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New Belgium and Patagonia partner to create California Route Organic Lager

Patagonia Inc., the outdoor apparel company, and New Belgium Brewing are excited to announce California Route, a limited-release organic lager.

For 40 years, Patagonia has led the way in developing innovative outdoor gear and in environmental responsibility. To toast the company’s accomplishments, New Belgium partnered with Patagonia to create California Route, an organic California common-style beer. Boasting California lager yeast with subtle fruity esters and a refreshing light lager finish, California Route organic lager is canned for adventure. The beer has an aromatic blast of citrusy Cascade hops and a heavy dose of noble hallertau. The addition of organic Munich specialty malt builds complexity with hints of freshly baked bread. Consistent with Patagonia’s long-standing commitment to organics, the beer is brewed with certified organic ingredients.

“New Belgium has long admired Patagonia and it is an honor they thought of us for this collaboration,” said Bryan Simpson, New Belgium’s media relations director. “We’ve exchanged ideas and best practices over the years and most recently collaborated on the Save the Colorado campaign. Having an organic beer to celebrate four decades of Patagonia’s good work is very gratifying.”

Patagonia played a key role throughout the development of the beer, and when it came time to name the beer, California Route was at the top of the list. The name of the beer pays homage to the California Route on Patagonia’s Mount Fitz Roy. First climbed in 1968 by Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Dick Dorworth, Lito Tejada-Flores and Chris Jones, the California Route is considered a Patagonia classic, with good rock and fun free-climbing in a wildly beautiful setting.

“When my sister, Claire, had the idea of brewing a 40th anniversary beer, the folks at New Belgium immediately came to mind,” notes Fletcher Chouinard. “Not only are they forward-thinking in their business and brewing practices, but their beers have been a go-to for our crew and customers around the country for a long time. They were great to work with and we couldn’t be more stoked about the project!”

California Route is 5.5% ABV and sold in 12-ounce cans. Pricing varies by location. California Route will be sold in the following markets: Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Boulder, Denver, Boston, NYC, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Cardiff and Ventura. For more information on the beer, click here: patagonia.com/beer. This one-time, limited release will be available mid-November.

Ohio governor signs bill that benefits craft brewers

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a controversial brewery bill Tuesday afternoon that benefits craft brewers and was blasted by Anheuser-Busch InBev.

The legislation creates a new liquor permit for breweries that make less than 31 million gallons a year. The new permit, called an A-1c, will replace the A-1 permit for small brewers and reduce their annual licensing fee from $3,906 to $1,000.

Craft brewers have praised the legislation, saying it will allow them to invest more money into their breweries.

Only two breweries in Ohio definitely make more than 31 million gallons annually: Anheuser-Busch in Columbus and MillerCoors in Trenton. Boston Beer Co. has declined to say how much it produces at its Samuel Adams Brewery in Cincinnati.

The legislation, called Senate Bill 48, passed unanimously in both the House and Senate, but Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, protested a provision inserted at the last minute that bars large brewers from owning or having a financial stake in wholesale distributors. Anheuser-Busch, which owns a distributorship in Canton and will be allowed to continue to run that business, complained heavily and met with the governor and lawmakers to outline its stance.

“We are very disappointed that this legislation will now become law, and remain concerned about the manner in which this anti free market legislation was introduced and passed,” Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday in a statement. “We have, however, had productive and constructive discussions with policymakers, and our concerns about the lack of transparency in the legislative process were heard and acknowledged. Positive assurances were made to address the issues that significantly impact our investments in the state. We are pleased with the open-mindedness demonstrated by the governor and legislators to working towards a more equitable solution.

“Anheuser-Busch is proud of its long-standing roots in Ohio, employing almost 800 people statewide in our Columbus brewery and the Canton wholesale operation. We are hopeful that the final resolution will maintain consumer choice and the free market principles that have made Ohio a great place to do business.”

The legislation also allows liquor permits to be transferred easier as part of economic development projects and permits brewers to open a tasting room within a half-mile of their production facilities.

Harpoon Brewery’s first ‘Brewed For Boston’ event raises $8,835 for The One Fund

Harpoon Brewery extends a big thank you to everyone who came out on Tuesday, April 23rd, for their first Brewed for Boston event. They were able to raise $8,835 for The One Fund in just 3 hours!

If you didn’t make it to the first event, there are still two more ‘Brewed for Boston‘ nights taking place on Tuesday April 30th and May 7th.  Come have a pint and a pretzel with us.

If you can’t make it to one of the events, there is another way you can help out.

In hopes of raising more funds to support The One Fund, Harpoon is raffling off a chance for YOU to brew your very own beer at Harpoon. One winner will develop their own recipe with a Harpoon brewer and then spend a day brewing their beer at our Boston brewery.

What to do with approximately 300 gallons of your own special beer?  You could take it home in kegs, serve it to your friends at a special event at the brewery, or work with Harpoon to construct your own idea.

Raffle tickets can be purchased for $50 each at the Harpoon Breweries in Boston, MA and Windsor, VT, through May 7, 2013. There will be a maximum of 500 tickets sold, and we’ll draw the winner during the May 7th Brewed for Boston fundraiser at Harpoon’s Beer Hall in Boston (you do not need to be present to win).

Thank you for your outpouring of support to help raise money for The One Fund! We hope to enjoy a pint or two with you soon.

“Brewed for Boston” Nights at Harpoon to Benefit The One Fund

It’s nice to see the community support that is blooming around the Boston Marathon tragedy. The Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall will be holding “Brewed for Boston” nights for the next three Tuesdays to raise funds for One Fund Boston.

Like most in and around Boston, Harpoon Brewery employees immediately felt compelled to “do something” after the tragic events of Marathon Monday in Boston. So for the next three Tuesday nights Harpoon employees from every department will be donating their time, and the brewery will be donating 100% of pint and pretzel sales, at “Brewed for Boston Nights at Harpoon” in an effort to raise funds for victims of the tragedy.


The Brewed for Boston Nights at Harpoon will take place during extended hours, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, in the Harpoon Beer Hall. During that three-hour period, 100% of sales on all Harpoon pints of beer and pretzels will be donated to www.onefundboston.org, an organization created to provide support to victims of the tragedy.

Brewed for Boston Nights Details

Dates & Times: 

Tuesday, April 23rd, 6:00 to 9:00pm
Tuesday, April 30th, 6:00 to 9:00pm
Tuesday, May 7th, 6:00 to 9:00pm


The Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall
306 Northern Ave
Boston, MA


The Harpoon Brewery Beer Hall will be open for extended hours the next three Tuesday nights to raise funds for victims of the Marathon Monday tragedy. Harpoon employees from every department of the brewery will donate their time to work these evenings and serve guests beer and pretzels. 100% of Harpoon pint sales and 100% of pretzel sales will be donated to The One Fund. Light appetizers will be donated by local caterers for attendees.


Free of charge, no tickets necessary

If you are unable to attend but would like to participate in raising funds for victims of the Patriot’s Day tragedy, we encourage you to donate to The One Fund Boston.

Together, we are #BostonStrong!