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Headlines

ZX Ventures-Backed Kombrewcha Refreshes Look, Expands Distribution

Amid growing interest in more “functional” alcoholic beverages, one of the country’s pioneering hard kombucha brands is undergoing a makeover in an effort to appeal to younger female consumers looking for boozier versions of the fermented tea beverage. Originally launched in 2013 as a more traditional non-alcoholic kombucha, Kombrewcha — which was co-founded by Honest Tea co-creator Barry Nalebuff and received investment from Anheuser-Busch’s ZX Ventures in 2016 — has upped its alcohol content and unveiled new packaging as an emerging hard kombucha category begins to develop.

Beer news

Sunriver Brewing Co. To Open Oakway Pub in Eugene

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Today, Sunriver Brewing has confirmed that it will open its third location in Eugene, Oregon at the former Hot Mama’s Kitchen space. Located in the Oakway Center, this new Sunriver Oakway Pub is slated to open in March 2019. It located at 329 Oakway Road and is adjacent to the Hyatt Place Hotel. Last month […]

Industry News

Sunriver Brewing Co. Opening Oakway Pub Location in Eugene

Bend, Oregon-based Sunriver Brewing Co. will open its third location in Eugene this March called the Oakway Pub. Sunriver has become one of Oregon’s best and most award-winning breweries over the last few years, consistently winning GABF and Oregon Beer Awards for flagships like Rippin NW Session Ale, Vicious Mosquito IPA, and Fuzztail Hefeweizen. The […]

Beer events

Bailey’s Taproom 10th Annual CellarFest

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Prepare yourself for the 10th Annual CellarFest as Bailey’s Taproom digs deep within its cellar basement to collect enough properly aged beers for this annual event. The 2019 CellarFest will take place on Saturday, January 26th from Noon-Midnight. Each and every year for the past decade, Bailey’s Taproom’s owner, Geoff Phillips hand selects each beer […]

beer release

Fremont Brewing Releases the ‘Sky Kraken’ Hazy Pale Ale

Like a vengeful Greek god, Fremont Brewing of Seattle will release the ‘Sky Kraken’ Hazy Pale Ale on Thursday, January 24th, at the Urban Beer Garden starting at 4:00 PM. Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale is a new year-round beer from Fremont that will be available in 12oz cans, kegs, and 22oz bottles across Fremont’s entire distribution […]

beer release

Pelican Brewing Releases ‘Father of All Tsunamis’ Rye Whiskey Imperial Stout

Pelican Brewing is releasing the annual vintage Father of All Tsunamis, a rye whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout that’s already becoming a modern classic. The Pacific City, Oregon-based brewery has already won four medals for this beer since it was introduced just two years ago, with three awards in 2018, including Gold at the Australian International Beer Awards, and […]

events

Bailey’s Taproom Winter Events & Collaborations

Downtown Portland’s great beer bar Bailey’s Taproom has announced a lineup of events to take us through the winter. More info from Bailey’s below. 10th Annual CellarFest Back for its 10th consecutive year, CellarFest returns on Saturday, January 26th, with more basement gems! CellarFest is the last remaining event owner Geoff Phillips curates each year […]

Beer releases

Firestone Walker Brewing Releases Rosalie, a Beer-Wine Hybrid

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Paso Robles, CA: Firestone Walker is going back to the future with Rosalie, a one-of-a-kind brew co-fermented with local Paso Robles wine grapes to create a uniquely refreshing beer rosé. “We wanted to create a super-drinkable beer that captures the best qualities of a rosé wine, but at less than half the ABV (5%),” said Brewmaster […]

Beer releases

Fremont Brewing To Release Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale

https://brewpublic.com/beer-releases/fremont-brewing-to-release-sky-kraken-hazy-pale-ale/

Seattle’s Fremont Brewing is set to release its new 2019 year-round beer, Sky Kraken Hazy Pale Ale. The release party will take place on Thursday, January 24th at Fremont’s Urban Beer Garden beginning at 4:00pm. Sky Kraken will be available in 12oz cans, kegs, and 22oz bottles across Fremont’s entire distribution footprint. Sky Kraken is […]

Beer events

Elysian Brewing Presents 2019 Powder for Pups!

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Elysian Brewing, KAVU and The Pixie Project presents Powder for Pups! This fundraising event will take place on Saturday, January 26th at The Beer Stube at Mt. Hood Skibowl. Ski and shred during the day at Mt. Hood Skibowl and then join the fun from 6:00-9:00pm at The Beer Stube. Powder for Pups will raise funds for our furry […]

Beer releases

Pelican Brewing To Release 2019 Father of All Tsunamis

https://brewpublic.com/beer-releases/pelican-brewing-to-release-2019-father-of-all-tsunamis/

Pacific City, Oregon (January 22, 2019)—A Father of All Tsunamis shakes the Oregon Coast this month as Pelican Brewing Company creates the next batch of its award-winning Imperial Stout aged in rye whiskey barrels. The four-time medalist, which was just introduced to the Pelican lineup two years ago, took home three awards in 2018 including Gold at the Australian International […]

Headlines

Craft Brew Alliance Closes Widmer Brothers Taproom After 22 Years

After more than 22 years of operation, Craft Brew Alliance today announced plans to close its Widmer Brothers pub in Portland, Oregon. The decision to shutter the taproom – which is located underneath CBA’s corporate offices and across the street from the Widmer Brothers production facility – comes a little more than one year after the company scrapped a full-service kitchen that was located on-site amid rising labor costs and declining foot traffic.

Headlines

Maine Craft Breweries Generate $260 Million of Economic Impact

Maine’s craft beer industry contributed more than $260 million to the state’s economy in 2017, according to a biennial economic impact study conducted by the University of Maine in conjunction with the Maine Brewers’ Guild. The report, which examined data from 2017, notes that in-state craft breweries generated more than $168 million in total revenue, while producing an estimated 319,590 barrels of beer.

Beer news

Widmer Brothers Brewing Closes Its Pub

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Widmer Brothers Brewing’s Pub served its last pint on Sunday, January 20, 2019 as today the longtime Portland brewery announced that it has shuttered its Pub for good effective today. This decision made by Widmer’s parent company Craft Brew Alliance comes days after it extended CEO Andy Thomas’ employment contract through 2021 as he received […]

closure

Widmer Brothers Brewing Closes Portland Pub

It feels like we already said goodbye to the Widmer Brothers brewpub not so long ago, but today the brewery made its complete closure official. You may remember that Widmer closed the gasthaus restaurant and pub back in November 2017, only to reopen it with more one-off brews from the pilot system, minus the full […]

Grapevine Edition Archive

Grapevine Newsletter January 22, 2019

View this email in your browser NEWS FOR JANUARY 22, 2019 Oregon Wine Symposium Marketing Education Research Calls for Wine Opportunities Other News Quick Links Upcoming Events LETTER FROM BREE STOCK MW Happy New Year to all. The 2019 Oregon Wine Symposium is just three weeks away, on Feb. 12-13, and it is shaping up to be the […]

expansion

Modern Times PDX Breaks Ground on Belmont Fermentorium Expansion

Modern Times Beer opened its PDX location, The Belmont Fermentorium, one year ago and celebrates that anniversary next weekend. At the same time the brewery has broken ground on a long-planned expansion. When San Diego-based Modern Times Beer took the lease over in the former The Commons Brewery space on SE Belmont, the company also purchased […]

beer release

Three Creeks Brewing Releases Cans of Eureka Single Hop IPA

Sisters, Oregon’s Three Creeks Brewing Company has announced new cans of Eureka Single Hop IPA. The first seasonal can release from the brewery in 2019, Eureka Single Hop IPA will be available on draft and in 6-packs.   More from a press release: Eureka started as an experimental hop from our friends at Hopsteiner in Washington. […]

