Founders Brewing Co. to Introduce Más Agave Grapefruit Alongside Re-release of Más Agave in 2020

mas_agave_grapefruit_12oz_bottleFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will release Más Agave Barrel-aged Imperial Lime Gose in tandem with its first variant, Más Agave Grapefruit, in May 2020.

First introduced in 2019 and back to reclaim the summertime slot in Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series, Más Agave is a margarita-inspired Imperial Gose “brewed with agave, lime and sea salt and then aged . . . in tequila barrels for just the right amount of kick.” Ridiculously smooth and easy drinking for 10% ABV, Más Agave is “a party in a bottle.”

New for 2020, Más Agave Grapefruit takes Más Agave to a new level after it is removed from the barrels by getting “a dose of fresh grapefruit juice to ramp up the tanginess and to pay homage to [Founders Brewing Co.’s] other favorite tequila-based cocktail, the Paloma.”  Also coming in at around 10% ABV, Más Agave Grapefruit is “sweet, salty, and mouth-puckeringly delicious.”

Más Agave and Más Agave Grapefruit will both release in May and are scheduled to hang around into July 2020.  You can expect to find both of these Limited Release offerings available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml 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 area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Más Agave from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; May – July 2020
Style – Imperial Gose
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 20
Added Ingredients – Agave, lime & sea salt
Treatment – Aged in Tequila barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Vital Information for Más Agave Grapefruit from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; May – July 2020
Style – Imperial Gose
ABV – 10% (+/-)
IBUs – ???
Added Ingredients – Agave, lime, sea salt & grapefruit juice
Treatment – Aged in Tequila barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

 

 

 

Stone Brewing Releases Stone Enjoy By 01.01.20 Unfiltered IPA

2020_EJB0101_22ozBottle_MockupStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will be putting a bow on 2019 with the Limited Release of Stone Enjoy By 01.01.20 Unfiltered IPA.

Designed “specifically to be enjoyed BEFORE the clock hits zero at midnight of New Year’s Eve,” Stone Enjoy By 01.01.20 is a “festively fresh”, unfiltered Double India Pale Ale featuring a massive hop bill that includes Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Cascade, Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Helga hops.  By remaining unfiltered, this “golden-hued” offering “takes on a hazy appearance and its peach and tropical fruit hop aroma are intensified.” Coming in at 9.4% ABV and 90 IBUs, Stone Enjoy By 01.01.20 Unfiltered IPA can be enjoyed at any point until the end of the year but “there is no better time to savor this incredibly fresh . . . Double IPA than RIGHT NOW!”

Stone Enjoy By 01.01.20 Unfiltered IPA is rolling out now and will be available until the end of 2019.  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 area. Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Enjoy By 01.01.20 Unfiltered IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited; late November 2019 – January 1, 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
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

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TrimTab Brewing Set for Can Release of Cake Therapy Imperial Stout

TrimTablogoTrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Can Release for Cake Therapy Imperial Stout at the brewery on Friday, December 6.

Arriving as the newest slice of happiness to come out of TrimTab Brewing’s Cellar Reserve Series, Cake Therapy is an Imperial Stout “crafted with double chocolate, cinnamon and vanilla icing.”  Coming in at 10% ABV, the decadently sweet Cake Therapy is sure to delight “16 sinfully delicious ounces” at a time.

Cake Therapy will officially release in the Tasting Gallery at TrimTab Brewing on December 6. This Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.  There is no word at this time as to whether Cake Therapy will see distribution, but past Cellar Reserve Series offerings have turned up at select craft beer-focused establishments located within TrimTab Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cake Therapy from TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited/Cellar Reserve Series; December 6, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 10%
Added Ingredients – Double chocolate, cinnamon & vanilla icing
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Brewery Release; limited distribution is possible if supply allows for it

Hidden Springs Ale Works & 3 Sons Brewing Co. Collaborate on Moby Thiccc

HiddenSprings3SonsHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Moby Thicc, a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with 3 Sons Brewing Company (Dania Beach, Florida), in its tasting room on Saturday, December 7.

Specifically created for the most seasoned white whale hunters out there in the craft beer community, Moby Thicc is a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout featuring toasted coconut, chocolate and almonds.  Weighing in at a massive 13% ABV, Moby Thicc promises to offer an experience similar to an Almond Joy.

The bottle release for Moby Thicc will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. 22 oz. bottles of Moby Thiccc will cost $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes prior to opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St., on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave. There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery and under the I-275 overpass
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall near the door on Henderson so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors and be sure that you pick up after yourself

Moby Thiccc is a brewery exclusive release and will not see distribution.  Like all white whales worth hunting, Moby Thiccc will be elusive and disappear just as quickly as it appears.  If you wish to get your hands on a bottle of this beast, just make sure that you are in line by the final head count on Saturday morning. Prost!

Vital Information for Moby Thiccc from Hidden Springs Ale Works & 3 Sons Brewing Company

Release – Limited; December 7, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 13%
IBUs – 20
Added Ingredients – Toasted coconut, chocolate & almonds
Treatment – Barrel-aged
Availability – 22 oz. bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery exclusive release

3 Sons Brewing Co. Schedules Bottle Release for Vanilla Big Sxxxy

3SonsLogo3 Sons Brewing Company (Dania Beach, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Vanilla Big Sxxxy at the brewery on Sunday, December 8.

Arriving as the latest variant of 3 Sons Brewing Co.’s Big Sxxxy Barrel-aged Barleywine, Vanilla Big Sxxxy is an English-style Barleywine that has aged in vanilla bourbon barrels for 22 months.  This treatment results in a “creamy, thic and rich” Vanilla Big Sxxxy that supplies an experience that the brewery describes as “liquid caramel bourbon, crème brûlée,”

Vanilla Big Sxxxy will officially release in the taproom at 3 Sons Brewing Company (236 N Federal Hwy Suite 104 | Dania Beach, Florida) at noon on Sunday, December 8.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 375ml bottles for the cost $24 each (limit of two bottles per person).  3 Sons Brewing Company will also have a limited amount of Big Sxxxy branded glassware available during the release for $10 each (limit of one glass per person).  Vanilla Big Sxxxy is a brewery exclusive release that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Vanilla Big Sxxxy from 3 Sons Brewing Company

Release – Limited; December 8, 2019
Style – English-style Barleywine
ABV – ???
Treatment – Aged for 22 months in vanilla bourbon barrels
Availability – 375ml bottles ($24 each, limit of two bottles per person)
Distribution – None. Brewery exclusive release

DuClaw Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Tennessee

DuclawLogoDuClaw Brewing Co. (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it has partnered with Advintage Distributing so that it can immediately begin distribution throughout the state of Tennessee.

Established in 1996, DuClaw Brewing Co. has since made a name for itself by “fearlessly innovating” and pushing the limits of what beer lovers expect from the craft beer industry.  This clever approach has led the brewery to create a mind-blowing portfolio “including ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, and its ‘Sour Me’ series including ‘Sour Me Unicorn Farts.”  With the addition of Tennessee, DuClaw’s beers are now in 19 states across the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest U.S.

DuClaw Brewing Co. will enter the Tennessee market with offerings such as ‘Sweet Baby Jesus’ Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, ‘Dirty Little Freak’ Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, ‘Regular Beer’ Lager, ‘Haze Of Glory’ New England IPA, ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ Strawberry Tart IPA, ‘Apri-Caught Stealing’ Apricot Tart IPA, and ‘Sweet Baby Java’ Espresso Bean infused Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter.  

“We’ve wanted to get our brews into the hands of Tennesseans for a while, so we’re very happy to announce our arrival,” said DuClaw Founder Dave Benfield. “It’s been a strong start, and we’re looking forward to building on that momentum.”

With the assistance of Advintage Distributing, DuClaw Brewing Co. is rolling out in Tennessee now.  You can expect to find DuClaw offerings at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located throughout the state.  Prost!

 

New Belgium Brewing & TRVE Brewing Co. Collaborate on Where I Live Dark Sour Ale

NBTRVEWhereILive2New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that Where I Live, a Limited Release Mixed Culture Sour Ale brewed in collaboration with TRVE Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado), is hitting select markets now.

Inspired by the “ancient Belgian tradition” of blending wood-aged Sour Ales, Lauren Limbach, New Belgium Wood Cellar Director and Blender, and Nick Nunns, Founder of TRVE Brewing, have “long dreamt of blending their sour beers” but such a project was not legally possible until December 2017 when the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform “legalized brewery-to-brewery tax-free transfers of beer.”

“When we first started talking about this collaboration at GABF 2016, it wasn’t even legal,” says Limbach. “U.S. brewers couldn’t send beer to each other for this kind of project. That changed in late 2017, paving the way for what we think is the first beer of its kind in the U.S. — legally, at least.”

To bring this “dream collaboration” to life, New Belgium started Where I Live with a base beer brewed with malts from Troubadour Maltings in Fort Collins and fermented with Norwegian Kveik yeast.  That base beer was then “blended with a foeder-aged dark sour, then further matured with TRVE’s mixed-culture in one of New Belgium’s French oak foeders.”  To finish the beer off, the final blend was “circulated over whole-flower lavender grown on the Western Slope of Colorado by Two Bears Farms.”  Clocking in at 6% ABV, Where I Live comes together to be “a floral-infused, malt-driven, crushable sour full of friendship and intent.”

Where I Live officially debuted on Black Friday, November 29 and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, California, Nevada, Missouri, Connecticut, Kentucky and New York.  Prost!

Vital Information for Where I Live from New Belgium Brewing & TRVE Brewing Company

Release – Limited; November 29, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
Malts – Pevec, Ballad & Encore from Troubadour Maltings in Fort Collins, Colorado
Added Ingredients – Whole flower lavender
Yeast – Kveik
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Limited; Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, California, Nevada, Missouri, Connecticut, Kentucky & New York
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

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Lauren Limbach, New Belgium Wood Cellar Director and Blender, illustrates the process for creating Where I Live. Photo Credit: New Belgium Brewing

Founders Brewing Co. Reveals 2020 Availability Calendar

4_giants_fpo_3-4_mockup-1024x1024Brewery release calendar season is back once again and we are kicking of this year’s round with a look at the 2020 Availability Calendar for Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

As is the norm around here when it comes to beer calendars, we have published Founders Brewing Co.’s 2020 Availability Calendar in its entirety below so that you can examine it at your own pace.  With that said, here are a few juicy tidbits that we would like to highlight before we turn you over to the calendar:

  • The Barrel-Aged Series kicks off with the 2019/2020 release of KBS Espresso – the first variant of KBS – which will have availability into February 2020.  The original KBS will return in February as a Year-Round release. Más Agave (May – July) and Underground Mountain Brown (September – October) are both scheduled to return in 2020. Founders plans to add two new yet-to-be-named offerings to the series during the year – one of which will be a Más Agave variant.
  • The brewery’s Year-Round lineup will see the addition of Unraveled IPA in February.  Unraveled IPA is an “incredibly flavorful and aromatic” Juicy India Pale Ale “dry hopped with traditional hop pellets along with lupulin powder, an innovative hop product that separates lupulin from the hop flower.”  ABV – 6.6%  IBUS – 50
  • Centennial IPA will get some new packaging options in 2020.  Look for this Year-Round to have availability in 19.2 oz. cans and 6-packs of 12 oz. cans beginning in February 2020.
  • 4 Giants IPA, “a mashup of [the brewery’s] four favorite imperial IPAs,” will be available April through June 2020 as a part of the Limited Series.
  • Speaking of the Limited Series, Frangelic Mountain Brown (January – March), Green Zebra (May – August), and Harvest Ale (October) are all scheduled to return.  Founders plans to also add two yet-to-be-named offerings to the series in 2020.
  • The Mothership Series, the brewery’s “ultra-limited, brew team favorite beers only found at [Founders] taproom locations,” will kick off with the return of Devil Dancer on January 22.  Founders plans to release five more Mothership Series offerings throughout the year.
  • The brewery will launch the MI-Exclusive Series in 2020 with the March release of Red’s Rye IPA in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans. As you may have already guessed, the MI-Exclusive Series will see exclusive distribution in Founders Brewing Co.’s home state of Michigan.

That should just about cover all the points we wanted to go over, but there is still a good amount of info left for you to discover on the calendar below. Give it a good look and start getting excited about all the tasty brews headed your way from Founders Brewing Co in 2020.  Prost!

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Tasting Notes: Coast Haste Imperial Hazy IPA from Rogue Ales

RogueCoastHastePourFor this installment of Tasting Notes, we track down a new fresh hop experience by getting into a few cans of Coast Haste Imperial Hazy India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Introduced back in September to take full advantage of the “bountiful time” that is the hop harvest, Coast Haste is an Imperial Hazy India Pale Ale “made with hops that are harvested on the Rogue Farm and quickly transported, while still wet, 71 miles to be brewed in Newport on the Oregon Coast.” These incredibly fresh hops ensure that Coast Haste (8.6% ABV, 51 IBUs) is jam-packed with “bold tropical, citrus notes.”

Coast Haste is available now and is scheduled to hang around through January 2020. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution territory.

With all that background data now out of the way, let’s quickly move on to get our fresh hop fix over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Coast Haste Imperial Hazy IPA from Rogue Ales

Appearance: Coast Haste pours a deep, vibrant orange in color (similar to if you mixed mango and orange juice) and is capped with a little over a finger of thick, creamy foam.  The beer is quite hazy . . . like fully embraces the ways of the haze and is completely opaque.  When held to direct light, the color holds and only picks up a slight tinge of added vibrancy.  Head retention is decent, falling to a chunky ring that draws intricate webs of lace on the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma:  An unmistakable fresh hop presence greets the nose with that indescribable green/fresh hop aroma that is laced with big citrus and floral notes.  The hop character then goes super fruity with notes of peach, mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit.  All of this is carried by a subtle undercurrent of spicy pine.

Taste:  This brew is all sorts of tropical out of the gate with big notes of mango, papaya, mixed berries, passion fruit, pineapple and grapefruit.  Tangerine, orange and lime then brings some citrus brightness to the mix while pine adds a nice little bite.  Although it is not as “green” as some fresh hop offerings in flavor, it still leaves a really gorgeous floral fresh hop note behind to linger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:  On the heavier side of medium in body with a moderate carbonation level, this Hazy IPA is wonderfully smooth and has a pleasant creamy weight to it.  Not too sweet and minimally bitter, this beer actually dries out and cleans up nice and quick.  The 8.6% ABV does supply a touch of heat in the throat, but it is definitely appropriate for a Double IPA.  The aftertaste is a mix of floral hops, papaya, mango and pine.

Final Thoughts:  There seems to be a trend within the trend of Hazy/Juicy IPAs where those craft beer lovers who are devoted to the haze tend to avoid larger craft breweries when they attempt to tackle this wildly popular style.  They claim that these breweries just cannot pull off the haze like you find in the small batch can releases coming out of New England.  Although we too have noticed that some bigger breweries struggle a bit in this arena, Coast Haste is here to prove that a big player in the craft brewing industry like Rogue can absolutely nail the style.

Coast Haste has the look and all the big, juicy flavor and aroma you expect from a Hazy IPA, and then it gets bonus points for incorporating all the goodness that comes along with fresh hops.  It possesses all you could want from such a mashup.  So much so, it is actually memorable, and I cannot say that too often when it comes to the Hazy IPAs being pumped out on a regular basis by those hyped small batch breweries.  Coast Haste is a standout brew and, if you enjoy the haze, you are selling yourself short if you avoid it just because a big-name craft brewery has its logo on the can.  Be sure to check it out while you still have the chance.  Prost!

Dogfish Head Introduces All Things Yet IPA with Release of IPAs for the Holidays Variety Pack

ipas-for-the-holidays-15_cropDogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that it is getting in the holiday spirit with the Limited Release of IPAs for the Holidays, a variety 12-pack that features the brand-new All Things Yet IPA.

Adorned with a special gift tag that makes it “a great gift for holiday parties and the craft beer lover in your life,” IPAs for the Holidays is a variety 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles that “celebrates an old-world style [Dogfish Head has] embraced, tweaked and reinvented over the years – the India Pale Ale.”  This year’s installment of IPAs for the Holidays includes the all new All Things Yet IPA along with the following three more offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website and press releases):

  • All Things Yet IPA **New for 2019** – Spiced more like a spirit than an IPA, All Things Yet borrows from our distiller’s stash, marrying the intensity of a classic American IPA with the bright and citrusy sensations of Dogfish Head Distilling Co.’s Compelling Gin . . . The result is a singular drinking experience that evokes fine gin cocktails and good times. ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 45
  • 60 Minute IPA – A continually hopped super-fantastic East Coast IPA brewed with a slew of great Northwest hops for a powerful, but balanced, citrusy hop character.  ABV – 6.0%  IBUs – 60
  • 90 Minute IPA – A continually hopped Imperial IPA whose powerful malt backbone stands up to the extreme hopping rate for a pungent, not crushing flavor.  ABV – 9.0%  IBUs – 90
  • Sixty One – A marriage of two Dogfish Head innovations: beer-wine hybrids and continually hopped IPAs. Dogfish took its best-selling 60 Minute and added Syrah grape must to create an IPA with equal parts fruity complexity and pungent hoppiness.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 60

IPAs for the Holidays is hitting shelves now and will be available as long as supplies last through the holiday season.  You can expect to find this variety 12-pack at select craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for All Things Yet IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Release – Limited; November – December 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Centennial & Simco
Added Ingredients – A unique blend of botanicals, including juniper, coriander, lemon peel and green cardamom
Availability – Available exclusively in the IPAs for the Holidays Variety Pack
Beer Finder – https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder