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Beer News at TheBeerSpot - March 2014 Archives

Bushwhacker Cidery hosts Cider Riot! Plastic Paddy Release
Posted Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Tip Top

Cider Riot Plastic PaddyBushwhacker Cidery, Portland's premiere cider taphouse will be hosting the release of the 2nd cider "Plastic Paddy" from our newest cidery - Cider Riot! on Sunday March 16th from 3-6pm


Cider Riot! makes some serious ciders, from rare cider apples grown specifically from heirloom trees. We also like to have fun. Plastic Paddy is a fun-loving easy drinking cider released in honor of the 2-litres of Irish cider that Cider Riot! founder and cidermaker Abram Goldman-Armstrong enjoyed so much as a student at University College Cork.

American dessert apples lack the characteristic tannins of European cider apples, so in order to replicate the flavor profile of a dry Irish cider, we use Barry’s Gold Blend tea from County Cork to infuse the cider with just enough tannins to balance the natural acids of the Hood River dessert apples used to make it.

Plastic Paddy is packaged in the traditional 2-liter Irish flagon, making it the perfect package for picnics and the old Cork tradition of gatting (drinking in parks)*. A flagon is the perfect size to share with friends and family, translating to 67 ounces, or just larger than a growler, a two-liter holds 4.2 US pints.

Plastic Paddy is released for Paddy’s Day, and will be available through March and April.

Cider Riot! is an urban cidery located in Portland’s North Tabor neighborhood just off East Burnside Street, dedicated to the production of refreshing dry ciders. Cider Riot! was founded in 2013 by Abram Goldman-Armstrong, after 18 years as a home cidermaker and home brewer. Abram has collaborated with several craft breweries to create such well-known beers as Widmer Brothers Green and Gold Kölsch, and Hopworks Secession. Cider Riot!’s dry ciders are currently available on draft, and 500ml glass bottles will be available in April.

Abe will be at Bushwhacker pouring samples from bottle of Plastic Paddy and Bushwhacker will have both Plastic Paddy and Cider Riot's first release Everybody Pogo on draft. Bottles of Plastic Paddy will be available to go.


Cider Riot! Releases Plastic Paddy Irish Style Dry Cider
Sunday March 16, 3-6pm.
Bushwhacker Cidery
1212 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland, OR

Stone Brewing Co. Donates $100,000 from Sale of Matt's Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison
Posted Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Tip Top

Stone Matts Burning RosidsESCONDIDO, CA (March 10, 2014) – In 2013, Stone Brewing Co. suffered the loss of a close friend, team member and exceptional brewer, Matt Courtright. After exploring several ways to honor his memory, Stone decided there was no better way than to brew one of his most recent beer recipes and release it nationally for all to enjoy. Matt’s Burning Rosids Imperial Cherrywood-Smoked Saison is currently available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft in select markets across the U.S. To further pay tribute to Matt’s memory, Stone is donating $100,000 to two non-profit organizations close to Matt’s heart and contributing to The Matt Courtright Memorial Brewing Scholarship, all made possible by proceeds from the sale of his beer.
Aside from being an incredible brewer, Matt was passionate about a pair of charity organizations:, a non-profit devoted to meeting the architectural needs of developing communities around the world; and TKF – Tariq Khamisa Foundation, a non-profit working to stop youth violence by educating, mentoring and making positive impacts on youths in high-risk communities. The Matt Courtright Memorial Brewing Scholarship is being administered through the Southern California District of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas (MBAA), and will provide tuition assistance to one of the three brewing technical schools offered by the MBAA. Thanks to the outpouring support from fans and purchases of Matt’s Burning Rosids, Stone is proudly contributing to these programs in his memory.
“All of Team Stone, especially the brew crew, was deeply saddened to lose a beloved and vital talent from our group,” said Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “As soon as I tasted the small batch Matt had made of Burning Rosids, it was decided without hesitation that this amazing recipe would be a wonderful way to pay tribute to all of the contributions he gave us, while also donating funds to causes he whole-heartedly respected.”
This full-bodied, Belgian-style saison is infused with cherrywood-smoked malt, and pours a deep golden color. The Belgian yeast produces banana, fruit, spice and clove-like undertones, which blend perfectly with the smoky wood flavor provided by the malt bill. Burning Rosids, the name Matt chose for his creation, is a reference to the rosid plant family from which cherry trees hail.
Fans may enjoy this beer now, or save it for a future date at proper cellaring temperatures (~50°-55°F). Regardless of when the beer is enjoyed, fans are encouraged to do so with loved ones, and to remember that life is a precious gift to be cherished every day.

About Stone Brewing Co.
Known for its bold, flavorful and largely hop-centric beers, Stone Brewing Co. has been brewing in North County San Diego since 1996. Founded by Greg Koch and Steve Wagner, Stone is the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States—a position it achieved without paid advertising, discounting or compromising standards. In addition to brewing, Stone owns two eclectic farm-to-table restaurants—Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Escondido and Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station—and Stone Farms, an organic farm located near the brewery which grows produce for the restaurants. Stone also operates Stone Distributing Co., which distributes more than 30 craft beer brands throughout Southern California. For more information on Stone Brewing Co., please visit or the company’s social media sites:TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle+YouTube and The Stone Blog
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FCB Releases Smoked Märzen
Posted Thursday, March 13th, 2014 by Tip Top

Fort Collins Out of the AshesFourth Chapter of Out of the Ashes series released

Fort Collins, Colo. -- The Fort Collins Brewery, along with Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern is excited to announce the release of the 4th chapter to the Out of the Ashes (OOA) series, Smoked Märzen on Friday, March 14th, including a Western Friday Release Party. 

Smoked Märzen boasts rich caramel and molasses sweetness with a touch of nuttiness. A classic German style, brewed with American boldness. The 4th OOA edition will be packaged as bombers, 1/2 bbls and 1/6 bbls, true to tradition for the smoked series. 

• ABV: 5.6% 

• SRM: 9 

• IBU: 21 

 To celebrate the release of the Smoked Märzen, FCB is hosting a Western Friday Release Party in their Tasting Room from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday. Everyone dressed in western gear will receive a pint of Smoked Märzen and BBQ Ribs for $8.

Out of the Ashes is a bomber series of limited release beers that showcase the varied and unique flavors and aromas delivered from malt smoked over wood-burning fires. This series was created to be shared with food and friends. 

The Smoked Märzen adds to an awarding winner series following FCB’s previous installments of Out of the Ashes brews; Rauchbier, Mesquite Chili Lime Ale and the Smoked Rye Porter. OOA received two gold medals in the Smoked Beer, Flavored category from the BTI World Beer Championships in 2013 with Rauchbier and Mesquite Chili Lime. 

The Fort Collins Brewery is a family-owned, hand-crafted brewery in Northern Colorado, since 2004. FCB also offers the only full-size restaurant inside a production brewery, Gravity 1020 Modern Tavern, in Fort Collins, Colo. For more information, visit or call 970-472-1499. FCB Tasting Room is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tours run both days from noon to 6 p.m. at the top of the hour.

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Grimm Brothers Brewhouse to launch Little Red Cap in cans
Posted Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Tip Top

Grimm BrothersLoveland, Colorado March 7 , 2014- In keeping with their tradition of growth, Grimm Brothers Brewhouse announced that they will be releasing their best selling beer, Little Red Cap, in cans available this April. The 12oz cans will be sold in 6 packs in Colorado and Nebraska with plans to expand distribution to other states. 

 “We are excited to work with two other Colorado companies (Ball and Wild Goose) to expand our packaging options to fit our Colorado lifestyle.” Says Russell Fruits, Beer Evangelist at Grimm Brothers.  He went on to say “Canning allows us to take our beer places that we haven't been able to take our glass bombers.” Cans will not only allow their customers to take their beer where they like to play, but are also an easy way to practice the principle of pack it in, pack it out.

Little Red Cap, a clean tasting, full-bodied Dusseldorf Altbier, is available year round as part of the Legend series. Perhaps best known for a 2011 Gold and 2012 Bronze medal at Great American Beer Festival, Little Red Cap has won numerous awards and helped put Grimm Brothers on the map. Other Legend series beers include 3 Golden Hairs, Snow Drop, The Fearless Youth, and Master Thief. And plans to release The Fearless Youth in cans are already in the works for later this year.

To kick off the release Grimm Brothers will be having a Can Release Party at their taproom on April 12th.  The party will feature Little Red Cap beer can chicken as well as a canned food drive benefiting House of Neighborly Service.

About Grimm Brothers

Grimm Brothers Brewhouse was founded in 2010 by avid homebrewers captivated by the rich tradition of European beers. They knew that the long history of beer production in Germany and surrounding areas would give them plenty of tales to share with their customers. Inspired by the stories collected By Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, they crafted their beers to tell not only the story of Craft Brewing, but the harrowing and dark tales handed down through the generations. Grimm Brothers operates a Tap Room at 623 N. Denver Ave., Loveland, CO offering their beer for on premises consumption and carry-out sale.

For more information about Grimm Brothers visit

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Summit releases Unchained Batch 15: Fest Bier
Posted Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Tip Top

Summit Unchained FestbierST. PAUL, Minn. – (March 5, 2013) – Summit Brewing Company today announces the release of Fest Bier, the fifteenth beer produced in its limited release Unchained Series. Fest Bier is Nate Siats’ third Unchained brew. It will be available in draught and bottles the week of March 10.

“My inspiration behind Fest Bier is tradition meets hybridization. Over the past year or so I’ve fallen in love all over again with pretty much every style of German beer. This beer is modeled after a cross between an Oktoberfest bier and a Wiesn bier,” says Brewer Nate Siats. “After making more robust brews for my first two Unchained beers, I wanted to make a light, clean, crisp, refreshing beer that still had plenty of flavor and a good aroma.”

The hops are alpha/aroma hybrids of their respective traditional varieties, providing extra aroma and flavor. Since the Unchained Series allows Summit brewers to select ingredients from anywhere in the world without restraint, Siats decided to import the base malts, Pils and Munich, from a small maltster in the Czech Republic. The Cara Munich malt was imported from Weyermann in Bamberg, Germany.

This is the first lager brewed in the Unchained Series. All four brews ofFest Bier were fermented and lagered in one of the new large-capacity fermentation tanks in the brewery’s cellar addition. The lagering time was doubled to eight weeks as compared to Summit’s other year-round and seasonal lagers, which get four weeks.

Ideally, Fest Bier should be poured into the traditional 1 litre Maß. The beer pairs well with brats, sausage, cheese, cheese curds, string cheese, pretzels, red cabbage, sauerkraut, warm potato salad, cold potato salad and chips.

Since Fest Bier turns any occasion into a festival, beer lovers are encouraged to take photos and videos of everyday situations being transformed into fests with the help of Fest Bier, tagging them with #Unchained15. View this video for an example.

Fest Bier

Malts: Czech Pils, Czech Munich, Cara Munich

Hops: Saphir, Sladek

ABV: 5.5%

IBUs: 30

Yeast: Munich Lager


About the Unchained Series

The Unchained Series, which saw its first batch in 2009, allows each of Summit’s individual brewers to showcase their creativity by allowing them to break free from the norm and create their own beer. “We’re fortunate to have eight phenomenal brewers at Summit,” said Mark Stutrud, founder and president of Summit Brewing Company. “The Unchained Series is a way for our brewers to showcase their artistry. There are no budgetary restraints, no outside influences from a sales team, and the brewers are free to collect ingredients from anywhere in the world. As long as it’s legal, they have complete autonomy.”

Summit Brewing Company

Founded in St. Paul, Minn. in 1986, Summit Brewing Company has stayed close to its roots, serving the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. Summit’s beers are currently available in 18 states including Minnesota, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Arkansas and Wisconsin. Summit now produces 14 varieties of premium craft beer, including seven year-round, five seasonal beers, and the limited release Unchained Series and Union Series. Since its inception, the brewery has been a consistent pioneer in the craft beer movement.

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