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April, 2013: The third annual Sam Smith's Salute - a tribute to the British brewery that has played a leading role in the American beer revolution, held in April and early May - was a huge success! News release from March '13: 406 KB .pdf with images; here is news in text-only.

Oct. 3, 2012: Winter seasonals: Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome and gift boxes. News release: 288 KB .pdf with photos; see the '12-'13 Winter Welcome label here.

Sept. 26, 2012: Announcing Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout! News release: 484 KB .pdf with a photo; a text-only version of 1.5 KB is right here.

Aug. 15, 2012: The 2012 release of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen is appearing at great beer spots now! News release - 362 KB .pdf; text-only version - 3 KB.

Aug 1, 2012: Happy Yorkshire Day! Sam Smith's Yorkshire Stingo 2012 release (brewed in 2011) is available now. Here is a photo with info.

July 31, 2012: Ayinger and Pinkus are introducing new labels! News release: .pdf with pictures (254 KB); or plain text.

June 12, 2012: Samuel Smith's Organic Cider is now available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, joining the 18.7 oz. bottles. News release: .pdf with pictures; or plain text.

May 5, 2012: Congratulations to Westmalle Trappist Brewery for the 2012 World Beer Cup ® Gold Medal in the tripel category! Here is the full list of winners in .pdf.

Feb. 29, 2012: Announcing Samuel Smith's Organic Apricot Ale - the perfect marriage of brewery and orchard! Here's a 1.2 MB news release in .pdf.

Traquair House is switching to beautiful 500 ml bottles in 2012. Here's a news release in .pdf.

Westmalle Tripel, Rochefort 8, and Sam Smith's Pale Ale are all in Wine Enthusiast magazine's "Top 25 Beers 2011".

The 2012 Samuel Smith Salute (458 KB .pdf), (2 KB .txt version) was a huge success and continued into May '12 at some accounts. Our news & events page always has a listing of current events.

November 2011:Lindemans Faro lambic won its category in the Great International Beer & Cider Competition, Nov. 4, 2011. Here's the full list of winners in .pdf.

September 2011: Green's Discovery gluten-free Amber Ale is the top-rated gluten-free beer at the 2011 Foodie Awards.

September 27, 2011: Men's Health reports that for one knowledgable writer the "Best Beer Ever" is Orval Trappist Ale.

November 2010: Draft Mag 100 Pt Review: Samuel Smith's Stingo - "Perfection in a glass."

Samuel Smith's Pale Ale got a 94-point review in the September 2011 Wine Enthusiast.

July 2011: Sam Smith's Oatmeal Stout & Ayinger Brau-Weisse won the gold in the 2011 US Open Beer Championship.

Ayinger Brau-Weisse scored 93 points in the July 2011 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine: " . . . a cloudy glass of sunshine . . . " See the beer buying guide on page 110.

Here is the archived news release on MdV's 2011-2012 winter seasonals: Sam Smith's Winter Welcome and Selection Box; Ayinger Weizen-Bock; the Lindemans Gift Box.(263 KB .pdf).

The 2011 release of Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo was Yorkshire Day, August 1, 2011 - a full news release as a 320 KB .pdf is right here.

August 9, 2011: The 2011 release of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen announced - a full news release as a 360 KB .pdf is right here.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale and Ayinger Brau-Weisse are both featured in the May/June 2011 edition of The WineBuzz - check out p. 33.

Here is an especially nice online Ayinger Celebrator review from May 31, 2011.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale and Ayinger Brau-Weisse are both featured in the May/June 2011 edition of The WineBuzz - click on the cover icon and check out p. 33.

Pinkus is featured in this April '11 San Francisco Chronicle article on German beer culture.

Ayinger Brau-Weisse & Lindemans Framboise featured in Wine Spectator Magazine's food-&-beer pairing article: see p. 73 of the 3/31/11 issue.

Westmalle was paid a compliment by a number of breweries in Portland, OR: they used Westmalle yeast to brew a number of different beers for the 5th annual "Cheers to Belgian Beers" event, held April 30, 2011. Details on Beervana, right here.

Pinkus is featured in this April '11 San Francisco Chronicle article on German beer culture.

This April '11 article, "Don't be a Glutton for Gluten," lists Green's gluten-free ales.

Lindemans was the "secret ingredient" in the March '11 Nightclub & Bar "Shake it Up!" competition - check out the winners right here.

Samuel Smith's India Ale earned Hoptopia's "I Believe in IPA" badge for April 2011.

Green's gluten-free ales were "far more flavorful" than other g/f beers in this Florida Times-Union article of March 30, 2011.

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale is a "Better Beer Upgrade" right here on the Coolist.

March 2011: Ayinger Brau-Weisse & Lindemans Framboise are both featured in the Wine Spectator Magazine's food-and-beer pairing article - see p. 73 of the 3/31/11 issue.

Samuel Smith's Organic Strawberry Ale is an "organic beer to look for" in the March/April 2011 issue of Mutineer Magazine - see page 34.

Green's gluten-free ales on TV! Our friend Jules poured Green's on Fox News March 7, '11. Recap and video are right here.

Lindemans Framboise is in the Feb. '11 MAXIM Magazine - grab a copy and check out p. 62.

Taddy Porter is 94 points & "superb" Wine Enthusiast Magazine's Buying Guide of Feb. 1, '11.

Samuel Smith bottles are depicted in two Winter '11 home furnishing catalogs: Pottery Barn (pp 36-37) and Crate & Barrel (pp 34-35).

Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel is mentioned in this Washington Post article from Jan. 25, '11.

Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter is "Beer of the Week" at Brewed For Thought - Jan. 22, '11.

Traquair House Brewery is mentioned in Joe Sixpack's 1-14-11 column (Philly Daily News).

NewScientist points out that Trappist beers are truly unique in this article from Dec. 21, 2010.

Sam Smith's Winter Welcome is included in Draft Magazine's 2010 "25 Beers of Christmas".

November 2010: DRAFT Magazine 100 Point Review: Samuel Smith's Stingo - "Perfection in a glass."

October 2009: Merchant du Vin annouces MdV - Asia

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