New releases from Foothills and a new beer at Thirsty Monk

From the brewpub in Winston-Salem NC that started it all you can find two new releases at their brewpub, Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout and a Munich Dunkel. These are two fine beers that you can only get at the pub so plan a visit soon! Descriptions are taken from the brewery newsletter –


Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

Take our roasty delicious stout. Stick it in a bourbon barrel for a few months. There you have it. Our amazing Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout. Brewed with layers of roasted barley and black malts, and just enough flavor hops for a balanced smooth finish. Then aged in some of the finest bourbon barrels this side of Churchill Downs. Come try a pint at the pub!




Munich Dunkel


So our head brewer got all his guys together and said “hey each of you come up with a cool beer that we would never in a million years brew and we’ll brew it.” That idea spawned our Footmen Series, which has been the incubator for some seriously delicious brews over the past several months. We’ve had a schwarzbier, a mango berliner weisse, and a smoked imperial cherry porter. To that lineup we now add a Munich Dunkel, from longtime Foothills brewer Tim Harris. This dark lager is at once simple and complex, with lots of roasty malts and an incredibly smooth finish.


At the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC a new brewery release from Head Brewer Norm, a Belgian-style Tripel that is hopped with more traditional American hops. From the brewery newsletter “New Thirsty Monk Brewery Release: St. Norm Hopped Tripel
Now on tap at Biltmore Park, our latest Thirsty Monk Brewing release! From the Sanctuary of St. Norm comes a classic Tripel with a hopped twist. The St. Norm Hopped Tripel is golden in color with distinct and pleasant Belgian character, and hopped with Galena and Centennial to balance moderate sweetness with mild fruitiness and a clean bitter finish. (8.5%ABV 22IBU) Look for St. Norm Hopped Tripel to go on tap Downtown and at Reynolds Village this Thursday, March 5th.”


SweetWater Brewing has new packaging featuring Atlanta Braves

press release – ATLANTA (March 2015) – The boys and girls at SweetWater Brewery couldn’t wait until Opening Day to hit a home run in Braves Country. Georgia’s largest craft brewery and the Atlanta Braves have teamed up to introduce a limited run of cobranded beer packaging featuring iconic Turner Field and the Braves logo and colors.

Beginning in early March, Braves and beer enthusiasts can all catch the brewery’s two most popular styles, 420 Extra Pale Ale and IPA, sporting the new design in 12-pack bottle packages. To sweeten the deal, SweetWater is debuting its new Take Two Pils cans in a co-branded 12-pack as well.


“Our partnership with the Braves has been fantastic so far, and featuring both the team and the stadium on our packaging makes it even better,” said SweetWater Founder and Big Kahuna Freddy Bensch. “We can’t wait for the 2015 season to kick off so that even more fans can enjoy the SweetWater goodness at Turner Field this year. It’s fun to give fans the opportunity to bring that experience into their homes with these beautiful 420, IPA and Take Two Pils packages!”

The 2014 addition of SweetWater’s can line was welcomed with open arms by craft beer fans around the Southeast, who snatched up 420 Extra Pale Ale and IPA in 12-ounce and 16-ounce cans to sip at the lake, the beach, the game and the porch. The brewery expands its lineup with Take Two Pils this spring with more brews to come throughout the year. While these three lip-smackin’ styles are available year-round in bottles and cans, the co-branded Atlanta Braves packaging is limited. Look for the 12-pack bottles of 420 Extra Pale Ale and IPA as well as Take Two Pils 12-pack cans all over Braves Country leading up to Opening Day and well into the 2015 season!

For more information on SweetWater Brewing Co., visit For more information on the 2015 Atlanta Braves season including ticket packages, full schedules and concessions, visit


#GetFunky, Tampa! Funky Buddha is proud to announce that its creative and award-winning beers will make their way to the west coast of Florida beginning on March 25.


“The Greater Tampa Bay area is a hugely developed craft beer market and is hungry for quality beer,” says Funky Buddha co-owner and General Manager KC Sentz. “We’ve been hearing the calls to come to the area since we’ve opened, and we’re happy to say that we can finally deliver on that.”


Funky Buddha’s launch will include draught beer sales at select accounts in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties via Brown Distributing, Funky Buddha’s statewide distribution partner. The initial portfolio will include the brewery’s best-selling brands Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA, as well as Crusher Session IPA and OP Porter. Also arriving will be Funky Buddha’s seasonal series beginning with its spring seasonal More Moro Blood Orange IPA. Wide distribution, including six-pack bottles, will arrive in the months following.



Leading up to the launch, fans will get a chance to taste some of Funky Buddha’s rarer beers at a prelaunch kickoff party on Wednesday, March 11 at Cigar City Cider & Mead in Ybor City. The event – part of Tampa Bay Beer Week  – will feature 14 beers including the sought after Last Snow, Key Lime Berlinerweiss, and RateBeer’s #1 Porter in the world, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Funky Buddha will also feature a selection of limited beers at the Florida Brewer’s Guild Festival at Cotanchobee Fort Brook Park on Saturday, March 7, and at Cigar City Brewing’s celebrated Hunahpu’s Day on March 14.


The Launch schedule includes tap enlightenments, meet the brewer events, and beer pairings throughout Tampa and the surrounding area. For a complete list of times and activities, visit


For additional information, please contact the brewery at press[at]


ABOUT FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY: Founded in 2010 in Boca Raton, Florida, Funky Buddha Brewery is committed to producing bold craft beers that marry culinary-inspired ingredients with time-honored technique. Its lineup includes year-round brews Floridian Hefeweizen and Hop Gun IPA, along with specialty releases such as No Crusts Peanut Butter and Jelly Brown Ale and the highly sought after Maple Bacon Coffee Porter. Its Oakland Park production brewery opened in June 2013 and distributes beer to retail outlets throughout Florida.

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New York State Brewers Association Announces Lineup of 2015 Events

Featuring Festivals and Tastings in New York City, Albany, Syracuse, Utica, and More

(Press release–Rochester, NY) The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA)–the promotional and legislative proponent for New York State breweries whose motto is “Think New York, Drink New York”–is pleased to announce its 2015 lineup of beer festivals and events throughout the state.

These consumer beer events, outlined below, are all supported by Taste NY, the initiative launched in 2013 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that is focused on developing New York’s food and beverage industries. They are also supported by Empire State Development (ESD) and the I Love NY tourism campaign.

The NYSBA’s Spring 2015 Events:


The NYSBA is, for the first time, an active partner in the NYC Brewers Guild’s 7th Annual Beer Week, which will bring together 45 New York State breweries alongside other domestic and imported breweries for more than 400 events at 200 locations throughout the five boroughs. The NYSBA will be involved in two of the signature events of Beer Week:

  • Saturday, February 21: Opening Bash 2015 at The Altman Building in Manhattan. This walk-around tasting event is the debut collaboration between the NYSBA and the NYCBG; it features 45 renowned New York State breweries of all sizes during an afternoon of tasting and talking with the brewers. A special VIP session runs from 12:00-1:00 pm, with the General Admission session from 1:00-5:00 pm. For more information, including a list of participating breweries, and for tickets ($75 for VIP; $65 for General Admission), click here.
  • Tuesday, February 24: 5th Annual NYC Brewers Choice (TM) at Sanders Studios in Brooklyn. This food and beer evening tasting event (6:00-10:00 pm) is curated by NYS brewers themselves, with the beers served being their personal picks. The beers served not only come from across NY State, but also feature New York State-grown ingredients–with “2015 SMASH” beers using 100% NYS hops and malts. Food from more than 20 local purveyors will be served alongside these topnotch NYS brews. For more information, including a list of participating breweries, and for tickets ($65, all inclusive), click here.

For more information about New York City Beer Week, go to

The Second Annual Craft New York Brewers Festival will take place on Saturday March 7, 2015 at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. The Craft New York Brewers Festival will bring together 41 New York State Breweries (and brewers) from every region of the state, featuring more than 100 hard-to-find and award-winning beers.

The festival will also include food sampling and pairings from local Albany restaurants and food vendors, making the event a great opportunity not only to meet the NYS brewers behind the beers, but also the owners and chefs behind the local food scene in the Capital District.

A VIP ticket will allow attendees access to the festival one hour earlier and as well as access to a specially selected beer not available to the general public. This event is in support of the New York State Brewers Association and to help further their mission of promoting the great craft beer being produced in New York State.

Event Hours:
4:00-8:00PM (VIP admission starts at at 4:00 pm, General Admission begins at 5:00 pm)

Online General Admission Price: $40 | Event Day Price (if available): $50 | VIP Admission $65 | VIP Admission Event Day Price (if available) $75 | Designated Drivers: $15

For more information, a list of participating breweries, and to purchase tickets, visit

Looking Ahead to the NYSBA’s Summer and Fall 2015 Events:


This Saturday, May 30 event, held from 4:00-8:00 pm at Utica’s Saranac Brewery, will feature:

  • More than 45 New York State Breweries
  • VIP Session
  • Live Music


Details coming soon.

The Third Annual Craft New York Brewers Festival will be held at the historic Landmark Theatre in downtown Syracuse, NY on Saturday, NOVEMBER 21 (4:00-8:00 pm). The event will feature:

  • More than 40 New York State Breweries
  • Local food sampling (in partnership with Taste NY)
  • VIP Session

For more information about the summer and fall festivals, visit

NY Brewers


The New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA) is a 501 (c)6  and was co-founded in 2003 by David Katleski of Empire Brewing Company to serve as a promotional and legislative proponent for New York State breweries, microbreweries, farm breweries, brewpubs and brewing affiliated businesses.

For more information about the NYSBA, visit



Launched by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in 2013, “Taste NY” is focused on developing New York’s food and beverage industries, including produce, dairy products, beer, spirits, wine and cider. For more information, please visit

Wicked Weed Pre-Sell Information


Red Angel Wicked Weed Brewing is set to release an extremely limited number of Red Angel bottles, the first of a once-a-year release from the Angel Series. This vibrant, 7% abv, blood red sour ale received 1.5 pounds of fresh raspberries per gallon and was then carefully aged in red wine barrels for nine months. After this barrel-ageing period, the beer was blended onto another pound of raspberries per gallon totaling one ton of raspberries and eleven months of ageing.

Pre-sale of 150 cases will occur on February 28th at 12pm (noon) with up to a 12 bottle per person limit (6 bottle minimum purchase also available). Purchase of 1 case will include a Red Angel glass and an 8oz pour of Red Angel, while purchase of a 6 pack includes a Red Angel glass. Purchased bottles will be available for pickup in person via a VIP line Saturday, March 28th beginning at 12pm and Sunday, March 29th beginning at 12pm at Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium (147 Coxe Ave).

Red Angel is scheduled for a 12pm tapping on Saturday and Sunday in the Funkatorium Tasting Room with Red Angel merchandise available for purchase.

The regular bottle release and sale is scheduled for Sunday, March 28th at 12pm at $18.95 per bottle with a 6 bottle per person limit.

For all official rules regarding the pre-sale and bottle release sale, read below.

The Pre-Sale: On February 28th at 12pm, 150 cases will go on sale online (Link posted day of on Facebook, Instagram, and the brewery website).  Limit one per-person.

There are two purchase options available: $228 (plus NC sales tax and service charge) purchases 1 case (12) of Red Angel or $114 (plus NC sales tax and service charge) purchases 6 bottles of Red Angel. This purchase is either/or and is still a limit of one per person.

The Pre-Sale Rules:

  • All ticket buyers must be 21 years or older.
  • The individual who purchased the ticket must be present with a valid ID and print out or mobile conformation of their ticket.
  • Only individuals with a valid ID and a ticket in their name can pick-up their allotment.
  • If an individual’s name appears on more than one ticket, one of those ticket and bottle sales will be null and void. This rule exists to ensure that no one individual has a monopoly or unfair advantage regarding the number of bottles allotted per person.

The Pre-Sale Bottle Pick Up:

  • There will be 2 sessions for pre-sale bottle pick up.
  1. Saturday, March 28th @ 12pm
  2. Sunday, March 29th @ 12pm

Regardless of when you choose to retrieve your bottles you must have a valid ID that matches the name on your ticket.

  • NO PROXIES. If any individual other than the ticket purchaser attempts to pick up the pre-purchased bottles, those bottles will be forfeited back to Wicked Weed. The no proxy rule is in place to ensure that as many people as possible have the chance to purchase bottles. We cannot under any circumstance ship bottles. By purchasing a ticket you acknowledge that you are obligated to pick up your bottles in person.

The Bottle Sale:

  • Regular Red Angel bottle sales will commence Sunday, March 29th at 12pm at The Funkatorium (147 Coxe Ave).  6 bottle maximum per person.
  • The line will form outside the patio roll door. All individuals waiting in line will be ID’ed and issued a numbered wristband in the order in which you arrived.
  • No individual may go through the line twice.
  • Because of the limited quantity of bottles it is highly plausible that we sell out and therefore offer our apologies in advance for anyone waiting in line who is not able to purchase Red Angel.


Wicked Weed Brewing is based in Asheville, North Carolina. Opened in December 2012, the original brewpub consistently hosts 25+ beers on tap including hop forward, West Coast style ales, open fermented Belgians, and barrel-aged sour and wild beers. With the opening of the second location, The Funkatorium, in October 2013, Wicked Weed is striving to become the largest producer of barrel-aged beers in the Southeastern United States. Wicked Weed Brewing was awarded a gold medal for both 100% Brettanomyces Serenity in 2013 and Mompara Honey Ale in 2014 at the Great American Beer Festival. In addition to these beers, Wicked Weed is known for producing Freak of Nature Double IPA, Coolcumber Ale, Tyrant Double Red Ale, Hop Burglar Blood Orange IPA, Black Angel Cherry Sour and Oblivion Sour Red. Most recently, Wicked Weed announced plans to open a 40,000 square foot production facility by fall 2015. Learn more at and on Facebook at

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