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stormcloud brewing

FRANKFORT, MI – Stormcloud Brewing Company has been recognized as one of the 2016 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

Stormcloud Brewing Company will be honored at an awards ceremony during the twelfth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala event, May 5, 2016 in Lansing.

With a focus on Belgian-style brewing, Stormcloud Brewing Company is an award-winning micro-brewery and pub located in the coastal city of Frankfort, in the northwest corner of Michigan’s lower peninsula. Stormcloud offers 16 taps of handcrafted beer in its downtown pub, in addition to locally-produced cider, mead and wine. Currently, Stormcloud has secured partnerships to distribute its beer to restaurants and pubs within 33 Michigan counties. Stormcloud Brewing Company opened its doors in June 2013.

“We are a young company and this recognition is a great honor for everyone at Stormcloud,” says Co-Owner Rick Schmitt. “Without the dedication and hard work of our employees, this award would not have been possible. My business partner, Stormcloud’s Head Brewer Brian Confer, and I would like to thank all of our team members for working to help achieve this incredible distinction.”

stormcloud brewingCompanies making it to the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” list are a remarkable group of second-stage companies. Defined as having 6 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants, these companies form the backbone of Michigan’s economy. Representing all regions of the state and a diverse range of industries, companies like Stormcloud Brewing Company are known for their exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, creation of innovation or use of innovation in creative ways, and their sustainable competitive advantage.
Winners were selected by Michigan-based judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development, and venture capital communities.

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch is presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.
Founding underwriters are the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, PNC Bank, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America, and Dynamic Edge, Inc.

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Contributing Underwriters are Comcast Business Class, Consumers Energy, DTE Energy Foundation, Hungerford Nichols CPAs and Advisors, Edge Partners, Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, Rehmann, Michigan Business Network and Varnum Attorneys at Law.

Michigan Celebrates Small Business was founded by Michigan Small Business Development Center, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Small Business Administration – Michigan, Edward Lowe Foundation, Chris Holman – Small Business Advocate, and the Small Business Association of Michigan.

No RulesComstock Park, Mich. – Perrin Brewing is set to release their award winning Vietnamese Imperial Porter “NO RULES” on Saturday, March 26 at the “NO RULES Boondoggle” taking place in the Perrin Pub.

“NO RULES” will be released in 22oz bottles and on draft. Both bottle and draft selections will be offered to the public at Perrin Brewing, Saturday, March 26 starting at 11am. The beer will be available on draft for 8oz pours throughout the day. Perrin Pub Club members will have the opportunity to purchase their bottles an hour early, starting at 10am Saturday morning. Members must bring their Pub Club Membership card to gain access an hour early. “NO RULES” will be available for $16.99 per bottle. There is a limited number of bottles being sold, sales are on a first come first serve basis.

RateBeer.com named “NO RULES” The World’s Top New Beer Release of 2015, along with giving “NO RULES” a score of 100 for Style and 100 for the Overall categories, a perfect score.

No RulesDraft Magazine Ranked “NO RULES” their #1 beer for Winter sipping.
NO RULES the 15% Imperial Vietnamese Porter is brewed with coconut, cinnamon and turbinado sugar then laid down and aged in bourbon barrels. Distribution in stores for “NO RULES” is set for Monday, March 28.

Fans and followers will notice the bowling ball on the label has changed. This year, 2016, the bowling ball is purple. In 2015 the bowling ball was green. What color will it be in 2017? We’ll have to wait and see.

shorts brewing

Elk Rapids, Mich. – Short’s Brewing Company of Elk Rapids, Michigan announces plans to package their beers and Starcut Ciders in cans for the first time. Based in Northern Michigan, the company sees this addition to their lineup as a step towards reaching customers enjoying activities better suited for non-glass containers. An initial can roll out will include beers from their flagship lineup as well as a selection from their hard cider brand, Starcut Ciders.

Manufactured by Wild Goose Canning of Boulder, CO, the WGC-250 with semi-automatic depalletizer and twist rinser will be be able to fill 42 cans per minute at top speed. The canning machine will be installed this month with cans available in April.

According to Tyler Glaze, Short’s Quality Manager, “Cans are an excellent opportunity to get our beer into new places that glass cannot go. Glass bottles are great, but if you have ever been at the beach and drank out of glass, you’ve gotten a lot of dirty looks — trust me. With our canned product, you can now drink at the beach with your mind-at-ease and take comfort in the fact that those dirty looks are a direct response to your hot bod making people jelly.”

The four beers available in cans will be Huma Lupa Licious (India Pale Ale), Soft Parade (Fruit Rye Ale), Local’s Light (American Lager), and Space Rock (American Pale Ale). Octorock, a semi-sweet hard cider will complete the lineup.

For more information about Short’s Brewing Company please visit www.shortsbrewing.com.

shorts brewing

shorts brewing

Elk Rapids, Mich. – Short’s Brewing Company of Elk Rapids, Michigan announces plans to package their beers and Starcut Ciders in cans for the first time. Based in Northern Michigan, the company sees this addition to their lineup as a step towards reaching customers enjoying activities better suited for non-glass containers. An initial can roll out will include beers from their flagship lineup as well as a selection from their hard cider brand, Starcut Ciders.

Manufactured by Wild Goose Canning of Boulder, CO, the WGC-250 with semi-automatic depalletizer and twist rinser will be be able to fill 42 cans per minute at top speed. The canning machine will be installed this month with cans available in April.
According to Tyler Glaze, Short’s Quality Manager, “Cans are an excellent opportunity to get our beer into new places that glass cannot go. Glass bottles are great, but if you have ever been at the beach and drank out of glass, you’ve gotten a lot of dirty looks — trust me. With our canned product, you can now drink at the beach with your mind-at-ease and take comfort in the fact that those dirty looks are a direct response to your hot bod making people jelly.”
The four beers available in cans will be Huma Lupa Licious (India Pale Ale), Soft Parade (Fruit Rye Ale), Local’s Light (American Lager), and Space Rock (American Pale Ale). Octorock, a semi-sweet hard cider will complete the lineup.
For more information about Short’s Brewing Company please visit www.shortsbrewing.com.
shorts brewing

flemish fox brewery

AUSTIN, Texas  – Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks, a new craft brewery founded by Christine Celis, and Atwater Brewery, Detroit’s largest and fastest growing craft brewer, have entered an agreement to brew beer in a new collaboration brewery in Austin, Texas. Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks has acquired property in northwest Austin to develop the new brewery, which will produce beer for both Atwater Brewing and Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks. The brewery will have up to 27,000 square feet of usable space which will be completely refurbished to create a brewery with a capacity of more than 60,000 barrels per year.  The brewery is expected to be in production by the first quarter of 2017.  

The three-acre property, located in close proximity to other craft breweries, is expected to become a popular destination for Austin residents and tourists. In addition to the state-of-the art production facility, the brewery will incorporate a spacious tasting room, an outdoor beer garden with an entertainment venue, a retail shop and a museum featuring historic brewing equipment and craft brewing memorabilia. Pierre Celis, famed Belgian brewer and founder of Celis Brewing in Austin, Texas, resurrected the witbier style in Hoegaarden, Belgium. The brewery will host outdoor concerts and festivals as well.

atwater brewery“This new brewing facility in Austin furthers our mission: Atwater Brewery. Born in Detroit. Raised Everywhere,” says Mark Rieth, Atwater owner.  “We’ve been very careful when it comes to growing our production footprint, but this opportunity was too good to pass.  Texas is an incredibly important market for Atwater and the opportunity to work alongside Flemish Fox and the Celis family offers meaningful benefits.”

Widely recognized for its brands in the true heritage of German lagers, Atwater Brewery has seen double digit growth over each of the past five years with sales paced by its Vanilla Java Porter and Dirty Blonde.  Atwater distributes to 21 U.S. states, plus Canada. Production from the new [business name] will help Atwater fulfill orders from Texas as well as a number of western states.

“We love the craft beer business and we love having the opportunity to ‘bottle our enthusiasm’ every day.  As a city that shares our passion for the craft beer culture, Austin is the type of vibrant community we sought for our first brewing operation outside of Michigan,” says Rieth. “In addition to our core brands, we’ll also brew unique brands to be distributed exclusively in Texas.  We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and getting to work.”

Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks, under Christine Celis’ leadership, will brew original Celis family recipes while incorporating some of the same yeast strains, methods and processes used at Pierre Celis’ first brewery in Hoegaarden, Belgium to revive witbier in Austin, Texas. It is the mission of Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks to re-introduce the beloved craft beers which were the inspiration for so many of the popular styles and brands that exist today in the craft beer industry in Texas and throughout the United States.

Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftwork has assembled a team of seasoned brewing experts including Bert Van Hecke, the brewery engineer, a seasoned master brewer with experience at Celis Brewery, and Christine Celis’ daughter Daytona Camps, also a brewer.

“Brewing is a part of my being,” says Christine Celis, founder of Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be opening this new brewery to carry on my father’s legacy of brewing legendary beers. Not only will we brew beer as it was in the 1900s, but also will introduce new, innovative beer styles that both craft beer enthusiasts and casual beer drinkers will love. We will focus on quality and consistency as we have in the past to produce superior quality hand-crafted beers and ales. Flemish Fox will be a venue for great experiences, craft beer discovery, and parties with a Belgian brown café and taproom, spacious beer garden, and live music venue, just like our last brewery.”

Not only will Flemish Fox Brewery & Craftworks brew the original witbier recipe that Pierre Celis made in Brouwerij De Kluis in Hoegaarden Belgium, but it will also house his original brewing equipment. The historic open mash tun, two copper kettles, an open fermenter, heat exchanger, and coolship will be shipped from Belgium to be on display in the new brewery. Flemish Fox Brewery will also brew the original Belgian recipes from Pierre Celis in the restored equipment on special occasions.

Preserving this extraordinary piece of brewing heritage is a monumental task that comes with a hefty price tag. To cover the cost, Flemish Fox has initiated a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Beer enthusiasts are invited to have a hand in preserving the witbier brewing heritage with contributions to fund bringing the equipment from Belgium to Texas.

upper hand brewery

ESCANABA, Mich. – Upper Hand Brewery is excited to announce the upcoming release of its newest specialty beer, Double Ringer, a Double India Pale Ale (IPA).

Meant to celebrate the spring thaw in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Double Ringer is the ninth beer to be released since Upper Hand opened its doors in November 2014, including four year-round offerings.

“You’ll find few places where spring is more vibrant than northern Michigan. With its intense aromas and flavors, Double Ringer will stir up your senses, just like the perfect spring day,” commented Larry Bell, President and Founder of Upper Hand Brewery and Bell’s Brewery, Inc. (Upper Hand is a division of Bell’s).

Brewed solely with Equinox hops, Double Ringer is robust and hop-forward, coming in with an ABV of 10.0 %. Offering a blend of pine and tropical fruit aromas, with a bit of malt backbone, this Double IPA is a beer that should be enjoyed fresh.

It is named for that elusive, perfect throw made while enjoying a friendly game of horseshoes in the backyard.

Double Ringer will be available in limited quantities on draught and in bottles throughout the U.P. and Northern Wisconsin beginning in early April, just in time for spring.

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perrin brewingComstock Park, Mich. – Michigan’s Perrin Brewing plans to take the first step towards out-of-state distribution. Shipments of Perrin beer are expected to hit stores in Colorado late March/early April.

The growth for Perrin Brewing is expected to continue after a collaborative partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery, in Longmont, Colorado, took place in 2015. Part of this continued growth is from the addition of canned packaging, making Perrin beer available in most major retailers across the state of Michigan. Since the rollout of can distribution last fall, Perrin is prepared to offer canned beer outside of Michigan. Perrin will send draft and packaged options of its core beers, such as 98 Problems IPA, No Problems “A Session IPA”, Perrin Black Ale, and Grapefruit IPA, Perrin’s current seasonal beer which will be followed by Blackberry IPA on August 1.

“Through the partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery, the jump into the Colorado market seemed like a logical step towards out-of-state distribution for Perrin,” stated Keith Klopcic, President of Perrin Brewing. “The recent addition of canned packaging is right in tune with the Oskar Blues mindset in the craft industry and we are excited to open up to a whole new market”.

Perrin Brewing is excited for the opportunity to take Michigan craft beer to the great state of Colorado. Out of state distribution in Colorado will begin end of March/beginning of April.

kbs weekFounders Brewing Co. is happy to announce the third annual KBS Week, in honor of the release of Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) this year. The beer will be available starting March 14 in Michigan and April 1 across the remainder of the brewery’s distribution footprint, but visitors and residents of Grand Rapids will be able to enjoy it March 7- March 12.

KBS is an imperial stout brewed with massive amounts of coffee and chocolate and then aged in oak bourbon barrels for a year in the caves beneath Grand Rapids. It is consistently ranked as one of the highest rated beers in the world, according to ratebeer.

KBS Week began in response to the overwhelming notoriety KBS has developed over the years and a desire to share that with the West Michigan beer-loving community on a broader scale. This year will mark the 3rd annual KBS Week and fifteen Founders-supporting bars and restaurants in the Grand Rapids area will each tap a keg of KBS on a day and time of their choosing between March 7 and 11. KBS Week will culminate with the Founders taproom release party, where KBS will be poured all day on Saturday, March 12.

“Mike and I look forward to this week every year,” said co-Founder and President Dave Engbers, “It is fantastic working with our wholesalers and retail partners to create a community-centric week centered around the release of KBS. We are so grateful to our West Michigan community for the support throughout the years and it makes sharing KBS with all of them that much more special.”

A handful of area hotels will be offering KBS week packages—including discounted room rates, limited edition gear in rooms and more—with information available on the Experience Grand Rapids website.

KBS will be available throughout Michigan on Monday, March 14 and throughout the rest of the Founders’ distribution footprint on April 1.

 

For full KBS Week details, head to kbsweek.com


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