Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Cloudwater Brew Co. Collaborate on Anicca Saison

CCBC_AniccaStillWeb-Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Anicca, a special Saison brewed in collaboration with Manchester, England’s Cloudwater Brew Co., on July 27.

Inspired by the philosophies that Creature Comforts and Cloudwater both share, Anicca is a rustic Saison that had “the two brewing teams [borrowing] from their respective regional flavors with a seasonal lens.”  Brewed with “wheat from DaySpring Farms and . . . apples from Mercier Orchards’ 2017 harvest”, the beer was then aged for “15 months in oak with Creature Comforts’ house yeast and bacteria.” To round everything out, Anicca (7.5% ABV) was “bottle conditioned with honey local to Athens, Georgia.”

Anicca will officially release on Saturday, July 27 in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.  Available in 750ml bottles, Anicca is a Tasting Room exclusive that is not expected to see distribution outside of special events.  Prost!

Vital Information for Anicca from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Cloudwater Brew Co.

Release – Limited; July 27, 2019
Style – Saison
ABV – 7.5%
Featured Ingredients – Wheat from DaySpring Farms & apples from Mercier Orchards
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Heidi Geist, of the 48 Beer Project, designed the label artwork for Anicca. Geist’s project has the mission of traveling to 48 breweries in 48 different states to create label artwork for each over the course of 48 weeks.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

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Bell’s Brewery Closes Out Summer with New-Look Packaging for Oberon Ale

146A9639Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Oberon Ale will be temporarily wearing a new limited-edition look for the rest of Summer 2019.

Inspired by the artwork featured on this year’s Oberon mini-kegs, Bell’s Brewery has decided to give Oberon a refreshed look that reflects the subtle shifts that occur throughout the summer season. This new design will be featured on all Oberon packaging: 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles. In addition to being featured on Oberon bottles and cans, this “same beautiful imagery has also inspired some brand-new Bell’s merchandise that can be purchased online and in person from the Bell’s General Store.”

“This is a fun way to celebrate the different parts of the summer season… rest assured, it’s the same beer you’ve grown to know and love,” said Larry Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery.

If you happen to be unfamiliar with this summertime favorite, here’s the full brewery description for Oberon Ale (description sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Oberon Ale – One of Bell’s most popular beers, Oberon is an American Wheat Ale fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel. A classic summer beer, Oberon is only brewed with water, malt, hops and yeast.  ABV – 5.8% 

Oberon Ale is available beginning in late March through August as a Summer Seasonal in Alabama, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution territory. Florida and Arizona have Year-Round access to Oberon Ale.  Prost!

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Concrete Beach Brewery Set for Brewery Exclusive Can Release of Mango Biche Gose

ConcreteBeachlogo2Concrete Beach Brewery (Miami, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Mango Biche Gose on Saturday, July 20.

Inspired by the Colombian snack of the same name “where unripe green mangos are served with salt, lime and pepper”, Mango Biche is a Gose-style Ale “made with lime juice, puréed green mangos from Lyons Farms Homestead, salt and Amarillo hops.”  Clocking in at a refreshing 4.8% ABV and 8 IBUs, Mango Biche Gose is sure to be the perfect beer to raise as you “pay tribute to Colombian Declaration of Independence on July 20.”

“I am so excited to have a little taste of home in Mango Biche Gose,” said Juliana Barazza, General Manager of Concrete Beach Brewery and native Colombian. “It’s the perfect combination of two of my favorite things – beer and mango biche – just in time for that mid-summer heat!”

Mango Biche Gose will officially debut at Concrete Beach Brewery on July 20 with a launch event aptly named “It’s Mango, Biches.” During this event, the brewery “will donate $1 for every Concrete Beach Brewery pint sold at the brewery on July 20 from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. to Carnaval de Barranquilla up to $800.” 6-packs of 12 oz. cans of Mango Biche Gose will also be available for purchase during this event for the cost of $13.99 each.  Mango Biche Gose is a brewery exclusive that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mango Biche Gose from Concrete Beach Brewery

Release – Limited; July 20, 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.8%
IBUs – 8
Malts – Two Row, Acidulated & White Wheat
Hops – Amarillo
Added Ingredients – Mango juice, lime juice, salt & pureed green mangos
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

LOKO Cuisine’s Next Eggs & Kegs Brunch Brings the Aloha Spirit to Webb’s City Cellar

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, July 21 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will pop up over at Webb’s City Cellar at Green Bench Brewing Co. (1133 Baum Ave. N | St. Petersburg, Florida) to host a special Aloha edition of its Eggs & Kegs Brunch Series.

Inspired heavily by “the islands’ mixed lunch plate”, Aloha Eggs & Kegs is a Hawaiian-style brunch that will pair wonderfully with a summer Sunday in Florida and any leis and/or tropical-print shirts you may or may not have tucked away in your closet.  This spirited brunch will consist of the following five-course meal (served buffet-style):

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To cover the “kegs” portion of the brunch, Green Bench Brewing Co. will break out some tasty treats to complement the meal detailed above (one beer or cider is included in the ticket price). For those in need of their morning caffeine fix, Ginger Beard Coffee will also be on-site to pour up nitro-infused coconut coffee cold brew and Ceylon passion fruit tea (available for an additional cost).

Tickets for Aloha Eggs & Kegs are available now for $34.00 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the Hawaiian-inspired brunch and one selected beer or cider. Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door. Also, please keep in mind that Webb’s City Cellar is a 21+ only event space.

Tickets are currently still available for this event, but that is sure to change once whispers of “Short Rib LOKO Moco” spread across the Tampa Bay area.  With that in mind, go ahead and lock down your tickets ASAP that way you are guaranteed the opportunity to get into the Aloha Spirit with the folks at LOKO Cuisine and Green Bench Brewing Co. on Sunday, July 21.  Prost!

Heavy Seas Beer Brings the Local Flavor with Taproom Release of Bmore Snoball Egg Custard Blonde Ale

BmoreSnoballSquareHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will release Bmore Snoball, an Egg Custard Blonde Ale, as its newest Taproom Exclusive on Friday, July 26.

“Egg Custard” might seem like an interesting flavor choice for a Limited Release Blonde Ale, but Bmore Snoball has local history behind it as it is inspired by “the original snoball flavor of Baltimore that was introduced when ice was first made available for commercial use during the Industrial Revolution.” As ice blocks were transported across the East Coast during that time, many of those shipments passed through Baltimore. Children in the area would often request ice shavings to cool them off during the summer months, and their mothers eventually “decided to start making syrups to flavor the ice by using a recipe of vanilla, sugar, and eggs. Today, the flavor is just named Egg Custard and is simply a golden colored vanilla syrup (it does not taste like eggs).”

Now that we are all caught up on the history and inspiration behind Bmore Snoball (5.5% ABV), here’s what the brewery has to say about what you can expect from the beer itself:

“We used imported, nutty Maris Otter Pale malt as the base for this Blonde Ale inspired by the classic Baltimore summer treat,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “A touch of Munich Malt provides a hint of bready character to go with a whisper of Strisselspalt hops. To replicate the Egg Custard Snoball flavor, we’ve added vanilla (LOTS of vanilla!) and just a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon. The result is a beer with a comforting aroma, a sweet dessert-like start and a surprisingly soft finish.”

Bmore Snoball will make its debut on July 26 in the Heavy Seas Tap Room. This Taproom Exclusive offering will be available for purchase in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  Bmore Snoball will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bmore Snoball from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Taproom Exclusive Series; July 26, 2019
Style – American Blonde Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 4
Added Ingredients – Vanilla, nutmeg & cinnamon
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Taproom only

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Firestone Walker Brewing Company Introduces Cocktail-Inspired Old Man Hattan

FirestoneWalkerLogoFirestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Old Man Hattan – “an eccentric barrel-aged mashup of two classic cocktails: the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan” – in mid-July.

Originally introduced “last year as a brewery-only Black Friday limited release”, Old Man Hattan has now returned to act as one of only six Proprietor’s Vintage releases from Firestone Walker in 2019.  Meant to mimic the character of both an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan, Old Man Hattan starts with a base beer consisting of “a blend of signature Firestone Walker component beers, including Velvet Merkin, Bravo and Stickee Monkee aged in whiskey barrels.” Things then take an interesting turn when that base beer is introduced to “select lots of Parabola and Helldorado that were aged in barrels previously used to mature cherry, orange and aromatic bitters.”  Weighing in at smooth but warming 10.5% ABV, Old Man Hattan comes together to be a “barnstorming beer that exhibits pronounced whiskey notes while artfully expressing essences of both the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan cocktails.”

“Old Man Hattan is really true to its dual influences,” said Eric Ponce, Firestone Walker’s barrel program manager. “On the nose, you get hints of cherry, orange and clove spice. It’s extremely smooth and drinkable, with traditional whiskey characters of tobacco and bitter chocolate.”

 

He added, “If you’re a fan of the Old Fashioned, Manhattan or other whiskey-based cocktails, you’re going to love this beer.”

Old Man Hattan is scheduled to roll out in mid-July and plans to hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in individually boxed 12-ounce bottles at select craft beer-focused establishments located in North Carolina, Texas, California and throughout the rest of Firestone Walker’s expansive distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Old Man Hattan from Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Proprietor’s Vintage; mid-July 2019
Style – Strong Ale (blended)
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 30
Treatment – A carefully blended ale that unites a base beer consisting of a blend of signature Firestone Walker component beers – including Velvet Merkin, Bravo and Stickee Monkee aged in whiskey barrels – with select lots of Parabola and Helldorado that were aged in barrels previously used to mature cherry, orange and aromatic bitters
Availability – 12 oz. bottles (individually boxed)
Beer Finder – https://www.firestonebeer.com/find/

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Brewery Ommegang Introduces Saisonztraminer as Latest Co-Fermentation Project

OmmegangLogoCompleteBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Saisonztraminer, the newest creation to come out of the brewery’s Co-Fermentation Project, on July 12.

Like all Co-Fermentation Projects from Brewery Ommegang, Saisonztraminer is a creative offering that “explores the interaction of grapes and grain, aspiring to achieve a blend that surpasses the sum of its parts.”  To reach this goal, Saisonztraminer begins its journey as a “delicate Farmhouse Saison” that goes on to have its “wort . . . blended with Gewürztraminer grape juice and then co-fermented using the brewery’s Belgian house yeast.”  This approach yields a “beer with all the peppery phenols and lively effervescence of a traditional Saison, but with flavors of rose petals, lychee fruit and honeysuckle, and vinous minerality that would be impossible to achieve without co-fermentation.” Coming in at 6.7% ABV, the finished Saisonztraminer truly “[blurs] the line between brewing and winemaking.”

“Each release co-ferments a blend of traditionally brewed wort and the juice of wine grapes, with fermentation often followed by a period of aging in oak wine barrels,” explains Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Our hope is to surprise even the most discerning palates, expanding expectations of what beer can be.”

Saisonztraminer will debut at Brewery Ommegang on July 12 and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, New York and other select markets found within the brewery’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Saisonztraminer from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Limited/Co-Fermentation Project; launching July 12, 2019
Style – Saison/Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 18
Malts – 2-Row, White Wheat & Vienna
Hops – Bravo & Citra
Added Ingredients – Gewürztraminer grape juice
Yeast – Ommegang house yeast
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WV, and Washington, DC

Marker 48 Brewing Saves Spring Release Imperial IPA for the Summer

Marker 48 logo (1)Marker 48 Brewing (Weeki Wachee, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its Spring Release Barrel-aged IPA (2019) on Saturday, July 13.

Previously released in 2016 and 2017 as a springtime treat, Spring Release Barrel-aged IPA is set to return a little later in the year this time around.  The “Spring” descriptor may seem a bit confusing for a beer releasing during the summer, but it remains applicable because this Imperial India Pale Ale – brewed with El Dorado, Ella and Citra hops – was “aged underwater in a local freshwater spring in Early Times Kentucky Whiskey barrels for 48 days.” The 2019 iteration of Spring Release Barrel-aged IPA comes in at a smooth-sippin’ 8.5% ABV.

Spring Release Barrel-aged IPA (2019) will officially release in Marker 48’s taproom at noon on Saturday, July 13.  This Limited Release offering will be available for purchase in 500ml bottles (priced at $10 each or three for $25) and on draft. Spring Release Barrel-aged IPA is a taproom exclusive that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Spring Release Barrel-aged IPA (2019) from Marker 48 Brewing

Release – Limited; July 13, 2019
Style – Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
Hops – El Dorado, Ella & Citra
Treatment – Aged underwater in a local freshwater spring in Early Times Kentucky Whiskey barrels for 48 days
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Bottle Count – 200 bottles
Note from the Brewers – “The brewers advise customers to NOT age this one, but keep it refrigerated and drink it as soon as possible.”
Distribution – None. Taproom exclusive

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Marker 48 Brewing co-founder and co-owner Maurice Ryman manipulates an Early Times Kentucky Whiskey barrel, filled with the brewery’s 2019 Spring Release, at at local private spring where the beer was aged underwater in the barrel for 48 days. (All photos Courtesy of Marker 48 Brewing)

TrimTab Brewing Brings the Beach Vibes with Limited Release of Mango Colada

TrimTabMangoColada2TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that Mango Colada Imperial Sour Ale will join the brewery’s Beach Club Series with a Limited Release beginning on Friday, July 12.

Here to keep TrimTab Brewing’s Beach Club Series of “tiki and cocktail influenced sour ales” rolling through summer, Mango Colada is an Imperial Sour Ale that has been “fermented with [a] fruity expressive yeast . . . and conditioned . . . on hundreds of pounds of toasted coconut, fresh citrusy key lime purée, and tropical soft mango.”  Coming in at a “deceivingly smooth and drinkable” 8% ABV, Mango Colada is a “spirit of quality” that will surely inspire you to “create a Summer you love.”

Mango Colada will debut in the Tasting Gallery at TrimTab Brewing on July 12 and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mango Colada from TrimTab Brewing 

Release – Limited/Beach Club Series; launching July 12, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 8%
Added Ingredients – Mango, toasted coconut & key lime
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Set to Release Blends 1 & 2 of Concurrence Imperial Stout

unnamed - 2019-07-09T223258.792Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce Concurrence, a series of Barrel-aged Imperial Stouts, by releasing Blend 1 and Blend 2 on Saturday, July 20.

Created to allow the Creature Comforts crew the opportunity to “[explore] the depths of strong ale”, the Concurrence Series “is a changing expression of stout, time, and spirits barrels.” Each release will establish its own unique identity “through blending and the introduction of various ingredients.”

The Concurrence Series will launch with the Limited Release of the following two Imperial Stouts (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Concurrence Blend 1 – A Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with vanilla beans. This blend is made up of four different bourbon barrels chosen specifically for this particular beer. Creature Comforts used beautiful whole Ugandan vanilla beans at a rate of 4 pounds per bourbon barrel.  ABV – 13.7%
  • Concurrence Blend 2 – An Imperial Stout aged in Rye Whiskey barrels with coffee and cinnamon added. After aging nineteen months in the barrels, the brewery added coffee and cinnamon to the blend. Creature Comforts worked with local 1000 Faces Coffee to source Agua Limpa coffee, a nutty, chocolatey, and rich coffee from Brazil to accent the flavors of this particular beer.  ABV – 12.1%

Concurrence Blend 1 and Concurrence Blend 2 will debut in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on July 20.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 750ml bottles ($34.99 per bottle) and on draft during the release event. If you wish to secure your bottles in advance, you can make those arrangements on CraftCellr beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 13.  Bottle limits will be set at two (2) bottles of each beer per person on CraftCellr and four (4) bottles of each beer per person day of the release event.  Concurrence Blend 1 and 2 are both taproom exclusives that will not see distribution.  Prost!

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