WELCOME TO THE LONG NIGHTS OF BEER

For Immediate Release Contact: Julie Birrenkott 715-254-0520 Email: julie@pointbeer.com

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (November 15, 2015) – If you have a beer “sweet tooth,” then the Long Nights variety pack is for you.

The latest variety12-pack from Stevens Point Brewery features four unique brews that will appeal especially to those beer lovers who enjoy the sweeter side of the craft beer scene: Malted Milk Shake Lager, Pistachio Nut Brown Ale, Gingerbread Ale and Salted Caramel Toffee Ale. Available at retail from November through the end of January wherever Point’s handcrafted beers are sold, the Long Nights variety pack contains three 12-ounce longneck bottles of each new brew.

These are not traditional winter seasonals, according to Point Brewmaster Gabe Hopkins. “The Long Nights beers are handcrafted dessert-style beers brewed to be sweeter by emphasizing their maltiness, not their hop bitterness. They feature flavors typically not found in winter beers,” he said.

The Long Nights variety pack is the latest variety 12-pack from Stevens Point Brewery, which also produces a Harvest Craft Creations variety pack of flavored ales for the fall, the Long Days quartet of pale golden lagers with fresh fruit flavors for the summer, and a year-round IPA variety pack featuring four unique, hoppy India Pale Ales.

“Variety packs are just as popular with craft beer drinkers during the winter as they are in summer and fall, so we were planning for the Long Nights package long before our Long Days variety packs were sold out at retail last summer,” said Julie Birrenkott, Point Marketing Manager. “Variety packs are a great way to introduce innovative new beers that will resonate with craft beer lovers interested in exploring new flavors and styles.”

Introducing the Long Nights Beers

Malted Milk Shake Lager is a very dark lager that pairs well with anything chocolate. Brewed with wheat malt, chocolate malt, malted milk powder, and Topaz and Tettnanger hops, the beer is aged on a bed of cocoa nibs. “In addition, we actually add chocolate syrup at the back end, right before bottling,” Hopkins explained.

Pistachio Nut Brown Ale is a traditional mild brown ale featuring a blend of Victory malt, a lightly roasted malt that establishes the beer’s nutty character; caramel malt, which adds sweetness; and Palisade hops, an aroma variety from the Pacific Northwest. The pistachio nuts are added to the mash tun at the beginning of the brewing process after Point’s brewers grind them using a hand grinder. “The pistachio flavor really comes through, enhancing this ale’s nutty flavor and aroma,” Hopkins said.

Point Gingerbread Ale is a spicy ale, amber brown in color. The recipe includes chocolate and caramel malts, Perle and Tettnanger hops, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, all-spice and orange peel. Molasses added to the brew kettle brings it all together. “Molasses is a key ingredient in gingerbread and it’s a key ingredient in this ale, too,” Hopkins said. “Taking a sip of Point Gingerbread Ale is like taking a bite of a gingerbread cookie.”

Salted Caramel Toffee Ale is a golden-colored beer best described as a “trip to the candy store.” The beer is brewed with rich caramel malts and Mt. Hood hops, and a generous amount of real salted caramel is added to the brew kettle. “When you taste this beer, you will get the aroma and sweetness of the caramel on the back end, while the saltiness accentuates the caramel malt. This is a sweet beer, indeed,” Hopkins said.

Stevens Point Brewery

Stevens Point Brewery, founded in 1857, uses only the highest-grade barley malts, specialty malts, grains and the choicest hops to brew its handcrafted beers.

The Long Nights variety pack is Stevens Point Brewery’s fourth variety 12-pack. The Harvest Craft Creations 12-pack introduced in September features Point Cranberry Wheat Ale, Point Squash Ale, Point Pumpkin Peach Ale and Point Blood Orange Amber. The Long Days variety pack offered four refreshing fruit lagers: Point Lime Lager, Point Mango Lager, Point Tart Cherry Lager and Point Watermelon Mojito Lager. Four unique year-round India pale ales – Point Spruce Tip IPA, Point Peach Mango IPA, Point White IPA and Point One Shot IPA – are available only in the Point IPA variety 12-pack introduced last year.

The brewery’s year-round lineup also features flagship Point Special Lager; Point Onyx Black Ale, a robust dark ale; Point Belgian White, a Belgian-style wheat ale; Point Drop Dead Blonde Ale, a golden ale; Point Cascade Pale Ale, an American-style pale ale; Point Amber Classic, an American-style amber lager; Point Beyond the Pale IPA, a robust, hoppy India Pale Ale; and Point Smiley Blue Pils, a Czech-style pilsner. Year-round products include the Whole Hog Limited Edition “big beers:” Whole Hog Espresso Stout, Whole Hog Six-Hop India Pale Ale, Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout, Whole Hog Barley Wine Ale and Whole Hog Scotch Ale. Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is a fall seasonal.

The brewery’s seasonal beers include Point Oktoberfest, a Bavarian-style Märzen beer; Point St. Benedict’s Winter Ale, a rich, dark beer available from November through February; Apricadabra Apricot Wheat Ale for the spring; and summer favorites Point Coast Radler, a mix of beer and natural citrus flavors, and Point Nude Beach Summer Wheat, an award-winning unfiltered wheat ale. Point also brews five unique James Page specialty beers sold only in convenient 12-ounce cans: A Cappella Gluten-free Pale Ale, Casper White Stout, Yhaba Dhaba Chai Tea Porter, Healani Pineapple Hefeweizen, and Bastian Black Forest Cake, a dark porter just introduced at retail.

Point’s Ciderboys Cider Co. hard ciders blend unexpected fresh fruit flavors with apple cider. Ciderboys’ year-round products are First Press, a traditional hard cider; Raspberry Smash, alive with the tartness of raspberries; and Strawberry Magic, a blend of fresh strawberries and apple cider. Ciderboys also produces winter seasonal Mad Bark, made with natural cinnamon; fall seasonal Cranberry Road, a pairing of apple cider and cranberries; and seasonals Pineapple Hula, Peach County and Grand Mimosa. Pineapple Hula is made with fresh Hawaiian pineapple, Peach County combines pure peach flavor with apple cider, and Grand Mimosa is a winter cider made with succulent California oranges.

Gourmet soft drinks from the Stevens Point Brewery include Point Premium Root Beer, Point Premium Diet Root Beer, Point Premium Orange Cream, Point Premium Vanilla Cream, Point Kitty Cocktail and Point Premium Black Cherry Cream Soda.

For more information about the Stevens Point Brewery, please visit www.pointbeer.com or call
1-800-369-4911. Tours of the brewery are available; schedules are listed on the website.