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Samuel Adams Collaborates with Berkshire Mountain Distillers


Jim Koch and Chris Weld

Samuel Adams and Berkshire Mountain Distillers have recently announced that they are in the midst of a fun and innovative collaboration. Two Samuel Adams beers, Boston Lager and Cinder Bock, will be triple distilled at Berkshire Mountain Distillers in Great Barrington, Mass., before being barrel aged with an anticipated release in 2015. Each beer will be treated differently, with the distilled Samuel Adams Boston Lager being aged for two years in vintage wooden bourbon barrels, while the distilled Samuel Adams Cinder Bock, a rauchbier/bock combination, will age for two years in wooden, oak barrels, some previously used for extreme beer, Samuel Adams Utopias, producing a very rich, bold whiskey.

And those barrels being used to age the whiskey? Once emptied they’ll be sent back to Samuel Adams, of course, where they will be used for a yet-to-be-named barrel-aged beer.

Stay tuned.

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Stone Ruination Turns 10 Years Old


Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA

The Stone Brewing Co. beer that lays stake to being the first full-time brewed double IPA is turning 10 years old and in its honor Stone is releasing Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA with … yep, you guessed it, more hops! More hops, more malt, more alcohol, it’s bigger in every way imaginable. I recently sampled it at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Festival and it’s pretty darn good.

According to Stone, Beginning June 11th, Stone Brewing Co. will unleash the brand new, lupulin-loaded Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA. “We took the unapologetically hoppy Stone Ruination IPA—so named for its ruinous effect on the palate—and hopped it to high hell,” explains Stone CEO & Co-Founder Greg Koch.

“We actually amped up everything,” continues Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “We added more malt to bring the abv up to 10.8%, and the amount of hops we used almost defies reason,” he jokes. “Stone Ruination IPA already uses 2.5 pounds of hops per barrel, which is more than double the amount we use in any other core beer. For this anniversary version, we went double again, and used a most impressive 5 pounds of hops per barrel!”

Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA

  • Stats: 10.8% abv, 110 IBUs
  • Availability: Limited 22oz bottles & draft. One-time release, beginning June 11th
  • Malt bill: Pale Malt, Crystal 15
  • Hops bill: Columbus and Centennial. Dry hopped with Citra and Centennial.
  • Distribution: AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA

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Craft Beer Dinner in Napa, CA – Kitchen Door + Anchor Brewing June 11


Kitchen Door Anchor Brewing Craft Beer Dinner

Napa’s Kitchen Door has teamed up with one of Northern California’s top breweries – Anchor Brewing – for a celebration of craft beer, great food and fun people. Kitchen Door, recently honored as a Michelin Guide Recommended Restaurant as well as one of Bon Appetit’s 7 Best Restaurants in Napa Valley, will be pairing five delicious courses with six incredible beers from Anchor Brewing.

Tickets are very limited for this intimate dinner and are $65 each, tax and gratuity included.

Mutineer will be on hand at the event and we hope to see you there.

Call or email Tim Seberson ASAP if interested in attending.
707-226-1560 // tim@kitchendoornapa.com

Guinness QR Code Pint Glass


Guinness QR cup

QR codes are all the rage right now and Guinness is looking to tap into it with their new pint glass.

Guinness QR cup

Empty, you see nothing. With a light beer like a pilsner or blonde ale, you see nothing.

With Guinness? You see the QR code! Where does it take you? Good question.

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The Many Ways to Open a Bottle of Beer


What’s not to love about videos of beer bottles being opened with belly buttons, motorcycles, knives and power tools?

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Next Up in Founders Brewing Co.’s Backstage Series Release: Frangelic Mountain Brown


Founders Brewing Co Frangelic Mountain Brown

Founders Brewing Co. announced today that Frangelic Mountain Brown would be the next release in the brewery’s 750mL Backstage Series, with availability beginning in July. It will be the fourth beer of the Backstage Series following Blushing Monk and Canadian Breakfast Stout from 2011 and Curmudgeon’s Better Half in 2012.

What exactly is Frangelic Mountain Brown? According to the press release “Frangelic Mountain Brown is the quintessential taproom “one-off” beer: Founders’ brewers created the Mountain Brown series for their taproom in Grand Rapids in 2007. Frangelic Mountain Brown is the 16th iteration in the series of popular brown ales—and it likely won’t be the last. The singular characteristic of this beer comes from the use of hazelnut coffees in the brewing process. The beer has distinct aromatics with sweet and nutty flavors beautifully balanced. Founders is known for its beers made with coffee (i.e., the Breakfast Stout series), but this is both the brewery’s first brown ale and its first beer brewed with hazelnut coffees to be bottled. It clocks in at 9% ABV.”

While there will not be an official release party for Frangelic Mountain Brown at the brewery’s taproom in Grand Rapids, the beer will be available on draft in the taproom beginning Monday, July 2. The focus of bottle sales will be in Founders’ distribution footprint.

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2012 World Beer Cup Results


World Beer Cup 2012

Photo by Brewers Assocaition

Last week, the American brewing scene and beyond converged on San Diego for the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference and World Beer Cup. For four days, the brewing industry and media attended seminars, beer dinner, tap takeovers, special events and everything in between. Capping the end to an epic conference was the 2012 World Beer Cup, which honored the beers from breweries from around the world in 95 different categories of beer, as well as breweries themselves in six categories. It is an incredible honor to earn one of these awards which were judged by 211 judges from 27 countries. A whopping 3,921 beers were entered from 799 breweries that came in from a total of 54 countries around the world.

