Terrapin Beer Co. Welcomes Back Baseball Season with Return of Frenchy’s Blues

Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Frenchy’s Blues, a Berliner Weisse brewed in collaboration with former Atlanta Braves outfielder – Jeff Francoeur, in late June/early July 2020.

Dropping just in time to celebrate the return of Atlanta Braves baseball, Frenchy’s Blues is a Berliner Weisse “made with blueberries from Major League Blueberries, which is a farm operated by Francoeur, his father-in-law Malcolm McCoy and blueberry expert Winn Morgan.” Coming in at just 5% ABV, Frenchy’s Blues is a “tart and refreshing” summertime treat.

Frenchy’s Blues is rolling out now and will be hanging around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Georgia only. Prost!

Vital Information for Frenchy’s Blues from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Special/Limited; late June/early July 2020
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 5
Malts – Wheat, Pilsner & Torrified Wheat
Hops – Fuggle
Added Ingredients – Blueberries from Major League Blueberries
Suggested Food Pairings – “Aged ham on pretzel bread, havarti, or cheesecake with blueberries”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia only
Beer Finder – https://www.terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder

Jester King Brewery & WeldWerks Brewing Collaborate on Rex Machina Hazy IPA

Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Rex Machina, a special collaboration with WeldWerks Brewing (Greeley, Colorado), at noon on Friday, June 12.

Rex Machina is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale built upon a base of “Silver Star Two Row malt from Blacklands Malt and a quarter-ton of flaked and malted oats and wheat.” To ensure that Rex Machina (6.7% ABV) bursts with plenty of hop-sourced juiciness, the beer was then “dry hopped aggressively, first with WeldWerks super-expressive, hand-picked lot of El Dorado, then again with a new hop blend called Trident, which lends an intense tropical, passion fruit character.”

Rex Machina will officially release at Jester King Brewery at noon on June 12 and will hang around only as long as supplies last (only 200 cases produced). This Limited Release offering will be available by the glass, in 32 oz. crowlers and in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($16 per 4-pack, limit of one case per customer). If you are interested in getting your hands on Rex Machina, you can order online for pickup anytime 7 days a week from 12-8 p.m. or make a reservation so that you can get a crowler filled or enjoy by the glass on-site. Rex Machina is a brewery exclusive release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Rex Machina from Jester King Brewery & WeldWerks Brewing

Release – Limited; June 12, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.7%
Featured Hops – El Dorado & Trident hop blend
Malts – Silver Star 2- Row from Blacklands Malt, flaked and malted oats & wheat
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Online Ordering for Pickup – https://www.toasttab.com/jesterkingbrewery/v3
Distribution – None. Brewery only


Heavy Seas Beer & Royal Farms Collaborate on World Famous Pilsner

Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of World Famous Pilsner, a special collaboration project with Royal Farms, in late June 2020.

Created to commemorate “Royal Farm’s wildly popular Chicken Palooza event as it enters its third year,” World Famous is a “crisp, clean Pilsner . . . brewed to pair perfectly with Royal Farm’s World Famous fried chicken.” Although it can be thoroughly enjoyed on its own, World Famous Pilsner (5% ABV) “tastes even better with RoFo fried chicken and Western fries. A match made in B’more heaven – start your voyage today!”

“I am a huge fan of RoFo chicken and have found a crisp, clean lager to be the perfect style of beer to compliment the subtle spice and yes, unctuous deliciousness, of a RoFo breast or wing,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard. “We’ve added a touch of citrus flair to the aroma and flavor of this pilsner-style lager with the deft addition of Citra hops late in the boil and in the fermenter. At 5.0% ABV, it pairs beautifully with Royal Farms chicken, yet has just enough complexity of flavor to be enjoyable on its own.”

“When Heavy Seas came to us with this idea, we got so excited! Heavy Seas is known for creating delicious and creative varieties of beer, and we are known for our ‘World Famous’ fried chicken. The fact we are both Baltimore born and based was the icing on the cake. Both teams came together to design the beer in person to ensure it really does pair perfectly for our RoFo and beer loving customer.” Says Shelby Kemp, Marketing Project Manager for Royal Farms.

World Famous Pilsner – available in 6-packs of 16 oz. cans – will debut with a curbside can release at Heavy Seas Brewery on June 26 – 28. If you cannot make the can release, worry not because World Famous Pilsner will also be available for a limited time at 40 Royal Farms locations that carry beer and wine throughout Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania beginning in July. Prost!

Vital Information for World Famous Pilsner from Heavy Seas Beer & Royal Farms

Release – Limited; late June/July 2020
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 5%
Featured Hops – Citra
Suggested Food Pairing – RoFo fried chicken & Western fries
Availability – 6-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – 40 Royal Farms locations that carry beer & wine throughout Maryland, Virginia & Pennsylvania beginning in July 2020

Sixpoint Brewery & Victory Brewing Collaborate on Cosmic Handshake Sour IIPA

Sixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Cosmic Handshake, a Sour New England-style Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, Pennsylvania), in late May 2020.

Crafted to be “a universal dap. an intergalactic high five.” between Sixpoint and their partners at Victory Brewing Company, Cosmic Handshake is a hybrid ale of “planetary proportions” that is “part soft, juicy, hazy IPA, part tart and tangy sour beer.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Cosmic Handshake promises to show you “what happens when TWO WORLDS COLLIDE!”

Cosmic Handshake is scheduled to drop in late May and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Cosmic Handshake from Sixpoint Brewery & Victory Brewing Company

Release – Limited; late May 2020
Style – Sour India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
Featured Hops – Idaho 7, Mosaic & Citra T-45 
Availability – 16 oz. cans

Creature Comforts & Burial Beer Co. Collaborate on Culture Keepers Maibock

CreatureBurial_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Culture Keepers, a Maibock brewed in collaboration with Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina), on Friday, May 22.

The second of two collaborations under the same name that “features a perfectly balanced combination of traditional malt and hop qualities,” this installment of Culture Keepers is a Maibock that has “Czech Saaz, German Hallertauer Hersbrucker, and US Santiam hops blend wonderfully together with Epiphany’s Ursprung Fest Malt, and Munich malt.”  Coming in at 7% ABV, Culture Keepers “[captures] the traditional essence of bock beer.”

Culture Keepers Maibock will officially hit Creature Comforts Brewing Co. for to-go pickup in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans on May 22, but you can go ahead and pre-order your stash on CraftCellr now by clicking here.  In addition to the brewery release, a limited amount of Culture Keepers Maibock will be sent into distribution within Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Culture Keepers Maibock from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Burial Beer Co.

Release – Limited; May 22, 2020
Style – Maibock
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Czech Saaz, German Hallertauer Hersbrucker & US Santiam 
Featured Malts – Ursprung Fest Malt from Epiphany Craft Malt & Munich Malt
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Pre-order Link – https://creaturecomforts.craftcellr.com/
Pre-order Rules – “A note for CraftCellr: You must pick up during normal drive-thru hours (2-8PM) between 5/22-6/5. Please have your offer pulled up on your phone. Any beer not picked up by the 5th will be released back into inventory for sale with no refund.”
Distribution – Limited; Georgia only

The Bruery & Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Collaborate on Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake Stout

HoldTheSpoon_16oz_2020_DetailThe Bruery (Orange County, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake, a special collaboration project with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (Columbus, Ohio), in early May 2020.

Inspired by Jeni’s popular ice cream flavor, Blackout Chocolate Cake, Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake is an Imperial Milk Stout “treated with mounds of cacao nibs, pure vanilla, and a dash of salt for balance.” Weighing in at 8.5% ABV, Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake is “mouth-filling and complex, with notes of rich cocoa, chocolate cake, bittersweet fudge, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.”

“[It is] always fun working with masters from other industries— especially when it’s ice cream. This time around Jeni’s sent us nine stunning flavors to evaluate. It is a very interesting experience seeing a group of people tasting and taking detailed notes on ice cream; you definitely notice nuances when you are writing down your flavor and aroma notes. Jeni’s Blackout Chocolate Cake was our choice because of its intense and layered chocolate character. To replicate that, we put together a complex malt bill, multiple sources and types of decadent cacao, milk sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. The result is a fun beer-y take on the ice cream— complex but rounded bitter chocolate. It’s always a fun project when you try to reinterpret flavors found outside of beer.”

 

– Andrew Bell, Innovation Manager at The Bruery

16 oz. cans of Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake are available now at all of The Bruery’s locations and in The Bruery’s online store for shipping and delivery in California, Washington D.C., and select parts of Nevada.  This Limited Release offering will also see distribution and you can expect to find it at select craft beer-focused retailers located within The Bruery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake from The Bruery & Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Release – Limited/Collaboration; May 2020
Style – Imperial Milk Stout
ABV – 8.5%
Added Ingredients – Cacao nibs, cocoa powder, milk sugar, salt & vanilla
Fun Fact – “Innovation and experimentation are two things The Bruery has always been known for. Over a year ago, the team at The Bruery challenged themselves to create a beer inspired by the popular ice cream purveyor. The first collaboration was in 2019, an imperial blonde ale inspired by the flavors of Jeni’s Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks ice cream. It was so well received it was only natural to create a second iteration.”
Ice Cream/Beer Social – “Join The Bruery team and Jeni Britton Bauer for a live ice cream and beer social at youtube.com/thebruery on Friday, 5.15.20, to watch them talk about life, innovation, and ice cream and beer.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder –https://www.thebruery.com/find

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Sixpoint Brewery Begins Wide Release of Spritzer Bomb Collaboration with Sloop Brewing

sixpoint_can_spritzer_bomb_siteSixpoint Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Spritzer Bomb, a special collaboration project with Sloop Brewing Co. (East Fishkill, New York), in April 2020.

Crafted to bring “the source material of Sloop’s iconic Juice Bomb [Northeastern IPA]” together with “Sixpoint’s foray into grain-grape combinations in the small batch Spritzer series,” Spritzer Bomb is a Hazy/Juicy Imperial India Pale Ale that merges brewing “techniques of both breweries” with a mild twang sourced from “the use of Sauvignon Blanc grapes, which are a perfect compliment for the profile.”  Weighing in at a deceptive 8% ABV, Spritzer Bomb is “an incredibly refreshing Hazy IPA and extremely easy to drink even at the high ABV.”

Spritzer Bomb is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time as a part of Sixpoint’s Infinite Loop IPA Series.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Sixpoint Brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Spritzer Bomb from Sixpoint Brewery & Sloop Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Infinite Loop IPA Series; April 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 5
Added Ingredients – Sauvignon Blanc grapes
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans

 

Three Taverns Brewery & Good Word Brewing Collaborate on Three Words DIPA

ThreeTavernsGoodWordThree Taverns Craft Brewery (Decatur, Georgia) and Good Word Brewing (Duluth, Georgia) have officially announced that they will both begin the Limited Release of Three Words, a collaboration Double IPA brewed with South African hops, on April 16.

Inspired by the long friendship and love for IPAs shared by Brian Purcell, Founder of Three Taverns Craft Brewery, and Todd DiMatteo, Owner and Brewer at Good Word Brewing, Three Words is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale brewed with Southern Star and Southern Passion hops from South Africa.  Coming in at 8% ABV, Three Words features a “soft yet full mouthfeel with delicious flavor undertones of guava and passionfruit.”

“When considering the name I was reminded of a Robert Frost quote, ‘in three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.’ Both the name and the meaning seemed a perfect message for times such as these. And it captures the essence of our friendship, it goes on.”

 

– Brian Purcell, Founder of Three Taverns Craft Brewery

Three Words is scheduled to release at both Three Taverns Craft Brewery and Good Word Brewing on Thursday, April 16 and extremely limited distribution is scheduled to begin over the weekend.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused retailers located in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Three Words from Three Taverns Craft Brewery & Good Word Brewing

Release – Limited; April 16, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Southern Star & Southern Passion
Fun Fact – “This collaboration was seeded many years ago (though we didn’t know it at the time) when Todd took my order at the Brick Store Pub and suggested a ‘new’ style he was really getting into, the IPA. Our friendship continued to grow over the years and we were able to encourage each other as we both pursued and fulfilled our dreams of opening breweries. And when we did finally decide to brew a beer together, an IPA was the natural choice.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia (limited)

New Realm Brewing & Fat Heads Brewery Collaborate on Steel and Coal IPL

NewRealmFatHeadsNew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Steel and Coal India Pale Lager, a special collaboration with Fat Head’s Brewery (Middleburg Heights, Ohio), on March 24.

A beer that brought together two renowned brewmasters – New Realm’s Mitch Steele (Steel) and Fat Head’s Matt Cole (Coal) – for a hop-filled collaboration that pretty much named itself, Steel and Coal is an India Pale Lager “dry hopped . . . with heaps of Simcoe and Strata hops to make it unique.”  Weighing in at 7% ABV and 60 IBUs, Steel and Coal comes together to offer “a crisp finish and a mouthfeel of citrusy, resinous, peachy and berry like flavors you don’t want to miss.”

“Matt Cole and I are longtime friends and have brewed several great beers together over the years. I love how Matt brews his beers, and I’m thrilled to brew this India Pale Lager with him that showcases two of our favorite hop varieties,” said Mitch Steele, Brewmaster and Co-Founder of New Realm Brewing.

 

“I feel deeply honored to have been invited to brew with my buddy Mitch and get to check out New Realm Brewing. We both have a passion for IPA’s so creating Steel and Coal India Pale Lager is pretty exciting,” said Matt Cole, Master Brewer and Co-Founder of Fat Heads Brewery.

Steel and Coal India Pale Lager will officially release on March 24 and will only be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at New Realm’s taproom in Atlanta and at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Steel and Coal from New Realm Brewing Company & Fat Head’s Brewery

Release – Limited; March 24, 2020
Style – India Pale Lager
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 60
Featured Hops – Simcoe & Strata
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Georgia only

DuClaw Brewing Co. & Wockenfuss Candies Collaborate on The PastryArchy Carmallow

DuclawLogoDuClaw Brewing Co. (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will release The PastryArchy Carmallow, a Limited Release Imperial Stout brewed in collaboration with Baltimore’s 104-year-old Wockenfuss Candies, in late March 2020.

Crafted to emulate the decadent experience of enjoying a famous caramel-dipped marshmallow (a.k.a. Carmallow) from Wockenfuss Candies, The PastryArchy Carmallow is a Pastry Stout brewed with “one hundred pounds each of marshmallows and Wockenfuss caramel.” Weighing in at 8.5% ABV, The PastryArchy Carmallow is rounded off with “roasty notes of toffee & honey.”

“Our team is really excited about this partnership,” said Greg Butler, candy manufacturing manager at Wockenfuss. “There are a lot of similarities between candy-making and brewing, and we learned that through this process. It’ll be fun to taste the final result.”

The PastryArchy Carmallow is scheduled to release in late March, just in time for Easter.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Maryland and throughout the rest of DuClaw Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for The PastryArchy Carmallow from DuClaw Brewing Co. & Wockenfuss Candies

Release – Limited/The PastryArchy Series; late March 2020
Style -Imperial Stout/Pastry Stout
ABV – 8.5%
Added Ingredients – 100 pounds each of marshmallows & Wockenfuss caramel
Fun Fact – “The DuClaw team visited Wockenfuss to see how the Carmallows are made, including the making of their house-made caramel, and hand-dipping the candies. The Wockenfuss team visited DuClaw for a brew day, and helped to add their ingredients into the beer.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://duclaw.com/beer-finder/