Stone Brewing & Sweetwood Films’ “The Beer Jesus From America” Now Streaming on Prime Video & Vimeo On Demand

StoneLogoStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has announced that The Beer Jesus from America, a new documentary independently produced by director Matt Sweetwood of Sweetwood Films, has officially made its public debut and is available now for streaming on Prime Video and Vimeo On Demand.

Bearing a title inspired by a 2014 article in the Berliner Kurier – a German tabloid newspaper – where Greg Koch, Co-founder of Stone Brewing, was “somewhat [cynically]” referred to as “Der Bier Jesus aus Amerika,” The Beer Jesus from America is a 104-minute film that follows Koch and Stone Brewing as they set off on the “often tumultuous journey to becoming the first American independent craft brewery to build, own and operate its own brewery in Europe.”  This film documents four years at Stone Brewing – Berlin and the brewery’s overall “mission to inspire a craft beer revolution in Germany.”

“When we set out to build the first American independent Craft Brewery in Europe, we did so with that same spark – that passion and intensity – that drove us to offer something different in the US back in 1996,” explained Koch. “This film captures the trials, challenges, roadblocks… and occasional triumphs of the project, but on a deeper level, it’s a story of following your heart and challenging convention.”

Film Synopsis (sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

Stone Brewing’s rock ‘n’ roll co-founder, Greg Koch, who was nicknamed “Beer Jesus” by a Berlin tabloid newspaper, is taking his business to Germany on a mission to oppose the most beloved industrial beer in the world and join Europe’s craft beer revolution. Will he succeed? Greg must first challenge the established beer culture in a country where brewing has been restricted by the infamous 500-year-old beer Purity Law. However, in his quest to fight mass market beer, it turns out that Greg has even bigger obstacles to overcome, from struggles with bureaucracy to cultural differences and stubborn traditionalism.

Directed by Matt Sweetwood (Beerland, Forgetting Dad), “The Beer Jesus From America” takes us on a journey with Greg as he builds his European craft brewery from scratch in a sleepy corner of Berlin, Germany, where he faces seemingly endless challenges that threaten to end the entire project. Over four years, Matt captures the unexpected twists in a story full of blood, sweat, tears, and beers!

This is a story not just about the birth of a brewery and the fight against mass market beer, it’s about an inspiring character who understands the importance of sticking to your dreams, no matter how crazy they might seem.

The Beer Jesus from America made its debut on Prime Video and Vimeo On Demand this week . A commemorative DVD will be available for purchase in Stone Brewing’s online store in 2020. Prost!

 

Cherry Street Brewing to Release O.A.S.I.S. Imperial Stout on Black Friday

CherryStreetLogoCherry Street Brewing (Cumming, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Can Release for O.A.S.I.S. Imperial Stout during its Annual Black Friday Kegs N’ Eggs event on November 29.

Brewed to commemorate the 40th birthday of Cherry Street Brewing’s Head Brewer Chris, O.A.S.I.S. (also known as “Old as Shit Imperial Stout“) is a Russian Imperial Stout that has been dosed with “cocoa nibs and vanilla beans soaked in Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla Whiskey.” Weighing in at 10.5% ABV, O.A.S.I.S. promises a rich and velvety experience featuring “slight roast notes up front, followed by decadent chocolate in the middle, and a bittersweet vanilla/whiskey finish.”

O.A.S.I.S. Imperial Stout will officially release in the Tap Room at Cherry Street Brewing (5810 Bond St. | Cumming, GA) at 9:30 a.m. on Black Friday (November 29) and will only be available as long as supplies last. This Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and the brewery will have O.A.S.I.S. t-shirts for sale as well.  O.A.S.I.S. is a tap room exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for O.A.S.I.S. Imperial Stout from Cherry Street Brewing

Release – Limited; November 29, 2019 (Black Friday)
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 10.5% 
IBUs – 58
Added Ingredients – Cocoa nibs and vanilla beans soaked in Jeremiah Weed Sarsaparilla Whiskey
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None; tap room exclusive

Funky Buddha Brewery Cozies Up to Winter with Release of Saint Toddy

FBBSaintToddyBottleFunky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park. Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release at the brewery for Saint Toddy Barrel-aged Belgian-style Tripel on Saturday, November 23.

Inspired by the warming, cold weather beverage known as the hot toddy, Saint Toddy is a Belgian-style Tripel that has been aged in both Bourbon and Apple Brandy barrels and infused with oranges, apples, raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla.  The experience and flavors are so on point that Saint Toddy (8.1% ABV) “can actually be served warm. Slowly heat the beer in a double boiler topped with freshly ground cinnamon and serve hot for a traditional, luxurious experience or drink cold and savor the season.”

Saint Toddy is scheduled to release in the Tap Room at Funky Buddha Brewery on November 23.  In addition to being served warm during the release event, this Limited Release offering will also be available in 22 oz. bottles ($20 each) and on draft as long as supplies last.  There is no word at this time as to whether or not Saint Toddy will see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Saint Toddy from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited; November 23, 2019
Style – Belgian-style Tripel
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Oranges, apples, raisins, cinnamon & vanilla
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon & Apple Brandy barrels
Fun Fact – “The hot toddy was our inspiration behind this complex brew. It’s a rich and rejuvenating elixir made with whiskey and/or brandy, citrus, herbs, spices and served warm. Traditionally consumed before retiring for the night, or in wet, cold weather. In classic funky fashion, we gathered all the natural ingredients we could to develop a recipe to match the flavor profile of this classic drink. Belgian ale, spirit casks, fruits, spices and voilà! We have Saint Toddy.”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Brewery Release; there is no word on whether this offering will see distribution

 

Monday Night Brewing Serves Fistful of Cake – German Chocolate as Next Limited Release

MondayNightFistfulGermanMonday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Fistful of Cake – German Chocolate Imperial Stout on Friday, November 22.

Arriving as the third release in Monday Night’s pastry-centric Fistful of Cake Series, Fistful of Cake – German Chocolate is a “rich and roasty” Imperial Stout “enhanced by toasted coconut and Ugandan vanilla beans.”  Weighing in at 9% ABV, the decadent Fistful of Cake – German Chocolate Imperial Stout is here to satisfy any German chocolate cake cravings you have been enduring lately.

Fistful of Cake – German Chocolate Imperial Stout will officially debut in Monday Night Brewing’s West Midtown taproom on Friday, November 22 (cans can be reserved in advance by clicking here) and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Monday Night’s distribution footprint in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee. Prost!

Vital Information for Fistful of Cake – German Chocolate Imperial Stout from Monday Night Brewing

Release – Limited/Black Tie Series; November 22, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 45
Added Ingredients – Toasted coconut & Ugandan vanilla beans
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee 

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Set to Release The Curious No. 14 & No. 15

creaturecomfortslogoWhiteCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of The Curious No. 14 – Double Barrel-aged Barleywine and The Curious No. 15 – Barrel-aged Beer with Strawberries on Friday, November 29.

The Curious Series is a small batch lineup of beers that allows Creature Comforts Brewing Co. the opportunity to get creative and “continuously explore the flavors of its beers and how those interact with different processes, ingredients, and time.”  The next two Limited Releases from this series are as follows (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

The Curious No. 14 – Double Barrel-aged Barleywine | In making the Curious No. 14, Creature Comforts set out to achieve fruity, rich, decadent complexity in this beer by using a traditional English barley base, all English ingredients, a long boil, and extended maturation in select, small-batch barrels. The beer aged first in bourbon barrels for eight months, and then in rye barrels for 19 months. ABV – 13.9%

The Curious No. 15 – Barrel-aged Beer with Strawberries | A celebration of early-season fruit, the strawberry. Creature Comforts partnered with two local farms to get organic strawberries and take its first foray into using whole strawberries. Once it received the strawberries from the farm, the brewery selected a single barrel to move onto the fresh fruit. After fermentation was complete on the fruit, the brewery moved the beer to a barrel to rest, where it aged for 10 months. The beer then bottle conditioned for six months. Creature Comforts sourced the strawberries from two local farms, Diamond Hill and Hickory Hill, who the brewery developed relationships with at the Athens Farmers Market hosted at the brewery. ABV – 6.4%

The Curious No. 14 and The Curious No. 15 will debut in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on November 29.  Both of these Limited Release brews will be available in 500ml bottles as long as supplies last.  The Curious No. 14 & No. 15 are both brewery-only releases and will not see distribution.  Prost!

Founders Brewing Co.’s Frangelic Mountain Brown Returns for a Limited Time

frangelic_mt_brown_12oz_bottle_webFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will be bringing Frangelic Mountain Brown back for a limited, encore release in early December 2019.

Revived in large part due to the enthusiastic pleas of Founder’s Brewing Co.’s faithful following, Frangelic Mountain Brown is a “deliciously sweet and nutty” Imperial Brown Ale brewed with hazelnut coffee. Coming in at 9% ABV, Frangelic Mountain Brown is back to prove once again that “your new favorite coffee drink is a beer.”

“Finally, we get to bring back one of my favorite coffee beers of all time,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “Frangelic Mountain Brown was last distributed in 2012 and, get this, was the very first brown ale we ever bottled! Not long ago, we asked our super amazing enthusiast club, the Cadre, what beers they’d like to see in the lineup and Frangelic Mountain Brown was one of their top picks. So, of course, we had to make it happen.”

Frangelic Mountain Brown is scheduled to hit Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids Taproom on December 6 and will enter distribution 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 the rest of the brewery’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; December 2019 – March 2020
Style – Imperial Brown Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 40
Added Ingredients – Hazelnut coffee
Fun Fact – “Founders polled their enthusiast group, the Cadre, to help determine what beers should return to the lineup. Having made a splash in 2012, Frangelic Mountain Brown was an immediate front-runner and the decision was made to bring it back for 2019/2020.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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Heavy Seas Beer Continues Joose Cannon Series with Limited Release of Froot Joose IPA

45718056452_40d9331d94_cHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Release for Froot Joose IPA in its taproom on Friday, November 22.

Arriving as the second release in Heavy Seas Beer’s Joose Cannon Series – experimental twists on the brewery’s flagship Loose Cannon IPA – and the final release from its 15 Barrel Brewhouse in 2019, Froot Joose IPA is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that “utilizes Citra, Galaxy and Enigma for insane tropical juiciness inspired by the flavors of fruit punch.”  Coming in at 7.25% ABV and “bursting with notes of pineapple and citrus fruits,” Froot Joose IPA is a little luau in a can. Aloha!”

“Joose Cannon Fruit Punch or as we like to say, Froot Joose, is the inspiration for our newest hazy IPA,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “Galaxy, Enigma, and Citrus hops lead the charge up this fruit juicy hill, with Guava, Apricot, Mango, Apple, Pineapple, Orange and Cherry juices joining the party to create a fun “punchy” brew that is sure to please. 7.25% ABV, 45 IBU’s support the myriad fruity aromas and flavors. Oats and wheat are in there too, sure, but they’re just along for the ride!”

Froot Joose IPA – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft – will debut in the Heavy Seas Taproom on November 22 and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  This Limited Release offering is a taproom exclusive release and will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Froot Joose IPA from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; November 22, 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.25%
IBUs – 45
Featured Hops – Citra, Galaxy & Enigma
Fun Fact – “The Joose Cannon label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Owen Murphy, of One Drop Design Studio, who has designed all of the taproom exclusive beer labels in 2019. Owen also designed Heavy Seas’ 23 Anniversary beer label last December.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Taproom only release

Oskar Blues Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Returns for the Winter

OskarBluesLogoBWOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the annual Limited Release of Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY Imperial Stout in mid-November 2019.

Returning to satisfy all your “fireside sipping” needs this winter, Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY is what happens when the brewers at Oskar Blues age Ten FIDY Imperial Stout in select bourbon barrels for “a full eight months.”  This treatment infuses the brewery’s fan-favorite Imperial Stout with “deep, rich flavors of vanilla, Bourbon and oak.” Although it comes in at a big ol’ 12.5% ABV, stout lovers can expect Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY to be “balanced and temperate on the palate, the extended stay in-barrel ensuring a smooth, warm drinking experience perfect for long, cold winter nights.”

“Ten FIDY is a complicated beer for our brewers but they really dig into the behemoth task of delivering a big-time stout,” said Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations for Oskar Blues Brewery. “Barrel-aging ups the ante even further – ramping up the chocolate, coffee and roasted notes to the maximum.”

The 2019 release of Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY is scheduled to roll out in mid-November 2019 and will stick around into the winter months of 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Barrel-Aged Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Limited; mid-November 2019 
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.5%
Treatment – Aged for eight months in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beer-finder/

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New Realm Brewing & 21st Amendment Brewery Collaborate on Rice Cold IPA

NewRealm21stANew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will release Rice Cold IPA, a new collaboration project with 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California), on November 19.

Crafted by Mitch Steele at New Realm Brewing and Shaun O’Sullivan of 21st Amendment to be a “mash up of a Mexican Lager and an IPA,” Rice Cold IPA is a hybrid India Pale Ale brewed with “a blend of malts from both coasts as well as rice.”  To give the beer its “substantial hop character,” Cashmere hops are featured to provide “flavors of melon, backed by peach, citrus and herbal notes” while Idaho 7, Cascade and Galaxy hops support with “tropical fruit and piney aromas.”  Rice Cold IPA (6.8% ABV, 31 IBUs) was then “finished with a Mexican lager yeast to add hints of spice.”

“Shaun and I have been pals for a long time, so when he was visiting Atlanta for a beer festival we decided to brew something different together,” said Mitch Steele Co-Founder and Brewmaster of New Realm Brewing. “As we discussed the idea for this beer, we agreed on certain techniques that we believed would set this beer apart and make it extra tasty and unique.”

Rice Cold IPA is scheduled to release at New Realm’s Atlanta and Virginia Beach locations on November 19 and will enter distribution at or around that date as well.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within New Realm’s distribution footprint in Georgia and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rice Cold IPA from New Realm Brewing Company & 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Limited; November 19, 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 31
Featured Hops – Cashmere, Idaho 7, Cascade & Galaxy
Fun Fact – The hops featured in Rice Cold IPA were incorporated with the use of “a ‘hop salad,’ a term coined by 21st Amendment Head Brewer, Chris Sartori, as the ‘Mitch Steele hopping technique,’ which translates to using several varieties of hops.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia

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Bell’s Brewery Rebrands Winter White Ale as Bright White Ale

Bright White bottling line -08Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that its Winter Seasonal Winter White Ale will return in November 2019 with a new look and a new name – Bright White Ale.

Brewed with the same recipe as the long-standing Winter White Ale and adorned with a refreshed look that is “reminiscent of what fans have seen since 2003,” Bright White Ale is a Belgian-inspired Wit – a.k.a. White Ale – that is “fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, yielding a mix of clove and fruity aromas without the use of any spices.”  Coming in at just 5% ABV, the “stylish and refreshing” Bright White Ale is “the same bright alternative to stouts, porters and other darker beer styles fans have loved over the years.”

“It is easy-drinking and lighter than the long list of stouts traditionally released in the winter months,” said Larry Bell, founder and president of Bell’s Brewery. “Stout should be enjoyed year-round but sometimes, you just need a break.”

 

“We wanted to keep the new name simple and connect it back to the original. And since many of our fans use ‘bright’ to refer to this beer, it just made sense to play to those strengths,” said Bell.

Bright White Ale will begin hitting shelves and taps in November 2019 and is scheduled to hang around through the end of March 2020, while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bright White Ale from Bell’s Brewery 

Release – Seasonal; November 2019 – March 2020
Style – Belgian Wit
ABV – 5%
Calories – 153 (per 12 oz. serving)
Carbs – 13 (per 12 oz. serving)
Fun Fact – “Bright White is inspired by the Belgian Wit (White) style of beer that has been brewed as far back as the Middle Ages. Unlike traditional Wit beers, Bright White includes no spices like coriander seed, orange peel, and sometimes grains of paradise. Bright White has several fruity aromas which all comes from the malt and yeast. This seasonal beer is enjoyable whether your view includes a snow man or a palm tree.”
Availability – 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 6-packs and 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

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