Beer Buzz – Name That Beer, Ballast Point Chicago Opens, Def Leppard And More!

Yikes, mid-May already…and clearly the craft beer biz isn’t slowing down any time soon. But no worries, the Beer Buzz is always on the case, keeping you up on all the beer news and lifestyle that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you don’t want to miss that!

Summit’s Craft The Name Challenge Returns (St Paul, MN) – In conjunction with the Brewers Association’s 13th Annual American Craft Beer Week, (May 14th-20th) Summit Brewing is inviting its fans to help them name an exclusive beer for the 2018 Minnesota State Fair.

To participate, just email your name, phone number, address, and of course your proposed name for the beer to [email protected].

Please make sure your beer name hasn’t been used by another brewery. You can do this by searching for the name at,, or Untappd to begin with and then keeping your fingers crossed.

From those American Craft Beer Week suggestions, Summit will choose what they think are the best, and then host a public vote on one of their social media channels later in May.

Words To Drink By (St Paul, MN) – Last year Summit received more than over 520 entries in our “Craft the Name” contest, almost shutting down our email system for good.” Brendan Kennealy Summit Brewing

New Ballast Point Brewpub Opens (Chicago, IL) – The much anticipated Ballast Point Tasting Room and Kitchen opened its doors in the Windy City yesterday and word is that the place is a total smash.

Ballast Point’s New Chicago brewpub and restaurant is among the boldest moves yet for the brand according to Chicago Tribune who noted that the San Diego-based brewery which was purchased by Constellation Brands for a jaw-dropping $1 billion in 2015, had seen its shipments decline by 15% in 2017.

With more than 100 tap handles that pour 40 to 50 beers at a time Constellation is betting big on its new Ballast Point brewpub and see it as a strategic touchstone for broadening its brand and ethos in the Midwest.

What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Seattle, WA) – Last night we hit up a special collaboration from legendary rock band Def Leppard and Elysian Brewing Company that celebrates the British music and brewing traditions as well as the band’s summer  tour with Journey. A melding of legendary British beer instincts powered by Northwest hops, Def Leppard Pale is a 6% ABV Pale Ale with a sturdy amber color and a surprisingly clean finish. And even better, it comes in 16oz cans!

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