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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - December 2013 Archives

Odin Brewing Releases 2012 Bourbon Barrel Aged Equinox
Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Tip Top

Odin BBA EquinoxSeattle, WA –Dec 18, 2013
Odin Brewing Company is thrilled to release its 2012 Bourbon Barrel Aged Equinox, more affectionately known as ‘Thor’s Oak-quinox’.

In early 2012 we inoculated a small batch of Thor’s Equinox with Brettanomycesand aged it in freshly dumped bourbon barrels.After two years of cellaring, we are releasing only 30 cases, just in time for the holidays.Aging has only improved the delicate Brett nose and brought a rich, smooth whiskey barrel character to this mildly tart ale.We truly believe you will enjoy it as much as we do.

To order yours for the holidays, please contact;
AsgardTavern at 206-402-4704
Odin Brewing at 206-762-3909 or

About Odin Brewing: A Seattle-based microbrewery, specializing in artfully balanced hand
crafted beer designed to pair with your favorite foods–“Great Beer Designed with Great Food in Mind”.


Oakshire’s Daniel Russo receives the Falconer ABG Scholarship
Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Tip Top
OakshireFrom an outstanding group of talented applicants, Daniel Russo from Oakshire Brewing (Eugene, OR) has been named recipient of the 2014 Glen Hay Falconer Foundation scholarship to the American Brewers Guild.   Dan will be attending the American Brewers Guild’s Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course that runs from January through June 2014.  The Intensive Brewing Science & Engineering course is a 22-week distance education program with a final week of residential instruction.  The course is designed for brewers and homebrewers who lack formal training in brewing science and covers all the fundamentals of beer production and quality assurance.
In making its final decision, the Selection Committee members were impressed by Dan’s passion, dedication, and work ethic.  They cited his roots as an innovative homebrewer, tireless contributions to the broader brewing community and genuine interest in living the ideals of the Falconer Foundation.  In the words of a committee member: “Dan possesses a great combination of brewing talent, diligence, and understanding of the many disciplines of running and promoting brewery operations.  With the ABG education and his front-of-the-house experience, Dan will be an enormous asset to the success of the overall brewery.”  The mission of the Foundation resonated in Dan, as another committee member highlighted: “What struck me about Dan was that he took the time and energy to learn about Glen and the Foundation.”
The brewing scholarship is a full-tuition grant along with travel stipend that is offered in collaboration with the American Brewers Guild.  The American Brewers Guild is a premier school for the craft brewing industry dedicated to providing a comprehensive learning experience that focuses on the technical, scientific, and operational matters and issues that brewers face in a craft brewing environment.
The Selection Committee, consisting of Ben Dobler, Innovation Brewer at Widmer Brothers Brewing/Craft Brewing Alliance, Christian Ettinger, Brewmaster-Owner of Hopworks Urban Brewing, Scott Frietas, Brewmaster & Co-Founder of Latitude 42 Brewing, Alan Moen, Editor of Northwest Brewing News, Shaun O’Sullivan, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery, and Steve Parkes, Owner and Lead Instructor of American Brewers Guild, were given the difficult decision of selecting a single recipient from a deep and talented group of deserving candidates.
The Foundation extends congratulations to Dan and a sincere appreciation to all the applicants for their interest and enthusiasm for the Falconer Foundation American Brewers Guild scholarship.  The Foundation thanks the Selection Committee for its hard work and energy and extends its gratitude to the American Brewers Guild for its long-standing support for the Foundation’s brewing scholarship program.
The Falconer Foundation has granted 25 scholarships over the past decade and is dedicated to promoting knowledge and expertise in the craft brewing industry in memory and honor of Glen Hay Falconer.
For more information on the Glen Hay Falconer Foundation, visit and follow us on Facebook.
Tagged: Oakshire Brewing


Toast the New Year With ReNEWale From Ninkasi Brewing Company
Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Tip Top

Ninkasi ReNewAleNinkasi’s Seasonal Release Series Features ReNEWale 2014, an Alt Pale Ale, Available January Through February 

EUGENE, Ore.—New year, new beer indeed! Ninkasi Brewing Company’sannual celebration of the New Year kicks off January 2014 with the release ofReNEWale 2014 to its Seasonal Release Series. An Alt Pale Ale, this year’s ReNEWale is a lighter, cold-weather offering for those looking to break through winter doldrums.

“The idea for this beer started as a way to satisfy those looking to move away from winter seasonals after the New Year,” explains Jamie Floyd, founding brewer and co-owner of Ninkasi. “We decided that we should celebrate the New Year with a new beer each year.”

ReNEWale 2014 is no exception, offering a beer with moderate alcohol level and a nuanced flavor. “So far, we have brewed an Irish Red, Robust Porter and an ESB under the name ReNEWale for past years,” says Floyd. “ReNEWale gives us a chance to be creative and offer a beer that normally would be released to a series with a much more limited availability.”

The inspiration for this year’s brew came from Ninkasi’s production coordinator, Paul Cook. “We wanted to have fun with this beer and experiment with an existing Ninkasi recipe,” says Cook. “We took a pale ale recipe and morphed it to use our house alt yeast strain – the same yeast we use in our winter Seasonal Series Release, Sleigh’r, but presented in a much lighter offering.”

ReNEWale 2014 will be available on shelves in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and on draft January through February.

ReNEWale 2014 Stats
Available: January – February 2014
Style: Alt Pale Ale
Series: Seasonal Release Series
ABV: 5.4%
IBU: 32
Starting Gravity: 1054
Malt: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Honey Malt
Hops: Cascade, Ahtanum, Glacier
Packaging: 12-ounce bottles, 22-ounce bottles, draft
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; and Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: New year, new beer indeed! A pale ale brewed with an alt yeast strain, this year’s ReNEWale is subtly malty yet deliciously crisp and smooth. Grab some friends and cheers to the year ahead!

Tasting Notes: Inspired by the traditional Northern German Altbier, our ReNEWale puts a Northwest spin on this style, offering a beer with a pale ale base brewed with an alt yeast strain. Similar to the German Altbier, this beer is copper in color with a malty aroma and little hop presence. It is crisp and smooth with a fairly bitter yet balanced malt flavor.

To view Ninkasi’s full line-up of beers, visit:

About Ninkasi Brewing Company
Founded in 2006 by Jamie Floyd and Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company continues to grow from its first batch of Total Domination IPA, to a 55-barrel brewing system located in Eugene, Ore.  Ninkasi’s Flagship beers—Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, and Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout—are sold throughout Oregon, Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Washington, and British Columbia. The brewery remains privately-owned and is committed to community support and giving. Ninkasi’s Beer Is Love program offers in-kind donations and support for organizations throughout its footprint.

For more information, call 541.344.2739 or visit

Tagged: Ninkasi Brewing Company


SweetWater Brewing Co. Serves Up a Happy Ending for 2013
Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Tip Top

Sweetwater Happy EndingATLANTA, GA – As the holidays keep hustlin’ along, SweetWater Brewery has folks covered this winter with a gaggle of gifts sure to give fans the warm and fuzzies. While some are gearing up for the New Year’s ball drop, brewers at SweetWater have been dropping loads of hops into their latest limited release brew – Happy Ending. Meanwhile, brewery elves have been busy building SweetWater 420 Fest’s website to launch early-bird ticket sales just in time to stuff some stockings.

Happy Ending:  SweetWater’s brewers are closing out 2013 by delivering a Happy Ending to all, and to all a good night. The Imperial Stout is brewed with Centennial and Willamette hops, and finished off with a dry-hop addition of Cascade and Simcoe hops. Measuring up at 9% ABV, this award-winning beer promises to have fans showing their “O” face.

Happy Ending returns to coolers in six-packs, 22-ounce hand-waxed bombers and draft taps starting the week after Christmas. Drinkers will be able to stock up through the New Year, but the brew hightails out of town in February so folks are encouraged to snatch ‘em up before they’re gone.

SweetWater 420 Fest: Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Atlanta’s most eclectic and celebrated Earth Day festival – SweetWater 420 Fest – is returning this April promising its biggest and deepest talent lineup to date. The crew is still dialing in the details on the talent lineup, but they are hooking fans up with a limited number of early-bird discounted festival tickets online. SweetWater announced earlier this year that festival headquarters will be moving to Centennial Olympic Park for their 10-year celebration run.

“With this year being our 10th anniversary, we really wanted to dig deeper and bring fans more of the SweetWater experience,” said Director of Marketing for SweetWater Brewery Steve Farace. “We’ve worked hard throughout the last decade as the festival has evolved since its inception, and this year we’re continuing to differentiate our lineup as our new home in Centennial Olympic Park gives us a bigger playground to stretch our out legs in.”

Early bird tickets include a limited number of 3-Day Weekend Passes at $14.20 and 3-Day VIP Pass at $85. To purchase tickets or learn more about SweetWater 420 Festival, visit


SweetWater Brewing Company is an Atlanta‐based craft brewery living by the motto “Don’t Float the Mainstream!” Distribution is limited to the Southeast as SweetWater’s brews are designed to be consumed fresh. The award‐winning lineup of year‐round beers includes SweetWater 420, IPA, Blue, LowRYEder and Georgia Brown. SweetWater also features a Catch and Release series of beers available on a limited basis throughout the year, and an experimental, one‐time‐only Dank Tank series. SweetWater Brewery – located at 195 Ottley Dr. in Atlanta – is open for tours every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 5:30‐7:30 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30‐4:30 p.m. For more information about SweetWater Brewing Company, please visit Hang out with your social thang out and follow SweetWater Brewing Company on Twitter/Instagram @sweetwaterbrew, or become a fan on Facebook at

Tagged: Sweetwater Brewing Company, Happy Ending Imperial Stout


Breckenridge Brewery Unveils New Spring Seasonal, Ophelia
Posted Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Tip Top

Breckenridge OpheliaDenver, CO – December 20, 2013 – Breckenridge Brewery will ring in 2014 with a new spring seasonal, Ophelia.  Like its namesake from Shakespeare's Hamlet, this beer is sweet and innocent. The unique hoppy wheat beer weighs in at 5% ABV (alcohol by volume) and offers a refreshing crispness with tropical fruit whispers. It's worth noting, however, that unlike Shakespeare's character, Ophelia, there's no tragic ending with this beer.  Quite the opposite, the beer's light and hoppy finish leaves you wanting another.

“Craft beer is all about diversity, of course” explains Todd Usry, Breckenridge Brewery's Brewmaster and Director of Brewing Operations.  “Strong, complex, flavorful beers have made the craft industry what it is today, but there's a growing desire for interesting and sophisticated, equally flavorful, session beers.  That's what we want to present with Ophelia – an approachable new beer, accessible by many.”

Ophelia hits the palate with a slightly aggressive hoppiness that's balanced with light, fruit flavors.  Subtle hints of mango, papaya, and guava round out the aroma of Mosaic and Palisade hops. Malted white wheat lends the fullness people expect in a craft beer, even a lighter one. Ophelia joins Avalanche, Vanilla Porter, Agave Wheat, Oatmeal Stout and SummerBright in Breckenridge Brewery's line of session beers at 5% ABV or less.

The brewery's complete portfolio runs the gamut from strong, hoppy beers like 471 Double IPA and strong, malty beers like Christmas Ale and Autumn Ale down to its session beers.  Its small batch, barrel aged, and nitro programs bring additional variety to its offerings.

Ophelia will hit the market in 6-packs and kegs in early January everywhere Breckenridge Brewery beer is sold, and it will be available as the brewery's spring seasonal through April.

About Breckenridge Brewery

Breckenridge Brewery was founded in 1990 in Breckenridge, Colorado. In the past two decades Breckenridge Brewery has grown from a small 3,000-barrels-a-year brewpub to one of the most successful craft beer and restaurant companies in the nation. It now handcrafts more than 52,000 barrels of fresh beer annually and owns and operates five brewpubs and ale houses in the state of Colorado. For more information visit

Tagged: Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub