Brewery Ommegang Adds Idyll Days Pilsner to Year-Round Portfolio

OmmegangLogoCompleteBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) has officially announced that it will launch Idyll Days Pilsner as its newest Year-Round offering in March 2020.

Developed over a two-year period to be Brewery Ommegang’s “signature version of [a] time-honored style,” Idyll Days is an unfiltered Belgian-style Pilsner that employs “authentic floor-malted barley from the Czech Republic to impart earthier, more rustic flavors than are often found in pilsners, and the beer is fermented with a Belgian lager yeast to give it a cleaner profile with fewer sulfur notes.”  To balance the experience, Czech Saaz hops “lend delicate, floral aromas, enhanced by sweet notes of fresh grain.” After conditioning for 30 days, Idyll Days Pilsner (5% ABV) comes together to offer its drinker a “mature beer with smooth drinkability.”

“This beer is glorious in its simplicity, but it is hardly simple to make,” said Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang. “Every ingredient of Idyll Days was carefully selected to deliver a beer that’s more than the sum of its parts. We hope it encourages fans to slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures of life while enjoying a glass with friends.”

Idyll Days Pilsner debuted at Brewery Ommegang on February 21 and is scheduled to enter distribution on March 1.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available on draft nationwide and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans on the East Coast.  Prost!

Vital Information for Idyll Days Pilsner from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Year-Round; launching March 2020
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 28
Malts – Floor-Malted Barley & Flaked Corn
Hops – Czech Saaz
Yeast – Belgian Lager Yeast
Treatment – Lagered for 30 days
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pair with country fare like rotisserie chicken, grilled root vegetables, and hot buttered biscuits, or cheeses like manchego and clothbound cheddar.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.ommegang.com/beer-finder/

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Funky Buddha Brewery Adds a Low-Calorie Option with Year-Round Release of Chant IPA

chantwebmock3Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has officially announced that the 99 calorie Chant Repeatable IPA will join its Year-Round lineup in late February 2020.

Created so that beer lovers can “stay active, relaxed, and enlightened,” Chant is a Session India Pale Ale that boasts big “notes of peach, mango, and citrus from the addition of Mosaic and Citra hops.” Coming in at just 4.2% ABV, 99 calories, 4 grams of carbs and 0 grams of sugar, the “supremely drinkable” Chant is an “approachable IPA that can be enjoyed by both beer geeks and occasional drinkers.”

Chant IPA debuted in the Tap Room at Funky Buddha Brewery on February 23 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chant Repeatable IPA from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Year-Round; launches in late February 2020
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 27
Calories – 99
Carbs – 4 grams
Featured Hops – Mosaic 
Suggested Food Pairings – “Blackened Mahi tacos, Thai coconut curry, grilled chicken caesar salad with shaved parmesan, orange sorbet”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://funkybuddhabrewery.com/beer-finder

DuClaw Brewing Co. Continues Tart IPA Series with Limited Release of Pineapple Queen

PineappleQueen_RGB-copyDuClaw Brewing Co. (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that Pineapple Queen is hitting craft beer shelves and taps now as the latest Limited Release offering to come out of the brewery’s Tart IPA lineup.

Pineapple Queen is a “royally refreshing” Tart India Pale Ale “brewed with lactose, London Ale III Yeast, and Mosaic Lupulin Powder, soured with Lactobacillus Delbruecki and fermented on top of pineapple.” Coming in at 7.1% ABV, Pineapple Queen is “perfectly hard and soft, tart & sweet, sour & IPA.”

Pineapple Queen is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of DuClaw Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pineapple Queen from DuClaw Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Tart IPA Series; February 2020
Style – Tart India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.1%
IBUs – 12
Malts – Pilsner, Flaked Oats & Torrified Wheat
Hops – Mosaic & Mosaic Lupulin Powder
Added Ingredients – Pineapple
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://duclaw.com/beer-finder/

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TBBW 2020 Event: Green Bench & Angry Orchard Cider Dinner with LOKO Cuisine

TBBWLogoGreen Bench Brewing Co. | Green Bench Mead & Cider (St. Petersburg, Florida) has officially announced that it will be celebrating Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 by teaming up with Angry Orchard Hard Cider (Walden, New York) and LOKO Cuisine to host a very special Cider Dinner at Webb’s City Cellar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 12.

Organized to break up Tampa Bay Beer Week with a refreshing infusion of cider, this event will bring Ryan Burk, Head Cider Maker at Angry Orchard, and Green Bench’s Brian Wing to the table to discuss all the beautiful intricacies of cider with you over dinner.  This Cider Dinner will consist of the following five-course menu (served family style) prepared by the incredibly talented crew at LOKO Cuisine:

The Menu
  • 1st Course | Antipasti – Citrus Marinated Olives, Herb Roasted Nuts, 18 Month Prosciutto di Parma, Parmesan w/red apple balsamic & Ricotta Crostini w/Green Bench rooftop honey & smoked salt
  • 2nd Course | Four Cheese Carbonaro Mac – Cavatappi, Pecorino Romano, Asiago, Parmesan, white cheddar, soft egg, house bacon bits, pork fat crumb *VF
  • 3rd Course | Verdura e Frutta Carpaccio – Green tomatoes, cucumber, beets, carrots, apples, apple grain mustard vinaigrette, honey roasted pistachios, basil, mint
  • 4th Course | Roasted Porchetta – Crispy stuffed pork belly, herbs, fennel, pickled raisins, salsa verde, Truffle Salt & Vinegar Fingerling Potatoes, Agrodolce Braised Kale & Fennel *VF
  • 5th Course | Apple Crostata – Individual cored apple, brown sugar, warm spices, golden pastry, cinnamon cider caramel

*VF-Vegetarian Friendly option upon request

The list of ciders to be featured alongside the menu above is still being compiled, but it is known that each course will include two expertly paired 2 oz. pours from Angry Orchard and Green Bench, and a brief description of each offering from the brewers.

Tickets for the Green Bench and Angry Orchard Cider Dinner are available now for $50 each (plus fees), and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost allows you to enjoy the five course meal, all the cider pairings, and one unforgettable evening.

The Green Bench & Angry Orchard Cider Dinner is limited to only 30 tickets.  Yes, you read that correctly. There are only 30 tickets available.  If you want to be a part of this event, stop what you are doing and lock down your tickets now.  They will not last long. Seriously . . . do it.  Prost!

 

 

Rogue Ales Celebrates its Hometown with Seasonal Release of Newport Nights IIPA & Newport Daze Pale Ale

Newport_Daze_Single_CanRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will honor its home on the Oregon Coast by introducing two new Seasonal Releases during the first quarter of 2020: Newport Nights in February and Newport Daze in March.

Here to kickoff Rogue’s 2020 Hop Head Trio series of rotating IPAs, Newport Nights is an Imperial West Coast-style India Pale Ale featuring El Dorado hops. Coming in at 9.8% ABV and 60 IBUs, Newport Nights “opens with aromas of mango, papaya and tangerine followed by a burst of pine and grapefruit, ultimately delivering a monstrous hop punch that is surprisingly smooth.”

“Rogue Headquarters has been on the Oregon Coast for over 30 years and our home in Newport is a huge part of who we are,” says Rogue President, Dharma Tamm. “A big piece of life in Newport are the infamous Newport Nights. There is nothing quite like them, from craft beer and the freshest seafood to bonfires on the beach followed by late-night karaoke. This bold beer is dedicated to those unforgettable nights having fun on the 101.” 

Soon to drop as the brewery’s newest “Sessionable 6-Pack” and the “lighter counterpart” to Newport Nights, Newport Daze is a Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale that offers “aromas of pineapple and stone fruit, while featuring tangerine and peach with a slightly sweet and refreshing finish.”  Newport Daze weighs in at a light and refreshing 5.5% ABV and 35 IBUs.

“The morning after a Newport Night, when we’re not busy brewing beer, we would ideally like to hit the beach for some rest and relaxation,” adds Tamm. “Newport Daze Hazy Pale Ale is a sessionable day sipper for those lazy mornings with mouth-watering tropical flavors from new world hops.”

Newport Nights – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft – is rolling out now with plans to hang around through May while Newport Daze – available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft – is scheduled to launch in March and last into June.  Once fully released, you can expect to find these two new Seasonal offerings at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Newport Nights from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Hop Head Trio Series; February – May 2020
Style –  West Coast-style Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.8% 
IBUs – 60
Malts – 2-row, Pilsner, Munich & Malted Wheat
Hops – El Dorado, Mosaic, Citra & hop extract
Yeast – Pacman
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Vital Information for Newport Daze from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Sessionable 6-Pack Series; March – June 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 35
Malts – 2-row, Rolled Oats & White Wheat
Hops – Sabro & El Dorado
Yeast – Imperial Juice
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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TrimTab Brewing Set for Double Release of Martin Denny Complex Sour Ale & Suspended Moments DIPA

TrimTablogoTrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will be treating its fans to a Double Release Weekend featuring Martin Denny Complex, a tiki-inspired Imperial Sour Ale, on Friday, February 21 and Suspended Moments, a Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Heist Brewery (Charlotte, North Carolina) on Saturday, February 22.

Coming out of the brewery’s Beach Club Series as a liquid celebration of piano player and composer Martin Denny (a.k.a. the “father of exotica”), Martin Denny Complex is an Imperial Sour Ale crafted with passionfruit, peach and vanilla.  Clocking in at 7.5% “party by volume,” Martin Denny Complex is sure to remind you that “Life’s a peach, when you’re on the beach!”

A beer that combines all the IPA know-how possessed by TrimTab Brewing and Heist Brewery, Suspended Moments is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale featuring Oat Milk, Mosaic, Cashmere and Vic Secret hops.  Meant to be sipped and shared with your beer lovin’ buddies, Suspended Moments is sure to inspire you to “take a moment . . . to make a moment.”

Martin Denny Complex will debut in the Tasting Gallery at TrimTab Brewing at noon on February 21 and Suspended Moments will hit the brewery on February 22. Both beers are expected to see limited distribution shortly after their on-site releases.  Look for both of these Limited Release offerings to be 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 Alabama and Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Martin Denny Complex from TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited/Beach Club Series; February 21, 2020
Style – Imperial Sour Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Added Ingredients – Passionfruit, peach & vanilla
Fun Fact – “This brew is a celebration of piano player and composer, Martin Denny. Best known as the ‘father of exotica’, Denny popularized his brand of lounge music with imaginative rearrangements of popular songs, and original songs that celebrates tiki culture.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Vital Information for Suspended Moments from TrimTab Brewing & Heist Brewery

Release – Limited; February 22, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – ???
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Cashmere & Vic Secret
Added Ingredients – Oat Milk
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

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Heavy Seas Beer Launches Two New TropiCannon IPA Variants to Feature in New Mixed 12-Pack

TropiCannonCan2019Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will soon launch a new TropiCannon 12-Pack Can Sampler that will include two brand new variants of its fan-favorite TropiCannon Citrus IPA: TropiCannon Pineapple IPA and TropiCannon Mango Lime IPA.

Developed to give hopheads a good mix of refreshing IPA options to enjoy throughout the hottest months of the year, the TropiCannon Can Sampler is Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans that features three versions of TropiCannon Citrus IPA (7.25% ABV) – a fruited variant of the brewery’s flagship Loose Cannon IPA that amps things up with “a full blast of blood orange, grapefruit, mango and lemon flavor.”  TropiCannon Pineapple IPA and TropiCannon Mango Lime IPA – two brand new TropiCannon variants created specifically for the TropiCannon Can Sampler – take everything that is great about TropiCannon Citrus IPA and add their own tropical, fruit-filled twists to the experience.

The TropiCannon Can Sampler will include six 12 oz. cans of the original TropiCannon Citrus IPA, three 12 oz. cans of TropiCannon Pineapple IPA, and three 12 oz. cans of TropiCannon Mango Lime IPA.

TropiCannon is such an exciting beer for us at Heavy Seas,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “Its fans are extremely passionate about the beer. Because they are so energetic, we wanted to give them something to get even more excited about. We developed two unique variations – Pineapple and Mango Lime – that are very much in keeping with the TropiCannon spirit. It’s a great way to kick off spring and hopefully enjoy ‘Tropi’, as we call it, in two new fun ways.”

The TropiCannon Can Sampler will officially launch in mid-to-late March and is scheduled to hang around through September 2020.  You can expect to find this new Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution area.  TropiCannon Pineapple IPA and TropiCannon Mango Lime IPA will also have limited availability on draft at select locations.  Prost!

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Bell’s Brewery Presents 2020 Release Calendar

Lemon Lime Flamingo Fruit Fight_12oz_canBeer calendar season is still alive and well, and this week we are here to offer you a look at the 2020 Release Calendar from Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan).

Just as we do with pretty much every beer calendar around here, we have posted the full 2020 Release Calendar from Bell’s Brewery below for you take in at your own leisure.  With that said, the brewery has plenty of exciting releases in store for all of us and we feel it necessary to quickly go over a few of those highlights. Let’s get to it:

  • Light Hearted IPA officially joined the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in late January.  A Lo-Cal IPA, this member of the Hearted family shares many of the characteristics of Bell’s award-winning Two Hearted Ale. At 3.7% ABV and only 110 calories (per 12 oz. serving), Light Hearted is available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. 12-packs of 12 oz. cans will also ship in February in Michigan.
  • Speaking of the Hearted family, Double Two Hearted – a Double American IPA – will return in August for another wide release.
  • This year’s Seasonal lineup will consist of three returning favorites: Bright White | December 2019 – March 2020; Oberon Ale | March – August; and Best Brown | September – November.
  • The Flamingo Fruit Fight Series will continue in 2020 with the return of Flamingo Fruit Fight Passionfruit and Lime Tart Ale in May and the introduction of Lemon Lime Flamingo Fruit Fight in July.
  • Previously only available as a Bell’s General Store Exclusive, Incessant – a Double New England-style IPA – will see a wider release in May.  This Specialty Release will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.
  • Lampshade Party Ale, a Double IPA previously only released in 2018, is scheduled to return as a Specialty Release in November 2020. This offering will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.
  • The brewery’s Leaves of Grass series, seven beers each inspired by a different Walt Whitman poem, will conclude in 2020 with three remaining offerings. Song of the Open Road, a Winter Warmer Ale, is available now. Salut au Monde will ship in March and Spontaneous Me will conclude the series in May.

“Now, this isn’t all we have lined up for 2020. We always like to keep a few things close to the vest. We’ll have plenty more to share in due time.”

 

– Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery

That should just about cover all the releases we wanted to mention, but there are still quite a few exciting brews left for you to discover on the calendar below. Give it a good look and get ready for lots of good times with Bell’s Brewery in 2020.  Prost!

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North Coast Brewing Co. Puts Scrimshaw Pilsner in Cans

NCBC-Website-Header-NC-Whale-Logo (1)North Coast Brewing Co. (Fort Bragg, California) has officially announced that its best-selling Scrimshaw Pilsner is hitting craft beer shelves now as the brewery’s first ever canned beer offering.

Developed in 1988 with a destiny to one day become North Coast Brewing Co.’s first canned beer, Scrimshaw is a Pilsner “brewed in the finest European tradition using Munich malt and Hallertauer and Tettnang hops.”  Coming in at just 4.5% ABV, 138 calories and 11 grams of carbs, Scrimshaw offers “a subtle hop character, a crisp, clean palate and a dry finish.”

“As a pioneer in the craft beer movement, we have always focused on brewing exceptional beers,” says North Coast Brewing CEO Jeffrey Ottoboni. “With this exciting release, we are making our beers more accessible — from draft to bottles to cans. We are proud to share Scrimshaw with devoted and new fans alike, and feel fortunate to be a part of the experiences these cans will help inspire. As an independent brewery, we’re looking toward the future of our industry and meeting the changing needs of craft beer fans, while always holding true to our long-time brewing traditions.”

Scrimshaw is available now in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans in California and further distribution of these cans is expected to be announced in the near future.  This Year-Round offering is also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of North Coast’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Scrimshaw from North Coast Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; cans launch in February 2020
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 22
Calories – 138
Carbs – 11 grams
Malts – Munich
Hops – Hallertauer & Tettnang
Fun Fact – “Like the iconic Scrimshaw bottle label, the can draws inspiration from the delicate engravings popularized by 19th century seafarers. As part of its mission to make the world a better place, One Pint at a Time, North Coast Brewing gives back to marine mammal research and rescue efforts as well as jazz education through its beers. Scrimshaw will initially be released in recyclable 12-pack boxes, with no additional plastic that could end up harming the environment.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://northcoastbrewing.com/beers/beer-locator/

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New Realm Brewing Brings the Hops with Release of its first Mixed 12-Pack

newrealmlogo2New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce its Variety Mixed 12-Pack – IPA Edition in March 2020.

Arriving as the first installment in a rotating series of Mixed 12-packs, New Realm’s Variety Mixed 12-Pack – IPA Edition is a carefully compiled assortment of the following four hop-heavy brews (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website or press release):

  • Hazy Like A Fox IPA | Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale – Experience a double dry hop wave of full-on-juicy aromas from pineapple to lemon to fresh squeezed oranges.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 45
  • Hoptropolis IPA | American India Pale Ale – Set your clocks to island time. This beauty is drenched in tropical flavors of peach, pear and pineapple.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 55
  • Straight from the Tart | Sour India Pale Ale – This Sour IPA is dry-hopped with a unique combination of Australian Galaxy, Australian Ella, and Idaho 7 hops. It pours gold with aromatics of white wine, peach, and hints of citrus. The taste is tart, citrusy and fruity, with moderate bitterness.  ABV – 6.9%  IBUs – 20
  • Parting Shot | Black India Pale Ale/Cascadian Dark Ale – Parting Shot drinks like an IPA but is deep black in color with subtle roasted notes that dark beer drinkers crave, along with a hop-forward taste that IPA fans desire.  ABV – 8%  IBUs – 75

**Each 12-pack includes three 12 oz. cans of each beer listed above.**

“The Mixed 12 pack is an opportunity to showcase two of Mitch’s best-selling IPA’s, Hazy Like a Fox and Hoptropolis, that also lets people try our Sour Series and an exclusive release that’s not available anywhere else. The pack includes three cans of each beer style, so they can sample some of the best that we have to offer across a range of IPA flavors,” said Bob Powers, Co-Founder and CCO of New Realm Brewing.

 

“This is the first chance for us to put our Parting Shot Black IPA in cans, and we’re excited about the lineup in this all-IPA Mixed Pack. Black IPA is one of my favorite styles to brew, so I’m glad that this release features one so prominently,” said Mitch Steele, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of New Realm Brewing.

New Realm’s Variety Mixed 12-Pack – IPA Edition will launch in March and is scheduled to stick around through May 2020.  You can expect to find this Mixed 12-Pack of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-focused retailers located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia and Virginia.  Prost!