7venth Sun Brewery celebrates sixth annual Hangover Day



Tampa Bay FL, 2-23-18: 7venth Sun began the tradition of Hangover Day in March 2013 as the grand finale to Tampa Bay Beer Week;  the day after Hunahpu’s Day (hence the hangover).  Each year has had a theme, from breakfast beers to barrel-aged beers.  This year brings a completely unique experience in the first Lager themed beer event to meet Tampa Bay Beer Week.  7venth Sun will have seven different featured lagers:  7 Minutes in Helles, Big Trouble – a Biere de Garde and collaboration with Zydeco Brew Werks, Smells Like Baseball – classic lager, Brewers Lager, I’m Positively Loopy IPL, Stange Beer Kolsch and the Yuzu Lager. These will be available at both locations along with a host of other non-lagers for those less hung over.



Some incredible lagers and session beers from breweries rarely (or never) found in the state of Florida will be pouring in Tampa – here are just few:  Central State, Trve, Jack’s Abbey, The Answer, Yazoo, Half Acre, 3 Taverns, Pipeworks, Off Color, Birds Fly South, Other Half, Edmonds Oast, and Creature Comforts.  Tampa will also have original music by Serotonic and Between Bluffs.  LOKO Cuisine will be there with some incredible hangover food from noon until 4pm or until supplies last.


This event is open to the public and does not require tickets. 


  • When: Sunday, March 11th
  • Where: 6809 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa, 33604:  12pm – 11pm  813-231-5900
  • Where: 1012 Broadway, Dunedin, 34698:  12pm – 10pm   727-733-3013

For more information online go to – info@7venthsun.com


New Branding from Highland Brewing

ASHEVILLE, NC (February 19, 2018) – Asheville’s first craft brewery since Prohibition, Highland Brewing, is closing its doors February 19th.

For four days.

“We are unveiling of our new branding and visual identity digitally on February 19th, and will re-open on February 23rd with a new look in the tasting room,” said Molly McQuillan, the brewery’s marketing manager. “We’ve been working on this project for over a year and look forward to this launch with great anticipation.”


The launch celebration will be held during normal business hours that day, from noon until 10 p.m. and will feature new small batch beers, including Highland’s very first Brett brew, as well as throw-back favorites including Little Hump, Razor Wit, and Vintage 20th Anniversary Scotch Ale. Live music will be provided by Mark Shane, Woody Wood, and All the Locals. New merchandise will be on sale and the new packaging and branding will be highlighted. Popular food trucks Smashbox and Appalachian Chic will also be on site, at 12 Old Charlotte Highway. The event is free and open to the public.



“Highland Brewing has been a pioneer in beer since my father founded the company in 1994,” said President Leah Wong Ashburn. “Over two decades, we led with beer, and in recent years, we developed our beer portfolio significantly with fresh new styles and our innovative spirit is firing. The result of the changes was that our beer and our brand were sharing different messages. I love that we are now aligning the message.  


What that means is we focused on the four things we know to be true about ourselves: authenticity, sense of place, consistently excellent beer and an inventive spirit.”


Highland’s new look will be reflected in all of its marketing, labeling, point of sale, packaging and merchandise, said McQuillan, who participated in extensive research and development work collaboratively with Austin, TX, firm Helms Workshop which informed the project. All beers will continue to be labeled under the name “Highland Brewing Company” but will now sport imagery of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the suggestion of a pioneer’s compass and the clear messaging that Highland remains Asheville’s first craft beer.


“Our name is perfect. With it, we honor the local Scots-Irish heritage. We are also on high land – in the mountains and on a hilltop.


We believe in authenticity,” said Ashburn, who became second-generation President of the family-owned business in 2015. She was referring to the staff survey that named authenticity as a common value. “You act the same way when no one else is looking. You deliver the same level of quality every time that only you could notice. You are authentic when your actions align with your words. And when our brand aligns with our beer. This refreshed brand is who we are.”


Highland Brewing was founded in 1994 by retired engineer and entrepreneur Oscar Wong, establishing it as the pioneer of Asheville, NC’s now booming craft beer industry. With a portfolio that is equal parts established and inventive, Highland is known for consistently excellent beer. Proudly regional, Highland is distributed in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Kentucky. Annual production around 46,000 barrels makes Highland is the largest independent family-owned brewery born in the Southeast and it has the third largest solar array in an American craft brewery. The brewery is in a rehabilitated manufacturing facility on a hilltop, affording space for thousands of visitors to enjoy limited release beers, tours, and live music. In addition, the event center and rooftop can be reserved for private events. Today, the company is led by Wong’s daughter, Leah Wong Ashburn, and has 50 full-time employees.




Excolatur debuts at the Garage on Saturday

ATLANTA, GA (Feb, 2018): Excolatur, Monday Night Brewing’s newest release from the Garage, is a one-of-a-kind beer.

Excolatur (pronounced echo-lahtour) is Latin for “development.” The result of over two years of aging in Bourbon and rum barrels, this dark sour benefits from an additional four months over Montmorency cherries. The combination of lactobacillus and pediococcus give Excolatur a clean sourness with just enough funk to remind you it is, like the fox on the bottle, wild and untamed.


“When I think of this beer, I think of a dark, double barrel aged, pretty agreeable dark sour. We get a lot of barrel expression from the rum and Bourbon barrels, and then we added another source of sugar with the Montmorency cherries,” said head brewer and barrel program director Peter Kiley. “This is truly a one-of-a-kind beer that I’m not sure we can make again, so let’s enjoy it while we have it.”

With an acidity similar to wine and a 9.7% ABV, Excolatur pairs well with a great steak, chocolate-covered cherries, or an outdoor fire pit with friends.

Excolatur makes its bottle debut at Monday Night Brewing’s Garage Saturday, February 7 from 12 noon until 10 pm. The beer will be available on draft and 500 ml bottles will be available for to go purchase.

Look for Excolatur in Georgia and Alabama markets by mid February.

Photos available here. Please credit Monday Night Brewing.



Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Monday Night Brewing grew out of a Bible study. Founded by Jonathan Baker, Joel Iverson and Jeff Heck, Monday Night Brewing exists to deepen human relationships over some of the best beer of country. Head Brewer Peter Kiley oversees barrel-aging and souring at their brand new facility, the Garage, in Atlanta’s Lee + White project on the southwest side of Atlanta. More details can be found here.



Weekly release from Asheville’s Burial Beer

Check out the latest beers from Burial Beer in Asheville, NC!

Monday, Feb 12 – LUNDI GRAS!

A Future Filled of Broken Thoughts Hurricane Sour Ale
Often our decisions seem so daring and adventurous that the blank space in our minds remains filled with wonder in the moment. And nothing but regret remains upon waking. Made with NC malt and aged with prickly pear, lemon, grapefruit, passionfruit and luxardo cherries. Meaningless to your existence. Worth the pain in the moment.
|5.5%|1.043|15 IBU| Straw
**Draft Only

Tuesday, Feb 13 – MARDI GRAS!

A Mortal Error of Mirrors French 75 Petit Sour Ale
The perceptions you hold so cavalier, often come back to haunt you. The sinking feeling that follows, is deserved reward for utter stupidity. A tribute to our good friend, Shannon, who ain’t taking no crap from anyone. House mixed culture ale re-fermented upon lemon pulp and lemon zest and aged upon juniper berries.
|5.5%|1.043|15 IBU| Straw
**Draft Only

Thursday, Feb 15 

Machete Mixed Culture Farmhouse Ale
This ever-evolving house saison at the Burial taproom has found a final formulation. Now made from oak-aged mixed-culture saison, this ode to rusticity exudes peppery spice, citric and grassy aromas, while a vivid acidity provides the palate-cleansing finish. Aged 10 weeks in oak and then dry hopped in steel with Saaz, Tettnang, Peppercorns and Grains of Paradise.
6%|1.045|15 IBU| Hazy Golden
**Draft Only

Hi-Wire Brewing Announces 2018 Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack and Double Bottle Release








Asheville, NC – Hi-Wire Brewing will be releasing their 2018 Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack with Against The Grain, Trophy Brewing Co., and Blackberry Farm Brewery in mid-February. With long-time friendships and connections at each brewery, Hi-Wire is proud to share their craft with respected peers in the Southeast.


Double Dry-Hopped IPA – Trophy Brewing Co. (7% ABV)

It’s no secret Trophy Brewing makes some of the best IPAs in the country. So after very little deliberation, we decided to brew the hoppiest beer Hi-Wire has ever created at 3.5 lbs per barrel. Starting with Simcoe and Centennial in the whirlpool before mid-fermentation and dry-hop additions of El Dorado and Simcoe, this hazy gold monstrosity screams of green mango, huge citrus, and piney resin with a slight sweetness on the finish. This one is for the truest of hop fiends.


A Wee Bit More Hops Tropical Saison – Blackberry Farm Brewery (6.2% ABV)

In our collaboration with Blackberry Farm Brewery we decided to celebrate Blackberry Farm’s world class house Saison yeast strain by pairing it with a plethora of tropically aggressive American hops, including a mid fermentation hop addition for added depth. Azacca, El Dorado, and Mosaic shine with magnificent aromas of mango, papaya, juicy fruit, and white grape while a slight bitterness and dry finish preps the palette for another sip.


Dark Coffee Lager – Against The Grain (5.5% ABV)

We took special care to let the beautiful fruit notes from naturally processed Ethiopian coffee via Dynamite Roasting sing in this collaboration with our buddies from Against The Grain Brewery in Louisville, Kentucky. Aromatic notes of fresh ground coffee beans, hazelnut, cherry, and new leather meld perfectly with a soothing dark malt sweetness and hints of fresh baked bread with a clean, crisp finish.


Rounding out the 12-pack will be three of Hi-Wire’s flagship beers: Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA, and Hi-Wire Gose. The Hi-Wire Brewing Collaboration 12-pack will be available the second week of February, and will hit Hi-Wire’s entire distribution footprint.


Lastly, Hi-Wire will be rounding out their Sour and Wild Ale releases February 17 at 12pm from their South Slope Sour & Wild Ale facility with a double bottle release including a Gin Barrel-Aged Juniper Berry Saison called “Gin Fizz,” and a bottle-conditioned, 100% Brett IPA, full of huge tropical notes, candied lemon and juicy green grass from Mosaic, Hallertau Blanc, and Citra hops. Both beers will see limited distribution the first week of March.


About Hi-Wire Brewing

Located in Asheville, NC, Hi-Wire Brewing is known for producing approachable and balanced lagers and ales, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA. They have two locations in Asheville: the 27,000 square foot Big Top Production Facility & Taproom located half a mile from the Biltmore Estate and the South Slope Specialty Brewery & Taproom located in the South Slope area of downtown, which has a focus on wild and sour ales. Hi-Wire was awarded the most medals at the 2014 NC Brewer’s Cup and was named Best New North Carolina Brewery of 2013 by RateBeer. Most recently, the Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager won gold at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival® in the German-Style Maerzen category. Their award-winning beers can be found on draft and in bottles across North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio. To learn more about the company, visit hiwirebrewing.com.