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Great Raft Reasonably Corrupt Launching in Cans

Great Raft Reasonably Corrupt Black Lager

Great Raft Brewing (Shreveport, LA) will launch a new can – Reasonably Corrupt, in November. This will be the third year round can offering.

Great Raft Reasonably Corrupt is a black lager, an offering the brewery never expected to give the 365 treatment. A sleeper hit, if you will.

“We never anticipated canning Reasonably Corrupt as a year-round offering, but our fan base has been loud and clear,” said Andrew Nations, co-founder and president of Great Raft Brewing.

While Resonably Corrupt has already been available on draft, six pack cans hit retailers just after Halloween. The brewery commissioned Status Serigraph of Knoxville, Tennessee with typography from DeRouen & Co. of Austin, Texas.

The name? A jab a Louisiana politics.

Style: Schwarzbier
Hops: Fuggle, Hallertau
Malts: Premium Pilsen, Chocolate, Caramel, Munich

Availability: Draft (Current) Cans (November, 2014)

5.5% ABV, 30 IBUS

Posted in Beer News, Don't Miss This, Spencer Brewery

Spencer Trappist Brewery to Distribute to Georgia

Spencer Trappist Ale

America’s only Trappist brewery will soon distribute in the state of Georgia. Massachusett’s based Spencer Trappist has signed a new distribution deal with Atlanta Beverage and Eagle Rock to bring their (currently one offering) to the state.

Details are currently being finalized, but the distributors tell Beer Street Journal they are wrapping up all the legal documents to push forward.

Of the 180 Trappist monasteries in the world, only 9 are also breweries. Those 9 are Chimay, Rochefort, Orval, Achel, Westmalle, Westvleteren, Koningshoeven, Stift Engelzell, and now Spencer. The International Trappist Organization recognizes these breweries as Trappist, and each carry the Trappist logo on their bottles. None are in the United States. Until now.

The Saint Joseph Abbey added the brewery, under the advisement of Chimay.

Spencer has just one offering right now, Spencer Trappist Ale, a Belgian-style pale ale, packaged in 11.2oz bottles.

Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Beer News, Don't Miss This

Ballast Point Victory at Sea Returns Friday. Brewery Teases Year Round

Ballast Point Victory at Sea

Ballast Point Brewing Victory at Sea returns this Friday. The imperial porter is brewed with vanilla beans, and coffee. It never sticks around very long.

Our Victory at Sea Imperial Porter is a bold, smooth brew with just the right amount of sweetness. We infused this robust porter with whole vanilla beans and San Diego’s own Caffe Calabria coffee beans. The subtle roasted notes and minimal acidity of the cold brewed coffee, balances perfectly with the sweet caramel undertones of the malt, creating a winning combination for your palate.

Ballast Point Victory at Sea is available in 22oz bottles and draft. The brewery teased fans this week by saying it might become a year round offering. We can always hope.

Style: Imperial Porter (w/ Coffee, Vanilla Beans)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft. Limited Release

10% ABV

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Great American Beer Fest Tickets on Sale Today [SOLD OUT]

GABF Pour Pic

Friendly reminder that Great American Beer Festival tickets go on sale today at 12 noon EST.

The beer fest, largest of it’s kind, is held annually in Denver, Colorado. This year, GABF expects more than 700 breweries pouring, and an even larger competition spanning 90 categories.

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Image via the Brewer’s Association

Posted in Beer News, Don't Miss This

Buy Now: Stone & Alesmith “Unknown” Collaboration

Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) has unlocked a new “Groundbreaking Collaboration” beer, this time with Alesmith Brewing.  What is the beer? Well, we don’t know yet. Stone promises a beer that they’re going to make you a beer that will take time and a lot of money to brew it, and it will be worth that time and money. They have a great track record, after all!”

Your $30 dollar purchase of a 1.5 Liter bottle gets you all of what’s below:

  • Voucher for one (1) 1.5-liter bottle of beer, which is the size of two 750-milliliter bottles (yay, math!). Such a deal for what will be an awesome beer.
  • AleSmith and Stone promise that they’re going to make you a beer that will take time and a lot of money to brew it, and it will be worth that time and money. They have a great track record, after all!
  • Incredible “Team Stone for a Day” benefit when you (or your mule) pick up the beer: choose from 50% off in our Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens restaurant (up to $50 value) OR 40%-50% off on merchandise at our Stone Company Store (up to $200 value!). Your call.
  • An official Thank-you with your name in the credits of the video we will make to document the brew day for this beer featuring Peter and Greg.
  • $10 Gift Card to AleSmith that won’t expire for a good ten years.
  • Wow, this is good stuff, and to be honest, once you do the math you’ll see you’d kinda be nuts to pass it up. Or a fizzy yellow beer drinker.
  • If you live in Europe, then shipping beer direct to you isn’t the legal tangle it is in the U.S. So, when we notify you that the beer is ready, you’ll have the option to choose to pay to have it shipped to you. (But you’ll probably want to come pick it up in person, as you’d miss out on the awesome aforementioned Team Stone for a Day benefit!)
  • Pickup locations include: Stone Company Store – Escondido, Stone Company Store – Pasadena, Stone Company Store – Berlin and Stone’s yet-to-be-determined location East of the Mississippi. You don’t have to decide now which pickup spot you want. We’ll ping you for your choice once the beer is ready.
  • No worries about a narrow pickup window: You (or your mule) will have ONE (1) YEAR from the date it becomes available to pick it up.


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Posted in Beer News

Stone Teases Epic New Project

Stone Project Teaser

Stone Brewing Co. (Escondido, CA) is teasing new project that they will reveal tomorrow. The brewery is playing it up to be pretty epic too.

We know you’ll want to be a part of it, and that years from now, you’ll proudly tell your grandkids stories of how you were there when it all started. We’ll send you the specifics tomorrow, so set your alarm for 10am PT, Saturday, July 19th and get ready to become a forerunner in the worldwide revolution.

Sounds pretty big. We’ll all know soon enough.


UPDATE 7/19: Stone announces Berlin, Germany

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Extremely Limited Distribution for Stone’s w00tstout 2.0


Citing how difficult it is to brew, the next round of Stone Brewing Co.’s geeky collaboration w00tstout 2.0’s distribution will be limited to just Southern California and Kentucky.

Good luck tracking it down…