Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of two award-winning fall staples, Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest, in early August 2020.
Eager to give us all an early taste of autumn, the folks at Schlafly Beer are offering up all the comforting, malty goodness we can handle with the August release of these two fall brews (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):
Pumpkin Ale (8.0% ABV): Schlafly Beer’s special release Pumpkin Ale has been an award-winning seasonal staple for over 10 years. Capturing the attention and accolades from experienced beer drinkers across the country (GABF Silver Medal Winner, VinePair, Thrillist), the Pumpkin Ale highlights sweetness and spice. Intended to taste like a slice of pumpkin pie in a bottle, the squash-forward beer is balanced with a blend of seasonal spices.
Oktoberfest (5.5% ABV): Although Oktoberfest is cancelled in Germany this year, celebrate the traditional style with Schlafly’s Oktoberfest at home. Authentic in its execution and evocation of heritage, Munich malt and German hops contribute to the smooth and clean traditional Märzen brew. Several members of the brewing team even traveled to Germany to meet the farmers and experience Oktoberfest celebrations a few years ago. Amber in color and balanced in its sweetness and toasted malts, the celebratory autumnal style is a tribute to Schlafly’s German roots.
“Our Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ale are two of our most anticipated seasonal beers,” says Founding Brewer Stephan Hale. “As fall comes closer, we hope Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest can provide that sense of comfort, even if it’s at home.”
Pumpkin Ale and Oktoberfest are both hitting shelves now and are scheduled to hang around throughout the months of fall. Pumpkin Ale is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft while Oktoberfest is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find both of these Seasonal Releases at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Missouri, Tennessee and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint. Prost!
Coronado Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Gentle Giant on Friday, August 14.
Crafted to serve as a liquid celebration of Coronado Brewing Company’s 24th year of brewing in San Diego, Gentle Giant is a Triple Hazy New England-style India Pale Ale brewed with “a blend of Idaho Gem, Sabro, Cashmere, and Chinook hops that lend the beer a tropical, fruity hoppiness.” Weighing in at a substantial 10% ABV, Gentle Giant is “full-bodied, yet juicy with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.”
“I like brewing big IPA’s to celebrate our anniversary each year.” says Mark Thiesen, Head Brewer, Coronado Brewing Company. “The blend of hops we used was pretty unique and brought out really nice tropical, fruity, juiciness in a triple IPA. The end result is a surprisingly drinkable, yet full-bodied IPA that’s a perfect toast to our 24th year of brewing.”
Gentle Giant is scheduled to release at all Coronado locations on August 14 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. This Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans exclusively at Coronado Brewing locations in San Diego, Coronado, and Imperial Beach. Prost!
Vital Information for Gentle Giant from Coronado Brewing Company
Release – Limited; August 14, 2020 Style – Hazy/Juicy Triple India Pale Ale ABV – 10% Featured Hops – Idaho Gem, Sabro, Cashmere & Chinook Fun Fact – Gentle Giant “features artwork from San Diego local artist, Jack Stricker, and will be the first of three cans featuring Stricker’s art.” Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans Distribution – None. Available exclusively at Coronado Brewing locations
Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Mango Road 2019 on Friday, August 14.
Brewed to tell the story of a “cross-continental journey of flavors from Oceania and Southeast Asia across Eurasia to South and Central America, ending at last in the Pacific Northwest,” Mango Road is a “sour blond ale aged in oak wine barrels for up to 18 months then fermented with mangoes and infused with jasmine flowers and pink peppercorn.” Mango Road comes in at 8.3% ABV.
Mango Road 2019 will debut at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on August 14 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Mango Road 2019 from Cascade Brewing
Release – Limited; August 14, 2020 Style – American Sour Ale ABV – 8.3% Treatment – Sour Blond Ale aged in oak wine barrels for up to 18 months then fermented with mangoes & infused with jasmine flowers & pink peppercorn Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of The Tower, a French Toast-inspired Imperial Stout, on Thursday, August 13.
Arriving as the second release in Hidden Springs’ new series of non-barrel-aged Imperial Stouts, The Tower is an Imperial Stout that captures the essence of French Toast thanks to ample additions of maple syrup and cinnamon. Symbolizing “a new dawn in our new reality,” The Tower is “sweet, thick, and a comforting, familiar flavor contrast to the uncertainty of today.”
Bottles of The Tower will release exclusively on the Hidden Springs Ale Works website at 4 p.m. on August 13. Here are the full details and rules surrounding this release (as posted on the brewery’s social media accounts):
22 oz. bottles of The Tower are $25 each
Bottle limit is set at 2 per person (if you order more than the allotment, your purchase will be REFUNDED and CANCELLED)
Bottles will be ready for pickup during regular business hours Friday 8/14 – Friday 8/21. You will have to choose a pickup date and time at checkout. Your order will be ready that day ONLY. If you need to reschedule your pickup, please EMAIL the brewery at email@example.com (Hidden Springs is NOT able to reschedule your pickup from DMs on social media).
For the safety of the community and to maintain social distancing standards established by the CDC, the brewery will be allowing PROXIES for this release. It helps to cut down the amount of bodies coming in and out of the Tasting Room at a single time. Yes. PROXIES ARE A GO!
To pickup your bottles you must have the correct name, order number, and ID (gotta make sure you’re old enough), also, make sure it’s the right day.
One more time for clarification: The Tower will be sold exclusively online. There will be no walk-up sales or distribution. If you wish to get your hands on a bottle or two of this offering, just make sure that you are on the Hidden Springs Ale Works website at 4 p.m. on August 13 because this Limited Release is guaranteed to sell out with a quickness. Prost!
Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Rhu-Awakening on August 20.
Dropping as the newest release in Perrin’s Side Hustle Series of innovative brews, Rhu-Awakening is a Kettle Sour Ale that “balances the tartness of Rhubarb with the sweetness of Strawberry to give your mouth a nice thirst-quenching kick!” Coming in at 6% ABV, Rhu-Awakening is here to help you “celebrate the end of summer with a timeless flavor combination.”
Rhu-Awakening is scheduled to hit the Perrin Pub on August 20 and will enter distribution shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Michigan. Prost!
Vital Information for Rhu-Awakening from Perrin Brewing Company
Release – Limited/Side Hustle Series; August 20, 2020 Style – Fruited Sour Ale ABV – 6% Added Ingredients – Rhubarb & strawberry Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Michigan Beer Finder – https://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder/
Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Wizards & Gargoyles, a Hazy Coffee IPA collaboration with Modern Times (San Diego, California), in August 2020.
Brewed to stand as an “achievement of collaborative awesomeness between two San Diego craft beer trailblazers,” Wizards & Gargoyles is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that features “Centennial, Cashmere, Citra and Azacca hops . . . joined by two in-development hops, giving juicy notes of tropical citrus that play beautifully with the robust flavors and aromas of the coffee, supplied by Modern Times’ caffeination masters.” Weighing in at 7% ABV and 51 IBUs, Wizards & Gargoyles “is a beer as wonderfully unique as the two breweries that created it.”
Wizards & Gargoyles is rolling out in Southern California this week and will enter nationwide distribution on August 24. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Wizards & Gargoyles from Stone Brewing & Modern Times
Release – Limited; August 2020 Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale ABV – 7% IBUs – 51 Featured Hops – Citra, Cashmere, Centennial, Azacca, HBC 685 & HBC 692 Added Ingredients – Coffee from Modern Times Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready
Avery Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that Pomona, a Barrel-aged Tart Ale, will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in mid-August 2020.
Originally developed for the Avery Invitational Small Batch Challenge, Pomona is a Fruited Sour Ale that has been aged in oak barrels for four months and then infused with “bushels of blueberries and pomegranates.” Coming in at 6.5% ABV, the “delightfully deep purple” Pomona is a “temptingly tart ale [that] will guide beer drinkers to the celestial plane of true barrel-aged sours.”
Pomona will debut in mid-August with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans. You can expect to find this new Year-Round at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing Co.’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Pomona from Avery Brewing Co.
Release – Year-Round; launching mid-August 2020 Style – Fruited Sour Ale ABV – 6.5% Yeast – Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Brettanomyces, House Belgian Trappist Strain & Saccharomyces Fun Fact – Pomona was “named for the ancient Roman goddess of fruitful abundance” Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder
New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Bavarian Prince Oktoberfest Lager in August 2020.
Named after “the original honoree of the first Oktoberfest celebrations” – Crown Prince Ludwig, Bavarian Prince is a Märzen-style Oktoberfest Lager “brewed in the German tradtion.” Weighing in at an easy-drinking 6.3% ABV, Bavarian Prince is “malty, biscuity and toasty with floral hop notes.”
“We love our annual tradition of brewing an authentic Märzen/Oktoberfest Lager for the fall. It’s one of our favorite recipes, and I’m excited it will now be available in both 6 packs and as a key beer in our Fall Variety Pack.” – Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing
“I never would have imagined the following this beer has created, I’m continually impressed by our fans’ appreciation for this classic Märzen style beer that’s balanced and flavorful.” – Bob Powers, Co-Founder and CSMO of New Realm Brewing
Bavarian Prince is expected to release any day now and will be available through Oktoberfest season. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, in New Realm’s Fall Variety 12-Pack and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia and Virginia. Prost!
Vital Information for Bavarian Prince from New Realm Brewing Company
Release – Limited; August 2020 Style – Märzen/Oktoberfest ABV – 6.3% IBUs – 30 Ingredients – Brewed with 100% German malts & hops Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, Fall Variety 12-pack & draft Distribution – Georgia & Virginia
Arriving as the latest offering to come out Iron Chef Morimoto’s long-running collaborative relationship with Rogue Ales & Spirits, Morimoto Single Malt Whiskey started life in 2016 as Morimoto Imperial Pilsner and Morimoto Black Obi Ale. Once these beers finished fermenting, the “wash was transferred from the Rogue brewery to the distillery to be distilled and barreled in American Oak barrels . . . [that] rested in Rogue’s Ocean Aging Room where they absorbed the Pacific Ocean air for over two years.” The liquid was then transferred to and finished in “Oregon Oak barrels [that] were built by hand at Rogue’s cooperage, Rolling Thunder Barrel Works, and previously aged Rogue’s award-winning Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout. After 1.5 years of further aging, these Oregon Oak barrels “were masterfully blended and smithed to create a unique, bold and limited American Single Malt Whiskey.” The finished Morimoto Single Malt Whiskey was then packaged in 750ml bottles adorned with “a label that was designed by Chef Morimoto himself.”
This lengthy and meticulous process supplied Morimoto Single Malt Whiskey (42.5% ABV/85 PROOF) with “spicy aromas on the nose with subtle smoke and hints of coffee, chocolate, cocoa and dried fruit” while the flavor profile features a “prominent soba nut flavor [melding] with the distinct dark cocoa, toffee, coffee and vanilla provided from the Imperial Stout and subtle smoke from the Rolling Thunder barrels.”
“It has been an honor to work with Chef Morimoto for nearly 20 years to make unique and interesting beers and spirits,” says Dharma Tamm, Rogue President. “This new single malt whiskey is no exception – the combination of Morimoto Signature Imperial Pilsner and Black Obi, Rolling Thunder barrels and distiller selected proof make this something truly special. It has been a labor of love that we’ve spent years making.”
“My relationship with Rogue Ales & Spirits goes back nearly two decades and is the longest partnership of my career,” said Chef Morimoto. “The Morimoto-branded beers have been guest favorites in my restaurants around the world, and I’m very excited to introduce this very special single malt whiskey to them this year.”
Morimoto Single Malt Whiskey is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited-Edition Release available in 750ml bottles at Morimoto restaurants, Rogue pubs and fine liquor retailers located throughout the country. Prost!
Escape Brewing Company (Trinity, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Trois 2.0 on Wednesday, August 12.
Back with a revamped recipe and a slightly tweaked name, Trois 2.0 is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that sources all of its pineapple and tropical fruit flavors from the selected hops and yeast strain (“No pineapples were harmed/used in the making of this awesome beer”). Coming in at 7.2% ABV, Trois 2.0 is “a sweet smelling, juicy, thick hazy hop bomb that transports you straight to paradise.”
Trois 2.0 will release in the Taproom at Escape Brewing Company on August 12. This Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans as long as supplies last. Trois 2.0 is a brewery-only release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!
Vital Information for Trois 2.0 from Escape Brewing Company