TBBW 2019 Event: Campfire S’mores Sweet Stout Bottle Release at Rapp Brewing

RappLogoRapp Brewing Company (Seminole, Florida) has officially announced that it will be getting in on the Tampa Bay Beer Week 2019 festivities by hosting a bottle release for Campfire S’mores Sweet Stout at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

It just would not be Tampa Bay Beer Week without a special bottle release from Rapp Brewing Company, and this year they are mixing things up a bit by going the Sweet Stout route.  Just as its name would lead you to believe, Campfire S’mores is a s’mores-inspired Sweet Stout filled with “that ooey gooey goodness when the marshmallow and chocolate melt together with a light char from the campfire.”  Coming in at smooth sipping 7.3% ABV, each warming sip of Campfire S’mores promises to conjure up memories of “nights camping in the wilderness and roasting s’mores on a stick.”

Campfire S’mores Sweet Stout will officially release at 4 p.m. on March 8 and is expected to sell out quickly.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 22 oz. bottles for the price of $15 each (bottle limits have yet to be determined).  Due to the limited nature of this release, Campfire S’mores will not be available on draft.  Prost!

 

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7venth Sun Brewery & LOKO Cuisine Team Up for Valentine’s-Themed Triple Bottle Release

7venthSunLOKO_edited7venth Sun Brewery (Dunedin & Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will host “For the Love of Chocolate!”, a special bottle release event featuring three chocolate-centric beers brewed in collaboration with LOKO Cuisine, on Thursday, February 14.

To bring the appropriate amount of chocolaty goodness to your Valentine’s Day this year, 7venth Sun Brewery recently brought in John LoScalzo of LOKO Cuisine to “put his creative, wonderful and talented chef brain to work on some delicious beer ideas” that all feature cacao nibs from Pinellas Chocolate.  As usual, LoScalzo came through to produce some amazing flavor combinations that he and the brewery translated into the following three culinary-inspired Imperial Sweet Stouts that will be featured at the “For the Love of Chocolate!” Bottle Release (descriptions sourced directly from 7venth Sun’s event page on Facebook):

  • LOKO for the Coco – Chocolate & toasted coconut Imperial Sweet Stout (a distant relative of Eat Your Coco Nibs, for those who are acquainted)
  • Mole con Cacahuetes – Mole is typically made with a plethora of ingredients from the pantry like chili, spices, chocolate and nuts. We chose peanuts to blend with the complex flavors of this Imperial Sweet Stout with guajillo and ancho chilies, cacao nibs, roasted peanuts, cinnamon, allspice and lactose.
  • Double Chocolate Chip Flapjack Stack – If you don’t know, brunch is pretty much LOKO Cuisine’s jam – so we couldn’t neglect a brunch-inspired beer. Gossip with your friends over this Imperial Sweet Stout with cacao nibs, maple, vanilla and lactose aged on cypress wood. (seriously it tastes like chocolate chip pancakes)

All three beers above are priced at $17 per bottle and will go on sale at both 7venth Sun locations at noon on Valentine’s Day.  These beers will be available as long as supplies last and there will be no bottle limits.

In addition to the triple bottle release, “For the Love of Chocolate!” will also feature a few special beer tappings at both 7venth Sun locations.  As far as food goes, Xtreme Tacos will be at the Tampa location at 6 p.m. to collaborate with LOKO Cuisine on “a mole chicken Valentine’s dinner special” that will pair beautifully with the featured beers.  Guests attending in Dunedin are encouraged to venture next door to HopScotch Cafe to experience their “charcuterie and cheese boards in addition to their delicious salads and sandwiches.”

For those keeping score at home, this event features indulgent levels of chocolate, decadent adult beverages, and delicious food options.  So . . . it pretty much sounds like 7venth Sun and LOKO Cuisine just handled all your Valentine’s Day needs in one sweet package.  Whether you are in Dunedin or Tampa, do the right thing, swing by a 7venth Sun location and treat yourself (and anyone you feel inclined to bring along) to everything this “For the Love of Chocolate!” event has to offer.  Prost!

Hidden Springs Ale Works Sets Release Date for In Between Dreams

HiddenSpringslogoHidden Springs Ales Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a bottle release for In Between Dreams on Saturday, February 9.

Crafted to be the liquid portal that “[takes] take you down the rabbit hole and into a surrealist world of endless possibilities”, In Between Dreams is an Imperial Stout with chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut that has been double barrel-aged in cognac and bourbon barrels.  Looming at 12% ABV, this is one stout that you do not want to sleep on.

The In Between Dreams bottle release will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 9.  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 so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors

In Between Dreams will not see distribution and is expected to sell out with a quickness.  If you wish to get your hands on a bottle, make sure that you are in line for the 10:45 head count on Saturday and just hope that you make the cut. Good luck out there.  Prost!

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Founders Brewing Co. Sets Release Date for 2019 KBS

ba_kbs2017clusternewFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the nationwide, limited release of its wildly-popular KBS on March 15, 2019.

Arriving as the second release of the year in Founders Brewing Co.’s Barrel-Aged Series, KBS is a 12.2% ABV Imperial Stout “brewed with massive amounts of coffee and chocolate before aging in oak bourbon barrels in caves beneath Grand Rapids and at an offsite barrel-aging facility, the Barrel House.”  Loaded with “wonderful bourbon undertones”, KBS is guaranteed to make “your taste buds squeal with delight.”

“Mid-March has become somewhat of a holiday for us as it marks the annual return of KBS,” said Co-Founder and President, Dave Engbers. “To see our barrel program grow from just a couple of bourbon barrels stacked in the brewery to the 25,000+ barrels it is today has been nothing short of amazing. While the hunt certainly added to the fun of KBS season during the early years, we’re happy that craft beer fans all over the country can now find it near them at their favorite local shops.”

With the use of “a pre-ticketed reservation process via Eventbrite”, KBS will be available for early pickup in Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taprooms March 8-10.  Reservations can be arranged beginning on February 8 (February 6 for Mug Club members) at 10 a.m. EST.  The nationwide release of KBS is scheduled to follow the on-site release on March 15.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s 47-state distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for KBS from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, mid-March 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.2%
Added Ingredients – Coffee & Chocolate
Treatment – Aged in oak Bourbon barrels
Availability – 750ml bottles, 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

 

Gulf Stream Brewing Company Schedules Its First Bottle Release

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Gulf Stream Brewing Company (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) has announced that it will officially introduce its Spritza Series with a triple bottle release on Saturday, February 2.

For its first ever bottle release, the newly-established Gulf Stream Brewing Company is going big with the limited release of three offerings from its Spritza Series, a lineup of Sour Ales inspired by traditional craft cocktails.  The three Spritza beers releasing on Saturday are as follows (descriptions sourced from the breweries press release):

  • Paloma Spritza | This sour is a tribute to the classic Paloma cocktail. It starts with a blend of ales soured with Gulf Stream Brewing’s house culture on neutral oak. It’s then blended with fresh squeezed Florida grapefruits and limes, local wild-flower honey, tequila essence, and a hint of hibiscus.  ABV – 6.2%
  • Aviation Spritza | This sour is a tribute to the timeless classic Aviation cocktail. It starts with a blend of ales soured with Gulf Stream’s house culture on neutral oak. It’s then blended with butterfly pea flowers and violets; Bing, Maraschino, and wild amarena cherries and a hint of fresh lime.  ABV – 5.5%
  • Hurricane Spritza | This sour is a tribute to the classic Hurricane cocktail. It starts with a blend of ales soured with Gulf Stream’s house culture on neutral oak. It’s then blended with passion fruit, blood oranges, vanilla beans, and lactose.  ABV – 5.3%

“The three Spritza Sours are hand-crafted from the brewery’s live-active sour culture program, and are brewed with various fresh and local ingredients that made the classic cocktails famous,” said Brewmaster, Mike Demetrus. “As a concept I’ve wanted to do for some time, we are really pleased with how they turned out and excited to introduce some classic and some less-common flavors to the South Florida craft beer market.”

The three Spritza Series beers listed above will go on sale at Gulf Stream Brewing Company at noon on Saturday, February 2.  Approximately 150 individually numbered bottles of each Spritza style be available for purchase for $12 each (+ tax) and there will be a two (2) bottle limit per person on each Spritza cocktail style. A limited amount of Paloma Spritza, Aviation Spritza and Hurricane Spritza will also be available on draft to enjoy on-site in Gulf Stream’s taproom during the event (no growler/crowler fills).

In addition to the bottle sale, this bottle release event will also feature a raffle for two sets of the Spritza Series.  Each guest that purchases a draft pour or buys a bottle of any of the three featured Spritza Series offerings will be given a ticket and entered into the raffle.  The Gulf Stream staff will draw names and announce one winner each at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.  You must be present to claim a raffle prize.

Unique Sour Ales, reasonably priced bottles AND a raffle for a chance to win more bottles all at one event? It sounds like Gulf Stream is taking a proper approach to their first bottle release.  If you are free on Saturday and plan to be in the Fort Lauderdale area, be sure to swing by Gulf Stream to check them out and get your hands on these Spritza Series Sour Ales.  Prost!

 

 

TBBW 2019 Event: Angry Chair Brewing Super Rad Rare Beer Event & Bottle Release

angrychairlogoAngry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will recognize Tampa Bay Beer Week 2019 by celebrating its annual Super Rad Rare Beer Event and Bottle Release off-site at The Orpheum on Thursday, March 7.

During last year’s Tampa Bay Beer Week, one thing was made incredibly clear: just about everyone who was in town for the event was motivated to get a hold of some Angry Chair Brewing at one point or another.  Day after day, hordes of beer fans descended upon the brewery at all hours for their week of bottle releases.  Although the folks at Angry Chair were pleasantly surprised by the turnout and stoked to receive such support, their neighbors were not so happy with the situation.  Since the brewery is pretty small, lacks parking and is located at the edge of a neighborhood, this influx of humanity led to numerous logistical issues that made life difficult for the people who call that area home.

In order to keep that from happening again during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2019, Angry Chair Brewing has decided to make this year’s bottle releases a part of its annual Super Rad Rare Beer Event and move the whole thing off-site to The Orpheum in Ybor City.  This decision was made to not only respect the wishes of their neighbors, but to also provide their patrons with a better experience.  Obviously, this means that there WILL NOT be any bottle releases at Angry Chair Brewing at ANY POINT during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2019.  

Since this information will prove valuable to many, we are just going to breakdown all the details for the 2019 Super Rad Rare Beer Event and Bottle Release in effort to avoid any confusion.  Let’s get to it:

The Basics

What – Angry Chair Brewing’s Super Rad Rare Beer Event & Bottle Release
When – Thursday, March 7 – 1st Session: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. | 2nd Session: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where – The Orpheum | 1915 East 7th Ave | Ybor City, Florida

Ticket Information

General Admission tickets for the Super Rad Rare Beer Event are $300 each (+ tax).  Ticket cost gets you unlimited pours of rare beers during the event, a commemorative beer glass, a bottle bag and one of each of the following bottles:

  • Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Popinski with Vanilla Beans | Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout with Vanilla Beans
  • Cognac Barrel-aged Unrepentant Transgression | Cognac Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Cinnamon, Toasted Walnuts & Vanilla Beans
  • Barrel-aged Russian Interference | Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout with Toasted Pecans, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon brewed in collaboration with Westbrook Brewing Co.
  • Barrel-aged Adjunct Trail | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Hazelnut, Coffee & Coconut brewed in collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales
  • Barrel-aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout | Bourbon Barrel-aged Sweet Stout with Cacao, Vanilla Beans & Coconut
  • Guava & Vanilla Bean Sour Ale | Collaboration with The Orpheum

**Bottles are subject to change if any issues arise**

VIP Tickets will be available via raffle for the cost $500 each (+ tax).  VIP ticket cost gets you everything included with General Admission plus admittance into the event 20 minutes early and a second set of bottles.  This is how the raffle will work:

To enter the VIP RAFFLE – While purchasing your ticket you will provide your name, email, and phone number. At the time of purchase, inform the Angry Chair staff member that you want to be a part of the VIP raffle and you will be added to the raffle list.  Names will be drawn randomly, 30 per session, and winners will be contacted. If you are contacted, you will have 24 hours to pay the additional $200 to bump your ticket up. Once 24 hours pass, anyone who has not paid will forfeit their VIP selection and additional names will be drawn. (You will have already purchased the GA ticket, so you will not lose your chance to attend, just the additional perks).

In-person ticket sales will take place at Angry Chair Brewing beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 26.  There will be 200 General Admission tickets per session and 30 VIP tickets per session available for in-person purchase.  **UPDATE 1.26.19** In-person ticket sales are officially SOLD OUT. **UPDATE 1.26.19**

Online ticket sales will take place at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, January 28.  70 General Admission tickets per session will be available for online purchase.  We will post the link for online sales here just as soon the brewery makes it available. **UPDATE 1.26.19** The ticket link is now live. You can click here to go to the ticket page. **UPDATE 1.26.19****UPDATE 1.29.19** Online ticket sales are officially SOLD OUT. **UPDATE 1.29.19**

Tickets are limited to ONE per person and you can only attend one session.  Plus ones WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE.

Your ID will be required at the time of purchase.  You will be issued a physical ticket.  The name on the ID will be added to the list and your ticket will match the name on that list.  This means that YOU must show up with YOUR ticket.  Tickets are NON-TRANSFERABLE.

The Draft List

Attendees of The Super Rad Rare Beer Event will have access to unlimited pours of the following . . . you know . . . rare beers:

  • Barrel-aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout | Bourbon Barrel-aged Sweet Stout with Cacao, Vanilla Beans & Coconut
  • Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Popinski with Vanilla Beans | Rye Whiskey Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout with Vanilla Beans 
  • Barrel-aged Russian Interference | Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout with Toasted Pecans, Vanilla Beans & Cinnamon brewed in collaboration with Westbrook Brewing Co.
  • Barrel-aged Adjunct Trail | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Hazelnut, Coffee & Coconut brewed in collaboration with Prairie Artisan Ales
  • Cognac Barrel-aged Unrepentant Transgression | Cognac Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Cinnamon, Toasted Walnuts & Vanilla Beans
  • Wilfred | Sweet Stout with Cacao, Vanilla Beans, Coconut & Maple
  • Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout | Sweet Stout with Cacao, Vanilla Beans & Coconut
  • Barrel-aged Rocky Road | Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Lactose, Cacao, Vanilla Beans & Walnuts
  • Rainbow Sherbet Berliner Weisse | Berliner with Lactose & Rainbows
  • Barrel-aged French Toast | Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Lactose, Cinnamon, Vanilla Beans & Maple
  • Vodnik Czech-style Pilsner
  • Spacegrass IPA | India Pale Ale with Simcoe, Azacca & El Dorado hops
  • Imperial Moon Butter Sweet Stout | Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao & Peanut Butter
  • Guava & Vanilla Bean Sour Ale | Collaboration with The Orpheum
  • Barrel-aged Ultra Violence | Bourbon Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout with Copious Amounts of Vanilla Beans

**The list above is subject to change and will definitely grow as the date of the event draws closer. Stay tuned for updates!**

Other Useful Information

  • Make sure that you have your ID with you when you attend the Super Rad Rare Beer Event.  If you do not bring your ID, your name cannot be verified against the list.  If you cannot be verified, you cannot attend.
  • Things that will not be permitted at the event: bottles, coolers, chairs, children & pets
  • You will receive a wristband upon entry.  DO NOT remove this wristband.  Not only will it prove that you belong at the event and grant you access to the beer being poured, it is also your only link to your bottles and schwag. When you leave, the Angry Chair crew will cut your band and then hand over your bottles, bottle bag and glass.  No wristband = NO BEER, NO BOTTLES, NO NOTHIN’.
  • Once you leave the event, please leave the area and do not linger outside of The Orpheum.
  • Unfortunately, there will be no food available at the venue during the event.  Angry Chair suggests that you check out one (or more) of Ybor’s amazing restaurants, bars or breweries before and/or after the event to handle all your grubbin’ needs.
  • The beers at this event will be massive, so please plan accordingly.  Arrange for a designated driver to pick you up or secure an Uber/Lyft/taxi to get you home safely.
  • Once again . . . There WILL NOT be any bottle releases at Angry Chair Brewing at ANY POINT during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2019.  

Alright, that should just about cover all the details currently available for the Super Rad Rare Beer Event and Bottle Release.  If any new information surfaces or anything changes, we will be sure to update this post with that information just as soon as we have it.

After what happened last year, it kind of goes without saying that this event will sell out quickly.  If you wish to attend Angry Chair’s Super Rad Rare Beer Event, make sure that plan you accordingly and do whatever you can to hit those ticket sale options as early as possible.  Best of luck to all of you.  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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Funky Buddha Brewery Set to Release Bourbon Barrel-Aged Save Some Room For Later

FBB_save_some_room_for_later_bottle-mock-22oz_webFunky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has officially announced that it will host a bottle release event for Bourbon Barrel-Aged Save Some Room For Later on Saturday, September 15.

Arriving as the latest selection to come out of Funky Buddha’s Living Barrel Series, Bourbon Barrel-Aged Save Some Room For Later starts its journey as a German chocolate cake-inspired Double Brown Ale that boasts “layers of creamy chocolate, sweet coconut, and fragrant vanilla” (a.k.a. the same Save Some Room For Later that saw a wide release earlier this month).  That decadent base beer is then transferred from the brewery’s “chocolate cake room to a bold Bourbon barrel” so that it can pick up “subtle oak undertones for a smooth and boozy finish.”  The completed Bourbon Barrel-Aged Save Some Room For Later weighs in at a hefty 10.5% ABV and 40 IBUs.

A bottle release for Bourbon Barrel-Aged Save Some Room For Later will be held in Funky Buddha’s Tap Room on Saturday, September 15.  This Limited Release will be available in 22 oz. bottles with bottle limits set at six (6) per person during the release event.  Bourbon Barrel-Aged Save Some Room For Later will be available exclusively in the brewery’s tap room and distribution is not expected (aside from special events).  Prost!

Vital Information for Bourbon Barrel-Aged Save Some Room For Later from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/The Living Barrel Series; September 15, 2018
Style – Imperial/Double Brown Ale
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 40
Added Ingredients – Cocoa nibs & coconut
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Suggested Food Pairings – “Coconut shrimp, chocolate mole enchiladas, coconut milk rice, German chocolate cake”

Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – None/Tap Room Exclusive

Maple Barrel-aged Black Aggie Headlines Next Mega Drop at Hidden Springs Ale Works

HiddenSpringsShunOn Saturday, September 1 at 11 a.m., Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) will host a Mega Drop release event featuring bottles of Maple Barrel Aged Black Aggie Imperial Stout and four other limited-release offerings in cans.

That’s right . . . Black Aggie is back and this time she is bringing some sticky maple barrel-aged Imperial Stout action to Hidden Springs Ale Works’ latest Mega Drop, the brewery’s all-in approach to beer releases that has its fans leaving the facility with an armful of instant gratification.  Obviously, to make this a true Mega Drop, Maple Barrel Aged Black Aggie will be joined by four other “frands” in cans (pictured on the right).  The descriptions and pricing for all five Mega Drop beers are as follows:

  • Maple Barrel Aged Black Aggie | $30 per bottle – The name of this massive Imperial Stout says it all.  ABV – 13%
  • Shun the Non-Believer | $18 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans – Berliner with Mango and Habanero. It’s spicy. It’s tart. It’s oh so juicy and missing a kidney.  ABV – 5.5%
  • Tiki Apocalypse | $18 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans – A tropical Berliner with yuzu, cucumber and hibiscus tasty enough to please the gods.  ABV – 5.5%
  • Djuice Flute | $18 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans – (pronounced “joos floot”) A sour IPA with coconut & lime brewed in collaboration with Calusa Brewing.  ABV – 6.5%
  • I am the Walrus | $18 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans – This Berliner with plum and bourbon soaked oak chips is so tart, so refreshing, so enigmatic, it’ll have you tasting colors while you fly high with Lucy & her diamonds. Yoko Ono can’t even touch this.  ABV – 5.5%

Note: Limits for each release will be announced the morning of the Mega Drop.

As is the case at every Mega Drop, cash is the preferred form of payment to keep the release running smoothly and the line moving.  If you cannot come up with that kind of cash by Saturday, cards are still an option.

A couple more things to keep in mind when it comes to the Mega Drop:

  • Parking is available in the lot across the street from Hidden Springs Ale Works, up and down Franklin St., on Henderson just west of Tampa St., and on 7th Ave.
  • While in line, the brewery asks that “don’t be a menace to the ‘hood while waiting fo yo juice. Hug the wall to the right of the door on Henderson.”

Other than that, just make sure that you get to the Mega Drop reasonably early to make the final head count, be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors while in line, and just have a good time while you wait to get your stash of bottles and cans.  Prost!

 

 

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Schedules Bottle Release Event for Arcadiana Barrel-Aged Saison

creaturecomfortslogo_editedOn Saturday, July 21 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) will close down its Tasting Room to host the very special Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration.

Previously released as a “clean” (a.k.a. non-wild) Saison back in 2015, Arcadiana triumphantly returns later this month as “a saison brewed with American and European hops, that aged in wine barrels for one year with the brewery’s house-mixed culture of yeast and bacteria.”  This treatment results in a “soft, lightly tart” Saison that offers “citrus and berry notes on the palate.”

“Saisons are so tied to the land. It’s a seasonal beer that’s based on the farm from which the beers were made. We always try to loop in a local source to our farmhouse styles of beer.”

 

– Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager Blake Tyers on the use of wine barrels sourced from Yonah Mountain Vineyards in Cleveland, Georgia

The Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration will be a private, ticketed event held on July 21 in the Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Tasting Room. Tickets will be available through Xorbia beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 (click here for a direct link to the ticket page).  Tickets cost $60 each and include “36oz of beer to taste onsite with a special draft list, 2 bottles of Arcadiana to take home, small plates of food paired with the beer, and a vintage [Creature Comforts] Four Year Anniversary stemware. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase more bottles onsite” during the event.  You must be 21 or older to attend the Arcadiana Bottle Release Celebration and this is a “ticket holder only event.” Prost!

Vital Information for Arcadiana from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; July 21, 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 6.2%
Treatment – Aged in wine barrels – sourced from Yonah Mountain Vineyards –  for one year with the brewery’s house-mixed culture of yeast & bacteria
Fun Fact – On Arcadiana’s name & label artwork: “The beer’s name is a reference to the poetic idea of Arcadia – a utopia where people live in harmony with the natural world. The label is a watercolor illustration created by local artist and Creature Comforts staff member Melissa Merrill.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None; available only at a ticketed, brewery-only bottle release event