Two Brothers Artisan Brewing Gets Festive with Release of Atom Smasher Oak-Aged Oktoberfest

AtomSmasher_editedTwo Brothers Artisan Brewing (Warrenville, Illinois) recently announced that Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager has officially returned for its Seasonal release.

For their take on the Oktoberfest style, Two Brothers Artisan Brewing blends “the traditional style of Märzen beers from the past with new, innovative flavors” to create Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager.  This beer begins with a “hefty and complex grain bill [that] brings about a variety of flavors including coffee, toffee and toast vanilla.” It is then fermented with the brewery’s house lager yeast and aged on oak chips to result in a 7.7% ABV lager that “boasts a unique spice which is balanced with soft vanilla.”

Atom Smasher is available now and will be hanging around throughout Oktoberfest season.  You can expect to find this Seasonal release available at craft beer-friendly establishments located Florida, Illinois and throughout the rest of Two Brothers Artisan Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Atom Smasher Oak Aged Oktoberfest Style Lager from Two Brothers Artisan Brewing

Release – Seasonal, arrives in late-August and will be available throughout the 2017 Oktoberfest season
Style – Oktoberfest Lager
ABV – 7.7%
IBUs – 22.6
Treatment – Aged on oak chips
Suggested Food Pairings – “Hearty spicy food, chicken, sausage, pork, almond biscotti, spice cake with pine nuts”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft

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LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Unite Once Again for Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko

LOKOlargeOn Sunday, September 17 at 10:45 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will head back to the Fermentorium at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) to collaborate on a second edition of Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko.

For IchiLoko: Round 2, the chefs of LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will combine their talents to honor Oktoberfest with a four-course brunch that merges the culinary traditions of Germany and Asia.  The menu will consist of the following inventive dishes:

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To cover the “kegs” side of this event, Cigar City Brewing will be pouring their Oktoberfest German-style Festbier and “other delicious beers.”  All attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value.” If you would like a beverage other than beer, Ginger Beard Coffee will also be on-site with nitro-infused cold brew coffee and nitro matcha green tea on tap (coffee & tea not included in ticket cost).

Tickets for this installment of Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here.  Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value).  Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

Friendly word of advice: If you wish to attend IchiLoko, we suggest that you secure your tickets as soon as possible because this event will be limited to just 60 seats due to the Cigar City taproom being closed for remodeling.  Make it happen and we hope to see you all there!  Prost!

Ichabod Pumpkin Ale Makes Seasonal Return for New Holland Brewing

“It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day, the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.”
– Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

NHB-HiResBeerProductPageImagesWeb1-IchabodNew Holland Brewing Co. (Holland, Michigan) recently took to social media to announce that Ichabod Pumpkin Ale has officially begun hitting shelves and taps as the brewery’s current Seasonal release.

First released in 1997, New Holland Brewing’s long-standing, fan-favorite Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is officially back to greet autumn once again.  This 4.5% ABV offering “combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg” to evoke the warming comfort of fall.  Since this brew is full-flavored but still easy-drinking, you can enjoy Ichabod Pumpkin Ale on its own or alongside your favorite desserts of the season.

Ichabod Pumpkin Ale is rolling out now and will be available throughout the months of fall.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Michigan and throughout the rest of New Holland Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Ichabod Pumpkin Ale from New Holland Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, arriving late-August and available through the fall of 2017
Style – Pumpkin Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 25
Malts – 2-Row & Crystal
Hops – Cascade
Yeast – American Ale
Added Ingredients – Pumpkin, cinnamon & nutmeg
Suggested Food Pairings – “Roasted poultry, root vegetables, peanut sauce, caraway”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://newhollandbrew.com/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. works with Arizona Wilderness & Creature Comforts on Collaboration No.7

Collab7-Diamond-Badge-copyBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced the limited release of Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager, a special collaboration offering brewed with Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. (Gilbert, Arizona) and Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia).

For the first time in the history of their Collaboration series, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager has Boulevard Brewing Co. working with not one but two breweries.  This offering stands as a liquid embodiment of both Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.’s reputation “as champions for local ingredients in innovative beers” and Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s philosophy of being “dedicated to better being through being curious.”

To pull this off, the three brewing teams built a crisp lager upon “a base of two-row pale malt, Sonoran White Wheat, honey malt and corn grits.”  They then introduced Riesling grape juice, peaches and lemon zest; incorporated a hop bill consisting of Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blanc hops; and fermented the beer with an Ayinger lager yeast strain.  Once the brewing process was completed, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager received its finishing touches by being “briefly aged on Cuvee No. 5 Tank Staves, French oak staves that impart fruit, spice, toast and tannins similar to aging in a fresh/virgin French oak barrel.”  For a clear idea of what to expect from this elaborate recipe, here is Collaboration No. 7’s full description from Boulevard Brewing’s official press release:

“At 6% ABV and 16 IBUs, Collaboration No. 7 Oak-Aged Lager pours a brilliant golden color with tight, off-white lacing. Bright aromas of peach and Riesling grapes mingle with the tropical fruit notes provided by subtle hopping. Lemon zest accentuates the naturally citrusy character of the beer as the malt bill forms a slightly sweet, honey-like base from which the chosen regional ingredients shine. French oak character lends a drying effect resulting in a bright, fruity lager that finishes incredibly crisp. Bottle conditioned with champagne yeast, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager has fluffy, effervescent carbonation that scrubs the palate and begs for another sip.”

Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager will officially launch in the Kansas City area beginning on August 21, and it will then see distribution to other regions in the coming weeks.  Once it hits distribution, you will be able to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and any other area that normally sees Smokestack Series Limited Release beers from Boulevard Brewing Co.  Prost!

Vital Information for Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager from Boulevard Brewing Co., Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. & Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series, launching August 21, 2017
Style – American Lager
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 16
Malts/Grains – 2-Row Pale, Sonoran White Wheat, Honey Malt & Corn Grits
Hops – Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop & Hallertau Blanc
Yeast – Ayinger Lager 
Added Ingredients – Riesling grape juice, peaches and lemon zest
Treatment – Aged “briefly” on on Cuvee No. 5 Tank Staves
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Stone Brewing’s Tangerine Express IPA Now Available in Cans

TangEx_LS_FULL_1Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) recently announced that it is expanding packaging options for Stone Tangerine Express IPA by now offering this new Year-Round beer in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.

After being introduced just six months ago as Stone Brewing’s newest Year-Round Core beer, Stone Tangerine Express IPA has made such an impression with fans that the brewery has decided to now make it available in 12 oz. cans.   Developed to be “an express ticket to a beach hammock getaway with refreshing drink in hand”, this golden-colored India Pale Ale is brewed with “whole tangerine puree to capture the essence of the bright flavors of the fruit with the addition of whole pineapple for a subtle, yet lingering tropical backnote.”  Combine that with a “marked dankness” supplied by eight different hops, and it is no wonder why this brew has been such a hit with hop heads.  Now that Stone Tangerine Express IPA has been given its new aluminum digs, Stone Brewing “now offers four of its year-round core beers in cans as well as select special releases.”

“We brew beers we like with hopes that our fans will like them too,” said Dominic Engels, Stone Brewing CEO. “In this case our co-founder Greg Koch had fallen in love with an experimental batch of Stone Tangerine Express IPA and insisted we bring it to market. Turns out our fans have loved it too, so that leaves us with the important task of making this beer as widely available as we can. There’s nothing quite like cracking into one of these cans and drinking in that complex tangerine aroma before the first sip.”

Stone Tangerine Express IPA is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans in California only, but the brewery will eventually expand the roll-out nationally in January 2018.  Until then, you can still find Stone Tangerine Express IPA available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Tangerine Express IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Year-Round, cans launch in California in August 2017 and will reach full distribution by January 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 75
Featured Hops – Citra®, Centennial, Sterling, Azacca & Mosaic®
Added Ingredients – Tangerine and pineapple puree
Availability – 22 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

 

 

Ogden, Utah Features Female Brewer in New Tourism Video

VisitOgdenVisit Ogden recently sent out a press release to promote their new tourism video “Femintation”, a short film showcasing the talents of Jacquie King Wright of Roosters Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah).

Not too long ago, the city of Ogden decided to use its resources in the Tourism Department to create a short film focused on Jacquie King Wright, an avid trail runner who also happens to be one of three female brewers in the state of Utah.  Born in Germany and greatly influenced by that country’s beer culture, Jacquie chased her beer-making dreams by quitting her full-time job to take a 2-year, unpaid apprenticeship at Ogden’s Roosters Brewing Company.  Her hard work and determination eventually earned her the Head Brewer position at Roosters when the previous brewer decided to move on.  The video created by Visit Ogden not only briefly describes Jacquie’s story and passions, but it also mentions her new beer Femintation, an American Strong Ale that celebrates her place in Utah’s beer scene.

The fact that the city of Ogden decided to tell Jacquie King Wright’s story is refreshing on a couple levels.  First, we need to recognize and support our female brewers.  Although it may seem to be at times, craft beer is not a boys’ club and we need to make that clear.  Our female brewers are just as talented as their male peers, and we are long overdue in emphatically educating the public to that fact.  Secondly, Ogden has realized that breweries can and do drive tourism.  If you provide visitors with information on your brewers, a great deal of them will stop in, spend some cash and try some brews.  Visit Ogden has it figured out, and we applaud them for it.

The video is available below, and we highly recommend that you give it a watch.  Who knows, it may inspire you to take a trip to Utah to check out Ogden, Femintation, and Jacquie King Wright’s full lineup of beers at Roosters Brewing Company.  Prost!

Avery Brewing Sends Chai High Out for Limited Release

unnamed (43)Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) recently announced that Chai High, a spiced Brown Ale brewed in partnership with Boulder-based Bhakti Chai, is now available as the brewery’s latest Limited Release.

Back again to “set the mood for the colder months” ahead, Chai High is a “rich and robustly spiced brown ale” that sources its spicy kick from a chai concentrate provided by Bhakti Chai – a company known for using only “the highest quality sustainably sourced ingredients.” Made with a variety of spices including “fresh pressed organic ginger from Peru”, this concentrate gives Chai High all that is needed to mirror the “invigorating properties of an iced chai.”

“Demand for Chai High was overwhelming last year, signaling that customers are looking for alternatives to classic fall-style beers,” says Dustin LeMoine, Director of Sales at Avery Brewing. “We can’t be more excited to work with Bhakti Chai again due to their dedication to sourcing the utmost quality ingredients to give our customers that rich, spicy, and refreshing Chai High experience”.

Chai High officially releases in early August and will be available throughout the months of fall and winter.  You can find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chai High from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Seasonal Selection series, arrives August 2017 and available through fall & winter
Style – Brown Ale/Spiced Ale
ABV – 5.2%
Malts – Chocolate, 2-Row, Munich, C-120 & Honey Malt
Hops – Bullion, Sterling, Hersbrucker, Columbus
Yeast – London Ale
Added Ingredients – Chai concentrate from Bhakti Chai
Suggested Food Pairing – “Curried Trout with Mustard Greens: The rich blend of sweet toasted malt and warm masala spices works harmoniously with lean fish, complex seasonings, and a bitter kick from the greens.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder

New Belgium Unveils New Specialty Portfolio with Debut of Three Premium Series

DSC_2737 copy1600x900.jpg _edited.jpgNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it has reimagined its portfolio of specialty releases with the introduction of three new premium series: Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve and Belgian Collection.

