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Bell’s Brewery Announces Distribution of Hopslam in Colorado

January 30, 2017 | 2

Colorado has been the beneficiary of receiving both limited or, in some cases, wide distribution of nationally acclaimed cult following beers over the years, from Pliny the Elder, to Abraxas, Hill Farmstead’s Dorothy to Goose Island’s BCBS variants.

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Mountain Sun Breweries Announce 2017 Stout Month Lineup

January 27, 2017 |

I think it’s safe for us all to agree, that it’s been quite a peculiar past few months. But if there’s one constant in our lives that we can all rally around it’s the return of Mountain Sun’s Stout Month, one of … Read More

Georgia Craft Brewers Guild Announces Bill To Allow Breweries to Sell On-Site

January 27, 2017 |

The Georgia Craft Brewers Guild issued a statement yesterday saying that the 2017 General Assembly of Georgia will “consider legislation to allow consumers to purchase beer directly at the brewery that makes it”. This is exciting news for the one remaining state in America that still prohibits on-site purchase of beer at breweries. Little information was provided in the press release, but what was explained was good. Read More

Odell Brewing is Coming To Chicago | Several Events to Celebrate its Arrival

January 26, 2017 |

Original skyline photo taken by Daniel Schwen – modified for the purposes of this story.

My first excursion to the Odell Brewing taproom occurred nearly fifteen years ago while on a trip to Colorado. Impressed would be an understatement. However, I, like many Chicagoans, had to rely on bottle hauls for a chance to enjoy Odell creations.

But not anymore.

Odell Brewing is bringing its beer from the Rocky Mountains to the city of Big Shoulders and to kick off the eastward expansion, Odell will take over the taps at three bottle shop & tasting rooms — Bitter Pops, The Cellar, and The Open Bottle.

(Edit: Other events have been added since this was first published. Those items have been added at the end of this piece.)

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Firestone Walker to Offer Bravo & Future Vintage Reserves in 12 oz Bottles

January 26, 2017 |

Cover Photo Courtesy Firestone Walker

Bravo is the first beer release from Firestone Walker as part of its shift from offering Vintage Reserve barrel-aged beers in 22-ounce bomber format to 12-ounce bottles in 2017. This transition includes longtime stalwarts such as Parabola and the annual Anniversary Ale.

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BREAKING | Oskar Blues CANspiracy Membership Program Announced with 2017 Lineup

January 26, 2017 |

Oskar Blues Brewery has proven they know a thing or two about rare beer releases. From bourbon barrel-aged Ten FIDY, to this year’s releases of rum barrel-aged Death by Coconut and rum barrel-aged Ten FIDY to name a few, the … Read More

SweetWater Brewing Co. to Launch 4 New Beers

January 25, 2017 |

Cover Image Courtesy SweetWater Brewing Co.

A New Year means new beer for Atlanta’s Sweetwater Brewing Company—four new beers to be precise. Stop by the brewery this Thursday, January 26, and you can taste the first two.

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BREAKING | New Belgium Available in All 50 States with 2017 Additions

January 24, 2017 |

New Belgium Brewing Company, the 4th largest craft brewery by production in 2016, has announced plans to expand distribution to Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Oklahoma by the end of April 2017. The addition of these final four states will mark full distribution for New Belgium in all 50 states.

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Oskar Blues’ CHUBurger Opens in Denver’s River North Arts District

January 19, 2017 |

Oskar Blues Brewery, founded in 1997 in Lyons, CO, has long served as a pioneer in Colorado craft beer. Since canning Dale’s Pale Ale in 2002, the brand has seen a meteoric rise, and now distributes its beer in all 50 states, with additional production brewery locations in Austin, TX, Brevard, NC and Longmont, CO. Oskar Blues made headlines in recent years for major brewery buyouts including Perrin Brewing out of Grand Rapids, MI in 2015 and most recently, Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, FL just last year.

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Selects Historic Site for Expansion

January 19, 2017 |

REJOICE! At long last, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. is making its move to expand into an additional facility in 2017 with the purpose of raising production (and possibly its footprint) in 2018. This news follows two years of steady growth as one of America’s fastest growing breweries and a zealous commitment to raise $100,000 for local community organizations. Creature Comfort’s future location of choice, the Southern Manufacturing Co. Mill, is no surprise to those who have followed the brewery over its short but influential career in Athens, Georgia. Read More

On Tap Credit Union™ Presents: 2017 Beer Release Calendar Roundup

January 18, 2017 | 3

For the past two years we’ve helped compile a roundup of beer release calendars featuring some of your favorite breweries from around the country. It was another massive year for American beer as we’ve now crested over 5000 active breweries in the US and believe it or not, 2017 is shaping up to be even bigger. To help get you get excited about the new brews coming out in 2017, we bring you the 2017 Beer Release Calendar round up.

Please keep in mind that these are merely a framework for anticipated releases. All dates and beers are subject to change. Breweries often end up producing these as a framework for their yearly production schedule, but will often adapt accordingly throughout the year.

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Upslope Brewing Citra Pale Ale Joins Year-Round Lineup

January 16, 2017 |

Upslope Brewing’s year-round flagship lineup will be receiving a facelift this year, by replacing their longstanding Pale Ale with a Citra Pale Ale. The Boulder-based brewery announced today that Pale Ale, one of its three founding canned-brands, will be discontinued, paving the … Read More

NYC Rising Breweries Reflect on 2016 and Look Ahead to 2017

January 12, 2017 |

Photo courtesy of Miguel Rivas 

Similar to our recent post covering breweries country-wide, we have also connected with a handful of brewers from NYC to reflect on this past year and what 2017 has in store for their up-and-coming breweries, as well as the craft beer industry as a whole. Four top-notch rising breweries in Brooklyn have shared intimate insights and projections for what’s next: Threes Brewing, Interboro Spirit & AlesFinback Brewery and Kings County Brewers Collective.

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Great Divide Brewing Co. Announce Changes to their 2017 Beer Lineup

January 12, 2017 |

Founded in Denver in 1994, Great Divide is one of the most decorated breweries in America.

And while holding down the proverbial fort for two plus decades require consistency and continuity in product, branding and ethos, that doesn’t mean a brewery doesn’t enjoy putting things on the back burner and brewing up something new. Great Divide has announced their overhaul for 2017 beer releases, and sure, some things will take a hiatus, other gems will get a chance to shine. We’re talking brand new year-round beers, changes to barrel-aged beers, new packaging options and new brews headed to cans!

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Avery Brewing Announces Expansion to Nevada: Vegas & Reno Events Forthcoming

January 11, 2017 |

Bugsy. Rat Pack. Elvis. The Sands. Avery Brewing. That’s right – it’s Vegas, baby!

Avery Brewing announced it’s expanding to Nevada, and special events planned for Reno and Vegas will kick-off this desert adventure

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Founders Brewing Company To Release Frootwood

January 9, 2017 |

As Founders Brewing Company enters its 20th year of brewing, they have announced the release of the first beer from their 2017 Barrel-Aged Series. Frootwood is a cherry ale aged in oak barrels that have previously held both bourbon and … Read More

Colorado Added 42 Craft Breweries in 2016

January 9, 2017 |

The Colorado craft brewery industry continued its success in 2016 as 42 craft breweries opened. Some regions of the state got their first breweries, some breweries opened second locations, and some of us went back for third tastings. In this article, we … Read More

Pliny the Younger is back February 3-16

January 6, 2017 |

Featured Image Photo Credit: Russian River Brewing Co. Facebook Page

Pliny the Younger is making its 14th annual debut at Russian River Brewing Co. in Santa Rosa, CA.


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Colorado Brewery Openings for January, February & March 2017

January 5, 2017 | 1

Are you in need of some different New Year’s resolutions? Perhaps something more fun and tasty than the typical goal. Well here is a fun one that you and all your friends should share: We will visit at least five of the 20 new brewery openings in the Centennial State this January, February and March. New batches of deliciousness are being concocted across Colorado and who knows from which brewery your new favorite may come?
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First U.S. Location of Delirium Café Coming to Leesburg, Virginia

January 5, 2017 |

Photo Credit for featured image: Facebook / Delirium Café USA

According to a recent article in the Loudoun Times Mirror, the United States is about to have its very first Delirium Café franchise. According to the franchise’s Facebook page, the … Read More