• Buzztime Brings Football Mobile Gaming To Sports Bars and Restaurants

    Industry Updates

    Even with mobile being at the disposal for different venues, the way in which to penetrate this ecosystem is largely undefined. There's a multitude of offerings that consumers are engaged with, making it difficult to grasp their attention for extended periods of time. The potential to create complementary mobile experiences that reflect hyperlocal brand engagement exists.

    Sports bars and restaurants, specifically, have the opportunity to cater to fans like never before, cultivating environments that directly connect shared interests within the venue on mobile devices.

    For one franchise, Boston's Restaurants and Sports Bars adopted mobile apps to target kids last year. They integrated augmented reality with their kids' menu, where children place their smartphone over the surface and play mini sports games. The underlying premise for this activation being to capture the imagination of kids while potentially boosting sales, as children can influence families' purchasing power at restaurants.

    Another, Buffalo Wild Wings, has invested to ensure its chains stay atop in this space. Last year, they rolled out GameBreak, a multi-platform gaming experience that spans the gamut of fantasy sports. They offer weekly and season-long incentives to try get fans to return over the course of the sporting year, including gift cards and a grand prize of $10,000. Buffalo Wild Wings intends for a more interactive setting as well as increasing brand loyalty.

    Yet, aside from the larger vendors with their own extensive channels, the room for third-parties to enter these kind of venues is plentiful.

    Buzztime, a Southern California-based company, has been at the forefront of introducing gaming as a part of the sports bars and restaurant experience dating back to 1985. It was at that time where their first property, QB1, provided an in-venue sports game designed around this setting. They've been able to integrate trivia and card games coupled with messaging tools that function inside or outside these venues, too. Over the course of their existence, Buzztime has registered north of 8 million players to its platform, with over 80 million games recorded being played across America in 2014.

    Buzztime's Executive Producer, Clint Worley, mentions to SportTechie that QB1 possessed a dedicated following and huge user base. They learned, though, that people want to socialize, watch the game, and eat, among other activities, while they're at a bar or restaurant. While this game proved to be quite engaging, its pace of play didn't allow users to do anything else. Therefore, they moved on to a trivia-focused experience with a national leaderboard support. By doing so, Buzztime managed to slow the game down while maintaining the level of competition to balance the user experience accordingly.

    Their latest venture, Buzztime Sports: Football Edition, projects to draw more users and lift loyalty for the venues, with their initial product paving the way for a modernized utility.

    To devise this version, Buzztime used its robust trivia engine that debuted with their Jackpot Trivia title earlier this year. This football-based game builds on that foundation and streamlined the visuals, tutorials, and progression. As a byproduct, making this game faster to play, easier to understand, and supposes to be more rewarding for these users.

    “Buzztime Sports: Football Edition is a blast to play for the fans,” says Worley.

    “Team allegiance, weekly updates to the content based on current events in the league, and a national leaderboard competition round out a compelling experience. A single game typically lasts 10 minutes and our players play multiple games each time they visit. For restaurant and bar owners that means a longer dwell time, with more opportunities for adding a few items to the customer's check. It's a win-win scenario for both parties,” Worley continued.

    While this game serves the complete NFL season, it functions as an outlet to display pro football knowledge any day of the week. The individual rounds of the game is each comprised of 15 trivia questions that spans history, stats, and general information. The fact that it's updated each week to reflect the latest NFL happenings, fans can discover new challenges in order to accentuate timeliness and keep up interest. Each Tuesday is when the leaderboard shows the week's winner.

    Buzztime believes that there's a mutual relationship between its game and the benefits for these kind of establishments.

    “We focus on making compelling games with challenging content. When players engage with the experience, they are less focused on the time they are spending in the restaurant or bar and more focused on the added value of the tablet entertainment,” Worley states.

    “When we keep players in a restaurant or bar for an extra 10-20 minutes, we feel like we added we've added to their enjoyment of the meal,” added Worley.

    Buzztime Sports: Football Edition is available at independent and chain locations across the country who have Buzztime tablets. The game is free for consumers, with it being one of many games offered to these users at no additional cost.

    In order to scale adoption, Buzztime is promoting this game via their players' e-mail accounts, focusing on weekly matchups, leaderboards, and natural football rivalries. They are also using network ads that run on the TVs in their partner locations to drive awareness amongst patrons why may not be Buzztime users yet. And through digital media efforts, they're directly contacting venue owners and pitching this product as a way to differentiate themselves from neighborhood counterparts.

    Unlike fantasy football, this game wants to equally reward hardcore football fans as well as casual ones. The gameplay mechanics suggest hints and ways to double down your decision to maximize the user's answer; or they can split their game tokens among multiple answers to hedge.

    Even though competition abounds to capitalize off of this in-venue market, Buzztime is betting on its past history and continually building new relationships with sports bars and restaurants to provide a mobile gaming experience that doesn't require the user's smartphone to opt-in.

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  • Blood, Sweat, & Beer – A Craft Beer Documentary

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    As the craft beer scene continues to gain momentum the business side of things will become much more prominent. We see this more and more as brewery ownership changes and with more craft breweries entering the marketplace things will shake out. This aspect of the brewing industry was a theme in Anat Baron's movie Beer […]
  • Stone Brewing Co. Releases Latest Collaboration: Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale

    Stone Brewing Co. Releases Latest Collaboration: Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale

    Craft Beer

    ESCONDIDO, CA (Oct. 5, 2015) – To highlight the homebrewing talent that helps foster innovation among the craft beer community, Stone Brewing Co. hosts an annual Stone Homebrew Competition & American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Rally. This year's prize-winning contender was created by Juli Goldenberg, QUAFF (Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity) homebrew club member and founder of the San Diego Suds Sorority. San Diego-based Monkey Paw Brewing Company was later asked to complete the collaborative trifecta. A creative recipe inspired by carrot cake, Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale is a Belgian-style golden strong ale infused with carrot juice, milk sugar, raisins, cinnamon and vanilla beans. Today, the latest Stone Collaboration beer will begin arriving in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at retailers, restaurants and bars in markets where Stone beers are sold.

    Earlier this year, 27 talented participants vied for the prize: the opportunity to have their imaginative creation brewed on Stone's large-scale, 120-barrel brewing system and distributed nationally. After AHA members submitted selections for a top pick, a panel of judges—Stone co-founders Steve Wagner and Greg Koch, Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak, and members of Stone's Small Batch Team and Quality Assurance Department—spent a great deal of time and deliberation making sure the blue ribbon went to the most deserving of the bunch. In the end, Goldenberg's carrot cake-framed Belgian ale earned the top honors, making her the first female brewer to win the competition.

    “If we followed Juli's exact recipe, more than 10,000 pounds of shredded carrots would have been needed per batch,” explains Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele. “That's a heck of a lot of carrots! Luckily, we were able to source locally produced carrot juice concentrate of amazing quality that has a bright orange color and lots of fermentable sugars, which contributed to a final result that tastes just like carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.”

    When formulating her creation, Goldenberg relied on unconventional brewing ingredients to emulate the rich, complex characters of this dessert. The malt bill provides a perfect backbone for the special ingredients to shine through, while the hops contribute enough bitterness to balance the multitude of flavors and aromas. Raisins, carrots and milk sugar were incorporated during the brewing process, giving way for a medium body that's creamy and smooth. Vanilla beans and cinnamon were added after fermentation to replicate aroma and taste similar to cream cheese frosting.

    “This has been a great opportunity and I really enjoyed working with the Stone Brewing Team to re-create my recipe,” says Goldenberg. “Since Monkey Paw Head Brewer Cosimo Sorrentino is a good friend of mine and a San Diego brewer I truly respect, he was the first person I thought of when asked who should be the third collaborator. Plus, with his culinary background, Cosimo is adept at marrying characteristics of food and beer, a trait that comes in handy when brewing a carrot cake-flavored ale!”

    To fully enjoy the beer's delectable flavors, Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale should be enjoyed fresh. For those wishing to sit on a goldmine, this golden ale may also be stored at proper cellaring temperatures for several months or years. Over time, the beer will become more refined and smooth as the hop qualities subside.

    Homebrewers and craft beer imbibers can look forward to future winning recipes from the Stone Homebrew Competition & American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Rally. For 2016, the annual tournament will take place in November at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. Once the planning is complete, more information will be available via stonebrewing.com.

    Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale Quick Facts:
    Name: Juli Goldenberg/Monkey Paw/Stone 24 Carrot Golden Ale
    URL: stonebrewing.com/collab/24carrot
    Stats: 8.5% ABV, 40 IBUs
    Availability: Limited 22-ounce bottles and draft, beginning October 5
    Hops Bill: Czech Saaz, Hallertau
    National Distribution: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA and Puerto Rico
    International Distribution: Australia; Alberta and British Columbia, Canada; Japan; Korea; Singapore; Sweden; and United Kingdom

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  • New Book Available – Craft Beer Marketing & Distribution – Brace for SKUMeggedon

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    I am proud to announce that my book is now available via Kindle/Android or in paper back version (Amazon, Barnes & Noble) or from the author direct. This book is written by a seasoned beverage marketing executive with 30 years in the industry. Having attended a number of craft beer conferences I was amazed at brewer interest in the marketing and distribution seminars which were always standing room only. I heard the questions and understand the demand for a book that teaches the brewer what marketing really is, how to appoint and work with a wholesaler and how to succeed in the US beverage business. I hope you'll buy my book and benefit from its real life case histories, examples, ideas and strategies within.

    Thank you.

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  • Buzztime Hosts the Fourth “Smartest Bar” Competition in Locations Across America

    Industry Updates

    – Smartest Bar brings trivia buffs together to prove their collective brain power is unmatched
    – Join the fun Sunday nights Oct. 4 – 25 7:30 pm EST/4:30 pm PST

    CARLSBAD, Calif., October 2, 2015 – NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) will hold its popular “Smartest Bar” contest for four weeks this October. Gathering trivia enthusiasts nationwide to compete for the title of Buzztime's Smartest Bar 2015 and prizes, the contest prompts repeat visits and fosters patron camaraderie that helps build venue loyalty.

    “Buzztime's Smartest Bar 2015 contest lets trivia lovers compete head-to-head and earn street cred for their favorite local spots,” said Clint Worley, Buzztime Executive Producer—Games. “It's great for bars and restaurants, because it attracts new customers and gets existing customers through the door more frequently. Also, patrons become so engaged in the game, they stay longer and keep coming back for more.”

    “Venues choose Buzztime tablets to enhance the experiences they deliver to patrons,” said Ram Krishnan, Buzztime's CEO. “We have a history of providing compelling entertainment including live events and unique games to help our customers attract guests and drive traffic. To further these efforts, we have invested in new features like self-service dining and developed programs like Smartest Bar designed to add value for our partners, which we believe will in turn help us both grow.”

    Buzztime's Smartest Bar 2015

    The Buzztime's Smartest Bar 2015 competition will take place on Sunday nights from October 4 through October 25, at 7:30 pm EST/4:30 pm PST in all Buzztime locations. The contest tests knowledge across six categories: The Sciences, The World, The Shows, The Past, The Games and The Arts. The trivia game unfolds over four engaging rounds that feature challenging questions. The first round is a multiple-choice question warm-up aimed to entice all players to join the fun. The “Match” round follows and increases difficulty as partners earn points by matching the words, numbers, names, titles or phrases. Round three raises the stakes by incorporating a marathon of 12 multiple-choice questions. During the final round, the players employ strategy and vote to determine the point values for the last six questions, hoping to earn maximum points for correct answers in their best subjects.

    The bar with the highest cumulative score at the end of the month wins $1,000 toward a party, a trophy for the bar, keepsake medals for players, and most importantly, bragging rights! The 2nd place winner will receive $500 toward a party and player medals.

    Players can tweet about Buzztime's Smartest Bar 2015 and rally their team together by using #BuzzSmartBar. Also don't forget to keep an eye on Buzztime's Facebook page for images to “Share” and to gather as many players as possible. Together, you and your teammates can see how your knowledge stacks up against bars across the country. The top two locations with the most #BuzzSmartBar usage on social media will receive prizes valued up to $400.

    This is the fourth year of Buzztime's Smartest Bar competition. Every year, the contest attracts thousands of trivia buffs from across the country to duke it out and see whose brains are the best. It's time to saddle up your specialists and throw down.

    About Buzztime:

    NTN Buzztime, Inc. (NYSE MKT: NTN) is a leading bar and restaurant social entertainment and integrated marketing platform. Trusted by bars and restaurants in North America since 1985, Buzztime integrates trivia, card and sports games with in- and out-of-venue messaging and communication tools. With over 8 million player registrations on the Buzztime platform and over 80 million games played just in 2014, Buzztime players spread the word and invite friends and family to their favorite Buzztime locations to enjoy evenings of fun and competition. With Buzztime entertainment and marketing solutions, bars and restaurants can turn casual visitors into regulars, and give patrons a reason to stay longer. For the most up-to-date information on NTN Buzztime, please visit http://www.buzztime.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @buzztime.

    Forward-looking Statements:

    This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management's current views of future events and operations, including but not limited to statements about our product, our value to venues, consumer experience and loyalty, and prizing. These statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks of unsuccessful execution or launch of products, platforms and brands, the impact of competitive products, brands, technologies and pricing, adverse economic conditions, the regulatory environment, and the failure of customer and/or restaurant adoption or demand for new or existing products. Please see NTN Buzztime, Inc.'s recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for information about these and other risks that may affect the Company. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof and NTN Buzztime, Inc. does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements, even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.

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    Tony Keller
    SS|PR for Buzztime

    Kirsten Chapman / Becky Herrick
    LHA for Buzztime

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  • Shmaltz Brewing Lights Up the Season with Limited-Release  Holiday Seasonals and New Variety Pack

    Shmaltz Brewing Lights Up the Season with Limited-Release Holiday Seasonals and New Variety Pack

    Craft Beer

    The Second Coming of the World's Only “Official” Chanukah Beer
    Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer
    A Dark Ale Brewed With 8 Malts, 8 Hops, 8% ABV

    Jewbelation 19® Anniversary Ale
    Brewed with 10 Malts, 9 Hops, and 11.9% ABV
    Celebrating 19 years of 19 Anniversary

    Shtick in a Box (New Variety 12-Pack, Holiday Season 2015)
    that includes Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®
    There's no JUNK in this box!

    Now brewing exclusively in Clifton Park, NY – Thursday, September 24, 2015 –Shmaltz Brewing Company is proud to announce the return of its limited-release holiday seasonals, Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® Dark Ale and Jewbelation 19® Anniversary Ale. October marks the arrival of its latest holiday package Shtick in a Box New Variety 12-Pack. Candles won't be the only thing getting lit this holiday season!

    No matter how you spell the festival of lights, Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® is the only winter warmer that celebrates all the miracles of the 8 crazy nights. 8 is a miraculous number in Jewish life. Its cultural/religious significance runs the gamut with several holidays spanning 8 days (Chanukah, Passover, Sukkot), and a bris (circumcision) taking place on the newborn's 8th day. Mel Brooks stole a cap gun from Woolworths at age 8, and “The Producers” won 8 Outer Critic Circle Awards (for more deep shtick, see the 4-pack label listed below). The official Chosen Beer of this holiday season, Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® Dark Ale brewed with 8 malts, 8 hops, heats up at 8% ABV. As latkes are frying and the battle royale of dreidels are spinning, Shmaltz offers some much needed light to the impending winter darkness with its latest fermented creation straight from the tanks at the Upstate New York brewery.

    “Back in 1996, Chanukah inspired the first batch of He'brew's Genesis Ale, hand bottled and personally delivered by friends and family to just a few stores from the back of my grandmother's Volvo,” says Jeremy Cowan, founder of Shmaltz Brewing Company. “19 crazy years, 35 states and 5,000 retailers later, we have our very own brewery and the freedom to brew any style of beer when we want, how we want. We are thrilled to brew our interpretation of a winter warmer, a true He'brew Celebration Beer and a holiday tradition to pair with comfort food and gelt for my favorite drinking season of the year.”

    Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® will be available in 12oz, 4-pack in October, in time to toast the 8 crazy nights of Chanukah and warm your palate throughout the cool, crisp winter season. Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer® will also be available in Shmaltz Brewing Company's latest craft beer package Shtick in a Box, a holiday variety 12-pack fully packed with delicious He'brew® beers and wrapped in Shmaltz's signature shtick. Shtick in a Box will be shipping from the brewery October 1, 2015, to more than 35 markets through Shmaltz's extensive distribution network.

    Jewbelation 19
    ® Anniversary Ale: Over the last decade, Shmaltz Brewing has boldly elevated its Anniversary brew Jewbelation® with increased amounts of malts, hops, and ABV. Shmaltz debuted Miraculous Jewbelation® as their first Anniversary Ale with 8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV and continued through 2014's Jewbelation Reborn® (17 malts, 17 hops, 17% ABV). This year, Shmaltz has a new take on the Jewbelation series with Jewbelation 19® brewed with 10 malts, 9 hops, and a smooth 11.9% ABV which is now legal in all 50 states including Ohio.

    “Jewbelation 19 pours dark crimson with ruby highlights, a creamy coffee head and greets the nose with a blast of dark chocolate and dark dried fruits,” said Richie Saunders, lead brewer at Shmaltz. “Rich, complex roasted malts, bakers chocolate, notes of caramel, dark fruit and hops fill the palate while the robust heat lingers through to the finish.” Jewbelation 19® blurs the boundaries of Porter, Stout, Old Ale and Barleywines and continues Shmaltz's long history of brewing big, robust beers that redefine traditional beer categories.

    Pick up a bottle of Jewbelation 19® Anniversary Ale to pair with a decadent dessert or share with friends for a hearty winter meal. Its rich malt base also makes it an ideal beer to stash away in the beer cellar since the ale will gain complexity and flavor as it ages and blends over time. Jewbelation 19® Anniversary Ale will be available in 22 oz. bottles and draught in the 35 states where He'brew Beer is sold starting October 2015.

    From the 22 oz. label of Jewbelation 19®

    THE 19TH ANNIVERSARY GIFT IS BRONZE. Not exactly silver or gold, but at least it's on the medal stand! And the Bronze Age was a giant leap forward from the Stone Age – the invention of writing, metal alloys, and year-round agriculture. Evolution! 19 letters spell “He'brew The Chosen Beer”. The Hebrew lunar calendar syncs with the solar cycle every 19 years. In 1919, Congress passed the 19th Amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Yeay! Congress also passed the Volstead Act which led to Prohibition. Boo! The Vietnam War lasted 19.5 years. The anti-war synth hit “19” reached #1 in the UK (‘85). August 19 is the UN's World Humanitarian Day. Though I really hate the song, I got my 1st girlfriend in 5th grade because of “Hey 19” by Steely Dan. Rush's “Tom Sawyer” (which I still love) was named the 19th greatest hard rock song by VH1. At age 19, Lenny Bruce got an honorable discharge from the Navy for posing as a transvestite, Barbra Streisand debuted on Broadway, and Rodney Dangerfield first changed his name to Jack Roy, performing in the Catskills, near our new brewery. Groucho Marx, who once danced the Charleston on the crushed remains of Hitler's bunker, died the 19th of August ('77). His quip, “Humor is reason gone mad,” inspired the unofficial slogan of the Bronze Age, “He who smelt it, dealt it.” L'Chaim to the power of 19!

    MALTS: 2-Row, Kiln Amber, Red X, Munich, Caramel Pils, Crystal 45, Chocolate, Vienna, Roasted Wheat Malt, Flaked Oats HOPS: Chinook, Citra, Centennial, Fuggle, Simcoe, Cascade, Calypso, Amarillo, Palisade

    From the 4-pack label of Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer®

    8 is a miraculous number in Jewish life. Chanukah, Passover, and Sukkot span 8 days. 8 humans survived the deluge on Noah's ark. Maimonides delineated 8 levels of tzedakah, (charity). A bris (circumcision) comes on day 8. King Solomon completed the First Temple in the 8th month of the 8th year… “Seinfeld” ran 8 years. Dylan has 8 Grammys; Babs, 8 Golden Globes. Einstein couldn't write until age 8. Freud, the eldest of 8 children, took 8 years to complete his medical degree. Mel Brooks stole a cap gun from Woolworths at age 8, and “The Producers,” won 8 Outer Critic Circle Awards. Winona Ryder had 8 prescription medications in her purse when arrested for shoplifting. This holiday season we celebrate all the dedicated souls with the chutzpah to rise up and to risk lighting those final precious drops of sacred oil. To the courageous and the curious, the clowns and the creators. To all the Tribe of Shmaltz. To Life! L'Chaim!

    About Shmaltz Brewing Company

    Ranked in 2013 as one of the “Top 100 Brewers in the World” by RateBeer.com, Shmaltz won 9 Gold and 5 Silver Medals in the World Beer Championships in 2012. A recipient of the “Distinguished Business Award” by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Shmaltz was also included in the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies” by San Francisco Business Times.

    Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established the company in San Francisco in 1996 with the first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® hand bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area in his Grandmother's Volvo. He'brew® now sells across 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and nearly 5,000 retailers. In 2007, Shmaltz released a new line of craft brewed lagers under the Coney Island® banner. The Coney Island brand was recently acquired by Alchemy and Science, a craft beer incubator, owned by Boston Beer (Sam Adams).

    After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Shmaltz recently broke with tradition and opened its own New York State production brewery in Clifton Park, NY, 10 minutes north of Albany's capital district. Shmaltz's new home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 20,000 barrels of annual capacity. The new brewery packages 12 and 22 ounce bottles and kegs of their diverse core and seasonal favorites, and hosts fans and beer tourists in their new tasting room for tours, barrel-aged previews, and special releases.

    In 2010/11, Cowan published his small business memoir, Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah: How It Took 13 Years, Extreme Jewish Brewing, and Circus Sideshow Freaks to Make Shmaltz Brewing Company an International Success. A free sampling of Chapter One and suggested beer pairings, can be viewed at www.craftbeerbarmitzvah.com. In 2012, Cowan spearheaded the creation of the non-profit New York City Brewers Guild (which manages NYC Beer Week) and served as its Founding President.

    Cowan also has presented at the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference, as well as previous Great American Beer Festivals, BevNet's Brewbound conference, Beer Advocate's Extreme Beer Festival, the Atlanta and the St. Louis Jewish Book Fairs, and the San Francisco and New York Jewish Museums.

    Shmaltz Brewing beers have appeared in such distinguished media outlets as The New York Times, CNN Headline News, Beer Advocate Magazine, NPR's “Weekend Edition,” USA Today, Fox Business News, Men's Health, San Francisco Chronicle, The Jerusalem Report, New York Jewish Week, and Washington Post.

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  • Nebraska Brewing Company Announces Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival

    Nebraska Brewing Company Announces Gold Medal at Great American Beer Festival

    Craft Beer

    World Class in Every Glass®
    (Papillion, NE) – Nebraska Brewing Company was awarded the Gold Medal for Reserve Series Mélange a Trois Belgian Golden Strong Ale in the Category of Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition held in Denver, Colorado.
    Presented by the Brewers Association, GABF is the largest commercial beer competition in the world and a symbol of brewing excellence. In its 29th year, the 2015 competition surpassed all previous participation records, exceeding last year's record-­‐setting competition in 96 categories covering 145 beer styles, and 6,647 competition entries from 1,552 breweries.
    The Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beer category was the 3rd most competitive of the overall competition with a total of 179 entries.
    Nebraska Brewing Company's Reserve Series line is comprised of beers aged in Chardonnay, Whiskey, Brandy, and Rum barrels. In 2014, Nebraska Brewing Company brought online its new brewery and production facility which provides for the scale needed to service its expansive distribution footprint. The new facility also established a large expansion of the barrel aging program which is now entering the maturation and packaging phases allowing for additional product to be distributed to all markets. All beers in the Nebraska Brewing Company Reserve Series rate 96 to 99 points while the core IPA rates a solid 95. Additionally, Cardinal Pale Ale garnered Gold at the coveted European Beer Star Awards and is currently the #1 ranked Pale Ale in Europe based upon this year's competition.
    Paul Kavulak, President of Nebraska Brewing Company stated: “To say we are beyond thrilled with another GABF Gold Medal is a complete understatement. This is the 3rd Great American Beer Fest medal and the 2nd Gold for our Reserve Series Mélange a Trois and demonstrates a level of quality control and consistency that we completely pride ourselves upon.” Adding further, “We're from a locale that was previously not known for beers of an elevated stature. We feel grateful that both consumers and judges appreciate the beers as we do. This level of appreciation propels us and embraces our creative spirit.”
    Kim Kavulak, Vice President of Nebraska Brewing Company added: “GABF Gold is the standard every brewer strives for when brewing beers for competition. Winning 2 GABF Gold medals for Melange A Trois says that we are making a beer that is amazingly different than many barrel aged beers. Using the barrels for the character imparted by the wine opens these types of beers to a whole different consumer and judges agree that this beer is one of a kind. We are humbled by recognition of the beer and the work of our brewing team.”
    The full list and a recap of the GABF Competition can be found here: https://www.brewersassociation.org/press-­‐releases/2015-­‐gabf-­‐award-­‐winners/
    Nebraska Brewing Company was formed in November of 2007 and has established itself as a Midwest Innovator of quality Craft Beers and artisanal Barrel-­‐Aged Products. Building on a reputation for quality, flavor, and creativity, Nebraska Brewing Company strives to be a stand-­‐out in an ever growing field. Nebraska Brewing Company is proud to be locally owned and locally operated.
    Small, independent, and pushing the envelope.

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  • Nebraska Brewing Company Declares Gridiron Food Fight

    Nebraska Brewing Company Declares Gridiron Food Fight

    Craft Beer

    World Class in Every Glass
    (Papillion, NE) – Nebraska Brewing Company is marking the Husker football season in a very unique way. Each week at the Nebraska Brewing Company brewpub located in Shadow Lake Towne Center, Chef Adam Graybill will be preparing a special head to head food challenge pitting a Nebraska based dish versus a dish from the opponent team's state. Guests can then vote for their favorite dish in a real live Food Fight challenge.
    Week 1 highlighted the Husker Smoked Reuben Slider vs. the BYU Pastrami Slider, with the Smoked Reuben edging out the Pastrami Slider. Week 2 featured Nebraska grown Kimmel Orchard Apple Turnovers vs. Alabama Peach Cobbler, with the apple turnovers victorious.
    Week 3 on Saturday September 19 will bring a very unique challenge to the pub with the Chef preparing an marinated flank steak taco that will challenge the Miami Hurricane Alligator Taco. Each week thereafter will highlight specialty dishes for guests to enjoy while catching the game at the brewpub. The menus will be published weekly on the company's Facebook page and in the Events calendar on the web page at www.nebraskabrewingco.com.
    Kim Kavulak, Vice President of Nebraska Brewing Company added: “We are always excited about Husker Football Season. With that, we are continually looking for distinctive ways to involve our guests and create a fun atmosphere to cheer the Huskers on to victory. We thought this would be a fun way to bring all of the elements of football season together.”
    Head Chef, Adam Graybill added, “The Food Fight allows me to be creative in ways that day to day operations don't always allow. I'll use this challenge to create new distinctive dishes that might find their way to future menus. It's always exciting to let the guests have their vote in something so creative and fun. We have some of the best guests around, so they can be the judge of these awesome dishes!”
    Guests at the Nebraska Brewing Company Tap Room located at 108th & Harrison can also participate by purchasing the Nebraska half of each week's challenge. Husker Koolaid ,a specialty drink created by the brewpub's bartenders is also available in both locations.
    Nebraska Brewing Company was formed in November of 2007 and has established itself as a Midwest Innovator of quality Craft Beers and artisanal Barrel-­‐Aged Products. Building on a reputation for quality, flavor, and creativity, Nebraska Brewing Company strives to be a stand-­‐out in an ever growing field. Nebraska Brewing Company is proud to be locally owned and locally operated.
    Small, independent, and pushing the envelope.
    For media interviews or additional information please contact Kim Kavulak

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  • Tennessee Brew Works presents: BEER DINNER with Chef Jay Mitchell & Friends

    Tennessee Brew Works presents: BEER DINNER with Chef Jay Mitchell & Friends

    Craft Beer

    Nashville, Tennessee – October 13, 2015 – Join us at Tennessee Brew Works for SIX COURSES of culinary and craft beer fusion; featuring our very own Chef Jay Mitchell. The talented Chefs Nick Seabergh, Kevin Ramquist and Will Uhlhorn join Chef Mitchell.

    Enjoy unique dishes expertly paired with our brews; including limited releases.

    Speakers include Tennessee Brew Works Founder/President Christian Spears, Head Brewer Dr. Laura Burns and TapRoom General Manager/Certified Cicerone Adam Speyer.

    Music provided by The Groove!

    “We hope you'll join us for this special evening as we explore the wonderful and unique pairing possibilities utilizing our craft beer and artisan cuisine!” –Christian Spears


    Cocktail hour from 6-7PM | Dinner 7-9PM.

    Tickets are limited, $100 per person. For more info contact: caroline@tnbrew.com or 615.873.0714.


    “Finely Tuned Craft Beer”

    Proud to call the great state of Tennessee home to our brewery and taproom. With fine traditions in many things including both music and spirits, we hope to capture the essence of the land and culture in all of our brews. We strive to do so as efficiently as possible; minimizing waste and raw material utilization in our brewing processes.

    809 Ewing Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

    Email: info@tnbrew.com

    Web: tnbrew.com

    Facebook: facebook.com/tnbrew

    Instagram: instagram.com/tnbrewworks

    Twitter: @TNBrewWorks

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