Southern Vine Sour Emerges from New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Reserve Series

wcr-southern-vine_package_1080x1080New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially introduced Southern Vine Sour as the newest Limited Release offering to come out of the brewery’s Wood Cellar Reserve program.

Crafted as an “homage to the southern culinary scene”, Southern Vine Sour is a “smooth-drinking” Golden Sour Ale that picks up “delightful white grape flavors” from the use of Scuppernong grapes, the official state fruit of North Carolina.  To get the flavors balanced just right, the Scuppernongs were “refermented in a single French Oak foeder using the brewery’s golden sour base beer, which features the oldest, continuous souring culture in America. Prior to bottling, wild-harvested Sumac berries were added, harvested from the Wild Woodlands Sumac Groves of Ottawa, Canada.”  After two years of development, Southern Vine Sour (8.4% ABV) has come together to be a “one-of-a-kind beer [that is] sweet throughout, sour in the middle and full of candy pineapple and floral notes.”

“Southern Vine Sour has it all – an individual barrel expression, fruit and spice experimentation, and fermentation exploration,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Brewing specialty brand manager. “It’s New Belgium ambition and passion in a bottle.”


“We brewed this in honor of our brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, and surrounding friends in the Southern states,” Emerton continued. “It is an elegant expression of two passions – wood and beer – and straddles the line between white wines and fruited American wild ales.”

Southern Vine Sour is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 375ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana.  Prost!

Vital Information for Southern Vine Sour from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Wood Cellar Reserve, April 2019
Style – Golden Sour Ale
ABV – 8.4%
Added Ingredients – Wild Scuppernong grapes & wild Sumac berries
Fun Fact – “The Scuppernong grape is a variety of Muscadine, which is indigenous to the United States, and was first discovered off the coast of North Carolina over 400 years ago. That original grapevine, now referred to as the ‘Mothervine’, is the oldest cultivated grapevine in America. To source these grapes for Southern Vine Sour, New Belgium partnered with the Mothervine Wine Company, whose efforts go toward the protection and conservation of the original grapevine.” 
Availability – 375ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Texas & Louisiana


Sugarlands Distilling Co. Celebrates NASCAR History, Releases Talladega 50th Anniversary Corn Whiskey

talladega-corn-whiskey-350x639Sugarlands Distilling Co. (Gatlinburg, Tennessee), the official moonshine of NASCAR, has announced that it will commemorate “50 years of speed” at the Talladega Superspeedway with the Limited Release of Talladega 50th Anniversary Corn Whiskey.

Developed to celebrate the rich history of NASCAR’s fastest and most competitive track, Talladega 50th Anniversary Corn Whiskey is a “traditional, unaged corn whiskey . . . reminiscent of the spirits bootlegged throughout Appalachia.”  Clocking in at 100 PROOF/50% ABV, Talladega 50th Anniversary has “a crisp and clean, sweet corn flavor” that will “[take] you back to a simpler time.”

Talladega 50th Anniversary Corn Whiskey officially releases on April 12, 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited-Edition moonshine available in 750ml Mason jars at select liquor stores located in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and throughout the rest of Sugarlands Distilling Co.’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Talladega 50th Anniversary Corn Whiskey from Sugarlands Distilling Co.

Release – Limited; April 12, 2019
Style – Corn Whiskey (unaged)
ABV – 50%
PROOF – 100
Fun Facts – “Talladega Superspeedway – or just ‘Dega to its loyal fans – broke ground as the Alabama International Motor Speedway on May 23, 1968 and hosted its first race on Sept. 14, 1969. ‘Dega is known as the most competitive track in NASCAR. It’s the biggest, steepest (33 degrees), and fastest venue in NASCAR. The Sweet Home of Speed still holds the NASCAR qualifying record of 212.809 mph, and it tops in the record books for lead changes (88), most leaders (29) and closest finishes – 0.002 second. Oh, and another thing ‘Dega is really good at? Legendary parties. It’s been 50 years of greatness, but the best is yet to come.” 
Availability – 750ml Mason jars
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Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Releases Deep Summer Ale

debc-deep-summerDeep Ellum Brewing Company (Dallas, Texas) has officially announced that Deep Summer Ale is hitting craft beer shelves and taps now as the brewery’s current Seasonal release.

Crafted to “[pair] perfectly with any sun-soaked summertime activity”, Deep Summer is a crisp Summer Ale “brewed with hibiscus, lemon peel and chamomile flowers.”  Weighing in at a sessionable 4.8% ABV, Deep Summer is a “crushable brew made for poolside parties, barbecuing by the lake, floating the river, jamming at music fests or just chillin’ on the porch.”

“With a massive dose of hibiscus flowers and lemon peel, Deep Summer packs a ton of fresh flavor into a surprisingly crushable ale,” said Deep Ellum brewer Kyle Willborn. “A light dose of hops complement the late addition of dried hibiscus to give the beer a unique pinkish hue. Paired with a backbone of Vienna malt, this brew is a perfect refreshment for a Texas summer.”

Deep Summer Ale is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through the summer months.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located within Deep Ellum’s distribution footprint in Texas. Prost!

Vital Information for Deep Summer Ale from Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal, launching April 2019
Style – Summer Ale/Herb & Spice Beer
ABV – 4.8%
IBUs – 8 
Added Ingredients – Hibiscus, lemon peel & chamomile flowers
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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New Holland Brewing Co.’s Elusive Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash Set to Return

DragonsMilkTripleMash2New Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan) has officially announced that Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash will make a highly-anticipated return on April 27.

Last released in 2017, Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash is a version of New Holland’s flagship Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout that has endured “three separate mashes, a delicate lautering, and a year’s slumber in New Holland Spirits barrels.”  Weighing in at a staggering 17% ABV, Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash offers its drinker “an intense malt character paired with warm, toasted flavor notes from its time in the wood.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to release Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash into the wild. Triple Mash takes what is already an amazing beer and really amplifies all those classic Dragon’s Milk flavors to the moon—the roasted malt, barrel sweetness and bourbon all shine through,” said Dominic Bergquist, Brand Manager. “Our brewers have outdone themselves with this brew.”

Release parties for Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash will take place at New Holland’s Grand Rapids and Holland pubs on Saturday, April 27.  While at these release parties, attendees can purchase Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles ($24.99 each | limit of one case per customer per day), on draft, and “as part of a special ‘Flight of the Dragon’ sampler that features Triple Mash along with Dragon’s Milk, Dragon’s Milk White and Dragon’s Milk: Brewer’s Select (2019)—which was aged in a first-use bourbon barrel and hand-selected from New Holland’s cellar just for this occasion.”  A limited amount of Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash – both on draft and in bottles – is expected to hit distribution in Michigan only shortly after the on-site release.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash from New Holland Brewing Company

Release – Limited; April 27, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 17%
IBU – 30
Treatment – A version of Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout that has experienced three separate mashes, a delicate lautering, and a year aging in New Holland Spirits barrels
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Michigan only


DESTIHL Brewery Kicks Off Spring with Release of Piña Colada Gose & Hawaii Five Ale

DESTIHLPinaDESTIHL Brewery (Normal, Illinois) has officially announced that it is greeting spring with two, new tropical-inspired offerings, WiLD Sour Series – Piña Colada Gose and Hawaii Five Ale.

Surfacing as the second of four WiLD Sour Series Seasonal releases in 2019, Piña Colada Gose (5.7% ABV) is DESTIHL’s “take on [the] Leipzig-style Gose, which is brewed with pineapple and coconut for a tropical twist on the classic sour ale.”  This marriage of flavors “provides an added layer of sweet, fruity complexity to the brewery’s Gose that is already known for its tart, citrusy qualities while still balanced by French sea salt and hints of spice from added coriander.”

Also here to provide you with “a taste of paradise” this spring, Hawaii Five Ale is an American Blonde Ale infused with “tropical flavors of pineapple, coconut, mango, peach and guava.”  Weighing in at an easy-drinking 6.4% ABV, Hawaii Five Ale will have you “singing the song of the islands” after just one sip.

“We continue to embrace innovation and feel Piña Colada Gose and Hawaii Five Ale will resonate with consumers looking for refreshing, tropical beers which will be perfect for summer occasions.”


– Matt Potts, Co-Founder, CEO and Brewmaster at DESTIHL Brewery

Piña Colada Gose and Hawaii Five Ale both enter distribution in April.  Piña Colada Gose will be available through June 2019 and Hawaii Five Ale is scheduled to hang around through August 2019.  You can expect to find both of these Seasonal offerings available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Illinois and throughout the rest of DESTIHL’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for WiLD Sour Series – Piña Colada Gose from DESTIHL Brewery

Release – WiLD Sour Series/Seasonal, April – June 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 11
Added Ingredients – Coriander, sea salt, coconut puree & pineapple puree
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Vital Information for Hawaii Five Ale from DESTIHL Brewery

Release – Seasonal, April – August 2019
Style – Blonde Ale/Fruit Beer
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 13
Added Ingredients – Pineapple, coconut, mango, peach & guava puree
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Starr Hill Brewery Introduces Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack

StarrHillSIAS2Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced that Say It Ain’t Sour will launch in April as the brewery’s newest Limited Release mixed 12-pack.

Here to introduce fans to Starr Hill’s newly-released Sour Series of offerings “inspired by the sweet songs that celebrate women with attitude”,  the Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack contains the following four brews that are “just as juicy with fruit punch flavors as they are tart and funky” (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Lizzy | Lime Gose – A brew boasting citric acidity from the juice and peel of limes. Crisp and thirst-quenching, but with mild saltiness, Lizzy will make you dizzy in her riptide and leave you wanting another sip.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft**
  • Lola | Guava Gose – A bubbly, light wheat beer, perfect for dancing all night under electric candlelight. A mix of flowery Guava and modest salinity in a refreshment that looks like champagne and talks like a beer.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available on draft**
  • Mariah | Passion Fruit Gose – Funky, tart, and tropically sweet from passionfruit puree. Silky with plenty of high notes.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft**
  • Roxanne | Raspberry American Sour – An extremely low-hopped, kettle-soured wheat ale. Sweet and tart with raspberry puree and carbonation turned up, this is an effervescent and refreshing brew.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft**

The Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack officially released on April 1 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles at craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

BrewDog and British Airways Brew Speedbird 100 Transatlantic IPA at Altitude

britishairways_216861850814117In recognition of British Airways’ centenary, BrewDog (Ellon, United Kingdom) has partnered with the airline to create Speedbird 100, a Transatlantic IPA brewed at 40,000 feet.

Armed with an India Pale Ale recipe designed to “work perfectly in the air and adapt to the reduction in taste and smell sensitivity at high altitudes”,  BrewDog founders Martin Dickie and James Watt initiated the brewing process for  Speedbird 100 – named after British Airways’ call sign – “on board one of the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, while cruising 500mph over the north of Scotland.”  The brewing team – which also included members of the British Airways cabin crew – “mixed water, hops and barley in the onboard beverage makers to start the mashing part of the brewing process.” **A video of the brew day is available below.**

James Watt MBE, BrewDog’s co-founder, said: “It’s been incredible to be able to partner with British Airways in their centenary year and create a completely new beer for their customers.”


Martin Dickie MBE, BrewDog’s co-founder, added: “The key thing is that the bitterness and fruit flavours aren’t really affected by the altitude, so we wanted to play on those two things and ramp up the sweetness. We really hope British Airways customers love Speedbird 100 as much as we do.”

330ml cans of Speedbird 100 Transatlantic IPA will be “exclusively available to British Airways customers on board all long-haul and short-haul flights and in selected lounges from May 1.”  Speedbird 100, along with several other BrewDog offerings, will be available in British Airways’ Club lounge in Terminal 7 at John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport when it opens later this Spring.  British Airways’ new Club lounge at JFK will serve as BrewDog’s “first bar in New York”.  Prost!




Shiner Beer Unleashes Texas Heat Wave Variety Pack

shinertxheatwave2.pngShiner Beer (Shiner, Texas) has officially announced that Texas Heat Wave, a Limited-Edition Summer Variety Pack, will begin hitting shelves in April 2019.

Released annually to serve as the thirst-quenching answer to a Texas summer, the Texas Heat Wave is a mixed variety pack that contains the following three refreshing brews (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Prickly Pear – A crisp Lager with a tart, citrusy flavor generously donated by prickly pears. 
  • Cherry Limeade – A unique brew with sweet cherry and tangy lime, inspired by a classic summer treat.
  • Sea Salt & Lime Summer Lager – An easy-drinking Lager with just a hint of salt and a refreshing lime finish.  

The Texas Heat Wave Summer Pack is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time during the warm weather months.  You can expect to find this mixed variety pack at craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Shiner’s distribution area.  Prost!



Cascade Brewing Releases Newest One Way or Another Project

cascadenewlogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that the 2017 vintage of its One Way or Another project is slated for a Limited Release in April 2019.

Based upon the collaboration recipe that Cascade Brewing originally developed with Bruery Terreux, One Way or Another (2017) “combines whole, Northwest-grown marionberries and Meyer lemon zest with sour blond ale aged in oak barrels for up to 16 months.”  Weighing in at 7.7% ABV, this blend of One Way or Another offers “notes of blackberry pastry, fresh citrus and spruce tips with a lively acidity and dry finish.”

One Way or Another (2017) debuted in Cascade Brewing’s two Portland pubs on April 5 and is scheduled to begin hitting distribution this week.  You can expect to find this Tier One offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for One Way or Another (2017) from Cascade Brewing 

Release – Limited/Tier One; April 5, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.7%
Treatment – Whole, Northwest-grown marionberries and Meyer lemon zest combined with sour blond ale aged in oak barrels for up to 16 months
Fun Fact – “One Way or Another is a Tier One offering; Cascade’s bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft



Flying Embers Hard Kombucha Expands Distribution Across the U.S.

FlyingEmbersLogoFlying Embers (Ojai, California) has officially announced that it is extending its distribution reach to now include several markets across the United States.

Founded in 2017 by Bill Moses (former CEO and Co-Founder of KeVita Sparkling Probiotic Drink, which was acquired by PepsiCo in 2017), Flying Embers is a brand of Organic Hard Kombucha that currently offers three “refreshing, smooth” flavors: Ginger & Oak, Lemon Orchard, and Ancient Berry.  Each offering is fermented with “black tea, . . . kombucha culture with live probiotics” and “a unique botanical adaptogenic base of roots including ginger, turmeric, ashwagandha, and astragalus. Flying Embers is USDA-certified organic, gluten-free, vegan and has zero grams of sugar at a sessionable 4.5% abv.” After nearly being destroyed by a wildfire in Ojai, California in 2017, Flying Embers shows gratitude to its saviors by giving “1% of its revenues to firefighter charities across the United States.”

“We’re really pleased to be in business with the best distributor partners across the country. It’s a reflection of our commitment to the best-tasting Hard Kombucha, and the veracity of our label claim as an authentic kombucha that has live probiotics, zero sugar, only 100 calories and a botanical adaptogen root base.”


– Bill Moses, Founder of Flying Embers

Newly partnered with distributors including Crescent Crown Distributing, Columbia Distributing, Sheehan Family, Ben E Keith, Mancini Beverage, Matagrano, and Penn Beer, Flying Embers will now expand its distribution area “beyond its Reyes Southern California footprint into the San Francisco Bay Area, Oregon and Washington; southwestern states Arizona and Texas; and jumping to the east coast via New York, Philadelphia and into New England area.”  You can expect to find Flying Embers offerings available in 16 oz. cans and 22 oz. bottles at kombucha-friendly retailers located in those areas.  Prost!

**Readers who are interested in learning more about Flying Embers and the locations where its Organic Hard Kombucha is sold should visit or find them on Instagram or Facebook @flyingembersbrew.**