We're still feeling the glow from celebrating National IPA Day last Thursday, August 4th, 2022. Accordingly, we thought we'd keep the party hopping this week (get it 😜).
Yes, we know beer puns are so 2010—just like Centennial hops, right?
But there is nothing funny about how much we love double/imperial IPAs.
We published a piece last year on the "5 Best Double/Imperial IPAs of 2021," that featured the who's who of IPA-producing breweries. Read: Tree House, Bissell Brothers, Russian River, The Alchemist, and Tree House again.
Now that almost a year has passed, we wanted to check-in on the double/imperial IPAs you're checking-in during 2022.
Spoiler alert: It's a lot of Tree House. Like a lot!
It takes a whole lot of giddy-up, gumption, and get-to-it hard work to revolutionize an industry. That attitude has always stoked our kettle at Oskar Blues. From brewing the first batch of Dale's Pale Ale in the drafty basement of our brewpub in Lyons Colorado, to having the audacity to put craft beer in a can, we salute the spirit of working hard and playing harder.
Brewing is our business, canning is our calling, and getting after it is what we do.
So, it makes no difference if "work" means your day job, your side hustle, your creative hustle, or whatever the hell you do to blow off steam between Friday at 5 o' clock and Monday morning. As long as you work hard at making a life worth living, we'll have a beer for you that's up to the task.
The work doesn't end when the beer hits the shelves, then it becomes your job to close the loop, raise a pint or crush the can. It's not the hardest job, but it does deserve some recognition. That's why we're searching the nation to find the Oskar Blues Brewery, 20th Caniversary "Employee of the Year".
You are a master of your craft, and we want to recognize your achievements. Whether you've been with us since the first can of Dale's was packaged in 2002 or you cracked your first Oskar's Lager this week, let us honor your outstanding performance.
You are all winners in our books, so every person who checks in an Oskar Blues beer on Untappd between August 5th and September 5th receives the "Employee of the Week" badge – consider it a pat on the back and a symbol of our gratitude.
If you end up pulling a double and checking in a second Oskar Blues beer, you'll become an "Employee of the Month". Each "EOTM" will receive a new badge, plus be eligible to win one of 100 custom vacuum insulated can cooler!
AND… if you are really putting in the overtime – checking in three different Oskar Blues beers will get you the final badge, PLUS be eligible to win the grand prize, our Ultimate "Benefits Package".
You'll get hooked up with plenty of OB swag so you can dress like you work here! We'll also celebrate your achievement by sharing a custom "Employee of the Year" plaque on our social accounts for all to witness your hard work. We'll also be hanging that plaque up in our taprooms recognizing your dedication and commitment to the Oskar Blues Brewery. You'll also receive a plaque of your own, hang it at home or convince your local tavern to hang it up and solidify your status as "Employee of the Year"!
To earn the Oskar Blues "Employee of the Week" badge: Check in one (1) Oskar Blues beer between August 5th - September 5th.
To earn the Oskar Blues "Employee of the Month" badge: Check in two (2) Oskar Blues beers between August 5th - September 5th. Each "EOTM" will receive a new badge, plus be eligible to win one of 100 custom vacuum insulated can cooler!
To earn the Oskar Blues "Employee of the Year" badge: Check in three (3) unique Oskar Blues beers between August 5th - September 5th. Users who receive the third badge will have access to a link to a page where they can enter a contest to win the Employee of the Year grand prize.
Did you know that mead is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) beverages in history? It's even said that it's older than beer or wine!
Though many people probably associate mead with medieval times, there's evidence of Chinese pottery vessels used for mead production dating back to 7000 B.C. in China. Throughout the next millennia, recipes of the sweet drink appeared with Vikings, Mayans, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans alike.
Today, mead maintains its popularity across the globe and even has its own holiday, Mead Day.
Thanks to The American Homebrewers Association, Mead Day has been celebrated on the first Saturday of August every year since 2002. It's a day to honor mead, a fermented, alcoholic beverage that has been produced and drunk by almost every culture in the history of civilization.
What Is Mead?
Created from fermented sugars in honey water, mead is one of the most versatile alcoholic beverages, because it can easily absorb other organic ingredients like spices, fruit, and flowers.
Put this all together and you get one pretty tasty drink.
Why Ancient Cultures Loved Mead
Mead has been made across ancient civilizations and has played an important role in the mythologies of their cultures.
Well, it all starts with humble honey bees.
Many cultures believed bees to be the gods' messengers. This probably explains why mead was often referred to as the "drink of the gods," believed to deliver immortality and other magical powers.
Did You Know: A single honey bee produces only 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey during its life. Most mead recipes call for up to two gallons.
Three Reasons Why We Love Mead
Seriously, anything about a fermented honey drink that didn't grab your attention? In America alone, there are more than 600 meaderies.
And today, meadmakers are taking as much of an artisanal approach to mead as craft brewers are to beer.
Sweet and dry meads are not only an incredible after-dinner beverage, but they also pair well with all types of sweet treats thanks to the rich honey base. We recommend drinking alongside a spicy slice of carrot cake, a rich cheesecake, or apple pie a la mode.
This Fun Fact: The Word "Honeymoon" Comes from Mead
In medieval times, people traditionally drank honey wine during the first full moon cycle of a new marriage. According to lore, the combination of the mead and the moon would ensure that the couple would bear many children.
This was taken so seriously that the father of the bride would include ample amounts of the beverage in her dowry! Who knew?
How to Earn the "Mead Day" Badge
Earning this limited-edition "Mead Day" badge is easy. Just check-in any mead (aka nectar of the gods) to be granted special powers and immortality.
Okay, you may not gain magical abilities or live forever, but you will collect our "Mead Day" badge before it's gone forever.
To earn this badge: Check-in any one (1) mead from August 5th, 2022, through August 7th, 2022.
Yes, the best day of the year is officially here. On the first Thursday in August we celebrate an homage to hops on National IPA Day.
And unsurprisingly, now more than ever, you all are lovers of these little green cones.
Oh, we have plenty.
For instance, According to recent NielsenIQ data analyzed by Bump Williams Consulting (BWC), hazy imperial/double/triple IPA dollar sales increased +128.7% to $33.3 million, more than doubling. And overall, IPAs still account for 46% of craft dollar share.
For example, last year the style "IPA - American" on the Untappd app ranked as the most checked-in style with over 7.2 million, followed closely by "IPA – New England" with over 6.1 million. Of "The Top 10 Styles of 2021" four of the top five styles fell into the IPA category.
The numbers don't lie.
But you probably didn't need us to throw fancy statistics at you to know that because you're probably drinking one right now. Or you can tell us at the drop of a hat that last IPA you drank. Or you are planning on drinking one to celebrate today.
That's good, because if you do, you'll unlock our "National IPA Day" badge.
Just drink one—count 'em, one—IPA today to earn this one.
Cheers to beer—the beverage responsible for making us think that we are a karaoke rockstar.
In celebration of one of the oldest and most universally enjoyed beverages around the planet, we want to make sure you mark your calendar for August 5th, aka International Beer Day.
Since 2008, the first Friday in August has been recognized as International Beer Day. It's a day for beer lovers in more than 200 countries across the globe to raise a pint to the brewmasters who perfected the malty, hoppy beverage we enjoy so much!
Let's give you some fun facts and unique history about beer to share while you enjoy a beverage on the patio or in the pub with your friends.
And don't forget! Keep reading to find out how you can earn our *limited-edition* International Beer Day badge.
Five Fun Facts About Beer
The Earliest Evidence of Beermaking was Found in Iran
At Godin Tepe in the central Zagros Mountains of Iran, archaeologists discovered the fragment of a jug dating back to 3500 B.C. that contained a by-product of the brewing process.
But many ancient cultures revered beer.
For example, ancient Mesopotamians used beer for ritual and religious purposes because it was believed to have magical powers.
And in ancient China, they brewed beer from sprouted rice as well as from rice with added fruit.
Weihenstephan Brewery Is the Oldest Brewery in the World
Founded in 1040, Weihenstephan Brewery in Freising, Germany, is said to be the oldest continuously operating brewery in the world today.
The Czech Republic Consumes the Most Beer Per Capita
According to figures from The Economist, on average, Czech citizens consume about 161 liters of beer per person each year. In fact, in Prague, beer is cheaper than bottled water. Beer prices get as low as 14 koruna a pint (that's $0.80 or €0.54), whereas water costs about 35 koruna for a .33 liter bottle.
In Ancient Egypt Women Brewed Beer
Back then, it was said that The Nile was so polluted that Egyptians relied heavily on beer because it was safer to drink. And who predominantly made and sold that beer? Why women, of course! A fact we know because archaeologists have uncovered ancient hieroglyphics depicting women brewing and drinking beer.
There have even been ancient documents discovered revealing seventeen types of Egyptian beer, with names like "joy-bringer." (We'd like a pour of that, please!)
For instance, according to recent NielsenIQ data analyzed by Bump Williams Consulting (BWC), hazy imperial/double/triple IPA dollar sales increased +128.7% to $33.3 million, more than doubling this year.
Folks are ravenous for IPAs that continue to up the hop poundage per barrel and ABV. Accordingly, now even quadruple IPAs have started to make their presence known.
But, this style continues to be a bit of a quandry, one that's difficult to brew, but one hundred percent worth the results.
For that reason, you'll often see this style brewed once a year as an anniversary beer, for instance.
Accordingly, you should pay attention when you see a quadruple IPA pop up on your radar.
What Exactly Is a Quadruple IPA?
You won't find a category for quadruple IPA at the Great American Beer Festival. And you won't find a specific definition for a quadruple IPA from the Beer Judge Certification Program.
But that doesn't mean these beers don't exist.
Each brewery probably follows its own guidelines, but loosely we can group double IPAs (DIPAs) somewhere between 7.5%-8.5% ABV, triple IPAs (TIPAs) from 8.5%-10% ABV, and then quadruple IPAs north of 10% ABV. But again, these numbers are pretty fluid. Since they aren't codified, you could see breweries making DIPAs in the 9% ABV range or TIPAs above 10% ABV.
But generally, what you can rely on when it comes to quadruple IPAs is that they have an extreme amount of hops (anywhere from 7 to over 10 pounds per barrel) in them and they're going to hit in a very high ABV range.
For that reason, balance is the utmost name of the game with this style. How does one walk this tightrope between throwing in a copious amount of hops and dry hopping and creating a beer that doesn't completely blow your brain to the bitter moon?
It's a tall task.
Especially because these beers are comically expensive to make and yield only a small amount thanks to the heaps of hops.
Which is why you'll often see quadruple IPAs only made around some sort of celebration like an anniversary.
It's also why, if you see one, you should know this is a special, special beer. One you should most likely get your hands on as quickly as you can, especially if you're a hop head.
An intriguing style, black IPAs combine darker malts with a bevy of hops. This style falls perplexingly in the middle of a Venn diagram with a sort of dry Irish stout in one circle and a West Coast IPA in the other.
"In simple terms, it's an IPA using dark malts," says Jeremy Moynier, senior manager of innovation & supply chain at Stone Brewing. "I'm a stout lover and an IPA lover, so this is a sweet spot for me."
That's because this style is.
"I was one of those naysayers when the style came onto the scene because it didn't make sense to me," says Matt Brynildson, brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company. "Do you mean a hoppy porter?"
But one by one, brewers and drinkers alike have been bowled over by the black IPA. Brynildson eventually brewed Firestone Walker's own version, the gnarly Wookey Jack, in 2012.
After a flash in the pan in the early 2010's, this style slipped into oblivion. Now, black IPAs are experiencing a bit of resurgence with both Stone and Firestone Walker releasing limited-edition one-offs in the past year.
Honestly, Moynier probably said it best, "It's a hoppy dark beer; that's the simplest way to put it."
In other words, a black IPA incorporates darker malts, yes. But those roasty grains meld together with American hops for a beer that pours out dark but drinks with the body and hop-forwardness of a West Coast or American IPA.
And not just any dark malt; it has to be one that imparts color without the astringency associated with a stout or a porter.
Brynildson mentions that, in almost every black IPA, it's common to find a type of debittered black malt, "so you get a ton of color, but you don't get the astringency."
But make no mistake—at its core, this beer is an IPA.
"If you ran into this beer on the street and no one told you it was a black IPA, you'd think this is a delicious hoppy IPA," says Brynildson. "It's almost a mind trick to see a dark beer that tastes more like an IPA than say a stout or a porter."
Which becomes very apparent when you look at the list of hops going into both Wookey Jack and Sublimely Self-Righteous.
"You have to use hops and probably a lot," laughs Moynier, who tossed in Simcoe and Amarillo for Sublimely Self-Righteous. In 2007, these were fairly new hops. "Obviously, those hops are huge now…but back in the early and mid 2000s, these were two hops we had our eye on," says Moynier. "It seemed like a no-brainer to put them together."
Amarillo also made a big appearance in Wookey Jack along with Citra because, "by far, that is the most caddy, dank, wookey hop we had to use," says Brynildson. When the Firestone Walker Brewmaster finally caved to fans shouting for a black IPA, they decided to really go for it. "If we do it, we're going to make the gnarliest, crazy beer," laughs Brynildson.
That meant using the "two gnarliest and intense hops in our hop closet," says Brynildson, which in 2012 were Citra and Amarillo. Firestone Walker had used small amounts of both hops in other beers, but never focused specifically on that hop combination.
And it's that unique interplay between big hops cozying up to dark malts that has folks either hating or loving black IPAs.
Go Over to the Dark Side
Sure, this style might send people into hate it or love it camps, but every now and then, the complexity and mystery shrouded around a black IPA has its merits.
"They're unique beers, right?" says Moynier. "You don't see them everywhere…but the idea behind a dark IPA is fascinating to people…and now more than ever, consumers are more open to trying different kinds of IPAs."
All in all, it's worth going over to the dark side. If only once in your life.
Over four months ago, we banded together as a craft beer community to support the people of Ukraine. For Untappd's part, we made a donation to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support their Ukrainian relief efforts.
Additionally, we released a special "Support for Ukraine" badge. In order to qualify, participating breweries needed to brew a beer with the goal of raising funds for awareness to support the people of Ukraine.
We were bowled over by the submissions that poured in.
Beyond that, we became aware of a two year long campaign to officially recognize the Ukrainian Golden Ale as an official style.
What Is a Ukrainian Golden Ale?
Beer judge and ambassador for Kyiv-based Varvar Brewery, Lana Svitankova has been striving for Ukrainian Golden Ale to be a publicly recognized style for the past two years, reaching out to organizations like the Beer Judge Certification Program (BCJP) and Untappd to add the style to its platforms. Last January, Svitankova and eight other Ukrainian beer professionals came together to create a taxonomic description of the style, classifying Ukrainian Golden Ale as a malt-focused ale with pale, wheat, and caramel malts, either Old or New word hops, a neutral yeast strain or Belgian one with very restrained phenols, and the option of adding coriander seeds.
While this style may sound similar to a Belgian Golden Ale or British Golden Ale, it's the local yeast that really sets it apart. Due to a limitation on ingredients, brewers in the Ukraine use a dry yeast with a profile sweeter than its Belgian brethren and a fuller body. The final beer tends to fall in a lower ABV range (5.5%-7.5%ABV).
While not linked to current events, this past April Untappd voted to recognize the style "Ukrainian Golden Ale" on the app. When considering adding a new category, Untappd Moderator votes must succeed by at least a sixty percent majority and have to show there is a difference between the named style and styles already available on Untappd.
"Not English and not Belgian, the Ukrainian Golden Ale is a product of its environment," says Kyle Roderick, Executive Vice President, Product at Next Glass, the parent company of Untappd. "Differences in local yeasts and ingredients lends a unique character to this style that we hope the community will get a chance to discover in their journey through beer."
By officially introducing "Ukrainian Golden Ale" as a style category on the app, Untappd is recognizing an important symbol of Ukrainian culture and identity.
"We can say that this style marked the beginning of the craft revolution in Ukraine," wrote Untappd moderator Mykhailo Dykun in a discussion around adding the style to the Untappd app back in March. "If in other countries the craft revolution is associated with IPAs or stouts, in our country it is golden ales that have become a first alternative to mass lagers."
First appearing on the scene in 2009, the Ukrainian Golden Ale emerged as a local favorite. In fact, last year Ukrainians drank 1.25 million liters of Ukrainian Golden Ale!
"It's national pride, to say you are not lagging behind all the rest of the world; you also have something of your own in terms of beer," Svitankova says in an article for Good Beer Hunting. "If people see Ukraine and talk about Ukrainian stuff, it helps keep the news on the surface. It helps with visibility and now, visibility is the only thing we can get."
And now more than ever is a good time to remind everyone that our efforts are still needed.
What Can You Do to Support Ukraine?
If you are brewing a special beer in support of Ukrainians, please submit your beer using this form to be included with this special Untappd "Support for Ukraine" badge.
Consider Donating Directly to These Vetted Organizations to Support Ukraine
Beyond that, if these beers aren't available in your area. you can always consider making a direct donation to these ten vetted organizations, rated highly for their transparency, mission, and impactful work according to Charity Navigator.*
At Untappd, we are committed to being a partner to the breweries, bars, restaurants, and retail locations where beer drinkers come together not only to enjoy the craft but to offer their support to those in need in this global community.
Lagunitas has nearly 30 years of experience brewing bold, hop-forward IPAs. And while this brew is no diversion in quality, it's a notably tropical side trip from bitter hops to lighter, more citrusy flavors.
Island Beats is brewed with an arrangement of hops that create lively tropical fruit flavors and aromas (think pineapple, mango, and passion fruit) for a refreshing, juicy IPA that's easy-to-drink and highly sessionable.
It's a juicy and light, no-bitterness IPA that just hits different.
To earn this badge: Check-in one (1) Lagunitas Island Beats between July 25 and August 25, 2022. Now available in cans or on draft.
So it's pretty logical that the third badge we're releasing in our series of "Super Style" badges is all about the hazy IPA all day.
It's a style that truly needs no introduction anymore. Originating in the thick forests of New England states like Vermont and Massachusetts, this turbid, trendy style has since exploded across the entire country.
Now, some of the highest-rated versions on the app this year include: Hooey from Lupulin Brewing Company, Chubbles 53°N from Cloudwater Brew Co., and DDH Juicy Bits from WeldWerks Brewing Co.
The haze craze still has us all in a daze, so with juicy stars in our eyes, we're launching our "Super Style New England-style IPA" badge today.
Last year, Untappd released its Top Ten Styles of 2021. Based on this list, we made six badges from these top styles. Our "Super Style" badges get a golden Insider makeover before we release them at various points throughout the year.
As an Untappd Insider, you'll have the exclusive opportunity to earn these "Super Style" badges by checking in that style of beer during the time it's live.
SUN-DAZE – Cold, hazy drafts for hot, lazy days. Four juicy, hazy, perfectly hopped beers with notes of tropical fruits.
Stone Tangerine Express • 6.7% ABV • Escondido, CA Dogfish Head Hazy-O • 7.1% ABV • Milton, DE New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze • 7.0% • Fort Collins, CO Offshoot Retreat • 8.6% ABV • Placentia, CA
To celebrate these summer sips, we have a brand new badge for you to earn.
To earn this badge: Check-in to any of the twelve featured seasonal beers at Yard House between July 18 – September 4 and you'll unlock our Summer Beer Series badge.
The award-winning leaders in hands-free hydration technology recently launched the first backpack cooler with a built-in water pouch.
Backpack coolers have become hot, especially in the beer industry. The idea is simple: Provide craft beer drinkers with a comfortable, durable way to take their favorite beers into the wild, whether that's the forests of Oregon or the urban jungles of New York.
But CamelBak has put an entirely fresh spin on the cooler category. One that completely suits their style and brand.
"We felt we had something to add to the cooler space, world, and story," says Tony Vontz, director of product management, soft goods at CamelBak. "When you go to the beach or any activity, most people bring a ton of water with them. What if we could remove the water and have space for the fun stuff like beer?"
So CamelBak set out to create this all-in-one adventure tool. A backpack cooler that includes not only space for up to twenty-four cans of your favorite beverage (plus fifteen pounds of ice) that will stay cold for up to seventy-two hours…
…but also a separate reservoir for up to six liters of water.
"It's that après experience that got the ChillBak going," says Vontz, who recently took a trip to Bend, OR, with his family to put the ChillBak into action. "I saw that in real life people were out riding in the Deschutes National Forest all day, but then ended up down by the river all drinking beers; that's where the ChillBak will live."
With the ChillBak, CamelBak has seamlessly integrated its trademark technology into a pack proven to be dependable for all your adventures.
A Quick History of CamelBak
CamelBak has become synonymous with hydration and innovation. It's a company built on a quest to quench thirst. And on the back of adventurers.
In 1989, CamelBak founder and avid bicycle enthusiast Michael Eidson competed in the "Hotter 'N Hell 100" bicycle race in Texas. The competition took athletes through a 100-mile road course over four days in the stifling summer heat of Wichita Falls, TX.
As you can imagine, staying hydrated became crucial. But the race only provided a few pit stops along the way. And those water stations meant a racer would need to take time off to stop and drink or refill their water bottles.
So Eidson came up with his own innovative solution using his experience as an emergency medical technician.
He took an IV bag, filled it with water, placed it into a tube sock, jammed a hose in it, and threw the MacGyvered hydration pack on his back.
The first rudimentary CamelBak was born.
For the next thirty-three years, CamelBak became the go-to source for hands-free hydration, whether you're biking a trail, hiking up a mountain, or even just attending a music festival.
"CamelBak is all about bringing hands-free hydration where you need it," says Vontz. "Being that invisible hand that supports awesome fun outdoors, whether biking, hiking, trail running, and now with the ChillBak more chilling."
Now the leaders in hands-free hydration have taken things a step further, crafting the first ever backpack cooler with built-in hydration called the ChillBak.
The Four Best Features of CamelBak's New ChillBak
Trying to narrow down our favorite features of the ChillBak is kind of like trying to cycle the "Hotter 'N Hell 100" race without water—nearly impossible.
Luckily, we'll do our best.
Right off the bat, one of the most unique features of the ChillBak is its hallmark hands-free hydration.
Quite simply: No other backpack cooler on the market offers a way for you to store and drink water right from your back.
The reservoir folds out of the backpack and then zips back up in a separate compartment on the back. You can pull as much or as little water as you want from the spigot. Incredibly, the pouch holds up to six liters of water. Enough for an entire group, whether you're camping in the woods, picnicking in the park, or hiking up a mountain together. "It's no joke," says Vontz. "You're not going to go thirsty with this thing."
Plenty of Room for Cold Beverages
Speaking of beer and cold beverages, lest we forget this is actually a backpack cooler, the ChillBak holds up to twenty-four 12-oz cans, including fifteen pounds of ice. Best of all, CamelBak ensures your beer or other beverages will stay cold inside the ChillBak for seventy-two hours.
CamelBak took this part very seriously, repeatedly testing the ChillBak in an actual heat chamber in their lab at their offices in Petaluma, CA.
"Insulation was a big key," says Colin Belisle, associate brand manager at CamelBak. "At the bare minimum the [ChillBak] lasts a full weekend in a car camping…we claim 72 hours with ice." Meaning CamelBak assures that your cans of beer will stay cold for up to three days even while out in the wild.
It's just one of the features that makes this elevated backpack cooler one of the best now out on the market.
Super Tough and Durable
While the reservoir and cooler are the main differentiating factors, a few others fly under the radar.
According to Vontz, CamelBak put an EVA molded boot on the bottom, essentially a super durable material that supports the cooler so it'll sit upright when placed on the ground. "It's padded enough to keep everything safe without jostling around," says Vontz. "The way [the ChillBak] slides in and out of the car and tetrisis in and around other gear is awesome."
On Vontz's recent trip to Oregon, he says, "We put a couple of bottles of wine, a lot of beer, and a little bit of ice [in the ChillBak] while driving up so it would be ready when we got there and everything felt secure and packed in with nothing collapsing on top of it."
Following CamelBak's mantra of durability and sturdiness, the ChillBak incorporates ripstop construction that, according to Vontz, is "as burly as it gets." He laughs, "This thing is completely bomb proof."
But seriously, the top-notch architecture ensures that you can take the CamelBak into the toughest environments knowing it will survive.
Some other fun features include a couple stretch mesh pockets on the side to shove all the stuff you want to keep dry. For instance, Vontz uses those areas to store his churchkey, wine screw, bottle stoppers, or phone.
And the rolltop closure ensures that everything stays cold while a trapdoor that sits on top is perfect for creating a separate space to store items you want to keep dry. For instance, a throw or blanket.
All in all, "the ChillBak has CamelBak DNA for sure," says Vontz.
This is an incredibly well-constructed backpack cooler with trademark CamelBak touches.
And just like Eidson's idea was only the beginning for CamelBak, the ChillBak is just the start for this avant-garde company in coolers.
Where Can I Get a ChillBak of My Own?
You can of course go straight to the source to find a ChillBak of your own. Check out the ChillBak product page to learn more.
Vontz and Belisle also recommend checking out Backcountry.com or your local regional and independent bike and outdoor retailer.
The fact that GABF is back for its best year yet makes us want to raise a glass in appreciation of this incredible craft beer community.
But combine that with 1500+ beers and 500+ breweries and you have a recipe for three days of legendary memories.
Sweet, sour, light, dark, hoppy, funky, and more, explore hundreds of beers from thousands of America's best breweries, from A to Z.
We're talking the cream of the craft beer crop, including: Brooklyn Brewery, Two Roads, Sierra Nevada, BJ's, Denver Beer Co., Firestone Walker, Roadhouse Brewery, Weldwerks, and so, so, so many more. Hit up your favorites or find your next brewery to crush.
Don't let FOMO kick in! Get yourself to Denver this fall for one of the most epic beer celebrations of the year.
Did you know that in 2016 Firestone Walker launched its own R&D brewhouse in Venice, CA? It's called the Propagator and it's like a Willy Wonka-esque playhouse for this venerable West Coast brewery where they try out more experimental, small-batch, and one-off brews.
Beers like Dabbling in Decoction, an American pilsner collab with Green Bench Brewing Co.
Or Melon Conspiracy, a limited-release hazy IPA with Melon and Mosaic hops.
And the genius Wizard of Oz behind the curtain running the show here? Propagator R&D Brewhouse Manager Sam Tierney.
Before taking over as the Propagator, Tierney cut his teeth for eight years at Firestone Walker's mothership in Paso Robles, CA, starting as a shift brewer before moving on to the yeast and barrel specialist and finally cellar manager.
In this week's special episode of Drinking Socially, hosts Harrison Hickok and Kyle Roderick chat with Tierney about the idea and vision behind the Propagator, what it's like to work at Firestone Walker's experimental brewhouse, and the R&D taproom's two newest releases: Dabbling in Decoction and Melon Conspiracy.
You seriously don't want to miss this! Catch the latest episode on YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts.