Arches Brewing Mexican Empire will debut this week in cans for the first time.
The Mexican lager, known formally as the Vienna lager, saw a big surge in craft brewing last summer. Arches Brewing Mexican Empire was a draft only seasonal for the brewery in the past, but the brewery has found that demand has completely out-paced production.
Mexican Empire is the fourth can release by the Hapeville, Georgia based brewery.
“This has been one of those beers that snuck up on us. As a team, it’s been one of our favorites and we always felt like it would be a really drinkable Spring seasonal. As more people tasted it, we kept getting asked to brew it more often and package it.” – Arches co-founder Ryan Fogelgren
Mexican Empire joins Unseasonable Lager, Southern Bel’, and Queen’s Weisse in the brewery’s 12-ounce can offerings, debuting on June 28th.
Style: Vienna Lager
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (Cans): 6/28/18
Inspired by the surrounding wine country, Silva Brewing The Pink Stuff is now available in Paso Robles, California.
Chuck Silva, the brewery’s co-founder and brewmaster built his brewery in the heart of Paso Robles, a bastion for wine production. In Silva’s own words,
Pittsburgh based Rivertowne Brewing has filed for bankruptcy protection according to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
In the filings, the brewery owes $271,000 to the Pittsburgh Pirates, $103,000 to S&T Bank, plus other debts including rent, utilities, and more. In total, the brewery owes $637,372.58 to various companies.
Rivertowne Brewing was founded in 2002 and has since grown to include five locations around the Pittsburgh area.
According to the brewery, sales of their newest beers are strong, the employees will continue to be paid and the business will continue as normal as a new financial plan is created.
The brewery’s year-round beers include Hali Kahiki (Pineapple fruit beer), Grateful White (witbier), Jump! IPA, and Float Trip IPA.
Terrapin Beer Company’s Frank Skorzewski has announced his retirement as of August 31st of this year. A longtime employee of the brewery Dustin Watts will assume the presidential role upon Skorzewski’s retirement on September 1st.
Frank has held the president seat at Terrapin for the past two years. For that duration, he’s been commuting from his home in South Carolina, well as focusing on smart company growth, and the brewery’s transition into the Tenth & Blake portfolio. Watts, along with co-founder and brewmaster Brian “Spike” Buckowski will lead the brewery into 2019 and beyond.
We’ll miss Frank, but we won’t miss a beat because Dustin will succeed him as president. As Terrapin’s vice president of marketing and sales since January 2006, Dustin has been one of the most prominent faces of the brewery with distributors, retailers and beer drinkers. He joined the brewery in late 2003 and has been a driving force in building the brand, growing the business and developing the team and culture that have been so critical in making Terrapin one of the most successful craft brands across the Southeast and beyond. If you’ve gotten to know Dustin, you know he lives and breathes Terrapin! – Pete Marino, President of Tenth & Blake
Terrapin was founded in Athens, Georgia in 2002. In 2017, the brewery opened the Terrapin Brewlab, a 5 barrel brewhouse in Suntrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves.
In 2018, the brewery is up 25% year-to-date through the end of March and is currently expanding distribution into both Michigan and Wisconsin.
Above: Dustin Watts & his wife Terri in Patagonia – El Chalten, Argentina.
Firestone Walker has added Minnesota distribution this month. The brewery has signed a distribution deal with Artisan Beer Company.
Matt Brynildson, the brewmaster for the Paso Robles, California based brewery hails from Minnesota, making this launch extra special.
“It’s hard to describe how great it feels to finally be able to send our beers into my home State of Minnesota! For the first time since becoming the brewmaster at Firestone Walker 17 years ago, the beers that I helped to create will be available in my family’s restaurant in Litchfield. The long wait is finally over and I can’t wait to get back and have a pint of our beer with my dad.” – Matt Brynildson
Launch beers include Firestone Lager, Nitro Merlin Milk Stout, Pivo Pils, Union Jack, and the latest in the Luponic Distortion Series.
Firestone Walker was founded in 1996. With the addition of Minnesota, the brewery’s lineup can be found in 33 states.
Highland Brewing Company is closing their doors this week. For four days. When they open again on February 23rd, Highland will look a little different.
For multiple decades now, Highland Brewing has sported a kilted Scotsman holding a pint, with the tagline “just a wee bit different”. This week sadly, the Scotsman is retiring.
Leah Wong Ashburn, the president of Highland Brewing and daughter of founder Oskar Wong knew a little while ago that Asheville, North Carolina’s first craft brewery needed a branding change. “Over two decades, we led with beer, and in recent years, we developed our beer portfolio significantly with fresh new styles and our innovative spirit is firing,” Ashburn says. “I love that we are now aligning the message.”
Highland spent most of 2017 collaborating with Austin, Texas-based Helms Workshop on the refresh. The entire beer lineup will still be labeled under the Highland name, but will now depict the Blue Ridge Mountains, where the brewery calls home. The pioneer compass you see is a reminder that Highland was Asheville’s first craft beer.
” We believe in authenticity…You act the same way when no one else is looking. You deliver the same level of quality every time that only you could notice. You are authentic when your actions align with your words. And when our brand aligns with our beer. This refreshed brand is who we are.”
Highland will host a launch celebration in their taproom on February 23rd. Look for the refreshed look on all Highland bottles, cans, and tap handles hitting shelves in the near future.
Texas based Spoetzl Brewery will debut their first ever Super Bowl commercial on February 4th.
The featured called ‘This is Shiner Country’ is not only a first for the Shiner brand, but a first for a craft brewery on this expensive marketing stage. Super Bowl ad spots don’t come cheap, typically costing millions of dollars per second of airtime. Spoetzl disclosed this spot came with a $1.2 million dollar price tag.
‘This is Shiner Country’ is a 30 second spot “reinforces its stake as the iconic Texas craft beer loved by longtime residents while giving a warm welcome to new faces, with a country music twist,” according to the brewery.
Following the debut, the ad will continue to run throughout Texas on local broadcasts for NFL, NBA and MLB.
Spoetzl Brewery was founded in 1909 in Shiner, Texas. Their parent company, Gambrinus, ranked 5th in beer sales volume nationally according to the Brewer’s Association in 2016.
Shiner will debut their first Super Bowl commercial on Sunday