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Short’s Brewing is creating beer inspired marijuana edibles

Short’s Brewing Company has partnered with Green Peak Innovations (GPI) to produce a line of cannabis edibles and infused beverages.

The announcement was made today at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference. GPI will be creating marijuana infused products that mimic Short’s beers, including gummies that taste like Soft Parade, and vape pens that taste like Huma Lupa Licious.

Additionally, the two companies plan on developing a line of marijuana infused sparkling waters, cold brew coffees, teas, and “mocktails”.

THC and cannabis products have been part of our innovation development discussions for years. Short’s Brewing Company.  We’re S”toked” to be working with the team at Green Peak so we can bring some of our next level products and concepts to the market. – Joe Short, Short’s Brewing President

Current state laws prohibit adding THC to alcoholic beverages. When and if the laws change, Short’s plans on expanding into marijuana and CBD infused beers. Additionally, breweries are prohibited from selling THC products on premise.

The first release of the GPI/Shorts products are expected by the end of 2019.

Posted in Goose Island Brewing, Headlines

Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon County is among this year’s variants

Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon County.

Chicago’s Goose Island teased this on social media yesterday, and now we have confirmation. Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon County will be among the variants this year.

This Double Barrel edition is aged in 11-year Elijah Craig bourbon barrels, then another year in 12-year Elijah Craig barrels. According to the brewery, the layering of the vintages along with an extended aging time really brings out something special with the imperial stout.

Goose Island Double Barrel Bourbon Country Brand Stout will be an extremely limited release on November 29th, 2019, aka “Black Friday”.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel-Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 16.9oz Bottles.
Debut: 11/29/19

??% ABV

Image: Goose Island

Posted in Headlines, Pabst Blue Ribbon

Pabst Blue Ribbon Stronger Seltzer hits select test markets today

Pabst Blue Ribbon Stronger Seltzer

Pabst Blue Ribbon Stronger Seltzer debuts this month, hot on the heels of the Pabst Hard Coffee in July.

Hard seltzer is eating the alcoholic beverage industry alive. Boston Beer/Sam Adams owned Truly, as well as White Claw Seltzer is dominating the market. Pabst Blue Ribbon, known for over a century for their lager, is expanding their own portfolio in 2019. First, it was a high alcohol by volume Pabst, known as Pabst Extra. In a weirder portfolio expansion, it was Hard Coffee debuting in July.

Now, Pabst Blue Ribbon Stronger Seltzer debuts in a handful of test markets this month.

Stronger Seltzer is an appropriate name for this seltzer, which touts a bold 8% ABV. Consider it an “imperial hard seltzer”. Only one flavor is available at product launch – Lime, sweetened with sugar alternative Stevia, and containing on one gram of sugar.

“Stronger Seltzer is a fun and innovative new drink that delivers big on taste, and gives our customers something different to enjoy.” – John Newhouse, PBR Brand Manager

Pabst Blue Ribbon Stronger Seltzer will be available in Arizona, California, Montana, and Texas starting August 12th. More markets are expected in the fall.

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Coming Soon, Headlines

Bell’s Light Hearted Ale a potential national release?

Bell's Light Hearted Ale

Bell’s Brewery’s Two Hearted Ale is known epically as one of the best (if not the best) India pale ale in America. As you read this, fans are eagerly awaiting Double Two Hearted Ale, which is basically Two Hearted turned into the Incredible Hulk. The “Hearted Ale” series has a lesser known, lovable lighter side – Light Hearted Ale.

The 110 calorie, 8.7 carb, 3.5% alcohol by volume “light” ale has been a Bell’s General Store exclusiver release, showing up on social media earlier this summer.

By the looks of it, the brewery has redesigned the artwork, presumably in a move to take this session India pale ale national. Sample bottles with the new artwork have surfaced online.

Per the brewery’s description:

Light hearted is everything you love about Two Hearted: 100% centennial hops, balanced, a firm malt backbone, and all of the hop aroma too, from pine to grapefruit.

Bell’s Light Hearted Ale does not appear on the brewery’s release calendar currently.

Style: IPA (Session Beer)
Hops: Centennial
Availability: TBA

3.5% ABV

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Anheuser-Busch acquires another craft brewery – Platform Beer Co.

Anheuser-Busch InBev has acquired another craft brewery, this time with Platform Beer Co. in Ohio.

In a press release issued today, AB announced the sale of Platform, a fast-growing brewery that operates four locations in the state –  a tasting room in Cleveland, a 60-barrel production facility in Cleveland, and tasting rooms in both Columbus and Cincinnati.

Additionally, a sour facility is planned for Cleveland and a new 10 barrel brewhouse in Pittsburgh.

To date, Anheuser-Busch has purchased 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Golden Road Brewing, Blue Point Brewing Company, Veza Sur Brewing Co., Breckenridge Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Elysian Brewing, Four Peaks Brewing, Goose Island, Karbach Brewing Co., Virtue Cider, and Wicked Weed Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Posted in Headlines, Wynwood Brewing

Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages partners with Wynwood Brewing

Richard Branson, creator of the adults only Virgin Voyages cruise line, has partnered with Miami’s Wynwood Brewing on a new craft beer. The yet-to-be-named English pale ale will be sold exclusively on the Scarlet Lady.

Wynwood used American hops and malts, and an English ale yeast (echoing back to Virgin’s British roots).

Featuring a malty body like a traditional EPA, but slightly more bitter and hoppy, with hints of grapes and fruit on the nose with toffee and caramel in the background, the new brew is a drinker’s beer with the approachability in its taste for the novice. The ale is finished with a little touch of roasted malt that gives it its signature red tint.

The Draught Haus on Deck 7 will be one of the first bars on the Scarlet Lady to serve the pale ale. The bar features 8 taps, bottled craft beers and growler service.

Virgin Voyages is asking for beer fans help in naming the new pale ale. Followers can suggest beer names by commenting on the Instagram post (@VirginVoyages) featuring the beer.

Posted in Founders Brewing, Headlines

Founders Underground Mountain Brown ships mid-August

Founders Underground Mountain Brown

Founders Underground Mountain Brown will be the 4th release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series this August. 

Brewery fans know this beer under a different name, Barrel-Aged Sumatra Mountain Brown. Founder takes an imperial brown ale, adds Sumatra coffee, and ages it in bourbon barrels in their caves for nearly a year. This release follows new margarita-inspired Mas Agave, presumably on shelves now.

FOUNDERS MAS AGAVE, BARREL-AGED SERIES #3

A team of malts complements the bold Sumatra coffee perfectly, while time spent immersed in oak creates layers of depth and complexity. A celebration of the barrel, the bean and everything in between.

Founders Underground Mountain Brown will be available in 12- ounce and 750-milliliter bottles, as well as draft, starting in mid-August.

Style: Imperial Brown Ale (w/ Coffee. Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml, 12oz, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: Mid-August 2019

11.9% ABV, 30 IBUs