Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and RODENBACH Collaborate on Vibrant P’Ocean Sour Ale

Vibrant_P-OceanDogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Vibrant P’Ocean, a blended Sour Ale brewed in collaboration with Brouwerij RODENBACH (Roeselare, Belgium), in late January 2020.

Dreamed up back in 2018 when representatives of Dogfish Head and RODENBACH enjoyed a few Sour Ales together while serving on the same brewing panel at the Craft Brewers Conference, Vibrant P’Ocean is a “trans-oceanic” Sour Ale that “carefully [combines] two unique base beers – one developed by RODENBACH and the other by Dogfish Head.” For their contribution to their “first-ever collaborative brew,” RODENBACH brewed “a two-year, foeder-aged sour” in Belgium and then sent it on a “3,400-mile (or 1,000-nautical league) voyage to Milton, Delaware.”  Once it got to Dogfish Head’s facility, the beer was then “blended with Dogfish Head’s portion, a kettle sour brewed with pilsner malt, malted wheat, elderberry, elderflower, sliced lemons and Belgian fleur-de-sel.”  Weighing in at a light and sessionable 4.7% ABV, Vibrant P’Ocean comes together to be a “complex, ruby-colored beer with tart, dry flavors of jammy berries and floral lemon.”

“As America’s number-one brewer of sour beers, we at Dogfish are absolutely honored to be the first to collaborate and create a beer in partnership with RODENBACH, the world’s most well-respected maker of sour beers,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “I’m proud to say that our teams contributed equally on every creative facet of this beer – from the brainstorm to the brew to calibrating the vibrant, red hue of the beer though specific grain and fruit blends. We really took our time and focused on creating a mouth-puckeringly magical drinking experience.”

 

“Our relationship with Dogfish Head blossomed over a few good sour beers and Vibrant P’Ocean captures all that we hoped for in this collaboration,” said Rudi Ghequire, Master Brewer of RODENBACH. “It signifies the vibrancy and mutual respect of our beers and two cultures coming together, inspired by the ocean which connects us. The result is an innovative and refreshing sour beer that captures Dogfish Head’s history of creativity, while staying true to the RODENBACH brand and its oak-aging process which gives RODENBACH its distinctive character.”

Vibrant P’Ocean is rolling out now and will reach Dogfish Head’s full distribution by February 2020.  You can expect to find this new Occasionals Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s nationwide distribution network.  Dogfish Head and RODENBACH are “also exploring a future, limited release of Vibrant P’Ocean that will be available in Belgium.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Vibrant P’Ocean from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery & Brouwerij RODENBACH

Release – Limited/Occasionals Series; late January – May 2020
Style – Blended Sour Ale
ABV – 4.7%
IBUs – 12
Added Ingredients – Elderberry, elderflower, sliced lemons & Belgian fleur-de-sel
Fun Fact – On the development of Vibrant P’Ocean: “Ironically, it was through its ‘Wooden … it be nice!’ initiative that Dogfish Head and RODENBACH’s relationship began. At an annual meeting of the world’s leading brewers, the Craft Brewers Conference in 2018, Ghequire and the head of Dogfish Head’s ‘Wooden … it be nice!’ wild beer program, Bill Marchi, sat on the same brewing panel. During the conference, fleeting conversations of a future collaboration ensued and – little did they know – the rest would become history. First, Ghequire and members of RODENBACH’s team made a trip to Dogfish Head’s production facility in Delaware to further solidify the breweries’ partnership. Brainstorming continued and then, Calagione and members of Dogfish Head’s team visited RODENBACH’s brewery in Roeselare, Belgium, to finalize the details for Vibrant P’Ocean. During that trip, Calagione and Ghequire spent time touring RODENBACH’s legendary brewery and cooperage, sampling traditional cuisine from the surrounding region, learning about the country’s brewing history and soaking up every possible drop of inspiration.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder

New Belgium Brewing Sends Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA Out for a Limited Release

ss_1080x1080_logoNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA in January 2020.

Arriving as the first release of 2020 in New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series, Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that features Galaxy hops and “unique mid-fermentation dry hopping techniques.”  Clocking in at 7.7% ABV, Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA offers a “light to moderate sweetness” complemented by “notes of fresh grapefruit and citrus.”

“We are super excited to launch our first of many brands using a new to New Belgium dry hopping technique called mid-fermentation dry hopping. Years of research went into fine tuning this method and we know it is going to live up to the rest of the Voodoo Ranger series that took 2019 by storm.”

 

– Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium 

Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA released earlier this month (January 2020) and will stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $10.99) and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series; launching January 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.7%
IBUs – 50
Hops – Galaxy, Jester, El Dorado & Idaho 7
Malts – Pale, Munich & Oats
Fun Fact – “Creating this unique beer is possible due to newly installed brewing equipment that allows Voodoo Ranger brewers to highlight very specific expressions of hop flavors and aromas in beer. The result is fragrances of grapefruit and tropical fruits, with a moderate sweetness and bitterness in balance. Starship IPA marks the first brew with this newly added technology and will be distributed nationally.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

Monday Night Brewing Goes Lo-Cal Year-Round with Release of Lay Low IPA

lay-low-mnb-bigMonday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce Lay Low IPA, a low-calorie IPA that “actually tastes like an IPA,” as its newest Year-Round offering on January 24.

The result of a year-long mission to “create a low calorie, low ABV beer that actually tasted delicious,” Lay Low IPA is a Session India Pale Ale “dry hopped with Citra, Idaho 7 and Sultana [hops], creating the oh-so-original citrusy notes of a classic IPA.”  Clocking in at just 3.2% ABV and 90 calories and boasting a “crisp, clean and dry” finish, Lay Low IPA is “designed for you to SLAY IPA ALL DAY.”

“Typically, when you set out to make a low-calorie, low-alcohol craft beer, it turns out watery and bland—which makes sense, because water also happens to be low-calorie and low-alcohol,” says Peter Kiley, Brewmaster at Monday Night Brewing. “It took us almost a full year to get the recipe for Lay Low right, but we finally struck the ideal balance of flavorful and sessionable.”

Lay Low IPA is scheduled to launch on January 24, 2020.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located within Monday Night Brewing’s distribution footprint in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lay Low IPA from Monday Night Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching January 24, 2020
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 3.2%
IBUs – 30
Calories – 90
Featured Hops – Citra, Idaho 7 & Sultana
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee 

Southern Tier Brewing Co. Adds Cherry Crush Session Sour to Seasonal Lineup

Cherry-Crush-12oz-CanSouthern Tier Brewing Company (Lakewood, New York) has officially announced that Cherry Crush Session Sour will make its Seasonal debut in January 2020.

Carefully crafted to be “your next crush,” Cherry Crush Session Sour is a Gose-style Ale “brewed with tart cherry puree and rich milk sugar.”  Weighing in at super light 4% ABV, Cherry Crush is “the perfect choice for a refreshing, juicy balance between tart and sweet.”

Cherry Crush is available now and will hang around through March 2020.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Southern Tier Brewing Company’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cherry Crush Session Sour from Southern Tier Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal; January – March 2020
Style – Gose
ABV – 4%
IBUs – 12
Added Ingredients – Tart cherries & milk sugar
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://stbcbeer.com/finder/?item=all

Stone Brewing Launches Viking Space Probe Double IPA

StoneVikingSPStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it is continuing its hop-fueled journey through January with the Special Release of Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA.

A well-received favorite that was originally developed as “one of the early beers brewed by Steve Gonzalez, Senior Manager of Small Batch Brewing & Innovation for Stone Brewing – Napa,” Stone Viking Space Probe is a Double India Pale Ale that possesses “a subtle haze reminiscent of some far-off nebula, and further complimented with the juicy flavors of Ella and Citra hops.” Dosed with Belgian Candi Sugar “for added sweetness,” Stone Viking Space Probe comes together to be a unique DIPA that is “definitely out of this world.”

Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA is available now in California and will enter full distribution on January 27.  You can expect to find this new Special Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited/Special; launches nationally on January 27, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 80
Featured Hops – Ella & Citra
Added Ingredients – Belgian candi sugar
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

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Rogue Ales Launches Dreamland Lager to Benefit Dreamland Skateparks

Dreamland_Lager_12oz_Can_SingleRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced the release of Dreamland Lager, a new Year-Round offering brewed in partnership with Dreamland Skateparks to benefit skateparks across the country.

Born from “a dream to renovate [Rogue’s] hometown skatepark in Newport, Oregon to give [their] community a safe and clean place to skate,” Dreamland Lager is a “refreshing classic American lager with a subtle sweetness in the finish, married with a touch of spice and earthiness from the Sterling hops.”  A portion of the proceeds raised from the sale of Dreamland Lager “will help fund skateparks all over the world.”

The dream behind Dreamland Lager has already become realized as “Phase 2 renovations of the Newport Skatepark have been completed, which include finishing the 2,000 square foot perimeter, adding new skateable features and laying concrete for a safer ride.”  That dream will continue to grow and make an impact as “Rogue and Dreamland plan to refurbish skateparks across the country.”

“For the last 31 years it has been our privilege to lift up our friends and neighbors by giving back wherever and whenever we could,” says Dharma Tamm, Rogue President. “A few years ago, we learned of the dire state of the Newport Skatepark and made it our goal to improve the park. How do you fund an important cause like this? Beer’s always a good place to start, so we launched Dreamland American Lager – a beer to benefit skateparks in our community and beyond.”

 

“This partnership couldn’t be a more perfect fit,” says Mark Scott, Owner Dreamland Skateparks. “We are both makers from Oregon with a DIY ethos. We started by fixing the Newport Skatepark to give the community a safe and clean place to skate, but our efforts aren’t stopping. Together we can do more, and we are so thankful and proud of this collaboration between Dreamland and Rogue.”

Dreamland Lager is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dreamland Lager from Rogue Ales

Release – Year-Round; launching January 2020
Style – American Lager
ABV – 4.8%
IBUs – 14
Malts – Synergy Pils & DextraPils Malts; Corn Flakes
Hops – Rogue Farms Grown Sterling Hops
Yeast – Imperial Pilgrimage
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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TBBW 2020 Event: Confection Affection Day with Angry Chair Brewing & Cycle Brewing

ACCycleConfectionAngry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida) and Cycle Brewing (Saint Petersburg, Florida) have officially announced that they will meet up at Nebraska Mini-Mart on Saturday, March 14 of Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 to host a Joint Party and Bottle Release that they have appropriately dubbed Confection Affection Day.

To allow beer fans the chance to experience the full power of the pastry during Tampa Bay Beer Week, Angry Chair Brewing and Cycle Brewing have joined forces with Nebraska Mini-Mart to throw one kick ass party centered around a collaborative bottle release (three bottles to be exact).  Since the information surrounding this event will prove valuable to many, we are just going to break the whole thing down to ensure that we provide you with all the details you are going to need to become an attendee of Confection Affection Day.  Let’s get to it:

The Basics

What – Confection Affection Day with Angry Chair Brewing & Cycle Brewing
When – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14
Where – Nebraska Mini-Mart | 4815 North Nebraska Avenue | Tampa, Florida

The Beers

The following three beers will be pouring on draft and released in 22 oz. bottles during Confection Affection Day:

  • A Russian Imperial Stout with an absurd amount of chocolate
  • A Russian Imperial Stout with an absurd amount of vanilla beans
  • A blend of some of your favorites from both Angry Chair & Cycle … “It’ll be barrel aged.. it’ll have chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and coconut…Hmmmm, kinda like a nice scoop of Neapolitan ice cream with your cupcake that’s been aged and hand-selected for blending to create this decadent confection”

In addition to the beers listed above, this event will also feature several more beers pouring on draft, “including a special non-released [Barrel-aged] beer from both” Angry Chair and Cycle Brewing.

Ticket Info

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase on Eventbrite beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, January 25 (click here to access the ticket link).  Ticket cost gains you access to all beers on site, a commemorative glass, and your bottle allotment.  Ticket tiers are based on the following two bottle allotments:

  • Single Bottle Allotment Ticket | cost $155 + fees ($166.07 total)
  • Double Bottle Allotment Ticket | cost $250 + fees ($266.85 total)

Tickets are one (1) per person and your ID must match the name of purchaser to enter the event. 

Other Useful Info

  • Nebraska Mini-Mart will have an awesome food menu available for purchase, so come hungry!
  • Since parking is limited and ABVs will be high, both breweries ask that you do the responsible thing by arranging a “carpool, Uber, Lyft, old school taxi, get dropped off by your mom, whatevs.”

That is all the information we have for you on this event at this time, but we will be sure to update this post if anything changes or is added.

Please keep in mind that tickets for Confection Affection Day are limited and the only way you can get them is through the event’s Eventbrite page.   If you wish to attend this Tampa Bay Beer Week event, make sure you are at your computer or device on January 25, have a good wi-fi signal, and are in good standing with the beer gods.  Good luck to you all.  Prost!

New Realm Brewing Begins Limited Release of Straight from the Tart Sour IPA

newrealmlogo2New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will kick off its 2020 Sour Series with the mid-January release of Straight from the Tart Sour IPA.

Crafted to blur the lines between hoppy and sour beer styles, Straight from the Tart is a Sour India Pale Ale that “combines the puckering tartness of a sour beer with an abundance of citrus and fruity hop notes to create a beer that is the best of both worlds.”  Coming in at 6.9% ABV and just 20 IBUs, Straight from the Tart “is a perfect pairing for both IPA and Sour beer fans alike, as its complexity of flavor will have beer drinkers reaching for another sip all winter long.”

“Straight from the Tart is a beer our brewers in Virginia Beach had suggested us brewing for a while now. It’s fermented with a brewer’s yeast that produces natural lactic acid during fermentation. The tartness of the beer combined with the lemony hop flavors makes for a really nicely balanced tart IPA.”

 

– Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing Company

Straight from the Tart is available now and will hang around through March 2020.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within New Realm’s distribution footprint in Georgia and the Hampton Roads, Northern and Western areas of Virginia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Straight from the Tart from New Realm Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Sour Series; mid-January – March 2020
Style – Sour India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 20
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia and the Hampton Roads, Northern and Western areas of Virginia

Coppertail Brewing Co. Launches Sunken Grove Citrus Gose as New Seasonal

coppertaillogowhiteCoppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Sunken Grove Citrus Gose in mid-January 2020.

Freshly concocted to serve as Coppertail Brewing Co.’s new Spring Seasonal, Sunken Grove is a “slightly tart” Gose-style Ale that features “the juice and zest from 300 lbs. of locally grown tangerines” sourced from Noble Farms in Winter Haven, Florida. Coming in at an easy drinking 4.3% ABV, Sunken Grove is meant to be “super refreshing” and “hyper local.”

Sunken Grove is available now and will stick around through April 2020.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located within Coppertail Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Florida.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sunken Grove Citrus Gose from Coppertail Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; January – April 2020
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.3%
Added Ingredients – Juice & zest of locally grown tangerines from Noble Farms
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://coppertailbrewing.com/beer-finder

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Hi-Wire Brewing Teams up with Three Legendary Breweries for 2020 Collaboration 12-pack

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will release the 2020 installment of its Collaboration 12-pack, a Limited Release mixed pack that includes beers brewed with Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon), Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) and New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado), in mid-January.

The annually released Hi-Wire Brewing Collaboration 12-Pack (a.k.a. the Spray Paint Collaboration 12-Pack) never disappoints and is always highly sought-after, but this year’s has gone next level by featuring the following three offerings brewed with true legends in the craft beer industry (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Almost West IPA | Collaboration with Ninkasi Brewing Company – Let it be known that Ninkasi Brewing Company is one of the best IPA producers in the country, period. Together with the hop wizards themselves, Hi-Wire Brewing sought to blur the line between Northwest and Northeast IPAs by blending a higher bitterness and balanced malt character with the experience of a hazy IPA. Almost West IPA (6.8% ABV), dry-hopped with Citra, BRU-1, Amarillo, and Zappa supported by Imperial’s “Juice” Organic Yeast, was born from this blending of worlds. Spritely tangerine citrus peel, lemon-lime, tart passion fruit, peach flesh, and sweet cherry are just a few characteristics present in this kaleidoscope of hop goodness.
  • Intercontinental Contemporary Pilsner | Collaboration with Cigar City Brewing – The famed Cigar City Brewing made the trip up to Asheville next, but the beer-centric journey did not stop there. A shared love of lagers and pilsners was the bottom line in their partnership with Hi-Wire and the resulting carbonated passport. Intercontinental Contemporary Pilsner (5% ABV) brings together hops from around the globe – South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. – then melds them with North Carolina-grown heirloom corn and German malt. A subtly toasted cornbread character and creamy mouthfeel from the malt and Jimmy Red Corn tie together the aromas of tropical fruit, guava, and honeydew from whirlpool hop additions.
  • Belgian Stout | Collaboration with New Belgium Brewing – If the name does not give it away, New Belgium Brewing was founded on traditional Belgian ales, and Hi-Wire Brewing teamed up with their brewers to pay homage to that classic style. Belgian Stout (7% ABV) is not a bold and roasty American-style stout simply brewed with Belgian yeast. The recipe was designed as a proper nod to the Belgian-style, and it all started with the grain bill. Briess’ Midnight Wheat and Epiphany Craft Malt’s Brewer’s Breakfast Malt lend a subtle grain body while Ruby Malt also from the North Carolina-based Epiphany provides notes of plum, fig, and dark fruit. Additions of orange to the base create a classy ale reminiscent of a chocolate orange while star anise adds a whiff of botanical liqueur and soft licorice. Imperial’s Napoleon Belgian Yeast’s high attenuation leaves this beer extremely dry allowing for a pleasant orange twang mixed with smoky cloves on the finish.

**The Collaboration 12-pack will include four 12 oz. cans of each of the beers listed above.**

The Collaboration 12-pack is hitting shelves now and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans available at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky. Prost!