New Realm Brewing & Fat Heads Brewery Collaborate on Steel and Coal IPL

NewRealmFatHeadsNew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Steel and Coal India Pale Lager, a special collaboration with Fat Head’s Brewery (Middleburg Heights, Ohio), on March 24.

A beer that brought together two renowned brewmasters – New Realm’s Mitch Steele (Steel) and Fat Head’s Matt Cole (Coal) – for a hop-filled collaboration that pretty much named itself, Steel and Coal is an India Pale Lager “dry hopped . . . with heaps of Simcoe and Strata hops to make it unique.”  Weighing in at 7% ABV and 60 IBUs, Steel and Coal comes together to offer “a crisp finish and a mouthfeel of citrusy, resinous, peachy and berry like flavors you don’t want to miss.”

“Matt Cole and I are longtime friends and have brewed several great beers together over the years. I love how Matt brews his beers, and I’m thrilled to brew this India Pale Lager with him that showcases two of our favorite hop varieties,” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing.

 

“I feel deeply honored to have been invited to brew with my buddy Mitch and get to check out New Realm Brewing. We both have a passion for IPA’s so creating Steel and Coal India Pale Lager is pretty exciting,” said Matt Cole, Master Brewer and Co-Founder of Fat Heads Brewery.

Steel and Coal India Pale Lager will officially release on March 24 and will only be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at New Realm’s taproom in Atlanta and at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Steel and Coal from New Realm Brewing Company & Fat Head’s Brewery

Release – Limited; March 24, 2020
Style – India Pale Lager
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Simcoe & Strata
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia only

TBBW 2020 Event: Week of Barrel-Aged Releases at Cigar City Brewing

https___www.cigarcitybrewing.com_wp-content_uploads_2019_03_Logo-1color-Pantone-CMYKCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will celebrate five long-time employees during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 with a week-long series of Limited Bottle Releases at its newly renovated Spruce Street Taproom.

To bring some much needed attention to an all-star lineup of “long-time Cigar City Brewing employees who have helped make [the] brewery and the Tampa Bay brewing community what it is today,” Cigar City Brewing will spend the majority of Tampa Bay Beer Week releasing “one extremely limited barrel-aged beer per day, brewed to honor” on of these “unsung heroes.”  The release schedule and bottle lineup is as follows:

  • Monday, March 9Brady Eaglin | Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale | ABV – 14.0% ABV
  • Tuesday, March 10Jay “The Welder” Lesher | Apple Brandy and Cherry Brandy Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Vanilla and Almonds | ABV – 13.5%
  • Wednesday, March 11Alex Espinosa | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Hazelnut, Maple and Vanilla | ABV – 13.4%
  • Thursday, March 12Mike LaDuke | Double Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale With Cinnamon – ABV – 15.5% 
  • Friday, March 13Ian Schmidt | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Vanilla Beans | ABV – 13.8% 

A few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend one (or all) of these bottle releases:

  • All releases will take place at Cigar City’s Spruce Street Taproom & Brewery (3924 W Spruce St. | Tampa, Florida)
  • Each beer will release at 11 a.m. on its scheduled day
  • Fewer than 400 bottles of each barrel-aged beer have been produced
  •  Bottles will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and each release will be limited to 1 bottle per customer
  • Each 500mL bottle will cost $18.99

With each release only consisting of around 400 bottles, it is safe to assume that these barrel-aged brews will disappear quickly each day.  If you are excited about one (or several) of these releases, be sure to factor an 11 a.m. trip to Cigar City Brewing into your Tampa Bay Beer Week schedule on the respective release date(s) of the beer(s) that caught your attention.  Prost!

 

 

New Realm Brewing Continues Push Cart Series with Release of Chocolate Sea Salt Imperial Ale

NewRealmKOPNew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Push Cart – Chocolate Sea Salt Imperial Ale, the brewery’s latest collaboration with Atlanta-based King of Pops, on January 21.

Arriving as the second release in New Realm’s Push Cart Series that formulates beer versions of the most popular ice pops produced by their friends at King of Pops, Push Cart – Chocolate Sea Salt Imperial Ale is a “dark, creamy and sweet” American Strong Ale that is smooth and chocolatey with just a hint of salt on the finish.”  Coming in at 8.6% ABV, Push Cart – Chocolate Sea Salt Imperial Ale is “perfect for winter in the city or escapes to the beach.”

“We worked with our friends at King of Pops and their ingredients to create this beer which does a remarkable job of replicating the creamy chocolate flavor of their most popular pop. Projects like this where we get to work with great folks in our community, are extremely fun and tremendously delicious!” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing.

 

“Chocolate Sea Salt is our best-selling flavor, and it’s the one we try our best to have at every single cart and shop. We thought it would fit well with a darker beer, perfect for the increasingly mild but dreary Atlanta winters” said Steven Carse, Co-Founder of King of Pops.

Push Cart – Chocolate Sea Salt Imperial Ale is scheduled to officially release in New Realm’s Atlanta and Virginia Beach locations on January 21 and will enter limited distribution shortly after the on-site releases.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within New Realm’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Push Cart – Chocolate Sea Salt Imperial Ale from New Realm Brewing Company & King of Pops

Release – Limited/Push Cart Series; January 21, 2020
Style – American Strong Ale
ABV – 8.6%
IBUs -25
Added Ingredients – Chocolate & sea salt sourced from King of Pops
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia; also available at New Realm’s Atlanta & Virginia Beach locations

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: ‘The Microbrewery Handbook’ by DC Reeves

unnamed - 2019-11-24T213801.006The 2019 Holiday Season is fast approaching and it is time to start thinking about those unique gift ideas. The crew here at Mashing In is well aware that it is often difficult to find that perfect gift, so we have decided to compile a gift guide for anyone in your life that enjoys a well-crafted adult beverage from time to time. This installment of the gift guide is for the craft beer lover in your life who dreams of one day opening his/her own brewery: The Microbrewery Handbook – Craft, Brew & Build Your Own Microbrewery Success by DC Reeves.

Published by Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Hoboken, New Jersey), The Microbrewery Handbook is an “indispensable, first-of-its-kind book” written by DC Reeves, author and founder of Perfect Plain Brewing Company in Pensacola, Florida. Meant to be a useful “guide to the business of craft beer,” this new book “explains that while great tasting beer is important, there are many elements beyond the beer itself that go into creating, growing, and sustaining a successful microbrewery in today’s saturated market.”

“Gone are the days when opening a microbrewery and calling it ‘local’ equaled unrivaled success,” Reeves said. “What will define success in this new era of craft beer is how well a brewery does the other things besides beer: Hiring, customer experience, employee engagement, operations, cash flow. Our industry has graduated past the simple importance of merely making great beer and into a new fiercely competitive world.”

Synopsis (sourced directly from the publisher’s press release):

The Microbrewery Handbook offers real-world advice and proven strategies to help brewers thrive in the competitive micro and craft brewing industry. Based on his own experience as the founder of Perfect Plain Brewing Company in Pensacola, Florida, Reeves offers practical guidance for brewers covering everything from the basics of brewing and the financial and business side of opening a brewery to creating a company culture, getting the word out, and helping a brewery thrive in local communities. The book also includes interviews and insight with industry experts as well as owners of some of the nation’s elite craft breweries including Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head, Jeffrey Stuffings of Jester King and Doug Resier of Burial Brewing.

Broken down into five sections, Reeves dives into the business of beer and explains:

  • The Basics – Understand the industry, focus and differentiate your taproom.
  • Build Your Microbrewery – Create a business plan and figure out the financials
  • Leadership & Company Culture – The keys to strong leadership, hiring well, and how to keep happy and engaged employees.
  • Creating an Incredible Customer Experience – How to build a taproom that both pleases customers and garners revenue.
  • Get The Word Out – Tips for branding, social media and public relations.
  • Love Your Local Community – Turn a taproom into a community anchor and attract and hold on to loyal customers.

The Microbrewery Handbook is available for pre-order now ($25) and will officially hit shelves on November 26.  Look for this new book to be available wherever books are sold (in stores and on online).  Prost!

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Brings Back Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon

CCBC_TritoniaPLStillWeb-0339Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon will return for a limited time in mid-November 2019.

Returning to distract you from the dropping temperatures with a taste of the tropics, Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon is a traditional Gose-style Ale with coriander and sea salt that gets a not so traditional infusion of pineapple and lemon.  The tropical fruit additions featured in Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon (4.5% ABV) “perfectly complement the base beer creating a tart, refreshing, and overall balanced experience.”

Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon will release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in mid-November and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  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 throughout Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; mid-November 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients – Pineapple & lemon
Fun Fact – “Additionally, the brewery releases another version of Tritonia, featuring cucumber and lime, in early summer.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia

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Hi-Wire Brewing Releases North Carolina-themed Mountains to Sea Collaboration 12-pack

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will introduce Mountains to Sea, a collaboration 12-pack featuring beers brewed with New Anthem Beer Project (Wilmington, North Carolina), Wooden Robot Brewery (Charlotte, North Carolina) and Trophy Brewing Co. (Raleigh, North Carolina), during the third week of October 2019.

Compiled to be a “celebration of breweries from across the state of North Carolina, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Coast of North Carolina,” Mountains to Sea is a variety 12-pack of 12 oz. cans that includes the following collaboration brews featuring New Anthem Beer Project, Wooden Robot Brewery and Trophy Brewing Co. (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Mountains to Sea with New Anthem Beer Project | Porter brewed with Figs & Molasses
  • Mountains to Sea with Wooden Robot Brewery | Throwback I.P.A. hopped with Idaho 7, Mosaic, Amarillo, & Centennial
  • Mountains to Sea with Trophy Brewing | Rye Pilsner brewed with Riverbend & Epiphany Malt

The Mountains to Sea Collaboration 12-pack includes four 12 oz. cans of each beer listed above.  This new variety pack is rolling out now and you can expect to find it at craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky. Due to the limited nature of this release, the Mountains to Sea Collaboration 12-pack will not be stocked at any of Hi-Wire Brewing’s taproom locations.  Prost!

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

 

 

 

Avery Brewing Co. Adds Low-Cal Pacer IPA to Year-Round Lineup

desktop_1569520545_WEB_PacerIPA_Can_and_GlassAvery Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that Pacer IPA, a Hazy IPA with only 100 calories and 3.5 carbs per serving, will join its Year-Round portfolio on October 18.

Created specifically to meet the needs of “increasingly health-conscious drinkers. . . driving the burgeoning ‘better-for-you’ category in beer,” Pacer IPA is a “legitimate, flavorful” Hazy India Pale Ale brewed with “traditional malted barley, . . . wheat and oats for fuller body, as well as an abundance of southern hemisphere hops, and contemporary dry-hopping techniques to achieve big, juicy, fruity aromas and flavors.” Coming in at just 4.5% ABV, 100 calories and 3.5 carbs, Pacer IPA is “built for winning at a balanced and active lifestyle.”

“This is an extremely selfish brewing endeavor. A beer brewed for me – an aging, wannabe-athlete who ‘drinks’ for a living, and desperately needs to start setting a new and healthier pace in life.”

 

– Adam Avery, Founder and CEO of Avery Brewing Co.

Pacer IPA will debut in the Tap Room at Avery Brewing Co. on October 18 and will enter distribution at or around that date.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Avery’s expansive distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pacer IPA from Avery Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching October 18, 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale 
ABV – 4.5% 
Calories – 100
Carbs – 3.5
Hops – Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic & Azacca 
Malts – 2-Row, Oats & White Wheat
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder

Coppertail Brewing Co. Celebrates Five Years of Brewing with Anniversary Party

coppertaillogowhiteCoppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will host its 5th Anniversary Party from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, August 24.

After five years of brewing on the edge of Ybor, Coppertail Brewing Co. is barreling into the second half of their first decade at full steam. The brewery has seen continued growth, firmly solidified an incredible lineup of Core, Seasonal and Limited Release beers while still finding time to keep their tap wall filled with inventive/experimental brewery-only offerings, and it even recently established the Coppertail Kitchen.  The last five years have given everyone at the brewery a lot to celebrate, and celebrate they will at their Fifth Anniversary Party on Saturday, August 24.

Since this party is absolutely packed with limited-edition beers, guest taps, bottle releases, live entertainment, etc., we are just going to break it all down to ensure that you have all the information you need to have the best time possible at the Coppertail Brewing Co. Fifth Anniversary Party.  Let’s get at it!

