summer released two of their beers in cans. From what I've been hearing they've been flying off the shelves as New Englanders flock to their lake houses, out to the Cape and Islands or to the Maine coast and need easily portable good beer. Its great to hear that cans are becoming so widely accepted. Imagine what the response would have been if they had started off with cans instead of bottles back in the mid-80s. 

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Harpoon Brewery

 

Location - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 1986

 

Annual Beer Output - @ 130,000 bbls (most in New England besides Anheuser-Busch)

 

History - The Harpoon Brewery was founded on the Boston waterfront in 1986 by three Harvard classmates. The brewery was the first company to obtain a permit to manufacture and sell alcohol in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in over 25 years. Harpoon started with the three founders and one employee (a brewer); today there are about 90 employees.

 

Distribution - MA, NH, VT, ME, RI, CT, NY, NJ, OH, IN, IL, MI, DE, MD, DC, PA, VA, WV, NC, SC, TN, KY, AL, GA, FL


Number of Beers Canned - 2

 

From left to right:

 

Harpoon Summer Beer - "Harpoon Summer Beer is a Kolsch style ale. Originating in the Rhineland city of Cologne (Koln), Kolsch ales have the characteristics that many people associate with lager beers. Kolsch is brewed with an ale yeast, but like other northern German light ales, it is straw gold in color and light bodied. The flavor is mild. The hopping levels provide a crisp, dry finish that make this beer particulary refreshing."

 

Harpoon IPA - "The high hopping of Harpoon IPA is not only noticeable in the nose but especially in the finish. The lingering bitter finish of this beer is not harsh or astringent, but crisp and pronounced. This is created, in part, by dry hopping – a technique that involves adding fresh hops to the conditioning beer to provide a fresh hop aroma. This beer is floral, medium bodied with an aggressive, clean hop finish."


 

Harpoon Brewery Media Resources


  


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Saturday, June 19th 2010

Sun King Brewing Company
(Indianapolis, Indiana)

Sun King Brewing Company is just over a year old and has had great success in their native Indiana. They are the first production brewery in Indianapolis since 1948 and the only one in the state that cans their beers. Those tall boy cans you see above are selling like...well, like tall boy cans of great beer and things are looking good for Sun King! 

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Sun King Brewing Company

 

Location - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Year Brewing Began - 2009

Annual Beer Output - @ ? bbls

 

History - There is a great write up about the relatively short (yet long) history of Sun King on their site. Definitely check it out!

 

Distribution - Indiana

Number of Beers Canned - 2

From left to right:

 

Osiris Pale Ale - "Osiris Pale Ale is an assertive American Pale and is not meant for the timid. Crafted by our Brewers for our Brewers, Osiris blends three choice varieties of American hops to create a spicy, citrus hop punch that is sure to satisfy any hop head. Every batch of Osiris is dry-hopped towards the end of fermentation for maximum hop flavor, aroma and character."

 

Sunlight Cream Ale - "Sunlight Cream Ale is our most approachable beer and is a great introduction to the world of Craft Beer. Cream ale is one of the earliest styles of American beer, but was virtually wiped out by American lager brewers. Our Cream Ale is an all malt beer. Only the finest quality barley, wheat and oats are used to give this beer it’s smooth malt profile which is delicately balanced with American hops and a cool fermentation to give this beer a crisp, clean finish."

 

Sun King Brewing Company Media Resources


  


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Friday, June 18th 2010

Anderson Valley Brewing Company
(Boonville, California)

Anderson Valley Brewing Company has been putting its award-winning beers in bottles for almost 25 years yet its only been the last year or so that they've started offering some of those beers in cans. It all started with their Summer Solstivce Cerveza Crema last summer and this year they've followed up with their Poleeko Gold Pale Ale and Boont Amber Ale. Hopefully we can look forward to seeing even more of their beers in cans. Also, if you ever make it to Boonville, California be sure to bring your Boontling dictionary and your disc golf discs as Anderson Valley has an 18-hole disc golf course which you can play for $5 and once finished you get a $5 coupon good for anything (including beer) in their gift shop. Oh yeah, you can also buy their beer to drink while playing. How awesome is that! 

 

 

 

 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

 

Brewery Name - Anderson Valley Brewing Company

 

Location - Boonville, California, USA

 

Year Brewing Began - 1987

 

Annual Beer Output - @25,000 bbls

 

History - "Founded in the town of Boonville in 1987, Anderson Valley Brewing Co. was one of the pioneers of the American craft brewing movement. Solar powered since 2001 and brewing with the pure waters of the Anderson Valley (in Mendocino County)". The brewery also has a small hop farm, tasting room and of course the kick-ass disc golf course. Earlier this year Anderson Valley was sold to HMB holdings (a company with after 22 years of private family ownership. They brewed 700 barrels of beer their first year in operation and now produce over 35 times that amount.

 

Distribution - 39 states and counting. If you want to know where to find Anderson Valley beers near you go HERE

Number of Beers Canned - 3

From left to right:

 

Poleeko G old Pale Ale - "When the phrase “California Style Ale” is used, Poleeko Gold Pale Ale is the one that comes to mind. The golden color and generous use of Pacific Northwest hops establish a distinct style, separate from any domestic or European beers. Our honey-gold pale ale is crisp and clear, with an unusual lightness and dryness for such a full-flavored ale. The arousing abundance of hops adds both a floral bouquet and a lively, citrusy finish. It is excellent alone, or with full-flavored meals and spicy dishes."


Boont Amber Ale - "Boont Amber Ale is a medium bodied pale ale with a beautiful copper color, a robust head, and the rich flavor of caramel malt. This very smooth and exceptionally drinkable beer is excellent with steaks, chicken, pasta, and other flavorful meals."

 

Summer Solstive Cerveza Crema - "This copper colored ale is smooth, malty, and lightly sweet, with a delicate hint of spice for that oh-so-drinkable, extra velvety flavor. The character is lighter in body than its cousin, our wildly popular Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale . This is a silky, creamy dream, perfect as a warm weather beer. But why call it Cerveza Crema? Two reasons: One, this beer has become a favorite among many of our Hispanic friends, so it’s named in their honor. Two, it sounds cool, and cool is what you want when its hot. Serve at 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit for the most optimal flavor and enjoyment. ¡Salud!"

 

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Media Resources


  


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Thursday, June 17th 2010

Upslope Brewing Company
(Boulder, Colorado)

Upslope Brewing Company is the new kid on the block in beer-centric Boulder. They are also the only ones canning their regular releases. In a place like Boulder where the populous is very "eco-conscious", as well as active and outdoorsy,  Upslope has found a niche as well as success. 

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

Brewery Name - Upslope Brewing Company

Location - Boulder, Colorado, USA

Year Brewing Began - 2008

Annual Beer Output - @2000 bbls

History - Upslope was founded by Matt Cutter in 2007. In early 2008 he met his eventual head brewer Dany Pages. Pages had moved to Colorado from his native Argentina where he had founded the Beagle Brewery in the far, far southern Patagonian town of Ushaia. Cutter leased some space for the brewery that spring and the two began finalizing recipes for what would become their Upslope Pale Ale and Upslope IPA. By Thanksgiving all systems were go and Upslope was brewing, canning and selling their beers. They continue to brew with imported Patagonian cascade hops which were more readily available during the infamous, and short-lived, American "hop crisis" of '07-'08. If you ever find yourself in Boulder you can visit the brewery, get a tour and try some Upslope brews in their taproom. Upslope will celebrate it's 2nd Anniversary this November. Cheers!

Distribution -  CO

Number of Beers Canned - 2

From left to right:

Upslope Pale Ale - "This clear, crisp, dry pale ale is our signature beer. It’s refreshing characteristics, and signature dry finish, blends smooth malt flavors with a unique spicy hop bitterness.  This will be the “go to” beer on any camping trip, fishing excursion or music festival."

Upslope India Pale Ale - "Our IPA will appeal to the beer enthusiast who desires a bold, deep and bitter ale.  With a coppery color indicative of a traditional IPA, Upslope India Pale Ale has a complex malty character and is more well-balanced than most IPA’s, but still offers that bitterness that IPA lovers seek.

Upslope Brewing Company Media Resources

    



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Thursday, June 3rd 2010

Caldera Brewing Company
(Ashland, Oregon)

This relatively small brewery in southern Oregon was the first brewery in the state to can their beers. If you love canned IPAs, or IPAs in general, you've probably heard of Caldera IPA. It's one of the better hoppy brews out there. Well, their other two canned offerings aren't bad either. If you get the chance to pick any of them up don't pass it up! If you happen to make it to Ashland you can also grab a few pints and some food at their brewpub, The Caldera Tap House.

