Germany’s Pfungstädter Privatbrauerei Launches Weizen Radler in the U.S.

Dose-Weizen-Radler-500mlArtisanal Imports (Austin, Texas) recently announced that Weizen Radler from Pfungstädter Privatbrauerei (Pfungstadt, Germany) is now being canned and is available in the U.S. for the first time.

Thanks to the growing popularity of the style in the U.S., refreshing Radlers have started taking up a lot of real estate on craft and import beer shelves these days.  Weizen Radler proudly stands out from the crowd by being “a thirst-quenching blend of all-natural lemonade and Pfungstädter’s famous unfiltered Weizen.”  The Weizen portion of this blend is brewed with “top-fermenting house yeast, Hallertauer Herkules and Spalter Select hops, two-row malt blend, local malted wheat and low-sodium water from the private Pfungstädter fountain which lies within a protected nature park in the region.”  Once completed, this Weizen is then mixed 50:50 with real lemonade to result in a 2.7% ABV Radler that is a “perfectly light yet flavorful and exceedingly drinkable beverage, not too sweet and ultra-crisp – perfect for any occasion.”

“There are a lot of radlers out there,” says Lanny Hoff, SVP-Brands Manager for Artisanal Imports, “but we feel Pfungstädter’s has a place due to the excellent quality of the beer as well as the lemonade. It’s a real lemonade, not a flavoring or essence, but lemon juice. This gives it a refreshing, not-too-sweet character which really sets it apart from the competition.”

Weizen Radler is available now in the U.S. in 500ml cans and on draft.  Look for this one at fine beer establishments located in Florida and all other states that normally see products handled by Artisanal Imports.  Prost!

Vital Information for Weizen Radler from Pfungstädter Privatbrauerei

Release – Year-Round, launching June 2017
ABV – 2.7%
IBUs – 5
Blend – 50:50 Pfungstädter Weizen to lemonade
Hops – Hallertauer Herkules & Spalter Select
Malts – Two-row malt blend & Malted Wheat from Hesse, Germany
Yeast – Top-fermenting Pfungstädter yeast
Availability – 500ml cans & draft
Distribution – FL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, IL, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, WA, WV and WI
Suggested Food Pairings – Tapas, seafood, asparagus

Fun Fact – “Radler (German for “cyclist”) has a long history in Germany with cyclists demanding a refreshing, less-alcoholic post-ride beverage. It typically consists of a 50:50 mixture of beer and sparkling lemonade. Legend has it that a German innkeeper who couldn’t keep up with demand blended his remaining beer with a fresh citrus lemonade. The regulars were impressed and refreshed, and the Radler style was born!”

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Bell’s Brewery to Introduce Arabicadabra as New Specialty Release

Arabica_WebAssetBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout will arrive in the fall as a surprise addition to the brewery’s calendar of Specialty releases in 2017.

To add a bit of wonder and amazement to their release calendar at mid-year, Bell’s Brewery has seemingly come out of nowhere with the announcement that Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout will be joining the brewery’s Specialty Series in October.  Brewed with lactose to create a creamy texture, the brewers then infuse this new Milk Stout “with 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted by Ferris Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan.”  To ensure that Arabicadabra has an incredibly pronounced coffee presence, the brewers at Bell’s go one step further by creating “a cold coffee extract made at the brewery using a combination of fair trade, organic Nicaraguan coffee beans and Sumatra coffee beans.”  Thanks to a little sleight of hand, the 5.5% ABV Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout will officially stand in for Bell’s Java Stout in 2017.

“When we announced this year’s release calendar late last year, we knew there were a few more surprises to come. This is one of them,” said Bell’s CEO, Laura Bell.

 

“It’s really fun to see new favorites move to a wider audience. This is another example of how we continue to explore new ingredients and flavors. The spirit of innovation that set us on this path is still a huge part of who we are and we will continue to look for ways to showcase that innovation across our distribution area,” Bell said.

Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout is scheduled to debut in October with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  Once released, you can expect to track this new Specialty brew down at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution footprint.  More details concerning Arabicadabra are expected to surface in the near future, so stay tuned and we will hit you with that information just as soon as we have it.  Prost!

Vital Information for Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty Series, October 2017
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 5.5%
Added Ingredients – Lactose & 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted by Ferris Coffee
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

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Smuttynose Brewing Adds Pinniped Special to Year-Round Lineup

Bottle-Images-PinnipedSmuttynose Brewing Company (Hampton, New Hampshire) recently introduced Pinniped Special Vienna-style Lager as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

To create an authentic version of the style created by Brewmaster Anton Dreher in 1841, the brewers at Smuttynose Brewing Company have developed Pinniped Special Vienna-style Lager by “using a combination of German and American ingredients to create a smooth complex malt flavor with notes of caramel and toasted bread.”  Balance is then achieved with a “clean hop flavour and bitterness” sourced from Sterling and Saphir hops.  For added authenticity, Pinniped Special is brewed in Smuttynose’s “German Steinecker brew house using a traditional decoction method.”  All of this attention to detail results in 5.2% ABV Vienna-style Lager that is true to style and “the perfect beer to enjoy at the beach during the summer or around the fire in winter.”

“We’ve always been big fans of the Vienna-style lagers, so we’re really excited that we have the opportunity to offer this year-round” said Peter Egelston, founder and president of Smuttynose Brewing Company. “We used a lot of classic Austrian ingredients and brewing techniques to make it as authentic and true to the style as possible, and we think Vienna would be proud.”

Pinniped Special Vienna-style Lager is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  This new Year-Round brew can be found at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New Hampshire and throughout the rest of Smuttynose’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pinniped Special Vienna-style Lager from Smuttynose Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching June 2017
Style – Vienna-style Lager
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 25
Malts – 2-Row North American, German Vienna, German Caramel, German Melanoidin, German Acidulated & German High Colour malt
Hops – Sterling & Saphir
Yeast – Old Bavarian Lager
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://smuttynose.com/beer-finder
Fun Fact – “You’re probably wondering what, exactly, a pinniped is at this point. So let’s educate! Pinnipeds are part of the pinnipedia family, or according to our friends at dictionary.com, a sea mammal with “all four limbs adapted into flippers for aquatic life, including seals and walruses.” So that cute, cuddly seal in our logo? Pinniped. So the next time someone says beer can’t teach you anything, drop a pinniped knowledge bomb. Seems like that victory sip of your Pinniped Special will never be sweeter.”

Concrete Beach Brewery Releases Havana Lager in Cans

ConcreteBeachHavanapourConcrete Beach Brewery (Miami, Florida) recently announced that it has expanded its portfolio of packaged beers by now offering Havana Lager year-round in 12 oz. cans.

Released as Concrete Beach Brewery’s newest Year-Round offering, Havana Lager is a celebration of “both Miami’s prevalent and colorful Cuban culture and the rich brewing history of Vienna style lagers in Cuba.”  Sunburst orange in color, this “suave”, 5.2% ABV Lager has “toasted malt characters [that] envelop the palate and give the beer a slight malty sweetness that finishes crisp and clean.”

“Havana Lager is going to be a great year-round beer for South Florida,” said Marco Reyna, head brewer for Concrete Beach. “Not only does it fit our fans’ desires for an easy drinking lager, it’s also a nod to the German brewers that settled in Cuba and other Latin and South American countries and brought their brewing traditions that still influence the drinking culture today.”

Havana Lager is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round brew available at craft beer establishments located in Concrete Beach Brewery’s distribution area in Southern Florida.  Prost!

Vital Information for Havana Lager from Concrete Beach Brewery 

Release – Year-Round, cans launch June 2017
Style – Vienna-style Lager
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 20
Malts – 2-Row, Vienna, Melanoidin & Chocolate
Hops – Cascade & Hallertau
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://concretebeachbrewery.com/beers/find/

LOKO Cuisine Goes IchiLoko with Eggs & Kegs

LOKOlargeOn Sunday, July 16 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will join forces in the Fermentorium at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) to bring the foodie and craft beer communities a very special edition of Eggs & Kegs, IchiLoko.

For July’s installment of Eggs & Kegs, John LoScalzo of LOKO Cuisine is teaming up with Ichicoro Ramen to develop IchiLoko, a Japanese-inspired 4-course brunch that attendees will enjoy over “a multimedia backdrop of Japanese hip-hop and anime.”  The planned dishes for IchiLoko are as follow:

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For the beer side of the event, Cigar City Brewing will be pouring Yuzu Margarita Gose and Lemongrass Rose Saison to act as the perfect pairings to the dishes above.  All attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value in the Fermentorium or main tasting room bar.”  If you would like a beverage other than beer, Ginger Beard Coffee will also be on-site with nitro-infused cold brew coffee and green tea on tap.

Tickets for Eggs & Kegs: IchiLoko are available now for the price of $32.10 each (click here to purchase).  Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed.  FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

When you have an event that combines the talents of LOKO Cuisine, Ichicoro Ramen and Cigar City Brewing, it is pretty much guaranteed that tickets will not last long.  With that in mind, you should probably go ahead and lock your tickets down as soon as possible.  Prost!

Terrapin Beer Co. Releases Blueberry Thyme Saison as Latest Side Project

BlueberryThymeTerrapinTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced the release of Blueberry Thyme Saison as the brewery’s Side Project Vol. #31.

The Side Project Series, a lineup of limited release beers that acts as a creative playground for the brewers at Terrapin Beer Co., sources inspiration from the world of craft cocktails this time around with the release of Blueberry Thyme Saison.  At 9.1% ABV, this Saison-style offering combines “the tart sweetness of ripe blueberries . . . with the floral warmth of thyme [to] play together with the flavors of traditional Saison yeast.”  Blueberry Thyme Saison can be enjoyed on its own or “as an ingredient in your own beer cocktail.”

Blueberry Thyme Saison officially releases on draft and in 500ml bottles at Terrapin Beer Co. on Wednesday, June 21.  This limited release offering will also be available at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Side Project Vol. #31 – Blueberry Thyme Saison from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Side Project Series, launching June 21, 2017
Style – Saison
ABV – 9.1%
IBUs – 22
Hops – Fuggle & East Kent Golding
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Malted Wheat & Acidulated Malt
Added Ingredients – Blueberries & thyme
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

Avery Brewing Company Names Nuttiest Professor as 45th Barrel-Aged Series Beer

AverylogoAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the release of Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout on Monday, June 26.

After years of experimentation focused on developing a Peanut Butter Stout that achieves the desired level of real peanut flavor, Avery Brewing Company finally believes it has hit the mark with the creation of Nuttiest Professor.  Arriving as the 45th installment in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, this “creamy and colossal” Imperial Stout (15.2% ABV) has been aged in Bourbon barrels and “uses real peanuts to create a rich and decadent stout that allows all elements—the bourbon character, peanuts, and dark malts—to shine.”

“This beer was actually inspired by a homebrew that I did before I even worked at Avery,” says Travis Rupp, Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist. “Those initial batches were difficult to produce and there was so much oil from the peanuts that there was no head retention at all. Fast-forward many years, I’m now part of the Special Projects team at Avery and we decided to recreate this beer, but do it right this time. We use finely ground peanut flour instead of just adding peanuts, which will give this beer a blast of peanut flavor, but also will help the head retention due to reduced oil”.

Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout will officially launch on draft in Avery Brewing Company’s Tap Room on June 26.  This incredibly limited offering will then hit shelves throughout the month of July in 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer locations found within Avery’s nationwide distribution area (this of course excludes Alabama and any other states that do not allow for beers of this ABV level).  Supplies of Nuttiest Professor are extremely limited, so be sure to secure your bottle if you can “because once it is gone, it’s gone for good.” Prost!

Vital Information for Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, launching June 26, 2017
Style – American Imperial Stout
ABV – 15.2%
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels with real peanuts added
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder
Fun Fact – To recognize his dedication to the development of Nuttiest Professor, the face of Travis Rupp – Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist – graces the bottle’s label.
Allergy Notice – As mentioned above, “this beer does contain real peanuts and should be avoided by those with a peanut allergy.”

Tasting Notes: SWEET ACTION Blonde from Sixpoint Brewery

6ptSweetActionCan1000As another week comes to a close, the latest Tasting Notes segment has us slipping into the weekend with a little SWEET ACTION from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York).

Staying true to their evolutionary, mad science approach to craft brewing, Sixpoint Brewery recently announced that they have reformulated their entire line of Core beers to create “the rawest, juiciest, and most modern iterations” to date.  The affected beers and their updates are as follows:

  • BENGALI IPA – “With BENGALI, we tweaked the hop character, and incorporated some new hop strains we’ve just recently acquired, to seriously dial in that citrusy-tropical aroma. Then we smoothed out the texture with oats, and dried out the malt body to let the hops take full control. This thing is all about huge tropical character up front, and a clean, dry finish.”
  • THE CRISP Pilz – “We went to Germany for this one. When it comes to German hops, American breweries are often left with the scraps (we call that the “hop sausage.”) So we go straight to the source to get the prime cuts. For the first time, the Tettnanger and Hallertau hops in THE CRISP are sourced 100% directly from farmers in Tettnang, Germany — now that bright, floral aroma on this dialed in Pilz comes absolutely flying out of the glass.”
  • RESIN IIPA – “This dank dive into the hop cone just got more potent — unfiltered RESIN is insane. The hop aroma coming off this thing is almost scary.”
  • SWEET ACTION Blonde – “You can think of SWEET ACTION Blonde as a cleaner take on SWEET ACTION, with a massive focus on the juice. The addition of Huell Melon hops, a new and super legit strain, plus the unfiltered nature of the beer give you an amazing hop aroma that you’ll still recognize as distinctly SWEET ACTION. It’s got aspects of a blonde ale, a wheat beer, and a juicy pale ale.”

To keep the packaging as fresh as the updated beers within, Sixpoint has added “both Canned On and Best By dates” to their cans.  Additionally, the 6-pack holders now include a “Freshness Window” – a clear opening on the bottom of the package – so that you can easily check these dates at the time of purchase.

The reformulated Core beers are available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can find these updated brews at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution area.

The update information seems to indicate that SWEET ACTION has undergone the biggest overhaul of the four beers, so let’s crack open a can and take some Tasting Notes on this reinvented brew!

Tasting Notes for SWEET ACTION Blonde from Sixpoint Brewery

Appearance: After a careful pour, SWEET ACTION presents itself as burnt orange in color with a little over a finger of slightly off white foam sitting on top.  Held to direct light, the colors brighten to expose deep golden yellows that surround an orange core that remains at the beer’s center.  The beer is moderately hazy, but it still allows the drinker to observe the streaming carbonation presence within.  The head has fantastic retention, falling marginally to just under a finger of creamy foam.  This ever-lasting head leaves behind considerable chunks of lace all over the glass.

Aroma: The hops are definitely running this department.  Fresh and fruity hop notes of melon, tangerine and a touch of berry confidently lead the way for a more reserved malt sweetness.  The aroma is all business.  Attention grabbing, straight-forward and direct, its mission is to cut through all the BS to take you deeper into the SWEET ACTION experience.

Taste:  This is probably one of the cleanest representations of Huell Melon hop character that we have ever experienced.  This hop is clearly the star attraction here, and its melon notes are incredibly blatant and lovely.  A bit of orange zest comes through, but that melon just dominates the hop flavor profile.  Reserved but not anywhere near forgotten, the malts do surface toward the finish with a doughy, bread-like character to add some balancing sweetness to the equation.

Mouthfeel:  This brew is on the light side of medium in body with a crisp carbonation level to it.  The beer teases both the bitter and sweet areas of the palate.  The flavors do lightly linger a bit before clearing out, but this is more than welcomed considering that melon note just further adds to the beer’s overall refreshing and easy-drinking nature.  The 5% ABV is hinted at from time to time, but it is absolutely no cause for concern.  The aftertaste is just a touch of citrus zest.

Final Thoughts: Just as Sixpoint Brewery says in the updated description for SWEET ACTION, this brew seriously does show characteristics of three different styles.  To start, the appearance leads you to believe that you are looking at an American Wheat Beer. An American Pale Ale then boldly surfaces in the aromatic and flavor profiles with a forward hop character that is wonderfully balanced by the malts.  Finally, the mouthfeel goes all American Blonde Ale on you to supply an overall experience that is refreshing and approachable.  With all of this considered, it is easy to declare that the reformulated SWEET ACTION has all the moves necessary to capture and keep your attention for quite a while.  This beer is a hit and you really need to check it – and the rest of Sixpoint’s reinvented Core lineup – out as soon as possible.  Prost!

Blackberry Farm Brewery Partners with Brew Hub, Adds Cans To Portfolio

BFBBHBlackberry Farm Brewery (Walland, Tennessee) has officially announced that they are working with Brew Hub (Lakeland, Florida) to introduce a new line of canned craft beers in July.

Although the brewery has earned a stellar reputation within the craft beer community thanks to a beautiful lineup of Saisons packaged in cork and cage bottles, the folks at Blackberry Farm Brewery have realized that they are lacking in terms of accessibility when it comes to their fans being able to enjoy their beers during outdoor adventures or in a more casual environment.  To remedy this situation, Blackberry Farm has entered a partnership with Brew Hub, a contract brewing and packaging facility in Florida, to facilitate the creation of a new series of canned craft beers.  The initial launch will consist of the following three new beers packaged in 12 oz. cans:

  • Coyote Tactics IPA
  • Screaming Cock Pale Ale
  • TN Times Pilsner

“We’re incredibly happy to be working alongside the team at Brew Hub to begin offering our new can line of beers. Their dedication to quality and attention to detail are second-to-none, and reflect the same passion and care that have been the foundation of our own brewing program since day one. It’s a natural fit and an exciting new chapter for our brewery,” said Roy Milner, Blackberry Farm Brewery’s Chief Fermentation Officer.

To stand out a bit from the crowd, the “youthful, bold, and in the moment” label artwork for the three new brews has been “created by Southern artists who have relationships with Blackberry Farm.”

Coyote Tactics IPA, Screaming Cock Pale Ale, and TN Times Pilsner will be available in 12 oz. cans beginning in July 2017.  You can expect to find these new year-round beers “at taprooms, restaurants and grocery stores throughout” Blackberry Farm’s distribution network in Tennessee.  Prost!

Starr Hill Brewery Releases Summer Jam Can Variety Pack

starrhillSummerJamStarr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced the launch of Summer Jam as the brewery’s first ever variety 16-pack of 12 oz. cans.

To give their fans a more easily accessible option so that they may enjoy Starr Hill beers at this summer’s music festivals, barbeques and pool parties, the brewery has united a selection of warm weather brews in the newly released Summer Jam Can Variety Pack.  This variety 16-pack will consist of four 12 oz. cans of each of the following summer-worthy brews:

  • Remastered Grateful Pale Ale – “A fresh spin on the American Pale Ale. This remastered recipe gives Grateful a fruitier hop aroma, more citrus hop flavor and a smoother, fuller body.”  ABV – 4.7%  IBUs – 45
  • The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA – “The tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements this full-flavored beer’s bright citrus hop character, while its sessionable body brings you back for more.”  ABV – 4.9%  IBUs – 38
  • The Love Wheat Beer – “The Love is an unfiltered wheat beer, also known as a Hefeweizen. It is distinguished by its extremely light body and fruity aroma, finished with spicy notes.”  ABV – 5.1%  IBUs – 9
  • Warehouse Pils – “In celebration of the Dave Matthews Band 25th Anniversary show, we’ve brewed a special beer: a German Pilsner is dry-hopped with German hops, golden in color with a mildly floral flavor and a crisp malt finish. It’s perfect for those warm spring days–this we admit tastes so good.”  ABV – 5.5%  IBUs – 20

“We’re thrilled to release this unique package as our first can variety pack just in time for summer,” says Jack Goodall, Marketing Manager at Starr Hill Brewery. “As the temperatures rise and craft beer fans hit the road for their own summer tours, these cans are the perfect companion for any outdoor adventure.”

Always proud of their musical roots, “the Starr Hill team has also curated a collaborative Spotify playlist of their favorite songs” to pair with the beers of Summer Jam and all of your endless summertime adventures.  Check out the free, two-hour playlist by clicking here.

The Summer Jam Can Variety Pack is out now and available throughout the summer months.  You can find this mixed 16-pack of 12 oz. cans at fine craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill Brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!