Arrogant Consortia & Metallica Team Up to Release Enter Night Pilsner

three cans enter night pilsner_studioArrogant Consortia – the “often aggressive and always self-righteous” imprint of Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) – has announced that the nationwide launch of Enter Night Pilsner, a creative collaboration with the legendary heavy metal band Metallica, will officially begin in January 2019.

With members of Metallica participating “at every step alongside [the] talented brewing team” behind Arrogant Consortia, Enter Night Pilsner was developed to be a unique expression of the shared values that have helped define Metallica and Stone Brewing: fiercely independent, transcending genres, shattering preconceptions and challenging convention.”  This “genre-defying Pilsner” possesses a “remarkable flavor and aroma which artfully combine the beauty of a traditional Northern German Pilsner with Arrogant Consortia’s modern overtones of aggression.”  Clocking in at an intensely drinkable 5.7% ABV and 45 IBUs, Enter Night Pilsner promises to supply its drinker with an experience that is “hop forward with sound bitterness on the finish.”

“The amount of ideals and outlooks that Metallica and Stone Brewing share are endless,” says Lars Ulrich of Metallica. “I’m always blown away about how similar our paths forward have been. Our view of the worlds that we each inhabit, of creativity and process, and sense of place in relation to our peers and ‘The Man’ are almost identical. This collaboration is beyond effortless and pure, and we can’t wait to share this incredible beverage with everyone out there.”

“I remember seeing Metallica on the cover of a magazine just after the Black Album was released,” recalls Greg Koch, Co-Founder of Stone Brewing. “On the cover was a quote that resonated with me to this day: ‘Metallica didn’t go to number one, number one came to them.’  I loved what that meant. Do it your way and never compromise your art. If you’re great at what you do people will come. I view that simple quote as one of the founding philosophical elements of Stone Brewing.” 

Enter Night Pilsner is launching in the U.S. now and is scheduled to begin international distribution this spring in “Europe, Australia, China and beyond.”  You can expect to find this rockin’ new brew available in 6-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia, and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Enter Night Pilsner from Arrogant Consortia/Stone Brewing & Metallica

Release – Year-Round, launching January 2019
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 45
Fun Fact – Enter Night Pilsner “first appeared for the most worthy few in exclusive releases at Metallica’s shows this past fall.”
Availability – 6-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
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Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch enjoying a pint of Enter Night Pilsner with the members of Metallica. Photo Credit: Stone Brewing

Hi-Wire Brewing Releases 2019 Collaboration 12-Pack

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will release the 2019 edition of its always popular Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack in mid-January.

Back for its third straight year, the Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack is a project that attempts to “connect the dots between some of [Hi-Wire’s] favorite breweries and their fans while creating beers that blend the different styles and philosophies of each brewery.”  The packaging for each collaboration beer features “a vintage ‘spray paint’ can inspired design which represents the kaleidoscope of ideas and recipes created within the collaborations.”

This year’s collaborations are as follows (official descriptions sourced from Hi-Wire Brewing’s press release):

  • Hoppy Pilsner | Collaboration with Rhinegeist Brewery – A common thread among our collaboration 12-pack for 2019 is the ‘beer first’ philosophy of the participating breweries. Rhinegeist Brewery out of Cincinnati, Ohio stays true to this sentiment by creating solid, drinkable beers and brewing a lot of them. For this classic Hoppy Pilsner we used triticale malt from Epiphany Craft Malt here in North Carolina. The hybrid of wheat and rye in this malt varietal imparts a pleasant mouthfeel and grainy backbone to let the tropical citrus, passionfruit and pine notes from Vic Secret, Montueka, and Ella hops shine.  (5.5% ABV)
  • Blonde Brunch Stout | Collaboration with Revelry Brewing Co. – Revelry Brewing likes to play with creative ingredients and recipes at their brewery in Charleston, South Carolina. With this collab our objective was simple: create a brunch-worthy stout without utilizing darker stout malts with an ABV low enough to take you from breakfast well into the late afternoon. Cacao nibs lends notes of roasty chocolate, fresh vanilla creates a creamy mouthfeel, while naturally processed Monte Crisol Costa Rican coffee from Asheville’s High Noon Coffee Roasters adds a soothing and distinct coffee character with notes of blueberry and lemon. (4.8% ABV)
  • No Coast IPA | Collaboration with Monday Night Brewing – Our collaboration with Monday Night Brewing out of Atlanta, Georgia represents the melding of two IPA worlds and we think that’s a good thing, probably. No Coast IPA is brimming with stone fruit, tangerine zest, and juicy tropical hop character balanced by a creamy mouthfeel. All the while, this hazy straw colored ale pays homage to the piney wheat and bitter character of a classic west coast IPA. It’s not east coast. It’s not west coast. It’s no coast. (6.7% ABV)

The beers above will enter full distribution in mid-January with limited availability in the Collaboration Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find these brews at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Ohio. Prost!

Cascade Brewing Announces 2019 Product Release Calendar

cascadenewlogoBeer calendar season is still alive and well, and we are kicking this week off with a peek at the 2019 Product Release Calendar from Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon).

Just as we do with each and every beer calendar around here, we have posted Cascade Brewing’s full Product Release Calendar below for you to absorb at your convenience.  With that said, this document is rich in highlights and we would be remiss if we did not go over a few of those real fast.  Let’s get to it:

  • The biggest news on this calendar is that the ever-elusive Vlad the Imp Aler (September) and Bourbonic Plague (December) will both see full distribution in 2019. Both offerings will be available in 500ml bottles for the first time.
  • The brewery’s Core Lineup will feature four new releases in 2019: Valley Flora (January), a sour red ale made with Willamette Valley Pinot-Noir grapes; Brunch Line (February), a mimosa-inspired blend of sour blond and wheat ales aged in oak barrels with Chardonnay grapes and fresh orange zest; Garden Party (June), a blend of sour blond and wheat ales aged in oak barrels with chardonnay grapes, lemon zest and elderflowers; and Coastal Gose (July), a blend of sour wheat ales aged in oak barrels with Oregon Coast sea salt and coriander seed.
  • Cascade’s Collaboration Series will return in 2019 to include projects with Beachwood Brewing from Long Beach, California (March); Mikkel Borg Bjergsø from the world-renowned Mikkeller Brewery in Denmark (May); and Burial Beer Co. of Asheville, North Carolina (October).
  • Cascade Brewing also plans to release four draft-only cellar projects throughout the year.  These offerings will be released quarterly.

Alright, that should just about cover everything we wanted to go over, but there are still plenty of beers and descriptions waiting for you on calendar below.  Check it out and start getting yourself prepared for another incredible year of Northwest Sour Ales from Cascade Brewing.  Prost!



Terrapin Beer Co. Brings Liquid Bliss Out of Retirement

unnamed (32)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin reintroducing Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter in select test markets during the month of January.

Originally introduced as Side Project – Vol. 18, promoted to Year-Round status in 2014 and then abruptly retired three years later, Liquid Bliss has officially returned with updated artwork and its first ever availability in 12 oz. cans.  If you missed this offering the first time around, Liquid Bliss (6.1% ABV) is a decadent, Zen-inducing Porter that will open your eyes and mind to “the harmonic togetherness of chocolate and peanut butter as it takes you to a place that you never thought possible… a Liquid Bliss.”

Due to “limited capacity and market focus”, Terrapin has decided to launch Liquid Bliss later this month (January 2019) in Georgia and Florida only.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in those two states.  If things go well during this market study, it is possible that Liquid Bliss could see expanded distribution in the future.  Prost!

Vital Information for Liquid Bliss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Market Test, mid-January 2019
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.1%
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Florida only

Tasting Notes: Mangrove Double IPA from 7venth Sun Brewery

7venthmangrovepour_editedFor our first installment of Tasting Notes in 2019, we are recognizing the 7venth Anniversary of 7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin & Tampa, Florida) in our own little way by taking a look at one of their long-standing Core offerings, Mangrove Double IPA.

Crafted to be nothing more than a massive, old school, in-your-face representation of the style, Mangrove is a Double India Pale Ale loaded with Amarillo, Simcoe and Columbus hops.  Palate bruising in nature, Mangrove weighs in at a crushing 10% ABV.

Mangrove is typically available Year-Round on draft at both 7venth Sun locations and occasionally available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans.

With that sparse amount of background information now out of the way, I do believe it is finally time to test the waters and explore this Mangrove with some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Mangrove Double IPA from 7venth Sun Brewery

Appearance: This Double IPA is a bright burnt orange to amber in color and is wearing right at a finger of frothy, pure white foam.  When held to direct light, vibrancy grows to produce more sunburst orange tones surrounding a darker amber core.  The beer is more dark and blurry than hazy, but light is still allowed to easily pass through to offer a semblance of clarity.  Retention is fair, but the remaining chunky ring puts in some nice work as it notches the glass after each sip.

Aroma:  The hops have certainly come to play as this thing opens with a punchy burst of citrus (grapefruit, orange and lemon mostly), pine, light spice, and a whisper of earthiness.  Pale malts and a touch of clean grain are present, but they translate as less sweet and more supportive of that hop-sourced spice and earthiness.

Taste:  Not much unlike the nose, the flavor is beautifully hop-driven with fruity notes of sweet orange, a bright bracing bite of grapefruit, freshly zested lemons, and just a sliver of pineapple.  Pine then surfaces to add some attention-seeking resiny goodness, but it is nicely tempered by a caramel malt presence that gently and oh so carefully embraces the profile to smooth everything right out.

Mouthfeel:  Medium in body with a medium carbonation level, this brew is rich with hop oils that pleasantly saturate and coat the palate.  Although it is nice and sticky, it still has the ability to – in due time – dry out nicely.  The malts might bring some sweetness near the finish, but this beer is not at all shy about the fact that it leans heavily toward the bitter/hoppy side.  Without even a hint of heat or burn, the 10% ABV is incredibly well-hidden and deceiving.  The aftertaste is a good mix of citrus and resinous pine.

Final Thoughts: Without a doubt, the greatest thing about Mangrove Double IPA is that it is always there – at either 7venth Sun location – to remind the grizzled old hopheads like myself of why we fell in love with hops long before hype blurred the lines with New England/Hazy/Juicy/Milkshake/etc. IPAs.  With a statement like that, I realize that I should probably ask that you please excuse my “get off my lawn” moment. You see, I honestly do believe those shiny new IPA thingies have a place in the craft beer community.  Hell, I have enjoyed more than my share, but I also quite often find myself missing bitterness in my IPAs/DIPAs . . . and that is when I turn to a beer like Mangrove.

This DIPA explores all aspects of the hops utilized in its recipe by showcasing their juicy qualities (not to mention piney, floral, earthy and spicy notes as well) alongside that intensely exhilarating hoppy bite.  With that said, expert craftsmanship keeps things from getting out of hand by finding a sweet – but not too sweet – spot of contrasting maltiness. Not just present to supply body, these malts also impart flavor and balance so that the finished beer will remain dynamic but still easy-drinking. Perfection is damn near a requirement to pull off a beer like Mangrove, and that is why it demands your respect and still carries a torch for those hoppy beers of old.  Steadfast in its mission, Mangrove Double IPA is patiently waiting for you.  Be sure to check it out if you get the chance.  Prost!


Creature Comforts & Russian River Brewing Company Get Comfortable in 2019

ccbcwrrbcCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it has partnered with Russian River Brewing Company (Santa Rosa, California) to brew Get Comfortable IPA, a special collaboration beer that will raise funds and awareness for the brewery’s 2019 Get Comfortable campaign.

Established by Creature Comforts in 2015 as a means “of being a good neighbor to those in need”, Get Comfortable is a Year-Round program with a mission “to unify the business community to resource the agencies meeting the community’s most pressing needs.” After conducting “a rigorous vetting process” and seeking direction from “an advisory committee of community stakeholders”, Creature Comforts has “selected nine organizations to highlight throughout the season and receive funding when the program wraps in November 2019.”  The nine nonprofits that will benefit from the 2019 Get Comfortable campaign are as follows: Action Ministries, Advantage Behavioral Health, The Ark, Athens Community Council on Aging, Bigger Vision, Chess & Community, College Factory, Family Connection-Communities in Schools, and Mercy Health Center.

“Get Comfortable aims to align as many partners as possible to make the largest impact that we collectively can. Beyond the more than 40 local businesses participating in this year’s campaign, we are profoundly honored to welcome a new partner this year in Russian River Brewing Company. Headquartered across the country in Sonoma County, they obviously operate beyond the borders of Athens-Clarke, but they are absolutely a part of our craft beer community,” said Director of Community & Culture, Matt Stevens.


“Given our desire to transition the Get Comfortable release into an annual collaboration, and specifically our aim to leverage this program to intersect with other craft breweries famous for their philanthropic work, Russian River was an obvious choice to inaugurate this new direction. Whether it’s their annual Framboise for a Cure release, past participation in Ales for ALS, or most recently, their rallying the craft beer world around the Sonoma Pride project in the wake of last year’s California wildfires, they remain an industry leader both in the quality of their product and the reputation of their charity.”

To draw more attention to the campaign in 2019 and in years moving forward, the Get Comfortable program “will begin partnering with another brewery each year to release a collaborative beer to generate funds for the campaign.”  Russian River Brewing Company has partnered with Creature Comforts for the 2019 campaign, and the two breweries collaborated to brew Get Comfortable IPA – an India Pale Ale featuring Strata, Amarillo, Comet, and Pahto hops.

“When Russian River put a call out to our friends in the craft beer industry last year to raise money for the victims of the 2017 Sonoma County fires, Creature Comforts came forward to help support the cause. It was pretty early on in our recruiting, so naturally I was blown away that a brewery all the way from Athens, Georgia would help out,” said Russian River Owner & Brewer Vinnie Cilurzo.
“Fast forward to the 2018 Firestone Walker Invitational, Adam and I were having a beer and discussing beer and business and he told me about the Get Comfortable campaign Creature Comforts was doing. When Adam asked if we’d like to brew a beer together to help raise money for local charities in Athens, it was an easy yes. At Russian River, we look at giving back to our community as a part of our business model, so it is great to connect with others in the beer industry like Creature Comforts who have the same values.”

The 2019 Get Comfortable campaign and Get Comfortable IPA – available throughout the campaign on draft and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – will both launch on Wednesday, February 6 in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts.  This event will kick off “a pronounced season of emphasis taking place February 6 through April 10, during which the brewery will donate 100-percent of its Wednesday ‘community day’ profits towards the Get Comfortable fund.”  Get Comfortable merchandise, another means of raising funds for the campaign, will also be available during the launch event.  Prost!


Get Comfortable IPA brew day with members of Creature Comforts Brewing Co. and Russian River Brewing Company. 


Sixpoint Brewery Gets Experimental, Introduces Dabble IIPA

sixpointdabblecanSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has announced that DABBLE Experimental IIPA will begin a limited run in January.

Surfacing as the latest release in Sixpoint’s Infinite Loop Series of rotational IPAs, DABBLE is an Imperial India Pale Ale that explores the “insane new flavors” and varietals coming out of hop farms these days.  After a bit of hands on research (or “dabbling”, if you will), the brewers at Sixpoint decided to have DABBLE’s hop bill include Sabro (“provides an incredible coconut note”), Cashmere (“brings a soft, delicate complexity”) and Idaho 7 hops (brings potency and depth).  Coming in at 8.2% ABV and 20 IBUs, DABBLE is here to remind you that “there’s nothing quite like your first taste.”

DABBLE will begin rolling out as early as next week (January 14) and is scheduled to hang around through April 2019.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for DABBLE Experimental IIPA from Sixpoint Brewery

Release – Limited/Infinite Loop IPA Series, January – April 2019
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
IBUs – 20
Featured Hops – Sabro, Cashmere & Idaho 7
Fun Fact – On the Infinite Loop IPA Series: “Dabble is part of our Infinite Loop IPA Series, which showcases innovation and will bring you a new rotational IPA every few months. These beers will all be aromatic forward and will showcase new age hops, but will have variation within the range.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft



Green Man Brewery Adds Hop Hustler Exbeerimental Pale Ale to Core Lineup

HH-squareGreen Man Brewery (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that Hop Hustler Exbeerimental Pale Ale will join its Year-Round portfolio in Spring 2019.

Crafted to serve as “the perfect canvas to showcase Green Man’s love of hops”, Hop Hustler is a “bright and clean bodied” American Pale Ale that will keep things fresh from batch to batch thanks to an “ever-changing and evolving” hop profile.  Weighing in at a light 4.8% ABV, Hop Hustler aspires to be the “ultra-hoppy, easy to drink” Pale Ale you have been looking for.

Hop Hustler Exbeerimental Pale Ale will officially launch in early 2019 with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Green Man’s six state distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hop Hustler Exbeerimental Pale Ale from Green Man Brewery

Release – Year-Round, launching Spring 2019
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 4.8%
Featured Hops – Hop profile changes from batch to batch
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee & Virginia


New Collaboration from Oskar Blues & Cigar City Brewing: Bamburana Double Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

oskarbluesccbOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) have officially announced plans to make Bamburana, an innovative new collaboration beer, available for national distribution in mid-January.

When Wayne Wambles, Brewmaster at Cigar City Brewing, and Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations at Oskar Blues Brewery, put their heads together to develop the recipe for Bamburana, their overall intent was to “craft a brew that would marry the flavors of double-barrel aged imperial stout and Amburana wood, . . . an indigenous South American wood that imparts unique warm and savory flavors and aroma.”  To pull this off, these “two giant craft beer personalities” brewed an Imperial Stout with figs and dates, and then double barrel-aged it in whiskey and brandy barrels.  After a lengthy maturation period in those barrels, the beer was then “aged once more in tanks with Amburana wood spirals.”  Now that its treatment has been deemed complete, Bamburana (12.2% ABV) has risen from its rest boasting “forward-facing roasted malt flavors that branch out against a dark fruit backdrop of figs and dates” while “brandy and whiskey accents make themselves known with complex boozy-and-sweet flavors, complementing the warmth and spice of Amburana wood.”

“We were excited to see the results of infusing Amburana wood into a big, barrel-aged imperial stout,” said Wayne Wambles, Brewmaster at Cigar City Brewing. “We were pleasantly surprised with the vanilla and gingerbread spice nuances this South American wood contributed into the finished beer and look forward to putting this delicious beer in front of folks!”


“We’re both known for barrel-aging big, malty, dark beers,” added Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations at Oskar Blues Brewery. “The culinary goal of this project was to match the flavors of a rich candy cookie with fig filling and gingerbread spice. We spent a bunch of time selecting the right figs and dates to hit exactly the right flavor notes, lend a slight stickiness and cut into the rowdiness of the Amburana wood.”

Bamburana is slated to hit shelves in mid-January 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s/CANarchy’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bamburana from Oskar Blues Brewery & Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited, mid-January 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.2%
Added Ingredients – Figs & dates
Treatment – Double barrel-aged – in both whiskey and brandy barrels – and aged once more in tanks with Amburana wood spirals
Fun Fact – Bamburana is the first nationally distributed collaboration between Oskar Blues Brewery & Cigar City Brewing

Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Unveils The Perfect Disguise DIPA

the-perfect-disguise-packaging-13_cropDogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that The Perfect Disguise Double IPA will debut in early January as the newest offering to come out of the brewery’s Off-Centered Art Series.

The Perfect Disguise might be a Double India Pale Ale on paper, but a quick glance at this golden brew will make your brain believe that it is about to enjoy “a straightforward Kolsch with a crisp Kolsch yeast and traditional German malts and hops.”  Confusion continues to grow as you take a sip and discover that this beer has been double dry-hopped with “nearly 4lbs of German and American hops per barrel, bringing tropical flavors of citrus, tangerine, mango, gooseberries and peach.”  With German chit malt rounding everything off with a “luscious body and creamy mouthfeel”, The Perfect Disguise (8% ABV, 70 IBUs) circles back to its Bavarian influences one last time and leaves you questioning everything you once thought you knew about craft beer and beer styles.

“Our raison d’être at Dogfish is to innovate and not follow, so on this exploration of goodness in the world of IPAs we’ve chosen to chase the creative white space in the sphere of beer recipes, concepts and ideas and I think we nailed it with our adventurous take on a Double IPA with The Perfect Disguise,” said Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “We punched up the creativity by layering in two different yeasts which bring forth the most delicious flavor profiles from both a Kolsch and an IPA – a delicious experiment.”

The Perfect Disguise will launch in early January 2019 and is scheduled to hang around through April.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware, and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for The Perfect Disguise from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Release – Limited/Off-Centered Art Series; January – April 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 70
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “The artwork for The Perfect Disguise was brought to life and designed by highly acclaimed artist, Michael Hacker, who partnered with Dogfish Head for the 2019 Off-Centered Art Series. The name “The Perfect Disguise” was the inspiration for the illustration design as it’s a play on words with whether or not the beer is actually a Kolsch or an American IPA. Hacker artfully portrayed that mystery by creating a German waiter dressed in lederhosen as a nod to the Kolsch style and added a hop popping out from his neck and controlling the robot, which represents the American IPA. The bright yellow and orange packaging is a nod to the golden color of the beer.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles
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