Cycle Brewing Marks Fourth Anniversary with Four Bottle Releases

Cycle4thCycle Brewing (534 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL) has taken to social media to announce that it will celebrate its Fourth Anniversary with four straight days of rare bottle releases beginning on Tuesday, August 15.

That’s right, Cycle Brewing is going 4 Beers for 4 Years for its Fourth Anniversary celebration, and the folks at the brewery are hitting fans with some mighty fine rarities during these bottle releases that span from Tuesday, August 15 to Friday, August 18.  It’s probably best for us to just skip all the pomp and circumstance, so here’s the full rundown on these featured celebratory beers:

  • 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15: Rare DOS 1, Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout (aged over a year) – $25 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details:Rare DOS 1, this is Rare DOS that was aged over 1 year in the sweltering heat, just like Lost DOS for those who remember, and it was a good year and some of our finest beer that is nothing more than Beer, Barrel and Time.”
  • 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16: Hazelnut, Barrel-aged Hazelnut Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details: Hazelnut with nibs is actually what we had in the first Hazelnut (black label, brown line hazelnut, the new art is reminiscent of it) and while the first label was printed before we decided to add nibs, we didn’t regret that addition and have created another batch.”
  • 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 17: Rare Noa (a collaboration with Omnipollo), Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cinnamon & Pecan – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details:Rare NOA, the collab with Omnipollo is a mash up of our stout and barrel aging and their adjunct expertise from Noa Pecan Mud Cake, this is a dream for those who want dessert beer – purists can skip this one, it is 100% unabashed adulterated decadence.”
  • 8 a.m. on Friday, August 18: Rare DOS Double Barrel (Sunday 2017), Bourbon Barrel then Cinnamon Vanilla Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout- $35 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Clarifying information on this beer: “Friday is perhaps the most confusing beer label, sorry, it’s accurate but tough to decipher if you don’t follow our beers closely, and probably even if you do. The non barrel aged stout we released on Sunday during TBBW, with coffee and cocoa nibs, was a completely different recipe from Rare DOS as we added a high percentage of Munich malt. Around the brewery we just called it Munich Stout, which is entirely confusing as it’s not a style and it’s not really related to Munich, Germany outside of the name of the malt so we decided not to call it that but then didn’t have a name and so we were left with the first batch we brewed being in barrels and we released the second batch as the Sunday beer. Now it’s “Sunday Stout“, that has been moved from its first barrels into Cinnamon/Vanilla whiskey barrels (whatever those are) and is being released on a Friday. It’s a mess, writing this is even confusing, we failed to clear anything up but damnit if this beer isn’t excellent.”

Quantities for all four beers are limited.  Bottle limits will be based on how many people are in line, and the brewery will establish those limits at the time of each release. This being the case, there is no need to disturb Cycle’s neighbors by forming a line hours before each release. With that said, the brewery does recommend that you arrive by 7:45 a.m. to be considered in the head count. All four of these bottle releases are CASH ONLY while there is a line.  Release times are for bottles only.  These beers will be available on tap at 5 p.m. on their respective release dates.

With just a glance at that list, it becomes quite clear that these bottles will sell out with a quickness.  If you are after one (or all four) of these beers, just make sure you are in line by 7:45 a.m. with cash in hand on the respective day.  Above all else, just remember to respectful of the brewery’s neighbors while in line and be sure to wish the crew at Cycle Brewing a happy anniversary while you are there.  Prost!



Escape Brewing Sets Date for 3 Year Anniversary Party and Bottle Release

EscapePartyOn Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m., Escape Brewing Company (Trinity, Florida) will officially celebrate its Third Anniversary by hosting a ticketed party and special bottle release featuring three versions of its Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout.

After John McGregor and Matt Thompson cut their teeth making homebrew in their garages, they decided to leave their jobs in corporate America three years ago to found Escape Brewing Company.  Armed with just the American dream, a 3 BBL brew system, a taproom and limited distribution; Matt, John and their team have since established themselves in the Tampa beer community and endeared themselves to their countless fans and regulars in Trinity.  All the folks at Escape Brewing Company realize that the past three years of success would not have been possible without those fans, so they are going to throw one hell of an Anniversary Party as a thank you.  There are a lot of details to cover when it comes to this shindig, so let’s get to it!

The Basics

What – Escape Brewing Company’s 3 Year Anniversary Party & Bottle Release
When – Saturday, September 23 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where – 9945 Trinity Blvd Suite 108, Trinity, Florida

The Beer

Those who attend this event will enjoy unlimited pours of 35+ beers from 10 or more local breweries.  Escape Brewing is currently in the process of compiling the list of guest breweries and featured beers.  We will update you with that information just as soon as we have it.

The Bottle Release

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase bottles of Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout.  The first two versions are as follows:

  • Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a Knob Creek Barrel – $20 each
  • Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a Four Roses Barrel – $20 each

The two versions above will have a total bottle limit of six (6) bottles per person.  This limit is aggregate, meaning you could do “4 Knob Creek and 2 Four Roses or 3 Knob Creek and 3 Four Roses or 1 Four Roses and 5 Knob Creek.” Basically, you can mix and match however you wish just as long as your total amounts to 6 or fewer bottles.

There will also be a third version of Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt available during this event, but this one is much more limited in quantity.  Thanks to their friends at Craft Street Kitchen, Escape Brewing got ahold of a hand-selected 13 Year Knob Creek barrel and you know they put some Seeds of Doubt in that bad boy.  Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a 13 Year Knob Creek Barrel will be available for the cost of $25 each and will have a separate limit of one (1) bottle per person.

Ticket Info

Tickets for Escape Brewing Company’s 3 Year Anniversary Party and Bottle Release are available now for $30 each, and you can secure your tickets by clicking here (maximum purchase per person is two [2] tickets).   Ticket cost grants you admission into the party, a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited pours of featured beers, and the ability to purchase bottles of Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout for an additional cost.

There will be no physical tickets issued.  Once you purchase your tickets, your name will be added to a Will Call list.  A proper ID matching the purchaser’s name will be required to claim tickets at Will Call.

This is strictly a 21 and up event, and tickets can only be purchased online.

More details are sure to be released as we get closer to the event, and we will update you with that information here just as soon as we receive it.  Stay tuned.  Prost!

Rogue Ales Now Offering Cold Brew IPA in Cans

Roguebanner_edited_editedRogue Ales (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it has expanded packaging options for its Cold Brew IPA by now offering this double-duty brew in 12 oz. cans.

First released by Rogue Ales back in January of 2016, Cold Brew IPA has been delighting and confusing palates ever since with “an audacious harmony of hoppy and coffee flavors” found in one unique India Pale Ale.  Brewed with hops straight out of Rogue Farms and then blended with Stumptown Coffee Roasters’ Cold Brew Coffee, Cold Brew IPA initially hits its drinker “with a strike of bright, citrusy notes from the coffee that smoothly transitions into a crisp smack of dankness providing an elated experience like no other.”  To build upon and improve that experience, Rogue Ales is now offering Cold Brew IPA in 12 oz. cans so that you can more easily enjoy it wherever you wish.

“We turned two of our favorite things into one and then canned it so we can take it with us when we do our favorite things,” said Rogue President Brett Joyce.

12 oz. cans of Cold Brew IPA are available now, and you can also find this offering in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.  Look for this Year-Round beer to be on shelves and taps at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Rogue’s expansive distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cold Brew IPA from Rogue Ales

Release – Year-Round, 12 oz. cans launch August 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 82
Malts – 2-Row, Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™, C-40, White Wheat, Rolled Oats & Kiln Coffee Malts
Hops – Rogue Farms Liberty, Rebel and Freedom Hops, and Simcoe Hops
Yeast – Pacman Yeast
Added Ingredients – Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee
Suggested Pairings – Pork, doughnuts 
Availability – 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
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Tasting Notes: TripleTail Tropical IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company

SWTripleTailThis week’s edition of Tasting Notes returns to the land of lupulin for a hop fix as we get into some TripleTail Tropical India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia).

Released back in June as SweetWater’s newest Catch n’ Release Seasonal, the summer-appropriate TripleTail “weaves juicy and bodacious hops with notes of papaya, pineapple and passionfruit into this lush hop-forward IPA.”  Clocking in at an incredibly reasonable 5.5% ABV, this easy-drinker promises to “refresh from sun up to sun down.”  TripleTail Tropical IPA is available now, and you can track it down in 12 oz. cans, 12 oz. bottles, Variety 12-packs and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing’s distribution footprint.

Now that we have all that background information out of the way, let’s find a place to lounge and get into some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for TripleTail Tropical India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company

Appearance:  TripleTail fills the glass as a soft orange-colored brew wearing two fingers of fluffy, bright white foam.  Held to direct light, things change dramatically as the beer gains vibrancy and exposes a sunny golden yellow residing within.  The body has just a touch of haze to it, but you can still easily spot a gentle carbonation presence bubbling away.  Head retention is fantastic, falling only slightly to a lasting finger of chunky foam that effortlessly notches the glass with lace.

Aroma:  Tropical hop notes burst from the glass with papaya leading the way.  Ripe pineapple then takes control as things move in more of a dank hop direction.  A little lemon zest turns up just before the profile closes with some crackery malt sweetness.

Taste:  Although absent in the aroma, the passionfruit really asserts itself here alongside that papaya.  Pineapple plays more of a subtle role behind a developing citrus character of grapefruit zest and juice.  Just a grace of sweetness works its way in at the end, but it is only present for a bit of balance.  One thing is clear here: TripleTail is all about those fruity, juicy hops.

Mouthfeel:  This beer is leaning toward the lighter side of medium in body with a medium carbonation level.  Although quite hoppy in aroma and flavor, the bitterness is tame thanks to one hell of a balancing act.  The beer dries up almost immediately, leaving the drinker with an incredibly clean and refreshing experience.  Aftertaste is minimal, but a bit of papaya and grapefruit can be found lingering.

Final Thoughts:  If you are looking for a refreshing summertime brew that is still serious about its hops, TripleTail Tropical IPA has you covered.  The true highlight of this beer is the fact that is just so damn clean and easy-drinking.  Those juicy and fruity hop notes are big, but not at the expense of refreshment.  Thanks to a tame level of bitterness and a low ABV, this beer is completely chill and has no aggressive qualities at all.  Its main goal is to establish that tropical beach vibe and allow you the opportunity to escape the heat, kick back and relax. Goal achieved, yo . . . and I do believe it is time for another.  Prost!

Iron Maiden to Expand Beer Lineup with Upcoming Release of HALLOWED

hallowed_transIron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery (Stockport, England) have officially announced plans to release their newest collaboration HALLOWED Belgian-style Ale in October of 2017.

Drawing inspiration from their song “Hallowed Be Thy Name”, Iron Maiden has once again teamed up with the brewers at Robinsons Brewery to create HALLOWED.  This limited release, Belgian-inspired Ale pays homage to the storied brewing history of Belgium while still giving the beer a distinctly British edge.  Since Belgian beers draw a good amount of their characteristics from Belgian yeast, the brewing of HALLOWED is a “landmark” beer for Robinsons considering the brewery has not used a different yeast in its beers since 1942.

“What makes this brew pretty special is that we’re adopting a Belgian yeast for the first time,” said Bruce Dickinson, Lead Vocalist of Iron Maiden. “I’m a big fan of Belgian beers, so I jumped at the chance to brew my own. While I get very excited about experimenting with new formulas and ingredients, the thing about Belgian beer is that it’s as much a way of life as it is a drink. We’ve tried to bottle that philosophy in HALLOWED, albeit with a British twist.”

HALLOWED marks the fourth collaboration beer between Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery.  It now joins the ranks of “TROOPER, which has sold over 15 million pints since its launch in 2013, and the previous limited edition beers TROOPER 666 and RED ‘N’ BLACK.”

HALLOWED will officially release in October and will be distributed for four months.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 330ml bottles at select beer establishments in the U.S. located in areas that are serviced by Artisanal Imports.  Prost!

Vital Information for HALLOWED from Iron Maiden and Robinsons Brewery

Release – Limited, launching October 2017
Style – Belgian-style Ale
ABV – 6%
Availability – 330ml bottles
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Fun Fact – “HALLOWED’s innovative bottle label pays tribute to Belgian beer, presenting IRON MAIDEN’s iconic mascot EDDIE, robed in traditional monk’s clothing: a nod to the Trappist monastic brewing tradition in Belgium.”

Victory Brewing Company Goes National with Home Grown New American Lager

HG_12oz_Bottle_RC(RBG)Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania) recently announced that it has officially added Home Grown New American Lager to its portfolio of Year-Round offerings.

In attempt to redefine “what an American lager can be to both craft and domestic drinkers”, Victory Brewing Company has developed Home Grown New American Lager by staying true to its “brewing principal of combining European tradition and American ingenuity.”  With an impressive hop bill consisting of six varieties of 100% American whole-flower hops (Azacca, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, and Mosaic), this 4.8% ABV “hoppy Lager . . . features inviting aromatic notes of pine, citrus, and hop resins that melds perfectly with flavors of tangerine citrus and slight maltiness.”

“Our goal has always been to deliver beers to you that offer satisfying comfort. But, we never overlook the excitement of bold twists and nuanced flavors. Look for Home Grown to deliver all of the above as the crisp lager body supports an aromatic and delicious blaze of whole flower American hop glory.”


– Bill Covaleski, Co-Founder & Brewmaster at Victory Brewing Company

Home Grown New American Lager is currently available in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.  Beginning in August, the brewery will expand this gradual roll out “further south and west, eventually hitting Victory’s entire 35 state footprint.”  Once it hits your area, you can expect to find this new Year-Round available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $9.99 each), 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles (suggested retail price of $18 each), and on draft.  Prost!

Vital Information for Home Grown New American Lager from Victory Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, expanded distribution roll out begins August 2017
Style – American Lager
ABV – 4.8%
Malt – Pilsner & CaraPils
Hops – Centennial, Mosaic, Azacca, Cascade, Chinook & Citra
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Avery Brewing Company Welcomes Fall with Release of Rumpkin

Bottle_RumpkynAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) recently announced that it will begin the annual release of Rumpkin Pumpkin Beer aged in Rum Barrels on Monday, August 7.

Arriving as the latest release from Avery Brewing’s Annual Barrel Series, Rumpkin is a massive, 16.9% ABV Barrel-aged Pumpkin Beer with flavors and aromas meant to resemble that of “a pumpkin pie soaked in rum.” The brewers at Avery infuse the beer with that familiar pumpkin pie flavor by “using pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.”  Once the brewing is completed, the beer is left to age in Rum barrels for four months to “add an additional level of rich complexity that isn’t typical to classic pumpkin ales.”

Since Rum barrels are “notorious for leaking massive amounts of beer,” the folks at Avery Brewing Company went the extra mile this year to set a higher standard of efficiency and quality control for Rumpkin.  This was achieved by flying in two professional coopers from France to repair their barrels, and the results far surpassed expectations.

“In past years, the debarreling of Rumpkin has been the thorn in our collective side,” says Andy Parker, Chief Barrel Herder at Avery. “If a barrel leaks more than normal, that means the dreaded oxygen is getting in the barrel and potentially creating off-flavors. If it leaks heavily, you can have an entire barrel empty to the ground in the matter of a month or two. In the past years, 30-40% of the batch has leaked out or gone down the drain, and watching your hard work go to hell is extremely disappointing. This year was easily the best debarreling in the history of Rumpkin. We didn’t find a single barrel mysteriously empty, off-flavors were almost non-existent, and for once we didn’t have to explain to the production staff that we simply wouldn’t be able to fill orders for this beer”.

Rumpkin will officially release on August 7 and will be available through October (while supplies last).  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Colorado, and throughout the rest of Avery Brewing Company’s distribution footprint (sadly, this excludes Alabama and any other state where Rumpkin would exceed local ABV restrictions). Prost!

Vital Information for Rumpkin (2017) from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Annual Barrel Series, official release date of August 7, 2017
Style – Pumpkin Beer
ABV – 16.9%
Added Ingredients – Pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice & ginger
Treatment – Aged four months in Rum Barrels
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales Releases New Collaboration Beer with Gigantic Brewing Company

JPPhuketJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) has officially announced the release of Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos, a Sour Fruit Saison brewed in collaboration with Gigantic Brewing Company (Portland, Oregon).

The inspiration to create Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos came after the masterminds at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and Gigantic Brewing Company had a little meeting in Hawaii last summer.  After that meeting, Ron Jefferies – Brewmaster at Jolly Pumpkin – headed out to Gigantic Brewing’s facility in Portland to develop a recipe and brew a beer.  “That beer, Gigantic’s side of the collaboration, is still resting on oak”, but Ron flew back to Michigan to “brew the same recipe with the Jolly Pumpkin funk.”

Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos is a “hoppy, lime saison” that rocks a foundation built upon “aromas of lime, unripe pear, and the classic pineapple tinted notes of Jolly Pumpkin funk.”  Dosed with “Cascade, Chinook, and Jarrylo hops, as well as Lime Peel,” Phuket then takes on “flavors of citrus, pine, and white grape that linger quietly before finishing slightly bitter with mild tartness.”  To mix things up a bit, jasmine rice and palm sugar was incorporated into the mash to keep the mouthfeel “light, lively, and quite dry.”  Finally, Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos received its finishing touches as it was left to rest on oak for 8 months.

Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos is making its way into the Jolly Pumpkin network now, and will be around while supplies last.  This limited release offering will be available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Jolly Pumpkin’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Phuket; It’s Not That Far from Laos from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales and Gigantic Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Collaboration, launching late-July/early-August 2017
Style – Saison
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 20
Malts/Grains – Pilsner Malt, Aromatic Malt, & Jasmine Rice
Hops – Michigan Chinook, Michigan Cascade, & Dry Hopped with Jarrylo
Added Ingredients – Lime Peel & Palm Sugar
Treatment – Aged in oak for 8 months
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft

Synchopathic Apricot Joins DESTIHL Brewery’s WiLD SOUR SERIES

DESTIHLSynchApricotSaleSheet_editedDESTIHL Brewery (Normal, Illinois) has officially announced that Synchopathic Apricot will soon be released as the next Seasonal offering to come out of the brewery’s WiLD SOUR SERIES.

Arriving as the third of four seasonal releases in DESTIHL Brewery’s 2017 WiLD SOUR SERIES (Flanders Red and Blueberry Gose preceded this release), Synchopathic Apricot is a “refreshingly tart sour ale with the citrus dry-hopping of a pale ale . . . and an uplifting stone fruit beat from added apricots.”  Like all beers in the WiLD SOUR SERIES, Synchopathic Apricot is then “kettle soured utilizing the brewery’s own culture of wild microflora originally harvested from the terroir of Central Illinois.”  This all results in a 6% ABV Sour Ale that is filled with “truly authentic sour, tart, fruity and floral characteristics.”

Synchopathic Apricot will officially release in August and hang around through the fall months.  Look for this new Seasonal offering to be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, Illinois and throughout the rest of DESTIHL Brewery’s 20-state distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Synchopathic Apricot from DESTIHL Brewery

Release – Seasonal/WiLD SOUR SERIES, launching August 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 8
Added Ingredients – Apricots
Treatment – Kettle soured & dry-hopped 
Recommended Glassware – Snifter, tulip or over-sized wine glass
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Field Trip: An Evening with Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

On Monday, July 31, Cavalier Distributing welcomed Lord Hobo Brewing Co. (Woburn, Massachusetts) to the Florida beer scene with an industry-only event at The Dalí Museum.  We were lucky enough to score an invite to the event, and you know we took plenty of photos to document the festivities for you.

Just last week, we let you all know the exciting news that Lord Hobo Brewing Co. was arriving in Florida with a series of launch events set to take place from August 2 to August 12 (click here to read that post).  The party got off to an early start on Monday as representatives from Tampa-area breweries and craft beer establishments got together at The Dalí to introduce themselves to the crew and brews of Lord Hobo.  The evening was filled with damn good beer, tasty eats, great tunes and even better conversation held against a backdrop of Salvador Dalí’s artistic masterpieces.  It was a truly unique, craft beer experience that is probably best conveyed in a visual format.  Check out photos of the festivities below, and be sure to hit up one of the remaining launch events so that you too can get to know the amazing folks of Lord Hobo Brewing Co. while they are in town.  Prost!


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