Bell’s Brewery Starts Sending Double Two Hearted Ale Out for Limited Release

Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its always highly sought-after Double Two Hearted Ale in late July 2021.

Back to give hopheads a double dose of everything they love about the classic Two Hearted Ale, Double Two Hearted Ale is an American Double India Pale Ale that boasts “two and a half times the amount of Centennial hops” found in its little brother. Coming in at a sizable 11% ABV and 80 IBUs, Double Two Hearted Ale “has intense pine and citrus notes, a resinous hop aroma and rich malt character.”

Double Two Hearted Ale will start hitting shelves and taps this week and will see a gradual rollout across the country over the next few weeks. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Double Two Hearted Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/DIPA Series; late July 2021
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 80
Featured Hops – Centennial
Shelf Life – 3 months
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Detailed Release Info – https://help.bellsbeer.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033778574-How-to-Find-Double-Two-Hearted-2021
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Founders Brewing Co. Set for Return of Oktoberfest

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the nationwide Limited Release of its Oktoberfest in August 2021.

Crafted with the intent to be “all in on tradition,” Oktoberfest is a Bavarian-style Märzen brewed with “imported German malts and hops with a beautiful lager yeast for the finish.” Coming in at 6% ABV and boasting a “rich, malty and slightly sweet backbone,” Oktoberfest is “akin to the beer poured in the early days of Oktoberfest and, yes, it adheres to the Reinheitsgebot.”

Oktoberfest will hit Founder Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on July 28 and nationwide distribution will follow in August. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s 50-state distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Oktoberfest from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; late July – September 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 20
Calories – 190
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Tasting Notes: Pistachio Cream Ale from Indeed Brewing Company

Back to fill the weekend with some much-needed beery goodness, Tasting Notes returns with a look at Pistachio Cream Ale from Indeed Brewing Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Originally introduced in February 2020 as a taproom exclusive that just caught fire and earned “instantaneous success and [a] cult following,” Pistachio Cream Ale is a Cream Ale infused with pistachio essence to offer just the right amount of nutty flavor and aroma. Coming in at 5.5% ABV, Pistachio Cream Ale “does not disappoint with a subtly nutty and malty flavor that leaves a spritzy mouthfeel. It’s a beer to go unabashedly nuts for.”

Pistachio Cream Ale is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused establishments located within Indeed’s distribution footprint in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Now that we have all the background info covered, let’s crack open this can of nuts and see what it is all about over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Pistachio Cream Ale from Indeed Brewing Company

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz. can into a shaped pint glass, Pistachio Cream Ale pours a pale golden in color with almost three fingers of rocky, bright white foam resting gently on top. When held to direct light, richer golden tones push through and allow the beer to glow softly. The beer is pristine in clarity and shows off an abundance of small, fast-moving carbonation bubbles streaming within. Head retention is good, falling slowly to a lasting and more manageable half finger that lays down some wide arcing patterns of lace on the glass after each sip.

Aroma: Pale malt sweetness leads the way here and is accompanied by just a kiss of corn. The hops offer a touch of tropical fruitiness and some candy-like melon notes. The profile closes with a long hit of subtle pistachio nuttiness.

Taste: Pistachios step forward onto the palate first along with a grace of vanilla sweetness. This translates as a semi-sweet pistachio ice cream-like character, and it is divine. The hops gently break up the sweetness mid-sip with a touch of floral and tropical tones. The beer closes on a light wave of corn and pale malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation level, this Cream Ale has an airy, creamy texture that glides slowly across the palate. The beer is a bit sweet, but it is balanced well in the finish and dries out nicely. The 5.5% ABV is slightly noticeable, but it is nothing more than the occasional tickle of warmth in the throat. The aftertaste is just a touch of sweet pistachio and corn.

Final Thoughts: Indeed’s Pistachio Cream Ale is absolutely nuts. It is somehow both a sweet treat and a crushable brew perfect for sessioning on warm days. It is both dynamic and wildly approachable. It is everything I thought it could not be and it delighted on each and every sip as it proved me wrong. It is a legit pistachio experience wrapped around all the easy-drinking goodness you hope to get out of a Cream Ale. For lack of a better word, it achieves perfection when it comes to its every intention.

This was easily a surprise hit of the year for me and it is a beer that I will go out of my way to seek out again. Pistachio Cream Ale is without a doubt a must try for any pistachio-lovin’ beer nerd out there. Prost!

Straight to Ale Goes Straight Gangster with Limited Release of Pompatus of Love

Straight to Ale (Huntsville, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Pompatus of Love in mid-July 2021.

Specifically crafted for all the Space Cowboys out there, Pompatus of Love is an Imperial Sour Ale that boasts “pomegranate, raspberry, blackberry, and vanilla flavors.” Coming in at 8% ABV, Pompatus of Love is the perfect beer to enjoy while hanging out with your buddy Maurice.

Pompatus of Love is rolling out now and will stick around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at Straight to Ale and select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Pompatus of Love from Straight to Ale

Release – Limited; mid-July 2021
Style – Imperial Sour Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Ingredients – Pomegranate, raspberry, blackberry & vanilla
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Terrapin Beer Co. Adds Cryophonic to IPA Survival Kit

Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Cryophonic will make a limited time appearance in the brewery’s IPA Survival Kit Mixed 12-pack beginning in July 2021.

Developed to “[deliver] a smooth performance every time,” Cryophonic is an American India Pale Ale featuring four varieties of Cryo hops: Amarillo Cryo, Citra Cryo, Mosaic Cryo and Simcoe Cryo. Coming in at 5.5% ABV and 45 IBUs, Cryophonic uses these “cryogenically processed beauties” to create a “smooth tonal balance and wide dynamic range.”

Cryophonic will join Hopsecutioner, Luau Krunkles and RecreationAle in the IPA Survival Kit Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans in July. You can expect to find this new edition of the IPA Survival Kit at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area for a limited time. Prost!

Vital Information for Cryophonic from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited; July 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 45
Hops – Strata, Amarillo Cryo, Citra Cryo, Mosaic Cryo & Simcoe Cryo
Malts – 2-Row, Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats, Cara Pilsner & CaraMalt
Availability – Available exclusively in the IPA Survival Kit Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder

Green Bench Brewing Co. Announces Return of Festbier Lager

Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Petersburg, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its Festbier Lager in mid-July 2021.

Their authentic take on the celebratory beer of Germany, Green Bench’s Festbier is a German-style Lager brewed with “imported German Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts” to create a “clean and moderately strong malty flavor . . . developed entirely from a traditional double decoction process and natural carbonation.” Coming in at 5.8% ABV, Festbier “is more akin to a heavy bodied Helles with more hop flavor.”

Festbier is rolling out now and will hang around through the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Green Bench’s distribution footprint in Florida. Prost!

Vital Information for Festbier Lager from Green Bench Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; mid-July – October 2021
Style – Festbier
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 27
Malts – German Pilsner, Vienna & Munich
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft

AleSmith Brewing Adds Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA to Seasonal Lineup

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will introduce Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA in select markets starting in July 2021.

Here to help you “beat the heat” this summer, Tropical Marmalade is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale featuring “intense notes of coconut, red berries and mango” sourced from Aloha and Sabro hops. Coming in at 7.1% ABV, Tropical Marmalade’s “tropical aromas evoke paradise on the palate, melding berry, floral, fruity and citrus notes from Aloha hops with distinct tangerine, coconut, tropical fruit and stone fruit notes from Sabro hops – a passionate marriage of complementary aromas inspired by the brew’s namesake spread – marmalade.”

“We’re excited for Tropical Marmalade to make a return to our seasonal lineup,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “It was a staff favorite from 2019, so we had to bring it back. With the tropical hop blend and flavors, plus a smooth finish, this is a perfect beer to keep cool this summer.”

Tropical Marmalade is rolling out now in select markets and is slated for wider distribution in October until the end of 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in California and select other states found within the brewery’s 28-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal; launching with limited distribution in July 2021 | expanded availability in October 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.1%

IBUs – 25
Featured Hops – Aloha & Sabro
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Funky Buddha Continues Barrel-aged Void Shaker Series with Vanilla Variant

Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Void Shaker Barrel-aged Vanilla Stout (a.k.a. Vanilla Void Shaker) in early July 2021.

The latest release in Funky Buddha’s Void Shaker Series of Barrel-aged Stouts, Vanilla Void Shaker is an Imperial Stout that was aged “exclusively in High West Distillery [bourbon] barrels” and then dosed with additions of vanilla. Coming in at 11% ABV, Vanilla Void Shaker bursts with “explosive flavors from another dimension.”

Vanilla Void Shaker is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through October 2021. 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 Florida. Prost!

Vital Information for Void Shaker Barrel-aged Vanilla Stout from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/Void Shaker Series; July – October 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 40
Ingredients – Water, Barley Malt, Non-Malted Cereals, Brown Sugar, Lactose, Hops & Natural Vanilla Flavors
Treatment – Aged in High West Distillery bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Florida
Beer Finder – https://find.funkybuddhabrewery.com/

Flying Dog Plays Trickster, Introduces Deepfake Non-Alcoholic IPA

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will introduce Deepfake Non-Alcoholic IPA in early July 2021.

Developed to “make you question everything you thought you knew about non-alcoholic beer,” Deepfake is a Non-Alcoholic India Pale Ale that uses Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra hops to produce an “aroma and flavor profile dominated by hop notes of orange, grapefruit, mango and passionfruit.” Coming in at less than 0.5% ABV, Deepfake is “a delicious IPA-imposter with a medium body and clean finish. For consumers who want to avoid alcohol for any reason, but don’t want to sacrifice the taste and feel of the real thing, Deepfake is the perfect illusion.”

“Choosing a non-alcoholic beer shouldn’t mean suffering through a tasteless, watery imposter,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog Brewery. “Deepfake gives you the satisfaction of drinking a real beer, without the added calories and alcohol. It would fool anyone.”

Deepfake is rolling out now as Flying Dog’s newest Year-Round brew. You can expect to find this new Non-Alcoholic option available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Maryland and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Deepfake Non-Alcoholic IPA from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Year Round; launching July 2021
Style – Non-Alcoholic India Pale Ale
ABV – Less than 0.5%
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Simcoe & Citra
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

TrimTab Brewing Adds Flotation Device to Beach Club Series

TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Flotation Device on Wednesday, July 7.

Dropping as the latest cocktail-inspired offering to come out of TrimTab’s Beach Club Series, Flotation Device is a Fruited Sour Ale featuring additions of “tropical Pink Guava, juicy sweet Tangerine, and happy hour sea salt.” Coming in at 7.5% ABV, Flotation Device is here to help you gently coast through summer.

Flotation Device – available in 16 oz. cans and on draft – will hit the Tasting Gallery at TrimTab Brewing at noon on July 7 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Like other Beach Club offerings, you can expect to find Flotation Device at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama and Georgia shortly after the on-site release. Prost!

Vital Information for Flotation Device from TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited/Beach Club Series; July 7, 2021
Style – Fruited Sour Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Featured Ingredients – Pink guava, tangerine & sea salt
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft