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

Starr Hill Brewery Releases Newest Iteration of Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack

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Carly Cucumber Gose, one of four offerings included in the Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack.

Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of this year’s Say It Ain’t Sour Variety 12-Pack during the week of May 11.

Released each year to deliver a “juicy punch” of easy-drinking refreshment, Say It Ain’t Sour is a Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles filled “with a mix of fruited sours perfect for quenching your thirst on those hot summer days.”  The beers featured in Say It Ain’t Sour change with each release, and this year’s Variety Pack includes the following four offerings (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s social media accounts):

  • Carly | Cucumber Gose – This mouth-watering Gose is tart and dry with a mild cucumber aroma. Kettle soured with fresh cucumber, salt, and a dose of hops…. it’s the perfect thirst quencher!  ABV – 4.7%
  • Carole | Cran-Raspberry Gose – A melody of sweet raspberries and tart cranberries. This beer has a fruit jam aroma and a ruby red hue. So good, you might feel the earth move under your feet! (that’s right, we named this beer after Carole King)  ABV – 4.7%
  • Lola | Guava Gose – You may remember Lola from last year’s Say It Ain’t Sour Lineup… she’s back again this year! Lola is a refreshing, champagne-like Gose loaded with sweet guava.  ABV – 4.7%
  • Pixie | Pineapple Gose – Soak in the sunshine with Pixie Pineapple Gose! The golden Gose is brewed with fresh pineapple and salt for a tropical puckering punch!  ABV – 4.7%

**Each Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack includes three bottles of each of the four featured beers**

The Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack is scheduled to release during the week of May 11 and will hang around through June 2020.  You can expect to find this Mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles at select retailers located in Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Starr Hill Brewery Goes All Access with Release of Air Drummer NEIPA

Air+Drummer+IPA_16oz+CanStarr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia) has officially announced that it will continue its All Access Series with the Limited Release of Air Drummer New England-style IPA in early April 2020.

Turning up just in time to “rock your patio season,” Air Drummer is a New England-style India Pale Ale that is “soft and airy with ripe citrus hop aromas and a passionfruit character with hints of pineapple.” Air Drummer keeps flawless rhythm at 7.2% ABV.

Air Drummer hit all three of Starr Hill’s taproom locations on March 31 and is scheduled to enter distribution on April 1.  You can expect to find this new Limited Release available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Virginia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Air Drummer from Starr Hill Brewery

Release – Limited/All Access Series; April – July 2020
Style – New England-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.2%
Hops – Citra & Galaxy
Malts – 2-Row & Carafoam
Yeast – London Ale III
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Distribution – Virginia
Beer Finder – https://starrhill.com/beer-finder

 

 

Starr Hill Brewery Adds Ramble On Juicy IPA to Core Lineup

Ramble-On-Juicy-IPA_12oz-Bottle-for-webStarr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia) has officially announced that it will launch Ramble On Juicy IPA as its newest Year-Round offering in late January 2020.

Crafted to represent the free-spirited nature of Starr Hill Brewery, Ramble On is a “juice bomb” of a New England-style India Pale Ale featuring a mix of Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy and El Dorado hops.  Coming in at 7% ABV and just 30 IBUs, Ramble On “[bursts] with vibrant, juicy hop flavor and delivers a smooth body with low bitterness.”

Ramble On started pouring on draft on January 29, and 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and 4-packs of 16 oz. cans are scheduled to arrive in February 2020.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-friendly retailers, bars and restaurants located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Ramble On Juicy IPA from Starr Hill Brewery

Release – Year-Round; launching late January/early February 2020
Style – Juicy/Hazy India Pale Ale
ABV – 7%
IBUs – 30
Hops – Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy & El Dorado
Malts – Craft Two Row, Carafoam, Flaked Barley & Vienna
Yeast – London Ale III
Suggested Food Pairings – “Colby cheese, chorizo tacos, cherry pie”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://starrhill.com/beer-finder/

Starr Hill Brewery Turns Its Wild Heart Loose for the Summer

StarrHillWildHeart6packStarr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced that Wild Heart Hoppy Blonde Ale will roll out in May as the brewery’s new Summer Seasonal.

Developed to fully embody the free-spirited nature and freedom that we all tend to find during the months of summer, Wild Heart is a refreshing American Blonde Ale “boasting a powerful hop profile of mango, pineapple, and a hint of pine.”  Coming in at a quaffable 5.2% ABV, Wild Heart is a “bright and drinkable” offering that is guaranteed to “[finish] smooth and silky.”

Wild Heart Hoppy Blonde Ale officially released in early May and is scheduled to hang around into August 2019.  You can expect to find this new Seasonal release available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Wild Heart Hoppy Blonde Ale from Starr Hill Brewery

Release – Seasonal; May – August 2019
Style – American Blonde Ale
ABV – 5.2%
Malts – Pilsner, Carafoam & Vienna
Hops – Cascade, BRU-1, Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe & El Dorado
Yeast – London Ale III
Suggest Food Pairings – “Wood-Grilled Scallops, Aged Gruyere, Peach Compote”
Availability – 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & draft
Beer Finder – https://starrhill.com/beer-finder/

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Tasting Notes: Roxanne Raspberry American Sour from Starr Hill Brewery

StarrHillRoxannePour2x600For this edition of Tasting Notes, we close out the week with a berry burst supplied by Roxanne Raspberry American Sour from Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia).

Available now as one of four current releases in Starr Hill’s newly-established Sour Series “inspired by the sweet songs that celebrate women with attitude”, Roxanne is “an extremely low-hopped, kettle-soured Wheat Ale” that has been dosed with “sweet and tart” red raspberry purée.  Not afraid to have the “carbonation turned up”, Roxanne (4.7% ABV) is here to treat its drinker to an “effervescent and refreshing” Sour Ale experience.

Roxanne is available now for a limited time in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, in the Say It Ain’t Sour Variety 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles, and on draft.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering at select craft beer-focused establishments located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution footprint in the Southeast.

Alrighty . . . now that all the particulars are out of the way, what do you say we turn off that red light, keep things casual, and get to know Roxanne over some Tasting Notes?

Tasting Notes for Roxanne American Sour from Starr Hill Brewery

Appearance:  Roxanne pours a pink-tinged, light orange in color and is capped with just under a finger of tight white foam.  When held to direct light, the vibrant pink tones shine bright as a softer orange tone holds fast at the core of the pour.  The beer is slightly cloudy, but a spritzy carbonation presence can still be seen streaming within.  Head retention is good, falling slowly to a thin ring of creamy foam that draws wide lines of lace after each pull.

Aroma:  Raspberries are all over the nose, supplying notes of fresh fruit straight for the carton and rich raspberry preserves from the jar.  Through all this fruitiness billowing from the glass, a sturdy presence of wheat and lactobacillus establishes itself and asserts that there is a solid Berliner-like base holding everything together.  The aromatics are simple, but they are just as billed.

Taste:  Raspberry takes point here as well, dishing out a jammy presence that is just as sweet as it is tart.  Fresh raspberries and a twist of lemon add to the beer’s tart side while a subtle undercurrent of melon and strawberry tinker with the sweetness levels.  The wheat base lingers in the background with some bready sweetness as the lacto is dialed in to maintain just the right amount of tartness to follow through the finish.

Mouthfeel:  Light in body with a bright carbonation, this Sour Ale is ridiculously light, refreshing and easy-drinking.  Although it does lean a bit toward the tart/sour side, the fruity sweet notes balance nicely and raise the beer’s already high level of drinkability.  The ABV is low at 4.7% and it reads as such by being completely devoid of booze/heat.  The aftertaste is all jammy raspberry goodness.

Final Thoughts:  Roxanne is an incredibly tasty, “take me as I am” kind of brew that offers all the raspberry and sour goodness it promises with little to no frill.  Sure, its tartness is dialed down a bit by the sweet side of the berries and malts, but that is just balance at work and it only adds to this beer’s crushable nature.  With its high level of drinkability and its fresh flavors and aromatics, there is no denying that this is a beer built for summer drinking.  If you are looking to fill your fridge or cooler with a stellar refresher capable of tackling the warm weather ahead, you really should consider picking up a sixer or two of Roxanne American Sour during your next beer run.  Prost!

Starr Hill Brewery Introduces Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack

StarrHillSIAS2Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia) has officially announced that Say It Ain’t Sour will launch in April as the brewery’s newest Limited Release mixed 12-pack.

Here to introduce fans to Starr Hill’s newly-released Sour Series of offerings “inspired by the sweet songs that celebrate women with attitude”,  the Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack contains the following four brews that are “just as juicy with fruit punch flavors as they are tart and funky” (descriptions sourced directly from the brewery’s website):

  • Lizzy | Lime Gose – A brew boasting citric acidity from the juice and peel of limes. Crisp and thirst-quenching, but with mild saltiness, Lizzy will make you dizzy in her riptide and leave you wanting another sip.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft**
  • Lola | Guava Gose – A bubbly, light wheat beer, perfect for dancing all night under electric candlelight. A mix of flowery Guava and modest salinity in a refreshment that looks like champagne and talks like a beer.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available on draft**
  • Mariah | Passion Fruit Gose – Funky, tart, and tropically sweet from passionfruit puree. Silky with plenty of high notes.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft**
  • Roxanne | Raspberry American Sour – An extremely low-hopped, kettle-soured wheat ale. Sweet and tart with raspberry puree and carbonation turned up, this is an effervescent and refreshing brew.  ABV – 4.7%  **Also available in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles & on draft**

The Say It Ain’t Sour Variety Pack officially released on April 1 and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release mixed 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles at craft beer-friendly retailers located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Starr Hill Brewery Releases 2019 Product Calendar

StarrHillDeepFuzzEager to jump into their 20th year of craft brewing, Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia) sent out a 2019 Product Calendar this week that outlines all the surprises they have planned for their fans in the coming year.

Just as we do with all posts on brewery calendars, we have published Starr Hill’s full 2019 Product Calendar below for you to fully absorb on your own.  With that said, there are quite a few details that we feel we should pass along before we turn you over to that document.  Brevity is our goal, so let’s knock it out:

  • Starr Hill will establish a rotating Sour Series in 2019.  This series will feature the following kettle-soured brews: Raspberry American Sour (April), Lime Gose (July), and Passion Fruit Gose (October).  A “bubbly” Guava Gose will also appear later in the winter.  All Sour Series offerings will be available on draft, in rotating seasonal 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, and in the “Say It Ain’t Sour” 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles that will also debut in April.
  • Hoppy Blonde Ale will launch in May as the brewery’s new Summer Seasonal, replacing The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA.  This easy-drinking Blonde Ale boasts an “emphatic hop aroma and flavor (and never-before-used hops).” A new, yet to be named Winter Seasonal will also turn up in November.
  • The All Access Series returns in 2019 with the following lineup of limited release brews: Kelis Milkshake IPA (January), New England IPA (April), Deep Fuzz Double IPA (July), and Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout (October).  All Access brews will have availability on draft and in 16 oz. cans in 2019.
  • The “Hopped As Hell” Variety 12-pack of 12 oz. bottles will surface in August to supply hopheads with the following four lupulin-laced brews: Shade, a hopped ale with the shadow of a Belgian Wit; Swim, a hazy, juicy wave of refreshment; AC, a breeze of an Amarillo Citra IPA; and Mountain Air, a West-Coast style, pinnacle of an imperial IPA.
  • To make room for the upcoming additions to the Starr Hill lineup, two year-round brands will be phased out in January 2019: Double Platinum Imperial IPA and Jomo Vienna Lager. These beers, beloved as they are by retail visitors, will still appear on rotation at Starr Hill’s Crozet and Roanoke tap rooms.

Okey dokey . . . that should wrap up everything that we wanted to cover, but there are still plenty of juicy little tidbits for you to find on the calendar below.  Give it a good look and get ready to celebrate two decades craft brewing with Starr Hill Brewery in 2019.  Prost!

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Tasting Notes: 2 Tone Vanilla Porter from Starr Hill Brewery

StarrHill2TonePourFresh off a much needed vacation, we jump start the week by getting back into the Tasting Notes groove with a little help from 2 Tone Vanilla Porter from Starr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia).

Rocking a name that is “a nod to the British music genre that seamlessly combines brassy ska and punk rock”, 2 Tone Vanilla Porter is the latest release from Starr Hill Brewery’s Heavy Rotation Series – a rotating “playlist” that keeps “fresh styles of beer coming your way . . . four times a year.”  2 Tone is a 6% ABV Porter that has “special dark roasted malts unite robust flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate with sweet vanilla bean for waves of rich smoothness.”  As is the case with all Heavy Rotation offerings, 2 Tone Vanilla Porter is best enjoyed when paired with the brewery’s mix tape that highlights the songs that inspired the creation of the beer (click here to check it out Spotify).

2 Tone Vanilla Porter is available now in 12 oz. bottles that can be found exclusively in Starr Hill’s Winter Tour Variety Pack (available November 2018 – January 2019). You can find this limited release Variety Pack at select retailers located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution footprint.

Now that the background information is out of the way, what do you say we fire up Spotify and see how well ska fits into a Tasting Notes session?

Tasting Notes for 2 Tone Vanilla Porter from Starr Hill Brewery

Appearance: A somewhat vigorous pour produces a nearly pitch-black Porter that is capped with almost two fingers of airy, khaki-colored foam.  When held to direct light, the stark blackness holds its grip but does allow a touch of cola-like dark brown to sneak through at the extreme edges.  The beer is completely opaque and does not offer any visual hints at the level of carbonation.  Head retention is decent, but those two fingers do eventually fall to a thin, creamy top cap that absolutely coats the glass with wide sweeping sheets of lace.

Aroma:  Roasted malts fill the air with a heavy presence of deeply roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate that mimics the notes of a beautifully crafted Caffè Americano (an espresso that has been diluted with water).  These notes hint that there is a hefty but pleasant level of roasted bitterness ahead in the flavor, but they are still rounded off here with a soothing presence of toasted wheat, a grace of vanilla and just a slight dose of sweet milk chocolate.

