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!



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

Marker 48 Brewing Commemorates Local Legend with John Reeves Incident Double IPA Beer Release Event

John Reeves Incident Label PhotoBeginning at noon on Sunday, May 27, Marker 48 Brewing (Weeki Wachee, Florida) will add some local lore to its Memorial Day Weekend festivities by hosting the brewery’s 2nd Annual The John Reeves Incident Bottle Release and UFO Celebration.

Did you know that the Brooksville area of Florida that Marker 48 Brewing calls home was once referred to as the “UFO Capital of the World”? It is totally true, and the source of this designation can be tracked back to one encounter in particular: The John Reeves Incident.  The folks at Marker 48 Brewing are very dedicated to increasing awareness of this local legend and that is why they are once again hosting The John Reeves Incident Bottle Release and UFO Celebration on Sunday, May 27.

Between the story of John Reeves, info on the release of The John Reeves Incident Hazy Double IPA and the party itself, we certainly have a lot to go over when it comes to this event.  So, what do you say we just break it all down?

The Basics

What – The John Reeves Incident Double IPA Bottle Release & UFO Celebration
When – Sunday, May 27. Bottle release begins at noon and the party starts at 6:30 p.m.
Where – Marker 48 Brewing | 12147 Cortez Blvd. (S.R. 50) | Weeki Wachee, Florida 34613

The Story 

“John Reeves lived in the Brooksville area of Florida and, like many of us, enjoyed traipsing around in the beautiful woodlands of The Nature Coast. Then one day, in 1961, he came upon a saucer-shaped craft parked in the wilderness, with tall, luminous beings near it.

Those beings, it turns out, arrived from the stars, and over the next few years John Reeves befriended them. In fact, in 1968, his alien friends flew him to their base on the far side of our moon, where he spent hours exploring before returning with a small bottle of gray lunar dust and a softball-sized chunk of rock. In doing so, he became the first man to walk on the moon’s surface — a year before Neil Armstrong did it.

Or so the story goes.”

Click here if you would like to read a more detailed account of the John Reeves incident.

The Beer Release

This event will be headlined by the bottle release of The John Reeves Incident Double IPA, a hazy Double India Pale Ale “brewed with Galaxy, Simcoe, and several experimental hops to create a delicious balanced brew with citrus and tropical flavors that might just send your taste buds into outer space.”  A limited number of 750ml bottles of The John Reeves Incident will go on sale for $20 each at noon on May 27.  The John Reeves Incident Double IPA will also be pouring on draft as long as supplies last.

The UFO Celebration

The UFO Party will kick off at 6:30 p.m. when the Texas-based Ally Venable Band takes the stage in Marker 48’s beer garden.  At 9 p.m., there will be an Alien/UFO Costume Contest that will award prizes for best female, best male, and best couple costumes.

In addition to the entertainment, the celebration will also feature the following:

  • A free photo booth set up to snap your own souvenir pics
  • Food trucks BarbieCue, Nina’s Wood Fire Pizza and Nina Cucina Cheesesteaks and Appetizers will be on site to cover any needs in the grub department
  • T-shirts to commemorate Mr. Reeves and his otherworldly friends will be available for purchase

Alright, that should cover all the information currently available on Marker 48’s The John Reeves Incident Bottle Release and UFO Celebration.  If you are in the area and looking for something fun to get into this Memorial Day Weekend, head over to Marker 48 for the unique opportunity to celebrate a real deal, documented alien encounter.  Just make sure that you arrange a safe way home because I am pretty sure that aliens probe those foolish enough to drive impaired.  Prost!


TBBW 2018 Event: Reboog Mania at Garagiste Meadery

GaragistelogoFrom noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, Garagiste Meadery (1506 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida) will treat Tampa Bay Beer Week attendees to a special Reboog Mania event featuring the limited bottle release of Reboog Razz.

The folks at Garagiste Meadery are going all “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” on Tampa Bay Beer Week with Reboog Mania, an extraordinary tap event loaded with a series of fruited meads made with peanuts (a.k.a. goobers; “Goober” spelled backwards is “Reboog”).  Starting at noon on March 8, the meadery will have Reboog Blue, Reboog Fraise (Strawberry) and Reboog Razz on tap “along with some other favorites.”  No tickets are needed to attend Reboog Mania and this event is strictly pay as you go.

As an added bonus, Reboog Mania will also include the bottle release of Reboog Razz, a Raspberry Mead with Peanuts and Natural Flavors.  375ml bottles of Reboog Razz will go on sale at 2 p.m. on March 8 and will be $33 each.  Bottle sales are CASH ONLY.  Bottle limits will be determined at the event and will be based on turnout.

If you are looking to switch things up and get a mead fix during Tampa Bay Beer Week, Garagiste’s Reboog Mania needs to be on your itinerary for Thursday, March 8.  Just keep in mind that taps start flowing at noon, Reboog Razz bottles go on sale at 2 p.m., and the event ends promptly at 5 p.m. so Garagiste Meadery can prepare for a ticketed event that it is hosting later that evening.  You will have a five-hour window.  Take advantage of it.  Prost!

TBBW 2018 Event: Angry Chair Brewing Announces Beer Week Bottle Releases

AngryChairBAFionnAngry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hit Tampa Bay Beer Week 2018 with four days of bottle releases spanning from Monday, March 5 to Thursday, March 8.

The crew at Angry Chair Brewing is breaking out the big guns for Tampa Bay Beer Week and they will come in the form of four extremely limited, barrel-aged bottle releases: Barrel-Aged Fionn, Barrel-Aged Rocky Road, Double Barrel Popinski and Barrel-Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout.  Each of these beers will have its own dedicated bottle release, and with that – like all Angry Chair happenings – comes with a lot to go over.  Let’s break it all down so that you are armed with all the information necessary to secure these brews.

Date, Time & Beer

  • Monday, March 5 at Noon: Barrel-Aged Fionn, an Imperial Hazelnut & Coffee Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels (10% ABV).  $30 per bottle
    UPDATE – Monday will also see the release of CLN LVN (a.k.a. Clean Living) – An Imperial Sweet Stout with Pistachio & Vaniila Beans brewed in collaboration with Late Start Brewing (10% ABV). $22 per bottle **UPDATE**
  • Tuesday, March 6 at Noon  (UPDATE 03.06.18 – Due to an early forming line that has disrupted daily activity in the neighborhood, Angry Chair moved this release up to just after 9 a.m. There WILL NOT be a release at Noon. The release has already taken place.) : Barrel-Aged Rocky Road, an Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao Nibs, Marshmallow & Walnuts aged in Bourbon Barrels (10% ABV).  $35 per bottle
  • Wednesday, March 7 at 9 a.m.**: Double Barrel Popinski, a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels & then Maple Rum Barrels (10% ABV).  $35 per bottle
  • Thursday, March 8 at 9 a.m.** (**UPDATE 03.08.18 – Yet again, due to an early forming line, the release was moved up so that the brewery could clear the crowd out of the neighborhood before it further impacted daily activity.  There WILL NOT be a release at 9 a.m.  The release has already taken place): Barrel Aged Imperial German Chocolate Cupcake Stout, an Imperial Sweet Stout with Cacao Nibs, Coconut & Vanilla Beans aged in Bourbon Barrels (11% ABV). $35 per bottle

**UPDATE 03.06.18** Due to a massive line that formed incredibly early for Tuesday’s release, Angry Chair has moved the Wednesday and Thursday releases to 9 a.m. out of respect for their neighbors.  **UPDATE 03.06.18**

Useful Info for ALL Releases

  • All of the bottle releases above will be held at Angry Chair Brewing | 6401 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida
  • The bottle releases will be for BOTTLE SALES ONLY
  • Bottle limits will be set day of & will be determined by how many people are in line
  • Please bring CASH.  This expedites the process & keeps the line moving
  • If the brewery hits capacity, Angry Chair will have no choice but to adjust accordingly.  They will potentially have to move to the “one in, one out” scenario.
  • Angry Chair will open for normal hours after the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday releases.  The beer released that day will be put on tap when they open.  This does not apply to the Thursday release because the brewery will be hosting a private event later that day
  • Please be respectful of Angry Chair’s neighbors, staff & customers
  • DO NOT litter while in line
  • DO NOT block walkways or driveways while in line

Parking Info

  • Parking at Angry Chair is limited & the brewery asks that you respect the parking situation
  • DO NOT park on Fern
  • DO NOT park at Trip’s Diner
  • DO NOT park in the plaza that houses Rooster & the Till and Urban Bungalow
  • There is some street parking available throughout the neighborhoods (other than on Fern), but please be respectful of the people that live there by not blocking their driveways, mailboxes, sidewalks, etc.

If any more details surface before these releases, we will do our best to update you here with that information just as soon as we have it.  You can also follow Angry Chair’s Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Fair Warning: A massive crowd always seems to find its way to a bottle release at Angry Chair, and Tampa Bay Beer Week will most likely just add to that crowd’s numbers and increase the likelihood that these beers will sell out quickly.  With that in mind, if there is a beer or several beers on the list above that you are interested in, just make sure that you are on time, patient, respectful and have a good time.  Good luck out there, guys and gals.  Prost!

Good People Brewing Releases Details for El Gordo Day 2017

elgordoOn Saturday, December 9 at 9 a.m. (CST), Good People Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) will hold its second, in-house bottle release for the wildly-popular El Gordo Imperial Stout at a festival-style event playfully dubbed ¡Dia del Gordo! – The Rematch!

Yeah, you read that correctly.  The infamous and super-sized El Gordo Imperial Stout has committed to make another rare appearance on December 9 for its highly-anticipated rematch to last year’s ¡Dia del Gordo!  Back to defend the title it earned in 2015, El Gordo plans to deliver its signature “flavorful smackdown” as a 13.9% ABV Imperial Stout that “[dominates] the senses without overwhelming the palette.” Oh, and we almost forgot to mention that he’s bringing friends to this party – a.k.a. variants and vintages that date back to 2014.

¡Dia del Gordo! – The Rematch! will be held at Good People Brewing Company and act as the exclusive bottle release event for El Gordo in 2017. You best believe that many will show up on December 9 to witness the power, grace and mystery of El Gordo, so let’s break this thing down to ensure that you have all the details needed to prepare for this glorious spectacle:

The Basics

  • What – ¡Dia del Gordo! – The Rematch! / El Gordo Imperial Stout Bottle Release Event
  • When – Saturday, December 9 at 9 a.m.
  • Where – Good People Brewing Company (114 14th St S, Birmingham, Alabama)

The Bottle List

  • 2014 El Gordo Imperial Stout – $25 per 22 oz. bottle
  • 2015 El Gordo Imperial Stout – $25 per 750ml bottle
  • 2016 El Gordo Imperial Stout – $25 per 750ml bottle
  • 2016 Barrel Aged El Gordo – $30 per 750ml bottle
  • 2016 Olé Mole El Gordo – $25 per 750ml bottle
  • 2017 El Gordo Imperial Stout – $20 per 750ml bottle
  • 2017 Barrel Aged El Gordo – $25 per 750ml bottle
  • 2017 Olé Mole El Gordo – $20 per 750ml bottle
  • 2017 Fatso Russian Imperial Stout – $20 per 750ml bottle

The Draft List

¡Dia del Gordo! – The Rematch! will also feature a variety of exciting beers pouring on draft throughout the event.  These offerings will be available by full pour or sample.  The official draft list is still being compiled.  We will update this area with that information just as soon as we have it, so stay tuned.

The Ins & Outs

  • Bottle sales will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 9
  • In an effort to improve upon last year’s experience, the brewery has decided to have a dedicated line for bottle sales only this year.  This line will begin at Good People’s side patio, take you through the back of the brewery, and have you exiting through “the garage doors on 2nd Ave with bottles in tow.”  This line will NOT go through the taproom.
  • There will be NO forms to fill out this year.  Once you make it to the bottle selection area, you will grab a box and “move down the line to grab whatever bottles you want.”  You will then pay for your bottles at the end of that line.
  • The legal limit for take-home sales in the state of Alabama is 288 oz. per person per day, and the brewery will be enforcing this limit.  That amounts to roughly a maximum of 11 bottles per person.
  • All bottle sales will be sold on a first come, first served basis
  • The taproom will also open at 9 a.m. so that you can enjoy some tasty offerings on draft.  If you would like a brew while in line for bottles, you will have the ability to grab a beer from the brewery’s “draft trailer, a beer station close to [the] QC lab, and the taproom.”
  • Attendees are encouraged to hang out “to enjoy plenty of El Gordo and other specialties in the taproom after [they are] done buying bottles”
  • Bottles and draft beers can be purchased with either cash or credit cards, and you will be required to present a valid ID to make any purchases at the brewery
  • To make sure you are all covered in the grub department,  Cantina on Wheels will be at the brewery at 9 a.m. to serve up some breakfast burritos and The Hot Tag will be on-site later in the day to take care of the lunch crowd

Alright, that should cover all the information that is available at this time.  We will update this post just as soon as more details surface, so stay tuned.  Until then . . . ¡Viva El Gordo!  Prost!

Cycle Brewing Marks Fourth Anniversary with Four Bottle Releases

Cycle4thCycle Brewing (534 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL) has taken to social media to announce that it will celebrate its Fourth Anniversary with four straight days of rare bottle releases beginning on Tuesday, August 15.

That’s right, Cycle Brewing is going 4 Beers for 4 Years for its Fourth Anniversary celebration, and the folks at the brewery are hitting fans with some mighty fine rarities during these bottle releases that span from Tuesday, August 15 to Friday, August 18.  It’s probably best for us to just skip all the pomp and circumstance, so here’s the full rundown on these featured celebratory beers:

  • 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 15: Rare DOS 1, Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout (aged over a year) – $25 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details:Rare DOS 1, this is Rare DOS that was aged over 1 year in the sweltering heat, just like Lost DOS for those who remember, and it was a good year and some of our finest beer that is nothing more than Beer, Barrel and Time.”
  • 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16: Hazelnut, Barrel-aged Hazelnut Imperial Stout with Cocoa Nibs – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details: Hazelnut with nibs is actually what we had in the first Hazelnut (black label, brown line hazelnut, the new art is reminiscent of it) and while the first label was printed before we decided to add nibs, we didn’t regret that addition and have created another batch.”
  • 8 a.m. on Thursday, August 17: Rare Noa (a collaboration with Omnipollo), Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Cinnamon & Pecan – $30 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Details:Rare NOA, the collab with Omnipollo is a mash up of our stout and barrel aging and their adjunct expertise from Noa Pecan Mud Cake, this is a dream for those who want dessert beer – purists can skip this one, it is 100% unabashed adulterated decadence.”
  • 8 a.m. on Friday, August 18: Rare DOS Double Barrel (Sunday 2017), Bourbon Barrel then Cinnamon Vanilla Whiskey Barrel-aged Imperial Stout- $35 per bottle, bottle limit to be determined. Clarifying information on this beer: “Friday is perhaps the most confusing beer label, sorry, it’s accurate but tough to decipher if you don’t follow our beers closely, and probably even if you do. The non barrel aged stout we released on Sunday during TBBW, with coffee and cocoa nibs, was a completely different recipe from Rare DOS as we added a high percentage of Munich malt. Around the brewery we just called it Munich Stout, which is entirely confusing as it’s not a style and it’s not really related to Munich, Germany outside of the name of the malt so we decided not to call it that but then didn’t have a name and so we were left with the first batch we brewed being in barrels and we released the second batch as the Sunday beer. Now it’s “Sunday Stout“, that has been moved from its first barrels into Cinnamon/Vanilla whiskey barrels (whatever those are) and is being released on a Friday. It’s a mess, writing this is even confusing, we failed to clear anything up but damnit if this beer isn’t excellent.”

Quantities for all four beers are limited.  Bottle limits will be based on how many people are in line, and the brewery will establish those limits at the time of each release. This being the case, there is no need to disturb Cycle’s neighbors by forming a line hours before each release. With that said, the brewery does recommend that you arrive by 7:45 a.m. to be considered in the head count. All four of these bottle releases are CASH ONLY while there is a line.  Release times are for bottles only.  These beers will be available on tap at 5 p.m. on their respective release dates.

With just a glance at that list, it becomes quite clear that these bottles will sell out with a quickness.  If you are after one (or all four) of these beers, just make sure you are in line by 7:45 a.m. with cash in hand on the respective day.  Above all else, just remember to respectful of the brewery’s neighbors while in line and be sure to wish the crew at Cycle Brewing a happy anniversary while you are there.  Prost!


Escape Brewing Sets Date for 3 Year Anniversary Party and Bottle Release

EscapePartyOn Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m., Escape Brewing Company (Trinity, Florida) will officially celebrate its Third Anniversary by hosting a ticketed party and special bottle release featuring three versions of its Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout.

After John McGregor and Matt Thompson cut their teeth making homebrew in their garages, they decided to leave their jobs in corporate America three years ago to found Escape Brewing Company.  Armed with just the American dream, a 3 BBL brew system, a taproom and limited distribution; Matt, John and their team have since established themselves in the Tampa beer community and endeared themselves to their countless fans and regulars in Trinity.  All the folks at Escape Brewing Company realize that the past three years of success would not have been possible without those fans, so they are going to throw one hell of an Anniversary Party as a thank you.  There are a lot of details to cover when it comes to this shindig, so let’s get to it!

The Basics

What – Escape Brewing Company’s 3 Year Anniversary Party & Bottle Release
When – Saturday, September 23 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where – 9945 Trinity Blvd Suite 108, Trinity, Florida

The Beer

Those who attend this event will enjoy unlimited pours of 35+ beers from 10 or more local breweries.  Escape Brewing is currently in the process of compiling the list of guest breweries and featured beers.  We will update you with that information just as soon as we have it.

The Bottle Release

Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase bottles of Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout.  The first two versions are as follows:

  • Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a Knob Creek Barrel – $20 each
  • Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a Four Roses Barrel – $20 each

The two versions above will have a total bottle limit of six (6) bottles per person.  This limit is aggregate, meaning you could do “4 Knob Creek and 2 Four Roses or 3 Knob Creek and 3 Four Roses or 1 Four Roses and 5 Knob Creek.” Basically, you can mix and match however you wish just as long as your total amounts to 6 or fewer bottles.

There will also be a third version of Bourbon Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt available during this event, but this one is much more limited in quantity.  Thanks to their friends at Craft Street Kitchen, Escape Brewing got ahold of a hand-selected 13 Year Knob Creek barrel and you know they put some Seeds of Doubt in that bad boy.  Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout Barrel Aged in a 13 Year Knob Creek Barrel will be available for the cost of $25 each and will have a separate limit of one (1) bottle per person.

Ticket Info

Tickets for Escape Brewing Company’s 3 Year Anniversary Party and Bottle Release are available now for $30 each, and you can secure your tickets by clicking here (maximum purchase per person is two [2] tickets).   Ticket cost grants you admission into the party, a commemorative tasting glass, unlimited pours of featured beers, and the ability to purchase bottles of Barrel-aged Seeds of Doubt Russian Imperial Stout for an additional cost.

There will be no physical tickets issued.  Once you purchase your tickets, your name will be added to a Will Call list.  A proper ID matching the purchaser’s name will be required to claim tickets at Will Call.

This is strictly a 21 and up event, and tickets can only be purchased online.

More details are sure to be released as we get closer to the event, and we will update you with that information here just as soon as we receive it.  Stay tuned.  Prost!