Breakside Brewery Presents 2019 Beer Release Calendar

breaksidelogoAfter riding a steady stream of beer calendars through the week, we are closing things out with a look at the 2019 Beer Release Calendar from Breakside Brewery (Portland, Oregon).

Our approach to beer calendars remains the same as we have published Breakside Brewery’s full 2019 Beer Release Calendar below for you to look through at your convenience.  There are few details that we feel need some special attention, so let’s quickly knock those out:

  • What Rough Beast – a “contemporary India Pale Ale brewed with feet firmly planted in the Northwest and a nod to New England” – will transition from a Seasonal offering to Year-Round in 2019.
  • The brewery’s Year-Round portfolio will also see the addition of True Gold.  Available in 6-packs, this easy-drinking “‘golden pilsner’ . . . has a bite and crispness that hearkens back to a pilsner or lager, with a distinctive Breakside-style twist.”
  • Breakside’s lineup of Core Seasonals will trim down to focus on two main beers: Tall Guy IPA (January – May) and Passionfruit Sour Ale (June – October).  Salted Caramel Stout (November – December) will make a brief appearance during the holiday season.
  • The Rotating IPA Series will return with four offerings that will be released quarterly: Kids These Haze (Q1), Rainbows & Unicorns (Q2), Thirst Trap (Q3), and Coming Out Party (Q4).
  • 2019 will see the rise of The Oligarch – “A study in barrel-aged experimentation, this new brew is far more than ‘just’ an Imperial Stout. The Oligarch project encompasses 84 casks, 122 bbls of finished beer and no less than eight resulting variants. Aged in bourbon barrels (including some that previously contained maple syrup) the different beers resulting from this creative undertaking feature ingredients ranging from chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon all the way to mushrooms, almonds and raspberries.”
  • Breakside will also roll out an All Draft Lager Series in 2019.  This “smaller volume project” will consist of a vast array of “refreshing, smooth, drinkable, clean, and complex” Lagers that will be available “to a wider audience for the first time.”

“Our 2019 calendar is exciting. The rotating IPA series returns, featuring four favorite hoppy beers that we have refined over the past few years. Our barrel program continues to grow – both in wood-aged strong ales and mixed culture sour beers. The first releases from that wing of our brewery include some exciting new beers like The Oligarch and Fruits That Begin With The Letter Yuzu.”


– Ben Edmunds, Brewmaster for Breakside Brewery

That should just about cover everything that we wanted to go over, but there is still a massive amount of good information left for you to discover on the calendar below.  Check it out and start getting stoked for another fantastic year of brews with Breakside Brewery.  Prost!

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New Belgium Launches Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series with Release of Liquid Paradise IPA

nbliquidpromoNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it is kicking off its newly-established Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series with the Limited Release of Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA.

Arriving as the first of three Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series releases headed your way in 2019, Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise is a tropical India Pale Ale that combines “Mosaic Incognito with small amounts of Nugget, Azacca and [Cascade] hops.”  These carefully selected hops infuse this medium-bodied IPA with “a mild sweetness that propels bursts of guava, mango, grapefruit and white grape.”  Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA clocks in 7.8% ABV and 44 IBUs.

“The wonderful aromas and great tropical flavors of Liquid Paradise can be largely credited to the use of Mosaic Incognito hops,” said Ross Koenigs, research and development brewer at New Belgium. “While Mosaic hops are nothing new, the Incognito process efficiently extracts the aromatic lupulin from the plant material to offer new layers of flavor and aroma for us to play with.”

As far as the series itself goes, the Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series was “born out of New Belgium’s desire to further experiment with hop-forward flavors while highlighting the brewery’s ground-floor collaborations with hop producers to cultivate cutting-edge, experimental varieties.”  Liquid Paradise IPA will be followed in 2019 with the release of Juicifer, “a devilishly juicy IPA”, and a “special crowd-sourced release” that will be named at a later date.

“The Voodoo Ranger Rotator series allows our brewers to engage in playful exploration that can bring entirely new flavor profiles to the world of IPA’s,” said Koenigs. “We’re just getting started with this exciting new series. Beer drinkers should keep an eye out for each ground-breaking offering throughout the year.”

Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA is rolling out now and will stick around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s expansive distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series, launching January 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.8%
IBUs – 44
Hops – Nugget, Mosaic Incognito, Azacca & Cascade
Malts – Pale, Caramel 20, Oats & Munich
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Heavy Seas Beer to Release Blackbeard’s Breakfast and Salted Caramel Variant

UWS_Blackbeards Breakfast TapmarkerHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that its long-standing Blackbeard’s Breakfast, a Bourbon Barrel-aged Porter brewed with Coffee, will return in February alongside a new draft-only variant, Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast.

Arriving as the first Uncharted Waters Series release of 2019, Blackbeard’s Breakfast is a Robust Porter that has been brewed with Dark Sumatra coffee sourced from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company and aged in Bourbon barrels.  The beer’s English malts provide “strong notes of caramel and a slight nut character” that pair beautifully with the “bourbon notes and the sumptuous Sumatran Coffee.”  Extremely “flavorful and complex”, Blackbeard’s Breakfast (10% ABV) is guaranteed to “please coffee and beer connoisseurs alike.”

To add a bit of a twist to the Uncharted Waters Series this year, the folks at Heavy Seas have decided to treat their fans to a companion series of draft-only variants that will launch with the appearance of Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast.  Just as its name would lead you to believe, this variant infuses the original Blackbeard’s Breakfast with sea salt and house-made caramel.

“We decided for 2019 that we wanted to produce some draft-only ‘twists’ on some of our Uncharted Waters beers,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “The first one is a Salted Caramel version of Blackbeard’s Breakfast, our Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Porter. We add cold brewed coffee after barrel aging when we produce this beer. So, we put some of the barrel-aged, non-coffee Blackbeard’s Breakfast into a tank with house-made caramel and imported sea salt. The non-coffee, variant of Blackbeard’s Breakfast has a more pronounced vanilla flavor and aroma, along with a rich toffee, caramel flavor that is balanced nicely with the hint of salt. There are still some coffee-like roasted notes, but they provide a much subtler layer to the flavor profile.”

Both versions of Blackbeard’s Breakfast release in February and will hang around as long as supplies last.  The original Blackbeard’s Breakfast will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas’ distribution territory.  The draft only Salted Caramel Blackbeard’s Breakfast will see limited distribution to the following states: Maryland, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Ohio. Prost!

Vital Information for Blackbeard’s Breakfast from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series, February 2019
Style – Imperial Porter
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 40
Malts – UK Pale, UK Amber, Vienna, Light Crystal, Dark Crystal, Chocolate Malt & Black Malt
Hops – Target & UK Goldings
Added Ingredients – Dark Sumatra coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Wild Leap Brew Co. Sends Truck Chaser Creamsicle DIPA Out for Limited Release

wl_individpage_truckchaser-400x520Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has announced that it will officially launch its Truck Chaser Double IPA Series during the second week of January with the Limited Release of Truck Chaser – Creamsicle.

Sporting a name that is a tongue-in-cheek homage to all those craft beer fanatics that tirelessly pound the streets in search of the most elusive brews out there, the Truck Chaser Series is Wild Leap’s new lineup of playful takes on the Double India Pale Ale style.  Truck Chaser – Creamsicle, the inaugural release in the series, is “brewed with a flavor combination of ripe orange, vanilla bean and milk sugar.”  Somehow both decadent and refreshing, Truck Chaser – Creamsicle (8.1% ABV) will have you thinking you are enjoying “a creamsicle straight from the ice cream truck.”

“We’ve had a lot of fun with this beer,” says Wild Leap co-founder Anthony Rodriguez. “We took an indulgence of our past and brewed the flavors into a hoppy, hazy Double IPA. It wasn’t that long ago that my friends and I chased the ice cream truck, not the beer truck.”


“We have always enjoyed experimenting with new beers and the flavor profiles of different hops,” shares head brewer Chris Elliott. “The Truck Chaser series is an opportunity for us to have fun and brew some really delicious beer.”

Truck Chaser – Creamsicle is rolling out now and will stick around 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 in and around the Atlanta, LaGrange, Newnan, Peachtree City, Columbus, Athens, Gainesville and Augusta areas of Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Truck Chaser – Creamsicle Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Truck Chaser Series, mid-January 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 47
Added Ingredients – Orange, vanilla bean & milk sugar
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – This offering will be available in following areas of Georgia: Atlanta, LaGrange, Newnan, Peachtree City, Columbus, Athens, Gainesville & Augusta 
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Jester King Brewery Set to Release Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo

vague recollectionJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the limited release of Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo on Thursday, January 17.

Developed to be another of Jester King’s “spent” Fruit Beer projects, Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo started out with a base of the brewery’s Das Uberkind that was sent to ferment on stainless steel and then aged for “around one month” on the Sangiovese and Tempranillo grape pomace – “the skins, pulp, seeds, and stems left over after running the grapes through the crusher/de-stemmer” – used in Birra di Sangiovese and Cerveza de Tempranillo.” Vague Recollection was “packaged in October and conditioned for 3 months in its vessel.”

Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo will debut in Jester King’s Tasting Room and Restaurant at 4 p.m. on January 17 and is expected to enter “limited distribution” shortly after the on-site release.  Packaged in 750ml bottles, this Limited Release will be available in select markets found within Jester King’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; January 17, 2019
Style – Farmhouse Ale
ABV – ???
Treatment – Fermented on stainless steel and aged on Sangiovese & Tempranillo grape pomace for a month
Fun Fact – Vague Recollection — 2018 Sangiovese & Tempranillo joins Detritivore (cherries), La Vie en Rose (raspberries), and Demitone (blueberries) in Jester King Brewery’s portfolio of “spent” fruit beers
Availability – 750ml bottles


New Holland Brewing Company Reveals 2019 Beer Release Calendar

newhollandpourshotAnother week of beer calendar madness continues and this time around we have the 2019 Beer Release Calendar from New Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan) for you.

As is the case with all release calendars around here, we have posted New Holland’s full 2019 Beer Release Calendar below for you look over at your leisure.  With that said, there are a few exciting details that we would like to gloss over before we turn you loose on that document.  Brevity is the goal, so let’s quickly get this out of the way:

  • A new Year-Round “brand extension” of Dragon’s Milk, “America’s #1 selling Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout”, will turn up in February.  This new member of the Dragon’s Milk family will be available in 12 oz. cans.  More details should surface in the near future.
  • The Dragon’s Milk Reserve Series will return in 2019 with four releases.  The first release in the series will be Dragon’s Milk Reserve – Orange Chocolate in January.
  • Introduced in 2018 as a Seasonal release, Passion Blaster – a Rose Ale with Passion Fruit, Raspberry and Apple Flavors – will return in April as a Year-Round offering.
  • New Holland plans to introduce Kombucha IPA in late February as a new Seasonal offering. This 5% ABV India Pale Ale “combines the refreshing fruit forward flavor of a Citra hopped IPA with the tartness and spiciness of a lemon and ginger Kombucha. As soon as the can is opened, consumers will be met with flavors of fresh ginger, tart acidity, tropical fruits and citrus.”
  • July will also see the release of a new Seasonal: Cerveza con Limón, a “light, crisp and refreshing” Mexican-style Lager featuring natural lemon and lime peel.
  • The brewery’s Sour Inc. Series will feature the following four offerings in 2019: Blue Sunday (January), a Gose with Concord Grapes (May), a White Sour Ale with Mango (September), and a Sour Stout with Plum (November).

Those are just a few of the highlights, but there is still a good amount of information left for you to discover on the calendar below.  Make sure to give it a good look so that you will be properly prepared for all the New Holland brews headed your way in 2019.  Prost!

New Holland Brewing Company Beer Release Calendar

Arrogant Consortia & Metallica Team Up to Release Enter Night Pilsner

three cans enter night pilsner_studioArrogant Consortia – the “often aggressive and always self-righteous” imprint of Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) – has announced that the nationwide launch of Enter Night Pilsner, a creative collaboration with the legendary heavy metal band Metallica, will officially begin in January 2019.

With members of Metallica participating “at every step alongside [the] talented brewing team” behind Arrogant Consortia, Enter Night Pilsner was developed to be a unique expression of the shared values that have helped define Metallica and Stone Brewing: fiercely independent, transcending genres, shattering preconceptions and challenging convention.”  This “genre-defying Pilsner” possesses a “remarkable flavor and aroma which artfully combine the beauty of a traditional Northern German Pilsner with Arrogant Consortia’s modern overtones of aggression.”  Clocking in at an intensely drinkable 5.7% ABV and 45 IBUs, Enter Night Pilsner promises to supply its drinker with an experience that is “hop forward with sound bitterness on the finish.”

“The amount of ideals and outlooks that Metallica and Stone Brewing share are endless,” says Lars Ulrich of Metallica. “I’m always blown away about how similar our paths forward have been. Our view of the worlds that we each inhabit, of creativity and process, and sense of place in relation to our peers and ‘The Man’ are almost identical. This collaboration is beyond effortless and pure, and we can’t wait to share this incredible beverage with everyone out there.”

“I remember seeing Metallica on the cover of a magazine just after the Black Album was released,” recalls Greg Koch, Co-Founder of Stone Brewing. “On the cover was a quote that resonated with me to this day: ‘Metallica didn’t go to number one, number one came to them.’  I loved what that meant. Do it your way and never compromise your art. If you’re great at what you do people will come. I view that simple quote as one of the founding philosophical elements of Stone Brewing.” 

Enter Night Pilsner is launching in the U.S. now and is scheduled to begin international distribution this spring in “Europe, Australia, China and beyond.”  You can expect to find this rockin’ new brew available in 6-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia, and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Enter Night Pilsner from Arrogant Consortia/Stone Brewing & Metallica

Release – Year-Round, launching January 2019
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 45
Fun Fact – Enter Night Pilsner “first appeared for the most worthy few in exclusive releases at Metallica’s shows this past fall.”
Availability – 6-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
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Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch enjoying a pint of Enter Night Pilsner with the members of Metallica. Photo Credit: Stone Brewing

Hi-Wire Brewing Releases 2019 Collaboration 12-Pack

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will release the 2019 edition of its always popular Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack in mid-January.

Back for its third straight year, the Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack is a project that attempts to “connect the dots between some of [Hi-Wire’s] favorite breweries and their fans while creating beers that blend the different styles and philosophies of each brewery.”  The packaging for each collaboration beer features “a vintage ‘spray paint’ can inspired design which represents the kaleidoscope of ideas and recipes created within the collaborations.”

This year’s collaborations are as follows (official descriptions sourced from Hi-Wire Brewing’s press release):

  • Hoppy Pilsner | Collaboration with Rhinegeist Brewery – A common thread among our collaboration 12-pack for 2019 is the ‘beer first’ philosophy of the participating breweries. Rhinegeist Brewery out of Cincinnati, Ohio stays true to this sentiment by creating solid, drinkable beers and brewing a lot of them. For this classic Hoppy Pilsner we used triticale malt from Epiphany Craft Malt here in North Carolina. The hybrid of wheat and rye in this malt varietal imparts a pleasant mouthfeel and grainy backbone to let the tropical citrus, passionfruit and pine notes from Vic Secret, Montueka, and Ella hops shine.  (5.5% ABV)
  • Blonde Brunch Stout | Collaboration with Revelry Brewing Co. – Revelry Brewing likes to play with creative ingredients and recipes at their brewery in Charleston, South Carolina. With this collab our objective was simple: create a brunch-worthy stout without utilizing darker stout malts with an ABV low enough to take you from breakfast well into the late afternoon. Cacao nibs lends notes of roasty chocolate, fresh vanilla creates a creamy mouthfeel, while naturally processed Monte Crisol Costa Rican coffee from Asheville’s High Noon Coffee Roasters adds a soothing and distinct coffee character with notes of blueberry and lemon. (4.8% ABV)
  • No Coast IPA | Collaboration with Monday Night Brewing – Our collaboration with Monday Night Brewing out of Atlanta, Georgia represents the melding of two IPA worlds and we think that’s a good thing, probably. No Coast IPA is brimming with stone fruit, tangerine zest, and juicy tropical hop character balanced by a creamy mouthfeel. All the while, this hazy straw colored ale pays homage to the piney wheat and bitter character of a classic west coast IPA. It’s not east coast. It’s not west coast. It’s no coast. (6.7% ABV)

The beers above will enter full distribution in mid-January with limited availability in the Collaboration Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find these brews at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Prost!

Cascade Brewing Announces 2019 Product Release Calendar

cascadenewlogoBeer calendar season is still alive and well, and we are kicking this week off with a peek at the 2019 Product Release Calendar from Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon).

Just as we do with each and every beer calendar around here, we have posted Cascade Brewing’s full Product Release Calendar below for you to absorb at your convenience.  With that said, this document is rich in highlights and we would be remiss if we did not go over a few of those real fast.  Let’s get to it:

  • The biggest news on this calendar is that the ever-elusive Vlad the Imp Aler (September) and Bourbonic Plague (December) will both see full distribution in 2019. Both offerings will be available in 500ml bottles for the first time.
  • The brewery’s Core Lineup will feature four new releases in 2019: Valley Flora (January), a sour red ale made with Willamette Valley Pinot-Noir grapes; Brunch Line (February), a mimosa-inspired blend of sour blond and wheat ales aged in oak barrels with Chardonnay grapes and fresh orange zest; Garden Party (June), a blend of sour blond and wheat ales aged in oak barrels with chardonnay grapes, lemon zest and elderflowers; and Coastal Gose (July), a blend of sour wheat ales aged in oak barrels with Oregon Coast sea salt and coriander seed.
  • Cascade’s Collaboration Series will return in 2019 to include projects with Beachwood Brewing from Long Beach, California (March); Mikkel Borg Bjergsø from the world-renowned Mikkeller Brewery in Denmark (May); and Burial Beer Co. of Asheville, North Carolina (October).
  • Cascade Brewing also plans to release four draft-only cellar projects throughout the year.  These offerings will be released quarterly.

Alright, that should just about cover everything we wanted to go over, but there are still plenty of beers and descriptions waiting for you on calendar below.  Check it out and start getting yourself prepared for another incredible year of Northwest Sour Ales from Cascade Brewing.  Prost!



Terrapin Beer Co. Brings Liquid Bliss Out of Retirement

unnamed (32)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin reintroducing Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter in select test markets during the month of January.

Originally introduced as Side Project – Vol. 18, promoted to Year-Round status in 2014 and then abruptly retired three years later, Liquid Bliss has officially returned with updated artwork and its first ever availability in 12 oz. cans.  If you missed this offering the first time around, Liquid Bliss (6.1% ABV) is a decadent, Zen-inducing Porter that will open your eyes and mind to “the harmonic togetherness of chocolate and peanut butter as it takes you to a place that you never thought possible… a Liquid Bliss.”

Due to “limited capacity and market focus”, Terrapin has decided to launch Liquid Bliss later this month (January 2019) in Georgia and Florida only.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in those two states.  If things go well during this market study, it is possible that Liquid Bliss could see expanded distribution in the future.  Prost!

Vital Information for Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Market Test, mid-January 2019
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.1%
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Florida only