GSN Event Roundup: Buellton’s Brew Fest @ Home

Every year the Buellton Brew Fest is one of the best beer centric events along the Central Coast of California. With Covid-19 regulations still happening, the Buellton Brew Fest came to you in 2021.

Hosted by Andres Nuño, from Surf ‘n’ Suds Beer Festivals and En Fuego Events, Andres has been hosting monthly Virtual Beer Festivals since May. Home to two craft breweries, Firestone Walker and Figueroa Mountain Brewing, and a host of wineries and spirit companies, Buellton is a place where visitors normally come from across the country to savor the region’s year-round sunshine and temperate climate.

This year’s ticket buyers received a variety 13-pack that includes craft beer, tequila, michelada, margaritas and more, from 13 different breweries and spirits companies. Viewers also were able to hear from the companies themselves as they walked you through each tasting and told us more about themselves. You can watch the video as it was shown on May 1st, below.

Brewery and alcohol companies included:
• Figueroa Mountain Brewing (Buellton)
• Firestone Walker Brewing Co. (Buellton)
• Dorwood Distillery (Buellton)
• Ace Cider (Sebastapol)
• Belching Beaver (Oceanside)
• Calidad Beer (Santa Barbara)
• Cayman Jack Margarita (Chicago, IL)
• Cerveceria del Pueblo (Pasadena)
• Hard Frescos (San Francisco)
• SLO Brew (San Luis Obispo)
• SLO Cider (San Luis Obispo)
• Solvang Brewing (Solvang)
• Tio Rodrigo Michelada (San Luis Obispo)

GSN was sent a box of brews, a tasting glass, a baseball cap, a koozie, stickers, coasters, snacks and promo materials. It was great fun to pop open a brew and watch along to the video below. It made for an entertaining afternoon and was almost as good as being there in person. We really enjoyed the southern California style beers which were easily sessionable. It is clear that the various producers of beer, cider and spirits are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their. We recommend visiting Buellton and supporting the community while having fun!

For more information about how to have your products served at the next Buellton Brew Fest,  email info@surfbeerfest.com
 
100% of the proceeds from the event benefited the Buellton Chamber of Commerce.
 
Future events include:
Buellton Brew Fest, May 7, 2022
 

GSN Brews News: May the 4th Be With You Edition

Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company has launched Stratosphere IPA, the latest spring and summer seasonal for the craft brewer. The 6.4% abv ale is brewed with Nugget, Amarillo, Centennial, Citra, and Strata hops, and was originally brewed in February 2020 as a part of Ninkasi’s limited and small batch program. The beer is now available in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce bottles and 19.2-ounce cans in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Denver-based Prost Brewing Company has released AlpenBlume, a new craft hard seltzer. The 5% abv RTD is brewed with German wine yeast and has 100 calories per 12-ounce can. The new line comes in four flavors—Cucumber Lime, Ginger Peach, Strawberry Rose, and Lemon Elderberry—and is available throughout Colorado in mixed 12-packs. It is also available on draft at Prost’s Biergartens.

Philadelphia-based Charles Jacquin et Cie is targeting the fast-growing RTD market with Bartenders Trading Co. The new line is a revamp of the company’s Original Bartenders Cocktails and will launch with 10 releases including Sarita’s Margarita, Nina’s Pina Colada, and I’m Bananas Over You. All will be available in sizes ranging from 200-ml. to 1.75-liters, with the 750-ml. retailing at $11.

Canada’s Nude Beverages has expanded its line of hard iced teas into national distribution in the U.S. The 5% abv RTDs are made with vodka and decaffeinated black tea, and come in at 100 calories per serving. The teas are available in peach, lemon, and raspberry flavors and are not carbonated. Nude Hard Tea joins the company’s hard seltzer, which also comes in at 100 calories and 5% abv, and is available in lime, peach, mango, and raspberry lemon flavors.

Brooklyn, New York-based Threes Brewing is re-releasing its Yore Czech Pilsner. Inspired by the Svetlé Pivo brewing tradition, Yore Czech is only 3.9% abv. It was brewed with Czech-grown Saaz hops and Moravian floor-malted Czech pilsner malt and has notes of noble spice and wet hay, according to the company. It’s available now from Threes Brewing’s website, where a 4-pack of 16-ounce cans is priced at $16.

The Boston Beer Company has announced the latest expansion to Truly Hard Seltzer, set to hit shelves on May 10. The new extension—Truly Punch—comes in a mixed 12-pack of 12-ounce cans and adds four new flavors to the popular hard seltzer brand: Tropical, Fruit, Citrus, and Berry. The new punch-flavored varieties, like the rest of the Truly line, come in at 5% abv with 100 calories per serving and will be available across the U.S.

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GSN Brews News: April 27th 2021 Edition

Downingtown, Pennsylvania’s Victory Brewing Company has entered the hard seltzer market with Victory Waves, a new release that marks the brewery’s 25th anniversary. Victory Waves comes in Lime, Mango, Mixed Berry, and Orange, each at 5% abv and with 100 calories per 12-ounce serving. The seltzers are rolling out this month in a 12-can variety pack throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, Connecticut, and Washington D.C.

New York City-based Craft+Carry has announced a sixth location, the company’s first outpost on the Upper West Side. The new location is on Amsterdam Avenue between 82nd and 83rd streets, and features growler and crowler refills, plus a wide selection of local and craft beers in bottles and cans. To celebrate the grand opening, Craft+Carry collaborated with local brewer Finback to create Slice of Sunshine, a 6.5% abv IPA with blood orange, guava, and Mosaic, Citra, and Simcoe hops.

Brooklyn, New York’s Sixpoint Brewery has announced Party Poppers, a new variety 12-pack of hard seltzers, marking the brewery’s entry into the popular category. All of Sixpoint’s seltzers come in at 5% abv and 100 calories per 12-ounce can and the pack features four flavors: Tiki Lemon Bar, Cucumber Lime Daybreak, Triple Berry Disco, and Passionfruit Orange Guava Punch. Sixpoint’s hard seltzer is set to roll out to the brand’s core northeast markets in May.

Guinness is launching its new Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer nationwide following a strong response to its limited rollout last month. Brewed using cold brew coffee extract and coffee flavors, the 4% abv offering is a permanent addition to the Guinness portfolio. Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee beer retails at $10 a four-pack of 14.9-ounce cans.

Portland, Maine-based Allagash Brewing Company is launching Truepenny Pilsner, a Belgian-style pilsner with a hint of wild beer flavor. It’s a specialty release that’s being distributed in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans. At 5.1% abv, the beer’s concept was developed through Allagash’s pilot program that allows any employee to submit a beer idea. Truepenny will be available throughout Allagash’s 18-state distribution footprint, which includes much of the eastern seaboard, as well as California and the Chicago area.

Rainier Beer, the historic Seattle brand that’s now owned by Pabst Brewing Co., is releasing a line of Rainier Seltzer. The new line extension will come in Huckleberry, Apple, and Lemon flavors, all at 4.6% abv. Rainier Seltzer will be sold in variety 12-packs of 12-ounce slim cans. Each can contains 90 calories, 0 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of carbohydrates. Rainier Seltzer is now available in stores in Washington and Oregon.

Diageo has announced Guinness Salt & Lime Ale, the latest release from the company’s Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, Maryland. The 5% abv brew is made with Key lime puree and salt sourced from the Chesapeake Bay. While this new release is a world apart from Guinness’ flagship stout, the beers share a yeast strain, according to the company. Guinness Salt & Lime Ale will be available for a limited time in select markets like Maryland; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia in 6-packs of 12-ounce cans for around $11.

