DuClaw Brewing Co. Introduces Regular Beer

DuclawLogoDuClaw Brewing Co. (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Regular Beer, an American Craft Lager, in late July 2019.

Created as a “response to consumers asking if the mid-sized craft brewer that specializes in sours, double IPAs and stouts has any ‘regular beer’ offerings”, Regular Beer is a “straw yellow” American Craft Lager brewed with Chinook and Hallertau hops and a malt bill consisting of Pilsner, CaraPils, Vienna and Flaked Rice.  Meant to exhibit “simplicity both in product and packaging”, Regular Beer (4.9% ABV) is a “beer that tastes like regular beer. For the times you want to drink regular beer.”

“Right now, walking into a liquor store, the choices are infinite,” said DuClaw’s head designer Tyler McCoy. “The vast array of designs and colors on the shelves can be overwhelming. We wanted to create something bold, utilitarian and in your face – something you know is beer.”

 

“We wanted to make something light that goes down easy, but that still has enough flavor to separate us from domestic lagers,” said DuClaw brewer Mark Johnson, who also shared that it took a while to perfect the recipe. “It’s a touch more creative, a touch craftier. That’s why it’s special.”

Regular Beer will roll out in Maryland in late July and full distribution is scheduled to follow later this summer.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of DuClaw Brewing Co.’s 18 state distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Regular Beer from DuClaw Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; launching late July 2019
Style – American Craft Lager
ABV – 4.9%
IBUs – 13
Malts – Pilsner, CaraPils, Vienna & Flaked Rice
Hops – Chinook & Hallertau
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://duclaw.com/beer-finder/

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant to Open a Location in Atlanta, Georgia

IronHillLogoIron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (Wilmington, Delaware) has officially announced that it has signed a lease and plans to open a new location in the heart of the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia.

Developed as a part of Iron Hill’s “’20 by 20′ initiative . . . to open and operate 20 locations by the year 2020”, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Buckhead will serve as the company’s “18th announced location overall, and their second in the southeast.”  Set to be located at the EDENS’ Lenox Marketplace (3535 Peachtree Road NE | Atlanta, Georgia), the Buckhead location is more than 7,770 sq. ft. in space and will feature “Iron Hill’s signature on-site brewing facility as well as seating for approximately 250 in the bar area and dining room, plus additional patio seating.” Designed by Boulder, Colorado-based Bray Architecture, the Atlanta brewery and restaurant will “reflect the modern color-palate and welcoming floor plan of [Iron Hill’s] newest locations.”

“We have established ourselves in the northeast,” said Kevin Finn, Chairman of the Board and Director of Development at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. “After we were welcomed in South Carolina with open arms, we knew it was time to explore more of the south, and we have been eyeing Atlanta for some time, waiting for the right opportunity and location. Buckhead is a major commercial and financial center in Atlanta, and given its residential appeal, we knew this neighborhood was a perfect next step.”

 

“We are thrilled to partner with Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant to bring their first location in Georgia to Lenox Marketplace,” said Herbert Ames, Senior Vice President at EDENS. “Lenox Marketplace is a vibrant destination for the Buckhead community and Iron Hill is a fantastic addition to our retail experience.”

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Buckhead is actively entering its construction/development phase and is scheduled to open in Summer 2020.  Prost!

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Rendering of the interior of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – Buckhead. Exterior rendering available at the top of the post. (Images courtesy of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant)

 

Unibroue Brings 16 oz. Cans of Blanche de Chambly to the U.S.

UnibroueBdCcanUnibroue (Chambly, Québec) has officially announced that its award-winning Blanche de Chambly is now available in the U.S. in a 16-ounce, single-serve canned format.

First brewed and bottled in 1992 as Unibroue’s first ever production beer, Blanche de Chambly has since gone on to earn “37 medals and several international distinctions . . . including back-to-back designations as ‘World’s Best Belgian Style Wheat Beer’ at the prestigious World Beers Awards in London.”  A beer of these distinctions is always in high demand and – now that international beer trends are shifting toward a preference for pint cans – Unibroue is happy to meet those demands by offering Blanche de Chambly in 16 oz. cans.

“We wanted to respond to consumer demand,” says Jerry Vietz, Brewmaster for Unibroue. “For many years now, consumers have been wanting to enjoy their favorite beer in a can. We are also seeing an increasingly popular trend in the industry towards the 473 mL can, which we will add to the current bottle formats.”

Widely known as a “world-class standard” for the style, Blanche de Chambly is a traditional Belgian-style Witbier “refermented and brewed with coriander and Curaçao orange peels.” Coming in at an easy-drinking 5% ABV, this everyday-kinda-brew “pours a pale, angelic straw color, emanating a subtle bouquet of citrus and spice mingled with aromas of yeast breads, coriander, and cloves.”

16 oz. cans of Blanche de Chambly are rolling out now in the U.S.  You can expect to find this Year-Round offering available in the newly released 16 oz. cans, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Unibroue’s nationwide distribution footprint in the U.S.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blanche de Chambly from Unibroue

Release – Year-Round; 16 oz. cans launch Summer 2019
Style – Witbier 
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 10
Serving Suggestions – “Blanche de Chambly is meant to be served roused, with the yeast suspended within the liquid to take full advantage of all of the beer’s flavors and aromas. The unique Belgian yeast strain in Blanche de Chambly contributes an especially flavorful taste and mouthfeel to the beer.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Buchette-type goat cheese, mussels, oysters, white grilled fish, salads, white lemon meats and buttered asparagus”
Availability – 16 oz. cans, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.unibrouefinder.com/#

 

New Realm Brewing Expands Distribution in Virginia

newrealmlogo2New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia | Virginia Beach, Virginia) has officially announced its intention to expand distribution into the Northern and Western areas of Virginia.

As the One Year Anniversary for the opening of New Realm’s production facility and taproom in Virginia Beach approaches, the brewery has decided that now is the time to steadily broaden its distribution footprint in the state of Virginia.  This distribution expansion will bring the following New Realm offerings to the Northern and Western parts of the state (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Hazy Like a Fox Hazy IPA – Experience a double dry hop wave of full-on-juicy aromas from pineapple to lemon to fresh squeezed oranges.  ABV – 6.5%
  • Hoptropolis IPA – Set your clocks to island time. This beauty is drenched in tropical flavors of peach, pear and pineapple.  ABV – 6.5%
  • United Craft Lager – An approachable and super fresh combination of hops, malt and flaked maize make our American lager light and easy drinking.  ABV – 4.5%
  • Hoplandia IPA – A New Realm-style IPA. Dense with sought-after hops and lush with a heavenly hit of citrus.  ABV – 7.3%
  • Euphonia Pilsner – A true brewer’s beer. Hop bursted with prolific hop aromatics and heightened levels of refreshment.  ABV – 5%
  • These new areas will also see a selection of the brewery’s rotating sour series, limited releases and barrel aged beers

“We’re extremely proud to be a part of the Virginia craft beer community. Just last month, we were honored to take home a silver medal for United Lager, and a gold and overall Virginia Craft Beer Cup for our Euphonia Pilsner. It’s a great feeling knowing that people love our beer here in Virginia. We are in discussions with several distributors throughout Virginia and we’re excited to see what the future holds.”

– Carey Falcone, co-founder and CEO of New Realm

Once this distribution expansion is fully enacted, craft beer fans in Virginia can expect to find the beers listed above at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in the Northern and Western areas of the state along with the brewery’s established distribution footprint in the Hampton Roads area.  Prost!

 

Yoshimi Rainbow Sherbet Sour Arrives as Latest Limited Release from Reformation Brewery

reformationlogoReformation Brewery (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Yoshimi – a Rainbow Sherbet Sour Ale – on Friday, July 19.

Named after an iconic Flaming Lips album and inspired by the “the nostalgia of rainbow sherbet and [Reformation’s] Brewmaster’s flights to Japan”, Yoshimi is a “fruited kettle sour that contains milk sugar & swirls of raspberry, pineapple, & orange.” Clocking in at 5% ABV, Yoshimi is here to hit your summer with a sweet and sour kick.

“We snuck in a few early sherbet sour prototypes from our Workshop, and they took off,” said Spencer Nix, CEO and Co-founder of Reformation Brewery. “We’re always reforming, and having this space to explore timeless and inspired recipes really gives us a chance to hear what our community wants from us. It’s a great space to craft our future alongside the beers we know and love.”

Yoshimi will make its debut at Reformation Brewery’s Woodstock and Canton taproom locations on July 19 and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after the on-site release.  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 Reformation’s distribution footprint in Georgia and Tennessee.  Prost!

Vital Information for Yoshimi from Reformation Brewery

Release – Limited; July 19, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Raspberry, pineapple, orange & milk sugar
Fun Fact – “Named after the iconic Flaming Lips album of the same name, the label was illustrated by local Georgia artists Madison and Dustin Beaulieu, and depicts the ‘sweet & sour’ personality of the liquid within, and features an eye-patch wearing feline and agile, muscled companion landing a K.O. kick to an oncoming robot.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Great with creamy fruited desserts, or with a scoop of sherbet on top for a refreshing beer float.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Tennessee 
Beer Finder – https://reformationbrewery.com/finder/

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Rogue Spirits Rolls Out New Line of Sparkling Canned Cocktails

RogueSparklingLineRogue Spirits (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it is entering the ready-to-drink arena with the launch of three Sparkling Craft Cocktails – Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz, Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda and Ginger Lime Vodka Mule – in select markets on August 1.

Crafted to “embody the spirit of the DIY ethos of mixology”, Rogue’s new selection of gluten-free Sparkling Craft Cocktails are made with “with award-winning Rogue Spirits and 100% natural ingredients.”  Coming in at just 7.5% ABV, each Sparkling Craft Cocktail “delivers a sophisticated, yet refreshing experience with bona fide craft cocktail credentials.”

This new line will launch with the following three offerings (descriptions sourced directly from Rogue’s press release):

  • Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz – Inspired by cucumbers grown on Rogue Farms, Rogue Spirits Gin forms the base of this cocktail while the cucumber and lime provide a farm-fresh citrus balance.  ABV – 7.5%
  • Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda – Inspired by the cranberries that grow on the Oregon coast, Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka forms the base of this cocktail while the cranberry, elderflower and lime add a refreshing tartness.  ABV – 7.5%
  • Ginger Lime Vodka Mule – Inspired by a favorite at the Rogue Pub in Newport, Oregon, Rogue Spirits Bayfront Vodka forms the base of this cocktail while ginger and lime provide a refreshing balance of citrus and spice.  ABV – 7.5%

“As brewers we love the convenience of beer in a can, and as distillers we enjoy the complex flavor profiles of a good mixed drink, launching a line of canned cocktails just felt right. Leaning on our 16 years of distilling experience, we developed three amazing cocktails and put them in a can, so you don’t have to worry about mixing up your favorite drink on the go,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “Made with flavors that rival our freshly made bar equivalents, our sparkling craft cocktails are perfect for summer, whether it be camping, at the beach or in your backyard. They can be enjoyed right out of the can or poured over ice.”

Cucumber Lime Gin Fizz, Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda and Ginger Lime Vodka Mule will all experience an initial launch on August 1 in Florida, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Michigan only and a nationwide release is scheduled to follow in January 2020.  All three Sparkling Craft Cocktails are available in 4-packs of 12 oz. slim cans.  Prost!

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Hidden Springs Ale Works Set for Bottle Release of After Dinner Decadence S’mores Stout

HSAWEquilibriumHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will host a bottle release for After Dinner Decadence, a Barrel-aged Imperial S’mores Stout brewed in collaboration with Equilibrium Brewery (Middletown, New York), at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20.

Concocted by equally mad representatives from Hidden Springs and Equilibrium Brewery to take white rabbit chasing Pastry Stout lovers on “a psychedelic trip down the collab hole”, After Dinner Decadence is a Barrel-aged Imperial S’mores Stout with marshmallow, chocolate, graham crackers, coffee and cherry.  Although it has the ability to wear both the “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” instructions, After Dinner Decadence “will make you feel 10 feet tall.”

The bottle release for After Dinner Decadence will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20.  Bottles will cost $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A couple 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

After Dinner Decadence will not see distribution and is all but guaranteed to experience a quick sellout.  If you wish to feed your head with this tasty treat, just make sure that you are in line by the final head count.  Prost!

Ithaca Beer Co. Adds Aunt Lupey DIPA to its Big Hoppy Family

IthacalogoIthaca Beer Co. (Ithaca, New York) has officially announced that Aunt Lupey Double IPA will join the brewery’s 2019 Double IPA Series on October 10.

Here to bring some of that auntie charm to Ithaca’s Big Hoppy Family of Limited Release Double India Pale Ales, Aunt Lupey is a “double dry hopped flavor bomb packed with deep tropical and citrus notes.”  Coming in 7.5% ABV, this “slightly hazy sweetheart serves up the potent aroma and flavor of pineapple, passion fruit, mango, papaya, and guava, and is lovingly supported by sweet citrus undertones.”

