Cascade Brewing Releases 2015 Vintage of Figaro

Figaro 2015 Bottle ShotCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the release of Figaro 2015 on Tuesday, June 27.

This latest batch of Cascade Brewing’s Figaro project “is a blend of sour strong blond ales aged in chardonnay barrels for up to 18 months with white figs, lemon peel and orange peel.”  This beer begins as a Strong Blonde Ale that is left to mature in “freshly emptied chardonnay barrels from the Willamette Valley wine region.” After several months, the brewers then add lemon peel, orange peel and dried white figs to each barrel to carefully “allow a slow, steady fruit fermentation to take place.” The beer is then dosed with several more fig additions over a 12-month period, taking on “layer upon layer” of fruit flavor.  Once the barrel process is completed, Figaro 2015 finally comes to be once “the fruited beer is . . . transferred to a stainless steel tank and blended with a small portion of non-fruited sour blond ale until the desired balance of flavors is achieved.”

“The release of Figaro is welcome news to many of our consumers and wholesalers alike due to the fact that we have been out of stock on this item for more than six months,” noted Tim Larrance, VP of Marketing and Sales. “The 2014 release sold out in record time and we fully expect this one to do the same.”

Figaro 2015 officially releases in both of Cascade Brewing’s pubs, the Cascade Brewing Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge, at noon (PDT) on Tuesday, June 27.  Shortly after the brewery release, this Tier One offering will then become available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  This beer is always in great demand, so be sure to keep an eye out for Figaro 2015 before it most assuredly sells out.  Prost!

Vital Information for Figaro 2015 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited/Tier One; June 27, 2017
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 9%
Treatment – A Sour Strong Blonde Ale aged for up to 18 months in Chardonnay barrels with white figs, lemon peel and orange peel; then blended with a small portion of non-fruited Sour Blond Ale
Added Ingredients – White figs, lemon peel & orange peel
Availability – 750 ml bottles & draft
Fun Fact – Concerning the new labels and tier designations: “Cascade’s new 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.”


Brewery Ommegang Launches Fruition as Newest Year-Round

fruitionbottle_editedBrewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) has officially announced the release of Fruition as the latest addition to its Year-Round lineup.

To provide their fans with a fantastic, new option during the warm weather months, the folks at Brewery Ommegang have developed and released Fruition as a refreshing remix on a classic.  Dry-hopped with Cascade and Citra hops, this Wheat Beer starts with a base of Ommegang’s beloved Witte that is then “given a tropical twist with the addition of mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices” during fermentation.  “Tropical fruit and citrus aromas dominate the nose and the flavor” while the beer’s “malted and unmalted wheat and oat flakes” provide the drinker with a smooth mouthfeel and medium body.  Clocking in at 5.3% ABV, Fruition is an easy-drinking go-to that finishes “resoundingly dry with nice effervescence.”

“As with every beer we brew, we strive to make all the elements blend together, and we think we’re succeeded in that quest with Fruition. This beer is our first foray into the tropical fruit flavors that consumers find so appealing with New World hop varieties, and we look forward to feedback from fans.”


– Phil Leinhart, Brewmaster at Brewery Ommegang 

Fruition is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  You can find this new Year-Round beer available at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest Ommegang’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Fruition from Brewery Ommegang

Release – Year-Round, launching June 2017
Style – American Wheat Beer
ABV – 5.3%
Featured Hops – Cascade & Citra
Added Ingredients – Spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander; fermented with mango, kiwi, and passion fruit juices
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Suggested Food Pairings – “The dryness and acidity of Fruition make it a perfect beer to pair with all manner of cheeses, particularly cheeses with some funk. The effervescence also makes this beer a great pairing with saltier foods – try Fruition with Belgian frites or chicken & waffles.”

Austin’s Celis Brewery Plans Grand Opening, Launches with Three Year-Round Beers

Celis Pale Bock 2017On Tuesday, July 11, Celis Brewery (10001 Metric Blvd., Austin, Texas) – Austin’s original craft brewery – will officially return to the craft beer scene with a Grand Opening event that will showcase the brewery’s new facility and three Year-Round offerings.

Celis Brewery was originally founded in 1992 by famed Belgian brewer Pierre Celis and “gained national and international notoriety with its Celis White, a Belgian witbier that . . . Celis championed in his hometown of Hoegaarden, Belgium.”  This popularity led to rapid growth that eventually caught the eye of Miller Brewing Company.  The brewing giant ended up purchasing Celis Brewery, and the brewery eventually closed its doors in 2001.

Fast-forward to 2017 and things are looking up for the legendary Celis Brewery once again.   Christine Celis, Pierre’s daughter and partner in the original brewery, has painstakingly rebuilt Celis Brewery to reestablish her family’s brewing legacy, and the time to officially reopen has finally arrived.

“Austin has its first craft brewery back,” says Ms. Celis, founder and CEO of Celis Brewery. “It has been a labor of love to reopen Celis Brewery, and it is incredibly exciting to be back brewing my father’s original recipes like the famous Celis Wit and Celis Grand Cru using the proprietary yeast from Belgium. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and enthusiasm we have found in Austin as we have started reintroducing our Celis beers around town in a series of tastings this month. We are thrilled to celebrate our return with a Grand Opening party on the 25th anniversary of the first grand opening. We are giving Austin a part of its history back.”

On July 11, the public will have its “first opportunity to tour the 22,000-square-foot brewery . . . that has the capacity to brew more than 50,000 barrels per year.”  Highlights from the tour will include the brewery’s “technologically advanced 50 HL BrauKon brew system, some of the original equipment from Belgium, and the new brewery’s taproom with its majestic centerpiece: the original Celis Brewery’s massive hand-beaten copper kettle from the early 1900s which has been converted into a beautiful bar.”  Showing off their state-of-the-art equipment will be fun, but the brewing team at Celis Brewery is most looking forward to using the Grand Opening event as an opportunity to convey their dedication to “the same stringent consistency and quality protocols that propelled the original brewery to prominence.”

True evidence of this dedication can only be found in the beer, and Celis Brewery will launch with the following three Year-Round offerings:

  • Celis White“The legendary “Father of Witbier” first brewed by Pierre Celis in 1965 is back. The signature witbier is made with the original Celis recipe including Cascade, Saaz and Willamette hops, coriander and orange peel, as well as the proprietary yeast strain from Belgium. This traditional witbier is hazy bright yellow with strong citrus with spicy fruity scents. Celis White sparkles slightly tart fruit flavors balanced with light maltiness and wheat. It finishes with complex citrus and spice for a refreshing taste that is perfect on a warm Texas afternoon.”
  • Celis Pale Bock“Christine Celis has revived her father’s Belgian Pale Bock recipe with the same amber color and lingering warm rich flavors as the original. It’s brewed with caramel malts, and Saaz, Willamette and Cascade hops, giving it a deep copper and a creamy Belgian-white head. The Pale Bock has dry berry with caramel-malt and citrus aromas, and delicious flavors of subdued berry, malt, a touch of citrus, hints of herbs and spices, and a touch of bitterness at the finish. This easy drinking, full-flavored beer is sure to inspire engaging conversations with friends.”
  • Celis Citrus Grandis IPA“Celis Brewery’s first new recipe is an East Coast style IPA made with the finest Azacca and Citra hops. This zesty Caribbean-inspired brew mingles juicy citrus and tropical fruit aromatics in its hazy golden depths. The IPA pours hazy pale orange with frothy, paper-white head. The effortlessly drinkable beer has bold flavors of grapefruit, orange rind and melons followed by light peach, passionfruit and pineapple notes. It finishes with lingering piney, hop bitterness that begs for a second sip.”

The three beers above will be pouring at the Grand Opening event, and they are also available “on tap at more than 100 bars and restaurants in central Texas.”  Celis Brewery plans to systematically roll out distribution with expansion “to Dallas Fort Worth in July, and San Antonio and Hill Country in August.” Bottles are expected to be available by August 2017, and the brewery plans to introduce more beers in fall as well – this includes the lauded Celis Grand Cru mentioned above.

With all the negativity recently raised in the beer community due to buyouts, it is more than refreshing to see a brewery comeback from such a situation.  If you are in the Austin area, this truly is an occasion that needs to be celebrated and recognized.  Whether you wait until the Grand Opening on July 11 or track them down early at a local pub, just be sure to raise a glass to Celis Brewery and welcome them back to the amazing craft beer scene it once had a hand in establishing.  Prost!


Christine Celis, Craig Mycoskie, Daytona Camps 2017
The Celis Brewery Team (left to right): Christine Celis, Founder and CEO; Craig Mycoskie, Head Brewer formerly of Rahr & Sons Brewing Company; and Daytona Camps, Brewer and daughter of Ms. Celis.


Breckenridge Brewery Adds Orange Cream Ale to Nitro Series

BreckNOCAcan_editedBreckenridge Brewery (Littleton, Colorado) recently announced that Nitro Orange Cream Ale has been officially released as the summer seasonal installment in the brewery’s Nitro Series.

To properly bring the summer experience to their seasonal lineup of Nitro Series offerings, the brewers at Breckenridge Brewery decided to create Nitro Orange Cream Ale as their “twist on the historical American cream ale style.” This balanced Cream Ale gets its classic orange creamsicle character thanks to a recipe that includes a dry hopping with citrusy Mandarina Bavaria hops and natural orange zest that was added during fermentation.  The nitrogen then completes the experience by adding a soft, creamy texture that “accentuates the smooth character of the style.”

“Nitro Orange Cream Ale is a unique and easy drinking summer beer that got its inspiration from history and nostalgia,” shares Todd Usry, President and Brewmaster of Breckenridge Brewery. “Our Nitro seasonals bring to life each season through inventive flavor combinations. The Nitro Series as a whole is the result of years of experimentation with nitrogen, exploring how it enhances flavor and texture. A nitrogen-infused beer’s cascading pour is mesmerizing, and the softness of its mouthfeel has inspired us to play with different styles and ingredients.”

Nitro Orange Cream Ale now joins Nitro Pumpkin Spice Latte (fall), Nitro Chocolate Orange Stout (winter) and Nitro Dry Irish Stout (spring) as the fourth seasonal release in the Nitro Series.  This collection of nitrogenated brews also includes two year-round offerings: Nitro Vanilla Porter and Nitro Lucky U IPA.

Nitro Orange Cream Ale is available now and will be hanging out all summer long.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew available in 4-packs of 15.2 oz. nitrogen-infused cans at craft beer establishments located in Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Breckenridge Brewery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Nitro Orange Cream Ale from Breckenridge Brewery

Release – Seasonal/Nitro Series, summer 2017
Style – American Cream Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 15
Featured Hop – Mandarina Bavaria 
Added Ingredients – Orange zest
Availability – 4-packs of 15.2 nitrogen-infused cans
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Germany’s Pfungstädter Privatbrauerei Launches Weizen Radler in the U.S.

Dose-Weizen-Radler-500mlArtisanal Imports (Austin, Texas) recently announced that Weizen Radler from Pfungstädter Privatbrauerei (Pfungstadt, Germany) is now being canned and is available in the U.S. for the first time.

Thanks to the growing popularity of the style in the U.S., refreshing Radlers have started taking up a lot of real estate on craft and import beer shelves these days.  Weizen Radler proudly stands out from the crowd by being “a thirst-quenching blend of all-natural lemonade and Pfungstädter’s famous unfiltered Weizen.”  The Weizen portion of this blend is brewed with “top-fermenting house yeast, Hallertauer Herkules and Spalter Select hops, two-row malt blend, local malted wheat and low-sodium water from the private Pfungstädter fountain which lies within a protected nature park in the region.”  Once completed, this Weizen is then mixed 50:50 with real lemonade to result in a 2.7% ABV Radler that is a “perfectly light yet flavorful and exceedingly drinkable beverage, not too sweet and ultra-crisp – perfect for any occasion.”

“There are a lot of radlers out there,” says Lanny Hoff, SVP-Brands Manager for Artisanal Imports, “but we feel Pfungstädter’s has a place due to the excellent quality of the beer as well as the lemonade. It’s a real lemonade, not a flavoring or essence, but lemon juice. This gives it a refreshing, not-too-sweet character which really sets it apart from the competition.”

Weizen Radler is available now in the U.S. in 500ml cans and on draft.  Look for this one at fine beer establishments located in Florida and all other states that normally see products handled by Artisanal Imports.  Prost!

Vital Information for Weizen Radler from Pfungstädter Privatbrauerei

Release – Year-Round, launching June 2017
ABV – 2.7%
IBUs – 5
Blend – 50:50 Pfungstädter Weizen to lemonade
Hops – Hallertauer Herkules & Spalter Select
Malts – Two-row malt blend & Malted Wheat from Hesse, Germany
Yeast – Top-fermenting Pfungstädter yeast
Availability – 500ml cans & draft
Distribution – FL, AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, IL, KS, ME, MA, MI, MN, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, WA, WV and WI
Suggested Food Pairings – Tapas, seafood, asparagus

Fun Fact – “Radler (German for “cyclist”) has a long history in Germany with cyclists demanding a refreshing, less-alcoholic post-ride beverage. It typically consists of a 50:50 mixture of beer and sparkling lemonade. Legend has it that a German innkeeper who couldn’t keep up with demand blended his remaining beer with a fresh citrus lemonade. The regulars were impressed and refreshed, and the Radler style was born!”

