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CALIFORNIA BREWERY OF THE YEAR

Long Beach, Calif. – September 13, 2019 – Crooked Lane Brewing Company was awarded California Brewery of the Year after taking 4 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze medals in the inaugural California Craft Brewers Cup (CCBC). The competition, a partnership with the Brewers Guilds of California and the California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) recognizes the best craft beers in the state of California. The competition had a total of 1,266 entries from 194 independent craft breweries.

Crooked Lane Brewing Company was recognized in the following categories:

German/Vienna-Style Marzen | Oktoberfest | Gold Medal
Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout | Dark Bent | Gold Metal
Berliner-Style Weisse | Street Weisse | Gold Metal
German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock | Oreamnos | Gold Medal
European-Style Dark Beer | Thirsty Pretzels | Silver Medal
British Strong Ales (Old Ale) | Gnarly Goat | Bronze Metal
American Amber & Brown Ales | Hard Headed Red | Bronze Metal

“The California Craft Brewers Cup was created to showcase California craft brewers’ immense talent and innovation,” said California Craft Brewers Cup Competition Director, Mike Moore. “The awarded beers are truly of the highest caliber and showcase the talent and dedication of the breweries that made them.”

“The heart and soul you put into running a brewery starts to pay off when people appreciate your beer,” said Crooked Lane Brewing Brewmaster, Teresa Psuty. “Medaling twice at GABF meant so much to us; but THIS, winning seven medals for beers we put so much into, then achieving the honor of Brewery of the Year in California… I simply have to hold onto something heavy to keep from floating away!”

For a full list of winners and additional competition information, visit www.ccbc.beer.

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Announcing Distribution Partnership with Walmart

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Crooked Lane Brewing Company Announces Distribution Partnership with Walmart

Deal could mean $80M to 2019 revenue for the young brewery.

AUBURN, CA– Crooked Lane Brewing Co., an award-winning craft brewery, announced today that Walmart has signed on as a distribution partner, effectively bringing the brewery’s bacon-infused beer to shoppers throughout the US and 17 countries by 2021. The move immediately adds one of the most popular names in American consumerism to Crooked Lane’s growing client list.

Headquartered in Auburn, CA., Crooked Lane Brewing Co. is a growing Northern CA brewery that opened its doors in August of 2016. Through the partnership, Walmart will receive 4,200 barrels of Crooked Lane’s newly released Bacon Gose With Everything a bacon-infused Gose, every 6 months.

The brewery took a huge chance on a recipe pairing the flavor and popularity of bacon, with the Hipster favorite Gose beer style. Gose is known for its dominant flavors that include a lemon sourness, an herbal characteristic, and a strong saltiness (the result of either local water sources or added salt.) Brewmaster, Teresa Psuty, took a modest stance to the news that this new beer could become a middle America darling. “I’ve brewed a lot of great beers that have performed well in commercial craft beer competitions. I’m proud of that. But this beer is not one of them. I have no idea why they (Walmart) decided this was the beer that will become their flagship adult beverage. It literally makes me sick. I won’t drink it.”

“Crooked Lane’s Brewmaster is entitled to her opinion” said Jerry Costanza, Sr. Director of Retail Business Development for Walmart. “We think this beer will become a top-seller for our stores throughout the Midwest. The fact is, we own the rights to this recipe now; therefore we get to decide when and how much is made.”

In just 6 weeks time, county fair season will begin in many Southern states. Walmart feels poised to take advantage of that by releasing the bacon-infused beer for as little as $2(US) per can in that region next month.

“As company President and Head of Sales and Distribution, I like this deal.” said Kirt Braun, Co-founder of Crooked Lane Brewing Co. “But seriously, I have to agree with Teresa. I mean, don’t get me wrong. You can pretty much wrap bacon around anything and I’ll eat it. But this beer would send my cholesterol numbers through the roof. My hope is that the California Walmart stores won’t carry it.”

Adrian Psuty, Co-founder and Head of Brewing Operations, faces a difficult task. “People don’t realize what’s involved in removing bacon grease from the transfer equipment. The team has been sanitizing everything with hot caustic for days, but the brewhouse still smells like a breakfast deli.”

Walmart and Crooked Lane released the first of ten commercials promoting the new beer. You can check out a sneak preview here: https://youtu.be/E_pnBXtlDCw

About Crooked Lane Brewing CompanyA 15-barrel craft beer brewing company specializing in a variety of traditional English ales, German lagers, and East & West Coast style IPAs. The brewery is also known for producing social media content that is for the sole purpose of making their customers smile. For more information, please visit http://bacongose.com.

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There’s only one thing missing from the Sacramento beer scene: women brewers

Auburn’s Crooked Lane Brewing is a lot like most of the breweries around Sacramento. Their beer comes in pint cans. They have a fruit-infused milkshake IPA. They have a cool tasting room and a patio lit by dangling strings of lights.

But there’s one thing that stands out: the brewmaster is a woman.

We checked with the area chapter of the Pink Boots Society — an organization of women interested in brewing. We asked brewery owners. Out of 84 Sacramento-area breweries, Teresa Psuty of Crooked Lane was the only one we found.

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Tastes like winning

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At the 2018 Great American Beer Festival, Crooked Lane took home the bronze in the German-Style Kölsch category for Veedels Brau.

Crooked Lane co-owner and head brewer Teresa Psuty was also in Denver to accept her award, and she was particularly satisfied to be recognized for the brewery’s hyper-traditional take on Kölsch.

“It’s very near and dear to our hearts,” Teresa says. “We have really tried to make it the most authentic Kölsch-style beer that we can and having that beer win at GABF was such an honor …”

Teresa was first introduced to the style by her husband, Crooked Lane co-owner Adrian Psuty, whose work for a German biotech company frequently took him to Cologne, where the light, crisp, cold-conditioned beer style was born. Adrian brought his enthusiasm for the beer and its surrounding culture and aesthetics back to the states, where he began experimenting with his brewing partner Teresa.

“We started working on that Kölsch as a recipe as home brewers and went through a bunch of iterations,” she says. “When we started the brewery, that was one of the first beers we had on [tap].”

At the Crooked Lane taproom in Auburn, Veedels Brau is served in the traditional, thin and cylindrical stange glass that holds 200 milliliters. As with Mystery Airship 4.0 at New Helvetia, Crooked Lane customers devoured the newly minted beer as soon as the award was announced.

“The moment we won, we sold out all the rest of the Kölsch that we had, so I was scrambling to make another batch,” Teresa says.

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Crooked Lane Medals at GABF for 2nd Year in a Row

By Sonya Sorich – Digital Editor, Sacramento Business Journal

California breweries received the most medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver this past weekend, and the list of honorees includes several Sacramento-area businesses.

The event is the largest beer festival in America and attracts nearly 62,000 attendees through four sessions in three days, according to the Denver Business Journal.

Crooked Lane Brewing won a bronze medal for their German-Style Kölsch, Veedels Bräu. This beer has been recognized in several other commercial beer competitions but none as big as GABF.

Crooked Lane also took home gold for their Doppelbock, Wobblor in 2017.

Read the article to see the list of the 2018 Sacramento-area winners.

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2 Year Anniversary

Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16

Crooked Lane’s turning TWO, and you’re invited to celebrate with us! With SEVEN commemorative beer releases, fresh swag, and live music each and every night, you’ll have plenty to savor. We’ve laid all the right vibes to make this a special weekend, so come join your Crooked Lane friends for weekend festivities heretofore unmatched in time and space. We’ll only turn TWO once, after all.

The Beers

  • The Divine Sphere: Our barrel-aged blend of Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon and Whiskey barrels for six months, Divine Sphere is rich and complex with dark chocolate, cherry, toffee and caramel notes overlaid with delicious bourbon and oak character.
  • Diablo’s Delight: Were releasing two versions of Diablo’s Delight… one with Raspberries and the other with cherries – both were fermented with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillis and Pediococcus in a freshly dumped Merlot barrel for 8 months, and what resulted was pretty magical. The raspberry recently won a silver in the California State Fair Commercial Beer Competition. We’ll also have a beautiful painted glass to enjoy this tasty barrel-aged sour in!
  • Carmen Mandarina Milkshake IPA: When sweet, tangy mandarin combines with creamy malt, milk sugar, and vanilla, the results are surprising and delightful, even flamboyant… Carmen Mandarina will get your taste buds to the dance floor!
  • Swamp Angel Hazy West Coast IPA: IPA evolution has become a revolution. Swamp Angel takes what you love about West Coast and New England-Inspired IPA’s and creates a third, beautiful flavor profile. She is juicy, but also dank; she rocks citrus flavors but delivers a hop punch. Taste buds take flight!
  • Oktoberfest Vienna Lager: Rich with German malts, our Oktoberfest Vienna Lager represents the style faithfully with toasted malt flavors and aromas, brilliant amber color, and a crisp dry finish.
  • SR16 DIPA in a short-run commemorative can: Originally brewed to share with fishing buddies on an epic chase for Steelhead on the Salmon River, SR16 inspires with a sense of adventure in IPA satisfaction. A double that drinks like a single, you won’t believe the burst of Citra and Amarillo hops reside in an 8.5% Double IPA. One taste and you’re hooked. Consider yourself warned.
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SACRAMENTO BEE: Urban Roots, Crooked Lane win gold at the U.S. Open Beer Championship

Sacramento-area brewers cleaned up at the U.S. Open Beer Championship on Sunday, with nine breweries winning medals in 14 styles and four claiming their division’s top prize.

California breweries as a whole combined to win 37 medals in the competition’s 110 categories. Beers were judged by experts from the U.S., Canada and England, and there were 6,300 total submissions from as far away as South Korea.

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SACRAMENTO BEE: Everything from craft to ‘Old School’ is on tap here

If there is one remaining impediment preventing casual and corporate beer drinkers from fully embracing craft beer, it would be the relentless trendiness.

“Old school” beer fans don’t necessarily like the nonstop turnover of tap lists, the over reliance on beer nerd-baiting styles or the way that fruit goes in everything now.

They have a point: go to any craft brewery in the area, and you’ll be lucky to find a style that isn’t some sort of IPA, pale ale, pastry stout or sour beer. However, peruse the tap list at the Crooked Lane brewery and taproom in Auburn (one of the best-looking tasting rooms in the region), and you always see traditional styles like hefeweizens and Helles lagers.

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THE SESSION Podcast with Brewmaster, Teresa Psuty

Joining the long list of homebrewers-who-listened-to-The-Brewing-Network-and-turned-pro, Teresa Psuty from Crooked Lane Brewing Company came into the studio today to talk about all things Crooked Lane. Teresa cam from a biotech background, and after attending brewing school – as well as learning from some of the best brewers in the state – she decided to open her own place up in Auburn, CA. Crooked Lane runs the spectrum of beers they produce: from Helles to Doppelbock, NEIPA to plain ol’ IPA, Teresa works hard to make sure she does the beer justice.

Listen to the podcast….

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COMSTOCK’S: Queens of Craft Brew

A 2014 study of the craft beer world by Stanford researchers showed that women filled only 21 percent of the top leadership roles in the industry. That figure is depressingly low, but the level of female executive representation in craft beer still greatly outpaces industries like finance, health care and information technology.

To get the view from the top, Comstock’s spoke with a few women brewery owners in the Capital Region about their diverse backgrounds, their paths to leadership and their thoughts on getting more women into craft beer.

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STYLE: A Beer & Wine Lover’s Guide to the Region

With a bounty of breweries and wineries in our backyard, we thought it’d be beneficial to put together an entire guide of our favorites. Read on to learn about the passionate people behind the pours, discover where the best tasting rooms in town are, find local restaurants cooking up beer- and wine-spiked dishes, and more.

MEET THE MAKERS

The act of making beer and wine is an act of community—a way of bringing people together. We asked local makers, and masters of their craft, to tell us their stories—stories that are bound to give you, the humble consumer, an appreciation of the heart, soul and commitment that goes into every harvest, every brew and every pour.

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ABURN JOURNAL: Crooked Lane Brewing Company Beer Receives Honors at State Fair

Auburn-based Crooked Lane Brewing Company was awarded second place Best of Show in the California State Fair’s 2017 commercial brewing competition. The brewery’s Wobblor, a Doppelbock, placed first in the Strong European Beer category and went on to win second best of show, out of 1,488 total beer entries. “We are so honored and grateful to receivesuch a prestigious award,” said Teresa Psuty, head brewer of Crooked Lane. “We are very proud of our Doppelbock, and are excited to see such a unique style of beer earn a spot in the top three of the competition, alongside two other fantastic beers.”

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SACRAMENTO BEE: Hold on! Wait! Have Sacramento-area breweries maxed out?

Surely, we’re coming to the end of the craft beer boom, right? I mean, there are now 60-plus breweries in the Sacramento area. This has happened so fast – everyone of legal age is old enough to remember when there were three.

There simply aren’t enough customers to keep all of these joints afloat. The beer is going to sit. Hours for tasting room staffs will get cut back. Other folks will get laid off. There will be a glut in the market for used brew tanks.

At least that’s what the cynics are saying. In fact, they’ve been whispering that to me for the past four years, at the early stages of the local craft brewery boom, when beer lovers were rejoicing that we were up to a dozen local breweries.

The canary in the coal mine was going to be the most recent start-ups, Crooked Lane Brewing in Auburn and Big Sexy Brewing in south Sacramento. They’re both big, ambitious and, perhaps, getting into the beer game a bit late.

So what happened?

“The opening went really well. It was standing room only. People were just blown away by the space,” said Crooked Lane co-owner Paul Schilling. “Every night since has been a really good night. We thought we were doing something good, and the experience of the past week just validates that.”

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AUBURN JOURNAL: Great Turnout as Crooked Lane Brewing Opens

A steady stream of patrons visited Crooked Lane Brewing last Wednesday during its soft opening.

“A soft opening that wasn’t that soft,” said Kirt Braun, one of three owners who include Paul Schilling and Adrian Psuty. “It was extremely busy.”

Over 400 people flowed through the brewery throughout the evening. They gathered inside, on the covered patio or in the community beer garden.

There is a pass-through window to the beer garden, so people can order from outside.

And there is food.

“We have a food truck right on edge of the beer garden,” said Braun. “You don’t even have to put your beer down.”
Crooked Lane offers five brews with more in store. There are lighter ales, IPAs and a robust porter and an oatmeal stout.

Or you may choose honey wheat, made with the local Miller Farm honey, or mandarin ale, with mandarins from Thundering Herd Ranch in Newcastle.

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