Posted in Headlines

New Belgium Brewing acquired by Kirin-owned global beverage company

New Belgium Brewing Sell

Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing has been acquired by Lion Little World Beverages, a subsidiary of Kirin Holdings Company Limited, a Japan-based company.

New Belgium is the largest craft brewery in Colorado, as well as employee-owned. Beer Street Journal is told those employee-owners will receive north of $100,000 dollars each in retirement money through the deal, which will close by the end of 2019 for an undisclosed amount.

In a letter to the employees of New Belgium, which spans both Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, North Carolina, founder Kim Jordan wrote “… We will no longer be employee-owned and it would be easy to see that as a drawback… but here’s another way to look at it.. Over the life of our ESOP, the total amount paid to current and former employees will be nearly $190 million dollars.

Magnolia Brewing Company, in which New Belgium owns an ownership stake, is included in the deal. The minority stake that New Belgium doesn’t own will be acquired from Dick Cantwell and Oud Beersel. Cantwell is said to still play a role in the company going forward.

Lion Little World is a global craft beverage company, that is owned by Kirin Holdings Limited. Kirin also owns a 24.5% stake in New York’s Brooklyn Brewery.


Posted in Don't Miss This, Oskar Blues Brewing, Seasonal Return

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy returns nationally in November

Oskar Blue Barrel Aged Ten Fidy 2019

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy will be available nationally again this month. This time around, the stout is getting a little packaging makeover.

It takes the better part of a year to brew and barrel-age Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy. 19.2-ounce cans of the imperial stout were first found in the brewery’s taprooms in fall of 2015. The demand was so high, Oskar Blues ramped up production and made it nationally available for the first time in 2016.

This month, Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy will be nationally available again, but this time in 12-ounce cans. Ten Fidy is aged in a blend of Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for at least 8 months.

“Ten FIDY is a complicated beer for our brewers but they really dig into the behemoth task of delivering a big-time stout. Barrel-aging ups the ante even further – ramping up the chocolate, coffee and roasted notes to the maximum.”  Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations

To celebrate this beer’s return, Oskar Blues is releasing variety 4-packs of barrel aged variants of Ten FIDY, including JAHvanilla, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Hazelnut Praline, and Java on November 29th.

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy is available in 12-ounce cans and limited draft by mid-November 2019.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 19.2oz Cans, Draft.
Latest Release: Shipping Nationally, November 2019

12.9% ABV

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten Fidy

The previous 19.2oz release. PIC: Beer Street Journal

Posted in Bell's Brewing, Coming Soon, Don't Miss This

Bell’s Brewery is releasing ‘Goin’ Dark’ to honor veterans & active military

Bell's Goin' Dark Coffee Milk Stout

Bell’s Brewery is honoring veterans and active service military with a special beer release for Veteran’s Day. Bell’s Goin’ Dark debuts at the brewery’s Eccentric Cafe on November 11th.

Goin’ Dark is a coffee milk stout brewed with bourbon barrel-aged coffee beans. This beer was visualized, conceived, brewed and packaged by a team of 20 Bell’s employees that served in the military or currently enlisted or have families actively serving.

“It’s an honor to recognize the men and women in our military as well as their families and extend that celebration to those who make that sacrifice.” – Larry Bell, Founder & President

Additionally, Bell’s is working with Section Collection, a nonprofit that provides support for veterans in need.

Bell’s Goin’ Dark will be available exclusively at the Eccentric Cafe on November 11th, in 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: Milk Stout (w/ Coffee.)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. Brewery Release.
Debut: 11/11/19

6.3% ABV

Posted in Founders Brewing, Headlines

Founders settles racial discrimination case, both parties issue statement

Founders Brewing Logo

Founders Brewing has been embroiled in a very public racial discrimination case. This afternoon, the Grand Rapids, Michigan brewery issued a statement about the case, additionally stating the case has been settled. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

Below are the statements from Founders and Tracy Evans in their entirety.

This is a developing story… 

Founders Statement
We are pleased to settle this case and focus on the future. Through recent discussions with Tracy, we listened, engaged in self-discovery, and reached common ground to make amends. We agreed that nobody be viewed at fault here. Most importantly, this serves as an opportunity to place our full attention on the work we now have to do, as a company of more than 600 dedicated team members, to rebuild our relationships.

Significantly, we are committed to moving the cause of diversity and inclusion forward for Founders. We want every employee to feel valued, respected and safe. We abhor discriminatory action of any type and believe that beer should bring people together and not divide.

-Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers, Co-Founders

Tracy’s Statement:
I am not going to say too much here but I want the world to know the power we have when we step forward and make ourselves heard. Upon hearing us, businesses also have the power to make changes or not. I don’t know what happens from here within the doors of Founders Brewing Co. I do know this; we have legal resolution and we have started looking at how ALL of this is affecting human lives. I don’t know what Dave and Mike have planned for the future, but I know that that “seeing color” and valuing people for who they are, and their collection of experiences is the mission. Learning from our mistakes is also part of the mission.  Founders as a whole made some bad choices. I, as an individual made some mistakes but on this day we look to move forward. When someone offers to change, as humans we have a few choices and I have made the choice to see what Founders does with the path that they are about to take. To those that were affected by all of this within Founders and had nothing to do with this, I apologize. To the few of those that were affected by this and you are a part of the problem, I hope you listen to what your company is about to start saying. Craft beer is about coming together and celebrating our differences and no dollar amount should make a company want to forget that. A company is nothing without its workers and you deserve to be valued as such and there should be a clear line of what those goals are. As there are still people working for Founders that I still love very dearly, I hope for nothing but the best for Founders in the future. I will also be moving on and continuing this fight around the world as the issues that I experienced at Founders are not just a Founders issue, they happen everywhere and I vow to continue to be a vessel to help both employers and employees become better at acknowledging, understanding and dealing with them.

Love you all, thanks for the support and let’s continue to stand up for what’s right.

-Tracy Evans


Posted in Headlines

MillerCoors restructures, slashes 500 jobs, renames company

Molsen Coors announced a massive company restructuring today, which will essentially end the MillerCoors brand. The U.S. based business will be combined with their Latin America and Canadian entities.

MillerCoors as you’ve come to know it is no more. Somewhere between 400 and 500 salaried jobs will be cut.

Molsen Coors CEO Gavin Hattersley said in an announcement on Wednesday a massive restructuring plan. Molson Coors Brewing Co. will now be known as Molson Coors Beverage Co., as the brewer expands beyond beer into more beverages.

The MillerCoors office in Denver, Colorado, making Chicago the North American headquarters. The rest of the support functions, including finance, information technology, procurement, supply chain, legal and human resources, will be consolidated in Milwaukee.

Light beer decline? In 2018, sales of Miller Lite dropped 1.3% and Coors Light declined 3.9%. Some reports put the blame on the rise of craft brewing, while mainstream media is has started to blame big beer decline on Millenials.

Financial reinvestment. Molson Coors states that the savings from the company restructuring will be funneled into investments behind its brands, expansions into the beyond beer space, and digital capabilities, although the company didn’t state what those are.

Pete Coors will retire as the company’s chief customer relations officer at the end of the year, assuming the role of vice-chairman of the Molson Coors board and company ambassador.

According to MillerCoors “Behind the Beer” company blog, CEO Hattersley closed the announcement by saying “We cannot and will not wait. We will move faster and free up resources. We will invest in our brands and in our capabilities. We will regain the glory of our past, and we will create a brighter future for the Molson Coors Beverage Company.


Posted in Seasonal Return, Three Taverns Brewery

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep, “the barrel-aged monster” returns

Three Taverns Helm's Deep 2019

Three Taverns Helm’s Deep returns to the Decatur, Georgia brewery again on November 2nd. 

This imperial stout was initially a long time coming. Ahead of the original release in 2016, the crew at Three Taverns has been aging this monster in various bourbon barrels, looking for the perfect oaky compliment. In the years since the release, the brewing staff has been come obsessive over the barrels and aging process of this release.

The 2016 edition found a perfect pairing in 8-year-old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Helm’s Deep was their “thickest and chewiest beer to date” according to brewery founder Brian Purcell when it first debuted. This beer’s popularity has grown so much that Three Taverns has also released a German Chocolate variant.

𝗛𝗲𝗹𝗺’𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝗲𝗽 is a 13% bourbon barrel aged stout with a chewy mouthfeel and rich flavors of bourbon saturated oak, dark chocolate, and molasses.

750-milliliter bottles of Three Taverns Helm’s Deep when the brewery opens on Saturday, November 2nd.

Style: Imperial Stout (Barrel-Aged. Bourbon.)
Availability: 750ml Bottles, Draft. Limited.
Debut: 12/17/16
Latest Return: 11/2/19

13% ABV

Posted in New Releases, Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery

Wasatch Brewery refreshes brand, releases two new beers

Wasatch Brand Refresh 2019

Park City, Utah’s Wasatch Brewery will have a brand new look this November. A full brand refresh debuts after Halloween.

The new-look corresponds with Utah’s change in their (still) antiquated laws surrounding alcohol by volume restrictions. As of November 1st, beer sold and convenience and grocery stores moves from 4% to 5% ABV.

Wasatch branding has moved away from painted can designs in favor of a clean, bold, colorful can design with the Wasatch name as a central focus. Per Scott Doutre, the brewery’s creative director:

“Some elements will feel like familiar reinterpretations of long-standing design icons that have been connected to the Wasatch brand for years. The new packaging is bright and attractive so it will ‘have legs and walk off the shelves’ but still have a strong connection to the brand – irreverent and with attitude.”

Additionally, Wasatch is releasing two new beers alongside the rebrand – Island Hop Tropical IPA (year-round), and Pickup Lime Sour (seasonal).

Wasatch Brewery was started in Park City in 1986 by Greg Schirf. In 2000, Wasatch merged with Squatters Craft Beer, which was founded in Salt Lake City. Their beer lineup is currently available in 20 states.