Cascade Brewing & Burial Beer Co. Collaborate on Chêne des Fous Sour Ale

CascadeBurialCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Chêne des Fous 2018, a special collaboration project with Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina), on October 11, 2019.

Pronounced “shen de-FOO” and translating to mean “Oak of the Fools,” Chêne des Fous is “a blend of sour triple ales aged for up to 18 months in French oak barrels with dried sumac, fresh apricots and toasted American oak chains.”  Weighing in at 9.7% ABV, Chêne des Fous offers its drinker “intense oak flavors . . . met with savory lemon and dried fruit notes from the sumac and a subtle stone fruit aroma.”

Chêne des Fous 2018 will debut in Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on October 11 and will also make special appearance at Burial Beer Co.’s Burnpile Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 12. This Limited Release offering will hit distribution on October 11 as well, and you can expect to find it available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chêne des Fous 2018 from Cascade Brewing & Burial Beer Co.

Release – Limited; October 11, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.7%
Treatment – Blend of sour triple ales aged for up to 18 months in French oak barrels with dried sumac, fresh apricots & toasted American oak chains
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

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Great Divide Brewing Co. Adds Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA to Tank Farm Series

GDHopnautGreat Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA in October 2019.

Developed to take the place of Hop Disciples IPA in Great Divide’s Tank Farm Series, Hopnaut is Juicy Double India Pale Ale “brewed and double dry-hopped with an unearthly amount of Simcoe, El Dorado, Mosaic and Huell Melon hops.” This hop bill – which amounts to “over a pound and a half of hops per barrel” – lends this DIPA “bold tropical fruit and citrus notes along with hints of berry, stone fruit, pine and bubblegum.”  Coming in at 8% ABV, Hopnaut promises to be an “an extraterrestrial sensory experience.”

“With the success of our Hazy IPA, our brewers have been experimenting with a lot of hop-heavy hazy and juicy IPAs on the pilot system,” explained Bill Bertsch, Sr. Director of Brewery Operations. “Hopnaut will be a hit with New England-style IPA fans but also those who appreciate a well-balanced, filtered IPA.”

Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA is available now and is scheduled to stick around through January 2020.  You can expect to find this new Tank Farm offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Great Divide’s distribution territory.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hopnaut Double Juicy IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Tank Farm Series; October 2019 – January 2020
Style – Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Simcoe, El Dorado, Mosaic & Huell Melon
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pheasant and rosemary winter stew; beet and carrot salad with curry dressing and pistachios; Emmental cheese and Marcona almonds; blueberry cream cheese pastries”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://greatdivide.com/beer-finder/

Hi-Wire Brewing Expands Distribution to Alabama

hi-wire-brewing.pngHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it has partnered with Alabama Crown Distributing Co. so that it can begin distribution in the entire state of Alabama in mid-October 2019.

Established in 2013, Hi-Wire Brewing is a fast-growing brewery that has built itself a solid reputation by “producing approachable and balanced lagers and ales, most notably Hi-Wire Lager, Bed of Nails Brown, and Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA.” The brewery has since grown to consist of four locations: the Big Top Production Facility & Taproom and the original South Slope Specialty Brewery & Taproom, both located in Asheville, North Carolina; Hi-Wire Brewing at Golden Belt in Durham, North Carolina; and their first out-of-state Taproom in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hi-Wire Brewing beers are available in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and now the great state of Alabama.

Hi-Wire Brewing will launch in Alabama with their “entire portfolio, including year-round, seasonal, and specialty beer offerings.”  To ensure that the Alabama craft beer community is properly introduced to their offerings, Hi-Wire Brewing’s owners and sales team will host a “variety of tap takeovers, beer pairings and other specialty events” at the following locations during the third week of October:

Birmingham
Mobile
Montgomery
  • Tuesday, October 15 – Pies & Pints (7216 Eastchase Parkway | Suite D-31 | Montgomery, AL 36117)
  • Wednesday, October 16 – The Hound (124 Tichenor Ave | Auburn, AL 36830)
Huntsville

With Alabama Crown Distributing Co. handling all distribution responsibilities, the beers of Hi-Wire Brewing will begin hitting craft beer shelves and taps throughout the state of Alabama on Tuesday, October 15.  If you cannot make it out to any of the events listed above, just swing by your favorite craft beer-friendly establishment in Alabama to grab a pack or pint so that you can get acquainted with Hi-Wire Brewing’s tasty offerings.  Prost!

 

 

Avery Brewing Co. Adds Low-Cal Pacer IPA to Year-Round Lineup

desktop_1569520545_WEB_PacerIPA_Can_and_GlassAvery Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that Pacer IPA, a Hazy IPA with only 100 calories and 3.5 carbs per serving, will join its Year-Round portfolio on October 18.

