Green Bench Brewing Co. Announces Return of Festbier Lager

Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Petersburg, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its Festbier Lager in mid-July 2021.

Their authentic take on the celebratory beer of Germany, Green Bench’s Festbier is a German-style Lager brewed with “imported German Pilsner, Vienna, and Munich malts” to create a “clean and moderately strong malty flavor . . . developed entirely from a traditional double decoction process and natural carbonation.” Coming in at 5.8% ABV, Festbier “is more akin to a heavy bodied Helles with more hop flavor.”

Festbier is rolling out now and will hang around through the Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Green Bench’s distribution footprint in Florida. Prost!

Vital Information for Festbier Lager from Green Bench Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal; mid-July – October 2021
Style – Festbier
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 27
Malts – German Pilsner, Vienna & Munich
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft

AleSmith Brewing Adds Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA to Seasonal Lineup

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will introduce Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA in select markets starting in July 2021.

Here to help you “beat the heat” this summer, Tropical Marmalade is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale featuring “intense notes of coconut, red berries and mango” sourced from Aloha and Sabro hops. Coming in at 7.1% ABV, Tropical Marmalade’s “tropical aromas evoke paradise on the palate, melding berry, floral, fruity and citrus notes from Aloha hops with distinct tangerine, coconut, tropical fruit and stone fruit notes from Sabro hops – a passionate marriage of complementary aromas inspired by the brew’s namesake spread – marmalade.”

“We’re excited for Tropical Marmalade to make a return to our seasonal lineup,” says Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “It was a staff favorite from 2019, so we had to bring it back. With the tropical hop blend and flavors, plus a smooth finish, this is a perfect beer to keep cool this summer.”

Tropical Marmalade is rolling out now in select markets and is slated for wider distribution in October until the end of 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in California and select other states found within the brewery’s 28-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Marmalade Hazy IPA from AleSmith Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal; launching with limited distribution in July 2021 | expanded availability in October 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.1%

IBUs – 25
Featured Hops – Aloha & Sabro
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Funky Buddha Continues Barrel-aged Void Shaker Series with Vanilla Variant

Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Void Shaker Barrel-aged Vanilla Stout (a.k.a. Vanilla Void Shaker) in early July 2021.

The latest release in Funky Buddha’s Void Shaker Series of Barrel-aged Stouts, Vanilla Void Shaker is an Imperial Stout that was aged “exclusively in High West Distillery [bourbon] barrels” and then dosed with additions of vanilla. Coming in at 11% ABV, Vanilla Void Shaker bursts with “explosive flavors from another dimension.”

Vanilla Void Shaker is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through October 2021. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida. Prost!

Vital Information for Void Shaker Barrel-aged Vanilla Stout from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/Void Shaker Series; July – October 2021
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 40
Ingredients – Water, Barley Malt, Non-Malted Cereals, Brown Sugar, Lactose, Hops & Natural Vanilla Flavors
Treatment – Aged in High West Distillery bourbon barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Florida
Beer Finder – https://find.funkybuddhabrewery.com/

Flying Dog Plays Trickster, Introduces Deepfake Non-Alcoholic IPA

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will introduce Deepfake Non-Alcoholic IPA in early July 2021.

Developed to “make you question everything you thought you knew about non-alcoholic beer,” Deepfake is a Non-Alcoholic India Pale Ale that uses Mosaic, Simcoe and Citra hops to produce an “aroma and flavor profile dominated by hop notes of orange, grapefruit, mango and passionfruit.” Coming in at less than 0.5% ABV, Deepfake is “a delicious IPA-imposter with a medium body and clean finish. For consumers who want to avoid alcohol for any reason, but don’t want to sacrifice the taste and feel of the real thing, Deepfake is the perfect illusion.”

“Choosing a non-alcoholic beer shouldn’t mean suffering through a tasteless, watery imposter,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog Brewery. “Deepfake gives you the satisfaction of drinking a real beer, without the added calories and alcohol. It would fool anyone.”

Deepfake is rolling out now as Flying Dog’s newest Year-Round brew. You can expect to find this new Non-Alcoholic option available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Maryland and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Deepfake Non-Alcoholic IPA from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Year Round; launching July 2021
Style – Non-Alcoholic India Pale Ale
ABV – Less than 0.5%
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Simcoe & Citra
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

TrimTab Brewing Adds Flotation Device to Beach Club Series

TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Flotation Device on Wednesday, July 7.

Dropping as the latest cocktail-inspired offering to come out of TrimTab’s Beach Club Series, Flotation Device is a Fruited Sour Ale featuring additions of “tropical Pink Guava, juicy sweet Tangerine, and happy hour sea salt.” Coming in at 7.5% ABV, Flotation Device is here to help you gently coast through summer.

Flotation Device – available in 16 oz. cans and on draft – will hit the Tasting Gallery at TrimTab Brewing at noon on July 7 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Like other Beach Club offerings, you can expect to find Flotation Device at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama and Georgia shortly after the on-site release. Prost!

Vital Information for Flotation Device from TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited/Beach Club Series; July 7, 2021
Style – Fruited Sour Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Featured Ingredients – Pink guava, tangerine & sea salt
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft

Burial Beer Co. & Other Half Collaborate on ‘One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other’

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other, a special collaboration project with Other Half Brewing (Brooklyn, New York), on Wednesday, July 7.

Carefully crafted to be the ultimate summertime drinker, One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other is a Mexican-style Lager “made with pale pilsner with a touch of Vienna and Munich malt, fermented bone dry, and aged in [Burial’s] American oak foudre.” Coming in at 5% ABV, One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other offers notes of “freshly baked honey toast with hints of corn laced with palm tree daydreams.”

One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other – available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles for $12 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproomRaleigh taproom and Charlotte taproom at noon on July 7. If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop to send out into its new 12 state shipping range on Thursday, July 8 at noon.  One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other will not see distribution. Prost!

One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other from Burial Beer Co. & Other Half Brewing

Release – Limited; July 7, 2021
Style – Mexican-style Lager
ABV – 5%
Treatment – Aged in an American oak foudre
Availability – 4-packs 12 oz. bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery & online store only

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Sends Hopcelot IPA Out for Full Distribution

Lawson’s Finest Liquids (Waitsfield, Vermont) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Hopcelot IPA during the first week of July 2021.

Originally brewed to “celebrate the 15th anniversary of the popular Vermont band The Grift,” Hopcelot is an American India Pale Ale “brewed with a diverse blend of [eight] hops, from the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Australia and New Zealand, giving the beer a complex flavor profile that boasts a dank punch of citrus and pine, yielding to a fruity finish.” Coming in at 7% ABV, Hopcelot “is a gloriously complex IPA that delights the senses.”

“Our fans ask us all the time about Hopcelot and its availability, so we’re incredibly excited to bring it back with expanded distribution,” said Sean Lawson, Founding Brewer and CEO of Lawson’s Finest Liquids. “We’re looking forward to sharing it with a much larger audience than we have before. The bright red can and the artwork really pop and pay homage to our musical connection with this beer, and we think people are really going to enjoy the dreamy combination of hop flavors and aromas.”

Hopcelot is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through August 2021. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Vermont and throughout the rest of Lawson’s nine-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Hopcelot IPA from Lawson’s Finest Liquids

Release – Limited; July – August 2021
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Fun Fact – “Hopcelot’s name is a nod to the song ‘Ocelot’ by legendary Vermont band, Phish. The musical references speak to the seemingly endless flavor notes that come from Hopcelot’s eight hop varieties.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – VT, CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA & RI
Beer Finder – https://www.lawsonsfinest.com/where-to-buy/

Ciderboys Hard Cider Hits Summer With Tropical Wave

Ciderboys Hard Cider (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Tropical Wave, a POG-inspired Hard Cider, in early July 2021.

Next up in the Fruitful Pairings Series from Ciderboys, Tropical Wave is a Hard Apple Cider that boasts a “tantalizing tropical trio – passion fruit, orange, and guava.” Coming in at 5% ABV, Tropical Wave “leans into cravings for quenchable and refreshing flavors during warm months.”

“By Fruitful Pairings,” explains Director of Marketing Julie Birrenkott, “we mean a fruit juice flavor that complements and enhances the tart sweetness of our hard cider, not masks that apple goodness. The combination of these tropical flavors really pushes the apple over the top.”

Tropical Wave is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time this summer. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select cider-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin and throughout the rest of Ciderboys’ distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Tropical Wave from Ciderboys Hard Cider

Release – Limited; early July 2021
Style – Hard Cider
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Passion fruit, orange & guava
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Cider Finder – https://www.ciderboys.com/cider-locator/

Sideward Brewing Co. Begins Limited Release of Divebomb Pale Ale

Sideward Brewing Co. (Orlando, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Divebomb, a Pale Ale with Lemon Zest, on Thursday, July 1.

Conceptualized by Sideward’s assistant brewer, Squirrel, and inspired by his obsession with falcons, Divebomb is an American Pale Ale featuring “more modern citrus-focused hop varieties and some lemon zest.” Coming in at 5.6% ABV, Divebomb is the perfect beer to crush while googling random facts about avian species.

Divebomb – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft – will hit Sideward Brewing Co. at noon on July 1 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Divebomb is a brewery release and there is no word at this time as to whether or not it will see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Divebomb from Sideward Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; July 1, 2021
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.6%
Added Ingredients – Lemon zest
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Wild Leap Explores Citiva Hops in Vol. 17 of its Alpha Abstraction DIPA Series

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 17 in late June 2021.

The latest installment in Wild Leap’s Alpha Abstraction Double IPA Series that “features a variety of hops and exhibits a different hop profile in each volume,” Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 17 is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Citiva hops “to deliver notes of peach, floral, mango and lime.” Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 17 clocks in at 8% ABV and 44 IBUs.

“This Alpha is the beginning of our collaboration with BSG’s (Brewers Supply Group) hop program,” says Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott. “This version features Citiva; a new hop blend with tropical and Juicy characteristics designed to be a hop with consistent results year after year, regardless of the characteristics of the hops in the blend.”

Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 17 is available now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia and select markets in Alabama and South Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for Alpha Abstraction – Vol. 17 from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Alpha Abstraction Series; late June 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 44
Featured Hops – Citiva
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beverage-finder/