A new nitro pour lager is hitting taps this month – Cigar City El Coco, a tropical coconut flan ale.
This release is inspired by a past collaboration with Chicago’s 5 Rabbit Cerveceria El Bizarrón, a porter brewed with caramelized plantains. In keeping with the beer-meets-Latin food theme, comes a El Coco, inspired by the brewery’s favorite dessert – flan.
Dulce de leche and coconut help create this nitro lager. Expect tropical flavors like coconut in each sip. The name – El Coco, is for a mythical bogeyman in Latin folklore by the same name. Legend has it that parents in Spain and Latin America invoke Coco to discourage children from misbehaving, otherwise he will eat you.
Coconut milk and brown sugar aromas mingle with cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma of this assertively aromatic tropical ale. Flavors of coconut flan, bread crust and allspice are supported by a full body enhanced by dispense on a nitrogen line, creating a true dessert beer that eschews sweetness for balance and harmony.
Coconut milk and brown sugar aromas mingle with cinnamon and nutmeg in the aroma of this assertively aromatic tropical ale. Flavors of coconut flan, bread crust and allspice are supported by a full body enhanced by dispense on a nitrogen line, creating a true dessert beer that eschews sweetness for balance and harmony
Cigar City El Coco is part of a whole series of nitro tap offerings coming this year. This release is available now through February, 2017.
8.5% ABV, 22 IBUs
- Humulus Lager – The brewery won’t brew an IPA, but this was close. At least in hoppiness.
- White Oak – Wheatwine-style Ale. A blend of fresh and barrel-aged beer.
- Trade Winds – A Belgian-style triple brewed with basil. Previous summer seasonal.
- Rueuze – Oak aged sour blonde aged several months to several years
- Hottenroth – Berllner Weisse. Named for Patrick Rue’s grandparents.
- Tonnellerie Series -The most traditional styles and creations by The Bruery/Bruery Terreux.
Good new is looming, however. The highly sought after White Chocolate will be distributed for the first time in 2017, plus ten or more new beers slated for release by year’s end.
2017 brings a much needed change to Tennessee beer laws. Stronger beer is on the way.
Prior to this law change, brewers could only sell beer with alcohol by volume no higher than 6.2%. As of January 1, 2017, that cap has been raised to 10.1% ABV.
In the past, selling beer over 6.2% alcohol by volume required a high gravity/distillers license. This change means opens up more recipe/style opportunities for the brewers in the state.
To exceed those limits requires a high gravity license (aka distiller’s license) and, because a retailer would need a liquor license to sell anything above this ABW, there are far less distribution possibilities. So, now, we can finally brew beers the way we truly want without these barriers. – Christian Spears, Tennessee Brew Works
Needless to say, expect an influx of higher alcohol by volume beers released across Tennessee this month.
Ohio State may have gotten destroyed in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve, but their stadium beer sales are the real winners.
University officials state beer sales at Ohio Stadium, aka “The Horseshoe” topped $1.1 million dollars this year. The 2016 season was the first full rollout of beer sales program, after a limited test in 2015.
Levy Restaurants is the concessions vendor for the stadium, who earns a portion of the sales. Some funds go towards increased stadium security, and Ohio State Center for Alcohol and Substance Abuse.
College stadiums across the United States have been considering beer sales during sporting events heavily over the past few years. Despite half the student body in attendance being under the legal drinking age of 21, the sale of beer and wine have create financial rewards for the universities.
Something else interesting to note – OSU experienced fewer issues with fans this season, compared to “dry” seasons in the past.
Birmingham, Alabama based Good People Brewing will expand distribution to the state of Georgia in January, 2017. The brewery has signed a disribution deal with United Distributing.
Georgia is the sixth out of state distribution expansion, with four of those markets happing in in 2016 alone. Georgia has been a target for co-founder Michael Sellers for years.
“We’re finally headed to Georgia! This has been a long time coming. After 9 years of business and honing our craft, we now have the opportunity to come to Georgia.” – Michael Sellers
Promotions and tastings will start in the state staring January 23rd. Good People Brewing will be giving away merchandise and prizes throughout the week. In order to participate, download their sticker pack from the App Store and watch for social media announcements.
Sun King Velvet Fog, the brewery’s award winning barrel-aged beer, returns on December 15th.
In 2012, Sun King Velvet Fog won gold at the World Beer Cup. The base beer is a Belgian-style quardrupel, aged in bourbon barrels.
…complex character of dark fruit and the brightness of fresh cherry over warming notes brought on by bourbon barrel aging.
Sun King Velvet Fog will be available on December 15th in 16 ounce screw-top cans, $12 each.
10.4% ABV, 24 IBUs
Plaguing beer buyers in Pennsylvania for years is something you might take for granted during your beer buying experience. Six packs.
In the past, customers purchasing beer from the Pennsylvania distributors, had to do so by the case. All or nothing basically. Governor Tom Wolf has recently signed HB 1196, which allows beer distributors to sell six packs.
“Pennsylvanians have waited decades to bring their beer and liquor systems into the 21st century. I’m proud today to sign this bill, supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, to ensure that the commonwealth is more inviting for customers and businesses.” – Governor Tom Wolf.
In May, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approved licenses allowing gas stations to sell beer, further improving the customer beer buying experience in the state.
Below, an outline of some of the changes, “freeing the six pack” is changing:
- Allowing distributor licensees to sell malt or brewed beverages in any amount to a unlicensed customer for off-premises consumption. The sales do not be in the manufacturer’s original configuration and can be sold in refillable growlers that can be resealed.
- Allowing retail licensees to start selling on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. instead of 11:00 a.m.
- Allowing a person licensed by another state to apply for a “malt or brewed beverage shipper license,” which allows the direct shipment of 192 fl. oz. of beer to be delivered to a customer per month; however, only 96 fl. oz. of a specific brand of beer may be shipped per year to an adult resident.
- Allowing beer and liquor to be sold (in shatterproof containers) before, during and after professional and amateur athletic events and consumed outside the club seating and restaurant area, as can be done at performing arts events or other entertainment events.
- Clarifies that a brewery does not need a brewery pub license to sell the products of other licensed breweries, limited wineries, limited distilleries and distilleries.
Full rundown: https://www.governor.pa.gov/