Created specifically to meet the needs of “increasingly health-conscious drinkers. . . driving the burgeoning ‘better-for-you’ category in beer,” Pacer IPA is a “legitimate, flavorful” Hazy India Pale Ale brewed with “traditional malted barley, . . . wheat and oats for fuller body, as well as an abundance of southern hemisphere hops, and contemporary dry-hopping techniques to achieve big, juicy, fruity aromas and flavors.” Coming in at just 4.5% ABV, 100 calories and 3.5 carbs, Pacer IPA is “built for winning at a balanced and active lifestyle.”

“This is an extremely selfish brewing endeavor. A beer brewed for me – an aging, wannabe-athlete who ‘drinks’ for a living, and desperately needs to start setting a new and healthier pace in life.”

 

– Adam Avery, Founder and CEO of Avery Brewing Co.

Pacer IPA will debut in the Tap Room at Avery Brewing Co. on October 18 and will enter distribution at or around that date.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Avery’s expansive distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pacer IPA from Avery Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching October 18, 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale 
ABV – 4.5% 
Calories – 100
Carbs – 3.5
Hops – Simcoe, Amarillo, Mosaic & Azacca 
Malts – 2-Row, Oats & White Wheat
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder

Founders Brewing Co. Introduces Civilized Brut IPA as Newest Seasonal Offering

civilized_brut_graphic_portraitFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will roll out Civilized Brut IPA in November 2019 so that it may serve as the first Seasonal Release on the brewery’s 2020 Brand Calendar.

Developed to appeal to the “more sophisticated IPA drinker,” Civilized Brut is a Brut-style India Pale Ale that possesses “a clean and restrained bitterness” alongside a “malt sweetness [that allows] the hop notes to tantalize your senses in a bold yet never-overpowering way.” Coming in at a refreshing 6% ABV, the “unconventionally sophisticated” Civilized Brut is “brilliantly bubbly, refreshingly crisp and stunningly clear, similar to a fine Brut Champagne.”

“Nothing says refreshment like a dry, sparkling, hop-forward IPA,” said Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki. “Civilized Brut has just the right amount of bitterness and hop flavor to not overwhelm the clean and dry finish of this beer, while the high effervescence makes it feel like a party in every sip.”

 

“As the majority of brewers are introducing hazy, New England Style IPAs in the market, we have decided to take another road,” said President Dave Engbers. “Civilized Brut is a crystal-clear IPA that’s bursting with effervescence and elegant aromatics. Perfect for champagne and IPA aficionados alike.”

Civilized Brut will hit Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms on October 30 and is scheduled to enter distribution in November 2019.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at 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 Civilized Brut IPA from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; November 2019 – March 2020
Style – Brut India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 45
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 15-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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Straight to Ale Adds Third Rock Maibock to Lineup of Limited Releases

STA3rdRockStraight to Ale (Huntsville, Alabama) has officially announced that it will introduce Third Rock Maibock on October 16 as the brewery’s newest Limited Release offering.

Developed to help craft beer drinkers settle comfortably into the cooler days of autumn, Third Rock Maibock is a traditional German-style Pale Bock that is “malty with a mild bitterness and a creamy white head.”  Coming in at 8% ABV, the medium-bodied Third Rock Maibock features a “light, crisp hop finish that feels like fall in your glass!”

Third Rock Maibock will debut in the Taproom at Straight to Ale on Wednesday, October 16 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Third Rock Maibock from Straight to Ale

Release – Limited; October – December 2019
Style – Maibock/Pale Bock
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 8
Suggested Food Pairings – “General: Korean barbecue | From Ale’s Kitchen: Kimche Pork Tacos”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Louisiana

Second Self Beer Co. Launches New Contender Hazy IPA Series

SSB_NewContenderSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce New Contender, a new series of Hazy IPAs, on October 12 with the Limited Release of El Dorado vs. Mosaic.  

Inspired by Second Self’s appreciation for classic fighting video games, New Contender is “a creative spin on the hazy IPA by using a new two-hop blend each time it’s brewed, resulting in original flavor combinations with each release.”  Each “round” will have two hops “‘battle it out’ to see which remains for the next release.”  The winner of each release will be chosen by the Second Self team and the “vanquished hop” will be replaced by a “New Contender” for the next release in the series.

New Contender – El Dorado vs. Mosaic, the inaugural release in the series, is a Hazy India Pale Ale that pits the “tropical fruit flavors” of El Dorado hops against Mosaic’s “flavors of mango, pine, citrus and herbs and aromas of tropical and stone fruit.”**

** Hop descriptions sourced from Hopslist **

“We love the creativity of our team, and when Head Brewer Austin Brumley came to me with this idea, I knew we had to run with it,” says Second Self Co-Founder and Beer Architect, Jason Santamaria. “We’re excited to experiment with different hops in ways we have not before. I can’t wait to see how the beer community responds to it.”

