New Realm Brewing Launches Barrel Aged Series with Release of Pastry Blonde Strong Ale

newrealmlogo2New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a highly limited bottle release for Pastry Blonde Strong Ale, the first release in the brewery’s Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series, in its Atlanta Taproom on Tuesday, October 22.

Hinted at by New Realm Brewing Company for quite some time, the Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series has finally surfaced to represent “the true spirit of brewing exploration and nods back to the original renaissance of beer spurred by the hardworking barrel makers; the coopers.” Meant to be both innovative and historical, this new series harkens back to when nearly “every beer in the 1800’s was barrel aged, and it is from this handmade heritage that [New Realm’s] barrel aged beers are born.”

The first Wooded Reserve release is simply known as Pastry Blonde Strong Ale, “a rich Amber Ale, decadently sweet and aged six months in first use Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels.” This treatment supplies Pastry Blonde Strong Ale (10.6% ABV) with “layers of bourbon, sherry and vanilla notes.”

Pastry Blonde Strong Ale will officially release in New Realm Brewing Company’s Atlanta Taproom (550 Somerset Terrace NE | Unit 101 | Atlanta, Georgia) on October 22, 2019.  This special release is limited to only six cases of 500ml bottles, and your best bet to secure your stash of Pastry Blonde Strong Ale is by reserving in advance through CraftCellr (click here to do so).  These bottles are guaranteed to disappear with a quickness, so be sure to lock yours down ASAP.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pastry Blonde Strong Ale from New Realm Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series; October 22, 2019
Style – American Strong Ale
ABV – 10.6%
IBUs – 13
Treatment – Aged for six months in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None; Taproom only release
Reserve Online – https://newrealm.craftcellr.com/

 

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Sets Release Date for Concurrence Blend 3

CCBC_Concurrence3StillWeb-Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of Concurrence Blend 3, a blended barrel-aged Imperial Stout, on September 28.

Arriving as Creature Comforts’ latest “expression of stout, time, and spirits barrels,” Concurrence Blend 3 is a blended Imperial Stout that has been “aged in whiskey barrels with cocoa nibs, chilies, cinnamon, and lactose.”  Coming in at a whopping 12.5% ABV, Concurrence Blend 3 is here to guide you on a journey into “the depths of strong ale.”

Concurrence Blend 3 will release alongside Tulsi (click here for more information) in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (271 W. Hancock Ave. | Athens, Georgia) on Saturday, September 28. This Limited Release offering will be available in 750ml bottles as long as supplies last. Concurrence Blend 3 is a Tasting Room exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Concurrence Blend 3 from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; September 28, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.5%
Treatment – Blend of Imperial Stouts aged in whiskey barrels with cocoa nibs, chilies, cinnamon & lactose 
Availability – 750ml bottles 
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

 

Hidden Springs Ale Works Releases Details on Mega Drop 3.4 Bottle & Can Release

HiddenSpringslogoOn Saturday, September 21 at 11 a.m., Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) will unload Mega Drop 3.4, a Limited Release event featuring three bottled variants of Black Aggie Imperial Stout and an insane amount of various releases in cans.

Are things getting a little sparse in your beer fridge?  Do you feel your pastry boi/bae status slipping away due to a lack of Pastry Stout in your life? If one or both of these conditions apply to you, fear not because Hidden Springs Ale Works is coming through for you in a big way with their Mega Drop 3.4 on September 21.  Truly the most mega of drops ever to be dropped at Hidden Springs, Mega Drop 3.4 will feature the following ten – yeah, TEN – releases (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s Facebook page):

The Bottles

  • Barrel-aged Birthday Cake Black Aggie – Cuz it isn’t a party without that classic, spongy yellow cake that’s busting at the seams with chocolate + vanilla⁠.  $30 per bottle
  • Barrel-aged Devil’s Food Cake Black Aggie – It’s dense & fudgy with literal pounds of chocolate, vanilla + bright, sweet raspberries⁠.  $30 per bottle
  • Barrel-aged Mexican Cake Black Aggie – It’s sugar & spice, & not a thing nice as it coats your insides with cinnamon, ancho chiles, deep chocolate + sweet vanilla⁠.  $30 per bottle

The Cans

  • Brawndo – “Sports Drink” Berliner (finally making a can debut just in time to commemorate our 4th year in Tampa Heights).  $18 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans
  • Riot Juice – Blackberry + Lime Berliner with Vanilla & Milk Sugar.  $16 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans
  • Man Child – Peanut Butter & Jelly Berliner.  $18 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans
  • No Bake – Cherry Cheesecake Berliner brewed in collaboration with Finback Brewery.  $18 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans
  • Kazhbier – Crispy Czech Pilsner.  $12 per 4-pack of 16 oz. can
  • Ninja Dust – A brand-new Double Dry-hopped Double IPA with El Dorado + Galaxy hops.  $18 per 4-pack of 16 oz. cans
  • Ezra the Lion – IPA with Citra hops *BONUS: this beer helps kids beat cancer. Proceeds benefit Beat Nb, driving childhood cancer clinical trials in over 45 hospitals.  $16 per 4-pack of 16 oz. can

**Cases of cans will be available for $90 per brand/per case**

All of the bottles and cans listed above will release at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 21. Any limits will be announced 15 minutes prior to the start of the release. Cash is preferred (it keeps the line moving), but cards will be accepted.

A few more things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this Mega Drop:

  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St., on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave. There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall near the door on Henderson so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors. Pick up after yourself and do not leave empty bottles and cans behind on the sidewalk, street, etc.

Do not sleep on Mega Drop 3.4 because the majority of these releases will undoubtedly sell out on September 21.  If you want/need these beers in your life (and who doesn’t?), make sure that you are in line no later than the final head count on Saturday morning.  Good luck out there and happy Mega Drop Day to you all.  Prost!

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Bottles of ‘Welcome, My Friends’ Imperial Stout Set to Drop at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

CCBC_WelcomeMyFriendsStillWeb-Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Welcome, My Friends, an Imperial Stout made with almonds, coffee, vanilla and lactose, in its Tasting Room on Saturday, September 14.

Crafted to be a truly decadent treat, Welcome, My Friends is an Imperial Stout with lactose that “features rich layers from roasted almonds and Ugandan vanilla beans on top of the base nutty and chocolate notes from the coffee.”  To ensure that they used the perfect coffee to complement this beer’s delectable sensory profile, Creature Comforts reached out to their friends at 1000 Faces Coffee to source select Brazilian Agua Limpa coffee.  Welcome, My Friends weighs in at a sizable 11.2% ABV.

Welcome, My Friends will release alongside The Tree That Owns Itself (click here for more information) in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (271 W. Hancock Ave. | Athens, Georgia) on September 14. This Limited Release offering will be packaged in 750ml bottles and available as long as supplies last. Welcome, My Friends is a Tasting Room exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Welcome, My Friends from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Specialty; September 14, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.2%
Added Ingredients – Lactose, almonds, Ugandan vanilla beans, & Brazilian Agua Limpa coffee 
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Set to Release The Tree That Owns Itself Barleywine

CCBC_TreeThatOwnsItselfStillWeb-9383Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for The Tree That Owns Itself, a Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine, in its Tasting Room on Saturday, September 14.

Inspired by the “admired landmark” of the same name in Athens, Georgia (more information available below), The Tree That Owns Itself is an English-style Barleywine that was created with the use of “a traditional English barley base, all English ingredients, a long boil, and extended maturation in select, small-batch bourbon barrels for over 26 months.”  Coming in at a sip-worthy 12.5% ABV, The Tree That Owns Itself promises an experience filled with “fruity, rich, decadent complexity.”

The Tree That Owns Itself will release alongside Welcome, My Friends (click here for more information) in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (271 W. Hancock Ave. | Athens, Georgia) on September 14.  This Limited Release offering will be packaged in 750ml bottles and available as long as supplies last. The Tree That Owns Itself is a Tasting Room exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for The Tree That Owns Itself from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Wood Cellar Series; September 14, 2019
Style – English-style Barleywine
ABV – 12.5%
Treatment – Aged in “select, small-batch bourbon barrels for over 26 months”
Fun Fact – “‘The Tree That Owns Itself’ is an admired landmark in Athens, GA. The story behind the landmark is that the tree’s owner, desiring to protect it, deeded ownership of the tree and surrounding land to itself. In honor of this local legend, Creature Comforts brewed this barleywine.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

Hidden Springs Ale Works & Mikerphone Brewing Collaborate on Maple Marauders

HSAWMikerphoneHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will release Maple Marauders, a barrel-aged collaboration with Mikerphone Brewing (Elk Grove, Illinois), at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 31.

Here to remind you that you can have your breakfast and drink it too, Maple Marauders is a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with chocolate and “enough maple to make Canada cry.”  Weighing in at a massive 12% ABV, Maple Marauders can be enjoyed on its own or with an unreasonably tall stack of pancakes (you know . . . for dipping and/or sopping).

Bottles of Maple Marauders will release alongside Peanut Butter & Jealous (click here for more info) at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 31. Each bottle of Maple Marauders will cost $30 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:

  • Maple Marauders and Peanut Butter & Jealous WILL NOT be available on draft during the release on August 31
  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St., on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave. There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery
    Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall near the door on Henderson so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors

Maple Marauders will not see distribution and – like all bottle releases at Hidden Springs – is expected to sell out rather quickly. If you are at all interested in landing a bottle of this collaboration brew, make sure that you are in line no later than the final head count. Good luck out there, folks. Prost!

Hidden Springs Ale Works & Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. Team Up to Make Everyone Peanut Butter & Jealous

HSAWNarrowGaugeHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a limited bottle release for Peanut Butter & Jealous, a special collaboration with Narrow Gauge Brewing Company (Florissant, Missouri), at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 31.

Brewed specifically for all the haters out there that “hate us ’cause they A’INT us,” Peanut Butter & Jealous is an Imperial Stout with peanut butter and raspberries.  Thoroughly pleased that they achieved optimum levels of PB&J goodness in this “little monster,” Hidden Springs and Narrow Gauge guarantee that Peanut Butter & Jealous (10% ABV) is “definitely gonna stick to the roof of your mouth in the very best way.”

Bottles of Peanut Butter & Jealous will release alongside Maple Marauders (click here for more info) at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 31. Each bottle of Peanut Butter & Jealous will cost $20 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:

  • Peanut Butter & Jealous and Maple Marauders WILL NOT be available on draft during the release on August 31
  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St., on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave. There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall near the door on Henderson so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors

Peanut Butter & Jealous will not see distribution and – like all bottle releases at Hidden Springs – is expected to sell out rather quickly.  If you are at all interested in landing a bottle of this collaboration brew, make sure that you are in line no later than the final head count.  Good luck out there, folks.  Prost!

 

Founders Brewing Co.’s CBS Returns in 2019 with Availability in 12 oz. Bottles

cbs_12oz_bottleFounders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) has officially announced that the highly anticipated 2019 release of Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) will begin on November 1 and – for the first time ever – it will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles.

Arriving as the fifth and final release in the brewery’s 2019 Barrel-Aged Series, CBS is an Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and chocolate – the same base beer as Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) – that is then aged in “bourbon barrels that had previously housed maple syrup.”  Once its rest is completed, CBS (11.3% ABV) emerges from the barrels to offer a “transcendental drinking experience” featuring notes of “rich maple syrup, roasted coffee and velvety chocolate.”

The 2019 release of CBS marks the third year in a row that the brewery has released the beer and sadly “they have no future plans to brew it again.”

“This will be the last year I plan on making CBS, so get it while you can,” said Brewmaster Jeremy Kosmicki. “Our barrel program has grown a lot since the first time we released CBS, so it’s been fun seeing an entire new audience become introduced to CBS over the past couple of years. It’ll be missed in 2020, but I’m looking forward to bringing out some new barrel-aged releases.”

This year’s batch of CBS will debut with a presale at Founders Brewing Co.’s Grand Rapids and Detroit taproom locations on October 25 through October 27 (General Admission CBS ticket sales begin on September 13 at 10 a.m. EST) and full distribution is scheduled to begin on November 1.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS) from Founders Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series; November – December 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.3%
IBUs – 45
Treatment – Imperial Stout brewed with coffee and chocolate and aged in bourbon barrels that previously held maple syrup
Fun Fact – On the Barrel-Aged Series from Founders Brewing Co.: “Crafting legendary barrel-aged beers is an exercise in patience. We start by brewing complex, world-class beer worthy of time in a barrel. Then, our experience and years spent mastering our craft means we know exactly when it’s been aged to perfection. After one sip, you’ll know – it was worth the wait.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://foundersbrewing.com/beer/find-our-beer/

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Coppertail Brewing Co. Celebrates Five Years of Brewing with Anniversary Party

coppertaillogowhiteCoppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will host its 5th Anniversary Party from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, August 24.

After five years of brewing on the edge of Ybor, Coppertail Brewing Co. is barreling into the second half of their first decade at full steam. The brewery has seen continued growth, firmly solidified an incredible lineup of Core, Seasonal and Limited Release beers while still finding time to keep their tap wall filled with inventive/experimental brewery-only offerings, and it even recently established the Coppertail Kitchen.  The last five years have given everyone at the brewery a lot to celebrate, and celebrate they will at their Fifth Anniversary Party on Saturday, August 24.

Since this party is absolutely packed with limited-edition beers, guest taps, bottle releases, live entertainment, etc., we are just going to break it all down to ensure that you have all the information you need to have the best time possible at the Coppertail Brewing Co. Fifth Anniversary Party.  Let’s get at it!

The Basics

What – Coppertail Brewing Co. Fifth Anniversary Party
When – 5 p.m. to Midnight on Saturday, August 24
Where – Coppertail Brewing Co. | 2601 E 2nd Ave | Tampa, Florida

5th Anniversary Tap List

To ensure that your taste buds will be busy during this event, Coppertail has confirmed that it will be tapping the following beers on Saturday (Updated 8/23):

Foeder Beer Treatments

  • Cherry
  • Peach
  • Peach Rhubarb 
  • Guava Pineapple Dragon Fruit 
  • Pineapple Coconut Lime
  • Peach Vanilla
  • Raspberry Guanabana
  • Cherry Lychee
  • Prickly Pear
  • Mollyfruit 
  • Mango
  • Passion Fruit Mango Guava 
  • Guava 
  • Blackberry Hibiscus
  • Strawberry Muscadine 
  • Blueberry Lime
  • Rosé

     

Other Featured Coppertail Beers

  • Ales for ALS IPA
  • Hop Skull #4 IPA
  • AHTI BA Imperial Stout with Strawberry, Blackberry, Coconut

Coppertail Brewing Co. does plan to add to this list as the date of party draws nearer.  We will be sure to update this list just as soon as additional information is provided.

Guest Tap List

Since it is not a proper birthday party without friends, a good deal of local breweries will be in attendance to keep the guest taps flowing with the following brews (Updated 8/23):

Everything Else

In addition to the amazing beer listed above, the Coppertail Brewing Co. Fifth Anniversary Party will also feature:

  • A pig roast & other food options
  • Special bottle releases: 5th Anniversary Peach Foeder Sour (500ml bottles) – this beer spent some quality time on French oak and was inoculated with Brettanomyces, Pediococcus, & Lactobacillus and fermented on fresh peaches; Créature de mer Rouge (375ml bottles) – a 6.8% ABV Golden Sour Ale aged in a French oak wine foeder, inoculated with various strains of Brettanomyces, Pediococcus, & Lactobacillus and fermented on fresh cherries.
  • Limited release anniversary shirts & glassware (glassware pictured below)
  • Live music from Mountain Holler, Shawn Kyle & the Mysterious Ybor Fires (featuring Members of the Diviners, Band of Sorrows, and Have Gun Will Travel), and Will Quinlan & the Holy Slow Train
  • College football fans, you are covered as well. The Miami Hurricanes | Florida Gators game will be shown (without sound) during this event.
Other Useful Info
  • General Admission is FREE.  VIP is SOLD OUT.  If you have not already secured VIP tickets, there is no need to worry about tickets as this is a come-as-you-are, pay-as-you-go event.
  • Parking Info – Parking will be available in the brewery’s main lot, the remote lot in between 25th and 26th, street parking along 2nd and a remote lot on the corner of 2nd and 22nd. This remote lot is a 1/4 mile away from the brewery, but it will have a golf cart shuttle if you choose to use it. DO NOT PARK on 26th or the employee lot behind the building. A good portion of the festivities will be taking place in the brewery’s back lot. Uber/Lyft is encouraged.

Alright, that should just about cover all the information we currently have for you regarding this event.  If you are free on Saturday, make sure you swing by Coppertail Brewing Co. so that you can take part in the festivities and raise a glass with the folks at the brewery to five amazing years and the many more ahead.  Prost!

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Jester King Brewery To Release Tasting Room Exclusive Provenance Black Lime

JesterkinglogoJester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Provenance Black Lime on Thursday, August 22.

Arriving as the next installment in Jester King’s citrus-themed series, Provenance Black Lime (5.6% ABV) is a Farmhouse Ale that incorporates black limes in the boil of “a similar [base beer] to previous Provenance iterations.”  This approach produces a beer that is “deeper in color, with more caramel notes and more body” than past Provenance releases.

“We took limes from G&S Orchards and sliced them into ¼ inch disks, then dehydrated those disks at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-10 days. The process is a slow caramelization of the sugars within the fruit as well as enzymatic oxidation of the flesh. This process definitely changes the flavor to something still reminiscent of the original fruit but has a distinct caramel quality, elevated acidity, and tea-like character.”

 

– Damien Brockway, Jester King Executive Chef 

Provenance Black Lime will release exclusively in the Tasting Room & Kitchen at Jester King Brewery at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 22.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 750ml bottles for the cost of $13 each (limit of two (2) bottles per person per day).  Provenance Black Lime will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Provenance Black Lime from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; August 22, 2019
Style – Farmhouse Ale
ABV – 5.6%
Added Ingredients – Black limes that were processed in-house by Jester King
Fun Fact – “We’ve made Provenance beers in the past with different types of citrus. This one, however, is the first time we’ve processed the citrus in our Kitchen.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Bottle Count – 480 bottles 
Bottle Limit – Two (2) bottles per person per day
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

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