Terrapin Beer Co. Releases Blueberry Thyme Saison as Latest Side Project

BlueberryThymeTerrapinTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced the release of Blueberry Thyme Saison as the brewery’s Side Project Vol. #31.

The Side Project Series, a lineup of limited release beers that acts as a creative playground for the brewers at Terrapin Beer Co., sources inspiration from the world of craft cocktails this time around with the release of Blueberry Thyme Saison.  At 9.1% ABV, this Saison-style offering combines “the tart sweetness of ripe blueberries . . . with the floral warmth of thyme [to] play together with the flavors of traditional Saison yeast.”  Blueberry Thyme Saison can be enjoyed on its own or “as an ingredient in your own beer cocktail.”

Blueberry Thyme Saison officially releases on draft and in 500ml bottles at Terrapin Beer Co. on Wednesday, June 21.  This limited release offering will also be available at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Side Project Vol. #31 – Blueberry Thyme Saison from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Side Project Series, launching June 21, 2017
Style – Saison
ABV – 9.1%
IBUs – 22
Hops – Fuggle & East Kent Golding
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Malted Wheat & Acidulated Malt
Added Ingredients – Blueberries & thyme
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

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Avery Brewing Company Names Nuttiest Professor as 45th Barrel-Aged Series Beer

AverylogoAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the release of Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout on Monday, June 26.

After years of experimentation focused on developing a Peanut Butter Stout that achieves the desired level of real peanut flavor, Avery Brewing Company finally believes it has hit the mark with the creation of Nuttiest Professor.  Arriving as the 45th installment in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, this “creamy and colossal” Imperial Stout (15.2% ABV) has been aged in Bourbon barrels and “uses real peanuts to create a rich and decadent stout that allows all elements—the bourbon character, peanuts, and dark malts—to shine.”

“This beer was actually inspired by a homebrew that I did before I even worked at Avery,” says Travis Rupp, Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist. “Those initial batches were difficult to produce and there was so much oil from the peanuts that there was no head retention at all. Fast-forward many years, I’m now part of the Special Projects team at Avery and we decided to recreate this beer, but do it right this time. We use finely ground peanut flour instead of just adding peanuts, which will give this beer a blast of peanut flavor, but also will help the head retention due to reduced oil”.

Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout will officially launch on draft in Avery Brewing Company’s Tap Room on June 26.  This incredibly limited offering will then hit shelves throughout the month of July in 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer locations found within Avery’s nationwide distribution area (this of course excludes Alabama and any other states that do not allow for beers of this ABV level).  Supplies of Nuttiest Professor are extremely limited, so be sure to secure your bottle if you can “because once it is gone, it’s gone for good.” Prost!

Vital Information for Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, launching June 26, 2017
Style – American Imperial Stout
ABV – 15.2%
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels with real peanuts added
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder
Fun Fact – To recognize his dedication to the development of Nuttiest Professor, the face of Travis Rupp – Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist – graces the bottle’s label.
Allergy Notice – As mentioned above, “this beer does contain real peanuts and should be avoided by those with a peanut allergy.”

Tasting Notes: SWEET ACTION Blonde from Sixpoint Brewery

6ptSweetActionCan1000As another week comes to a close, the latest Tasting Notes segment has us slipping into the weekend with a little SWEET ACTION from Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York).

Staying true to their evolutionary, mad science approach to craft brewing, Sixpoint Brewery recently announced that they have reformulated their entire line of Core beers to create “the rawest, juiciest, and most modern iterations” to date.  The affected beers and their updates are as follows:

  • BENGALI IPA – “With BENGALI, we tweaked the hop character, and incorporated some new hop strains we’ve just recently acquired, to seriously dial in that citrusy-tropical aroma. Then we smoothed out the texture with oats, and dried out the malt body to let the hops take full control. This thing is all about huge tropical character up front, and a clean, dry finish.”
  • THE CRISP Pilz – “We went to Germany for this one. When it comes to German hops, American breweries are often left with the scraps (we call that the “hop sausage.”) So we go straight to the source to get the prime cuts. For the first time, the Tettnanger and Hallertau hops in THE CRISP are sourced 100% directly from farmers in Tettnang, Germany — now that bright, floral aroma on this dialed in Pilz comes absolutely flying out of the glass.”
  • RESIN IIPA – “This dank dive into the hop cone just got more potent — unfiltered RESIN is insane. The hop aroma coming off this thing is almost scary.”
  • SWEET ACTION Blonde – “You can think of SWEET ACTION Blonde as a cleaner take on SWEET ACTION, with a massive focus on the juice. The addition of Huell Melon hops, a new and super legit strain, plus the unfiltered nature of the beer give you an amazing hop aroma that you’ll still recognize as distinctly SWEET ACTION. It’s got aspects of a blonde ale, a wheat beer, and a juicy pale ale.”

To keep the packaging as fresh as the updated beers within, Sixpoint has added “both Canned On and Best By dates” to their cans.  Additionally, the 6-pack holders now include a “Freshness Window” – a clear opening on the bottom of the package – so that you can easily check these dates at the time of purchase.

The reformulated Core beers are available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can find these updated brews at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution area.

The update information seems to indicate that SWEET ACTION has undergone the biggest overhaul of the four beers, so let’s crack open a can and take some Tasting Notes on this reinvented brew!

Tasting Notes for SWEET ACTION Blonde from Sixpoint Brewery

Appearance: After a careful pour, SWEET ACTION presents itself as burnt orange in color with a little over a finger of slightly off white foam sitting on top.  Held to direct light, the colors brighten to expose deep golden yellows that surround an orange core that remains at the beer’s center.  The beer is moderately hazy, but it still allows the drinker to observe the streaming carbonation presence within.  The head has fantastic retention, falling marginally to just under a finger of creamy foam.  This ever-lasting head leaves behind considerable chunks of lace all over the glass.

Aroma: The hops are definitely running this department.  Fresh and fruity hop notes of melon, tangerine and a touch of berry confidently lead the way for a more reserved malt sweetness.  The aroma is all business.  Attention grabbing, straight-forward and direct, its mission is to cut through all the BS to take you deeper into the SWEET ACTION experience.

Taste:  This is probably one of the cleanest representations of Huell Melon hop character that we have ever experienced.  This hop is clearly the star attraction here, and its melon notes are incredibly blatant and lovely.  A bit of orange zest comes through, but that melon just dominates the hop flavor profile.  Reserved but not anywhere near forgotten, the malts do surface toward the finish with a doughy, bread-like character to add some balancing sweetness to the equation.

Mouthfeel:  This brew is on the light side of medium in body with a crisp carbonation level to it.  The beer teases both the bitter and sweet areas of the palate.  The flavors do lightly linger a bit before clearing out, but this is more than welcomed considering that melon note just further adds to the beer’s overall refreshing and easy-drinking nature.  The 5% ABV is hinted at from time to time, but it is absolutely no cause for concern.  The aftertaste is just a touch of citrus zest.

Final Thoughts: Just as Sixpoint Brewery says in the updated description for SWEET ACTION, this brew seriously does show characteristics of three different styles.  To start, the appearance leads you to believe that you are looking at an American Wheat Beer. An American Pale Ale then boldly surfaces in the aromatic and flavor profiles with a forward hop character that is wonderfully balanced by the malts.  Finally, the mouthfeel goes all American Blonde Ale on you to supply an overall experience that is refreshing and approachable.  With all of this considered, it is easy to declare that the reformulated SWEET ACTION has all the moves necessary to capture and keep your attention for quite a while.  This beer is a hit and you really need to check it – and the rest of Sixpoint’s reinvented Core lineup – out as soon as possible.  Prost!

Blackberry Farm Brewery Partners with Brew Hub, Adds Cans To Portfolio

BFBBHBlackberry Farm Brewery (Walland, Tennessee) has officially announced that they are working with Brew Hub (Lakeland, Florida) to introduce a new line of canned craft beers in July.

Although the brewery has earned a stellar reputation within the craft beer community thanks to a beautiful lineup of Saisons packaged in cork and cage bottles, the folks at Blackberry Farm Brewery have realized that they are lacking in terms of accessibility when it comes to their fans being able to enjoy their beers during outdoor adventures or in a more casual environment.  To remedy this situation, Blackberry Farm has entered a partnership with Brew Hub, a contract brewing and packaging facility in Florida, to facilitate the creation of a new series of canned craft beers.  The initial launch will consist of the following three new beers packaged in 12 oz. cans:

  • Coyote Tactics IPA
  • Screaming Cock Pale Ale
  • TN Times Pilsner

“We’re incredibly happy to be working alongside the team at Brew Hub to begin offering our new can line of beers. Their dedication to quality and attention to detail are second-to-none, and reflect the same passion and care that have been the foundation of our own brewing program since day one. It’s a natural fit and an exciting new chapter for our brewery,” said Roy Milner, Blackberry Farm Brewery’s Chief Fermentation Officer.

