Burial Beer Co. Closes 2020 Out With Release of A Faint Glimmer of Hope Notwithstanding

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of A Faint Glimmer of Hope Notwithstanding on Wednesday, December 30.

Here to quell all the turbulence of 2020 with a “touch of subtle elegance,” A Faint Glimmer of Hope Notwithstanding is an Imperial Stout that was “blended from the bases of 5 different stouts . . . upon which [the brewery] added Forestry Camp roasted and caramelized Turkish figs, toasted almonds, sea salt, whole Madagascar vanilla bean and a touch of maple syrup.” Coming in at 13% ABV, A Faint Glimmer of Hope Notwithstanding is “an awakening to renewal, filled with figgy almond cake with vanilla filling, almond biscotti dipped in mocha cream, and salted caramel ice cream.”

A Faint Glimmer of Hope Notwithstanding – packaged in 500ml bottles for $18 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproom and Raleigh taproom at noon on December 30 (proxies are welcome). If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop for nationwide shipping on December 31 at noon. A Faint Glimmer of Hope Notwithstanding will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for A Faint Glimmer of Hope Notwithstanding from Burial Beer Co.

Release – Limited; December 30, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 13%
Added Ingredients – Roasted Turkish Fig, Toasted Almond, Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Sea Salt & Maple Syrup
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Yazoo Brewing Company Brings the Funk to Winter with Release of Saison D’Hiver

Yazoo Brewing Company (Madison, Tennessee) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Saison D’Hiver, the brewery’s latest Embrace the Funk project, on Saturday, December 19.

Carefully crafted to honor winter, Saison D’Hiver – meaning “the Season of Winter”) is a Dark Saison “brewed with Vienna, dark wheat, roasted barley, special b malt and dark invert Candi syrup.” The beer went on to be “fermented with multiple Belgian and French yeast strains on dried black currants” and then bottled with brettanomyces. Coming in at 9.2% ABV, Saison D’Hiver is a holiday treat that can be enjoyed fresh or aged.

Saison D’Hiver will officially release at Yazoo Brewing Company on December 19 but you can go ahead a pre-order your bottles now by clicking here. With only a limited amount of 500ml bottles available for $13 each, Saison D’Hiver is a brewery only release that will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Saison D’Hiver from Yazoo Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Embrace The Funk Series; December 19, 2020
Style – Saison
ABV – 9.2%
Featured Ingredients – Vienna malt, dark wheat, roasted barley, special b malt & dark invert Candi syrup
Treatment – Fermented with multiple Belgian & French yeast strains on dried black currants, bottled with brettanomyces
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Burial Beer Co. & Tripping Animals Collaborate on Awakened Into the Depths of the Neverending

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of Awakened Into the Depths of the Neverending, Burial’s first collaboration project with Tripping Animals Brewing (Doral, Florida), on Wednesday, December 16.

Created to be a “deviation from boring linear stout,” Awakened Into the Depths of the Neverending is an Imperial Stout “loaded . . . with massive doses of Tahitian vanilla bean, toasted coconut and lactose to forge a super marshmallowy coconut cream base and accented it with dab of fresh Meyers lemon zest, Spicewalla Vietnamese Cinnamon and sea salt.” Weighing in at 14% ABV, Awakened Into the Depths of the Neverending offers notes of “Kahlua dipped macaroons, toasted mallow squares, and freshly baked coconut cream pie drizzled with lemon glaze.”

Awakened Into the Depths of the Neverending – packaged in 500ml bottles for $19 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproom and Raleigh taproom at noon on December 16 (proxies are welcome). If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop for nationwide shipping on December 17 at noon. Awakened Into the Depths of the Neverending will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Awakened Into the Depths of the Neverending from Burial Beer Co. & Tripping Animals Brewing

Release – Limited; December 16, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 14%
Added Ingredients – Toasted Coconut, Meyer Lemon Zest, Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Cinnamon, Sea Salt & Lactose
Availability – 500ml bottles ($19 each)
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Treats Saison Lovers to an Easy Melody

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of Easy Melody Saison on Saturday, December 12.

Brewed to “[showcase] regional and local ingredients,” Easy Melody is a mixed culture Saison featuring “lemongrass from Heilbron Herbs (Asheville, NC), . . . lavender from R&R Secret Farm (Athens, GA), wheat from . . . DaySpring Farms (Danielsville, GA), and malt from Carolina Malting (Cleveland, NC).” Coming in at 5.8% ABV, Easy Melody is “beautifully refreshing with bright fruit and floral notes balanced by gentle acidity.”

Easy Melody – available in 500ml bottles – will hit the Taproom at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on December 12 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Easy Melody is a taproom only release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Easy Melody from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; December 12, 2020
Style – Saison
ABV – 5.8%
Featured Ingredients – Lemongrass from Heilbron Herbs, lavender from R&R Secret Farm, wheat from DaySpring Farms & malt from Carolina Malting 
Fun Fact – Creature Comforts “worked with local artist Eileen Schaeffer to create the label artwork for Easy Melody”
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Burial Beer Co. Set to Release The Only Trail From Nowhere

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of The Only Trail From Nowhere, a trail mix-inspired Imperial Stout, at noon on Wednesday, October 28.

Meant to capture Burial’s “vision of the perfect trail companion,” The Only Trail From Nowhere is an Imperial Stout “made with Forestry Camp roasted Pecans, Peanuts, Cashews and Hazelnuts, alongside accompanying doses of dried wild Thai bananas and big fancy shredded coconut.” Coming in at substantial 15% ABV, The Only Trail From Nowhere supplies notes of “some crumbled German chocolate cake, fluffernutter cliff bars dipped in cashew butter and a sip of hazelnut macchiato with coconut milk cream.”

The Only Trail From Nowhere – available in 500ml bottles for $20 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproom and Raleigh taproom at noon on October 28 (proxies are welcome). If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop for nationwide shipping on October 29 at noon. The Only Trail From Nowhere will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for The Only Trail From Nowhere from Burial Beer Co.

Release – Limited; October 28, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 15%
Added Ingredients – Roasted pecans, peanuts, cashews & hazelnuts, and dried wild Thai bananas & shredded coconut
Availability – 500ml bottles ($20 each)
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Hidden Springs Ale Works Releases The Devil In Time for Halloween

Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will continue its Tarot Series with the Limited Bottle Release of The Devil at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 29.

Representative of the seductive power of “the material world and physical pleasures” and Hidden Springs finally giving in to “the tempting magic that is pumpkin,” The Devil is an Imperial Stout that mimics the experience of a “decadent, indulgent pumpkin cheesecake.” Arriving at the most appropriate of times, The Devil is “sinfully delightful when enjoyed under the full moon on All Hallows’ Eve.”

The Devil will release exclusively in the Taproom at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 3 p.m. on October 29. This Limited Release will NOT be available on the brewery’s website for pre-order. The Devil will cost $25 per 22 oz. bottles (limit of 2 bottles per person) and “when they’re gone, they’re gone.” Prost!

Vital Information for The Devil from Hidden Springs Ale Works

Release – Limited/Tarot Series; October 29, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – ???
Availability – 22 oz. bottle ($25 each)
Bottle Limit – 2 bottles per person
Distribution – None. Brewery only


Second Self Beer Co. Goes Barleywine Heavy to Celebrate 6th Anniversary

Second Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will commemorate its Sixth Anniversary with the Limited Release of Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 and Malternate Universe during the week of Halloween from Wednesday, October 28 to Saturday, October 31.

Nothing says it is time to celebrate like breaking out a couple fine barleywines and Second Self Beer Co. is doing just that with the release of the following two anniversary offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 – An American Barleywine aged in wet high rye bourbon barrels. It follows Second Self’s highly acclaimed Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1 in 2017, but it certainly deserves its own spotlight. With forward oak and spice nose and caramel and vanilla notes deriving from the malt and barrel used to brew it, Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 is a slow-sipper that opens as it warms up. Hints of sweet, dark cherry lighten the overall body of the beer, creating a slightly boozy finish. ABV – 12%
  • Malternate Universe (9% ABV) – A Barleywine that pours a rich amber color with a nice tan head. Sweet aromas of caramel, brown sugar and English toffee give the decadent beer a full mouthfeel with tons of flavor. Tasting notes include fig, raisin and molasses. ABV – 9%

“A beer can only be a ‘Manic Pixie Dream Beer’ if it is truly an exception, and we’re confident this second version may just be the best beer we’ve released since Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1,” says Co-Founder and Beer Architect Jason Santamaria. “We’re proud to introduce our beer fans to Malternate Universe as well, and we’re looking forward to celebrating our anniversary over these two new launches with our Atlanta community.”

Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 and Malternate Universe will be a part of a Double Release taking place at Second Self Beer Co.’s Westside Taproom from Wednesday, October 28 through Saturday, October 31, but you can go ahead pre-order your stash now by clicking here. Only 400 Anniversary Bundles – with Manic Pixie Dream Beer #2 packaged in 750ml bottles and Malternate Universe in 16 oz. cans – will be available for purchase during this release, so make sure that you secure your bundle as soon as possible. Prost!

Odd Breed Wild Ales Set for Extra Special Release of Harmonic Oscillator

Odd Breed Wild Ales (Pompano Beach, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Harmonic Oscillator, a Double Barrel-aged Imperial Wild Ale, on Saturday, October 17.

What could be Odd Breed’s “most decadent, opulent beer” to date, Harmonic Oscillator is an Imperial Wild Ale that was “first aged in California Sauvignon Blanc barrels, then conditioned on apricots before finishing in French Sauternes barrels.” Clocking in at 15% ABV and served still, Harmonic Oscillator has “lively aromatics of French Sauternes, Sauvignon Blanc grapes, and fresh apricot” and boasts a “moderate acidity [that] cuts through the sweetness and lends the perception of a lighter mouthfeel to this full-bodied beer, making it incredibly drinkable despite its alcoholic strength.”

If you are unfamiliar with Sauternes, Odd Breed provided the following background information on this rare libation:

“Sauternes is a type of French wine produced in a region south of Bordeaux with white grapes subjected to Botyritis. Botyritis is a type of fungus that results in grapes that become somewhat raisined after periods of high humidity and then dry conditions with ample sun. Sauternes is a protected appellation, and Sauternes can only be made in a particular region of France with Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Semillon, and Muscadelle grapes. Botyritis infection, also known as noble rot, is unpredictable, and the production of Sauternes is reliant on very particular growing conditions. As such, the production of Sauternes is limited, output is uncertain, and production costs are very high. The commercial endeavor of producing Sauternes is especially risky, and there are years when Sauternes cannot be produced because of unfavorable weather. 

“Sauternes is a relatively strong and sweet wine made with grapes that have inherent tartness. By law, Sauternes must be at least 13% ABV, and must finish sweet with unfermented residual sugars. The use of botyrized, concentrated grapes produces an intense, full-bodied wine with very unique flavors akin to stone fruit preserves mixed with gooseberries. The aroma of Sauternes is very distinct and unlike any other wine.”

Harmonic Oscillator will release at Odd Breed Wild Ales on Saturday, October 17 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Harmonic Oscillator will be available exclusively at the brewery in 375ml bottles. Prost!

Vital Information for Harmonic Oscillator from Odd Breed Wild Ales

Release – Limited; October 17, 2020
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 15%
Treatment – First aged in California Sauvignon Blanc barrels, conditioned on apricots, finished in French Sauternes barrels. Aged for over 2 year total
Availability – 375ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Burial Beer Co. Revives the Empire of Eternal Nothingness for Limited Release

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release for Empire of Eternal Nothingness, “one of [the brewery’s] finest Imperial Stouts,” at noon on Wednesday, October 14.

Crafted to be an “amalgamation of [Burial’s] first year of hypothesizing, stumbling and eventually achieving,” Empire of Eternal Nothingness takes the brewery’s “6 hour stout base” and ages it “upon a double dipping of select French Broad Chocolate cocoa nibs, Madagascar vanilla bean, and the heaviest dose of macaroon coconut ever to touch [the brewery’s] steel.” Weighing in at a massive 15% ABV, Empire of Eternal Nothingness comes across as “gooey coconut clusters, topped with molten mounds bars, and shoved into the center of a German chocolate cake soaked in rummy goodness.”

Empire of Eternal Nothingness – available in 500ml bottles for $19 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproom and Raleigh taproom at noon on October 14 (proxies are welcome). If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop for nationwide shipping on October 15 at noon. Empire of Eternal Nothingness will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Empire of Eternal Nothingness from Burial Beer Co.

Release – Limited; October 14, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 15%
Added Ingredients – Cocoa nibs from French Broad Chocolate, Madagascar vanilla bean & macaroon coconut
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery locations only via online presale

Burial Beer Co. & The Eighth State Brewing Co. Collaborate on Evolved From Nothing Imperial Stout

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Evolved From Nothing, a special collaboration project with The Eighth State Brewing Company (Greenville, South Carolina), at noon on Wednesday, September 23.

Heavily inspired by pecan turtle candies and ice cream, Evolved From Nothing is an Imperial Stout “made with a festive spike of Forestry Camp roasted and salted Southern pecans, loads of French Broad Chocolate cocoa nibs, dark caramel sugars and a final helping of Madagascar vanilla bean.” Coming in at 15% ABV, Evolved From Nothing supplies a “big faceful of chocolate praline cake, vanilla bean ice cream with smashed chocolate turtles and pecan pie drizzle.”

Evolved From Nothing – available in 500ml bottles for $20 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproom and Raleigh taproom at noon on September 23 (proxies are welcome). If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop for nationwide shipping on September 24 at noon. Evolved From Nothing will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Evolved From Nothing from Burial Beer Co. & The Eighth State Brewing Company

Release – Limited; September 23, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 15%
Added Ingredients – Roasted pecans from Forestry Camp, cocoa nibs from French Broad Chocolate, Madagascar vanilla beans & sea salt
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery locations only via online presale