Deep Ellum Brewing Co. Releases Deep Summer Ale

debc-deep-summerDeep Ellum Brewing Company (Dallas, Texas) has officially announced that Deep Summer Ale is hitting craft beer shelves and taps now as the brewery’s current Seasonal release.

Crafted to “[pair] perfectly with any sun-soaked summertime activity”, Deep Summer is a crisp Summer Ale “brewed with hibiscus, lemon peel and chamomile flowers.”  Weighing in at a sessionable 4.8% ABV, Deep Summer is a “crushable brew made for poolside parties, barbecuing by the lake, floating the river, jamming at music fests or just chillin’ on the porch.”

“With a massive dose of hibiscus flowers and lemon peel, Deep Summer packs a ton of fresh flavor into a surprisingly crushable ale,” said Deep Ellum brewer Kyle Willborn. “A light dose of hops complement the late addition of dried hibiscus to give the beer a unique pinkish hue. Paired with a backbone of Vienna malt, this brew is a perfect refreshment for a Texas summer.”

Deep Summer Ale is rolling out now and is scheduled to hang around through the summer months.  You can expect to find this Seasonal brew available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located within Deep Ellum’s distribution footprint in Texas. Prost!

Vital Information for Deep Summer Ale from Deep Ellum Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal, launching April 2019
Style – Summer Ale/Herb & Spice Beer
ABV – 4.8%
IBUs – 8 
Added Ingredients – Hibiscus, lemon peel & chamomile flowers
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.deepellumbrewing.com/beer-finder/

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New Holland Brewing Co.’s Elusive Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash Set to Return

DragonsMilkTripleMash2New Holland Brewing Company (Holland, Michigan) has officially announced that Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash will make a highly-anticipated return on April 27.

Last released in 2017, Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash is a version of New Holland’s flagship Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout that has endured “three separate mashes, a delicate lautering, and a year’s slumber in New Holland Spirits barrels.”  Weighing in at a staggering 17% ABV, Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash offers its drinker “an intense malt character paired with warm, toasted flavor notes from its time in the wood.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to release Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash into the wild. Triple Mash takes what is already an amazing beer and really amplifies all those classic Dragon’s Milk flavors to the moon—the roasted malt, barrel sweetness and bourbon all shine through,” said Dominic Bergquist, Brand Manager. “Our brewers have outdone themselves with this brew.”

Release parties for Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash will take place at New Holland’s Grand Rapids and Holland pubs on Saturday, April 27.  While at these release parties, attendees can purchase Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles ($24.99 each | limit of one case per customer per day), on draft, and “as part of a special ‘Flight of the Dragon’ sampler that features Triple Mash along with Dragon’s Milk, Dragon’s Milk White and Dragon’s Milk: Brewer’s Select (2019)—which was aged in a first-use bourbon barrel and hand-selected from New Holland’s cellar just for this occasion.”  A limited amount of Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash – both on draft and in bottles – is expected to hit distribution in Michigan only shortly after the on-site release.  Prost!

Vital Information for Dragon’s Milk Triple Mash from New Holland Brewing Company

Release – Limited; April 27, 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 17%
IBU – 30
Treatment – A version of Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel-aged Stout that has experienced three separate mashes, a delicate lautering, and a year aging in New Holland Spirits barrels
Recommended Glassware – Snifter
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – Michigan only

 

DESTIHL Brewery Kicks Off Spring with Release of Piña Colada Gose & Hawaii Five Ale

DESTIHLPinaDESTIHL Brewery (Normal, Illinois) has officially announced that it is greeting spring with two, new tropical-inspired offerings, WiLD Sour Series – Piña Colada Gose and Hawaii Five Ale.

Surfacing as the second of four WiLD Sour Series Seasonal releases in 2019, Piña Colada Gose (5.7% ABV) is DESTIHL’s “take on [the] Leipzig-style Gose, which is brewed with pineapple and coconut for a tropical twist on the classic sour ale.”  This marriage of flavors “provides an added layer of sweet, fruity complexity to the brewery’s Gose that is already known for its tart, citrusy qualities while still balanced by French sea salt and hints of spice from added coriander.”

Also here to provide you with “a taste of paradise” this spring, Hawaii Five Ale is an American Blonde Ale infused with “tropical flavors of pineapple, coconut, mango, peach and guava.”  Weighing in at an easy-drinking 6.4% ABV, Hawaii Five Ale will have you “singing the song of the islands” after just one sip.

“We continue to embrace innovation and feel Piña Colada Gose and Hawaii Five Ale will resonate with consumers looking for refreshing, tropical beers which will be perfect for summer occasions.”

 

– Matt Potts, Co-Founder, CEO and Brewmaster at DESTIHL Brewery

Piña Colada Gose and Hawaii Five Ale both enter distribution in April.  Piña Colada Gose will be available through June 2019 and Hawaii Five Ale is scheduled to hang around through August 2019.  You can expect to find both of these Seasonal offerings available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Illinois and throughout the rest of DESTIHL’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for WiLD Sour Series – Piña Colada Gose from DESTIHL Brewery

Release – WiLD Sour Series/Seasonal, April – June 2019
Style – Gose
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 11
Added Ingredients – Coriander, sea salt, coconut puree & pineapple puree
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.destihl.com/beer-finder.html

Vital Information for Hawaii Five Ale from DESTIHL Brewery

Release – Seasonal, April – August 2019
Style – Blonde Ale/Fruit Beer
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 13
Added Ingredients – Pineapple, coconut, mango, peach & guava puree
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.destihl.com/beer-finder.html

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Starr Hill Brewery Introduces Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack

StarrHillSIAS2Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced that Say It Ain’t Sour will launch in April as the brewery’s newest Limited Release mixed 12-pack.

Here to introduce fans to Starr Hill’s newly-released Sour Series of offerings “inspired by the sweet songs that celebrate women with attitude”,  the Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack contains the following four brews that are “just as juicy with fruit punch flavors as they are tart and funky” (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Lizzy | Lime Gose – A brew boasting citric acidity from the juice and peel of limes. Crisp and thirst-quenching, but with mild saltiness, Lizzy will make you dizzy in her riptide and leave you wanting another sip.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft**
  • Lola | Guava Gose – A bubbly, light wheat beer, perfect for dancing all night under electric candlelight. A mix of flowery Guava and modest salinity in a refreshment that looks like champagne and talks like a beer.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available on draft**
  • Mariah | Passion Fruit Gose – Funky, tart, and tropically sweet from passionfruit puree. Silky with plenty of high notes.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft**
  • Roxanne | Raspberry American Sour – An extremely low-hopped, kettle-soured wheat ale. Sweet and tart with raspberry puree and carbonation turned up, this is an effervescent and refreshing brew.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft**

The Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack officially released on April 1 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles at craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

BrewDog and British Airways Brew Speedbird 100 Transatlantic IPA at Altitude

britishairways_216861850814117In recognition of British Airways’ centenary, BrewDog (Ellon, United Kingdom) has partnered with the airline to create Speedbird 100, a Transatlantic IPA brewed at 40,000 feet.

Armed with an India Pale Ale recipe designed to “work perfectly in the air and adapt to the reduction in taste and smell sensitivity at high altitudes”,  BrewDog founders Martin Dickie and James Watt initiated the brewing process for  Speedbird 100 – named after British Airways’ call sign – “on board one of the airline’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners, while cruising 500mph over the north of Scotland.”  The brewing team – which also included members of the British Airways cabin crew – “mixed water, hops and barley in the onboard beverage makers to start the mashing part of the brewing process.” **A video of the brew day is available below.**

James Watt MBE, BrewDog’s co-founder, said: “It’s been incredible to be able to partner with British Airways in their centenary year and create a completely new beer for their customers.”

 

Martin Dickie MBE, BrewDog’s co-founder, added: “The key thing is that the bitterness and fruit flavours aren’t really affected by the altitude, so we wanted to play on those two things and ramp up the sweetness. We really hope British Airways customers love Speedbird 100 as much as we do.”

330ml cans of Speedbird 100 Transatlantic IPA will be “exclusively available to British Airways customers on board all long-haul and short-haul flights and in selected lounges from May 1.”  Speedbird 100, along with several other BrewDog offerings, will be available in British Airways’ Club lounge in Terminal 7 at John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport when it opens later this Spring.  British Airways’ new Club lounge at JFK will serve as BrewDog’s “first bar in New York”.  Prost!

 

 

 

Shiner Beer Unleashes Texas Heat Wave Variety Pack

shinertxheatwave2.pngShiner Beer (Shiner, Texas) has officially announced that Texas Heat Wave, a Limited-Edition Summer Variety Pack, will begin hitting shelves in April 2019.

Released annually to serve as the thirst-quenching answer to a Texas summer, the Texas Heat Wave is a mixed variety pack that contains the following three refreshing brews (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Prickly Pear – A crisp Lager with a tart, citrusy flavor generously donated by prickly pears. 
  • Cherry Limeade – A unique brew with sweet cherry and tangy lime, inspired by a classic summer treat.
  • Sea Salt & Lime Summer Lager – An easy-drinking Lager with just a hint of salt and a refreshing lime finish.  

The Texas Heat Wave Summer Pack is rolling out now and will be available for a limited time during the warm weather months.  You can expect to find this mixed variety pack at craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Florida, Texas and throughout the rest of Shiner’s distribution area.  Prost!

 

 

Cascade Brewing Releases Newest One Way or Another Project

cascadenewlogoCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) has officially announced that the 2017 vintage of its One Way or Another project is slated for a Limited Release in April 2019.

Based upon the collaboration recipe that Cascade Brewing originally developed with Bruery Terreux, One Way or Another (2017) “combines whole, Northwest-grown marionberries and Meyer lemon zest with sour blond ale aged in oak barrels for up to 16 months.”  Weighing in at 7.7% ABV, this blend of One Way or Another offers “notes of blackberry pastry, fresh citrus and spruce tips with a lively acidity and dry finish.”

One Way or Another (2017) debuted in Cascade Brewing’s two Portland pubs on April 5 and is scheduled to begin hitting distribution this week.  You can expect to find this Tier One offering available in 500ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Oregon and throughout the rest of Cascade Brewing’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for One Way or Another (2017) from Cascade Brewing 

Release – Limited/Tier One; April 5, 2019
Style – American Sour Ale
ABV – 7.7%
Treatment – Whole, Northwest-grown marionberries and Meyer lemon zest combined with sour blond ale aged in oak barrels for up to 16 months
Fun Fact – “One Way or Another 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.”
Availability – 500ml bottles & draft

 

 

Harpoon Brewery Introduces Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale

HarpoonDunkinSummerPApourHarpoon Brewery (Boston, Massachusetts) has officially announced that it has once again partnered with Dunkin’ (Canton, Massachusetts) to create a new coffee-inspired craft brew – Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale – meant for warm weather sippin’.

Crafted to be a “hoppy tribute to Dunkin’s signature Iced Coffee“, Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale that has been infused with Dunkin’s Original Blend Coffee.  Coming in at a light and easy-drinking 5% ABV, the “bright, summery” Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale is best enjoyed “at the end of any sunny day or seasonal celebration.”

According to Tony Weisman, Dunkin’ U.S. Chief Marketing Officer, “The classic tastes of Dunkin’ coffee and Harpoon craft beer make for such an irresistible combination, it was inevitable we’d collaborate again. We saw so much excitement and passion for our partnership last fall, and we’re thrilled to delight our fans who start their day with Dunkin’ coffee and end it by enjoying one of Harpoon’s famous craft beers once more with the introduction of new Summer Coffee Pale Ale.”

 

“I just depleted the last of my private stash of Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter the other day, so, selfishly, the timing on this launch couldn’t be better,” said Dan Kenary, Harpoon’s Co-Founder and CEO. “We ended last year’s baseball season with the intro of Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter, and we’re excited to begin this season with the release of our Summer Coffee Pale Ale. Most importantly, it’s a delicious beer – hoppy and vibrant with a nice coffee character. We’re thrilled to partner with an icon like Dunkin’ again.”

Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale is rolling out now and is scheduled to stick around throughout the summer months.  You can expect to find this Limited-Edition offering available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Harpoon’s distribution footprint in the Eastern U.S.  Prost!

Vital Information for Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale from Harpoon Brewery & Dunkin’

Release – Limited, launching April 2019
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5%
Added Ingredients – Dunkin’s Original Blend Coffee
Fun Fact – “Harpoon Dunkin’ Summer Coffee Pale Ale marks the second craft beer created in partnership between these two iconic American beverage brands. Last October, Dunkin’ and Harpoon Brewery came together to toast the start of fall by introducing Harpoon Dunkin’ Coffee Porter. It proved to be extremely popular among both beer enthusiasts and the brands’ fans alike, with millions of pints served within the regional brewery’s distribution footprint.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pairs perfectly with delicious summer favorites like coffee rubbed brisket, chipotle chicken tacos, Dunkin’ coffee rolls, and outdoor brunch.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Eastern U.S.
Beer Finder – https://www.harpoonbrewery.com/beer-finder

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Creature Comforts’ Cosmik Debris Double IPA Set to Return this April

sNAhrkV4Creature Comforts Brewing Co. (Athens, Georgia) has announced that this year’s Limited Release of Cosmik Debris Double IPA (2019) will officially begin on Tuesday, April 16.

Released annually each spring “because the newest and freshest hops are available to brewers at that time”, Cosmik Debris (8% ABV) is a Double India Pale Ale that features “an intense amount of Simcoe, Idaho 7, Mosaic, Cascade, and Chinook hops.”  This massive hop bill provides a “firm bitterness” and an aroma bursting with “citrus zest, melon, and subtle pine” while “a lighter malt character paves the way to a delicious, soft, and balanced flavor profile.”

“Cosmik Debris should always be kept cold and consumed as fresh as possible,” said Co-founder & Brewmaster Adam Beauchamp. “Allowing it to age would lessen the brilliant, fresh aroma that we worked to infuse into the beer.”

This year’s batch of Cosmik Debris Double IPA will debut in the Creature Comforts Tasting Room on April 16 and distribution is scheduled to follow shortly after the onsite release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within Creature Comforts Brewing Co.’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Cosmik Debris Double IPA from Creature Comforts Brewing Co.

Release – Limited; April 16, 2019
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8%
Featured Hops – Simcoe, Idaho 7, Mosaic, Cascade & Chinook 
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia 

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Ballast Point Brewing Goes Year-Round with Low-Calorie Ballast Point Lager

1_CANmiddle_Lager_optBallast Point Brewery (San Diego, California) has officially announced that its 99 calorie Ballast Point Lager is now available nationwide.

Tapped to be the newest member of Ballast Point’s Discovery Series of “approachable, high-quality and great-tasting beers”, Ballast Point Lager is an “easy-drinking and crisp” Craft Lager brewed with a SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) recipe comprised of “100 percent two-row barley from farms in the West and Northwest and a light touch of Apollo hops from Washington growers.”  Further benefiting from an assist from a floral yeast character that lends “notes of bread, pear and ripe banana”, Ballast Point Lager (4.2% ABV) comes together to be a “clean, low-calorie lager that finishes dry and effervescent.”

“We’re always developing new brews and wanted to bring beer drinkers a sessionable, low-calorie option they can enjoy on any occasion – from a day at the beach or the lake to their neighborhood bar while watching the game,” Ballast Point VP of brewing James Murray said. “But make no mistake, this is not another ‘light’ beer. Ballast Point Lager boasts the high quality, innovation and flavor fans expect from us.”

Ballast Point Lager is rolling out now and will be available Year-Round.  You can expect to find this new low-calorie beer option available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. single cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, California, Illinois, Virginia and throughout the rest of Ballast Point’s nationwide distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Ballast Point Lager from Ballast Point Brewing

Release – Year-Round/Discovery Series, launching late March/early April 2019
Style – American Light Lager
ABV – 4.2%
Calories – 99

Carbs – 3.5g
Malts – 2-Row Barley
Hops – Apollo
Fun Fact – “Ballast Point Lager fits the current trend among beer drinkers looking for moderation. In fact, the brewery’s research revealed two-thirds of consumers feel compelled to moderate their everyday habits, including watching calories.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 12-packs of 12 oz. cans, 19.2 oz. single cans & draft