Tasting Notes: Radegast Triple IPA from New Realm Brewing Company

RadegastPortrait1000This week gets a double dose of Tasting Notes as we get into a celebratory bottle of Radegast Triple IPA from New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia).

Arriving as New Realm’s first packaged Specialty Release offering, Radegast – named for the ancient god of brewing and hospitality – was specifically brewed to honor the grand opening of their beautiful new facility on Atlanta’s Beltline and serve as a proper introduction to the area’s craft beer community.  With a hop bill showcasing Warrior, Citra, Mosaic and El Dorado hops, this Triple IPA promises to be a “wonderfully aromatic, . . . incredibly citrusy and extremely juicy hop nectar [that] lingers just long enough to tempt another sip.”

Radegast Triple IPA officially released at New Realm Brewing Company on Saturday, January 13 with availability in 750ml bottles and 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, and it appears – at the time this post was published – a limited supply is still available for purchase at the brewery.  Radegast is also available on draft at New Realm and select craft beer establishments located throughout Atlanta.  This is a one-time release that is meant to be consumed fresh, so be sure to get your fill of Radegast while you still have the chance.

Speaking of getting one’s fill, I do believe it is time to get into some Tasting Notes so that we can finally experience the Radegast for ourselves.

Tasting Notes for Radegast Triple IPA from New Realm Brewing Company

Appearance:  Radegast fills the glass with a deep, honey gold-colored brew that is wearing two fingers of pristine white foam.  When held to direct light, the color brightens and intensifies to become more of a pure yellow gold.  The body is perfectly clear and displays an ample carbonation presence coursing throughout.  Head retention is good, but it eventually fall to a lasting 1/4 finger or so. The foam does attempt to put some lace on the glass, but the slick nature of the beer forces each web to eventually slip back down into the top cap.

Aroma:  An unabashed and pronounced hop aroma proudly billows from the glass.  We are talking about notes of citrus & tropical fruits; mostly grapefruit, tangerine, melon and a touch of stone fruit.  A light malt character brings up the back end with a nondescript sweetness and subtle hint of alcohol.  The nose is basically all hops, and we have no problem with that.

Taste:  That big hop presence carries over into the flavor and it is absolutely laden with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.  A slight resinous character builds with tones of pine, grass, and pure dankness.  A tropical wave then moves in with a slight dose of passionfruit, berry and papaya.  As the hop profile closes with an interesting pop of peach candies, the malts then interject with a slight thread of balancing sweetness that is just enough to keep the bitterness/hoppiness from completely overwhelming the experience.  Damn, this is good.

Mouthfeel:  This Triple IPA falls on the heavier side of medium in body and has a bright carbonation level that keeps it surprisingly refreshing and easy drinking.  Hoppy bitterness gets unlimited access to the palate, but there is just enough malt backbone to clean up the finish.  For 11.5% ABV, the alcohol is incredibly well hidden and only surfaces with a tinge of heat from time to time.  The aftertaste is an abundance of tropical and citrus fruits.

Final Thoughts:  From top to bottom . . . aroma to flavor . . . look to mouthfeel, Radegast can easily be summed up with one word: “masterful”.  Now that is not a word that we like to throw around, but it absolutely applies here.  For a Triple IPA, this beer has more than enough hop bite to make you feel alive while a ridiculously juicy hop flavor has just as much opportunity to please the taste buds.  Seriously, you will be hard-pressed to find a rival for this hop experience. With that said, the impressive nature of this beer does not stop there.  The aroma is lovely and clean, the massive ABV is muted, the feel is gorgeous, and this enormous IPA somehow remains refreshing.  A lot of the Triple IPAs out there can make a case for themselves having one or maybe two of these attributes, but Radegast can claim them all.  That’s special.  That’s masterful, and that fact makes Radegast the perfect beer for New Realm to send out first to confidently announce, “This is just the beginning.”  Prost!

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Monday Night Brewing Launches Whirling Dervish Coffee Stout as New Seasonal

MondayNightWDCSMonday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal release of Whirling Dervish Coffee Stout on January 20.

To give 2018 the roasty, coffee-fueled kick in the pants that it needs, Monday Night Brewing has created Whirling Dervish Coffee Stout with the help of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters.  Named for the coffee blend used in its recipe, Whirling Dervish is a classic Dry Irish Stout that takes on the coffee’s rich “flavor notes of chocolate, molasses, toasted almond and orange zest.”

“Don’t let the low ABV (4.9%) fool you,” said Monday Night’s creative brewer Josh Johnson. “We packed a lot of roasty and toasty flavor into this beer. It’s an everyday drinker on cold winter nights – or anytime you need a little coffee kick.”

Whirling Dervish Coffee Stout will officially debut on January 20 at Monday Night Brewing’s West Midtown location, and distribution will follow shortly thereafter.  Once fully released, you can expect this Seasonal offering to be available for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located within Monday Night’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Whirling Dervish Coffee Stout from Monday Night Brewing

Release – Seasonal, launching end of January 2018
Style – Dry Irish Stout
ABV – 4.9%
Added Ingredients – Whirling Dervish coffee blend from Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
Suggested Food Pairings – “Whirling Dervish can be enjoyed on its own, but as a dry Irish stout, it pairs well with oysters, beef stew, grilled meats…and even vanilla ice cream.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

SweetWater Brewing Releases Details for 21st Anniversary Throwdown

21stParty-Facebook-EventFrom 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) will host a 21st Anniversary Throwdown featuring an insane tap list and live music from Dirty Heads, Twiddle and People’s Blues of Richmond.

SweetWater Brewing Company will finally hit the legal drinking age of 21 in February, and you best believe that they will be throwing one hell of a party to celebrate that milestone.  The 21st Anniversary Throwdown will feature quite a few changes from previous anniversary parties at SweetWater, so it is probably best if we just break this whole thing down for you.

The Basics

What – SweetWater Brewing Company’s 21st Anniversary Throwdown
When – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 17
Where – SweetWater Brewing Company: 195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia

The Beer

  • The 21st Anniversary Party will feature “a fat stash of draft options from [the brewery’s] cellar and specialty beers throughout the building! [SweetWater will] also be pulling out all the stops with the draft list in the Woodlands.”
  • Attendees will have the option to purchase a custom 21st Anniversary glass and/or a bottle of the 21st Anniversary Ale, an Oud Bruin
  • All ticketholders (21 & up) will receive a Souvenir 6-pack of the Great American Beer Festival medal winning TripleTail Tropical IPA

The Music

Everyone knows that you cannot have a party at SweetWater without an incredible lineup of musical acts.  This year’s lineup includes:

If stage times are released, we will update this area with that information once we have it.

Ticket Information

Other Useful Information

  • This event is rain or shine and the bands will be playing on an outdoor stage.  Plan accordingly
  • There will be a vast selection of food trucks on-site to keep you fed all day long
  • Parking is VERY limited onsite, so MARTA, UBER, cabs, etc. will be your best bet!  Shuttles will be running from the SIP Coffee at the Lindbergh Marta station to the brewery.
  • Pets are not allowed at this event
  • Children may attend with a parent or guardian

That is all the information that we have for you at this time, but we will be sure to update this post with any details that may surface between now and the event.

The crew here at Mashing In has attended nearly a decade of anniversary parties at SweetWater, and we are here to tell you that they have just gotten better year after year.  With that said, we fully expect this 21st Anniversary Throwdown to achieve a completely new level of awesome.  Call your friends, make some plans, and get those tickets as soon as possible because we hope to raise a glass with all of you on February 17 to another great year with SweetWater Brewing Company.  Prost!

 

Wingman Pale Ale to Make Seasonal Debut for Weyerbacher Brewing

Wingman-badge-300x260Weyerbacher Brewing Company (Easton, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that Wingman Pale Ale will be joining the brewery’s Seasonal lineup in mid-January.

wing·man – /ˈwiNGˌman,ˈwiNGmən/ – “A good friend that’s there to look out for you every step of the way, absorbing some hits yet going the distance.”

To emulate this concept in beer form, the brewers at Weyerbacher created their ideal Wingman to be an American Pale Ale that has “hints of stone fruit and soft citrus” sourced from a hop bill featuring Calypso, Ekuanot and Denali hops.  Weighing in at 4.5% ABV, you can rest assured that Wingman Pale Ale is responsible enough to have your best interests in mind during any hangout session.

Wingman Pale Ale will officially release in mid-January with plans to stick around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of Weyerbacher’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Wingman Pale Ale from Weyerbacher Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal, mid-January 2018
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 4.5%
Featured Hops – Calypso, Ekuanot & Denali
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

 

 

Creature Comforts Plans Brewery Release of Tritonia with Mango, Orange & Lime

CCBCTritoniaCan_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that it will hold a limited, brewery-only can release of Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 19.

To take everyone’s mind off the cold for a bit, the brewers at Creature Comforts recently whipped up a limited batch of Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime (4.5% ABV).  Meant to mimic the flavors of a mango cocktail that you would run across at the beach, this incredibly refreshing version of Tritonia Gose features notes of tropical mango, coriander, lime zest, orange marmalade, and a “balancing salinity”.

Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime will officially release at the brewery on Friday, January 19.  Creature Comforts only produced 150 cases of this Limited Release, so guests will be limited to two 6-packs per person.  This release event will also feature Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime on draft for on-site consumption, tacos from Silver Queen, and live music from DJ Osmose.  Due to the limited nature of this release, Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime will not see distribution in cans.  Prost!

Tritonia Gose with Mango, Orange & Lime from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Brewery Only; January 19, 2018
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients, Sea salt, coriander, mango, and essence of orange and lime
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Release Site – Creature Comforts Brewing Co.: 271 W Hancock Ave. Athens, Georgia

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B. Nektar Marks 10th Anniversary with Release of Wildberry Pyment

BNektarWBP_editedB. Nektar Meadery (Ferndale, Michigan) has announced that Wildberry Pyment has officially returned for a limited time in celebration of the meadery’s 10th Anniversary.

To recognize a decade of success in the craft mead and cider game, the folks at B. Nektar have decided to “throwback to [their] first years in business and revive an original fan favorite” simply known as Wildberry Pyment.  This 15% ABV Mead is “fermented with orange blossom honey and grape juice with natural wild berry flavors added.” This results in a dark plum-colored Wildberry Pyment that supplies an experience of “jammy red wine with notes of plum, strawberry, blackberry and blueberry up front.”  A “subtle honey character” then moves in to support these notes with “hints of orange zest [and] a light spicy clove character.”

Wildberry Pyment is officially available now and will be hanging around as long as supplies last through the first quarter of 2018.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select retailers, bars and restaurants located in the following states: Florida, Georgia, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia & Wisconsin.  Prost!

Wildberry Pyment from B. Nektar Meadery

Release – Limited, 1st Quarter of 2018
Style – Mead (Pyment)
ABV – 15%
Essential Ingredients – Orange blossom honey, Shiraz grape juice, wild berry juice blend (blueberry, strawberry, blackberry)
Suggested Food Pairings – “Dark chocolate, fresh goat cheese and honey, baked brie, blueberry coffee cake”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Florida, Georgia, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia & Wisconsin

 

 

Tasting Notes: Orgine from Saint Somewhere Brewing & Tampa Bay BEERS

originepour1000We are kicking off the 2018 series of Tasting Notes this week with a serendipitously provided bottle of Orgine, a collaboration beer between Saint Somewhere Brewing Company (Tarpon Springs, Florida) and Tampa Bay BEERS.

Orgine came to be as a Saint Somewhere collaboration brewed to recognize the 25th Anniversary of Tampa Bay BEERS, the Gambrinus Club Award winning homebrew club that has produced “many brewers and brewery owners including Saint Somewhere, 7venth Sun Brewery, Green Bench Brewing Co., Cigar City Brewing, Six Ten Brewing, and too many others to list, locally and nationally.” With a recipe provided by Rob Roberson, Orgine “started life as Belgian Dark Strong” before taking on the added character of Saint Somewhere’s brewery and brewing techniques.   This offering experienced limited availability in 750ml bottles at the start of 2017.

The background information on Orgine may be a bit sparse, but I (Guillermo) do have a good story to tell about how we happened across this bottle.  The situation actually started at another Tampa-area brewery during a random introduction to its head brewer.  While we were going back and forth with me describing what Mashing In is all about and him explaining his approach to brewing, he abruptly stopped to ask if we did reviews on the site.  I showed him an example of Tasting Notes, and he quickly responded by reaching into a cooler, pulling out this bottle and saying, “My friend Bob at Saint Somewhere made this beer.  He is a world-class brewer and this beer is fantastic.  Would you be willing to write about Bob’s beer?”  Already being a huge fan of Saint Somewhere and their gorgeous taproom in Tarpon Springs, I was more than happy to oblige this request.  As I walked the bottle back to my car, I could not help but reflect on how crazy that whole exchange was considering this brewer could have easily used that opportunity to gain some free publicity for his beers and brewery. With that thought seemingly never crossing his mind, he instead took that moment to laud the work of a fellow brewer in the hope that it would gain another brewery some recognition.  It was an incredible act of respect and a literal display of the camaraderie that we all talk about existing in the craft beer community.  In fact, moments such as that define craft beer better than anything you will ever find in a glass.

Now that the heartwarming anecdote above has been recounted, it is finally time to make good on our promise by popping this cork and getting into some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Orgine from Saint Somewhere Brewing Company and Tampa Bay BEERS

Appearance:  Orgine presents itself as a medium brown colored brew that holds some soft orange tones.  When held to direct light, those oranges gain some vibrancy, pull out some reddish hues and result in a rich mahogany look.  The body is mostly clear and displays a gentle carbonation level working about within.  A solid finger of off-white foam was produced from a cautious pour.  Retention is absolutely fantastic, eventually falling to an everlasting, lush half finger that consistently notches the glass with chunks of lace after each sip.

Aroma:  Belgian yeast character and dark fruits lead the way.  Bready tones emerge along with a touch of candi sugar, caramel and toffee.  The profile closes with a growing waft of farmhouse funk and earthiness that just simply pulls everything together.

Taste:  The Belgian characteristics are beautifully presented up front with notes of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, a bit of spice, and loads of dark fruit.  The fruits are many: raisin, prune, plum, and fig.  Toffee sweetness builds and brings with it a lovely dried apricot presence.  That apricot note then lays a foundation for some light funk, leather, wet wood and musty hay.  Complexity abounds, and it is just exquisite.

Mouthfeel:  Full bodied with a soft carbonation level, this beer is lightly silken in texture.  The ABV is subtle, bringing just a touch of warmth that builds on the throat.  Mostly sweet, Orgine is gracefully patient on the palate and allows the flavors to linger and last.  The aftertaste leaves behind notes of apricot and leather.

Final Thoughts:  Simply put, Orgine is elegantly complex and artfully composed.  Each sip is a proud piece of evidence that this beer was important to all those that had a hand in brewing it.  It does a fantastic job showing off the traditional beauty of Belgian styles while still possessing a subtle but unmistakable infusion of Saint Somewhere’s soul.  In a word, it is divine.

Although Orgine may be a little tough to come by these days, you will have the opportunity to try a wealth of magnificent European-style beers from Saint Somewhere and other breweries from across the world at Brasserie Saint Somewhere’s First Anniversary Party on Saturday, January 20.   This event’s featured tap list and spread of bottles will certainly be can’t miss, and . . . who knows . . . you just might happen across a bottle of Orgine being opened at the bottle share.  What we do know is that you will absolutely regret it if you miss this event on Saturday.  With that in mind, just go ahead and make plans now so that you can be in attendance to raise a glass with the crew at Saint Somewhere and experience the truly special beers that they are brewing out in Tarpon Springs.  Prost!

Harpoon Brewery Introduces UFO Apricadabra as New Spring Seasonal

ApricadabraCanHarpoon Brewery (Boston, Massachusetts) recently announced that it has officially lauched UFO Apricadabra as the newest addition to the brewery’s portfolio of UFO Seasonals.

To bring the flavors and refreshing nature of spring to their UFO (Unfiltered Offering) line, the folks at Harpoon Brewery have developed Apricadabra (4.8% ABV). A Hefeweizen “brewed with fresh apricot puree”, this new Seasonal offering has a “subtly sweet flavor [that] will leave you believing . . . a beer so juicy and refreshing could be nothing other than…magic.”

“Spring is a magical season,” said UFO Brand Manager Victoria Kidder. “Everything becomes more vibrant, more alive. We wanted to brew a flavorful beer that matched the best parts of spring. UFO Apricadabra is bright and refreshing with a perfect balance of apricot flavor, just right for this invigorating season.”

UFO Apricadabra is available now and will be hanging around through March 2018.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, in the UFO “Jet Pack” Spring Mix Pack and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Massachusetts, Vermont and throughout the rest of Harpoon Brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for UFO Apricadabra from Harpoon Brewery

Release – UFO Seasonal (Spring), January – March 2018
Style – Hefeweizen
ABV – 4.8%
Added Ingredients – Fresh apricot puree
Availability – 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, in the UFO “Jet Pack” Spring Mix Pack & on draft
Beer Finder – https://www.ufobeer.com/ufolocator/

Second Self Beer Co. Introduces Triforce IPA

TRIFORCESecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced the release of Triforce IPA as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

With inspiration sourced from an “iconic video game”, the brewers at Second Self have created Triforce IPA to “embody the sacred relic’s three pieces: power, courage and wisdom.”  To achieve this lofty goal, this slightly hazy IPA is brewed with its own “triforce of malts (oats, wheat and barley) and hops (Mosaic, Amarillo and Cascade).”  This trifecta of threes results in a 6.1% ABV, 45 IBU Triforce IPA that possesses “the aroma and flavor of papaya, mango and other tropical fruits, with a soft, flavorful mouthfeel to balance this truly inspired beer.”

Triforce IPA is officially available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can find this Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located throughout Second Self Beer Company’s distribution area in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Triforce IPA from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Year-Round, launching January 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.1%
IBUs – 45
Grains – Oats, Wheat & Barley
Hops – Mosaic, Amarillo & Cascade
Suggested Food Pairings – “Tacos, barbecue, fresh vegetables, ceviche, fromage blanc and magical potions.”
Fun Fact – Triforce IPA’s “graphic label plays on the classic video game and was designed by artist Keith P. Rein, who also created the popular artwork for Second Self’s limited-edition beer: Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Alabama

Cascade Brewing Releases Sang Rouge 2015

Cascade-Brewing_Sang-Rouge_20171213-No-CropsCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has announced that Sang Rouge 2015 will begin hitting shelves and taps this month for a limited release as a Tier Two offering.

Returning after nearly a three-year hiatus, Sang Rouge is a blend of Sour Red Ales that have been aged in “select red wine barrels and oak puncheons for . . . [an] average of 24 months, with some barrels exceeding 30 months.”  With absolutely no influence from added fruits or spices, this extensive aging process added further depth and complexity to the base Red Ale by lending “notes of roasted malts, dried currants, aged red wine and toasted oak.”  The finished Sang Rouge 2015 comes in at 7.8% ABV.

“The release of Sang Rouge 2015 is exciting, not only because it’s been three years since this beer was on the market, but also because we have also doubled our draft output, representing Cascade’s commitment to increasing the draft availability of our brands.”

 

– Tim Larrance, Cascade’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Sang Rouge 2015 officially released on January 12 and will be available while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Tier Two offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sang Rouge 2015 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier Two, January 2018
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.8%
Treatment – A blend of Sour Red Ales aged in select red wine barrels and oak puncheons for an average of 24 months, with some barrels exceeding 30 months.
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: “Sang Rouge is a Tier Two offering; Cascade’s bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.”