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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Highland Brewing Kicks Off New Barrel-aged Series with Release of Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Watch

HighlandBrewingLogo2Highland Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will launch the Southern Nouveau Series, a new barrel-aged beer program, with the Limited Release of Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Watch on Black Friday, November 29.

With a name inspired by “the architectural beauty” found in Highland’s home city of Asheville, the Southern Noveau Series is a new lineup of carefully crafted offerings that will “encompass both clean and sour barrel-aged beers.”  The first three offering in this series will be “bourbon barrel-aged stouts with exciting additions, like earl grey tea from local tea shop Dobra Tea and cacao nibs from Asheville’s own French Broad Chocolates. The first sour beers in the series will debut in the Spring of 2020 alongside the opening of Highland at the S&W Market.”

“There is such excitement and anticipation on our team about these beers,” said Highland Family-Owner and President/CEO, Leah Wong Ashburn. “The Southern Nouveau Series name was inspired by the architectural beauty of Asheville, which has been called the Paris of the South, and our connection to the history of this place. The beers showcase the innovation and quality at the Brewery Taproom in East Asheville and in 2020, they will shine in the Art Deco glamour of Highland at the S&W Market.”

 

Trace Redmond, Brewing Innovation Manager, said, “We have been building the barrel program for two years now and I’m excited to share the fruits of our labor. With the Southern Nouveau Series, we are exploring Southern ingredients and bringing together the beer, barrels and time to create something new. We want these beers to feel true to Asheville and Highland. You don’t get to be a 25-year-old brand without patience. You also don’t get great barrel-aged beers without patience, so these beers will reflect our past and the future we’re building.”

The first official release in the Southern Noveau Series will be Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Watch, an amped up version of Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout that has “aged in bourbon barrels for one year.”  Weighing in at smooth-sipping 11.5% ABV, Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Watch “features the brownie batter character fans enjoy from Black Watch, but with spicy bourbon and oak notes that soften the mouthfeel.”

Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Watch will officially release at Highland Brewing during the Black Watch Release Party on Black Friday, November 29.  Like all Southern Noveau Series releases, Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Watch will be available in 500ml bottles and on draft for a limited time.  Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Watch is a brewery exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bourbon Barrel-aged Black Watch from Highland Brewing

Release – Limited/Southern Noveau Series; November 29, 2019
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 11.5%
Treatment – Aged for over a year in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None; brewery exclusive release

Funky Buddha Brewery Cozies Up to Winter with Release of Saint Toddy

FBBSaintToddyBottleFunky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park. Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release at the brewery for Saint Toddy Barrel-aged Belgian-style Tripel on Saturday, November 23.

Inspired by the warming, cold weather beverage known as the hot toddy, Saint Toddy is a Belgian-style Tripel that has been aged in both Bourbon and Apple Brandy barrels and infused with oranges, apples, raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla.  The experience and flavors are so on point that Saint Toddy (8.1% ABV) “can actually be served warm. Slowly heat the beer in a double boiler topped with freshly ground cinnamon and serve hot for a traditional, luxurious experience or drink cold and savor the season.”

Saint Toddy is scheduled to release in the Tap Room at Funky Buddha Brewery on November 23.  In addition to being served warm during the release event, this Limited Release offering will also be available in 22 oz. bottles ($20 each) and on draft as long as supplies last.  There is no word at this time as to whether or not Saint Toddy will see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Saint Toddy from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited; November 23, 2019
Style – Belgian-style Tripel
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Oranges, apples, raisins, cinnamon & vanilla
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon & Apple Brandy barrels
Fun Fact – “The hot toddy was our inspiration behind this complex brew. It’s a rich and rejuvenating elixir made with whiskey and/or brandy, citrus, herbs, spices and served warm. Traditionally consumed before retiring for the night, or in wet, cold weather. In classic funky fashion, we gathered all the natural ingredients we could to develop a recipe to match the flavor profile of this classic drink. Belgian ale, spirit casks, fruits, spices and voilà! We have Saint Toddy.”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Brewery Release; there is no word on whether this offering will see distribution

 

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Set to Release The Curious No. 14 & No. 15

creaturecomfortslogoWhiteCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of The Curious No. 14 – Double Barrel-aged Barleywine and The Curious No. 15 – Barrel-aged Beer with Strawberries on Friday, November 29.

The Curious Series is a small batch lineup of beers that allows Creature Comforts Brewing Co. the opportunity to get creative and “continuously explore the flavors of its beers and how those interact with different processes, ingredients, and time.”  The next two Limited Releases from this series are as follows (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

The Curious No. 14 – Double Barrel-aged Barleywine | In making the Curious No. 14, Creature Comforts set out to achieve fruity, rich, decadent complexity in this beer by using a traditional English barley base, all English ingredients, a long boil, and extended maturation in select, small-batch barrels. The beer aged first in bourbon barrels for eight months, and then in rye barrels for 19 months. ABV – 13.9%

The Curious No. 15 – Barrel-aged Beer with Strawberries | A celebration of early-season fruit, the strawberry. Creature Comforts partnered with two local farms to get organic strawberries and take its first foray into using whole strawberries. Once it received the strawberries from the farm, the brewery selected a single barrel to move onto the fresh fruit. After fermentation was complete on the fruit, the brewery moved the beer to a barrel to rest, where it aged for 10 months. The beer then bottle conditioned for six months. Creature Comforts sourced the strawberries from two local farms, Diamond Hill and Hickory Hill, who the brewery developed relationships with at the Athens Farmers Market hosted at the brewery. ABV – 6.4%

The Curious No. 14 and The Curious No. 15 will debut in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on November 29.  Both of these Limited Release brews will be available in 500ml bottles as long as supplies last.  The Curious No. 14 & No. 15 are both brewery-only releases and will not see distribution.  Prost!

New Realm Brewing Continues Wooded Reserve Series with Release of Golden Pastry Stout

newrealmlogo2New Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Golden Pastry Stout, the latest release in the brewery’s Wooded Reserve Series, in its Atlanta Taproom on Tuesday, November 5.

Arriving as the second release in New Realm’s Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series, Golden Pastry Stout is a White/Golden Stout that has been “aged seven months in Barbados Rum Barrels with coffee & cacao.”  This treatment gives the beer “layers of coffee, rum, vanilla and oak notes with hints of cocoa.” Weighing in at 10.5% ABV, the “complex yet simple” Golden Pastry Stout offers a “subtle sweetness [that accentuates] the coffee and cocoa perfectly.”

Golden Pastry Stout will officially release in New Realm Brewing Company’s Atlanta Taproom (550 Somerset Terrace NE | Unit 101 | Atlanta, Georgia) on November 5, 2019. This special release is limited to only five cases of 500ml bottles (limit of one bottle per person), and your best bet to secure your bottle of Golden Pastry Stout is by reserving in advance through CraftCellr (click here to do so **UPDATE** Pre-order is officially sold out **UPDATE**). These bottles are guaranteed to disappear with a quickness, so be sure to lock yours down ASAP. A limited amount of Golden Pastry Stout will also be available on draft during the release. Prost!

Vital Information for Golden Pastry Stout from New Realm Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Wooded Reserve Barrel Aged Series; November 5, 2019
Style – White Stout
ABV – 10.5%
Added Ingredients – Coffee & cacao
Treatment – Aged for seven months in Barbados Rum Barrels
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None; Taproom only release
Reserve Online – https://newrealm.craftcellr.com/

Hidden Springs Ale Works Schedules Bottle Release for March of the Damned

HiddenSpringslogoHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for March of the Damned Barrel-aged Imperial Stout in its Tasting Room at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26.

Here to expose Hidden Springs Ale Works fans to a bit of the infernal just in time for Halloween, March of the Damned is a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with churros and vanilla added. Just as warm and dark as hell, March of the Damned “wants to lead you down into the depths of darkness.”

The bottle release for March of the Damned will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26. Bottles will cost $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

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

  • March of the Damned WILL NOT be available on draft during this release, but the Tap Room will be open and pouring “some extra rad stuff”
  • This event will also feature limited edition merch (details to come)
  • 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

March of the Damned will not see distribution and is sure to draw sellout crowds during its release.  If you wish to do the dance macabre with a bottle of March of the Damned this Halloween Season, just make sure that you are in line by the final head count on Saturday morning. Prost!

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/