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!

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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

Cascade Brewing & Burial Beer Co. Collaborate on Chêne des Fous Sour Ale

CascadeBurialCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Chêne des Fous 2018, a special collaboration project with Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina), on October 11, 2019.

Pronounced “shen de-FOO” and translating to mean “Oak of the Fools,” Chêne des Fous is “a blend of sour triple ales aged for up to 18 months in French oak barrels with dried sumac, fresh apricots and toasted American oak chains.”  Weighing in at 9.7% ABV, Chêne des Fous offers its drinker “intense oak flavors . . . met with savory lemon and dried fruit notes from the sumac and a subtle stone fruit aroma.”

Chêne des Fous 2018 will debut in Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on October 11 and will also make special appearance at Burial Beer Co.’s Burnpile Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 12. This Limited Release offering will hit distribution on October 11 as well, and you can expect to find it 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.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chêne des Fous 2018 from Cascade Brewing & Burial Beer Co.

Release – Limited; October 11, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9.7%
Treatment – Blend of sour triple ales aged for up to 18 months in French oak barrels with dried sumac, fresh apricots & toasted American oak chains
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

Unibroue & Megadeth Rock Out Another Collaboration with Release of SAISON 13

MegadethSaison13canUnibroue (Chambly, Québec) has officially announced that SAISON 13, the brewery’s second collaboration with the world-famous metal band Megadeth, is hitting shelves and taps in the U.S. now.

Inspired by Megadeth’s 2011 album TH1RT3EN and frontman Dave Mustaine’s “fascination with the number,” SAISON 13 is a Saison-style Ale that possesses “the perfect combination of malt, fruit and spices punctuated by an invigorating hop flavor, and it is brewed with thirteen carefully selected ingredients to offer a drinking experience as memorable as the song itself.”  This combination of ingredients produces a “pale amber” SAISON 13 (6.1% ABV) featuring “strong, crisp and fresh hop aromas complemented by sweet hints of stone fruit including apricot and nectarine” alongside a flavor profile comprised of “similarly bright hop notes, which mingle with delicately sweet peach and spice, capped off with a clean hop break.”

“SAISON 13 contains a series of elements that have meaning to [Dave Mustaine] and to me. Over the years, all of our discussions were a major inspiration for me in the creation and sharing of this new brew; nothing was left to chance.”

 

– Jerry Vietz, Brewmaster at Unibroue

This month’s release of SAISON 13 “marks the second beer collaboration between Unibroue and Megadeth, following the widely acclaimed À TOUT LE MONDE ‘session’ Saison.”

SAISON 13 is hitting the U.S. now as a Year-Round offering.  You can expect to find this new collaboration beer available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida and throughout the rest of Unibroue’s distribution footprint in the U.S.  Prost!

Vital Information for SAISON 13 from Unibroue and Megadeth

Release – Year-Round; launching September 2019
Style – Saison
ABV – 6.1%
IBUs – 19
Fun Fact – On this collaboration project: “Unibroue’s Brewmaster Jerry Vietz listened to Megadeth in high school, and as a budding guitarist, viewed the band’s frontman Dave Mustaine as a legend. Mustaine, an ardent Unibroue fan, couldn’t imagine a more natural partnership for the collaboration. Like À TOUT LE MONDE, SAISON 13 honors their mutual passions and celebrates the friendship they first formed in 2015.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “General Tso chicken, fried calamari, poached salmon, rack of lamb, homemade salsa, charcuterie, aged goat cheese or firm goat cheese”
Recommended Glassware – Tulip
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://unibrouefinder.com/

 

Hidden Springs Ale Works & Mikerphone Brewing Collaborate on Maple Marauders

HSAWMikerphoneHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will release Maple Marauders, a barrel-aged collaboration with Mikerphone Brewing (Elk Grove, Illinois), at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 31.

Here to remind you that you can have your breakfast and drink it too, Maple Marauders is a Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with chocolate and “enough maple to make Canada cry.”  Weighing in at a massive 12% ABV, Maple Marauders can be enjoyed on its own or with an unreasonably tall stack of pancakes (you know . . . for dipping and/or sopping).

Bottles of Maple Marauders will release alongside Peanut Butter & Jealous (click here for more info) at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 31. Each bottle of Maple Marauders will cost $30 and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A couple things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • Maple Marauders and Peanut Butter & Jealous WILL NOT be available on draft during the release on August 31
  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St., on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave. There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery
    Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall near the door on Henderson so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors

Maple Marauders will not see distribution and – like all bottle releases at Hidden Springs – is expected to sell out rather quickly. If you are at all interested in landing a bottle of this collaboration brew, make sure that you are in line no later than the final head count. Good luck out there, folks. Prost!

Hidden Springs Ale Works & Narrow Gauge Brewing Co. Team Up to Make Everyone Peanut Butter & Jealous

HSAWNarrowGaugeHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will hold a limited bottle release for Peanut Butter & Jealous, a special collaboration with Narrow Gauge Brewing Company (Florissant, Missouri), at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 31.

Brewed specifically for all the haters out there that “hate us ’cause they A’INT us,” Peanut Butter & Jealous is an Imperial Stout with peanut butter and raspberries.  Thoroughly pleased that they achieved optimum levels of PB&J goodness in this “little monster,” Hidden Springs and Narrow Gauge guarantee that Peanut Butter & Jealous (10% ABV) is “definitely gonna stick to the roof of your mouth in the very best way.”

Bottles of Peanut Butter & Jealous will release alongside Maple Marauders (click here for more info) at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 31. Each bottle of Peanut Butter & Jealous will cost $20 and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A couple things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • Peanut Butter & Jealous and Maple Marauders WILL NOT be available on draft during the release on August 31
  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St., on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave. There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall near the door on Henderson so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors

Peanut Butter & Jealous will not see distribution and – like all bottle releases at Hidden Springs – is expected to sell out rather quickly.  If you are at all interested in landing a bottle of this collaboration brew, make sure that you are in line no later than the final head count.  Good luck out there, folks.  Prost!

 

Tasting Notes: Coco Flamingo DIPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. & TrimTab Brewing

CocoFlamingoPourFor this installment of Tasting Notes, a few cans of Coco Flamingo Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) and TrimTab Brewing (Birmingham, Alabama) provide us with a tropical escape from a Tuesday afternoon in the office.

Released at the tail end of June 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!”

Coco Flamingo was introduced during the last week of June 2019 and it is possible that a few cans or kegs could still be floating around out there.  Look for this Limited Release to possibly be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

Now that all the background data has been properly covered, let’s pour up some island vibes and get into these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Coco Flamingo Double IPA from Wild Leap Brew Co. & TrimTab Brewing

Appearance: A steady pour from a 12 oz. can produces a Double IPA that is a deep, caramelized orange in color and capped with a perfect finger of slightly off-white foam.  When held to direct light, those caramel tones soften to create more of a dark orange-juice-like appearance.  This beer is quite hazy (bordering on murky), leaving it mostly opaque.  Head retention is decent, casually falling to a thin ring that leaves spotty lacing at times.

Aroma:  Notes of sweet tangerine, citrus oils and cedar present themselves as soon as the can is opened.  A distinct lime presence (both juice and zest) then surfaces to further establish the citrus profile while a sweet fruit punch character adds some contrast.  A grace of toasted coconut rests in the background, adding to the beer’s tropical character while providing a bit more sweetness.

Taste:  Tangerine leads the way here as well and is joined by notes of sweet orange juice, mixed berries, pineapple and lime zest.  A beautiful cedar quality then works its way in to provide a citrus-laced woody note.  A touch of vanilla (which we believe is hop sourced) swirls about with the fruitier tones, but that floral sweetness is seemingly only here to provide balance and draw a bit of attention to the toasty malt backbone.  Coconut turns up near the finish, but it translates more like an earthy, semi-sweet coconut water rather than just candied, toasted coconut.  The balance here is on point.

Mouthfeel:  On the full side of medium in body with a mild carbonation, this beer is soft and silky on the palate.  It does lean to the juicy/sweet side at times, but the hops kick in with some bright lime notes and sharp cedar tones to push things back into the area of balance. The 8% ABV is unbelievably tame, and that keeps drinkability super high.  The aftertaste reads as a sip of coconut water with a twist of tangerine.

Final Thoughts:  On paper, a “Coconut, Tangerine & Lime DIPA” sounds like it could be either one of two things:

  1. A mess
  2. A heavenly concoction that will leave us wondering why there are not more in existence

Luckily, Wild Leap and TrimTab put their heads together and came up with a way to ensure that the second option would unquestionably apply to Coco Flamingo.  It appears they pulled this off by having a deft hand with the added toasted coconut and letting the Sabro and Lotus hops provide the majority of the coconut and vanilla notes. This (along with that surprisingly clutch note of cedar) provides balance and allows the coconut notes to translate as natural (instead of artificial or sun-tan-lotion-like).  Sure, this means that the overall experience reads more as an exotic Double IPA rather than a super sweet tropical cocktail, but we all showed up here for a Double IPA anyway.  All in all, Coco Flamingo is an incredibly well-composed beer that is a beautiful pairing for any summer day.  Prost!

Stone Brewing Sets Nerd Level to Stun with 2019 Release of Farking Wheaton w00tstout

2019_w00tstout_12ozCan_MockStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that its fan-favorite Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is returning to craft beer shelves and taps now for a limited time.

Born as the geek-fueled, beery brainchild of Drew Curtis of FARK.com, “nerd royalty” Wil Wheaton and Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is an Imperial Stout brewed with pecans, wheat and flaked rye and then “one-quarter aged in bourbon barrels.”  This recipe produces “aromas of cocoa and coffee . . . followed by bourbon, vanilla and oak” alongside up-front flavors of fruit, “cocoa and coffee . . . followed by a punch of oak, vanilla, nut and a hoppy, bitter finish.” Coming in at superhero-sized 11.5% ABV and 45 IBUS, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is “a POW! BAM! WHAM! square to the face.”

“W00tstout is more than a great beer,” said actor, writer and Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout collaborator Wil Wheaton. “It’s a work of art, carefully designed to be as drinkable right now as it will be in a decade. I am so honored and proud to be one of its parents.”

 

“I love love love this beer,” said Greg Koch, Stone Brewing executive chairman & co-founder. “I love the intensity and depth of its flavor profile, and I love how it came together between Drew, Wil, me and our brewing team. And fans have made it clear that they love this beer all the way to the depths of its awesomeness like we do. Yeah, I love that too.”

The 2019 batch of Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 22 oz. bottles, on draft and – for the first time ever – in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited; late July/early August 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.5%
IBUs – 45
Featured Ingredients – Pecans, wheat & flaked rye
Treatment – One-quarter aged in Bourbon barrels
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “This year’s artwork comes from the talented hands of comic artist Alan Davis, who has worked on some of the most iconic comic book series of all time, including Uncanny X-Men and Justice League of America. He depicts a hero who channels Stone’s iconic gargoyle’s guardian powers to battle against the evils of the world of beer (and as best we can tell, we’re quite sure he’s winning).”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

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Hidden Springs Ale Works Set for Bottle Release of After Dinner Decadence S’mores Stout

HSAWEquilibriumHidden Springs Ale Works (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will host a bottle release for After Dinner Decadence, a Barrel-aged Imperial S’mores Stout brewed in collaboration with Equilibrium Brewery (Middletown, New York), at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20.

Concocted by equally mad representatives from Hidden Springs and Equilibrium Brewery to take white rabbit chasing Pastry Stout lovers on “a psychedelic trip down the collab hole”, After Dinner Decadence is a Barrel-aged Imperial S’mores Stout with marshmallow, chocolate, graham crackers, coffee and cherry.  Although it has the ability to wear both the “Eat Me” and “Drink Me” instructions, After Dinner Decadence “will make you feel 10 feet tall.”

The bottle release for After Dinner Decadence will take place at Hidden Springs Ale Works (1631 N. Franklin St. | Tampa, Florida) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 20.  Bottles will cost $30 each and the brewery will announce the bottle limit 15 minutes before opening. Cash is preferred, but cards will be accepted.

A couple things to keep in mind if you plan to attend this bottle release:

  • Parking is available up and down Franklin St., on Henderson just west of Tampa, and on 7th Ave.  There are also paid lots located across the street from the brewery and under the I-275 overpass
  • Once you are in line, make sure that you hug the wall near the door on Henderson so that foot traffic will not be affected on the sidewalks
  • Above all, please be respectful of the brewery’s neighbors

After Dinner Decadence will not see distribution and is all but guaranteed to experience a quick sellout.  If you wish to feed your head with this tasty treat, just make sure that you are in line by the final head count.  Prost!

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Cloudwater Brew Co. Collaborate on Anicca Saison

CCBC_AniccaStillWeb-Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Anicca, a special Saison brewed in collaboration with Manchester, England’s Cloudwater Brew Co., on July 27.

Inspired by the philosophies that Creature Comforts and Cloudwater both share, Anicca is a rustic Saison that had “the two brewing teams [borrowing] from their respective regional flavors with a seasonal lens.”  Brewed with “wheat from DaySpring Farms and . . . apples from Mercier Orchards’ 2017 harvest”, the beer was then aged for “15 months in oak with Creature Comforts’ house yeast and bacteria.” To round everything out, Anicca (7.5% ABV) was “bottle conditioned with honey local to Athens, Georgia.”

Anicca will officially release on Saturday, July 27 in the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co.  Available in 750ml bottles, Anicca is a Tasting Room exclusive that is not expected to see distribution outside of special events.  Prost!

Vital Information for Anicca from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Cloudwater Brew Co.

Release – Limited; July 27, 2019
Style – Saison
ABV – 7.5%
Featured Ingredients – Wheat from DaySpring Farms & apples from Mercier Orchards
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “Heidi Geist, of the 48 Beer Project, designed the label artwork for Anicca. Geist’s project has the mission of traveling to 48 breweries in 48 different states to create label artwork for each over the course of 48 weeks.”
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – None. Tasting Room only

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