Avery Brewing Co. Turns Sandy Claws Loose for the Holidays

“Kidnap the Sandy Claws
Lock him up real tight
Throw away the key and then
Turn off all the lights”

– “Kidnap the Sandy Claws”, The Nightmare Before Christmas

AverySandyClawslabelAvery Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that an incredibly limited supply of Sandy Claws, a holiday-themed Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout, will be available nationwide this holiday season.

Arriving as No. 51 in Avery Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series, Sandy Claws is a festive Imperial Stout brewed with peppermint and chocolate that the brewery’s elves later kidnapped and locked away “in a Bourbon barrel for months.”  Weighing in at a monstrous 14.5% ABV, Sandy Claws has emerged from captivity to bring “you holiday cheer and a bit of fear.”

With only 500 cases available nationwide, Sandy Claws started rolling out this week and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this incredibly limited release offering available in 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sandy Claws from Avery Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, late-November 2018
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 14.5%
Added Ingredients – Peppermint & Chocolate
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels “for months”
Availability – 12 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder


Red Hare Brewing Braces for Winter with Release of SPF 50/50 Wintery Mix India Pale Radler

WinteryMix-Front-100x100Red Hare Brewing Company (Marietta, Georgia) has officially announced that the Seasonal Release of SPF 50/50 Wintery Mix, a Cranberry India Pale Radler, will begin on Saturday, November 24.

Arriving as the latest installment in Red Hare Brewing’s “wildly popular original SPF 50/50 line of Tangerine and Grapefruit India Pale Ale Radlers“, SPF 50/50 Wintery Mix is a holiday-inspired Radler that blends the brewery’s Gangway India Pale Ale with house-made cranberry and pineapple sodas.  Clocking in at a refreshing 4.2% ABV and 26 IBUs, SPF 50/50 Wintery Mix promises to be “the beer that brings a ray of sunshine in the winter.”

“We wanted to create a beer that tasted like the holidays- it’s a little sweet, a little bitter, and all joy. It’s like when the power goes out because of three snowflakes and all you have is the kids nestled around the fire and your one last tasty beverage- hence the name, Wintery Mix.”


– Bobby Thomas, Brewmaster at Red Hare Brewing

Official launch parties for SPF 50/50 Wintery Mix will be held at both Red Hare Brewing Company locations – Marietta, Georgia and Shallotte, North Carolina – on Saturday, November 24. Distribution is also scheduled to begin at or around that date.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available for a limited time in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Red Hare’s distribution footprint in Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina.  Prost!

Vital Information for SPF 50/50 Wintery Mix from Red Hare Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal (Winter), launching late November 2018
Style – Radler
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 26
Blend – A mix of Gangway India Pale Ale and house-made cranberry & pineapple sodas
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina


Tasting Notes: 2 Tone Vanilla Porter from Starr Hill Brewery

StarrHill2TonePourFresh off a much needed vacation, we jump start the week by getting back into the Tasting Notes groove with a little help from 2 Tone Vanilla Porter from Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia).

Rocking a name that is “a nod to the British music genre that seamlessly combines brassy ska and punk rock”, 2 Tone Vanilla Porter is the latest release from Starr Hill Brewery’s Heavy Rotation Series – a rotating “playlist” that keeps “fresh styles of beer coming your way . . . four times a year.”  2 Tone is a 6% ABV Porter that has “special dark roasted malts unite robust flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate with sweet vanilla bean for waves of rich smoothness.”  As is the case with all Heavy Rotation offerings, 2 Tone Vanilla Porter is best enjoyed when paired with the brewery’s mix tape that highlights the songs that inspired the creation of the beer (click here to check it out Spotify).

2 Tone Vanilla Porter is available now in 12 oz. bottles that can be found exclusively in Starr Hill’s Winter Tour Variety Pack (available November 2018 – January 2019). You can find this limited release Variety Pack at select retailers located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution footprint.

Now that the background information is out of the way, what do you say we fire up Spotify and see how well ska fits into a Tasting Notes session?

Tasting Notes for 2 Tone Vanilla Porter from Starr Hill Brewery

Appearance: A somewhat vigorous pour produces a nearly pitch-black Porter that is capped with almost two fingers of airy, khaki-colored foam.  When held to direct light, the stark blackness holds its grip but does allow a touch of cola-like dark brown to sneak through at the extreme edges.  The beer is completely opaque and does not offer any visual hints at the level of carbonation.  Head retention is decent, but those two fingers do eventually fall to a thin, creamy top cap that absolutely coats the glass with wide sweeping sheets of lace.

