As momentum for vaccinations decrease in Colorado, WeldWerks Brewing Co. wants to help by lending their resources and beer; the brewery is partnering with Weld County Department of Public Health & Environment to host a walk-in vaccination clinic on Saturday, May 22 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at WeldWerks. Those that receive the vaccine will be rewarded with one free draft pour, as well as a limited edition “I Got Vaccinated” 16-oz can of beer to take home.
“Since the start of the pandemic, WeldWerks has been fully committed to doing whatever we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Last spring, that meant closing our taproom for on-site service before it was mandated and then quickly pivoting to help produce and distribute over 5,000 gallons of hand sanitizer, ” says WeldWerks Co-Owner and Head Brewer Neil Fisher. “Now, as vaccine appointments are going unfilled across Colorado and availability is no longer a limiting factor, we’re seeing a strong correlation between higher case rates in counties where there are lower vaccination rates.”
As the CDC announced on May 13 that individuals who are fully vaccinated can resume activities prior to the pandemic, such as not wearing masks or having to physically distance (except when required by federal, state or local regulations and guidances), WeldWerks hopes to encourage more vaccinations in the state so that we can more quickly return to pre-pandemic times.
“We’re hoping we can lend our voice to highlight the value and importance of getting vaccinated, not just for the benefit of individuals, but for the sake of our entire community. Beyond public health and safety, which remains the highest priority for WeldWerks, the brewery also realizes there are tangible financial impacts to higher vaccination rates,” says Fisher. “With updated guidance from the CDC regarding masks, vaccinations provide the most effective and expedient path for a return to normalcy—and that includes bustling taprooms.”
Customers who are already vaccinated can bring their card to the brewery starting on May 22 to receive a free can of “I Got Vaccinated.” This limited edition batch of the brewery’s flagship Hazy IPA Juicy Bits will be available to one can per person, while supplies last.
Perrin Brewing wants to have some fun already, brews Tiki-inspired IPA
Perrin Brewing Co. will release a Night in Perrin-Dise Tiki IPA (7% ABV) on May 20. Part of the Side Hustle Series, A Night in Perrin-Dise will be available on draft and in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at the Pub, with statewide distribution to follow. This Tiki-inspired IPA is brewed to combine two of the Perrin team’s favorite things – Tiki drinks and IPAs – with flavors of pineapple, orange, lime and spices. To celebrate the release, the Perrin Pub will offer a special menu item, Tiki Tacos, jerk-seasoned smoked pork tacos with pineapple citrus salsa, lime sour cream and queso fresco on toasted flour tortillas.
“Tiki is all about tropical flavors and having fun,” said Senior Marketing Manager Lindsey VanDenBoom. “Add sweet fruitiness to sour citrus with a hint of spice, and you’ve got yourself A Night in Perrin-Dise. The cool thing is that all of these flavors are derived from hops.”
Carolina coast inspires Crooked Hammock, local artist
Crooked Hammock Brewery will soon release a new beer inspired by the Carolina coast that highlights the indigenous peach flavors found throughout the south and especially in South Carolina. In keeping with the celebration of the area contained in the flavors of this beer, the brewery partnered with local artist Cathy Collins to create accompanying artwork that expresses the beauty and spirit of exploring the Myrtle Beach area. Cathy Collins worked with Crooked Hammock to create a design that embodies the spirit of the Grand Strand with inspiration from the colors and landscapes tucked away in the corners of the area.
“In planning for our North Myrtle Beach summer seasonal, we decided that we wanted to highlight the indigenous peach flavors found in the south while collaborating with a local artist who could help us artistically portray “Cackalackin,” simply defined as a verb for getting out there and enjoying the beauty of the Grand Strand, on the can,” said Tom Little, Crooked Hammock Beer Brand Manager. “After meeting with Cathy and learning about the depth of her roots along the Carolina coast, she was the clear and obvious choice.”
Cackalackin’, an easy-drinking American Peach Wheat, embodies the “Hammock State Of Mind” feelings of escapism and adventure with an initial explosion of peach giving way to a sweet, pillowy finish. Cackalackin’ will be released on Saturday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at the North Myrtle Beach Crooked Hammock location. The beer will be available on draft and in 16oz to-go 4 packs throughout the summer.
Brew Dog and Iron Maiden to unleash Hellcat
BrewDog is teaming up with Iron Maiden to launch Hellcat, an India Pale Lager, in Fall 2021. Hellcat rages with a citrus-forward flavor with a no less aggressive malty backbone. The result is a hazy-gold IPL with an epically complex balance. As with all BrewDog beers, Hellcat is carbon negative and BrewDog removes double the CO2 it takes to make.
“I’ve been looking for the perfect partner with whom to bring a fresh, exciting beer to the U.S.,” said Bruce Dickinson, Lead Singer of Iron Maiden. “I’ve long been an admirer of BrewDog, not just because of their beers, but also of their attitude and style. When I met the BrewDog team, we discovered the respect is mutual, and that we could make an undeniably unique beer together.”
“We’re thrilled to partner with a world-renowned rock band like Iron Maiden,” said James Watt, CEO and Co-Founder of BrewDog. “Iron Maiden, like BrewDog, have maintained their spirit of independence throughout their stellar career. Hellcat is a hop-forward lager with a golden hazy appearance and crisp finish—an epic beer worthy of this massive collaboration.”
Saved by the can: Hank Hudson Brewing celebrates its first year of canning
Hank Hudson Brewing Company is celebrating a year of can releases — its first — which has featured 10 of its most popular recipes. The brewery first started the canning process at the height of the pandemic as a way to get their popular beers into the hands of patrons while the taproom was closed. From here on, they will make for an added revenue source.
“When we first opened the taproom back in 2018, our mission was to offer a welcoming environment where visitors are invited to not only taste but be immersed in the beer-making process, all engaging in person, so taking beer to-go was never part of the plan,” said Darren Van Heusen, brewer, Hank Hudson Brewing Company. “When the taproom closed due to the pandemic, we needed to find a way to meet consumer demand, so canning was the answer so our patrons could take beer to-go. We are also in a unique position situated on a golf course, so the beer cart is now stocked with our cans, and we can introduce our beer to players on the course.”
With the help of Iron Heart Canning Co., Hank Hudson Brewing is continuing its first run round with: Yo Mama’s So Pale, a light-bodied Session IPA featuring Mosaic hops; 2 If By Sea NEIPA, a Hazy IPA with a blend of Motueka, Barb Rouge, Strata and Sabro hops; Clifton Common, the brewery’s take on a classic amber steam beer; and Two Buttons Deep Blueberry Ale, a light golden ale with subtle blueberry notes and a collaboration with the popular media company Two Buttons Deep.
Harpoon Brewery shakes rust off a classic in time for 20th Annual 5-Miler Race
Harpoon Brewery is raising a glass to celebrate the 20th Annual 5-Miler Race, taking place virtually on Sunday, May 23, 2021. Registration is now open for the virtual race, which will allow an unlimited number of entrants from all over the country to run, walk, or cycle for a worthy cause: The Angel Fund. The Angel Fund is an independent non-profit charity that supports ALS research at the Cecil B. Day Laboratory for Neuromuscular Research at UMass Medical School in Worcester. Harpoon has raised over $2.2 million for The Angel Fund in the last 19 years, but wants to help make this year’s fundraising impact even greater.
In addition to donating the proceeds from registration fees, Harpoon is also throwing it back to the first 5-Miler with a re-release of their classic Kölsch-style ale: Summer Beer. At 5.0% ABV, this limited-release beer offers crisp and lemon-y notes with a lightly sweet aroma for a refreshing, summertime sip. A portion of proceeds from each 4-pack will benefit The Angel Fund. Summer Beer will be available in late April in retailers across New England and other markets where Harpoon is sold.
“Last year, our employee owners re-imagined this race so that our friends and family across 42 states and 9 countries could safely come together to run – despite the challenges of COVID-19 – in support of The Angel Fund. This year, we wanted to also give the fans at home a way to help support the cause by bringing back one of our all-time favorite Harpoon seasonals to support a cause we’ve cared about for two decades and counting,” said Dan Kenary, CEO and co-founder Harpoon Brewery.