21st Amendment & Fieldwork Brewing Co. Collaborate, Come Up With A Terrible Idea

21aATerribleIdeaCan21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of A Terrible Idea Hazy IPA, a new collaboration with their friends at Fieldwork Brewing Co. (Berkeley, California), on August 18.

Dedicated to the idea that “with every bad decision there is a risk and sometimes an incredible reward”, A Terrible Idea is a joint effort by 21st Amendment and Fieldwork Brewing Co. to create what they call a “California New England Style Hazy IPA”.  Brewed with a massive amount of Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot and Calypso hops and fermented with an ale yeast from Vermont, A Terrible Idea (6.8% ABV) ultimately comes together to supply its drinker with “a floral, dank and piney hop aroma . . . delicate malt clouds, . . . a juicy mouthfeel and notes of peach, orange, mango and pineapple.”

“We used four pounds of hops per barrel in the dry hop alone, which is twice our typical rate for most of our 21A beers,” said Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster of 21st Amendment. “At one point I remember asking Barry and Alex if adding this many hops was a terrible idea and they just shrugged their shoulders and added more.”


“The Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot and Calypso hops in this beer were all I heard about for days and days. They couldn’t get enough,” said Nico Freccia, Co-Founder of 21st Amendment. “But we also used a Vermont ale yeast, so that makes A Terrible Idea a ‘California New England Style Hazy IPA’ (new category?) that is in a league of its own.”

A Terrible Idea Hazy IPA will make its official debut on Saturday, August 18 at 21st Amendment’s AugustFest, and will enter distribution at or around that date.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, Georgia, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for A Terrible Idea Hazy IPA from 21st Amendment Brewery & Fieldwork Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, mid-August 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale (Hazy/New England-style)
ABV – 6.8%
IBUs – 55
Featured Hops – Citra, Mosaic, Ekuanot & Calypso
Fun Fact – On the packaging artwork: “While we understand that the #HazeCraze will peak your interest, we know the packaging for this beer will surely keep your attention. All four panels of the six-pack carrier tell a hilarious tale of five knuckle draggers who weren’t afraid to ignore popular opinion, follow their hearts and make an extraordinary beer. And in all honestly, we’re glad they did. In a succession of terrible ideas that haunt us all, was making this beer one of them? We stand behind the claim: absolutely not!”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://21st-amendment.com/find-some/


Jolly Pumpkin Collaborates with La Sirène Brewing on Costa dei Villa Saison

Costa+Dei+Villa+Bottle+-+100+dpiJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) has officially announced the Limited Release of Costa dei Villa, a Sour Hoppy Session Saison brewed in collaboration with Australia’s La Sirène Brewing.

When Costa from La Sirène Brewing turned up at the brewery for a little collaboration session, the folks at Jolly Pumpkin put his talents as a self-proclaimed “Farmhouse Free Styler” to work in the creation of Costa dei Villa.  Brewed with four different hop varieties, this Sour Hoppy Session Saison boasts “a light tart body, . . . mild bitterness, . . . aromas of citrus, kumquat and soft wheat” and a flavor profile that offers “notes of grapefruit pith, a touch of Meyer lemon, and Jolly funk.”  With a reduced ABV of 4.6%, the “extremely quaffable” Costa dei Villa promises to be “the perfect beer for gathering the cobbers and sparking up the barbie!”

Costa dei Villa is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Jolly Pumpkin’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Costa dei Villa from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales & La Sirène Brewing

Release – Limited, late-June/July 2018
Style – Saison
ABV – 4.6%
IBUs – 25
Malts – Pilsner Malt, Pale Malt, Raw Wheat, Flaked Oats, & Vienna Malt
Hops – MI Cascade, Crystal, Galaxy, Vanguard & MI Chinook
Treatment – Aged in oak for 5 months
Availability – 750ml bottles

Cigar City Brewing & Upland Brewing Collaborate on Galactic Cluster IPA

Logo-3color-Pantone-CMYK-thumbCigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida) has announced that Galactic Cluster, an American IPA with Guava and Peach brewed in collaboration with Upland Brewing Co. (Bloomington, Indiana), is officially available now as a Tasting Room Exclusive release.

Named after a cosmic structure that houses “hundreds or thousands of galaxies . . . congressed together in one thicket of the universe”, Galactic Cluster is a craft beer phenomenon that combines Cigar City and Upland Brewing’s talents to create an American India Pale Ale brewed with guava and peach and dry-hopped with Galaxy hops.  This results in a 6.5% ABV, 46 IBU Galactic Cluster that has “peach, kiwi, guava and clementine aromas meld and meet soft apple-like esters on the nose, while a palate of orange peel, lime leaf and vibrant peach and guava is supported by a cracker-like malt flavor and a smooth, full mouthfeel.”

Galactic Cluster is available now in the Tasting Room at Cigar City Brewing in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans ($15 each) and on draft.  A post on Cigar City’s Instagram page listed this offering as a “Tasting Room Exclusive”, so – at this time – there is no reason to believe that Galactic Cluster will see distribution.  The Bright Side: at least this gives you an excuse – as if you needed one – to go hang out at Cigar City Brewing.  Prost!

Vital Information for Galactic Cluster from Cigar City Brewing & Upland Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Special Release; July 10, 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 46
Featured Hops – Galaxy
Added Ingredients – Guava & Peach purée
Recommended Glassware – Spiegelau IPA Glass
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

Distribution – None, available exclusively in Cigar City Brewing’s Tasting Room


Maui Brewing & Austin Beerworks Collaborate on Fancy Footwork Lager

Fancy-Footwork-IconMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially announced the Limited Release of Fancy Footwork Lager, a new collaboration with fellow independent brewery Austin Beerworks (Austin, Texas).

Born from a recipe that exemplifies Austin Beerworks and Maui Brewing’s shared “passion for the art . . .  and . . .  intense desire for quality”, Fancy Footwork (5.2% ABV) is a hoppy Session Lager brewed with “Chinook, Loral, and Citra Cryo hops, as well as Azacca hops which were donated by Roy Farms.”  This results in a pale golden Lager that is “clean, crisp, and fruity with aromas of lemon citrus, floral and pine.”

“When we first discussed what we wanted to brew for our collaboration, Will, from Austin, and I quickly found common ground on what beers we love to drink,” states Kim Brisson-Lutz, Maui Brewing Company’s Brewmaster. “We knew we wanted to create a beer that would be sessionable, clean, and hoppy. In a matter of minutes, we had a base recipe figured out; and with our brewing/dancing boots on, we created Fancy Footwork. Austin Beerworks is an amazing brewery and has been a leader in the Texas craft brew scene. We are thrilled to release this beer together!”

Fancy Footwork Lager officially debuted in Maui Brewing’s Kihei location on June 8 and will enter distribution any day now.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer retailers located “in limited markets where Maui Brewing Company can be found.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Fancy Footwork Lager from Maui Brewing Company & Austin Beerworks

Release – Limited/Collaboration, June 2018
Style – Hoppy Session Lager
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 40
Hops – Citra Cryo hops, Loral, Chinook & Azacca
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://mauibrewingco.com/find-our-beer/


Societe & Stone Brewing Stress Freshness with Draft-Only Release of The Skedaddler IPA

SkedaddlerIPA_TaphandleStone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced the nationwide release of Societe / Stone The Skedaddler IPA, a draft-only collaboration with Societe Brewing Company (San Diego, California) that represents both breweries’ commitment to freshness and independence.

On a mission to prove that “draft is the ultimate experience when it comes to hop-driven beers”, Stone Brewing’s Senior Innovation Brewing Manager Jeremy Moynier reached out to the folks at Societe Brewing Company – another of “San Diego’s foremost IPA cult favorites” – to see if they would be interested in “brewing a collaboration beer that would be shipped across the country exclusively in kegs.”  They jumped at the chance and representatives from Stone and Societe “started down the long, temperature-controlled road” to brew Societe / Stone The Skedaddler IPA (7% ABV). Boasting a hop bill that features varietals from all over the world, this “massively hopped” West Coast IPA “is full-bodied yet dry on the finish, with vibrant citrus, stone fruit and tropical flavors on the palate; just what a craft-beer fan would expect from two companies renowned for their IPA prowess.”

“We consider Stone trailblazers of the craft-beer revolution. Their vision was so in line with ours that, in the early days of Societe, we reached out to them and they were kind enough to provide some useful advice that helped shape our company,” says Societe co-founder Doug Constantiner. “It was such an honor for Stone to ask us to brew a collaboration beer with them.”


“Independence is always in our battle cry, each year we release a draft-only beer in the summer months that reinforces our steadfast commitment,” said Stone CEO Dominic Engels. “Societe is the perfect partner for this occasion. The team maintains incredible allegiance to its fans and its dedication to delivering only the freshest beers. Like us, they’ll never sacrifice quality. Independence is our mutual guarantee to fans that these moral beliefs will never be compromised.”

Kegs of Societe / Stone The Skedaddler IPA are rolling out across the country this week and will hang around until the 4th of July holiday.  You can expect to find this Special Release pouring on draft at craft beer-focused bars, restaurants and growler/crowler stations located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Societe / Stone The Skedaddler IPA from Stone Brewing & Societe Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Special, June 2 – July 4, 2018
Style – India Pale Ale (West Coast style)
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 70
Featured Hops – Mosaic®, Idaho 7, Galaxy, Citra, Magnum, Mosaic, Ella & Southern Cross
Social Media Tag –  #SkedaddlerIPA
Availability – Draft Only
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready


Jolly Pumpkin & Tired Hands Collaborate on Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria Sour Saison

Bath-o-Mat+&+Washeteria+Bottle+-+100dpiJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) has officially announced the limited release of Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria, an inventive Sour Saison brewed in collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing Company (Ardmore, Pennsylvania).

Just as you would expect from any collaboration beer shaped by the minds at Jolly Pumpkin and Tired Hands, creativity abounds in Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria as its recipe starts with a “base of Pilsner malt, Crystal 30, Teff, Almonds, and Couscous.”  Hopped with Hallertau and Tettnang hops, this Sour Saison then sees “additions of saffron and lemon [to bring] aromas of Jolly Pumpkin funk, spicy oak and lemon in the nose.”  The Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria (6.4% ABV) experience closes with “flavors of light oak funk and lemon [that pair] well with the slight spiciness and noble hop profile.”

Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria is rolling out now and will be available as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Jolly Pumpkin’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales & Tired Hands Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Collaboration Series, May 2018
Style – Saison/American Sour Ale
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 35
Grains – Pilsner, Teff, Couscous, & Crystal 30
Hops – Hallertau & Tettnang
Added Ingredients – 95 Lemons, Lemon Peel, Saffron, & Almonds
Treatment – Aged in oak for 4 months
Fun Fact – On the beer’s name: “So how did we come up with the name? Well…When it came time to name this beer [Jean Broillet of Tired Hands] wanted to call it Alien Baphomet, which was too scary for us. Instead, we chose Bath-o-Mat & Washeteria, which is close enough and possibly equally scary! Inspired by a stay across the street from our dear friend Polly’s Washeteria, Prytania Washateria, located in the hauntingly beautiful city of New Orleans.”
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft

Perrin Brewing & Cigar City Brewing Collaborate on North-South IPA

PerrinlogoOn Thursday, May 17, Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) will officially begin the limited release of North-South IPA, a special collaboration brew with Cigar City Brewing (Tampa, Florida).

Created in recognition of Cigar City Brewing’s distribution launch in Michigan, North-South IPA was brewed by John Stewart of Perrin Brewing and Wayne Wambles of Cigar City Brewing – both Head Brewers of their respective breweries – to be “an innovative style of a New England IPA.”  With the use of Denali, Enigma, Galaxy and Citra hops, these two brewers were able to produce an offering that “takes all the aroma and hop flavor of a New England IPA to create a more stable flavored beer.”  This all results in a 7.1% ABV North-South IPA that is absolutely “packed with delicious tropical and juicy hop aromatics.”

“The beer is an innovative New England Style IPA approach with less protein haze. The overall focus of the beer is to generate a tropical characteristic from the combination of hops while also taking advantage of biotransformation by dry hopping during active fermentation.” – Wayne Wambles, Cigar City Brewing


“This beer is a unique way of making a New England Style IPA that is more stable. Taking all the positives of a NEIPA and avoiding a majority of the negatives including the instability of shelf life.” – John Stewart, Perrin Brewing

North-South IPA will debut in the Pub at Perrin Brewing on May 17 and is scheduled to enter distribution the following week.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments in the Michigan market only.  Prost!

Vital Information for North-South IPA from Perrin Brewing Co. & Cigar City Brewing

Release – Limited; May 17, 2018
Style – New England IPA
ABV – 7.1%
Featured Hops – Denali, Enigma, Galaxy & Citra
Fun Fact – On the relationship between Perrin Brewing Co. & Cigar City Brewing: “For the past two years, Perrin Brewing and Cigar City Brewing have partnered under the CANarchy collective to share brewing experiences, techniques, and specialty ingredients.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Michigan only
Beer Finder – http://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder-2/


Highland Brewing and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Collaborate on Half Yüszch

HalfYuszchHighland Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially teamed up with Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats to create a special collaboration beer, Half Yüszch Pilsner, that will be featured at the band’s sold out May 11 tour stop at the iconic Asheville brewery.

Brewed as an homage to Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ yüszch – or usual – tradition where they drink a beer and take a shot, Half Yüszch (a.k.a. the beer half) is a Limited Release Czech-style Pilsner that has Weyermann Pilsner malt supplying “a clean and elegant mouthfeel, while Saaz hops contribute mild earthy, floral, and herbaceous aromas.” Clocking in at a “crisp and crushable” 4.5% ABV, Half Yüszch promises to be the perfect pairing for “an evening of restless and soulful music.”

Half Yüszch is a brewery-only release that will be available in 12 oz. cans and on draft during the sold-out Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats show at Highland Brewing on May 11, and also on draft at the band’s sold-out shows in Charlotte, N.C. (May 8) and Raleigh, N.C (May 9).  If you were unable to land tickets for those concerts, Highland Brewing has also scheduled a listening party of Tearing at the Seams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ newly released album, on Thursday, May 10. Half Yüszch will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at the listening party as well.

More than just an awesome collaboration, Half Yüszch also has a charitable cause as “$1 from each beer sold will support The Marigold Project, a foundation established by Nathaniel Rateliff to address issues of economic and social justice.”

For those keeping score at home, Half Yüszch basically serves as a junction that unites damn good beer and music with a great cause . . . and you simply cannot go wrong with that combo.  Be sure to check out this Limited Release if you have the chance.  Prost!

Vital Information for Half Yüszch from Highland Brewing and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Release – Limited; May 10 & May 11, 2018 at Highland Brewing
Style – Czech-style Pilsner
ABV – 4.5%
Featured Malts – Weyermann Pilsner
Featured Hops – Saaz
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: Highland Brewing “worked with local poster artist Drew Findley with Subject Matter Studio for the can graphics.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft 
Distribution – None, brewery-only release


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 
Beer Finder – https://www.weihenstephaner.com/product-finder/