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GSN Brews News: April 20th 2021 Edition

Cazadores, part of the Bacardi portfolio, is rolling out a new line of Tequila-based canned cocktails. Initially including Margarita, Spicy Margarita, and Paloma offerings, the range is made with Cazadores Blanco Tequila, with each 12-ounce can at 5.9% abv. Cazadores’ new cocktails are debuting nationwide next month, retailing at $15 a 4-pack

GSN Brews News: April 13th 2021 Edition

Vermont-based Lawson’s Finest Liquids is returning seasonal entry Knockout Blonde across its nine-state footprint. Knockout Blonde (5% abv) is made of a blend of North American malts and Cascade and Centennial hops. It’s rolling out now in 4-packs to retailers throughout Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Knockout Blonde will be on the market through April and May, after which Lawson’s will move on to distributing its next specialty beers, Scrag Mountain Pils and Scrag Mountain Pils Salt & Lime.

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GSN Brews News: April 6th 2021 Edition

Arkansas’ Smithworks, part of the Pernod Ricard portfolio, has launched a new hard seltzer lemonade in partnership with country singer and The Voice host Blake Shelton. The 5% abv malt-based seltzers come in four flavors—Classic Lemon, Ripe Strawberry, Southern Peach Tea, and Crisp Lime—and are available in 12-can variety packs, 6-packs of Classic Lemon, and 23-ounce tallboys of Classic Lemon and Ripe Strawberry. Currently, Smithworks Hard Seltzer Lemonade is available in 17 states with additional distribution coming this year.

Canteen Spirits is introducing Cantina Tequila sodas. Cantina debuts with three flavors—Ranch Water, Grapefruit Paloma, and Watermelon Margarita—and each 12-ounce can has 99 calories. Currently in select states, the 5.6% abv cocktails are rolling out nationally in May retailing at $10 a four-pack. 

Chico, California’s Sierra Nevada has announced Summer Break Hazy IPA. The new 4.6% abv beer will replace Summerfest Czech-style Pilsner, the company’s previous summer seasonal, and will be available on draft and in 6-, 12-, and 24-packs of 12-ounce cans. Summer Break is rolling out now across the U.S. and will be available from mid-April through July.

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GSN Alert: April 7th -National Beer Day

National Beer Day is celebrated in the United States every year on April 7, marking the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act was enacted after having been signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 22, 1933. This led to the Eighteenth Amendment being repealed on December 5, 1933, with ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. April 6, the day prior to National Beer Day, is known as New Beer’s Eve.

National Beer Day was first created in 2009 by Justin Smith of Richmond, Virginia. After much prodding from his friend, Mike Connolly, Smith started a Facebook page that was noticed by Colorado Beer Examiner, Eli Shayotovich. Smith’s promotion of the new holiday via various social media outlets was rewarded when the beer drinking app, “Untappd”, created a badge for National Beer Day that rewarded participants that checked a beer into the app on April 7. National Beer Day has since been trending every year on April 7 using the hashtag #NationalBeerDay.

GSN Review: Hopworks High Lift Cherry Sour

Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB), the first B Corp brewery in the Pacific Northwest, is kicking off the season with the release of High Lift Cherry Sour, a limited-run kettle sour brewed with a blend of tart and dark sweet cherries sourced from Oregon Fruit Products. 

“We’ve been wanting to brew a sour that highlights the best of Oregon’s cherry harvest,” said Matt Speckenbach, Head Brewer at Hopworks. “We’re extremely proud of High Lift and how the brewers crafted a very well-rounded sour that’s perfect for the transition into spring!” 

High Lift Cherry Sour is available on tap and in 16 oz 4-packs ($9.99) at both the Powell Mothership, 2944 SE Powell Blvd., and HUB Vancouver, 17707 SE Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Washington. 

Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 2008 by Christian and Brandie Ettinger, Hopworks Urban Brewery creates world-class beer and food with sustainable business practices that protect the environment and support our community. Family-owned and operated, Hopworks sources thoughtfully, operates efficiently and minimizes waste in an effort to protect the planet. The company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 10,000 barrels of beer a year for Hopworks’ brewpubs and distribution throughout Cascadia.

GSN’s Remarks: The cherry flavor just about blasts out of the can with this one. The sour ale pairs beautifully with the semi-tart fruit and creates a mouthwatering refresher. We love the way it looks in the glass as well, with a dark reddish-brown tint and a foamy head. This is a brew that would be welcome year round, but if you can grab a few four-packs now, you can count yourself lucky. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Hopworks Beer

 

GSN Recommends: Half Time Beverage

Craft beer and cider lovers who have been lamenting their lack of access to the country’s finest microbreweries can now have their favorite beverages delivered direct to their doors – even in the midst of a pandemic! Half Time Beverage is making that seemingly impossible wish a reality with a ready-to-ship assortment of its unrivaled selection of craft beers and ciders. 

The company also carries a lineup that includes gluten-free beer, mead, mini kegs, non-alcoholic beer, beer & cider gift baskets, gift packs, monthly clubs/subscriptions, hard seltzer, and malt. And for those who can’t decide, Half Time Beverage offers variety boxes that include IPAs, stouts, sours, Jooses and lagers as well as special holiday-themed boxes. Half Time Beverage delivers all these options direct to doorsteps across the United States. What’s more, all gift baskets, gift packs, and monthly clubs ship free. 

On top of the huge selection of craft beer, Half Time Beverage has become the go-to partner for event organizers in craft beer and has single handedly kept beer festivals alive during the pandemic. Virtual beer festival partners have included The Smithsonian Museum, Untappd, Hop Culture, Beer Advocate and others. 

Half Time Beverage also actively supports charitable causes including hospital support and Covid-19 relief and has given thousands of dollars in giveaways specifically for first-responders and front line workers. 

To learn more about how to have thousands of IPAs, lagers, porters, stouts, hefeweizens, pilsners, sours, cider and more delivered anywhere in the United States, visit Half Time Beverage online.

GSN Brews News: March 9th 2021 Edition

Three Weavers Brewing in Inglewood, California is launching It’s Blursday, a new seasonal brew. The tart rosé sour beer is at 5.5% abv and is made via a lacto souring technique with additions of cranberry, tart cherry, raspberry and passion fruit for their color and tart flavor properties. It’s rolling out now in 4-packs of 16-ounce cans at select California retailers. Three Weavers’ core brews include Juicy Expat Hazy IPA, Day Job Pale Ale, Seafarer Kolsch, and Sun Trap Session Sour among others.

Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Indeed Brewing will launch Boon Hard Kombucha in 16-ounce cans beginning next month. The brand launched in January with one flavor—Blueberry Basil—and the brewery will debut Grapefruit Hibiscus shortly. Boon comes in at 8.2% abv and is made from a blend of Green Mao Jian tea, Yerba Mate, and blueberry concentrate with added basil flavor. Beginning in April, 4-packs of 16-ounce cans will be available in Indeed’s distribution footprint.

Comstock Park, Michigan-based Perrin Brewing Co. has announced a new lineup refresh for its core portfolio of IPAs. The new lineup features two new beers and the brewery’s Park of Perrin variety 12-pack will also receive an update. The new beers—59-10 IPA and Double Pay IPA—come in at 7% and 8.5% abv, respectively, and will be available in 12-ounce cans and on draft. The refreshed Pack of Perrin will now feature the new IPAs alongside the company’s low-calorie Low Rise IPA.

Constellation Brands is reintroducing Two Lane American Golden Lager, produced in conjunction with country music star Luke Bryan. The brew originally launched last year but production was subsequently put on hold. At 4.2% abv, it’s relaunching in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, both Carolinas, and Virginia, with plans to expand distribution in the future. The lager is joined by newcomer Two Lane Hard Seltzer, which comes in Cherry Limeade, Peach Tea, Blueberry Lemonade, and Watermelon Punch, all at 4.5% abv. Golden Lager is available in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and the seltzer comes in a variety 12-pack; both 12-packs retail for a suggested $16.

