AleSmith Brewing Company Celebrates Oktoberfest with Return of AleSchmidt

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of AleSchmidt Oktoberfest in late July 2021.

Returning a bit early this year to give German beer lovers “a head start on Oktoberfest flavors,” AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is a Märzen-style Lager that possesses “rich malt complexities that complement the brew’s characteristic clean hop bitterness and toasted aroma.” Coming in at an easy-drinking 5.5% ABV, AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is a “seasonal staple comprised of a fresh, polished and toasty malt character.”

“AleSchmidt is the perfect beer to round out the summer and get you ready for fall,” says Peter Cronin, Quality Manager at AleSmith. “It’s clean, toasty and elegant.”

AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last during the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at “select retailers across California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin. It will also be available in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea and Mexico.” Prost!

Vital Information for AleSchmidt Oktoberfest from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Specialty; returns late July 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 13
Fun Fact – “The original German-style, amber lager emerged in Germany and Austria hundreds of years ago, though it was made famous for being served at Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration starting in 1872.”
Recommended Glassware – Willi Becher
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – US: California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin | Global: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea & Mexico
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

WISEACRE Brewing Co. Adds Hazy Double IPA to Year-Round Lineup

WISEACRE Brewing Co. (Memphis, Tennessee) has officially announced that Puffel Hazy Juicy Double IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio in late July 2021.

Inspired by the age of Pangea and the wildlife that lived “off the coast of the coast of an Archipelago that included Madagascar, New Zealand, and the Faroe Islands,” Puffel is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale that features “New Zealand-bred Nelson Sauvin hops which bring cool climate white wine grape flavors, extreme fruitiness, passionfruit, and fresh crushed gooseberries.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Puffel is much like the pengwolf as it “packs a deceptively potent punch.”

“This beer will be right at 9% ABV and is new age-y with the hazy appearance and hop character. The hop variety is something new for us, we are thrilled that we got our hands on enough of the highly sought-after New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops to commit to Puffel being a year round beer.”

– Davin Bartosch, Co-Founder and Brewmaster at WISEACRE Brewing Co.

Puffel will officially debut at WISEACRE on July 30 and will hit distribution at or around that date. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Puffel Hazy Juicy Double IPA from WISEACRE Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, launching July 30, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Hops – Nelson Sauvin, Citra & Mosaic
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft (19.2 oz. cans to come at a later date)
Distribution – Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington DC & Tennessee

Wild Leap Brew Co. Hits Summer with GR8FRUT Double IPA

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of GR8FRUT, a grapefruit-inspired Double IPA, in late July 2021.

Here to fill your summer with some citrus goodness, GR8FRUT is a Double India Pale Ale that sources all its grapefruit flavor from “grapefruit-forward hop varieties such as Talus, Simcoe, and Apollo.” Coming in at 8.2% ABV, GR8FRUT “boasts flavor notes of tropical citrus and grapefruit” with absolutely no fruit juice added.

“For GR8FRUT, we took our favorite Grapefruit-forward hops and combined them to create a double IPA that tastes just like Pink Grapefruit juice,” explains Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott. “We have discovered that these hops have different elements of grapefruit flavors: some have notes of grapefruit rind and pith, while other hops like Talus have strong pink grapefruit juice flavors. The combination tastes just like the real fruit!”

GR8FRUT is actively rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia and other select markets throughout the Southeast. Prost!

Vital Information for GR8FRUT from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; late July 2021
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
Featured Hops – Talus, Simcoe & Apollo
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beverage-finder/

Sierra Nevada Releases 2021 Edition of Oktoberfest

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of the 2021 edition of its Oktoberfest in late July.

Back to serve as Sierra Nevada’s “ode to beer’s largest party,” this year’s release of Oktoberfest is a traditional Amber Märzen that will be a bit of a “departure from the brewery’s seasonal Oktoberfest offerings of the past few years which was in the style of modern fest bier.” Coming in at 5.5% ABV, 2021 Oktoberfest is a “darker malt-forward Oktoberfest beer” that is “well balanced between sweet maltiness and delicate hop bitterness with a medium body.”

