Boulevard Brewing Co. Looks to the Holidays, Releases Nutcracker Ale

Nutcracker-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that its Nutcracker Ale will begin its Seasonal return in mid-October.

Brewed annually since 1995, Nutcracker Ale is a non-spiced Winter Warmer Ale that “leans heavily on Chinook hops for bold flavor and aroma.”  That “zesty” hop character is then rounded off with a “robust” malt base and “additions of golden brown sugar and dark brown sugar” to yield a complex and comforting Nutcracker Ale (7.8% ABV) that is at its best when shared with friends and family during the holiday season.

Nutcracker Ale hit the Kansas City area on October 15 and will make it to other regions soon.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, Missouri and the other “regions that typically see Boulevard seasonal beers like Irish Ale and Bob’s ’47.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Nutcracker Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, available mid-October through the 2018 Holiday Season
Style – Winter Warmer
ABV – 7.8%
IBUs – 38
Malts – 2-Row Pale, Amber 50, Cara 300, Munich & Malted Wheat
Hops – Magnum, Chinook & Cascade; dry-hopped with Chinook
Added Ingredients – Golden brown sugar & dark brown sugar
Suggested Food Pairings – “braised beef roast with rosemary, aged cheddar, blueberry pie, bacon beer cheese soup, bread pudding”
Recommended Glassware – Pint Glass
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

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Boulevard Brewing Co. Adds Tart Apple Radler to its Seasonal Lineup

Tart-Apple-RadlerBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that it will be expanding its Radler selection in September when it introduces its latest Seasonal Release, Tart Apple Radler.

Using the same process that created fan-favorite Radlers such as Ginger Lemon Radler and Cranberry Orange Radler, Boulevard’s brewers crafted Tart Apple Radler by adding “tart apple juice and just a touch of lemon juice to . . . the Unfiltered Wheat Beer base.”  This combination yields “aromas of tart green apple juice backed by a subtle sweetness” and a flavor profile dominated by “slightly puckering apple and lemon” that eventually “[gives] way to a bready malt sweetness and a spritzy finish that wavers between apple, lemon and slight citrus notes from the base beer.”  Coming in at an “eminently drinkable and refreshing” 4.1% ABV, Tart Apple Radler “is the ultimate post-activity beer even if you’re doing nothing more strenuous than lifting it to your lips.”

Tart Apple Radler debuts in the Kansas City area on September 4 and will see expanded distribution in the coming weeks.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal Release available exclusively in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly retailers in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and all other areas in Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint that normally see other Seasonal offerings such as Ginger Lemon Radler, Berliner Weisse and Tough Kitty Milk StoutProst!

Vital Information for Tart Apple Radler from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, launching September 2018
Style – Radler
ABV – 4.1%
IBUs – 6
Added Ingredients – Apple Juice & Lemon Juice
Suggested Food Pairings – “Apple-glazed pork chops, sharp cheddar cheese, chicken curry, ginger cookies”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest Returns for 25th Year as a Boulevard Brewing Seasonal

Bobs-47-Diamond-Badge-NEWBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that its long-standing Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest Beer will officially begin its Seasonal return during the week of August 6.

Bob’s ’47 is Boulevard’s “take on a traditional German-style Marzen/Oktoberfest” that has been brewed annually for 25 years as “a tribute to former George Muehlebach Brewing Company master brewer and early friend and mentor to John McDonald, Bob Werkowitch.”  To ensure that Bob’s ’47 is allowed “adequate lagering time before its fall release”, the first batches of this beer are typically brewed in late May to early June. After a “three week primary fermentation, Bob’s ’47 is crash cooled and lagered at 32 F until packaging.”  This lengthy process produces an “incredibly smooth and delicious” Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest (5.8% ABV) “that showcases herbal/woody Vanguard hops against a toasted malt background.”

Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest Beer will roll out in the greater Kansas City area on August 6 and enter wider distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, Missouri, and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bob’s ’47 Oktoberfest Beer from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, August – October 2018
Style – Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 27
Featured Hops – Vanguard 
Fun Fact – On the beer’s name: “With this Munich-style lager we salute our friend Bob Werkowitch, Master Brewer and graduate of the U.S. Brewer’s Academy, 1947.” 
Recommended Glassware – Pint or Stein 
Suggested Food Pairings – “roasted chicken or pork, sauce-based meat dishes, pretzels and mustard, grilled hamburgers/sausage, pizza, smoked gouda”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

 

Boulevard Brewing’s Berliner Weisse Makes Seasonal Return in Cans

Berliner-Weisse-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that its Berliner Weisse will officially return for another Seasonal run on July 9, 2018, and this time around this refreshing brew is ditching bottles for a more convenient packaging option: 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.

Back for another year to serve as Boulevard Brewing’s easy-drinking, summer-time Seasonal, Berliner Weisse is a “light bodied, straw yellow” German-style Sour Ale that boasts a “refreshing lactic acidity” and “citrus aromas hinting to the soft sourness and lemon, lime and orange peel” added at the end of the boil.  With a flavor profile that mirrors those aromatics, Berliner Weisse (4.5% ABV) promises to be “incredibly flavorful and fruity while being super refreshing and ideal for a balmy summer day.”

Berliner Weisse will officially release in the Greater Kansas City Area on July 9 and enter wider distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Berliner Weisse from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Summer Seasonal, roll out begins July 9, 2018
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.5%
IBUs – 6
Malts – 2-Row, Malted Wheat & CaraPils
Hops – Topaz
Added Ingredients – Orange, lemon & lime peel
Suggested Food Pairings – “creamy Havarti; crab eggs benedict; pretzels with tangy mustard; citrusy salad with mint, honey and lime; spicy tuna rolls”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing’s Saison Brett Makes Annual Return

Saison-Brett-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its iconic Saison Brett on Monday, April 30.

Annually brewed since 2008 and one of the “most coveted beers” to come out of Boulevard’s Smokestack Series, Saison Brett starts life as an “assertively dry-hopped” version of the brewery’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale.  To set it apart from its cousin, the brewers then inoculate Saison Brett with Champagne yeast and “brettanomyces bruxellensis in a bottling tank designated to holding funky/sour beers.”  After it is bottled and spends “12+ weeks in the bottle conditioning area”, the finished Saison Brett (8.5% ABV) emerges to treat its drinker to “suggestions of forest floor, earthy funk and tropical fruit that mingle with fruity Belgian yeast esters, peppery phenolic notes and citrusy hops.”  Saison Brett can be enjoyed fresh or it can be cellared to “allow the brettanomyces character to develop and intensify.”

This year’s batch of Saison Brett will officially debut in the Greater Kansas City Area on April 30 and expanded distribution will follow “in the coming weeks.”  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and other areas in Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint “that typically see Smokestack Series Limited Release beers like Rye on Rye on Rye and Love Child blends.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Saison Brett from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; April 30, 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 38
Malts – Pale Malt & Malted Wheat
Hops – Magnum, Cascade, Amarillo, Calypso & Citra
Yeast – Primary fermentation with a house Belgian yeast strain; later inoculated with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis & Champagne yeast in a bottling tank
Suggested Food Pairings – “Washed rind cheeses; pasta with creamy mushroom sauce; spicy crab cakes with mango puree; saison steamed mussels with fennel, saffron & lemon; ginger lemon sorbet”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing’s Tequila Barrel Lime Gose Slated for Seasonal Return

TBLG_BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that Tequila Barrel Lime Gose will begin its Seasonal run on March 5.

Originally released last year as a draft-only offering, Tequila Barrel Lime Gose came to be via a bit of experimentation after Boulevard Brewing “acquired a truckload of freshly emptied tequila barrels from a variety of distilleries.”  After testing an assortment of base beers in the barrels, the brewing team decided to try something new and brewed a German-style Gose infused with lime peel to see how it would interact with the tequila barrels.  This move proved to be a success and the Gose emerged from the barrels boasting “aromas of oak, vanilla and caramelized banana with bright lime character transitioning to subtle tequila notes and coconut.”  Clocking in at an easy drinking 4.2% ABV, the completed Tequila Barrel Lime Gose hits the palate with “a malty sweetness . . . balanced by tart lime and hints of lively tequila, tapering to a slightly salty finish.”

Tequila Barrel Lime Gose will officially release in the Greater Kansas City Area on March 5 and 6, and it will then enter expanded distribution shortly thereafter.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and any other “areas that typically see Boulevard seasonal beers like Flora Obscura Dry-Hopped Porter and Hibiscus Gose.” Prost!

Vital Information for Tequila Barrel Lime Gose from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, Spring 2018
Style – Gose
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 11
Added Ingredients – Lime peel
Treatment – Aged in tequila barrels
Suggested Food Pairings – “Tacos al Pastor, chicken flautas, guacamole, shrimp ceviche”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Adds Jam Band to Year-Round Portfolio

JamBand-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that Jam Band Berry Ale will officially join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in February.

When it was first released in 2017 as a Smokestack Series limited release, the folks at Boulevard Brewing could not help but notice that fans immediately embraced Jam Band Berry Ale.  Demand clearly warranted a return and this time it is back as a full-blown Year-Round release.

To ensure this flavorful Fruit Beer properly showcases the “huge fruit aroma and flavor contributed by blueberry, red raspberry and tart cherry juices blended into the beer at the end of fermentation”, the brewers at Boulevard built Jam Band “upon a fairly simple base beer composed of two-row malted barley with a small percentage of acidulated malt that provides a subtle, crisp tartness.”  This approach results in a “deep ruby (nearly purple!) . . .  slightly tart, easy-drinking fruit beer that begs for an encore.”  When all is said and done, this Jam Band supplies an unforgettable performance that clocks in at 5.9% ABV and 6 IBUs.

Jam Band Berry Ale will begin its Year-Round availability in the Greater Kansas City Area “on February 5th (draft) and February 6th (packaging) with other regions to follow soon.”  Once fully released, you can expect to find this new Year-Round available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Jam Band Berry Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, launching February 2018
Style – Fruit Beer
ABV – 5.9%
IBUs – 6
Malts – 2-Row Malted Barley & Acidulated Malt
Hops – Topaz
Yeast – English Ale
Added Ingredients – Blueberry juice, cherry juice, raspberry juice & dextrose 
Suggested Food Pairings – “Peanut butter cookies, crème brûlée, angel food cake, creamy cheeses, light/citrusy salads, grilled pork chops, strawberry shortcake, sherbet, crunchy grooves”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. Resurrects Rye on Rye

BoulevardRyeonRyeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that Rye on Rye will make a triumphant, limited return to the Smokestack Series in January.

First released in 2010, Rye on Rye was given a brief break from production back in 2015 so that Boulevard Brewing Co. could spend a couple years exploring experimental spin-offs such as Rye on Rye on Rye and Rye on Rye – Classic Sazerac Cocktail. Those beers were fantastic, but many beer fans were left longing for the original Templeton Rye barrel-aged version.  The folks at the brewery heard the calls asking for Rye on Rye’s return and are happy to report that it is officially ready for release this month.

To create this study in rye, Boulevard’s brewers start by brewing a “sturdy” base beer “composed of . . . two row base malt layered with German rye, English crystal rye, Cara 50 and Munich malt and then accented with brown sugar, dark brown sugar and dark candi syrup.”  After being hopped with Magnum, Citra and Styrian Golding hops and fermented with a Scottish Ale yeast, that beer is then transferred to “freshly emptied Templeton Rye barrels” so that it can age “from six to 18 months.”  Once the aging process is all said and done, “optimal barrels are selected and blended with 33% fresh beer to create a delicate balance between spicy, slightly boozy rye whiskey barrel characters and the base beer.”  Those that partake in the finished Rye on Rye can expect a warming (12% ABV), medium bodied experience characterized by notes of “spicy, fruity” rye malt, rye whiskey, vanilla, toffee, charred oak, caramel, and balancing hop tones that are “earthy, herbal, citrusy.”

Rye on Rye will first launch in the Kansas City area on January 8 and other regions will follow “in the coming weeks.”  Once it does hit wide distribution, you can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in areas that normally see Smokestack Series Limited Release beers from Boulevard Brewing Co.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rye on Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Smokestack Series, January 2018
Style – Rye Beer
ABV – 12%
IBUs – 33
Malts – 2-row, German Rye, English Crystal Rye, Cara 50 & Munich 
Hops – Magnum, Citra & Styrian Golding
Yeast – Scottish Ale Yeast
Added Ingredients – Brown sugar, dark brown sugar & dark candi syrup
Treatment – Aged in Templeton Rye barrels (for six to eighteen months) then blended with 33% fresh beer
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pastrami, salted caramel ice cream, jerk chicken, bread pudding, bold cigars”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Irish Ale Makes Seasonal Return for Boulevard Brewing Co.

Irish-Ale-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that Irish Ale will begin its Seasonal release on January 2.

Returning as Boulevard Brewing’s “longest tenured seasonal beer”, Irish Ale is the brewery’s “homage to the legendary Irish red ales” that we all know and love. Brewed as a “variation on the early English and Irish pale ales”, this offering begins with a base of 2-row Malted Barley and then picks up “toffee, caramel and biscuity notes contributed by Munich, Amber 50, Cara 120, Cara 300 and just a touch of chocolate malt.”  Those sweet tones are carefully balanced with Magnum and Bravo hops while a late addition of Saaz imparts a “slightly spicy/floral punctuation.”  Irish Ale’s profile is finally rounded off with “subtle, fruity esters” sourced from Boulevard’s house strain of English ale yeast.

Officially launching in the Greater Kansas City Area on January 2, Irish Ale will hit regions that normally see Boulevard Seasonal releases shortly after that date with plans to hang around through Saint Patrick’s Day and the month of March.  This Seasonal release will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  Prost!

Vital Information for Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, January through March 2018
Style – Irish Red Ale
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 30
Malts – 2-row Malted Barley, Munich, Amber 50, Cara 120, Cara 300 & Chocolate
Hops – Magnum, Bravo & Saaz
Yeast – English Ale Yeast
Suggested Food Pairings – “French onion soup, Shepherd’s Pie, BBQ chicken pizza, grilled portabella mushroom sandwiches, aged cheddar, bangers & mash”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. Introduces Bundle Up Barleywine

BundleUp-Diamond-BadgeBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has announced that Bundle Up Barleywine Ale will make its official debut in October as a new Limited Release offering.

Arriving as Boulevard Brewing’s “first-ever Barleywine”, Bundle Up has been crafted to fall at the “intersection of American and English Barleywine” styles.  To pull this off, Boulevard starts with “a substantial malt base” to create a “chewy character” that is filled with “bold flavors of English toffee and freshly baked molasses cookies.”  Thanks to a hop bill comprised of Columbus, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops, the hearty malts are then countered “with 59 IBUs of piney, spicy, resinous notes with just a touch of lingering citrus.” This dance between the two Barleywine styles results in Bundle Up having an “ample (yet not cloying) sweetness to create a pleasant balance between the bitterness of the hops and specialty grains.”

Bundle Up Barleywine Ale will launch in the Greater Kansas City Area on October 2 and progressively roll out in other regions in the weeks that follow.  Once it hits, you can expect to find this Limited Release offering in 750ml bottles and on draft at select beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and other Boulevard Brewing Co. distribution areas “that typically see Smokestack Series Limited Release and seasonal beers like Saison BrettRye on Rye on Rye and Love Child blends.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Bundle Up Barleywine Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited Release, launching October 2017
Style – Barleywine-style Ale
ABV – 10.5%
IBUs – 59
Malts – Pale Malt, Cara 300, Cara 120, Amber 50 & Maris Otter
Hops – Columbus, Cascade, Centennial & Chinook hops
Yeast – Boulevard’s house Scottish yeast strain
Suggested Food Pairings – “Braised beef cheeks, $15 mac & cheese, shepherd’s pie, molasses cookies”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/