Taste: The roasted malts continue to flex their dominance by presenting notes of dark roast coffee, toasted cereal grains, dark chocolate, and carefully charred wood.  This smooth wave of roasty, toasty bitterness is then nicely balanced by a sneaky undercurrent of vanilla, caramel and cocoa. The flavor profile is further rounded by a closing presence of slightly earthy and fruity hops and an incredibly gentle nuttiness (pecans and walnuts).

Mouthfeel:  Spot on medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation, this Porter is wonderfully dry and cleans up beautifully to result in a highly drinkable, gulp-worthy experience.  Mostly balanced, the beer definitely leans a bit toward the roasty and bitter side.  The 6% ABV is super light and really does not bring much in the way of heat.  The aftertaste is all bittersweet chocolate.

Final Thoughts:  If you are looking for a clean and crushable dark beer to help ease you into the colder months, look no further than 2 Tone Vanilla Porter.  Comforting and approachable, it has plenty of roasty goodness that will pair effortlessly with time spent seeking warmth while huddled around a fire.

The only gripe or concern we could possibly come up with is the decision to give vanilla a title role in the naming of this beer.  The vanilla seems to play more of a supporting role by artfully tempering the bitterness supplied by the roasted malts, but it never really pushes beyond an element of balance to stake its claim to either the flavor or aroma.  That said, this approach does not take anything at all away from the beer . . . in fact, quite the opposite happens. In a craft beer world where Porters and Stouts are regularly dominated by over-the-top, cloying additions of sweet adjuncts, 2 Tone uses a deft hand when it comes to the use of vanilla.  This results in a finished product that is a more beautiful representation of the style, but our only worry is that the designation of “Vanilla Porter” might lead some to believe it is missing something even though it is not.

All in all, 2 Tone Vanilla Porter is a breath of fresh air these days because it is a truly flavorful Porter that is not at all afraid to embrace malt sourced roast and bitterness. Instead of taking the easy way out by being dependent on a heavy dose of sweet vanilla, 2 Tone instead relies on craftsmanship, integrity and a certain level of respect for the style by going against the seductive influence of current trends . . . and – even though we too often enjoy a ridiculously sweet “Pastry Stout” from time to time – we dig the hell of this beer for giving us something different today.  Be sure to check out 2 Tone Vanilla Porter if you happen to cross paths with it this winter.  Prost!

 

Starr Hill Brewery Hits the Road with Winter Tour Variety Pack

Winter-Tour_12-pack-bottles_webStarr Hill Brewery (Crozet, Virginia) has officially announced the release of its Winter Tour, a cold weather-themed mixed variety pack that contains 12 oz. bottles of Northern Lights IPA, Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout, 2 Tone Vanilla Porter and Snow Blind Doppelbock.

Recognizing that most of the Southeast has reached that point in the year when temperatures seem to free fall, Starr Hill Brewery has bundled up some comforting warmth in the form of its Winter Tour Variety Pack.  Meant to act as “the perfect accompaniment to a cozy fireside session” or a go-to option for the many holiday parties in our futures, this Seasonal mixed pack includes three 12 oz. bottles of each of the following cold weather brews (beer descriptions sourced from the brewery’s website):

  • Northern Lights IPA – A newly enhanced version of a classic American-style India Pale Ale, Northern Lights is characterized by its full-flavored bitterness and poignant citrus-floral aroma. A perfect blend of barley and hops makes this a very balanced IPA.  ABV – 6.2%  IBUs – 55
  • Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout – Little Red RooStarr Coffee Stout is a full-bodied milk stout brewed with coffee from our friends at Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, VA. Malt sweetness, chocolate and caramel notes dominate the flavor, while roasted coffee notes add balance and round out the aroma.  ABV – 6%  IBUs – 19
  • 2 Tone Vanilla Porter – Special dark roasted malts unite robust flavors of espresso and bittersweet chocolate with sweet vanilla bean for waves of rich smoothness. 2 Tone’s name is a nod to the British music genre that seamlessly combines brassy ska and punk rock. **Quick Note: the brewery made you a mix tape to chart a musical history of ska. Click here to check it out.**  ABV – 6%  IBUs – 16
  • Snow Blind Doppelbock – Snow Blind Doppelbock is a full-bodied winter beer with a massive caramel aroma and lightly toasted malt flavor. Sweetness dominates the front of the palate while the beer finishes clean and crisp.  ABV – 7.7%  IBUs – 13

The Winter Tour is hitting distribution now and will be available through January 2019.  You can expect to find this Variety Pack of 12 oz. bottles at select craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill’s distribution area.  Prost!