CHERRY HILL, NJ (March 2011) - New Jersey's largest craft brewery, Flying Fish Brewing Company (1940 Olney Avenue, 856-489-0061), is proud to debut their new Exit 9 Hoppy Scarlet Ale, the latest entry in their "Exit Series" of big-bottle beers honoring their home state of New Jersey.
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COOPERSTOWN, NY (March 2011) - The cheerful gnomes of Belgian farmstead Brasserie d 'Achouffe dropped by the Brewery Ommegang farmstead brewery in the summer of 2010. They brought with them a typically gnomic idea: why not co-create a totally new beer to bridge both farmsteads across the Atlantic Ocean?
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CHICAGO, IL (Feb 2011) - While red wine is often touted as the heart-healthy libation, more evidence is showing beer has a great deal of nutrition and health-promoting qualities as well, according to an article published in the Winter 2011 issue of the American Dietetic Association's member publication, ADA Times.

"Red wine enjoys a reputation for sophistication and health benefits, but as interest in artisan brewing gains momentum and emerging research reveals unique nutrition properties, beer is finding redemption not only as a classy libation with deep roots in many cultures, but as a beverage with benefits," writes registered dietitian and ADA Spokesperson Andrea Giancoli.

February is American Heart Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness of the leading cause of death in the U.S. - cardiovascular disease. One in three adults has some form of heart/cardiovascular disease. Many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable and food choices have a big impact on your heart's health, even if you have other risk factors.

Moderate consumption of any alcoholic beverage, including beer, has been shown to increase HDL cholesterol, lower LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of blood clotting, Giancoli writes in ADA Times. Moderate alcohol consumption has also been associated with a lower incidence of gallstones, decreased risk of type 2 diabetes and improved cognitive function in older adults.

"Beer specifically has been associated with additional health outcomes, including lowering the risk of kidney stones in men compared to other alcoholic beverages, possibly due to its high water content and diuretic effect," Giancoli writes. "Compounds in hops may also slow the release of calcium from bone that is implicated in kidney stones. Additionally, beer drinkers seem to have a more protective effect towards greater bone mineral density due to the high content of silicone in beer."

Like wine, beer is fat free. Carbohydrates, which make up about one-third of the calories in beer, mostly come from partially broken down starch. Protein, which is nearly non-existent in wine, is present in small amounts in beer - about 4 percent of the total calories.

Most beers are between 3 percent and 6 percent alcohol by volume, although some beers can contain as much as 10 percent alcohol, "and some are much higher." Giancoli writes. "Wines are between 12 percent and 14 percent ABV. Because the average beer has a lower ABV and more than two and half times as much water, it contributes to fluid intake more so than wine."

It's a common myth that, the darker the beer, the higher the alcohol content, Giancoli writes. "In fact, what affects a beer's color is whether dark malts are used, and alcohol depends on the amount of sugar in the wort."

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Hood River, Oregon (Feb 2011) - The newest beer in Full Sail's Brewer's Share line up, "The Revelator," crafted by brewer Chris Davis, is a revelation of camaraderie and discourse inspired by friends new and old sharing a beer or two. A winter ale, The Revelator is a deep copper concoction with malty caramel notes, balanced by slight lemon and hints of dill attributed to the hops. It is meant to be enjoyed with others. ABV 6.26% IBU 50.
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Ft. Collins, CO, February 15, 2011 - New Belgium Brewing today announced the two newest beers in its Lips of Faith Series, Le Terroir and Dunkelweiss. Lips of Faith beers tend to push the envelope with exotic spicing, barrel aging and the use of souring agents like brettanomyces. Starting this year, New Belgium is releasing two Lips of Faith beers each quarter.
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Via Associated Press: DENVER – Molson Coors Brewing Co.'s net income fell 51 percent in the fourth quarter as it sold less beer and dealt with rising costs for taxes, ingredients and fuel.
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DRIPPING SPRINGS, TX - January 27, 2011 - Don't be fooled by the name, the only need for sharp scissors at this barber shop is for cutting a grand opening ribbon. With a nod to its location's history, The Barber Shop, a new brewpub in downtown Dripping Springs, Texas, opens for business this weekend.

Owned and operated by long time Dripping Springs resident and competitive homebrewer John McIntosh III and his business partner Dave Niemeyer, the bar promises a local pub atmosphere with community-style tables, darts, a dedicated dominoes table, and big screen television for sports. The beer tap line-up features a heavy emphasis on the area's burgeoning community of microbrewers.

"Dripping Springs is just a stone's skip from brewers gaining national acclaim including Real Ale, Jester King, 512, and Thirsty Planet," notes McIntosh. "The Barber Shop was created to celebrate and support local and our selection definitely reflects that."

Wine drinkers will also be able to sip and eat local as The Barber Shop offers wine selections including hometown favorite Bell Springs Winery, and is working closely with The Goodnight Diner, located just a couple of blocks down. Chef Jana Muniz is not only creating a custom nut mix for snacking, but also a convenient takeaway bar menu with easy to order, walkable eats.

The Barber Shop's building started its life around November 1924 as a wooden and tin garage. In 1938 it was given its rock exterior and served as a garage and gas station until around 1960. After that, it was not used commercially for most of the next 25 years when it was then remodeled and turned into a barber shop.

"While Dripping Springs old timers may chuckle at calling this building 'the old barber shop,' that's what it was for the past quarter century and that's the sign that was still up when we took over," muses McIntosh. "Plus it had 'bar' in the name so we went with it."

Repurposing the bar's name and sign is in line with much of the building's revitalization which includes walls made from leftover tin from a friend's barn and a bar built from wood salvaged from a family member's home remodel. Décor includes garage memorabilia and dozens of decades old beer cans that revealed themselves during the remodel.

"We feel fortunate to be in such a unique location and we're keen to maintain a sense of history and community," says McIntosh, a University of Texas graduate who also studied at Oxford where he acquired his appreciation for the local pub. "The Barber Shop warmly welcomes all, but if your family was around when the building was first built, you get dibs on the dominoes table."

The Barber Shop is located at 207 Mercer Street, Dripping Springs. Hours:
Wednesday and Thursday: 3pm-10pm
Friday: 3pm-12am
Saturday: 11am - 12am
Sunday: 12pm - 7pm

For more information visit the brewpub's website at www.barbershopbar.com or on Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/barbershopbar

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BOSTON, MA (January 27, 2011) - This week the Harpoon Brewery released the latest installment of their 100 Barrel Series, Harpoon Catamount Maple Wheat. This is the 35th offering from Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series, the brewery's line of unique, handcrafted limited batch beers. The Catamount Maple Wheat was brewed using pure Vermont maple syrup.

Catamount Maple Wheat is a full-bodied, smooth wheat ale. The original version of this beer was brewed in the winter of 2009 by Harpoon Vermont sales representative John Baker. Harpoon brewer Brett Simmons based his 2011 version on John's recipe, with some tweaks to make it his own. It is brewed with a combination of wheat malt, pale malt, caramel malt, and mildly hopped with Willamette. The balance of malts and hops allows the distinct flavor and aroma of real Vermont maple syrup to take the lead. The maple sweetness and body that blankets this velvety amber beer showcases one of New England's most beloved traditions.

"I was pleased to have the opportunity to brew the 2011 edition of Catamount Maple Wheat," says Brett Simmons, Harpoon brewer of this 100 Barrel Series beer. "As a Vermonter, it's nice to be able to utilize ingredients that are produced locally." The maple syrup used in the beer was sourced from Baker Farm in East Dummerston, VT - the family farm of John Baker - and Scrag Mountain Sugar House in Waitsfield, VT.

"The maple syrup from local farms, adds subtle caramel and maple notes and provides a wonderful natural sweetness and soft mouthfeel. To balance out the sweetness we used Willamette hops, which have low IBU's and a mild aromatic profile. This hop varietal allowed the maple syrup to remain at the forefront. The color of the Grade B syrup and caramel malts give this beer a stunning deep amber color," Brett added.

The Catamount Maple Wheat is an ode to the state of Vermont and the craft beer drinking culture that thrives there. In June of 2000, Harpoon purchased a brewing facility in Windsor, VT and brews roughly 40% of their annual barrelage in the state. Visitors are welcome daily to visit the brewery in Windsor and sample Harpoon's locally-brewed beers straight from the source.

Harpoon introduced the 100 Barrel Series in 2003 to showcase the individual brewing talents of their brewers. Every couple months, a different Harpoon brewer is invited to choose a style of beer, formulate the recipe, and brew the beer. That brewer's signature can be found on the bottle label. The beers in the series are one-offs; they are brewed in limited batches and are available only until the batch sells out. Since the series began in May of 2003, 35 different styles of beer have been brewed. For a complete list of beers that have been released as part of the 100 Barrel Series, visit  http://www.harpoonbrewery.com

The Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Catamount Maple Wheat is available in 22 oz. bottles with limited draft availability.

Brett suggests pairing the Catamount Maple Wheat with pork tenderloin, barbecue, crème brulee, and vanilla ice cream topped with warm Vermont maple syrup.

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series Catamount Maple Wheat Beer Specifications:
ABV: 6.75%
O.G.: 15.9
I.B.U.: 20
EBC: 40

About the Harpoon Brewery:
The Harpoon Brewery was founded by beers lovers, Rich Doyle and Dan Kenary. In 1986 Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first brewery to brew commercially in the state after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon's line of craft beer features its award-winning IPA and UFO Hefeweizen beers, along with four special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 10th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced two lines of limited edition beers, the 100 Barrel Series and the Leviathan Series, as well as the all-natural Harpoon Cider made from freshly pressed, local apples. For more information about Harpoon beers and visiting the breweries, visit  http://www.harpoonbrewery.com

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San Francisco, CA (January 25, 2011) - After a long day at work, the average American might feel a little bitter at the curveballs life threw his way but cracking open a Bitter American will immediately improve the mood.

And seeing the astronaut chimp on the can will put average troubles into perspective - let's face it, if you'd been rocketed into space against your will, you might be a little bitter, too. Bitter American is 21st Amendment Brewery's newest seasonal, an extra pale ale, available now through March. This is the third in 21st Amendment's series of canned craft seasonals, which also includes Hell or High Watermelon Wheat and Fireside Chat.

Bitter American was first created at 21st Amendment's pub in 2006 as a response to the trend of "extreme beers" - complex beers high in alcohol and often including unusual ingredients. 21st Amendment wanted to offer the opposite: a "session beer," or lower alcohol beer that would encourage patrons to enjoy a drinking session with friends (a staple in British pub culture). This beer packs a lot of hop and malt flavor into a refreshingly low alcohol (4.4% by volume) brew - making it the perfect session beer to enjoy with friends.

"What I love about Bitter American," said Nico Freccia, co-founder, "is that it is the antidote to the strong, dark, intense beers of winter. Winter beers, like barleywines, are incredible styles, but after a while the palate needs a rest. Bitter American provides that."

"The secret to Bitter American is achieving a balance between malt flavor and hops while using a smaller grain bill," says co-founder and Brewmaster Shaun O'Sullivan. "If you just add more hops into a session beer grain bill, you get an unbalanced mess of overwhelming bitterness. Our secret is the use of a special, imported English heirloom malt called Golden Promise. This malt has a rich, full body and distinctive flavor that gives the beer a complex, caramelly and toasty flavor. Against this backdrop, we are able to hop generously to achieve a hop flavor and aroma that belies the strength of the brew."

As Freccia likes to say, "Go ahead. Give one, or three, a try."

Bitter American is available in cans and on draft starting this week at quality bars and stores in all 15 of 21st Amendment's current distribution territories, including CA, OR, WA, AK, ID, MN, OH, MA, NY, NJ, DC, MD, PA, VA, and GA. For up-to-date availability, events and promotions, visit www.21st-Amendment.com.

About 21st Amendment Brewery

Who the heck are these guys? Hey, we're Nico and Shaun. We live for great beer. In 1920, there were thousands of breweries across America making unique handcrafted beer. The passage of Prohibition wiped out this great culture. After thirteen years without beer, the states ratified the 21st Amendment, ending Prohibition in America. At the 21st Amendment Brewery, we celebrate the right to brew beer, the freedom to be innovative, and the obligation to have fun. www.21st-Amendment.com

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FORT COLLINS, CO (January 26, 2011) - New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire Amber Ale, announced plans today to expand their market territory along the eastern seaboard. The Colorado brewer will open Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. in September of 2011. The added territory will bring the nation's third-largest craft brewer to 29 states.

"We had significant expansion in 2009 when we added five states," said New Belgium Sales Director, Joe Menetre. "We wanted to make sure we had the capacity to keep up with that demand, so we expanded our fermentation cellar to address future growth as well. We're looking forward to selling our beers in and around the nation's capitol."

No decisions have been made regarding distributor partners, brands or package for the new markets.

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces eight year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Ranger IPA, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit  http://www.newbelgium.com

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