harvest

The 2018 release features 100% local Michigan hops

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– According to a recent report from Hop Growers of America, your next craft beer is more likely than ever to contain Michigan hops. Founders Brewing Co. is celebrating the rise of local hops with this year’s release of Harvest Ale, a wet-hopped ale. An annual mainstay since the early-2000s, Harvest Ale is the brewery’s ode to the beauty of American hops grown in their backyard.

Founders proudly uses 100% locally-grown wet hops in this year’s batch of Harvest Ale, which speaks to the growth of quality in the local hop farming industry. Harvested as small flowers from trailing vines, hops add complex aromas and flavors to beer, and have distinct personalities that vary greatly from farm-to-farm. Founders sources from a number of local Michigan hop farms, including MI Local, Hop Head Farms, and Pure Mitten. To guarantee freshness, the brewing team works around the clock to transform the fresh hop cones into Harvest Ale. According to Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki, “it is an arduous, tiring process,” but there are few beers he enjoys brewing more. Harvest Ale marks the return of fall, and the hands-on production process transforms the brewery into an aromatic, greenhouse-like space that is unique to this season.

Harvest Ale is available nationally in bottles through October 2018. Founders will also celebrate the return of the beer at their annual Harvest Party, a tribute to the American hop. Hosted at their Grand Rapids taproom on October 13, Harvest Party will feature live music, special food offerings and an impressive tap list. Harvest Ale is available in 4-packs of 12oz bottles and on draft across the brewery’s distribution footprint. It has a suggested retail price of $12.99/4-pack – please note that pricing will vary depending on the market.

 

speculation

Dexter, MI — Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales will release PURE SPECULATION, their first non-sour beer packaged in 16 ounce cans on Saturday, September 29. The beer will only be available on this day at the brewery at 2319 Bishop Circle East in Dexter, Michigan. The brewery is hosting the 2018 Zwanze Day Rare Beer Festival that same day, but a ticket to the festival is not required to purchase Pure Speculation.

speculation“I don’t know the best way to categorize it,” according to Ron Jeffries, Jolly Pumpkin founder and brewer. “I could say they’re a Monkish Style or Anchorage Brewing Style but that’s not really right. We’ve done some amazing IPA collaborations with these breweries in the past but always aged them in oak because that’s just what we do. It’s a crazy full circle kind of thing, because these brewers that we inspired are now making beers so phenomenal, they’re inspiring me to brew better and create even more interesting and exciting beers.”

The beer’s malt bill includes Vienna, oat malt and flaked oats. It was triple hopped with a blend of Michigan Cascade and Chinook, as well as Amarillo, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops. It’s 8.2% alcohol by volume (ABV) and comes it at 65 IBUs with aromas of ripe peach, pineapple and mango.

“I think it’s gonna taste great. This beer will definitely make you smile. It’s got a f*%k ton of hops in it for one thing. It’ll be a real mic drop. We’re pretty much bringing a “mid-coast style” to the whole east coast/west coast IPA battle. Oh, and cans. Don’t forget the cans, ‘cause they are wicked cool,” says Jeffries.

The retail price for a four-pack of 16-ounce cans is $19.99. Sales of the 4-packs begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday 9/29/18. They can be purchased either in the Dexter Artisan Ales + Kitchen Tap Room at the front of the building on Bishop Circle, or around the back at the big open bay doors. There is a 1 case limit on purchases. It will also be on draft ONLY in the Tap Room that day. It will be available on draft at all other Jolly Pumpkin Pubs on Monday 10/1/18.

 

rogue river brown

Six packs of the brew will be available for purchase as early as September 10

Rockford, Mich. – Rockford Brewing Company (RBC) will be releasing and distributing its award-winning English-style Brown Ale, Rogue River Brown, in 12-ounce six-pack cans this month. Rogue River Brown can be found on shelves as early as Monday, September 10 and will be distributed statewide.

“We chose to can and distribute this beer because it’s been a customer and staff favorite for a long time,” said Seth Rivard, co-owner of RBC. “We want to be able to show craft beer enthusiasts across the state why this beer was has won multiple awards.”

rogue river brown

Rogue River Brown has won two bronze awards from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in 2015 and 2017. These awards are significant because the judges at the Great American Beer Festival include beer experts from all around the world who blind taste more than 8,000 entries.

Rogue River Brown is described as having caramel, dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors.

“It’s the perfect everyday companion,” said Aaron Trapp, sales manager at RBC. “It’s complex yet smooth—perfect for both new and seasoned craft beer drinkers.”

The 12-ounce can design was inspired by RBC’s passion for nature and outdoor activities. The can sports the pattern of a brown trout and the RBC logo, which is a fly popular among fly fishermen. Located on the White Pine Trail, Rockford Brewing Company incorporates elements of nature into the business from its brewpub design to the popular community events it hosts, including bicycle group rides down the White Pine Trail and tube/kayak events on the Rogue River.

Along with RBC’s award for Rogue River Brown, the brewery also won Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year and a silver medal for Sheehan’s Stout in the Classic Irish-style Dry Stout category in 2017.