April 11, 2014 marked the first day that craft beer was offered at the innovative, critically acclaimed, six times selected by Pollstar as the “Festival of the Year”, known none other than the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. America’s largest music festival is defined by its diversity and jaw-dropping lineup of musical genres.
Nic Adler of L.A. Vegan Beer Fest and The Roxy, was recruited to develop a tantalizing, foodie paradise within the festival foregrounds. Adler enlisted friend and craft beer advocate, Tony Yanow, (of Golden Road and Tony’s Darts Away) to help assemble the festival’s craft beer list. With approximately 130 beers on tap, many hailing from the Golden State, it proved brews and tunes make perfect music together.
(San Leandro, CA) - We are all stoked to bring back what we think is the perfect, active summer beer as well as our very favorite shift beer, Alpha Session IPA.
It seems this concept is catching on. Back in 2010, when our brewers made Alpha Session for the first time, many locals thought a 3.8% ABV west-coast hoppy beer was a bit of a strange idea. Still, after getting a taste of the fresh, citrusy hops’ the balanced but assertive bitterness, and the smooth clean mouthfeel, it was clear that the Session IPA had legs as a style to go far (and since we’ve noticed a few other breweries following suit).
(Coronado, CA) — Jurata Baltic Porter, the second of two collaborations between San Diego fave Coronado Brewing and nationally acclaimed Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, FL, is now hitting shelves and taps across the country. The highly anticipated winter seasonal pulls together the talents of craft brewing on both the left and right coasts.
(Tucson, AZ) – Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc. is excited to announce Arizona statewide distribution of Hangar 24 Craft Brewery beers. Hangar 24 is an award-winning six year old regional craft brewery located in Redlands, CA and currently distributed in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Boulder, CO – Break out your banjo and your overalls and get ready to stock your cellar because Uncle Jacob’s Stout is coming back on February 9th. It will be the third release of the highly coveted and critically acclaimed Uncle Jacob’s Stout. The second member of Avery’s Annual Barrel Series, it is a 14.83% ABV stout aged in first-use Bourbon barrels for six months.
Located about 45 miles west of Palm Springs, lies the brewery that has taken off and plans to reach new heights in 2014.
Hangar 24 has an undeniable charm. Perhaps it’s the fields of oranges you pass on your way there; maybe it’s due to the old-school feel of the converted Norton Air Force Base building this Redlands brewery occupies. At the end of a dusty road, with the San Bernardino Mountains serving as a backdrop, the brewery and its large patio is often occupied by a slew of locals enjoying Hangar’s beers. Even if you’re not an aviation geek, it’s is unequivocally cool to watch small airplanes take off and land at the nearby Redlands airport.
(Sonoma County, CA) – Bear Republic Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of Apex™ Special IPA in draft and 22oz bottles. The third addition to their hop forward seasonal lineup, Apex™ is intensely hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra and balanced with a rich and malty backbone. Look for Apex starting this week in California, followed by distribution to select US markets.
(Redlands, CA) Hangar 24 Craft Brewery updating on the latest beers from their newsletter ~
Our first beer release of 2014 is now hitting shelves! Local Fields: Vinaceous is an English-style Old Ale brewed with Mourvedre wine grapes from our friends at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula. It clocks in at 8.7% ABV and it boasts flavors of rich malt, brown sugar and dark berries with a touch of oak in the finish.
On this day in 1935 canned beer made its debut. While the brew back then left little to be desired by today’s craft standards, an ever-growing selection of delicious suds now come in cans.
Today, celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day!
So, why should we appreciate canned beer?
- Convenience. Love the outdoorsy lifestyle? Love fishing or hiking? What about music festivals? Canned beer is simply more travel friendly and convenient.
- It’s cheaper to produce.
- Better quality. Yep, some people still don’t believe it, but beer can taste better because cans don’t let the light in. Light and oxygen are the enemies of great tasting beer. And aluminum can provides 100% protection from harmful UV rays. The sealed lid prevents any oxygen from penetrating the beer inside the can. Recent technology has made even more improvements: can linings are now water-based instead of solvent-based. This lining insulates the beer from the can’s interior surface so you’ll never taste the can.
- Better for the environment. Over 60% of your beer can is made from recycled content. Cans also require less energy to cool down. Less packaging means packing more beer in less space, which reduces a brewery’s carbon footprint. Aluminum cans is easily recyclable. And that will always be cool.
Who’s got great cans? Here are just several ~
- 21st Amendment Brewery: Back in Black Black IPA, Brew Free! Or Die IPA, Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale or lower the boom with Lower De Boom, coming in at 11.5%. You read that right. 11.5% ABV.
- Abita Brewing Company: Their Amber, Purple Haze and Jockamo IPA all come in cans.
- Alchemist: Heady Topper Double IPA–#1 rated beer in the world on Beer Advocate.
- Anderson Valley Brewing Company: Hop Ottin and Summer Solstice
- Ballast Point Brewing Company: Sculpin IPA. Hop heads rejoice, the complex West Coast IPA is now available to take to Blacks Beach or Mission Bay.
- Brooklyn Brewery: 16 oz. Brooklyn Lager
- Cigar City Brewing: Jai Alai IPA is full of citrus and tropical flavors perfect for a day at the beach…or hiking…or fishing.
- Founders: All Day IPA is a perfect, light American IPA with notes of grapefruit and pine.
- Golden Road: solely committed to canning since their opening in 2011.
- Good Life Brewing: Sweet As! Pacific Ale
- Hangar 24: Orange Wheat, Pale Ale
- Harpoon Brewery: Harpoon IPA
- Madtree Brewing Co.: Ohio’s first canned craft beer came out with Psychopathy IPA, 6.9%
- Maui Brewing Co.: Big Swell IPA – of course the surf state would embrace cans! Did you have any doubt?
- Mission Brewery: Shipwrecked Double IPA comes in 32 oz. cans and is a whopping 9.25% ABV. Fuck yes.
- New Belgium Brewing Company: Fort Collins’ flagship beer is in cans
- Oskar Blues: Dale’s Pale Ale put craft cans on the map. Try their Scotch Ale or their amazing Ten Fidy Imperial Stout for those chilly nights camping.
- Pabst Blue Ribbon. It’s awesome and cheap and they’re available almost everywhere.
- Piney River Brewing Co.: Float Trip Ale, Missouri Mule IPA - each of their beer cans says, “Pack it in. Pack it out. Enjoy nature.”
- Samual Adams: Boston Lager (my gateway beer of years ago & granddaddy of craft beer) is finally available in cans.
- Sierra Nevada: The 33 year old craft brewery started canning their Pale Ale in 2012. Also enjoy their Summerfest and Torpedo for easy travel.
- Sixpoint Brewery: At 10% ABV, 3BEANS is is a Baltic Porter and the biggest beer the brewery has ever canned. Romano beans are included in the mash, Cacao beans from Mast Brothers Chocolate are the second of the triumvirate. It’s then infused with fresh Stumptown Coffee Roasters cold brew, and then aged on oak.
- Ska Brewing: Ska even has a series of seasonal canned stouts. Vernal Minthe Stout is the third in the series, brewed with spearmint, peppermint, vanilla beans and coco nibs. Autumnal Mole Stout is brewed with spices and three kinds of chile peppers. Also pick up their Modus Hoperandi, a world-class American IPA.
- Surly Brewing Co.: CynicAle 16 oz. is just one of their beers you can get in cans. Also enjoy Wet, the first canned beer made with fresh hops all picked in Washington.
- Wynkoop Brewing Company: You can even get Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout in cans from the Colorado brewery. Each batch is made with 25lbs of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles. Mmmm..
According to Business Insider, as of 2012, cans constituted 53.2% of the beer market while bottles had a 36.5% share. CraftCans.com states there are more than 150 craft brewers currently put their beer in cans.
Bottom line, cans go where bottles can’t. Welcome to the craft canned revolution.
This naughty elf pours a clear amber in color with a decent off-white head.
The nose is full of bready malts, a bit of molasses and a light sweetness. Since this is an IPA the hops are there, but well balanced with the malt and a touch of spices in the background.
It shows depth and texture within the malt presence. The slightly sweet apple and orange notes blend nicely within the bready malts and hop bitterness. The hop character isn't brutish and the light sugars linger whilst a touch of cinnamon shows its hand.
It's slightly different and lighter than most winter warmers, but a good beer to pick up during the holidays, nonetheless.