Aroma:  Roasted malts fill the air with a heavy presence of deeply roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate that mimics the notes of a beautifully crafted Caffè Americano (an espresso that has been diluted with water).  These notes hint that there is a hefty but pleasant level of roasted bitterness ahead in the flavor, but they are still rounded off here with a soothing presence of toasted wheat, a grace of vanilla and just a slight dose of sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: The roasted malts continue to flex their dominance by presenting notes of dark roast coffee, toasted cereal grains, dark chocolate, and carefully charred wood.  This smooth wave of roasty, toasty bitterness is then nicely balanced by a sneaky undercurrent of vanilla, caramel and cocoa. The flavor profile is further rounded by a closing presence of slightly earthy and fruity hops and an incredibly gentle nuttiness (pecans and walnuts).

Mouthfeel:  Spot on medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation, this Porter is wonderfully dry and cleans up beautifully to result in a highly drinkable, gulp-worthy experience.  Mostly balanced, the beer definitely leans a bit toward the roasty and bitter side.  The 6% ABV is super light and really does not bring much in the way of heat.  The aftertaste is all bittersweet chocolate.

Final Thoughts:  If you are looking for a clean and crushable dark beer to help ease you into the colder months, look no further than 2 Tone Vanilla Porter.  Comforting and approachable, it has plenty of roasty goodness that will pair effortlessly with time spent seeking warmth while huddled around a fire.

The only gripe or concern we could possibly come up with is the decision to give vanilla a title role in the naming of this beer.  The vanilla seems to play more of a supporting role by artfully tempering the bitterness supplied by the roasted malts, but it never really pushes beyond an element of balance to stake its claim to either the flavor or aroma.  That said, this approach does not take anything at all away from the beer . . . in fact, quite the opposite happens. In a craft beer world where Porters and Stouts are regularly dominated by over-the-top, cloying additions of sweet adjuncts, 2 Tone uses a deft hand when it comes to the use of vanilla.  This results in a finished product that is a more beautiful representation of the style, but our only worry is that the designation of “Vanilla Porter” might lead some to believe it is missing something even though it is not.

All in all, 2 Tone Vanilla Porter is a breath of fresh air these days because it is a truly flavorful Porter that is not at all afraid to embrace malt sourced roast and bitterness. Instead of taking the easy way out by being dependent on a heavy dose of sweet vanilla, 2 Tone instead relies on craftsmanship, integrity and a certain level of respect for the style by going against the seductive influence of current trends . . . and – even though we too often enjoy a ridiculously sweet “Pastry Stout” from time to time – we dig the hell of this beer for giving us something different today.  Be sure to check out 2 Tone Vanilla Porter if you happen to cross paths with it this winter.  Prost!


Rogue Ales Gets in the Holiday Spirit with Release of Santa’s Private Reserve (2018)

Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced the Limited Release of the 2018 vintage of Santa’s Private Reserve.

Brewed specifically to put a smile on Santa’s face this holiday season, the 2018 release of Santa’s Private Reserve is a Belgian-style Dark Ale that has been tweaked this year to include tangerines and boysenberries. This fruit-laden approach supplies a holly jolly experience that combines “spicy Belgian yeast and roasty malts with the tartness from boysenberries and tangerines [to capture] the flavors of the season.”  Weighing in at 7.9% ABV, Santa’s Private Reserve (2018) “is best when enjoyed with friends, family and reindeer.”

“This year we wanted to be bold and different,” says Rogue Brewmaster John Maier. “So I brewed old St. Nick a Belgian-style beer with a Rogue twist and put his jolly face on the bottle.” 


“It’s the perfect beer to drink while double-checking a certain list,” says Claus. 

Santa’s Private Reserve (2018) is rolling out now with plans to hang around through December.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer and Santa-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Santa’s Private Reserve (2018) from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, mid-November – December 2018
Style- Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV – 7.9%
IBUs – 22
Malts – Munich, Carahell, Special W, Caramalt & C-75
Hops – Magnum & Rogue Farms Independent 
Yeast – Imperial Workhorse
Added Ingredients – Dark Belgian Candi Sugar, Brown Sugar, Tangerines & Boysenberries
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Starr Hill Brewery Hits the Road with Winter Tour Variety Pack

Winter-Tour_12-pack-bottles_webStarr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia) has officially announced the release of its Winter Tour, a cold weather-themed mixed variety pack that contains 12 oz. bottles of Northern Lights IPA, Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout, 2 Tone Vanilla Porter and Snow Blind Doppelbock.

Recognizing that most of the Southeast has reached that point in the year when temperatures seem to free fall, Starr Hill Brewery has bundled up some comforting warmth in the form of its Winter Tour Variety Pack.  Meant to act as “the perfect accompaniment to a cozy fireside session” or a go-to option for the many holiday parties in our futures, this Seasonal mixed pack includes three 12 oz. bottles of each of the following cold weather brews (beer descriptions sourced from the brewery’s website):

  • Northern Lights IPA – A newly enhanced version of a classic American-style India Pale Ale, Northern Lights is characterized by its full-flavored bitterness and poignant citrus-floral aroma. A perfect blend of barley and hops makes this a very balanced IPA.  ABV – 6.2%  IBUs – 55
  • Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout – Little Red RooStarr Coffee Stout is a full-bodied milk stout brewed with coffee from our friends at Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, VA. Malt sweetness, chocolate and caramel notes dominate the flavor, while roasted coffee notes add balance and round out the aroma.  ABV – 6%  IBUs – 19
  • 2 Tone Vanilla Porter – Special dark roasted malts unite robust flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate with sweet vanilla bean for waves of rich smoothness. 2 Tone’s name is a nod to the British music genre that seamlessly combines brassy ska and punk rock. **Quick Note: the brewery made you a mix tape to chart a musical history of ska. Click here to check it out.**  ABV – 6%  IBUs – 16
  • Snow Blind Doppelbock – Snow Blind Doppelbock is a full-bodied winter beer with a massive caramel aroma and lightly toasted malt flavor. Sweetness dominates the front of the palate while the beer finishes clean and crisp.  ABV – 7.7%  IBUs – 13

The Winter Tour is hitting distribution now and will be available through January 2019.  You can expect to find this Variety Pack of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution area.  Prost!

Brewery Ommegang Adds Brut IPA to Year-Round Lineup

Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) has announced that Ommegang Brut IPA will officially launch in December as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

Arriving just in time to serve as a champagne alternative this holiday season, the incredibly bubbly Ommegang Brut IPA is “brewed with pilsner malt and flaked corn and hopped and dry-hopped with Mandarina Bavaria, Calypso, and Citra varietals, followed by a two-week bottle conditioning process to achieve exceptional levels of carbonation.” Light straw yellow in color with a pristine level of clarity, Ommegang Brut IPA offers a sensory experience that has “aromas of dank, resinous pine, grapefruit, and pineapple precede a lively effervescence and a crisp, dry finish.”

“With Brut IPA, we’ve created a distinctively Ommegang expression of this hop-driven style, using high attenuation and bottle conditioning to achieve a bright, dry, champagne-like character,” remarked Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “I’m excited to introduce it in time for the holidays, and look forward to enjoying it year-round.”

Ommegang Brut IPA will officially release in December with exclusive availability in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles.  You can expect to find this Year-Round brew at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, New York and other select states found within Ommegang’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Ommegang Brut IPA from Brewery Ommegang 

Release – Year-Round, launching December 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale (Brut IPA)
ABV – 6.3% 
IBUs – 49
Featured Hops – Mandarina Bavaria, Calypso & Citra
Grains – Pilsner Malt & Flaked Corn
Suggested Food Pairings – Ommegang Brut IPA “offers a welcome addition to every table, pairing best with sharp cheeses, hearty meats, and spiced desserts.”
Distribution – AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV & Washington, DC.
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/

Celis Brewery Hits the Colder Months with Seasonal Release of Celis Grand Cru

CelisgrandcrulogoCelis Brewery (Austin, Texas) has announced that Celis Grand Cru has officially returned for a Seasonal run with availability on draft and now in 12 oz. cans.

A true revival of the original recipe “created by Pierre Celis in 1967 in Hoegaarden, Belgium”, Celis Grand Cru is a Belgian-style Tripel “brewed with pale barley malts, along with Saaz and Cascade hops, and the same proprietary yeast strain that has been used in Celis White since 1965.”  This award-winning recipe produces a “well-balanced” experience that has “complex fruity flavors with spicy accents and a delicate sweetness with a lingering dry finish.” Meant to be sipped and savored, Celis Grand Cru (8.6% ABV) promises to be an “ideal beer choice for festive winter gatherings and indulging in with friends during the colder months of the year.”

“We are excited to reintroduce Celis Grand Cru this season, both on tap and now in cans,” says Christine Celis, founder of Celis Brewery. “Celis Grand Cru was the second beer my father created back in 1967 at Celis Brouwerij in Hoegaarden, and now we are brewing it for the second time in the new Celis brewery. The higher alcohol content of Grand Cru makes it an excellent style to be savored on special occasions. It is the perfect ale to take to holiday parties to impress your friends.”

Celis Grand Cru is hitting distribution now and will be available through March 2019, while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located throughout the state of Texas.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celis Grand Cru from Celis Brewery

Release – Seasonal, November 2018 – March 2019
Style – Belgian-style Tripel
ABV – 8.6%
Featured Hops – Saaz & Cascade
Fun Fact – On Celis Grand Cru’s origin: “Celis Grand Cru Tripel was first released by the original Celis Brewery in Austin during Autumn of 1992 using the same recipe as Pierre Celis brewed in Hoegaarden. Grand Cru developed a strong following among beer lovers all over the world during in the 1990s. Celis Grand Cru Tripel won several awards including a Silver medal at the 1998 World Beer Cup and Gold medal at the 1998 Great American Beer Festival (GABF).”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pair it with rich, fatty, or creamy foods, like short ribs, roasted pork loin, or grilled lamb with a festive meal. It’s excellent with soft cheeses triple crème and deserts such as ginger spice cake.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Texas

Celis Grand Cru Tripel

Marker 48 Brewing to Host ‘3 Years of Beer’ Anniversary Celebration

Marker 48 logo (1)On Saturday, November 17 from noon to close, Marker 48 Brewing (Weeki Wachee, Florida) will celebrate ‘3 Years of Beer’ with a full day of live music on two stages, special beer and bottle releases, and multiple food trucks.

Three years have now passed since the husband-and-wife team of Maurice and Tina Ryman established Marker 48 Brewing as the first production craft brewery in Hernando County. Over that short period of time, they have supplied their fans and community with countless imaginative craft beers, a growing barrel program, a consistent calendar of fun and creative events, and numerous fundraisers that have provided assistance for local nonprofits.  Those first three years have been absolutely amazing, but the future looks even brighter for the Marker 48 family . . . and that is exactly what they will be celebrating on November 17 at their ‘3 Years of Beer’ Anniversary Party.

“Marker 48 is just really getting started,” said Maurice Ryman, Co-founder of Marker 48 Brewing. “Our brewers are always learning and experimenting so we can brew new, amazing creations. You’ll probably see us start pushing the boundaries a bit while continuing to hone our technical prowess and consistency. Additional manufacturing capacity, a bigger distribution footprint and other package formats are all in the works, too.”

But, he added: “Bringing the community together over great beer is and will always be at the forefront of what we do.”

From the massive tap list to the lengthy lineup of musical acts, there is quite a bit to go over when it comes to the ‘3 Years of Beer’ celebration at Marker 48 Brewing. With that in mind, we are just going to break the whole thing down to ensure that you get all the information necessary to have a good time at this event.  Let’s get to it!

The Basics

What – ‘3 Years of Beer’ Anniversary Party
When – Noon to midnight on Saturday, November 17
Where – Marker 48 Brewing | 2147 Cortez Blvd | Brooksville, Florida

The Beer

In addition to Marker 48’s extensive lineup of core and taproom-only offerings flowing on draft, the ‘3 Years of Beer’ celebration will also feature the following special draft and bottle releases:

  • Mud River Imperial Stout – Bourbon Barrel- aged Imperial Stout (10.2% ABV) | bottles & draft
  • Barrel Aged Love Float – Bourbon Barrel-aged Double Black IPA brewed in collaboration with Arkane Ale Works (9.2% ABV) | bottles & draft
  • Copp In the Name of Love – Imperial IPA brewed in collaboration with Copp Brewery (12% ABV) | draft only
  • Down to the Wire – Farmhouse Saison brewed in collaboration with Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co. (6.8% ABV) | draft only
  • Dry Hopped Down To The Wire – Citra Dry Hopped Farmhouse Saison brewed in collaboration with Bullfrog Creek Brewing Co. (6.8% ABV) | draft only
  • Another River – Blend of Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout & Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout (10.7% ABV) | bottles & draft
  • FDR – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout (11% ABV) | bottles & draft
  • Peter Pan Porter – Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter (8.7% ABV) | bottles & draft
  • Putin It Down – Russian Imperial Stout (9% ABV) | bottles & draft
  • The Citrus Mistress – American Wheat Ale with Tangerine (5.5% ABV) | draft only
  • Mixed Company – Blend of IPA & Lager using Trois Yeast brewed in collaboration with Dunedin House of Beer & Escape Brewing Company (4.4% ABV) | draft only
  • BlackBerry Weeki Weisse – Berliner Weisse Treated with Blackberry (4.2% ABV) | draft only
  • Peach and Apricot Weeki Weisse – Berliner Weisse Treated with Peach & Apricot (4.2% ABV) | draft only
  • Not So Cordial – Chocolate Cherry Porter (8.7% ABV) | draft only
  • BarleyWine – American-style Barleywine (10.9% ABV) | draft only
  • Quad Willing – Belgian-style Quadrupel (11.4% ABV) | draft only

This list is tentative and it is possible that more offerings will be added as the date of the party draws closer.  If there are any updates and/or changes to the tap list, we will be sure to post that information here.  Stay tuned!

The Music Schedule

  • DeShun | Noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Mackenzie | 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Contenders | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Freeway State | 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Ally Venable Band | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wave Coast | 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Stone Grey | 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Shawn Scheller | 8:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Actual Bank Robbers | 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Admission/How It Works/Other Useful Info

  • No tickets are required for the ‘3 Years of Beers’ Anniversary Party.  This is a come as your, pay as you go event.
  • To expedite the ordering process, a token system will be in place during this event. Tokens will be $5 each (cash preferred) and are good for one (1) full-pour of beer, wine, cider, or sangria. Tickets for soda or bottled water will be available for $1 each.
  • The first 200 attendees that spend a minimum of $20 at the event will receive a limited-edition Marker 48 anniversary glass (pictured below). Limit of one glass per person.
  • Brewery tours will be available throughout the ‘3 Years of Beer’ Celebration. Tours cost $8.50 per person and include a full-pour of any beverage, a full-sized branded pint glass or snifter to take home, and beer samples during the tour.  Exact tour times will be based on demand and determined during the event.
  • Multiple food trucks will be on-site to take care of any food cravings you encounter during the event.
  • Parking is limited and the folks at Marker 48 urge attendees to consider taking an Uber, Lyft or taxi to the event. If you must drive, the brewery asks that you “do not park in Tire Kingdom or the car wash area, and do not double-park or otherwise block other patrons’ cars.”

That should just about cover all the information currently available for Marker 48’s ‘3 Years of Beer’ celebration.  If any additional details surface before the event, we will be sure to update this post with that information just as soon as we get it. All you have to do is block out November 17 on your calendar, assemble your crew of friends and family, and have a great time while raising a glass to ‘3 Years of Beer’ with everyone at Marker 48.  Prost!



Heavy Seas 23 Anniversary Ale – Triple IPA Slated for December Release

45845861311_fd816b16c6_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the limited release of its 23 Anniversary Ale – Triple IPA in early December.

Dropping as the first Heavy Seas offering to be packaged in a 4-pack of 16 oz. cans with PSLs (pressure sensitive labels), 23 Anniversary Ale is a Triple India Pale Ale featuring an “enormous amount of Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic, and Cascade hops.”  With these hops employed in the boil, the hopback and in a triple dry-hop, this juicy Triple IPA is guaranteed to “absolutely destroy your palate with hop flavor.”

“A beast of a beer, the subtle hop aromas belie its depth and power,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “Over tones of berry and melon blend with some tropical fruit and white grape notes to intrigue without overpowering. A hint of cracker, candi sugar and toffee lead into brown sugar, pine and more tropical fruit flavors. A warming, semi-dry finish with lingering berry and citrus flavors, completes the 23 experience.”

23 Anniversary Ale – Triple IPA is scheduled to debut in the brewery’s Tap Room on December 7 when Heavy Seas hosts its 23rd Anniversary Party and will also enter distribution at or around that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in the following states: Maryland, Florida, Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Ohio, and North Carolina.  Prost!

Vital Information for 23 Anniversary Ale – Triple IPA from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; December 7, 2018
Style – Triple India Pale Ale
ABV – 11.5%
IBUs – 85
Hops – Simcoe, Citra, Mosaic & Cascade
Malts – 2-Row, Munich & Caramalt
Fun Fact – “The 23 label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Owen Murphy of One Drop Design Studio.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Maryland, Florida, Washington, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Ohio & North Carolina


Azacca IPA Makes Seasonal Return for Founders Brewing Co.

azacca_ipa_fw_canFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced the return of one its seasonal favorites, Azacca IPA.

Meant to celebrate “the versatility of a single-hop in an American-style IPA”, Azacca IPA is Founders Brewing Co.’s liquid love letter to Azacca hops – “named after the Haitian god of agriculture” – that were sourced from Yakima-based Roy Farms.  These featured hops supply the beer with “an intense tropical aroma with hints of citrus and mango” while “a touch of caramel malt gives a sweet backbone to support [that] righteous fruit character.”  Azacca IPA comes in at 7% ABV and 70 IBUs.

Azacca IPA is rolling out now and will be available through March 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $8.99), 15-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $17.99), and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Azacca IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, November 2018 – March 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 70
Featured Hops – Azacca
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/