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ProTap launches as All-in-One Countertop Draft Beer, Wine, Cold Beverage Dispenser

ProTap launches as All-in-One Countertop Draft Beer, Wine, Cold Beverage Dispenser

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Introducing ProTap, the at-home refrigerated beverage dispenser that turns YOU into a professional bartender!

Why ProTap?

Do you wish you could do something different and fun at your next get-together with family and friends? The ProTap is perfect for taking your party to the next level. Imagine serving your friends cold drinks on tap right from your kitchen counter!

How it works:

Simply insert a standard growler, wine bottle, or one of many premixed beverages (margarita, mai tai, daiquiri, etc.) into the ProTap. Use one of our 6 included adaptors, chill, and you are ready to serve. ProTap uses CO2 pressure to dispense your beverage just like commercial bars. The CO2 also keeps your beer or wine fresh for 10 to 14 days. No more flat beer or wasted wine- hooray!

Why is ProTap superior?

ProTap will dispense almost any cold beverage. You would need to buy multiple machines to do what the ProTap can do. There is no need to purchase additional supplies. The 6 included adaptors each fit a different container which cover a majority of the bottles on the market.

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Hey Big Burper!

Hey Big Burper!

I burp like a full grown man but demand to be treated like a princess. And I have to burp in mom or dad’s face otherwise it didn’t count.
I have no shame

North Coast Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse makes debut

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(Fort Bragg, CA) – Just announced by North Coast Brewing Co. in the company’s email newsletter. More below.


Introducing Our New Seasonal Sour Beers!

North Coast Brewing Co. has embraced the centuries old Berliner Weisse style, debuting a new, special release brew this week.

Just in time for the season, Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse is soured using traditional spontaneous lactic fermentation and infused with the juice of Montmorency cherries sourced from orchards in central Michigan.

We just had to put it in a clear bottle to show off its springtime blush!

“Champagne of the North”

The late author & leading authority on beer Michael Jackson described “Berlin White Beer” – known to Napoleon’s troops as “The Champagne of the North” – as having an “insistent sparkle, a fragrant fruitiness in the nose, a sharp, dry palate, and a frisson of quenching, sour acidity in the finish.”

Look for North Coast Brewing Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse at better beer stores near you.

And stay tuned for our summer and fall Berliner Weisse style releases, Peach-Passionfruit and Cranberry-Quince!

Epic Oak and Orchard series to get four more beers this spring

Epic Oak and Orchard series to get four more beers this spring

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[Press Release:]

(Salt Lake City, UT) – Epic Brewing’s mad fermentationists are at it again, and this time their evil plan is to sour your spring!

They have been plotting with their “bugs” all winter and starting this April they will unleash four sour beers in 40 days. Three of the four will come from the Oak and Orchard Series, and one is the return of the Sour Brainless On Peaches, our most ruthless version of this beer yet!

Oak and Orchard Syrah, Release No. 2, ~8.5% ABV, 661 cases- This time around we went with a little less funk and a lot more fruit. We loaded one of our Napa Valley foeders with our sour saison and so much blueberry, boysenberry and black currant that it was practically bursting at the seams, resulting in a beer that explodes with huge, fruity, wine-like notes. Available starting the first week of April with a release in Salt Lake City on April 14.

Oak and Orchard Dark Sour with Plum, Release No. 2, 654 cases, ~7.5% ABV – The second packaging of this trip to the dark side is finally being released beyond the breweries’ walls. This Dark Sour has spent most of it life brooding in retired whiskey barrels before being finished with plum puree. Aromas of dark fruit, plum and fig fade into faint notes of earthy funk. Hitting markets around the country the second week of April.

Oak and Orchard Pinot, Release No. 2, 650 cases, ~8.5% ABV – this is the second release of this extremely limited sour. This sour saison was fruited to mimic Pinot Noir (with blueberry, boysenberry, cranberry strawberry, plum) and aged in oak for months until it reached the peak of puckering perfection. Available at the end of April.

Sour Brainless on Peaches, Release No. 3, 800 cases, ~7.5% ABV – She smells like a peach, but packs a cruel, puckering punch! This is our most sour version of this beer yet, but it still retains beautiful notes of peach skin, citrus and a dose of barnyard funk. Available in the beginning of May.

We also have big news! We have added another two foeders to the family, which brings it to a total of 14 vessels and more than 1,000 BBL of total foeder capacity. When combined with the 3000-plus individual oak casks in our barrel-aging warehouses that makes us one of the largest wood-aged beer producers in the West. These new, 68 BBL wooden beasts were recently retired from Heitz Cellars in Napa Valley. This all means larger and more frequent releases of these unique beers are on their way!

Epic Brewing Company, LLC was opened in May of 2010 in Salt Lake City and expanded to Colorado in 2013. Epic is known for its passion for style and currently offers over 40 distinctly different beers. Epic is distributed in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Virginia & Washington D.C., Washington, Wisconsin & Wyoming.

Cigar City Brewing Company enters North Carolina with several distributors

Cigar City Brewing Company enters North Carolina with several distributors

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[Press Release:]

(Tampa, FL & Asheville, NC) – Tampa, Florida’s Cigar City Brewing is proud to announce the addition of North Carolina to the brewery’s distribution network. This is the second new state to receive deliveries of Cigar City Brewing’s award-winning beer in over four years. CCB will be partnering with numerous distribution partners to cover the state including Skyland Distributing Co., United Beverages of North Carolina, R.H. Barringer Distributing Company, Long Beverage Inc., Carolina Distributing LLC, Healy Wholesale Co Inc., Atlantic Shores Distributors, Coastal Beverage Co. and City Beverage Co Inc. Twelve ounce cans of Jai Alai IPA, Maduro Brown Ale, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, Invasion Pale Ale and Tampa-style Lager can currently be found in this new market with draft beer to follow shortly behind.

Market launch events will be taking place across North Carolina from March 21st thru March 29th with numerous Cigar City Brewing representatives present, including Cigar City Brewing’s El Lector Neil Callaghan and Brand Manager Lucas Widrick. These events will be incredible opportunities for North Carolina’s craft beer fans to enjoy some of the first CCB beer to be shipped to the state and to learn about Cigar City Brewing’s brand and it’s award winning beer from the people who know it best.

Cigar City Brewing’s official North Carolina Launch Party will be taking place at Oskar Blues’ Tasty Weasel Taproom in Brevard on Saturday, March 25th beginning at noon. This event will feature specialty Cigar City Brewing taps, a Jai Alai-infused food special from the Oskar Blues CHUBwagon food truck and live music from South Carolina rockers The Excons from 6-8pm.

Cigar City Brewing’s beer, including award-winning Jai Alai IPA, is now available in eight states encompassing Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Tennessee and North Carolina. Cigar City Brewing’s ales and lagers are also exported to the country of Denmark.

Cigar City Brewing’s North Carolina Launch Events

Week of 3/20 – Brevard
3/25: Launch party at Oskar Blues Brewery’s Tasty Weasel Taproom in Brevard

Week of 3/27 – Asheville
3/27: Barley’s (Asheville)
3/28: Creekside Tavern
3/29: Black Rose (Hendersonville)

Week of 3/27 – Charlotte
3/28: Brawley’s Beverage
3/29: Duckworth’s (Huntersville)
3/30: Pub Crawl — Harris Teeter #11, Growler USA, Kit’s Trackside Craft, The Fillmore Charlotte (for The Flaming Lips show)

Visit Cigar City Brewing’s website [] to find the CCB beer closest to you.

About Cigar City Brewing:
Cigar City Brewing, makers of Jai Alai and Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout, was founded in 2009 by Joey Redner with the goal of creating quality beer that reflected the flavors and history of the Tampa region. This unique perspective resonated with the local and national markets alike and the brewery has quickly grown from 1,000 barrels of beer in 2009 to an excess of 65,000 barrels produced in 2016. The 2016 partnership with Oskar Blues of Lyons, Colorado ushered in a new era of growth for this Florida-based organization, with new markets and technologies on the horizon.

Terra the Smuggler

Terra the Smuggler

Terra has developed a habit of stealing other dogs toys by smuggling them home in her stomach then puking them up at home.

Fegley’s Brew Works Bourbon Barrel Imperial Coffee Stout pre-order starts on 4/2

Fegley’s Brew Works Bourbon Barrel Imperial Coffee Stout pre-order starts on 4/2

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[Press Release:]

Fegley’s Brew Works will release their long-awaited specialty stout and host their annual Chocolate Festival in April 2017

(Allentown, PA) – Fegley’s Brew Works, an award-winning brewery and restaurant serving craft beer, has released their Bourbon Barrel Imperial Coffee Stout for online pre-order on April 2nd. Then, on April 22nd, their annual Chocolate Festival will take place at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works.

Brewed with 160 pounds of coffee and aged in freshly dumped Woodford Reserve barrels, Fegley’s latest beer release is a stout lover’s dream. You can expect to taste a dark, silky-smooth espresso coffee flavor with a bourbon kick that finishes with a satisfying warmth from the 13% ABV. A limited amount of this beer is currently available for online pre-orders, for in store pickup only on April 2nd.

If you are interested in reviewing the beer prior to the launch on April 2nd, please contact us.

For those who have a sweet tooth, Fegley’s Chocolate Festival will take place on April 22nd, 2017 at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works. Attendees can sample chocolate creations from a chocolate-centric menu featuring Chocolate Mousse Shooters, Chocolate Porter Brownies, Chocolate Dipped Bacon and Chocolate Truffles. There will also be a Chocolate bar featuring chocolate liqueurs and cordials, Chocolate wines, Chocolate beer from local and national breweries.

Tickets to Fegley’s Chocolate Festival are available online for $30, a limited amount will be available at the door for $35.

About Fegley’s Brew Works:
Fegley’s Brew Works includes two environmentally conscious award-winning breweries and restaurants located in the Lehigh Valley. Family owned and operated since 1998, Fegley’s serves craft microbrews and sustainable, locally sourced foods powered by 42-Kilowatt solar array and 100% green energy sources, Fegley’s proudly anchors Allentown and Bethlehem with multilevel restaurants, outdoor dining, festivals, banquets, and events. To learn more about Fegley’s Brew Works, visit

‘Chest Bockwell’: Sly Fox, Barcade to release lager brewed with chestnut

‘Chest Bockwell’: Sly Fox, Barcade to release lager brewed with chestnut

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[Press Release:]

Dunkel Bock brewed with chestnut flour will be on draft at all six Barcade locations, starting with an exclusive Sly Fox multi-tap event in Philadelphia

(Philadelphia, PA) – On Thursday, April 6, at 4 p.m. Sly Fox Brewing Company will debut Chest Bockwell, a German-style lager brewed with real chestnuts, at Barcade (1114 Frankford Avenue) in Philadelphia’s popular Fishtown neighborhood. Chest Bockwell, affectionately named after John C. Reilly’s fictional crime-fighting character in the movie Boogie Nights, is a traditional Dunkel Bock, with chestnut flour added to the mash, drawing on rich Vienna, Munich, caramel and roasted malts from Bavaria for a toasted flavor profile.

Barcade’s management staff visited Sly Fox in Pottstown, PA on February 8 to brew this special collaboration beer weighing in at 7.4% ABV; originally, they wanted to use whole chestnuts in the mash – until Sly Fox head brewer Brian O’Reilly warned of “evil forces” being locked inside the chestnuts. The two sides compromised and used chestnut flour, perfectly balancing the sweet and savory nuisances of the delicate fruit.

“Barcade has been a champion of craft beer for more than a decade, way before craft beer was cool, and brewing a beer for them is an honor,” says O’Reilly. “When we started discussing the brew with the group, the idea of a Chestnut Bock stuck out to me. It was a challenge bringing an unusual ingredient like chestnuts into such a traditional style, and I am proud to say we pulled it off. The chestnut flour really added an interesting depth to this malt-forward beer in a balanced and delicious way.”

In addition to Chest Bockwell, Barcade will be pouring a slew of Sly Fox drafts at the release party, including: 360 IPA, Helles Lager, Ichor, Odyssey, O’Reilly Stout, Phoenix Pale Ale, Pikeland Pils, Royal Weisse, Route 113 IPA and Saison VOS. Chest Bockwell will be available at all six Barcade locations throughout the region (Philadelphia, PA; Jersey City, NJ; Chelsea, NY; St. Mark’s, NY; Brooklyn, NY and New Haven, CT).

“We’re very happy to announce this collaborative beer, Chest Bockwell,” says Barcade President & CEO Paul Kermizian. “We have been great fans of Sly Fox for years, and have been talking about working on an exclusive with them for some time. We really enjoy traditional German-style lagers, but also beers with unusual ingredients. Here, we balanced those conflicting interests and developed a truly flavorful beer.”

Sly Fox is the latest craft brewery to collaborate with Barcade’s extremely limited one-off series, a project dating back to 2010. Over the years, Barcade has proudly served the following beers as part of their series (click here for complete list): Shmaltz Pastrami Pils, Captain Lawrence Simpsons Did It! IPA, Smuttynose Coily, Greenport Harbor Goth Logger, Climax Barcade Anniversary Abbey, Fisherman’s Pepper II, Captain Lawrence Black and White IPA, Victory Fall Bockwards, Harpoon Sriracha Blonde, Fisherman’s Clam Porter, Climax Bavarian Dark, as well as beers from the Sixpoint-Barcade Beer Project.

About Sly Fox Brewing Company…Since their inaugural brew in 1995, Sly Fox has crafted more than 100 different top-notch craft beers. Their critically acclaimed year-round line-up and highly anticipated seasonals are available in their brewpubs in Phoenixville and Pottstown, as well as top bars and restaurants in PA, CT, NJ, NY, MD, VA and Washington, DC. They were the first craft brewery in the mid-Atlantic to put in a canning line, adding it to their facility in 2006, and with it, earned the first-ever Great American Beer Festival (GABF) medal awarded to a canned craft beer, in 2007. They have earned GABF medals virtually every year since, and are widely recognized as among the region’s best and most enduring craft breweries.