To stand out a bit from the crowd, the “youthful, bold, and in the moment” label artwork for the three new brews has been “created by Southern artists who have relationships with Blackberry Farm.”

Coyote Tactics IPA, Screaming Cock Pale Ale, and TN Times Pilsner will be available in 12 oz. cans beginning in July 2017.  You can expect to find these new year-round beers “at taprooms, restaurants and grocery stores throughout” Blackberry Farm’s distribution network in Tennessee.  Prost!

Starr Hill Brewery Releases Summer Jam Can Variety Pack

starrhillSummerJamStarr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced the launch of Summer Jam as the brewery’s first ever variety 16-pack of 12 oz. cans.

To give their fans a more easily accessible option so that they may enjoy Starr Hill beers at this summer’s music festivals, barbeques and pool parties, the brewery has united a selection of warm weather brews in the newly released Summer Jam Can Variety Pack.  This variety 16-pack will consist of four 12 oz. cans of each of the following summer-worthy brews:

  • Remastered Grateful Pale Ale – “A fresh spin on the American Pale Ale. This remastered recipe gives Grateful a fruitier hop aroma, more citrus hop flavor and a smoother, fuller body.”  ABV – 4.7%  IBUs – 45
  • The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA – “The tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements this full-flavored beer’s bright citrus hop character, while its sessionable body brings you back for more.”  ABV – 4.9%  IBUs – 38
  • The Love Wheat Beer – “The Love is an unfiltered wheat beer, also known as a Hefeweizen. It is distinguished by its extremely light body and fruity aroma, finished with spicy notes.”  ABV – 5.1%  IBUs – 9
  • Warehouse Pils – “In celebration of the Dave Matthews Band 25th Anniversary show, we’ve brewed a special beer: a German Pilsner is dry-hopped with German hops, golden in color with a mildly floral flavor and a crisp malt finish. It’s perfect for those warm spring days–this we admit tastes so good.”  ABV – 5.5%  IBUs – 20

“We’re thrilled to release this unique package as our first can variety pack just in time for summer,” says Jack Goodall, Marketing Manager at Starr Hill Brewery. “As the temperatures rise and craft beer fans hit the road for their own summer tours, these cans are the perfect companion for any outdoor adventure.”

Always proud of their musical roots, “the Starr Hill team has also curated a collaborative Spotify playlist of their favorite songs” to pair with the beers of Summer Jam and all of your endless summertime adventures.  Check out the free, two-hour playlist by clicking here.

The Summer Jam Can Variety Pack is out now and available throughout the summer months.  You can find this mixed 16-pack of 12 oz. cans at fine craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill Brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

SweetWater Brewing Introduces TripleTail IPA as New Summer Seasonal

TripleTail-Bottle-FullSizeSweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) recently announced that TripleTail Tropical India Pale Ale has been officially released as the brewery’s latest Catch n’ Release Seasonal.

Since last year’s summer Seasonal – Goin’ Coastal IPA with Pineapple – graduated to year-round status earlier this year, the brewers at SweetWater decided to keep things moving in a tropical direction when they developed TripleTail Tropical IPA for the summer of 2017.  TripleTail sources its “lush, tropical flavors and aroma” from five hop varietals (Bravo, Mosaic, Denali, Waimea & Citra) that were hand-selected by SweetWater’s Brewmaster Mark Medlin “during harvest time; with Denali standing out as the one that would provide the big juicy, tropical, citrus flavors, while the bittering hop (Bravo) would give it the nice orange flavor.”  At an incredibly reasonable 5.5% ABV, TripleTail Tropical IPA is a hophead’s go-to remedy for any hot and humid day.

TripleTail Tropical IPA launches in mid-June and will be hanging around through October.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans (coming in July) in Variety 12-packs and on draft at beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing’s ever-growing distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for TripleTail Tropical IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal/Catch n’ Release, mid-June through October 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 57
Bittering hops – Bravo, Mosaic & Denali
Dry hops – Mosaic, Denali, Waimea & Citra
Malts – 2-Row, Pilsner, Carapils
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft; 12 oz. cans arrive in July via Variety 12-packs
Beer Finder – http://sweetwaterbrew.com/vibe/find-sweetwater/

Due South Brewing Co. to Add Grapefruit Category 5 IPA to Summer Lineup

duesouthbrewinglogoDue South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach, Florida) has announced plans to expand their IPA portfolio later this month with the limited release of Grapefruit Category 5 IPA.

Arriving as the latest installment in a series of variants of Due South Brewing’s award-winning Category 5 IPA, Grapefruit Category 5 IPA benefits from the addition of “copious amounts of local Fort Pierce grapefruit peel” added during fermentation.  This addition allows the base Imperial India Pale Ale’s big hop flavor to absorb an added punch of juicy, citrus goodness.  At 8.5% ABV, Grapefruit Category 5 IPA possesses the size and refreshment level necessary to take on anything a Florida summer can throw at it.

“Grapefruit Category 5 IPA is an exciting addition to our lineup for summer,” said Doug Fairall, Brand Marketing Manager. “It’s part of our rotating production of the award-winning Category 5 IPA, which includes the Best Florida Beer 2017 Gold medal winning Oaked Category 5 IPA, previously available in March.”

Grapefruit Category 5 IPA will officially release in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in the Taproom at Due South Brewing Co. on Friday, June 30.  This incredibly limited release will also be available in 4-packs and on draft at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located within Due South Brewing’s distribution area across South Florida and the Tampa Bay area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Grapefruit Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, launching June 30, 2017
Style – American Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
Added Ingredients – Fort Pierce grapefruit peel
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – South Florida and the Tampa Bay area
Beer Finder – http://www.duesouthbrewing.com/beer-finder/

French Toast Double Brown Ale Returns for Funky Buddha Brewery

FBBFrenchToastartFunky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has announced that the annual, limited release of French Toast Double Brown Ale will officially begin on Sunday, June 18.

Beer and breakfast collide once again now that Funky Buddha is ready to unleash the 2017 batch of French Toast Double Brown Ale.  Brewed with cinnamon and maple, this Imperial Brown Ale is meant to mimic the experience of sitting down to a plate full of “custardy French toast, infused with cinnamon and vanilla, fresh from the griddle and drizzled with warm maple syrup.”  At 8.8% ABV, French Toast Double Brown Ale is a sweet sipper that gives you one more excuse to enjoy breakfast for dinner.

French Toast Double Brown Ale will officially release in Funky Buddha’s tap room on June 18 at 11:30 a.m. During the release event, 22 oz. bottles will be available for $10 each with a limit of one case per person.  Shortly after the brewery release, French Toast Double Brown Ale will see limited availability in bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within Funky Buddha’s distribution network in Florida.  Prost!

Vital Information for French Toast Double Brown Ale from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/Little Buddha Small Batch, June 2017
Style – American Brown Ale 
ABV – 8.8%
IBUs – 35
Added Ingredients – Cinnamon & maple syrup
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Suggested Food Pairings – “Asiago, Colby, Cheshire, Emmental, and sharp Cheddar or Gouda cheeses; Braised beef shank stew, Grilled flank steak, Roast beef with roast vegetable, Broiled pork tenderloin, Polish Kielbasa sausage, Grilled pork chops with peach chutney, BBQ brisket sandwich, Crème Brûlée with fresh raspberries & blueberries.”
Beer Finder – https://funkybuddhabrewery.com/beer-finder

21st Amendment Brewery Brings the Watermelon Funk

21aWatermelonFunk_edited21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) recently announced the release of Watermelon Funk as the brewery’s first Insurrection Series beer of the year.

Originally created in 2004 by Russian River Brewing’s Vinnie Cilurzo as a “funked up” version of 21st Amendment’s Hell or High Watermelon Wheat Beer when the folks at San Francisco’s iconic Toronado Pub were wary of tapping a watermelon beer, Watermelon Funk has been officially resurrected but without Cilurzo’s two year aging schedule.  For the 2017 version of Watermelon Funk21 Amendment’s Brewmaster and co-founder Shaun O’Sullivan decided to “kettle sour” the beer this time around “and then ferment it with a saison yeast strain imparting a tart, slightly acidic mouthfeel with syncopated sweet notes and downbeat aromas.”  Clocking in at a refreshing 6.7% ABV and “a Funk Factor of 11, Watermelon Funk is sure to get the party started and keep the music playing with each sip.”

“The process of kettle souring is where we add lactobacillus bacteria to the kettle, allowing it to grow and consume sugar, producing lactic and acetic acids that are responsible for souring the beer. We then halt that process by boiling the wort in the kettle and then ferment it with a special farmhouse yeast strain”, O’Sullivan explains.

Watermelon Funk releases in June with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this “super limited edition” Insurrection Series beer at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Watermelon Funk from 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Limited/Insurrection Series, June 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.7%
Hops – Magnum
Malts – Two-Row Pale & White Wheat
Yeast – French Saison
Added Ingredients – 100% Fresh Watermelon Puree & Lactobacillus Planterum
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft 
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/
Fun Fact – About the Insurrection Series: “Watermelon Funk marks the first Insurrection Series beer of the year for 21st Amendment Brewery. In 2017, they opted to unleash their brewers’ creativity and roll out brand new, never-before-seen-or-brewed beers for this series. ‘Insurrection is the act of rising in revolt, rebellion or resistance,’ says Freccia. ‘Kind of our rallying cry when we released our first Insurrection Series beer in 2009. Back then drinking craft beer in cans was a strange and out-of-the-box idea and this was our way to rise up against the cheap, flavorless canned beer that had come before. Today, our Insurrection Series allows us to push the limits of our brewery, to introduce new beers that celebrate our creative spirit and offer a taste of something new, rare and exciting.'”

New Belgium Brewing Goes 100% Wood-aged with Transatlantique Kriek and Doses Voodoo Ranger with Passionfruit

TransatlantiqueKriek2017_22ozBottle_MNew Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) recently announced that it is hitting the month of June with two Limited Release offerings: 2017 Transatlantique Kriek and Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA.

The brewers at New Belgium are incredibly proud of 2017 Transatlantique Kriek because this year’s release has the distinction of being 100% wood-aged for the first time in the beer’s history.  This Sour Ale is a blend of “50 percent New Belgium Foeder-aged Golden Sour and 50 percent Authentic Kriek Lambic from Brewery Oud Beersel.”  This beer begins in Belgium where Oud Beersel creates a spontaneously fermented Lambic that is soured in oak barrels.  That Lambic then becomes a Kriek after months of maturing on Polish cherries.  Once completed, the Authentic Kriek Lambic is sent to New Belgium to blend with their “oak-aged sour golden” to create Transatlantique Kriek.  The 6.5% ABV Kriek has a flavor profile that “is spritzy, mouthwatering and fruity, along with tartness from the cherries.”  2017 Transatlantique Kriek is available now in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s expansive distribution network.

“This year’s beer is particularly iconic because it’s 100% wood aged,” said Andrew Emerton, New Belgium Specialty Brand Manager. “Because of our process with this beer, we actually had the incredible honor of having Transatlantique Kriek at this year’s Toer de Geuze in Belgium, the premier sour beer event in the world.”

 

“We showcased our beer alongside 12 other authentic lambic producers,” added Lauren Limbach, New Belgium’s Wood Cellar Director & Blender. “It was an incredible honor and a total dream come true!”

VRSR_Passionfruit_Imperial_IPA_22ozAs an added bonus, New Belgium Brewing is also releasing the newest addition to its Voodoo Ranger lineup this month: Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA.  This specialty release is a “crisp and refreshing” American Double India Pale Ale that has “tropical aromas and passionfruit flavors . . . backed by a strong presence of Citra and Galaxy hops.”  Although it may weigh in at a sizable 8% ABV, Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA still promises to be a perfect pairing for summer.  This Specialty Release is available for a limited time in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer destinations located within New Belgium’s distribution area.

Both 2017 Transatlantique Kriek and Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA are only available for a limited time, so be sure to check them out while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for 2017 Transatlantique Kriek from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Sour Series, June 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.5%
Treatment – 100% wood-aged; “a mix of 50 percent New Belgium Foeder-aged Golden Sour and 50 percent Authentic Kriek Lambic from Brewery Oud Beersel in Belgium.” 
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder

Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger Passionfruit Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Limited/Specialty, June 2017
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Citra & Galaxy
Added Ingredients – “Passionfruit flavors”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder