Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release Honey Ginger Lime and Honeycot on Friday August 7.
Known to be two of Cascade Brewing’s most popular Northwest Sour Ales at its Portland-area pubs, Honey Ginger Lime and Honeycot will now finally be packaged for the “first time in the brewery’s history” and venture out for full distribution. Here’s the full rundown on these two incredibly thirst-quenching brews (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):
Honey Ginger Lime – A sour rye ale aged in oak barrels and foudres for up to 10 months with candied ginger and lime zest, followed by a late infusion of fresh ginger, more lime and local wildflower honey. Lightly sour with a kiss of honey sweetness, Honey Ginger Lime offers an ideal balance of complexity and refreshment. ABV – 6%
Honeycot – A sour blond ale aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with fresh Northwest-grown apricots and a late addition of local wildflower honey. ABV – 7.1%
Cans of Honey Ginger Lime and Honeycot will hit Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on August 7 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find both of these Limited Releases available in 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area. Prost!
Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Vicious Hook, the brewery’s first major sour release, in early August 2020.
Named after a boxing term that “[references] the beer’s sweet start that finishes with a savage jolt of sourness and hits like a heavyweight,” Vicious Hook is a fruited Sour Ale that “delivers on its fruit punch promise” thanks to additions of blood orange, cherry and pineapple. Coming in at just 5.3% ABV, the “extremely approachable” Vicious Hook “is a one-two combo of sweet and tart that stuns you with a pucker punch.”
“I think we all grew up drinking fruit punch in the summer, hiding in the shade, trying not to melt. Well, we made a delicious adult version of that and gave it a little extra oomph,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing for Flying Dog Brewery. “This punch definitely earned its name.”
Vicious Hook officially released on August 3 and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & 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 Vicious Hook from Flying Dog Brewery
Release – Limited; August 3, 2020 Style – Fruited Sour Ale ABV – 5.3% Malts – Wheat Hops – Simcoe Added Ingredients – Blood orange, pineapple, lactose & cherry Pairing Suggestions – “When paired with a meal, Vicious Hook’s crisp, fruity bite will refresh the palate and brighten dishes. Of all the contenders out there, Flying Dog suggests going one-on-one with chicken tenders or dry-rubbed wings, grilled shrimp, anything covered in ranch dressing and peanut butter cookies – it’ll be like a 21+ peanut butter and tropical jelly sandwich.” Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/
Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Lucky Holler Hazy IPA in August 2020.
Arriving as the latest release in the brewery’s Hop Cycle line-up of seasonally rotating IPAs and heavily “inspired by the brewery’s annual pilgrimage to the Pacific Northwest for hop selection,” Lucky Holler is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that “[explores] the intersection of Simcoe, Citra and the Australian hop Galaxy.” This carefully selected combination of hops “delivers bright waves of ripe pineapple and tropical gummies on the nose, layered with notes of juicy citrus and ripe passionfruit.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, Lucky Holler is “a hazy, hoppy harvest ale that’s so good you’ll wanna holler!”
“We go to Yakima to select hops for the beers that everybody knows and loves,” says Tröegs brewmaster and cofounding brother John Trogner. “Beers like Perpetual IPA, Nimble Giant and Nugget Nectar. And we’re also open to discovering new hops or combinations that might inspire us, an ‘a-ha’ moment where a new recipe starts taking shape.”
Lucky Holler is rolling out now and will be available throughout the months of fall. You can expect to find this new Seasonal Release available in 12 oz. cans, 12 oz bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located within Tröegs Independent Brewing’s full distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Lucky Holler from Tröegs Independent Brewing
Release – Seasonal/Hop Cycle Series; Late Summer – Fall 2020 Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale ABV – 6.8% Hops – Citra, Galaxy & Simcoe Malts – Malted Oats, Pale, Unmalted Wheat & White Wheat Yeast – London 3 Availability – 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles & draft Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/
Double Branch Artisanal Ales (Wesley Chapel, Florida) has officially announced that 19.2 oz. cans of Vintage Band T and Hippie Kids Tripping on Acid, the first two Limited Releases in the brewery’s Smoothie Talker Series of Smoothie-style Sour Ales, are available now exclusively at the brewery.
Developed to give Tampa-area beer lovers all the Smoothie-style love they can handle, Double Branch’s Smoothie Talker Series is making its formal introductions with the following two highly limited offerings:
Vintage Band T – A Sour Ale juice bomb loaded down with blackberry, red raspberry & pomegranate. Only 245 cans available. ABV – 4.2%
Hippie Kids Tripping on Acid – For the folks out there with an insatiable sweet tooth, this Smoothie-style Sour is conditioned on blueberries, bananas, golden sandwich cookies, cream-filled golden sponge cakes & vanilla wafer cookies. Only 120 cans available. ABV – 4.6%
Vintage Band T and Hippie Kids Tripping on Acid officially debuted at Double Branch Artisanal Ales (5956 Wesley Grove Blvd | Wesley Chapel, Florida) on August 4 and will be hanging around only as long as supplies last. Both of these Limited Release offerings are available in 19.2 oz. stovepipe cans ($12 each) with no limits set on purchases. Prost!
Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that Underground Mountain Brown will be back for an encore release in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series in early September 2020.
First introduced last year as a part of Founders Brewing Co.’s 2019 Barrel-Aged Series lineup, Underground Mountain Brown is a “barrel-aged version of the brewery’s since-retired Imperial Brown Ale, Sumatra Mountain Brown.” Clocking in at slow-sipping 11.9% ABV, Underground Mountain Brown allows its team of malts [to] complement the bold Sumatra coffee perfectly while time spent immersed in oak creates layers of depth and complexity.”
“Underground Mountain Brown is a fantastic example of our use of coffee in beer-making,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “Using an imperial brown ale as a base for the earthy and rich Sumatra coffee allows the coffee flavor to shine while adding the perfect complement of sweetness. Add in the extra layer of depth from barrel aging and you get an extremely complex yet approachable beer.”
The 2020 batch of Underground Mountain Brown will hit Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on September 2 and distribution is scheduled to begin later that month. 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 the brewery’s nationwide distribution network (except Mississippi). Prost!
Vital Information for Underground Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Co.
Second Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will add Game Night Hazy IPA to its Year-Round lineup in early August 2020.
Meant to capture the vibe found within “late nights of carefree gaming back in a time when all we cared about was remembering the cheat code for unlimited lives,” Game Night is Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that uses Citra, Mosaic and Centennial hops to build “an aroma and flavor profile of papaya, mango, and citrus.” Coming in at 6.1% ABV, the “simple – yet intricate” Game Night is “balanced, with a soft mouthfeel thanks to barley, oats, and wheat.”
“Retro video games are kind of our thing. There are some old school arcade games and an NES 64 in our taproom, and we’ve had video game-themed beers before,” said Jason Santamaria, Second Self’s co-founder and chief beer architect. “We are leaning in and just letting our geek flag fly. Game Night pairs perfectly with all kinds of contests – a marathon Catan session, darts, poker night, or kicking around a soccer ball.”
Game Night will officially debut at Second Self’s taproom in Atlanta’s West Midtown on August 8 and distribution in Georgia will begin the week of August 10. Expanded distribution in Alabama and South Carolina will follow in the “coming weeks.” Once fully released, you can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in the states mentioned above. Prost!
Vital Information for Game Night Hazy IPA from Second Self Beer Company
Release – Year-Round; launching August 8, 2020 Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale ABV – 6.1% Featured Hops – Citra, Mosaic & Centennial Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Georgia, Alabama & South Carolina
Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its award-winning Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager in early August 2020.
Awarded a Gold Medal in the German-style Märzen Category at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival, Zirkusfest is a traditional Märzen that uses Munich malt to provide “upfront biscuity and honey flavors that fade into a dry finish.” Coming in at 6% ABV, Zirkusfest “boasts all the flavors one wants in a rich Oktoberfest lager without the heavy finish.”
Zirkusfest is available now at Hi-Wire’s Asheville and Knoxville taprooms and online beer shop, and it will soon hit the brewery’s Durham taproom and full distribution area. You can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia. Prost!
Vital Information for Zirkusfest Oktoberfest Lager from Hi-Wire Brewing
Release – Seasonal; August – October 2020 Style – Märzen/Oktoberfest ABV – 6% IBUs – 25 Featured Malts – Munich Hops – Hallertau Tradition Yeast – German Lager Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://hiwirebrewing.com/find-our-beer/
New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Transcendental Experimental DIPA on Tuesday, August 4.
Brewed in collaboration with John I. Hass Hops as a celebration of “creative expression and the desire for more,” Transcendental Experimental DIPA is a Double IPA “dry-hopped exclusively with two experimental hop varieties from the avant-garde minds of The Hop Breeding Co. and from the visionaries at Brulotte Farms.” The selected hops hit the palate with “powerful stone fruit, berry, and delicately spicy notes” while also treating the nose to “aromatics . . . of tropical fruit, pineapple and coconut followed by citrus rind and peach.” Coming in at 8.6% ABV and 50 IBUs, Transcendental Experimental DIPA is a straight up “citrus bomb” that also possesses a “hint of dankness and a bit of vanilla creamsicle.”
“We’re pleased to work once again with our partners at John I. Haas Hops, who provided us with some really cool and exciting new hop varieties for this year’s version of Transcendental DIPA, including BRU-1, HBC586, and Sabro Incognito” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing.
“Transcendental DIPA is a great example of how our Hoperations team, led by Mitch Steele, is using experimental hops to drive innovation at New Realm. This citrus bomb has incredible juicy tones of tropical and stone fruit, berry and spice. If you are looking for an ordinary DIPA, this is not for you” said Carey Falcone, CEO and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing.
Transcendental Experimental DIPA will debut at New Realm’s Atlanta and Virginia Beach locations on August 4 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within New Realm’s distribution footprint in Georgia and Virginia. Prost!
Vital Information for Transcendental DIPA from New Realm Brewing Company
Release – Limited; August 4, 2020 Style – Double India Pale Ale ABV – 8.6% IBUs – 50 Featured Hops – HBC 586, BRU-1 & Sabro Incognito Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Georgia & Virginia
Named after the Smallmouth bass prized and “sought by anglers all over North America,” Smallmouth IPA is a Session India Pale Ale “bursting with flavors of citrus and berry.” Weighing in at 4.4% ABV and 102 calories per 12 oz. serving, Smallmouth IPA is “a fresh alternative to higher alcohol options and meets the growing demand of today’s consumer who seeks quality refreshment and flavor, all in a lower calorie beer.”
“We spent a lot of time listening to our customers about the types of beers they’d most like us to brew, and we’re thrilled to offer this latest option to them,” said Becky Ryman, owner of Wallenpaupack Brewing Company. “More importantly, we had to get the liquid right and I’m thrilled with the outcome, which I know our customers will love. Our brewing team, led by Logan Ackerly, delivered a delicious beer that offers exceptional quality, flavor and refreshment, while remaining low in calories.”
Smallmouth IPA officially released at Wallenpaupack Brewing Company in early July 2020 and will be available from batch to batch as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Specialty Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at the brewery and at select craft beer-focused establishments located in the areas where Wallenpaupack self-distributes in Pennsylvania. Prost!
Vital Information for Smallmouth IPA from Wallenpaupack Brewing Company
Release – Specialty; July 2020 Style – Session/Low Calorie India Pale Ale ABV – 4.4% Calories – 102 (per 12 oz. serving) Carbs – 3 grams (per 12 oz. serving) Fun Fact – “The new can features a new look for the 3-year old brewery, illustrated with exceptional detail by local artist Jen Borror of Hoot Design Studio in York, Pennsylvania.” Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Pennsylvania
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Loopulus Double IPA on Tuesday, August 4.
Originally released in 2017 to recognize the 20th anniversary of the iconic Brick Store Pub, Loopulus is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale that “strikes a delicate balance between Citra hops’ citrus and tropical fruit flavors and the punchy, white-wine flavors of Nelson Sauvin hops.” Coming in at 8% ABV, Loopulus is “a flavorful, easy-drinking hazy double IPA that finishes with a juicy, full-bodied mouthfeel.”
“We originally brewed Loopulus in 2017 to celebrate the Brick Store Pub’s 20th Anniversary,” said Co-founder David Stein. “We liked it so much we decided to continue brewing it and added it to our rotating lineup of hop-forward offerings.”
The name “Loopulus” has a couple meanings/intentions:
It is a play on the scientific name for hops – Humulus lupulus – and a reference to the Brick Store Pub’s “loop” system, which they use to service their tables.
It promotes recycling – “As a part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, Creature Comforts is using perforated labels on its 16-ounce seasonal cans to encourage recycling. Loopulus is the first of the brewery’s offerings that features the new labels.”
“During the past few years, we have been increasingly focused on minimizing our environmental impact through several sustainability initiatives,” said Co-founder and Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp. “The latest improvement we’ve made are these easily removable labels which allow the aluminum cans to be recycled without issue at the processing plant.”
Loopulus will release at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on August 4 and distribution will begin shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Loopulus from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.
Release – Seasonal; releasing August 4, 2020 Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale ABV – 8% Featured Hops – Citra & Nelson Sauvin Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft Distribution – Georgia