New Contender – El Dorado vs. Mosaic will debut at Second Self’s Five Year Anniversary Party at their Westside Taproom (1317 Logan Circle NW | Atlanta, Georgia) on October 12.  Future New Contender releases will be available for purchase in 16 oz. cans at Second Self and at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia and South Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for New Contender- El Dorado vs. Mosaic from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited/New Contender Series; October 12, 2019
Style – Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – ???
Featured Hops – El Dorado & Mosaic
Fun Fact – “Keith Rein, design specialist at Salt and Paper House in Athens, Georgia, created the cheeky artwork in addition to a running list of other labels he has made for Second Self, such as the more recent releases of their cocktail-inspired series and Golden Blonde.”

 

Wild Leap Brew Co. Releases Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 Double IPA

wl_individpage_alpha9_can.pngWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9, a double dry-hopped Double IPA, in mid-October 2019.

Here to “[follow] in the juicy footsteps of its predecessors” in Wild Leap’s experimental Double IPA series, Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 is a Hazy Double India Pale Ale that has been double dry-hopped with Michigan Chinook hops, a Midwest varietal of the Chinook hop that is typically grown on the West Coast.  These hops have a “new, distinct taste” that lends this beer “the sweetness of pineapple . . . paired with a tart grapefruit bite.”  Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 clocks in at 8% ABV and 46 IBUs.

“The Chinook hop traditionally brings a piney, dank flavor that is about 70% pine and 30% pineapple,” explains Chris Elliott, Wild Leap Head Brewer. “With Michigan Chinook, we are finding that those flavors have almost flipped, and we are getting a much sweeter result with a strong pineapple essence.”

 

“When brewing new volumes in the Alpha series, we are always seeking the new and unknown,” shares Elliott. “When we first learned of these varieties being grown on small farms, it was the perfect fit for Volume 9.”

Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 is set to debut during the week of October 14 and will hang around 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 within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 9 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Alpha Abstraction Series; mid-October 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 46
Featured Hops – Michigan Chinook
Fun Fact – “The Alpha Abstraction Double IPA series was created as an opportunity to explore the plethora of hop varieties and to experiment with flavor profiles they create. Volume 9 continues with this trend by introducing Michigan Chinook hops to the brewing process.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Funky Buddha Brewery Set for Return of Morning Wood

morningwood2019Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has officially announced that Morning Wood, a breakfast-themed, barrel-aged Imperial Porter, will reappear for a limited time beginning on Saturday, October 12.

Created to prove that there is nothing “better than beer for breakfast,” Morning Wood is an imperialized version of Funky Buddha’s fan-favorite Maple Bacon Coffee Porter that has spent some time aging in High West Whiskey barrels. This treatment lends a “smoothness to [this Imperial Porter’s] smokey, salty, rich combo of maple syrup, fresh roasted coffee, and bacon-like flavor.”  Coming in at an eye-opening 11.2% ABV, Morning Wood is “a true breakfast of champs.”

Morning Wood will officially release in the Tap Room at Funky Buddha Brewery on October 12 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Morning Wood from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/The Living Barrel Series; October 12, 2019
Style –  Imperial Porter
ABV – 11.2%
IBUs – 25
Treatment – Aged “for months” in High West Whiskey barrels
Suggested Food Pairings – “Maple syrup-drenched pancakes, bacon and egg sandwich, molten chocolate cake, braised short ribs, steak and eggs, mofongo, chicharron”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://funkybuddhabrewery.com/beer-finder

 

Perrin Brewing Company Entices Fans with S’more Stout

SmoreStout_Mock-copy-1200x2048Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin distribution of S’more Stout, the newest offering to come out of the brewery’s Side Hustle Series, in October 2019.

Crafted to be a “7% ABV twist on your favorite fireside treat,” S’more Stout is a Milk Stout “loaded with flavors of marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate.” With lactose supplying a “rich, creamy mouthfeel,” S’more Stout is a “toasty, desserty stout” that will certainly have you “asking for S’more!”

S’more Stout is available now at the Perrin Pub and is scheduled to enter distribution in early October 2019. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Michigan only. Prost!

Vital Information for S’more Stout from Perrin Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Side Hustle Series; late September/early October 2019
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 7%
Fun Fact – On the Side Hustle Series: “Perrin will release a new Side Hustle Series beer every other month for statewide distribution. The series allows Perrin’s brewers to creatively explore new ingredients and techniques, and provide Michigan’s craft beer lovers with innovative new flavors.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Michigan only
Beer Finder – https://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder/