We talk about big corporations, small craft breweries, and everything in-between in this week's six-pack. Let's do it!
In a union of two mega-corporations, Starbucks Coffee Company will be partnering with Anheuser-Busch to produce, bottle, and distribute ready-to-drink versions of Starbucks' high-end Teavana tea brand.
I fear this may go the way of my recent Black Sour Ale experience, but Schilling Hard Cider is creating a cold-brew coffee nitro hard cider, to debut later this month. I promise, if this makes it to my area, I will DEFINITELY give it a video review, if only so you call can see my reaction face to the apple/coffee combination. Wishing all the best on this for Schilling. Seriously.
Jester King Brewery just began farming on 58 recently-acquired acres near their Austin, Texas brewery. Jester King, producer of wild and farmhouse ales, along with sours, has planted "plum and peach trees, blackberry bushes, and a melon patch." They also are testing wheat on the plot. Eventually, Jester King hopes to utilize many of their own fruits, vegetables, and grains for future production.
Wal-Mart is getting into the craft beer game with beers brewed by Trouble Brewing being sold in 12-packs in Wal-Mart stores.
Rolling Stone reports on cast members of Lin-Manuel Miranda's firestorm of a Broadway musical "Hamilton" who have collaborated with beer experts The Happy Hour Guys to create the "Hamilton"-inspired Rise Up Rye, the first beer under the Broadway Brews Project charity banner.
Finally, if you'll pardon me some news of personal interest, Brewbound published a press release from the Jersey Shore's Cape May Brewing Company announcing the release of their new Mooncusser Pilsner. Cape May has a taproom in southern New Jersey, always pouring well over a dozen beers in addition to their own root beer and ginger ale. Congrats, guys, and see you this summer!