DEEP Brewing Company (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Annual Bottle Release of Calypso ’85, a Barrel-aged Cuban coffee-inspired Imperial Stout, on Monday, May 25.
Rising from the DEEP just in time for Memorial Day, Calypso ’85 is an Imperial Stout that has been “lurking in Four Roses Bourbon barrels for 14 months before being racked atop mountains of fresh Lucky Goat Coffee Co. Columbian Midnight Express [coffee beans] and infused with Lucky 7 Espresso and milk sugar.” Weighing in at an eye-opening 12.3% ABV, Calypso ’85 will give you that Cuban coffee pick-me-up any time of day.
A limited amount of 500ml bottles of Calypso ’85 will release in DEEP Brewing Company‘s online store at 7 a.m. on May 25 (those who land bottles online can then swing by the brewery for curbside pick up between noon and 7 p.m.). Calypso ’85 is a brewery exclusive release that will only be available at DEEP Brewing Company as long as supplies last. Prost!
Vital Information for Calypso ’85 from DEEP Brewing Company
Release – Limited; May 25, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.3%
Treatment – Aged in Four Roses Bourbon barrels for 14 months
Added Ingredients – Columbian Midnight Express & Lucky 7 Espresso coffee from Lucky Goat Coffee Co. & milk sugar
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery only
Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Strawberry Dreamsicle IPA on Tuesday, May 26.
Dropping as the first official release in Terrapin’s newly established series of one-off Dreamsicle brews, Strawberry Dreamsicle is a Milkshake India Pale Ale that features four different hop varietals alongside additions of “real strawberry and lactose sugar for a creamy berrylicious mouthfeel.” Coming in at 7.9% ABV and 40 IBUs, Strawberry Dreamsicle is “a sweet but balanced IPA that provides a subtle hop finish and aroma.”
Strawberry Dreamsicle is scheduled to debut on May 26 and will stick around for a limited time. You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Strawberry Dreamsicle from Terrapin Beer Co.
Release – Limited/Dreamsicle Series; launching May 26, 2020
Style – Milkshake India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.9%
IBUs – 40
Featured Hops – Amarillo, Citra & Simcoe (Dry hopped with: Amarillo, Citra, Mosaic & Simcoe)
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Wheat, Flaked Oats & Honey Malt
Added Ingredients – Strawberry & lactose sugar
Fun Fact – On the Dreamsicle Series: “Last year, we introduced Peach Dreamsicle as a stand-alone special release. Because of its success, we decided to do a series of one-off Dreamsicle brews. Our first, Strawberry Dreamsicle, will be launching in [May] followed by Peach Dreamsicle releasing in July. Mango Dreamsicle will round out the series, with a September release date.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder
Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Cosmic Handshake, a Sour New England-style Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania), in late May 2020.
Crafted to be “a universal dap. an intergalactic high five.” between Sixpoint and their partners at Victory Brewing Company, Cosmic Handshake is a hybrid ale of “planetary proportions” that is “part soft, juicy, hazy IPA, part tart and tangy sour beer.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Cosmic Handshake promises to show you “what happens when TWO WORLDS COLLIDE!”
Cosmic Handshake is scheduled to drop in late May and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!
Vital Information for Cosmic Handshake from Sixpoint Brewery & Victory Brewing Company
Release – Limited; late May 2020
Style – Sour India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Featured Hops – Idaho 7, Mosaic & Citra T-45
Availability – 16 oz. cans
Hacker-Pschorr (Munich, Germany) has officially announced that it will begin rolling out a new logo and an updated overall packaging presentation in the U.S during the month of May 2020.
After a successful U.S. launch of Weissbier in eye-catching cans back in January, Hacker-Pschorr has decided to apply that contemporary look to its entire portfolio available in America. This update begins with a new logo that is “strikingly bigger, thicker and louder and represents the boldness of the entire brand portfolio.” The bottles themselves have also been updated to “allow for a better overall drinking experience while setting it apart from traditional German Beer bottles.” Finally, labels and packaging will also include a “diamond pattern . . . [to emphasize] the Bavarian origin and also includes a ‘descriptor’ that identifies bier specialty.” All of these changes were thoughtfully applied to “address the changing tastes of contemporary beer lovers without violating centuries old traditions and mandates.”
“The Hacker-Pschorr can launch was one of our most successful to date and made us revisit our current packaging to see how we can continue to enhance and improve our image with a younger audience,” says Steve Hauser, CEO of Paulaner USA. “The result is a fresh, modern look that uniquely celebrates the brands rich heritage and superior taste.”
“The new Hacker-Pschorr bottles and logo redesign moves the company into the future. We are confident that this modern day packaging facelift will introduce the brand to an entirely new generation of bier drinkers,” Hauser concludes.
American beer drinkers will begin seeing Hacker-Pschorr’s new look on shelves in May. The Hacker-Pschorr styles currently available in the U.S. are Weissbier, Munich Gold, Oktoberfest, Weisse Dark, Munich Dark, and Mai Bock. Prost!
New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that it will continue its Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series with the May release of Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA.
Here to take you “back to the future of hazy IPAs,” Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale “bursting with juicy mango, pineapple and guava flavors and aromatics.” Aiming to be “high in flavor and low in bitterness,” Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA is a “bright, fruit-forward IPA [that] showcases a refreshing flavor and slightly lower ABV (6.7%) for bodacious drinkability.”
“For 1985 IPA, we wanted to make a hazy IPA to crush during summertime. 1985 uses loads of Citra and Simcoe hops and then dials up the fruit factor with the addition of mango. The result is an impossibly juicy and drinkable IPA arriving just in time for summer.”
– Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium
Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA is out now with plans to hang around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans (suggested retail price of $10.99) and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and throughout the rest of New Belgium’s distribution network. Prost!
Vital Information for Voodoo Ranger 1985 IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Release – Limited/Voodoo Ranger Rotating IPA Series; launching May 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
IBUs – 30
Hops – Citra, Simcoe & Cascade
Malts – Pale Malt, Oats & Wheat
Added Ingredients – Mango
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/
Boulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that Cherry Lime Radler will join its Seasonal lineup in June 2020.
Crafted to be the “perfect combination of juicy sweetness and tartness,” Cherry Lime Radler is a Radler that infuses Boulevard’s Unfiltered Wheat Beer with a dose of cherry and lime juice. This combination creates a “zesty, refreshing” experience that features “bold cherry character . . . at the front of [the] first sip, giving way to subtle, complementary tartness.” Coming in at just 4.1% ABV, the thirst-quenching Cherry Lime Radler is truly “summer-in-a-can.”
Cherry Lime Radler will debut in the Greater Kansas City area on June 1 and expanded distribution will follow shortly after that date. You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area. Prost!
Vital Information for Cherry Lime Radler from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Release – Seasonal (Summer); launching June 2020
Style – Radler
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 18
Base Beer – Unfiltered Wheat Beer
Added Ingredients – Cherry & lime juices
Suggested Food Pairings – “Soy-glazed pork ribs, burger and fries, cherry pie”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/finder/
Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Releases of two new Hop Hut offerings – Ooh La La Milkshake IPA and Be Easy Citra 2X New England IPA – at its West Midtown location on Thursday, May 21.
Knowing that hoppy beers always pair beautifully with long weekends, Monday Night Brewing is hitting Memorial Day weekend with the following two juicy brews straight out of the Hop Hut (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s Facebook page):
- Ooh La La | Milkshake New England IPA – Piña Colada for the win. We get those classic Caribbean flavors thanks to the addition of fresh pineapple, toasted coconut, and vanilla. Fancy glass, paper umbrella and getting caught in the rain not included. ABV – 8% IBUs – 30
- Be Easy Citra | 2X New England IPA – A 3-way Citra New England IPA, using all forms of this versatile hop (Citra, Citra Cryo and Citra Lupulin) to make a juicy, hazy, citrusy mélange of flavors. ABV – 8.5% IBUs – 50
Ooh La La and Be Easy Citra – both packaged in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – will be available for drive-thru pick up exclusively at Monday Night’s West Midtown location on May 21, but you can go ahead and pre-order your stash on the brewery’s website by clicking here. Ooh La La and Be Easy Citra are both brewery-only releases and are not expected to see distribution. Prost!
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Culture Keepers, a Maibock brewed in collaboration with Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina), on Friday, May 22.
The second of two collaborations under the same name that “features a perfectly balanced combination of traditional malt and hop qualities,” this installment of Culture Keepers is a Maibock that has “Czech Saaz, German Hallertauer Hersbrucker, and US Santiam hops blend wonderfully together with Epiphany’s Ursprung Fest Malt, and Munich malt.” Coming in at 7% ABV, Culture Keepers “[captures] the traditional essence of bock beer.”
Culture Keepers Maibock will officially hit Creature Comforts Brewing Co. for to-go pickup in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans on May 22, but you can go ahead and pre-order your stash on CraftCellr now by clicking here. In addition to the brewery release, a limited amount of Culture Keepers Maibock will be sent into distribution within Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s footprint in Georgia. Prost!
Vital Information for Culture Keepers Maibock from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Burial Beer Co.
Release – Limited; May 22, 2020
Style – Maibock
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Czech Saaz, German Hallertauer Hersbrucker & US Santiam
Featured Malts – Ursprung Fest Malt from Epiphany Craft Malt & Munich Malt
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Pre-order Link – https://creaturecomforts.craftcellr.com/
Pre-order Rules – “A note for CraftCellr: You must pick up during normal drive-thru hours (2-8PM) between 5/22-6/5. Please have your offer pulled up on your phone. Any beer not picked up by the 5th will be released back into inventory for sale with no refund.”
Distribution – Limited; Georgia only
Yazoo Brewing Company (Madison, Tennessee) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Twelve Sixteen, the brewery’s latest Embrace the Funk project, on Wednesday, May 20.
Described as “a once in a lifetime Mélange of [Embrace the Funk’s] first two coolship beers,” Twelve Sixteen is an American Wild Ale “brewed with raw wheat, pale malt and aged hops” and then “spontaneously fermented by local Nashville microflora in the 2012/13 & 2016/17 seasons.” This special project went on to be “oak aged then blended for a natural one-year bottle refermentation.”
“When we were preparing to move the brewery in early 2019, I found a keg of our original spontaneous ale named “Clarence” brewed on 12/12/12 at Division Street in downtown Nashville. The beer was a reflection of what our native local environment influenced, eventually advancing to the medal round of GABF 2014.
“Finding that keg, and tasting a beer I thought was long gone was very exciting. It made sense to take our first batch in 2012 and blend it with our first batch in our new coolship from the 2016/2017 season of spontaneous brewing. Bottled on April 23rd 2019 for a one-year bottle conditioning evolution. I hope you enjoy this project of time, natural progression, local microflora and passion.
“It has long been a dream of mine to present on a larger scale what the diverse Middle Tennessee microbes have to offer.”
– Brandon Jones, Head Funkmaster & Brewer for Yazoo’s Embrace the Funk program
Twelve Sixteen is scheduled to officially release at Yazoo Brewing Company on Wednesday, May 20 and you can pre-order your bottles now by clicking here. This Special Release is limited to only 500 375ml bottles and “once gone they are gone.” Prost!
Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Brawndo Rush on Tuesday, May 19.
Dropping as Hidden Springs Ale Works’ newest “thirst mutilator” in cans, Brawndo Rush is a purple, “sports drink”-inspired Berliner Weisse that is “grape-y . . . and ready to go extreme sporting with you.” Meant to be the pinnacle of “X-tremeeeee” refreshment, Brawndo Rush is here to remind you that “water is for toilets!”
Brawndo Rush will officially release in the Tasting Room at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) on May 19 and you can secure your cans by using one of the following three methods:
- Order Online – 4-packs of Brawndo Rush will be available on Hidden Springs’ website beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 (orders must be picked up on same day)
- Call the Brewery – Beginning at 11:30 a.m. on May 19, you can call Hidden Springs at 813.226.BREW to place your order for Brawndo Rush (orders must be picked up on same day)
- Walk-In Order – Show up at Hidden Springs Ale Works from Noon to 7 p.m. on May 19 and grab your cans Brawndo Rush the old-fashioned way . . . just “be cool + respect the 6ft rule”
Brawndo Rush will have availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($18 each) and limits are set at six 4-packs per person (proxies will be allowed). Brawndo Rush is a brewery exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!