Hi-Wire Brewing Continues Smoothie Sour Series with Release of Chocolate Raspberry

Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Chocolate Raspberry Sour Smoothie on Friday, January 22.

Dropping as the seventh release in Hi-Wire Brewing’s Sour Smoothie Series, Chocolate Raspberry Sour Smoothie is an “ultra-fruited” Sour Ale that “combines a hefty amount of fresh raspberries with a decadent dose of cacao nibs.” Coming in at 5.5% ABV, Chocolate Raspberry Sour Smoothie “delivers on bold chocolate-covered raspberry flavors with a smooth and creamy finish.”

Chocolate Raspberry Sour Smoothie will hit Hi-Wire’s Asheville taprooms and online beer shop on January 22, and full distribution will follow shortly after that date. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia and Indiana. Prost!

Vital Information for Chocolate Raspberry Sour Smoothie from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Limited/Sour Smoothie Series; January 22, 2021
Style – Smoothie-style Sour
ABV – 5.5%
Featured Ingredients – Raspberries & cacao nibs
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia & Indiana

Stone Brewing Goes Year-Round with Neverending Haze IPA

Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that Stone Neverending Haze IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in January 2021.

Originally released in early 2020 as a part of the Stone Pilot Series, Stone Neverending Haze IPA is sessionable Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that “lets off dank aromas of orange peel along with floral notes.” The aromatics carry over onto the palate with “citrus flavors of orange and lime [that] are intense up front, followed by oats, pineapple, star fruit and sweet strawberry preserves.” Coming in at just 4% ABV, Stone Neverending Haze IPA has a dry finish “with the slightest bitterness and just the right tangy tartness to refresh and implore another sip.”

“We’re always experimenting with different yeast strains. The one used in this beer produces intense orange citrus notes that complement the intense fruit aromas and flavors of Mosaic and Citra hops. This combination really stands out, and thankfully, at 4%, we can go back for more!”  

– Steve Gonzalez, Senior Manager of Small Batch Brewing & Innovation at Stone Brewing

Stone Neverending Haze IPA is available now as Stone’s first Year-Round beer packaged in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. You can expect to find this new Year-Round – additionally available on draft – at 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 Stone Neverending Haze IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching January 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale | Session IPA
ABV – 4%
IBUs – 35
Featured Hops – Mosaic & Citra
Fun Fact – “Stone Neverending Haze IPA is the second success of Stone’s 2020 Pilot Series Program to earn its year-round keep. The Stone Pilot Series features unique and high-potential innovations as special releases for consideration in the core lineup. Stone Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager was the first to graduate from the 2020 Stone Pilot Series program.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Boulevard Brewing Co. Brings Chocolate Ale Back in Time for Valentine’s Day

Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Chocolate Ale (2021), a special collaboration project with Christopher Elbow Chocolates, in late January 2021.

Developed nearly ten years ago to serve as the “perfect Valentine’s Day gift” for beer lovers, Chocolate Ale (2021) is an American Strong Ale featuring Valrhona [chocolate] from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, . . . in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans, . . . incorporated into the brewing process itself.” Weighing in at 8.7% ABV, Chocolate Ale “[harmonizes] the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other.”

We wanted to update the artwork and make it a little more special as this beer is a limited release that leads up to Valentine’s Day, often being a beer used to celebrate the occasion. The previous design heavily played into the unwrapping of a chocolate bar, so I tried to keep that general vibe while making the design more sophisticated and fancy, especially since this is a collaboration with Christopher Elbow and they are known for delicious and beautifully crafted chocolate offerings.

The gold pattern in the background of the diamond label is a direct nod to the designs that decorate some of the gorgeous chocolates made by the Elbow team. The update to the typography is meant to reinforce the smoothness and chocolate aspects of the beer while elevating the brand and allowing this to be a special gift item.”

– Eric McLaughlin, Graphic Designer at Boulevard Brewing Co.

Chocolate Ale (2021) released in Kansas City on January 18 and will enter wider 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 throughout Boulevard’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Chocolate Ale (2021) from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Smokestack Series; January 18, 2021
Style – American Strong Ale
ABV – 8.7%
IBUs – 11
Malts – Pale & Cara Wheat
Hops – Columbus & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Valrhona cacao nibs & vanilla
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/finder/

DuClaw Brewing Co. Continues Hopped Sour Series with Release of Hoppy Together

DuClaw Brewing Co. (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Hoppy Together in late January 2021.

Dropping as the latest release in DuClaw’s Hopped Sour Series, Hoppy Together is a Sour Ale that features a “zesty blend” of Mosaic, Azacca and Simcoe hops. Coming in at 7.1% ABV, Hoppy Together is “refreshing and light” while boasting “an aroma of citrus, pine, pear and passion fruit.”

Hoppy Together is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of DuClaw’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Hoppy Together from DuClaw Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; late January 2021
Style – Sour Ale
ABV – 7.1%
IBUs – 12
Hops – Mosaic, Azacca & Simcoe
Malts – Pilsner, Unmalted Wheat & Flaked Oats
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://duclaw.com/beer-finder/

Abita Brewing Company Breaks Out the PB & Jams for a Limited Time

Abita Brewing Company (Covington, Louisiana) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of PB & Jams Lager in mid-January 2021.

Crafted with the intention to “immediately take you back to your favorite childhood snack – the peanut butter & jelly sandwich,” PB & Jams is a Lager filled with “aromas and flavors of strawberry and peanut butter.” Coming in at 8% ABV, PB & Jams has “flavors [that] meld perfectly resulting in a medium bodied brew with a subtle sweetness.”

PB & Jams is rolling out now but will only be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and throughout the rest of Abita’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for PB & Jams from Abita Brewing Company

Release – Limited; mid-January 2021
Style – Lager
ABV – 8%
Malts – Pilsner & Wheat
Hops – German Perle & Tradition
Recommended Glassware – Flute, goblet, snifter or pint
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://abita.com/find-abita

Bell’s Brewery Adds ‘No, Yeah’ to Year-Round Lineup

Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that No, Yeah, an easy-drinking Golden Ale, will hit the Midwest as a new Year-Round on January 18, 2021.

An homage to “Midwest politeness and . . . [colloquial] phrases like ‘ope’, ”scuse me’ and ‘let me sneak past ya’, No, Yeah is a “balanced, not overly bitter” Golden Ale meant to be a “lighter craft beer option [that] is crisp and dry with a slightly sweet flavor profile.” Coming in at 4.5% ABV, No, Yeah “will resonate with fans of lagers and those just looking for a really nice beer.”

“We saw an opportunity with our core offerings, part of a growing market, but also a niche that’s near and dear to us as proud Midwesterners. This beer will appeal to those who are looking for another alternative to higher ABV beers, something that is crisp and refreshing and not too hoppy.”
– Larry Bell, President & Founder of Bell’s Brewery

No, Yeah is scheduled to enter distribution during the week of January 18. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Minnesota only. Prost!

Vital Information for No, Yeah from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Year-Round; launching January 18, 2021
Style – American Golden Ale
ABV – 4.5%
Recommended Glassware – Nonic or shaker pint
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Only available in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Minnesota
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Flying Dog Kicks Off the New Year With Two New Seasonals

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Releases of Cream Team and In God We Crush, two fan favorites previously released as a part of the brewery’s Brewhouse Rarity Series, in early January 2021.

Brewed to be a liquid “ode to that last swig of milk after you’ve dunked cookies in it,” Cream Team – formerly known as Cookies and Cream – is a Milk Stout brewed with “Northern Brewer hops, . . . real chocolate and additional lactose [to give it] a smooth and velvety finish.” Coming in at 9.5% ABV, Cream Team is “bursting with delicious cookies and cream ice cream flavors.”

Inspired by and originally named after “Maryland Shore’s most beloved beach cocktail” – the Orange Crush, In God We Crush is a Blonde Ale featuring “four different citrus products and three different citrus varieties, all [incorporated] at different points in the process, giving In God We Crush a nice, rounded citrus profile.” Clocking in at 6% ABV, In God We Crush “hits you with a wave of bright orange, then carries you off to sea with a citrusy, sweet finish.”

“Crafting unique, well-balanced beers like In God We Crush and Cream Team is a testament to the badass group of brewers we have here at Flying Dog,” said Ben Clark, Brewmaster at Flying Dog Brewery. “This group of experts works tirelessly to find the right balance of special ingredients to produce interesting, extremely drinkable and innovative flavors you won’t find anywhere else.”

Cream Team and In God We Crush are both rolling out now and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find these two Seasonal offerings available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Cream Team from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal; early January 2021
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 9.5%
IBUs – 20
Malts – Oats, Chocolate & Roasted Barley
Added Ingredients – Lactose & chocolate
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Vital Information for In God We Crush from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal; early January 2021
Style – Blonde Ale
ABV – 6%
Featured Ingredients – Blood orange peel & tangerine
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

AleSmith Brewing Releases Speedway Stout Variant Nationwide for First Time

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla in early January 2021.

Dropping as the first of four variants of AleSmith’s iconic Speedway Stout to be released nationwide in 2021, Speedway Stout Special Variant #1: Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla (12% ABV) is “a signature edition of [Speedway Stout] infused with tons of Madagascar vanilla and a bold espresso blend, bestowing intense notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and dark fruit.” This release of Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla marks “the first time the brewery distributes their canned Speedway variants on a national scale.”

Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla is rolling out now and will be available through February 2021 (as long as supplies last). You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly establishments located in North Carolina, California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Speedway Stout Special Variant Series; January – February 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Espresso coffee & Madagascar vanilla
Fun Fact – “For those unfamiliar with AleSmith’s original Speedway Stout, it is best characterized by dominant chocolate and roasted malts supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee and caramel. A healthy dose of locally roasted coffee added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink, yielding the perfect canvas for Head Brewer Ryan Crisp and his team of creatives to produce unique blends and variants that exemplify what makes their imperial stout so beloved, while incorporating complexities that rev up the tasting experience.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans

Cascade Brewing & Portland Bitters Project Collaborate on Contemporary Fashion

Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Contemporary Fashion, a cocktail-inspired collaboration with Portland Bitters Project (Portland, Oregon), in early January 2021.

Carefully crafted to be a “tribute to the Old Fashioned cocktail,” Contemporary Fashion is “Sour Quad Ale aged in Bourbon barrels for up to two years with orange peel, then infused with aromatic bitters made by Portland Bitters Project.” Coming in at 12.2% ABV, Contemporary Fashion “captures notes of bourbon and fresh orange peel with a complex botanical bouquet and a soft malt sweetness.”

Contemporary Fashion debuted at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on January 8 and entered distribution on Monday, January 11. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 250ml slim cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Contemporary Fashion from Cascade Brewing & Portland Bitters Project

Release – Limited; January 8, 2021
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 12.2%
Treatment – Sour Quad aged in Bourbon barrels for up to two years with orange peel, then infused with aromatic bitters from Portland Bitters Project
Availability – 4-packs of 250ml cans & draft

Wild Leap Rolls into 2021 with Limited Release of Rollin’ Deeper Cinnamon Roll Stout

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Rollin’ Deeper Cinnamon Roll Stout in early January 2021.

A bigger, reinvented take on Wild Leap’s original Cinnamon Roll Stout – Rollin’ Deep, Rollin’ Deeper is a “sweet and sticky [Imperial Stout] made with rich vanilla, chocolate malts and cinnamon for a sweet and creamy flavor.” Weighing in at a comforting 12.5% ABV, Rollin’ Deeper has “that fresh-from-a-food-court, piping hot, sticky bun flavor.”

“Rollin’ Deeper took our original Cinnamon Roll Stout, Rollin’ Deep, and made it bigger and better!” says Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliot. “Rollin’ Deeper has a higher ABV, with more cinnamon and vanilla bean—it’s smoother and tastier than ever!”

Rollin’ Deeper debuted on January 11 and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia and Alabama. Prost!

Vital Information for Rollin’ Deeper from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; January 11, 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.5%
IBUs – 30
Featured Ingredients – Vanilla, chocolate malts & cinnamon
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/