Abita Brewing Company Breaks Out the PB & Jams for a Limited Time

Abita Brewing Company (Covington, Louisiana) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of PB & Jams Lager in mid-January 2021.

Crafted with the intention to “immediately take you back to your favorite childhood snack – the peanut butter & jelly sandwich,” PB & Jams is a Lager filled with “aromas and flavors of strawberry and peanut butter.” Coming in at 8% ABV, PB & Jams has “flavors [that] meld perfectly resulting in a medium bodied brew with a subtle sweetness.”

PB & Jams is rolling out now but will only be available for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and throughout the rest of Abita’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for PB & Jams from Abita Brewing Company

Release – Limited; mid-January 2021
Style – Lager
ABV – 8%
Malts – Pilsner & Wheat
Hops – German Perle & Tradition
Recommended Glassware – Flute, goblet, snifter or pint
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://abita.com/find-abita

Bell’s Brewery Adds ‘No, Yeah’ to Year-Round Lineup

Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that No, Yeah, an easy-drinking Golden Ale, will hit the Midwest as a new Year-Round on January 18, 2021.

An homage to “Midwest politeness and . . . [colloquial] phrases like ‘ope’, ”scuse me’ and ‘let me sneak past ya’, No, Yeah is a “balanced, not overly bitter” Golden Ale meant to be a “lighter craft beer option [that] is crisp and dry with a slightly sweet flavor profile.” Coming in at 4.5% ABV, No, Yeah “will resonate with fans of lagers and those just looking for a really nice beer.”

“We saw an opportunity with our core offerings, part of a growing market, but also a niche that’s near and dear to us as proud Midwesterners. This beer will appeal to those who are looking for another alternative to higher ABV beers, something that is crisp and refreshing and not too hoppy.”
– Larry Bell, President & Founder of Bell’s Brewery

No, Yeah is scheduled to enter distribution during the week of January 18. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Minnesota only. Prost!

Vital Information for No, Yeah from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Year-Round; launching January 18, 2021
Style – American Golden Ale
ABV – 4.5%
Recommended Glassware – Nonic or shaker pint
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Only available in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Minnesota
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Flying Dog Kicks Off the New Year With Two New Seasonals

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Releases of Cream Team and In God We Crush, two fan favorites previously released as a part of the brewery’s Brewhouse Rarity Series, in early January 2021.

Brewed to be a liquid “ode to that last swig of milk after you’ve dunked cookies in it,” Cream Team – formerly known as Cookies and Cream – is a Milk Stout brewed with “Northern Brewer hops, . . . real chocolate and additional lactose [to give it] a smooth and velvety finish.” Coming in at 9.5% ABV, Cream Team is “bursting with delicious cookies and cream ice cream flavors.”

Inspired by and originally named after “Maryland Shore’s most beloved beach cocktail” – the Orange Crush, In God We Crush is a Blonde Ale featuring “four different citrus products and three different citrus varieties, all [incorporated] at different points in the process, giving In God We Crush a nice, rounded citrus profile.” Clocking in at 6% ABV, In God We Crush “hits you with a wave of bright orange, then carries you off to sea with a citrusy, sweet finish.”

“Crafting unique, well-balanced beers like In God We Crush and Cream Team is a testament to the badass group of brewers we have here at Flying Dog,” said Ben Clark, Brewmaster at Flying Dog Brewery. “This group of experts works tirelessly to find the right balance of special ingredients to produce interesting, extremely drinkable and innovative flavors you won’t find anywhere else.”

Cream Team and In God We Crush are both rolling out now and will be available for a limited time. You can expect to find these two Seasonal offerings available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Cream Team from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal; early January 2021
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 9.5%
IBUs – 20
Malts – Oats, Chocolate & Roasted Barley
Added Ingredients – Lactose & chocolate
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Vital Information for In God We Crush from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal; early January 2021
Style – Blonde Ale
ABV – 6%
Featured Ingredients – Blood orange peel & tangerine
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

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

Cascade Brewing & Portland Bitters Project Collaborate on Contemporary Fashion

Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Contemporary Fashion, a cocktail-inspired collaboration with Portland Bitters Project (Portland, Oregon), in early January 2021.

Carefully crafted to be a “tribute to the Old Fashioned cocktail,” Contemporary Fashion is “Sour Quad Ale aged in Bourbon barrels for up to two years with orange peel, then infused with aromatic bitters made by Portland Bitters Project.” Coming in at 12.2% ABV, Contemporary Fashion “captures notes of bourbon and fresh orange peel with a complex botanical bouquet and a soft malt sweetness.”

Contemporary Fashion debuted at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on January 8 and entered distribution on Monday, January 11. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 250ml slim cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Contemporary Fashion from Cascade Brewing & Portland Bitters Project

Release – Limited; January 8, 2021
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 12.2%
Treatment – Sour Quad aged in Bourbon barrels for up to two years with orange peel, then infused with aromatic bitters from Portland Bitters Project
Availability – 4-packs of 250ml cans & draft

Wild Leap Rolls into 2021 with Limited Release of Rollin’ Deeper Cinnamon Roll Stout

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Rollin’ Deeper Cinnamon Roll Stout in early January 2021.

A bigger, reinvented take on Wild Leap’s original Cinnamon Roll Stout – Rollin’ Deep, Rollin’ Deeper is a “sweet and sticky [Imperial Stout] made with rich vanilla, chocolate malts and cinnamon for a sweet and creamy flavor.” Weighing in at a comforting 12.5% ABV, Rollin’ Deeper has “that fresh-from-a-food-court, piping hot, sticky bun flavor.”

“Rollin’ Deeper took our original Cinnamon Roll Stout, Rollin’ Deep, and made it bigger and better!” says Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliot. “Rollin’ Deeper has a higher ABV, with more cinnamon and vanilla bean—it’s smoother and tastier than ever!”

Rollin’ Deeper debuted on January 11 and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia and Alabama. Prost!

Vital Information for Rollin’ Deeper from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; January 11, 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.5%
IBUs – 30
Featured Ingredients – Vanilla, chocolate malts & cinnamon
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Rogue Ales Releases 2021 Product Calendar

Beer calendar season keeps on rolling and this week we start things off with a look at the 2021 Product Calendar from Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon).

Just as we do with all release calendars around here, we have posted Rogue’s 2021 Product Calendar in its entirety below for you to examine at your own convenience. With that said, there are quite a few new goodies we would like to point first, so let’s knock that out real quick:

  • Rogue is kicking off 2021 by adding Colossal Claude Imperial IPA to its Year-Round Lineup. Colossal Claude is a Northwest Imperial IPA that offers citrus and floral hop aromas on the nose and finishes a touch on the bitter side with plenty of soft pine and resinous hoppy notes. ABV – 8.2%
  • Shakespeare Stout will go NITRO in 2021. The addition of nitro to this classic oatmeal stout adds an intense depth of flavor that creates the perfect balance of rolled oats, roasted barley and malt sweetness. One of Rogue’s original beers, this stout has earned the most awards and highest ratings of any of their beers. Shakespeare Stout Nitro will be available Year-Round beginning in mid-January. ABV – 5.7%
  • Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout (13.5% ABV), an Imperial Stout aged for 9 months in handmade Rolling Thunder Barrel Works barrels previously used to age the popular Dead Guy Whiskey, will return for a limited time in February and this year it is bringing a variant with it: Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout Finished in Chipotle Whiskey Barrels (13.9% ABV) – A unique twist on the traditional Rolling Thunder Imperial Stout, the chipotle version is finished in barrels previously used to age Rogue’s Chipotle Whiskey.
  • Raspberry Tartlandia will join Rogue’s Seasonal lineup in 2021. This gose is brewed with raspberries and sea salt that was hand harvested from the Yaquina Bay in Rogue’s backyard. Available May – August.
  • Jam Sesh, a Strawberry Ale made with Oregon fruit & locally made up-cycled organic bread, will also make its Seasonal debut in 2021. Available September – December.
  • Rogue’s Cotes du Rogue Foeder-aged Sour Series will see three new Limited Releases in 2021: Cotes du Rogue Sour Blonde with Fruit, a Sour Blonde that offers a tart flavor with hints of oak, lemon, vanilla and apricot (April); Cotes du Rogue Sour Kriek, a foeder-aged sour beer with cherries (release date TBD); and Cotes du Rogue Oud Bruin, a foeder-aged sour brown ale that is tart and satisfying (release date TBD).
  • Rogue is also updating packaging in 2021. Honey Kolsch and Hazelnut Brown Nectar, two longtime fan-favorites, will both have eye-catching new can designs in the new year. Shakespeare Stout Nitro, Double Chocolate Stout, Pumpkin Patch Ale and Dead ‘N’ Dead will all be available in a new 16 oz. 4-pack can format. Rogue’s award-winning package designs are all created in house.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our 2021 products,” says Dharma Tamm, Rogue President. “We are adding Colossal Claude, a monstrous, flavor-forward, Imperial IPA, to our core year-round lineup. Some of our favorite beers are getting a new look and we’re brewing some really fantastic seasonal products and limited-time offerings. 2021 will also be our first year with a nationwide 12-pack variety pack, which includes Dead Guy, Dreamland Lager, Newport Daze and Batsquatch. This is something our fans have asked about for years and we’re excited to see this variety pack on shelves across the country!”

That should cover all the brews we wanted to bring to your attention, but there are still quite a few tasty beers left for you to discover on the calendar below. Give it a good look and get ready for the great year ahead with Rogue Ales. Prost!

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Jolly Pumpkin Begins Packaging Oro De Calabaza in Cans

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Ann Arbor, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin canning Oro de Calabaza, the brewery’s most award-winning beer, in early January 2021.

Brewed in the “Franco-Belgian tradition of strong golden ales,” Oro de Calabaza is a Wild Belgian-style Golden Ale that is aged for 6 to 9 months in large oak casks. Coming in at 8% ABV, Oro de Calabaza is “spicy and peppery with a gentle hop bouquet and the beguiling nuance and influence of wild yeast.”

“Oro is our flagship beer! It has won more awards, and been in more publications, and received more recognition than any other beer we’ve made. It is my personal favorite! We are so proud to be able to release it in cans” shares North United Brewing Company’s CEO Tony Grant.

Beginning in January, Oro de Calabaza will be available Year-Round in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. You can expect to find this Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused establishments located within Jolly Pumpkin’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Oro de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Release – Year-Round; cans launch January 2021
Style – Wild Ale/Belgian-style Golden Ale
ABV – 8%
Malts – Pilsner, Pale & Wheat
Hops – Crystal, Hallertauer & Tettnang
Treatment – Aged on oak for 6 to 9 months
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://brewery.jollypumpkin.com/find-our-beer

Stone Brewing’s Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA Returns for a Limited Time

Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Special Release of Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA in early January 2021.

First released in 2007 and now known as “the most requested Stone beer of all time,” Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous is a Black India Pale Ale that rocks an “unmistakable piney and orange-raspberry hop character . . . perfectly complemented by warm notes of coffee and chocolate.” Coming in at 8.7% ABV and an impressive 90 IBUs, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA “pours black with a light tan head but don’t be deceived! It serves up an IPA-worthy dose of bitterness.”

“We get ‘BRING BACK SSR’ comments on just about everything we post to socials,” noted David Pope, Stone’s Senior Marketing Content Specialist. “Pictures of Stone IPA, videos of our bottling line, a clip of a kitten playing in a Stone Buenaveza box… there’s always a ‘BRING BACK SSR’ somewhere in the comment section. Well, we heard you. It’s awesome to finally reply back with an enthusiastic ‘OK!’”

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA is actively rolling out now and will be hanging around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Special Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select 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 Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited/Special; early January 2021
Style – Black India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.7%
IBUs – 90
Featured Hops – Chinook, Simcoe & Amarillo
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Tröegs Independent Brewing Releases Some Freshly Squeezed Nugget Nectar

Tröegs Independent Brewing (Hershey, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Annual Limited Release of Nugget Nectar, one of the brewery’s most requested beers, in early January 2021.

Brewed each year to showcase the “fresh-off-the-bine” character found in the brewery’s recently delivered hop selection, Nugget Nectar is an Imperial Amber Ale that features the “dank notes of pine and grapefruit” found in Nugget hops. Complexity abounds as Simcoe hops “[chime] in with hints of ripe mango and creamsicle, and it’s all balanced with enough kilned malt to add body and a touch of sweetness.” Coming in at 7.5% ABV, Nugget Nectar “provides plenty of warmth on those dark, cold winter nights.”

Nugget Nectar is rolling out now and will stick around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 12 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans, 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 Nugget Nectar from Tröegs Independent Brewing

Release – Limited/Once A Year; early January 2021
Style – Imperial Amber Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Hops – Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe & Palisade
Malts – Munich, Pilsner & Vienna
Availability – 12 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://troegs.com/beers/brew-finder/

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