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Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye, for Beer Camp

Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye

Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye will be part of the new Beer Camp Across America mixed pack in May, 2016.

The last round of Beer Camp Across America in 2014 featured 12 hand-picked breweries that created their own unique beer. In 2016, 30 breweries come together to collaborate, paired by geographic locations.

Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye features five Northern California breweries (plus Hawaii) – a collaboration with Bear RepublicMaui BrewingFaction Brewing, Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery, and Mad River Brewing Co. The team has created a low ABV session ale brewed with hibiscus.

Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye combines our Californian Left Coast love of fruity hops with a touch of Hawaiian “aloha” from the addition of hibiscus flowers, all anchor by robust malts and spicy rye. This session beer is light in body and looks large, like the long shadows of the western sun.

Sierra Nevada West Latitude Session Rye will be a 12 ounce bottle offering in May, a part of the brewery’s Beer Camp Across America 12 pack. The beer will also be featured at the special Beer Camp events across the country.

Style: Pale Ale (w/ Hibiscus)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Release: May, 2016

4.5% ABV

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Posted in Mad River Brewing, Press Releases, Six Rivers Brewery

Introducing Saison Du Humbolt (PR)

HUMBOLDT, CA – For the first time, all five Humboldt County breweries recently came together to create a collaborative beer: Saison Du Humboldt. The beer was crafted by brewers from: Eel River Brewing Company, Lost Coast Brewery, Mad River Brewing Company, Redwood Curtain Brewing Company, and Six Rivers Brewery. It will be unveiled at HumBrews in Arcata on Monday, May 14, to celebrate the kick-off of American Craft Beer Week.

The idea for the collaboration was born when Meredith Ripley, co-owner of Six Rivers Brewery, was with Mad River Brewing Company’s Brewmaster, Dylan Schatz, and Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Tera Spohr, at the Great American Beer Festival shortly after the two breweries released Wee Heavy Ale collaboratively, in honor of Mad River Brewing Company’s anniversary.

“We were talking about how fun it would be to get all the breweries together and brew a great beer in honor of American Craft Beer Week, which runs May 14-20. I put the idea out to the rest of the beer gang in Humboldt and everyone quickly agreed,” said Ripley.

Next, all the brewers met to discuss the style of beer to make and formulate a recipe. They decided on Saison Du Humboldt, based on the Saison style of a sometimes slightly sour, refreshing, and somewhat strong summer ale (5 to 8 percent abv).

“As far as we know, this is the first time such a brew has been collaborated on by five separate breweries. The brew day was quite an event and meeting of the minds among five brewers, each doing their part. I hope it brings the same joy and merriment to all as it did for all of us,” said Carlos Sanchez, brewmaster of Six Rivers Brewery.

The brewing group has fondly dubbed themselves the Six Mad Lost Red Eels to incorporate the name of each brewery and hopes to make the collaboration an annual event.

“I personally would look forward to making a Humboldt Collaboration brew an annual event for American Craft Beer Week, with each edition being a different style every year. This project was great fun and very inspirational to all who participated. We have an amazingly brilliant collection of brewing minds in our area, and it has been a true pleasure to work together with everyone involved,” said Schatz.

Saison Du Humboldt, a one-time edition, limited production run, will be on draught at Humbrews starting Monday, May 14, for the kickoff of American Craft Beer Week which started in 2006 as a national celebration of America’s small and independent craft brewers and their impact on American culture. Saison Du Humboldt will also be available while it lasts at each participating brewery, Blondie’s Food and Drink in Arcata and The Local in E

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Two Brewers, 600 lbs, A Wee Heavy Ale

Mad River Brewing Company and Six Rivers Brewery just released a collaboration celebrating Mad River’s 22nd anniversary.

The beer is a wee heavy ale named for each of the brewery’s head brewers: Dylan Schatz of Mad River and Carlos Sanchez of Six Rivers.  Together the 2 collectively weigh over 600 lbs.  The brewery’s say it’s a beer for those who “appreciate a full-bodied, malty Scotch Ale.”  The collaboration was thought up at the Craft Brewer’s Conference this past year in San Francisco.

“Wee Heavy is a style of beer similar to the Scotch Ale, yet stronger. It is dark amber in color and just over eight percent alcohol. This brew goes great with smoked salmon, oysters and cured meats. Try it with haggis for a genuine Scottish delight,” said Sanchez.

Other notables:

Six Rivers Brewery was involved with last year’s Los Angeles Fashion Week and their Six River’s Bluff Creek Ale was served at the Emmy’s last year.  Their Chili Pepper Ale has been featured in Rachel Ray Magazine. [PressRelease]


Posted in Beer News, Mad River Brewing

Mad River Adds Barrel Aging Program

Mad River Brewing is based in Blue Lake, California.  Just announced recently the official addition of a barrel aging program.  From Mad River:

Our brewing team is very excited about the launching of the Mad River barrel program! February 25th, 2011 saw the filling of Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels with our Steelhead Extra Stout and our John Barleycorn Barleywine 2010 Cellar Reserve.  These barrels will be aged 3 to 4 months for the stout and up to 7 months for the barleywine, with draft release dates to be determined. In addition, an extremely limited bottling of each will be made available at our tasting room in Blue Lake, California. This will be a self-funding and perpetual program in the many years to come

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Mad River Releases Jamaica Sunrise E.S.B.

Mad River Brewing is releasing/shipping a new beer dubbed “Sunrise E.S.B.”.  The beer joins the Jamaican line  of beers by the Blue Lake, California brewery.  Looks like the distribution is fairly limited.  Here’s the press release rundown:

Mad River Brewing Company Releases Jamaica Sunrise E.S.B.

Our third installment to our popular Jamaica line of ales (Jamaica Red and Jamaica Sunset IPA), Jamaica Sunrise E.S.B. is a tribute to the classic English style. Light and crisp, this refreshing session ale is brewed with majority Pale and Aromatic malts and a dash of Carastan.

Full malty flavor and mouth feel are balanced by a continental hop profile provided by Fuggle and Golding hops. 5.4% ABV and 46.3 IBU’s. Available March 1st for limited draft distribution in California, Oregon and Washington.


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Posted in Mad River Brewing, Seasonal Return

Mad River Serious Madness Black Ale

Mad River Brewing Company first released “Serious Madness” black ale on February 13th, 2009 in their seasonal program.  John Barleycorn is also a part of this seasonal series.

Commercial Description:
This beer is inky black with amber edges, light bodied, silky smooth, complex and delicious…

Style: American Black Ale (aka Black IPA)
Hops: Magnum, Hallertau, Tettnanger, Willamette (hop back).
Malts: Two-Row Pale Malt , North American Specialty Malts, German Carafa

Taste Expectations: Lots of roasty malt flavors. Coffee & caramel.  Hoppy black ale with a porter/stout feel.

Availability: 12oz/6pks.  Some draft. Not in all markets.

8.6% ABV

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Mad River John Barleycorn 2009

This barleywine release from Mad River Brewing ( Blue Lake, CA)  is easily one of my favorite barleywines I have ever had.  The flavor profile is more like an English style barleywine, sweet malts, nutty, muted hop profile.  Following precedent, the current release is from the previous harvest year.  This year’s release is 2009.

Commercial Description:
Our Seasonal Offering. We honor the Harvest &Holidays each year by brewing a traditional Barleywine style ale, using a variety of ingredients. The Label, created by local artist Janis Taylor, is a folksy woodcut based on the tale of John Barleycorn in verse.

Brewed in small 10-barrel batches with Certified Organic barley malt, this crimson hued ale has a sweet caramel nose with a zesty spicy, citrus taste. It has a slight hop finish and leaves a warm, tingling sensation on the tongue. A great winter warmer!

Taste Expectations: Malty.  Caramel. Sweetness like brown sugar/molasses/maple syrup.  Dark fruit notes (figs, dates, raisins.) Slight touch of booze in finish.  Not big on hops.  Much like English b-wine.

Availability: 12oz/4pks.  No draft specified.

9.5% ABV