Short’s Brewing Company (Elk Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will launch distribution in the greater Orlando and Tampa areas of Florida in mid-January 2019.
Widely known for their extensive lineup of flagship and experimental beers, Short’s Brewing Company is a brewery that “prides themselves on producing fearlessly creative beers handmade by people who care in northern Michigan.” This brewery cares about its fans so much that it is now following Michigan-based, craft beer-lovin’ snowbirds south by launching distribution in Central Florida.
“Although we’re seeing double-digit growth in our existing area, a lot of Short’s beer drinkers head south for the winter, and we wanted to ensure their favorite brews are available to them. We’ve received many requests from Michigan-residents visiting Florida over the years, so we’re combatting seasonality and keeping people happy at the same time.”
– Scott Newman-Bale, Partner at Short’s Brewing Company
Short’s Brewing Company will roll out in Central Florida with the following offerings:
Mosa Hard Cider – a Michigan Hard Cider blended with Florida Orange Juice (4.3% ABV)
With the help of Cavalier Distributing in the greater Orlando area and J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. in the greater Tampa area, Short’s Brewing Company will arrive in Central Florida in mid-January. The brewery plans to host a series of Launch Events in the Tampa area during the week of January 14 and in Orlando the following week (exact details on event locations will be posted soon). If you cannot make it out to an official Launch Party, you can expect to find Short’s Brewing Company/Starcut Ciders offerings available on draft and in their respective packaging formats at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located throughout the greater Orlando and Tampa areas of Florida. Prost!
Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially partnered with Sunshine State Distributing so that it can immediately begin distribution in the following Central Florida counties: Orange, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Lake, and Seminole.
“We are excited for the opportunity to partner with Angry Chair Brewing,” said Chris Larue, president and founder of Sunshine State Distributing. “Their beer will be a welcome addition to shelves and taps around Central Florida—we can’t wait to get it into the hands of craft beer lovers in the area.”
“We’re known for our stouts, but we have the flexibility to be creative and change up our beer. To have a distributor be okay with that and encourage it makes this partnership a no-brainer for us,” said Ryan Dowdle, co-founder of Angry Chair Brewing. “We’ve had a lot of requests for our beer in Central Florida and Orlando specifically. We’re excited to have that support and be able to send some beer their way.”
With Sunshine State Distributing handling all distribution responsibilities, Angry Chair Brewing will launch in its new Central Florida territory in late December with a “regular line-up” of offerings that includes “Nexus Sour IPA, Vodnik Czech Style Pils, Two Pump Chump Porter, and others. Additional rotating beers will be distributed throughout the year based on availability.” You can expect to find Angry Chair Brewing offerings at select at craft beer-friendly bars, restaurants and retailers located throughout Orange, Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Lake, and Seminole counties. Prost!
Highland Brewing Company (Asheville, North Carolina) has announced that Midnight Summit Vanilla Milk Stout will officially join its Seasonal lineup in late December 2018.
Surfacing just in time for the cold winter nights ahead of us, Midnight Summit is a Milk Stout that blends “trails of smooth, creamy vanilla . . . with shades of chocolate and coffee.” Weighing in at a comforting 6% ABV, Midnight Summit “is a beer that is best enjoined by a roaring fire while the snow falls outside.”
Midnight Summit will make its official debut at a Release Party at Highland Brewing on December 21 and is scheduled to enter distribution at or around that date. 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, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Highland Brewing Company’s distribution footprint in the Southeast. Prost!
Vital Information for Midnight Summit from Highland Brewing Company
Release – Seasonal; launches December 21, 2018 Style – Milk Stout ABV – 6% IBUs – 40 Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Wheat, Caramel 80, Black Prinz, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Malt & Midnight Wheat Hops – Summit & Willamette Added Ingredients – Vanilla Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://highlandbrewing.com/beer (located at the bottom of the page)
On Sunday, January 20 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and Hey Giant! Little Biscuits will combine culinary talents at Late Start Brewing – located inside Pour House Tampa | 1208 E. Kennedy Suite 112 | Tampa, Florida – to host a special “Biscuits & Berliners” edition of Eggs & Kegs.
