TrimTab Brewing Sets the Groove with Limited Release of Satin Steel DIPA

TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Satin Steel DIPA at noon on Friday, August 6.

The latest release in TrimTab’s Light Visions Collection of rotating New England-inspired Hazy IPAs and DIPAs, Satin Steel is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale featuring “fresh Enigma and Mosaic hops.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Satin Steel DIPA is “smooth in taste and heavy on the hops.”

Satin Steel DIPA will debut at TrimTab Brewing at noon on August 6 and will enter distribution shortly after the on-site release. 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 TrimTab’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Satin Steel DIPA from TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited/Light Visions Collection; August 6, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Featured Hops – Enigma & Mosaic
Fun Fact – “TrimTab Brewing is now available in SURROUND SOUND!! Scan any can of Satin Steel and enjoy a playlist that will keep you groovin while you’re boozin.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Green Man Brewery Honors Grateful Dead with Limited Release of The Grateful Haze

Green Man Brewery (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of The Grateful Haze, a Grateful Dead-inspired Hazy IPA, during the summer of 2021.

Arriving as the 11th installment in Green Man’s quarterly-released Hazy Homage Series of hazy brews “dedicated to a particular band or artist,” The Grateful Haze is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that “features layers of citrus, creamy coconut from the Sabro hops, mango, dried apricot and candied pineapple.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, The Grateful Haze is the perfect beer to jam out with all summer long.

The Grateful Haze is 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 (with each can rocking a unique label design, “a first for Green Man and a rarity in the beer business”) at select craft beer-focused establishments located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Virginia. 4-packs are also available for purchase through Green Man’s online beer store. Prost!

Vital Information for The Grateful Haze from Green Man Brewery

Release – Limited/Hazy Homage Series; Summer 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
Hops – Hot Side: Centennial, Idaho 7 & Bravo | Cold Side: Citra Cryo, Strata, Mosaic & Sabro
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Online Store – https://www.getgreenman.com/
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia & Virginia

TropiCoastal Tropical IPA Joins Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Year-Round Portfolio

Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland, Ohio) has officially announced that it will launch TropiCoastal Tropical IPA as a new Year-Round offering in mid-August 2021.

Developed to “deliver sunny vacation vibes all year long,” TropiCoastal Tropical IPA is an American India Pale Ale featuring Idaho 7, Calypso, Strata, Mosaic, and Lemondrop hops. Coming in at 6% ABV, TropiCoastal Tropical IPA is “a bright, aromatic IPA” that “reveals a golden oasis of ripe tropical fruit notes in every sip.”

“TropiCoastal fits right in with our hop-forward offerings, but it’s got its own style. We’re using some newer hops we’ve never brewed with at this scale, and we’re tasting everything from stone fruit to citrus to passion fruit in this beer. It’s bright, refreshing, and brewed to appeal to drinkers who want big hop aroma and flavor with balanced bitterness. It’s a perfect go-to IPA.”

– Mark Hunger, Brewmaster at Great Lakes Brewing Co.

TropiCoastal Tropical IPA is set to debut on August 16. This new Year-Round offering will launch in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and 12-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky, and as a draft-only release throughout Great Lakes Brewing Company’s full distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for TropiCoastal Tropical IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching August 16, 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Idaho 7, Calypso, Strata, Mosaic & Lemondrop
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft (Cans launch in Ohio, Indiana & Kentucky only. Draft will hit full distribution at launch)
Beer Finder – https://www.greatlakesbrewing.com/beer-finder

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/

WISEACRE Brewing Co. Adds Hazy Double IPA to Year-Round Lineup

WISEACRE Brewing Co. (Memphis, Tennessee) has officially announced that Puffel Hazy Juicy Double IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio in late July 2021.

Inspired by the age of Pangea and the wildlife that lived “off the coast of the coast of an Archipelago that included Madagascar, New Zealand, and the Faroe Islands,” Puffel is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale that features “New Zealand-bred Nelson Sauvin hops which bring cool climate white wine grape flavors, extreme fruitiness, passionfruit, and fresh crushed gooseberries.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Puffel is much like the pengwolf as it “packs a deceptively potent punch.”

“This beer will be right at 9% ABV and is new age-y with the hazy appearance and hop character. The hop variety is something new for us, we are thrilled that we got our hands on enough of the highly sought-after New Zealand Nelson Sauvin hops to commit to Puffel being a year round beer.”

– Davin Bartosch, Co-Founder and Brewmaster at WISEACRE Brewing Co.

Puffel will officially debut at WISEACRE on July 30 and will hit distribution at or around that date. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Puffel Hazy Juicy Double IPA from WISEACRE Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, launching July 30, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Hops – Nelson Sauvin, Citra & Mosaic
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft (19.2 oz. cans to come at a later date)
Distribution – Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington DC & Tennessee

Wild Leap Brew Co. Hits Summer with GR8FRUT Double IPA

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of GR8FRUT, a grapefruit-inspired Double IPA, in late July 2021.

Here to fill your summer with some citrus goodness, GR8FRUT is a Double India Pale Ale that sources all its grapefruit flavor from “grapefruit-forward hop varieties such as Talus, Simcoe, and Apollo.” Coming in at 8.2% ABV, GR8FRUT “boasts flavor notes of tropical citrus and grapefruit” with absolutely no fruit juice added.

“For GR8FRUT, we took our favorite Grapefruit-forward hops and combined them to create a double IPA that tastes just like Pink Grapefruit juice,” explains Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott. “We have discovered that these hops have different elements of grapefruit flavors: some have notes of grapefruit rind and pith, while other hops like Talus have strong pink grapefruit juice flavors. The combination tastes just like the real fruit!”

GR8FRUT is actively rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. 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 in Georgia and other select markets throughout the Southeast. Prost!

Vital Information for GR8FRUT from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited; late July 2021
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.2%
Featured Hops – Talus, Simcoe & Apollo
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beverage-finder/

Sierra Nevada Releases 2021 Edition of Oktoberfest

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of the 2021 edition of its Oktoberfest in late July.

Back to serve as Sierra Nevada’s “ode to beer’s largest party,” this year’s release of Oktoberfest is a traditional Amber Märzen that will be a bit of a “departure from the brewery’s seasonal Oktoberfest offerings of the past few years which was in the style of modern fest bier.” Coming in at 5.5% ABV, 2021 Oktoberfest is a “darker malt-forward Oktoberfest beer” that is “well balanced between sweet maltiness and delicate hop bitterness with a medium body.”

“The beer has a malty sweetness with a little bit of herbal, floral hop presence, and the bitterness levels are just right to balance the malt character for drinkability,” says Scott Jennings, Innovation Brewmaster at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. He adds, “it’s a substantial beer but it’s really, really drinkable.”

Oktoberfest will start rolling out in late July 2021 and will hang around as long as supplies last during the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Sierra Nevada’s distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for 2021 Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; late July – October 2021
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 19
Malts – Black, Munich, Pilsner & Special Roast
Hops – Hersbrucker & Tradition
Fun Fact – “When developing this edition of Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest, the brewers were aiming to produce a darker malt-forward Oktoberfest beer, and the traditional Amber Märzen style fit the bill. Jennings notes that this year’s darker style is a departure from the brewery’s seasonal Oktoberfest offerings of the past few years which was in the style of modern fest biers, such as Helles bock, that began rising to popularity at Oktoberfest in Munich in the 1970s and 1980s. He adds that an Amber Märzen would have been a mainstay at Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich prior to that shift toward lighter styles.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://sierranevada.com/beer-locator/

Cigar City Brewing Adds Frost Proof White Ale to Year-Round Lineup

Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that Frost Proof, a Belgian-style White Ale, will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in late July 2021.

A reimagined take on a classic style and the replacement for Cigar City’s longstanding Florida Cracker, Frost Proof is a Belgian-style White Ale “brewed with orange peel, coriander, and wheat.” Coming in at 6% ABV (slightly higher than Florida Cracker and other beers of this style), Frost Proof boasts “a more expressive fruit character and assertive flavor profile.”

Frost Proof 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 at craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Alabama and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for Frost Proof from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching late July 2021
Style – Witbier/Belgian-style White Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 18
Featured Ingredients – Unmalted wheat, coriander & orange peel
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.cigarcitybrewing.co
m/beer-finder/

Bell’s Brewery Starts Sending Double Two Hearted Ale Out for Limited Release

Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its always highly sought-after Double Two Hearted Ale in late July 2021.

Back to give hopheads a double dose of everything they love about the classic Two Hearted Ale, Double Two Hearted Ale is an American Double India Pale Ale that boasts “two and a half times the amount of Centennial hops” found in its little brother. Coming in at a sizable 11% ABV and 80 IBUs, Double Two Hearted Ale “has intense pine and citrus notes, a resinous hop aroma and rich malt character.”

Double Two Hearted Ale will start hitting shelves and taps this week and will see a gradual rollout across the country over the next few weeks. 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, Michigan and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Double Two Hearted Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/DIPA Series; late July 2021
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 80
Featured Hops – Centennial
Shelf Life – 3 months
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Detailed Release Info – https://help.bellsbeer.com/hc/en-us/articles/360033778574-How-to-Find-Double-Two-Hearted-2021
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder