Abita Brewing Co. Reimagines Jockamo as a Juicy IPA

Abita Brewing Company (Abita Springs, Louisiana) has officially announced that the newly-reformulated Jockamo Juicy IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round portfolio in late September 2020.

An updated take on Abita’s Jockamo IPA that originally debuted back in 2008, Jockamo has now evolved to become a double dry-hopped Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale featuring Citra, Apollo and “a blend of experimental hops.” Clocking in at an easy-drinking 6% ABV, Jockamo Juicy IPA “produces tropical and fruity notes that will leave you wanting more!”

“Our take on the IPA started over 12 years ago in 2008 when we originally released Jockamo, the first IPA crafted in Louisiana, to celebrate our rich and unique culture through the beer’s bold flavor” said David Blossman, President and CEO of Abita Brewing Company. “This new juicy style of Jockamo is an even bolder IPA, with intense hop flavors and aromas. Featuring brighter, more tropical tones, this beer pours a vivacious gold color with a distinguishing haze.”

“Jockamo Juicy IPA is the result of our brewing team testing new experimental hops and piloting numerous combinations and variations,” says Mark Wilson, Brewmaster of Abita Brewing Co. “We used this as an opportunity to highlight a blend of these experimental hops, in addition to Citra and Apollo hops, to give Jockamo its tropical-forward flavor and aroma.”

Jockamo Juicy IPA is rolling out now with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and throughout the rest of Abita’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Jockamo Juicy IPA from Abita Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round; launching late September 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6%
IBUs – 30
Hops – Citra, Apollo & a blend of experimental hops
Malts – Pale, Oats & Wheat
Recommended Glassware – Pint, snifter or tulip
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://abita.com/find-abita

Tasting Notes: Oktoberfest Bier from Paulaner Brauerei

For this installment of Tasting Notes, we do our part to keep Oktoberfest 2020 alive by getting into a pour of Oktoberfest Bier from Paulaner Brauerei (Munich, Germany).

Known as “Germany’s #1 Oktoberfest bier” and the “only bier served in Paulaner Oktoberfest tents,” Oktoberfest Bier is an Oktoberfest-style Lager that is “deep golden [in] color, full-bodied and wonderfully mellow, with a balanced harmonious taste and the pleasant fragrance of hops.” Coming in at 6% ABV, Oktoberfest Bier is “stronger and bolder than the usual lager” but still built for all day drinking during Oktoberfest festivities.

Oktoberfest Bier is available now and will hang around for as long as supplies last during Oktoberfest Season. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 11.2 oz. bottles at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Paulaner USA’s nationwide distribution network. 

Now that the particulars are out of the way, let’s crack open a few bottles, fill a proper stein and have our own private Oktoberfest over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Oktoberfest Bier from Paulaner Brauerei

Appearance: A quick, jubilant pour produces a Lager that is a rich gold in color and capped with over 2.5 fingers of fluffy white foam. When held to direct light, the beer glows as the golds brighten and take on some vibrantly rich straw yellow tones. The beer is pristine in clarity and shows off countless streams of carbonation bubbles dutifully rising to feed the top cap. Head retention is quite good, slowly falling to a lasting 1/4 finger that fills the mug’s dimples with pockets of lace after each pull.

Aroma: Noble hops are all over the nose, supplying an abundance of peppery, earthy and grassy notes. A grace of fruity melon eventually surfaces and then quickly gives way to a clean presence of pilsner malts.

Taste: That pilsner malt note carries over and sets the foundation of the flavor profile with some slightly sweet cereal notes alongside just a touch of toasted bread. The hops quickly balance those malty characteristics with a good deal of peppery and grassy notes that are tempered by a bit of melon and fresh pop of floral sweetness.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium in body with a healthy carbonation presence, this Oktoberfest is incredibly crisp, refreshing and easy-drinking. The balance is a damn near perfect mix of sweet maltiness and bright hoppiness, further raising the beer’s high level of drinkability. The 6% ABV is well-hidden and makes it far too easy to crush several mugs in a sitting. The aftertaste is just a whisper of grassy and floral hop notes.

Final Thoughts: After spending a little time with Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Bier, there is no doubt as to why this is a best-selling Oktoberfest offering in Germany. Thanks to its wonderfully enticing aromas and flavors and a level of drinkability that is off the charts, this Oktoberfest Bier is the perfect brew to drink liters at a time because it will not last long enough to warm up. If you are missing those Oktoberfest vibes right now, just go get a sixer of Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier and get your festive fix while it is still available. Prost!

3 Daughters Brewing Gets Clever, Releases Former New England IPA

3 Daughters Brewing (St. Petersburg, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Former New England IPA in late September 2020.

