Cahaba Brewing Company Set for Taproom Only Can Release of After Dinner Berliner

CahabaAfterDinner2Cahaba Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will release cans of After Dinner Berliner, a Blackberry and Peach Sour Ale, in its taproom on Thursday, June 27.

Earning the distinction of being Cahaba Brewing Company’s first ever canned Sour Ale, After Dinner Berliner is a kettle soured Berliner Weisse that has been “fruited with blackberry and peach puree.” This treatment produces a Sour Ale that is an “enchanting deep red” in color with “pleasantly tart . . . notes of blackberry up front and peach on the back.”

After Dinner Berliner will officially release in The Taproom at Cahaba Brewing Company at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 27.  This Limited Release offering will be available for purchase in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans.  Since supply is limited to only 50 cases, After Dinner Berliner is a taproom exclusive release that will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for After Dinner Berliner from Cahaba Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Pilot Batch Series; June 27, 2019
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.2%
IBUs – 2
Added Ingredients – Blackberry & peach puree
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Taproom only release

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Tasting Notes: Irish Stout from Cahaba Brewing Co.

cahabaIrishStoutIn celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to double down on Tasting Notes this week by getting festive with a little Irish Stout from Cahaba Brewing Co. (Birmingham, Alabama).

At the start of February, we let you all know that Irish Stout was returning to shelves and taps as Cahaba Brewing Co.’s current Seasonal offering.  To create their take on the Irish Dry Stout, Cahaba’s brewers crafted a recipe that boasts floral Horizon hops, fruity Irish yeast, and “unique influences of roasted barley and roasted malt.”  Since the release of Irish Stout just so happens to coincide with the world’s greatest drinking holiday, this beer weighs in at just 4.4% ABV so that you can easily enjoy it all day long on St. Patrick’s Day.  Irish Stout is currently available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer retailers, restaurants and bars located within Cahaba Brewing Co.’s distribution area in Alabama.

Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day . . . that’s today and that means it is Stout time.  Let’s get into this can and some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Irish Stout from Cahaba Brewing Co.

Appearance:  Seemingly inky black in appearance, the introduction of direct light reveals that Irish Stout is actually an incredibly dark shade of brown.  The body is opaque, but carbonation bubbles can be seen consistently lifting from the bottom of the glass.  The pour produced nearly a finger of tan foam that eventually falls to a thin but lasting top cap.  With the beer appearing to be slick on the glass, any lace that attempts to cling on eventually slips back down to rest once again in the top cap.

Aroma:  Roasted malts dominate the aroma with an enjoyable sweet smokiness.  A light earthy character from the hops casually settles in to work wonderfully with the roasted grain.  The aroma closes out with a touch of cocoa and strikingly distinct notes of barley. Coyly seductive, this is an aroma that we easily fell in love with.

Taste:  That closing note of barley in the aroma is the first to eagerly greet you in the flavor.  Slightly sweet, toasted grains hit the palate and eventually develop comforting notes of smoke.  Bittersweet dark chocolate and muted floral/earthy hop tones push forward to supply balance.  The beer finishes with just a slight pop of nondescript dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel:  Irish Stout is on the lightest side of medium in body with an energetic carbonation level.  It may be lightly sweet on the palate for just half a moment, but the beer ultimately dries out quickly.  ABV . . . what ABV? At just 4.4%, this Stout is ridiculously easy-drinking.  The aftertaste is minimal, but there is a touch toasty, roasty malt left behind.

Final Thoughts: When it comes to being an Irish Dry Stout, Cahaba Brewing’s Irish Stout is all that it should be.  Full-flavored but not cloying.  Dynamic but not busy.  Satisfying but still easy-drinking.  Although we were thoroughly impressed by the entire experience, Irish Stout’s aroma and mouthfeel are simply on another level.  The fact that they nailed these two categories shows that the brewers really took their time in developing a recipe that truly honors the style and the brewing traditions of Ireland.  If you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Birmingham, do yourself (and all of us) a favor by skipping the green beer to celebrate in proper fashion with a tall pour of Irish Stout from Cahaba Brewing Co.  Be safe out there and have an amazing St. Patrick’s weekend.  Prost!

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Cahaba Brewing Co. Releases Irish Stout in Cans

cahabairishstoutcanCahaba Brewing Company (Birmingham, Alabama) recently announced that they have officially added Irish Stout to their family of beers available in 12 oz. cans.

Brewed to honor the iconic beers of Ireland, Cahaba Brewing’s take on the Irish Dry Stout respects tradition while also receiving an infusion of the brewery’s personality. Irish Stout’s character is sourced from floral Horizon hops, subtly fruity Irish yeast, and “unique influences of roasted barley and roasted malt.”  At just 4.4% ABV, this light-bodied Stout is meant to be “an easy drinking beer with a truly distinct flavor.”

Joining American Blonde Ale, Fraxinus Maximus Double IPA, Oka Uba IPA and Oktoberfest Ale, Irish Stout is now the fifth Cahaba Brewing Company offering to be canned.  This Seasonal offering is officially available now and will hang around through April.  You can find Irish Stout in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within Cahaba Brewing’s distribution area in Alabama.  With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, be sure to secure your stash of Irish Stout so that you can celebrate in proper, local fashion.  Prost!

Vital Information for Irish Stout from Cahaba Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal, February – April 2017
Style – Irish Dry Stout
ABV – 4.4%
IBUs – 39
Hops – Horizon 
Suggested Food Pairings – Oysters, beef, dessert & ice cream
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Alabama Brewers Guild Names Mulberry Road as Third Release in Statewide Collaboration Series

Alabama Brewers Guild St Vert FullThe Alabama Brewers Guild has officially announced that Mulberry Road Belgian-style Dubbel will be the third release in their Capital Series, a line of collaboration beers created by brewery guild members throughout the state.

Established with cooperation from the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, the Alabama Brewers Guild created the Capital Series in celebration of the state’s 200th birthday that is fast approaching in 2019.  Launched in 2015, this series traces the story of Alabama’s five historic capitals through the medium of fine, handcrafted beers created by the state’s artisan brewers.  Previous limited releases in the Capital Series were 2015’s “St. Stephens Stout, paying homage to the territorial capital of Alabama”; and 2016’s Badlun Brothers Imperial Porter, named for the men that established Alabama’s first brewery in Huntsville “during the year it served as the temporary capital and Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state.”

The 2017 edition of the Capital Series will recognize Cahawba – the first permanent capital of the State of Alabama from 1820-1826 – with Mulberry Road Belgian-style Dubbel, “inspired by the stately mulberry trees lining the streets of the scenic town of Old Cahawba.”  Since the Dubbel is known for its rich malt complexity and notes of dark fruit, it was the perfect beer style choice to properly showcase “the natural sweetness of the mulberry.”  To add a poetic touch to this release, “Mulberry Road will be produced at Cahaba Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) with brewers from across the state lending their hand in crafting the beer.”

The release of Mulberry Road Belgian-style Dubbel is slated for January of 2017.  This limited release offering will be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft throughout the great state of Alabama.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Mulberry Road will be donated to the Cahawba Advisory Committee for preserving the Old Cahawba historical site.  In addition to Mulberry Road, “many member breweries will also be developing and brewing their own beer styles based on the mulberry for release in their tap rooms.”

What we all need to recognize here is that the Alabama Brewers Guild Capital Series not only provides context to Alabama’s history, but it also acts as a means to preserve the state’s rich and beautiful heritage.  This is certainly something that the craft beer community should rally behind, so be sure to pick up those cans of Mulberry Road in January to support this amazing project.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mulberry Road created by the breweries of the Alabama Brewers Guild

Release – Limited, tentatively scheduled for January 2017
Style – Belgian Dubbel
Added Ingredients – Mulberry fruit

Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama

Fun Fact – Capital Series Timeline:

  • 2015: St. Stephens, territorial capital from 1817-1819
  • 2016: Huntsville, site of the constitutional convention in 1819
  • 2017: Cahawba, first permanent capital of the State of Alabama from 1820-1826
  • 2018: Tuscaloosa, the state capital from 1826-1846
  • 2019: Montgomery, the state capital since 1846

 

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The Alabama Brewers Guild brewing team for Mulberry Road

 

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Cahaba Brewing’s Eric Meyer adds mulberry juice to the brew

 

 

Cahaba Brewing adds two beers to lineup of canned offerings

cahaba logoCahaba Brewing Co. (Birmingham, Alabama) recently announced that they will release Oka Uba IPA and Oktoberfest Ale in cans beginning on Monday, September 5.

The folks at Cahaba Brewing first entered the market of canned craft beers back in 2015 with the release of American Blonde Ale.  Although this offering has seen great success since, a brewery relocation/expansion and a bit of a shortage among suppliers of aluminum cans delayed Cahaba from growing their line of packaged offerings.  These issues have all been worked out and now Oka Uba IPA and Oktoberfest Ale are nearly ready for shelves.  If you are unfamiliar with these offerings, here are their full descriptions from the brewery:

Cahaba-Oka-Uba-IPA_OdieAndPartners-280x410Oka Uba IPA – “Oka Uba IPA was designed how we believe an IPA should taste. Experience our passion for craft beer with this hoppy IPA highlighted by citrus and floral notes as well as a crisp hop finish without being overly bitter. Generous late hops additions and a subtle malt character make Oka Uba IPA one of the most drinkable IPAs you’ll find.” ABV7.5%

Cahaba-Oktoberfest-o2ideas-280x410Oktoberfest Ale – “Our Fall seasonal is our take on an Oktoberfest style beer. Brewed with continental malts, a generous amount of noble hops, and a unique twist on the fermenting yeast, Oktoberfest is one of our favorite beers. It’s malty, full body, and well balanced hop character make it a perfect fall beer to enjoy with your friends.” ABV: 7.5%

Both of these offerings will become officially available in cans on September 5.  Although Oka Uba IPA will be available year-round in cans, Oktoberfest is a Seasonal release that will only be available in cans and on draft for the next two months.  Look for these brews wherever you normally find Cahaba Brewing offerings.  Prost!