Stone Brewing Signals for Limited Return of Farking Wheaton w00tstout

Stone Brewing (Escondido, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of its 2020 batch of Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout on Friday, June 26.

A comic-book-inspired fan-favorite that was first brewed in 2013 as a collaboration between Drew Curtis of FARK.com“nerd royalty” Wil Wheaton and Stone Brewing co-founder Greg Koch, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is a “massive” Imperial Stout brewed with pecans, wheat, and flaked rye and “one quarter aged in Bourbon barrels.” Weighing in at a mighty 11.5% ABV, Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout is “a whopping, intense, superhero of a beer with profound complexity that makes it ideal for cellaring… if you can wait that long.”

Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout will hit Stone Brewing locations on June 26 and distribution will begin shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 22 oz. bottles and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments in California only. Prost!

Vital Information for Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout from Stone Brewing

Release – Limited; June 26, 2020
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11.5%
IBUs – 45
Featured Ingredients – Pecans, wheat & flaked rye
Treatment – 1/4 aged in Bourbon barrels
Fun Fact – On the label artwork: “This year’s ridiculously badass artwork originates from the hand and mind of Kevin Nowlan, who comes to us on behalf of Hero Initiative. Kevin has previously lent his talents to Doctor Strange and Batman comics while also contributing character design for Batman: The Animated Series. His label art depicts our iconic Gargoyle keeping a watchful eye, protecting us – and you! – from the evil spirits of bad beer.”
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft

Distribution – California only
Beer Finder – https://find.stonebrewing.com/#ready

Paulaner Brings Summertime Refreshment to the U.S. with Launch of Grapefruit Radler

Paulaner USA (White Plains, New York), the U.S. importer of the legendary Paulaner Brauerei (Munich, Germany) portfolio, has officially announced that it will introduce American beer drinkers to Paulaner Grapefruit Radler in June 2020.

Developed to be the “perfect complement wherever you are during the warm summer months,” Paulaner Grapefruit Radler is a thirst-quenching Radler that “combines 50% Paulaner’s classic Münchner Lager and 50% naturally hazy, grapefruit infusion.” Coming in at a super sessionable 2.5% ABV, Paulaner Grapefruit Radler is “a fruity-tart refreshment that is 100% natural and not too sweet.”

“With the continued rise in flavored beers and hard fruity seltzers, it was an easy choice  for us to introduce our Grapefruit Radler here in the United States, as it was already well-received in Germany for the past two-years,” says Steve Hauser, CEO of Paulaner USA. “Its success is in the combination of our expert brewmasters and the quality ingredients used to brew the product. This has resulted in a premium, flavorful thirst quencher that consumers won’t be able to put down.”

Paulaner Grapefruit Radler is scheduled to hit the U.S. in June and will be available throughout the summer months. You can expect to find this new offering available in 4-packs of 16.9 oz. cans at fine beer establishments located in Alabama, Florida, New York and throughout the rest of Paulaner USA’s nationwide distribution network.  Prost!

Vital Information for Paulaner Grapefruit Radler from Paulaner Brauerei

Release – ???; launching in the U.S. in June 2020
Style – Radler
ABV – 2.5%
Blend – 50% Paulaner’s Münchner Lager & 50% natural “grapefruit infusion”
Availability – 4-packs of 16.9 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://paulanerhpusa.com/beer-finder/paulaner-beer-finder/

Left Hand Brewing Co. Adds 1265 Pilsner to Year-Round Lineup

Left Hand Brewing Co. (Longmont, Colorado) has announced that 1265 Pilsner is officially hitting distribution now as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

Named “in honor of [Left Hand’s] home” at 1265 Boston Ave in Longmont, Colorado; 1265 Pilsner is a “crisp and lively” Pilsner that “exhibits light bready malts reminiscent of a freshly baked baguette with a delicate citrus hop profile.” Weighing in at 5.2% ABV and 23 IBUs, 1265 Pilsner is a “tribute to a traditional pilsner . . . brewed for high repeat enjoyment on hot, sunny days!”

1265 Pilsner will begin rolling out into Left Hand’s full distribution footprint in late June 2020. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado and throughout the rest of Left Hand’s distribution territory. Prost!

Vital Information for 1265 Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching late June 2020
Style – Pilsner
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 23
Malt – 2-Row & Pilsner
Hops – Sterling, Cascade & Citra
Recommended Glassware – Pilsner glass
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://lefthandbrewing.com/beer-finder

Starr Hill Brewery Adds King Kunu Pineapple IPA to All Access Series

Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of King Kunu Pineapple IPA on Friday, June 26.

The newest offering to join Starr Hill’s All Access Series that “combines experimentation with high-end styles and ingredients,” King Kunu is a New England-style India Pale Ale featuring Galaxy and Lemon Drop hops and a tropical infusion of pineapple purée. Coming in 7.4% ABV, King Kunu is truly a “beer to look forward to” this summer.

King Kunu will debut at Starr Hill locations on June 26 and will enter distribution shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for King Kunu from Starr Hill Brewery

Release – Limited/All Access Series; late June – September 2020
Style – New England-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.4%
Hops – Galaxy & Lemon Drop
Malts – 2-Row & Carafoam
Yeast – London Ale III
Added Ingredients – Pineapple purée
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://starrhill.com/beer-finder

Perrin Brewing Set for Seasonal Drop of Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA

Perrin Brewing Company (Comstock Park, Michigan) has officially announced that it will begin the Seasonal Release of Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA on Thursday, June 25.

Arriving as the latest release in Perrin Brewing Company’s newly-established Call Me Hazy Series of rotating IPAs, Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA is a Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale that boasts a “tropical twist – fresh tropical stone fruit aromatics with hints of coconut, passion fruit, mango and lime.” Coming in at 7.5% ABV, Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA is filled with all the beach vibes you seek in a summertime sipper.

Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA will hit the Perrin Pub on June 25 and distribution will follow shortly after the on-site release. You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Michigan. Prost!

Vital Information for Call Me Hazy – Tropical IPA from Perrin Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal/Call Me Hazy IPA Series; launching June 25, 2020
Style – Hazy/Juicy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.5%
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.perrinbrewing.com/beer-finder/

Orpheus Brewing Sends Inertiatic Sour Ale Out for Limited Release

Orpheus Brewing (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Inertiatic Sour Ale in late June 2020.

Inertiatic is a Fruited Sour Ale that features additions of “dragon fruit and mango for a smooth bouquet of tropical fruit notes balanced by light tartness.” Coming in at refreshing 5.5% ABV, Inertiatic is “a balanced sour ale you can sip on all summer long.”

Inertiatic officially released in the Tasting Room at Orpheus Brewing on June 18 and is scheduled to enter distribution later this week. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee. Prost!

Vital Information for Inertiatic from Orpheus Brewing

Release – Limited; June 18, 2020
Style – Fruited Sour Ale
ABV – 5.5%
Added Ingredients – Dragon fruit & mango
Fun Fact – The label artwork for Inertiatic was created by Jeremiah McCleary
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – Alabama, Florida, Georgia & Tennessee

Wild Leap Brew Co. Rolls Into Summer with Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice DIPA

Wild Leap Brew Co. (LaGrange, Georgia) has officially announced that it will continue its Truck Chaser Series of ice cream/frozen treat-inspired Double IPAs with the late June release of Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice.

Developed to capture all the summertime refreshment found in “a frozen lemon Italian ice,” Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice (8.1% ABV) is a Double India Pale Ale “brewed using puréed lemon and real vanilla bean with added milk sugar to give the beer a creamy sweetness.” Citrus hops reinforce, support and complement the beer’s lemony notes “while the milk sugar provides the sweetness familiar to a lemonade push pop.”

“Because the Truck Chaser Series is such a special series, I’m very particular with the design process,” explains Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott. “After the crew has gathered around and taken a vote on the inspiration for the next release, the ingredient selection process is extremely strategic.”

“Like all the Truck Chaser’s we’ve released, Truck Chaser Lemon Ice has been such a fun process,” says Wild Leap’s CMO, Rob Goldstein. “From the first team meeting where we discuss novelty ice cream treats we all remember buying, to the can packaging, there’s never a dull moment with a Truck Chaser release.”

Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice debuted in Wild Leap’s taproom on June 22 and is rolling out into distribution this week. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located within Wild Leap’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Truck Chaser – Lemon Ice from Wild Leap Brew Co.

Release – Limited/Truck Chaser Double IPA Series; June 22, 2020
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.1%
IBUs – 49
Added Ingredients – Puréed lemon, vanilla bean & milk sugar
Fun Fact – “Though lighthearted in its appearance, the Truck Chaser Series was created as a salute to Wild Leap’s Chief Brewing Officer, Chris Elliott’s past career in the ice cream industry.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia
Beer Finder – https://www.wildleap.com/beer-finder/

Funky Buddha Mixology Series Carries On with Release of Old Fashioned

Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, Florida) has officially announced that Old Fashioned Bourbon Barrel-aged Ale will release in late June as the brewery’s second Mixology Series release of 2020.

Crafted to replicate “one of the oldest mixed drinks in the cocktail canon,” Old Fashioned starts with a base of an American Strong Ale “brewed . . . with barley, rye, and corn to match the grain bill of a Bourbon mash.” The beer was then sent to age for months in High West Bourbon barrels to pick up “notes of charred oak and vanilla.” After a lengthy rest, Old Fashioned (10% ABV) was pulled from the barrels and finished with additions of “orange peel and cherries to capture the essence of the timeless drink.”

Old Fashioned officially debuted in the Tap Room at Funky Buddha Brewery on June 19 and is rolling into distribution this week. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida. Prost!

Vital Information for Old Fashioned from Funky Buddha Brewery

Release – Limited/Mixology Series; late June – September 2020
Style – American Strong Ale
ABV – 10%
IBUs – 15
Treatment – Aged for months in High West Bourbon barrels
Added Ingredients – Orange peel & cherries
Fun Fact – “The Old Fashioned is a historic American cocktail developed during the late 19th century. A cocktail in those times referred to simple drinks made with spirits, sugar, and bitters. The phrase “old fashioned” later became a mechanism of implying that a drink was to be made the old way. Today, the Old Fashioned is made with Bourbon or rye whiskey, bitters, sugar, orange peel, and occasionally a maraschino cherry. It’s served with a large ice cube in the iconic rocks glass.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Bacon-wrapped figs, Pimento cheese deviled eggs, classic wedge salad, bbq grilled chicken wings, ribeye steak, dark chocolate covered almonds”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://funkybuddhabrewery.com/beer-finder

21st Amendment Brewery Launches SOMA Hard Seltzer Brand

21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco, California) has officially announced that it will introduce its SOMA Hard Seltzer brand with the release of four flavors in June 2020.

Meticulously crafted with “the same level of innovation as [21st Amendment’s] acclaimed beer portfolio,” SOMA Hard Seltzers – named after the brewery’s home in the South of Market (SoMA) neighborhood – are “clean, crisp, all-natural” seltzers that are “brewed using a natural fermentation process and unfiltered.” With launch flavors such as Watermelon, Guava & Passion Fruit, Mango and Black Cherry, this new line carries on the brewery’s long-standing infatuation with thirst-quenching fruits. All flavors of SOMA Hard Seltzer come in at just 4.6% ABV, 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs and 0 grams of sugar.

“SOMA Hard Seltzer is brewed with our craft roots in mind. We spent six months working to get the flavors and taste just right. Unlike other hard seltzers, 21st Amendment’s is made using a natural fermentation process giving it a cleaner flavor. SOMA Hard Seltzer is NOT made with grain neutral spirits, and then diluted with water. Many hard seltzers made that way have a metallic and artificial taste. SOMA Hard Seltzer is brewed with Virginia Dare natural flavors, a 90-year-old New York company making wonderful products for the beverage industry,” says Shaun O’Sullivan, Co-Founder and Brewmaster.

Nico Freccia (Co-Founder/CEO, 21st Amendment Brewery) adds, “SOMA Hard Seltzer is wonderful for the active on-the-go individual who is looking for a craft ‘better-for-you’ beverage. It does not fill you up with its 100 calories and 2 grams of carbs with zero sugar.”

All four launch flavors of SOMA Hard Seltzer are rolling out now and will be available Year-Round. You can expect to find these new offerings available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans at craft-friendly establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of 21st Amendment’s 30-state distribution area.  Prost!

Oskar Blues Brewery Creates Some Buzz with Release of Death By Affogato

Oskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Death By Affogato in late June 2020.

Arriving as the latest release in Oskar Blues Brewery’s Death By Porter Series of decadent takes on the style, Death By Affogato is crafted to emulate the “classic Italian dessert of two simple ingredients brought together to create an exorbitant amount of flavor: vanilla gelato topped with a freshly pulled shot of espresso.” Death By Affogato captures this after dinner experience by starting with a base of “a rich, dark porter brewed with chocolate malt and malted oats.” The beer is then sent to the Spinbot 5000 to be “infused with cacao nibs, hand-split Ugandan and Madagascar vanilla beans and coffee from Colorado’s own Traction Coffee Roasters.” Weighing in at 6.5% ABV, Death By Affogato comes together to be a “hedonistic beer drowning in flavors of milk and dark chocolate, espresso, vanilla and caramel.”

“We like to think of ourselves as proudly unpretentious foodies here at Oskar Blues,” said Head Brewer Juice Drapeau. “In a beer like Death By Affogato, we’ve taken inspiration directly from the culinary world. ‘Affogato’ is a fancy name, but forget about that. All you need to know is that ice cream and coffee are a legendary pair.”

Death By Affogato is rolling out now and will be hanging around for a limited time. You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, Texas and throughout the rest of Oskar Blue Brewery’s nationwide distribution network. Prost!

Vital Information for Death By Affogato from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Limited/Death By Porter Series; launching late June 2020
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.5%
Added Ingredients – Cacao nibs, Ugandan & Madagascar vanilla beans, & coffee from Traction Coffee Roasters
Fun Fact – “Affogato is a classic Italian dessert of two simple ingredients brought together to create an exorbitant amount of flavor: vanilla gelato topped with a freshly pulled shot of espresso. With a name that translates directly to ‘drowning,’ this indulgent post-meal treat was the perfect muse for Oskar Blues brewers seeking a formidable flavor profile for the upcoming Death By porter in the series.”
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.oskarblues.com/beer-finder/