Hi-Wire Brewing Sends Raspberry Mocha Strongman Out for a Limited Release

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that the Limited Release of Raspberry Mocha Strongman Coffee Milk Stout will begin in early November 2019.

Arriving as a fun new variant on Hi-Wire Brewing’s favorite Seasonal offering – Strongman Coffee Milk Stout, Raspberry Mocha Strongman is a Milk Stout brewed with raspberries, cocoa nibs from French Broad Chocolates, and cold-extracted coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co.  Weighing in at 5.3% ABV, the dynamic Raspberry Mocha Strongman promises to be “roasty, . . . chocolatey, . . . fruity, sweet and creamy.”

Raspberry Mocha Strongman officially released in Hi-Wire’s Asheville Taprooms on November 1 and is hitting distribution now.  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 Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky. Prost!

Vital Information for Raspberry Mocha Strongman from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Limited; November 2019
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 5.3%
Added Ingredients – Raspberries, cocoa nibs from French Broad Chocolates & cold-extracted coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co.
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio & Kentucky

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Funky Buddha Brewery Puts Last Snow in Cans for 2019 Release

lastsnowwebmock2019Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has officially announced that its fan-favorite Last Snow Coconut & Coffee Porter will be available for the first time in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans when it makes its Seasonal return in mid-November 2019.

Released each year as an “ode to that special time in . . . Florida where the needle dips just south of 70° – even for the briefest of moments,” Last Snow is a “rich and creamy” American Porter “layered with coconut and freshly-roasted coffee.”  Coming in at a smooth 6.4% ABV, Last Snow boasts a “taste that recalls a winter wonderland – even if that’s just a state of mind.”

If you happen to be unfamiliar with Last Snow, you are missing out.  Check out the accolades this tasty brew has racked up over the years:

Last Snow is scheduled to hit the Tap Room at Funky Buddha Brewery on November 16 and will enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans – a new packaging format for the 2019 release – and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, Alabama and throughout the rest of Funky Buddha’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Last Snow from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Seasonal/Goodness Series; mid-November – December 2019
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 35
Added Ingredients – Coconut & coffee
Suggested Food Pairings – “Stilton cheese, Roquefort, porter-braised beef, fresh Gulf oysters, Texas-style smoked brisket, Kansas City strip-steak with broiled asparagus, corned beef & cabbage with bacon, tres leches cake, black forest cake with coconut ice cream”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://funkybuddhabrewery.com/beer-finder

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Brings Back Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon

CCBC_TritoniaPLStillWeb-0339Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon will return for a limited time in mid-November 2019.

Returning to distract you from the dropping temperatures with a taste of the tropics, Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon is a traditional Gose-style Ale with coriander and sea salt that gets a not so traditional infusion of pineapple and lemon.  The tropical fruit additions featured in Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon (4.5% ABV) “perfectly complement the base beer creating a tart, refreshing, and overall balanced experience.”

Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon will release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. in mid-November and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  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 throughout Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Tritonia with Pineapple & Lemon from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; mid-November 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.5%
Added Ingredients – Pineapple & lemon
Fun Fact – “Additionally, the brewery releases another version of Tritonia, featuring cucumber and lime, in early summer.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia

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Cascade Brewing Introduces The Devil Wears Lager

cascadelogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that The Devil Wears Lager, the brewery’s first ever-lager in cans, will debut on Friday, November 8.

Arriving as a bit of a departure from Cascade Brewing’s lauded lineup of Northwest sour style ales, The Devil Wears Lager – a special collaboration with Roy Farms of Moxee, Washington – is a Dry-hopped Lager featuring “generous portions of experimental Pacific Northwest hops from the ADHA breeding program.”  Known as ADHA-1940, this new hop varietal is “front and center in this brew, lending an American noble hop quality with aromatic, spicy, floral and resinous characteristics.”

The Devil Wears Lager will officially hit Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on November 8.  This new offering is currently only available in 16 oz. cans, but draft availability is expected to surface in the coming weeks.  Prost!

Vital Information for The Devils Wears Lager from Cascade Brewing

Release – November 8, 2019
Style – Dry-hopped Lager
ABV – ???
Featured Hops – ADHA-1940
Availability – 16 oz. cans; draft to follow at a later date
Distribution – None. Currently only available at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing

Avery Brewing Co. Introduces Pear of Peaches Imperial Hazy IPA

desktop_1572888646_WEB_PearofPeaches_Can_and_GlassAvery Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Pear of Peaches Imperial Hazy IPA in early November 2019.

Here to serve as another hazy option in Avery Brewing Co.’s extensive IPA portfolio, Pear of Peaches is an Imperial Hazy India Pale Ale “packed with juicy hops” and all-natural pears and peaches.  Coming in at a “surprisingly easy drinking 9% ABV,” Pear of Peaches “brings a punch of fruity flavors to the genre of Imperial Hazy IPAs.”

Pear of Peaches will launch with a can release party at Avery Brewing Co. on November 8 and is scheduled to enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Colorado and “many locations across Avery’s distribution footprint.” Prost!

Vital Information for Pear of Peaches from Avery Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; launching November 8, 2019
Style – Imperial Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Hops – Simcoe, Amarillo & Mosaic
Malts – Oats, 2-Row, Spelt & White Wheat
Added Ingredients – All-natural pears & peaches
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.averybrewing.com/brew-finder

 

Founders Brewing Co. Announces Plans for Reopening Detroit Taproom

Founders_Logo_color_2018Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids | Detroit, Michigan) has officially announced that it will reopen its Detroit Taproom in early 2020 with plans of donating 100% of profits to local charities and community organizations.

The crew here at Mashing In typically tries to avoid re-posting press releases in their original form, but – due to the sensitive nature of the events surrounding the lawsuit involving Founders Brewing Co. and Tracy Evans that has been dismissed after the parties reached a settlement agreement – we figured it best to leave Founders Brewing Co.’s words intact so that their message concerning the reopening of the Detroit Taproom and their renewed commitment to Detroit can be read exactly as the brewery intended.

FOUNDERS BREWING CO. ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR REOPENING OF DETROIT TAPROOM

100% of Profits to be Donated to Local Charities and Community Organizations

DETROIT – (November 7, 2019) – Founders Brewing Co. announces it will reopen its Detroit taproom in early 2020, as part of a renewed commitment to the Detroit community and employees across the company.

Founders will donate 100% of profits from the reopened taproom to Detroit charities and community organizations, through at least 2022. The company is now in the process of reestablishing and building relationships with local nonprofits, understanding that input from Detroiters must be incorporated into philanthropic decision-making in order to achieve the best possible impact for the city and its residents. This effort will add onto the company’s existing charitable program, The Big Pitcher, which will expand in 2020 to provide more support to charities in West Michigan and across the state.

“We really wanted to be a part of the historic renaissance taking place in Detroit,” said Mike Stevens, Co-Founder and CEO of Founders. “We feel we opened Detroit for the right reasons, but we recognize there’s room to do things better. When we reopen our doors to beer lovers in Detroit, we promise an environment that will be positive for our customers, employees and the community as a whole.”

Founders opened the Detroit taproom, at 456 Charlotte Street, just north of the historic Masonic Temple, in 2017. The company estimates a $3.1 million economic impact in Detroit in just two years from employee wages alone, which it expects to significantly increase, between employment and donated profits, starting in 2020. The company expects its community commitment to include the addition of trained returning citizens (formerly incarcerated Detroiters) to its workforce, providing meaningful careers in hospitality.

The company is in the process of hiring a new general manager for the location. Staff members who had been working there at the time of the temporary closing on October 25, 2019 will continue to be paid through the end of 2019.

“We understand that financial impact is not enough. We’ve committed, companywide to accelerating our diversity and inclusion efforts. That will not wait until the reopening in Detroit,” added company Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers.

Founders has hired Detroit-based Thomas Group Consulting to create a new companywide strategy, with Thomas Group principal Buzz Thomas serving as Interim Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Founders. Thomas has provided counsel in this area to companies in a variety of industries and is also a respected former Michigan State Senator and Representative. Founders will strive to ultimately create a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Management system aligned with the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. Thomas Group Consulting will also assist Founders with identifying community partners in Detroit to ensure a diverse workforce and impactful philanthropy.

“I look forward to helping Founders create a best-in-class model for diversity, equity and inclusion, that will be able to serve as a model for other companies to emulate,” said Buzz Thomas.

Additionally, the company will hire a firm to conduct an independent audit of the Founders workplace to determine any workplace improvements that need to be made. 

“This experience has been humbling for us, but it’s put us in position to consider the type of future we want for Founders, creating a new vision for important aspects of the company,” added Stevens.

“We’ve built Founders on our love of bringing people together over beer,” said Engbers. “Now we look forward to continuing that mission, but in the name of doing the right thing by giving back even more to our local communities.”

Straight to Ale Set for Return of Laika Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout

STA_hat_logo_400x400Straight to Ale (Huntsville, Alabama) has officially announced that its fan-favorite Laika Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout will make its annual return on November 22, 2019.

Named after the adventurous Soviet space dog who became the first animal to orbit Earth, Laika is a “rich and robust” Russian Imperial Stout that has spent an extensive amount of time aging in Bourbon barrels.  Clocking in at 10.1% ABV, Laika “pours as black as [Straight to Ale’s heart] with notes of chocolate, coffee and is slightly boozy on the finish.”

Laika Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout is scheduled to hit Straight to Ale’s Taproom on November 22 and will enter distribution at or around that date.  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 Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Laika Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout from Straight to Ale

Release – Limited; returning November 22, 2019
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 10.1%
IBUs – 24
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Suggested Food Pairings – General: Dark Chocolate Truffles or Raspberry Mousse Cake | From Ale’s Kitchen: The Smokestack Sandwich
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee & Louisiana

Heavy Seas Beer Brews Up a Quadruple IPA to Serve as its 24 Anniversary Ale

IMG_0308Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will recognize 24 years of craft brewing with the Limited Release of 24 Anniversary Ale: Quadruple IPA in early December 2019.

Created to be Heavy Seas Beer’s “really big way of saying thank you” to their fans for 24 years of support, 24 Anniversary Ale: Quadruple IPA is a Hazy/Juicy Imperial India Pale Ale brewed with “x4 the hops” – a ridiculous amount of Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy and Enigma hops to be exact.  Weighing in at a rather massive 14% ABV and “bursting with notes of grapefruit, orange and ripe stone fruit,” 24 Anniversary Ale “brings a juiciness to every celebration.”

“Heavy Seas is known for making robust, powerful beers and a wide variety of IPA’s,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “Recently, we’ve also been having a lot of fun with hazy, juicy, hoppy beers that have been well received. So, we decided to put it all together for our 24th Anniversary Ale – a 14% ABV, 75 IBU Hazy ‘Quadrupel’ IPA brewed with oats, wheat and hopped to absurd levels with over four pounds per barrel of Citra, Galaxy, Enigma, and Simcoe. There’s enormous buzz in the brewery about this beer. We can’t wait to get it into the hands of all of our fans!”

24 Anniversary Ale: Quadruple IPA will debut at the 24th Anniversary Party in the Heavy Seas Taproom on December 6 and will enter distribution shortly after the on-site release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia. Prost!

Vital Information for 24 Anniversary Ale: Quadruple IPA from Heavy Seas Beer

Release – Limited; December 6, 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 14%
IBUs – 65
Hops – Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy & Enigma
Malts – 2-Row, Wheat Malt, Flaked Oats & Dextrose
Fun Fact – “The 24 Anniversary Ale label artwork was designed by, Chris Gipple, co-founder of Nightshift Creative and designer for Infinite Rot. Chris will be the new local Baltimore artist the brewery will begin working with in 2020. For 2019, local artist, Owen Murphy of One Drop Design Studio, designed both the 23rd Anniversary Ale label and all labels for the brewery’s 15 Barrel Brewhouse taproom exclusive can releases.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Florida, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, DC, & West Virginia

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Narragansett Beer Recognizes Stout Season with Return of Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

AutocraftCoffeeMilkStoutCanNarragansett Beer (Providence, Rhode Island) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout, a special collaboration with Autocrat Coffee (Lincoln, Rhode Island), in early November 2019.

Back just in time to celebrate National Stout Day on November 7, Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout (5.3% ABV) “brings together Narragansett’s bittersweet Milk Stout with dark, delicious Autocrat Coffee.”  This wonderful union produces “an alluring coffee aroma and hints of chocolate malt” alongside flavorful “notes of roasted barley, dark chocolate and toffee . . . complemented by milk sugar that give it a creamy and delectable body.”

Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout is hitting shelves now and will be available for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, Georgia, Rhode Island and throughout the rest of Narragansett’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout from Narragansett Beer & Autocrat Coffee

Release – Limited; returning November 2019
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 5.3%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Autocrat Coffee
Fun Fact – “The History Lesson: This beer is a unique collaboration between two iconic Rhode Island companies. A custom blend of Narragansett’s bittersweet milk Stout with dark, delicious Autocrat Coffee makes for a delightful beer that is more Rhode Island than Roger Williams himself. Since the 1890’s, Narragansett Beer and Autocrat Coffee have been home-grown Rhode Island favorites.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Naturally pairs with rich and sweet desserts like chocolate cake. Also try with robust braised meats like brisket.”
Availability – 6-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee & Oregon

Boulevard Brewing Co. Adds Berry Noir Sour Ale to Seasonal Lineup

BoulevardLogo2Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that Berry Noir, a Sour Ale with mixed berries, will make its Seasonal debut in early November 2019.

Developed to be a Sour Ale “that [is] rich in flavor for a winter release,” Berry Noir starts with a base of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s house Berliner Weisse that is then infused with blueberry juice concentrate and blackberry juice concentrate – “dark, sweet berries . . . enjoyed in the colder months.”  Coming in at just 4.2% ABV, Berry Noir possesses “a light, spritzy body [that amplifies] the refreshing qualities of this fruited sour and begs for another sip.”

Berry Noir hit the Greater Kansas City area this week (November 4) and is scheduled to roll out in other regions in the coming days/weeks.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Berry Noir from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; launching November 4, 2019
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 11
Added Ingredients – Blueberry juice concentrate & blackberry juice concentrate
Suggested Food Pairings – “Creamy cheeses, mixed greens & citrus salad, strawberry shortcake, balsamic-glazed pork chops, cheesecake with fresh berries”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/