AleSmith Brewing & Beachwood Brewing Collaborate on Tower of Flower West Coast IPA

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Tower of Flower, a West Coast IPA brewed in collaboration with Beachwood Brewing (Long Beach, California), in early October 2021.

The newest hop-laden release to come out of AleSmith’s always intriguing Collaboration Series, Tower of Flower is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale that has been double dry-hopped with “a monstrous hop blend of Galaxy, Cashmere and Nelson hops.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, Tower of Flower offers “intense notes of passionfruit, citrus, peach and melon.”

“We love partnering with breweries that enjoy the process of brewing as much as we do, so we were stoked to team up with Beachwood again for Tower of Flower,” shares Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “If anyone can forge a solid West Coast-style IPA, it’s two SoCal breweries with a shared passion for hops.”

“AleSmith is a bastion of the craft beer industry and Beachwood was honored to be a part of another amazing collaboration,” raves Co-Owner and Brewmaster of Beachwood Brewing, Julian Shrago. “We’re grateful for our collective group of beer-drinking fans and couldn’t be happier with this fantastic IPA brewed with some of the finest and most aromatic hops around.”

Tower of Flower is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tower of Flower from AleSmith Brewing Company & Beachwood Brewing

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series; October 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 40
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Cashmere & Nelson
Recommended Glassware – Willi Becher
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Pontoon Brewing Welcomes Spooky Season with Release of Witching Hour Tripel

Pontoon Brewing (Sandy Springs, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Witching Hour on October 1, 2021.

Here to keep the Halloween vibe alive all month long, Witching Hour is a Belgian-style Tripel featuring a “clean malt flavor and a spicy, dry character that is fragrant with bubble gum esters and Belgian candi sugar aromas.” Coming in at a 9% ABV, Witching Hour has lingering “bubblegum, banana and pear fruity esters . . . while finishing dry and warming with alcohol.”

Witching Hour will see a pre-sale on OZNR at 7 p.m. on October 1 (pick up begins at noon on October 2) and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. 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 within Pontoon’s distribution footprint in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee and Massachusetts. Prost!

Vital Information for Witching Hour from Pontoon Brewing

Release – Limited; October 2021
Style – Belgian-style Tripel
ABV – 9%
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Pre-Sale Link – https://pontoon.oznr.com/
Distribution – Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee & Massachusetts

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. & Woven Water Brewing Collaborate on Ethereal Drift Hazy IPA

Tampa Bay Brewing Company (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Ethereal Drift, a Hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with Woven Water Brewing Company (Tampa, Florida), in late September 2021.

Crafted to capture everyone’s mutual love of hops, Ethereal Drift is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale featuring Talus, BRU-1, Idaho 7 and Citra Cryo hops. Coming in at 7% ABV, Ethereal Drift’s hop profile offers “aromas of pineapple, citrus, and pine resin” followed by “elements of pineapple, yuzu, pink grapefruit and tropical flavors paired with subtle piney-ness.”

Ethereal Drift is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s Westchase and Ybor City locations. There is no word at this time as to whether or not Ethereal Drift will see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Ethereal Drift from Tampa Bay Brewing Company & Woven Water Brewing Company

Release – Limited; late September 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Talus, BRU-1, Idaho 7 & Citra Cryo
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires Returns to the U.S.

Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, Quebec) has officially announced that it will re-enter the U.S. market on October 1, 2021, thanks to an assist from Winter Dog Cellars (Fairfax, Virginia).

Returning to U.S. craft beer shelves after a two-year absence, Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires (LTM) was founded in 2004 and has earned quite the reputation by focusing on brewing “traditional styles with a modern craft twist.” By making “extensive use of local Quebec malts and other ingredients in all of their products,” LTM’s mission is to “offer the consumer a Quebec beer, all the while encouraging the economy and local know-how.” This approach has led to LTM being “named one of the Top 100 Breweries in the World by Rate Beer in both 2013 and 2020.”

A great deal of LTM’s success can be attributed to their flagship Porter Baltique, “an eight-time gold medal award winner at the World Beer Awards, including being named Best Baltic Porter in the world in 2010 and 2013, and was also named best overall beer in Canada in 2020 by Rate Beer.” Other highly regarded offerings from the brewery include Ceci N’est Pas Une Gueuze (Oak-aged Blended Sour), Saison Brett (Saison), Doppelbock, and Stout Imperiale and Dejeuner Imperiale (Imperial Stouts).

Winter Dog Cellars will re-introduce Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires to the U.S. market on October 1 in the areas of Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Craft beer fans can expect additional markets to be “added selectively for the remainder of 2021, with substantial expansion planned for 2022.” Prost!

Hi-Wire Brewing Adds Elated Winter IPA to Seasonal Lineup

Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that Elated Winter IPA will join the brewery’s Seasonal portfolio in late October 2021.

Developed to give your wintertime sipping a healthy dose of hops, Elated Winter IPA is an American India Pale Ale that uses Michigan Chinook and Idaho 7 hops to create “pine and citrus peel notes . . . that are perfectly balanced by sticky caramel and toasted bread flavors from a carefully crafted malt bill.” Coming in at 6.1% ABV, Elated Winter IPA is “fit for fireside snuggling or snow day exploration.”

Elated Winter IPA is scheduled to debut on October 23 and will hang around through the winter months. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia and Indiana. Prost!

Vital Information for Elated Winter IPA from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Seasonal; launching October 23, 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.1%
Featured Hops – Michigan Chinook & Idaho 7
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia & Indiana
Beer Finder – https://hiwirebrewing.com/beer-finder/

The Bruery Highlights the Boysenberry in Latest Frucht Series Release

The Bruery/Bruery Terreux (Orange County, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Frucht: Boysenberry in late September 2021.

Dropping as the third release of 2021 in Bruery Terreux’s Frucht Series of Fruited Sour Ales, Frucht: Boysenberry is an American Wild Ale that “bursts forward with clusters of juicy boysenberries” and achieves its “notes of funkiness and natural wood character from resting in oak foeders.” Coming in at 5% ABV, Frucht: Boysenberry finds a “balance of berry tartness and subtle floral-like sweetness [to] round out this prost-worthy beer.”

“Frucht: Boysenberry is our 3rd Frucht release of 2021 and we are still loving the dialed back acidity. We loved the Passion fruit and Cucumber versions and decided to follow up with boysenberry to close out the year. Boysenberries are near and dear to our hearts as they have been uniquely popularized by Orange County and we love how they work in our unique Orange County sour beers.”

– Jeremy Grinkey, Director of Production

Frucht: Boysenberry is available now and will hang around for as long as supplies last. 4-packs of 16 oz. cans of this Limited Release are available for purchase through The Bruery’s online store and at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of the brewery’s 29-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Frucht: Boysenberry from The Bruery

Release – Limited/Frucht Series; late September 2021
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 5%
Featured Ingredients – Boysenberries
Fun Fact – “Haven’t heard of the Frucht series before? Pronounced ‘frucked’, these beers are inspired by the heritage of Northern German brewers and the slightly tart beer typically with fruit added in the glass (but we took care of that step for you!) Known for a tart flavor profile and traditionally low ABV, this German-style wheat beer gains even more funky notes and natural earthy-woodiness from its fermentation in our 250 bbl oak foeder vessels.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Online Store – https://www.thebruery.com/products/frucht-boysenberry-2021
Beer Finder – https://www.thebruery.com/pages/find

New Realm Brewing’s Oaxaca Choca Returns for Annual Release

New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the annual Limited Release of Oaxaca Choca in late September 2021.

Back for its fourth year and always a crowd favorite, Oaxaca Choca is Imperial Mexican Chocolate Stout “brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, locally roasted cacao nibs, and chili peppers for a deliciously complex flavor.” Coming in at 10% ABV, Oaxaca Choca “sips like a cup of Mexican-style hot cocoa with just enough heat to balance its sweet.”

“Oaxaca Choca was developed in our inaugural year and has since become one of our most sought-after annual releases,” said Bob Powers, Co-Founder and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of New Realm Brewing. “Oaxaca Choca has a beautiful and unique label design that is reminiscent of Día de los Muertos, with a rich flavor that is enjoyed throughout the fall and winter season.”

“Not only is Oaxaca Choca one of our most popular special releases every year, but it is a beer that our brewing team really looks forward to as well,” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing. “The combination of a great Imperial Stout recipe, with locally sourced cacao nibs, cinnamon, vanilla and chilies give Oaxaca Choca a harmoniously balanced flavor that is ridiculously smooth with a lingering spiciness. If you’re one of the many fans who awaits this yearly release, stay tuned for a barrel-aged rendition returning soon as well.”

Oaxaca Choca officially released on September 21 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within New Realm’s distribution footprint in Georgia, Virginia, and the coastal regions of North and South Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for Oaxaca Choca from New Realm Brewing Company

Release – Limited; September 21, 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 10%
Added Ingredients – Vanilla, Cinnamon, Chili Peppers & Cacao Nibs
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia, Virginia and coastal North & South Carolina

TrimTab Brewing Continues Light Visions Collection with Release of Azacca Singularity DIPA

TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Azacca Singularity DIPA on Friday, September 24.

The latest release in TrimTab’s Light Visions Collection of rotating Double IPAS and New England-style Hazy IPAs, Azacca Singularity DIPA is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale that has been triple dry-hopped with “100% fresh Azacca hops.” Clocking in at 7.7% ABV, Azacca Singularity DIPA boasts “bright and refreshing aromas of juicy mango, citrus and tropical fruits with soft flavors of pineapple, mango, pine, spice and tangerine.”

16 oz. cans of Azacca Singularity DIPA will drop in the Tasting Gallery at TrimTab Brewing on September 24 and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can also expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Azacca Singularity DIPA from TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited/Light Visions Collection; September 24, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.7%
Featured Hops – Azacca

Fun Fact – “Azacca hops are named after the Haitian God of Agriculture.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Loretta’s Dark Lager Joins the Year-Round Portfolio at Indeed Brewing

Indeed Brewing Company (Minneapolis, Minnesota) has officially announced that Loretta’s Dark Lager will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in late September 2021.

Developed to embody a welcoming and nostalgic experience that is “a place, a person, and a vibe… a supper-club bar familiar to many, filled with years of good times and conversation,” Loretta’s Dark Lager is a Munich-style Dunkel Lager featuring Bamberger Munich and Briess Midnight Wheat malts and Mandarina and Hallertau Mittelfruh hops. Coming in at 5.6% ABV, Loretta’s Dark Lager boasts aromas of “fresh-toasted bread and . . . light Noble spice” alongside flavorful notes of “rich Munich malt with a hint of chocolate.”

“Loretta’s Dark Lager fills the need for a malty beer in our core lineup,” says Sales Director Ryan Bandy. “We love this one because it drinks like a crisp lager that you want to drink a bunch of; it’s the best of both worlds.”

Loretta’s Dark Lager is rolling out now and will be available Year-Round in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new offering at craft beer-focused establishments located within Indeed’s distribution footprint in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Prost!

Vital Information for Loretta’s Dark Lager from Indeed Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching late September 2021
Style – Munich-style Dunkel Lager
ABV – 5.6%
IBUs – 24
Malts – Bamberger Munich & Briess Midnight Wheat
Hops – Mandarina & Hallertau Mittelfruh
Yeast – L17
Fun Fact – On the label artwork created by local Minneapolis artist Chuck U: “‘We asked Chuck to create a sense of place with Loretta’s can art. A place familiar to many, filled with years of good times and conversation. A place you walk into knowing you’re going to have a great time. And a place you might walk out with a fresh perspective or new understanding,’ says Creative Director Andy Kiekhafer. ‘Examining the can you’ll find lots of treasures—little accents and details filled with local lore and legends. But Lorettas isn’t some made-up place; it’s a place where you’ve run into old neighbors, shared a family meal, and met new friends along the way!’”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Minnesota, North Dakota & Wisconsin

Burial Beer Co. Announces Return of Thresher Coffee Saison

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Thresher on Wednesday, September 22.

A “return to one of [Burial’s] first ever realms of experimentation,” Thresher is a Saison “mashed with Barley and Wheat” and then “aged with Honduran Finca El Puente coffee beans from Counter Culture Coffee.” Coming in at 4.5% ABV, this year’s iteration of Thresher “brings bright golden raisin, plum and vanilla bean to [the] delicately wheat-driven saison base.”

A limited amount of Thresher – available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles for $14 – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproomRaleigh taproom and Charlotte taproom at noon on September 22. If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop for limited shipping on Thursday, September 23 at noon. Thresher will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Thresher from Burial Beer Co.

Release – Limited; September 22, 2021
Style – Saison
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients – Honduran Finca El Puente coffee beans from Counter Culture Coffee
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Distribution – None. Taproom & online sales only