Asheville, North Carolina’s Lexington Avenue Brewery, aka “LAB” is changing hands. It is now a part of CANarchy, the craft beer collective that includes Oskar Blues, Cigar City, Perrin Brewing Company, Squatters Craft Beers, Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company, and Three Weavers.
LAB has called Asheville home for more than 9 years now. Mike Healy, the owner of Lexington Avenue Brewery says it’s time for him to do something new. “After nine years at LAB and with a new baby at home, I’m looking for a change. I believe I’m leaving LAB in good hands with CANarchy – they have experience running successful brewpubs; plus, they’ll put time and resources into creating exciting new brews and experiences for craft beer drinkers in Asheville.”
CANarchy is going to do a full renovation of LAB, which includes expanding seating as well as brewing capacity, and renaming the brewpub to the “CANarchy Collaboratory”.
Wayne Wambles of Cigar City Brewing fame will lead the brewing operations the Collaboratory. He will be in charge of creating “cutting-edge flavors and brewing methods; as well as creating limited-edition, small-batch collab beers,” per Canarchy.
The CANarchy Collaboratory is expected to open in March 2019.
An email for more information was not immediately returned.
A barrel-aged Guinness is coming to the United States – a collaboration with Bulleit Bourbon, both owned by Diageo.
The brewery took Guinness Stout brewed in Dublin and aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels at the new Maryland facility.
Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels is the official name of this upcoming release. Full details have not been shared by the brewery or their PR team.
This barrel-aged edition of Guinness will be available in 11.2-ounce bottles.
Founders CBS will return to the brewery’s Barrel-Aged lineup again on November 2nd. This time the horse is missing its rider.
One of the most demanded beers in Grand Rapids, Michigan based Founders Brewing’s lineup is CBS, aka Canadian Breakfast Stout.
The imperial stout is brewed with a blend of coffee and imported chocolates, then aged in spent bourbon barrels that have most recently been aging pure Michigan maple syrup. Folks go insane at the mere mention of this beer.
The first time the world saw bottles of this release was in October of 2011, as the second release in the brewery’s Backstage Series.
Since then, the Backstage Series has grown eventually morphing into the Barrel-Aged Series. Fans begged, but CBS was still missing from the lineup until December of last year.
The brewery has officially confirmed that Founders CBS will be available again in the Grand Rapids taproom and distribution for a third time (in bottles) on November 2nd. This time – the horse has thrown its iconic Canadian Mountie rider. Why? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police filed a legal cease & desist over the depiction of the Mountie seen below. We know it’s not a titillating story, but it solves the mystery behind the horse with no rider on the upcoming bottle.
Update 9/28, 9 AM: Finally confirming Scofflaw’s story in regards a rogue press release that was sent on their behalf stating they would give away free beer to President Trump supporters in Brewdog bars, Frank. the publicist has issued a retraction. As Beer Street Journal mentioned yesterday, the failed promotion was invented solely by Frank. The company’s Facebook page mentions the following
Addtionally, UK journalists received late-day email retractions from the agency’s founder, Andrew Bloch. “You may have received an email with incorrect information regarding Scofflaw Brewery entering the UK market, encouraging Trump supporters to join them for a beer. PLEASE NOTE, THIS WAS INCORRECT INFORMATION AND IS NOT A MESSAGE FROM THE BRAND. Please accept my huge apologies for the confusion and do not run the piece.”
Upon seeing the original press release and social media backlash, Brewdog immediately canceled all events with Atlanta based Scofflaw Brewing and pulled all beer from their taps. Shirah and members of the brewery were in London promoting the launch. According to co-founder Matt Shirah, Brewdog never met with the brewery before taking the actions, starting their own “Hope, not Hate Promotion” on their own.
When asked about the fate of their partnerships and if Brewdog had contacted Scofflaw, Shirah stated “Nothing yet. Now we have to work to repair the damage that has been done to any of our relationships and reputations. I doubt we can recover in Europe, but the support from home has been overwhelming. I’m heading home now, as in I am in the air, so that I can spend time with our friends and brewery supporters”.
The original story appears below.
Atlanta based Scofflaw Brewing is spending the week in the United Kingdom, celebrating the launch of their hoppy lineup in the country thanks to partner BrewDog Brewing. The Scottish craft brewery has been contract brewing and packaging Scofflaw’s cans at their new Ohio facility for the last year while Scofflaw expands into a 50-barrel brewhouse.
The opportunity to expand the business partnership came up over the summer, with Brewdog offering to import Scofflaw’s lineup for the Brewdog guest taps in the UK.
The week was moving along smoothly until last night. Frank., a London based Public Relations Firm sent out a press release to their UK based list promoting Scofflaw and Brewdog joint events. Per the release – Scofflaw would give away free beer if the patrons would dress up as Trump supporters.
Outrage ensued, and social media excoriated Scofflaw for their stunt, prompting Brewdog to send out a tweet early this morning.
Beer Street Journal reached out to Matt Shirah for his side the story. Per Shirah, that press release was not authorized by him or his brewery.
According to Shirah, he made the decision to hire Frank. for the week to promote his joint events in the United Kingdom. The only press release Shirah, or Scofflaw authorized was the initial announcement of the brewery partnership and launch in the UK. Nothing else.
“I was unaware of any press release. The first one was the only one they were tasked to release, you saw the one. I gave them nothing else,” says Shirah.
When asked if Scofflaw Brewing or any brewery employee wrote, or authorized this press release, Shirah immediately responded “They did this without my consent or review. Just made it up. Fiction.”
“The PR firm, one agent, went out on their own. Maybe they don’t like Brewdog. Getting killed here. We can’t even leave the hotel room,” Shirah adds.
“Frank made it up and sent it. It was never a plan. never heard of it until it hit the press,” Shirah continues.
Shirah also mentions that Brewdog had no discussion with him or the brewing team. Brewdog saw the social media reaction and opted to pull the beer and end the partnership over Twitter, in public.
Beer Street Journal has repeatedly contacted Andrew Bloch, founder and managing partner of Frank. Our repeated requests for a statement have been denied. The firm has failed to respond to any request.
Scofflaw has been responding to angry fans on Instagram this morning. Another response to note:
scofflawbeer@thebrewbrotha we were blindsided. Did not come from @scofflawbeer and was not approved by @scofflawbeer. I think @brewdogofficialdid not know what happened either and just reacted. Ping @frankpublicity with questions. Sitting here trying to get them to respond and trying to the bottom of this…and reading all the threats I am getting. #happythursday
Additionally, this morning Scofflaw posted this to Instagram:
Brewdog’s official statement includes a few discussions on America’s politics, as well as offering free beer to people who stand up for “Hope, not Hate”. It’s also important to note that their mention of “Frank PR” erroneously refers to a New York PR firm. The publicst is based in London, and simply called “Frank.”
FREE BEERS FOR PEOPLE WHO STAND FOR HOPE, NOT HATE
Today we were the victim of Fake News, with Scofflaw falsely promoting an offer for Trump supporters in our bars that we had no idea about.
We’d like to again categorically confirm we did not know of, endorse or approve this promotion and as a result we’ll be sending all the Scofflaw beer from our bars back to the US. We had planned to stock their beers in our bars, and hold collaborative tasting events, but nobody ever mentioned anything about Trump to us.
We will also offer that free beer they promised, but this time it will be Punk IPA (or any of our other headliners) to anyone who shows up to our bars in the name of love not hate. All you need to do is tell the bar staff at any UK BrewDog bar, BrewDog Brussels or BrewDog Berlin Mitte you’re a lover not a hater, and we’ll pour you a free pint.
From what we can tell, the rogue press release about the weird Trump offer was sent to media without us ever seeing it, let alone agreeing to it, from Scofflaw’s PR agency, Frank PR. It’s not just that it wasn’t approved that is the issue for us here – it’s the fact that the offer directly contradicts our own views and values at BrewDog.
We’ve been pretty clear about our views here in the past. When The Donald pulled out of the Paris Accord, we produced a protest beer called Make Earth Great Again, drawing attention to the ingredients under threat from climate change and donating profits to climate change action group 10:10.
This story is developing. Check back for more details as they become available …
IHOP, aka the International House of Pancakes, (burgers for a minute but really pancakes), now can tout something new. Beer. You could argue that IHOP is back to IHOB again, and the “B” means beer.
New York-based Keegan Ales worked with IHOP on the creation of this fall-meets-breakfast-meets-beer hybrid – a pumpkin pancake stout. The beer brewed with the chain’s famous buttermilk pancake batter. This is literally the craft beer world folks. Just when you thought we are making beers like this up, we aren’t. It’s all very, very real.
This beer is brewed to promote IHOP’s Pumpkin Spice Pancakes that are available seasonally as you read this. According to Keegan Ales, this stout is a blend of roasty stout flavors, pumpkin, vanilla and pancake batter.
For all the pancake and pastry stout fans comes a bit of bad news. IHOPS Pumpkin Pancake Stout will only be available at select events and locations in the state of New York.
Some folks will be lucky enough to drink in fall, one pancake beer at a time 🍂 .
New Belgium Brewing’s latest collaboration is not with a brewery, but with a bourbon distillery. New Belgium Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale is hitting shelves.
The Fort Collins, Colorado brewery touts this beer as an entirely different kind of bourbon-inspired ale. instead of resting this release in barrels on regular barrel staves, Knob Creek soaked and oak spirals signature bourbon, which New Belgium aged on a rye-heavy ale.
“Our Brewhouse team likes to say that we didn’t just develop a custom extraction technology, but rather, a beer-flavoring ‘missile,’ and we’re thrilled to present our newest, innovative venture with the launch of Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale,” says Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer.
He’s not joking about the “missile” innovation. The brewery’s engineers created a missile-shaped vessel where Knob Creek Bourbon-soaked oak spirals and char from used Knob Creek barrels “mingle” with the high rye ale. This extraction includes harvesting the barrel char, plus a blend of toasted oak spirals at varying degrees to bring all the oak and spice into the liquid.
New Belgium Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft now, while supplies last.
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late September 2018
9% ABV, 20 IBUs
Weeks ago, Budweiser placed locked fridges of Bud Light in parts of Cleveland, Ohio. They were to remain locked until the Browns finally won a football game.
“The Bud Light Browns ‘Victory Fridge’ is a fun way to celebrate and reward a fanbase that has never wavered in enthusiasm or dedication for their team no matter what happens.” – Andy Goeler, Vice-President of Marketing, Bud Light
It’s been 635 days. Finally, the Browns did it. Over the jets in Thursday night football. The fridges are unlocked, and we are told this is where to find them:
- Barley House, 1261 W. 6th St., Cleveland
- Broadway Brewhouse, 3828, 127 S Broadway St., New Philadelphia
- Offshore Bar and Grille, 130 Forest Dr, Willoughby
- Bud’s Corner, 5750 Columbus Rd NE, Louisville
- Grindstone Tap House, 826 Front St, Berea
- Barley House, 222 S Main S.t #1B, Akron
- Merry Arts Pub & Grille, 15607 1/2 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
- Game On Lakewood, 17103 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
- Portage Lakes Basement, 3420 Manchester Rd., Akron
- Panini’s Westlake, 23800 Detroit Rd, Westlake
- Grayton Road Tavern, 4760 Grayton Rd., Cleveland
- The Galaxy Restaurant, 201 Park Center Dr., Wadsworth
- Slim & Jumbo’s, 8101 Main St, Garrettsville
- Loby’s Grille, 4736 Hills and Dales Rd NW, Canton
Even if it is with light beer, Cleveland can finally celebrate. Dilly Dilly.