Cascade Brewing Bottles Nectarine Dream for the First Time

Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Nectarine Dream 2019 on Friday, July 10.

Releasing for the first time ever in bottles, Nectarine Dream 2019 (7.5% ABV) is a “blend of sour blond ales aged in oak barrels and foudres for up to 18 months, then naturally fermented with fresh, Northwest grown nectarines and aged on the fruit for an additional five months.” To ensure that the added fruit is represented properly in Nectarine Dream, the crew at Cascade “hand [processed] each piece of fruit to ensure full ripeness before adding it to the tank and [employed] traditional wine making techniques that help capture the purest expression of the nectarine as well as the time and place in which it was grown.”

Nectarine Dream 2019 will officially release at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House and Lodge at Cascade Brewing – on July 10 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 500ml bottles & on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Nectarine Dream 2019 from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; July 10, 2020
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Treatment – “A blend of sour blond ales aged in oak barrels & foudres for up to 18 months, then naturally fermented with fresh, Northwest grown nectarines & aged on the fruit for an additional five months”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

Monday Night Brewing Schedules Can Drop for I Want To Dance With Somebody 2X NEIPA

Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of I Want To Dance With Somebody 2X New England IPA on Thursday, July 9.

Dropping as the newest offering to come out of Monday Night’s Hop Hut Series of small-batch hop-centric releases, I Want To Dance With Somebody is a Double New England-style India Pale Ale featuring Citra, Galaxy, and Vic Secret hops. Coming in at 8% ABV, I Want To Dance With Somebody has “a balance so fine, you’ll want to dance.”

I Want To Dance With Somebody – available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans – will officially release at Monday Night’s West Midtown location on July 9, but you can go ahead and pre-order your stash on the brewery’s website by clicking here. I Want to Dance With Somebody is a brewery-only release and is not expected to see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for I Want To Dance With Somebody from Monday Night Brewing

Release – Limited/Hop Hut Series; July 9, 2020
Style – Double New England-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Citra, Galaxy & Vic Secret
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Pre-order Link – https://monday-night-brewing.square.site/
Distribution – None. Available exclusively at Monday Night’s West Midtown location

Bell’s Brewery Set to Release Bottles of Mango Oberon into Wider Distribution

Bell’s Brewery (Comstock, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Mango Oberon in mid-July 2020.

Releasing as the first widely-distributed bottled variant of the brewery’s long-standing Oberon Ale, Mango Oberon is an American Wheat Ale brewed with a twist of real mango. Coming in at 5.8% ABV, Mango Oberon is “refreshing, easy-drinking and only here for a short time.”

“We have heard from a lot of fans asking for something like this and the response to a small release here in Kalamazoo was incredible. Oberon season will be over before you know it, this is a perfect way to celebrate those last bits of summer,” Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery said.

Mango Oberon will start shipping after Fourth of July weekend and will be available as long as supplies last. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Bell’s Brewery’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Mango Oberon from Bell’s Brewery

Release – Limited; mid-July 2020
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.8%
IBUs – 25
Added Ingredients – Mango
Recommended Glassware – Nonic
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – http://www.bellsbeer.com/beer-finder


Stone Brewing Revives an Old Favorite with Release of Ruined Again Triple IPA

Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Stone Ruined Again Triple IPA in early July 2020.

A celebration of Stone Brewing’s long beloved Stone Ruination IPA – “the first year-round West Coast double IPA on the planet” when it was first release in 2002 – and its bigger 10th anniversary version known as Stone RuinTen Triple IPA, Stone Ruined Again is an Imperial/Triple India Pale Ale that “[uses] every brewing technique in [the brewery’s] arsenal to squeeze every last bit of magic out of a truly staggering amount of hops.” Clocking in at massive 10.8% ABV, Stone Ruined Again Triple IPA is the culmination of “18 years of beautifully bitter evolution, and this stage dive into a mosh pit of hops is bigger and bitter-er than ever.”

Stone Ruined Again Triple IPA is available now at all Stone Brewing locations and throughout Southern California, and nationwide distribution is scheduled to begin in August 2020. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Virginia and throughout the rest of Stone Brewing’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Stone Ruined Again Triple IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited; launching early July 2020 (nationwide distribution in August 2020)
Style – Imperial/Triple India Pale Ale
ABV – 10.8%
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Straight to Ale Begins Limited Can Release of Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout

Straight to Ale (Huntsville, Alabama) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Black is Beautiful, an Imperial Stout brewed in conjunction with Weathered Souls Brewing Co. (San Antonio, Texas), at 11 a.m. on July 6.

Brewed as Straight to Ale’s contribution to Weathered Souls Brewing Co.’s Black is Beautiful initiative, Black is Beautiful is a 10% ABV Imperial Stout brewed with “lots of oats” and generously hopped with “complex American and vibrant New Zealand [hops].” Dropping to make an impact, 100% of the proceeds raised from the sale of Straight to Ale’s take on Black is Beautiful will be donated to the Alabama chapter of the Alabama NAACP.

If you are unfamiliar with the Black is Beautiful initiative, here is how Weathered Souls Brewing Co. describes this nationwide collaborative effort:

The Black is Beautiful initiative is a collaborative effort among the brewing community and its customers, in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. Our mission is to bridge the gap that’s been around for ages and provide a platform to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color.”

Straight to Ale’s Black is Beautiful Imperial Stout will debut in the brewery’s taproom on July 6 and will be available only as long as supplies last. Available exclusively at the brewery in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft, this Limited Release will not see distribution. Prost!

Vital Information for Black is Beautiful from Straight to Ale

Release – Limited; July 6, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 10%
Donation Information – Straight to Ale will be donating 100% of the proceeds of its Black is Beautiful offering to the Alabama chapter of the Alabama NAACP
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – None. Brewery only release

Miami Marlins Partner with Biscayne Bay Brewing Company to Release Marlins Lager

Biscayne Bay Brewing Company (Miami, Florida) has officially announced that it will release Marlins Lager, the official craft beer of the Miami Marlins, in early July 2020.

The result of a union between “two Miami brands that are committed to the South Florida community,” Marlins Lager is a traditional German-style Lager that possesses “deliciously soft, malty notes, low bitterness, noble hop aromas and a crisp clean finish.” Coming in at just 4.8% ABV, the “crisp and light-bodied” Marlins Lager is the “ideal teammate for baseball on a summer day.”

“With the start of the 2020 season around the corner, we are excited to bring the Marlins Lager to the South Florida community,” said David Oxfeld, Marlins Vice President and Head of Partnership Development and Strategy. “Our partners at Biscayne Bay Brewing Company knocked it out of the park with a great-tasting craft beer that will pair perfectly with fans cheering on the hometown team alongside family and friends.”

“We are incredibly honored to be producing a beer with the Marlins,” said Jose Mallea, President of Biscayne Bay Brewing. “The support they have shown us as an independent locally owned craft brewery cannot be overstated and we are excited to put out into market something that fans can enjoy in their own unique way. This is the perfect summer beer for Miami!”

Marlins Lager is rolling out now and will be hanging around throughout baseball season. You can expect to find this new offering available in 12 oz. bottles at select Publix, Winn-Dixie, Milam’s Market, Total Wine & More, and Whole Foods locations in Florida. Prost!

Vital Information for Marlins Lager from Biscayne Bay Brewing Company & Miami Marlins

Release – Limited; launching July 2020
Style – German-style Lager
ABV – 4.8%
Fun Fact – On the mission behind the beer: “This partnership brings together two Miami brands that are committed to the South Florida community. The Marlins are dedicated to bringing locals a one of a kind, baseball experience rooted in passion, and Biscayne Bay Brewing is dedicated to bringing Miami quality craft beer made by Miamians. Not only are the two brands offering the South Florida community a beer that they can proudly call their own, they’re giving the community a way to give back: each bottle of Marlins Lager provides a donation to the Miami Marlins Foundation’s Home Plate Meals program.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “This beer pairs well with your favorite grilled eats or ballpark snacks”
Availability – 12 oz. bottles
Distribution – Select Publix, Winn-Dixie, Milam’s Market, Total Wine & More, and Whole Foods locations in Florida

Tasting Notes: Más Agave Grapefruit from Founders Brewing Co.

For this installment of Tasting Notes, we settle into the holiday weekend by getting into a pour of Más Agave Grapefruit from Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, Michigan).

Introduced back in May as the first variant of the brewery’s wildly popular margarita-inspired Más Agave, Más Agave Grapefruit is also an Imperial Gose “brewed with agave and sea salt before being aged in tequila barrels.” It then sets itself apart from its predecessor once it is removed from the barrels by dropping the lime addition and getting “a dose of fresh grapefruit juice to ramp up the tanginess and to pay homage to [Founders Brewing Co.’s] other favorite tequila-based cocktail, the Paloma.” Coming in at around 10% ABV, Más Agave Grapefruit is “sweet, salty, and mouth-puckeringly delicious.”

Más Agave Grapefruit is available now and will stick around through the end of July 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Michigan and throughout the rest of Founders Brewing Co.’s nationwide distribution area.  

Now that we all know how a Paloma-inspired beer is made and how to get it, let’s pop the top on a bottle of Más Agave Grapefruit and combine beer and cocktail hour over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Más Agave Grapefruit from Founders Brewing Co.

Appearance: A steady pour from a 12 oz. bottle fills the branded snifter with a beer that is a rich copper in color and topped with just under a finger of loose, slightly off-white foam. When held to direct light, bright orange tones push through to add some brilliance and shine to that copper. The beer is dark but clear, and a vibrant carbonation presence sparkles within. Head retention is minimal, receding quickly to the thinnest of rings that occasionally leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Citrus bursts from the glass and greets the nose with sharp notes of grapefruit zest and juice alongside just a twist of lime. Agave then rolls in to consumes the profile with a wave of tropical sweetness. This note opens further to expose a light tequila note that is more sweet than earthy.

Taste: Things shift around a bit here as a bright, slightly bitter presence of grapefruit zest, juice and pith collides and marries with the sweet agave to strike a beautiful and enticing balance of flavors. The slightly sour Gose base and its wonderful level of salt combines with the pleasant tequila notes to fully capture the cocktail experience and absolutely nail the characteristics of a Paloma.

Mouthfeel: Leaning toward the medium side of full-bodied with a high carbonation, this Imperial Gose drinks lighter than expected and has a refreshing effervescence. Moderately sour and complemented with a nice mix of sweetness and bitterness, this offering is incredibly playful and zesty on the palate. The 9.7% ABV makes itself know with a gently building warmth in the throat, but it never gets out of control. The aftertaste is all grapefruit drizzled with just a bit of agave nectar.

Final Thoughts: Just like the original Más Agave, Más Agave Grapefruit is a massive Imperial Gose that tastes exactly like the intended cocktail it was modeled after while still somehow retaining a dangerously high level of drinkability uncommon for a beer of this ABV. The aromatics and flavors are spot on for a Paloma (besides a touch of added maltiness), but it gives you that full cocktail experience with the convenience of just popping open a bottle or pulling a tap. This level of convenience and its approachable/recognizable flavor makes Más Agave Grapefruit a great option to stock the cooler/beer fridge with this summer because it will easily appeal to non-beer-drinking cocktail fans, seasoned craft beer lovers and everyone in-between. Make sure you give it a try before its limited run comes to an end. Prost!

Cascade Brewing Captures Patio Paradise in a Can

Cascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Patio Paradise in early July 2020.

Releasing just in time for 4th of July weekend, Patio Paradise is a Sour Wheat Ale “aged in oak barrels for up to 10 months then infused with hand-zested grapefruit peel, locally sourced fresh basil, ground coriander and Oregon coast sea salt.” Coming in at 5.5% ABV, Patio Paradise is built for ultimate summertime refreshment.

Patio Paradise is available now at Cascade’s two Portland pubs – Cascade Brewing Barrel House (click here to pre-order for local delivery or pickup at the Barrel House) and Lodge at Cascade Brewing (pickup only at the Lodge) – and distribution will begin in the coming days. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Patio Paradise from Cascade Brewing

Release – Limited; July 2, 2020
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Treatment – Aged in oak barrels for up to 10 months then infused with hand-zested grapefruit peel, locally sourced fresh basil, ground coriander & Oregon coast sea salt
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Schlafly Beer Releases Summer-Themed Patio Pack

Schlafly Beer (St. Louis, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of its Patio Pack, a Variety 12-Pack filled with summertime refreshment, in late June/early July 2020.

Put together to ensure that everyone on your porch or patio has a beer to enjoy this summer, the Patio Pack is a Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles that includes the following four approachable and easy-drinking brews (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s press release):

  • Dry Hopped APA – A hoppy ale with bitterness and prominent aromas of citrus and fruit. Dry-hopped to perfection, this American Pale Ale is a great pair for al fresco dining. ABV – 6%
  • Raspberry Hefeweizen – A true fruit beer fermented with real raspberries for a flavor that’s tart, low in bitterness and full of citrus aromas. ABV – 4.1%
  • Pale Ale – As Schlafly’s flagship beer, this English-style beer is a mild session ale with a refined balance of hops and malt. An approachable classic, especially for summertime sipping. ABV – 4.4%
  • American Lager – The smooth, crisp flavors puts this lager on the lighter side of craft beer. American Lager is a beer that appeals to the masses with a craft brewer’s care and attention to detail. A crushable choice for all beer drinkers. ABV – 5%

“During warmer seasons, beer drinkers gravitate towards lighter, sessionable beers. The Patio Pack gives us the opportunity to showcase that we brew a number of lower ABV beers across a variety of styles. The Patio Pack is a summer staple that our customers look forward to, and we try to keep it interesting by offering different selections every year,” explains Schlafly’s Founding Brewer Stephen Hale.

The Patio Pack is rolling out now and will be hanging around through the summer months of 2020. You can expect to find this Mixed 12-Pack of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-focused retailers located in Missouri, Tennessee and throughout the rest of Schlafly’s distribution footprint. Prost!

Terrapin Beer Co. Welcomes Back Baseball Season with Return of Frenchy’s Blues

Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Frenchy’s Blues, a Berliner Weisse brewed in collaboration with former Atlanta Braves outfielder – Jeff Francoeur, in late June/early July 2020.

Dropping just in time to celebrate the return of Atlanta Braves baseball, Frenchy’s Blues is a Berliner Weisse “made with blueberries from Major League Blueberries, which is a farm operated by Francoeur, his father-in-law Malcolm McCoy and blueberry expert Winn Morgan.” Coming in at just 5% ABV, Frenchy’s Blues is a “tart and refreshing” summertime treat.

Frenchy’s Blues is rolling out now and will be hanging around for a limited time. 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 Georgia only. Prost!

Vital Information for Frenchy’s Blues from Terrapin Beer Co.

Release – Special/Limited; late June/early July 2020
Style – Berliner Weisse
ABV – 5%
IBUs – 5
Malts – Wheat, Pilsner & Torrified Wheat
Hops – Fuggle
Added Ingredients – Blueberries from Major League Blueberries
Suggested Food Pairings – “Aged ham on pretzel bread, havarti, or cheesecake with blueberries”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia only
Beer Finder – https://www.terrapinbeer.com/beer-finder