3 Sons Brewing Co. & Resident Culture Brewing Co. Collaborate on West Coast Connect DIPA

3 Sons Brewing Company (Dania Beach, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of West Coast Connect, a West Coast-style Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Resident Culture Brewing Company (Charlotte, North Carolina), on Wednesday, September 23.

Created as an “homage to the era of Pliny where IBU limits were pushed and dank IPAs ruled,” West Coast Connect is a double dry-hopped West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale that offers “notes of Meyer lemon and grapefruit, followed by piney dankness, then [finishes] with layers of mango, pineapple, and a hint of passion fruit.” West Coast Connect clocks in at “a big ol’” 9.5% ABV.

West Coast Connect will officially release at 3 Sons Brewing Company on Wednesday, September 23, but you can go ahead and pre-order your cans now by clicking here. Available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, West Coast Connect is a taproom-only release that will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for West Coast Connect from 3 Sons Brewing Company & Resident Culture Brewing Company

Release – Limited; September 23, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale (West Coast-style)
ABV – 9.5%
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Pre-order Link – https://app.upserve.com/s/3-sons-brewing-co-dania-beach
Distribution – None. Brewery-only release

Festbier Joins Hi-Wire Brewing’s Local Lager Series

Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will continue its Local Lager Series, “a lineup featuring some of [the brewery’s] favorite lager styles while utilizing North Carolina-sourced ingredients,” with the mid-September release of Festbier.

Crafted to be the “more quaffable, easy-drinking version of the brewery’s 2016 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winning Zirkusfest Oktoberfest,” Festbier is an Oktoberfest-style Lager “brewed with Ursprung Fest Malt from North Carolina’s Epiphany Craft Malt.” Coming in at 5.8% ABV, Festbier is a “crisp and pleasant lager [that] has a balanced malt character with an aroma reminiscent of fresh-baked bread.”

Festbier is available now at Hi-Wire Brewing’s Asheville and Durham taprooms and online beer shop, and it will soon hit the brewery’s Knoxville location and full distribution area. 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, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia. Prost!

Vital Information for Festbier from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Limited/Local Lager Series; September 18, 2020
Style – Festbier
ABV – 5.8%
Featured Malt – Ursprung Fest Malt from Epiphany Craft Malt
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://hiwirebrewing.com/find-our-beer/

Flying Dog Celebrates 30 Years with Release of Great Job! West Coast DIPA

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will recognize its 30th Anniversary with the release of Great Job!, a West Coast-style Double IPA, in late September 2020.

The embodiment of “everything [Flying Dog’s brewmasters] have learned in the past 30 years,” Great Job! is a West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale that “balances out the bitterness from Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe hops with subtle toasted malt sweetness.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Great Job! is a “medium bodied brew . . . bursting with dank and piney hop aromas and pours a light orange/amber color.”

“Our fans are the reason we wake up in the morning, and we’re forever thankful for their continued support of damn good craft beer,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing for Flying Dog Brewery. “Actions also speak louder than words, so if there is someone in your life that deserves to hear ‘great job!’, don’t just tell them, crack open a beer and hand them one in recognition.”

“To elaborate on a thought from our beloved friend and the artistic genius Ralph Steadman, it’s been 30 years from there to here,” said Jim Caruso, CEO for Flying Dog Brewery. “Thank you to all of our fellow travelers and kindred spirits for joining us on this great adventure. We love you and we are even more enthusiastic about the upcoming decades.”

Great Job! is scheduled to release on September 18 and will hang around as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering 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 Great Job! from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Limited; September 18, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale (West Coast-style)
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 60
Hops – Columbus, Centennial & Simcoe
Malts – 2-Row, Munich & Oats
Fun Fact – “A past anniversary beer, Raging Bitch, was released in celebration of the brewery’s 20th, and it was Flying Dog’s best-selling beer for almost 10 years.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Perrin Brewing Sets Date for Annual Release of Malted Milk Ball

Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Malted Milk Ball on Thursday, September 24.

