GSN Brews News: September 29th 2020 Edition

Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company has launched North Sky, a new stout, and is bringing back fan-favorite Haunted House, a dark hoppy ale. North Sky is at 7.5% and brewed with a Belgian yeast to impart fruit character to the beer’s roasty core, according to the company. Haunted House is a 6.66% abv ale brewed with roasted barley and Blackprinz malt, plus Crystal, Nugget, Cascade, and Northern Brewer hops. Both brews will roll out this month in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans across the brewery’s distribution footprint. North Sky will also be available on draft at a later date.

Middlebury, Vermont’s Aqua ViTea has launched two new flavors in its AfterGlow line of hard kombucha. The releases—Cherry Sour and Apricot Dream—come in at 5% abv and expand the AfterGlow line up to four, including the previously released Ginger Blue and Citrus Rush. AfterGlow Hard Kombucha is available in 4-packs for $10 and 6-packs for $12 in select markets.

Abita Springs, Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company has added Jockamo Juicy IPA to its year-round lineup. The 6% abv ale is brewed with Citra and Apollo hops, plus a blend of experimental hop varieties to create a hazy IPA with tropical fruit flavors. Jockamo Juicy IPA is now rolling out in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft throughout Abita’s distribution footprint. Abita is the 24th-largest craft brewer in the U.S., according to the Brewers Association.

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GSN Alert: National Drink Beer Day – September 28th

Like most things, we look to the ancient Egyptians for answers. Historians point to beer as a ceremonial drink over 5,000 years ago because papyrus scrolls have been discovered documenting early beer recipes. But the Mesopotamians may have actually been the first to develop beer over 10,000 years ago, before recorded history.

Beer made its way to Europe and gained popularity during the Middle Ages. (Why drink polluted, possibly contaminated water, when you can drink a safer alternative, beer?) Eventually, German monks became master brewers, coming up with some of the fermentation techniques that brought the world closer to the beer we know and love today.

Did you know in European cities like Prague — ordering beer in a restaurant is cheaper than ordering water?

Europeans who arrived in the New World actually complained when they were out of beer and had to brew more. (Apparently, the love of beer was so strong, that upon arrival, brewing beer was one of the first things on the Pilgrims’ to-do list!)

Today, there are light beers with great flavor and less calories as well as dark beers like Guinness, served up warm in authentic English, Scottish and Irish pubs alike. There are ales and lagers which are distinguished by the type of yeast used in the fermentation process.

Is craft beer on your radar? Millennials especially are showing much more refined palates and a broad knowledge of all kinds of beer. You’ll find a wide spectrum of craft brews, foreign and domestic, to fit every taste.

If you’re really looking for something different, try hard cider. It has a great “kick” to it! Plus, Foodie Alert: Don’t miss the perfect opportunity to pair a great beer with a delicious dish. And if you’re the adventurous sort, DIY with a home brew kit.

So on National Drink Beer Day, drink responsibly and in moderation, but enjoy. Just this once, pass up the white wine or your evening Cabernet. Get a frothy, ice-cold glass of beer with a good “head” on it and remember that beer is no longer just your parents’ brew!

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GSN Brews News: September 22nd 2020 Edition

Washington, D.C.-based Atlas Brew Works has released Sunny Honey Saison. The new brew was made using honey harvested from Minnesota-based Bare Honey’s solar farms; these farms are unique in that they use pollinator-friendly plants as ground cover around the solar panels in an effort to support the bee population. Nonprofit Fresh Energy provided the honey. Sunny Honey Saison is available in 750-ml. bottles at Atlas Brew taprooms across D.C.

Richmond, Virginia-based Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has partnered with convenience chain Sheetz on a watermelon wheat ale. Officially called Project Watt-Ahh-Melon Ring, it is available for a limited time exclusively at select Sheetz stores in Virginia and North Carolina. Its name derives from the fact that it was brewed using Sheetz watermelon gummy rings. It’s at 5.3% abv and retails for $8 a 4-pack of 16-ounce cans. Hardywood Park was founded in 2011 and distributes throughout Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the Raleigh Triangle area of North Carolina.

Newport, Oregon-based Rogue Ales & Spirits is launching Pineapple Party Punch, a hazy Imperial IPA. Brewed with pineapple and toasted coconut in addition to a citrus-forward hop selection, it is at 8.4% abv and will be released next month on draft and in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans. Founded in 1988, Rogue distributes to all 50 states.

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Wasatch Brewery is releasing Great Deceiver Imperial Pilsner. Named for Satan himself, the new brew is at 7% abv and brewed with German Noble Hops to impart floral notes onto a bready malt backing flavor. Great Deceiver launches this month across Wasatch’s 20-state distribution footprint in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans. Founded in 1986, Wasatch is part of the Canarchy Collective of breweries.

Paso Robles, California-based Firestone Walker Brewing Company is reintroducing its Double Jack Double IPA. Originally launched in 2009 and discontinued in 2016, Double Jack is returning due to popular demand after a brief revival in a variety pack last year. The release is triple dry-hopped after four initial hop additions. At 9.5% abv, Double Jack is now available as a limited 6-pack of 12-ounce cans in all Firestone Walker markets.

Portland, Oregon-based Cascade Brewing is debuting new formats for two of its sour ales. Both Pistil Whipped (7.7% abv) and Sang Rouge (7.1% abv) are now available in 12-ounce cans for the first time. Pistil Whipped was originally brewed for the company’s Sour Flower Fest and features late infusions of saffron and chamomile. Sang Rouge was brewed from 2010 to 2015 and is a blend of sour red ales aged in red wine barrels. The new cans are available in singles or and 4-packs at Cascade Brewing’s Barrel House and Lodge locations in Oregon, and in limited distribution.

Rehoboth, Delaware-based Dogfish Head is launching Re-Gen-Ale in partnership with Indigo Agriculture. Releasing just in time for Climate Week, the brew was produced through the Indigo Carbon program, which provides growers with financial incentives to use techniques that store carbon in their soil. Dogfish Head will also purchase more than the amount of carbon credits needed to offset the production of Re-Gen-Ale. The release is available beginning this weekend on draft and in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, retailing for $17, at Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth location.

Pacific City, Oregon-based Pelican Brewing Co. is launching a new year-round addition to its lineup. Cape Crasher IPA is a Pacific Northwest-style IPA at 6.8% abv inspired by Oregon’s rugged coastline and Shore Pine forests. It’s available now in 12-ounce bottles, 6-packs of 12-ounce cans, and on draft at Pelican’s brewpubs and other locations in Oregon. Founded in 1996, Pelican brews 40,000 barrels of beer annually and distributes to six states.

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GSN Brews News: September 15th 2020 Edition

Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing has announced Jai Low IPA, a new sessionable brew from the maker of Jai Alai IPA. The 4% abv ale is inspired by English ordinary bitters and is made with Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade, Motueka, Centennial, and CTZ hops. Jai Low comes in at 120 calories per 12-ounce serving. Jai Low IPA will roll out this fall in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans across the brewery’s national distribution footprint. Cigar City Brewing is part of the Canarchy Collective of brewers alongside Oskar Blues, and Perrin, among others.

Detroit, Michigan-based Atwater Brewery is adding its fruit-forward Pog-O-Licious IPA to its year-round lineup. Initially released as a summer seasonal containing passion fruit, orange, and guava, the brew exceeded sales projections earning a place in the brewery’s core collection. At 6.5% abv, Pog-O-Licious is available in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans throughout Michigan as well as in Atwater’s Staycation variety 12-pack, where it joins flagship Dirty Blonde and Better Life Choices IPA, among others.

Austin, Texas’ Lone Star Brewing is launching Das Bier Y’all, a seasonal German-style kolsch with peach flavoring. It follows Lone Star’s first seasonal, Rio Jade Mexican-style lager, and likewise honors a tradition that has shaped Texas—in this case its German heritage. It is at 4.8% abv and is now available for purchase in select locations throughout Texas through early spring 2021, retailing for $8 a 6-pack of 12-ounce cans. Lone Star Brewing is owned by Pabst Brewing Co.

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GSN Brews News: September 8th 2020 Edition

Ventura, California-based Flying Embers hard kombucha is releasing three new offerings as part of its limited Flight Series. The newcomers include an unflavored Original Essence kombucha, which is at 7% abv and billed as drinking like a white wine, as well as Strawberry Lemongrass (7% abv) and Prickly Pear Heather (4.5% abv) expressions. Distributed to 40 states, Flying Embers also recently extended its range with a line of probiotic-infused hard seltzers.

Portland, Oregon-based Cascade Brewing has introduced Framboise Northwest, a new sour ale made with locally sourced raspberries. The 7.9% abv ale begins life as a blonde ale before aging for up to two years in wine barrels with added raspberries. The beer is now available for local pickup at Cascade’s Barrel House and The Lodge, as well as online. Beginning September 14, Framboise Northwest will be available in 500-ml. bottles and on draft throughout the brewery’s distribution footprint.

Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery has launched its latest IPA variety pack, the Pack-o-Bliss. The 12-pack contains three 12-ounce cans each of Oskar Blues’ Can-o-Bliss Citra Double IPA, Can-o-Bliss Resinous IPA, Can-o-Bliss’ rotating seasonal IPA, and Pinner Session IPA. This releases marks Pinner’s return to the brewery’s portfolio after fans on social media requested the brew’s return. The new variety pack is now available in retailers across the U.S. In addition, Oskar Blues’ latest seasonal Can-o-Bliss IPA is also available on draft.

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GSN Alert: September 7th – National Beer Lover’s Day

Beer and the process of brewing beer may predate known history.  As varied as the methods, grains, and flavors, beer continues to change and evolve over time.
Virginia colonists brewed beer. William Penn included a place for brewing beer within the colony of Pennsylvania which can still be visited at Pennsbury Manor today. The first President of the United States recorded a recipe for brewing beer in his notes. Samuel Adams holds a place in both beer and tea history in this country.  There were a few beer lovers and patriots among the nation’s founders.
The United States also derives its rich brewing history from beer-loving German immigrants during the mid-1800s. Some of those immigrants families’ names are as familiar today as they were a hundred years ago.
While some names have faded into the past, smaller batch brewers continue to experiment with old and new recipes.  The crafting of beer carries rich traditions, often requiring years of training and experience in the trade. Depending on the brewery, the path to brewmaster may take years to develop the skill and expertise necessary to produce a quality beer every time.  One certain requirement is a love of beer and the craft. Toast to this iconic beverage on September 7th with a pint of your favorite!

GSN Brews News: September 1st 2020 Edition

Lewes, Delaware’s Crooked Hammock Brewery has revamped its year-round lineup, creating five new sessionable brews. Four of the beers—Beach Escape Session IPA (5.5% abv); Four Tires, Two Friends, and a Radio American lager (5.5% abv); South to Somewhere Coconut Golden ale (4.5% abv); and Hammock Easy Blonde ale (4% abv)—will be available throughout the year. The fifth release, Brand New Day, is the brewery’s rotating fruited sour ale, with fruits changing throughout the year to reflect the different seasons.

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GSN Review: Paulaner Oktoberfest

The official Oktoberfest in Munich Germany may be canceled this year due to COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate at home with a real, authentic Bavarian bier!
Paulaner has played a major role in Oktoberfest’s 200+ year history when it developed its Oktoberfest Märzen to celebrate the original festival. The company still plays a huge part today by being one of only six breweries allowed to serve at the official event and even serves the #1 selling bier, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, at Munich’s Oktoberfest. So, whether it’s in the backyard or at a social distance gathering, this year bring Oktoberfest home with these fine brews!
Paulaner Oktoberfest Beer – This golden Oktoberfest lager is Germany’s #1 Oktoberfest bier. It is also the only bier served in Paulaner Oktoberfest tents today and the favorite bier at the Munich Oktoberfest. Brewed once a year, and only available while supplies last. At 6% ABV, it is stronger and bolder than the usual lager.

Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen – This amber bier style was developed more than 200 years ago to celebrate the original Munich Oktoberfest. The Märzen name originates from “March bier” because it was historically brewed in March, to be available for its peak flavor by the Oktoberfest celebration. Today, this style is available year-round in the U.S., due to popular demand.

GSN’s Thoughts: We can see why Paulaner Oktoberfest Beer is so popular. Malty, sweet and sessionable even at 6%. This is a beer to go with food and lots of it. A party beer as it were. This is a perfect style to transition between the heat of summer and the coolness of autumn. If this were available year round, we would gladly keep a six pack in our fridge at the ready.
The Märzen is a curious counterpoint with a fruity, slightly vegetal flavor. Palate cleansing, and more contemplative. The body is lighter and more in line with what you might consider a bock beer. We like this one, especially when paired with a mild blue cheese such as Stilton or any kind of wursts.
GSN Ratings: Oktoberfest Beer- A; Oktoberfest Märzen- A-
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GSN Brews News: August 25th 2020 Edition

Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Founders Brewing has entered the hard seltzer market with Más Agave Premium hard seltzer. The 4.5% abv drinks are made with blue agave nectar, cane sugar, fruit juice, and sea salt. Starting out, the brand will come in three flavors—lime, strawberry, and grapefruit—and will be available in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Las Vegas beginning in October. The lime and strawberry flavors will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans for around $10. Founders will also offer a 15-can variety pack for around $18 and draft servings of the lime seltzer.

Escondido, California’s Stone Brewing has teamed up with Modern Times culinary collective to create Wizards & Gargoyles, a new IPA. The 7% abv ale is made with Centennial, Cashmere, Citra, and Azacca hops plus two experimental hop varieties. The beer is blended with Modern Times’ blend of Ethiopia Dame Dabaye and Guatemala Huehuetenango coffees. Wizards & Gargoyles’ can art is inspired by 8-bit videos games from the late 1980s and early 1990s. The beer is now available across the U.S. in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, 22-ounce bottles and on draft.

Sparkling water brand Sparkling Ice is expanding into beverage alcohol with a line of hard seltzers. Sparkling Ice Spiked Hard Seltzer is launching with the four flavors Cherry Lime Chiller, Ruby Fizz, Lemonade Refresher, and Strawberry Citrus Smash, all at 4% abv. Beginning this month, the line will be sold in variety 12-packs of 12-ounce slim cans in select markets nationwide that include Tampa, Florida; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Seattle, Washington; and Portland, Oregon, among others.

 

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GSN Brews News: August 18th 2020 Edition

Jose Cuervo, the lead brand in the Proximo portfolio, is looking to get in on the action with the launch of Playamar Tequila Hard Seltzer. Made with Cuervo Tequila, the new RTDs are launching in lime and grapefruit flavors reminiscent of the Margarita and Paloma cocktails. Playamar is debuting in an initial six states this month, retailing at $12 a 4-pack of 12-ounce cans. Each can of Playamar is at 4.5% abv, contains 90 calories, zero sugar, and zero carbs, and is free of gluten and artificial flavorings.

Michigan-based Blake’s Hard Cider is rolling out two new flavors, Caramel Apple and Apple Lantern. Blake’s Caramel Apple is billed as a dessert-like semi-sweet hard cider combining caramel sweetness with tart green apples, while Apple Lantern is marries apples with pumpkin and spice. Both are at 6.5% abv. Launching now, the two newcomers will be distributed across Blake’s 15-state footprint in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft.

Portland, Oregon-based Cascade Brewing is releasing two of its offerings in packaged formats for the first time. Both are from the brewery’s Northwest Sour Ales series and were previously only available on tap at its two locations in Portland. The first is Honey Ginger Lime, which is a sour rye ale aged in oak barrels and foudres for 10 months, at 6% abv. The second is Honeycot, a sour blond ale aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with apricots, at 7.1% abv. Both are now available in 12-ounce cans throughout the brewery’s distribution network.

Rochester, New York-based Seagram’s is launching a new flavor for Seagram’s Escapes Spiked. New flavor Blue Razberry joins Strawberry Blast, Jamaican Me Happy, Citrus Punch, and Crazy Colada in the line-for the 8% abv, flavored malt beverage brand, a spin-off of Seagram’s Escapes. It will hit shelves nationwide in 23.5-ounce single cans in September.

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GSN Brews News: August 11th 2020 Edition

Hershey, Pennsylvania-based Tröegs Independent Brewing is releasing Lucky Holler Hazy IPA as part of its Hop Cycle series of seasonally rotating IPAs. A trip to the Yakima Valley in Washington State, a major hop producing area, inspired the selection of Citra, Simcoe, and Galaxy hops to pair with the beer’s hazy profile. At 6.8% abv, it is available now through the fall on draft and in 12-ounce cans and bottles throughout Tröegs’ distribution area.

Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company has launched Two Lights into wider distribution. The 6.7% abv lager was initially brewed as part of the company’s pilot system, which takes employee ideas and recipes from development to production. The beer is brewed with Sauvignon Blanc must and is fermented with both lager and Champagne yeast. The brew will initially be available in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and California before rolling out in the rest of Allagash’s distribution footprint throughout August.

A new hard seltzer label, Tolago, is launching in California this month, distributed by Young’s Market. The gluten-free, 5% abv range includes Ginger Pear, Guava Mango, Cherry Rose, and Agave Lime flavors, retailing at $13 a six-pack of cans. CEO Nicholas Greeninger formerly directed branding and marketing at Saint Archer Brewing. The brand will also be available via Amazon, Drizly, Postmates, Uber Eats, and Cloud Kitchens. Marketing initiatives include in-store programming, point of sale materials, digital and out-of-home advertising, and an annual commitment to 1% for the Planet.

Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has announced the release of Dankful IPA. The 7.4% abv, West Coast-style IPA will begin rolling out nationwide in mid-September. Accompanying the launch of Dankful is Sierra Nevada’s pledge to donate at least $1 million to various charities over the next year, which will be supported in part by sales of the new beer. The brewery is kicking off this effort with a $250,000 donation to World Central Kitchen for Covid-19 relief.

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GSN Brews News: August 4th 2020 Edition

Ventura, California’s Flying Embers has announced a new hard seltzer brand made with probiotics, organic ingredients, and vitamin C. The new line will come in six flavors, each at 5% abv and 95 calories with zero sugars and carbs. The new seltzer is launching with two variety 6-packs that contain three flavors each. Botanicals: Fruit & Flora will have Black Cherry Rose, Clementine Hibiscus, and Passionfruit Elderflower. Tropicals: Sweet & Heat will have Watermelon Chili, Pineapple Cayenne, and Guava Jalapeño. The 6-packs will retail for around $12 across the brand’s 40-state distribution footprint.

Stone Brewing is adding Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager to its year-round lineup. The brew, which began as part of Stone’s Pilot Series, is a 4.7% abv lager with salt and lime added. It recently crossed 100,000 case equivalents and is rivaling Stone’s core IPA in some packaging formats in the Southern California market, according to the company. Stone is also rolling out a new Michelada mix ($10 a 32-ounce bottle) that will be sold alongside Buenaveza.

Colorado’s Lone Tree Brewing Company has launched Golden Berry Belgian-style ale. The 8% abv brew is made from a base Belgian Strong Ale with added blackberry and raspberry juice and puree. The beer is the latest in Lone Tree’s small batch can series. Golden Berry Ale is now available at the brewery’s taproom and in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans in select locations throughout Colorado and Kansas.

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GSN Alert: August 7th – International Beer Day

Beer is  one of the oldest drinks the world has ever known. International Beer Day gives fans worldwide just one more excuse to have a round on the first Friday in August. Beer has a reputation as the drink of choice for the ordinary working man or woman. When it’s served up cold and frothy or strong and we celebrate International Beer Day on the first Friday in August every year – August 7, 2020 –, when summer’s end begins to loom large. The start of another weekend beckons us to put aside our work, set aside differences, and come together to celebrate our shared love of beer.

Beer somehow manages to do what politicians have tried to do for centuries – unite people in a common cause for good. Our insatiable thirst for beer gives us reason to pause; to stop what we’re doing, sit down and converse with one another over a pint or two. The conversation may be pleasant or not, calm or animated, but somehow beer makes it possible to agree to disagree and still walk away friends. Plenty of us have no doubt solved many of the world’s problems over a few pints of beer.

Celebrating mankind’s common thirst for what is likely the world’s oldest and most beloved beverage is what International Beer Day is all about. Humans have been fascinated with beer since the first grains were accidentally discovered to have fermented, producing a bubbly aromatic product that someone dared to taste then drink, did not die but instead felt a lovely little buzz, smiled and said, “Wow.” Mankind has been obsessed ever since with perfecting beer recipes and brewing processes in pursuit of the next “Wow.”

Beer has been consumed by almost every culture throughout human history. The oldest evidence of man’s obsession with brewing beer dates back to ancient Babylonia and Mesopotamia. Archaeologists have unearthed recipes for beer that were written on clay tablets in 4300 B.C., and ceramic vessels from 3400 B.C. that are still sticky with beer residue. Everyone drank beer in ancient Egypt: pharaohs, peasants, priests, even children, as part of their everyday diet.

What may be the first song about beer, “Hymn to Ninkasi”—an ode to the Sumerian goddess of beer—dates back to 1800 B.C.  and includes a recipe for a beer brewed by female priestesses.

By the Middle Ages, Christian monks were brewing beers, and introduced the use of hops. Until then, beers were brewed with local additives like dates and olive oils to add flavor. Today’s beers continue to be brewed with hops, herbs, or fruits that add flavor. Macro, micro, or craft, the art of brewing beer today remains a craft that employs age-old techniques carefully perfected over centuries and millennium.

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GSN Brews News: July 28th 2020 Edition

Fort Collins, Colorado’s Odell Brewing Company has announced Allkind Hard Kombucha, the latest offshoot from the company following the June launch of the OBC Wine Project’s canned wines. The brand will launch this fall in two flavors—Super Berry (6.6% abv) and Tropical Turmeric (6.5% abv)—and will be available across Odell’s 20-state distribution footprint. The kombucha is made with all natural ingredients and without added sweeteners. Allkind will be available in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans and in individual 16-ounce cans. One percent of gross sales will be donated to the 1% for the Planet environmental initiative.

Milton, Delaware-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery has launched this year’s version of 120 Minute IPA with redesigned packaging. The beer comes in between 15%-18% abv and is hopped throughout the boil and whirlpool, before it is dry hopped. 120 Minute is now available in 4-packs of 12-ounce bottles in new black packaging with gold accents that highlight the hop cone at the center. In addition, Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA has also received a refresh, with dark green packaging and a “clock-like contraption” to highlight the length of the hopping process.

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