New Collaboration from Oskar Blues & Cigar City Brewing: Bamburana Double Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout

oskarbluesccbOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) have officially announced plans to make Bamburana, an innovative new collaboration beer, available for national distribution in mid-January.

When Wayne Wambles, Brewmaster at Cigar City Brewing, and Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations at Oskar Blues Brewery, put their heads together to develop the recipe for Bamburana, their overall intent was to “craft a brew that would marry the flavors of double-barrel aged imperial stout and Amburana wood, . . . an indigenous South American wood that imparts unique warm and savory flavors and aroma.”  To pull this off, these “two giant craft beer personalities” brewed an Imperial Stout with figs and dates, and then double barrel-aged it in whiskey and brandy barrels.  After a lengthy maturation period in those barrels, the beer was then “aged once more in tanks with Amburana wood spirals.”  Now that its treatment has been deemed complete, Bamburana (12.2% ABV) has risen from its rest boasting “forward-facing roasted malt flavors that branch out against a dark fruit backdrop of figs and dates” while “brandy and whiskey accents make themselves known with complex boozy-and-sweet flavors, complementing the warmth and spice of Amburana wood.”

“We were excited to see the results of infusing Amburana wood into a big, barrel-aged imperial stout,” said Wayne Wambles, Brewmaster at Cigar City Brewing. “We were pleasantly surprised with the vanilla and gingerbread spice nuances this South American wood contributed into the finished beer and look forward to putting this delicious beer in front of folks!”

 

“We’re both known for barrel-aging big, malty, dark beers,” added Tim Matthews, Head of Brewing Operations at Oskar Blues Brewery. “The culinary goal of this project was to match the flavors of a rich candy cookie with fig filling and gingerbread spice. We spent a bunch of time selecting the right figs and dates to hit exactly the right flavor notes, lend a slight stickiness and cut into the rowdiness of the Amburana wood.”

Bamburana is slated to hit shelves in mid-January 2019 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blues Brewery’s/CANarchy’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bamburana from Oskar Blues Brewery & Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited, mid-January 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.2%
Added Ingredients – Figs & dates
Treatment – Double barrel-aged – in both whiskey and brandy barrels – and aged once more in tanks with Amburana wood spirals
Fun Fact – Bamburana is the first nationally distributed collaboration between Oskar Blues Brewery & Cigar City Brewing

Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans

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Cigar City Brewing Enters 2019 with Special Release of White Oak Jai Alai

CCBWhiteOakCanCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has announced that White Oak Jai Alai has officially returned for a limited time as a Special Release.

Released occasionally as a unique riff on Cigar City Brewing’s iconic Jai Alai IPA, White Oak Jai Alai takes that flagship India Pale Ale and hits it with an “addition of white oak spirals to impart sleek notes of vanilla, coconut and a touch of dill to Jai Alai’s bold citrus and caramel character.”  The oak adds further complexity by tempering “the bitterness in the 70 IBU base beer while oak tannins elegantly dry the beer’s body to create a unique drinking experience that still remains true to Jai Alai’s unique qualities.”

White Oak Jai Alai officially hit the Cigar City Brewing Tasting Room on December 27 and is scheduled to roll out “throughout most of [the brewery’s] distribution network in the coming weeks.”  You can expect to find this Special Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments in Florida and other select territories located within Cigar City Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for White Oak Jai Alai from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited/Special, late December 2018 through Q1 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
IBUs – 70
Treatment – Rested on white oak spirals
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://cigarcitybrewing.com/beers/cigar-city-distribution/

 

Cigar City Brewing Marches Marshal Zhukov’s Out for Annual Release

zhukovmock-current-view-1-e1539715897323.pngCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has announced that Marshal Zhukov’s Russian Imperial Stout will officially hit distribution as a Limited Release in November, but beer lovers in Tampa can get a first taste of this year’s batch now in the brewery’s Tasting Room.

Brewed as an homage to “arguably one of the finest generals of World War II”, Marshal Zhukov’s is a Russian Imperial Stout that is “opaque black in color, with notes of espresso, chocolate, dark toffee and hints of blackstrap molasses.” Finding balance with a “subtle herbal dryness” sourced from English hop varietals, the formidable Marshal Zhukov’s (11.2% ABV) “finishes with a hearty slap of roasty espresso.”

Marshal Zhukov’s is available now – in bottles and on draft – in Cigar City’s Tasting Room and is expected to enter full distribution in November 2018.  You can expect to find this Special Release in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Cigar City’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Marshal Zhukov’s from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited/Special, November 2018
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.2%
IBUs – 70
Ingredients – Roasted barley & English hop varietals 
Recommended Glassware – Tulip
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://cigarcitybrewing.com/beers/cigar-city-distribution/

LOKO Cuisine & Beer Zombies Unite to Host Eggs & Kegs Event at Cigar City Brewing

lokocuisineOn Sunday, October 21 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine and the Beer Zombies will form an unholy union to host a Zombie-themed Eggs & Kegs brunch at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida).

To properly bring the Halloween spirit to this year’s October installment of Egg & Kegs, LOKO Cuisine will receive a direct assist from the undead by getting the Beer Zombies, “a Las Vegas based Craft Beer lifestyle brand, brewing project and all around craft beer ambassador”, in on the action.  This very special brunch will consist of the following four zombie-inspired dishes (served buffet style):

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As far as the “kegs” portion of this brunch goes, Cigar City Brewing will be breaking out the following Halloween treats:

  • There Gose a Zombie – Blood Orange Margarita Gose
  • Gourds Gone Ginger – Good Gourd Pumpkin Ale with ginger

In addition to the ghoulish dishes and beers listed above, this event will also feature nitro cold brew coffee and tea from Ginger Beard Coffee (available for an additional cost) and some swag giveaways from the Beer Zombies.

Tickets for the Beer Zombies Eggs & Kegs are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value). Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

Like all LOKO Cuisine events, seating for the Beer Zombies Eggs & Kegs Brunch is limited and tickets are expected to sell out with a quickness.  If you have any desire to brunch with the undead at Cigar City Brewing on October 21, be sure to lock down some tickets as soon as possible.  Prost!

Cigar City Brewing Sends Cubano Espresso Out for Distribution

CubanoEspressoMockCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that the Special Release of Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale will begin in October.

Back once again to supply you with a comforting coffee fix during the fall months, Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale – also known simply as Cubano Espresso – is an English-style Brown Ale brewed with “a heaping of Cuban-style espresso beans from Tampa’s Buddy Brew Coffee.” Cubano Espresso (5.5% ABV) is then finished off with additions of lactose and cacao to create “a bold ale that brings to mind a fine cup of Cuban coffee.”

Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale is hitting distribution now and is scheduled to stick around through December 2018.  You can expect to find this Special Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments in Florida and throughout most of Cigar City Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cubano-style Espresso Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing

Release – Special/Limited, October – December 2018
Style – American Brown Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 25
Added Ingredients – Buddy Brew coffee, cacao nibs & lactose
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://cigarcitybrewing.com/beers/cigar-city-distribution/

CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective Introduces First Cross-Brewery Mixed 12-Pack

CANarchylogoCANarchy Craft Brewery Collective (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced the release of the CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1, a mixed 12-pack that includes beers from Cigar City Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing Company, and Squatters Craft Beers.

The CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1 marks the first time that the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective – a group of craft breweries who have come together to stay independent – has represented four CANarchy breweries in one box.  The first in what is sure to be a rotating series of 12-pack compilations, CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1 contains the following “assortment of CANarchist brews” (descriptions sourced from press release):

The CANarchy Mixed Pack – VOL. 1 contains three (3) 12 oz. cans of each beer listed above. This new mixed 12-pack will begin hitting craft beer shelves in North Carolina and Florida on September 1 and wider distribution is expected “soon”.  Prost!

Cigar City Brewing & Upland Brewing Collaborate on Galactic Cluster IPA

Logo-3color-Pantone-CMYK-thumbCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has announced that Galactic Cluster, an American IPA with Guava and Peach brewed in collaboration with Upland Brewing Co. (Bloomington, Indiana), is officially available now as a Tasting Room Exclusive release.

Named after a cosmic structure that houses “hundreds or thousands of galaxies . . . congressed together in one thicket of the universe”, Galactic Cluster is a craft beer phenomenon that combines Cigar City and Upland Brewing’s talents to create an American India Pale Ale brewed with guava and peach and dry-hopped with Galaxy hops.  This results in a 6.5% ABV, 46 IBU Galactic Cluster that has “peach, kiwi, guava and clementine aromas meld and meet soft apple-like esters on the nose, while a palate of orange peel, lime leaf and vibrant peach and guava is supported by a cracker-like malt flavor and a smooth, full mouthfeel.”

Galactic Cluster is available now in the Tasting Room at Cigar City Brewing in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($15 each) and on draft.  A post on Cigar City’s Instagram page listed this offering as a “Tasting Room Exclusive”, so – at this time – there is no reason to believe that Galactic Cluster will see distribution.  The Bright Side: at least this gives you an excuse – as if you needed one – to go hang out at Cigar City Brewing.  Prost!

Vital Information for Galactic Cluster from Cigar City Brewing & Upland Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Special Release; July 10, 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 46
Featured Hops – Galaxy
Added Ingredients – Guava & Peach purée
Recommended Glassware – Spiegelau IPA Glass
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Distribution – None, available exclusively in Cigar City Brewing’s Tasting Room

 

LOKO Cuisine to Host THAI- PA Eggs & Kegs Brunch at Cigar City Brewing

lokocuisinelogoOn Sunday, July 15 at 11 a.m., LOKO Cuisine will set up shop at Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) to treat attendees to a Thai-inspired, IPA-fueled Eggs & Kegs brunch that they have aptly named THAI-PA.

For this installment of Eggs & Kegs, John LoScalzo and the LOKO Cuisine crew will be showcasing their full arsenal of Thai flavors in the following “sweet, sour, salty and spicy” self-serve, four-course THAI-PA menu:

 

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To cover the IPA portion of this brunch, Cigar City will be pouring the following three hop-laden brews that have been infused with Thai culinary ingredients specifically for this event:

  • Jai Alai India Pale Ale with Lemongrass, Thai Basil & Chili 
  • Space Pope India Pale Ale with Buddha’s Hand Citrus & Ginger
  • Pants! Pants! Pants! Double India Pale Ale with Coconut & Kaffir Lime

All attendees will receive one beer ticket “good for any pint or snifter of equal value.” If you would like a beverage other than beer, Ginger Beard Coffee will also be on-site with nitro Thai coffee and tea on tap (coffee & tea not included in ticket cost).

Tickets for Eggs & Kegs: THAI-PA are available now for $32.10 each, and you can purchase yours by clicking here. Ticket cost includes the four-course brunch and one pour of beer (pint or snifter of equal value). Physical tickets will not be issued, but your name will be added to a paid list once the purchase process is completed. FYI: Everyone in your party will have to check in under the purchaser’s name at the door.

We are less than a week out from THAI-PA: Eggs & Kegs and tickets are somehow still available for this limited seating event.  Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this situation by securing your seats now because there is sure to be a sellout-creating mad scramble for tickets at any moment.  Make it happen.  Prost!

Perrin Brewing & Cigar City Brewing Collaborate on North-South IPA

PerrinlogoOn Thursday, May 17, Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) will officially begin the limited release of North-South IPA, a special collaboration brew with Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida).

Created in recognition of Cigar City Brewing’s distribution launch in Michigan, North-South IPA was brewed by John Stewart of Perrin Brewing and Wayne Wambles of Cigar City Brewing – both Head Brewers of their respective breweries – to be “an innovative style of a New England IPA.”  With the use of Denali, Enigma, Galaxy and Citra hops, these two brewers were able to produce an offering that “takes all the aroma and hop flavor of a New England IPA to create a more stable flavored beer.”  This all results in a 7.1% ABV North-South IPA that is absolutely “packed with delicious tropical and juicy hop aromatics.”

“The beer is an innovative New England Style IPA approach with less protein haze. The overall focus of the beer is to generate a tropical characteristic from the combination of hops while also taking advantage of biotransformation by dry hopping during active fermentation.” – Wayne Wambles, Cigar City Brewing

 

“This beer is a unique way of making a New England Style IPA that is more stable. Taking all the positives of a NEIPA and avoiding a majority of the negatives including the instability of shelf life.” – John Stewart, Perrin Brewing

North-South IPA will debut in the Pub at Perrin Brewing on May 17 and is scheduled to enter distribution the following week.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments in the Michigan market only.  Prost!

Vital Information for North-South IPA from Perrin Brewing Co. & Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited; May 17, 2018
Style – New England IPA
ABV – 7.1%
Featured Hops – Denali, Enigma, Galaxy & Citra
Fun Fact – On the relationship between Perrin Brewing Co. & Cigar City Brewing: “For the past two years, Perrin Brewing and Cigar City Brewing have partnered under the CANarchy collective to share brewing experiences, techniques, and specialty ingredients.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Michigan only
Beer Finder – http://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder-2/

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Craft Brewers Nationwide Collaborate on Epic Bottle Auction For ‘We Are Stoneman Douglas’ Charity Event

50 vintage and rare signed bottles from over two dozen breweries will auction online to raise funds for victims’ families and survivors of the tragic Parkland, FL shooting.

 

OAKLAND PARK, FL (April 5, 2018) – Following the horrific events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past February, brewers from across the country are coming together to offer assistance and support to those affected most. Over two dozen brewers nationwide have donated rare and vintage bottles of beer — many of which are signed by owners, founders, and head brewers from companies such as Stone Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, and more — in what has become an epic and unique lot of craft beer for the ages.

This lot is being auctioned online via the We Are Stoneman Douglas site (https://one.bidpal.net/wearemsd, click “Auction Items” on menu) with proceeds benefiting the Broward Education Foundation’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas fund. One hundred percent of all funds generated by this project will directly benefit the families of victims, survivors, and those affected by this tragedy. A second lot of signed barrel-aged and vintage beers from Funky Buddha Brewery, and a private dinner for 30, will also be auctioned.

This online auction (with over 50 other incredible auction items) is being organized by the Parkland Golf & Country Club located in Parkland, FL with assistance from Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida. Individuals can bid on the online auctions through Sunday, April 8th. Due to regulations, these bottle lots will be available for local pickup only.

“This has been an amazing show of support and solidarity from brewers around the country, most of whom signed on and contributed unbelievable beers within minutes,” says Ryan Sentz, co-founder of Funky Buddha Brewery and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate. “Although this tragedy was horrific beyond words, we can take heart in the incredible response from the community and others that shows we have the strength and bravery to rise above it and make a true difference in people’s lives.”
 
Bottles include (pictured above):
Funky Buddha Lot:
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**Editor’s Note: The writers at Mashing In typically prefer to write their own content, but we all decided it was best to immediately post this press release verbatim due to its important subject matter and the timely nature of this auction.**