SweetWater Brewing Introduces Twisted Fish Pils as New Summer Collaboration

SWTwistedFishpourSweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced the release of Twisted Fish, a Crystal Pilsner brewed with and to benefit Building Conservation Trust.

One of five beneficiaries of SweetWater’s annual Save Our Water campaign, Building Conservation Trust – the Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program – recently “competed against the other non-profits in a social media campaign, winning the opportunity to create a beneficial brew.”  $1 from every case of that beneficial brew – Twisted Fish Crystal Pilsner – sold will be donated by SweetWater “to fund projects that benefit sustainable fisheries and recreational anglers, creating and restoring habitats and advancing the science of marine conservation.”  These funds are “in addition to SweetWater’s donation of $100,000 every summer to clean water and natural habitat protection initiatives around the nation.”

As for the beer itself, Twisted Fish is a modern take on the Czech-style Pilsner that “uses traditional Czech yeast and fermentation temps, with traditional and non-traditional pilsner hops – Crystal, Citra and Mandarina add a juicy aroma and flavor profile more typical of IPAs, mixed with spicy and herbal notes from the Hallertau for complexity.”  Weighing in at 5.3% ABV, this refreshing Pilsner promises to be a perfect warm weather go-to.

Twisted Fish Crystal Pilsner will officially release on May 21 and will hang around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Special Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Twisted Fish Crystal Pilsner from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Limited, late May 2018
Style – Czech-style Pilsner
ABV – 5.3%
IBUs – 30
Malts – Pilsner, Carapils & Vienna
Hops – Hallertau Mittelfruh, Citra & Mandarina Bavaria; dry-hopped with Crystal, Citra & Mandarina Bavaria
Yeast – Czech Pils
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/


Founders Brewing Co. Resurrects Curmudgeon’s Better Half for 2018 Barrel-Aged Series

founderslogoFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has quietly announced that Curmudgeon’s Better Half will make a long-awaited return in mid-August as the fifth release in the brewery’s 2018 Barrel Aged Series.

Last bottled back in 2012, Curmudgeon’s Better Half is finally making its way back to allow Founders Brewing Co.’s long-standing but now infrequently released Curmudgeon Old Ale to once again feel “the tender embrace of oak and sweet maple.” Meant to be the sweeter side of the relationship, Curmudgeon’s Better Half is “a harmonious matrimony of [Founders Brewing Co.’s] deceptively smooth old ale brewed with molasses and time spent aging in bourbon barrels that have previously held maple syrup.”  This all results in a beautiful counterpart that is “sweet, rich and utterly delicious.”

Preceded by KBSBackwoods BastardDankwood and the soon-to-be-released Barrel Runner, Curmudgeon’s Better Half will officially serve as the fifth release in Founders Brewing Co.’s 2018 Barrel-Aged Series. A yet-to-be-named sixth offering will round out the series later in the year.

Curmudgeon’s Better Half will release in Founder Brewing Co. taprooms in mid-August and distribution will follow later that month.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles (SRP of 16.99 each), 750ml bottles (SRP of 12.99 each) and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s 46 state distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Curmudgeon’s Better Half from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series. mid-August 2018
Style – Old Ale
ABV – ???
IBUs – ???
Treatment – Aged in bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Tasting Notes: Gose from Reuben’s Brews

ReubensGosePourThis week’s Tasting Notes finds us fighting off Tampa’s ridiculously sudden spike in humidity with the outside help of some Gose from Reuben’s Brews (Seattle, Washington).

Offered as an incredibly popular Year-Round from this family-run brewery that was named Mid-Sized Brewery of the Year at the 2015 Washington Beer Awards, Gose (pronounced “GOES-UH”) is Reuben’s Brews’ take on a style of German Sour Ale that nearly went extinct before it experienced a recent revival in the U.S.  Staying true to tradition, this Gose is brewed simply with “Lactobacillus, salt and coriander to make a refreshingly crisp brew with lemon notes and a vibrant salinity.” This classic approach to the style has paid off greatly for Reuben’s Brews as Gose has earned the brewery a Silver Medal at the 2015 World Beer Championships, a Gold Medal at the Best of Craft Beer Awards, and two Gold Medals at the Great American Beer Festival (2015 & 2016).  Reuben’s Brews Gose is available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Washington and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint in the Pacific Northwest region.

Now that all the pertinent details are out of the way, let’s jump into these Tasting Notes and get our first sip of this highly-decorated brew!

Tastings Notes for Gose from Reuben’s Brews

Appearance: Gose presents itself as a pale straw-colored brew that is wearing just under two fingers of airy white foam.  Held to direct light, the color holds for the most part but does gain a touch of a lemony yellow tone.  The beer is crystal clear and displays an incredibly active carbonation presence dashing throughout.  The head falters rather quickly, leaving very little foam or lace behind.

Aroma: The aromatics begin with that unmistakable Lactobacillus character that quickly takes shape as a bright lemon note.  Coriander reinforces that citrus quality and offers some floral tones as well.  A gorgeous note of citrus zest (lemon and orange) establishes itself just before the profile closes with a clean wave of salt water.

Taste: This beer quickly grabs the attention of your tastebuds with a bright and lightly tart lemon-lime presence upfront.  Surprisingly, the grains then move in with a gentle bready note that works nicely with the dominating citrus.  Coriander supplies some earthiness and a floral character that blends with the other flavors to offer an almost vinous/white wine-like note at times. As the finish closes in, all of these flavors are ultimately overtaken by just the perfect amount of salinity.

Mouthfeel:  Light in body with a prickly carbonation level, this beer is crisp and refreshing.  Lightly tart and noticeably salty on the palate, it dries out nicely and easily coaxes you to take another sip.  Coming in at 4.3%, the ABV is not at all noticeable.  The aftertaste is just a touch of limeade.

Final Thoughts:  Elegant in its simplicity, Reuben’s Brews Gose is proof that traditional takes on styles – when done correctly – can be just as flavorful and mind-blowing as those limited release, adjunct-laden, hybrid-style ales that always seem to get the beer trading community all in a tizzy.  As soon as you take a sip of this Gose, you are reminded of why beer is so amazing.  It is nothing but simple, basic ingredients coming together to work in harmony and provide sip after perfect sip.  The flavors and aromas are big and attention grabbing, but not overly aggressive or obtrusive. It is simply a Gose as it should be and that is the source of its awe-inspiring beauty.

The most remarkable aspect of this beer is that the folks at Reuben’s Brews did not shy away from the salt – the ingredient that so many breweries skimp on when tackling this style – at all in their Gose.  This example shows you that a proper level of salinity is integral to the style because it does so much to draw attention to the beer’s tart citrus qualities and boost its overall quenching ability.  With this attribute dialed in to the degree that it is, Reuben’s Brews Gose is well on its way to becoming an American-made standard for the style.

Honestly, it is no wonder why this beer has earned such prestigious awards over the years because absolutely everything about it is just so precisely on point.  We may only be five months in, but we can easily declare that this beer will make our Top 10 of 2018.  Yeah, it is that damn good and it certainly deserves any and all praise that it receives.  If you have the ability, do yourself a favor and get yourself some Reuben’s Brews Gose as soon as you can.  It will undoubtedly come in handy this summer.  Prost!

Jolly Pumpkin & Tired Hands Collaborate on Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria Sour Saison

Bath-o-Mat+&+Washeteria+Bottle+-+100dpiJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) has officially announced the limited release of Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria, an inventive Sour Saison brewed in collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing Company (Ardmore, Pennsylvania).

Just as you would expect from any collaboration beer shaped by the minds at Jolly Pumpkin and Tired Hands, creativity abounds in Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria as its recipe starts with a “base of Pilsner malt, Crystal 30, Teff, Almonds, and Couscous.”  Hopped with Hallertau and Tettnang hops, this Sour Saison then sees “additions of saffron and lemon [to bring] aromas of Jolly Pumpkin funk, spicy oak and lemon in the nose.”  The Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria (6.4% ABV) experience closes with “flavors of light oak funk and lemon [that pair] well with the slight spiciness and noble hop profile.”

Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Jolly Pumpkin’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales & Tired Hands Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series, May 2018
Style – Saison/American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 35
Grains – Pilsner, Teff, Couscous, & Crystal 30
Hops – Hallertau & Tettnang
Added Ingredients – 95 Lemons, Lemon Peel, Saffron, & Almonds
Treatment – Aged in oak for 4 months
Fun Fact – On the beer’s name: “So how did we come up with the name? Well…When it came time to name this beer [Jean Broillet of Tired Hands] wanted to call it Alien Baphomet, which was too scary for us. Instead, we chose Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria, which is close enough and possibly equally scary! Inspired by a stay across the street from our dear friend Polly’s Washeteria, Prytania Washateria, located in the hauntingly beautiful city of New Orleans.”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft

Trigo Slated to be Founders Brewing Co.’s Next ArtPrize Series Offering

founderslogoFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently sent out a little teaser to inform fans that Trigo Hoppy Wheat Lager will arrive in September 2018 as the next installment in the brewery’s ArtPrize Series.

Spanish for “wheat”, Trigo is a Pale Wheat Lager that Founders Brewing Co. brewed to benefit ArtPrize, “an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place for 19 days each fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan.” To ensure that the art of lagering is properly represented in this beer, Founders reached out to their friends at “Mahou San Miguel to bring the recipe for Trigo to life.” By combining San Miguel’s “lager-brewing expertise” with Founders Brewing Co.’s “hopping expertise”, Trigo (6.3% ABV, 35 IBUs) comes together to be “a clean and crisp wheat lager with big, American-hopped aromatics.”

Trigo Hoppy Wheat Lager will officially debut in Founders Brewing Co.’s taproom on September 7 and distribution will begin in mid-September.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $9.99 each) and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and throughout the rest of the brewery’s 46 state distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Trigo Hoppy Wheat Lager from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, September 2018
Style – Pale Wheat Lager
ABV – 6.3%
IBUs – 35
Fun Fact – On Trigo’s label artwork: “As we have done for the past three years with Spectra Trifecta, Pale Joe and Green Zebra, we reached out to our immensely talented Founders Family to create a piece of original work for the label. This year, that honor went to culinary team member Cody Levon, an incredible kitsch painter whose work emulates the beautiful methods of the old masters.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Rogue Ales Takes Hop Family Series into Double Digits with Release of 10 Hop IPA

10_hop_ipa_hero_image_22_trimmed_top-175x574Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has announced that 10 Hop IPA will officially join its Special Release portfolio in May.

Cultivated to round out Rogue’s Hop Family series of beers, 10 Hop IPA is brewed with ten hop varietals grown at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon: Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Rebel, Yaquina, Alluvial, Keven and Adair hops.  This massive hop bill yields a 10.10% ABV Imperial IPA filled with “tropical aromatics and notes of pine.”

“The eight hops we grew before made great beers, but we needed a few more,” says Brewmaster John Maier. “We started growing Keven and Adair hops to round out the profile of 10 Hop IPA, adding citrus and melon aromatics (from the Keven hops) and notes of lemon, lime and dill (from the Adair hops). I love being this involved in the hop growing process, and working with our farmers; it lets me truly grow the ingredients I need to innovate.”

10 Hop IPA releases this month (May 2018) and will stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Special Release offering available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for 10 Hop IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Limited/Special, May 2018
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 10.10%
IBUs – 75
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty, Newport, Revolution, Independent, Freedom, Rebel, Yaquina, Alluvial, Adair, & Keven Hops
Malts – Rogue Farms Dare™ & Weyermann Pils Malts
Yeast – Pacific Ale & Pacman Yeast
Fun Fact – 10 Hop IPA joins 4 Hop IPA, 5 Hop IPA, 6 Hop IPA, 7 Hop IPA & 8 Hop IPA to complete Rogue’s Hop Family series
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

7venth Sun Brewery & IchiLOKO Join Forces for Freak Your Tiki Beer Dinner & Can Release

LOKOlargeOn Sunday, June 3, LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro Ramen will team up once again with 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa (6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida) to host a very special IchiLOKO: Freak Your Tiki Can Release and Beer Dinner.

The creative culinary minds from LOKO Cuisine and Ichicoro (a.k.a. IchiLOKO) will welcome the approaching summer by going tiki and island-inspired for the latest installment in their collaboration series.  Kicking off at 5 p.m. on June 3, the IchiLOKO: Freak Your Tiki Beer Dinner will be an all-you-can-eat, self-serve feast featuring a spread of delicious tropical island dishes that have been given that signature IchiLOKO flair.  As an added bonus, The Revolution Ice Cream Company will get in on the action by “creating boozy treats to cool you off” during the dessert portion of the meal.  The menu speaks for itself and we will allow it to do just that:


To cover the beer portion of the dinner, 7venth Sun Brewery will be pouring up seven different tiki cocktail-inspired beers AND a Tart Wheat Brett Beer with Pineapple and Orange Zest brewed in collaboration with Overflow Brewing Company.

Tickets for the Freak Your Tiki Beer Dinner are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the all-you-can-eat dinner and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value). Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

In addition to the beer dinner, 7venth Sun will also be doing a Limited Release of a Tiki Beer in cans.  The can release will begin at noon on June 3 and the cost of the cans are not included in the beer dinner’s ticket cost.  You do not have to attend the beer dinner to participate in the can release.  Also, if things work out, there may be a special bottle release as well.  We will be sure to update you here just as soon as any further information surfaces on the can release and that possible bottle release.  Stay tuned.

If you are free on June 3 and interested in enjoying a Sunday full of awesome in the Seminole Heights area of Tampa, it sounds like the IchiLOKO: Freak Your Tiki festivities at 7venth Sun have you covered.  Just keep in mind that IchiLOKO events tend to sell out quickly, so you should probably just go ahead and lock down your tickets ASAP.  Prost!

Lagunitas Brewing Company Brings CitruSinensis Pale Ale Back for the Summer

Lagunitas_CitrusinesisLagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) has announced that CitruSinensis Pale Ale has officially returned and this time around it will be available all summer long in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles.

With a name derived from the Latin scientific name for blood orange (citrus x sinensis), CitruSinensis is basically a slightly imperialized, “wheatier version of [Lagunitas’] DogTown Pale Ale” that is dosed with – you guessed it – blood oranges.  To make sure this blood orange infusion influences the beer’s aroma and flavor as much as possible, the brewers took fresh Sanguinello blood oranges, “juiced ’em, concentrated ’em (sans heat), and then threw ’em” in during secondary fermentation.  This approach results in “a refreshingly hopped pale-ish ale with a huge citrus burst!”

CitruSinensis Pale Ale is rolling out now and will be available throughout the summer months of 2018.  You can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Washington and throughout the rest of Lagunitas’ distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for CitruSinensis Pale Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Seasonal, Summer 2018
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 7.7%
IBUs – 49
Added Ingredients – Sanguinello Blood Oranges
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://lagunitas.com/beer-finder



Hi-Wire Brewing Begins Limited Release of Man Eater Double IPA

HiWire_ManEater-can_High_Res-402x1030Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that Man Eater Double IPA returns this month for a limited run.

Emerging once again from Hi-Wire Brewing’s Specialty Series, Man Eater is an aggressively hopped Double India Pale Ale that “marries Amarillo’s spicy aromas with Citra’s classic notes of lemon zest and mandarin orange.” Meant to satisfy the cravings of the most dedicated hop fiends out there, Man Eater Double IPA (8.3% ABV) offers an experience filled with “big hop aromas [that accompany] a spicy, citrusy, floral flavor with a warming alcohol finish.”

Man Eater Double IPA is available now in both of Hi-Wire Brewing’s taprooms and will enter limited distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this Specialty Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer retailers located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio.  Prost!

Vital Information for Man Eater Double IPA from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Limited/Specialty Series, May 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.3%
IBUs – 88
Featured Hops – Amarillo & Citra
Fun Fact – Man Eater is “hopped at a rate of 3.5 pounds per barrel”

Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky & Ohio


Peach Beerllini Radler Makes Seasonal Debut for Left Hand Brewing Co.

PBR-Can-webLeft Hand Brewing Company (Longmont, Colorado) has officially released Peach Beerllini Radler as its new summer Seasonal offering.

Created as a beer-focused twist on the Peach Bellini cocktail, Peach Beerllini Radler is a “light and refreshing effervescent concoction” that is made with pale malts and “230 barrels of peach puree” (for those interested in the math, that means “approximately a half a peach worth of puree” is in each can).  This incredibly peach-heavy recipe yields a 4.1% ABV Radler that has an aroma that is “all peaches, like millions of peaches”, and a flavor that is “slightly sweet from the sugars in the peaches, but not cloying.”

Peach Beerllini Radler is available now and has plans to hang around through July of this year.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Left Hand Brewing Co.’s 41 state distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Peach Beerllini Radler from Left Hand Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal, May – July 2018
Style – Radler
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 8 
Malts – Pale 2-Row
Hops – Varies
Added Ingredients – Peach puree 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://lefthandbrewing.com/beer-finder/