“The beer has a malty sweetness with a little bit of herbal, floral hop presence, and the bitterness levels are just right to balance the malt character for drinkability,” says Scott Jennings, Innovation Brewmaster at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. He adds, “it’s a substantial beer but it’s really, really drinkable.”

Oktoberfest will start rolling out in late July 2021 and will hang around as long as supplies last during the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Sierra Nevada’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for 2021 Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; late July – October 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 19
Malts – Black, Munich, Pilsner & Special Roast
Hops – Hersbrucker & Tradition
Fun Fact – “When developing this edition of Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest, the brewers were aiming to produce a darker malt-forward Oktoberfest beer, and the traditional Amber Märzen style fit the bill. Jennings notes that this year’s darker style is a departure from the brewery’s seasonal Oktoberfest offerings of the past few years which was in the style of modern fest biers, such as Helles bock, that began rising to popularity at Oktoberfest in Munich in the 1970s and 1980s. He adds that an Amber Märzen would have been a mainstay at Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich prior to that shift toward lighter styles.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://sierranevada.com/beer-locator/

Cigar City Brewing Adds Frost Proof White Ale to Year-Round Lineup

Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that Frost Proof, a Belgian-style White Ale, will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in late July 2021.

A reimagined take on a classic style and the replacement for Cigar City’s longstanding Florida Cracker, Frost Proof is a Belgian-style White Ale “brewed with orange peel, coriander, and wheat.” Coming in at 6% ABV (slightly higher than Florida Cracker and other beers of this style), Frost Proof boasts “a more expressive fruit character and assertive flavor profile.”

Frost Proof is rolling out now with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round at craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Alabama and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Frost Proof from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching late July 2021
Style – Witbier/Belgian-style White Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 18
Featured Ingredients – Unmalted wheat, coriander & orange peel
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.co
m/beer-finder/

Bell’s Brewery Starts Sending Double Two Hearted Ale Out for Limited Release

Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its always highly sought-after Double Two Hearted Ale in late July 2021.

Back to give hopheads a double dose of everything they love about the classic Two Hearted Ale, Double Two Hearted Ale is an American Double India Pale Ale that boasts “two and a half times the amount of Centennial hops” found in its little brother. Coming in at a sizable 11% ABV and 80 IBUs, Double Two Hearted Ale “has intense pine and citrus notes, a resinous hop aroma and rich malt character.”

Double Two Hearted Ale will start hitting shelves and taps this week and will see a gradual rollout across the country over the next few weeks. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Double Two Hearted Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/DIPA Series; late July 2021
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 80
Featured Hops – Centennial
Shelf Life – 3 months
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Detailed Release Info – https://help.bellsbeer.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033778574-How-to-Find-Double-Two-Hearted-2021
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Founders Brewing Co. Set for Return of Oktoberfest

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the nationwide Limited Release of its Oktoberfest in August 2021.

Crafted with the intent to be “all in on tradition,” Oktoberfest is a Bavarian-style Märzen brewed with “imported German malts and hops with a beautiful lager yeast for the finish.” Coming in at 6% ABV and boasting a “rich, malty and slightly sweet backbone,” Oktoberfest is “akin to the beer poured in the early days of Oktoberfest and, yes, it adheres to the Reinheitsgebot.”

Oktoberfest will hit Founder Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on July 28 and nationwide distribution will follow in August. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s 50-state distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Oktoberfest from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; late July – September 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 20
Calories – 190
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Tasting Notes: Pistachio Cream Ale from Indeed Brewing Company

Back to fill the weekend with some much-needed beery goodness, Tasting Notes returns with a look at Pistachio Cream Ale from Indeed Brewing Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Originally introduced in February 2020 as a taproom exclusive that just caught fire and earned “instantaneous success and [a] cult following,” Pistachio Cream Ale is a Cream Ale infused with pistachio essence to offer just the right amount of nutty flavor and aroma. Coming in at 5.5% ABV, Pistachio Cream Ale “does not disappoint with a subtly nutty and malty flavor that leaves a spritzy mouthfeel. It’s a beer to go unabashedly nuts for.”

Pistachio Cream Ale is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused establishments located within Indeed’s distribution footprint in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Now that we have all the background info covered, let’s crack open this can of nuts and see what it is all about over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Pistachio Cream Ale from Indeed Brewing Company

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaped pint glass, Pistachio Cream Ale pours a pale golden in color with almost three fingers of rocky, bright white foam resting gently on top. When held to direct light, richer golden tones push through and allow the beer to glow softly. The beer is pristine in clarity and shows off an abundance of small, fast-moving carbonation bubbles streaming within. Head retention is good, falling slowly to a lasting and more manageable half finger that lays down some wide arcing patterns of lace on the glass after each sip.

Aroma: Pale malt sweetness leads the way here and is accompanied by just a kiss of corn. The hops offer a touch of tropical fruitiness and some candy-like melon notes. The profile closes with a long hit of subtle pistachio nuttiness.

Taste: Pistachios step forward onto the palate first along with a grace of vanilla sweetness. This translates as a semi-sweet pistachio ice cream-like character, and it is divine. The hops gently break up the sweetness mid-sip with a touch of floral and tropical tones. The beer closes on a light wave of corn and pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation level, this Cream Ale has an airy, creamy texture that glides slowly across the palate. The beer is a bit sweet, but it is balanced well in the finish and dries out nicely. The 5.5% ABV is slightly noticeable, but it is nothing more than the occasional tickle of warmth in the throat. The aftertaste is just a touch of sweet pistachio and corn.

Final Thoughts: Indeed’s Pistachio Cream Ale is absolutely nuts. It is somehow both a sweet treat and a crushable brew perfect for sessioning on warm days. It is both dynamic and wildly approachable. It is everything I thought it could not be and it delighted on each and every sip as it proved me wrong. It is a legit pistachio experience wrapped around all the easy-drinking goodness you hope to get out of a Cream Ale. For lack of a better word, it achieves perfection when it comes to its every intention.

This was easily a surprise hit of the year for me and it is a beer that I will go out of my way to seek out again. Pistachio Cream Ale is without a doubt a must try for any pistachio-lovin’ beer nerd out there. Prost!

Straight to Ale Goes Straight Gangster with Limited Release of Pompatus of Love

Straight to Ale (Huntsville, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Pompatus of Love in mid-July 2021.

Specifically crafted for all the Space Cowboys out there, Pompatus of Love is an Imperial Sour Ale that boasts “pomegranate, raspberry, blackberry, and vanilla flavors.” Coming in at 8% ABV, Pompatus of Love is the perfect beer to enjoy while hanging out with your buddy Maurice.

Pompatus of Love is rolling out now and will stick around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at Straight to Ale and select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Pompatus of Love from Straight to Ale

Release – Limited; mid-July 2021
Style – Imperial Sour Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Ingredients – Pomegranate, raspberry, blackberry & vanilla
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Terrapin Beer Co. Adds Cryophonic to IPA Survival Kit

Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Cryophonic will make a limited time appearance in the brewery’s IPA Survival Kit Mixed 12-pack beginning in July 2021.

Developed to “[deliver] a smooth performance every time,” Cryophonic is an American India Pale Ale featuring four varieties of Cryo hops: Amarillo Cryo, Citra Cryo, Mosaic Cryo and Simcoe Cryo. Coming in at 5.5% ABV and 45 IBUs, Cryophonic uses these “cryogenically processed beauties” to create a “smooth tonal balance and wide dynamic range.”

Cryophonic will join Hopsecutioner, Luau Krunkles and RecreationAle in the IPA Survival Kit Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans in July. You can expect to find this new edition of the IPA Survival Kit at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area for a limited time. Prost!

Vital Information for Cryophonic from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited; July 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 45
Hops – Strata, Amarillo Cryo, Citra Cryo, Mosaic Cryo & Simcoe Cryo
Malts – 2-Row, Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats, Cara Pilsner & CaraMalt
Availability – Available exclusively in the IPA Survival Kit Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder