Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin a Double Bottle Release featuring Concurrence Blend No. 5 and River Ridge Red (2019 Harvest) on Saturday, June 20.
The good folks at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. are continuing to bring the goods, and this week they are showcasing a couple of their experimental series with the Limited Releases of the following two beers (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):
Concurrence Blend No. 5 – A 13.9% ABV imperial stout aged in High Wire Jimmy Red Corn Bourbon barrels with coconut, Ugandan vanilla, and dulce de leche. Creature Comforts’ Concurrence Blend series is a continued exploration into barrel-aged stouts paired with the finest quality adjunct ingredients.
River Ridge Red (2019 Harvest) – A 6.6% ABV blended oak-aged beer with organic red raspberries from Independence, VA’s River Ridge Organics. This beer honors the crop from River Ridge Organics. Creature Comforts selected the best blend of barrels to honor the complex flavor of the red raspberries featured in the beer. River Ridge Red is a proud addition to Creature Comforts’ fruited mixed-culture farm celebrations, in a continuing effort to explore the historical relationship between brewers and farmers.
Concurrence Blend No. 5 and River Ridge Red (2019 Harvest) – both available in 500ml bottles – will officially release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on June 20 and will be available only as long as supplies last. Both of these Limited Releases are brewery exclusive offerings and are not expected to see distribution. Prost!
Orpheus Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Room a Thousand Years Wide, a Barrel-aged Barleywine, during the week of June 8.
Carefully crafted to be “frothy, smooth, and full of life,” Room a Thousand Years Wide is a blend of English-style Barleywines that have been aged one to two years in Bourbon and Rye Whiskey barrels. Coming in at a slow-sipping 13.5% ABV, Room a Thousand Years Wide is filled with “notes of malt candy, raisin, toast, Werther’s, spice, vanilla, leather, wood, and almost burnt cookies.”
Vital Information for Room a Thousand Years Wide from Orpheus Brewing
Release – Limited; June 8, 2020 Style – English-style Barleywine ABV – 13.5% Treatment – Blend of Barleywines aged one to two years in Bourbon & Rye Whiskey barrels Fun Fact – Label artwork created by Jeremiah McCleary Availability – 375ml bottles Reserve Online – https://orpheus.craftcellr.com/
Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of The Hermit on Thursday, June 11.
Dropping as the first “delicious beast” in a new Imperial Stout Series from Hidden Springs, The Hermit is a non-barrel-aged Imperial Stout “overflowing with pecans, chocolate and caramel.” Oh so “thiccc + rich,” The Hermit is sure to conjure up fond memories of decadent turtle candies.
Bottles of The Hermit will release exclusively on the Hidden Springs Ale Works website at 4 p.m. on June 11. Here are the full details and rules surrounding this release (as posted on the brewery’s social media accounts):
22 oz. bottles of The Hermit are $25 each
Bottle limit is set at 2 per person (if you order more than the allotment, your purchase will be REFUNDED and CANCELLED)
Bottles will be ready for pickup during regular business hours (stay tuned because those are changing) Friday 6/12 – Friday 6/19. You will have to choose a pickup date and time at checkout. Your order will be ready that day ONLY. If you need to reschedule your pickup, please EMAIL the brewery at firstname.lastname@example.org (Hidden Springs is NOT able to reschedule your pickup from the DM’s).
For the safety of the community and to maintain social distancing standards established by the CDC, the brewery will be allowing PROXIES for this release. It helps to cut down the amount of bodies coming in and out of the Tasting Room at a single time. Yes. PROXIES ARE A GO!
To pickup your bottles you must have the correct name, order number, and ID (gotta make sure you’re old enough), also, make sure it’s the right day, y’all.
Once again, The Hermit will be sold exclusively online. There will be no walk-up sales or distribution. With that in mind, make sure that you are at your computer/phone/tablet at 4 p.m. on June 11 for the chance to land your bottles of The Hermit before they sell out. Prost!
DEEP Brewing Company (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Annual Bottle Release of Calypso ’85, a Barrel-aged Cuban coffee-inspired Imperial Stout, on Monday, May 25.
Rising from the DEEP just in time for Memorial Day, Calypso ’85 is an Imperial Stout that has been “lurking in Four Roses Bourbon barrels for 14 months before being racked atop mountains of fresh Lucky Goat Coffee Co.Columbian Midnight Express [coffee beans] and infused with Lucky 7 Espresso and milk sugar.” Weighing in at an eye-opening 12.3% ABV, Calypso ’85 will give you that Cuban coffee pick-me-up any time of day.
A limited amount of 500ml bottles of Calypso ’85 will release in DEEP Brewing Company‘s online store at 7 a.m. on May 25 (those who land bottles online can then swing by the brewery for curbside pick up between noon and 7 p.m.). Calypso ’85 is a brewery exclusive release that will only be available at DEEP Brewing Company as long as supplies last. Prost!
Vital Information for Calypso ’85 from DEEP Brewing Company
Described as “a once in a lifetime Mélange of [Embrace the Funk’s] first two coolship beers,” Twelve Sixteen is an American Wild Ale “brewed with raw wheat, pale malt and aged hops” and then “spontaneously fermented by local Nashville microflora in the 2012/13 & 2016/17 seasons.” This special project went on to be “oak aged then blended for a natural one-year bottle refermentation.”
“When we were preparing to move the brewery in early 2019, I found a keg of our original spontaneous ale named “Clarence” brewed on 12/12/12 at Division Street in downtown Nashville. The beer was a reflection of what our native local environment influenced, eventually advancing to the medal round of GABF 2014.
“Finding that keg, and tasting a beer I thought was long gone was very exciting. It made sense to take our first batch in 2012 and blend it with our first batch in our new coolship from the 2016/2017 season of spontaneous brewing. Bottled on April 23rd 2019 for a one-year bottle conditioning evolution. I hope you enjoy this project of time, natural progression, local microflora and passion.
“It has long been a dream of mine to present on a larger scale what the diverse Middle Tennessee microbes have to offer.”
– Brandon Jones, Head Funkmaster & Brewer for Yazoo’s Embrace the Funk program
Twelve Sixteen is scheduled to officially release at Yazoo Brewing Company on Wednesday, May 20 and you can pre-order your bottles now by clicking here. This Special Release is limited to only 500 375ml bottles and “once gone they are gone.” Prost!
Orpheus Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Ye Who Enter Here, a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with chiles, coffee and vanilla beans, on Friday, May 22.
Dropping as the first of many beers that will release over the next six weeks to celebrate Year Six of Orpheus Brewing, Ye Who Enter Here is an Imperial Stout aged for two years in Heaven Hill Bourbon and Jack Daniels Rye Whiskey barrels with guajillo, puya, and de árbol chiles; Madagascan vanilla beans; and a complex blend of Nariño and Ixlama coffee beans from East Pole Coffee Co. that were added whole to the barrels. Coming in at 13% ABV, this batch of Ye Who Enter Here promises to be “spicier than the first batch, but still more of a warm, building heat than an aggressive spiciness.”
Ye Who Enter Here will hit The Tasting Room at Orpheus Brewing on May 22 and you can pre-order your bottles on CraftCellr now by clicking here. This Limited Release offering will be available in 375ml bottles and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Ye Who Enter Here is a brewery exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!
Vital Information for Ye Who Enter Here from Orpheus Brewing
Release – Limited; May 22, 2020 Style – Imperial Stout ABV – 13% Treatment – Aged for two years in Heaven Hill Bourbon and Jack Daniels Rye Whiskey barrels Added Ingredients – Chiles (guajillo, puya, and de árbol), Madagascar vanilla beans, & a blend of Nariño & Ixlama coffee beans from East Pole Coffee Co. Availability – 375ml bottles Pre-order – https://orpheus.craftcellr.com/ Distribution – None. Tasting Room only
Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Citrus Noyaux (2019) on May 14, 2020.
Arriving as one of Cascade Brewing’s newest projects, Citrus Noyaux (8.4% ABV) is a Sour Blond Ale “aged in oak wine barrels for up to two years with fresh orange, grapefruit and lemon peels and apricot noyaux.” For those unfamiliar with that last ingredient, the brewers at Cascade Brewing “extracted noyaux kernels from the pits of locally sourced apricots by hand and added them to the beer, imparting notes of almond and maraschino cherry that are complemented by the juicy fruit flavors of the citrus peel.”
Vital Information for Citrus Noyaux (2019) from Cascade Brewing
Release – Limited; May 14, 2020 Style – American Sour Ale ABV – 8.4% Treatment – Sour Blond Ale aged in oak wine barrels for up to two years with fresh orange, grapefruit & lemon peels & apricot noyaux COVID-19 Info – “During the COVID-19 shutdown, Cascade Brewing is offering beer to go––including Citrus Noyaux––via home delivery and curbside pickup. Customers can place an order for beer (and limited food) at CascadeBrewing.shop, with curbside pickup at the Barrel House at 939 SE Belmont St. every Thursday through Sunday from 3pm to 7pm. Home delivery orders of beer only are delivered every Thursday.
At the Lodge at Cascade Brewing at 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy., beer and limited food is available for pickup every Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm to 8pm; view the menu at LodgeAtCascade.com.” Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
Crafted to be the long-awaited sequel project to the “challenging” 2015 release that Embrace the Funk brewers expected to never make again (cleverly named Never Again at the time), Never Say Never Again is a sour Belgian Strong Dark Ale “aged in Sherry casks before a double barrel extended rest in Port, Bourbon, Merlot and [Tennessee] Whiskey barrels.” Never Say Never Again is best enjoyed at 55°F.
“Many of you know the crazy story behind what became ‘Never Again’ in 2015. It still remains one of the most asked questions ‘Will you or can you make that beer again?’ I usually answered with ‘Well we did put Never Again on the label.’ But a good challenge is fun. So in 2017 I set out to attempt a sequel version of the final beer (minus the leaky barrels, pallets falling over etc…). Double barrel aging everything before this final blend sure brought back some memories! I believe I was able to capture the overall character of the original in this batch.”
– Brandon Jones, Head Funkmaster & Brewer for Yazoo’s Embrace the Funk program
Never Say Never Again is scheduled to officially release at Yazoo Brewing Company on Friday, May 1. This Limited Release offering is available as long as supplies last in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and in a Special Limited Edition Package (includes a 4-pack of Never Say Never Again and one 12 oz. bottle of the original Never Again) **UPDATE 4 p.m. 05.01.2020** Special Limited Edition Packages are SOLD OUT**UPDATE 4 p.m. 05.01.2020** for local delivery and curbside pickup at the brewery (click here to place your order online). Prost!
Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of Idol for None, a breakfast-inspired Imperial Stout, on Wednesday, April 22.
Meant to capture the “uncanny wave of nostalgia” found within a stack of syrup-soaked pancakes, Idol for None is an Imperial Stout “made with loads of maple, maple wood smoked sea salt, [Spicewalla Brand] Vietnamese cinnamon and whole Madagascar vanilla beans.” Coming in at a decadent 14% ABV, Idol for None provides a rich sensory experience awash in notes of “fresh johnny cakes, maple bourbon sauce, and toasted cinnamon crunch.”
Idol for None – available in 500ml bottles for $18 each – will officially release on April 22, and online orders for national shipping (where permitted) and local pickup and delivery from Burial’sAsheville and Raleigh locations can be placed at 8 p.m. that night. Walk up purchases can be made at the Asheville location on April 22 and at the Raleigh location on April 24. Prost!
Vital Information for Idol for None from Burial Beer Co.
Release – Limited; April 22, 2020 Style – Imperial Stout ABV – 14% Added Ingredients – Maple, maple wood smoked sea salt, Vietnamese cinnamon & Madagascar vanilla beans Availability – 500ml bottles Distribution – None; Only available at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville and Raleigh locations for walk up, scheduled pickup and local delivery. National shipping also available where permitted
Orpheus Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Stouts All the Way Down | The Vanilla Chronicles – Grand Cuvée in its Tasting Room on Friday, April 3.
Arriving as the final offering in a series (The Vanilla Chronicles, an exploration of the world’s many varietals of vanilla) within a series (Stouts All the Way Down, a special lineup of Imperial Stouts that experiments with different barrels and adjuncts), Stouts All the Way Down | The Vanilla Chronicles – Grand Cuvée is a Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout that incorporates “Indonesian, Ugandan, Tongan, Mexican, and Madagascan vanilla beans . . . at a dosing rate 40% higher than any of the single vanilla varietals [Orpheus has] released [in The Vanilla Chronicles] so far.” Weighing in at a sizable and decadent 12.5% ABV, this Grand Cuvée is best enjoyed “on your front porch, in your backyard, or wherever you imbibe other delicious quarantine treats!”
Stouts All the Way Down | The Vanilla Chronicles – Grand Cuvée will debut in The Tasting Room at Orpheus Brewing at 4 p.m. on April 3 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. This Limited Release offering will be available in 375ml bottles. Stouts All the Way Down | The Vanilla Chronicles – Grand Cuvée is a brewery exclusive release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!
Vital Information for Stouts All the Way Down | The Vanilla Chronicles – Grand Cuvée from Orpheus Brewing
Release – Limited/Stouts All the Way Down Series; April 3, 2020 Style – Imperial Stout ABV – 12.5% Treatment – Aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels Added Ingredients – Indonesian, Ugandan, Tongan, Mexican, & Madagascan vanilla beans Availability – 375ml bottles Distribution – None. Tasting Room only