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October 04, 2010 09:05 ET

Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager Launches in Los Angeles

Fifth Generation Brewer Expands Distribution of Aspiring Beer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2010) -  Minott Wessinger, fifth generation brewer and great-great grandson of brewing pioneer Henry Weinhard, recently announced the introduction of the highly anticipated Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager ( to the Los Angeles market after a successful re-launch in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. First brewed in Montana in 1995, Wessinger has introduced Black Star to select natural food stores and on-premise locations in Northern California, Oregon and Washington and is now bringing it to select Los Angeles clubs, bars and retailers.

"Given our family history of brewing, which dates back to 1856, Black Star is a true legacy beer," said Wessinger. "Black Star is a traditional European-style pilsner, refreshing with lots of taste. It's a great session beer that you can enjoy with friends."

Black Star is a double hopped (dry hopped) golden lager based on traditional European pilsner beers, made with both Bavarian Mittelfrüh and Czech Saaz hops and two row malting barley. "By hopping it in the kettle and then again prior to finishing, Black Star opens with a distinct hop aroma and a rich, full-bodied flavor while remaining remarkably crisp and refreshing," noted Wessinger.

Black Star is brewed at the Great Northern Brewing Company ( in Whitefish, Montana, a traditional gravity flow style brewery built by Wessinger in 1994. The mostly automated brew house is one of the most complex for its size in the country. The Lauter Tun filter screen was custom designed and manufactured in Germany for the express purpose of creating fine lager beers. The fermenting and packaging area, known as the Cellar, is open and roomy, allowing for many brewery operations to take place at the same time.

Consumers will recognize Black Star by the distinctive bright gold labels, meant to "reflect the golden color of the beer inside," said Wessinger.

As demand for Black Star grows, it will continue to be brewed at its original home in Whitefish, Montana as well as in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "Black Star is a true passion project and something I've always wanted to bring back when the time was right," Wessinger said. "Providing a beer to consumers that combines the flavor and refreshment of traditional lagers is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream."

Black Star retails for $6.99 for a 6-pack and $11.99 for a 12-pack and will be available in select bars and retail stores. Black Star is available in 12-oz. bottles and cans. Consumers can also find Black Star cans onboard a young, rapidly growing and trendsetting California-based domestic airline. For more information and a list of accounts where Black Star beer can be found, please visit Black Star's Store Locator at

Los Angeles bars and retailers where you can find Black Star include:   
  Barney's Red Rock
  Boa STK
  The Roxy House of Blues
  Rainbow Four Seasons
  Hard Rock Cafe BevMo

About Black Star Beer
Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager was first brewed in Whitefish, Montana at the Great Northern Brewing Company in 1995. The beer was created by Minott Wessinger, a fifth generation brewer and great-great grandson of West Coast brewing pioneer Henry Weinhard. In February 2010, Minott Wessinger and the Great Northern Brewing Company celebrated the 15th anniversary of its first brewing. For more information, please visit

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