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 
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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
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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
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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!


Ground Score IPA Emerges from SweetWater Brewing’s Dank Tank

unnamed (15)SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that the next Dank Tank release will be Ground Score IPA, a collaboration with Relix and Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident.

When Kyle Hollingsworth and Relix editor Dean Budnick informed SweetWater Brewing Company of their brewing dream, the brewery decided to make it a reality by having Head Brewer Nick Nock meet them at Oregon’s Crosby Hop Farm for some applied “thinkin and drinkin” to develop the Dank Tank recipe for Ground Score IPA.  It was here that they carefully selected the hop bill for the beer, a juicy mix of El Dorado, Citra, Amarillo, and Idaho 7 hops.  Once they returned to the brewery, the collaboration team got to work on this hazy-ish India Pale Ale by putting those hops up against a malt base of “2 Row, flaked wheat and English Premium malts.” With a color described as “a sunset right before the big flash, . . . the flaked wheat gives Ground Score its blurred clarity and a nice frothy head, while the English Premium adds a slight sweetness of orange blossom honey.”  This “big, bold, and drinkable” Ground Score IPA clocks in at 7.1% ABV and promises to “hit your tastebuds with a hell of a lot of flavor.”

Ground Score IPA will officially debut with a Launch Party at Brooklyn Bowl on February 7, and plans are in place to have the beer hit distribution by the second week of February.  You can expect to find this limited Dank Tank release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of SweetWater Brewing’s distribution network.  Supplies are limited, so be sure to get your hands on some Ground Score IPA while it lasts.  Prost!

Vital Information for Ground Score IPA from SweetWater Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Dank Tank, February 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale 
ABV – 7.1%
Hops – El Dorado, Citra, Amarillo & Idaho 7
Malts – 2 Row, Flaked Wheat & English Premium
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
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Cascade Brewing and Bruery Terreux Set to Release One Way or Another Collaboration

OWOAbottleCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) and Bruery Terreux (Anaheim, California) have officially announced plans to begin the release of One Way or Another, a collaboration Sour Ale, on Tuesday, September 12.

Back in the spring of 2016, folks from Bruery Terreux ventured up to Cascade Brewing’s facility in Portland to “discuss the blend and to brew the first batch of what was to become One Way or Another.”  What they came up with was “a blend of sour triple ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with regional ingredients including Oregon marionberries and California Meyer lemons.”  The Bruery Terreux crew eventually returned home to replicate the recipe on their own system.  Both interpretations of One Way or Another are now ready for release, and “the two brewery projects feature different labels and graphics to delineate between the two.”

“We are so excited to finally release this project with Bruery Terreux,” exclaimed Tim Larrance, Cascade Brewing vice president of sales and marketing. “With each brewery crafting their own blend, this limited offering illustrates how a single recipe can be interpreted One Way or Another.”

Cascade Brewing’s version of One Way or Another will officially debut at a Release Party at its Barrel House in Portland on September 12.  This Tier One release will also be available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade’s distribution network.  The Bruery Terreux version will also be available in 750ml bottles and on draft during the same release time frame, and you can find it through that brewery’s own distribution channels.  Prost!

Vital Information for One Way or Another from Cascade Brewing & Bruery Terreux 

Release – Limited/Tier One, launching September 12, 2017
Style – Tripel/Sour Ale (blended)
ABV – 7.9%
Treatment – Blend of soured Tripel ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to 16 months with regional ingredients including Oregon marionberries and California Meyer lemons
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – Releasing in the distribution areas of both breweries.  Bruery Terreux’s version of One Way or Another will be adorned with the label pictured below


Stone Brewing Collaborates with Beavertown and Garage Project, Releases Fruitallica DIPA

Fruitallica_22oz_Mockup.pngStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced the release of Fruitallica Double India Pale Ale, a new collaboration offering featuring the talents of Beavertown (London, England) and Garage Project (Wellington, New Zealand).

To brew the third release in their ongoing heavy metal collaboration series, Stone Brewing scoured the globe to assemble a team worthy enough to brew a beer that embodies “a collective resistance to complacency and thirst for edgy, big flavor.”  Their search proved that London’s Beavertown and New Zealand’s Garage Project had the chops they were looking for, and the team united at Stone’s Escondido location to create Beavertown / Garage Project / Stone Fruitallica.  To represent the home country of each brewery working on the collaboration, this Double India Pale Ale features “kiwi and yuzu fruit alongside American and New Zealand hops plus London Ale Yeast.”  Finished off with a bit of habanero, the 8% ABV Fruitallica comes together to be “a glorious, crank-it-to-‘11’ cacophony” that features “a slight tartness from the Kiwi with flavors of peach, lime, citrus, and tropical fruit from the hops . . . hints of wheat in the background and a surprisingly pleasant pepper on the finish.”

“This beer was an amazing journey,” said Jeremy Moynier, Senior Innovation Brewing Manager. “With fruit from New Zealand, hops from New Zealand and America plus English yeast, it truly represents all of our backgrounds. And more literally, the team put on some miles to bring this beer to life. We brewed in the past with the Garage Project team in Japan as well as at our small brewery in Liberty Station. We have been to Beavertown in London and were looking for an excuse to brew with them. Hosting everyone at Stone Brewing in Escondido was an honor to say the least.”

Beavertown / Garage Project / Stone Fruitallica officially releases this week and will be available while supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Beavertown / Garage Project / Stone Fruitallica from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series, late-August/September 2017
Collaborators – BeavertownGarage Project Stone Brewing
Style – American Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
IBUs – 80
Featured Hops – Wai-iti, Riwaka & Centennial
Added Ingredients – Yuzu, Kiwi & Habanero
Yeast – London Ale Yeast
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
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Brew Bus and Cigar City Brew Rising Hope IPA to Benefit National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Brew-Bus-Brewing-logoBrew Bus Brewing (Tampa, Florida) and Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) have announced that they will officially launch Rising Hope IPA, a special collaboration release brewed to benefit the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, on September 1.

When the folks at Brew Bus Brewing and Cigar City Brewing got together to create Rising Hope IPA, they wanted this beer to be known for more than just being an India Pale Ale “featuring notes of Gooseberry and Grapefruit with a hoppy finish.”  No, they wanted Rising Hope IPA to be “renowned for its outstanding character” since it has been brewed to recognize Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and all proceeds from the sales of this beer will help the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation “fund research for less toxic, more therapeutic treatments for children battling cancer.”

Rising Hope IPA will be packaged in 12 oz. cans, and both breweries will host a Kick-Off Party for this beer and its cause at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) on Friday, September 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  The breweries have also promised to release details on how you can get this beer outside of the launch event, so stay tuned for that information.

**UPDATE 9.6.17**

When & Where to Get Rising Hope IPA

  • Friday, September 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) – Rising Hope IPA Kick-Off Party
  • Friday, September 1 at Brew Bus Brewing (4101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) – Available for purchase in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans ($11 each) and on draft. Rising Hope IPA is available while supplies last
  • Friday, September 1 at Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa, Florida) – Available for purchase in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans ($11 each) and on draft. Rising Hope IPA is available while supplies last
  • Wednesday, September 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Independent Bar & Cafe – Tampa (5016 N Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida) – Rising Hope IPA Party Benefiting the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation
  • Friday, September 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at C. 1949 (6905 N. Orleans Ave., Tampa, Florida) – Rising Hope IPA and Brew Bus Spotlight

**UPDATE 9.6.17**

No matter how you secure it, just remember that 100% of the proceeds raised from the sale of Rising Hope IPA will be donated to benefit the amazing efforts and cause of the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  That fact alone makes this a can’t miss release because “you could save a lot with this beer, like the lives of children battling cancer.”  Prost!

Goodwood Brewing to Release Chicken Cock Barrel Aged Brown Ale as New Collaboration

8yr Aged MagnetGoodwood Brewing Company (Louisville, Kentucky) and Chicken Cock Whiskey (Charleston, South Carolina) have officially announced the release of Chicken Cock Barrel Aged Brown Ale, a draft-only collaboration brew that spent time aging in barrels that once housed the 160th Anniversary Chicken Cock Whiskey.

Although the brand “disappeared from the market in the 1950’s after the original distillery burned down”, Chicken Cock is a truly iconic whiskey that was established in Paris, Kentucky in 1856.  The brand “really hit its stride” (or strut) during Prohibition when it was “forced to move production to Canada”.  During that time, the infamous Chicken Cock “was smuggled across the border in tin cans” and became a staple at “some of the era’s most famous speakeasies, including the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem.”  Those times were good for the Chicken Cock, but the end of Prohibition brought about an unfortunate twist of fate.  “Shifting drinking habits” in the country “caused . . . many significant American Whiskey brands of the 19th and early 20th centuries to disappear”, and Chicken Cock was sadly one of them.

After multiple attempts had been made over the years to revive “The Famous Old Brand”, Grain & Barrel Spirits purchased Chicken Cock in 2013 “and is now restoring it to its rightful pantheon among the great American whiskies.”  Now relocated to Charleston, South Carolina, the distillery recently recognized a significant milestone for the brand with the debut of the Chicken Cock 160th Anniversary Limited Release, a Single Barrel 8-Year-Old Bourbon made with “70% Corn, 21% Rye and 9% Malted Barley.”  This whiskey was aged in “fresh white American oak barrels” that saw their staves “charred to level four, the highest commonly used char level also known as the ‘alligator char’ due to the rough, shiny texture the staves acquire.” Once the barrels were emptied, the folks at Chicken Cock Distilleries wanted to give a second life to these beautiful 8-Year-Old Bourbon barrels and were looking for ideas.  Breakthru Beverage South Carolina, the distributor for both Chicken Cock Whiskey and Goodwood Brewing Company, stepped in to introduce the two businesses and a collaboration was born.

“We’re proud to collaborate with Goodwood Brewing Company, a brewery as serious about their craft as we are at Grain & Barrel. This is a partnership that places a premium on quality. The Chicken Cock Bourbon Barrel Brown Ale is a distinctly delicious and artful expression. There are whiskey connoisseurs and beer lovers for whom it will be innovative and exciting. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

– Matti Anttila, CEO and Founder of Grain & Barrel Spirits

Goodwood Brewing Company, a brewery that specializes in barrel-aged beers, gladly accepted the Chicken Cock 160th Anniversary Limited Release barrels and got to work.  They decided to brew up a Brown Ale and then aged the beer for “a month in the 160th Anniversary, 8-year-old bourbon barrels.”  Their efforts resulted in the aptly named Chicken Cock Barrel Aged Brown Ale, a 6.5% ABV offering that “offers an excellent synergy between bourbon and beer.”  This “partnership with Chicken Cock Whiskey marks the brewery’s first brand collaboration.”

Chicken Cock Barrel Aged Brown Ale is being released exclusively in South Carolina as a draft-only offering.  If you are in the area and wish to give it a try, keep an eye on the websites and social media accounts for Goodwood Brewing Company and Chicken Cock Whiskey for details on which South Carolina establishments will be pouring this special brew in the near future.  Prost!