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Ska Brewing Co. announces industry vet, Kurt Randall, as new head brewer

Ska Brewing Co. announces industry vet, Kurt Randall, as new head brewer

Ska Brewing Kurt Randall

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(Durango, CO) – Ska Brewing Co. today announces that industry veteran Kurt Randall will take on the title and role of Head Brewer. Randall’s new position will include oversight of brewing and cellaring operations, product innovation and the hiring and training of new personnel.

A Colorado brewer at heart, Randall began his career 13 years ago on the bottling line at Flying Dog Brewery in Denver. His uncanny natural understanding of the brewing process quickly led him to the role of Head Brewer in four short years. He brewed for Breckenridge and Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and eventually took over the reigns in Great Divide’s quality control department before moving to Ska in 2015 to take on the position of Brewhouse Supervisor.

“With the exciting and innovative plans we have for our beers in the coming years, Kurt’s breadth of brewing knowledge will prove invaluable, the bonus being that we already know he fits in well with our cast of characters,” said Ska Co-founder, Dave Thibodeau, referring to the fact that Randall has worked with the brewing team at Ska for 2 years.

Randall is equally thrilled about his new role, and harkens back to his days as head brewer for Stranahan’s. “I’ve been a fan of Ska since crushing cans of Modus at the Rackhouse at Stranahan’s,” said Randall. “I can’t wait to lead our team into Ska’s next chapter.”

Randall will be at Collaboration Beer Fest in Denver on Saturday, Mar. 25 pouring the Coconut Curry Hefeweizen that Ska brewed in collaboration with Boulder Beer. Stop by the Ska Brewing-Boulder Beer booth to toast with Kurt this weekend!

About Ska Brewing
Based in Durango, Colorado, Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and produces over a dozen award-winning beers. Pioneers in the canned craft beer movement, Ska Brewing is known for an array of styles in 12 oz cans including Modus Hoperandi, Mexican Logger, Euphoria and Pinstripe. For information (a lot of it), music, and a good time, visit Plug in to the latest updates, beer releases and shenanigans at and

Three Creeks Brewing’s Throwback Series launches with Amber Ale

Three Creeks Brewing’s Throwback Series launches with Amber Ale

Three Creeks Throwback Series Amber Ale

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(Sisters, OR) – Three Creeks Brewing Co. is pleased to announce the release of Amber Ale, the first in our new Throwback Series designed to celebrate beer styles that fueled the “microbrew” revolution. Developed as a sort of “liquid time machine”, the Throwback Series harkens back to the early days of craft beer by presenting iconic American beer styles in a historical context. This series begins with Amber Ale, followed by American Hefeweizen, American Pale Ale and finally Old Special Premium Amber Lager.

“We’re at a point where the pendulum has swung so far in the direction of extreme and exotic flavors that simplicity and balance are no longer valued,” explains Head Brewer Zach Beckwith, “our goal with the Throwback Series is to give people a chance to taste where the craft beer movement started and to remind us all of a time when beer didn’t need to be so complicated.”

Amber Ale | Available in March

On draft now, this American Amber Ale occupies the space between pale ale and brown ale. It’s appeal lies in its balance between Crystal malt and old school Northwest hops, pleasing hopheads and malt advocates alike. Once a staple of early craft brewers, American Amber Ale has all but disappeared, until now! 5.5% ABV | 40 IBUs

American Hefeweizen | Available in May

The second installment in our Throwback Series, the American Hefeweizen, taught early beer connoisseurs that summer beers could be cloudy and that beer goes beyond barley. Brewed with 50% wheat malt and served unfiltered, American Hefeweizen stands as one of the first American-German hybrid beers. It helped kick start the American tradition of putting a spin on traditional European styles that is now the hallmark of American brewing. American Hefeweizen’s balanced, bready malt character and medium body satisfies. Add an orange or lemon garnish for a nice citrus kick. 4.8% ABV | 30 IBUs

American Pale Ale | Available in July

The third beer in our Throwback Series, the most quintessentially American of all, is the American Pale Ale. Introduced long before IPA,
Session IPA, Imperial IPA, White and Black IPA, the American Pale Ale bursts with an intoxicating aroma and intense grapefruit flavor of Cascade hops. American Pale Ale is the style that showed hops have more to offer than bitterness. Our faithful replication of this important style harnesses the flavor and aroma of three classic “C” hops balanced by just the right amount of Northwest grown malt. 5.8% ABV | 50 IBUs

Old Special Premium Amber Lager | Available in October

The fourth and final beer in our Throwback Series harkens back to a time before the craft beer revolution. Before the age of mass consolidation where regional breweries brewed family recipes. Old Special Premium Amber Lager is your Great Grandfather’s beer, brewed with pure Lager yeast from the old country, 2-row barley and corn. This amber hued, easy drinking lager beer will bring back memories of a time gone by. All that’s missing is the green bottle! 4.5% ABV | 15 IBUs

Born in the heart of Sisters, Oregon, Three Creeks Brewing Co. crafts classic Northwest ales under the “Blaze Your Trail” motto. The relentless pursuit of uncompromising quality craft beer that never goes out of style. These ales can be found throughout Oregon, Southwest Washington and Southern Idaho.

For more information on what is happening at Three Creeks Brewing Co., visit or email

Beer Institute estimates domestic tax paid shipments down 9.4% YOY in February

Beer Institute estimates domestic tax paid shipments down 9.4% YOY in February

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(Washington, DC) – Today, the Beer Institute published an unofficial estimate of domestic tax paid shipments by beer brewers for February 2017:

The February 2017 estimate of 11,724,000 barrels, a decrease of 9.4% versus February 2016 removals of 12,941,000. Please note that the estimates reflect revised estimates released by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Month 2016 2017 Percent Change Volume Change
January 12,691,000 12,951,000 2.0% 260,000
February 12,941,000 11,724,000 -9.4% -1,217,000
YTD 2017 25,632,000 24,675,000 -3.7% -957,000

The Beer Institute is a national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. First founded in 1862 as the U.S. Brewers Association, the Beer Institute is committed today to the development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility:<>. Connect with us @BeerInstitute<> and on Facebook<>.

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers enters receivership, resumes brewing ops after brief hiatus

Speakeasy Ales & Lagers enters receivership, resumes brewing ops after brief hiatus

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(San Francisco, CA) – Here is an updated statement from Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, according to a recent blog post on its website. See below…

“Speakeasy Ales & Lagers is working hard to maintain a future for their San Francisco brewery after agreeing to enter receivership on March 13, 2017. The company’s tap room will remain closed, but the brewery continues to produce your favorite beers, in addition to the all-new Murky Business APA. Speakeasy will continue while a sale to a new owner is anticipated to close during the next 45 days. Stay tuned for more updates about the future of Speakeasy Ales & Lagers by following their website and social media accounts.”

Jester King Colour Five release set for this Friday

Jester King Colour Five release set for this Friday

Jester King Colour Five 2017 BeerPulse

(Austin, TX) – Another Friday, another beer release. More below from Jester King’s newsletter this week…


This Friday, March 24th at 4pm, we’ll be releasing this year’s batch of Colour Five, our barrel aged sour beer refermented with Texas grown blueberries!

It will be available by the glass and in bottles to go (500ml/$20). The bottle limit is two per customer per day. About 3,400 bottles are available. Aside from special events, Colour Five will not be available beyond our tasting room.

This year’s batch is refermented with blueberries harvested this past fall in Northeast Texas. It’s 6.0% alcohol by volume, 8 IBU, 3.2 pH, and had a finishing gravity of 1.000 (0 Plato).