Beer Buzz – BrewDog And British Airways Partner, Ballast Point, Ninkasi Sells Majority Stake

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Air BrewDog (UK) – Last month BrewDog co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie brewed a batch of beer on board a British Airways flight, a world-first (according to the Scottish punk brewers) that you’ll be able to check out on a special edition of The BrewDog Show on Drink TV.

BrewDog fine-tuned that airborne beer with a team at British Airways and on May 1st travelers will be able to taste that collaboration on their long haul and short haul flights, as well as in selected airport lounges in the UK.

BrewDog Speed bird 100 is described by the brewery as a 4.8% ABV Transatlantic IPA that is “perfect at any cruising altitude.” And First Class British Airways travelers will be able to enjoy a special wild ale from BrewDog’s Overworks facility (yet another reason to spend 3X’s more on your flight).


Words To Drink By (Washington, DC) – “Beer has always been my drug of choice…I’ve been drinking it since I was nine.”  Tom Bobak / American Craft Beer


Ninkasi Sells A Majority Stake Build CANarchy-like Business (Eugene, OR) – Last week Ninkasi Brewing, the country’s 35th largest craft brewer, announced that it was selling a majority stake of its company to PR Properties and Legacy Breweries.

Words To Drink By II (Eugene, OR) “Ninkasi has discussed numerous partnership opportunities over the years that didn’t quite fit our vision, but with the support of Legacy and EPR, we felt that this was the right opportunity and will help us develop into the next powerful independent craft brewery platform.” – Nikos Ridge, Co-founder of Ninkasi Brewing Co.

What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Hood River, OR) – We recently hit up something new from Ballast Point Brewing that you might want to chase down. Light-bodied and bone-dry, Ballast Point Brut IPA is a 7% ABV limited release that marks the brewery’s first foray into this emerging style.

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