Florida Avenue Brewing Co.’s Neapolitan Berliner Weisse Makes Seasonal Return

Florida Avenue Brewing Co. (Wesley Chapel, Florida) has officially announced that its fan-favorite and award-winning Neapolitan Berliner Weisse will return for its annual Seasonal Release in early April 2021.

Neapolitan in Florida Avenue’s take on a “centuries-old beer style, brewed with 50% German Pilsner malt, 50% malted wheat . . . soured with . . . [a] house blend of lactobacillus cultures” and then dosed with strawberries, cocoa nibs, vanilla and lactose. Coming in at 4% ABV, Neapolitan tastes like that classic three-layer ice cream treat but with a tart finish.

Neapolitan is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at Florida Avenue’s Wesley Chapel location and at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Florida. Prost!

Vital Information for Neapolitan Berliner Weisse from Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; early April 2021
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4%
Added Ingredients – Strawberries, cocoa nibs, vanilla & lactose
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.floridaavebrewing.com/

Flying Dog Brewery Adds Kulture King Imperial Hazy to Heavy Hitters Lineup

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Kulture King Imperial Hazy in mid-April 2021.

Developed to add another hoppy punch to Flying Dog’s lineup of Heavy Hitters, Kulture King is an Imperial Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that is “hop forward and bursting with intense fruit flavors and aromas” sourced from Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic hops. Coming in at 10% ABV, Kulture King allows “citrus and tropical fruit notes [to] dominate the nose while the beer’s low bitterness and soft finish makes its [higher] ABV nearly unnoticeable in the flavor and mouthfeel.”

“Over 95% of the hops in Kulture King are added after the boil,” said Flying Dog’s Brewmaster, Ben Clark. “Moving the hopping to the whirlpool greatly limits the bitterness and greatly increases the aroma and flavor, creating the perfectly hazy IPA profile.”

Kulture King is set to debut in mid-April and will stick around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 24-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Kulture King from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Limited/Seasonal; mid-April 2021
Style – Imperial Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 35
Featured Hops – Citra, Galaxy & Mosaic
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 24-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Velvet Rush Slated to be Next Release in Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-aged Series

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently teased in its Cadre Newsletter that it will begin the Limited Release of Velvet Rush, the brewery’s newest Barrel-aged Series offering, in September 2021.

Inspired heavily by “both high-end craft cocktails and moody jazz clubs,” Velvet Rush is an Imperial Brown Ale aged in Bourbon barrels and dosed with coffee, chocolate, vanilla extract and milk sugar. Weighing in at 11.1% ABV, Velvet Rush “[weaves] together [a] complex tapestry of flavors to create a unique sipping experience that really ties the room together.”

Velvet Rush is scheduled to debut in September 2021 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. 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 Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Velvet Rush from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-aged Series; September 2021
Style – Imperial Brown Ale
ABV – 11.1%
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Added Ingredients – Coffee, chocolate, vanilla extract & milk sugar
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft (no draft availability in Utah)
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Belching Beaver Brewery Goes Year-Round with No Worries IPA

Belching Beaver Brewery (San Diego, California) has officially announced that No Worries, “a true-to-style West Coast IPA,” will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup on April 2, 2021.

Created “to round out [Belching Beaver’s] year-round beer portfolio by offering a true West Coast IPA that will be attractive to craft beer enthusiasts and novices alike,” No Worries is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale that sources “dank and tropical fruit aromas” from a hop bill comprised of Strata, Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo hops. Coming in at 6.2% ABV and 45 IBUs, No Worries is a “crisp IPA [that] will dominate the senses and brighten your day.”

“Last year proved to be a challenging year, and let’s face it, a painful year for many people and businesses,” explains Belching Beaver CEO Tom Vogel.  Now that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, the craft beer industry is starting to pick up and the horizon is looking bright again. We thought now is the right moment to enjoy good times again and introduce a new beer to our year-round offerings. Now Worries IPA pays tribute to celebrating the positive moments in life, moving on from the anxieties of the past and our daily lives…No worries – Just enjoy!”

No Worries will debut on April 2 with availability in 6-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round at craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Belching Beaver’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for No Worries IPA from Belching Beaver Brewery

Release – Year-Round; launching April 2, 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.2%
IBUs – 45
Hops – Strata, Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo
Availability – 6-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – AK, AZ, CA,HI, ID, NE, NV, MN, OR, TX, UT, WA, WI
Beer Finder – https://belchingbeaver.com/oceanside-belching-beaver-landing-brew-finder

Schlafly Beer Revamps Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack with Three New IPAs

Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Hoptic Visions, a Mixed 12-pack of IPAs, in late March/early April 2021.

Since keeping things fresh is a requirement in the world of IPAs, Schlafly is updating its 2021 Hoptic Visions Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles to include its incredibly popular sessionable IPA and the following three brand new IPAs:

  • India Pale Ale – Schlafly’s sessionable IPA is a classic hop-forward, golden-hazed beer that features notes of citrus and tropical flavors. ABV – 5%
  • Hazy Grapefruit IPA – This juicy IPA adds pounds of real fruit for an added complexity. Schlafly amplifies the grapefruit with complementing Cascade and Simcoe hops. ABV – 5%
  • Low Cal IPA – Clocking in at 110 calories, the new Low Cal IPA sways to the lighter side but is still packed with juicy hop flavor. ABV – 4%
  • West Coast IPA – A throwback IPA that sparked the love of hops, Schlafly’s West Coast IPA packs a bitter citrus and pine punch. ABV – 6%

“With Hoptic Visions, you can see how the style of IPAs has changed over the years. We are even introducing our first take on a low-calorie beer with Low Cal IPA. Our year-round IPA has quickly grown to be one of the top performing beers in Schlafly’s portfolio. At only 5% ABV with juicy flavor and slight haze, it’s an easy drinking take on the style. In addition, the Hazy Grapefruit IPA is a new beer for this year and West Coast IPA is another exclusive offering brewed as an ode to the IPA style that started it all – both are exclusive to the pack.”

– Stephen Hale, Schlafly’s Founding Brewer

The Hoptic Visions Mixed Pack is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-focused retailers located in Missouri and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Dogfish Head Introduces Mango Smoovie Tart Ale

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Mango Smoovie, the newest addition to the brewery’s Off-Centered Art Series, in April 2021.

Drawing inspiration from the “fruit-based Indian drink lassi,” Mango Smoovie is a Tart Ale/Fruit Beer “brewed with boatloads of mango and tangerine, lactose, vanilla, a touch of rose water and yellow cardamom.” Coming in at 6.5% ABV, Mango Smoovie comes together to be a “fruit-forward libation with sweet mango and vanilla flavor on the front and a subtle, warm spice finish.”

Mango Smoovie will debut in April and is scheduled to hang around through July 2021. You can expect to find this new Seasonal available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Mango Smoovie from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Release – Seasonal/Off-Centered Art Series; April – July 2021
Style – Tart Ale/Fruit Beer
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 17
Added Ingredients – Mango, tangerine, lactose, vanilla, rose water & yellow cardamom
Fun Fact – “The movie-centric packaging is the third of our 2021 Off-Centered Art Series illustrations done by our Art Series Artist, Ryan Besch! This whimsical beach scene is all about capturing the stars of the show, while also giving a nod to the iconic firetowers that line the coastline in our home state of Delaware!”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder

Tasting Notes: Hazy O! from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

After a hiatus that has gone on for far too long, Tasting Notes has returned to close out the workweek with a look at the oat milk-infused Hazy O! from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware).

Carefully concocted to “[highlight] the magic found at the intersection of two unique, but unexpectedly complementary trends” – Hazy IPAs and Oat Milk, Hazy-O! is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale “brewed with four types of oats – malted oats, rolled oats, naked oats and oat milk” from Elmhurst 1925 – and “liberally dry-hopped with hop varieties that deliver an abundance of tropical notes, including citrus, mango and pineapple.” Coming in at 7.1% ABV, the “sumptuous, full-bodied” Hazy-O! comes together to be “a hop-forward beer that is smooth and refreshing.”

Hazy-O! debuted earlier this year with availability 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 in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution network.

Now that all the background data is out of the way, let’s crack open a can or two and see how this Hazy stacks up!

Tasting Notes for Hazy O! from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Appearance: A steady, cautious pour produces a beer that is a marigold yellow in color and capped with over two fingers of ultra-fluffy white foam. When held to direct light, the orange tones wash away to allow a vibrant golden hue to radiate softly. The beer is super hazy through and through, but an active carbonation presence can still be seen bubbling away within. Head retention is fantastic, falling oh-so-slowly to a lasting half finger that saturates the glass with intricate patterns of lace.

Aroma: Soft citrus tones open the aromatics with notes of clementine and tangerine. Tropical notes rise from the citrus to add copious amounts of mango and pineapple. A gentle malty sweetness rounds things off and closes out the profile.

Taste: The tropical notes lead here with an abundance of fresh and candied pineapple, mango and melon. Citrus lends some balance with a burst of grapefruit and a rounding dose of sweet tangerine. The malts are muted, but they do offer a slightly nutty undertone that is surprisingly at home here. Otherwise, the experience remains intensely juicy.

Mouthfeel: Full side of medium in body with a bright carbonation, this Hazy IPA has a pillowy feel overall but it still remains easy drinking. The juicy characteristics and hefty oat additions provide plenty of balance, but there is still a gently hoppy bite left for you to enjoy in the finish. The ABV is well hidden for 7.1%, only offering a slight tinge of heat in the throat at times. The aftertaste is all candied mango with a twist of grapefruit.

Final Thoughts: It is no secret that we are not huge Hazy IPA fans around here. Given the option, we are probably going West Coast-style 9 times out of 10. That said, there is a time and a place for all beers and we (well, most of us) can appreciate a good Hazy when it crosses our path . . . and that is exactly what happened today.

Hazy O! sets the bar for all Hazy IPAs being produced as Year-Round offerings by larger breweries these days. It has dynamic hop presence that wows with a juiciness that is both familiar and unique. The oat additions and the creative use of oat milk give the beer an incredibly hazy appearance, a luscious body, and even adds to the flavor and aromatics.

In a world where all these Hazy IPAs seem to run together and feel largely the same, Hazy O! actually makes you go “Oh” and take notice. It is a more than solid drinker that will impress hazebros and haze skeptics alike. It pairs perfectly with the beautiful spring weather ahead, so get yourself a sixer and experience it for yourself. Prost!

Southern Tier Brewing Co. Begins Limited Release of Nitro Coconut Truffle

Southern Tier Brewing Company (Lakewood, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Nitro Coconut Truffle in April 2021.

The latest release in Southern Tier’s Blackwater Series that “is all about pushing the boundaries of the stout style,” Nitro Coconut Truffle is an Imperial Sweet Stout dosed with “the rich decadence of creamy coconut, dark chocolate and a pinch of sea salt.” Coming in at 10% ABV, Nitro Coconut Truffle “has a slightly sweet, nutty aroma of coconut that balances rich and roasty notes of chocolate, toasted wheat, and dark malts.”

Nitro Coconut Truffle is set to release in April and is scheduled to hang around through Q2 of 2021 (while supplies last). 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 in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and other select markets located within Southern Tier’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Nitro Coconut Truffle from Southern Tier Brewing Company

Release – Limited; April (Q2) 2021
Style – Imperial Milk Stout
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 25
Malts – Toasted Wheat, Carmel 60 & Chocolate
Hops – Columbus
Added Ingredients – Milk sugar, natural coconut, dark chocolate & sea salt
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://stbcbeer.com/finder/?item=all

Artisanal Imports Brings St. Feuillien FIVE to the U.S.

Artisanal Imports (Austin, Texas) has announced that the latest offering from Brasserie St. Feuillien (Le Roeulx, Belgium), St. Feuillien FIVE, is now officially available in the United States.

St. Feuillien FIVE is a bottle-conditioned Belgian-style Pale Blonde Ale with “a strong, sparkling character emitting fine bubbles” that enhance the beer’s “delicate fruity hints empowered by nuances of citrus zests [that] give way to a delightfully fresh and hoppy aroma.” Coming in at 5% ABV, St. Feuillien FIVE proves to be “a flavorful, sweet and malty and full-bodied beer with a pleasant balance post-bitterness, and it pours with a stable head of white foam.”

“We are thrilled to offer our retailers a new Belgian ale drinking experience this year with St. Feuillien FIVE,” says Bob Leggett CEO of Artisanal Imports. “The beer on draft is a refreshing welcome to warm spring days and the bottles are an excellent new addition to cellars as the yeast continuously adds complexity to the liquid.”

St. Feuillien FIVE is available now in the U.S. in draft format with 4-packs of 330ml bottles following in late April 2021. You can expect to find this new offering available at fine beer establishments located in Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Artisanal Imports’ nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for St. Feuillien FIVE from Brasserie St. Feuillien

Release – Year-Round; launching in the U.S. in late March 2021
Style – Belgian-style Blonde Ale
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 22
Availability – 4-packs of 330ml bottles (coming in April 2021) & draft
Distribution – AK, AZ, CA, CT, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MA, MD, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV, WI & WY

Great Divide Brewing Co. Launches 99 Calorie Fastpack IPA

Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it is getting into the low-calorie beer game by introducing Fastpack IPA, a new Year-Round offering, in March 2021.

Crafted with “the outdoor enthusiast in mind,” Fastpack IPA is a Session India Pale Ale that boasts a “generous addition of Cashmere hops – alongside Simcoe and Chinook,” Coming in at just 99 calories and 4% ABV, Fastpack IPA “offers a fruit cocktail of citrus, peach and other stone fruits with lively hints of white wine.”

“With Fastpack, we wanted to address a gap in our portfolio while also appealing to an emerging segment of beer drinkers,” said Sales & Marketing Director, Kirk Simpson. “However, we knew this beer had to meet the high bar we’ve set for Great Divide hop-forward offerings such as Hazy IPA, Car Camper Hazy Pale Ale and Titan IPA. Fastpack IPA is an India Pale Ale first and foremost. That it also happens to be low-cal and low-ABV speaks to the ingenuity of our brewing team.”

“Session and low-cal beers have always had a bit of a stigma against them,” explained Innovation Brewer, Tony Rau. “They typically can be watery or have a very thin mouthfeel. By changing the base of the recipe to include some more protein heavy malts, it has allowed us to find a middle ground of maintaining a full mouthfeel while keeping the calories and carbs down. At the end of the day, we made a low-cal IPA that drinks like a normal IPA, just with fewer calories and less guilt!”

Fastpack IPA debuted in early March 2021 with availability 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 in Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Fastpack IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching March 2021
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4%
Calories – 99
Featured Hops – Cashmere, Simcoe & Chinook
Fun Fact – “Fastpack IPA draws its name from the activity that combines long-distance trail running and ultralight backpacking. The packaging is eye-catching, capturing a fastpacker in mid-adventure.”
Suggested Pairings – “Grilled lamb burger; thai green curry; roasted zucchini & pesto; cabot sharp cheddar; carrot cake”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/