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/

Boulevard Brewing, Les Bourgeois Vineyards & Doug Frost Collaborate on Wine-Inspired Vintage Stock Saison

BoulevardLogoBlackBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Vintage Stock, a special collaboration project with Les Bourgeois Vineyards (Rocheport, Missouri) and Master Sommelier Doug Frost, on March 2.

Meticulously crafted for “beer lovers, wine lovers and everyone in between,” Vintage Stock is “a blend of two dark, moderately sour, mixed-culture Saisons aged for many months in oak foeders, puncheons and red wine barrels.”  To further reinforce the wine character in this beer-wine hybrid, the blend was “re-fermented on 30,000 pounds of both whole Norton grapes and pressed Norton grape juice.”  This treatment produces a “deep purple” brew that offers “bold earthy aromas of berries, grapes and a sweet malty undertone” alongside flavorful “hints of bright plums, tobacco, dark chocolate and a refreshingly acidic and slightly tannic finish.” Weighing in at a sip-worthy 8.9% ABV, Vintage Stock comes together to serve as a “love letter to wild fermentation [that blurs] the line between beer and wine, and is [Boulevard’s] most ambitious fruited mixed-culture beer to date.”

Vintage Stock will debut in the Greater Kansas City Area on March 2 and will enter wider distribution shortly after that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 750ml bottles and on draft in select markets located within Boulevard Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Vintage Stock from Boulevard Brewing, Les Bourgeois Vineyards & Doug Frost

Release – Limited; March 2, 2020
Style – Saison/Wild Ale
ABV – 8.9%
IBUs – 12
Hops – Aged Saaz
Yeast – Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus & Wild Yeast
Treatment – “Aged for many months in oak foeders, puncheons and red wine barrels . . . re-fermented on 30,000 pounds of both whole Norton grapes and pressed Norton grape juice”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

TrimTab Brewing Set for Double Release of Martin Denny Complex Sour Ale & Suspended Moments DIPA

TrimTablogoTrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) has officially announced that it will be treating its fans to a Double Release Weekend featuring Martin Denny Complex, a tiki-inspired Imperial Sour Ale, on Friday, February 21 and Suspended Moments, a Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Heist Brewery (Charlotte, North Carolina) on Saturday, February 22.

Coming out of the brewery’s Beach Club Series as a liquid celebration of piano player and composer Martin Denny (a.k.a. the “father of exotica”), Martin Denny Complex is an Imperial Sour Ale crafted with passionfruit, peach and vanilla.  Clocking in at 7.5% “party by volume,” Martin Denny Complex is sure to remind you that “Life’s a peach, when you’re on the beach!”

A beer that combines all the IPA know-how possessed by TrimTab Brewing and Heist Brewery, Suspended Moments is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale featuring Oat Milk, Mosaic, Cashmere and Vic Secret hops.  Meant to be sipped and shared with your beer lovin’ buddies, Suspended Moments is sure to inspire you to “take a moment . . . to make a moment.”

Martin Denny Complex will debut in the Tasting Gallery at TrimTab Brewing at noon on February 21 and Suspended Moments will hit the brewery on February 22. Both beers are expected to see limited distribution shortly after their on-site releases.  Look for both of these Limited Release offerings to be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Martin Denny Complex from TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited/Beach Club Series; February 21, 2020
Style – Imperial Sour Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Added Ingredients – Passionfruit, peach & vanilla
Fun Fact – “This brew is a celebration of piano player and composer, Martin Denny. Best known as the ‘father of exotica’, Denny popularized his brand of lounge music with imaginative rearrangements of popular songs, and original songs that celebrates tiki culture.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Vital Information for Suspended Moments from TrimTab Brewing & Heist Brewery

Release – Limited; February 22, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – ???
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Cashmere & Vic Secret
Added Ingredients – Oat Milk
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

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Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Schedules Double Bottle Release of Good Migrations & River Ridge Black

creaturecomfortslogo_editedCreature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin a Limited Bottle Release for two offerings from its Wood Cellar and Mixed Fermentation program – Good Migrations and River Ridge Black – on Saturday, February 15.

