This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Beer Mailbag: SweetWater and New Belgium Ring In Spring

Stocks in this article: SAM BUD

PORTLAND, Ore. (TheStreet) -- It's just plain rude to have a fridge full of beer and not share some of it.

I've spoken about the touchy subject of free beer samples before, but for every brewer that stopped sending them as a result, two more took their place. If they're worth mentioning, I try to work them into stories and pertinent lists, but beer (sadly) isn't my full-time beat and the bottles and cans start to pile up after a while.

As do the press releases, invitations and other correspondence that finds its way to my porch and inbox. While there are some that are just inevitably going to be lost in the shuffle or passed along, I've been of the mind lately that if I drink a sample or am intrigued by a beer, I should be writing about it. Not just a tweet here or there (though I do that too at @Notteham), but an actual, full-length sample of what folks are sending and what I'm tasting. From now on, I'll be doing infrequent dives into the mailbag just to keep current and unburden myself and my basement refrigerator of all these beers.

If you're a brewer who's sending samples and doesn't want any part of this, feel free to have your people cut me off. If this somehow inspires you to send more samples, please realize that I am only one man and that even with assistance it's kind of tough to get through all of the current offerings. With that in mind, let's get rolling:

Spring break

Just after we released our big spring beer list, our porch was inundated with box after box of seasonal and limited-release beers.

Even until roughly a month ago, we'd still been getting word of the occasional winter beer. The folks down at Coronado Brewing in Coronado, Calif., tapped us on the shoulder back in February and told us about their Jurata Baltic Porter collaboration with Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, Fla. The malty 8% ABV was available here in Oregon in 750-milliliter wine-style bottles and had the potency you'd expect of an English beer style that got its name for having enough alcohol content to survive a voyage through the Baltic Sea -- hence "Jurata," the Polish word for sea. It was a winter warmer in every sense. While the beer geeks tell us it's no substitute for Cigar City's Hunaphu imperial stout, it made us even happier to skip the mess that was Hunaphu's Day in Tampa.

1 of 4

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 17,804.80 +26.65 0.15%
S&P 500 2,070.65 +9.42 0.46%
NASDAQ 4,765.38 +16.9840 0.36%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs