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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - November 2013 Archives

Bell’s will distribute to counties in north central Pennsylvania in March
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top

BellsComstock, MI - Beginning in March, 2014, Bell’s beer will be available in north central Pennsylvania.

Durdach Brothers Inc. have been chosen to represent the Bell’s brand in Bradford, Cameron, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union and Wyoming counties.

 “This new partnership fills in a large portion of the state of Pennsylvania and we are thrilled to be able to offer our beer to fans in these additional counties,” said Laura Bell, Bell’s Vice President.

Founded in 1938, Durdach Bros. Inc. is a family-owned distributor based in Paxinos, Pennsylvania.    

“I’m VERY excited with the opportunity to join the Bell’s distributor family here in Pennsylvania,” said Rick Durdach, CEO of Durdach Brothers Inc.

ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY, INC.

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 200 people over an 19 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

You can also find Bell’s on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, Instagram, PinterestFlickr  and foursquare.

Tagged: Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe

    


Bell's beer is heading to New York City
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top

BellsComstock, MI - After a successful rollout in western and upstate New York, we are happy to announce that Bell’s beer will be coming to New York City beginning Feb. 10, 2014.

Union Beer Distributors, part of the Sheehan Group, will distribute Two Hearted Ale, Amber, Kalamazoo Stout, Midwestern Pale Ale, Porter and Oarsman Ale as well as our seasonal line-up within the city as well as on Long Island.

“We are excited to round out the state after an overwhelming response for our beer in western and upstate New York,” said Bell’s Vice President Laura Bell.

“The Sheehan Group has done an excellent job representing our brand and we are confident they will exceed expectations with New York City,” she said.

T.J. Sheehan, Tri-Valley Beverage and Craft Guild of New York distribute Bell’s beer elsewhere in New York.

For help locating our beer, fans will be able use our Beer Finder in February to see which nearby bars, restaurants and retailers serve and sell our beer.

Release party information and other special events will also be available here on our website as well as our social media channels as that information becomes available.

ABOUT BELL’S BREWERY, INC.

Bell’s Brewery, Inc. began in 1985 with a quest for better beer and a 15 gallon soup kettle. Since then, we’ve grown into a regional craft brewery that employs more than 200 people over an 19 state area, in addition to Puerto Rico and Washington DC. The dedication to brewing flavorful, unfiltered, quality craft beers that started in 1985 is still with us today. We currently brew over 20 beers for distribution as well as many other small batch beers that are served at our pub in Kalamazoo, the Eccentric Cafe. Our ongoing goal is to brew thoughtfully, creatively and artistically. We strive to bring an authentic and pleasant experience to all of our customers through our unique ales and beers. For more information, please visit bellsbeer.com.

You can also find Bell’s on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, Instagram, PinterestFlickr  and foursquare.

Tagged: Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe

    


BJ's Restaurants Opens in Frederick, Maryland
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top

BJsHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (Nasdaq:BJRI) today announced the opening of its newest restaurant in Frederick, Maryland, on Monday, November 25, 2013. The new BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse is located on a free standing pad at the Francis Scott Key regional mall. The restaurant is approximately 8,500 square feet, contains seating for approximately 280 guests and features BJ's extensive menu, including BJ's signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ's highly detailed, contemporary décor and unique video statement, including BJ's 103" plasma display as well as several high-definition flat panel televisions, creates a high energy, fun and family-friendly dining environment for everyone to enjoy. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

"We are excited to open our last new restaurant for fiscal 2013 in Frederick, Maryland," commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. "The new Frederick restaurant is our second location in the Mid-Atlantic, joining our Tysons Corner, Virginia, restaurant which opened in late October. Over the next several years we look forward to opening more new restaurants in the Mid-Atlantic as we continue our national expansion.   The Frederick restaurant is our 17th opening this year. I am really proud of all the BJ's team members who worked so diligently to open our new restaurants. We will finish this year with 146 restaurants and continue to believe there is room for at least 425 BJ's restaurants domestically. We are looking forward to a solid class of new restaurant openings in 2014 and beyond." Investors are reminded that the actual number and timing of new restaurant openings is subject to a number of factors outside of the Company's control including, but not limited to, weather conditions and factors under the control of landlords, contractors and regulatory/licensing authorities.

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 146 casual dining restaurants under the BJ's Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ's Pizza & Grill® and BJ's Grill® brand names. BJ's Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ's experience. The Company operates several microbreweries in addition to using independent third party brewers to produce and distribute BJ's critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers throughout the chain. The Company's restaurants are located in California (64), Texas (29), Florida (15), Arizona (6), Colorado (5), Nevada (5), Washington (4),Ohio (4), Oklahoma (3), Oregon (3), Kentucky (2), Indiana (1), Kansas (1), Louisiana (1), Maryland (1), New Mexico (1) and Virginia(1). Visit BJ's Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com.

    


Karl Strauss Celebrates the Holidays with Four Scowling Owls Tripel
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top

KS Four Scowling OwlsSan Diego, CA – November 26, 2013 – Karl Strauss Brewing Company is celebrating another record-breaking sales year with the limited release of Four Scowling Owls Holiday Tripel. Four Scowling Owls is the fourth installment of the company’s nontraditional “12 Days of Christmas” holiday series.  The collection is built around higher alcohol beers that are meant to be laid down and enjoyed in a vertical tasting at the end of the series.  “We intentionally brew beers that get better with age with the hope that people will enjoy a bottle now and let another age until the end of the 12 years,” says Paul Segura, Brewmaster, Karl Strauss Brewing Company.

Four Scowling Owls is a 9% ABV robust Belgian-style Tripel with a citrus zest character and peppery, dry finish.  The deep golden beer is brewed with a blend of pale and Vienna malts for a slightly bready base, while Mt. Rainier hops create a mild floral bitterness.  The brewers add Belgian candy sugar to the kettle to increase the gravity of the beer while maintaining a lighter body and refreshing mouthfeel. The Tripel is then warm fermented with traditional Westmalle yeast, creating complex layers of citrus, bubble gum, and spice.  This beer is spritzy, dry and pairs well with rich and hearty holiday fare.  “2013 has been an incredible year—from opening our new tasting room to expanding our beer into the Inland Empire—we are stoked to end on a high note with this delicious holiday Tripel,” says Segura.

Previous beers in the holiday series include Parrot in a Palm Tree Baltic Porter, the Great American Beer Festival award-winning Two Tortugas Belgian Quad, and Mouette a Trois Holiday Fruitcake Ale.  “We sell out of our holiday beer each year, but if you’re lucky enough to find bottles from year’s past, I’d suggest laying them down and seeing how they evolve over time,” says Segura.  Fans can pick up a limited-release bottle of Four Scowling Owls at Karl Strauss’ recently opened tasting room at the main brewery in Pacific Beach, or in 22oz bottles and on draft throughout California.  For more information on Karl Strauss’ 12 Days of Christmas series, visit www.karlstrauss.com.  Share it. Cheers.

Four Scowling Owls Holiday Tripel

Specs: 9% ABV – 9 SRM – 40 IBU

 

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Don’t upset these angry birds: share a bottle of this year’s Holiday Tripel. Four Scowling Owls – the next release from our “Twelve Days” holiday series – is a robust Belgian style strong Ale with orange citrus flavors and a spicy aroma. Amarillo and Mount Rainier hops balance out the Vienna malt character. The finish is dry and warm, perfect for those “chilly” San Diego winters. Birds of a feather drink together.

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About Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Karl Strauss Brewing Company has pioneered the San Diego beer scene since 1989 with innovative beer releases like Big Barrel IIPA and Wreck Alley Imperial Stout.  The brewery has won 54 medals over the past three years and its Red Trolley Ale is one of the most award winning beers in the world. The company is currently ranked #39 on the list of the country’s top craft breweries with sole distribution in California.  2013 is on pace to be another exciting year of double-digit sales growth, with the main brewery tasting room and new brewery restaurant in Temecula now open.  For more information visit www.karlstrauss.com or call the brewery at (858) 273-2739.  Share it. Cheers.

Tagged: Karl Strauss Brewing Company

    


Celebrate The Holiday Season At Iron Hill
Posted Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 by Tip Top

Iron HillWILMINGTON, DE – Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is the place to go for the beer lover who wants to keep that holiday cheer all year long.  Everyone’s favorite group of craft brewpubs will offer a series of concerts celebrating the season with joyful performances by The Cartoon Christmas Trio, a singing act that performs authentic arrangements of musical selections from the classic holiday TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Originally aired in 1965, the special was created by Charles Schulz and is among the most popular holiday programs in history. 

Throughout the month of December, the Cartoon Christmas Trio will perform at several of Iron Hill’s 10 award-winning locations.  All shows run from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. – approximately two hours in length – unless otherwise indicated.  Concert schedule is as follows:

 

  • Friday, December 6 Iron Hill West Chester (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600)
    • (coincides with the annual Mars Drinks Old Fashioned Christmas Parade)  6 p.m. until 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 8 Iron Hill Maple Shade (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300)
  • Monday, December 9 Iron Hill Chestnut Hill (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600)
  • Tuesday, December 10 Iron Hill Wilmington (710 South Madison Street, 302-472-2739)
  • Friday, December 13 Iron Hill North Wales (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000)
  • Monday, December 16 Iron Hill Newark (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000)

§  Tuesday, December 17 Iron Hill Lancaster (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800)

§  Wednesday, December 18 Iron Hill Media (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000)

§  Friday, December 20 Iron Hill Phoenixville (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333) 

In addition, Iron Hill will be bringing back its Holiday Gift Pack of Big Bottle Reserves for those beer connoisseurs on Santa’s “nice” list.  Available at all 10 regional locations, gift packs showcase the brewery’s award-winning and seasonal beers, brewed in small batches and available only in large-format, cork-finished 750 mL bottles, many with custom label art from frequent Iron Hill collaborator Jeff Schaller. 

“Bottled Reserves are rare and special beers that are only available in limited quantities, so they make a truly unusual and memorable gift,” says Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson.  “From higher ABV offerings to full-flavored seasonal brews, these are some of our talented brewers’ finest creations – and they’re great for a variety of occasions, from a fun and thoughtful hostess gift to a Christmas or Chanukah present for the beer lover in your life.”

This year’s Holiday Gift Packs, all of which come with complimentary beer tote gift packaging, may be purchased while listening to the musical stylings of theCartoon Christmas Trio, and include:

·         Winter Wheat Wine Ale:  Two custom 18 oz. etched glasses and one 750 mL bottle of Winter Wheat Wine, a high gravity, full-bodied Barleywine-style ale brewed with a large proportion of wheat malt that is perfect for a winter evening ($35)

·         Belgian Abbey:  Three 750 mL bottles:  Abbey Dubbel, a mahogany ale brewed in the style of a Belgian monastery with the sweetness of dark Belgian candi sugar paired with a distinct aroma of plum and pears;  Belgian Tripel, a traditional Belgian-style golden ale with complex aroma and flavors of plums, spice and bananas with refreshing balanced bitterness;  and Belgian Quadrupel, a rich, dark, malty and very complex beer brewed with Belgian Abbey yeast, dark candi sugar and a huge assortment of specialty malts create layers of complex fruity aromas and a warming finish ($50)

·         Gold Medal:  Four 750 mL bottles:  The Cannibal, a Belgian-style golden ale with a complex, dry sweetness, balancing bitterness and a spicy finish (2005 Great American Beer Festival [GABF] gold medal);  Russian Imperial Stout, Iron Hill’s most decorated beer, a full-bodied stout that starts with a complex, malty sweet and high-roasted character and is wonderfully balanced with the use of citrusy American hops (2003 GABF gold medal, 2006 GABF gold medal, 2010 GABF gold medal, 2010 World Beer Cup [WBC] gold medal, 2012 WBC gold medal);  Saison, a classic Franco-Belge-style farmhouse ale that is unfiltered, bright and light-bodied.  The yeast gives an earthy, fruity and spicy character with a refreshing finish (2008 GABF gold medal);  and Wee Heavy, a full-bodied, Scotch-style ale with a distinct fruity aroma and flavor, plus a light smokiness from the use of peat smoked malts (2004 WBC gold medal) ($65)

 

In addition to their Holiday Gift Packs, Iron Hill also offers other diverse gift ideas:  Gift Cards, available in any amount at any location, and available for redemption at any location; gift cards also give back, with a $20 bonus card for every $75 spent (so $75 to $149 equals an additional $20, $150 to $224 equals an additional $40, etc.);  Bottled Reserves, available at a 10% case discount, representing some of Iron Hill’s most exciting and unusual beers and ranging in price from $17.50 to $24.50 each, all offered with complimentary beer tote gift packaging;  and King of the Hill Rewards Club Memberships,  just $25 annual fee for a loyalty card that earns rewards, member-only events and other exclusive perks.  Enjoy a free gift for your birthday, drink from our exclusive handmade beer mug and receive invitations to exclusive club events throughout the year.  For more information on any of Iron Hill’s holiday offerings, please visit your local restaurant or log on towww.ironhillbrewery.com

Founded by home brewers Mark Edelson and Kevin Finn and restaurateur Kevin Davies in Newark, DE in 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has blossomed from one restaurant and brewery to 10 locations across the mid-Atlantic.  Each is dedicated to producing and serving top-quality hand-crafted beers and cuisine in a warm and hospitable setting, and all are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.  Their acclaimed beers have accumulated a wealth of awards from the nation’s top beer festivals, and their restaurants have earned more than 100 “Best of” nods from local and national publications. 

Locations include:  Newark, DE (147 East Main Street, 302-266-9000);  Wilmington, DE (620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739);  Media, PA (30 East State Street, 610-627-9000);  West Chester, PA (3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600);  North Wales, PA (1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000);  Phoenixville, PA (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333);  Lancaster, PA (781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800);  Maple Shade, NJ (124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300);  Chestnut Hill, PA (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600);  and Voorhees, NJ (13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009). 

For more information about Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit www.ironhillbrewery.com, follow them on Twitter (@ironhillbrewery) and like them on Facebook.

    

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