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

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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/

Terrapin Beer Co. to Release T-Time Berliner Weisse in March

unnamed-6Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced plans to launch T-Time Berliner Weisse in March as their next Specialty Release offering.

Drawing inspiration from the iced tea and lemonade blend made famous by an iconic golfer, Terrapin Beer Co. has developed T-Time Berliner Weisse with the help of Maya Tea from Tucson, Arizona.  The recipe for this German-style Berliner Weisse combines tea and lemon to result in “a tart and thirst-quenching wheat beer.”  At just 4% ABV, “this easy-to-drink summertime refresher will get you back into the swing of things both on and off the course.”

T-Time Berliner Weisse officially releases in March with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  Once launched, you will be able to find limited quantities of this Specialty Release at select craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of the Terrapin Beer Co. distribution network.  T-Time Berliner Weisse is sure to be a fantastic pairing with a day on the links or just warm weather activities in general, so keep an eye out for this one when it hits shelves and taps in the next few weeks.  Prost!

Vital Information T-Time Berliner Weisse from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Specialty Release, launching March 2017
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4%
IBUs – 5
Hops – Vanguard
Malts – Pilsner, Malted Wheat, Torrified Wheat & Acidulated Malt
Added Ingredients – Tea from Maya Tea and lemon
Suggested Food Pairings – Chevre & Havarti, or a turkey club sandwich with a side of chips
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Issues Voluntary Recall in 36 States

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Mills River, North Carolina) has issued a voluntary recall in 36 states for select 12 oz. bottles that may contain a glass packaging flaw.

Due to the serious nature of this situation, we will provide the details of this recall verbatim from Sierra Nevada’s press release:

  • This recall comes after quality inspections at the company’s Mills River, North Carolina, brewery detected a very limited number of bottles with a flaw that may cause a small piece of glass to break off and possibly fall into the bottle, creating a risk for injury.
  • The recall applies to product purchased in the following Midwest, Southern and East
    Coast states: Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
  • The beer affected by this recall includes those brands listed below with a packaging date that falls within the range with a code of “M” (Mills River) and not “C” (Chico), which is all information that can be found printed on the packaging or shoulder of the bottle:
    Pale Ale 12-ounce bottles in 6-, 12- and 24-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/8/17
    Beer Camp Golden IPA 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Sidecar Orange Pale Ale 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Torpedo Extra IPA 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Tropical Torpedo 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Nooner Pilsner 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Hop Hunter 12-ounce bottles in 6- and 12-pack (cases) packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
    Otra Vez 12-ounce bottles in 6-packs packaged 12/5/16-1/13/17
  • Sierra Nevada has stopped distributing all affected beer. The company is actively working with distributor and retail partners to remove this beer from retail shelves and hold any further shipments. Consumers who have purchased beer within the scope of this recall will be eligible for full compensation of the purchase price and are advised not to drink it and to dispose of the beer. A website has been set up for updates on the recall and to report purchase at sierranevada.com/qualitymatters.

“While we believe this concern impacts roughly 1 in every 10,000 (0.01%) of our bottles packaged during this time,” says Mike Bennett, Chief Supply Chain Officer, “Sierra Nevada has set the standard for quality in the craft brewing industry since 1980 and we have decided to take this precaution to ensure the safety of our consumers. To date, we have not received any consumer reports of injuries resulting from the potentially affected bottles and we are working with our supplier to determine the root cause of the issue.”

That covers all the information currently available on this recall.  If any further information surfaces, we will be sure to update this post with those details.  For now, just be sure to check those codes and dates on any Sierra Nevada bottles currently in your fridge.  Prost!

Maui Brewing Co. Announces Return of Lemongrass Saison

mauilemongrasscan_editedMaui Brewing Co. (Kihei, Hawaii) recently announced that Lemongrass Saison will be making a much-anticipated return beginning on Friday, January 6.

Originally brewed in 2013 as a collaboration with The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, California), Lemongrass Saison will once again hit shelves and taps as the first Limited Release beer of 2017 for Maui Brewing Co.  This Belgian-inspired Saison begins with a recipe consisting of White Wheat, Oats, Pilsner malt, Cascade and El Dorado hops.  For added depth and complexity, the brew is then infused with a total of 200 lbs. of lemongrass locally raised at Simpli-Fresh Farms (a ratio of 40 lbs. per 100 bbl batch).  This refreshing brew comes together at an easy-drinking 5.2% ABV and 15 IBUs.

A simple Saison brewed with local Lemongrass is something I had wanted to do but never attempted. Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true,” said Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder of The Lost Abbey.

Lemongrass Saison officially releases on Friday, January 6 at both Maui Brewing Company locations (Kihei and Lahaina).  Shortly after the brewery launch, this limited release will then become available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in Florida and throughout Maui Brewing’s full distribution area.  Lemongrass Saison will only be around for a limited time, so get your taste of this refreshing brew while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lemongrass Saison from Maui Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, beginning Friday, January 6, 2017
Style – Saison
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 15
Malts – White Wheat, Oats & Pilsner
Hops – Cascade & El Dorado
Added Ingredients -Lemongrass from Simpli-Fresh Farms
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

Bell’s Brewery Unveils 2017 Release Calendar

bellsglassWith the recent circulation of their official 2017 Beer Release Calendar, Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) provides us all with a look into our craft beer future.

Instead of breaking down the full list of beer releases, this post is going to allow the calendar (available below) to greatly speak for itself.  With that said, we can quickly cover the following highlights:

  • Hopslam Double IPA Brewed with Honey will be released in January with availability in 12 oz. cans and draft.
  • Am I Right or Amarillo, an American India Pale Ale brewed with 100% Amarillo hops, will be available exclusively in Texas when Bell’s Brewery launches there in early March.
  • Oberon American Wheat Ale will officially release on March 27.  5L mini-kegs will ship out in May.  Oberon will be the only offering available in mini-kegs during the 2017 calendar year.
  • Originally released in 2014 as a part of the brewery’s seven-part Planets Series, Mars, The Bringer of War Double IPA will return in April 2017 as a limited Specialty release.
  • Pooltime Ale, a Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale brewed with Cherry Juice, will debut in 12 oz. cans and on draft in May.  **Note: Although the calendar reads “Pooltime Ale”, the website has a link available for Poolside Ale at this time.**
  • Hell Hath No Fury Belgian-inspired Dark Ale makes a much-anticipated return in September.
  • A yet-to-be-named “Specialty Stout” will debut in bottles in the fall.  More details to come on this one.

That should be just enough information to get you excited for the year ahead.  Take a look at the rest of calendar below and start making some mental notes for the many Bell’s Brewery-fueled beer runs that are sure to be in your future.  Prost!

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Rogue Ales Releases Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla Ale

unnamed-2Rogues Ales (Newport, Oregon) recently announced that they have once again collaborated with Voodoo Doughnut (Portland, Oregon) and are ready to introduce the craft beer community to  Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla Ale.

The unmistakable pink-painted bottles are back, and Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerrilla Ale arrives as the sixth installment in this doughnut-inspired beer series.  For this release, the folks at Voodoo Doughnut and Rogue Ales decided to do a riff on the doughnut shop’s Grape Ape, “a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust and lavender sprinkles.”  The result is a 7.5% ABV Ale that is sure to be unlike any beer you have experienced before.

“Rogue approached us six years ago and wanted to make a beer that tasted like our doughnuts. After a lot of trial and error, we created Bacon Maple Ale and it’s been great ever since,” said Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson, co-founder of Voodoo Doughnut.

 

“The beer is fantastic. It’s got a great grape essence and doesn’t taste like cough syrup. It’s grape in a great way,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

Voodoo Doughnut Grape Guerilla officially hits shelves in November and will be available in serigraphed pink-painted 750ml bottles.  Look for this one to show up at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and throughout the full distribution area of Rogue Ales.  If you are a fan of wildly imaginative and extreme beers, this one should probably be on your radar this month.  Prost!

Vital Information on Grape Guerrilla Ale from Rogue Ales and Voodoo Doughnut

Release – Specialty, November 2016
Style – Ale (with natural flavors added)
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 16
Inspirational Doughnut – Grape Ape from Voodoo Doughnut, a raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust and lavender sprinkles
Availability – Pink-painted 750ml bottles
Food Pairing – Desserts and doughnuts
Beer Finder – https://www.rogue.com/finder/

Founders Brewing Co. Backwoods Bastard Returns to Shelves and Taps

backwoodsfoundersFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently announced that the limited release Backwoods Bastard Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels has officially begun its annual roll out to distribution.

When you consider that this brew is one of the finest and most consistent examples of barrel-aged beer released each year, it is absolutely no surprise that Backwoods Bastard returns as an incredibly popular, fan-favorite offering from Founders Brewing Co.  The brewery earned this acclaim by carefully aging this Scotch Ale in Bourbon barrels to achieve “a glorious combination of oak, bourbon heat, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice and a touch of dark fruit.”  The finished beer clocks in as an 11.2% ABV sipper that is the perfect nightcap to enjoy after a long, cold winter’s day.

Backwoods Bastard has started rolling out to distribution now and will be available in Alabama, Florida and throughout the full distribution footprint of Founders Brewing Co. by the middle of November.  This limited release offering can be found at fine craft beer establishments on draft and in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles.   Considering the celebrated status of this brew and the craft beer community’s current obsession with Bourbon barrel-aged beers, you can expect Backwoods Bastard to move quickly once it hits store shelves. Take heed of this warning, hit up your local beer store whenever you can, and stock up now to ensure you have an adequate stash to enjoy all winter long.  Prost!

Vital Information for Backwoods Bastard Ale Aged in Oak Bourbon Barrels from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, November 2016
Style – Scotch Ale, Bourbon Barrel-aged
ABV – 11.2%
IBUs – 50
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/find-our-beer/

Unibroue and Megadeth Brew Up À TOUT LE MONDE Saison Collaboration

web_355Unibroue (Chambly, Québec) recently announced that they have partnered with Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine to brew and release À TOUT LE MONDE Saison Ale.

Unibroue Brewmaster Jerry Vietz created À TOUT LE MONDE Saison Ale as a symbol of friendship and as a gift to recognize the 55th birthday of Dave Mustaine, lead vocalist and founder of the iconic Thrash Metal band Megadeth and lover of finely crafted beers.  Legends of their respective professions, these two men put their collective creativity to work and brewed a Belgian-style Golden Saison that was dry-hopped to produce hoppy, spicy notes.  The finished beer weighs in at an easy drinking 4.5% ABV to provide fans with “a clean, fresh taste and a crisp dry finish inviting you to take another sip.”

À TOUT LE MONDE – translating from French to mean “To All the World” or “To Everyone” – was named after the fourth track on Megadeth’s 1994 Youthanasia album.  The song proved to be one of the band’s “biggest hits in Quebec.”  The beer’s name also “recalls the consonance of Unibroue’s flagship beer, La Fin du Monde.”

“At Unibroue, we appreciate flavour – and we know Megadeth is anything but boring,” explains Jerry Vietz, Brewmaster at Unibroue. “To Megadeth’s delight and that of their fans and connoisseurs, we’re offering an uncompromising beer with rich hoppy aromas, created according to Dave’s personal tastes.”

 

“Our shared passion for excellence produced a one-of-a-kind saison beer,” added Dave Mustaine, Megadeth’s lead vocalist and founder. “I’m thrilled to present this new beer to my fans, and everyone who loves good beers with character.”

À TOUT LE MONDE Saison Ale is officially available now as Unibroue’s newest offering released in their Classics Series.  This offering can be found in 750 ml bottles in Quebec and in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at fine craft beer retailers in Alabama, Florida and throughout Unibroue’s full 48 state distribution area.  I can say without hesitation that Unibroue makes nothing but amazing beer, so be sure to grab a 4-pack of À TOUT LE MONDE Saison Ale, crank up the stereo and allow your taste buds to rock out with this new offering.  Prost!

**Personal Note – This just might be the coolest craft beer news I have had the chance to cover over the last seven years.  I have been a huge Megadeth fan since my middle school years and I can often be found rockin’ to the band’s music while I work (As a matter of fact, “À Tout Le Monde”, “High Speed Dirt” & “Holy Wars” provided the soundtrack for this post).  I have long said that a bucket list item of mine has been to sit down with Dave Mustaine for a drink, but I can absolutely settle for the ability to now sip on a beer inspired by his work and created with his input.  Ok . . . that concludes my giddy, fan-boy moment.**

Vital Information on À TOUT LE MONDE Saison Ale from Unibroue

Release – Classics Series, late October 2016
Style – Belgian-style Saison
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 22
Aroma –  Hoppy with tropical fruit and citrus notes
Flavor – Delicately spiced. Citrusy and slightly tart with hints of tropical fruit such as mango and lychee
Glassware – Flute or Tulip
Availability – Quebec (750 ml bottles & draft) and 48 US States (4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft)

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