Tröegs Mad Elf Grand Cru Returns for Limited Release

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Mad Elf Grand Cru in early November 2021.

Created to be a “limited ‘director’s cut’ of [the] iconic holiday ale, Mad Elf,” Mad Elf Grand Cru is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale that “starts with chocolate, Munich and Pilsner malts . . ., features a large addition of local Pennsylvania wildflower honey . . . [and is] also fermented with the same spicy Belgian yeast strain as Mad Elf, which coaxes flavors of cinnamon, clove and allspice.” Mad Elf Grand Cru is then taken to the next level with “the addition of Balaton cherries – loads of them . . . Mad Elf Grand Cru clocks in at the same 11% ABV as Mad Elf, but the color is closer to a burgundy and the beer’s flavor is notably more tart.”

“Putting this beer in 4-packs of 375-ml bottles helps give it that extra special touch,” says Tröegs founding brother Chris Trogner. “We use the same bottles for beers like LaGrave and Jovial that we bottle condition, and we know the corks are great at keeping that extra pressure in. That means they’re also great at keeping oxygen out. For a beer like Grand Cru that people like to age, that’s a big plus.”

Mad Elf Grand Cru is rolling out this week in Pennsylvania and will see expanded distribution “over the next few weeks.” You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 375ml bottles at select craft beer-focused establishments located throughout Tröegs Independent Brewing’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Mad Elf Grand Cru from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Limited; early November 2021
Style – Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV – 11%
Malts – Chocolate, Munich & Pilsner
Yeast – Spicy Belgian
Added Ingredients – Wildflower honey & Balaton cherries
Availability – 4-packs of 375ml bottles
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

Angry Chair Brewing & Cannibal Corpse Collaborate on Follow the Blood Dry Irish Stout

Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Follow the Blood, a Dry Irish Stout brewed in collaboration with the Death Metal pioneers at Cannibal Corpse, on November 5, 2021.

Carefully crafted “for crushing at shows, with friends, while performing séances, or whenever you prefer,” Follow the Blood is a Dry Irish Stout brewed with “100% Irish base malt, chocolate, and pale chocolate.” A “classic crushing beer” through and through, Follow the Blood offers “notes of chocolate, heavy double bass, clean roast and screaming guitar riffs.”

Follow the Blood (available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft) will debut at Angry Chair Brewing (6401 N Florida Ave. | Tampa, Florida) on Friday, November 5 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Follow the Blood will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Follow the Blood from Angry Chair Brewing & Cannibal Corpse

Release – Limited; November 5, 2021
Style – Dry Irish Stout
ABV – ???
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “We were very pleased to have Vince Locke in the mix, who created all the infamous Cannibal Corpse album artwork on board to do this label for us.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. can & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Brooklyn Brewery & Four Roses Distillery Collaborate on 2021 Release of Brooklyn Black Ops Imperial Stout

Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will release the 2021 edition of Brooklyn Black Ops, a special collaboration project with Four Roses Distillery (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky), in late October/early November 2021.

Widely known as a true “legend in a glass,” the 2021 vintage of Brooklyn Black Ops is a Russian Imperial Stout that has been “aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels hand-selected by Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott.” Coming in at a higher than normal 12.9% ABV, Brooklyn Black Ops “offers a silky texture and combines notes of cocoa nibs with rich vanilla aromatics.”

“The depth and complexity of Brooklyn Black Ops remains as unique as ever,” said Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver. “Like Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon itself, this beer delivers many layers of oak, malt and fruit flavors and is a perfect pairing for many desserts.”

We’re proud to again partner with Brooklyn Brewery on this much-anticipated annual release,” said Brent Elliott, Four Roses Master Distiller. “We really wanted the unique characteristics of Four Roses Small Batch to shine through and aging this iteration of Black Ops in the used barrels produced a beer with the perfect hint of bourbon character and a very smooth finish.”

A very limited amount of this year’s batch of Brooklyn Black Ops (approximately 4,000 cases) is rolling into distribution now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans (this is the first vintage in the history of Brooklyn Black Ops to be canned) and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in New York and throughout the rest of Brooklyn Brewery’s 30-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Brooklyn Black Ops from Brooklyn Brewery

Release – Limited; late October 2021
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.9%
Treatment – Aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon Barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Edmund’s Oast Sends Like Tears in Rain IPA Out for a Limited Release

Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. (Charleston, South Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Like Tears in Rain IPA in late October 2021.

Inspired by the greatest monologue ever uttered by a replicant, Like Tears in Rain is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that “features a massive whirlpool dose of Mosaic hops along with generous dry-hopping additions of Yakima Chief Simcoe and Chinook Cryo hops.” Coming in at 6% ABV, Like Tears in Rain has “explosive aromas of nectarine, grapefruit, and pine leaping out of the glass.”

We’ve seen hops like you people wouldn’t believe. Bales, freshly dried, on fire outside of the Yakima fields. We’ve watched cones on the bine glitter with resinous lupulin. All of these moments will be lost in time. Like…. well, you get it. Time to drink.

Like Tears in Rain is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Like Tears in Rain from Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; late October 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Simcoe & Chinook Cryo
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Epic Brewing Preps for Cold Weather Drinking with Return of Son of a Baptist

Epic Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah) has officially announced that Son of a Baptist Coffee Stout will make its Seasonal return in late October 2021.

Developed to be the coffee-centric, un-barrel-aged offspring of Epic’s legendary Big Bad Baptist, Son of a Baptist (SOB) is an Imperial Stout that is brewed with cacao nibs and always highlights coffee from local coffee roasters (“If you’re in Utah, SOB is made with coffee roasted by Blue Copper Coffee. If you’re in Colorado, SOB is made with coffee roasted by Novo Coffee.”) Clocking in at 8% ABV, Son of a Baptist has “enough caffeine to give you a jolt” and is the “perfect companion for chilly days ahead.”

Son of a Baptist is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through the winter months. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Utah, Colorado and throughout the rest of Epic’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Son of a Baptist from Epic Brewing

Release – Seasonal; Winter
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 8%
Malts – Ultra-Premium Muntons Marris Otter, 2-Row Brewers Malt, Black Malt, Crystal Malt, Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Cara-Aroma & Demerara Sugar
Hops – Nugget, Chinook & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Cacao nibs & local coffee
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.epicbrewing.com/beer-finder

Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Fresh Hop IPA Returns for its 40th Annual Release

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its iconic Celebration Fresh Hop IPA in mid- to late October 2021.

Brewed each year after “Sierra Nevada brewers travel to the Pacific Northwest hop growing region to select the most premium lots” to come out of the year’s hop harvest season, Celebration is a Fresh Hop India Pale Ale featuring only the finest and freshest Cascade and Centennial hops available that are “kiln-dried and transported to the brewery as soon as possible so the brewers can begin production of the beer right away to capture the citrus, pine, and floral notes when they’re at their absolute peak.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV and 65 IBUs, Celebration’s “hoppy . . . notes of citrus and pine . . . are well balanced with a subtly sweet backbone of caramelized two-row pale malt.”

“We wanted to brew a beer that really featured what we love most about hops, so we chose to brew this beer only with hops that have been freshly harvested so the most amazing flavors and aromas can really shine,” says Ken Grossman, founder of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. “Hop harvest season is special time we look forward to every year.”

Celebration is rolling out now and will hang around through December 2021 (while supplies last). You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Sierra Nevada’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Celebration Fresh Hop IPA from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; October – December 2021
Style – Fresh Hop India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 65
Hops – Cascade & Centennial
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://sierranevada.com/beer-locator/

Stone Brewing Goes Next Level with Xocoveza by Introducing Tres Leches Variant

Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Special Release of Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches on October 18, 2021.

Inspired by Steve Gonzalez’s, Stone Brewer, “Grandmother’s Tres Leches family recipe,” Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches is an Imperial Stout that begins with all the goodness you expect from Xocoveza‘s “spices, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla; however, this year it’s taken to a new level (hard to believe you could take this beer to another level!) with more lactose and the addition of flaked rice and oats resulting in a very smooth, creamy, and decadent experience.” Coming in at 8.5% ABV, Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches is “incredible on its own but is also very food friendly and begs to be paired with an array of desserts and other flavorful sensations.”

“I fell in love with Stone Xocoveza the first time I tried it many years ago,” said Stone co-founder Greg Koch. “I, like so many, look forward to the release each year. As much as I was hesitant to mess with such a hallowed beer, I do believe that this new recipe is my very favorite version we’ve ever produced, and I will be squirreling away more than my fair share to enjoy throughout the next year plus. Fair? Perhaps not. Too bad!” laughed Koch with a mischievous Grinch like grin.

Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last during the 2021 Holiday Season. You can expect to find this Special Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches from Stone Brewing

Release – Special Release; October 18, 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 40
Added Ingredients – Chocolate, coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, rice & oats
Suggested Pairings – “Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs, Black Bean Chili, Birria tacos and Chicken Mole all pair beautifully with Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches. Then for the ultimate indulgence, there’s Flourless Chocolate Cake, Salted Caramel Brownies or… Tres Leches Cake.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Creature Comforts & Green Cheek Beer Co. Collaborate on Living on the Sun Triple IPA

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Living on the Sun, a special collaboration project with Green Cheek Beer Co. (Orange, California), in mid-October 2021.

An amped up collaboration that explores the wealth of knowledge to be gained from the three-time Great American Beer Festival medal winners at Green Cheek Beer Co., Living on the Sun is a Hazy/Juicy Triple India Pale Ale “generously hopped with Citra and Nelson Sauvin.” Coming in at 10% ABV, Living on the Sun “presents a big tropical fruit flavor bursting with pineapple, passion fruit, and guava notes balanced by a juicy, full-bodied mouthfeel.”

Living on the Sun is available now at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. and will be hitting distribution soon. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Living on the Sun from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Green Cheek Beer Co.

Release – Limited; mid-October 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Triple India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
Featured Hops – Citra & Nelson Sauvin
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia

Southern Tier Brewing Co. Gets in the Holiday Spirit with Release of Frosted Sugar Cookie

Southern Tier Brewing Company (Lakewood, New York) has officially announced that Frosted Sugar Cookie will debut during the 2021 Holiday Season.

Developed to be a fun, new way to “grab a hold of some fresh baked holiday cheer,” Frosted Sugar Cookie is an Imperial Ale “full of soft and airy vanilla and cake notes, iced to perfection.” Coming in at 8.6% ABV, Frosted Sugar Cookie is a “delicious spectacle of pure sweetness that is sure to sprinkle your wintry days with joy.”

Frosted Sugar Cookie is set to release in the coming weeks and will hang around through the 2021 Holiday Season. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Southern Tier’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Frosted Sugar Cookie from Southern Tier Brewing Company

Release – Limited; 2021 Holiday Season
Style – Unspecified Imperial Ale
ABV – 8.6%
IBUs – 10
Malts – 2-Row Pale & Flaked Oats
Hops – Columbus
Added Ingredients – Lactose & Natural Vanilla Flavor
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://stbcbeer.com/finder/?item=all

Victory Brewing Announces Long-Awaited Return of Storm King Imperial Stout

Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that its fan-favorite Storm King Imperial Stout will return for a Special Release in mid-October 2021.

Fittingly back just in time to put a bow on Victory’s 25th Anniversary year, Storm King is a legendary Imperial Stout that combines a “thundering hop presence” with all the malty goodness you expect from a world-class Stout. Coming in at 9.1% ABV and 65 IBUs, Storm King is “complex yet well balanced, with massive notes of espresso and dark chocolate.”

Storm King is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of Victory’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Storm King from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Special/Limited; October 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 9.1%
IBUs – 65
Malts – Pilsner, Vienna & Carafa
Hops – Cascade, Chinook & Centennial
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://victorybeer.com/finder/?item
=all