Shaking things up when you are one of the country’s most recognizable craft beer brands may be difficult, but the folks at New Belgium decided to establish these new series in an effort to properly “showcase the brewery’s Belgian roots and provide a platform for small-batch barrel-aged experimentation.”  The beers that will comprise these premium series will range from rare experiments to new-look old favorites, but all are meant to be eye-catching, thought-provoking offerings.

“When we set out to reinvigorate one of America’s most established specialty portfolios, we quickly realized that to move forward, we had to dig into our roots,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Brewing Specialty Brand Manager. “The overall vision with this new portfolio is to highlight beers we’ve been producing for years while adding new esoteric releases, and presenting them in a way that conveys the attention and respect that they deserve.”

It is probably best to just allow New Belgium to speak for itself when it comes to the Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve and Belgian Collection, so here are their full descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release:

Wood Cellar Reserve

New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Reserve series is made up of a selection of rare, small batch wild and sour ales expertly aged by the most award-winning sour brewery in America. From individual barrel expressions, fruit and spice experimentations, and fermentation explorations, the series represents our most ambitious efforts in our two biggest passions – wood and beer. These beers contain the longest, continuous souring culture in America and will age in the bottle for years to come. Each batch is hand-bottled, conditioned over a number of months, and 100% naturally carbonated allowing for the perfect texture and carbonation that our blenders intended for the beer to be enjoyed.

The Wood Cellar Reserve series debuted last month with the brewery-only release of Le Kreik Noir. Next up is Single Foeder Oscar No. 65This unblended dark sour has been maturing for 12 months in a 100 percent Missouri white oak foeder – the first American oak to join New Belgium’s forest of 65 French oak foeders. The beer pours dark walnut red and features subtle vanilla and coconut flavors that play beautifully with attributes like plum skins and cherry cola. Single Foeder Oscar No. 65 is available in limited quantities. Both the Fort Collins and Asheville breweries have cork and cage 750ml bottles. Additional 375ml bottles will be available in select markets later this month. Single Foeder Oscar No. 65 comes in at 8.5% ABV.”

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“The Belgian Reserve series is about highlighting the great lengths we’ll go to in order to source and brew intriguing, complex yet sophisticated beers. Whether that’s 3,000 miles away or three feet away in our Wood Cellar. First up for this series is Sour Saison, New Belgium’s first ever year-round, traditional sour ale. To create this intriguing Saison, a French oak barrel-aged sour ale is artfully blended with a rustic, champagne-like Farmhouse Ale. This medium-light bodied beer pours goldenrod yellow with a nearly opaque heavy sheen and offers a pleasant mix of aromas including lemons and cloves, mild white grape, white pepper, and coriander. ‘Our goal was to create a timeless beer. Something that represented our world-class sour program as well as our passion for Belgian-style beer,’ says Ross Koenigs, New Belgium R&D Brewer. Sour Saison is 7% ABV and is available now in 12- and 22-oz bottles and draft.”

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“The brewery’s Belgian Collection features beers with a true Belgian heritage. As such, two longtime favorites from New BelgiumAbbey and Trippel, have received refreshed packaging to complement their recent recipe upgrade last year, which distinguishes the beers as part of the brewery’s Belgian Collection. Abbey, a garnet brown hued Belgian-style dubbel, is one of New Belgium’s first beers and its most award winning, and Trippel, a golden ale featuring sweet citrus flavors and a strong boozy bite, have a new look that incorporates the original hand-painted label art created by the founder’s neighbor, artist Ann Fitch.”

The beers named in the descriptions above are just the beginning as New Belgium has “future releases planned for each series.”  We will update you with details on future releases whenever we receive that information, so stay tuned.  Until then, you can track down the current releases in the Wood Cellar Reserve, Belgian Reserve and Belgian Collection series by using New Belgium’s Beer Finder or by downloading the brewery’s Beer Mode app.  Prost!

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Founders Brewing Co.’s Mosaic Promise IPA Makes Seasonal Return, Now in Cans

image002Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently announced that Mosaic Promise IPA has officially returned as a Seasonal release, and this time it is available in 15-packs of 12 oz. cans.

Originally released in 2014 as the second installment in Founders Brewing Co.’s ArtPrize Series, Mosaic Promise IPA has since established itself as one of the brewery’s most beloved Seasonal offerings.  Developed as a SMaSH ([S]ingle [M]alt [a]nd [S]ingle [H]op) beer, Mosaic Promise IPA is brewed with only Golden Promise malt and Mosaic hops, “giving it juicy mango and earthy pine flavors with powerful aromas.”  Weighing in at 5.5% ABV and 50 IBUs, this “extremely drinkable offering” proves “that there is . . . beauty in simplicity.”

Mosaic Promise IPA is available now and will be on shelves and taps through November of 2017.  You can find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans (new this year) and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mosaic Promise IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, August through November 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 50
Featured Hop – Mosaic
Featured Malt – Golden Promise
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder- https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/
Fun Fact – “The original artwork of the Mosaic label is inspired by a stained glass window on permanent display in the Founders taproom.”

Tasting Notes: Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery

LoResTasting Notes keeps the hop theme this week, but we adjust our focus a bit as we get into a few cans of Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York).

Not too long ago, we provided you with the news that Sixpoint Brewery was fending off the heat of summer with the release of Lo-Res Sesher IPA.  Arriving as the smallest sibling in the Resin family of beers, Lo-Res is a Session India Pale Ale that changes the resolution to “focus on the juice.”  This easy-drinker 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.”  This Limited Release offering is available now in 8-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution area.

Now that all the fine details are covered, let’s zoom out a bit and take in all that Lo-Res Sesher IPA has to offer by jotting down some Tasting Notes.

Tasting Notes for Lo-Res Sesher IPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Appearance:  Lo-Res pours up a slightly hazy, golden yellow-colored brew that holds some bright orange tones as well.  When held to direct light, the liquid radiates with bright, lemon yellow hues.  A meandering carbonation presence can be seen feeding the half finger of wispy white foam capping the beer.  Retention is decent, but it eventually fades to a bubbly ring that leaves thin, airy tracts of lace behind whenever the glass is jostled.

Aroma:  From the first whiff, it is abundantly clear that the brewers at Sixpoint were focused on coaxing out the fruity characteristics of the chosen hops.  I say that because the aroma is not translating as the expected dank hoppiness . . . no, what we got here is a whole lot of nice and clean citrus notes translating primarily as tangerine and orange.  A touch of sweetness creeps in along with just a breath of bitterness, but this profile is mostly concerned with juicy citrus fruit.  Smells of summer.

Taste:  There is no denying that Lo-Res is the lil’ bro to Resin because that hop bite is alive and well in the flavor department.  Aggressively dank, the bitterness impressively asserts itself before easing back a bit to allow notes of tangerine zest and juice a chance to get some attention.  That bite returns with some grapefruit bitterness just before a slight amount of nondescript, balancing sweetness arrives to close things out.

Mouthfeel:  This Session IPA is light in body with a moderate carbonation level to supply an easy-drinking and refreshing experience.  Although it is mostly bitter on the palate, it dries out nicely for a wonderfully clean finish.  As you would expect from the style, the ABV plays no part here.  The aftertaste is just a bit of grapefruit zest.

Final Thoughts:  Lo-Res Sesher IPA may be a great deal smaller in size, but it certainly maintains its familial ties to Resin IIPA and Hi-Res IIIPA.  This Session IPA mirrors its family’s hop-laden personality and edge, but it does so in a way that somehow keeps it easy-drinking and gulp-worthy to basically provide its drinker a big ol’ IPA experience that’s wrapped up in a 4.5% ABV package.  It may not be a 1-UP to the traditional IPA, but Lo-Res Sesher IPA is certainly here to provide us all with a cheat code that allows us to enjoy as many pours of hoppy goodness as we want.  That’s definitely something I can get behind.  Be sure to check out Lo-Res before it’s game over on this Limited Release offering.  Prost!