Try Riggs Beer Company’s Summer Seasonal Beers ASAP!

Have you tried any of Riggs Beer Company’s summer seasonal beers yet?  No? Well, we can fix that.

Every month of the year Riggs selects a beer to brew to put the taste of the season right on your taste buds. This summer, they have brewed and will brew a Pilsner (June), a Citraweizen (July), and a Helles (August) beer.

As the months go by the tap markers at your favorite watering holes will change from one beer to the next, the fun part about this is – that same handle can all be beers that come from Riggs. You can make a standing date with your friends and your favorite barstool, try the latest from Riggs, and enjoy a great-tasting beer while you’re at it.

Don’t worry, you can still find you favorite year-round beers from Riggs as well. If you feel like ordering something you have already tasted and approved, go for it! Those beers (American Lager, Red Lager, Hefeweizen, and India Pale Lager) are available to you as well. Either way, there will always be something you already know and love and something new to try every time you look at that beer list and see one Riggs Beer Company.

In the meantime though, head out to your neighborhood bar that serves Riggs beer and ask the bartender for a Pilsner (if it hasn’t already been drunk dry) or a Citraweizen and look forward to August when you can try the Helles!

Cheers for summer beers!

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Live the Island Life with Kona Hanalei Island IPA

On the North coast of Kauai is a small village and a crescent shaped bay called Hanalei. They are next to Makana Mountain (also known, perhaps better known as Bali Hai) with white sand beaches and clear, blue water a.k.a. a paddler’s paradise. It’s also the namesake for Kona Brewing Company’s latest IPA.

Hanalei Island IPA (4.5% ABV) is the “brewers’ homage to the Garden Isle and the Hawaiian classic drink POG.” That’s passion fruit, orange, and guava juices for us mainlanders.

It’s brewed with Pale 2 Row Premium and Caramel I20 malts and Millenium, Azacca, and Galaxy hops. That combination gives Hanalei Island IPA a “coppery, laidback, session-style ale, bright with tropical flavors,” as the brewers describe it.

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This easy-drinking IPA will leave you feeling like you’re paddling out into the South Pacific to catch a wave – even if you’re just sitting at home somewhere in Central Illinois.

Head out today to find Hanalei Island IPA in stores or on tap in your town today. The sooner you do, the sooner you’ll find yourself daydreaming of living the island life. Just think…Hawaii, white sand beaches, bathing suits, and beautiful, blue water, with a beer in-hand. Just make sure to pack the cooler with Kona’s Hanalei IPA in that daydream!

Cheers to daydreams of Hawaii and Hanalei Island IPA!

Goose Island’s Juicy Double, Imperial 49, and Gillian: Great for Summer!

Goose Island has a few new beers brewed for your enjoyment this summer, and we’re here to tell you all about them. Juicy Double, Imperial 49, and Gillian (2017 Vintage) are just what you need to add to your fridges and coolers as the summer heats up!

Juicy Double

Juicy Double.pngJuicy Double (8.3% ABV) is a “Double India Pale Ale brewed with orange juice,” 7 hop varieties, and 4 different malts to give it a “bold hop character” and “nicely balanced” flavor thanks to the citrus from the orange juice.

Imperial 49

Imperial 49

This Imperial IPA (8.4% ABV) was inspired by the 49th Parallel where the Goose Island hop farm is located. It has “big hop flavors and complex citrus aromas” on a malt foundation from a mix of 5 malts and 4 different hop varieties.

Gillian 2017 Vintage

Some of you may have tried Gillian before, but we’re sure you may want to try this newest vintage. For those of you who haven’t had it, we’re here to tell you a bit more about it.Gillian

Gillian (9.5% ABV) was first “inspired by an amuse bouche created by a chef wife of one of Goose Island’s brewers.” It’s a wild ale, aged in wine barrels brewed with fresh strawberries, honey, and white peppercorns sourced from local family farms. This combination along with 3 malts and 3 strains of yeast make Gillian both sweet and tart.

 

You can find any of these in various packages on shelves at local liquor and grocery stores or on tap at your favorite watering holes.

Cheers!

Toast Independence Day with Camouflage Budweiser America Cans!

Tomorrow is the 4th of July a.k.a. Independence Day. Aside from a day off of work in the middle of the week, there’s a reason to celebrate – we are free. Thanks to those who fought and died for our freedom, we are able to enjoy much more than a mid-summer holiday.

This Independence Day pick up a pack of camouflage Budweiser America bottles. Raise a bottle to those who came before us, fought, and died for the freedoms we might often forget we have. Show your support to the current troops who fight and sacrifice just as much to maintain those freedoms and help others to obtain them.

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Also, it’s important to know (or remember if you read our previous our Bud Illini blog post from Memorial Day) that you won’t just be enjoying some ice cold Budweiser with great packaging. You will be contributing to an even greater cause.

For every America can or bottle sold, Anheuser-Busch will donate 1 cent to the Folds of Honor Foundation up to $1 million dollars. That is a potential $1 million that will go toward helping the families of fallen soldiers to receive scholarships to further their education and better their lives.

And that, my friends, is reason enough to buy a pack of Budweiser America bottles or cans this Independence Day. What an easy way to celebrate the country we live in than to help our fellow American by purchasing a pack of beer we were (very likely) going to by to bring to our friends’/families’ annual 4th of July cookout.

Have fun, celebrate, and stay safe this Independence Day.

Cheers to America and to freedom!

ONYS Photo Contest: Fun for the Whole Family

Skeff Distributing has some fun for the whole family over the next week or so. We are challenging you, your friends, and your family to a photo contest. Some of you may remember Original New York Seltzer from the 1980’s. Some of you may have started seeing it in stores again and taken a double take. That’s right, it’s back.

Original New York Seltzer is back with the same great taste – in several flavors, including:

  • Black Cherry
  • Raspberry
  • Root Beer
  • Vanilla Cream
  • Cola & Berry.

This non-alcoholic soda is crisp, clear, and contains no artificial flavoring – just like they said:

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Here’s where the fun comes in…

Starting today, Monday, June 26th through Sunday, July 9th, we challenge you to take and submit the best 1980’s style photo with Original New York Seltzer. We want to see how creative you can get! Then, once we have all the submissions, the winners will be selected and announced on Monday, July 10th and again on Wednesday, July 12th.

Here’s how it will work:

  1. Like us on Facebook.
  2. Follow us on Instagram.
  3. Post your best 1980’s style photo with Original New York Seltzer and tag us in it between June 26th and July 9th. (Important: Make sure your privacy settings for that post are set to allow us to view it. Otherwise, we will not be able to see your submission.)
  4. Include the hashtags #ONYS and #Skeff50.

 

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On Monday, July 10th, the top 5 winners will be announced here on our Buds & Brews blog and, in case you missed it, again on Wednesday, July 12th on our Bud Illini blog to be shared to all our social media pages.

Winners will receive a 12 pack of Original New York Seltzer to share with your friends and family… Or you can keep it all for yourself. We won’t tell!

It’s the weekend before Independence Day this week, which means you can use the weekend to come up with your ‘80’s style photo op strategy and get a pack of Original New York Seltzer. You can find it at the following stores and locations:

  • Save-A-Lot
    • Auburn
    • Urbana
  • County Market
    • Chatham
    • Springfield
    • Champaign
    • Danville
    • Tilton
    • Girard
    • Decatur

Then get those pictures taken and submitted over the holiday while you’re with your family and friends because, like we said, it’s fun for the whole family. You have a great opportunity to spend some quality time, have a fun activity to do together, make memories, and document them for yourselves and all of us to see!

Good luck and Happy Independence Day! We can wait to see your submissions.

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Skeff Distributing Welcomes Golden Road to Its Portfolio

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You may have read or heard over the past couple years that Anheuser-Busch purchased a craft brewer from Los Angeles, California, called Golden Road Brewing. You may have also noticed a lack of Golden Road Brewing products in our area….that is because the distribution of these brands was still growing and expanding. We are now very pleased to let you know, you can find Golden Road Brewing beers throughout East Central Illinois courtesy of your favorite beer distributor (that would be us, for all intents and purposes) as we have recently attain approval to distribute them within our footprint.

Now, you may have noticed this “new” brand of beers on shelves or on tap, but you might not know much about them or what they’re all about. We’re here to help you out with that.

Meg Gill co-founded Golden Road Brewing in 2011 in Los Angeles to “prove L.A. could be a good craft beer town.” It’s was and still is a young company but they are hungry and very much “doing what they love and loving what they do.”

And what do they love to do? Brew beer with a taste profile that is “very uniquely southern California” with its dryness and hop profile.

But it’s more than just beer. They are very much lifestyle brewers. They like to be active, to surf, to run, to swim, to bike, and so on and so forth… And so do their consumers. With that in mind, they brew beers that are drinkable, sessionable, and allow you to get up the next day and do the activities you love.

So while you may not live in southern California, you can still enjoy that live that active lifestyle and enjoy great beers brewed with that Southern California vibe no matter that you live in the Bread Basket of the U.S. or anywhere else in the world.

Pick up a pack today and give it a try. You just may find the beer that fits your lifestyle that you’ve been looking for!

Cheers!

 

Come to The Eagle’s Nest Gift Shop to Find Your Father’s Day Gift!

Are you still looking for that perfect gift to get your dad on Father’s Day? Need last minute ideas? The Eagle’s Nest Gift Shop has you covered!

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to stop by our office, you probably didn’t know we had a gift shop called The Eagle’s Nest in our visitor’s entrance. The Eagle’s Nest has a variety of items you might be interested in from clothes to glassware.

Here’s a glimpse inside:

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Now, about those gifts…

We have Anheuser-Busch product themed clothing items from fun socks to t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, and button downs.

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But that’s not all we have at The Eagle’s Nest, oh no. We have these sweet Bud Light Coolers on wheels for all your dad’s beaching, tailgating, camping, or just Saturday night needs.

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We also have some cool Budweiser washer sets, so you and your dad can set up in the backyard, crack open a couple of Buds, and spend some time together in a little friendly competition.

So no matter what your dad may like or what he may have a need for (who doesn’t need another pair of socks or a new shirt?), The Eagle’s Nest is here to help! Stop by today and scout out your dad’s new favorite Father’s Day gift.

We’re located at:

3585 E. L&A Industrial Drive

Decatur, IL 62521

Look for the Visitor’s Parking/Entrance sign and come on in and shop!

Cheers to all the dad’s out there, this Bud’s for you!

2017 World Environment Day: How Skeff Distributing Did Its Part

Happy World Environment Day, a day to reconnect with nature and to play a part in keeping our planet healthy! Whether you go for a walk, host a picnic, or plan a cleanup day, the purpose of the day is to get outside and remember to stop and smell the roses Mother Nature so kindly grew for us.

This year, Skeff did its part to get outside, conserve water, and clean up the communities where we live and work.

Water Conservation Pledges

Team Skeff signed pledges to conserve water from Friday, May 19th – Monday, June 5th. That is a total of 18 days of conscious effort to conserve water. That may sound harder than it actually is, and we’re here to tell you why.

Everyone had three options to choose from; they could pledge one, two, or all three ways to decrease their water usage:

  1. Skip Shaving (5 gallons/shave x 18 days = 90 gallons).
  2. Turn the water off while brushing their teeth (4.5 gallons/brush x twice/day x 18 days = 162 gallons).
  3. Shorten their showers by a total of 20 mins (2.5 gallons/minute x 20 minutes = 50 gallons).

You may not realize how much water you use while brushing your teeth, but you can see from these formula averages that the savings is significant. It seems odd that something as simple as turning the water off while you brush your teeth or cutting your shower time down by one or two minutes each day could make such a difference…which is exactly what makes this exercise so effective.

At the end of 18 days, Team Skeff conserved a total of 3,652 gallons of water.

Community Cleanup Day

Friday, June 16th members of Team Skeff will take to the streets and participate in a Community Cleanup Day in honor of World Environment Day.

Three Teams will set out for different locations in the communities where we live and work to do their part in making them clean and healthy for community members to enjoy.

  • Team Danville are heading to Lake Vermilion to clean up all the public fishing, docks, and picnic areas.
  • Teams Decatur & Champaign are working together to clean up Nelson Park and possibly one other Decatur park.
  • Team Springfield is going to do some cleanup at Forrest Park.

Every year we enjoy doing these environmentally friendly projects and incorporating different behaviors into our daily routine that are easy to take for granted. It acts as a reminder to us that we can always contribute and make a difference – even if it is something as simple as skipping a shave or cutting our shower time down by a minute or two.

We encourage you to incorporate some of these behaviors into your daily routine, our guess is they just might stick. We also encourage you to get outside, go for a walk, have a picnic, or plan an activity with your friends and family to enjoy a little time in nature and help keep it healthy. Then feel free to reward yourselves with an ice cold Budweiser.

Cheers to a better world!

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Best Damn Sweet Tea: The Drink of Choice for Memorial Day 2017

Happy Memorial Day! First, we want to thank all those veterans who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice for us. Second, we want to thank their families for their sacrifices and help them honor their soldier’s memory today. One way we know how to do that is to toast them with the new Best Damn Sweet Tea.

On a day when we celebrate the United States, our freedom, and those who fought for both, we think it’s only apt to toast them with an All-American drink. May I ask, what drink is more American than sweet iced tea? Perhaps Best Damn Sweet Tea, the 21+ version of the classic tea.

Best Damn Sweet Tea (5.5% ABV) is a hard sweet tea. It is aged on real black tea leaves while brewing to give it that real tea flavor. The brewers describe its taste a little something like this: delicious, easy-drinking, with a “delightful, refreshingly smooth iced tea taste.”

We trusted them, but then we sampled it ourselves….And they were right. It’s delicious, easy-drinking, and delightfully refreshing. In fact, it’s so much so that we couldn’t think of a better drink to have on a hot, sunny Memorial Day than Best Damn Sweet Tea. Like they said, they “put the TEA in party!” and we’re ready to celebrate today.

Best Damn Sweet TeaNot only is today a major American holiday (and one of our favorites to celebrate), it is also considered the first of the summer holidays and the one that kicks off the summer season.

If you haven’t already, head out and pick up some Best Damn Sweet Tea and give it a try. You can find it in the following packages:

  • 6 pk. 12 oz. bottle
  • 6 pk. 16 oz. can

Be sure to toast the American heroes that fought and sacrificed, so you can enjoy your freedom. We’ll get you started….

Cheers to all the American heroes and to a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Best Damn Cream Soda: Taking You Back to the Summers of Your Childhood

We are one week away from the holiday that kicks off the summer – Memorial Day! We are excited and ready for summertime weather, fun, and (of course) drinks, which is why we are equally excited to tell you about Best Damn Cream Soda.

Remember the summers of your childhood? Remember how much fun they where? Remember how you used to ride your bikes to the closest soda shop and enjoy a cold cream soda?

Well, some of our readers just might remember doing exactly that while others have only heard stories of such summer activities as this. Either way, you know the feeling of enjoying an old fashioned soda in a soda shop – whether from personal experience or through stories that sang through your imagination.

We’re here to take you back to those childhood summers through the taste of Best Damn Cream Soda. Now, the major difference here is that you’ll be drinking the adult version of that soda you enjoyed in your youth!

Best Damn Cream Soda (5.5% ABV) is a hard soda with the same great taste you remember drinking or imagining. Aged on real vanilla beans during the brewing process, Best Damn Cream Soda adds “a touch of sweetness to a timeless recipe,” as the brewers describe it.

Look for this great-tasting, old-timey hard soda Best Damn Cream Sodaon shelves in the following packages:

  • 6 pk. 12 oz. bottle
  • 6 pk. 16 oz. can

For those of you who sampled or saw it at the Decatur Chamber Business Expo & Taste in early May, you know what we’re talking about! It’s “Soda-licious, you’ll love it!” (We had to end with a bit of the brewers’ soda humor).

Head on out and grab a six pack to try and get transported back to the summers of your childhood…and enjoy them like an adult this Memorial Day!

Cheers!

Shock Top Lemon Shandy has a New Look!

Your favorite summer seasonal is back, and it has a brand new look! Check it out, and be sure to look for this refreshed packaging on shelves in your local grocery and liquor stores.

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After all, Shock Top Lemon Shandy “is summer in a bottle” as the brewers describe it. Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff to the summer season, and what better way could there be to get a head start on some summer fun than to stock the fridge with a Shock Top Lemon Shandy (4.2% ABV)?

We couldn’t think of one either.

You can stock the fridge or your cooler with a:

  • 6 pack of 12 oz. bottles or
  • 12 pack of 12 oz. bottles.

Or perhaps you feel like going out for a beer with your friends? Be sure to ask the bartender for a Shock Top Lemon Shandy on tap at your favorite watering hole this summer.

No matter what, though, with its “classic, refreshingly balanced sweet and crisp lemon recipe,” the summer will be off to a good start…with a Shock Top Lemon Shandy in hand, of course. Now, it’s time for you to enjoy that taste of summer for yourself!

Cheers!

Get Your Mom What She Really Wants This Mother’s Day: Pine-Apple-Rita Splash!

Mother’s Day is May 14th, which means you have about a week to figure out how to showPineapple Rita Splash her your appreciation. Lucky for you, we have just what you’ve been looking for….Pine-Apple-Rita Splash!

It’s the newest, full-time addition to the Rita Splash line of products, and it. is. delicious! This easy to drink Rita “combines the deliciously light flavor of pineapple with a refreshing margarita taste,” according to the brewers.

Pine-Apple-Rita Splash (4% ABV) is perfect for your fun-loving mom, who just wants to sit, talk, and spend some time with her adult children. You can let loose with your mom and reminisce about all the times you drove her nuts and made her laugh while you were growing up.

Head to the store today and get yourselves a 12 oz. bottle 6 pack or a 16 oz. can 6 pack to share together (and with your siblings, if you have them)!

After all, the best present you can often give is time spent with those you love and what better way to do that than to gather and talk over a couple Pine-Apple-Rita Splashes?

Cheers to all the moms out there this Mother’s Day!

 

Elysian Space Dust IPA Gives You a Taste of Space on Earth

You’ve always had your eyes on the skies. You wanted to be an astronaut when you grew up. You heard there are 7 Earth-like planets about 40 lightyears away from us here on earth, and you were more than intrigued. Well, Elysian Brewing Company’s Space Dust IPA is just as intriguing.

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Look at that packaging! If that doesn’t catch your eye in the beer aisle, we don’t know what will. But Elysian isn’t all about great, eye-catching packaging. They also take care to make sure what’s inside is just as captivating. Space Dust IPA is no exception.

If you’re into IPA’s, you’ll want to give this one a try. It has a “truly bright, tropical flavor” that will have you reaching for another, according to the Seattle brewers.

Space Dust IPA (8.2% ABV and 73 IBU’s) is a West Coast IPA that’s “bold, juicy, and deliciously hoppy.” It was “brewed with world-renowned west coast hops – Chinook, Citra and Amarillo” as well as Great Western premium two-row, C-15, and Dextra Pils malts.

You can find Elysian Space Dust IPA available in two forms: in 12 oz. six-pack bottles at your local liquor and grocery stores and/or on draft in select bars and restaurants. So if you have noticed it on tap but haven’t had a chance to try it yet, now is your chance! Space Dust IPA will give you the taste of space you’ve been craving right here on Earth.

Ask for a Space Dust IPA on draft, test it out. Like it? Tell a friend. Pick up a six-pack the next time you’re at the store and share it with a friend. You can talk about space and Earth-like planets and extraterrestrial life to your heart’s content with a little Space Dust in your hand.

Cheers!

Corks & Forks & Sampling Skeff Distributing Beer Brands!

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Corks & Forks is one of Decatur’s best events of the year, no doubt. Did you know that it’s not only about wine and food, though? Oh yes, there is beer to be had as well!

Stop by the Skeff Distributing table to sample the following beers:

    • From Firestone Walker:
      • Pivo
      • Luponic Distortion
      • Easy Jack IPA
      • DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
    • From Goose Island:
      • Goose Summertime Kölsch
      • Sophie
    • From Golden Road:
      • Palisades Pineapple
      • Hollywood Blonde
    • Kona Brewing’s Hanalei IPA
    • Elysian’s Space Dust
    • Shock Top Lemon Shandy
    • Virtue Cider’s The Mitten

They pair just as nicely with food as wine does…just a little something not everyone knows or remembers until we remind them!

If you already planned to or now want to attend Corks & Forks hosted by the Decatur Area Arts Council, here is all the information you need to know about the event.

  • Date: Thursday, April 27
  • Time: 6:30-9:30pm
  • Location: Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
  • Cost:
    • $50/person in advance
    • $55/person at the door

There is also a VIP Event prior to the main event (which includes admission to the main event as well). It consists of an exclusive seated Premium Wine and Food Pairing 5-6:30 p.m. and costs $125/person. Also note, the VIP event only has a limited number of tickets. If you’re interested in this part of the event, you better act fast and hopefully it’s not sold out already and/or note it down for next year, so you are sure to get your ticket!

Of course, there will be art as well. You can’t have an event hosted by the Arts Council without a bit of art! If you haven’t attended in years past, you should also know that there is a silent auction with plenty of items of interest as you enter the event, like these from previous years…

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Pieces by local artists, private dinners from local chefs, tickets to ball games, and more have been up for auction in the past, so there is a bit of something for everyone.

We look forward to seeing you there and seeing your delighted faces as you sample our selection of beers!

Cheers!

New! Skeff Distributing Welcomes SpikedSeltzer to Their Portfolio!

New to Skeff Distributing’s portfolio is Anheuser-Busch’s SpikedSeltzer. No doubt you have started seeing this on shelves and in coolers or even out and about by now. But do you know anything about it? Well, keep reading and we will tell you all about it.

SpikedSeltzer (6% ABV) is a cold-brewed, non-malt beer. It has 5 grams of carbs, is gluten-free, is flavored with natural fruit essences, but it isn’t sweet. It was first launched in 2013 by brew master Nick Shields and Dave Holmes in Connecticut and quickly spread through the Northeast before catching the eye of Anheuser-Busch, who then acquired the brand.

Now Skeff Distributing is delivering it to all your local bars, restaurants, grocery and liquor stores for you to have and share with your friends and family! SpikedSeltzer, according to the brewers, “strives for simplicity with just a few natural ingredients and purified water. Champagne-like bubbles and fruit essence give SpikedSeltzer a fresh, lively taste!”

You can find 12 oz. 6 pack cans in the Indian River Grapefruit and West Indies Lime flavors. Or you can look for the 12 oz. 12 pack variety pack, which includes:

  • Indian River Grapefruit
  • Valencia Orange
  • West Indies Lime
  • Cape Cod Cranberry

They are waiting for you to buy and try now! Cheers!

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Firestone Walker’s Visit with Skeff Distributing!

You may have heard of the California brewers also known as Firestone Walker Brewing Company. Whether you thought, “Yes, I have” or “Nope, sure haven’t” we will give you all the details you need to know here, so keep reading!

Who Are They?

Firestone Walker Brewing Company was started by two brothers-in-law – David Walker and Adam Firestone in Paso Robles, California. (We bet you can guess where the brewery got its name…) Located in an area surrounded by vineyards and winemakers, a brewery was born out of love for beer.

Walker and Firestone wanted to do something different – brew beer in the land of wine – and we’d say they’ve done an exceptional job of it. The two brothers-in-law came together to form a partnership to bring you “the authenticity of Old World Craft with the innovative spirit of California” as they describe it.

As Walker is a British expat and Firestone is a household American name, you can see how this partnership was destined to accomplish exactly what they set out to do.

Why We’re Excited about Them

We are excited to welcome Firestone Walker Brewing Company into the Skeff Distributing fold and distribute their brands. Firestone Walker beer brands will be available in our Decatur, Champaign, and Christian County, so start looking on shelves and on tap at your favorite stores and watering holes in these areas!

Not only are we excited to distribute their beer, but they also increased that excitement by paying us a visit on Friday, March 31st to tell us a bit more about their beer brands and do a tasting.

Firestone Walker’s Visit to Skeff

John Kellerman, Firestone Walker’s Market Manager for St. Louis, Southern Illinois, & Iowa, paid us a visit to tell us a bit more about the brewery, the brews, and how excited they are to partner with us as their distributor.

He ran through the portfolio for us and did a sampling, so our Sales Team would have firsthand experience with these brands when selling them to our retail customers.

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They have some great-tasting beers to say the least, which is likely a direct result of their commitment to quality products and the focus they give their brands. They’re not trying to do everything well, they’re doing a handful of things exceptionally. That commitment and focus can all but be tasted as an added ingredient to these beers. They are great and definitely worth a try.

Next time you’re out and about or in the grocery or liquor store and see a Firestone Walker beer on tap or on the shelf, give it a try and see for yourself!

Cheers!

Blue Point Toasted Lager: A Taste of the East Coast Available Right Here in the Midwest

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Blue Point Brewing Company was recently welcomed into the Anheuser-Busch family of products as well as Skeff Distributing’s distributed brands. You may have started seeing Blue Point Toasted Lager on shelves or on tap as of late and wondered what it was, where it comes from, and why you should try it. Well, we are here to give you answers to all of those questions!

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Blue Point Brewing comes from Long Island, New York to give you a little taste of the East Coast right here in the Midwest.

What Is It?

As you can probably guess, Toasted Lager (5.5% ABV) is a lager. It’s copper in color and brewed with a variety of malts (Blended 2-Row Barley, Crystal, Munich Type I, Munich Type II, Pale Wheat, Carared, and Caramalt) and hops (Columbus, Crystal, and Mt. Hood) to give it a balanced flavor.

Why Should I Try It?

“Why,” you ask? Toasted Lager is brewed for easy drinking and has an “exceptional, long-lasting, smooth finish” thanks to their special, proprietary lager yeast, according to the brewers.

They also told us, “Toasted Lager was originally named for the ‘toasted’ characteristic of our original direct-fire brick kettle. Our World Beer Cup gold medal-winning flagship brew is brewed with a blend of six specialty malts for a flavor as rich and unique as the town it’s from.”

And if that doesn’t tempt you enough, it’s also known for this little tidbit of information:

Toasted Lager 60 percent prefer to Sam Adams

Don’t’ believe us? Set up your own blind taste test! Blue Point Toasted Lager is available year round on tap and in 6 pack bottles. Ask for a Toasted Lager on draft or buy a 6 pack to pair with oysters, fish, and other seafood, then let your taste buds do the talking!

Cheers!

Cubs Fans: Support Your Team with MLB Budweiser Team Cans!

Play ball! Baseball is back and so are Budweiser team cans.

Last year the Chicago Cubs (finally) made it to the World Series and (finally) became champions. This year, Budweiser is giving them one more reason to be celebrate. Not only do the Cubs have bragging rights for the year, but they also get their own team can.

It’s not just any old team can, though. This year the Cubs team can will bear their logo and the words “2016 World Series Champions,” which is important to note – some people never thought they’d live to see the words, let alone the words on a can of Budweiser. Oh happy day, they lived to see the day!

Rest assured, these will fly off the shelves in the first weeks of baseball season. Whether you want to keep one as a collectible (because who knows how long it will be until they can call themselves champions again?) or you want to represent your team in every way possible when you’re with your friends watching the game, we’ve got you covered.

You will be able to find Chicago Cubs Budweiser team cans in two packages: 12 oz. 12 pack cans or 16 oz. 24 pack aluminum bottles. So no matter what your Cubs game watching needs entail, we’ve got a package to fit the size of your party.

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With so much to celebrate and so much hope that the Cubbies will do it again, why not show your support with your very own Budweiser Team Can?

Congratulations, Cubs fans, enjoy the season! We’ll see what happens in the 2017 World Series!

Cheers!

Try Something New this Spring – 10 Barrel Brewing’s Joe IPA!

You may or may not have heard of 10 Barrel Brewing. For those of you who have, you’re going to like what you see in this post. For those of you who haven’t, allow us to introduce you.

Skeff Distributing is welcoming 10 Barrel Brewing from Bend, Oregon to the family of beer brands we distribute to your local liquor and grocery stores, bars, and restaurants!

The first one we’d like to tell you to look for when you’re out and about shopping, eating, and/or drinking is Joe IPA (6.9% ABV). For those of you who know about 10 Barrel and Joe IPA, you may remember this beer was formerly known as Sam.

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It is available year round in 12 oz. 6 pack bottles and ½ bbl. kegs, which is great because you can try this beer, fall in love with it, and then go back for more time after time without futilely searching the shelves.

And let’s face it, if you like IPA’s, you just might fall in love with Joe IPA. It has a “Bright, citrusy flavor” and an “intense hoppy aroma,” according to the brewers. And that great flavor is thanks to the 3 varieties of hops used in the brewing process: Amarillo, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops.

Joe IPA doesn’t just taste good, though. It has award-winning good taste – the 2016 Best of Oregon gold medal award to be exact.

So head to stores or out today, order a pint. Grab a six-pack. Have a beer with a friend, and make it a Joe IPA. You just might find your new favorite IPA.

Bud Light and Your March Madness Menu!

Yesterday was Selection Sunday a.k.a. the kickoff of March Madness. Today, we have a breather to consider our brackets and get all our ideas lined up for the next few weeks. Now, I don’t know about you, but one thing I like to get squared away is the menu for my watch parties!

Bud-BL March Madness 2017.JPGFood and beer go hand in hand with watching any sporting event, but March Madness takes it to a whole ‘nother level. With this in mind, we thought (in the words of Joey Tribiani), Why don’t we “put those hands together?”

We don’t just want to pair your food and beer. We want to put your beer in your food! Two of the best things about beer are that it pairs well with food and it is a tasty ingredient for any number of recipes. We picked out a couple for you to add to your March Madness Menu. They’re easy, simple, and they don’t take forever to throw together.

They both call for Budweiser (which you can absolutely use), but if you’re wanting to use all that Bud Light you just stocked up on over the weekend for March Madness, go right ahead and use it!

First up, we have a Bud (Light) Cheese Dip. If you follow the link, you will be taken to our Pin.

INGREDIENTS

Yield 10 oz. of dipbud-cheese-dip

  • 1 can Budweiser
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar, shredded
  • 8 oz. gruyere, shredded
  • 1 tbsp. A.P. Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp. Sriracha hot chili sauce
  • 0.5 onion, medium diced
  • 0.5 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 0.5 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 0.5 tbsp. salt
  • 0.5 tbsp. pepper

METHOD

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix the two cheeses together with the flour making sure that all three ingredients are fully incorporated.
  2. In a medium sauce pot, heat on high and add olive oil until it starts to smoke.
  3. Immediately add onions and sauté until light golden brown.
  4. Season sautéed onions with garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper and stir until mixed.
  5. Deglaze by adding beer, Worchester, and sriracha.
  6. Bring to a boil and then add cheese/flour mix ¼ at a time.
  7. Be sure to constantly stir and ensure that most if not all of the cheese is melted before adding the next batch.
  8. Serve very warm with crackers, pretzels, or bread.

Then for a little more sustenance, we have Beer Battered Wings. Again, the recipe calls for Budweiser, but Bud or Bud Light will do!

beer-battered-wingsINGREDIENTS

Yield 1.5 dozen wings

  • 18 pieces jumbo chicken wings
  • ½ cup corn starch
  • ½ cup AP flour
  • 2 cans Budweiser
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tbsp. paprika, garlic powder, onion powder
  • ½ tbsp. salt, ground pepper
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil, heated to 350F in a pot that leaves 4 inches between the top of the oil and the top of the pot

METHOD

SET UP: Deep fry or blanche chicken wings in oil for 5 minutes and let cool prior to starting recipe

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix until all are fully incorporated.
  2. Slowly add beer while whisking together with dry ingredient mixture.
  3. Once all beer is used, add water until mixture is viscous but not too aqueous.
  4. Whisk until all lumps are gone and mixture is smooth and one consistent texture.
  5. Dip each wing individually and gently place into oil.
  6. Be careful to cook wings only 3 pieces at a time to ensure against overflowing of the oil and in order to reduce the drop in temperature of the oil.

For more ideas for your March Madness Menu, visit our Pinterest board “Cooking with Beer!”

Cheers!

P.S. Watch for the post on our Bud Illini blog about our March Madness Bracket on Wednesday!