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/

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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/

Boulevard Brewing Adjusts Packaging for Smokestack Series

hammerpress-brewery-posterBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that several of its most popular Smokestack Series beers will get an upgrade from 4-packs to 6-packs in the coming weeks.

The good folks at Boulevard Brewing Co. recently conducted a quiet market test and discovered that many of their fans would prefer to purchase the brewery’s more established Smokestack Series offerings in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles rather than the currently available 4-packs.  After running the numbers and talking it over with retailers, the brewery has agreed that the change just makes sense. The affected beers are as follows:

  • The Calling IPA – “The Calling is an undeniable IPA we were driven to make. It’s our tribute to like-minded dreamers, adventurous spirits, and glass half-full optimists. It’s also our most heavily hopped beer ever, bursting forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hop aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish. Heed your call and enjoy.”  ABV – 8.5%  IBUs – 75
  • Dark Truth Stout – “Throughout the ages, man has been fascinated by the quest for hidden knowledge, the search for the secret to transforming the elemental into the extraordinary, the simple into the sublime. Ladies and gentlemen, we present for your consideration this exotic, inky concoction, the almost magical creation of our modern day alchemists who have turned humble grains—barley, wheat, rye, and oats—into black, liquid gold. Layers of complex flavors slowly emerge from the glass: espresso, roasted fig, crème brulée. Belgian yeast provides a plum-like fruitiness, noble German hops reveal spicy, herbal notes, while the rich, velvety mouthfeel mellows to a dry, smoky finish.”  ABV – 9.7%  IBUs – 60
  • The Sixth Glass Quadrupel Ale – “‘Do you know what dwells in a glass?’ asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen’s The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass…”  ABV – 10.5%  IBUs – 22
  • Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale – “When our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in fermenter number seven. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.”  ABV – 8.5%  IBUs – 38

“We tested the idea in a few markets and confirmed our suspicion that consumers enjoy getting two more bottles of their favorite Smokestack beers for what ends up being a lower price per bottle,” said Bobby Dykstra, Boulevard’s vice president of sales. “It makes sense for our retail partners as well, aligning our portfolio from both pricing and space management perspectives.”

6-packs of The Calling IPA, Dark Truth Stout, The Sixth Glass and Tank 7 will begin rolling out in October, and the brewery expects that these “Smokestack Series six-packs will generally carry the same retail price as four-packs of its year-round barrel-aged beers, Bourbon Barrel Quad and Whiskey Barrel Stout.”  Once released, you can expect to find these new 6-packs at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and throughout the rest of Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

 

Boulevard Brewing Co. Goes Year-Round with Whiskey Barrel Stout

BoulevardWBS_editedBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will release Whiskey Barrel Stout in mid-September as the brewery’s newest year-round barrel-aged Smokestack Series offering.

With a recipe that is “loosely based on a previous Smokestack Series Limited Release” from Boulevard Brewing Co., Whiskey Barrel Stout has arrived to expand the brewery’s newly established portfolio of Year-Round barrel-aged brews.  This Imperial Stout is built upon a hearty base of 11 malts and then “hopped with Magnum and Columbus hops to provide just enough bitterness to prevent the beer from presenting as cloyingly sweet.”  After picking up “notes of dates and plum” from Boulevard’s house Scottish yeast strain, the beer is then “transferred to freshly emptied whiskey barrels from a variety of . . . distillers.”  As the Imperial Stout ages and matures, Boulevard’s “barrel crew selects the best barrels from different vintages to be blended together with roughly one-third fresh beer to create a delicate interplay between fresh and barrel-aged beer.”  This blending process is key because it creates “a balanced beer that showcases the very best barrel flavors coaxed into Whiskey Barrel Stout while tempering the whiskey character to create a beer that is only slightly boozy and ready to drink upon release.”

Whiskey Barrel Stout will begin its launch in the Greater Kansas City area on September 11, and will eventually hit other regions shortly thereafter.  Once the rollout is initiated, you will be able to find Whiskey Barrel Stout in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri, and any other states within Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area that have seen their Bourbon Barrel Quad (the brewery’s other Year-Round barrel-aged offering).  Prost!

Vital Information for Whiskey Barrel Stout from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round/Smokestack Series, launching mid-September 2017
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 63
Malts – Two-Row Pale Malt, Amber 50, Cara 120, Cara 300, Mout Roost 900, Patagonia Black Pearl, Chocolate Rye, Crystal Rye, Malted Wheat, Flaked Oats, Chocolate Malt & Dark Malt Extract
Hops – Magnum & Columbus
Yeast – Boulevard’s house Scottish yeast strain
Added Ingredients – Dextrose & brown sugar
Suggested Pairings – “Smoked cheese, flourless chocolate cake, roasted leg of lamb, a quiet night”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. works with Arizona Wilderness & Creature Comforts on Collaboration No.7

Collab7-Diamond-Badge-copyBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced the limited release of Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager, a special collaboration offering brewed with Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. (Gilbert, Arizona) and Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia).

For the first time in the history of their Collaboration series, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager has Boulevard Brewing Co. working with not one but two breweries.  This offering stands as a liquid embodiment of both Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.’s reputation “as champions for local ingredients in innovative beers” and Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s philosophy of being “dedicated to better being through being curious.”

To pull this off, the three brewing teams built a crisp lager upon “a base of two-row pale malt, Sonoran White Wheat, honey malt and corn grits.”  They then introduced Riesling grape juice, peaches and lemon zest; incorporated a hop bill consisting of Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop and Hallertau Blanc hops; and fermented the beer with an Ayinger lager yeast strain.  Once the brewing process was completed, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager received its finishing touches by being “briefly aged on Cuvee No. 5 Tank Staves, French oak staves that impart fruit, spice, toast and tannins similar to aging in a fresh/virgin French oak barrel.”  For a clear idea of what to expect from this elaborate recipe, here is Collaboration No. 7’s full description from Boulevard Brewing’s official press release:

“At 6% ABV and 16 IBUs, Collaboration No. 7 Oak-Aged Lager pours a brilliant golden color with tight, off-white lacing. Bright aromas of peach and Riesling grapes mingle with the tropical fruit notes provided by subtle hopping. Lemon zest accentuates the naturally citrusy character of the beer as the malt bill forms a slightly sweet, honey-like base from which the chosen regional ingredients shine. French oak character lends a drying effect resulting in a bright, fruity lager that finishes incredibly crisp. Bottle conditioned with champagne yeast, Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager has fluffy, effervescent carbonation that scrubs the palate and begs for another sip.”

Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager will officially launch in the Kansas City area beginning on August 21, and it will then see distribution to other regions in the coming weeks.  Once it hits distribution, you will be able to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and any other area that normally sees Smokestack Series Limited Release beers from Boulevard Brewing Co.  Prost!

Vital Information for Collaboration No. 7 – Oak-Aged Lager from Boulevard Brewing Co., Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. & Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series, launching August 21, 2017
Style – American Lager
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 16
Malts/Grains – 2-Row Pale, Sonoran White Wheat, Honey Malt & Corn Grits
Hops – Nelson Sauvin, Lemondrop & Hallertau Blanc
Yeast – Ayinger Lager 
Added Ingredients – Riesling grape juice, peaches and lemon zest
Treatment – Aged “briefly” on on Cuvee No. 5 Tank Staves
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Co. Releases 8th Installment in Love Child Series

BoulevardLoveChild8labelBoulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially sent Love Child No. 8 out into the wild as the latest version in this ever-evolving, blended Sour Ale project.

The Love Child Series consists of a line of barrel-aged Wild Ales that have been inoculated with “such boisterous cultures as Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces.”  Since each beer in this series has its own unique blend ratio and resulting complexity, Boulevard Brewing uses “gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released.” The goal of the Love Child Series is not “to reproduce the character of the previous year’s blend, but rather to offer a blend of the very best sour beers . . . on hand” at the brewery.

Love Child No. 8 is rocking a blend that consists of “multiple vintages of a Flanders-style sour red ale and a sour Belgian-style golden” that have been aged in “a variety of whiskey and wine barrels with lactobacillus and brettanomyces.”  Each batch of aged beer was sampled and then blended by a tasting panel of brewers and quality assurance team members until they established an experience that “features soft lactic acidity punctuated with slight acetic notes and a tart, fruity flavor reminiscent of sour cherries and green strawberries.”

Love Child No. 8 hit the Kansas City area in June, but the beer has been slowly rolling out across Boulevard Brewing’s distribution area since.  This limited offering can now be found in 750ml bottles and on draft at select beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and wherever else you normally see Limited Release Smokestack Series beers from Boulevard Brewing.  Prost!

Vital Information for Love Child No. 8 from Boulevard Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Smokestack Series, gradual roll out began June 2017
Style – American Wild/Sour Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 9
Blend – 59% Belgian-style Golden, 41% Flanders-Style Red
Recommended Glassware – Tulip
Suggested Pairing – Strawberry rhubarb pie
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Boulevard Brewing Releases Changeling Dark Sour Ale

changelingbottlesBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced the release of Changeling Dark Sour Ale as the brewery’s newest Smokestack Series Limited Release beer.

To add some new flavor to their Smokestack Series, Boulevard Brewing went big by crafting Changeling Dark Sour Ale to be “an enchanting blend of sour ales aged in whiskey and wine barrels that were inoculated with brettanomyces and lactobacillus.” Deep ruby in color, Changeling establishes itself with notes of plum and toasted malt.  The flavor then takes on “a soft tartness, with notes of earthiness and funk provided by brettanomyces and a touch of lingering caramel to create a delicate balance.”  The finished beer weighs in at 7.3% ABV and consists of the following blend of beers:

The Official Blend for Changeling Dark Sour Ale

  • Snow & Tell Scotch Ale aged in whiskey barrels – 43%
  • Snow & Tell Scotch Ale aged in wine barrels – 40%
  • Dark Saison aged in whiskey barrels – 10%
  • Flanders Red/Belgian Blonde – foeder – 5%
  • Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels – 2%

Changeling Dark Sour Ale is available now in the Greater Kansas City Area “with other cities to follow soon.”  You can expect to find this limited release offering in 750 ml bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Missouri and other areas that normally receive Smokestack Series Limited Release beers.  Secure your bottles of Changeling while you can because this beer will only be available during the month of April and – like most Wild/Sour Ales these days – is sure to move fast.  Prost!

Vital Information for Changeling Dark Sour Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Smokestack Series, April 2017
Style – American Wild/Sour Ale
ABV – 7.3%
IBUs – 20
Treatment – A blend of Sour Ales aged in whiskey & wine barrels (see above for details on blend)
Availability – 750 ml bottles 
Recommended Glassware – Tulip
Suggested Food Pairings – Aged/smoked cheeses, roasted duck, apple smoked sausage, & beef carbonnade

Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/