Beer history

Say Goodbye to Charlie Papazian As He Retires From the Brewers Association

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“Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew” has been synonymous with Charlie Papazian for the past four decades. On Wednesday, January 23rd, Charlie will turn 70 years young and will officially retire from the Brewers Association. Charlie’s public life in brewing began when he founded the American Homebrewers Association in 1978. The following year he helped […]

beer dinner

2019 Beer Cider Love with Fort George, Finnriver and Hair of the Dog Brewing

Award-winning and beloved Pacific Northwest brewers and cidermakers Fort George Brewery, Finnriver Cidery and Hair of the Dog Brewing Company come together on Monday, February 25th for the 2019 Beer Cider Love event. A locally sourced, custom crafted scratch menu has been thoughtfully paired with select offerings from each of the three participants and limited seats are available now for […]

beer release

Bend Brewing releases Trade War Export Stout in Cans

We don’t see a lot of Porters being released these days, especially without some special adjunct ingredients or in package form, so that makes Bend Brewing’s new Trade War Export Stout release in cans and draft notable. Trade War will be the breweries first release in 16oz cans coming later this week.    More from […]

Beer and food

Three Creeks Brewing Releases Eureka! Single Hop IPA + Beer & Dessert Pairing

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Three Creeks Brewing releases its first seasonal can release of 2019 with Eureka! Single Hop IPA. The brewery is also set to host its Beer & Dessert Pairing in time for Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 9, 2019. A few years back when Three Creeks received the experimental Eureka! hop from Hopsteiner in Yakima, Washington, […]

Beer personalities

Chuckanut Brewery and Grains of Wrath Collaborate on Nuts of Wrath

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Chuckanut Brewery continues to make waves here in the Portland area as it is set to release its collaboration beer with Grains of Wrath Brewing this week. The two breweries have come together to brew an obscure beer style, Kulmbacher Export Lager with the collaboration beer, Nuts of Wrath. The two award winning Washington breweries […]

Industry News

Rogue Announces Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey

Rogue Ales is rolling out a hybrid culmination of its barrel, spirits and brewing program called Rolling Thunder Stouted Whiskey, an accompaniment to Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout. The name Rolling Thunder is Rogue’s own in-house cooperage (barrel-making facility) Rolling Thunder Barrel Works. Rogue calls this new product a first of its kind stouted American Single Malt whiskey. […]

Announcement

2019 Oregon Wine Country Plates Matching Grants Program

Travel Oregon will begin accepting applications for Oregon Wine Country Plates Matching Grants funding on Jan. 23. The program awards eligible applicants for projects that contribute to the development and improvement of communities throughout the state by means of the enhancement, expansion and promotion of the visitor industry. Travel Oregon administers the Oregon Wine Country […]

Market/Economic Research

2019 Silicon Valley Bank State of the Industry Report

Rob McMillan, EVP and founder of Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division, writes one of the wine industry’s most authoritative annual reports that assesses current conditions with street-level intelligence, and provides a unique forecast based on micro- and macroeconomic and behavioral trends. In this report, Rob suggests the current business conditions are quite similar to the […]

Cellar Season

Recipe: White Beans and Kale (Patton Valley Vineyard)

Back to Recipes #WVCELLARSEASON “A friend made a variation on this for me on New Years Day many years ago. It was so simple, hearty, delicious, and packed with flavor that I vowed to remember it forever. This version, cobbled together from dusty memories and long-forgotten exactitude, is what I have been making on cold […]

Grapevine

Sign up to Pour at Total Wine During Oregon Wine Month

Total Wine & More is planning to celebrate Oregon Wine Month system-wide in May. As you may know, Total Wine is a large retail chain with 193 stores across 20 states. Nearly half of their locations – 44% – are concentrated in Florida, Texas and California. See the Total Wine website for a map showing […]

Oregon Wine Trail Event

SEEKING DISTRIBUTION IN NEW YORK?

Register by Feb. 15 to connect with distributor VIPs On May 6, the OWB will host its first VIP Distributor Reception. Taking place directly before the Oregon Wine Trail New York trade tasting, this reception will expose distributor decision-makers to Oregon wineries seeking distribution. This exclusive event is invitation only and will target distributor executives. […]