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SEATTLE (February 1, 2017) – Two Beers Brewing Co. is excited to announce the return of its Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale, with a new highly caffeinated partner: Anchorhead Coffee. A chocolaty brown ale infused with locally roasted beans from the popular small batch roaster, this Seattle-inspired beer is crisp, refreshing and subtly sweet with a cold brew kick. Available in 12-ounce cans beginning Thursday, February 2 at The Woods tasting room and on draft at Anchorhead’s downtown Seattle cafe, Cold Brew will soon be available throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“We love partnering with local companies like Anchorhead to take beer to the next level,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Co. “Their unique roasting process and the flavors that shine through make this beer one of our favorites, and perfect for everything from brunch to backpacking.”

“Ever since we started this company, we wanted to partner with a brewery to do a cold brew specific beverage, and we couldn’t be happier that it’s with Two Beers Brewing,” added Anchorhead Coffee Co-Founder Jake Paulson. “We tested every coffee we have for this collaboration, and are very excited with the end product!”

Anchorhead Coffee is a small batch roaster focusing on sourcing the best coffees available, one of which is the Guatemala Codech found in this Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale.  Tucked in the Sierra De Los Cuchumatanes, the highest mountain range in Central America, the Codech Co-op produces some of the best coffees in all of Guatemala.  This coffee undergoes a washed process, and offers notes of hibiscus, green grape, and chocolate.

To create this beer, a process similar to the one used to make cold brew coffee is used. Starting with a base of chocolaty brown ale, the beer is run through a second fermenter containing 18 pounds of course ground coffee beans per batch. The beer is run through these beans continuously for four hours before sitting on the beans for another 20 hours, making for a balanced and flavorful brew. Low in acidity and subtly sweet due to the cold brew process used, a rich coffee nose and flavor shines through. However, while the flavor may be bold, there is no caffeine in this delicious brew, offering an approachable 5.2 percent ABV and 18 IBUs.

Cold Brew Coffee Brown Ale enters the brewery’s seasonal can lineup for spring, joined by Day Hike Summer Session Ale (summer), Fresh Hop IPA (fall) and Tipsy Toboggan Winter Ale (winter).

For more information, be sure to follow Two Beers Brewing on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@twobeersbrewing), or visit their website at www.twobeersbrewery.com.

Media interested in additional information, photos or tasting notes are encouraged to contact Caitlin Braam at caitlin@twobeersbrewery.com

About Two Beers Brewing Co. Two Beers Brewing Co. – makers of EVO IPA, Wonderland Trail IPA and a host of Northwest-inspired beers – began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007. Today, Two Beers Brewing produces twelve unique beers including six year-round, seven seasonals, and a host of intricate infusions and limited releases in its SoDo brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found on tap in bars and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska, with tastings, kegs and growler fills available at The Woods tasting room Tuesday – Thursday from 3-9 pm, Friday from 3-10pm, Saturday from 1-10pm and Sunday from 1 – 6 pm. Select brews can also be found in 22-ounce bottles and 12-ounce cans through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. With a strong belief in supporting the local economy, Two Beers Brewing takes pride in using Washington ingredients to create all of its handcrafted beers. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.

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The tree is trimmed and the stockings are hung, but the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a bottle of 2016 Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter from Seattle’s Two Beers Brewing Company. Part of the brewery’s popular Alta Series, available in 22-ounce wax-dipped bottles, Overhang is a uniquely boozy beer perfect for the season, aged in bourbon barrels for six months with cocoa, cinnamon and a touch of cloves. The result is a roasted caramel and molasses nose with a rich brown head. Brewed with Cascade hops, this limited edition beer offers a 12.4 ABV and 60 IBUs, sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit.

With only 75 cases available, craft beer lovers can stock up and check a few people off their holiday list starting this Friday, December 16 at 3pm when Overhang hits taps and shelves at The Woods tasting room in SoDo.  overhang2

“My holiday wouldn’t be complete without a bottle of Overhang to share with family and friends,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and CEO of Two Beers Brewing Co. “The flavors are perfect for a cozy evening in, followed by a laugh or two. It’s become a tradition we love to share.” 

Featuring a collection of bold, complex ales – each reaching above 9.0 percent ABV and boasting its own distinct personality – the Alta Series has been handcrafted to offer a unique twist with every sip. Whether it’s the complexity obtained by aging in brandy barrels, the tartness imparted by fresh fruits or unique twist provided by a complex blend of spices, the Alta Series sets out to distinguish itself from the others and reach the upper limits.

Available first at The Woods tasting room (4660 Ohio Ave S), Overhang Bourbon Imperial Porter ($14) will be available in limited quantities throughout Seattle on tap and on shelves. Shared with Seattle Cider Company, The Woods – offering pints, tasters, packaged products and more – is also the perfect place to pick up gifts for all your favorite beer and cider lovers. Stop by the retail space for growlers, t-shirts, stocking stuffers, glassware and more. 

Two Beers Brewing products can be found at retailers, bars, and restaurants throughout Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, follow Two Beers Brewing on FacebookTwitter and Instagram (@twobeersbrewing), or visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.


SEATTLE (October 27, 2016) – On Saturday, November 5, Two Beers Brewing invites craft beer lovers to join them as they raise a glass to nine exciting years of brewing! Celebrating their anniversary from 1-7pm at their SoDo tasting room – known as The Woods – the team at Two Beers Brewing has dug into the cellar and opened the barrels for a tap lineup you won’t want to miss. In addition, Two Beers Brewing’s winter seasonals – Jive Espresso Stout and the new Tipsy Toboggan Winter Ale – will make their debut to tap and on the shelves.

“I’m proud and amazed by how far our brewery has come in nine years,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing Co. “To look back at the 170 square feet we started in and how much we’ve grown as a team is inspiring. We’ll continue to push the boundaries as we enter into our tenth year and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

With 18 taps and two casks, Two Beers Brewing’s ninth anniversary tap list has something for everyone. Offering everything from tried and true year round brews to verticals of the brewery’s popular Alta Series – including retired beers pulled from the cellar such as Ascension 2013, High Divide 2013 and more – the growing brewery is pulling out all the stops. Special anniversary-only taps include:

Infusions:
Mango Spruce Wonderland Trail IPA
Meyer Lemon Lavender Day Hike Summer Ale
Peach Raspberry Crooked Belgian Wit
Moroccan Mint SoDo Brown
Coffeehang (Coffee Infused Overhang Bourbon Stout)
Cloverhang (Clove Infused Overhang Bourbon Stout)

Casks:
Bourbon Cherry Jive Espresso Stout
Pineapple Jalapeño EVO IPA

Limited release:
Oude “Boston” Bruin
Barrel Aged Chocolate Lab

In addition to an awesome lineup of limited edition taps, Two Beers Brewing welcomes back fan favorite Jive Espresso Stout. Jive Espresso Stout, available on nitro draft and in 22-ounce bottles, is a chocolaty espresso milk stout featuring locally roasted direct-trade espresso from Fulcrum Coffee. Combine with flavorful oatmeal malt, this full-bodied beer, offering 7.5% ABV and 45 IBUs, features layers of flavor with just a hint of espresso lingering on the palette.

Tipsy Toboggan also joins the fun as Two Beers Brewing’s newest brew, available on draft and in six packs of 12-ounce cans. A dark and toasty warming winter ale, Tipsy Toboggan offers notes of chocolate, date, plum and orange with a dash of hops. The deep dark color and full flavored finish pair perfectly with winter nights, outdoor adventures and holiday celebrations, coming in at 6.8% ABV and 62 IBUs.

Select ciders from Seattle Cider Company will also be on tap, with a special anniversary menu available for purchase from Bread and Circuses. For more information about the upcoming anniversary party, be sure to follow Two Beers Brewing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@twobeersbrewing), or visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.

Media interested in samples, photos and tasting notes are encouraged to contact Caitlin Braam at caitlin@twobeersbrewery.com.

About Two Beers Brewing Co. ®
Two Beers Brewing Co. began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007 and today, produces more than 14 unique beers including year rounds, seasonal and a host of intricate infusions in its SoDo-based brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings kegs and growler fill-ups available at their tasting room located at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday – Thursday from 3-9 pm, Friday from 1-10pm, Saturdays from 1-10pm & Sundays from 1-6pm. Select brews can also be found in 12-ounce cans and 22-ounce bottles through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.

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A Letter from Our Founder Joel VandenBrink

September 27, 2016
Posted in News

Dear Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company supporters:

As many of you know, Two Beers Brewing Co. began in my 600-square-foot apartment in the fall of 2006.  My first homebrew was barely five gallons and was a recipe from Bob’s Homebrew Supply near the University of Washington.  It was supposed to be a Winter Warmer. I proudly boiled, fermented and bottled it. It turned out to be more of an Amber, and I learned my first lesson in brewing. It’s unpredictable, fun as hell and in the end, there’s always someone to share a beer (or two) with.

From our 170-square-foot active space in N. Seattle to the 29,000 square foot space we occupy today, our growth has been the labor of love and sacrifice by a team that all believes in what we are doing. We’ve grown Two Beers Brewing to become one of Seattle’s most beloved local breweries, supporting our community through great beer and partnership with organizations such as the Washington’s National Park Fund, The Mountaineers, WTA and more. Then Seattle Cider Company came along and helped change an industry, proving that cider doesn’t have to be sweet, can be made with amazing local ingredients and can be enjoyed every day. It’s been amazing, thrilling, scary and humbling all at the same time.

And while we continue to grow, keeping up with demand for a company our size can often be a challenge.

As Two Beers Brewing Co. enters its tenth year and Seattle Cider enters its fourth year, it became clear that my desires for both companies far exceeded our ability to grow them sustainably – something I have always held as a high priority.  I want nothing less than Two Beers Brewing Co. and Seattle Cider Co. to be premier companies in their fields, and have the continuous ability to keep up with the ever changing demands of a very crowded industry.

 The challenges of being an entrepreneur are endless and every entrepreneur makes 100 decisions a day that they hope are the right ones. We are constantly thinking of our community, our employees, our product, the bills we need to pay, how to grow, how to innovate, how to be better at what we are doing, etc. It never ends. It’s a thrill.  It’s a constant challenge. It’s incredibly rewarding. And when someone says they put their “blood sweat and tears” into their business, it’s not a cliché, it’s literal.

In March, I was contacted by a French cidery. Their desire was to partner with an American cidery to help grow both the American cidery and their French cidery. At first I was hesitant, but the more I talked with them, the more I liked the idea. They believed in everything we believed in. They understood our desire to grow Two Beers Brewing Co. and Seattle Cider Co. without changing any of the good we were doing.

We have all read articles about local breweries being purchased by a large brewery in Colorado or Saint Louis. We have also read articles about venture capital firms purchasing breweries in hopes of making a quick dollar and reselling them. None of us want this. We feel the immediate loss of something special. The disappointment of another “sell out” of a local dream. To many of us, it takes the thrill out of supporting them. We want to know our dollar matters.  That our support in our local brewery makes a difference in the community we live and work in.  Eventually all entrepreneurs are faced with the ultimate “live or die” tradeoff – partner with an organization that can help you achieve your goals, or continue to go it alone.

 Agrial is a farmer owned co-op based in France. They are the owners of some of the largest apple orchards in all of Europe, as well as partners with one of the few craft breweries in France. What makes a co-op different from a major corporation is the undying dedication of the farmers who collectively share in its success, and the greater good they mutually serve. “Ownership” means something very special.  They share the same values we do. They roll up their sleeves, dig in the dirt, harvest and create like an arm-linked community of entrepreneurs. As of this month Two Beers Brewing Co. and Seattle Cider Co. have entered into an equity partnership with them.  We will eventually be exporting our products to Europe, Asia, and Africa, and we will be importing their products into the United States.

This is a huge opportunity for the businesses that I will continue to dedicate my time and energy to. I will maintain my role as CEO and all of my employees will continue to work with me. Our products and our distributors will stay exactly the same and our dedication to Seattle and beyond can only increase with the strength of such a strong partner alongside us.

I am very proud of everything we have accomplished thus far and I am incredibly excited for what the future holds for both Two Beers Brewing Co. and Seattle Cider Co.  Thank you for your support in the past and on into the future.  We are nothing without you! We will continue to give back to you in the ways that we always have, and are eager to find new ways to give that we couldn’t before.

Thank you in advance for taking this leap of faith with us to make a great dream even greater. In the end: life is just a little more honest after two beers.  I’m excited to share a few more with all of you as we enter into this exciting adventure.

Cheers!

Joel VandenBrink
Founder & CEO
Seattle Cider Company & Two Beers Brewing

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Merger with France’s largest cider producer allows for expansion to international markets and increased production for the fast growing companies

Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing have announced a merger with French farmer-run cooperative Agrial. The two Seattle based companies – which share the same leadership team and have seen immense growth over the past few years – will continue to operate independently in Seattle, while merging with the leading French cider producer.

The merger and further partnership will help Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing grow through Agrial’s international distribution network, gaining access to developing craft beer and cider communities around the world. It will also allow for needed capital expansion projects for the growing brewery and the cidery. Additionally, the partnership provides Agrial with the opportunity to gain access to the American craft cider and beer market, as well as distribute a selection of its French cidre brand, Louis Raison, to the US.   

“The amazing growth and expansion we’ve seen over the past three years has taken us by surprise, and as I looked at where I wanted to take Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing into the future, I knew we would need a partner to be able to achieve our long term goals,” said Joel VandenBrink, founder and CEO of Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing. “Agrial has impressed me with their belief in our mission and vision, and even more so with their desire to support Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing Co. as we continue to grow our brands the way we have in the past.”

Through the partnership, Seattle Cider Company, Two Beers Brewing and Agrial remain dedicated to product quality, as well as maintaining the culture and dedication to craft built by Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing. Seattle Cider Company and Two Beers Brewing will continue to operate independently in Seattle, maintaining control of the day-to-day operations. Joel VandenBrink, founder of both companies, will remain as CEO. Leadership, staff, brewers, cidermakers, distributors and most importantly, the beer and cider people have come to know and love from the two companies will also remain the same.

“Seattle Cider Company has changed the face of cider in the United States in the past three years and it’s been exciting to watch. We’re thrilled to now be a part of it, and watch the companies continue to push the boundaries of cider and beer in the US and beyond. We feel strongly about the success of these brands, and share the same vision and mindset Joel has set forth for the companies,” added Franck Malinowski, the historical CEO of Agrial’s beverage division.

Seattle Cider Company, which celebrated three years in August, has quickly grown to become Washington’s largest cidery, seeing an expected production of 21,000 barrels in 2016. Now available in 12 states, it continues to push the boundaries of craft cider. Two Beers Brewing, nearing its ninth anniversary in November, continues to grow as one of Seattle’s beloved craft breweries, expecting to reach 8,000 barrels in 2016.

Famous for traditional French cidre, as well as a variety of brands valuing farmer developed products, Agrial is the number one cidre producer and seller in France. One of its missions is to support entrepreneurs transforming apples into value-added beverages and apples products. Owned by a large community of growers, Agrial offers more than 100 years of experience, a dedicated quality and innovation team, and distribution connections in more than 30 countries.

Cascadia Capital is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company in the transaction, while Miller Nash is serving as legal counsel.

For more information about the joint venture and thoughts from Joel VandenBrink, founder of Two Beers Brewing and Seattle Cider Company, visit the company’s blog at seattlecidercompany.com and twobeersbrewing.com.

About Seattle Cider Company®

Not your standard cider. Seattle Cider Company was founded in 2013 as the city’s first cidery since Prohibition, bringing true craft cider back to Seattle and across the country. Bridging the gap between wine and beer with flavorful, uniquely dry cider, Seattle Cider Company’s year round and seasonal offerings break the mold of overly sweet cider, bringing the natural flavors of Washington apples to the forefront. Naturally gluten free and made from a custom blend of fresh pressed, locally grown apples, Seattle Cider Company’s products are handcrafted with all natural ingredients and never from concentrate. For more information, visit seattlecidercompany.com, or follow Seattle Cider Company on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@seattleciderco).

About Two Beers Brewing Co. ®Two Beers Brewing Co. began operations in a small Seattle basement in 2007 and today, produces more than 14 unique beers including year rounds, seasonal and a host of intricate infusions in its SoDo-based brewery. Two Beers Brewing can be found in Seattle-area bars and restaurants, with tastings kegs and growler fill-ups available at their tasting room located at 4660 Ohio Ave. S. in SoDo, open weekly Tuesday – Thursday from 3-9 pm, Friday from 1-10pm, Saturdays from 1-10pm & Sundays from 1-6pm. Select brews can also be found in 12-ounce cans and 22-ounce bottles through the tasting room, as well as local retailers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For more information, visit www.twobeersbrewery.com.

About AGRIAL

AGRIAL it is one of the leading French agricultural and food-processing cooperative groups. Its beverage division also produces and sells other types of apple-related products such as cider, apple juice, vinegar. A major player in agricultural production in its area, AGRIAL as a cooperative aims to create sustainable added value for its members by providing, on a day-to-day basis, technical, economic and environmental support for its members on their holdings.

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Two Beers Brewing Company

life is just a little more honest after two beers

4700 Ohio Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134
(206) 762-0490
info@twobeersbrewery.com

HOURS:
Tuesday - Thursday 3-9pm; Friday 3-10pm; Saturday 1-10pm; Sunday 1-6pm


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