Shmaltz Brewing Company Adds Cans to its Portfolio

ShmaltzBrewing2cansShmaltz Brewing Company (Clifton Park, New York) recently announced that they will be celebrating American Craft Beer Week (May 15 to May 21, 2017) with the release of two offerings – Slingshot American Craft Lager and 518 Summer Ale – in 12 oz. cans for the first time in the history of the company.

As independent craft brewers all over the country celebrate American Craft Beer Week with events and special releases, Shmaltz Brewing is marking the occasion with the release of their first canned beers.  To accommodate craft beer fans that enjoy “summertime activities such as hiking; swimming at beaches, lakes and pools; and concert-going at outdoor music venues,” the folks at the brewery decided to go with the following easy-drinking, refreshing brews as their first canned offerings:

  • Slingshot American Craft Lager
    Release – Year-Round, cans launch May 2017
    Style – Premium Lager
    ABV – 5.3%
    Malts – Specialty 2-Row, Caramel Pils, Rye, Vienna, Wheat & Flaked Oats
    Hops – Warrior, Cascade, Saaz, Citra, Amarillo & Crystal
    Availability – 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
    Description – “A classic American Craft Lager thoughtfully created to stand up to the big beer Goliaths of the world. Boasting a bright, citrusy hop aroma, supported by touches of wheat and rye, Slingshot is guaranteed to hit the craft beer bullseye every time.”
  • 518 Summer Ale
    Release – Seasonal with Limited Distribution, cans debut May 2017
    Style – Belgian Witbier/Wheat Beer
    ABV – 5.18%
    Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
    Added Ingredients – Orange peel and pomegranate
    Description – “518 Summer, a Belgium Wheat with pomegranate, is a refreshing and light bodied beer with a fresh and floral aroma. This unfiltered summer sipper is brewed with New York State 2-row malt, wheat dosed with sweet orange peel, and balanced with a pinch of pomegranate. At a highly sessionable 5.18% ABV, Shmaltz’s glowing gold refresher will quench the thirst of 518 locals and visitors throughout the season.”

Both of the beers above are rolling out in cans now.  Slingshot American Craft Lager is now available Year-Round in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer retailers located in Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Shmaltz Brewing’s 35 state distribution network.  518 Summer Ale, a “locals only” Seasonal brew, is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at retailers located near the brewery in New York.  Prost!

Field Trip: Cavalier Distributing Trade Show – Tampa

Just a few weeks ago, Cavalier Distributing (Lakeland, Florida) held a fantastic and informative trade show at The Vault, a beautiful venue located in the heart of Tampa’s Downtown Arts District.  Cavalier used this industry-only event as an opportunity to introduce the area’s restaurants, bars, retailers, and media members to their vast portfolio of fine craft beers, meads, ciders and spirits.  The best way to capture all that this event had to offer was through a visual medium, so check out the photos below (click to enlarge) so that you too can get the inside scoop on the exciting beverages headed our way this year from Cavalier Distributing.  Prost!

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Shmaltz Brewing Continues Star Trek Series with Release of Klingon Imperial Porter

CHAN2015_TAPShmaltz Brewing Company (Clifton Park, New York) will once again honor the Star Trek franchise in 2017 with the release of Klingon Imperial Porter.

Last year, Shmaltz Brewing Company recognized the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek with the release of two Star Trek Golden Anniversary AlesThe Trouble with Tribbles and Voyage to the Northeast Quadrant.  Since those two offerings were so well-received by beer geeks and Trekkies alike, the brewery has decided to keep the Star Trek series going into 2017 with the release of three more officially licensed brews.

The first Star Trek release of 2017 is Klingon Imperial Porter, a ruby-hued American Porter that pays homage to both “Klingon Bloodwine and fallen warriors who hold honor above life.”  Brewed with six malts and two hop varietals, Klingon Imperial Porter shows its strength at 7.3% ABV while recognizing that “the strongest warriors in the Galaxy” still have a sweet side.

If you would like to be one of the first to try this new offering, Klingon Imperial Porter will officially launch at the following events across the country:

Cannot make the events above?  No worries because Klingon Imperial Porter will also hit distribution in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can track this limited offering down at select craft beer bars and retailers located in Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Shmaltz Brewing’s 35-state distribution area.  Since this beer will be eagerly sought-after by two factions of ardently dedicated fans, grab your 4-pack of Klingon Imperial Porter when you see it because this one is guaranteed to disappear from shelves with a quickness.  Prost!

Vital Information for Klingon Imperial Porter from Shmaltz Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Seasonal, arriving late-February 2017
Style – American Porter
ABV – 7.3%
Malts –  Specialty 2-Row, Vienna, Melanoidin, Crystal, Honey & Pale Chocolate
Hops – Columbus & Vanguard
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft

HE’BREW Beer Offers Up Four Limited Offerings during Chanukah

hebrew_webTo properly celebrate 20 years in the craft brewing industry, Shmaltz Brewing Company/HE’BREW Beer (Clifton Park, New York) is going big with the release of four limited offerings during the 2016 Chanukah season: Chanukah, Hanukkah…Pass the Beer; Genesis 20:20; Jewbelation 20; and Shtick in a Box Holiday Variety 12-Pack.

Fittingly brewed with 8 malts and 8 hops, Chanukah, Hanukkah…Pass the Beer returns as “The Official Chosen Beer Of This Holiday Season” and kicks off this brew-filled Chanukah celebration.  Cocoa nibs were added to this bounty of malts and hops to create a Golden Strong Ale filled with notes of “honey, chocolate, . . . biscuit and toast with light peach, . . . and a hint of vanilla on the finish.”  At 8% ABV, Chanukah, Hanukkah…Pass the Beer has just the right amount of season appropriate warmth. This offering is available now in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft throughout the distribution area of Shmaltz Brewing.

The giving spirit of HE’BREW Beer continues with the release of Genesis 20:20, a tart Barleywine-style Ale that has been aged in Rye Whiskey and Bourbon barrels for 10 months.  This lengthy process produces a beer that is mahogany in color with “aromas of currant, raisin, and toffee waft[ing] from the heavenly concoction, leaning towards port, sherry or cognac.”  Once it hits the palate, the drinker is greeted by “pronounced flavors of dark chocolate and heavy fruits — figs, dates, and ripe plum.” Genesis 20:20 is a complex brew meant to be sipped and shared with friends/family at the various gatherings of the holiday season.  You can find this limited offering in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments within the brewery’s distribution area.

Next, we have the biggest gift brewed up by the folks at Shmaltz BrewingJewbelation 20.  Arriving as “the 13th version of its acclaimed seasonal Anniversary offering,” the brewery has crafted Jewbelation 20 to essentially be a “triple brown ale.”  Whatever you want to call it, the base of this massive Dark American Strong Ale was created with a gargantuan malt bill (10 malts) “overflow[ing] with dark fruits — bing cherry, raisins, currants, and figs.”  This deep, rich fruit quality then shifts to “pronounced notes of pumpernickel and dark chocolate, coffee roast and cherry wood [that] dance with pounds and pounds of hops (10 hops) leading with citrus and stone fruit up front melding into a grassy earthiness on the finish.”  Did I mention this beer was big?  16.8% ABV big to be exact, so be sure to open this one with the intention of sharing.  You can find Jewbelation 20 in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select bars, restaurants and retailers that typically see limited release offerings from Shmaltz Brewing (well, at least in markets where that 16.8% ABV is legal).

If you are the kind of man/woman who prefers to keep your options open, HE’BREW Beer has you covered as well with the release of their Shtick in a Box Holiday Variety 12-Pack.  To start, this mixed pack contains three Shmaltz favorites, all World Beer Championship Gold Medal winners: Hop Manna IPAMessiah Nut Brown Ale and Slingshot American Craft Lager.  To keep things festive, this box also contains the gift of the 2016 version of Chanukah, Hanukkah…Pass the Beer.  Pick up the Shtick in a Box Holiday Variety 12-Pack as a gift for the craft beer lover in your life or simply as your contribution to the holiday dinner. Either way, you really cannot go wrong.   The limited release Shtick in a Box Holiday Variety 12-Pack is available now at select craft beer retailers located in the nearly 40 state distribution area of Shmaltz.

If you were finding it difficult to figure out the perfect beers to bring along to that holiday party, dinner, gathering, etc., you can pretty much thank Shmaltz Brewing Company/HE’BREW Beer for single-handedly solving that problem by supplying the options above.  All of these offerings are available now, so all you have to do is swing by local beer shop to lock down your holiday supply.  Prost!