Swamp Head Brewery Introduces Tropical Vibes as Newest Seasonal

SwampHeadLogoVertSwamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Tropical Vibes Mango Guava Wheat on Wednesday, March 25.

Here to give us all “a little tropical escape” during this time of social distancing, Tropical Vibes is a “refreshing, fruity” American Wheat Ale brewed with mango and guava.  Coming in at just 4.5% ABV, Tropical Vibes is meant to be “light enough to have a few whether you’re sitting under a palm tree or, well, sitting on your couch.”

Tropical Vibes will debut at Swamp Head Brewery at noon on March 25 and is scheduled to enter distribution in April 2020.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within Swamp Head’s distribution footprint in Florida.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Vibes from Swamp Head Brewery

Release – Seasonal; launching March 25, 2020
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients – Mango & guava
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Florida

New Realm Brewing & Fat Heads Brewery Collaborate on Steel and Coal IPL

NewRealmFatHeadsNew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Steel and Coal India Pale Lager, a special collaboration with Fat Head’s Brewery (Middleburg Heights, Ohio), on March 24.

A beer that brought together two renowned brewmasters – New Realm’s Mitch Steele (Steel) and Fat Head’s Matt Cole (Coal) – for a hop-filled collaboration that pretty much named itself, Steel and Coal is an India Pale Lager “dry hopped . . . with heaps of Simcoe and Strata hops to make it unique.”  Weighing in at 7% ABV and 60 IBUs, Steel and Coal comes together to offer “a crisp finish and a mouthfeel of citrusy, resinous, peachy and berry like flavors you don’t want to miss.”

“Matt Cole and I are longtime friends and have brewed several great beers together over the years. I love how Matt brews his beers, and I’m thrilled to brew this India Pale Lager with him that showcases two of our favorite hop varieties,” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing.

 

“I feel deeply honored to have been invited to brew with my buddy Mitch and get to check out New Realm Brewing. We both have a passion for IPA’s so creating Steel and Coal India Pale Lager is pretty exciting,” said Matt Cole, Master Brewer and Co-Founder of Fat Heads Brewery.

Steel and Coal India Pale Lager will officially release on March 24 and will only be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at New Realm’s taproom in Atlanta and at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Steel and Coal from New Realm Brewing Company & Fat Head’s Brewery

Release – Limited; March 24, 2020
Style – India Pale Lager
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Simcoe & Strata
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia only

Terrapin Beer Co. Set for Wide Release of Los Bravos Mexican-style Lager

3D Los Bravos 12oz Can 121119RGB TransparentTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Special Release of Los Bravos Mexican-style Lager in April 2020.

A fan-favorite with baseball fans that was previously only available at Terrapin’s ATL Brew Lab at the Battery, Los Bravos is a “crisp and slightly sweet” Mexican-style Lager “brewed with Mt. Hood, Saaz, and Tettnanger hops for a touch of hop flavor to balance a clean malt profile.”  Coming in at an easy drinking 5.1% ABV, Los Bravos is an approachable offering that is truly “Cervezas Por Todos, Beer for All.”

Los Bravos is set to release in April 2020 and will be available for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans and on draft.  This Special Release will initially launch in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee only, but expanded distribution is expected to follow. Prost!

Vital Information for Los Bravos from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Special; April 2020
Style – Mexican-style Lager
ABV – 5.1%
IBUs – 25
Malts – Pilsner & Vienna
Hops – Mt. Hood, Saaz & Tettnanger 
Suggested Food Pairings – “This beer complements any spicy dish and helps keep any fiesta fueled”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina & Tennessee to start

Beer Finder – https://www.terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder

Founders Brewing Co. Adds Marvelroast to Limited Series

Founders_Logo_color_2018Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) recently sent out a teaser in its Cadre Newsletter to inform fans that it plans to introduce Marvelroast as its newest Limited Series release in July 2020.

Originally conceptualized by the crew at Founders Brewing Co.’s Detroit location and poured under the name “White Stout,” Marvelroast is a Golden Strong Ale brewed with coffee, vanilla and cocoa nibs.  With milk sugar supplying “a smooth and sweet finish,” Marvelroast (8% ABV) comes together to be “a delicious treat reminiscent of your favorite iced coffee drink.”

Marvelroast is scheduled to debut in July and will hang around through September 2020. You can expect to find this new 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 Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Marvelroast from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited Series; July – September 2020
Style – Imperial Golden Ale
ABV – 8%
Added Ingredients – Coffee, vanilla, cocoa nibs & milk sugar
Fun Fact – Marvelroast “has its origins in Detroit as ‘White Stout’ and was such a hit, Jeremy decided to adapt the recipe a bit and release it in Grand Rapids (as ‘Golden Stout’). And now it gets the esteemed honor of joining our brand calendar as a packaged release.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

Great Divide Brewing Co. Launches Line of Whitewater Craft Hard Seltzers

WhiteWater-Wild-Berry-can-No-background-1Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it will introduce Whitewater, a new lineup of Craft Hard Seltzers, in late March 2020.

Developed by Great Divide’s brewing team “after several taste panels and in-house ingredient mixology” sessions, Whitewater is a series of Hard Seltzers that is “brewed with all-natural ingredients, gluten-free with low carbs and zero sugar.” Aiming to “showcase real yet subtle flavor and be dry while slightly sweet,” Whitewater will launch with the following four flavors packaged in a Variety 12-Pack of 12 oz. cans:

“Whitewater will be crisp, refreshing and taste like real fruit,” explained Great Divide Founder and President, Brian Dunn. “We’re excited to meet the demand for seltzer with a product we’re proud to serve and drink.”

 

“One of the big things for how our seltzer and process stand out is the dedication to making a clean and crisp backbone,” explained Innovation Brewer, Tony Rau. “The timeline to dial in the production side of Whitewater, from fermentation through flavorings, was a meticulous process that our teams deliberated over. With it being such a neutral product like a pilsner, there is nothing to mask any unwanted flavors and no room for error. The end result speaks for itself: an incredibly clean and smooth beverage with potent, natural flavors shining.”

The Whitewater Craft Hard Seltzer Variety 12-pack of 12 oz. cans is rolling out now and 19.2 oz. cans of Whitewater Mango + Ginger will launch near the end of March 2020.  You can expect to find these new Year-Round offerings available at craft beer and hard seltzer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution territory.  Prost!

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Perrin Brewing Launches New Rotating IPA Series with Release of Call Me Hazy – Juicy IPA

CallMeJuicyIPAWebPerrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Call Me Hazy – Juicy IPA in late March 2020.

Arriving as the first release in the new Call Me Hazy Series of rotating IPAs that allows “Perrin’s brewers to explore the breadth and depth of hop flavor,” Call Me Hazy – Juicy IPA is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale “packed full of intense hops for a hazy, complex brew with a bright finish at 7.5% ABV,”

“Call Me Hazy is a new IPA series for Perrin Brewing, it’ll feature rotating IPAs throughout the year with a focus on a Hazy profile. The first release is Call Me Hazy – Juicy IPA crafted with specialty hops and select malts for an extremely juicy finish. This rotating IPA series will be an enjoyable mix to the IPA line-up this year.”

 

– John Stewart, Director of Brewing Operations at Perrin Brewing Company

Call Me Hazy – Juicy IPA debuted at the Perrin Pub on March 19 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Michigan.  Prost!

Vital Information for Call Me Hazy – Juicy IPA from Perrin Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal/Call Me Hazy IPA Series; March 19, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder/

New Belgium Brewing Goes Organic & Low-Calorie with Launch of The Purist Clean Lager

NewBelgiumThePuristCanNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will introduce The Purist Clean Lager, a USDA Certified Organic beer with only 95 calories, as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering in mid-March 2020.

Meticulously crafted to be “a whole new idea of what beer can be,” The Purist is a Light Lager featuring “pristine, first-use mountain water, organic Oregon barley from the oldest maltster in the Western United States – Great Western Malting – and organic hops grown on a single farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.  By honoring the ingredients at every stage of the rigorous process, The Purist is in a new class of its own.”  Incredibly clean, light and refreshing, The Purist weighs in at just 3.8% ABV, 95 calories and 3 grams of carbs.

“This is probably the most technically challenging beer I have ever brewed,” said Cody Reif, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium. “Sourcing organic ingredients to brew a flavorful beer proved to be just short of impossible, but that was only half the battle. Getting the brewing process right was the other half, and I honestly believe we are the only craft brewery in the country that can deliver a beer like this.”

The Purist Clean Lager is scheduled to roll out in mid-March with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $8.99 – $9.99).  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for The Purist Clean Lager from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching mid-March 2020
Style- Light Lager
ABV – 3.8%
Calories – 95
Carbs – 3 grams
Featured Ingredients – “Pristine, first-use mountain water, organic Oregon barley from the oldest maltster in the Western United States – Great Western Malting – & organic hops grown on a single farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley”
Fun Fact – On brewing organic: “The Purist is a labor of love that brings together New Belgium’s innovation leadership with its endless drive to prove business can be a force for good. Sustainability has been a core value for the brewery since day one and New Belgium’s experience in brewing organic beers can be traced back to the 1990s. Brewing any organic beer is a challenge – brewing The Purist demands perfection. It’s a style that leaves nowhere to hide any flaws. New Belgium’s brewing team is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what beer can be, and The Purist is the latest example.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

Lagunitas Brewing Co. Embraces Spring with Return of Phase Change

Phase-Change-16ozLagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) has officially announced that Phase Change, a seasonally unexpected wet-hopped Juicy Ale, will return for a limited time beginning in March 2020.

Made possible thanks to Lagunitas Brewing Company’s innovative “way to keep fresh hops fresh, in any season,” this year’s Phase Change is a unfiltered, wet-hopped Hazy/Juicy Pale Ale “packed full of lupulin-drenched Columbus and Cascade hops, then dry-hopped with Citra and Mosaic.” Clocking in at 7.2% ABV and 60 IBUs, Phase Change “brings a seasonably unexpected wet-hop flavor to an unfiltered, juicy nectar that’s somewhere between a solid and a liquid.”

Phase Change is available now and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this One Hitter release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Washington and throughout the rest of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Phase Change from Lagunitas Brewing Company

Release – Limited/One Hitter Series; March 2020
Style – Wet Hop Pale Ale
ABV – 7.2%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Columbus, Cascade, Citra & Mosaic
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://lagunitas.com/beer-finder

 

New Belgium Brewing Adds Sour IPA to Year-Round Lineup

NewBelgiumSourIPAPourNew Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that Sour IPA, the “first nationally released IPA of its kind,” will be joining its Year-Round portfolio in March 2020.

The result of “over a decade of experimenting with hops and sours” at New Belgium Brewing, Sour IPA is a “fruit-forward” Hazy India Pale Ale dry-hopped with Citra and Amarillo hops and then blended with “20% wood-aged golden sour.”  Just like the “crucially placed bridle point” balances a kite, Sour IPA (7% ABV) “balances acidity and hops with delicate perfection.”

“Perfecting the balance of hops and acidity is very difficult and we’ve been doing it for over 10 years now. We’re experts in this space,” said Lauren Limbach, Wood Cellar Director and Blender for New Belgium Brewing. “Sour IPA is another example of approaching IPA through an artisanal lens to create a completely unique experience for the craft beer drinker.”

Sour IPA is rolling out now with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $10.99) and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sour IPA from New Belgium Brewing

Release – Year-Round; launching March 2020
Style – Hazy IPA blended with Wood Aged Golden Sour
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Citra & Amarillo 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

Schlafly Beer Focuses on Hops with Release of Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack

SchlaflylogoSchlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it will release Hoptic Visions, a hop-centric Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles, in mid-March 2020.

Carefully curated with the intention to show that a beer does not necessarily have to be an IPA to be “hoppy,” the Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack includes the following three “hop-forward favorites from Schlafly’s portfolio as well as a new experimental brew,” Hazy Pineapple IPA (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • India Pale Ale – With a lower ABV than traditional IPAs, Schlafly’s year-round take on the style offers a sessional beer for both hopheads and newcomers alike. The Schlafly IPA features a hop blend to enhance tropical flavors and subtle notes of citrus.  ABV – 5%
  • Hoppy Wheat Ale – Wheat brings a touch of haze with a hint of sweetness and combines with Mosaic and Amarillo hops that lend to abundant citrus flavor and aroma.  ABV – 5%
  • India Pale Lager – Just because it’s a lager doesn’t mean it can’t feature strong hop flavors. Dry-hopped with Citra hops, India Pale Lager offers a crisp finish and a kick of tropical character.  ABV – 5.5%
  • Hazy Pineapple IPA – This IPA is a trifecta of haze, hope and fruit. Pounds of experimental hops and pineapple refract off one another to create a juicy and golden brew with a long-lasting finish.  ABV – 4.5%

**The Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack includes 3 12 oz. bottles of each beer listed above**

“The sampler pack showcases the versatility of hop-forward beers,” explains Schlafly’s Founding Brewer Stephen Hale. “Many think just of IPAs when it comes to hoppy beers, but we wanted to showcase how hops can enhance different styles as well as add different flavor profiles. These beers highlight everything from fruity and juicy hops to our sessionable IPA.”

The Hoptic Visions Sampler Pack is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this special Mixed 12-Pack at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Missouri, Tennessee and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint. Prost!

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