Craft Beer Update (4/17/2015)

Craft Beer Update (4/17/2015)

Things happen fast in the craft brewing world. Click here If you missed last week’s update. Here’s the latest weekly Craft Brewing news on what’s happening in our region and the craft brewing scuttlebutt and goings on around the country:

The Brew Bus comes to Jacksonville!

The brew busJacksonville, FL: The brew-venture is here! Jacksonville is host to the latest expansion of Brew Bus USA. Billed as the ultimate craft brewing experience, Brew Bus USA is launching it’s operations in our fair city next week. The Brew Bus is an industry leading craft beer tour company that hosts public and private chartered events, tours, bachelor parties and things to do in and around Jacksonville, Florida. Beginning in Tampa, Florida,  the founder Anthony Derby has grown and expanded his business to include the south Florida area in and around Miami. What could be better than to park your vehicle at a convenient location in the city and ride in air conditioned style and comfort from brewery location to location to tour and sample the greatest and freshest local craft beer offerings. The Brew Bus also offers it’s own line of fresh brewed beers available in the better bottle shops all around the first coast. I can’t think of a better way to spend your time than cruising in air conditioned comfort from beer spot to beer spot.

Please come and visit the launch parties of Brew Bus Jacksonville starting this Wednesday evening (April 22nd, 2015) at 6:00 pm at the World of Beer on Southside boulevard (near Tinseltown) and again at Engine 15 on Beach Boulevard on Thursday night (April 23rd, 6:00 pm). If you would like to book a Brew Bus tour, please click here to surf over to their Jacksonville area website. The premiere special launch tours are starting Friday night at 6:00 pm, April 24th and Saturday day at 11:00 am, April 25th, departing from Engine 15 Brewery on Beach Blvd. Come and check out The Brew Bus! Courtesy Brew Bus USA.

Nudist beer event in the Poconos of Pennsylvania? Hey now.

naked beer festivalPalmerton, PA: The fine folks at the famous Sunny Rest nudist facility in the heart of the Poconos of Pennsylvania are daring to drink craft beer and host their Bare Beach Beer Blast on June 26th to the 28th. A clothing optional wonderland, Sunny Rest will provide entertainment, food and fun for the whole naked family. Imported and domestic craft beers from all around the world will be served up in the buff. Be sure to bring plenty of sun block and don’t forget to lay down a towel wherever you sit. If you’re fortunate enough to attend, I wish you more awe than eww. Courtesy Sunny Rest.

 Releases:

OEC Experimentalis with Meyer Lemon…. mmm-Meyer…

oec brewingOxford, CT: OEC brewing is approaching their release date for their second batch of Experimentalis, a Meyer Lemon brewed ale aged for 16 months in Ransom spirits pinot noir/gin barrels. This is a limited run of 350 bottles that will be 750ml for $22.00 a pop. Bottle limits are 3 per person.  For those of you that don’t know, Meyer lemons are a cross between a tangerine and a Spanish lemon. They have a blended fresh sweet orange and tart lemon flavor combined in one. This should be a beer worth seeking out. Courtesy OEC brewing.

Upland Brewing Lottery: 3 Beer Trifecta.

upland brewingBloomington, IN: Upland brewing will be continuing their lottery events with a new lottery for three beers. The beers in question are Upland’s Persimmon Lambic, Upland’s Paw Paw sour ale and Upland’s Peach Lambic. The sign up for the lottery will begin on Thursday, April 23rd at noon central time to noon on Thursday, April 30th. Only one entry allowed per person (multiple entries will be invalidated) with winners notified of their option(s) to purchase on May 4th. Pickup location must be specified upon entry (no shipping) and bottles must be picked up between May 13th through May 27th. Proxies are allowed but must present a copy of a legit photo ID of the winner to pick up. Prices are $25.00+tax per 750 ml bottle. Winners will be limited to 2 peach, 1 persimmon and 1 paw paw. Sign up for the lottery by clicking here. Courtesy Beer Served Rare.

Bells Brewing Extends Middle Finger to Ab-InBev.

pumpkin peach aleKalamazoo, MI:  In the latest annals of bad Budweiser PR, Bells happily extends a direct middle finger at the huge corporate beer conglomerate InBev over it’s infuriating Bud Superbowl ad. Bells brewing is bringing it’s version of the pumpkin peach ale to 12 ounce cans to directly compete with the legendary Budweiser six pack. Inspired directly from the ad itself, pumpkin peach is sure to be a delight on the tongue and something worth fussing over and dissecting for years to come. Bells pumpkin peach ale is brewed the easy way by hand (not the hard way, by computer…. whuuut?) by serious brewers with actual beer knowledge. Look for this wonderful pumpkin peach nirvana anywhere Bells beer is distributed. Courtesy Bells Brewing. 

On Our Radar:

  • Ecliptic Brewing & Cigar City Collaborate: Wayne Wambles and John Harris (unfortunately, not me) are collaborating on a white wine version of Illuminating the Path.
  • Pipeworks Brewing: Pipeworks is getting closer to canning their latest installment of Ninja vs. Unicorn DIPA. These will be in 16 oz. cans.
  • BCBS: Not that anyone cares, but BCBS will be served up at Chicago Blackhawks and Bulls games. Way to make a great product that much more mediocre, InBev.
  • Trillium Sleeper Street: Trillium brewing has released Double Dry Hopped Sleeper Street IPA in bottles and for growler fills in their tap room.
  • Prairie OK-Si: Prairie brewing releases OK-Si Imperial Stout today in 12 ounce bottles. Look for it in a bottle shop near you.

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