Here is a little more information about Caldera and their canned offerings:

Brewery Name - Caldera Brewing Company

Location - Ashland, Oregon, USA

Year Brewing Began - 1997

Annual Beer Output - @2,600 bbls (2009)

History - Caldera Brewing "was incorporated March 12, 1996. The first brew was July 4, 1997 and the first keg sold was August 28, 1997. Caldera self-distributed its products for the first six years. In November 2003, Caldera partnered up with Gold River Distributing in Southern Oregon and Mt. Hood Beverage Company in the Eugene and Portland markets to expand its business.

For the first eight years, Caldera was draught only until June 2005 when the Pale Ale was put into cans. Caldera is the first microbrewery in the State of Oregon to brew and can its own beer."

Distribution - CA, ID, MO, OK, OR, TN, VA

Number of Beers Canned - 3

From left to right:

Caldera Pale Ale - "A West-Coast style pale ale balancing plenty of hops with a malty backbone." - This is a very drinkable brew and I mean that in every way possible. Its simple yet flavorful, hoppy and extremely well-balanced.

Caldera IPA - "An American-style India Pale Ale brewed with plenty of body and an assertive hop profile." - Fresh hop flavors are well preserved in the can and the overall drinkability is excellent.

Ashland Amber Ale - "A crisp well balanced refreshing amber. Simplicity is the key to this recipe." - I could definitely enjoy this in multiple amounts. I love the flavor that this imparts and the great balance that it has with the PNW hops used.

Caldera Brewing Company Media Resources


  

 


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Wednesday, June 2nd 2010

Ska Brewing Company
(Durango, Colorado)

Ska Brewing was the second brewery in Colorado to put their beers in cans. You know who the first was. They first put their ESB Special Ale in cans back in 2003. Today, these guys have some of the most recognizable cans on the market and they're filled with great beer to boot. Ska continues to grow, they've recently put in a new canning line which they bought from the folks at Oskar Blues, and expand their distribution so if you aren't seeing their beer on your local shelves now, you might be soon.

Here is a little more information about Ska and their canned offerings:

Brewery Name - Ska Brewing Company

Location - Durango, Colorado, USA

Year Brewing Began - 1995

Annual Beer Output - @12,000 bbls (2009)

History - From what I can gather Ska Brewing came about when two guys that weren't old enough to buy beer, but drank a lot of it, and listened to a lot of ska music decided it was up to them to brew better beer and conquer the world. So they did and still do. 

Distribution - AZ, CO, IL, NC and NM for now.

Number of Beers Canned - 4

From left to right:

Modus Hoperandi IPA - It's old man bitter. A mix of citrus and pine that will remind you of the time you went on a vision quest with your Native American cousin and woke up in a pine-grove full of grapefruit trees. Modus Hoperandi, an IPA sitting at 6.8% ABV and 65 IBUs.

ESB Special Ale - This English Special Bitter is our “Special Ale.” Special because it is one of only a handful of canned microbrews in the nation. Special be cause the Galena hops and pale ale malts create a crisp first sip, a hoppy tongue, and a malty sweet finish. Though “bitter” is part of the name, “better” would be a more accurate term. Fresh and lively, this canned beer suits the needs of any outdoor enthusiast. Like it says on the can: Fish, Luau, Golf, Raft, Toboggan. Ska can!

True Blonde Ale - A crisp Blonde Ale. Golden in color, medium in body—she’s brewed with the help and the honey of Durango ’s Honeyville bees.

Euphoria Pale Ale - This (winter) seasonal beer is brewed in the Do It Yourself (DIY) spirit along with our friends from Bayfield at the Venture Snowboard Factory. An India Pale Ale, the Euphoria is crafted with piles and piles of Golding hops to provide a unique spicy finish. Great for after hitting the slopes.

Ska Brewing Company Media Resources


  



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Thursday, May 27th 2010

Big Sky Brewing Company
(Missoula, Montana)

Big Sky Brewing is located in the great state of Montana (hence the name). These guys love beer and have done a great job with making a name for themselves. For a relatively small brewery in Missoula they ranked #37 on the 2010 Brewer's Association's Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies in the US (based on sales volume). Nice job! Its a competitive market to say the least!

Big Sky began canning Moose Drool and Montana Trout Slayer last year and just recently they doubled the number of their canned releases by adding Summer Honey and Scape Goat Pale Ale to that crew. If you live in a place like Montana, chances are you love the outdoors and what better way to enjoy it than with some cans of great beer!

Here is more information about Big Sky and their canned offerings:

Brewery Name - Big Sky Brewing Company

Location - Missoula, Montana, USA

Year Brewing Began - 1995

Annual Beer Output - @38,000 (2008)

History - Big Sky has a great write up about the history of their brewery available on their site. Check it out!

Distribution - Big Sky beers are available in every state west of the Mississippi except Arkansas and Louisiana. They are also available in Alaska, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Number of Beers Canned - 4

From left to right:

Moose Drool Brown Ale - That first taste, the best part of a beer after a long day. We want to make that better than ever. So we made Moose Drool. The name sounds a little iffy, but it's really the best Brown Ale you'll ever taste. That's why Moose Drool is far and away the best-selling beer brewed in Montana.

Montana Trout Slayer Ale - They say the best way to shrink a fish is with with a ruler, but the best way to grow a fish is with a beer. Montana Trout Slayer is the beer to drink when you're knockin' back a couple cold ones and tellin' fish stories. Who knows the next one might be the best yet! "A bigger tale with every ale." Trout Slayer is a filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, making it a smooth drinkable session beer.

Summer Honey Ale - When the days get longer and the air gets warmer, we get outside quite a bit. And we build a big thirst. Summer Honey helps us shake off the winter and slakes our thirst for a refreshing brew. Summer Honey is a full-flavored summer seasonal ale. Brewed with a unique, balanced blend of spices, Northwest Hops, and Montana honey. Summer Honey is brewed during the early days of spring and released around the first of May each year.

Scape Goat Pale Ale - Scape Goat is our award-winning Pale Ale. It is a very smooth brew, refreshing and well-balanced. Scape Goat took home the Gold Medal from the North American Brewers' Association competitions as the best English-style pale ale brewed west of the Mississippi, but only because it is the best.

Big Sky Brewing Company Media Resources


  


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Monday, May 24th 2010

Stevens Point Brewery
(Stevens Point, WI)

The folks at Stevens Point Brewery were kind enough to send me a sampling of their current canned lineup, including their summer seasonal release, Nude Beach, which has just hit shelves.

Stevens Point Brewery not only cans some of their own beers but they've also allowed breweries such as O'Fallon and Schlafly in St. Louis to use their canning lines to release their own seasonal brews in cans. That's very nice of them.

Here is a little more information about this brewery and their canned offerings:

Brewery Name - Stevens Point Brewery

Location - Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA

Year Brewing Began - 1857

Annual Beer Output - @40,000 bbls (2007)

History - "The Stevens Point Brewery is steeped in a history that has transcended the trials of the Civil War, the Great Depression and Prohibition.

More than 150 years later, the Stevens Point Brewery continues to successfully brew quality beer, just as the brewery's founders, Frank Wahle and George Ruder, did in 1857. This undeniable endurance is a testament of why the Stevens Point Brewery, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is the 5th oldest continuously operating brewery remaining in the United States. Today, the Stevens Point Brewery is proud to be Wisconsin-owned and independently operated."

Distribution -  AL, GA, IA, IL, KS, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NY, OK, PA, TN, WI, 

Number of Beers Canned - 4

From left to right:

Point Amber Classic - Point Amber Classic is a multi-award winning amber-style lager. It boasts a recipe of the highest quality natural ingredients. Roasted caramel malts gives the beer its subtle caramel character and reddish-amber hue. American Tettnanger hops provide a soft sweetness and gentle hop aroma. The result is a distinctive flavorful beer that is remarkably smooth and clean.

Point Nude Beach - Point Nude Beach is the perfect summer pleasure.  Available only during the warm months of summer, this lively and unfiltered wheat ale is well balanced using “au naturel” raw and red wheat, then delicately finished with Yakima hops.  With a refreshing light flavor, Point Nude Beach is perfect while enjoying summer activities or just hanging out with friends.  Clothing optional.

Point Special Lager - The brewery’s flagship brew since 1857, Point Special is a well-balanced, full-bodied classic American-Style lager. This award-winning pilsner is highly praised for its pleasant hop aroma and smooth, hearty flavor.

Cascade Pale Ale - Point Cascade Pale Ale is handcrafted combining special top-fermenting yeast and a dry hopping process to create this truly classic American Pale Ale. The intriguing character is derived from generous quantities of the choicest Yakima Valley Cascade hops and the finest crystal, 2-row pale, and Munich malts. The result is a delicious American Pale Ale with a signature fragrant hop bouquet and soft malt palate.

Stevens Point Brewing Company Media Resources


  

 


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