Bell’s Brewery to Introduce Arabicadabra as New Specialty Release

Arabica_WebAssetBell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout will arrive in the fall as a surprise addition to the brewery’s calendar of Specialty releases in 2017.

To add a bit of wonder and amazement to their release calendar at mid-year, Bell’s Brewery has seemingly come out of nowhere with the announcement that Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout will be joining the brewery’s Specialty Series in October.  Brewed with lactose to create a creamy texture, the brewers then infuse this new Milk Stout “with 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted by Ferris Coffee in Grand Rapids, Michigan.”  To ensure that Arabicadabra has an incredibly pronounced coffee presence, the brewers at Bell’s go one step further by creating “a cold coffee extract made at the brewery using a combination of fair trade, organic Nicaraguan coffee beans and Sumatra coffee beans.”  Thanks to a little sleight of hand, the 5.5% ABV Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout will officially stand in for Bell’s Java Stout in 2017.

“When we announced this year’s release calendar late last year, we knew there were a few more surprises to come. This is one of them,” said Bell’s CEO, Laura Bell.


“It’s really fun to see new favorites move to a wider audience. This is another example of how we continue to explore new ingredients and flavors. The spirit of innovation that set us on this path is still a huge part of who we are and we will continue to look for ways to showcase that innovation across our distribution area,” Bell said.

Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout is scheduled to debut in October with availability in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  Once released, you can expect to track this new Specialty brew down at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Bell’s Brewery’s distribution footprint.  More details concerning Arabicadabra are expected to surface in the near future, so stay tuned and we will hit you with that information just as soon as we have it.  Prost!

Vital Information for Arabicadabra Coffee Milk Stout from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited/Specialty Series, October 2017
Style – Milk Stout
ABV – 5.5%
Added Ingredients – Lactose & 100% Arabica coffee beans roasted by Ferris Coffee
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Smuttynose Brewing Adds Pinniped Special to Year-Round Lineup

Bottle-Images-PinnipedSmuttynose Brewing Company (Hampton, New Hampshire) recently introduced Pinniped Special Vienna-style Lager as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

To create an authentic version of the style created by Brewmaster Anton Dreher in 1841, the brewers at Smuttynose Brewing Company have developed Pinniped Special Vienna-style Lager by “using a combination of German and American ingredients to create a smooth complex malt flavor with notes of caramel and toasted bread.”  Balance is then achieved with a “clean hop flavour and bitterness” sourced from Sterling and Saphir hops.  For added authenticity, Pinniped Special is brewed in Smuttynose’s “German Steinecker brew house using a traditional decoction method.”  All of this attention to detail results in 5.2% ABV Vienna-style Lager that is true to style and “the perfect beer to enjoy at the beach during the summer or around the fire in winter.”

“We’ve always been big fans of the Vienna-style lagers, so we’re really excited that we have the opportunity to offer this year-round” said Peter Egelston, founder and president of Smuttynose Brewing Company. “We used a lot of classic Austrian ingredients and brewing techniques to make it as authentic and true to the style as possible, and we think Vienna would be proud.”

Pinniped Special Vienna-style Lager is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft.  This new Year-Round brew can be found at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New Hampshire and throughout the rest of Smuttynose’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pinniped Special Vienna-style Lager from Smuttynose Brewing Company

Release – Year-Round, launching June 2017
Style – Vienna-style Lager
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 25
Malts – 2-Row North American, German Vienna, German Caramel, German Melanoidin, German Acidulated & German High Colour malt
Hops – Sterling & Saphir
Yeast – Old Bavarian Lager
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 12-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Fun Fact – “You’re probably wondering what, exactly, a pinniped is at this point. So let’s educate! Pinnipeds are part of the pinnipedia family, or according to our friends at, a sea mammal with “all four limbs adapted into flippers for aquatic life, including seals and walruses.” So that cute, cuddly seal in our logo? Pinniped. So the next time someone says beer can’t teach you anything, drop a pinniped knowledge bomb. Seems like that victory sip of your Pinniped Special will never be sweeter.”

Concrete Beach Brewery Releases Havana Lager in Cans

ConcreteBeachHavanapourConcrete Beach Brewery (Miami, Florida) recently announced that it has expanded its portfolio of packaged beers by now offering Havana Lager year-round in 12 oz. cans.

Released as Concrete Beach Brewery’s newest Year-Round offering, Havana Lager is a celebration of “both Miami’s prevalent and colorful Cuban culture and the rich brewing history of Vienna style lagers in Cuba.”  Sunburst orange in color, this “suave”, 5.2% ABV Lager has “toasted malt characters [that] envelop the palate and give the beer a slight malty sweetness that finishes crisp and clean.”

“Havana Lager is going to be a great year-round beer for South Florida,” said Marco Reyna, head brewer for Concrete Beach. “Not only does it fit our fans’ desires for an easy drinking lager, it’s also a nod to the German brewers that settled in Cuba and other Latin and South American countries and brought their brewing traditions that still influence the drinking culture today.”

Havana Lager is available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round brew available at craft beer establishments located in Concrete Beach Brewery’s distribution area in Southern Florida.  Prost!

Vital Information for Havana Lager from Concrete Beach Brewery 

Release – Year-Round, cans launch June 2017
Style – Vienna-style Lager
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 20
Malts – 2-Row, Vienna, Melanoidin & Chocolate
Hops – Cascade & Hallertau
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Terrapin Beer Co. Releases Blueberry Thyme Saison as Latest Side Project

BlueberryThymeTerrapinTerrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) recently announced the release of Blueberry Thyme Saison as the brewery’s Side Project Vol. #31.

The Side Project Series, a lineup of limited release beers that acts as a creative playground for the brewers at Terrapin Beer Co., sources inspiration from the world of craft cocktails this time around with the release of Blueberry Thyme Saison.  At 9.1% ABV, this Saison-style offering combines “the tart sweetness of ripe blueberries . . . with the floral warmth of thyme [to] play together with the flavors of traditional Saison yeast.”  Blueberry Thyme Saison can be enjoyed on its own or “as an ingredient in your own beer cocktail.”

Blueberry Thyme Saison officially releases on draft and in 500ml bottles at Terrapin Beer Co. on Wednesday, June 21.  This limited release offering will also be available at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of the brewery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Side Project Vol. #31 – Blueberry Thyme Saison from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Limited/Side Project Series, launching June 21, 2017
Style – Saison
ABV – 9.1%
IBUs – 22
Hops – Fuggle & East Kent Golding
Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Malted Wheat & Acidulated Malt
Added Ingredients – Blueberries & thyme
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft
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Avery Brewing Company Names Nuttiest Professor as 45th Barrel-Aged Series Beer

AverylogoAvery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the release of Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout on Monday, June 26.

After years of experimentation focused on developing a Peanut Butter Stout that achieves the desired level of real peanut flavor, Avery Brewing Company finally believes it has hit the mark with the creation of Nuttiest Professor.  Arriving as the 45th installment in the brewery’s Barrel-Aged Series, this “creamy and colossal” Imperial Stout (15.2% ABV) has been aged in Bourbon barrels and “uses real peanuts to create a rich and decadent stout that allows all elements—the bourbon character, peanuts, and dark malts—to shine.”

“This beer was actually inspired by a homebrew that I did before I even worked at Avery,” says Travis Rupp, Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist. “Those initial batches were difficult to produce and there was so much oil from the peanuts that there was no head retention at all. Fast-forward many years, I’m now part of the Special Projects team at Avery and we decided to recreate this beer, but do it right this time. We use finely ground peanut flour instead of just adding peanuts, which will give this beer a blast of peanut flavor, but also will help the head retention due to reduced oil”.

Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout will officially launch on draft in Avery Brewing Company’s Tap Room on June 26.  This incredibly limited offering will then hit shelves throughout the month of July in 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer locations found within Avery’s nationwide distribution area (this of course excludes Alabama and any other states that do not allow for beers of this ABV level).  Supplies of Nuttiest Professor are extremely limited, so be sure to secure your bottle if you can “because once it is gone, it’s gone for good.” Prost!

Vital Information for Nuttiest Professor Barrel-aged Imperial Peanut Stout from Avery Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Barrel-Aged Series, launching June 26, 2017
Style – American Imperial Stout
ABV – 15.2%
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels with real peanuts added
Availability – 12 oz. bottles & draft
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Fun Fact – To recognize his dedication to the development of Nuttiest Professor, the face of Travis Rupp – Avery’s Research and Development Manager and Beer Archaeologist – graces the bottle’s label.
Allergy Notice – As mentioned above, “this beer does contain real peanuts and should be avoided by those with a peanut allergy.”