Sweetwater Brewing Adds Mango Kush Wheat Ale to 420 Strain Series

sw-brew-product-vignette-420strain-mkwSweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that 420 Strain Mango Kush Wheat Ale will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in March 2019.

Arriving as the “second sticky hit from 420 Strain” (preceded by the release of 420 Strain G13 IPA), Mango Kush is a cannabis-inspired American Wheat Ale “packed with herbal, juicy mango notes and a distinctive dank nose.” Thanks to “strain specific terpenes and natural hemp-type flavors”, Mango Kush Wheat Ale (5% ABV) delivers a “euphoric” experience “that’ll remind you of the crowd pleasing kush strain.”

Mango Kush is available now on draft, and 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles are expected to drop any day now.  You can find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for 420 Strain Mango Kush from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching March 2019
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 30
Malts – Pilsner, White Wheat & Flaked Wheat
Hops – Nuggetzilla & El Dorado
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/

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Weyerbacher Brewing Begins its Season of Insanity

insanity-4packWeyerbacher Brewing (Easton, Pennsylvania) has announced that it will officially begin the Seasonal Release of Insanity Oak-aged Barleywine on Friday, December 7.

Regarded as a “perennial fan favorite”, Insanity enters the world as Blithering Idiot, Weyerbacher’s Year-Round English-style Barleywine, and is then given its own identity after it spends some time aging on oak.  This aging process “imparts an additional level of complexity to the already intense malt profile of Blithering Idiot by adding a combination of vanilla and oak notes.”  Insanity weighs in at a mind-bending 13.3% ABV.

The 2018 release of Insanity will debut in The Tap Room at Weyerbacher Brewing on December 7 and is expected to enter distribution on or around that date.  Once fully released, you will be able to find this Seasonal Release available for a limited time in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of Weyerbacher’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Insanity from Weyerbacher Brewing

Release – Seasonal; December 7, 2018
Style – English-style Barleywine
ABV – 13.3%
IBUs – 34
Featured Hops – Northern Brewer & Hallertau
Treatment – Aged on oak

Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft



New Belgium Brewing Set to Release Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA

NBVoodooLPIPANew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will launch Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA as a Special Release offering in July 2018.

Developed to be New Belgium’s “tropical twist on the typical IPA”, Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA is a summer-themed brew that boasts “a mélange of tropical notes.”  Mosaic hops and “a small amount” of Nugget hops combine to give this offering a juicy character that supplies “bursts of guava, mango, grapefruit and white grape.”  Medium-bodied with a mild sweetness, Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA (8% ABV) ultimately comes together as “a delicately bitter and extremely aromatic IPA.”

“The Voodoo Ranger Special Release series gives our brewers a hoppy playground, if you will, a place to play with ingredients, aromas and flavors,” said Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium. “Liquid Paradise offers great flavors and is packed full of wonderful aromas, and we’re just getting started showing off our capabilities as a brewer of hoppy beer.”

Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA will officially release during the first week of July 2018 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 in select markets found within New Belgium’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger Liquid Paradise IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Special, launching July 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 44
Malts – Pale, Oats & Munich
Hops – Mosaic & Nugget
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

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

2018_Trigo_FeaturedFounders 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 is the culmination of many of my favorite aspects of craft beer today,” says Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “A collaboration with Alejo, one of my friends from the R&D department of our partner Mahou San Miguel, it features some of my favorite hop varieties in a way that highlights their flavor and aromatic characters without letting the bitterness get over the top. This is the next generation of lagers, brewed for those of us who love American hops and a well-balanced, satisfying beer. It’s the perfect combination of tradition and innovation, and a great fit for our ArtPrize portfolio.”

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/


Second Self Beer Co. Vows to Make IPA Great Again

MIPAGA-CAnSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that it is going old school on hop heads with the upcoming Limited Release of Make IPA Great Again.

Harkening back to the days before the IPA haze craze consumed the craft beer community, Make IPA Great Again is a “throwback double IPA” created by Second Self’s Co-founders Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle “as an homage to the bitter and clear IPAs that inspired them to start brewing over a decade ago.”  With a “YUGE” hop bill jam-packed with Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops, this ‘Murican Double IPA “has tremendous notes of pine, resin, covfefe and citrus with a bitter finish.” For a more eloquent, stately explanation of what you can expect from this beer, here’s the brewery’s full description for Make IPA Great Again (9% ABV, 111 IBUs):

“Many people are saying we have the best hops. Believe me, we have all the best hops. Billions and billions of hops. Believe me, folks! Other beers are a YUGE problem! Beers today do not remember what it was like when this country made the best beers, the biggest beer, the most bitterest beers!!

Your milkshake pasty stout IPAs are FAKE NEWS!!. This bitter beer is DANK, PINEY, RESINY, and clear; just like the RETRO forgotten beers of this country. We make sure it has a tremendous flavor in a bigly tariffed aluminum tall boy! I have to thank our employees for their great jerb Putin in hard hours to make this magnificent beer.”

