Jester King Brewery Introduces No Whalez Here

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Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) announced today that it will officially begin the release of No Whalez Here Farmhouse Witbier on Friday, October 20.

No Whalez Here is a Farmhouse-style Witbier that was “brewed on June 12, 2017 with Hill Country well water, White Horn pilsner malt from Blacklands, malted wheat, raw wheat, flaked wheat, Carafoam malt, rolled oats,” and an undisclosed hop bill.  To give the beer a distinctive Witbier essence, the brewers went local by adding “Texas coriander, house-dried Texas tangerines, and hand-harvested lavender from the flower beds in front of the brewery.” This brew was then finished off by being “fermented in a horizontal stainless steel tank with [a] mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast, and native bacteria.”

No Whalez Here will officially debut in Jester King’s Tasting Room on Friday, October 20 at 4 p.m.  The brewery has about 2,300 bottles of this offering available, and it is expected that “a portion of the batch” will be distributed.  If you live in an area that typically sees Jester King offerings on shelves (looking at you, Florida), keep an eye out for this one to possibly turn up at your favorite craft beer spot.  Prost!

Vital Information for No Whalez Here from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited, launches October 20, 2017
Style – Farmhouse Ale/Witbier
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 31
Grains – White Horn Pilsner Malt from Blacklands, Malted Wheat, Raw Wheat, Flaked Wheat, Carafoam Malt & Rolled Oats
Added Ingredients – Texas coriander, Texas tangerines & Texas lavender 
Fermentation – Mixed culture of brewers yeast, native yeast & native bacteria
Availability – 750ml bottles
Bottle Count – 2,300 bottles (+/-)

 

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Coppertail Brewing Co. Provides a Peek at Its 2018 Release Calendar

coppertaillogoWith its sights set firmly on the year ahead, Coppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) has officially unveiled its 2018 Distribution Release Calendar.

Just as we did with last year’s batch of calendars, we have posted Coppertail Brewing Co.’s full 2018 Release Calendar below for you to look over at your leisure.  With that said, there are a few highlights and format changes to go over before we turn you loose:

  • Coppertail Brewing’s Seasonals will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and include offerings such as Septima Saison and Seasonal Relief Baltic Porter.
  • The Florida Weisse Series returns in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and will feature releases such as BOMP Berliner Weisse (Blood Orange, Mango, Passion Fruit), Blackberry Cucumber Berliner Weisse and Guava Pastelitos Berliner Weisse.
  • 2018 will see three Limited Release Series offerings in 750ml bottles: Captain Jack’s Stone Crab Stout (January – March), The Realist Tart Pale Ale (June – August), and Cryptid Imperial Stout (October – December).
  • The Alpha Hunt Series of India Pale Ales will return in 2018 with 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles.  Although we do not have a name for one of the three releases, we do know that Kiko Santiago India Pale Ale and Sorcha O’Sullivan India Pale Ale will be back next year.  Sorcha O’Sullivan is actually making its 2017 debut right now, and this IPA sources “big citrus and tropical fruit notes” from Idaho 7, Medusa and Citra hops.
  • Keep in mind that the document below is actually just Coppertail’s distribution calendar for packaged beer in 2018.  That is why there is no mention of draft availability and why a beer or two may be missing from the list.  For instance, the not listed but wildly popular Brew’s Banner Double IPA will see a tasting room-only release in March 2018.

Alrighty . . . that’s pretty much everything we wanted to go over, but there are still quite a few gems left for you to discover on the calendar.  Give it a good look and start getting amped for another great year of brews from Coppertail Brewing Co.  Prost!

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Brewery Ommegang Celebrates 20 Years with Release of 20th Anniversary Ale

20th-Anniv-BottleGlassTube-763x1024Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) recently announced that it is celebrating two decades of brewing with the limited release of 20th Anniversary Ale.

Ever since it was founded in 1997, Brewery Ommegang has been brewing with the goal of creating “beautiful, imaginative Belgian-style ales blended with a touch of American innovation.”  Staying true to the brewing philosophy that got them here, Ommegang’s brewers are marking their twenty-year milestone with 20th Anniversary Ale, a classic Belgian-style brew that has been given an “American twist” of bourbon barrel aging.

The base beer for this offering is a Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale that has been built with four malts (Munich, Special B, Cara-Vienne, and Blackprinz), a “balanced hopping” with Spalter Select and Styrian Golding hops, and an addition of Belgian candi sugar.  Once the beer finished fermentation, it was then “aged for more than five months” in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels.  This all results in a rich, full-bodied 20th Anniversary Ale that is “mildly sweet” in flavor “with notes of caramel and molasses mingling with hints of bourbon and oak.”

“Twenty years ago, our founders built Brewery Ommegang with a simple purpose: to use Belgian-inspired brewing to elevate the entire conversation about craft beer in this country,” remarks our president, Doug Campbell. “Today, two decades later, with the release of this beer, we honor their legacy while at the very same time we continue to pursue it every day.”

20th Anniversary Ale is hitting shelves now and will hang around while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml bottles at select beer establishments located in Florida, Georgia, New York and throughout the rest of Brewery Ommegang’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for 20th Anniversary Ale from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Limited, October 2017
Style – Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale
ABV – 11.5%
Malts – Munich, Special B, Cara-Vienne & Blackprinz
Hops – Spalter Select &  Styrian Golding 
Added Ingredients – Belgian Candi Sugar
Treatment – Aged for “more than five months” in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels
Suggested Food Pairings – “Dark roasted meats, rich creamy cheeses, Belgian chocolate are excellent pairing options, or enjoy this beer as a dessert all on its own.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Beer Finder – http://ommegang.com/blog/beer-finder/

Good People Brewing Company Acquires Avondale Brewing Company

GoodPeopleGood People Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it has purchased Avondale Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) and its assets from Avondale Holdings, a subsidiary of Orchestra Partners.

Although the financial terms have not been disclosed, the deal is done and the folks behind Good People Brewing Company will now be the new managers of Avondale Brewing CompanyGood People Brewing, Alabama’s oldest and largest brewery, assures that it “will continue to build upon the already established success of the Avondale brand.”  This basically means that Avondale Brewing’s name, location and staff will remain the same.  If events or musical performances were previously scheduled by Avondale Brewing, they will still take place.

Good People Brewing Company’s overall intention with this transaction is “to combine the strengths of both organizations. By combining forces and becoming more collaborative, the local beer community will see more quality offerings and innovative brews.”

“We’ve always really admired Avondale Brewing Company and what it has done for Birmingham and the culture of this city,” said Michael Sellers, co-owner and founder of Good People Brewing Company. “We look forward to continuing to brew great beer in the city of Birmingham and bring that beer across the Southeast. We wish the Lake brothers the best of luck on their new ventures.”

Founded in 2011 by Coby and Hunter Lake, Avondale Brewing Company is known for a sizable portfolio of Year-Round and Seasonal craft brews, experimental offerings that are served in The Sour Room, and an outdoor music/event venue that has “hosted such acts ranging from The Wailers to Gov’t Mule to Yelawolf.”  Avondale Brewing “produces 6,000 barrels per year.”

If you would like more up-to-date information on both of these breweries as this situation develops, the new management team suggests that you “‘like’ Good People Brewing and Avondale Brewing on Facebook or follow on Twitter or Instagram at @GPBrewing and @AvondaleBrewing.”  Prost!

 

Funky Buddha Brewery and CORE Provide Hurricane Relief with Florida Rebuilds Ale

FBB_Florida_Rebuilds_Sales_1200x1200_V2 (1)Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has announced that it has partnered with Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE) to release Florida Rebuilds Ale as a means of raising funds and awareness for Florida Keys-based families in the service industry that were affected by Hurricane Irma.

It is pretty safe to assume that the majority of our population is aware of the devastation that Hurricane Irma brought to the Florida peninsula last month, but what many may forget is the long-term effects this storm will have on “those families whose breadwinners work in the service industry” in that area.  Although the Florida Keys are beginning to reopen for business, the truth is that “countless restaurants, bars, resorts, and hotels will be impacted by the loss of tourism dollars brought on” by the very idea of the storm and its damage.  Those lost tourism dollars will result in financial difficulties for the multitude of service industry workers in the Keys, but there is still hope to be found in this seemingly hopeless situation.  That hope comes from CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees), a 501c3 organization that “grants support to children of food and beverage service professionals navigating life-altering circumstances.”

Funky Buddha Brewery has officially partnered with CORE to raise much needed funds and awareness for this organization’s mission.  The brewery is doing its part by releasing Florida Rebuilds Ale, a sessionable Blonde Ale that is Citra-hopped and brewed with “key lime juice as an ode to the resilient spirit of the Keys . . . Funds generated by the Florida Rebuilds beer and program will go exclusively towards Hurricane Irma victims and their children struggling with expenses such as food, rent, utilities, medical bills, and more, all with zero administrative costs. Constellation Brands, Inc. which acquired Funky Buddha Brewery in August of this year, has pledged to match up to $50,000 in funds raised through the Florida Rebuilds program.”

“We’ve been incredibly encouraged by the many amazing hurricane relief efforts going on right now across the state, and knew from the get go that we wanted to participate in a unique and meaningful way,” says KC Sentz, Funky Buddha Brewery’s General Manager and Co-Founder. “In working with CORE, we feel like we can make a significant impact in the lives of folks who are still reeling from Irma and may be for some time to come.”

Florida Rebuilds Ale debuted in Funky Buddha Brewery’s Tap Room over the weekend, and “Funky Buddha and Brown Distributing of West Palm Beach will release draft kegs of the beer for sale to retailers throughout Southeast and Southwest Florida, Tampa, and the Florida Keys” beginning the week of Monday, October 16. “Each company will donate 100% of its sales of the beer directly to CORE. In addition, Funky Buddha will donate 100% of sales of Florida Rebuilds sold in its tap room starting on October 13th, and engage in a statewide effort to raise awareness and funds for CORE.”  If you would like to support this program by enjoying a tall pour of Florida Rebuilds Ale, you can click here to view a complete list of bars and restaurants pouring this charitable brew (the list will be updated as more establishments join the Florida Rebuilds program).  “Here’s to rebuilding Florida, one pint at a time.”  Prost!

Dogfish Head Introduces Craft Beer Fans to Liquid Truth Serum

liquid-truth-serum-5Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) recently announced that Liquid Truth Serum IPA is hitting shelves and taps now as the brewery’s latest Limited Release offering.

Developed to be the newest addition to Dogfish Head’s family of innovative, off-centered India Pale Ales, Liquid Truth Serum IPA has been created with a “unique process [that] involves pelletized, powdered, leaf and liquefied hops that are all added post boil creating an intensely aromatic ale with soft, citrusy fruit hop notes.”  Even though 100% of these various forms of hops were added post boil, Liquid Truth Serum was still able to pick up over 60 IBUs.  This all results in a 6.8% ABV, “hazy and golden-orange” India Pale Ale that is “super-aromatic and juicy-hoppy without being deceptively bitter.”

MYTH: Beers can only pick up IBUs by adding hops during the boil.  

 

TRUTH: Here is a 100% post-boil hop oriented IPA that picks up over 60 IBUs in process.

Liquid Truth Serum IPA is rolling out now and will be available through December 2017.  You can find this Limited Release offering in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware, and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Liquid Truth Serum IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Release – Limited, October – December 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 65
Treatment – Liquid Truth Serum was created with a unique process that “involves pelletized, powdered, leaf and liquefied hops that are all added post boil creating an intensely aromatic ale with soft, citrusy fruit hop notes.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder
Fun Fact – Concerning the label artwork: “To kick off the Dogfish Head Art Series, the brewery once again teamed up with longtime friend and highly acclaimed designer, Marq Spusta, a California-based artist known for his distinct illustrative style, to create the Liquid Truth Serum label and artwork. The hop-forward India Pale Ale is part of the annual Art Series beer line up where the brewery collaborates with artists to create custom pieces of artwork for their seasonal ales. The label features Spusta’s version of a traveling medicine show unveiling the all-seeing “eye of truth” exposing the myth that all hops need to be added in the boil.”

Tasting Notes: Marshmallow Milk Stout from Garage Brewing Co.

garageMarshpour1000_editedWith Halloween lurking just around the corner, this week’s installment of Tasting Notes has us looking to satisfy some sweet treat cravings by getting into a bottle of Marshmallow Milk Stout from Garage Brewing Co. (Temecula, California).

Reigning as the sole dark beer in Garage Brewing’s Year-Round portfolio, Marshmallow Milk Stout was created to be “pure decadence with none of the gooey mess.” Roasty, smooth, and with just enough marshmallow sweetness, this medium-bodied Milk Stout will have you “[picturing] yourself nestled around a campfire” after just one sip.  Marshmallow Milk Stout (7.1% ABV) is available year-round in 22 oz. bottles, 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments found within Garage Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in SoCal.

So, yeah . . . I do believe liquid marshmallow time is finally upon us, so let’s fill these glasses and get to some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Marshmallow Milk Stout from Garage Brewing Co.

Appearance: Marshmallow Milk Stout pours a glossy, reflective obsidian in color and wears a finger of caramel-tinted foam on top.  Held to direct light, the beer remains completely opaque but does show some garnet tones pushing through at its extreme edges.  Head retention is decent, but it does end up reducing down to a lasting, frothy top cap that leaves some lengthy brushstrokes of lace behind on the glass.

Aroma: Gorgeous notes of roasted malt are evident just as soon as you pop the cap on this one.  Some bittersweet chocolate character presents itself just before the lactose builds to take the aroma in more of a nostalgic chocolate milk direction.  Out of this rises marshmallow and French vanilla tones that eventually dominate and close out the profile.

Taste: In a bit of a surprise twist, we start here with a straight-up cola quality that eventually opens to take the shape of more distinguishing notes of lactose sugar and vanilla.  The marshmallow then comes forward alongside some light chocolate tones.  The flavor profile closes with roasty, moderately sweet dark malt notes and just a wisp of smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation level, this beer hits the palate with a soft, creamy texture.  As expected, it is mostly sweet on the palate but not at all cloying.  The ABV is well hidden and the beer is semi-dry on the finish.  The aftertaste leaves behind a bit of cola and some long-lasting marshmallow.

Final Thoughts:  Marshmallow Milk Stout has quite a bit going on and it pushes well beyond being just a one-dimensional marshmallow experience.  The marshmallow is definitely there, but it selflessly shares its stage with nicely developed notes of vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts.  The unexpected but familiar cola aspect is a nice addition that works well with the beer’s mouthfeel and boasts its overall drinkability.  Although it is sweet, it still retains an easy-drinking nature that allows for its drinker to enjoy one or several pours if desired.  Overall, Marshmallow Milk Stout is damn tasty and the perfect beer to have in hand while raiding the Halloween candy bowl.  Prost!

 

Full Sail Brewing Goes Year-Round with Blood Orange Wheat Ale

Blood-Orange_Can_12oz_2Full Sail Brewing Co. (Hood River, Oregon) has officially announced that Blood Orange Wheat Ale is now available year-round in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.

Originally released last year as a part of Full Sail Brewing’s rotating Pub Series, Blood Orange Wheat Ale has been promoted to Year-Round status in an effort to meet the beer community’s “demand for quality craft brew in cans.”  After quickly reaching fan-favorite status and winning gold medals at the 2016 World Beer Awards and the 2017 World Beer Championships, it became clear to the decision makers at the brewery that Blood Orange Wheat Ale was the perfect “quality craft brew” for the job.

This refreshing Wheat Beer is brewed with 2-row Northwest Pale, Malted and Unmalted Wheat, and a twist of blood orange to yield an experience that has “a medium malt body with a crisp wheat finish and subtle orange flavor.”  Blood Orange Wheat Ale weighs in 5.2% ABV and 23 IBUs.

“Blood Orange Wheat Ale became the favorite of many when we added it to our rotating Pub Series last year, so now we’re thrilled to brew it year-round in 12 oz. cans.”

 

– Jim Kelter, Full Sail Brewmaster 

Blood Orange Wheat Ale is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer establishments located in Florida, Georgia, Oregon and throughout the rest of Full Sail Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blood Orange Wheat Ale from Full Sail Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, cans launch October 2017
Style – Wheat Beer
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 23
Malts – 2-row Northwest Pale, Malted Wheat & Unmalted Wheat
Added Ingredients – Blood orange
Suggested Food Pairings – “Mayonnaise- based salad, summer fruit salad, fresh seafood, smoked Gouda and soft cheeses like a triple crème Brie, chevre and mascarpone; meringue desserts.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://fullsailbrewing.com/where-to-buy/

Angry Chair Brewing Schedules Bottle Release for Barrel-Aged Lunar Lycan

AngryChairOn Saturday, October 14 at 9 a.m., Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida) will hold a bottle release for Bourbon/Brandy Barrel-Aged Lunar Lycan, a special offering brewed in collaboration with Omnipollo (Stockholm, Sweden).

For those of you that were in the area back in March during Tampa Bay Beer Week, you may remember Angry Chair Brewing’s release of Lunar Lycan, an 11.5% ABV Imperial Marzipan Coffee Cream Stout that they tag-teamed with Sweden’s Omnipollo.  The release was insane and the beer sold out quickly, but some Lunar Lycan was kept from us and tucked away in barrels that once “held Bourbon for 12 years . . . were [then] dumped and . . . refilled with Brandy for several more years.”  Months have passed and now Bourbon/Brandy Barrel-Aged Lunar Lycan is finally ready to fill your glass.

There is a lot to keep in mind when it comes to just about every bottle release at Angry Chair, so we are going to break down all the details and rules so that you are able to easily acquire your bottles without pissing anyone off:

  • Angry Chair will begin the Bourbon/Brandy Barrel-Aged Lunar Lycan bottle release at 9 a.m. on Saturday October 14The brewery will be open for bottle sales only at 9 a.m. and reopen for normal business at noon with a limited amount of Bourbon/Brandy Barrel-Aged Lunar Lycan pouring on draft.
  • Bourbon/Brandy Barrel-Aged Lunar Lycan will be available in 750ml bottles for the price of $30 each
  • Bottle limits will be established based on how many people are in line at the time of release
  • Please BRING CASH so that the brewery staff can expedite the process and keep the line moving
  • Speaking of the line, here’s a note from the brewery: “Lines are becoming dangerous and we do not want to stop releasing so please help us out by: standing/sitting AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE to our building while on Florida Ave. leaving ample sidewalk space between you and the road, this is also to help people who are just trying to walk past our building. If we have to, we will move you, please do not make us come out and do that.”
  • Parking – As always, DO NOT PARK ON FERN. Trip’s Diner across the street will be open and need their parking spots for their customers, so DO NOT PARK AT TRIP’S DINER.  Parking is available on most residential streets nearby, but do not block driveways, walkways, etc.  This may sound like a hassle and it can be, but you can avoid the parking issues by carpooling, having someone drop you off/pick you up, or using an Uber.
  • Finally, and above all else, just be respectful of Angry Chair’s neighbors.

If all attendees come prepared and follow the guidelines above, everything should go smoothly with everyone happily walking away with bottle(s) in hand.  With that said, Bourbon/Brandy Barrel-Aged Lunar Lycan is pretty much guaranteed to sell out and you will need to be in line at the time of the head count to get your bottle.  Just be on time, be patient, have fun with your fellow beer lovers, and be cool.  Prost!

Anchor Brewing Company Unveils Coffee Porter

Bottle_Pint_Shot_CoffeePorterAnchor Brewing Company (San Francisco, California) recently introduced Anchor Coffee Porter as the brewery’s latest Limited Release offering.

Back in 1972, Anchor Brewing launched Anchor Porter as the “first modern American Porter.”  Innovation has always been at the soul of this long-standing classic, and it has inspired Anchor’s brewers to innovate once again with the creation of Anchor Coffee Porter.

Brewed in collaboration with San Francisco’s Four Barrel Coffee, Anchor Coffee Porter is made with Flash-Chilled Coffee – single-source Ethiopian coffee that is “brewed hot, then flash-chilled within 10 seconds to preserve all of the robust aromatics and key acids that you’d find in a great cup of coffee”.  This results in 6.7% ABV American Porter “of immense richness, intensity, boldness, and smoothness, with . . . a roasty malt backbone, a bold coffee aroma and complex layers of chocolate, nuts and spices.”

“The historic, art deco building on San Francisco’s Potrero Hill where Anchor resides today was a coffee roastery before it was a brewery,” said Brewmaster Scott Ungermann. “There’s a running joke at Anchor that it takes a lot of coffee to make beer. Now we’re collaborating with Four Barrel to do just that—literally. We start in the brewhouse, combining a robust malt bill inspired by our recipe for Anchor Porter. In the cellar, we add Four Barrel’s Flash-Chilled Coffee which was brewed and chilled especially for this beer. The addition occurs during secondary fermentation so the coffee is nicely integrated into the beer. The result is a coffee porter of immense richness, intensity, boldness, and smoothness, with deep aromas and mouthfeel of fresh-roasted coffee melded with dark-roasted maltiness.”

Anchor Coffee Porter rolls out this month and will be available through February 2018.  You can expect to find this Limited Release in 12 oz. bottles and on draft at beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, California and throughout the rest of Anchor Brewing’s expansive distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Anchor Coffee Porter from Anchor Brewing Company

Release – Limited, October 2017 – February 2018
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.7%
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Caramel, Black & Wheat
Hops – Apollo
Added Ingredients – Flash-Chilled Coffee from Four Barrel Coffee
Suggested Food Pairings – “Anchor Coffee Porter pairs well with decadent foods like chicken and waffles, pot roast, crème brûlée and beignets.”
Fun Fact – “The beer is 10% coffee, and the brewmaster’s favorite coffee mug is featured on the label.”
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.anchorbrewing.com/connect/beer_finder