Commercial Beer

Columbia Distributing Acquires Graybeal Distributing of Pendleton, Oregon

Brewpublic - Sat, 01/05/2019 - 8:22am
Just one year ago Columbia Distributing was acquiring fellow beer distributors with its purchase of General Distributors Inc. and Marine View Beverage. On Friday Columbia announced that it is purchasing Graybeal Distributing based in Pendleton, Oregon. This move will expand Columbia’s presence as it moves eastward in the Beaver State. “This will allow us to […]
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Aslan Brewing – 2018 Barrel Project Retrospective

Washington Beer News - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 11:07am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Aslan hits the road to mark the one-year anniversary of Aslan Depot: Barrels and Blending

It was almost one year ago that Aslan Brewing opened its second location, which it dubbed Aslan Depot: Barrels and Blending. That event marked the launch of the company’s efforts, in earnest, to develop a barrel program. (Read our previous story.) As the first anniversary nears, Aslan Brewing is hitting the road with a series of events to showcase what they’ve been working on at Aslan Depot: Barrels and Blending, with stops in Portland and Seattle before two events in Bellingham. Folks in Seattle will want to pay particular attention to the brewers dinner at The Masonry Queen Anne on January 23rd.

“Over the past year we’ve been able to release 10 different projects from our barrel program and are honored to share them with you all,” says Boe Trosset of Aslan Brewing. “We’re excited to announce our 2018 Barrel Project Retrospective!”

Keep an eye on the Aslan Depot Facebook page for more details as the events near. Each event will feature a different presentation and lineup.

Thursday, January 17 – Apex, Portland, OR – The event at Apex will be non-ticketed, open to the public, featuring projects previously unavailable in the Portland area.

Wednesday, January 23 – The Masonry, Seattle – A ticketed brewers dinner at The Masonry (Queen Anne), featuring a curated tap list and a presentation from the Aslan team. Contact reservations@ for ticket information and to reserve a spot.

Thursday, January 24th – Ciao Thyme, Bellingham – Ciao Thyme will pair Aslan’s barrel-aged portfolio with a winter dinner. It’s a five-course beer dinner at the Ciao Thyme Commons, where head brewer Frank Trosset will discuss Aslan’s barrel projects. To learn more and reserve your spot, go to:

Saturday, January 26 – The Depot, Bellingham – The tour concludes with the Aslan Depot One Year Anniversary celebration. The event will feature three new bottle releases, limited edition glassware, music, and food. It is a non-ticketed event, open to the public.


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Rock Bottom Brewery Hosts the 2019 Battle of the Brigades

Brewpublic - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 3:30am
Rock Bottom Brewery in Portland will host the 2019 Battle of the Brigades, a showcase of area firefighter’s homebrew recipes. Five local firefighters will have their version of a Red Ale on tap raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Each March, Rock Bottom Brewery’s from across the country brew its version for Fire […]
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Brewers Association Awards 2019 Research Grants

Brewpublic - Fri, 01/04/2019 - 3:14am
Boulder, Colo. • January 3, 2019—The Brewers Association (BA)—the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers—today announced the recipients of its 2019 Research and Service Grants Program, designed to further the development of a healthy and sustainable raw materials supply chain. This year, 17 grants totaling $509,058 were awarded to researchers and organizations across the country. “Ensuring a […]
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Double Mountain Brewery Releases BRUT IPA

Brewpublic - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:17pm
Barely missing the opportune time of a launch prior to New Year’s Eve, today Double Mountain Brewery has released its BRUT IPA. This new IPA joins the Hood River brewer’s seasonal beer lineup in the heart of winter. BRUT IPA is described as an elegant IPA that’s fermented with French Champagne yeast, that exemplifies honeyed […]
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How the government shutdown is impacting breweries

Washington Beer News - Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:40am

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Okay, I know that this is pretty low on the list of priorities, but the current government shutdown is causing some headaches for breweries and coming-soon breweries. Likely, it will lead to more widespread headaches in the future. There are plenty of other people writing stories about how the shutdown is affecting the many other, more important functions of government, but I want to share some info about how it impacts the brewing industry.

The TTB Issued an Appropriations Lapse Notice

Likely, at least some beer releases are being delayed as breweries wait for label approval. For the unaware, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) must approve each new label design. Every label you see on every beer bottle was approved by the TTB. You don’t have to like it, but it’s the law.

Also, the TTB must approve each new brewery before it can brew legally. Basically, they issue federal brewers permits. Those who’ve opened a brewery know all about navigating that thorny maze and jumping through those burning hoops. Unless the TTB issues a Brewer’s Notice, you cannot legally make or sell beer. Again, it’s the law.

Once the TTB opens back up, it is very likely that there will be a backlog for any dealings with that agency.

Taxes and Reports

Breweries regularly file what is known as a “Brewers Report” with the federal government. And, of course, that is all about paying federal taxes. Basically, a brewery reports how much beer it produced and pays taxes based on that production.

Good news! The shutdown does not affect a brewery’s ability to pay taxes. Breweries are required to report and pay during the shutdown. I just checked and the Pay.Gov website is up and running. Of course it is.

Brewery Funding

It may come as a surprise to many people who imagine breweries to be private enterprises funded entirely by a brewery owner’s very fat checkbook, but most breweries fund things like initial construction and continuing expansion with loans from banks and equity partners. Many breweries rely on a stream of loans to fund ongoing operations. Such loans are often dependent on the creditor getting information from government agencies, which are currently closed.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is closed, for instance, so small businesses do not currently have access to those federally assisted loans. Again, once that agency reopens, backlogs are likely.

I know that the impact on the brewing industry is not a matter of national security and we have bigger things to worry about, but there it is.

If you know of other ways the industry is impacted by the shutdown, use the comments section below.


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GoodLife Brewing Adds Sippy Cup Hazy Pale Ale and Bavarian Lager to 2019 Year-Round Production

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 9:39pm
GoodLife Brewing will add two new beers to its 2019 year-round draft lineup. As the Bend, Oregon brewer keeps its core packaged beer lineup the same in 2019, it’ll add two new beers to its draft lineup with Sippy Cup Hazy Pale Ale and Bavarian Lager. Both Sippy Cup Hazy Pale Ale and Bavarian Lager […]
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Full Sail Brewing Launches Malted Milkshake-Style IPA

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 9:21pm
Attempting to stay on the cutting edge, Full Sail Brewing has recently released a lactose enhanced IPA as it released Malted Milkshake-Style IPA in six-pack, 12 ounce bottles and on draft. This “style” of beer has been around for at least four years now but has caught on more recently as brewers are looking for […]
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2 Towns Ciderhouse Launches SeekOut Real Hard Seltzer

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 9:08pm
A few breweries in the state of Washington have begun making hard seltzer, now a popular Oregon cider maker is getting ready to jump in the game of alcoholic seltzer water. 2 Towns Ciderhouse will launch its new line of SeekOut Real Hard Seltzer in March 2019. SeekOut Real Hard Seltzer will produce its natural […]
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Interview with Kirk Richardson, Author of Craft Beer Country: In Search of the Best Breweries from the South Pacific to the Pacific Coast

Brewpublic - Wed, 01/02/2019 - 3:00am
Corvallis based author Kirk Richardson recently penned his first book, Craft Beer Country: In Search of the Best Breweries from the South Pacific to the Pacific Coast that presents a snippet of the craft beer movement on the west coast. This book is a fantastic read, that explores the makers of some of the best craft beer […]
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pFriem Family Brewers Announces Its 2019 Packaged Beer Release Calendar

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 6:38pm
The future at pFriem Family Brewers looks pretty strong as the 2018 Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year has announced its 2019 Packaged Beer Release Calendar. This calendar will also be supplemented by various draft only offerings throughout the year and begins this month with its next batch of quarterly releases. Be on the lookout […]
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Gigantic Brewing Announces its 2019 Beer Release Calendar

Brewpublic - Tue, 01/01/2019 - 11:14am
Gigantic Brewing has just announced its 2019 Beer Release Calendar. The coming year will see a new addition to its year-round lineup of beers, plus a few new beer series coming from the nearly seven-year-old brewery. This past year’s new beer, Sassy Pony Hoppy Pale, that stuck around for quite some time will be joining […]
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Beer Release – Third Story Series Mimosa IPA, Pike Brewing

Washington Beer News - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 1:15pm

By Kendall Jones, Washington Beer Blog

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Back in 2017, Pike Brewing Company introduced the Third Story Series, a series of beers that allow Head Brewer Art Dixon to flex his creative muscle. These one-time-only brews allow Dixon to concoct beers using new techniques and newly available ingredients. The company is about to release the next beer in the series, Mimosa IPA, a Brut IPA finished with blood orange.

The draft-only beer will be available the second week of January. Here’s the release announcement from the brewery:

Pike Third Story Series: Mimosa IPA

Available on draft the second week of January: Pike Third Story Series mimosa IPA. Brut IPA base, finished with blood oranges, this fruit-forward celebration of citrus season is brightly aromatic, slightly hazy, and bone-dry on the palate. Available on draft only.

-Pike Third Story Series is a rotating selection of imaginative beers, allowing Head Brewer Art Dixon and his team space for creativity in our expanded Third Story Cellar.

-Brut IPAs take advantage of the enzyme amyloglucosidase to allow the breakdown of complex sugars so a final product with zero residual sugar can be achieved.

-Blood oranges, a citrus variety with orange skin and red flesh, are known for their abundant aroma and tart-sweet flavor.


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Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House 2019 Bus to Bachelor

Brewpublic - Mon, 12/31/2018 - 12:35am
One of the best places to ski or snowboard in Oregon is at Mt. Bachelor, just west of Bend. To make it easier for us that live in the Portland area, Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House will host its 2019 Bus to Bachelor. This winter ski and snowboard season will Deschutes Brewery will host two […]
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