The results speak for themselves and I’m pleased to see so many off-the-radar small craft breweries doing so incredible well, Washington’s Silver City Brewery for example. Also, congrats to Firestone Walker Brewing Company for yet another Mid-Size Brewing Company Champion Brewery and Brewer of the Year award.

Below you’ll find the winners. Congratulations to all.

Champion Brewery and Brewer Awards

Large Brewing Company
AB InBev, New York, New York
Claudio Ferro

Large Brewing Company Category
Asia Pacific Breweries Limited, Singapore
APB Brewing Team

Mid-Size Brewing Company Category
Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA
Matthew Brynildson

Small Brewing Company Category
Brauerei Michael Plank, Kelheim, Germany
Michael Plank

Large Brewpub Category
Pelican Pub & Brewery, Pacific City, OR
Darron R S Welch

Small Brewpub Category
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Media, Media, PA
Iron Hill Brewery Team

Individual Beer Awards

Category 1: American-Style Wheat Beer, 23 Entries
Gold: Wagon Box Wheat, Black Tooth Brewing Co., Sheridan, WY
Silver: 1919 choc beer, choc Beer Co., Krebs, OK
Bronze: DD Blonde, Hop Valley Brewing Co., Springfield, OR

Category 2: American-Style Wheat Beer With Yeast, 28 Entries
Gold: Whitetail Wheat, Montana Brewing Co., Billings, MT
Silver: Miners Gold, Lewis & Clark Brewing Co., Helena, MT
Bronze: Leavenworth Boulder Bend Dunkelweizen, Fish Brewing Co., Olympia, WA

Category 3: Fruit Beer, 41 Entries
Gold: Eat A Peach, Rocky Mountain Brewery, Colorado Springs, CO
Silver: Da Yoopers, Rocky Mountain Brewery, Colorado Springs, CO
Bronze: Blushing Monk, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, MI

Category 4: Fruit Wheat Beer, 28 Entries
Gold: Minoh Beer YUZU-WHITE-ALE, A•J•I Beer, Minoh City, Japan
Silver: Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale, Blue Moon Brewing Co., Golden, CO
Bronze: Amsterdam Framboise, Amsterdam Brewing Co., Toronto, Canada

Category 5: Field Beer or Pumpkin Beer, 19 Entries
Gold: Turnip the Beets, Bull & Bush Brewery, Denver, CO
Silver: Saint Arnold Pumpkinator, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., Houston, TX
Bronze: The Great Pumpkin, Elysian Brewing Co., Seattle, WA

Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer, 80 Entries
Gold: Sgt. Pepper, Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge, MA
Silver: Ring Of Fire, Dragonmead Microbrewery, Warren, MI
Bronze: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, VA

Category 7: Chocolate Beer, 34 Entries
Gold: Házmela Rusa, La Chingonería, Mexico City, Mexico
Silver: X-1 Chocolate Imperial Rye Porter, DuClaw Brewing Co., Bel Air, MD
Bronze: Odin’s Raven, Alpine Beer Co., Alpine, CA

Category 8: Coffee Beer, 56 Entries
Gold: Bacon and Eggs Breakfast Coffee Imperial Porter, Pizza Port Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA
Silver: Drunken Elf Stout, Columbia River Brewing Co., Portland, OR
Bronze: Coffee Stout, Rock Bottom Arlington, Arlington, VA

Category 9: Specialty Beer, 38 Entries
Gold: Hangar 24 Winter Warmer, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Redlands, CA
Silver: Maple Tripple, Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Warren, VT
Bronze: Donner Party Porter, FiftyFifty Brewing Co., Truckee, CA

Category 10: Rye Beer, 29 Entries
Gold: Ruthless Rye IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, CA
Silver: 3 Flowers IPA, Marin Brewing Co., Larkspur, CA
Bronze: Jopen Jacobus RPA, Jopenkerk Bierbrouwerij, Haarlem, Netherlands
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Oskar Blues Opening Brewery in North Carolina


Oskar Blues Gubna

It started with the number two largest craft brewery in America, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., announcing they were opening up shop in North Carolina. Not long after, New Belgium Brewing Co., the third largest craft brewery in America would announce they too would be opening up a second brewery in the same area. And today, Longmont Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery, the twenty-ninth largest craft brewery has just announced plans for a second North Carolina based brewery.

Today’s press release read:

Oskar Blues, one of the fastest growing breweries in the country, sells over 35 percent of their beer east of the big muddy river, making for a great opportunity to look into a local location in that area. They have secured a contract on a 30,000 square foot brewery space along with a 6,000 square foot restaurant/music venue location in downtown Brevard. “We’ve looked at the options of growing our Colorado based brewing to the next level and the thought the idea of opening another small, intimate restaurant and brewery on a grassroots level sounds like a lot more fun.” says Dale. “With that much beer traveling east of the Mississippi it allows us to invest in another small town that shares our passions and recoup the investment as we contribute to the community and streamline our shipping costs amongst other things.”

Why the draw to the Asheville area of North Carolina? For these three breweries, I can definitely see a resemblance of their home bases of Colorado and Northern California in their new locations. I have also heard of reasons of great water and a great community, locality to railroads and highways, and economic growth incentives from the State, among other things.

Either way, they will all be in very much good company and contribute to the growing craft beer community of the greater Asheville area, making it one of America’s premier craft brewing destinations.

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