The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and NegroLeaguesHistory.com unveiled the officially licensed, limited-edition Satchel Paige Talking Baseball Bobblehead Series this week along with a Negro Leagues Celebration Beer Series featuring Satchel Paige. The initial release by the Main & Mill Brewing Company and NegroLeaguesHistory unveiled the series in a 4-pack of 16-ounce cans as well as kegs. Each 4-pack contains four cans with different labels of Satchel Paige based on paintings by renowned artist, Graig Kreindler.
The collectible beer cans feature Paige in the uniforms of the 1928 Birmingham Black Barons, the 1931 Cleveland Cubs, the 1937 Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo (Dominican Republic), and the 1942 Kansas City Monarchs. The beer style is an American Style Pilsner typical of the era from 1920 – 1940 when the Negro Leagues were at its peak.
The beer is available at Main & Mill Brewing Company in Missouri and through their Missouri distributor, Craft Republic. Main & Mill’s beer can be found around Missouri in grocery stores, craft beer stores, bars, and liquor stores. Tavour, an on-line distributor of fine craft beers will distribute the Negro Leagues Celebration Series.
Punk legends Pennywise partner with El Segundo Brewing
Southern California punk legends Pennywise have partnered with independently owned El Segundo Brewing Co. in LA’s South Bay to release Unknown Road, named for the band’s landmark sophomore album. The golden ale has an ABV of 5% and is available now in select Southern California stores, bars and restaurants, with expanded distribution planned in the coming months. Pennywise presents Unknown Road is available in 16 oz. cans and on draft.
El Segundo Brewing Company Owner/Brewer Rob Croxall said, “This is a really fun collab and we’re stoked that Pennywise wanted to work with us on it. They said they wanted an ‘all day drinker,’ and for that you don’t want something that’s too hoppy like an IPA, you really want a malt driven ale, basically ‘beer flavored beer.’ It’s a classic style that matches perfectly with a legendary South Bay band.”
Widmer showcases rebrand with its renowned Hefe
Widmer Bros. is refreshing its branding for the first time in nearly 40 years, and its classic American-style hefeweizen Hefe is just the beer to debut it. It was clear from the research that there was pride behind the Widmer name that should shine in the branding. The large “W” has become the most important part of the logo, also featuring wheat as a nod to Hefewizen, the beer the brand is best known for.
Wheat Ale is the No. 3 style nationally by sales, and Widmer Bros. sees big potential for Hefe to excel nationally. The new packaging is simple, clean, and classy- uniting the Widmer Brothers beers under a cohesive approachable brand identity full of history and pride. Their Portland brewery has gotten a refresh too, opening its doors for tours highlighting the heart of the brewery, the brand new Quality Assurance space.
Nectar Creek Meadery (sister brand of 2 Towns Ciderhouse) is reintroducing Sting, a beloved honey and ginger mead beverage slated to hit shelves this month. Crafted from pure, unfiltered honey and fresh hand-pressed ginger, this golden brew is headlining Nectar Creek’s 2022 Rotating Seasonal line. By marrying honey with ginger, this exquisite beverage boasts a sting of warmth, a tease of sweetness, and a dry finish.
“Sting is back and better than ever. By hand grinding the ginger, we brought out that spicy zing, and it came together bee-autifully,” said Dave Takush, head cider maker. “This is pure, unfiltered love for the fans. They spoke and we meaded their call.”
Ska Brewing, Steamworks collab on lager with electrolytes for Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
Ska Brewing and Steamworks Brewing Co. have teamed up annually on a beer to celebrate Durango’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic since 1997. This year in honor of the golden anniversary of Durango’s beloved bike race, the two local breweries collaborated with Tailwind Nutrition to craft a lager with electrolytes. They brewed this low calorie sipper with Mandarina Bavaria hops that balance out the addition of orange blossom honey.
“Tailwind is excited for our first-ever nutrition and beer collaboration to take place during one of the biggest celebratory months in Durango, and with iconic local breweries,” said Jeff Vierling, Co-Founder of Tailwind Nutrition. “We hope Faceplant lager brings riders and community members together in celebration of the 50th Iron Horse — while replenishing some electrolytes. We want to thank Ska and Steamworks for including us in this highly anticipated annual collaboration, and for keeping it close to home.”
Anchor Brewing adds crushable Weekend IPA year-round
Anchor Brewing Co. is adding Easy Weekend IPA, a crushable 99-calorie brew that captures the verve and vibrancy of a traditional Hazy IPA, to its year-round portfolio.
“Anchor Brewing has long experimented with Hazy IPAs and fruit as an ingredient. It was exciting for us to go through this process of creating a flavor forward lower calorie and ABV version of a beer style that is so beloved by craft beer drinkers. Easy Weekend is incredibly refreshing, packed with flavor, and ideal for days when you’re craving a lighter beer that won’t weigh you down,” says Assistant Brewmaster Dane Volek, who leads Anchor’s innovation team.
The 3.7% ABV IPA is brewed with Nugget, Strata and Sultana hops for a profile that’s juicy and fresh with bright peach and notes of apricot. The resulting beer is fruit-forward with an enjoyable dry finish, ideal for sipping at the beach, on a hiking trail, or at a backyard barbeque with friends.
Women of Exhibit ‘A’ support Pink Boots Society equity initiatives with Rose Larsen
Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co. in Framingham, Mass., recently partnered with Boston’s Pink Boots Society to release a new beer called Rose Larsen, in support of a statewide initiative to support brewing equity. Proceeds from Rose Larsen – which was designed and brewed entirely by the women of Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co. – will benefit the Pink Boots Society to support educational scholarships for women in brewing throughout Massachusetts.
With 8.5% ABV, Rose Larsen is a Belgian Tripel and features local honey, honey malt, and rose hips for a unique flavor. Brewed in partnership with Boston Honey Company and Honey Maple Farms. The name comes from the Flemish translation of Pink Boots, which is roze laarzen. Rose Larsen is now available in the Framingham taproom at Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing on Morton Street while supplies last, and in 16-ounce cans for limited distribution throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
Here’s what Fort Myers Brewing has brewing for American Craft Beer Week
Fort Myers Brewing Co. is celebrating American Craft Beer Week with a limited-edition, specialty craft brew made in collaboration with Yakima Chief Hops and Gasseling Ranches. Recognized annually by the Brewers Association, American Craft Beer Week runs May 16-22 and is an annual celebration of small and independent craft breweries. Fort Myers Brewing is marking the occasion by spotlighting its Hoppy American Wheat Ale, a recent farm-to-pint collaboration with the Washington-based hops grower. Available in six-packs at the brewery, the ale is a refreshing tropical wheat beer with flavors of candied orange peel.
Fort Myers Brewing will host a variety of other activities at the brewery throughout American Craft Beer Week, including Pups & Pints night on May 20, benefiting Therapy K9s of Florida. Hell yeah.