Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Run the Jewels Re-Release Stay G-O-L-D IPA

ccbc_staygold_2019Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it is getting ready for “the big game” by once again partnering with hip-hop super duo Run the Jewels to release a new batch of Stay G-O-L-D IPA on Tuesday, January 29

Originally released in October 2017 as one of several IPA collaborations that Run the Jewels created with a handful of breweries across the country, the Creature Comforts’ version of Stay G-O-L- D has been revived to hit fans with that “hazy, juicy, and dank” India Pale Ale experience one more time.  Brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Strata, and Chinook hops, Stay G-O-L-D (6% ABV) “offers a great marriage of dank, pine, and resin flavors paired with a punch of peach, melon, and orange tropical notes.”

“Stay G-O-L-D is a high impact, yet very drinkable IPA,” said David Stein, Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Co-Founder and Head Brewer. “We’re all big fans of Run the Jewels here at Creature Comforts so we were thrilled to have another opportunity to collaborate with them.”

With availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft, Stay G-O-L-D will officially release on January 29 in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.  After the on-site release, a limited amount of Stay G-O-L-D will be available on draft only at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Creature Comforts’ distribution footprint in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Stay G-O-L-D from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Run the Jewels

Release – Limited; January 29, 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
Featured Hops – Citra, Mosaic, Strata & Chinook
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Athens & Atlanta, Georgia (draft only)

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Bell’s Brewery Releases Shipping Schedule for 2019 Hopslam

HopslamcansBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that the 2019 batch of Hopslam Ale will begin its annual limited release during the first week of January.

Released once a year to the delight of adoring hopheads all over the country, Hopslam Ale (10% ABV) is a Double IPA brewed with a hop bill that starts “with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle and [culminates] with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops.”  This abundant hop schedule – “the most complex . . . in the Bell’s repertoire” – offers a “pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes” while a “generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.”

Hopslam will make its first appearance in 2019 at the Eccentric Cafe and Bell’s General Store on Wednesday, January 2.  Staggered distribution will immediately follow the on-site release with the following schedule:

  • January 3 – Counties in lower Michigan: Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Clare, Clinton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lake, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Monroe, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oakland, Oceana, Osceola, Ottawa, St. Joseph, Shiawassee, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne
  • Week of January 7 – Remaining counties in Michigan (including the U.P.), Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee (Roanne, Scott, Campbell, Claiborne, Morgan, Anderson, Union, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Coche, Sevier, Blount, Loudon, Shelby, Cheatham, Davidson, Wilson, Trousdale, Williamson, Rutherford, Maury, Bledsoe, Rhea, Seqatchie and Hamilton counties), Vermont and Wisconsin
  • Week of January 14 – Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee (remaining counties), Texas, Virginia, West Virginia

Once it arrives in your area, you can expect to find Hopslam Ale available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 5L mini-kegs (these may ship at different times than what is indicated above) and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants.

Just as it does each and every year, Hopslam will disappear with a quickness once it hits shelves and taps in your area. With that in mind, make sure you take note of your release week, stay vigilant while out on beer runs this month, and secure your honey-laced hop fix the moment your opportunity arises.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hopslam Ale from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty, January 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
Hops – Six Pacific Northwest varieties, dry-hopped with Simcoe
Added Ingredients – Honey
Shelf Life – 3 months
Suggested Glassware – Snifter
Recommended Food Pairings – “Savory: Macaroni and cheese, sharp cheddar, strong bleu cheese, grilled walleye, grilled asparagus, roasted parsnips, pesto. Sweet: Oranges, baklava, pink lady apples”

Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 5L mini-kegs & draft
Distribution – See schedule above for shipping dates & affected areas
Beer Finder – https://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder

Creature Comforts and Jackie O’s Brewery Collaborate on Athens to Athens Grist to Grist Saison

CCBC_AthenstoAthensStillWeb-Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin a limited bottle release for Athens to Athens Grist to Grist, a wine barrel-aged Saison brewed in collaboration with Jackie O’s Brewery (Athens, Ohio), on Friday, January 11.

Meant to unify the distinct characteristics of two American breweries that both call a town named Athens home, Athens to Athens Grist to Grist is a Saison that was originally brewed in February of 2017 with a base recipe that included “spelt sourced from Jackie O’s community in Ohio and wheat locally sourced from DaySpring Farms in Danielsville, Georgia.”  That Saison base was then split among wine barrels with “half the barrels inoculated with Creature Comforts’ house-mixed culture, and the other half with Jackie O’s house-mixed culture.”  After spending a year in those barrels, the two Saisons were finally blended to perfectly marry “Jackie O’s signature lemon meringue flavor . . . with Creature Comforts’ stone fruit notes.”  The completed Athens to Athens Grist to Grist comes in at 6% ABV.

“By inoculating the barrels with each of our mixed-cultures separately, we were able to allow our house cultures to develop the flavors they would on their own and then blend the beer to create a unique voice together,” said Blake Tyers, Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager at Creature Comforts. “I have such a huge respect for Brad and the work he’s done at Jackie O’s. I favored the Jackie O’s character in the blend to present something different than what we typically offer, and to present a distinct saison that is truly representative of the collaboration.”

 

“This project was conceived two years ago through an innocent conversation about how we both brewed in towns named Athens,” said Jackie O’s Director of Brewing Operations Brad Clark. “A seemingly simple discourse led to a collaborative concept that pulls from a time, and most importantly a place. We brewed with each other at both breweries over the course of seven days! Time spent together in our respective place of being, led to some dynamic beers that transcended both environment and glass.”

Athens to Athens Grist to Grist will officially release in the Creature Comforts Tasting Room on Friday, January 11.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 750ml bottles and is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Athens to Athens Grist to Grist from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Jackie O’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Brewery Release; January 11, 2019
Style – Saison
ABV – 6%
Featured Grains – “Spelt sourced from Jackie O’s community in Ohio and wheat locally sourced from DaySpring Farms in Danielsville, Georgia”
Treatment – A base Saison split among wine barrels “with half the barrels inoculated with Creature Comforts’ house-mixed culture, and the other half with Jackie O’s house-mixed culture.” Aged for a year and then blended.
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Creature Comforts staff member Melissa Merrill designed the label artwork. The artwork depicts an idyllic moment to enjoy the saison.”

Availability – 750ml bottles 
Distribution – None. Available exclusively in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

 

J. Wakefield Brewing Set to Release The Adjunctron Project

JWakeLogoJ. Wakefield Brewing (Miami, Florida) has officially announced that it will release The Adjunctron Project, the brewery’s “first-ever adjunct set”, at some point during the week of December 10, 2018. **UPDATE** J.Wakefield  announced today that it will release The Adjunctron Project in its tap room on Thursday, December 13 between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. **UPDATE**

Consisting of six parts when intact, The Adjunctron Project consists of a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout that is released alongside five different adjunct-laced variants of itself: Coffee, Vanilla, Coconut, Cocoa Nibs and Cinnamon.  Each offering in The Adjunctron Project weighs in at a formidable 14% ABV.

“We’ve never released a set like this. The different versions really give the drinker a sense of how the right adjuncts can enhance the flavor profile of an individual beer. We think it makes a great holiday gift for craft beer lovers. It’s certainly something we’d love to receive,” explained Maria Cabre, head brewer and director of brewery operations.

The Adjunctron Project will be “available via flash release, sometime this week.” **UPDATE** The flash release for The Adjunctron Project will take place in J. Wakefield’s tap room on Thursday, December 13 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.  **UPDATE**  The set of six 500ml bottles will be available for $150 each and there will be a limit of one set per person.  If you wish to get your hands on The Adjunctron Project, the folks at J. Wakefield Brewing recommend that you follow their Instagram account closely for the official release announcement.  Prost!

Good People Brewing Sets the Stage for Día del Gordo III (a.k.a. El Gordo Day 2018)

elgordo (1)On Saturday, December 8 at 11 a.m., Good People Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) will host Día del Gordo III, a bottle release event for the brewery’s beloved El Gordo Imperial Stout.

Often regarded as a highly respected, longtime champion of the craft beer community in Birmingham, the hard-hitting El Gordo will step out of the shadows once again on December 8 to show the world all that it has to offer at Día del Gordo III (also known as El Gordo Day 2018).  This massive, 13.9% ABV Imperial Stout always puts on a hell of a show at its annual appearance, and you best believe that El Gordo has quite a few surprises in store for the fans attending this year’s event.  Día del Gordo III is sure to be quite the spectacle, so let’s break down the event in an attempt to shed some light on the mystery that is El Gordo Una Stout Imperial.

The Basics 

What – Día del Gordo III | El Gordo Day 2018
When – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 8
Where – Good People Brewing Company | 114 14th Street South | Birmingham, Alabama

The Bottles

Since Día del Gordo III is first and foremost a bottle release, guests who attend the event will have the opportunity to purchase the following bottles:

  • 2018 El Gordo Una Stout Imperial
  • 2018 Barrel-aged El Gordo
  • 2018 Apple Brandy Barrel-aged El Gordo
  • Good People will also have a limited supply of vintage El Gordo bottles dating back as early as 2014

The Exclusive Drafts

With that said, Día del Gordo is still a party and this one is rockin’ the following tap list of highly-limited, draft-only variants of El Gordo:

  • El Gordo Aged in Tequila (former Bourbon) Barrels
  • El Gordo Aged in Rum (former Bourbon) Barrels
  • El Gordo Aged in American Oak Port Barrels
  • El Gordo (NITRO) aged in Port Barrels with Single Origin Guatemalan Coffee from Domestique Coffee 
  • El Gordo with Vanilla
  • El Gordo with Cocoa Nibs from Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. & Toasted Coconut

Other Useful Info

  • Día del Gordo III is free to attend and pay as you go. Since no tickets are being issued, they are obviously not necessary to attend
  • All purchases must be made at the brewery with a valid I.D. The brewery CANNOT pre-sell or ship bottles to anyone interested in acquiring one
  • It is best to get to this event early because all El Gordo bottles are sold on a first come, first served basis
  • Día del Gordo III will also feature live music and local food trucks. We will update you with the lineup of musical acts and food vendors just as soon as that information is made available
  • The kind folks at Good People Brewing will be raffling off prizes from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. during Día del Gordo III.  The Grand Prize will be drawn at 3 p.m.

Alright, that should just about cover all the information currently available on Día del Gordo III/El Gordo Day 2018.  If any more details surface before the event, we will be sure to update you with that information here.

If you plan on being anywhere near Birmingham, Alabama on December 8, clear your schedule now, coordinate with your Stout-loving amigos, and get to Good People Brewing Company nice and early on Día del Gordo III so that you can bear witness to the magnificence that is El Gordo.  To do otherwise would just be a shame.  Prost!

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Calusa Brewing Releases Totemic Table Saison

CalusaTotemic2Calusa Brewing (Sarasota, Florida) recently took to social media to announce the bottle-only release of Totemic Table Saison.

Arriving just in time to pair with all the holiday meals in your future, Totemic Table Saison is an oak-fermented Saison that “crackles with dry, appetizing character and spirited, friendly funk.”  Clocking in at an extremely light and easy-drinking 4.2% ABV, Totemic Table Saison supplies its drinker with an experience that is “rustic, refreshing and restorative.”

Officially released at the end of last week (November 23), 375ml bottles of Totemic Table Saison are still available for purchase in Calusa Brewing’s Tasting Room for the cost of $6 each.  This is a bottle-only release that will only be available as long as supplies last.  Prost!

Vital Information for Totemic Table Saison from Calusa Brewing

Release – Limited, late November 2018
Style – Saison/Table Beer
ABV – 4.2%
Suggested Food Pairings – “An incredible food beer, Totemic pairs with seafood & shellfish, crushes it with cheese and may be the ultimate brunch beer.”
Availability – 375ml bottles ($6 each)
Distribution – None; brewery-only release

Monday Night Brewing Set to Release Cinnamon Cocoa Coffee Drafty Kilt

MondayNightCCCDrafty2Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Release for Cinnamon Cocoa Coffee Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale at its West Midtown location on Friday, November 30.

Just as its lengthy name suggests, Cinnamon Cocoa Coffee Drafty Kilt starts with a Scotch Ale base – Monday Night’s “already delicious” Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale to be exact – and takes it to the next level with the additions of cinnamon and locally roasted Batdorf & Bronson coffee and cocoa nibs. These comforting ingredients meld into the base beer to produce “refined notes of spice and dark chocolate . . ., making [Cinnamon Cocoa Coffee Drafty Kilt] perfect for a cold winter (week)night.”

Cinnamon Cocoa Coffee Drafty Kilt will officially release on November 30 at Monday Night Brewing’s West Midtown location.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and you can reserve yours by clicking here.  There is no information available at this time that leads us to believe that this beer will see distribution.  If anything changes, we will be sure to update you with that info here.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cinnamon Cocoa Coffee Drafty Kilt from Monday Night Brewing

Release – Limited/Black Tie Series; November 30, 2018
Style – Scotch Ale
ABV – 7.2%
IBUs – 26
Grains – Cherrywood-Smoked Malt, Chocolate Malt & Roasted Barley
Hops – Columbus & Willamette
Added Ingredients – Cinnamon and Batdorf & Bronson coffee & cocoa nibs
Suggested Food Pairings – “Spice Cake, Cranberry Sauce, Cold Winter Nights”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Brewery release. No distribution information available at this time

 

Lonerider Brewing Set for Black Friday Release of Pistols at Dawn

LoneriderPistolsPourLonerider Brewing Company (Raleigh, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will open the Hideout two hours early – at noon – on Black Friday, November 23 to hold a taproom exclusive release of Pistols at Dawn Brunch Stout.

Turning up just in time to give you a reprieve from the madness that is Black Friday, Pistols at Dawn is a brunch-themed American Stout “made with local cold brew coffee, cocoa nibs, and lactose.”  Strong, imposing and confident, Pistols at Dawn (9% ABV) will help you survive the morning and can also be convinced to “keep you warm on the coldest of nights.”

Pistols at Dawn will release exclusively in the Hideout – Lonerider’s taproom – at noon on Black Friday.  This Limited Release will be available as long as supplies last in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. Pistols at Dawn is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pistols at Dawn Brunch Stout from Lonerider Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Brewery Exclusive; November 23, 2018
Style – American Stout
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 70
Hops – Magnum
Added Ingredients – Cocoa Nibs, Local Cold Brew Coffee, Flaked Oats & Lactose
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None, taproom only

 

Cascade Brewing Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Release of Bourbonic Plague

cascadenewlogoOn Friday, December 7, Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) will host a 20th Anniversary Celebration that will feature the very special release of Bourbonic Plague (2016).

To commemorate a milestone anniversary that marks two decades of brewing incredible Northwest Sour Ales, Cascade Brewing will throw a 20-Year Celebration on Friday, December 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing (located at 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy | Portland, Oregon). This event will feature “raffles, games, cupcakes, brewery tours, a birthday toast, and select menu items from the brewery’s 1998 menu.” Guests in attendance will also have the opportunity to “chat with [Art Larrance, founder of Cascade Brewing,] and Cascade’s brewing team.”

This event will also act as the exclusive bottle and draft release for Cascade’s Bourbonic Plague (2016). This highly-coveted, fan favorite offering is “a blend of sour imperial porters aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with dates, cinnamon, vanilla and orange peel.”  This release will mark “the first time in seven years Cascade has bottled Bourbonic Plague, and each [750ml bottle] will be individually numbered in this extremely limited project.”

In addition to the 20-Year Celebration at The Lodge at Cascade Brewing, Bourbonic Plague will also be released in 750ml bottles and on draft at “Cascade’s Eastside location, The Cascade Brewing Barrel House, starting Dec. 10. [Bourbonic Plague] will only be available at Cascade’s two Portland area pubs and will not be made available via distribution.” Prost!

Vital Information for Bourbonic Plague from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; December 7 & 10, 2018
Style – American Sour Ale/Imperial Porter
ABV – 10.5%
Treatment – “A blend of sour imperial porters aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to two years with dates, cinnamon, vanilla and orange peel”
Fun Fact – “The original Bourbonic Plague won Cascade its first gold medal at the 2009 Great American Beer Festival in the wood- and barrel-aged sour beer category.”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None; only available in Cascade Brewing’s two Portland area pub locations

Wild Leap Brew Co. Hits October with Two Limited Release Beers

WildLeapLogo.pngWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that Rollin’ Deep Cinnamon Roll Stout and the third volume in its incredibly popular Alpha Abstraction Double IPA series will both debut during the second week of October 2018.

Arriving as Wild Leap’s first canned stout, Rollin’ Deep is a cinnamon roll-inspired treat “brewed with rich caramel and chocolate malts and cinnamon.” Clocking in at a warming 8.5% ABV, Rollin’ Deep boasts a “straight-from-the-food-court, sticky bun flavor” that will pair beautifully with the “cooler autumn days” ahead.

“With fall approaching, we wanted a beer that was perfect for football games and bonfires,” said co-founder and CEO Anthony Rodriguez. “We’ve always served a variety of stouts in our tap room, but this one was way too good to keep to ourselves.”

If sweet Pastry Stouts are not your thing, fear not because Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 3 will be released alongside Rollin’ Deep to satisfy all the hop fiends out there.  This Double India Pale Ale employs the use of Mosaic hops – the first of the Alpha Abstraction Series to do so – to “provide a nice mix or fresh mango, citrus, and very complex tropical aromas.” Although Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 3 “has a different flavor profile from anything [Wild Leap has] brewed before”, this “big, juicy, balanced Double IPA” (8% ABV) will most assuredly still appeal to “connoisseurs and casual drinkers alike.”

Rollin’ Deep and Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 3 will launch at a Double Release Party at Wild Leap Brew Co. on October 12 and will also enter distribution at or around that date.  You can expect to find these two Limited Release offerings available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in and around the Atlanta, LaGrange, Newnan, Peachtree City, Columbus, Athens, Gainesville, and Augusta areas of Georgia.  Prost!