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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.
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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.


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international women's collaboration brew dayREGIONAL—The days until the International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (IWCBD) are being counted down all over the world. March 8, 2016 will be a day when breweries globally come together in the name of beer and women in the industry. Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the day will embrace the cultural, social, economic, and political achievements of women everywhere.

As interest and passion for the brewing culture grows globally, progress and opportunity are also flourishing. Beer encompasses so many different contexts and backgrounds—all it takes is a curiosity and passion for learning. Brewing is a social event as much as it’s a science. It’s quietly beautiful and intricate and creative. It celebrates innovation, community, and camaraderie. Beer is the bridge across many different practices, and on this day, it connects the world together.

The inaugural IWCBD took place in 2014. The recipe was a Pale Ale and the first participant to brew hailed from Australia. Last year breweries put their own twist on a Red Ale recipe born out of England. Michigan breweries celebrated by not only brewing, but also with a friendly competition and tasting at different locations around the state.

This year there is no recipe. No guidelines. No rules. The craft beer world will unite under the theme of “Expression.” To best represent the craft industry, brewers will simply create their own unique recipe to brew, share, and enjoy.

international women's collaboration brew dayIf interested in participating—and please, everyone is invited (21 years and older please)—you can find IWCBD events on Facebook through Fermenta: Michigan Women’s Craft Collective. This year, quite a few regions are hosting open, interactive events. Griffin Claw Brewing Company (Birmingham) will be kicking off the the international celebrations early, hosting a brew day March 5 starting at 9 A.M.. The recipe will be a Gose and the brewery staff will also be offering short seminars on tank cleaning, yeast harvesting, and other various lab procedures. For northern Michigan residents, consider attending Beards Brewery’s (Petoskey) brew day on March 6 starting at noon, the recipe to be announced. On March 7th, EagleMonk Pub and Brewery (Lansing) will be brewing their own recipe beginning at 8 o’clock in the morning. Batch Brewing Company (Corktown) has decided to open their doors on the actual day of international celebration, March 8, starting at 7:30 A.M.. To learn further details, check the Fermenta events page.

Alongside these breweries, Grand Armory Brewing (Grand Haven) will also be brewing a IWCBD recipe to honor the celebrations, but will be keeping their brew day closed to staff only.

These Michigan breweries will be joining other breweries across the nation and across the world to support this day of awareness. Even if one cannot attend a brew day, the IWCBD encourages interested parties to homebrew their own recipe or simply raise a glass to toast the occasion. Either way, you will be toasting women in the craft industry with the entire world.

Brewery_VivantBrewery Vivant, known for its unique Belgian­-American styles of beers, welcomes another GR Beer Week and hoards of craft beer fans to Beer City USA with it’s annual Brewer’s Big Breakfast. The Pub opens its doors early once a year ­­the Saturday of Winter Beer Fest­­ for breakfast. February 27, from 8am to 2pm, the highly anticipated breakfast menu will showcase a breakfast poutine, vegetarian eggs Benedict, house­made crullers and of course, the beer­mosa (Farm Hand spiked with OJ).

The breakfast originally started as a way to fuel the brewers before stepping out into the frigid Michigan temperatures to pour beer at Michigan Brewers Guild’s Winter Beer Fest at 5/3 Ball Park in Comstock Park. The idea caught traction with Executive Chef Christopher Weimer. “I’ve always liked cooking breakfast, and appreciated this style of cuisine. I don’t know that I’d want to subscribe to the lifestyle, or if I could, but once a year it’s fun for us to stretch our chops and step outside our traditional dinner routine.”

The day is fast paced in the kitchen, but guests revel in the unusual circumstance they’re able to find themselves in: enjoying kegs and eggs in the Brewery Vivant chapel. “The atmosphere is jovial and there is a palpable excitement running through guests and our staff as well,” Says Kate Avery, Director of Sales & Marketing, “It’s Winter Beer Fest after all. Even if you don’t have tickets, you still are able to be a part of this thing we call Beer City, USA.”

True to the Vivant spirit, the breakfast is open to all and no reservations are required. The community tables fill up with hungry beer lovers and foodies alike. People coming together over good beer and good food? That’s living the ​bon vivant​.

At 2pm breakfast will conclude, the pub will operate with a limited food menu while the kitchen resets for a 3pm return to regular, full dinner menu service. We’ll be eating and drinking well into the night. The Pub closes at midnight on Saturday.

Suds and SnowSuds & Snow will return for its tenth year at Timber Ridge Resort on Saturday, March 5. Timber Ridge Resort, Create TC, and Craft Beverage Artisans have partnered to put together this year’s “ultimate party in the woods.” The event will take place from  1-6 p.m. and includes a hike through the woods, favorite Michigan brews and food, and live music.

Attendees will enjoy a half-mile hike to the backwoods where the event will take place. The event space will include twenty beverage vendors and three food vendors including MI Grille, Roaming Harvest, and Daily Blend. There will be three tents with different food selections including — soups, burritos, tacos, paella, a pig roast, and a burger and brat bar. Additionally, there will be two stage areas — one with live music and another with DJ sets from 2Bays DJs. Live music will be performed by Savage Soul, The Pocket, and G-Snacks.

Participating breweries include — The Filling Station Microbrewery, Right Brain Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, North Peak Brewing, Bell’s Brewery, Short’s Brewing, Founder’s Brewing Company, Blackrocks Brewery, Stormcloud Brewing Company, Oddside Ales, New Holland Brewing, Lake Ann Brewing, Hop Lot Brewing, Dark Horse Brewing Company, Arcadia Ales and Brewery Vivant. For those non-beer drinkers, the event will also feature Tandem Ciders, Blake’s Hard Cider, and wine from Bowers Harbor Vineyards and Left Foot Charley.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets include two drink tokens. New for 2016, there will be two drinking options — one token will get you a half pint and two tokens will get you a full pint. All food will be purchased with event tokens as well. The first 500 ticket purchasers will receive a free half pint Silipint glass. A limited supply of additional half pint and pint Silipints will also be available for purchase. Additional drink tokens will be sold for $3 each or two for $5. $2 of each ticket sold will go to supporting local Traverse City charities and non-profits.

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