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    Founders Brewing Co. Releases 2018 Availability Calendar

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., December 11, 2017 – Founders has unveiled their 2018 availability calendar, which includes a full list of beers that are set to release in the new year. The list includes year-round beer announcements, seasonal and limited series returns and the return of Founders Barrel-Aged Series. Founders will keep select beers confidential until their release, including four new releases in the Barrel-Aged Series.

    First announced with members of Cadre, Founders 2018 calendar includes the newly added year-round availability of Breakfast Stout and Backwoods Bastard. Breakfast Stout will continue its availability through the new year, while Backwoods Bastard will make its timeless debut in the next few months.

    In May 2018, Founders imperial IPA Double Trouble will make its return by popular demand. Green Zebra also will make its return at that time. The gose-style ale, brewed with watermelon and sea salt, was named one of VinePair’s 50 best beers of 2017.

    As an added treat for Founders fans, All Day IPA, Rubaeus and all of Founders seasonal beers, including Mosaic Promise, Azacca IPA and PC Pils will be available in 6-pack cans.

    Founders will say farewell to some favorites, including Imperial Stout, Curmudgeon and reDANKulous.

    Founders will launch the “Mothership Series,” a brand-new taproom carryout. These beers will range from classics such as the inaugural release Red’s Rye IPA, to experimental new styles. The series will only be available for carryout in 6-pack bottles at Founders Grand Rapids and Detroit taproom locations. The full 2018 availability calendar is available here. For more information regarding the 2018 availability calendar, please reach out to Jena Dean,

    About Founders Brewing Co.
    Established in 1997 by two craft beer enthusiasts—Dave Engbers and Mike Stevens—with day jobs and a dream, Founders Brewing Co. brews complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics and tons of flavor. Founders ranks among the top 20 largest craft breweries in the U.S. and is one of the fastest growing. The brewery has received numerous awards from the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival and RateBeer and BeerAdvocate users often rate its beers among the best in the world. Located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Founders is a proud member of the Michigan Brewers Guild. For more information, visit or follow Founders on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

    About the Barrel-Aged Series
    Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.

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    Crooked Stave Announces the Reintroduction of the Cellar Reserve Program

    Denver, Colo. – December 5, 2017 – Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project is excited to announce the reintroduction of the Cellar Reserve program. Crooked Stave will revive the Cellar Reserve membership at beginning of 2018 and the brewery’s progressive barrel-aged blends will be available in limited releases to Cellar Reserve members throughout the year.

    The brewery discontinued the Cellar Reserve program in 2014 due to production constraints, however, as Crooked Stave has grown and expanded their production facility over the last few years they are able to once again produce beers for a membership-based bottle club. “We are thrilled that our growth and expansion of our Barrel Cellar is allowing us to be able to bring back the Cellar Reserve Membership. As a modern artisan brewery, we have always focused on quality, striving to progressively blend science and art through creativity and following our passion. The reintroduction of the Cellar Reserve lets us get back to our roots of experimentation and small batch blends”, states Crooked Stave Owner/Brewer Chad Yakobson.

    The Cellar Reserve Annual Membership costs $100 and members will receive the following:

    • 2 select 750mL cork and cage bottles + custom glass
    • Access to purchasing bottles available to Cellar Reserve members –  Minimum of 6 brands once a quarter (4 x year) priced between $24 – $38
    • 10% discount in the Crooked Stave Tap Room
    • First option to renew membership each year
    • Private Online Portal for purchasing and managing membership

    The Cellar Reserve will release a minimum of 6 brands once a quarter that will be available for members to purchase via the online membership portal. Some exciting releases that will be available in 2018 are Nightmare on Brett Sour Cherry Double Barrel Aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels, L’Brett d’Apricot aged in Sauvignon Blanc Barrels, Persica aged in Calvados Apple Brandy Barrels, and Private Reserve Mama Bears Sour Cherry Pie aged in Port Barrels. Crooked Stave will also be releasing several new additions like Member Berries, a Golden Sour Ale aged in oak with various wine grapes grown in Colorado.

    Cellar Reserve beers will be available for purchase to members in the months of February 2018, May 2018, August 2018, and November 2018 and will be available for pick-up in the months of March 2018, June 2018, September 2018, and December 2018. Members will be required to pick up purchases in person or can have another member pick up purchases on their behalf. Members must pick up within 3 months of release date outside of the Cellar Reserve designated release parties.

    Bottles release through the Cellar Reserve will vary in quantities and will be available to purchase on a first come first serve basis once the releases are opened to members. Bottles will have limits subject to availability and any bottles not sold to members will be available for purchase in the Crooked Stave Tap Room at a higher price.

    Cellar Reserve memberships will go on sale to the public December 14th, 2017 and details on purchasing the membership will be posted on the brewery’s Facebook page.

    About Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

    Founded in Denver, CO in late 2010 as an artisan beer project, Crooked Stave is the culmination of brewmaster and “Brettanomyces Guru” Chad Yakobson’s open source Master’s research, The Brettanomyces Project. Crooked Stave’s progressive approach to brewing blends science and art through creativity and passion. The resulting creations, most of which use Brettanomyces yeasts and mature in oak, are beers of extraordinary complexity.

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    Maui Brewing Co. Re-Releases POG IPA in Cans

    KIHEI, Hawaii —  When it comes to brewing beers, Maui Brewing Company looks to local farmers and MBC ‘ohana to incorporate local agriculture. For the latest limited release, POG IPA, a team of brewers hit the fields and the mountains to select a blend of locally grown passion fruit, orange, and guava. Besides the aforementioned fruit, a dry hop including Citra, El Dorado and Melba hops provide tropical juicy aromatics and a slight citrus bite on the finish.

    Fruit suppliers for this year’s release include Kaipo Kekona of K.O.A. Farms and West Maui Mountains in Napili for lilikoi, Garrett Marrero and Melanie Oxley of Kula for fresh oranges, and Ipoaloha and Henry Day of HD Ranch in Peahi, Haiku for guava. The team also enlisted Chris Brosius of West Maui Mountains Watershed Partnership for strawberry guava, considered an invasive species on the land. Chris and the team searched remote areas on the property to select fruit for this limited brew.

    POG IPA, with its 7.1% ABV and 58 IBUs, will be available in all three MBC locations. MBC’s Kihei Tasting Room and Lahaina Pub (Maui) will have POG IPA available beginning Monday, December 4th. MBC’s Waikiki (Oahu) Restaurant will have an exclusive release of POG IPA on Friday, December 8th, with MBC Founder and CEO, Garrett Marrero, onsite in the Waikiki location from 4pm to 6pm to talk story about the final 2017 release and to mingle with guests. POG IPA will be available in 4-pack cans and draft in all markets where Maui Brewing Company craft beer can be found.

    Maui Brewing Company is a fiercely local company and has remained steadfast regarding local production. The MBC team are stewards of their communities and the ‘aina, and curators of the craft beer way of life. Their beers have been recognized worldwide for quality and innovation. For more information, visit or follow @MauiBrewingCo on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    About Maui Brewing Company

    Founded in 2005, Maui Brewing Company is Hawaii’s largest craft brewery, operating 100% in Hawaii. MBC is based on Maui, with its production brewery and tasting room in Kihei, as well as pubs in Kahana (Maui) and Waikiki (Oahu). Maui Brewing Company is available in 23 states and 10 international countries with more areas to follow.

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    New Belgium Brewing’s Imperial Frambozen Returns with a Cocoa Twist

    Ft. Collins, Colo., Nov. 13, 2017 – New Belgium Brewing’s Imperial Frambozen makes its return, just in time for the holidays. Also debuting this month is a Blend Like a Brewer variety pack that encourages beer connoisseurs to mix New Belgium favorites together in creative ways; Belgian Reserve Honey Orange Tripel, a Golden Strong Ale; and the latest Voodoo Ranger Special Release, Red IPA.

    Imperial Frambozen with Cocoa

    Frambozen, Flemish for “raspberry,” is the brewery’s celebration of the ruby red fruit found in Belgium’s Framboise ales. The raspberry ale is fermented with real northwestern berries and incorporates a touch of vanilla. This year, the seasonal favorite features an irresistible update – the addition of single origin, 70 percent pure dark Ghana cocoa husks, locally roasted and ground by Nuance Chocolate in Fort Collins. The beer is 8.5% ABV and available in 22oz. bottles in limited quantities.

     Blend Like a Brewer Variety Pack 

    This variety pack is ideal for adventurous beer drinkers looking for creative new takes on New Belgium favorites. Fat Tire Belgian White, 1554, Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Abbey, Trippel and Cellar Blender – a dark, wood-aged sour ale fermented with fruit – are included in this mix, along with a recipe recommendations for blending the beers together from New Belgium brewers. For example, ½ Abbey blended with ½ 1554 will yield a Monk’s Pajamas, as dubbed by Brewer, Geoff Wenzel. The variety pack is on shelves now and would make a perfect gift for craft lovers (hint, hint).

    Belgian Reserve Honey Orange Tripel

    The latest addition to the Belgian Reserve series draws inspiration from Belgian Golden Strong Ale and incorporates a mix of Nugget and Styrian Savinjski Goldings hops. Honey Orange Tripel features wild honey sourced from the African Bronze Honey Company, a member of the Fair Trade Federation and a fellow certified B-Corp, and Seville orange peel freshly ground at Old Town Spice Shop just down the road from the brewery in Fort Collins. This big, sweet and citrusy Tripel is 10% ABV and available in 12oz and 22oz bottles year-round.

    Voodoo Ranger Red IPA

    Packed with Centennial hops and five different malts, this lightly sweet, moderately bitter Imperial Red features aromas of grapefruit and orange, with a big IPA bite. Of special note is the use of experimental hop HBC 522, which has notes of cherry and peach accompanied by a candy-like sweetness. The beer is 8% ABV and can be found in 22oz bottles and on draft for a limited time.

    To find any of these beers, along with others from New Belgium, visit the Beer Finder or download New Belgium’s Beer Mode app. For more information about New Belgium Brewing, visit

    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 and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and 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 thirteen year-round beers; Citradelic Tangerine IPA, Citradelic Lime Ale, Fat Tire Belgian White, Voodoo Ranger IPA, Voodoo Ranger Imperial IPA, Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Pale Ale, Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Ale, 1554 Black Ale, Bohemian Pilsner, Abbey Belgian Ale, Trippel and a gluten-reduced beer, Glutiny Pale Ale.

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