Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Set for Limited Release of River Ridge Red

CCBC_RRRStillWeb-9965Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for River Ridge Red in its Tasting Room on June 15.

Brewed as a “celebration of the crop from Independence, Virginia’s River Ridge Organics“, River Ridge Red is an “an ale aged in oak barrels with organic red raspberries” from River Ridge Organics.  To properly execute this meticulously crafted offering, the blending team at Creature Comforts carefully “selected the best blend of barrels to honor the complex flavor of the red raspberries featured in the beer.”  Once the blended beer was introduced to the fresh fruit, the folks at Creature Comforts “performed punchdowns for two weeks, and then continued to macerate on the fruit for more than 6 months . . .  [to allow] the acids from the fruit to round out and mellow, leaving a soft and honest red raspberry flavor.”  The completed River Ridge Red comes in at 6.6% ABV.

Releasing alongside The Curious No. 12, River Ridge Red will officially debut in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on Saturday, June 15.  This Limited Release offering will be available for purchase in 500ml bottles – $17.99 per bottle, limit of six (6) bottles per person – and fans have the option to pre-purchase bottles on CraftCellrRiver Ridge Red is a Tasting Room exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for River Ridge Red from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; June 15, 2019
Style – Blended Ale
ABV – 6.6%
Treatment – Ale aged in oak barrels with organic red raspberries from River Ridge Organics
Availability – 500ml bottles | $17.99 per bottle, limit of six (6) bottles per person
Distribution – None. Tasting Room-only release

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Monday Night Brewing Introduces Fistful of Cake – Chocolate Orange Imperial Stout

Cake-insta-canMonday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will release Fistful of Cake – Chocolate Orange Imperial Stout, the latest Limited Release from the brewery’s Black Tie Series, on June 7.

Arriving as the second installment in Monday Night’s newly-established Fistful of Cake sub-series of dessert-themed beers, Fistful of Cake – Chocolate Orange is an Imperial Milk Stout that “embodies the decadence of chocolate, but tempered with the aroma of fresh orange peels and Vietnamese cinnamon.”  Although it weighs in at a substantial 9% ABV, Fistful of Cake – Chocolate Orange Imperial Stout has a citrus burst that is just big enough to convince you that summer can be a Stout Season too.

“Brewing a stout to drink in the summertime can be a little tricky,” said brewmaster Peter Kiley. “With this round of Fistful of Cake, we wanted to make something that would pair well with desserts, but wouldn’t be so overly sweet that it would feel too heavy.”

Fistful of Cake – Chocolate Orange Imperial Stout will officially debut in Monday Night Brewing’s West Midtown taproom on Friday, June 7 at 4 p.m. (cans can be reserved 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 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 – Chocolate Orange Imperial Stout from Monday Night Brewing

Release – Limited/Black Tie Series; June 7, 2019
Style – Imperial Milk Stout
ABV – 9% 
Added Ingredients – Cocoa nibs, freshly-peeled orange zest & Vietnamese cinnamon
Fun Fact #1 – “Earlier this year, Monday Night Brewing debuted the Fistful of Cake series with a chocolate-vanilla creation inspired by a French opera cake.”

Fun Fact #2 – On the Black Tie Series: “Monday Night Brewing’s Black Tie Series are small batch beers ranging from IPAs to sours to stouts. The Black Tie Series is designed to inspire and delight the nerdiest of craft beer enthusiasts. Each label features local art unique to each beer.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee 

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Three Taverns Schedules Brewery-Only Can Release of Tropical Luxure Sour Ale

ThreeTavernsTLcanThree Taverns Craft Brewery (Decatur, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Can Release for Tropical Luxure, a Tropical Fruit and Cream Sour Ale, on Saturday, June 8.

Meant to serve as a summer-themed extension of the brewery’s Sour Asylum Series, Tropical Luxure is an American Sour Ale that has been given a tropical infusion of “mango, pineapple, passionfruit, and cream.”  Coming in at a refreshing and drinkable 5% ABV, Tropical Luxure promises to be the “perfect companion to help you battle that scorching Atlanta summer heat.”

Tropical Luxure will officially release at The Parlour at Three Taverns at noon on Saturday, June 8.  This Limited Release offering will be available for purchase on draft and in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (limit of two [2] 6-packs per person).  Tropical Luxure is a brewery-only release that is not expected to see distribution in any form.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Luxure from Three Taverns Craft Brewery

Release – Limited/Sour Asylum Series; June 8, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Mango, pineapple, passionfruit & cream
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery-only release

 

Ballast Point Brewing Co. Adds Citrus Cove Gose to Discovery Series

1_CANmiddle_CitrusCoveBallast Point Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced it will begin the Limited Release of Citrus Cove Gose in late May/early June 2019.

Arriving as the latest offering to come out of Ballast Point’s Discovery Series – a lineup of approachable beers that are “laid-back in style and drinkability, yet flavor-forward”, Citrus Cove is a Gose-style Ale that has a “crisp, lemon citrus acidity [leading] the way to a nice, dry, salt and lime zest finish.”  Coming in at just 4.2% ABV and 5 IBUs, Citrus Cove “captures the salty spray of an ocean wind mingled with a bright tropical character that begs one refreshing sip after the other.”

Citrus Cove Gose is actively rolling out now but will only be available for a limited time.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Virginia and throughout the rest of Ballast Point’s nationwide distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Citrus Cove from Ballast Point Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Discovery Series; launching late May/early June 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.2% 
IBUs – 5
Added Ingredients – Salt, lemon & lime
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

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Jester King Brewery Sets Release Date for Cherry Wine Barrel-aged Moderne Dansk

JKModerne2Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Moderne Dansk, a cherry wine barrel-aged Wild Ale, on June 7.

Inspired by the delicious cherry wine offerings from “one of [Jester King’s] favorite wineries in the world — Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin in Harpelunde, Denmark”, Moderne Dansk is an American Wild Ale that was brewed with “well water, local grain, and a blend of fresh and aged hops, and fermented . . . with [the brewery’s] mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria.”  This base beer was then aged in Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin cherry wine barrels “for about a year before refermenting . . . with Stevnsbær cherry juice.”  After being “naturally refermented in bottles and kegs”, the completed Moderne Dansk (7.1% ABV) comes together to offer a “beautiful melding of the terroir from Frederiksdal and Jester King.”

Moderne Dansk will officially release in Jester King’s Tasting Room & Kitchen at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7 and is not expected to see distribution (“aside from special events”).  This Limited Release offering will be available for purchase by the glass and in 375ml bottles to go ($20 each, four [4] bottle limit per person per day).  This weekend’s Moderne Dansk release event will also feature “a special selection of Frederiksdal wines” and a small batch “still version” of Modern Danske that will be available by the glass only.  Prost!

Vital Information for Moderne Dansk from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; June 7, 2019
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 7.1%
Treatment – Aged in Frederiksdal Kirsebærvin cherry wine barrels for about a year, refermented with Stevnsbær cherry juice
Availability – 375ml bottles – $20 each, four (4) bottle limit per person per day
Bottle Count – 2,900 bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

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Heavy Seas Beer Kicks Off Summer with Sun Burst Sour Ale

SunBurstCan2019 (1)Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that Sun Burst Sour Ale will join its Limited Release portfolio in July.

Developed to help us all “cool down with a bright burst of tart berry refreshment”, Sun Burst is an American Sour Ale with raspberry and lemon and “just the right hop bite and a light malt base that’s all beer, and 100% summer.”  Weighing in at a light and easy drinking 4.5% ABV, Sun Burst is truly “a burst of raspberry lemon sunshine!”

Sun Burst is scheduled to roll out in July and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sun Burst from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; July 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 10
Malts – 2-Row, Raw Wheat, Oats
Hops – Strisselspalt
Added Ingredients – Raspberry & lemon
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.hsbeer.com/beerfinder

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Set to Introduce Fans to The Curious No. 12

CCBC_Curious12StillWeb-9976Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will release an incredibly limited amount of bottles of The Curious No. 12 on June 15.

Arriving as latest offering to come out of the Curious Series – a Small Batch series that Creature Comforts Brewing Co. “utilizes to explore new techniques, flavors, and ingredients”, The Curious No. 12 is a barrel-aged offering meant to mimic the characteristics of “red wine without the use of grapes.”  The brewery pulled this off by having the beer “port barrel-aged and packaged still, supporting the red wine flavors present in the offering.”  The Curious No. 12 comes in at 8.1% ABV.

The Curious No. 12 will officially debut in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on June 15.  This Limited Release offering will be available in a “limited amount of 500ml bottles . . .  for onsite consumption only.”  The Curious No. 12 will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for The Curious No. 12 from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Curious Series; June 15, 2019
Style – Beer/Wine Hybrid
ABV – 8.1%
Treatment – Port barrel-aged & packaged still
Availability – 500ml bottles (available for on-site consumption only)
Distribution – None

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Bell’s Brewery Celebrates Pride Month with Return of Sparkleberry Ale

Sparkleberry_can_snifter (1)Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Sparkleberry Ale will be available throughout the month of June in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month.

Originally brewed in 2013 for Kalamazoo Pride and released every year since, Sparkleberry is an “American interpretation of a Belgian Tripel brewed with raspberries.”  Inclusive, accepting and approachable, Sparkleberry (9% ABV) is a true “celebration of diversity” that urges everyone to have the pride and confidence to “sparkle on.”

Sparkleberry Ale is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through the month of June 2019. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sparkleberry Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty; June 2019
Style – Tripel
ABV – 9%
Added Ingredients – Raspberries
Suggested Food Pairings – “Savory: Salmon, brie, walnuts, roasted beets | Sweet: Fruit and yogurt parfait, strawberries, cherries, angel food cake, 80% dark chocolate | The Eccentric Way: Aloo Gobi”
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Celeste Saison Next Up in Iron Fist Brewing’s Small Batch Series

Celeste_Press_Can_01Iron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, California) has officially announced that Celeste Saison will arrive in June as the fifth release in its series of 2019 Small Batch Experiments.

Meticulously crafted ” using traditional Belgian methods, with a touch of celestial magic and perfected for the California sunshine”, Celeste is a Belgian-style Saison that “balances malty and tart notes with aromas of citrus, light clove, banana, and a hint of bubble gum.”  Light in body with a “lively carbonation” and a “crisp, dry finish”, Celeste (5% ABV) is a “deeply refreshing” summertime brew that highlights bright notes of “lemon and white pepper.”

“We brewed Celeste as a Belgian style Saison in anticipation for Summer and all the good times that follow. After the primary fermentation, we let Celeste free rise (warm up) to 78F. This process allows more complex flavors to develop and mature. We used a great deal of patience to allow Celeste to rise up to her full potential. Our secret ingredient, time. Most Saisons will ferment 95% in the 1st week; however, the last 5% takes the watchful eye of a brewer anticipating the beer’s full potential. We’re super pleased with the results and can guarantee you, Celeste was worth the wait!”

 

– Tom Garcia, Iron Fist Brewmaster

Celeste began pouring on draft on May 31 and a limited-edition run of 500 12 oz. cans will follow shortly after that date.  This Small Batch offering will be available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms.  Outside of special events, Celeste is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celeste Saison from Iron Fist Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Experiments Series; June 2019
Style – Saison
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 15
Fun Fact – On the history of the Saison style: “Recalling history, the Saison style of beer dates back to the 1700’s. As part of the Farmhouse Ale category, and because of their historically long shelf life, these beers were originally brewed in Winter so they were ready to quench the thirst of les saisonniers (seasonal laborers), who would be toiling under the hot sun come harvest time. Typically varying from region to region, the Saison is meant to truly embrace the local climate and native ingredients.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms

Heavy Seas Beer Sets Date for Taproom Exclusive Can Release of En Route Brut

EnRouteSquareHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that will begin the taproom exclusive can release of En Route Brut IPA on Friday, June 21.

Surfacing as the fourth Limited Release offering to come out of Heavy Seas’ 15 Barrel Brewhouse, En Route Brut is a Brut-style India Pale Ale brewed with yuzu juice and dry hopped with “heavy . . . doses of Citra and Mosaic.” Clocking in at a refreshing 6% ABV, the “incredibly dry” En Route Brut is guaranteed to “set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul.” 

“Our newest creation, En Route Brut IPA, is an incredibly dry, quenching, hoppy brew with virtually no residual sugar,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “Wonderfully aromatic, heavy dry hop doses of Citra and Mosaic hops also provide a soft, subdued bitterness. The addition of first pressed yuzu juice exacerbates the magnificent citrus bouquet, redolent of pink grapefruit and exotic fruits. A fine carbonation and fluffy white head add to this champagne-esque experience.”

En Route Brut will officially release in the Heavy Seas Taproom on Friday, June 21, 2019.  This taproom exclusive offering will be available for purchase in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  En Route Brut will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for En Route Brut from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; June 21, 2019
Style – Brut India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
Featured Hops – Citra & Mosaic
Added Ingredients – Yuzu juice
Fun Fact – “The En Route Brut label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Owen Murphy, of One Drop Design Studio. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Owen in 2019.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Taproom only