It’s that great time of year to both hit the trails and drink beers to that help preserve them. Tröegs Independent Brewing‘s Trail Day Dry-Hopped Pilsner is one of the great examples, part of its continued partnership with The Nature Conservancy. This limited beer benefits Pennsylvania’s Kittatinny Ridge, an ecologically important 185-mile chain of forested mountains that runs through the brewery’s home state. A portion of proceeds from Trail Day sales will benefit the Tröegs Trail Day Fund to help protect 15,000 acres of the most critical, connected lands on and next to the ridge – from the Mason-Dixon Line into New York state through the Delaware Water Gap.
“We grew up in the shadow of the Kittatinny Ridge and it passes within 10 miles of the brewery,” says Tröegs co-founding brother Chris Trogner, “so we know this land well. And few things are more important to brewing beer than clean water. We’re proud to be working with The Nature Conservancy to help protect a place that does so much for Pennsylvania and beyond.”
The goal of the Trail Day Fund is to ensure that songbirds, hawks, eagles, bears and even plants can travel as they must, and that nature will continue to provide clean streams, rich forests, recreational trails, and biological diversity.
Trail Day begins with a backbone of German pilsner malt. Dry-hopping with Saaz hops lends mild citrus and earthy notes. As fermentation slows, the Tröegs brewing team reintroduces fresh lager yeast, which conditions the beer and delivers crisp, clean notes of biscuit, dried spice, and a hint of citrus. Trail Day is available in 16-oz. cans throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York wherever Tröegs beer is sold.
To learn more about Trail Day and how Tröegs is helping to protect the Kittatinny Ridge, head here.
Brewery Ommegang joins Hops for Heroes campaign
The New York-based Belgian-style farmstead brewery Brewery Ommegang is once again support the national nonprofit Soldiers’ Angels through the annual “Hops for Heroes” campaign with a custom recipe Homefront IPA. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to support U.S. service members, veterans and their families. Brewery Ommegang plans to release its version of Homefront IPA on-site between Labor Day and Veterans Day.
Brewery Ommegang is the 13th craft beer company to collaborate on this year’s Hops for Heroes campaign. Other breweries participating in the program include Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan), Center of the Universe Brewing (Ashland, Virginia), Left Hand Brewing (Longmont, Colorado) and Karbach Brewing (Houston, Texas).
“We are ecstatic to collaborate on the Hops for Heroes campaign again this year,” said Melissa Miosek, brand director at Brewery Ommegang. “It is extremely rewarding to support such a noble cause, and we are honored to be able to give back to those who have given so much to us.”
Soldiers’ Angels is a national nonprofit headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, founded in 2003 by the family of General George Patton. Through its global network of tens of thousands of volunteers, it fulfills its mission of providing aid, comfort and resources to the military, veterans and their families through a variety of ways — from shipping care packages to deployed service members to providing food assistance to low-income and homeless veterans, and more.
Ghostfish Brewing, Odell have seduced us with fun. Finally.
Seattle’s gluten-free Ghostfish Brewing released a limited-edition beer, Seduced By Fun, in collaboration with Colorado-based Odell Brewing. This a refreshing Hazy IPA with aromas of strawberry, mango, pine, and citrus. Separated by approximately 1,300 miles, these two craft breweries began discussing a collaborative beer project in early 2020.
“We anticipated a mid-2020 release, but the Covid-19 pandemic presented insurmountable obstacles to brew together,” explains Ghostfish Brewing Co-Founder/Co-Owner Brian Thiel. “Fortunately, both sides held on to a deep intention to see this project come to fruition.”
Inspired by a love of fruited ales, Seduced By Fun Hazy IPA features additions of strawberry and mango along with a generous amount of Strata, Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops. Brewed with premium gluten free malts, this 5.9% Hazy IPA boasts bright strawberry and citrus aromas and a slightly sweet, creamy finish.
“Our gluten free brewing journey began in 2018, and the excitement for an opportunity to learn and collaborate with Ghostfish was a no-brainer,” explains Odell Brewing Plant Manager, GF Brewer Matt Bailey.
It is 90 degrees and time for Urban South’s Rocket Pop
Urban South Brewery has announced the return of Rocket Pop Gose just in time to beat the summer heat. A play on the childhood summertime treat, Urban South puts a tart and sweet spin on this fruited-sour gose with the addition of blue raspberry, cherry and lime. Choose Rocket Pop Gose for those warm summer days when only the most crushable, thirst-quenching refreshment will do.
Rocket Pop Gose is Urban South’s summer seasonal beer and will remain on shelves until mid-August. The summer brew is available on draft and in six-pack cans at the Tchoupitoulas Street brewery, as well as in stores and restaurants throughout Urban South’s distribution footprint in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.
Lone Tree brings back Pineapple Sour for wider release
After a few years on hiatus, cans of Lone Tree Brewing Company’s 2022 summer seasonal Pineapple Sour are now available across Colorado and Kansas. Pineapple Sour became another of Lone Tree’s tasting room fruit experiments-turned-packaged offerings in 2019 when it was first canned. This is the first year that kegs of Pineapple Sour will venture out of the brewery and into the marketplace.
“I love sour beers so this Pineapple Sour is near and dear to my tastebuds,” says Tasting Room Manager Mike Webster. “This repeatable beer strikes the perfect balance of earthy pineapple flavors and tartness. Drinking this beer on a hot day reminds me of my time in Thailand eating fresh pineapples on the beach.”
CraftHaus Brewery has the Rebel Spirit
CraftHaus Brewery is brewing the official beer for UNLV, Rebel Spirit Golden Ale. Brewed all year round with pride by UNLV Hospitality College Alumni, Wyndee Forrest, Dave Forrest, and head brewer Cameron Fisher, Rebel Spirit will be available at all games held at Thomas & Mack for all fans to enjoy. A portion of the proceeds will be gifted to the University.
“We are honored to represent our alma mater with Rebel Spirit,” said CraftHaus Brewery owner Wyndee Forrest. “The journey has come full circle with learning the skills to prepare us to run our own business, to now operating CraftHaus Brewery for the last seven years. It’s now time for us to give back to our University. Rebel Spirit drives us to achieve, persevere and triumph because we are Rebels for life!”
The craft brew is only one element of the partnership as the brewery will be available as a working lab for hospitality undergrads to have a hands-on experience in operating a brewery. Students will learn sensory analysis, operating a service industry based business, brewing process, and how to be stewards to the local community.
“This partnership with CraftHaus Brewery underscores the college’s focus on practical learning and our growing emphasis on beverage operations,” said Dean of the UNLV Harrah College of Hospitality Stowe Shoemaker. “The fact that our CraftHaus partners—as UNLV alums—are investing in the next generation of industry leaders really shows our students what the Rebel Spirit is all about.”