Flying Dog Brewery Introduces Pool Hopping As Newest Summer Seasonal

FlyingDogPoolHoppingCanFlying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that Pool Hopping Deck Beer will join its Seasonal lineup in late March 2020.

Developed to be Flying Dog’s “pioneering . . . new take on summer beers” (a.k.a. the “Deck Beer”), Pool Hopping is a “stripped-down” Hazy India Pale Ale that uses “traditional beer ingredients – like Citra and Mosaic hops, and Pilsner and Wheat malts – to achieve unimaginable flavors and aromas, without the added juices you’ll find in a lot of warm weather beers.”  Filled with “tropical notes of mango and citrus,” Pool Hopping (5.4% ABV) “offers a big juicy hop presence complimented by a moderate body and low bitterness.”

“Pool Hopping is a super crushable summer beer that’s refreshing and tropical without the sweetness,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog Brewery. “Our experts in the brewhouse essentially combined a NEIPA and Brut IPA to make a new beer that deserved a category of its own.”

Pool Hopping replaces Summer Rental Grapefruit Radler in Flying Dog’s summer seasonal lineup.

Pool Hopping Deck Beer officially released on March 23 and is scheduled to hang around throughout the summer months of 2020.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, in the SPF 1000 Summer Variety 12-Pack of 12 oz. cans, and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pool Hopping Deck Beer from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal (Summer); launching March 23, 2020
Style – Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.4%
Featured Hops – Citra & Mosaic
Fun Fact – “The original art on the Pool Hopping can features a new technique from world renowned illustrator Ralph Steadman, the artist behind all of Flying Dog’s major release label artwork. Steadman’s inspiration for this label came from the natural white salt lines forming on the cover of a backyard pool. From that inspiration, Steadman drew a tropical bird quizzically looking up at a pair of human legs, thinking to himself, ‘Blimey, that’s a big bird!’”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, in Flying Dog’s SPF 1000 Summer Variety 12-Pack & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

 

 

Tasting Notes: Island Mango Twist from Garage Brewing Co.

GarageIMTPour_editedFor this installment of Tasting Notes, we enjoy an at-home tropical getaway from our social distancing routine thanks to a few cans of Island Mango Twist from Garage Brewing Co. (Temecula, California).

Meant to magically whisk you away from whatever daily life can throw at you, Island Mango Twist is a Hefeweizen “crafted with a twist of mango, pineapple and coconut.”  Coming in at a highly drinkable 5.2% ABV, Island Mango Twist is here to “take you on an island vacation without even leaving your couch” . . . which is super convenient now that we are all being asked to shelter in place during this whole COVID-19 situation.

Island Mango Twist is available now for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Garage Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Now that we all know a little of the info behind the beer, let’s crack open a can and daydream about an island vacation over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Island Mango Twist from Garage Brewing Co.

Appearance: Island Mango Twist pours a bright, gold-tinged orange in color and is topped with just over two fingers of lush, white foam. When held to direct light, those golden hues take over and leave just a bit of orange to rest at the core of the beer.  This brew is sporting that beautiful, OG Hefeweizen haze/cloudiness, but a spritely carbonation presence can still be seen dancing within.  Head retention is good, eventually falling to a complete top cap that draws spindly lines of lace on the glass at times.

Aroma: Classic Hefeweizen character surfaces first with a good amount of banana and a touch of bubblegum. A coconut presence then brings a tropical breeze of coconut water and sweet coconut meat.  Mango, pineapple, and a bit of papaya closes out the profile with a lively burst of fruitiness.  This beer basically smells like you just peeled back the foil seal on a tropical fruit cup.

Taste: Mango and pineapple lead the show here, quickly establishing a solid and juicy tropical vibe. That vibe intensifies as the coconut offers just the right amount of complementary rich creaminess but without overpowering the fruits.  The Hefeweizen base closes out the experience with a healthy, lasting pop of banana.

Mouthfeel:  On the fuller side of medium in body with a lively carbonation, this Hefeweizen is soft and pillowy in texture but still moves quickly across the palate to find a somewhat dry finish. The balance does lean to the sweet side, but it really could not get any more perfect considering the added fruits and coconut. The 5.2% ABV is super light, only hinting at a grace of heat in the throat at times.  The aftertaste is all banana and coconut.

Final Thoughts: Island Mango Twist does a fantastic job of being unmistakably tropical while avoiding being overly sweet. The Hefeweizen style proves to be an ideal base for this beer as it carries the tropical fruit and coconut well, adds those wonderful banana notes, gives the beer a lush feel and weight, and also adds a sense of balance. This results in an experience that has all the tropical notes you crave from a tropical/tiki-style mixed drink, but with the ABV and drinkability of a session beer. All in all, Island Mango Twist is a perfect go-to beer to enjoy by the pool or on the couch while binge-watching whatever show you are trying to catch up on during this whole stay-at-home situation.  Stay well, be safe, and drink on some Island Mango Twist if you get the chance.  Prost!

 

Stone Brewing Celebrates a Month of Dankness with Release of Enjoy By 4.20 IPA

2020_EJB0420_22ozBottleMock4Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Stone Enjoy By 4.20 IPA in late March 2020.

Sure to be the most coveted release of the year in Stone Brewing’s Enjoy By IPA series, Stone Enjoy By 4.20 IPA is an “uber-fresh, specifically-brewed-not-to-last” Double India Pale Ale that features 12 different hop varietals – Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Cascade, Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Helga. Taking advantage of the fact that April 2020 means “the calendar will read 4/20 for an entire month,” Stone Enjoy By 4.20 IPA (9.4% ABV, 90 IBUs) is here to help you properly spend “30 full days . . . celebrating the glory of those magical resinous green buds we call hops.”

Stone Enjoy By 4.20 IPA officially released on March 24 and will be available until the end of April 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Enjoy By 4.20 IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited/Stone Enjoy By IPA Series; late March – April 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.4% 
IBUs – 90
Featured Hops – Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Cascade, Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka & Helga
Suggested Food Pairings – “Appetizers – Guacamole, kimchi, salt and pepper shrimp (or tofu), sausage-stuffed jalapeños | Main Course – Chicken-fried steak, Merguez sausage, gumbo, chile relleno, Thai drunken noodles | Dessert – Carrot cake, peach cobbler, ginger spice cake, pumpkin cheesecake | Cheeses – Parmigiano-Reggiano, extra aged Cheddar, Rogue Creamery Caveman Blue, Mimolette | Cigar –  Alec Bradley Trilogy Authentic Corojo, Altadis U.S.A Edición Limitada, Camacho Select”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Wild Leap Brew Co. Launches Gratuity Light Beer & Fundraising Campaign In Support Of Service Industry

WildLeapLogo2Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce Gratuity Light Beer, a craft beer with a mission to “[support] service industry workers who have been hit hard by the worldwide COVID-19 crisis,” during the week of April 6, 2020.

Specifically brewed by Wild Leap with the intention to donate “10% of profits [raised from the sale of this new Year-Round release] to nonprofit organizations who help support the service industry through emergency financial assistance,” Gratuity Light Beer “a crisp, cold-conditioned beer featuring simple ingredients like Pilsen malt, traditional Czech Saaz hops and Wild Leap’s house yeast.”  Coming in at an “approachable and drinkable” 4.2% ABV, Gratuity’s traditional ingredients “combine . . . to provide consumers with a refreshing, lower ABV craft option which still provides the flavorful profile you’ve come to expect from Wild Leap.”

“In times of crisis, service industry workers often are left without benefits to fall back on. In the current climate, empty bars, taprooms, hotels and restaurants have left workers without the support from customers that they rely on,” says Anthony Rodriguez, Wild Leap co-founder and CEO. “The purpose of Gratuity Light Beer is to provide support for these hard-working people.”

 

“Gratuity doubles as a way to support the industry while providing people with more accessible, affordable craft beer,” says Chris Elliott, Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer. “With all that’s happening right now, the release of Gratuity is more important than ever.”

When it comes to Wild Leap’s motivation and mission behind Gratuity Light Beer, here is what the brewery is doing to support service industry workers impacted by COVID-19 through this beer:

  • Wild Leap has preemptively donated $5,000 to nonprofit organization Bottleshare via a GoFundMe campaign (wildleap.com/donate) they have set up. With the online campaign, the initial goal is to raise $15,000 in donations. (If you are someone working in the craft beverage industry and in need of support, go to bottleshare.org/grant-application to apply for assistance.)
  • Once Gratuity Light Beer is released on April 6th, 10% of profits from Gratuity will continue to support service industry organizations year-round.

“Wild Leap could not have come to us during a more crucial time!” says Bottleshare Founder, Christopher Glenn. “Their passion was incredible. There were no stipulations, no fine print, it was simply, ‘Hey, we’ve heard of your mission and we want to help.’ At a time when being selfish is easy but support is so necessary, Wild Leap is stepping up and making an impact.”

Gratuity Light Beer is scheduled to debut the week of April 6 with availability in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans.  You can expect to find this incredibly special Year-Round offering at Wild Leap Brew Co. via curbside pick-up and at craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Gratuity Light Beer from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching April 6
Style – American Light Beer
ABV – 4.2%
Featured Malt – Pilsen
Featured Hops – Czech Saaz
Mission – “For every purchase of Gratuity, Wild Leap is donating 10% of profits to nonprofit organizations who help support the service industry through emergency financial assistance.”
Fun Fact – “Gratuity is the first light beer to come out of the Wild Leap brewhouse and is the first beer available in a 12-pack.”
Availability – 12-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

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Urban South Brewery Goes Year-Round with Snoball Juice IPA

Snoball-Juice-CanUrban South Brewery (New Orleans, Louisiana) has officially announced that its award-winning Snoball Juice IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in late March 2020.

Brewed as a “salute to the signature New Orleans summer treat,” Snoball Juice is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale “hopped with nearly five pounds per barrel of Idaho 7, Vic Secret, El Dorado and Citra hops.”  Clocking in at a “smooth-drinking” 7% ABV and 50 IBUs, Snoball Juice features a flavor profile filled with “juicy tropical fruit.”

Snoball Juice IPA will be available Year-Round in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft beginning in late March.  You can expect to find this tasty treat at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located within Urban South’s distribution footprint in Louisiana. Prost!

Vital Information for Snoball Juice IPA from Urban South Brewery

Release – Year-Round; launching March 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 50
Featured Hops – Idaho 7, Vic Secret, El Dorado & Citra
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pairs well with Louisiana staples like summer heat, afternoon swims and crawfish boils”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Louisiana 

Boulevard Brewing Introduces Rye on Rye Maple as Next Limited Release

BoulevardLogoBlackBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Rye on Rye Maple on April 6.

The result of “patience, great barrels and creative brewers,” Rye on Rye Maple takes Boulevard’s Rye on Rye — “a complex yet approachable ale that defies categorization” — and ages it “to perfection” in barrels that were “used to age Templeton Rye 4, then filled with Vermont maple syrup for two months, then re-filled with whiskey to create Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish.”  This treatment produces a multilayered Rye Beer that is “bold and complex, with aromas of maple syrup (duh!), caramel, butterscotch, hazelnut and oaky vanilla that emanate from the glass.” Weighing in at a massive 13.2% ABV, Rye on Rye Maple “is deceptively smooth for a beer with these epic levels of robust booze character.”

“This year’s blend comes from aging [Boulevard’s] Rye on Rye base beer four different ways:”

  • 31% – Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish barrels
  • 35% – Templeton 4 year barrels
  • 27% – Templeton 4 year barrels with Maple syrup added after 8 months
  • 7% – 2018 Rye on Rye, double barrel-aged

Rye on Rye Maple is scheduled to hit the Greater Kansas City area on April 6 with wider distribution to follow shortly after that date. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rye on Rye Maple from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; April 6, 2020
Style – Rye Beer
ABV – 13.2%
IBUs – 16
Malts – Pale Malt, Cara 50, Rye Malt, Cara Rye & Munich
Hops – Magnum, Bravo & Styrian Golding
Yeast – House Scottish 
Treatment – Aged in barrels used to age Templeton Rye 4, then filled with Vermont maple syrup for two months, then re-filled with whiskey to create Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish
Suggested Food Pairings – “Fried chicken and waffles, butter pecan ice cream, aged hard cheeses, hours and hours of contemplative time at home”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Second Line Brewing Expands Distribution to Alabama

SecondLineLogoSecond Line Brewing (New Orleans, Louisiana) has officially announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Budweiser Busch Distributing Co. (Bud Busch) in Mobile, Alabama and will begin distribution in South Alabama in April 2020.

Founded five years ago, Second Line Brewing has since established “itself as one of New Orleans’ most loved neighborhood craft breweries” by “brewing honest and well-crafted small batch beers at their brewery located in the Mid-City neighborhood.” Now that they are confident that they can “support the brand appropriately” in other markets, Second Line has decided to launch distribution in South Alabama with the following three offerings:

  • Queen of New England – New England-style India Pale Ale
  • Saison Named Desire – A classic Saison brewed with orange zest and Moro blood orange. Light, refreshing, balanced and perfect for any occasion.  ABV – 5.6%  IBUs – 27
  • West Coast Style IPA – Heaps of late kettle and dry hops, along with a restrained malt bill and hop-friendly water profile come together to produce an IPA with a great floral aroma and assertive citrus/grapefruit flavor.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 68

“Extending our reach into Alabama with Bud Busch makes total sense for us. There are a lot of ties between New Orleans and Southern Alabama including Mardi Gras in Mobile, vacationing in Fairhope and of course the beach at Gulf Shores. We have a great following in New Orleans and look forward to extending our following to South Alabama.”

 

– Mark Logan, Co-founder & COO at Second Line Brewing

With Bud Busch handling all distribution responsibilities, Second Line Brewing plans to begin distribution in South Alabama on April 1.  You can expect to find Second Line Brewing’s offerings at craft beer-friendly establishments located in the Mobile, Fairhope and Gulf Shores areas of Alabama. Prost!

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Swamp Head Brewery Introduces Tropical Vibes as Newest Seasonal

SwampHeadLogoVertSwamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Tropical Vibes Mango Guava Wheat on Wednesday, March 25.

Here to give us all “a little tropical escape” during this time of social distancing, Tropical Vibes is a “refreshing, fruity” American Wheat Ale brewed with mango and guava.  Coming in at just 4.5% ABV, Tropical Vibes is meant to be “light enough to have a few whether you’re sitting under a palm tree or, well, sitting on your couch.”

Tropical Vibes will debut at Swamp Head Brewery at noon on March 25 and is scheduled to enter distribution in April 2020.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within Swamp Head’s distribution footprint in Florida.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Vibes from Swamp Head Brewery

Release – Seasonal; launching March 25, 2020
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients – Mango & guava
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Florida

New Realm Brewing & Fat Heads Brewery Collaborate on Steel and Coal IPL

NewRealmFatHeadsNew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Steel and Coal India Pale Lager, a special collaboration with Fat Head’s Brewery (Middleburg Heights, Ohio), on March 24.

A beer that brought together two renowned brewmasters – New Realm’s Mitch Steele (Steel) and Fat Head’s Matt Cole (Coal) – for a hop-filled collaboration that pretty much named itself, Steel and Coal is an India Pale Lager “dry hopped . . . with heaps of Simcoe and Strata hops to make it unique.”  Weighing in at 7% ABV and 60 IBUs, Steel and Coal comes together to offer “a crisp finish and a mouthfeel of citrusy, resinous, peachy and berry like flavors you don’t want to miss.”

“Matt Cole and I are longtime friends and have brewed several great beers together over the years. I love how Matt brews his beers, and I’m thrilled to brew this India Pale Lager with him that showcases two of our favorite hop varieties,” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing.

 

“I feel deeply honored to have been invited to brew with my buddy Mitch and get to check out New Realm Brewing. We both have a passion for IPA’s so creating Steel and Coal India Pale Lager is pretty exciting,” said Matt Cole, Master Brewer and Co-Founder of Fat Heads Brewery.

Steel and Coal India Pale Lager will officially release on March 24 and will only be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at New Realm’s taproom in Atlanta and at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Steel and Coal from New Realm Brewing Company & Fat Head’s Brewery

Release – Limited; March 24, 2020
Style – India Pale Lager
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Simcoe & Strata
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia only

Terrapin Beer Co. Set for Wide Release of Los Bravos Mexican-style Lager

3D Los Bravos 12oz Can 121119RGB TransparentTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Special Release of Los Bravos Mexican-style Lager in April 2020.

A fan-favorite with baseball fans that was previously only available at Terrapin’s ATL Brew Lab at the Battery, Los Bravos is a “crisp and slightly sweet” Mexican-style Lager “brewed with Mt. Hood, Saaz, and Tettnanger hops for a touch of hop flavor to balance a clean malt profile.”  Coming in at an easy drinking 5.1% ABV, Los Bravos is an approachable offering that is truly “Cervezas Por Todos, Beer for All.”

Los Bravos is set to release in April 2020 and will be available for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans and on draft.  This Special Release will initially launch in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee only, but expanded distribution is expected to follow. Prost!

Vital Information for Los Bravos from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Special; April 2020
Style – Mexican-style Lager
ABV – 5.1%
IBUs – 25
Malts – Pilsner & Vienna
Hops – Mt. Hood, Saaz & Tettnanger 
Suggested Food Pairings – “This beer complements any spicy dish and helps keep any fiesta fueled”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina & Tennessee to start

Beer Finder – https://www.terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder