Three Taverns Craft Brewery Set for Limited Can Release of Lazy Sonker

threetavernslogoThree Taverns Craft Brewery (Decatur, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Can Release for its highly sought-after Lazy Sonker, a blueberry cobbler-themed Sour Ale, on Saturday, October 26.

Inspired by the “North Carolina indigenous and delicious soupy mess of fruit and crust known as a sonker (aka cobbler),” Lazy Sonker is a Sour Ale that boasts additions of blueberry, cinnamon, vanilla, and cream.” Weighing in at 5% ABV, Lazy Sonker is here to ease you into fall with all the down-home warmth you would expect from its namesake confection.

Lazy Sonker will officially release in The Parlour at Three Taverns Craft Brewery on October 26.  This Limited Release offering will be available on draft & in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (limit two (2) 6-packs per person).  This offering is pretty much guaranteed to sell out, but you can reserve yours now via CraftCellr (click here to do so). If the pre-sale on CraftCellr happens to sell out, the brewery will still have a limited amount of 6-packs available for walk-ins day of the release.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lazy Sonker from Three Taverns Craft Brewery

Release – Limited/Sour Asylum Series; October 26, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Blueberry, cinnamon, vanilla & cream
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None; Taproom only release
Reserve Online – https://threetaverns.craftcellr.com/

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New Belgium Brewing Introduces Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale

NBB Bike Text logo 4-colorNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it has teamed up with High Brew Coffee (Austin, Texas) to release Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale in late October 2019.

Arriving as the latest boundary pushing offering to come out of New Belgium’s Up Next Series, Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale is a nitro-infused American Cream Ale featuring “oats and High Brew’s cold brew [coffee] for a velvety mouthfeel and refreshing finish.” Coming in at just 5% ABV and 13 IBUs, Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale is the “smooth, creamy, and refreshing coffee beer” that you have been searching for.

Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale is rolling out now and is scheduled to last through the final quarter of 2019.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release offering at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s vast distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital information for Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Up Next Series; launching late October 2019
Style – American Cream Ale
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 13
Malts – Pale, Munich, Oats & Black
Hops – Nugget
Added Ingredients – High Brew Cold Brew Coffee
Fun Fact – Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale is “canned with nitro… pour hard!”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

Terrapin Beer Co. Goes All In On Hemp, Introduces Can Dispensary Mixed 12-Pack

terrapinlogoTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will release the Can Dispensary Pack, an all hemp-infused variety 12-pack of 12 oz. cans, in November 2019.

Riding the success of the recently released Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA, Terrapin Beer Co. has decided to launch the hemp-laden Can Dispensary Pack consisting of the following three offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Jazz Cabbage, hemp infused IPA – our dankest beer to date. Packing in our very own special strain of hemp flavors, this IPA will fill the room with aromas of the choicest sticky nugs.  We brewed this beer by blending three high quality hops to help complement the kind profile of this heady IPA. ABV: 6.0%
  • Magic Brownie Ale – combines notes of dark chocolate and sweet caramel malt flavors while tickling your nose with a magical dank aroma. Brewed with hemp seeds for an extra special treat, having the munchies never tasted so good. ABV: 6.6%
  • Dancing Gummy Beer Berliner Weisse – Combines Montmorency cherry juice, hemp seeds and lactic fermentation for a sweet and tart experience. Aromas of stone fruit and fresh nugs make this beer a real pleasure on so many levels. ABV: 4.0%

Each Can Dispensary Pack will contain six 12 oz. cans of Jazz Cabbage, three 12 oz. cans of Magic Brownie, and three 12 oz. cans of Dancing Gummy Beer. This new variety pack will arrive in November 2019 and will be available at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin Beer Co.’s distribution footprint.  Each offering will also have limited draft availability at select locations.  Prost!

Pax Odeon Joins Coppertail Brewing Co.’s Alpha Hunt IPA Series

16ozCan_TPaxCoppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Pax Odeon IPA in mid-October 2019.

Arriving as the newest member of Coppertail’s Alpha Hunt Series of “India Pale Ales dedicated to discovery of new hops and the constant hunt for innovative IPAs,” Pax Odeon – a.k.a. “The Space Explorer” – is an American India Pale Ale brewed with Loral, Sabro, Simcoe and Mosaic hops. Coming in at 8.4% ABV, Pax Odeon seeks to capture all the celestial magic locked within its otherworldly hop bill.

The Story of Pax Odeon

“Is this man from the future?

A man by the name of Pax Odeon was detained by local officials after several residents of the Bay Area complained about the mad man’s disjointed rants.

‘He claims to be from the future and he crash landed here on Earth while he was hunting some mythical sea creature in outer space … yeah ok buddy’ commented an anonymous source.

The ‘Space Man from the Future’ did have some peculiar technology and dress. More details will be released as the story unfolds.”

Pax Odeon IPA is available now and will be on the hunt through December 2019.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located throughout Coppertail Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Florida.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pax Odeon IPA from Coppertail Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Alpha Hunt IPA Series; October – December 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.4%
Featured Hops – Loral, Sabro, Simcoe & Mosaic
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://coppertailbrewing.com/beer-finder

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Tasting Notes: Hazy Memory IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company

LagunitasHazyMemoryPour2For this edition of Tasting Notes, we take a break from the final, turbulent waves of the workweek so that we can lose ourselves in the idea of the approaching weekend and a Hazy Memory IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California).

Designed to be “evocative of everything [Lagunitas has] learned in hop-forward brewing,” Hazy Memory is a Hazy India Pale Ale loaded down with “oats and smooth wheatly-esque-ish-ness” and then “packed with some of the murkiest, juiciest, turbid Loral 291, Hallertau Blanc, Galaxy, and Citra Hops.” Coming in at 8% ABV and 55 IBUs, Hazy Memory IPA is “a little boozy and a little hoppy — just like a fuzzy memory of a great night long gone.”

Hazy Memory IPA was introduced back in mid-September and is still available for a limited time.  You can expect to find this One Hitter Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Washington and throughout the rest of Lagunitas’ distribution area.

Now that we all know a little bit of the story behind the beer, let’s crack open a can and get lost in a Hazy Memory with some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Hazy Memory IPA from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Appearance:  A gentle, swirling pour produces a Hazy IPA that is a deep golden yellow in color with orange highlights and capped with nearly two fingers of bright white, airy foam.  When held to direct light, the orange tones pull out of the color a bit and the yellows brighten to become more of a lemon hue.  The haze is lighter than most examples of the style these days (which we are fine with), allowing lazy beads of carbonation to be seen moving about within.  Head retention is really fantastic, eventually falling to a lasting half finger that saturates the glass with sticky, arcing lace patterns.

Aroma:  Juicy fruit notes immediately burst from the glass to greet the nose with notes of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, passion fruit, peach, pineapple and melon.  As the juiciness subsides, an undercurrent of more traditional hop characteristics surface with herbal, floral and grassy tones.  The grains give off a bit of sweetness here, but this aroma is all about those hops.

Taste:  The Citra hops are quick to take control with a citrusy, hoppy bite loaded with orange, tangerine, grapefruit and lime.  The sweeter, juicier side of the hop bill then gains traction, adding notes of peach, blueberry, gooseberry, white wine grapes, apricot, pineapple, papaya, melon and passion fruit to the mix.  The real surprise here is a traditional, almost Noble-like hop presence that offers a pretty substantial amount of floral and herbal tones alongside just a grace of pine (something you would expect from a more traditional West Coast-style IPA).  The grains keep the bitterness in check with just the right amount of balancing sweetness.

Mouthfeel:  Medium in body with a medium carbonation, this beer is smooth, creamy, and takes its time on the palate.  It does lean a bit to the hoppy/bitter side (supplying a bit more bite than other Hazy IPAs out there), but the malts do a good job in keeping the bitterness from getting too aggressive.  The 8% ABV lets you know it is there with a little building warmth in the throat.  Tangerine and lime linger in the aftertaste.

Final Thoughts: In a craft beer world heavily inundated with a ridiculous number of Hazy IPAs, Lagunitas somehow finds a subtle way to stand out from the crowd with Hazy Memory IPA.  Sure, it has all those big, fruity and juicy hop notes up front, but it does not stop there.  It goes a step further by playing the greatest hits of the hop spectrum with an infusion of piney, herbal and floral characteristics as well.  It makes for a playful experience that has all the hazy, juicy qualities people are looking for in modern IPA’s while still carrying the memory of more old school IPA styles.  This makes Hazy Memory come together as something new that is still carrying a torch for the IPAs that came before it, and – as a group of IPA drinkers that often have a “get off my lawn” mentality when it comes to Hazy/Juicy IPAs – we can get behind that idea.  Be sure to check out Hazy Memory IPA before it fades from existence.  Prost!

Brew Bus Brewing & Orpheus Brewing Collaborate on Softly Shimmer Hazy IPA

BrewBusOrpheusBrew Bus Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Softly Shimmer, a Hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with Orpheus Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia), in mid-October 2019.

Collaboratively cooked up at Brew Bus Brewing to commemorate Orpheus Brewing’s recent distribution expansion to Central Florida, Softly Shimmer is a Hazy India Pale Ale that brings together “pillowy mounds of Cashmere and Galaxy hops.” Best enjoyed fresh, Softly Shimmer (6.1% ABV) is “full of tropical fruit goodness” that is sure to “softly shimmer” in the Florida sun.

Softly Shimmer officially released in Brew Bus Brewing’s Tasting Room (4101 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida) on October 15 with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  This Limited Release will only be available as long as supplies last. Softly Shimmer is currently only available in Brew Bus Brewing’s Tasting Room, and there is no word at this time if it will hit distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Softly Shimmer from Brew Bus Brewing & Orpheus Brewing

Release – Limited; October 15, 2019
Style – Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.1%
Featured Hops – Cashmere & Galaxy
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None; Tasting Room only

Rogue Ales Doubles Down on Cherry Beers with Debut of Cherry Choctabulous & Double Time Cherry Lime

Double_Time_Cherry_Lime_Single_Can_16ozRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it will launch two new cherry-themed beers – Cherry Choctabulous Milk Stout and Double Time Cherry Lime Imperial Berliner Weisse – in November 2019.

Here to put an added cherry (or two) on top of its 2019 Release Calendar, Rogue Ales is introducing these two new Limited Release offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

Cherry Choctabulous

Cherry Choctabulous, a new addition to Rogue’s seasonal line-up, drinks like a cherry cordial in a bottle. This rich and creamy stout opens with a luscious cherry aroma and flavor that quickly gives way to indulgent and satisfying notes of dark chocolate.

“Cherry and chocolate are the star ingredients in this rich milk stout that we made for sharing during the holidays,” says Rogue Vice President of Marketing Bliss Dake. “This delicious stout tastes like candy in a bottle and is the ideal treat for sipping on a cold winter night.”

Double Time Cherry Lime

Double Time Cherry Lime, an imperial Berliner Weisse juiced up with cherry and lime, is a light-bodied brew that packs a big punch. This beer offers a delicate balance of sweet cherries and tart lime for easy sipping during the busy season. The sour base sets the stage for the tart and sweet cherry notes to play off the citrus from the lime.

“Double Time Cherry Lime pushes the boundaries of beer,” says Rogue Brewmaster Joel Shields. “It mixes two unique styles for a naturally sour yet still sweet taste. This surprisingly refreshing and fruity beer will brighten up the cold and dreary winter days.”

Cherry Choctabulous and Double Time Cherry Lime are scheduled to debut in November 2019 with plans to hang around for a limited time. Cherry Choctabulous will have availability in 22 oz. bottles and on draft while Double Time Cherry Lime will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find both of these new offerings at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cherry Choctabulous from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal/Limited; November 2019
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 8.4%
IBUs – 30
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Vital Information for Double Time Cherry Lime from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited; November 2019
Style – Imperial Berliner Weisse
ABV – 9.1%
IBUs – 14
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

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New Realm Brewing Launches Barrel Aged Series with Release of Pastry Blonde Strong Ale

newrealmlogo2New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a highly limited bottle release for Pastry Blonde Strong Ale, the first release in the brewery’s Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series, in its Atlanta Taproom on Tuesday, October 22.

Hinted at by New Realm Brewing Company for quite some time, the Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series has finally surfaced to represent “the true spirit of brewing exploration and nods back to the original renaissance of beer spurred by the hardworking barrel makers; the coopers.” Meant to be both innovative and historical, this new series harkens back to when nearly “every beer in the 1800’s was barrel aged, and it is from this handmade heritage that [New Realm’s] barrel aged beers are born.”

The first Wooded Reserve release is simply known as Pastry Blonde Strong Ale, “a rich Amber Ale, decadently sweet and aged six months in first use Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels.” This treatment supplies Pastry Blonde Strong Ale (10.6% ABV) with “layers of bourbon, sherry and vanilla notes.”

Pastry Blonde Strong Ale will officially release in New Realm Brewing Company’s Atlanta Taproom (550 Somerset Terrace NE | Unit 101 | Atlanta, Georgia) on October 22, 2019.  This special release is limited to only six cases of 500ml bottles, and your best bet to secure your stash of Pastry Blonde Strong Ale is by reserving in advance through CraftCellr (click here to do so).  These bottles are guaranteed to disappear with a quickness, so be sure to lock yours down ASAP.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pastry Blonde Strong Ale from New Realm Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series; October 22, 2019
Style – American Strong Ale
ABV – 10.6%
IBUs – 13
Treatment – Aged for six months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None; Taproom only release
Reserve Online – https://newrealm.craftcellr.com/

 

Heavy Seas Beers Set to Release Siren Noire & Coconut Variant

SirenNoire12ozBottle2019Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that the Limited Releases of Siren Noire and Coconut Siren Noire, a highly limited, draft-only variant, will begin in November 2019.

Back to claim its place as the final release of the year in the Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters Series, Siren Noire is an Imperial Stout brewed with a mix of dark malts, Brewers Gold hops, and “almost three pounds of Belgian coco nibs per barrel,” and then aged for “five weeks in bourbon barrels with vanilla beans added.”  Weighing in at 9.5% ABV, the alluring Siren Noire “isn’t your father’s chocolate stout.”

New this year to give you a fresh perspective on the long-standing, fan-favorite that is Siren Noire, Coconut Siren Noire starts with a similar base beer but “[forgoes] the vanilla bean addition that the regular Siren Noire has and add a healthy addition of fresh coconut as well as toasted coconut.”  To take the decadence up a notch, dark chocolate is also added to basically make Coconut Siren Noire “a Mounds Bar in a glass!”

Siren Noire and Coconut Siren Noire are both scheduled to release in November 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  Siren Noire will have availability in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles while Coconut Siren Noire will only be available on draft.  You can expect to find both offerings at select craft beer-focused establishments located in limited markets within Heavy Seas’ distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Siren Noire from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Uncharted Waters Series; November 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 9.5%
IBUs – 8.5
Malts – 2-Row, Crystal, Chocolate & Roasted Barley
Hops – Brewers Gold
Added Ingredients – Belgian cocoa nibs
Treatment – Aged for five weeks in Bourbon barrels with vanilla beans
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

 

 

 

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Introduces New Off-Centered Art Series Artist with Release of 75 Minute IPA

75minute-stiles-packaging-3_cropDogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that 75 Minute IPA will return in late October 2019 to act as the first release in the brewery’s 2019-2020 Off-Centered Art Series featuring artwork from Dan Stiles.

First introduced back in 2011 as a “twist on the brewery’s classic, continually hopped series,” 75 Minute IPA is an American India Pale Ale “brewed with New England maple syrup, continually hopped throughout the entire boil and dry hopped with a slew of Cascade hops.”  Coming in at 7.5% ABV and 75 IBUs, 75 Minute IPA is a “malty, full-bodied . . . beer with citrusy-pine hop flavors balanced by subtle maple notes.”

This year’s batch of 75 Minute IPA has the distinction of introducing Dan Stiles as the latest collaborating artist in Dogfish Head’s Off-Centered Art Series, “an annual collection of four beers that personifies the creative expression at the intersection of ales and art.” Based out of Portland, Oregon, Dan Stiles is “an acclaimed illustrator and author . . . “[that has] spent 25 years creating visuals for indie bands, global brands and everyone in between.”

Stiles’ vision for this year’s 75 Minute IPA artwork is steampunk-themed and “portrays a man wearing a top hat; an image created entirely by pieces of metalwork commonly seen in a brewery – pipes, cogs, hoses, bolts. In his hand, the character holds a maple leaf and a hop cone to represent the hoppy, maple syrup-infused nectar that is 75 Minute IPA. His only eye beckons to drinkers, daring them to crack open a bottle.”

“Each year, I look forward to watching the visions of our collaborating artists come to life. It’s always astounding to see how well they can integrate their personal styles with our brand’s unique personality to tell the off-centered stories of our beers,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “I’m beyond excited and impressed by Dan’s interpretation of 75 Minute IPA. He’s definitely set the bar pretty high for the rest of his Art Series creations – and I can’t wait to see them come to fruition!”

75 Minute IPA is scheduled to release in late October 2019 and this hoppy, maple goodness will stick around through January 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly spots located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s 45-state distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for 75 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Release – Limited/Off-Centered Art Series; late October 2019 – January 2020
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 75
Featured Hops – Cascade
Added Ingredients – New England maple syrup
Suggest Food Pairings – “Burgers, grilled meats, avocado”
Recommended Glassware – IPA glass
Fun Fact – More on Dan Stiles, the 2019-2020 collaborating artist in Dogfish Head’s Off-Centered Art Series: “Drawing inspiration from an array of media – skateboard graphics, album covers, modern art, Japanese design, comic books and vintage packaging, [Stiles] creates artfully simplistic, pop-off-the-page designs that are known worldwide.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.dogfish.com/distillery/fishfinder

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