Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Best new craft breweries, Triceratops Brewing subscription and craft beer predictions

Ron Swarner


MORNING FOAM FOR THURSDAY, JAN. 12 2017: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom flyover. …

In a year when a whopping 861 breweries joined the ranks of America’s booming beer industry, choosing favorites is an almost impossible task. A decade ago that number represented more than half of the national total. So, to help Beer Advocate build its Class of 2016: 34 of the Best New Breweries in the US, it asked its readers, followers, and contributors for their suggestions. Here are 34 of the most promising newcomers, as chosen by you.

No. 6: Paralysis will shift consumer choice. With so many options out there, consumers will seek out what is familiar and return to their old standby brands. Read 16 more craft beer predictions for 2017.

Olympia brewery Triceratops launched a membership program. Check out the sweet rewards here.

Pyramid Breweries announced the release of its spring seasonal, Triangulate Citrus Pale Ale and new Brewer’s Reserve series Railroad Avenue Imperial Porter. Triangulate hits shelves in next week. This refreshing new brew is dry-hopped with Lemondrop hops and real lemon peel for a big, citrusy nose and flavor.

Dank & Sticky IPA, the first beer to be released from the Hop Freshener Series in 2015, will be returning and heading to tap lines and bottle shops in next week. Brewed with Eureka, Mosaic, Cascade, Comet and Simcoe varietals, Dank and Sticky is a nod to the original West Coast-style IPAs.

People are going crazy right now for fruit IPAs and golden ales, and so that’s what brewers have to brew. Your local brewer would rather drink a saison, too, but there’s just not enough interest to push one to a national market. Welcome to the era of mass-craft.

Did you hear Portland got a bit of snow? Here’s a really cool drone video showing the city from above. Look at those abandoned cars, man.


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