The Basics

What – Coppertail Brewing Co. Fifth Anniversary Party
When – 5 p.m. to Midnight on Saturday, August 24
Where – Coppertail Brewing Co. | 2601 E 2nd Ave | Tampa, Florida

5th Anniversary Tap List

To ensure that your taste buds will be busy during this event, Coppertail has confirmed that it will be tapping the following beers on Saturday (Updated 8/23):

Foeder Beer Treatments

  • Cherry
  • Peach
  • Peach Rhubarb 
  • Guava Pineapple Dragon Fruit 
  • Pineapple Coconut Lime
  • Peach Vanilla
  • Raspberry Guanabana
  • Cherry Lychee
  • Prickly Pear
  • Mollyfruit 
  • Mango
  • Passion Fruit Mango Guava 
  • Guava 
  • Blackberry Hibiscus
  • Strawberry Muscadine 
  • Blueberry Lime
  • Rosé

     

Other Featured Coppertail Beers

  • Ales for ALS IPA
  • Hop Skull #4 IPA
  • AHTI BA Imperial Stout with Strawberry, Blackberry, Coconut

Coppertail Brewing Co. does plan to add to this list as the date of party draws nearer.  We will be sure to update this list just as soon as additional information is provided.

Guest Tap List

Since it is not a proper birthday party without friends, a good deal of local breweries will be in attendance to keep the guest taps flowing with the following brews (Updated 8/23):

Everything Else

In addition to the amazing beer listed above, the Coppertail Brewing Co. Fifth Anniversary Party will also feature:

  • A pig roast & other food options
  • Special bottle releases: 5th Anniversary Peach Foeder Sour (500ml bottles) – this beer spent some quality time on French oak and was inoculated with Brettanomyces, Pediococcus, & Lactobacillus and fermented on fresh peaches; Créature de mer Rouge (375ml bottles) – a 6.8% ABV Golden Sour Ale aged in a French oak wine foeder, inoculated with various strains of Brettanomyces, Pediococcus, & Lactobacillus and fermented on fresh cherries.
  • Limited release anniversary shirts & glassware (glassware pictured below)
  • Live music from Mountain Holler, Shawn Kyle & the Mysterious Ybor Fires (featuring Members of the Diviners, Band of Sorrows, and Have Gun Will Travel), and Will Quinlan & the Holy Slow Train
  • College football fans, you are covered as well. The Miami Hurricanes | Florida Gators game will be shown (without sound) during this event.
Other Useful Info
  • General Admission is FREE.  VIP is SOLD OUT.  If you have not already secured VIP tickets, there is no need to worry about tickets as this is a come-as-you-are, pay-as-you-go event.
  • Parking Info – Parking will be available in the brewery’s main lot, the remote lot in between 25th and 26th, street parking along 2nd and a remote lot on the corner of 2nd and 22nd. This remote lot is a 1/4 mile away from the brewery, but it will have a golf cart shuttle if you choose to use it. DO NOT PARK on 26th or the employee lot behind the building. A good portion of the festivities will be taking place in the brewery’s back lot. Uber/Lyft is encouraged.

Alright, that should just about cover all the information we currently have for you regarding this event.  If you are free on Saturday, make sure you swing by Coppertail Brewing Co. so that you can take part in the festivities and raise a glass with the folks at the brewery to five amazing years and the many more ahead.  Prost!

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Garage Brewing Co. Expands Hazy IPA Series with Release of Hazy #9

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Garage Brewing Co. (Temecula, California) has officially announced that Hazy #9, a double dry-hopped IPA, is now pouring in its taproom.

Surfacing as the latest “juicy delight” to come out of the brewery’s Hazy IPA Series, Hazy #9 (6.7% ABV) is a Hazy India Pale Ale brewed with Citra, Galaxy and Eureka hops. To ensure that this “luscious tropical offering” absolutely “[explodes] with citrus aromas and flavors”, the brewers at Garage “cranked up the volume on the Citra” additions this time around.

“Our Juicy Boom and Hazy #8 were so popular, we had to heed the call to brew another hazy,” Bret Stitzman, brewer at Garage Brewing Co said. “Hazy #8 had more pineapple notes, whereas this one sings citrus and of course has that big juicy mouthfeel.”

Hazy #9 is available now as a draft-only offering. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering in the Taproom at Garage Brewing Co. and on premise as long as supplies last. Prost!

Vital Information for Hazy #9 from Garage Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Hazy IPA Series; late July/early August 2019
Style – Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
Featured Hops – Citra, Galaxy & Eureka
Availability – Draft only
Distribution – Limited