Lonerider Brewing Set for Black Friday Release of Pistols at Dawn

LoneriderPistolsPourLonerider Brewing Company (Raleigh, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will open the Hideout two hours early – at noon – on Black Friday, November 23 to hold a taproom exclusive release of Pistols at Dawn Brunch Stout.

Turning up just in time to give you a reprieve from the madness that is Black Friday, Pistols at Dawn is a brunch-themed American Stout “made with local cold brew coffee, cocoa nibs, and lactose.”  Strong, imposing and confident, Pistols at Dawn (9% ABV) will help you survive the morning and can also be convinced to “keep you warm on the coldest of nights.”

Pistols at Dawn will release exclusively in the Hideout – Lonerider’s taproom – at noon on Black Friday.  This Limited Release will be available as long as supplies last in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans. Pistols at Dawn is not expected to see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for Pistols at Dawn Brunch Stout from Lonerider Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Brewery Exclusive; November 23, 2018
Style – American Stout
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 70
Hops – Magnum
Added Ingredients – Cocoa Nibs, Local Cold Brew Coffee, Flaked Oats & Lactose
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Distribution – None, taproom only



Lonerider Brewing Brings Retired Hangman Barleywine Back for a Limited Release

Hangman Barleywine 2013Lonerider Brewing Company (Raleigh, North Carolina) has announced that it will hold an extremely limited release of 2013 Vintage Hangman Barleywine at The Hideout on Tuesday, July 24.

Back for a special appearance after retirement, 2013 Vintage Hangman Barleywine has surfaced for a one-time, limited release as a part of Lonerider’s “rolling cellar series that releases popular styles that have been carefully aged to provide beer fans with a new and unique way to enjoy these award-winning beers.”  With about five years of age now on it, this American-style Barleywine offers an aroma that “hints of raisin, dried dark fruits, [and] toffee” and a flavor profile that “will invoke a piney/resinous taste along with notes of caramel and lingering hop bitterness.”  The Hangman comes in at 11% ABV.

“Hangman was a favorite of ours at the brewery,” says Galen Smith, Head Brewer. “Brewing it was probably just as enjoyable as drinking it. It’s a pretty polarizing style as well. People seem to either love or hate Barleywines. I’m very pleased how well Hangman has aged, and I can’t wait for people to join us as we open up our tasty time capsule!”

2013 Vintage Hangman Barleywine will release exclusively at The Hideout at Lonerider Brewing Company on Tuesday, July 24 at 2 p.m.  This cellared brew will have limited availability in 22 oz. bottles and on draft during the release.  This offering will not see distribution.  Prost!

Vital Information for 2013 Vintage Hangman Barleywine from Lonerider Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Cellar Series; July 24, 2018
Style – American Barleywine
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 110 
Featured Hops – Centennial, Columbus, Magnum, Simcoe & Zythos 
Availability – 22 oz. bottles & draft
Distribution – None. Tasting Room-only release at The Hideout


Lonerider Brewing Introduces For a Few Hops More as New Seasonal

LoneriderFAFHM2Lonerider Brewing Company (Raleigh, North Carolina) has officially announced that it will release For a Few Hops More Dry-Hopped American Wheat Ale in late June as the newest addition to its Desperado Series.

Created as Lonerider Brewing’s take on an American-style Wheat Beer, For a Few Hops More is “a refreshing dry-hopped wheat ale . . . brewed with 4 hop varieties lending aromas of fresh cut grass and lemony citrus, as well as subtle tropical notes.”  Weighing in at an easy-drinking 5.5% ABV, For a Few Hops More promises to be “fresh, clean, and light on the palate with a touch of spiciness from the wheat.”

For a Few Hops More will officially debut in late June and will hang around through the month of August.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal offering available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located across North and South Carolina.  Prost!

Vital Information for For a Few Hops More from Lonerider Brewing Company

Release – Seasonal/Desperado Series; late June – August 2018
Style – American Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.5%
IBUs – 38
Featured Hops – Centennial, Citra, Mosaic & Lemon Drop
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Limited to North Carolina & South Carolina only

Lonerider Brewing Releases Blood Orange Hoppy Ki Yay IPA

BOHKYAYcansLonerider Brewing Company (Raleigh, North Carolina) has announced the release of Blood Orange Hoppy Ki Yay IPA as the brewery’s latest summer Seasonal.

Arriving as a variant of Lonerider Brewing Company’s fan-favorite Hoppy Ki Yay, Blood Orange Hoppy Ki Yay IPA is finally ready to make its Seasonal debut in 12 oz. cans.  To give this American India Pale Ale an added kick of summer refreshment, the brewers at Lonerider added blood orange purée to complement and accentuate the beer’s Columbus and Amarillo hops.  This fruit infusion results in a 6.6% ABV offering that “is the beer juice citrus lovers have been waiting on.”

Blood Orange Hoppy Ki Yay IPA is shipping out now and will be hanging around throughout the summer months.  This Seasonal brew can be found in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Alabama, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Lonerider’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Blood Orange Hoppy Ki Yay IPA from Lonerider Brewing Company

Release – Limited/Seasonal, available May through summer of 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.6%
Featured Hops – Columbus & Amarillo
Added Ingredients – Blood orange purée
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

Tasting Notes: Sundance Grapefruit Saison from Lonerider Brewing Company

loneriderSundancecan.jpgAs the seasons begin to slowly shift, we welcome the coming spring by recording some Tasting Notes on Sundance Grapefruit Saison from Lonerider Brewing Company (Raleigh, North Carolina).

Set to officially debut on March 6 as Lonerider Brewing’s newest spring seasonal, Sundance Grapefruit Saison is a “traditionally inspired Saison” that has received an added kick of grapefruit refreshment.  The use of fresh grapefruit is meant provide “extra tartness and citrus flavors” to complement the unique characteristics of the beer’s yeast and Jarrylo hops.  Clocking in at just 6% ABV and 34 IBUs, this Saison promises a crisp and fresh experience that “exhibits legendary smoothness and taste.”  When released, Sundance Grapefruit Saison will be available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, North Carolina, and throughout the rest of Lonerider’s distribution area.

That should get everyone caught up on the background information for Sundance Grapefruit Saison, so let’s not waste another moment and get to some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Sundance Grapefruit Saison from Lonerider Brewing Company

Appearance: Bright and vibrant, Sundance Grapefruit Saison fills the glass with a hazy body that is deep orange at its core, but surrounded by shades of color that taper from lighter oranges down to straw yellow.  Held to direct light, yellows push through a bit more but the deeper oranges hold most of their ground.  A cautious pour produced over three fingers of loose, bubbly white foam.  The head falls rather quickly, leaving a paper-thin, airy top cap that drops wispy tracks of lace on the glass from time to time.

Aroma: Just as billed, this beer grabs the nose’s attention with distinct notes of pithy grapefruit and Saison yeast.  The grapefruit note is big, incredibly fresh, and wonderfully enticing.  This is complemented nicely by trademark peppery and musty Saison qualities.  It may sound simple and straightforward, but each aromatic waft of this beer convincingly suggests that you need to take a sip.

Taste: The brewers have represented the Saison well here by allowing the characteristic flavors of the style to take center stage.  Wonderfully earthy, this beer is filled with notes of wet wood and grain, mustiness, herbaceousness, and just a touch of barnyard.  The yeast then shifts to its sweet and spicy side to add tones of black pepper and citrus fruit.  This makes for a seamless transition to the grapefruit, lending a supporting hand that is sweet, bitter and a little tart.  The grapefruit is easily recognizable but held in check to only act as a counterbalance to the spicy, peppery qualities of the yeast.  Nicely composed.

Mouthfeel: This beer falls on the lighter side of medium in body and displays a lively carbonation presence.  This makes for a crisp and easy-drinking sip with a beautifully dry finish.  The beer plays with the palate by being earthy, sweet, bitter and lightly tart.  The ABV is subdued and plays no role in the experience.  The aftertaste is a touch of lingering black pepper and grapefruit.

Final Thoughts: From the first sip, it is quite obvious that Sundance Grapefruit Saison was meant to be a Saison first and a Fruit Beer second.  Saison characteristics absolutely dominate the flavor and only allow the grapefruit a supporting role in that arena.  With that said, there is a bit of give and take here when you consider that the grapefruit acts as the prominent seductive element in the beer’s aroma.  The grapefruit unquestionably knows its place, and that is to lift up, accentuate and celebrate the signature qualities of the Saison style.  If I was forced to voice one gripe about the beer, it would be concerning its lack of head retention.  Saisons typically have a big, rocky top cap that stubbornly lasts throughout the experience to boost the beer’s aromatics.  Sundance falters a bit in that regard, but truly excels in so many other areas.  This offering defines the idea of full-flavored, but it still remains refreshing and gulp inducing.  This is a remarkably well thought out brew, and I definitely see myself enjoying many cans of Sundance Grapefruit Saison this spring.  Prost!

Lonerider Brewing Company Expands Distribution to Alabama

alprLonerider Brewing Company (Raleigh, North Carolina) has officially announced that their offerings will be available for purchase in the Alabama market beginning on Wednesday, February 22.

Established at the start of 2009, Lonerider Brewing Company is a Wild West-themed craft beer brand “that prides itself as the Ales for Outlaws.”  Thanks to a dedication to crafting beers with only the highest quality ingredients, Lonerider has earned such accolades as being named an Inc. 5000 winner, a CED Top 25 winner, and one of the Top 150 breweries in the USA.  Their beers have also earned several awards, “including medals from the Great American Beer Festival.”  This success has made it possible for the brewery to steadily expand their presence across the Southeast, and Alabama will now become the 8th state in their distribution area.

“Going to school in Birmingham and then bringing Lonerider beers back to Alabama is kind of making a full circle for me personally.” Sumit Vohra, CEO, explains. “I’m very excited to bring the Outlaws to Alabama.”

Lonerider Brewing Company will officially launch in Alabama on February 22 with availability “in major cities such as Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile, Huntsville, and surrounding areas.” The brewery plans to enter the market with the following offerings:

  • Hoppy Ki Yay India Pale Ale – “We’ve rounded up some great malts and hops for Hoppy Ki Yay IPA, our year round IPA. This straw colored ale is hopped with Columbus and Amarillo and rounded out by a mild body from the malts.”  ABV – 6.6%  IBUs – 76  Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
  • Saloon Style Pilsner – “Tight-lipped and stoic, our sessionable Saloon Style Pilsner has only one mission – quenching thirst. This straw colored beer, medium bodied and crystal clear, is sure to leave you wanting another.”  ABV – 4.2%  IBUs – 35  Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
  • Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen – “Shotgun Betty uses her sharpshooting skills to target those that show a weakness for wheat beer with a body that won’t quit. This German-style hefeweizen features a rich, banana-clove nose and refreshing dry finish.”  ABV – 5.8%  IBUs – 11  Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
  • Sweet Josie Brown Ale – “A temptress who will seduce you, Sweet Josie is crafted in the American Brown style. This is a complex beer balancing a nice hop bitterness with a generous amount of chocolate and aromatic malts.”  ABV – 6.1%  IBUs – 30  Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft

If you would like to be one of the first craft beer lovers in the state to try the offerings above, Lonerider Brewing Company will have their official Alabama Launch Party at Hop City Birmingham (2924 3rd Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama) on Thursday, February 23.  Stay tuned for more info on this and other launch events so that you can give Lonerider Brewing Company a proper welcome to the Alabama craft beer community later this month.  Prost!