DEEP Brewing Co. Set for Return of Calypso ’85 Barrel-aged Imperial Stout

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

Release – Limited; May 25, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.3%
Treatment – Aged in Four Roses Bourbon barrels for 14 months
Added Ingredients – Columbian Midnight Express & Lucky 7 Espresso coffee from Lucky Goat Coffee Co. & milk sugar
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Yazoo Brewing Company Set for Limited Release of Twelve Sixteen

ETFlogo_editedYazoo Brewing Company (Madison, Tennessee) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Twelve Sixteen, the brewery’s latest Embrace the Funk project, on Wednesday, May 20.

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!

 

Ye Who Enter Here Imperial Stout Returns for Orpheus Brewing

orpheuslogoOrpheus 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 Sets Release Date for Citrus Noyaux

cascadelogoCascade 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.”

Citrus Noyaux (2019) will release at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House (click here to pre-order for local delivery or pickup at the Barrel House) and Lodge at Cascade Brewing (pickup only at the Lodge) – on Thursday May 14 and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

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

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Yazoo Brewing Company Begins Limited Release of Never Say Never Again Sour Ale

ETFlogo_editedYazoo Brewing Company (Madison, Tennessee) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Never Say Never Again, the latest Sour Ale project from the brewery’s Embrace the Funk program, on May 1.

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. Schedules Limited Release of Idol for None Imperial Stout

BurialBeerLogoBlackBurial 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’s Asheville 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 Releases Stouts All the Way Down| The Vanilla Chronicles – Grand Cuvée

OrpheusGrandCuvee2Orpheus 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

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Hi-Wire Brewing Begins Limited Release of Sour Brown Aged on Vanilla & Cardamom

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that Sour Brown Aged on Vanilla & Cardamom is available now for a limited time in the brewery’s online shop. 

Beyond the ingredients featured in its very self-explanatory name, Sour Brown Aged on Vanilla & Cardamom is a Sour Brown Ale that has gained further depth by having “rested for one year on a mix of bourbon and wine barrels before being bottle conditioned.”  This treatment and the added ingredients provide Sour Brown Aged on Vanilla and Cardamom (6.34% ABV) with “aromas of sweet baked pastries and fruit loopy cardamom citrus . . . brought to life by sweet vanilla, slight amaretto, and dark malt flavors.”

750ml bottles of Sour Brown Aged on Vanilla & Cardamom ($18 each) are available now for nationwide shipping (in states where legal) on Hi-Wire Brewing’s online store “and will be available starting Thursday, April 2, for pickup and delivery at Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top (Asheville) & Hi-Wire Brewing Durham from 12-8 PM and at Hi-Wire Brewing Knoxville soon.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Sour Brown Aged on Vanilla & Cardamom from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Limited; April 2, 2020
Style – Sour Brown Ale
ABV – 6.34%
Featured Ingredients – Vanilla & cardamom
Treatment – “Rested for one year on a mix of bourbon & wine barrels before being bottle conditioned”
Brewer’s Note – “Pair with pistachios, dog pets, & chilly spring evenings for maximum taste”
Availability – 750ml bottles ($18 each)
Online Store – https://shop.hiwirebrewing.com/

TBBW 2020 Event: Week of Barrel-Aged Releases at Cigar City Brewing

https___www.cigarcitybrewing.com_wp-content_uploads_2019_03_Logo-1color-Pantone-CMYKCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will celebrate five long-time employees during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020 with a week-long series of Limited Bottle Releases at its newly renovated Spruce Street Taproom.

To bring some much needed attention to an all-star lineup of “long-time Cigar City Brewing employees who have helped make [the] brewery and the Tampa Bay brewing community what it is today,” Cigar City Brewing will spend the majority of Tampa Bay Beer Week releasing “one extremely limited barrel-aged beer per day, brewed to honor” on of these “unsung heroes.”  The release schedule and bottle lineup is as follows:

  • Monday, March 9Brady Eaglin | Bourbon Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale | ABV – 14.0% ABV
  • Tuesday, March 10Jay “The Welder” Lesher | Apple Brandy and Cherry Brandy Barrel-aged Imperial Porter with Vanilla and Almonds | ABV – 13.5%
  • Wednesday, March 11Alex Espinosa | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Coffee, Hazelnut, Maple and Vanilla | ABV – 13.4%
  • Thursday, March 12Mike LaDuke | Double Apple Brandy Barrel-aged Barleywine-style Ale With Cinnamon – ABV – 15.5% 
  • Friday, March 13Ian Schmidt | Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout with Vanilla Beans | ABV – 13.8% 

A few things to keep in mind if you plan to attend one (or all) of these bottle releases:

  • All releases will take place at Cigar City’s Spruce Street Taproom & Brewery (3924 W Spruce St. | Tampa, Florida)
  • Each beer will release at 11 a.m. on its scheduled day
  • Fewer than 400 bottles of each barrel-aged beer have been produced
  •  Bottles will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and each release will be limited to 1 bottle per customer
  • Each 500mL bottle will cost $18.99

With each release only consisting of around 400 bottles, it is safe to assume that these barrel-aged brews will disappear quickly each day.  If you are excited about one (or several) of these releases, be sure to factor an 11 a.m. trip to Cigar City Brewing into your Tampa Bay Beer Week schedule on the respective release date(s) of the beer(s) that caught your attention.  Prost!

 

 

TBBW 2020 Event: Bottle Release of Empty Devils Collaboration from Hidden Springs Ale Works & Voodoo Brewery

HSAWVoodooTo properly set the Friday the 13th vibe during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020, Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will host a Limited Bottle Release for Empty Devils, a Double Barrel-aged Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with Voodoo Brewery (Meadville, Pennsylvania), at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 13.

Surfacing from the depths of darkness to “take everything from you,” Empty Devils is an Imperial Stout aged in W.L. Weller and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked barrels with “pounds of Ugandan vanilla beans and toasted coconut” added.

The Empty Devils bottle release will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 13. Bottles will be $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:

  • The Empty Devils bottle release will also double as a Tap Takeover with Voodoo BreweryVoodoo’s beers will be available when the doors open at 9 a.m. until they are gone
  • Full pours only during this event (no flights)
  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St. (before the I-275 overpass), 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. Hidden Springs Ale Works is not responsible for towed vehicles
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall 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

Just about any bottle release at Hidden Springs Ale Works is a guaranteed sell out, but you can expect Empty Devils to be in even higher demand because hordes of stout lovers will be in town for Tampa Bay Beer Week. If you wish to get your hands on this infernal collaboration between Hidden Springs and Voodoo, make sure you hit that line early on Friday the 13th so that you make the cut on the final head count . . . and don’t forget to come thirsty because you need to hang around to enjoy some killer beers from Voodoo Brewery once you secure your bottle(s).  Prost!