Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Headlines

Constellation closes two Ballast Point facilities, scraps future build

Constellation Ballast Point Closures

Ballast Point Brewing, who was purchased for a whopping $1 billion dollars in 2015, is downsizing.

“Trade Street”, Ballast Point’s 80,000 square foot barrel-aging facility which includes a good bit of the brewery’s sour/wild ale program will close. Addtionally, the brewery’s Temecula, California location will also close.

Last night, a future ex-employee of Ballast Point Brewing contacted us at Beer Street Journal, speaking off the record in regards to the recent moves. Last August, Constellation surprised more than 60 people, some who had only worked for Constellation a few weeks (we know of folks that left other craft breweries for positions at Constellation just weeks) were all laid off. Constellation reportedly handed the craft sales over to the Modelo import team going forward.

These recent closures and job cuts are, what is characterized by our now unemployed Ballast Point source, as Constellation “right-sizing” the Ballast Point business wing. Or – Ballast Point was not profitable as-is. It’s corporate speak for firing people. This downsizing is seemingly a direct correlation to a reported $86 million dollar impairment charge Constellation recorded for Ballast Point trademarks last summer.

An impairment charge is entered as an expense in the profit & loss account. The carrying amount of the asset is reduced by the impairment amount. This reduces the company’s net worth or book value. The net profit, too, is adversely affected in the year the charge is made. In other words, Ballast Point was grossly overvalued by Constellation Brands, prompting this “right-sizing” move.

The future Ballast Point location in San Francisco has also been scrapped.

There is no confirmed number of the employees affected by the immediate closure of the Temecula location and gradual closure Trade Street facility.

Emails to Constellation have not been returned.

Posted in Coming Soon, Hi Wire Brewing

Pineapple, mango, guava Hi-Wire Tropical Sour this weekend

Hi-Wire Tropical Sour

Hi-Wire Tropical Sour debuts at the brewery’s South Slope location in Asheville, North Carolina this weekend.

The wild ale program at Hi-Wire has constantly impressed us at Beer Street Journal. This new release is a “tropical” inspired oak-aged American wild ale, aged on fresh mango, pineapple, and guava.

Hi-Wire Tropical Sour will only be available in 750-milliliter bottles with no distribution at the brewery this weekend.

Style: American Wild Ale (w/ Pineapple. Mango. Guava.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles. Brewery Only.
Debut: 4/20/19

?? ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Schlafly Brewing

Schlafly releases lager set commemorating Moon landing

Schlafly Lunar Lager Variety

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin touched down on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. In honor of this achievement, St. Louis, Missouri based Schlafly Brewing is debuting a “spacy” new Lunar Lager 12-pack.

The box set contains 4 different lagers – Lift-Off Lager, Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager, Moon Walk Dunkel, and The Eagle Has Landed American LagerLager-style beer was very popular in the 1960’s (thanks to AB, Miller, and Pabst) making the style choice for this commemoration very appropriate.

In the spirit of the ’60s, Schlafly designed the Lunar Lager lineup to reflect the time. The bottle fonts come from popular record albums, including the sans serif font from sci-fi and newspapers. The colors come from 1969 For and General Motors paint chips.

Apollo 11 is one of the most exciting feats for humankind, in our nation and beyond, and its impact clearly lives on to 2019. We thought that the 50th anniversary of such a cultural phenomenon deserved a special beer to celebrate so we are releasing four.” – Stephen Hale, Founding Brewer

Four styles make up the Lunar Lager beers:

Lift-Off Lager – Unfiltered German Lager, 5.5% ABV 20 IBUs
Apollo’s Orbit Black Lager – 5% ABV, 25 IBUs
Moon Walk Dunkel – Dark, malty German-style lager. 4.5% ABV, 20 IBUs
The Eagle Has Landed American Lager – Golden, refreshing American lager. 5% ABV, 25 IBUs

The Schlafly Lunar Lager Variety Pack will be available starting in late-April everywhere the brewery is sold. ERP $13.99.

Style: Lager(s)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: Late April 2019

4.5%- 5.5% ABV

Posted in Anchor Brewing, New Releases

Anchor San Franpsycho IPA returns for a second summer, in cans

Anchor San Franpsycho IPA

As Anchor San Franpsycho IPA returns for a second summer, this year you’ll find it in cans for the first time.

Peaches and apricots highlight this warm weather IPA, brewed with El Dorado, Eureka, Cascade, and Simcoe Cryo hops. A collaboration with outdoor lifestyle brand San Franpsycho.

San Franpsycho IPA  evokes strong tropical fruit flavor and aromatics with a slightly sweet finish.  To amplify the delicious stone fruit taste, peach and apricot purees were added in secondary fermentation.

Anchor San Franpsycho IPA debuts at a release party on April 27 at the brewery’s Public Taps in San Francisco. Look for it in 12-ounce cans and draft for a limited time.

Style: IPA (w/ Apricots. Peaches.)
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Seasonal.
Latest Return: Late April 2019

6.3% ABV

Posted in Bhramari Brewhouse, Coming Soon

Hemp infused Bhramari Franny’s Farmhouse debuts on 4/20

Bhramari Franny's Farmhouse

Bhramari Franny’s Farmhouse debuts on 4/20, with good reason. This beer is infused with hemp.

Franny’s is a collaboration between Asheville based Bhramari Brewhouse, Listermann Brewing, and White Labs Asheville. The hemp has been supplied by Franny’s Farmacy, the city’s go-to stop for hemp and CBD oil.

Franny’s Farmhouse Ale will be Available in 16oz. Cans & on Draft.

Style: Farmhouse Ale (w/ Hemp.)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: 4/20/19

5.5% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns Voyage kicks off a new “Wooden Vat” Series

Three Taverns Voyage

Three Taverns Voyage, a new open fermented mixed culture saison, debuts today. 

This unique release is a mixed culture saison, which uses Three Tavern’s house saison yeast, Georgia-grown wheat, and North Carolina rye. Voyage is the first in a series of ‘Wooden Vat’ releases by the Decatur, Georgia based brewery.

No, this isn’t fermented in steel. Three Taverns Voyage is open-fermented in oak. Old world style.

…Crafted with Georgia grown wheat and NC artisan rye then open fermented in an oak vat with our house saison blend, bright aromas of citrus and pineapple mingle with a bouyant funkiness to create a complex drinking experience.

Those with the appreciation of funky, open-fermented, Belgian-style wild ales can seek this at the brewery starting April 5th.

Style: American Wild Ale (Oak Aged)
Availability: 12.7oz Bottles. Limited Release.

Debut: 4/5/19

6% ABV

Posted in Saint Arnold Brewing, Seasonal Return

It’s summer in Texas when Saint Arnold Summer Pils returns

Saint Arnold Summer Pils

Saint Arnold Summer Pils has returned ahead of hot summer Texas days.

This true Bohemian-style pilsner has been brewed since 1997. The brewery imports Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops to an authentic hop flavor, which balances out the touch of sweet malt flavor in the finish.

Saint Arnold Summer Pils is available from April to August in 12-ounce cans and draft.

Style: Pilsner
Hops: Hallertau, Saaz
Availability: 12 oz bottles, Draft
Latest Return: April 2019

4.9% ABV 

Image: Saint Arnold