Boulevard Brewing Co. Cozies Up to Fall, Gets Back in the Plaid Habit

BoulevardLogo2Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Plaid Habit, a Canadian Whisky Barrel-aged Imperial Brown Ale, on November 4, 2019.

Originally introduced in 2018, Plaid Habit is a double-mashed Imperial Brown Ale that has been “matured for 18 months in freshly emptied 10-year Canadian rye whisky barrels.” Coming in at a cozy 12.5% ABV, Plaid Habit supplies “checkered notes of rich vanilla, charred oak, warming whisky and spicy rye” that pair beautifully with the colder temperatures ahead.

Plaid Habit will debut in the Greater Kansas City Area on November 4 and is scheduled to hit other regions shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in areas “that typically see Smokestack Series Limited Release beers (Rye on Rye, Smooth Fuzz, Love Child series).”  Prost!

Vital Information for Plaid Habit from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; November 2019
Style – Imperial Brown Ale
ABV – 12.5% ABV
IBUs – 13
Malts – Malted Barley, Pilsner, Maris Otter, Pale malt, Honey malt, Patagonia, Caramel 170, Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats
Hops – Topaz
Yeast – Scottish Ale Yeast
Added Ingredients – Brown sugar & dextrose
Treatment – Aged for 18 months in freshly emptied 10-year Canadian rye whisky barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

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Iron Fist Brewing Adds Hessian Session S-IPA to Small Batch Experiments Series

IronFistLogoIron Fist Brewing Company (Vista, California) has officially announced that Hessian Session S-IPA, a Session IPA with Kaffir lime leaf, is dropping now to serve as the ninth release in the brewery’s 2019 Small Batch Experiments Series.

Brewed to be a “traditional West Coast classic,” Hessian Session is a West Coast-style Session India Pale Ale that has “a Pilsner malt and a top secret undisclosed malt [meet] Mt Hood, Citra, Amarillo, and Cascade hops.” To put a unique spin on the style, the beer was then “dry hopped with Kaffir Lime Leaf, letting the beer simply rest on the leaf to allow everything to break down and release that great, yet subtle flavor out.”  Weighing in at a slightly higher ABV than most Session IPAs, this special brew has been named Hessian Session “because only heavy hitting sketchy hessians are going to pound a 5% [ABV] beer as a session.”

“After our last few higher abv and heavy hopped beers, we decided to brew something a little more sessionable with a big aroma – something they could easily pair with everything from tacos to curries. It’s really what the whole brewing team wants to be drinking right now.”

 

– Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing Company

Hessian Session S-IPA will hit Iron Fist Brewing Company’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms in late October 2019.  This Limited Release offering will be available in limited-edition 12 oz. cans and on draft. Like all Small Batch Experiments, Hessian Session S-IPA is a taproom exclusive that will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Hessian Session S-IPA from Iron Fist Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Small Batch Experiments Series; late October 2019
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 46
Featured Hops – Mt Hood, Citra, Amarillo & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Kaffir lime leaf
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms

Tasting Notes: Vlad the Imp Aler (2017) from Cascade Brewing

VladPour2For this special Halloween week edition of Tasting Notes, we sit down and get acquainted with the infamous Vlad the Imp Aler (2017) from Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon).

Known to be “one of the most iconic projects in Cascade’s 20-year history of brewing and blending sour beer,” Vlad the Imp Aler is “a combination of quad and blond ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with orange peel and coriander.”  After its lengthy slumber, Vlad the Imp Aler rises to deliver “a fresh acidity and light malt sweetness with notes of bourbon, citrus and spice.”

The 2017 vintage of Vlad the Imp Aler officially debuted back in mid-September 2019 and will hang around only as long as supplies last.  You can look for this Limited Release offering to be 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 network.

Alrighty . . . now that we have gone over a bit of this notorious brew’s backstory, let’s pop a bottle and see what Vlad the Imp Aler discloses to us over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Vlad the Imp Aler (2017) from Cascade Brewing

Appearance: Vlad presents itself as a bright caramel, amber hued brew capped with about a 1/4 finger of white, spritzy foam.  When held to direct light, the amber tones push through and the overall look transitions to more of an apricot color.  The beer is mostly clear and tiny little bubbles can be seen washing about near the top cap.  Head retention is minimal, falling almost immediately to a lasting but very thin ring that drops the occasional dollop of lace on the glass.

Aroma:  The aromatics open with that telltale note of souring bacteria alongside some wet wood.  Bourbon notes then open up with a touch of oak, vanilla and straight boozy bourbon. Vinous qualities are light but there is a bit of wine character layered within.  Citrus tones of orange and lemon lend some acidity and the profile closes with a pretty wonderful dose of funk.

Taste:  The first flavors to hit the tongue are some sweeter tones of honey, caramel, vanilla and light bourbon.  Things then shift suddenly to offer a vinous note that translates as a sweeter white wine note (think Riesling). The Quad base then supplies hints of candi sugar, candied orange peel, and dark fruit that is both sweet and tart – the tart fruit flavor works beautifully with the waves of wild funk and lactobacillus sourness.  The acidity then kicks in with a finish full of citrusy notes from the added orange and coriander.

Mouthfeel:  Heavier side of medium in body with a subtle carbonation presence, this Sour Ale is bright but still maintains a good amount of texture.  The beer balances sweet and sour beautifully while adding just the right amount of acidity.  The vinous notes try to dry things out a bit, but flavors are still allowed to linger a while.  The 11.6% ABV is actually pretty wily, only offering a bit of heat in the throat (nothing near what you expect from almost 12%).  The aftertaste is all honey and citrus.

Final Thoughts:  There is no denying that Vlad the Impaler, the legendary figure in Wallachian history and national hero of Romania, knew how to make an impression. Cascade Brewing’s Vlad the Imp Aler also has quite the personality and easily makes a lasting impression as an incredible American Sour Ale but without all the . . . you know . . . impaling.

Vlad rocks a gorgeous push and pull between sour and sweet that you don’t often find in many Sour Ales (at least not with this level of execution).  The wine and bourbon barrels work beautifully with the base beers and souring bacteria to create a harmonious level of sourness, tartness, sweetness, acidity and even a little drying quality.  Simply calling it a Sour Ale is a disservice because there is so much more going on here. It is a mind-bending experience that challenges your senses and everything you thought you knew about beer. It is unique and memorable.  It is an absolute showstopper. It is Vlad the Imp Aler and you need to get your hands on a bottle or pour while you still have a chance. Prost!

Stone Brewing Gets Festive with Return of Mexican Hot Chocolate Inspired Xocoveza

2019_Xocoveza_12ozCanMockStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has announced that Stone Xocoveza, an Imperial Stout inspired by Mexican hot chocolate, has officially returned for the 2019 Holiday Season.

First introduced back in 2014 as “a limited special collaboration release with San Diego homebrewer Chris Banker (after his recipe won [Stone Brewing’s] annual homebrew competition) and Cerveceria Insurgente,” Stone Xocoveza is an Imperial Stout that creates a Mexican hot chocolate experience with the use of “coffee, pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and a generous amount of chocolate.”  Coming in at a comforting 8.1% ABV, Stone Xocoveza “makes a perfect wintry gift from you to your friends, loved ones, or simply to yourself.”

Stone Xocoveza started rolling out at the end of September and is scheduled to hang around through the Holidays and the entire 2019 winter season. You can expect to find this Special Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Xocoveza from Stone Brewing 

Release – Limited/Special; late September through Winter 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 50
Featured Hops – English Challenger & East Kent Golding
Added Ingredients – Cocoa, coffee, peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg & lactose
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Hidden Springs Ale Works Schedules Bottle Release for March of the Damned

HiddenSpringslogoHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for March of the Damned Barrel-aged Imperial Stout in its Tasting Room at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26.

Here to expose Hidden Springs Ale Works fans to a bit of the infernal just in time for Halloween, March of the Damned is a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with churros and vanilla added. Just as warm and dark as hell, March of the Damned “wants to lead you down into the depths of darkness.”

The bottle release for March of the Damned will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26. Bottles will cost $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • March of the Damned WILL NOT be available on draft during this release, but the Tap Room will be open and pouring “some extra rad stuff”
  • This event will also feature limited edition merch (details to come)
  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St., on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave. There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery and under the I-275 overpass
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall near the door on Henderson so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors

March of the Damned will not see distribution and is sure to draw sellout crowds during its release.  If you wish to do the dance macabre with a bottle of March of the Damned this Halloween Season, just make sure that you are in line by the final head count on Saturday morning. Prost!

New Realm Brewing Shows Out with Limited Release of Tyrannosaurus Flex Hazy Double IPA

NewRealmFlexNew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Can Release for Tyrannosaurus Flex Hazy Double IPA on Tuesday, October 29.

Developed as a means of showcasing New Realm’s strength in the IPA kingdom, Tyrannosaurus Flex is a Hazy Double India Pale Ale hopped exclusively with New Zealand hops – Motueka and Rakau – and fermented with Norwegian Kviek yeast to create a “cretaceous amount of juicy, fruity notes such as mango, pineapple, peach, apricot and citrus . . . balanced with an herbal, piney and lightly dank full body.”  Weighing in at an imposing 8.5% ABV, the “hazy beast” that is Tyrannosaurus Flex is primed to show that it is “the ruler of the realm!”

Tyrannosaurus Flex will officially release in New Realm Brewing Company’s Atlanta Taproom (550 Somerset Terrace NE | Unit 101 | Atlanta, Georgia) on October 29, 2019.  A limited supply of Tyrannosaurus Flex will be available for purchase in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  If you would like to secure your stash of this Limited Release in advance, you can do so through CraftCellr (click here to do so).  Prost!

Vital Information for Tyrannosaurus Flex from New Realm Brewing Company

Release – Limited; October 29, 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
Featured Hops – Motueka & Rakau
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None; Only available at New Realm Brewing Company’s Atlanta Taproom location
Reserve Online – https://newrealm.craftcellr.com/

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DuClaw Brewing Co. Releases Apri-Caught Stealing Tart IPA

DuclawLogoDuClaw Brewing Co. (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Apri-Caught Stealing Tart IPA in late October 2019.

Named after and inspired by the Jane’s Addiction single, “Been Caught Stealing,” Apri-Caught Stealing is a Tart IPA “brewed with apricots and lactose to balance out bold hops.” Coming in at 7.1% ABV, Apri-Caught Stealing aims to tantalize its drinker with its smooth skills and easy-drinking nature.

Apri-Caught Stealing is rolling out now and will stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of DuClaw Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Apri-Caught Stealing from DuClaw Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; late October 2019
Style – Tart India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.1%
IBUs – 50
Malts – Pilsner, Flaked Oats & Torrified Wheat
Hops – Mosaic & Amarillo
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://duclaw.com/beer-finder/

SweetWater Brewing Company’s Festive Ale Returns for the Holidays

sw-brew-festive-product-vignetteSweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the annual Limited Release of Festive Ale in late October 2019.

Brewed only one day per year as a special holiday treat, Festive Ale is a Winter Warmer-style Ale featuring “a sleighload of Centennial and Golding hops and . . . capped with a dose of cinnamon and nutmeg.”  Coming in at 8.1% ABV, the “strong cheerfully spiced” Festive Ale has “big complex flavors to keep you warm and toasted all season long.”

Festive Ale is rolling out now and will hang around throughout the 2019 Holiday Season (as long as supplies last).  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, in Seasonal Variety Packs and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing Company’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Festive Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Limited; returning late October 2019 for the Holiday Season
Style – Winter Warmer
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 27
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, 40L, 70/80, Carapils, Chocolate & Black
Hops – Centennial, US & UK Golding
Added Ingredients – Cinnamon & nutmeg
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, Seasonal Variety Packs & draft
Beer Finder – https://sweetwaterbrew.com/find-sweetwater/

Funky Buddha Brewery Continues Mixology Series with Release of Coquito Cream Ale

coquitowebmockFunky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has officially announced that it will introduce Coquito Cream Ale on October 26 as the Winter Release in the brewery’s Mixology Series.

Developed to emulate “the classic Puerto Rican holiday drink” of the same name, Coquito is an Imperial Cream Ale “brewed with lactose sugar for a creamy body and mouthfeel,” aged for an extended period of time in “Caribbean rum barrels to impart characteristics of sugar cane and oak,” and finally blended with “coconut, cinnamon, and vanilla for luscious notes reminiscent of the holiday drink.”  The finished Coquito comes in at 10.3% ABV and 30 IBUs.

Coquito Cream Ale is set to debut on October 26 and scheduled to last into January 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, and throughout the rest of Funky Buddha’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Coquito Cream Ale from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/Mixology Series; late October 2019 – January 2020
Style – Imperial Cream Ale
ABV – 10.3%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Coconut, cinnamon, vanilla & lactose sugar
Treatment – Aged in Caribbean rum barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://funkybuddhabrewery.com/beer-finder

 

Three Taverns Craft Brewery Set for Limited Can Release of Lazy Sonker

threetavernslogoThree Taverns Craft Brewery (Decatur, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Can Release for its highly sought-after Lazy Sonker, a blueberry cobbler-themed Sour Ale, on Saturday, October 26.

Inspired by the “North Carolina indigenous and delicious soupy mess of fruit and crust known as a sonker (aka cobbler),” Lazy Sonker is a Sour Ale that boasts additions of blueberry, cinnamon, vanilla, and cream.” Weighing in at 5% ABV, Lazy Sonker is here to ease you into fall with all the down-home warmth you would expect from its namesake confection.

Lazy Sonker will officially release in The Parlour at Three Taverns Craft Brewery on October 26.  This Limited Release offering will be available on draft & in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (limit two (2) 6-packs per person).  This offering is pretty much guaranteed to sell out, but you can reserve yours now via CraftCellr (click here to do so). If the pre-sale on CraftCellr happens to sell out, the brewery will still have a limited amount of 6-packs available for walk-ins day of the release.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lazy Sonker from Three Taverns Craft Brewery

Release – Limited/Sour Asylum Series; October 26, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Blueberry, cinnamon, vanilla & cream
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None; Taproom only release
Reserve Online – https://threetaverns.craftcellr.com/