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Sam Adams Spring Beer 2017 News: Fresh as Helles & Hopscape

January 4, 2017 |

Pull up a chair, turn on the Weather Channel and relax, because Sam Adams has two beers ready to match anything Mother Nature can throw at ya! Samuel Adams, no stranger to seasonal releases, is introducing drinkers to two new seasonal beers: Samuel Adams Hopscape and Fresh as Helles. Ashley Leduc, Sr. Communications Specialist at Sam’s, explained the reason for two seasonal releases in a press release, “The brewers felt that these two brews capture the essence of the ever-changing season across the country from January through April.”

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The Bruery & Bruery Terreux Announce Changes to their 2017 Beer Lineup

January 4, 2017 |

It seems that 2017 is already looking up. Case-in-point: The Bruery and Bruery’s Terreux’s new changes to this year’s line-up.

That’s right, The Bruery and Bruery Terreux have announced their overhaul for 2017 beer releases – which will be distributed across 29 states. Just try not to get excited for brand new year-round beers, seasonals from Bruery Terreux, (multiple!) barrel-aged beers that have never hit shelves, and a new beer series.

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Country’s Rising Breweries Reflect on 2016 and Look Ahead to 2017

December 30, 2016 |

Photo courtesy of Corridor Brewery.

As 2016 comes to an end, we connected with a handful of brewmasters from around the country to reflect on this past year and what 2017 will bring for not only their breweries but the craft beer industry in general. We were able to catch up with some of the most admiral people in the business – from Moody Tongue Brewing Company, Dry Hop, Creature Comforts Brewing Co.Corridor Brewery, Bluejacket, Jester King Brewing, Flying Bike Cooperative BreweryAngel City Brewery, Coastal Empire Beer Co., MadTree Brewing, Burial Beer, Fremont Brewing, and SweetWater Brewing Co.

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Calling All 2017 Beer Release Calendars

December 28, 2016 |

As we near the end of another calendar year it’s time to turn our attentions to the future. For the third consecutive year, PorchDrinking is compiling Beer Release Calendars from across the industry to preview the multitude of amazing beers being released this year.

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Wicked Weed Signs with Elite Brands for Colorado Relaunch

December 27, 2016 |

When Wicked Weed announced that it would be entering the Colorado market this August, they signed with CR Goodman, a local distributor focused on growing special craft beer brands. A month later, CR Goodman was purchased by national conglomerate Breakthru … Read More

BREAKING | Left Hand Brewing Announces New Beers to 2017 Lineup

December 20, 2016 |

We’ve already seen some major beer lineup overhaul announcements this year from the likes of New Belgium, Founders, Avery, and Firestone Walker, and it seems another major old guard brewery will be follow that trend heading into 2017. Left Hand … Read More

Ale Syndicate to Take ‘Hiatus’ from Brewing; Returning Sometime in 2017

December 20, 2016 |

Ale Syndicate will be brewing beer in Chicago in 2017. It just won’t be in their current space. The brewery announced on Monday that they would be leaving their Logan Square location to brew with another brewery in the city. At this time they have not announced who they will be brewing with when they begin producing beer again.

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Around the Bend to Begin Contract Brewing at Burnt City

December 20, 2016 |

Once Around the Bend Beer Company discovered they would have to be out of their current brewing space by Dec. 15th, owner Dan Schedler looked at several different options in order to keep the brewery operational. It was announced on Monday that Around the Bend would begin contract brewing at Burnt City starting in 2017.

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BREAKING Arcade Brewery Shutting Down Operations

December 19, 2016 |

Arcade Brewery co-founder Chris Tourre has confirmed that the brewery will shut down operations immediately.

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Founders Brewing 20th Anniversary Release Calendar Announced

December 9, 2016 |

How does one of America’s most iconic craft breweries celebrate 20 years of Midwest liquid gold? Founders Brewing’s 20th Anniversary will be commemorated by dropping a special line of barrel-aged beers to bolster an already impressive overall portfolio.

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Editor’s Picks | My Favorite Chicago Beers from 2016

December 8, 2016 |

It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of another year. 2016 was full of highs and lows for Chicago breweries. We saw a bunch of new breweries open up, some close, new beers sending waves throughout the industry and some well-known breweries recall a lot of beer. After all the dust cleared there were some great Chicago beers that came out this year. 

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New Belgium Dayblazer Taking on Big Beer and Introducing New Beer Lineup

December 7, 2016 |

As we’ve seen over the past three years, the likes of Constellation, North American Breweries, Heineken USA, Duvel Moortgat, Oskar Blues, Craft Beer Alliance, Kirin, along with countless other brewery conglomerates and private equity firms, have all joined the craft beer arms race, stockpiling their craft brewery portfolios in hopes of taking a crack at the monopolistic market share held by AB InBev and MillerCoors. However New Belgium Brewing, the country’s fourth largest independently owned craft brewery is taking aim at big beer via a different approach with the release of New Belgium Dayblazer Easygoing Ale.

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Released! 2016 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Lineup

December 6, 2016 |

It’s finally here! With the Black Friday crowds still swarming retail stores post-holiday, head out for Goose Island‘s 2016 Bourbon County Brand Stout lineup, which is now available for purchase! (as limited release)
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Weekly Growler Fill | National Beer News Roundup

December 5, 2016 |

It has been a busy week for BrewDog USA. The Scottish based brewery, which plans to open its first US location in Columbus, OH in 2017, first announced a crowdfunding campaign in August to raise with a goal of raising $50 million for the 110,000 sq ft project. Investors in the Equity For Punks campaign can earn rewards such as, equity in the company, ownership stake in the Columbus location as well as a portion of the U.S. distribution of the company’s beer all for $95.

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BREAKING | Number of Breweries in America Tops 5,005 & More 2016 Beer Trends

December 5, 2016 |

The Brewer’s Association, the national not-for-profit trade organization for the craft beer industry released a look back on high level trends for 2016 craft beer this morning. The most notable of which includes the fact that America now has a record 5,005 U.S. breweries in operation, with 99% consisting of small and independent craft brewers.

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Cademon Brewing Co. Announces Their Permanent Closing

December 1, 2016 |

Two years to the day that they opened their doors to the public, Cademon Brewing Co. has announced that they are permanently closed.

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Call to Arms Presswork (CTAP) | A Printed Publications Side Project

December 1, 2016 |

Call to Arms Brewing Company is incredibly proud to announce the launch of Call to Arms Presswork (CTAP) – a Call to Arms side project that will offer greeting cards, poetry collections, comic books, zines and a number of other … Read More

Moody Tongue Brewing Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner Returns December 2

December 1, 2016 |

Moody Tongue Brewing in Chicago, the brainchild of Jared Rouben, a graduate of both the Culinary Institute of America and Seibel, recently opened its new, cozy taproom on the city’s west side. With that opening, Moody can now provide its coveted Shaved Black Truffle Pilsner on draft – a sinful holiday beer treat for either the naughty or nice this year.
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Off Color Brewing Announces Plans for Second Brewery

November 30, 2016 |

John Laffler of Off Color Brewing has officially announced that the brewery will be opening up a second location with a taproom in Lincoln Park.

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Former Goose Island Brewmaster Behind Virtue Cider

November 28, 2016 |

Back in the 1990s Greg Hall was seen as a pioneer in craft beer. At a time when the industry was beginning to grow, Hall helped Goose Island become a national leader in craft beer. In 2011 Hall left the brewery to enter a space that was on the verge of experiencing large growth just like the craft beer industry years ago – cider.

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