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/

 

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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!

Tasting Notes: Share This: OC from The Bruery

BruerySTOCglass1000This week’s Tasting Notes finds us drinking with a purpose as we take a look at Share This: OC from The Bruery (Placentia, California).

Not too long ago, we let you all know about the recent release of Share This: OC (click here to check that out).  If you happened to miss that post, this offering comes to us by way of The Bruery’s Share This program, a beer series that acts as a fundraising effort for charities in regions that supplied ingredients or inspiration for each release.  For Share This: OC, the brewers focused on their “home county and its history as a significant growing region for oranges” by creating an Imperial Stout “dosed with orange zest, TCHO cacao nibs, and vanilla beans.”  For each bottle of Share This: OC produced, The Bruery will donate $1 to Food Forward of Southern California – a 501(c)(3) charity that provides hunger relief within their community by rescuing “fresh, local produce that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market.”  Share This: OC is available for a limited time in 750ml bottles.  You can support this wonderful cause by picking up a bottle at craft beer establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of The Bruery’s distribution network.

With that information now covered, I do believe it is time to pour up a few glasses for the Mashing In family and get to some Tasting Notes!

Tasting Notes for Share This: OC from The Bruery

Appearance:  Deep black in color, Share This: OC presents itself in the glass with a look that is similar to highly polished obsidian.  When presented with direct light, the oily blacks stand firm to deny any light from penetrating.  The body is completely opaque and reflective.  The pour produced a good two fingers of creamy, dark tan foam.  The head displays good retention and eventually settles in as a chunky half finger that lasts throughout the experience.  Each sip leaves behind a solid sheet of lace on the glass that slowly slips back down to rest in the top cap once again.  Truly stunning in appearance.

Aroma:  As soon as the nose approaches the glass, it is greeted by intense notes of heavily roasted malt and the finest dark chocolate.  The chocolate is splendidly pronounced, but it eventually opens up a bit to reveal a layer of freshly scraped vanilla beans.  Just as you think the beer is done, it closes out with a lingering, comforting fragrance of fresh orange juice and zest.

Taste:  Just as in the aroma, the chocolate is more than happy to bat lead-off in the flavor.  We are talking about some incredibly rich chocolate qualities that span from notes of bars of bittersweet dark chocolate to luxurious chocolate pot de crème to tall glasses of chocolate milk.  Vanilla builds and merges with a heavily roasted, black coffee character to lend some light mocha tones. At 11% ABV, a touch of alcohol presents itself in the flavor but it finds a place with the orange zest to create an orange liqueur note.  All of these flavors harmoniously work together to make each sip an indulgent delight.

Mouthfeel:  Fullest of the full in body with a moderate carbonation presence.  Slick and coating on the palate, the flavors are allowed to linger so that the drinker can truly savor everything hitting the taste buds.  With that said, the hops and citrus qualities lift the beer a bit to keep it from being cloying.  The ABV is absolutely there and creates a warmth that rises slowly from the belly.  The aftertaste conjures memories of chocolate oranges at Christmas.

Final Thoughts:  True to the name of the series, there is no denying that Share This: OC is a massive beer that is meant to be sipped and shared with friends.  Once you get beyond the sheer size of this brew, it becomes quite easy to get lost in its intoxicating chocolate and citrus notes.  The use of the orange gives the beer added dimension and supplies it with a bright freshness not often found in big ol’ Imperial Stouts.  That being the case, Share This: OC can be enjoyed on its own, as a pairing with dessert, or could even have some play with a few savory dishes as well.  No matter how you choose to enjoy it, we highly suggest you pick up a bottle of Share This: OC during its limited release.  Not only so you can enjoy a truly delicious brew, but to also support the very worthy cause of Food Forward in the process.  Make it happen because there is absolutely no way that you can walk away from this beer disappointed.  Prost!

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The Bruery Makes a Difference with Release of Share This: OC

the-bruery-share-this-collection_editedThe Bruery (Placentia, California) announced today that it will release Share This: OC this month as the latest offering in a series of Imperial Stouts that gives “money back to the region which inspired, or contributed to, the beer’s flavor profile.”

Launched in 2016, the Share This program was created as a fundraising effort for charities in regions that supplied ingredients or inspiration for each release.  For the third installment in this series, The Bruery focuses on their “home county and its history as a significant growing region for oranges.”  Share This: OC starts with a base of a rich, chocolatey, and roasty Imperial Stout that is then “dosed with
orange zest, TCHO cacao nibs, and vanilla beans” to produce an orange-chocolate experience that instantly transports its drinker to the orange groves of California.

In keeping with the intentions of this series, The Bruery will donate $1 for each bottle of Share This: OC produced to Food Forward of Southern California. With a motto of “Harvest Food, Fight Hunger, Build Community,” Food Forward is a 501(c)(3) charity that “rescues fresh, local produce that would normally go to waste from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market.” By doing so, Food Forward provides hunger relief by donating 100% of rescued goods to over 300 agencies across eight counties in Southern California.  The release of Share This: OC marks the first time that the program’s donations will benefit efforts in the United States.

“It’s hard to not have an affinity for oranges when you grow up in Orange County,” shared The Bruery Founder & CEO Patrick Rue. “Oranges and chocolate are a natural pair, each flavor enhancing the other. We’re excited to bring this flavor combination to Share This, and to support Food Forward, a local charity that benefits our community by providing delicious, fresh fruit to those who might not have access to it otherwise.”

 

“We are thrilled to be the selected non-profit to benefit from the current release of Share This,” expressed Food Forward Founder & Executive Director, Rick Nahmias. “The ethos, practices and vibe of The Bruery is so aligned with Food Forward and our work to eradicate food waste and act as a bridge to get fresh healthy produce to over 1.25 million of our region’s most vulnerable. The generosity of this program and partnership is a huge boon to Food Forward and will allow us to continue to deepen our work to harvest food, fight hunger and build community across Southern California.”

Share This: OC will officially release on March 14 when it becomes available for direct purchase from TheBrueryStore.com, The Bruery Tasting Room in Placentia, and the Bruery Terreux Tasting Room in Anaheim.  This limited release will then enter distribution during the month of March, and you will be able to find 750ml bottles of Share This: OC at fine craft beer establishments located in Florida, California and throughout the rest of The Bruery’s distribution footprint.  Be sure to pick up a bottle of Share This: OC this month so that you can easily do your part in supporting the wonderful cause of Food Forward and the Share This program.  Prost!

Vital Information for Share This: OC from The Bruery

Release – Limited, March 2017
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 11%
Added Ingredients – Orange zest, TCHO cacao nibs & vanilla beans
Suggested Food Pairings – Citrus-marinated skirt steak, Carr Valley Sweet Vanilla Cardona cheese, orange chocolate meltaways. Cooking with foraged foods
Availability – 750ml bottles
Distribution – FL AZ, CA, CO, CT, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NJ, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI & Washington DC
Fun Fact: “Beers in the Share This series are released twice annually, with the next release to be announced in fall of 2017. The Bruery has donated $50,000 for Share This: Coffee, and has committed the donation of an additional $50,000 for Share This: Mole, to Free Wheelchair Mission.”

The Bruery Plans to Make Chocolate Rain Available for Public Release in 2017

wax-dipping-bottleThe Bruery (Orange County, California) has officially announced that Chocolate Rain, their Bourbon Barrel-aged Imperial Stout with cacao nibs and vanilla beans, will be released to the public for the first time ever on Friday, March 24.

Born into this world as a single cask of beer at The Bruery’s first Black Tuesday release event in 2009, the liquid decadence known as Chocolate Rain quickly made a name for itself and became one of the most sought-after beers in the country. “Rich in chocolate, vanilla, oak and bourbon,” craft beer fans simply cannot get enough of this bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout that features cacao nibs from Berkeley’s TCHO and fresh vanilla beans.  The only problem: Chocolate Rain has been exclusively available to members of The Bruery’s Reserve Society and Hoarders Society only.  Well . . . until now.

On March 24, the 2017 release of Chocolate Rain will be open to the public for the first time.  Weighing in at a massive 19.6% ABV, wax-dipped 750ml bottles of this year’s Chocolate Rain can be purchased for $39.99 each.  There are quite a few moving parts when it comes to this release, so we will turn it over to The Bruery’s press release for all of the particulars:

Public Sale Details
The public sale will take place on Friday, March 24 at or around 10:00 a.m. PT on TheBrueryStore.com and at our Tasting Rooms (The Bruery Tasting Room and Bruery Terreux Tasting Room) upon opening at noon. Special, limited edition merchandise will also be available. There is a three bottle limit per person. All sales are first-come, first-served.
Members of the company’s Reserve Society and Hoarders Society will enjoy early, guaranteed access – and the highest number of bottles available to them for purchase, at their Society discount – during an allocations period that begins on Monday, March 6. Members of the Preservation Society will enjoy guaranteed access to three bottles of Chocolate Rain (2017) starting on Tuesday, March 14. Space is currently available to join the Preservation Society if you don’t want to leave your acquisition of this limited release to chance on the day of the public sale.
Three Options for Getting Bottles in-Hand
  1. Ship Within California
    Any beer purchased by the general public on TheBrueryStore.com, including bottles of Chocolate Rain on March 24, must be shipped. Shipping is available (for an additional fee), only in California, through Golden State Overnight. An adult, 21 years of age or older, must be present to receive and sign for the delivery. The first 500 shipments from The Bruery will include a specially-selected chocolate from TCHO to pair with the beer.
  2. Purchase Directly at our Tasting Rooms
    Bottles will be available to purchase first-come, first-served at both The Bruery Tasting Room and Bruery Terreux Tasting Room upon opening at noon on Friday, March 24. Chocolate Rain (and other treats) will also be available on tap for in-house consumption.
  3. Pickup for Society Members
    Society members enjoy the perk of climate-controlled storage and pickup of online purchases from our Society Fulfillment Center. Reserve and Hoarders Society members have until February 28, 2018 to pickup purchases from the 2017 calendar year. Preservation Society members have until June 30, 2017 to pickup any purchases made during the first quarter of 2017, including Chocolate Rain (2017) purchased this March.

If you meet the criteria to get bottles of Chocolate Rain in-hand, make sure that you are near a computer or at one of The Bruery’s tasting room locations at time of release on March 24. We say this because this year’s supply will disappear quickly and decisive action will be required to secure your bottles.  Good luck out there, folks.  Prost!

Vital Information for Chocolate Rain (2017) from The Bruery

Release – Very Limited, scheduled for Friday, March 24 (see quoted area above for release details)
Style – Imperial Stout
ABV – 19.6%
IBUs – 35
Additional Ingredients – Cacao nibs from TCHO & fresh vanilla beans
Treatment – Aged in Bourbon barrels
Availability – 750ml, wax-dipped bottles retailing for $39.99 each
Suggested Pairings – Cacao nib gelato, Sartori Peppermint BellaVitano cheese, roasted pecans, cocoa chili-rubbed tenderloin & a memorable song

Cascade Brewing Releases 2017 Product Schedule

cascadeglass_editedCascade Brewing (Portland, Oregon) just made the year ahead a hell of a lot more interesting with the publication of their 2017 Product Release Schedule.

We have posted Cascade Brewing’s full 2017 Product Release Calendar below for you to check out at your own pace. Before we turn you loose, let’s first go over one piece of brewery news and the descriptions for some of the new Cascade brews showing up in 2017:

  • As you may have already figured out from logo posted above, Cascade Brewing is rebranding their look in 2017.  Along with the new logo, the bottle label designs have also been updated with three distinct color formats that will distinguish each release “based on ingredients used, time in the barrel as well as type of barrel used.” The new bottle labels will roll out throughout the year and debut in mid-February with the release of our next topic, Sang du Chêne 2015. Here is a sneak peek of that label to give you an idea of what to expect:
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  • Sang du Chêne 2015: scheduled for release in February – Meaning “blood of the oak,” this project showcases sour blond and triple ales aged in three distinct oak vessels: red wine foudres, toasted French and American oak puncheons and Cognac brandy hogsheads. Oak influences are the highlights, providing flavors of toasted sugars, vanillin and spice that are complemented by the bright acidity and fruity character of the base beers. Sang du Chêne captures the marriage of wood and beer at its finest.
  • Kentucky Peach 2016: scheduled for release in March – This is a blend of sour wheat and quad ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to 16 months with fresh, Northwest-grown peaches. This limited project offers flavors of ripe peaches and warm bourbon with hints of oak and a light malt sweetness.
  • Tangerine Dream 2015: scheduled for release in March – Last produced in 2011, this extremely limited release is a blend of blond and quad ales aged in bourbon and wine barrels for up to 18 months with tangerine zest, mandarin zest, apricots and vanilla beans. Rich and complex, Tangerine Dream captures flavors of fresh tangerines, bourbon, vanilla and toasted malts.
  • Crazy Navel 2016: scheduled for release in June – This features a sour blond ale aged in oak wine barrels for 14 months with freshly zested Cara Cara navel Orange zest. Last year we did a small, draft-only project and it was a huge hit, so this year we are taking it to the masses.
  • Framblanc 2016: scheduled for release in August – Made for only the second time (first run was very limited), Framblanc features a blend of sour blond and triple ales aged in oak wine barrels for up to one year with white raspberries. Utilizing fruit grown less than 12 miles from our Blending House facility, this project showcases bold flavors of raspberries, grapefruit zest, white cranberries and peaches.
  • A Yet to be named Collaboration with The Bruery (Placentia, California): scheduled for release in September – Details are still under wraps, but Cascade will use something grown in the state of Oregon while The Bruery will use something grown in Southern California.
  • Rose City Sour 2016: scheduled for release in October – The cellar team infused sour wheat ale with a unique blend of dried rose hips, rose petals and hibiscus tea crafted for Cascade by Tao of Tea. Rose City Sour features flavors of roses, cranberries, watermelon, grapefruit and hibiscus tea.

“Our brewing and cellar staff have taken our sour offerings to a whole new level that promises to blow your mind,” stated Tim Larrance, VP Sales & Marketing. “We are so excited to share these new projects with sour beer lovers worldwide.”

Alright, there are still plenty of other fan-favorite and classic Cascade offerings to be discovered on the calendar below.  Be sure to check them out to prepare yourself for a great year of sour beer with Cascade Brewing in 2017.  Prost!

 

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Bruery Terreux Introduces Frederick H. as Newest Year-Round Beer

fredbruerybottleOn Friday, December 2, Frederick H. Berlin-style Tart Wheat Beer officially began its public launch as the latest year-round offering available from Bruery Terreux (Anaheim, California).

With the introduction of Frederick H., Bruery Terreux – a boutique craft brewery and extension of The Bruery that specializes in farmhouse-style wild and sour ales – continues the gradual expansion of their year-round portfolio.  Named after Founder & CEO Patrick Rue’s grandfather, Frederick Hottenroth, Frederick H. arrives as “a tart, wheat-based beer 100% fermented in American-made oak foeders.”  These “massive oak foeders can each hold 250 BBLs (7750 gallons) of beer, which is continuously pulled out in small amounts as the tanks are topped off with fresh wort.”  This approach makes it so the brewers can create a “characterful sour beer that’s full of flavor and racy on the palate.”

“My grandfather was a brilliant inventor. He had a mind for innovation, for knowing the future. I remember him explaining global warming to me in the late ‘80s — and to be honest, we didn’t know what the hell he was talking about. Like Fred, Frederick H. is unique, inventive yet traditional,” shares Patrick Rue. “The fermentation is 100% in oak foeders with a special blend of brettanomyces and lactobacillus, giving Frederick H. a bright acidity and a tropical, fruity aroma and flavor. Each batch benefits from the contributions of previous batches, as it’s fermented and aged in a process resembling the solera method.”

Frederick H. joins Saison Rue Brettanomyces-fermented Rye Saison and Beret Sour Imperial Witbier aged in Oak Barrels with Raspberries as one of three year-round releases available in 2017.  The public release of Frederick H. began on December 2 at all Tasting Room locations for The Bruery and at TheBrueryStore.com.  With availability in 750ml bottles and on draft, this offering will then be sent out for national release later in December.  Look for this one to turn up at craft beer-friendly retailers, restaurants and bars located in Florida and throughout the rest of the distributed regions of Bruery Terreux.  Prost!

Vital Information for Frederick H. from Bruery Terreux

Release – Year-Round, launching December 2016
Style – Berliner Weisse-style Beer
ABV – 4.4%
IBUs – 2
Availability – 750ml bottles & draft
Distribution – FL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, HI, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, MI, MN, NJ, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, VT, VA, WA, WI
Fun Fact – Frederick H. marks the second beer from The Bruery to be named after Frederick Hottenroth.  Now retired, Hottenroth – actually named for both grandparents, Fred & Sarah Hottenroth – was an award-winning Berliner Weisse previously offered by the brewery.

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