AleSmith Brewing Closes Out 2021 with Release of Speedway Stout Variant #4

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon in mid-November 2021.

Dropping as this year’s final, quarterly-released variant of AleSmith’s legendary Speedway Stout, Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon has the original Imperial Stout’s “chocolate and roasted malts bolstered by notes of dark fruit, toffee and caramel” and “[offers] up some comfort for the cooler fall and winter months by infusing it with a generous amount of Madagascar vanilla beans, along with just the right amount of Ceylon Alba cinnamon.” Coming in at 12% ABV, Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon boasts “a delicate milky sweetness interlaced with notes of chocolate, roast and subtle hints of spiciness.”

“We always look forward to these quarterly releases, so I’m thrilled to bring this next variant to Speedway Stout lovers everywhere,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “It’s a really fun concept, since we get to exercise our creativity during the brewing process, plus we know our Imperial stout has a large following of beer-drinkers that look forward to trying these new creations, which makes it that much more rewarding. This will be a strong end to our 2021 series!”

Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon is rolling out now and will hang around through December 2021 (while 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. Prost!

Vital Information for a Speedway Stout Variant #4: Madagascar Vanilla & Ceylon Alba Cinnamon from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Speedway Stout Variant Series; November – December 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Madagascar vanilla beans & Ceylon Alba cinnamon
Suggested Pairings – Fruit Cake
Recommended Glassware – Tulip or Goblet
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

AleSmith Brewing & Beachwood Brewing Collaborate on Tower of Flower West Coast IPA

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Tower of Flower, a West Coast IPA brewed in collaboration with Beachwood Brewing (Long Beach, California), in early October 2021.

The newest hop-laden release to come out of AleSmith’s always intriguing Collaboration Series, Tower of Flower is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale that has been double dry-hopped with “a monstrous hop blend of Galaxy, Cashmere and Nelson hops.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, Tower of Flower offers “intense notes of passionfruit, citrus, peach and melon.”

“We love partnering with breweries that enjoy the process of brewing as much as we do, so we were stoked to team up with Beachwood again for Tower of Flower,” shares Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “If anyone can forge a solid West Coast-style IPA, it’s two SoCal breweries with a shared passion for hops.”

“AleSmith is a bastion of the craft beer industry and Beachwood was honored to be a part of another amazing collaboration,” raves Co-Owner and Brewmaster of Beachwood Brewing, Julian Shrago. “We’re grateful for our collective group of beer-drinking fans and couldn’t be happier with this fantastic IPA brewed with some of the finest and most aromatic hops around.”

Tower of Flower is rolling 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 and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tower of Flower from AleSmith Brewing Company & Beachwood Brewing

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series; October 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 40
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Cashmere & Nelson
Recommended Glassware – Willi Becher
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

AleSmith Brewing Releases Third Variant of the Year of Speedway Stout

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee in mid-August 2021.

Arriving as 2021’s third variant of AleSmith’s legendary Speedway Stout, Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee is an Imperial Stout that has been dosed – just as its name suggests – with a tempting mix of Mexican dark chocolate, sea salt and Mexican coffee. Coming in at 12% ABV, Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee boasts a “decadent, roasty and chocolatey flavor profile.”

“For this special edition of our signature imperial stout, we were inspired to feature ingredients from our neighbors to the south,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations. “We used a trio of Mexican dark chocolate, sea salt and Mexican coffee to give the beer notes of cacao and dark fruit, plus a subtle touch of cinnamon and roasty earthiness.”

Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee is rolling out now and scheduled to hang around through September 2021. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Speedway Stout Variant #3: Mexican Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt and Mexican Coffee from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Speedway Stout Series; August – September 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Mexican dark chocolate, sea salt & Mexican coffee
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer
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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!

AleSmith Brewing Company Celebrates Oktoberfest with Return of AleSchmidt

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of AleSchmidt Oktoberfest in late July 2021.

Returning a bit early this year to give German beer lovers “a head start on Oktoberfest flavors,” AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is a Märzen-style Lager that possesses “rich malt complexities that complement the brew’s characteristic clean hop bitterness and toasted aroma.” Coming in at an easy-drinking 5.5% ABV, AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is a “seasonal staple comprised of a fresh, polished and toasty malt character.”

“AleSchmidt is the perfect beer to round out the summer and get you ready for fall,” says Peter Cronin, Quality Manager at AleSmith. “It’s clean, toasty and elegant.”

AleSchmidt Oktoberfest is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last during the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at “select retailers across California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin. It will also be available in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea and Mexico.” Prost!

Vital Information for AleSchmidt Oktoberfest from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Specialty; returns late July 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 13
Fun Fact – “The original German-style, amber lager emerged in Germany and Austria hundreds of years ago, though it was made famous for being served at Munich’s Oktoberfest celebration starting in 1872.”
Recommended Glassware – Willi Becher
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – US: California, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin | Global: Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Japan, Korea & Mexico
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

AleSmith Brewing Adds Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA to Seasonal Lineup

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will introduce Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA in select markets starting in July 2021.

Here to help you “beat the heat” this summer, Tropical Marmalade is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale featuring “intense notes of coconut, red berries and mango” sourced from Aloha and Sabro hops. Coming in at 7.1% ABV, Tropical Marmalade’s “tropical aromas evoke paradise on the palate, melding berry, floral, fruity and citrus notes from Aloha hops with distinct tangerine, coconut, tropical fruit and stone fruit notes from Sabro hops – a passionate marriage of complementary aromas inspired by the brew’s namesake spread – marmalade.”

“We’re excited for Tropical Marmalade to make a return to our seasonal lineup,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “It was a staff favorite from 2019, so we had to bring it back. With the tropical hop blend and flavors, plus a smooth finish, this is a perfect beer to keep cool this summer.”

Tropical Marmalade is rolling out now in select markets and is slated for wider distribution in October until the end of 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in California and select other states found within the brewery’s 28-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal; launching with limited distribution in July 2021 | expanded availability in October 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.1%

IBUs – 25
Featured Hops – Aloha & Sabro
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Alesmith & Alvarado Street Brewery Collaborate on Oso Under West Coast IPA

Alesmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Oso Under, a special collaboration project with Alvarado Street Brewery (Salinas, California), in early June 2021.

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.”

“We are very excited to work with J.C. and his team at Alvarado Street,” says Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith, Ryan Crisp. “The beers they are producing are top notch and we’re delighted to collaborate on a beer that would truly be something special. We decided on a clean West Coast IPA with large amounts of Australian and New Zealand hops inspired by ours and J.C.’s roots to San Diego. The beer turned out excellent and we can’t wait for our fans to try it.”

“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with AleSmith,” says J.C. Hill, Co-Owner and Head Brewer of Alvarado Street Brewing. “I started my brewing career in San Diego and was heavily influenced by AleSmith IPA, X, both Yulesmiths and many other beers I was lucky enough to cut my teeth on over a decade ago. San Diego is very near and dear to my heart, having lived there for much of my 20’s, and the beer scene continues to be one of the best in the world.”

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. Prost!

Vital Information for Oso Under from Alesmith Brewing Company & Alvarado Street Brewery

Release – Limited; early June 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Vic Secret & Nelson
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

AleSmith & Stone Brewing Collaborate on Dual Exposure Double IPA

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Dual Exposure, the brewery’s latest collaboration project with Stone Brewing (Escondido, California), in early February 2021.

The embodiment of “both breweries’ esteemed expertise in the double IPA game,” Dual Exposure is an “easy-drinking [Double India Pale Ale] infused with notes of hibiscus, orange and lime peel, all packed into a light-bodied brew brimming with tropical citrus and fruit from huge amounts of Citra, Strata, HBC 592 and Amarillo.” Coming in at 8.2% ABV, Dual Exposure has “citrus [flowing through the body . . ., melding hops with drinkability to yield a supremely covet-worthy beer to please the discerning masses while it lasts.”

“We were really excited to partner with Stone on a new brew for 2021, and Dual Exposure is the perfect way for both breweries to merge our skill sets and shared passion for beer,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer/Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “The creative and collaborative process of developing recipes with their brew team is always an enjoyable experience that we look forward to. I mean, Stone and AleSmith working together – it doesn’t get any better!”

Greg Koch, Stone Brewing Co-Founder, says, “I’ve been enjoying AleSmith beers since before I’ve been drinking Stone beers! This isn’t our first collaboration, but it might be our best. Our combined team of brewers brought their A-game loading up on the hops and refining this double IPA with hibiscus and lime peel for something really memorable. I have so much respect for the AleSmith team, and of course mad respect for our own team at Stone, so I’m super stoked for this dream team collaboration!”

Dual Exposure is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last during the month of February. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within AleSmith’s distribution territory and in the brewery’s online store. Prost!

Vital Information for Dual Exposure from AleSmith Brewing Company & Stone Brewing

Release – Limited; February 2021
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
Featured Hops – Citra, Strata, HBC 592 & Amarillo
Added Ingredients – Hibiscus, orange & lime peel
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

AleSmith Brewing Company Introduces Three New Year-Round Brews

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that Cloud Stream Hazy IPA, Limeberry Twist Gose Ale and Kickbackrelax IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round Lineup in February 2021.

Now that Dry January is out of the way (and kudos to all of you that stuck to your convictions and made it through), AleSmith has stepped forward to help beer drinkers experience “a brighter new year” with the following three new Year-Rounds that have been “expertly crafted to please discerning AleSmith aficionados everywhere” (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Cloud Stream Hazy IPA – This offering is so rich in its hazy content that it had to be “downloaded from the cloud.” Like a river of juiciness flowing from the heavens, this hazy IPA is packed with dazzling notes of red currant, passionfruit and mango, cradled by a full-bodied and creamy mouthfeel, and followed by a smooth and drinkable finish. The sure-fire favorite can be purchased in four-packs of 16-oz. cans and has a 6.9% ABV.
  • Limeberry Twist Gose – Beer-drinkers with a passion for pucker can get their hands on AleSmith’s Limeberry Twist – a gose ale characterized by its refreshingly sour, deliciously fruity flavors that accentuate the brightness of limes and soft raspberry sweetness, all artfully balanced by a pinch of sea salt. The year-round brew weighs in at 4.7% ABV and is available in six-packs of 12-oz. cans.
  • Kickbackrelax IPA – Just what the doctor ordered to unwind in 2021. This crisp and crushable IPA packs juicy notes of grapefruit, mango and coconut, all into a 120-calorie refreshment that’s light-bodied with a smooth finish. Clocking in at 4.2% ABV, this effervescent creation is sold in six-packs of 12-oz. cans.

“We’re excited to bring on a few new beers for 2021 to round out our current portfolio. We have been brewing test batches these past few months to perfect these recipes until we were happy with the final outcome. With the new lineup of year round beers, there is a style for every type of beer drinker.”

– Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer & Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith Brewing Company

Cloud Stream Hazy IPA, Limeberry Twist Gose and Kickbackrelax IPA will all begin hitting craft beer shelves and taps in February 2021. You can expect to find these new Year-Round offerings at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution area. Prost!

AleSmith Brewing Releases Speedway Stout Variant Nationwide for First Time

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla in early January 2021.

Dropping as the first of four variants of AleSmith’s iconic Speedway Stout to be released nationwide in 2021, Speedway Stout Special Variant #1: Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla (12% ABV) is “a signature edition of [Speedway Stout] infused with tons of Madagascar vanilla and a bold espresso blend, bestowing intense notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and dark fruit.” This release of Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla marks “the first time the brewery distributes their canned Speedway variants on a national scale.”

Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla is rolling out now and will be available through February 2021 (as long as supplies last). You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly establishments located in North Carolina, California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Speedway Stout Espresso and Madagascar Vanilla from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Speedway Stout Special Variant Series; January – February 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Espresso coffee & Madagascar vanilla
Fun Fact – “For those unfamiliar with AleSmith’s original Speedway Stout, it is best characterized by dominant chocolate and roasted malts supported by notes of dark fruit, toffee and caramel. A healthy dose of locally roasted coffee added to each batch brings out the beer’s dark chocolate flavors and enhances its drinkability. Despite its intensity, Speedway Stout’s fine carbonation and creamy mouthfeel make it very smooth and surprisingly easy to drink, yielding the perfect canvas for Head Brewer Ryan Crisp and his team of creatives to produce unique blends and variants that exemplify what makes their imperial stout so beloved, while incorporating complexities that rev up the tasting experience.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans