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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Brew Bus Brewing Celebrates 4th Anniversary of Jug & Bottle Dept. with Birthday Spankins

BrewBusJugBrew Bus Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Birthday Spankins, a Strawberry Milkshake IPA brewed in collaboration with Jug & Bottle Dept. to celebrate the bottle shop’s 4th Anniversary, on July 2.

Designed to bring plenty of attention to the fact that Jug & Bottle Dept. – the premier bottle shop in Seminole Heights – is turning “4ish” on July 6, Birthday Spankins is a Strawberry Milkshake India Pale Ale brewed with lactose, vanilla, strawberry puree, and Sabro and Belma hops.  Coming in at 6.5% ABV, this “lactose-filled celebration” is sure to be one “wild and bumpy ride.”

Birthday Spankins will debut at Jug & Bottle Dept. and the Tasting Room at Brew Bus Brewing on July 2 and has plans to stick around only as long as supplies last.  This Limited Release offering is available for purchase in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.  Jug & Bottle Dept. will officially celebrate its fourth birthday at its Ampersandiversary 4 on Saturday, July 6.  Prost!

Vital Information for Birthday Spankins from Brew Bus Brewing and Jug & Bottle Dept.

Release – Limited; July 2, 2019
Style – Milkshake India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
Featured Hops – Sabro & Belma
Added Ingredients – Strawberry puree, vanilla & lactose
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Only available at Brew Bus Brewing and Jug & Bottle Dept.

 

Green Flash Brewing Co. & Jameson Irish Whiskey Collaborate on Celtic Sun IPA

GF19_Products_Celtic2xc2Green Flash Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Celtic Sun IPA, a special collaboration project with Jameson Irish Whiskey (Dublin, Ireland), on July 1.

Developed as “the first Jameson collaboration with a U.S. craft brewer to create a non-barrel aged beer to be sipped alongside Jameson Caskmates IPA whiskey“, Celtic Sun is a “bright and hoppy” American India Pale Ale crafted with a “recipe . . . designed by the Green Flash brewing team to complement the floral citrus nose, and green apple light citrus tasting notes found in Jameson Caskmates IPA.”  Coming in at a smooth-sippin’ 6.2% ABV and 50 IBUs, Celtic Sun IPA is sure to be the “Perfect Irish Complement.”

“Innovation at Green Flash continues to be the cornerstone of our connection with consumers,” stated Green Flash Brewmaster Erik Jensen. “Consumers today enjoy a wide variety of beverage choices, even in a single setting. Our new beer was brewed to offer a unique drinking ritual with whiskey that we’re referring to as the ‘Perfect Irish Complement.’ We’re encouraging everyone to alternate sips of Celtic Sun IPA with Caskmates IPA whiskey to taste how these products truly complement one another. No boilermakers here! We couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with our friends at Jameson to launch Celtic Sun IPA this summer for that perfect Irish Complement.”

Celtic Sun IPA will roll out on July 1 with plans to stick around through August 31.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Green Flash’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Celtic Sun IPA from Green Flash Brewing Company & Jameson Irish Whiskey

Release – Limited; July 1 – August 31, 2019
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.2%
IBUs – 50
Fun Fact – “The Celtic Sun IPA packaging incorporates design elements from both the Caskmates IPA label and the new Green Flash illustrative design.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.greenflashbrew.com/find-beer/

Proof Brewing & DEEP Brewing Co. Make Some Noise with Constructive Interference IPA Collaboration

ProofDEEPProof Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida) has officially announced that the Limited Release of Constructive Interference, an American IPA brewed in collaboration with DEEP Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, Florida), will begin on Friday, June 28.

Brewed by members of Proof Brewing Co. and DEEP Brewing Co. to capture “the collaborative spirit of the craft beer industry” while also highlighting the incredible camaraderie that exists within Tallahassee’s craft brewing community, Constructive Interference is a Juicy American India Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic, Denali, and Mandarina Bavaria hops.  Tallahassee through and through, the release of Constructive Interference “is perfectly timed for this evolution of Florida’s Craft Capital!”

Constructive Interference American IPA will debut in the tasting rooms of both Proof Brewing Co. and DEEP Brewing Co. on June 28 and is scheduled to hit Tallahassee-area grocery stores in early July 2019.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft as long as supplies last.  Prost!

Vital Information for Constructive Interference American IPA from Proof Brewing Co. & DEEP Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; launching June 28, 2019
Style – Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – ???
IBUs – ???
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Denali & Mandarina Bavaria 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Limited to the Tallahassee-area of Florida

 

 

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 

 

 

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