Stone Brewing Introduces Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA as New Year-Round

2018_DoubleIPA_16ozCanMock_FinalStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced the East Coast release of Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA, the first Year-Round offering developed at Stone Brewing – Richmond.

Named after the what3words address (click here to learn more) for the “three-meter square smack dab in the middle of . . . [Stone’s Richmond, Virginia brewery] in which the recipe was created”, Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA is an East Coast-inspired unfiltered Double India Pale Ale that still retains “a noticeably West Coast-influenced bitterness, and tactfully balanced Richmond-style finish.”  Weighing in at an “amped up” 8.5% ABV, Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA abounds with juicy aromatics of “fresh fruit and fresh hops” along with flavors of “fresh-squeezed fruit juice, strawberry, blueberry, grapes and a hint of white sage.”

“We’re supporting the what3words convention because we think it’s cool, and we see the significant social good in it,” said Stone Brewing Executive Chairman & co-founder Greg Koch. “We’re early adopters of the convention, and while companies like GPS company TomTom, and Mercedes, also believe that what3words is onto something big, we’re the first ones to use the convention to name a beer. In the not-so-distant future you’ll be able to use what3words to get beer delivered to you wherever you are, or to verbally tell your self-driving car to take you to the beer. In the meantime, we can relax and enjoy a Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA and dream about the world of the future.”

Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA will only be brewed at Stone’s Richmond facility and is currently available exclusively on the Eastern seaboard.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round available in 6-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Virginia, and select other states on the East Coast (full list available below).  Prost!

Vital Information for Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Year-Round, launching week of June 4, 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale (unfiltered)
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Magnum, Loral & Mosaic
Fun Fact – On what3words: “what3words provides a precise and incredibly simple way to talk about location by dividing the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares. Each square has a unique three word address. So ensuring that your Uber drops you at the correct entrance, finding your friend at a concert, or bringing emergency medical services to a remote mountainside just got easier. what3words is making the world less frustrating, more efficient, and safer, three words at a time.  Watch the what3words video here.
Availability – 6-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WA, WI and WV
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

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Dogfish Head Promotes Liquid Truth Serum IPA to Year-Round Lineup

Liquid Truth Serum.3Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that it will add Liquid Truth Serum IPA to its Year-Round portfolio in late June 2018.

Back by popular demand after a successful Limited Release that took place back in October of 2017, Liquid Truth Serum is an unfiltered India Pale Ale that “debunks the myth that IBUs (hop bitterness) can only be achieved by adding hops during the boil, as all of its hops are added post-boil.” With many different forms of hops – whole leaf, liquefied, pelletized and powdered hops – all added during the whirlpool, the “immensely and approachably hoppy” Liquid Truth Serum comes in at 65 IBUs and offers “citrusy notes of mandarin orange, tangerine, tropical mango and hints of juicy stone fruits.”

“After so much love from our fans, the truth was clear – Liquid Truth Serum needed to come back, and this time, as a year-round offering,” said Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “Introducing it in cans makes it more convenient than ever, increasing its portability and overall awesomeness, and we couldn’t be more excited about the evolution of this brew.”

Liquid Truth Serum will officially return in late June with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this Year-Round brew at craft beer-focused establishments in Alabama, Florida, Delaware, and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Liquid Truth Serum IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Release – Year-Round, returns late June 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 65
Recommended Glassware – IPA Glass
Suggested Food Pairings – “Teriyaki, chicken satay, pad thai, stir-fried vegetables”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder

Lee Spirits Co. Expands Distribution to Include Texas

LeeSpiritsLogoLee Spirits Company (Colorado Springs, Colorado) has officially announced that it will launch distribution in Texas this July with four products: Dry GinForbidden Fruit LiqueurCreme de Rose and Creme de Violette.

Founded in 2013 by cousins Nick and Ian Lee, Lee Spirits Company was formed with a mission “to develop and manufacture the finest Gin in Colorado and the United States along with accompanying liqueurs that would fit into classic cocktail recipes exactly as originally written” and to one day distribute those “products in retail outlets across the nation and globe.”  That vision has steadily coming to fruition over the last five years as several Lee Spirits offerings have won awards and the distillery has gradually expanded distribution to include Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and now Texas.

“Our team worked tirelessly to complete the deal with our Texas partners,” said Ian Lee, co-founder of Lee Spirits Company. “Texas marks the next step in our growth as a company. In addition, we are excited to launch our products in additional states in the upper Midwest and Eastern Seaboard by the end of 2018. Witnessing our brand’s planned-growth from small a southern Colorado distiller to a company pointed toward national and global distribution is a testament to hard work and dedication.”

Lee Spirits will enter the Texas market with the following four offerings (all descriptions sourced from the distillery’s website):

  • Dry Gin – Our flagship product. Created with original prohibition-era cocktails in mind. We make it just like it would have been made in 1920. It features a floral nose with an earthy finish. Goes perfect in a martini and any recipe from Jerry Thomas’ 1862 Bartender’s Guide.  ABV – 45%  (90 PROOF)
  • Forbidden Fruit Liqueur – Containing white grapefruit, honey, and a blend of spices, Lee Spirits’ Forbidden Fruit Liqueur is perfect to create authentic classic cocktails or to add a unique flavor to your modern creations.  ABV – 32%  (64 PROOF)
  • Creme de Rose – Creme de Rose is created in an American manner of traditional creme liqueurs. Freshly picked red and pink petals combine to recreate this traditional liqueur that brings a floral sweetness to any cocktail or pour it over ice and sip it on its own.  ABV – 30%  (60 PROOF)
  • Creme de Violette – American made product kept honest to its American roots. Our traditional recipe blends botanicals that recreate a Crème de Violette that allows you to reminisce about the past and leads you into the future.  ABV – 30%  (60 PROOF)

These Lee Spirits products will be available in the state of Texas beginning in July 2018.  You can expect to find these fine offerings available in retail stores located in Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and several other cities throughout Texas.  Prost!

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Wynwood Brewing Introduces Laces IPA as New Year-Round

wynwoodlogoWynwood Brewing Company (Miami, Florida) has officially announced that it will replace its original Wynwood IPA later this month with a reformulated take that they are calling Laces IPA.

With a name inspired by “the ubiquitous pair of sneakers hanging on power lines by their laces across urban neighborhoods” such as the Wynwood Art District, Laces IPA is a “beautifully crafted” India Pale Ale brewed with “a blend of Mosaic, Amarillo and Falconers Flight hops.”  Coming in at 6.9% ABV, Laces IPA offers a “light golden crisp malt body and a dry finish.”

“When our doors opened in 2013, hop contracts and innovative hop varieties were hard to come by so we worked with what we had and created a classic West Coast IPA brewed with Columbus hops and balanced with a full malt body. Wynwood IPA was a solid IPA for the time, but a few things have changed over the past five years. First, we now have access to some amazingly unique and vibrant hop varieties. Second, the IPA has become the most recognizable and diverse beer style offering a virtual smorgasbord of flavor and style options for beer lovers. We have seen in our own taproom and in the market that consumers tastes have evolved. We are excited to debut our newest core offering, Laces IPA, which we’re confident will wrap taste buds in hop delicious.”

 

– Luis Brignoni, Founder of Wynwood Brewing Company

Laces IPA will completely replace Wynwood IPA as the brewery’s core/year-round IPA offering.  This change will be completed somewhere between the end of June and the start of July 2018.  You can expect to find Laces IPA pouring at all South Florida craft beer establishments that normally carry offerings from Wynwood Brewing.  Prost!

Lagunitas Brewing Company Offers Up a Little Sumpin’ Extra

Lagunitas_LSE_22ozLagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) is officially welcoming summer with the Limited Release of Little Sumpin’ Extra Ale.

Meant to act as the big sister to the brewery’s Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ Ale, Little Sumpin’ Extra is a “Double-ish White IPA” sporting a grain bill comprised of “50% malted barley and 50% wheatly-esque-ish-ness.” Although it may be a bit lighter in color than lil’ sis, the “bigger, badder, and bolder” Little Sumpin’ Extra Ale (8.7% ABV) proves to be “huge in flavor and satisfaction” while rockin’ a uniquely “curious malt complexity.”

Little Sumpin’ Extra Ale is available now for a limited time in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering at beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Washington and throughout the rest of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s expansive distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Little Sumpin’ Extra Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Release – Limited, June 2018
Style – Double White India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.7%
IBUs – 72.51
Malts – “50% malted barley and 50% wheatly-esque-ish-ness”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://lagunitas.com/beer-finder

 

Oskar Blues Brewery Schedules Release Events for Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY

MochaTenFIDY_edited.jpgOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that it will release a very limited amount of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY Imperial Stout on July 7 at the Oskar Blues Taproom locations in Boulder, Colorado; Longmont, Colorado; and Brevard, North Carolina.

Just as the name would lead you to believe, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY starts with a base of the O.G. Ten FIDY Imperial Stout that is then “massively doused with unsweetened pure liquid cacao made by [Oskar Blues Brewery’s] friends at Cholaca, then dosed with Hotbox Roasters’ cold brew from Mexican coffee beans.”  With that much chocolaty goodness involved, it is no wonder why the brewery scheduled the release of Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY Imperial Stout on National Chocolate Day (July 7).

“Ten FIDY Imperial Stout doesn’t know how to use its inside voice in the first place; and on this one, we hooked it up to a Cholaca-and-coffee amplifier and turned the volume up to 11,” said Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations for Oskar Blues.

Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY Imperial Stout will officially release on Saturday, July 7 and will be available in Oskar Blues’ Boulder, Longmont and Brevard taprooms only.  Here is the full breakdown on how Oskar Blues plans to handle the release:

Numbered wristbands will be handed out at 9:30am but a line may begin to form much earlier. Wristbands will allow folks to (reasonably) wander without losing their place in line. Each wristband has a number on it, and yes that number does matter. Beer will be sold in order according to the number system so Mocha seekers must be present when their number is called. Each person may purchase up to five cases of BA Mocha Ten FIDY. 19.2 oz cans come in 12-count cases. If there are cans left at 3pm (both MST and EST), a “No Limit” rule kicks in and peeps will be able to purchase to their hearts’ content . . .  All sales (draft and cans) will begin at 10am. A limited amount of BA Mocha Ten FIDY will be on draft, 10 ounces at a time.

 

PRICING:

  • 4 oz pour on DRAFT = $4
  • 10 oz pour on DRAFT = $10
  • One 19.2 oz CAN of Mocha BA Ten FIDY = $15
  • One CASE (12 CANs) = $180

Crowler and/or growler fills will not be available, and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Mocha Ten FIDY Imperial Stout will not see distribution.  That means you only have a shot to land this decadent treat if you hit up one of these three Oskar Blues taprooms on July 7 to enjoy a pour on draft and/or secure your stash of cans.  Be sure to plan accordingly because this brew will move with a quickness.  Prost!

 

 

 

B. Nektar Introduces American Gods Branded Line of Craft Beverages

ag-bottle-insta-fb-web-768x1147.jpgB. Nektar (Ferndale, Michigan) has officially announced plans to release a branded American Gods line of meads, ciders, and beers inspired by FremantleMedia North America’s TV series that airs in the United States on STARZ.

With the use of the American Gods series and Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel of the same name as source material, the folks at B. Nektar are actively in recipe development stages and “the goal is to release the first of this [American Gods product] line in late 2018.” B. Nektar, a nationally recognized meadery, was tapped for this project in large part due to a sequence in the storyline that will have “three shots of mead . . . seal the bargain between Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon, drafting Shadow into Wednesday’s service.”  Wednesday goes on to describe mead as ““The drink of heroes. The drink of gods.”

Brad Dahlhofer, B. Nektar C.E.O. and Co-Founder said “I have always been a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s work. It’s surreal to be working on a product tied to one of his greatest literary accomplishments.”

 

“Creating a brand based on American Gods is something I no doubt would have done anyway,” said Brand Director and Co-founder, Kerri Dahlhofer. “But to be able to do it collaboratively and with license, allows the brand to be so much more than it would have otherwise. Artistically, the label is a complete embodiment of American Gods, contrasting the delicious product.”

Although recipes are still in development, B. Nektar did supply a sneak peek at the label for Believe in the press release.  Believe is described as a 5.6% ABV Mead made with orange blossom honey and fresh pressed Michigan Cider.  This offering is based on an ongoing theme in American Gods that reminds the viewer/reader that “All Gods need to be worshiped. The Old Gods need you to BELIEVE.”

Look for Believe and other American Gods branded offerings from B. Nektar to begin hitting shelves and taps later in the year.  Prost!

Sun King Brewery Expands Distribution to Florida

SunKingPour_editedSun King Brewery (Indianapolis, Indiana) has officially announced that it has formed a partnership with Cavalier Distributing of Florida so that they can expand the brewery’s reach to the state of Florida.

What began as a pipe dream shared between two men – Dave Colt and Clay Robinson – while spending “long hours brewing, scrubbing, and polishing . . . brewery equipment” at a previous brewing job, Sun King Brewery finally became a reality in 2009 when Colt and Robinson went all in and sold their first keg.  Since that first sale, the Sun King crew has gone on to compile a respected portfolio of handcrafted “core, seasonal and specialty beers that have been awarded multiple medals including four golds at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup competitions.”  Firmly established as “a leader in the independent craft brewing movement”, Sun King Brewery has carefully and steadily grown distribution over time to include Indiana; Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky . . . and now Florida.

“Since our inception, Sun King has been working hard to keep up with the growing demand for our beer,” says Clay Robinson, co-owner of Sun King Brewery. “Over the past year, we’ve been increasing our distribution footprint throughout the Midwest, and this spring, we sent some beer down to Florida for a festival that we participate in every year. The response to our beer was overwhelming, so we decided that the Sunshine State would be a good fit for Sun King. Our VP of Sales Joe Burns spent nearly 20 years working for a beer distributor and a brewery in Florida before joining our team, so we have the perfect person to champion our efforts in the market and work with our new partner, Cavalier Distributing.”

With the help of Cavalier Distributing of Florida, Sun King Brewery will launch distribution in Florida in July with package and draft versions of seasonal and specialty beers along with the following core offerings (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s website):

  • Osiris Pale Ale – Osiris Pale Ale is an assertive West Coast-Style Pale with a distinct citrus hop punch.  ABV – 5.6%  IBUs – 50
    Pachanga Mexican-style Lager – Pachanga is a Mexican-Style Lager with a crisp malt flavor, perfect for hot days in the summer sun.  ABV – 4.2%  IBUs – 24
  • SKB IPA – SKB IPA is an India Pale Ale (IPA) brewed with American hops for long-lasting aroma and flavor.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 70

Sun King and Cavalier Distributing plan to host a series of Florida launch events that will “include specialty beers like Gin Dreams, The Afterparty, Razzleblaster Busey, and The Velvet Fog, as well as seasonals GFJ IPA and Freedom Rock.”  Exact details for these events have not yet been released, but we will be sure to update this post with that info just as soon as we get it.  Stay tuned, and we hope to raise a glass with you in July as we all welcome Sun King Brewery to the Sunshine State. Prost!

Allagash Brewing Sends Pick Your Own Out for Wide Distribution

AllagashPYOpourAllagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that Pick Your Own, a Limited Release mixed berry Sour Red Ale, is available now for the first time in all of the brewery’s areas of distribution.

Previously only released as an ultra-limited, taproom-only offering from Allagash Brewing, Pick Your Own (6.4% ABV) is a Belgian-style Sour Red Ale that is aged for three months on the following fruits sourced from local farmers:

  • Strawberries and Cherries from Doles Orchard in Limington, Maine
  • Blueberries from Tavern Hill Farms in Windham, Maine
  • Raspberries from Goss Berry Farm in Mechanic Falls, Maine

This treatment produces a “vibrant ruby red” brew that boasts an “aroma of ripe berries and vanilla”, a berry dominated flavor, and a dry finish that offers “notes of bread crust and a distinctly tart juiciness.”

“It’s an honor and a pleasure to work closely with local family farmers. Our relationships also help boost the quality of our beer,” said Jason Perkins, brewmaster at Allagash. “They let us know when their crop is at the peak of freshness, and we brew our beers accordingly. That way, we get fruit into a beer hours after it has been picked.”

Pick Your Own is available now for a limited time in 375ml bottles and on draft.  You can expect this Limited Release to turn up at select craft beer establishments located in Georgia, Maine, and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pick Your Own from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited, June 2018
Style – American Sour/Wild Ale
ABV – 6.4%
Grains – Allagash 2-Row Malted Barley Blend, Special B, Munich Malt & Raw Wheat
Hops – Hallertau
Added Ingredients – Fresh Local Raspberries, Cherries, Strawberries, and Blueberries
Availability – 375ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, California, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Chicagoland, & Philadelphia
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

Arkane Aleworks to Host Terrible 2 Year Anniversary Party

Arkaneglass_edited.jpgFrom noon to midnight on Saturday, June 30, Arkane Aleworks (Largo, Florida) will throw what they are lovingly calling a Terrible 2 Year Anniversary Party that will feature over 50 different beers.

To properly celebrate two successful years of independent craft brewing, the folks at Arkane Aleworks are going big by assembling one hell of tap list to treat their fans to at their Terrible 2 Year Anniversary throwdown.  With over 50 different featured brews and plenty of other details to cover, we are just going to break this event’s info down for ease of use and navigation.  Let’s get at it:

The Basics

What – Arkane Aleworks Terrible 2 Year Anniversary
When – Saturday, June 30 from noon to midnight
Where – Arkane Aleworks |2480 E Bay Dr #23 | Largo, Florida

The Beer

The folks at the brewery plan to rotate out over 50 different Arkane Aleworks beers during this event.  The full tap list has not yet been released, but Arkane has revealed the following list of teasers:

  • Imaginary Butterflies – Mango Key Lime Pie Florida Weisse
  • Grandma Fingers Cobbler’s Knob – Blueberry Cobbler Sour
  • Hop Tart – Sour IPA
  • Passion Fruit Hop Tart – Sour IPA with Passion Fruit
  • Can’t Elope – Cantaloupe Florida Weisse
  • Tropical Insurrection – Guava Strawberry Sour
  • Fruited Hostility – Peach Strawberry Sour
  • Chocolate Starscream – Blackberry Raspberry Dark Sour with Pinellas Chocolate Company Cocoa Nibs
  • Coffee Starscream – Blackberry Raspberry Dark Sour with coffee from Buddy Brew Coffee
  • Gimme Swelter – Mango Habanero Florida Weisse
  • Lime-on Meringue – Vanilla Lime FL Weisse
  • Beetlejuice – Black Currant Sour with Spices and Beets
  • Humpty Plumpty – Plum Florida Weisse with Cinnamon
  • Transatlantic Shenanigans – Boysenberry Coriander Florida Weisse collaboration with Galway Bay Brewery
  • Carpet Rye’d – Rye Gose
  • Cherry Poppa – Cherry Limeade Sour
  • Mezkin Blackbird – Blackberry Sage Gose

As mentioned above, this is not the complete tap list.  Arkane Aleworks promises that a wide array of additional sours, collaboration beers, IPAs, Imperial Stouts and a few light beers will be added to the rotation during the party.  We will be sure to update you here just as soon as the brewery reveals more details concerning the tap list.  Stay tuned.

How It Will Work

  • This is a pay as you go event. There will be no admission fee.
  • You will have to purchase Arkane Aleworks (AA) tokens to purchase beer.
  • AA tokens will be available for $3 each or seven (7) tokens for $20
  • One AA Token = a half pour  |  Two AA Tokens = a full pour (in most cases)
  • Tokens will be available at the bar register for credit card and cash purchases.  Tokens will also be available outside the front door for cash only.

Other Info

  • The party will take place in the tasting room and beer garden at Arkane Aleworks
  • This event is rain or shine
  • There will be food available for purchase in the beer garden during the event.  Details coming soon.

That should just about cover all the information currently available for the Terrible 2 Year Anniversary, but Arkane Aleworks is sure to release more details as the event date draws closer.  We will update this post with any additional info just as soon as we get our hands on it.

If you are in the area and free on June 30, be sure to head over to Largo so that you can raise a glass with the Arkane Aleworks crew to two amazing years and the many more ahead of them.  Prost!