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Lagunitas Brewing partners with Buffalo Wild Wings on new beer



Lagunitas Brewing Co. of Petaluma has partnered with Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. for a new, lower-alcoholic beer for its sports-loving customers who want a less potent brew.

Fandom Ale is available for a limited time at all the Buffalo Wild Wings locations across the country, including the one in Petaluma. The Minneapolis-based chain has more than 1,200 restaurants across North America and claims to serve more draft beer than any other restaurant in the country.

Fandom Ale is a mix of wheat beer and pale ale with a citrus aroma. It has alcohol by volume of 5.5 percent, which is less than some of its hoppier India pale ale beers. A review at the BeerAdvocate website says it “smells of citrus, hops, sweet malt and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale.”

Todd Kronebusch, vice president of guest innovation at Buffalo Wild Wings, said in a statement that Fandom was “designed with the sports fan in mind.”

Fandom is the 39th beer in Lagunitas’ “Fusion” series, in which it works with retailers, distributors and even home brewers for a limited release series served typically on draft, said Karen Hamilton, communications director for Lagunitas.

“Generally, it’s a group of people who come to our breweries or brew with our brewers,” Hamilton said.

Lagunitas has done such releases for San Francisco Beer Week, Bottlerock music festival and its CouchTrippin music shows, though the new release with Buffalo Wild Wings will have a more extensive reach and be available in every state.

Like other Fusion series beers, Fandom will also be available at certain bars that have a Lagunitas account so it doesn’t run afoul of state and federal so-called “tied-house” laws, which prohibit brewers from exerting undue influence over retailers.

Fusion is different than the “One Hitter” experimental series that Lagunitas brewers create on their own for a limited release. Those beers allow Lagunitas, which is primarily known for its IPA and its Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, an American pale wheat ale, to show off its creativity even as it has become the 10th largest brewer in America.

Previous beers in the One Hitter series include an imperial coffee stout, an ale made with Gravenstein apple juice, and a rye cocoa porter.

You can reach Staff Writer Bill Swindell at 707-521-5223 or On Twitter @BillSwindell.

Celebrate #StoutDay


The time has come for stouts! As we steadily move into the holiday season and cozy up in front of fires with some sweet treats, nothing washes them down better than a dark and rich stout. In celebration of #StoutDay we’ve compiled a list of Stouts to kick off your stout season.


Do you think you can handle this full-bodied stout with extreme flavor? Rich roasted barley and mountains of hops give this stout a little something extra.  


Roasted malt deep coffee flavors help to create a strong foundation for this creamy, sweeter stout. If you put cream and sugar in your coffee this is an ideal stout fro you. It is not your standard stout, but rather a delightful difference for those who are weary of stouts.


The chocolate and chocolate are common are not uncommon flavors for stouts such as this one, but it is the roasted toffee and malt that pair with complex dark fruit flavors that give this beer a surprisingly refreshing taste.


A true classic American stout, it goes well with both beefs and desserts. You’ll notice it’s strong ebony coloration and rich creamy head at first, but stay for the earthy flavor of the oats and hops that elicit a taste of rich chocolate truffles.


Simply big, rich and bold. The founders of Sierra Nevada began brewing beers with rich flavors and thus this stout was born. It is a non-sense stout that is brewed with a passion and a history that cannot be refuted.


A beer that is “seductively smooth.” This is a beer that is perfect for cuddling up with someone with. The brewers wanted to make a well-rounded and rich stout, complete with luscious notes of coffee and chocolate flavoring. They accomplished just that with it’s smooth and creamy mouth feel. 


For those unfamiliar with milk stout (also known as “cream or sweet stout”) contains lactose and offers a sweet taste. Unlike any other milk stout, Southern Tier amped it up with a double, giving the beer a 7.5% ABV.

#BeerOfTheWeek: Left Hand Brewery Company’s “Fade to Black”

fadetoblack3Feel a bit fancy with this foreign export stout that has brought home three gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in the Foreign Stout category. It is perfect transitional beer as summer slips into fall and fall slips into winter. Almost as it starts to get darker earlier and earlier and the days begin to fade away, this beer emulates a similar feeling. 

Boasting a dark black color with licorice, espresso bean, molasses and black cardamom notes, it is everything your need to ease your cynicism from the day. 


ABV: 8.5% | IBU: 30

#BeerOfTheWeek: Brooklyn Brewery Dark Chocolate Stout

Image: Giant Eagle

Image: Giant Eagle

Get ready to jump into stout season! Nights like these were made for cozying up on the couch in your favorite sweater and enjoying a few stouts with some of the best friends. The new of this brew insinuates a deep, rich and dark flavor and that is exactly what you can expect. Artfully brewed and blended with six different types of malts and several months of aging, if properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for years to come.

If you’re looking for beer to wash down chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses or any dessert delicacy pick-up a six-pack of this fire-side friendly stout.


ABV: 10.0%

Win Tickets to Farm to Tables Harvest Tasting by Drinking Beer!


Keepin’ it real, keepin’ it local, Farm to Table is back for their fifth annual Farm to Table Harvest Tasting!

On November 5, 2016 from 3-7pm at the historic Produce Terminal in Pittsburgh’s Strip District we will be taking part in this special event that will feature tastings and samples from over fifty local and regional vendors.

Guests are encouraged to savor Fall flavors and get in tune with some of Pittsburgh’s favorite local goods in celebration of the autumn season. We’ll be there with tastings of some of our favorite Fall and local brews.

Farm to Table

Rogue 7Hop IPA

Church Pious Monk

Sam Smith Organic Chocolate Stout

Southern Tier Live

Yuengling Lager

Tickets for the event are $25 for adults, but we’re giving away two tickets! To enter to win the tickets take a post a picture of one of the above brews with hashtag #KeepItRealKeepItLocal and tag @PintsOverPGH and @FTT_Pittsburgh.

The best photo will win two tickets! Get snapping.

Boulder Beer Company Releases Slope Style Winter IPA


Boulder, COBoulder Beer Company, Colorado’s First Craft Brewery, brings back its limited release beer Slope Style Winter IPA.

Red in color with a perfect blend of five malts and a blast of piney Horizon hops, Slope Style is a hearty, cold weather Red IPA to complement your ski and snowboard season.

“Whatever your altitude, you can drink-in a little bit of Colorado with this beer,” said Tess McFadden, Marketing Director at Boulder Beer.  “But if you live here and have the benefit of enjoying a Slope Style at the base of the mountain after an epic powder day, even better!”

Slope Style Winter IPA will be available in most markets where Boulder Beer is sold in 12-ounce 6-pack bottles and draught.  It will be available to ship beginning next week and be on the shelves as long as the snow flies.


Brewery Ommegang Witte Wheat Ale Wins Gold for Belgian-style Witbier at Great American Beer Festival!



This past weekend, Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, New York won yet another recognition! Ommegang’s Witte Wheat Ale won the gold medal in the Belgian-style Witbier category at the Great American Beer Festival.

The GABF celebrated it’s 30th anniversary this year with 7,227 beers submitted by 1,752 breweries for the competition. There were 264 judges from 12 countries that took place in the week’s festivities and awarded a total of 286 medals in the 96 categories.

Ommegang is excited for this major win, especially with the new packages of Witte coming to shelves near you. Witte will now be available in 6-packs and 12-packs year round. Pennsylvanians can rejoice as we’ve grown accustomed to 6-packs from Ommegang, but alas, we can enjoy a 12-pack of this gold medal winning brew.

Lets cheers to all of Brewery Ommegang’s accomplishments and Witte Wheat Ale!



Long Trail Brewing And Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation Team Up On Flyin Ryan IPA


The Long Trail Brewing Company is proud to announce the release of Flyin Ryan IPA, a continuation of their partnership with the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation.

Citrus and floral hop flavors soar to the front of the palate while a light, bready malt profile balance out this even-handed America IPA. Citra dry-hops reveal extreme tropical fruit and citrus aromas.

First introduced as a limited, draught-only offering in Winter 2014-15, Flyin Ryan IPA (6.0% ABV, 48 IBU) will make its bottled debut in Long Trail’s 2016-17 Survival Pack variety offering beginning in October.

“Flyin Ryan IPA has been a bit of a cult classic around Vermont for the past few winters,” said Jed Nelson, marketing director at Long Trail Brewing. “We can’t wait to spread this brew – and the Flyin Ryan message – to a larger audience with this year’s release.”

Similar to years past, a portion of proceeds will go back to the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation, a non-profit organized founded in April 2011 after Ryan Hawks, a widely respected Vermont freeskier, passed away from injuries sustained during a Freeskiing World Tour event in California.

Founded by The Hawks Family, the foundation was created to honor Ryan’s legacy. With the release of Flyin Ryan IPA, Long Trail Brewing hopes to spread the Foundation’s message.

We are so grateful for our continued partnership,” said Alicia Hawks, Ryan’s sister and vice president of the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation. “They have generously provided us with a platform to share and support our mission and keep Ryan’s spirit alive.”

“It is an incredible feeling,” she said. “I am so proud to be Ryan’s sister and to see his legacy extended through the work of the foundation and our partnership with Long Trail [Brewing], it is truly humbling.”

For Peter Hawks, Ryan’s father and president of the foundation, Flyin Ryan IPA is more than just another brew from Long Trail and he said he hopes this release will inspire adventurers.

“[Flyin Ryan IPA] has the potential to make a huge contribution to our mission, ‘core values matter’ and our efforts to stimulate adventurers of all ages to reflect on the value of aligning their engagement in life and decision-making with core values that are self-generated,” he said.

Flyin Ryan IPA will be available on draught this winter and exclusively available in 12 oz. bottles in the Long Trail Survival Pack beginning in October.

With fingers crossed for a heavy snow year, Long Trail Brewing and the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation will be hitting the trail this winter with a flurry of events. Keep in touch at and for more details.

About Long Trail Brewing Co.
Inspired by the 273-mile hiking trail that traverses through the Green Mountains, Long Trail Brewing has been a caretaker of Vermont craft since 1989. From small-batch recipes developed in our farmhouse turned pilot brewery to large-scale staples like our flagship Long Trail Ale, our brewers are committed to crafting a trail-worthy family of beers.

About The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation
The Flyin Ryan Foundation’s mission is to EXPOSE adventurers to Ryan Hawks’ Principles for Living, INSPIRE adventurers to craft their own set of core principles for living and to ACT on their core principles as the means through which they shape their attitude and engage in life. It does so through working with schools, individuals and organizations and awarding scholarships. To date, the foundation has awarded 84 adventure scholarships which are designed to encourage the pursuit of passion in the face of financial need.

How to plan a successful wedding bar


I’ve reached that magical and overwhelming age where everyone I know has decided to tie the knot. My girlfriend and I have our wedding routine down pat: She digs up the invitation to find the address, we grab a card and stuff it with cash, and I hope the one shirt I like to wear isn’t still dirty from the last wedding. The past couple of years have been filled with cookie tables and joyous shrieks at the opening beats of “Love Shack.”

Not surprisingly, I tend to pay special attention to the bars. And just as many couples are forgoing other trappings of “traditional” weddings (I haven’t seen a painfully awkward garter-toss in years), bars are moving in all sorts of interesting directions. I’ve been to brunch weddings with Bloody Mary bars and farm weddings with signature beers brewed by the groom. Some couples opt for full-service bars with made-to-order cocktails, while others (like my cousin) just fill a couple wheelbarrows with Yuengling and Bud Light Lime. Having bartended a few weddings and attended quite a few more, I humbly offer a few suggestions to make your wedding bar memorable no matter what approach you take.

Calculating how much booze to buy is tricky, even for the most experienced caterer. A good rule of thumb is to budget one drink per person per hour, and to distribute the total number of drinks evenly among beer, wine and cocktails. State stores will accept returns on unopened bottles of wines and spirits — so don’t be afraid to budget a little extra.

The best wedding bars balance the personality of the couple with a drinks selection that has a wide appeal. If you’re planning an open bar (which seems to be the norm), don’t feel obligated to offer a huge selection: No one is picky when they’re drinking for free. One or two signature cocktails, a red and a white wine, and a couple of beers are all you need. Pick food-friendly, inexpensive wines and a few contrasting beers. If you do two cocktails, it’s nice to do one light and one dark — a gin punch and a Manhattan, for instance. And don’t forget about non-drinkers. When I bartended an outdoor June wedding, the fresh peach iced tea was more popular than beer.

On that note, remember seasonality as you plan your bar. Though not everyone drinks with the seasons, you can bet that milk stout will go untouched at a summer wedding. Ultimately, however, your wedding should be filled with the people and things that make you happy. So whether you have a dozen craft beers or a few pitchers of margaritas, choose drinks that mean something to you. And make sure there’s plenty of them.




Enter Rogue Ale’s 2016 #MyDeadGuy Contest!

Rogue Ale + Spirits fans, you can win big this October with the 2016 #MyDeadGuy contest. This contest invites fans to Tweet or Instagram photos of Dead Guy standees, bottles and gear to enter and win their face on a case of Dead Guy Ale bottles or submit photos directly here:
Keep your eyes opened for special Dead Guy displays popping up all over the country already including their standees. There will be many more as we approach Halloween. The contest runs Oct. 1-31. and Rogue will be choosing winners in early November.
2 winners will be chosen by us based on creativity while another 8 will be chosen through a sweepstakes. 10 winners total.
A few things to remember:
  • To enter on Twitter or Instagram, fans must use the hashtag #MyDeadGuy.
  • People get get more info or enter online at!
  • Creativity gets you extra points with them.

#BeerOfTheWeek | 21st Amendment Brewery’s “Marooned on Hog Island

mohi-can-png-230x424If you’re looking for something new and special to start your October off right, we’ve got the Stout for you! 21st Amendment Brewery teamed up with the Hog Island Oyster Company to create a stout brewed with sweet-water Oyster shells. This combination creates a rich and chewy stout with a silky, salty finish. It is a limited edition brew that is offered in four-pack cans and drafts, so keep an eye out for this brand new brew.

Complete with a dark, midnight black color and a brew 7.9% ABV, the pale, crystal, rolled oats, Carafa, chocolate and white wheat malts add to the Magnum and Willamette bittering hops to create a rich flavor profile.

5 Reasons to Celebrate National Drink Beer Day


Hello beer lovers. Today, September 28th, 2016, is a special day. A reason to leave work early. A reason to stop and grab a 6-pack. Today is National Drink Beer Day! As if you needed an excuse to drink beer, here are a few more reasons to celebrate this very, very special day.

  1. Beer Helps Your Heart

While wine usually steals the credit in this territory, beer has been proven to be a heart-healthy beverage as well. Researchers in Italy found that moderate beer drinkers had a 42% lower risk of heart disease as compared to non-beer-drinkers. For the best results, researchers says to keep your consumption to one pint a day.

  1. It’ll Give You a Creative Kick

Having trouble coming up with your next great idea or looking for a way to creatively problem solve? A study in the Consciousness and Cognition journal claims that knocking back a beer or two could help boost your creativity.

  1. Prevents Type 2 Diabetes

After analyizing 38,000 male health professionals, Dutch researchers found that men who had a beer or two a day were significantly less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

  1. See Clearer

You’ve probably heard the old wives’ tale that eating carrots helps your vision, but apparently so does drinking beer. Canadian researchers have found that one daily beer (especially a larger or stout) will increase antioxidant activity which prevents cataracts from forming in the eyes. However, if you have three or more drinks again the opposite will happen…

  1. Helps Fight Infection

According to an Oregon Health & Science University study having one or two drinks a day may boost your immune system and fight infections.


We’ll drink to that! Happy holiday.

#BeerOfTheWeek | Deschutes Brewery’s “Chasin’ Freshies”


chasin-freshies-12ozDeschutes Brewery is on a roll with their beers. After the delicious Pinot Suave peaked our interest last week, we’ve fallen under the spell of yet another Deschutes brew.

If you’re looking for something as juicy and bright as one of your favorite fruits look no further than Deschute’s fresh hop IPA, Chasin’ Freshies. Meet your fancy? You’ll want to hunt some down now, because once it is gone, it is gone! Doesn’t get more ‘carpe diem’ than that, does it? Why is this limited supply so limited? Because Deschutes chased down some of the freshest Centennial hops from the Goschie Farms in Oregon and rushed the hops from the vines to their kettles to get the purest and juiciest flavors in this brew. You can expect a surprising bold aroma.


Act fast!

Pittsburgh Ranks As One Of The “Most Fun Cities In America”



Pittsburgh is the most fun city in the Northeast, a study from WalletHub concludes.

“Absolutely, Pittsburgh really did represent well, especially for the northeast,” WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez told KDKA money editor Jon Delano on Monday.

Gonzalez says Pittsburgh ranks 14 out of 150 cities when it comes to entertainment, recreation, nightlife, and cost.

Las Vegas, Orlando and Miami rank one, two, and three, but Pittsburgh beat out cities like San Francisco, Honolulu, and, of course, Philadelphia.

“Of course we knew this all along,” says Craig Davis, CEO of VisitPittsburgh.

Davis says affordable fun is what he sells to conventions and visitors.

“We are what’s known as an “it” city.  We’re getting a lot of positive buzz and this is all part of it.”

Pittsburgh ranks high in many categories — like sports teams and public swimming pools — but one area stands out.

“Pittsburgh ranks number one in terms of the access to bars so that’s both the number of bars per capita and the number of bars per square mile,” notes Gonzalez.

That’s right.  Number one in the country with 8 bars per square mile and 149 bars per 100,000 residents.

“We specialize in shots and beers,” says Jennifer Grippo, whose familyowns The Original Oyster House.

The Oyster House is the oldest bar in the city.

“We’re a drinking town. We support our sports teams with beer. We’re all about having a good time and celebrating,” adds Grippo.

And that adds up to fun.

When it comes to bars in Pittsburgh, the end is hardly in sight.

On this corner in Market Square will soon be City Works, a new pub with over 90 taps for beer.

And that is why Pittsburgh’s reputation for fun will continue to grow.

“What we sell to our meeting planners in particular is that they can bring a convention into downtown and the people do not have to leave here in order to have fun,” says VisitPittsburgh’s Davis.

“All the restaurants and bars that they need at their fingertips are right here — we’re safe, we’re clean, and we’re accessible.”

And number one in the northeast!

Click here to read WalletHub’s full study of America’s Most Fun Cities!

But if you’re looking for a more serious city, you might want to try Oxnard, California. They come in dead last on the “fun” list at No. 150.

#BeerOfTheWeek – Deschutes Brewery’s “Pinot Suave”



Taking a break from all of the Oktoberfest ales and fall beers, we’re getting into a beer that is as interesting as it is delicious. Deschutes Brewery introduces us to a wine-inspired Belgian-style ale. It has notes of the light and airy Pinot grape with berries and dried fruit to add to the slight caramel flavors.

Brewing with black barley, superior pilsner, flaked oats, malted wheat, carared and melanoid malts, it is complex with flavor. It in barrel aged for 18 months in French and American Oak barrels that previously held pinot noir to add to the wine flavor.

If you’re a beer drinker who has to endure a “wine night,” you’ve found your loophole.

ABV: 11.8% | IBU: 15

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