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    New Belgium Brewing’s Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA Brightens New Year with Unfiltered Wave of Hoppiness

    Fort Collins, Colo. (Jan. 2, 2018) – New Belgium Brewing is kicking off the new year with a new addition to the Voodoo Ranger family, Juicy Haze IPA. This medium bodied, unfiltered IPA is packed with tropical aromas and big citrus flavors from a delicious blend of Citra hops combined with Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Nugget.

    “It’s no secret that hazy IPAs are incredibly popular right now and New Belgium is the perfect brewery to roll this out on a national scale without compromising quality,” said New Belgium Brewer, Cody Reif. “With more than 10 years brewing unfiltered beers and the ongoing success of our hoppy portfolio, Juicy Haze continues our tradition of pushing boundaries while making creative and innovative beers.”

    Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA pours pale orange with an opaque haze and bright white head. Vibrant lemon, orange, guava and pineapple notes are balanced with a light grassy and caramel-like malt aroma giving the beer a sweet start that transitions into a smooth, bitter flavor. The soft, velvety mouthfeel wraps up with a pleasantly clean finish.

    This is the fourth year-round member of the Voodoo Ranger family, which New Belgium launched last year. The Voodoo Ranger family of beers also features Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA and Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale. Three additional special releases are slated for 2018.

    Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

    Flavor: A little sweet initially becoming smoothly bitter

    Mouthfeel: Clean finish

    Body: Medium

    Yeast: American Hefeweizen

    Hops: Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Nugget

    Malts: Pale, Wheat, C-80, Oats

    ABV: 7.5%

    IBUs: 42

    Juicy Haze IPA is now available in 12oz. bottles and on draft. Four-pack 16oz. cans will be available beginning in March. To find Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA, along with others from New Belgium, visit the Beer Finder or download the Beer Mode app. For more information about the brewery, visit NewBelgium.com.

    About New Belgium Brewing

    New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work, one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses and tops Bicycling Magazine’s Best Companies for Cyclists. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale, New Belgium brews fourteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Fat Tire Belgian White, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Sour Saison, Honey Orange Tripel, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced beer, Glutiny Pale Ale. To learn more, visit NewBelgium.com and follow the brewery on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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    FiftyFifty Brewing Co. Releases Storm Chaser Lager

    TRUCKEE, Calif. – Drink beer, save the planet. Or at least that’s the idea behind the recent collaboration between FiftyFifty Brewing Co. and Protect Our Winters (POW) as part of the CANS FOR COMMUNITY project. This latest partnership supports the non-profit founded by local legend and pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones, whose mission is to lead the fight against climate change through educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism.

    “We’ve known Jeremy and Tiffany for a long time, and their passion for the community and for doing the right thing is inspiring,” said FiftyFifty Co-Founder and President Alicia Barr. “We are excited and proud to support the tremendous efforts they are making with fighting climate change in our own small way.”

    The brew for this collaboration is STORM CHASER, and is a delicious lightly hopped lager. “This is awesome on so many levels. I have always been a fan of FiftyFifty Brewing and have become friends with Andy and Alicia. Seeing them bring this idea to reality has been really impressive” said Jeremy Jones, founder and President of POW. “Watching the first beers come off the line here in Truckee was surreal. Having their support to both raise awareness and money for Protect Our Winters is an honor. As someone who follows the current state of Climate Change closely, it can be daunting. Thankfully I now have an awesome beer to take the edge off things.”

    STORM CHASER is a classic German lager, brewed with Saphir hops, giving the beer sweet citrusy notes and hints of tangerine. In addition to being the perfect “après” beer after crushing it on the slopes or a great day out in the backcountry, a portion of the proceeds from every can goes directly back to Protect Our Winters to support their efforts in advocating for meaningful action against climate change.

    Members of Protect Our Winters were on site to help with the canning of STORM CHASER at FiftyFifty’s new production facility in Truckee and plans are in the works for an event in January at FiftyFifty to continue to promote awareness and support the cause.

    “It was exciting to be a part of the first canning of STORM CHASER at their new production brewery. It’s impressive to see what Alicia and Andy have created here in Truckee through their passion for beer and hard work. It is equally as impressive that they choose to give back to our community through sales of specialty seasonal beers,” said Tiffany Jones of POW. “At POW we are lucky enough to be the recipients of this new beer – a perfect balance for after riding the mountain, light but with lots of depth and flavor.”

    16-ounce cans of STORM CHASER will start hitting the shelves Tuesday, December 19th and can be found at neighborhood markets throughout Truckee and North Tahoe, as well as at FiftyFifty’s Pub & Pilot Brewery location in Truckee.

    FiftyFifty Brewing Co. at The Rock. Located in Truckee at 11197 Brockway Road, between Hwy 267 and downtown Truckee. Open daily at 11:00 a.m. To contact FiftyFifty, please call Alicia Barr at (530) 587-BEER or email alicia@fiftyfiftybrewing.com.

    Protect Our Winters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that engages and mobilizes the outdoor sports community to lead the fight against climate change through educational initiatives, political advocacy and community-based activism. Founded by pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones in 2007, Protect Our Winters works with businesses, athletes and the community to harness the collective power of the outdoor sports industry to take meaningful action against climate change. For more information, visit http://www.protectourwinters.orgwww.protectourwinters.org

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    Pico Brew Pico Pro Review

    As an avid homebrewer with less and less time to homebrew since my son was born, I was pumped to have the opportunity to get my hands on a Pico Pro homebrewing appliance to review. For those unfamiliar with Pico Brew, they provide a lineup of automated homebrewing appliances capable of creating many different styles of delicious homebrew. Avid homebrewers might be turned off at the idea that the Pico Pro won’t let you customize your recipe as you have to purchase one of the hundreds of PicoPacks from their BrewMarketplace but there are some amazing beers to choose from. These PicoPacks come with all of the ingredients (grains, hops, yeast, etc) so you are ready to go.

    Arrival & Setup

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    The Pico Pro arrives in two boxes, one very large box, and one smaller box. Everything was packed safely as to minimize any damage that might come from shipping. The Pico comes with everything needed to get started, including:

    • Sous vide adapter
    • Transfer tube
    • Keg cozy
    • Black keg wands (2)
    • Keg seal
    • Keg seal stopper
    • Ball lock CO2 regulator
    • 3/8 thread adapter
    • Dip tube brush
    • Keg brush
    • Hops Pak cradle
    • Cleaning tab
    • Party tap
    • Quick-start guide
    • 74-gram food-grade CO2 cartridges (x2) (US Only)

    You don’t need to have much in the way of technical skills to get this setup so that’s a bonus.

    Setup truly is a breeze on this machine. The directions are extremely clear and it took me less than 10 minutes to get it ready to brew. Once you power the Pico up, you easily connect it to the internet and update the firmware and register your specific machine to you Pico account. Right after you finish the machine setup, it will walk you through your first rinse. The first rinse only takes about 10 minutes and is easy to follow along either on the Pico display or in the instruction manual.

    Brew

    Once the first rinse was done, I was excited to jump into brewing my first batch. I had a few PicoPaks to choose from but I decided on the Coronado Brewing Stingray IPA as my first beer on the Pico. Getting started on brewing is as easy as putting the Pico Pak in the Step Filter, adding water and pushing the Start button. This is the easiest brewing experience you are ever going to find. Now that the brewing has started, I am able to log on to my Pico account and follow the progress online. I must admit that since I am doing this in my garage, I was a little nervous on my first batch that something might go wrong and I wouldn’t be there to catch it but I rest assured knowing that I could follow along live on my tablet from inside the house.

    Typical brew times probably varies per PicoPak but it should take about 2 or 2.5 hours from start to finish. Following along online is such a great feature. I can see what step it is at, temperature, etc. I would occasionally pop into the garage to make sure everything was still good and loved getting those smells from the grain, a smell I’ve come to love as a homebrewer.

    After about 2 hours or so, my beer was wort was ready to be moved to the fermenting keg. Setup for this was just as easy as any of the previous setup and was ready to go in less than 5 minutes. The wort needed to cool down so I put it in my temperature controlled beer fridge to cool overnight. Luckily, I have one beer fridge and one kegerator so I have multiple options to cool down my wort.

    The next morning, the beer was down to the temperature I was hoping for and I went ahead and pitched my yeast.  Now, we wait!

    Dry Hopping

    After about a week or so, I got out the hops that came with the package for dry hopping. I carefully opened the top of the fermenting keg and carefully dropped in the dry hops. Instructions for all of this came with the package and it is very easy. Be sure to keep everything sanitized!

    Rack & Carbonate

    After about 3 weeks, I knew my beer would be ready. This is typically longer than I would usually wait but life happens sometimes and I got busy. It is important to note though that letting it ferment longer does nothing bad at all so I was not concerned.

    Setup for racking the beer was also just as easy as anything I’ve done so far. Hooking up a few different connections and pressing a button on the Pico and I was ready to rack my beer. This process was quite short and now I had my keg of beer that I’m ready to carbonate!

    The carbonation process has a few options but I already knew that I would be hooking it up to my kegerator, setting the serving PSI and leaving it for about a week to get all nice and bubbly.

    Beer

    We have beer! It looks, smells and tastes like beer! Seriously though, this tastes just like a Stingray IPA. I was very satisfied with how this turned out. It pours a crystal clear golden orange, with just a ring of foam, spotty lacing. Very clean looking brew. Smells of faint grapefruit and sweet malt. Maybe a tad of mango. Very faint of any real aroma, but the hops are there. Taste of grapefruit, mango, sweet malts, maybe some apricot. Very balanced with a slightly bitter finish.

    Thoughts

    Well, this machine is incredibly easy to operate and it cranks out some damn good beer. If you are even remotely into the idea of automated brewing, this is definitely for you. The only thing I wish is that I could have more freedom to brew my own recipes but I know that is precisely what the Pico Zymatic is for. I’d highly recommend this for anyone looking to get into brewing that does not want to bother with purchasing all the equipment tied to traditional homebrewing.

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    Odell Brewing Releases Triple IPA

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Odell Brewing has released it’s latest Cellar Series, an 11.1% ABV triple IPA, Fee Fi Fo Fum. This marks the second Cellar Series release in the new single 12oz bottle offering.

    For years, Odell Brewing has focused on developing innovative, hop forward beers. Beginning with Odell IPA in 2007, Myrcenary Double IPA, Drumroll APA, and most recently Rupture Fresh Grind Ale.

    “We were excited to brew an unapologetically big beer. The Triple IPA is an exciting style and the 12oz single bottle felt like the right package,” said Bill Beymer, Brewing Manager. “The real trick is finding the balance between the higher malt bill and the hop bitterness and aroma. We’re really looking forward to sharing this one with our fans.”

    Fee Fi Fo Fum is a giant of a Triple IPA, brewed with a colossal amount of American hop varieties including Chinook, Azacca, and Mosaic. With a full body and notes of sticky pine, tropical fruit, and citrus, this triple packs a resinous hop punch.

    “This is the perfect time of year to release a Triple IPA,” said Beymer. “Our brewers had free reign to select some of the freshest and most exciting hops from our 2017 harvest.”

    Coming in at 11.1%, Fee Fi Fo Fum will be available as a single 12oz bottle across Odell’s 15-state distribution footprint.

    About Odell Brewing

    Odell Brewing is an independent, family and employee owned regional craft brewery. Since 1989, the culture of family and collaboration has thrived, fostering a brewery full of beer-centric people. It is this passion for beer that inspires Odell Brewing to create quality, hand-crafted and innovative brews. Odell Brewing is committed to providing exceptional service to its customers while making positive contributions to their co-workers and community through its outreach and charitable giving programs. Odell Brewing was named the “Best Medium Sized Company to Work For” in Colorado in 2015 and is the 27th largest craft brewery in the United States. 

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