Inspired by two of Tampa Bay’s newest professional football stars “who formerly hailed from the New England region,” Former New England IPA is a “hazy and juicy” New England-style India Pale Ale that boasts “good citrus flavor, . . . a strong hop presence, with heavy aromatics.” Clocking in at 6.9% ABV, Former New England IPA is here to further reinforce the point that almost everything is “more fun in the Florida sun.”

“The beer itself is a Florida twist on a classic American brew, a citrusy and crushable version of the traditional New England-style IPA, highlighting the flavors of the Sunshine State while giving a nod to the history of great brewing in New England,”
Brian Horne, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at 3 Daughters Brewing

Former New England IPA is rolling out this week and will hang around for a limited time during football season. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-friendly establishments located “throughout the Tampa Bay area including select Publix, Total Wine & More and ABC Fine Wine and Spirits.” Prost!

Vital Information for Former New England IPA from 3 Daughters Brewing

Release – Limited; launching late September 2020
Style – New England-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 30
Fun Fact – The label description reads: “Kudos to New England for having been home to the rise of great things, but we know the truth: it’s always more fun in the Florida sun. Hazy, juicy and aromatic, our newest IPA debuts this fall as the best of New England transfers to Tampa Bay.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Distribution – Tampa Bay area of Florida
Beer Finder – https://3dbrewing.com/beer-finder/

Burial Beer Co. & The Eighth State Brewing Co. Collaborate on Evolved From Nothing Imperial Stout

Burial Beer Co. (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Evolved From Nothing, a special collaboration project with The Eighth State Brewing Company (Greenville, South Carolina), at noon on Wednesday, September 23.

Heavily inspired by pecan turtle candies and ice cream, Evolved From Nothing is an Imperial Stout “made with a festive spike of Forestry Camp roasted and salted Southern pecans, loads of French Broad Chocolate cocoa nibs, dark caramel sugars and a final helping of Madagascar vanilla bean.” Coming in at 15% ABV, Evolved From Nothing supplies a “big faceful of chocolate praline cake, vanilla bean ice cream with smashed chocolate turtles and pecan pie drizzle.”

Evolved From Nothing – available in 500ml bottles for $20 each – will be available for online presale for pickup at Burial Beer Co.’s Asheville taproom and Raleigh taproom at noon on September 23 (proxies are welcome). If any bottles survive the presale, the brewery will release those in their online shop for nationwide shipping on September 24 at noon. Evolved From Nothing will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Evolved From Nothing from Burial Beer Co. & The Eighth State Brewing Company

Release – Limited; September 23, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 15%
Added Ingredients – Roasted pecans from Forestry Camp, cocoa nibs from French Broad Chocolate, Madagascar vanilla beans & sea salt
Availability – 500ml bottles
Distribution – None. Brewery locations only via online presale

Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s Imperial Trop Haze IPA Returns This Fall

Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Imperial Trop Haze on Tuesday, October 6.

Created to be a bigger, hazier take on Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s flagship IPA, Imperial Trop Haze is a Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale “featuring Citra, Centennial, and Galaxy hops – the same hop varieties . . . [used] in [the brewery’s] beloved . . . Tropicália.” Weighing in at 8% ABV, Imperial Trop Haze “[finishes] with big tropical and citrus fruit notes and a full-bodied mouthfeel.”

“Imperial Trop Haze is a spin on our flagship beer, Tropicália, in the form of a hazy double IPA,” said Founder David Stein. “We are excited to share something fun and a little different that Tropicália fans will love.”

Imperial Trop Haze will hit the Tasting Room at Creature Comforts Brewing Co. on October 8 and distribution will follow in early October 2020. 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 within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia. Prost!

Vital Information for Imperial Trop Haze from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; October 6, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Citra, Centennial & Galaxy
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia

Dixe Brewing Company Set for Taproom-Exclusive Release of Westwego IPA

Dixie Brewing Company | Dixie Beer (New Orleans, Louisiana) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of Westwego IPA on Thursday, September 24.

Hearkening back to a time when “a better tomorrow . . . included a sturdy home, warm food, and … clear IPAs,” Westwego – “named for the legendary port town just across the Mississippi River from Audubon Park” in New Orleans – is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale “bittered with Centennial and Cascade hops and dry-hopped with Mosaic and Motueka.” Coming in at 6.9% ABV, Westwego IPA possesses “all the classic elements of this delicious style: plenty of tropical, citrusy notes with a dry finish.”

Westwego IPA – available in 16 oz. cans – will release at Dixie Brewing Company on September 24 and will hang around only as long as supplies last. Westwego is a taproom-exclusive release and will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital information for Westwego IPA from Dixie Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Crafted By Dixie Series; September 24, 2020
Style – American India Pale Ale (West Coast-style)
ABV – 6.9%
Featured Hops – Centennial, Cascade, Mosaic & Motueka
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & single 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None. Brewery only

3 Sons Brewing Co. & Resident Culture Brewing Co. Collaborate on West Coast Connect DIPA

3 Sons Brewing Company (Dania Beach, Florida) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Can Release of West Coast Connect, a West Coast-style Double IPA brewed in collaboration with Resident Culture Brewing Company (Charlotte, North Carolina), on Wednesday, September 23.

Created as an “homage to the era of Pliny where IBU limits were pushed and dank IPAs ruled,” West Coast Connect is a double dry-hopped West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale that offers “notes of Meyer lemon and grapefruit, followed by piney dankness, then [finishes] with layers of mango, pineapple, and a hint of passion fruit.” West Coast Connect clocks in at “a big ol’” 9.5% ABV.

West Coast Connect will officially release at 3 Sons Brewing Company on Wednesday, September 23, but you can go ahead and pre-order your cans now by clicking here. Available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, West Coast Connect is a taproom-only release that will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for West Coast Connect from 3 Sons Brewing Company & Resident Culture Brewing Company

Release – Limited; September 23, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale (West Coast-style)
ABV – 9.5%
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Pre-order Link – https://app.upserve.com/s/3-sons-brewing-co-dania-beach
Distribution – None. Brewery-only release

Festbier Joins Hi-Wire Brewing’s Local Lager Series

Hi-Wire Brewing (Asheville, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will continue its Local Lager Series, “a lineup featuring some of [the brewery’s] favorite lager styles while utilizing North Carolina-sourced ingredients,” with the mid-September release of Festbier.

Crafted to be the “more quaffable, easy-drinking version of the brewery’s 2016 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winning Zirkusfest Oktoberfest,” Festbier is an Oktoberfest-style Lager “brewed with Ursprung Fest Malt from North Carolina’s Epiphany Craft Malt.” Coming in at 5.8% ABV, Festbier is a “crisp and pleasant lager [that] has a balanced malt character with an aroma reminiscent of fresh-baked bread.”

Festbier is available now at Hi-Wire Brewing’s Asheville and Durham taprooms and online beer shop, and it will soon hit the brewery’s Knoxville location and full distribution area. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Virginia. Prost!

Vital Information for Festbier from Hi-Wire Brewing

Release – Limited/Local Lager Series; September 18, 2020
Style – Festbier
ABV – 5.8%
Featured Malt – Ursprung Fest Malt from Epiphany Craft Malt
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://hiwirebrewing.com/find-our-beer/

Flying Dog Celebrates 30 Years with Release of Great Job! West Coast DIPA

Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that it will recognize its 30th Anniversary with the release of Great Job!, a West Coast-style Double IPA, in late September 2020.

The embodiment of “everything [Flying Dog’s brewmasters] have learned in the past 30 years,” Great Job! is a West Coast-style Double India Pale Ale that “balances out the bitterness from Columbus, Centennial and Simcoe hops with subtle toasted malt sweetness.” Coming in at 9% ABV, Great Job! is a “medium bodied brew . . . bursting with dank and piney hop aromas and pours a light orange/amber color.”

“Our fans are the reason we wake up in the morning, and we’re forever thankful for their continued support of damn good craft beer,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing for Flying Dog Brewery. “Actions also speak louder than words, so if there is someone in your life that deserves to hear ‘great job!’, don’t just tell them, crack open a beer and hand them one in recognition.”

“To elaborate on a thought from our beloved friend and the artistic genius Ralph Steadman, it’s been 30 years from there to here,” said Jim Caruso, CEO for Flying Dog Brewery. “Thank you to all of our fellow travelers and kindred spirits for joining us on this great adventure. We love you and we are even more enthusiastic about the upcoming decades.”

Great Job! is scheduled to release on September 18 and will hang around as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Great Job! from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Limited; September 18, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale (West Coast-style)
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 60
Hops – Columbus, Centennial & Simcoe
Malts – 2-Row, Munich & Oats
Fun Fact – “A past anniversary beer, Raging Bitch, was released in celebration of the brewery’s 20th, and it was Flying Dog’s best-selling beer for almost 10 years.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

Perrin Brewing Sets Date for Annual Release of Malted Milk Ball

Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Malted Milk Ball on Thursday, September 24.

Released each year to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Perrin Pub, Malted Milk Ball is an Imperial Porter “brewed with lactose and spiced with vanilla and cacao nib” to mimic the flavor profile of “one of [Perrin’s] favorites treats”: the malted milk ball. To give this liquid confection a bit more of an adult flair, Malted Milk Ball (12% ABV) was finished with 9 months of aging in oak Bourbon barrels.

Malted Milk Ball 2020 will hit the Perrin Pub on September 24 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Michigan. Prost!

Vital Information for Malted Milk Ball from Perrin Brewing Company

Release – Limited; September 24, 2020
Style – Imperial Porter
ABV – 12%
IBUs – 30
Added Ingredients – Lactose, vanilla & cacao nibs
Treatment – Aged for 9 months in oak Bourbon barrels
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Michigan only
Beer Finder – https://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder/