Brew Bus Brewing Celebrates 4th Anniversary of Jug & Bottle Dept. with Birthday Spankins

BrewBusJugBrew Bus Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Birthday Spankins, a Strawberry Milkshake IPA brewed in collaboration with Jug & Bottle Dept. to celebrate the bottle shop’s 4th Anniversary, on July 2.

Designed to bring plenty of attention to the fact that Jug & Bottle Dept. – the premier bottle shop in Seminole Heights – is turning “4ish” on July 6, Birthday Spankins is a Strawberry Milkshake India Pale Ale brewed with lactose, vanilla, strawberry puree, and Sabro and Belma hops.  Coming in at 6.5% ABV, this “lactose-filled celebration” is sure to be one “wild and bumpy ride.”

Birthday Spankins will debut at Jug & Bottle Dept. and the Tasting Room at Brew Bus Brewing on July 2 and has plans to stick around only as long as supplies last.  This Limited Release offering is available for purchase in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.  Jug & Bottle Dept. will officially celebrate its fourth birthday at its Ampersandiversary 4 on Saturday, July 6.  Prost!

Vital Information for Birthday Spankins from Brew Bus Brewing and Jug & Bottle Dept.

Release – Limited; July 2, 2019
Style – Milkshake India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
Featured Hops – Sabro & Belma
Added Ingredients – Strawberry puree, vanilla & lactose
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Only available at Brew Bus Brewing and Jug & Bottle Dept.

 

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Brewers Association Declares July 3 ‘National Independent Beer Run Day’

NIBRDLogoThe Brewers Association (Boulder, Colorado) – the not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers – has officially announced that July 3, 2019 will serve as the first ever National Independent Beer Run Day, an initiative that reminds you to “seek the independent craft brewer seal and purchase craft beers produced by small and independent breweries for [your] Independence Day festivities.”

Since there is still a good deal of confusion concerning beer brand ownership in the marketplace, National Independent Beer Run Day has surfaced as an extension of the Brewers Association’s “Seek the Seal” campaign that brings attention to a “certified mark [that gives] beer lovers an easy way to identify independent craft beer.” Seeking the seal is especially important on Independence Day because “the week leading up to July 4 has been [craft beer’s] highest single sales week of the year for each of the last five years.” Sourced from an IRI scan, this data further “suggests sales that week are 35 percent higher than a typical week. More than half (53 percent) of beer lovers indicated that independent ownership is important when purchasing a beer.” (Source: Sterling Rice Group AAU January 2019)

“Craft beer serves as the anchor for so many Independence Day celebrations. Our libations and the liberation we’re celebrating should go hand in hand. As you plan for this Fourth of July, think independent and drink independent,” said Julia Herz, craft beer program director, Brewers Association. “In preparation for the country’s favorite summer holiday, make sure your beer run includes independent craft beer.”

The Brewers Association will promote National Independent Beer Run Day with a series of videos available on YouTube, audio spots and summer-themed sponsored playlists on Pandora Radio, an event page on Facebook, and “a world record attempt at the longest cheers ever, toasting all 7,300 small and independent U.S. craft breweries.” Go ahead and check out these promotional assets, but – above all – be sure that you support National Independent Beer Run Day by picking up some truly independent craft beer for Independence Day.  Prost!

Unibroue Brings Éphémère Cassis Back for the Summer

unibrouelogoUnibroue (Chambly, Québec) has officially announced that Éphémère Cassis will return to American shelves and taps during the summer of 2019.

Returning to the United States for the first time since 2011, Éphémère Cassis – a.k.a. Black Currant Éphémère – is a Belgian-style White Ale that “pours a pale red hue with pinkish highlights, slightly cloudy with a finely laced light pink head.”  Effervescent in nature, this Éphémère variant boasts “pleasant aromas of black currant enhanced by notes of citrus and spice with a light, flowery bouquet.”  Weighing in at an easy drinking 5.5% ABV, Éphémère Cassis is “guaranteed to refresh and revitalize the senses and is perfect for the summer season.”

Éphémère Cassis is rolling out now and will stick around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in a seasonal variety 6-pack and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Unibroue’s distribution footprint in the United States.  Prost!

Vital Information for Éphémère Cassis from Unibroue

Release – Limited/Seasonal; arriving late June/early July 2019 
Style – Belgian-style White Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 8.5
Tasting Notes – “Upon first sip, the palate is met with refreshingly crisp acidity, sumptuous black currant flavor, delicately sweet and balanced astringency with hints of grape, lemon zest and tea. A study in pleasing contradictions, Éphémère Cassis is rich in flavor and color yet not too heavy, dancing a perfect middle-ground in texture; refreshingly bitter yet gently sweet, and piquantly carbonated while retaining a body worthy of exploration. Each sip finishes cleanly on the palate, beckoning for the next.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Goat cheese or aged cheddar, fruit salad, mango salsa, light pastas, smoked salmon, duck, roast lamb, dark chocolate, cheesecake or tiramisu.”
Recommended Glassware – Flute or Tulip
Availability – Featured in a seasonal variety 6-pack & on draft
Beer Finder – http://www.unibrouefinder.com/#

Green Flash Brewing Co. & Jameson Irish Whiskey Collaborate on Celtic Sun IPA

GF19_Products_Celtic2xc2Green Flash Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Celtic Sun IPA, a special collaboration project with Jameson Irish Whiskey (Dublin, Ireland), on July 1.

Developed as “the first Jameson collaboration with a U.S. craft brewer to create a non-barrel aged beer to be sipped alongside Jameson Caskmates IPA whiskey“, Celtic Sun is a “bright and hoppy” American India Pale Ale crafted with a “recipe . . . designed by the Green Flash brewing team to complement the floral citrus nose, and green apple light citrus tasting notes found in Jameson Caskmates IPA.”  Coming in at a smooth-sippin’ 6.2% ABV and 50 IBUs, Celtic Sun IPA is sure to be the “Perfect Irish Complement.”

“Innovation at Green Flash continues to be the cornerstone of our connection with consumers,” stated Green Flash Brewmaster Erik Jensen. “Consumers today enjoy a wide variety of beverage choices, even in a single setting. Our new beer was brewed to offer a unique drinking ritual with whiskey that we’re referring to as the ‘Perfect Irish Complement.’ We’re encouraging everyone to alternate sips of Celtic Sun IPA with Caskmates IPA whiskey to taste how these products truly complement one another. No boilermakers here! We couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with our friends at Jameson to launch Celtic Sun IPA this summer for that perfect Irish Complement.”

Celtic Sun IPA will roll out on July 1 with plans to stick around through August 31.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Green Flash’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celtic Sun IPA from Green Flash Brewing Company & Jameson Irish Whiskey

Release – Limited; July 1 – August 31, 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.2%
IBUs – 50
Fun Fact – “The Celtic Sun IPA packaging incorporates design elements from both the Caskmates IPA label and the new Green Flash illustrative design.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.greenflashbrew.com/find-beer/

Atlanta Brewing Co. Packs Even More Thunder into Latest Release of Thunder Thief DIPA

AtlantaBrewingLogoAtlanta Brewing Co. (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Thunder Thief 2: The Rethundering Double IPA on Friday, June 28.

After the original Thunder Thief emerged last year to secure a silver medal in the New England/Juicy DIPA category at the 2018 U.S. Open Beer Championship, Thunder Thief 2: The Rethundering (8.3% ABV) has now rumbled onto the scene with a new hop combination featuring Citra, Vic Secret, Rakau, and Kohuta hops.  This thunderous reformulation results in a Double India Pale Ale boasting “flavors of pineapple, citrus, lime and mango with a piny finish.”

“We were very happy with the original Thunder Thief and we are very proud of the response we got from our community” says Director of Brewing Operations Gavin McKenna, “We wanted to do something similar but with a different hop expression on this second release. Our team can’t wait to share this beer with our fans!”

Thunder Thief 2: The Rethundering will debut in Atlanta Brewing Co.’s taproom on June 28 and distribution is scheduled to begin the following week.  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 Atlanta Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Thunder Thief 2: The Rethundering from Atlanta Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; launching June 28, 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.3%
Hops – Citra, Vic Secret, Rakau & Kohuta
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia

Terrapin Beer Co. Serves Up Some Jazz Cabbage IPA

Terrapin-Arched-Logo-270x300 (1)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA on July 10.

Expanding upon Terrapin’s “Grateful Dead roots” and weed-referencing beer names like Wake-n-Bake and Dave’s Not Here, Jazz Cabbage is an American India Pale Ale that “packs in [the brewery’s] very own special strain of hemp flavors, and is brewed with hemp seeds.”  This approach creates “aromas of the choicest nugs [which] give way to skunky, resinous hop flavors from a blend of three high quality hops: Chinook, Columbus, and Simcoe.”  Coming in at 6.6% ABV and 52 IBUs, Jazz Cabbage is sure to be “one of Terrapin’s dankest releases to date.”

Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA is set to debut at Terrapin Beer Co. on July 10 and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this new brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Jazz Cabbage Hemp IPA from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – July 10, 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.6%
IBUs – 52
Hops – Chinook, Columbus & Simcoe
Added Ingredients – A special strain of hemp flavors & hemp seeds
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “The beer features art by Richard Biffle that plays on the name of the beer and stems from Biffle’s jam band roots.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

Off Color Brewing Introduces Silly People American-style Gose

OffColorLogoOff Color Brewing (Chicago, Illinois) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Silly People, an American Gose-style Ale, this week.

Arriving as Off Color Brewing’s “boldest gose yet”, Silly People (4.5% ABV) is an American-style Gose brewed with lemon peel, coriander and salt and “fermented with a mixed cocktail of Lactobacillus, Torulaspora and Brettanomyces.”  This recipe provides a complex experience featuring “notes of lactic acid, lemon juice, and grapefruit juice . . . balanced by a rising bread body and enhanced by a mouthful of salinity from French grey sea salt. It’s basically a Salty Dog.”

Silly People debuted at a “first taste” launch event at All Together Now on Wednesday, June 26. It is then scheduled to hit The Mousetrap at Off Color Brewing on June 27 with “very limited local and national distribution to follow.” You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 250ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Illinois and throughout the rest of Off Color Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Silly People from Off Color Brewing

Release – Limited; June 26, 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 8
Malts – Pils, Victory, Carapils, Wheat, Oat Malt, Flaked Oats & Flaked Barley

Hops – Columbia
Secret Ingredients – French Grey Sea Salt, Green Coriander & Lemon Zest 
Availability – 4-packs of 250ml bottles & draft

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Maui Brewing Company Begins Limited Release of Land of Rainbows Tart Saison

MBC_Logo_Wordmark_Lockup_VerticalMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced that Land of Rainbows Tart Saison will return for a limited time beginning in late June 2019.

Crafted with summertime drinking in mind, Land of Rainbows is a kettle soured Saison-style Ale brewed with Mosaic and Huell Melon hops.  Coming in at a thirst-crushing 5.5% ABV and 15 IBUs, the “hazy and pale” Land of Rainbows provides its drinker with “wine-like esters, and . . . a tart, fruity flavor.”

“When creating this recipe, I wanted a beer that was light, tart, and refreshing that would be ideal for hot summer days on Maui,” stated Brewmaster Kim Brisson-Lutz. “The blend of Sacc Brux Trios yeast, the acidity from the sour ferment, and Mosaic and Huell Melon hops creates a huge tropical flavor profile of lychee, mango, passionfruit, and berries. Taste Da Rainbow!”

Land of Rainbows released at Maui Brewing Company’s Kihei location on June 19 and is scheduled to hit the brewery’s other locations and distribution in the coming weeks.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located “in Hawaii and a few west coast markets.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Land of Rainbows Tart Saison from Maui Brewing Company

Release – Limited; late June 2019
Style – Saison
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 15
Featured Hops – Mosaic & Huell Melon
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

 

Cahaba Brewing Company Set for Taproom Only Can Release of After Dinner Berliner

CahabaAfterDinner2Cahaba Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will release cans of After Dinner Berliner, a Blackberry and Peach Sour Ale, in its taproom on Thursday, June 27.

Earning the distinction of being Cahaba Brewing Company’s first ever canned Sour Ale, After Dinner Berliner is a kettle soured Berliner Weisse that has been “fruited with blackberry and peach puree.” This treatment produces a Sour Ale that is an “enchanting deep red” in color with “pleasantly tart . . . notes of blackberry up front and peach on the back.”

After Dinner Berliner will officially release in The Taproom at Cahaba Brewing Company at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.  This Limited Release offering will be available for purchase in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.  Since supply is limited to only 50 cases, After Dinner Berliner is a taproom exclusive release that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for After Dinner Berliner from Cahaba Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Pilot Batch Series; June 27, 2019
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 2
Added Ingredients – Blackberry & peach puree
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Taproom only release

Tasting Notes: Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout from Garage Brewing Co.

GarageChocPBpourx600For this installment of Tasting Notes, we set out to prove that summer is as much a stout season as any other by cracking open a couple bombers of Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout from Garage Brewing Co. (Temecula, California).

Developed to give beer lovers an indulgent treat in Stout form, Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout is a “scrumptious” Milk/Sweet Stout that “touts rich, bold peanut butter aromas and a silky chocolate mouthfeel.”  Weighing in at a sip-worthy 7.1% ABV, Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout is sure to “remind you of classic peanut butter cups – without the melty mess.”

“Peanut butter beers are popular, and we’ve been researching the right combination that people will fall in love with,” Guy Bartmess, brew master at Garage Brewing Co said. “I think chocolate definitely did the trick.”

Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout officially released at the start of June 2019 and will continue to be available for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Specialty Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Garage Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Now that we have properly gone over the background information for this beer, that can only mean one thing . . . it’s peanut butter time!  Let’s get into these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout from Garage Brewing Co.

Appearance: A somewhat excited pour – this is chocolate and peanut butter we are talking about, after all – produced a Stout that is solid, glossy black in color and capped with a good two fingers of fluffy, light brown sugar-colored foam.  When held to direct light, the deep black color holds and only allows the smallest sliver of dark brown to cut through near the top of the pour.  Head retention is decent, falling rapidly to a chunky ring that leaves an occasional dollop of lace behind on the glass.

Aroma:  Chocolate dominates the nose with a decadent presence of sweet milk chocolate and intense cocoa.  A nice, subtle layer of cream from the lactose then surfaces to remind you that all of this dessert-like goodness has been built upon the base of a gorgeous Milk Stout.  The peanut character closes out the profile with notes of boiled peanut, roasted peanuts and freshly ground peanut butter.

Taste:  When compared to the aroma, things flip around a bit here as the flavor opens with a solid peanut presence filled with unsalted roasted peanuts and real peanut butter (think slightly less sweet than most name brands).  Chocolate tones of indulgent milk chocolate and rich dark chocolate then slip across the palate, wrapping around the peanut notes to create that nostalgic peanut butter cup flavor we are all after.  A creamy, vanilla-like lactose note closes the experience out alongside roasty, coffee-like tones supplied by the dark malts to make it seem as though you are chasing a bite of peanut butter cup with a sip of sweetened espresso.

Mouthfeel: Falling somewhere between medium and full-bodied with a medium carbonation level, this Milk Stout is velvety in texture and glides easily across the palate.  Although it obviously leans to the sweeter side, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout avoids being cloying by having its more traditional Milk Stout characteristics of roasty dark malts and black coffee notes cut the overall sweetness a bit.  The 7.1% ABV is wonderfully hidden and only offers a slight tinge of heat in the throat at times.  The aftertaste is comprised of just a grace of roasted peanuts and malts.

Final Thoughts:  Full Disclosure – the first thing to note here is that Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout is not an overly sweet Pastry Stout that can only be handled 4 oz. at a time.  No, this beer is not at all shy about being an incredibly solid Milk Stout that favors balance over cloying sweetness.  With that said, the base is more than happy to embrace its chocolate and peanut butter additions to satisfy any and all peanut butter cup cravings you had going into the experience.  It is truly the best of both worlds as it supplies those dessert-like flavors and aromas while still remaining highly drinkable.  Could it be possible that Garage Brewing Co. was able to create a summer-appropriate Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout?  We think they did just that.  Be sure to check this one out before its Seasonal run comes to an end.  Prost!