A special collaboration project inspired by Indian Ladder Farms Cidery & Brewery’s farming initiative, Good Migrations (5.9% ABV) is a Saison brewed with barley, hops, blueberries, and raspberries that were “all estate-grown by Indian Ladder in Altamont, New York.”  To round out the recipe and add a “little flavor local to Athens,” the breweries also “used DaySpring Farms wheat, local honey, and Creature Comforts’ house culture to create a lightly fruited and delicious Saison.”

Crafted to highlight “Creature Comforts’ local agriculture initiative,” River Ridge Black is a Dark Ale “aged in French oak for over a year with [the brewery’s] house-mixed culture” and then “conditioned on top of organic black raspberries” sourced from a southeastern farm, River Ridge OrganicsRiver Ridge Black comes in at 8% ABV.

Good Migrations and River Ridge Black will both release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on February 15.  Good Migrations will be available for purchase on draft and in 750ml bottles while River Ridge Black will be available on draft and in 500ml bottles.  Both of these offerings are brewery-only releases and are not expected to see distribution. Prost!

 

 

 

 

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and RODENBACH Collaborate on Vibrant P’Ocean Sour Ale

Vibrant_P-OceanDogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, Delaware) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Vibrant P’Ocean, a blended Sour Ale brewed in collaboration with Brouwerij RODENBACH (Roeselare, Belgium), in late January 2020.

Dreamed up back in 2018 when representatives of Dogfish Head and RODENBACH enjoyed a few Sour Ales together while serving on the same brewing panel at the Craft Brewers Conference, Vibrant P’Ocean is a “trans-oceanic” Sour Ale that “carefully [combines] two unique base beers – one developed by RODENBACH and the other by Dogfish Head.” For their contribution to their “first-ever collaborative brew,” RODENBACH brewed “a two-year, foeder-aged sour” in Belgium and then sent it on a “3,400-mile (or 1,000-nautical league) voyage to Milton, Delaware.”  Once it got to Dogfish Head’s facility, the beer was then “blended with Dogfish Head’s portion, a kettle sour brewed with pilsner malt, malted wheat, elderberry, elderflower, sliced lemons and Belgian fleur-de-sel.”  Weighing in at a light and sessionable 4.7% ABV, Vibrant P’Ocean comes together to be a “complex, ruby-colored beer with tart, dry flavors of jammy berries and floral lemon.”

“As America’s number-one brewer of sour beers, we at Dogfish are absolutely honored to be the first to collaborate and create a beer in partnership with RODENBACH, the world’s most well-respected maker of sour beers,” said Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head. “I’m proud to say that our teams contributed equally on every creative facet of this beer – from the brainstorm to the brew to calibrating the vibrant, red hue of the beer though specific grain and fruit blends. We really took our time and focused on creating a mouth-puckeringly magical drinking experience.”

 

“Our relationship with Dogfish Head blossomed over a few good sour beers and Vibrant P’Ocean captures all that we hoped for in this collaboration,” said Rudi Ghequire, Master Brewer of RODENBACH. “It signifies the vibrancy and mutual respect of our beers and two cultures coming together, inspired by the ocean which connects us. The result is an innovative and refreshing sour beer that captures Dogfish Head’s history of creativity, while staying true to the RODENBACH brand and its oak-aging process which gives RODENBACH its distinctive character.”

Vibrant P’Ocean is rolling out now and will reach Dogfish Head’s full distribution by February 2020.  You can expect to find this new Occasionals Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Delaware and throughout the rest of Dogfish Head’s nationwide distribution network.  Dogfish Head and RODENBACH are “also exploring a future, limited release of Vibrant P’Ocean that will be available in Belgium.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Vibrant P’Ocean from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery & Brouwerij RODENBACH

Release – Limited/Occasionals Series; late January – May 2020
Style – Blended Sour Ale
ABV – 4.7%
IBUs – 12
Added Ingredients – Elderberry, elderflower, sliced lemons & Belgian fleur-de-sel
Fun Fact – On the development of Vibrant P’Ocean: “Ironically, it was through its ‘Wooden … it be nice!’ initiative that Dogfish Head and RODENBACH’s relationship began. At an annual meeting of the world’s leading brewers, the Craft Brewers Conference in 2018, Ghequire and the head of Dogfish Head’s ‘Wooden … it be nice!’ wild beer program, Bill Marchi, sat on the same brewing panel. During the conference, fleeting conversations of a future collaboration ensued and – little did they know – the rest would become history. First, Ghequire and members of RODENBACH’s team made a trip to Dogfish Head’s production facility in Delaware to further solidify the breweries’ partnership. Brainstorming continued and then, Calagione and members of Dogfish Head’s team visited RODENBACH’s brewery in Roeselare, Belgium, to finalize the details for Vibrant P’Ocean. During that trip, Calagione and Ghequire spent time touring RODENBACH’s legendary brewery and cooperage, sampling traditional cuisine from the surrounding region, learning about the country’s brewing history and soaking up every possible drop of inspiration.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder

New Belgium Brewing & TRVE Brewing Co. Collaborate on Where I Live Dark Sour Ale

NBTRVEWhereILive2New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, Colorado) has officially announced that Where I Live, a Limited Release Mixed Culture Sour Ale brewed in collaboration with TRVE Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado), is hitting select markets now.

Inspired by the “ancient Belgian tradition” of blending wood-aged Sour Ales, Lauren Limbach, New Belgium Wood Cellar Director and Blender, and Nick Nunns, Founder of TRVE Brewing, have “long dreamt of blending their sour beers” but such a project was not legally possible until December 2017 when the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform “legalized brewery-to-brewery tax-free transfers of beer.”

“When we first started talking about this collaboration at GABF 2016, it wasn’t even legal,” says Limbach. “U.S. brewers couldn’t send beer to each other for this kind of project. That changed in late 2017, paving the way for what we think is the first beer of its kind in the U.S. — legally, at least.”

To bring this “dream collaboration” to life, New Belgium started Where I Live with a base beer brewed with malts from Troubadour Maltings in Fort Collins and fermented with Norwegian Kveik yeast.  That base beer was then “blended with a foeder-aged dark sour, then further matured with TRVE’s mixed-culture in one of New Belgium’s French oak foeders.”  To finish the beer off, the final blend was “circulated over whole-flower lavender grown on the Western Slope of Colorado by Two Bears Farms.”  Clocking in at 6% ABV, Where I Live comes together to be “a floral-infused, malt-driven, crushable sour full of friendship and intent.”

Where I Live officially debuted on Black Friday, November 29 and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, California, Nevada, Missouri, Connecticut, Kentucky and New York.  Prost!

Vital Information for Where I Live from New Belgium Brewing & TRVE Brewing Company

Release – Limited; November 29, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
Malts – Pevec, Ballad & Encore from Troubadour Maltings in Fort Collins, Colorado
Added Ingredients – Whole flower lavender
Yeast – Kveik
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Limited; Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Arizona, Virginia, California, Nevada, Missouri, Connecticut, Kentucky & New York
Beer Finder – https://www.newbelgium.com/beer/finder/

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Lauren Limbach, New Belgium Wood Cellar Director and Blender, illustrates the process for creating Where I Live. Photo Credit: New Belgium Brewing

New Realm Brewing & 21st Amendment Brewery Collaborate on Rice Cold IPA

NewRealm21stANew Realm Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will release Rice Cold IPA, a new collaboration project with 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California), on November 19.

Crafted by Mitch Steele at New Realm Brewing and Shaun O’Sullivan of 21st Amendment to be a “mash up of a Mexican Lager and an IPA,” Rice Cold IPA is a hybrid India Pale Ale brewed with “a blend of malts from both coasts as well as rice.”  To give the beer its “substantial hop character,” Cashmere hops are featured to provide “flavors of melon, backed by peach, citrus and herbal notes” while Idaho 7, Cascade and Galaxy hops support with “tropical fruit and piney aromas.”  Rice Cold IPA (6.8% ABV, 31 IBUs) was then “finished with a Mexican lager yeast to add hints of spice.”

“Shaun and I have been pals for a long time, so when he was visiting Atlanta for a beer festival we decided to brew something different together,” said Mitch Steele Co-Founder and Brewmaster of New Realm Brewing. “As we discussed the idea for this beer, we agreed on certain techniques that we believed would set this beer apart and make it extra tasty and unique.”

Rice Cold IPA is scheduled to release at New Realm’s Atlanta and Virginia Beach locations on November 19 and will enter distribution at or around that date as well.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within New Realm’s distribution footprint in Georgia and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rice Cold IPA from New Realm Brewing Company & 21st Amendment Brewery

Release – Limited; November 19, 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 31
Featured Hops – Cashmere, Idaho 7, Cascade & Galaxy
Fun Fact – The hops featured in Rice Cold IPA were incorporated with the use of “a ‘hop salad,’ a term coined by 21st Amendment Head Brewer, Chris Sartori, as the ‘Mitch Steele hopping technique,’ which translates to using several varieties of hops.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia

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Hi-Wire Brewing Releases North Carolina-themed Mountains to Sea Collaboration 12-pack

Hi-Wire-BrewingHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will introduce Mountains to Sea, a collaboration 12-pack featuring beers brewed with New Anthem Beer Project (Wilmington, North Carolina), Wooden Robot Brewery (Charlotte, North Carolina) and Trophy Brewing Co. (Raleigh, North Carolina), during the third week of October 2019.

Compiled to be a “celebration of breweries from across the state of North Carolina, from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Coast of North Carolina,” Mountains to Sea is a variety 12-pack of 12 oz. cans that includes the following collaboration brews featuring New Anthem Beer Project, Wooden Robot Brewery and Trophy Brewing Co. (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Mountains to Sea with New Anthem Beer Project | Porter brewed with Figs & Molasses
  • Mountains to Sea with Wooden Robot Brewery | Throwback I.P.A. hopped with Idaho 7, Mosaic, Amarillo, & Centennial
  • Mountains to Sea with Trophy Brewing | Rye Pilsner brewed with Riverbend & Epiphany Malt

The Mountains to Sea Collaboration 12-pack includes four 12 oz. cans of each beer listed above.  This new variety pack is rolling out now and you can expect to find it at craft beer-focused establishments located within Hi-Wire Brewing’s distribution footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky. Due to the limited nature of this release, the Mountains to Sea Collaboration 12-pack will not be stocked at any of Hi-Wire Brewing’s taproom locations.  Prost!

Brew Bus Brewing & Orpheus Brewing Collaborate on Softly Shimmer Hazy IPA

BrewBusOrpheusBrew Bus Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Softly Shimmer, a Hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with Orpheus Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia), in mid-October 2019.

Collaboratively cooked up at Brew Bus Brewing to commemorate Orpheus Brewing’s recent distribution expansion to Central Florida, Softly Shimmer is a Hazy India Pale Ale that brings together “pillowy mounds of Cashmere and Galaxy hops.” Best enjoyed fresh, Softly Shimmer (6.1% ABV) is “full of tropical fruit goodness” that is sure to “softly shimmer” in the Florida sun.

Softly Shimmer officially released in Brew Bus Brewing’s Tasting Room (4101 N Florida Ave | Tampa, Florida) on October 15 with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  This Limited Release will only be available as long as supplies last. Softly Shimmer is currently only available in Brew Bus Brewing’s Tasting Room, and there is no word at this time if it will hit distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Softly Shimmer from Brew Bus Brewing & Orpheus Brewing

Release – Limited; October 15, 2019
Style – Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.1%
Featured Hops – Cashmere & Galaxy
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None; Tasting Room only