Released each year to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Perrin Pub, Malted Milk Ball is an Imperial Porter “brewed with lactose and spiced with vanilla and cacao nib” to mimic the flavor profile of “one of [Perrin’s] favorites treats”: the malted milk ball. To give this liquid confection a bit more of an adult flair, Malted Milk Ball (12% ABV) was finished with 9 months of aging in oak Bourbon barrels.

Malted Milk Ball 2020 will hit the Perrin Pub on September 24 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Michigan. Prost!

Vital Information for Malted Milk Ball from Perrin Brewing Company

Release – Limited; September 24, 2020
Style – Imperial Porter
ABV – 12%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Lactose, vanilla & cacao nibs
Treatment – Aged for 9 months in oak Bourbon barrels
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Michigan only
Beer Finder – https://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder/

Cascade Brewing Releases Cans of Pistil Whipped and Sang Rouge

Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of both Pistil Whipped and Sang Rouge on Thursday, September 17.

After successfully introducing their fans to cans of their Northwest Sour Ales in January of this year, Cascade Brewing is continuing to expand this program by packaging the following two offerings in 12 oz. cans for the first time ever (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Pistil Whipped – Originally brewed for Cascade Brewing’s Sour Flower Fest, Pistil Whipped is a blend of sour blond ales aged in oak wine barrels with late infusions of saffron and chamomile. Pouring a rich golden-yellow from the saffron’s distinct color, this unique botanical blend captures saffron’s earthy, hay-like spice character with gentle floral and honey notes from the chamomile tea. ABV – 7.7% ABV
  • Sang Rouge – Sang Rouge first appeared in Cascade’s portfolio in 2010 and was last blended in 2015. This latest project is a blend of sour red ales aged in select red wine barrels and oak puncheons for up to two years. Highlighting the depth and complexity of our base red ale without the influence of additional fruits or spices, this rare project features notes of roasted red malts, dried currants, aged red wine and toasted oak. ABV – 7.1% ABV

“We’ve seen incredible enthusiasm for our sour beers in cans since launching the program back in January, so we’ve decided to continue expanding our canned offerings with these new releases,” said Kevin Martin, Cascade Brewing Director of Brewery Operations. “Clearly the benefits of the can format resonate with craft drinkers, and we are happy to meet that growing demand. We will continue to offer our bottle-conditioned Northwest Sour Ales in 500ml bottles as the best packaging for long-term aging and quality preservation, while the can packaging is ideal for sours ready to be enjoyed fresh.”

Cans of Pistil Whipped and Sang Rouge will hit Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on September 17 and limited distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find these two Limited Release offerings available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans in select areas located within Cascade Brewing’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Firestone Walker Announces Return of Double Jack DIPA

Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California) has officially announced that Double Jack Double IPA will return in September 2020 to act as the brewery’s Fall Seasonal.

Originally introduced in 2009 and now back by popular demand after it was discontinued in 2016, Double Jack is a West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale that is “triple dry-hopped after four initial hop additions in the brewhouse.” Weighing in at 9.5% ABV, Double Jack comes together to be “a massively hopped yet improbably balanced double IPA—and an enduring throwback to the freewheeling origins of the West Coast style.”

“Double Jack is a beer that has stood the test of time, and whose time has come again. It’s like saying hello to an old friend.”
– Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster at Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Double Jack is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last during the fall months of 2020. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in North Carolina, Texas, California and throughout the rest of Firestone Walker’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Double Jack Double IPA from Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal (Fall); launching September 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale (West Coast-style)
ABV – 9.5%
IBUs – 75
Hops – Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe, Citra, Amarillo & Chinook
Malts – Two Row, Munich & Crystal Light
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.firestonebeer.com/find-beer/

Rogue Ales Adds Pineapple Party Punch Hazy IPA to Seasonal Lineup

Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Pineapple Party Punch in October 2020.

Crafted to be “reminiscent of [Rogue’s] favorite tropical drink, the Piña Colada,” Pineapple Party Punch is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale “bursting with pineapple, coconut, and bright hop flavors.” Clocking in at 8.4% ABV and 40 IBUs, Pineapple Party Punch is a “flavorful brew [that] will help you keep the summer vibes going all year long.”

“This year has been challenging to say the least,” says Dharma Tamm, Rogue President. “Vacations have been cancelled, weddings postponed, concerts silenced and life as we knew it has been paused. But we have been reminded of the joy in the simplicity of sipping on a beer in your backyard. Enter Pineapple Party Punch, a beer that’s ideal for sipping at home but will make you think you’re on a tropical escape. Crack one open, close your eyes and from the opening surge of pineapple and citrus to the smooth, sweet coconut finish, you’ll swear you’re kicked back with your toes in the sand.”

Pineapple Party Punch will debut in October and will hang around long enough to close out 2020. 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 in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Pineapple Party Punch from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal; October 2020 – January 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.4%
IBUs – 40
Added Ingredients – Pineapple & toasted coconut
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Founders Brewing Co. Brings Big Luscious Back for a Limited Release

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Big Luscious in October 2020.

Last released in 2014 as a part of Founders Brewing Co.’s Backstage Series, Big Luscious is a “rich and robust” Imperial Stout that has “raspberries lend a tart and refreshing sweetness while the addition of dark chocolate takes it to an indulgent level.” Coming in at a smooth-sipping 7.8% ABV, Big Luscious is “big, yet balanced” and “perfect for sharing with friends and family.”

“Since low-cal beers and seltzers are all the rage right now, I thought it would be a good time to bring back a beer that drinks like a dessert,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “You know, to zag while everyone is zigging. The chocolate is rich and sweet, the raspberries are tart and bright, while a blend of wheat malt, chocolate malt and roasted barley provide a perfect, velvety malt backbone.”

Big Luscious is scheduled to return in October and will hang around into December 2020. 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 Big Luscious from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; October – December 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 7.8%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Chocolate & raspberries
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/


Heavy Seas Beer Schedules Curbside Can Release of City Sipper Low Cal IPA

Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Can Release for City Sipper, a low-calorie IPA, during the weekend of September 25, 2020.

What proved to be “a true test of [the Heavy Seas brewing team’s] ability to employ non-traditional brewing techniques and ingredients to create a truly enjoyable, flavorful experience,” City Sipper is a Session India Pale Ale brewed with “malted and flaked oats, torrified and malted wheat, Sabro, Citra, and Simcoe Cryo Lupulin Powder hops, along with just the right amount of fresh Key Lime Juice.” Coming in at just 4% ABV, City Sipper is a “hazy, aromatic crusher” that “has all the flavor of your favorite IPA, without the high calorie count—so you can keep sipping all day!”

“Sometimes you want all of the flavor of an IPA, without the hefty calories,” says Heavy Seas Associate Brand Manager, Amanda Zivkovic. “City Sipper is for the person that wants a lighter option but doesn’t want to compromise the flavor of their beer in the process. It’s juicy, sessionable, and at 4.0% ABV and 95 calories, you can’t beat it!”

City Sipper – packaged in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – will be available for curbside pickup at Heavy Seas Beer from Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27. City Sipper is a brewery exclusive Limited Release that will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for City Sipper from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; September 25, 2020
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4%
Calories – 95
Featured Grains – Malted & flaked oats, torrified & malted wheat
Featured Hops – Sabro, Citra & Simcoe Cryo Lupulin Powder
Added Ingredients – Key lime juice

Fun Fact – “The City Sipper label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Chris Gipple, of Nightshift Creative, who also designed Heavy Seas’ 24 Anniversary beer label this past December. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Chris in 2020.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Introduces Costumes & Karaoke as Newest Occasional Release

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Costumes & Karaoke in early September 2020.

Inspired by the “traditional Indian beverage ‘Golden Milk,’” Costumes and Karaoke is an Imperial Cream Ale “brewed with an oat cream base using a blend of equitably sourced, single-origin spices from . . . Burlap and Barrel in NYC” (the featured spice blend includes vanilla beans, ginger, turmeric, star anise, cardamom and cinnamon). Coming in at 8% ABV, Costumes & Karaoke is “as flavorful and unique as your Thursday night karaoke performance!”

Costumes & Karaoke is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through the end of 2020. You can expect to find this new Occasional Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Costumes & Karaoke from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Release – Limited/Occasionals; September – December 2020
Style – Imperial Cream Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Vanilla beans, ginger, turmeric, star anise, cardamom & cinnamon
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder