Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup
Brewers team up against NC’s HB2, AB-InBev to acquire yet another craft brewery, and Little Kings makes it way back home to Cincinnati. Cure your Monday blues with a little craft beer news. Keep reading for all of the details in this edition of the Weekly Growler Fill.
After the passing of North Carolina’s HB2, also known as the ‘bathroom bill’, a few breweries got together and decided to stand up against the discriminatory legislation. Mystery Brewing Co. and Ponysaurus Brewing Co. collaborated to create ‘Don’t Be Mean to People: A Golden Rule Saison’. Now, they’ve convinced 36 breweries to also sell the beer, with 100% of profits going towards EqualityNC and QORDS, a summer camp for gay and transgender youth. The primary goal is, “to make a significant social impact by working together for a greater good,” said Keil Jansen, owner of Ponysaurus. If you don’t live in NC, you can still support their efforts with a donation to their campaign by clicking here. [Read full article]
Arizona Wilderness, Boulevard Brewing, and Cigar City collaborate to Make an Exclusive Brew for Chipotle’s Cultivate Festivals
Three well known breweries have teamed up to make an exclusive brew for Chipotle’s Cultivate Festivals. Arizona Wilderness, Boulevard Brewing, and Cigar City combined their talents to conceive Mexican lager: a 4.5% ABV beer infused with earthy components like achiote pepper, flaked yellow corn, Maris Otter and Vienna malt, and a subtle, citrus finish from citra and lemon drop hops. The breweries chosen have a unique tie to the festival, as they are all located in a state where a Cultivate Festival is taking place. The brew will be available at all Cultivate Festival locations, including Phoenix (4/29), Kansas City (7/23) and Miami (11/12), for $6 a glass. [Read full article]
In case you missed it, AB-InBev is acquiring yet another craft brewery. This time around, they are adding Devils Backbone to their menu of craft options. If there is one good thing I can say about AB-InBev, it’s that they have pretty great taste in craft beer. Our very own Scott Johnson covered the details in his article, but let me give you the CliffsNotes. Devils Backbone stated that the buyout was all about capital – they simply couldn’t keep up with the expenses that come with growth. To put that growth into numbers, Devils Backbone produced 62,000 bbls last year are projected to sell between 92,000 and 95,000 bbls in 2016. Additionally, the buyout will allow DB to have better access to raw ingredients. Currently, the deal is not officially sealed. It is expected to close during the second quarter of this year and no details were released. As always, we will keep you updated as the story unfolds. [Read full article]
Summer is just around the corner and Schlafly is prepping our taste buds for the warm weather with their newly released Patio Pack Sampler. The 12-pack sampler offers four varying styles of beer: Grapefruit IPA, Raspberry Hefewizen, Summer Lager, and Yakima Wheat Ale. Each brew will claim three spots within the sampler pack. “As we approach summertime, we wanted to offer beer drinkers our top-performing seasonal beers in a new variety pack,” said Ambassador Brewer Stephen Hale. “The Summer Patio Pack offers sessionable options across different styles that appeal to both beer connoisseurs and casual craft drinkers—for instance, if you like fruit-forward Raspberry Hefeweizen, you might also like Grapefruit IPA.” Summer Patio Packs can be purchased at the Schlafly Tap Room or Bottleworks and across the brewery’s distribution region. For more on Schlafly Beer’s distribution, visit www.schlafly.com/beers/distribution. [Read full article]
Little Kings Cream Ale, a product intended to be downed with a shot of whiskey, is making its way home to Cincinnati. The beer hasn’t been produced locally in over 15 years, but that is changing all thanks to Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. Owner Greg Hardman bought the rights for Little Kings back in 2008 but it wasn’t until now that he had the resources to put it into production. Check out the video below to see his excitement about the return of Little Kings. [Read full article]