Stone Brewing Adds Hazy IPA to Year-Round Lineup

Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that Stone Hazy IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio in mid-August 2021.

Carefully crafted to be Stone Brewing’s hazy brew that is “most conventional in style, yet astounding in execution,” Stone Hazy IPA is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that has “El Dorado and Azacca . . . hops imparting vivid orange, lemon and melon flavors [while] Sabro adds intense tropical mango and pineapple, creating memorable complexity.” Coming in at 6.7% ABV, Stone Hazy IPA boasts “a deep golden opaque look” and is an “absolute juicy citrus bomb of a beer.”

Kris Ketcham, Senior Manager of Brewing & Innovation – Liberty Station, and lead mastermind behind this brew explains, “We wanted a beer that still retained the juicy goodness of a blended East Coast and West Coast IPA style, but with a smoother body, lower bitterness, and lower ABV. We trialed many beers in this style, and although several were really good, it was this one that blew everyone away. It was a big hit at our taprooms.”

Stone Hazy IPA is launching this week with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at 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 Hazy IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching mid-August 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 35
Featured Hops – El Dorado, Azacca & Sabro
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Wild Leap Brew Co. Gives a Nod to the West Coast with Release of Coast West IPA

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of the 2021 edition of its Coast West IPA in mid-August.

Meant to be the “the liquid union of East and West” in the world of IPAs, Coast West IPA 2021 is a American Double India Pale Ale that “[combines] the soft and juicy elements of an East Coast IPA with traditional West Coast yeast and a revamped piney and resinous hop bill.” Coast West 2021 comes in at 10% ABV and 49 IBUs.

“This is our second year brewing Coast West. When we released it last year, the most common comment we heard from our customers was ‘Finally! A Wild Leap West Coast IPA!’, says Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott.

“Since that release we have had a lot of feedback asking for us to release it again, so we did. This time we changed up the hop bill to make it a little more piney and dank, and we have new artwork on the can as well. We are extremely happy with the final product!”

Coast West IPA 2021 drops this week 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. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia and other select markets throughout the Southeast. Prost!

Vital Information for Coast West IPA 2021 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; mid-August 2021
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 49
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beverage-finder/

Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Launches Hop Seeker Series with West Coast IPA

Deep Ellum Brewing Company (Dallas, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Hop Seeker West Coast IPA in early August 2021.

Kicking off Deep Ellum’s Hop Seeker Series of rotating IPAs crafted specifically for “the hop-huggers, the lupulin lovers, and hopsplorers of every sort,” Hop Seeker West Coast IPA is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale featuring “Mosaic hops from the Pacific Northwest.” Coming in at 7.3% ABV, Hop Seeker West Coast IPA “starts off gentle with fruity aromas and finishes with a piney bite.”

“For this initial release we pulled inspiration from some of our favorite breweries on the west coast that are making huge waves with IPAs. Consider this a tribute to everything we love about the modern revival of the west coast IPA. Clear, crisp, and packed with some of our favorite hops.”

– Brian Morris, DEBC Head Brewer

Hop Seeker West Coast IPA is rolling out now and will hang around for a limited time. 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 throughout Texas. Prost!

Vital Information for Hop Seeker West Coast IPA from Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Hop Seeker Series; August 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.3%
Featured Hops – Mosaic
Fun Fact – On the inspiration behind the Hop Seeker Series: “Without hops, there could be no beer, and in our book, that makes it one of the planet’s important natural resources. Hop Seeker, the obsessed mystic, travels the natural world in search of IPA’s star ingredient – the juiciest, piney-est and dankest almighty hop.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Texas


Rogue’s Pumpkin Patch Ale Returns with New Look

Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that Pumpkin Patch Ale will return for a Seasonal Release in August 2021.

Back a bit early this year and rocking a new look in a “vibrant” 16 oz. can, Pumpkin Patch Ale is a Pumpkin Ale “made with real, whole pumpkins from a local farm in Independence, Oregon.” After the pumpkins were cut and roasted by hand, the natural sugars sourced from the roast were united “with a delicate balance of spices, [creating] the signature flavor of this classic fall-themed brew.” Pumpkin Patch Ale comes in at 6.1% ABV.

“This beer is typically released later in the season since we use real pumpkins, but fans have been requesting an earlier release and we listened,” says Jack Waibel, VP of Production. “Instead of waiting until September when the pumpkins are ready to harvest, we purchased real pumpkins from a local farm in 2020 and froze them so we could brew Pumpkin Patch Ale a little earlier this year. This beer is the same world-class product that it has always been in a rad, new 16 oz. can.”

“Call me basic but I eagerly await all year for the release of Pumpkin Patch Ale,” says Waibel. “This is one of my favorite beers that marks one of the best times of the year. Pumpkin Patch Ale pairs great with butternut squash soup, seared venison and shortbread cookies or you can enjoy this sweet and malty ale on its own while watching the leaves fall.”

Pumpkin Patch Ale is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang out through October 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Pumpkin Patch Ale from Rogue Ales

Release – Seasonal; August – October 2021
Style – Pumpkin Ale
ABV – 6.1%
IBUs – 25
Ingredients – Pumpkins, 2-row, Munich, Carafa II, Crystal Wheat, Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, Vanilla, Ginger, Nutmeg, Sterling hops, Pacman yeast, water
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://finder.rogue.com/

New Realm Brewing Celebrates the IPA with Return of Transcendental Experimental DIPA

New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will mark National IPA Day with the Limited Release of Transcendental Experimental DIPA in early August 2021.

Continuing New Realm’s never-ending “pursuit to explore innovation that comes from new and experimental hop varieties,” Transcendental Experimental DIPA is an American Double India Pale Ale “dry hopped exclusively with experimental hop varieties from the avant-garde minds of The Hop Breeding Co., including HBC 586, HBC 472, & HBC 692.” Coming in at 9% ABV and 75 IBUs, Transcendental Experimental DIPA is a “citrus bomb that erupts with powerful tropical fruit, citrus, and coconut flavors.”

“Transcendental has a unique story behind it,” shared Bob Powers, Co-Founder and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of New Realm Brewing. “We wanted to create an innovative DIPA that was brewed exclusively with experimental hop varieties. New Realm’s philosophy is about rethinking traditions and reconfiguring boundaries in the brewing industry, and Transcendental DIPA serves as a testament to that.”


“This release of Transcendental uses a truly unique blend of hop varieties to provide loads of tropical fruit, citrus, and even coconut aromatics. It has a hint of dankness to it, and a sweetness that is reminiscent of a Creamsicle. Transcendental is a beer we are really proud of, so raise a glass and explore all of the complexities and flavors that make this Experimental DIPA so unique.” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster & COO of New Realm Brewing Co.

Transcendental Experimental DIPA officially released on Thursday, August 5 (National IPA Day) 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 and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within New Realm’s distribution footprint in Georgia, Virginia and downstate South Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for Transcendental Experimental DIPA from New Realm Brewing Company

Release – Limited; August 5, 2021
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 75
Featured Hops – HBC 586, HBC 472, & HBC 692
Fun Fact – “Transcendental Experimental DIPA is making its return on August 5th, otherwise known as National IPA Day. This year’s release features a limited-edition metallic label celebrating Transcendental’s third anniversary, and the brand’s 2021 Craft Beer Marketing Award for the best 16oz can design.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia, Virginia & South Carolina
Beer Finder – https://newrealmbrewing.com/beer-finder/

TrimTab Brewing Sets the Groove with Limited Release of Satin Steel DIPA

TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Satin Steel DIPA at noon on Friday, August 6.

The latest release in TrimTab’s Light Visions Collection of rotating New England-inspired Hazy IPAs and DIPAs, Satin Steel is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale featuring “fresh Enigma and Mosaic hops.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Satin Steel DIPA is “smooth in taste and heavy on the hops.”

Satin Steel DIPA will debut at TrimTab Brewing at noon on August 6 and will enter distribution shortly after the on-site release. 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 within TrimTab’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Satin Steel DIPA from TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited/Light Visions Collection; August 6, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Featured Hops – Enigma & Mosaic
Fun Fact – “TrimTab Brewing is now available in SURROUND SOUND!! Scan any can of Satin Steel and enjoy a playlist that will keep you groovin while you’re boozin.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Tasting Notes – Spirits Edition: NYAK Cognac VS from NYAK

A new workweek is upon and that pretty much always calls for a drink. So . . . let’s do it right, break out a bottle and get into some Tastings Notes on NYAK Cognac VS from NYAK.

Founded by Business Mogul and CEO of Detroit Equities, Dennis McKinley, Former VP for Remy Cointreau, Patrick Charpentier, and Jerome Hyafil, a former EVP at Seagram’s Spirits and Wines, NYAK is a premium Cognac brand that was conceptualized at “a time when Cognac houses in France started to realize the consumption in the U.S. was drifting away from its tradition of being used as a digestive toward a more casual, fun-loving, and informal approach.” Combine that with the fact that “the African-American community was making monumental breakthroughs in pop culture,” and there could not have been a better time for NYAK to hit the spirits scene.

NYAK VS (Very Special) is a “contemporary” take on Cognac that possesses “distinctive, finely grained” aromatics of “delicious toasty oak notes (Bourbon vanilla, toasted bread) that stand out against a delightful peppery gourmet base (pear, grape, light honey).” It goes on to promise a flavor experience comprised of “silky tannins . . . followed by notes of pastry and jammy fruit (marmalade, ripe apricot), pear, butterscotch and a subtle spiced finish.” Coming in at 40% ABV, NYAK VS Cognac possesses “a delicately distilled flavor that is perfect over ice.”

NYAK VS Cognac is available in 750ml bottles, 500ml bottles and 200ml bottles. You can expect to find NYAK offerings at fine bottle shops located in Florida, Texas, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Delaware and Connecticut.

Now that we know the details and inspiration behind NYAK, let’s uncork this bottle, pour up a finger or two and see what this Cognac has to offer over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for NYAK Cognac VS from NYAK

Appearance: Served neat and at room temperature in a shaped spirits tasting glass, NYAK pours a gorgeous, tawny amber in color. When held to direct light, the amber glows with brighter orange and glossy brown hues. The liquid is perfectly clear. When jostled about, the Cognac coats the glass with a syrupy arc that drops a bounty of thin, quick-moving legs down the side of the glass.

Aroma: The profile opens with notes of toasted bread drizzled with sweet honey. Boozy, bourbon-like tones offer deep pulls of wood and vanilla. Things then begin to open up with complex fruity notes comprised of grape, stonefruit, raisin and fig. A touch of pepper finally settles in to close the aromatics out.

Taste: Rich tones of butterscotch and caramel burst forth and then immediately back off to allow the wood-sourced vanilla to combine with notes of apple, pear and spice to create an apple pastry-like character. This blooms further to offer lightly floral tones that mingle with notes of apricot jam, raisin, and figs dipped in honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a medium length finish, this Cognac is fruity and sweet but still manages to dry out beautifully. Slick on the palate and incredibly smooth, it finishes clean and the 40% ABV offers very little heat. The aftertaste is all honey-laced figs, raisins and apples.

Final Thoughts: NYAK easily proves to be an absolutely delightful and smooth sipper. It has plenty of complexity and nuance, but it truly wows with its wonderful level of dryness that keeps the experience ridiculously easy-drinking and not at all cloying. It is a solid option for fireside sippin’ when the temperatures drop in the coming months, on the rocks or in most cocktails that call for cognac. All in all, NYAK Cognac VS is difficult to beat at the price point and is absolutely worth a spot in your liquor cabinet. Prost!

Green Man Brewery Honors Grateful Dead with Limited Release of The Grateful Haze

Green Man Brewery (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of The Grateful Haze, a Grateful Dead-inspired Hazy IPA, during the summer of 2021.

Arriving as the 11th installment in Green Man’s quarterly-released Hazy Homage Series of hazy brews “dedicated to a particular band or artist,” The Grateful Haze is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that “features layers of citrus, creamy coconut from the Sabro hops, mango, dried apricot and candied pineapple.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, The Grateful Haze is the perfect beer to jam out with all summer long.

The Grateful Haze is out 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 (with each can rocking a unique label design, “a first for Green Man and a rarity in the beer business”) at select craft beer-focused establishments located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia. 4-packs are also available for purchase through Green Man’s online beer store. Prost!

Vital Information for The Grateful Haze from Green Man Brewery

Release – Limited/Hazy Homage Series; Summer 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
Hops – Hot Side: Centennial, Idaho 7 & Bravo | Cold Side: Citra Cryo, Strata, Mosaic & Sabro
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Online Store – https://www.getgreenman.com/
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia & Virginia

TropiCoastal Tropical IPA Joins Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Year-Round Portfolio

Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland, Ohio) has officially announced that it will launch TropiCoastal Tropical IPA as a new Year-Round offering in mid-August 2021.

Developed to “deliver sunny vacation vibes all year long,” TropiCoastal Tropical IPA is an American India Pale Ale featuring Idaho 7, Calypso, Strata, Mosaic, and Lemondrop hops. Coming in at 6% ABV, TropiCoastal Tropical IPA is “a bright, aromatic IPA” that “reveals a golden oasis of ripe tropical fruit notes in every sip.”

“TropiCoastal fits right in with our hop-forward offerings, but it’s got its own style. We’re using some newer hops we’ve never brewed with at this scale, and we’re tasting everything from stone fruit to citrus to passion fruit in this beer. It’s bright, refreshing, and brewed to appeal to drinkers who want big hop aroma and flavor with balanced bitterness. It’s a perfect go-to IPA.”

– Mark Hunger, Brewmaster at Great Lakes Brewing Co.

TropiCoastal Tropical IPA is set to debut on August 16. This new Year-Round offering will launch in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, and as a draft-only release throughout Great Lakes Brewing Company’s full distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for TropiCoastal Tropical IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching August 16, 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Idaho 7, Calypso, Strata, Mosaic & Lemondrop
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft (Cans launch in Ohio, Indiana & Kentucky only. Draft will hit full distribution at launch)
Beer Finder – https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/beer-finder

Tasting Notes: Oso Under from AleSmith Brewing & Alvarado Street Brewery

The weekend has finally arrived and that is cause to celebrate with some Tasting Notes on the Oso Under collaboration project from AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) and Alvarado Street Brewery (Salinas, California).

A beer that “melds the breweries’ distinct strengths” and centers around Australian and New Zealand hops, Oso Under is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale where “Galaxy hops are the star of the show with their passionfruit, citrus, and peach flavors and aromas, while Vic Secret hops, hailing from Victoria, Australia, tout tropical fruit, herbs, pine, clean pineapple and passionfruit. Nelson hops round out this beloved Aussie/New Zealand extravaganza with fruit-flavored accents.” Coming in at 7% ABV, Oso Under “is teeming with brightness, curbed by a dry finish.”

Oso Under is rolling out now and will be available only 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 California and throughout the rest of Alesmith’s distribution footprint.

Now that we are all caught up on the details behind this collaboration, let’s crack open a can and see how it all came together over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Oso Under from Alesmith Brewing Company & Alvarado Street Brewery

Appearance: This IPA pours a dark golden yellow in color and builds right at a finger of wispy white foam. When held to direct light, the golden hue brightens and takes on a more vibrant tone. The beer is perfectly clear and displays a sparse amount of slow-moving carbonation bubbles meandering about within. Head retention is ok, falling almost immediately to a thin but lasting ring that somehow manages to drop substantial gobs of lace on the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma: The aromatics open with a wave of dank herb and resiny pine. This is then overtaken by luscious tones of peach and passionfruit. The profile closes with a burst of floral notes accompanied by a light vinous note.

Taste: A mixed bag of citrus (orange, grapefruit and tangerine), peach and passionfruit combine to create a nice tropical fruit cocktail that is dosed with just a splash of white wine. A biscuity malt presence attempts to establish some balance before being run down by hefty punches of pine and straight dankness. Pure West Coast goodness right here.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a mid to low carbonation level, this beer has a touch of lingering weight to it but it does dry out nicely on its own time. This allows all that hoppiness to coat the palate and slickly remind you that this is indeed a hop bomb that harkens back to the days of non-hazy IPA yore. Of course, this means the beer stays on the bitter side and offers just a tinge of malty balance. The 7% ABV is tame and keeps this crushable by full octane IPA standards. The aftertaste is all pine and dank herb.

Final Thoughts: Oso Under is the delightful line where new and old school IPA trends and techniques converge. The Galaxy hops definitely supply a healthy burst of juiciness before they are overrun by Vic Secret’s surprisingly West Coast leaning dank and resiny notes. The Nelson then keeps you on your toes at all times by offering some white wine and floral complexity. Juicy yet dank. It is all that is good in this world of IPAs and definitely a must try. Prost!