Shmaltz releases their first cans in time for American Craft Beer Week. Introducing Slingshot American Craft Lager and 518 Summer Ale®

Press Release

Clifton Park, NY ... A nationwide celebration hosted by the independent craft brewers shaping America's exceptional beer scene into what it is today, American Craft Beer Week (ACBW) takes place for the 12th year in a row from May 15 - 21, 2017. Brewers across all 50 states host exclusive events spotlighting the incredible ingenuity happening within America's rich beer culture. In Upstate New York, Shmaltz Brewing Company releases two cans for the first time in the history of the company during ACBW. Available in 12 packs, Shmaltz debuts its gold-medal winning Slingshot American Craft Lager® (12 oz. cans) and in 6 packs the locals only seasonal 518 Summer Ale® (12 oz. cans), a Belgian Wit with pomegranates. 

After 21 years of exclusively packaging the brewery's renowned craft beer portfolio in glass bottles (and on draft), Shmaltz presents their exceptional specialty beers and award-winning label artwork in 12 oz cans. Perfect for summertime activities such as hiking; swimming at beaches, lakes and pools; and concert-going at outdoor music venues, Shmaltz encourages a safe and satisfying drinking experience with no broken glass or over-exposure to light and air to diminish the quality of their offerings.

Please see the detailed beer descriptions below for Slingshot American Craft Lager® and 518 Summer Ale®:

Slingshot American Craft Lager® (5.3% ABV)
A classic American Craft Lager thoughtfully created to stand up to the big beer Goliaths of the world. Boasting a bright, citrusy hop aroma, supported by touches of wheat and rye, Slingshot is guaranteed to hit the craft beer bullseye every time.

518 Summer Ale® (5.18% ABV)
518 Summer, a Belgium Wheat with pomegranate, is a refreshing and light bodied beer with a fresh and floral aroma. This unfiltered summer sipper is brewed with New York State 2-row malt, wheat dosed with sweet orange peel, and balanced with a pinch of pomegranate. At a highly sessionable 5.18% ABV, Shmaltz's glowing gold refresher will quench the thirst of 518 locals and visitors throughout the season. 


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About Shmaltz Brewing Company
Founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco in 1996. The first 100 cases of He'brew Beer® were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the Bay Area from the back of his Grandmother's Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He'brew Beer across 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and in nearly 5,000 retailers.

After 17 years of being an outspoken cheerleader for contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York State production brewery in 2013 in Clifton Park, 10 minutes north of Albany. Shmaltz's home boasts a 50-barrel brewhouse with 30,000 barrels of annual capacity and packages a diverse and tasty variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days a week (Wed-Sun) and offers tours, barrel-aged previews, beer-to-go, and special releases. ranked Shmaltz as one of the "Top 100 Brewers in the World" in 2013, and the brewery brought home 10 gold and 6 silver medals from the World Beer Championships in the past several years.