Make IPA Great Again will debut on April 28 in Second Self’s Westside taproom and distribution will follow shortly after that release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within Second Self’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Make IPA Great Again from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited; April 28, 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 111
Featured Hops – Cascade, Centennial, Chinook & Simcoe
Suggested Food Pairings – “Suggested pairings for the beer include well-done steak with ketchup, taco bowls, Russian dressing, and anything off the Dollar Menu.”
Fun Fact – On the name and packaging for Make IPA Great Again: “Label artwork was designed by Tex Grubbs, and the yuge 16 oz. cans will fit comfortably even in small hands. The beer’s name was devised by Eddie Holly, Owner of Ale Yeah! in Decatur.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Good People Brewing Sends Cans of Snake Handler DIPA Out for Distribution

snake-handler-can-block-6_editedGood People Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) has announced that cans of Snake Handler Double India Pale Ale will be making a limited return to craft beer shelves beginning the week of January 15.

Although Snake Handler Double IPA is available Year-Round on draft, there is still a buzz in the craft beer community each year when this hop-filled treasure makes a limited appearance in cans.  This is no surprise when you consider that Snake Handler remains “one of [Good People’s] most requested beers” and has received recognition “as one of the South’s top beers” by outlets such as Beer Advocate and Men’s Journal.  The hype is all well and good, but this beer’s true achievement is what actually ends up in the glass.

Clocking in at 10% ABV, Snake Handler is a “dangerously drinkable brew” that employs a biscuit and caramel malt backbone to balance “an aggressive hop profile featuring Columbus, Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, and Chinook” hops.  The brewers at Good People finish the beer with a heavy dry-hopping to create a memorable sensory experience highlighted by “strong aromas of pine, citrus, flowers, spice, pineapple, and grassiness.”  Freshness is key with this one, so make sure to consume Snake Handler “as close to the canned date as possible.”

“We are always excited for the revival of Snake Handler in cans,” says Jason Malone, Co-owner and Brewmaster at Good People Brewing Company. “This beer has had a special place in our lineup since the very beginning, and we love seeing people’s reactions when it comes out in cans.”

Cans of Snake Handler Double IPA will officially hit shelves on January 15 and hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find these Limited Release 4-packs of 12 oz. cans available at select craft beer establishments located within Good People Brewing’s distribution reach in Alabama, Georgia, the Florida Panhandle, and Tennessee.

Vital Information for Snake Handler from Good People Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round on draft; Limited availability in cans beginning on January 15, 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 100
Hops – Columbus, Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe & Chinook
Malts – 2-row & four specialty malts
Yeast – California Ale

Recommended Glassware – Snifter or tulip
Suggested Food Pairings – “Cuisine (Barbecue), Cheese (Peppery: Monterey/Pepper Jack; Sharp: Blue, Cheddar; Pungent: Gorgonzola, Limburger), Meat (Game, Grilled Meat, Salmon)”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans (limited) & draft
Beer Finder – http://goodpeoplebrewing.com/beer-finder

Second Self Beer Company to Begin Olde Oyl Release on Black Friday

SSBCOldSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that the 2017 batch of Olde Oyl will officially debut at the brewery on Black Friday, November 24.

Arriving just in time to take on those colder temperatures, Olde Oyl is a Russian Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout that is “brewed seasonally with malt and oats for a rich body and robust aroma.”  To achieve just the right amount of coffee presence, the brewers at Second Self “[incorporate] custom-roasted coffee from East Pole Coffee Co., a specialty coffee roaster based in Atlanta’s Armour Yards development between Buckhead and Midtown.”  Hearty and hefty, the 11% ABV Olde Oyl comes together to provide a warming experience that boasts “a nice roasty taste with a smooth coffee finish.”

Olde Oyl will make its first appearance of the year at Second Self’s Black Friday Extravaganza event on Nov. 24th from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Olde Oyl will be available in 16 oz. cans exclusively in the brewery’s taproom, but this Limited Seasonal Release will see distribution as a draft-only offering to select beer establishments located in Alabama and Georgia.  You can expect Olde Oyl to pour through January 2018. Prost!

Vital Information for Olde Oyl from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited/Seasonal, late-November 2017 through January 2018
Style – Russian Imperial Stout/Oatmeal Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 65
Added Ingredients – Custom-roasted coffee from East Pole Coffee Co.
Availability – 16 oz. cans (brewery only) & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Alabama


Cycle Brewing Schedules Week-Long Bottle Release of Greatest Hits

CBCycle Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida) will showcase some of their “Greatest Hits” with a series of bottles releases running from Monday, November 13 to Friday, November 17.

To evoke some fond memories of the past, the folks at Cycle Brewing have brewed and bottled up “some of [their] favorite beers from the past couple of years, and some of the most enjoyed by [their] customers.” Appropriately dubbed the “Greatest Hits”, the following beers will be featured in this latest series of bottle releases beginning on November 13:

  • 8 a.m. on Monday, November 13: &+ Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout with Cinnamon, Peppers and Vanilla – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined
  • 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14: Coconut Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (expect coconut floaties) – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined
  • 8 a.m. on Wednesday, November 15: BA Coffee Brinner Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, brewed with Maple and Cycle Brewing’s own Barrel Aged Coffee Beans $35 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined
  • 8 a.m. on Thursday, November 16: Joyous Almond Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, brewed with Toasted Coconut and Almonds (expect floaties in this as well) – $35 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined
  • 8 a.m. on Friday, November 17: DBR Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, an extra-large Stout with an ABV around 13.5-14% – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined

Quantities for all five beers are limited. Bottle limits will be based on how many people are in line, and the brewery will establish those limits at the time of each release. This being the case, there is no need to disturb Cycle’s neighbors by forming a line hours before each release. With that said, the brewery does recommend that you arrive by 7:45 a.m. to be considered in the head count. All five of these bottle releases are CASH ONLY while there is a line. Release times are for bottle sales only.

These beers are Greatest Hits for a reason and they are pretty much guaranteed to sell out promptly.   If you have your eye on one (or all five) of these beers, just make sure you are in line by 7:45 a.m. with cash in hand on the respective day.  Basically, what we are trying to say here is that we hope you clear your calendar, hit up the ATM, and double-check that alarm clock so that we can see you all next week at Cycle Brewing for this special series of releases.  Prost!

Rogue Ales Introduces Yellow Snow Spruce Tip Pilsner

rogueYellowSnowRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has announced that Yellow Snow, the brewery’s Winter Seasonal, will be given new life this year as a Pilsner brewed with Oregon spruce tips.

Previously released for over a decade as an India Pale Ale, Yellow Snow is back this year rockin’ a new look and style.  To give the beer a character more fitting of its winter theme, the folks at Rogue Ales decided to brew this year’s Yellow Snow as “a refreshing new pilsner made with Oregon spruce tips.”  This results in a 5.5% ABV Pilsner that sports bubblegum notes and “slight resinous, citrusy nuances” from the added spruce.

“We’ve brewed Yellow Snow IPA for the past 15 years, but this year we decided to make a beer reminiscent of our Pacific Northwest winters,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce. “So, we created a crisp pilsner made with spruce tips from our own backyard and then canned it for enjoyment outside.”

Yellow Snow Pilsner launches this month and will be hanging around through February 2018.  You can find this newly updated Seasonal release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Yellow Snow Pilsner from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal, November 2017 – February 2018
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 19
Malts – Weyerman Pils & Carabelge
Hops – Perle & Sterling
Yeast – Czech Pils Yeast
Added Ingredients – Oregon Spruce Tips
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

New Belgium’s La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Makes its Debut

geishaNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced the limited release of La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha Sour Ale.

To celebrate “the artistry and passion behind two of the world’s most beloved liquids”, the brewers at New Belgium have introduced their award-winning La Folie Sour Brown Ale to the highly coveted Panama Geisha coffee grown at the Peterson family’s Hacienda La Esmeralda.  The whole roasted Geisha coffee beans possess “brilliant mandarin and soft jasmine floral notes which play nicely with the sour plum and cocoa flavors synonymous with La Folie.”  To further marry these flavors, the beer was also brewed with a “custom blend of Colorado-grown malted barley and wheat from Fort Collins based Troubadour Maltings . . . [to bring] the sweet, floral notes to the forefront.”  The 7.9% ABV La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha was finished by being “bottled on nitrogen for a soft, velvet-like mouthfeel and body, and is recommended to be served chilled and fresh (not cellared).”

“La Folie is the sour that launched our wood beer program nearly 20 years ago, and as we reimagine our specialty portfolio, we’re revisiting many of our most-loved and acclaimed beers, presenting them in new and unique ways,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium specialty brand manager. “This take on La Folie is adventurous – reminiscent of coffee’s silky, rich attributes but counterbalanced with the bright, complexity of a foeder-aged sour. This will be the most expensive beer we’ve ever made, and it’s so very worth it.”

La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha is rolling out now in 750ml bottles and will be available while supplies last.  You can look for this Limited Release to be available “in select markets” within New Belgium’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for La Folie Grand Reserve: Geisha from New Belgium Brewing 

Release – Limited/Special, late-October/early-November 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.9%
Featured Malts – Malted Barley & Wheat from Fort Collins based Troubadour Maltings
Added Ingredients – Geisha Coffee from Panama’s Hacienda La Esmeralda
Availability – 750ml bottles 
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder
Fun Fact – “New Belgium partnered with Fellow B Corp, Sustainable Harvest out of Portland, OR, who brokered the coffee deal. A portion of proceeds from the beer will contribute to a grant that will distribute climate resistant coffee varietals to small scale coffee farmers across the globe.”