Door County Brewing Co. Releases Belgian Pale Ale With Apricots
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

    Baileys Harbor, WI – Door County Brewing Co. announced today the release of “Apricot Dude Ranch,” a Belgian pale ale brewed with apricot. This is the first release in a set of brand new seasonal beers to be released in 2017 and the first of four labels designed by Milwaukee artist, Francisco Ramirez.

    “We’re very excited for the first large release of apricot dude ranch,” said Head Brewer Danny McMahon. “It was a staple in our tap room last summer, and the feedback from customers was great. For this beer we took a simple yet very delicious Belgian style pale ale and lightly hopped it with Germen Hüll melon hops before aging it on nearly 550 lbs of apricots. The beer comes in at only 5% ABV, is very dry with some complex pear and citrus yeast esters, then follows through with a delicate note of apricot. I anticipate this being a near perfect beer for the spring season.”

    “We are excited to get to work with Francisco since we’ve been big fans of his for a
    long time and we wanted to do labels that were a little more ‘out there,’” said founder John McMahon. “In addition to apricot dude ranch, Francisco will be doing three more upcoming brand labels for new seasonal releases in 2017.”

    Apricot Dude Ranch will be available in bottles and on draft in both WI and MN markets on April 1st.

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Badger State Brewing Co. Wins Wisconsin Ale Brewery of the Year at 2017 New York International Beer Competition
Friday, March 17, 2017
    GREEN BAY - March 17, 2017 - Badger State Brewing Co. has been named the Wisconsin Ale Brewery of the Year at the 2017 New York International Beer Competition. In addition, Badger State was also awarded four individual medals for both core and seasonal beers.

    The brands awarded medals include: Walloon Witbier - Gold Medal Belgian and French origin beers, Bunyan Badger Brown Ale- Silver Medal British origin beers, Dubious Ruffian Stout - Bronze Medal Irish origin beers, and Chile Gordo Smoked Jalapeno Porter - Bronze Medal Hybrid/Mixed style beers.

    The New York International Beer Competition is the only international beer competition with trade only judges from top to bottom that consist of people who are buyers from top retail stores, restaurant owners, beverage directors, distributors and importers.

    For more information about the New York International Beer Competition and to see the full list of medal winners, visit

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New Student-Crafted Beer Selected by Professional Judge
Monday, March 13, 2017
    VERONA, WI -- Six teams of students from the UW-Madison College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Department of Food Science, had their craft beers judged by a panel of industry professionals. After weeks of experimentation under Professor Jim Steele and Hans Zoerb (Campus Craft Brewery), teams brewed an American Pale Ale within a set of standards determined by Wisconsin Brewing Company. Each team recently presented a version of their beer to a panel of judges.

    The top honor went to a team of students whose beer will now go into full-scale production at Wisconsin Brewing. The winning formula was brewed by Team #1, Graham Michaels and Elliot Dhuey. They will be joined by all of the students to take part in the full-scale production on Wednesday, March 15.

    The program, which is in its third year, is the result of a landmark collaboration between the UW- Madison and Wisconsin Brewing Company. The endeavor gives students, ages 21 and up, the opportunity to craft a recipe, source ingredients, consult with experts, create a beer and have it judged. The class culminates with all the students taking part in full-scale commercial brewing of the winning beer at Wisconsin Brewing.

    Students from the UW Madison School of Journalism also participated in the creation of the beer's branding. Red Arrow, the name of this year's beer, honors the 100th anniversary of WWI and the 32nd Division. The 32nd Division, which is comprised of Wisconsin National Guard volunteers, earned the name Red Arrow from their ability to consistently and successfully pierce enemy lines.

    "This is our third year working with Campus Craft Brewing and we couldn't be prouder of this landmark partnership," said Wisconsin Brewing President and CEO, Carl Nolen. All students involved have been given the unique opportunity to see a product's journey from concept to commercialization in a real world setting. "The collaboration has exceeded our goals of inspiring a new generation in the Wisconsin tradition of brewing excellence," Nolen added.

    Red Arrow American Pale Ale will be released April 28, 2017 at the Sett in Union South and distribution across Wisconsin will follow.

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Door County Brewing Co. Releases Pallet Jack Cruiser IPA
Monday, December 26, 2016
    Baileys Harbor, WI – Door County Brewing Co. releases Pallet Jack Cruiser, its first full-time American IPA.

    “The name Pallet Jack Cruiser spurred from the reckless entertainment anyone
    who has ever worked around a pallet jack might be familiar with,” said Alicia Daubner, Director of Marketing for Door County Brewing Co. “You can’t help but get on one and ride it, no matter how illogical it may be.”

    The brewers at Door County Brewing Co. drew inspiration from such momentary breaks during their workdays and developed a beer worthy of such a break.

    “For Pallet Jack, we used Citra and Azacca hops to create a hop forward beer that was a little lighter on the bitterness,” said Danny McMahon, Head Brewer of Door County Brewing Co. “By showcasing flavor and aroma and keeping the ABV on the lower end, I see this being a go-to beer for a lot of people.”

    Pallet Jack Cruiser will be available in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Indiana January 15, 2017.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
    Middleton, WI – Do you like beer? Do you like cheese? If you answered ‘Yes’ to both you are in luck! - Merkts® (a division of Bel Brands USA) now produces two unique craft beer cheese offerings: Merkts Beer Cheese with Capital Supper Club Beer and Merkts Beer Cheese with Capital Mutiny IPA Beer.

    “I grew up in Milwaukee, and my parents served Merkts cheese at every party they hosted – and they had a lot of parties!” said Scott Wiener, President of Capital Brewery. “When I got the call from the fine people at Merkts I was more than happy to co-operate on this product launch” he added.

    Both products are aged cheddar cheese spreads, and are packaged in 7 oz. containers. You can find them for sale in over 14 states throughout much of the Midwest and Great Plains. More markets will continually be added as the product launch rolls on. Find it in your area by entering your zip code and either ‘7 oz. Capital Supper Club Beer’ or ‘7 oz. Capital Mutiny IPA Beer’ in the ‘Find a Flavor’ field at:

    Both styles of cheese are also available in the Capital Brewery Gift House in Middleton, WI – just in time for the holiday season.

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