Field Trip: Cavalier Distributing Trade Show – Tampa

Just a few weeks ago, Cavalier Distributing (Lakeland, Florida) held a fantastic and informative trade show at The Vault, a beautiful venue located in the heart of Tampa’s Downtown Arts District.  Cavalier used this industry-only event as an opportunity to introduce the area’s restaurants, bars, retailers, and media members to their vast portfolio of fine craft beers, meads, ciders and spirits.  The best way to capture all that this event had to offer was through a visual medium, so check out the photos below (click to enlarge) so that you too can get the inside scoop on the exciting beverages headed our way this year from Cavalier Distributing.  Prost!



Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales to Once Again Release Sobrehumano Palena`ole

jpsobrehumano_editedJolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales (Dexter, Michigan) has proudly announced that Sobrehumano Palena`ole will officially return as a limited release beginning on Monday, February 6.

Originally released in the summer of 2012 as a collaboration beer with Maui Brewing Co. (Kihei, Hawaii), Sobrehumano Palena`ole quickly became an instant classic within the craft beer community and has since been one of Jolly Pumpkin’s “most asked about beers.”  The reason behind this beer’s success can be found in its recipe and inspiration:

“Sobrehumano Palena`ole bridges the divide between Dexter and Maui, 4391 miles to be exact, combining fruit from each region, cherries and passion fruit, in a 6% ABV red ale before aging in oak for ten months.”

Although Sobrehumano Palena`ole retains the soul of its original release, this batch was aged in a slightly different manner.  Due to the limitations of their previous facility, Jolly Pumpkin was forced to create the 2012 release in “10 barrel batches followed by rigorous blending.”  This time around, their brewers were able to employ the use of “foeder aging of larger batches, allowing the return of this long gone favorite.”

Sobrehumano Palena`ole is available now at all Jolly Pumpkin locations.  750ml bottles of this limited release will then enter distribution beginning on February 6.  You can expect to find this special offering available at select craft beer establishments in Alabama, Florida, and “throughout the entire Jolly Pumpkin network, from Michigan to Maui.”  If you are interested in securing a bottle of Sobrehumano Palena`ole, be sure to keep a watchful eye on your area bottle shops at the beginning of February because this beer will most certainly move with a quickness once released.  Prost!

Vital Information for Sobrehumano Palena`ole from Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Release – Limited, officially hits distribution on February 6, 2017
Style – American Wild/Sour Ale
ABV – 6%
Treatment – Aged in oak for 10 months
Added Ingredients – Cherries & passion fruit
Availability – 750ml bottles

Maui Brewing Co. Announces Return of Lemongrass Saison

mauilemongrasscan_editedMaui Brewing Co. (Kihei, Hawaii) recently announced that Lemongrass Saison will be making a much-anticipated return beginning on Friday, January 6.

Originally brewed in 2013 as a collaboration with The Lost Abbey (San Marcos, California), Lemongrass Saison will once again hit shelves and taps as the first Limited Release beer of 2017 for Maui Brewing Co.  This Belgian-inspired Saison begins with a recipe consisting of White Wheat, Oats, Pilsner malt, Cascade and El Dorado hops.  For added depth and complexity, the brew is then infused with a total of 200 lbs. of lemongrass locally raised at Simpli-Fresh Farms (a ratio of 40 lbs. per 100 bbl batch).  This refreshing brew comes together at an easy-drinking 5.2% ABV and 15 IBUs.

A simple Saison brewed with local Lemongrass is something I had wanted to do but never attempted. Our original batch of this beer was the culmination of that vision; and Maui Brewing’s skillful use of this amazing flavor makes me truly wish it was available more often. In revisiting this recipe, my wishes are coming true,” said Tomme Arthur, COO and Co-Founder of The Lost Abbey.

Lemongrass Saison officially releases on Friday, January 6 at both Maui Brewing Company locations (Kihei and Lahaina).  Shortly after the brewery launch, this limited release will then become available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft in Florida and throughout Maui Brewing’s full distribution area.  Lemongrass Saison will only be around for a limited time, so get your taste of this refreshing brew while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lemongrass Saison from Maui Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, beginning Friday, January 6, 2017
Style – Saison
ABV – 5.2%
IBUs – 15
Malts – White Wheat, Oats & Pilsner
Hops – Cascade & El Dorado
Added Ingredients -Lemongrass from Simpli-Fresh Farms
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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Maui Brewing Co. Releases POG IPA as Latest Limited Release

pogcanMaui Brewing Company (Kihei, Hawaii) has officially released POG IPA as a new, Limited Release offering.

Staying true to their “fiercely local” mission and commitment to avoid extracts and artificial flavors, the brewers at Maui Brewing Company have created POG IPA with the use of locally-grown (P)assion fruit, (O)range, and (G)uava. To complement these beautiful fruits, a hefty dose of Horizon, El Dorado and Enigma hops were employed to provide this India Pale Ale with a “clean bitterness . . ., tropical juicy aromatics and a slight citrus bite on the finish.”  At 7.1% ABV and 58 IBUs, POG IPA remains a quenching, tropical experience.

“Earlier this spring, when Brewmaster Jesse Houck informed me that we would put POG IPA into cans at the end of the year, I was super stoked. Sourcing enough of the three fruit varieties is the biggest challenge. On top of that, guava has a really short shelf life once picked. It really makes brewing this beer exciting, because all of a sudden when the farmer has the yield we need, it’s GO time!”

– Matt Ponichtera, Brewing Supervisor at Maui Brewing Company

POG IPA was officially released in Maui Brewing’s Kihei Tasting Room and Lahaina Brewpub on Friday, December 2.  With availability in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft, this Limited Release offering is shipping out now to Florida and all other “markets where Maui Brewing Company craft beer can be found.”  This one will only be around for a limited time, so get you some while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for POG IPA from Maui Brewing Company

Release – Limited, December 2016
Style – India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.1%
IBUs – 58
Hops – Horizon, El Dorado & Enigma
Fruit Additions – passion fruit, orange & guava (POG)
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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