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Atlas Brew Works sues federal government over shutdown delays

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The government shutdown is not only taking its toll on the government workers not receiving a paycheck, but on America’s beer industry as well.

Washington D.C. based Atlas Brew Works is opting to do something about it. This week, the brewery filed a lawsuit against the government citing free speech issues dealing with federal label approvals. Without label approvals, Atlas, as well as the nation’s brewers cannot ship new beers out of state. No certificate of label approval, no beer across state lines.

The lawsuit frames the brewery’s labels as a form of free speech, protected by the First Amendment. By extension, the need for a “license” in order to practice free speech is unconstitutional.

Atlas Brew Works is asking the court to step in, in order to get their new seasonal releases into the market on time. Right now the clock is ticking on the brewery’s Precious One, a new apricot IPA. The lack of label approval is keeping this beer in the tanks, unable to be sold.

As of the date of this article, the government shutdown is headed into the 27th day making it the longest in U.S. history.  Democrats and the White House remain at odds over granting Trump $5 billion for a wall on the southern border of the country.

Image: Atlas Brew Works (Facebook)

Posted in Allagash Brewing, Headlines

Rejoice! Allagash White is finally in cans

Allagash White Can

The best news you’ll read today comes from Portland, Maine. For the first time in 24 years, Allagash White is finally available in cans.

Early last year, Allagash released their first canned offering, Hoppy Table Beer. Yes, the fact that it wasn’t White shocked pretty much everyone. We needed to know why.

When the brewery opened in 1995, founder Rob Tod only had one beer in his arsenal – White. In the years since, Allagash White has become an icon in craft beer, in more than just the 17 states you can find the brewery’s beers.

Allagash has very stringent quality standards for their success. Almost daily, the employees take sensory tests in order to judge and maintain their beer’s quality. So much of that process surrounds White. Sure, it would have been easy to hook up a brite tank of one of America’s best witbiers to the canning line and let it run. But for Rod Tod and team, they decided to take their time with transitioning White to cans. Per Jeff Pillet-Shore, marketing director for Allagash, “That beer defines us. When we were ready to release the cans, we would simply know”. “We had to get it right,” he adds.

Initially, 16-ounce cans of White will be available at the brewery and then surrounding areas, like New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Western/Upstate New York – eventually becoming available in all 17 states where Allagash is found.

If you ask our opinion, Allagash White is absolutely one of the best offerings in American craft beer. White belongs in aluminum. Now it can now truly go every you go.

It’s a great day.

Images: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Headlines

Ballast Point is now Disneyland’s first on-site brewery

Ballast Point Disneyland Build

Ballast Point Brewing is now a part of the “The Happiest Place on Earth”. The brewery has opened a new location in the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim California.

While Anaheim’s Disneyland Park is dry, keeping in line with founder Walt Disney’s vision, the Downtown Disney District started serving alcohol since 2001. Ballast Point is now the first brewery in that district.

According to Ballast Point, it was Disney that approached them first about this opportunity.

Today is an exciting day as we officially welcome Ballast Point to the Downtown Disney® District family. We strive to consistently bring fresh and innovative concepts to the Downtown Disney District that we know our guests will enjoy, and Ballast Point is the perfect Southern California brand to bring its unique blend of great beer, good food, and a family-friendly atmosphere.” – Patrick Finnegan, VP of Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney.

On January 16th, Ballast Point will open a 7,000 square foot tasting room, brewery, and kitchen. The brewery has hired Executive Sous Chef, Joey Lerma to oversee the culinary arm of the brewpub. The menu will offer a mix of Southern California staples, like Baja-style fish tacos, house-made pretzels with beer mustard, and (because it’s Disney) an extensive children’s menu. $1 dollar will be donated for every kid’s meal ordered at the new location to No Kid Hungry, a national organization providing children with nutritious food options in an effort to end child hunger.

The brewhouse is a 3 barrel R&D brewery (about 90 gallons per brew), but boast 100 taps for the 220-seat restaurant. Expect their flagship Sculpin IPA always on tap, as well as a plethora of limited edition, small batch beers.

Ballast Point Brewing was started in 1996 by Jack White in San Diego, California. In 2015, Constellation Brands purchased the brewery for $1 billion dollars.

In 2015, Ballast Point sold to Constellation Brands for a record-breaking $1 Billion dollars. The brewery currently operates locations in the Miramar, Scripps Ranch and Little Italy areas of San Diego as well as Long Beach, California, and Daleville, Virginia.

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Posted in Headlines

Goose Island challenges “armchair kickers” to kick field goal for free beer

Goose Island Bears Kicker

If you don’t watch sports, you’ve at least heard of the epic last-second field goal miss by Cody Parkey of the Chicago Bears on Sunday – now dubbed “Doink, Doink.” (Watch the kick and see why.)

Bears fans were less than forgiving. Parkey was booed off the field and was met with some pretty heavy social media vitriol and death threats.

Goose Island Beer Co. is doubling down on their backing of the kicker, who incidentally scored more points than the entire Bears offense, by the way. In a series of tweets, the folks at Goose called out the “armchair kickers” of the world for destroying Parkey. The brewery is even going as far as building a field goal post out front of their Chicago production facility, offering free beer for a year to anyone that can kick a 43-year field goal.

The event takes place on January 12th. The brewery has posted a set of rules you’ll find below.

Guess it’s time for Chicago Bears fans put their kicking foot where their Twitter handle is.

FLY EAGLES FLY 🦅

Posted in Headlines

Blue Moon named official “craft beer” of the Kentucky Derby

Blue Moon Kentucky Derby

Blue Moon, a division of MillerCoors announced today they are the official “craft beer” of the Kentucky Derby, as well as the first-ever beer sponsor of Churchhill Downs Racetrack.

The multi-year deal grants Blue Moon as the exclusive beer for both the racetrack and the Kentucky Derby, year-round.

Additionally, Blue Moon has announced the addition of the Blue Moon Taproom and Balcony at Churchill Downs, overlooking the paddock area. The buildout will be similar in concept and offerings as their Denver brewery. Furthermore, Blue Moon will be the title sponsor of Churchill Downs Twilight Thursday racing series, as well as adding a pop-up venue in the infield on Derby Day.

The most interesting piece of this story is Blue Moon’s frequent usage of the term “craft beer”. The Brewer’s Association defines the term as independently own breweries producing less than 6 million barrels of beer annually. The term is highly coveted and revered by the nation’s 7,000 craft brewers.

According to the Brewer’s Association, Blue Moon being a whole owned subsidiary of MillerCoors does not qualify as “craft brewer” status. The term craft brewer is not a legally protected one, which allows Blue Moon to call their product, a craft beer – much to the chagrin of many of America’s small and independent brewers.

Expect the Blue Moon/Derby Partnership to be supported by national social and digital media campaigns, plus branded glassware, bowties, pocket squares, seersucker vests and more.

Posted in Founders Brewing, Headlines, New Releases

Founders Blushing Monk returns after multi-year hiatus

Founders Blushing Monk 2019

Founders  Blushing Monk makes a return to the brewery’s Limited Release Series in 2019. 

Back by popular demand Blushing Monk, considered the older, boozier sibling to raspberry heavy Rubaeus is the first release in the brewery’s Limited Series in 2019. The fruit beer is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain on a “abundance” of raspberries.

Fruit-forward ferment aromas and spice esters combine with an abundance of raspberries for a tart and luscious, raspberry-jam character.

Founders Blushing Monk will be available nationwide in both 750-milliliter bottles, new 12-ounce bottles and draft starting January 4th.

Style: Fruit Beer (w/ Raspberries.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles. Draft. Limited Release.
Latest Release: January 2019

9.2% ABV

Image: Founders Brewing

Ed Note: Removed the 750ml bottle size. Only 12oz will be available. 

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Headlines, Seasonal Return

Bell’s Hopslam 2019 returns today. Here’s the shipping schedule

Bell's Hopslam cans brewery

Bell’s Hopslam returns again for 2019 starting today. Below are all the details you’ll need to get your annual hoppy fix.

Starting in 2016, the Comstock, Michigan based brewery started shipping Hopslam in cans for the first time, and dropping Hopslam bottles from the lineup.

This year, the 1.32-gallon mini-kegs, aka the “hangover maker” will also hit shelves in limited quantities.

Bell’s Hopslam is an imperial IPA brewed with Michigan honey, easily ranking among one of the brewery’s most popular releases. The Double IPA will start shipping in waves beginning the first week of January to their home state of Michigan, then to the rest of their distribution area.

January 2nd: Bell’s Eccentric Cafe.

Hopslam cans will start shipping on Jan. 3: Counties in lower Michigan: Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Shiawassee, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne.

Week of Jan. 7: Remaining counties in Michigan (including the U.P.), Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusettes, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraksa, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee (Roanne, Scott, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Coche, Sevier, Blount, Loudon, Shelby, Cheatham, Davidson, Wilson, Trousdale, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Bledsoe, Rhea, Seqatchie and Hamilton counties), Vermont and Wisconsin

Week of Jan. 14: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Deleware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee (remaining counties), Texas, Virginia, West Virginia,

Bell’s Hopslam is a 12-ounce can, mini-keg, and draft limited release.

Style: Imperial IPA (w/ Honey)
Availability: 12oz Cans, 1.32 Gallon Mini-Keg, Draft.
Latest Return: Early January 2019

10% ABV

Images via Bell’s Brewery.