Iron Fist Brewing Introduces Cheap Suit as Newest Small Batch Experiment

Iron Fist Brewing (Vista, California) has officially announced that Cheap Suit Brown Ale will serve as the March release in its Small Batch Experiments Series.

Releasing as the second installment in Iron Fist’s newly-established Small Batch Experiments Series (preceded by the February release of Fresh Perspective IPL), Cheap Suit is a Golden Brown Ale that has been hopped with EKG and hit with an addition of tart cherries.  Far from what you would expect to get “from your traditional Brown English Ale”, this take on the Brown Ale style “boasts flavors of roasted malt with dried fruit overtones, and earthy hop notes.”  Weighing in at 5.2% ABV and 30 IBUs, Cheap Suit supplies its drinker with an experience that is “medium bodied, with a dry finish and full
carbonation.”

“If this beer could talk… it would say, ‘take a seat my friend and get cozy. Let’s
watch the rain fall, the grass grow, and take in the day.’ The addition of tart cherries adds a bit of intrigue to the conversation, keeping it bright and adding a bit of wow.”

 

– Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing

Cheap Suit officially started pouring on draft at both Iron Fist Tap Room locations – Brewery & Tap Room in Vista, California | Barrio Logan Tap Room in San Diego, California – on March 8 and a limited-edition run of 500 12 oz. cans is expected to release any day now (keep an eye on Iron Fist’s Facebook page for release updates).  Like all releases in the Small Batch Experiments Series, Cheap Suit will be available exclusively in the brewery’s taprooms and will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cheap Suit from Iron Fist Brewing

Release – Limited/Small Batch Experiments Series; March 8, 2019
Style – Brown Ale
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 30
Featured Hops – EKG
Added Ingredients – Tart cherries 
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms

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Kulture Clash Clear Mind Set to Release as Latest Hybrid Offering from Rogue Ales & Brew Dr. Kombucha

kulture_clash_2019_hero-photo_trimmed_top-175x588Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it has teamed up with Brew Dr. Kombucha (Portland, Oregon) once again for the April release of Kulture Clash Clear Mind, a new beer- kombucha hybrid.

Arriving as the follow-up to Rogue’s 2018 release of Kulture Clash and a continued celebration of “two Oregon fermenters”,  Kulture Clash Clear Mind is a hybrid-style beer that combines an Imperial Blonde Ale from Rogue and Brew Dr.’s Clear Mind kombucha.  This “otherworldly” union supplies its drinker with “bright notes of citrus” alongside “subtle flavors of rosemary, mint, sage and green tea.”  Coming in at an “incredibly smooth” 6.9% ABV, Kulture Clash Clear Mind is “perfect for incorporating into a self-care Sunday routine, whether it’s a spring hike or a relaxing afternoon off.”

“We loved last year’s Kulture Clash so much we knew we had to do something with Brew Dr. again this year,” says Rogue President Dharma Tamm. “Our imperial blonde ale rounds out the mint and sage notes of the kombucha. The combination creates a really delicious spring beer.”

Kulture Clash Clear Mind will release on April 1 and is scheduled to hang around until the end of April 2019.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml painted bottles at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s nationwide distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Kulture Clash Clear Mind from Rogue Ales & Brew Dr. Kombucha 

Release – Limited, April 2019
Style – Hybrid Ale (Imperial Blonde Ale & Kombucha) 
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 4
Featured Kombucha – Clear Mind from Brew Dr. Kombucha 
Fun Fact – Matt Thomas, founder and CEO of Brew Dr. Kombucha, on the label artwork for Kulture Clash Clear Mind: ““The image of Otis the sloth levitating and meditating on the front of the bottle embodies how we like to feel every day, but especially on Sundays.  He’s so mellow and serene, and after drinking Kulture Clash Clear Mind, so are we.”
Availability – 750ml painted bottles 
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

Cascade Brewing Releases Mimosa-Inspired Brunch Line

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has announced that the Limited Release of Brunch Line (2017) will officially begin on Friday, March 8.

Crafted to honor “the rain-soaked hordes of [Portland] brunch-goers who patiently stand in line for their weekend fare”, Brunch Line (2017) is a mimosa-inspired Sour Ale featuring “sour wheat and blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to two years with Willamette Valley-grown Chardonnay grapes, then infused with fresh orange zest.”  Brunch Line comes in at 9.6% ABV.

