Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Sets Release Date for Life in Flux Imperial Stout

CCBC_LifeInFluxStillWeb--2Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Life in Flux on Saturday, June 1.

Carefully crafted to “represent the beauty of [Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s] current whiskey barrel-aged stout collection”, Life in Flux is a Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout that has been blended from select barrels housed in the brewery’s recently expanded wood cellar.  The Life in Flux project is expected to return annually with the “intent for each vintage . . . to represent a snapshot of [the brewery’s] barrels from a specific moment in time.”

Life in Flux will officially release in the Creature Comforts Tasting Room at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 750ml bottles for the cost of $29.99 per bottle (limit of 4 bottles per person).  Life in Flux is a brewery only release and will be sold on a “first come, first served basis.” Prost!

Vital Information for Life in Flux from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; June 1, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – ???
Treatment – A blended Imperial Stout aged in select whiskey barrels 
Availability – 750ml bottles ($29.99 each/limit of 4 bottles per person)
Distribution – None. Brewery only release

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Proof Brewing Co. & Finback Brewery Collaborate on Quantum Foam DIPA

ProofFinbackProof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it will release Quantum Foam, a Double New England-style IPA brewed in collaboration with Finback Brewery (Queens, New York), on Friday, May 24.

Formulated by representatives of Proof Brewing Co. and Finback Brewery to boldly “[defy] the space/time continuum”, Quantum Foam is a “bright and floral” New England-style Double India Pale Ale brewed with “experimental hop Bru-1, cryo Azacca, and Mosaic hops.”  This reality altering hop bill lends Quantum Foam “vivid aromas of citrus [that] encompass . . . bold flavors of tropical fruit and pineapple.”

“After brewing a collab with Finback in NYC, we had to bring it home to Tallahassee,” said Byron Burroughs, Proof Brewing Company’s founder. “We really wanted to make an IPA symbolic of the tropical flavors and aromas of bold East-coast styles. These new hops add many layers of complexity throughout the beer.”

Quantum Foam will officially release in Proof Brewing Company’s Tasting Room at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – making Quantum Foam Proof Brewing Co.’s first ever 16 oz. can release.  Supplies are limited and per person limits will be established at the time of the release.  Quantum Foam is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Quantum Foam from Proof Brewing Co. & Finback Brewery

Release – Limited; May 24, 2019
Style – New England-style DIPA
ABV – ???
Featured Hops – Experimental Hop Bru-1, Cryo Azacca & Mosaic
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Taproom-only release

 

Hidden Springs Ale Works Schedules Bottle Release for Darkness in the Light

HiddenSpringslogoHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a bottle release for Darkness in the Light Barrel-aged Imperial Stout at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20.

Developed to harness the power found within the most dualistic of confections, Darkness in the Light is a cookies-and-cream-inspired Imperial Stout that has been aged in Bourbon barrels.  Clocking in at 12% ABV, Darkness in the Light is sure to be the perfect beer pairing for any plans you may or may not have in store for 4/20.

The Darkness in the Light bottle release will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on April 20. Bottles will be $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

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

  • Parking – Remember to park in Hidden Springs’ lot directly across the street, or on the street up and down Franklin, on Henderson just west of Tampa, or on 7th Ave.
  • 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

Darkness in the Light will not see distribution and will only be available in bottles on April 20 (there will be no draft availability during the bottle release).  If you aspire to procure a bottle of Darkness in the Light, make sure that you are in line for the 10:45 head count on Saturday and just hope that the beer gods deem you worthy. Good luck out there. Prost!

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Sets Release Date for Five Year Anniversary Ale

CCBC_5yearAnnivBeerStillWeb--2Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that its Five Year Anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 13 will also act as a bottle release for its Five Year Anniversary Ale.

Meticulously crafted to honor the five years of amazing Creature Comforts beers that came before it, Five Year Anniversary Ale is a “blended Strong Ale from the brewery’s whiskey barrel cellar.  The average age
of the blend is 23 months in whiskey barrels.”  Meant to be a slow-sipping celebratory offering, Five Year Anniversary Ale weighs in at 12.8% ABV.

“The last five years have been an unbelievable journey,” said CEO Chris Herron. “We’re immensely grateful for the support from our incredible community over the years, and to have the opportunity to continue pursuing our passion.”

