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Bear Republic Brewing distributes to Indiana

Bear Republic Brewing distributes to Indiana

Bear Republic Brewing, based in Cloverdale, California, has announced added distribution to Indiana through Craftroads Beverage. On top of international distribution, Indiana will be the 21st state to find your favorite brews from Bear Republic.

Bear Republic Brewing doesn’t come up short on quality offerings, some year rounders include Racer 5 IPA, Hop Shovel, Pace Car Racer, and Grand-Am. Throughout the years, Bear Republic offerings have won 23 medals from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) with the top winner being Racer 5 IPA, as well as Small Brewing Company and Brewmaster of the Year in 2006.

Jonathan Williman of Bear Republic states:

“We are excited to work with Craftroads Beverage to bring Bear Republic brews to the great state of Indiana, just in time for the Indy 500.”


Posted in Beer News, Don't Miss This, The Rare Barrel, Wicked Weed Brewing Co

Ouch. The Rare Barrel drain pours Wicked Weed

Wicked Weed sells to Anheuser this week and the reactions have been pretty brutal.

Jester King, who were/are friends and past collaborators, basically said “we’re cool” but aren’t working together anymore.

The Rare Barrel, California’s highly desired wild & sour brewery and past collaborator, hasn’t taken the news well either. Today they posted a picture of themselves pouring out their recent collaboration with Wicked Weed, that some weeks ago would have sent beer fans into a self induced tizzy.

Citing core values, The Rare Barrel is pulling out of the second half of their collaboration with Wicked Weed, refusing to serve their beer, and will no longer attend their festivals.

Another big ouch for the newest millionaires on the brewing block.

Full statement from The Rare Barrel below. PIC via The Rare Barrel/Facebook.

This has been an awkward and emotional last 24 hours for us.

Over the years, we’ve become good friends with the Wicked Weed crew. We’ve grown to really respect the people and their beers. We’ve shared many beers together, made a beer together, are in the process of making another beer together, enjoyed events around the country, and hosted Wicked Weed events at our barrel house. We’ve shared some really good times together over the last couple of years.

It’s about values.

Yesterday, Wicked Weed announced that they are selling their brewery to the megabrewery AB InBev (Budweiser, Shock Top). Here at The Rare Barrel, we’ve made a decision not to serve, collaborate with, or affiliate with AB InBev because our values do not align with theirs.

In order to stay true to our values, we’re pulling out of the second part of our collaboration, will not be attending their festivals, and will not be able to serve their beer in our Tasting Room anymore.

While our values diverge and we part ways, we wish the people at Wicked Weed all the best.

Posted in Beer News, Boulevard Brewing, Distribution Expansion

Boulevard Brewing adds Tennessee distribution

Boulevard Brewing adds Tennessee

Kansas City, Missouri based Boulevard Brewing Co. is adding Tennessee distribution this month.

The brewery has signed distribution contracts with four wholesalers – Bounty Bev, Budweiser of Clarksville, Budweiser of Chattanooga, and Cherokee Distributing Company.

Drinkers in The Volunteer State can expect Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Ginger Lemon Radler, Bourbon Barrel Quad and Unfiltered Wheat Beer to hit the state first, followed by seasonal and limited releases.

With the addition of Tennessee, Boulevard beers are available in 39 states and the District of Columbia.

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Wicked Weed vote stripped by NC Brewer’s Guild

Wicked Weed vote stripped by NC Brewer's Guild

This is pretty much standard operating procedure, but it gives you a little more understand of what happens when a brewery gets acquired.

Today Asheville, North Carolina based Wicked Weed Brewing announced they have been acquired by Anheuser-Busch. The reactions have been widespread and mostly negative.

Not long after, Jeffery Stuffings, founder of Austin, Texas based Jester King and previous collaborator with Wicked Weed, denounced the sale and will remove Wicked Weed’s bottles from their taproom

Now, the NC Brewer’s Guild has stripped the voting rights from Wicked Weed. Again, this is standard procedure as the NC Brewer’s Guild 501(c) tax-exempt trade group promotes the state’s craft beer.

Today is a rough day for the some 190 plus employees of Wicked Weed Brewing.

While we are disheartened to hear of the sale of Wicked Weed Brewing Co. to Anheuser Busch, we wish our friends at Wicked Weed all the best. They have certainly made a profound impact on the Asheville beer scene and they’ve helped raise the profile of North Carolina as a craft beer state.

Since our primary mission is to represent our state’s independent craft brewers, Wicked Weed can no longer be a voting member of the NC Craft Brewers Guild. However we sincerely hope they will continue to work alongside us as an affiliate member of our guild as we strive to make North Carolina a nationwide leader in craft brewing. -NC Brewer’s Guild



Posted in Beer News, Brewery Expansions, Red Hare Brewing

Atlanta’s Red Hare Brewing to build in North Carolina

Red Hare Location Shallotte Rendering

Marietta, Georgia based Red Hare Brewing is building a second facility, two states away in North Carolina.

The idea to build a second facility occurred with Red Hare founder Roger Davis, and co-founder and head brewer Bobby Thomas took a trip to Oregon. Open air fermentation paired with the coastal climate inspired the duo to build something similar on the east coast.

Red Hare Brewing has selected the 111 year old former Coastal Drug Company building in Shallotte, North Carolina. American wild and sour ales will be the focus of the new facility.Expect the new space to house a coolship, and plenty of oak for fermentation and aging. Red Hare plans on capturing native yeast and bacteria for use their the wild ale lineup.

The Shallotte, North Carolina location should be open sometime in the second half of 2017. Red Hare has already named R.A.Jeffrey’s and Healy Wholesale as their local distributor.

Posted in Beer News, Cigar City Brewing, Distribution Expansion

Cigar City Brewing adds North Carolina

Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing adds North Carolina distribution this month. The brewery has selected a handful of distributors to cover the state.

This distributor list includes: Skyland Distributing Co., United Beverages of North Carolina, R.H. Barringer Distributing Company, Long Beverage Inc., Carolina Distributing LLC, Healy Wholesale Co Inc., Atlantic Shores Distributors, Coastal Beverage Co. and City Beverage Co Inc.

Fans can expect 12 ounce cans of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, Invasion Pale Ale and Tampa-style Lager. Draft will follow shortly after launch.

North Carolina brings the brewery’s distribution network to eight states, including  Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee. The brewery also distributes to Denmark.

Posted in Beer News, Schlafly Brewing

Schlafly Smoked Stout debuts in Limited Series

Schlafly Smoked Stout

Schlafly Smoked Stout, a new limited release, debuts Valentine’s Day week.

Built for colder weather, Schlafly Smoked Stout truly is a fireside sipper. The barley is smoked with beechwood, giving the beer hints of smoke. The finish is slightly hoppy, with smoke and a touch of chocolate.

“Our Cellar Beers are meant to be conversation pieces. It was a 2017 goal to expand our offerings of
unique, larger format beers and encourage guests to enjoy and share the beers with friends. The Smoked Stout is exactly what you want to be drinking this time of year. Robust and rich, the appropriate amount of hops provide balance while the Belgian crystal malt and German smoked malt lend complexity.” – Ambassador Brewer Stephen Hale

Other limited releases in the series includes Belgian Golden Ale, Baltic Porter, and ESB.

Schlafly Smoked Stout is available in 750 milliliter bottles. ERP, $13.99.

Style: Smoke Beer
Availability: 750ml Bottles
Debut: Valentine’s Week, 2017

8.5% ABV, 45 IBUs