LOKO Cuisine’s Eggs & Kegs road trip continues into 2019 and the first stop of the year will be at Late Start Brewing for brunch over Biscuits & Berliners. With Hey Giant! along for the ride with their famous little biscuits in hand, this collaborative brunch menu will consist of the following five self-serve, gravy-soaked courses:
Late Start Brewing will obviously be responsible for refreshments at this shindig, and they have gone all in by coming up with the following tap list of brunch-themed Berliners (and one Gose):
Orange Cream Mimosa Berliner Weisse
Bloody Mary Berliner Weisse
Coffee, Cinnamon & Vanilla Berliner Weisse
Red Sangria Berliner Weisse
Tasty Tasty Yum Yum Raspberry Cacao Berliner Weisse
Strawberry Margarita Gose
If are not a big fan of Berliners or beer in general, worry not because wine, cider and mimosas will be flowing during this event as well. For those in need of their morning dose of caffeine, Ginger Beard Coffee will also be pouring nitro-infused coffee and tea (for an additional cost) at its home base in the Pour House.
Just like all LOKO Cuisine events, there is a limited amount of tickets available for this Biscuits & Berliners brunch. Deep down . . . you know you need some biscuits and gravy in your life and you know that you do not want to miss this. Treat yourself and lock down those tickets as soon as possible. Prost!
Eager to jump into their 20th year of craft brewing,Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia) sent out a 2019 Product Calendar this week that outlines all the surprises they have planned for their fans in the coming year.
Just as we do with all posts on brewery calendars, we have published Starr Hill’s full 2019 Product Calendar below for you to fully absorb on your own. With that said, there are quite a few details that we feel we should pass along before we turn you over to that document. Brevity is our goal, so let’s knock it out:
Starr Hill will establish a rotating Sour Series in 2019. This series will feature the following kettle-soured brews: Raspberry American Sour (April), Lime Gose (July), and Passion Fruit Gose (October). A “bubbly” Guava Gose will also appear later in the winter. All Sour Series offerings will be available on draft, in rotating seasonal 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, and in the “Say It Ain’t Sour” 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles that will also debut in April.
Hoppy Blonde Ale will launch in May as the brewery’s new Summer Seasonal, replacing The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA. This easy-drinking Blonde Ale boasts an “emphatic hop aroma and flavor (and never-before-used hops).” A new, yet to be named Winter Seasonal will also turn up in November.
The All Access Series returns in 2019 with the following lineup of limited release brews: Kelis Milkshake IPA (January), New England IPA (April), Deep Fuzz Double IPA (July), and Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout (October). All Access brews will have availability on draft and in 16 oz. cans in 2019.
The “Hopped As Hell” Variety 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles will surface in August to supply hopheads with the following four lupulin-laced brews: Shade, a hopped ale with the shadow of a Belgian Wit; Swim, a hazy, juicy wave of refreshment; AC, a breeze of an Amarillo Citra IPA; and Mountain Air, a West-Coast style, pinnacle of an imperial IPA.
To make room for the upcoming additions to the Starr Hill lineup, two year-round brands will be phased out in January 2019: Double Platinum Imperial IPA and Jomo Vienna Lager. These beers, beloved as they are by retail visitors, will still appear on rotation at Starr Hill’s Crozet and Roanoke tap rooms.
Okey dokey . . . that should wrap up everything that we wanted to cover, but there are still plenty of juicy little tidbits for you to find on the calendar below. Give it a good look and get ready to celebrate two decades craft brewing with Starr Hill Brewery in 2019. Prost!
Never one to shy away from beer calendar season,Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has stepped forward this week to reveal a 2019 Release Calendar that boasts seven new beers along with updated packaging and formats.
Just as we typically do with all beer calendar-related posts, we have posted Great Divide Brewing Company’s full 2019 Release Calendar below for you to look over at your leisure. With that said, we would be remiss if we did not quickly mention a few of the calendar’s highlights. Let’s go ahead and get those out of the way:
Great Divide’s beloved Yeti Series will introduce two new variants in 2019: Chocolate Cherry Yeti (February) and S’more Yeti (October).
A limited release, one-off Anniversary Ale will surface in May 2019 to commemorate 25 years of brewing excellence at Great Divide.
A yet to be named, limited release Juicy Double IPA is scheduled to debut in October.
The Wood Werks Barrel Series will return in 2019 with the following releases: Saison in Red Wine Barrels (February), Belgian Dark Sour (May), and Old Fashioned (August).
In an effort to “move away from plastic rings”, the brewery’s Year-Round and Seasonal lineup will transition to 6-pack cardboard cartons.
Other format changes will include Strawberry Rhubarb Sour transitioning from 22 oz. bottles to 6-packs of 12 oz. cans in May and Hazy IPA will mark the debut of 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.
That’s all we have for you this time around, but there is still a good amount of info just waiting for you on the calendar below. Be sure to give it a gander that way you are fully prepared for everything Great Divide Brewing Company has in store for you in 2019. Prost!
Highland Brewing Company (Asheville, North Carolina) has announced that Starchaser White will officially join its Year-Round portfolio on Friday, December 21.
Introduced earlier this year as a Seasonal offering that received much acclaim, Starchaser White is back to provide craft beer fans with the same “Belgian-inspired white ale . . . brewed with coriander, candied ginger, and grapefruit peel” on a Year-Round basis. In an effort to keep things as local as possible, Highland Brewing is taking great care to source the ingredients for Starchaser from two other Asheville companies:
The wheat and rye used in the brewing of this beer will be sourced from Riverbend Malt House, a malt roaster located in Asheville that sources all their grain from local farmers.
The coriander for Starchaser will be acquired through Spicewalla, an Asheville-based spice wholesaler founded by James Beard-nominated chef Meherwan Irani.
Built for ultimate refreshment, Starchaser White comes in at an easy-drinking 4.8% ABV and 22 IBUs.
Highland Brewing will welcome back Starchaser White with a release party on December 21 and plans to send it out to distribution at or around that date. You can expect to find this Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Highland Brewing’s distribution footprint in the Southeast. Prost!
Vital Information for Starchaser White from Highland Brewing Company
Release – Year-Round; December 21, 2018 Style – Witbier ABV – 4.8% IBUs – 22 Malts – 2-Row, Riverbend Flaked Wheat, Riverbend Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats & Riverbend Flaked Rye Hops – Perle, Saphir & Hallertau Blanc Added Ingredients – Grapefruit peel, candied ginger, & Spicewalla Brand coriander Fun Fact #1 – Starchaser White was originally released in the summer of 2018 under the name “Stargazer White”. Fun Fact #2 – On the decision to make Starchaser White a Year-Round offering: “Named the fourth best American wheat ale by Vine Pair Inc. in August 2018, and wildly popular in the Highland Tasting Room, the resounding acclaim for this beer made it an easy decision to upgrade the brew to be included in Highland’s year-round portfolio.” Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://highlandbrewing.com/beer (located at the bottom of the page)
Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has provided craft beer fans a look at the year ahead with the release of the brewery’s 2019 Product Portfolio.
Just as we do with all posts concerning release calendars, we have listed the entire Heavy Seas 2019 Product Portfolio below for you to peruse at your own pace. With that said, there are few juicy details that we need to go over first. We promise to be brief, so let’s go ahead and knock it out:
Heavy Seas will introduce three new Limited Release offerings in 2019: Citra Cannon IPA (February), Sun Burst Sour Ale (July), and Night Swell Dark IPA (October).
The brewery’s “Uncharted Waters” Series will get a new addition with the June release of Red Flag Barrel-aged Sour Ale.
Heavy Seas will continue its tradition of releasing an Anniversary Ale at end of each year with the release of “24” in 2019. “24” will be available on draft and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. The style of “24” Anniversary Ale will be determined later in the year.
The Heavy Seas small-batch beer program will continue to provide 16 oz. can releases along with draft availability in 2019. These limited release beers will continue to be available throughout the year exclusively in the Heavy Seas Taproom at the brewery in Baltimore, Maryland. Each beer style will not be announced until closer to its release date.
Alright . . . that’s everything that we wanted to gloss over, but there is still plenty to discover in portfolio below. Give it a good look and start getting excited about all the new Heavy Seas brews headed your way in 2019. Prost!
2019 Product Portfolio for Heavy Seas Beer
Loose Cannon IPA
TropiCannon Citrus IPA
Double Cannon Double IPA
AmeriCannon Double Dry-Hopped American Pale Ale
Peg Leg Imperial Stout
Gold Ale – draft only
Powder Monkey Pale Ale (draft only)
Cutlass Vienna-Style Lager (draft only)
February | Citra Cannon IPA
April | Smooth Sail Wheat Ale
April | Smooth Sail Mixed Berry (draft only)
July | Sun Burst Sour Ale
October | Night Swell Dark IPA
December | 24 Anniversary (Style TBD)
“Uncharted Waters” Series
February | Blackbeard’s Breakfast Imperial Coffee Porter Aged in Bourbon Barrels
February | Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast (draft only)
June | Red Flag Barrel-aged Sour Ale
September | Great’er Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels
September | Great’er Pumpkin Latte (draft only)
November | Siren Noire Imperial Chocolate Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels
November | Coconut Siren Noire (draft only)
Cannon Crew Bottle Sampler
Cannon Crew Can Sampler
Samplers (Limited Release)
April | Summer of the Pirate Can Sampler: Smooth Sail, TropiCannon, Loose Cannon
August | Drink Like a Pirate Can Sampler: Sun Burst, TropiCannon, Loose Cannon
J. Wakefield Brewing (Miami, Florida) has officially announced that it will release The Adjunctron Project, the brewery’s “first-ever adjunct set”, at some point during the week of December 10, 2018. **UPDATE** J.Wakefield announced today that it will release The Adjunctron Project in its tap room on Thursday, December 13 between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. **UPDATE**
Consisting of six parts when intact, The Adjunctron Project consists of a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout that is released alongside five different adjunct-laced variants of itself: Coffee, Vanilla, Coconut, Cocoa Nibs and Cinnamon. Each offering in The Adjunctron Project weighs in at a formidable 14% ABV.
“We’ve never released a set like this. The different versions really give the drinker a sense of how the right adjuncts can enhance the flavor profile of an individual beer. We think it makes a great holiday gift for craft beer lovers. It’s certainly something we’d love to receive,” explained Maria Cabre, head brewer and director of brewery operations.
The Adjunctron Project will be “available via flash release, sometime this week.” **UPDATE** The flash release for The Adjunctron Project will take place in J. Wakefield’s tap room on Thursday, December 13 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. **UPDATE** The set of six 500ml bottles will be available for $150 each and there will be a limit of one set per person. If you wish to get your hands on The Adjunctron Project, the folks at J. Wakefield Brewing recommend that you follow their Instagram account closely for the official release announcement. Prost!
North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has officially announced the nationwide Limited Release of two barrel-aged fan favorites, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI and Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve.
An elevated take on a legendary Year-Round offering from North Coast Brewing Co., Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI began life asOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout and was then aged in bourbon barrels so that it could pick up the “complex and deep flavor that is celebrated by fans and critics alike.” Known for its “notable mix of rich flavors and warming finish”, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI is at its best when shared and sipped.
Releasing alongside Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI, the latest batch of Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve is Old Stock Ale – a beer “known for its high gravity and generous hopping rate, which makes it a perfect brew for an aged release” – that has been carefully aged in rye whiskey and wheat whiskey barrels. This treatment yields a sensory experience featuring “layers of intense flavor unique to this take on the Old Stock Ale.”
“We’re thrilled with this year’s Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin and Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve releases,” said North Coast Brewing Company Brewmaster, Patrick Broderick. “Both releases are an amplified take on two of our classic beers. The richness of these aged brews will make them your go-to choices during the holiday season, and beyond.”
Arriving just in time for the holidays, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin XXI and Old Stock Ale Cellar Reserve are hitting shelves now and will stick around as long as supplies last. You can expect to find both these Limited Release offerings available in 500ml bottles at select craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!