Saint Archer Brewing Company hosted an event on Thursday November 5th partnered with Group Y. We will share the full recap details of the event in another article but did come across something interesting during the tour we went on. During the tour of the brewery we got a few sneak peaks into many things that Saint Archer has been working on including a new barrel aged series they are releasing called Tusk & Grain. It gave us a sort of feeling of déjà vu so we decided to do some research into it. On Saint Archer’s Instagram under a photo that they posted of the barrel with the name etched into it one user asked the question “Is this the same Tusk and Grain that Coronado Brewery use to brew?” that went unanswered.
We thought it was a great question and decided to do some research to help clarify this mystery to the public. It turns out the VP of Saint Archer Brewing, Jeff Hannsson, was employed by Coronado Brewing Company from January 2012 through March 2013 according to his LinkedIn Profile. This was not something that was mentioned during his introduction by the Co-Founder at the Saint Archer Brewing event we attended though it could have been a simple oversight.
Here is a photo we found of Jeff with the President and CEO of Coronado Brewing Company. You can view it on Coronado Brewing Company’s website here: http://coronadobrewingcompany.com/the-waiting-is-the-hardest-part/img_0616/.
This was a photo we took with him during last night’s event:
There was an article written by Brandon Hernandez and published by the San Diego Reader back in April 23, 2013 called “Tusk and Grain nixed by ‘Nado”. In the article, Brandon talks about the short life of this artisan style line of beers that were produced by it’s parent company Coronado Brewing Company. You can read the full article here: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2013/apr/23/beer-tusk-and-grain-nixed-nado/#
You can find one of Tusk & Grain beers brewed under Coronado Brewing Company listed on ratebeer.com called the Coronado Tusk & Grain Loutish Madras an Imperial IPA here: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/coronado-tusk-grain-loutish-madras/198713/
Or you can go over to UnTappd and see photos of the Tusk & Grain beers produced during that time here: https://untappd.com/w/tusk-grain/60044/photos. There is a list of five beers under Tusk & Grain: Tusk & Grain Loutish Madras, Black Hatchet, East Kent Bitter, Loutish Madras, & Rambler’s Red. When you click on the Brewery Information tab it says “CLOSED OR NO LONGER BREWING”.
So it would appear that this Tusk and Grain project was pulled by Coronado Brewing Company around the time that Jeff Hannsson made the move to Saint Archer Brewing Company back in March 2013 and hasn’t come up since until now. Could this be coincidence or is there more to this story?
You can see the old twitter for Tusk & Grain that was set up in March 2012 here: https://twitter.com/tuskandgrain.
Saint Archer Brewing Company just released a Tusk & Grain logo and new Twitter account: https://twitter.com/Tuskandgrain_
They also created a new Instagram which you can see here: https://instagram.com/tuskandgrain/. Their first post shows the barrel with the name Tusk & Grain Beer TRD. MRK Established 2015. It’s no wonder why people who have been in the San Diego beer scene for years are left scratching their heads and feeling a sense of déjà vu.
The community has even spoken out in forums like talkbeer.com wanting to get down to the bottom of this. You can see their discussion here: http://www.talkbeer.com/community/threads/the-san-diego-area-thread.1215/page-1037
We reached out to both Saint Archer Brewing Company and Coronado Brewing Company to see what we could find out. Heather Dueitt, Marketing Manager for Coronado Brewing Company, gave us the following statement:
“We are not ready to make a statement on this issue at the moment.”
We reached out to Saint Archer Brewing Company Marketing Manager and like their fan on Instagram are still waiting for a response but will keep you updated if we get one.
Stay tuned San Diego as this whole who is Tusk & Grain mystery unfolds. Who do you think Tusk & Grain is humans? Share your comments with us because we are trying to get to the bottom of this just like you!
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