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Yards Releasing Summer Crush in June, First New Brand in Three Years

PHILADELPHIA — The wait is over. Yards Brewing Company, Philly’s Brewery since 1994, announces the release of their first new brand in three years — Summer Crush, a citrus wheat beer brewed with orange and lime zest. This easy drinking, 5.0% ABV brew is now available in bottles and on draft. Twelve-ounce cans are expected to hit shelves by June.

“Summer Crush is the beer you bring down the shore or to your friend’s backyard barbecue. It’s refreshing, smooth, and citrusy. It’s a crowd pleaser,” said Yards founder, brewmaster and president, Tom Kehoe. “We try not to take ourselves too seriously here at Yards, and this beer is easy-going and fun, both in the way it tastes and the way it looks. We just want everybody to bring Summer Crush wherever they’re having a good time this Summer.”

In the fall of 2017, Yards moved their entire business to a new facility at 500 Spring Garden St. in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Yards CEO, Trevor Prichett, explained: “Our chief focus over the past couple years has been executing the move and opening our first full-scale taproom and dedicated private event space.

”Both Kehoe and Prichett attribute Yards’ steady growth and ability to build their 100-barrel brew house, spacious taproom and private event spaces to the unwavering support of the good people of Philadelphia.

“Now that we’ve settled into our new home,” Prichett added, “we’re spending more time developing beers that Yards drinkers new and old can get excited about.”

“All we’ve done from the very start is try to make good beer consistently,” Kehoe said. “Friends liked what we first brewed back in ‘94, so we just kept going.”

Summer Crush will start hitting taps and shelves over the weekend and will be available throughout Yards’ distribution footprint—Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland.

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Famed Iowa Brewery Toppling Goliath Enters The New Jersey Craft Beer Market

New Jersey has seen a bunch of big name breweries enter the market over the last year.  Bells, Melvin, Prairie Artisan Ales, Mikkeller, and Jack’s Abby are just a few of the many big name players that are hitting New Jersey’s already crowded shelves.  But none of them may be bigger than the announcement that Toppling Goliath is making its New Jersey Debut.  Toppling Goliath hails from Decorah, Iowa and makes some of the most sought-after beer for Craft Beer aficionados across the country.  Their Kentucky Brunch Brand Stout is one of the top 10 rated beers on Untappd and people travel from all over the world to get one of the prized brewery-only releases when it is produced.  This year’s event was ticketed online and sold out within minutes and bottles of the liquid can often be seen on the secondary market for as much as $1000.

Owner Clark Lewey founded Toppling Goliath in 2009 and started brewing on a 1/2 BBL system and now boasts a 100 BBL Brew House in Decorah that distributes to 17 States.   “We started as a homebrew operation, grew and gained many fans in the 10 short years we have been around. In the last two years, the number of staff we employ has increased five times over, we strive to keep that small team feel we had in the past while constantly improving our processes to function like the large growing company that we have become” Sarah Hedlund, Marketing Director of Toppling Goliath told us.  The growth of the brewery has had a great economic impact to the area, bringing in an estimated $1 million dollars to the local economy during their beer releases during the year. (from the TG Website at

We also asked Sarah about the significance of the name Toppling Goliath.  “Clark Lewey ran a company before the brewery called Toppling Goliath which was a business and marketing consulting company that worked with small business owners. Assisting in grant writing, trademarking, patents, etc. The term Goliath was used to represent the obstacles one faces when starting a small business. Then Clark was given a homebrew kit by his wife Barbara and he fell in love with the process of creating beer. When the decision was made to start a brewery Clark and Barbara decided to focus on the brewery and to no longer run the business consulting company. The name Toppling Goliath was kept and moved over to the brewery the Lewey’s have worked hard to topple all the “Goliaths” of starting an independent brewery in rural northeast Iowa”.

One of the major decisions when deciding to distribute your beer is to partner with the one that you think has your same core values and goals as the wrong distributor can absolutely have you brand dead on arrival if not done properly.   As for that decision, Sarah explained, “We wanted to hit the East coast last year which we were happy to get our foot in the door of the area with Boston, MA in 2018. The expansion on the East Coast has been deeply influenced by the distributors themselves. We put a lot of work into learning as much as we can about a market and the distribution companies that work within those areas. When a brewery signs a contract with a distributor it’s a long-term relationship, so finding the right one takes time and a lot of work”.  The distribution here in New Jersey is being handled by Sarene Craft Beer Distributors out of the Bronx.

Toppling Goliath is known for more than just their great stouts, they also have a following for their other beers, 6 of which are now available here including:

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As the rollout continues, expect to see cans and on draft in select locations.  For information on the brand, visit Toppling Goliath at

Thanks to Sarah Hedlund of Toppling Goliath for her help with the article and the great info on Toppling Goliath!



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Tröegs Announces The Release of Field Study, A Slightly Hazy IPA

MEDIA ADVISORY: Tröegs Independent Brewing announces the release of Field Study, a slightly hazy IPA dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado featuring notes of ripe grapefruit, mango, pear and melon.

The path to Field Study began with our small-batch, experimental Scratch Series, the same starting point for our recent Double IPA LolliHop.

“Field Study began life as Scratch #327, when we first started tinkering with some new hopping techniques,” explains Tröegs brewmaster John Trogner. “We built on those experiments over the next few Scratch releases and landed on a grain bill featuring a backbone of local Rustic Pale Malt.” Rustic Pale is grown in Mount Joy, PA, about 15 miles from the brewery and malted by Double Eagle near Philadelphia.

With the malt bill in place, Trogner and his team focused on hop selection, fine-tuning the beer’s recipe. “After a few trials, we finally arrived at what we think is a winning combination for Field Study – Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado.”

Field Study is rolling out on draft and in 12-ounce bottles and cans to all Tröegs markets over the next two weeks. It is also featured in the upcoming Anthology Summer sampler pack set to release on May 6.

Read more about Field Study at our blog.

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Iron Hill Brewery Cans Philly Special IPA

WILMINGTON, Del.– For the first time in its short tenure on the taps, Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant (Iron Hill), has announced the first can release of Philly Special, the popular NEIPA, which premiered in February 2018 at their Phoenixville location. Philly Special cans will be unleashed in 16 oz. 4 packs on starting on April 18, 2019 at all 16 Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery locations throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and South Carolina, for $17.25.

Philly Special, which was aptly named for the special play that football fans across the Philadelphia region will never forget, was brewed by the team at Iron Hill Phoenixville in February 2018. Following its initial success, Philly Special quickly became one of Iron Hill’s most popular draft beers and found its way to surrounding Iron Hill taps in Ardmore, Chestnut Hill and Huntingdon Valley. When Iron Hill opened their 15th location in Philadelphia, it was a no-brainer to include Philly Special as one of the location’s opening beers.

Philly Special is brewed with flaked oats and wheat and the 6.7 percent ABV IPA has intense flavors and aromas of tropical fruit and resinous pine dominate.

“We were thrilled to create a beer to commemorate such a monumental time, not only in Philadelphia, but the surrounding suburbs,” said Mark Edelson, director of brewery operations. “Philly Special has exceeded all expectations is one of the most requested beers at all our locations. It’s a light and hazy year-round beer, and we’re thrilled that we’re able to provide guests the opportunity to enjoy the beer on the go.”

In addition to releasing this popular beer, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Center City Philadelphia will be offering 4 oz. pours of Philly Special for a very patriotic $.76, on the day of the can release, April 18th from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. hosted by one of Philadelphia’s most famous sons, Benjamin Franklin.