Aunt Lupey Double IPA will make her debut on October 10 and plans to hang around 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 Ithaca Beer Co.’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Aunt Lupey Double IPA from Ithaca Beer Co.

Release – Limited/2019 Double IPA Series; October 10, 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Hops – Mosaic, Ekuanot, Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy & Experimental #06300
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Oats, Wheat, Honey
Fun Fact – Previous releases in Ithaca’s Big Hoppy Family of Double IPAs include Mr. Sticky & Uncle Buzzy
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

 

Founders Brewing Co. Expands its Reach to Hawaii, Completes Total U.S. Distribution

Founders_Logo_color_2018Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will successfully complete full nationwide coverage when it launches distribution in Hawaii in late July 2019.

Now that Founders Brewing Co. has entered into a partnership with Odom Hawaii of the Odom Group and the GAB network of wholesalers, Hawaii now marks the 22 year-old-brewery’s 50th state of distribution.  To properly introduce themselves to the beer-loving masses in Hawaii and celebrate the achievement of reaching total U.S. distribution, Founders will enter the Aloha State with the following offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • All Day IPA – The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.  ABV – 4.7%  IBUs – 42)
  • Solid Gold – Our brewery was built on an attitude of no regrets. An attitude of taking risks to bring the best beer possible to our fellow renegades and rebels. Never brewing to style, but always brewing what we want to drink. Our take on a classic, Solid Gold is a drinkable premium lager brewed with the highest quality ingredients. Challenging what a lager can be? That’s something we won’t regret.  ABV – 4.4%  IBUs – 20
  • Rubaeus – Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries, Rubaeus is Founders’ way of celebrating the joys of summer year-round. This stunning berry-red masterpiece is the perfect blend of sweet, tart and refreshing. No question about it, this beer is 100% Founders.  ABV – 5.7%  IBUs – 15
  • Breakfast Stout – The coffee lover’s consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, and two types of coffee, this stout has an intense fresh-roasted java nose topped with a frothy, cinnamon-colored head that goes forever.  ABV – 8.3%  IBUs – 60

“My partner Dave and I are very excited to announce that Founders will be heading to Hawaii!” said Mike Stevens, CEO and Co-Founder of Founders Brewing Co. “It’s always a special time whenever we add a state of distribution and the fact that Hawaii is our 50th state makes it all the more worthy of celebration. It’s long been a dream of ours to see our beer across the US, and the fact that 22+ years later we’ve accomplished this is a testament to our Founders team and our amazing wholesaler partners. Tonight, we raise a glass to the Aloha state and thank everyone throughout America who’s helped us get to where we are today.”

 

“We’re thrilled to be a part of such a monumental milestone in the Founders Brewing Co. business,” said Vice President of Corporate Sales, Brandon Odom. “We value their partnership and are looking forward to the exciting times to come. Congratulations to Founders on the tremendous success of expanding their business across the entire United States. A truly well-deserved accomplishment!”

The beers listed above will be available on draft and in cans (as applicable) in Hawaii as early as late July 2019.  Founders Brewing Company and Odom Hawaii also plan to host a series of launch events that “will be taking place as soon as the end of the month.” Prost!

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Cloudwater Brew Co. Collaborate on Anicca Saison

CCBC_AniccaStillWeb-Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Anicca, a special Saison brewed in collaboration with Manchester, England’s Cloudwater Brew Co., on July 27.

Inspired by the philosophies that Creature Comforts and Cloudwater both share, Anicca is a rustic Saison that had “the two brewing teams [borrowing] from their respective regional flavors with a seasonal lens.”  Brewed with “wheat from DaySpring Farms and . . . apples from Mercier Orchards’ 2017 harvest”, the beer was then aged for “15 months in oak with Creature Comforts’ house yeast and bacteria.” To round everything out, Anicca (7.5% ABV) was “bottle conditioned with honey local to Athens, Georgia.”

Anicca will officially release on Saturday, July 27 in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.  Available in 750ml bottles, Anicca is a Tasting Room exclusive that is not expected to see distribution outside of special events.  Prost!

Vital Information for Anicca from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Cloudwater Brew Co.

Release – Limited; July 27, 2019
Style – Saison
ABV – 7.5%
Featured Ingredients – Wheat from DaySpring Farms & apples from Mercier Orchards
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Heidi Geist, of the 48 Beer Project, designed the label artwork for Anicca. Geist’s project has the mission of traveling to 48 breweries in 48 different states to create label artwork for each over the course of 48 weeks.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

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