Imagine a 5 year old child’s face on Christmas morning. Pure ecstasy, nearly foaming at the mouth with excitement and possibly requiring parental guidance on the urge to tear all the wrapping paper off their bounty without blinking. If you’ve ever received a box of beer at your front door you know that as a beer loving adult, the reaction is the same, likely without parents to keep you in line. This is basically what Tavour, who we are thrilled to be partnered with, does. Deliver lovely boxes of High Water and other fine brews to your doorstep.
We’re stoked to announce our partnership with Hopsy, the Bay Area beer enthusiasts that have created a business to bring fresh High Water, and other local beer, to the doorsteps of our fans. Our brews are live on Hopsy so be sure to go check it out here!
As all beer lovers know, it’s hard to beat a fresh, cold draft beer. Certainly a Campfire Stout on tap at the pub is ideal but sometimes you want the same thing at home. Until recently, you’ve had 2 real options to make this happen. 1) Buy a keg. Which you won’t hear us complaining about but it’s certainly not for everyone. 2) Fill up a growler. We love growlers as much as the next person but are left impressed with how Hopsy has improved them. They’ve got two ways to bring fresh High Water beer to your home.
We’re proud to release our 2017 Product Calendar. Some of the same faces from 2016 with a few new ones sprinkled in.
- Nitro Campfire Stout will be on draft year-round
- Our CAlambic series continues, with 5 barrel aged sour releases.
- Aphotic, our Imperial Porter, will see some tasty new variations
Barrel aged Campfire Stout is here! Aged for 9 months in Heaven Hill, Wild Turkey and Four Roses bourbon barrels, it was blended just a couple weeks ago. Now it’s bottled, kegged and ready to be enjoyed. There will be a very limited supply of this beer so we are having a series of release parties to give as many people as possible a chance to get their hands on it.
The Great American Beer Festival is nigh upon us and we couldn’t be more excited! 3 days, 800 breweries and 3,800 beers plus of course the competition. For all of us beer crazies, it doesn’t get much better. We’ll be in booth O26 and since you’ll surely have to prioritize where you spend your GABF time, here are a couple reasons to stop by.
Mile High Club
Something new this year is our very own GABF Mile High Club. We’ll have a limited supply of these merit badges so make sure to get to the booth early and join the club..
As we put the finishing touches on our CAlambic series with our upcoming Montmorency cherry brew, we wanted to share some background on how we got here. Sours are a big part of High Water and there’s some history behind it.
Going back to the 90’s, Brewmaster Steve was experimenting with sour barrel beers thanks to his love of Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Not everyone is a fan of the hop bitterness that comes with the all-popular IPA style and as Steve points out, the sour taste profile pairs nicely with a variety of food. It’s also refreshing thanks to all the fresh fruit used. He and his wife, Barri, First Lady and Flavorologist of High Water are longtime fans of sour beers and have stayed on the bleeding edge of innovation with this style.
National S’mores Day is officially August 10th but here at High Water, we’ll be celebrating the whole month of August with all sorts of Campfire Stout fun! If you haven’t tried our flagship stout, our motto is “Leaves you wanting S’more”. It’s been described as “liquid s’mores” or “s’mores in a bottle”. Is it brewed with graham crackers, roasted marshmallows and chocolate? It certainly tastes that way! Here in Northern California, August means camping. And remember, like any campfire experience, Campfire Stout is best shared with a warm circle of family and friends. And while you’re at it, check out some of ways to get involved with us here at High Water.
At the 2016 West Coast Invitational Commercial Craft Beer Competition, Aphotic, our Imperial Porter took 3rd in the Mild, Porters and Stouts category. Cucumber Kolsch, a new summer release, took 2nd in the Specialty Beers category. And Stella Blue, a new offering in our CAlambic series, took 1st in the Wheat/Saison/Belgian/Sour category as well as 2nd in the overall Best of Show group!
The Commercial Craft Beer Competition is part of the larger West Coast Invitational beer festival. Limited to West Coast breweries, it is one of the last remaining fully sanctioned craft brewer competitions. This year, there were over 160 beers entered and judged for 10 distinct categories and the Best of Show award. Hosted at Sactown Union Brewery, the judging was done with a triple blind tasting process meaning the judges had no idea what brand of beer was being tasted in each category.
And at the 2016 Best of California Commercial Craft Brew Competition, which is part of the California State Fair, Campfire Stout took 1st in the Specialty Beers category and Stella Blue also took 1st in the Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer category!
In this competition, California craft brews are professionally judged in order to recognize the best commercially brewed beers in California.
All in all, a tremendous start to the summer and the whole crew at High Water is honored to be rewarded for producing beers that push the traditional style boundaries and focus on the unique flavors we love to create. Cheers!
This weekend, we’re excited to be part of the San Diego International Beer Festival! There are 5 sessions, hundreds of beers to sample and of course, a lovely souvenir glass to get all that tasting done. We’ll be one of almost 200 breweries from around the globe. And the requisite beer gear, food pairings and all manner of games and contests will be taking place. One other cool feature of getting a ticket to this epic event is that it includes admission to the San Diego County Fair which is apparently the largest in all the land!
Soooo, with that said, we’re stoked to announce we have tickets to this beer bonanza to give away! And not only are these General Admission tickets giving you all the radness outlined above, these will be Double Secret Probation High Water passes. That’s right, you get be part of our crew for the day. Unfortunately, we can’t let you pour the beer but you can hang with us at the booth and tell everyone you know us. Boom!
How to win such a glorious prize? Go find us on the Craft Nation app and start earning points in the High Water Loyalty Program! You only need 250 points to win a pair of tickets for you and a friend. Here’s how it works….
- Download the Craft Nation app in the Apple or Google store using the links above
- Open it up and click Loyalty Programs
- Select the High Water Brewing loyalty section
- Click Missions at the bottom and start earning points!
Each mission is worth a certain amount of points that you’ll see as you explore. We’ve created some San Diego specific missions that you’ll see in there. Here’s how they work:
High Water in San Diego mission
For this mission, all you have to do is go to one of the locations listed, order a High Water draft beer and take a photo with it from the Craft Nation app. To do so:
- Click “Fulfill This Mission” at the bottom of the screen
- Snap a photo of you and your lovely brew
- Click Save and then Share
- Choose to share via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and then tag your post with the location you’re visiting, add #HighWaterSD and @HighWaterBrewing on Instagram & Facebook or @HighWaterBrew on Twitter. Cheers!
Here’s a list of where you can find our beer on tap in San Diego
- Churchills in San Marcos
- The Draft in San Diego
- BottleCraft in Liberty Station
- The Regal Seagull in Encinitas
- Spice & Soul in San Diego
- Belching Beaver in Vista
- Barrel Republic in San Diego
- Bruski in San Diego
- Urge in San Diego
- Flying Pig in Oceanside
- Stone World Bistro in Liberty Station
Stella Blue in San Diego mission
Stella Blue is our latest sour from our CAlambic series and is just hitting shelves in San Diego. It’ll be on the scarce side, so think of it as a scavenger hunt! Find a bottle of Stella Blue, take a photo with it and share it using the same process as above.
Both of these missions earn you 100 points and you only need 250 to win the tickets! For some more ideas on earning more points, try these:
|10 Points||Scan a High Water beer, rate it, wishlist it, favorite it or share your rating online|
|50 Points||Scan a High Water sticker or coaster|
|100 Points||Share a selfie with Brewmaster Steve|
|250 Points||Scan a High Water metal tacker|
|500 Points||Scan the High Water neon sign|
Check out our Craft Nation page for more details on using the app. Cheers!
We’re stoked to tell everyone about the cool new projects we’re creating in our partnership with Craft Nation. Amongst other things, you can earn rewards for High Water merch just for doing what you already do – drinking High Water beer! You can also stay up to date with our schedule of events and come hang with us next time we’re in your neck of the woods. And don’t forget to check out our animated Campfire Stout label artwork – Jerry the Bear has something to say at the end.
The quickest way to become a High Water brand ambassador and start earning rewards is to download the Craft Nation app at your respective app store using the links below. You can also check out the Craft Nation page on our site for more details here.
Once you’ve got the app downloaded, open it up and start exploring! Here are some easy ways to get started.
- Click Scan & Discover from the Craft Nation app homepage
- Select Label from the bottom row of options
- Aim your phone screen at a Campfire Stout label (like the one over there on the right)
- Turn up the sound and enjoy!
- Click Loyalty Programs from the Craft Nation app homepage
- Scroll down to High Water and click on our logo
- Scroll down on the new page and start fulfilling our missions to earn points
- Click Redeem at the bottom of the screen to find out what your points can be redeemed for!
- Click Events from the Craft Nation app homepage
- Scroll down to see where we’ll be next
- And click the Share button to earn more points for spreading the word on your social media pages!
So, let us know what you think. We’re excited to get to know our current brand ambassadors better, reward them for their loyalty and bring new High Water fans into the fold! Cheers!