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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

Posted in Beer News

Founders Brewing adds Oregon, Idaho

Founders Brewing Logo

Grand Rapids, Michigan based Founders Brewing is adding distrubiton to both Idaho and Washington this month.

The Oregon market will be serviced by Oregon City-based General Distributors Inc. (covering the northern part of the state), Bigfoot Beverage (central Oregon), and and Summit Distributing (southern Oregon). Launch events will take place the week of February 5th in Portland.

Founders has chosen the Odom Corporation and Craig Stein Beverage for Idaho distribution. Launch events will be held in Boise, Idaho starting February 15th.

Fans of Founders in both states can expect Founders’ year-round releases, as well as limited release offerings in bottles, cans, and draft.

Posted in Beer News, Bell's Brewing

You can have Bell’s Brewery send your Valentine card

If you have someone in your life you love as much as beer, Bell’s Brewery can help you with that.

For a limited time you can chose your card design and Bell’s will physically send a card to your sweetie’s address. Mushy message included.

The website is live now, corresponding with a very fitting beer not only for Valentine’s Day, but spring as well, Smitten Rye. The seasonal can release is headed back to. shelves as your are reading this.

As for the Valentine’s Day cards, don’t wait. The brewery only sends out a limited number of cards. Otherwise you’ll have to settle for e-cards…

Posted in Beer News, Burial Beer Co, Distribution Expansion

Burial Beer Co. is now available in New York

Burial Beer Logo

Asheville, North Carolina’s Burial Beer Co. is now available in New York. The brewery is being distributed by Union Beer.

Jess Reiser, Burial’s co-founder, grew up in Brooklyn, and has set her sites on home once the brewery finished their production expansion.

“Despite the, sometimes daunting, size of New York City, it is my home. It is where I grew up, my roots are there and I couldn’t be happier to be bringing our passion home. ”  Jess Reiser

Launch events have been happening all week around the city, some hosted with their friends Other Half Brewing, Three’s Brewing and Transmitter Brewing.

Posted in Beer News

Cigar City El Coco (a tropical coconut flan ale)

Cigar City El Coco

A new nitro pour lager is hitting taps this month – Cigar City El Coco, a tropical coconut flan ale.

This release is inspired by a past collaboration with Chicago’s 5 Rabbit Cerveceria El Bizarrón, a porter brewed with caramelized plantains. In keeping with the beer-meets-Latin food theme, comes a El Coco, inspired by the brewery’s favorite dessert – flan.

Dulce de leche and coconut help create this nitro lager. Expect tropical flavors like coconut in each sip. The name – El Coco, is for a mythical bogeyman in Latin folklore by the same name. Legend has it that parents in Spain and Latin America invoke Coco to discourage children from misbehaving, otherwise he will eat you.

Coconut milk and brown sugar aromas mingle with cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma of this assertively aromatic tropical ale. Flavors of coconut flan, bread crust and allspice are supported by a full body enhanced by dispense on a nitrogen line, creating a true dessert beer that eschews sweetness for balance and harmony.

Coconut milk and brown sugar aromas mingle with cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma of this assertively aromatic tropical ale. Flavors of coconut flan, bread crust and allspice are supported by a full body enhanced by dispense on a nitrogen line, creating a true dessert beer that eschews sweetness for balance and harmony

Cigar City El Coco is part of a whole series of nitro tap offerings coming this year. This release is available now  through February, 2017.

Style: Lager (w/ Dulce de Leche, Coconut. Nitro Pour)
Availability: Draft Only
Debut: January, 2017

8.5% ABV, 22 IBUs