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Posted in Headlines, Victory Brewing Company

Victory Brewing to open downtown Philadelphia brewery in 2020

Victory-Philadelphia-Build

Since 1996, Victory Brewing Company has called Philly-adjacent Downington, Pennsylvania home. Since then, the brewery has expanded to Parkesburg and Kennett Square. Coming in late-2020, Victory will finally have an address in downtown Philadelphia.

A 14,000 square foot state-of-the-art brewery and taproom is being constructed in Center City Philadelphia’s Logan Square area. The location will house a production brewery with a Prospero Brewing System, a scratch kitchen, three separate bars, street-level outdoor seating as well as a rooftop patio.

“We’ve been patiently looking for the perfect downtown Philadelphia location for years. This property, and its iconic address, 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, presents the perfect venue for us to expose both Philly residents and visitors to innovative, quality craft beer while expanding the audience for the entire craft beer industry.” – Victory co-founder Bill Covaleski

Architecture firm Gerner Kronick + Valcarcel has been tapped for the build.

Victory Brewing Company expects the new location on Benjamin Franklin Parkway to be completed by the end of 2020. The cost of the new build was not disclosed.

Below is the Google Maps Street View of the site of Victory’s Philadelphia build. (As of September 2018.)

Posted in Boulder Beer Company, Headlines

Boulder Beer pulls back national distro, laying off staff

Boulder-Beer-Downsizing

Boulder Beer Company is pulling back national distribution, and downsizing operations.

For nearly 30 years, Boulder Beer has been brewing beer in their home in Boulder, Colorado. Citing an “explosive number of brewery openings” and “crowded shelves,” Boulder will focus solely on providing their brewpub at Wilderness Place with beer.

Brewery owner Gina Day made a statement about the move on Boulder’s Facebook page:

Times have changed and change is hard, but I’m ready to put the ‘fun’ back in beer. Our friends will still be able to enjoy our beers in the brewpub, and by brewing in small batches, have a wider variety of options on the ever-rotating specialty taps.  We’re celebrating our milestone 40th Anniversary this year and look forward to furthering our legacy in Boulder and the industry.

The brewery further states the brewery fans will be able to try Boulder’s beers in small batches at the brewpub that is open seven days a week, with even more styles and creations in the future.

Boulder Beer currently produces 16,000 barrels (496,000 gallons) of beer annually and distributes to 34 states. Unfortunately, up to 21 employees will be eliminated as a result of the downsize.

The brewery declined to further comment.

Posted in Arrogant Consortia, Headlines, New Releases, Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Brewing’s collaborates with Jägermeister; ships to select markets

Arrogant Bastard Jagermeister Ale

Arrogant Bastard Jägermeister Ale is headed out to select markets now, a Germany brewed special release for the U.S.

A staple in nearly every bar in America – Jägermeister. The herbal liquor is made with 56 different herbs and takes more than a year to produce. Jäger’s headquarters is in Wolfenbuttel, Germany, nearby Stone’s Berlin brewery that they sold this year. The last collaboration from Stone Berlin is debuting this month- Arrogant Bastard Jagermeister Ale.

The base beer is Arrogant Bastard Ale, an American strong ale that is the flagship beer of Stone’s Arrogant Consortia, the cocky brewing subset of Stone Brewing. According to Lizzie Younkin, public relations manager for the brewery, the beer was brewed after the sale by Stone’s brewers that were hired by Brewdog as they took over the Bern facility. A few senior brewers from Stone’s Escondido brewery also traveled to Berlin to oversee the final pieces of this collaboration.

Jagermeister Arrogant Bastard Ale is brewed with similar spices as the digestif counterpart according to Stone. While the brewery hasn’t disclosed which spices, some of the most notable in Jager are anise, poppy seeds, citrus peels, juniper berries, licorice, and ginseng.

Neither beverage has now, or ever contained deer blood. Sorry internet theorists.

Jagermeister Arrogant Bastard Ale is headed to select markets across the U.S. in October, including California, Colorado, D.C., Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennesee, and Washington.

Style: American Strong Ale (w/ Various spices.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Corked & Caged.  Limited Release.
Debut: October 2019

8.5% ABV

Posted in Headlines, Yuengling

Yuengling partners with Hershey’s on a new chocolate porter

Yuengling Hershey's Chocolate Porter

Two famous Pennsylvania companies – Yuengling and Hershey’s Chocolate, have announced a first of its kind beer collaboration. Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is headed to select markets this month.

The base beer is Yuengling’s nearly 200-year-old Porter recipe, plus “the world-famous taste of Hershey’s chocolate.”

The limited-edition beer uses Yuengling’s unparalleled brewing experience to artfully blend Hershey’s chocolate with caramel and dark roasted malts for a smooth, rich and delightfully chocolaty finish.

Unfortunately we have little knowledge of which chocolates from Hershey’s were used and how. Emails to the brewery/PR agency have not been returned.

Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is a draft only offering while supplies last starting in mid-October. Only select markets will receive the new chocolate offering, including Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, West Virginia, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., Delaware, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Style: Porter (w/ Chocolate.)
Availability: Draft Only. Limited Release.
Debut: Mid October 2019

4.7% ABV

Posted in Headlines, New Releases, Pabst Blue Ribbon

Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee is going national in 2020

PBR Hard Coffee

Pabst Brewing Company confused the hell out of pretty much everyone when they launched PBR Hard Coffee earlier this summer. It’s easy to do when an iconic lager-maker makes something besides… lager. The curveballs keep coming too, with a PBR Whiskey on the way, a boozier version of Pabst Blue Ribbon, and even a hard seltzer. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap your mind around it.

This summer only a handful of markets (like 4 states) got PBR Hard Coffee at the start of July. It was so successful, Pabst is taking the booze-for-breakfast drinking nationwide in 2020.

PBR Hard Coffee is a first for the company uses Arabica and Robusta coffee beans, milk and a touch of vanilla. The finished drink is 5% alcohol by volume. It literally tastes like a boozy yoo-hoo, and you really can’t smell the alcohol on your breath, in case you’re considering a new way to deal with the stresses of your 9-5. (Also, personal editor’s note. Boozy yoo-hoo is the most accurate description I can think of. Some keyboard jockey d-bag called it lazy journalism. That’s fine keyboard jockey d-bag but guess what. That description is pretty damn accurate. This is PBR Hard Coffee, not Shakespeare.)

So if you didn’t get any this summer, 2020 isn’t far away and Hard Coffee will go national. That is if being wired and tipsy is your thing.

PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Headlines, Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Beer Co. makes a big commitment to solar energy

Terrapin-Cherry-Street-Solar

Athens, Georgia based Terrapin Beer Company has formed a partnership with Atlanta’s Cherry Street Energy. Through the partnership, Terrapin becomes the first brewery in the state to purchase solar energy directly at their facility.

Cherry Street Energy installed solar arrays on the brewery’s roof, as well as sunshades in the brewery parking lot. In total, the solar infrastructure will offset nearly 30% of the Terrapin’s energy consumption.

The 30% offset equates to 339 tons of CO2e, saving 362 acres of U.S. forest a year. Think of it like taking almost 70 cars off the road, annually. Cherry Street Energy owns and operates the array, allowing Terrapin avoid steep upfront costs for the panels. CSE will sell the green energy back to the brewery at a competetive rate over their traditonal power utility.

The solar addtion is part of a larger initiatve Terrrapin calls “Terraprint,” which envelops all of the brewery’s sustainability efforts, from water conservation, soil conservation, and energy use.

“Every decision we make at the brewery has an effect. Be it the local waterways we pull from, the energy each shift consumes, the soil we help build through composting, or any of the resources we draw on to manufacture, we choose to be aware of these effects and strive to keep our impact on these resources to a minimum.” – Dustin Watts, President – Terrapin Beer Company

Over the past year, Terrapin has rolled out various sustainability improvements at their Athens facility, including LED lighting installation, steam recapture, waste compost, and the additon of a “no-idling” policy on campus.

Watts is overseeing the Terraprint Initiative. In the many years of interviews with Beer Street Journal, Watts has called for comment everywhere from the brewing deck, to mountain bike trails and hiking trails all over the world. “Sierra Nevada and New Belgium are leaders in brewery sustainablilty,” he says.

“For myself and Terrapin, Terraprint is about what is best for the communities and the enviroment. That’s what matters to us.”

Posted in Founders Brewing, Headlines

Mahou San Miguel to take 90% stake in Founders Brewing

Spanish brewer Mahou San Miguel is taking a majority stake in Founders Brewing. 

In late 2014, it was announced that Mahou would be taking a 30% equity stake in the Grand Rapids-based brewery. Now, Mahou San Miguel is upping that equity stake to 90%.

According to MiBiz.com, papers have been filed documents with the Michigan Liquor Control Board, indicating Spain’s Best Beer Company, an affiliate of Mahou San Miguel would be assuming 90% ownership of Founders Brewing.

The remaining 10% stake will be held by co-founders Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers.

Earlier this year, the same entity took a 70% stake in Colorado’s Avery Brewing.

Founders has now released a statement on the majority purchase, shortly after the news broke:

  • Mahou will assume the larger stake in early 2020.
  • All shareholders in the brewery will be bought out, except Engbers and Stevens
  • Founders states no brewery processes will change with this equity purchase
  • There are no plans for Mahou San Miguel to purchase 100% of the company
  • No Mahou brands are or will be brewed in Michigan
  • The is no intermingling or relationship with Avery, other than shared ownership

If you are wondering “why” Founders sold the additional 60%, this is the only comment Beer Street Journal has the moment:

We decided to partner with Mahou Group in late 2014 to help strengthen the legacy of our brewery; to ensure it would last for generations to come. As Spain’s largest and oldest brewery, Mahou Group values legacy above all else and that value was critical in informing our decision to partner with them.  Mahou Group has allowed us to grow and thrive as an autonomous partner and, even with their increased investment, the plan is to continue to allow us to pursue our dreams as we always have.

The brewery states the financial terms of the deal are confidential and will not be disclosed.

An email to Mike Stevens has not been returned.