Dogfish Head Introduces Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout

oavwws-ingredients-9Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced the release of Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout as the brewery’s newest Limited Release offering.

The newly released Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout arrives as a revamped take on the fan-favorite World Wide Stout.  Starting with the original, 18-year-old recipe that boasts “a ridiculous amount of barley”, the brewers at Dogfish Head then added a fresh layer of complexity by aging the Stout in “real 10,000 gallon oak tanks with heaps of [whole Madagascar] vanilla beans.”  This treatment produces a 16% ABV Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout that possesses “a wonderfully authentic tapestry of roasted malty, toasted vanilla flavors with subtle coffee notes.”

“When we first began brewing World Wide Stout at our brewpub back in the winter of 1999, the first batch sold out in less than a week – and nearly 18 years later the response has continued to be amazing,” said Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “At Dogfish, our raison d’être is to expand the boundaries of the typical beer experience by creating innovative beers made from fresh ingredients, so we decided to take a new spin on our popular stout by adding tons of whole Madagascar vanilla beans to the recipe. The addition of the beans enhances the coffee and chocolatey notes in the beer which we think our fans will enjoy.” 

Today’s press release from the brewery declares that Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout has officially shipped out to distributors.  You can expect to find this Limited Release brew available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution network (unfortunately, this does not include Alabama and any other state where this Stout exceeds ABV restrictions).  Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout will not last long once it hits shelves, so be sure to keep a keen eye out for this brew while out on your next beer run.  Prost!

Vital Information for Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Release – Limited, late July 2017
Style – American Imperial Stout 
ABV – 16%
IBUs – 70
Treatment – Aged in 10,000 gallon oak tanks with vanilla beans
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Suggested Food Pairings – Roasted venison, leg of lamb, cheesecake, chocolate mousse
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder (a.k.a. FishFinder) – https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder
Fun Fact – On aging Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout: ““’Like Fort and 120 Minute IPA, Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout only gets better in its golden years. With aging, you’ll find the heat of the booze fades into the background and the port notes and vanilla roastiness takes over,’ said Calagione. ‘Grab a few bottles, enjoy one now and lay the others down for a few years.'”

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Tasting Notes: The Love from Starr Hill Brewery

LoveCan1000This week’s Tasting Notes brings it in for the real thing as we experience The Love Wheat Beer from Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia).

The Love comes to us by way of Starr Hill’s new Summer Jam Can Variety Pack, the brewery’s first ever mixed 16-pack of 12 oz. cans (click here for more details).  This established, Year-Round offering is a German Hefeweizen that “is distinguished by its extremely light body and fruity aroma, finished with spicy notes.”  At just 5.1% ABV and 9 IBUs, The Love is an easy-drinking, approachable beer that is a fantastic go-to for any occasion or season.  You can find The Love in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, in the Summer Jam Can Variety Pack and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill Brewery’s distribution area.

Alright, let’s get into some Tasting Notes and see what The Love is all about!

Tasting Notes for The Love Wheat Beer from Starr Hill Brewery

Appearance: The Love hits the glass as a hazy, golden rod-colored brew topped with nearly two fingers of pure white, pillowy foam.  Held to the light, a myriad of yellows, from light straw to deep gold, burst forth.  The body holds its haze, but a lively carbonation presence can be seen working hard within.  The head has fantastic retention, and that foam leaves behind some impressive, chunky lace patterns whenever the beer is jostled.

Aroma: Just as they should, banana and clove are the first notes to waft from the glass.  Hearty wheat provides a solid, grain-based backbone.  A grace of bubblegum develops before the profile closes with a refreshing breeze of lemon zest.

Taste:  The yeast is hard at work here as well with clove and other light phenols leading the way.  An earthy and floral character develops to work beautifully alongside the wheat malts and a light spice note.  Citrus tones brighten things up a bit before the beer settles in for a very satisfying finish filled with ripe banana.

Mouthfeel: This brew is medium in body with a bright carbonation level.  This provides an experience that is wonderfully light and crisp on the palate.  The ABV can be located if you go looking, but it has very little intention to make itself known.  Aftertaste is minimal, but a little bit of banana and bubblegum does hang around from time to time.

Final Thoughts:   Full disclosure – this is not my first experience with this beer and it certainly will not be my last.  The Love impressed me a long time ago when a first sip emphatically read as a German Hefeweizen.  I know what the label description says, but I have had a good amount of encounters with American takes on the style that left me disappointed or wanting more.  Not the case with The Love.  This beer proudly possesses that needed and showcased balance between the wheat foundation and the playful yeast character.  Then we have the citrus qualities that bring it all together to result in an approachable, refreshing offering that we all long for after a hot and humid summer day. The folks at Starr Hill did a fantastic job with this beer, and it is clear that they did their homework before placing the word “German” anywhere on the label.  That’s respect, and it shows in each and every pour of The Love.  Well done.  Prost!

Cycle Brewing Schedules Bottle Release Dates for Rare DOS Double Barrel Cinnamon

CycleRareDOSDBCinnbottle_editedCycle Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida) recently took to social media to inform their fans that they will host bottle releases for Rare DOS Double Barrel Bourbon Barrel Then Cinnamon Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout and two of its variants (Hazelnut and Coffee) over a three-week period beginning on Saturday, July 22.

Double Barrel madness continues this week at Cycle Brewing with the introduction of Rare DOS Double Barrel – Cinnamon.  This rare treat is an Imperial Stout that has been Bourbon barrel-aged and then transferred to a finishing barrel to be Cinnamon Bourbon barrel-aged.  Although the brewery does not have much information regarding the origin of the Cinnamon Bourbon barrels, it has come forward to say that “the results have been great.”

In addition to the regular version of Rare DOS Double Barrel – Cinnamon, there will also be Hazelnut and Coffee versions of this Double Barrel-aged Imperial Stout available.  Each of these three offerings will have its own release date, and the release schedule is as follows:

  • 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 22: Rare DOS Double Barrel Bourbon Barrel Then Cinnamon Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout – $30 per bottle, limit to be determined
  • 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 29: Rare DOS Double Barrel Bourbon Barrel Then Cinnamon Bourbon Barrel-aged Hazelnut Imperial Stout – $35 per bottle, limit to be determined
  • 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 5: Rare DOS Double Barrel Bourbon Barrel Then Cinnamon Bourbon Barrel-aged Coffee Imperial Stout (Panther Coffee)- $35 per bottle, limit to be determined

Quantities for all three versions are nearly identical.  Bottle limits will be based on how many people are in line, and the brewery will establish those limits at the time of each release.  This being the case, there is no need to camp out at the brewery and form a line hours before each release.  The brewery recommends that you arrive by 7:45 a.m. to make the head count and “guarantee yourself a full allotment.”  All three of these bottle releases are CASH ONLY while there is a line.

Since this is Rare DOS, it kind of goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway: Rare DOS Double Barrel Bourbon Barrel Then Cinnamon Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout and its two variants will sell out.  It will probably happen quickly.  If you want one (or all three) of these beers, you will have to get up early on the respective Saturday, hit the ATM on the way, and make sure you are in line by 7:45 a.m.  This is the only way, but it will be worth it.  Just remember to be respectful of Cycle Brewing’s neighbors and have fun out there.  Prost!

Framblanc 2016 Arrives as Latest Tier Two Release from Cascade Brewing

framblancbottleCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has announced that Framblanc 2016 is now officially available for purchase at its two pubs and through distribution.

Marking only the second time an offering from this project has been packaged, the release of Framblanc 2016 has quite a bit of buzz around it considering Framblanc 2015 recently walked away with the Gold Medal at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards.  This latest release is a blend of Sour Blonde Ales that have been aged “for up to 14 months in oak wine barrels with more than 3,500 pounds of white raspberries.”  The finished Framblanc 2016 “features fresh flavors of raspberries, green grapes, white peaches and pears and is 7.6 percent ABV.”

“We expect Framblanc to sell out as fast as the previous two limited releases: Kentucky Peach and Tangerine Dream,” stated Tim Larrance, VP of Marketing and Sales. “Those projects both sold out within days of their respective release dates. Our fans will want to grab a bottle of this while it’s available.”

Framblanc 2016 was officially released yesterday at both of Cascade Brewing’s pubs, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge.  This Limited Release, Tier Two offering will also be available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, restaurants and bars located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Framblanc 2016 is guaranteed to sell out, so be sure to grab a bottle if happen upon one.  Prost!

Vital Information for Framblanc 2016 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier Two; July 18, 2017
Style – American Sour Ale (blended)
ABV – 7.6%
Treatment – A blend of Sour Blonde Ales aged for up to 14 months in oak wine barrels with more than 3,500 pounds of white raspberries
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning the new labels and tier designations: “Cascade’s new bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.”

Rogue Ales & Spirits Set to Release 2017 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout

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Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works Master Cooper, Nate Linquist, poses with Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout

Rogue Ales & Spirits (Newport, Oregon) recently announced that it will begin the much-anticipated, limited release of its 2017 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout later this month.

The story behind Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout all begins with the barrel and Nate Linquist, Master Cooper at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works.  Back in 2015, the folks at Rogue Ales & Spirits got their hands on some “vintage, WWII-era, coopering equipment” and established Rolling Thunder Barrel Works as “the only brewery-distillery-cooperage west of Lynchburg, Tennessee.” With this equipment and a good supply of Oregon Oak, Nate Linquist “assembles, raises, toasts, chars, hoops, cauterizes, sands and brands one barrel a day, all by hand.”  Once assembled, these meticulously crafted barrels go on to hold Dead Guy Whiskey as it matures, and then pull double duty by eventually providing Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout a home as it barrel ages.

Having been “brewed with ingredients grown at Rogue Farms and ocean aged in Dead Guy Whiskey-soaked handmade Oregon Oak barrels coopered at . . . Rolling Thunder Barrel Works”, Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout is a truly special offering because nearly every aspect of this beer has been either handled, influenced, grown, or created by a member of the Rogue family.  This homegrown approach results in a barrel-aged Imperial Stout that “features deep sherry notes accentuated by hints of coconut, cherries, dark fruit and vanilla held up against a dark roasted malt backbone with earthy hops.”  Weighing in at a massive 14% ABV, the 2017 vintage of Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout “is bigger and bolder than the inaugural 2016 release.”

“At first it was a creative challenge,” said General Manager Dharma Tamm, “to see how we could incorporate our brewery, distillery, cooperage and farm into one beer. However, our brewers, distillers, coopers, farmers – and even graphic designers turned it into a quest to create a world class beer that exemplifies the Rogue spirit of challenging the norm and pushing creative boundaries.”

2017 Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout will make its official debut at Rogue public houses starting on Friday, July 21.  This Limited Release offering will then enter distribution on August 1 with availability on draft and in 1-liter swing-top bottles.  Quantities are extremely limited, so keep an eye out for Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, Oregon, California, Washington and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution footprint (of course, this excludes Alabama and any other state where Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout would exceed ABV and container size restrictions).  Prost!

Vital Information for Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (2017) from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited, official release date set for July 21, 2017
Style – American Imperial Stout
ABV – 14%
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare & Risk Malts; Nate’s Smoke, Brown, Kiln Black, Roasted Barley, C40 & C75 Malts; & Oats
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty & Freedom
Yeast – Pacman Yeast
Added Ingredients – Brown Sugar, Sweet Dark Cherries, Vanilla & Chocolate
Treatment – Ocean aged in Dead Guy Whiskey-soaked handmade Oregon Oak barrels coopered at Rogue’s Rolling Thunder Barrel Works
Availability – 1-liter swing-top bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

 

 

Photo Recap: VIP Night at Noble Crust – Wesley Chapel

1SignOutdoor_editedOn Saturday, July 15, the Noble Crust hosted a VIP Night and Preview Party for their new location in Wesley Chapel, and we were fortunate enough to receive an invitation to cover the festivities.  Here’s your first look at this fantastic new restaurant taking up residence at the Shops at Wiregrass.

Serving as a benefit for The Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation, this VIP Night event acted as the perfect platform to introduce the community to Noble Crust and its philosophy that is clearly built on generosity and hospitality.  From the hostess at the door to the proud ownership mingling with the crowd, the entire crew at Noble Crust does absolutely everything they can to make you feel at ease and at home when you visit their restaurant.

And what a beautiful restaurant it is.  Before you enter the restaurant proper, you easily glide through a cozy patio space that has been designed with the ability to tame the Florida heat with breezy fans and a gentle misting system.  As you walk through the front door, your eyes feast on a gorgeous space that includes comfy social dining areas, an immaculate open kitchen, clever lighting that provides a warm ambiance, and one of the most stunning bars in the area.

Take a seat and your attention suddenly shifts to the alluring aromas wafting from the kitchen.  With a menu comprised of seasonal Italian dishes that retain a Southern soul, your options are many.  You can nosh on tasty appetizers such as Deviled Crab Arancini and Ricotta Gnocchi before selecting a main course that could range from one of several of Noble Crust’s incredibly balanced and delicious pizzas to Rigatoni & Short Rib Ragu or some Southern Fried Chicken.  After polishing off your first two courses, be sure to look over the dessert menu because you are definitely going to want to finish off your meal with a slice of Lemon-Buttermilk Pie or a jar of Warm Chocolate Budino.  Finally, and this goes for your entire meal, your Noble Crust experience is not complete unless you pair these delectable dishes with something from the bar.  It could be a of glass wine, a tasty brew from their carefully curated beer list, or one of their many ambrosial house cocktails.  Just find the flavor that best suits you, settle in, sip away and fully savor the complete dining experience that Noble Crust provides.

We could go on and on about our time at Noble Crust, but it is probably best to let our photos do the talking from here on out.  Check out the photos below and, most importantly, be sure to check out Noble Crust – Wesley Chapel as soon as possible.  The restaurant opens to the public this week, and their staff is polished and ready to go.  Make it happen and enjoy what may just be the finest dining option now available in Wesley Chapel.  Prost!

 

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Sixpoint Brewery Goes Lo-Res for the Summer

Processed with VSCO with n3 presetSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) recently introduced Lo-Res Sesher IPA as its latest Limited Release and first ever 8-pack.

Now that the heat of summer has firmly established itself across the country, the crew at Sixpoint Brewery believe “it’s time for a sesher.”  Session IPA that is, and their take on this now ubiquitous style is Lo-Res Sesher IPA.  Where Sixpoint’s fan-favorite Hi-Res IIIPA may have “magnified the Resin,” Lo-Res is here “to change the resolution.”  This easy drinking India Pale Ale has been heavily dosed with Mandarina Bavaria hops to “provide a huge citrusy blast, while a pale, dry body finishes super clean and easy.”  Thanks to its 4.5% ABV, you can enjoy a couple Lo-Res Sesher IPAs “before things get pixelated.”

Lo-Res Sesher IPA is available now as a special Limited Release meant to be thoroughly enjoyed over the summer months.  You can find this tasty brew in 8-packs of 12 oz. cans (that’s right, it has two bonus lives!) and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited Release, launching July 2017
Style – American Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 43
Featured Hops – Mandarina Bavaria
Availability – 8-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://sixpoint.com/beer-finder/

Funky Buddha Brewery Establishes The Living Barrel Series

BA_VNikolai_22ozFunky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) recently announced the creation of The Living Barrel Series, a line of specialty barrel-aged beers “with a new, enlightened look.”

To celebrate the growth of their brewery and its barrel-aging program in particular, the folks at Funky Buddha have now designated The Living Barrel Series as their official playground for all things barrel-aged.  These Limited Release brews have been carefully aged in a barrel cellar that currently houses “over five hundred oak casks of all types.”  We are talking about “hundreds of Bourbon barrels filled with everything from imperial stout to double brown ales; saisons aging in Chardonnay casks; and a multitude of unique wine and spirits casks including rum, tequila, and even luscious Cabernet.”

“Like the spiraling growth of a tree’s branches, so too are these beers transformed over time thanks to the maturation exclusively in oak wine and spirits casks. Unlike the ageless timber, these bottles are only available for a limited time.”

The Living Barrel Series will launch in the upcoming months with the release of the following three beers:

  • Rum Barrel-Aged Pina Colada, an Imperial Cream Ale made with real pineapple and coconut and aged in Jamaican rum casks for months
  • Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-aged Nikolai Vorlauf – an Imperial Russian Stout aged for nearly two years in Bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans added to the barrel
  • Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dread Pirate Roberts – Powerful and ruthless, this beer takes no prisoners. Barrel-aged Dread Pirate Roberts is a rich and roasty Imperial Stout blended with real raspberry, chocolate, and coconut then aged for months inside bold, Bourbon barrels.

Rum Barrel-Aged Pina Colada and Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-aged Nikolai Vorlauf will be released in the brewery’s tap room (and possibly see distribution throughout Florida as well) sometime between the “end of July and late August.” Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dread Pirate Roberts will be “released exclusively to . . . Imperial Club members in August, with any remaining bottles released to the general public thereafter.”  All three offerings will be available in extremely limited quantities of 22 oz. bottles.

Funky Buddha Brewery already has plans in place to release “2017 iterations of Morning Wood and Last Buffalo in the Park, plus a host of other surprises to come” as future offerings in The Living Barrel Series.  We will be sure to update you with more detailed information on these and any future releases in the series just as soon as we have it.  Stay tuned.  Prost!

Green Zebra Gose to be Next Release in Founders Brewing Co.’s ArtPrize Series

Green_Zebra_2017_Beer_Page_editedFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has announced that Green Zebra, a Gose-style Ale brewed with watermelon and sea salt, will arrive in August as the latest offering to come out of the brewery’s ArtPrize Series.

For five years now, Founders Brewing Co. has been adding to a series of Limited Release beers brewed to benefit ArtPrize, an open international art competition which takes place each fall in the brewery’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  This year’s artful creation will be Green Zebra, a 4.6% ABV Gose-style Ale that highlights the satisfyingly refreshing flavor and aroma of watermelon while still honoring stylistic tradition by using sea salt to achieve a dry finish.

“ArtPrize is one of the most well-attended public art events in the world, and we are proud to continue our support,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “We love playing with expectations when it comes to brewing our ArtPrize beers and Green Zebra is the perfect example of that. The gose style is very unique and pretty unknown, even amongst craft beer drinkers, and we wanted to bring our version of it to a larger audience. For the first time ever, our ArtPrize beer will be available across our entire distribution network so even more of our fans can get to know this style we’ve fallen in love with.”

Green Zebra now joins Pale JoeSpectra TrifectaMosaic Promise and Inspired Artist Black IPA to comprise the full-lineup of ArtPrize Series offerings. In keeping with a tradition that began with the releases of Spectra Trifecta and Pale Joe, the label artwork for Green Zebra “is an original work of art designed by a member of the Founders team.”  Jacob Wiseheart from the Founders taproom crew earned this honor by creating a piece that displays a “striking and intense use of color and dimension, perfectly suited to the lively, bright nature of the beer.”

Arriving as the first ArtPrize Series offering to debut in cans, Green Zebra will be available exclusively in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans for the suggested retail price of $9.99. Proceeds from the sale of Green Zebra go towards the sponsorship of ArtPrize.  This Limited Release offering will hit distribution by late-August, and you can expect to find it at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s 46 state distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Green Zebra from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/ArtPrize Series. Launching in the Founders Brewing Co. taproom on August 15, 2017; full distribution expected by the end of August
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.6%
IBUs – 10
Added Ingredients – Watermelon & sea salt
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/

Magic City Brewfest Regroups, Relocates to Avondale Park

MCBFfeatureAfter unexpected issues with a previous venue, Free The Hops has found a new home for the 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest at Avondale Park (4101 5th Avenue South,
Birmingham, Alabama) on Saturday, July 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In a turn of events that absolutely no one saw coming, the Alabama beer scene was rocked a little over a month ago when Free the Hops had to announce the postponement of the Magic City Brewfest.  After a mad scramble and some diligent hard-work, organizers were able to lock down Avondale Park as the new venue for the iconic, original Free the Hops festival.  Sure, the date had to be changed and the event had to be trimmed down to one session as a result, but the 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest still promises to be one of the best yet by boasting over “175 types of beer from over 70 breweries.”  Since this event is absolutely packed with amazing beer, delicious food, incredible live entertainment and insightful beer classrooms, we have quite a bit of information to go over.  Let’s break it all down.

The Basics

What – 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest
When – One Session: Saturday, July 29 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where – Avondale Park (4101 5th Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama)

The Organization

“Free The Hops is a grassroots non-profit consumer advocacy organization whose successful lobbying efforts to reform hostile laws have helped make Alabama one of the most vibrant and welcoming beer markets in the USA. As a craft beer consumer advocacy organization, our mission is to work within our communities to educate the public, support the industry at large, and remain vigilant watch dogs on legislative processes. Started in 2004 by Alabamians with no ties to any alcoholic beverage business, Free The Hops was incorporated later that year and registered as an official 501(c)(6) non-profit in 2007. None of our members make any money off the grassroots effort.”

A New Focus

“This year, Free the Hops has overhauled their mission to focus more on education. We will be sharing a wealth of fun and useful knowledge, from an introduction to homebrewing and common off flavors in beer, to tips on pairing beer with food and maximizing your time at the festival. We will have an overview of the Cicerone curriculum, and details on various beer styles and serving methods.”

The Beer

In addition to showcasing over 175 beers from over 70 breweries, the 2017 Magic City Brewfest will also feature the following specialty releases:

  • Sponsored by The J. Clyde, the Alabama Cask Garden returns to feature one-off casks created by Alabama breweries exclusively for the Magic City Brewfest
  • The J. Clyde Fire Truck will be on-site to serve up some exclusive beers
  • This year’s Magic City Brewfest will also feature the Sister Cities Birmingham/Plzen Brewery Collaboration, a collaborative effort that had four Birmingham breweries (Cahaba Brewing Co., Avondale Brewing Co., Red Hills Brewing Company, and 5 Points Brewing) team up with breweries from Plzen, Czech Republic to create some exclusive beers for the festival.  Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite collaboration brew from this series

The full brewery and beer list for the 2017 Magic City Brewfest is in the process of being compiled.  Once it is completed, you can view it by following this link.

The Food

The following local restaurants will be on-site to serve up some tasty eats during the event:

Food is not included in the ticket cost.  Once inside the festival, attendees will be able to purchase tokens to exchange for food.

The Music

To keep the energy up throughout the event, the Magic City Brewfest will feature the musical stylings of The Yellow Dandies and Tropical Breeze Steel Band.

Ticket Information

Tickets for the 11th Annual Magic City Brewfest are on sale now for the price of $40 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here.  That price grants you entrance into the festival, a commemorative tasting glass, the ability to sample over 175 beers, and access to live entertainment and educational classrooms.

We said it before and we will say it again: Now that all the details are covered, this is the part where we give the Magic City Brewfest – and this goes for its sister Rocket City Brewfest in Huntsville – our full, honest endorsement as one of the finest and best organized beer festivals in the country.  The circumstances behind the postponement were unfortunate, but the Birmingham beer community has bounced back from much more difficulty in the past.  Why? Because rally behind each other, and because we love our breweries, our city and our state.  So, let’s rally once again and sell out this Magic City Brewfest as a sign of appreciation to all the amazing people at Free the Hops that organized this event and inspired so much change over the years.  What say you?  Let’s do this.  Prost!