Maui Brewing and Smog City Brewing Collaborate on Star Maps Kolsch

MauiSmogMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced that it will release Star Maps Kolsch, a Limited Release collaboration with Smog City Brewing Co. (Torrance, California), during the month of December 2018.

Named in reference to the fact that “the independent breweries [Maui Brewing and Smog City Brewing] are connected by the stars and the Pacific Ocean, as well as . . . the tourist maps of the stars in the City of Angels”, Star Maps is a Kolsch-style Ale that adds a tropical burst of starfruit from Ono Organic Farms to a base recipe that already has Huell Melon, Motueka, and Calypso hops [offering] notes of citrus, apple, and melon, while the Pilsner, Wheat, and Vienna malts provide light malt character with citrus and fruit esters.”  Star Maps comes in at a light and refreshing 6.1% ABV and 35 IBUs.

“Los Angeles will always have a special place in my heart. It is where I became a brewer, learning from some of the most passionate and talented people in our industry. The craft beer landscape in LA has grown dramatically since I moved away, so I was super stoked to be able to collaborate with my dear friends from one of the city’s first breweries, Smog City Brewing. It has been heartbreaking to see the fires in Malibu and surrounding areas devastate some of my old stomping grounds. Team MBC sends all of our Aloha to everyone affected from this massive disaster, and our gratitude to the heroes on the ground. Cheers to them – they deserve some beers!”


– Matt Ponichtera, Brewer at Maui Brewing Company

Star Maps Kolsch is rolling out now at all Maui Brewing locations – Kihei, Lahaina, and Waikiki – and is scheduled to hit distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this Specialty Release available as long as supplies last in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Hawaii, California and a “few” other markets found within Maui Brewing’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Star Maps Kolsch from Maui Brewing Company & Smog City Brewing Co.

Release – Specialty/Limited, December 2018
Style – Kolsch 
ABV – 6.1%
IBUs – 35
Hops – Huell Melon, Motueka & Calypso
Malts – Pilsner, Wheat & Vienna
Added Ingredients – Starfruit from Ono Organic Farms
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery & the Grateful Dead Reunite for 2019 American Beauty

american-beauty-press-photos-11Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has once again teamed up with the iconic Grateful Dead band to revive American Beauty, a fan-favorite collaboration beer, for the entirety of 2019.

First released back in 2013, American Beauty is an American Pale Ale brewed with “granola and succulent wildflower honey which adds toasty, sweet notes to this hoppy ale.”  The decision to use granola came after Dogfish Head and the Grateful Dead “jointly reached out to their fan base with a call out for ingredient suggestions to incorporate into the recipe of the beer. Loyal dead heads and off-centered ale enthusiasts submitted more than 1500 ingredient suggestions, and after careful thought (and chuckles at some of the entries,) it was granola for the win.”  American Beauty clocks in at 6.5% ABV “to commemorate the year the Grateful Dead was formed (1965).”

“After more than 50 years of performing in front of fans all over the world, folks remain fiercely loyal to the Grateful Dead due to the organically imaginative, creative and accessible culture they nurture across all artistic platforms,” said Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head. “We, at Dogfish, are inspired by their music, along with their unprecedented ability to bridge long-lasting, meaningful connections with fans for decades on end. We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Dead for a second iteration of American Beauty and hope fans of free-spirited music and independent beer will join in welcoming back this classic pale ale.”

American Beauty is rolling out this month and has plans to hang around through 2019.  You can expect to find this “Occasional” Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for American Beauty (2019) from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Release – Limited/Occasional, December 2018 – December 2019
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
Added Ingredients – Granola & wildflower honey
Fun Fact #1 – “In addition to the beer release, Dogfish Head will be working with the official Grateful Dead archivist, David Lemieux, who curates and produces a series of rare and highly sought-after live Grateful Dead shows, known as “Dave’s Picks.” Dogfish Head will partner with Lemieux on a number of projects, including an immersive storytelling experience at their Rehoboth and Milton properties in early February.”
Fun Fact #2 – On the name of the beer: “This synergetic union brings fans a pale ale that shares a name with the popular 1970 Grateful Dead album, American Beauty, featuring hits like ‘Friend of the Devil,’ ‘Sugar Magnolia,’ and ‘Truckin.’” 

Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles
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Proof Brewing & First Magnitude Brewing Collaborate on Win Win Double New England Style IPA

ProofFirstMagProof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has announced that it will properly recognize the upcoming rivalry game between the University of Florida and Florida State University with the release of Win Win Double New England-style IPA, a special collaboration with their friends at First Magnitude Brewing Company (Gainesville, Florida), on Saturday, November 17 at noon.

Always happy to jump at the opportunity to support their hometown teams and talk a little (friendly) trash to the opposition, the crews at Proof Brewing Co. and First Magnitude Brewing Company have come together once again to brew a Win Win collaboration beer.  For this year’s release, the two breweries decided to whip up a Double New England-style India Pale Ale brewed with Galaxy, Zythos, and Grungesist hops.  Absolutely “exploding with hazy, juicy, tropical fruity character”, Win Win 2018 is definitely “something fans of both teams can get behind!”

Win Win Double New England-style IPA will officially release in Proof Brewing Co.’s tasting room on Saturday, November 17 at noon.  This Limited Edition release will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  Supplies are incredibly limited, and limits will be set at the door at the time of release.  Prost!



Hi-Wire & Highland Brewing Brew Up Plum Nectar Berliner Weisse Collaboration

HighlandBrewingLogoHighland Brewing (Asheville North Carolina) and Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) have officially announced that they will release their new collaboration beer Plum Nectar in their respective taprooms on Wednesday, October 17.

Developed from an idea that brewers Sarah Gulotta of Hi-Wire Brewing and Katie Smith of Highland Brewing concocted while interacting together in the Pink Boots Society, Plum Nectar is a Berliner Weisse that has been dry-hopped with Azacca hops and introduced to “17 pounds of plums per barrel.”  This results in a 4.6% ABV Plum Nectar that “blends aromatic citrus and tropical fruit notes from [the] hops with the juicy and sweet character” of the plums.

“It’s awesome to work with Highland – the beer culture in this town started with them, and they’ve been so supportive of Hi-Wire. I love when local breweries work together – it’s all about celebrating our community here in Asheville. Also, Highland has been very supportive of women in the beer industry, so it was fantastic to work with another female brewer.”  – Sarah Gulotta of Hi-Wire Brewing


 “I had a blast collaborating with Hi-Wire on this beer! Starting with recipe development alongside Sarah all the way to spending the day brewing at their Big Top location. Our goal was (is) to create a deliciously tart Berliner Weisse with a slight spicy rye note to pair with the deep rich flavor of the plums.”  – Katie Smith of Highland Brewing

Plum Nectar will officially debut at release parties that will take place at Hi-Wire’s and Highland’s taprooms on October 17.  The breweries “will donate one dollar from each draft pour of Plum Nectar sold at the release parties” to the Pink Boots SocietyPlum Nectar will also enter distribution in mid-October, and you can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located throughout North Carolina.  Prost!

Vital Information for Plum Nectar from Hi-Wire Brewing & Highland Brewing

Release – Limited, mid-October 2018
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 4.6%
Featured Hops – Azacca
Added Ingredients – 17 pounds of plums per barrel
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: The 16 oz. cans feature “Highland’s signature mountain-scape with Hi-Wire’s ‘clean color-blocked’ specialty branding.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – North Carolina only

21st Amendment & Fieldwork Brewing Co. Collaborate, Come Up With A Terrible Idea

21aATerribleIdeaCan21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of A Terrible Idea Hazy IPA, a new collaboration with their friends at Fieldwork Brewing Co. (Berkeley, California), on August 18.

Dedicated to the idea that “with every bad decision there is a risk and sometimes an incredible reward”, A Terrible Idea is a joint effort by 21st Amendment and Fieldwork Brewing Co. to create what they call a “California New England Style Hazy IPA”.  Brewed with a massive amount of Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot and Calypso hops and fermented with an ale yeast from Vermont, A Terrible Idea (6.8% ABV) ultimately comes together to supply its drinker with “a floral, dank and piney hop aroma . . . delicate malt clouds, . . . a juicy mouthfeel and notes of peach, orange, mango and pineapple.”

“We used four pounds of hops per barrel in the dry hop alone, which is twice our typical rate for most of our 21A beers,” said Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment. “At one point I remember asking Barry and Alex if adding this many hops was a terrible idea and they just shrugged their shoulders and added more.”


“The Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot and Calypso hops in this beer were all I heard about for days and days. They couldn’t get enough,” said Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment. “But we also used a Vermont ale yeast, so that makes A Terrible Idea a ‘California New England Style Hazy IPA’ (new category?) that is in a league of its own.”

A Terrible Idea Hazy IPA will make its official debut on Saturday, August 18 at 21st Amendment’s AugustFest, and will enter distribution at or around that date.  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 Florida, Georgia, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for A Terrible Idea Hazy IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery & Fieldwork Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, mid-August 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale (Hazy/New England-style)
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 55
Featured Hops – Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot & Calypso
Fun Fact – On the packaging artwork: “While we understand that the #HazeCraze will peak your interest, we know the packaging for this beer will surely keep your attention. All four panels of the six-pack carrier tell a hilarious tale of five knuckle draggers who weren’t afraid to ignore popular opinion, follow their hearts and make an extraordinary beer. And in all honestly, we’re glad they did. In a succession of terrible ideas that haunt us all, was making this beer one of them? We stand behind the claim: absolutely not!”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Jolly Pumpkin Collaborates with La Sirène Brewing on Costa dei Villa Saison

Costa+Dei+Villa+Bottle+-+100+dpiJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) has officially announced the Limited Release of Costa dei Villa, a Sour Hoppy Session Saison brewed in collaboration with Australia’s La Sirène Brewing.

When Costa from La Sirène Brewing turned up at the brewery for a little collaboration session, the folks at Jolly Pumpkin put his talents as a self-proclaimed “Farmhouse Free Styler” to work in the creation of Costa dei Villa.  Brewed with four different hop varieties, this Sour Hoppy Session Saison boasts “a light tart body, . . . mild bitterness, . . . aromas of citrus, kumquat and soft wheat” and a flavor profile that offers “notes of grapefruit pith, a touch of Meyer lemon, and Jolly funk.”  With a reduced ABV of 4.6%, the “extremely quaffable” Costa dei Villa promises to be “the perfect beer for gathering the cobbers and sparking up the barbie!”

Costa dei Villa is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Jolly Pumpkin’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Costa dei Villa from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales & La Sirène Brewing

Release – Limited, late-June/July 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 4.6%
IBUs – 25
Malts – Pilsner Malt, Pale Malt, Raw Wheat, Flaked Oats, & Vienna Malt
Hops – MI Cascade, Crystal, Galaxy, Vanguard & MI Chinook
Treatment – Aged in oak for 5 months
Availability – 750ml bottles

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


Maui Brewing & Austin Beerworks Collaborate on Fancy Footwork Lager

Fancy-Footwork-IconMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced the Limited Release of Fancy Footwork Lager, a new collaboration with fellow independent brewery Austin Beerworks (Austin, Texas).

Born from a recipe that exemplifies Austin Beerworks and Maui Brewing’s shared “passion for the art . . .  and . . .  intense desire for quality”, Fancy Footwork (5.2% ABV) is a hoppy Session Lager brewed with “Chinook, Loral, and Citra Cryo hops, as well as Azacca hops which were donated by Roy Farms.”  This results in a pale golden Lager that is “clean, crisp, and fruity with aromas of lemon citrus, floral and pine.”

“When we first discussed what we wanted to brew for our collaboration, Will, from Austin, and I quickly found common ground on what beers we love to drink,” states Kim Brisson-Lutz, Maui Brewing Company’s Brewmaster. “We knew we wanted to create a beer that would be sessionable, clean, and hoppy. In a matter of minutes, we had a base recipe figured out; and with our brewing/dancing boots on, we created Fancy Footwork. Austin Beerworks is an amazing brewery and has been a leader in the Texas craft brew scene. We are thrilled to release this beer together!”

Fancy Footwork Lager officially debuted in Maui Brewing’s Kihei location on June 8 and will enter distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer retailers located “in limited markets where Maui Brewing Company can be found.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Fancy Footwork Lager from Maui Brewing Company & Austin Beerworks

Release – Limited/Collaboration, June 2018
Style – Hoppy Session Lager
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 40
Hops – Citra Cryo hops, Loral, Chinook & Azacca
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans
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Societe & Stone Brewing Stress Freshness with Draft-Only Release of The Skedaddler IPA

SkedaddlerIPA_TaphandleStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced the nationwide release of Societe / Stone The Skedaddler IPA, a draft-only collaboration with Societe Brewing Company (San Diego, California) that represents both breweries’ commitment to freshness and independence.

On a mission to prove that “draft is the ultimate experience when it comes to hop-driven beers”, Stone Brewing’s Senior Innovation Brewing Manager Jeremy Moynier reached out to the folks at Societe Brewing Company – another of “San Diego’s foremost IPA cult favorites” – to see if they would be interested in “brewing a collaboration beer that would be shipped across the country exclusively in kegs.”  They jumped at the chance and representatives from Stone and Societe “started down the long, temperature-controlled road” to brew Societe / Stone The Skedaddler IPA (7% ABV). Boasting a hop bill that features varietals from all over the world, this “massively hopped” West Coast IPA “is full-bodied yet dry on the finish, with vibrant citrus, stone fruit and tropical flavors on the palate; just what a craft-beer fan would expect from two companies renowned for their IPA prowess.”

“We consider Stone trailblazers of the craft-beer revolution. Their vision was so in line with ours that, in the early days of Societe, we reached out to them and they were kind enough to provide some useful advice that helped shape our company,” says Societe co-founder Doug Constantiner. “It was such an honor for Stone to ask us to brew a collaboration beer with them.”


“Independence is always in our battle cry, each year we release a draft-only beer in the summer months that reinforces our steadfast commitment,” said Stone CEO Dominic Engels. “Societe is the perfect partner for this occasion. The team maintains incredible allegiance to its fans and its dedication to delivering only the freshest beers. Like us, they’ll never sacrifice quality. Independence is our mutual guarantee to fans that these moral beliefs will never be compromised.”

Kegs of Societe / Stone The Skedaddler IPA are rolling out across the country this week and will hang around until the 4th of July holiday.  You can expect to find this Special Release pouring on draft at craft beer-focused bars, restaurants and growler/crowler stations located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Societe / Stone The Skedaddler IPA from Stone Brewing & Societe Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Special, June 2 – July 4, 2018
Style – India Pale Ale (West Coast style)
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 70
Featured Hops – Mosaic®, Idaho 7, Galaxy, Citra, Magnum, Mosaic, Ella & Southern Cross
Social Media Tag –  #SkedaddlerIPA
Availability – Draft Only
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Jolly Pumpkin & Tired Hands Collaborate on Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria Sour Saison

Bath-o-Mat+&+Washeteria+Bottle+-+100dpiJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) has officially announced the limited release of Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria, an inventive Sour Saison brewed in collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing Company (Ardmore, Pennsylvania).

Just as you would expect from any collaboration beer shaped by the minds at Jolly Pumpkin and Tired Hands, creativity abounds in Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria as its recipe starts with a “base of Pilsner malt, Crystal 30, Teff, Almonds, and Couscous.”  Hopped with Hallertau and Tettnang hops, this Sour Saison then sees “additions of saffron and lemon [to bring] aromas of Jolly Pumpkin funk, spicy oak and lemon in the nose.”  The Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria (6.4% ABV) experience closes with “flavors of light oak funk and lemon [that pair] well with the slight spiciness and noble hop profile.”

Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Jolly Pumpkin’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales & Tired Hands Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series, May 2018
Style – Saison/American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 35
Grains – Pilsner, Teff, Couscous, & Crystal 30
Hops – Hallertau & Tettnang
Added Ingredients – 95 Lemons, Lemon Peel, Saffron, & Almonds
Treatment – Aged in oak for 4 months
Fun Fact – On the beer’s name: “So how did we come up with the name? Well…When it came time to name this beer [Jean Broillet of Tired Hands] wanted to call it Alien Baphomet, which was too scary for us. Instead, we chose Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria, which is close enough and possibly equally scary! Inspired by a stay across the street from our dear friend Polly’s Washeteria, Prytania Washateria, located in the hauntingly beautiful city of New Orleans.”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft