Wild Leap Brew Co. & TrimTab Brewing Collaborate on Coco Flamingo DIPA

WildLeapTrimTabWild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Coco Flamingo Double IPA, an exciting new collaboration with TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama), during the last week of June.

Arriving as Wild Leap Brew Co.’s first ever collaboration project and the first beer TrimTab Brewing has brewed in collaboration with a Georgia brewery, Coco Flamingo is a Hazy Double India Pale Ale made with “a blend of tangerine, key lime, and toasted coconut.” Tropical in nature, Coco Flamingo (8% ABV) has “a unique flavor profile” that will most assuredly “take you straight to the islands!”

“Alongside the fresh fruit elements, the Sabro and Lotus hops embody the strong toasted coconut and orange, fruit punch flavor profiles in this beer,” explains Luke Garner, Head Brewer of TrimTab. “Without being sweet, it is the perfect marriage of a double IPA and a pina colada.”

Coco Flamingo Double IPA will debut in Georgia during the last week of June and is scheduled to roll out in Alabama and Tennessee the first week of July.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft as long as supplies last. To promote this collaboration project, Wild Leap and TrimTab plan to “hold on-premise collaborative events at select craft beer retailers, featuring a number of their own offerings in addition to their lovechild – Coco Flamingo.”  For more information on these collaborative events, make sure to keep an eye on both breweries’ social media channels.  Prost!

Vital Information for Coco Flamingo Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. & TrimTab Brewing

Release – Limited; launching the last week of June 2019
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Sabro & Lotus
Added Ingredients – Tangerine, key lime & toasted coconut
Fun Fact #1 – “As new craft breweries, Wild Leap and TrimTab have both made aggressive introductions into the national beer community. TrimTab was voted Best Brewery in Birmingham, their flagship sour brought home a GABF medal, and their Original 006 IPA was ranked as a top beer in the country by Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine, Thrillist, and Forbes within the last year. Wild Leap was recently named Best New Brewery in the USA Today.

Fun Fact #2 – On the can artwork: “Along with their similarities in brewing style, TrimTab and Wild Leap both share fun, bright, creative styles. The Coco Flamingo can is no different, featuring vivid colors that epitomize the relaxed, optimistic styles that both breweries embody.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Georgia & Tennessee 

 

 

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Sun King Brewery Releases 10-4 Good Buddy Collaboration 4-Pack

SunKingVertBannerLogoSun King Brewery (Indianapolis, Indiana) has officially announced that it is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with the Limited Release of 10-4 Good Buddy, a mixed 4-pack of 16 oz. cans comprised of collaboration beers with 3 Floyds Brewing Co. (Munster, Indiana), Austin Beerworks (Austin, Texas), Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) and Rhinegeist Brewery (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Since “collaboration [has been] at the core of Sun King’s success” for ten amazing years, the brewery has decided to celebrate that “decade of award-winning beers, and the collaborative spirit of the brewing industry” with the release of 10-4 Good Buddy. This mixed 4-pack of 16 oz. cans contains the following four beers brewed in collaboration with “independent breweries from across the U.S” (descriptions sourced directly from the Sun King’s press release):

  • Collabergé | Austin Beerworks – An Imperial Brut IPA that brings the dryness of champagne with an assertive hop profile.

    “This collaboration was what it is all about,” said Will Golden, co-founder of Austin Beerworks. “A true friendship, complete with a lot of the bad jokes! The hospitality from Hoosiers is not just a saying y’all, they mean it! All I have to say is I can’t wait to come back!”

  • Highway Queen | Cigar City Brewing – A Sour Golden Ale with Zinfandel grapes, sour cherries, and raspberries aged on oak.

    “Working with Dave and the Sun King team was a great, innovative experience that was in the planning process for months,” said Wayne Wambles, brewmaster at Cigar City Brewing. “The beer makes use of an experimental yeast strain that produces lactic acid combined with a combination of fruits that lend complex acidity as well as fruit harmony. It was a pleasure to celebrate Sun King’s tenth anniversary by creating this wonderful beer with them.”

  • Hoppiness Jones | Rhinegeist Brewery – An IPA that was aged in both Tequila and Pinot Noir barrels, infused with hibiscus, and is dry hopped.

    “We’ve known Sun King for a long time, since before we even existed as a brewery, and they have been a great mentor and a good buddy for us over the years,” said Bryant Goulding, co-founder of Rhinegeist. “We’re thankful to be able to work together on this high-powered collaboration alongside three other brewers for whom we also have much respect, and we’re excited to help celebrate this special decade milestone. Happy birthday Sun King! Mad respect!”

  • Maximum Overdrive | 3 Floyds Brewing Co. – A Baltic Porter brewed with Indiana malt from Sugar Creek Malt, two different yeast strains, and American and Slovenian hops.

    “It’s great to brew with Sun King on their 10th anniversary” said Nick Floyd, owner of 3 Floyds Brewing. “Being a part of a one-time 4-pack was cool, as was hanging out with Clay and Dave. Congratulations to Sun King and the other brewers that participated. Looking forward to trying some at Dark Lord Day.”

“Sun King Brewery began as a collaboration between two professional brewers and friends sharing ideas over a few pints about what they would want their own brewery to be like, and grew with the insights of our business partners, and the input and hard work of our team,” said Clay Robinson, co-founder of Sun King Brewery. “We have continued to share and create beers with so many of our respected peers along the way, and we wanted to create something unique and special for our 10th Anniversary. 10-4 Good Buddy represents the creativity and camaraderie that is the heart of, not just Sun King, but the independent craft beer industry.”

The 10-4 Good Buddy 4-pack of 16 oz. cans will debut at all Sun King locations on May 23 and is scheduled to hit “liquor stores and restaurants across Indiana the following week.” This exclusive 4-pack will also be available at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; and Louisville, Kentucky beginning in June. Prost!

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Proof Brewing Co. & Finback Brewery Collaborate on Quantum Foam DIPA

ProofFinbackProof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that it will release Quantum Foam, a Double New England-style IPA brewed in collaboration with Finback Brewery (Queens, New York), on Friday, May 24.

Formulated by representatives of Proof Brewing Co. and Finback Brewery to boldly “[defy] the space/time continuum”, Quantum Foam is a “bright and floral” New England-style Double India Pale Ale brewed with “experimental hop Bru-1, cryo Azacca, and Mosaic hops.”  This reality altering hop bill lends Quantum Foam “vivid aromas of citrus [that] encompass . . . bold flavors of tropical fruit and pineapple.”

“After brewing a collab with Finback in NYC, we had to bring it home to Tallahassee,” said Byron Burroughs, Proof Brewing Company’s founder. “We really wanted to make an IPA symbolic of the tropical flavors and aromas of bold East-coast styles. These new hops add many layers of complexity throughout the beer.”

Quantum Foam will officially release in Proof Brewing Company’s Tasting Room at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 24.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – making Quantum Foam Proof Brewing Co.’s first ever 16 oz. can release.  Supplies are limited and per person limits will be established at the time of the release.  Quantum Foam is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Quantum Foam from Proof Brewing Co. & Finback Brewery

Release – Limited; May 24, 2019
Style – New England-style DIPA
ABV – ???
Featured Hops – Experimental Hop Bru-1, Cryo Azacca & Mosaic
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Taproom-only release

 

Cascade Brewing & Mikkeller Collaborate on Bean-to-Barrel Triple

Bean to Barrel labelCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will release Bean-to-Barrel Triple, a Limited Release collaboration with Mikkeller (Copenhagen, Denmark), on May 10.

Meant to celebrate the “‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate-making method” of Bean Geeks Craft Chocolate in Copenhagen, Bean-to-Barrel “features a blend of barrel and foudre aged sour triple ales with toasted Oregon and French oak and a late infusion of cocoa nibs sourced from Bean Geeks.” Coming in at 9.4% ABV, Bean-to-Barrel Triple supplies its drinker with “aromas of dark chocolate, vanilla and toasted oak sugars combined with the light pear and citrus fruit notes of the sour triple.”

“We’ve had the great privilege to work with many amazing, cutting edge breweries on collaborative efforts in the past. Needless to say we jumped at the opportunity to work with Mikkeller, long considered to be an innovative force that pushes the boundaries of existing beer styles with intense flavor and ingredient combinations,” explained Norm Stokes, Cascade Brewing Cellar Manager. “Bean-to-Barrel Triple was born of this collaboration, and it was a memorable experience to work together to come up with a beer that incorporates the complexity of Oregon oak with the rich flavor of cocoa nibs sourced from Bean Geeks chocolate.”

Bean-to-Barrel Triple will officially debut in Cascade’s two Portland pubs on May 10 and is expected to enter distribution at or around that date as well.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area.  Bean-to-Barrel will also make its European debut on draft on May 10 at the Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen (MBCC) in Denmark.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bean-to-Barrel Triple from Cascade Brewing & Mikkeller 

Release – Limited; May 10, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.4%
Treatment – “A blend of barrel and foudre aged sour triple ales with toasted Oregon and French oak and a late infusion of cocoa nibs sourced from Bean Geeks Craft Chocolate in Copenhagen”
Fun Fact – On the collaboration: “The collaboration was conceived during a visit by Mikkeller in September 2018; Norm Stokes, Cascade Brewing Cellar Manager, and Kevin Martin, Cascade Brewing Director of Operations, met with Keith Shore, Jacob Gram Alsing, and Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller. Blended from triples aged on oak since 2017.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

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The creative team – representatives from both Cascade Brewing and Mikkeller – responsible for Bean-to-Barrel Triple.  Photo Credit: Cascade Brewing

 

Terrapin Beer Co. & Miller High Life Collaborate on Hoppin’ Bubbly Brut IPA

unnamed (39)Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that the Special Release of Hoppin’ Bubbly, a Brut IPA brewed in collaboration with Miller High Life (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), will begin in select markets in May 2019.

One evening while the crew at Terrapin Beer Co. was kicking around ideas for their next Collaboration project, a member of the team light-heartedly mentioned who better to brew a Brut IPA – a new style of India Pale Ale “known for [its] dry finish, and champagne-like effervescence – with than ‘The Champagne of Beers’, Miller High Life? After a few phone calls, that suggestion made in joking became a reality and Hoppin’ Bubbly was born.

Hoppin’ Bubbly is a Brut IPA that features “the classic malt bill from ‘The Champagne of Beers'” and a hop bill boasting four varietals – Cascade, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic – that reflects “Terrapin’s affinity for IPAs.”  Thanks to “innovative brewing and dry hopping techniques”, Hoppin’ Bubbly (6.5% ABV, 26 IBUs) offers its drinker “a crisp, bone-dry finish and an aromatic hop profile.”

Hoppin’ Bubbly officially debuted in Terrapin’s Tasting Room in Athens, Georgia on May 1 and distribution is expected to follow shortly after the on-site release.  Available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft, this Limited Release offering will only be distributed in Georgia and Wisconsin, the home states of both breweries, for the time being.  If Terrapin decides to expand distribution of Hoppin’ Bubbly, we will be sure to update this post with that information just as soon as we get it.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hoppin’ Bubbly Brut IPA from Terrapin Beer Co. & Miller High Life

Release – Special/Limited, May 2019
Style – Brut India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 26
Malts – Moravian, Flaked Corn & Flaked Rye
Hops – Cascade, Amarillo, Citra & Mosaic
Suggested Food Pairings – “Blue Cheese or Sharp Cheddar. Sausage, Tenderloin, or Terrine”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Wisconsin only
Beer Finder – https://terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder/

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Creature Comforts Brewing & Jester King Brewery Re-Release Mutualism Farmhouse Lager

CCBC_MutualismStillWeb-8648Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Mutualism, a Southern-style Farmhouse Lager brewed in collaboration with Jester King Brewery (Austin, Texas), on May 11.

First released back in July 2016, Mutualism starts with a base Pilsner “brewed using local wheat and grits from Georgia-based DaySpring Farms.”  It then picks up its “Farmhouse” designation when finished with “a secondary fermentation with a blend of both Creature Comforts’ and Jester King’s house-mixed cultures of yeast and bacteria.  The beer was then bottle conditioned for five months.”  Coming in at an easy-drinking 6% ABV, Mutualism is described by both breweries as being “dry, round, and defined.”

“We feel that this beer is a beautiful balance of our two breweries,” said Blake Tyers, Wood Cellar and Specialty Brand Manager at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. “Our work together, and our house cultures working together created a mutually beneficial relationship revealed in the beauty of this beer.”

750ml bottles of Mutualism will officially release in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on Thursday, May 11.  This Limited Release offering is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mutualism from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Jester King Brewery

Release – Limited; May 11, 2019
Style – Farmhouse Lager
ABV – 6%
Featured Ingredients – Local wheat and grits from Georgia-based DaySpring Farms
Fermentation – Mutualism underwent a secondary fermentation with a blend of both Creature Comforts’ and Jester King’s house-mixed cultures of yeast & bacteria
Fun Fact #1 – On the Mutualism project: “Creature Comforts and Jester King first released the collaborative brew in July 2016. The breweries bonded over a strong admiration for beers that represent a time and place, which inspired the blending of the two house cultures as well as the use of local grits, a staple in Southern homes.”
Fun Fact #2 – On the label artwork: “Creature Comforts resident artist, Melissa Merrill, designed the label art for Mutualism. The label depicts both breweries’ logos as one cohesive unit, representative of the symbiotic qualities of the beer. Inspired by the collaborative brew, Merrill painted the original artwork for the label with a watercolor medium derived from the two breweries’ combined house-mixed cultures.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room-only release at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

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Garage Brewing Co. and Pink Boots Society Collaborate on Hop ‘N Boots Red IPL

HOPNBOOTSGarage Brewing Co. (Temecula, California) has officially announced that it will release Hop ‘N Boots, a limited-edition Red India Pale Lager brewed in collaboration with and support of the Pink Boots Society and women in the brewing industry, on April 19.

Crafted at Garage Brewing Co. by “a group of several women involved in the craft beer industry” on Pink Boots Society’s 2019 Collaboration Brew Day and in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Hop ‘N Boots is a Red India Pale Lager brewed with “Yakima
Chief’s Pink Boots blend featuring Loral, Glacier, Mosaic, Simcoe and Sabro hops.”  Coming in at 6% ABV, the “clean, straightforward and super drinkable” Hop ‘N Boots promises to supply its drinker with a sensory experience filled with “tropical fruit and dank notes.”

“Girls rock! How important is it to have women in the craft beer industry? Extremely important,” Laura Ulrich, Pink Boots Society’s president said via email. “We want diversity in our beer and we also want it in our business. We have great palates, amazing beer knowledge and we make some really great beer.”

 

“I love how we all come from different paths which means we all bring something different to the brewing process,” said Maurine Frey, Garage Brewing Co.’s microbiologist and project lead on Hop ‘N Boots. “Relationships and friendships are formed with people we might not have met.”

Hop ‘N Boots is a draft-only offering that will officially release in Garage Brewing Co.’s brewpub/taproom and at various bars and restaurants throughout Southern California beginning on Friday, April 19.  To further support the Pink Boots Society’s mission, Garage Brewing Co. “will donate 50 percent of proceeds of on-premise sales of Hop ‘N Boots to Pink Boots Society.  At Garage Brewing’s brewpub in Old Town Temecula, pints of this brew will be specially priced at $5 per pint with 50 percent of proceeds donated to Pink Boots Society.” Prost!

Vital Information for Hop ‘N Boots from Garage Brewing Co. & Pink Boots Society

Release – Limited; April 19, 2019
Style – India Pale Lager
ABV – 6%
Featured Hops – Yakima Chief’s Pink Boots Blend featuring Loral, Glacier, Mosaic, Simcoe & Sabro hops
Fun Fact – “Pink Boots Society’s mission is to assist, inspire and encourage women beer industryprofessionals to advance their careers through education and Garage Brewing Co. wholeheartedly supports that mission!”
Availability – Draft only
Distribution – Southern California

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The brewing team behind Hop ‘N Boots

Harpoon Brewery Introduces Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale

HarpoonDunkinSummerPApourHarpoon Brewery (Boston, Massachusetts) has officially announced that it has once again partnered with Dunkin’ (Canton, Massachusetts) to create a new coffee-inspired craft brew – Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale – meant for warm weather sippin’.

Crafted to be a “hoppy tribute to Dunkin’s signature Iced Coffee“, Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale that has been infused with Dunkin’s Original Blend Coffee.  Coming in at a light and easy-drinking 5% ABV, the “bright, summery” Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale is best enjoyed “at the end of any sunny day or seasonal celebration.”

According to Tony Weisman, Dunkin’ U.S. Chief Marketing Officer, “The classic tastes of Dunkin’ coffee and Harpoon craft beer make for such an irresistible combination, it was inevitable we’d collaborate again. We saw so much excitement and passion for our partnership last fall, and we’re thrilled to delight our fans who start their day with Dunkin’ coffee and end it by enjoying one of Harpoon’s famous craft beers once more with the introduction of new Summer Coffee Pale Ale.”

 

“I just depleted the last of my private stash of Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter the other day, so, selfishly, the timing on this launch couldn’t be better,” said Dan Kenary, Harpoon’s Co-Founder and CEO. “We ended last year’s baseball season with the intro of Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter, and we’re excited to begin this season with the release of our Summer Coffee Pale Ale. Most importantly, it’s a delicious beer – hoppy and vibrant with a nice coffee character. We’re thrilled to partner with an icon like Dunkin’ again.”

Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale is rolling out now and is scheduled to stick around throughout the summer months.  You can expect to find this Limited-Edition offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Harpoon’s distribution footprint in the Eastern U.S.  Prost!

Vital Information for Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Dunkin’

Release – Limited, launching April 2019
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Dunkin’s Original Blend Coffee
Fun Fact – “Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale marks the second craft beer created in partnership between these two iconic American beverage brands. Last October, Dunkin’ and Harpoon Brewery came together to toast the start of fall by introducing Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter. It proved to be extremely popular among both beer enthusiasts and the brands’ fans alike, with millions of pints served within the regional brewery’s distribution footprint.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pairs perfectly with delicious summer favorites like coffee rubbed brisket, chipotle chicken tacos, Dunkin’ coffee rolls, and outdoor brunch.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Eastern U.S.
Beer Finder – https://www.harpoonbrewery.com/beer-finder

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Hi-Wire Brewing & Oskar Blues Collaborate on Haze-Sesh IPA

HiWireOskarBlues.pngHi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Haze-Sesh, a special collaboration project with Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado | Brevard, North Carolina), on Friday, April 19.

Inspired by the craft beer community’s current “haze craze”, Haze-Sesh is a Hazy Session India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Cashmere and Wataku hops.  This hop bill lends the beer “notes of lemon-lime, tropical fruit, and melon from the Wataku [while] Cashmere hops give this crushable beer a bright and juicy citrus punch.”  Coming in at just 4.9% ABV, Haze-Sesh is the perfect beer to help you ease into the warmer temperatures of spring.

Haze-Sesh releases on April 19 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer establishments located within Hi-Wire’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Haze-Sesh Hazy Session IPA from Hi-Wire Brewing & Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Limited; April 19, 2019
Style – Session India Pale Ale
ABV – 4.9%
Featured Hops – Cashmere & Wataku
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee & Ohio

Lagunitas Brewing Company & Moonlight Brewing Collaborate, Reveal Secret Agenda

Lagunitas_SecretAgenda_195x519Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California) has officially released Secret Agenda, a Pale Bock Beer brewed in Joint Session with Moonlight Brewing (Santa Rosa, California), as the brewery’s latest Limited Release offering.

Carefully crafted by the folks at Lagunitas and Moonlight to satisfy “the unique thirsts of Springtime”, Secret Agenda is a Pale Bock Beer that brings “each [brewery’s] time-tested secrets to the table.”  Weighing in at 7.1% ABV and 46 IBUs, Secret Agenda comes together to offer its drinker “something neither [brewery] could do alone.”

Secret Agenda is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this One Hitter release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Washington and throughout the rest of Lagunitas Brewing Company’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Secret Agenda from Lagunitas Brewing Company & Moonlight Brewing

Release – Limited/One Hitter Series, March 2019
Style – Pale Bock
ABV – 7.1%
IBUs – 46
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://lagunitas.com/beer-finder