Friday, August 5th, 2016

Reuben’s Brews turns 4, Gigantic Brewing songs …

A glass pour of Lustrous from the 22 oz. bottle at the Gigantic Brewing Taproom. Photo courtesy of

MORNING FOAM FOR FRIDAY, AUG. 5 2016: A seven-taster flight of craft beer news, from the fluffy head all the way to the bottom gunk. …

Reuben’s Brews celebrates their fourth anniversary and their official fourth anniversary IPA, Hopped Off the Press, Saturday, Aug. 6. Hopped Off the Press is dry hopped twice, a process that takes three days each time. Because hop flavors evaporate over time, this beer is one you’ll want to enjoy “hot off the press.”

From the Portland Fruit Beer Festival and Cider Summit in June to the Peche Fest coming up in October, Portland summers are awash in juicy, ripe fruit — in easy drinking form. The new fruit beer and cider revolution — showing no signs of slowing down — is not just a boon for beverage enthusiasts, but the Pacific Northwest fruit industry.

With the release of their new seasonal beer Lustrous, Gigantic Brewing has finally realized a long-term dream – to have a song that pairs with each beer. “When we started Gigantic we wanted to feature both original art on each new seasonal beer label as well as a song to go with each beer,” said Ben Love of Gigantic.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company announced Bamberg, Germany’s Mahrs Bräu as their brewing partner for this year’s Oktoberfest seasonal beer. Released each fall, Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest collaborative seasonal will feature a different German brewery every year.

Colorado’s small breweries are pushing the boundaries these days, experimenting with a wide array of hops varieties, brewing techniques, flavors, aromas and approaches. Here are 10 young breweries that have really changed the India Pale Ale game here in the past year.

The Brewers Association estimates the craft brewing industry contributed more than 424,000 full-time jobs nationally in 2014. And that only includes brewpub staff, wholesalers and retailers. Other job sectors are tapping into the scene, too. Breweries need more than brewers — they need logos, cans, insurance, T-shirts and attorneys. Here are 10 behind-the-scenes jobs in craft beer.

Clint Eastwood, a crotchety old man, gave a crotchety interview to Esquire. America’s youth are the “pussy generation,” he said.