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

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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.”

Rekorderlig Brings its Spiced Apple Hard Cider Stateside

rekorderligSAHC2_editedRekorderlig Cider (Vimmerby, Sweden) recently announced that their Seasonal Spiced Apple Hard Cider is hitting shelves now in select markets within the United States.

Meant to capture the “beautifully Swedish” flavors of fall, Rekorderlig Spiced Hard Apple Cider “is an aromatic blend of European apples infused with cinnamon and vanilla.”  Since it is well known that fall weather can turn on a dime, this Spiced Hard Apple Cider (4.5% ABV) is a versatile offering that “can be enjoyed hot with a slice of orange or cold over ice.”

Spiced Apple Hard Cider is out now and “available throughout the winter months” in 16.9 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $4.99 each).  This Rekorderlig Seasonal offering will see limited U.S. distribution to cider-focused establishments found in Florida, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.  Prost!

Vital Information for Spiced Apple Hard Cider from Rekorderlig Cider

Release – Seasonal, available October 2017 through the winter months
Style – Hard Apple Cider
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients – Cinnamon & vanilla
Availability – 16.9 oz. bottles
U.S. Distribution – AK, AZ, CA, CT, FL, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA & RI

Stone Brewing Goes Nationwide with Vengeful Spirit IPA

vengefulspirit_canmockStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA, the brewery’s latest Seasonal release, is currently hitting shelves and taps across the country.

In keeping with the brewery’s recent trend of tropically-inspired IPAs, Stone Brewing has released Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA as a Fall Seasonal that “employs a bit of tropical mythology to pay homage to [their] ever present gargoyle.”  To properly represent this tribute in the liquid, the brewers at Stone developed an unfiltered India Pale Ale with an impressive hop bill (Herkules, Mosaic, Loral & Mandarina Bavaria hops) that is further supported by the addition of pineapple and Mandarin oranges.  This all results in a 7.3% ABV IPA that “explodes with the flavors of citrus candy and tiki-style cocktails.”

“This beer brings together a lot of what’s been new for Stone lately,” said Jeremy Moynier, Stone’s senior innovation brewing manager. “We included three hops most recently featured in our Stone Hop Revolver IPA series. We’ve really been digging the combination of pineapple and tangerine, similar to what we introduced with Stone Tangerine Express IPA. By experimenting with different add rates and much different hops, we’ve come up with a really unique flavor that’s juicy, citrusy and quite frankly, a little mind-blowing.”

Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA began a limited distribution roll out earlier this month, but it is now officially available from coast to coast as of September 29.  You can find this new Seasonal offering in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Fall Seasonal, available nationwide on September 29, 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.3%
IBUs – 57
Featured Hops – Herkules, Mosaic, Loral & Mandarina Bavaria
Added Ingredients – Pineapple & Mandarin orange
Fun Fact – “The name of the Stone Vengeful Spirit IPA pays homage to the Stone gargoyle, who, since 1996 has represented an aggressive intolerance for commoditized beer, by protecting the brewery from the omnipresent forces of evil.”

Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Second Self Beer Company Releases Margarita in Gose in Cans

MIGSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) recently announced that MIG – Margarita in Gose has officially returned for the summer as a Seasonal release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft.

Originally released last year as a draft-only offering in the taproom at Second Self, MIG – Margarita in Gose returns as a Seasonal variant of the brewery’s fan-favorite Maverick & Gose.  To provide this offering with a refreshing and tropical twist, “Margarita in Gose is made with organic, Florida orange peel and freshly squeezed lime, imparting the classic, sweet-tart taste of a refreshing margarita.”  At just 4.3% ABV, Margarita in Gose is the perfect brew to turn to after those long summers days spent playing beach volleyball.

MIG – Margarita in Gose officially releases on June 1 in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to track this Seasonal brew down at select craft beer-friendly bars, restaurants and retailers in Alabama and Georgia.  Be sure to keep a cold MIG on hand this summer (say . . . at about 2 or 1.5 meters) so that it is easily accessible the next time you find yourself in a 4G inverted dive with thirst.  Prost!

Vital Information for MIG – Margarita in Gose from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Seasonal, June to October 2017
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.3%
IBUs – 8
Added Ingredients – Orange peel & lime juice
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Suggested Food Pairings – Braised pork al pastor, ceviche, mango salad, and chips & queso

The Unknown Brewing Co. Plans to Celebrate its 3.5ish Anniversary with Music Festival

3.5ishbottle_editedOn Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m., the folks at The Unknown Brewing Co. (Charlotte, North Carolina) will recognize their 3.5ish Anniversary with a full-blown music festival boasting six musical acts, fine cigars and a ridiculous amount of tasty brews.

To make good on their promise to go “bigger and better” with each year’s anniversary festivities, The Unknown Brewing Co. has booked 6 of “the best up and coming bands in the US” to properly celebrate the brewery’s 3.5ish Anniversary.  If that were not enough, this event will also feature limited release brews, beer-infused cigars, a charity fundraiser, and quite a few other surprises from The Unknown.  The 3.5ish Music Festival is absolutely bursting with awesome details, so let’s break it all down.

The Basics

The Music

To live up to its listing as an all-out Music Festival, the following six musical acts get top billing for this party:

The stage times for each band have not yet been released, but we will update this area with that information once it is available.

The Beer

This event may be a Music Festival, but it is still being thrown by a brewery.  With that said, The Unknown Brewing Co. obviously plans to celebrate its 3.5ish Anniversary with some damn tasty beers as well:

  • This event will act as the release of The Unknown Brewing Co.’s Geuze-inspired Lambic Ale titled “3.5ish
  • A vast array of limited release beers will be flowing on tap
  • The brewery will also be delving back into its recipe book to revive several beers from the past

The Cause

To ensure that this event makes a difference, The 3.5ish Music Festival will also act as a fundraiser for Purple Heart Homes –  a 501(c)3 public charity “dedicated to providing housing for Service Connected Disabled Veterans that is substantial in function, design, and quality fit to welcome home the fighting men and women of America.”  During the event, The Unknown Brewing Co. will have a special “Charity Tap” set up.  $1 from every pint sold from the “Charity Tap” will go to benefit Purple Heart Homes.

Additional Info

To round off the celebration, The 3.5ish Music Festival will also feature cigars from Cigar Row that have been infused with beer from The Unknown Brewing Co., a selection of local food trucks, and quite a few “other awesome surprises.”

Tickets

Tickets for The 3.5ish Musical Festival are available now for the cost of $10 each (plus fees), and you can click here to secure your tickets.  Ticket price grants you entrance into the festival and access to the live entertainment.  All other aspects of this anniversary party are pay as you go.

That should just about cover all the information currently available concerning The 3.5ish Music Festival from The Unknown Brewing Co.  Once more details are released, we will of course update you here with that info.  You really cannot go wrong with a fantastic day filled with live music for just $10 a person.  Factor in all of those amazing beers that you will have access to, and this event easily graduates to can’t-miss status.  If you are free on June 10 and in the Charlotte area, make sure you are at The Unknown Brewing Co. for its 3.5ish Music Festival and Anniversary Party.  Prost!

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Full Sail Brewing Co. Set for Limited Release of Kentucky Cream Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale

FS_KentCream_22BottleFull Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, Oregon) recently announced that they will recognize American Craft Beer Week (May 15 – 21) with the limited release of Kentucky Cream Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale.

To create this homage to the classic flavors and ingredients of American bourbon, the brewers at Full Sail brewed the base beer for Kentucky Cream Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale back in February of 2016.  This special brew was then aged for over a year in Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon, and Old Forester barrels so that it may soak up as much oak and bourbon character as possible.  This all results in a unique, 10% ABV Pale Ale that is packed with “aromas of ripe cherries, vanilla and tobacco leaf and oak that lead to flavors of caramel, honey and dried fruit.”

“We looked to bourbon, the whiskey that made Kentucky famous, for this latest barrel aged release,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “Deconstructing this American classic, the grains most often used for bourbon (in this case corn, barley, and rye) were incorporated into a pale ale, racked post-ferment into bourbon barrels, and left to rest for one year.”

Kentucky Cream Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale is an extremely limited release that will become available “this May just in time for American Craft Beer Week.”  This offering will be available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Oregon and within the rest of Full Sail Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  The limited quantity of Kentucky Cream Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale is sure to disappear with a quickness, so be sure to snag your bottle or pour if you find yourself lucky enough to happen upon it.  Prost!

Vital Information for Kentucky Cream Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale from Full Sail Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel Aged Series, mid-May 2017
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 40 
Treatment – Aged for over a year in Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon, & Old Forester barrels
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://fullsailbrewing.com/where-to-buy/