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Oskar Blues to debut Hotbox Coffee IPA

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Longmont, Colorado (February 9, 2017): Bringing together a pair of strange bedfellows, Oskar Blues Brewery will release Hotbox Coffee IPA in March.

Hops and coffee are the coupling in question, as Hotbox (7.2% ABV, 70 IBU) will combine the flavors of pine, citrus and mango from the addition of Simcoe hops, with elements of cream, blueberry and cocoa drawn from a cold brew extract of Hotbox Roasters' Ethiopian coffee beans.

"We believe the citrus and fruit aromatics of an IPA, derived from the intense hops, pair well with the fruit of the coffee to produce a great, flavor-packed beer," says head of brewing operations Tim Matthews. "The combination of coffee and hops in Hotbox IPA serve to compliment and reinforce the delicious flavors and aromas both offer in this match up."

Hotbox Coffee IPA replaces GUBNA Imperial IPA as Oskar Blues' spring seasonal. The GUBNA will shift to limited, draft-only status from this point forward. As for Hotbox, look for that beer to be available on tap and in four-packs of 12-ounce bottles from March until May.

Stone expands year-round lineup with Tangerine Express IPA
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Escondido, California (February 1, 2017): Today Stone Brewing Co. announced a new addition to its stable of year-round offerings in the form of Tangerine Express IPA.

In creating this beer, Stone brewers used tangerine puree and whole pineapple to craft what's described as a big, bold IPA. Neither the hops nor the fruit are said to dominate, instead working together to create several complex fruit layers, something which can only be achieved by brewing with the entire fruit. On top of that, Tangerine Express IPA features a mix of eight different hops, giving the beer its marked dankness and refreshing bitterness.

"Tangerine Express is really hoppy, but at the same time it has incredible fruit flavor, which was achieved by using high-quality, whole fruit," says Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation brand manager. "Our co-founder, Greg Koch, was particularly adamant that this beer should be in our year-round lineup and personally championed it through the process. I love that it's a great hoppy beer, but it has just the right amount of fresh fruit with a complex, pithy quality to balance it out."

Look for Stone Tangerine Express IPA to be sold in 22-ounce bottles.

Pacific Rain joins Ninkasi's Flagship Series

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Eugene, Oregon (January 31, 2017): Ninkasi Brewing Co. of Eugene, Oregon, is introducing a new beer to its Flagship Series made to celebrate quality ingredients found where the brewery resides in the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific Rain is billed as a Northwest pale ale built on a foundation of quality water. It's brewed with water from Oregon's McKenzie River, which undergoes natural filtration through lava rock before reaching the brewery. Four varieties of hops - Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic and Nugget - are added to the mix as well in order to capture the Pacific Northwest's love of hops.

"The sweetness of the malt lifts the hop flavor and aroma without intensifying the bitterness, bringing about juicy citrus, tropical and slightly dank tones," says co-founder Jamie Floyd. "We're super happy to release a full-flavored pale ale true to Ninkasi."

Look for Pacific Rim to be available on tap and in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles.

Stone adding Hop Revolver IPA to mixed packs

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Escondido, California (January 27, 2017): Today, Stone Brewing Co. announced the pending debut of Hop Revolver IPA ,one of a number of new beers revealed as part of the brewery's 2017 release calendar.

As the name implies, Hop Revolver will be an ongoing series of beers brewed with a rotating hop schedule. The first edition has been brewed with Loral hops, which is said to give the beer lemon and floral notes, resulting in a brew that's fruity with a light herbal backbone and a big floral aroma.

"Our love of hops has led us to years of experimentation and seeking out new and different varieties," explains Jeremy Moynier, senior innovation program manager. "We have worked with so many great hops over the last 20 years, from our early love of Centennial in IPA to all the trials with El Dorado and Lemondop that led to Stone Delicious IPA and our current fascination with HBC 291 (a.k.a. Loral)."

Stone has experimented with a number of different hops as part of a run of single-hop beers developed at Stone World Bistro & Gardens - Liberty Station.

"Releasing these single hop beers to a wider audience through the Stone Hop Revolver IPA series is the next step in inviting our fans to share in the joy of hops," adds Moynier.

Hop Revolver IPA will be available in 12-ounce bottles, appearing exclusively in Stone All IPA Mixed Packs.

Founders Frootwood set for D-FW delivery next week

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Frootwood, the initial release in the new Barrel-Aged series from Founders Brewing, is scheduled to arrive at distribution, with deliveries to North Texas retailers beginning the week of January 29.

A cherry ale aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, Frootwood's commercial description reads as follows:

"We took a crisp, light bodied cherry ale and hid it away in oak barrels that have held both bourbon and maple syrup. After a lengthy stint, it emerged a changed beer, blanketed in notes of warm vanilla and earthy sweetness. The wood proves itself the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tart cherry, while the maple imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long."

The beer will be sold on draft, as well as in 12-ounce and 750 mL bottles. However, availability will be very limited, with allocations said to be smaller than that of a typical Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) release.

Alltech Lexington adding Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter to seasonal lineup

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Lexington, Kentucky (January 18, 2017): Joining products such as Kentucky Peach Barrel Wheat (summer), Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale (fall) and Kentucky Honey Barrel Brown Ale (winter), Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling is adding Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter to its seasonal lineup.

Slotted as the spring entry in the company's Barrel-Aged Seasonal Series, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter is brewed with the official fruit of the State of Kentucky. The beer then spends two months in fresh bourbon barrels, eventually emerging with what's described as "bold roasted malt flavors complemented by a nose of fresh blackberries and a touch of sweetness from the Kentucky bourbon barrels."

Look for Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Blackberry Porter to be available on tap, as well as in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles (pending TABC approval).




Ninkasi bring back Believer to benefit non-profits

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Eugene, Oregon (December 13, 2016): Ninkasi Brewing Co. has announced the return of Believer Double Red to its Seasonal Release Series, with a portion of all sales going to three national non-profit organizations: Conscious Alliance, Team River Runner and Women Who Code.

The plan falls under the domain of Ninkasi's Beer is Love initiative, an effort designed to support non-profits doing work in five core categories: women, equality, recreation, the environment, and arts and music.

It's an honor to partner with great organizations throughout every community where we sell our beer," says Emilie Hartvig, national donations manager for Ninkasi and its Beer is Love program. "We are thrilled to bring back Believer and support organizations doing amazing work to support women in tech, recreation for veterans, and communities in crisis through arts and music."

As for the beer, Believer was first released as a winter seasonal in 2006. It's described as a drinkable and full-flavored red ale, featuring notes of dark fruit, caramel and toffee, backed by an array of earthy and floral hop tones.

Look for Believer to be available on tap, as well as in 22-ounce bombers and six-packs of 12-ounce bottles.


Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy set for limited national release

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Longmont, Colorado (October 20, 2016): After first canning the beer and selling it as a brewery exclusive in 2015, Oskar Blues Brewery is now unleashing its Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy (12.9% ABV) on a limited basis nationwide.

Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy starts with the brewery's highly-regarded Ten Fidy Imperial Stout, which is then aged in a blend of Kentucky bourbon barrels for a minimum of eight months. The result, they say, "is a cool and drinkable concoction that gets more complex with each sip."

"Aged through four seasons and from a blend of the top bourbons around, this Ten Fidy has morphed into a monster of cranked-up flavor," said head of brewing operations, Tim Matthews. "Espresso, burnt sugar, rich chocolate and caramel notes are now combined with the vanilla, oak and bourbon flavors, and all have smoothed out during maturation."

Look for Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy on draft and in hard-to-miss 19.2-ounce stovepipe cans.

Stone wraps Encore Series with Emperial IPA

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Escondido, California (October 19, 2016): Stone Brewing Co. has released 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA (8.9% ABV, 100 IBU), the final beer in the brewery's 20th Anniversary Encore Series.

Born of British roots, all of the ingredients in Emperial IPA come from across the pond. Not only that, the water used to make the beer was treated with mineral salts to mimic the renowned water chemistry of Burton-on-Trent.

According to a press release, "Emperial IPA is a dry-bodied ale that's powerfully spice with an earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness and a light biscuit flavor making a brief appearance before a long, complex and decisively bitter finish."

Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA will be available on tap and in 22-ounce bottles, with initial deliveries set to begin as early as this week.