On Saturday, October 14, Mastry’s Brewing Co. (St. Pete Beach, Florida) will celebrate its First Anniversary Party with the release of three new beers: Year One Wheat Wine, Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night Russian Imperial Stout and Floribraska Hazy Tropical IPA.
With one year officially in the books as the first craft brewery and tasting room on St. Pete Beach, the Mastry’s Brewing Co. crew is more than ready to celebrate their first anniversary with a Beer Fest-style party on October 14. The brewery’s theme of “taking traditional styles and combining influences from exotic locales” will be showcased at the party in the form of three special brews: Year One Wheat Wine, Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night Russian Imperial Stout and Floribraska Hazy Tropical IPA. The full descriptions and release details for these three Limited Releases are as follows:
- Year One Wheat Wine – “The first of the specialty beer releases will be ‘Year One’, a Wheat Wine ale brewed at 8% Abv. This golden ale boasts a nose like a bouquet of Chrysanthemums. Year One has a taste that is dry and light despite the gravity. Year One is an elegant ale brewed for celebration, available on draught only.”
- Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night – “The second small-batch release, will be the ‘Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night’. This limited-release batch of the infamous Starless Night is rested in Bourbon Barrels and is the quintessential sticky barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout. Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night is rich, thick and decadent with notes of Dark Chocolate, Vanilla, Bourbon, Caramel, and Macaroon. Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night will be available in bottles and on draught, brewed at 11% Abv.”
- Floribraska Hazy Tropical IPA – “The third new release for the celebration will be the first out-of-state collaboration for Mastry’s Brewing Co. In partnership with Infusion Brewing Co. in Omaha, NE, the two brewing teams developed ‘Floribraska’, a hazy tropical IPA made with maize, lactose, and guava at 6.2% Abv. This limited-release IPA is hopped with copious amounts of El Dorado, Citra, and Motueka. Available on draught only, get this small-batch collaboration while you can.”
In addition to the beers listed above and a spread of their other offerings, Mastry’s Anniversary Party will have a Beer Fest vibe featuring live music, food, and a selection of tasty brews from Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Petersburg, Florida), Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida), Mad Beach Craft Brewing Company (Madeira Beach, Florida) and St. Pete Brewing Company (St. Petersburg, Florida). If you are in the area and free on Saturday, be sure to swing by Mastry’s Brewing Company to raise a glass of Year One, Bourbon Barrel Aged Starless Night or Floribraska with the brewery’s staff in recognition of the past year and the many more ahead. Prost!
On Friday, October 13 at 5 p.m., TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) will begin the limited release of Fox&Furnace English IPA and Tesserae Double IPA in 12 oz. cans.
The folks at TrimTab Brewing recently initiated a new expansion of their operation, and that will now make it possible for Birmingham’s beer-loving masses to get their hands on a few new packaged offerings from the brewery. One of the first waves of these new canned releases will include the following two TrimTab favorites:
- Fox&Furnace English IPA– “The Red Fox is an official animal of Birmingham, England. It’s cunning, complex, and smooth. Furnaces have long been representative of Birmingham, Alabama – The center of Southern Steel. The name Fox&Furnace connects the two Birminghams and appropriately describes this English style beer brewed in our Steel City.
This English IPA is light in color, has a complex, almost toffee-like aroma with hints of toasted caramel. It has light citrus notes balanced with a variety of earthy and herbal characteristics. It is both rich and light.” ABV – 5.6% IBUs – 61
- Tesserae Double IPA – “The name refers to the Mosaic Hops used in the beer. A “tesserae” is a small block of stone, tile, glass, or other material used in the construction of a mosaic. This beer’s name is another way that we celebrate the beauty of small unassuming sources of large scale impact (our definition of a trimtab).
Mosaic hops unfold layers of tropical and herbaceous flavors and aromas that make Tesserae one of our most popular beers.” ABV – 9% IBUs – 80
Fox&Furnace English IPA and Tesserae Double IPA will officially begin their limited release in 12 oz. cans on Friday, October 13 at 5 p.m. in TrimTab Brewing’s Tasting Gallery. These Limited Releases will have a limit of one (1) case per person. If any cans of Fox&Furnace English IPA and Tesserae Double IPA survive the initial release, they will be sent out the following week for limited distribution to select craft beer establishments located within TrimTab Brewing’s distribution footprint. Prost!
SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) recently announced the official release of Fresh Sticky Nugs Hazy Imperial IPA as the latest offering to come out of the brewery’s Dank Tank.
Straight from the farm to SweetWater Brewing Company’s Dank Tank and then to your glass, Fresh Sticky Nugs has officially arrived to satisfy all your fresh hop needs. This “super fresh, super sticky” Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale has been brewed with three, freshly harvested hop varietals from Crosby Hop Farm: Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe. Clocking in at 8% ABV and 60 IBUs, Fresh Sticky Nugs is “dank, resinous and as one of [SweetWater’s] brewers said, ‘it’s like cracking open a hop field.'”
Fresh Sticky Nugs made its debut at the brewery on October 8 and is available now in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft. This Dank Tank brew will see limited distribution to select craft beer establishments located within SweetWater Brewing Company’s distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Fresh Sticky Nugs Hazy Imperial IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company
Release – Limited/Dank Tank Series, October 2017
Style – American Imperial India Pale Ale/Harvest Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 60
Featured Fresh Hops – Amarillo, Citra & Simcoe
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/
Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) has officially released Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry as the seventh installment in its Blackboard Series.
To the delight of all the Stout lovers out there, Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry surfaces as the first truly decadent, dessert-focused release in Victory Brewing’s Blackboard Series, a rotating lineup that combines Victory’s “award winning brewing techniques alongside . . . deliciously fresh ingredients” to result in “distinctive beers . . . that are a creative craft riff on restaurant blackboard specials.” Mimicking the flavors of the classic German confection, Black Forest Cake Stout (7.5% ABV) is infused with cherries to create a flavor profile that features “roasted malt [balancing] out lush cherry flavor and [ending] with a bittersweet finish.”
Black Forest Cake Stout is out now and available for a limited time in 12 oz. bottles on draft. You can expect to find this Blackboard Series release at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of Victory Brewing Company’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Black Forest Cake Stout with Cherry from Victory Brewing Company
Release – Limited/Blackboard Series, October 2017 to ?
Style – American Stout
ABV – 7.5%
Malts – Pilsner, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate & Dark Caramel
Hops – Cascade
Added Ingredients – Cherry
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.victorybeer.com/beerfinder/
Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has announced that it will begin the release Rose City Sour on Tuesday, October 17.
Arriving as Cascade Brewing’s liquid ode to Portland, a.k.a. “The City of Roses”; Rose City Sour 2016 is “a blend of wheat and blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 14 months with rose petals, rose hips and hibiscus tea.” This gentle, floral-themed project results in a 7% ABV American Sour Ale that “captures the delicate floral aromas of fresh roses matched with notes of dried cranberries, pomegranates and a hint of white pepper.”
“We are so excited to release this blend, which we expect to become one of our flagship brands moving forward,” explained Tim Larrance, vice president of marketing and sales at Cascade Brewing. “Rose City Sour pays homage to our hometown of Portland – known worldwide as the City of Roses – and the emblematic rose takes center stage in this fantastic Northwest sour beer.”
Rose City Sour 2016 officially releases on Tuesday, October 17 and will be available while supplies last. You can expect to find this Tier One offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft at fine craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Rose City Sour 2016 from Cascade Brewing
Release – Limited/Tier One; October 17, 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7%
Treatment – “Blend of wheat and blond ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 14 months with rose petals, rose hips and hibiscus tea”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: “Rose City Sour 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.”
Second Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) recently announced that it will recognize the 47th annual Atlanta Pride Festival by having cans of their A.T.aLe wear limited-edition, rainbow-print packaging during the month of October.
If you live in the metro Atlanta area, you might notice Second Self Beer Company’s A.T.aLe rockin’ some rainbow-print packaging this month (pictured above). This limited-edition look is the brewery’s way of showing support for their city’s LGBTQ community as they celebrate the 47th annual Atlanta Pride Festival on October 13-15.
For those you who are not familiar with the beer, A.T.aLe is a “CRISP, CLEAN, REFRESHING” American Pale Ale that comes in at a quaffable 5.7% ABV and 42 IBUs. Simple and straightforward, A.T.aLe is meant to be an easy-drinking Atlanta Ale that “is the beer you want to drink when you just want to drink a beer.”
The rainbow-print A.T.aLe cans made their official debut at Second Self’s 3-Year Anniversary Party on October 7, and they will be hanging around throughout the month of October. If you wish to track some down, these 6-packs of 12 oz. cans are available “at the [Second Self] taproom and in stores and shops across metro Atlanta.” Prost!
Vital Information for A.T.aLe from Second Self Beer Company
Release – Year-Round, “Pride” cans available October 2017
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 42
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Suggested Food Pairings – Smoked wings, oysters, street tacos, & tomme cheese
21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) recently announced that they are supplying their fans with two new 15-packs this fall.
First up, fans of fruit-laced IPAs will be happy to hear that they now have the option to stock their fridges with Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA in more convenient increments of 15 cans at time. Brewed in similar fashion to the brewery’s flagship Brew Free! or Die IPA, this fruited variant mixes things up a bit with the addition of “an abundance of fresh blood orange puree and a twist of citrusy dry hops.” After Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA quickly achieved fan-favorite status when it was first released in 6-packs back in March, it became clear to the brewery that they needed to give this refreshing lil’ number the 15-pack treatment.
“While the packaging celebrates ‘Three More Reasons The Fruit Shall Set You Free,’ in my opinion being able to buy 15 of these beers at once is the real celebration here,” said Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment Brewery. “We released six packs of this beer in March and the response has been overwhelming. Personally I wanted more of this beer and so did everyone else, and we took that feedback to heart.”
For those of you that require several options when it comes to satisfying your hop cravings, 21st Amendment has you covered in that department as well with the Seasonal release of their new IPA Variety Pack. This mixed 15-pack includes the following five offerings (each 15-pack contains three 12 oz. cans of each offering):
“We’re pretty excited about this new package,” said Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment. “It’s an incredible sampler platter of IPAs. When you open the box and dive in you’ll find two Imperial IPAs, a classic West Coast IPA, Black IPA and a Session IPA. This is an IPA drinkers dream come true.”
Both 15-packs of 12 oz. cans mentioned above are rolling out now. Blood Orange Brew Free! or Die IPA 15-packs are available year-round, and the IPA Variety Pack is a Seasonal offering that is available from October 2017 until March 2018. These 15-packs can be found at craft beer retailers located in Florida, Georgia, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment Brewery’s distribution area. Prost!
Bear Republic Brewing Co. (Cloverdale, California) has officially announced that Racer X Double IPA is making its annual return in October, and this year it will have availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles for the first time in the beer’s 14-year history.
Widely known to be “one of the most desired Bear Republic offerings” and the big brother to Racer 5 IPA, Racer X is back this month to take its rightful place in the brewery’s newly-established Double IPA Series. Billed as an “uncommon Double India Pale Ale”, this Seasonal brew “puts a California twist on English brewing traditions by adding an assertive hop aroma and bitterness that compliments the firm malt backbone.” Although it clocks in at a sizable 8.3% ABV, hop heads can expect Racer X to be nothing but “balance in a bottle.”
“Racer X is a very hoppy and malty Double IPA. It pairs perfectly with boldly flavored cheeses, barbecue, and spicy foods.”
– Peter Kruger, Master Brewer at Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Racer X officially returns in October and will hang around while supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles, and on draft at select retailers, bars, and restaurants located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of Bear Republic Brewing’s distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Racer X from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Release – Limited/Double IPA Series, October 2017
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.3%
IBUs – 100+
Awards – Four-time winner at the California State Fair
Suggested Food Pairings – “Barbecue, Spicy Foods, Bold Cheeses, Hard Cheeses, Aged Cheeses, Beef, Poultry, Pork”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://bearrepublic.com/bear-tracker/
Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) announced this week that it will be closing out the 2017 edition of its Partner Ships Series with a Wee Heavy brewed in collaboration with MadTree Brewing Company (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Heavy Seas Beer recently hosted the folks from MadTree Brewing Company so that they could brew up the year’s final release in The Partner Ships Series, a lineup of limited releases from Heavy Seas that “features beers produced in collaboration with other regionally and nationally recognized brewers in the spirit of friendship, creativity, and adventure.” After a little brainstorming, the two brew crews decided to take on the classic Wee Heavy style and liven it up with some local twists. The recipe for their Wee Heavy begins with a malt bill comprised of “Golden Promise . . . a touch of Roasted Barley, . . . Simpson’s Double Roast Crystal and Weyermann Chocolate Rye to add a unique touch.” After a subtle addition of East Kent Golding hops, tradition is eventually abandoned as the beer receives local flavors of “Burundi Mpanga coffee from Deeper Roots in Cincinnati, Ethiopian Harrar coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co. in Baltimore, and cocoa nibs from Maverick Chocolate in Cincinnati.” This all results in a robust, 8.25% ABV Wee Heavy that is “deep mahogany in color with layers of malt, chocolate, and roasted complexity.”
Partner Ships Wee Heavy officially releases in November and will be available as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select, craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Partner Ships Wee Heavy from Heavy Seas Beer and MadTree Brewing Company
Release – Limited/Partner Ships Series, November 2017
Style – Wee Heavy
ABV – 8.25%
IBUs – 25
Malts – Golden Promise, Roasted Barley, Double Roast Crystal & Chocolate Rye
Hops – UK Goldings
Added Ingredients – Ethiopian Harrar coffee, Burundi Mpanga coffee & cocoa nibs
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder
New Belgium Brewing (Ft. Collins, Colorado) recently announced that they are once again welcoming winter with the Seasonal release of Accumulation White IPA.
Back for its fifth year as a part of New Belgium’s Seasonal lineup, Accumulation White IPA was created as a reminder to us all that we are not just limited to big ol’ Stouts and Barleywines during the winter months. Drawing inspiration from Colorado’s white winters, this White India Pale Ale takes your mind from the cold by featuring “Mosaic and Amarillo hops, tropical aroma and soft citrus, mango and lemon flavors, followed by a bitter bite.” With the “addition of wheat really [smoothing] out the rough bitter edge”, the 6.2% ABV Accumulation White IPA comes together as an offering more than capable of taking on anything winter can throw at it.
“Dark beers tend to dominate the winter months, but we like to buck the trend with an IPA that’s bright and refreshing,” said Bryan Simpson, public relations director for New Belgium. “The addition of wheat smooths out the bitter, hoppy flavors and provides a clean, crisp finish. Accumulation offers an ideal counterpunch to the cold winter months to come.”
Accumulation White IPA is available now and will be hanging around through January of 2018. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Accumulation White IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Release – Seasonal, October 2017 through January 2018
Style – White IPA
ABV – 6.2%
IBUs – 55
Featured Hops – Mosaic & Amarillo
Malts – Pale & Wheat
Yeast – American Wheat Ale Yeast
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder