Tröegs Independent Brewing Gets in the Fall Spirit with Return of Master of Pumpkins

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Master of Pumpkins in late September 2020.

Brewed each year to capture the comforting essence of autumn, Master of Pumpkins is a Pumpkin Ale featuring 3,000 pounds of Pennsylvania longneck pumpkins – “grown especially for Tröegs at nearby Strites Orchard” – that the “brewery kitchen staff roasts . . . in-house and passes them off to the brewing team, who purees the entire lot and adds it right into the mash tun.” Coming in at 7.5% ABV, Master of Pumpkins is a “subtly spiced pumpkin ale featuring notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel and vanilla.”

Master of Pumpkins is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last this fall. 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 Tröegs Independent Brewing’s full distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Master of Pumpkins from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Limited/Once A Year Series; late September – October 2020
Style – Pumpkin Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Malts – Munich, Pilsner & Special B
Hops – German Northern Brewer
Added Ingredients – Pennsylvania longneck pumpkins, cinnamon, clove, ginger & nutmeg
Yeast – French Saison
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

Cascade Brewing Introduces Encyclopedia Botanica As Newest Sour Ale Project

Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Encyclopedia Botanica 2018 on Friday, October 2.

Named after the “encyclopedic collection of seeds, berries, spices, flowers, and fruit” featured in the recipe, Encyclopedia Botanica is a “sour blond ale aged in oak wine barrels for up to two years with late infusions of elderflowers, orange peel and Cascade’s own unique blend of gin botanicals.” Coming in at 8.7% ABV, Encyclopedia Botanica comes together to be a “cocktail-inspired sour beer blend [that] delivers a comprehensive compendium of flavors from A to Z.”

Encyclopedia Botanica 2018 will debut at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on October 2 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 500ml champagne bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Encyclopedia Botanica (2018) from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; October 2, 2020
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 8.7%
Treatment – Sour blond ale aged in oak wine barrels for up to two years with late infusions of elderflowers, orange peel & Cascade’s own unique blend of gin botanicals
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

Yuengling Sends Hershey’s Chocolate Porter Out for Wide Release

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. (Pottsville, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Hershey’s Chocolate Porter, a special collaboration project with The Hershey Company (Hershey, Pennsylvania), in late September 2020.

First introduce as a limited, draft-only release in 2019 and now back in 2020 for all of Yuengling’s distribution territory to enjoy in bottles and on draft, Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is an American Porter that “combines Yuengling’s nearly 200-year old Dark Brewed Porter recipe with the world-famous taste of Hershey’s chocolate.” Coming in at a smooth 4.7% ABV, Hershey’s Chocolate Porter offers a decadent sensory experience that “artfully [blends] Hershey’s iconic chocolate flavor with caramel and dark roasted malts for a smooth, rich and delightfully chocolaty finish.”

“Last year we were overwhelmed by the excitement and passion expressed by our fans for our first-ever collaboration beer,” said Jennifer Yuengling, Vice President of Operations and 6th Generation Brewer, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.  “We heard our fans and saw consumers, near and far, scrambling to get their hands on a taste of Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter.  So, in keeping with our 191-year tradition of listening to our loyal fans, we decided to release our Chocolate Porter across our entire footprint and in bottles for even more consumers 21+ to enjoy.”

“We’re happy to work with Yuengling to expand the availability of the chocolate porter and, better yet the Yuengling Hershey’s chocolate porter is available in bottles for the first time.  Now our fans will be able to enjoy this one-of-a-kind beer collaboration in the comfort of their homes,” said Ernie Savo, senior director global licensing, The Hershey Company.

Hershey’s Chocolate Porter will begin rolling out in late September 2020 and is scheduled to stick around through February of 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of Yuengling’s 22-state distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Hershey’s Chocolate Porter from D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.

Release – Seasonal; late September 2020 – February 2021
Style – American Porter
ABV – 4.7%
Calories – 180
Added Ingredients – Hershey’s chocolate
Suggested Pairings – “The liquid pairs well with everything from barbequed and smoked meats, to cheeses and desserts – perfect for any holiday celebration, while offering fans a truly premium drinking experience.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.yuengling.com/find-our-beer/

Hidden Springs Ale Works & BarrieHaus Beer Co. Collaborate on Crispy Treatz Pastry Lager

Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Crispy Treatz, a Rice Krispies Treats-inspired Pastry Lager brewed in collaboration with BarrieHaus Beer Co. (Tampa, Florida), at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29.

First the pastry bois came for our Stouts. Their advances continued, things progressed, and our Kettle Sours then fell victim to their lactose lovin’, adjunct-obsessed ways. Now, in the year of our Pastry Lord 2020, Lagers are no longer safe . . . and we have Hidden Springs Ale Works and BarrieHaus Beer Co. to thank for this development: Crispy Treatz, a Pastry Lager loaded down with marshmallows. Dripping with nostalgia, Crispy Treatz (4.7% ABV) will bring back all those feels you got that day you discovered your mom snuck a Rice Krispies Treat into your lunch bag. (Remember how cool you felt when all the other kids looked at you from across the lunch table with eyes filled with envy? We remember.)

Cans of Crispy Treatz will drop at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N Franklin St | Tampa, Florida) at 3 p.m. on September 29, but you can pre-order online now by clicking here. This Limited Release will be available at the brewery only in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans for $18 each (limit of six 4-packs per person). Prost!

Vital Information for Crispy Treatz from Hidden Springs Ale Works & BarrieHaus Beer Co.

Release – Limited; September 29, 2020
Style – Pastry Lager
ABV – 4.7%
Added Ingredients – Marshmallows
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($18 each)
Limit – Six 4-packs per person
Pre-Order Link – http://hiddenspringsaleworks.com/cans-togo
Distribution – None. Available at Hidden Springs Ale Works only

KBS Espresso Returns to Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series

Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of KBS Espresso in late October 2020.

Originally released in 2019 and back to close out Founders Brewing Co.’s 2020 Barrel-Aged Series, KBS Espresso takes the brewery’s original KBS Bourbon Barrel-aged Chocolate Coffee Stout and “amplifies” the coffee presence by aging the beer on espresso beans, roasted by Ferris Coffee & Nut Co., after barrel removal. Weighing in at 12% ABV, KBS Espresso “is a fresh and extra-snappy coffee twist on the brewery’s classic barrel-aged beer.”

“This beer was so much fun, we had to bring it back for another go ‘round,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “There’s a lot of flavors going on in a bottle of KBS, as those who’ve had it before can attest. If the coffee is your favorite characteristic, then KBS Espresso is definitely for you.”

The 2020 batch of KBS Espresso will hit Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on October 21, and distribution is scheduled to begin later that month. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout most of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution network (KBS Espresso will not be available in any format in Mississippi or on draft in Utah). Prost!

Vital Information for KBS Espresso from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; October 21, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Treatment – Original KBS aged on espresso beans after being removed from Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Allagash Haunted House Hoppy Dark Ale Returns In Time for Halloween

Allagash Brewing Company (Portland, Maine) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Haunted House, a hoppy dark ale, in late September 2020.

First brewed in 2015 with the inspiration found in Allagash’s “love of pitch-black porters and Allagash House Beer,” Haunted House is an American Porter brewed with Roasted Barley and Blackprinz Malt and hopped with Crystal, Nugget, Cascade, and Northern Brewer hops. Coming in at 6.66% ABV, Haunted House is cursed with “a gravely dark hue . . ., a ghostly coffee note and hauntingly complex malty palate.”

“Haunted House is one of our favorite fall traditions at the brewery,” said Jason Perkins, Brewmaster, Allagash. “It’s a great easy-to-drink beer as the weather cools down and we can’t wait for fans throughout our full distribution to enjoy it this fall.”

Haunted House is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last during the months of Fall 2020. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia, Maine and throughout the rest of Allagash Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Haunted House from Allagash Brewing Company

Release – Limited; late September 2020
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.66%
Malts – Roasted Barley & Blackprinz
Hops – Crystal, Nugget, Cascade & Northern Brewer
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.allagash.com/locator/

Abita Brewing Co. Reimagines Jockamo as a Juicy IPA

Abita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, Louisiana) has officially announced that the newly-reformulated Jockamo Juicy IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio in late September 2020.

An updated take on Abita’s Jockamo IPA that originally debuted back in 2008, Jockamo has now evolved to become a double dry-hopped Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale featuring Citra, Apollo and “a blend of experimental hops.” Clocking in at an easy-drinking 6% ABV, Jockamo Juicy IPA “produces tropical and fruity notes that will leave you wanting more!”

“Our take on the IPA started over 12 years ago in 2008 when we originally released Jockamo, the first IPA crafted in Louisiana, to celebrate our rich and unique culture through the beer’s bold flavor” said David Blossman, President and CEO of Abita Brewing Company. “This new juicy style of Jockamo is an even bolder IPA, with intense hop flavors and aromas. Featuring brighter, more tropical tones, this beer pours a vivacious gold color with a distinguishing haze.”

“Jockamo Juicy IPA is the result of our brewing team testing new experimental hops and piloting numerous combinations and variations,” says Mark Wilson, Brewmaster of Abita Brewing Co. “We used this as an opportunity to highlight a blend of these experimental hops, in addition to Citra and Apollo hops, to give Jockamo its tropical-forward flavor and aroma.”

Jockamo Juicy IPA is rolling out now 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-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and throughout the rest of Abita’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Jockamo Juicy IPA from Abita Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching late September 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 30
Hops – Citra, Apollo & a blend of experimental hops
Malts – Pale, Oats & Wheat
Recommended Glassware – Pint, snifter or tulip
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://abita.com/find-abita

Tasting Notes: Oktoberfest Bier from Paulaner Brauerei

For this installment of Tasting Notes, we do our part to keep Oktoberfest 2020 alive by getting into a pour of Oktoberfest Bier from Paulaner Brauerei (Munich, Germany).

Known as “Germany’s #1 Oktoberfest bier” and the “only bier served in Paulaner Oktoberfest tents,” Oktoberfest Bier is an Oktoberfest-style Lager that is “deep golden [in] color, full-bodied and wonderfully mellow, with a balanced harmonious taste and the pleasant fragrance of hops.” Coming in at 6% ABV, Oktoberfest Bier is “stronger and bolder than the usual lager” but still built for all day drinking during Oktoberfest festivities.

Oktoberfest Bier is available now and will hang around for as long as supplies last during Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Paulaner USA’s nationwide distribution network. 

Now that the particulars are out of the way, let’s crack open a few bottles, fill a proper stein and have our own private Oktoberfest over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Oktoberfest Bier from Paulaner Brauerei

Appearance: A quick, jubilant pour produces a Lager that is a rich gold in color and capped with over 2.5 fingers of fluffy white foam. When held to direct light, the beer glows as the golds brighten and take on some vibrantly rich straw yellow tones. The beer is pristine in clarity and shows off countless streams of carbonation bubbles dutifully rising to feed the top cap. Head retention is quite good, slowly falling to a lasting 1/4 finger that fills the mug’s dimples with pockets of lace after each pull.

Aroma: Noble hops are all over the nose, supplying an abundance of peppery, earthy and grassy notes. A grace of fruity melon eventually surfaces and then quickly gives way to a clean presence of pilsner malts.

Taste: That pilsner malt note carries over and sets the foundation of the flavor profile with some slightly sweet cereal notes alongside just a touch of toasted bread. The hops quickly balance those malty characteristics with a good deal of peppery and grassy notes that are tempered by a bit of melon and fresh pop of floral sweetness.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium in body with a healthy carbonation presence, this Oktoberfest is incredibly crisp, refreshing and easy-drinking. The balance is a damn near perfect mix of sweet maltiness and bright hoppiness, further raising the beer’s high level of drinkability. The 6% ABV is well-hidden and makes it far too easy to crush several mugs in a sitting. The aftertaste is just a whisper of grassy and floral hop notes.

Final Thoughts: After spending a little time with Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Bier, there is no doubt as to why this is a best-selling Oktoberfest offering in Germany. Thanks to its wonderfully enticing aromas and flavors and a level of drinkability that is off the charts, this Oktoberfest Bier is the perfect brew to drink liters at a time because it will not last long enough to warm up. If you are missing those Oktoberfest vibes right now, just go get a sixer of Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier and get your festive fix while it is still available. Prost!

3 Daughters Brewing Gets Clever, Releases Former New England IPA

3 Daughters Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Former New England IPA in late September 2020.

Inspired by two of Tampa Bay’s newest professional football stars “who formerly hailed from the New England region,” Former New England IPA is a “hazy and juicy” New England-style India Pale Ale that boasts “good citrus flavor, . . . a strong hop presence, with heavy aromatics.” Clocking in at 6.9% ABV, Former New England IPA is here to further reinforce the point that almost everything is “more fun in the Florida sun.”

“The beer itself is a Florida twist on a classic American brew, a citrusy and crushable version of the traditional New England-style IPA, highlighting the flavors of the Sunshine State while giving a nod to the history of great brewing in New England,”
Brian Horne, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at 3 Daughters Brewing

Former New England IPA is rolling out this week and will hang around for a limited time during football season. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly establishments located “throughout the Tampa Bay area including select Publix, Total Wine & More and ABC Fine Wine and Spirits.” Prost!

Vital Information for Former New England IPA from 3 Daughters Brewing

Release – Limited; launching late September 2020
Style – New England-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 30
Fun Fact – The label description reads: “Kudos to New England for having been home to the rise of great things, but we know the truth: it’s always more fun in the Florida sun. Hazy, juicy and aromatic, our newest IPA debuts this fall as the best of New England transfers to Tampa Bay.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Tampa Bay area of Florida
Beer Finder – https://3dbrewing.com/beer-finder/

Burial Beer Co. & The Eighth State Brewing Co. Collaborate on Evolved From Nothing Imperial Stout

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Evolved From Nothing, a special collaboration project with The Eighth State Brewing Company (Greenville, South Carolina), at noon on Wednesday, September 23.

Heavily inspired by pecan turtle candies and ice cream, Evolved From Nothing is an Imperial Stout “made with a festive spike of Forestry Camp roasted and salted Southern pecans, loads of French Broad Chocolate cocoa nibs, dark caramel sugars and a final helping of Madagascar vanilla bean.” Coming in at 15% ABV, Evolved From Nothing supplies a “big faceful of chocolate praline cake, vanilla bean ice cream with smashed chocolate turtles and pecan pie drizzle.”

Evolved From Nothing – available in 500ml bottles for $20 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproom and Raleigh taproom at noon on September 23 (proxies are welcome). If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop for nationwide shipping on September 24 at noon. Evolved From Nothing will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Evolved From Nothing from Burial Beer Co. & The Eighth State Brewing Company

Release – Limited; September 23, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 15%
Added Ingredients – Roasted pecans from Forestry Camp, cocoa nibs from French Broad Chocolate, Madagascar vanilla beans & sea salt
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery locations only via online presale