Offshoot Beer Co. Adds Escape West Coast IPA to Year-Round Lineup

Offshoot Beer Co. (Orange County, California), the hop-centric extension of The Bruery, has officially announced that it will round off its Year-Round portfolio with the nationwide release of Escape [It’s Your Everyday West Coast IPA] in June 2020.

Arriving as Offshoot Beer Co.’s “second foray into clear-beer— and an homage to the hop-focused Southern California tradition of West Coast IPAs,” Escape is a West Coast-style India Pale Ale that “submerges the senses with notes of tropical passionfruit, grapefruit zest, and pine” sourced from a hop bill comprised of Mosaic, Strata, Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Clocking in at 7.1% ABV and 50 IBUs, the “clean, crisp, and clear” Escape [It’s Your Everyday West Coast IPA] entices you to “crack one open, kick your feet up, and Escape.”

“Offshoot Beer Co. has allowed us to branch off in new directions, continue our passion for experimentation and explore the art of developing hop-forward beers,” said Patrick Rue, founder of The Bruery and its hoppy offshoot, and one of just 19 individuals to earn the title of Master Cicerone®. VP of Brewing Operations Darren Moser chimes in, “Escape was a fun project that let us play with some hop varieties we really love. The combination of Mosaic, Strata, Simcoe, and Amarillo leaves you with a crisp IPA loaded with notes of tropical passionfruit, grapefruit zest, and hints of pine.”

Escape [It’s Your Everyday West Coast IPA] now joins Relax [It’s Just a Hazy IPA], Retreat [This is a Double Hazy IPA] and Unwind [You Earned This Hoppy Pils] in Offshoot’s nationally available lineup of Year-Round offerings.

Escape [It’s Your Everyday West Coast IPA] is scheduled to launch in June 2020 with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft. You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at craft beer-focused establishments located in Florida, California, Washington, D.C., Virginia and throughout the rest of Offshoot Beer Co.’s 25-state distribution footprint. Prost!

Vital Information for Escape [It’s Your Everyday West Coast IPA] from Offshoot Beer Co.

Release – Year-Round; launching June 2020
Style – West Coast-style India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.1%
IBUs – 50
Featured Hops – Mosaic, Strata, Simcoe & Amarillo
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.offshootbeer.com/find

The Bruery & Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams Collaborate on Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake Stout

HoldTheSpoon_16oz_2020_DetailThe Bruery (Orange County, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake, a special collaboration project with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (Columbus, Ohio), in early May 2020.

Inspired by Jeni’s popular ice cream flavor, Blackout Chocolate Cake, Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake is an Imperial Milk Stout “treated with mounds of cacao nibs, pure vanilla, and a dash of salt for balance.” Weighing in at 8.5% ABV, Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake is “mouth-filling and complex, with notes of rich cocoa, chocolate cake, bittersweet fudge, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.”

“[It is] always fun working with masters from other industries— especially when it’s ice cream. This time around Jeni’s sent us nine stunning flavors to evaluate. It is a very interesting experience seeing a group of people tasting and taking detailed notes on ice cream; you definitely notice nuances when you are writing down your flavor and aroma notes. Jeni’s Blackout Chocolate Cake was our choice because of its intense and layered chocolate character. To replicate that, we put together a complex malt bill, multiple sources and types of decadent cacao, milk sugar, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. The result is a fun beer-y take on the ice cream— complex but rounded bitter chocolate. It’s always a fun project when you try to reinterpret flavors found outside of beer.”

 

– Andrew Bell, Innovation Manager at The Bruery

16 oz. cans of Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake are available now at all of The Bruery’s locations and in The Bruery’s online store for shipping and delivery in California, Washington D.C., and select parts of Nevada.  This Limited Release offering will also see distribution and you can expect to find it at select craft beer-focused retailers located within The Bruery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hold the Spoon: Black Chocolate Cake from The Bruery & Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Release – Limited/Collaboration; May 2020
Style – Imperial Milk Stout
ABV – 8.5%
Added Ingredients – Cacao nibs, cocoa powder, milk sugar, salt & vanilla
Fun Fact – “Innovation and experimentation are two things The Bruery has always been known for. Over a year ago, the team at The Bruery challenged themselves to create a beer inspired by the popular ice cream purveyor. The first collaboration was in 2019, an imperial blonde ale inspired by the flavors of Jeni’s Salted Peanut Butter with Chocolate Flecks ice cream. It was so well received it was only natural to create a second iteration.”
Ice Cream/Beer Social – “Join The Bruery team and Jeni Britton Bauer for a live ice cream and beer social at youtube.com/thebruery on Friday, 5.15.20, to watch them talk about life, innovation, and ice cream and beer.”
Availability – 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder –https://www.thebruery.com/find

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The Bruery Begins Nationwide Launch of Ruekeller Helles

Ruekeller_Helles_SingleThe Bruery (Orange County, California) has officially announced that it will introduce Ruekeller Helles, the brewery’s first distributed lager, in late January 2020.

Developed through a challenge that had the team at The Bruery innovate and experiment in a new way by “getting back to tradition,” Ruekeller Helles is German-style Helles Lager “brewed with premium imported malts and hops . . . sourced from Germany, including Magnum, Saaz Hops, and German Pilsner malt.”  Coming in at 5.2% ABV, Ruekeller Helles is “an extraordinary lager— easy-drinking full-bodied, with light bitterness, a touch of sweetness, and a clean and crisp finish.”

“Ruekeller Helles is a great example of our world-class production team, led by our VP of Brewing Operations, Darren Moser, tapping into the innovative spirit of The Bruery to create a beer that’s easy to love for both the sophisticated palate and the craft-curious drinker.”

 

– Barry Holmes, CEO of The Bruery

Ruekeller Helles is available now at both of The Bruery’s Tasting Room locations and is scheduled to enter full distribution in late January 2020.  You can expect to find this new Core offering available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, California, Washington, D.C. and throughout the rest of The Bruery’s distribution area. Prost!

Vital Information for Ruekeller Helles from The Bruery

Release – Year-Round/Core; launching late January 2020
Style – German-style Helles Lager
ABV – 5.2%
Malts – German Pilsner
Hops – Magnum & Saaz
Fun Fact – “The name Ruekeller is a play on words, paying homage to both the traditional Krausen method of brewing fine lagers, and The Bruery’s namesake. In German, ‘ruh’ literally translates to ‘quiet’ or ‘peace,’ while in brewing, it refers to the step where almost finished beer rests in a secondary fermentation so that it can mellow and develop. The Ruhkeller, or ‘Rest Cellar,’ is where the beer will be krausened. Krausening is a traditional German method for carbonating beers without using sugars or other adjuncts. Instead, actively fermenting malt wort is added to the fermented beer to provide the malted sugars needed for carbonation. During this step, the beer is crash cooled into what is referred to as lagering, lager meaning ‘to store.’ This method is difficult in nature, meticulous in process, but the end product is an extraordinary craft lager.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.thebruery.com/find

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The Bruery Continues Bakery Series with Release of Cherry Pie Barrel-aged Imperial Stout

TheBrueryLogoBlackThe Bruery (Orange County, California) has officially announced that it will begin the Limited Release of Bakery: Cherry Pie in late December 2019.

Brewed to capture the “nostalgia-inducing aroma of a warm cherry pie.” Bakery: Cherry Pie is a Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout that boasts “flavors smacking of freshly-picked tart cherries, rich artisan vanilla, cinnamon and hints of brown sugar.” Coming in at 10.2% ABV, Bakery: Cherry Pie is guaranteed to pair “perfectly with cozy nights and warming company.”

Bakery: Cherry Pie is rolling out now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, California, Washington, D.C. and throughout the rest of The Bruery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bakery: Cherry Pie from The Bruery

Release – Limited/Bakery Series; late December 2019
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 10.2%
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Added Ingredients – Cherries, cinnamon & vanilla
Availability – 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – https://www.thebruery.com/find

 

Bruery Terreux Introduces Cans of Wit The Funk

BrueryTerreuxlogoBruery Terreux (Orange County, California) has officially announced that it will release Wit The Funk, the brewery’s first foeder-aged beer available in cans, in early February 2019.

Developed to be as traditional and accessible as possible, Wit The Funk is a classic Witbier – “brewed with coriander, orange peel and traditional Belgian Wit yeast” – that has been aged in “American and French oak foeders, with Terreux house culture, Brettanomyces and other yeasts, until final maturation.” Once its rest is completed, Wit The Funk (5.4% ABV) rises to offer “a winning combination that’s fresh with subtle complexity – balancing the classic, spiced and fruity characteristics of a Belgian-style wit with the soft – and wild – touch from its time in the oak.”

“We are really excited to have our first foeder aged beer in cans. This beer has a very complex yeast character for the more experienced beer connoisseur and an approachable level of tartness for those who are new to sour beer. At Terreux, we strive hard to produce palate provoking sour ales without the use of kettle souring. It’s our passion for old world traditions and the complexity of old world sour and wild ales that inspire us to work with wild yeast and bacteria to create a live product that truly is an expression of The Bruery’s commitment to quality craftsmanship.”

 

– Jeremy Grinkey, The Bruery’s Senior Production Manager 

Wit The Funk will officially begin rolling out in early February with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round offering at select craft beer-friendly establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of The Bruery/Bruery Terreux’s distribution network.  Prost!

Vital information for Wit The Funk from Bruery Terreux 

Release – Year-Round, early February 2019
Style – Witbier 
ABV – 5.4%
Treatment – Aged in American and French oak foeders with Terreux house culture, Brettanomyces and other yeasts
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – http://www.brueryterreux.com/find/

The Bruery Launches Bakery Series with Release of Coconut Macaroons Imperial Stout

Bakery_CanThe Bruery (Orange County, California) has officially released Bakery – Coconut Macaroons, a Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with coconut and natural vanilla flavor added, as the first offering to come out of its new series of pastry stouts.

Armed with a long track record of brewing incredibly unique and memorable takes on big ol’ beers, The Bruery has decided to add even more sweetness to its portfolio with the establishment of the Bakery Series, a lineup of pastry stouts that takes advantage of the fact that “Imperial Stouts seamlessly play well with many other adjuncts.”  The inaugural release in this series is Coconut Macaroons, a Bourbon Barrel-aged pastry stout that has been layered with coconut and natural vanilla flavor.  Weighing in at a sizable 13% ABV, Coconut Macaroons is “super dark with a residual sweetness” that offers “light notes of coconut and vanilla.”

Where did the idea for this beer come from? The Bruery founder Patrick Rue states, “Macaroons bring back nostalgic feelings for me. As a kid, I would beg my Mom to buy them and devour them in one sitting. In college, my girlfriend (now wife) would buy fresh, chocolate-dipped macaroons from the campus coffee shop, which further fueled my appreciation for the dessert.

The flavors of toasty coconut, notes of dark chocolate, and vanilla meld so well in a beer that has a lot of richness, but without an overpowering level of roast. A macaroon inspired beer was the perfect choice to launch our Bakery series with.”

Bakery – Coconut Macaroons is available now and will hang around as long as supplies last.  You can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in individually sold 16 oz. cans at select craft beer retailers located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of The Bruery’s distribution footprint.  Prost!

Vital Information for Bakery – Coconut Macaroons from The Bruery

Release – Limited/Bakery Series, August 2018 
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 13%
Treatment – Bourbon barrel-aged
Added Ingredients – Coconut & natural vanilla flavor
Availability – 16 oz. cans
Beer Finder – https://www.thebruery.com/find/

 

Tasting Notes: Blue BBLS (2018) from Bruery Terreux

BlueBBBLSWith another long and heavy week nearing its end, Tasting Notes has us shutting down the office early with small pours of one big ol’ beer: Blue BBLs (2018) from Bruery Terreux (Orange County, California).

Officially released back in January as a Society offering from Bruery Terreux, Blue BBLs (2018) – the “BBLs” is a notation for “barrel,” a unit of measurement equal to 31 gallons – is “a special blend of . . . bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout with . . . bourbon barrel-aged sour stout, plus an addition of juicy blueberries.”  This careful blend offers a complex experience that has “the acidity from the sour stout seamlessly [balancing] the sweet malt character of the imperial stout, and the tannins from the berries [amplifying] the fruity character.”  Blue BBLs (2018) weighs in at a massive 16.5% ABV.

Alrighty . . . that should adequately cover everyone’s need for background info, so let’s not waste any more time and get to scribblin’ down these Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Blue BBLS (2018) from Bruery Terreux 

Appearance: Blue BBLS pours a cola-like dark brown to black in color and builds just under half a finger of slightly purple tinted, tan-colored foam.  The beer is completely opaque, but a healthy amount of the tiniest of bubbles can be seen breaking the surface of the pour.  The head dissipates nearly immediately, leaving behind just a brushstroke of airy foam to linger in the center of the glass.  There is no lacing to report.

Aroma: Lovely oak greets the nose first with a pronounced woody character that offers a touch of vanilla as well. The blueberries take over from there with a fruity burst that is both tart and sweet.  Roasted grains, a bit of coffee, and a splash of bourbon sneaks in at the end of the profile to smooth it all out.

Taste:  The flavor profile begins with an interesting mix of blueberries that are both sweet and tart and a complementary presence that reads as a vinous, red wine-like note.  The bourbon barrel then makes itself known by offering tones of vanilla, charred wood, brown sugar and booze.  The blueberries and barrel then collide to produce complex notes of leather and tobacco.  The Imperial Stout character is the last to step forward and rounds off any rough edges with a nice level of roast, dark chocolate and toffee.

Mouthfeel:  On the lighter side of full-bodied with a moderate carbonation, this stout comes across as slick and a little thin (in a good way).  Although the beer works the palate heavily with tart, sour and sweet flavors, it dries out beautifully like a fine red wine.  As expected, the 16.5% ABV brings some heat that starts in the throat and carries down into the belly.  Aftertaste is all booze-soaked blueberries.

Final Thoughts: Blue BBLS is a gorgeously composed Sour Stout and the source of its beauty is found in its layers.  The aromas and flavors both hold three distinct layers: a Sour Ale heavily laced with blueberries, bourbon barrel character, and straight up Imperial Stout.  Sure, those tannic blueberry and red wine qualities are assertive and the first thing to grab your attention, but everything ultimately settles down and smooths out as the layers of Stout and Bourbon establish themselves.  Each layer works so well on its own only because they all work so well together.  This harmonious level of balance (found in the blend, flavors, aromas, etc.) acts as the keystone that locks the entire experience together.  All in all, Blue BBLs is a dynamic and delicately complex offering that truly must be experienced to be fully understood.  If you ever cross paths with this beer out in the wild, do whatever it takes to ensure that you walk away with a pour.  You certainly will not regret it.  Prost!

 

The Bruery and Top Chef Brooke Williamson Collaborate on Girl Grey

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The Bruery (Orange County, California) recently announced the release of Girl Grey Belgian-style Ale, a new Seasonal offering brewed in collaboration with Chef Brooke Williamson, the most-recent winner on Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 14.

To further build upon their reputation “for pushing the boundaries on what can be achieved with flavors in beer”, the folks at The Bruery extended an invitation to Chef Brook Williamson to help them brew “a unique ale that would not only intrigue craft beer drinkers throughout the country, but also introduce a new generation of beer drinkers to cutting-edge flavors and new styles of beer.” After some brainstorming, this talented brew team decided to create a Belgian-style Ale “brewed with lactose, almonds, earl grey tea and natural flavors.”  Graciously offering an experience filled with “creamy, floral notes of earl grey tea”, Girl Grey (8.5% ABV) comes together to be “a complex yet delicate ale . . . perfect for a new generation of beer lovers.”

“Being a chef, first and foremost, I felt like my ultimate goal with creating the perfect collaboration beer was to balance the important uniqueness in flavor profile, while remaining food-friendly. This beer to me does just that,” said Chef Brooke Williamson. “It’s a perfect blend of creamy richness and complex floral notes, making for a wide variety of food pairing options. I’m inclined to go tart and sweet, like biscuits with lemon curd, or banana cream pie, but at the same time, it’s versatile and subtle enough to work with spiced mole chicken and toasted almond rice. It really is the perfect food beer.”

Girl Grey will officially release to the public on February 14 with the intention to hang around for a limited time.  You can expect to find this Seasonal release available in 750ml bottles and on draft at select craft beer-focused retailers, bars and restaurants located in Florida, Georgia, California, Washington D.C. and throughout the rest of The Bruery’s distribution area.  Prost!

Vital Information for Girl Grey from The Bruery 

Release – Seasonal/Limited, mid-February 2018
Style – Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale
ABV – 8.5%
Added Ingredients – Lactose, almonds, Earl Grey tea & natural flavors
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.thebruery.com/find/
Fun Fact – About Chef Brooke Williamson: “Officially beginning her career at the young age of 17, Williamson was the youngest chef to ever cook at the James Beard House, and was recently a winner on Bravo’s “Top Chef” in March 2017. Williamson is the Co-Owner and Co-Chef, along with husband Nick Roberts, of Hudson House in Redondo Beach, The Tripel and Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey, the culinary retail boutique Tripli-Kit, Da Kikokiko in Playa Vista, and Small Batch, an artisanal ice cream shop, in Mar Vista, CA.”

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Offshoot Beer Co. Introduces Its First Year-Round Release

RelaxIPA_BothOffshoot Beer Co. (Orange County, California) has announced that it will release Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] this month as its first Year-Round offering and first beer to be available beyond the brewery.

Developed to be The Bruery’s hop-focused brewing project, Offshoot Beer Co. has produced 20 limited release hoppy beers since its inception in April of 2017.  These lupulin loaded IPAs, Double IPAs and Triple IPAs have only been available for purchase directly from the brewery and exclusively to members on its Interest List” . . . until now.

Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] is rolling out this month as Offshoot Beer Co.’s first offering that will experience limited distribution.  With Citra, Centennial, Simcoe and Amarillo hops filling out the hop bill, this new Year-Round features “fruity, tropical and citrusy notes to complement the round, soft mouthfeel of a hazy IPA.”  Hop lovers can expect Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] (6.8% ABV) to deliver an experience that “embraces the new way to enjoy IPA – unfiltered, fresh and full of hop flavor and aromatics… without the bitterness to stand in the way of kicking back with a juicy beer.”

“Offshoot Beer Co. has allowed us to branch off in new directions, continue our passion for experimentation and explore the art of developing hop-forward beers,” said Patrick Rue, founder of The Bruery and its hoppy offshoot, and one of just 16 individuals to earn the title of Master Cicerone®. “Now such a pursuit will be within arm’s reach for fans of independent craft beer from coast-to-coast looking to relax with a fresh can of hazy IPA any day of the week.”

“After nearly a year of developing special releases, we couldn’t be more excited to dial in a fresh new beer that’s available year-round to even more fans,” added Rue. “If you’ve been wondering what it would taste like if The Bruery made a hazy IPA, this is it. You won’t find a more approachable and accessible 4-pack on the market.”

Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] will debut at the Tasting Rooms at The Bruery and Bruery Terreux on February 2, and it will then enter limited distribution beginning the week of February 5.  You can expect to find this new Year-Round available in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft at select craft beer establishments located in Southern California, Northern California, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.  Prost!

Vital Information for Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] from Offshoot Beer Co.

Release – Year-Round, launching February 2018
Style – American India Pale Ale (New England-style)
ABV – 6.8%
Hops – Citra, Centennial, Simcoe & Amarillo
Malts – 2-row & Oats
Yeast – London III
Fun Fact – A note on the brewery’s approach to freshness: Although offerings from The Bruery and Bruery Terreux are available in nearly 30 states, “Relax [it’s just a hazy IPA] will cover a much smaller footprint to ensure cans are shipped cold and arrive in peak condition at fine purveyors of craft beer in select markets.”  

Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Beer Finder – http://www.thebruery.com/find/

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Takes Beer Camp Across the World in 2017

BCAW_2017Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. (Chico, California) has officially announced that it will release Beer Camp Across the World, an international collaboration 12-pack, in June.

Each year, Sierra Nevada hosts Beer Camp as the “industry’s largest collaboration effort” to celebrate and showcase “the art, spirit and attitude of craft beer.”  In order to create a truly special collaboration 12-pack in 2017, the brewers at Sierra Nevada have “partnered with 12 craft breweries–6 overseas and 6 stateside–to brew . . . Beer Camp Across the World.”  Their efforts have produced the following 12 one-off, “dream beers” that have been created with some of the world’s finest brewing talent:

Each Beer Camp Across the World 12-pack will contain one of each of the beers listed above (a mix of cans and bottles).  Beer Camp Across the World will see a one-time-only national release beginning in June, and these limited edition 12-packs will be available at select craft beer retailers located in Alabama, Florida, California, North Carolina and throughout the rest of Sierra Nevada’s national distribution area.  Beer Camp Across the World is a rare opportunity for you to try some incredibly unique beers from a dozen highly-respected, world-class breweries in one package.  This thing basically defines the terms “can’t-miss” and “must-have”. These 12-packs will disappear with a quickness, so don’t miss out.  Prost!