Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA on Thursday, June 25.
Arriving as the latest release in Perrin Brewing Company’s newly-established Call Me Hazy Series of rotating IPAs, Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that boasts a “tropical twist – fresh tropical stone fruit aromatics with hints of coconut, passion fruit, mango and lime.” Coming in at 7.5% ABV, Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA is filled with all the beach vibes you seek in a summertime sipper.
Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA will hit the Perrin Pub on June 25 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Michigan. Prost!
Vital Information for Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA from Perrin Brewing Company
Release – Seasonal/Call Me Hazy IPA Series; launching June 25, 2020 Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale ABV – 7.5% Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder/
Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Death By Affogato in late June 2020.
Arriving as the latest release in Oskar Blues Brewery’s Death By Porter Series of decadent takes on the style, Death By Affogato is crafted to emulate the “classic Italian dessert of two simple ingredients brought together to create an exorbitant amount of flavor: vanilla gelato topped with a freshly pulled shot of espresso.” Death By Affogato captures this after dinner experience by starting with a base of “a rich, dark porter brewed with chocolate malt and malted oats.” The beer is then sent to the Spinbot 5000 to be “infused with cacao nibs, hand-split Ugandan and Madagascar vanilla beans and coffee from Colorado’s own Traction Coffee Roasters.” Weighing in at 6.5% ABV, Death By Affogato comes together to be a “hedonistic beer drowning in flavors of milk and dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla and caramel.”
“We like to think of ourselves as proudly unpretentious foodies here at Oskar Blues,” said Head Brewer Juice Drapeau. “In a beer like Death By Affogato, we’ve taken inspiration directly from the culinary world. ‘Affogato’ is a fancy name, but forget about that. All you need to know is that ice cream and coffee are a legendary pair.”
Death By Affogato is rolling out now and will be hanging around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blue Brewery’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Death By Affogato from Oskar Blues Brewery
Release – Limited/Death By Porter Series; launching late June 2020 Style – American Porter ABV – 6.5% Added Ingredients – Cacao nibs, Ugandan & Madagascar vanilla beans, & coffee from Traction Coffee Roasters Fun Fact – “Affogato is a classic Italian dessert of two simple ingredients brought together to create an exorbitant amount of flavor: vanilla gelato topped with a freshly pulled shot of espresso. With a name that translates directly to ‘drowning,’ this indulgent post-meal treat was the perfect muse for Oskar Blues brewers seeking a formidable flavor profile for the upcoming Death By porter in the series.” Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beer-finder/
Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Annual Release of its fan-favorite Nimble Giant Double IPA in early June 2020.
The cumulative result of Tröegs Independent Brewing’s “first experiments with Mosaic hops” in its small-batch Scratch Series, Nimble Giant is a Double India Pale Ale that showcases Mosaic alongside Simcoe and Azacca hops. Coming in at 9% ABV and 69 IBUs, Nimble Giant “gracefully boasts grapefruit rind, pineapple and honeysuckle notes with a hint of earthy forest floor. Behold the wonder!”
Nimble Giant is rolling out now in Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and full distribution is scheduled to follow in the later weeks of June 2020. 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 Tröegs Independent Brewing’s full distribution footprint for as long as supplies last. Prost!
Vital Information for Nimble Giant from Tröegs Independent Brewing
Release – Limited/Once a Year Series; June 2020 Style – Double/Imperial India Pale Ale ABV – 9% IBUs – 69 Featured Hops – Mosaic, Simcoe & Azacca Malt – Pilsner & Vienna Yeast – House Ale Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/
Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Sunray, a “Solar Brewed” Wheat Beer, in June 2020.
Originally produced by Terrapin Beer Co. in 2008 and revived to draw attention to the 2019 installation of “720 solar panels on the roof of [the] brewery in order to offset [its] energy consumption as part of [the brewery’s] Terraprint initiative,” Sunray is German-style Hefeweizen that is brewed with the power of the sun and features a malt bill that “includes Georgia grown wheat malted by Riverbend Malt House in Asheville, NC.” Coming in at an easy drinking 5.2% ABV, Sunray brings together “Georgia sun, Georgia malt, Georgia beer. What more could you want this summer?”
Sunray Wheat Beer is scheduled to release during the week of June 1 and will hang around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Sunray Wheat Beer from Terrapin Beer Co.
Release – Limited; June 1, 2020 Style – German Hefeweizen ABV – 5.2% IBUs – 18 Malts – Pilsner, Munich & Riverbend Malted Wheat Hops – Mount Hood & Hallertau Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “This limited release will include updated artwork that gives a nod to the solar panel addition on top of our brewery.” Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans Beer Finder – https://www.terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder
Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has officially announced that four flavors of Funky Buddha Hard Seltzer – Tropical Mango Guava, Lush Key Lime Cherry, Juicy Blood Orange and Crisp Pink Grapefruit – will begin hitting shelves in early April 2020.
Developed to give you a better option than those other hard seltzers out there that are “made from neutral grain spirits and preservatives,” Funky Buddha Hard Seltzer takes a more natural approach by being “brewed from cane sugar and blue agave for a crisp, clean taste.” Each easy-drinking natural flavor weighs in at just 4.5% ABV, and “90 Funkin’ calories, with 1g of carbs and 0g sugar.”
Funky Buddha Hard Seltzer will launch with the following four “bright and refreshing” flavors (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s press release):
Tropical Mango Guava – As Miami as a pink and orange sunset, these two fruits were made to go together. We’re just doing as nature intended.
Lush Key Lime Cherry – A killer combination of natural black cherry flavor with Florida’s best defense against scurvy, the Key lime.
Juicy Blood Orange – Our all-natural Juicy Blood Orange is bursting with ripe, citrus and a hint of berry-like flavor without the added sweetness.
Crisp Pink Grapefruit – This Crisp Pink Grapefruit Seltzer balances bracing citrus with a zesty finish that’s funkin’ refreshing.
All four flavors of Funky Buddha Hard Seltzer will be available in Variety 12-packs of 12 oz. cans (three cans of each flavor in each Variety Pack) beginning in early April 2020. You can expect to find these Variety Packs at craft beer-friendly retailers located within Funky Buddha’s distribution footprint in Florida. Prost!
New 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
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 9 – Brady Eaglin | Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale | ABV – 14.0% ABV
Tuesday, March 10 – Jay “The Welder” Lesher | Apple Brandy and Cherry Brandy Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Vanilla and Almonds | ABV – 13.5%
Wednesday, March 11 – Alex Espinosa | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Hazelnut, Maple and Vanilla | ABV – 13.4%
Thursday, March 12 – Mike LaDuke | Double Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale With Cinnamon – ABV – 15.5%
Friday, March 13 – Ian 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:
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 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
The 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 Companyin 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. (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