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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - February 2014 Archives

New Belgium Goes Seriously Sour with a 2014 Sour Vintage Single Batch Series
Posted Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Tip Top
NB La Folie 2014La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek make a return to kick off the series
Ft. Collins, CO – February 27, 2014 – Having recently doubled its wood beer capacity with the addition of 32 new oak foeders, New Belgium Brewing is going sour with its latest Lips of Faith beers. La Folie and Transatlantique Kriek make a return in 2014 as part of a 2014 Sour Vintage Single Batch Series. La Folie is a wood-aged, sour brown that spends one to three years in large oak barrels, also known as foeders. When the beer finally hits the glass, it is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry and plum-skin notes. It pours a deep mahogany.
“La Folie is a seriously sour beer, but we like to say that it’s sour in a good way,” said New Belgium Wood Cellar Manager, Lauren Salazar. “This Flanders-style reddish brown ale delivers plenty of green apple, cherry, sometimes even blackberry and chocolate notes. It’s the beer that launched our sour beer program in ’97.”
La Folie is 7% ABV and available now, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft.
NB Transatlantique KriekTransatlantique Kriek is a slightly sour cherry kriek beer. The 2014 edition began life in the oaken vessels of Frank Boon’s brewery, deep in Belgium’s Lembeek Valley. After two years of wood aging, Boon’s spontaneously fermented kriek shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to New Belgium’s Brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. To go with Boon’s lambic ale, Bouckaert created a full golden brew to blend in, and round out, this light-bodied kriek. The intense cherry nose leads to a pleasing sweet and sour flash across the palate. Crisp and effervescent, Transatlantique Kriek is 8% ABV and available now, while supplies last, in 22-ounce bombers and on draft.
To celebrate these sour beers, New Belgium recently held a sour beer symposium that explored the art and science of blending beers, from grain to glass, followed by the brewery’s second-annual Lost in the Woods party. Here’s a look into the festivities, accompanied by some banjo playing (yes, we should probably just stick to beer),
To find New Belgium beers near you, visit the libation locator at
About New Belgium Brewing Company 
New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel. Learn more at
Tagged: New Belgium Brewing Inc., Lips Of Faith - Transatlantique Kriek, La Folie Wood Aged Beer


Limited Release GUBNA IMPERIAL IPA Returns with Specialty Dry Hops
Posted Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Tip Top

OB Gubna CansLongmont, CO & Brevard, NC—Ladies and gentlemen, hop occultists from all walks of life, please give a thunderous round of applause for the fourth incarnation of Oskar Blues' GUBNA Imperial IPA. Weighing in at 100+ international bitterness units and 10 percent ABV, this complex and chameleonic concoction packs a wallop. The Granddaddy of all Oskar Blues' hop grenades in a can, GUBNA obliterates the ordinary. If G'Knight or Deviant Dale's seem too tame for you, it's time to experience the most challenging and notorious elixir from OB's diabolical roster of ferocious fermentables.

Every year, Oskar Blues' eccentric fellowship of deranged brewers work with hop growers to seek out the most potent, unique and mind-bending hop varietals of the season. By annually altering the hop bill, GUBNA continually reinvents itself while letting the best and brightest of these powerful flowers flourish.

GUBNA v 4.0 is aggressively dry-hopped with the citrusy Chinook (this year’s legendary crop was especially complex), the tropical fruit and red berry notes of Mosaic, and the zesty lemon Sorachi Ace strain. Showcased on a base recipe of Rye (now double the amount than previously used), North American Pale, and Munich malts, these three formidable hop varieties are given free rein to assault the senses in a strangely schizophrenic symphony of bewildering bitterness, complemented perfectly by the pleasant warmth to be expected from that 10 percent booziness. 

The GUBNA pairs beautifully with grilled salmon, cured meats, sharp cheeses and spiced or caramel-rich desserts. Simultaneously subtle yet over-the-top, GUBNAalso holds up wonderfully when used for grilling beer-can chicken. Of course, this frothy behemoth is glorious on its own as well.

Spring's hoppy answer to the gargantuan chocolate malt bomb Ten FIDY (OB's infamous Winter seasonal), GUBNA 2014 will be available on tap and in 12-ounce 4-packs from March until May. Always evolving, no two GUBNA years will ever be the same, so grab version 4.0 while you still CAN!

In honor of this auspicious occasion, both Oskar Blues locations (in Brevard, NC and Longmont, CO) will be hosting release parties on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at both Tasty Weasel tap rooms. If you're lucky enough to be in either location, stop in and enjoy specialty barrel-aged and firkin variations on GUBNA 4.0, along with food, brewery tours, live music and general debauchery. 

Oskar Blues gained notoriety as the first craft brewery to seriously consider putting serious beers into recyclable aluminum cans more than 10 years ago. Initially laughed at by their colleagues, the trend caught on when other breweries took notice and agreed that cans are simply a better vessel for keeping beer fresher longer, away from the adverse effects of UV light and ingress oxygen. 

Since then, OB has evolved into an off-kilter "jack of all trades" in the beer world, adding four Colorado restaurants , the Hops & Heifers Farm and REEB Cycles hand-made bicycle company to the family. Seriously focused on having fun, pushing boundaries and making stuff we like, Oskar Blues is like no other craft brewery in the world.

Do yourself a favor and get some GUBNA before it's gone. If you need help, visit our on- line beer locator.


About Oskar Blues Brewery

Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale’s Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth—packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged 119,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing trailblazing craft brews to 34 U.S. states and Washington, D.C.

Tagged: Oskar Blues Grill & Brewery, Gubna Imperial IPA


Boulevardia Tickets To Go On Sale
Posted Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Tip Top

BoulevardiaThe first-ever event held on Father’s Day weekend will celebrate Kansas City…and beer

February 25, 2014 – Kansas City – Tickets for the brand new beer, food and music event, “Boulevardia,” will go on sale at 10a.m. on March 5th at Three different ticket packages will be available for purchase: one-day general admission passes are $10 in advance, a three-day pass is $25 and the exclusive “Taps & Tastes” craft beer experience will be $75 (includesSaturday general admission ticket). General admission tickets include entry into the festival grounds, national, regional and local music acts on two stages, and access to tasty food trucks, local artisans, a family-friendly carnival and eco-expo.  

“Plans are coming together nicely and there will be some exciting announcements in the coming weeks regarding entertainment and the Taps & Tastes brewery lineup,” said Jeremy Ragonese, Boulevard’s Director of Marketing and Boulevardia Board Member. “Our number one priority is to create a festival that will make Kansas City proud.”

While there are abundant general admission tickets available to Boulevardia, there will be a limited number of tickets available for the Taps & Tastes craft beer experience on Saturday, June 14. The Taps & Tastes craft beer experience will be a special section of Boulevardia and take place from 3-7 pm on Saturday, June 14th. The limited craft beer experience will include principals and brewmasters from more than 35 national and international craft breweries along with twelve local restaurants and Kansas City culinary stars. Taps & Tastes tickets will include unlimited beer and food sampling, along with a keepsake tasting glass. A full lineup of breweries will be announced later this week.  In addition to Taps & Tastes experience, many of these breweries will have special taps featured at the Boulevardia bars throughout the weekend for general admission ticket holders to purchase. 

About Boulevardia
The three-day urban street festival is scheduled to take place June 13-15th in the historic West Bottoms area, specifically in and around the iconic, multi-leveled 12th Street viaduct. The multi-day event will be highlighted with a craft beer and food sampling experience, but will also include family activities, entertainment, shopping, and eco-education in a unique urban setting. Learn more and

Tagged: Boulevard Brewing Co.


Starr Hill Brewery & Terrapin Beer Company Collaborate on “GAVA Joe”
Posted Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Tip Top

Mike and SpikeCHARLOTTESVILLE, VA—(February 25th, 2014):  Starr Hill Brewery is all wired up to brew a collaboration beer with Athens-based brewery Terrapin Beer Company on Monday, March 3rd. The collaboration will be a Belgian-style espresso stout called “GAVA Joe.”

Pronounced “java,” this collaboration beer is inspired by the longtime friendship between the two brewmasters, Mark Thompson and Spike Buckowski. Long ago, both realized they had a lot in common, including a love for great beer and great music.

“Terrapin and Starr Hill started up around the same time, and Spike and I have been friends for years. When it came time to do a collaboration beer, it was a no-brainer to do one with Terrapin,” said Mark Thompson, Starr Hill’s Founder and Master Brewer. “I have always been very interested in doing something with rye, and I know that Spike has worked with that grain a bunch. We have included rye in the malt bill for this beer, which will give it a unique flavor.”

“Collaborating with other brewers is very rewarding for me,” says Brewmaster Spike Buckowski, who often travels to breweries across the country and abroad to work with other respected craft brewers. “Partnering with Starr Hill for this collaboration not only involves two great breweries, but two great coffee roasters as well.”

GAVA Joe will be a medium-bodied stout weighing in around 6.9% alcohol by volume. It will be fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, which lends underlying fruit notes to the mix and balances the slight roasted bitterness of the beer with a touch of richness. It will also feature espresso from two coffee roasters local to each brewery: Shenandoah Joe Coffee Roasters of Charlottesville, VA, and Jittery Joe’s Coffee of Athens, GA. “We’re planning to collaborate on a signature blend of espresso for this special beer,” says Dave Fafara, owner of Shenandoah Joe. “It’s an honor to collaborate with the folks from Jittery Joe’s—it’ll be a blast.” Christian Hampton, a roaster at Jittery Joe’s Coffee, says he’s “looking forward to trying the finished product.”

Just 150 barrels of GAVA Joe will be brewed, and it will be available in draft only (1/6 and 1/2 barrel kegs) with a release date of April 1st. Once the beer hits the market, there will be release events in both Charlottesville and Athens. In the meantime, Mark and Spike will host several “Meet The Brewers” events in Charlottesville leading up to the collaboration brew day. On Saturday, March 1stat 5:00 PM, Starr Hill and Terrapin will take over the taps at Beer Run, with each brewery showcasing six beers. Sunday, March 2nd at 1:00 PM, the two brewers will host Beer School at Sedona Taphouse. Finally, the evening of Monday, March 3rd, Starr Hill and Terrapin will takeover the taps at Mellow Mushroom.

“GAVA Joe brings together two breweries from like-minded college towns known for great music, great coffee, and most importantly, great beer,” says Robbie O’Cain, Starr Hill’s Quality Assurance Manager.

Starr Hill Brewery was founded in 1999 by Mark Thompson and Kristin Dolan in Charlottesville, Virginia. Starr Hill is one of the most award-winning craft breweries on the East Coast, having won 19 Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup medals since its founding. The beer is distributed in ten states, including Virginia, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Washington D.C.

Terrapin Beer Company was founded in 2002 by John Cochran and Brian “Spike” Buckowski in Athens, Georgia. Since Terrapin's launch in 2002, Spike has racked up numerous medals and awards for his outstanding brews. This includes gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival for his Rye Pale Ale and Tree Hugger, and a silver medal at the World Beer Cup for his Golden Ale. Terrapin is sold in ten states in the Southeast and East Coast areas of the US: Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

Tagged: Starr Hill Brewery, Terrapin Beer Company


Gravity Brewing and Tivoli Distributing Company Announce Distribution Agreement
Posted Thursday, February 27th, 2014 by Tip Top

Gravity BrewingLouisville and Denver, Colorado, Feb 23, 2014: Gravity Brewing and Tivoli Distributing Company are pleased to announce a Distribution Agreement.  Effective immediately, Tivoli Distributing will handle all sales and distribution of Gravity Brewing products in all Colorado markets except certain accounts in Louisville.  Because of this partnership, Gravity Brewing brands will immediately be more broadly available in all Colorado markets and retailers will see great product availability, timely delivery, and overall customer service.  “Gravity Brewing aims to produce sophisticated beers that the educated Colorado market will understand.  We are ready to step-up our distribution and we wanted to partner with a distribution company that understands this competitive craft beer market” said John Frazee, Founder/Brewer of Gravity Brewing.  “Tivoli Distributing is definitely the company that meets our expectations for distribution,” Frazee added. Corey Marshall, CEO of Tivoli Distributing Company, commented “Gravity Brewing is a great addition to our family.  Gravity has taken the specialty beer and made it a standard offering for us.”


About Gravity Brewing 

Gravity Brewing was established in December 2010 by John Frazee, Ryan Bowers (both graduates of CU-Boulder’s School of Engineering and Applied Science) and Julius Hummer (Brewmaster with over 25 years of professional brewing experience) and opened for business in August 2012, becoming Louisville Colorado’s first neighborhood craft brewery.  Julius grew up in the midst of the infancy of the craft beer industry. Julius’s father, David Hummer, founded Colorado’s first microbrewery, Boulder Brewing Company (now Boulder Beer Company), in 1979. Julius holds a Master in Brewing Science from The British School of Malting and Brewing. Both John and Ryan are licensed professional engineers and continue to practice engineering and apply their experience in the brewhouse. Based on a strong appreciation and knowledge of science and engineering, Gravity Brewing takes the art and technique of brewing quite seriously.  Gravity Brewing is always trying to push the envelope of conventional brewing, while maintaining a strong regard for tradition and authenticity. The name Gravity Brewing represents the goal to produce full flavored ales and lagers that are not lacking in strength; having a business/product of substance and dignity; the adventure lifestyle enjoyed in Colorado; a sense of our existence in this world; and thought provocation. Visit Gravity online:

About Tivoli Distributing Company

Tivoli Distributing Company was formed in 2012 to provide a new and alternative route for small craft breweries to access the craft beer marketplace.  Tivoli Distributing began this process with the re-launch of Tivoli Beer, last brewed in Denver in 1969, and has followed with the launch of Sigi's, Buck Beer another important historic Colorado beer.  Tivoli Distributing combines a deep passion for craft beer with a highly personal touch to forge mutually beneficial relationships with both its accounts and breweries.

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