750ml bottles of Five Year Anniversary Ale will be exclusively available for purchase at the Five Year Anniversary Party on April 13 in Creature Comfort’s Tasting Room in downtown Athens, Georgia.  This extremely Limited Release offering is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Five Year Anniversary Ale from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; April 13, 2019
Style – Strong Ale
ABV – 12.8%
Treatment – Blended Strong Ale aged in whiskey barrels
Availability – 750 ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery-only release

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LOKO Cuisine Brings Game of Scones: Eggs & Kegs Brunch to 7venth Sun Brewery

lokocuisinelogoOn Easter Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will celebrate the long-awaited return of Game of Thrones by hosting a Game of Scones: Eggs & Kegs event at the Tampa location of 7venth Sun Brewery (6809 N Nebraska Ave| Tampa, Florida).

Brunch is coming, and this time LOKO Cuisine has teamed up with Heights Meat Market and Bake n’ Babes to serve the ultimate Game-of-Thrones-inspired brunch at 7venth Sun Brewery.  This special Eggs & Kegs event will feature the following four-course menu that will be served buffet-style alongside a spread of delicious mini scones from Bake n’ Babes:

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7venth Sun will offer LOKO Raspberry Lemonade Gose and a lineup of limited-edition GoT-inspired beers as the perfect pairings for this brunch.  As an added bonus, this event will also serve as a can release for LOKO Raspberry Lemonade Gose.  If you find yourself in need of a caffeine fix while at this event, Ginger Beard Coffee will be on-site serving up their nitro infused coffee and tea (for an additional cost).

Tickets for Game of Scones are available now for $32.55 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and “one horn of ale or goblet of wine.” Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

If you have been on the hunt for a spot that will satisfy your needs for both Easter brunch AND all the Game of Thrones conversation your Sci-Fi/Fantasy-lovin’ heart can handle, look no further than Game of Scones: Eggs & Kegs.  Just be sure to lock down your tickets as soon as possible because LOKO Cuisine events tend to sell out with a quickness.  Prost!

Iron Fist Brewing Introduces Cheap Suit as Newest Small Batch Experiment

Iron Fist Brewing (Vista, California) has officially announced that Cheap Suit Brown Ale will serve as the March release in its Small Batch Experiments Series.

Releasing as the second installment in Iron Fist’s newly-established Small Batch Experiments Series (preceded by the February release of Fresh Perspective IPL), Cheap Suit is a Golden Brown Ale that has been hopped with EKG and hit with an addition of tart cherries.  Far from what you would expect to get “from your traditional Brown English Ale”, this take on the Brown Ale style “boasts flavors of roasted malt with dried fruit overtones, and earthy hop notes.”  Weighing in at 5.2% ABV and 30 IBUs, Cheap Suit supplies its drinker with an experience that is “medium bodied, with a dry finish and full
carbonation.”

“If this beer could talk… it would say, ‘take a seat my friend and get cozy. Let’s
watch the rain fall, the grass grow, and take in the day.’ The addition of tart cherries adds a bit of intrigue to the conversation, keeping it bright and adding a bit of wow.”

 

– Tom Garcia, Brewmaster at Iron Fist Brewing

Cheap Suit officially started pouring on draft at both Iron Fist Tap Room locations – Brewery & Tap Room in Vista, California | Barrio Logan Tap Room in San Diego, California – on March 8 and a limited-edition run of 500 12 oz. cans is expected to release any day now (keep an eye on Iron Fist’s Facebook page for release updates).  Like all releases in the Small Batch Experiments Series, Cheap Suit will be available exclusively in the brewery’s taprooms and will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cheap Suit from Iron Fist Brewing

Release – Limited/Small Batch Experiments Series; March 8, 2019
Style – Brown Ale
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 30
Featured Hops – EKG
Added Ingredients – Tart cherries 
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in Iron Fist’s Vista and Barrio Logan taprooms

TBBW 2019 Event: Hangover Day – Donuts & Dessert at 7venth Sun Brewery

7venthSunLogoBoth7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin & Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will put the finishing touches on Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW) by hosting its 7th Annual Hangover Day: Donuts & Dessert on Sunday, March 10 at the brewery’s Tampa and Dunedin locations.

Organized to give Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees one last hurrah before they have to return to reality, 7venth Sun’s Hangover Day 2019 will end things on sweet note by taking on the theme of “Donuts and Dessert”.  Considering that this event is jam-packed with a plethora of donut and/or dessert-themed beers, guest brewers, and even a special bottle release, we think the best move here is to just break the whole thing down and give you all the details in a format that is both easy to read and navigate.  So . . . let’s get to it!

The Basics

What – Hangover Day 2019: Donuts & Dessert
When – Noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 10
Where – 7venth Sun Brewery – Tampa |6809 N Nebraska Ave | Tampa, Florida AND 7venth Sun Brewery – Dunedin | 1012 E Broadway Ave | Dunedin, Florida

Guest Breweries

It is not a proper Hangover Day unless you get to suffer/celebrate with your friends, so 7venth Sun has invited representatives from the following breweries to hangout during the event:

The Tap Lists

The Hangover Day tap lists at both 7venth Sun locations will be absolutely massive and loaded down with a ridiculous amount of rare, tasty treats from 7venth Sun and those guest breweries mentioned above.  Here’s how the tap lists are looking at this time (all beers are 7venth Sun offering unless otherwise indicated):

Beers Available at Both 7venth Sun Locations

  • Cigar City Brewing | Donut Hunahpu’s
  • My Everything – Berliner with Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Lactose & Vanilla
  • Infinity & Jelly Donuts Berliner – Raspberry, Donuts & Vanilla
  • After School Special – Rice Krispy Treat Berliner
  • Skittlez – Berliner with Skittles Candy
  • Strawberry Shortcake Berliner
  • D’Artagnan – Milk Stout with 3 Musketeers Candy
  • Blackberry Lime Puff Berliner
  • Sour Patch Adults – Berliner with Sour Patch Kids Candy
  • Sprinkelz Donut Imperial Sweet Stout
  • Eat Your Cocoa Nibs – Bourbon Barrel -aged Imperial Stout with Cacao and Toasted Coconut
  • Double Chocolate Chip Flapjack – Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Maple, Vanilla, Lactose and aged on Cypress Wood
  • Loco for the Coco – Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Toasted Coconut and Lactose
  • Pecan Cheesecake Berliner
  • Bun Bar Stout – Imperial Sweet Stout with Pecan, Vanilla & Maple
  • Public Love – Mango Key-Lime Pie Wheat
  • Carrot Cake Belgian Seasonal with Carrot Cake, Allspice, Nutmeg & Brown Sugar
  • Chocolate Covered Orange Milk Stout
  • Mole con Cacahuetes – Imperial Sweet Stout with Peanut, Cacao, Chilies, Allspice, Cinnamon & Lactose
  • Raspberry Pistachio Imperial Sweet Stout
  • Guava, Key-lime Pie Berliner
  • The Upside Down – Belgian Golden Ale with Pineapple, Cherry & Vanilla
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry Berliner
  • Monkey Wrecked – Bananas Foster Berliner
  • XOXOXOXO – Tequila Barrel Aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Coffee and Vanilla. 

Beers Available at 7venth Sun’s Tampa Location Only 

  • Calusa Brewing | Rollin’ Out – Cinnamon Roll Imperial Sweet Stout (Collaboration with Hidden Springs Ale Works)
  • Free Will Brewing Co. | Chocolate Coconut Ralphius – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • Reve Brewing | What the French Toast – Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cinnamon, Maple & Vanilla
  • Central State Brewing | Raspberry – Raspberry Lactose Sour
  • Late Start Brewing | TBA
  • B. Nektar Meadery | Believe – Apple Mead with Orange Blossom Honey

Beers Available at 7venth Sun’s Dunedin Location Only

  • B. Nektar MeaderyWildberry Pyment

 

Bottle Release

Hangover Day 2019 will also act as the bottle release for XOXOXOXO, a Tequila Barrel-aged Sweet Stout with Vanilla and Coffee.  Bottles of XOXOXOXO will be available for purchase at both 7venth Sun locations.  More info to come on pricing and bottle limits.

Alright, that should cover all the information currently available for Hangover Day 2019 at 7venth Sun Brewery.  If any more details surface before the event, we will be sure to update this post with that info just as soon as we get it.

If you are still in town on Sunday, be sure to swing by a 7venth Sun location and end your TBBW experience properly at Hangover Day.  This is a come as you are/pay-as-you-go event, so no tickets are needed to attend. All you need to bring is your ID, a way to pay for your beers, and the hangover that you will most definitely be nursing by Sunday.  See you all then. Prost!

 

 

TBBW 2019 Event: Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie Bottle Release at Hidden Springs Ale Works

HiddenSpringslogoOn Thursday, March 7 at 9 a.m., Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) will hit Tampa Bay Beer Week with a bottle release of the highly-coveted Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie Imperial Stout.

Far more menacing than its name would lead you to believe, Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie is a Bourbon and Rye Whiskey barrel-aged Imperial Stout that has embraced the unholy alliance that is peanut butter and marshmallow.  Weighing in at sinister 13% ABV, Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie will have you succumbing to the darkness in no time.

The Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie bottle release will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 7. Bottles will be $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

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

  • Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie will only be available in bottles, no draft
  • Once doors open at 9 a.m., the Hidden Springs Tasting Room will stay open for service
  • Parking – Remember to park in Hidden Springs’ lot directly across the street, or on the street up and down Franklin, on Henderson just west of Tampa, or on 7th Ave.
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors. This is a weekday release and local businesses will be open

Since this is Tampa Bay Beer Week and there will be no shortage of stout-lovin’ beer enthusiasts in town, Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie is guaranteed to sell out rather quickly.  If you are hoping to land a bottle, just make sure that you get to Hidden Springs good and early on March 7 and hope that the beer gods shine on you when the official head count is conducted.  Best of luck out there.  Prost!

TBBW 2019 Event: Tampa Bay Beer Week Bottle Releases at Cigar City Brewing

CCBnewlogoCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold five days of bottle releases – Sunday, March 3 through Thursday, March 7 – during Tampa Bay Beer Week (TBBW) 2019.

Last year, Cigar City surprised its fans during TBBW with a series of bottle releases that they called a Barrel-Aged Countdown to Hunahpu’s Day 2018.  Since those releases proved to be an incredible success, the brewery has decided to break out five more tempting barrel-aged brews – all Stouts this time around – for TBBW 2019.  The schedule/lineup for this year’s releases is as follows:

Bottle Release Schedule

  • Sunday, March 3Manson Lamps. | Bourbon Barrel-aged Sweet Stout with Coconut
  • Monday, March 4Tip Top Cafe. | Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Mostra Coffee
  • Tuesday, March 5Yes, Always. | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • Wednesday, March 6Emotional Support Duck. | Brandy Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Peanuts, Raspberries, and Blackberries
  • Thursday, March 7The Smiling Nut. | Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Pistachios and Vanilla

Each beer will release on its respective date at 11 a.m. in Cigar City’s Tasting Room (3924 W. Spruce St | Tampa, Florida) for the price of $19.50 each. There are currently no bottle limits in place, but it is possible that this could change based on each day’s turnout.  You best believe that these barrel-aged goodies will sell out quickly, so make sure that you get to Cigar City Brewing as close to opening as possible for each release.  Prost!

 

Heavy Seas Beer Sets Date for Taproom Release of Joose Cannon

45718056452_40d9331d94_z (2)Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will release Joose Cannon, a Hazy Juicy IPA brewed with tangerine, exclusively in its taproom on March 8, 2019.

Arriving as the first offering to come out of Heavy Seas’ 15 bbl brewhouse in 2019, Joose Cannon is a Hazy Juicy India Pale Ale that serves as “an exciting twist on [the brewery’s] flagship IPA, Loose Cannon.”  With a hefty amount of oats and wheat supplying the haze, Joose Cannon (7.25% ABV) goes next level with huge tropical and citrus aromas sourced from “an alternate dry-hopping procedure, along with tangerine puree and massive doses of Citra and Simcoe hops.”

“After developing Citra Cannon, we decided we should take the ‘Juicy IPA’ concept to another level. Thus, Joose Cannon was born,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “I was blown away by the aroma and bright, fresh flavor of the tangerine puree, so incorporating it into Joose Cannon was a no-brainer. We’re having a lot of fun with the releases on the 15 bbl brewhouse so far and I am confident this one will make a lot of people very happy!”

Joose Cannon will release exclusively in the Heavy Seas Taproom on Friday, March 8 with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  This Limited Release offering will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Joose Cannon from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited/Taproom Exclusive; March 8, 2019
Style – Hazy Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.25%
Hops – Warrior, Simcoe & Citra
Malts – Marris Otter, Oats, Malted Wheat, Munich & Caramalt
Fun Fact – “The Joose Cannon label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Owen Murphy, of One Drop Design Studio, who also designed Heavy Seas’ 23 Anniversary beer label this past December. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Owen in 2019.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None/Taproom Exclusive