SEATTLE, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- PicoBrew today announced Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, MD, Pike Brewing of Seattle, WA and Fate Brewing Company of Boulder, CO, have all joined PicoBrew's Brewers Network to create PicoPaks, further extending the number of award-winning craft beers customers can brew at home on Pico® home craft brewery appliances. All three breweries are GABF (Great American Beer Festival) award winners, which is recognized around the world as a symbol of brewing excellence and among the most coveted awards in the industry. PicoBrew, a manufacturer of the world's first line of automatic, craft beer brewing appliances, currently has more than 160 brewery partners around the world.
The announcement comes as PicoBrew's Pico Model C Kickstarter campaign is closing in on a Kickstarter record, raising more than $1.692M. If the campaign reaches $1.812M in funding in the remaining three days, all backers will gain bragging rights as supporters of the most successful food Kickstarter campaign ever.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with such famous and storied breweries that want their customers around the world to enjoy their beer in their freshest possible form using our Pico," said Dr. Bill Mitchell, CEO of PicoBrew.
"With their 'Gonzo' style and Colorado heritage, Flying Dog beers are assertive and distinctive," says Bob W., Pico Owner. "They make brews that show off the hops, malt, and craftsmanship. From the controversial names and labels, to the bold flavors, Flying Dog beers really stand out. Now, you can make it. As a Pico owner, I'm looking forward to having some as if I were in Maryland."
Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD,) named this year among the top 50 craft and overall brewing companies in the U.S. by the Brewers Association and Mid-sized Brewery of the Year and features artwork by renowned artist Ralph Steadman. Their first PicoPak will be their Raging Bitch IPA, which has a sweet malt body, contrasted with pine and grapefruit hop flavors and exotic fruit yeast notes.
Pike Brewing (Seattle, WA) one of the oldest of the Seattle Craft Breweries and a multiple GABF award winner. Brewed in the Belgian Abbey style right here in Seattle, their first PicoPak is the Monk's Uncle, offering a big, full-bodied nose of fruity and exotic esters. This golden colored has hints of honey and spice that come from organic malts, sugar and local hops.
Fate Brewing Company, (Boulder, CO), a stand out among craft breweries in Boulder. FATE won the gold medal for German Style Kölsch at the 2014 GABF for their Laimas Kölsch Style Ale, which will be their first PicoPak. Light, clean and crisp with a dry finish, Laimas Kölsch Style Ale has a lighter malt and hop character and a touch of sweetness. Its fresh flavor comes from the German Pils malt and noble hops and the body glows a brilliant, gold color.
"My Pico keeps getting better with all these breweries they keep adding!" says Tom C., a current Kickstarter backer.
Founded in 1982, the Great American Beer Festival is the premier U.S. beer festival and competition. Each year, GABF represents the largest collection of U.S. beer ever served, in a public tasting event plus a private competition. This event showcases the diverse beers that make craft brewing one of the fastest-growing segments of the beer, wine and spirits industry.
For a list of current PicoBrew brewery partners from around the world, visit the BrewMarketplace and select "Breweries." Select "PicoPaks" to view the most current PicoPaks available for purchase. Breweries interested in joining the Pico program, can learn more here.
The Pico Model C Kickstarter campaign currently offers customers placing pre-orders substantial discounts and bonus items for their pledges, and access to some of the most innovative new technology in brewing at home including a PicoStill™, a first-of-its-kind, patent-pending distilling attachment and the new PicoFerm™, the world's smartest web-connected fermentation monitor.
Pico Model C is the new, easier-to-use countertop Pico model that uses the same innovative technology as the earlier stainless steel Pico to brew fresh craft beer automatically in about two hours. It has a sleek, black powder-coated exterior and high-contrast two-line OLED display. It also includes the new Pico C Brew Keg, which features a simplified hose connection and is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. Pico Model C will retail for $549 when it hits stores in fall of 2017 and will include the brewing appliance, Pico C Brewing Keg and 5L serving keg. PicoPaks and the CO2 carbonation kit will be sold separately. The Pico Model C Kickstarter campaign offers early backers a chance to purchase the new model at prices starting at just $329.
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PicoBrew was founded in Seattle in 2010 by brothers Bill and Jim Mitchell, a former Microsoft executive and food scientist, along with engineer Avi Geiger. Combining their food science and technology expertise with their passion for homebrewing, they set out to improve the craft beer brewing process for small producers and homebrewers. PicoBrew introduced its flagship product, the award-winning Zymatic® automatic beer-brewing appliance for beer brewing professionals and homebrewers, in 2013. The Pico™, designed for consumer craft beer enthusiasts, followed in 2016. Both machines are designed to improve the precision, repeatability and overall quality of the brewing process to create consistently delicious craft beer. For more information, visit www.picobrew.com or follow PicoBrew on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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