Calusa Brewing Begins Triple Can Release of Outbound Pils, Citronious & Lobby Party DIPA

CalusaTripleCanDropVertCalusa Brewing (Sarasota, Florida) has officially announced that it is closing out March 2020 by dropping three Limited Release offerings – the debut of Outbound German-style Pils and return of Citronious and Lobby Party Double NEIPA – in the brewery’s taproom.

As they adapt to the current social distancing and stay-at-home situation caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Calusa Brewing has decided to can a serious amount of the following three Limited Release offerings so that the brewery’s cooler can stay stocked with plenty of tasty goodness (descriptions sourced from the brewery’s Facebook page):

  • Outbound | German-style Pils – Crisp, complex and classic, this German Lager pours a brilliant, sparkling gold. Made with only the highest-quality German malts, aromatic noble hop varieties and a traditional long, cold maturation. Some things are classics for a reason.  ABV – 4.8%
  • Citronious | New England-style India Pale Ale – Pouring a hazy gold, Citronious blasts with the fresh flavor and aromas of citrus, mango and tropical fruits. This single-hopped IPA is a true showcase for the juicy, dank, notoriously big character of the dynamic Citra hop.  ABV – 6.5%
  • Lobby Party | Double New England-style India Pale Ale – Double NEIPA w/ Citra, & Sabro hops, Mango, Pineapple & Lactose collaboration with our South Florida friends at Tripping Animals Brewing (Doral, Florida)  ABV – 8.5%

All three offerings listed above were officially released in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans on March 28, but there is still “plenty to go around” at this time.  You can grab your 4-packs by visiting Calusa Brewing during their adjusted To-Go Only Hours: Weekdays – 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Weekends – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. (credit/debit card payments only). Prost!

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Rogue Converts Distillery into Hand Sanitizer Production Facility

RogueSpiritsLogoRogue Spirits (Newport, Oregon) has officially announced that it has begun production of Helping Hand Hand Sanitizer to provide local emergency response and public safety officials with much needed hand sanitizer during the public health crisis caused by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Produced to “keep those servicing the community safe and healthy so that they can protect the rest of the country” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Rogue’s Helping Hand Hand Sanitizer is made with “80% ethanol, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide and distilled water.” This initiative at Rogue Spirits was made possible due to “the Food and Drug Administration [changing] their guidelines on March 18 to give distilleries permission to start making hand sanitizer for distribution as long as they were abiding by the formula outlined by the World Health Organization.”  At this time, Rogue has already donated its Helping Hand Hand Sanitizer – packaged in 375ml, 4 oz. and 16 oz. bottles – to “fire departments from Newport, Toledo, Waldport, Yachats, Depoe Bay, and Lincoln City, police services, county offices, local ambulance services and Life Flight.”

“There’s a massive shortage of so many life-saving supplies right now and we wanted to do something to help,” adds Brian Pribyl, Head Distiller of Rogue Ales & Spirits. “As a distillery, we make alcohol every day, so a hand sanitizer was an obvious way to help. It’s been amazing to watch the entire distilling community come together during this crisis. We can’t make gowns, gloves or medical equipment but we can keep a steady supply of alcohol flowing. If we can supply a hand sanitizer to the front-line of this pandemic, even if that means one less thing they have to worry about sourcing, we’re calling that a win.”

 

“What’s really great about our hand sanitizer initiative is that it came about as an employee passion project and their dream became a reality thanks to a collaborative team effort,” adds Jack Waibel, Vice President of Production at Rogue Ales & Spirits. “Since day one we have been dedicated to giving back to our community and are so honored to be able to step up and help in this time of need.”

Rogue’s Helping Hand Hand Sanitizer is currently available to first responders in Oregon’s Lincoln County and the distillery is “working to make it available throughout the nation to businesses and consumers to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.” Prost!

 

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Big Storm Brewing Files Application to Begin Commercial Production of Hand Sanitizer

BigStormLogoIn response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has officially filed the required federal application to begin manufacturing ethanol in hopes that it will be able to begin making more than 100-gallons of commercially packaged hand sanitizer each day.

As the federal government is currently “working diligently to expedite applications” like the one Big Storm awaits approval on, the brewery has proactively “begun the compounding of a liquid-based hand sanitizer spray following World Health Organization standards.”  Once they get the go ahead to proceed, Big Storm plans to begin “mass production of hand sanitizer to supply government agencies, hospitals, first responders and others.”  Government agencies, hospitals, medical offices and others interested in hand sanitizer can contact Big Storm at info@bigstormbrewery.com.

“Our goal is to begin mass production of hand sanitizer to supply government agencies, hospitals, first responders and others,” said Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni. “This is a win-win, it allows us to retain employees while manufacturing a critical resource during this incredibly difficult time.”

Big Storm Brewing Co.’s plans to begin production of hand sanitizer is an effort to do their part in helping meet the demand for this vital product during this escalating coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  Prost!

 

Flying Dog Brewery Introduces Pool Hopping As Newest Summer Seasonal

FlyingDogPoolHoppingCanFlying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Maryland) has officially announced that Pool Hopping Deck Beer will join its Seasonal lineup in late March 2020.

Developed to be Flying Dog’s “pioneering . . . new take on summer beers” (a.k.a. the “Deck Beer”), Pool Hopping is a “stripped-down” Hazy India Pale Ale that uses “traditional beer ingredients – like Citra and Mosaic hops, and Pilsner and Wheat malts – to achieve unimaginable flavors and aromas, without the added juices you’ll find in a lot of warm weather beers.”  Filled with “tropical notes of mango and citrus,” Pool Hopping (5.4% ABV) “offers a big juicy hop presence complimented by a moderate body and low bitterness.”

“Pool Hopping is a super crushable summer beer that’s refreshing and tropical without the sweetness,” said James Maravetz, VP of Marketing at Flying Dog Brewery. “Our experts in the brewhouse essentially combined a NEIPA and Brut IPA to make a new beer that deserved a category of its own.”

Pool Hopping replaces Summer Rental Grapefruit Radler in Flying Dog’s summer seasonal lineup.

Pool Hopping Deck Beer officially released on March 23 and is scheduled to hang around throughout the summer months of 2020.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, in the SPF 1000 Summer Variety 12-Pack of 12 oz. cans, and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and throughout the rest of Flying Dog’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pool Hopping Deck Beer from Flying Dog Brewery

Release – Seasonal (Summer); launching March 23, 2020
Style – Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 5.4%
Featured Hops – Citra & Mosaic
Fun Fact – “The original art on the Pool Hopping can features a new technique from world renowned illustrator Ralph Steadman, the artist behind all of Flying Dog’s major release label artwork. Steadman’s inspiration for this label came from the natural white salt lines forming on the cover of a backyard pool. From that inspiration, Steadman drew a tropical bird quizzically looking up at a pair of human legs, thinking to himself, ‘Blimey, that’s a big bird!’”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, in Flying Dog’s SPF 1000 Summer Variety 12-Pack & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.flyingdog.com/beer-finder/

 

 

Tasting Notes: Island Mango Twist from Garage Brewing Co.

GarageIMTPour_editedFor this installment of Tasting Notes, we enjoy an at-home tropical getaway from our social distancing routine thanks to a few cans of Island Mango Twist from Garage Brewing Co. (Temecula, California).

Meant to magically whisk you away from whatever daily life can throw at you, Island Mango Twist is a Hefeweizen “crafted with a twist of mango, pineapple and coconut.”  Coming in at a highly drinkable 5.2% ABV, Island Mango Twist is here to “take you on an island vacation without even leaving your couch” . . . which is super convenient now that we are all being asked to shelter in place during this whole COVID-19 situation.

Island Mango Twist is available now for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Seasonal offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Garage Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Southern California and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Now that we all know a little of the info behind the beer, let’s crack open a can and daydream about an island vacation over some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Island Mango Twist from Garage Brewing Co.

Appearance: Island Mango Twist pours a bright, gold-tinged orange in color and is topped with just over two fingers of lush, white foam. When held to direct light, those golden hues take over and leave just a bit of orange to rest at the core of the beer.  This brew is sporting that beautiful, OG Hefeweizen haze/cloudiness, but a spritely carbonation presence can still be seen dancing within.  Head retention is good, eventually falling to a complete top cap that draws spindly lines of lace on the glass at times.

Aroma: Classic Hefeweizen character surfaces first with a good amount of banana and a touch of bubblegum. A coconut presence then brings a tropical breeze of coconut water and sweet coconut meat.  Mango, pineapple, and a bit of papaya closes out the profile with a lively burst of fruitiness.  This beer basically smells like you just peeled back the foil seal on a tropical fruit cup.

Taste: Mango and pineapple lead the show here, quickly establishing a solid and juicy tropical vibe. That vibe intensifies as the coconut offers just the right amount of complementary rich creaminess but without overpowering the fruits.  The Hefeweizen base closes out the experience with a healthy, lasting pop of banana.

Mouthfeel:  On the fuller side of medium in body with a lively carbonation, this Hefeweizen is soft and pillowy in texture but still moves quickly across the palate to find a somewhat dry finish. The balance does lean to the sweet side, but it really could not get any more perfect considering the added fruits and coconut. The 5.2% ABV is super light, only hinting at a grace of heat in the throat at times.  The aftertaste is all banana and coconut.

Final Thoughts: Island Mango Twist does a fantastic job of being unmistakably tropical while avoiding being overly sweet. The Hefeweizen style proves to be an ideal base for this beer as it carries the tropical fruit and coconut well, adds those wonderful banana notes, gives the beer a lush feel and weight, and also adds a sense of balance. This results in an experience that has all the tropical notes you crave from a tropical/tiki-style mixed drink, but with the ABV and drinkability of a session beer. All in all, Island Mango Twist is a perfect go-to beer to enjoy by the pool or on the couch while binge-watching whatever show you are trying to catch up on during this whole stay-at-home situation.  Stay well, be safe, and drink on some Island Mango Twist if you get the chance.  Prost!

 

Stone Brewing Celebrates a Month of Dankness with Release of Enjoy By 4.20 IPA

2020_EJB0420_22ozBottleMock4Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Stone Enjoy By 4.20 IPA in late March 2020.

Sure to be the most coveted release of the year in Stone Brewing’s Enjoy By IPA series, Stone Enjoy By 4.20 IPA is an “uber-fresh, specifically-brewed-not-to-last” Double India Pale Ale that features 12 different hop varietals – Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Cascade, Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka and Helga. Taking advantage of the fact that April 2020 means “the calendar will read 4/20 for an entire month,” Stone Enjoy By 4.20 IPA (9.4% ABV, 90 IBUs) is here to help you properly spend “30 full days . . . celebrating the glory of those magical resinous green buds we call hops.”

Stone Enjoy By 4.20 IPA officially released on March 24 and will be available until the end of April 2020.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles and on draft 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 Enjoy By 4.20 IPA from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited/Stone Enjoy By IPA Series; late March – April 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9.4% 
IBUs – 90
Featured Hops – Nugget, Super Galena, Simcoe, Delta, Target, Amarillo, Cascade, Galaxy, Citra, Nelson Sauvin, Motueka & Helga
Suggested Food Pairings – “Appetizers – Guacamole, kimchi, salt and pepper shrimp (or tofu), sausage-stuffed jalapeños | Main Course – Chicken-fried steak, Merguez sausage, gumbo, chile relleno, Thai drunken noodles | Dessert – Carrot cake, peach cobbler, ginger spice cake, pumpkin cheesecake | Cheeses – Parmigiano-Reggiano, extra aged Cheddar, Rogue Creamery Caveman Blue, Mimolette | Cigar –  Alec Bradley Trilogy Authentic Corojo, Altadis U.S.A Edición Limitada, Camacho Select”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 22 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Wild Leap Brew Co. Launches Gratuity Light Beer & Fundraising Campaign In Support Of Service Industry

WildLeapLogo2Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce Gratuity Light Beer, a craft beer with a mission to “[support] service industry workers who have been hit hard by the worldwide COVID-19 crisis,” during the week of April 6, 2020.

Specifically brewed by Wild Leap with the intention to donate “10% of profits [raised from the sale of this new Year-Round release] to nonprofit organizations who help support the service industry through emergency financial assistance,” Gratuity Light Beer “a crisp, cold-conditioned beer featuring simple ingredients like Pilsen malt, traditional Czech Saaz hops and Wild Leap’s house yeast.”  Coming in at an “approachable and drinkable” 4.2% ABV, Gratuity’s traditional ingredients “combine . . . to provide consumers with a refreshing, lower ABV craft option which still provides the flavorful profile you’ve come to expect from Wild Leap.”

“In times of crisis, service industry workers often are left without benefits to fall back on. In the current climate, empty bars, taprooms, hotels and restaurants have left workers without the support from customers that they rely on,” says Anthony Rodriguez, Wild Leap co-founder and CEO. “The purpose of Gratuity Light Beer is to provide support for these hard-working people.”

 

“Gratuity doubles as a way to support the industry while providing people with more accessible, affordable craft beer,” says Chris Elliott, Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer. “With all that’s happening right now, the release of Gratuity is more important than ever.”

When it comes to Wild Leap’s motivation and mission behind Gratuity Light Beer, here is what the brewery is doing to support service industry workers impacted by COVID-19 through this beer:

  • Wild Leap has preemptively donated $5,000 to nonprofit organization Bottleshare via a GoFundMe campaign (wildleap.com/donate) they have set up. With the online campaign, the initial goal is to raise $15,000 in donations. (If you are someone working in the craft beverage industry and in need of support, go to bottleshare.org/grant-application to apply for assistance.)
  • Once Gratuity Light Beer is released on April 6th, 10% of profits from Gratuity will continue to support service industry organizations year-round.

“Wild Leap could not have come to us during a more crucial time!” says Bottleshare Founder, Christopher Glenn. “Their passion was incredible. There were no stipulations, no fine print, it was simply, ‘Hey, we’ve heard of your mission and we want to help.’ At a time when being selfish is easy but support is so necessary, Wild Leap is stepping up and making an impact.”

Gratuity Light Beer is scheduled to debut the week of April 6 with availability in 12-packs of 12 oz. cans.  You can expect to find this incredibly special Year-Round offering at Wild Leap Brew Co. via curbside pick-up and at craft beer-focused establishments located in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Gratuity Light Beer from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching April 6
Style – American Light Beer
ABV – 4.2%
Featured Malt – Pilsen
Featured Hops – Czech Saaz
Mission – “For every purchase of Gratuity, Wild Leap is donating 10% of profits to nonprofit organizations who help support the service industry through emergency financial assistance.”
Fun Fact – “Gratuity is the first light beer to come out of the Wild Leap brewhouse and is the first beer available in a 12-pack.”
Availability – 12-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

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Urban South Brewery Goes Year-Round with Snoball Juice IPA

Snoball-Juice-CanUrban South Brewery (New Orleans, Louisiana) has officially announced that its award-winning Snoball Juice IPA will join the brewery’s Year-Round lineup in late March 2020.

Brewed as a “salute to the signature New Orleans summer treat,” Snoball Juice is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale “hopped with nearly five pounds per barrel of Idaho 7, Vic Secret, El Dorado and Citra hops.”  Clocking in at a “smooth-drinking” 7% ABV and 50 IBUs, Snoball Juice features a flavor profile filled with “juicy tropical fruit.”

Snoball Juice IPA will be available Year-Round in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft beginning in late March.  You can expect to find this tasty treat at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located within Urban South’s distribution footprint in Louisiana. Prost!

Vital Information for Snoball Juice IPA from Urban South Brewery

Release – Year-Round; launching March 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 50
Featured Hops – Idaho 7, Vic Secret, El Dorado & Citra
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pairs well with Louisiana staples like summer heat, afternoon swims and crawfish boils”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Louisiana 

Boulevard Brewing Introduces Rye on Rye Maple as Next Limited Release

BoulevardLogoBlackBoulevard Brewing Co. (Kansas City, Missouri) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Rye on Rye Maple on April 6.

The result of “patience, great barrels and creative brewers,” Rye on Rye Maple takes Boulevard’s Rye on Rye — “a complex yet approachable ale that defies categorization” — and ages it “to perfection” in barrels that were “used to age Templeton Rye 4, then filled with Vermont maple syrup for two months, then re-filled with whiskey to create Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish.”  This treatment produces a multilayered Rye Beer that is “bold and complex, with aromas of maple syrup (duh!), caramel, butterscotch, hazelnut and oaky vanilla that emanate from the glass.” Weighing in at a massive 13.2% ABV, Rye on Rye Maple “is deceptively smooth for a beer with these epic levels of robust booze character.”

“This year’s blend comes from aging [Boulevard’s] Rye on Rye base beer four different ways:”

  • 31% – Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish barrels
  • 35% – Templeton 4 year barrels
  • 27% – Templeton 4 year barrels with Maple syrup added after 8 months
  • 7% – 2018 Rye on Rye, double barrel-aged

Rye on Rye Maple is scheduled to hit the Greater Kansas City area on April 6 with wider distribution to follow shortly after that date. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within Boulevard Brewing Co.’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Rye on Rye Maple from Boulevard Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; April 6, 2020
Style – Rye Beer
ABV – 13.2%
IBUs – 16
Malts – Pale Malt, Cara 50, Rye Malt, Cara Rye & Munich
Hops – Magnum, Bravo & Styrian Golding
Yeast – House Scottish 
Treatment – Aged in barrels used to age Templeton Rye 4, then filled with Vermont maple syrup for two months, then re-filled with whiskey to create Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish
Suggested Food Pairings – “Fried chicken and waffles, butter pecan ice cream, aged hard cheeses, hours and hours of contemplative time at home”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles
Beer Finder – https://www.boulevard.com/beer/beer-finder/

Second Line Brewing Expands Distribution to Alabama

SecondLineLogoSecond Line Brewing (New Orleans, Louisiana) has officially announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Budweiser Busch Distributing Co. (Bud Busch) in Mobile, Alabama and will begin distribution in South Alabama in April 2020.

Founded five years ago, Second Line Brewing has since established “itself as one of New Orleans’ most loved neighborhood craft breweries” by “brewing honest and well-crafted small batch beers at their brewery located in the Mid-City neighborhood.” Now that they are confident that they can “support the brand appropriately” in other markets, Second Line has decided to launch distribution in South Alabama with the following three offerings:

  • Queen of New England – New England-style India Pale Ale
  • Saison Named Desire – A classic Saison brewed with orange zest and Moro blood orange. Light, refreshing, balanced and perfect for any occasion.  ABV – 5.6%  IBUs – 27
  • West Coast Style IPA – Heaps of late kettle and dry hops, along with a restrained malt bill and hop-friendly water profile come together to produce an IPA with a great floral aroma and assertive citrus/grapefruit flavor.  ABV – 6.5%  IBUs – 68

“Extending our reach into Alabama with Bud Busch makes total sense for us. There are a lot of ties between New Orleans and Southern Alabama including Mardi Gras in Mobile, vacationing in Fairhope and of course the beach at Gulf Shores. We have a great following in New Orleans and look forward to extending our following to South Alabama.”

 

– Mark Logan, Co-founder & COO at Second Line Brewing

With Bud Busch handling all distribution responsibilities, Second Line Brewing plans to begin distribution in South Alabama on April 1.  You can expect to find Second Line Brewing’s offerings at craft beer-friendly establishments located in the Mobile, Fairhope and Gulf Shores areas of Alabama. Prost!

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