Second Self Beer Co. Launches New Contender Hazy IPA Series

SSB_NewContenderSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced that it will introduce New Contender, a new series of Hazy IPAs, on October 12 with the Limited Release of El Dorado vs. Mosaic.  

Inspired by Second Self’s appreciation for classic fighting video games, New Contender is “a creative spin on the hazy IPA by using a new two-hop blend each time it’s brewed, resulting in original flavor combinations with each release.”  Each “round” will have two hops “‘battle it out’ to see which remains for the next release.”  The winner of each release will be chosen by the Second Self team and the “vanquished hop” will be replaced by a “New Contender” for the next release in the series.

New Contender – El Dorado vs. Mosaic, the inaugural release in the series, is a Hazy India Pale Ale that pits the “tropical fruit flavors” of El Dorado hops against Mosaic’s “flavors of mango, pine, citrus and herbs and aromas of tropical and stone fruit.”**

** Hop descriptions sourced from Hopslist **

“We love the creativity of our team, and when Head Brewer Austin Brumley came to me with this idea, I knew we had to run with it,” says Second Self Co-Founder and Beer Architect, Jason Santamaria. “We’re excited to experiment with different hops in ways we have not before. I can’t wait to see how the beer community responds to it.”

New Contender – El Dorado vs. Mosaic will debut at Second Self’s Five Year Anniversary Party at their Westside Taproom (1317 Logan Circle NW | Atlanta, Georgia) on October 12.  Future New Contender releases will be available for purchase in 16 oz. cans at Second Self and at select craft beer-friendly establishments located within the brewery’s distribution footprint in Georgia and South Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for New Contender- El Dorado vs. Mosaic from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited/New Contender Series; October 12, 2019
Style – Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – ???
Featured Hops – El Dorado & Mosaic
Fun Fact – “Keith Rein, design specialist at Salt and Paper House in Athens, Georgia, created the cheeky artwork in addition to a running list of other labels he has made for Second Self, such as the more recent releases of their cocktail-inspired series and Golden Blonde.”

 

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Second Self Beer Company’s Junipa Returns with New Recipe

JUNIPASecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that the newly reformulated Junipa will officially return in November to serve as the brewery’s cold weather Seasonal.

Newly tweaked to even more closely mimic “the classic flavors of gin”, Junipa is a Spruce Beer “brewed with citrusy Amarillo and Cascade hops, spruce tips, juniper, and rosemary, and then dry-hopped with aromatics.”  This clever combination of hops, juniper and aromatics produces a 6.4% ABV Junipa that is reminiscent of “a more citrusy gin.”

Junipa will return in November 2018 and is scheduled to stick around through February 2019.  You can expect to find this Seasonal Release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Prost!

Vital Information for Junipa from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Seasonal, November 2018 – February 2019
Style – Herb & Spice Beer
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 43
Fun Fact – “The festive can artwork was designed by graphic illustrator Tex Grubbs.”
Suggested Food Pairings – “Braised short ribs, herb chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts, sharp cheeses, fire pits, and roasted marshmallows.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama, Georgia & South Carolina

Second Self Beer Co. Vows to Make IPA Great Again

MIPAGA-CAnSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that it is going old school on hop heads with the upcoming Limited Release of Make IPA Great Again.

Harkening back to the days before the IPA haze craze consumed the craft beer community, Make IPA Great Again is a “throwback double IPA” created by Second Self’s Co-founders Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle “as an homage to the bitter and clear IPAs that inspired them to start brewing over a decade ago.”  With a “YUGE” hop bill jam-packed with Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops, this ‘Murican Double IPA “has tremendous notes of pine, resin, covfefe and citrus with a bitter finish.” For a more eloquent, stately explanation of what you can expect from this beer, here’s the brewery’s full description for Make IPA Great Again (9% ABV, 111 IBUs):

“Many people are saying we have the best hops. Believe me, we have all the best hops. Billions and billions of hops. Believe me, folks! Other beers are a YUGE problem! Beers today do not remember what it was like when this country made the best beers, the biggest beer, the most bitterest beers!!

Your milkshake pasty stout IPAs are FAKE NEWS!!. This bitter beer is DANK, PINEY, RESINY, and clear; just like the RETRO forgotten beers of this country. We make sure it has a tremendous flavor in a bigly tariffed aluminum tall boy! I have to thank our employees for their great jerb Putin in hard hours to make this magnificent beer.”

Make IPA Great Again will debut on April 28 in Second Self’s Westside taproom and distribution will follow shortly after that release.  You can expect to find this Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located within Second Self’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Make IPA Great Again from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited; April 28, 2018
Style – Double India Pale Ale
ABV – 9%
IBUs – 111
Featured Hops – Cascade, Centennial, Chinook & Simcoe
Suggested Food Pairings – “Suggested pairings for the beer include well-done steak with ketchup, taco bowls, Russian dressing, and anything off the Dollar Menu.”
Fun Fact – On the name and packaging for Make IPA Great Again: “Label artwork was designed by Tex Grubbs, and the yuge 16 oz. cans will fit comfortably even in small hands. The beer’s name was devised by Eddie Holly, Owner of Ale Yeah! in Decatur.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Second Self Beer Co. Sends Bleeding Heart out for Seasonal Release

BleedingHeartJust in time for Valentine’s Day, Second Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced the Seasonal release of Bleeding Heart.

Brewed to mimic the characteristics of the classic Southern dessert we all know as red velvet cake, Bleeding Heart (6.9% ABV) is an Amber Ale brewed with cocoa to add “color and bitterness more than flavor” and vanilla to act as the “icing on top.” Skillfully added in just the right amounts, these ingredients blend with the beer’s overall recipe to strike a beautiful “balance between sweet, malty flavors and hops.”

Bleeding Heart is officially available now and will hang around through the month of March.  You can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located within Second Self’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bleeding Heart from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Seasonal, January – March 2018
Style – Amber Ale
ABV – 6.9%
IBUs – 27
Added Ingredients – Cocoa & vanilla
Suggested Food Pairings – “Steak, roasted butternut squash, gorgonzola cheese, a loved one to share it with.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Alabama & Georgia

Second Self Beer Co. Introduces Triforce IPA

TRIFORCESecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has officially announced the release of Triforce IPA as the brewery’s newest Year-Round offering.

With inspiration sourced from an “iconic video game”, the brewers at Second Self have created Triforce IPA to “embody the sacred relic’s three pieces: power, courage and wisdom.”  To achieve this lofty goal, this slightly hazy IPA is brewed with its own “triforce of malts (oats, wheat and barley) and hops (Mosaic, Amarillo and Cascade).”  This trifecta of threes results in a 6.1% ABV, 45 IBU Triforce IPA that possesses “the aroma and flavor of papaya, mango and other tropical fruits, with a soft, flavorful mouthfeel to balance this truly inspired beer.”

Triforce IPA is officially available now in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft.  You can find this Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located throughout Second Self Beer Company’s distribution area in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Triforce IPA from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Year-Round, launching January 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.1%
IBUs – 45
Grains – Oats, Wheat & Barley
Hops – Mosaic, Amarillo & Cascade
Suggested Food Pairings – “Tacos, barbecue, fresh vegetables, ceviche, fromage blanc and magical potions.”
Fun Fact – Triforce IPA’s “graphic label plays on the classic video game and was designed by artist Keith P. Rein, who also created the popular artwork for Second Self’s limited-edition beer: Manic Pixie Dream Beer #1.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Alabama

Second Self Beer Company to Begin Olde Oyl Release on Black Friday

SSBCOldSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that the 2017 batch of Olde Oyl will officially debut at the brewery on Black Friday, November 24.

Arriving just in time to take on those colder temperatures, Olde Oyl is a Russian Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Stout that is “brewed seasonally with malt and oats for a rich body and robust aroma.”  To achieve just the right amount of coffee presence, the brewers at Second Self “[incorporate] custom-roasted coffee from East Pole Coffee Co., a specialty coffee roaster based in Atlanta’s Armour Yards development between Buckhead and Midtown.”  Hearty and hefty, the 11% ABV Olde Oyl comes together to provide a warming experience that boasts “a nice roasty taste with a smooth coffee finish.”

Olde Oyl will make its first appearance of the year at Second Self’s Black Friday Extravaganza event on Nov. 24th from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Olde Oyl will be available in 16 oz. cans exclusively in the brewery’s taproom, but this Limited Seasonal Release will see distribution as a draft-only offering to select beer establishments located in Alabama and Georgia.  You can expect Olde Oyl to pour through January 2018. Prost!

Vital Information for Olde Oyl from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Limited/Seasonal, late-November 2017 through January 2018
Style – Russian Imperial Stout/Oatmeal Stout
ABV – 11%
IBUs – 65
Added Ingredients – Custom-roasted coffee from East Pole Coffee Co.
Availability – 16 oz. cans (brewery only) & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Alabama

 

JunIPA Makes Seasonal Return for Second Self Beer Company

SSBClogoSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that it will be tackling this year’s winter months with the Seasonal release of JunIPA.

Inspired by the comforting and refreshing botanicals found in gin, Second Self Beer Company’s seasonal favorite JunIPA is an American India Pale Ale that is “brewed with citrusy Amarillo and Cascade hops plus juniper berries, then ‘dry-hopped’ with juniper and rosemary.”  Reminiscent of “a more citrusy gin”, this 6.4% ABV, 43 IBU IPA pairs beautifully with a southern winter’s “cool, crisp weather.”

JunIPA is available now and will be hanging around through the month of February 2018.  You can find this Seasonal offering in 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located within Second Self Beer Company’s distribution footprint in Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for JunIPA from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Winter Seasonal, November 2017 to February 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 6.4%
IBUs – 43
Featured Hops – Amarillo & Cascade
Added Ingredients – Juniper & Rosemary
Suggested Food Pairings – “Suggested pairings for the beer include braised short ribs, herb chicken, roasted Brussels sprouts, sharp cheeses, fire pits and roasted marshmallows.”
Availability – 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia 

Second Self Beer Co. Show its Pride with Release of Limited Edition A.T.aLe Cans

SSBClogoSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) recently announced that it will recognize the 47th annual Atlanta Pride Festival by having cans of their A.T.aLe wear limited-edition, rainbow-print packaging during the month of October.

If you live in the metro Atlanta area, you might notice Second Self Beer Company’s A.T.aLe rockin’ some rainbow-print packaging this month (pictured above).  This limited-edition look is the brewery’s way of showing support for their city’s LGBTQ community as they celebrate the 47th annual Atlanta Pride Festival on October 13-15.

For those you who are not familiar with the beer, A.T.aLe is a “CRISP, CLEAN, REFRESHING” American Pale Ale that comes in at a quaffable 5.7% ABV and 42 IBUs. Simple and straightforward, A.T.aLe is meant to be an easy-drinking Atlanta Ale that “is the beer you want to drink when you just want to drink a beer.”

The rainbow-print A.T.aLe cans made their official debut at Second Self’s 3-Year Anniversary Party on October 7, and they will be hanging around throughout the month of October.  If you wish to track some down, these 6-packs of 12 oz. cans are available “at the [Second Self] taproom and in stores and shops across metro Atlanta.”  Prost!

Vital Information for A.T.aLe from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Year-Round, “Pride” cans available October 2017
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 42
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Suggested Food Pairings – Smoked wings, oysters, street tacos, & tomme cheese

Molé Porter Makes Seasonal Return for Second Self Beer Company

MolePorterSSBCcanSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) recently announced that Molé Porter will return for a lengthy Seasonal run beginning in September 2017.

Inspired by Co-founder Jason Santamaria’s family recipe for Oaxacan Christmas molé sauce, Second Self Beer Company’s Molé Porter is a Robust Porter “brewed with Guajillo, Pasilla, and Chipotle chilies, cinnamon, cloves, and cocoa nibs.” The inclusion of Guajillo chilies is new this year, giving this iteration of Molé Porter (6.5% ABV) “a more robust and ever so slightly spicier flavor.”

Molé Porter is available as of September 1 and will be hanging around through February 2018.  You can expect to find this fan-favorite Seasonal available in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located within Second Self Beer Company’s distribution footprint in Alabama and Georgia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Molé Porter from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Seasonal, September 2017 to February 2018
Style – American Porter
ABV – 6.5%
IBUs – 27
Added Ingredients – Guajillo, Pasilla & Chipotle chilies, cinnamon, cloves & cocoa nibs
Suggested Food Pairings – “Pork or beef tacos, stews and chilies, gruyere cheese, and chocolate desserts.”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Georgia & Alabama

 

Second Self Beer Company to Introduce A.T.aLe as Next Year-Round

ssbclogoSecond Self Beer Company (Atlanta, Georgia) has announced that they will officially add A.T.aLe to the brewery’s Year-Round lineup beginning in March.

Brewed as a liquid ode to their hometown, A.T.aLe is a “CRISP, CLEAN, REFRESHING” American Pale Ale that comes in at a quaffable 5.7% ABV and 42 IBUs.  Simple and straightforward, A.T.aLe is meant to be an easy-drinking Atlanta Ale that “is the beer you want to drink when you just want to drink a beer.”

Craft beer fans in Atlanta will get a sneak preview of A.T.aLe when Second Self cheers on the Atlanta Falcons at their “Big Super Sport + Potluck Party” on Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. (click here for more details).  If you cannot make the party, this new Year-Round offering will officially launch in March.  Once released, you will be able to find A.T.aLe in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Second Self Beer Company’s distribution area of Georgia and Alabama.  Be sure to check this one out when these beautifully designed cans (pictured above) start hitting shelves in a just a matter weeks.  Prost!

Vital Information for A.T.aLe from Second Self Beer Company

Release – Year-Round, launching March 2017
Style – American Pale Ale
ABV – 5.7%
IBUs – 42
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
Suggested Food Pairings – Smoked wings, oysters, street tacos, & tomme cheese