Highland Brewing Celebrates Harvest Season with Release of Rustic Ridge IPA

Highland Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Rustic Ridge IPA in September 2021.

Brewed each year as a part of an “ever-evolving IPA” series, Rustic Ridge IPA is an American India Pale Ale “[that] highlights the best of [Highland’s] annual hop selection.” This year’s Rustic Ridge IPA comes in at 6.7% ABV and 65 IBUs.

Rustic Ridge IPA is rolling out now and will hang around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottes, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in North Carolina and throughout the rest of Highland’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Rustic Ridge IPA from Highland Brewing

Release – Seasonal; September 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale/Harvest Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 65
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft

Epic Brewing Unleashes It’s Got Citra IPA

Epic Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of It’s Got Citra IPA in mid-September 2021.

Specifically crafted to “convert average beer drinkers into IPA-seeking hop heads,” It’s Got Citra is an American India Pale Ale that had Epic’s brewers “[dumping a] behemoth load of Citra [hops] into the kettle, [sprinkling] a little CTZ hops on top, [dumping] another behemoth load of Citra, and then [repeating].” Coming in at 8% ABV, It’s Got Citra’s “unbelievable amount of hops . . . works beautifully with the brewers malt, white wheat, malted oats, and honey malt that make up the backbone of this beer.”

It’s Got Citra is rolling out now and will hang around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Utah and throughout the rest of Epic Brewing’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for It’s Got Citra IPA from Epic Brewing Company

Release – Limited; mid-September 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Citra
Availability – 16 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.epicbrewing.com/beer-finder

New Belgium Looks Forward with Release of Voodoo Ranger Future Hop IPA

New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Voodoo Ranger Future Hop IPA in September 2021.

The newest release in New Belgium’s rotating series of Voodoo Ranger IPAs, Voodoo Ranger Future Hop IPA is an American India Pale Ale that features a “bionic blend of Lotus and Strata hops.” Coming in at 8% ABV, Voodoo Ranger Future Hop IPA boasts “tropical notes that will teleport your taste buds to the next dimension.”

Voodoo Ranger Future Hop IPA is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger Future Hop IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series; September 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 40
Malts – Pale, Oats, Pilsner & Wheat
Hops – Strata, Lotus & Nelson Sauvin
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

Boulevard Brewing Brings that Magic Drip to its Limited Release Lineup

Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Magic Drip: Barrel-Aged Wheated Imperial Stout with Colombian Coffee in mid-September 2021.

Crafted to embody the “fantastical marriage of magic and science.” Magic Drip is a “wheated” Imperial Stout “featuring pale, dark, and crystal malts, plus Magnum hops and Colombian Dark Roast Whole Bean Coffee from . . . Messenger Coffee.” The beer then went on to be “aged from 8-18 months in various Bourbon Casks, each barrel bringing its own personality of vanilla, oak and char.” Coming in at 13.5% ABV, the “fusion of the sweet and boozy Imperial Stout base alongside [the] rich coffee and boozy bourbon casks” used to create Magic Drip “makes for a balanced beer of rich chocolate and coffee, vanilla, whiskey, and toasted oak.”

Magic Drip is scheduled to hit the Kansas City area on September 13 and will see expanded distribution shortly after that date. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within Boulevard’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Magic Drip: Barrel-Aged Wheated Imperial Stout with Colombian Coffee from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; September 13, 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 13.5%
IBUs – 23
Malts – Pale, Dark, Crystal & Oats
Hops – Magnum
Added Ingredients – Colombian Dark Roast from Messenger Coffee
Suggested Pairings – Old-fashioned doughnut, raspberry cream cheese puff pastry or Stilton cheese
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/finder/

Portland Cider Co. Welcomes Fall with Return of Pumpkin Spice Cider

Portland Cider Company (Clackamas, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its beloved Pumpkin Spice Cider in late August 2021.

Freshly adorned with a “silver medal in the 2021 New York International Cider Competition,” Pumpkin Spice Cider is a Hard Apple Cider that “contains crisp Northwest apples paired with warm autumn spices like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and allspice.” Coming in at 6% ABV, Pumpkin Spice Cider is a “semi-dry cider . . . [that incorporates] all the best flavors of the season.”

“We think these Pumpkin Spice six-packs will be perfect for sharing at fall holiday celebrations with family and friends,” said Lynda Parrish, co-owner at Portland Cider Co. “This is a cider that sets a cozy autumnal mood, whether enjoyed with a hearty feast, around a backyard fire pit, or indoors on a chilly evening with your favorite blanket and a book.”

Pumpkin Spice Cider is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through October 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 19.2 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located within Portland Cider Company’s distribution footprint in Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho, and Northern California. Prost!

Vital Information for Pumpkin Spice Cider from Portland Cider Company

Release – Seasonal; late August – October 2021
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 6%
Featured Ingredients – Northwest apples, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger & allspice
Suggested Pairings – “Pork chops, roasted sweet potatoes, and cinnamon sugar donuts”
Availability – 19.2 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Distribution – Oregon, Washington, Northern Idaho & Northern California
Cider Finder – https://www.portlandcider.com/cider-finder

Founders Brewing Co. Will Kick Off 2022 with Return of Frootwood

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently took to its Cadre Newsletter to announced that it will launch its 2022 Barrel-Aged Series with the return of Frootwood in January.

Back by popular demand after a successful introduction back in 2017, Frootwood is a cherry-filled Fruit Beer that was then “hid . . . away in oak maple syrup bourbon barrels . . . [to emerge] blanketed in notes of warm vanilla and cherry sweetness.” Coming in at 8% ABV, Frootwood allows the “wood . . . [to be] the star of this beer, adding depth and taming the tartness while the maple character from the barrel imposes a velvety texture that lingers for not a moment too long.”

Frootwood is scheduled to return in January 2022 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Frootwood from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; January 2022
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 8%
Added Ingredients – Cherries
Treatment – Aged in oak maple syrup bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Bell’s Brewery Introduces Rind Over Matter

Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Rind Over Matter will join the brewery’s Wheat Series in August 2021.

Developed to help us all cope a little better with the end of Oberon Season, Rind Over Matter is an American Wheat Ale infused with a “dash of real lemon and orange zest.” Coming in at 5% ABV, this “bright and refreshing” Wheat proves that it is “more than the sum of its parts, it’s Rind Over Matter.”

Rind Over Matter is hitting shelves now and is scheduled to hang around through October 2021. You can expect to find this new Seasonal available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Rind Over Matter from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Seasonal/Wheat Series; August – October 2021
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 20
Featured Ingredients – Real lemon & orange zest
Recommended Glassware – Nonic
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finde
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Saint Arnold Adds Harmony Hazy Pale Ale to Year-Round Portfolio

Saint Arnold Brewing Company (Houston, Texas) has officially announced that Harmony Hazy Pale Ale will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup on Monday, August 23.

Crafted to embody the very definition of harmony – “the quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole,” Harmony is a Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale featuring “candied orange and pineapple aromas [leading] to cantaloupe and honeydew melon flavors.” Coming in at 6% ABV and 30 IBUs, the easy-drinking Harmony “showcases hops, malt, and yeast in harmony” thanks to being “balanced by a soft mouthfeel and light body.”

Harmony will debut in the Houston area on August 23 and will see expanded distribution later in the month. You can expect to find this new Year-Round available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Saint Arnold’s distribution footprint in Texas. Prost!

Vital Information for Harmony Hazy Pale Ale from Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching August 23, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 30
Hops – Citra & Mosaic
Malts – 2-row, Flaked Oats, Flaked Wheat & Carafoam
Yeast – London III
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Texas

AleSmith Brewing Releases Third Variant of the Year of Speedway Stout

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee in mid-August 2021.

Arriving as 2021’s third variant of AleSmith’s legendary Speedway Stout, Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee is an Imperial Stout that has been dosed – just as its name suggests – with a tempting mix of Mexican dark chocolate, sea salt and Mexican coffee. Coming in at 12% ABV, Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee boasts a “decadent, roasty and chocolatey flavor profile.”

“For this special edition of our signature imperial stout, we were inspired to feature ingredients from our neighbors to the south,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations. “We used a trio of Mexican dark chocolate, sea salt and Mexican coffee to give the beer notes of cacao and dark fruit, plus a subtle touch of cinnamon and roasty earthiness.”

Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee is rolling out now and scheduled to hang around through September 2021. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Speedway Stout Series; August – September 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Mexican dark chocolate, sea salt & Mexican coffee
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer
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Duke’s Mayo & Champion Brewing Collaborate on Family Recipe Vienna Lager

Champion Brewing Company (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Family Recipe, a special collaboration project with the icon that is Duke’s Mayonnaise, on August 20, 2021.

Named to honor “Duke’s mayo founder Eugenia Duke’s legendary recipe,” Family Recipe is a Vienna-style Lager “made with Vienna malt, Magnum, and Saaz hops.” Coming in at 5.1% ABV, Family Recipe was developed specifically to be “the perfect lager to pair with the south’s favorite sandwich – a mouthwatering, Duke’s-slathered BLT.”

“The spirit of this collaboration truly encapsulates the Duke’s brand – it’s bold, southern, and a little saucy,” said Duke’s Brand Marketing Manager of Mayohem, Rebecca Lupesco. “Champion has perfected the art of beer and food pairings with Family Recipe – sun-ripened, juicy tomatoes, crispy bacon, lots of Duke’s mayo, and a refreshing sipping beer is basically what summertime is made for.”

Champion owner Hunter Smith said, “I am inspired by the legacy and loyalty commanded by the Duke’s brand, plus it’s the only mayo that is used in our restaurants, so it only made sense to collaborate. We think we’ve created a beverage that celebrates the southern heritage of our respective products.”

Family Recipe will debut in Champion’s Tap Room on Friday, August 20 and will enter distribution shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Champion’s distribution footprint in Virginia and North Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for Family Recipe from Champion Brewing Company & Duke’s Mayonnaise

Release – Limited; August 20, 2021
Style – Vienna Lager
ABV – 5.1%
IBUs – 27
Malt – Vienna
Hops – Magnum & Saaz
Fun Fact – “The name, Family Recipe, is a nod to Duke’s mayo founder Eugenia Duke’s legendary recipe, which she developed in 1917 in Greenville, S.C. Every jar of Duke’s Real Mayonnaise is still made today with Duke’s original family recipe.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Virginia & North Carolina