The Boston Beer Company has added a new, higher-abv extension to Truly Hard Seltzer. The new Truly Extra releases come in at 8% abv and are available in two flavors: Black Raspberry and Peach Mango. Each 16-ounce can contains 220 calories and one gram of sugar. Truly Extra is aimed at convenience store shoppers and is now available across the U.S. in individual 16-ounce cans.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Review: Ferment Brewing Co. Beer

Ferment Brewing Co. has released three new canned offerings: Nitro Dry Stout and Something Like… join the brewery’s Top Ferment Series, while Pils Bernina is a new addition to the Bottom Ferment Series. The Top and Bottom Ferment Series both feature 16-ounce cans filled with experimental, one-off and seasonal ales and lagers, respectively. GSN received samples of the latter two for review.

Something Like… is a hazy pale ale brewed with Ekuanot and Strata hops (6% ABV). The beer is similar to Something Like Mind Control, Ferment’s collaboration with Moonraker Brewing Co. in Auburn, California. Pils Bernina is Ferment’s take on an Italian-style Pilsner—it’s bright and boldly loaded with Noble hops (6% ABV).

Ferment Brewing Co. was founded in 2018 as a 20-barrel brewery and tasting room in Hood River, Oregon. Born out of an appreciation for the art of fermentation, the company prides itself on providing a modern brewery and tasting room experience that fuses traditional farmhouse techniques with a forward-thinking scientific approach. Ferment offers a unique family of beers and kombuchas that tap the wild terrain of the Columbia River Gorge for inspiration.

Ferment Brewing Co.’s tasting room is now open for limited and safe distance dining indoors at 403 Portway Avenue in Hood River. Hours are 12-9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.  The brewery is thrilled to be able to carefully curate a healthy experience for people to escape from the cold. Ferment Brewing beers are available in local bottle shops in the Portland and Hood River areas.

GSN’s Remarks: The Pilsner is excellent. Light, refreshing and with just the right snap of hoppy bitterness to make it ideal for a pre-dinner beverage. We especially enjoyed the body which had a softness to it similar to a cream ale. We definitely place this solidly in the session category. Similarly, the hazy pale ale is very near a session and the hoppiness is balanced by the sweetness of the malt. We were impressed as well, by the near draught character of this beer. Overall, both of these brews are excellent, and make for a great evening of beverages. GSN Rating: A+

For more information go to: Ferment Brewing

GSN Brews News: March 2nd 2021 Edition

Milton, Delaware-based craft brewer Dogfish Head is launching a line of RTDs from its distilling operation. Dogfish Head Canned Cocktails are debuting with three flavors: Blueberry Shrub Vodka Soda, Strawberry & Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade, and Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour, all at 7% abv. All three are made using Dogfish Head Distilling Co. spirits. The new offerings are rolling out now and will be available in 4-packs of 355-ml slim cans within Dogfish Head’s 37-state distribution area.

Brooklyn Brewery is launching Pulp Art Hazy IPA as the newest addition to its core lineup. At 6.5% abv, it was brewed with Citra, Strata, and Simcoe hops and features a Pop Art-inspired label and logo created by drinks design and branding agency Thirst. Pulp Art is the first hazy IPA in Brooklyn Brewery’s year-round stable. It’s rolling out this month across the company’s 30+ state distribution area in 6- and 12-packs of 12-ounce cans and 4-packs of 16-ounce cans, as well as in Brooklyn’s new IPA For All variety pack; a 6-pack will retail for $10. Additionally, the variety pack will be the exclusive home of another new release, Parktime IPA (5.7% abv).

San Diego, California-based Ballast Point is launching its first new additions since 2019 with two new labels—Big Gus and Wee Gus—joining the brewery’s year-round portfolio. Big Gus is a clear, dry IPA at 6.5% abv, while Wee Gus is a hoppy lager at 4.2% abv that was originally called Hop Soda due to its clearness and resemblance to tonic water. Both are available now in southern California and Arizona, with Wee Gus priced at $11 a 6-pack and Big Gus at $12.

Nellysford, Virginia’s Bold Rock is entering the lemonade hard seltzer market. Bold Rock Hard Lemonade Seltzer will launch in March in four flavors—Blackberry Lemonade, Blood Orange Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, and Lemonade—all at 5% abv and with 100 calories per 12-ounce can. Bold Rock Hard Lemonade Seltzer will roll out in 12-can variety packs in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Washington DC.

Courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Alert: 2021’s Love on Tap VIRTUAL Shore Craft Beer Celebration

Shore Craft Beer & OCDC invite you to participate in 2021’s Love on Tap VIRTUAL Shore Craft Beer Celebration! 
We will have exclusive content online to celebrate local craft beer. This content includes:
  • A video on the state of craft beer in Maryland – and nationally — by Kevin Atticks, the CEO of the Brewers Association of Maryland and Grow and Fortify.
  • A video discussion with the brewer at Heavy Seas.
  • A video discussion with Tom Knorr, founder and partner at EVO Craft Brewing.
  • A “Cooking with Craft Beer” lesson by the chef at Schooner’s using Backshore Brewing’s Jo Jo Starbuck beer.
  • A brewery tour and discussion with Eric Camper, brewery at Tall Tales Brewing in Parsonsburg
  • Another tour, this time hosted by Nate Todd, the head brewer at Backshore Brewing on the Boardwalk in Ocean City.
  • A tour of Crooked Hammock’s brewery in Rehoboth hosted by Steve and team.
IN ADDITION TO THIS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, YOU WILL ALSO GET ACCESS TO…
  • Some exciting videos produced for the Ocean City Film Festival.
  • An overview video about the breweries on the Eastern Shore.
Then, there will be a live craft beer/food pairing cook-off at the Princess Royale which we will broadcast LIVE on YouTube and Facebook.   Some of your favorite local breweries are competing to be the best from 2-3. Get ready to vote for your favorite on the Shore Craft Beer App – Please make sure to have this downloaded before the festival!
You don’t have to leave the comfort or safety of your home to enjoy this exclusive content the weekend of January 26-28, but if you WANT to, you can come to the Princess Royale on 91st Street and the ocean and pick up some of the specially curated beers to go, stay for one of their happy hours, the EVO tap takeover, or brunch.
Go to https://www.shorecraftbeerfest.com/love-on-tap.html for more information and to book your hotel package!

Buy your hotel packages at one of our featured hotels throughout Ocean City.  These hotels are offering different packages, from credits at their properties, to free breakfast, and much more.  Each hotel offers something different to guests wanting to isolate at the beach.

Please remember to bring your computers so you can access the restricted virtual content available to all participants.

Download the Shore Craft Beer App to get all events and notifications to help you negotiate the weekend.

IF YOU CAN’T COME TO OCEAN CITY FOR THIS VIRTUAL EVENT, you can buy a ticket to access our virtual content.  Every ticket over $10 will get a branded mask mailed to you.

GSN Alert: Discover Flagstaff Virtual Beer Month This February

Northern Arizona has always been THE place for hiking, biking, skiing, and sightseeing in breathtaking beauty. But the real adventure begins in the heart of the city. Flagstaff’s local breweries have something to please everyone’s craft beer palate, from distinctive IPAs and light-hearted Sessions to limited-edition brews and Kölsch-style ales.

So grab a passport and start exploring the wild creativity that has turned Flagstaff into Arizona’s Craft Brew City. Best of all, your journey ends with the treasure of a lasting trail memory: A special-edition commemorative nonic-style pint glass. Cheers!

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