Tampa Bay Brewing Co. Kicks Off BADASS Beer Week with Release of Waves of Haze IPA

Tampa Bay Brewing Company (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Waves of Haze, a Hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with 3 Sons Brewing Company (Dania Beach, Florida) and Vitamin Sea Brewing (Weymouth, Massachusetts), on Saturday, November 14.

Nothing says BADASS Beer Week, Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s annual celebration of all things badass and beer, quite like a three-way collaboration! Waves of Haze is a “super-silky” Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Citra, Strata, Sultana, and Talus hops. Coming in at 7% ABV, Waves of Haze “delivers big aromas of pink grapefruit, citrus rinds, dried roses, pine resin, & tropical fruits” alongside “crashing flavors of juicy chunks of pineapple, citrus, and pine.”

Waves of Haze – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – will drop at Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s Westchase and Ybor Taproom locations on November 14 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Waves of Haze is a taproom-exclusive release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Waves of Haze from Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Vitamin Sea Brewing & 3 Sons Brewing Company

Release – Limited; November 14, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Citra, Strata, Sultana & Talus
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Flying Dog Brewery & University of Maryland Collaborate on 2020 Field Notes Pale Ale

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of 2020 Field Notes Pale Ale, a special collaboration project with the University of Maryland (UMD) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, in mid-October 2020.

The latest experimental offering to be “brewed using hops grown at UMD’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville, Maryland,” 2020 Field Notes is an American Pale Ale featuring Lyon, Glacier and Southern Cross hops that were “chosen after three rounds of blind sensory analysis on the hop varieties harvested by UMD this year.” Coming in at 5.6% ABV, 2020 Field Notes is a “crisp and delicious . . . pale ale with fruity and citrus hop notes dominating both the aroma and flavor profile.”

“There’s no better way to evaluate hops than putting them in a beer, which is exactly why experimental projects like Field Notes are vital to our work with the University of Maryland,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing, Flying Dog. “There are no pilot or test brews for this beer, it is a one-time shot to see what notes shine through.”

“Over the past five years we have battled various obstacles, both environmental and manmade, and it is evident that we can produce hops in Maryland,” said Bryan Butler, Extension Agent, UMD College of AGNR. “The question that remains however is, can a consistent, high quality, profitable crop be produced? We look forward to continuing our work to determine the ultimate answer to that question.”

2020 Field Notes is rolling out now and will be hanging around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland only. Prost!

Vital Information for 2020 Field Notes from Flying Dog Brewery & University of Maryland

Release – Limited; mid-October 2020
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.6%
Featured Hops – Lyon, Glacier & Southern Cross hops grown at University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center
Fun Fact – “UMD and Maryland’s largest independent craft brewery have been growing hops in Maryland since the organizations’ partnership began in 2015. At that time, UMD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources partnered with Flying Dog to study hop production in the State of Maryland. The goal of the study was to gather research and lay the groundwork for a commercially viable hop producing industry in Maryland that mirrors the success of hop growing ventures in the Pacific Northwest.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Maryland only

Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

TrimTab Brewing & Hidden Springs Ale Works Collaborate on Glow Up! Sour Ale

TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Glow Up!, a Sour Ale brewed in collaboration with Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida), on Tuesday, October 13.

Inspired by the Hummingbird Cake, Glow Up! is a Pastry Sour that has been dosed with additions of banana, pineapple, nut flour, cinnamon and milk sugar. Coming in at 6% ABV, Glow Up! is a decadent tropical treat that is both a little tart and a little sweet.

Glow Up! – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft – will debut in the Tasting Gallery at TrimTab Brewing on October 13 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. There is no word at this time as to whether or not this Limited Release will see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Glow Up! from TrimTab Brewing & Hidden Springs Ale Works

Release – Limited; October 13, 2020
Style – Pastry Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
Added Ingredients – Banana, pineapple, nut flour, cinnamon & milk sugar
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Heavy Seas Beer & Rheb’s Candies Collaborate on Jimmy Truffle Dessert Stout

Heavy Seas Beer (Baltimore, Maryland) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Curbside Can Release of Jimmy Truffle Dessert Stout, a special collaboration project with Rheb’s Candies (Baltimore, Maryland), on Friday, October 23.

Developed to capture the full sensory experience found in Rheb’s iconic jimmy truffles, Jimmy Truffle is an Imperial Milk Stout that combines a hefty malt base with lactose, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup and 35 pounds of jimmies (“don’t you dare call them chocolate sprinkles!”). Weighing in at 8% ABV, Jimmy Truffle is “a luscious, chocolatey treat of a beer that’s perfect for a cool, autumn night.”

“Chocolate Jimmies are easily my favorite ice cream topping. So, when I was introduced to Rheb’s Jimmy Truffles, I became an instant fan. We tried to bring that same delectable chocolate candy experience to a beer. We used significant amounts of roasted barley, chocolate, vienna, and dark crystal malts, along with cacao powder, chocolate syrup and 35 lbs of jimmies, a touch of earthy English hops, and lactose – to produce one candilicious brew.”
– Christopher Leonard, Heavy Seas Brewmaster

“We are more than honored to be in collaboration with an outstanding local brewery! Heavy Seas and Rheb’s Candy–nothing comes close to Baltimore culture better than this! A big thanks to Heavy Seas for this opportunity!”
– Jarrod Bradley of Rheb’s Candies

Jimmy Truffle will be released curbside at Heavy Seas Beer on Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24. This Limited Release will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans as long as supplies last. Jimmy Truffle is a brewery exclusive release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Jimmy Truffle from Heavy Seas Beer & Rheb’s Candies

Release – Limited; October 23 & 24, 2020
Style – Imperial Milk Stout/Dessert Stout
ABV – 8%
Added Ingredients – Lactose, cacao powder, chocolate syrup & 35 lbs. of jimmies
Fun Fact – “The Jimmy Truffle label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Chris Gipple, of Nightshift Creative, who also designed Heavy Seas’ 24 Anniversary beer label this past December. All the taproom exclusive beer labels will be designed by Chris in 2020.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Yuengling Sends Hershey’s Chocolate Porter Out for Wide Release

D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc. (Pottsville, Pennsylvania) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Hershey’s Chocolate Porter, a special collaboration project with The Hershey Company (Hershey, Pennsylvania), in late September 2020.

First introduce as a limited, draft-only release in 2019 and now back in 2020 for all of Yuengling’s distribution territory to enjoy in bottles and on draft, Hershey’s Chocolate Porter is an American Porter that “combines Yuengling’s nearly 200-year old Dark Brewed Porter recipe with the world-famous taste of Hershey’s chocolate.” Coming in at a smooth 4.7% ABV, Hershey’s Chocolate Porter offers a decadent sensory experience that “artfully [blends] Hershey’s iconic chocolate flavor with caramel and dark roasted malts for a smooth, rich and delightfully chocolaty finish.”

“Last year we were overwhelmed by the excitement and passion expressed by our fans for our first-ever collaboration beer,” said Jennifer Yuengling, Vice President of Operations and 6th Generation Brewer, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.  “We heard our fans and saw consumers, near and far, scrambling to get their hands on a taste of Yuengling Hershey’s Chocolate Porter.  So, in keeping with our 191-year tradition of listening to our loyal fans, we decided to release our Chocolate Porter across our entire footprint and in bottles for even more consumers 21+ to enjoy.”

“We’re happy to work with Yuengling to expand the availability of the chocolate porter and, better yet the Yuengling Hershey’s chocolate porter is available in bottles for the first time.  Now our fans will be able to enjoy this one-of-a-kind beer collaboration in the comfort of their homes,” said Ernie Savo, senior director global licensing, The Hershey Company.

Hershey’s Chocolate Porter will begin rolling out in late September 2020 and is scheduled to stick around through February of 2021. You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and throughout the rest of Yuengling’s 22-state distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Hershey’s Chocolate Porter from D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc.

Release – Seasonal; late September 2020 – February 2021
Style – American Porter
ABV – 4.7%
Calories – 180
Added Ingredients – Hershey’s chocolate
Suggested Pairings – “The liquid pairs well with everything from barbequed and smoked meats, to cheeses and desserts – perfect for any holiday celebration, while offering fans a truly premium drinking experience.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.yuengling.com/find-our-beer/

Hidden Springs Ale Works & BarrieHaus Beer Co. Collaborate on Crispy Treatz Pastry Lager

Hidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Crispy Treatz, a Rice Krispies Treats-inspired Pastry Lager brewed in collaboration with BarrieHaus Beer Co. (Tampa, Florida), at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29.

First the pastry bois came for our Stouts. Their advances continued, things progressed, and our Kettle Sours then fell victim to their lactose lovin’, adjunct-obsessed ways. Now, in the year of our Pastry Lord 2020, Lagers are no longer safe . . . and we have Hidden Springs Ale Works and BarrieHaus Beer Co. to thank for this development: Crispy Treatz, a Pastry Lager loaded down with marshmallows. Dripping with nostalgia, Crispy Treatz (4.7% ABV) will bring back all those feels you got that day you discovered your mom snuck a Rice Krispies Treat into your lunch bag. (Remember how cool you felt when all the other kids looked at you from across the lunch table with eyes filled with envy? We remember.)

Cans of Crispy Treatz will drop at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N Franklin St | Tampa, Florida) at 3 p.m. on September 29, but you can pre-order online now by clicking here. This Limited Release will be available at the brewery only in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans for $18 each (limit of six 4-packs per person). Prost!

Vital Information for Crispy Treatz from Hidden Springs Ale Works & BarrieHaus Beer Co.

Release – Limited; September 29, 2020
Style – Pastry Lager
ABV – 4.7%
Added Ingredients – Marshmallows
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($18 each)
Limit – Six 4-packs per person
Pre-Order Link – http://hiddenspringsaleworks.com/cans-togo
Distribution – None. Available at Hidden Springs Ale Works only

3 Sons Brewing Co. & Resident Culture Brewing Co. Collaborate on West Coast Connect DIPA

3 Sons Brewing Company (Dania Beach, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of West Coast Connect, a West Coast-style Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Resident Culture Brewing Company (Charlotte, North Carolina), on Wednesday, September 23.

Created as an “homage to the era of Pliny where IBU limits were pushed and dank IPAs ruled,” West Coast Connect is a double dry-hopped West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale that offers “notes of Meyer lemon and grapefruit, followed by piney dankness, then [finishes] with layers of mango, pineapple, and a hint of passion fruit.” West Coast Connect clocks in at “a big ol’” 9.5% ABV.

West Coast Connect will officially release at 3 Sons Brewing Company on Wednesday, September 23, but you can go ahead and pre-order your cans now by clicking here. Available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, West Coast Connect is a taproom-only release that will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for West Coast Connect from 3 Sons Brewing Company & Resident Culture Brewing Company

Release – Limited; September 23, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale (West Coast-style)
ABV – 9.5%
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Pre-order Link – https://app.upserve.com/s/3-sons-brewing-co-dania-beach
Distribution – None. Brewery-only release

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. & Tarpon River Brewing Collaborate on Boyz-N-Berry Muff-N

Tampa Bay Brewing Company (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Boyz-N-Berry Muff-N, a Pastry Sour brewed in collaboration with Tarpon River Brewing (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), on Friday, September 4.

Dropping just in time to give you something extremely tasty to enjoy over the long holiday weekend, Boyz-N-Berry Muff-N is a Pastry Sour “bursting with boysenberries, cinnamon and vanilla.” This combination of ingredients creates an experience featuring “delicate vanilla and jammy sweetness, offset by pleasantly sharp tartness.” Clocking in at a “dangerously drinkable” 8% ABV, Boyz-N-Berry Muff-N “offers a complex, layered flavor profile, all while retaining a smooth velvety mouthfeel.”

Boyz-N-Berry Muff-N will release in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s Westchase and Ybor City locations on September 4, and you can go ahead and pre-order you cans now by clicking hereBoyz-N-Berry Muff-N is expected to see limited distribution in Florida. Prost!

Vital Information for Boyz-N-Berry Muff-N from Tampa Bay Brewing Company & Tarpon River Brewing

Release – Limited; September 4, 2020
Style – Pastry Sour
ABV – 8%
Added Ingredients – Boysenberries, cinnamon & vanilla
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Pre-order – https://www.tbbc.beer/togo
Distribution – Florida
(select areas)

Harpoon Brewery & Dunkin’ Launch New Line Coffee & Donut Infused Beers

Harpoon Brewery (Boston, Massachusetts) and Dunkin’ (Canton, Massachusetts) have officially announced that they have collaborated once again to launch of new series of coffee and – for the first time – donut-infused beers for Seasonal Release in September 2020.

Inspired by the success that Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter has experienced over its last two Seasonal Releases, Harpoon Brewery and Dunkin’ got together again this year “to see what would happen if they brewed a beer made with Dunkin’s famous donuts, creating a new lineup that celebrates classic fall coffee and donut flavors” (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin | Inspired by everyone’s favorite fall pumpkin latte, this “Spiced Latte Ale” is brewed with real pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, and a splash of coffee. Light in color and easy-drinking, it’s a perfect blend of all the autumn flavors we love, with just a touch of espresso-like roast! ABV – 5.2%
  • Harpoon Dunkin’ Boston Kreme | This “Boston Kreme Stout” is brewed with real Dunkin’ donuts and cacao nibs, which add extra dough-like and chocolatey notes to an easy-drinking, creamy Dry Irish Stout. ABV – 4.3%
  • Harpoon Dunkin’ Jelly Donut | Brewed with real Dunkin’ donuts and raspberry purée, this slightly hazy IPA has bright notes of jelly and citrus from the addition of fruit-forward Hüll Melon and Citra hops. ABV – 5.7%
  • Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter | Harpoon’s first ever tribute to the Dunkin’ coffee that has helped keep Harpoon brewers running, this classic American Porter combines malty notes of chocolate, caramel, and toffee with the comforting and familiar flavor of Dunkin’ Original Blend coffee. ABV – 6.0%

“We’re excited to elevate our collaboration with Harpoon this fall with the introduction of Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin beer and the first ever Harpoon beer made with real Dunkin’ donuts,” said Brian Gilbert, Vice President of Retail Business Development at Dunkin’. “We have no doubt the new donut brews, along with the rest of this new fall lineup, will bring the same moments of sweetness and smiles our coffee and donuts have created for 70 years.”

“After more than two years and three seasons of collaborating with the Dunkin’ team, our fans have come to expect a delicious fall beer from us, but we wanted to give them something extra special this year,” said Dan Kenary, Harpoon CEO and co-founder. “Our brewers have always been master innovators, but brewing beer made with real donuts was a first even for them. It’s hard to pick a favorite of the four recipes – just like it’s hard to pick a favorite donut from Dunkin’ – but we hope both our and Dunkin’s fans have a blast trying.”

Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft. Harpoon Dunkin’ Boston Kreme, Harpoon Dunkin’ Jelly Donut and Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter will join Harpoon Dunkin’ Pumpkin in the Harpoon Dunkin’ Dozen Mixed 12-Pack of 12 oz. cans. You can expect to find these Seasonal offerings at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Massachusetts, Vermont and throughout the rest of Harpoon’s distribution area beginning in September 2020. Prost!