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New Realm Brewing opens Virginia Beach location

New Realm Brewing Virginia Beach

New Realm Brewing opened their first location just days after the start of 2018 in Atlanta. The brewpub was a record breaker in size for The Peach State. By spring, New Realm was at brewing capacity. Founders Carey Falcone, Bob Powers, and Mitch Steele were running at full speed but still had their eye on more.

While spring was looking great for the trio in Atlanta, the news was breaking about California based Green Flash. Comerica Bank was foreclosing on their bank loan, and their CEO was exiting the business. Their new Virginia Beach location was in peril.

Carey Falcone told Beer Street Journal back in April how surprised he was about the Green Flash news. Despite the situation, the location and brewing equipment price was too good to pass up. At the time, they were going to just sit on the capital purchase.

Instead, New Realm opted to go full steam ahead. This summer was spent giving the location facelift and prepping for New Realm Brewing Virginia Beach. Today it opens to the public.

Mitch Steele will head up this second brewhouse as well – a 50 barrel system with an annual capacity of 40,000 barrels with space for 1,000s more. Draft will be distributed around the area through Hoffman Beverage, with cans coming in 2019.

According to Falcone, New Realm is investing heavily in the new facility in the coming year, including an outdoor bar, quality control lab, and full kitchen with 400 seat restaurant.

The tasting room and beer garden are open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Posted in Atlanta Brewing Company, Headlines, Red Brick Brewing

Red Brick changes names back to Atlanta Brewing Company again

Atlanta Brewing Company Refresh 2018

Georgia’s oldest craft brewery started 25 years ago as Atlanta Brewing Company. Then a few years back, the brewery adopted the name Red Brick Brewing. Today, they are making a change again, back to Atlanta Brewing Company.

“The craft beer market has changed significantly over the last several years and we felt it was important to highlight the changes and improvements that we’ve made here at the brewery,” says brewery President Garett Lockhart. Red Brick has changed a lot over the course of the double decades they have been brewing in Atlanta. Years ago, the taproom was a crimson red, had between 6 and 8 taps, and an original XBox.

These days, Hollywood movies have been filmed in the updated taproom that now has 20 taps, with a beer lineup never seen at Atlanta Brewing Company before.

Even today, the taproom is getting another touchup to celebrate the new future.

CODO, an Indianapolis, Indiana based creative agency was selected for the branding updates. The Atlanta Brewing Company logo and core canned products, including new Hartsfield IPA, will have a new look going forward.

Atlanta Brewing Company is hosting a re-branding party on August 31st. Additionally, the brewery has collaborated with local breweries around Georgia in celebration of 25 years.

Posted in 10 Barrel Brewing, Coming Soon, Headlines

10 Barrel Brewing creates a beer with the last Blockbuster Video on Earth

10 Barrel Brewing The Last Blockbuster

There’s an 80’s song that talks about video killing the radio star. Then came the internet, and movie streaming that eventually killed Blockbuster, what was once America’s largest movie rental service. There is only one Blockbuster left, and it’s located in Bend, Oregon. 10 Barrel Brewing is based nearby that last lonely bastion of physical media rental (unless you’re still using Redbox.) Of course, such a thing calls for a beer collaboration. Here’s nostalgic flashback in beer form – 10 Barrel Brewing The Last Blockbuster.

Don’t act like you didn’t snag a mountain of candy on the way out the door on your rental adventure. 10 Barrel Brewing The Last Blockbuster screams popcorn and movie theater candy, and they certainly did so in abundance.

The beer is subtitled a “S1nistor Black Ale’ with nuances of red licorice. The image the brewery is circulating has more theater candy in the background, but no mention of the label.

We’d almost think it’s an April Fool’s Joke if it didn’t pop up in August.

The brewery and PR company of record have not responded to a request for more details… 

Posted in Founders Brewing, Headlines, New Releases

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half is as great as we remember it

Founders Curmudgeon's Better Half 2018

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half, originally the third release in the brewery’s Backstage Series, returns in August.

The grumpy “Curmudgeon” on the label is best known for appearances on hiatus old ale by the same name. In February 2012, the brewery released Curmudgeon’s Better Half as a part of their Backstage Series, now known as the Barrel-Aged Series.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half is the familiar old ale brewed with molasses and aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels. (Similar to Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout.) Fan demand prompted the return of this boozy treat.

Six years later, how is it? Let’s take it back to December. Christmas saw the return of another legendary beer in Founders lineup – Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS). The fans clamored and traded for it like it would cure cancer. The reviews ended up being a little mixed, and here’s our theory why. It’s been a quite a while since the last release, and so many barrel-aged beers have come and gone in that time span. Folks built it up in their minds over the years to a level CBS couldn’t achieve, no matter how good it actually was.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half was pretty great in our opinion six years ago and really hasn’t been subjected to this mental buildup over the past half decade. We never thought we’d see it again. With the first sip, we are instantly reminded of the subtle beauty of this beer. There aren’t a lot of old ales running around breweries these days. The original Curmudgeon was brewed with molasses and had a touch of sweetness that mixes with hints of brown sugar and caramel. This version aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels didn’t throw “Better Half” over the top. Each sip is a subtle symphony of vanilla oak, sweet maple, caramel malt, with a finishing alcoholic heat and lingering sweetness. A slow sipper after dinner, or in a rocking chair on a porch as the sunsets. Our love affair was rekindled immediately.

Every year, the brewery plans to bring new creations to their coveted Barrel-Aged Series, but a few releases from the past beg to be re-released. Founders fans have been begging for Curmudgeon’s Better Half to return since it’s release 6 years ago.  “This was a beer that needed to get back into the rotation,” says Barrel Maestro, Jason Heystek.

Founders Curmudgeon’s Better Half will make its return starting August 24th in the new 12-ounce bottle format, 750-milliliter bottles, as well as draft.

Style: Old Ale (w/ Molasses. Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrel Aged.)
Availability: 750ml bottles, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2012
Latest Return: 8/24/18

12.7% ABV, 35 IBUs

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Headlines

A “tropical staycation” is coming to Bell’s lineup in January

Bell's Larry's Latest Fruit Fight

Bell’s Larry’s Latest Fruit Fight will join the brewery founder’s namesake series in January.

It started with Larry’s Latest Sour Ale earlier this year. The brewery moved this kettle sour into the spot in the lineup previously held by Smitten Rye Ale. Now the series will host a new release in the coming new year – Bell’s Bell’s Larry’s Latest Fruit Fight, brewed with passionfruit, lime zest, and wheat. In the dead of winter, Bell himself bills this tropically themed release as a “staycation beer”:

This is a fun beer with a fun name. When it’s released, it’ll be nice little staycation of sorts, a break from the wintery blues January can bring.” – Larry Bell

Many of the beers in the “Larry’s Latest” series never leave the Eccentric Cafe in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. This Fruit Fight will be just the second beer to be distributed in the series. Expect it in 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce cans, and draft.

Style: Fruited Sour Ale (w/ Passionfruit. Lime Zest.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: January 2019

5% ABV

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Constellation “Craft Team” eliminated in surprise layoffs

Constellation-Brands-Logo

In a conference call this afternoon, Constellation Brands laid off a majority of their craft beer sales team.

According to a source close to the situation, employees thought it was a routine phone call. Ultimately, the company that has purchased Funky Buddha, Ballast Point, and most recently Texas-based Four Corners, eliminated almost their entire sale representatives covering craft brands.

Beer Street Journal is told that the layoffs might include as many as 60 people. (That number has not been confirmed by Constellation.)

Per individuals on the layoff call, the Corona Modelo “Import Team” will take responsibility for the craft brands going forward.

In the past year, Anheuser-Busch eliminated most of their “High End” Division that was responsible for promoting their acquired craft brands, like Wicked Weed, Breckenridge, and Goose Island.

Developing…

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Coming Soon, Headlines

Bell’s Official American Wheat IPA is coming in early 2019

Bell's Official American Wheat IPA

Bell’s Official American Wheat IPA joins the brewery’s year-round portfolio in 2019. 

You still have to wait around 8 months before you find Bell’s Official on shelves – a wheat beer meets American India pale ale. The brewery combines a combination of Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo, and El Dorado hops in a wheat heavy beer. Development of this future release started in 2017, alongside Titania and Larry’s Latest IPA.

Beer fans will enjoy notes of peach, stone fruit and tropical hop characteristics with a dry finish and balanced bitterness; a refined beer for those who love hops and for those who prefer wheat beers.

The brewery hinted this week that Bell’s Official is the first of a few “innovative” announcements to come to through the end of the year.

Look for Official American Wheat IPA in 16-ounce cans, 12-ounce cans, 12-ounce bottles and draft across the brewery’s 40 state distribution plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico in February 2019.

Style: IPA
Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Azacca, Amarillo, El Dorado

Availabilty: 12oz Cans, 16oz Cans, 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2019

6.4% ABV

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