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Friday
Jun012012

Maui Brewing Co. to be Showcased at 2012 SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience

LAHAINA, MAUI, HI - 1 June 2012 -As food and drink enthusiasts descend up the nation's capital on June 8 and 9, Maui Brewing Co. will be among the 74 small and independent craft brewers participating at SAVORSM: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience in Washington, D.C. 

Presented by the Brewers Association, SAVOR is the premier beer and food pairing event in the U.S. In its fifth year running, SAVOR provides guests the chance to sample craft beers from eight geographic regions across the country. To complement the craft beers, attendees will enjoy a reception-style sampling of delicious sweet and savory appetizers from a menu designed by Brewers Association culinary consultant Adam Dulye, Chef/Owner of The Monk's Kettle and The Abbot's Cellar in San Francisco, and a select group of chefs specializing in beer and food pairings. 

"I'm excited that we were selected to showcase our beers at SAVOR.  With our fairly recent distribution to the East Coast, this is a great opportunity to showcase real Hawaiian beer that far away," said Garrett Marrero of Maui Brewing Co. 

"As the benchmark event for craft beer and food lovers, SAVOR is a unique opportunity to try great food paired with beers from small producers that ordinarily only distribute locally," says Julia Herz, Craft Beer Program Director, Brewers Association. "In addition to meeting the principals behind the breweries, attendees have an opportunity to learn about a vast array of craft beer topics courtesy of SAVOR's educational presentations. It's a truly coveted event by beer lovers." 

Craft brewers continue to see increased sales and growing market share, along with praise for their small-batch beers, despite the fact that overall beer industry sales have declined. 

During SAVOR, Maui Brewing Co. will be serving CoCoNut PorTeR paired with pecan crusted BBQ beef short-ribs; and the latest limited release, Sobrehumano Palena 'ole will bepaired with duck confit taco, queso fresco and pickled cherry. 

On June 8th at 8pm, we will also be hosting a salon, "5,000 Miles from SAVOR: Beer & Food from the Island of Maui", featuring more beer and more food! Limited seating is available. 

Maui Brewing Co. is a truly Hawaiian brewery, and proud to be wholly produced in Hawaii. Recognized as Hawaii's #1 craft beer since 2005, the company has a strong commitment to the local economy and the environment. MBC beers are packaged with the most eco-friendly materials. Cans are manufactured on Oahu and designed by local Maui artists. They have the added bonus of better protecting the beer from both light and oxygen damage which can compromise the taste. Plastic rings are dangerous to marine life and therefore, a unique, recyclable plastic carrying device is used to hold the cans. The spent grain from beer production is donated to local ranchers for cattle feed and composting. MBC is also very active in several local Hawaiian charities. 

Founder Garrett Marrero and his wife, Melanie, operate a 7-barrel brewpub at the Kahana location as well as a 25-barrel production brewery and canning facility in Lahaina. Maui Brewing Co. is a truly local beer as 100% of their products are made in Hawaii. 

Contact pr@mauibrewingco.com for interviews, additional information, or media questions.  To order for your retail/restaurant/resort establishment, contact sales@mauibrewingco.com.

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Thursday
May312012

Twisted Pine Releases Black Swan Saison - Dark Farmhouse Ale is sixth release from Artisan Ale Project

Boulder, Colorado – May 31st 2012 – The production team at Twisted Pine Brewing Company has been busy in 2012.  In addition to increasing the supply of staple offerings, Twisted Pine’s brewers have produced several seasonal beers and on June 2nd will look to release the sixth edition in their popular Artisan Ale Project in just six months. 

Unlike traditional straw-colored, low gravity Saisons, Black Swan was darkened with special Belgian and German malts and strengthened to 7.7% ABV with natural brown sugars.  Roasted malt and molasses mingle on the tongue with fragrant farmhouse esters for a flavor that Twisted Pine describes as “bold and rich, yet smooth as it glides across the palate as gracefully as the bird for which it was named.”

Esteemed Boulder artist Phil Lewis designed the piece featured on Black Swan’s label and will be on hand at the Twisted Pine ale house Saturday, June 2nd for the release party which begins at noon and lasts until 9pm.  Lewis documented the entire creation process on his blog.  Other works by the artist will also be on display Saturday and for the remainder of the month. 

The Artisan Ale Project is Twisted Pine’s “year-long celebration of the artistic creativity which makes Colorado unique.” Each month in 2012, a different beer is labeled with work by an inspired local artist and a distinctive new beer is born. Furthermore, each beer release doubles as an art show for the month’s featured artist.  Surreal Stout, Canis Lupulus and West Bound Braggot are just a few of the standouts so far in the series.  Artisan Ales are only available in Colorado.  More details are available at www.twistedpinebrewing.com.

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Wednesday
May302012

Motor City Brew Tours Presents: Michigan Beer Tasting Boat Cruise

DETROIT, Michigan – Motor City Brew Tours has taken over a floor of the Detroit Princess Riverboat to host a Michigan Beer Tasting. This event is a special Father’s Day afternoon boat cruise on Sunday June 17 from 2pm to 6pm. Motor City Brew Tours will have 25 different Michigan beers to sample from Arbor Brewing Company, Arcadia Brewing Company, Dark Horse Brewing Company, New Holland Brewing Company and North Peak Brewing Company. There will also be samples of Vander Mill Hard Cider, B. Nektar Mead and Valentine Vodka onboard. Everything available to sample at this event will be made in Michigan. The goal of this event is to expose people to the many great beers and spirits that are being produced in Michigan.

Your event ticket includes 15 sample drink tickets, an appetizer buffet and a boat cruise along the Detroit River. Tickets are $49.99 each and can be purchased at our website: http://BeerTastingBoatCruiseDetroit2012.Eventbrite.com or http://DetroitPrincess.com

About the Detroit Princess: The Detroit Princess Riverboat is a 5-story boat that is located on the Detroit River between Cobo Hall and the Detroit Renaissance Center. It has been in operation in Detroit since 2005. The boat has a capacity of 1500 people and has had many beautiful cruises since calling Detroit its home.

About Motor City Tour Company: Come join us to gain a new perspective about Michigan made products. We offer year-round guided Bus, Bike & Walking tours to breweries in Michigan. Motor City Tour Company produces events under the names of Motor City Brew Tours and Motor City Bike & Brew Tours.

Find us online: http://MotorCityTourCompany.com

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Tuesday
May292012

Odell Brewing promotes the value of play through UnBottled

Fort Collins, CO – This week, Odell Brewing Company kicked off UnBottled. What is UnBottled? It’s the playful spirit within Odell Brewing that leads to collaboration, creativity and innovation. Play is what Odell puts in all their beers. And what they hope you get out of them.

There’s a growing awareness of the value of play, thanks in part to Stuart Brown’s book, Play; Kevin Carroll’s book, Red Rubber Ball; and recent marketing campaigns from companies like Keen (“Recess is back”) and Purina (“Play like a pet”).

But play has always been part of the Odell culture. They refer to their pilot brewing system as their “playground,” and their mission statement practically makes fun official. They invite anyone in the company to try their hand at brewing. And when they need to let off steam, they've been known to have shrink-wrap boxing matches or shoot hoops right there inside the brewery. At Odell, they know that play brings people together, loosens them up and forces them to think differently—and sometimes, to stop thinking so hard.

Playful experimentation has produced some of their most talked-about beers, including St. Lupulin, Myrcenary, Friek and the industry’s first-ever Twitter beer. Each year they celebrate this approach to brewing at their Small Batch Festival. And of course, they encourage fun and community every day in the taproom, through games, live music and a collective commitment to donate proceeds to a Charity of the Month.

For Odell Brewing, play isn’t a distraction from brewing. It’s a secret ingredient.

Here’s how you can play along: Great Ball Hunt, June 2: Part treasure hunt, part pub crawl. Odell hides a bunch of UnBottled balls in their favorite pubs around Ft. Collins and Denver; hilarity ensues. The hints are dropping now on Facebook and Twitter.

UnBottled Sharing (June 2nd - July 7): Show the world how you get UnBottled. For every photo or video you post to the Odell UnBottled Facebook app, they’ll donate $1 to one of three non-profits: Trout Unlimited, United Way or Education and Life Training Center.

Playday, June 30: What happens when everyone everywhere plays on the same day? Only the best day ever! Make your pledge to play, starting June 3 on Facebook.

Join the fun at Facebook.com/OdellBrewingCo and twitter.com/OdellBrewing

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Founded in 1989, Odell Brewing was started by Doug Odell, his wife Wynne, and his sister Corkie. Twenty-three years later, the culture of family and collaboration still thrives fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted, innovative brews. As a regional craft brewery, Odell Brewing is committed to serving the communities in which it distributes by sourcing local raw materials, and through its charitable giving program known as Odell Outreach. Odell Brewing was recently named a “Top Company of 2010” by ColoradoBiz Magazine and is an award winning brewery, nationally and internationally: 2012 World Beer Cup® - Silver for IPA. 2011 Great American Beer Festival® - gold medal for Friek. 2010 North American Beer Awards – gold medal for Woodcut No. 3. 2009 BrewNZ Awards – gold for 5 Barrel Pale Ale. 2008 World Beer Cup® – gold for IPA. 2007 Great American Beer Festival® – gold medal for IPA.

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Thursday
May242012

Pints for Prostates Portland Pale Ale Invitational Announces Beers - Inaugural Event Celebrates America’s Favorite Beer Style

PORTLAND, OREGON – The beer lineup for the inaugural Pints for Prostates Portland Pale Ale Invitational has been released. The event will be held on July 25 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Ore. 

“Our goal was to create an event to celebrate the allure, complexity and flavors of pale ale, while raising awareness about an important men’s health issue,” said Rick Lyke, a drinks journalist and prostate cancer survivor. Lyke founded Pints for Prostates in 2008 after successful prostate cancer surgery. “Thanks to the help of 24 great breweries we have been able to put together a very special beer tasting.” 

The tasting event features pale ales from a dozen Oregon breweries and a dozen breweries from around the globe. Presented by Beer West magazine in conjunction with theOregon Brewers Festival, the event benefits the Pints for Prostates campaign, which reaches men through the universal language of beer with a message about the importance of early detection. 

Tickets for the Portland Pale Ale Invitational are $30 and are available online at http://www.pintsforprostates.org . All net proceeds support the mission of the Pints for Prostates campaign. Only 500 tickets for this special event will be sold. 

“We are excited about the brewers that have agreed to take part and the world class pale ales they will be pouring. Beer fans will get the chance to try a wide variety of pale ale styles in a single session,” said Megan Flynn, publisher and editor-in-chief of Beer West magazine.  “Pale ales have become America’s favorite type of craft beer. This event salutes the passion brewers and beer drinkers have for pale ale.”

Beers that are scheduled to be poured at the event include:

·         Dark Rain Black Pale Ale from BridgePort Brewing, Portland, Ore.

·         Caldera IPA from Caldera Brewing, Ashland, Ore.

·         Portland Ale from Cascade Brewing, Portland, Ore.

·         Armory XPA from Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Ore.

·         Bogart NW IPA from Fire Mountain Brew House,  Carlton, Ore.

·         Pale 31 from Firestone Walker Brewing, Paso Robles, Calif.

·         Full Sail IPA from Full Sail Brewing, Hood River, Ore.

·         Kick Axe Dry Hopped Pale Ale from Lompoc Brewing, Portland, Ore.

·         MacTarnahan’s Amber Ale from MacTarnahan's Brewing, Portland, Ore.

·         Moa Pale Ale from Moa Brewing, Marlborough, New Zealand

·         White Hatter, Black Hatter, Oaked Hatter, Farmhouse Hatter & Rye Hatter from New Holland    Brewing, Holland, Mich.

·         Radiant Summer Ale from Ninkasi Brewing, Eugene, Ore.

·         Ghost Hop White IPA from NoDa Brewing, Charlotte, N.C.

·         Wooden Elephant Barrel Aged IPA from Odell Brewing, Fort Collins, Colo.

·         Protector Pale Ale for Oregon Brew Crew (homebrewers) from Portland, Ore.

·         Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale from Rogue Ales, Newport, Ore.

·         Flipside Double IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, Calif.

·         Clear Creek Pale Ale from Silver City Brewery, Bremerton, Wash.

·         Snake River Pale Ale and Pako’s IPA from Snake River Brewery, Jackson Hole, Wyo.

·         Barely Legal Pale Ale from Southern Oregon Brewing, Medford, Ore.

·         Stone Ruination IPA from Stone Brewing, Escondido, Calif.

·         Hophead Double IPA from Tree Brewing, Kelowna, British Columbia.

·         5-South Pale Ale from 21st Amendment Brewery, San Francisco, Calif.

·         Wells Bombardier Ale from Wells & Young’s, Bedford, United Kingdom.

“This year marks the 25th annual Oregon Brewers Festival so we are proud to be able to help support Pints for Prostates by making our venue available for the Portland Pale Ale Invitational on the eve of our silver anniversary,” said Art Larrance, one of the founders of the Oregon Brewers Festival.  “The Oregon Brewers Festival is already one of the world’s biggest beer events and the Portland Pale Ale Invitational is another reason for people to visit and enjoy great craft beer.”

Judges at the Great American Beer Festival award medals in seven different pale ale categories. Pale ale categories attract the most entries and are the hottest contested.

 “Men are 33 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than women are to have breast cancer, yet few men know about the critical importance of early detection,” Lyke said. “The support of Beer West magazine, the Oregon Brewers Festival and the two dozen great craft brewers donating beer for the event will help us reach an audience that needs to hear our message.”

About Pints for Prostates

Pints for Prostates is a 501(c)3 a campaign that reaches men through the universal language of beer to encourage them to take charge of their health. The group was founded by prostate cancer survivor and beer writer Rick Lyke in 2008. The grassroots effort raises awareness among men about the importance of regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising. According to the National Cancer Institute, 240,890 new prostate cancer cases were diagnosed in the U.S. in 2011. More information is available at www.pintsforprostates.org. Pints for Prostates also has a presence on Facebook and Twitter (@pints4prostates).

About Beer West Magazine

Founded in 2007, Beer Northwest has grown to become the leading beer culture and lifestyle magazine in the Northwest. In January 2011, the magazine expanded into California and became Beer West. The magazine covers the thriving West Coast beer market and is the only regional publication of its kind. Beer West has more than doubled its circulation and visibility in the past year, with a focused readership of 80,000 beer and food enthusiasts. Beer West is a celebration of the unique Western beer-loving life.

About the Oregon Brewers Festival

The Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the nation's longest running and best loved craft beer festivals. Situated on the west bank of the Willamette River, with towering Mt. Hood as a backdrop, it is the ideal venue for anyone who loves craft beer. With a laid back attitude and scores of award-winning beers, the festival reflects the essence of the city of Portland, and is the crowning jewel of Oregon Craft Beer Month. The OBF was at the forefront of exposing craft beers to the public. A total of 84 craft breweries from all parts of the nation will serve more than 30 beer styles to nearly 80,000 beer lovers from around the world. Another 50 specialty beers will be available for tastes in the Buzz Tent.

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Thursday
May102012

Four Michigan Breweries Awarded 7 Medals at 2012 World Beer Cup®

(LANSING, Mich) — Four Michigan breweries – Bastone, Dragonmead, Founders and Kuhnhenn – are among those from around the world to received awards from an elite international panel of judges in the 2012 Brewers Association World Beer Cup.

The ninth bi-annual competition boasted the strongest field of entrants on record, with 799 breweries from 54 countries and 45 U.S. states entering 3,921 beers in 95 beer style categories. A 17.7 percent increase over 2010, the entries were eligible for gold, silver and bronze awards in their respective categories. Judges presented a total of 284 awards.

Bastone Brewery in Royal Oak earned three (3) medals:

Category 57 – Belgian- and French-Style Ale (22 entries) – Silver: Saison Noir

Category 62 – Belgian-Style Tripel (57 entries) – Silver: Nectar des Dieux

Category 63 – Belgian-Style Strong Pale Ale (33 entries) – Silver: Thor’s Hammer

Dragonmead Microbrewery in Warren earned two (2) medals:

Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer (80 entries) – Silver: Ring Of Fire

Category 11: Specialty Honey Beer (23 entries) – Bronze: Killer Bee

Founders Brewing Co. in Grand Rapids earned one (1) medal:

Category 3: Fruit Beer (41 entries) – Bronze: Blushing Monk

Kuhnhenn Brewing Co. in Warren earned one (1) medal:

Category 88: American-Style India Pale Ale (150 entries) – Gold: Double Rice IPA (DRIPA)

A detailed analysis of the entries and awards can be found in the 2012 World Beer Cup Fact Sheet (PDF).

"It's called 'The Olympics of Beer Competition' for good reason," said Charlie Papazian, president of the Brewers Association, the U.S.-based trade association that has put on the competition every two years since 1996. "The event brings together great brewers from all corners of the globe. Plus, the awards are highly regarded. A brewer who wins a World Beer Cup gold award knows that their winning beer represents the best of that beer style in the world. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup. The Brewers Association and the proud sponsors of our event thank all participating brewers for their involvement."

The Brewers Association is the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers, their craft beers and the community of brewing enthusiasts. The Brewers Association (BA) represents more than 70 percent of the brewing industry, and its members make more than 99 percent of the beer brewed in the U.S. The BA organizes events including the World Beer Cup®Great American Beer Festival®Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America®, SAVOR℠: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience and American Craft Beer Week. The BA publishes The New Brewer magazine and its Brewers Publications division is the largest publisher of contemporary and relevant brewing literature for today's craft brewers and homebrewers.

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes well over $24 million in wages with an economic contribution of more than $133 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

Founded in 1997 and celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2012, the Michigan Brewers Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan Craft Beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state, and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry. By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer, we strive to achieve 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption.

For more information, including a list of Michigan microbreweries, log on to www.michiganbrewersguild.org.  (www.facebook.com/michiganbrewersguild  | www.twitter.com/mibrewersguild)

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