Brunch Line will hit Cascade’s two Portland pubs on March 8 and is expected to enter distribution at or around that date as well.  You can find this Tier One offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Brunch Line (2017) from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One; March 8, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.6%
Treatment – A blend of “sour wheat and blond ales aged in white wine barrels for up to two years with Willamette Valley-grown Chardonnay grapes, then infused with fresh orange zest”
Fun Fact – Brunch Line is a Tier One offering; “Cascade’s bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

TBBW 2019 Event: Hangover Day – Donuts & Dessert at 7venth Sun Brewery

7venthSunLogoBoth7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin & Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will put the finishing touches on Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW) by hosting its 7th Annual Hangover Day: Donuts & Dessert on Sunday, March 10 at the brewery’s Tampa and Dunedin locations.

Organized to give Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees one last hurrah before they have to return to reality, 7venth Sun’s Hangover Day 2019 will end things on sweet note by taking on the theme of “Donuts and Dessert”.  Considering that this event is jam-packed with a plethora of donut and/or dessert-themed beers, guest brewers, and even a special bottle release, we think the best move here is to just break the whole thing down and give you all the details in a format that is both easy to read and navigate.  So . . . let’s get to it!

The Basics

What – Hangover Day 2019: Donuts & Dessert
When – Noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 10
Where – 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa |6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida AND 7venth Sun Brewery – Dunedin | 1012 E Broadway Ave | Dunedin, Florida

Guest Breweries

It is not a proper Hangover Day unless you get to suffer/celebrate with your friends, so 7venth Sun has invited representatives from the following breweries to hangout during the event:

The Tap Lists

The Hangover Day tap lists at both 7venth Sun locations will be absolutely massive and loaded down with a ridiculous amount of rare, tasty treats from 7venth Sun and those guest breweries mentioned above.  Here’s how the tap lists are looking at this time (all beers are 7venth Sun offering unless otherwise indicated):

Beers Available at Both 7venth Sun Locations

  • Cigar City Brewing | Donut Hunahpu’s
  • My Everything – Berliner with Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Lactose & Vanilla
  • Infinity & Jelly Donuts Berliner – Raspberry, Donuts & Vanilla
  • After School Special – Rice Krispy Treat Berliner
  • Skittlez – Berliner with Skittles Candy
  • Strawberry Shortcake Berliner
  • D’Artagnan – Milk Stout with 3 Musketeers Candy
  • Blackberry Lime Puff Berliner
  • Sour Patch Adults – Berliner with Sour Patch Kids Candy
  • Sprinkelz Donut Imperial Sweet Stout
  • Eat Your Cocoa Nibs – Bourbon Barrel -aged Imperial Stout with Cacao and Toasted Coconut
  • Double Chocolate Chip Flapjack – Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Maple, Vanilla, Lactose and aged on Cypress Wood
  • Loco for the Coco – Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Toasted Coconut and Lactose
  • Pecan Cheesecake Berliner
  • Bun Bar Stout – Imperial Sweet Stout with Pecan, Vanilla & Maple
  • Public Love – Mango Key-Lime Pie Wheat
  • Carrot Cake Belgian Seasonal with Carrot Cake, Allspice, Nutmeg & Brown Sugar
  • Chocolate Covered Orange Milk Stout
  • Mole con Cacahuetes – Imperial Sweet Stout with Peanut, Cacao, Chilies, Allspice, Cinnamon & Lactose
  • Raspberry Pistachio Imperial Sweet Stout
  • Guava, Key-lime Pie Berliner
  • The Upside Down – Belgian Golden Ale with Pineapple, Cherry & Vanilla
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry Berliner
  • Monkey Wrecked – Bananas Foster Berliner
  • XOXOXOXO – Tequila Barrel Aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Coffee and Vanilla. 

Beers Available at 7venth Sun’s Tampa Location Only 

  • Calusa Brewing | Rollin’ Out – Cinnamon Roll Imperial Sweet Stout (Collaboration with Hidden Springs Ale Works)
  • Free Will Brewing Co. | Chocolate Coconut Ralphius – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • Reve Brewing | What the French Toast – Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cinnamon, Maple & Vanilla
  • Central State Brewing | Raspberry – Raspberry Lactose Sour
  • Late Start Brewing | TBA
  • B. Nektar Meadery | Believe – Apple Mead with Orange Blossom Honey

Beers Available at 7venth Sun’s Dunedin Location Only

  • B. Nektar MeaderyWildberry Pyment

 

Bottle Release

Hangover Day 2019 will also act as the bottle release for XOXOXOXO, a Tequila Barrel-aged Sweet Stout with Vanilla and Coffee.  Bottles of XOXOXOXO will be available for purchase at both 7venth Sun locations.  More info to come on pricing and bottle limits.

Alright, that should cover all the information currently available for Hangover Day 2019 at 7venth Sun Brewery.  If any more details surface before the event, we will be sure to update this post with that info just as soon as we get it.

If you are still in town on Sunday, be sure to swing by a 7venth Sun location and end your TBBW experience properly at Hangover Day.  This is a come as you are/pay-as-you-go event, so no tickets are needed to attend. All you need to bring is your ID, a way to pay for your beers, and the hangover that you will most definitely be nursing by Sunday.  See you all then. Prost!

 

 

Heavy Seas Beer Announces Return of Smooth Sail, Debut of Mixed Berry Variant

33273043388_e00929ccea_zHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that Smooth Sail Summer Ale will make its Seasonal return in April alongside the extremely limited, draft-only release of Mixed Berry Smooth Sail.

Back again to serve as Heavy Seas‘ Summer Seasonal, Smooth Sail is an American Wheat Ale brewed with lemon and orange peel to provide a “citrus kick” in the finish.  Clocking in at just 4.5% ABV, the “refreshingly delicious” Smooth Sail is “the perfect beer for trips to the park, hiking, or just sitting on the beach with your friends.”

“With more than 20% malted wheat, Smooth Sail has an airy mouthfeel and a frothy head,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “We’ve employed a neutral strain of ‘wheat’ yeast to produce a clean tasting beer that is delicate on the palate. American hops are introduced late in the boil to impart a crisp flavor dimension. Finally, dried orange and lemon peel went into our hopback to provide a fruity, citrus aroma – without adding sweetness.”

New in 2019, Mixed Berry Smooth Sail ups the fruit factor of its base beer – the aforementioned Smooth Sail – with additions of raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.  Mixed Berry Smooth Sail will only be available for a limited time.

Smooth Sail Summer Ale and Mixed Berry Smooth Sail are both scheduled to release in April 2019, but Mixed Berry Smooth Sail is a draft-only release that will only be pouring for a limited time in select markets found within Heavy Seas’ distribution footprint.  Smooth Sail Summer Ale will be available through September with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Smooth Sail Summer Ale from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Seasonal, April – September 2019
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 18
Malts – 2-Row, Wheat Malt & Carapils
Hops – Warrior, Hallertau & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Lemon & orange peel
Suggested Food Pairings – “Grilled white fish, Citrus, Wild Rice, BBQ”
Recommended Glassware – “Can, straight to the face”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

TBBW 2019 Event: Prairie Artisan Ales Tap Takeover at Willard’s Tap House

WillardsLogoOn Thursday, March 7 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Willard’s Tap House (12500 Starkey Rd | Largo, Florida) will keep its series of Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW) events going by featuring a special Tap Takeover with Prairie Artisan Ales (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma).

If you did not happen to land tickets to Angry Chair’s Super Rad Rare Beer Event, fret not because there is another option out there for those seeking some big ol’, sticky stouts on Thursday evening.  Willard’s Tap House is teaming up with the Sweet Stout veterans from Prairie Artisan Ales to bring you a special Tap Takeover featuring the following decadent treats:

  • Bourbon Paradise – Imperial Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout with Coconut & Vanilla (15.9% ABV)
  • Vanilla Noir – Imperial Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout with Vanilla Bean (12.5% ABV)
  • Double Dunk – Imperial Stout with Oreo Cookies (13% ABV)
  • Bible Belt – Collaboration Imperial Stout that takes elements from Prairie’s Bomb! and combines them with Evil Twin Brewing’s Even More Jesus (13% ABV)
  • Hulk Hands – Dry-Hopped Gose featuring Falconer’s Flights & Cascade hops (5.4% ABV)

The Prairie Artisan Ales Tap Takeover will go from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 7.  This is a come as you are, pay-as-you-go event, so no tickets are required.  Just show up at Willard’s Tap House on Thursday evening and satisfy those nagging, TBBW-fueled stout cravings while raising a glass with the fine folks from Prairie Artisan Ales.  Prost!

Breakside Brewery Introduces True Gold as Newest Year-Round

BreaksideLogoBreakside Brewery (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that True Gold, a West Coast-style Golden Ale, will join its portfolio of Year-Round offerings on March 15.

Expected to be the only new Year-Round offering to come out of Breakside Brewery in 2019, True Gold has been built for ultimate “drinkability and approachability.”  With a recipe featuring “Galaxy and Mosaic hops . . . balanced out with a light maltiness”, this “refreshing West Coast Golden Ale” offers a “lager-like” experience that is “contemporary in its very light hop flavor sans heavy bitterness.”  Coming in at easy-drinking 5.1% ABV and 18 IBUs, True Gold aims to conjure up your “memories of falling in love with craft beer.”

“Our brewing team took inspiration from friends around the world to create a beer that brings all our favorite elements together to create something that is distinctly west coast. True Gold is perfect for people looking for something that’s incredibly easy drinking and is also a favorite among discriminating hop lovers.”

– Ben Edmunds, Brewmaster for Breakside Brewery 

True Gold will enter distribution on March 15 and the brewery’s three Portland area locations will launch the beer “Willie Wonka style” with “one six-pack in each location . . . tagged with a Golden Ticket worth…well…you will just have to go find out.” This new Year-Round offering will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon and throughout the rest of Breakside’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for True Gold from Breakside Brewery

Release – Year-Round, launching mid-March 2019
Style – Golden Ale
ABV – 5.1%
IBUs – 18
Featured Hops – Galaxy & Mosaic
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://breakside.com/find-beer/

 

Victory Brewing Company Goes Year-Round with Cloud Walker Hazy Juicy IPA

CloudWalker_Tap-Sticker_2019-1Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that Cloud Walker Hazy Juicy IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in March 2019.

Here to make sure that haze is in the forecast all year long, Cloud Walker is a Hazy Juicy India Pale Ale dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops.  Boasting a “dreamy orange glow and . . . pillowy soft mouthfeel”, Cloud Walker (6.8% ABV) “bursts with fruity and citrusy flavors and is a hop lover’s dream.”

Cloud Walker is rolling out now with availability in 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Victory Brewing Company’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cloud Walker Hazy Juicy IPA from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching March 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
Hops – Citra & Mosaic
Malts – 2-Row Pale
Added Ingredients – Lactose
Availability – 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/

Chill Pils Joins Straight to Ale’s Core Lineup

STAChillPilscan_editedStraight to Ale (Huntsville, Alabama) has officially announced that Chill Pils will launch on March 9 as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

Crafted by the brewers at Straight to Ale to be their “take on the most popular beer style in the world”, Chill Pils is a “refreshingly crisp and easy to drink” Czech-style Pilsner that is “perfect for any weather.”  Coming in at just 4.5% ABV and 8 IBUs, Chill Pils can be easily enjoyed “while camping, tailgating, barbecuing, or paired with any of your favorite foods.”

Straight to Ale will host a Release Party for Chill Pils on March 9 and has scheduled a series of launch events that will take place across the state of Alabama during the month of March (list of events available below).  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and throughout the rest of Straight to Ale’s seven state distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Chill Pils from Straight to Ale

Release – Year-Round, launching March 9, 2019
Style – Czech-style Pilsner
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 8
Fun Fact – On the Czech-style Pilsner: “Originally brewed in the city of Pilsen in 1842, this style was widely imitated and now makes up 90% of the beer consumed around the world.”
Suggested Food Pairings – Salads, salmon| From Ale’s Kitchen: Club Caesar Salad
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Florida (Panhandle), Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina & Tennessee

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Coastal Georgia

CreatureComfortsCoastalCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will expand its distribution footprint to include the Savannah and coastal Georgia markets in early March 2019.

Now that the 2018 expansion to its new Southern Mill location has been completed and raised the brewery’s capacity to 70,000 barrels, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. has been steadily extending its distribution reach beyond its original footprint that only included Athens, Atlanta and surrounding cities in Georgia.  This distribution expansion began in November 2018 with the addition of the Augusta and Columbus markets, and now the brewery is ready to send some beers down to Savannah and the coastal Georgia area.

“It’s exciting that our beer will be available throughout Georgia for the first time. We are always grateful when we get the opportunity to use our beer to create enjoyable experiences and positively impact communities within our home state.”

 

– Chris Herron, Co-founder and CEO of Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

With the help of Savannah Distributing, Creature Comforts will enter the Savannah and coastal Georgia markets in early March 2019 and “plans to distribute statewide by early June 2019.”  Prost!