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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - November 2013 Archives

August Schell Brewing Company Takes Home Three Medals at the World Beer Championship from the Beverage Testing Institute
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top

Schells WBC 13Schell's Chimney Sweep, Pils and Oktoberfest win silver World Beer Championship Medals

New Ulm, MN - November 27, 2013 - The August Schell Brewing Co., the second-oldest family-owned brewery in the country, brewer of Schell’s and Grain Belt, has distinguished itself once again by winning three more World Beer Championship medals from the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI).

Schell’s Chimney Sweep, a cold weather seasonal available annually from November through March, won a silver medal scoring 89 points and earning the title of “Highly Recommended” in the Black Beer, Lager category. Chimney Sweep has a roasty maltiness, sturdy hop bitterness and an underlying smokiness. Judges from the BTI describe it as having “Attractive aromas of salted caramel, smokey mole sauce and cinnamon raisin toast with a supple, dryish medium body and a roasted nut, apple wood smoked peppercorn, peat and watercress accented finish.” They note that it is “Nicely balanced and would pair nicely with a BBQ brisket and smoked meats and fish.”

BTI Rating: 89 points (Highly Recommended) 
Alcohol By Volume: 5.2% 
Category: Black Beer, Lager 
BTI Tasting Location: Chicago Tasting Room 
BTI Tasting Date: Nov-6-2013

Schell’s Pils, one of the original craft beers produced by Schell’s, was awarded a silver medal scoring 89 points in the Pilsner, Lager category. It is a year round offering brewed with 100 percent 2-row barley malt and is dry hopped with Sterling hops. It has a rich malt body accented by a large floral hop and malt aroma with a refreshing hop tang. The Beverage Testing Institute describes it as being “Golden color. Aromas of herb, salt and peach bread with a hint of tomato jelly. Supple and finely carbonated with a tangy, medium body and a snappy lemon pepper, nut and arugula like hop finish” They stated that it is “Very well made and mouthwatering.”

BTI Rating: 89 points (Highly Recommended) 
Alcohol By Volume: 5.0% 
Category: Pilsner, Lager 
BTI Tasting Location: Chicago Tasting Room 
BTI Tasting Date: Nov-13-2013

Lastly, Schell’s Oktoberfest was also awarded a silver medal in the Märzen/Octoberfest lager category scoring an 89. True to German tradition, Schell’s Oktoberfest is brewed just once a year and is available during September and October. It has the perfect balance of Pale, Munich and Cara Pils Malts with Liberty and Perle hops, creating a rich, smooth taste. The judges described it as being “Bright deep amber color. Aromas of salty cheese turnover and melon with a crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a tangy dried fruit pastry, pepper and arugula finish.” They said it was a “nice mouthwatering lager that will be great with fried and grilled foods.”

BTI Rating: 89 points (Highly Recommended) 
Alcohol By Volume: 5.0% 
Category: Märzen/Octoberfest, Lager 
BTI Tasting Location: Chicago Tasting Room 
BTI Tasting Date: Nov-6-2013

About August Schell Brewing Company: 
August Schell Brewing Company, located in New Ulm, MN, sits atop the same site it was built on in 1860. With its sprawling grounds, beautiful gardens, Schell Mansion, and deer park, the brewery is a tourist destination for any beer lover. Schell’s boasts a proud heritage of 153 years of continuous family ownership and specializes in craft beers. In addition to the line of specialty beers, Schell’s also produces Grain Belt Premium, Grain Belt Premium Light and Grain Belt Nordeast. For more information on Schell’s Brewery, tour schedules or any of their 17 quality beers, go to

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Elevation Beer Co. Expands to Texas
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top

Elevation Beer Co(Poncha Springs, Colorado) –  Elevation Beer Company and Favorite Brands LLC of Dallas, Texas are teaming up to bring Elevation’s Black and Double Black Series of specialty and barrel aged beers to Texas.

“We are extremely excited to bring our beers to the great state of Texas.’ Says Elevation Co-founder and Sales Generalissimo Xandy Bustamante. ‘Texas has a great community of craft brewers and craft-beer centric retailers and restaurants and we are excited to bring our beers down to Texas’ thirsty craft beer fans.”

Favorite Brands will start distributing limited amounts of Elevation’s seasonal Black and Double Black Series in 750ml bottles and draft to Dallas, Forth Worth, Austin, and Houston as soon as Elevation receives label approval.  The first beers to roll out will include Elevation’s award-winning Apis IV; their Downpour a fresh hop Extra IPA; and Fanboy, a virgin oak-aged double IPA.

“The Favorite Brands team is absolutely geeked out, and excited to start our partnership with Elevation Beer Company.  They know their beer, from a great Berliner Weisse, to my personal favorite, their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout, Oil Man.” Says Greg LaMantia, Jr, owner of Favorite Brands. “Truth be told I hope the words ‘limited amounts’, turns out to be short lived as we expect them to be well received and in high demand.  When you get good beer, and good brands you want to run with it, and Elevation has plenty of both.”

Texas will be Elevation’s first out of state market since opening in May of 2012 in Poncha Springs, Colorado.  In less than 18 months of operation, Elevation has won 6 medals for excellence and has 5 beers rated 90+ on the consumer beer rating website

Elevation will kick off its launch in Texas with a series of beer tastings and events, so make sure and check out their website and Facebook page for more information and exact dates and times.  

About Elevation

Elevation Beer Co. is an artisan microbrewery located in Poncha Springs, Colorado, just minutes from Salida, Monarch Ski Area, Arkansas River Headwaters, and fifteen 14,000-foot peaks.  Elevation specializes in brewing large adventurous beers for the craft beer fanatic, while trying to elevate the perception of what beer can be.

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DC Brau is Brewing Up Bigger Ways to Give Back This Season
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top
DC BrauBrewery teams with Pizza Paradiso for 3rd Annual Bread for the City Program

Washington, DC - According to CEO & Co-Owner Brandon Skall, being a community-based business is about more than just having DC in our name. This season, the brewery, located on Bladensburg Road in NE Washington, is helping to fight hunger around the city by brewing a special beer in order to donate its spent grain for a special fundraiser with Pizza Paradiso to benefit Bread for the City (

“We are so proud to be continuing the Bread for the City Program for the third year with our friends at Pizza Paradiso,” says Skall.

Over the past two years, the brewery has donated its spent grain created from the brewing process to Pizza Paradiso, who then has turned that grain into loaves of bread baked especially for Bread for the City during Thanksgiving. Last year, the restaurant created a special pizza crust, also using the spent grain, to raise additional funds to donate to the charity.

“Pizzeria Paradiso and Bread for the City share a single mission, feeding hungry people with more than good food,” says Ruth Gresser, Owner/Chef of Pizza Paradiso. “Over the past few years, Pizzeria Paradiso has broadened our mission by donated over 300 loaves of DC Brau spent grain bread to Bread for the City.”

This year, DC Brau’s Co-Founder & Head Brewer Jeff Hancock has formulated a special limited-edition English Stout, named Pauncy Stout, crafted specifically for the baking potential of its malted by-product.

“I was going for a very traditional English Stout with a large addition of malted oats and flaked barley to make for a smooth quaff, but also to make a great pizza crust or loaf of bread from the spent grain,” says Hancock.

The spent grain will be used for the Brewer’s Grain pizza crust available at all Pizza Paradiso locations from Thanksgiving through Christmas for a $2 additional charge. All proceeds from the extra $2 charge will go to Bread for the City, in addition to the 150+ loaves they plan to bake and deliver to the organization next week.

“I especially love the fact that we turn something that would otherwise be unused into something good for so many people," says Pizza Paradiso’s Executive Bar Manager Greg Jasgur, who has been elemental in the creation and expansion of this joint fundraiser over the last three years.

DC Brau Brewing Company, founded in 2009, is located in North East Washington, D.C. Co-founders Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock are DC locals with a passion for brewing, complimented by years of experience in beverage distribution. DC Brau’s signature brews include: The Public (Pale Ale), The Corruption (IPA), and The Citizen (Belgian style Ale), with seasonal and special brews to follow. For more information on DC Brau, visit

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Summit Brewing Company recognized for community and business contributions
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top

Summit New LogoST. PAUL, Minn. – (November 22, 2013) –Summit Brewing Company has been recognized for their community and business contributions with the Minnesota Keystone award from the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and with the Minnesota Restaurant Association’s Allied Partner of the Year award.  

The Minnesota Keystone is a program within the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that recognizes companies donating at least 2 percent of their pre-tax earnings back to their local community. In 1976, 23 Minnesota companies created this program (originally known as "The 5% Club") to recognize and encourage charitable giving in the state. The commitment of Minnesota Keystone participants continues to serve as an example to other businesses, both here and around the globe, and to sustain Minnesota’s spirit of generosity and sense of community. In its 37th year, the Minnesota Keystone Program will honor Summit Brewing Company, Cardinal of Minnesota and Land O’Lakes at the annual celebration luncheon on December 12 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.  Gregg Steinhafel, Chairman, President and CEO of Target Corporation will be the keynote speaker and address over 600 people in attendance.  

The Minnesota Restaurant Association Allied Partner of the Year award is given to a member of their association who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the restaurant industry and community. Summit will be honored at their annual holiday party on Monday, November 25.

Tagged: Summit Brewing Company


Shoreline Brewery Hosts 2011 Barrel Aged Beer Release and Breakfast
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top

Shoreline Logo(November 21, 2013—Michigan City, IN) Shoreline Brewery will release its 2011 batch series of Barrel Aged beers on December 7th, with a Barrel Release Breakfast prepared and served by Chef Barry Smith. The breakfast will welcome patrons to be the first to have the opportunity to get the 2011 batch. The wide variety of Barrel Aged Beers include:

Imperial Raspberry Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon Barrels

Big Bella Heavy Scotch Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels

Lost Sailor Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon, Rye, Brandy and Corn Whiskey Barrels

Worker Bee Imperial Honey Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels

Curse the Goat Dopplebock aged in Bourbon Barrels

Rillo Rye aged in Rye Barrels

3 Sum Imperial IPA aged in Bourbon Barrels

Wheat Wine aged in Bourbon and Wheat Whiskey Barrels

Discombobulation Barley Wine aged in Bourbon Barrels

Bottles can be purchased individually, or by the case. Buy a case and get $20 off and receive a free Barrel Aged Series T-Shirt .

The breakfast menu includes Creole Eggs Benedict: Two Poached Eggs, Grilled Tavern Ham, Cornmeal Crusted Oysters, Fire Roasted Peppers, Baby Arugula, Crystal Hot Sauce Spiked Hollandaise. $9.50

Indiana Duckling Hash: Bourbon Barrel Smoked Duck Leg Confit, Woodland Mushrooms, Braised Leeks, Organic Chard, & Winter Herb Roasted Potatoes. Finished with a Poached Egg. $10

Biscuits & Gravy: Cracked Pepper Sausage Gravy, Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits, Fruit Garnish. $7

Brewer’s Plate: Scrambled Eggs, Skillet Potatoes, Biscuit & Gravy, Applewood Bacon, Fresh Fruit. $7

Shoreline Brewery can also cater a holiday party at the restaurant or offsite as small as cocktails with hors d’oeuvres, to box lunches to large buffets.

For more information, contact Shoreline Brewery at 219.879.4677, or

Shoreline Brewery is located at 208 Wabash Street in Michigan City, Indiana.

Tagged: Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant, Barrel Aged Lost Sailor, Barrel Aged Discombobulation Celebration Ale