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
Beer Finder – https://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

 

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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
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

 

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

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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Highland Brewing and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Collaborate on Half Yüszch

HalfYuszchHighland Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially teamed up with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats to create a special collaboration beer, Half Yüszch Pilsner, that will be featured at the band’s sold out May 11 tour stop at the iconic Asheville brewery.

Brewed as an homage to Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ yüszch – or usual – tradition where they drink a beer and take a shot, Half Yüszch (a.k.a. the beer half) is a Limited Release Czech-style Pilsner that has Weyermann Pilsner malt supplying “a clean and elegant mouthfeel, while Saaz hops contribute mild earthy, floral, and herbaceous aromas.” Clocking in at a “crisp and crushable” 4.5% ABV, Half Yüszch promises to be the perfect pairing for “an evening of restless and soulful music.”

Half Yüszch is a brewery-only release that will be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft during the sold-out Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats show at Highland Brewing on May 11, and also on draft at the band’s sold-out shows in Charlotte, N.C. (May 8) and Raleigh, N.C (May 9).  If you were unable to land tickets for those concerts, Highland Brewing has also scheduled a listening party of Tearing at the Seams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ newly released album, on Thursday, May 10. Half Yüszch will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at the listening party as well.

More than just an awesome collaboration, Half Yüszch also has a charitable cause as “$1 from each beer sold will support The Marigold Project, a foundation established by Nathaniel Rateliff to address issues of economic and social justice.”

For those keeping score at home, Half Yüszch basically serves as a junction that unites damn good beer and music with a great cause . . . and you simply cannot go wrong with that combo.  Be sure to check out this Limited Release if you have the chance.  Prost!

Vital Information for Half Yüszch from Highland Brewing and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Release – Limited; May 10 & May 11, 2018 at Highland Brewing
Style – Czech-style Pilsner
ABV – 4.5%
Featured Malts – Weyermann Pilsner
Featured Hops – Saaz
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: Highland Brewing “worked with local poster artist Drew Findley with Subject Matter Studio for the can graphics.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft 
Distribution – None, brewery-only release

 

Cascade Brewing & Upland Brewing Develop Pearpawsterous Collaboration

Cascade-Brewing_Pearpawsterous (Crop)Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) recently announced that Pearpawsterous, a new collaboration project with Upland Brewing Co. (Bloomington, Indiana), has officially been released as the brewery’s latest Tier One offering.

To bring the Pearpawsterous project to life, both Cascade Brewing and Upland Brewing had to brew their own version of a beer that showcases “regional ingredients sourced from each brewery’s home state – Oregon-grown pears and Indiana-grown paw paws.”  For those of unfamiliar with Upland’s fruit contribution, a “Paw paw fruit has a sweet, custard-like flavor somewhat similar to banana, mango, and cantaloupe.”  Cascade’s version of this collaboration went on to layer these fruits “over a base of sour wheat ales aged for up to 12 months in oak barrels.”  This process ultimately produced a fruit-forward American Sour Ale that comes in 7.1% ABV.

Cascade’s version of Pearpawsterous is available now for a limited time in 750ml bottles and on draft.  If you are interested in giving this one a try, you can find this Tier One offering at both the brewery’s Portland-area pubs and through select Cascade distributors.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pearpawsterous (Cascade Version) from Cascade Brewing & Upland Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Tier One; April 6, 2018
Style – American Wild Ale
ABV – 7.1%
Treatment – “Oregon-grown pears and Indiana-grown paw paws layered over a base of sour wheat ales aged for up to 12 months in oak barrels”
Color – Hazy pale-gold with a white head
Nose – Fresh pears, mangos, bananas, guavas
Body – Medium bodied, high effervescence, light sweetness, bright acidity
Flavor – Pears, pawpaws, papaya, tropical fruit
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning Cascade Brewing’s new labels: “Pearpawsterous is a Tier One offering; Cascade’s bottles have distinct label styles for each of the three Cascade Brewing pricing tiers, with each label within the tier utilizing distinctive colors to clearly differentiate each beer. The tiers differ by the style of beer used in the product, the type ingredients contained within, the time aged in the barrels and types of barrels used.”

Weihenstephan and Sierra Nevada Collaborate To Create Braupakt

BraupaktBavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan (Freising, Germany) has officially announced plans to introduce U.S. beer drinkers to Braupakt, a limited edition Hefeweissbier brewed in collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California), in April 2018.

In what is being referred to as a “dream-team partnership”, representatives from Weihenstephan and Sierra Nevada “spent the better part of 2017 on recipe development” so that the highly-anticipated Braupakt would properly represent both breweries’ reputations for “establishing brewing standards for their respective styles and . . . renowned . . . contributions to contemporary brewing techniques.”  They achieved this by creating a “fruity-hoppy” Hefeweizen “brewed with the Hallertauer Tradition hop and refined with American West Coast Amarillo and Chinook hops.”  New and old-world traditions unite to yield a Braupakt (6% ABV) that is “naturally cloudy . . . and smells of peach, apricot and citrus fruits with a fine banana yeast note as well as a refreshing grapefruit note from the Chinook hops.” Those aromas carry over into the flavor and showcase “the fruity peach and apricot taste of the Amarillo hops . . . complemented by the mild sweetness of the used caramel malt.”

“This is the first time Sierra Nevada chose to partner with a long-established brewery,” noted Tobias Zollo, brewmaster at Weihenstephan. “Both breweries had something to glean and gain from the other. We came in with high standards for the Hefeweissbier style. Sierra Nevada, who is world-renowned for the Pale Ale style, came in with the discerning palettes for fruity and aromatic-bodied beers. With Braupakt, we were able to exceed the expectations of both breweries.”

The U.S. release of Braupakt will officially begin in April.  You can expect to find this Limited Edition beer available in 6-packs of 0.33l (or 11.2 oz.) bottles at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Weihenstephan’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Braupakt from Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan & Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Collaboration, April 2018
Style – Hefeweizen 
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 35
Malts – Wheat, Light and Dark Barley, & Caramel 
Hops – Hallertauer Tradition, Amarillo & Chinook 
Suggested Food Pairings – “Fits exotic and spicy-hot dishes with fish, meat and seafood.”
Fun Fact – On the beer’s name: “Braupakt (literally translated; Brewery Pact) merges “old world” purity standards and brewing methodologies with “new world” innovation and hop flavors. The name plays on America’s “bro pact” vernacular for fraternal allegiances and the label features the imperial Bavarian bear sporting a “hang loose” gesture.”
Availability – 6-packs of 0.33l bottles 
Beer Finder – https://www.weihenstephaner.com/product-finder/

 

Heavy Seas Beer to Kick Off 2018 Partner Ships Series with Right Proper Brewing Company

HSPartnerHeavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has announced that it will officially release Cafe au Lait Stout, a Partner Ships Series offering brewed in collaboration with Right Proper Brewing Company (Washington, DC), in late March/early April.

Not too long ago, the folks at Heavy Seas Beer and a crew from Right Proper Brewing got together for a Beltway Brew Day to create Cafe au Lait Stout as the first release in the 2018 Partner Ships Series, a lineup of limited releases from Heavy Seas that “features beers produced in collaboration with other regionally and nationally recognized brewers in the spirit of friendship, creativity, and adventure.”  Meant to buck the current trend of “thick, chewy, cloying and overly boozy stouts”, Cafe au Lait is listed as a “Vanilla Malted Oat Stout” that has been brewed with “velvety malted oats, milk sugar (lactose), locally roasted coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company, and a touch of vanilla bean.”  Weighing in at just 5% ABV, Cafe au Lait is “a true anti-imperial stout” that still possesses a “sumptuous, earthy, mysterious, and decadent” experience.

Partner Ships Cafe au Lait Stout will officially release somewhere between late March and early April, and – like all Partner Ships releases in 2018 – will be available exclusively on draft.  You can expect to find this Limited Release brew pouring at select craft beer-focused bars, restaurants and growler stations located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Heavy Seas Beer’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Partner Ships Cafe au Lait Stout from Heavy Seas Beer & Right Proper Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Partner Ships Series, late March/early April
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 30
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Malted Oats, Dark Crystal, Extra Dark Crystal & Roasted Barley
Hops – UK Target
Added Ingredients – Milk sugar, vanilla beans & locally roasted coffee from Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company
Availability – Draft only
Beer Finder – http://hsbeer.com/beerfinder

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The collaboration team from Heavy Seas and Right Proper Brewing. Photo Credit – Heavy Seas Beer

Maui Brewing and Crooked Stave Collaborate on Two Tickets to Paradise

Two-tickets-iconMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced the limited release of Two Tickets to Paradise, a Tropical Saison brewed in collaboration with Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project (Denver, Colorado).

Not too long ago, members of the Crooked Stave brewing team agreed to take the arduous journey over to Hawaii so that they could collaborate with Maui Brewing on a beer that utilized the two breweries’ “like-minded, innovative, and independent” approaches to local ingredients and sour beer techniques.  Their combined efforts resulted in Two Tickets to Paradise, a tart, tropical Saison brewed with hibiscus and locally sourced limes.  Bright pink in color, the “super refreshing and crushable” Two Tickets to Paradise (4.8% ABV) is described as “having a very vibrant acidity from the hibiscus and lime.”

“We decided to brew a Saison that blended our love for sour fermentation and the use of local ingredients,” said Maui Brewing Company’s Brewmaster, Kim Brisson-Lutz. “We enjoy collaborating with breweries that are innovative and independent. We are huge fans of Crooked Stave and the beer they produce.”

Two Tickets to Paradise officially debuted in Maui Brewing’s new full-service restaurant and tasting room in Kihei on February 14 and will enter distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Florida, Hawaii, Colorado and throughout the rest of Maui Brewing Company’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Two Tickets to Paradise from Maui Brewing Company & Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project

Release – Limited, mid-February 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 4.8%
IBUs – 20
Malts – Pilsner, Wheat, Flaked & Golden Naked Oats
Hops – Motueka, Huell Melon & Mandarina
Added Ingredients – Hibiscus & lime
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/

Hi-Wire Brewing to Release 2018 Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has announced that it will officially release its 2018 Collaboration Mixed 12-Pack with Against The Grain Brewery (Louisville, Kentucky), Blackberry Farm Brewery (Walland, Tennessee) and Trophy Brewing Co. (Raleigh, North Carolina) in mid-February.

In the spirit of sharing their “craft with respected peers in the Southeast”, the folks at Hi-Wire Brewing recently brought in “longtime [friends] and connections” from Against the Grain, Blackberry Farm and Trophy Brewing Co. so that they could develop some creative offerings to be featured in the 2018 version of their annually released Collaboration Mixed 12-pack.  This year’s featured collaboration beers are as follows (descriptions provided by Hi-Wire Brewing):

  • Against the Grain Brewery Dark Coffee Lager: “We took special care to let the beautiful fruit notes from naturally processed Ethiopian coffee via Dynamite Roasting sing in this collaboration with our buddies from Against The Grain Brewery in Louisville, Kentucky. Aromatic notes of fresh ground coffee beans, hazelnut, cherry, and new leather meld perfectly with a soothing dark malt sweetness and hints of fresh baked bread with a clean, crisp finish.” (5.5% ABV)
  • Blackberry Farm Brewery – A Wee Bit More Hops Tropical Saison: “In our collaboration with Blackberry Farm Brewery we decided to celebrate Blackberry Farm’s world class house Saison yeast strain by pairing it with a plethora of tropically aggressive American hops, including a mid fermentation hop addition for added depth. Azacca, El Dorado, and Mosaic shine with magnificent aromas of mango, papaya, juicy fruit, and white grape while a slight bitterness and dry finish preps the palette for another sip.” (6.2% ABV)
  • Trophy Brewing Co. – Double Dry-Hopped IPA: “It’s no secret Trophy Brewing makes some of the best IPAs in the country. So after very little deliberation, we decided to brew the hoppiest beer Hi-Wire has ever created at 3.5 lbs per barrel. Starting with Simcoe and Centennial in the whirlpool before mid-fermentation and dry-hop additions of El Dorado and Simcoe, this hazy gold monstrosity screams of green mango, huge citrus, and piney resin with a slight sweetness on the finish. This one is for the truest of hop fiends.”  (7% ABV)

To complete this mixed 12-pack, Hi-Wire has also included three of its flagship brews: Hi-Pitch Mosaic IPA, Lo-Pitch Juicy IPA, and Hi-Wire Gose.  Each Mixed 12-pack will contain two 12 oz. bottles/cans of each of the six beers mentioned above.

According to Hi-Wire’s Release Calendar, the 2018 Collaboration Mixed 12-pack is slated for release on February 16 and will be around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release mixed pack at select craft beer retailers located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio.  Prost!