Hidden Springs Ale Works Braces for Return of Cat Kong

HiddenSpringslogoHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Cat Kong, a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with Felinious Hops, in its tasting room at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11.

Fluffy, adorable and boasting all the menacing indifference you would expect from a “domesticated” feline, Cat Kong is a Barrel-aged Imperial Milk Stout with toasted coconut, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.  Weighing in at a beastly 12% ABV, Cat Kong is all about that “coconutty s’mores goodness.”

The bottle release for Cat Kong will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11. 22 oz. bottles of Cat Kong will cost $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes prior to opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • 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 and under the I-275 overpass
  • 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 and be sure that you pick up after yourself

Cat Kong is a brewery exclusive release and will not see distribution.  Like most kitties you are lucky enough to cross paths with, Cat Kong is only going to be around as long as it wants to be.  If wish to get a hold of a bottle, just make sure that you are in line by the final head count on Saturday morning. Prost!

Vital Information for Cat Kong from Hidden Springs Ale Works

Release – Limited; January 11, 2020
Style – Imperial Milk Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Toasted coconut, graham crackers, marshmallows & chocolate
Treatment – Barrel-aged
Availability – 22 oz. bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery exclusive release

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Set to Release My Very Own Mole Imperial Stout

creaturecomfortslogoWhiteCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of My Very Own Mole, a mole-inspired Imperial Stout, on Friday, January 10.

Inspired by the “very regional and personal dish in Mexico that reflects a true sense of the land, ingredients, and the people making it,” My Very Own Mole is an Imperial Stout featuring chili peppers from Sundance Farm, Tumble Tree Farm, and Hickory Hill Farm; cocoa nibs from Condor Chocolates; benne seed from Anson Mills; hoja santa from The Feral Woman’s Garden; cinnamon and vanilla beans. Weighing in at 11% ABV, My Very Own Mole comes together to be a celebration and honest expression of local and regional ingredients.

My Very Own Mole will debut in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on January 10.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 500ml bottles and on draft for as long as supplies last.  If you would like to secure bottles in advance, you can do so by visiting the brewery’s page on CraftCellr (click here).  My Very Own Mole is a brewery-only release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for My Very Own Mole from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; January 10, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
Added Ingredients – Chili peppers from Sundance Farm, Tumble Tree Farm, and Hickory Hill Farm; cocoa nibs from Condor Chocolates; benne seed from Anson Mills; hoja santa from The Feral Woman’s Garden; cinnamon & vanilla beans
Fun Fact – “Mole is a very regional and personal dish in Mexico that reflects a true sense of the land, ingredients, and the people making it. With that custom in mind, Creature Comforts used local and regional ingredients, while also honoring the traditional dish, to make this mole-inspired beer. In addition, the brewery sought insight on a mole recipe from Maricela Vega, Executive Chef of 8ARM.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

TBBW 2020 Event: Angry Chair Brewing Super Rad Beer Night & Bottle Release

AngryChairlogo2Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will once again take over The Orpheum on Thursday, March 12 of Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 to host its Super Rad Rare Beer Night & Bottle Release.

After successfully combining its annual Tampa Bay Beer Week event and series of bottle releases and moving it all off-site to the Orpheum in 2019, the crew at Angry Chair Brewing has decided to take the same approach to its annual Super Rad Rare Beer Night in 2020.  This, of course, means that there will be absolutely no bottle releases at Angry Chair Brewing during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 and your only chance to secure these highly coveted bottles is by attending Super Rad Beer Night.

Since this event has a lot of moving parts and information behind it, we feel it is best to just breakdown all the details for Super Rad Rare Beer Night 2020 in order to make sure everyone is on the same page. Let’s get at it:

The Basics

What – Angry Chair Brewing’s Super Rad Rare Beer Night & Bottle Release
When – Thursday, March 12 – 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

**UPDATE 01.18.2020** The Super Rad Rare Beer Night & Bottle Release is officially SOLD OUT **UPDATE 01.18.2020**  General Admission tickets for Super Rad Rare Beer Night 2020 are $325 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:

  • French Toast Barrel Royale | Quadruple Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Lactose, Cinnamon, Vanilla Beans & Maple
  • Double Barrel Vanilla Dave’s Barleywine | Double Barrel-aged English-style Barleywine with Vanilla
  • Barrel-aged Multilayered | Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Caramel, Coffee & Lactose brewed in collaboration with Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., Westbrook Brewing Co. & Evil Twin Brewing 
  • Double Barrel Rocky Road | Double Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Walnuts, Cacao Nibs & Marshmallows 
  • Barrel-aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout | Bourbon Barrel-aged Sweet Stout with Cacao, Vanilla Beans & Coconut
  • Yet-to-be-named “Special Stout” brewed in collaboration with Forager Brewery 

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

VIP Tickets will be available via raffle for the cost $550 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, as well as your desired session. There will be an optional checkbox that will enter you into the VIP raffle. We will draw names randomly, 30 per session, and contact the winners. If you are contacted, you will have 24 hours to pay the additional $225 to bump your ticket up. Once 24 hours pass, anyone who has not paid will forfeit their VIP selection and we will draw additional names. (You will have already purchased the GA ticket, so you will not lose your chance to attend, just the additional perks).  **THE RAFFLE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO IN-PERSON PURCHASERS AT THE TASTING ROOM.**

In-person ticket sales will take place at Angry Chair Brewing beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 11.  There will be 200 General Admission tickets per session (which will include 30 VIP tickets per session) available for in-person purchase. If there are any remaining tickets leftover after the initial line, Angry Chair will be selling them in the TASTING ROOM ONLY until the following Friday, January 17.  **UPDATE 01.11.2020** In-person tickets are officially SOLD OUT.  **UPDATE 01.11.2020**

Online ticket sales (click here for the link) will take place at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Saturday, January 18.  100 General Admission tickets per session (and whatever might be left of the in-person tickets) will be available for online purchase.  “Your ID MUST MATCH the credit card order name! No, you cannot change names or ‘buy for a friend.’ Please help [the Angry Chair staff] out and understand that these tickets are for you and you alone. You must bring your ID and the credit card that you used to purchase your online ticket with you to the venue on the day of the event. DON’T FORGET!”  **UPDATE 01.18.2020** Online ticket sales are officially SOLD OUT **UPDATE 01.18.2020**

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

All ticket holders will have access to unlimited pours of the following tasty treats while at Super Rad Rare Beer Night:

  • French Toast Barrel Royale | Quadruple Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Lactose, Cinnamon, Vanilla Beans & Maple
  • Double Barrel Vanilla Dave’s Barleywine | Double Barrel-aged English-style Barleywine with Vanilla
  • Barrel-aged Multilayered | Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao, Caramel, Coffee & Lactose brewed in collaboration with Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., Westbrook Brewing Co. & Evil Twin Brewing 
  • Double Barrel Rocky Road | Double Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Walnuts, Cacao Nibs & Marshmallows 
  • Barrel-aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout | Bourbon Barrel-aged Sweet Stout with Cacao, Vanilla Beans & Coconut
  • Yet-to-be-named “Special Stout” brewed in collaboration with Forager Brewery 
  •  Vodnik Czech-style Pilsner
  • Plus, many more beers that will be named at a later date. Stay tuned for updates!

Other Useful Information

  • Make sure that you have your ID with you when you attend the Super Rad Rare Beer Night.  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
  • Angry Chair recommends that you arrive to The Orpheum at least ONE HOUR before your ticketed session that way you can get checked in in an orderly and speedy fashion
  • 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 2020.  

That should just about cover all the details currently available for the Super Rad Rare Beer Night 2020. If any new information surfaces or anything changes, we will be sure to update this post with that information just as soon as we get our hands on it.

It is well known that Super Rad Rare Beer Night 2020 is a can’t-miss Tampa Bay Beer Week event and tickets are guaranteed to sell out with a quickness. If you have any desire to be in attendance this year, make sure you follow the rules outlined above and are in the ticket line on January 11 or posted up at your computer on January 18. Best of luck to you all. Prost!

 

Highland Brewing Continues Southern Nouveau Series with Release of Bonbon Stout with Earl Grey Tea

HighlandBonbonHighland Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release of Bonbon Stout with Earl Grey Tea, the second barrel-aged release to come out its newly established Southern Nouveau Series, on December 20.

Inspired by the London Fog chocolate bonbon crafted at Asheville’s own French Broad Chocolates, Bonbon Stout with Earl Grey Tea is an Imperial Stout “brewed with cacao nibs and Earl Grey tea and then laid to rest in bourbon barrels for 9 months.”  This clever recipe and treatment produces a decadent stout featuring notes of “rich chocolate . . . underscored by the slightly bittersweet note of the Earl Grey tea, all while being supported by a hearty bourbon character.”

Bonbon Stout with Earl Grey Tea will officially release at Highland Brewing on Friday, December 20.  Like all Southern Nouveau Series releases, Bonbon Stout with Earl Grey Tea will be available in 500ml bottles and on draft for a limited time.  The first 100 bottles released will be signed by Highland’s family owners, Oscar Wong and Leah Wong-Ashburn.  Bonbon Stout with Earl Grey Tea is a brewery exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bonbon Stout with Earl Grey Tea from Highland Brewing

Release – Limited/Southern Nouveau Series; December 20, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – ???
Added Ingredients – Cacao nibs & Earl Grey tea
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels for 9 months
Fun Fact – With a name inspired by “the architectural beauty” found in Highland’s home city of Asheville, the Southern Nouveau Series is a new lineup of carefully crafted offerings that will “encompass both clean and sour barrel-aged beers.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Big Storm Brewing Co. Set to Release Huracán Rum Maple Barrel-aged Imperial Stout

BigStormWaveLogoBig Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Huracán Rum Maple Barrel-aged Imperial Stout at all three of the brewery’s taprooms on Saturday, December 21.

Here to provide Big Storm fans with a little something special for the holidays, Huracán Rum Maple Barrel-aged Imperial Stout is 2019 Huracán Imperial Stout that has aged for five months in Jamaican rum barrels that also “aged maple syrup in New England before arriving at the brewery.”  These incredibly special, “well-traveled” barrels enhance the original beer’s “complex body of dark chocolate, espresso and dark pit fruit by melding with the sweeter maple and tropical rum.”  Clocking in at 11% ABV, Huracán Rum Maple Barrel-aged Imperial Stout comes together to be “an enjoyable after-dinner drink reminiscent of a Florida winter.”

Huracán Rum Maple Barrel-aged Imperial Stout will officially release at 9 a.m. on December 21 at Big Storm’s Pasco, Pinellas and Cape Coral locations.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 750ml bottles and on draft during this release.  Huracán Rum Maple Barrel-aged Imperial Stout is a brewery-only release and is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Huracán Rum Maple Barrel-aged Imperial Stout from Big Storm Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; December 21, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
Treatment – Aged for five months in Jamaican rum barrels that previously aged maple syrup
Suggested Food Pairings – “Ginger Snaps | Beef Wellington | Aged Parmigiano-Reggiano”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

 

New Realm Brewing Company’s Wooded Reserve Series Continues with Release of Doomsday Hound

newrealmlogo2New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Doomsday Hound, a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels, at its Atlanta location on Tuesday, December 17.

Arriving as the third release in New Realm’s Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series, Doomsday Hound is a Russian Imperial Stout aged for seven months in first and second-use Bourbon barrels. Coming in at 10.1% ABV, Doomsday Hound boasts decadent notes of “vanilla, bourbon, hints of coconut, coffee and cocoa.”

Doomsday Hound will debut in New Realm Brewing Company’s Atlanta Taproom (550 Somerset Terrace NE | Unit 101 | Atlanta, Georgia) on December 17.  A limited amount of Doomsday Hound will be available in 500ml bottles and on draft during the release. This Limited Release is sure to sell out quickly, but you can reserve your bottles in advance by visiting the brewery’s CraftCellr page (click here to do so).   Prost!

Vital Information for Doomsday Hound from New Realm Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series; December 17, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 10.1%
Treatment – Aged for seven months in first & second-use Bourbon barrels
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery exclusive release

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Set to Release The Cocoa Dance Imperial Stout

creaturecomfortslogoCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release in its Tasting Room for The Cocoa Dance on Friday, December 13.

Inspired by and named after “a method used to polish and preserve the cocoa bean during processing” in Mexico and Central America, The Cocoa Dance is an Imperial Stout made with cocoa nibs “sourced . . . locally from Athens-based bean-to-bar chocolatier Condor Chocolates,” whole Ugandan vanilla beans, and lactose.  Featuring “10 pounds of cocoa nibs per barrel,” The Cocoa Dance (12% ABV) promises to be an incredibly “rich and milky” treat.

The Cocoa Dance will officially release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on December 13.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 750ml bottles as long as supplies last.  The Cocoa Dance is a brewery-only release and is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for The Cocoa Dance from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; December 13, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Cocoa nibs from Condor Chocolates, whole Ugandan vanilla beans & lactose
Fun Fact – “In Mexico and Central America, the Cocoa Dance is a method used to polish and preserve the cocoa bean during processing, while also serving as a cultural artform to ease the hardship of working the cocoa plantations. These traditional methods inspired the making of this rich and milky imperial stout.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Hidden Springs Ale Works & 3 Sons Brewing Co. Collaborate on Moby Thiccc

HiddenSprings3SonsHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Moby Thicc, a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with 3 Sons Brewing Company (Dania Beach, Florida), in its tasting room on Saturday, December 7.

Specifically created for the most seasoned white whale hunters out there in the craft beer community, Moby Thicc is a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout featuring toasted coconut, chocolate and almonds.  Weighing in at a massive 13% ABV, Moby Thicc promises to offer an experience similar to an Almond Joy.

The bottle release for Moby Thicc will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. 22 oz. bottles of Moby Thiccc will cost $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes prior to opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • 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 and under the I-275 overpass
  • 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 and be sure that you pick up after yourself

Moby Thiccc is a brewery exclusive release and will not see distribution.  Like all white whales worth hunting, Moby Thiccc will be elusive and disappear just as quickly as it appears.  If you wish to get your hands on a bottle of this beast, just make sure that you are in line by the final head count on Saturday morning. Prost!

Vital Information for Moby Thiccc from Hidden Springs Ale Works & 3 Sons Brewing Company

Release – Limited; December 7, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 13%
IBUs – 20
Added Ingredients – Toasted coconut, chocolate & almonds
Treatment – Barrel-aged
Availability – 22 oz. bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery exclusive release

3 Sons Brewing Co. Schedules Bottle Release for Vanilla Big Sxxxy

3SonsLogo3 Sons Brewing Company (Dania Beach, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Vanilla Big Sxxxy at the brewery on Sunday, December 8.

Arriving as the latest variant of 3 Sons Brewing Co.’s Big Sxxxy Barrel-aged Barleywine, Vanilla Big Sxxxy is an English-style Barleywine that has aged in vanilla bourbon barrels for 22 months.  This treatment results in a “creamy, thic and rich” Vanilla Big Sxxxy that supplies an experience that the brewery describes as “liquid caramel bourbon, crème brûlée,”

Vanilla Big Sxxxy will officially release in the taproom at 3 Sons Brewing Company (236 N Federal Hwy Suite 104 | Dania Beach, Florida) at noon on Sunday, December 8.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 375ml bottles for the cost $24 each (limit of two bottles per person).  3 Sons Brewing Company will also have a limited amount of Big Sxxxy branded glassware available during the release for $10 each (limit of one glass per person).  Vanilla Big Sxxxy is a brewery exclusive release that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Vanilla Big Sxxxy from 3 Sons Brewing Company

Release – Limited; December 8, 2019
Style – English-style Barleywine
ABV – ???
Treatment – Aged for 22 months in vanilla bourbon barrels
Availability – 375ml bottles ($24 each, limit of two bottles per person)
Distribution – None. Brewery exclusive release

Jester King Brewery Set to Drop More Dots on Black Friday

JesterKingMoreDots3Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for More Dots, a Barrel-aged Wild Ale refermented with black currants, on Black Friday, November 29.

Here to put the black currant in Black Friday, More Dots starts with a blend of Das Überkind, the brewery’s “un-fruited barrel aged wild ale . . . fermented with [its] mixed culture of brewers yeast and native yeast and bacteria,” with an “average age of around one year.” The blended beer went on to be “racked . . . out of oak barrels and into a stainless steel tank, then refermented . . . with 2,000 pounds of black currants from Samson Farms in Everson, Washington.” Once it achieved “total dryness,” More Dots (5.8% ABV) was finally “packaged . . . into bottles and kegs for natural conditioning / refermentation.”

More Dots will release exclusively in the Tasting Room & Kitchen at Jester King Brewery at noon on Black Friday, November 29. This Limited Release offering will be available in 500ml bottles for the cost of $20 each (limit of four bottles per person).  More Dots will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for More Dots from Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; November 29, 2019
Style – Wild Ale
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 10
Treatment – Blend of un-fruited Barrel-aged Wild Ale refermented with 2,000 pounds of black currants
Availability – 500ml bottles
Bottle Count – +/- 2,300
Distribution – None; brewery exclusive release

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