Brooklyn Brewery & Four Roses Distillery Collaborate on 2021 Release of Brooklyn Black Ops Imperial Stout

Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, New York) has officially announced that it will release the 2021 edition of Brooklyn Black Ops, a special collaboration project with Four Roses Distillery (Lawrenceburg, Kentucky), in late October/early November 2021.

Widely known as a true “legend in a glass,” the 2021 vintage of Brooklyn Black Ops is a Russian Imperial Stout that has been “aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels hand-selected by Four Roses Master Distiller Brent Elliott.” Coming in at a higher than normal 12.9% ABV, Brooklyn Black Ops “offers a silky texture and combines notes of cocoa nibs with rich vanilla aromatics.”

“The depth and complexity of Brooklyn Black Ops remains as unique as ever,” said Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver. “Like Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon itself, this beer delivers many layers of oak, malt and fruit flavors and is a perfect pairing for many desserts.”

We’re proud to again partner with Brooklyn Brewery on this much-anticipated annual release,” said Brent Elliott, Four Roses Master Distiller. “We really wanted the unique characteristics of Four Roses Small Batch to shine through and aging this iteration of Black Ops in the used barrels produced a beer with the perfect hint of bourbon character and a very smooth finish.”

A very limited amount of this year’s batch of Brooklyn Black Ops (approximately 4,000 cases) is rolling into distribution now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans (this is the first vintage in the history of Brooklyn Black Ops to be canned) and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in New York and throughout the rest of Brooklyn Brewery’s 30-state distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Brooklyn Black Ops from Brooklyn Brewery

Release – Limited; late October 2021
Style – Russian Imperial Stout
ABV – 12.9%
Treatment – Aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon Barrels
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Creature Comforts & Green Cheek Beer Co. Collaborate on Living on the Sun Triple IPA

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Living on the Sun, a special collaboration project with Green Cheek Beer Co. (Orange, California), in mid-October 2021.

An amped up collaboration that explores the wealth of knowledge to be gained from the three-time Great American Beer Festival medal winners at Green Cheek Beer Co., Living on the Sun is a Hazy/Juicy Triple India Pale Ale “generously hopped with Citra and Nelson Sauvin.” Coming in at 10% ABV, Living on the Sun “presents a big tropical fruit flavor bursting with pineapple, passion fruit, and guava notes balanced by a juicy, full-bodied mouthfeel.”

Living on the Sun is available now at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. and will be hitting distribution soon. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Living on the Sun from Creature Comforts Brewing Co. & Green Cheek Beer Co.

Release – Limited; mid-October 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Triple India Pale Ale
ABV – 10%
Featured Hops – Citra & Nelson Sauvin
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia

AleSmith Brewing & Beachwood Brewing Collaborate on Tower of Flower West Coast IPA

AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Tower of Flower, a West Coast IPA brewed in collaboration with Beachwood Brewing (Long Beach, California), in early October 2021.

The newest hop-laden release to come out of AleSmith’s always intriguing Collaboration Series, Tower of Flower is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale that has been double dry-hopped with “a monstrous hop blend of Galaxy, Cashmere and Nelson hops.” Coming in at 6.8% ABV, Tower of Flower offers “intense notes of passionfruit, citrus, peach and melon.”

“We love partnering with breweries that enjoy the process of brewing as much as we do, so we were stoked to team up with Beachwood again for Tower of Flower,” shares Ryan Crisp, Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith. “If anyone can forge a solid West Coast-style IPA, it’s two SoCal breweries with a shared passion for hops.”

“AleSmith is a bastion of the craft beer industry and Beachwood was honored to be a part of another amazing collaboration,” raves Co-Owner and Brewmaster of Beachwood Brewing, Julian Shrago. “We’re grateful for our collective group of beer-drinking fans and couldn’t be happier with this fantastic IPA brewed with some of the finest and most aromatic hops around.”

Tower of Flower is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of AleSmith’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Tower of Flower from AleSmith Brewing Company & Beachwood Brewing

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series; October 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 40
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Cashmere & Nelson
Recommended Glassware – Willi Becher
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Tampa Bay Brewing Co. & Woven Water Brewing Collaborate on Ethereal Drift Hazy IPA

Tampa Bay Brewing Company (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Ethereal Drift, a Hazy IPA brewed in collaboration with Woven Water Brewing Company (Tampa, Florida), in late September 2021.

Crafted to capture everyone’s mutual love of hops, Ethereal Drift is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale featuring Talus, BRU-1, Idaho 7 and Citra Cryo hops. Coming in at 7% ABV, Ethereal Drift’s hop profile offers “aromas of pineapple, citrus, and pine resin” followed by “elements of pineapple, yuzu, pink grapefruit and tropical flavors paired with subtle piney-ness.”

Ethereal Drift is rolling out now and will hang around only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s Westchase and Ybor City locations. There is no word at this time as to whether or not Ethereal Drift will see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Ethereal Drift from Tampa Bay Brewing Company & Woven Water Brewing Company

Release – Limited; late September 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Talus, BRU-1, Idaho 7 & Citra Cryo
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Duke’s Mayo & Champion Brewing Collaborate on Family Recipe Vienna Lager

Champion Brewing Company (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Family Recipe, a special collaboration project with the icon that is Duke’s Mayonnaise, on August 20, 2021.

Named to honor “Duke’s mayo founder Eugenia Duke’s legendary recipe,” Family Recipe is a Vienna-style Lager “made with Vienna malt, Magnum, and Saaz hops.” Coming in at 5.1% ABV, Family Recipe was developed specifically to be “the perfect lager to pair with the south’s favorite sandwich – a mouthwatering, Duke’s-slathered BLT.”

“The spirit of this collaboration truly encapsulates the Duke’s brand – it’s bold, southern, and a little saucy,” said Duke’s Brand Marketing Manager of Mayohem, Rebecca Lupesco. “Champion has perfected the art of beer and food pairings with Family Recipe – sun-ripened, juicy tomatoes, crispy bacon, lots of Duke’s mayo, and a refreshing sipping beer is basically what summertime is made for.”

Champion owner Hunter Smith said, “I am inspired by the legacy and loyalty commanded by the Duke’s brand, plus it’s the only mayo that is used in our restaurants, so it only made sense to collaborate. We think we’ve created a beverage that celebrates the southern heritage of our respective products.”

Family Recipe will debut in Champion’s Tap Room on Friday, August 20 and will enter distribution shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Champion’s distribution footprint in Virginia and North Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for Family Recipe from Champion Brewing Company & Duke’s Mayonnaise

Release – Limited; August 20, 2021
Style – Vienna Lager
ABV – 5.1%
IBUs – 27
Malt – Vienna
Hops – Magnum & Saaz
Fun Fact – “The name, Family Recipe, is a nod to Duke’s mayo founder Eugenia Duke’s legendary recipe, which she developed in 1917 in Greenville, S.C. Every jar of Duke’s Real Mayonnaise is still made today with Duke’s original family recipe.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Virginia & North Carolina

Tasting Notes: Oso Under from AleSmith Brewing & Alvarado Street Brewery

The weekend has finally arrived and that is cause to celebrate with some Tasting Notes on the Oso Under collaboration project from AleSmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) and Alvarado Street Brewery (Salinas, California).

A beer that “melds the breweries’ distinct strengths” and centers around Australian and New Zealand hops, Oso Under is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale where “Galaxy hops are the star of the show with their passionfruit, citrus, and peach flavors and aromas, while Vic Secret hops, hailing from Victoria, Australia, tout tropical fruit, herbs, pine, clean pineapple and passionfruit. Nelson hops round out this beloved Aussie/New Zealand extravaganza with fruit-flavored accents.” Coming in at 7% ABV, Oso Under “is teeming with brightness, curbed by a dry finish.”

Oso Under is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Alesmith’s distribution footprint.

Now that we are all caught up on the details behind this collaboration, let’s crack open a can and see how it all came together over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Oso Under from Alesmith Brewing Company & Alvarado Street Brewery

Appearance: This IPA pours a dark golden yellow in color and builds right at a finger of wispy white foam. When held to direct light, the golden hue brightens and takes on a more vibrant tone. The beer is perfectly clear and displays a sparse amount of slow-moving carbonation bubbles meandering about within. Head retention is ok, falling almost immediately to a thin but lasting ring that somehow manages to drop substantial gobs of lace on the glass throughout the experience.

Aroma: The aromatics open with a wave of dank herb and resiny pine. This is then overtaken by luscious tones of peach and passionfruit. The profile closes with a burst of floral notes accompanied by a light vinous note.

Taste: A mixed bag of citrus (orange, grapefruit and tangerine), peach and passionfruit combine to create a nice tropical fruit cocktail that is dosed with just a splash of white wine. A biscuity malt presence attempts to establish some balance before being run down by hefty punches of pine and straight dankness. Pure West Coast goodness right here.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a mid to low carbonation level, this beer has a touch of lingering weight to it but it does dry out nicely on its own time. This allows all that hoppiness to coat the palate and slickly remind you that this is indeed a hop bomb that harkens back to the days of non-hazy IPA yore. Of course, this means the beer stays on the bitter side and offers just a tinge of malty balance. The 7% ABV is tame and keeps this crushable by full octane IPA standards. The aftertaste is all pine and dank herb.

Final Thoughts: Oso Under is the delightful line where new and old school IPA trends and techniques converge. The Galaxy hops definitely supply a healthy burst of juiciness before they are overrun by Vic Secret’s surprisingly West Coast leaning dank and resiny notes. The Nelson then keeps you on your toes at all times by offering some white wine and floral complexity. Juicy yet dank. It is all that is good in this world of IPAs and definitely a must try. Prost!

Burial Beer Co. & Other Half Collaborate on ‘One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other’

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other, a special collaboration project with Other Half Brewing (Brooklyn, New York), on Wednesday, July 7.

Carefully crafted to be the ultimate summertime drinker, One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other is a Mexican-style Lager “made with pale pilsner with a touch of Vienna and Munich malt, fermented bone dry, and aged in [Burial’s] American oak foudre.” Coming in at 5% ABV, One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other offers notes of “freshly baked honey toast with hints of corn laced with palm tree daydreams.”

One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other – available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles for $12 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproomRaleigh taproom and Charlotte taproom at noon on July 7. If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop to send out into its new 12 state shipping range on Thursday, July 8 at noon.  One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other will not see distribution. Prost!

One Of Us Will Have To Bury The Other from Burial Beer Co. & Other Half Brewing

Release – Limited; July 7, 2021
Style – Mexican-style Lager
ABV – 5%
Treatment – Aged in an American oak foudre
Availability – 4-packs 12 oz. bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery & online store only

Magnanimous & Gatlin Hall Brewing Collaborate on Infinite Mirror DIPA

Magnanimous Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Infinite Mirror, a Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Gatlin Hall Brewing (Orlando, Florida), on Friday, June 11.

A fun collab to welcome Gatlin Hall to the Florida craft beer community, Infinite Mirror is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale double dry-hopped with Mosaic, Kohatu, & Wai-iti hops. Coming in at 8.5% ABV, this tropical juice bomb is exactly how Tampa beer lovers should be introduced to Gatlin Hall.

Infinite Mirror – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft – will drop at Magnanimous Brewing on June 11 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Infinite Mirror is a brewery only release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Infinite Mirror from Magnanimous Brewing & Gatlin Hall Brewing

Release – Limited; June 11, 2021
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Kohatu & Wai-iti
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only

Alesmith & Alvarado Street Brewery Collaborate on Oso Under West Coast IPA

Alesmith Brewing Company (San Diego, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Oso Under, a special collaboration project with Alvarado Street Brewery (Salinas, California), in early June 2021.

A beer that “melds the breweries’ distinct strengths” and centers around Australian and New Zealand hops, Oso Under is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale where “Galaxy hops are the star of the show with their passionfruit, citrus, and peach flavors and aromas, while Vic Secret hops, hailing from Victoria, Australia, tout tropical fruit, herbs, pine, clean pineapple and passionfruit. Nelson hops round out this beloved Aussie/New Zealand extravaganza with fruit-flavored accents.” Coming in at 7% ABV, Oso Under “is teeming with brightness, curbed by a dry finish.”

“We are very excited to work with J.C. and his team at Alvarado Street,” says Head Brewer and Director of Brewery Operations at AleSmith, Ryan Crisp. “The beers they are producing are top notch and we’re delighted to collaborate on a beer that would truly be something special. We decided on a clean West Coast IPA with large amounts of Australian and New Zealand hops inspired by ours and J.C.’s roots to San Diego. The beer turned out excellent and we can’t wait for our fans to try it.”

“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with AleSmith,” says J.C. Hill, Co-Owner and Head Brewer of Alvarado Street Brewing. “I started my brewing career in San Diego and was heavily influenced by AleSmith IPA, X, both Yulesmiths and many other beers I was lucky enough to cut my teeth on over a decade ago. San Diego is very near and dear to my heart, having lived there for much of my 20’s, and the beer scene continues to be one of the best in the world.”

Oso Under is rolling out now and will be available only as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in California and throughout the rest of Alesmith’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Oso Under from Alesmith Brewing Company & Alvarado Street Brewery

Release – Limited; early June 2021
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Galaxy, Vic Secret & Nelson
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://alesmith.com/find-our-beer/

Late Start & Angry Chair Brewing Collaborate on Barrel-aged LVN CLN

Late Start Brewing (Tampa Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Bottle Release of Barrel-aged LVN CLN, an annual collaboration project with Angry Chair Brewing (Tampa, Florida), at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 12.

Back to give Tampa Bay Beer Week 2021 some of that sweet collaboration action, Barrel-aged LVN CLN is an Imperial Sweet Stout brewed with honey and lactose, aged for 24 months in Bourbon barrels, and treated with marshmallows and freshly roasted pistachios. Barrel-aged LVN CLN comes in at 11% ABV.

Barrel-aged LVN CLN will release at Late Start Brewing (located within Pour House Tampa at 1208 E Kennedy Blvd #112 | Tampa, Florida) at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 12. This Limited Release will be available on draft and in 750ml bottles ($30 each, no limit) for as long as supplies last. Barrel-aged LVN CLN is a brewery only release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Barrel-aged LVN CLN from Late Start Brewing & Angry Chair Brewing

Release – Limited; March 12, 2021
Style – Imperial Sweet Stout
ABV – 11%
Treatment – Aged in bourbon barrels for 24 months with freshly roasted pistachio, and marshmallow added, brewed with honey and lactose
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only