Due South Brewing Co. Taps Five New Beers for National IPA Day

due-south-brewing-logo-black-and-goldDue South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach, Florida) has officially announced that it will recognize National IPA Day by pouring up five Limited Release, hop-centric brews on Thursday, August 2.

Scheduled each year for the first Thursday of August, National IPA Day is CraftBeer.com’s – a publication of the Brewers Association – attempt to get beer enthusiasts, breweries and bars from across the globe to raise a collective toast to one of craft beer’s best-selling and most iconic styles: the India Pale Ale.

With a lupulin-laced portfolio boasting beers like the best-selling Category 3 IPA, the multiple award-winning Category 5 IPA and experimental IPAs like Nun With A Chainsaw, it should come as no surprise that Due South Brewing Co. is incredibly amped to be a part of this year’s IPA Day festivities.  They will be getting in on the action by tapping the following collection of unique India Pale Ales:

  • Pineapple Category 5 IPA
  • Triple Dry Hopped Category 5 IPA – featuring an enormous amount of the tropical-forward Citra hop
  • Oaked Category 3 IPA on Nitro – aged on new American oak
  • Mango Daily Downpour IPA – the brewery’s latest IPA with Azacca, Falconer’s Flight, and Idaho 7 hops, now with added mango
  • Rosemary Category 3 IPA – featuring fresh locally grown rosemary

The beers above will be available on draft in Due South’s Boynton Beach taproom beginning at noon on Thursday, August 2.  These offerings are designated as taproom exclusives and are not expected to see distribution.  If you are in the area and free on August 2, be sure to swing by Due South Brewing Co. so that you can get your hands on these brews and raise a glass with your fellow hopheads to National IPA Day.  Prost!

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Mexican Standoff Porter Earns Due South Brewing a Silver Medal at Can Can Awards

DueSouthMexDue South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach, Florida) announced this week that Mexican Standoff, a Limited Release mole-inspired Porter, was awarded a Silver Medal in the Herb and Spice Beer Category at the 2018 Can Can Awards.

Established in 2017, the Can Can Awards is an annual beer competition that focuses solely on canned craft beers.  With judging taking place over two days near the Atlanta, Georgia area, the 2018 Can Can Awards saw 350 beers entered by breweries – both big and small – from across the globe.  This event is sanctioned by the BJCP, and judging is executed in a blind tasting format by a judging panel comprised of beer industry professionals.  To keep things as fair as possible, “judges were not allowed to judge beers in which they had an affiliation.”

“The blind tasting nature of this competition is what drives us to enter,” said Doug Fairall, the brewery’s Brand Marketing Manager. “We’re thrilled to see Mexican Standoff win a medal. It’s always a good feeling when our brewer’s hard work is recognized.”

Mexican Standoff is Due South’s annually released, mole-inspired strong Porter (8.2% ABV) that offers “rich chocolate and roasty flavors . . . complemented with the addition of chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and habanero peppers.”  These bold flavors obviously stood out among the crowd at this year’s Can Can Awards and earned Mexican Standoff a much-deserved Silver Medal in the Herb and Spice Beer Category.

This is the second year that Due South Brewing Co. has participated in this competition.  The folks at Due South walked away from the 2017 Can Can Awards with a Bronze Medal in the American-Style Pale Ale Category for Citrafied Pale Ale and a Silver Medal in the Imperial India Pale Ale Category for Category 5 IPA.

For just two years at one competition, consistent hauls such as these deserve to be recognized and celebrated.  If you are in the area, be sure to swing by the brewery to congratulate the Due South crew on this most recent win.  Prost!

 

 

Due South Brewing Co. Begins Limited Release of Mexican Standoff Porter

DueSouthMexDue South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach, Florida) has officially announced that it is getting on the Cinco de Mayo festivities with the Limited Release of its Mexican Standoff Porter.

Arriving each year as one of Due South’s most sought-after Limited Releases, Mexican Standoff is a mole-inspired American Porter brewed with vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, and chili peppers.  Clocking in at 8.5% ABV, Mexican Standoff promises to put your tastebuds at odds with “the perfect blend of sweet and heat.”

“This is a beer we get a lot of requests for on social media,” said Doug Fairall, the brewery’s Brand Marketing Manager. “So it’s always great to be able to release this porter. As part of the mole beer style, it resonates with people looking for a bit of heat in their beer!”

This year’s batch of Mexican Standoff Porter officially debuted at the brewery on April 27 and entered distribution this week.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans on draft in the Due South Brewing Co. Taproom and at select craft beer establishments located within the brewery’s distribution area across South Florida.  Prost!

Vital Information for Mexican Standoff Porter from Due South Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, late April/early May 2018
Style – American Porter
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 31

Added Ingredients – Vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon & chili peppers
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – South Florida

Tasting Notes: Coastline Lager from Due South Brewing Co.

DueSouthCoastlinePour600For this week’s Tasting Notes, we seek out a quiet, relaxing patch of sand so that we can properly enjoy some Coastline Lager from Due South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach, Florida).

Back in March of this year, veteran owned and operated Due South Brewing Co. announced that it would transition all of its packaged beer to 16 oz. cans.  This move includes all Year-Round offerings that were previously sold in 12 oz. packaging and is being appropriately spearheaded by the emergence of Coastline Lager.  Descriptions are brief when it comes to this new Year-Round offering as the brewery quickly sums Coastline (4% ABV) up as a “crisp and delicious [American-style lager], expertly brewed for wherever your adventure takes you.”  Coastline Lager is available now in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-focused establishments located throughout Due South’s distribution footprint in Western Florida.

Now that we have those pertinent details out of the way, I do believe it is time to crack these cans, put our toes in the sand and get into some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Coastline Lager from Due South Brewing Co.

Appearance: Coastline fills the glass with a pale, straw yellow-colored brew that is capped with a little over a finger of airy white foam.  Held to direct light, the yellows take on a slightly golden hue, but those straw tones hold most of their ground.  The beer is pristine in clarity and shows a fervid carbonation presence streaming upward in countless uniform lines.  Despite the zealous nature of those bubbles, the head quickly falls to a bubbly ring that occasionally leaves thin threads of lace behind on the glass.

Aroma:  As is the case with most lagers of this kind, the aromatics are light and unobtrusive but still have the ability to make an impact.  A clean grain presence leads the way here with earthy and lightly sweet notes.  The yeast contributes just a touch of fruitiness, and the hops close out the profile with some faint grassy and citrusy tones.

Taste:  Just like in the nose, the first thing to surface is a lightly sweet, reserved grain presence.  The hops are a bit more confident here, pushing forward to balance this thing beautifully with floral and grassy tones that are held up by a light but refreshing lemon and lime presence.  These notes are all distinguishable but remain light enough to quickly cancel each other out in anticipation of the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with a bright carbonation, this lager is crisp and refreshing.  It is wonderfully balanced on the palate and cleans up nice and quickly.  The 4% ABV is completely hidden, keeping things smooth and easy-drinking.  Aftertaste is a light grain sweetness with a twist of lime.

Final Thoughts:  All in all, this glass holds a clean, crisp lager that wants nothing more than to be just that . . . a lager.  Make no mistake, that statement is not at all calling this beer boring. It is wonderfully executed, but it is a beer that you do not have to think about in those moments when all you want is something cold, refreshing and flavorful.  Coastline Lager is that go-to brew that you can crush on the daily after work, the gym, yard work, a hike, while on the beach . . .  and the list goes on.  Not only that, but it also has gateway potential for those occasions when you have to entertain non-craft drinkers.  It allows you to appease the masses without funding the big boys that mass-produce American Lagers.  Coastline Lager is 16 ounces of easy-drinking, thirst-quenching canned convenience.  When you boil it all down, that is typically what most of us are after when we reach for a lager anyway.  Its simplicity is its allure, and we dig that.  Be sure to give it a shot the next time you get that itch for a lager.  Prost!

 

Due South Brewing Co. Set for Limited Release of Nun With A Chainsaw IPA

duesouthbrewinglogoOn Friday, October 20 at noon, Due South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach, Florida) will begin the limited release of Nun with a Chainsaw IPA in the brewery’s taproom.

Arriving as Due South Brewing Co.’s first release to be packaged in 16 oz. cans, Nun with a Chainsaw is an American India Pale Ale that received a healthy late addition of and “copious dry hopping” with Amarillo, Azacca and Idaho 7 hops.  This “extremely potent arsenal of hops” yields a 7% ABV IPA that promises to be “a hop-lovers dream of tropical and piney aromas and flavors.”

At this point, some of you may be thinking, “That’s all well and good, but what’s up with name?” Well, here’s the brewery with the backstory on Nun with a Chainsaw:

“When Irma blew through South Florida, one nun in Miami made it her mission to clear debris,” Doug Fairall, Due South Brewing’s Brand Manager said. “This is our tribute to those who had to – and continue to – do what’s necessary in the face of adversity.”

Nun with a Chainsaw IPA will officially release in Due South Brewing Co.’s taproom on Friday, October 20 at noon.  This Limited Release offering will be available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans, and there will not be a case limit.  Nun with a Chainsaw IPA is a taproom-only release and is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Nun with a Chainsaw IPA from Due South Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Taproom-Only; October 20, 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
Featured Hops – Amarillo, Azacca & Idaho 7
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Limit – No case limit

 

Due South Brewing Co. to Add Grapefruit Category 5 IPA to Summer Lineup

duesouthbrewinglogoDue South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach, Florida) has announced plans to expand their IPA portfolio later this month with the limited release of Grapefruit Category 5 IPA.

Arriving as the latest installment in a series of variants of Due South Brewing’s award-winning Category 5 IPA, Grapefruit Category 5 IPA benefits from the addition of “copious amounts of local Fort Pierce grapefruit peel” added during fermentation.  This addition allows the base Imperial India Pale Ale’s big hop flavor to absorb an added punch of juicy, citrus goodness.  At 8.5% ABV, Grapefruit Category 5 IPA possesses the size and refreshment level necessary to take on anything a Florida summer can throw at it.

“Grapefruit Category 5 IPA is an exciting addition to our lineup for summer,” said Doug Fairall, Brand Marketing Manager. “It’s part of our rotating production of the award-winning Category 5 IPA, which includes the Best Florida Beer 2017 Gold medal winning Oaked Category 5 IPA, previously available in March.”

Grapefruit Category 5 IPA will officially release in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in the Taproom at Due South Brewing Co. on Friday, June 30.  This incredibly limited release will also be available in 4-packs and on draft at select craft beer bars, restaurants and retailers located within Due South Brewing’s distribution area across South Florida and the Tampa Bay area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Grapefruit Category 5 IPA from Due South Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, launching June 30, 2017
Style – American Imperial India Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
Added Ingredients – Fort Pierce grapefruit peel
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – South Florida and the Tampa Bay area
Beer Finder – http://www.duesouthbrewing.com/beer-finder/

Due South Brewing Co. Releases Hopicana Rye IPA as Spring Seasonal

hopicanaDue South Brewing Co. (Boynton Beach, Florida) has announced that Hopicana Rye IPA will return as the brewery’s Spring Seasonal release beginning on Wednesday, February 1.

Each year, the folks at Due South Brewing Co. welcome the coming spring by brewing up a batch of Hopicana, a Rye India Pale Ale that is brewed with honey and oranges.  To capture the full essence of spring in each pour of Hopicana, brewers hand-zest a serious amount of Florida oranges – “80 pounds are used in the 500 gallon batch” – and source local honey “from an apiary in Loxahatchee” to act as the perfect complementary ingredients to the beer’s peppery Rye malt.  This combination produces a refreshing, copper-yellow colored beer that is “full of bright orange sweetness and pithy bitter orange character.”

 “The use of honey and oranges in Hopicana creates an incredibly juicy beer that’s full of great tropical hop character,” says Doug Fairall, Due South Brewing Co.’s Brand and Marketing Manager. “It’s a beer we get asked about often.”

Hopicana officially releases on February 1 and will be distributed to craft beer establishments “across South Florida.”  You can pick up this Seasonal offering either in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans or on draft.  This brew will only be available for a few months, so get your fill while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hopicana Rye IPA from Due South Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, February 1, 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale/Rye Beer
ABV – 7.1%
IBUs – 56
Added Ingredients – Florida oranges & local honey
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – South Florida

Due South Brewing Co. to Release Three Beers in November

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A throwback look at the 2014 can design for Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale (top) and the can design currently available on shelves (bottom).

Due South Brewing Co. (Boynton, Beach, Florida) has quite the month planned with a November release calendar consisting of Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream AleMexican Standoff Porter, and Citrafied Pale Ale.

To add another delicious layer to Caramel Cream Month (a celebration of the brewery’s classic and best-selling Caramel Cream Ale), Due South Brewing Co. will begin distribution of Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale as a Winter Seasonal release.  First brewed in 2014 for the Extreme Beer Fest in Boston, Massachusetts, this offering starts with a base of the brewery’s Imperial Caramel Cream Ale and takes it to another level of decadence with the additions of maple syrup and Florida oranges.  This combination results in an 8.2% ABV Cream Ale with a truly “unique flavor profile.” Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream Ale will be available on draft and in 12 oz. cans in the Due South Brewing Co. taproom and throughout the brewery’s distribution area in Florida.

dsmexicanstandoffFans of Due South Brewing should be stoked to hear that the elusive Mexican Standoff Porter is also making a return this month.  Weighing in at 8.5% ABV, this “incredibly complex Porter” is brewed with chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla bean, and chili peppers to create an experience that is “rich, spiced, and full of tingly heat.”  Mexican Standoff Porter is back as “a special limited batch” only available in the brewery’s taproom on draft and in crowlers to-go.

dscitrafiedFinally, Due South Brewing Co. is planning a progressive roll-out for the newest beer to be added to the brewery’s portfolio: Citrafied, “a Citra hop heavy American Pale Ale.”  At just 5.1% ABV, this quenching brew is “light, refreshing, and displays some amazing tropical fruit aromas.”  Citrafied is currently only available in the Due South Brewing Co. taproom, but hopheads can expect to see this one on shelves (12 oz. cans) and taps in Florida by the end of November.

Due South Brewing Co. is giving Florida craft beer lovers a lot to get excited about during the month of November, so be sure to swing by the brewery or your favorite beer store to experience these releases.  Prost!