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!

TBBW 2020 Event: Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie Bottle Release at Hidden Springs Ale Works

HiddenSpringslogoHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold its annual Tampa Bay Beer Week release of Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 12.

Sure to be one of the more highly sought-after bottles released during Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020, Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie is a double barrel-aged Imperial Stout that has embraced the unholy alliance that is peanut butter and marshmallow.  Weighing in at a sinister 13% ABV, Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie will have you succumbing to the darkness in no time.

The Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie bottle release will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 12. 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:

  • Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie will be available on draft when the Tasting Room at Hidden Springs opens at 11 a.m.
  • Since this bottle release will coincide with an Omnipollo Tap Takeover at Hidden Springs on the same day, “Omnipollo’s magical goods will [also] be available at 11 a.m. until they are gone”
  • 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 as it does every year, Double Barrel Fluffer Nutter Black Aggie will act as a bright beacon to the majority of beer fans that will be in town celebrating Tampa Bay Beer Week 2020, and it is safe to assume that this Limited Release will sell out quickly.  If you are one of the many that hope to land one of these highly-coveted bottles, make sure that you grab a spot in line early on March 12 and hope that Black Aggie deems you worthy when the official head count is conducted.  Good luck out there, folks.  Prost!

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Set for Limited Release of ‘Well, I Declare’ Imperial Stout

creaturecomfortslogo_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Well, I Declare Imperial Stout on Saturday, March 14.

Crafted to “showcase the beautiful pecan crop from Pearson Farm,” Well, I Declare is an Imperial Stout made with toasted pecans, cocoa nibs from Condor Chocolates, and American oak spirals.  Meant to be sipped and savored, Well, I Declare comes in at a comforting 12% ABV.

Well, I Declare will officially release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on March 14. This Limited Release offering will be available in 500ml bottles for as long as supplies last.  If you would like to secure bottles in advance, you can do so by visiting the brewery’s page on CraftCellr (click here).  Well, I Declare is a brewery-only release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Well, I Declare from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; March 14, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Toasted pecans from Pearson Farm, cocoa nibs from Condor Chocolates, & American oak spirals
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Schedules Double Bottle Release of Good Migrations & River Ridge Black

creaturecomfortslogo_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin a Limited Bottle Release for two offerings from its Wood Cellar and Mixed Fermentation program – Good Migrations and River Ridge Black – on Saturday, February 15.

A special collaboration project inspired by Indian Ladder Farms Cidery & Brewery’s farming initiative, Good Migrations (5.9% ABV) is a Saison brewed with barley, hops, blueberries, and raspberries that were “all estate-grown by Indian Ladder in Altamont, New York.”  To round out the recipe and add a “little flavor local to Athens,” the breweries also “used DaySpring Farms wheat, local honey, and Creature Comforts’ house culture to create a lightly fruited and delicious Saison.”

Crafted to highlight “Creature Comforts’ local agriculture initiative,” River Ridge Black is a Dark Ale “aged in French oak for over a year with [the brewery’s] house-mixed culture” and then “conditioned on top of organic black raspberries” sourced from a southeastern farm, River Ridge OrganicsRiver Ridge Black comes in at 8% ABV.

Good Migrations and River Ridge Black will both release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on February 15.  Good Migrations will be available for purchase on draft and in 750ml bottles while River Ridge Black will be available on draft and in 500ml bottles.  Both of these offerings are brewery-only releases and are not expected to see distribution. Prost!

 

 

 

 

Hidden Springs Ale Works Revives In Between Dreams for Bottle Release

HiddenSpringslogoHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for the 2020 batch of In Between Dreams on Saturday, February 8.

Back to “take you on a journey into the depths of your deepest, darkest, most pastry sweet nightmares,” In Between Dreams is a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with chocolate and hazelnut. Coming in at 12% ABV, In Between Dreams is guaranteed to make a lasting impression that will keep you up at night.

The bottle release for In Between Dreams will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 8. 22 oz. bottles of In Between Dreams 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. (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 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

In Between Dreams will not see distribution and – just like its debut release in 2019 – is expected to draw a sellout crowd. If you wish to get lost in a bottle of In Between Dreams, make sure that you add this Saturday to your alarm clock schedule and are in line by the final head count.  Good luck and sweet dreams.  Prost!

Vital Information for In Between Dreams from Hidden Springs Ale Works

Release – Limited; February 8, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Chocolate & hazelnut
Treatment – Barrel-aged
Availability – 22 oz. bottles ($30 per bottle)
Distribution – None. Brewery-only release

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Artwork for In Between Dreams created by Arielle Katarina Illustration

Big Storm Brewing Co. Sweetens Up Valentine’s Day with Limited Release of Bourbon Vanilla Lie To Me

bigstormBWlogoBig Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has officially announced that it will recognize Valentine’s Day with a Limited Bottle Release featuring Bourbon Vanilla Lie To Me Chocolate Cherry Imperial Stout on Saturday, February 8.

Returning as a barrel-aged variant in 2020 to make your Valentine’s Day extra special, this year’s batch of Lie To Me is an Imperial Stout layered with notes of dark chocolate and cherry and then aged in bourbon vanilla barrels. This added step produces an experience that “boasts smooth and decadent dark chocolate cherry and subtle vanilla notes with hints of oak and bourbon.”  Coming in at a warming 9.8% ABV, the full-bodied Bourbon Vanilla Lie To Me is best enjoyed when shared “with someone you love – or someone who just really loves beer.”

Bourbon Vanilla Lie To Me will officially release at 11 a.m. on February 8 at Big Storm’s PascoPinellas and Cape Coral locations.  This Limited Release offering will be available as long as supplies last in 750ml bottles and on draft during this release.  Big Storm will also have a limited amount of vintage bottles of 2018 and 2019 Lie To Me available for purchase during this event (quantities are limited).  Bourbon Vanilla Lie To Me is a brewery-only release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Bourbon Vanilla Lie To Me from Big Storm Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; February 8, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 9.8%
Featured Ingredients – Dark chocolate & cherry
Treatment – Aged in bourbon vanilla barrels
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Proof Brewing Co. Sets Date for 2020 Anniversary Celebration

Proof2020AnnyPosterProof Brewing Co. (1320 South Monroe Street | Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it will celebrate its first full year of brewing and pouring beer at its beautiful 1320 South Monroe location by hosting its 2020 Anniversary Celebration at the brewery from 11 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, February 8.

There is no better way to celebrate a brewery anniversary than by tapping an abundance of exciting Limited Release beers, and Proof Brewing is doing just that by featuring over 30 beers on tap on February 8.  To give you an idea of what to expect, here is a sneak preview of the 2020 Anniversary Celebration taplist:

  • Whoa Thunderson – Imperial Stout Aged on Maple Syrup, Waffles, & Pecans 13.20%
  • Lights Out – Imperial Stout Aged On Coconut, Vanilla, Chocolate, & Marshmellow 12.5%
  • Emerge With Grace – Berliner Weisse with Lactose, Raspberry, Macadamia, & Vanilla
  • White Oak Dragon Fruit Kissing Giants – Gose with Dragon Fruit & Aged on White Oak Spirals 4.5%
  • Orange Creamsicle OutWit – Wheat Ale 6%
  • Lemon Bar Kissing Giants – Gose 4.5%
  • Oreo Creatures In the Dark – Sweet Stout 7.8%
  • Green Coffee La La Land – American IPA aged on Green Coffee 7%
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Creatures In the Dark – Sweet Stout 7.8%
  • Carrot Cake Litany of Angels – Belgian Strong Ale 9%
  • Coconut Macadamia BBA Glass Emperor – Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with Toasted Coconut & Macadamia 12.4%
  • Boston Crème Pie Mango Wit – Mango Wheat Ale 5.7%
  • Rolling Heads – Hazy IPA with Cryo Idaho 7, Cryo Lemondrop, & Mosaic hops 7.1%
  • Coffee Coconut Ghost Totem – Robust Porter 6.5%
  • Blood Orange Rolling Heads – Hazy IPA with Blood Orange 7.1%
  • FourFour8 – Hazy Pale Ale 4.5%
  • Falling Upwards – Hazy IPA with Sabro hops
  • Featherweight – Low-calorie IPA 4%
  • Devil Dodger – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout Aged on Coconut, Ancho Chilies, & Chocolate 8%
  • Hot Cocoa Royal Bloodline – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout aged on Chocolate, Vanilla & Marshmallows 12.5%
  • Edgefire – Imperial Stout with Chocolate, Marshmallows, and Graham Crackers 13%
  • Coffee Marshmallow BBA Glass Emperor – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout aged on Single Origin Coffee & Marshmallows 11%
  • Heath Bar Ghost Totem – Robust Porter With Toffee and Chocolate 6.5%
  • Peach Apricot Evil Kiss – Fruited Berliner 4.5%

The beery goodness does not stop there as Proof Brewing Co. also plans to open up its cellar for a Vintage Bottle Release featuring the following beers (quantities will be limited, and bottles will be sold on a first come, first served basis at open):

  • Devil Dodger – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Sweet Stout Aged on Coconut, Ancho Chilies, & Chocolate
  • Rum Barrel-aged Hooligans Keeper – Rum Barrel-aged “Wee Heavy” Scotch Ale
  • Bourbon Barrel-aged Hooligan Keeper – Bourbon Barrel-aged “Wee Heavy” Scotch Ale
  • Red Wine Barrel-aged Litany of Angels – Red Wine Barrel-aged Belgian Strong Ale
  • Coffee Vanilla Bourbon Barrel-aged Royal Bloodline – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • Coffee Vanilla Hazelnut Bourbon Barrel-aged Glass Emperor – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • `16 Bourbon Barrel-aged Glass Emperor – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • `17 Bourbon Barrel-aged Glass Emperor – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • `18 Bourbon Barrel-aged Glass Emperor – Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • `17 Royal Bloodline – Imperial Stout
  • `18 Royal Bloodline – Imperial Stout

To set the vibe and round out these festivities, the 2020 Anniversary Celebration will also feature live music from local acts – Adam & the Testifiers from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Trial By Stone from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – and Proper, The Brewpub at Proof Brewing Co, will be “serving up delicious, elevated pub food” to satisfy all your grubbin’ needs.

“It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year at our new location, let alone brewing since 2012,” said Byron Burroughs, Owner of Proof Brewing Co. “We felt a celebration party should be in order and hope the public will come out and enjoy local live music, amazing beers, and good times!”

The 2020 Anniversary Party at Proof Brewing Co. is a free-to-attend, pay-as-you-go event that is open to the public.  The brewery is selling an Anniversary Passport in its online store for $15 (click here to purchase, quantities are limited) and that gets you a commemorative taster glass (pictured below) and three 5 oz. fills of any beer on the menu.  The Anniversary Passport is not required, but it is highly recommended that you purchase one if you wish to get your hands on the commemorative glassware.

That just about covers all the information currently available on Proof Brewing Co.’s 2020 Anniversary Celebration. If any more details surface before the event, we will be sure to update you with that info here.

As you can tell from the taplist and details listed above, you are going to be hard-pressed to find a better beer event in Florida this weekend than what is going to go down at Proof Brewing Co.’s 2020 Anniversary Celebration on Saturday.  If you are free and anywhere within driving distance to Tallahassee, go ahead and rally your beer drinking crew now so that you all can raise a glass with the folks at Proof Brewing Co. to the last year and the many more ahead.  Prost!

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Cahaba Brewing Co. Set for Limited Release of Bow & Arrow Brut IPA

CahabaBowArrowCahaba Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the extremely Limited Release of Bow & Arrow Brut India Pale Ale on January 31.

Arriving as Cahaba’s “Valentine’s gift to you,” Bow & Arrow is a Brut-style India Pale Ale that has been “freshly dry-hopped” with Citra and Mosaic hops and “lightly aged in French oak white wine barrels.”  Embodying the art of “Craft with Passion,” Bow & Arrow promises to offer an experience that is “dry, crisp and truly harmonized.”

Bow & Arrow Brut India Pale Ale will debut in the Taproom at Cahaba Brewing Company on January 31 and is scheduled to enter limited distribution on February 7.  The Bow & Arrow release consists of just 200 22 oz. bottles and a limited number of kegs.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bow & Arrow Brut India Pale Ale from Cahaba Brewing Company

Release – Limited; January 31, 2020
Style – Brut India Pale Ale
ABV – ???
Featured Hops – Citra & Mosaic
Treatment – Lightly aged in French oak white wine barrels
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Select retail locations in Alabama (beginning February 7)

Hidden Springs Ale Works Braces for Return of Cat Kong

HiddenSpringslogoHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a Limited Bottle Release for Cat Kong, a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with Felinious Hops, in its tasting room at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11.

Fluffy, adorable and boasting all the menacing indifference you would expect from a “domesticated” feline, Cat Kong is a Barrel-aged Imperial Milk Stout with toasted coconut, graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.  Weighing in at a beastly 12% ABV, Cat Kong is all about that “coconutty s’mores goodness.”

The bottle release for Cat Kong will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11. 22 oz. bottles of Cat Kong 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

Cat Kong is a brewery exclusive release and will not see distribution.  Like most kitties you are lucky enough to cross paths with, Cat Kong is only going to be around as long as it wants to be.  If wish to get a hold of a bottle, just make sure that you are in line by the final head count on Saturday morning. Prost!

Vital Information for Cat Kong from Hidden Springs Ale Works

Release – Limited; January 11, 2020
Style – Imperial Milk Stout
ABV – 12%
Added Ingredients – Toasted coconut, graham crackers, marshmallows & chocolate
Treatment – Barrel-aged
Availability – 22 oz. bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery exclusive release

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